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no. 1,2,3,4,6,30,31,32,45 AND 46
1.      The basic characteristic of a capitalistic economy is
    a) full employment
the private ownership of the means of production
    c) absence of monopoly
    d) large-scale production in primary industries
         A capitalist economy is one in which the means of production are owned and controlled
         by the private corporations and government has no interference on the working of private
2. Which of the following taxes is not a direct tax?
    a) Gift tax
    b) Wealth tax
Sales tax
    d) Estate duty
3. UNDP prepares
    a) Index Number of Price Level
    b) Physical Quality Index
Human Development Index
    d) Standard of Living Index
4. Fiscal policy refers to
    a) Sale and purchase of securities by RBI
Government taxes, expenditure and borrowings
    c) Government borrowings from abroad
    d) Sharing of its revenue by Central Government with States
           Fiscal policy is the manipulation of government spending and taxation.
5. Public opinion gets an authoritative expression in a democracy through
    a) Newspapers
    c) Pressure groups
    d) Public meetings
6. Which one of the following is not a determining factor of a country’s foreign policy?
    a) National interests
    c) Cultural conditions
    d) Religious conditions
7. Who will act as the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee?
The Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha                        [Check this post]
    b) The Leader of the House
    c) The Speaker of the Lok Sabha
    d) The Vice-President of India
8. Who was chosen unanimously as the President of India?
    a) Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
    c) K.R. Narayanan
    d) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
       Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the sixth President of India serving from 25 July 1977
       till 25 July 1982. He was elected unanimously (i.e. without any opposition from any politician)
       as President by the electoral college on 21 July 1977.
9. The Constitution of India was passed by the Constitutent Assembly on 
    a) 17th October, 1949
    b) 14th November, 1949
26th November, 1949
    d) 26th January, 1949
10. The power to decide an election petition is vested in the
     a) Parliament
     b) Supreme Court
High Court
     d) Election Commission
          The power to decide an election petition is vested in the High Court, with appeal to the
           Supreme Court.
11. The 1857 Mutiny failed mainly because 
      a) the British got French support
      b) the British numbered more
of lack of planning and leadership
      d) it was premature
12. The Story of ‘My Experiment with Truth” is the autobiography of
      a) Lala lajpat Rai
      b) Gopal Krishna Gokhale
      c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Mahatma Gandhi
13. Who among the following made the Ganapati festival very popular in Maharashtra?
      a) Gopal krishna Gokhale
      b) Annie Vesant
Mahadev Ranade
      d) Bal Gangadhar  Tilak
14. The Mughal ruler who built the Buland Darwaja was
      b) Babur
      c) Humayun
      d) Bahadur Shah
         Buland Darwaza was built in ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ by “Akbar The Great” in 1572 to commemorate
         his victory over Gujarat. The royal city Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from
         Agra, in Uttar Pradesh.
15. Diarchy in the provinces  was introduced through the
      a) Indian Councils Act, 1861
      b) Indian Councils Act, 1862
Government of India Act, 1919
      d) Government of India Act, 1935
         Diarchy or dual Government in the provinces of British India was introduced by
         Government of India Act (1919).
16. Which of the following is the world’s largest desert?
      a) Gobi
      c) The Great Australian Desert 
      d) Arabian Desert
          World’s largest hot desert is the Sahara in northern Africa, but in term of size/area:
          World’s largest & coldest   :    Antarctic Desert (13.8 million sq. kms.) 
          Second Largest                :    Arctic Desert (13.7 million sq. kms.)
          Third largest                     :    Sahara Desert (9.1 million sq. kms.)
17. The rate of erosion in a stream is lowest where
      a) breadth is greater
velocity is more
      c) the river joins the sea
      d) depth is greater
         Velocity is the key factor that determines a stream’s ability to erode, transport, and
         deposit sediment. At flood stage, rivers flow much faster and do more erosion because
         the added water increases the stream’s velocity (up to ~25 km/hr).
18. The name ‘Sahyadri’ is related to:
Western Ghats
      b) Cyclone hazards
      c) A rain-bearing wind
      d) Himalayan Peak
19. Which of the following is not correctly matched?
Himachal Pradesh   -   Shilong
      b) Andhra Pradesh         -   Hyderabad
      c) Uttar pradesh             -   Lucknow
      d) Arunachal Pradesh     -   Itanagar
20. Tides in the sea have stored in them
      a) Hydraulic energy
      b) Kinetic energy
      c) Gravitational potential energy
A combination of all the three forms of energy
21. Delivery of developed foetus is scientifically called as
      b) Oviposition
      c) Abortion
      d) Ovulation
22. Thyroxine hormone is secreted by
      a) Pituitary gland
Thyroid gland
      c) Adrneal gland
    d) Testes
          The primary function of thyroid gland in human body is to secrete thyroid hormones,
          which are responsible for controlling body’s metabolism.
23. The digestive juice which has no enzyme is 
      b) Saliva 
      c) Intestinal juice
      d) Gastric juice
24. An essential feature of seed germination is the presence of 
      a) Minerals
      c) Light
     d) Temperature
25. Plants that grow on stones and rocks are 
      a) Halophytes
      b) Aerophytes
      c) Psammophytes
26. Tactile hair is found in the body of 
     b) Mammals
     c) Reptiles
     d) Birds
Tactile hairs help organisms sense their environment.
27. The source of energy in the sun 
      a) nuclear fission
nuclear fusion
      c) radioactivity
     d) electrical energy
28. Which one of the following materials is used as controller in a nuclear reactor
      power generator?
      a) Cadmium
      b) Beryllium
      c) Graphite
      d) Heavy Water
         Cadmium’s rods are used in nuclear reactors to control the rate of fission of
         uranium and plutonium.
29. Banking of curves on road or railway track is done to provide
centripetal force
     b) centrifugal force
     c) gravitational force
     d) angular velocity
30. ___________ is a type of application software used for communication.
     b) Word processing
     c) Database
     d) Image editing
31. A floppy disk is 
      a) a semiconductor random-access memory
      b) an EPROM
      c) used as the primary memory in computer system
made up of magnetic material
          Invented by IBM’s Alan Shugart in 1971, floppy disks are made of thin plastic disk coated
          with magnetic material on which data for a computer can be stored.
32. MDI stands for
Multiple Document Interface
      b) Multiple Design Interface
      c) Multiple Design Interaction
      d) Multiple Document Interaction
33. People die in an atmosphere of  carbon dioxide because
      a) it is a poisonous gas
      b) it destroys tissues
of want of oxygen
      d) of suffocation
34. Which of the following acts as photosensitizer during photosynthesis?
      a) Oxygen
      b) Nitrogen
     d) Chlorine
35. What happens when bleaching powder is left exposed to air?
      a) it turns dark brown in colour
      b) it turns yellow in colour
      c) it gradually loses its oxygen
it gradually loses its chlorine
36. Arsenic pollution leads to
      a) White foot disease
Black foot disease
      c) Dyslexia
      d) Allergy
37. Which one of the following does not contribute to pollution?
      a) Thermal Power Plant
Nuclear Power Plant
      c) Hydroelectric Power Plant
      d) Atomic Power Plant
38. Which of the following are the two major components of dry air (by volume)?
Nitrogen and Oxygen
      b) Oxygen and Argon
      c) Nitrogen and Ammonia
      d) Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide
39. Which one of the following is not an example of Lotic ecosystem?
      a) Stream
      b) Lagoon
      d) Estuary
Pond is example of Lentic Ecosystem because it has still waters instead of flowing waters.
40. Permissible noise level at industrial area during daytime is
      a) 40 dB (A)
75 dB (A)
      c) 120 dB (A)
      d) 140 dB (A)
41. Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistan Prime Minister was assassinated in 
      a) Hyderabad
      b) Karachi
      d) Islamabad
         The assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred on 27 December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
42. Which of the following is correctly matched?
         Research Institue                         Headquarters

