General Studies - 1997 (Prelims)



Time Allowed : Two Hours                                                             Maximum Marks : 150

About 50% of the world population is concentrated between the latitudes of
(a) 5°N and 20°N
(b) 20°N and 40°N
(c) 40°N and 60°N
(d) 20°S and 40°S

2. A rectangular plot of lawn shown in the figure has dimensions `x' and `y' and is surrounded by a gravel pathway of width 2m. What is the total area of the pathway?
(a) 2x + 2y + 4
(b) 2x + 2y + 8
(c) 4x+4y+8
(d) 4x+4y+16

After consolidating his power, Balban assumed the grand title of
(a) Tute-i-Hind       (b) Kaisr-i-Hind     (c) Zil-i-Ilahi    (d) Din-i-Ilahi

4. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
        List I                                             List II
(Climatic conditions)                             (Reasons)
A. Madras is warmer than Calcutta     1. North-East Monsoon 
B. Snowfall in Himalayas                     2. Altitude
C. Rainfall decreases from                   3. Western depressions
     West Bengal to Punjab
D. Sutlej-Ganga Plain gets                   4. Distance from sea
    some rain in winter                           5. Latitude
    A    B    C    D           A    B    C    D
(a) 1    2    4    5        (b) 4    5     1     3
(c) 5    2    4    3        (d) 5    1     3     4

5. The economic and monetary union of 15 European countries is proposed to be made by 1999. But the currencies of two countries, franc, have already the same value and circulate freely in both the countries. The countries are
(a) France and Switzerland
(b) Switzerland and Luxembourg
(c) Luxembourg and Belgium
(d) France and Belgium

6. The average rate of domestic savings (gross) for the Indian economy is currently estimated to be in the range of
(a) 15 to 20 percent      (b) 20 to 25 percent
(c) 25 to 30 percent      (d) 30 to 35 percent

7. The tendency of a liquid drop to contract and occupy minimum area is due to 
(a) surface tension         (b) viscosity
(c) density                    (d) vapour pressure

8. The pituitary gland by virtue of its tropic hormones controls the secretary activity of other endocrine glands. Which one of the following endocrine glands can function independent of the pituitary gland ?
(a) Thyroid                   (b) Gonads
(c) Adrenals                 (d) Parathyroid

9. The average monthly income of a person in a certain family of 5 is Rs. 1000/-. What will be the monthly average income of a person in the same family if the income of one person increased by Rs. 12000/- per year ?
(a) 1200/-                    (b) 1600/- 
(c) 2000/-                    (d) 3400/-

10. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
        List I                              List II
A. Butler Committee           1. Jallianwala Bagh
Report                                     massacre
B. Hurtog Committee           2. Relationship between
Report                                    the Indian States and Paramount Power
C. Hunter Inquiry                3. Working of Dyarchy as  laid down in the Mont       
    Committee Report               - agu-Chelmsford       Reforms
D. Muddiman                       4. The growth of education  in British India and potenti
     Committee Report
                -alities of its further progress
      A   B   C   D         A   B   C   D
(a)  3   2    1    4     (b) 1    4   2   3
(c)  2   1    3    4     (d) 2    4   1   3

11. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
        List I                              List II
A. Deccan Traps               1. Late cenozoic
B. Western Ghats              2. Pre-cambrian
C. Arayalli                         3. Cretaceous Eocene
D. Narmada-Tapi              4. Cambrian
    alluvial deposits              5.Pleistocene
    A   B   C   D           A   B   C   D
(a) 3   5    1   4       (b) 3    1    2   5
(c) 2   1    3   4       (d) 1    4    2   5

12. The number of industries for which industrial licensing is required has now been reduced to
(a) 15      (b) 6      (c) 35      (d) 20

13. Which one of the following is a vector quantity ?
(a) Momentum        (b) Pressure
(c) Energy               (d) Work

14. Oxygen transportation in a human body takes place through
1. Blood.       2. Lungs.      3. Tissue.    
The correct sequence of transportation is
(a) 1, 2, 3     (b) 3, 1, 2      (c) 2, 1, 3     (d) 1, 3, 2

15. The characteristic ordour of garlic is due to
(a) a chloro compound 
(b) a sulpher compound
(c) a fluorine compound 
(d) acetic acid

16. The head of the military department under the recognized central machinery of administration during Akbar's reign was
(a) Diwan           (b) Mir Bakshi 
(c) Mir Saman    (d) Bakshi

17. The January isotherm taken as a basis for dividing India into tropical and subtropical zones is
(a) 21°C      (b) 18°C      (c) 12°C      (d) 15°C

18. In the given figure, if QRS is an equilateral triangle and QTS is an isosceles triangle and x = 47°. then the value (in degrees) of y will be 
(a) 13   (b) 23   (c) 33    (d) 43

19. "..... They are people of yellow complexion, oblique eyes, high check bones, sparse hair and medium height." The reference here is to
(a) Nordic Aryans    (b) Austrics    (c) Negroids    (d) Mongoloids

