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General Knowledge


1. The significant difference between Mahayana and Hinayana forms of Buddhism lay in that
(a) Mahayana allowed for the transference of merit while in Hinayana, a person would only help another by example and advice
(b) Mahayana believed in the Bodhisattvas while Hinayana did not
(c) Hinayana promoted the ideas of a suffering saviour
(d) Mahayana propounded the idea of the 'Arhant', the 'worthy'

2. The ancient trade route, popularly called the Dakshinapatha, connected
(a) Ajanta with Golconda
(b) Ellora with Muziris
(c) Ajanta with Arikamedu
(d) Ajanta with Pataliputra

3. The Khilafat Movement was built around
(a) opposing British rule in India
(b) protecting the sovereignty of the Khalifa
(c) opposing the national movement
(d) protesting against lack of educational opportunities in India

4. Mahatma Gandhi's severe criticism of the Congress leadership at the opening of the Benaras Hindu University was focused on 
(a) the Congress strategy for opposing the government
(b) the Congress accepting offices under the government
(c) condemnation of Indian nationalism for being an elite phenomenon
(d) All of the above

5. Akbar's lbadat Khana was the place where
(a) military strategy was decided
(b)inter-faith debates and discussions were held
(c) Akbar preached his principles of Sulh-i-ku1
(d) fine arts were practised

6. The Buddhist Sangha was an organization of monks
(a) who became teachers of Dhamma
(b) that helped the spread of education
(c) to help the integration of the State
(d) to provide relief to the poor in times of distress 

7. The direct correlation among caste,poverty and social status implied that
1.with improvement in economic status, one could claim higher social status
2. caste hierarchy was immutable
3. lower castes were the only ones to be pushed into menial labour
4. with improvement in social status, one could claim higher caste status
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1, 2and4
(b) 1, 3and4
(c) 2 and 4 only
(d) 1 and 3 only

8. Ritual kinship was the hallmark of Vijayanagar rule. Vijayanagar rulers claimed to have ruled on behalf of which one among the oowng srnes?
(a) Vithala
(b) Tirupati
(c) Virupaksha
(d) Mallikarjuna

9. Separate electorates for representation of Indian Christians and Anglo-Indians were created under the
(a) Indian Councils Act, 1861
(b) Government of India Act, 1909
(c) Government of India Act, 1919
(d) Government of India Act, 1935

10. The Chipko Movement
1. was an environmental movement to prevent cutting down of trees
2. raised the question of ecological and economic exploitation 
3. is a movement against alcoholism as its broadened agenda
4. demanded that local communities should have control over their natural resources
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only 
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2, 3and4

11. The Parliament of India may form a new State by separation of territory from any State or by unifying any territory to a part of any State.Which of the following procedures is/are true in this regard?
1. By a simple majority and by the ordinary legislative process
2. On the recommendation of the President, who usually has to refer the bill to the legislature of the State(s) which is/are going to be affected by the changes proposed in the bill
3. On the advice of the Prime Minister to the President 
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 2and3
(c) 2 only
(d) 1 and 3 only

12. A bill introduced in the Parliament, in order to become an Act, has to have which of the following procedures to be followed?
1. It is to be passed by both the Houses of the Parliament.
2. The President has to give his/her assent.
3. The Prime Minister has to sign it after the ratification by the Parliament.
4. The Supreme Court has to approve and declare it to be within the jurisdiction of the Parliament.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) I and 2 only
(b) 1, 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 2, 3and4
(d) 3 and 4 only

13. Which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Offices connected with a religious or denominated institution may be reserved for members professing the particular religion to which the institution relates.
2. The State may reserve any post or appointment in favour of  any backward class of citizens who, in the opinion of the State, are not adequately represented in the services under that State.
3. No citizen shall, on grounds of religion, race, caste, sex, descent, place of birth or any of them, be ineligible for any office under the State. 
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 2and3
(d) 3 only

14. Consider the following statements :
1. While the Fundamental Rights constitute limitations on State action, the Directive Principles are in the nature of instruments of instruction to the government of the day to do certain things and to 
achieve certain goals by their actions.
2. The Directive Principles, however, require to be implemented by legislations and so long as there is no law carrying out the policy laid down in a Directive Principle, neither the State nor an individual can violate any existing law or legal rights under the colour of getting a Directive.
3. The Directive Principles are enforceable in the courts and create justiciable rights in favour of the individual.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1, 2and3
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 2 only

15. Consider the following statements :
1. It shall be the endeavour of every State and every local authority within the State to provide adequate facilities for instruction in mother tongue at the primary state of education to children belonging to linguistic minority groups.
2. The Constitution enjoins the Union of India to provide and promote the spread of Hindi language and to develop it so that it may serve as a medium of expression of all the elements of the composite culture of India.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

16. Which of the following expenditures is/are charged on the Consolidated Fund of India?
1. The emoluments and allowances of the President and the expenditure relating to his/her office 
2. The salaries and allowances of the Chairman and Deputy Chairman of the Council of States and the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of the House of the People 
3. Debt charges for which the Government of India is liable 
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 2and3
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 3 only

