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system, the exchange rate is determined

  • predominandy by mechanism
  • by the Central Bank
  • as a weighted index of a group of currencies
  • by the World Trade Organisation
  1. After the general elections, the Pro tern Speaker is
  • elected by the Lok Sabha
  • appointed by the President of India
  • appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • the senior most member of the Lok Sabha
  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I

(Person)

  1. Uddanda 1.
  2. Sayana
  3. Yadavaprakasa 3.
  4. Bhavabhuti 4.

Code:

A    B      C      D

  • 2 1       4      3
  • 3 4       1      2
  • 2 4       13
  • 3 1       4      2
  1. Which one of the following is not correct in the context of industrial clusters development in India?
  • Industrial clusters play an important role for the MSME participants in their inclusiveness, technology absorption and efficiency improvement
  • Industrial clusters are visible in traditional handloom, handicrafts and modern SME
  • Industrial cluster programmes in India are administered by various ministries
  • Industrial clusters lead to promotion of monopoly in the market
  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I                         List-II

(Leader)                    (Party)

  1. Shyama Communist

Prasad                      Party of India

Mukherjee

  1. Minoo Masani 2. Bharatiya Jana

Sangh

  1. A. Dange 3. Swatantra

Party

  1. Ashok’Mehta 4. Praja Socialist

Party

  1. The Pah la was written in
  • Arabic in the Fourteenth Century by Ibn Battuta
  • Persian in the Fifteenth Century by Abdur Razzaq
  • Persian in the Thirteenth Century by Ibn Battuta
  • Italian in the Thirteenth Century by Marco Polo
  1. Contribution of the manufacturing sector to environmental degradation primarily occurs during
  2. procurement and use of natural resources
  3. industrial processes and activities
  4. product use and disposal Select the correct answer using the

code given below.

  • 1 only
  • 2 and 3 only
  • 1 and 2 only
  • 1, 2 and 3
  1. Which of the following is/are not central tenet(s) of the Constitution of India?
  2. Prohibits discrimination on grounds of religion
  3. Gives official status to certain religions
  4. Provides freedom to profess any religion
  5. Ensures equality of all citizens within religious communities

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1, 2 and 3
  • 3 and 4 only
  • 2, 3 and 4
  • 2 only
  1. The ‘Sur Sagar’ is
  • a medieval treatise on music composed by Tansen
  • a poetic work of Surdas
  • memories of Bahadur Shah Zafar
  • None of the above
  1. Private investment in Indian agriculture is mostly on labour-saving mechanisation. This could be a response to
  • rising productivity of agricultural sector
  • rising inequality in agriculture
  • rising wages and tighter labour market
  • debt write-off by the Government
  1. Penicillin inhibits synthesis of bacterial

(a) cell wall              (b) protein

(c) RNA                  (d) DNA

  1. Which of the following State capitals of North-East India is/are connected by Indian Railways?
  2. Imphal      Agartala
  3. Kohima      Aizawl

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)    1, 2 and    3    (b)     2 and 4

(c)    1, 3 and    4    (d)     2 only

  1. Most antibiotics target bacterial parasites interfering with various factors of growth or metabolism such as
  2. synthesis of cell wall
  3. bacterial protein synthesis
  4. synthesis of nuclear membrane
  5. mitochondrial function

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1, 2 and 3
  • 1 and 4
  • 2 and 3 only
  • 1 and 2 only

109 Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List-I                       List-II

(Region)                   (State)

  1. Baghelkhand 1. West Bengal
  2. Kuttanad 2. Madhya

Pradesh ,

  1. Saurashtra 3. Kerala
  2. Which of the following statements with regard to Portland cement are correct?
  3. Silica imparts strength to cement.
  4. Alumina makes the cement quick •> setting.
  5. Excess of lime increases the strength of cement.
  6. Calcium sulphate decreases the initial setting time of cement.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)    2 and 4 only (b)       1 and 3

(c) 1, 2 and 4           (d) 1 and 2 only

  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I                       List-II

(City)                       (Earthquake

gone)

  1. Kolkata      Zone V
  2. Guwahati      Zone IV
  3. Delhi      Zone III
  4. Chennai      Zone II
Code:

A

B C D
(a) 3 2 1 4
(b) 3 1 2 4
(c) 4 1 2 3
(d) 4 2 1 3

 

  1. Red phosphorus is used in die manufacture of safety matches. This is due to the fact that
  • it shows phosphorescence
  • at ordinary temperature, it is less reactive than other varieties of phosphortis
  • it cannot be converted to white phosphorus on heating
  • it does not react with halogen on heating
  • Match ListT with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List-I                        List-II

