Jagran Josh Logo
  1. Home
  2. |  
  3. Civil Services|  

IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims: 6 March 2018

Mar 6, 2018 18:55 IST
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 6 March 2018
    IAS Preparation Questions for Prelims 6 March 2018

    Current affairs quizzes for IAS Prelims Exam given in this article have been created from the recent events of national and international importance. In IAS Prelims Exam 2018, there is a greater chance of asking such questions based on the current events.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    1. List of MoUs/Agreements signed during the Visit of the King of Jordan to India. Consider the following statements regarding this:
    1. A Manpower Cooperation Agreement has been signed between India and Jordan with a view to promote best practices in the administration of the cycle of contract employment of the Indian nationals in Jordan.
    2. A MoU in the field of Health and Medicine between India and Jordan with an objective to establish and encourage cooperation in the fields of health, medical science, medical education and research on the basis of equality and mutual benefits in accordance with respective legislations and regulations of India and Jordan.
    3. The MoU for the long-term supply of Rock Phosphate and Fertilizer/NPK will serve the purpose of mining and beneficiation of rock phosphate and setting up of a production facility in Jordan for Phosphoric acid/DAP/NPK fertilizers, with a long-term agreement for 100% off-take to India.

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?
    a. 1 only
    b. 1 and 2
    c. 2 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    A total 12 MoUs/Agreements signed during the Visit of the King of Jordan to India. MoU on Defence Cooperation: Purpose of the MoU is to promote cooperation between India and Jordan in the field of Defence by defining the scope of such cooperation and making provisions for implementation of the cooperation in some of the recognized areas like training; defence industry; counter-terrorism; military studies; cyber-security; military medical services, peace-keeping etc.

    Cultural Exchange Programme (CEP): This programme for the period 2018-2022 provides for exchanges between India and Jordan in the areas of music and dance; theatre; exhibition, seminars and conference; archaeology; archives, library, museum, literature, research and documentation; Science museums; festivals; mass media, and; youth programs.

    Manpower Cooperation Agreement: This MoU provides for cooperation between India and Jordan with a view to promoting best practices in the administration of the cycle of contract employment of the Indian nationals in Jordan.

    MoU for the long-term supply of Rock Phosphate and Fertilizer/NPK: The purpose of the MoU is mining and beneficiation of rock phosphate and setting up of a production facility in Jordan for Phosphoric acid/DAP/NPK fertilizers, with a long-term agreement for 100% off-take to India. Such a MoU ensures long-term and sustained the supply of rock phosphates to India.

    2. Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species from two protected National Parks in West Bengal named after whom among the following personalities of India?
    a. APJ Abdul Kalam
    b. Deen Dayal Upadhyay
    c. Madan Mohan Malviya
    d. Atal Bihari Vajpayee

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    Scientists from the Botanical Survey of India have identified a new plant species from two protected National Parks in West Bengal. Named Drypetes kalamii, it is a small shrub found to be a shorter version of its close relative Drypetes ellisii. This adds to the rich floral wealth of India.

    Standing just 1 metre tall, the newly described plant is unisexual in nature, which means they have separate male and female plants. The new species is a close relative of a medicinal plant known in Sanskrit as Putrajivah. Earlier, NASA had recently named a new bacterium after Dr Kalam.

    The new species is found in wet, shaded areas of subtropical moist semi-evergreen forests, at a height ranging 50-100 metres. With pale yellow flowers in clusters and bright orange to red fruits, the plant is exclusive to the two national parks.

    3. The government has constituted a Steering Committee on Fintech related issues under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance. Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1. The objective of this committee is to consider various issues relating to the development of fintech space in India with a view to make fintech related regulations more flexible and generate enhanced entrepreneurship in an area where India has distinctive comparative strengths vis-a-vis other emerging economies.
    2. One of the Terms of Reference of the Steering Committee is to take stock of the developments in the Fintech sector globally, and in India, and arrive at a commonly shared understanding of the current state of play.
    3. The committee will also consider international cooperation opportunities in Fintech with countries like Singapore, UK, China, etc.

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?
    a. 1 only
    b. 1 and 2
    c. 2 and 3
    d. 1, 2 and 3

    Answer: d

    Explanation:

    In pursuance to the announcement made by the Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Arun Jaitley in his Budget Speech 2018-19 (Para 75), a Steering Committee has been constituted under the Chairmanship of Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Ministry of Finance.

    The objective of this committee is to consider various issues relating to the development of fintech space in India with a view to make fintech related regulations more flexible and generate enhanced entrepreneurship in an area where India has distinctive comparative strengths vis-vis other emerging economies. The Steering Committee will also focus on how fintech can be leveraged to enhance financial inclusion of MSMEs.

    The committee will be headed by Economic Affairs Secretary. The other members of the high-level committee would include; Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Secretary, Financial Services, Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), Chairperson, Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC). Besides, the CEO of the Unique Identification Authority of India and Deputy Governor of RBI would be part of this panel. Joint Secretary (Investment) in Economic Affairs Department would be the convener of the panel.

    Must watch Bollywood movies for IAS/IPS aspirants

    4. Recently, first Mega Food Park in the state of Maharashtra has been inaugurated in which of the following districts?

    a. Nanded
    b. Satara
    c. Pune
    d. Latur

    Answer: b

    Explanation:

    The first Mega Food Park in the state of Maharashtra at Village Degaon, District Satara was inaugurated today the 1st March 2018. This is the 12th Mega Food Park operationalise in the country so far and the 10th operationalise during the tenure of the present government. To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with a particular focus on perishables, Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. Mega Food Parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster-based approach. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centres (PPCs) and Collection Centres (CCs). Under the Scheme, Government of India provides financial assistance up to Rs. 50.00 Crore per Mega Food Park project.

    IAS Exam 2018: All You Need Know

    5. Recently, NASA has launched another of the world’s most advanced weather satellites to safeguard the western U.S. Consider the following statements regarding this:

    1. The GOES-S satellite thundered toward orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket, slicing through a hazy late afternoon sky.
    2. GOES-S is the second satellite in an approximately $11 billion effort that’s already revolutionising forecasting with astonishingly fast, crisp images of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities.

    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

    Explanation:

    NASA launched another of the world’s most advanced weather satellites on Thursday, this time to safeguard the western U.S. The GOES-S satellite thundered toward orbit aboard an Atlas V rocket, slicing through a hazy late afternoon sky. Dozens of meteorologists gathered for the launch, including TV crews from the Weather Channel and Weather Nation.

    GOES-S is the second satellite in an approximately $11 billion effort that’s already revolutionising forecasting with astonishingly fast, crisp images of hurricanes, wildfires, floods, mudslides and other natural calamities.

    The first spacecraft in the series, GOES-16, has been monitoring the Atlantic and East Coast for the past year for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The same first-class service is now coming to the Pacific region.

    Must do things after the UPSC IAS Notification and Form Filing

    A day in office with IPS Officer!

    IAS Topper Aditya Ranjan Prelims Strategy

    DISCLAIMER: JPL and its affiliates shall have no liability for any views, thoughts and comments expressed on this article.

    Latest Videos

    Register to get FREE updates

      All Fields Mandatory
    • (Ex:9123456789)
    • Please Select Your Interest
    • Please specify

    • ajax-loader
    • A verifcation code has been sent to
      your mobile number

      Please enter the verification code below

    Newsletter Signup
    Follow us on
    This website uses cookie or similar technologies, to enhance your browsing experience and provide personalised recommendations. By continuing to use our website, you agree to our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. OK
    X

    Register to view Complete PDF