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General Studies – 2003 (Prelims) (Paper – I)

1. ‘A’ and ‘B’are two fixed points in a field. A cyclist ‘C’ moves such that ACS is always a right angle. In this context, which one of the following statements is correct?
The path followed by the cyclist is an ellipse
The path followed by the cyclist is a circle
The path followed by the cyclist is an exponential curve
This type of motion is not possible 
Correct Answer is (b) The path followed by the cyclist is a circle

2. The thermal power plant of Bokaro is located in
Bihar
Chattisgarh
Jharkhand
Orissa 
Correct Answer is (c) Jharkhand

3. Among the following commodities imported by India during the year 2000-01, which one was the highest in terms of Rupee value?
Edible oil
Fertilizers
Organic and inorganic chemicals
Pearls, precious and semi- precious stones 
Correct Answer is (a) Edible oil

4. With reference to ionic compounds, consider the following statements:
1. Ionic compounds are insoluble in alcohol.
2.Ionic compounds in the solid state are good conductors of electricity. 
Which of these statements is/are correct?
Only 1
Only 2
Both land 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (a) Only 1

5. Which one of the following statements is NOT correct?
The presence of NaCl increase me rate of setting of Plaster of Paris 
Gypsum is added to the cement to slowdown its rate of setting.
All alkaline earth metals form hydrated salts
Barium and Strontium are found free in nature 
Correct Answer is (d) Barium and Strontium are found free in nature 

6. With reference to India, which one of the following statements is NOT correct?
IPCL is India’s largest petrochemical company
RIL is the largest private sector company in India
MTNL is listed on NYSE 
BSNL is the first telecom service organization in India to launch a nationwide cellular service at one time 
Correct Answer is (c) MTNL is listed on NYSE

7. Which amongst the following States has thehighest population density as per Census-2001 ? 
Kerala
Madhya Pradesh
UttarPradesh
West Bengal 
Correct Answer is (d) West Bengal

8. The Ninth Schedule to the Indian Constitutionwas added by
First Amendment
Eighth amendment
Ninth Amendment 
Forty Second Amendment 
Correct Answer is (a) First Amendment

9. Who headed the Interim Cabinet formed in theyear 1946?
Rajendra Prasad
Jawaharlal Nehru
Sardar Vallabhai Patel
Rajagopalachari 
Correct Answer is (b) Jawaharlal Nehru

10. The waterfall ‘Victoria’ is associated with theRiver
Amazon
Missouri
St. Lawrence
Zambeji 
Correct Answer is (d) Zambeji

11. The leader of the Bardoli Satyagraha 1928)Was 
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Mahatma Gandhi
Vithlbhai J. Patel
Mahadev Desai 
Correct Answer is (a) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

12. The Kelkar proposals which were in the newsrecently were the
recommendations for reforms in the powersector 
recommendations for tax reforms
guidelines for the privatization of publicsector undertakings
Guidelines for reducing vehicular pollution and the promotion of cng use 
Correct Answer is (b) recommendations for tax reforms 

Question No : 13 Remaining Question : 137 Answered = 12 Correct = 0 Wrong = 12 Score = 0

13. Consider the following statements:
1. The joint sitting of the two houses of the Parliament in India is sanctioned under Article 108 of the Constitution. 
2. The first joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha was held in the year 1961.
3. The second joint sitting of the two House ofIndian Parliament was held to pass the Banking Service Commission Repeal) Bill.
Which of/these statements is correct? 
1 and 2
2 and 3
1 and 3
1,2 and 3 
Correct Answer is (d) 1,2 and 3

14. Life expectancy is highest in the world in
Canada
Germany
Japan
Norway 
Correct Answer is (c) Japan

15. During the colonial period in India, what was the purpose of the Witley Commission?
To review the fitness of India for further political reforms
To report on existing conditions of labour and to make recommendations 
To draw up a plan for financial reforms for India
To develop a comprehensive scheme for Civil Services in India 
Correct Answer is (b) To report on existing conditions of labour and to make recommendations

