UPSC General Studies Prelims Paper­ 2009

1.Match ListI with ListII and select the correct answer using  the

code given below the lists :

ListI (Town)        ListII( River Nearer to it)

  1. Betul                1. Indravati
  2. Jagdalpur         2.Narmada
  3. Jabalpur          3.Shipra
  4. Ujjain              4.Tapti

          A     B       C    D                    A     B     C    D

(a)      1     4       2    3              (b)  4     1      2   3

(c)      4     1       3    2               (d)  1     4       3   2

 

Ans: 1 (b)

 

  1. Consider the following statement :

1.The nationwide scheme of the National Child Labour Projects

(NCLP) is run Union Ministry of Social Justice amd Empowerment.

2.Gurupadswamy Committee dealt with the issue of child labour.

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

 

Ans: 2(b)

 

3.Match ListI wish ListiI and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists :

ListI (Writer)              ListII(Book)

  1. V.S. Naipaul              1.The Siege of Krishnapur
  2. Salmman Rushdie     2. In a Free State
  3. Paul Scott                3. Midnight’s Children
  4. J.G Farrell                4. Staying On

      A    B    C    D                       A    B    C    D

(a)  2    3   4     1                 (b)  4    1    2    3

(b)  2    1   4     3                 (d)  4    3     2   1

 

Ans: 3 (a)

 

4.The song ‘Amar Sonar Bangla’ written during the Swadeshi

Movement of India inspired the liberation struggle of Bangladesh.

Who wrote this song ?

(a) Rajni  Kanta Sen     (b) Dwijendralal Ray

(c)  Mukunda Das        (d) Rabindranath Tagore

 

Ans:4 (d)

 

5.Which of the following types is used by computed tomography

employed for visualization of the internal structure of human body ?

(a) Xrays                      (b) sound Waves

(c)Magnetic resonance     (d) Radioisotopes

 

Ans: 5 (a)

 

  1. Consider the following statements in respect of financial

emergency under Article 360 of the Constitution of India:

  1. A Proclamation of financial emergenecy issued shall cease to

operate at the expiration of Two months, uncless before the

expiration of that period it has been approved by the resolution of

both houses of Parliament.

  1. If nay proclamation of financial emergencyis in operation, it is

competent for the president of India to issue directions for the

reduction of salaries and allowances of all or any class of persoans

serving in connection with the affirs of the Union but excluding the

Judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts. The Judges of

the Supreme Court and the High courts.

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

 

Ans: 6(a)

 

7.Which of the following Constitution Amendment Acts seeks that

the size of the Councils of Ministers at the Centre and ina State

must not exceed 15 per cent of the total number of members in the

Lok Sabha and the total numbers of members of the Legislative

Assembly of that state,respectively

(a) 91 st        (b) 93 rd

(c)  95th         (d) 97 th

Ans: 7(a)

 

  1. Consider the following statements :
  2. The series of the International Paper Sizes is based on A0 size

Whose area is 0.5 cm2  (approximately).

  1. The area of A4 size paper is 1/8th of that of the A0 size paper.

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

Ans: 8(d)

 

  1. Consider the following statements :
  2. The Chairman of the Committee on public Accounts is appointed

by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha.

  1. The Committee on public Accounts comprises Members of Lok

Sabha, Members of Rajya Sabha and a few eminent persons of

industry and trade.

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

Ans:9(a)

 

  1. Consider the following statements :1.In India, Red Panda is naturally found in the Western Himalayas
  2. 2.In India, Slow Loris lives in the dense forests of the North East.

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

Ans:10 (b)

11.The first factory Act restricting the working hours of women and

children, and authorizing local governments to make necessary

rules was adopted during whose time?

(a) lord Lytton        (b) Lord Bentinck

(c) Lord Ripon        (d) Lord Canning

Ans:11(c)

 

  1. What is the Galileo Project which has been in news recently?

(a) An intercountry programme  of missile shield developed by the

United States of America

(b) a Project developed by India with assistance from Canada

(c)  An environmental protection project being developed by Japan

(d) a multisatellite navigation project being developed by the

European Union

Ans:12(d)

 

  1. Near the end of the year 2006, which one of the following

countries was suspended from the Commonwealth after a military

coup ?

(a) Kenya          (b) Myanmar

(C) Fiji               (d) Tanzania

Ans:13 (c)

14.Shahgarh area in Jaisalmer district of Rajasthan was in news in

the year 2006 because of  which one of the following?

(a) Finding high quality gas reserves

(b) Finding uranium deposits

(c) Finding Zinc deposits

(d) Installation of wind power units

Ans: 14 (a)

15.Which one of the following is the correct sequence in the order of

decreasing length of the three structural parts given below of small

intestine in the human body?

(a) Jejunum – Duodenum Ileum

(b) IleumDuodenum Duodenum

(c)  JejunumItleum Doudenum

(d) Itleum Jejunum Duodenum

Ans:15(d)

  1. Who among the following wrote the book Babuvivah?

(a) raja Rammohan Roy

(b) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

(c)  Pandita Rambai

(d) Rabindranath Tagore2

Ans :16 (b)

  1. In human body, which one of the following hoemones regulates

blood calcium and Phosphate?