20. What is the correct sequence of the descending order of the following States in respect of female literacy rates as per the 1991 census ?
1. Mizoram       2. Kerala       3. Goa         4. Nagaland
Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 2, 3, 1, 4     (b) 2, 1, 3, 4     (c) 2, 3, 4, 1   (d) 1, 2, 4, 3

21. The tail of a comet is directed away from the sun because
(a) as the comet rotates around the sun, the lighter mass of the comet is pushed away due to the centrifugal force alone
(b) as the comet rotates, the lighter mass of the comet is attracted by some star situated in the direction of its tail
(c) the radiation emitted by the sun 'exerts a radial pressure on the comet throwing its tail away from the sun
(d) the tail of the comet always exists in the same orientation

22. Corpus lutcum is a mass of cells found in
(a) brain     (b) ovary     (c) pancreas   (d) spleen

23. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R).
Assertion (A) : The sponsor and the most prominent figure of the Chisti order of Sufis in India is Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti.
Reason (R) : The Chisti order takes its name from a village Chisti in Ajmer.
In the context of the above two statements, which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and Rare true and R is the correct explanation ' of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false 
(d) A is false but R is true

24. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
       List I                                   List II
(Minerals)                         (Typical areas of occurence)
A. Coal                                1.
B. Gold                                2. Karanpura
C. Mica                               3. Hutti
D. Manganese                     4. Nellore
     A   B   C   D       A   B   C   D
(a) 1    3    2   4   (b) 2   3    4   1
(c) 3    4    2   1   (d) 2   1    4   3

25. In which one of the following countries will the no confidence motion to bring down the government passed by the legislature be valid only when the legislature is able to find simultaneously a majority to elect successor government ?
(a) France     (b) Germany    (c) Italy    (d) Portugal

26. In the series POQ, SRT, VUW,------ , the blank space refers to
(a) XYZ       (b) XZY       (c) YXZ       (d) YZX

27. The sum of which of the following constitutes Broad Money in India ?
1. Currency with the public.
2. Demand deposits with banks.
3. Time deposits with banks.
4. Other deposits with RBI.
Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 2              (b) 1, 2 and 3
(c) 1, 2, 3 and 4      (d) 1, 2 and 4

28. A smooth inclined at an angle θ with the horizontal as shown in the above figure. A body starts from rest and slides down the inclined surface. The time taken by the body to reach the bottom is

29. "A graduate at 18, professor and associate editor of the Sudharak at 20, Secretary of the Sarvajanik Sabha and of the Provincial Conference at 25, Secretary of the National Congress at 29, leading witness before an important Royal Commission at 31, Provincial legislator at 34, Imperial legislator at 36, President of the Indian National Congress at 39 a patriot whom Mahatma Gandhi himself regarded as his master". This is how a biographer describes
(a) Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya
(b) Mahadev Govind Ranade
(c) Gopal Krishna Gokhale 
(d) Bal Gangadhar Tilak

30. Which one of the following is an active component of oil of clove ?
(a) Menthol                     (b) Eugenol
(c) Methanol                   (d) Benzaldehyde

31. Consider the map given below
The river shown on the map is
(a) Irrawaddy   (b) Mekong   (c) Chao Phraya.    (d) Salween

32. Which one of the following was NOT proposed by the 73rd constitutional amendment in the area of Panchayati Raj ?
(a) Thirty per cent seats in all elected rural local bodies will be reserved for women candidates at all levels
(b) The States will constitute their Finance Commissions to allocate resources to Panchayati Raj institutions
(c) The Panchayati Raj elected functionaries will be disqualified to hold their offices if they have more than two children
(d) The elections will be held in six months time if Panchayati Raj bodies are superceded or dissolved by the State government

33. According to the latest census figures sex ratio in India is
(a) declining     (b) stable     (c) increasing    (d) fluctuating

34. The most reactive among the halogens is
(a) fluorine      (b) chlorine      (c) bromine      (d) iodine

35. Which one of the following organisms is likely to show the highest concentration of DDT once it has been introduced into the ecosystem ?
(a) Grasshopper     (b) Toad      (c) Snake    (d) Cattle

36. There are three drawers in a table. One contains two golds coins., another two silver coins, and the third, a silver coin and a gold coin. One of the drawers is pulled out and a coin is taken out. It turns out to be a silver coin What is the probability of drawing a gold coin, if one of the other two drawers is pulled out next and one of the coins in it is drawn at random ?
(a) 37.5%         ( b) 50%       (c) 62,5%     (d) 75%

37. Who among the following was associated with supression if Thugs ?
(a) General Henry Prendergast      (b) Captain Sleeman
(c) Alexander Burnes                    (d) Captain Robert Pemberton