     a) Leather Research Institue     -       Lucknow   
-> correct : Chennai
Rice Research Institute     -       Cuttack
     c) Silk Research Institute         -      Bangalore  
-> correct : Mysore
     d) Sugar Research Institute      -      Chennai    
-> correct : Kanpur
43. Who was affectionately known as the “Grand Old Man of India”?
     a) Gopal Krishna Gokhale
     b) Mahatma gandhi
     c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
Dadabhai Naoroji
44. India test fired successfully its Agni-V surface-to-surface ICBM from Wheeler Island on
      a) 8th March, 2012
      b) 7th April, 2012
      c) 17th March, 2012
17th April, 2012
The three stage, solid propellant missile AGNI-V was test-fired successfully from a mobile
          launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island
          off Odisha coast on 19th April 2012 at 08:05 AM. 
          The test-fire of Agni-V missile was originally scheduled for 18th April 2012. It was postponed
          at the last moment due to bad weather marked by rains and heavy lightning.
45. Find the odd one out:
      a) IDBI              -    Industrial Finance
      b) SIDBI            -    Financial assistance to small industries      
      c) FCI               -    Financial assistance to commercial institutions
      d) EXIM BANK    -    Financing of Export-Import trade
46. The Tweleth Five Year Plan will be operative for the period
      a) 2010 – 2015
      b) 2011 – 2016
2012 – 2017
      d) 2013 – 2018
47. The State with largest gap in the male and female literacy is
      a) Uttar Pradesh
      b) Madhya Pradesh
      d) Kerala
48. “Better to regin in hell than serve in heaven.” Who said these words?
      a) William Shakespeare
      c) William Wordsworth
      d) Lord Tennyson
49. Comprehensive Test Ban Treat (CTBT) is associated with the ban on which of
      the following?

      a) Ban on certain organisations under UN laws
      b) Ban on money laundering activities
Ban on nuclear tests for developing arsenals
      d) Ban on terrrorism
50. The Pulitzer prize is associated with which of the  following?
      a) Environmental Protection
      b) Civil Aviation
      d) Olympic Games

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