# CDS (I) 2015 Exam: General Knowledge Question Paper & Solution

The UPSC CDS (I) 2015 General Knowledge Question Paper helps the aspirants in understanding the distribution of marks among various sections and sections of the question paper. Accordingly, aspirants are supposed to prepare their study plan.

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) organizes Combined Defense Service (CDS) Examination. Through CDS Exam, candidates get admission to the courses at Indian Military Academy, Indian Naval Academy, Air Force Academy and Officers Training Academy.

UPSC organizes CDS Exam twice in a year. The CDS Exam (I) 2017 was conducted in February 2017. While the notification for the CDS (II) 2017 will be released by the UPSC on 9 August 2017 and the exam will take place on 19 November 2017.

The exam will consist of three papers – Elementary Mathematics, English and General Knowledge. The three papers will be of 100 marks each.

For the benefit of CDS (II) Exam 2017 aspirants, Jagran Josh is providing you the CDS Exam (I) 2015 General Knowledge Question Paper as well as the official answer key as given by the UPSC. It helps the aspirants in understanding the distribution of marks among various sections and sections of the question paper. Accordingly, aspirants are supposed to prepare their study plan.

Directions : The following 04 (Four) items consist of two statements, Statement I and Statement L You are to examine these two statements carefully, and select the answers to these items using the code given below :

Code :

(a) Both the statements are individually true and Statement II is the correct explanation of Statement I.

(b) Both the statements are individually true, but Statement II is not the correct explanation of Statement I.

(c) Statement I is true, but Statement II is false.

(d) Statement I is false, but statement II is true.

1. Statement I : India's offshore and deep sea fish catch is very poor considering the marine potential.

Statement II : Indian coast does not have many gulfs, bays, estuaries and backwaters.

2. Statement I : Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth.

Statement II: Earth rotates from the West towards the East once in 24 hours with respect to the Sun.

3. Statement I: Sideral day is shorter than Solar day.

Statement II : The motion of the Earth in its orbit around the Sun is termed as revolution.

4. Statement I : When a gun is fired it recoils, i.e., it pushes back, with much less velocity than the velocity of the bullet.

Statement II: Velocity of the recoiling gun is less because the gun is much heavier than the bullet.

6. The Earth without rotational movement would result into

1. no sun-rise and sun-set.

2. no occurrence of' day and night cycle.

3. only one season.

Select the correct answer using the code given below

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

7. When hard water is evaporated completely, the white solid remains in the container. It may be due to the presence of

1. Carbonates of Ca and Mg

2. Sulphates of Ca and Mg

3. Chlorides of Ca and Mg

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1, 2 and 3

(c) 3 only

(d) 1 and 3 only

8. Which one among the following statements is correct?

(a) Prokaryotic cells possess nucleus.

(b) Cell membrane is present both in plant and animal cells.

(d) Ribosomes are present in eukaryotic cells only.

9. A person standing 1 m in front of a plane mirror approaches the mirror by 40 cm. The new distance between the person and his image in the plane mirror is

(a) 60 cm

(b) 1.2 m

(c) 1.4 m

(d) 2.0 m

10. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the

Lists I

(Ocean current)

A. Guinea current

B. Oyashio current

C. Canaries current

D. Kuroshio current

List II

(Location in Map)

Code:

A              B              C             D

(a)          4              3              1              2

(b)          2              3              1              4

(c)          2              1              3              4

(d)          4              1              3              2

11. Which one among the following compounds has same equivalent weight and molecular weight?

(a) H2SO4

(b) CaCl2

(c) Na2SO4

(d) NaCl

12. Which one among the following statements is not true for Mammals?

(a) They possess hair on the body.

(b) Some of them lay eggs.

(c) Their heart is three chambered.

(d) Some are aquatic.

13. Arrange the following layers of atmosphere vertically from the surface of the Earth :

1. Mesosphere

2. Troposphere

3. Stratosphere

4. Thermosphere

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1-2-3-4

(b) 2-1-3-4

(c) 2-3-1-4

(d) 3-4-2-1

14. A metallic plate sticks firmly on the mouth of a water vessel made from another metal. By way of heating, one can detach the plate from the vessel. This is because heat expands

(a) the vessel only

(b) both the vessel and the plate equally

(c) the vessel more than the plate

(d) the vessel and contracts the plate

15. Electricity is produced through dry cell from

(a) chemical energy

(b) thermal energy

(c) mechanical energy

(d) nuclear energy

16. In human digestive system, the process of digestion starts in

(a) Oesophagus

(b) Buccal cavity

(c) Duodenum

(d) Stomach

17. Consider the contour plot given below :

The above contours of an area indicate several relief features. Which one among the following relief features is not depicted here?

