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Q 1.

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The company that has the tag line ‘Connecting India' is—

A

Airtel

BSNL

C

IDEA

D

Indian Telephone Industry

Explanation

Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (abbreviated BSNL) is an Indian state-owned telecommunications company headquartered in New Delhi

Q 2.

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Television transmission is an example of which of the following?

Simplex Communication

B

Half-duplex Communication

C

Full-duplex Communication

D

None of the above

Explanation

Television transmission is an example of simplex communication.

Q 3.

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Match List-I with List-II and sclcct the correct answer from the codes given below :

List-I List-II
(Folk Dance) (State)
A. Bidesia 1. Jharkhand
B. Lajri 2. Uttarakhand
C. Dangri 3. Himachal Pradesh
D. Tamasha 4. Mahrashtra

A : 1 B : 2 C : 3 D : 4

B

A : 1 B : 3 C : 4 D : 2

C

A : 3 B : 1 C : 2 D : 4

D

A : 3 B : 1 C : 4 D : 2

Explanation

The correctly matched pairs are :
Bidesia — Jharkhand
Lajri — Uttarakhand
Dangri — Himachal Pradesh
Tamasha — Mahrashtra
These are names of folk stage performances in their respective states.

Q 4.

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Weibo is a social media platform popularly used in

A

South Korea

China

C

Thailand

D

Japan

Explanation

Weibo is a social media platform which is used in China. It is a microblogging website.

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'The Hitavada' is the largest selling broadsheet English daily newspaper of Central India. It was founded in 1911 by Social Reformer—

A

Baba Amte

B

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Gopal Krishna Gokhale

D

Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak

Explanation

The Hitavada’ is the largest selling broadsheet English daily newspaper of central India. It was founded by social reformer Gopal Krishna Gokhle.

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Consider the following statements :
1. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway started in 1881 is the oldest.
2. Kalka Shimla Railway covers the longest distance among the three trains.
3. Nilgiri mountain covers the shortest distance.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A

1 only

B

1 and 2 only

C

2 and 3 only

1, 2 and 3

Q 7.

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Headquarters of which one among the following Railway Zones in India is situated at the highest elevation from the mean sea level?

A

East Central Railway

B

South Eastern Railway

South western Railway

D

West Central Railway

Explanation

The South Western Railway Zone Headquarter which is situated in Hubli city in Karnataka has the highest elevation (approximately 2056 feet) from the mean sea level.

Q 8.

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Consider the following statements about Drishti system:
1. It is a sophisticated instrument to assess the runway visual range.
2. This system is developed by Airports Authority of India.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

1 only

B

2 only

C

Both 1 and 2

D

Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation

Drishti is an indigenously developed runway visibility measuring instrument, it will help pilots during landing and takeoff. The system is developed jointly by the National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL) Bengaluru and Indian Meteorological Department. IMD is responsible for providing navigation services at the airports.

Q 9.

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Jawahar tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar highway passes through

Pir Panjal range

B

Karakoram range

C

Zaskar range

D

Dhauladhar range

Explanation

Jammu-Srinagar Highway passes through Banihel pass in Pir Panjal range.

Q 10.

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Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched? Railway Zone Headquarters

A

North Eastern Railway — Gorakhpur

South Eastern Railway — Bhubaneshwar

C

Eastern Railway — Kolkata

D

South East Central Railway — Bilaspur

Explanation

The headquarter of South-East Railway is in Kolkata.

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The ‘Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport' is situated in the Indian City of—

A

Indore, Madhya Pradesh

B

Raipur, Chattisgarh

C

Vadodara, Gujarat

D

Ranchi, Jharkhand

Nagpur, Maharashtra

Explanation

‘Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar International Airport' is situated in the Indian city of Nagpur, Maharashtra.

Q 12.

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First CNG based train of India started on 13 January, 2015 run between—

Rewari to Rohtak

B

Delhi to Mumbai

C

Rohtak to Nizamuddin

D

Howrah to Delhi

Explanation

The first CNG based train of India which started on 13th January 2015 runs between Rewari to Rohtak.

Q 13.

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ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) is a regional cooperative organization in the Southeast Asia. The aims and purposes of ASEAN are:
1. To accelerate the economic growth, social progress and cultural development in the region through joint endeavours in the spirit of equality and partnership in order to strengthen the foundation for a prosperous and peaceful community of Southeast Asian Nations.
2. To promote regional peace and stability through abiding respect for justice and the rule of law in the relationship among countries of the region and adherence to the principles of the United Nations Charter.
3. To promote active collaboration and mutual assistance on matters of common interest in the economic, social, cultural, technical, scientific and administrative fields.
Select the answer from the codes given below:

A

1 and 2

B

2 and 3

C

1 and 3

1, 2, and 3

Explanation

ASEAN also aims to provide assistance to each other in the form of training and research facilities in the educational, professional, technical and administrative spheres; and to collaborate more effectively for the greater utilisation of their agriculture and industries, the expansion of their trade, including the study of the problems of international commodity trade, the improvement of their transportation and communication facilities and the raising of the living standards of their peoples.

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As a member of the World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation (IFC) has overarching goal(s):
1. End extreme poverty by 2030
2. Boost shared prosperity in every developing country Which of the above statements is/are correct?

A

1 only

B

2 only

1 and 2 both

D

None

Explanation

For more than half a century, IFC has innovated to strengthen private sector development wherever it's needed most. As the world's largest global development institution focused on the private sector, IFC plays a significant role in influencing the course of private sector development.

Q 15.

