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Explore popular questions from Current Affairs for UPSC. This collection covers Current Affairs previous year UPSC questions hand picked by experienced teachers.

Q 1.

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Comet shoemaker-Levy 9 hit the planet:

A

Pluto

B

Mars

Jupiter

D

Saturn

Explanation

Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered by Keroshil Shoemaker and David Levy on 24th March 1994. This comet was roaming for 4 billion years and it came under the gravitational impact of Jupiter and in collided with it 1994.

Q 2.

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The world's fastest computer has been able to perform (as of Dec. 1996) :

{tex} 10^6{/tex} operations per second

B

{tex} 10^9{/tex} operations per second

C

{tex} 10^{12}{/tex} operations per second

D

{tex} 10^{15}{/tex} operations per second

Explanation

As of 1996, the world's fastest computer has been able to perform {tex} 10^6{/tex} operations per second.

Q 3.

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A major health mission carried out in 1996 was:

A

war against leprosy

B

small-pox eradication

pulse polio immunization

D

popularisation of oral rehydration theraphy

Explanation

The pulse polio immunization was a major health mission carried out in 1996 to make India polio free. The programme is still being carried out.

Q 4.

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Consider the following graphs:
The behaviour of a fictitious stock market index [comprising a weight average of the market prices of a selected list of companies including some multinational corporation (MNC's)] over a 15 day period is shown in the graph. The behaviour of the MNC's in the same period is also shown in the second graph. Which one of the following is a valid conclusion?

A

MNC's fell steeper in the period depicted

B

Share prices of every non-MNC company soared by over 5% on the 12th day

C

Government announced a policy disfavouring MNC's on the 11th day

Whatever be the reason favouring market revival on the 12th day, it appears to be relevant only to non-MNC companies

Explanation

The combined Index favoured market revival on the 12th day but it favoured only to MNC's on the 11th day.

Q 5.

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Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo and Jos Remos Horta who shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize are known for their work for the cause of:

East Timor

B

Gautemala

C

Bosnia

D

Burundi

Explanation

Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo and Jos Remos Horta are known for their work towards a just and peaceful solution to the conflict in East Timor. They wre jointly awarded 1996 Nobel Peace Prize.

Q 6.

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In which one of the following countries are 75 percent of seats in both Houses of Parliament filled on the basis of first past-the post system and 25 percent on the basis of Proportional Representation system of elections?

Germany

B

Italy

C

France

D

Russia

Explanation

Due to unstability of the government in Italy, it has made its new system based on Bicamera proposal.

Q 7.

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The economic and monetary union of 15 European countries is proposed to be made by 1999. But the currencies of two countries, franc, have already the same value and circulate freely in both the countries. The countries are:

A

France and Switzerland

B

Switzerland and Luxemburg

Luxemburg and Belgium

D

France and Belgium

Explanation

Luxemburg and Belgium are the two countries where 'Franc' is the currency having same value and is in free circulation.

Q 8.

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The meeting of G-15 countries held in Malaysia in 1997 was attended by:

A

14 member countries

B

15 member countries

16 member countries

D

17 member countries

Explanation

The G-15 meet of 1997 was held 3-5th November 1997 at Qualalmpur in Malayasia. Kenya was admitted as its 16th member but the organisation name will remain G-15.

Q 9.

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Which one among the following countries has the lowest GDP per capita?

A

China

India

C

Indonesia

D

Sri Lanka

Explanation

According to 2010 data, GDP per capita: China -4283 USD; India - 1176 USD; Indonesia - 2963 USD; Sri Lanka - 2364 USD.

Q 10.

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Consider the following names:
1. Archbishop Desmond Tutu
2. Leach Walesa
3. Shimon Peres
4. Yasser Arafat.
Who among these won the Nobel Peace Prize?

A

1 and 2

1, 3 and 4

C

2, 3 and 4

D

1, 2, 3 and 4

Explanation

The Nobel Peace Prize had been won by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shimon Peres and Yaser Arafat whereas Lach Welesa is a novelist.

Q 11.

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Recently, several hundred South African soldiers were sent to Burundi:

A

to side with the Tutsi tribe in the country's civil war

B

to side with the Hutu tribe in the on going ethnic conflict

C

as a part of United Nations special force to keep control on the ethnic groups revolting against the government

as South Africa's protection force to help mediate an agreement between warring groups of civil war

Explanation

To stop the on going civil war in Burundi, South Africa sent its peace keeping force to mediate an agreement between warring groups of civil war.

Q 12.

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The Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Forum was held in the year 2001 in:

A

Bangkok

B

Hongkong

C

Jakarta

Shanghai

Explanation

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum was held on 20-21 October 2001 at Sanghai in China.

