Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 18 May 2020

Current Affairs MCQ for UPSC Exams - 18 May 2020

Q1. Consider the following statement:

1) Article 293 of the Indian Constitution mandates that the State Governments in India can borrow only from internal sources. Thus the Government of India incurs both external and internal debt, while State Governments incur only internal debt.
2) A State may not, without the consent of the GOI, raise any loan if there is still outstanding any part of a loan made to the State by the GOI or, in respect of which a guarantee has been given by the GOI.
3) The NK Singh panel on fiscal responsibility had suggested overall public debt-to-GDP ratio of 80% by 2022-23—40% for the central government and 40% for states.

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

Q2. Arrange the following types of ecosystmes in the increasing order of their net primary productivities :

A) Savannah
B) Tropical rain forests
C) Temperate grassland
D) Temperate deciduous forest


Q3. With respect to the trend of transactions/remittances amongst migrant economy during the lockdown, which of the following statements stands true ?

1) With economic activities in urban India coming to a grinding halt since the lockdown, some players are seeing a reversal in remittance flows.
2) Rural markets, which typically were receivers of remittances, are now turning into providers for the stranded migrant populace in the cities.
3) The areas that saw a rise of 60% in outward transactions are the southern states least affected by the virus. The northern parts of the country have recovered about 40-50%, while states like Maharashtra and Gujarat have been worst hit with a 70% dip in business.

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

Q4. The scientists from New Zealand have recently discovered the “Super Earth” which potentially holds the conditions to sustain human life. Which of the following statements regarding the ‘super earth’ stands true ?

1) The super earth is one of the handful of planets discovered that are of the same size and orbiting distance as that of the earth. The host star of the planet is 10% the mass of the sun.
2) As the planet is heavier in mass, it might take 617 days to revolve around its star. The super earth, according to the scientist might possess “Goldilocks Zone” in the future.
3) Goldilocks Zone is the space around a star where temperature aptly sustains water in gaseous state and also supports life.

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

Q5. Which of the following countries has become the first European country to proclaim an end to the coronavirus epidemic at home ?

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