38. The Alamatti is on the river
(a) Godavari      (b) Cauvery      (c) Krishna    (d) Mahanadi

39. Which one of the following States of India has passed a legislation (in 1996) making the maintenance of one's parents mandatory ?
(a) Kerala     (b) West Bengal         (c) Maharashtra       (d) Himachal Pradesh

40. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
       List I (Events)                             List II (Results)
A. Morley Minto Reforms                 1. Country-wise agitation
B. Simon commission                         2. Withdrawal of a movement
C. The Chauri-Chaura incident           3. Communal Electorates
D. The Dandi March                          4. Communal outbreaks
                                                          5. Illegal manufacture of salt
     A    B    C    D             A   B   C   D
(a) 3    4     5     2         (b) 4    1   2    3
(c) 2    3    4     5          (d) 3    1   2    5

41. In the following figure P is 30 km eastward of O and Q is 400 km north of O. R is exactly in the middle of Q and P. The distance between Q and R is
(a) 250 km      (b) 300 km        (c) 350 km        (d) 250 X (km)1/2
42. The Poona Pact which was signed between the British Government and Mahatma Gandhi in 1934 Provided for
(a) the creation of dominion status for India    (b) separate electorates for the Muslims
(c) separate electorate for the Harijans           (d) joint electorate with reservation for Harijans

43. Which one of the following was used as a chemical weapon in the First World War ?
(a) Carbon monoxide    (b) Hydrogen cyanide   (c) Mustard gas    (d) Water gas

44. Proportional representation is NOT necessary in a country where
(a) there are no reserved constituencies
(b) a two-party system has developed
(c) the first-past-post system prevails
(d) there is a fusion of presidential and Parliamentary forms of government


45. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer
       List I (Committees)                                                  List II (Chaired by)
A. Disinvestment of shares in  Public Sector Enterprises   1. Rajah Chelliah
B. Industrial Sickness                                                     2. Onkar Goswami
C. Tax Reforms                                                             3. R. N. Malhotra
D. Reforms in Insurance  Sector                                      4. C. Rangarajan
     A    B    C    D           A    B    C    D
(a) 1    4     2     3       (b) 4     2    1     3
(c) 4    1     2    3        (d) 1     3    4     2

46. Alpha-keratin is a protein present in
(a) blood              (b) skin            (c) wool       (d) eggs

47. Which one of the following is paramagnetic in nature?
(a) Iron        (b) Hydrogen       (c) Oxygen         (d) Nitrogen

48. When three coins are tossed together the probability that all coins have the same face up is
(a) 3          (b) 6          (c) 8         (d) 12

49. Which one of the following factors is responsible for the change in the regular direction of the ocean currents in the Indian Ocean ?
(a) Indian Ocean is half an ocean                (b) Indian Ocean has Monsoon drift
(c) Indian Ocean is a land-locked ocean     (d) Indian Ocean has greater variation in salinity

50. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
      List I                                      List II
A. Surat Split                              1. 1929
B. Communal Award                  2. 1928
C. All Party Convention             3. 1932
D. Poorna Swaraj  Resolution    4. 1907
                                                    5. 1905

 A     B     C   D        A    B     C     D
(a) 4     3     1    5    (b) 4     3     2      1
(c) 2     5     4    1    (d) 1     4     2      3

51. Consider the map given below

The predominant languages spoken in the areas marked A B, C and D are respectively
(a) Brajbhasha, Bhojpuri, Maithili and Awadhi
(b) Awadhi, Maithili, Bhojpuri and Brajbhasha
(c) Brajbhasha, Awadhi, Bhojpuri and Maithili
(d) Maithili, Bhojpuri, Brajbhasha and Awadhi

52. The number of students in two sections, A and B having different heights is shown in the following Table


(in metres)

Number of students with that height

In Section A

in Section B




 The ration of the number of students of a particular height in Section A to that in Section B is the maximum for the height of
(a) 1.55 m        (b) 1.60 m        (c) 1.65 m     (d) 1.71 m

53. The canal-carrying capacity of Farrakka is
(a) 75,000 Cusecs             (b) 70,000 Cusecs
(c) 40,000 Cusecs             (d) 35,000 Cusecs

54. The Prime Minister of which one of the following countries is chosen by the ruling prince from a slate of three candidates put up to him by the President of France ?
(a) San Marius     (b) Liechtenstein     (c) Malta        (d) Monaco

55. One of the important agreements reached in the 1996 Ministrial Conference of WTO refers to
(a) commerce in Information Technology
(b) Multilateral Agreement on Investment
(c) Multi-fibre Agreement
(d) exchange of technical personal

56. Which one of the following has the highest fuel value?
(a) Hydrogen       (b) Charco      (c) Natural gas       (d) Gasoline

57. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
       List I                                      List II
A. Chittagaon Armoury raid      1. Lala Hardayal
B. Kakori Conspiracy               2. Jatin Das
C. Lahore Conspiracy              3. Surya Sen
D. Ghadr Party                         4. Ram Prasad Bismil
                                                5. Vasudeo Phadke
     A    B    C    D          A    B     C     D
(a) 3     4    1    5       (b) 4     3      2     5
(c) 3    4     2    1       (d) 2     4      3     1

