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GENERAL STUDIES (Prelims) TEST – 3
                                                                                                    February 18, 2018


1. As per the Consolidated FDI Policy (Effective from August 28, 2017) recently published by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry
1. Erstwhile Overseas Corporate Bodies (OCBs) have been recognized as a class of investors in India.
2. A company incorporated outside India and owned and controlled by NRIs can invest in India.
3. A Foreign Venture Capital Investor (FVCI) cannot invest in India.
4. NRIs may subscribe to the National Pension System (NPS).
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 3 only
B. 2 and 4 only
C. 1, 3 and 4 only
D. 2 only

2. The Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) of the Ministry of Earth Sciences inaugurated the Ocean Forecasting System for Indian Ocean countries Comoros, Madagascar, and Mozambique. Consider the following about the location of these countries?
1. They lie to the North of Somalia.
2. Madagascar lies to the North of Comoros.
3. Seychelles lies to the South of Madagascar.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. None of the above

3. The Parliament is authorized to extend the power to issue writs to which of these authorities in India,
other than the Supreme Court (SC) and the High Courts (HCs)?
A. A quasi-judicial body under the Government of India
B. District Administrative authorities
C. An international tribunal
D. Any other court in India

4 Consider the following about Sodium Nitrite, recently seen in news.
1. It is both an oxidising and a reducing agent.
2. It is a food additive to enhance botulism.
3. It is on the World Health Organization's List of Essential Medicines.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

5. Consider the following statements about Bharat Bill Payment System (BBPS).
1. Under BBPS, a customer can pay several bills at a single location.
2. BBPS transactions can be initiated only through Internet for enhanced security.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

6. The famous Rewalsar lake in Himachal Pradesh is associated with .........., who is also recognized as a second Buddha. What would the best fit for the blanks?
A. Padmasambhava
B. Dzongsap Lien
C. Ananda
D. Maitreya

7. Mosses is a bioindicator. What do you understand by this statement?
1. It reflects changes to ecosystems such as pollution.
2. It cannot be cloned or genetically engineered.
3. It does not contain mRNA.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 3 only
D. 1 and 2 only

8. Project Brainwave, recently seen in news, concerns with
A. Real-time artificial intelligence (Al)
B. Reversing brain drain from developing countries
C. Understanding the psychological behavioural patterns of human beings on Social Media
D. Indigenizing the process of MRI scan for patients in India

9. With reference to the Railway Board, consider the following statements.
1. It is the apex body of the Indian Railways.
2. It reports to the Parliament through the Ministry of Railways.
3. The Chairman of the Board is the Union Minister of Railways.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

10. The Supreme court has recently ruled that Right to Privacy is a fundamental right. What is/are the
consequences of this judgment?
1. Citizens can move both the High Courts and Supreme Court for violation of this right.
2. It reconciles India?s legal position on privacy with the International Covenant on Civil and Political
Rights (ICCPR).
3. This right will be recognized under the „Right to Equality in India pending statutory approval by the
Parliament.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 2 only

11. What are the consequences of the thin air found at high altitudes in Ladakh?
1. Heat of the sun is felt much lesser as compared to places at same latitude but lower altitude
2. Frost bite is rarest in this region due to presence of thin air mass.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

12. Consider the following statements. Indian Society for Training and Development (ISTD)
1. is a non-profitsociety registered under the Societies Registration Act
2. aims to bring out a registry of trainers in every skill so as to improve the economic condition of such
workers
3. finance vocational education in public training institutions of the country
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 1 and 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

13 Black-box trading, sometimes seen in news, is
A. Financial investment activities by shadow banks
B. High frequency trading using computer algorithms
C. Buying and selling of coal in auction markets
D. Trading in illegal commodities

14 The Ministry of Textiles proposes to organize Pan India camps in handlooms and handicrafts clusters,
under the initiative “Hastkala Sahyog Shivir”. Which of these services will be provided to the weavers
and artisans in these camps?
1. Issuance of credit facilities through MUDRA scheme
2. Assistance for technological upgradation under Hathkargha Samvardhan Sahayata
3. Distribution of modern tool kits and equipments
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

15 Government has recently banned duty-free import of gold and silver items from South Korea because
1. Sudden surge in imports of these precious metals from South Korea
2. South Korea imposed a countervailing duty on import of these metals from India
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