(a) Steep slope

(b) River valley

(c) Conical hill

(d) Gentle slope

18. Which one among the following fuels is used in gas welding?

(a) LPG

(b) Ethylene

(c) Methane

(d) Acetylene

19. In respect of the difference of the gravitational force from electric and magnetic forces, which one of the following statements is true?

(a) Gravitational force is stronger than the other two.

(b) Gravitational force is attractive only, whereas the electric and the magnetic forces are attractive as well as repulsive.

(c) Gravitational force has a very short range.

(d) Gravitational force is a long range force, while the other two are short range forces.

20. Which one among the following is a micronutrient present in soil for various crops?

(a) Calcium

(b) Manganese

(c) Magnesium

(d) Potassium

21. Arrange the following tributaries of river Indus from North to South:

1. Chenab

2. Jhelum

3. Ravi

4. Sutlej

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 4-3-1-2

(b) 2-3-1-4

(c) 1-2-3-4

(d) 2-1-3-4

22. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List I                                                       List II

(Industry)                                            (Location)

A. Railway equipment                    1. Kochi

B. Automobile                              2. Ludhiana

C. Ship-building                           3. Bhilai

D. Bicycle                                   4. Jabalpur

Code :

A              B              C             D

(a)          3              4              1              2

(b)          3              1              4              2

(c)          2              1              4              3

(d)          2              4              1              3

23. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List I                                                       List II

(Air Pollutant)                                   (Effect)

A. Chlorofluorocarbon                   1. Acid rain

B. Sulphur dioxide                        2. Depletion in ozone layer in the atmosphere

C. Lead compound                       3. Harmful for human nervous system

D. Carbon dioxide                        4. Topmost contribution to greenhouse effect

Code :

A              B              C              D

(a)          4              3              1              2

(b)          4              1              3              2

(c)          2              1              3              4

(d)          2              3              1              4

24. Creation of something from nothing is against the law of

(a) constant proportions

(b) conservation of mass-energy

(c) multiple proportions

(d) conservation of momentum

25. Which one of the following diseases in humans can spread through air?

(a) Dengue

(b) Tuberculosis

(c) HIV-AIDS

(d) Goitre

26. Seismic gaps are

(a) parts of plate boundaries in oceans where tsunamis occur frequently.

(b) sections of plate boundaries that have ruptured repeatedly in the recent past.

(c) sections of plate boundaries that have not ruptured in the recent past.

(d) plate boundaries having no volcanic activity.

27. In the absence of Cold Labrador Current, which one among the following would happen?

(a) There will be no North-East Atlantic fishing grounds

(b) There will be no North-West Atlantic fishing grounds

(c) There will be no fishing ground in the North Atlantic Ocean

(d) Semi-arid condition of the Atlantic coast of the USA and Canada would prevail

28. An electron and a proton are circulating with same speed in circular paths of equal radius. Which one among the following will happen, if the mass of a proton is about 2,000 times that of an electron?

(a) The centripetal force required by the electron is about 2,000 times more than that required by the proton

(b) The centripetal force required by the proton is about 2,000 times more than that required by the electron

(c) No centripetal force is required for any charged particle

(d) Equal centripetal force acts on both the particles as they rotate in the same circular path

29. Which one among the following metals is prominently used in mobile phone batteries?

(a) Copper

(b) Zinc

(c) Nickel

(d) Lithium

30. Which one of the following is the most appropriate and correct practice from the point of view of a healthy environment?

