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Insights Secure PRELIMS-2014: Important Questions from Previous Years

Sometimes 10 to 12 questions from past years are repeated by the UPSC in recent exams. They are either modified or repeated as it is. This happens mostly in questions belonging to static portion of the syllabus such as ancient history, basic science and polity.

So, from today, we will post 20 previous year questions every day (till Prelims) in our prelims quizzes. These are very old questions and are direct ones unlike recent ones which are statement based.

Today’s Quiz will be posted around 10 pm.

Five questions from PIB will be posted along with these questions.

Sample of the questions that have been repeated in CSP 2012 and 2013:
This is from the year 1992.
1.Some Buddhist rock-cut caves are called chaityas while the others viharas. What is the difference between the two?
(a) Chaitya is a place of worship while vihara is the dwelling place of the monks
(b) Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave while vihara is the hall axial to it
(c) There is no material difference between the two
(d) Vihara is a place of worship while chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks
This is from 1988 – came in 2013.
2.‘Economic Justice’, as one of the objectives of the Indian Constitution, has been provided in the
(a) Preamble and Fundamental Rights
(b) Preamble and Directive Principles
(c) Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles
(d) Preamble, Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles
This was from the year 1979. It has been repeated in later years too. 
3. The members of Constituent Assembly were
(a) Elected by the provincial assemblies
(b) Elected directly by the people
(c) Nominated by the government
(d) Only representatives of princely states
 
 
This has been repeated several times in prelims paper.
4. Which of the following throws light on Harappan Culture ?
(a) Archaeological excavations
(b) The script on copper sheets
(c) Rock edicts
(d) All of the above
 
This was from the year 1985 and was repeated in 2013 with slightly different options.
5. Ball-bearings are used to reduce the friction by
(a) Reducing the area of contact with the use of metallic balls
(b) Increasing the area of contact with the use of metallic balls
(c) Applying lubricants to the balls used
(d) None of the above
 
This is from 1992 and came again in the year 2012.
6. A person stood alone in a desert on a dark night and wanted to reach his village which was situated 5 km east of the point where he was standing. He had no instruments to find the direction but he located the polestar. The most convenient way now to reach his village is to walk
(a) In the direction facing the polestar
(b) In the direction opposite to the polestar
(c) In the direction keeping the polestar to his left
(d) In the direction keeping the polestar to his right