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2008 PRELIMS ORIGINAL GS QUESTION PAPER

1. During the time of which Mughal Emperor did the English East India Company establish its first factory in India?
         a) Akbar                b) Jahangir
         c) Shah Jahan      d) Aurnagzeb
 
2. Who was the Viceroy of India when the Rowlatt Act was passed?
      a) Lord Irwin             b) Lord Reading
      c)Lord Chelmsford   d) Lord Wavell
 
3. Which one of the following suggested the reconstitution of the Viceroy’s Executive Council in which all the       
     portfolios including that of War Members were to be held by the Indian leaders?
    a) Simon Commission
    b) Simla Conference
    c) Cripps Proposal
    d) Cabinet Mission
 
4. During the Indian Freedom Struggle, who of the following raised an army called ‘Free Indian Legion’?
     a) Lala Hardayal
     b) Rash Behari Bose
     c) Subhash Chandra Bose
     d) V.D. Savarkar
 
5. Who among the following rejected the title of ‘Knighthood’ and refused to accept a position in the Council of the  Secretary of State for India?
        a) Motilal Nehru       b) M.G.Ranade
        c)G.K.Gokhale           d) B.G. Tilak
 
6. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
                     List I                                    List II
                  (Author)                                 (Work)
     A. Bankimchandra                  1. Shatranj Ke Khilari
      B.Dinabandhu Mitra             2. Debi Chaudhrani
     C. Prem Chand                         3. Nil Darpan
                                                          4. Chandrakantra
Codes:
    A B C
a) 2 4 1
b) 3 4 2
c) 2 3 1
d) 3 1 4
 
7. Who among the following gave a systematic critique of the moderate politics of the Indian National Congress in a     
    series of articles entitled ‘New Lamps for Old ‘?
    a) Aurobindo Ghosh
    b) R.C. Dutt
    c) Syed Ahmad Khan
    d) Viraraghavachari
 
8. Who among the following used the pharse ‘Un-British’ to criticize the English colonial control of India?
      a) Anandmohan Bose
      b) Badruddin  Tyyabji
      c) Dadabhai Naroji
      d) Pherozeshah Mehta
 
9. Who among the following wrote the poem, Subh -e  Azadi?
    a) Sahir Ludhiyanvi
    b) Faiz Ahmed Faiz
    c) Muhammad Iqbal
    d) Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
 
 10. Assertion (A): The Congress Ministers in all the provinces resigned in the year 1939.
       Reason(R): The Congress did not accept the decision of the Viceroy to declare war against Germany in the context of the Second         World War.
      Codes:
      a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A.
      b) Both A and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
      c) A is true but R is false
      d) A is false but R is true
 
11. Where was the First Session of the Indian National Congress held in December, 1885?
              a) Ahmedabad        b) Bombay
              c) Calcutta               d) Delhi
 
12. Yom Kippur War was fought between which sides/countries?
             a) Trukey and Greece
             b) Serbs and Croats
             c)  Israel, and Arab countries led by Egypt and Syria
             d) Iran and Iraq
 
13. Which of the following pairs are correctly matched?
       Irrigation Project             State
      1. Damanganga             : Gujarat
      2. Girna                          : Maharashtra
      3. Pamba                        : Kerala
Codes:
      a) 1 and 2          b) 2 and 3
      c) 1 and 3          d) 1,2 and 3
 
14. Which of the following pairs in respect of current power generation in India is/are correctly matched?
                                                     (Rounded Figure)
     1. Installed electricity        : 100000 MW
         generation capacity
     2. Electricity generation   : 660 billion kWh
Codes:
      a) 1 only               b) 2 only
      c)Both 1 and 2    d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
15. With which one of the following is BRIT (Government of India) engaged?
    a) Railway Wagons
    b) Information Technology
    c) Isotope Technology
    d) Road Transport
 
16. Which of the following are among the million – plus cities in India on the basis of data of the Census, 2001?
      1. Ludhiana
      2. Kochi
      3. Surat
      4. Nagpur
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
      a) 1,2 and 3         b) 2,3 and 4
      c)1 and 4             d) 1,2,3 and 4
 