(a) Burning of plastic wastes to keep the environment clean

(b) Burning of dry and fallen leaves in a garden or field

(c) Treatment of domestic sewage before its release

(d) Use of chemical fertilizers in agricultural fields

31. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List I                                                                    List II

(Type of Grass)                                                 (Country)

A. Lianos                                               1. Australia

B. Prairies                                              2. Venezuela

C. Pampas                                             3. USA

D. Downs                                              4. Argentina

Code :

A              B             C              D

(a)          1              4             3              2

(b)          1              3             4              2

(c)          2              4             3              1

(d)          2              3             4              1

32. Who among the following proposed that atom is indivisible?

(a) Dalton

(b) Berzelius

(c) Rutherford

33. Tank irrigation is commonly found in South-Central parts of India. What could be the reason?

1. Insufficient shallow ground water

2. Rocky plateau with impervious surface depression

3. Undulating terrain helps in accumulation of rain water in depression or man-made tank

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

34. Which of the following is/are the reason(s) behind Gujarat being the leading producer of Salt in India?

1. The long length of coastline

2. Long duration of hot and dry conditions

3. Presence of gulf areas

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 1 and 3 only

35. An object is raised to a height of 3 m from the ground. It is then allowed to fall on to a table 1 m high from ground level. In this context, which one among the following statements is correct?

(a) Its potential energy decreases by two-thirds its original value of total energy.

(b) Its potential energy decreases by one-third its original value of total energy.

(c) Its kinetic energy increases by two-thirds, while potential energy increases by one-third.

(d) Its kinetic energy increases by one-third, while potential energy decreases by one-third.

36. Ozone layer of the Earth's atmosphere is important for living organisms because it

(a) prevents entry of ultra-violet rays

(b) prevents entry of X-rays

(c) maintains level of oxygen on Earth

(d) prevents acid rain on Earth

37. If 82° 30' east longitude (Allahabad) shows 6 : 00 am of Sunday (local time), what would be the local time of Florida (USA) located on 82° west longitude?

(a) 6 : 58 pm of Saturday

(b) 7 : 02 pm of Sunday

(c) 6 : 58 am of Sunday

(d) 7 : 02 am of Saturday

38. Consider the following statements with regard to cold waves in winter season in northern India:

1. There is lack of maritime influence.

2. Northern India is nearer to the Himalayan region.

3. Air mass comes from polar regions to northern India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3

(d) 1 and 2

39. Which one among the following processes is not part of a chemical weathering?

(a) Hydration

(b) Exfoliation

(c) Oxidation

(d) Solution

40. Two pieces of conductor of same material and of equal length are connected in series with a cell. One of the two pieces has cross-sectional area double that of the other. Which one of the following statements is correct in this regard?

(a) The thicker one will allow stronger current to pass through it.

(b) The thinner one would allow stronger current to pass through it.

(c) Same amount of electric current would pass through both the pieces producing more heat in the thicker one.

(d) Same amount of electric current would pass through both the pieces producing more heat in the thinner one.

41. How many elements are there in the 5th period of modern periodic table?

(a) 2

(b) 8

(c) 18

(d) 36

42. Which one of the following statements regarding water cycle is correct?

(a) Transpiration by plants does not contribute to cloud formation.

(b) Only evaporation of surface water of rivers and oceans is responsible for cloud formation.

(c) Rainfall does not contribute in maintenance of underground water table.

(d) Underground water may also be connected to surface water.

43. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List I                                                       List II

(Ocean current)                                (Coast)

A. Humboldt                                 1. Namibia — Angola

B. North Atlantic Drift                     2. Chile — Peru

C. Benguela                                  3. Mozambique – Madagascar

D. Agulhas                                    4. United Kingdom – Norway

Code :

A             B              C              D

(a)          2             1              4              3

(b)          2             4              1              3

(c)          3             4              1              2

(d)          3             1              4              2

44. The horizontal wind circulation near the Earth's surface is due to the

2. frictional force.

3. coriolis force.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

45. A wire-bound standard resistor uses manganin or constantan. It is because

(a) these alloys are cheap and easily available

(b) they have high resistivity

(c) they have low resistivity

(d) they have resistivity which almost remains unchanged with temperature

46. Which one among the following is used in making lead pencils?

(a) Charcoal

(b) Graphite

(c) Coke

(d) Carbon black

47. Which one among the following structures or cells is not present in connective tissues?

(a) Chondrocytes

(b) Axon

(c) Collagen fibre

(d) Lymphocytes

48. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List I                                                       List II

(Sanctuary)                                         (State)

A. Sharavati Valley                           1. Gujarat

B. Satkosia Gorge                             2. Goa

C. Pirotan Island                               3. Odisha

D. Bhagwan Mahavir                          4. Karnataka

Code :

