Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform has been launched recently by NITI Aayog in the country.
  2. Designed on the philosophy of ‘everyone is an innovator’, the platform will bring together Citizen Organisations-Academia- Businesses- Government to co-create for the future of Urban India in a transparent and sustainable manner.

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 City Innovation Exchange (CiX) platform was launched by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Statement 2 is correct. Designed on the philosophy of ‘everyone is an innovator’, the platform will bring together Citizen Organisations-Academia- Businesses- Government to co-create for the future of Urban India in a transparent and sustainable manner.

pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1700855

Q2. With reference to the North-East Cane and Bamboo Development Council, consider the following statements:

  1. The council was incorporated with the objective of organizing the hitherto untapped bamboo sector of North East India which is a significant occupant of its topography, culture and customary practices since time immemorial.
  2. It was established on the basis of the recommendations made by Shekatkar committee.

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 North-East Cane and Bamboo Development Council was incorporated with the objective of organizing the hitherto untapped bamboo sector of North East India which is a significant occupant of its topography, culture and customary practices since time immemorial.     

Statement 2 is incorrect. It was established on the basis of the recommendations made by the various Working Groups, an idea took shape and this ultimately resulted in the formulation of the “Cane and Bamboo Technological Upgradation and Networking Project”.

https://necbdc.org.in/section/history-cbtc

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. With the implementation of National e-Assessment Scheme, India will be one of the few countries to have faceless assessment.
  2. It would be headed by the minister of Information and Broadcasting.

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. With the implementation of National e-Assessment Scheme, India will be one of the few countries to have faceless assessment.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The National e-Assessment Centre will be based in Delhi, and will look after the functioning of e-Assessment scheme. It would be headed by principal chief commissioner of income tax.

https://www.financialexpress.com/economy/national-e-assessment-centre-launched/1729495/

Q4. With reference to the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, consider the following statements:

  1. It was set up by the ministry of health, as an autonomous organization.
  2. It has been entrusted to render assistance to the Central Government in the parliamentary matters relating to the drug pricing.

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. NPPA was set up as an attached office of the Department of Pharmaceuticals in 1990s.

Statement 2 is correct. It has been entrusted to render assistance to the Central Government in the parliamentary matters relating to the drug pricing.

https://pharmaceuticals.gov.in/national-pharmaceutical-pricing-authority

Q5. With reference to the Hedge funds, often seen in the news, consider the following statements:

  1. Hedge funds are alternative investments using pooled fundsthat employ different strategies to earn active return, for their investors. 
  2. These funds are generally only accessible to accredited investors as they require less SEC regulations than other funds.

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.

Statement 1 is correct. Hedge funds are alternative investments using pooled funds that employ different strategies to earn active return, for their investors. 

Statement 2 is correct. Hedge funds are generally only accessible to accredited investors as they require less SEC regulations than other funds.

https://www.investopedia.com/terms/h/hedgefund.asp

Q6. Consider the following countries:

  1. Jordan
  2. Iraq
  3. Syria

Which of the countries given above is/are bordered by Dead sea?

(a) 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1 only

Option D is correct. The Dead Sea is bordered by Jordan to the east and Israel and the West Bank to the west. It lies in the Jordan Rift Valley, and its main tributary is the Jordan River. It is 80 km long and 18 km wide. The depth is 400 m below normal sea level and at certain points is twice as deep.

https://www.thehindu.com/children/sea-of-salt/article29691397.ece

Q7. Consider the following statements regarding the Fishing cats, sometimes seen in the news:

  1. The fishing cat is listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List, which means that it faces a high threat of extinction.
  2. In India, fishing cats are mainly found in the Greater Himalayas.

 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 fishing cat is listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List, which means that it faces a high threat of extinction in wild.

Statement 2 is incorrect. In India, fishing cats are mainly found in the mangrove forests of the Sundarbans, on the foothills of the Himalayas along the Ganga and Brahmaputra river valleys and in the Western Ghats.

https://www.wwfindia.org/about_wwf/priority_species/lesser_known_species/fishing_cat/

Q8. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. The eastern coast of India gets more affected by the cyclones than the western coast.
  2. Tropical depression is a predominant occurrence in the Indo-Gangetic plains and this phenomenon is highly responsible for the cyclone formation in the Bay of 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.

Statement 1 is correct. The western coast sees fewer cyclones than the eastern coast.

Statement 2 is correct. Tropical depression is a predominant occurrence in the Indo-Gangetic plains and this phenomenon is highly responsible for the cyclone formation in the Bay of Bengal.

 https://www.businessinsider.in/science/environment/news/indias-western-coast-is-hit-by-fewer-cyclones-than-the-eastern-coast/articleshow/76155579.cms

Ques  Ans:

1-(b)

2-(a)

3-(a)

4-(b)

5-(c)

6-(d)

7-(a)

8-(c)