ANSWER KEY: UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2016 General Studies Paper – 1

ANSWER KEY – UPSC  Prelims 2016

SET D

 


1) With reference to ‘stand up India scheme’, which of the following statement is/are correct?

  1. Its purpose is to promote entrepreneurship among SC/ST and women entrepreneurs.
  2. It provides for refinance through SIDBI.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: C

Justification: Straight forward question.

The scheme promotes entrepreneurship among SC/ST and Women entrepreneurs, and facilitates at least two such projects per bank branch.

The Stand Up India Scheme provides for refinance window through Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) with an initial amount of Rs. 10,000 crore. So, 2 is correct.

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=134220


 

2) The FAO accords the status of ‘Globally Important Agricultural Heritage System (GIAHS)’ to traditional agricultural systems. What is the overall goal of this initiative?

  1. To provide modern technology, training in modern farming methods      and financial support to local communities of identified   GIAHS so as to  greatly enhance their agricultural productivity
  2. To identify and safeguard eco-friendly traditional farm practices and their associated landscapers, agricultural biodiversity and    knowledge systems of the local communities
  3. To provide Geographical Indication status to all the varieties of agricultural produce in such identified GIAHS

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 only

(C) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1 and 2: In order to safeguard and support the world’s agri-cultural heritage systems, in 2002 FAO started an initiative for the dynamic conservation of Globally Important Agricultural Heritage systems (GIAHS). So, clearly modern practices wouldn’t be relevant to the initiative. 1 is incorrect.

Statement 2: The initiative intends to safeguard the social, cultural, economic and environmental goods and services of these heritage systems. So, 2 is correct.

Statement 3: There is no such provision. GI is accorded to products from a certain origin (e.g. Hyderabadi Biryani) and not to traditional agricultural systems.

http://www.fao.org/giahs/giahs-home/en/

 


 

3) Which of the following is/are tributary/tributaries of Brahmaputra?

  1. Dibang
  2. Kameng
  3. Lohit

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: http://www.india-wris.nrsc.gov.in/wrpinfo/index.php?title=Brahmaputra


 

 

4) The term ‘Core Banking Solutions’ is sometimes seen in the news. Which of the following statements best describes/describe this term?

  1. It is a networking of a bank’s branches which enables customers to operate their accounts from any branch of the bank on its network   regardless of where they open their accounts.
  2. It is an effort to increase RBI’s control over commercial banks through computerization.
  3. It is a detailed procedure by which a bank with huge non- performing assets is taken over by another bank.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: A

Justification: Statement 1: Core Banking Solution (CBS) is networking of branches, which enables Customers to operate their accounts, and avail banking services from any branch of the Bank on CBS network, regardless of where he maintains his account. Clearly, 1 is correct.

Statement 2 and 3: They are absurd and can easily be eliminated.

http://www.bankofbaroda.co.in/cbs.asp


 

  1. Consider the following pairs:

            Terms sometimes               Their origin seen in the news

  1. Annex—I Countries   :     Cartagena Protocol
  2. Certified Emissions Reductions :   Nagoya Protocol
  3. Clean Development Mechanism : Kyoto Protocol

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: Annex-I countries are related to Kyoto Protocol. See http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/3145.php

Statement 2: A certified emission reduction (CER) is generated from a clean development mechanism (CDM) project activity. See http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/mechanisms/clean_development_mechanism/items/2718.php

Statement 3: Same link as above.


 

 

  1. In the context of the developments in Bioinformatics, the term ‘transcriptome’, sometimes seen in the news, refers to

(a) a range of enzymes used in genome editing

(b) the full range of mRNA molecules expressed by an organism

(c) the description of the mechanism of gene expression

(d) a mechanism of genetic mutations taking place in cells

Solution: B

Justification: A transcriptome is the full range of messenger RNA, or mRNA, molecules expressed by an organism.

  • The term “transcriptome” can also be used to describe the array of mRNA transcripts produced in a particular cell or tissue type.
  • In contrast with the genome, which is characterized by its stability, the transcriptome actively changes.
  • In fact, an organism’s transcriptome varies depending on many factors, including stage of development and environmental conditions.

http://www.nature.com/scitable/definition/transcriptome-296

 


 

 

  1. ‘Mission Indradhanush’ launched by the Government of India pertains to

(a) immunization of children and pregnant women

(b) construction of smart cities across the country

(c) India’s own search for the Earth-like planets in outer space

(d) New Educational Policy

Solution: A

Justification: http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=114103

 


 

8) Which of the following best describes/ describe the aim of ‘Green India Mission’ of the Government of India?

  1. Incorporating environmental benefits and costs into the Union and State Budgets thereby implementing the `green accounting’
  2. Launching the second green revolution to enhance agricultural output so as to ensure food security to one and all in the future
  3. Restoring and enhancing forest cover and responding to climate change by a combination of adaptation and mitigation measures

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: The mission intends to increase forest/tree cover; improve/enhance eco-system services and to increase forest based livelihood income of about 3 million households. So, rest other statements (other than 3) are thus wrong.

http://www.envfor.nic.in/major-initiatives/national-mission-green-india-gim

 


 

9) With reference to pre-packaged items in India, it is mandatory to the manufacturer to put which of the following information on the main label, as per the Food Safety and Standards (Packaging and Labelling) Regulations, 2011?

  1. List of ingredients including additives
  2. Nutrition information
  3. Recommendations, if any, made by the medical profession about the possibility of any allergic reactions
  4. Vegetarian/non-vegetarian

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2, 3 and 4

(c) 1, 2 and 4

(d) 1 and 4 only

Solution: C

Justification: Straightforward question. Information about Allergic reactions is NOT mandatory on the food packets.

http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Food%20Safety%20and%20standards%20(Packaging%20and%20Labelling)%20regulation,%202011.pdf


 

 

  1. ‘Project Loon’, sometimes seen in the news, is related to

(a) waste management technology

(b) wireless communication technology

(c) solar power production technology

(d) water conservation technology

Solution: B

Justification: Project Loon aims to help connect remote regions of the world to the internet via a network of balloons floating in the sky beaming internet.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/google-may-get-government-nod-to-conduct-pilot-for-project-loon-in-india/articleshow/52408455.cms


 

 

  1. ‘Net metering’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of promoting the

(a) production and use of solar energy by the households/consumers

(b) use of piped natural gas in the kitchens of households

(c) installation of CNG kits in motor-cars

(d) installation of water meters in urban households

Solution: A

Justification: Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid, if you generate more energy (from household solar rooftops) than you consume in home.

http://www.mass.gov/eea/grants-and-tech-assistance/guidance-technical-assistance/agencies-and-divisions/dpu/net-metering-faqs.html

 


 

  1. India’s ranking in the ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’ is sometimes seen in the news. Which of the following has declared that ranking?

(a) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

(b) World Economic Forum

(c) World Bank

(d) World Trade Organization (WTO)

Solution: C

Justification: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/definition/ease-of-doing-business

 


 

 

  1. Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally

(a) agriculturists

(b) warriors

(c) weavers

(d) traders

Solution: D

Justification: There were many different tribal groups in Medieval India. Some were hunter-gatherer nomads.

  • One such type of nomadic group was that of the banjaras.
  • They were the most important trader-nomads during the medieval period.
  • Their caravan was called tanda. Sultan Alauddin Khaljls market regulation system could become successful pnmanly because of the fact that he relied heavily on the banjaras to transport grains to the city markets.  

http://tinyurl.com/j7ejmq8

 


 

  1. Who of the following had first deciphered the edicts of Emperor Ashoka?

(a) Georg Bilhler

(b) James Prinsep

(c) Max Muller

(d) William Jones

Solution: B

Justification: Factual but straightforward https://www.cs.colostate.edu/~malaiya/ashoka.html


 

15) With reference to the ‘Gram Nyayalaya Act’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. As per the Act, Gram Nyayalayas can hear only civil cases and not criminal cases.
  2. The Act allows local social activists as mediators/reconciliators.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: B

Statement 1: It tries both Civil and Criminal cases. So, 1 is wrong.

Statement 2: We are quoting from the Gram Nyalayas Act, 2008

“27. (1) For the purposes of section 26, the District Court shall, in consultation with the Appointment District Magistrate, prepare a panel consisting of the names of social workers at the village level having integrity for appointment as Conciliators who possess such qualifications and experience as may be prescribed by the High Court.”

So, clearly 2 is correct.

http://doj.gov.in/sites/default/files/gramnyayalayas_0.pdf


 

16) With reference to the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership’, consider the following statements :

  1. It is an agreement among all the Pacific Rim countries except China and Russia.
  2. It is a strategic alliance for the purpose of maritime security only.

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

Solution: D

Justification: Statement 1: It involves 12 pacific-rim countries: the US, Japan, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Brunei, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Chile and Peru.

It’s no an agreement between ALL the Pacific Rim except Russia & China. Only 12 out of nearly 50+ Pacific Rim countries are part of it.

Statement 2: It is a trade bloc. So, 2 is wrong.

https://ustr.gov/tpp/


 

 

  1. Consider the following statements :

The India-Africa Summit

  1. held in 2015 was the third such Summit
  2. was actually initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951

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

Solution: A

Justification: India-Africa Summit started in 2008 (first summit) is one of the most spectacular diplomatic exercises hosted by India since the 1983 Non Aligned Movement (NAM) summit.

Second and third summit were held in 2011 and 2015. So, 1 is correct and 2 is wrong.

http://www.idsa.in/idsacomments/3rd-india-africa-forum-summit_rberi_291015


 

 

18) What is/are the purpose/purposes of the `Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)’ announced by RBI?

  1. These guidelines help improve the transparency in the methodology followed by banks for determining the interest rates on advances.
  2. These guidelines help ensure availability of bank credit at interest rates which are fair to the borrowers as well as the banks.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: C

Justification: It is the new benchmark lending rate at which banks will now lend to new borrowers.

Statement 1: MCLR will be calculated after factoring in banks’ marginal cost of funds (largely, the interest at which banks borrow money), return on equity (a measure of banks’ profitability), and other risks and costs.

  • The MCLR should be revised monthly by considering some new factors including the repo rate and other borrowing rates.
  • Specifically the repo rate and other borrowing rates that were not explicitly considered under the base rate system.
  • Banks will also publically publish all kinds of MCLR periodically.
  • This will surely bring transparency in the calculation methodology. So, 1 is correct.
  • The RBI expects the new formula to make floating lending rates more responsive to its policy rate cuts.

Statement 2: Based upon this MCLR, interest rate for different types of customers should be fixed in accordance with their riskiness. So, it become fair to both borrowers as well as lenders.

https://rbi.org.in/SCRIPTs/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=35749


 

 19) What is/are unique about ‘Kharai Camel’, a breed found in India?

  1. It is capable of swimming up to three kilometres in seawater.
  2. It survives by grazing on mangroves.
  3. It lives in the wild and cannot be domesticated.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: A

Justification: Statement 1 and 2: It can swim up to three kilometers into the sea in search of mangroves, its primary food.

The breed population has declined drastically in recent years due to loss of mangroves.

Statement 3: Given the breed’s ability to survive both on land and sea, the Kharai camel is one of the most preferred choices of graziers in the arid coastal region of Kachchh.

People consume its milk, while male calves are sold for economic returns (females are not sold because they are considered sacred). So, clearly they are domesticated and don’t live in the wild. Statement 3 is wrong.

Gujarat is the only home to Kharai camel.

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/the-sinking-ship-40705


 

  1. Recently, our scientists have discovered a new and distinct species of banana plant which attains a height of about 11 metres and has orange-coloured fruit pulp. In which part of India has it been discovered?

(a) Andaman Islands

(b) Anaimalai Forests

(c) Maikala Hills

(d) Tropical rain forests of northeast

Solution: A

Justification: Musa indandamanensis, a sweet species of banana with orange pulp, has been discovered in the islands of Andamans.

The banana species was found by a team of scientists from the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) from the Krishna Nalah tropical rain forest on the islands.

It has also been reported by the scientists that the discovered species is thrice the size of a regular banana species

http://indiatoday.intoday.in/education/story/banana-species/1/498242.html


 

  1. Which one of the following is the best description of ‘INS Astradharini’, that was in the news recently?

(a) Amphibious warfare ship

(b) Nuclear-powered submarine

(c) Torpedo launch and recovery vessel

(d) Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier

Solution: C

Justification: It is Indian Navy’s first totally indigenously-designed and built torpedo launch and recovery vessel.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/ins-astradharani-commissioned/article7730364.ece

 


 

  1. What is ‘Greased Lightning-10 (GL-10)’, recently in the news?

(a) Electric plane tested by NASA

(b) Solar-powered two-seater aircraft designed by Japan

(c) Space observatory launched by China

(d) Reusable rocket designed by ISRO

Solution: A

Justification: As per the NASA Website, it is in testing and development phase.

The website says. “Imagine a battery-powered plane that has 10 engines and can take off like a helicopter and fly efficiently like an aircraft. That is a concept being developed by NASA researchers called Greased Lightning or GL-10.”

http://www.nasa.gov/langley/ten-engine-electric-plane-completes-successful-flight-test


 

23) With reference to ‘Initiative for Nutritional Security through Intensive Millets Promotion’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. This initiative aims to demonstrate the improved production and post-harvest technologies, and to demonstrate value addition   techniques, in an integrated manner, with cluster approach.
  2. Poor, small, marginal and tribal farmers have larger stake in this scheme.
  3. An important objective of the scheme is to encourage farmers of commercial crops to shift to millet cultivation by offering them free     kits of critical inputs of nutrients and micro-irrigation equipment.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: It was launched under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana in 2011-12 for promotion of millets as Nutri-cereals.

Statement 1: It has been picked verbatim from the source mentioned below.

Statement 2: Certain districts with large crop area under millets but with productivity less than that of the National Average Yield could be taken up for active promotion of production technologies through block demonstrations.

  • However, in case of small millets, which have low productivity in general and are taken by resource poor tribal farmers in remote interior areas, production programme would be organized in all the identified districts irrespective of their productivity levels.
  • So, clearly 2 is correct.

Statement 3: The statement is partially wrong.

We are posting verbatim – “Technology demonstration kits of critical inputs of nutrients and plant protection measures comprising of micro-nutrients (not micro-irrigation equipments), fungicides and bio-fertilizers, DAP, urea, potash and pesticides including weedicides at a total cost of Rs. 3,000/- per ha for sorghum, pearl millet and finger millet and Rs. 2,000/- per ha for small millets would be supplied to all the farmers in the units.

These kits would be supplied free of cost to the beneficiary farmers subject to maximum area of 2 hectare.

So, 3 will actually be wrong, because even though the kits are given free of cost, it does not include micro-irrigation equipments.

http://agricoop.nic.in/Admin_Agricoop/Uploaded_File/INSIMP.pdf

 


 

  1. The `Swadeshi’ and ‘Boycott’ were adopted as methods of struggle for the first time during the

(a) agitation against the Partition of Bengal

(b) Home Rule Movement

(c) Non-Cooperation Movement

(d) visit of the Simon Commission to India

Solution: A

Justification: Straightforward answer.


25) With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements :

  1. The concept of Bodhisattva is central to Hinayana sect of Buddhism.
  2. Bodhisattva is a compassionate one on his way to enlightenment.
  3. Bodhisattva delays achieving his own salvation to help all sentient beings on their path to it.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: It is central to the Mahayana sect of Buddhism.

In non-Mahayana Buddhism, it usually refers either to Maitreya, the Buddha of the Future, or to the historical Buddha Gautama prior to his enlightenment.

Statement 2 and 3: A bodhisattva is literally a living being (sattva) who aspires to enlightenment (bodhi) and carries out altruistic practices. The bodhisattva ideal is central to the Mahayana Buddhist tradition as the individual who seeks enlightenment both for him- or herself and for others. Clearly 2 is correct.

  • Compassion, an empathetic sharing of the sufferings of others, is the bodhisattva’s greatest characteristic.
  • It is held that the bodhisattva makes four vows expressing a determination to work for the happiness of others: “However innumerable sentient beings are, I vow to save them; however inexhaustible the passions are, I vow to master them; however limitless the teachings are, I vow to study them; however infinite the Buddha-truth is, I vow to attain it.”
  • Clearly 3 is correct.

http://www.sgi.org/about-us/buddhism-in-daily-life/bodhisattva.html

 


 

  1. ‘Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres)’, often in the news, is

(a) a division of World Health Organization

(b) a non-governmental international organization

(c) an inter-governmental agency sponsored by European Union

(d) a specialized agency of the United Nations

Solution: B

Justification: It is an international humanitarian-aid non-governmental organization (NGO) and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries facing endemic diseases.

It was founded in France in response to the Biafran War (Nigerian Civil War).

http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/about-us

 


 

27) With reference to an initiative called ‘The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It is an initiative hosted by UNEP, IMF and World Economic Forum.
  2. It is a global initiative that focuses on drawing attention to the economic benefits of biodiversity.
  3. It presents an approach that can help decision-makers recognize,   demonstrate and capture the value of ecosystems and   biodiversity.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: The founding of TEER is actually a bit elaborate. It started from the G8+5 environment ministers since 2007. You can read more about it in the source given below.

The TEEB office is hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Statement 2 and 3: Lifted nearly verbatim from the source below.

http://www.teebweb.org/about/the-initiative/


 

28) With reference to ‘Red Sanders’, sometimes seen in the news, consider the following statements:

  1. It is a tree species found in a part of South India.
  2. It is one of the most important trees in the tropical rain forest areas of South India.

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

Solution: A

Justification: Statement 1: Red Sanders (a tree) has a highly restrictive distribution in the South Eastern portion of Indian peninsula (Eastern Ghats of South India) to which it is endemic. So, clearly 1 is correct.

Statement 2: It occurs in the forest formation which is classified as “Southern Tropical Dry Deciduous Forests”. So, clearly 2 is wrong.

