GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 2004 (Part 1)

1. With reference to Indian Public Finance, consider the following statements:

1. Disbursements from Public Accounts of India are subject to the Vote of Parliament.
2. The Indian Constitution provides for the establishment of a Consolidated Fund, a Public Account and a Contingency Fund for each State.
3. Appropriations and disbursements under the Railway Budget are subject to the same form of Parliamentary control as other appropriations and disbursements.
Which of these statements given above are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 3

2. Consider the following statements:

1. Narasimha Saluva ended the Sangama dynasty and seized the throne for himself and starged the Saluva dynasty.
2. Vira Narasmiha deposed the last Saluva ruler and seized the throne for himself.
3. Vira Narasimha was succeeded by his younger brother, Krishnadeva Raya.
4. Krishnadeva Raya was succeeded by his half-brother, Achyuta Raya.

Which of these statements given above are correct?

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

3. Consider the following statements:

Some of the main features of the Government of India Act, 1935 were the
1. abolition of diarchy in the Governor’s provinces
2. power of the Governors to veto Legislative action and to Legislative on their own
3. abolition of the principle of communal representation
Which of these statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only (b) 1 and 2
(c) 2 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 3

4. Consider the following statements:

1. The First Session of the Indian National Congress was held in Calcutta.
2. The Second Session of the Indian National Congress was held under the president ship of Dadabhai Naoroji.
3. Both Indian National Congress and Muslim League held their sessions at Lucknow in 1916 and concluded the Lucknow Pact.
Which of these statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 (d) 3 only

5. Which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) The Constitution Assembly of India was elected by the Provincial Assemblies in the year 1946.
(b) Jawaharlal Nehru, M.A. Jinnah and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were members of the Constituent Assembly of India.
(c) The First Session of the Constituent Assembly of India was held in January, 1947.
(d) The Constitution of India was adopted on 26th January, 1950.

6. The Archaeological Survey of India is an attached office of the
Department/Ministry of

(a) Culture (b) Tourism
(c) Science and Technology (d) Human Resource Development

7. Consider the following statements:

1. The highest criminal court of the district is the Court of District and Sessions Judge.
2. The District Judge are appointed by the Governor in consultation with the High Courts.
3. A person to be eligible for appointment as a District Judge should be an advocate or a pleader of seven year’s standing or more, or State.
4. When the Sessions Judge awards death sentence, it must be confirmed by the High Court before it is carried out.

Which of these statements given above are correct?

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

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8. Consider the following statements:

1. The Speaker of Lok Sabha has the power to adjourn the House sine die but, on prorogation, it is only the President who can summon the House.
2. Unless sooner dissolved or there is and extension of the term, there is and automatic dissolution of the Lok Sabha by efflux of time, at the end of the period of five years, even if no formal order of dissolution is issued by the President.
3. The Speaker of Lok Sabha continues in office even after the dissolution of the House and until immediately before the first meeting of the House.
Which of these statements given above are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 3

9. Which one of the following statements is NOT correct?

(a) Under the Targeted Public Distribution System, the families Below Poverty Line are Provided 50 kg of food grains per month per family at subsidized price.
(b) Under Annapurna Scheme, indigent senior citizens of 65 years of age or above eligible of National old Age Pension but not getting pension can get 10 kg of food grains per person per month of BPL rates.
(c) Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has scheme in which indigent people living in welfare institutions like orphanages are given 15 kg of food grains per person per month at BPL rates.
(d) Ministry of Human Resource Development gives financial support to Mid-Day Meal Scheme for the benefit of class 1 to V students in Government of Government aided Schools.

10. Consider the following statements:

1. Non- function of lachrymal gland is an important symptom of deficiency of Vitamin A.
2. Deficiency of Vitamin B1 can lead to indigestion and heart enlargement.
3. Vitamin C deficiency can lead to pain in the muscles.
4. Deficiency of Vitamin D causes increased loss of Ca ++ in urine.
Which of these statements given above are correct?

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

11. The hormone insulin is a

(a) Glycolipid (b) Fatty acid
(c) Peptide (d) Sterol

12. Consider the following statements:

1. Toothless mammals such as pangolins are not found in India.
2. Gibbon is the only ape found in India.

Which of these statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

13. In which organ of the human body are the lymphocyte cells formed?

(a) Liver (b) Long bone
(c) Pancreas (d) Spleen

14. In which one of the following Union Territories, do the people of the Onge tribe live?

(a) Andaman & Nicobar Islands (b) Dadra & Nagar Haveli
(c) Daman & Diu (d) Lakshadweep

15. Consider the following crops:

1. Cotton 2. Groundnut
3. Maize 4. Mustard

Which of the above are Kharif crops?

