Q1. The famous Battle of Saraighat in 1671, was fought by Ahom kingdom against the

(a) Portuguese

(b) Marathas

(c) British East India Company

(d) Mughal forces

Option D is correct. The famous Battle of Saraighat in 1671, was fought by Ahom kingdom against the Mughal forces.

https://theprint.in/pageturner/afterword/saraighat-battle-half-won/21419/

Q2. With reference to the National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejenuvation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (Prasad), consider the following statements:

  1. It was launched by NITI Aayog.
  2. It aims to identify and develop pilgrimage tourist destinations on the principles of high tourist visits, competitiveness and sustainibility in an integrated manner by synergizing efforts to focus on needs and concerns of all stakeholders.

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 Mission on Pilgrimage Rejenuvation and Spiritual Augmentation Drive (Prasad) was launched by the Ministry of Tourism.

Statement 2 is correct. It aims to identify and develop pilgrimage tourist destinations on the principles of high tourist visits, competitiveness and sustainibility in an integrated manner by synergizing efforts to focus on needs and concerns of all stakeholders to enrich religious/spiritual tourist experience and enhance employment opportunities.                              

 https://smartnet.niua.org/content/44686e4a-22db-4e1e-acc9-4178612b729b

Q3. Consider the following statements regarding the famous Khajuraho temples of India:

  1. Chandella dynasty is associated with the formation of these temples.
  2. All of these belong to the religion of Hinduism only.

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. Chandella dynasty is associated with the formation of these temples.      

Statement 2 is incorrect. They fall into three distinct groups and belong to two different religions – Hinduism and Jainism. 

https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/240/

Q4. NASA and ISRO are collaborating on developing a satellite called NISAR, for

(a) Detecting the plasma over Sun’s surface        

(b) Studying the Martian surface and atmosphere from orbit.

(c) Detecting movements of the planet’s surface

(d) Exploring the exoplanets.

Option C is correct. NISAR is an SUV-sized satellite that is being jointly developed by the space agencies of the US and India.   

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/nasa-isro-joint-mission-nisar-7246785/

Q5. Consider the following statements regarding the digital currency in India:

  1. The government of India has created its own digital currency.
  2. It has also prohibited all the private cryptocurrencies in India.

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 bill named 'Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill, 2021' will be introduced in the Parliament for consideration.
The government's move to create its own digital currency comes as countries like China have accelerated their plans to launch digital versions of their own currencies. China has been working on a digital yuan for over five years and is considered to be ahead in the race for digital sovereign currency. The Bill also seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India. However, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses.
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/stocks/news/govt-likely-to-introduce-bill-to-create-official-digital-currency-regulate-cryptocurrencies-in-budget-session/articleshow/80589753.cms

Q6. Satkosia tiger reserve, often seen in news, is located in the state of

(a) Odisha           

(b) Assam           

(c) Maharashtra

(d) Nagaland

Option A is correct. Satkosia tiger reserve, often seen in news, is located in the state of Odisha.

https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/odisha/2021/mar/26/satkosia-still-hopeful-of-tiger-translocation-plan-2281813.html

Q7. Shigmo is the celebration of a ‘rich, golden harvest of paddy’ by the tribal communities of

(a) Central highlands      

(b) Konkan region

(c) Gangetic region

(d) Himalayan region

Option B is correct. Shigmo is the celebration of a ‘rich, golden harvest of paddy’ by the tribal communities of Goa. Shigmo’ as it is called in Konkani, is another vibrant celebration full of colour, song and dance rooted in Goan culture and traditions.

https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-shigmo-festivities-goa-change-covid-19-7243176/

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. The National Tiger Conservation Authority Provides statutory authority to Project Tiger so that compliance of its directives become legal.
  2. It has been constituted under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

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 National Tiger Conservation Authority Provides statutory authority to Project Tiger so that compliance of its directives become legal. It has been constituted under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.                 

https://ntca.gov.in/about-us/#ministers

Ques  Ans:

1-(d)

2-(b)

3-(a)

4-(c)

5-(d)

6-(a)

7-(b)

8-(c)