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volume-3, 20 - 26 April, 2019

Union Public Service Commission

Combined Defence Services Exam (I) 2018

General Knowledge

Q1.         Which of the following statements about the National Water Academy (NWA) is/are correct?

  1. The primary objective of the NWA is to function as Centre of Excellence in training for in-service engineers from Central and State organizations on various aspects of water resource planning.
  2. The NWA is located in New Delhi.

                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

Q2.         A wire of copper having length I and area of cross-section A is taken and a current I is flown through it. The power dissipated in the wire is P. If we take an aluminium wire having same dimensions and pass the same current through it, the power dissipated will be

(a)          P                             (b) < P

(c)           > P                          (d) 2P

Q3. The pressure of a fluid varies with depth h as P = P0 + pgh, where p is the fluid density. This expression is associated with

(a)          Pascal's law

(b)          Newton's law

(c)           Bernoulli's principle

(d)          Archimedes' principle

Q4.         Consider the following constituent gases of the atmosphere:

  1. Argon                    2. Neon
  2. Helium                 4. Carbon dioxide

                Which one of the following is the correct ascending sequence of the above gases in terms of the volume percentage?

(a)          1-3-2-4 (b) 1-4-2-3

(c)           4-2-3-1 (d) 2-4-1-3

Q5.         Which one of the following Indian States has the highest percent-age of Scheduled Tribe population to its total population?

(a)          Mizoram              (b) Nagaland

(c)           Meghalaya

(d)          Arunachal Pradesh

Q6.         Extrusive volcanoes are not found in which one of the following mountains?

(a)          Alaska   (b) Rocky

(c)           Andes   (d) Himalayas

Q7.         Which one of the following crops is not cultivated in Karewas, the lacustrine deposit's of sand, clay, loam, silt and boulders?

(a)          Saffron                 (b) Almond

(c)           Walnut                 (d) Ling nut

Q8.         Consider the following tributaries of river Ganga:

(a)          Gandak                (b) Kosi

(c)           Ghaghara            (d) Gomti

                Which one of the following is the correct order of the above rivers from east to west?

(a)          3-4-1-2 (b) 2-1-3-4

(c)           2-3-1-4 (d) 1-2-4-3

Q9.         Which of the following National Parks of India are declared as World Heritage by UNESCO?

  1. Keoladeo National Park
  2. Sundarbans National Park
  3. Kaziranga National Park
  4. Ranthambore National Park

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1 and 2 only

(b)          1, 2 and 3 only

(c)           3 and 4 only

(d)          1, 2, 3 and 4

Q10.       Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists:

                List-I                      List-II

                (Railway              (Headquart ers)

                Zone)                   

  1. North 1. Secunder abad

                Central

  1. North 2. Jabalpur

                Eastern

  1. West 3. Gorakhpur

                Central

  1. South 4. Allahabad

                Central

                Code:

(a)          A             B             C             D

                4              3              2              1

(b)          A             B             C             D

                4              2              3              1

(c)           A             B             C             D

                1              2              3              4

(d)          A             B             C             D

                1              3              2              4

Q11.       Which one of the following statements about lymph is correct?

(a)          Lymph is formed due to leakage of blood through capillaries.

(b)          Lymph contains blood cells such as RBC.

(c)           Lymph is also circulated by the blood circulating heart.

(d) Lymph only transports hormones.

Q12.       Which of the following classes of animals has/ have three-chambered heart?

(a)          Pisces and Amphibia

(b)          Amphibia and Reptilia

(c)           Reptilia only

(d)          Amphibia only

Q13.       Accumulation of which one of the following in the muscles of sprinters leads to cramp?

(a)          Lactic acid            (b) Ethanol

(c)           Pyruvic acid        (d) Glucose

Q14.       Which one of the following statements about Exchange-Traded Fund (ETF) is not correct?

(a)          It is a marketable security.

(b)          It experiences price changes throughout the day.

(c)           It typically has lower daily liquidity and higher fees than mutual fund shares.      

(d)          An ETF does not have its net asset value calculated once at the end of every day.

Q15.       Which one of the following is the maximum age of joining National Pension System (NPS) under the NPS- Private Sector?

(a)          55 years               (b) 60 years

(c)           65 years               (d) 70 years

Q16.       The Reserve Bank of India has recently constituted a high-level task force on Public Credit Registry (PCR) to suggest a road map for developing a trans-parent, comprehensive and near-real-time PCR for India. The task force is headed by

(a)          Sekar Karnam

(b)          Vishakha Mulye

(c)           Sriram Kalyanaraman

(d)          Y. M. Deosthalee

Q17.       In October 2017, India sent its first shipment of wheat to Afghanistan as a part of commitment made by the Government of India to supply 1.1 million tonnes of wheat to that country on grant basis. The shipment was sent through

(a)          Iran        (b) Pakistan

(c)           Tajikistan             (d) China

Q18.       Which of the following statements about the India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) is/are correct?

