HCS (Ex.Br.) Preliminary Exam 2011 – General Studies Paper (Part-2)

Haryana Public Service Commission
HCS (Executive Branch) & Other Allied Services Preliminary Exam 2011
Solved paper of General Studies held on 25th March 2012
Part-II [51-100] (Correct Answers are highlighted in deep saffron color)
51. Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean has been controversial over the maritime boundary for 40 years
      between which of the following two countries? The issue was resolved recently.
Russia and Norway
     b) Norway and Finland
     c) Finland and Russia
     d) Russia and Denmark
52. Navanentham Pillay, a South African national of India origin was the first non-white women of the 
     High Court of South Africa. What is her current profession?
     a) Judge of the International Criminal Court
     b) International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees
53.  Consider the following statement:
     1. India and Japan agreed to a ‘sweeping’ liberalization of their bilateral tax regime during 
         PM Manmohan Singh visit to Tokyo on 27th October 2010
     2. This is the first in releasing the Indo-Japanese comprehensive Economic partnership Agreement

        Which of the above statement are true?
     a) Only 1
     b) Only 2
     c) Both 1 and 2
     d) None of the above

54.  Consider the following statements about the Ayodhya verdict:
     1. 60 years the matter first went in to Litigation Luknow Bench of  the High Court of Allahabad
         ruled in majority judgement on 30th September 2010
     2. Disputed sites to be divided into three equal parts: one part goes to Suni Wakf Board, one 
         to Nirmohi in Akhara and one part representing ‘Ramlalla Virajman’
     3. Status quo to be maintained at disputed sites for three month
     4. The bench which deleivered the much awaited verdict consisted of Justice Dharam Vir Sharma,
         Justice S U Khan and Justice Sudhir Agarwal

         Which of the above statement are true?
     a) Only 1
     b) Only 2
     c) Only 3
     d) All the above

55. Parliament has passed SBI (Amendment) Bill 2010 which changes the minimum level of share
     of the government in SBI’s equity
     a) from 51% to 55%
from 55% to 51%                       [ See GA Quiz 2010 – 5 ]
                                 c) from 74% to 51%
     d) from 55% to 49%

Govt. stake in SBI is 59%. In past, I had received a comment on GA Quiz 2010 – 5 for the same.
        But i could not reply to that blogwalker. You can check the following links in support of my ans.
        [Link1]    [Link2]    [Link3] and so many other links are there availabel over internet.

56. The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi have launched the Adhar Project under
      Unique Identification Authority of India at tembli in Nandurbar District. Nandurbar is in which of the
      following states?  
     a) Gujarat
     c) Madhya Pradesh
     d) Tamilnadu
57. Recently UNO celebrated its 65th Anniversary on date:
     a) 20th Oct 2010
24th Oct 2010                      [ See GA Quiz 2010 – 2 ]                                                     
     c) 29th Oct 2010
     d) 27th Oct 2010
58. The governement has recently announced a Rs.1052 crore incentive package for critical export
      sectors including
1. Textile
     2. Handicraft
     3. Leather

        Choose the correct answer from the below:
     a) 1 and 2 
     b) 2 and 3 
     c) 1 and 3 
     d) 1, 2 and 3

59.  Who will be heading the National Inovation Council which will give shape to the government’s
       decision to observe the current decades ( 2000 – 2020 ) as the decade of the innovation?
     a) M S Swaminathan
     b) C Rangarajan
     c) Narayanamurthy
Sam Pitroda
60. Who among the following has been honoured the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals
      Award for 2010 for their work in using innovative approaches for poverty and hunger alleviation?
     a) BRIC
     b) WHO                              [ See GA Quiz 2010 – 4 ]
     d) G-20
In Paper Code C  – IBSA term was misspelt as ISBA
61. Harappan people had a common burial system which is proved by:
     a) The earth burial head of the dead normally laid towards the north
     b) The burial of commonly used items with the dead
Both (a) and (b)
     d) The burial of the dead body in the sitting posture
62. In Vedic Period, the people called panis, were:
     a) Those who controlled trade
     c) Cowherds
     d) Ploughmen
63. In the Vedic Age:
     a) Polygamy was unknown
     b) Child marriage became prominent
Widow could remarry
     d) Hypergamy was allowed
64. Bring the correct statement regarding the first Buddhist Council:
     1. Ananda and Upali laid down the Sutta Pataka and Vinaya Pitaka respectively
     2. Its proceedings were conducted in Sanskrit
     3. It was held during the life time of Buddha
     4. Its main purpose was to maintain the purity of Buddha’s teachings

