Questions in UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020 from MCQ Factory and IAS4Sure Notes

In UPSC Civil Services Prelims 2020, 60/100 questions came from IAS4Sure MCQ Factory & IAS4Sure Current notes. This year’s Prelims paper was a bit unpredictable where long, factual questions were asked from basic sources and less weightage was given to current affairs. While in last year prelims IAS4Sure Notes were more useful, this year IAS4Sure’s collection of topicwise MCQs “The MCQ Factory” hit bulls eye.

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UPSC 2020 Q.1) With reference to the history of India, “Ulgulan” or the Great Tumult is the description of which of the following events?

a) The Revolt of 1857

b) The Mappila rebellion of 1921

c) The Indigo revolt of 1859 – 60

d) Birsa Munda’s revolt of 1899-1900

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UPSC 2020 Q.2) The experiment will employ a trio of spacecraft flying in formation in the shape of an equilateral triangle that has sides one million kilometres long, with lasers shining between the craft.” The experiment in question refers to

a) Voyager-2

b) New Horizons

c) LISA Pathfinder

d) Evolved LISA

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UPSC 2020 Q.3) With reference to the scholars/litterateurs of ancient India, consider the following statements:

  1. Panini is associated with Pushyamitra Shunga
  2. Amarasimha is associated with Harshavardhana
  3. Kalidasa is associated with Chandra Gupta-II

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1,2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.4) In India, the term “Public Key Infrastructure” is used in the context of

a) Digital security infrastructure

b) Food security infrastructure

c) Health care and education infrastructure

d) Telecommunication and transportation infrastructure

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UPSC 2020 Q.5) Which of the following statements are correct regarding the general difference between plant and animal cells?

  1. Plant cells have cellulose cell walls whilst animal cells do not.
  2. Plant cells do not have plasma membrane unlike animal cells which do.
  3. Mature plant cell has one large vacuole whilst animal cell has many small vacuoles.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.6) If you withdraw 1,00,000 in cash from your Demand Deposit Account at your bank, the immediate effect on aggregate money supply in the economy will be

a) to reduce it by ₹ 1,00,000

b) to increase it by ₹ 1,00,000

c) to increase it by more than ₹ 1,00,000

d) to leave it unchanged

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UPSC 2020 Q.7) Indigo cultivation in India declined by the beginning of the 20th century because of

a) Peasant resistance to the oppressive conduct of planters

b) Its unprofitability in the world market because of new inventions

c) National leaders’ opposition to the cultivation of indigo

d) Government control over the planters

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UPSC 2020 Q.8) Wellesley established the Fort William College at Calcutta because

a) He was asked by the Board of Directors at London to do so

b) He wanted to revive interest in oriental learning in India

c) He wanted to provide William Carey and his associates employment

d) He wanted to train British civilians for administrative purposes in India

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UPSC 2020 Q.9 ) With reference to the carbon nanotubes, consider the following statement:

  1. They can be used as the carriers of drugs and antigens in the human body.
  2. They can be made into the artificial blood capillaries for an injured part of human body.
  3. They can be used in biochemical sensors.
  4. Carbon nanotubes are biodegradable.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2,3 and 4 only

c) 1,3 and 4 only

d) 1,2,3 and 4

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UPSC 2020 Q.10) What is the importance of using Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines in India?

  1. These vaccines are effective against pneumonia as well as meningitis and sepsis.
  2. Dependence on antibiotics that are not effective against drug-resistant bacteria can be reduced.
  3. These vaccines have no side effects and cause no allergic reactions.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.11) In the context of recent advances in human reproductive technology, ‘Pronuclear Transfer” is used for

a) Fertilization of egg in vitro by the donor sperm

b) Genetic modification of sperm producing cells

c) Development of stem cells into functional embryos

d) Prevention of mitochondrial diseases in offspring

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UPSC 2020 Q.12) Consider the following statements:

  1. Genetic changes can be introduced in the cells that produce eggs or sperms of a prospective parent.
  2. A person’s genome can be edited before birth at the early embryonic stage.
  3. Human induced pluripotent stem cells can be injected into the embryo of a pig.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.13) With reference to “Blockchain Technology” consider the following statements:

  1. It is a public ledger that everyone can inspect, but which no single user controls.
  2. The structure and design of blockchain is such that all the data in it are about cryptocurrency only.
  3. Applications that depend on basic features of blockchain can be developed without anybody’s permission.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 1 and 2 only

c) 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.14) A parliamentary system of government is one in which?