It is generally found at altitudes of 150 – 900 m. It grows on dry, hilly, often rocky ground, and occasionally found on precipitous hill sides also. It prefers lateritic and gravelly soil and cannot tolerate water logging.

http://www.moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/Chap-8-new.pdf

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/international-red-sanders-smuggler-nabbed/article8813238.ece


 

 

  1. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

Proper design and effective implementation of UN-REDD+ Programme can significantly contribute to

  1. protection of biodiversity
  2. resilience of forest ecosystems
  3. poverty reduction

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: Statement 3 was debatable, but we are posting verbatim from the source below,

“The UN-REDD Programme has identified the following three topics for supporting national REDD+ governance structures, with an overarching principle of stakeholder participation

  • Country-led multi-stakeholder governance assessments that contribute to the development and implementation of national REDD+ strategies (for tackling forest degradation and biodiversity loss) and nationally owned monitoring frameworks
  • Social standards, including poverty and gender
  • Land and/or carbon tenure and the role of REDD+ within national land use strategies

http://www.unep.org/forests/Portals/142/docs/UN-REDD%20Programme%20Strategy.pdf

 


 

  1. What is ‘Greenhouse Gas Protocol’?

(a) It is an international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify and manage greenhouse gas emissions

(b) It is an initiative of the United Nations to offer financial incentives to developing countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to adopt eco-friendly technologies

(c) It is an inter-governmental agreement ratified by all the member countries of the United Nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to specified levels by the year 2022

(d) It is one of the multilateral REDD+ initiatives hosted by the World Bank

Solution: A

Justification: The Greenhouse Gas Protocol (GHG Protocol) is the most widely used international accounting tool for government and business leaders to understand, quantify, and manage greenhouse gas emissions.

  • It is a decade-long partnership between the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
  • It is working with businesses, governments, and environmental groups around the world to build a new generation of credible and effective programs for tackling climate change.

http://www.ghgprotocol.org/about-ghgp

 


 

31) With reference to ‘Financial Stability and Development Council’, consider the following statements :

  1. It is an organ of NITI Aayog.
  2. It is headed by the Union Finance Minister.
  3. It monitors macro-prudential supervision of the economy.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: With a view to strengthening and institutionalizing the mechanism for maintaining financial stability, enhancing inter-regulatory coordination and promoting financial sector development, the Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC) was set up by the Government as the apex level forum in December 2010 (much before NITI AAyog was even setup). So, 1 is incorrect.

Statement 2: The Chairman of the Council is the Finance Minister and its members include the heads of financial sector Regulators (RBI, SEBI, PFRDA, IRDA & FMC) Finance Secretary and/or Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Secretary, Department of Financial Services, and Chief Economic Adviser. So, 2 is correct.

Statement 3: Without prejudice to the autonomy of regulators, the Council monitors macro prudential supervision of the economy, including functioning of large financial conglomerates, and addresses inter-regulatory coordination and financial sector development issues. So, 3 is correct.

It also focuses on financial literacy and financial inclusion.

http://finmin.nic.in/fsdc/StrucFSDC.pdf


 

32) With reference to ‘Agenda 21’, sometimes seen in the news, consider the following statements :

  1. It is a global action plan for sustainable development
  2. It originated in the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in 2002.

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

Solution: A

Justification: Agenda 21 is a non-binding, voluntarily implemented action plan of the United Nations with regard to sustainable development.

It is a product of the Earth Summit (UN Conference on Environment and Development) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.

https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/outcomedocuments/agenda21


 

  1. Satya Shodhak Samaj organized

(a) a movement for upliftment of tribals in Bihar

(b) a temple-entry movement in Gujarat

(c) an anti-caste movement in Maharashtra

(d) a peasant movement in Punjab

Solution: C

Justification: Clear answer. You can read more about the movement here

http://shodhganga.inflibnet.ac.in/bitstream/10603/20396/11/11_chapter%205.pdf


 

  1. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

Viruses can infect

  1. bacteria
  2. fungi
  3. plants

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: Viruses are known to infect almost any kind of host that has living cells. Animals, plants, fungi, and bacteria are all subject to viral infection.

A bacteriophage is a virus that infects and replicates within a bacterium. Mycoviruses are viruses that infect fungi. A host of other Viruses affect plants.

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=16+2160&aid=2956

 


 

  1. The term ‘Base Erosion and Profit Shifting’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of

(a) mining operation by multinational companies in resource-rich but backward areas

(b) curbing of the tax evasion by multinational companies

(c) exploitation of genetic resources of a country by multinational companies

(d) lack of consideration of environmental costs in the planning and implementation of developmental projects

Solution: B

Justification: Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) refers to tax avoidance strategies that exploit gaps and mismatches in tax rules to artificially shift profits to low or no-tax locations.

  • Under the inclusive framework, over 100 countries and jurisdictions are collaborating to implement the BEPS measures and tackle BEPS.
  • Double-tax avoidance treaties and tax-information exchange between member nations are used to curb this practice.

http://www.oecd.org/tax/beps/


 

  1. Recently, India’s first ‘National Investment and Manufacturing Zone’ was proposed to be set up in

(a) Andhra Pradesh

(b) Gujarat

(c) Maharashtra

(d) Uttar Pradesh

Solution: A

Justification: http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-09-21/news/66760948_1_andhra-pradesh-nimz-manufacturing-zone


 

37) What is/are the purpose/purposes of `District Mineral Foundations’ in India?

  1. Promoting mineral exploration activities in mineral-rich districts
  2. Protecting the interests of the persons affected by mining operations
  3. Authorizing State Governments to issue licences for mineral exploration

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: District Mineral Foundation (DMF) is a trust set up as a non-profit body, in those districts affected by the mining works, to work for the interest and benefit of persons and areas affected by mining related operations. It is funded through the contributions from miners.

  • So, all other statements apart from 2 are wrong.
  • Setting up of District Mineral Foundations (DMFs) in all districts in the country affected by mining related operations was mandated through the Mines and Minerals (Development & Regulation) Amendment Act, (MMDRA) 2015.
  • Its manner of operation comes under the jurisdiction of the relevant State Government.

http://www.arthapedia.in/index.php?title=District_Mineral_Foundation_(DMF)

 


 

  1. `SWAYAM’, an initiative of the Government of India, aims at

(a) promoting the Self Help Groups in rural areas

(b) providing financial and technical assistance to young start-up entrepreneurs

(c) promoting the education and health of adolescent girls

(d) providing affordable and quality education to the citizens for free

Solution: D

Justification: SWAYAM is an Information Technology platform which will host Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and provide high quality education on various subjects from school level–class 9-12 to Under Graduate and Post Graduate students– covering all disciplines.

Through this scheme the Ministry has proposed to provide high quality e-content to all colleges and universities free of cost.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/services/education/pm-narendra-modi-to-launch-swayam-massive-open-online-courses-platform-on-aug-15/articleshow/53029959.cms

 


  1. The Montague-Chelmsford Proposals were related to

(a) social reforms

(b) educational reforms

(c) reforms in police administration

(d) constitutional reforms

Solution: D

Justification: They introduced by the British Government in India to introduce self-governing institutions gradually to India.

They formed the basis of the Government of India Act 1919.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montagu%E2%80%93Chelmsford_Reforms

 


 

40) What is/are common to the two historical places known as Ajanta and Mahabalipuram?

  1. Both were built in the same period.
  2. Both belong to the same religious denomination.
  3. Both have rock-cut monuments.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) None of the statements given above is correct

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: As per ASI Website, “While there is some evidence of architectural activity going back to the period of Mahendravarman-I (AD 600-30), the father of Mamalla, most of the monuments are attributed to the period of Narasimhavarman-I Mamalla (AD 630-68) – the Pallava ruler.

  • On the other hand Ajanta caves were excavated in different periods (circa. 2nd century B.C. to 6th century A.D.) according to the necessity. So, clearly 1 is wrong.

Statement 2: Mahabalipuram contains rock-cut rathas, sculptured scenes on open rocks like Arjuna’s penance, the caves of Govardhanadhari and Mahishasuramardini, the Jala-Sayana Perumal temple (the sleeping Mahavishnu or Chakrin at the rear part of the Shore temple complex). So, it is more linked to the Vaishnavites.

  • On the other hand, Ajanta is linked more to the Buddhist religious denomination.  

Statement 2 is also wrong.

Statement 3: Both have rock-cut monuments, because cave cut Chaityas, Viharas and Stupas can be clearly seen at Ajanta. Also, the mural paintings that are made at Ajanta involve some rock-cutting as per ASI.

Mahabalipuram is famous for rock monuments as described above.

Only 3 is correct.

http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_mahabalipuram.asp

http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_ajanta.asp


 

41) With reference to ‘Bitcoins’, sometimes seen in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Bitcoins are tracked by the Central Banks of the countries.
  2. Anyone with a Bitcoin address can send and receive Bitcoins from anyone else with a Bitcoin address.
  3. Online payments can be sent without either side knowing the identity of the other.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Bitcoins can be sent directly to anyone, anywhere in the world. The only requirement is that you should have a Bitcoin address of the recipient. The process doesn’t require you to reveal your identity. So, 2 and 3 are correct.

The system is peer-to-peer and transactions take place between users directly, without an intermediary. So, it is not tracked by the Central bank or any intermediary. 1 is incorrect.

https://bitcoin.org/en/how-it-works


 

42) Consider the following statements :

  1. New Development Bank has been set up by APEC.
  2. The headquarters of New Development Bank is in Shanghai.

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

Solution: B

Justification: It was created by BRICS in 2014 and headquartered in Shanghai, China.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Development_Bank


 

 

  1. ‘Gadgil Committee Report’ and ‘Kasturirangan Committee Report’, sometimes seen in the news, are related to

(a) constitutional reforms

(b) Ganga Action Plan

(c) linking of rivers

(d) protection of Western Ghats

Solution: D

Justification: Clear-cut answer.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/environment/developmental-issues/Gadgil-committee-recommendations-on-Western-Ghats-ideal-practical-Experts/articleshow/41136674.cms

http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/kasturirangan-report-to-be-basis-for-eco-sensitive-areas-in-western-ghats-114082701235_1.html

 


 

44) Consider the following :

  1. Calcutta Unitarian Committee
  2. Tabernacle of New Dispensation
  3. Indian Reform Association

Keshab Chandra Sen is associated with the establishment of which of the above?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Calcutta Unitarian Committee was established in 1823 by Rammohun Roy, Dwarkanath Tagore, and William Adam. So, 1 is wrong.

In 1868, Keshub laid the foundation stone of his new church, the Tabernacle of New Dispensation. So, 2 is correct.

Indian reform association was founded in 1870 with Keshub Chunder Sen as president. It represented the secular side of the Brahmo Samaj and included many who did not belong to the Brahmo Samaj. So, 3 is correct.

http://www.thebrahmosamaj.net/founders/keshub.html

http://www.thebrahmosamaj.net/history/chronology.html

 


 

  1. Which of the following is not a member of `Gulf Cooperation Council’?

(a) Iran

(b) Saudi Arabia

(c) Oman

(d) Kuwait

Solution: A

Justification: It is a political and economic alliance of six Middle Eastern countries—Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.

https://www.mea.gov.in/Portal/ForeignRelation/Gulf_Cooperation_Council_MEA_Website.pdf

 


 

46) What is/are the purpose/purposes of Government’s ‘Sovereign Gold Bond Scheme’ and ‘Gold Monetization Scheme’?

  1. To bring the idle gold lying with Indian households into the economy
  2. To promote FDI in the gold and jewellery sector
  3. To reduce India’s dependence on gold imports

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: The scheme doesn’t intend to bring FDI in gold and jewellery sector, and by eliminating this only possible answers you have are either A or C.

Both schemes aim at reducing physical demand of gold and thus bring down gold imports which clearly tell us that the answer must be C.

http://www.financialexpress.com/markets/commodities/gold-monetisation-scheme-gold-monetization-scheme-indian-gold-coin-launched-2015/161906/

 


 

  1. ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ is sometimes mentioned in the news in the context of the affairs of

(a) African Union

(b) Brazil

(c) European Union

(d) China

Solution: D

Justification: http://thediplomat.com/tag/one-belt-one-road/

 


  1. Pradhan Mantri MUDRA Yojana is aimed at

(a) bringing the small entrepreneurs into formal financial system

(b) providing loans to poor farmers for cultivating particular crops

(c) providing pensions to old and destitute persons

(d) funding the voluntary organizations involved in the promotion of skill development and employment generation

Solution: A

Justification: http://www.icicibank.com/Personal-Banking/loans/pradhan-mantri-mudra-yojana.page


 

49. In which of the following regions of India are shale gas resources found?

  1. Cambay Basin
  2. Cauvery Basin
  3. Krishna-Godavari Basin

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG) has identified six basins as potentially shale gas bearing. These are Cambay, Assam-Arakan, Gondwana, Krishna-Godavari, Kaveri, and the Indo-Gangetic plain.

http://www.teriin.org/policybrief/docs/Shale_gas.pdf


 

 

  1. ‘Global Financial Stability Report’ is prepared by the

(a) European Central Bank

(b) International Monetary Fund

(c) International Bank for Reconstruction and Development

(d) Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Solution: B

Justification: https://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/gfsr/

 


 

51) Regarding ‘Atal Pension Yojana’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It is a minimum guaranteed pension scheme mainly targeted at unorganized sector workers.
  2. Only one member of a family can join the scheme.
  3. Same amount of pension is guaranteed for the spouse for life after subscriber’s death.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: The Yojana mainly addresses the longevity risks among the workers in unorganised sector and encourages them to voluntarily save for their retirement. So, 1 is correct.

Statement 2: Atal Pension Yojana (APY) is open to all bank account holders who are not members of any statutory social security scheme. So, 2 is wrong.

Statement 3: As per the Ministry of Finance, “The spouse of the subscriber shall be entitled to receive the same pension amount as that of the subscriber until the death of the spouse. After the death of both the subscriber and the spouse, the nominee of the subscriber shall be entitled to receive the pension wealth, as accumulated till age of 60 years of the subscribe”. So, clearly 3 is correct.

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=116208

Some recent changes (on which statement 3 is based): http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/wealth/plan/government-amends-atal-pension-yojana/articleshow/51511223.cms


 

  1. The term ‘Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership’ often appears in the news in the context of the affairs of a group of countries known as

(a) G20

(b) ASEAN

(c) SCO

(d) SAARC

Solution: B

Justification:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Regional_Comprehensive_Economic_Partnership


 

 

53) On which of the following can you find the Bureau of Energy Efficiency Star Label?

  1. Ceiling fans
  2. Electric geysers
  3. Tubular fluorescent lamps

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: http://www.beepindia.org/sites/default/files/Chapter%206%20-%20Appliances.pdf

 


 

 

  1. India is an important member of the ‘International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor’. If this experiment succeeds, what is the immediate advantage for India?

(a) It can use thorium in place of uranium for power generation

(b) It can attain a global role in satellite navigation

(c) It can drastically improve the efficiency of its fission reactors in power generation

(d) It can build fusion reactors for power generation

Solution: D

Justification: 35 nations are collaborating to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that has been designed to prove the feasibility of fusion as a large-scale and carbon-free source of energy based on the same principle that powers our Sun and stars.

The ITER Members—China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia and the United States—are now engaged in a 35-year collaboration to build and operate the ITER experimental device, and together bring fusion to the point where a demonstration fusion reactor can be designed.

https://www.iter.org/proj/inafewlines

 


 

  1. In the context of the history of India, consider the following pairs:

            Term                   Description

            (1) Eripatti     :   Land, revenue from which was set apart for the  maintenance of the village tank

            (2) Taniyurs   :   Villages donated to a single Brahmin or a group of  Brahmins

            (3) Ghatikas   :   Colleges generally attached to the temples

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 1 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: Statement 1: A special category of land Eripatti or tank land, was known only in south India, This was land donated by individuals, the revenue from which was set apart for the maintenance of’ the village tank, which indicates the dependence of the village on the tank for irrigation. You can see here http://tinyurl.com/hprtzyu

Statement 2: Taniyurs were distinct revenue units under Cholas. You can see here http://tinyurl.com/zchz6ue

Statement 3: In South India centres of higher learning were known as Ghatikas. There was a famous Ghatika at Kanchi, drawing students from far and near. These Ghatikas were run in temples.

http://tinyurl.com/h5acpfv

 


 

56) Consider the following statements:

  1. The International Solar Alliance was launched at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in 2015.
  2. The Alliance includes all the member countries of the United Nations.

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

Solution: A

Justification: India and France have launched an International Solar Alliance at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to boost solar energy in developing countries. So, 1 is correct.

The alliance includes around 120 countries (not all UN members) that support the “Declaration on the occasion to launch the international solar alliance of countries dedicated to the promotion of solar energy”. So, 2 is wrong.

http://newsroom.unfccc.int/clean-energy/international-solar-energy-alliance-launched-at-cop21/

 


 

  1. ‘European Stability Mechanism’, sometimes seen in the news, is an

(a) agency created by EU to deal with the impact of millions of refugees arriving from Middle East

(b) agency of EU that provides financial assistance to eurozone countries

(c) agency of EU to deal with all the bilateral and multilateral agreements on trade

(d) agency of EU to deal with the conflicts arising among the member countries

Solution: B

Justification: The European Stability Mechanism is a European Union agency that provides financial assistance, in the form of loans, to eurozone countries or as new capital to banks in difficulty.

www.esm.europa.eu/


 

58) Which of the following is/are the advantage /advantages of practising drip irrigation?

  1. Reduction in weed
  2. Reduction in soil salinity
  3. Reduction in soil erosion

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) None of the above is an advantage of practising drip irrigation

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: Weeds usually grow in between the plant rows due to availability of moisture on that strip of land. In drip irrigation, water is applied directly to the roots, and not the entire field (thus excluding the land space between plants where weeds usually grow). So, weed growth is inhibited.

Statement 2: There may be some confusion in this statement. Generally excessive logging and flooded fields suffer from higher salinity. So, replacing conventional irrigation may help in curbing water-logged soil salinity.

  • But, generally speaking, as a rule, we cannot claim that if drip irrigation system is installed on a farm land, it would always reduce soil salinity. Seen in isolation from instances of water logging (or other such cases), drip irrigation and soil salinity do not have much co-relation. The system simply delivers water to the roots of the plant.  
  • Also, if we use elimination, as 1 and 3 must be correct, there is no option “1, 2 and 3” which automatically tells us that statement 2 is wrong.

Statement 3: Surface irrigation is a significant contributor to top soil erosion. Drip irrigation reduces soil erosion as water is delivered directly to plant roots at a very slow rate (unlike surface irrigation where water velocity can be fast).

https://www.irrigationdirect.com/articles/drip-irrigation-history-benefits

http://www.agriinfo.in/default.aspx?page=topic&superid=8&topicid=2243

 


 

59) Regarding DigiLocker’, sometimes seen in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It is a digital locker system offered by the Government under Digital India Programme.
  2. It allows you to access your e-documents irrespective of your physical location.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: C

Justification: DigiLocker is one of the key initiatives under the Digital India Programme. This was released by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), Government of India.

