GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 2010 (Part 3)

GS Prelims Previous Years Question Paper- 2010 (Part 3)

101.With reference to the treatment of cancerous tumours, a tool called cyberknife has been making the news. In this context, which one of the following statements is not correct?

A. It is a robotic image guided system.
B. It delivers an extremely precise dose of radiation.
C. It has the capability of achieving sub-millimetre accuracy.
D. It can map the spread of tumour in the body.


102.In the context of space technology, what is ”Bhuvan”, recently in the news?

A. A mini satellite launched by ISRO for promoting the distance education India.
B. The name given to the next Moon Impact Probe, for Chandrayan-II.
C. A geoportal of lSRO with 3D imaging capabilities of India.
D. A space telescope development by India.


103.Which one of the following is not related to United Nations?

A. Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency
B. International Finance Corporation
C. International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes
D. Bank for International Settlements


104.The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty drawn at

A. United Nations Conference on the Human Environment, Stockholm, 1972
B. UN Conference on Environment and Development, Rio de Janeiro, 1992
C. World Summit on Sustainable Development, Johannesburg, 2002
D. UN Climate Change Conference, Copenhagen, 2009


105.With reference to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, consider the following:

1. The Right to Development

2 The Right to Expression

3. The Right to Recreation.

Which of the above is / are the Rights of the child?

A. 1 only
B. 1 and 3 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3


106.Indiscriminate disposal of used fluorescent electric lamps causes mercury pollution in the environment. Why is mercury used in the manufacture of these lamps?

A. A mercury coating on the inside of the lamp makes the light bright white
B. When the lamp is switched on, the mercury in the lamp causes the emission of ultra-violet radiations
C. When the lamp is switched on, it is the mercury which converts the ultra-violet energy into visible light
D. None of the statement given above is correct about the use of mercury in the manufacture of fluorescent lamps


107.Hydrogen fuel cell vehicles produce one of the following as “exhaust”.

A. NH3
B. CH4
C. H2O
D. H2O2


108.Recently, LASIK (Laser Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis) procedure is being made popular for vision correction. Which one of the following statements in this context is not correct?

A. LASIK procedure is used to correct refractive errors of the eye.
B. It is a procedure that permanently changes the shapes of the cornea.
C. It reduces a person’s dependence on glasses or contact lenses.
D. It is a procedure that can be done on the person of any age.


109.Which bacterial strain, developed from natural isolates by genetic manipulations, can be used for treating oil spills?

A. Agrobacterium
B. Clostridium
C. Nitrosomonas
D. Pseudomonas


110.Six books A, B, C, D, E and F are placed side by side. B, C and E have blue cover and the other books have red cover. Only D and F are new books and the rest are old. A, C and D are law reports and others are Gazetteers. What book is a new law report with a red colour?

A. A
B. B
C. C
D. D


111.Running at a speed of 60 km per hour, a train passed through a 1.5 km long tunnel in two minutes. What is the length of the train?

A. 250m
B. 500m
C. 1000m
D. 1500m


112.Which one of the following reflects back more sunlight as compared to other three?

A. Sand desert
B. Paddy crop land
C. Land covered with fresh snow
D. Prairieland


113.Which one of the following can one come across if one travels through the Strait of Malacca?

A. Bali
B. Brunei
C. Java
D. Singapore


114.With regard to the transmission of the Human Immune deficiency Virus, which one of the following statements is not correct?

A. The chances of transmission from female to male are twice as likely as from male to female
B. The chances of transmission are more if a person suffers from other sexually transmitted infections
C. An infected mother can transmit the infection to her baby during pregnancy, at childbirth and by breast feeding
D. The risk of contracting infection from transfusion of infected blood is much higher than an exposure to contaminated needle


115.Mon 863 is a variety of maize. It was in the news for the following reason.

A. It is a genetically modified dwarf variety which is resistant to drought.
B. It is a genetically modified variety which is pest resistant.
C. It is a genetically modified variety with ten times higher protein content than regular maize crop.
D. It is a genetically modified variety used exclusively for bio-fuel production.


116.A geographic region has the following distinct characteristics:

1. Warm and dry climate

2. Mild and wet winter

3. Evergreen oak trees

The above features are the distinct characteristics of which one of the following regions?

A. Mediterranean
B. Eastern China
C. Central Asia
D. Atlantic coast of North America


117.As regards the use of international food safety standards as reference point for the dispute settlements, which one of the following does WTO collaborate with?

A. Codex Alimentarius Commission
B. International Federation of Standards Users
C. International Organization for Standardization
D. World Standards Cooperation


118.What causes wind to deflect toward left in the Southern hemisphere?