(Lake)                      (Type)

  1. Ashtamudi 1. Residual

Kayal                       (sweet water)

  1. Himayat Sagar 2. Lagoon
  2. Dal Lake 3. Glacial
  3. Tsomgo Lake 4. Artificial (sweet water) select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I                        List-II

(Exponent)                 (Law)

  1. John Dalton 1. Law of

definite proportion by volume

  1. Joseph Proust 2. Law of

multiple proportion Law of definite proportion by weight Law of conservation of mass

Code:

A

B C D
(a) 2 3 4 1
(b) 2 4 3 1
(c) 1 4 3 2
(d) 1 3 4 2
115. Match List-I

 

select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I

1.

  1. Which of the following is not gaseous air pollutant?
  • Oxides of sulphur
  • Oxides of nitrogen
  • Hydrocarbon
  • Smoke
  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I

  1. Kalinganagar    West Bengal
  2. Vijayanagar    Tamil Nadu
  3. Salem    Odisha
  4. Durgapur    Karnataka statements is not correct?
  • Water starts boiling when its vapour pressure becomes equal to atmospheric pressure.
  • Water is known as universal solvent.
  • Permanent hardness of water is due to presence of MgCl2, CaCl„ MgS04 and CaS04.
  • Density of ice is greater than that of water.
  1. Which one of the following is the pattern of circulation around a low-pressure area in the northern hemisphere?
  • Counter-clockwise and away from the centre
  • Clockwise and away from the centre
  • Counter-clockwise and towards the centre
  • Clockwise and towards the centre
  1. Which one of the following is not true for diamond ?
  • Each carbon atom is linked to four other carbon atoms
  • Three-dimensional network structure of carbon atoms is formed
  • It is used as an abrasive for sharpening hard tools
  • It can be used as a lubricant
  1. (c) 15. (b) 16. (a)       17. (b)
  2. (b) : State Area

Sq. km.

Chhattisgarh           135192

Telangana               114840

Andhra Pradesh 275045 Uttarakhand 53483

Tamil Nadu            130058

  1. (b)
  2. (a) : John Dalton was the first to

propose a scientific theory of atoms. He based his study on two laws:            the law of

conservation of mass and the law of definite proportions.

  1. (a) (d)       50. (d)
  2. (b) : Quartz is a chemical

compound often called silicon dioxide Si02.

  1. (d) : It is about 1.7 cm
  2. (b) 54. (c) (d)
  3. (d) : Oxygen —» about 46.6%.

Magnesium —> about 2.1%

  1. (d) 58.‘ (c) (c)
  2. (d) : The objects are made smaller

by convex mirrors.

  1. (c) (c) 63. (b)      64. (a)
  2. (d)
  3. (b) : It is a pricing strategy that

charges customers different prices for- same product or service.

  1. (c)    (b)      69.    (b)  70.  (d)
  2. (a) 72. (a)      73.    (c)   74.   (a)
  3. (a) 76. (c)      T7.    (c)  78.  (b)
  4. (a) : In May 2015, Tripura decided

to do away with the Armed Forces Special Powers Act.

  1. (b) : The headquarters of the

bank is situated at Shanghai.

  1. (b) 82. (b) (c)       84. (a)
  2. (a)
  3. (d) : Arihant is a class of nuclear-

 

Combined Defence Services Exam November 2015 Question Paper (Fully Solved) GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

GENERAL KNOWLEDGE

  1. Which of the following facts are related to Burma (Myanmar)?
  2. It shares its borders with India, China, Bangladesh and Vietnam.
  3. It is ruled by a military government.
  4. The National League        for

Democracy was not allowed to contest the elections held in ,the year 2010.

  1. Myanmar is a    member     of

ASEAN.                 fc

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 and 3 (b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 2 and 4            (d) 1 and 2 only

  1. Who among the following was not a painter at Akbar’s Court?
  • – Daswanth    (b)            Abdus Samad

(c)   Kalyan Das       (d)    Basawan

  1. Which one of the following is the major source of gross tax revenue (GTR) for the Government of India?
  • Income tax
  • Corporation tax
  • Customs duty
  • Sendee tax
  1. Which of the following are

members of BRIGS?

