Q1. With reference to the partition of Bengal, consider the following statements:

  1. The movement was not supported by the Muslims of East Bengal.
  2. In 1947, Bengal was partitioned for the second time, solely on religious grounds, as part of the Partition of India following the formation of India and Pakistan.

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 movement was not supported by the Muslims because the Muslims in East Bengal had hoped that a separate region would give them more control and hence, they opposed the movement. In 1947, Bengal was partitioned for the second time, solely on religious grounds, as part of the Partition of India following the formation of India and Pakistan.

 

Q2. With reference to the famous Sattriya dance, consider the following statements:

  1. Sattriya dance is devotional in nature as it is intended for propagation of neo-Vaishnavism.
  2. It has special mnemonic bols, typical Manipuri music known as Borgeet, musical instruments like large cymbals, drums, besides complicated choreographic patterns using various talas for each stanza sung by the vocalist.

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. Sattriya dance is devotional in nature as it is intended for propagation of neo-Vaishnavism.                                  

Statement 2 is incorrect. It has special mnemonic bols, typical Assamese music known as Borgeet, musical instruments like large cymbals, drums, besides complicated choreographic patterns using various talas for each stanza sung by the vocalist.      

 

Q3. With reference to India’s culture, what is ‘Kalaripayattu’?

(a) It is an ancient bhakti cult of Kerala   

 (b) It is an ancient style bronze and brasswork found in the Coromandel area.

 (c) It is ancient form of dance-drama famous in the Malabar region.        

 (d) It is the martial art form of Kerala.

Option D is correct. Kalaripayattu is the martial art form of Kerala. Kalaripayattu's influence can be seen in most of the art forms of Kerala.

 

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. ‘Bijak’ is a composition of teachings of saint Kabirdas.
  2. The philosophy of Pushti Marg was propounded by Vallabhacharya.

 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. Bijak’ is a composition of teachings of saint Kabirdas. Vallabhacharya was a Hindu philosopher and founder of the important Vallabhacharya (or Vallabha Sampradaya) devotional sect, also known as the Pushtimarg.

 

Q5. With reference to the eco-sensitive zones, consider the following statements:

  1. Eco-sensitive zones are areas that are declared under the Wildlife protection act, 1972.
  2. The National Wildlife Action Plan 2017-2031 calls for properly demarcating the boundaries of protected areas and carrying out zonation for their effective management. 

 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. Eco-sensitive zones are areas that are declared under the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986.

Statement 2 is correct. The National Wildlife Action Plan 2017-2031 calls for properly demarcating the boundaries of protected areas and carrying out zonation for their effective management.          

 

Q6. Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding the Whip in Indian Parliament?

  1. The chief whip is a counsellor of members but he can’t take part in debates and discussions inside the House.
  2. Any kind of Whip cannot be violated in India.

 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 A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. A whip is a shock absorber. He can’t take part in debates and discussions inside the House. Besides playing the role of an adviser to the party leaders, the chief whip is also a counsellor of members. Thus, the chief whip is the binding-force in the party.

Statement 2 is incorrect. A whip is a directive from the party that binds party members of a House to obey the line of the party. There are three kinds of whip. A one line whip is issued to inform the members about the vote; a two line whip is issued to inform the members to be present inside the House at the time of the vote; and a three line whip is issued directing members to vote according to the party line. In India, the three-line whip can be violated only if one-third of the legislators of a party decide to cast their vote against the party line.

 

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Recently, NITI Aayog launched a programme for the benefit of artisans involved in manufacturing of Agarbatti and to develop village industry under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’.
  2. Under this mission, Khadi and Village Industries Commission would provide training and assist artisans working in this area, with agarbatti manufacturing machines.

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. Recently, MSME approved a programme for the benefit of artisans involved in manufacturing of Agarbatti and to develop village industry under ‘Gramodyog Vikas Yojana’.

Statement 2 is correct. Under this mission, Khadi and Village Industries Commission would provide training and assist artisans working in this area, with agarbatti manufacturing machines.

 

Q8. With reference to the Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint sometimes seen in the news, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a voluntary partnership o formed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to prevent exposure to lead through promoting the phase-out of paints containing lead.
  2. Its partners have to Contribute financially or in-kind technical expertise to the development and implementation of activities.

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. It is a voluntary partnership formed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Health Organization (WHO), to prevent exposure to lead through promoting the phase-out of paints containing lead.

Statement 2 is correct. Its partners have to Contribute financially or in-kind technical expertise to the development and implementation of activities.

 

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(d)

4-(c)

5-(b)

6-(a)

7-(b)

8-(c)