A. Temperature
B. Magnetic field
C. Rotation of the earth
D. Pressure


119.Consider the following which can be found in the ambient atmosphere:

1. Soot

2. Sulphur hexafluoride

3. Water vapour

Which of the above contribute to the warming up of the atmosphere?

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 3 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3


120.The difference between the simple interest received from two banks on Rs. 500 for two years is Rs. 2.50. What is the difference between their rates?

A. 0.25%
B. 0.5%
C. 1%
D. 25%


121.With reference to Indian economy, consider the following statements:

1. The Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has increased by four times in the last 10 years.

2. The percentage share of Public Sector in GDP has declined in the last 10 years.

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


122.Six persons M, N, O, P, Q and R are sitting in two rows, three in each. Q is not at the end of any row. P is second to the left of R. O is the neighbour of Q and is sitting diagonally opposite to P. N is the neighbour of R. On the basis of above information, who is facing N?

A. R
B. Q
C. P
D. M


123.Chlorination is a process used for water purification. The disinfecting action of chlorine is mainly due to

A. The formation of hydrochloric acid when Chlorine is added to water
B. The formation of hypochlorous acid when chlorine is added to water
C. The formation of nascent oxygen when chlorine is added to water
D. The formation of hydrogen when chlorine is added to water


124.Examine the following statements:

1. All colours are pleasant

2. Some colours are pleasant

3. No colour is pleasant

4. Some colours are not pleasant

Given that the statement 4 is true, what can be definitely concluded?

A. 1 and 2 are true
B. 1 is false
C. 2 is false
D. 3 is true


125.P, Q, R and S are four men. P is the oldest but not the poorest. R is the richest but not the oldest. Q is older than S but not than P or R. P is richer than Q but not than S. The four men can be ordered (descending) in respect of age and richness, respectively, as



126.A man fills a basket with eggs in such a way that the number of eggs added on each successive day is the same as the number already present in the basket. This way the basket gets completely filled in 24 days. After how many days the basket was 1/4th full?

A. 6
B. 12
C. 17
D. 22


127.In India, the interest rate on savings accounts in all the nationalized commercial banks is fixed by

A. Union Ministry of Finance
B. Union Finance Commission
C. Indian Banks’ Association
D. None of the above


128.Consider the following statements:

1. The “Bombay Manifesto” signed in 1936 openly opposed the preaching of socialist ideals.

2. It evoked support from a large section of business community from all across 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


129.With reference to soil conservation, consider the following practices:

1. Crop rotation

2. Sand fences

3. Terracing

4. Wind breaks

Which of the above are considered appropriate methods for soil conservation in India?

A. 1, 2 and 3 only
B. 2 and 4 only
C. 1, 3 and 4 only
D. 1, 2, 3 and 4


130.The ”Instrument of Instructions” contained in the Government of India Act 1935 have been incorporated in the Constitution of India in the year 1950 as

A. Fundamental Rights
B. Directive Principles of State Policy
C. Extent of executive power of State
D. Conduct of business of the Government of India


131.Consider the following statements:

The Supreme Court of India tenders advice to the President of India on matters of law or fact

1. on its own initiative (on any matter of larger public interest).

2. if he seeks such an advice.

3. only if the matters relate to the Fundamental Rights of the citizens.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 3 only
D. 1 and 2


132.With reference to India, consider the following statements:

1. The Wholesale Price Index (WPI) in India is available on a monthly basis only.

2. As compared to Consumer Price Index – for Industrial Workers CPI (IW), the WPI gives less weight to food articles.

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


133.In the context of governance, consider the following:

1. Encouraging Foreign Direct Investment inflows

2. Privatization of higher educational Institutions

3. Down-sizing of bureaucracy

4. Selling/offloading the shares of Public Sector Undertakings

Which of the above can be used as measures to control the fiscal deficit in India?

A. 1, 2 and 3
B. 2, 3 and 4
C. 1, 2 and 4
D. 3 and 4 only


134.In the context of India’s Five Year Plans, a shift in the pattern of industrialization, with lower emphasis on heavy industries and more on infrastructure begins in

A. Fourth Plan
B. Sixth Plan
C. Eighth Plan
D. Tenth Plan


135.Which one of the following is not a feature of Limited Liability Partnership firm?

A. Partners should be less than 20
B. Partnership and management need not be separate
C. Internal governance may be decided by mutual agreement among partners
D. It is corporate body with perpetual succession


136.Which of the following terms indicates a mechanism used by commercial banks for providing credit to the government?

