UPSC Previous Year Questions: CSP 2021 - ForumIAS

UPSC Previous Year Questions: CSP 2021

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According to the Constitution of India, it is the duty of the President of India to cause to be laid before the Parliament which of the following? 

1. The Recommendations of the Union Finance Commission

2. The Report of the Public Accounts Committee

3. The Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

4. The Report of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

a. 1 only

b. 2 and 4 only

c. 1, 3 and 4 only

d. 1, 2, 3 and 4

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The members of Constituent Assembly were

a. Elected by the provincial assemblies

b. Elected directly by the people

c. Nominated by the government

d. Only representatives of princely states

 

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Which one of the following statements is correct?

a. In photosynthesis by Green plants, CO2 is used for making carbohydrate. 

b. In photosynthesis by Green plants, plants use oxygen for making carbohydrate. 

c. Carbohydrate generated by plants comes from soil.

d. Carbohydrate generated by plants comes from urea.


(CAPF 2018)

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Barak Valley is famous for the cultivation of

a. Tea

b. Sugarcane

c. Jute

d. Cotton

(CSE)

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@root @Neyawn

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Why did Buddhism started declining in India  in early medieval times ?

1. Buddha was by that time considered as one of the incarnations of Vishnu and thus became a part of Vaishnavism.

2. Invading tribes from Central Asia till the time of last Gupta king adopted Hinduism and persecuted Buddhists.

3. Kings of Gupta dynasty were strongly opposed to Buddhism.

Which of the above given statements are correct?

A. 1 only 

B. 1 and 3 only 

C. 2 and 3 only 

D. 1, 2 and 3

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Any takers ?

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Logic for Barak valley tea or jute? m feeling sceptical.

Even I am unable to understand the question in totality. Some websites claim Jute is not dominant there as jute is more of a delta crop. Therefore by elimination, sugarcane/teais the best option

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FCsaid


@upsc2020 Good initiative...pls number the questions

1-d, 2-a, 3-a, 4-b, 5-a

Sure. Thanks. 

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6. If the Prime Minister of India belonged to the Upper House of Parliament

a) he will not be able to vote in his favour in the event of a no-confidence motion.

b) he will not be able to speak on the budget in the Lower House

C) he can make statements only in the Upper House

D) he has to become a member of the Lower House within six months after being sworn in as the Prime Minister. 

(CSE 97)

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7.  King Cobra is the only snake that makes its own nest. Why does it make its nest?


A. It is a snake-eater and the nest helps attract other snakes


B. It is a viviparous snake and needs a nest to give birth to its offspring


C. It is an oviparous snake and lays its eggs in the nest and guards the nest until they are hatched


D. It is a large, cold blooded animal and needs a nest to hibernate in the cold season.




CSE 2010

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@FC 1-c. Rest all correct.


Any suggestions as to how you would want me to upload solutions? After every five questions I will upload the answers. 

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1 c

2 a

3b

4c

5a

1-c, 2-a, 3-a, 4-a, 5-a

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FCsaid

@upsc2020 okay thanks...
I think before you upload the next set of questions, upload the answers for previous set ...as you said.


Sure !

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6a 7c

Correct.


6 A

7 C

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8. Among the following, who are the Agaria community?


A. A traditional toddy tappers community of Andhra Pradesh

B. A traditional fishing community of Maharashtra

C. A traditional silk-weaving community of Karnataka

D. A traditional salt pan workers community of Gujarat


CSE 2009

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9. With reference to the evolution of living organisms, which one of the following sequences is correct?

A. Octopus-Dolphin-Shark     

B. Pangolin- Tortoise-Hawk

C. Salamander-Python-Kangaroo

D. Frog-Crab-Prawn

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10. After Quit India Movement, C. Rajagopalachari issued a pamphlet entitled “The Way Out”. Which one of the following was a proposal in this pamphlet?

A. The establishment of a "War Advisory Council" composed of representatives of British India and the Indian States.

B. Reconstitution of the Central Executive Council in such a way that all its members, except the Governor General and the Commander-in- Chief should be Indian leaders.

C. Fresh elections to the Central and Provincial Legislatures to be held at the end of 1945 and the Constitution making body to be convened as soon as possible.

D. A solution for the constitutional deadlock.


(CSE)

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11. Though coffee and tea both are cultivated on hill slopes, there is some difference between them regarding their cultivation.

In this context, consider the following statements:

1. Coffee plant requires a hot and humid climate of tropical areas whereas tea can be cultivated in both tropical and subtropical areas.

