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Central Armed Police Forces (Assistant commandants) Paper : General Ability & Intelligence

1.Which of the following statements regarding Home Rule Leagues in India are correct?
1. The movement was led by the moderate Congress leaders.
2. There were two Home Rule Leagues.
3. The movement became strong, because other mass agitations could not be launched by the Congress during the World War.
4. The government was non-reactive to the movement.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3 
b) 2, 3 and 4 
c) 1 and 4 only 
d) 2 and 3 only

2.Who among the following was not a painter in the Mughal period?
a) Mir Sayyid Ali 
b) Abdus Samad
c) Bishan Das 
d) Baz Bahadur

3.Which of the following statements about Sufism is/are correct?
1. Sufism was the mystical interpretation that developed within Islam.
2. Sufi philosophy highlighted the atmosphere of religious tolerance by speaking about the universal love in quest of the Almighty.
3. The Sufis developed a very complex philosophy and initiated very complicated practices unintelligible to the masses.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 and 2 
b) 2 only 
c) 3 only 
d) 1 and 3

4.Which one among the following statements regarding Satavahanas is not correct?
a) The Satavahanas are identified with the Andhras of the Puranas.
b) The Satavahanas claimed Brahmana descent and followed Brahmanical Vedic tradition.
c) Satavahanas and Shakas were involved in prolonged conflict.
d) Vasishthiputra Satakarni defeated Shaka ruler Rudradaman I

5. If it is true that 'all pollutants are harmful', identity which of the following is invalid to infer from it?
a) Pollutants constitute a subset of harmful things.
b) No pollutants are non-harmful.
c) If anything is harmful, it is a pollutant.
d) Some pollutants are harmful.

6. If it is false that 'no person can operate an industrial plant for the purpose of any scheduled industry in an air pollution control area without the prior consent of the State Board', then, which of the following may be validly inferred?
a) Some persons obtained the consent of the State Board but did not run a plant as industry in an air pollution control area.
b) Someone did not obtain the consent of the State Board but ran a plant commercially in an air pollution control area.
c) The State Board is the only authority to give authorisation for opening industry in restricted air pollution control area.
d) Some areas are under the jurisdiction of the State Board.

7. A camel adapts easily in a desert due to
a) hump with stored food as fats.
b) water cells in stomach to store metabolic water.
c) nucleated Red Blood Cells.
d) hair growth near eyes and nostrils.

8. If a healthy freshwater fish is placed in saltwater, the fish
a) becomes dehydrated and dies 
b) becomes bloated and dies
c) suffers from microbial infection and dies
d) experiences no problem.

9.Which one among the following pairs is not correctly matched?
a) Lord Wellesley : Subsidiary Alliance
b) Lord William Bentinck : English Education
c) Warren Hastings : Local Self Government
d) Lord Lytton : Vernacular Press Act

10. Which of the following pairs are correctly matched?
1. Jamnalal Bajaj : Satyagraha Ashram
2. Dadabhai Naoroji : Bombay Association
3. Syed Ahmed Khan : MAO College
4. Lala Lajpat Rai : Anusilan Samiti
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 and 2 only 
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 3 and 4 only 
d) 1, 2 and 3

11. Who among the following ministers in the eight-members council (Ashtapradhan) of Shivaji, held the charge of finance?
a) Peshwa 
b) Amatya 
c) Sumant 
d) Pandit Rao

12. Consider the following events in the history of Indian freedom struggle:
1. Champaran Satyagraha 
2. Bardoli Satyagraha
3. Ahmedabad Mill Workers Strike 
4. Chauri-Chaura Incident
Which one of the following is correct chronological sequence of the above events starting from the earliest?
a) 1 - 3 - 2 - 4 
b) 1 - 2- 4 - 3 
c) 1 - 3 - 4 - 2 
d) 3 - 1 - 2 - 4

13. The Indian military occupies a border village believed to be harbouring insurgents and asked the residents to vacate their houses in a night operation. Which one among the following statements is the correct interpretation of this incident?
a) India is a democracy and no citizen can be asked to leave their home without a warrant. Hence, this act constitutes a human rights violation.
b) The military operation does not constitute a human rights violation as it is operating in an insurgency-infested area.
c) Under the Indian Constitution, every individual is entitled to basic fundamental rights and hence the military cannot ask anyone to leave their house on mere suspicion of supporting insurgents. Hence, this act by the military constitutes a human rights violation.
d) Just mere suspicion of supporting insurgency cannot be used as a pretext to occupy a village. Hence, the military action constitutes a human rights violation.

14. There is a growing tension on the India- China border in the eastern sector with media reports of incursions by the Chinese military into the Indian side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC). In this context, which of the following Indian reponse(s) is/ are the most likely
1. India lodges a diplomatic protest with the Chinese embassy.
2. India utilises the framework of the India-China border talks and the " special representatives" forum to address these issues.
3. India strengthens troops presence in the border.
4. India lodges a complaint against China at the UN.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 and 2 
b) 4 only 
c) 2 and 3 
d) 3 only

15. The UN Security Council mandates military intervention in Libya by NATO forces in March 2011 in order to pervent Muhammad Gaddafi from engaging in human rights violations against civilians. Which among the following statements is/ are correct with regard to India's response to the crisis?
1. India supports UNSC Resolution 1973 imposing "no fly zone" in Libya.
2. India joins in the military intervention in Libya.
3. India sends clandestine support to the rebel forces in Libya.
4. India abstains from voting for UNSC Resolution 1973 on Libya.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 and 2 
b) 4 only 
c) 3 only 
d) 3 and 4

16. There is a growing internal financial crisis in the US with the possibility that there will be de-valuation of the dollar. Which amongst the following countries is/are most affected?
a) India 
b) China 
c) European Union 
d) Japan