(a)Glucagon          (b) Growth hormone

(c) Parathyroid       (d) Thyroxine

Ans:17 (c)

18.How do most insects respire?

(a) Through skin   (b) Through gills

(c)  By lungs         (d) By tracheal system

Ans:18 (d)

19.In human being, normalyy in which one of the following parts,

does the a spem fertilize the ovum?

(a) Cervix                         (b) Fallopian

(c)  Lower part of uterus     (d) Upper part of uterus

Ans:19 (b)

  1. Which one of the following parts of human brain is the regulating

centre for swallowing and vomiting?

(a) Cerebellum              (b) Cerebrum

(c) Medulla oblongata    (d) Pons

Ans:20 (c)

21.Production of which one of the following is a function  of the liver?

(a) Lipase        (b) Urea

(c) Mucus         (d) Hydrochloric acid

Ans:21(b)

22.Which one of the following countries recently upgraded its

defence agency to a full defence ministry?

(a) Italy             (b) Japan

(c) Switzerland    (d) Thierry Henry

Ans:22 (b)

23.Who among the following was chosen as the FIFA World Player

of the Year for the Year 2006 ?

(a) Zinedine Zidane      (b) Fabio Cannavaro

(c) Ronaldinho             (d) Thierry Henry

Ans:23 (b)

 

24.Which one of the following is not a digestive enzyme in the

human systems?

(a) Trypsin                  (b) Gastrin

(c) Indigo and yellow    (d) Yellow and violet

Ans:24 (b)

  1. Which of the following types of light are strongly absorbed by

plants?

(a) Violet and orange        (b) Blue and red

(c) Indigo and yellow         (d) Yellow and violet

Ans:25 (b)

26.Match ListI with ListII and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists:

ListI (Person)        ListII(known as)

  1. John C. Mather          1.  Cofounder of Microsoft
  2. Michael Griffin            2.  Space Walker
  3. Paul G. Allen              3. Administrator of NASA
  4. Piers Sellers               4.  Nobel Prize Winner,2006 in Physics

        A    B    C   D                       A      B      C     D

(a)    4    1    3   2                 (b)  2      3      1     4

(c)     4    3    1   2                (d)   2      1     3      4

Ans:26 (c)

 

27.Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?

(a) Cosmic Background Explore(COBE)       :         Satellite

programme

(b) Falcon                                               :         Undersea cable

system

(c)  Discovery                                          :        Space Shutle

(d)  Atlantis                                            :       Space Station

Ans :27 (d)

 

  1. Consider the following statements:
  2. China has the observer’s status at the South Asian Association

for Regional Cooperation.

  1. India has the observer’s status at the Shanghai Cooperation

Organisation.

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

Ans:28 (c)

29.Match ListI with ListII and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists:

ListI (Eminent Person)                      ListII(Known as)

  1.    Bhanu Bharti                                 1.  Music composer
  2.    Mike Pandey                                 2. Poet and Literateur
  3.    Mohd. Zahur Khayyam                   3. Theatre director
  4.    Vinda Karandikar                          4.  Wildlife film maker

        A          B      C       D                                  A       B       C        D

(a)    1         4       3       2                            (b)  3       2       1        4

(c)    1          2      3       4                            (d)   3       4      1         2

Ans: 29 (d)

30.Three identical vessels A, b and C are field with water, mercury

and kerosene respectively up to an equal height.botton of the

vessels are provided with identical taps at the bottom of the vessels.

If the three taps are opened simultaneously then which vessel is

emptied first?

(a) vessel B

(b) All the vessel A,B & C will be emptied simultaneously

(c) Vessel A

(d) Vessel

Ans: 30 (d)

  1. In the latter half of the year 2006, in which one of the following

countries did a military coup take place?

(a) Cambodia                        (b) Laos

(c)  Thailand                          (d) Vietnam

Ans:31 (c)

  1. Match ListI with ListII and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists:

ListI (Aluminium Company)                ListIi (Location)

A.BALCO                                                  1. Hirakud

B.HINDALCO                                             2. Korba

C.Indian Aluminium Company                    3.Koraput

  1. NALCO                                                 4. Renukoot

       A     B       C      D                                          A     B      C     D

(a)   3     1       4      2                                    (b)  2     4     1      3

(c)   3      4       1     2                                     (d)  2     1     4      3

 

Ans: 32 (b)

 

  1. Which one of the following is located is located in the

Bastar  region ?

(a) Bandhavgarh National Park

(b) Dundeli Sanctuary

(c)  Rajai National Park

(d) Indravati  National Park

 

Ans:33 (d)

 

34.Which one of the following National Highways passes through

Maharashtra Chhattisgarh and Orissa ?

(a) NH 4                       (b) NH 5

(c)  Nh 6                       (d) NH 7

Ans:34 (c)

  1. In the human body, which structure is the appendix attached  to

?

(a) The large intestine                        (b) the small intestine

(c)  The gall bladder                           (d) The stomach

Ans:35 (a)

  1. Consider the following statements :
  2. Balaghat is known for its diamond mines.
  3. Majhgawan is known for its manganese deposits.