16. Octopus is
an arthropod
an echinoderm
a hemichordate
a mollusc 
Correct Answer is (d) a mollusc

17. Consider the following conditions of a sick human body:
1. Swollen Lymph nodes
2. Sweating at night 
3. Loss of memory
4. Loss of weight
Which of these are symptoms of AIDS?
l and 2
2,3 and 4
I,3and4
I,2,3and4 
Correct Answer is (d) I,2,3and4

18. Emperor Harsha’s southward march was stopped on the Narmada river by 
Pulakesin-I
Pulakesin-ll
Vikramaditya-1
Vikramaditya-11 
Correct Answer is (b) Pulakesin-ll

19. Under which Article of the Indian constitution did the President give his assent to the ordinance on electoral reforms when it was sent back to him by the Union Cabinet without making any changes in the year 2002)?
Article 121
Article 122
Article 123
Article 124 
Correct Answer is (c) Article 123

20. Dilip Kaur Tiwana is well known as a
) literateur
Musician
scientist
sportsperson 
Correct Answer is (a) ) literateur

21. Consider the following statements:
1. The Maximum limit of shareholding of Indian promoters in private sector banks in India is 49 per cent of the paid up capital.
2. Foreign Direct Investment upto 49 per cent from all sources is permitted in private sector banks in India under the automatic route.
Which of these statements is/are correct?
Only 1
Only 2
Both l and 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (c) Both l and 2

22. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List-I cricketers) List II (country)
A.Barry Rchards 1.England
B. Tex Dexter 2.West Indies
C. Alan Davidson 3. South Africa
D. Charlie Griffith 4. New Zealand 
5. Australia

A-3 B-2 C-5 D-1
A-5 B-1 C-4 D-2
A-3 B-1 C-5 D-2
A-5 B-2 C-4 D-1 
Correct Answer is (c) A-3 B-1 C-5 D-2

23. Regarding the atom of a chemical element, the magnetic quantum number refers to 
orientation
shape
size
spin 
Correct Answer is (a) orientation

24. Consider the following statements:
1. The common blue green algae Spirogyra and Ulothrix are found in both fresh water ponds and oceans. 
2.The chameleon can look ahead with one eye, and at the same time look behind with another.
Which of these statements is/are correct?
Only 1
Only 2
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (c) Both 1 and 2 

25. Which among the following countries has the largest population?
Indonesia
Japan
Pakistan
Sudan 
Correct Answer is (a) Indonesia

26. Assertion A): Emperor Akbar marched towards Afghanistan in 1581 with a huge army. 
Reason R): He was on his way to reclaim his ancestral country of Ferghana in Central Asia.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 

27. Assertion A): During the year 2001-02, the value of India’s total exports declined, registering a negative growth of 2.17%
Reason R): During the year 2001-02, negative growth in exports was witnessed in respect of iron and steel, textiles and marine products.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (d) A is false but R is true

28. Assertion A): The eastern coast of India produces more rice than the western coast. 
Reason R): The eastern coast receives more rainfall than the western coast.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (c) A is true but R’is false

29. Assertion A): The EXIM policy is liberal, market-oriented and favours global trade. 
Reason R): GATT has played a significant role in the liberalisation of the economy.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true
Correct Answer is (b) Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A 

30. Assertion A): In the periodic table of chemical elements, electron affinity is always found to increase from top to bottom in 4 group.
Reason R): In a group, the atomic radii generally increase from top to bottom.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below: 
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (d) A is false but R is true

31. Assertion A): Coal-based thermal power stations contribute to acid-rain.
Reason R): Oxides of carbon are emitted when coal burns.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below: 
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (b) Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A

32. Assertion R) : ted when coal burns. The weight of a body decreases with the increase of latitude on earth.
Reason R) : The earth is not a perfect sphere.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true
Correct Answer is (d) A is false but R is true

33. Assertion R): Unsaturated fats are more reactive compared with the saturated fats. 
Reason R) : Unsaturated fats have only single bonds in their structure
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (c) A is true but R’is false