  • Bhutan, Russia, India, China and Sri Lanka
  • Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa
  • Brazil, Russia, Indonesia, China and Singapore
  • Bangladesh, Republic of Korea, Indonesia, Canada and Sri Lanka
  1. After the death of Shivaji, there was a fight for succession between
  • Shambhaji and the widow of Shivaji
  • Shambhaji and Bajirao
  • Rajaram and Shambhaji
  • None of them
  1. Which one of the following is a non-renewable resource?
  • Solar energy (b) Coal (c) Water (d) Fisheries
  1. The “Panchsheel Agreement’ for peaceful coexistence was signed between
  • India and Bhutan
  • India and Nepal
  • India and China
  • India and Pakistan
  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :
  • Pollution of air by a cement factory
  • Health hazard caused to the person due to smoking by himself/herself
  • Smoke coming out of neighbour’s vehicle
  • Increase in land price of adjacent plots due to construction of a road by the Government
  1. ‘Rio + 20’ is the short name for
  • Millennium Development Goals
  • United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development
  • Earth Summit
  • Post-2015 Development Agenda
  1. Patanjali was
  • a philosopher of the ‘Yogachara’ school
  • the author of a book on Ayurveda
  • a philosopher of the ‘Madhyamika’ school
  • the author of a commentary on Panini’s Sanskrit grammar
  1. Which of the following statements in the context of income-environment relationship is/are correct?
  2. Pollution trends tend to follow an inverse U-shaped relationship across different stages of economic development.
  3. In the beginning stage, pollution increases due to urbanisation and industrialisation.
  4. In the later stage, pollution declines due to structural changes towards services sector.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only
  • 1 and 2 only
  • 1, 2 and 3
  • 2 and 3 only
  1. Which one of the following is not a member of MERCOSUR (Southern Common Market)?
  • Argentina
  • Paraguay
  • Uruguay
  • Chile
  1. Match List-I with Iist-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:
  2. Which one of the following represents a progressive tax structure?
  • Tax rate is the same across all incomes
  • Tax rate increases as income increases
  • Tax rate decreases as income increases
  • Each household pays equal amount of tax
  1. Genetic screening is
  • analysis of DNA to check the presence of a particular gene in a person
  • analysis of gene in a population
  • pedigree analysis
  • screening of infertility in parents
  1. Which of the following are the major factors responsible for the monsoon type of climate in India?
  2. Location
  3. Thermal contrast
  4. Upper air circulation
  5. The Himalayan Mountains Select the correct answer using the

code given below.

  • 1 and 4 only
  • 1, 2, 3 and 4
  • 2, 3 and 4 only
  • 1, 2 and 3 only
  1. Consider the following Indian States :
  2. Chhattisgarh 2. Telangana 3. Andhra Pradesh 4. Uttarakhand
  3. Tamil Nadu

Which among the States given above are the largest and smallest, respectively (in terms of geographical area)?

  • 3 and 4 (b) 3 and 2

(c) 1 and 4               (d) 2 and 5

  1. Who among the following is considered as the father of genetic engineering?
  • Philip Drinker
  • Paul Berg
  • Thomas Addison
  • Alpheus S. Packard Jr.
  1. Which of the following cause(s) variation in the genetic material of progeny?
  2. Sexual reproduction
  3. Asexual reproduction
  4. Mutations
  5. Epigenetic changes

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 2 only (b) 1, 2 and      3

(c) 1, 3 and 4           (d) 1 and 3 only

  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I                        List-II

(Plant)                      (Natural

vegetation type)

  1. Ebony 1. Moist

deciduous

  1. Cobalt is associated with
  • growth hormone
  • vitamin B,0
  • haemoglobin
  • intestinal enzymes
  1. Absorption of water in the human body can be found in
  2. renal tubule in kidney
  3. hepatic cells in liver
  4. large intestine
  5. pancreatic duct

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1, 2 and 3 (b)    1 and 3 only

(c)    2 and 4             (d)    3 only

  1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I                       List-II

(Geological                 (Life-form)

time scale)

  1. Pleistocene    Mammals
  2. Paleocene    Human genus
  1. The mandate of the scheme entided “Directly Observed Treatment Short-Course (DOTS)’ launched by WHO is to ensure that
  • doctors treat patients with medicine for a short duration
  • doctors do not start treatment without a trial
  • patients complete their course of drug
  • patients voluntarily take vaccines
  1. If a ship has to go from Chennai to Kochi, it has to go around Sri Lanka rather than crossing through the Palk Strait Why?
  • The Palk Strait has disputed islands and the Sri Lankan Navy does not allow the ships to cross through
  • It is too shallow for ships to cross
  • Shipping is prohibited through the Strait due to its religious significance connected with the epic Tkamayana
  • The around Sri Lanka route is actually shorter than crossing through the Palk Strait
  1. Winch of the following statements about the formation of the Indian National Congress are true?
  2. The Indian National Congress was formed at a national convention held in Calcutta in December 1885 under the Presidency of Motilal Nehru.
  3. The Safety Valve Theory’ regarding the formation of the Indian National Congress emerged from a biography of A. O. Hume written by William Wedderburn.
  4. All early decision was that the President would be from the same region where the session was to be held.
  5. C. Banerjee was the first President of the Indian National Congress.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1, 2 and 4 (b) 2 and 3

