Q1.  COVID-19 vaccine ‘Sputnik-5’, sometimes seen in the news, is an innovation of which one of the following countries?
(a) Russia
(b) China
(c) India
(d) USA

Q2. Consider the following statements:
1. Section 69A of the Information Technology Act, 2000, gives the Central government the power to block public access to any information online.
2. The Department of Telecommunications, too, can issue blocking orders to internet service providers, to enforce licensing conditions.
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

Q3. With reference to the Kaziranga National park, often seen in the news, consider the following statements:
1. The park is located on the edge of the Western Himalayan biodiversity hotspot and it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
2. It is a Tiger Reserve and is recognized as an Important Bird Area by Bird Life International for the conservation of avifaunal species.
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


Q4. With reference to the Cash Management Bills (CMBs), consider the following statements:
1.  These are the new instrument, to meet the temporary mismatches in the cash flow of the Government of India.     
2. The CMBs are issued for maturities less than 91 days.
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



Q5. Consider the following statements:
1. Small Finance Banks (SFBs) were made public in India, after the RBI approved to set up small financial institutions, as per the Union Budget of 2014-2015.
2.  SFBs can not engage in foreign exchange business.
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


Q6. With reference to the Gravitational lensing, consider the following statements:
1. Gravitational lensing probes the distribution of matter in galaxies and clusters of galaxies and enables observations of the distant universe.    
2.  When the lensing approaches perfect symmetry, a complete or almost-complete circle of light is produced called an Einstein ring.
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


Q7. Consider the following adaptations:
1. Viviparous    
2. Pericarp
3. Pneumatophore
Which of the adaptations mentioned above is/are adapted by mangroves?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3



Q8. Consider the following statements:
1. Additional tier 1 (AT1) is a special category of debt issued by banks. They are designed to absorb losses in case the bank’s equity capital dips below a certain threshold.    
2. They have a fixed maturity date, but a bank can repay them after specific tenures also, by exercising a call option on them.
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

Q9. Consider the following statements.
1. The First Battle of Panipat is said to have laid the foundation of Mughal Empire in India.
2. The Third Battle of Panipat is monumental as it paved the way for colonial powers to expand in India.
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

Q10. Recently Government of India released two initiatives—ICEDASH and ATHIHI. These are related to?
(a) To facilitate custom clearance.
(b) Faster VISA at arrival clearance for some countries.
(c) Registration of Blue Collar workers going abroad in search for work.
(d) Tourism information portal in many foreign languages.


Ques  Ans:
1-(a)
2-(c)
3-(b)
4-(c)
5-(a)
6-(c)
7-(d)
8-(a)
9-(c)
10-(a)