58. Which one of the following pairs is correctly matched?
(a) Teak                :       Jammu and Kashmir
(b) Deodar                 Madhya Pradesh
(c) Sandalwood     :       Kerala
(d) Sundari            :      West Bengal

59. Which one of the following is cultivated by transplanting seedlings ?
(a) Maize      (b) Sorghum      (c) Onion      (d) Soyabeen

60. Consider the man given below

The places marked A, B, C and D in the map are respectively
(a) Rift valley region, Chattisgarh plain, Rain shadow region and Chotanagpur plateau
(b) Chattisgarh plain, Chotanagpur plateau, Rift valley region, and Rain shadow region
(c) Rift valley region, Chattisgarh plain, Chotanag-pur plateau and Rain shadow region
(d) Chattisgarh plain, Rain shadow region, Chota-nagpur plateau and Rift valley region

61. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
    List I  (Crops)                           List II  (Geographical conditions)
A. Barley                       1. Hot and dry climate with poor soil
B. Rice                          2. Cool climate with poorer soil
C. Millets                      3. Warm and Moist climate with high attitude
D. Tea                           4. Hot and Moist climate with rich soil
    A    B    C    D          A    B   C   D
(a) 2    4     1    3      (b) 3    4     1   2
(c) 2    1     4    3      (d) 3    2     4   1

62. The world's fastest computer has been able to perform (as of Dec. 1996)
(a) 106 operations per second     (b) 109 operations per second
(c) 1012 operations per second    (d) 1015 operations per second

63. The Basque separatist organization is active in
(a) Russia      (b) Cyprus      (c) Portugal     (d) Spain

64. The following table shows the per cent change in the amount of sales (in rupees) at different retail stores in a given neighborhood market in the period 1993 to 1995:

Retail Store

Percent Change

1993 to 1994

1994 to 1995




If the sales at Anshu store amounted to Rs. 8 Lakhs in 1993, then the amount of sales (in lakhs of rupees) at that store in 1995 was
(a) 7.92        (b) 8.00      (c) 8.80     (d) 9.68

65. The planet mercury is revolving in an elliptical orbit around the sun as shown in the given figure. The kinetic energy of mercury is greatest at the point labelled

(a) A      (b) B      (c) C     (d) D

66. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
      List I              List II
A. Gupta            1. Badami
B. Chandella     2. Panamalai
C. Chalukya      3. Khajuraho
D. Pallava         4. Deogarh
     A     B    C    D        A    B    C    D
(a) 4      3    1     2    (b) 4    2     3     1
(c) 2      3    4     1    (d) 3    4     1     2

67. Consider the map given below
The places marked A, B, C and D in the map are respectively known for the cultivation of
(a) groundnut, ragi, tobacco and sugarcane
(b) groundnut, sugarcane, ragi and tobacco
(c) ragi, sugarcane, groundnut and tobacco
(d) ragi, groundnut, sugarcane and tobacco

68. The film The Making of the Mahatma has been directed by
(a) Peter Ustinov             (b) Richard Attenborough
(c) Shyam Benegal          (d) Mira Nair

69. "From Aceh in the far northwest to Torres Strait in the east is 5000 miles, almost as far as from London to Baghdad. The archipelago has 14,000 islands, some mere equatorial rocks, others some of the largest in the world." This description best fits
(a) West Indies      (b) Japan      (c) Philippines     (d) Indonesia

70. Human Development Index comprises literacy rates, life. expectancy at birth and
(a) Gross Domestic Product per head in the US dollars
(b) Groos Domestic Product per head at real purchasing power
(c) Gross National Product in US dollars
(d) National Income per head in US dollars

71. A major health mission carried out in 1996 was
(a) war against leprosy              (b) small-pox eradication
(c) pulse polio immunization      (d) popularisation of oral rehydration therapy

72. If the numbers representing volume and surface area of a cube are equal, then the length of the edge of the cube in terms of the unit of measurement will be
(a) 3      (b) 4        (c) 5        (d) 6

73. Which one of the following statements regarding Asokan stone pillars is incorrect ?
(a) These are highly polished
(b) These are monolithic
(c) The shaft of pillars is tapering in shape
(d) These are parts of architectural structures

74. State funding of elections takes place in
(a) U.S.A. and Canada       (b) Britain and Switzerland
(c) France and Italy            (d) Germany and Austria

75. Which of the following places are known for paper manufacturing industry ?
1. Yamunanagar     2. Guwahati     3. Shahabad          4. Ballarpur
Chose the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1, 2 and 3       (b) 1, 2 and 4       (c) 1, 3 and 4       (d) 2, 3, and 4