A              B              C              D

(a)          2              1              3              4

(b)          4              1              3              2

(c)          4              3              1              2

(d)          2              3              1              4

49. Sodium metal should be stored in

(a) Alcohol

(b) Kerosene oil

(c) Water

(d) Hydrochloric acid

50. The word 'vaccination' has been derived from a Latin word which relates to

(a) Pig

(b) Horse

(c) Cow

(d) Dog

51. Which of the following characteristic(s) describes the nature of religion according to the Rig Veda?

1. Rig Vedic religion can be described as naturalistic polytheism.

2. There are striking similarities between the Rig Vedic religion and the ideas in the Iranian Avesta.

3. Vedic sacrifices were conducted in the house of the priest who was called yajaman.

4. Vedic sacrifices were of two kinds - those conducted by the householder and those that required ritual specialists.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 3 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 1, 2, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2 and 4 only

52. Which of the following statement(s) about caste movements in early 20th century Kerala is/are false?

1. Kerala's first modern novel Indulekha attacked the social dominance of Nambudiri Brahmans in Kerala.

2. C.V. Raman Pillai's novel Marthanda Varma was written against the exploitation of peasants by Nair landlords.

3. Sree Narayana Guru was one of the founders of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam that was engaged in the upliftment of the Ezhavas in Kerala.

4. Dr. Palpu, the first Ezhava graduate, was one of the founders of the Sree Narayana Dharma Paripalana Yogam that was engaged in the upliftment of the Ezhavas in Kerala.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 3

(c) 2 only

(d) 2 and 4

53. In which of the following cases did the Supreme Court rule that Constitutional Amendments were also laws under Article 13 of the Constitution of India, which could be declared void for being inconsistent with Fundamental Rights?

(a) Keshavanand Bharati Case

(b) Golaknath Case

(c) Minerva Mills Case

(d) Maneka Gandhi Case

54. Which of the following statement(s) is/are not correct for the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution of India?

1. It was inserted by the first amendment in 1951.

2. It includes those laws which are beyond the purview of judicial review.

3. It was inserted by the 42nd Amendment.

4. The laws in the Ninth Schedule are primarily those which pertain to the matters of national security.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 3 and 4

(d) 3 only

55. Which one among the following was the theme of the International Day of the Preservation of the Ozone Layer-2014?

(a) Ozone Day - A healthy atmosphere, the future we want

(b) Protecting our atmosphere for generations to come

(c) HCFC phase out : a unique opportunity

(d) Ozone Layer Protection : The Mission Goes On

56. Which one of the following categories of persons is not treated at par so far as the availability of Fundamental Rights is concerned?

(a) Members of the armed forces

(b) Members of the forces charged with the responsibility of maintenance of public order

(c) Members of the forces employed in connection with the communication systems set up in the country

(d) Members of the forces employed in connection with the communication systems set up for maintenance of public order

57. Notification regarding commencement or cessation of a state of war is the responsibility of

(a) Ministry of Home Affairs

(b) Ministry of Defence

(c) Ministry of External Affairs

(d) None of the above

58. Which of the following statements about Mahatma Gandhi’s South African experiences (1893 – 1914) is/are true?

1. Muslim merchants were actively involved in Gandhian political movements in South Africa.

2. In 1906, Gandhi led a campaign in Cape Town against the ordinance on compulsory registration and passes for Indians.

3. Gandhi began his political career with struggles against the imposition of excessive taxes on Indians in Cape Town.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 1 only

59. Which of the following sets of newspapers reflected the concerns of educated Indian Muslims during the Khilafat Movement?

(c) Zamindar and Muslim Voice

(d) Comrade, Hamdard, Zamindar and Al Hilal

60. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The Marxist theory repudiates the idea of the atomized and alienated individual.

2. Marxism upholds the idea of the natural rights of men and individuals.

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

61. Which one among the following was not an outcome of the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban in South Africa in March 2013?