34. Assertion R) : The amount of moisture in the atmosphere is related to latitude. 
Reason R) : The capacity to hold moisture in the form of water vapour is related to temperature
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A

35. Assertion R) : Unlike temperate forests, the tropical rain forests, if cleared, can yield productive farmland that can support intensive agriculture for several years even without chemical fertilizers.
Reason R) : The primary productivity of the tropical rain forest in very high when compared to that of temperate forests.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below: 
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (d) A is false but R is true

36. Assertion R) : In 1916, Maulana Moha-mmad Ali and Abul Kalam Azad resigned from the Legislative council.
Reason R) : The Rowlatt Act was passed by the Government in spite of being opposed by all Indian members of the Legislative Council.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (d) A is false but R is true

37. Assertion R) : Shah Alam II spent the initial years as an Emperor from the north-west frontier. 
Reason R) :There was always a lurking danger of foreign invasion from the north-west frontier.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A

38. Assertion R) : Areas lying within five to eight degrees latitude on either side of the equator re- ceive rainfall throughout theyear.
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A 
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A

39. Assertion A) : Saluva Narasimha put anend to the old dynasty andassumed the royal title. 
Reason R He wanted to save the kingdom from further degeneration and disintegration.You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A 
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A

40. Assertion A): Marathas emerged as the strongest native power in India after the decline of Mughal empire. 
Reason R): Marathas were the first to have a clear concept of a untitled Indian nation.
You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the codes given below:
Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A 
Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
A is true but R’is false
A is false but R is true 
Correct Answer is (b) Both a and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A 

41. Which one among the following countries has the lowest GDP per capita?
China
India
Indonesia
Sri Lanka 
Correct Answer is (b) India

42. Consider the following statements:
1. In Mecedonia, ethnic Albanians are a minority. 
2. In Kosovo, Serbians are a majority.
Which of these statements is / are correct?
Only 1
Only 2
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (c) Both 1 and 2

43. Israel has common borders with 
Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt
Lebanon, Syria, Turkey and Jordan
Cyprus, Turkey, Jordan and Egypt
Turkey, Syia, Iraq and Yemen 
Correct Answer is (a) Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt

44. What is the correct sequence of the rivers-Godavari, Mahanadi, Narmada and Tapi in the descending order of their lengths? 
Godavari – Mahanadi – Narmada – Tapi
Godavari – Narmada – Mahanadi – Tapi
Narmada – Godavari – Tapi – Mahanadi
Narmada – Tapi – Godavari – Mahanadi 
Correct Answer is (b) Godavari – Narmada – Mahanadi – Tapi 

45. If the radius of the earth were to shrink by oneper cent, its mass remaining the same, the valueof ‘g’ on the earth’s surface would
increase by 0.5 %
increase by 2%
decrease by 0.5%
decrease by 2% 
Correct Answer is (b) increase by 2

46. With reference to the entry of European powers into India, which one of the following statements is NOT correct ? 
The Portuguese captured Goa in 1499
The English opened their first factory in South India at Masulipatam
In Eastern India, the English Company opened its first factory in Orissa in 1633
Under the leadership of Duplex, the Frenchoccupied Madras in 1746 
Correct Answer is (a) The Portuguese captured Goa in 1499

47. With reference to Indian freedom struggle, which one of the following statements is NOT correct ?
The Rowlatt Act aroused a wave of popular indignation and led to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre 
Subhas Chandra Bose formed the Forward Bloc
Bhagat Singh was one of the founders of Hindustan Republican Socialist Association
In 1931, the Congress Session at Karachiopposed Gandhi-Irwin Pact 
Correct Answer is (d) In 1931, the Congress Session at Karachiopposed Gandhi-Irwin Pact 

48. Consider the following statements :
1. In the last five years, Indian software exports have increased at a compound annual growth rate of about 60%
2. The software and service industry in India registered an overall growth of about 28% in rupee terms during the year 2001-2002.
Which of these statements is / are correct ?
Only 1
Only 2
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (c) Both 1 and 2

