Daily Questions Challenge for IAS PRE (CSAT) Exam (29 April 2015)

Daily Questions Challenge for IAS PRE (CSAT) Exam (29 April 2015)

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1. The surface of a lake is frozen in servere winter, but the water at its bottom is still liquid. What is the reason?

(a) Ice is a bad conductor of heat
(b) Since the surface of the lake is at the same temperature as the air, no heat is lost
(c) The density of water is maximum at 4°C.
(d) None of the statements (a), (b) and (c) given above is correct

2. A sandy and saline area is the natural habitat of an Indian animal species. The animal has no predators in that area but its existence is threatened due to the destruction of its habitat. Which one of the following could be that animal?

(a) Indian wild buffalo.
(b) Indian wild ass
(c) Indian wild boar
(d) Indian gazelle

3. La Nina is suspected to have caused recent floods in Australia. How is La Nina different from El Nino?

1. La Nina is characterised by unusually cold ocean temperature in equatorial Indian Ocean whereas El Nino is characterised by unusually warm ocean temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
2. El Nino has adverse effect on south-west monsoon of India, but La Nina has no effect on monsoon climate.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

4. The tendency for increased litigatio. was visible after the introduction of the land settlement system of Lord Cornwallis in 1793. The reason for this is normally traced to which of the following provisions?

(a) Making Zamindar’s position stronger vis-a-vis the ryot
(b) Making East India Company an overlord of Zamindars
(c) Making judicial system more efficient
(d) None of the (a), (b) and (c) above

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:: CSAT (Paper -2) ::

In a typical Western liberal context, deepening of democracy invariably leads to consolidation of ‘liberal values’. In the Indian context, democratization is translated into greater involvement of people not as ‘individuals’ which is a staple to liberal discourse, but as communities or groups. Individuals are getting involved in the public sphere not as ‘atomized’ individuals but as members of primordial communities drawn on religious or caste identity. Community-identity seems to be the governing force. It is not therefore surprising that the so-called peripheral groups continue to maintain their identities with reference to the social groups (caste, .religion or sect) to which they belong while getting involved in the political processes despite the fact that their political goals remain more or less identical. By helping to articulate the political voice of the marginalized, democracy in India has led to ‘a loosening of social strictures’ and empowered the peripherals to be confident of their ability to improve the socio-economic conditions in which they are placed. This is a significant political process that had led to a silent revolution through a meaningful transfer of power from the upper caste elites to various subaltern groups within the democratic framework of public governance.

1. According to the passage, what does “deepening of democracy” mean in the Western context?

(a) Consolidation of group and class identities.
(b) Democratization translated as greater involvement of people.
(c) Democratization as greater involvement of ‘atomized’ individuals in the public sphere.
(d) None of the statements (a), (b) and (c) given above is correct in this context.

2. Greater democratization in India has not necessarily led to

(a) the dilution of caste and communal identities in the public sphere.
(b) irrelevance of community identity as a governing force in Indian politics.
(c) marginalization of elite groups in society.
(d) relative unimportance of hereditary identities over class identities.

Directions for the following 5 (five) items: Examine the information given in the following paragraph and answer the items that follow:

Guest lectures on five subjects viz., Economics, History, Statistics, English and Mathematics have to be arranged in a week from Monday to Friday. Only one lecture can be arranged on each day. Economics cannot be scheduled on Tuesday. Guest faculty for History is available only on Tuesday. Mathematics lecture has to be scheduled immediately after the day of Economics lecture. English lecture has to be scheduled immediately before the day of Economics lecture.

3. Which lecture is scheduled on Monday?

(a) History
(b) Economics
(c) Mathematics
(d) Statistics

4. Which lecture is scheduled between Statistics and English?

(a) Economics
(b) History
(c) Mathematics
(d) No lecture

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