Day 1: Daily Test Series | UPSC Prelims 2020

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DAY 1: Daily Test Series Prelims 2020

Q1. Consider the following statements regarding Mesolithic age:

  1. It corresponds to era between 10000 – 6000 BCE.
  2. This phase marks the beginning of rock art in pre-history.
  3. Burzahom and Gufkraal are important Mesolithic sites on Kashmir.
  4. Belan valley in the Vindhyas show evidence of all three phases of Paleolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic settlements.

Which of the above statements is incorrect?

(a) 1 only 

(b) 2 only 

(c) 3 only 

(d) 4 only

Q2. Consider the following statements regarding Indus Valley civilization (IVC): 

  1. Manda in Jammu and Malvan in Gujrat represents northern and southern extremes of IVC.
  2. Harappan bricks shows identical ratio of 1:2:3 in terms of thickness: width: length uniformly.
  3. Harappan script is pictographic, logo syllabic and boustrophedon in nature.
  4. Harappan society is highly religious in nature with domination of priestly class.

Which of the above statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 4 only

(d) All of the above

Q3.  Consider following statements: 

  1. Dockyard has been found at Lothal, Gujrat and Lothal is also the site for proposed India’s first maritime museum.
  2. Ploughed field and fire alter have been found at Kalibangan, Rajasthan.
  3. Chanhu-Daro in Sindh, Pakistan is the only Harappan site without a citadel.
  4. Suktagendor is the site where bones of horses have been found.

which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

(a) 1 and 2 only 

(b) 2 only 

(c) 3 and 4 only 

(d) 4 only

Q4. Which of the following statements regarding Buddhist philosophy are correct?

  1. Buddhism does not believe in the law of ‘karma’.
  2. Buddha was indifferent to the existence of ‘God’ but did not believe in the existence of ‘Soul’.
  3. Unlike the emphasis on rituals, Buddha laid emphasis on the moral life of the individuals to attain ‘nirvana’.

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q5. Consider the following statements:

  1. Murtipujaka and Sthanakavasi are the sub-sects of Digambara.
  2. Only Digambaras believe that Mahavira never married and remained a celibate throughout his life.
  3. Svetambaras mainly follow the practices of Parsvanatha.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1 and 3 only

Q6. Which the following pairs is/are correctly matched?

Buddhism sects: Centers of activity

  1. Sarvastivadins: Mathura
  2. Bhadrayanika: Kausambi  
  3. Theravadins: Kanheri

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1 and 2 only

Q7. Which of the following festivals/ceremonies are celebrated by Jains?

  1. Pajjusana
  2. Oli
  3. Jnana Panchami

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q8. Consider the following statements:

  1. All the teachings of Buddha were divided into three Pitakas during the first Buddhist Council.
  2. The Second Council ended in a permanent split of the Buddhist order into Sthaviravadins and Mahasangikas.
  3. The Fourth Buddhist Council compiled three commentaries (Vibhashas) of the three Pitakas.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 2 and 3 only

Q9. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Vedangas are the last treatises of the Vedic Literature.
  2. Vyakarana is considered as the mouth of the Veda Purusha.
  3. The oldest record of their names occurs in the Chandogya Upanishad.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

Q10. Which of the following is/are not considered as ‘Upveda’?

  1. Arthasastra
  2. Jyotisha
  3. Ayurveda
  4. Dhanurveda

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 2 only

(b) 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 2 and 4 only

Q11. Consider the following statements regarding terms recently in news.

  1. Concept of strict liability has its origin in English common law and evolved during Rylands vs Fletcher case.
  2. Concept of absolute liability is developed by Indian Supreme court in MC Mehta vs PUDR case.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only 

(b) 2 only 

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q12.  Consider following statement regarding forum for India Pacific islands cooperation forum (FIPIC): 

  1. FIPIC held its first meeting in Palau in 2014.
  2. FIPIC has 3 summit levels meeting till date.
  3. Upcoming meet of FIPIC is proposed in Port Moresby.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect

(a) 1 only 

(b) 1 and 2 only 

(c) 2 and 3 only 

(d) 1, 2, and 3

Q13.  Consider the following pairs:

  1. Bougainvillean referendum: Papua New Guinea
  2. Yellow vests movement: France
  3. Umbrella movement: Macau 
  4. Five-star movement: Germany.

Which of the above pairs are incorrectly matched?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 and 4 only

(d) None of the above

Q14. 1 Trillion Tree campaign has been launched by ___

(a) World economic forum (WEF) 

(b) United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP)

(c) Govt. of Pakistan

(d) MoEFCC

Q15. Which of the following is/are viral disease? 

  1. Zika fever
  2. West Nile fever 
  3. Malaria 
  4. River Blindness

Select the correct option using the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 3 and 4 only

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