a) All political parties in the parliament are represented in the government

b) The government is responsible to the parliament and can be removed by it.

c) The government is elected by the people and can be removed by them

d) The government is chosen by the parliament but cannot be removed by it before completion of a fixed term

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UPSC 2020 Q.15) Which part of the Constitution of India declares the ideal of Welfare state?

a) Directive principles of state policy

b) Fundamental rights

c) Preamble

d) Seventh schedule

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UPSC 2020 Q.16) Consider the following statements:

  1. The Constitution of India defines its ‘basic structure’ in terms of federalism,

secularism, fundamental rights and democracy.

  1. The Constitution of India provides for ‘judicial review’ to safeguard the ‘citizens’

liberties and to preserve the ideals on which the constitution is based.

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

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UPSC 2020 Q.17) In the context of India, which one of the following is the characteristic appropriate for bureaucracy?

a) An agency widening the scope of parliamentary democracy

b) An agency for strengthening the structure of federalism

c) An agency for facilitating political stability and economic growth

d) An agency for the implementation of public policy

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UPSC 2020 Q.18) The Preamble to the Constitution of India is

a) A part of the Constitution but has no legal effect

b) Not a part of the Constitution and has no legal effect either

c) A part of the Constitution and has the same legal effect as any other part

d) A part of the Constitution but has no legal effect independently of other parts

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UPSC 2020 Q.19) “Gold Tranche” (Reserve Tranche) refers to

a) A loan system of the World bank

b) One of the operations of a central bank

c) A credit system granted by WTO to its members

d) A credit system granted by IMF to its members

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UPSC 2020 Q.20) With reference to the provisions contained in partIV of the constitution of India, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. They shall be enforceable by courts
  2. They shall not be enforceable by any court
  3. The principles laid down in this part are to influence the making of laws by the state

Select the correct answer using the code given below

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 2 and 3 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.21) Consider the following statements:

  1. According to the Constitution of India, a person who is eligible to vote can be made a minister in a state for six months even if he/she isnot a member of that state.
  1. According to the Representation of People Act,1951, a person convicted of a criminal offence and sentenced to imprisonment for five years is permanently disqualified from contesting an election even after his release from prison.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1nor 2

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UPSC 2020 Q.22) Consider the following statements:

  1. The president of India can summon a session of Parliament at such place as he/she thinks fit.
  1. The Constitution of India provides for three sessions of the Parliament in a year, but it is not mandatory to conduct all three sessions
  2. There is no minimum number of days that the Parliament is required to meet in a year.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 2 and 3 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.23) Consider the following statements:

  1. Aadhaar metadata cannot be stored for more than three months.
  2. State cannot enter into any contract with private corporations for sharing of Aadhar data
  3. Aadhaar is mandatory for obtaining insurance products.
  4. Aadhaar is mandatory for getting benefits funded out of the Consolidated fund of India.

Which of the statements give above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 4 only

b) 2 and 4 only

c) 3 only

d) 1,2 and 3 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.24) Rajyasabha has equal powers with Loksabha in

a) The matter of creating new all India services

b) Amending the Constitution

c) The removal of the government

d) Making cut motions

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UPSC 2020 Q.25) With reference to the funds under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme(MPLADS), which of the following statements are correct?

  1. MPLADS funds must be used to create durable assets like physical infrastructure for health, education etc.,
  2. A specified portion of each MP’s fund must benefit SC/ST populations
  3. MPLADS funds are sanctioned on yearly basis and the unused funds cannot be carried forward to the next year.
  4. The district authority must inspect at least 10% of all works under implementation every year

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 1,2 and 3 only

d) 1,2 and 4 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.26)Which one of the following categories of Fundamental Rights incorporates protection against untouchability as a form of discrimination?

a) Right against Exploitation

b) Right to freedom

c) Right to constitutional remedies

d) Right to equality

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UPSC 2020 Q.27)In India, separation of judiciary from the executive is enjoined by

a) The Preamble of the Constitution

b) A Directive Principle of state policy

c) The Seventh schedule

d) The conventional practice

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UPSC 2020 Q.28) Along with the Budget, the Finance Minister also places other documents before the Parliament which include ‘The Macro Economic Framework Statement’. The aforesaid document is presented because this is mandated by

a) Long convention standing parliamentary

b) Article 112 and Article 110(1) of the Constitution of India

c) Article 113 of the Constitution of India

d) Provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act, 2003

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UPSC 2020 Q.29) A constitutional government by definition is a

a) government by legislature

b) popular government

c) Multi party government

d) Limited government

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UPSC 2020 Q.30)Other than the Fundamental Rights, which of the following parts of the Constitution of India reflect/reflects the principles and provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)?