A. Cash Credit Ratio
B. Debt Service Obligation
C. Liquidity Adjustment Facility
D. Statutory Liquidity Ratio


137.Widespread resistance of malarial parasite to drugs like chloroquine has prompted attempts to develop a malarial vaccine to combat malaria. Why is it difficult to develop an effective malaria vaccine?

A. Malaria is caused by several species of Plasmodium
B. Man does not develop immunity to malaria during natural infection
C. Vaccines can be developed only against bacteria
D. Man is only an intermediate host and not the definitive host


138.A question paper had ten questions. Each question could only be answered as True (T) or False (F). Each candidate answered all the questions. Yet, no two candidates wrote the answers in an identical sequence. How many different sequences of answers are possible?

A. 20
B. 40
C. 512
D. 1024


139.Three men start together to travel the same way around a circular track of 11 km. Their speeds are 4, 5.5 and 8 kmph respectively. When will they meet at the starting point for the first time?

A. After 11 hours
B. After 21 hours
C. After 22 hours
D. After 33 hours


140.If a potato is placed on a pure paper plate which is white and unprinted and put in a microwave oven, the potato heats up but the paper plate does not. This is because:

A. Potato is mainly made up of starch whereas paper is mainly made up of cellulose
B. Potato transmits microwaves whereas paper reflects microwaves
C. Potato contains water whereas paper does not contain water
D. Potato is a fresh organic material whereas paper is a dead organic material


141.Consider the following statements:

1. The Commonwealth has no charter, treaty or constitution.

2. All the territories / countries once under the British empire (jurisdiction / rule / mandate) automatically joined the Commonwealth as its members. 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


142.In the context of bilateral trade negotiations between India and European Union, what is the difference between European Commission and European Council?

1. European Commission represents the EU in trade negotiations whereas European Council participates in the legislation of matters pertaining to economic policies of the European Union.

2. European Commission comprises the Heads of State or government of member countries whereas the European Council comprises of the persons nominated by European Parliament.

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


143.In the context of the affairs of which of the following is the phrase “Special Safeguard Mechanisms” mentioned in the news frequently?

A. United Nations Environment Programme
B. World Trade Organization
C. ASEAN – India Free Trade Agreement
D. G – 20 Summits


144.With reference to the National Rehabilitation and Resettlement Policy, 2007, consider the following statements:

1. This policy is applicable only to the persons affected by the acquisition of land for projects and not to the involuntary displacement due to any other reason.

2. This policy has been formulated by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.

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


145.Consider the following statements:

1. Every individual in the population is equally susceptible host for Swine Flu.

2. Antibiotics have no role in the primary treatment of Swine Flu.

3. To prevent the future spread of Swine Flu in the epidemic area, the swine (pigs) must all be culled.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3


146.With reference to the mineral resource of India, consider the following pairs:

Mineral     90% Natural sources in
1. Copper     Jharkhand
2. Nickel    Orissa
3. Tungsten     Kerala

Which of the pairs above is/are correctly matched?
A. 1 and 2 only
B. 2 Only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2, and 3


147.Consider the following pairs-
     Protected area –                            Well- known for
1. Bhiterkanika, Orissa                   :    Salt Water Crocodile
2. Desert National Park, Rajasthan   :     Great Indian Bustard
3. Eravikulam, Kerala                      :    Hoolak Gibbon

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
A. 1 only    
B. 1 and 2 only
C. 2 only
D. 1,2 and 3


148.Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched?
Dam/Lake                   River
A. Govind Sagar       :    Satluj
B. Kolleru Lake         :    Krishna
C. Ukai Reservoir      :    Tapi 
D. Wular Lake           :    Jhelum


149.In the context of Indian economy, consider the following pairs:
   Term          Most appropriate description
1. Melt down     Fall in stock prices
2 Recession     Fall in growth rate
3. Slowdown     Fall in GDP
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1,2 and 3


150. A geographic area with an altitude of 400 metres has following characteristics:
Month                                     J       F     M      A     M      J      J      A      S      O     N     D
Average Maximum Temp. oC    31    31    31    30    30    29    28    28    29    29    30    31
Average Minimum Temp.  oC    21    21    21    21    21    20    20    20    20    20    20    20
Rainfall (mm)                         51    85   188  158  139   121  134  168   185  221  198   86

If this geographic area were to have a natural forest, which one of the following would it most likely be?

A. Moist temperate coniferous forest
B. Montane subtropical forest
C. Temperate forest    
D. Tropical rain forest


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