UPSC Previous paper 2014 Contributed by Arya updated on Oct 2020
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1.   The Headquarters of International Atomic Energy Agency is in -------

(a)  Geneva
(b)  Paris
(c)  Vienna    -    Answer
(d)  Washington

2.      In the Budget Estimates for 2011-12, an allocation of Rs.400 crore has been made to bring in a green revolution in the East in the rice-based cropping system of
(a)   Assam & West Bengal only
(b)   Assam, West Bengal, Odisha & Bihar only
(c)   Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar & Jharkhand only
(d)  Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar , Jharkhand, Eastern Uttar Pradesh & Chattisgarh   -    Answer

3.      If the Budget for 2011-12 presented by the Finance Minister on 28.02.2011, the income-tax exemption limit for senior citizens (60 years to less than 80 years) has been increased to ------
(a)    Rs. 2.50 lakh   -    Answer
(b)    Rs.2.60 lakh
(c)    Rs.2.80 lakh
(d)    Rs.3.00 lakh

4.     If the Anglo-Indian community does not get adequate representation in the Lok Sabha, two members of the community can be nominated by the
(a)   Prime Minister 
(b)   President    -    Answer
(c)   Speaker
(d)   President in consultation with the Parliament

5.    For the election of President of India, a citizen should have completed the age of ------
(a)  25 Years
(b)  30 Years
(c)  35 Years   -    Answer
(d)  18 Years

6.    Who said, "A good citizen makes a good State and a bad citizen makes a bad State ".
(a)    Plato
(b)    Rousseau
(c)    Aristotle   -    Answer
(d)    Laski

7.    A member of Parliament will lose his membership of Parliament if he is continuously absent from sessions for
(a)    45 days
(b)    60 days   -    Answer
(c)    90 days
(d)    365 days

8.     In India, the Residuary Powers are vested with ------
(a)    Union Government   -    Answer
(b)    State Government
(c)    Both the Union Government and the State Government
(d)    Local Government

9.    Mention the place where Buddha attained enlightenment -----
(a)    Sarnath
(b)    Bodh Gaya   -    Answer
(c)    Kapilavastu
(d)    Rajgriha

10.    'World Environment Day' is celebrated every year on ----
(a)     15 January
(b)    26 August
(c)    5 June   -    Answer
(d)    10 July
(e)    20 July

11.    If x +     2    =10, then the value of x is ----
                3+   4  
                  5+ 7
                       6
(a)    1276/135 -    Answer
(b)    53/6
(c)    4.35
(d)    9
        Expl:     x +     2    = 10
                        3+   4  
                          5+ 7
                               6

            =>  x +     2    =10
                     3+   4  
                           37
                            6

             =>    x +     2    =10
                        3+  2 4  
                              37
            =>x +     2    =10
                        135
                         37

            =>x +     74    =10
                       135
        :.                       x = 10-74/135    = 1350-74   = 1276
                                                                   135          135
                      
                           

12.    The unit digit in the sum of (124)372 + (124)373 is -----
(a)    5   -    Answer 
(b)    4
(c)    2
(d)    0
        Expl :      =  (124)372 (1+ 124)
                      = (124)372 x 125
                      = (4)o x 125
                 :. Required unit digit  = 5

13.    The value of 3 + 1   +      1     +    1        is ------
                                ? 3       3+? 3      ? 3 - 3
(a)    3+? 3
(b)   3  -    Answer
(c)    1
(d)    0
        Expl :     3 + 1   +   ? 3-3+3+? 3  
                         ? 3       (3+? 3 )(? 3 -3)
                            =     3 +  1      +  2? 3
                                        ? 3          (-6)
                            =     3 +  1    -     1
                                        ? 3        ? 3
                            = 3

14.    If a * b = a, then the value of 5*3 is ----
(a)    125  -    Answer
(b)    243
(c)    53
(d)    15
       Expl: a * b  = a
                 5 * 3  = 53  = 125
                
15.    If 1.5x = 0.04y, then the value of       y2 - x2        is
                                                                y2+2xy+x2 
(a)    730/77
(b)   73/77  -    Answer
(c)    73/770
(d)    74/77
        Expl :              1.5x = 0.04y
                   =>        y     = 1.5   =150  =  75      ----(1)
                                x       0.04     4           2

               Given exp.      =     y2 - x2        is
                                         ( y2+2xy+x2 )

                                    =  (y-x) (y+ x)             =   (y - x)  
                                            (y+x)2                      (y + x)    
                                    =   (y/x-1)   
                                         y/x+1)    (Put the value of x =75/2)
                                  =    75/2-1     = 73
                                       75/2+1        77    

