Q1. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Estimates Committee reports on 'what economies, improvements in organization, efficiency or administrative reform consistent with policy underlying the estimates, may be effected.
  2. Among the Standing Committees, Committees on Estimates, Public Accounts and Public Undertakings, constitute a distinct group as they keep an unremitting vigil over Government expenditure and performance.                           

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 Estimates Committee reports on 'what economies, improvements in organization, efficiency or administrative reform consistent with policy underlying the estimates, may be effected. Among the Standing Committees, the three Financial Committees - Committees on Estimates, Public Accounts and Public Undertakings, constitute a distinct group as they keep an unremitting vigil over Government expenditure and performance. 

https://knowindia.gov.in/profile/the-union/parliamentary-committees.php

Q2. With reference to the new vehicle scrappage policy of the government of India, consider the following statements:

  1. According to the new policy, commercial vehicles of more than 15 years and passenger vehicles of more than 20 years will have to be mandatorily scrapped if they don’t pass the fitness and emission tests.
  2. Government departments will have to let go of their vehicles after they are used for 5 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 A is correct.

Statement 1 is correct. According to the new policy, commercial vehicles of more than 15 years and passenger vehicles of more than 20 years will have to be mandatorily scrapped if they don’t pass the fitness and emission tests.

Statement 2 is incorrect. Government departments will have to let go of their vehicles after they are used for 15 years.                                                                             

https://www.livemint.com/news/india/how-the-vehicle-scrappage-scheme-could-change-india-s-automobile-sector-11617258751871.html

Q3. Consider the following statements:

  1. Recently, an Agri Infrastructure Fund of 10 lakh has been established by the government of India, for farm-gate infrastructure.
  2. All loans under this financing facility will have interest subvention of 3% per annum. 

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. Recently, an Agri Infrastructure Fund of 1 lakh crore has been established by the government of India, for farm-gate infrastructure for farmers.

Statement 2 is correct. All loans under this financing facility will have interest subvention of 3% per annum up to a limit of Rs. 2 crore. 

https://pib.gov.in/PressReleasePage.aspx?PRID=1656140

Q4. Consider the following statements:

  1. Aditya-L1 Support Cell, which has been set up recently, provides all data on board India’s first dedicated solar space mission.
  2. It is a joint effort of Indian Space Research Organisation and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences.

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. Aditya-L1 Support Cell, which has been set up recently, provides all data on board India’s first dedicated solar space mission. It is a joint effort of Indian Space Research Organisation and Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences.

http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=415269#:~:text=The%20service%20centre%20is%20called,scientific%20analysis%20of%20the%20data.

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Himalayan mountain belt results from continuing divergence between the Indian Plate and Asia.
  2. Damaging earthquakes occur on major thrust faults north of the Main Frontal Thrust (MFT).

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 Himalayan mountain belt results from continuing convergence between the Indian Plate and Asia.

Statement 2 is correct. Damaging earthquakes occur on major thrust faults north of the Main Frontal Thrust (MFT).

https://www.pnas.org/content/117/30/17615

Q6. Recently, the trial of ‘Python-5’, was conducted in the country, which is a/an

(a) Anti-tank guided missile

(b) Nuclear-powered submarine             

(c) Nuclear-powered Torpedo                  

(d) Fifth generation air-to-air missile      

Option D is correct. Python-5 is a fifth generation air-to-air missile (AAM) manufactured by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. It is the newest member in the range of Python AAMs.

https://www.airforce-technology.com/projects/python-5-air-to-air-missile-aam-rafael-israel/

Q7. Consider the following statements:

  1. Raja Parba is the three-day-long festival of the Indian state of Assam, which celebrates the plight of women during the menstruation cycle.
  2. All agricultural works like ploughing and sowing are suspended during its celebration.

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. Raja Parba is the three-day-long festival of Odisha, which celebrates the plight of women during the menstruation cycle. All agricultural works like ploughing and sowing are suspended during its celebration.

Statement 2 is correct. All agricultural works like ploughing and sowing are suspended during its celebration.

https://newsd.in/raja-parba-and-mithuna-sankranti-2020-all-about-the-festival-that-celebrates-womanhood-and-menstruation/

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. Amoebiasis is a common infection of the human gastro-intestinal tract. 
  2. It is more closely related to poor sanitation and socioeconomic status than to climate.

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.

Statement 1 is correct. Amoebiasis is a common infection of the human gastro-intestinal tract. Amoebiasis is more closely related to poor sanitation and socioeconomic status than to climate. Hence, statement 2 is correct.

 It has worldwide distribution. It is a major health problem in China, South East and West Asia and Latin America, especially Mexico. Amoebiasis is a disease caused by the parasite Entamoeba histolytica. Only about 10% to 20% of people who are infected with E. histolytica become sick from the infection.

https://www.aimu.us/2016/07/10/amoebiasis-diagnosis-symptoms-complications-and-management/

Ques  Ans:

1-(c)

2-(a)

3-(b)

4-(c)

5-(b)

6-(d)

7-(b)

8-(c)