16 In Tibetan Buddhism, the word „Terma? means
A. Boddhisattvas
B. Religious texts written by monks and nuns
C. Various forms of hidden teachings
D. Life stories of the Buddha

17 Known as „Andhra Kesari?, he dared the British to open fire upon him during the visit of Simon
Commission to Madras in colonial India and later served as the first Chief Minister of undivided
Andhra Pradesh. Recently covered in news, he is?
A. Tanguturi Parkasam
B. E.V.R Naicker
C. Alluri Sitharama Raju
D. Narasimha Reddy

18 With reference to the Indian Commodity Exchange Limited (ICEX), consider the following.
1. It is a screen based on-line derivatives exchange for commodities.
2. It is owned completely by the government.
3. It was established under the Securities Contracts (Regulation) Act.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

19 Mission 41k, recently seen in news, is related to developments in which of these sectors of the Indian
economy?
A. Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)
B. Indian Railways
C. Food Processing sector
D. Information Technology (IT)

20 Advanced medium range surface to air missile (MRSAM), an all-weather, 360-degree mobile land
based theatre air defence system, is being developed by India in partnership with
A. USA
B. Israel
C. Russia
D. Japan

21 Nuakhai Juhar is the harvest festival of which of these States/Union Territories (UTs) of India?
A. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
B. Jammu and Kashmir
C. Odisha
D. Andhra Pradesh

22 A „diamond futures contracts? has been recently designed to provide Indian exporters with a hedging
tool. What do you understand by hedging in this context?
1. To ensure optimum demand conditions of diamonds abroad
2. To protect them from diamond price fluctuations
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

23 The famous Indra Sawhney and others vs. Union of India case under the Supreme Court of India
concerns with
A. Reservation of backward classes community
B. Protection of basic structure of the constitution
C. Acquisition of properties from marginalized communities by the state
D. Provisionsrelated to detention of a subject under Section 144 of Cr. PC

24 On the recommendations of the Central Board of Directors of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which
of these bodies holds the authority to notify new currency notes such as the Rs.200 note recently?
A. The Union Finance Ministry
B. Chairman, Securities Exchange Board of India (SEBI)
C. Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Limited (SPMCIL)
D. Any of the above depending on the value of the denomination of the currency

25 Why did the famous archaeologist John Marshall dedicated his important volumes on Sanchi to Sultan
Jehan Begum, the ruler of Bhopal in colonial India?
1. She provided money for the preservation of the ancient site.
2. She initiated the cult of building stupas.
3. Her department waived off all taxes on religious sects.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 2 only

26 Consider the following about the Kakatiyas.
1. Kakatiyas were worshippers of Shiva.
2. They were the historic overlords and progenitors of the Rashtrakutas.
3. The Kakatiya polity was based a monarchical system that preferred women over men in rulership.
4. Their empire was conquered by the Delhi Sultanate.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 4 only
B. 2, 3 and 4 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

27 Gobindobhog rice, a speciality from Burdwan district of West Bengal, has got the geographical
indication (GI) status. What advantage(s) will such recognition bring to this product?
1. Its price will be regulated by the government to avoid hoarding and black marketing.
2. It will be added to the list of Essential Commodities.
3. The Government will make special efforts to increase the production of this variety of rice.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 3 only
C. 1 only
D. None of the above

28 The National Police Commission was constituted by the Government to
1. Hear public complaints against the Police
2. Suggest reforms to the police system in the country
3. Court martial guilty and corrupt police officers
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1 and 3 only

29 Which of these countries are constitutional monarchies?
1. Syria
2. Bhutan
3. Turkey
4. Cambodia
5. China
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1, 2 and 5 only
B. 2 and 4 only C.
1, 3 and 4 only
D. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

30 In the Rashtrakuta rule, „hiranya-garbha? sacrifice was done in order to
A. Donate land to Brahmins
B. Start excavation for establishing a new empire
C. To convert the caste of an individual to Kshatriya
D. Begin a war

31 A „by-election? is conducted in the event of vacancy caused by death or resignation of a Member of
Parliament, which is to be filled between general elections. This election is organized and conducted
by
A. An all-party Organization
B. Election Commission of India
C. Concerned State Election Commission
D. Central Government in the supervision of the President

32 With reference to Al-Biruni, consider the following:
1. He travelled to the South Asia and authored a study of Indian culture.
2. Mahmud Ghazni entrusted the writing of Kitab-al Hind to Al-Biruni.
3. He was given the title "founder of Indology".
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

