IAS Prelims 2014 General Studies I : Question Paper

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  • 1. 
    The Partition of Bengal made by Lord Curzon in 1905 lasted until
    • A. 

      The First World War when Indian troops were needed by the British and the partition was ended.

    • B. 

      King George V abrogated Curzon's Act at the Royal Darbar in Delhi in 1911

    • C. 

      Gandhiji launched his Civil Disobedience Movement

    • D. 

      The Partition of India, in 1947 when East Bengal became East Pakistan

  • 2. 
    The 1929 Session of Indian, National Congress is of significance in the history of the Freedom Movement because the
    • A. 

      Attainmentof Self-Government was declared as the objective of the Congress

    • B. 

      Attainment of Poorna Swaraj Was adopted as the goal of the Congress

    • C. 

      Non-Cooperation Movement was launched

    • D. 

      Decision to participate in the Round Table Conference in London was taken

  • 3. 
    1. Sattriya is a combination of music, dance and drama.2. It is a centuries-old living tradition of Vaishnavites of Assam.3. It is based on classical Ragas and Talas of devotional songs composed by Tulsidas, Kabir and Mirabai.Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      1 and 2 only

    • C. 

      2 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 4. 
    Chaitra 1 of the national calendar based on the Saka Era corresponds to which one of the following dates of the Gregorian calendar in a normal year of 365 days?
    • A. 

      22 March (or 21st March)

    • B. 

      15th May (or 16th May)

    • C. 

      31st March (or 30th March)

    • D. 

      21st April (or 20th April

  • 5. 
    With reference to the Indian history of art and culture, consider the following pairs: Famous work of sculpture                                                   Site 1. A grand image of Buddha's Mahaparinirvana               : Ajantawith numerous celestial musicians above and the sorrowful figures of his followers below2. A huge image of Varaha Avatar (boar incarnation)       : Mount Abuof Vishnu, as he rescues Goddess Earth from thedeep and chaotic waters, sculpted on rock3. "Arjuna's Penance" /"Descent of Ganga"                      : Mamallapuramsculpted on the surface of huge bouldersWhich of the pairs given above is/ are correctly matched?
    • A. 

      1 and 2 only

    • B. 

      3 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 6. 
    The Ghadr (Ghadar) was a
    • A. 

      Revolutionary association of Indians with headquarters at San Francisco.

    • B. 

      Nationalist organization operating from Singapore

    • C. 

      Militant organization with headquarters at Berlin

    • D. 

      Communist movement for India's freedom with head-quarters at Tashkent

  • 7. 
    With reference to India's culture and tradition, what is 'Kalaripayattu'?
    • A. 

      It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India

    • B. 

      It is an ancient style bronze and brasswork still found in southern part of Coromandel area

    • C. 

      It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar

    • D. 

      It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India

  • 8. 
    Consider the following pairs :1. Garba : Gujarat2. Mohiniattam : Odisha3. Yakshagana : KarnatakaWhich of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 and 3 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 9. 
    With reference to Buddhist history, tradition and culture in India,consider the following pairs: Famous shrine                                             Location    1.  Tabo monastery and temple complex      : Spiti Valley2.  Lhotsava Lhakhang temple, Nako           : Zanskar Valley3.  Alchi temple complex                              : Ladakh    Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 and 3 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 10. 
    Consider the following statements: 1. 'Bijak' is a composition of the teachings of Saint Dadu Dayal.2. The Philosophy of Pushti Marg was propounded by Madhvacharya.Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      Both 1 and 2

    • D. 

      Neither 1 nor 2

  • 11. 
    A community of people called Manganiyars is well-known for their
    • A. 

      Martial arts in North-East India

    • B. 

      Musical tradition in North-West India

    • C. 

      Classical vocal music in South India

    • D. 

      Pietra dura tradition in Central India

  • 12. 
    What was/were the object/objects of Queen Victoria's Proclamation (1858)? 1. To disclaim any intention to annex Indian States2. To place the Indian administration under the British Crown3. To regulate East India Company's trade with IndiaSelect the correct answer using the code given below.
    • A. 

