GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 2000 (Part 1)

GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 2000 (Part 1)

1. Insect-resistant cotton plants have been genetically engineered by inserting a gene from a/an
(a) virus (b) bacterium
(c) insect (d) plant

2. The Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana which came into operation from 1-12-1997 aims to provide gainful employment to the urban unemployed or underemployed poor but does not include
(a) Nehru Rozgar Yojana
(b) Urban Basic Services Programme
(c) Prime Minister’s Integrated Urban Poverty Eradication Programme
(d) Prime Minister’s Rozgar Yojana

3. Soft drinks such as colas contain significant quantities of
(a) caffeine (b) nicotine
(c) tannin (d) renin

4. Consider the following statements regarding the Chakiarkoothu form of dance :
1. It is performed by Chakiar caste.
2. It cannot be traditionally witnessed by the higher caste Hindus.
3. Mizhavu is the accompanying instrument.
4. Its theatre form is called koothambalam.
Which of these statements are, correct ?
(a) 1, 3 and 4 (b) 1, 2 and 3
(c) 2, 3 and 4 (d) 1, 2 and 4

5. Consider the following pictures of a dice

What is the number opposite 3 ?
(a) 1 (b) 4 (c) 5 (d) Data insufficient

6. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer
List I (Minerals) List II (Major producer)
A. Mineral Oil 1. Zambia
B. Copper 2. Guyana
C. Manganese 3. Venezuela
D. Bauxite 4. Gabon
(a) 3 1 4 2 (b) 3 1 2 4
(c) 1 3 2 4 (d) 1 3 4 2

7. Which one of the following does a TV remote control unit use to operate a TV set ?
(a) Light waves (b) Sound waves
(c) Microwaves (d) Radio waves

8. Consider the following statements :
The Indian rupee is fully convertible
1. in respect of Current Account of Balance of Payment
2. in respect of Capital Account of Balance of Payment
3. into gold
Which of these statements is/are correct ?
(a) 1 alone (b) 3 alone
(c) 1 and 2 (d) 1, 2 and 3

9. Who among the following streamlined the Maratha administration after Sambhaji ?
(a) Raja Ram (b) Balaji Viswanath
(c) Ganga Bai (d) Nanaji Deshmukh

10. Hybridoma technology is a new biotechnological approach for commercial production of
(a) monoclonal antibodies (b) interferon
(c) antibiotics (d) alcohol

11. Match List I (Books) with List II (Authors) and select the correct answer
List I List II
A. My Music, My Life 1. Laxman Gaikwad
B. Adha Gaon 2. Rahi Masoom Raza
C. Radha 3. Ramakanta Rath
D. The Pilferer 4. Ravi Shankar
(a) 3 2 4 1 (b) 4 2 3 1
(c) 4 1 3 2 (d) 3 1 4 2

12. Examine the following relationships among members of a family of six persons A, B, C, D, E and F
1. The number of males equals that of females.
2. A and E are sons of F
3. D is the. mother of two, one boy and one girl.
4. B is the son of A.
5. There is only one married couple in the family at present.
Which one of the following inferences can be drawn from the above?
(a) A, B and C are all females (b) A is the husband of D
(c) E and F are children of D (d) D is the granddaughter of F

13. Which one of the following is knows as the “Coffee port” of the world ?
(a) Sao Paulo (b) Santos
(c) Rio de Janeiro (d) Buenos Aires

14. Resurgent India Bonds were issues in US dollar, Pound, Sterling and
(a) Japanese Yen (b) Deutsche Mark
(c) Euro (d) French Franc

15. The given diagram shows the number of students who failed in an examination comprising papers in English, Hindi and Mathematics. The total number of students who took the test is 500. What is the percentage of students who failed in atleast two subjects ?
(a) 6.8 (b) 7.8 
(c) 34 (d) 39

16. At which one of the cities labelled as A, B, C and D on the given map of Europe was the historic treaty between NATO and Warsaw Pact countries signed in 1998 ?