  1. It has been incorporated as a Public Limited Company.
  2. It started its operation by establishing two pilot branches at Hyderabad and Varanasi.

                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

Q19.       Which of the following are the functions of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)?

  1. Inquiry at its own initiative on the violation of human rights
  2. Inquiry on a petition presented to it by a victim
  3. Visit to jails to study the condition of the inmates
  4. Undertaking and promoting research in the field of human rights

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1 and 2 only

(b)          2, 3 and 4 only

(c)           1, 3 and 4 only

(d)          1, 2, 3 and 4

Q20. A person is disqualified for being chosen as, and for being, a Member of either House of the Parliament if the person

  1. holds any office of profit under the Government of India or the Government of any State other than an office declared by the Parliament by law not to disqualify its holder
  2. is an undischarged insolvent
  3. is so disqualified under the Tenth Schedule of the Constitution of India
  4. is of unsound mind and stands so declared by a competent Court

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1, 2 and 4 only

(b)          1, 2, 3 and 4

(c)           3 and 4 only

(d)          1, 2 and 3 only

Q21.       According to the Election Commission of India, in order to be recognized as a 'National Party', a political party must be treated as a recognized political party in how many States?

(a)          At least two States

(b)          At least three States

(c)           At least four States

(d)          At least five States

Q22.       Which one of the following statements with regard to Antrix Corporation Limited is correct?

(a)          It is a commercial arm of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion.

(b)          It is under the administr-ative control of the Depart-ment of Space.

(c)           It is under the administr-ative control of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

(d)          It is a commercial arm of the Department of Science and Technology.

Q23. Verses ascribed to poet-saint Kabir have been compiled in which of the following traditions?

  1. Bijak in Varanasi
  2. Kabir Granthavali in Rajasthan
  3. Adi Granth Sahib

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1 and 2 only

(b)          1, 2 and 3

(c)           2 and 3 only    (d) 3 only

Q24.       Around twelfth century, Sufi Silsilas began to crystallize in different parts of the Islamic world to signify

  1. continuous link between the master and disciple
  2. unbroken spiritual genealogy to the Prophet Muhammad
  3. The transmission of spiritual power and blessings to devotees

                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

Q25. In the 10th Mandala of the Rigveda, which one of the following hymns reflects upon the marriage ceremonies?

(a)          Surya Sukta

(b)          Purusha Sukta

(c)           Dana Stutis

(d)          Uma Sutra

Q26. Which of the following statements about the Non-Cooperation Movement is/are correct?

  1. It was marked by significant participation of peasants from Karnataka.
  2. It was marked by non-Brahmin lower caste participation in Madras and Maharashtra.
  3. It was marked by the lack of labour unrest in places like Assam, Bengal and Madras.
  4. It was badly shaken by the Chauri Chaura incident in 1922 after which Gandhiji decided to continue with the movement on a much smaller scale.

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1 only    (b) 1, 2 and 4

(c)           2 and 3  (d) 2 only

Q27.       Which one of the following was a focus country of the 'World Food India', a mega food event held in November 2017 in New Delhi?

(a)          Germany             (b) Japan

(c)           Denmark             (d) Italy

Q28.       Which one of the following States will host the Nobel Prize Series-India 2018 (Science Impacts Life) Exhibition?

(a)          Gujarat  (b) Rajasthan

(c)           Goa  

(d)          Madhya Pradesh

Q29.       The Ministry of Communication has recently launched a Pan India scholarship programme for school-children called Deen Dayal SPARSH Yojana'. The objective of the scheme is to increase the reach of

(a)          sports   (b) philately

(c)           music   

(d)          web designing

Q30.       Which one of the following temples of India has won the 'UNESCO Asia Pacific Award of Merit, 2017' for cultural heritage conservation?

(a)          Kamakhya Temple, Guwahati

(b)          Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, Srirangam

(c)           Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

(d)          Kedarnath Temple, Kedarnath

Q31.       Which one of the following teams was defeated by India to win the Women's Hockey Asia Cup title, 2017?

(a)          Japan    (b) China

(c)           South Korea

(d)          Pakistan

Q32.       Which one of the following statements about India is not correct?

(a)          India has 12 major ports and about 200 non-major ports.

(b)          95 percent of India's trade by volume and 68 percent by value are moved through maritime transport.

(c)           India has a coastline of about 7500 km.

