Model Questions for UPSC PRE CSAT PAPER SET - 39
There is a Portuguese word ‘Saudade’, a word that makes into lists of those
hardest to translate into English. It describes a deep, heart-crushing nostalgic
longing for something someone loves, something someone lost. That is the word to
describe the emotion that must have driven Housefull: The Golden Age of Hindi
Cinema, edited by Ziya Us Salam. This record of notable films from the
1950s and 1960s is written by journalists Ziya Us Salam, Suresh Kohli, Anuj
Kumar, and Vijay Lokapally.
How do you write about films you obviously love? It is a tricky feat to
accomplish. You could part the curtains and delve into the inside story, which
could slip into gossip magazine territory. Or you could start analysing these
movies as compositions of images and signs. It could range from insightful to
boring, at worst pretentious. Or you use the movies as a starting point and
funnel out the discussion into the social, economic, and political context, and
then land in academic territory.
1. The problem in writing about good films is that, one may end up
1. infringing the academic territory.
2. reducing it to gossip mongering.
3. trying to be pretentious.
4. boring and over insightful.
(a) Only 1, 2, 3
(b) Only 1, 2, 4
(c) Only 1, 3, 4
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4
2. What does the passage imply?
(a) A book review by its author (of Housefull: The Golden Age of Hindi
(b) A book review by Zia Us Salam.
(c) A book review by Zia Us Salam, Suresh Kohli, Anuj Kumar and Vijay Lokapally.
(d) Obstacles in writing a film review.
The South Asian region is energy deficient as it does not produce enough oil
and gas to meet its needs. Thus, it depends heavily on imports. In the emerging
energy and environmental crises, the SAARC region stands quite vulnerable,
compared to developed economies. It is estimated that the energy needs of South
Asia will increase three times in the next 15 to 20 years.
Some of the SAARC member states have considerable experience in using
environment-friendly, renewable energy sources. This includes wind, solar and
biogas plants in India, micro-hydro plants in Nepal, micro financing for rural
energy in Bangladesh, grid connected small hydro plants in Sri Lanka and small
hydro and solar plants in Pakistan.
The clean energy resource potential is yet to be exploited as countries like
Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan either remain energy deficient or are not able to
optimally harness and utilise their resources. The dependence on import calls
for greater diversification of energy options especially towards renewable
3. In the emerging energy and environmental crises, the SAARC region
stands quite vulnerable as compared to the developed economy because
1. It depends heavily on imports.
2. Diversification of energy options especially towards renewable resources
(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) None of these
4. Which one of the following statements conveys the key message of the
(a) India, a SAARC member country has a. considerable experience in
environmental friendly, renewable energy resources than other member countries.
(b) Other member countries should also explore their wind, solar and biogas
energy options like India.
(c) Nepal, Bhutan and Pakistan are extremely lagging behind, than their
counterparts in the SAARC region.
(d) All the SAARC member countries should try to reduce their dependence on oil
and gas imports and should try to explore their untapped renewable resources
5. With reference to the passage, energy and environmental crises can
improve in South Asian Region, if
1. The SAARC region reduces its oil and gas imports.
2. The SAARC region explores new avenues of non-conventional,
environmental-friendly energy resources and is able to optimally harness them.
3. The SAARC Region imports technology from the developed economy to optimally
harness its untapped renewable resources rather than importing petroleum
(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Only 1 and 2
(d) 1, 2 and 3