IAS questions both in the IAS prelims and IAS mains exam are highly influenced by the current issues and events and therefore current affairs should be read thoroughly before the exam. In the IAS prelims exam, practising MCQ questions based on current affairs should be given priority.
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.
1. Recently, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) has given approval to the new scheme called ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra'. consider the following statements regarding this scheme:
1) The approved scheme is especially for care, protection and development of women.
2) It will aim at improvement in declining Child Sex Ratio & protection of the girl child.
Which of the above statements are true?
a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has given its approval to the new scheme called ‘Pradhan Mantri Mahila Shakti Kendra', which will empower rural women through community participation to create an environment in which they realize their full potential. The approved sub-schemes are social sector welfare schemes especially for care, protection and development of women.
It will also aim at improvement in declining Child Sex Ratio; ensuring survival. & protection of the girl child; ensuring her education, and empowering her to fulfil her potential. It will provide an interface for rural women to approach the government for availing their entitlements and for empowering them through training and capacity building.
Student volunteers will encourage the spirit of voluntary community service and gender equality. These students will serve "agents of change" and have a lasting impact on their communities and the nation.
2. Which of the following statement best describe the objective of the PRAGATI platform?
a. It is an ICT-based, multi-modal platform for pro-Active governance and timely implementation.
b. It is an ICT-based, multi-modal platform for monitoring Child Sex Ratio(CSR).
c. It is an ICT-based, multi-modal platform for monitoring all women related scheme.
d. All of the above
PRAGATI is a unique integrating and interactive platform that aimed at addressing common man’s grievances, and simultaneously monitoring and reviewing important programmes and projects of the Government of India as well as projects flagged by State Governments.
Key features of the PRAGATI are:
•Prime Minister will hold a monthly programme where he will interact with the Government of India Secretaries, and Chief Secretaries through Video-conferencing enabled by data and geo-informatics visuals.
•Issues to be flagged before the PM are picked up from the available database regarding Public Grievances, on-going Programmes and Pending Projects.
3. Recently, the Union cabinet has approved constitution of the Fifteenth Finance Commission that will decide the formula for sharing of taxes between the Centre and states. Consider the functions of Finance Commission:
1) The commission determines the distribution between the Union and the States of the net proceeds of taxes which may be divided between them.
2) The commission determines the distribution between the states and their respective panchayats of the net proceeds of taxes which may be divided between them.
3) The commission determines the quantum of grants-in-aid to be given by the Centre to states.
Which of the above statements is true?
a. 1 and 2
b. 2 and 3
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3
According to our constitution, article 280 speaks about the functions of the Finance Commission. The Article states that it shall be the duty of the Commission to make the recommendations to the President as to:
• The distribution between the Union and the States of the net proceeds of taxes, which are to be, or maybe, divided between them and the allocation among the states of the respective shares of such proceeds;
• To determine the quantum of grants-in-aid to be given by the Centre to states [Article 275 (1)] and to evolve the principles to govern the eligibility of the state for such grant-in-aid;
• Any other matter referred to the Commission by the President of India in the interest of sound finance. Several issues like debt relief, financing of calamity relief of states, additional excise duties, etc. have been referred to the Commission invoking this clause.
4. India has sent a proposal to United Nations for declaring the year 2018 as ‘International Year of Millets’. Which of the following statements are true regarding Milets?
a. Millets are highly resilient
b. Millets have high nutritious containing Iron and Zinc
c. Millets can survive in less water and grow faster
d. All of the above
India has sent a proposal to United Nations for declaring the year 2018 as ‘International Year of Millets’. Millet is a common term to categorize small-seeded grasses that are often termed nutri-cereals or dryland-cereals, and includes sorghum, pearl millet, ragi, small millet, foxtail millet, proso millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet and other millets.
• Millets are highly resilient which will become an even more critical solution to climate change.
• Millets can survive with minimal water and no pesticides.
• Millets are grown in the majority of countries
• Millets are highly nutritious and targeting some of the biggest nutrition and health needs globally
• Millets are can survive in hot dry climates
5. The Union Cabinet has approved India's Membership for European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD). Which ministry has headed this project?
a. Ministry of Finance
b. Ministry of Economics affairs
c. Reserve bank of India
d. All of the above
The Union Cabinet has approved India's Membership for European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD). Necessary steps will be initiated by the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance to acquire the membership of the EBRD.
Membership of EBRD would enhance India's international profile and promote its economic interests. India's investment opportunities would get a boost. This would increase the scope of cooperation between India and EBRD through co-financing opportunities in manufacturing, services, Information Technology, and Energy.
EBRD's core operations pertain to private sector development in their countries of operation. The membership would help India leverage the technical assistance and sectoral knowledge of the bank for the benefit of the development of private sector.
provide support to PMMSK and also give a foothold to BBBP in 640 districts to be covered in a phased manner.