(a) Signing of two agreements on Extending Credit Facility in Local Currencies and BRICS Multilateral Letter of Credit Confirmation Facility

(b) Proclamation of establishment of BRICS-led New Development Bank

(c) Creation of a safety net through a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) among BRICS countries

(d) Setting up of BRICS Business Council and BRICS Think Tank Council

62. Seeking to revive historic ties, the Indian Air Force has gifted a vintage Dakota Aircraft from its museum to (September 2014)

(a) the Pakistan Air Force

(c) the Chinese Air Force

(d) the Sri Lankan Air Force

63. Which one of the following statements is incorrect?

(a) The Armed Forces Tribunal has the power to adjudicate disputes relating to conditions of service of persons subject to the Army Act, 1950.

(b) Findings and sentences of court martial can be challenged before the Armed Forces Tribunal.

(c) The Chairperson and members of the Armed Forces Tribunal shall be appointed only after consultation with the Chief Justice of India.

(d) The Chairperson and members of the Armed Forces Tribunal can be removed only after consultation with the Chief Justice of India.

64. In recent plans, certain words/phrases were used in the title of the plan along with `growth'. They are

1. Inclusive

2. Faster

3. More inclusive

4. Sustainable

5. More sustainable

Which combination is true of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012 - 17)?

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1, 4 and 5

(c) 2, 3 and 4

(d) 1, 2 and 4

65. Which of the following statements about the social reformer, Raja Rammohun Roy, is false?

(a) Rammohun Roy belonged to the gentry class whose power had been diminished because of the imposition of the Permanent Settlement.

(b) He studied both Vedantic Monism and Christian Unitarianism.

(c) He translated the Upanishads into Bengali.

(d) His first organization was the Atmiya Sabha, founded in Calcutta in 1815.

66. Which of the following characteristics about the state of Travancore in 18th century Kerala is/are correct?

1. Travancore was ruled by Marthanda Varma from 1729 to 1758.

2. Travancore built a strong army and defeated the Dutch in 1741.

3. Travancore was an important centre of learning.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 1 only

67. A Parliamentry Democracy is one where

1. a balance of popular participation and elite rule takes place.

2. the government is responsible not to the public but to the elected representatives.

3. the parliamentarians are delegated the responsibility of thinking and acting on behalf of their constituents.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 2 only

68. Which of the following is not a central tenet of Socialism?

(a) Historical Materialism

(b) Dialectical Materialism

(c) Alienation and Class Struggle

(d) Individual Freedom

69. 'And Then One Day: A Memoir' is an autobiography of

(a) Kemal Hasan

(b) Shahrukh Khan

(c) Naseeruddin Shah

(d) Karan Johar

70. Inclusion strategy does not focus on

(a) reduction of inequality

(b) reduction of poverty

(c) diversifying livelihood for tribal population

(d) getting poorer countries closer

71. When martial law is imposed, Parliament cannot make law in respect of which one of the following matters?

(a) Indemnify any person in respect of any act done by him in connection with the maintenance of order in the area where martial law was in force

(b) Parliament can by law validate any sentence passed when martial law was in force in the area

(c) A law of Parliament can validate forfeiture ordered when martial law was in force in the area

(d) Any act done under martial law can be validated by Parliament by law

72. Upari refers to which one of the following?

(a) A form of Marathi poetry that emerged during the Maratha period

(b) A category of tenancy tenure held under the Maratha regime

(c) A court official during Maratha rule

(d) A group of peasants who rebelled against their oppressive landlords under Maratha rule

73. Which of the following is/are the characteristic(s) of the Sannyasi and Fakir uprisings?

1. These uprisings refer to a series of skirmishes between the English East India Company and a group of sannyasis and fakirs.

2. One reason for the uprising was the ban on free movement of the sannyasis along pilgrimage routes.

3. In the course of the uprisings in 1773, Warren Hastings issued a proclamation banishing all sannyasis from Bengal and Bihar.

4. Are contemporaneous with the Non-Cooperation Movement.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 2 and 4 only

74. Which among the following features of a federal system is not found in the Indian Political System?

(a) Dual citizenship

(b) Distribution of powers between the Federal and the State Governments

(c) Supremacy of the Constitution

(d) Authority of the Courts to interpret the Constitution

75. Which of the following is not true of Article 32 of the Indian Constitution?

(a) It gives the Supreme Court and the High Courts the power to issue writs for the enforcement of Fundamental Rights.

(b) It is included in Part III of the Indian Constitution and is therefore itself a Fundamental Right.