  1. Preamble
  2. Directive Principles of State Policy
  3. Fundamental Duties

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.31)In India, Legal Services Authorities provide free legal services to which of the following type of citizens?

  1. Person with an annual income of less than Rs. 1,00,000
  2. Transgender with an annual income of less than Rs. 2,00,000
  3. Member of Other Backward Classes (OBC) with an annual income of less than Rs. 3,00,000
  4. All Senior Citizens

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 and 4 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1 and 4 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.32) Consider the following pairs:

International agreement/set-up        Subject

  1. Alma-Ata Declaration                          Healthcare of the people
  2. Hague Convention                               Biological and chemical weapons
  3. Talanoa Dialogue                                 Global climate change
  4. Under2 Coalition                                  Child rights

Which of the pairs given above is/ are correctly matched?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 4 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 2, 3 and 4 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.33) With reference to the history of India, consider the following pairs:

  1. Aurang                   In-charge of treasury of the State
  2. Banian                   Indian agent of the East India Company
  3. Mirasidar              Designated revenue payer to the State

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.34) Which of the following statements correctly explain the impact of Industrial Revolution on India during the first half of the nineteenth century?

a) Indian handicrafts were ruined.

b) Machines were introduced in the Indian textile industry in large number.

c) Railway lines were laid in many parts of the country.

d) Heavy duties were imposed on the imports of British manufactures.

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UPSC 2020 Q.35) Which of the following phrases defines the nature of the ‘Hundi’ generally referred to in the sources of the post-Harsha period?

a) An advisory issued by the king to his subordinates

b) A diary to be maintained for daily accounts

c) A bill of exchange

d) An order from the feudal lord to his subordinates

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UPSC 2020 Q.36) The Gandhi-Irwin Pact included which of the following?

  1. Invitation to Congress to participate in the Round Table Conference
  2. Withdrawal of Ordinances promulgated in connection with the Civil Disobedience Movement
  3. Acceptance of Gandhi’s suggestion for enquiry into police excesses
  4. Release of only those prisoners who were not charged with violence

Select the correct answer using the code given below

a) 1 only

b) 1, 2 and 4 only

c) 3 only

d) 2, 3 and 4 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.37) Who among the following rulers advised his subjects through this inscription?

“Whosoever praises his religious sect or blames other sects out of excessive devotion to his own sect, with the view of glorifying his own sect, he rather injures his own sect very severely.”

a) Ashoka

b) Samudragupta

c) Harshavardhana

d) Krishna Deva Raya

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UPSC 2020 Q.38) With reference to chemical fertilizers in India, consider the following statements:

  1. At present, the retail price of chemical fertilizers is market-driven and not administered by the Government.
  2. Ammonia, which is an input of urea, is produced from natural gas.
  3. Sulphur, which is a raw material for phosphoric acid fertilizer is by-product of oil refineries. 

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.39) With reference to India’s Desert National Park, which of the following statements are correct?

  1. It is spread over two districts.
  2. There is no human habitation inside the Park.
  3. It is one of the natural habitats of the Great Indian Bustard.

Select the correct answer using the code given below;

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 und 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.40) Consider the following statements:

  1. Jet streams occur in the Northern Hemisphere only.
  2. Only some cyclones develop an eye.
  3. The temperature inside the eye of a cyclone is nearly 10 C lesser than that of the surroundings.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1 and 3 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.41) If a particular plant species is placed under Schedule VI of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, what is the implication?

a) A licence is required to cultivate that plant.

b) Such a plant cannot be cultivated under any circumstances.

c) It is a Genetically Modified crop plant.

d) Such a plant is invasive and harmful to the ecosystem.

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UPSC 2020 Q.42) What is/are the advantage/advantages of zero tillage in agriculture?

  1. Sowing of wheat is possible without burning the residue of previous crop.
  2. Without the need for nursery of rice saplings, direct planting of paddy seeds in the wet soil is possible.
  3. Carbon sequestration in the soil is possible.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.43) According to India’s National Policy on Biofuels, which of the following can be used as raw materials for the production of biofuels?