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

16. Which one of the following statements is NOT correct?

(a) In Lok Sabha, a no – confidence motion has to set out the grounds on which it is based
(b) In the case of a no – confidence motion in Lok Sabha, no conditions of admissibility have been laid down in the Rules
(c) A motion of no – confidence once admitted, has to be taken up within ten days of the leave being granted
(d) Rajya Sabha is not empowered to entertain a motion of no – confidence

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17. Which one of the following statements correctly describes the Fourth Schedule of the Constitution of India?

(a) It contains the scheme of the distribution of powers between the Union and the States
(b) It contains the languages listed in the Constitution
(c) It contains the provisions regarding the administration of tribal areas
(d) It allocates seats in the Council of States

18. Who was the last ruler or the Tughluq dynasty of the Delhi Sultanate?

(a) Firoj Shah Tughlaq (b) Ghiyas-ud-din Tughlaq shah II
(c) Nasir-ud-din Mahmud (d) Nasrat Shah

19. The great Asian river Mekong does not run through

(a) China (b) Malaysia
(c) Cambodia (d) Laos

20. Which one of the following was the largest IT software and services exporter in India during the year 2002-03?

(a) Birlasoft (b) Infosys Technolgies
(c) Tata Consultancy Services (d) Wipro Technologies

21. Which one of the following statements is NOT correct?

(a) The largest Buddhist monastery in India is in Assam
(b) The language Konyak is spoken in Nagaland
(c) The largest river island in the world is in Assam
(d) Sikkim is the least – populated State of the Indian Union

22. Consider the following statements:

1. The Oil Pool Account of Government of India was dismantled with effect from 1-4- 2002
2. Subsidies on PDS kerosene and domestic LPG are borne by Consolidated Fund of India
3. An expert committee headed by Dr. R.A.Mashelkar to formulate a national auto fuel policy recommended that Bharat Stage-II Emission Norms should be applied throughout the country by 1 April, 2004

Which of these statements given above are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3 (d) 1, 2 and 3

23. In the last one decade, which one among the following sectors has attracted the highest Foreign Direct Investment inflows into India?

(a) Chemicals other than fertilizers (b) Services sector
(c) Food processing (d) Telecommunication

24. Consider the following statements:

1. The Chinese pilgrim Fa-Hien attended the fourth Great Buddhist Council held by Kanishka.
2. The Chinese pilgrim Hiuen-Tsang met Harsha and found him to be antagonistic to Buddhism.
Which of these statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only (b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

25. How did the dynasty of Nizam Shahis of Ahmadnagar come to an end?

(a) Ahmadnagar was annexed into Mughal empire and Husain Shah was consigned to life imprisonment
(b) Mughal troops destroyed Daulatabad fort and killed Nizam-ul-Mulk of Ahmadnagar
(c) Fateh Khan usurped the throne from Nizam-ul-Mulk
(d) Malik Ambar was defeated in a battle with Mughals in 1631 and the entire royal family was killed by the Mughal troops

26. With reference to ancient Jainism, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) Jainism was spread in South India under the leadership of Sthalabahu
(b) The Jainas who remained under the leadership of Bhadrabahu were called Shvetambaras after the Council held at Pataliputra
(c) Jainism enjoyed the patronage of the Kalinga king Kharavela in the first century BC
(d) In the initial stage of Jainism, the Jainas worshipped images unlike Buddhists

27. Which one of the following four Vedas contains an account of magical charms and spells?

(a) Rig-veda
(b) Yajur-veda
(c) Atharva-veda
(d) Sama-veda

28. The Montagu-Chelmsford Report formed the basis of:

(a) the Indian Councils Act, 1909
(b) the Government of India Act, 1919
(c) the Government of India Act, 1935
(d) the Indian Independence Act, 1947

29. During the Indian Freedom Struggle, who among the following proposed that Swaraj should be defined as complete independence free from all foreign control?

(a) Mazharul Haque
(b) Maulana Hasrat Mohani
(c) Hakim Ajmal Khan
(d) Abul Kalam Azad

30. Which one of the following sequences indicates the correct chronological order?

(a) Shankaracharya—Ramanuja—Chaitanya
(b) Ramanuja—Shankaracharya—Chaitanya
(c) Ramanuja—Chaitanya—Shankaracharya
(d) Shankaracharya—Chaitanya—Ramanuja

31. Consider the following Princely States of the British rule in India:

1. Jhansi
2. Sambalpur
3. Satara
The correct chronological order in which they were annexed by the British is:

(a) 1-2-3
(b) 1-3-2
(c) 3-2-1
(d) 3-1-2

32. The name of the famous person of India who returned the Knighthood conferred on him by the British Government as a token of protest against the atrocities in Punjab in 1919 was:

(a) Tej Bahadur Sapru
(b) Ashutosh Mukherjee
(c) Rabindra Nath Tagore
(d) Syed Ahmad Khan

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33. The resolution for removing the Vice-President of India can be moved in the:

