Q1. Consider the following pairs:

   Martial Art form       State

  1. Kalaripayattu  -    Tamil Nadu
  2. Mallakhamb - Maharashtra
  3. Gatka - Punjab

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

 (a) 1 only

 (b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Option B is correct.

Kalaripayattu is the martial art form of Kerala

Mallakhamb is the martial art form of Central India, originated from Maharshtra.

Gatka is the martial art form of Punjab.

http://www.keralaculture.org/kalaripayattu/84

https://www.holidify.com/pages/mallakhamb-4466.html

Q2. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. The Khelo India Scheme aims at promoting culture of sports as well as attaining excellence in sports.
  2. Initially it was launched in 2017 only for three consecutive years.

 Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

 (a) 1 only           

(b) 2 only

 (c) Both 1 and 2       

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Option C is correct.

Both statements are correct. The Khelo India Scheme aims at promoting culture of sports as well as attaining excellence in sports. It was launched in 2017 only for three consecutive years. But now, it has been extended further.

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1601713#:~:text=The%20Khelo%20India%20Scheme%20aims,1428.09%20crore.

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. AstroSat is the first dedicated Indian astronomy mission aimed at studying celestial sources in X-ray, optical and UV spectral bands simultaneously.
  2. The scientific objectives of AstroSat mission are to understand high energy processes in binary star systems containing neutron stars and black holes.

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. AstroSat is the first dedicated Indian astronomy mission aimed at studying celestial sources in X-ray, optical and UV spectral bands simultaneously. The scientific objectives of AstroSat mission are to understand high energy processes in binary star systems containing neutron stars and black holes.

https://www.isro.gov.in/astrosat-0

Q4. 'Excercise Kavach' is a joint military exercise involving

(a) Three wings of armed forces

(b) India and Bangladesh             

(c) India and Nepal

(d) Indian Army and Navy

Option A is correct. 'Excercise Kavach' is a joint military exercise involving three wings of armed forces.

https://www.timesnownews.com/india/article/exercise-kavach-army-navy-air-force-to-fine-tune-joint-war-fighting-capabilities-all-you-need-to-know/710392#:~:text='Excercise%20Kavach'%20will%20witness%20the,Maritime%20Strike%20and%20transport%20aircraft.

Q5. Consider the following statements postal voting:

  1. Through the facility of postal voting, a voter can cast her vote only by being physically present within the country.
  2. All the members of the armed forces and that of police forces can avail this facility.

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. Through the facility of postal voting, a voter can cast her vote remotely by recording her preference on the ballot paper and sending it back to the election officer before counting.           

Statement 2 is correct. Members of the armed forces like the Army, Navy and Air Force, members of the armed police force of a state (serving outside the state), government employees posted outside India and their spouses are entitled to vote only by post. In other words, they can’t vote in person. Voters under preventive detention can also vote only by post.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/postal-ballots-political-controversy-explained-6495861/

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. Narcoanalysis is based on the assumption that physiological responses that are triggered when a person is lying are different from what they would be otherwise.
  2. A polygraph test involves the injection of a drug, sodium pentothal, which induces a hypnotic state in which the subject’s imagination is neutralised, and they are expected to divulge information that is true.

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. A polygraph test is based on the assumption that physiological responses that are triggered when a person is lying are different from what they would be otherwise.  Narcoanalysis involves the injection of a drug, sodium pentothal, which induces a hypnotic state in which the subject’s imagination is neutralised, and they are expected to divulge information that is true.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-issues-of-consent-reliability-in-narco-and-polygraph-tests-6682709/

Q7. With reference to the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), consider the following statements:

  1. It comprises mainly a Maritime Silk Road, connecting China to the rest of the world.
  2. So far it covers only around 20 countries, accounting for about 40 per cent of the world’s population and around one-third of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

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. It comprises a Silk Road Economic Belt that links China with south east Asia, south Asia, Central Asia, Russia and Europe by land and Maritime Silk Road, connecting China’s coastal regions with south east and south Asia, the South Pacific, the Middle East and Eastern Africa, all the way to Europe.  So far it covers over 70 countries, accounting for about 65 per cent of the world’s population and around one-third of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

https://www.ebrd.com/what-we-do/belt-and-road/overview.html

Q8. Consider the following statements regarding the concept of the contempt of court in India:

  1. This concept is not an Indian innovation and has been used during the British rule in India.
  2. Both the civil as well as criminal contempt are equally used 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

Option A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. There were pre-Independence laws of contempt in India. Besides the early High Courts, the courts of some princely states also had such laws. When the Constitution was adopted, contempt of court was made one of the restrictions on freedom of speech and expression. Separately, Article 129 of the Constitution conferred on the Supreme Court the power to punish contempt of itself. Article 215 conferred a corresponding power on the High Courts. The Contempt of Courts Act, 1971, gives statutory backing to the idea.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Civil contempt is fairly simple. It is mostly used in India. It is committed when someone wilfully disobeys a court order, or wilfully breaches an undertaking given to court. Criminal contempt is more complex. It consists of three forms: (a) words, written or spoken, signs and actions that “scandalise” or “tend to scandalise” or “lower” or “tends to lower” the authority of any court (b) prejudices or interferes with any judicial proceeding and (c) interferes with or obstructs the administration of justice.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/the-hindu-explains-what-is-contempt-of-court/article32249810.ece

Ques  Ans:

1-(b)

2-(c)

3-(c)

4-(a)

5-(b)

6-(d)

7-(d)

8-(a)