1. Consider the following statements:

    1. 1. Section 3 of the Judges (Protection) Act of 1985 protects judges and former judges of the Supreme Court and the High Courts from “any civil or criminal proceedings” for any act, thing or word committed, done or spoken by him in the course of their judicial duty or function.
    2. 2. The government can initiate criminal proceedings against a sitting or former judge of a superior court if it can produce material evidence to show that a judgment was passed after taking a bribe.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?


2. With reference to the Socially Educational and Backward Class (SEBC), which of the statement(s) given below is/are not correct?

    1. 1. The President alone is empowered to identify SEBCs and include them in a list to be published under Article 342A (1) of the Constitution.
    2. 2. The States could only make suggestions to the President or the statutory commissions concerned for inclusion, exclusion or modification of castes and communities to be included in the List.
    3. 3. Once published, under Article 342A (1), the list can only be amended through a law enacted by Parliament.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:


3. Once the Prompt Corrective Action (PCA) Framework is invoked, what is/are the possible outcomes?

    1. 1. Based on the risk threshold, the RBI may prescribe mandatory corrective actions such as restriction on dividend distribution/remittance of profits, requiring promoters /shareholders to infuse equity and reducing leverage.
    2. 2. The RBI can also restrict the issuance of guarantees or take other contingent liabilities on behalf of group companies.
    3. 3. Further, the central bank may also restrict branch expansion, impose curbs on capital expenditure other than for technological up-gradation within board-approved limits and restrict/ directly reduce variable operating costs.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?


4. With reference to Elephant corridors, consider the following statements:

    1. 1. Elephant corridors are narrow strips of land that has more than hundreds of Elephants.
    2. 2. Gaj Yatra, a nationwide 15 months campaign to protect elephants, was launched on the occasion of World Elephant Day in 2017.
    3. 3. The campaign aims to create awareness about elephant corridors to encourage free movement in their habitat.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?


5. In context to the Treaty on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, consider the following statements:

    1. 1. It allows for the exchange of evidence and information in criminal matters between the signing countries.
    2. 2. The Ministry of External Affairs is the nodal Ministry for seeking and providing mutual legal assistance in criminal law matters.
    3. 3. India has entered into a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty with Poland.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


6. Consider the following, with regard to Sixth Schedule of Indian constitution:

    1. 1. The Sixth Schedule under Article 244 provides for the formation of Autonomous District Councils (ADCs).
    2. 2. The governor is empowered to organise and re-organise the autonomous districts.
    3. 3. The ADCs are empowered to assess and collect land revenue and to impose certain Specified Taxes.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


7. Consider the following, with regard to UN Security Council (UNSC):

    1. 1. Article 23 of the UN Charter concerns the composition of the UN Security Council (UNSC).
    2. 2. The non-permanent members of the UNSC are elected by a two-thirds majority.
    3. 3. There are no nominations for the two year term election of non-permanent members of UNSC.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


8. Consider the following traditions and choose the ones which have been recognized by UNESCO as part of India’s intangible cultural Heritage:

    1. 1. Yoga
    2. 2. Kumbh Mela
    3. 3. Tradition of Vedic chanting
    4. 4. Nowruz
    5. 5. Durga Puja

Choose the correct statements:


9. Rustom II, developed by the DRDO is


10. Which one of the following suggested that the Governor should be an eminent person from outside the State and should be a detached figure without intense political links or should not have taken part in politics in the recent past?


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