GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 1994 (Part 1)

GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 1994 (Part 1)

1. Indian expertise was recently used in the archaeological
restoration of the monuments at

(a) Angkor Wat

(b) Jerusalem

(c) Rome

(d) Yucatan

Ans: a

2. The pitch of the voice of women is in general

(a) Higher than that of men

(b) Marginally lower than that of men

(c) Much lower than that of men

(d) The same as that of men

Ans: a

3. An aeroplane takes off from 300 North Lat. 500 East Long. and lands at the opposite end of the earth. Where does it land?

(a) 30° North Lat. 50° West Long.
(b) 30° South Lat. 50° West Long.
(c) 50° North Lat. 30° West Long.
(d) 30° South Lat. 130° West Long.


4. The heart of human embryo starts beating

(a) in the first week of its development
(b) in the third week of its development
(c) in the fourth week of its development
(d) in the sixth week of its development


5. Given below are voting percentages of a political party
secured in three successive elections to the Lok Sabha:

Years 1984 1989 1991

Percentages of Votes 7.4 11.4 22.4

The party which secured these percentages of votes was

(a) Congress(I)

(b) Bahujan Samaj Party

(c) Bharatiya Janata Party

(d) Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Ans: c

6. To know whether the rich are getting richer and the poor
getting poorer, it is necessary to compare

(a) The wholesale price index over different periods of time
for different regions

(b) The distribution of income of an identical set of income
recipients in different periods of time

(c) The distribution of income of different sets of income
recipients at a point of time

(d) The availability of food grains among two sets of
people, one rich and the other poor, over different periods
of time.

Ans: b

7. The earliest evidence of silver in India is found in the

(a) Harappan culture

(b) Chalcolithic cultures of Western India

(c) Vedic texts

(d) Silver punch-marked coins

Ans: a

8. Consider the figure of a fountain with four holes given below: Which one of the holes in the fountain will throw the water farthest?

(a) 4

(b) 3

(c) 2

(d) 1

9. The length of its day and the tilt of its axis are almost identical to those of the earth. This is true of

(a) Uranus

(b) Neptune

(c) Saturn

(d) Mars

10. If father has blood group A and mother has blood group O then which one of the following blood groups may be found in their son? (a) B

(b) AB

(c) O

(d) B, AB or O

11. The main function of the IMF is to

(a) arrange international deposits from banks

(b) help to solve balance of payments problems of member countries
(c) act as a private sector lending arm of the World Bank

(d) finance investment loans to developing countries

12. Who among the following was the leader of a number of anti-British revolts in Sambalpur?

(a) Utirat Singh

(b)) Surendra Sai

(c) Kattabomman

(d) Sayyid Ahmad Barelvi

13. Which one of the following is a language of Baluchistan but linguistically Dravidian?

(a) Brahui

(b) Kui

(c) Parji

(d) Pengo

14. In an electronic watch, the component corresponding to pendulum of a pendulum clock is a

(a) transistor

(b) crystal oscillator

(c) diode

(d) balance wheel

15. Match List I with List II

List-I (Crops)                        List-II (Crop pests)

A. Rice                                         1. Aphid
B. Wheat                                      2. Gundhi bug
C. Sugarcane                              3. Greasy cutworm
D. Gram                                       4. Top shoot borer moth
                                                     5. Bollworm

    A B C D
a. 2 3 4 5
b. 3 1 2 4
c. 2 1 4 3
d. 5 4 1 3

16. What is the correct sequence of the following in a heart attack?

1. Narrowing of the inner orifice of the vessel
2. Plaque from fibrous tissue and high cholesterol
3. Inadequate supply of blood and oxygen
4. Clots of blood carried into the coronary arteries

a. 1, 2, 3, 4
b. 2, 4, 1, 3
c. 2, 3, 1, 4
d. 4, 2, 1, 3

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

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

(b) In the field of agriculture, the main proposal is to cut agricultural subsidies.

(c) In the field of textiles, it reiterates the operation of the multiform agreement.

