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

  1. One District One Product is an initiative which is seen as a transformational step forward towards realizing the true potential of a district, fuel economic growth and generate employment and rural entrepreneurship.
  2. District Export Promotion Committee (DEPC) have been constituted in all Districts of India, except districts of the state of West Bengal. 

 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. One District One Product is an initiative which is seen as a transformational step forward towards realizing the true potential of a district, fuel economic growth and generate employment and rural entrepreneurship. District Export Promotion Committee (DEPC) have been constituted in all Districts of India, except districts of the state of West Bengal. 

pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1694805#:~:text=One%20District%20One%20Product%20Scheme&text=One%20District%20One%20Product%20(ODOP,the%20goal%20of%20AtmaNirbhar%20Bharat.

Q2. With reference to the Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a welfare measure being implemented by the Employee's State Insurance Corporation.
  2. It offers cash compensation to insured persons when they are rendered unemployed.

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. Atal Bimit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana is a welfare measure being implemented by the Employee's State Insurance (ESI) Corporation. It offers cash compensation to insured persons when they are rendered unemployed. The Scheme was introduced w.e.f. 01-07-2018. The scheme is implemented on pilot basis for a period of two years initially. The scheme has been extended upto 20 June 2021.

https://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/unorganised-sector-1/schemes-unorganised-sector/atal-beemit-vyakti-kalyan-yojana

Q3. The multi-million Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project, which is supposed to connect India’s North-East with Myanmar, is being developed in the Indian state of

(a) Manipur

 (b) Arunachal Pradesh

 (c) Assam

 (d) Mizoram

Option D is correct. The multi-million Kaladan Multi Modal Transit Transport Project, which is supposed to connect India’s North-East with Myanmar, is being developed in the Indian state of Mizoram.

https://thediplomat.com/2020/10/incomplete-kaladan-project-may-delay-india-myanmar-connectivity-plans/

Q4. With reference to the Lithium metal, consider the following statements:

  1. Under standard conditions, it is the lightest metal and the lightest solid element.
  2. Recently, its deposits have been found in the Indian state of Gujarat, for the first time.

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. Under standard conditions, it is the lightest metal and the lightest solid element.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Preliminary surveys by the Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD), are learnt to have shown the presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium resources in the igneous rocks of the Marlagalla-Allapatna region of Karnataka’s Mandya district.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/looking-for-lithium-toehold-india-finds-a-small-deposit-in-karnataka-7141303/

Q5. With reference to the National Rail Plan, consider the following statements:

  1. As part of the National Rail Plan, Vision 2024 has been launched for accelerated implementation of certain critical projects by 2024 such as 100% electrification, multi-tracking of congested routes, among others.
  2. The objective of the Plan is to create capacity ahead of demand by 2030 and also increase the modal share of Railways from 27% currently to 45% in freight by 2030 as part of a national commitment to reduce Carbon emission.

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. As part of the National Rail Plan, Vision 2024 has been launched for accelerated implementation of certain critical projects by 2024 such as 100% electrification, multi-tracking of congested routes, among others. The objective of the Plan is to create capacity ahead of demand by 2030 and also increase the modal share of Railways from 27% currently to 45% in freight by 2030 as part of a national commitment to reduce Carbon emission.

https://www.pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1681727

Q6. Consider the following statements:

  1. Ethanol Blended Petrol programme was launched recently, for the first time in the country.
  2. The government directed for supply of 5% ethanol blended Petrol, under the programme.

 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 Government of India decided to launch Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme in January, 2003 for supply of 5% ethanol blended Petrol. Subsequent to this, Ethanol Blended Petrol programme was launched in January, 2003 in 9 States i.e. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Goa, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and 4 Union Territories. Hence, statement 2 is correct.

https://vikaspedia.in/energy/policy-support/renewable-energy-1/biofuels/ethanol-blended-petrol-programme#:~:text=In%20India%2C%20ethanol%20is%20mainly,sugarcane%20molasses%20by%20fermentation%20process.&text=Ethanol%20Blended%20Petrol%20(EBP)%20programme,import%20dependency%20for%20energy%20requirements.

Q7. A term Orobanche seen recently, in the news, is/are

(a) Species of aquatic animals

 (b) Newly GI tagged food item

(c) Recently discovered virus

(d) Root holoparasites

Option D is correct. Broomrape weeds (Orobanche and Phelipanche spp.) are root holoparasites that feed off a wide range of important crops.

https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpls.2016.01409/full

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. In order to promote potential technology solutions for enhancing farm mechanization with special emphasis on women friendly equipments, a hackathon named “KRITAGYA” is being conducted by the NITI Aayog.
  2. The ICAR commenced National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), a Government of India and World Bank project, with the overall objective to support the National Agricultural Research and Education System in providing more relevant and better quality education to the students.

 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. In order to promote potential technology solutions for enhancing farm mechanization with special emphasis on women friendly equipments, a hackathon named “KRITAGYA” is being conducted by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).

Statement 2 is correct. The ICAR commenced National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP), a Government of India and World Bank project, with the overall objective to support the National Agricultural Research and Education System in providing more relevant and better quality education to the students.

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1658055

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(c)

3-(d)

4-(a)

5-(c)

6-(b)

7-(d)

8-(b)