17. Amongst the following States, which one has the highest percentage of rural population to its total population (on the basis of
the Census, 2001)?
   a) Himachal Pradesh
   b) Bihar
   c) Orissa
   d) Uttar Pradesh
 
18. What is the approximate percentage of persons above 65 years of age in India’s current population?
           a) 4 – 15%             b) 11 -12%      c) 8 – 9%    d) 5 – 6%
 
19. Out of all the Biosphere Reserve in India, four have been recognized on the World Network by UNESCO.  Which one of the following is not one of them?
                  a) Gulf of Mannar          b) Kanchenjuga
                  c) Nanda Devi                 d) Sunderbane
 
20. Which of the following pairs are correctly matched?
                 Waterfalls                River
      1. Kapildhara Falls        : Godavari
      2. Jog Falls                      : Sharavati
      3. Sivasamudram Falls : Cauvery
Codes:
      a) 1 and 2         b) 2 and 3
      c) 1 and 3         d) 1,2 and 3
 
21. On which one of the following rivers is the Tehri Hydropower Complex located?
    a) Alkananda              b) Bhagirathi
    c)Dhauliganga            d) Mandakini
 
22. Which of the following minerals are found in a natural way in the State of Chhattisgarh?
     1. Bauxite      2. Dolomite       3. Iron ore         4. Tin
          a) 1,2 and 3         b) 1 and 3
          c) 2 and 4            d) 1,2,3 and 4
 
23. Consider the following statements:
     1. Chikmagalur is well – known for sugar production.
     2. Mandya is well – known as a coffee – producing region.
      Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
              a) 1 only                 b) 2 only
              c)Both 1 and 2      d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
24. Where are Tapovan and Vishnugarh Hydroelectric Projects located?
           a) Madhya Pradesh        b) Uttar Pradesh
           c)Uttarkhand                   d) Rajasthan
 
25. In India, how many States share the coastline?
              a) 7          b) 8          c) 9           d) 10
 
26. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
             List I                             List II
     A. Coffee Board              1. Bangaluru
     B. Rubber Board             2. Guntur
     C. Tea Board                   3. Kottayam
     D. Tobacco Board           4. Kolkata
Codes:
   A B C D
a) 2 4 3 1
b) 1 3 4 2
c) 2 3 4 1
d) 1 4 3 2
 
27. Which one among the following has the maximum number of National Parks?
           a) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
           b) Arunachal Pradesh
           c) Asom 
           d) Meghalaya
 
28. Rajig Gandhi National Flying Institute is being established in which State?
          a) Karnataka           b) Maharashtre
          c)Kerala                   d) Orissa
 
29. With which one of the following rivers is the Omkareshwar project associated?
          a) Chambal         b) Narmada
          c) Tapi                 d) Bhima
 
30. ISRO successfully conducted a rocket test using cryogenic engines in the year 2007.  Where is the test stand used for th                 purpose, located?
              a) Balasore                b) Thiruvananthapuram
              c)Mahendragiri        d) Karwar
 
31. Which was the Capital of Andhra State when it was made a separate State in the year 1953?
              a) Guntur         b) Kurnool
              c) Nellore         d) Warangal
 
 32. In which one of the following States are Namchik – Namphuk Coal – fields located?
                a) Arunachal Pradesh   b) Meghalaya
                c) Manipur                     d) Mizoram
 
33. Consider the following statements:
      1. Salt – water crocodile is found in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands
      2. Shrew and tapir are fond in the Western Ghats of the Malabar region
     Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
              a) 1 only                 b) 2 only
              c) Both 1 and 2     d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
34. Consider the following pairs:
      Tributary River     Main River
      1. Chambal          : Narmada
      2. Sone                 : Yamuna
      3. Manas              : Brahmputra
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
      a) 1,2 and 3      b) 1 and 2
      c)2 and 3          d) 3 only
 
35. Which of the following hills are found where the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats meet?
   a) Annamalai Hills
   b) Cardamom Hills
   c) Nilgiri Hills
   d) Shevoroy Hills
 
36. Which one of the following is not essentially a species of the Himalayan vegetation?
        a) Juniper          b) Mahagany
        c) Silver fir         d) Spruce
 