The space can be utilized for storing personal documents like University certificates, Permanent account number (PAN) cards, voter id cards, etc., and the URIs of the e-documents issued by various issuer departments.

https://india.gov.in/spotlight/digilocker-online-document-storage-facility


 

  1. Recently, linking of which of the following rivers was undertaken?

(a) Cauvery and Tungabhadra

(b) Godavari and Krishna

(c) Mahanadi and Sone

(d) Narmada and Tapti

Solution: B

Justification: http://indianexpress.com/article/explained/godavari-and-krishna-rivers-interlink-when-two-rivers-meet/

 


 

61) In the cities of our country, which among the following atmospheric gases are normally considered in calculating the value of Air Quality Index?

  1. Carbon dioxide
  2. Carbon monoxide
  3. Nitrogen dioxide
  4. Sulfur dioxide
  5. Methane

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3 only

(b) 2, 3 and 4 only

(c) 1, 4 and 5 only

(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Solution: B

Justification: Air Quality Index doesn’t include carbon dioxide and methane.

http://www.hindustantimes.com/india/modi-launches-air-quality-index-wants-change-in-lifestyle-to-save-environment/story-C8VHWyZWYe36La6PQ7v2eO.html


 

62) With reference to `Astrosat’, the astronomical observatory launched by India, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Other than USA and Russia, India is the only country to have launched a similar observatory into space.
  2. Astrosat is a 2000 kg satellite placed in an orbit at 1650 km above the surface of the Earth.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: D

Justification: ASTROSAT is India’s first dedicated multi wavelength space observatory.

Statement 1: This is the first time ISRO is launching a space observatory into space. Before India, NASA, space agencies of the European Union, Japan and Russia have launched similar facilities into the space. So, 1 is wrong.

Statement 2: ASTROSAT with a lift-off mass of about 1513 kg was launched into a 650 km orbit (polar). So, 2 is wrong.

http://www.isro.gov.in/Spacecraft/astrosat

http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/isro-launches-astrosat-first-space-observatory/article7697707.ece

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_space_telescopes


 

 

  1. With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term Araghatta’ refers to

(a) bonded labour

(b) land grants made to military officers

(c) waterwheel used in the irrigation of land

(d) wasteland and converted to cultivated land

Solution: C

Justification: http://base.d-p-h.info/en/fiches/dph/fiche-dph-7866.html

http://tinyurl.com/zktanrk

 


 

 

  1. With reference to the cultural history of India, the memorizing of chronicles, dynastic histories and Epictales was the profession of who of the following?

(a) Shramana

(b) Parivraajaka

(c) Agrahaarika

(d) Maagadha

Solution: D

Justification: Excerpts from Romila Thapar, Ancient India, “The memorizing of chronicles, dynastic histories, or epic tales was the work of a group of people, the sutas and magadhas.”

http://tinyurl.com/hb6mepk

 


 

  1. Recently, for the first time in our country, which of the following States has declared a particular butterfly as ‘State Butterfly’?

(a) Arunachal Pradesh

(b) Himachal Pradesh

(c) Karnataka

(d) Maharashtra

Solution: D

Justification: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/other-states/maharashtra-gets-state-butterfly/article7342955.ece

 


 

  1. Consider the following statements:

The Mangalyaan launched by ISRO

  1. is also called the Mars Orbiter Mission
  2. made India the second country to have a spacecraft orbit the Mars after USA
  3. made India the only country to be successful in making its spacecraft orbit the Mars in its very first attempt

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Justification: India is the only country to be successful in making its spacecraft orbit Mars in its very first attempt.

India is the first Asian country and ISRO is the fourth space agency to send a satellite to Mars.

www.isro.gov.in/Spacecraft/mars-orbiter-mission-spacecraft

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/a-faster-cheaper-mars-orbiter/article6442854.ece


 

  1. What was the main reason for the split in the Indian National Congress at Surat in 1907?

(a) Introduction of communalism into Indian politics by Lord Minto

(b) Extremists’ lack of faith in the capacity of the moderates to negotiate with the British Government

(c) Foundation of Muslim League

(d) Aurobindo Ghosh’s inability to be elected as the President of the Indian National Congress

Solution: B

Justification: Standard question on Surat Split.

12th TamiNadu History Textbook


 

 

  1. The plan of Sir Stafford Cripps envisaged that after the Second World War

(a) India should be granted complete independence

(b) India should be partitioned into two before granting independence

(c) India should be made a republic with the condition that she will join the Commonwealth

(d) India should be given Dominion status

Solution: D

Justification: Standard question on Cripps Mission.

NCERT – 12th – Themes in Indian History – III

 


 

  1. Consider the following pairs:

            Famous place          Region

  1. Bodhgaya             Baghelkhand
  2. Khajuraho             Bundelkhand
  3. Shirdi                   Vidarbha
  4. Nasik (Nashik)     Malwa
  5. Tirupati               Rayalaseema

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

(a) 1, 2 and 4

(b) 2, 3, 4 and 5

(c) 2 and 5 only

(d) 1, 3, 4 and 5

Solution: C

Justification: Baghelkhand is in Central India, whereas Bodhgaya is in Bihar. So, if 1 is wrong, we have options (b) and (c) remaining.

Malwa doesn’t extend to Nasik and Shirdi is in Ahmadnagar (far from Vidarbha). So, 3 and 4 are wrong.

The only answer can be C.

Source: Map-based questions on important regions


 

  1. The Parliament of India acquires the power to legislate on any item in the State List in the national interest if a resolution to that effect is passed by the

(a) Lok Sabha by a simple majority of its total membership

(b) Lok Sabha by a majority of not less than two-thirds of its total membership

(c) Rajya Sabha by a simple majority of its total membership

(d) Rajya Sabha by a majority of not less than two-thirds of its members present and voting

Solution: D

Justification: If Rajya Sabha approves a resolution with special majority and declares that a subject is of national interest, the Parliament can make a law on the particular subject in the state list (7th Schedule).

Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth


 

 

  1. Recently, which of the following States has explored the possibility of constructing an artificial inland port to be connected to sea by a long navigational channel?

(a) Andhra Pradesh

(b) Chhattisgarh

(c) Karnataka

(d) Rajasthan

Solution: D

Justification: A proposal received from Government of Rajasthan to develop Inland Shipping Port at Jalore which would be connected to the Arabian Sea by developing a channel along the Kutch Creek, was discussed by the officers of the Rajasthan Government with the officials of Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI).

  • It was decided that a pre-feasibility study be undertaken by Government of Rajasthan containing all the technical parameters required to assess the possibility of developing the port at Jalore.
  • IWAI has finalized the Terms of Reference for the study, which has been forwarded to Government of Rajasthan for necessary action.

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/PrintRelease.aspx?relid=130196


 

72) With reference to the Agreement at the UNFCCC Meeting in Paris in 2015, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. The Agreement was signed by all the member countries of the UN and it will go into effect in 2017.
  2. The Agreement aims to limit the greenhouse gas emissions so that the rise in average global temperature by the end of this century does not  exceed 2 °C or even 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels.
  3. Developed countries acknowledged their historical responsibility in global warming and committed to donate $ 1000 billion a year from 2020 to help developing countries to cope with climate change.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: It was only “agreed” by 195 nations in Paris at the conference. The agreement will enter into force only after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have deposited their instruments of ratification. So, 1 is wrong.

Statement 3: Developed countries will work to define a clear roadmap on ratcheting up climate finance to USD 100 billion (not USD 1000 billion) by 2020. So, 3 is wrong.

The only answer can be option B.

http://newsroom.unfccc.int/unfccc-newsroom/finale-cop21/


 

73) Consider the following statements:

  1. The Sustainable Development Goals were first proposed in 1972 by a global think tank called the ‘Club of Rome’.
  2. The Sustainable Development Goals have to be achieved by 2030.

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

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: The first report of the Club of Rome was the famous “The limits to growth” thesis brought out in 1972.

  • While the report did talk about the need of reducing our consumption habits and sustainable development, it is hard to conclude that the SDGs were first proposed by them.
  • This is because SDGs are a comprehensive set of goals that include not only environmental conservation, but also reducing poverty, ensuring education, curbing malnutrition and hunger etc. So, we believe 1 should be wrong.

Statement 2: It is officially known as “Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”

http://donellameadows.org/archives/the-club-of-rome-and-sustainable-development/


 

 

  1. A recent movie titled The Man Who Knew Infinity is based on the biography of

(a) S. Ramanujan

(b) S. Chandrasekhar

(c) S. N. Bose

(d) C. V. Raman

Solution: A

Justification: It is a 2015 British biographical drama film based on the 1991 book of the same name by Robert Kanigel.

The film stars Dev Patel as the real-life Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician who after growing up poor in Madras, India, earns admittance to Cambridge University during World War I, where he becomes a pioneer in mathematical theories.

Distinguished mathematicians Manjul Bhargava and Ken Ono are Associate Producers of the film.

You can read the movie review here http://www.thehindu.com/features/cinema/cinema-reviews/the-man-who-knew-infinity-review-a-misunderstood-mind/article8534574.ece

 


 

75) Consider the following statements:

  1. The minimum age prescribed for any person to be a member of Panchayat is 25 years.
  2. A Panchayat reconstituted after premature dissolution continues only for the remainder period.

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

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: It is 21 years, so 1 is wrong.

Statement 2: A Panchayat reconstituted after premature dissolution (i.e., before the expiry of the full period of five years) shall continue only for the remainder of the period. But if the remainder of the period is less than six months it shall not be necessary to hold elections.

http://www.tn.gov.in/fsfc/Const%20Amend%2073.htm


 

76) Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. A Bill pending in the Lok Sabha lapses on its prorogation.
  2. A Bill pending in the Rajya Sabha, which has not been passed by the Lok Sabha, shall not lapse on dissolution of the Lok Sabha.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: B

Justification: Prorogation does not affect the bills or any other business pending before the House.

It is the pending notices (other than those for introducing bills) lapse on prorogation and fresh notices have to be given for the next session. So, 1 is incorrect.

Statement 2: A bill pending in the Lok Sabha lapses (whether originating in the Lok Sabha or transmitted to it by the Rajya Sabha).

  • A bill passed by the Lok Sabha but pending in the Rajya Sabha lapses.
  • A bill pending in the Rajya Sabha but not passed by the Lok Sabha does not lapse.
  • A bill passed by both Houses but pending assent of the president does not lapse
  • So, 2 is correct.

Source: Indian Polity: M Laxmikanth


 

 

77) Which of the following is/are the indicator/indicators used by IFPRI to compute the Global Hunger Index Report?

  1. Undernourishment
  2. Child stunting
  3. Child mortality

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) 1 and 3 only

Solution: C

Justification: To reflect the multidimensional nature of hunger, the GHI combines the following four component indicators into one index:

  • Undernourishment: the proportion of undernourished people as a percentage of the population (reflecting the share of the population whose caloric intake is insufficient;
  • Child wasting: the proportion of children under the age of five who suffer from wasting (that is, low weight for their height, reflecting acute undernutrition);
  • Child stunting: the proportion of children under the age of five who suffer from stunting (that is, low height for their age, reflecting chronic undernutrition); and
  • Child mortality: the mortality rate of children under the age of five (partially reflecting the fatal synergy of inadequate nutrition and unhealthy environments).

http://www.ifpri.org/topic/global-hunger-index


 

78) There has been a persistent deficit budget year after year. Which action/actions of the following can be taken by the Government to reduce the deficit?

  1. Reducing revenue expenditure
  2. Introducing new welfare schemes
  3. Rationalizing subsidies
  4. Reducing import duty

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: Unnecessary revenue expenditure bloats the fiscal deficit, and since it forms the majority of government spending, its reduction has a very large effect on the fiscal deficit.

Statement 2: It will further increase the fiscal deficit.

Statement 3: Subsidies are a major component of government spending, and its reduction will cut down fiscal deficit.

Statement 4: It reduces tax revenue and thus increases fiscal deficit.    

Source: NCERT 12th Macroeconomics


 

 

79) The establishment of ‘Payment Banks’ is being allowed in India to promote financial inclusion. Which of the following statements is/are correct in this context?

  1. Mobile telephone companies and supermarket chains that are owned and controlled by residents are eligible to be promoters of Payment Banks.
  2. Payment Banks can issue both credit cards and debit cards.
  3. Payment Banks cannot undertake lending activities.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: Eligible promoters (mentioning only some of them):

Existing non-bank Pre-paid Payment Instrument (PPI) issuers; and other entities such as individuals / professionals; Non-Banking Finance Companies (NBFCs), corporate Business Correspondents(BCs), mobile telephone companies, super-market chains, companies, real sector cooperatives; that are owned and controlled by residents; and public sector entities may apply to set up payments banks.

So, 1 is correct.

Statement 2: Scope of activities of Payment Banks as per RBI guidelines (we are mentioning only few of them):

  • They can accept demand deposits.
  • They can issue ATM/debit cards. Payments banks, however, cannot issue credit cards (as they can’t lend money). So, 2 is wrong, which makes option B the only answer.

Statement 3: As per RBI guidelines, they cannot undertake lending activities.

https://rbi.org.in/scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=32615

 


 

 

80) With reference to ‘Li-Fi’, recently in the news, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It uses light as the medium for high-speed data transmission.
  2. It is a wireless technology and is several times faster than ‘WiFi’.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: Li-fi is loosely expanded to Light-Fidelity. Using precisely controlled light modulation, data can be transmitted using regular, visible light.

Statement 2: It will be 10-100 times faster than current-generation WiFi, and also very secure.

http://www.sciencealert.com/li-fi-tested-in-the-real-world-for-the-first-time-is-100-times-faster-than-wi-fi


 

 

  1. The term ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ is sometimes seen in the news in the context of

(a) pledges made by the European countries to rehabilitate refugees from the war-affected Middle East

(b) plan of action outlined by the countries of the world to combat climate change

(c) capital contributed by the member countries in the establishment of Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

(d) plan of action outlined by the countries of the world regarding Sustainable Development Goals

Solution: B

Justification: Straight-forward question.

http://unfccc.int/focus/indc_portal/items/8766.php

 


 

 

  1. Which one of the following is a purpose of `UDAY’, a scheme of the Government?

(a) Providing technical and financial assistance to start-up entrepreneurs in the field of renewable sources of energy

(b) Providing electricity to every household in the country by 2018

(c) Replacing the coal-based power plants with natural gas, nuclear, solar, wind and tidal power plants over a period of time

(d) Providing for financial turnaround and revival of power distribution companies

Solution: D

Justification: It is the Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana, where DISCOMs stand for distribution companies (electricity) that are state-owned and suffering huge financial losses due to poor infrastructure, AT&C losses, mis-governance, low tariff rates etc.

The scheme aims at their financial turnaround and revival.

Source: Ministry of Power Website


 

 

83) With reference to `IFC Masala Bonds’, sometimes seen in the news, which of the statements given below is/are correct?

  1. The International Finance Corporation, which offers these bonds, is an arm of the World Bank.
  2. They are the rupee-denominated bonds and are a source of debt financing for the public and private sector.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Solution: C

Justification:

Statement 1: The World Bank Group (WBG) consists of five organizations – IBRD, IDA, IFC, MIGA and ICSID.

IFC is a member of the World Bank Group (WBG) and at the same time it’s called as the World Bank’s private sector lending arm with a stated objective to ensure that any financing does not result in harm to communities and the environment. (Source: https://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2013-02-08/world-banks-private-sector-financing-arm-doesnt-know)

Another source that mentions IFC as WB’s armhttps://www.icij.org/blog/2015/06/numbers-world-banks-lesser-known-arm-ifc (read first paragraph)

 

Another source: https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2016/mar/30/world-bank-lending-arm-ifc-sees-off-lawsuit-by-indian-fishermen-power-plant

 

Statement 2: IFC has been issuing offshore rupee bonds known as ‘Masala Bonds’. They provide a new source of funding for Indian companies which benefit in the longer term from comparative pricing of bonds.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/markets/bonds/masala-bonds-can-be-new-funding-source-for-indian-cos-ifc/articleshow/51762984.cms

http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/news_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/news+and+events/news/ifc+issues+first+green+masala+bond+on+london+stock+exchange


 

84) Regarding the taxation system of Krishna Deva, the ruler of Vijayanagar, consider the following statements:

  1. The tax rate on land was fixed depending on the quality of the land.
  2. Private owners of workshops paid an industries tax.

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

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: Land revenue was the chief source of income. Land was divided into four categories for purposes of assessment, wet land, dry land, orchards and woods. Usually the share was one sixth of the produce. Land revenue could be paid in cash or kind. The rates varied according to the type of the crops, soil, method of irrigation, etc. So, 1 is clearly correct.

Statement 2: Besides land tax, many professional taxes were also imposed. There were on shopkeepers, farm servants, workmen, posters, shoemakers, musicians etc. There was also a tax on property. Grazing and house taxes were also imposed. Commercial taxes consisted of levies, duties and customs on manufactured articles of trade were also levied. Private owners of workshops paid an industries tax, which means 2 is correct.

Source: UB Singh – Administrative System in India: Vedic Age to 1947 http://tinyurl.com/js458vk


 

 

  1. Which one of the following books of ancient India has the love story of the son of the founder of Sunga dynasty?

(a) Swapnavasavadatta

(b) Malavikagnimitra

(c) Meghadoota

(d) Ratnavali

Solution: B

Justification: It is a Sanskrit play by Kalidasa. It is based on some events of the reign of Pushyamitra Shunga.

The play tells the story of the love of Agnimitra, the Shunga Emperor at Vidisha, for the beautiful hand-maiden of his chief queen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81lavik%C4%81gnimitram

 


 

 

  1. In the context of which of the following do you sometimes find the terms `amber box, blue box and green box’ in the news?

(a) WTO affairs

(b) SAARC affairs

(c) UNFCCC affairs

(d) India-EU negotiations on FTA

Solution: A

Justification: They relate to direct/indirect support given by states to their industries and agriculture, and regulate such supports as they have a bearing on international trade.

Source: WTO Website

 


 

87) Which of the following is/are included in the capital budget of the Government of India?

  1. Expenditure on acquisition of assets like roads, buildings, machinery, etc.
  2. Loans received from foreign governments
  3. Loans and advances granted to the States and Union Territories

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: D

Justification: The Capital Budget is an account of the assets as well as liabilities of the central government, which takes into consideration changes in capital – both capital expenditure and capital receipt.

