Q1. When is COVID-RTPCR done?

  1. All symptomatic individuals with influenza-like illness symptoms with a history of international travel in the last 14 days.
  2. All symptomatic individuals who are health care workers/frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of COVID19.
  3. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case who are to be tested once between day 5 and day 10 after coming in contact.

 Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

 (a) 1 only           

(b) 2 and 3 only

 (c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Option D is correct. Who should be tested

  1. All symptomatic individuals with ILI (influenza-like illness) symptoms with a                history of international travel in the last 14 days.
    2. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) contacts of laboratory-confirmed cases.
    3. All symptomatic (ILI symptoms) individuals who are health care workers/frontline workers involved in containment and mitigation of COVID19.
     4. All patients suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
     5. Asymptomatic direct and high-risk contacts of a confirmed case who are to be tested once between day 5 and day 10 after coming in contact.
    6. All symptomatic ILI people within hotspots/containment zones.
     7. All hospitalized patients who develop ILI symptoms.
     8. All returnees and migrants with symptomatic ILI within 7 days of illness.

https://www.1mg.com/labs/test/coronavirus-covid-19-test-33462

Q2. With reference to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), consider the following statements:

  1. It is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force in 1997. 
  2. Recently India’s Comptroller and Auditor General has been selected as an external auditor by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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. OPCW is the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, which entered into force in 1997. Recently India’s Comptroller and Auditor General has been selected as an external auditor by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.              

https://www.opcw.org/about-us

Q3. With reference to the 'SWAMITVA scheme' of the government of India, consider the following statements:

  1. The scheme was launched recently as a central sponsored scheme, to promote a socio-economically empowered rural India.
  2. It paves the way for using the property as a financial asset by villagers for availing loans and other financial benefits.

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 SVAMITVA (Survey of Villages and Mapping with Improvised Technology in Village Areas) scheme was launched by the prime minister on April 24, 2020 as a central sector scheme to promote a socio-economically empowered and self-reliant rural India.                              

Statement 2 is correct. It paves the way for using the property as a financial asset by villagers for availing loans and other financial benefits.

economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/pm-modi-to-launch-distribution-of-e-property-cards-under-swamitva-scheme-on-saturday/articleshow/82218067.cms

 Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan has been launched in the country, in order to strengthen Panchayati Raj system.
  2. It seeks to enable democratic decision-making and accountability in Panchayats and promote people's participation at the grass root level in the country.

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 Centrally Sponsored Scheme of Rajiv Gandhi Panchayat Sashaktikaran Abhiyan has been launched in the country, in order to strengthen Panchayati Raj system. It seeks to enable democratic decision-making and accountability in Panchayats and promote people's participation at the grass root level in the country.

http://164.100.47.193/intranet/Rajiv.pdf

Q5. Which one of the following best describes the objectives of the Ways and Means Advances scheme, launched by RBI in the country?

(a) To meet mismatches in the receipts and payments of the government.        

(b) To provide money to banks in case of shortage.        

(c) To provide loan or advance to the customers, when the principal or interest payment remained overdue for a period of 90 days.         

(d) None of the above.

Option A is correct. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) gives temporary loan facilities to the central and state governments. This loan facility is called Ways and Means Advances (WMA). The Ways and Means Advances scheme was introduced to meet mismatches in the receipts and payments of the government.

https://www.business-standard.com/about/what-is-ways-and-means-advances

Q6. With reference to the Border Roads Organization (BRO), consider the following statements:

  1. It functions under the ministry of home affairs.
  2. One of the biggest infrastructural achievements of BRO is the construction of longest highway tunnel, constructed in Himachal Pradesh.

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 functions under the Ministry of Defence.

Statement 2 is correct. One of the biggest infrastructural achievements of BRO is the construction of longest highway tunnel, constructed in Himachal Pradesh.                           

https://morth.nic.in/border-roads-organization-bro

Q7. The juvenile ‘olms’, which were kept in the Slovenia’s famous Postojna caves recently, are

(a) The stepping stone species of mammals.

(b) The species of fishes endemic to Antarctica region.

(c) The rare aquatic creatures, popularly known as ‘baby dragons’.

(d) The colourful jemstones

Option C is correct. Tourists visiting Slovenia’s famous Postojna caves will soon be able to see three extremely rare aquatic creatures, popularly known as ‘baby dragons’.  Officially called olms, these creatures earned their nickname during medieval times, when locals believed that they were descendants of dragons due to their lizard-like appearance.

https://indianexpress.com/article/world/cave-welling-baby-dragons-go-on-display-for-first-time-in-slovenia-6457189/

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. Saints Dyaneshwar and Tukaram are the most revered saints in the dharkari tradition.
  2. The Pandharpur pilgrimage which precedes the lives of these saints, has been followed for at least 800 years.

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. Saints Dyaneshwar and Tukaram are the most revered saints in the warkari tradition.

Statement 2 is correct. The Pandharpur pilgrimage which precedes the lives of these saints, has been followed for at least 800 years.

https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/a-centuries-old-tradition-and-its-deep-significance-for-lakhs-of-devotees-5250549/        

Ques Ans:

1-(d)

2-(c)

3-(b)

4-(c)

5-(a)

6-(b)

7-(c)

8-(b)