76. Consider the following graphs The behaviour of a fictitious stock market index [comprising a weighted average of the market prices of a selected list of companies including some multinational corporations (MNC's) over a 15 day period is shown in the graph. The behaviour of the MNC's in the same period is also shown in the second graph. Which one of the following is a valid conclusion ?
(a) MC's fell steeper in the period depicted
(b) Share prices of every non-MNC company soared by over 5% on the 12th day
(c) Government announced a policy disfavouring MNC's on the 11th day
(d) Whatever be the reason favouring market revival on the 12th day, it appears to be relevant only to non-MNC companies

77. Which one of the following pairs of composers in different languages and their works on the Mahabharata theme is correctly matched ?
(a) Sarladasa      Bengali    
(b) Kasirama      Oriya    
(c) Tikkana        Marathi   
(d) Pampa          Kannada

78. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
     List I                                                                   List II
(Commodities exported from India)                   (Countries of destination)
A. Iron Ore                                                         1. Russia
B. Leather goods                                                 2. U.S.A.
C. Tea                                                                 3. Japan
D. Cotton fabrics                                                 4.
                                                                           5. Canada
     A    B    C     D           A    B     C    D
(a) 5     1     2     3       (b) 3     1     4     2
(c) 1     5     4     3       (d) 3     4     1     2

79. The concept of Public Interest Litigation originated in
(a) the United Kingdom     (b) Australia      (c) the United States     (d) Canada

80. The length, breadth and height of a room are `l, `b' and `h' respectively. The perimeter of the ceiling expressed as a percentage of the total area of the four walls is
(a) 100 h        (b) 100/h        (c) h          (d) h/100

81. What is the average fat content of buffalo milk ?
(a) 7.2%        (b) 4.5%        (c) 9.0%      (d) 10.0%

82. If the Prime Minister of India belonged to the Upper House of Parliament
(a) he will not be able to vote in his favour in the event of a no-confidence motiom
(b) he will not be able to speakon the budget in the Lower House
(c) he can make statements only in the Upper House
(d) he has to become a member of the Lower Hose within six months after being sworn in as the Prime Minister

83. M. C. Setalvad, B. N. Rao and Alladi Krishnaswamy Iyer were distinguished members of the
(a) Swaraj Party
(b) All India National Liberal Federation
(c) Madras Labour Union
(d) Servants of India Society

84. The tribal population in Andaman and Nicobar Islands belongs to the
(a) Australoid race           (b) Caucasoid race
(c) Mongoloid race          (d) Negroid race

85. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)
Assertion (A) : The reservation of thirty-three per cent of seats for women in Parliament and State Legislatures does not require Constitutional amendment.
Reason (R) : Political parties contesting elections can allocate thirty-three per cent of seats they contest to women candidates without any Constitutional amendment.
In the context of the above two statements which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true

86. Which one of the following dances involves solo performance ?
(a) Bharatanatyam           (b) Kuchipudi
(c) Mohiniattam               (d) Odissi

87. What is the correct chronological sequence of the following ?
1. Wood's Education Despatch.
2. Maeauley's minute on education.
3. The Sargent Education Report.
many votes as there are multiples of one thousand in the quotient obtained by dividing the population of the State by the total number of the elected members of the Assembly. As at present (1997) the expression "population" here means the population
as ascertained by the,
(a) 1991 Census     (b) 1981 Census    (c) 1971 Census     (d) 1961 Census

88. The group of small pieces of rock revolving round the sun between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter are called
(a) meteors      (b) comets     (c) meteorites     (d) asteroids

89. Which one of the following is used as an anti-freeze for the automobile engines ?
(a) Propyl alcohol      (b) Ethanol     (c) Methanol       (d) Ethylene glycol

90. Seven persons P, Q, R, S, T, U and V participate in and finish all the events of a series of swimming races. There are no ties at the finish of any of the events. V always finishes somewhere ahead of P. P always finishes somewhere ahead of Q. Either R finishes first and T finishes last or S finishes first and U or Q finishes last. If in a particular race V finished fifth, then which one of the following would be true ?
(a) S finishes firsts
(b) R finishes second
(c) T finishes third
(d) R finishes fourth

91. Which one of the following scripts of ancient India was written from right to left ?
(a) Brahmi               (b) Nandnagari
(c) Sharada             (d) Kharoshti

92. Which one of the following techniques can be used to establish the paternity of a child ?
(a) Protein analysis
(b) Chromosome counting
(c) Quantitative analysis of DNA
(d) DNA finger printing

93. In the earth's direction of rotation is reversed , what would be the IST when it is noon at the International Date Line?
(a) 06.30 hrs     (b) 05.30 hrs      (c) 18.30 hrs      (d) 17.30 hrs

94. Bishop Carlos Felipe Ximenes Belo and Jos Remos Horta who shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize are known for their work for the cause of
(a) East Timor      (b) Gautemala      (c) Bosnia      (d) Barunda