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

Ans: 36 (d)

  1. Which one omong the following States of India has the Lowest

density of population ?

(a) Himachal  Pradesh            (b) Meghalaya

(c)  Arunachal Pradesh            (d) Sikkim

Ans: 37 (c)

38.Match ListI with ListII and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists :

          List_I(City)            ListII(River)

  1.      Bangkok                   1. Irrawaddy
  2.    Phnompenh               2. Mekong
  3.    Hanoi                         3. Menam (chao Phraya)
  4.     Yangon                      4. Red River

        A        B      C     D                      A         B        C     D

(a)    3       2       4     1                (b)   4        1        3     2

(c)     3       1       4     2                (d)  4         2        3     1

Ans: 38 (a)

  1. Consider the following statements:

1.Either of the two belts over the oceans at about 300  to 350  N

ands S Latitudes is known as Horse Latitude.

2.Horse latitudes are low pressure belts.

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

Ans: 39 (a)

 

  1. Which one among the following rivers is the longest?

(a) Amazon            (b) Amur

(c) Congo               (d) Lena

 

Ans: 40 (a)

 

  1. Which one of the following rivers orininates at Amarkantak ?

(a) Damodar        (b) Mahanadi

(c)  Narmada        (d) Tapti

Ans: 41 (c)

  1. Which one among the following major Indian cities is most

eastward located ?

     (a) Hyderabad            (b) Bhopal

     (c)  Lucknow               (d) Benguluru (Bangalore)

 

  Ans: 42 (c)

  1. Dalbergia species is associated with which one of the following ?

(a) Cashew nut        (b) Coffee

(c)  Tea                   (d) Rosewood

 

Ans:43 (d)

44.Out of the four southern States : Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka,

Kerala and Tamil Nadu, which shares boundaries with the maximum

number of Indian States ?

(a) Andhra Pradesh Only

(b) Karnataka Only

(c)  Each of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

(d) Each of Tamil Nadu and Kerala

Ans: 44 (c)

  1. Through which one of the following Straits, does a tunnel

connect the United Kingdom and France ?

(a) Davis Strait            (b) Denmark Strait

(c)  Strait of dover        (d) Strait of Gibraltar

Ans: 45 (c)

  1. Consider the following statements:

1.The annual range of temperature is greater in the Pacific Ocean

than that in the Atlantic Ocean.

  The annual range of temperature is greater in the Northern

Hemisphere than that in the Southern Hemisphere.

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

Ans:46 (b)

47.The largest coral  reef in the world is found near the coast of

which one of the following countries?

(a) 1 only             (b) Cuba

(c) Both 1 and 2    (d) Philippines

Ans:47 (a)

 

  1. In which State is the Guru Shikhar Peak located ?

(a) Rajasthan              (b) Gujarat

(c)  Madhya Pradesh    (d) Maharashtra

Ans:48 (a)

  1. Who wrote the book‘the story of the Integration of the Indian States’?

(a) B. N. Rao                    (b) C.Rajagopalachari

(c) Krishna Menon             (d) V.P. Menon

 

Ans: 49 (d)

50.Which one of the following aroused a wave of popular indignation

that led to the  massacre by the British at Jallianwala  Bagh  ?

(a) The arms Act           (b) The Public Safety Act

(c)  The Rowlatt Act        (d) The Vernacular Press Act

Ans: 50 (c)

 

51.Who was the Speaker of the first Lok Sabha ?

(a)  Hukam singh        (b) G,V.Mavalankar

(c)  K.M. Munshi          (d) U,N. Dhebar

Ans: 51 (b)

52.At which one of the following Place did Mahatma  Gandhi first

start his Satyagraha in India?

(a) Ahmedabad          (b) Bardoli

(c)  Champaran          (d) kheda

Ans: 52 (C)

53.Who among the following started the newspaper Shome

Prakash ?

(a) Dayanand Saraswati                       

(b) Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar

(c) Raja Rammohan Roy                    

(d)  Surendranath Banerjee

Ans: 53 (b)

  1. The ruler of which one of the following States was removed from

power by the british on the pretext of misgovernance?

(a) Awadh        (b) Jhansi

(c) French        (d) Satara

Ans:54 (a)

  1. Who among the following Europeans were the last to come to

preindependence India as traders?

       (a) Dutch            (b) English

       (c)  French          (d) Portuguese

Ans:55 (C)

56.Consider the following statements:

  1. Robert Clive was the first GovernorGeneral of Bengal.
  2. William Bentinck was the first GovernorGeneral of India.

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

Ans: 56 (b)

  1. Which one of the following was the first fort constructed by the

British in India ?

(a) Fort William        (b) Fort St. George

(c)Fort St. David        (d) Fort St. Angelo

Ans: 57 (b)

  1. Consider the following statements:
  2. Jawaharla Nehru was in his fourth term as the Prime Minister of

india at the time of his death.

  1. Jawaharlal Nheru represented Rae Bareilly constituency as a

Member of Parliament.