2. Coffee is propagated by seeds but tea is propagated by stem cuttings only.

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


(cse)

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12. Following are the characteristics of an area in India:

1. Hot and humid climate

2. Annual rainfall 200 cm

3. Hill slopes up to altitude of 1100 metres

4. Annual range of temperature 15°C to 30°C

Which one among the following crops are you most likely to find in the area described above?

A. Mustard

B. Cotton

C. Pepper

D. Virginia tobacco


(cse)

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13. If there were no Himalayan ranges, what would have been the most likely geographical impact on India?

1. Much of the country would experience the cold waves from Siberia.

2. Indo-Gangetic plain would be devoid of such extensive alluvial soils.

3. The pattern of monsoon would be different from what it is at present.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A. 1 only

B. 1 and 3 only

C. 2 and 3 only

D. 1, 2 and 3

(cse)

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14. There are only two known examples of cave paintings of the Gupta period in ancient India. One of these is paintings of Ajanta caves. Where is the other surviving example of Gupta paintings?

A. Bagh caves

B. Ellora caves

C. Lomas Rishi cave

D. Nasik caves


(CSE)

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15. Sustainable development is described as the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In this perspective, inherently the concept 'of sustainable development is intertwined with which of the following concepts?

A. Social justice & empowerment

B. Inclusive Growth

C. Globalization

D. Carrying capacity


(CSE)

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8d 9  10 d  11c 12c 13d  14 a 15 b


pls elaborate how to approach 9.

8 - D

9 - C

10 - D

11- A (Budding, grafting also used for Coffee)

12 - C

13 - D

14 - A

15 - D

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8d 9  10 d  11c 12c 13d  14 a 15 b


pls elaborate how to approach 9.

Approach for Q.9 should be this diagram. Salamander being an amphibian, comes before a python, which is a reptile. evolution | Theory, Examples, & Facts | Britannica

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16. Which of the following factors affects individual’s demand for a commodity?

  1. Price of the commodity
  2. Income of the consumer
  3. Prices of related goods

Select the answer using the code given below:

a. 1 and 2 only

b. 2 and 3 only

c. 1, 2 and 3

d. 1 only


(CAPF)

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17. The rate at which the consumer is willing to substitute one good for another without changing the level of satisfaction is known as:

a. Marginal rate of substitution

b. Marginal rate of technical substitution

c. Diminishing marginal utility

d. Equi-marginal utility


(CAPF)

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18. Consider the following statements :

A Constitutional Government is one which

1. Places effective restrictions on individual liberty in the interest of State Authority

2. Places effective restrictions on the Authority of the State in the interest of individual liberty

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


(CSE)

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19. Public Interest Litigation falls within the jurisdiction of the High Court provided certain conditions are fulfilled. Which one among the following conditions is not accepted by the courts?

a. Public is interested in vindication

b. Enforcement of public Duty

c. Courts can examine previous records of public servant.

d. Personal injury or loss is an essential element.


(CAPF)

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20. Which one among the following is the nearest from the ‘Zero Mile Centre’ of India?

a. Taj Mahal (Agra)

b. Charminar (Hyderabad)

c. Gateway Of India (Mumbai)

d. Victoria Memorial (Kolkata)


(CAPF)

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21. Bleaching powder is added in water used for drinking purpose. The role of bleaching powder in this case is

a. of disinfectant

b. of bleaching agent

c. to remove impurity

d. to decrease the pH


(CAPF)

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22. Which of the following practices can help in water conservation in agriculture? ‎

‎1. Reduced or zero tillage of the land ‎

‎2. Applying gypsum before irrigating the field ‎

‎3. Allowing crop residue to remain in the field ‎

Select the correct answer using the code given below : ‎

a. 1 and 2 only‎

b. 3 only ‎

c. 1 and 3 only ‎

d. 1, 2 and 3


(CSE)

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If possible post 2 pvs yr question csat too daily ..this platform increases accountability.

Sure. I will.

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16. C 

17. A

18. B

19. D

20. B

21. A

22. C

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16 c 

17 a

18 b 

19 dint understand question in totality..or I  need more patience don't know.

20 no idea at all..tell me how to approach logically.

21a

22a

For question 19: 

It essentially wants us to mark out the statement that isincorrectwith respect to a PIL. 

When a PIL is filed, the basic premise is that the court must be careful to see that the petitioner is not doing it for personal gain, private profit or political or other considerations.


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16 c 

17 a

18 b 

19 dint understand question in totality..or I  need more patience don't know.

20 no idea at all..tell me how to approach logically.