(a) A (b) B (c) C (d) D

17. Match List I (Power generation plant) with List II (Feed material) and select the correct answer :
List I List II
A. Ws Gowthami Solvents Oil 1. Rice husk
Limited, Andhra Pradesh
B. M/s K.M. Sugar Mills, Uttar 2. Slaughter-house
Pradesh waste
C. M/s Satia Paper Mills, Punjab 3. Distillery spent wash
D. M/s Al Kabeer Exports 4. Black liquor
Limited, Andhra Pradesh
(a) 3 1 2 4 (b) 3 1 4 2
(c) 1 3 4 2 (d) 1 3 2 4

18. In a certain code, MARCH is written as OCTEJ, how is RETURN written in that code ?

19. The given map refers to the kingdom of

(a) Akbar at the time of capture of Khandesh in 1601
(b) Akbar at the time of his death in 1605
(c) Aurangzeb at the time of capture of Hyderabad
(d) Aurangzeb at the time of his death in 1707

20. The sensation of fatigue in the muscles after prolonged strenuous physical work is caused by
(a) a decrease in the supply of oxygen
(b) minor wear and tear of muscle fibres
(c) the depletion of glucose
(d) the accumulation of lactic acid

21. Consider the following events
1. Reign of Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagara.
2. Construction of Qutab Minar.
3. Arrival of Portugese in India.
4. Death of Fruz Tughlaq.
The correct chronological sequence of these events is
(a) 2, 4, 3, 1 (b) 2, 4, 1, 3
(c) 4, 2, 1, 3 (d) 4, 2, 3, 1

22. A, B, C, D, E and F not necessarily in that order are sitting in six chairs regularly placed around a round table. It is observed that A is between D and F C is opposite D D and E are not on neighbouring chairs Which one of the following must be true ?
(a) A is opposite B
(b) D is opposite E
(c) C and B are neighbours
(d) B and E are neighbours

23. The given map shows locations of airports labelled as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. What is the correct sequence of the airports in which the hijacked Indian Airlines place IC-814 landed after its initial take off from Katmandu in December 1999 ?

(a) 3, 1, 2, 4 (b) 2, 4, 1, 3
(c) 5, 4, 2, 3 (d) 5, 1, 3, 2

24. Consider the following statements :
The Ministerial Meeting of WTO held in December 1999 was unsuccessful because it attempted to link trade with
1. labour related issues. 2. environment related issues.
3. terrorism related issues. 4. debt related issues.
Which of these statements are correct ?
(a) 1, 3 and 4 (b) 1 and 2
(c) 2 and 3 (d) 2 and 4

25. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer
List I (Artist) List II (Medium of music delivery)
A. Balamurali Krishna 1. Hindustani vocal
B. Mita Pandit 2. Ghatam
C. Kanyakuman 3. Sitar
D. Nikhil Bannerjee 4. Violin
5. Carnatic vocal
(a) 5 1 2 3 (b) 4 3 1 5
(c) 3 1 5 2 (d) 5 4 1 3

26. Aluminium surfaces are often ‘anodized’. This means the deposition of a layer of
(a) chromium oxide (b) aluminium oxide
(c) nickel oxide (d) zinc oxide

27. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer
List I List II
A. Iqta 1. Marathas
B. Jagir 2. Delhi Sultans
C. Amaram 3. Mughals
D. Mokasa 4. Vijayanagara
(a) 3 2 1 4 (b) 2 3 4 1
(c) 2 3 1 4 (d) 3 2 4 1

28. Consider the following statements about the ‘Roaring Forties’ :
1. They blow uninterrupted in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
2. They blow with great strength and constancy.
3. Their direction is generally from North-West to East in the Southern Hemisphere.
4. Overcast skies, rain and raw weather are generally associated with them.
Which of these statements are correct ?
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 3 and 4 (d) 1, 2 and 4

29. In a class there are 18 boys who are over 160 cm tall. If these boys constitute three-fourths of the boys and the total number of boys is two-third of the number of students in the class, then what is the number of girls in the class ?
(a) 6 (b) 12 (c) 18 (d) 24

30. A college student desires to get elected to the Municipal Council of his city. The validity of his nomination would depend on the important condition, among others, that
(a) he obtains permission from the Principal of his college
(b) he is a member of a political party
(c) his name figures in the Voters List
(d) he files a declaration owing allegiance to the Constitution of India

31. Consider the following provinces of former Yugoslavia
1. Bosnia
2. Croatia
3. Slovenia
4. Yugoslavia
The correct sequence of these provinces from the east to the west is:
(a) 4, 1, 3, 2
(b) 4, 1, 2, 3
(c) 1, 4, 3, 2
(d) 1, 4, 2, 3

32. Consider the following statements :
Hard water is not suitable for
1. drinking
2. washing clothes with soap
3. use in boilers
4. irrigating crops
Which of these statements are correct ?
(a) 1 and 3
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 1, 2 and 4
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

33. Which one of the following Muslim rulers was hailed as the ‘Jagadguru’ by his Muslim subjects because of his belief in secularism ?
(a) Husain Shah
(b) Zain-ul-Abidin
(c) Ibrahim Adil Shah
(d) Mahmud II

34. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer
List I (Local bodies) List II (States as in 1999)
A. Zilla Parishads at the 1. Andhra Pradesh
sub-divisional level
B. Mandal Praja Parishad 2. Assam
C. Tribal Councils 3. Mizoram
D. Absence of Village Panchayats 4. Meghalaya
(a) 2 1 4 3
(b) 1 2 4 3
(c) 3 2 1 4
(d) 2 1 3 4

35. A small pouch containing silica gel is often found in bottles of medicine in tablet or powder form because silica gel
(a) kills bacteria
(b) kills germs and spores
(c) absorbs moisture
(d) absorbs all gases present inside the bottle

36. Which one of the following statements is incorrect?
(a) Goa attained full statehood in 1987
(b) Diu is an island in the Gulf of Khambhat
(c) Daman and Diu were separated from Goa by the 56th Amendement of the Constitution of India
(d) Dadra and Nagar Haweli were under French colonial rule till 1954

37. Canola refers to special type of oil seed mustard varieties bred for human consumption. The main characteristic of these varieties is that the
(a) seeds have very high oil content
(b) oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids
(c) oil has long shelf-life
(d) oil has very low Erucic acid content

38. Which one of the following lakes forms an international boundary between Tanzania and Uganda ?
(a) Chad
(b) Malawi
(c) Victoria
(d) Zambezi

39. A rectangular piece of iron sheet measuring 50 cm by 100 cm is rolled into a cylinder of height 50 cm. If the cost of painting the cylinder is Rs. 50/- per square meter, then what will be the cost of painting the outer surface of the cylinder ?
(a) Rs.25.00
(b) Rs.37.50
(c) Rs.75.00
(d) Rs.87.50

40. The growth rate of per capita income at current prices is higher than that of per capita income at constant prices, because the latter takes into account the rate of
(a) growth of population
(b) increase in price level
(c) growth of money supply
(d) increase in the wage rate

41. “In this instance we could not play off the Mohammedans against the Hindus.”
To which one of the following events did this remark of Aitchison relate ?
(a) Revolt of 1857
(b) Champaran Satyagraha (1917)
(c) Khilafat and Non-Cooperation Movement (1919-22)
(d) August Movement of 1942

42. A noise level of 100 decibels would correspond to
(a) just audible sound
(b) ordinary conversation
(c) sound from a noisy street
(d) noise from a machine-shop

43. The following news item appeared in a National daily dated 1 – 12 – 1999 :
“………. Parliament today rejected a Bill to grant women the right to vote and stand for office in parliamentary elections, by a margin of 32 to 30.
The National Assembly was split between liberal, pro-government and Shiite Muslim depties who were in favour of women’s rights, while the opposition camp grouped Sunni Muslim fundamentalists and tribal MPs.
A total of 64 MPs and Ministers were present, of whom two abstained.”
The Parliament referred to in this quotation is that of
(a) Kuwait (b) Iran
(c) Bahrain (d) Saudi Arabia

44. Which one of the following statements is not true ?
(a) Ghaggar’s water is utilised in the Indira Gandhi Canal
(b) Narmada rises from Amarkantak region
(c) Nizam Sagar is situated on the Manjra river
(d) Penganga is a tributary of the Godavari

45. The upper part of the given graph is a hypothetical movement in the BSE Sensex over a few months and the lower part is the fluctuation in the average value of automobile shares in the same period (actual values not given).

Which one of the following inferences can be drawn from the graphs ?
(a) The automobile-share market has been as unstable as BSE Sensex in that period
(b) There has been a major political change in June/July
(c) Automobile shares have shows a steady improvement in price, unaffected by large fluctuations in BSE Sensex
(d) None of the above

46. A black hole’ is a body in space which does not allow any radiation to come out. This property is due to its
(a) very small size
(b) very large size
(c) very high density
(d) very low density

47. The first Indian state to have its Human Development Report prepared and released by Amartya Kumar Sen in Delhi is
(a) West Bengal
(b) Kerala
(c) Madhya Pradesh
(d) Andhra Pradesh

48. In an examination, every candidate took physics or mathematics or both 65.8% took physics and 59.2% took mathematics. The total number of candidates was 2000. How many candidates took both physics and mathematics ?
(a) 750 (b) 500
(c) 250 (d) 125

49. Consider the following statements about the megacities of India :
1. Population of each megacity is more than 5 million.
2. All the megacities are importance sea ports.
3. Megacities are either national or state capitals.
Which of these statements are correct ?
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 1 and 2
(c) 2 and 3 (d) 1 and 3

50. The memory of a computer is commonly expressed in terms of kilobytes or Megabyes. A byte is made up of
(a) eight binary digits
(b) eight decimal digits
(c) two binary digits
(d) two decimal digits

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