Q1. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. The 15thFinance Commission in its interim report for 2020-21, had reduced the share of states in the divisible pool of central taxes by one percentage point to 41%.
  2. The report has introduced a new criteria, the “tax effect", for states with 2.5% weightage.

 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 15th Finance Commission in its interim report for 2020-21, had reduced the share of states in the divisible pool of central taxes by one percentage point to 41%, factoring in the conversion of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two Union territories.

The FFC report has introduced a new criteria, the “tax effect", for states, with 2.5% weightage, while significantly reducing the weight for income distance from 50% to 45%.

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/15th-finance-commission-cuts-states-share-of-central-taxes-to-41-vs-42-11580542890109.html

Q2. Consider the following statements:

  1. Recently, the MITRA scheme has been proposed to enable textile industry to become globally competitive, attract large investments, boost employment generation and exports. 
  2. One textile park will be established in every Indian state as per the scheme. 

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 Centre has proposed a Scheme of Mega Investment Textiles Parks (MITRA) to enable textile industry to become globally competitive, attract large investments, boost employment generation and exports. 

Statement 2 is incorrect. Seven textile parks will be established over a period of three years. 

https://www.projectstoday.com/News/Centre-announces-launch-of-Mega-Investment-Textiles-Parks-Scheme#:~:text=The%20Centre%20has%20proposed%20a,create%20global%20promoters%20in%20exports.

Q3. Consider the following statements regarding the National e-Vidhan Application (NeVA) Project, often seen in the news:

  1. The central government will be solely responsible for its implementation.
  2. NeVA aims to bring all the legislatures of the country together, in one platform thereby creating a massive data depository without having the complexity of multiple applications.

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. For implementation of e-Vidhan MMP for achieving paperless state legislature and electronic information services delivery to legislators and other stakeholders, tripartite memorandum of understanding will be signed among MoPA, Government of India, Government of State and State Legislatures.

Statement 2 is correct. NeVA aims to bring all the legislatures of the country together, in one platform thereby creating a massive data depository without having the complexity of multiple applications.                https://pib.gov.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=186569

Q4. Consider the following pairs:

  1. Muktoshri - arsenic-resistant variety of wheat
  2. Mount Aconcagua - Europe
  3. Pangolins - Long-snouted ant-eating mammals 

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

 (a) 1 and 2 only

 (b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1 and 3 only

Option C is correct.

  1. Muktoshri - arsenic-resistant variety of rice
  2. Mount Aconcagua - Highest Mountain in South America
  3. Pangolins - Long-snouted ant-eating mammals 

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/west-bengal-government-comes-up-with-new-type-of-rice-muktoshri/articleshow/55349560.cms

https://www.livescience.com/41702-aconcagua.html

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00364-2

Q5. Consider the following statements:

The climate in state ranges from sub-tropical to temperate depending on the altitude of the land. The average rainfall recorded here is 300 cm. The state is also known as the 'Land of Dawn-Lit Mountainous', as it is encompassed by the mountain ranges. Orchids, Bamboos, Rhododendrons and Oaks are some of the important plants that comprise the biodiversity here.

Which one of the following states of India has been referred here?

(a) Himachal Pradesh

 (b) Meghalaya

(c) Assam

(d) Arunachal Pradesh

Option D is correct. The climate in Arunachal Pradesh ranges from sub-tropical to temperate depending on the altitude of the land. The average rainfall recorded here is 300 cm. The state also known as the 'Land of Dawn-Lit Mountainous', as it is encompassed by the mountain ranges. Orchids, Bamboos, Rhododendrons and Oaks are some of the important plants that comprise the biodiversity here.

https://www.mapsofindia.com/arunachal-pradesh/geography.html

Q6. With reference to temple architecture of Vijayanagar empire, consider the following statements:

  1. The use of brick and stucco for the superstructures of the temples and the gateways in the empire, indicates the continuity of the temple building tradition of the Kakatiyas and the Telugu cola period in the Andhra region.
  2. The Nagara style of architecture is completely absent.

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 use of brick and stucco for the superstructures of the temples and the gateways in the empire, indicates the continuity of the temple building tradition of the Kakatiyas and the Telugu cola period in the Andhra region.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The Devi and the Garuda shrines in the case of Vaisnava temples and the Devi shrine in the Saiva temples are a common feature. Such temples are also found north India.

https://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/126655/9/09_chapter%204.pdf

 Q7. Consider the following pairs:

 National Park/Wildlife Sanctuary     State

  1. Jaldapara National Park -   Assam
  2. Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary - Telangana
  3. Anshi National Park - Karnataka

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

 (a) 1 and 3 only

 (b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Option C is correct.

  1. Jaldapara National Park - West Bengal
  2. Kawal Wildlife Sanctuary - Telangana
  3. Anshi National Park - Karnataka

https://www.karnataka.com/karwar/anshi-national-park/

https://www.wbtourismgov.in/destination/place/jaldapara

https://www.telanganatourism.gov.in/partials/destinations/wildlife/mancherial/kawal-wildlife-sanctuary.html

Q8. With reference to the ‘Khelo India’ Programme of India, consider the following statements:

  1. Talented players are identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels, by the High-Powered Committee, but no financial assistance is provided under the programme.
  2. The first-ever Khelo India University Games were held in the state of 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 D is correct. 

Both statements are incorrect. Talented players are identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels, by the High-Powered Committee and provided with an annual financial assistance of 5 lakh rupees, for 8 years. The first-ever Khelo India University Games would be held in Odisha.

https://kheloindia.gov.in/about

http://www.newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=381715              

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(c)

5-(d)

6-(a)

7-(c)

8-(d)