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

Q 1.

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The Nobel Prize for deciphering the language of bee was awarded to:

A

H.G. Khurana

K.V. Frisch

C

Juliane Huxley

D

Dorothy Hodgkins

Explanation

The Nobel Prize for deciphering the language of bee was awarded to K.V. Frisch.

Q 2.

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Match the cities labelled as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the given map with the names of the institutes located in these and select the correct answer using the codes given below the names of the institutes.
Names of institutes:
A. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
B. Central Sheep Breeding Farm
C. National Dairy Research Institute
D. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

A

A-5; B-1; C-3; D-2

A-5; B-2; C-1; D-4

C

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

D

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

Explanation

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute is located in Cochin of Kerala, which is marked as '5' in the given map. Central sheep breeding farm is located in Hissar of Haryana, which is marked as '2'. National Dairy Research Institute is situated in Karnal of Haryana is marked by '1' in the map. National Institute of Agricultural Extension is situated at Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh and is marked by '4' in the given map.

Q 3.

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Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-I (Artist)List-II (Medium of music delivery)
Balamurali Krishna 1. Hindustani vocal
Mita Pandit 2. Ghatam
A.Kanyakumari 3. Sitar
Nikhil Bannerjee4. Violin
5. Carnatic Vocal

Codes:

A-5; B-1; C-4; D-3

B

A-4; B-3; C-1; D-5

C

A-3; B-1; C-5; D-2

D

A-5; B-4; C-1; D-3

Explanation

Balamurali Krishna is famous carnatic vocalist, Mita Pandit is famous Hindustani vocalist, Kanyakumari is famous Violinist and Nikhil Banerjee is famous sitar player.

Q 4.

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Which of the following committees examined and suggested Financial Sector reforms?

A

Abid Hussian Committee

B

Bhagwati Committee

C

Chelliah Committee

Narasimham Committee

Explanation

Narasimhan committee was constituted on financial sector reforms in 1991 and on banking sector reforms in 1998.

Q 5.

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Match items in the List-I (Businesswoman) with those in the List-II (company) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

A

A-4; B-1; C-5; D-3

B

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

C

A-4; B-3; C-5; D-1

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

Explanation

Zia Mody - founder partner of AZB & Partners
Anuradha J. Desai - Chairperson of Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited
Villoo Morawala Patel -Chairperson of Avesthagen
Meena Kaushik -Chairman of Quantum mechanic research

Q 6.

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Consider the following statements:
1. The Islamic Calendar is twelve days shorter than the Gregorian Calendar .
2. The Islamic Calendar began in AD 632
3. The Gregorian Calendar is a lunar calendar
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

A

1 only

B

1 and 2

C

1 and 3

3 only

Explanation

The Islamic calendar began in AD 622, during which the emigration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as Hijra occurred. It is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is also called Hijri calendar. The Gregorian calendar is a lunar calendar.

Q 7.

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Who among the following is a Hindustani classical singer?

A

Geeta Chandran

B

Leela Samson

Gangubai Hangal

D

Swapnasundari

Q 8.

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Match List-l (Author) with List II (Book) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-I (Businesswoman)List-II (Company)
A. Zia Mody1. Venkateshwara Hatcheries
B. Anuradha J. Desai2. AZB and Partners
C. Villoo Morawala Patel3. Quantum Market Research
D. Meena Kaushik
4. Avestha Gangraine Technologies
List-I (Author) List-II (Book)
A. Amartya Sen1. An Ordinary Person Guide to Empire
B. Bimal Jalan 2. The Argumentative Indian
C. Arundhati Roy 3. The future of India
D. Mani Shankar Aiyar4. Confessions of a secular Fundamentalist

Codes :

A

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

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

C

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

D

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

Q 9.

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Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists:

List-I (Person) List-II (Known As)
A. Bhajan Sopori1. Bharatnatyam dancer
B. Birju Maharaj2. Exponent of Santoor
C. Priyadarsini3. Mridangam maestro
D. TV Gopalakrishnan4. Kathak dancer

Codes:

A

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

B

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

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

D

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

Q 10.

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Who among the wrote the book-Ayodhya?

A

Chandra Shekhar

P V Narasimha Rao

C

Jaswant Singh

D

Arun Shourie

Q 11.

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The Pulitzer Prize is associated with which one of the following?

A

Environmental protection

B

Olympics Games

Journalism

D

Civil Aviation

Explanation

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.

