Q1. Consider the following statements:

He was a great leader, historian, social and religious reformer. His ideology of nationalism and zealous patriotism earned him the title, 'Punjab Kesari' and 'Lion of Punjab'. He also led a silent march against the Simon Commission in 1928.

Which one of the following personalities has been referred here?

(a) Surendranath Banerjee         

(b) Lala Lajpat Rai            

(c) Lala Hardayal              

(d) Gopal Krishna Gokhale

Option B is correct. Lala Lajpat Rai was a great leader, historian, social and religious reformer. His ideology of nationalism and zealous patriotism earned him the title, 'Punjab Kesari' and 'Lion of Punjab'. He also led a silent march against the Simon Commission in 1928.

https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/lala-lajpat-rai-birth-anniversary-pm-modi-pays-tribute-2359159

Q2. With reference to the Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana (SSY), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a savings scheme launched as part of the Government initiative Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign. 
  2. The account can be opened by legal guardians of the girl child provided that the girl must be an Indian resident.

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. It is a savings scheme launched back in 2015 as part of the Government initiative Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao campaign. The account can be opened by legal guardians of the girl child provided that the girl must be an Indian resident.        

https://groww.in/calculators/sukanya-samriddhi-yojana-calculator/

Q3. With reference to the Recombinant DNA technology, consider the following statements:

  1. Recombinant DNA technology comprises altering genetic material outside an organism to obtain enhanced and desired characteristics in living organisms or as their products.
  2. This technology involves the insertion of DNA fragments from a variety of sources, having a desirable gene sequence via appropriate vector.

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. Recombinant DNA technology comprises altering genetic material outside an organism to obtain enhanced and desired characteristics in living organisms or as their products. This technology involves the insertion of DNA fragments from a variety of sources, having a desirable gene sequence via appropriate vector.

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ijg/2016/2405954/

Q4. Consider the following statements with respect to the International Energy Agency (IEA), sometime seen in the news:

  1. The oil crisis of 1973-74 led to the creation of the IEA.
  2. India was one among the founding members of the agency.

 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 oil crisis of 1973-74 led to the creation of the IEA in 1974.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The IEA’s founding members were Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway (under a special Agreement), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States. They were followed by Greece (1976), New Zealand (1977), Australia (1979), Portugal (1981), Finland (1992), France (1992), Hungary (1997), Czech Republic (2001), Republic of Korea (2002), Slovak Republic (2007), Poland (2008), Estonia (2014), and Mexico (2018). India is not one among them.

https://www.iea.org/about/history

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. Khangkyong plateau is the only link between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats.
  2. The Moyar River is an east flowing river originates in the Mudumalai, Bandipur, and Wayanad National Parks draining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

 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. Sigur plateau is the only link between the Western Ghats and the Eastern Ghats.

Statement 2 is correct. The Moyar River is an east flowing river originates in the Mudumalai, Bandipur, and Wayanad National Parks draining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

https://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/whose-corridor-is-it-38297

https://www.ootycottages.com/places-to-visit-in-masinagudi-moyar-river/

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Indian Official Secrets Act, 1904 was introduced for the first time, during the tenure of Lord Ripon as the Viceroy of India.
  2. It only deals with the punishments for spying against the ruling authority.

 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. The Indian Official Secrets Act, 1904 was introduced for the first time, during the tenure of Lord Curzon as the Viceroy of India. It broadly deals with two aspects — spying or espionage, covered under Section 3, and disclosure of other secret information of the government, under Section 5.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/what-is-official-secrets-act-6603218/

Q7. With reference to the Minimum Support Price (MSP), consider the following statements:

  1. MSP is announced for the coconut oil, but not for copra.
  2. It is announced on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.

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. The Union Cabinet has recently increased the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of copra for the 2021 season by Rs 375 to Rs 10,335 per quintal.

Statement 2 is correct. It is announced on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/cabinet-increases-msp-of-copra-to-rs-10335-7164738/

Q8. With reference to the Civil Services of India, consider the following statements:

  1. The Lee Commission, in 1924 recommended that the statutory Public Service Commission should be established in India.
  2. The Central Civil Services are classified into Group A gazette officers, who are appointed by the President of India himself and Group B gazette officers, who are appointed by President-ordered authorities.

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. The Lee Commission, in 1924 recommended that the statutory Public Service Commission should be established in India. The Central Civil Services are classified into Group A gazette officers, who are appointed by the President of India himself and Group B gazette officers, who are appointed by President-ordered authorities.           

https://www.indiatoday.in/education-today/featurephilia/story/civil-services-categories-319249-2016-04-21       

Ques Ans:

1-(b)

2-(c)

3-(c)

4-(a)

5-(b)

6-(d)

7-(b)

8-(c)