Q1. Which of the following statements is/are correct with respect to the PM CARES Fund?

  1. PM CARES Fund has been registered as a Public Charitable Trust.
  2. Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of the Fund and Minister of Defence, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance, are ex-officio Trustees of the Fund.

 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 C is correct.

Both statements are correct. PM CARES Fund has been registered as a Public Charitable Trust. Prime Minister is the ex-officio Chairman of the Fund and Minister of Defence, Minister of Home Affairs and Minister of Finance, are ex-officio Trustees of the Fund.

https://www.pmcares.gov.in/en/web/page/about_us

Q2. Pressure swing adsorption technique, often seen in news, is a technique used for

(a) Cooling of nuclear reactors  

(b) Separation of gases

(c) Doing photosynthesis artificially         

(d) The conversion of metals to non-metals

Option B is correct. Pressure swing adsorption (PSA) is a well-established gas separation technique in air separation, gas drying, and hydrogen purification separation. Recently, PSA technology has been applied in other areas like methane purification from natural and biogas and has a tremendous potential to expand its utilization. 

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/isrn/2012/982934/

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. Compulsory license is an authorization given to a third-party by the Controller General to make, use or sell a particular product or use a particular process which has been patented, without the need of the permission of the patent owner.
  2. It is not mentioned in the Indian Patent Act, 1970.

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. Compulsory license is an authorization given to a third-party by the Controller General to make, use or sell a particular product or use a particular process which has been patented, without the need of the permission of the patent owner.

Statement 2 is incorrect. This concept is recognised at both national as well as international levels, with express mention in both (Indian) Patent Act, 1970 and TRIPS Agreement.

https://www.mondaq.com/india/patent/772644/compulsory-licensing-in-india

Q4.  Chandler Good Government Index, which classifies countries in terms of government capabilities and outcomes, is an annual index prepared by

(a) World Bank 

(b) Stockholm International Peace Research Institute 

(c) World Economic Forum

(d) Government practitioners

Option D is correct. Chandler Good Government Index, which classifies countries in terms of government capabilities and outcomes, is an annual index prepared by Government practitioners, for government practitioners of different countries.

https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/india-ranked-49th-in-cggi/article34417911.ece

Q5. The project Ladakh Ignited Minds, which is aimed to secure a better future for the youth of UT of Ladakh and is a full-time residential program to guide them for entrance examinations of various Medical and Engineering Colleges, has been initiated recently by

(a) Indian Army

(b) Ministry of home affairs

(c) Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports 

(d) ISRO

Option A is correct. The project Ladakh Ignited Minds, which is aimed to secure a better future for the youth of UT of Ladakh and is a full-time residential program to guide them for entrance examinations of various Medical and Engineering Colleges, has been initiated recently by Indian Army.    

https://indiaeducationdiary.in/ladakh-ignited-minds-a-centre-of-excellence-and-wellness-an-indian-army-initiative-in-partnership-with-hpcl/

Q6. Consider the following statements regarding the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL):

  1. It is a statutory body constituted by the Central Government under the Biodiversity Act, 2002.
  2. It is an advisory body chaired by the Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.

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. It is a statutory body constituted by the Central Government under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. It is an advisory body chaired by the Prime Minister of India.

https://www.conservationindia.org/resources/mandate-of-the-standing-committee-of-the-nbwl

Q7. A bio-fortified crop, ‘Madhavan gajar’, containing higher β-carotene and iron content, recently seen in the news, was developed in the state of

(a) Assam

(b) Karnataka

(c) Gujarat

(d) Sikkim

Option C is correct. A bio-fortified crop, ‘Madhavan gajar’, containing higher β-carotene and iron content, recently seen in the news, was developed in the state of Gujarat.

http://nif.org.in/Innovationofday/madhuvan-gajar-a-high-nutritious-carrot-vareity/6

Q8. With reference to the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), consider the following statements:

  1. It has been assigned the responsibility of facilitating the celebration of the International Day of Yoga by Indian Missions or Posts abroad since 2015. 
  2. The “Pritzker Price” has been instituted by the ICCR.

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. ICCR has been assigned the responsibility of facilitating the celebration of the International Day of Yoga by Indian Missions or Posts abroad since 2015. 

Statement 2 is incorrect. The “World Sanskrit Award” has been instituted by the ICCR.

https://www.iccr.gov.in/iccr-awards/award

https://www.iccr.gov.in/international-yoga-day

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(b)

3-(a)

4-(d)

5-(a)

6-(d)

7-(c)

8-(a)