49. Which one of the following statements is correct ? 
India is the second largest producer of nitrogenous fertilizers in the world
India is the ninth largest steel producing country in the world
India is the second largest producer of silk in the world
India ranks third in the world in coal production 
Correct Answer is (b) India is the ninth largest steel producing country in the world

50. Which one of the following statements is correct?
Only the Rajya Sabha and not the Lok sabha can have nominated members 
There is a constitutional provision for nominating two members belonging to the Anglo-Indian community to the Rajya Sabha
There is no constitutional bar for a nominated member to be appointed as a Union minister
A nominated member can vote both in the Presidential and Vice Presidential elections 
Correct Answer is (c) There is no constitutional bar for a nominated member to be appointed as a Union minister

51. With reference to Government of India’s decisions regarding Foreign Direct Investment FDI) during the year 2001-02, consider the following statements:
1. Out of the 100% FDI allowed by India in tea sector, the foreign ‘firm would have to disin-vest 33% of the equity in favour of an Indian partner within four years.
2. Regarding the FDI in print media in India, thesingle largest Indian shareholders should havea holding higher than 26%.
Which of these statements is / are correct ?
Only 1 
Only 2
Both 1 and 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (c) Both 1 and 2

52. Alam Khan, one of those who invited Babur to invade India was
an uncle of Ibrahim Lodi and a pretender to the throne of Delhi 
a cousin of Ibrahim Lodi who was ill-treated and expelled from the country
the father of Dilawar Khan to whom cruel treatment was meted out by Ibrahim Lodi
a high official in Punjab province who was very much discontented with Ibrahim Lodi’s treatment to his tribe 
Correct Answer is (a) an uncle of Ibrahim Lodi and a pretender to the throne of Delhi

53. The battle of Dharmat was fought between
Muhammad Ghori and Jai Chand
Babur and Afghans
Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh 
Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marathas 
Correct Answer is (c) Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh

54. Which one among the following has the largest shipyard in India?
Kolkata
Kochi
Mumbai
Visakhapatnam 
Correct Answer is (b) Kochi

55. Three flags, each of different colour, are available for a military exercise. Using these flags different codes can be generated by waving
i) single flag in a different sequence of colours, or
ii) any two flags in a different sequence of colours, or
iii) three flags in a different sequence of colours. 
The maximum umber of codes that can be generated is
6
9
15
18 
Correct Answer is (c) 15

56. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
List-I Organisation) List II (Location) 
A. National Sugar Institute 1. Dehradun
B. Mishra Dhatu Nigam Limited 2. Kamptee
C. Institute of Military Law 3. Pune
Institute of National Integration 4 . Hyderabad
5. Kanpur

A-3 B-1 C-4 D-2
A-5 B-1 C-4 D-3
A-3 B-4 C-5 D-2
A-5 B-4 C-2 D-3 
Correct Answer is (d) A-5 B-4 C-2 D-3

57. Tim Montgomery set .a new world record at the IAAF Grand Prix final in the year 2002 in
Long Jump
110m Hurdle Race 
100m Dash
High Jump 
Correct Answer is (c) 100m Dash

58. With reference to the work of human kidney, consider the following statements:
1. After the waste is removed in the kidney, the cleaner blood is sent back through renal artery. 
2. From Bowman’s capsule, the filtered liquid passes through tiny tubes where much of the glucose is reabsorbed and sent back to the blood in the renal vein.
Which of these statements is/are correct ?
Only l
Only 2
Both l and 2
Neither 1 nor 2 
Correct Answer is (c) Both l and 2

59. A hydrogen-inflated polythene balloon is released from the surface of the earth. As the balloon rises to an altitude up in the atmosphere, it will
decrease in size
flatten into a disc-like shape
increase in size
maintain the same size and shape 
Correct Answer is (c) increase in size

60. The power to enlarge the jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of India with respect to any matter included in the Union List of Legislative powers rests with
The President of India
The Chief Justice of India
The Parliament
The Union Ministry of Law, Justice and Company Affairs 
Correct Answer is (c) The Parliament

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