Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Constitution of India promises to secure to all its citizens liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship as well as equality of status and opportunity.
  2. Fundamental rights are basic features of the constitution and but are not sacrosanct.

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 Constitution of India promises to secure to all its citizens, justice – social, economic and political; liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship; equality of status and opportunity; and to promote among them all, fraternity, assuring the dignity of the individual.               

Statement 2 is incorrect.  Fundamental rights are basic features of the constitution and are sacrosanct. 

https://thewire.in/law/supreme-court-pil-constitution-law

Q2. With reference to the post of Leader of Opposition in India, consider the following statements:

  1. The Leaders of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha are accorded statutory recognition.
  2. Salary and other suitable facilities are extended to them through a separate legislation.

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. In keeping with their important role, the Leaders of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha are accorded statutory recognition. Salary and other suitable facilities are extended to them through a separate legislation brought into force on 1 November 1977.

e-unihttps://knowindia.gov.in/profile/thon/leaders-of-opposition-in-parliament.php

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Kailash Range was the theatre of conflict during the 1962 Chinese offensive, with key battles at Rezang La and Gurung Hill.
  2. The range has a roughly northwest-southeast axis and lies to the north of a trough drained in the west by the Langqen river and in the east by the Damqog river.

 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 Kailash Range was the theatre of conflict during the 1962 Chinese offensive, with key battles at Rezang La and Gurung Hill. The range has a roughly northwest-southeast axis and lies to the north of a trough drained in the west by the Langqen river which is known as the Sutlej River in India and in the east by the Damqog river.   

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/kailash-range-importanct-aksai-chin-pla-india-china-relation-7188786/

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses.
  2. India is the biggest consumer of pulses in the world, but not the producer.

 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. Dried beans, lentils and peas are the most commonly known and consumed types of pulses.            

Statement 2 is incorrect. India is the biggest consumer as well as the producer of pulses in the world.

https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-pulses-day#:~:text=In%202019%2C%20the%20General%20Assembly,RES%2F73%2F251).

Q5. With reference to the Soil Health Card sheme of the government of India, consider the following statements:

  1. It is being implemented through the Department of Agriculture in the selective State and Union Territories.                
  2.  The scheme is promoted by the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.

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 Soil Health Card sheme is being implemented through the Department of Agriculture of all the State and Union Territory Governments.

 Statement 2 is correct. The sheme is a Government of India's scheme promoted by the Department of Agriculture & Co-operation under the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers' Welfare.

https://www.india.gov.in/spotlight/soil-health-card#tab=tab-1

Q6. Recently ISRO has developed ‘Bhuvan’, which is a/an

(a) Humanoid to travel into the space

 (b) Nano satellite            

 (c) Remote sensing satellite       

 (d) National Geo-portal comprising of Geo Spatial Data, Services and Tools

Option D is correct. Bhuvan, is the national Geo-portal developed and hosted by ISRO comprising of Geo Spatial Data, Services and Tools for Analysis. It has many versatile features, for Example (1) Visualization of Satellite Imagery and Maps (2) Analysis (3) Free Data Download and (4) Download Reports to name a few.

https://www.isro.gov.in/earth-observation/bhuvan

Q7. The Environmental Performance Index is released biennially by

(a) United Nations Environment Programme

(b) Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum

 (c) World Wildlife Fund for nature

(d)  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Option B is correct. The Environmental Performance Index is released biennially by Yale and Columbia Universities in collaboration with the World Economic Forum.

https://news.yale.edu/2018/01/23/2018-environmental-performance-index-air-quality-top-public-health-threat#:~:text=The%202018%20Environmental%20Performance%20Index,with%20the%20World%20Economic%20Forum.

Q8. The rare Mandarin duck was seen recently in Maguri-Motapung beel, which is located in the Indian state of

(a) Madhya Pradesh       

 (b) Uttar Pradesh

 (c) Tamil Nadu 

 (d) Assam

Option D is correct. The rare Mandarin duck was seen recently in Maguri-Motapung beel, which is located in the Indian state of Assam.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-why-a-rare-duck-has-created-a-flutter-in-upper-assam-7187927/

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3-(c)

4-(a)

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7-(b)

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