(c) Dr. Ambedkar called it the 'very soul of the Indian Constitution'.

(d) An aggrieved person has no right to complain under Article 32 where a Fundamental Right has not been violated.

76. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Professor Kemal Bawa was conferred with the Midori Prize (2014) for biodiversity for his research on climate change in the Himalayas.

2. Midori Prize is an annual international prize given to an individual for outstanding contribution to the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity at global, regional or local levels.

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

77. Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a) The Central Government is empowered to issue a notification to specify any service in a State as a service of vital importance to the community.

(b) Such a notification remains valid for six months.

(c) Every command given by a superior officer casts a duty on all persons subject to the Army Act, 1950, the Air Force Act, 1950 or the Navy Act, 1957 to obey the command when such a notification is in force.

(d) The provisions of the Armed Forces (Emergency Duties) Act, 1947 are applicable in connection with vital services imposed in an emergency on the armed forces.

78. The Central Industrial Security Force is under the administrative control of which of the following ministries?

(a) Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises

(b) Headquarters of the Integrated Joint Staff

(c) Ministry of Home Affairs

(d) PMO

79. Which of the following features of the State of Arcot in 18th century South India are correct?

1. The founders of the dynasty that ruled Arcot were Daud Khan Penni and Sa'adatullah Khan.

2. Arcot became the site of a protracted struggle between the English and Dutch East India Companies from the 1740s.

3. Decentralization was a key feature of the State of Arcot in the 18th century.

4. The other major State to emerge in South India at this time was Mysore.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1, 2 and 4

(c) 3 and 4 only

(d) 2 and 4 only

80. Which of the following statements about the musical culture in 18th and 19th century North India is/are not correct:

1. The period was marked by the growing eminence of Sadarang Neamat Khan who introduced the khayal form.

2. A large number of musicians moved out of regional centres to Delhi where they hoped they would receive more employment and patronage.

3. The period was marked by the formation of specific region based gharanas.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 1, 2 and 3

(c) 2 only

(d) 2 and 3 only

81. Which of the following is/are not the characteristic(s) of the First Past The Post System (FPTP)?

1. It is a majoritarian system where minorities are likely to remain unrepresented.

2. A candidate may win an election even if he/she gets less than the majority of the votes cast.

3. It generates proportionality between the votes cast and the seats won.

4. It always leads to a two party system and a stable and accountable government.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 3 and 4

(b) 1 and 2

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 4 only

82. Which of the following statements is/are not true for the category of the Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) inserted by the amendment to the Citizenship Act of India in 2003?

1. It gives dual citizenship to Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who are citizens of another country.

2. It gives Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) who are citizens of another country, an OCT card without citizenship.

3. It permits the OCI to vote in general elections in India.

4. It allows the OCI to travel to India without visa

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 1 and 3

(c) 3 only

(d) 2 and 4

83. Which of the following is/are the objective(s) of National AYUSH Mission, approved by the Union Cabinet recently?

1. Improvement of AYUSH education through enhancement in the number of upgraded educational institutions.

2. Better access to AYUSH services through increase in the AYUSH hospitals and dispensaries, availability of drugs and manpower.

3. Providing sustained availability of quality raw material for AYUSH system of medicine.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 only

(d) 1 and 2 only

84. Which of the following statement(s) with regard to the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 is/are correct?

1. The Act is applicable only to the States of Manipur, Tripura and Nagaland.

2. A person taken into custody under the above Act must be handed over to the officer-in-charge of the nearest police station with least possible delay.

3. An area can be declared as a disturbed area under the above Act only when the State Government is of the opinion that the use of the armed forces in aid of civil power is necessary to contain a dangerous condition in the concerned area.

Select the correct answer by using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 2 only

85. Indian Coast Guard is

(a) a branch of the Indian Navy

(b) an organization under the Central Board of Excise and Customs

(c) an organization under the Ministry of Defence

(d) a para-military force under the Ministry of Home Affairs

86. Which of the following statements about the musical culture in 18th and 19th century South India is/are correct?

1. Musical developments were spearheaded by the Arcot court.

2. Tanjavur replaced Madras as the cultural capital of classical music in the second half of the nineteenth century.

3. Three great composers, Tyagaraja, Diksitar and Syama Sastri experimented with the kriti form to set the foundations for modern Carnatic music.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) I, 2 and 3

87. Which of the following statements about visual culture in 18th and early 19th century North India is/are correct?

1. Painters from Patna and Murshidabad flocked to Calcutta and produced water colours in the English mode.

2. Landscape and portraiture became extremely important at this time.

3. The artists Zayan-al-Din, Bhawani Das and Ram Das were adopted by the English East India Company to produce albums of Indian birds and animals.