     a) 1 and 4 
     b) All of them 
     c) 1 and 2
     d) 2, 3 and 4

65. The sacred books of Jains are called:
Agama Sidhanta
     b) Angas
     c) Parvas
     d) Upangas
66. Who founded the Lingayat Movement?
     b) Ramanuja
     c) Shankracharya
     d) Kamban
67. What was Abwab?
     a) Toll tax

     b) religion tax such as Zakat
     c) Tax on merchandise and custom duties
Miscellaneous kinds of taxes like the house tax, grazing tax, irrigation tax etc.
68. The term used for measurement of land in the Delgi Sutanate Period was:
     a) Kismat-i-ghalla
     b) Ghalla-bakshi
     d) Ghazi
69. The earlier Vaishnava Bhakti saints from the South were:
     b) Nayanars
     c) Bhagavats
     d) Virshaivites
70. Identify the Vijayanagar coin which were in the circulation and were the most widely recognized
      currency all over: 
     a) Dinnar
     b) Huna
     c) Panam
71. Akbar did not construct:
Purana Quila
     b) Agra Fort
     c) Allahabad Fort
     d) Lahore Fort
         Purana Qila, situated on the banks of Yamuna in Delhi, was constructed by the Mughal emperor Humayun.
72. The main programme of the Red Sirts (Khudai Khidmatgars of Servants of God) organized by
      Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in support of the Civil Disobedience Movement was
     a) To proceed on the lines of terrorist and revolutionary activities
     b) To propagate the Congress programme
To resist the military operations of the government in the north-western frontier portion
     d) To setup an para-military organization

         In 1929, the Khudai Khidmatgars (“Servants of God”) movement, led by Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, nonviolently
          mobilized to oppose the British in India’s Northwest Frontier Province.

73. The result of the Poona Pact was that the number of the seats reserved for the depressed 
      classes out of general electorate seats were:
     a) Abolished 
     c) Retained in the same level
     d) Decreased
         A compromise between the leaders of caste Hindu and the depressed classes was reached on 
         September 24,1932, popularly known as Poona Pact. The number of seats for depressed classes
         were increased from 71 to 148
74. Cripps proposal were rejected because:
     a) It refused to release all the arrested national leaders 
     b) of the intention to partition India
     c) It suggested the formation of an interim government
it refused to hand over effective power to the Indians
75. Who presided over the Cabinet Mission?
     a) Clement Attlee
Sir P Lawrence
     c) Strafford Cripps
     d) A V Alexander
76. The Mountbatten Plan (June 3, 1947) was about:
     a) Guidelines for the formation of a Constitution for India by the Constituent Assembly
     b) Creation of fedral government
     c) A plan for controlling communal riots raising all over India at the same time
The method by which power was to be transferred from British to Indian hands

         When all of Mountbatten’s efforts to keep India united failed, he decided to chalk out a plan for the transfer of 
         power and the division of the country.
77. The first Muslim to be elected as President of the Indian National Congress was :
     a) M A Jinnah
     b) Maulana Azad
Baddrudin Tyabji
     d) Whooping cough
78. The Non-Cooperation Movement was adopted by the Congress at a Special Session held at
      ________ in September 1920.
     a) Bombay
     c) Wardha
     d) Allahabad
79. The Non-Cooperation Movement was called off by Mahatma Gandhi because :
     a) of Gandhi-Irwin Pact 
of mob-violence at Chauri-Chaura
     c) the Khilafat issue fizzled out with abolition of the office of the Caliph in Turkey
     d) the government accepted the demand in tow
80. Which of the following Fundamental Rights have been deleted from the Constitution through
      the Constitutional Amendment?
     a) Right against expolitation
     b) Right of freedom of religion
Right of property
     d) Freedom of speech and expression
81. How many Fundamental Rights are enjoyed by the Indians?
     a) Nine
     b) Ten
     c) Seven
82. The basic difference between the Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles is:
     a) Fundamental Rights are Positive while Directive Principles are Negative
Directive Principles are given precedence over the Fundamental Rights by the Court
         in all the cases 

