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IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 22 December 2017

Dec 22, 2017 14:59 IST
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 22 December 2017
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 22 December 2017

    IAS preparation needs a consistent study of every subject of UPSC Syllabus. The IAS aspirants should focus more on the current affairs because the significance of current affairs has increased in the last few years. A large number of questions asked in IAS Prelims Exam as well as in the IAS Mains Exam.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. Consider the following statements regarding the Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana:
    1. Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana was launched by the Government during 2014-15 to ensure the funds and resources available under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) and other sources are utilized with outcome-based approach.
    2. In 2014-15, an amount of Rs. 100.00 crore was allocated under VKY, which was released to ten States having Scheduled Areas.
    3. States like Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Odisha, Rajasthan and Telangana have effectively used the released funds.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    With a view to ensure that funds and resources available under Tribal Sub-Plan (TSP) and other sources are utilized with an outcome-based approach towards holistic development of tribal people by affecting appropriate convergence, Government launched “Vanbandhu Kalyan Yojana (VKY)” during 2014-15.

    In 2014-15, an amount of Rs. 100.00 crore was allocated under VKY, which was released to ten States having Scheduled Areas. During 2015-16, allocation of Rs. 200.00 crore was made for 21 States based on their perspective plan. VKY is now a strategic process. Its objectives are being met out of the TSP funds available under the various schemes of Central Government and State Government.

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    2. Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP), a joint programme of which of the following international organisations involved in developing countries and region only, undertakes a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a country’s financial sector?
    a. World Bank and IMF
    b. IMF and European Union
    c. European Union and OPEC
    d. World Bank and Asian Development Bank

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    FSAP, a joint program of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB involved in developing countries and region only), undertakes a comprehensive and in-depth analysis of a country’s financial sector. Since September 2010, it is being undertaken in 25 jurisdictions (now 29), with systemically important financial sectors, including India, every five years. Last FSAP for India was conducted in 2011-12 and the report published by IMF on Jan 15, 2013.

    The FSAP assessment acknowledges that India has recorded strong growth in recent years in both economic activity and financial assets with the size of the financial system remaining broadly stable in terms of GDP at about 136 per cent. Increased diversification, commercial orientation, and technology-driven inclusion have supported growth in the financial industry, backed up with improved legal, regulatory, and supervisory frameworks. The FSAP report acknowledges many efforts by Indian authorities like tackling Non-Performing Assets (NPAs), recent recapitalization measures for banks and introduction of special resolution regime, formalization of National Pension System (NPS) and making the pension sector regulator statutory, passing of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code and setting up of Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI), to name a few.

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    3. Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) is a Central Sector Scheme. Consider the following statements regarding the Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY):
    1. Under this Scheme, aids and assistive living devices are provided to senior citizens belonging to BPL category who suffer from age-related disabilities.
    2. The aids and assistive devices viz. walking-sticks, elbow-crutches, walkers, tripods/quad-pods, hearing aids, wheelchairs, artificial dentures and spectacles are provided to eligible beneficiaries.
    3. The Scheme is being implemented by the “Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)”, a Public Sector Undertaking under this Ministry.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. 1 and 2
    b. 2 and 3
    c. 1 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana (RVY) is a Central Sector Scheme. The National launch of Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana was held at Nellore (A.P.) on 1st April 2017. A total of 187 districts from all States/UTs have been selected for Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojana distribution camps. As on date, 16 distribution camps have been organized at the district level. Under this Scheme, aids and assistive living devices are provided to senior citizens belonging to BPL category who suffer from age-related disabilities such as low vision, hearing impairment, loss of teeth and locomotor disabilities. The aids and assistive devices viz. walking-sticks, elbow-crutches, walkers, tripods/quad-pods, hearing aids, wheelchairs, artificial dentures and spectacles are provided to eligible beneficiaries.

    Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India is the nodal Ministry to oversee the implementation of the Scheme. The Scheme is being implemented by the “Artificial Limbs Manufacturing Corporation (ALIMCO)”, a Public Sector Undertaking under this Ministry. The State Governments/ UT Administrations identify the Beneficiaries in each district through the Committee chaired by the Deputy Commissioner/District Collector.

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    4. The year 2017 has been very significant for the Ministry of MSME during which it took various initiatives to promote MSME Sector including the launching of Digital MSME Scheme. Consider the following statements regarding the Digital MSME Scheme:
    1. This Scheme would encourage MSMEs towards this new approach i.e. Cloud Computing for ICT adoption.
    2. In Cloud Computing, MSMEs use the internet to access common as well as tailor-made IT infrastructure including software for managing their business processes.

    Which of the above statement is true?
    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both 1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The year 2017 has been very significant for the Ministry of MSME during which it took various initiatives to promote MSME Sector including launching of Digital MSME Scheme, augmented the package for supporting MSEs, took various initiatives to support MSMEs in the backdrop of demonetization, work started to establish Technology Centres in eight cities, launched MSME Delayed Payment Portal and Public Procurement Portal among others.

    The Digital MSME Scheme is revolving around Cloud Computing which is emerging as a cost-effective and viable alternative in comparison to in-house IT infrastructure installed by MSMEs. In Cloud Computing, MSMEs use the internet to access common as well as tailor-made IT infrastructure including software for managing their business processes.  Cloud Computing is free from the burden of investment on hardware/software and infrastructural facilities.  This Scheme would encourage MSMEs towards this new approach i.e. Cloud Computing for ICT adoption.

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    5. Recently, a group of scientists have discovered ancient cave paintings, dating from at least 2,500 years ago, on a tiny Kisar island of which of the following countries?
    a. Thailand
    b. Indonesia
    c. Malaysia
    d. India

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    Scientists have discovered ancient cave paintings, dating from at least 2,500 years ago, on a tiny Indonesian island that was previously unexplored. The team uncovered a total of 28 rock art sites on the island of Kisar which measures just 81 square kilometres and lies north of Timor-Leste.

    According to the study published in the Cambridge Journal of Archaeology, the discovery pointed to a stronger shared history with the neighbouring island of Timor than had previously been known.

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