Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 09 March 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 09 March 2020

Q1. With respect to the recently published report titled “Assessment of illegal trade-related threats to Red Panda in India and selected neighbouring range countries” which of the following statements stands true ?

1) Report on wildlife trade reveals drop in poaching of Red Panda in India and Bhutan however Nepal has reported over 25 incidents.
2) The only living member of the genus Ailurus, the Red Panda is listed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.
3) Red pandas have been reported from 11 districts of Assam, which is presumed to hold the largest red panda population in the country.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q2. Which of the following countries form the members of Indian Ocean Commission ( IOC ) ?

1) Comoros
2) India
3) Mauritius
4) Srilanka
5) Seychelles

a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 2,3 & 5 only
c) 1,3 & 5 only
d) all of the above

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding the recently submitted Parliamentary Standing Committee on Human Resource Development (HRD) panel report stands true ?

1) Less than 57% of schools have playgrounds, including less than 30% of schools in Odisha and Jammu and Kashmir, according to the Unified District Information System for Education (UDISE) 2017-18 survey.
2) The panel recommended that the HRD Ministry collaborate with the MGNREGA Scheme to construct boundary walls, and work with the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy to provide solar and other energy sources so that schools have access to power.
3) Only 56% of schools have electricity, with the lowest rates in Manipur and Madhya Pradesh, where less than 20% have access to power.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q4. With respect to Capital to Risk (Weighted) Assets Ratio (CRAR), which of the following statements stands true ?

1) CRAR refers to the ratio of a bank’s capital to its risk. The banking regulator tracks a bank’s CAR to ensure that the bank can absorb a reasonable amount of loss and complies with statutory Capital requirements.
2) Higher CRAR indicates that the bank is less capitalized and is at high risk.
3) In India, scheduled commercial banks are required to maintain a CAR of 9% while Indian public sector banks are emphasized to maintain a CAR of 12% as per RBI norms.

a) 1 & 2 only
b) 2 & 3 only
c) 1 & 3 only
d) all of the above

Q5. Under the newly launched Mahatma Gandhi National Fellowship programme, IIM Bengaluru will train 75 graduates for two years in preparing the District skill plan considering the skill gaps, market utilities, government schemes and institutions available in the district. The initiative is carried out under which of the following ministries ?

a) Ministry of Human Resources development
b) Ministry of Skill development and entrepreneurship
c) Ministry of Women & Child development
d) Ministry of Communications and Information Technology.

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