21a

22a

For Q:20

Nagpur lies precisely at the center of the country with the Zero Mile Marker which indicates the geographical center of India. 

So for this question, you have to know two facts: 

1. Nagpur is called zero centre

2. You have seen the location of major cities on Atlas.


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23. The famous terra-cotta images of rivers Ganga and Yamuna from the Gupta period have been found at

A. Ahichchhatra

B.Kaushambi

C. Rajghat

D. Bhitargaon

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23 a

Right. 

23. A

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24. In India, if a species of tortoise is declared protected under Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972, what does it imply ?

(a) It enjoys the same level of protection as the tiger.

(b) It no longer exists in the wild, a few individuals are under captive protection; and now it is impossible to prevent its extinction.

(c) It is endemic to a particular region of India.

(d) Both (b) and (c) stated above are correct in this contex

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25. Due to some reasons, if there is a huge fall in the population of species of butterflies, what could be its likely consequence/consequences?

1. Pollination of some plants could be adversely affected.

2. There could be a drastic increase in the fungal infections of some cultivated plants.

3. It could lead to a fall in the population of some species of wasps, spiders and birds.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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26. The release of which one of the following into ponds and wells helps in controlling the mosquitoes ?

(a) Crab                     

(b) Dogfish

(c) Gambusia fish    

 (d) Snail

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27. Mixture of which one of the following pairs of gases is the cause of occurrence of most of the explosions in mines?

(a) Hydrogen and oxygen

(b)Oxygen and acetylene

(c)  Methane and air

(d) Carbon dioxide and methane

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Nikitasaid

Gambusia fish.

Known as guppies. I have a small bowl in my study room. They are small, cost 20 rupees a pair and multiply like anything. They dont  need the pump and all unlike the gold fish which dies in the bowl.


Is this a upsc previous year question?




26. The release of which one of the following into ponds and wells helps in controlling the mosquitoes ?

(a) Crab                     

(b) Dogfish

(c) Gambusia fish    

 (d) Snail


Yes, all questions posted on this thread are previous year questions.

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pk2901said

@upsc2020 Should be (c) - Methane and Air for Q.27 bcs Carbon Dioxide suppresses fire.


Correct.

Methane explosions occur in mines when a buildup of methane gas, a byproduct of coal, comes into contact with a heat source, and there is not enough air to dilute the gas to levels below its explosion point.

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32. Several nationalist leaders in India wrote commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita to argue the case for an ethical foundation to Indian nationalism, Who among the following is an exception to it?

a. Sri Aurobindo

b. Mahatma Gandhi

c. Bal Gangadhar Tilak

d. Ram Manohar Lohia

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33. How does participatory-budgeting seek to make the functioning of local governance institutions more transparent and accountable?

  1. By allowing citizens to deliberate and negotiate over the distribution of public resources.
  2. By allowing citizens to play a direct role in deciding how and where resources should be spent.
  3. By allowing historically excluded citizens with access to important decision-making venues

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a. 1 and 2

b. 2 and 3

c. Only 3

d. 1, 2 and 3

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34. Various landforms observed on the surface of the earth are due to the:

  1. differences in the type and structure of the crustal material
  2. differences in the land forming processes
  3. differential rates of the processes at different places on the Earth’s surface

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1 only

b. 1 and 2 only

c. 2 and 3 only

d. 1, 2 and 3

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35. From which among the following pairs of species, a small quantity of fine quality wool is obtained in India?

a. Pashmina goats and Angora rabbits

b. Pashmina rabbits and Angora goats

c. Pashmina rabbits and Angora sheep

d. Pashmina goats and Angora sheep

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36. Trees of tropical rainforest have buttress roots because :

a. they help to provide aeration to soils

b. the organisms found in the buttresses have a symbiotic relationship

c. the trees belong to gramineae family

d. the buttresses have to bear the mechanical load of hardwoods

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32. Several nationalist leaders in India wrote commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita to argue the case for an ethical foundation to Indian nationalism, Who among the following is an exception to it?

a. Sri Aurobindo

b. Mahatma Gandhi

c. Bal Gangadhar Tilak

d. Ram Manohar Lohia

D?

32 D


Correct@Patrick_jane 

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37. Who among the following were well known as champions of women’s education in colonial India ?

  1. Sister Subbalaksmi
  2. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
  3. Keshub Chandra Sen
  4. Ananda Coomaraswamy

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1, 2, 3 and 4

b. 1, 2 and 3 only

c. 3 and 4 only

d. 1 and 2 only

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Answers pending from users for 33-36 !!