  1. Cassava
  2. Damaged wheat grains
  3. Groundnut seeds
  4. Horse gram
  5. Rotten potatoes
  6. Sugar beet

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1,2,5 and 6 only

b) 1,3,4 and 6 only

c) 2,3,4 and 5 only

d) 1,2,3,4,5 and 6

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UPSC 2020 Q.44) With reference to pulse production in India, consider the following sentences:

  1. Black gram can be cultivated as both Kharif and rabi crop.
  2. Green-gram alone accounts for nearly half of pulse production.
  3. In the last three decades, while the production of kharif pulses has increased, the production of rabi pulses has decreased.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 2 only

d) 1,2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.45) “The crop is subtropical in nature. A hard frost is injurious to it. It requires at least 210 frost-free days and 50 to 100 centimeters of rainfall for its growth. A light well drained soil capable of retaining moisture is ideally suited for the cultivation of the crop.”

Which one of the following is the crop?

a) Cotton

b) Jute

c) Sugarcane

d) Tea

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UPSC 2020 Q.46) What is the importance of the term “Interest Coverage Ratio” of a firm in India?

  1. It helps in understanding the present risk of a firm that a bank is going to give a loan
  2. It helps in evaluating the emerging risk of a firm that a bank is going to give a loan to.
  3. The higher a borrowing firm’s level of Interest Coverage Ratio, the worse is its ability to service its debt.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.47) In which one of the following groups are all the four countries members of G20?

a) Argentina, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey

b) Australia, Canada, Malaysia and New Zealand

c) Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam

d) Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea

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UPSC 2020 Q.48) Under the Kisan Credit Card scheme, short-term credit support is given to farmers for which of the following purposes?

  1. Working capital for maintenance of farm assets
  2. Purchase of combine harvesters, tractors and mini trucks
  3. Consumption requirements of farm households
  4. Post-harvest expenses
  5. Construction of family house and setting up of village cold storage facility

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 2 and 5 only

b) 1, 3 and 4 only

c) 2, 3, 4 and 5 only

d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

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UPSC 2020 Q.49)Consider the following statements

  1. The weightage of food in Consumer Price Index (CPI) is higher than that in Wholesale Price Index (WPI).
  2. The WTI does not capture changes in, the prices of services, which CPI does.
  3. Reserve Bank of India has now adopted WPI as its key measure of inflation and to decide on changing the key policy rates.

Which of the statements given- above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.50) Consider the following pairs

River Flows into

  1. Mekong                       Andaman Sea
  2. Thames                       Irish Sea
  3. Volga                           Caspian Sea
  4. Zambezi                      Indian Ocean

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 3 only

c) 3 and 4 only

d) 1, 2 and 4 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.51)Consider the following statements

  1. In the case of all cereals, pulses and oil-seeds, the procurement at Minimum Support Price (MSP) is unlimited in any State/UT of India.
  1. In the case of cereals and pulses, the MSP is fixed in any State/UT at a level to which the market price will never rise.

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

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UPSC 2020 Q.52)With reference to the Indian economy, consider the following statements:

  1. ‘Commercial Paper’ is a short-term unsecured promissory note.
  2. ‘Certificate of Deposit’ is a long-term instrument issued by the Reserve Bank of India to a corporation.
  3. ‘Call Money’ is a short-term finance used for interbank transactions.
  4. ‘Zero-Coupon Bonds’ are the interest bearing short-term bonds issued by the Scheduled Commercial Banks to corporations.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 4 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 2, 3 and 4 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.53)With reference to Foreign Direct Investment in India, which one of the following is considered its major characteristics?

a) It is the investment through capital instruments essentially in a listed company.

b) It is largely non-debt creating capital flow.

c) It is the investment which involves debt-servicing.

d) It is the investment made by foreign institutional investors in the Government securities.

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UPSC 2020 Q.54)The term ‘West Texas Intermediate’, sometimes found in news, refers to a grade of

a) Crude oil

b) Bullion

c) Rare earth elements

d) Uranium

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UPSC 2020 Q.55) With reference to Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS), which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Quantitative restrictions on imports by foreign investors are prohibited.
  2. They apply to investment measures related to trade in both goods and services.
  3. They are not concerned with the regulation of foreign investment.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.56)Consider the following statements:

  1. In terms of short-term credit delivery to the agriculture sector, District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) deliver more credit in comparison to Scheduled Commercial Banks and Regional Rural Banks
  2. One of the most important functions of DCCBs is to provide funds to the Primary Agricultural Credit Societies.

