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UPSC Pathshala Test 01 with Hints

Q1. In which country the organization “Siva Senai” has emerged to protect “Hindu rights?” Myanmar Nepal Sri Lanka Maldives Correct answer Sri Lanka...

Akshay Palande Written by Akshay Palande · 9 min read >

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UPSC Pathshala Test 01 with Hints

Akshay Palande Written by Akshay Palande · 9 min read >

Q1. In which country the organization “Siva Senai” has emerged to protect “Hindu rights?”
Myanmar
Nepal
Sri Lanka
Maldives
Correct answer Sri Lanka
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This organization, headed by Maravanpulavu Sachithananthan has deepened the communal divide in Sri Lanka.
Q2. Which two companies have started a collaboration for training health professionals in India?
Pfizer and Sun Microsystems
Glaxo and Airtel
Tata and GE
Reliance and Philips
Correct answer Tata and GE
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GE will expand the training network from 10 to 25. Tata Trusts to provide interest free loans of 86k, per candidate to cover course fee. Currently India needs 65 lac health professionals but has 3 lac.
Q3. Consider the following about the postal ballots in India. (1) It can now be downloaded, using an OTP. (2) It can also be uploaded as a way of casting one’s vote. Which of the statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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Change in the Conduct of Election Rules, 1961
People can download ballot with an OTP Will still have send the votes by post.
Will still have send the votes by post
Q4. Consider the following statements. (1) Paul Beatty has won the Man Booker Prize for his novel “The Sellout”. (2) He is the second American to be awarded with the honour. Which of the statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Q13. Which of the following states faced the problem of data breach of 1.5 Crore people due to uploading of personal data on website?
Tamilnadu
Rajasthan
Uttar Pradesh
Kerala
Correct answer Kerala
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Kerala recently was in the eye of a storm, because of this huge data breach.
Q14. Consider the following about “ease of doing business” index. (1) It is generated by World Bank. (2) India was ranked 130th in the latest survey. Which of the statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Both 1 and 2
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Indian government has been targeting improvement in this index, but has gained just one position. Last year India was 131st, this year, it was ranked 130th.
Q15. Which of the following states in India registered highest preventive detention cases in 2015?
Tamil Nadu
Telangana
Karnataka
Gujarat
Correct answer: Tamil Nadu
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Tamil Nadu has the political culture of preventive detention. It registered 1268 cases as against 339 in Telangana, 232 in Karnataka and 219 in Gujarat.
Q16. What is “National Academic Depository”?
Collection of all academic journals published in India
Digital record of all the academic degrees and certificates for verification Video recording of all the lectures delivered at IITs Patents registered in a calendar year in Indian universities
Correct answer Digital record of all the academic degrees and certificates for verification Feedback
In National Academic Depository, all academic degrees, certificates and awards in the country will be available for digital verification. It will ensure same day verification on request of registered user.
Q17. Which of the following state is not a party in Cauvery water distribution?
Goa
Karnataka
Puducherry
Kerala
Correct answer Goa
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The involved states are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Puducherry.
Q18. Consider the following about “autophagy”. (1) It means the tendency of self destruction in the cells.(2) It was coined by Yoshinori Ohsumi. Which of the statements is/are true?
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2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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The 1974 Medicine laureate, Christian de Duve, coined the term autophagy (meaning “self eating”) in 1963. “This concept emerged during the 1960s, when researchers first observed that the cell could destroy its own contents by enclosing it in membranes, forming sack-like vesicles that were transported to a recycling compartment, called the lysosome, for degradation. Yoshinori Ohsumi has won the Nobel Prize for his work on autophagy this year, but he did not discover it.
Q19. Consider the following facts about the NDTV ban. (1) It was done under clause 6 (1) (p) of the Programme Code for Cable TV networks in India. (2) It was decided by a committee of officials from Ministry of I & B. Which of the statements is/are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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It was done by an inter-ministerial committee.
Q20. “Five plus zero” initiative is related to which of the following fields?
Judicial delays
Unattended airways
Poverty line calculations
Start up funding
Correct answer Judicial delays
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It’s an initiative which aims at having zero cases with pendency of more than 5 years.
Q21. To which country organization FARC is related?
Finland
Argentina
Russia
Colombia
Correct answer Colombia
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FARC is the revolutionary group of Colombia, which recently signed peace pact with the government. The pact was rejected by the people in a referendum.
Q22. Consider the following about the parliamentary privileges. 1. Without these privileges, parliament can neither maintain their authority, dignity and honournor can protect their members from any obstruction in the discharge of their parliamentary responsibilities. 2. The constitution has extended parliamentary privileges to Parliament, including the Attorney General of India. Which of the statements is/are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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The privileges are not available to the Attorney General of India.
NSG has 48 members and any new addition can be made by the consensus.
Q24. Consider the following statements. 1. Nikesh Arora stepped down as the President of Softbank. 2. Softbank was founded by Masayoshi Son. Which of the following statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Both 1 and 2
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Nikesh Arora was the most highly paid executive of the world. He stepped down from Softbank.
Q25. Consider the following about Indo-Japan nuclear deal. (1) It is subject to approval from Japanese legislature. (2) The deal can be nullified if India conducts a nuclear test. Which of the facts is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Both 1 and 2
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Both the facts are correct. Negotiations on this deal were stuck since 2010 due to India’s not signing NPT.
Q26. Consider the following about India’s NFU policy. (1) It bars the country to be the first user of nuclear weapon against any other country. (2) It also restricts the use of nuclear weapon when attacked in a non-nuclear way. Which of the statements are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Both 1 and 2
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Both the statements are true. NFU policy may be applicable to chemical and biological weapons as well. It was in news when Manohar Parrikar questioned the logic of it.
Q27. Which of the following is not a declared target of demonetization?
Curbing black economy
Slow down overheated economy to reduce inflationary pressure
Digitalization of trasactions
Tackle the issue of counterfeit currency
Correct answer Slow down overheated economy to reduce inflationary pressure
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Reduction of inflation was not a target announced by the government. Though it will be there for sure in the economy. 
Q28. Who is Naela Qadari?
A scientist in Iran
A baloch leader
First transgender to contest an election in Pakistan
First female legislator in Saudi Arabia
Correct answer A baloch leader
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She is a firebrand Baloch leader, who was in news as she was denied visa by Indian government.
Q29. SC has recently declared a law on river sharing, passed by Punjab assembly to be invalid. Which of the following statements about that is/are true? (1) It was declared unconstitutional because no state legislature can circumvent a SC ruling by passing a law. (2) It was regarding sharing of water of Sutlej and Beas.
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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SC’s ruling can be circumvented by the parliament, as they are considered like a constitutional amendment. The law was about sharing of water of Ravi and Beas.
Q30. What is term “perigee sygyzy” related to?
New fertility treatment
Incident of supermoon
New species of rabbit
New material added to periodic table
Correct answer Incident of supermoon
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Recent incident of supermoon (extreme closeness of moon to earth) was named as Perigee Sygyzy.
Q31. What is “Linke Hofmann Busch” technology related to?
Railway coach
Fighter jet
Missile defence system
Nuclear reactor
Correct answer Railway coach
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It’s a technology for making Railway coaches, which don’t smash into each other in case of an accident. It was in news because of the recent train accident at Kanpur.
Q32. Consider the following about “Status of the Global Climate Report”. (1) Total temperature rise as compared to pre-industrial era is 1.2 degree. (2) It was issued by WMO.
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Neither 1 nor 2
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Both the statements are true. In this report, the risk of breaching the ambitious 1.5 degree mark is very high, while the Paris agreement accepted cutoff is 2 degree.
Q33. Consider the following about LIGO India project. (1) The lab is being set up in Dudhala village in Maharashtra. (2) It is third such lab in the world, fist 2 being in China. Which of the statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer only 1
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The lab is coming up at Dudhala in Maharashtra. The first 2 such labs are in USA.
Q34. Consider the following about the S4A debts. (1) They are meant for restructuring the stressed assets. (2) First such debt has been approved for construction major HCC. Which of the facts is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Both 1 and 2
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First S4A debt has been approved for construction major HCC. It is sustainable structuring of stresses assets. RBI’s oversight committee passed it. 
Q35. Consider the following about India and Sri Lanka’s fishermen agreement. (1) Both the countries have formed a Joint Working Group, which will meet once every month. (2) Fisheries ministers of both the countries will meet once every year. Which of the facts is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Neither 1 nor 2
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Formed joint working group
Hotline between coast guards of the both countries
Meeting of the JWG once every 3 month
Meeting of fisheries ministries every 6 months No violence or loss of life of fishermen
 
