Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. The National Dairy Development Board's programmes and activities seek to strengthen farmer owned institutions and support national policies that are favourable to the growth of such institutions.
  2. "Operation Flood", was a programme extending over 26 years and which used World Bank loan to finance India's emergence as the world's largest milk producing nation.

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 Dairy Development Board's programmes and activities seek to strengthen farmer owned institutions and support national policies that are favourable to the growth of such institutions. "Operation Flood", was a programme extending over 26 years and which used World Bank loan to finance India's emergence as the world's largest milk producing nation.                    

https://www.nddb.coop/

Q2. With reference to the Gram Sabha, which is the fulcrum of the Panchayati Raj and village development, consider the following statements:

  1. Gram Sabha is the primary body of the Panchayati Raj system and by far the largest.
  2. The decisions taken by the Gram Sabha can be annulled by Zila Parishad.

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. Gram Sabha is the primary body of the Panchayati Raj system and by far the largest.                       

Statement 2 is incorrect. The decisions taken by the Gram Sabha cannot be annulled by any other body. The power to annul a decision of the Gram Sabha rests with the Gram Sabha only.

https://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/community-power/role-of-gram-sabha/what-is-gram-sabha

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. The kole fields are one of Asia’s largest wetlands and are a haven for waterfowl in the country.
  2. Kole wetland is a Ramsar site, which is an international convention that mandates the protection of wetlands across the world.

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 kole fields are one of Asia’s largest wetlands and are a haven for waterfowl in the country. It is a Ramsar site, an international convention that mandates the protection of wetlands across the world, is an important stopover in the central Asian-Indian flyway, which is the migratory route of the birds, which fly south from Siberia in the winter months.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/waterbird-census-reports-a-drop-in-sightings/article33552995.ece

Q4. EOS-01, recently seen in news, is a/an

(a) Nuclear-powered submarine              

(b) Earth observation satellite   

(c) Mini satellite launched by ISRO on Moon                       

(d) Anti-Tank Guided Missile

Option B is correct. EOS-01 is an earth observation satellite, intended for applications in agriculture, forestry and disaster management support. 

https://www.isro.gov.in/launcher/pslv-c49-eos-01

Q5. ‘Aditya L1 mission’ of ISRO, sometimes seen in news, is India’s

(a) First mission on Mars

(b) First mission to study celestial bodies

(c) First mission to explore black hole

(d) First Solar Mission    

Option D is correct. ‘Aditya L1 mission’ of ISRO, sometimes seen in news, is India’s First Solar Mission.

https://indianexpress.com/article/india/algorithm-useful-in-aditya-l1-mission-developed-7263383/#:~:text=This%20algorithm%2C%20named%20CME%20Identification,for%20a%20launch%20in%202022.

Q6. Consider the following statements regarding the regional organization Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN):

  1. It is an economic forum of Southeast Asian countries that do not allow nations from other continents to join it in any way.
  2. ASEAN-Indian Free Trade Area (AIFTA) is the first and only Free Trade Agreement signed between them so far.

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. ASEAN+3, East Asia summit comprises members other than ASEAN also.

The Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation between ASEAN and India was signed in October 2003 and served as legal basis to conclude further agreements, including Trade in Goods Agreement, Trade in Services Agreement, and Investment Agreement that form the ASEAN-Indian Free Trade Area (AIFTA)

https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/05/what-is-asean-explainer/

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Civil Defence in India is primarily organised on voluntary basis except for a small nucleus of paid staff and establishment which is augmented during emergencies.
  2. Those who want to join as civil defence volunteers, must be the citizen of 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 A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. Civil Defence in India is primarily organised on voluntary basis except for a small nucleus of paid staff and establishment which is augmented during emergencies.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Eligibility for becoming a Civil Defence Volunteer

A person who intends to apply for appointment to a Civil Defence Corps must fulfill the following conditions;

s/he shall be a citizen of India, or a subject or Sikkim or of Bhutan or of Nepal.

s/he shall have completed the age of 18 years provided that this age limit may be relaxed at the discretion of the competent authority up to a maximum of 3 years for any branch or category of the Corps.

s/he shall have passed at least the primary standard, that is to say, the fourth class, and this condition may be relaxed by the Controller at this discretion.

Both men and women shall be eligible for appointment to the Corps.

A person shall not be entitled to be appointed to the Corps unless he is found to be physically fit and mentally alert.

Any service in the National Volunteer Force and in the Armed Forces of the Union shall be a special qualification.

https://vikaspedia.in/social-welfare/disaster-management-1/civil-defence-volunteer

Q8. Consider the following statements:

 It is a resplendent festival celebrated with a grand display of caparisoned elephants, dazzling parasols, and percussion music. It is considered to be the “mother of all poorams” and was the brain child of Shakthan Thampuran, the Maharaja of Kochi, who organised the festival with the participation of 10 temples.

Which one of the following festivals has been mentioned above?

(a) Ugadi festival

 (b) Thrissur Pooram festival

 (c) Pongal festival

 (d) Hampi festival

Option B is correct. Thrissur Pooram is taken into considered as the Mother of all Poorams. The festival was begun by Raja Rama Verma as well as is centred at the Vadakkunnathan Temple. Lord Shiva is considered the presiding deity of the festival. Processions are sent by the temples to pay obeisance to Shiva.

https://www.keralatourism.org/event/thirssur-pooram/7

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(c)

4-(b)

5-(d)

6-(d)

7-(a)

8-(b)