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5-General Studies Preliminary Examination Question Papers 2009

101. Four metal rods of lengths 78 cm, 104 cm, 117 cm and 169 cm are to be cut into parts of equal length. Each part must be as long as possible. What is the maximum number of pieces that can be cut ?
  1. 27
  2. 36
  3. 43
  4. 480
102. In an examination, there are three subjects A, B and C. A student has to pass in each subject. 20% students failed in A, 22% students failed in B and 16% failed in C. The total number of students passing the whole  examination lies between
  1. 42% and 84%
  2. 42% and 78%
  3. 58% and 78%
  4. 58% and 84%
103. There is a family of 6 persons A, B, C, D, E and F. There are two married couples in the family. The family members are lawyer, teacher, salesman, engineer, accountant and doctor. D, the salesman is married to the lady teacher. The doctor is married to the lawyer. F, the accountant is the son of B and brother of E. C, the lawyer is the daughter-in-law pf A. E is the unmarried engineer. A is the grandmother of F. How is E related to F ?
  1. Brother
  2. Sister
  3. Father
  4. Cannot be established (cannot be determined)
104. How many times are an hour hand and a minute hand of a clock at right angles during their motion from 1.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. ?
  1. 9
  2. 10
  3. 18
  4. 20
105. There are 240 balls and n number of boxes Bv B2, B3, ... , Bn. The balls are to be placed in the boxes such that B1 should contain 4 balls more than B2, B2 should contain 4 balls more than B3, and so on. Which one of the following cannot be the possible value of n ?
  1. 4
  2. 5
  3. 6
  4. 7
106. In a carrom board game competition, m boys and n girls (m > n > 1) of a school participate in which every student has to play exactly one game with every other student. Out of the total games played, it was found that in 221 games one player was a boy and the other player was a girl. Consider the following statements :
  1. The total number of students that participated in the competition is 30
  2. The number of games in which both players were girls is 78
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
107. There are three cans A, B and C. The capacities of A, B and C are 6 litres, 10 litres and 16 litres respectively. The can C contains 16 litres of milk. The milk has to be divided in them using these three cans only. Consider the following statements :
  1. It is possible to have 6 litres of milk each in can A and can B
  2. It is possible to have 8 litres of milk each in can B and can C.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
108. Consider the following pairs
  1. Ashok Leyland : Hinduja Group
  2. Hindalco Industries : A.V. Birla Group
  3. Suzlon Energy :Punj Lloyd Group
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched ?
  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
109. In the context of global economy, which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched ?
  1. JP Morgan Chase : Financial Services
  2. Roche Holding AG: Financial Services
  3. WLRoss& Co.:Private Equity Firm
  4. Warburg Pincus:Private Equity Firm
110. Consider the following houses :
  1. Christie's
  2. Osian's
  3. Sotheby's
Which of the above is/are auctioneer/ auctioneers ?
  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
111. In the context of C02 emission and Global Warming, what is the name of a market driven device under the UNFCC that allows developing countries to get funds/incentives from the developed countries to adopt better technologies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions ?
  1. Carbon Footprint
  2. Carbon Credit Rating
  3. Clean Development Mechanism
  4. Emission Reduction Norm      
112. The concept of carbon credit originated from which one of the following ?
  1. Earth Summit, Rio de Janeiro
  2. Kyoto Protocol
  3. Montreal Protocol
  4. G-8 Summit, Heiligendamm
113. Who among the following is the founder of World Economic Forum ?
  1. Klaus Schwab
  2. John Kenneth Galbraith
  3. Robert Zoellick
  4. Paul Krugman
114. The Security Council" of UN consists of 5 permanent members, and the remaining 10 members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of
  1. 1 year
  2. 2 years
  3. 3 years
  4. 5 years
115. From which one of the following did Kosovo declare its independence ?
  1. Bulgaria
  2. Croatia
  3. Macedonia
  4. Serbia
116. Which one of the following pairs of countries fought wars over a region called Ogaden ?
  1. Eritrea and Sudan
  2. Ethiopia and Somalia
  3. Kenya and Somalia
  4. Ethiopia and Sudan
117. In the middle of the year 2008 the Parliament of which one of the following countries became the first in the world to enact a Climate Act by passing "The Climate Change Accountability Bill" ?
  1. Australia
  2. Canada
  3. Germany
  4. Japan
118. Which one among the following has the highest energy ?
  1. Blue light
  2. Green light
  3. Red light
  4. Yellow light
119. In the context of independent India's economy, which one of the following was the earliest event to take place ?
  1. Nationalisation of Insurance companies
  2. Nationalisation of State Bank of India
  3. Enactment of Banking Regulation Act
  4. Introduction of First Five-Year Plan
120. Consider the following pairs :
  1. BMW AG :USA 
  2. Daimler AG : Sweden
  3. Renault S.A. : France
  4. Volkswagen AG : Germany
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched ?
  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 3 and 4
  3. 4 only
  4. 1, 2 and 4
121. Which one of the following is not a drug/pharma company ?
  1. Chevron
  2. Nicholas Piramal
  3. Pfizer
  4. Zydus Cadila
122. Who of the following is the author of the book "The Audacity of Hope" ?
  1. Al Gore
  2. Barack Obama
  3. Bill Clinton
  4. Hillary Clinton
123. A present group of nations known as G-8 started first as G-7. Which one among the following was not one of them ?
  1. Canada
  2. Italy
  3. Japan
  4. Russia
124. Consider the following statements :
  1. The Baglihar Power Project had been constructed within the parameters of the Indus Water Treaty.
  2. The project was completely built by the Union Government with loans from Japan and the World Bank.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2
125. When Leander Paes won the "mixed doubles" at the US Open in the year 2008, who of the following was his partner ?
  1. Ana Ivanovic
  2. Cara Black
  3. Dinara Safina
  4. Jelena Jankovic


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