Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 16 March 2020


Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 16 March 2020


Q1. Government has recently declared that around Rs 5,275 crore remains unspent under MPLAD scheme. Which of the following statements regarding the same stands true ?

1) Under MPLAD scheme, each Member of Parliament has the choice to suggest to the District Collector for development works to the tune of Rs 5 crore per annum to be taken up in his/her constituency.
2) Rajya Sabha MPs cannot recommend works in one or more districts in the State apart from where he/she has been elected.
3) The funds released under the scheme are non-lapsable and the funds received by a district in a particular year can be utilized in the subsequent financial year(s) also.

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

Q2. In the wake of COVID-19spread, many of the European countries have introduced border controls. Germany is set to reintroduce border controls with five countries. Which of the following countries share boundary with Germany ?

1) France
2) Austria
3) Italy
4) Portugal
5) Denmark

a) 1,2 & 3 only
b) 1,2 & 5 only
c) 2,3 & 5 only
d) 1,3 & 4 only

Q3. Which of the following statements regarding dark energy survey (DES) stands true ?

1) The Dark Energy Survey (DES) is a visible and near-infrared survey that aims to probe the dynamics of the expansion of the Universe and the growth of large-scale structure.
2) The survey uses the 4-meter Victor M. Blanco Telescope located at Cerro Tololo Inter-American Observatory (CTIO) in Chile, outfitted with the Dark Energy Camera (DECam).
3) This camera allows for more sensitive images in the violet part of the visible spectrum and in the near infrared, in comparison to previous instruments.

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

Q4. With respect to market wide circuit breakers, which of the following statements stands true ?

1) Market-wide circuit breakers refer to the daily limit both on the upside and the downside that the benchmark indices can move in a single day before a trading halt is initiated.
2) The circuit breaker mechanism was introduced in July 2001 as a measure against a significantly huge swings in the Sensex or Nifty.
3) As per regulations, trading is suspended in both the BSE as well as the National Stock Exchange (NSE), if either of the benchmarks hits the circuit breaker.

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

Q5. In 2018-19, the FDI .........................................

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