GS Question Paper of Assam Public Service Commission’s Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Exam 2009

The Assam Public Service Commission held its Civil Services Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination 2009 on 11 December 2011. Here you find the General Studies Question Paper of the exam.

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The following is the General Studies question paper of Combined Competitive (Preliminary) Examination 2009 of the Assam Public Service Commission. Read the question paper to upgrade your preparation for various competitive examinations.




Time allowed: 2 Hours                             Full Marks: 200


1. Habeas corpus writ is associated with

(A) anticipatory bail

(B) quashing the order of Un administrative authority

(C) an order of freedom of speech

(D) production of person before the court

2. Drip irrigation is mostly practised in India especially for

(A) tea and coffee

(B) rice

(C) wheat

(D) vegetables (Rabi crops)

3. Grey Revolution is associated with

(A) production of cement

(B) commercial production of eggs

(C) productions of sweets

(D) steel production

4. The mass of an iron piece when gets rusted

(A) may increase or decrease depending upon temperature

(B) decreases

(C) increases

(D) remain same

5. The purest form of gold is

(A) 18 carat

(B) 22 carat

(C) 24 carat

(D) 28 carat

6. The National Flood Control Programme (NFCP) for flood control in India was launched in the year

(A) 1951

(B) 1954

(C) 1947

(D) 1960

7. The Integrated Wasteland Development Programme (IWDP) is sponsored by


(B) Government of India

(C) Asian Development Bank



8. In which Indian State is the hill station Kodaikanal situated?

(A) Andhra Pradesh

(B) Uttar Pradesh

(C) Tamil Nadu

(D) Rajasthan

9. Which is the longest river in Asia?

(A) River Surama

(B) River Ob

(C) River Ganga

(D) River Brahmaputra

10. What is the percentage of oxygen in the earth's crust?

(A) 92

(B) 50

(C) 61

(D) 45

11. Name the country which is known as the 'Land of Morning Calm'.

(A) Japan

(B) Korea

(C) Indonesia

(D) Canada

12. What is the precise time taken by the earth for one rotation?

(A) 24 hr

(B) 24 hr 30 min

(C) 23 hr 56 min 4.09 sec

(D) 24 hr 5 min 5.02 sec

13. The total area of Assam is

(A) 80645 km2

(B) 78438 km2

(C) 79012 km2

(D) 77901 km2


14. The largest continent in the world is

(A) Europe

(B) North America

(C) Asia

(D) Africa


15. Assam State enjoys

(A) tropical climate

(B) hot climate

(C) warm climate

(D) cold climate


16. Terai zone is situated at Assam's

(A) North zone

(B) East zone

(C) South zone

(D) West


17. The National Park of Assam where the rare white-winged duck (Deohanh) is found is

(A) Nameri

(B) Dibru Saikhowa

(C) Manas

(D) Orang


18. What is the name of the new island emrging out of the Bay of Bengal?

(A) Sonali

(B) Dhan Khuli

(C) Purbasa

(D) Uttara


19. Which of the following is related to international trade?






20. Of the total geographical area of Assam the total area under forest is

(A) 33 p.c

(B) 22 p.c

(C) 28 p.c

(D) 19 p.c


21. World's largest producer of gold is