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The European Union (EU) provides funding and grants for a broad range of projects and programmes covering areas, such as:
1. education
2. health
3. consumer protection
4. environmental protection
Which of the above statements are correct?

A

1, 2, and 3

B

2, 3, and 4

C

1, 3, and 4

1, 2, 3 and 4

Explanation

EU funding is complex, since there are many different types of programmes managed by different bodies. Funding is managed according to strict rules to ensure that there is tight control over how funds are used and that funds are spent in a transparent, accountable manner.

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Consider the following statements regarding Edward Snowden?
1. He was a former National Security Agency subcontractor.
2. He leaked top secret information about NSA surveillance activities.
3. Snowden stored US government programmes involving the NSA spying on American citizens via phone calls and internet use.
Select the answer from the codes given below:

A

1 and 2

B

2 and 3

C

1 and 3

1, 2, and 3

Explanation

Snowden began copying top-secret NSA documents while at work, building a dossier on practises that he found invasive and disturbing. The documents contained vast and damning information on the NSA's domestic surveillance practises, including spying on millions of American citizens under the umbrella of programmes, such as PRISM.

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Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the parliamentary elections 2013 in Bhutan?
1. It was Bhutan’s first parliamentary vote.
2. The People's Democratic Party campaigned on developing stronger ties with neighbour India.
3. The People's Democratic Party won 32 seats in the 47-member National Assembly.
4. The Peace and Prosperity Party.
Select the answer from the codes given below:

A

1, 2, and 3

2, 3, and 4

C

1, 3, and 4

D

1, 2, 3 and 4

Explanation

It was Bhutan's second parliamentary vote. The remote nation of about 738,000 held its first election in 2008 after the Bhutanese king voluntarily reduced the monarchy's role in running the country.

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AUnited Nations report released in August 2013 confirmed chemical weapons attack in Syria. Which of the following chemicals claimed to have been used?

A

a-Chlorotoluene

B

Benzyl bromide

Sarin gas

D

Bromoacetone (BA)

Explanation

Chemical weapons have been used in the conflict between the parties in the Syrian Arab Republic, also against civilians, including children, on a relatively large scale, inspectors concluded in a 38-page report, which included analysis of chemical, environmental and medical samples.

Q 19.

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Which of the following statements are correct with regard to India-Japan agreement on $50 billion currency swap?
1. It enabled both countries to swap Japanese yen or the Indian rupee for US dollars in an unforeseen situation.
2. It is essentially an arrangement to tide over shortterm foreign exchange crunch.
3. It would support to India’s fight against currency volatility.
Select the answer from the codes given below:

A

1 and 2

B

2 and 3

C

1 and 3

1, 2 and 3

Explanation

All statements are correct.

Q 20.

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Match the following lists: (Political parties) (Country) A. People's Party 1. Britain B. Party Socialist (PS) 2. France C. New Democracy Party 3. Greece D. Labour Party 4. Spain
Choose from the codes given below:

A

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

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

C

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

D

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

Explanation

A-4, B-2, C-3, D-1.

Q 21.

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Prior consent on a bill by the President is needed in:
1. All money bills
2. Bill related to admission of new state in the Union of India
3. All bills though not money bill but have effect of making expenditure from consolidated fund of India
4. Bill affects the imposition of taxes.
Select the answer from the codes given below:

A

1 and 2

B

2 and 3

C

1, 2 and 3

1, 2, 3 and 4

Explanation

All statement are correct.

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Which of the following statements are/ is correct?
1. Commutation means one form of punishment is substituted by another punishment of lighter type.
2. Remission means reducing the amount of punishment without changing its character.

A

1 only

B

2 only

C

None

1 and 2 both

Explanation

In the Constitution of India, the power of Presidential Pardon is found in Article 72. It empowers the President to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment in all cases where the punishment is for an offense against any law to which the executive power of the union extends.

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Which of the following statements are correct with regard to the Films Division of Government of India?
1. It is a film production house belonging to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.
2. It was established primarily to “produce documentaries and news magazines for publicity of Government programmes” and cinematic record of Indian history.
3. FDI is divided into four wings, namely, Production, Distribution, International Documentary and Short Film Festival.
4. It produces documentaries/news magazines from its headquarters at Mumbai.
Select the answer from the codes given below:

1, 2, 3 and 4

B

2, 3, and 4

C

1, 3, and 4

D

1, 2 and 3

Explanation

The Films Division of India was established in 1948 to articulate the energy of a newly independent nation. For more than six decades, the organization has relentlessly striven to maintain a record of the social, political and cultural imaginations and realities of the country on film.

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Which of the following terminologies are related to Kho-Kho?
1. Chasers 2. Active chaser 3 Runners 4. Diving
Select the answer from the codes given below:

A

1, 2 and 3

B

2, 3, and 4

C

1, 3 and 4

1, 2, 3, and 4

Explanation

Kho Kho is a tag sport played by teams of twelve players who try to avoid being touched by members of the opposing team, only 9 players of the team enter the field. It is one of the two most popular traditional tag games of South Asia, the other being Kabbadi.

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Consider the following list and choose the incorrect match: Cup/Trophy Sports
1. Aga Khan Trophy Hockey
2. Duran Cup Football
3. Ezra Cup Women's Hockey
4. Nijam Gold Cup Polo
5. Derby Cup Golf

A

3 and 4

B

4 and 5

C

1 and 2

3, 4 and 5

Explanation

Ezra Cup - Polo.
Nijam Gold Cup - Football
Derby Cup - Horse Racing