33 With reference to the Chola empire, consider the following statements.
1. Settlements of peasants were known as ur.
2. Nadu was a group of villagesthat often administered collection of taxes.
3. Muvendavelan was a title given to upper castes that worked for the welfare of backward castes.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 only
D. 3 only

34 Consider the following statements.
1. Supreme Court and the High Courts in India settle disputes arising out of governmental decisions.
2. Central Administrative Tribunal resolves disputes between the officials and government with regard
to major government decisions.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

35 What are brain corals?
A. A slow-growing species of coral which often act as foundations for reefs
B. Corals found in fresh and cold water
C. Floating corals that feed on phytoplankton
D. None of the above

36 Consider the following statement.
1. World Bank provides low-interest loans and grants to developing countries.
2. International Monetary Fund (IMF) has the objective, inter alia, of promoting high employment,
sustainable economic growth and reducing poverty around the world.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

37 Consider the following statements.
1. The executive power of the Union shall be vested in the President and shall be exercised by him
either directly or through officers subordinate to him in accordance with the Constitution.
2. The supreme command of the Defence Forces of the Union shall be vested in the President and the
exercise thereof cannot be regulated by law.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

38 Recently, in a bid to curb health hazards originating from bursting of firecrackers, the Pune Bench of
the National Green Tribunal has directed civic bodies to levy „green tax? on sellers. Ecotaxes are
examples of „Pigouvian taxes?, which are taxesthat
1. Attempt to make the private parties involved feel the social burden of their actions
2. Shift the incidence of a direct tax in the form of an indirect tax
3. Applied only on business firms or commercial entities
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 2 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

39 Consider the following about the travel accounts of the Geographer Al-Idrisi.
1. He mentions sailing time across the world as two days.
2. He labelled silk found in Quanzhou as the best.
3. As per him, Indian subcontinent was circular in shape.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 2 only
B. 1 and 3 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1 and 2 only

40 The growth of vegetation in a region depends on which of these factors?
1. Temperature
2. Moisture
3. Slope of Soil
4. Thickness of soil
5. Altitude
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1, 2 and 5 only
B. 2, 4 and 5 only
C. 1, 3 and 4 only
D. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

41 The Fatwa-i-Jahandari is a work of Ziauddin Barani dealing with
A. Economic principles of Mughal Empire
B. Political ideals to be pursued by a Muslim ruler
C. Crime and punishment in Islam
D. Accounts of travellers to South Asia

42 As regards to the lordship of these dynasties/kingdoms, arrange them correctly from North to South:
1. Palas
2. Rashtrakutas
3. Chahamanas
4. Pandyas
Select the correct answer using the codes below.

43 In Medieval India, Mahamandaleshvara was a term often used for
A. Samantas who gained power and wealth to overpowered their Lords
B. Kings who undertook an overseas expedition
C. Priests who performed the most Ashvamedha sacrifices
D. Patrons of temples with several deities

44 Political equality of citizens refers to
1. One citizen one vote
2. Right to contest public offices without undue discrimination
3. Right to public employment
4. Equal social status
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2, 3 and 4 only
C. 1, 3 and 4 only
D. 1, 2 and 3 only

45 With reference to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, consider the
following:
1. It was adopted by an informal assembly of European Union and later approved by the UN General
Assembly.
2. The Covenant is monitored by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

46 The inscriptions of the Cholas mention various kinds of taxes. Which of these is the most frequently
mentioned tax in these inscriptions?
A. Ladamol
B. Vetti
C. Surnam
D. Rumolna

47 Consider the following statements.
1. Any ordinary law needs to be passed by both the Houses.
2. Money bills need to be passed only by the Lok Sabha.
3. In case of a disagreement between the two houses on ordinary bills, a joint sitting is called that is
presided by the President.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 3 only
C. 1 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

48 Consider the following about Amir Khusrau, who was an iconic figure in the cultural history of the
Indian subcontinent.
1. He wrote poetry only in Persian.
2. He is regarded as the "father of qawwali".
3. He rejected Sufism as an unnecessary appendage of Islam.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 3 only
B. 2 only
C. 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3 only

49 Consider the following statements.
1. Parliament can expand the scope of fundamental rights by amending the constitution.
2. High Courts can interpret the constitution but cannot expand the scope of fundamental rights.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. non of the above