  • The main items of capital receipts are loans raised by the government from the public which are called market borrowings, borrowing by the government from the Reserve Bank and commercial banks and other financial institutions through the sale of treasury bills, loans received from foreign governments and international organisations, and recoveries of loans granted by the central government. So, 2 is correct.
  • Capital Expenditure includes expenditure on the acquisition of land, building, machinery, equipment, investment in shares, and loans and advances by the central government to state and union territory governments, PSUs and other parties. So, 1 and 3 are correct.

Source: 12th NCERT Macroeconomics


 

 

88) What is/are the importance/importances of the ‘United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification’?

  1. It aims to promote effective action through innovative national programmes and supportive inter-national partnerships.
  2. It has a special/particular focus on South Asia and North Africa regions, and its Secretariat facilitates the allocation of major portion of  financial resources to these regions.
  3. It is committed to bottom-up approach, encouraging the participation of local people in combating the desertification.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: C

Statement 1 and 2: Please see the Q Source.

Statement 2: Though desertification affects Africa the most, where two-thirds of the continent is desert or drylands, it is not a problem confined to drylands in Africa. United States, Latin America and the Caribbean have a high percentage of degraded lands.

  • The problem is starker in developing countries (majority of population in drylands is living in these countries). So, the UNCCD secretariat facilitates south-south cooperation is addressing desertification.
  • We could not find any such provision that the UNCCD secretariat allocates majority of resources to the South Asian and North African regions, even though it focuses on these regions.

http://www.unccd.int/en/about-the-convention/Pages/About-the-Convention.aspx

http://www.unesco.org/mab/doc/ekocd/chapter14.html

http://www.unccd.int/en/resources/Library/Pages/FAQ.aspx


 

 

  1. Recently, which one of the following currencies has been proposed to be added to the basket of IMF’s SDR?

(a) Rouble

(b) Rand

(c) Indian Rupee

(d) Renminbi

Solution: D

Justification: In the most recently concluded review (November 2015), the Executive Board of IMF decided that, effective October 1, 2016, the Chinese renminbi (RMB) will be included in the SDR basket as a fifth currency, along with the U.S. dollar, euro, Japanese yen and pound sterling.

https://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/sdrcb.htm


 

 

90) With reference to the International Monetary and Financial Committee (IMFC), consider the following statements :

  1. IMFC discusses matters of concern affecting the global economy, and advises the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on the direction of its   work.
  2. The World Bank participates as observer in IMFC’s meetings.

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

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: The IMFC advises and reports to the IMF Board of Governors on the supervision and management of the international monetary and financial system, including on responses to unfolding events that may disrupt the system.

Statement 2: A number of international institutions, including the World Bank, participate as observers in the IMFC’s meetings.

http://www.imf.org/external/np/exr/facts/groups.htm


 

 

  1. ‘Rashtriya Garima Abhiyaan’ is a national campaign to

(a) rehabilitate the homeless and destitute persons and provide them with suitable sources of livelihood

(b) release the sex workers from their practice and provide them with alternative sources of livelihood

(c) eradicate the practice of manual scavenging and rehabilitate the manual scavengers

(d) release the bonded labourers from their bondage and rehabilitate them

Solution: C

Justification: It is the “National Campaign for Dignity and Eradication of Manual Scavenging”.

http://pib.nic.in/newsite/efeatures.aspx?relid=126057


 

 

92) With reference to the cultural history of medieval India, consider the following statements :

  1. Siddhas (Sittars) of Tamil region were monotheistic and condemned idolatry.
  2. Lingayats of Kannada region questioned the theory of rebirth and rejected the caste hierarchy.

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

Solution: C

Justification: Statement 1: Siddhas believe in oneness of the transcendental being in the world as well as charity towards men. This clearly shows they believed there is only one God, i.e. monotheism.

The Siddhar tradition has also been contrasted with the Bhakti tradition. Their attitude against idol worship and their stress on yoga, knowledge right conduct distinguished them from Bhakti cults. So, clearly 1 is correct.

Statement 2: Basavanna (founder of Lingayatism) rebelled against the rigid practices of the caste system then prevalent in orthodox Hindu society and eventually began expounding his own philosophy with a casteless society at its core.

Lingayats believed that there is no rebirth and on death the devotee reunites with Shiva never coming back to the World. So, 2 is also correct.

Source: Religion, Philosophy, Yoga: A Selection of Articles By Jean Filliozat http://tinyurl.com/gnbkxhs

http://tinyurl.com/jophqme

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingayatism


 

 

 

  1. Which of the following best describes the term ‘import cover’, sometimes seen in the news?

(a) It is the ratio of value of imports to the Gross Domestic Product of a country

(b) It is the total value of imports of a country in a year

(c) It is the ratio between the value of exports and that of imports between two countries

(d) It is the number of months of imports that could be paid for by a country’s international reserves

Solution: D

Justification: Import Cover measures the number of months of money available in the national bank to cover the cost of imports.

This is to avoid a BoP crisis, so that early preventive action can be taken.

India has an import cover of around 12 months presently.

http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-12-29/news/69379605_1_import-cover-foreign-exchange-reserves-import-bill


 

 

  1. Consider the following pairs :

            Community sometimes In the affairs of mentioned in the news

  1. Kurd         :   Bangladesh
  2. Madhesi     :   Nepal
  3. Rohingya     :   Myanmar

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 3 only

Solution: C

Justification: Kurds are an ethnic group in the Middle East. So, 1 is incorrect.

Madhesis were recently in news due to Nepal’s constitutional debates about their representation in the polity. So, 2 is correct.

Rohingyas muslims and Buddhist rakhines have been indulging into fights and riots in Myanmar, which has frequently been in news. So, 3 is correct.

www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29702440

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Rohingya_refugee_crisis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madhesi_people


 

 

95) With reference to ‘Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)’, consider the following statements :

  1. It is an organization of European Union in working relation with NATO and WHO.
  2. It monitors chemical industry to prevent new weapons from emerging.
  3. It provides assistance and protection to States (Parties) against chemical weapons threats.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). It is not under EU. So, 1 is wrong.

Statement 2 and 3: The OPCW Member States share the collective goal of preventing chemistry from ever again being used for warfare, thereby strengthening international security.

To this end, the Convention contains four key provisions:

  • destroying all existing chemical weapons under international verification by the OPCW;
  • monitoring chemical industry to prevent new weapons from re-emerging;
  • providing assistance and protection to States Parties against chemical threats; and
  • fostering international cooperation to strengthen implementation of the Convention and promote the peaceful use of chemistry.

https://www.opcw.org/about-opcw/

 


 

 

96) With reference to ‘Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana’, consider the following statements:

  1. Under this scheme, farmers will have to pay a uniform premium of two percent for any crop they cultivate in any season of the year.
  2. This scheme covers post-harvest losses arising out of cyclones and unseasonal rains.

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

Solution: B

Justification: Statement 1: Farmers’ premium has been kept at a maximum of 2 per cent for foodgrains and oilseeds, and up to 5 per cent for horticulture and cotton crops. So, it is different for different crops. 1 is incorrect.

Statement 2: Post-Harvest Losses coverage is available only up to a maximum period of two weeks from harvesting for those crops which are allowed to dry in cut and spread condition in the field after harvesting against specific perils of cyclone and cyclonic rains and unseasonal rains. So, 2 is correct.

https://india.gov.in/spotlight/pradhan-mantri-fasal-bima-yojana


 

 

  1. In which of the following regions of India are you most likely to come across the `Great Indian Hornbill’ in its natural habitat?

(a) Sand deserts of northwest India

(b) Higher Himalayas of Jammu and Kashmir

(c) Salt marshes of western Gujarat

(d) Western Ghats

Solution: D

Justification: Great Hornbills are found in three separate areas in South Asia; in the Western Ghats, the Himalayan foothills in Uttaranchal to south Nepal and Bhutan, and north-east India.

They occur in primary evergreen and moist deciduous forest, mainly in lowland forest, but they can be found up to 2,000 meters in some areas.

All other options apart from D can thus be easily eliminated.

http://www.hornbills.in/great-hornbill.php

 


 

98) Which of the following are the key features of ‘National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA)?

  1. River basin is the unit of planning and management.
  2. It spearheads the river conservation efforts at the national level.
  3. One of the Chief Ministers of the States through which the Ganga flows becomes the Chairman of NGRBA on rotation basis.

Select the correct answer using the code given Below.

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Solution: A

Justification: The statements 1 and 2 were picked verbatim from CPCB Website, we quote, “River basin will be the unit of planning and management. This is an internationally accepted strategy for integrated management of rivers.

Accordingly, a new institutional mechanism in the form of National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA) will spearhead river conservation efforts at the national level. Implementation will be by the State Agencies and Urban Local Bodies”.

Statement 3: PM Chairs the NGRBA.

http://cpcb.nic.in/ngrba/about.html


 

 

  1. Why does the Government of India promote the use of Neem-coated Urea’ in agriculture?

(a) Release of Neem oil in the soil increases nitrogen fixation by the soil microorganisms

(b) Neem coating slows down the rate of dissolution of urea in the soil

(c) Nitrous oxide, which is a greenhouse gas, is not at all released into atmosphere by crop fields

(d) It is a combination of a weedicide and a fertilizer for particular crops

Solution: B

Justification: Down-to-earth explains the role of Neem-coated Urea very well. We are posting from it.

  • “Urea is an important supplier of nitrogen, which is necessary for the development of plants. But only 30-40 per cent of nitrogen present in the urea is utilised by crops. The rest gets degraded in various stages.
  • When ordinary urea is applied, it gets converted to ammonium carbamate. Some of this gets converted to ammonia gas in what is called ammonia volatilisation. About 8-10 per cent nitrogen is lost during volatilisation.
  • The rest of the ammonium carbamate undergoes chemical transfor-mation and nitrates are formed. Some of these are absorbed by the plants.
  • The rest are either leached into the underground water or are denitrified to gaseous nitrogen and nitrous oxide under anaerobic conditions (absence of oxygen).
  • Neem has properties that check nitrogen loss at each stage. It slows down the process of nitrate formation and hence excess nitrate is not available for denitrification.
  • So, clearly B is the most appropriate option. Neem coating also prevents Urea from being diverted to non-agricultural purposes.

http://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/urea-coated-with-neem-12520


 

100) Consider the following statements :

  1. The Chief Secretary in a State is appointed by the Governor of that State.
  2. The Chief Secretary in a State has a fixed tenure.

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

Solution: A

Justification: Statement 1 is ambiguous and debatable.

Statement 1: Arguments that Governor appoints the Chief Secretary (CS) are:

  • An appointment order is:
    • Essentially an executive action published in the State gazette notification
    • It is officially taken in the name of the Governor as all executive actions of a State government ought to be.
  • He is the highest officer of the state and Governor should ideally be the appointing authority of the CS.
  • So, even if CM “de facto” appoints the Chief Secretary, “de jure” appointment is made by the Governor, which should make statement 1 correct.

http://himachal.nic.in/WriteReadData/personnel/pdfs/CSMar2012_A1b.pdf

But, clearly it’s CM who selects and appoints CS of his state.

We are going with Option A because, the given statement is not  ‘incorrect’ per se (He selects or not, he does appoint CS) If there was absolutely NO ROLE involved from the Governor, the statement would be definitely incorrect

Statement 2: There is no fixed tenure for the post of Chief Secretary. In this context, the Administrative Reforms Commission, in its report on State Administration in 1969, had recommended that a Chief Secretary should have a minimum tenure of three to four years.

Source: Indian Public Administration: Institutions and Issues http://tinyurl.com/hozxoma


 

 

 

  • raman

    131 by this answer key.

  • shefali agarwal

    Ifc bonds are only for private sector right ?

    • tito

      Same doubt…

    • Second sentence refers to Masala Bonds in general.

      It seems both statements are taken from this article: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/ifcs-rising-rupee-offerings-add-spice-to-masala-bonds/

      Both private and public entities can issue them.

      • shefali agarwal

        Okay..thanks a lot 🙂

      • rajesh suwalka

        Hi @InsightsOnIndia:disqus … but that is issued by NTPC.. not by IFC…
        Masala bond are not just something which only IFC can issue.. Masala Bond are just Rupees-denominated bond.. now many comapnies in india like NTPC and Railway Infra are planning to launch their own Masala Bond that would be listed in London Stock Exchange..
        And qustion specifically ask about IMF… .. i googled lot..then come to conclusion
        please correct me if i am wrong… thnx !!

        • rajesh suwalka

          IMF to be read as IFC

        • Narendra Modi

          You are correct and even if INSIGHTS explanation goes true than too I don’t think UPSC will ask something as recent as August 2016. They too will consider IFC to be for private investments. Even in books it is given that IFC is solely for private investment area.

          • rajesh suwalka

            Hi… its not about recent news or somethng else… its all about Masala Bond… though IFC was the first one to issue.. but now many pvt and public companies planning to issue it… when IFC issue it…it gets money and give it to only pvt sector… i may be wrong but it is what i got to understand by reading extensively on net…

            • Narendra Modi

              Have you checked this answer on Mrunal ?

              • rajesh suwalka

                Just saw there… he has given link of Indian express..
                “Local currency denominated bond markets are an alternative source of debt financing for the public and private sectors.”
                but again it is not talking about IFC specifically.. it is just talking Local currency denominated bond markets which includes not just IFC but also other sector.. so when NTPC isuing Masala bond in “Local currency denominated bond markets” it is getting money..

                Am i able to explain that there is some technical issue in understanding the IFC issued MASALA BOND… IFC MASALA BOND are just small part of Local currency denominated bond markets

                whats ur take??

                IE link: http://indianexpress.com/article/business/business-others/ifcs-rising-rupee-offerings-add-spice-to-masala-bonds/

                • Narendra Modi

                  What is the answer according to him ?

                  • rajesh suwalka

                    IFC for both public and pvt

                    • Narendra Modi

                      Oh God!!! Its for private sector only. Even Mrunal can get answers wrong, you never know what UPSC is thinking and as far as your research and my basic understanding goes it is only for private sectors.

                    • rajesh suwalka

                      see how easily Mrunal jumped on the answer.. i may be wrong.. but it just about reasoning !!!

                    • Narendra Modi

                      Last year I checked several answer keys, Chanakya, INSIGHTS and all and every answer key was providing a huge gap of marks. Because of this only I am not checking answers this year. Lets hope for the best and leave the rest on UPSC only as nothing can be changed now.
                      Do you remember there was a question last year as why tropical cyclones does not occur in South Atlantic Ocean, each and every answer key said that because of low sea surface temp. but UPSCs answer was ITCZ does not occur there.
                      Same will go for IFC also 🙂

                    • Narendra Modi

                      And Mrunal has even asked not to focus much on Current affairs and go for NCERTs. What could have happened had we solely relied on his advice.

                  • rajesh suwalka

                    plz see this

      • Kunal

        May be NTPC issued first corporate green masala bonds but ‘IFC Masala Bonds’ are meant only for financing the private sector and the question is in context of ‘IFC Masala Bonds’ only. Some extracts from the World Bank website –
        1. The IFC Masala bonds set a triple-A benchmark for offshore rupee issuances and pave the way for more foreign investment to help meet India’s private sector development needs.
        2. IFC issued 2 billion rupees—or nearly $30 million—in 15-year Masala bonds in March, marking the longest-dated offshore rupee bond to be issued. The issuance was listed on the London Stock Exchange and proceeds of the bonds will be used to advance private sector development in India.

      • Dinesh

        Sir/Madam,

        Do reply what cutoff you are expecting this time?

      • DonCorleone

        But the Qn clearly states WITH REFERENCE TO IFC MASALA BONDS sometimes seen in the news…………So it must be a only right?

      • only practice
    • Shreya P
  • Nikhil

    116

  • Abhishek Kr

    More than 50% question based on current affair.

  • shefali agarwal

    138

  • DKS

    What is expected cutoff ?

  • tito

    What will be the cutoff I’m getting 114.72 🙁

    • Nikhil

      hello. i think you will clear. i am near by, at 116 = 63+15 wrong

      • tito

        Hope it’s true I attempted 68 questions 60 correct 8 wrong 114.72

  • pradeep pal

    if cabinet secretary is appointed by govenor….then mine is 125

  • rakesh22

    What will be the expected cut off as per insights?

  • McGregor

    One of the shitty place to be @104

  • Tanu Singhal

    Dear Insights , mentors, sir who so over can help me

    M stuck between 107-113 as per various keys , Insights key and Google.
    What should i do !!
    😑

  • Vinay V

    I think governor just approves the appointment of chief secretary! Dunno,if m wrong and getting 114 according insights keys,belong to BC,do I stand a chance ,plz insights help me,m totally confused.

  • Rapunzel

    expected cutoff for ifos ?

  • Oppenheimer

    score as per your key 118.. so what could be expected cutoff??

  • ajay

    insights is THE BEST:):)

    • surpassinfinite

      How much you are getting mr. Ajay?

      • ajay

        around 138-139 with this ans key.howz yours?

        • surpassinfinite

          Not good, just 99.33. All the very best to you ☺

  • soulful

    143
    Scoring exactly same as per insights & Shankars key. 2 questions are mutually cancelling each other.
    Thanks insights for great test series & support.

    • Hot head aspirant

      Can you tell me which answer of insight and Shankar contradict please?

      • soulful

        Among the 89 questions I attempted, questions for Chief secretary of state only contradicts.
        Sorry, I marked gram nyaylaya question wrongly incorrect which was correct as per the shankars key. So again total remains the same as my CS question is wrong as per the insights key, but correct as per Shankars key.
        So many damn words to explain!!😉

        • Hot head aspirant

          Okay, Even I select Option (D) in the question for Chief secy appointment but it turns out to be wrong with insights key!

  • Shreya P

    142 as per this key…A lot credit to Insights test series and timely motivation articles..

  • achuta murali karthik vankayal

    For the CS question:

    what about this? http://gujaratinformation.net/downloads/pressreleases/Gandhinagar/47435.pdf

    are you sure every state does the same. As you know, allocation of business rules vary according to the states. the orders must be taken in the name of the president or the governor. But i’m not sure if the appointment is made by them.

    For the MOM question:
    ISRO is the fourth space agency I agree. BUT Isn’t india the second country? The other two space agencies ESA and Soviet Space Program where of the union of nations right? The question clearly says “country”. Unless, you say SSP and ESA belong to countries, the statement should be good. It also speaks of the orbiters that are already rotating mars. The one recently sent by ROSCOMOS which is on the way doesn’t count.

