Q1. Consider the following statements regarding the sixth schedule of the Indian Constitution:

  1. The Sixth Schedule discriminates against the non-tribal residents in various ways and infringes upon their fundamental rights, like the right to equality before law, right against discrimination and the right to settle anywhere in India. 
  2. The Sixth Schedule consists of provisions for the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram, according toArticle 244 of the Indian Constitution. 

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 Sixth Schedule discriminates against the non-tribal residents in various ways and infringes upon their fundamental rights, like the right to equality before law (Article 14), right against discrimination (Article 15), and the right to settle anywhere in India (Article 19). The Sixth Schedule consists of provisions for the administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram, according to Article 244 of the Indian Constitution.

     

Q2. With reference to the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, consider the following statements:

  1. The act grants citizenship to the Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jains and Parsis, from all the neighbouring countries who had arrived in India before 31 December 2014.
  2. The act will also apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime.

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.  The act grants citizenship to the Hindus, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhist, Jains and Parsis, from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan eligible for citizenship.The act will not apply to states that have the inner-line permit regime (Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Mizoram).

 

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Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. The GST Compensation Cess Act, 2017 provides for levy of cess for the purpose of providing compensation to the states for loss of revenue arising due to implementation of GST for a period specified in the Act.
  2. For the purpose of calculating the compensation amount in any financial year, year 2015-16 was assumed as the base year.

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 GST Compensation Cess Act, 2017 provides for levy of cess for the purpose of providing compensation to the states for loss of revenue arising due to implementation of GST for a period specified in the Act. For the purpose of calculating the compensation amount in any financial year, year 2015-16 was assumed as the base year.

 

Q4. With reference to the rare diseases, consider the following statements:

  1. The National Policy for Rare Diseases 2020, has been released recently by NITI Aayog.
  2. Under it, the government has proposed financial support of up to ₹15 lakh under an umbrella scheme of the Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi for those rare diseases that require a one-time treatment.

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 National Policy for Rare Diseases 2020, has been released recently by the union health ministry.                

Statement 2 is correct. Under it, the government has proposed financial support of up to ₹15 lakh under an umbrella scheme of the Rashtriya Arogya Nidhi for those rare diseases that require a one-time treatment.

 

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. The three ‘western rivers’ (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab) went to Pakistan and the three ‘eastern rivers’ (Sutlej, Ravi and Beas) were portioned to India, under the Indus Water Treaty, 1960.
  2. According to the Treaty, India has not been given the right to generate hydroelectricity through run of the river projects on the western rivers.

 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 three ‘western rivers’ (Indus, Jhelum and Chenab) went to Pakistan and the three ‘eastern rivers’ (Sutlej, Ravi and Beas) were portioned to India, under the Indus Water Treaty, 1960.           

Statement 2 is incorrect. According to the Treaty, India has been given the right to generate hydroelectricity through run of the river projects on the western rivers subject to specific criteria for design and operation. The Treaty also gives right to Pakistan to raise objections on design of Indian hydroelectric projects on western rivers.

 

Q6. Consider the following statements regarding the ‘Sugamya Bharat Abhiyan’:

  1. It is an initiative of the ministry of home affairs. 
  2. Converting 50% of all the government buildings of National Capital and all the State capitals into fully accessible buildings, is one of the target of this campaign.

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. It is an initiative of the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities. 

Statement 2 is correct. Converting 50% of all the government buildings of National Capital and all the State capitals into fully accessible buildings, is one of the target of the campaign.

 

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple is built in the unique Chera style of architecture, and its main deity, Lord Vishnu is found in the Anantha Shayana posture on Adishesha.
  2. The main idol is made of red sandstones.

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. Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple  is built in the unique Chera style of architecture, and its main deity, Lord Vishnu is found in the Anantha Shayana posture on Adishesha.

Statement 2 is incorrect. The main idol is made of saligram stones, transported from the Gandaki river in Nepal.

 

Q8. Consider the following statements regarding the United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA):

  1. UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency. 
  2. State of World Population Report is an annual publication of the UNFPA.

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. UNFPA is the United Nations sexual and reproductive health agency.  State of World Population Report is an annual publication of the UNFPA.

 

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(d)

3-(c)

4-(b)

5-(a)

6-(b)

7-(a)

8-(c)