50 With reference to the „Visiting Advanced Joint Research (VAJRA) Faculty Scheme?, consider the
following:
1. It was launched by the Prime Minister?s office.
2. It will offer adjunct/visiting faculty assignments to eligible candidates overseas including Non-
resident Indians (NRI).
3. Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) have been excluded from the purview of this scheme.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 3 only

51 Consider the following about Industries (Development and Regulation) Act, 1951 (IDRA).
1. The Act establishes a 'Central Advisory Council' for the purpose of advising the Central Government
on matters concerning the development of the industries.
2. The Act is administered by the Ministry of Commerce through its Department of Industrial Policy &
Promotion (DIPP).
3. The IDRA empowers the Central Government to regulate the development of industries by means of
licensing with suitable exemptions as decided by the Government.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

52 Uttaramerur Inscription is a famous Tamil inscription dating to the Tenth Century A.D. It deals with
A. Recording the Mode of Election to Village Assemblies
B. Sacrificial ceremonies to be performed in the North
C. Rights and inheritances of a women
D. The segregation of the law-making bodies and executive bodies

53 What was the position of paiks, with reference to Medieval kingdoms of North-eastern India?
A. They were forced to work for the state.
B. They were mercenaries recruited from other kingdoms.
C. They held large amount of land and gold and donated it for public welfare.
D. They were the patrons of literature and arts.

54 The Union Cabinet has given its approval to the proposal of the Finance Ministry to promulgate an
ordinance to suitably amend the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Act, 2017. As per
the approval
1. The maximum tax rate for compensation cess will be significantly reduced on all commodities
2. Pre-GST tax on PSU produced goods would be reduced as states are allowed to levy additional taxes
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

55 Consider these major bhakti saints and the regions associated with them.
1. Ramdas
2. Nammalvar
3. Surdas
4. Vallabhacharya
What is the correct North-South order of the regions associated with them?

56 With reference to Medieval India, buranjis were
A. Historical chronicles, written initially in the Ahom and afterwards in Assamese language
B. An encyclopedia of diverse topics written in a variety of local languages
C. Works discussing the four Vedas and the six Vedangas
D. Stories of Lingam, entailing description of disputes between Vishnu and Brahma

57 Which of these sects advocated renunciation of the world to reach salvation?
1. Yogis
2. Nathpanthis
3. Siddhacharas
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 3 only
B. 1 and 2 only
C. 2 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

58 Consider the following statements. The Election Commissioners (ECs) in the Election Commission of
India are
1. Appointed by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC)
2. To be removed only in the same manner as that of the CEC
3. Not answerable to the government of the day for their day to day actions
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 3 only
D. 1 and 2 only

59 With reference to Medieval India, the popular saintly figures like Appar, Sambandar, Sundarar and
Manikkavasagar belonged to which of these sects?
A. Ajivikas
B. Nayanars
C. Alvars
D. Ligayatas

60 The Tripartite Struggle for control of northern India took place in the ninth century. The struggle was
between the
A. Pratihara Empire, the Pala Empire and the Rashtrakuta Empire
B. Mauryas, Guptas and Harshavardhana
C. Nandas, Sungas and Kanvas
D. Satvahanas, Chalukyas and Pala Empire

61 Which of these statements about Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is correct?
A. It was started before the 2008 recession.
B. The Central Government contributes 100% of the fund.
C. Only Income Tax payers are eligible under the scheme.
D. None of the above

62 Consider the following statements about the authors of tawrikhs.
1. They lived mainly in cities.
2. These authors prescribed elitism rather than merit to preserve purity in the royal lineage.
3. They were sharply critical of the Sultans and the bureaucratic establishment.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 2 only
D. 3 only

63 With reference to Delhi Sultanate, who were the bandagan?
A. Royal spies posted to other kingdoms
B. Translators and scribes hired by the royalty
C. Cavalrymen deputed to hilly regions
D. Special slaves purchased for military service

64 It is the largest coastal lagoon in India and the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the
Indian sub-continent. A wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention, it is
A. Vembanad Lake
B. Chilka Lake
C. Kolleru Lake
D. Sultanpur Lake

65 The text „Lilatilakam? deals with
A. Grammar and poetics
B. Commentary on the Upanishads
C. Love story of a Chola King
D. War rituals in Rashtrakuta empire