    • pradeep pal

      did upsc thing this way when setting the question?
      ….

      • achuta murali karthik vankayal

        who are we to say bro? i thought of it during the exam. now asking about it. It may as well have thought of it or i would be very disappointed.

        • Siddhartha Singh

          I agree with you. I think India is the second country coz Soviet union and ESA are not countries.

          • please dont say that, mera galat ho jayega 🙁

            • Abhishek Jha

              While seeing ur comments on the 5 revision test posted by insights, i always used to envy you. U used to get almost 20 marks more than me everytime. But luckily in xam i m getting 132 as per this key. U were always my secret source of inspiration to work harder !!

              • Hey Abhishek,
                thanks for the credit 🙂 and congrats for your result.
                I’ve spoiled my own precious chance . Still the game is not over, cuz hope is alive. All the best for mains. 🙂

                • Abhishek Jha

                  Thanks & same to you mate !!

            • Abhishek Jha

              While seeing ur comments on the 5 revision test posted by insights, i always used to envy you. U used to get almost 20 marks more than me everytime. But luckily in xam i m getting 132 as per this key. U were always my secret source of inspiration to work harder !!

          • Soviet union was a country at that time. We say that Bhagat Singh was an Indian even when if you see it today, he was born in Pakistan and died there too. What matters is what was India at that time. Similarly, Soviet Union at that time was ONE nation.

    • Day is mine

      We know it from various sources that Finance Commission, UPSC Chairman, CIC, etc. are appointed by the President. What that means is that the decision of their appointment is taken under the seal of the President. So, President is called the appointing authority, even if he has a minimal role in selection of the authority.

      Similarly, at state level, even if the Governor has to act in aid and advice of the Chief Minister in case of appointments, it is still to be called the appointing authority. It is the governor who shall be called to be appointing the chief secretary.

      • achuta murali karthik vankayal

        i just looked at the allocation of business rules of AP. it says in the beginning itself that all orders are to be taken in the name of the governor and then goes on to lay down how all the appointments are done.
        Check this out too.. http://www.nyoooz.com/thiruvananthapuram/435061/sm-vijayanand-to-become-next-chief-secretary
        Anyways, don’t want to discuss anymore.. UPSC knows best. chill out!

        • Day is mine

          I would agree with you. But, this thing I am sure about that our administrative system makes the President and the governors the appointing authority as they are the executive heads.
          I think this question arises from the delhi chief Secretary controversy, in which the role of LG became debatable. In those debates, while the dicretionary power of the lg was debated, but that the lg is the appointment authority was not questioned. I am not finding it, but there is a hindu article on this, which discussed the whole debate. Please look for it, when you get time.

          • achuta murali karthik vankayal

            NCT Delhi is a union territory with a legislature. if you want an example where Governor appoints CS, try Assam, Haryana and Odisha. The point is, if the statement is to be true, it must be universally true i.e. for all the 29 states, excluding the UTs which i am not sure about. for ex, in AP, Gujarat, Kerala.. executive orders are only expressed to be taken in the name of the governor.. For the central govt. even that won’t be given. It just says that the ACC or the competent authority has approved so and so. Again, these are just my views..

            • Day is mine

              Oh no, I just meant that this question could have arisen from the controversy in Delhi. UPSC has a habit to ask questions from recent events.

              With regards to the above doubt, well, if an appointment is made in someone’s name, then that someone is the appointment authority.

              Just my views here too… just trying to seem logical. I don’t have any substance to support.

              All the best to you… and don’t worry much… I hope you are right… 🙂

      • Do_or_Die

        by former CI Commissioner SY Quraishi

        • Day is mine

          I hope you are right.

        • Day is mine

          The funny part is that we students don’t know that who signs the document of appointment of the chief secretary. Whosoever, signs it, under his official seal, is the appointing authority. And this is irrespective of who chooses a chief secretary, which is 100% CM and never the governor.

      • Do_or_Die

        by former CI Commissioner SY Quraishi

    • atOm

      I think, you should see given reference under the question related to appointment.

    • Do_or_Die

      no role of governor in chief sect. appointment.

  • Abhishek Jha

    @Vinay sir- I don’t comment much on this site.But followed last year your website for 2 months. Cleared prelims easily.
    This time again getiing 132 around. Hopefully now my friends won’t ask “Why don’t you take any coaching? “.

    Thanks dil se sir ji.

  • samarpit

    Getting 98-102

  • Priyanka M

    Frnz for Q.No. 83 the option answer should be ‘a’ because it is only for the purpose of private sector not public sector. Am i right?

    • Abhishek Jha

      No.. even i have made the same mistake.. Refer to google. NTPC is also thinking to release such bonds

      • Sujal Mishra

        I doubt this as IFC paves the way for private sector only. IFC masala bonds and Masala bonds are different. If you read about IFC on wikipedia…it says it strictly provides funding resource for private sector only.

        • Jimboomba

          no need to doubt now..mrunal sir has explained it in his answer key along with source..the answer is C

    • Lok Seva

      Yes it will be A. Question is about IFC masala bonds and not any Masala bond.And they are for pvt sector only.

  • Sajith Gopinath

    Sir ,
    there is a doubt regarding Mangalyaan . The second statement – made India the second “country” to have a spacecraft orbit the Mars after USA. Since other two were not countries – ESA and Soviet Space program- is it logical to think that statement is correct? Like what you said in the Chief Secretary statement.
    http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/on-mangalyaans-first-anniversary-understanding-the-gains-from-indias-foray-to-mars-and-the-moon/article7685529.ece

  • War Daddy

    Getting 146 as per this Key.

  • McGregor

    Hey insightians Can anyone help struck at 104.??

    • Abhishek Jha

      You may be on border line.. Pray for the best !!

      • Synagogue

        When you say borderline, what figure are you talking about? What’s the average accepted cut off this year? I have been hearing very different figures this time around. :/

  • innovating idea

    Get 143 as per this key .. 🙂

  • sankara rao rompilli

    The answer w.r.t sir stafford Cripps is wrong. Because the question is about post second world war, crips plan

    I believe it was cabinet mission in which Cripps was also a member

    It is about complete independence

    • vinay

      its not what is asked read the question properly

      • sankara rao rompilli

        If the question is about after second world war which ended in 1945

        Then it is cabinet mission – and it is complete independence

        Instead of comments, i will appreciate discussions

        • Lok Seva

          The question is not asking for the “cripps proposal after 2nd WW”. It is asking what he envisaged to plan for india after the WW ends.

    • Lok Seva

      read the question properly.

  • Sachin

    Doston….ye Paper 2 ke….. riberio, singh aur kumar wale question ka answer koi bata sakta hai kya please?

    • Lok Seva

      cannot be determined in all 3.

      • Sachin

        Ji mera bhi wahi aa raha hai !! But, different answer keys are giving the asnwer to be ‘a,b,a’ something. :

        • Lok Seva

          There are 2 cases. The answer keys are prepared hurriedly and so they have left one case.

          • Sachin

            Thank you 🙂 I am getting 110+ in GS1 but in case these 3 questions in CSAT turn out to be wrong..I might just not qualify :

            • Lok Seva

              Start preparing for mains.

              • Sachin

                Sure. Dhanyawaad 🙂

    • Synagogue

      Funny but I could actually determine the answer 😛 Sunday was one funny day after all.

      • Sachin

        I guess it cannot be determined. Atleast this is what I have been hearing from my friends who wrote the paper :

        • Synagogue

          Hey chill! As long as everyone is happy once the results are declared. Don’t sweat it bro! Life is good!

    • Madhu Sudhan

      from statement 1 jacket in ‘white’ color,nor b neither riberio wear tat ..stat 2 c wear tie so its obvious sweater wore by ‘a ‘…
      n by tis ‘c’ wear tie n ‘a’ wear sweater so obviously ‘b’wear jacket…n by statement 1 neither b nor riberio wear sweater left out s kumar so ‘a’ is kumar…so statement 1 ‘b’ is nt riberio so its singh n ‘c’ ll be riberio…n frm statement 5 riberio doesnt wear black ,it means he wear blue as sweater s already white.. left out s black n its wore by ‘b’…so answer ll be ‘c’surmane riberio,colour of tie blue n ‘a’ wore sweate

      • Sachin

        Both B & Riberio do not wear ‘white sewater’. They might still wear sweaters cant they? just that not the one which is white?

    • amit

      The SORTING would be as below.

      A – KUMAR – WHITE – SWEATER
      B – SINGH – BLACK – JACKET
      C – RIBERIO – BLUE – TIE

      You can fill the answers hence.

      So the answers are A, B, A.

      • Sachin

        Thanks but answer keys ( vajiram & shankar) tell that it cannot be determined? This is true when we assume that the sweater is white right?

        • amit

          First condition in the question says

          “neither B nor Ribeiro wore a white sweater”

          You don’t need to assume about white sweater hence, as its given that the sweater is white.

      • Lok Seva

        This can also be one case-

        A-RIBEIRO-BLUE-SWEATER
        B-SINGH- BLACK-JACKET
        C-KUMAR-WHITE-TIE

        so answer is CANNOT BE DETERMINED for all

        • amit

          I don’t think so.

          First condition in the question says

          “neither B nor Ribeiro wore a white sweater”

          Its clear that the color of the sweater is white.

          • manalika

            no, the only thing that’s clear is that they are not wearing a sweater which is white. however, they may be wearing a sweater of another colour or not, we don’t know.

          • Lok Seva

            yeah . i was wrong. Didnt see that.

  • Ant-Man

    107.333333 as per this key, upsc knows what will happen any chances insightians ????

    • Himaanshu

      U r clearing. Prepare fr d mains nw 🙂

      • Ant-Man

        thanks himaanshu that helps

  • THOR nd MJOLNEER

    100—-Na upar na niche.

    🙁

    • Himaanshu

      Bro… gear up fr the mains. Hopes are still alive. 🙂

      • THOR nd MJOLNEER

        thumbs up 🙂

      • Paash Yashmi

        I have read this thread and u r spreading a lot of positive energy..Keep it up bro!!

        • Himaanshu

          🙂

    • ab rehne de ye sab, apna kaam ho gaya sab upar waale pe chodh de! 😛

      • THOR nd MJOLNEER

        Certainly 🙂

    • Harsh (Learning Unlimited!!!)

      Hi Thor me on the same lines 100-106 … no idea whats going to happen…

      • THOR nd MJOLNEER

        Ab result dekhenge..Let’s prepare for mains Bhai.

        Best Wishes 🙂

      • surpassinfinite

        Same here 😢

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      Paper wasn’t easy. Prepare well! All the best.

    • Priyal

      Dont worry…even i m in the same range…committed some really very stupid mistakes..was really upset with myself n dull…but now i m gonna gear up for the mains…anything can happen…if not this year then next year for sure… so cheer up! and lets prepare together with others.

      • THOR nd MJOLNEER

        Hey Priyal, How you doing?

        Certainly 🙂

        I have very good friends 🙂

        Mains now 😀

        • Priyal

          Hello Thor… just going with the flow…started with my optional for now..

          • THOR nd MJOLNEER

            That’s great.

            Future bureaucrats = optimistic.

            Stay focussed. 🙂

  • Prasad88

    142.72… one query.. forest service cut off is separate right? In what range forest service cut off usually goes?

  • Da Vinci

    With regard to last question of governor…If we follow the logic of option A then it means every scheme and policy is decided/officially announced by governor and not by government. It leads to conclusion that everything is done by governor, not by govt..

  • Sujal Mishra

    IFC Masala bond wale mein only 1 hoga…. IFC is strictly for private sector development.

  • Yashaswi Ponia

    How good 112??

    • Anand

      Really good score !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Gear up for mains!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Himaanshu

      More thn enough. Prepare fr mains nw. You are clearing pre 🙂

      • Yashaswi Ponia

        Himanshu mere Bhai.. Thank you yaara.. Ye insight ne spoon feeding nahi balti feeding karai thi.. Tera kya raha??

        • Himaanshu

          Different keys different scores. Har din score change ho rha hai. Worst case 105 best case 116. My gut feeling 110. So ab getting ready fr d main battle. All the best yaar 🙂

          • Venkatesh Venkat

            Hi bro please suggest I’m getting 65.58646 in paper2 how the UPSC consider it 66 or 65.5 bz 66 are need in paper2 what should I do I’m getting 119 OR 120 in paper 1. can I start the mains reply.

            • Himaanshu

              Bro I have no idea regarding marking pattern. But still I would suggest you to prepare for mains. It will help you in next attempt or who knows you may clear this pre as well. Scores from unofficial answer keys are subjected to vary from official one. So don’t loose hope. I myself is in a 80:20 situation. So let’s hope for the best. All the best buddy 🙂

              • Venkatesh Venkat

                what is your score.

                • Sammy

                  Still at 66 u wont qualify bro . Cos required marks are exact 67 . I.e 27 Q net correct

            • vairagya

              Last year I clear upsc prelims by 0.66 marks.
              In it marks actually were 107.66 and cut off was 107.33.
              My number was rounded off to 108.
              Same in year earlier when by score was 219.66 and net marks were put in final score as 220.
              So with reasonable certainty if you are sure of 65.66 it is likely to be rounded off.

              And your marks in paper 1 seems fine.

              Start preparing for mains.. Coz you don’t want to face the situation that you feel sad of clearing prelims and wasting time in self pity(sorry for harsh words… But I know how it feels to be on borderline)

      • Yashaswi Ponia

        Aur kahan se hai Bhai??

        • Himaanshu

          Uttarakhand bro. Waise resides in delhi.

      • Siddharth

        Himanshu bhai what about Ifos .. i am getting 128.04 ..

    • Anand

      Please prepare for Mains!!!!!!!!! All the best

  • Shrunga Chandrashekar

    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development
    institution focused exclusively on the private sector. Working with private
    enterprises in about 100 countries, we use our capital, expertise. (According to this definition and previous Masala bond issue we can take the Answer as A only)

  • Gautam Himanshu

    114 acc. to this key.. don’t what to do nxt.. shud go mains or just enjy for mnth and later on took fight for prelims..

    • Himaanshu

      Go for the mains dost. You are clearing pre. All the best 🙂

      • VV

        i am getting 111 in obc category, will i make it?

        • Himaanshu

          100% bhai…. paper was nt tht easy. Get ready fr d December 🙂

          • VV

            Thanks Bro..

        • Himaanshu

          Believe yourself. We can’t miss this opportunity just because an element of doubt. 111 is a gud score. 🙂

      • Gautam Himanshu

        thnx man….

    • waah ji waah chhaa gaye guru 😛 😛

      dont act modest by asking kyaa karoon, mains prep start karo aur kya.

      • Gautam Himanshu

        hahaha…. lol… thnx… thinking for same but need intense guidance for mains.. so confused.. dat whter to shift my base to delhi or not.. that’s the main prblm and confusion and wht abt u.. wht’s ur stratgy for mains. ?

        • Shifting and all will consume time and energy.
          Wherever you are, wahi se shuru Ho jaao.
          You know the syllabus, you know what books to refer, make your own plan. Answer practice karaane ke liye insights hai hi.
          I’ll be preparing from my home only, Main aur mera chota Sa sheher. 😛

          • Gautam Himanshu

            without doubt answer practice k liye insight hai.. but insight pe expert guidance nahi milegi na… yeh likhna tha aur yeh nahi.. there will a lot of diff. opinions but not single precise opinion to mark out what is the mistake and what to rectify and all.. especially essay portion….

            main aur mera chotta sa Gaon… 😛

            • Baat to sahi karte Ho. But Mera मनोबल mat todo. 😛

              • Gautam Himanshu

                lol.. hadd hai.. matlabh mujhe ideas and suggestions dene ki vajah aur thoda confuse kar diya…

                • bado ka kaam hota hain bachhon ko suggestions dena not the other way 😛 mujhe to koi bhi nahi hai suggest karne ke liye. *sobs*

                  • Gautam Himanshu

                    hellloo… iam not senior citizen.. 😛 it’s my frst tym and same here.. no body to suggest and even not for logical discussions.. * CRY OUT LOUDS*

                    • *tries giving a logical solution to vakeel’s problem*
                      I cannot tell you the ideal way but I can share what my plan looks like,
                      kal insights ne apna plan post kiya I’ll follow it.
                      sundays exclusive for essay and optional revision. weekdays sirf GS, one paper one topic at a time.
                      But I’ll do ethcis paper alag se on a daily basis as it takes time to get better and practice is the only solution.
                      i’m going to divide my day into 3 portions, one exclusivbe to deal with secure initiative one to deal with GS papers and from 6 in the evening till I sleep, I’ll study optional.
                      I dont know how far this is correct as i dont have anybody to guide me 🙁

                    • Gautam Himanshu

                      planning timetable is not that such a prblm.. my main problem is how to write.. structure of answer and essay.. how to analysis question in itself and try to figure it what exactly examiner want to read and then how to write.. coz as u know due to word limit otherwise Graduation gave us enough expertise to write 5 pages on 20 marks question.. 😛

                    • Yes you’re correct.
                      For that the best you can do is form a group of 3-4 people, practice answer writing on a daily basis, review each others’ answers, you’ll improve for sure. Also why don’t you write answers for the questions posted by insights? 😛 try and write answers for 3 days, review 3 other answers, add different points in your notes, you’ll feel the difference. Pehle istemaal karein phir vishwaas karein.
                      And as far as essay is posted, I guess the best way is to write down one essay on Sunday, as insights post a theme. Abhi aa raha hai Sunday. Even I have started from here only. I could feel the difference, also you can experiment with your own essays ke start kaise Dena hai flow kaise maintain rakhna hai how to make your essay interesting? Waiting for your essay 😛

                    • Gautam Himanshu

                      hmm.. Great.. thanks… will try for sure… 🙂

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      You are in!

  • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

    frnds plz reply …
    my range is 118 to 120..
    baba 124
    shankar 121
    sriram 118
    insight 118..

    chances ??
    cutoff high toh nai jayega na? as many r putting here 130+ scores 🙁

    • The Leiter

      My range is also same…Just don’t waste time in predicting Cut off…We have fair chance of clearing mains…..anyway that 130+ candidates will be not more than 5k(in extreme cases)….So better start Mains as early as possible..ATB

      • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

        no m nt .. but just concerned as many ppl r posting high mrks.. as many r saying ppr was easy n some r saying tough ..so if range goes above.. it wil bu so painful.. u r preparing from? location?