(d)          In the Maritime Agenda, 2010-2020, a target of 300 MT port capacity has been set for the year 2020.

Q33.       Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a)          India joined MTCR in 2016.

(b)          India submitted a formal application for membership of the NSG in 2016.

(c)           India proposed the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in 1996.

(d)          The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) was held in 2016 at Malta.

Q34.       Which one of the following Amendments to the Constitution of India has prescribed that the Council of Ministers shall not exceed 15 percent of total number of members of the House of the People or Legislative Assembly in the States?

(a)          91st Amendment

(b)          87th Amendment

(c)           97th Amendment

(d)          90th Amendment

Q35.       Which of the following about the role of Indian Coast Guard is/are correct?

  1. Indian Coast Guard has been entrusted with the offshore security coordination authority
  2. Lead intelligence agency for coastal and sea border
  3. Coastal security in territorial waters

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1 and 3 only

(b)          1, 2 and 3

(c)           1 and 2 only        (d) 3 only

Q36.       Which one of the following is India's first indigenously designed and developed long-range subsonic cruise missile which can be deployed from multiple platforms?

(a)          Astra     (b) Akash

(c)           Nirbhay                (d) Shankhnaad

Q37.       The Ministry of Power, Government of India has recently constituted a Committee to investigate the causes of the accident that occurred on 1st November, 2017 at Feroze Gandhi Thermal Power Plant Ltd., Unchahar, in Uttar Pradesh. Who among the following is the Chairman of the Committee?

(a)          Dr. L. D, Papney

(b)          Shri Dhawal Prakash Antapurkar

(c)           Shri Subir Chakraborty

(d)          Shri P. D. Siwal

Q38.       In November 2017, an Indian short film, The School Bag won the Best Short Film Award at the South Asian Film Festival held at Montreal. Who among the following is the Director of the film?

(a)          Anurag Kashyap

(b)          Dheeraj Jindal

(c)           Sujoy Ghosh

(d)          Samvida Nanda

Q39.       In November 2017, India's MC Mary Kom won the gold medal at the Asian Boxing Championship, 2017 held at Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. In which one of the following categories was she declared winner?

(a)          48 kg      (b) 51 kg

(c)           54 kg      (d) 57 kg

Q40.       Which one of the following is the theme of the World Soil Day, 2017?

(a)          Soils and pulses, a symbol for life

(b)          Caring for the Planet starts from the Ground

(c)           Soils, a solid ground for life

(d)          Soils, foundation for family farming

Q41.       Who among the following is the winner of the National Badminton Championship (Men), 2017?

(a)          Kidambi Srikanth

(b)          H. S. Prannoy

(c)           Ajay Jayaram

(d)          Sai Praneeth

Q42.       Which of the following statements about the usage of the term 'barbarian' is/are correct?

  1. It is derived from the Greek word 'barbaros' which means a non-Greek.
  2. Romans used the term for the Germanic tribes, the Gauls and the Huns.

                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

Q43.       Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a)          Al-Biruni identifies the Sufi doctrine of divine love as self-annihilation with parallel passages from Bhagavad Gita.

(b)          According to Al-Biruni, Sufi theories of Soul were similar to those in Patanjali's Yoga Sutra.

(c)           The Hatha Yogic treatise Amrita Kunda had lasting impact on Sufism.

(d)          Hujwiri's conversation with the Yogis shows that he was impressed with their theory of the division of the human body.

Q44.       Consider the following statement

                "So much is wrung from the peasants, that even dry bread is scarcely left to fill their stomachs."

                Who among the following European travellers had made the above statement about the condition of peasantry in the Mughal Empire?

(a)          Francisco Pelsaert

(b)          Francois Bernier

(c)           Jean-Baptiste Tavernier

(d)          Niccolao Manucci

Q45.       What is the name of the literary genre developed by the Khojas who are a branch of the Ismaili sect?

(a)          Ginan    (b) Ziyarat

(c)           Raag      (d) Shahada

Q46.       Who was/were the 10th century composer(s) of the Nalayira Divya Prabandham?

(a)          Alvars    (b) Nayanars

(c)           Appar    (d) Sambandar

Q47.       Which one of the following is not a correct ascending order of commissioned ranks in the defence forces of India?

(a)          Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel, Colonel, Brigadier, Major General, Lieutenant General, General

(b)          Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant, Squadron Leader, Wing Commander, Group Captain, Air Commodore,  Air Vice Marshal, Air Marshal, Air Chief Marshal

(c)           Flying Officer, Flight Lieutenant, Squadron Leader, Group Captain, Wing Commander, Air Commodore, Air Vice Marshal, Air Marshal, Air Chief Marshal

(d)          Sub Lieutenant, Lieutenant, Lieutenant Commander, Commander, Captain, Commodore, Rear Admiral, Vice Admiral, Admiral

Q48.       Which of the following statements about Attorney General of India is/are not correct?

