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Insights Secure Prelims – 2014: MCQs On Current Events


13 May 2014

Today’s Questions

1. With reference to pressurized heavy water reactor (PHWR) which are used in India, consider the following statements

  1. It has an advantage of higher Plutonium yield, for the second stage fuel
  2. They are used only at Kaiga and Kalpakkam in India
  3. These reactors need enriched uranium as fuel

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1   Only

b. 2 and 3 Only

c. 1 and 3 Only

d. 1 and 2 Only


2. With reference to India’s laudable achievement of becoming a polio-free country, consider the following statements about polio

  1. Polio is mainly passed through person-to-person (i.e., fecal-oral) contact, and infects persons who do not have immunity against the disease.
  2. Once affected, there is no cure for polio
  3.  The National Polio Surveillance Project (NPSP) is a collaborative project of the Government of India and the WHO and is managed by the latter.
  4. In 2014, only 3 countries (Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan) remain polio-endemic, down from more than 125 in 1988

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1,2 and 3 Only

b. 2, 3 and 4 Only

c. 1, 3 and 4 Only

d. All


3. With reference to the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009, consider the following statements

  1. This law was made possible by the insertion of Article 21-A through the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002
  2. This act stipulates that private schools reserve 25 per cent of seats at the entry level for children belonging to disadvantaged groups, minority communities and weaker sections.
  3. Under this act, there is no direct (school fees) or indirect cost (uniforms, textbooks, mid-day meals, transportation) to be borne by the child or the parents to obtain elementary education.
  4. If the income of parents of the child is less than Rs 2 lakhs, the child is eligible to get free education under this act

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a. 1,2 and 4 Only

b. 2, 3 and 4  Only

c.1, 3 and 4 Only

d. 1,2 and 3 Only


4. ‘Swarna Vaidehi‘, a developed by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is a variety of

a. Rice

b. Wheat

c.  Fox nut

d. Ground Nut


5. With reference to the Housing Start Up Index, consider the following statements 

  1.  is a joint initiative, of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation (MoHUPA)  and the Reserve Bank of India.
  2. This Index tracks the growth of start up construction companies in the country

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a.   1  Only

b.  2  Only

c.  Both

d. None

Sources: PIB Releases (January 2014)

SOLUTIONS – 12 May 2014


Solution: a)


Solution: b)’s_15_Point_Programme.html


Solution: c)


Solution: a)


Solution: b)