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Insights Secure Prelims-2014: MCQs On Current Events

This is a new initiative. Every day (except Sunday) until UPSC Preliminary exam, 5-6 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) will be framed from PIB, The Hindu,  any one business newspaper and Science website sources.

It’s observed that UPSC is fond of framing questions from current events which are just 3-4 months old from the date of preliminary exam.

These questions will be mostly on Environment, Science and Technology, Biodiversity, Economy and Business related news. These questions will be concept based rather than fact based (but not always).

These questions won’t be part of our test series, nor we won’t repeat questions from there in this initiative.

Solutions will be posted next day along with that day’s questions. Meanwhile, you can try to find answers yourself on the web and post them in the comment box with your own explanations.

I would like to stress that it would run only till the date of coming Preliminary exam (so that you shouldn’t say that it’s ‘suddenly stopped’)

Every day questions will be posted in the afternoon.

Thank you.

Today’s Questions


1. The “the bio-duck” noise observed in the Southern Ocean is associated with which of the following?

  1. Trans-Antarctic Ocean current
  2. Roaring Sixties which cause huge splashes in the ocean
  3. Sound of cracking ices in Antarctic region
  4. Sound of a species of a whale living in the region

Choose the correct answer using the codes below

a. 3 and 4 Only

b. 3 Only

c. 1 Only

d. 4 Only

2. With reference to Gotipua dance, consider the following statements

  1. It’s an old form of Manipuri dance form
  2. It has been performed in Manipur for centuries by young boys, who dress as women to praise lord  Krishna
  3. Raghurajpur is famous for this dance in the country

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

a. 1 Only

b. 2 Only

c. 1 and 2 Only

d. All


3. Which of the following pairs is/are incorrectly matched?

Disease                                                  Causative Agent

  1. Dengue Fever                                                Virus
  2. Chikungunya                                                Protozoa
  3. Yellow Fever                                                Virus
  4. Japanese Encephalitis                              Bacteria

Choose the correct answer using the codes below

a. 1 and 2 Only

b. 1 and 3 Only

c. 2 and 3 Only

d. 2 and 4 Only


4. Consider the following statements

  1. Integrity Pact is a tool developed by the Transparency International to check corruption in public procurement
  2. Integrity Pact is signed between a civil servant and the government
  3. Integrity Pact helps citizens easily monitor public decision-making and their government’s activities

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1 and 3 Only

b. 2 and 3 Only

c. 2 Only

d. All


5. Consider the following statements

  1. Sentinel – 1A is a radar imaging satellite launched by the European Space Agency
  2. It’s part of the Copernicus programme which aims to provide the comprehensive picture of the health of the earth
  3. Main users of Copernicus will be for example farmers, rescue workers and scientists

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

a.   1 Only

b.  2 Only

c. 3 Only

d. None

Sources: PIB, BBC (from last two days’ news)