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IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 3 January 2018

Jan 3, 2018 13:50 IST
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 3 January 2018
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 3 January 2018

    The multiple choice questions based on the recent issues are much crucial for IAS Exam. Specifically, questions based on such topics can be asked in IAS Prelims Exam. So, the IAS aspirants will find the given questions more convenient during IAS preparation because it will help them to enhance their scoring ability in IAS Exam.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. In order to cleanse the system of political funding in the country, the Government of India has notified the Scheme of Electoral Bonds. Consider the following statement regarding this:
    1. Electoral Bond would be a bearer instrument in the nature of a Promissory Note and an interest-free banking instrument.
    2. Electoral Bonds would have a life of only 15 days during which it can be used for making a donation only to the political parties registered under section 29A of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951 (43 of 1951).
    3. The Electoral Bonds under the Scheme shall be available for purchase for a period of 10 days each in the months of January, April, July and October, as may be specified by the Central Government.

    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:

    Recently, the Government of India today notified the Scheme of Electoral Bonds to cleanse the system of political funding in the country.
    Key features of the scheme are:

    Electoral Bond would be a bearer instrument in the nature of a Promissory Note and an interest-free banking instrument. A citizen of India or a body incorporated in India will be eligible to purchase the bond.

    Electoral Bond (s) would be issued/purchased for any value, in multiples of Rs.1,000, Rs.10,000, Rs.1,00,000, Rs.10,00,000 and Rs.1,00,00,000 from the Specified Branches of the State Bank of India (SBI).

    The purchaser would be allowed to buy Electoral Bond(s) only on due fulfilment of all the extant KYC norms and by making payment from a bank account. It will not carry the name of the payee. Electoral Bonds would have a life of only 15 days during which it can be used for making donation only to the political parties registered under section 29A of the Representation of the Peoples Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) and which secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the last general election to the House of the People or a Legislative Assembly.

    The Electoral Bonds under the Scheme shall be available for purchase for a period of 10 days each in the months of January, April, July and October, as may be specified by the Central Government. An additional period of 30 days shall be specified by the Central Government in the year of the General election to the House of People.

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: September 2017

    2. The Indian government is planning to sign a MoU with Sri Lanka in the field of Traditional System of Medicine and Homeopathy. Consider the following statement regarding this:
    1. Under the MoU, promotion including the regulation of teaching, practice, drugs and drugless therapies will be considered.
    2. Exchanging of experts for the training of practitioners, paramedics, scientists, teaching professionals and students in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy also been taken into consideration.

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

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Indian Government is planning to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sri Lanka for cooperation in areas of traditional systems of medicine & Homoeopathy.

    The following salient features envisage under the MoU for cooperation between the two Countries in the field Traditional Medicine and Homeopathy:

    • Promotion including the regulation of teaching, practice, drugs and drugless therapies, Traditional Medicine and Homeopathy

    • Exchanging experts for training of practitioners, paramedics, scientists, teaching professionals and students in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy

    • Accommodating interested scientists, practitioners, paramedics and students in institutions for research, educational and training programmes on Traditional Medicine

    • Mutual recognition of officially recognised systems of medicine, educational qualifications in Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy, pharmacopoeias and formularies

    • Setting up of Academic Chairs on Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy

    The financial resources necessary to conduct activities under the MoU will be met from the existing allocated budget under this ministry’s Central Sector Scheme for the promotion of International Cooperation in AYUSH.

    IAS Preparation Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: August 2017

    3. Recently, the Government has taken measures to increase institutional credit flow and to bring more and more farmers including small and marginal farmers within the institutional credit fold. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. Under the Interest Subvention Scheme (ISS), a Short Term Crop loans up to Rs.3 lakh are extended to farmers at a subvented interest rate of 7% per annum for a period up to one year.
    2. The ISS also provides for post harvest loans for up to 6 months at the same rate of interest as Short Term Crop loans to Kisan Credit Card holding Small and Marginal Farmers.
    3. The Government implements the Kisan Credit Card (KCC) Scheme aimed at providing adequate and timely credit support from the banking system under a single window to the farmers for their cultivation and other needs.

