Q1. Consider the following pairs:

  Mountain peak        Location

  1. Sumantri -   Indonesia
  2. Denali - America     
  3. Kibo - Africa

Which of the pairs given above is/are incorrectly matched?

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) None

Option D is correct.

  1. Sumantri - Papua New Guinea, Indonesia
  2. Denali - Alaska, America      
  3. Kibo - Tanzania, Africa

https://www.summitpost.org/sumantri/634409

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/denali/

https://www.tripadvisor.in/ShowUserReviews-g293750-d460103-r362944237-Mount_Kibo-Kilimanjaro_National_Park_Kilimanjaro_Region.html

Q2. Consider the following statements regarding the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT):

  1. NCLAT is the Appellate Tribunal for hearing appeals against the orders passed by NCLT(s) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
  2. The tribunal is also the Appellate Tribunal to hear and dispose of appeals against any order passed by the Competition Commission of India, as per the amendment brought to the Companies Act, 2013. 

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.

Both statements are correct. NCLAT is the Appellate Tribunal for hearing appeals against the orders passed by NCLT(s) under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The tribunal is also the Appellate Tribunal to hear and dispose of appeals against any order passed by the Competition Commission of India, as per the amendment brought to the Companies Act, 2013.    

https://nclat.nic.in/?page_id=113

Q3. Consider the following statements regarding the Geographical Indication (GI) tags:

  1.  GI tags are part of the intellectual property rights that comes under the Bonn Convention.
  2. Geographical indications are not typically used for agricultural products.

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. GI tags are part of the intellectual property rights that comes under the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property. Geographical indications are typically used for agricultural products, spirit drinks, handicrafts and industrial products.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/what-are-gi-tags-and-how-are-they-awarded/article31667981.ece

Q4. Consider the following statements with reference to ‘Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions’:

  1. This was launched at the COP 25 to the UNFCCC, under the presidency of Chile.
  2. It aims at promoting the deep ocean exploration, in order to extract more minerals for future use.

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. The ‘Platform for Science-Based Ocean Solutions’ was launched at the COP 25 to the UNFCCC, under the presidency of Chile.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The Platform aims to promote the necessity of addressing ocean and climate issues synergistically and to encourage the incorporation of the ocean in country climate commitments and strategies.

https://sdg.iisd.org/news/chile-launches-platform-for-science-based-ocean-solutions-at-cop-25/

Q5. With reference to the different trade arrangements under WTO, consider the following statements:

  1. Preferential trade arrangements are the unilateral trade preference, which includes the Generalized System of Preferences schemes as well as other non-reciprocal preferential schemes.
  2. A customs union is a free-trade agreement in which members apply a common external tariff schedule to imports from nonmembers.

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. Preferential trade arrangements in the WTO are unilateral trade preferences, which includes the Generalized System of Preferences schemes as well as other non-reciprocal preferential schemes granted a waiver by the General Council.

Statement 2 is correct.  A customs union is a free-trade agreement in which members apply a common external tariff schedule to imports from nonmembers.

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/gk-current-affairs/story/what-is-preferential-trade-agreements-list-of-indian-trade-agreements-1470857-2019-03-05

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. Polar vortex is an area of very high pressure with a wide expanse of swirling cold air. 
  2. When it is weak, it becomes wavy and rambling which is often associated with outbreaks of cold temperatures in the United States.

Which of the following weather event has been mentioned above?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. Polar vortex is an area of low pressure with a wide expanse of swirling cold air.

Statement 2 is correct. When it is weak, it becomes wavy and rambling which is often associated with outbreaks of cold temperatures in the United States.

https://scijinks.gov/polar-vortex/

Q7. With reference to the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC), consider the following statements:

  1. It was set up by the government on the recommendations of the Punchhi commission.
  2. It is usually a three member body, comprising of a Central Vigilance Commissioner and not more than two Vigilance Commissioners.

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 B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. It was set up by the government on the recommendations of the Committee on Prevention of Corruption, headed by K. Santhanam.

Statement 2 is correct. CVC comprises of a Central Vigilance Commissioner and not more than two Vigilance Commissioners.

https://cvc.gov.in/about/background

Q8. Consider the following statements:

These are the ethnic people, who lived in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, most of which are located in Bangladesh. Now, most of them are staying for decades in the relief camps in Arunachal Pradesh. They are the ethnic groups following the Buddhist religion.

Which of the following ethnic groups has been referred here?

(a) Chakmas

(b) Tharus

(c) Warlis

(d) Brus

Option A is correct. Chakmas are the ethnic people, who lived in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, most of which are located in Bangladesh. Now, most of them are staying for decades in the relief camps in Arunachal Pradesh.They are the ethnic groups following the Buddhist religion.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/who-are-chakmas/article19682129.ece

Ques  Ans:

1-(d)

2-(c)

3-(d)

4-(a)

5-(d)

6-(b)

7-(b)

8-(a)