4. While Indians were influenced by European artistic styles, European artists did not visit regional courts.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4

(d) 4 only

88. The power to decide the date of an election to a State Legislative Assembly rests with the

(a) President of India

(b) Chief Minister and his/her Cabinet

(c) Election Commission of India

(d) Parliament

89. Which among the following is not an aspect of Gender Mainstreaming (GM)?

(a) GM was established as a global strategy for achieving gender equality by the United Nations.

(b) It was adopted in 1995 in the Beijing Platform of Action.

(c) It requires a review of government policy in all sectors for eliminating gender disparity.

(d) GM was followed by the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

90. The 3rd Meeting of the SAARC Culture Ministers, convened in New Delhi on September 25, 2014, unanimously resolved

1. to declare 2015 - 16 as the SAARC Year of Cultural Heritage.

2. that Bamiyan will be the SAARC cultural capital for 2015 - 16.

3. to promote SA_ARC culture online by launching a dedicated SAARC website on culture, with emphasis on digitization of rare manuscripts, rare books and other articles of intangible cultural value.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 2 only

91. Information under the RTI Act, 2005 can be provided in respect of

(a) National Security Council Secretariat

(b) Assam Rifles

92. Who acts as the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee?

(a) The President of India in his capacity as the commander-in-chief

(b) The Prime Minister

(c) The Defence Minister

(d) The senior-most Chief of Staff

93. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List I                                                                       List II

(Editor)                                                              (Journal /Newspaper)

A. S.A. Dange                                            1. Labour-Kisan Gazette

B. Muzaffar Ahmed                                      2. Inquilab

C. Ghulam Hussain                                       3. Navayug

D. M. Singaravelu                                        4. The Socialist

Code :

A              B              C             D

(a)          4              3              2              1

(b)          4              2              3              1

(c)          1              2              3              4

(d)          1              3              2              4

94. Which of the following was/were connected primarily to the communist ideology?

1. Kirti Kisan Party

2. Labour Swaraj Party

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

95. Which of the following statements is not true?

(b) GATT was replaced by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995.

(c) The most Favoured Nation principle under GATT provided that preferential trading agreements reached with one country should be extended to other countries.

(d) The WTO has been able to conver in its agreements the agriculture and textile sectors which are the principal concerns for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs).

96. Which of the following is not a part of contemporary Indian foreign policy in relationships with its neighbours?

(a) Look East policy for linking up with South-East Asia via Myanmar

(b) Panchsheel

(c) Non-alignment

(d) SAARC

97. Consider the following statements:

1. The Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan is restructured into the Swachh Bharat Mission.

2. The Swachh Bharat Mission has two sub-Missions - Union Territories and States.

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

98. Which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) The President cannot pardon a person sentenced by a Court Martial,

(b) The supreme command of the defence forces of the Union vests in the President, but its exercise has to be regulated by law.

(c) A person awarded rigorous imprisonment cannot be compelled to do hard work as this would amount to violation of Article 23 of the Constitution of India.

(d) The Armed Forces Tribunal Act, 2007 excludes the powers of the High Courts under Article 226 of the Constitution of India in relation to service matters of persons in the armed forces.

99. Demand for a commodity refers to

(a) Desire for that commodity

(b) Need for that commodity

(c) Quantity demanded of that commodity

(d) Quantity demanded at certain price during any particular period of time

100. The interest of the British Government of India in Afghanistan in the nineteenth century came about in order to

(a) make use of the natural resources of Afghanistan.

(b) ensure that the Russian empire did not have an influence over Afghanistan.

(c) increase the reach of the British Empire.

(d) establish a monopoly over the markets of Afghanistan.

101. What was the common element among (i) G.D. Birla (ii) Ambalal Sarabhai and (iii) Walchand Hirachand?

(a) They were leading members of the socialist movement in India

(b) They were Indian industrialists

(d) All of the above

102. Which of the following is not true for SAFTA (South Asian Free Trade Area)?

(a) It is a step towards a South Asian customs union and common market.