        • The Leiter

          what do you means by “Many” and “some”…??

          Don’t be foolish…118 is good score….I’m starting my Mains in couple of days….I have faith in myself and cut off will be not more than 110…rest is your wish.

          I’m preparing from Hyderabad…self study..political science optional

          • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

            hmm… m from maharashtra… m also going fr mains.. just concerned bcz last yr i got 104 nd cutoff 107.. and evey yr they inc cutoff… thats only…
            kise bura sochna acha lagta hain??
            and mine is sociology… same self study… r u going fr any test series? and do u knw ppl in delhi fr guidance?

            • The Leiter

              Acc to me anything 115+ is good score and can start mains peacefully..:)

              Ya joining for POlitical science optional test series online from DELhi. and for GS…I know one madam in Hyderbad…so going there

              • Rahul

                Can you pls. tell which coaching for POlitical science optional test series.

                • The Leiter

                  Ias score….by piyush choubey…they are providing quality improvement program and test series for 16k….but this is good provided…you completed one reading of PS

                  • Rahul

                    Thank you very much bhai. I have completed almost 60 to 70 % syllabus, I think this will be helpful website.

              • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

                which test series for gs?

    • Himaanshu

      You are clearing pre wdt any doubt. Start preparing for mains 🙂

      • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

        pakka??
        ur score himanshu?

  • Yashaswi Ponia

    Around half a million aspirants took the exam.. A little more than last year.. So is it going to raise the cut off compared to last year or it will be low..

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      Number of serious candidates wouldn’t have raised; Paper was relatively tough.

      Cutoffs shouldn’t rise.

    • cp

      half of them dint attend the exam 🙂 and some more dint attend paper 2. Dont go by the number of aspirants who registered.

  • Abhijeet B

    Guys [email protected]
    My score:
    111-Shankar Ias
    112-Buju &
    108-Insight
    category-OBC
    what are my chances? Plz reply i’m worried

    • Himaanshu

      100% chances. Go for the kill now dost 🙂

      • Abhijeet B

        Ok..thanx..btw whts ur score?

  • Tanvi

    Hii I’m scoring 106 according to this key and I belong to obc category. Any predictions friends ? I’m worried

    • Himaanshu

      Relax. And prepare for mains. Cut off won’t be too high. All the best 🙂

      • too high matlab? 102 ho to chalega mujhe 😛

        • Himaanshu

          Ha-ha… we are on the same boat sis. But one thing is sure that we won’t sink. 🙂

          • aapke muh mein dairy milk silk 😛
            time to gear up! This journey till december will be even more exciting. 🙂 all the very best to you.

  • Mission IAS 2017

    All guys prepare for mains if you are getting more than 120…Dont think too much about one or two question which puts you in confusion…cut off wil not exceed 110-112… All the best

  • Krishna

    thnq sir. please post csat key also.

  • Rahul

    Any idea of cut off?

  • N2

    question on bit coin:
    https://rbi.org.in/scripts/BS_PressReleaseDisplay.aspx?prid=30247 –they are not regulating bitcoins, but definitely taking note of it.

  • DARK KNIGHT

    Big Thanks to u insights, while everyone in my neighbourhood and relations was looking down on me as a terrorist CUZ I WAS PREPARING FOR CIVIL SERVICES WITHOUT COACHING I Placed my faith in you. The score is 110, but i dont care whether i pass or fail in prelims, i am going to put my effort day in and day out for mains irrespective of results, just like i did for prelims cuz i know FAITH CAN DO WONDERS.

    • Himaanshu

      That’s the spirit. All the best 🙂

      • Tanvi

        Okie thanks for the reply

    • pipa

      all the best 🙂

    • Synagogue

      Word. No one gets it the way Insights does. 🙂

      • atOm

        really with all references .. its very good way … Der aaye Durust aaye

    • surpassinfinite

      Good to see such spirit 🙂
      All the very best brother 🙂

    • Day is mine

      All the best friend!

    • Jeswanth Reddy

      It is not wrong to do self study. Please continue your efforts. Work hard in Silence, let your success make noise. Give glory to the almighty.

  • Yo Yo Choti Singh

    Hi @insights team..First of all Thanks for such a nice and eloborative key…it really melted most of the doubts.

    I just say 2 questions you should review once again..Hopefully only upsc will set up these finally…

    1st Chief secy question.. IMO being an equivalent post to Cabinet secy who is appointed by PM but letter of appointment always mention Prez…even arc said that IT IS A SELECTION POST of CM not a Appointed post of Governor etc… If the logic of mentioning name is considered as true than without doubt each and every high post would have been by Prez only..but that’s not how upsc asks..last year also Prez vs SC custodian debate concluded in sc favour as it was FUNCTIONALLY correct..similarly here too IMO factual hair splitting like De jure etc can lead to Governor being correct but Functionally or De facto CM being the appointing authority should be correct.. and upsc is well known for taking broader /functional views …Please reply if you find this argument little bit appealing.. !!!

  • Bond

    Reg. Q 100. ARC’s 15th report on state Administration says CS is selected by CM. It has suggested that a collegium may be set up to recommend the names for the post of CS. The Collegium may consist of
    a) Minister nominated by CM
    b) Leader of opposition
    c) Current CS

    There is no CM in the collegium means collegium give advice to CM on this regard, thus it may be inferred that CM is appointing authority for CS.

    • CM_GoGo

      bhai select aur appoint me farak hota hai ,jaise governor toh modi ki selection wala banega par appoint kaun karta hai.anyways agar aap samjhe toh theek warna argue karne se koi fayda nahi

      • Bond

        U r right there is no benefit of arguing on this q as real ans will be provided by UPSC. .Hope for the best GoGo..Ab aaye ho to kuchh leke hi Jana..#AndajApnaApna

  • vishal gupta

    130.6 .. Thank you Insights

  • pipa

    126
    I am happy 🙂

  • VV

    i am getting 111 in obc category. what are the chances guys?

  • Rajneesh Mishra

    Getting 128.58 marks in Prelims 2016 as per your detailed analysis. Thank a lot sir. Got to learn one thing is that for pre, apart from solid knowledge base, what one need is FEARLESSNESS.
    This FEARLESSNESS came because of Insights Prelims Test Series.
    Thank you Team Insights. Now gearing up for mains.

  • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

    for paper II except CL any other keys available??
    msg links for them..

    • Manoj Rankaal

      hey Anjali……. u can check it in UNacadamy,,,,,,Roman sir explained very well both paper 1 & 2…..his keys can be trusted…. almost 98-99% correct….go through it once………….

  • Ragnar

    Last year i didnt give any test. I didnt even know about insight. My Last year score was around 64 in paper 1. I was even thinking of quitting upsc prep and everything,But i took 2016 test series. And this year score is 119.73 acc to insights answer key.i dont know if this is enough to clear pre, neither im thinking about that. But the confidence which i got is just unbelievable.
    Its only because of your test series. Esp that justification and learning part, helped immensely.
    Thank you Vinay Sir and Team Insights.

  • jimmy

    Hi My mark is 111.33(as per Insights and Vajiram and Ravi keys) and 108.66 as per shankar key.I belong to OBC , What are my chances!?!. Any predictions friends

    • Himaanshu

      You are clearing bro. Get ready fr d mains 🙂

      • jimmy

        thanks bro… your words means a lot

  • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

    vinay sir… as u put key here…. within one or two days.. by analysing buzz.. plz share expected cutoff ….

  • Umesh

    I am getting 126 according to this answer key. Credit goes to insights test series. Thank you insights team.

  • Yo Yo Choti Singh

    Second doubt according to me is ..

    the CLUB OF ROME VS SDG question..

    Here i say..

    Club of rome report definitely set the agenda of SDG ..in it’s report Limits to Growth it gave a 3 scenerio analysis of future world of mid 21st century… in 3 rd scenario headed as Sustainble world approach it clearly told about focusing on 5 6 functional area goals like poverty Pollution Food security etc which were infact Embryonic stage of SDG ..the report sold in 30 Million copies !!

    Why would upsc give such a dustinct isolatory Club report if it would not have a zero relationship with SDG..again we can go verbatim and say no word SDG never mentioned there…BUT UPSC ALWAYS PREFER A BROADER/Functional VIEW..so IMO the official key will give Both Correct and I can bet on that.. otherwise no logic of giving such a Non Existent report mention inUpsc level paper.. Professors setting exam paper doesn’t do such hair splitting they just read some Good journal article and frame a basic question with broader outlook !!!.. So better You please Review your answer..please read below article of 2008 which was written in Comparative approcah with LtG report of 1972 after 30 yrs What its impact it has..please read just first 2 pages only Hope you appreciate my doubt. !!..

    http://web.archive.org/web/20140913032823/http://graduateinstitute.ch/files/live/sites/iheid/files/sites/political_science/users/elena.gadjanova/public/Issues%20in%20Env%20Politics%202010/Turner%202008.pdf

    PLEASE DO READ ONCE !!!

    • SM

      This is exactly what I am thinking since paper “Why would upsc give such a dustinct isolatory Club report if it would not have a zero relationship with SDG” . I know this is 100 percent correct.

      • Do_or_Die

        then you mean to say is that all options of all Qs are correct. As all of the Qs n their options are given by the UPSC!!,. what a logic bro..

        • Lok Seva

          If Qs is about Surat split then answer cannot be about communalism; while it can be about varied other reasons, like moderates vs extremists;fight for presidentship;extension of boycott and swaraj.
          In the same way if Qs is about SDG then we cannot take UN(for eg) as answer but surely Club of Rome has some scope.

          • Do_or_Die

            Club of Rome talked about “Limits to Growth” and not about SDG. .. As per Vision IAS answer key .. accessed @ http://visionias.in/beta/sites/all/themes/momentum/files/visionias_civil_services_prelims_upsc_ias_2016_answer_solution_analysis.pdf

            • Lok Seva

              Have you read Limits of Growth?? It has many provisions regarding a sustainable steady state society, though not exactly mentioning about SDGs.

              • Do_or_Die

                1. ” The Rio+20 outcome document (2012), The future we want, inter alia, set out a mandate to establish an Open Working Group to develop a set of SDGs for consideration and appropriate action by the [UN] General Assembly at its 68th session (2013).” https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/focussdgs.html
                2. The Club of Rome is famously known for its “Limits to Growth” debate of 1972. “Number of people argued that economic and population growth directly caused environmental decline and could not be sustained forever. Many books and articles on this theme unleashed a wave of controversy.” So its all about sustainability of environment and not about SDGs (goals) which talk about sustainability in society, environment, economy and institutions. .. e.g.- No Poverty (goal-1), Gender Equality (G-5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (G-8), Reduced Inequalities (G-10) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (G-16).

                • Lok Seva

                  Yes,i agree. But please understand my predicament.With this Q gone, i am getting 108.A very horrifying position.

                  • Do_or_Die

                    prepare for mains… gud luck 🙂

      • Ghost

        i support u.

    • atOm

      In fact I also thought both and Marked “C”. Its UPSC, anyone can go wrong even if its Insight.

    • Aman

      10th standard geography ncert. Page no 5 first line reads At the international level, the Club of Rome advocated resource conservation for the first time in a more systematic way. I remebered this statement and that’s why marked both correct.

    • RAJIV SHARMA
    • Do_or_Die

      Club of Rome option is 100% wrong.. They talked about “sustainability” not about the Goals to achieve. If we take such consideration then SDG would be product of our ancient philosophy which also talks about living in line with nature.

      • Goku

        I thought the same logic.

        • Do_or_Die

          right…the Club of Rome is famously known for its “Limits to Growth” debate of 1972. “Number of people argued that economic and population growth directly caused environmental decline and could not be sustained forever.Many books and articles on this theme unleashed a wave of controversy.” So its all about sustainability of environment and not about SDGs which talk about sustainability in society, environment,economy and institutions. .. No Poverty (goal-1), Gender Equality (G-5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (G-8), Reduced Inequalities (G-10) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (G-16).

      • Mayank

        Today i sent a message to Club of Rome via their official website and asked them the same question that came in our prelims. I am attaching the snapshot of their reply. Please see the attachment to know what they have replied to me.

    • Astaroth

      Sustainable Development Goals and sustainable development goals mean two different things. Notice the capitalisation in the question? SDGs were definitely not proposed by the Club of Rome. Your argument is better suited if the question had said sustainability or sustainable development, which are far more generic terms.

    • Mayank

      Today i sent a message to Club of Rome via their official website and asked them the same question that came in our prelims. I am attaching the snapshot of their reply. Please see it what they have replied to me.

  • Moriarty Fan

    getting 132 according to your key, thanks insights. Is this score good enough for IFOS cutoff

  • Nisha Mishra

    Sir i checked on Drip irrigation and the agri site you have given says that advantages of drip irrigation is – No soil erosion but not specifically reduction in soil erosion. Also I checked in the below link where it is mentioned that drip irrigation can reduce 80-85% of soil salinity –

    http://upsctree.com/2016/08/09/answer-2-questions-prelims-2016-creating-confusion/

    Pls help.

    • Saurabh Yadav

      According to Operation guidelines of National mission on micro irrigation…….drip irrigation reduces salinity.

      • Maverick

        yes you seems correct. in the whole report “National mission on micro irrigation” they haven’t mentioned a word about soil erosion and moreover in the introduction they are talking about issue that drip irrigation will tackle soil salinity.

        Generally UPSC asks few higher bureaucrats to send few ques from their dept and then UPSC selects few ques from them. If that case is being followed here the answer will definitely be 1and 2. Else it depends on the guy who has set this ques. If answer somehow comes 1and 2 then all the coachings will be trolled as all are giving 1and 3

      • Nisha Mishra
      • Nisha Mishra

        also share me so good links on current issues that can help in mains.

    • Do_or_Die

      I think you are right .. though drip irrigation checks erosion too…”The major causes of irrigation salinity include over-irrigation of farm land, inefficient water use, poor drainage.” Drip irrigation is used mainly to reduce (a) fertiliser input (b) water input and weed reduction, check salinity of soil which is caused by flood-irrigation. Soil erosion will come in last.
      As Q has no option which includes all statement ..
      so going with “weed reduction” and “soil salinity reduction” would be more appropriate.
      http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/salinity/solutions/irrigation.htm

      • Goku

        I thought like this:
        Drip irrigation can prevent soil salinity from increasing, but it can’t reduce the soil salinity.

        Whatever salt is there in the soil, it will anyway stay in the soil. Gypsum can be added to reduce soil salinity.

      • Nisha Mishra

        thank you

    • Lucifer
      • Nisha Mishra

        thank you lucifer

  • Dev mathapati

    Thankx insights Team.. It wouldnt be possible without Ur Guidance.. last year it was 72(without insights) this time its 145(with insights)..🙋

  • P.s

    83rd. ” IFC masala bonds” does ifc finance for public sector also…… as mentioned in second statement

    • smit3097

      only private not public

      • Dipu

        yes it does finance public sector too. According to the link below, Indian Railway Finance Corporation and even NTPC have resorted to debt financing via Masala Bonds. Check it out for yourself

        http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/opinion/columns/masala-bonds/article7194362.ece .

        • smit3097

          See masala bond is general term for issuing bond outside India in rupee decimated form.
          Ntpc can raise I don’t deny
          But here clearly word is ifc masala bond so it is only for private.
          If it is only masala bond then it can be both.

          • Dipu

            hmm…possible…all we can do is wait for the one whose words are final -the UPSC. All the best bro !

            • Kartikey Bhatt

              yeah, people are considering general term masala bonds, but IFC masala bonds, are specifically for boosting private sector investments, you can even see it on wiki or even press release of IFC itself, when it issues bond for the first time in london stock exchange, and then relseased in japan.

      • Kirobo
  • WOOOOOHHOOOOOO!!
    IN THE LAST QUESTION, THAT DEALS WITH CHIEF SECRETARY, I HAVE MARKED A AS THE CORRECT OPTION!!

    IF THAT COMES OUT TO BE TRUE AS INSIGHTS HAVE ALSO SAID, MY SCORE WILL REACH SOMEWHERE AROUND 109!!

    KEEPING FINGERS AND TOES CROSSED!!

    LOVE YOU INSIGHTS *_*

    • Himaanshu

      Form mein aa jao captain. You are clearing pre fr sure. Get back to answer writing. All the best sis 🙂

      • hehehe jo bhi hoga dekha jaayega, par abhi achha lag raha hai. 🙂 🙂
        ek aur question mein choti si hope hai, shayad chamatkar ho jaaye, wo desertification waale mein maine pata nahi kya soch ke all correct kiya.

        • Himaanshu

          Ha-ha…. kitna b careful raho mistakes ho hi jaati hein. Ab mera mains ka ticket bhi doubtful questions pe tika hai. Let’s hope for the best. BDW ‘UNBROKEN’ is a nice movie based on a true story. Watch it, you will thank me for this brotherly suggestion. 🙂

          • pakka will watch it 🙂
            waise bhi thodi carefree hoon for this week
            sab karungi jo teen chaar mahino se nahi kiya 🙂

          • Goku

            I made the Astrosat question wrong. I had studied everything about Astrosat.
            I am getting 112-118, depending upon 2-3 controversial question.

        • Dipu

          LOL…Maine bhi all correct maara….kahin Drip irrigation waale me , did you mark only 1 and 2 too ?(i.e. it decreases soil salinity )

        • दारोगा हप्पुसिंह

          your desertification ques could be right because unccd mainly focuses on sahel region of northern africa

        • Addy

          what a coincidence! I am getting 108 after that chief secy question and I too marked all correct in the desertification question. Lets hope together 🙂

        • G.

          hey simran
          whats the asnwer of ifc masala bonds… are they for both public and private sector. i have marked option c .

          • Yes c, both are correct.

            • G.

              are you sure of it. i think it is only for the private sector. i mistakenly marked c as the answer

              • haan sure hoon, jitni answer keys have seen they all have marked c as the correct answer.

    • Maverick

      If cabinet secretary one goes correct with option A. Then I will be at 108. Don’t know what to expect!!. Its a case of 50:50. We can land either side of the borderline. But still little bit optimistic

      • Do_or_Die

        I think you are on border line bro…107-113 I expect this on basis of discussion with qualified persons, aspirants and coaching view. Without wasting time you shud get into Mains work. “कर्मणये वाधिकारस्ते मां फलेषु कदाचन

    • Dipu

      Same here…I also marked A…with it, my score goes to 115.33, if ans is D , then its goes to 112.66. I “like to believe” that I am “kind of safe” in either case

      • Haan you are! Problem mujh jaiso ko hai Jo border line Mein ghoom rahein hai 😛

        • Dipu

          No..I think you are easily through too …a lot of serious candidates are scoring 95-103…so i guess 100 is the boundary zone…considering it was in general a tougher paper compared to last year. Gear up for Mains …All the best.

