Q1. Consider the following statements with reference to Jagannath Temple:

  1. Jagannath Puri temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. 
  2. The majestic temple has four frontal projected sections such as the Deula, Jagamohana, Natamandira and Bhogamandapa. 

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

Option D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect.  Sri Jagannath Temple is one of the most revered and sacred pilgrimage sites in India. Its main deity is Lord Jagannath, who is said to be an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lingaraja temple has four frontal projected sections such as the Deula, Jagamohana, Natamandira and Bhogamandapa. 

incredibleindia.org/content/incredible-india-v2/en/destinations/puri/sri-jagannath-temple.html

Q2. Consider the following statements:

  1. If a review petition is dismissed by the Supreme Court, it may consider a curative petition filed by the petitioner, to prevent abuse of process. 
  2. The Parliament has introduced the concept of curative petition by amending the constitution.

 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

Option A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. If a review petition is dismissed by the Supreme Court, it may consider a curative petition filed by the petitioner so as to prevent abuse of process. The Supreme court evolved the concept of curative petition in the landmark case of Rupa Ashok Hurra vs. Ashok Hurra and Anr.

Hence, statement 2 is incorrect.

http://www.legalserviceindia.com/legal/article-1465-review-petition-v-s-curative-petition-v-s-mercy-petition-with-special-reference-to-nirbhaya-case.html#:~:text=In%20India%2C%20a%20binding%20decision,reviewed%20in%20a%20review%20petition.&text=Furthermore%2C%20if%20a%20review%20petition,to%20prevent%20abuse%20of%20process.

Q3. The decision of the state governments to reserve the government jobs for the youths of the respective state, could violate which one of the fundamental rights of the other Indian citizens?

(a) Article 15

(b) Article 16

(c) Article 14

(d) Article 21

Option B is correct. Recently, the government of Madhya Pradesh has taken a decision that government jobs will be reserved for the youths of state only. Such step could violate fundamental rights under article 16.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mp-govt-jobs-to-be-reserved-for-people-from-the-state-shivraj-singh-chouhan/story-9mQS92NGoIjOginC0eaWiJ.html

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. The National Recruitment Agency (NRA) is proposed to be established to conduct a common eligibility test (CET) for the recruitment of students in various government jobs.                                                                   
  2. The agency will have representatives from SSC, IBPS and RRB.

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

Option C is correct.

Statement 1 is correct.  The NRA will conduct a common eligibility test (CET) and based on the CET score a candidate can apply for a vacancy with the respective agency.       

Statement 2 is correct. The agency will have representatives from SSC, IBPS and RRB. The test will be conducted for three levels: graduate, higher secondary (12th pass) and the matriculate (10th pass) candidates. However, the present recruitment agencies– IBPS, RRB and SCC — will remain in place. 

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/national-recruitment-agency-nra-government-jobs-6561491/           

Q5. The Millennium Alliance programme was launched by the Technology Development Board in partnership with USAID and FICCI. It was launched with the objective of

(a) Facilitating financial and other support to the innovators.      

(b) Evaluating the likely impacts of developmental projects on the environment.

(c) To reduce the global burden of diseases.

(d) None of the above.

Option A is correct. The Millennium Alliance programme aims to bring together various actors within India’s social innovation ecosystem including social innovators, philanthropy organizations, social venture capitalists and corporate foundations to stimulate and facilitate financial and other support to the innovators. It was launched by the Technology Development Board in partnership with USAID and FICCI.

http://tdb.gov.in/millennium-alliance/

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. India Post Payments Bank was setup under the Department of Post, with 100% equity owned by Government of India. 
  2. It mainly works on a hub and spoke model, in order to expand across the country.

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

Option C is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. India Post Payments Bank was setup under the Department of Post, Ministry of Communication with 100% equity owned by Government of India. 

 Statement 2 is correct. It has expanded its strength across India covering post offices, working on a hub and spoke model.

https://ippbonline.com/web/ippb/about-us1    

Q7. Recently, the National Agricultural Higher Education Project was launched for India, with which one of the following objectives?

(a) To attract foreign students towards the Indian agricultural universities.           

(b) To support participating agricultural universities and ICAR in providing more relevant and higher quality education to Agricultural University students.         

(c) To facilitate foreign funding for the Indian agricultural universities.

(d) None of the above.

Option B is correct. NAHEP aims to support participating agricultural universities and ICAR in providing more relevant and higher quality education to Agricultural University students. It will finance investments by participating AUs to improve the quality and relevance of agricultural education and research toward agricultural transformation. Cost sharing would be 50:50 between GoI and the World Bank.

https://projects.worldbank.org/en/projects-operations/project-detail/P151072?lang=en#:~:text=The%20objective%20of%20the%20National,education%20to%20Agricultural%20University%20students.

Q8. Consider the following statements regarding the Persistent organic pollutants (POPs):

  1. POPs can be found only in lower atmospheric levels, in measurable concentrations.
  2. The highest concentrations of POPs are found in organisms at the bottom of the food chains.

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

Option D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect. POPs can be found virtually everywhere on our planet in measurable concentrations. The highest concentrations of POPs are found in organisms at the top of the food chain.

https://www.who.int/foodsafety/areas_work/chemical-risks/pops/en/ 

Ques  Ans:

1-(d)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(c)

5-(a)

6-(c)

7-(b)

8-(d)