Q36. Which of the following facts is/are NOT true. (1) Chandrabhaga is a mythical lost river, which IIT Kharagpur scientists have claimed to have found out. (2) It has been found near Amravati in Maharashtra.
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer only 1
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It has been found near the Konarka Temple in Odisha.
Q37. Consider the following about Operation Raftaar. (1) It is a project aimed at creating high speed trains on Delhi Mumbai and Delhi Howrah corridor. (2) It targets to make trains run at a speed of 200Kmph. Which of the statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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It aims at creating trains which will run at speed of 160 Kmph.
Q38. Consider the following about High Court judges’ appointment in India. (1) It is decided by a committee constituting of Chief Justice of that high court along with 4 senior most judges. (2) Governor can send the recommendation back to the court for reconsideration. Which of the facts is/are NOT true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Both 1 and 2
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The appointments of HC judges is made by the collegium constituting of senior most Supreme Court judges only. The recommendations can be sent back by the Central government. State governments have no role to play in appointments in higher judiciary.
Q39. Which of the following features of the fundamental rights under Indian constitution is/are not correct?(1)They are above ordinary laws(2) They are absolute(3) They are justiciable(4) They are inspired by the constitution of Finland.
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2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 2 and 4
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Fundamental rights are superior to ordinary law, as any law breaching them is unconstitutional. They are not absolute and come with some limitations. They can be enforced by the court of law and are inspired from the constitution of USA.
Q40. Consider the following about the fundamental rights.(1) They are generally positively worded, as they provide the citizens with rights over the state. (2) They are an effective tool to limit state’s hegemony over policy making. Which of the above are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 2 and 4
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Fundamental rights are negatively worded as they tend to limit the rights the state has over citizen, and thus they limit the hegemony over policy making as well. 
Q41. Consider the following about the applicability of fundamental rights.(1) Right for equality before law is applicable for citizens only(2) State is free to prosecute any alien with different laws.Which of the above are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer Neither 1 nor 2
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Article 14 is applicable for all the citizens as well as aliens. State has to follow the equal law for everyone.
Q42. Which of the following is the correct cosntitutional doctrine?
Equality among all
Equality among none
Equalilty among equals
None of the above
Correct answer Equalilty among equals
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Indian constitution envisages equality among equals, which paves way for the positive discrimination. 
Q43. Consider the following facts about demonetization move.1. It is a partial demonetization.2. It was the first time such a step has been taken in India.Which of the facts are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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It is partial, as not all the currency has ceased to be legal tender. It was done earlier as well in by Morarji Desai government in 1978. 
 