(d) The proposals have already been accepted by the Parliament.

a. 1 only
b. 1 and 2 only
c. l, 2 and 4 only
d. 3 and 4 only

18.  In the case of a Test-tube baby

a. fertilization takes place inside the testtube
b. development of the baby takes place inside the test-tube
c. fertilization takes place outside the mothers body
d. unfertilized egg develops inside the test-tube

19. Which one of the following is the most fundamental difference between Mahayana Buddhism and Hinayana Buddhism?

a. Emphasis on ahimsa
b. Casteless society
c. Worship of gods and goddesses
d. Worship of stupa

20. A man jumped at a speed of 5 meters per second from a stationary boat and the boat moved, off with the speed of 0.5 meter per second. How many times is the mass of the boat greater than that of the man?

a. 5.5 times
b. 4.5 times
c. 2.5 times
d. 10 times

21. Given below is a map of America The shaded (marked 1 and 2), dotted (marked 3) and the plain areas (marked 4) indicate respectively, the regions where the languages spoken are

a. Spanish, French, Portuguese and others
b. French. Spanish, Portuguese and others
c. French, Portuguese, Spanish and English
d. Portuguese. French, Spanish and others

22. Which one of the following is in the correct sequential order in which these appeared under simulated primitive earth condition?

a. Methane, Hydrogen cyanide, nitriles. Aminoacids
b. Hydrogen cyanide, methane. Nitriles, aininoacids
c. Arninoacids, nitriles, Hydrogen cyanide, methane
d. Nitriles, aminoacids, methane Hydrogen cyanide

23. The statue of Gomateswara at Sravanabelagola was built by

a. Chandragupta Maurya
b. Kharavela
c. Amoghavarsha
d. Chamundaraya

24. Which of the following is/are used as biofertilizers?

1. Azolla
2. Blue-green algae
3. Alfalfa

a. 2 alone
b. 1 and 2
c. 1 and 3
d. 1, 2 and 3

25. Even though an animal is fed with carbohydrate-rich diet, its blood sugar concentration tends to remain constant. This is on account of the fact that in the case of an animal

a. hormones of pituitary glands control metabolic process
b. hormones of pancreas cause such a condition
b. blood sugar is readily absorbed by liver
c. glucose undergoes autolysis

26. One mole of hydrogen gas burns in excess of oxygen to give 290 kJ of heat. What is the amount of heat produced when 4 g of hydrogen gas is burnt under the same conditions?

a. 145. kJ
b. 290 kJ
c. 580 kJ
d. 1160 kJ

27. Consider the map given below: The numbers marked 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively indicate the islands of

a. the Bahamas, Azores, Falkland Cape Verde
b. the Bahamas, Azores, Cape Verde and Falkland
c. Azores, Cope Verde, the Bahamas and Falkland
d. Cape Verde, the Bahamas, Falkland and Azores

28. Fiscal deficit in the Union Budget means

a. the sum of budgetary deficit and net increase in internal and external borrowings
b. the difference between current expenditure and current revenue
c. the sum of monetized deficit and budgetary deficit
d. net increase in Union Governments borrowings from the Reserve Bank of India Live well, as long as you live.

29. Live well even by borrowing, for, once cremated, there is no return. This rejection of afterlife is an aphorism of the

a. Kapalika sect
b. Sunyavada of Nagarjuna
c. Ajivikas
d. Charvakas

30.Who among the following are appointed by the President of India?

a. The Chairman, Finance Commission
b. The Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission
c. The Chief Minister of a Union


a. 1 only
b. 1 and 2 only
c. 1 and 3 only
d. 2 and 3 only

31. If a gas is compressed to half of its original volume at 27° C, to what temperature should it be heated to make it occupy its original, volume?

a. 321° C
b. 600° C
c. 54° C
d. 300° C

32. Those who joined Mahatma Gandhi during the Champaran struggle included

a. Vallabhbhai Patel and Vinobha Bhave
b. Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajendra Prasad
c. Rajendra Prasad and Anugraha Narayan Sinha
d. Mahadev Desai and Maniben Patel

33. The shortest air-route from Perth to London is

a. Perth, Bombay, Rome, London
b. Perth, Ankara, Paris, London
c. Perth, Aden, Paris, London
d. Perth, Mombasa, Rome, London

