Q1. Consider the following statements:
1. Maulana Abul Kalam Azad was the first education minister of India after independence.    
 2. University Grants commission (UGC) and All India council for Technical education (AICTE) were among the important boards/commission, set up by the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad during his tenure.    
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

Q2.  Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) of USA, which is sometimes seen in the news, was launched to promote economic growth and development in the
(a) Ally countries only    
(b) All the UN members
(c) War affected countries only
(d) Developing countries

Q3. Nagorno-Karabakh region, over which, a peace deal has been signed to end the military conflict recently, is located in
(a) Azerbaijan    
(b) Russia
(c) Georgia
(d) USA

 
Q4. With reference to the mRNA vaccines, often seen in the news, consider the following statements:
1. mRNA vaccines represent a promising alternative to conventional vaccine approaches because of their high potency, capacity for rapid development and potential for low-cost manufacture.    
2. These vaccines act effectively against infectious disease targets in animal models of influenza virus, Zika virus, rabies virus and others.
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. Which of the following is/are the significance of Thirty Meter Telescope, which is being developed?
1. To explore the mysterious period in the life of the universe when the first stars and galaxies were formed.
2.  To provide unparalleled resolution with TMT images, more than 12 times sharper than those from the Hubble Space Telescope.        
3.  To detect and investigate black holes.     
 Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
 (a) 1 only    
(b) 2 and 3 only
 (c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q6. With reference to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), consider the following statements:
1. The Central Pollution Control Board is a statutory organization, which was constituted under the Environment Protection Act, 1986.
2. It is authorized to conduct both air as well as water quality monitoring at the central level.        
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. With reference to the Cabinet Mission plan, 1946, consider the following statements:
1. The Cabinet Mission Plan was a statement made by the Cabinet Mission and the Viceroy, Lord Curzon that contained proposals regarding the constitutional future of India.
2. The Plan rejected the Muslim League demand for a separate state of Pakistan and instead called for an Indian Union that consisted of British provinces and the Princely States.        
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

Q8. A national park that has a climate varying from tropical to sub-tropical, temperate and arctic, is located in which one of the following states of India?
(a) Arunachal Pradesh    
 (b) Assam
 (c) Uttarakhand
 (d) West Bengal