  1. The first nonCongress Prime Minister of India assumed the

Office in the year 1977.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

(a) 1 and 2        (b) 3 only

(c)  1 only          (d) 1 and 3

Ans: 58 (d)

59.Match ListI wish ListII and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists:

ListI(Company)                ListII(Major Area/Product)

  1.    Chevron                       1. Wind energy
  2.    A T & T                        2. Oil
  3.    AMD                            3.Telephone, internet
  4.    Enercon                       4. Microprocessor

A         B         C        D                 A        B         C        D

(a)      2         1         4        3        (b)     4         3         2        1

(c)       2        3          4        1        (d)     4         1        2         3

 

Ans: 59 (c)

 

  1. Which one of the following is called Philosopher’s wool?

(a) William Dickson         :    Motion Picture film

(b) Charles Babbage       :    Programmable computer

(c)  Nicholas Stern           :    Construction technology

(d)  brain Green              :    String

 

Ans: 60 (c)

 

61.Which one among the following is called philosopher’s wool?

    (a)  Zinc  bromide        (b) Zinc  nitrate

    (c) Zinc oxide             (d) Zinc chloride

Ans:61 (c)

 

62.Which one of the following does not contain silver?

     (a) Horn Silver            (b) German silver

     (c)  Ruby silver            (d) Lunar caustic

Ans: 62 (b)

 

  1. Which one of the following types of glass  can cut off ultraviolet

rays ?

   (a)  Soda glass            (b) pyrex glass

   (c)   Jena glass            (d)  Crookes glass

 

Ans: 63 (d)

 

  1. Which one of the following nonmetals is not  a poor conductor

of electricity?

(a) Sulphur          (b) Selenium

(c)  Bromine        (d) Phosphorus

Ans: 64 (b)

  1. Which one of the following is another name of RDX ?

(a) Cyanohydrin            (b) Selenium

(c)  Cyclohexane           (d) Cyclonite

Ans: 65 (d)

  1. Where are the headquarters of the Organization of the Islamic

Conference (OIC) located ?

(a) Dubai                  (b) Jeddah

(c)  Islamabad          (d) Ankara

 

Ans: 66 (b)

  1. Which one of the following cities has been the venue of the

asian Games for the maximum number of times from the year 1951

to the year 2006?

(a) Delhi                (b) Bangkok

(c) Rio de janeiro    (d) Beijing

Ans: 67 (b)

  1. Where is Copacabana Beach located ?

(a) Buenos Aires           (b) Hawaiian Islands

(c)  Rio de Janeiro        (d) Valletta

 

Ans:68  (c)

  1. Who was Leander Paes’s  partner when he won Doubles Final in

the US Open Tennis Tournament 2006 ?

(a) Max Mirnyi            (b) Martin Damm

(c) Bob Bryan             (d) Mike Bryan

Ans: 69 (b)

 

  1. Who among the following is considered as the inventor of the

World Wide Web (WWW)?

(a) Edward  Kasner          (b) Bill Gates

(c) Tim BernersLee        (d) Vinod Dham

Ans: 70 (c)

  1. Three Dice (each having six faces with each face having one

number from 1 to 6) are rolled. What is the number of possible

putcomes such that at least one dice shows the number 2 ?

(a) 36            (b) 81

(c)  91            (d) 116

Ans: 71 (c)

  1. All the six letters of the name SACHIN are arranged to from

different words without repeating any letter in any one word.The

words so formed are then arranged as ina dictionary. What will be

the Position of the world SACHIN in that sequence?

(a) 436            (b) 590

(c) 601            (d) 751

Ans: 72 (c)

 

  1. Five balls of different colours are to be placed in three different

boxes such that any box contains at least one ball. What is the

maximum number of different ways in which this can be done?

(a) 90            (b) 120

(c) 150           (d) 180

Ans:73 (c)

  1. Amit has five friends : 3 girls and 2 boys. Amit’s wife also has 5

friends : 3 boys and 2 girls. In how many maximum number of

different ways can they invite 2 boys and 2 girls such that two of

them are Amit’s friends and two are his wife’s ?

(a) 24            (b) 38

(c)  46            (d) 58

 

Ans:74 (c)

  1.  
  2. Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?

(a)  T.S Krishnamurthy    :    Former Chief Election Commissioner of

India

(b) K.C. Pant                  :    Chairman, Tenth Finance Commission of

India

(c) A.M. Khusro               :    Former Chairman, Union Public Service

Commission

(d) R.C. Lahoti                :    Former Chief Justice of India

Ans: 75 (c)

  1. Consider the following statements:
  2. The mode of removal of a Judge of a High Court in India is same

as that of removal of a Judge of the Supreme Court.

  1. After retirement from the office, a permanent Judge of a High

Court canot plead or act in any court or before any authority in India.

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

Ans:77 (a)

  1. Which one of the following is the correct chronological order of

the formation as full States of the Indian Union ?

(a)  SikkimArunachal PradeshNagalandHaryana

(b) NagalandHaryanaSikkimArunachal Pradesh

(c)  SikkimHaryanaNagalandArunachal Pradesh

(d) NagalandArunachal PradeshSikkimHaryana

Ans:78 (b)

  1. Tarapore  Committee was associated with which one of the

following ?

(a) Special Economic Zones

(b) Fuller capital account convertibility

(c) Foreign exchange reserves

(d) Effect of oilprices on the Indian economy

Ans:79 (b)

  1. Who among the following served as the Chief Economist of the

International Monetary Fund ?

