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Question: Biodiversity forms the basis for human existence in the following ways :
1. Soil formation
2. Prevention of soil erosion
3. Recycling of waste
4. Pollination of crops
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Answer:1, 2, 3 and 4

Question: Aspartame is an artificial sweetener sold in the market. It consists of amino acids and provides calories like other amino acids. Yet, it is used as a low-calorie sweetening agent in food items. What is the basis of this use?

Answer:Aspartame is several times sweeter than table sugar, hence food items made with small quantities of aspartame yield fewer calories on oxidation

Question: What was the purpose with which Sir William Wedderburn and W. S. Caine had set up the Indian Parliamentary Committee in 1893?

Answer:To agitate for Indian political reforms in the House of Commons

Question: What is the difference between a CFL and an LED lamp?
1. To produce light, a CFL uses mercury vapour and phosphor while an LED lamp uses semiconductor material.
2. The average life span of a CFL is much longer than that of an LED lamp.
3. A CFL is less energy-efficient as compared to an LED lamp.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Answer:1 and 3 only

Question: Recently, "oilzapper" was in the news. What is it?

Answer:It is an eco-friendly technology for the remediation of oily sludge and oil spills

Question: A married couple adopted a male child, A few years later; twin boys were born to them. The blood group of the couple is AB positive and O negative. The blood group of the three sons is A positive, B positive, and O positive. The blood group of the adopted son is

Answer:O positive

Question: Mahatma Gandhi said that some of his deepest convictions were reflected in a book titled, Unto this Last and the book transformed his life. What was the message from the book that transformed Mahatma Gandhi?

Answer:The good of individual is contained in the good of all

Question: With reference to Indian freedom struggle, Usha Mehta is well-known for

Answer:Running the secret Congress Radio in the wake of Quit India Movement

Question: A new optical disc format known as the Blu-ray Disc (BD) is becoming popular. In what way is it different from the traditional DVD?
1. DVD supports Standard Definition video while BD supports High Definition video.
2. Compared to a DVD, the BD format has several times more storage capacity.
3. Thickness of BD is 2.4 mm white that of DVD is 1.2 mm.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Answer:1 and 2 only

Question: With reference to the period of Indian freedom struggle, which of the following was/were
recommended by the Nehru report?
1. Complete Independence for India.
2. Joint electorates for reservation of seats for minorities.
3. Provision of fundamental rights for the people of India in the Constitution.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Answer:2 and 3 only

Question: Among the following States, which one has the most suitable climatic conditions for the cultivation of a large variety of orchids with minimum cost of production, and can develop an export oriented industry in this field?

Answer:Arunachal Pradesh

Question: Which one of the following is not a site for in-situ method of conservation of flora?

Answer:Botanical Garden

Question: Consider the following statements :
In India, a Metropolitan Planning Committee
1. is constituted under the provisions of the Constitution of India.
2. prepares the draft development plans for metropolitan area.
3. has the sole responsibility for implementing Government sponsored schemes in die metropolitan area.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Answer:1 and 2 only

Question: What is the difference between "vote-on-account" and "interim budget ?
1. The provision of a "vote-on-account" is used by a regular Government, while an "interim budget" is a
provision used by a caretaker Government.
2. A "vote-on-account" only deals with the expenditure in Government s budget, while an "interim budget"
includes both expenditure and receipts.
Which of the statements; given above is/are correct?

Answer:2 only

Question: Regarding international Monetary Fund, which one of the following statements is correct?

Answer:It grants loans to only member countries

Question: In the Union Budget 2011-12, a full exemption from the basic customs duty was extended to the bio-based asphalt (bioasphalt). What is the importance of this material?
1. Unlike traditional asphalt, bio-asphalt is not based on fossil fuels.
2. Bioasphalt can be made from non-renewable resources.
3. Bioasphalt can be made from organic waste materials.
4. It is eco-friendly to use bioasphalt for surfacing of the roads.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

Answer:1, 3 and 4 only

Question: Consider the following:
1. Carbon dioxide
2. Oxides of Nitrogen
3. Oxides of Sulphur
Which of the above is/are the emission/ emissions from coal combustion at thermal power plants?

Answer:1, 2 and 3

Question: Satellites used for telecommunication relay are kept in a geostationary orbit. A satellite is said to be in such an orbit when:
1. The orbit is geosynchronous.
2. The orbit is circular,
3. The orbit lies in the plane of the Earth's equator.
4. The orbit is at an altitude of 22,236 km.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

Answer:1, 2 and 3 only

Question: India has experienced persistent and high food inflation in the recent past. What could be the reasons?
1. Due to a gradual switchover to the cultivation of commercial crops, the area under the cultivation of food grains has steadily decreased in the last five years by about 30%.
2. As a consequence of increasing incomes, the consumption patterns of the% people have undergone a significant change.
3. The food supply chain has structural constraints.

Which of the statements given above1 are correct?

Answer:2 and 3 only

Question: At present, scientists can determine the arrangement or relative positions of genes or DNA
sequences on a chromosome. How does this knowledge benefit us?
1. It is possible to know the pedigree of livestock.
2. It is possible to understand the causes of all human diseases.
3. It is possible to develop disease-resistant animal breeds.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

Answer:1 and 3 only