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IAS Questions for Prelims: 24 July 2017

Jul 24, 2017 17:43 IST
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IAS Questions for Prelims 24 July 2017
IAS Questions for Prelims 24 July 2017

IAS Prelims quizzes based on the current affairs have been provided in this article will help IAS aspirants to know and understand the burning issues of the recent time. Such current affairs quizzes are also important for IAS Mains Exam since the every question have a proper explanation which will provide a complete idea of the events.

IAS Prelims Exam Guide

1. Consider the following statements regarding the Atal Pension Yojana:
1. Indian Citizens between the age group of 18 to 40 years eligible to join APY through their savings bank account or post office savings bank account.
2. APY is based on defined benefit for providing guaranteed minimum monthly pension of Rs. 1000 or Rs. 2000 or Rs. 3000 or Rs. 4000 or Rs. 5000 at the age of 60 years based on pension amount chosen.
3. The Central Government contributes 100% of the total contribution in this scheme.

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

Answer: a

Explanation:

The Atal Pension Yojana (APY) has been launched by the Government of India in May 2015, which is primarily targeted at the unorganised sector and informal workers. The registration of subscribers under APY started from June 1, 2015. The salient features of the Atal Pension Yojana are as under:

  • Indian Citizens between the age group of 18 to 40 years eligible to join APY through their savings bank account or post office savings bank account.
  • APY is based on defined benefit for providing guaranteed minimum monthly pension of Rs. 1000 or Rs. 2000 or Rs. 3000 or Rs. 4000 or Rs. 5000 at the age of 60 years based on pension amount chosen.
  • The Central Government would also co-contribute 50% of the total contribution or Rs. 1000 per annum, whichever is lower, to each eligible subscriber, for a period of 5 years, i.e., from Financial Year 2015-16 to 2019-20, who have joined the APY before 31st March 2016, and who are not members of any statutory social security scheme and who are not income tax payers.
  • In the case of premature death of Subscriber (death before 60 years of age), spouse of the subscriber has been given an option to continue contributing to the APY account of the subscriber, for the remaining vesting period, till the original subscriber would have attained the age 60 years.

With a view to providing flexibility to the subscribers of APY with seasonal or irregular income, besides the monthly mode of payment, quarterly and half yearly mode of payment of contributions have been provided in the Scheme. Further, in the case of default in the payment of the contribution, a subscriber may regularise the account by paying the overdue amount along with a minimal charge to obtain the guaranteed pension.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: June 2017

2. The National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) is being implemented in the country. Consider the following statements regarding the NHDP:
1. Main components of NHDP are Concessional Credit, Handloom Marketing Assistance, and Block Level Clusters.
2. The weavers have been benefitted by waivers of overdue loans, availing loans at concessional rates, participation in exhibitions/fairs/craft meals for marketing handloom products, up gradation of looms and training to improve their earnings.

Which of the following statements is true?
a. Only 1
b. 1 and 2
c. Only 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: b

Explanation:

The National Handloom Development Programme (NHDP) is being implemented in the country.  Main components of NHDP are Concessional Credit, Handloom Marketing Assistance, and Block Level Clusters. The benefits to the weavers vary from component to component. The weavers have been benefitted by waivers of overdue loans, availing loans at concessional rates, participation in exhibitions/fairs/craft meals for marketing handloom products, up gradation of looms and training to improve their earnings.

Current Affairs Quizzes for IAS Prelims 2018: May 2017

3. As per “The State of the World‘s Children 2016” Report, India ranks 10th in terms of underweight prevalence published by which of the following international organisations?
a. World Bank
b. UNICEF
c. WEF
d. WWF

Answer: b

Explanation:

As per “The State of the World‘s Children 2016” Report published by United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) which is based on 2005-2006 data, India ranks 10th in terms of underweight prevalence and 17th in terms of stunting prevalence in the world. However, as per NFHS-4 survey based on 2015-16 data the prevalence of underweight and stunting has come down to 35.7% & 38.4% from 42.5% & 48% NFSH-3.

The Government is implementing several schemes and programs like Anganwadi Services and Scheme for Adolescent girls under Umbrella ICDS to address the problem of malnutrition.

Current Affairs for IAS Prelims 2018- April 2017

4. Which of the following states to setup vegetable price stability fund?
a. Gujarat
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Haryana
d. Uttar Pradesh

Answer: c

Explanation:

With an aim to address the problem of seasonal fluctuation of vegetable prices, the Haryana government will soon set up a vegetable price stability fund.

Perishable vegetables like potato and tomato cannot be stored for long and farmers have no solution to this problem. The fund will be set up to provide assistance to farmers in the event of price fluctuation.

ECONOMIC SURVEY 2016-17 IMPORTANT QUESTIONS

5. The year 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the remarkable ‘Save Western Ghats March’. Consider the following statements regarding the Western Ghats:
1. The forests in the Western Ghats are home to hundreds of globally threatened species, including rare and unique ones like the Malabar torrent toad, the Nilgiri langur, Wroughton’s free-tailed bat, the Nilgiri laughing thrush and many species of caecilians, the limbless amphibians.
2. The Western Ghat is recognised today as one of the world’s top 35 biodiversity hotspots and for very good reason.

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

Answer: d

Explanation:

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the remarkable but relatively little known ‘Save Western Ghats March’, a response to the socio-ecological challenges the area grappled with. A diverse set of people—scientists, anthropologists, sociologists, activists, journalists and local communities—marched together for 100 days along the length of ghats and met at a conference in Goa to discuss the issues.

The march was as much an exercise in envisioning the future as it was an acknowledgement of the past—of the extreme richness of this ancient mountain range that extends from River Tapti to Kanyakumari.

The beauty of the landscape is unmatched, endemism in the forests is high, and nearly 250 million people living in peninsular India are nourished by the many rivers that originate here. The forests are also home to hundreds of globally threatened species, including rare and unique ones like the Malabar torrent toad, the Nilgiri langur, Wroughton’s free-tailed bat, the Nilgiri laughing thrush and many species of caecilians, the limbless amphibians.

The Western Ghat is recognised today as one of the world’s top 35 biodiversity hotspots and for very good reason. What the march did way back in 1987 was to offer a unique opportunity to understand the place and its people. It was an exercise in creative activism that might also be considered prescient, predating as it did the international recognition the Ghats have achieved in the last three decades. The idea of a ‘biodiversity hotspot’ was first articulated only in 1988.

Current Affairs Quizzes 2016 for IAS Prelims 2018

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