Friday, January 21, 2011


1. Who among the following became the Prime Minister India without being earlier the Chief Minister of a State?

1. Morarji Desai

2. Charan Singh

3. V. P. Singh

4. Chandrasekhar

5. P. V. Narasimha Rao

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(1) 1, 2 and 4

(2) 2, 3 and 5

(3) 2 only

(4) 4 only

Ans. (4)

2. The speed of light will be minimum while passing through:

(1) glass

(2) vacuum

(3) water

4) air

Ans. (4)

3. Which one of the following is a membrane that protects the developing embryo from desiccation?

(1) Amnion

(2) Allantois

(3) Chorion

(4) Yolk sac

Ans. (1)

4. E.T.A is terrorist organization in:

(1) Cyprus

(2) Sri Lanka

(3) Spain

(4) South Africa

Ans. (4)

5, Which one of the following is the most important reason for the establishment of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thumba?

(1) The sea is near to the place In, the East, West and South directions

(2) It is a place near to a city in India, which is nearest to the: Geographic Equator

(3) It is situated on the Geomagnetic Equator

(4) Outer Space near Thumba exhibits queer atmospheric phenomena

Ans. (3)

6. Match List-I with List-II and the correct answer using the codes given below:

List-I (Nuclear) List-II (States Power Station)

A. Kota 1. U. P

B. Tarapur 2. Gujarat

C. Kakrapara 3. Maharashtra

D. Narora 4. Rajasthan



(1) 1 2 3 4

(2) 4 3 2 1

(3) 3 4 1 2

(4) 3 2 1 4

Ans. (2)

Directions: : The following 10 (Ten) items consist of two statements: one labelled as the ‘Assertion A’ and the other labelled the ‘Reason R’. You are to examine these two statements. carefully and decide if the Assertion A and the Reason R are individually true and if so, whether the Reason is a correct explanation of the Assertion. Select your answers to these items using the codes given below:


(1) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A

(2) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of R

(3) A is true but R is false

(4) A is false but R is true

7. Assertion (A): Upanis1adas were compiled towards the end of the Vedic periods

Reason (R): The Upanishadic thought centers, round the idea of soul (Atman), no sacrifice.

Ans. (1)

8. Assertion (A): Chandragupta instigated revolt against Greek Satraps.

Reason (R): Chandragupta had visited the camp to Alexander.

Ans. (2)

9 Assertion (A) : A lock of Einstein’s hair if scientists could locate it and extract its DNA, could help in producing another Einstein, by cloning.

Reason (R): The DNA extracted from the cell of an embryo at an early stage of development, can be transferred to individual eggs which in turn can be implanted into the uterus of a surrogate mother to give birth to an identical offspring?

Ans. (3)

10. Assertion (A): In ancient India, the states of women, Idealized in literature and art, underwent steady deterioration through the ages.

Reason (R): Though monogamy. was the ideal, polygamy was often the practice among the higher classes of society.

Ans. (2)

11. Assertion (A): The U.S.A. reemerged as India’s single largest import source in the early nineties.

Reason (R): With swift political developments in the erstwhile Soviet Union, India

gradua1ly began to rely on the U.S.A. for its defense requirements.

Ans. (3)

12. Assertion. (A): The monsoonal rainfall decreases as one goes towards the west and north-west in, the Ganga plain.

Reason (R): The moisture- bearing monsoonal winds go higher up as one moves up in the Ganga plain.

Ans. (3)

13. Assertion (A): The sign of Krishnadeva Raya ‘s the period of Vijayanagar greatest success when Its army was always victorious

Reason (R): Krishnadeva Raya’s army and navy were trained by Portuguese Generals appointed by him.

Ans. (3)

14. Assertion (A): General Dyer fired at Jallianwala Bagh crowd without any warning and till the ammunition was exhausted.

Reason (R): This shooting was not only to boost the morale of the army, but also to strike terror in Punjab.

Ans. (1)

15. Assertion (A): In India, the political parties which formed the governments represented the majority of seats secured In the elections of the House of the People at the Centre and the Legislative Assemblies in the States but not the majority of votes.

Reason (R) : The elections based on the majr1ty vote system decide the result on the basis of relative majority of votes secured.

Ans. (1)

16. Assertion (A): Nizamuddin Auliya approved the conduct of a Sufi in releasing his woman slave and allowing her to return to her Hindu parent.

Reason (R): This was strictly in. accordance with the Muslim law.