(c) 2 and 4 only (d) 1 and 3

  1. Which of the following factors led to a decline in inflation rate in India during 2014-2015?
  2. Persistent decline in crude oil prices
  3. Softness in global prices of tradables such as edible oils and coal
  4. Tight monetary policy pursued by the Reserve Bank of India

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only (b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3

 

  1. Freedom of conscience under the Constitution of India is subject to
  2. public order, morality and health
  3. a law providing for social welfare and reform
  4. opening Hindu religious institutions ‘of a public character to all Hindus
  5. defamation or incitement to an offence

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1, 2, 3 and 4 (b) 1, 2 and 3 only (c) 3 and 4 only (d) 1 and 2 only
  1. Which of the following Fundamental Rights is/are available to non-citizens?
  2. Equality before Law
  3. Right against Discrimination
  4. Equality of Opportunity
  5. Protection of Life and Personal Liberty

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only (b) 1 and 4 only

(c) 1, 2 and 4            (d) 2 and 3

  1. Which of the following statements about the formation of the Constituent Assembly is/are correct?
  2. The members of the Constituent Assembly were chosen on the basis of the provincial elections of 1946.
  3. The Constituent Assembly did not include representatives of the Princely States.
  4. The discussions within the Constituent Assembly were not influenced by opinions expressed by the public.
  5. In order to create a sense of collective participation, submissions were solicited from the public.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only (b) 2 and 3

(c) 3 and 4                (d) 1 and 4

  1. Which of the following statements aboutjyotirao Phule’s Satyashodhak Samaj Movement in Maharashtra is/are true?
  2. The Satyashodhak Samaj was set up in 1873.
  3. Phule argued that Brahmins were the progeny of ‘alien’ Aryans.
  4. Phule’s focus on the Kunbi peasantry in the 1880s and 1890s led to a privileging of Maratha identity.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 and 2 only (b) 2 only (c) 1 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3
  1. Which of the following laws have been repealed by the Constitution of India?
  2. The Government of India Act, 1935
  3. The Indian Independence Act, 1947
  4. The Abolition of Privy Council Jurisdiction Act, 1949
  5. The Preventive Detention Act, 1950

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 and 2 only (b) 2 and 4 only (c) 1 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 4
  1. Which of the following statements about Maulvi Ahmadullah Shah, who played an important part in the Revolt of 1857, is/ are correct?
  2. He was popularly known as Danka Shah or the Maulvi with a drum.
  3. He fought in the famous Battle of Chinhat.
  4. He was killed by British troops under the command of Henry Lawrence.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only (b) 1 and 3

(c) 2 and 3                (d) 1 and 2

  1. A writ of Habeas Corpus for the release of a person can be issued
  2. where the arrest or detention has taken place in contravention of the procedure established by law
  3. to secure the release of a person imprisoned on a criminal charge
  4. where the arrest has taken place for contempt of Court or the Parliament

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1, 2 and 3 (b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 only                 (d) 1 and 2 only

  1. Who among the following is the author of the autobiography entided
  2. amar Katha (1913)?
  • Satyajit Ray
  • Rassundari Devi
  • Ganesh Chandra Ghosh
  • Binodini Dasi
  1. Which one of the following statements about the Companies Act, 2013 is not correct?
  • The Act regulates the corporate sector to make it accountable.
  • It provides for Corporate Social Responsibility.
  • It provides more opportunities for new entrepreneurs.
  • It enables wide application of Information Technology.
  1. Which one of the following changes has not been made to the Citizenship Act of India by the Amendment in 2015?
  • The Overseas Citizens of India will now be called the Overseas Citizens of India Cardholders
  • The Non-Resident Indians are entided to vote in elections in India
  • The Persons of Indian Origin have been placed at par with the Overseas Citizens of India
  • The Persons of Indian Origin are now entided to lifelong visa to visit India
  1. Name the French revolutionary who wrote Declaration of the Rights of Woman and Female Citizen.
  • Olympe de Gouges
  • Nancy Ruhltng
  • Maximilien Robespierre
  • Mary Wollstonecraft
  1. Which one of the following statements about Electoral Government in India is not correct?
  • The superintendence, direction and control of elections are vested in the Election Commission of India.
  • There is one general electoral roll for every territorial constituency.
  • Parliament has the power to make laws relating to the delimitation of constituencies.
  • The Supreme Court of India has the authority to scrutinise the validity of a law relating to delimitation of constituencies.
  1. The electronic voting machines are developed joindy with
  2. Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
  3. Bharat Electronics Limited
  4. Electronics Corporation of India Limited
  5. Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited