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33- d, 34- d, 35- a

Correct. 

33 D 

34 D 

35 A 

36 D

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Gochisaid

37. Who among the following were well known as champions of women’s education in colonial India ?

  1. Sister Subbalaksmi
  2. Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain
  3. Keshub Chandra Sen
  4. Ananda Coomaraswamy

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a. 1, 2, 3 and 4

b. 1, 2 and 3 only

c. 3 and 4 only

d. 1 and 2 only

B?

B is correct. 


37 B

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38)

CDS 2017

A

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39)

CDS 2017

D

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40)

CDS 2017

A? could be D - as points are interrelated. Not sure. 

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41. Consider the following statements pertaining to the Satavahanas:

1. Satavahana rulers were identified through metronymics

2. Satavahana, succession to the throne was generally patrilineal

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

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42. Who among the following were jailed in the Kanpur Bolshevik conspiracy case in 1924?


(a) Muzaffar Ahmad, S. A. Dange, Shaukat Usmani, Nalini Gupta


(b) Muhammad Ali and Shaukat Usmani


(c) S. A. Dange and S. V. Ghate


(d) Muzaffar Ahmad and S. S. Mirajkar

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43. The Sufi work Kashf-ul-Mahjub was written by


(a) Abu’l Hasan al Hujwiri


(b) Moinuddin Chishti


(c) Shaikh Nizamuddin Auliya


(d) Amir Khusrau

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44. Which one of the following does NOT fall in the areas of tropical deciduous forest biomes?


(a) The Neotropics mainly West Indies


(b) Indo-Malaysian zone mainly in south and south-east Asia except equatorial evergreen rainforest areas


(c) Eastern Africa and northern, Australia


(d) North America mainly South-west America

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45. Doldrums are


1. equatorial calms


2. calm and light winds


3. roaring forties


4. variable both in position and in extent


Select the correct answer using the code given below:


(a) 1, 2 and 4


(b) 2 and 3 only


(c) 1 and 3


(d) 2, 3 and 4

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46. Which one of the following authorities ing authorities CANNOT organize ‘Lok Adalats’?


(a) Panchayat Committees


(b) Taluk Legal Services Committee


(c) District Authority


(d) High Court Legal Services Committee

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41-c, 42-a, 43-a, 44-d, 45-a, 46-a ?

41 C

42 A

43 A

44 A

45 A

46 A

@singhpradyumna125831 

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If a commodity is provided free to the public by the Government, then

(a) The opportunity cost is zero.

(b) The opportunity cost is ignored.

(c) The opportunity cost is transferred from the consumers of the product to the tax-paying public.

(d) The opportunity cost is transferred from the consumers of the product to the Government.

Though the answer given is C ....however question arise that the govt might use debt finance to provide free service, in that case taxpaying public doesn't share the burden ....so D is plausible?

One of the contentious questions. We assume/ and the fact is that the major source of revenue is taxes collected by public. What is provided free to us? Street Light, protection, public parks etc etc. But where does the money come to the government eventually to maintain these? Thus, I would go with C. 

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41 a

43a chisti Nizamuddin not much major books ..khusrau read in detail so not connected via past knowledge..finally after chintan intuition hitting hujwiri.

42a

44b

45a

46d?how to eliminate??

For 46: Lok Adalat is an important topic. NLSA website gives out the important details and question can be solved from there by elimination. 


Levels and Composition of Lok Adalats:


At the State Authority Level -

The Member Secretary of the State Legal Services Authority organizing the Lok Adalat would constitute benches of the Lok Adalat, each bench comprising of a sitting or retired judge of the High Court or a sitting or retired judicial officer and any one or both of- a member from the legal profession; a social worker engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections and interested in the implementation of legal services schemes or programmes.

At High Court Level -

The Secretary of the High Court Legal Services Committee would constitute benches of the Lok Adalat, each bench comprising of a sitting or retired judge of the High Court and any one or both of- a member from the legal profession; a social worker engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections and interested in the implementation of legal services schemes or programmes.

At District Level -

The Secretary of the District Legal Services Authority organizing the Lok Adalat would constitute benches of the Lok Adalat, each bench comprising of a sitting or retired judicial officer and any one or both of either a member from the legal profession; and/or a social worker engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections and interested in the implementation of legal services schemes or programmes or a person engaged in para-legal activities of the area, preferably a woman.

