Practice Test 21/4/17


Today’s test consists of more Current Affairs’ questions than usual. This will help to evaluate your newspaper reading so far.

  1. The first Indian satellite that was built in the country, was named after a 5th Century A.D.  astronomer. Which of the following is/are texts authored by this astronomer?
    1. Aryabhatibhashya.
    2. Brihatsamhita.
    3. Aryasiddhanta.
    Choose the correct option:
    a. 1 and 2
    b. Only 2
    c. 1 and 3
    d. Only 3
  2. Which of the following statements are correct? 
    1. Discussions on the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor predates the formal launch of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
    2. The BCIM economic corridor will pass through the Indian states of Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and West Bengal before entering Bangladesh
    Choose the correct option:
    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. None of the above
  3. The Union Cabinet recently approved policy guidelines to allow financially sound State Government entities to borrow directly from bilateral ODA (Official Development Assistance) partners for implementation of vital infrastructure projects. ODA is provided by official agencies, and each transaction of which is _____.
    a. Administered with the main objective of promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries
    b. Concessional in character
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. None of the above
  4. Which one of the following nations is an Adriatic Sea-littoral nation?
    a. Greece
    b. Libya
    c. Montenegro
    d. Bulgaria
  5. The Government e-Marketplace Special Purpose Vehicle will NOT _______. 
    a. Replace the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposal.
    b. Be a Section 25 company under the Companies Act, 2013.
    c. Provide for procurement of goods and services required by Central Government organisations.
    d. Provide for procurement of goods and services required by State Government organisations
  6. ‘Tripitaka’, in the context of Ancient India, refers to ______. 
    a. A traditional term used for Buddhist scriptures
    b. A form of classification of agricultural labourers in the Mauryan Empire
    c. The association of the upper echelons of all guilds during the Gupta Age
    d. Three baskets made of gold that were recently excavated at the Harappan site of Kalibangan
  7. Which of the following statements is correct?
    1. This wetland was included in the Montreux Record in 1993, only to be removed from it subsequently.
    2. It is connected to the Bay of Bengal.
    3. It is considered to be the largest lagoon in India.
    4. It is also the largest wintering ground for migratory birds on the Indian subcontinent
    Choose the correct option:
    a. Chilika lake
    b. Kolleru Lake
    c. Bhoj Wetland
    d. Sasthamcotta Lake
  8. ‘Rafatazmia Chitrakootensis’, recently in the news is _______. 
    a. A type of legless skink which was long considered lost and “rediscovered” in the Chilika Lake region
    b. A newly discovered species of night frog from the Eastern Himalayan region
    c. A type of phosphorite rock, recently discovered in Central India, which contains large deposits of shale oil
    d. A set of fossils which suggest that the origins of plants may go back hundreds of millions of years earlier than previously thought
  9. Which one of the following statements with reference to the National Strategic Plan for Tuberculosis Elimination (2017-2025) is correct?
    a. The emphasis will be on undertaking universal testing for drug-resistant TB instead of waiting for patients to walk in to get tested
    b. It seeks to make the daily treatment regimen universal
    c. Patients approaching the private sector will be provided with free treatment
    d. All of the above
  10. What is a ‘vernal window’?
    a. The period of transition into spring from winter
    b. The gap in the Earth’s ionosphere which enables dedicated ground detectors to study muons
    c. The brief period between the HIV virus entering the blood stream and infecting the T cells
    d. Any process which has a time period equal to the duration between two consecutive heartbeats

Please evaluate your studies once you are done with the test. More than the questions, the topics upon which the questions are based are more important. So make sure you read about these topics if you haven’t.
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