IAS Prelims General Studies Paper 1996 (Part 5 of 10)

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  1. Mughal painting reached its zenith under

    1. Humayun

    2. Akbar

    3. Jahangir

    4. Shahjahan

  2. Which one of the following is an important crop of the Barak valley?

    1. Jute

    2. Tea

    3. Sugarcane

    4. Cotton

  3. Consider the following programmes:

    1. A forestation and development of wastelands.

    2. Reforestation and replantation in existing forests

    3. Encouraging the wood substitutes and supplying other types of fuel.

    4. Promotion of wide use of insecticides and pesticides to restrict the loss of forest area from degradation caused by pests and insects.

    The National Forest Policy of 1988 includes

    1. 1, 2, 3 and 4

    2. 2 and 4

    3. 1, 3 and 4

    4. 1, 2 and 3

  4. Consider the following statements: No one can be compellers to sing the National Anthem since

    1. it will be violative of the Right to freedom of speech and expression.

    2. it will be violative of the Right to freedom of conscience and practice and propagation of religion.

    3. there is no legal provision obliging any one to sing the National Anthem.

      1. 1 and 2 are correct

      2. 2 and 3 are correct

      3. 1, 2 and 3 are correct

      4. none is correct

  5. In India, rural incomes are generally lower than the urban incomes. Which of the following reasons account for this?

    1. A large number of farmers are illiterate and know little about scientific agriculture.

    2. Prices of primary products are lower than those of manufactured products.

    3. Investment in agriculture has been low when compared to investment in industry.

    Select the correct answer by using the codes given below:


    1. 1, 2 and 3

    2. 1 and 2

    3. 1 and 3

    4. 2 and 3

  6. Domestic electrical wiring is basically a

    1. series connection

    2. parallel connection

    3. combination of series and parallel connections

    4. Series connection within each room and parallel connection elsewhere.

  7. The term apabhramsa was used in medieval Sanskrit texts to denote

    1. outcastes among the Rajputs

    2. deviations from Vedic rituals

    3. early forms of some of the modern Indian languages

    4. non-Sanskrit verse meters

  8. Consider the following statements: At the present level of technology available in India, solar energy can be conveniently used to

    1. Supply hot water to residential buildings.

    2. Supply water for minor irrigation projects.

    3. Provide street lighting.

    4. Electrify a cluster of villages and small towns.

      1. 1, 2, 3 and 4 are correct

      2. 2 and 4 are correct

      3. 1 and 3 are correct

      4. 1, 2 and 3 are correct

  9. In the given figure, the triangle represents girls, the square represents sports persons and the circle represents coaches. The portion in the figure which represents girls who are sports persons but not coaches is the one labelled

    1. A

    2. B

    3. D

    4. E

  10. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer

    1. Visakhadatta

    2. Varahamihira

    3. Charaka

    4. Brahmagupta

    1. Medicine

    2. Drama

    3. Astronomy

    4. Mathematics

    • A
    • B
    • C
    • D
      • 1
      • 3
      • 4
      • 2
      • 2
      • 1
      • 3
      • 4
      • 2
      • 3
      • 1
      • 4
      • 3
      • 4
      • 1
      • 2
  11. The rough outline map shows a portion of the Middle East. The countries labelled A, B, C and D are respectively

    1. Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia

    2. Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Jordan

    3. Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia and Jordan

    4. Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia

  12. A simple machine helps a person in doing

    1. less work

    2. the same amount of work with lesser force

    3. the same amount of work slowly

    4. the same amount of work much faster

  13. Which one of the following statements is correct? The Prime Minister of India

    1. is free to choose his minister only from among those who are members of either House of the Parliament

    2. can choose his cabinet colleagues after due counseling by the President of India in this regard

    3. has full discretion in the choice of persons who are to serve as ministers in his cabinet

    4. has only limited powers in the choice of his cabinet colleagues because of the discretionary powers vested with the President of India

  14. The offending substance in the liquor tragedies leading to blindness etc. Is

    1. ethyl alcohol

    2. amyl alcohol

    3. benzyl alcohol

    4. methyl alcohol

    • Assertion (A): Though Indias national income has gone up several fold since 1947, there has been no marked improvement in the per capita income level.
    • Reason (R): Sizeable proportion of the population of India is still living below the poverty line.

    In the context of the above two statements which one of the following is correct?

    1. Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A

    2. Both A and R are true but R is not a correct explanation of A

    3. A is true but R s false

    4. A is false but R is true

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