At Taluk Level-

The Secretary of the Taluk Legal Services Committee organizing the Lok Adalat would constitute benches of the Lok Adalat, each bench comprising of a sitting or retired judicial officer and any one or both of either a member from the legal profession; and/or a social worker engaged in the upliftment of the weaker sections and interested in the implementation of legal services schemes or programmes or a person engaged in para-legal activities of the area, preferably a woman.

National Lok Adalat

National Level Lok Adalats are held for at regular intervals where on a single day Lok Adalats are held throughout the country, in all the courts right from the Supreme Court till the Taluk Levels wherein cases are disposed off in huge numbers. From February 2015, National Lok Adalats are being held on a specific subject matter every month.

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47. Why did the early nationalists oppose the Council Act of 1892?


(a) The number of members of the Imperial Legislative Council was increased


(b) The number of members of Provincial Councils was increased


(c) The Councils were given the right to discuss the annual budgets


(d) The Act did not give the Indians control over the public funds

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48. Which of the following conditions is/are essential for wheat cultivation?


1. Optimum temperature during growing period is around 30°C


2. A frost-free period of about 100 days


3. Light clay or heavy loam soil


Select the correct answer using the code given below:


(a) 1, 2 and 3


(b) 1 and 2 only


(c) 2 and 3 only


(d) 1 only

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49. Which of the following are the defining features of liberal democracy?


1. Constitutional government based on formal, usually legal, rules


2. Guarantees of civil liberties and individual rights


3. It invests political authority with potentially unlimited power


Select the correct answer using the code given below:


(a) 1 and 3 only


(b) 1 and 2 only


(c) 2 and 3 only


(d) 1, 2 and 3

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50.  Which one of the following is an example of a price ceiling?


(a) Fares charged by Airlines in India


(b) Price printed on biscuit packets


(c) Minimum support price for cane growers


(d) Minimum wages fixed by state Governments

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47 D

48 A

49 B

50 B


47 D

48 C

49 B

50 C- However, I would request some inputs here. 

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51. The Reserve Bank of India regulates the commercial banks in matters of

  1. liquidity of assets
  2. branch expansion
  3. merger of banks
  4. winding-up of banks

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

a. 1 and 4 only

b. 2, 3 and 4 only

c. 1, 2 and 3 only

d. 1, 2, 3 and 4

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52. National income of a country for a given period is equal to the

a. total value of goods and services produced by the nationals

b. sum of total consumption and investment expenditure

c. sum of personal income of all individuals

d. money value of final goods and services produced

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53. If the interest rate is decreased in an economy, it will

a. decrease the consumption expenditure in the economy

b. increase the tax collection of the Government

c. increase the investment expenditure in the economy

d. increase the total savings in the economy

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47 b

48d

49b

50d analysis for price ceiling examples?

51d

52d

53c

47 D

48 C

49 B

50 C 

51 D

52 D

53 C


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47 b

48d

49b

50d analysis for price ceiling examples?

51d

52d

53c

For Price Ceiling question, what I understand is:

Price Ceiling: a legal maximum on the price of a good or a service. For example, government set a price ceiling for Uber to give taxis back an advantage. By putting a ceiling on the price of Uber rides, govt attempted to lower the high price of Uber rides during peak times. However, that didn't happen. The taxi never came, and Uber would show it as shortage. 

Whenever a government sets a price ceiling, shortages occur - the demand is larger then what the seller is willing to provide.

Feel free to ask if the concept isn't clear. 


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54. The concept of Anuvrata was advocated by

a. Mahayana Buddhism

b. Hinayana Buddhism

c. Jainism

d. Lokayata School

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55. According to Mimansa system of philosophy, liberation is possible by means of

a. Gyana

b. Bhakti

c. Karma

d. Yoga

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56. According to ancient Indian cosmogenic ideas, the sequential order of the cycle of four yugas is

a. Dvapara, Krita, Treta and Kali

b. Krita, Dvapara, Treta and Kali

c. Krita, Treta, Dvapara and Kali

d. Treta, Dvapara, Kali and Krita

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C

For which question?

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54 C

55 C

56 C

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54c means little vows practiced by Jain's.For example - not killing animals.

55a

56b

54 C

55 C

56 C

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57. Which one of the following was not proposed by the 73rd Constitutional Amendment of Panchayati Raj?


(a) Thirty percent seats in all elected rural local bodies will be reserved for women candidates at all level


(b) The States will constitute their Finance Commissions to allocate resources to Panchayati Raj institutions


(c) The Panchayati Raj functionaries will be disqualified to hold their offices if they have more than two children


(d) The elections will be held in six months time if Panchayati Raj bodies are superceded or dissolved by the State government

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58. Which one of the following duties is not performed by Comptroller and Auditor general of India?