Select the correct answer using the

code given below.

  • 1, 2 and 3 (b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 4                (d) 3 and 4

  1. Which one of the following statements about the atmosphere is correct?
  • The atmosphere has definite upper limits but gradually thins until it becomes imperceptible.
  • The atmosphere has no definite upper limits but gradually thins until it becomes imperceptible.
  • The atmosphere has definite upper limits But gradually thickens until it becomes imperceptible.
  • The atmosphere has no definite upper limits but gradually thickens until it becomes imperceptible.
  1. The atomic theory of matter was first proposed by
  • John Dalton (b) Rutherford

(c) J. J. Thomson (d) Niels Bohr

  1. Which one among the following statements about diastrophism is correct?
  • The forces may be so slow and gradual that they pass unnoticed for a long period of time.
  • The forces may be both slow and sudden that they pass for a short period of time.
  • The forces may be sudden and so fast that they pass unnoticed for a long period of time.
  • The forces may be slow but for a short period of time.
  1. A body is falling freely under the action of gravity alone in vacuum. Which one of the following remains constant during the fall?
  • Potential energy
  • Kinetic energy
  • Total linear momentum
  • Total mechanical energy
  1. X-rays are
  • deflected by an electric field but not by a magnetic field
  • deflected by a magnetic field but not by an electric field
  • deflected by both a magnetic field and an electric field
  • not deflected by an electric field or a magnetic field
  1. Which one of the following minerals contains mostly silica?
  • Mica (b)   Quartz

(c)   Olivine             (d)   Pyroxene

  1. The focal length of the lens of a normal human eye is about
  • 25 cm (b)   1 m

(c)   2.5 mm             (d)   2.5 cm

  1. Which one of the following statements is correct?
  • Cold fronts move at slower rate than warm fronts and therefore cannot overtake the warm fronts.
  • Cold fronts normally move faster than warm fronts and therefore frequently overtake the warm fronts.
  • Cold fronts move at slower rate, and eventually they are overtaken by the warm fronts.
  • Cold fronts move faster than warm fronts but they cannot overtake the warm fronts.
  1. Which one of the following physical quantities is the same for molecules of all gases at a given temperature?
  • Speed
  • Mass
  • Kinetic energy
  • Momentum
  1. Newton’s laws of motion do not hold good for objects
  • at rest
  • moving slowly
  • moving with high velocity
  • moving with velocity comparable to velocity of light
  1. Which of the following elements are found in highest and lowest quantities, respectively in the crust of the earth?
  • Oxygen and silicon
  • Calcium and sodium
  • Sodium and magnesium
  • Oxygen and magnesium
  1. Which one oT the following statements is not correct?
  • Weight of a body is different on different planets.
  • Mass of a body on the earth, on the moon and in empty space is the same.
  • Weightlessness of a body occurs when the gravitational forces acting on it are counter-balanced.
  • Weight and mass of a body are equal at sea level on the surface of the earth.
  1. A brick is thrown vertically from an aircraft flying two kilometres above the earth. The brick will fall with a
  • constant speed
  • constant velocity
  • constant acceleration
  • constant speed for some time then with constant acceleration as it nears the earth
  1. This item consists of two statements, Statement I and Statement II.

Statement I:

The Kuroshio is a warm north-flowing ocean current on the west side of the North Pacific Ocean.

Statement II:

Presence of a number of volcanoes at the bottom of the Sea of Japan is responsible for the Kuroshio becoming warm.

Examine these two statements carefully and select the answer to the item using the code given below.