(a) Ashok Lahiri                           (b) Sumantra Ghoshal

(c) Saumitra Chaudhuri                 (d) Raghuram Rajan

 

Ans:80 (d)

 

81.Where were Shevaroy Hills located ?

(a) Andhra Pradesh        (b) Karnataka

(c) Kerla                       (d) Tamil Nadu

Ans: 81 (d)

 

  1. Participatory Notes (PNs) are associated with which one of the

following ?

(a) Consolidated Fund of India

(b) Foreign Institutional Investors

(c) United Nations Development Programme

(d) Kyoto Protocol

 

Ans: 82 (b)

 

  1. The Pulitzer Prize is associated with which one of the following ?

(a) Enviromental protection        (b) Olympic games

(c) Journalism                          (d) Civil Aviation

Ans: 83 (c)

 

  1. For which one of the following books did kiran Desai win the

Man Booker Prize 2006?

(a) the Secret River        (b) In the Country of Men

(c) Journalism               (d) Mother’s Milk

Ans: 84 (c)

 

  1. Where was the first conference of the Pugwash Conferences on

Science and World Affairs held in the Year 1957 ?

(a) Minnow brook (USA)                 (b) Rhode Island (USA)

(c) Nova Scotia (Canada)               (d) Nagasaki (Japan)

Ans: 85 (c)

  1. Consider the following statements:
  2.  The repo rate is the rate at which other banks borrow from the

Reserve Bank of India.

  1. A value of 1 or Gini Coefficient in a country inplies that there is

perfectly equal income for everyone in its population.

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

Ans: 86 (b)

87.MCA21 is a major initative taken up by the Government of India

in which one of the following areas ?

(a) Foreign direct investment in India

(b) Attacting international tourists

(c) egovernance

(d) Modernization of airports

 

Ans: 87 (c)

 

  1. How is Gabriel Garcia Marquez wellknown as ?

(a) Known for research in agriculture

(b) A renowed football coach

(c) A great writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature

(d) Known for research in railway engineering

Ans: 88 (c)

89.Robert Webster is known for his work associated with which one

of the following ?

(a) Cardiology            (b) Influenza virus

(c)  HIV/AIDS             (d) Alzheimer

Ans : 89 (b)

  1. Wangari Maathai, the  Nobel Prizes winner from Kenys is known

for her contribution to which one of the following ?

(a) Jouralism

(b) International  economics

(c) Sustainable development

(d) Child development

Ans: 90 (c)

  1. In the figure shown above, what is the maximum number of different

ways in which 8 identical balls can be placed in the small triangles

1,2,3 and 4 such that each triangle contains at  least one ball ?

 (a) 32        (b) 35

 (c) 44        (d) 56

Ans: 91 (b)

 

  1. 6 equiddistant vertical lines are drawn on a board. 6 equidistant

horizontal line are also drawn on the board cutting the 6 vertical

lines, and the distance between any two consecutive horizontal lines

is equal to that between any two consecutive vertical lines. What is

maximum number of squares thus formed ?

(a) 37            (b) 55

(c)  44            (d) 56

Ans: 92 (b)

  1. Each of the 3 persons is to be given some identical items such

that product of the numbers of items received by each of the three

persons is equal to 30. In how many maximum different ways can

this distribution be done ?

(a) 21            (b) 24

(c) 27            (d) 33

Ans: 93 (c)

  1. Six faces a cube are numbered from 1 to 6, each face carrying

one different number. Further,

  1. The face 2 is opposite to the face 6.
  2. The face 1 is opposite to the face 5.
  3. The face 3 is between the face 1 and the face 5.
  4. The face 4 is adjacent to the face 2.

Which one of the following is correct ?

(a) The face 2 is adjacent to the face 3

(b) The face 6 is between the  face 2 and the face 4

(c)  The face 1 is between the face 5 and the face 6

(d)  None of the above

Ans: 94 (a)

  1. Groups each containing 3 boys are to be formed out of 5 boys

,B,C,D and E such that no one group contains both C and D

together. What is the maximum number of such different groups ?

(a) 5          (b) 6

(c) 7           (d) 8

 

Ans: 95 (c)

  1. In how many maximum different ways can 3 identical balls be placed

in the 12 squares (each ball to be placed in the exact centre of the

squares and only one ball is to be placed in one square) shown in

the figure given above such that they do not lie along the same

straight line?

(a) 144            (b) 200

(c) 204            (d) 216

Ans: 96 (b)

  1. Consider the following statements:
  2. North Atlantic Cooperation Council(NACC) is the name of the

new organization which has repeated the North Atlantic Treaty   

Organization (NATO).

  1. The United States of America and the United Kingdom became

the members of the NATO when it was formed in the year 1949.

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

Ans: 97 (b)

  1. Which one of the following is the correct sequence in the

decreasing order of contribution of different sectors to the Gross

Domestic Product of India.?