(a) To audit and report on all expenditure from the Consolidated Fund of India


(b) To audit and report on all expenditure from the Contingency Funds and Public Accounts


(c) To audit and report on all trading, manufacturing, profit and loss accounts


(d) To control the receipt and issue of public money, and to ensure that the public revenue is lodged in the exchequer

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59. The Parliament can make any law for whole or any part of India for implementing international treaties

A. without the consent of any State

B. with the consent of all the States

C. with the consent of the State concerned

D. with the consent of the majority of States

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60. As an alternative to the partition of India, Gandhiji suggested to Mountbatten that he :

A.postponed granting of independence

B. Iinvited Jinnah to form the government

C. Invited Nehru and Jinnah to form the government together

D. invite the army to take over for some time

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57c

58d

59a

60b

All Correct. 

57c

58d

59a

60b

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61. Westerlies in southern hemisphere are stronger and persistent than in northern hemisphere. Why?

  1. Southern hemisphere has less landmass as compared to northern hemisphere.
  2. Coriolis force is higher in southern hemisphere as compared to northern hemisphere

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

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62. Normally, the temperature decreases with the increase in height from the Earth’s surface, because


  1. the atmosphere can be heated upwards only from the Earth’s surface
  2. there is more moisture in the upper atmosphere
  3. the air is less dense in the upper atmosphere

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :


(a) 1 only


(b) 2 and 3 only


(c) 1 and 3 only


(d) 1, 2 and 3

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63. During a thunderstorm, the thunder in the skies is produced by the

  1. meeting of cumulonimbus clouds in the sky
  2. lightning that separates the nimbus clouds
  3. violent upward movement of air and water particles

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.


(a) 1 only


(b) 2 and 3


(C) 1 and 3


(d) None of the above produces the thunder

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64. The standard time of the following countries is ahead of or behind Greenwich Mean Time depending on whether they are East or West of the longitude passing through Greenwich. 

1.Cuba

2.Greece

3. Iraq

4. Costa Rica

5. Japan

Which one of the following sequential orders gives the correct arrangement of the countries according to their standard time from ahead to behind GMT ?

(a) 5, 3, 2, 1, 4


(b) 2, 4, 1, 3, 5


(c) 4, 1, 3, 2, 5


(d) 3, 5, 4, 1, 2

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65. From Aceh in the far north west to Torres Strait in the east is 5000 miles, almost as far as from London to Baghdad. The archipelago has 14,000 islands, some mere equatorial rocks, others some of the largest in the world.” This description best fits: 


(a) West Indies


(b) Japan


(c) Philippines


(d) Indonesia

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Ask some economy conceptual questions next slot so that I can ask n clear my concepts.

Have put geography in this slot. Economy in next 65-70. 

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61. A

62. C

63. D

64. A

65. D

@singhpradyumna125831 

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61a

62c

63a help me analyse it further.

64 5 yrs se this concept not confident I leave it everywhere.

65d



65 d

Sure. 

63. Question is what cause of thunder during a thunderstorm. NOT what causes a thunderstorm.

So what causes thunder? Thunder is caused by lightning. When a lightning bolt travels from the cloud to the ground it actually opens up a little hole in the air, called a channel. Once then light is gone the air collapses back in and creates a sound wave that we hear as thunder. The reason we see lightning before we hear thunder is because light travels faster than sound.

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61a

62c

63a help me analyse it further.

64 5 yrs se this concept not confident I leave it everywhere.

65d



65 d

64. India is at 82.5 E. We are 5.5 hrs ahead of London. So, when it is 10 pm in India, it is 430 PM in London. 

Simply put, countries lying east of GMT are ahead in time. 

Now, for such questions, when you know where they are on the world map, it can be solved. 

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66. In the context of Indian economy, which of the following is/are the purpose/purposes of ‘Statutory Reserve Requirements’? 