95. In the Presidential election in India, every elected member of the Legislative Assembly of a State shall have as many votes as there are multiples of one thousand in the quotient obtained by dividing the population of the State by the total number of the elected members of the Assembly. As at present (1997) the expression "population" here means the population as ascertained by the,
(a) 1991 Census       (b) 1981 Census     (c) 1971 Census      (d) 1961 Census

96. In India, inflation is measured by the
(a) Wholesale Price Index number
(b) Consumers Price Index for urban non-manual workers
(c) Consumers Price Index for agricultural workers
(d) National Income Deflation

97. Which one of the following stars is nearest to the Earth?
(a) Polaris       (b) Alpha Centauri     (c) Sun     (d) Sirius

98. Consider the following
1. Saxena, David, Jain and Kumar were District Collectors at places P, Q, R and S respectively in 1970
2. In 1972 they were transferred. Saxena and Jain interchanged places. Kumar and David also interchanged places.
3. One year later in 1973 they were again transferred such that David and Jain interchanged places and Saxena and Kumar were also interchanged.
What should be the next round of transfers so that all the four persons could have been posted at all the .four places ?
(a) Interchange Saxena and David as well as Jain and Kumar
(b) Interchange Saxena and Kumar as well as David and Jain
(c) Interchange David and Kumar as well as Saxena and Jain
(d) It is not possible for all the four persons to have been posted at all the four places

99. The medieval Indian writer who refers to the discovery of America is
(a) Malik Muhammad Jayasi       (b) Amir Khusrau
(c) Raskhan                                (d) Abul Fazl

100. Which one of the following conditions is most relevant for the presence of life on Mars ?
(a) Atmospheric composition
(b) Thermal conditions
(c) Occurrence of ice caps and frozen water
(d) Occurrence of ozone

101. Which of the following are/is stated in the Constitution of India ?
1. The President shall not be a member of either House of Parliament.
2. The Parliament shall consist of the President and two Houses.
Choose the correct answer from the codes given below :
(a) Neither 1 nor 2      (b) Both 1 and 2
(c) 1 alone                  (d) 2 alone

102. The following are the major oilseeds produced in India
1. Sesamum      2. Mustard.    3. Groundnut     4. Soyabeen
Which one of the following is the correct sequence of the descending order of the quantity of their production ?
(a) 1, 2, 3, 4     (b) 3, 2, 4, 1     (c) 2, 4, 3, 1      (d) 3, 4, 2, 1

103. A girl is swimming on a swing in sitting position. When the same girl stands up, the period of swing will
(a) be shorter
(b) be longer
(c) depend on the height of the girl
(d) not change

104. The famous dialogue between Nachiketa and Yama is mentioned in the
(a) Chhandogyopanishad                (b) Mundakopanishad
(c) Kathopanishad                          (d) Kenopanishad

105. Consider the geographical details given in the following figure
The point marked by A in the above figure indicates a country in
(a) North America        (b) South America
(c) Europe                    (d) Asia

106. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
       List I                                     List II
(Functionaries)                           (Oaths or affirmations)
A. President of India                    1. Secrecy of Information
B. Judges of                                 2. Faithful Discharge of Supreme Court Duties
C. Members of                             3. Faith and Allegiance to Parliament the Constitution of India
D. Minister for the Union              4. Upholding the Constitutetion and the law
    A     B     C    D         A    B    C    D
(a) 3    4      1     2     (b) 4    3     2     1
(c) 3    4      2    1      (d) 4    3     1     2

107. In the map shown in the given figure, rivers labelled as 1, 2, 3 and 4 respectively

(a) Kosi, Gomati, Ghaghara and Gandak
(b) Kosi, Ganga, Gomati and Ghaghara
(c) Gandak, Ganga, Gomati and Ghaghara
(d) Teesta, Gomati, Ghaghara and Kosi

108. The major component of honey is
(a) glucose      (b) sucrose      (c) maltose     (d) frustose

109. Arteries supplying blood to the heart are called
(a) carotid arteries          (b) hepatic arteries
(c) coronary arteries      (d) Pulmonary arteries

110. Milindapanho is in the form of a dialogue between the king Menander and the Buddhist monk
(a) Nagasena          (b) Nagarjuna
(c) Nagabhatta       (d) Kumarilabhatta

l l l. In which one of the following countries are 75 percent of seats in both Houses of Parliament filed on the basis of first past-the post system and 25 per cent on the basis of Proportional Representation system of elections ?
(a) Germany        (b) Italy        (c) France     (d) Russia

112. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
     List I                           List II
A. Moplah revolt             1.
B. Pabna revolt                2. Bihar
C. Eka Movement           3. Bengal
D. Birsa Munda revolt     4.
    A     B     C     D         A     B     C     D
(a)1      3      4     2     (b) 2      3     4      1
(c)1      2      3     4     (d) 3      4     1      2

113. The Sixth and the Eighth Five Year Plans covered the period 1980-1985 and 1992-1997 respectively. The Seventh Five Year Plan covered the period
(a) 1987-1992          (b) 1986-1901
(c) 1985-1990          (d) 1988-1994