16.    If ? 0.03 x0.3xa  = 0.3 x 0.3 x ? b value of a/b is ------               
(a)    0.009
(b)    0.03
(c)    0.9  -    Answer
(d)    0.08
        Expl :  => 0.009 a = (0.09)2 b
                   =>  0.009 a = 0.0081 b
               :.               a/b = 0.0081/0.009 = 81/90 = 0.9
                  
17.    The price of a commodity rises from Rs.6 perkg to Rs.7.50 per kg. If the expenditure cannot increase, the percentage of reduction in consumption is -----
(a)    15
(b)   20  -    Answer
(c)    25
(d)    30
        Expl :    7.50 - 6.00                      =  Rs.1.50
                  :. Required % of reduction = 1.50 x 100    %
                                                                 7.50
                                                              = 20%

18.    First and second numbers are less than a third number by 30% and 37% respectively. The second number is less than the first by ----
(a)    7%
(b)    4%
(c)    3%
(d)    10%  -    Answer
        Expl :
Let the third number be 100
                  First number                         = 70
                  and the second number         = 63
                :. Reqd. %                              = 70-63   x 100%    = 10%
                                                                    70
19.    Walking at 6/7th of his usual speed a man is 25 minutes too late. His usual time to cover this distance is -----
(a)    2 hours 30 minutes  -    Answer
(b)    2 hours 15 minutes
(c)    2 hours 25 minutes
(d)    2 hours 10 minutes
        Expl : Let the usual time be x hours
                  : x  * usual speed = (x + 25/60)
                                               x 6/7 usual speed
                  => x    = 6x/7 + 5/14
                  => x/7 = 5/14
                   :.  x     = 5/14 x 7 = 2 hours 30 minutes

20.    Walking at 5 km/hr a student reaches his school from his house 15 minutes early and walking at 3 km/hr he is late by 9 minutes. What is the distance between his school and his house ?
(a)    5 km
(b)    8 km
(c)    3 km  -    Answer
(d)    2 km
        Expl : 5 x 3 x (15 + 9)   =  15 x 24  = 3 km
                  (5-3)          60           2    60
Directions : Q.21-23 Which of the following is most similar in meaning to the word given in bold as used in the passage.
21.   Make
(a)    estimate
(b)    prepare
(c)    build
(d)    settle
(e)    earn    -    Answer

22.   lost
(a)    defeated
(b)    failed
(c)    forfeited
(d)    wasted   -    Answer
(e)   destroyed

23.    getaway
(a)    holiday
(b)    freedom
(c)    fantasy
(d)    escape   -    Answer
(e)    relaxation

Directions-(Q.24-26) Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (E) i.e. 'No error'. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any).

24.   Mr. Gupta insisted (A)/ that he was (B)/ fully prepare (c) / to present the proposal. (D) No error(E)
Answer-    C

25.    All this document (A)/ have been destroyed (B)/ in the fire (C) / which occurred last month. (D) No error (E)
Answer : (A)

26. On his next (A) /official visit to Delhi (B)/ he plans to (C)/visit his old colleagues. (D) No error (E)
Answer : (C)

Directions - (Q.27-28)
Pick out the most effective word/group of words from those given to fill in the blanks to make the sentence meaningfully complete.

27.   Although he appears to be very------in his speech, he is very good at heart.
(a)    Strong
(b)    fine
(c)    rude   -    Answer
(d)    innocent
(e)    talkative

28.    He was wrongly punished although he was not--------
(a)    fault
(b)    mistaken
(c)    erroneous
(d)    guilty
(e)   accused    -    Answer

Directions - (Q.29-30) Rearrange the following six sentence (a), (b), (C),, (d), (e) and (f) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.
(A) A few minutes later he was hauled back on board the ship, on the captain's orders.
(B) One of the crew began to complain and moan about the situation and no one could silence him
(C) Marvelling at the change, the passengers asked for an explanation, to which the captain replied, "We never appreciate how well off we are in a situation until we fall into a worse one".
(D) During a voyage a great storm arose.
(E) In exasperation the captain ordered him to be thrown overboard.
(F)  To everyone's surprise, the man immediately went back to his post and silently began to work.

29. Which of the following should be the 3rd sentence after rearrangement
(a)    (A)
(b)    (B)   
(c)    (C)
(d)    (D)
(e)   (E)   -  Answer

30.   Which of the following should be the 1st  sentence after rearrangement 
(a)    (A)
(b)    (B)
(c)    (C)
(d)   (D)   -    Answer
(e)    (E)

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