66 Akbar ordered one of his close friends and courtiers, Abul Fazl to write Akkbar Nama, a work of three
volumes. The volumes deal with
1. Akbar?s ancestors
2. Evolution of administrative setup in Indian subcontinent
3. Geography of India
4. Events of Akbar?s reign
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 4 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1, 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

67 Virashaiva movement initiated by Basavanna and his companions like Allama Prabhu and
Akkamahadevi argued for
1. Equality of all human beings
2. Revival of a new caste system based on divine origin
3. Promoting idol worship
4. Rituals to be conducted by all segments of society
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2, 3 and 4 only
C. 1 and 4 only
D. None of the above

68 Consider the following about Sulh-i kul, started by Akbar.
1. It was an idea of “universal peace”.
2. Abul Fazl was against this system of beliefs.
3. This system of governance was abandoned by rulers who followed Akbar.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 2 and 3 only
B. 3 only
C. 1 only
D. 1 and 2 only

69 Fundamental Rights are guaranteed against the actions of the
1. Legislature
2. Executive
3. Any other authorities instituted by the government
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

70 Which of these were some important centres of trade and artisanal production in Medieval central
and south India?
1. Bidar
2. Svamimalai
3. Masulipatnam
4. Thanjavur
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 3 only
B. 2 and 4 only
C. 1, 3 and 4 only
D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

71 The Architectural Splendour of Hampi is located in which of these river basins?
A. Godavari-Vaigai basin
B. Cauvery-Penna basin
C. Krishna-Tungabhadra basin
D. Mahanadi-Bhima basin

72 Why Gold mining in Kolar mines is expensive or economically less viable?
1. Gold is combined with uranium in these mines.
2. These are some of the deepest mines on earth.
3. Mining follows expulsion of methane hydrates from the mine bed.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. None of the above

73 Rathakaras, mentioned in a twelfth-century inscription from Uyyakondan Udaiyar, were engaged in the
profession of
A. temple architecture
B. preparing metal equipment used to perform sacrifices
C. making chariots
D. manual scavenging

74 Consider the following dynasties of Medieval India.
1. Rajput
2. Khalji
3. Lodi
4. Sayyid
The correct chronological order in which they appeared in India is?
A. 1234
B. 2143
C. 1243
D. 3142

75 Consider the following about the state of Garha Katanga, a Gond kingdom.
1. It earned much wealth by trapping and exporting wild elephants to other kingdoms.
2. It banned the system of coin minting due to widespread counterfeiting.
3. It conquered Bundelas and Marathas for much of Medieval Indian time period.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 3 only
C. 1 only
D. 1, 2 and 3 only

76 Consider the following about National Human Rights Commission.
1. The Commission functions autonomously of the government.
2. It is authority established by executive orders based on past conventions.
3. Its recommendations are legally binding on both the courts and the government.
4. A citizen does not need to pay some fees to approach the commission.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2, 3 and 4 only
C. 1 and 4 only
D. 2 and 3 only

77 Consider the following with reference to Ahom Kingdom.
1. They made land grants to religious institutions and figures.
2. Ahoms were persecutors of Hinduism.
3. Artisan population was predominant in the Kingdom.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1, 2 and 3
B. 2 only
C. 1 only
D. 3 only

78 All bills, in order to become a law, passed by the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha must be approved by
A. President
B. Vice-President
C. Speaker, Lok Sabha
D. A Joint Parliamentary Committee
79 Naga is a vaguely defined umbrella term for several tribes in North-East India and Upper Burma.
Which of these tribes fall under this category?
1. Nyima
2. Zonga
3. Angami
4. Chang and Chiru
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 3 and 4 only
D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

80 The Puranas laid down that
1. It was not possible for devotees to receive the grace of God unless they were born in certain castes.
2. One should not be a devout of God idols and instead meditate on the formless reality
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

81 Consider the following about the Nayanars and Alvars.
1. They were sharply critical of the Buddhists and Jainas and preached ardent love of Shiva or Vishnu
as the path to salvation.
2. They drew upon the ideals of love and heroism as found in the Sangam literature with the values of
bhakti.
3. They went from place to place composing exquisite poems in praise of the deities enshrined in the
villages they visited.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 2 only
B. 1 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

82 The famous Kandariya Mahadeva temple dedicated to Shiva was constructed by the king of which of
these dynasties?
A. Chandela
B. Pandyas
C. Cheras
D. Pratiharas