114. Recommended daily intake of proteins for a moderately active women is
(a) 30 g       (b) 37 g     (c) 40 g     (d) 46 g

115. In a group of travelling in a bus, 6 persons can speak Tamil, 15 can speak Hindi and 6 can speak Gujrati. In that group none can speak any other language. If 2 persons in the group
can speak two languages and one person can speak all the three languages, then how many persons are there in the group?
(a) 21        (b) 22        (c) 23        (d) 24

116. Which one of the following edicts mentions the personal name of Asoka ?
(a) Kalsi                             (b) Rummindei
(c) Special Kslinga Edict     (d) Maski

117. Consider the map given belowOf the four shaded areas in the map, that which is characterised by hot dry summers, mild and moist winters and seasonal reversal of winds is the area labelled
(a) 1        (b) 2         (c) 3         (d) 4

118. In the following quotation,
                                     "WE THE PEOPLE OF INDIA,
                                        having solemnly resolved to
                   constitute India into a Sovereign Socialist Secular
                   Democratic Republic and to secure to all its citizens
         JUSTICE, social, economic and political ;
         LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief faith and worship;
         EQUALITY of status and of opportunity ; and to promote among them all;
         FRATERNITY assuring the dignity of the individual and the unity and the integrity of
         the Nation ;
In our Constituent Assembly this `X'
          do hereby adopt, enact and
give to ourselves this Constitution.",
          `X' stands for
(a) twenty-sixth day of January, 1950
(b) twenty-sixth day of November, 1949
(c) twenty-sixth day of January, 1949
(d) None of the above

119. Examine the following statements regarding a set of balls
1. All balls are black.                     2. All balls are white.
3. Only some balls are black          4. No balls are black.

Assuming that the balls can only be black or white, which two of the statements given above can both be true, but cannot both be false ? Choose the correct answer from the codes given
below :
(a) 1 and 4              (b) 1 and 3
(c) 2 and 3              (d) 2 and 4

120. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
           List I                               List II
A. Rashtriya Mahila Kosh         1. Empowerment of  women
B. Mahila Samriddhi                  2. Education for women's equality
C. Indira Mahila Yojana            3. Promotion of savings among rural women
D. Mahila Samakhya                  4. Meeting credit needs of the poor women
     A    B    C    D           A    B    C    D
(a) 3    2     1     4       (b) 1     3    4     2
(c) 4    3     2     1       (d) 4     1     2     3

121. The following map shows four of the sixteen mahajanapadas that existed in ancient India
The places marked A, B, C and D respectively are
(a) Matsya,Cedi, Kosala, Anga
(b) Surasena, Avanti, Vatsa, Magadha
(c) Matsya, Avanti, Vatsa, Anga
(d) Surasena, Cedi, Kosala, Magadha

122. A boy standing at the point `O' in the given diagram, throws a ball three times with the same force, but projecting it along different inclinations from the ground. The results of the throws have been plotted in the diagram. Which one of the following is a valid conclusion ?

(a) The Larger the initial inclination, the longer the throw
(b) The Larger the height reached, the longer the throw
(c) The Larger the height reached, the shorter the throw
(d) The larger the initial inclination, the greater the height reached

123. In the Mahayana Buddhism, the Bodhisatva Avalokitesvar was also known as
(a) Vajrapani            (b) Manjusri      (c) Padmapani      (d) Maitreya

124. Daily weather map showing isobars is an example of
(a) Choropleth map   (b) Isopleth map    (c) Chorochromatic map   (d) Choroschematic map

125. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R).
Assertion (A) : Wilful disobedience or non-compliance of Court orders and use of derogatory language about judicial behaviour amount to Contempt of Court.
Reason (R) : Judicial activism cannot be practised without arming the judiciary with punitive powers to punish contemptuous behaviour.
In the context of the above two statements which one of the following is correct
(a) Both A and Rare true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true

126. Schemes of (i) Urban Micro-Enterprises, (ii) Urban Wage Employment and (iii) Housing and Shelter Upgradation are parts of
(a) Integrated Rural Development Programme
(b) Nehru Rojgar Yojana
(c) Jawahar Rojgar Yojana
(d) Prime Minister's Rojgar Yojana

127. A boat which has a speed of 5 km/hr in still water crosses a river of width 1 km along the shortest possible path in 15 minutes. The velocity of the river water in km/hr is
(a) 1     (b) 3       (c) 4       (d) (41)1/2

128. A survey was conducted on a sample of 1000 persons with reference to their knowledge of English, French and German. The results of the survey are presented in the given
Venn diagram. The ratio of the number of the persons who do not know any of the three languages to those who know all the three languages is

(a) 1/27      (b) 1/25         (c) 1/550           (d) 175/1000

129.The silver coins issued by the Guptas were called
(a) rupaka      (b) karshapana       (c) dinara      (d) pang