(a) Service Industry Agriculture

(b) ServiceAgricultureIndustry

(c) Industry ServicesAgriculture

(d) IndustryAgricultureServices

 

Ans:98 (a)

 

  1. Match KistI and Select the correct answer using the code given

below the lists:

ListI(Persoan)                ListII(Company)

  1. Vishwapati Trivedi        1.  Essar Group
  2. Tulsi R. Tanti              2.Info  Edge India(which runs nakuri.com)
  3. Shashi Ruia                3. Indian (Indian Airlines)
  4. S. Bikhchandani          4. Suzlon Energy

        A      B      C     D                    A      B       C    D

(a)    2      4      1     3              (b)  3      1       4    2

(c)    2       1     4     3               (d)  3     4       1    2

Ans: 99 (d)

  1. Which one of the following places was associated with

Acharya  Vinoba Bhave’s  Bhoodan Movement at the beginning of  

the movement ?

(a) Udaygiri        (b) Rapur

(c)Pochampalli     (d) Venkatagiri

 

Ans: 100 (c)

  1. Who among the following bowlers have taken more than 500

wickts in Test Cricket ?

  1. Wasim Akram        (b) Richard Hadlee
  2. Glenn McGroth        (d) Courtney Walsh

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only        (b) 3 and 4 only

(c) 1,2 and 3 only      (d) 1,2,3 and 4

 

Ans: 101 (b)

 

  1. NASA’S Deep Impact space mission was  employed to take

detailed pictures of which comet nucleus ?

(a) halley’s Comet        (b) HaleBopp

(c)  hyakutake             (d) Tempel 1

 

Ans: 102 (d)

 

103.The Stilwell Road, built in 1940s, which was recently in news,

connects which of the following ?

(a) Agartala in India and Yangon in Myanmar via Bangladesh

(b) Ledo in India and Kunming in China via Myanmar

(c) Kalimpong in India and Lhasa in Tibet via Bhutan

(d) Imphal in India and Bangkok in Thailand via Myanma

 

Ans: 103 (d)

 

104.With reference to the international meeting held in the year

2006, which of the following pairs is/are correctly matched ?

  1. NAM Summit                               :          Havana
  2. APEC Meeting                             :           Bangkok
  3. EUIndia Summit                        :           Helsinki
  4. Un Climate Change Conference    :          Geneva

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a)  1 only        (b) 1 and 3 only

(c)  1, 2 and 3   (d) 2,3 and 4

 

Ans: 104 (b)

 

  1. Who among the following wrote the bookAyodhya : 6

December 1992 ?

(a) Chandra Shekhar        (b) P.V.Narasimha Rao

(c)  Jaswant Singh            (d) Arun Shourie

 

Ans: 105 (b)

 

  1. With reference to the steel industry in India in the recent times,

consider the following statements:

  1. Vizag Steel Plant (RINL) has been declared Mini Ratna.
  2. Merger of IISO with SAIL has been completed.

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

 

Ans: 106 (c)

 

  1. Which one of the followingis not a member of the Shanghai

Cooperation Organisation ?

(a) Russia                    (b) Kazakhstan

(c)Ukraine                    (d) Uzbekistan

 

Ans: 107 (c)

 

  1. Which of the following countries signed the Tshwane

Declaration in October, 2006 ?

(a) China and South Africa

(b) India and South Africa

(c)  South Africa and Bostswana

(d) Saudi Arabia and South Africa

 

Ans: 108 (b)

 

109 .Recently, the European Union and other six countries including

India signed the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

(ITER) Project. Which one of the  following was not a signatory to it

?

(a) Canada        (b) china

(c) Japan           (d) USA

 

Ans: 109 (a)

 

  1. Match ListI with ListII and select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists :

ListI(Person)            ListII(known as)

  1.    Bhajan Sopori              1. Bharatnatyam dancer
  2.    Birju Maharaj               2. Exponent of Santoor
  3.    Priyadarsini Govind       3. Mridangam maestro
  4.    T.V.Gopalakrishnan      4. Kathak dancer

A        B       C        D                      A          B        C      D

(a)      2        1       4        3               (b)   3          1        4      2

(c)       2        4       1        3               (d)   3          4        1      2

 

Ans: 110 (c)

 

111.Which one of the following Himalayan passes was reopened

around in the middle of the year 2006 to facilitate trade between

India and China ?

(a) Chang La        (b) Jara La

(c)Nathu La          (d) Shipki La

 

Ans: 111 (c)

 

112.How is Steve Fossett known as ?

(a) as a crocodile hunter

(b) For completing the longest nonstop flight around the globe

(c)  For swimming across Atlantic Ocean

(d) For climbing to Mt. Everest without any coclimber

 

Ans: 112 (b)

 

  1. Basel II relates to which one of the following?

(a) International standards for safety in civil aviation

(b) measures against cyber crimes

(c)  Measures against drug abouse by sportspersoans

(d) International standards for measuring the adequacy of a bank’s

capital

 

Ans:113 (d)

 

  1. Match ListI with ListII and Select the correct answer using the

code given below the lists:

ListI(Persoan)        ListII(Position/Organization)

  1.    Nancy Pelosi            1. WTO
  2.    Margaret Chan         2.Speaker, U.S. House of Representatives
  3.    Pascal Lasmy          3.WHO
  4.    Steve Ballmer          4. Microsoft

        A     B    C   D              A     B    C    D

(a)    2     1    3   4       (b)   4     3     1    2

(c)     2     3    1   4       (d)   4    1     3     2

 

Ans: 114 (c)

 

  1. In which one of the following cities is the Global Automotive

Research Central being set up?