1.To enable the Central Bank to  control  the  amount of advances the banks can create


2.To make the people’s deposits with banks safe and liquid


3.To  prevent  the  commercial banks from making excessive profits


4.To force  the banks to  have sufficient vault cash to meet their day-to-day requirements


Select the correct answer using the code given below.


a)1 only


b)1 and 2 only


c)2 and 3 only


d)1,2,3 and 4

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67. When the Reserve Bank of India reduces the Statutory Liquidity Ratio by 50 basis points, which of the following is likely to happen? 


a)India’s GDP growth rate increases drastically


b)Foreign Institutional Investors may bring more capital into our country


c)Scheduled Commercial Banks may cut their lending rates


d)It may drastically reduce the liquidity to the banking system 1 and 2 only

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68. In the context of Indian economy, consider the following pairs: 


      Term                                        Most Appropriate description


1. Melt down                                     Fall in stock prices


2. Recession                                       Fall in growth rate


3. Slow down                                     Fall in GDP


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

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69. Economic liberalisation in India started with: (2000) 


a)  substantial changes in industrial licensing policy


b) the convertibility of Indian rupee


c) doing away with procedural formalities for foreign direct investment


d) significant reduction in tax rates

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70. Which of the following measures would result in an increase in the money supply in the economy? 


1.Purchase of government securities from the public by the Central Bank


2.Deposit of currency in commercial banks by the public


3.Borrowing by the government from the Central Bank


4.Sale of government securities to the public by the Central Bank


Select the correct answer using the codes given below:


a)1 only


b)2 and 4 only


c)1 and 3


d)2,3 and 4

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Do I need to remember facts related to census 2011??.....lot of questions pvs yr related to census 2001.

Not all of them. But yes, some important trends and figures you should be aware of.

- decadal comparison. Grew wrt prev decade etc. 

- ratios, population, literacy etc. 

- trends for mains. Migration trends etc - helps in paper 1. 


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Ask some economy conceptual questions next slot so that I can ask n clear my concepts.

Have put geography in this slot. Economy in next 65-70. 

Posted. 65-70. Shoot!

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66a

67c drastically 2 option eliminated

68d meltdown not 100 percent sure..I hv to analyse recession further linking with bond yields with clarity in mind...expecting ques in mains2020.

69a

70c

66. B

67. C

68. A

69. A

70. C

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66a

67c drastically 2 option eliminated

68d meltdown not 100 percent sure..I hv to analyse recession further linking with bond yields with clarity in mind...expecting ques in mains2020.

69a

70c

Yes, mains there may be questions wrt. business cycles. 

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@Upsc_2020 u r my coach ...why r u not posting questions regularly??...I hv to be failproof smart n alert till 25 may in choosing what to read n what not to read.

Yup, at it, Meanwhile, while we practice prev year qs here, you should also refer to 10k questions thread. 

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71. Consider the following statements regarding the Chakiarkoothu form of dance:  


1.It is performed by Chakiar caste


2.It cannot be traditionally witnessed by the higher caste Hindus


3.Mizhavu is the accompanying instrument


4.Its theatre form is called koothambalam


Which of these statements are correct?


(a)1, 3 and 4


(b)1, 2 and 3


(c)2, 3 and 4


(d)1, 2 and 4

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72. With reference to Indian history, who among the following is a future Buddha, yet to come to save the world?  


(a)Avalokitesvara


(b)Lokesvara


(c)Maitreya


(d)Padmapani

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73. With reference to soil conservation, consider the following practices: 

  1. Crop rotation
  2. Sand fences
  3. Terracing
  4. Wind breaks

Which of the above are considered appropriate methods for soil conservation in India?


(a) 1, 2 and 3 only


(b) 2 and 4 only


(c) 1, 3 and 4 only


(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

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74. With reference to agricultural soils, consider the following statements : 


1.A high content of organic matter in soil drastically reduces its water holding capacity.


2.Soil does not play any role in the Sulphur cycle.


3.Irrigation over a period of time can contribute to the salinization of some agricultural lands.


Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?


(a)1 and 2 only


(b)3 only


(c)1 and 3 only


d) 1, 2 and 3

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75. Volcanic eruptions do not occur in : 


(a)Baltic Sea


(b)Black Sea


(c) Caribbean Sea


(d) Caspian Sea

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68. In the context of Indian economy, consider the following pairs: 


      Term                                        Most Appropriate description


1. Melt down                                     Fall in stock prices


2. Recession                                       Fall in growth rate


3. Slow down                                     Fall in GDP


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

I had option D in mind,as recession is defined by negative growth rate for two consecutive quarters,i.e.fall in growth rate.

could you please clear my confusion?

Because slowdown is not a fall in GDP. It is option 3 which is wrong, thus you are left with 1 & 2 - which is not an option. So the most appropriate answer is 1 only. 

Recession - you are right. 

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Maitreya buddha question I did correct in 2017 due to random search or wiki during last 10 days before exam...does that mean to continue with such random searches till exam comprising books revision?

