1. With reference to the differences between the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), consider the following statements:

  1. The NGT has been established by an Act whereas the CPCB has been created by an executive order of the Government.
  2. The NGT provides environmental justice and helps reduce the burden of litigation in the higher courts whereas the CPCB promotes cleanliness of streams and wells, and aims to improve the quality of air in the country.

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


2. In India mining is done near a river that lies inside a national park. Who among the following are responsible for issuing environmental clearance for the same?

  1. Ministry of Environment
  2. National Green Tribunal
  3. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
  4. State Environment Impact Assessment Authority

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:


3. With respect to the war crimes, which of the following statement(s) given below is/are correct?

  1. The meaning of war crimes was clarified in the four 1949 Geneva Conventions.
  2. The International Criminal Court in The Hague defines war crimes as “grave breaches” of the post-World War Two Geneva Conventions, agreements which lay out the international humanitarian laws to be followed in war time.
  3. The ICC will issue an arrest warrant if prosecutors can show “reasonable grounds to believe” war crimes were committed.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:


4. Consider the following statements:

  1. Statement 1: The Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention) is an instrument of international law that codified for the first time the crime of genocide.
  2. Statement 2: According to the Genocide Convention, genocide is a crime that can take place both in time of war as well as in time of peace.

Which one of the following is correct in respect of the above statements? 


5. Consider the following statements with respect to the Prime Minister’s Employment Generation Programme (PMEGP)

  1. It is a central sector scheme.
  2. The Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship administers the programme.
  3. The programme is being implemented by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at the national level.
  4. Individuals above the age of 21 years, Self Help Groups (SHGs), Cooperative Societies involved in production, and institutions that are registered under the Societies Registration Act of 1860 are eligible for benefits under this programme.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


6. Which one of the following was a journal brought out by Abul Kalam Azad? 



7. ‘Kudumbashree’, one of the largest women’s self-help networks in the world, seen in news is associated with which of the following States? 



8. In context to Horseshoe crabs, consider the following:

  1. It is one of the oldest living creatures on the earth.
  2. India has two species of horseshoe crabs, coastal horseshoe crabs and mangrove horseshoe crabs.
  3. They are protected under Schedule 4 Wildlife Protection Act, 1972.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


9. In context to Starberry Sense, consider the following:

  1. Strarberry Sense is a star sensor developed using Raspberry Pi Zero.
  2. ISRO has developed Starberry sense, which is a low-cost star sensor for astronomy.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


10. In context to the Zoji La Pass, consider the following:

  1. It is a high mountain pass located in the Kargil district of Ladakh.
  2. It is Asia’s longest and strategic bi-directional tunnel.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


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