      (a)   Chennai            (b) Hyderabad

      (d)  Pune                 (d)  Gurgaon

 

Ans 115(a)

 

116.Consider the following statements:

  1. Republicans won the majority in the u.S. House of

Representatives Elections held in the year 2006.

  1. Republication Bobby Jindal, won a seat in the U.S. House of

Representatives for the second time.

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

 

Ans: 116 (b)

 

  1. What is the broad area in which the Nobel Prize winners for the

year 2006 in Physiology or Medicine, worked to get the Prize?

(a) Prevention of weakening due to ageing

(b) Flow of genetic information

(c)  Immunology and disease resistance

(d) Adult stem cell research

 

Ans: 117 (b)

 

  1. In which one of the following districts, have large reserves of

diamondbearing kimberlite been discovered in the recent past ?

(a) Hoshangabad   (b) Raipur

(c) Sambalpur        (d) Warangal

 

Ans. 118 (b)

 

  1. Which one of the following countries is planning to construct a

rival to the Panama Canal to link the Pacific and Atlantic oceans ?

(a)  Colombia        (b) Costa Rica

(c)  Guatemala       (d) Nicaragua

Ans: 119 (d)

 

  1. Consider the following statements :
  2. In the year 2006, India successfully tested a fullfledged cryogenic

stage in rocketry.

2.After USA, Russia and china, India is the only country to have

acquired the capability for use of cryogenic stage in rocketry.

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

 

Ans: 120 (a)

 

  1. Consider the following statements :
  2. In November, 2006, DRDO successfully conducted the

interception test using PrithviII missile.

  1. PrithviII is a surfacetosurface missile and can be deployed to

guard the metros against air attacks.

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

 

Ans: 121 (c)

 

  1. What was the purpose of the Operation Sukoon launched by

the Government of India ?

(a) Helping Indonesia in its efforts to rehabilitate the victims of

earthquake in that country

(b) Evacuating the Indian Nations from Lebanon during the conflict

in the Middle East.

(c)  Assisting United Nations in  its efforts to help the civil war vitims

in the Darfur refion of North Africa

(d) Providing a relief package to farmers after a spate of suicides by

other farmers in Andhra Pradesh

 

Ans: 122 (b)

 

  1. Which one of the following is also known as Top Slip ?

(a) Simlipal National Park

(b) Periyar Wilddlife Sanctuary

(c)  manjira Wildlife Sanctuary

(d) Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park

Ans: 123 (d)

 

  1. Who among the following is Chile’s  First woman President ?

(a) D. Ortege        (b) M. Bachelet

(c) E. Morales        (d) A. Garcia

 

Ans: 124 (b)

 

  1. Consider the following statements:

1.The Judge (Inquiry) Bill 2006 contemplates to establish a Judicial

Council which will receive complaints against Judge of the Supreme

Court Chief Justices and Judges.

  1. Under the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence act,

2005, women from Domestic Violence act, 2005 a woman can file a

petition before a 1st class Judicial magistrate.

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

 

Ans: 125 (c)

 

  1. Where is the famous Vijaya Vitala temple having its 56 carved

pillars emitting musical notes located?

(a) Belur         (b) Bhadrachalam

(c)  Hampi       (d) Srirangam

 

Ans: 126 (c)

 

  1. The National Housing Bank was set up in India as a wholly

owned subsidiary of which one of the following ?

(a) State Bank of india

(b) Reserve Bank of India

(c)  ICICI Bank

(d) life Insurance Corporation of India

 

Ans: 127 (b)

 

  1. If all the numbers from 501 to 700 are written, what is the total

number of times does the digit 6 appear ?

(a) 138            (b) 139

(c) 140            (d) 141

 

Ans: 128 (c)

 

  1. Parimarjan Negi has excelled which one of the following games

?

(a) Billiards     (b) Swimming

(c) Chess        (d) Weightlifting

 

Ans: 129 (c)

 

  1. A and B can complete work together in 5 days. If a works at

twice his speed and B at half of his speed this works can be finished

in 4 days. How many days would it take for A alone to complete the

job ?

(a) 10        (b) 12

(c)15          (d) 18

Ans: 130 (a)

 

  1. amit starts from a point a and walks to another points B, and

then returns from B to A by his car and thus takes a total time of 6

hours and 45 minutes. If he had driven both ways in his car, he

would have taken 2 hours less. How long would it take for him to

walk both ways ?

(a) 7 hours 45 minutes        (b) 8 hours 15 minutes

(c)  8 hours 30 minutes        (d) 8 hours 45 minutes

 

Ans: 131 (d)

 

  1. A Person has to completely put each of three liquids : 403 litres

of petrol, 465 litres of diesel and 496 litres of the Mobil Oil in bottles

of equal size without mixing any of the above three types of liquids

such that each bottle is completed filled.What is the least possible

number of bottles required ?