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

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UPSC 2020 Q.57) With reference to cultural history of India consider the following pairs:

  1. Parivrajaka                  Renunciant and Wanderer
  2. Shramana                    Priest with a high status
  3. Upasaka                       Lay follower of buddhism

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 1 and 3 only

c) 2 and 3 only

d) 1,2 and 3

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UPSC 2020 Q.58) Which one of the following protected areas is well-known for the conservation of a sub-species of the Indian swamp deer (Barasinga) that thrives well in hard ground and is exclusively graminivorous?

a) Kanha National Park

b) Manas National Park

c) Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary

d) Tal Chhapar Wildlife Sanctuary

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UPSC 2020 Q.59)In rural road construction, the use of which of the following is preferred for ensuring environmental sustainability or to reduce carbon footprint?

  1. Copper slag
  2. Cold mix asphalt technology
  3. Geotextiles
  4. Hot mix asphalt technology
  5. Portland cement

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1, 2 and 3 only

b) 2, 3 and 4 only

c) 4 and 5 only

d) 1 and 5 only

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UPSC 2020 Q.60) Consider the following statements:

  1. Coal ash contains arsenic, lead and mercury.
  2. Coal-fired power plants release sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen into the environment.
  3. High ash content is observed in Indian coal.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.1). With reference to Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), consider the following statements

1. AIIB has more than 80 member nations.

2. India is the largest shareholder in AIIB.

3. AIIB does not have any members from outside Asia.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c). 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.2). What was the purpose of Inter-Creditor Agreement signed by Indian banks and financial institutions recently?

(a) To lessen the Government of India’s perennial burden of fiscal deficit nd current account deficit

(b) To support the infrastructure projects of Central and State Governments

(c) To act as independent regulator in case of applications for loans of Rs. 50 crore or more

(d) To aim at faster resolution of stressed assets of Rs. 50 crore or more which are-under consortium lending

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Q.3). The Chairmen of public sector banks are selected by the

(a) Banks Board Bureau

(b) Reserve Bank of India

(c) Union Ministry of Finance

(d) Management of concerned bank

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Q.4). Consider the following statements:

1. Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board (PNGRB) is the first regulatory body set up by the Government of India.

2. One of the tasks of PNGRB is to, ensure competitive markets for gas.

3. Appeals against the decisions of PNGRB go before the Appellate Tribunals for Electricity.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.5). Which of the following statements is / are correct regarding the Maternity Benefit ‘ (Amendment) Act, 2017?

1. Pregnant women are entitled for three months pre-delivery and three months post-delivery paid leave.

2. Enterprises with creches must allow the mother minimum six creche visits daily.

3. Women with two children get reduced entitlements.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.6). Which one of the following is not a sub-index of the World Bank’s ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’?

(a) Maintenance of law and order

(b) Paying taxes

(c) Registering property

(d) Dealing with construction permits

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Q.7). In India,’extended producer responsibility’ was introduced as an important feature in which of the following?

(a) The Bio-medical Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 1998

(b) The Recycled plastic (Manufacturing and Usage) Rules, 1999

(c) The e-Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011

(d) The Food Safety and Standard Regulations, 2011

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Q.8). With reference to the management of minor minerals in India, consider the following statements:

1. Sand is a ‘minor mineral’ according to the prevailing law in the country.

2. State Governments have the power to grant mining leases of minor minerals, but the powers regarding the formation of rules related to the grant of minor minerals lie with the Central Government.

3. State Governments have the power to frame rules to prevent illegal mining of minor minerals.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(e) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.9). Consider the following statements:

1. Most of India’s external debt is owed by governmental entities.

2. All of India’s external debt is denominated in US dollars.

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

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Q.10). Which one of the following suggested that the Governor should be an eminent person from outside the State and should be a detached figure without intense political links or should not have taken part in politics in the recent past?

(a) First Administrative Reforms Commission (1966)

(b) Rajamannar Committee (1969)

(c) Sarkaria Commission (1983)

(d) National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution (2000)

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Q.11). Which of the following is issued by registered foreign portfolio investors to overseas investors who want to be part of the Indian stock market without registering themselves directly?

