IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 12 March 2018

Current affairs quizzes help IAS aspirants in the upcoming Civil Services (Preliminary) Exam 2018. The questions have been framed from recent important happenings in India and around the world.

Created On: Mar 12, 2018 14:20 IST
IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 12 March 2018
IAS Preparation: Questions for Prelims 12 March 2018

To clear the IAS Exam, continuous efforts to master the current affairs component are a must. To answer current affairs based questions in prelims, one should not only have the preliminary information about the current events, but also the clarity about the issues and concepts involved.

To cater to this need of IAS Exam aspirants, Jagran Josh is providing five important Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) on a daily basis. The questions cover important current affairs events in the fields of economy, national, India-World relations, science and technology, environment, etc. Answers along with detailed explanations to the questions will help the aspirants in answering further questions on the given topic in all the phases of the exam – Preliminary, Mains written and Personality Test.

IAS Prelims Exam Guide

1. Recently, it is with this country India signed fourteen agreements/MoUs to deepen bilateral cooperation.
a) France
b) Germany
c) Australia
d) Russia

Answer. a


In March 2018, India and France signed fourteen agreements/Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) to deepen bilateral cooperation. The agreements were signed during the President of France Emanuel Macron’s visit to India.

The fourteen agreements/MoUs covers the following areas of cooperation.

• Prevention of Drug Trafficking

• Migration and Mobility

• Mutual Recognition of Academic Qualifications

• Technical cooperation in the field of Railways

• Logistics support between their Armed Forces

• Environment

• Sustainable Urban Development

• Exchange and reciprocal protection of classified or protected information

• Maritime awareness

• Hydrography and maritime cartography

• Smart City Projects

• Solar Energy


2. Consider the following statements related to ‘I-Metros’ that was launched recently.
1) It is an association of Indian Metro Rail companies.
2) It will be registered under the Society Registration Act 1860.
3) It will promote techno-economic studies and research.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) All of them

Answer. d


P K Sinha, Cabinet Secretary of Union Government, on March 8, 2018 launched 'I-Metros', an association of all Indian Metro Rail companies.

The association was launched during the Conference on 'Indian Metros: Collaborating for Excellence'. The conference was attended by representatives of Metro systems from all over the world who are in Delhi to attend the management meeting of the Community of Metros (CoMET).

About I - Metros

• The platform will be a forum for exchange of ideas, knowledge, and sharing of experience among the Indian Metro Rail companies to nurture excellence in performance.

• It will be registered under the Society Registration Act 1860.

• The objective behind the formation of this association is to provide a common platform for all Metro rail companies for sharing experiences, information, best practices, innovations, etc.

• This association will also promote techno-economic studies and research.

• It will work to safeguard the interest and rights of metro rail companies and will be resource tank of information for decision making.

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3. Recently, the legislature of this State passed a bill to award death penalty for rape of girls below 12 years of age.
a) Jammu and Kashmir
b) Rajasthan
c) Telangana
d) Kerala

Answer. b


Rajasthan Assembly on March 9, 2018 passed the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018 awarding death penalty to convicts involved in the rape of girls below 12 years of age.

The Bill was introduced by Rajasthan Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and was passed in the House by a voice vote following a debate.

Provisions of The Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018

• The new amendment adds sections 376-AA and 376-DD to the Indian Penal Code, 1860.

• The amendment says that a person who is convicted of raping or gang-raping a girl up to twelve years of age will be given a death sentence or rigorous imprisonment, which shall not be less than fourteen years.

• It will award life sentence and life imprisonment to child rapists and will ensure that the convict does not get out of the jail even after completing 14 years of sentence.

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4. Consider the following statements related to the Pritzker Architecture Prize that was in the news recently.
1) The Pritzker Architecture Prize was conferred on Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi.
2) The international Pritzker prize was established by Chicago’s Pritzker family in 1979.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer. c


Indian architect Balkrishna Doshi was on March 7, 2018 awarded with 2018 Pritzker Prize for being able to interpret architecture and transform it into buildings that respect Eastern culture.

Doshi was recognised for his exceptional work, his commitment and dedication to his country and its communities and for his influence as a professor.
With this, Doshi became the first Indian to win the Pritzker Prize, the premier global award for architecture. Doshi is one of India's foremost living architects and urban planners. He is known for designing extensive low-cost housing projects and public institutions.

About Pritzker Prize

The Pritzker Prize is regarded as equivalent to the Nobel Prize in the field of architecture. The award includes USD 100000 prize money and is sponsored by Hyatt Foundation. Previous winners include world-renowned architects like Zaha Hadid, Frank Gehry, IM Pei and Shigeru Ban.

5. Consider the following statements related to Asiatic Lion.

1) At present, they only live in India’s Gir Forest National Park in the world.
2) In over five decades, their population rose from 180 to more than 600.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer. c


Recently, Asiatic lion was in the news as their population rose to more than 600. Asiatic lion are cousins of the African lion. It is believed that both got separated 100000 years ago.
Asiatic lions are slightly smaller and have a distinctive fold of skin along their bellies. Asiatic lion once inhabited complete southwest Asia, but, in the past few years, it got restricted to the 1400 square kilometre Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat state, leading to its listing as critically endangered in the year 2000.

The species' population was under threat due to hunting and human encroachment. A recent survey revealed an increase in the number of Asiatic lions, Gir forest now inhabits more than 600 lions, up from 523 in a 2015 census.

They are a major tourist attraction in Gujarat. Earlier, they were only regarded as the target of poachers. This increase in the number of lions is attributed to the wildlife conservation schemes, well-trained staff and vets as well as help from farmers.

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