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Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011 .Paper 2(Solved ) -General Studies part 1/6

Directions for the following 5 items Read the following passage and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based on the passage only.
Now India’s children have a right to receive at least eight years of education, the gnawing question is whether it will remain on paper or become a reality. One hardly needs a reminder that this right is different from the others enshrined in the Constitution, that the beneficiary—a six year old child cannot demand it, nor can she or he fight a legal battle when the right is denied or violated. In all cases, it is the adult society which must act on behalf of the child. In another peculiarity, where a child’s right to education is denied, no compensation offered later can be adequate or relevant. This is so because childhood does not last. If a legal battle fought on behalf of a child is eventually won, it may be of little use to the boy or girl because the o…

Q. What are the constitutional provisions with respect to the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes?

Ans. The Indian society is divided into four varnas ,often referred to as ‘Jatis or Castes’. At the lowest rung of social hierarchy are ‘Shudras’ which have been designated as ‘Harijans’ by Gandhi and as ‘Scheduled Castes’ by the Constitution. These castes are called Scheduled Castes as these are included in the list or schedule prepared by government. There are certain communities which have their own distinct culture and religion and are excluded from traditional social structure. These communities are called Scheduled Tribes in the Constitution. As per the provisions of the Constitution (Article 341), the President of India shall prepare the lists of such castes and tribes for the first time, in consultation with the Governors of States. Parliament has been authorized to make subsequent modifications in such lists as and when required. It means the lists of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes will not be the same for all states but differ from state to state depending upo…

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

91. In term of economy, the visit by foreign nationals to witness the

XIX Commonwealth Games in
India amounted to—
(A) Export
(B) import
(C) Production
(D) Consumption
92. Microbial fuel cells are cons idered a source of sustainable energy. Why?
1. They use living organism as catalysts to generate electricity from certain subs trates.
2. They use a variety of inorg anic materials as subs trates.
3. They can be installed in waste water treatment plants to cleanse water and produce electricity.
Which of the statements given
above is / are correct?
(A) lonly
(B) 2and3onIy
(C) land3only
(D) 1,2and3
93. Which one of the following statem ents appropriately describes the ‘Fiscal Stimulus’?
(A) It is a massive investment by the Government in manu facturing sector to ensure the supply of goods to meet the demand surge caused by rapid economic growth
(B) It is an intense affirmative action of the Government to boost economic activity in the country
(C) It is Government’s intensive action on financial institutions …

Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011 .Paper 1(Solved ) -General Studies part 6/7

76. Human activities in the recent past have caused the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but a lot of it does not remain in the lower atmosphere because of—
1. its escape into the outer stratosphere.
2. the photosynthesis by phytoplankton in the oceans.
3. the trapping of air in the polar ice caps.
Which of the statements given
above is/are correct?
(A) land2 (B) 2only
(C) 2and3 (D) 3 only
77. In the context of ecosystem productivity, marine upwelling zones are important as they increase the marine productivity by bringing the—
1. decomposer microorganisms to the surface.

2. nutrients to the surface.
3. bottom-dwelling organisms to the surface.
Which of the statements given
above is / are correct?
(A) 1 and 2 (B) 2 only
(C) 2and3 (D) 3only
78. If a tropical rain forest is removed, it does not regenerate quickly as compared to a tropical deciduous forest. This is because—
(A) the soil of rain forest is deficient in nutrients
(B) propagules of the trees in a rain forest have p…

Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011 .Paper 1(Solved ) -General Studies part 5/7

61. A sandy and saline area is the natural habitat of an Indian animal species. The animal has no predators in that area but its existence is threatened due to the destruction of its habitat. Which one of the following could be that animal’
(A) Indian wild buffalo
(B) Indianwild ass
(C) Indian wild boar
(D) Indian gazelle
62. La Nina is suspected to have
caused recent floods in Australia.
How is La Nina different from El
1. La Nina is characterised by
unusually cold ocean tem erature in equatorial Indian
Ocean whereas El Nino is
characterised by unusually
warm ocean temperature in
the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
2. El Nino has adverse effect
on south-west monsoon of
India, but La Nina has fl()
effect on monsoon climate.
Which of the statements given
above is/are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both I and 2
(D) Neither I nor 2
63. The tendency for increased litigation was visible after the introduction of the land sett lement system of Lord Cornw allis in 1793. The reason for this is normally traced to …

Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011 .Paper 1(Solved ) -General Studies part 4/7

46. A married couple adopted a male child. A few years later, twin boys were born to them. The blood group of the couple is AB positive and 0 negative. The blood group of the three sons is A positive, B positive and 0 positive. The blood group of the adopted son is—
(A) 0 positive
(B) A positive
(C) B positive
(D) Cannot be determined on the basis of the given data
47. Mahatma Gandhi said that some of his deepest convictions were reflected in a book titled, ‘Unto this Last’ and the book transf ormed his life. What was the message from the book that transformed Mahatma Gandhi?
(A) Uplifting the oppressed and poor is the moral responsibility of an educated man
(B) The good of individual is contained in the good of all
(C) The life of celibacy and spiritual pursuit are essential for a noble life
(D) All the statements (A), (B) and (C) are correct in this context
48. With reference to Indian freedom struggle, Usha Mehta is well- known for—
(A) Running the secret Congress
Radio in the wake of Quit Ind…

Civil Services Prelims Exam 2011 .Paper 1(Solved ) -General Studies part 3/7

31. An artificial satellite orbiting around the Earth does not fall down. This is so because the attraction of Earth—
(A) does not exist at such distance
(B) is neutralized by the attrac tion of the moon
(C) provides the necessary speed for its steady motion
(D) provides the necessary acceleration for its motion

32. In the context of Indian economy, consider the following statements—
1. The growth rate of GDP has steadily increased in the last five years.
2. The growth rate in per capita income has steadily increased in the last five years.
Which of the statements given
above is/are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Bothland2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2

33. In India, which of the following have the highest share in the disbursement of credit to agric ulture and allied activities?
(A) Commercial Banks
(B) Cooperative Banks
(C) Regional Rural Banks
(D) Microfinance Institutions

4. Which of the following can aid
in furthering the Government’s
objective of inclusive growth?
1. Promoting Self-Help Groups
2. Promoting M…