(A) Saudi Arabia


(C) South Africa

(D) Canada


22. When was Mizoram converted into a Union Territory?

(A) 1969

(B) 1972

(C) 1949

(D) 1951


23. Which is the world's longest railway line?

(A) Trans-Siberian line

(B) Texas Railway line

(C) Trans-Austin line

(D) Trans-American line


24. For a healthy adult Indian, the Body Mass Index (BMI) Should be in the range of

(A) 11.51 - 18

(B) 18.5 - 24.9

(C) 25-30

(D) None of the Above


25. Black hole is an object to be found

(A) at the bottom of oceans

(B) in the sky

(C) inside a current –carrying conductor

(D) None of the above


26. Minimum velocity required by a body to escape earth’s gravitation (escape velocity) is

(A) 9.5 km/s

(B) 11.2 km/s

(C) 13 km/s

(D) 24.25 km/s


27. Which one of the following is not an operating system of computers?

(A) Sun 05


(C) GNEXT/Linux

(D) Windows NT


28. Which is the largest moon in the solar system?

(A) Ganymede

(B) Titan

(C) Lo

(D) Callisto


29. Pacemaker is implanted in heart when one of the following is defective

(A) SA node

(B) AV node

(C) Purkinje fibre

(D) Bundle of His


30. When a person is undergoing prolonged fasting, his/her urine will contain abnormal quantity of

(A) fat

(B) ketone

(C) amino acid

(D) glucose


31. Science of improving human race is

(A) eugenics

(B) epigenesis

(C) epistasis

(D) euthenics


32. A photon will have less energy, if its

(A) amplitude is higher

(B) frequency is higher

(C) wavelength is longer

(D) wavelength is shorter


33. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) is mainly a mixture of

(A) propane and butane

(B) butane and isobutane

(C) propane and isobutane

(D) propane and tetralin


34. One of the elements of direct democracy is

(A) refrendum

(B) equality

(C) free and fair election

(D) universal adult franchise


35. 'Purna Swaraj' resolution of the Congress was adopted on

(A) 26th January, 1930

(B) 26th January, 1931

(C) 26th January, 1929

(D) 26th January, 1932


36. Article 80 of the Indian Constitution deals with the formation of the

(A) Rajya Sabha

(B) Lok Sabha

(C) Legislative Council

(D) District Council


37. The Fundamental Duties were incorporated into the Constitution of India on the basis of the recommendation of

(A) S.V. Singh Committee

(B) Swaran Singh Committee

(C) C. Hanumantha Rao Committee

(D) None of the above


38. In the formal sence, Panchayati Raj was established in Assam in the year

(A) 1961

(B) 1962

(C) 1963

(D) 1964


39. The Planning Commission in India was established by

(A) an act of the Parliament

(B) the Constitution of India

(C) resolution of the Central Government

(D) presidential order


40. Which of the following methods is not provided by the Citizenship Act, 1955 to acquire Indian citizenship?

(A) By birth

(B) By descent

(C) By registration

(D) By exercising right to vote


41. Which of the following types of budgeting is followed in India?

(A) Plural budgeting

(B) Cash budgeting

(C) performance budgeting

(D) Surplus budgeting


42. Which of the following Articles of the Constitution of India is related to the independence of the Union Public Service Commission?