Code:

  • Both the statements are individually true and Statement II is the correct explanation of Statement I
  • Both the statements are individually true but Statement II is not the correct explanation of Statement I
  • Statement I is true but Statement II is false
  • Statement I is false but Statement II is true
  1. The outside rearview mirror of modern automobiles is marked with warning “objects in mirror are closer than they appear”. Such mirrors are
  • plane mirrors
  • concave mirrors with very large focal lengths
  • concave mirrors with very small focal lengths
  • convex mirrors
  1. The Constitution of India guarantees freedom of thought and expression to all its citizens subject to
  2. implementation of Directive Principles
  3. Fundamental Duties
  4. Right to Equality

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 and 2 only (b) 2 and 3 only (c) 1 only (d) 1, 2 and 3
  1. In ancient India, the ‘Yaudheyas’ were
  • a sect of the Buddhism
  • a sect of the Jainism
  • a republican tribe
  • Vassals of the Cholas
  1. Which one of the following is an example of a ‘natural monopoly’ ?
  • Indian Airlines
  • Delhi Jal Board
  • Delhi Transport Corporation
  • Steel Authority of India
  1. Which one of the following is not a component of the Realist Theory ?
  • The State is the preeminent actor
  • State sovereignty is important for the affirmation of juridical authority over territory
  • The primary objective of all States is survival
  • Survival can be assured in cooperation with international organisations
  1. The Dashakumaracharita or ‘Tales of Ten Princes’ was composed by
  • Bhatti (b)   Banabhatta

(c) Bhasa                  (d)   Dandin

  1. What is meant by price discrimination?
  • Increase in price of a commodity over time
  • A situation where the same product is sold to different consumers for different prices
  • Subsidisation of a product by the Government to sellit at a lower price
  • General decrease in price of a commodity over time
  1. Which one of the following does not form part of Immanuel Kant’s theory of ‘perpetual peace?
  • Republican Constitutionalism
  • Federal contract among States to abolish war
  • World Government
  • Transformation of individual consciousness
  1. Borobudur is the site of
  • a huge temple of Vishnu and Shiva in Java, built in the 12th Century AD
  • an enormous Stupa in Java, built in the 8th Century AD
  • a magnificent palace of a Chola King in Tamil Nadu
  • a Jain Monastery in Gujarat
  1. What is meant by ‘Public Good’?
  • A commodity produced by the Government
  • A commodity whose benefits are indivisibly spread among the entire community
  • A Government scheme that benefits the poor households
  • Any commodity that is very popular among general public

 

  1. Which’ one of the following statements about the process of Parliament to make new States is not correct?
  • Parliament may by law form a new State and alter the boundaries or names of existing States.
  • A Bill to this effect cannot be introduced in Parliament except on the recommendation of the President.
  • A Bill to this effect may be referred by the President to the Legislature of the affected State.
  • Such a law will fall under the purview of Article 368.
  1. Which one of the following statements with regard to India’s economy between 1814 and 1860 is not correct?
  • Between 1814 and 1850, four commodities dominated India’s exports—raw silk, opium, cotton and indigo.
  • Between 1814 and 1860, five commodities dominated India’s exports—raw silk, opium, cotton, indigo and jute.
  • Indigo and raw silk required processing techniques.
  • Indigo and raw silk were financed by foreign capital.
  1. In view of the fact that kerosene is an inferior good in India, what is/are its implication(s)?
  2. As households get richer, they consume less kerosene.
  3. Over time there is a decline in quality of kerosene.
  4. Government needs to stop subsidies on kerosene.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only (b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only (d) 1,2 and 3

  1. Which of the following statements with regard to citizenship provisions of the Constitution of India is/are correct?
  2. No person shall be a citizen of India by virtue of Article 5, or be deemed to be a citizen of India by virtue of Article 6 or Article 8, if he/she has voluntarily acquired the citizenship of any foreign State.
  3. Parliament has power to make any provision with respect to the acquisition and termination of citizenship and all other matters relating to citizenship.

Select the correct-answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only
  • 2 only
  • Both 1 and 2
  • Neither 1 nor 2

 

  1. The protection against arrest and detention under Article 22 of the Constitution of India is not available to
  2. an enemy alien
  3. a person detained under a preventive; detention law
  4. a foreigner
  5. an overseas citizen of India Select the correct answer using the

code given below.

  • 1 and 2 only (b) 1, 3 and 4 (c) 1, 2 and 3 (d) 3 and 4 only
  1. Which of the following statements about the Hastings Plan of 1772 is/are correct?
  2. Each district was to have a civil and a criminal Court.
  3. The Judges were helped by native assessors who were skilled in Hindu and Islamic laws.
  4. The Sadar Diwani Adalat was mainly meant to settle mercantile

caees’efflseding ? 10,000 in value.

