IAS Prelims General Studies Paper 1998 (Part 2 of 10)

  1. Consider the following statements regarding asteroids

    1. Asteroids are rocky debris of varying sizes orbiting the Sun.

    2. Most of the asteroids are small but some have diameter as large as 1000 km

    3. The orbit of asteroids lies between orbits of Jupiter and Saturn.

    Of these statements

    1. 1, 2 and 3 are correct

    2. 2 and 3 are correct

    3. 1 and 2 are correct

    4. 1 and 3 are correct

  2. MERCOSUR consists of group of countries of

    1. Africa

    2. Asia

    3. Latin America

    4. South East Asia

  3. Which one of the following countries has replaced Italy as the major importer of bauxite from India?

    1. Canada

    2. Greece

    3. Ukraine

    4. United Arab Emirates

  4. Lord Mountbatten came to India as Viceroy along with specific instruction to

    1. balkanize the Indian sub-continent

    2. keep India united if possible

    3. accept Jinnahs demand for Pakistan

    4. persuade the Congress to accept partition

  5. Which one of the following is the correct sequence of the states (labeled 1, 2, 3 and 4) of India shown on the map in descending order in terms of their available ground water-resources for irrigation?

    1. 3, 4, 1, 2

    2. 3, 4, 2, 1

    3. 4, 3, 1, 2

    4. 4, 3, 2, 1

  6. Consider the following statements: The price of any currency in international market is decided by the

    1. World Bank.

    2. demand for goods/services provided by the country concerned.

    3. stability of the government of the concerned country.

    4. economic potential of the country in question.

    Of these statements

    1. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are correct

    2. 2 and 3 are correct

    3. 3 and 4 are correct

    4. 1 and 4 are correct

  7. Consider the following statements Coke is one of the materials of the charge added to blast furnace for the production of steel/iron. Its function is to

    1. act as a reducing agent.

    2. remove silica associated with the iron ore

    3. function as fuel, to supply heat.

    4. act as an oxidizing agent.

    Of these statements

    1. 1 and 2 are correct

    2. 2 and 4 are correct

    3. 1 and 3 are correct

    4. 3 and 4 are correct

  8. A consumer is said to be in equilibrium, if

    1. he is able to fulfill his need with a given level of income

    2. he is able to live in full comforts with a given level of income

    3. he can fulfill his needs without consumption of certain items

    4. he is able to locate new sources of income

  9. Production of Rice and Wheat (In millions of Tonnes)

    Year

    Rice

    Wheat

    Percentage of Wheat to Rice

    Year 1950 − 51

    Production 20.58

    Production 6.46

    Percent 1.4

    Year 1960 − 61

    Production 34.58

    Production 11.00

    Percent 31.8

    Year 1970 − 71

    Production 42.22

    Production 23.83

    Percent 56.4

    Year 1980 − 81

    Production 53.63

    Production 36.31

    Percent 67.7

    Year 1990 − 91

    Production 74.29

    Production 55.14

    Percent 74.2

    Year 1994 − 95

    Production 81.81

    Production 65.77

    Percent 80.4

    Year 1995 − 96

    Production 79.62

    Production 62.62

    Percent 78.6

    The above table indicates the performance in India in rice and wheat production from 1950 − 51 to 1995 − 96. Which of the following conclusions arrived at from the above table would be valid?

    1. Record production of rice as well as wheat has been in 1994 − 95

    2. The ratio of wheat to rice production seems to have steadily increased over 16 years

    3. Wheat has not been popular among the Indian population before 1980.

    4. India became self-sufficient in rice and wheat only after 1990.

    Select the correct answer using the codes given below

    1. 1 and 2

    2. 1, 2, 3 and 4

    3. 3 and 4

    4. None

  10. Among the Indian states shown labeled 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the rough outline map given, the correct sequence of descending order of percent of scheduled tribe population to their total population is:

    1. 1, 3, 2, 4

    2. 3, 1, 2, 4

    3. 3, 1, 4, 2

    4. 1, 3, 4, 2

  11. Which one of the following sets of states stands to benefit the most from the Konkan Railway?

    1. Goa, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala

    2. Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Kerala

    3. Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Goa, Maharashtra

    4. Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil

    Nadu

  12. The supply-side economics lays greater emphasis on the point of view of

    1. producer

    2. global economy

    3. consumer

    4. middle-man

  13. Which one of the following languages belongs to the Austric group?

    1. Maratlti

    2. Ladakhi

    3. Khasi

    4. Tamil

  14. Which one of the following metals does not form amalgams?

    1. Zinc

    2. Copper

    3. Magnesium

    4. Iron

  15. Indonesian forest fire in 1997 was caused by

    1. greenhouse effect

    2. depletion of ozone laver

    3. EL Nino effect

    4. None of the above