Q44. Why is Qamar Javed Bajwa famous
Paralympics champion
Dean of Business at Harvard University
Pakistan’s Army Chief
Sufi singer
Correct answer Pakistan’s Army Chief
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Bajwa recently replaced Raheel Sharif as the chief of Pakistan’s army.
 
Q45. Consider the following about Zika virus.1. It was taken off the emergency list of international concern by UNICEF recently. 2. It causes Microcephaly, the reduction in the size of head. Which of the above is/are NOT true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 2 only
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Zika has been put off the list of medical emergency list of international concern by WHO.
Q46. Consider the following about the US President.1. The new President takes oath on 20th January, after the elections. 2. A person is allowed a maximum of one term as the President of US.
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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Inaugiration of US President takes place on January 20th every year. Anyone can have maximum 2 terms as the President
Q47. Which of the following is the new mascot of “Incredible India”?
Aamir Khan
P.V. Sindhu
Sakshi Malik
Narendra Modi
Correct answer Narendra Modi
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After expiry of Aamir Khan’s contract, the government decided to go for the Prime Minister only as a mascot.
Q48. Consider the following about OROP issue.1. The prime reason of non-commitment is the poor estimation of the actual cost. 2. It calls for equal emolument for all the soldiers based on the length of service. Which of the statements is/are true?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer 1 only
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The actual cost of total implemantation is unknown as it has never been calculated thoroughly. It calls for same pensions for people retiring from same posts.
Q49. Consider the following about the Supreme Court’s judgment on anthem? 1. It was passes on a writ filed by PUCL.2. It makes it mandatory to play national anthem at the beginning of day in all cinema halls.
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer  Neither 1 nor 2
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It was on a PIL filed by Shyan Narayan Chouksey. Playing national anthem will be mandatory before every show.
Q50. Consider the following about the new GST slabs. (1) There will be 4 slabs of tax, having slabs of 0, 6, 16 and 28%. (2) Foodgrains will be kept in zero tax bracket. Which of the statements is/are correct?
1 only
2 only
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2
Correct answer  2 only
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The tax brackets will be 0, 5, 18 and 28%. Foodgrains along with almost half the consumer basket will be in zero tax bracket.

Written by Akshay Palande
Akshay Palande is a passionate teacher helping hundreds of students in their UPSC preparation. With a degree in Mechanical Engineering and double masters in Public Administration and Economics, he has experience of teaching UPSC aspirants for 5 years. His subject of expertise are Geography, Polity, Economics and Environment and Ecology. Profile

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