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

  1. The status of party is accorded by the Election Commission of India, and the same is reviewed occasionally. 
  2.  All parties are registered with the Election Commission.

 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. India has a multi-party system, where political parties are classified as national, state or regional level parties. The status of party is accorded by the Election Commission of India, and the same is reviewed occasionally. All parties are registered with the Election Commission.
A special and unique election symbol is given to every registered party by the Election Commission.

https://www.elections.in/political-parties-in-india/

Q2. With reference to the Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana , consider the following statements:

  1. The scheme has replaced the existing two schemes National Agricultural InsuranceScheme as well as the Modified National Agricultural InsuranceScheme.
  2. There is upper limit of 12% on the Government subsidy, 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 scheme has replaced the existing two schemes National Agricultural Insurance Scheme as well as the Modified National Agricultural Insurance Scheme.     

Statement 2 is incorrect. There is no upper limit on Government subsidy. Even if balance premium is 90%, it will be borne by the Government.

https://vikaspedia.in/agriculture/agri-insurance/pradhan-mantri-fasal-bima-yojana

Q3. With reference to the Government Security (G-Sec), consider the following statements:

  1. G-Sec is a non-tradeable instrument issued by the Central Government or the State Governments.
  2. In India, the State Government issues both, treasury bills and bonds or dated securities while the Central Governments issue only bonds or dated securities.

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. G-Sec is a tradeable instrument issued by the Central Government or the State Governments. It acknowledges the Government’s debt obligation. In India, the Central Government issues both, treasury bills and bonds or dated securities while the State Governments issue only bonds or dated securities, which are called the State Development Loans (SDLs).

https://m.rbi.org.in/Scripts/FAQView.aspx?Id=79#:~:text=1.2%20A%20Government%20Security%20(G,acknowledges%20the%20Government's%20debt%20obligation.&text=Treasury%20bills%20are%20zero%20coupon,the%20face%20value%20at%20maturity.

Q4. Which one of the following countries has recently approved a plan to build the world’s first energy island in the North Sea?

(a) Denmark    

 (b) France

 (c) USA

 (d) UK

Option A is correct. Denmark has approved a plan to build the world’s first energy island in the North Sea that will produce and store enough green energy to cover the electricity needs of three million European households.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2021/2/4/denmark-to-create-worlds-first-energy-island-in-the-north-sea

Q5. Recently, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) initiated ‘Project NETRA’, for which one of the following objectives?

(a) To ensure the recovery of the launch vehicles              

 (b) To detect debris and other hazards to Indian satellites            

 (c) To keep surveillance on the foreign satellites

 (d) To launch Chandrayaan-2 successfully

Option B is correct. In the middle of its two-month Chandrayaan-2 campaign, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) last month quietly initiated ‘Project NETRA’ – an early warning system in space to detect debris and other hazards to Indian satellites.

https://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/isro-initiates-project-netra-to-safeguard-indian-space-assets-from-debris-and-other-harm/article29497795.ece

Q6. Which of the following statements is/are correct with respect to the river Teesta?

  1. Teesta river originates from Tso Lhamo lake of Kashmir Himalayas.
  2. It forms a boundary between India and Pakistan.

 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 D is correct.

Both statements are incorrect. Teesta river originates from Tso Lhamo lake of north Sikkim Himalayas. It forms a boundary between Sikkim and West Bengal and eventually enters Bangladesh where it flows into river Brahmaputra.               

https://www.darjeeling-tourism.com/darj_000171.htm

Q7. The ‘Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage’, often seen in the news, is associated with

(a) Nuclear arms race

(b) Climate change

(c) Space diplomacy

(d) Poverty alleviation

Option B is correct.  The Warsaw International Mechanism on Loss and Damage (WIM), at the 25th session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in December 2019, provided an opportunity to take stock of progress towards establishing processes to address losses and damages and to find common ground on which meaningful work can be undertaken to protect vulnerable populations in particularly vulnerable countries.

https://www.lse.ac.uk/granthaminstitute/publication/addressing-the-impacts-of-climate-change-through-an-effective-warsaw-international-mechanism-on-loss-and-damage/

Q8. With reference to the National Food Security Act, (NFSA) 2013, consider the following statements:

  1. The Act legally entitles upto 50% of the rural population and 75% of the urban population to receive subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System. 
  2. The act is being implemented in all the States/UTs, on an all India basis.

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 Act legally entitles upto 75% of the rural population and 50% of the urban population to receive subsidized foodgrains under Targeted Public Distribution System. 

Statement 2 is correct. The act is being implemented in all the States/UTs, on an all India basis.

https://dfpd.gov.in/nfsa-act.htm

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(d)

4-(a)

5-(b)

6-(d)

7-(b)

8-(b)