      1 and 2 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 13. 
    Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was
    • A. 

      The mosque for the use of Royal Family

    • B. 

      Akbar's private chamber prayer

    • C. 

      The hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions.

    • D. 

      The room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs

  • 14. 
    In the context of food and nutritional security of India, enhancing the 'Seed Replacement Rates' of various crops helps in achieving the food production targets of the future. But what is/are the constraint/ constraints in its wider / greater implementation? 1. There is no National Seeds Policy in place.2. There is no participation of private sector seed companies in the supply of quality seeds of vegetables and planting materials of horticultural crops.3. There is a demand-supply gap regarding quality seeds in case of low value and high volume crops.Select the correct answer using the code given below.
    • A. 

      1 and 2

    • B. 

      3 only

    • C. 

      2 and 3

    • D. 

      None

  • 15. 
    With reference to 'Eco-Sensitive Zones', which of the following statements is/are correct? 1. Eco-Sensitive Zones are the areas that are declared under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 .2. The purpose of the declaration of Eco-Sensitive Zones is to prohibit all kinds of human activities, in those zones except agriculture. Select the correct answer using the code given below.
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      Both 1 and 2

    • D. 

      Neither 1 nor 2

  • 16. 
    Consider the following statements: 1. Animal Welfare Board of India is established under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.2. National Tiger Conservation Authority is a statutory body.3. National Ganga River Basin Authority is chaired by the Prime Minister.Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 and 3 only

    • C. 

      2 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 17. 
    Consider the following pairs:     Vitamin                 Deficiency disease1. Vitamin C          Scurvy2. Vitamin D          Rickets3. Vitamin E          Night blindnessWhich of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
    • A. 

      1 and 2 only

    • B. 

      3 only

    • C. 

      1, 2 and 3

    • D. 

      None

  • 18. 
    Which of the following organizations brings out the publication known as 'World Economic Outlook'?
    • A. 

      The International Monetary Fund

    • B. 

      The United Nations Development Programme

    • C. 

      The World Economic Forum

    • D. 

      The World Bank

  • 19. 
    With reference to Union Budget, which of the following, is/are covered under Non-Plan Expenditure? 1. Defence -expenditure2. Interest payments3. Salaries and pensions4. Subsidiess,Select the correct answer using the code given below.
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 and 3 only

    • C. 

      1, 2, 3 and 4

    • D. 

      None

  • 20. 
    Which of the following have coral reefs? 1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands 2. Gulf of Kachchh3. Gulf of Mannar4. SunderbansSelect the correct answer using the code given below.
    • A. 

      1, 2 and 3 only

    • B. 

      2 and 4 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2, 3 and 4

  • 21. 
    In India, the problem of soil erosion is associated with which of the following? 1. Terrace cultivation2. Deforestation3. Tropical climate'Select the correct answer using the code given below.
    • A. 

      1 and 2 only

    • B. 

      2 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 22. 
    The seasonal reversal of winds is the typical characteristic of
    • A. 

      Equatorial climate

    • B. 

      Mediterranean climate

    • C. 

      Monsoon climate

    • D. 

      All of the above climates

  • 23. 
    With reference to the cultural history of India, the term 'Panchayatan' refers to
    • A. 

      An assembly of village elders

    • B. 

      A religious sect

    • C. 

      A style of temple construction

    • D. 

      An administrative functionary

  • 24. 
    Consider the following rivers: 1. Barak2. Lohit3. SubansiriWhich of the above flows / flow through Arunachal Pradesh?
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 and 3 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

  • 25. 
    Wetlands                                                     Confluence of rivers1. Harike Wetlands                                       : Confluence of Beas and Satluj/Sutlej2. Keoladeo Ghana National Park               : Confluence of Banas and Chambal3. Kolleru Lake                                             : Confluence of Musi and KrishnaWhich of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?  
    • A. 

      1 only

    • B. 

      2 and 3 only

    • C. 

      1 and 3 only

    • D. 

      1, 2 and 3

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