Prelims MCQs Quiz 31 : Current Affairs


In our previous post we learned “How UPSC asks current affairs in GS Prelims“. We gave some sample questions from Test 1 of our Mock Test Series to illustrate the methodology. Here we are providing the answer and explanations for those questions. At first look, these questions may not appear that they are from current affairs. Hence, we are also providing the context about why and when they were in news.

1. Second generation ethanol are those produced from
1. starch
2. cellulose fibre
3. sugar
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3

Context: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-newdelhi/the-green-road-ahead/article5252977.ece

Punjab looks for $1 billion for ethanol production (January 2015)

Answer & Explanation

2. Deltas of eastern India are shrinking due to

1. huge amount of sediments being deposited.
2. groundwater mining.
3. construction of large dams.
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, 2 and 3
c) 2 and 3 only

Context: Indian deltas are sinking  (April 2014)

Answer & Explanation

3. There has been a steady decline in the number of olive ridley turtles. This has been due to
1. artificial illumination near beaches.
2. widespread use of diclofenac
3. loss of nesting habitat
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, 2 and 3

Context: High tides destroying Olive Ridley turtles’ nests (April 2015)

Answer & Explanation

4. Which of the following office have been mentioned in the constitution?
1. Leader of Lok sabha
2. Opposition leader of Lok sabha
3. Office of whip
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) 3 only
d) None

Context: New House cannot have Opposition leader (May 2014)

Answer & Explanation

5. Participatory Notes (PNs) are issued by
a) RBI
b) SEBI
c) FII
d) None

Context: Participatory notes holders may be taxed: Shome  (April 2014)

Answer & Explanation

6. Consider the following statements about Indian Depository Receipts (IDRs):
1. They allow foreign investors to invest in Indian companies.
2. They are denominated in Indian Rupees
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

Context: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/finmin-panel-proposes-bharat-depository-receipts-with-simple-tax-structure/   (June 2014)

Answer & Explanation

7. With reference to white label ATMs,  consider the following statements :
1. They do not bear the logo of banks they serve.
2. They help in financial inclusion.
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

Context: RBI eases rules for white label ATMs   (December 2014)

Answer & Explanation

8. Article 74 and 75 deals with the council of ministers. They mention which of the following?
1. Size of CoMs
2. Rank and classification of CoMs
3. Salary and allowances of CoMs
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 3 only
d) None

Context: Ministers in Modi cabinet – minimum government, maximum governance; expansion of CoMs – all were in news throughout 2014

Answer & Explanation

9. Moderator is used in which of the following type of nuclear reactor?
1. Pressurized water reactor
2. Fast breeder reactor
3. Bioling water reactor
4. Heavy water reactor
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1, 2 and 3 only
b) 1 ,3 and 4 only
c) 2 ,3 and 4 only
d) 1 ,2, and 4 only

Context: Nuclear plant near Chennai all set for milestone    (June 2014)

Answer & Explanation

10. With reference to agricultural pricing the term `issue price’ is defined as the price at which
a) PDS shop sells food grains to people
b) FCI sells its food grains
c) Government procures from farmers
d) None

Context: This was asked because reforms in FCI has been in news since last few months –
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/markets/commodities/a-10point-roadmap-for-fci-reform/article6130553.ece

 

Answer & Explanation

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