17. Which of the following statements is true with regard to the 'Malabar 07-2' military exercise?
a) It was a five nation naval exercise held in the Bay of Bengal between India,the US, Australia, Japan and Singapore
b) It was an anti-piracy operation conducted by the Indian Navy in the Indian Ocean
c) It was a joint military exercise between india, Indonesia and Philippines
d) It was a joint India- China naval exercise in the Malacca Straits against piracy

18.Which of the following statements is true with regard to the J-10 fighter aircraft?
a) It is a Russian multi- role single engine improved version of the su- 30 MK1 fighter aircraft
b) It is an Israeli multi -role fifth generation fighter aircraft
c) It is a multi- role single engine next generation Chinese fighter aircraft
d) It is a Pakistani indigenous multi- role fighter aircraft

19. There is an emerging dispute in the South China Sea with China aggressively laying claim to the entire area including the islands by threatening other Southeast Asian claimants with coercive power. Which among the following is/ are the best conflict resolution mechanism(s) in this situation?
1. The US Pacific Command should military counter Chinese agression
2. The US should sign military pacts with other Southeast Asian nations against China.
3. The dispute should be resolved by utilising the ASEAN 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea in a peaceful manner.
4. The UN Security Council should declare China's aggressive posture as a threat to international peace and security and invoke UN Chapter VII.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 only 
b) 3 only 
c) 2 and 3 
d) 1 and 4

20. The US military forces are existing Afghanistan in 2012. In this situation, which among the following is/ are the most feasible options for India to ensure that there is no take-over of the Afghan government by the Taliban and the country remains stable?
1. India Should send in its military to Afghanistan.
2. India and Pakistan should sign a joint framework of cooperation to monitor the Taliban in Afghanistan
3. India should continue to build roads and schools in Afghanistan.
4. India should train the Afghan armed forces.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 4 only 
b) 1, 2 and 3 
c) 2 and 4 
d) 3 and 4

21. The Khilafat Movement received support from both Hindus and Muslims and it was led from the front by Gandhiji. Inspite of this, the movements lost momentum. Why?
a) Office of Khalifa was abolished in Turkey itself and better terms offered to Turkey
b) Muslim League's opposition to the Indian National Congress
c) Special concessions given to the Muslims by the British government
d) Internal frictions between the Congress and the Muslim League

22. Which of the following statements about Theosophical Society are correct?
1. Its fouders were non- Indians.
2. Its advocates were in fovour of the revival of Hinduism.
3. It advocated for the adoption of rational and Scientific approach based on estern ideas.
4. It helped people to overcome the sense of false pride.
Select the correct answer using the code given below: 
a) 1, 2 and 3 
b) 2, 3 and 4 
c) 1, 3 and 4 
d) 1 and 2 only

23. Which of the following processes would explain ozone losses in the atmosphere?When ozone is exposed to
1. CFCs and UV radiation
2. long winter circumpolar winds to form ice crystals
3. singlest oxygen atom and chlorine monoxide
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3 
b) 2 and 3 
c) 1 and 2 only 
d) 1 and 3 only

24. Which one among the following phenomena includes processes, such as production, predation, nutrient transformation, and the influx and efflux of energy and materials?
a) Ecological function 
b) Ecosystem function
c) Ecosystem structure 
d) Biogeochemical cycles

25. The name of the particle 'Boson' is asociated with the name of
a) J.C Bose 
b) S.N. Bose
c) Isaac Newton 
d) Albert Einstein

26.Which one of the following consequeneces will happen if large quantities of domestic sewage are Continuously discharged in a stream?
a) Increase in the algal bloom of the stream water
b) Increase in the temperature level of the stream water
c) Reduction in the carbon dioxide level of the stream water
d) Reduction in the dissolved oxygen level of the stream water

27. Father and mother having A and B blood group respectively
a) Cannot give birth to child with AB blood group
b) cannot give birth to child with O blood group
c) can give birth to child with O blood group
d) cannot give birth to twin child with B blood group

28. The shape of the population pyramid reflects the characteristics of the population. The shape of the Pyramid in India is
a) bell- shaped and tapered towards the top
b) narrow base and a tapered top
c) broad base and a tapered top
d) narrow base and narrow top

29. The retreating monsoons occur during the months of
a) January - February 
b) March - April
c) June- July 
d) October- November

30. The chief racial groups constituting India's population are the Dravidian, Aryans,and Mongoloids. Where do the Mongoloids live?
a) Western India 
b) Southern India
c) North- Eastern India 
d) South- western India

31. Which one among the following cell organelles in a Eukaryotic cell is acquired during the process of evolution by entrapment or engulfment of Bacterial cells?
a) Peroxisomes 
b) Vacuoles 
c) Chloroplasts 
d) Mitochondria

32. In which of the following types of economy are factors of production owned individually?
a) Capitalist 
b) Socialist 
c) Mixed
d) Both socialist and capitalist

33. Relative humidity
a) increases with increased temperature
b) decreases with increased temperature
c) decreases with decreased temperature
d) has no relation with increase or decrease of temperature

34. The process by which heat is transmitted from the Sun to the Earth is called.
a) Conduction 
b) convection
c) Radiation 
d) Cosmic disturbances

35. In July, 2011 Eurozone's 17 member countries agreed to give Greece a massive financial bailout worth more than 150 billion dollars to try to rescue Greece's shaken economy. In this respect, which of the following statements is/ are correct?
1. This is for the first time Greece has been given financial bailout by other European countries.
2. Private lenders including banks are also pledging support which will give Greece easier repayment terms.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 only 
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2 
d) Neither 1 nor 2