34. Which of the following are characteristics shown by a breast-fed baby when compared to a bottle-fed baby?

1. It is less obese.
2. It shows greater capacity to resist diseases.
3. It gets more vitamins and proteins.
4. Its growth in height is abnormal.

a. l, 2 and 3
b. l, 2 and 4
c. 1, 3 and 4
d. 2, 3 and 4

35. According to the newly adopted Constitution of Russia, the Prime Minister is appointed by

a. the State, Duma the Lower Chamber of the Federal Assembly
b. the President, with the consent of the State Duma
c. the President, with the consent of the Federal Council
d. the Federal Council

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

a. Dharma-Artha-Kama-Moksha
b. Brahmana-Kshatriya-Vaishya-Shudra
c. Brahmacharya-Grihastashrama- Vanaprastha-Sanyasa
d. Indra-Surya-Rudra-Marut

37. The basic reason for the extraordinary sparkle of a suitably cut diamond is that

a. it has a very high transparency
b. it has a very high refractive index
c. it is very hard
d. it has well-defined cleavage planes

38. The Himalayas are formed of parallel fold ranges of which the oldest range is

a. the Siwalik Range
b. the Lesser Himalayas
c. the Great Himalayan Range
d.  the Dhaule Dhar Range

39. Which one of the following crops enriches the nitrogen content in soil?

a. Potato
b. Sorghum
c. Sunflower
d. Pea

40. The basic structure theory of the Constitution of India implies that

a. certain features of the Constitution are so essential to it that they cannot be abrogated
b. fundamental rights cannot be abridged or taken away
c. the Constitution cannot be amended except in accordance with the procedure prescribed in Art. 368
d. the Preamble of the Constitution cannot be amended for it is not a part of the Constitution and at the same time represents its real spirit

41. The hallmark of watershed development in the semi-arid regions of India is the

a. establishment of sheds on Large scale, so that the ram water does not evaporate
b. undertaking of earthworks, soil conservation measures and tree plantation, so as to conserve soil moisture and recharge underground water
c. drilling deep tube wells so as to tap water at the rock-strata level
d. setting up a system of tanks by embanking water from seasonal rivers

42. The capital of the kingdom of Maharaja Ranjit Singh was

a. Amritsar
b. Patiala
c. Lahore
d. Kapurthala

43. Which one of the following combinations of aperture and shutter speed of a camera will allow the maximum exposure?

a. F − 22.1/60
b. F − 16, 1/125
c. F − 8, 1/250
d. F − 5.6, 1/1000

44. In the balanced dietaries for a day of an adult working man, weights of carbohydrate food and total protein food (both superior and inferior) should be in order of

a. 600 gm and 420 gm respectively
b. 600 gm and 600 gm respectively
c. 420 gm and 600 gm respectively
d. 420 gm and 420 gm respectively

45. Which one of the following is caused by the expression of a recessive gene present on sex chromosome?

a. Rheumatism
b. Nervous shock
c. Muscular dystrophy
d. Cerebral haemorrhage

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

a. enhanced the powers of the General Assembly in a comprehensive way
b. reduced the powers of the General & Assembly
c. made no difference to the powers of the General Assembly
d. empowered the General Assembly to act in specific situations in matters of peace and security

47. Convertibility of the rupee implies

a. being able to convert rupee notes into gold
b. allowing the value of the rupee to be fixed by market forces
c. freely permitting the conversion of rupee to other major currencies and vice versa
d.  developing an international market for currencies in India

48. In ancient Indian historical geography the name Ratnakara denoted

a. the Arabian Sea
b. the Bay of Bengal
c. the Indian Ocean
d. the confluence of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati at Prayaga

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

a. The sea is near to the place in the East, West and South directions
b. It is a place near to city in India, which is nearest to the Geographic Equator
c. It is situated on the Geomagnetic Equator
d. Outer space near Thumba exhibits queer atmospheric phenomena

50. Consider the map of India below: The map read with the index provided refer to the distribution of

a. winter rains
b. pressure
c. annual rainy days
d. mean temperature

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