Fundamental Rights are justifiable while Directive Principles are not
     d) None of the above
83. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India has been described as the friend, philosopher and
      guide of :

     a) the Estimate Committee
     b) the committee of the public Undertaking
the Public Account Committee
     d) all the Parliamentary committees
84. Part -V of the Constitution deals with
Union executives
     b) Parliamnet
     c) Supreme Court and High Court

     d) Comptroller and Auditor General
85. If there is a vacancy in the offices of both President and Vice-President, who has been empowered
     to function as President:
Chief Justice of India
     b) Chief of Army Staff
     c) A person appointed by Parliament
     d) None of these
86.  If president returns the bill to the legislature for reconsideration
     a) a re-passage of the bill by the two-thirds majority will compel him to give his assent
a re-passage of the bill by the simple majority will compel him to give his assent
     c) a joint sitting will have to be called to pass it again
     d) the legislature must accept amendments proposed by the President
87. To whom does the President address the letter of resignation?
     a) the Prime Minister
the Vice President
     c) the Speaker
     d) the Chief justice
88. Two houses of the Parliament enjoy co-equal power in all spheres except:
     1. Financial matters
     2. Responsibilities of the Council of Ministers
     3. Amendment Procedure
     4. Election of President

     a) 3 and 4
     b) 2, 3 and 4
     c) 1, 2 and 3
     d) 1 and 2

89. Impeachment proceedings against the President of Indian can be initiated
     a) by the Supreme Court
     b) only in the Lok Sabha

     c) in either House of the Parliament
     d) only in the joint sitting of the two Houses
90. Gulf Stream the most important current of the Atlantic Ocean takes its birth from the Gulf of Mexico.
     Its importance lies in : 
     a) Cooling effect
Warming effect
     c) Area of influence
     d) Influence on travel

         The Gulf Stream is a strong, fast moving, warm ocean current that originates in the Gulf of Mexico and flows into
          the Atlantic Ocean.The Gulf Stream is of great climatological importance because of its moderating effects on the
         climate of western Europe. There are a number of strong currents in the Atlantic Ocean. Perhaps the best known
         of these is the Gulf Stream. This current carries warm water across the North Atlantic from the Gulf of Mexico
          northeastwards towards the coasts of Europe. It keeps western Europe comparatively warm and ice-free in the 
          winter months.

91. Which of the following sub-races belong to Mongoloids?
     a) Bantu
     c) Nordic
     d) Alpine
92. Consider the following statements:
     1. The Masai is a tribe of settled cultivators who once wondered with their herds with the cattle
         in the central highlands of East Africa.
     2. The cattle kept by the Masaiare the “Zebu” cattle with the humps and long horns 

      Which of the statement is/are correct?
     a) Only 1
     b) Neither 1 or 2
     c) Both 1 and 2
     d) Only 2

93. Which of the following are not the Pastoral Nomads?
     b) Kazaks

     c) Masai
     d) Lapps

         Nomads are people who wander from place to place and have no permanent home. They usually travel 
            within certain general areas according to the seasons and the supply of food. Nomads generally live in tents
            and carry few belongings with them. There are three kinds of nomads: hunter-gatherers, pastoral nomads, and 
            peripatetic nomads.
Pygmies of Africa and Asia are Hunting Nomads, who follow the animals that they kill to eat.

94. The world’s most commercial fishing grounds are located in:
Cool waters of the Northern Hemisphere in comparatively higher latitudes
     b) Cool waters of the Northern Hemisphere in comparatively lower latitudes
     c) Both above mentioned areas
A widespread area near the Poles
95. Which of the following used to be considered a buffer state?
     a) France
     b) Switzerland

     c) Belgium
     d) West Germany

         A buffer state is a country lying between two rival or potentially hostile greater powers, which by its sheer existence
          is thought to prevent conflict between them. The tiny kingdom of Belgium was artificially created in 1830 as a buffer 
          state between the surrounding countries of France, Germany, and the Netherlands. Alongwith  Belgium, Cambodian
          and Afghanistan also considered as buffer state.      

96. The Australian trans-continental railway joins
     a) Perth to Darwin
     b) Hobart to Perth 

     c) Sydney to Perth
     d) Adelaide to Perth
97. When did the EEC( European Economic Community) change into EU(European Union)
     b) 1995
     c) 1996
     d) 1991
98. Territorial waters of India extends up to
     a) 5 Nautical Miles
12 Nautical Miles
     c) 15 Nautical Miles
2 Nautical Miles
99. Which of the following river lies in the Rift Valley?
     a) Luni
     c) Son
     d) Tapti
100. Khaddar soils are found in:
     a) Piedmont Plains
Flood Plains
     c) Over low Palteaux
     d) Over Steep Slopes
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