    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:

    The government has taken several measures to increase institutional credit flow and to bring more and more farmers including small and marginal farmers within the institutional credit fold. The following measures were taken by the Government:

    The Government has implemented the Interest Subvention Scheme (ISS), a Short Term Crop loans up to Rs.3 lakh are extended to farmers at a subvented interest rate of 7% per annum for a period up to one year. The farmers can also avail a prompt repayment incentive of 3% per annum and thus the effective rate of interest on such loans is only 4% in case of prompt repayment.

    For the Small and Marginal Farmers holding Kisan Credit Card, post-harvest loans for up to 6 months at the same rate of interest as Short Term Crop loans also will be provided under ISS which will encourage them not to resort to distress sale and instead store their produce in Warehouses accredited with Warehousing Development Regulatory Authority (WDRA) against Negotiable Warehouse Receipts (NWR).

    Priority Sector Lending Guidelines (PSL) also been issued by RBI which mandates all Domestic Scheduled Commercial Banks to earmark 18% of their Adjusted Net Bank Credit (ANBC) or Credit Equivalent amount of Off-Balance Sheet Exposure (OBE), whichever is higher, as on the corresponding date of the previous year, for lending to Agriculture.

    As per PSL guidelines loans to distressed farmers to repay non-institutional lenders are eligible under priority sector. Besides loans to stressed persons (other than farmers) not exceeding Rs. 1,00,000/- per borrower to repay their debt to the non-institutional lender are also eligible for the purpose of priority sector lending by banks.

    IAS Preparation Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: July 2017

    4. Recently, Government has recorded the profiles of 6000 artistes in the database of cultural mapping of India project. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    a. The Government has launched a scheme namely ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap’ on 29th March 2017 with the main objectives of talent hunt as well as a collection of a database of artists, artisans and various art forms across the country.
    b. The total amount of funds allocated for its implementation is Rs.469.404 Crores spread over a period of three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.
    c. Uttar Pradesh has topped the list of a number of artists recorded in the database of Cultural Mapping of India Project.

    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: a

    Explanation:

    The ‘National Mission on Cultural Mapping and Roadmap’ was launched by the Government on 29th March 2017. The project has the main objectives of talent hunt as well as a collection of a database of artists, artisans and various art forms across the country by organizing various activities envisaged under its components. The total amount of funds allocated for its implementation is Rs.469.404 Crores spread over a period of three years from 2017-18 to 2019-20.

    Till date, profiles of about 6000 artists have been recorded in the database of Cultural Mapping of India Project. Apart from the said database of Cultural Mapping of India, various programmes under the aforesaid Mission have been successfully conducted on a pilot basis in five blocks viz. Govardhan & Chauri Chaura: Uttar Pradesh, Seraikella: Jharkhand, Thanesar: Haryana, and Shimoga: Karnataka whereby around 944, 654, 1208, 1315 and 2404 artistes respectively has been registered for recording in the said database of Cultural Mapping of India Project.

    IAS Preparation Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

    5. In order to protect the Jarawas from harmful effects of exposure and contact with the outside world, the Government has issued letters to the concerned authorities. Jarwa tribes are located in which of the following regions of India?
    a. Odisha
    b. Andaman & Nicobar
    c. Maharashtra
    d. Jammu and Kashmir

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The Jarwas are an indigenous people of the Andaman Islands in India. They live in parts of South Andaman and Middle Andaman Islands. They have largely shunned interaction with outsiders, and many particulars of their society, culture and traditions are poorly understood.

    The Jarawas are recognised as an Adivasi group in India. Along with other indigenous Andamanese peoples, they have inhabited the islands for at least several thousand years, and most likely a great deal longer. The Andaman Adim Janjati Vikas Samiti (AAJVS) an autonomous body functions like a trustee of the interest of the Jarawas and advises A&N Administration regarding the protection and welfare of all aboriginal tribes including the Jarawas. As per the Andaman & Nicobar Administration survey, the total population of Jarawas is 480.

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