I would suggestnotto devote a large part of your day to random searches. Because there's no end it. You must be having a schedule right ? Whenever you're on forum, do the surfing, refer to Factoids thread etc. All that will stay with you and help you eliminate options. 

It's essential to be thorough with basics because the serious candidates do not go wrong there. 

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71a

72c

73d

74b

75a

@samudragupt You want to take a shot ?

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Aap 10000 initiative me expected selective question dalte hain?

Expected ka to nai pata, just more revision. Solving more and more helps. 

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71a

72c

73d

74b

75a


72 C

73 D

74 B

75 A

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76. In the Parliament of India, the purpose of an adjournment motion is

a) to allow a discussion on a definite matter of urgent public importance.

b) to let opposition members collect information from the ministers.

c) to allow a reduction of specific amount in demand for grant.

d) to postpone the proceedings to check the inappropriate or violent behaviour on the part of

some members.

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77. Consider the following statements:

1. Union Territories are not represented in the Rajya Sabha.

2. It is within the purview of the Chief Election Commissioner to adjudicate the election disputes.

3. According to the Constitution of India, the Parliament consists of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha only.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3

c) 1 and 3

d) None

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78. Which of the following provisions of the Constitution of India have a bearing on Education?

1. Directive Principles of State Policy

2. Rural and Urban Local Bodies

3. Fifth Schedule

4. Sixth Schedule

5. Seventh Schedule

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3, 4 and 5 only

(c) 1, 2 and 5 only

(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


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79. When the annual Union Budget is not passed by the Lok Sabha,

(a) the Budget is modified and presented again.

(b) the Budget is referred to the Rajya Sabha for suggestions.

(c) the Union Finance Minister is asked to resign.

(d) the Prime Minister submits the resignation of Council of Ministers.

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80. The authorization for the withdrawal of funds from the Consolidated Fund of India must come from

(a) The President of India

(b) The Parliament of India

(c) The Prime Minister of India

(d) The Union Finance Minister

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For ?

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FCsaid

76- a

77-d

78- a

79- d

80-b

@singhpradyumna125831 

76 A


77 D


78 D


79 D


80 B

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D

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D

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B? Which language is this. 

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84. Which one of the following factors is responsible for the change in the regular direction of the ocean currents in the Indian Ocean?


A) Indian Ocean is 'half an ocean'


B) Indian Ocean has Monsoon drift


C) Indian Ocean is a land-locked ocean


D) Indian Ocean has greater variation in salinity

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85. If the earth's direction of rotation is reversed, what would be the IST when it is noon at the International Date Line?

A. 06.30 hrs


B. 05.30 hrs


C. 18.30 hrs


D. 17.30 hrs

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@upsc2020 can you explain what parts of option 3,4,5 have a bearing on education in Q.78 ?

Sure. 

DPSP: To provide early childhood care and education for all children until they complete the age of six years (Article 45).

Fifth Schedule – It is aimed towards making the State responsible towards the promotion ofeducationaland economic interests of Tribals.

Sixth schedule - deals with the constitution, powers and functions of District Councils and Regional Councils in these autonomous districts. These councils also have the powers to set up and administer their system of justice and maintain administrative and welfare services in respect of land, revenue, forests,education, public health etc.

Rural and ULBs: 11th schedule, 29 functions of Panchayat : item#17:educationincluding primary and secondary schools.

7th Schedule - Lists have Education. 

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@Upsc_2020 Could you pls fix time slot to shoot questions like eve or night?

I try for before lunch & post dinner.. fixed time slot. Let me see if I can schedule it. 

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@Patrick_jane i thought lushai of mizo are blue mountain??  :/


Yes they too. But that doesn't match any option here. Phangwpui Peak of Mizoram is known as Blue Mountain. 

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85. If the earth's direction of rotation is reversed, what would be the IST when it is noon at the International Date Line?

A. 06.30 hrs


B. 05.30 hrs


C. 18.30 hrs


D. 17.30 hrs

India is located to the West of IDL, considering the direction of rotation of earth . So, the time at IDL (eastern side) will be ahead of India. India is located +5:30 to prime meridian time, and IDL (east) is exactly +12:00 hrs ahead of prime meridian time.

By subtracting (12-5.30), we know that Indian time is behind IDL at around 6:30 AM.

Now, even if the direction of earth’s rotation were to change, the difference would remain the same (6:30 hrs), but now India would move ahead in time of IDL (as Sun will apparently move from West to East). So, the time at India when it is noon at IDL would be evening 18:30 hrs. 

@singhpradyumna125831 

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