  1. These Courts did not put into place any procedural improvements.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 and 2 (b) 3 and 4

(c) 2 and 4               (d) 2 only

  1. Which one of the following is not a recommendation of the Fourteenth Finance Commission?
  • Share of States in Central Divisible Pool is increased from 32 percent to 42 percent
  • Area under forest cover is an important variable in distribution of States’ share among States
  • Fiscal discipline is dropped as a variable in distribution of States’ share among States
  • Sector-specific grant is recommended as in the previous Finance Commissions
  1. Khan Shaheb Osman Ali Stadium is located at
  • Karachi (b) Dhaka

(c) Fatullah              (d) Chittagong

  1. May 31 is celebrated as “World No Tobacco Day’ by the World Health Organisation. Which one of the following was the theme of the “World No Tobacco Day, 2015’?
  • Raise taxes on tobacco
  • Stop illicit trade of tobacco products
  • Ban tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship
  • Tobacco-free youth
  1. Government of which one of the following States has (in May 2015) decided to withdraw the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act from the State?
  • Tripura
  • Assam
  • Nagaland
  • Arunachal Pradesh

 

  1. Which of the following statements with regard to New Development Bank BRICS, formerly referred to as the BRICS Development Bank, is/ are correct?

17 The Headquarters of the Bank is situated at Moscow, Russia.

  1. V Kamath is the first President of the Bank.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 only *
  • 2 only
  • Both 1 and 2
  • Neither 1 nor 2
  1. Weibo is a social media platform popularly used in

(a) South Korea (b) China (c) Thailand (d) Japan

  1. Who is the current Vice Chairperson of NITI Aayog?
  • Raghuram Raj an
  • Arvind Panagariya
  • Bibek Debroy
  • K. Saraswat
  1. Which one of the following is not provided regular budgetary support by the Ministry of Defence?
  • Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling
  • Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi
  • Armed Forces Tribunal
  • United Service Institution of India, New Delhi
  1. In April 2015, India and France agreed to conclude an inter­governmental agreement in respect of which otje of the following platforms?
  • Rafale Medium Multirole Combat Aircraft
  • Scorpene Submarines
  • Iqjantry Mobility Vehicles
  • Precision Guided Munitions System
  1. Which one of the following statements is incorrect ?
  • India is the third largest importer of the defence equipment.
  • India meets more than 50 percent of its requirement of the defence equipment through imports.
  • Defence budget for 2015-2016 accounts for less than 2 percent of the GDP.
  • Certain financial powers are delegated to the Vice Chief of Army Staff for capital acquisitions.
  1. ‘Arihant’ is the name of
  • an infantry combat vehicle
  • a ballistic missile
  • an attack helicopter
  • a nuclear-powered submarine
  1. Where was the 14th Asia Security Summit (Shangri-La Dialogue) held in May 2015?

(a) Beijing               (b) Bangkok

(c) Jakarta                (d) Singapore

  1. Which one of the folio-wing is not correct about the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)? ‘
  • DRDO was formed in the year 1958
  • It is a network of 10 laboratories engaged in developing defence technologies
  • DRDO operates Under the Ministry of Defence
  • Some of its major products include development missiles, armaments, light combat aircrafts, etc.
  1. ‘Red Flag’ is the name of a joint exercise between India and which one of the following countries?

(a) China                 (b) Saudi Arabia

(c) USA                   (d) Japan

  1. In November 2014, which one of India’s neighbouring countries allowed a Chinese submarine to dock at one of its ports?
  • Bangladesh
  • Sri Lanka
  • Maldives
  • Pakistan
  1. A Bill is deemed to be a ‘Money Bill’ if it has any provisions dealing with
  2. imposition, abolition, remission, alteration or regulation of any tax
  3. appropriation of money from the Consolidated Fund of India

 

  1. imposition of fines or other pecuniary penalties
  2. payment of fee for licences or fee for service rendered

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  • 1 and 2 only
  • 1, 3 and 4
  • 1, 2 and 3
  • 2 only
  1. Consider the following statements about Alauddin Khalji’s market policy:
  2. He placed markets under the control of a high officer called ‘Shahna’ for strictly controlling the shopkeepers and prices.
  3. In order to ensure a regular supply of cheap food grains, he ordered the land revenue from Doab region to be paid directly to the State.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  • 1 only
  • 2 only
  • Both 1 and 2
  • Neither 1 nor 2
  1. Which one of the following is not a part of service sector in India?
  • Transport
  • Construction
    • Hotels and restaurants
    • Insurance
    1. Which of the following is/are not central feature(s) of Article 343 of the Constitution of India?
    2. Hindi in Devanagari Script shall be the national language of the Union.
    3. The official language of the Union shall be Hindi inDevanagari Script.
    4. English language shall continue to be used for official purposes within States.