130.Which one of the following countries is the largest producer of fuel wood in the world ?
(a) Indonesia       (b) Russia       (c) India    (d) China

131.Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and the other labelled as Reason (R)
Assertion (A) : The emergence of economic globalism does not imply the decline of socialist ideology.
Reason (R) : The ideology of socialism believes in Universalism and globalism.
In the context of the above two statements which one of the following is correct ?
(a) Both A and Rare true and R is the correct explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not the correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d) A is false but R is true

132.The contribution of India's small scale sector to the gross turnover in the manufacturing sector since 1992 has been of the order of
(a) 40%      (b) 34%     (c) 30%     (d) 45%

133.The working principle of a washing machine
(a) centrifugation       (b) dialysis     (c) reverse osmosis      (d) diffusion


134.Consider the figures given below In the given sequence of figures, the figure that would logically appear at Sl. No. 5 is

135. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
      List I (Author)                            List II (Text)
A. Varahamihira                          1. Prabandha Chintamani
B. Visakhadatta                           2. Mrchchha-katikam
C. Sudraka                                  3. Brhat-Samhita
D. Bilhana                                    4.
                                                   5. Vikramankadeva-charita
    A    B     C    D           A     B    C    D
(a) 3   4      5     2       (b) 3     4     2     5
(c) 5   3      4     1       (d) 1     3     5     2

136. One will NOT have to pass through the Suez Canal while going from Bombay to
(a) Alexandria      (b) Suez    (c) Port Said      (d) Benghazi

137. The Dinesh Goswami Committee recommended
(a) the constitution of state level election commission
(b) List system of election to the Lok Sabha
(c) governmental funding of parliamentary elections
(d) a ban on the candidature of independent candidates in the parliamentary elections

138. Which of the following come under Non-plan expenditure ?
1. Subsidies
2. Interest payments
3. Defence expenditure
4. Maintenance expenditure for the infrastructure created in the previous plans
Choose the correct answer using the codes given below :
(a) 1 and 2      (b) 1 and 3      (c) 2 and 4       (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

139. The sequencing of the entire genome (the totality of all genes) of an organism was completed in 1996. The organism was
(a) albino mouse    (b) yeast   (c) human being    (d) plasmodium vivax

140. Which one of the following was a corporation of merchants in ancient India ?
(a) Chaturvedimangalam     (b) Parishad
(c) Ashtadikgaja                 (d) Manigrama

141. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
      List I                     List II
A. Malaria                1. Bone marrow
B. Filaria                   2. Brain
C. Encephalitis          3. Muscle
D. Leukaemia           4. Lymph node
                                5.Blood cells
     A    B    C    D         A     B     C     D
(a) 5     3     2    1     (b) 5      4     2      1
(c) 4     3     5    1     (d) 5      4     1      2

142. National Income is the
(a) Net National Product at market price
(b) Net National Product at factor cost
(c) Net Domestic Product at market price
(d) Net Domestic Product at factor cost

143.Which one of the following is NOT a principle of "Panch-sheel" ?
(a) Non-alignment
(b) Peaceful Co-existence
(c) Mutual respect for each other's territorial integrity and sovereignty
(d) Mutual non-interference in each other's internal affairs

144. During a flight from Delhi to Tokyo the following are the landing airports
1. Hongkong       2. Hanoi      3. Taipei.     4. Bangkok.
The correct sequence of the landing at these airports during an onward journey is
(a) 1, 2, 3, 4    (b) 4, 2, 1, 3     (c) 3, 4, 1, 2    (d) 4, 1, 2, 3

145. Antigen is a substance which
(a) lowers body temperature
(b) destroys harmful bacteria
(c) triggers the immune system
(d) is used as an antidote to poison

146. The number of times in a day the Hour-hand and the Minute-hand of a clock are at right angles is
(a) 44     (b) 48      (c) 24     (d) 12

147. The Badami rock inscription of Pulakesin I is dated in the Saka year 465. If the same were to be dated in Vikrama Samvat, the year would be
(a) 601      (b) 300       (c) 330       (d) 407

148. The Minimum Alternative Tax (MAT) was introduced in the Budget of the Government of India for the year
(a) 1991-92        (b) 1992-93
(c) 1995-96        (d) 1996-97

149. Which one of the following is present in the largest amount in terms of per cent by mass in the earth's crust ?
(a) Silicon                (b) Oxygen
(c) Carbon              (d) Calcium

150. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer:
      List I                                                  List II
(Hazardous industries using                    (Located at)
child labour leading to the filing      
of a public interest petition in the
Supreme Court)
A. Glass Industry                                1. Moradabad
B. Brassware Industry                         2. Marakpur
C. Slate Industry                                 3. Ferozabad
D. Handmade carpet Industry              4.
     A     B     C     D          A     B    C    D
(a) 3      1     2      4      (b) 1      3    4     2
(c) 3      1     4      2      (d) 1      3    2     4

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