(A) Article 323

(B) Article 324

(C) Article 325

(D) Article 326


43. Which of the following Schedules to the Constitution of India relates to languages?

(A) 7th Schedule

(B) 8th Schedule

(C) 9th Schedule

(D) 10th Schedule


44. The French philosopher Rousseau belonged to the

(A) eighteenth century

(B) sixteenth century

(C) fifteenth century

(D) seventeenth century


45. Which of the following can initiate the process of impeachment of the President of India?

(A) Any House of the Parliament

(B) The Lok Sabha alone

(C) The Rajya Sabha alone

(D) The Supreme Court of India


46. Which of the following is not a part of the financial management?

(A) Preparation of the budget

(B) Approval of the budget by the Cabinet

(C) Execution and rendering of accounts

(D) Audit and accounts of public expenditure


47. Under the Assam Panchayat Act, 1994, the quorum for the meeting of the Gram panchayat is

(A) one-half of the total number of members

(B) one-half of the total number of members present

(C) one-third of the total number of members

(D) one-third of the total number of members present


48. Who initiated the Home Rule Movement in India?

(A) Chittaranjan Das

(B) Lajpat Rai

(C) Annie Besant

(D) Maulana Azad


49. The Indus Valley Cilvilization belongs to the

(A) Palaeolithic Age

(B) Mesolithic Age

(C) Neolithic Age

(D) Chalcolithic Age


50. Who among the following was the first to visit India?

(A) Huen Tsang

(B) I-Tsing

(C) Fa-Hien

(D) Megasthenes


51. Ahalya Bai was distinguished

(A) Maratha leader

(B) Rajput leader

(C) Sikh leader

(D) Mughal leader


52. During which period did the East India Company begin to build up its territorial power in India?

(A) Beginning of the 18th century

(B) Last quarter of the 17th century

(C) Middle of the 18th century

(D) First quarter of the 19th century


53. What is the date of the Third Battle of Panipat?

(A) AD 1551

(B) AD 1661

(C) AD 1761

(D) AD 1861


54. Which Act transferred power from the Company to the Crown in India?

(A) Act of 1861

(B) Act of 1892

(C) Act of 1858

(D) Act of 1853

55. The first railway line in India was laid in

(A) 1852

(B) 1853

(C) 1857

(D) 1885


56. The slogan 'Inquilab Zindabad' was given by

(A) Chandrashekhar Azad

(B) Muhammad Iqbal

(C) Bhagat Singh

(D) Mahatma Gandhi


57. Which of the following events can be ascribed to the year 1919?

(A) Jallianwala Bagh Massacre

(B) Partition of Bengal

(C) Permanent Settlement of Bengal

(D) Subsidiary Alliance


58. In 1826, the Treaty of Yandaboo was sigried by which the British practically occupied Assam from the Burmese, In which year was Burma annexed by the British?

(A) 1837

(B) 1826

(C) 1864

(D) 1891


59. Who wrote 'Vande Matram'?

(A) Muhammad Iqbal

(B) Sarat Chandra Chatterjee

(C) Bankim Chandra Chaterjee

(D) Rabindra Nath Tagore


60. The earliest historical dynasty of Assam was that of the

(A) Palas

(B) Varmans

(C) Narakas

(D) Salastambhas


61. The first tea company established in Assam was

(A) Jorhat Tea Company

(B) Assam Company

(C) Assam-Bengal Tea Company

(D) None of the above


62. The Indian National Congress was founded during the viceroyalty of

(A) Lord Canning

(B) Lord Dufferin

(C) Lord Amherst

(D) Lord Curzon


63. 'Do or Die' was the slogan during

(A) the Swadeshi Movement

(B) the Non-Cooperation Movement

(C) the Civil Disobedience Movement

(D) the Quit India Movement


64. Which of the following Land Settlement Systems was followed in Assam?

(A) Ryotwari

(B) Zamindari

(C) Mahalwari

(D) None of the above


65. A. O. Hume was a

(A) scientist

(B) social worker

(C) civil servant

(D) military commander

66. The capital of British India was shifted to Delhi in the year

(A) 1908

(B) 1911

(C) 1937

(D) 1947


67. Indian National Army was headed by

(A) Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

(B) General Cariappa

(C) A. G. Khan

(D) M. N. Roy


68. The Swadeshi Movement started during

(A) Anti Bengal Partition Movement

(B) Non-Cooperation Movement

(C) Civil Disobedience Movement

(D) None of the above


69. If the deepest parts of the ocean are about 10 kilometers and the radius of the earth is about 6400 kilometers, then the depth of the ocean would represent what percentage of the earth's radius?