Q 13.

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In the year 2001, India offered a grant of five million dollars to Tajikistan to:

tackle the drought situation

B

set up a Software Technology Park

C

promote mineral exploration

D

procure defence equipment

Explanation

To tackle the drought situation in Tajikistan, India offered a grant of five million dollars.

Q 14.

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A World Summit with representation from all the countries will be held in Johannesburg in September 2002 on the subject of:

A

AIDS control

B

global terrorism

C

human rights

sustainable development

Explanation

In September 2002 in Johannesburg "World Conference on Sustainable Development" was held in which nearly 200 countries participated.

Q 15.

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Match List-I (Country) with List-II (President) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-I (Country)List-II (President)
A. Congo1. Levy Mwanawasa
B. Nigeria2. Joseph Kabila
C. Uganda3. Olusegum Obasanjo
D. Zambia4. Yoweri Museveni

Codes:

A-2; B-3; C-4; D-1

B

A-2; B-3; C-1; D-4

C

A-3; B-2; C-1; D-4

D

A-3; B- 2; C-4; D-1

Explanation

The President of Congo is Joseph Kabila, President of Nigeria is Olusegum Obasanjo, President of Uganda is Yoweri Museveni and President of Zambia is Levy Mwanawasa.

Q 16.

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In the year 2001, NASA launched a spacecraft to Mars named:

A

Mars Climate Orbiter

B

Mars Global Surveryer

Mars Odyssey

D

Mars Polar Lander

Explanation

In the year 2001, NASA launched a spacecraft named Mars Odyssey which costed Rs. 40 crore Dollars on 7th April.

Q 17.

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The main reason for unrest and violence in Zimbabwe in recent years is due to:

A

conflict between different native ethnic groups

B

prolonged crisis over land reforms

economic crisis due to continuous drought and famine

D

power struggle between political groups of white European settlers and native black community

Explanation

Economic crisis due to continuous drought and famine.

Q 18.

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The Basque people who are frequently in the news for their separatist activity live in :

A

France

B

Italy

C

Portugal

Spain

Explanation

The Basque people live in the north central Spain and frequently in news for their separist activity in Spain.

Q 19.

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What was the main reason for a great civil strife in Argentina recently?

A

Ethnic conflict between the native Red Indian tribes and others

Economic crisis due to huge public debt

C

The issue of using native languages as medium of instruction in schools

D

Clashes between government troops and secessionist groups

Explanation

Argentina faced economic crisis due to huge public debt caused a great civil strife and people became anxious about their future financial condition.

Q 20.

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In which one of the following countries, did an ethnic violence between the communities of Hema and Lendu results in the death of hundreds of people?

Democratic Republic of Congo

B

Indonesia

C

Nigeria.

D

Zambia

Explanation

The ethnic violence between the communities of Hema and Lendu results in the death of hundred people in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Q 21.

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Serbia was in the international news in the recent times for:

A

harbouring terrorists associated with relegious fundamentalism

B

supplying raw uranium to North Korea

its long-running civil war killing or displacing thousands of people

D

cultivation of drug-yielding crops and smuggling of drugs

Explanation

Serbia was in international news in recent times for its long running civil was killing or displacing thousands of people.

Q 22.

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The reason for Chechnya to be in the news recently is:

A

discovery of huge reserves of oil

separatist rebellious activities by the local people

C

continuous conflict between the government troops and the narcotic mafia resulting in a great loss of human life

D

intense cold wave killing hundreds of people

Explanation

The reason for Chechenya to be in the news recently is separist rubellious activities of the local people against the Russian government.41.

Q 23.

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The Prime Minister of which one of the following countries was assassinated in the year 2003 ?

A

Czech Republic

B

Romania

Serbia

D

Slovenia

Explanation

The Prime Minister of Serbia was assassinated in the year 2003.

Q 24.

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More than 40 Heads of States/Governments were invited by Vladimir Putin in May, 2003 to:

A

discuss the issues related to the rehabilitation of Iraq

celebrated the tricentenary of the city of St. Petersburg

C

convene a meeting of European and CIS countries to discuss the issue of missile shield for European and CIS countries

D

develop the strategies for containing global terrorism

Explanation

More than 40 head of State Government were invited by Vladimir Putin to celebrate the tricentenary of the city of St. Petersberg.

Q 25.

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The research work of Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield, the Nobel Prize winners for Medicine in 2003, relates to:

A

the control of AIDS

magnetic resonance imaging

C

respiratory diseases

D

genetic engineering

Explanation

The research work of Paul Lauterbur and Peter Mansfield, the Nobel Prize winners for medicine in 2003 relates to magnetic resonance imaging.