(b) The agreement came into effect in 2006.

(c) The SAFTA is a trade liberalisation regime.

(d) The SAFTA agreement takes precedence over any other agreement a member country may have with states outside SAFTA.

103. Which of the following is not a laid down principle of the Panchsheel?

(a) Mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity

(b) Mutual non-aggression

(c) Mutual support for each other in world forum

(d) Mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs

104. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. 'Yudh Abhyas 2014' was an India - USA military exercise.

2. ‘Yudh Abhyas 2014' was conducted in Himachal Pradesh.

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

105. An exceptional demand curve is one that slopes

(a) downward to the right

(b) upward to the right

(c) horizontally

(d) upward to the left

106. What was the claim to fame of Dr. Dwarka Nath Kotnis?

(a) He provided succour to the poor

(b) He set up hospitals in the difficult to reach regions of India

(c) He was a leading Indian nationalist

(d) He laid down his life providing medical help to the Eighth Route Army

107. Which of the following is not true about the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)?

(a) It defines what constitutes discrimination aganist women and sets up an agenda for national action

(b) It was adopted in 1979 by the United Nations

(c) It commits States to undertake measures to end discrimination in their legal system

(d) India is not a ratifying country and is therefore not legally bound to put its provisions into practice

108. Consider the following statements with regard to the First Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo (2015):

1. This is a follow-up to the 'Make in India' initiative.

2. The central theme of the meet is to attract large scale investments in the renewable energy sector in India.

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

109. When two goods are completely interchangeable, they are

(a) Perfect substitutes

(b) Perfect complements

(c) Giffen goods

(d) Veblen goods

110. Which would be the most appropriate description concerning the Punjab Naujawan Bharat Sabha?

It aspired to

(a) do political work among youth, peasants and workers.

(b) spread the philosophy of revolution among students.

(c) initiate discussions regarding anti-imperialism among workers.

(d) help the formation of a Trade Union Movement in Punjab.

111. The Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution contains provisions for the administration of Tribal areas. Which of the following States is not covered under this Schedule?

(a) Assam

(b) Manipur

(c) Meghalaya

(d) Tripura

112. Which of the following statements is/are correct with regard to the Living Planet Report — 2014 (Species and Spaces, People and Places) released by World Wildlife Fund (WWF)?

1. The Living Planet Index (LPI), which measures more than 10,000 representative populations of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish, has declined by 52% since 1970.

2. The most dramatic regional LPI decrease occurred in Africa.

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

113. Rise in the price of a commodity means

(a) rise in the value of currency only

(b) fall in the value of currency only

(c) rise in the value of commodity only

(d) fall in the value of currency and rise in the value of commodity

114. The Tungbhadra river provided sustenance to which empire?

(a) Chola

(b) Vijayanagara

(c) Vakataka

(d) Pandya

115. Which empire did Niccolo de Conti, Abdur Razzaq, Afanasy Nikitin and Fernao Nuniz visit?

(a) The empire of Kannauj

(b) Vijayanagara empire

(c) Hoysala empire

(d) Rashtrakuta empire

116. The Supreme Court guidelines issued in the Vishaka Case pertain to

(a) domestic violence

(b) rape and sexual violence

(c) sexual harassment at the work place

(d) trafficking in women

117. Which one of the following statements is incorrect?

(a) India does not have a Chief of Defence Staff.

(b) India does not have a Permanent Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee.

(c) India has a Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee who functions as Chief of the Defence Staff.

(d) India has a Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee who does not function as Chief of the Defence Staff.

118. Which among the following teams won the Duleep Trophy Cricket Tournament, 2014?

(a) East Zone

(b) Central Zone

(c) West Zone

(d) South Zone

119. Which of the following statements is/are true with regard to the newly launched Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana?

1. Under the scheme, Centre will provide Rs. 10 crore each for every State and Union Territory of the country for the development of various facilities for the tribals.

2. The scheme mainly focuses on bridging infrastructural gaps and gap in human development indices between Scheduled Tribes and other Social Groups.

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

120. Which of the following statements with regard to the proposed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is/are correct?

1. India is one of the founding members of the Bank.

2. The Bank is to be headquartered in Shanghai.

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