(a) Lok Sabha alone
(b) either House of Parliament
(c) Joint Sitting of Parliament
(d) Rajya Sabha alone

34. With reference to the Constitution of India, which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?

(a) Forests    –    Concurrent List
(b) Stock Exchanges       –    Concurrent List
(c) Post Office Savings Bank     –     Union List
(d) Public Health        –   ! State List

35. Consider the following tasks:
1. Superintendence, direction and conduct of free and fair elections.
2. Preparation of electoral rolls for all elections to the Parliament, State Legislatures and the Office of the President and the Vice-President.
3. Giving recognition to political parties and allotting election symbols to political parties and individuals contesting the election.
4. Proclamation of final verdict in the case of election disputes.
Which of the above are the functions of the Election Commission of India?

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

36. Which of the following is not a recommendation of the task force on direct taxes under the chairmanship of Dr Vijay L. Kelkar in the year 2002?

(a) Abolition of Wealth Tax
(b) Increase in the exemption limit of personal income to Rs 1.20 lakh for widows
(c) Elimination of standard deduction
(d) Exemption from tax on dividends and capital gains from the listed equity

37. Match List-I (Books) with List-II (Authors) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:

List-I List-II
(Books) …………………………………………..(Authors)
A. My Presidential Years ……………………….1. S. Radhakrishnan
B. The Hindu View of Life ………………………2. V.V. Giri
C. Voice of Conscience ………………………….3. N. Sanjiva Reddy
D. Without Fear or Favour ……………………..4. R. Venkataraman
Codes:

        A       B        C        D
(a)   2        1        4       3
(b) 4         3         2      1
(c) 2         3         4      1
(d) 4         1          2     3

38. Consider the following statements:

1. Adam Osborne produced the first portable computer
2. Ian Wilmut created the first cloned sheep.
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

39. What was the reason for 5 lakh people of Hong Kong to make a demonstration around the middle of 2003?

(a) They were demanding tax relief
(b) They were against the Hong Kong Government’s plan to impose an internal security law
(c) They were the members of Falun Gong group who were demanding religious freedom
(d) They were demanding more direct elections in Hong Kong.

40. Consider the following statements:

1. National Thermal Power Corporation has diversified into hydropower sector.
2. Power Grid Corporation of India has diversified into telecom sector.
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

41. The Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Shanta Sinha is known as:

(a) a campaigner for urban sanitation
(b) an anti-child labour activist
(c) an organizer of rain-water harvesting schemes
(d) an activist for the welfare of poor rural women

42. Consider the following statements:

1. Damodar Valley Corporation is the first multipurpose river valley project of independent India.
2. Damodar Valley Corporation includes thermal and gas power stations.
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

43. Match List-I (Persons) with List-II (Positions) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:

List-I …………………………………..List-II
(Persons)……………………………… (Positions)
A. B.P. Mishra               1. Executive Director, IMF
B. Suresh Kalamadi     2. Chairman, Steel Authority of India Ltd.
C. Praful Patel              3. Presidnet, Indian Olympic Association
D. V.S. Jain                   4. Vice-PresidentSouth Asian Region, World Bank
Codes:
     A        B       C       D
(a) 4        2      1        3
(b) 1        3       4       2
(c) 4        3       1        2
(d) 1        2        4        3

44. Who among the following is well known as an exponent of flute?

(a) Debu Choudhuri
(b) Madhup Mudgal
(c) Ronu Mazumdar
(d) Shafaat Ahmad

45. Consider the following statements:

Among the Indian States
1. Andhra Pradesh has the longest coastline.
2. Gujarat has the highest number of airports.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
Both 1 and 2
(d) neither 1 nor 2

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46. Tarun Bharat Sangh, an organization based in a village near Alwar (Rajasthan), has become famous because of:

(a) cultivation of genetically modified cotton
(b) rehabilitation of women victims of AIDS
(c) livelihood projects for destitute rural women
(d) rain-water harvesting

47. Consider the following statements:

1. The National Housing Bank, the apex institution of housing finance in India, was set up as a whollyowned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of India.
2. The Small Industries Development Bank of India was established as a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Industrial Development Bank 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

48. Param Padma, which was in the news recently, is:

(a) a new Civilian Award instituted by the Government of India
(b) the name of a supercomputer developed by India
(c) the name given to a proposed network of canals linking northern and southern rivers of India
(d) a software programme to facilitate e-governance in Madhya Pradesh

49. Consider the following statements:
1. Hema Malini is the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society, India.
2. Yash Chopra is the Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification of India.
3. Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor and Dev Anand have all been recipients of Dada Saheb Phalke Award.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 3
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 2 only
(d) 3 only

50. Famous Golf player Vijay Singh is from which one of the following countries?

(a) Fiji
(b) Mauritius
(c) Malaysia
(d) Kenya

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