83 Vishishtadvaita propounded by Ramanuja stressed on
1. Complete unification of individual soul with the Supreme soul
2. Choosing devotion over reasoning to experience oneness with the Universe
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

84 During Akbars reign, Ibadat khana was used as a
A. House of sacrifices
B. Place for religious discussions
C. Rest house
D. Place for initiation of monks

85 Which of these general statements about a constitution is necessarily INCORRECT?
1. It may specify how the government will be constituted, who will have power to take which
decisions;
2. It may specify the ideals that the government of the day should follow as a matter of policy and
legislation.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

86 The Sufis believed that the heart can be trained to look at the world in a different way. For this Sufis
developed a method known as Zikr which was
1. Chanting of a name or sacred formula
2. Pilgrimage to holy sites
3. Discussion of parables
4. Holy private guidance of masters
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2, 3 and 4 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2, 3 and 4

87 With reference to the Model Code of Conduct (MCC), consider the following statements.
1. MCC is a legally binding document enforceable by the Higher Judiciary of India.
2. MCC is intended to provide a level playing field for all political parties to keep election campaigns
fair and healthy.
3. MCC comes into force only when the polling is being conducted and remains in force until the new
government is formed.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 3 only
D. 1 and 3 only

88 Those who joined Mughalservice were enrolled as mansabdars. Consider the following about them.
1. It was a grading system to fix rank and salary.
2. The mansabdar was not supposed to have a military force.
3. There was a practice of branding the horses of mansabdars.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

89 Which of these schools of painting has illustrated the complete text of Rasamanjari which is a work of
Banbhatta?
A. Basholi
B. Madhubani
C. Gandhara
D. Mathura

90 Mangal-Kavya is a group of Bengali Hindu religious texts notably consisting of narratives of
indigenous deities of rural Bengal in the social scenario of the Middle Ages. Which of these is the
likeliest period of their composition?
A. 6th Century BCE
B. Between 13th Century and 18th Century AD
C. Late Nineteenth Century
D. In between 8th and 11th Century AD

91 What do you understand by „Animism??
A. Association of divinity with natural forces and objects
B. A ritual involving resurrection of animals from the dead
C. A religion formed by outsider castes in a forest hinterland
D. The core of Samkhya philosophy that teaches detachment of consciousness from animate
objects

92 Consider the following statements about Brihaddharma Purana.
1. The first printed edition of this text was published by The Asiatic Society.
2. As per the text, brahmanas were not allowed to eat non-vegetarian food.
3. It was classified as a text entirely dedicated to Mimansa philosophy.
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. None of the above


93 Consider the following statements. Manipravalam
1. was a literary style used in medieval liturgical texts in South India
2. Used a mixture of Tamil and Sanskrit in the text
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

94 Consider the following statements.
1. When on election duty, government officers work under the control of the concerned District
Administration.
2. When election commission officials come to the opinion that polling was not fair in an entire
constituency, they can order a repoll.
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

95 Gonds are a designated Scheduled Tribe in the state of
1. Andhra Pradesh
2. Jharkhand
3. Tripura
4. Himachal Pradesh
5. Odisha
Select the correct answer using the codes below.
A. 1, 2 and 5 only
B. 3 and 4 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

96 With reference to Medieval India, what was the Tanda?
A. A caravan of nomad trader Banjaras
B. An improved version of the Persian wheel
C. A technology of making gunpowder
D. Rust free iron making technique

97 If patches of green are seen amidst huge bodies of water, that signals presence of phytoplankton. A
large such patch would signify that the
A. Primary productivity of that water region is high.
B. The region is oxygen deprived.
C. Prevailing water is unusually hot.
D. No waves or currents are found in its vicinity.


98 Consider the following statements. Under Alauddin Khalji
1. The state brought the assessment and collection of land revenue under its own control
2. Rights of the local chieftains to levy taxes were revived and they were exempted from paying taxes
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None

99 Chola inscriptions mention several categories of land. Among them vellanvagai was a land
A. belonging to non-Brahmana peasant proprietors
B. given for the maintenance of a school
C. donated to Jaina institutions
D. left for fallow cultivation

100 The Civil Defence Act, 1968 provides for
1. Constitution of a District Disaster Management Authority (DDMA)
2. Pre-emptive attack powers to the armed forces of India in the event of border skirmishes
Which of the above is/are correct?
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. None