    ‘4. If two or more States agree, Hindi language should be the official language of communication between the States.

    Select the correct answer using the code given below.

    (a) 1, 3 and 4           (b) 2 and 4 only

    (c) 2, 3 and 4           (d) 2 only

    1. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given

     

     

SUCCESS IN GROUP DISCUSSION WINNING THE FIRST IMPRESSION

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leader should display initiative, seek out greater responsibilities and shoulder them smilingly and cheerfully. There could be umpteen provocations that might compel a lesser mind to throw away all responsibilities in a huff and take to a life of ease, but those made of sterner stuff convert provocations into challenges and become all the more determined to battle through life. Such leaders succeed in taking the group along with them and instill confidence in each member of the group.

ties with the latter as our Prime Minister Mr. Modi did by making an unannounced personal visit in December 2015. There are many poHtical experts and analysts who cite the huge amounts spent by both the countries on defence year-after-year as an extremely worrying development and beUeve that these can be diverted to socio-economic development measures for the real welfare of the teeming deprived people on both sides. But the trouble is while we have accepted the existence of Pakistan, the latter has different dreams. So we have to be wary of our enemy’s designs. Going by the crafty and evil designs, which it has been engineering to this date, there seems to be hardly any rationale for trusting Pakistan now. It has frequently gone back on its promises. It brazenly outraged Shimla Agreement of 1972.

In the wake of the Mumbai blasts, Pakistan had exposed its intents once again to the world that it was not willing to shun its locus standi of sabotaging India’s peace initiatives. Pakistan Government’s pronounced ignorance of any terrorist outfit operating from the country on the one hand and refusal to hand over terrorists like Syed Salahuddin and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to India on the other, beat aE logic in the world. So, in my view, it is high time we started responding to Pakistan’s designs on their own turf and make preparations for showing our miHtary might once again to subdue Pakistan into sEence as we have done several times earlier. Any dialogue with regard to

estabHshing a peaceful atmosphere of co-existence wiE prove futile, because it wiE be a unilateral initiative. Pakistan has never wanted, nor wiE ever be ready to resolve the differences in a peaceful manner. It now appears ludicrous that in spite of the failure, both sides have decided to remain engaged.

Comments : This candidate has a positive approach to solve problems. He uses his resources to advantage. He approaches the problem in a logical and rational manner, and obtains the maximum benefits possible under the given circumstances. Besides being original, he is also practical and thorough. This dy namic candidate is goal-oriented and gifted. He can lead his team to success and contribute to the growth of * his organisation significantly. Selected with top honours.

No. 6 : Gentlemen, I am sorry, please. Dear friends, you must excuse me. You see whatever I wanted to say has already been said by our friend No. 5. We have identical views and if I had spoken first,

I am sure No. 5 would have reacted in the same way like I am reacting now. As I said earEer, I have read this subject with keenness in different newspapers and journals. I endorse the views of No. 5 by which we have nothing to lose but a lot to gain.

Comments : A mild and timid candidate lacking in self-confidence and enterprise, begetsfrightened and nervous when he encounters opposition and lacks the determination to face them with courage. He could be, at best, a useful worker under a good leader. Not suited for managerial tasks. Rejected.

No. 7From what you aE have said I conclude that it has no utiHty in real terms. The Father of the Nation beHeved in truth and not in propaganda. We should viprry about the substance and not bother about the appearances.

Comments :■ No. 7 is confused and complacent. By resorting to moralising, he is likely to cause divisions. He is also devoid of ideas. Basically, he has remained aloof from group deliberations and abstained from making any contribution whatever to the achievement of the group task. Thus, even as a worker, he would be of no use to the team. Rejected.

No. 8 : Friends, I am the last one to speak. I think there is something in what both the sides have said. I reaEv do not know what to choose and whom to support. It is best to remain neutral. Among yourselves, you can decide by | voting if you want. But I would not Eke to cast my vote. Thank you, that is aE.

Comments : No. 8 is a du/l and insipid individual, devoid of ideas and motivation. Dynamically weak, he lacks the urge, pluck ’ and initiative. He shies away from [ responsibilities, and cannot accept any risks. A p totally dependent individual who will be a big, I ! burden on his team. Rejected.  EES

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