          • Thanks for the boost.
            Yes I’ve started mains prep. All the very best to you too

    • PP

      https://gad.gujarat.gov.in/personnel/Portal/News/213_1_1_img-730121623.pdf

      I think this notification for the appointment of Chief Secretary of Gujarat shall clear the air. The Chief Secretary is indeed appointed by the State Governor.

      • Maverick

        yeah. It looks like A. Another image(notification) attached to verify :P. But it depends on UPSC, they can give either A or D
        http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/4063/4065/original.jpg

      • Do_or_Die

        from original Dr SY Quraisi’s twitter account.

        • Sammy

          Ya . Clears the air

      • Wow! *_*

      • aryan singh

        All exec actions are in d name of government. .but d appointment is done by government. .imo

      • naveen

        ITS AN AMBIQUITOUS LETS WAIT FOR OFFICIAL UPSC KEY …..DONT WORRY ABOUT THAT ….LETS FOCUS ON MAINS ….

      • Sammy

        It says ‘in the name of gov ‘ . He’s not ‘appointed’ by him though.
        Moreover insight was wrong last year also wrt that custodian Q . It predicted prsident but answer was SC

    • Heisenberg

      Same here, getting somewhere around 114.82…. fingers crossed.

      • Do_or_Die

        you are in.. dont waste time now on PT ..get into Mains

        • Heisenberg

          Hoping for the same and predicting cutoff won’t be going more than 110…. already started preparing for mains… what about u, sounds like an expert 🙂

          • Do_or_Die

            lol.. i’m not an expert bro.. I told bcoz of discussion with qualified ppl n ppl who got interviw call for 2-3 times. (cut off wud be in bw 107-113). I’m getting 118-122

            • Heisenberg

              🙂

      • Do_or_Die

        Shnkar IAS cut off…if u have any pls share with me
        http://iasparliament.com/results-and-cutoffs/

      • subir

        mine is 113.33.

      • analyzer

        Heisenberg how could you get.82??

        • Heisenberg

          Right 65, wrong 23 = 130-23*.66 i.e. 15.18 = 114.82 ~ it should be 114.68 :p Choti Choti cheezein analyse kar rha analyser, names suites u..

          • analyzer

            I hope you have done your paper 2 well 😛

            • Heisenberg

              Sarcasm, like it… btw it doesn’t matter, getting around 140+ 😛

    • Saurabh

      The pdf that insights has shared where it is clearly written that “Governor is pleased to appoint”, I think case is closed…. I also marked A and with this, my score reaches 115 🙂

    • Sammy

      Sadly the answer a is wrong. This Q was asked in 2007 in engineering services and answer was taken as d by upsc. Also vision has marked d , has cited a supreme court judgement and also roman saini has marked d .
      Byju and superprofs also maked d .

    • Sammy

      Also last year insight gave same reasoning to that custodian of constitution Q and proclaimed answer as president . The answer came out to be SC . I didnt believe insight on that last year and im not believing them now too . Ans is d.
      Rest of all answers given above r correct .
      The c/o however is not more than 108 .
      Manocha says <105 , ravindran says 105 , shankar says 110. Most students in rajendra nagar say 105-110 . Jnu guys say <105

      • UPSC MY MISSION

        I THINK CUT OFF WOULD BE ABOUT 102-103 AFTER TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION VIEWS OF ASPIRANTS FROM MAHARASHTRA.

  • Soul Surfer

    104 OBC 🙁 screwed by negative marking. I am so confused what to do next. do i have any chances of making it ?

  • singh

    my cutoff is 100.66 i am from sc category is there any chance i clear pre exam

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      In 🙂

  • atul vashishth

    Getting 136..all credit goes to vinay sir..

  • MJ

    Dear INSIGHTS……………….

    Q.83 — Ans- (a) should be correct.

    WHAT ARE MASALA BONDS?

    Masala bonds are Indian rupee denominated bonds issued in offshore capital markets. These will be offered and settled in US dollars to raise Indian rupees from international investors for infrastructure development in India. IFC will convert bond proceeds from dollars into rupees and use the rupees to finance private sector investment in India.

    IFC has named these ‘Masala’ bonds as ‘masala’ is a globally recognized term that evokes the culture and cuisine of India. This is not the first time that a bond has been named after the food or culture of a country. Chinese bonds, for example, are called Dim sum bonds, and Japanese ones as Samurai bonds.

    source -livemint

    Lots of tonnnnnnns of thanks for your efforts that made us face such unpredictable upsc exam with an ease….. Truly indebted !!!

  • atOm

    Getting 118 with this key …. thank you sir… I had lost hope because of some “Junk” key from some “radddi type” institutes…now feeling good 🙂 but still Its “Unexpected Public service commission” in de facto rather than Union public service commission (which i think de jure) so can’t say whether IN or OUT…
    Now I can focus on mains… finally 2 days HANGOVER Gone !!!!
    Thank you Sir Ji

  • RAJIV SHARMA
  • Tony Stark

    Guys getting 106…will the cutoff rise or drop??

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      Shouldn’t rise; It was a tougher paper.
      Prepare well for mains. All the best.

  • arun

    thank u so much insights.
    i scored 128 in paper-1…… n 65 in paper-2
    .
    n i am still laughing
    😀

  • arun

    thank u so much insights.
    i scored 128 in paper-1…… n 65 in paper-2
    .
    n i am still laughing
    😀

  • arun

    thank u so much insights.
    i scored 128 in paper-1…… n 65 in paper-2
    .
    n i am still laughing
    😀

  • baba

    116..66 ..what to expect??

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      In!

  • Kush Jain

    104 🙁

  • CHANDAN

    thanks insights. as per your answer key getting 108 marks.hoping that this will be above to the cutoff as per the trends.

  • nK

    Checked answers , Getting 114 marks. Will start preparing for mains though not very sure of qualifying.
    Not to disturb any mind but I guess cutoff will be 112- 118 this year.

  • Hala Madrid

    Chief secretory is an IAS officer and he is appointed by president. No way it can be governor. So i think the correct answer should be D definitely. It is not a post like Advocate general or state psc which r appointed by governor. Still i have considered this as wrong as per Insights key.
    UN REDD+ poverty reduction is included sure na? many keys given as 1 and 2 only.

  • Disha Thalvar

    Guys I could only score 107.33 (OBC.). I am depressed. Anyone please tell me can I really pass the prelims?

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      Very very very likely; Please stop worrying for prelims and start working for mains. All the best.

  • sridhar

    hi friends…. m getting 110-116.. obc . any hopes for me?? is der any one same like me

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      In for sure! All the best.

      • sridhar

        thank you peter

  • Snow

    obc 116 ???

    • Amazing Peter Parker

      You are in! 🙂 All the best.

  • mohd. faheem

    Thanks to Insights… I am getting in between 120-125….

  • LeapOfFaith

    Thanks a lot Insight.
    It was your test series that kept me motivated and focused to walk the tight rope while handling a full time job.
    It was always race against time to cover all the things but I must say,it has been worth..scoring 122..!! (2015-104)
    Looking forward to work with you for mains.
    Without wasting time in speculations like last year:) quitting job and starting for mains..
    Bring it on…!

    All the best to all ya fellas.

  • Abhijeet Palod

    hey guys..can anyone please suggest decent test series for mains GS in Hyderabad ?

    • THE KING IN THE NORTH

      vision ias is there in hyd

      • Abhijeet Palod

        ya..just wanaa know if any hyb based coaching is good one. Vision is the last resort…

        • THE KING IN THE NORTH

          i dont know about coaching…..but their test series is recommended by most of the toppers

          • Abhijeet Palod

            thanks bhai..just wanted to know for test series only

        • THE KING IN THE NORTH

          for coaching i heard,rc reddy is better…….

  • 2nd_ARC

    chief secretary is neither a constitutional nor a statutory post unlike lokayut, state info commissioner etc hence option A is incorrect, and if A is correct then it means finance secretary, home secretary etc all are appointed by Governor which is definitely not the case in present scenario .

    • Maverick

      have a look at the image below!!. Rest it all depends on UPSC. they can give either A or D, so no point in speculating
      http://a.disquscdn.com/uploads/mediaembed/images/4063/4065/original.jpg

      • 2nd_ARC

        you are right dude there is really no point in arguing let’s wait for upsc ans key. But please have a look at image below.

        • Maverick

          Lets see what UPSC thinks…

          • Venkatesh

            that order was issued by personnel department in the name of the governor, go to personnel dept website of gujarat govt. and have a look at the official complete order

  • Do_or_Die

    I believe cut off would be in between 107-113 on the basis of coaching cut offs, my friends preparing for it and listening comments on the exam centre (most of the aspirants were frustrated).
    I m ranging in between 118-122.

    your opinion pls?

  • सचिन कदम

    INSIGHTS –116 wat r the projectons of cut off

    • Do_or_Die

      I believe cut off would be in between 107-113 on the basis of coaching cut offs, my friends preparing for it and listening comments on the exam centre (most of the aspirants were frustrated) … mine 118-122

  • Do_or_Die

    Many say cut off will go down compared to last year. But I dont think so bcoz:
    > number of seats this year reduced by more than 100.
    > though Qs were more from current affairs but were easy and straight forward.

    So I think it will range between 107-113.

  • ashish_cse2016

    Getting 128.66 by insights, shankar, and vaji.. at max 131.33 …civils skipped and forest applied only..is it worth to start the preparation for forest mains or else shud focus on other exams like rbi? Nt getting any idea.plz help guys

  • KUMAR T

    KUMAR T

    a few seconds ago

    Direction for the following 3 (three) items : Consider the given information and answer the three items that follow.

    54. When three friends A, B and C
    met, it was found that each of them wore an outer garment of a different
    colour. In random order, the garments are: jacket, sweater and tie; and
    the colours are: blue, white and black. Their surnames in random order
    Kumar and Singh.

    Further, we know that :

    neither B nor Ribeiro wore a white sweater

    C wore a tie

    Singh’s garment was not white

    Kumar does not wear a jacket

    Ribeiro does not like to wear the black colour

    Each of the friends wore only one outer garment of only one colour

    What is C’s surname ?

    (a) Riberio

    (b) Kumar

    (c) Singh

    (d) Cannot be determined

    55. What is the colour of the tie ?

    (a) Black

    (b) Blue

    (c) White

    (d) Cannot be determined

    56. Who wore the sweater?

    (a) A

    (b) B

    (c) C

    (d) Cannot be determined

    PLEASE PROVIDE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION AS ANWER KEYS FROM DIFFERENT INSTITUTES VARIES…..

  • mekala vikram

    for q no 25: bodhisattva question:i think… the answer should be “C”

    because:
    king-like bodhisattva – one who aspires to become buddha as soon as possible and then help sentient beings in full fledge;
    2.boatman-like bodhisattva – one who aspires to achieve buddhahood along with other sentient beings;
    3.shepherd-like bodhisattva – one who aspires to delay buddhahood until all other sentient beings achieve buddhahood. Bodhisattvas like Avalokiteśvara and Śāntideva are believed to fall in this category.

    In reality, the second two types of bodhicitta are wishes that are impossible to fulfill because it is only possible to lead others to enlightenment once we have attained enlightenment ourself. Therefore, only king-like bodhicitta is actual bodhicittaAccording to the doctrine of some Tibetan schools (like Theravāda but for different reasons), only the first of these is recognized. It is held that Buddhas remain in the world, able to help others, so there is no point in delay.
    the point I raise here is: all bobhisattvas (whatever type maybe)…help sentient beings to achieve salvation. but the way bodhisattvas help sentient beings(whether he delays his own salvation or not) ,is based on the type of bodhisattva. The question did not mention any type…. so, going by this reference from wiki… I think option “C”
    would be correct

  • mekala vikram

    for q no 25: bodhisattva question:i think… the answer should be “C”

    because:
    king-like bodhisattva – one who aspires to become buddha as soon as possible and then help sentient beings in full fledge;
    2.boatman-like bodhisattva – one who aspires to achieve buddhahood along with other sentient beings;
    3.shepherd-like bodhisattva – one who aspires to delay buddhahood until all other sentient beings achieve buddhahood. Bodhisattvas like Avalokiteśvara and Śāntideva are believed to fall in this category.

    In reality, the second two types of bodhicitta are wishes that are impossible to fulfill because it is only possible to lead others to enlightenment once we have attained enlightenment ourself. Therefore, only king-like bodhicitta is actual bodhicittaAccording to the doctrine of some Tibetan schools (like Theravāda but for different reasons), only the first of these is recognized. It is held that Buddhas remain in the world, able to help others, so there is no point in delay.
    the point I raise here is: all bobhisattvas (whatever type maybe)…help sentient beings to achieve salvation. but the way bodhisattvas help sentient beings(whether he delays his own salvation or not) ,is based on the type of bodhisattva. The question did not mention any type…. so, going by this reference from wiki… I think option “C”
    would be correct

    • VV

      u r right, its only because of this reason i too opt C.

    • VV

      u r right, its only because of this reason i too opt C.

    • VV

      u r right, its only because of this reason i too opt C.

  • Vinod

    Whn I started my preparation last year I blindly started following insights current affairs … Thanku very much @insights team… Getting 112 as per ur key

  • Yashaswi Ponia

    http://www.google.co.in/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=10&ved=0ahUKEwiElIetqbbOAhXDRo8KHX81BkoQFgguMAk&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newsbtc.com%2F2015%2F08%2F20%2Fcryptocurrency-under-our-lens-rbi%2F&usg=AFQjCNEq5rBYfbiVD-n0bzRKAspb6I9n0g
    It’s about Bitcoins.. Here, they (RBI) have been keeping a close watch on Bitcoins.. They have been tracking it..( khoj khabar), though not regulating.. So, statement 1 is correct as well..

  • abhishek mishra

    Q83. It should be A caching to me. As IFC raises capital only foe pvt sector and not for public. Hence option 2 would be incorrect!

  • mekala vikram

    can UN-REDD+ programme SIGNIFICANTLY reduce poverty?
    UPSC simply gave the option as “poverty reduction”. the word SIGNIFICANTLY could have made sense if the option would have been” poverty reduction in indigenous communities/ forest dependent communities”.but it is not the case in the question. so, i’m in a confused state regarding this question.
    can anyone plz explain the logic behind marking option “D” as correct in qstn no:29

    • Abhishek Jha

      yes….it has the ability to employ people in afforestation and other maintenance programs.

      • jimmy

        Hi Abhishek Jha my marks are 111.33 as per insights key(OBC). Is there any hope to clear prelims

        • Abhishek Jha

          You are through mate… don’t worryy !! Prepare for road ahead …

          • jimmy

            Thanks a lot

    • AG

      True, it is not conclusive. From most of the REDD documents, poverty reduction is only a corollary and not the primary objective. Very unlikely that the answer is D.

  • Manu

    I could score 100. OBC Category.is there any hope.?? very much depressed.

    • Abhishek Jha

      NO

      • Moriarty Fan

        applied only for ifos , getting 132 according to this key, what do you think

  • In paper 2 While bubbling the hall ticket number in the omr, I havebubbled a wrong bubble(20% of thecircle) .I was denied whitener and a new omr. Sadly ,my paper 1 score is 122. Will upsc keep me in rejectlist. Do I have any other way to ?

    • Friends request to answer to that question please

      • Superstar

        Dhanu I think it depends on your pen also…if it is Reynolds liquiflo which is thicker it may danger you…but a pen like cello gripper have least impression….if the machine detects any ink in other bubble it will reject…if not u vl on the safe side….don’t worry….all the best….have faith….devudunnadu anukoni mains start chey….tarvatha sangathi tarvata…

  • ravi hampiholi

    Sir getting 118 according ur key answers.. thank you.. #OfflineTestSeries

    • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

      same here… is it safe score??

      • ravi hampiholi

        I think it’s safe.. Hope for the best 🙂

        • Kanyakumari_in_Kashmir

          yes.. its third attempt.. so cocerned.. full yr have to pay here.. so it wont work for me that even if i wont clr it wil be useful fr 17.. need job now…

  • ravi hampiholi

    Sir getting 118 according ur key answers.. thank you.. #OfflineTestSeries

  • Superstar

    Thank you Insights…. I checked my score on the day of examination itself but I am waiting for your key from the last two days…I got 130 according to Insights key…you have a major role in my first step….all the best guys….don’t think about cutoff…just start preparing for mains…last year I got 92.66 marks…this time it is good…hoping the best…bye all….

  • Ajit Thorbole

    137.34

    • Superstar

      Nice score dude….

      • Ajit Thorbole

        Thanks

  • CM_GoGo

    guys little help please

    i am scoring between 111-115 (111 being brutally negative and 115 being fully honest) as per insightsonindia.com key.
    while i was checking ,my heart beat was hovering around 150-155 bpm (verified by bp monitor and which usually happens after running 3km in 20 min ) ,so i cannot go through checking again with forumias or shankr again ( i will faint)
    my question is
    1.insightsonindia key is reliable as like shankar ?
    2. is 111 score (my extremely negative ) a ticket to mains for GEM category ?

  • Siya

    CRYING FROM 2 DAYS BUT CHECKED NOW ITS 117
    ABHI BHI PASS NAI KIYA TOH DHARNA KAR DENA HAI MAINE :/ 🙁

    • Rahul

      Hahahaha !!! ye sahi tha…

  • Rahul

    145… thanks insights…

  • Abhijeet B

    Imp Notice:-
    Chief secretory is appointed by CM or cabinet decision… Confirmed by One of My friend..His maternal uncle is Governor of One of the state. He clarified this thing from President’s Office itself…So It officially concludes the discussion on this…Answer is d.none of these….!!!

  • kushal

    w.r.t Masala Bonds, both your links for Statement 2 say it for private sector investment. So, is the statement 2 in the Q wrong as it says that masala bond is for both private+public sector?

  • kushal

    w.r.t Masala Bonds, both your links for Statement 2 say it for private sector investment. So, is the statement 2 in the Q wrong as it says that masala bond is for both private+public sector?