  1. He is the first Law Officer of the Government of India.
  2. He is entitled to the privileges of a Member of the Parliament.
  3. He is a whole-time counsel for the Government.
  4. He must have the same qualifications as are required to be a judge of the Supreme Court.

                Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)          1, 2 and 3                (b) 2 and 4

(c)           3 only       (d) 1 only

Q49.       Under which one of the following Amendment Acts was Sikkim admitted into the Union of India?

(a)          35th       (b) 36th

(c)           37th       (d) 38th

Q50.       Which one of the following became a part of China in 1997 following the principle of 'one country, two systems'?

(a)          Tibet      (b) Hong Kong

(c)           Xinjiang

(d)          Inner Mongolia

Q51.       Which one of the following statements in respect of the States of India is not correct?

(a)          States in India cannot have their own Constitutions.

(b)          The State of Jammu and Kashmir has its own Constitution.

(c)           States in India do not have the right to secede from the Union of India.

(d)          The maximum number of members in the Council of Ministers of Delhi can be 15 percent of the total number of members in the Legislative Assembly.

Q52.       Consider the following statements about National Wildlife Action Plan (NWAP) of India for 2017-2031:

  1. This is the Third National Wildlife Action Plan.
  2. The NWAP is unique as this is the first time India has recognized the concerns relating to climate change impact on wildlife.
  3. The NWAP has ten components.

                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

Q53.       Growth in production (in percent) of which one of the following core industries in India during the period 2015-2016 was negative?

(a)          Natural gas

(b)          Refinery products

(c)           Fertilizer              (d) Coal

Q54.       eBiz is one of the integrated services projects and part of the 31 Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) under the National e-Governance Plan of the Government of India. eBiz is being implemented under the guidance and aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Ministry of Commerce and Industry by

(a)          Tata Consultancy Services

(b)          Infosys Technologies Limited

(c)           Wipro

(d)          HCL Technologies

Q55.       Which of the following statements about the olive ridley turtles is/are correct?

  1. They are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles found in the world.
  2. They live in warm waters of Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.
  3. The Coromandel Coast in India is the largest mass nesting site for the olive ridley turtles.

                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

Q56.       Consider the following statement:

                "A sound body means one which bends itself to the spirit and is always a ready instrument at its service."

                The above statement is attributed to    

(a)          Sardar Patel

(b)          Winston Churchill

(c)           Mahatma Gandhi

(d)          Baden-Powell

Q57.       Who among the following was the founder of Phoenix Settlement?

(a)          Mahatma Gandhi

(b)          B. R. Ambedkar

(c)           Rabindranath Tagore

(d)          Swami Vivekananda

Q58.       Name the platform used for ritual purposes by the kings of the Vijayanagara Empire.

(a)          Mahanavami Dibba

(b)          Lotus Mahal

(c)           Hazara Rama

(d)          Virupaksha

Q59.       The idea of 'Farr-i Izadi', on which the Mughal kingship was based, was first developed by which one of the following Sufi saints?

(a)          Shihabuddin Suhrawardi

(b)          Nizamuddin Auliya

(c)           Ibn al-Arabi

(d)          Bayazid Bistami

Q60.       Which Buddhist text contains an account of the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka?

(a)          Vinaya Pitaka

(b)          Sutta Pitaka

(c)           Abhidhamma Pitaka

(d)          Mahavamsa

Q61.       Which one of the following statements about Buddhist Stupas in India is not correct?

(a)          Ashoka played an important role in popularizing the Stupa cult.

(b)          They were repositories of relics of Buddha and other monks.

(c)           They were located in rural areas.

(d)          They were located close to trade routes.

Q62.       Which one among the following States of India has the largest number of seats in its Legislative Assembly?

(a)          West Bengal  (b) Bihar

(c)           Madhya Pradesh

(d)          Tamil Nadu

Q63. Which of the following statements about the Ordinance-making power of the Governor is/are correct?

  1. It is a discretionary power.
  2. The Governor himself is not competent to withdraw the Ordinance at any time.

                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

Q64.       Which one of the following events is not correctly matched with the year in which it happened?

(a)          Inauguration of the SWIFT' system of electronic interbank fund transfers worldwide-1985

(b)          Conclusion of the Uruguay Round of GATT-1994

(c)           Inauguration of the World Trade Organization-1995

(d)          Establishment of the first wholly electronic stock exchange (Nasdaq)-1971