(a) Certificate of Deposit

(b) Commercial Paper

(c) Promissory Note

(d) Participatory Note

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Q.12). Consider the following statements

1. As per law, the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority exists at both National and State levels.

2. People’s participation is mandatory in the compensatory afforestation programmes carried out under the Compensatory Afforestation Fund Act, 2016.

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

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Q.13). Among the agricultural commodities imported by India, which one of the following accounts for the highest imports in terms of value in the last five years?

(a) Spices

(b) Fresh fruits

(c) Pulses

(d) Vegetable oils

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Q.14). Which one of the following is not the most likely measure the Government/RBI takes to stop the slide of Indian rupee?

(a) Curbing imports of non-essential goods-and promoting exports

(b) Encouraging Indian borrowers to issue rupee denominated Masala Bonds

(c) Easing conditions relating to external commercial borrowing

(d) Following an expansionary monetary policy

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Q.15). Consider the following statements:

The Reserve Bank of India’s recent directives relating to ‘Storage of Payment System Data’, popularly known as data diktat, command the payment system providers that

1. they shall ensure that entire data relating to payment systems operated by them are stored in a system only in India

2. they shall ensure that the systems are owned and operated by public sector enterprises

3. they shall submit the consolidated system audit report to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India by the end of the calendar year

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.16). Which of the following adopted a law on data protection and privacy for its citizens known as ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ in April 2016 and started implementation of it from 25th May, 2018?

(a) Australia

(b) Canada

(c) The European Union

(d) The United States of America

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Q.17). Recently, India signed a deal known as ‘Action Plan for Prioritization and Implementation of Cooperation Areas in the Nuclear Field’ with which of the following countries?

(a) Japan

(b) Russia

(c) The United Kingdom

(d) The United States of America

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Q.18). With reference to the Constitution of India, prohibitions or limitations or provisions contained in ordinary laws cannot act as prohibitions or limitations on the constitutional powers under Article 142. It could mean which one of the following?

(a) The decisions taken by the Election Commission of India while discharging its duties cannot be challenged in any court of law.

(b) The Supreme Court of India is not constrained in the exercise of its powers by laws made by the Parliament.

(c) In the event of grave financial crisis in the country, the President of India can declare Financial Emergency without the counsel from the Cabinet.

(d) State Legislatures cannot make laws on certain matters without the concurrence of Union Legislature.

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Q.19). Consider the following statements:

1. As per recent amendment to the Indian Forest Act, 1927, forest dwellers have the right to fell the bamboos grown on forest areas.

2. As per the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, bamboo is a minor forest produce.

3. The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 allows ownership of minor forest produce to forest dwellers.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.20). Consider the following statements:

The Environment Protection Act, 1986 empowers the Government of India to

1. state the requirement of public participation in the process of environmental protection, and the procedure and manner in which it is sought

2. lay down The standards for emission or discharge of environmental pollutants from various sources

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

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Q.21). As per the Solid Waste Management Rules, 2016 in India, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) Waste generator has to segregate waste into five categories.

(b) The Rules are applicable to riotified urban local bodies, notified towns and all industrial townships only.

(c) The Rules provide for exact and elaborate criteria for the identification of sites for landfills and waste processing facilities.

(d) It is mandatory on the part of waste generator that the waste generated in one district cannot be moved to another district.

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Q.22). Recently, scientists observed the merger of giant ‘blackholes’ billions of light-years away from the Earth. What is the significance of this observation?

(a) ‘Higgs boson particles’ were detected.

(b) ‘Gravitational waves’ were detected.

(e) Possibility of inter-galactic space travel through ‘wormhole’ was confirmed.

(d) It enabled the scientists to understand ‘singularity’.

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Q.23). Which of the following are the reasons for the occurrence of multi-drug resistance in microbial pathogens in India?

1. Genetic predisposition of some people

2. Taking incorrect doses of antibiotics to cure diseases

3. Using antibiotics in livestock farming

4. Multiple chronic diseases in some people

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) 2, 3 and 4

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Q.24). What is Cas9 protein that is often mentioned in news?

(a) A molecular scissors used in targeted gene editing

(b) A biosensor used in the accurate detection of pathogens in patients

(c) A gene that makes plants pest-resistant

(d) A herbicidal substance synthesized in genetically modified crops

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Q.25). Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a) Hepatitis B virus is transmitted much like HIV.

(b) Hepatitis B, unlike Hepatitis C, does not have a vaccine.

(c) Globally, the number of people infected with Hepatitis B and C viruses are several times more than those infected with HIV.