Q 12.

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Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists:

List-I (Eminent Person) List-II(Known As)
A. Bhanu Bharti1. Music Composer
B. Mike Pandey2. Poet and literature
C. Mohd Zahur Khayyam3. Theatre director
D. Vinda Karandikar4. Wildlife film maker

Code:

A

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

B

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

C

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

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

Q 13.

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Who wrote the book 'The Story of the Integration of the Indian States'?

A

B N Rau

B

C Rajagopalachari

C

Krishna Menon

V P Menon

Explanation

V. P Menon authored a book on the politic al integration of India, "The Story of the Integration of Indian States" and on the partition of India, "Transfer of Power".

Q 14.

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With which one of the following is BRIT (Government of India) engaged?

A

Railway Wagons

B

Information Technology

Isotope Technology

D

Road Transport

Explanation

Board of Radiation and Isotope Technology in short known as "BRIT" is a unit of the Department of Atomic Energy, headquartered in Navi Mumbai. It is involved in production, development, and supply of radioisotope based products and provision of isotope applications, radiation processing, radioanalytical services etc.

Q 15.

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Rajiv Gandhi National Flying Institute is being established in which State?

A

Karnataka

Maharashtra

C

Kerala

D

Orissa

Explanation

Rajiv Gandhi National Flying Institute is located in Maharashtra.

Q 16.

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Consider the following statements:
1. The Nuclear Suppliers Group has 24 countries as its members.
2. India is a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group. 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

The Nuclear Suppliers Group has 48 members in 2014. India is not among them.

Q 17.

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What is the number of spokes in the Dharmachakra in the National Flag of India?

A

16

B

18

C

22

24

Explanation

Dharamchakra has 24 spokes, it is navy-blue in colour and lies in the middle of white band. Its design is that of the wheel which appears on the abacus of the Saranath Lion capital of Ashoka.

Q 18.

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Which was the Capital of Andhra State when it was made a separate State in the year 1953?

A

Guntur

Kurnool

C

Nellore

D

Warangal

Explanation

Andhra attained statehood on 1 November 1953, with Kurnool as its capital. On 1 November 1956, the States Reorganization Act merged the Telugu-speaking areas of the former Hyderabad state with the Teluguspeaking areas of the former Madras state to form the state of Andhra Pradesh. The city of Hyderabad, the former capital of the Hyderabad State, was made the capital of the new state.

Q 19.

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Which one of the following is the largest (area wise) Lok Sabha constituency?

A

Kangra

Ladakh

C

Kachchh

D

Bhilwara

Explanation

Laddakh (Jammu and Kashmir) is the largest areawise LS constituency and then comes Barmer (Rajasthan), Kutch (Gujarat), Arunachal West (Arunachal Pradesh). Delhi-Chandni Chowk is the smallest areawise LS constituency.

Q 20.

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Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

List-I (Board)List-II (Headquarters)
A.Coffee Board1. Bengaluru
B. Rubber Board2. Guntur
C. Tea Board3. Kottayam
D. Tobacco Board4.Kolkata

Codes:

A

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

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

C

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

D

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

Q 21.

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How can the height of a person who is six feet tall be expressed (approximately) in nanometers?

A

{tex}183{/tex} x {tex} 10^6{/tex} nanometres

B

{tex}234{/tex} x {tex} 10^6{/tex} nanometres

{tex}183 {/tex} x {tex} 107 {/tex}nanometres

D

{tex}234 {/tex} x {tex}107 {/tex}nanometres

Q 22.

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India is a member of which of the following?
1. Asian Development Bank
2. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
3. Colombo Plan
4. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Select the correct answer using the code given below: Codes:

1 and 3 only

B

2 and 4 only

C

1, 2 and 3 only

D

1, 2, 3 and 4

Q 23.

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Bimbavati Devi is a well-known dancer of which type of dance?

Manipuri

B

Bharat Natyam

C

Kuchipudi

D

Odissi

Explanation

Bimbavati Devi is a Manipuri dancer.

Q 24.

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Among the Indian languages, which one is spoken maximum in the world after Hindi?

A

Telugu

B

Tamil

Bengali

D

Malayalam

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Who among the following translated the Autobiography of Madam Curie in Hindi?

A

Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Lal Bahadur Shastri

C

Choudhary Charan Singh

D

Gobind Vallabh Pant

Explanation

He translated the autobiography of Madam Curie into Hindi.