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Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011 .Paper 1(Solved ) -General Studies part 2/7

16. The authorization for the withdrawal of funds from the Consolidated Fund of India must come from—

(A) The President of India
(B) The Parliament of India
(C) The Prime Minister of India
(D) The Union Finance Minister

17. All revenues received by the Union Government by way of taxes and other receipts for the conduct of Government business are credited to the—
(A) Contingency Fund of India
(B) Public Account
(C) Consolidated Fund of India
(D) Deposits and Advances Fund

18. Micro-finance is the provision of financial services to people of low-income groups. This includes both the consumers and the self-employed. The service/ services rendered under micro- finance is/are
1. Credit facilities
2. Savings facilities
3. Insurance facilities
4. Fund Transfer facilities Select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists— (A) 1 only
(B) 1 and 4 only
(C) 2 and 3only
(D) 1,2,3 and 4

19. Southeast Asia has captivated the attention of global community over space and time as a Geo-strategically significant region. Which among the following is the most convincing explanation for this global perspective?
(A) It was the hot theater during the Second World War
(B) Its location between the Asian powers of China and India
(C) It was the arena of superpower confrontation during the Cold War period
(D) Its location between the Pacific and Indian oceans and its pre-eminent maritime character

20. A company marketing food products advertises that its items do not contain trans-fats. What does this campaign signify to the customers?
1. The food products are not made out of hydrogenated oils.
2. The food products are not made out of animal fats/ oils.
3. The oils used are not likely to damage the cardiovascul ar health of the consumers.
Which of the statements given
above is/are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2and3only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1,2and3

21. Among the following who are eligible to benefit from the ‘Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act’?
(A) Adult members of only the scheduled caste and scheduled tribe households
(B) Adult members of below poverty line (BPL) households
(C) Adult members of households of all backward communities
(D) Adult members of any household

22. With reference to ‘Look East Policy’ of India, consider the following statements—
1. India wants to establish itself as an important regional player in the East Asian affairs.
2. India wants to plug the vacuum created by the termination of Cold War.
3. India wants to restore the historical and cultural ties with its neighbours in Southeast and East Asia.
Which of the statements given
above is/are correct?
(A)1 only (B)1 and 3 only
(C) 3 only (D) 1,2and3

23. When the Annual Union Budget is not passed by the Lok Sabha—
(A) the Budget is modified and  presented again
(B) the Budget is referred to the Rajya Sabha for suggestions
(C) the Union Finance Minister is asked to resign
(D) the Prime Minister submits the resignation of Council of Ministers
24. Under the Constitution of India, which one of the following is not a fundamental duty?
(A) To vote in public elections
(B) To develop the scientific temper
(C) To safeguard public property
(D) To abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals
25. With reference to the Finance Commission of India, which of the following statements is correct?
(A) It encourages the inflow of foreign capital for infrastructure development
(B) It facilitates the proper distribution of finances among the Public Sector Undertakings
(C) It ensures transparency in financial administration
(D) None of the statements (A), (B) and (C) given above is correct in this context
26. The 2004 Tsunami made people realize that mangroves can serve as a reliable safety hedge against coastal calamities. How do mangroves function as a safety hedge?
(A) The mangrove swamps separate the human settlements from the sea by a wide zone in which people neither live nor venture out
(B) The mangroves provide both food and medicines which people are in need of after any natural disaster
(C) The mangrove trees are tall with dense canopies and serve as an excellent shelter during a cyclone or tsunami
(D) The mangrove trees, do not get uprooted by storms and tides because of their extensive roots
27. The Jam philosophy holds that the world is created and maintained by—
(A) Universal Law
(B) Universal Truth
(C) Universal Faith
(D) Universal Soul

28. Salinization occurs when the irrigation water accumulated in the soil evaporates, leaving behind salts and minerals. What are the effects of salinizatjon on the irrigated land?
(A) It greatly increases the crop production
(B) It makes some soils impermeable
(C) It raises the water table
(D) It fills the air spaces in the soil ith water
29. The ‘Red Data Books’ published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (JUNC) con- tarn lists of—
1. Endemic plant and animal species present in the biodiversity hotspots.
2. Threatened plant and
animal species.
3. Protected sites for conservation of nature and natural resources in various countries.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below—
(A) 1and3 (B) 2only
(C) 2and3 (D) 3only
30. Why is the offering of ‘Teaser Loans’ by commercial banks a cause of economic concern?
1. The teaser loans are considered to be an aspect of sub-prime lending and banks may be exposed to the risk of defaulters in future.
2. In India, the teaser loans are mostly given to inexperienced entrepreneurs to set up manufacturing or export units.
Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2


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