Prelims MCQs Quiz 37 : Current Affairs

1. The Price stabilization fund will support the procurement of 1. onion 2. groundnut 3. potato 4. rice Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 2 and 3 only d) 1 and 4 only Context : http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/price-stabilisation-fund-centres-nod-for-rs-500-crore-corpus/article7044189.ece 2. Plant protection code is a set of guidelines for regulating chemical inputs in a) fruits b) vegetables c) cereals d) tea Context : http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/plant-protection-code-rolls-out-to-make-tea-a-safer-beverage/article6745706.ece 3. In context of priority sector lending, which of the following is/are… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 36 : Polity

In our previous post, we read about application based questions in polity for UPSC Prelims. We tried to illustrate it with examples from Mock Test 2 of our GS Prelims Mock Test Series 2015. In this post, we are providing answers and explanations to those example questions from Mock Test 2.   1. The Supreme Court quashed section 66A of the IT act. It did so on which of the following basis? 1. the punishment prescribed was extreme. 2. expressions in the section were vague.… Continue Reading »


Application based question in polity for UPSC Prelims

We all read M.Laxmikanth for Indian polity. However, in last few years UPSC has asked questions in polity that were beyond the scope of the book. While the book contians legal and constitutional provisions, questions from actual implementation of acts, policies, provisions etc were asked. These are what I call ‘application based questions in polity’. For example, consider this from UPSC Prelims 2012 – Which of the following can be said to be essentially the parts of Inclusive Governance? 1. Permitting the Non-Banking Financial Companies… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 35 : Environment

1. Which of the following World Heritage Sites is/are also a tiger reserve? 1. Sundarbans 2. Nanda Devi 3. Manas 4. Kaziranga Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 1 and 4 only d) 1, 3 and 4 only 2. With reference to ground level ozone (GLO), consider the following statements: 1. GLO reach unhealthy levels on cold days. 2. They can be transported long distances by wind. Which of the statements given… Continue Reading »


Prelims MCQs Quiz 34 : Geography

1. Tropical cyclones do not form over equator. This is because 1. Equator is a zone of wind convergence. 2. The temperature over equator is too high. 3. There are no fronts over equator. Select the correct answer using the codes given below. a) 1 and 2 only b) 1 and 3 only c) 2 and 3 only d) none 2. With reference to laterite soil, consider the following statements: 1. They are the result of intense leaching. 2. They are poor in organic matter. Which… Continue Reading »


Applying logic in UPSC General Studies Prelims

No, the heading of the post is not incorrect. You may think that logic is to be used in paper 2 (informally CSAT) and not in general studies. However, we can and we must use logic in general studies prelims paper as well. Given the vastness of UPSC syllabus, it’s just not possible to cover everything. Nevertheless basics can be covered and then we can apply logic to answer what may seem a difficult/advanced question. What I call logic here, is essentially a composition of three… Continue Reading »


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