    • AG

      True, it should be only 1. There seems to be some confusion since Masala bonds are being raised by units like NTPC et al. While the fact remains that Masala bonds were first issued by IFC, that doesn’t stop others from raising rupee denominated bonds – They are not raising it through IFC. The very mandate of IFC is to support private sector development in developing countries.

      • kushal

        yes bhai….even Mrunal has raised doubts over it though he is also saying that both statements r correct….i have raised the query with him also….just waiting for the reply :

    • aviral marwal

      1. In the article it is nowhere written that these bonds cannot be issued to public sector
      2. Bonds are issued to indian companies, PSUs are part of it, hence public sector.

    • Priyal

      as far as i have read regarding IFC, it promotes private sector investment in member nations. Even i have marked this option as wrong.

      • kushal

        all the coaching institutes have given the 2nd statement as correct par dil aur dimaag manane ko tayyar hi nahi 😀

    • Do_or_Die
      • kushal

        i know….answer keys by vision, vajiram, shankar ias are saying both correct….answer keys by ALS, roman saini are saying only 1 correct…

        • Do_or_Die

          right .. lets now wait for ultimate authority UPSC

          • kushal

            1 saal baad masala bond ka koi bhaav nahi rahega 😀

  • kushal

    w.r.t Masala Bonds, both your links for Statement 2 say it for private sector investment. So, is the statement 2 in the Q wrong as it says that masala bond is for both private+public sector?

  • Rabish Singh

    Ques.9. The answer should be (d) i.e. 1 and 4 only. As nutrition information is not mandatory for all pre-packaged material in India. Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Fssai link: page no.6: http://www.fssai.gov.in/Portals/0/Pdf/Food%20Safety%20and%20standards%20(Packaging%20and%20Labelling)%20regulation,%202011.pdf

    • VV

      the clause 3 of 2.2.2 itself saying that nutritional information is mandatory. (Page no-34).Although i also marked option D.

  • Kapil Vats

    From insight Key scoring 129.33 insight PT schedule has worked for me thanks insight for including diverse sources for PT test series as what helps on D day no one knows.

  • ARJUN KARTHA

    Only 95+. is there any chance of clearing prelims ?

  • AG

    Hi! In the Gram Nyayalas Act question (Q15 in the Set D key given), the Gazette clearly mentions (and as you have quoted) social workers and NOT social activists. Social workers are consensus building while social activists are confrontational, one-sided in their approach. Hence it is just antithetical to the very objective of conciliation in the act to have Social Activists. The Answer ought to be D. There is a clear difference between social workers and social activists, they cannot be used synonymously.

    • aviral marwal

      you are right in this logic but are you sure that social activist and social worker are not same ?

      • AG
        • aviral marwal

          Will UPSC be so precise in these terms? also at ground level does it really matter that person is activist or worker? i feel they can be used interchangebly…
          Thanks for sharing this 🙂

          • AG

            Well, I am sure that’s the least a working civil servant is expected to know 🙂 If not the ground level folks 😀 The guys expected to draft acts in the future have to be very careful with using precise words, lest they go through serious discussions in parliament. I mean this is my hope as a citizen at least!

      • rajesh suwalka

        qustion was directly picked from Downtoearth magazine !!

        http://www.downtoearth.org.in/coverage/where-are-rural-courts-44754

        • AG

          The act published in the Gazette matters – The magazine article can’t be taken as a proof. As a matter of fact, the article mentions lawyers as mediators which is not mentioned in the act.

          • rajesh suwalka

            Bhai meine bhi D Nither correct tick kiya h… i wish ki sahi ho jaye.. but chances of gettting D right are very slim as Text of this question is directly picked from magazine and upsc paper setter not always look in the gazette..

            • AG

              But the sentence in the magazine article is just factually incorrect (lawyers are not allowed according to the act). The question setter says ‘With reference to the Gram Nyayalayas Act’, not the DTE article 😛 I am sure they would refer to the act.. Itna toh banta hai 🙂 I wonder how people are sure that the magazine article has to be the eureka moment for the question!

              • rajesh suwalka

                I truly wish u were right!!! my score will be up by 2.67

  • AG

    ‘Of course, CM appoints the chief secretary and rightly so. Governor has no role’ : DrSYQuraishi

    https://twitter.com/DrSYQuraishi/status/763312981635727360

    • Abhijeet B

      Yup….Governor,President’s office & now Ex-CEC confirmed that CS is appointed by CM..guv has no role…100% confirmed..Answer is d.none of these

      • AG

        Haha! Glad no one approached the CJI yet 😀

        • Abhijeet B

          Haha..but one question can make you IAS or Struggling aspirants..so using all possible authority is needed…Choice is ours whether we want to be or continue to be on other side of table EVERYTIME….!!!

  • Do_or_Die

    1. Governor does not appoint state secretary .
    2. IFC’s Masala bond will be for both private n public sector
    3. Club of Rome talked about “Limits to Growth” and not about SDG. .. These are as per Vision IAS answer key .. accessed @ http://visionias.in/beta/sites/all/themes/momentum/files/visionias_civil_services_prelims_upsc_ias_2016_answer_solution_analysis.pdf

    • Shiuli

      Hey,
      The link you have given doesn’t seem to be working.. Would you mind saving the pdf to your Google drive and posting the link here.. if you have the pdf I mean..
      Thanks..

      • Do_or_Die

        tinyurl.com/j7aekdw

        • Shiuli

          Its the same link actually.. Please save the pdf to your google drive and post the link of the file in your drive if you find time.. Thanks..

          • Do_or_Die
            • Shiuli

              Thank you so much for sharing.. 🙂

              • Garima

                Hey shiuli,

                Hope u r well. I was wondering how much are you scoring since I have been following your answeRs here for a major part of the year.

                • Shiuli

                  Hey Garima,
                  I’m doing good. How have you been?
                  I’m scoring between 113-118.. I might write mains this year but there is a slight chance that I won’t.. Anyways, I’m optimistic.. Can’t be anything else right now..
                  Anyways, hope you got through comfortably.. Thank you for asking and KWAR.. 🙂

                  • Garima

                    I am scoring 114.66 and I am very confident of writing the mains. You will get an opportunity to write the mains too (I thought you were saying you might not write it out of your will !!). Erase every doubt in your mind.

                    • Shiuli

                      Thank you for the kind words Garima.. :))
                      Yes we will and hopefully clear it too.. (y)

                    • Blank

                      I really hope you clear prelims shiuli. And I think anything above 113 is good score. Have followed your answers throughout. Hope you start answering secure questions soon.

                    • Shiuli

                      Thank you for the support Blank.. 🙂 I feel much better today..
                      I will start writing soon.. as soon as I am don with some of my backlog.. Thanks again and Kwar.. 🙂

                    • Blank

                      Last year was my first attempt and i reached interview stage. So, with that little experience i feel that all the cut off numbers which go around are bloated. So, go ahead with mains.

                    • Shiuli

                      Thank you for the info Blank.. specially since its coming from a veteran.. I feel more at peace now.. Hope this year’s mains turns out to be the last attempt for us.. All the best 🙂

                    • Blank

                      Hehe. You made me a veteran at 22 years :P. Anyways, all the best to you too.

                    • Shiuli

                      Lol.. my mistake.. Didn’t know how old you were.. Same to you blank.. 🙂

                    • Blank

                      Hehe. no issues. See you in secure 🙂 Hope we don’t have to write mains again

                    • DishantMajithia

                      I’m sorry Blank I’m writing here because I want you to notice this text as soon as possible. I’m have started preparation currently and have chosen electrical engineering as my optional.Please guide me with the books as per the subjects and little bit of suggestions about answer writing and stuff.It would be of great help.Thank you

                    • Blank

                      Hey dishant. For electrical, please follow prakash sirs’s blog or prince dhawan blog. I have nothing much to add. For answer writing my suggestion is write as much as possible.

      • KTR

        @disqus_3vL0JxwcWX:disqus ji how many marks you are getting in prelims

        • Shiuli

          borderline.. 113-118…

    • Venkatesh

      all appointments in state is carried on in the name of governor except delhi which has LG( and is not a complete state and hence president’s approval is must)

  • ILP- KUNA3885 (thevagabond85)

    I have reservations about Q. 83 (b) being false due to “public” .

  • Sumit Gupta

    Hey all , as per the Insights answer key , My score is around 126. Thank you Insights. I have been following you since day 1. This is my second attempt and I am from Delhi.last year I wasn’t able to clear prelims. My optional is psychology. Anyone interested in forming a group for serious study for Mains 2016, please let me know. Time is less , more on stake.

  • Do_or_Die

    No further discussion or confusion over State chief Secretary appointment..Now a former constitutional post holder and bureaucrat has cleared the air….

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4033aa24af83ed444bc8755e692376ca3276b01b56b361a6b177e022a81d45c2.png

  • only practice

    http://corporateethos.com/public-sector/ifc-invests-rs-200-cr-from-masala-bonds-to-give-pnb-housing-an-edge/

    read it and clear the doubt of IFC Masala Bond and Public&Private Things

  • only practice

    http://corporateethos.com/public-sector/ifc-invests-rs-200-cr-from-masala-bonds-to-give-pnb-housing-an-edge/

    read it and clear the doubt of IFC Masala Bond and Public&Private Things

  • only practice

    http://corporateethos.com/public-sector/ifc-invests-rs-200-cr-from-masala-bonds-to-give-pnb-housing-an-edge/

    read it and clear the doubt of IFC Masala Bond and Public&Private Things

  • Jayant Raghu Ram

    Thank you Insights for this answer key and analysis. Also, thank you for the daily current affairs notes among other things.

    With regard to the question paper, I have issue with one question – the IFC masala bonds. According to me, the answer should be just a – that is, IFC is a part of World Bank/World Bank group.

    I’m not sure that the second statement is correct. Masala bonds are rupee-denominated bonds which can be issued by private as well as public sector companies. However, if you read the question carefully, it asks about “IFC Masala Bonds” and not masala bonds in general. According to IFC’s own sources, IFC Masala bonds are a means of financing used only for the private sector.

    This is from the IFC’s website at http://www.ifc.org/wps/wcm/connect/news_ext_content/ifc_external_corporate_site/news+and+events/news/ifc+issues+historic+15-year+masala+bond+in+london
    “Under the Masala bond program, IFC has issued bonds worth almost 110 billion rupees, including the first green Masala bond to support climate-smart investment in India. Fourteen private sector development projects in India have received Masala-bond financing so far.”

    Also, IFC’s mandate is limited only to the private sector. This is as per the IFC itself. Check here http://ifcextapps.ifc.org/ifcext/Pressroom/IFCPressRoom.nsf/0/3EEBDBE938EBEF0F85257E96006C578E
    About IFC
    IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is the largest global development institution focused exclusively on the private sector.

    Any comments on this? Or am I reading too much into the question?

    • devina

      yes. I marked a option as well. followed the same logic.

    • AG

      You are bang on! It’s evident given the very mandate of the institution and the nature of its investments. While it might be investing in PPP projects (a la the PNB one), one cannot construe it to be a public sector investment per se.

  • Royath

    IMHO CS cannot be seen as being appointed by the governor himself, it’s only being carried out under his name. It’s not the case where constitution vests appointment powers in Governor as in the case of appointing State Advocate General, State PSC members etc… Seen in this context the statement under consideration may seem incorrect.

  • Do_or_Die

    The Club of Rome is famously known for its “Limits to Growth” debate of 1972. “Number of people argued that economic and population growth directly caused environmental decline and could not be sustained forever.Many books and articles on this theme unleashed a wave of controversy.” So its all about sustainability of environment and not about SDGs which talk about sustainability in society, environment, economy and institutions. .. e.g.- No Poverty (goal-1), Gender Equality (G-5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (G-8), Reduced Inequalities (G-10) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (G-16).

  • Do_or_Die

    The Club of Rome is famously known for its “Limits to Growth” debate of 1972. “Number of people argued that economic and population growth directly caused environmental decline and could not be sustained forever.Many books and articles on this theme unleashed a wave of controversy.” So its all about sustainability of environment and not about SDGs which talk about sustainability in society, environment, economy and institutions. .. e.g.- No Poverty (goal-1), Gender Equality (G-5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (G-8), Reduced Inequalities (G-10) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (G-16).

  • Do_or_Die

    The Club of Rome is famously known for its “Limits to Growth” debate of 1972. “Number of people argued that economic and population growth directly caused environmental decline and could not be sustained forever.Many books and articles on this theme unleashed a wave of controversy.” So its all about sustainability of environment and not about SDGs which talk about sustainability in society, environment, economy and institutions. .. e.g.- No Poverty (goal-1), Gender Equality (G-5), Decent Work and Economic Growth (G-8), Reduced Inequalities (G-10) Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (G-16).

  • Do_or_Die
    • Anand

      Yeah I have seen it… This is based on purely keys of Shanker IAS academy only. Also this includes controversial question of Appointment of chief secretary. IF that question answer is A then one question will be wrong. Thats why he projected sliglhtly higher cut off including that one.

      • Do_or_Die

        ok… u may be right … my preparing n qualified frnds are saying .. cut off won’t go beyond 110.

    • Anand

      Anyhow UPSC is not only about PRELIMS alone. We have lot to study MAINS. We have to think in positive way and start immediately. No more discussion on cut off will be fruitless exercise. We have no control over that.But we have control over mains.This year paper did not require any special subject knowledge which Serious aspirants have. Anyone who has been following just HINDU or any other online portal …has scored 100+ easily where as sincere aspirants who have toiled hard with subject specialization also scoring the same. Anyhow we will start mains religiously leaving aside all worries with Positive mindset !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!All the best for all insightians…………..Dear insights once again thanks for Excellent test series…

  • Amit Sinha

    The answer to Atal pension Yojana should be 1 only. I have the snippet from PIB. It has explicitly mentioned the exception case. So the option that it is guaranteed is debatable.

    • AG

      True. It also seems like there can be a nominee who is a dependent family member, not necessarily the spouse.
      Had the word been entitled, option 3 would have been right – ‘guaranteed’ makes it a bit debatable.

      http://www.atalpensionyojana.co.in/nominee-in-apy/

      >> Copy pasted from the above website

      {How to add nominee to the Atal Pension Yojana?

      One can add the nomination details along with the Atal Pension
      Yojana. Having a nominee is very essential for these types of retirement
      policies as after sudden death of the user of the retirement policy,
      the nominee will get the retirement benefits. The nominee can be
      appointed in the Atal Pension scheme at the time of filling up the
      application form for the same. The name, particulars and relationship of
      the nominee is to be clearly mentioned in the application form. One can
      also add the name of nominee even after opening of the APY account. For
      that, they will have to contact the respective bank or post office from
      where the APY account has been opened.

      Nature of nominee applicable

      The nominee who can be added to the Atal Pension scheme may be the
      spouse of the beneficiary or the depending family member (s). They will
      get the retirement corpus if the user of the APY scheme dies. So even
      after the death of the account holder of the APY, the retirement corpus
      will be given to the nominee registered. So it is very important to
      register a nominee along with the APY scheme. However, it is not
      possible to add a nominee after the death of the account holder. In this
      case the account will get freeze and no retirement corpus will be
      provided. So the nomination procedure is to be done well in advance.}

    • Do_or_Die

      though I have marked option (a) which is wrong…correct ans is (c) 1 and 3 only
      [state-3 is saying about subscriber n spouse only ..not more]
      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/47fcfdc347f8fbc60231fdc6215ad12457ca05ffbe1fc8d2b9575d8af83a4e42.jpg

  • subir

    scored 113.33. bit tensed !

    • Anand

      Please prepare fr MAINS!!!!!!!!!!!!YU will sail thru !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • subir

        thanks. 🙂

    • Do_or_Die

      you are in even if expected cut off goes to the highest. Now its gud to into the Mains work

  • United We Stand

    As per the key, Attempt: 80, Correct: 68, Wrong: 12, Score: 128. Thank you Insights. Take a bow.

  • United We Stand

    Anyone with Geography optional from Bangalore??? Lets revise it from scratch together along with GS.

  • A K VAD

    103.66 .. obc… any chances? and what about the cutoff expectation this time ?

  • soulful

    Hello..I am preparing for mains & going through secure initiative of Insights.
    But could find secure 2016 compilations only till Feb. 2016, can anyone tell where i can find the rest & if they are available.

    Really appreciate your help.

  • Aditi

    Hi.
    Is there any study group where we can discuss answer writing for mains?

  • anoop

    guys my marks after checking from shankar and insight is between 106 to 110 …what is the chance of mains ..is there any possibility … how u guys did in exam ..pls guide me ..and write ur expected cut of marks what u guys think..thanks

    • Do_or_Die

      I think you shud prepare for Mains ….dont wait the result to come… my prediction 107-113.

      • anoop

        thanks a lot

  • naveen

    THANK YOU SIR ………

  • Vinay Yadav

    Yeah!
    Correct 68
    Incorrect 17

  • gama singh

    Everybody getting 120+on all forums.
    Duniya bahut hoshiyar ho gayi hai

  • Disha Thalvar

    Finally 104.66 OBC. Lost hope this time also all are getting 110 and above.

  • NARENDRA

    getting 111.333 ans key….cs wala correct aya to i.e D….114 …now what..

  • shazia

    my score s around100 to 102…wat to do..insights pls give ur opinion

  • SPECTRE

    though i never commented on this page.i had been an ardent follower of insights. my score is hovering btwn 98 and 104. last year i scored 48, and tats a huge improvement. thanks insights:) though i dont hav hope for this year coz of few silly mistakes , im really looking forward for a new journey.

  • Getting 114.67
    I should be in. Right?

    • Anand

      YES PLEASE PREPARE FOR MAINS

      • Thank you very much Anand.

  • Kanta Verma

    MY SCORE IS 110…..AM I IN OR NOT??

  • DB10

    Hello Vinay Anna,

    Thanks a lot for your amazing test series. I m not sure on how many questions directly/indirectly asked by UPSC. But, one thing I can surely say that, it immensely helped me to manage my emotions, be careful in reading every sentence, answering the questions in multiple rounds, leaving the questions where I have little clue or taking logical risk, using the common sense while answering the question, understanding the pattern of questions, marking practice in OMR sheet, understanding my frustration level or level of confidence.

    I used note down all the mistakes I have committed and I came to know the pattern of mistakes. I rectified the most of them in meanwhile. Consequently, I am getting 161.3 marks out of 200 in Paper 1.

    A BIG THANK YOU TO WHOLE INSIGHTS TEAM. Thank you Vinay Anna.