(a) 34       (b) 44

(c) 46        (d) none of the above

 

Ans: 132 (b)

 

  1. a train complete a journey with a few stoppages in between at

an average speed of 40 km per hour. If the train had not stopped

anywhere, it would have completed the journey at an average speed

of 60 km per hour. On an average, how many minutes per hour does

the train stop average, how many minutes per hour does the train

stop average, how many minutes per hour does the train stop during

the journey ?

(a) 20 minutes per hour        (b) 18 minutes per hour

(c) 15 minutes per hour        (d) 10 minutes per hour

 

Ans: 133 (a)

 

  1. Who among the following have been the Union Finance

Ministers of India ?

  1. V.P. Singh       2. R. Venkattaraman
  2. Y.B. Chavan    4. Pranab Mukherjee

Ans: 134 (d)

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :

(a)    1,2 and 3 only        (b) 1,3 and 4 only

(c)2 and 4 only        (d) 1,2,3 and 4

 

  1. Which one of the following is the correct sequence in the

decreasing order of production ( in million tones) of the given

foodgrains in India ?

(a) WheatRicePulsesCoarse cereals

(b) RiceWheatPulsesCoarsecereals

(c)  WheatRiceCoarse cerealsPulses

 

Ans: 135 (d)

 

  1. Which one of the following pairs of countries joined the

European Union in January, 2007 ?

(a) Bulgaria and Romania    (b) Bulgaria and Belgium

(c)  Romania and Slovenia   (d)  Hungary and Croatia

 

Ans: 136 (a)

  1. what is the average distance (approximate) between the Sun

and the Earth /

(a) 70x105km        (b) 100x105km

(c) 110x106km       (d) 150x106km

 

Ans: 137(d)

 

  1. Consider the following statements :
  2. If magenta and yellow coloured circles intersect, the interested

are will have red colour.

  1. If cyan and magenta coloured circles intersect, the interested are

will have blue colour.

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

 

Ans: 138 (c)

 

  1. Consider the following statements:
  2. a flute of smaller length produces waves of lower frequency.
  3. Sound travels in rocks in the form of longitudinal elastic waves

only.

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

 

Ans: 139 (b)

 

  1. Four wires of same material and of dimensions as under as

stretched by a load of same magnitude separately. Which one of

them will be elongated maximum ?

(a) Wire of 1 m length and 2 mm diameter

(b) Wire of 2 m length and 2 mm diameter

(c) Wire of 3 m length and 1.5 mm diameter

(d) Wire 1 m length and 1 mm diameter

 

Ans: 140 (c)

 

  1. The average salary of 100 employees in an office is Rs. 16,000

per month. The management decided to raise salary of every

employee by 5% but stopped a transport allowance of Rs. 800 per

month which was paid earlier to every employee. What will be the

new average monthly salary ?

(a) Rs.16,000 (b) Rs. 16,500

(c)  Rs. 16,800     

(d) Cannot be known since data are insufficient

 

Ans: 141 (a)

 

  1. Raghu  rai is well known for which one of the following areas ?

(a) Research in Mathematics (b) Photography

(c) Water harvesting             (d) Pollution control

Ans: 142 (b)

 

  1. Which one of the following Organisations  won the CSIR Award

for Science and Technology (S7T) Innovations for Rural

Development, 2006 ?

(a) CLRI        (B) IARI

(C) NDDB       (D) NDRI

 

Ans: 143 (a)

 

  1. which one of the following cities does not have the same clock

time as that of the other three cities at any given instant ?

(a) London (U.K)        (b) Lisbon (Portugal)

(c) Accra (Ghana)        (d) Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

 

Ans: 144 (d)

 

  1. Which one of the following parts of the pitcher plant becomes

modified into a pitcher ?

(a) Stem        (b) Leaf

(c) Stipule       (d) Petiole

 

Ans: 145 (b)

 

Directions: The following Five (5) items consist of two statements,

one labeled as the ‘Assertion (A)’ and the other as “Reason (R). you

are to these items using the code given below:

(a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct

explanation of A.

(b) Both A and R are individually tru but R is not the correct

explanation of A.

(c) A is True but R is false

(d) A is false but R is true

 

  1. Assertio (A): The Council of Ministers in the Union of India is

collectively responsible both to the lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha.

Reason(R): The Member of both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya

Sabha are eligible to be the Ministers of the Union Government.

Ans: 146 (d)

  1. Assertion(A): According to the Wavell Plan, the number of

Hindu and Muslim members in the Executive Council were to be equal.

Reason(R) : Wavell thought that this arrangement would have

avoided the partition of India.

Ans: 147 (c)

  1. Assertion (A): River Kalinadi is an eastflowing river in the

southern part of India.

Reason(R): The Deccan Plateau is higher along its western edge

and gently slopes towards the bay of Bengal in the east.

Ans: 148 (d)

  1. Assertion(A)  : There are no tea plantations in any African

country.

        Reason (R)  : Tea plants need fertile soil with high humus.

Ans: 149 (d)

  1. Assertion (A) : A jet aircraft moving at Mach Number.equal to q

travels faster at an altitude of 15 km than while moving at level.

       Reason   (R) : the velocity of sound depends on the

temperature of the surrounding medium.

Ans: 150 (a)

 

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