1. Within two years of his marriage with the Amber princess (1562), the liberal measures taken by Akbar were–
(A) the prohibition on the enslavement of on prisoners of war and their forcible conversion to Islam (1562)
(B) the withdrawal of pilgrim taxes throughout the Mugl1al Empire (1563)
(C) the total withdrawal of Jaziyah from the Hindus (1564)
(D) All of the above
2. Mekong Ganga Co-operation Project is–
(A) an irrigation project involving India and Myanmar
(B) a joint tourism initiative of some Asian countries
(C) a hydroelectric power project involving India, Bangladesh and Myanmar
(D) a defence and security agreement of India with its Eastern neighbours
3. Which one among the following organs manufacture albumin, fibrinogen and prothrombin?
(A) Bone marrow (B) Spleen
(C) Liver (D) Pancreas
4. Which of the following commercial form of hormone is used in sterile cows to induce lactation?
(A) Thyroxine (B) Oxytocin
(C) Vasopressin (D) Relaxin
5. Which one among the following produces the largest sperm in the plant kingdom?
(A) Cycas (B) Pinus
(C) Mango (D) Sunflower
6. Whose duty is it to recommend to the President of India on the issue of the distribution and allocation of the net proceeds of taxes in the context of Centre-State fiscal relations?
(A) Planning Commission (B) National Development Council
(C) Union Ministry of Finance (D) Finance Commission
7. Which one among the following is not correct? A special category state invariably–
(A) is a border state (B) has harsh terrain
(C) has low literacy rate (D) has poor infrastructure
8. Sarkaria Commission was established to study–
(A) President and Governors' relations (B) Centre-State relations
(C) State and Panchayat body relations (D) President and Prime Minister, relations
9. Since 1983, the RBI's responsibility with respect to Regional Rural Banks was transferred to–
(A) ARDC (B) SBI
(C) NABARD (D) PACs
10. Which among the following is the most disturbing for the Indian Economy?
(A) Frictional unemployment (B) Cyclical unemployment
(C) Urban unemployment among educated classes (D) Disguised unemployment in the rural sector
11. We observe twinkling of stars due to–
(A) frequent and periodic fluctuations of temperature of the surface
(B) Constant change of refractive index of the medium between the stars and the Earth because of temperature variation
(C) great distance of stars from the Earth
(D) rise and fall of gaseous ball of fire inside the stars
12. South Pacific island nation Samoa, positioned to the East of the International Date Line, on May 2011 decided to forego a day and shift to the time zone on its West. The reason for this shifting is to–
(A) facilitate smooth internal administration throughout the country (B) attain political stability in the country
(C) facilitate trade with Australia and New Zealand (D) promote tourism industry in the country
13. After consolidating his power, Balban assumed the grand title of–
(A) Tute-i-Hind (B) Kaiser-i-Hind
(C) Zil-i-Ilahi (D) Din-i-Ilahi
14. Which of the following statements is /are correct?
(A) After the conquest of Aligarh in 1601, Akbar renamed Khandesh as Dandesh
(B) Parsi festival Naoroz and Parsi solar calendar were adopted by Akbar
(C) Antony Monserrate, the Jesuit missionary, held personal discussions with Akbar and has written an interesting account on him
(D) All of the above
15. In which one of the following countries did the Industrial Revolution first take place?
(A) USA (B) UK
(C) Germany (D) France
16. The British capitalists were attracted to set up industries in India because of–
(A) the willingness of the government and its official machinery to provide all help and favours
(B) the ready availability of cheap raw materials and labour
(C) the ready market for goods and manufactures in India and abroad
(D) All of the above
17. Which one among the following statements appropriately defines the term 'drain theory' as propounded by Dadabhai Naoroji in his work 'Poverty and un-British Rule in India'?
(A) That a part of India's national wealth or total annual product was being exported to Britain for which India got no material returns
(B) That the resources of India were being utilized in the interest of Britain
(C) That the British industrialists were being given a opportunity to invest in India under the protection of imperial power
(D) That the British goods were being imported to India making the country poorer day by day
18. Chapchar Kut is a festival celebrated in the State of–
(A) Arunachal Pradesh (B) Asom
(C) Mizoram (D) Sikkim
19. In the biotic interaction, both the species derive benefit and their association more or less obligatory is termed as–
(A) proto-corporation (B) symbiosis
(C) commensalism (D) parasitism
20. The disease 'rinder pest' is also known as–
(A) Blue tongue (B) Coryza
(C) Cattle plague (D) Ring worm
21. Which one of the following is the best milch-breed in the world?
(A) Sindhi (B) Chittagong
(C) Deoni (D) Holstein-Friesian
22. Which schedule of the Constitution of India contains the three lists that divide powers between the Union and the states?
(A) Fifth (B) Sixth
(C) Seventh (D) Eight
23. A 'Mayor-in-Council form of Government' means–
(A) cabinet form of government at the municipal level
(B) classical professional form of government at the municipal level
(C) making mayor unaccountable to his colleagues
(D) presidential form of government at the municipal level
24. Which of the following is correct in respect of financial powers of Local Governments in India?
(A) Local Governments have constitutionally earmarked taxation powers
(B) Local Governments are empowered to levy such taxes as are permitted under the law
(C) Local Governments are empowered to levy charges on all items within their sphere of activities
(D) Local Governments are empowered to levy taxes with the permission of the department concerned
25. Pradhan Mantri Bharat Jodo Pariyojana is related to–
(A) linking of rivers (B) social integration
(C) communication (D) development of highways