Ans. (3)

17. Which of the following statements about the Dunkel draft is/are correct?

1. It is mandatory for the Government of India to accept all its proposals in all the sectors

2. In the field of agriculture, the main proposal is to cut agricultural subsidies

3. In the field of textiles, it reiterates the operation of the multifibre agreement

4. The proposals have already been accepted by the Parliament

Select the correct answer form the codes given below:

(1) 1 only

(2) l and 2

(3) 1, 2 and 4

(4) 3 and 4

Ans. (2)

18. The average elevation of Tibetan Plateau above sea level is

(1) 2 km

(2) 3 cm

(3) 4 km

(4) 5 km

Ans. (4)

19. In which respect have the Centre-State relations been specifically termed as ‘municipal relations’?

(1) Center’s control of the State in the legislative sphere

(2) Center’s control of the State In financial matters

(3) Center’s control of the State in the administrative sector

(4) Center’s control of the State in the Planning process

Ans. (2)

20. The main constituents of pearl are:

(1) Calcium carbonate and magnesium carbonate

(2) aragonite and conchiolin

(3) ammonium sulphate and sodium carbonate

(4) calcium oxide and ammonium chloride

Ans. (1)

21. The acceleration due to gravity of a castrophic earthquake will be

(1) > 550 cm/sec2

(2) > 750 cm/sec2

(3) > 950 cm/sec2

(4) > 980 cm/sec2

Ans. (3)

22. A person with ‘AB’ blood group is sometimes called a universal recipient because of the:

(1) lack of antigen in his blood

(2) lack of antibodies in his blood

(3) lack of both antigens and antibodies in his blood

(4) presence of antibodies in his blood

Ans. (2)

23. Which one of the following polymers is wide1y used for making bullet proof material?

(1) Polyvinyl chloride

(2) Polyamides

(3) Polyethylene

(4) Polycarbonates

Ans. (2)

24. Who among the following was the founder of ‘Dev Samaj’?

(1) Vallabhbhai Patel

(2) Dadabhai Naoroji

(3) Sivanaryan Agnihotri

(4) Ramakrishna Paramhansa

Ans. (3)

25. The name of the periodical among the following published by Mahatma Gandhi during his stay in South Africa:

(1) Navjiwan

(2) India Gazette

(3) Afrikaner

(4) Indian Opinion

Ans. (4)

26. In which of the following did Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel play a leading role?

(1) Bijolia Movement

(2) Dandi March

(3) Textile Mill Workers Strike at Ahmedabad

(4) Bardoli Satyagraha

Ans. (4)

27. What is common among Madam Bhikaji Cama, M. Barkatulla, V.V.S. Layer and M.N. Roy?

(1) All of them were leading members of the International Communist movement

(2) M. Barkatulla was the Prime Minister and the rest were ministers in the Provisional Government of Press India established by a group of revolutionaries at Kabul

(3) All of them were among the prominent revolutionaries outside India operating in different countries during the Freedom Movement

(4) All of them were accused in the case relating to the throwing of a bomb on Lord Hardinge

Ans. (3)

28.Which one of the following important trade centers of ancient India was on the trade route connecting Kalyana with Vengi?

(1) Tagara

(2) Sripura

(3) Tripuri

(4) Tamralipti

Ans. (1)

29. Which one of the following regions of Asia is experiencing the highest annual growth rate of population?

(1) South Asia

(2) South-East Asia

(3) Central Asia

(4) West Asia

Ans. (1)

30. An air bubble in water will act like a:

(1) Convex mirror

(2) Convex lens

(3) Concave mirror

(4) Concave lens

Ans. (4)

31. Consider the map given below:

The map shows the sea voyage route followed by:

(1) Thomas Cook

(2) Ferdinand Magellan

(3) John Cabot

(4) Vasco de Gama

Ans. (2)

32. The Mansabdari System introduced by Akbar was borrowed from the system followed in:

(1) Afghanistan

(2) Turkey

(3) Mongolia

(4) Persia

Ans. (3)

33. The first to start a joint stock to trade with India were the:

(1) Portuguese

(2) Dutch

(3) French

(4) Danish

Ans. (2)

34. Which one of the following upheavals took place in Bengal immediately after the Revolt of 1857?

(1) Sanyasi Rebellion

(2) Santhal Rebellion

(3) Indigo Disturbances

(4) Pabna Disturbances

Ans. (3)

35. The caves and rock-cut temples at Ellora are:

(1) Buddhist

(2) Buddhist and Jain

(3) Hindu and Jam

(4) Hindu, Buddhist and Jain

Ans. (4)

