1. Which of the statements given below are correct regarding the powers given to the Armed Forces under The Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958 (AFSPA)?

    1. 1. They have the authority to prohibit a gathering of five or more persons in an area, can use force or even open fire after giving due warning if they feel a person is in contravention of the law.
    2. 2. If reasonable suspicion exists, the army can also arrest a person without a warrant; enter or search premises without a warrant; and ban the possession of firearms.
    3. 3. Any person arrested or taken into custody may be handed over to the officer in charge of the nearest police station along with a report detailing the circumstances that led to the arrest.

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2. Which parts of the country currently do not come under AFSPA?


3. Nagaland is bordered by which of the following states?

    1. 1. Arunachal Pradesh
    2. 2. Mizoram
    3. 3. Assam
    4. 4. Manipur

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4. With reference to the Preamble of the Indian Constitution, which of the statement(s) given below is/are correct?

    1. 1. In Keshavananda Bharati case, the court held that the basic elements or the fundamental features of the constitution as contained in the preamble cannot be altered by an amendment under article 368.
    2. 2. The preamble has been amended only once by the 44th constitutional amendment act, 1978.

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5. Consider the following, with regard to ‘Blue Economy’:

    1. 1. The concept was introduced by Gunter Pauli.
    2. 2. It advocates the greening of ocean development strategies for higher productivity.
    3. 3. The Deep Ocean Mission will be against the spirit of the Blue Economy.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


6. Consider the following, with regard to ‘Saint Ramanujacharya’:

    1. 1. He is revered as a Vedic philosopher and social reformer.
    2. 2. He was inspired into the Bhakti Movement by Thyagaraja and Kabir.
    3. 3. He is the chief proponent of Vishishtadvaita subschool of Vedanta.

Which of the following statements are correct?


7. Consider the following, with regard to ‘Saffron cultivation’:

    1. 1. It requires temperatures ranging from no more than 35 or 40 degree Celsius in summer to about –15 or –20 degree Celsius in winter.
    2. 2. It requires adequate rainfall of 1000-1500 mm per annum.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


8. Consider the following statements with respect to cartelization:

    1. 1. The Competition Commission is responsible for enforcing the cartel laws in India.
    2. 2. Prices controlled by the government under a law is not cartelization.
    3. 3. Both companies and individuals can be prosecuted under the Competition Act.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?


9. Which of the following statements is/are incorrect with respect to National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change?

    1. 1. It is a Centrally Sponsored Scheme which was set up in the year 2015-16.
    2. 2. National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD) is the National Implementing Entity (NIE).



10. When a Bill is reserved by a Governor for the consideration of the President, what is the time limit prescribed by the constitution for returning the bill?


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