(d) Some of those infected with Hepatitis Band C viruses do not show the symptoms for many years.

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Q.26). With reference to land reforms in independent India, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) The ceiling “laws were aimed at family holdings and not individual holdings.

(b) The major aim of land reforms was providing agricultural land to all the landless.

(c) It resulted in cultivation of cash crops as a predominant form of cultivation.

(d) Land reforms permitted no exemptions to the ceiling limits.

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Q.27). The Global Competitiveness Report is published by the

(a) International Monetary Fund

(b) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

(c) World Economic Forum

(d) World Bank

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Q.28). With reference to Swadeshi Movement, consider the following statements:

1. It contributed to the revival of the indigenous artisan crafts and industries.

2. The National Council of Education was established as a part of Swadeshi Movement.

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

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Q.29). Consider the following statements:

1. Asiatic lion is naturally found III India only.

2. Double-humped camel is naturally found in India only.

3. One-horned rhinoceros is naturally found in India only.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.30). In a given year in India, official poverty lines are higher in some States than in others because

(a) poverty rates vary from State to State

(b) price levels vary from State to State

(c) Gross State Product varies from State to State

(d) quality of public distribution varies from State to State

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Q.31). Which of the following are in Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve?

(a) Neyyar, Peppara and Shendurney Wildlife Sanctuaries; and Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve

(b) Mudumalai, Sathyamangalam and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuaries; and Silent Valley National Park

(c) Kaundinya, Gundla Brahme-swaram and Papikonda Wildlife Sanctuaries; and Mukurthi National Park

(d) Kawal and Sri Venkateswara Wildlife Sanctuaries; and Nagarjunasagar-Srisailam Tiger Reserve

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Q.32). Building ‘Kalyaana Mandapas’ was a notable feature in the temple construction in the kingdom of

(a) Chalukya

(b) Chandela

(c) Rashtrakuta

(d) Vijayanagara

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Q.33). Atal Innovation Mission is set up under the

(a) Department of Science and Technology

(b) Ministry of Employment

(c) NITI Aayog

(d) Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship

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Q.34). Consider the following statements:

1. The 44th Amendment to the Constitution of India introduced an Article placing the election of the Prime Minister beyond judicial review.

2. The Supreme Court of India struck down the 99th Amendment to the Constitution of India as being violative of the independence of judiciary.

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

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Q.35). The Ninth Schedule was introduced in the Constitution of India during the prime ministership of

(a) Jawaharlal Nehru

(b) Lal Bahadur Shastri

(c) Indira Gandhi

(d) Morarji Desai

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Q.36). Consider the following statements:

1. Coal sector was nationalized by the Government of India under Indira Gandhi.

2. Now, coal blocks are allocated on lottery basis.

3. Till recently, India imported coal to meet the shortages of domestic supply, but now India is self-sufficient in coal production.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.37). Consider the following statements:

1. The Parliament (Prevention of Disqualification) Act, 1959 exempts several posts from disqualification on the grounds of ‘Office of Profit’.

2. The above-mentioned Act was amended five times.

3. The term ‘Office of Profit’ is well-defined in the Constitution of India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.38). Under which Schedule of the Constitution of India can the transfer of tribal land to private parties for mining be declared null and void?

(a) Third Schedule

(b) Fifth Schedule

(c) Ninth Schedule

(d) Twelfth Schedule

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Q.39). Consider the following States:

1. Chhattisgarh

2. M dhya Pradesh

3. Maharashtra

4. Odisha

With reference to the States mentioned above, in terms of percentage of forest cover to the total area of State, which one of the following is the correct ascending order?

(a) 2-3-1-4

(b) 2-3-4-1

(c) 3-2-4-1

(d) 3-2-1-4

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Q.40). Which of the following statements are correct about the deposits of ‘methane hydrate?

1. Global warming might trigger the release of methane gas from these deposits.

2. Large deposits of ‘methane hydrate’ are found in Arctic Tundra and under the seafloor.

3. Methane in atmosphere oxidizes to carbon dioxide after a decade or two.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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Q.41). Consider the following statements:

1. Under Ramsar Convention, it is mandatory on the part of the Government of India to protect and conserve all the wetlands in the territory of India.

2. The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 were framed by the Government of India based on the recommendations of Ramsar Convention.

3. The Wetlands (Conservation and Management) Rules, 2010 also encompass the drainage area or catchment regions of the wetlands as determined by the authority.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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