17. Which of the following are the privileges of the House of the People collectively?
1. The right to publish debates and proceedings, and the right to restrain publication by others
2. The right to exclude others-to exclude strangers from the galleries anytime
3. The right to punish members and outsiders for breach of its privileges
4. What is said or done within the walls of the Parliament, however, can be inquired into in a court of law 
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b) 1, 2, 3and4
(c) I and 2 only
(d) 3 and 4 only

18. A bill is deemed to be a `Money Bill' if it contains only provisions dealing with
1. the imposition, alteration or regulation of any tax
2. the regulation of the borrowing of money by the government 
3. the custody of the Consolidated Fund of India or the Contingency Fund of India 
4. the provision for imposition of fines or other penalties, or for the demand or payment of fees for licenses or fees for services rendered
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2, 3and4

19. Which of the following statements regarding the powers of the Speaker of the House of the People is/are correct?
1. The Speaker's conduct in regulating the procedure of maintaining order in the House will not be subject to the jurisdiction of any court.
2. Besides presiding over his/her own House, the Speaker possesses certain powers like presiding over a joint sitting of the two Houses of the Parliament.
3. While a resolution for his/her removal is under consideration,the Speaker shall preside but shall have no right to speak, and shall have no right of vote.
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1, 2and 3
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1 only

20. A person shall be disqualified for being chosen as, and for being, a member of either House of the Parliament if she/he 
1. holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State, other than an office exempted by the Parliament by law
2. is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent court 
3. remains absent from all meetings of the House for a period of 60 days without the permission of the House 
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) l and 3 only

21. Consider the following statements regarding termination of sitting of a House :
1. Only the House of the People is subject to dissolution.
2. The powers of dissolution and prorogation are exercised by the President on the advice of the Council of Ministers.
3. The power to adjourn the daily sittings of the House of the People and the Council of States belongs to the Speaker and the Chairman respectively.
4. The Parliament cannot be dissolved as it is a permanent chamber.
Which of the statements given above are correct?
(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 2, 3and4
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2and4

22. Consider the following statements :
1. A person who is not a member of either House of the Parliament can be appointed a member of the Council of Ministers.
2. Anyone can be appointed as a member of the Council of  Ministers for a maximum period of three years.
3. A person shall not be less than 25 years of age in order to become a minister.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 1 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 2 and 3 only

23. The Central Administrative Tribunal adjudicates disputes with respect to the recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed 
1. to public services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union
2. members of the defence forces
3. officers and servants of the
Supreme Court or of any High Court in India
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and2
(b) 1 only
(c) 2 only
(d) 2 and 3

24. The following are some of the items of expenditure of the Central Government in India :
1. Interest payments
2. Major subsidies
3. Pensions
4. Loans and advances
Which of the above is/are included in non-plan revenue expenditure?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 2and3
(d) 2, 3 and 4

25. If we deduct grants for creation of capital assets from revenue deficit, we arrive at the concept of
(a) primary deficit
(b) net fiscal deficit
(c) budgetary deficit
(d) effective revenue deficit

26. Which one among the following items has maximum weight in wholesale price index in India?
(a) Primary article
(b) Fuel and power
(c) Manufactured product
(d) Food item

27. Which among the following agencies disbursed maximum credit to the agricultural sector in India between 2006-07 and 2011-12?
(a) Cooperative banks
(b) Regional rural banks
(c) Commercial banks
(d) Moneylenders

28. Consider the following statements :
1. Repo rate is the interest rate at which RBI lends to commercial banks for short period.
2. Reverse repo rate is the interest rate which RBI pays to commercial banks on short-term deposits.
3. Gap between repo rate and reverse repo rate has been declining in India in the recent past.
Which of the statements given above is/are not correct?
(a) 1
(b) 2 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 2 and 3

29. The rate of inflation in India is measured generally in respect of movement of
(a) consumer price index
(b) wholesale price index
(c) cost of living index for agricultural labour
(d) money supply

30. Privatization includes
(a) sale of public enterprises to private sector
(b) disinvestment of public enterprise equity
(c) participation of private sector in management in public sector enterprises
(d) All of the above

31. Which of the following statements is correct with respect to the convertibility of Indian rupee?
(a) It is convertible on capital account
(b) It is convertible on current account
(c) It is convertible both on current and capital account
(d) None of the above

32. The Government of India refers to the absolute poverty line in terms of 
(a) household savings
(b) household consumption
(c) household investment
(d) household income

33. In the current pricing policy, the price of diesel in India consists of
(a) Fuel component + Customs duty + Excise duty + Sales VAT + Dealer's commission
(b) Fuel component + Excise duty + Sales VAT + Dealer's commission
(c) Fuel component + Customs duty + Sales VAT + Dealer's commission
(d) Fuel component + Customs duty + Excise duty + Dealer's commission

34. Which one among the following is not a Mars rover?
(a) Sojourner
(b) Opportunity
(c) Curiosity
(d) Apollo

35. The logo of which of the following famous organizations is a Giant Panda?
(a)World Wildlife Fund or World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)
(b)International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN)
(c) United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
(d)United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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