IAS Prelims General Studies Paper 1999 (Part 1 of 10)

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  1. Consider the following statements: An ordinary light bulb has a rather short life because the

    1. filament wire is not uniform.

    2. bulb cannot be evacuated completely.

    3. wires supporting the filament melt at high temperature.

    Which of the above statements are correct?

    1. 1 and 3

    2. 2 and 3

    3. 1 and 2

    4. 1, 2 and 3

  2. One consistent feature found in the history of southern India was the growth of small regional kingdoms rather than large empires because of

    1. the absence of minerals like iron

    2. too many divisions in the social structure

    3. the absence of vast areas of fertile land

    4. the scarcity of manpower

  3. From the balance sheet of a company, it is possible to

    1. judge the extent of profitability of the company

    2. assess the profitability and size of the company

    3. determine the size and composition of the assets and liabilities of the company

    4. determine the market share, debts and assets of the company

  4. In eye donation, which one of the following parts of donors eyes is utilized?

    1. Iris

    2. Lens

    3. Cornea

    4. Retina

  5. If is 10.00 a. m. I. S. T, then what would be the local time at Shilling on 92° E longitude?

    1. 9.38a. m.

    2. 10.38a. m.

    3. 10.22 a. m.

    4. 9.22 a. m.

  6. The Constitution of India recognizes

    1. only religious minorities

    2. only linguistic minorities

    3. religious and linguistic minorities

    4. religious, linguistic and ethnic minorities

  7. In the sequence of numbers 5, 8, 11, X, 34, 55, 89, The value of X is

    1. 20

    2. 21

    3. 23

    4. 29

  8. The king was freed from his people and them from their king. On whose death did Badauni comment thus?

    1. Balban

    2. Ala-ud-din Khalji

    3. Muhammad-bin-Tughlak

    4. Feroze Shah Tughlak

  9. Match the hormones in List I with items in List II and select the correct answer:

    List-I List-II
    1. Adrenalin

    2. Estrogen

    3. Insulin

    4. Pheromones

    1. Anger, fear, danger

    2. Attracting partners through sense of smell

    3. Females

    4. Glucose

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
      • 3
      • 1
      • 4
      • 2
      • 1
      • 3
      • 2
      • 4
      • 1
      • 3
      • 4
      • 2
      • 3
      • 1
      • 2
      • 4
  10. In the new Panchayati Raj Bill enacted in 1993, there are several fresh provisions deviating from the past. Which one of the following is not one such provisions?

    1. A number of added responsibilities in the area of agriculture, rural development, primary education and social forestry among others

    2. Elections being made mandatory for all posts at the time they are due

    3. A statutory representation for women in the panchayats, upto a third of the strength

    4. Regular remuneration to the panchayat members, so as to ensure their punctuality and accountability

  11. A ship sailing from the eastern extremity of the Aleutian Islands to Dutch crosses 1800 meridian at 23.30 his on January 1, 1999. What time and date will be recorded by the captain of the ship in his diary after one-hour journey from the point of crossing of the meridian?

    1. January 1, 0030 hrs

    2. January 2, 0030 hrs

    3. January 3, 0030 hrs

    4. January 4, 0030 hrs

  12. Neem tree has acquired industrial importance as a source of

    1. biopesticide and antifertility compound

    2. antifertility compound, biofertilizer and anti-cancer drug

    3. biofertilizer, biopesticide and antifertility compound

    4. anti-cancer drug, biopesticide and biofertilizer

  13. On another planet, the local terminology for earth, water, light, air and sky, are sky, light, air, water and earth respectively. If someone is thirsty there, what would be drink?

    1. Sky

    2. Water

    3. Air

    4. Light

  14. Consider the following statements: An amendment to the Constitution of India can be initiated by the

    1. Lok Sabha

    2. Rajya Sabha

    3. State Legislatures

    4. President

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

    1. 1 alone

    2. 1, 2 and 3

    3. 2, 3 and 4

    4. 1 and 2

  15. The first venture of Gandhi in all-India politics was the

    1. Non-Cooperation Movement

    2. Rowlett Satyagraha

    3. Champaran Movement

    4. Dandi March