36. Which one of the following usages was a post-Vedic development?

(1) Dharma-Artha-Kama -Moksha

(2) Brahmana – Kshatriya –Vaishya - Shudra

(3) Brahmacharya- Grihastashrama -Vanaprastha- Sanyasa

(4) Indra- Surya –Rudra –Marut

Ans. (2)

37. Which of the following taxes is/are levied by the Union and collected and appropriated by the States?

(1) Stamp Duties

(2) Passenger and goods tax

(3) Estate Duty

(4) Taxes on Newspaper

Ans. (1)

38. Which of the following are correctly matched?

Establishment of Manufacturing


1 Setting up of the first cotton mill

2. Manufacture of the first machine made paper

3. Setting up of the first cement factory



Near Calcutta Madras
Choose the correct answer from the Codes given below:

(1) 1 and 2

(2) l and 3

(3) 2 and 3

(4) 1and 3

Ans. (3)

39. Which one of the following statements regarding ‘Exit Poll’ is correct?

(1) Exit Poll is a term used to denote a post-election survey of voters regarding in whose favour they had exercised their franchise

(2) ‘Exit Poll’ and Opinion Poll are one and the same

(3) Exit Poll is a device through which result of voting can be most exactly predicted

(4) ‘Exit Poll’ is an administrative device made recently by the Chief Election Commission to prevent impersonation

Ans. (3)

40 The Uniting for Peace Resolution adopted by the U.N. has:

(1) enhanced the powers of the General Assembly in a comprehensive way

(2) reduced the powers of the General Assembly made

(3) made no difference to the powers of the General Assembly.

(4) empowered the General Assembly to act in specific situations in matters of peace and security

Ans. (4)

41. Which one of the following soil types of India is restored infertile by the presence of

excess iron?

(1) Desert sand

(2) Alluvial

(3) Podzolic

(4) Lateritic

Ans. (4)

42. Which one of the following determines that the Indian Constitution is federal ?

(1) A written and rigid Constitution

(2) An independent Judiciary

(3) Vesting of residuary powers with the Center

(4) Distribution of powers between in the Centre and the States

Ans. (4)

43.The ideal climatic conditions for the cultivation of Rice are:

(1) rainfall above 100cm, temperature above 25°C

(2) cool and moist climate for the entire drop period

(3) rainfall below 100cm, temperature below 25ÂșC

(4) warm and dry climate during the entire crop period

Ans. (1)

44. Even though the Railways are the most pervasive mode of transport in India, it is the

road transport which received the maximum impetus in most of the post-independence period Which of the following are the reasons for this?

1. Railways are cheap to operate but the associated capital costs are very high

2. Given the geographic spread of the human settlements it is unrealistic that the railway alone can serve the needs of transport

3. The per unit (Tonne/kn) cost of transport is cheaper in road compared to rail transport

4. Given the indivisible nature of the railways, it is not always convenient for the population to avail of it with the same case as private cars, buses or two- wheelers.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(1) 1,2 and 3

(2) l, 2 and 4

(3) 1, 3 and 4

(4) 2, 3 and 4

Ans. (2)

45. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below:

List-I (City) List-II (Industry)

A. Coimbatore 1. Petroleum Refining

B. Rourkela 2. Rail Coach

C. Kapurthala 3. Iron and Steel

D. Barauni 4. Cotton Textiles



(1) 4 3 2 1

(2) 1 2 3 4

(3) 2 3 4 1

(4) 4 2 3 l

Ans. (1)

46. Which radioactive pollutant has drawn the attention of the public, due to its occurrence in the building material?

(1) Plutonium

(2) Thorium

(3) Radon

(4) Radium

Ans. (2)

47. Vidhushaka, a common character in Sanskrit drama, is invariably a:

(1) Brahmana

(2) Kshatriya

(3) Vaishya

(4) Shudra

Ans. (1)

48. The colour of a star is an indication of Its:

(1) distance from the sun

(2) luminosity.

(3) distance from the earth

(4) temperature

Ans. (4)

49.Those Joined Mahatma Gandhi during the Champaran struggle included:

(1) Vallabhbhai Patel and Vinoba Bhave

(2) Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad

(3) Rajendra Prasad and Anugraha Narayan Singh

(4) Mahadev Desai and Maniben Patel

Ans. (3)

50. The controversial Terminator Technology backed by developed nations seeks to provide:

(1) bio technologically tin- proved variety of seeds which are ensured to yield sterile seed for next generation

(2) transgenic seeds which ensure no- terminating passage of good traits generation after generation

(3) selective termination of crop diseases

(4) hybrid seeds that can be eaten but not grown

Ans. (1)

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