Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. The National Cancer Tissue Biobank has been established at IIT Madras as a joint venture between Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and IIT Madras. 
  2. The project aims to attract voluntary contribution of cancer tissues by individual patients and treating doctors/institutions. 

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 Cancer Tissue Biobank has been established at IIT Madras as a joint venture between Department of Science and Technology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India and IIT Madras. The project aims to attract voluntary contribution of cancer tissues by individual patients and treating doctors/institutions.      

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1583005

Q2. It is a disease outbreak that spreads across countries or continents. It affects more people and takes more lives. There’s no sure way to prevent the spread of disease. It causes economic and social problems because so many people are ill or can’t work. Which one of the following conditions has been referred here?

(a) Pandemic    

(b) Syndemic    

(c) Endemic       

(d) Epidemic

Option A is correct. A pandemic is a disease outbreak that spreads across countries or continents. It affects more people and takes more lives. There’s no sure way to prevent the spread of disease. It causes economic and social problems because so many people are ill or can’t work.

https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/what-are-epidemics-pandemics-outbreaks

Q3. With reference to the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide medicines to the masses, free of cost.
  2. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency for PMBJP.

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. Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Pariyojana (PMBJP) is a campaign launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals to provide quality medicines at affordable prices to the masses. PMBJP stores have been set up to provide generic drugs, which are available at lesser prices but are equivalent in quality and efficacy as expensive branded drugs. It was launched by the Department of Pharmaceuticals in November 2008 under the name Jan Aushadi Campaign.

Statement 2 is correct. Bureau of Pharma PSUs of India (BPPI) is the implementation agency for PMBJP.

https://vikaspedia.in/health/health-campaigns/pradhan-mantri-bhartiya-janaushadhi-pariyojana

Q4. With reference to the Central Advisory Board of Education, consider the following statements:

  1. It has been established recently under the provisions of National Education Policy, 2020.
  2. The idea that there should be a central Advisory Board of Education was first put forward by the first Prime minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru.

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 Central Advisory Board of Education, the oldest and the most important advisory body of the Government of India in education was first established in 1920 and dissolved in 1923 as a measure of economy. It was revived in 1935 and has been in existence ever since. The idea that there should be a central Advisory Board of Education was first put forward by the Calcutta University Commission (1917-19) which felt "that the Government of India could perform an invaluable function by defining the general aims of educational policy, by giving advice and assistance to local governments and to the development of educational ideas in the various provinces, and also elsewhere than in India."

https://www.education.gov.in/sites/upload_files/mhrd/files/document-reports/Brief%20History.pdf

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan was formally launched by the Ministry of Education in 2014.
  2. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors in responding to the development needs of rural 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 C is correct.

Both statements are correct. Unnat Bharat Abhiyan was formally launched by the Ministry of Education in 2014. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between society and an inclusive academic system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors in responding to the development needs of rural India.

https://unnatbharatabhiyan.gov.in/introduction

Q6. One Stop Centre scheme, often seen in news, is associated with

(a) The digital literacy

 (b) The welfare of women

(c) The prevention of communicable diseases

(d) Public Distribution System

Option B is correct. One Stop Centres (OSCs) are intended to support women affected by violence, in private and public spaces, within the family, community and at the workplace. Women facing physical, sexual, emotional, psychological and economic abuse, irrespective of age, class, caste, education status, marital status, race and culture will be facilitated with support and redressal.

http://sakhi.gov.in/assets/site/main/resource_directory/1580720897_OSC_G.pdf

Q7. Which of the following forms part of the Model Code of Conduct, during elections in India?

  1. Public places such as maidens etc., for holding election meetings, and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections, shall not be allowed for the contesting parties.
  2. The carrying of effigies purporting to represent member of other political parties and burning such effigies in public, shall not be countenanced by any political party or candidate.

 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 B is correct.

Statement 1 is incorrect. Public places such as maidens etc., for holding election meetings, and use of helipads for air-flights in connection with elections shall not be monopolized by itself. Other parties and candidates shall be allowed the use of such places and facilities on the same terms and conditions on which they are used by the party in power.

Statement 2 is correct. The carrying of effigies purporting to represent member of other political parties and burning such effigies in public, shall not be countenanced by any political party or candidate.

https://eci.gov.in/mcc/

Q8. Which of the following health conditions is caused by Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), often seen in the news?

(a) Weakening of bones              

 (b) Damage of the skin tissues

 (c) Obesity

 (d) Brain degeneration

Option D is correct. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) is the term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas. CTE is a diagnosis made only at autopsy by studying sections of the brain.

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy/symptoms-causes/syc-20370921

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(d)

5-(c)

6-(b)

7-(b)

8-(d)