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IAS Questions for Prelims: 12 December 2017

Dec 13, 2017 12:18 IST
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    Current Affairs based questions can help IAS aspirants to gain experience in handling such questions in the IAS prelims exam. In the IAS prelims exam, practising MCQ questions based on current affairs should be given priority.

    IAS Prelims Exam Guide

    We will continue to provide the current affairs questions for IAS Prelims 2018 to help you gain a better insight of how questions can be asked in the examination.\

    IAS Questions for IAS Prelims 2018: August 2017

    1. Consider the following statements regarding the “Safe City Surveillance” scheme:

    1) Safe City Surveillance scheme is exclusively launched by the Bihar state government.
    2) The scheme is aimed at putting a check on eve-teasing and other crimes against women at public places across the state.

    Which of the above statement is true?

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer:

    Explanation:

    The Bihar government recently launched the “safe city surveillance scheme”, under which it will bring all major public places under the watch of closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras and improve the overall crime control in the state.

    This scheme is especially being launched for checking crime against women, such as eve-teasing and molestation, harassment, snatching incidents and roadside scuffles etc. It will also help in keeping a track of miscreants. The scheme, which will be launched in a phase-wise manner, will commence from capital Patna.

    A sum of over Rs 110 crore has been sanctioned for the scheme and Patna is already under video surveillance as CCTV cams are installed at some major thoroughfares and strategic location. The Bihar home department will be the nodal agency for implementation of the safe-city surveillance scheme.

    IAS Prelims Quiz 2018

    2. Consider the following statements regarding the recently celebrated BODHI PARVA:

    1) India hosted the “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” as part of celebrations of 20th Anniversary of BIMSTEC.
    2) The festival is organized by the Ministry of Culture.

    Which of the above statement is true?

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    India recently hosted the 2017 edition of “Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” in New Delhi as part of celebrations of 20th Anniversary of BIMSTEC. The festival is organized by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) along with Teamwork Arts. The universal message of peace and tolerance practised by Buddhism can address the growing sense of inadequacy in the face of changes and conflicts that people and the world face.

    To emphasize and raise awareness of this rich and common heritage and mark the 20th anniversary of this unique organisation group, a BIMSTEC Buddhism Festival ‘’Bodhi Parva: BIMSTEC Festival of Buddhist Heritage” has been presented by the BIMSTEC division of the Ministry of External Affairs.

    3. Recently, a growth of 14.4% is observed in the Foreign Tourist Arrivals in November in India. Which of the following countries has the highest percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India this November?

    a. Bangladesh
    b. USA
    c. UK
    d. Russia

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The number of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in November 2017 was 10.05 lakh as compared to FTAs of 8.78 lakh in November 2016. The growth rate in FTAs in November was 14.4%. The percentage share of Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in India during November 2017 among the top 15 source countries was highest from Bangladesh (16.77%). Form the other countries:
    • USA (14.77%)
    • UK (9.93%)
    • Russian Fed. (4.41%)
    • Canada (4.39%)
    • Australia (3.96%)

    4. The ASEAN-India Connectivity Summit (AICS) was recently held in India. Which of the following countries are the founding fathers of ASEAN?

    a. Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand
    b. Indonesia, China, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand
    c. Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Singapore and Thailand
    d. Indonesia, China, Singapore and Thailand

    Answer: a

    Explanation:

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations or ASEAN was established on 8 August 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand, with the signing of the ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration) by the Founding Fathers of ASEAN, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. At present, there are 10 members namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.

    The aims and purposes of ASEAN are:

    • To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations.

    • To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter.

    • To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields.

    5. Recently, scientists have proven the existence of a new form of matter. Consider the following statements in this regard:

    1) Excitonium was first theorised almost 50 years ago.
    2) Excitonium exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena, like a superconductor.

    Which of the above statement is true?

    a. Only 1
    b. Only 2
    c. Both1 and 2
    d. Neither 1 nor 2

    Answer: c

    Explanation:

    Scientists have proven the existence of the new form of matter called Excitonium which was first theorised almost 50 years ago. The term ‘excitonium’ was coined in the 1960s by Harvard theoretical physicist Bert Halperin. The findings hold great promise for unlocking further quantum mechanical mysteries.

    Excitonium exhibits macroscopic quantum phenomena, like a superconductor and is made up of excitons, particles that are formed in a very strange quantum mechanical pairing. When an electron, seated at the edge of the crowded-with-electrons valence band in a semiconductor, gets excited and jumps over the energy gap to the otherwise empty conduction band, it leaves behind a “hole” in the valence band. That hole behaves as though it was a particle with a positive charge, and it attracts the escaped electron. When the escaped electron with its negative charge, pairs up with the hole, the two remarkably form a composite particle, a boson called an exciton.

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