(A) Less than 1%

(B) About 5%

(C) About 10%

(D) None of the above


70. How are latitude and Iongitilde lines drawn on a globe of the earth?                    

(A) Latitude lines are parallel and longitude lines meet at the equator

(B) Longitude lines are parallel and latitude lines meet at the equator                    

(C) Latitude lines arc parallel and longitude linea meet at the poles

(D) longitude lines are parallel and latitude lines meet at the poles


71. Which radioactive isotope is most useful for nuclear power generation?       

(A) Uranium-238

(B) Uranium-235                            

(C) Carbon-14

(D) Rubidium-87                     


72. The third most abundant gas in the atmosphere is

(A) argon

(B) carbon dioxide

(C) helium

(D) hydrogen

73. Where is the headquarters of WTO?

(A) New York

(B) Geneva

(C) Rome

(D) Paris


74. Who authored the book, India from Midnight to Millennium?

(A) Khushwant Singh

(B) Mira Nair

(C) Sashi Tharoor

(D) Arun Jaitley


75. The first regular census in India was carried out in the year

(A) 1861

(B) 1881

(C) 1901

(D) 1911


76. Who was the tIrst Secretary-General of UNO?

(A) Dag Harnrnarakjcld

(B) U Thant

(C) Trygve Lie

(D) Javier Perez de Cuellar


77. Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research is Located at

(A) Trombay

(B) Kalpakkam

(C) Tarapore

(D) Jaduguda


78. The Bhakra Dam is located in

(A) Himachal Pradesh

(B) Haryana

(C) Punjab

(D) Uttar Pradesh


79. Which planet takes more time to complete one rotation on its axis than to complete one revolution around the sun?

(A) Mercury

(B) Venus

(C) Mars

(D) Jupiter


80. Who chairs the Planning Commission in India?

(A) The President of India

(B) The Vice-President of India

(C) The Prime Minister of India

(D) None of the above

81. Sanjukta Panigrahi was the popular exponent of which Indian clasaical dance form?

(A) Kathak

(B) Kathllkali

(C) Bharat Natyam

(D) Odissi


82. Swine flu is caused by

(A) bacteria

(B) virus

(C) protozoa

(D) fungi


83. How many members are there in the Rajya Sabha from Assam?

(A) 7

(B) 5

(C) 8

(D) 6


84. The States which have common boundaries with Bangladesh are

(A) Bihar, West Bengal, Tripura, Assam

(B) Manipur, Tripura, Assam, Meghalaya, West Bengal

(C) West Bengal, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura, Mijoram

(D) Manlpur, Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura


85. The average gradient of the Brahamaputra within Assam is

(A) 18 cm/km

(B) 20 cm/km

(C) 13 cm/km

(D) 10 cm/km


86. Find the odd pair out,

(A) Dheer beel : Dhubri district

(B) Khamrenga beel : kamrup (M)

(C) Tamranga beel : Bongaigaon district

(D) Mer beel : Jorhat district


87. Clouded leopard and capped langur are important animals of

(A) Manas National Park

(B) Nameri Wildlife Sanctuary

(C) Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary

(D) Boronodi Wildlife Sanctuary


88. The slogan of the Commonwealth Games-2010 held in New Delhi was

(A) Get out and play

(B) Come here and play

(C) Come out and play

(D) Jiyo Utho Badho


89. The per capita income of Assam been calculated to be as

(A) Rs. 14,500

(B) Rs. 11,600

(C) Rs. 10,200

(D) Rs. 8,300


90. The National Highway 1 connects

(A) New Delhi and Mumbai

(B) Kolkata and Amritsar

(C) Jammu and New Delhi

(D) Srinagar and Thiruvananthapuram


91. Which one of the following States is not touched by Tropic of Cancer?

(A) Madhya Pradesh

(B) Mizoram

(C) Bihar

(D) Chhattisgarh


92. The famous fort sonar killa is located at

(A) Jaipur

(B) Jaisalmer

(C) Jodhpur

(D) Bikaner


93. Which one of the following is not a tributary to the Indus?

(A) Beas

(B) Chambal

(C) Chenab

(D) Ravi


94. Sardar Sarobar Dam is constructed on river

(A) Sutlej

(B) Saraswati

(C) Narmada

(D) Godavari


95. Bermuda Triangle is located in

(A) Caribbean Sea

(B) Gulf of Mexico

(C) Gulf of Guinea

(D) Persian Gulf


96. Waterloo is located in

(A) Belgium

(B) France

(C) England

(D) Switzerland


97. The vast grassland of Australia is known as

(A) Prairie

(B) Steppe

(C) Veld

(D) Down


98. Which Strait divides Europe from Africa?

(A) Bosporus

(B) Bering

(C) Dover

(D) Gibraltar


99. Who Was awarded the Man of the Series in Cricket World Cup, 2011?

(A) M. S. Dhoni

(B) Tilakratne Dilshan

(C) Yuvraj Singh

(D) Kurnara Sangakara

100. First Indian to win the gold medal in men's singles tennis at the Asian Games was

(A) Leander Paes 

(B) Rohan Bopanna

(C) Somdev Devvarman

(D) Mahesh Bhupathi

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