37. As per India’s National Population Policy, 2000, by which one of the following years is it our long – term    
     objective to achieve population stabilization?
         a) 2025            b) 2035       c) 2045        d) 2055
 
38. Among the following which one has the minimum population on the basis of data of Census of India, 2001?
           a) Chandigarh         b) Mizoram
           c)Puducherry          d) Sikkim
 
39. Which two countries follow China and India in the decreasing order of their populations?
    a) Brazil and USA
    b) USA and Indonesia
    c) Canada and Malayasia
    d) Russia and Nigeria
 
40. Which one of the following straits is nearest to the International Date Line?
   a) Malacca Strait
   b) Bering Strait
   c) Strait of Florida
   d) Strait of Gibraltar
 
41. Which one of the following cities is nearest to the equator?
           a) Colombo        b) Jakarta
           c) Manila            d) Singapore
 
42. Which of the following countries share borders with Moldova?
          1. Ukraine          2. Romania          3.Belarus
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
      a) 1 and 2          b) 2 and 3
      c) 1 and 3          d) 1,2 and 3
 
43. Consider the following statements:
      1. Ajman is one of the seven Emirates of the UAE.
      2. Ras al – Khaimah was the last Sheikhdom to join the UAE.
      Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
       a) 1 only              b) 2 only
       c)Both 1 and 2   d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
44. For India, China, the UK and the USA, which one of the following is the correct sequence of the median age of 
     their populations?
    a) China < India < UK < USA
    b) India < China < USA < UK
    c) China < India < USA< UK
    d) India < China < UK < USA
 
45. In which one of the following is Malta located? 
         a) Baltic Sea        b) Mediterranean Sea
         c)Black Sea          d) North Sea
 
46. Consider the following statements:
      1. The albedo of an object determines its visual brightness when viewed with reflected light.
      2. The albedo of Mercury is much greater than the albedo of the Earth.
      Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
        a) 1 only                b) 2 only
        c) Both 1 and 2    d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
47. Which one amongst the following has the largest livestock population in the world?
              a) Brazil          b) China     c)India         d)USA
 
48. Which of the following is/are included in the Directive Principles of State Policy?
     1. Prohibition of traffic in human beings and forced labour.
      2. Prohibition of consumption except for medicinal purposes of intoxicating drinks and of other drugs which are 
     injurious to health.
       Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
         a) 1 only              b) 2 only
         c)Both 1 and 2   d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
49. Consider the following statements:
  The constitution of India provides that
  1. The Legislative Assembly of each State shall consist of not more than 450 members chosen by direct election from   
      territorial constituencies in the State.
  2. A person shall not be qualified to be chosen to fill a seat in the Legislative Assembly of a State if he/she is less 
      than 25 years of age.
     Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
      a) 1 only                 b) 2 only
      c)Both 1 and 2      d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
50. Under which one of the following Constitution Amendment Acts, four languages under the Eighth Schedule of the 
      Constitution of India, thereby raising their number to 22 ?
     a) Constitution (Ninetieth Amendment) Act
     b) Constitution (Ninety  - first Amendment) Act
     c) Constitution (Ninety – second Amendment) Act
     d) Constitution ( Ninety – thirty Amendment) Act
 
51. Which one of the following is the larges (area – wise) Lok Sabha constituency?
            a) Kangra        b) Ladakh
            c) Kachchh      d) Bhilwara
 
52. Consider the following statements:
      1. Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer wast he Chief Justice of India.
      2. Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer is considered as one of the progenitors of Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the Indian Judicial system.
     Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
           a) 1 only                b) 2 only
           c) Both 1 and 2    d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
53. Which Schedule of Constitution of India contains special provisions of the administration and control of 
      Scheduled Areas in several States?
            a) Third     b) Fifth      c) Seventh         d) Ninth
 
54. Who among the following have held the office of the Vice – President of India?
     1. Mohammad Hidayatullah
     2. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
     3. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
     4. Shankar Dayal Sharma
Codes:
       a) 1,2,3 and 4     b) 1 and 4
       c) 2 and 3            d) 3 and 4
 
55. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
             List I                               List II
 A. Nagender Singh         1.Chief Election 
                                                Commissioner of India
 B. A.N. Ray                      2. President International 
                                                  Court of Justice
 C. R.K. Trivedi                 3. Chief Justice of India
 D. Ashok Desai                4. Attorney – General of India
Codes:
    A B C D
a) 1 4 2 3
b) 2 3 1 4
c) 1 3 2 4
d) 2 4 1 3
 
56. How many High Courts in India have jurisdiction over more than one State (Union Territories not included)?
                     a) 2             b) 3           c) 4            d) 5
 
57. How is the United Nations Monetary and Financial conference wherin the agreements were signed to set up IBRD, GATT and IMF, commonly known?
     a) Bandung Conference
     b) Bretton Woods Conference
     c) Versailles Conference
     d) Yalta Conference
 
58. Which of the following are the public sector undertakings of the Government of India?
       1. Balmer Lawrie and Company Ltd
       2. Dredging Corporation of India
       3. Educational Consultants of India Ltd.
Codes:
      a) 1 and 2         b) 2 and 3
      c)1 and 3          d) 1,2 and 3
 
59. India is a member of which of the following?
     1. Asian Development Bank
     2.  Asia – Pacific Economic Corporation 
     3. Colombo Plan 
     4. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
Codes:
    a) 1 and 3           b) 2 and 4
    c) 1,2 and 3        d) 1,2,3 and 4
 
60. Consider the following statements:
    1. The Nuclear Suppliers Group has 24 countries as its members.
    2. India is a member of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
   Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
       a) 1 only               b) 2 only
       c) Both 1 and 2   d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
61. Which of the following pairs about India’s economic indicator and agricultural production (all in rounded figures) 
      are correctly matched?
    1. GDP per capita (current prices) : Rs. 37,000
    2. Rice                                                  :180 million tons
    3. Wheat                                              : 75 million tons
Codes:
    a) 1,2 and 3      b) 1 and 2
    c) 2 and 3         d) 1 and 3
 
62. In August 2006, the Government of India notified the Rural Electrification Policy.  This policy aims at provision 
     of access to all households by which year?
              a) 2008              b) 2009       c) 2010           d) 2012
 
63. Consider the following statements with reference to Indira Gandhi National Old Age Pension Scheme (IGNOAPS):
     1. All persons of 60 years or above belonging to the households below poverty line in rural areas are eligible.
     2. The Central Assistance under this scheme is at the rate of Rs. 300 per month per beneficiary. Under the scheme, States have been urged to give matching amounts.
Which of the statements given is /are correct?
      a) 1 only                    b) 2 only
      c) Both 1 and 2        d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
64. What is the name of the scheme which provides training and skills to women in traditional and non – traditional 
      trades?
      a) Kishori Shakti Yojna
      b) Rashtriya Mahila Kosh
      c) Swayamsiddha
      d) Swawlamban
 
65. In order of their distances from the sun, which of the following planets lie between Mars and Uranus?
     a) Earth and Jupiter
     b) Jupiter and Saturn
     c) Saturn and Earth
     d) Saturn and Neptune
 
66. How can the height of a person who is six feet tall be expressed (approximately) in nanometer?
       a) 183 x 106 nm        b) 234 x 106 nm
       c)183 x 107 nm         d) 234 x 107 nm
 
67. A person is sitting in a car which is at rest. The reaction from the road at each of the four wheels of the car is R. 
     when the car rungs on a straight level road, how will the reaction at either of the front wheels vary?
   a) It will be greater than R
   b) It will be less than R
   c) It will be equal to R
   d) It shall depend on the material of the road
 
68. Assertion (A): In the visible spectrum of light, red light is more energetic than green light.
      Reason (R): The wavelength of red light is more than that of green light.
      Codes:
      a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A.
      b) Both A and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
      c) A is true but R is false
      d) A is false but R is true
 
69. Assertion (A): Radio waves bend in a magnetic field
      Reason (R): Radio waves are electromagnetic in nature.
      Codes:
       a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A.
       b) Both A and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
       c) A is true but R is false
       d) A is false but R is true
 
70. Who among the following scientist shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with his son?
        a) Max Planck                      b) Albert Einstein
        c) William Henry Bragg     d) Enrico Fermi
 
71. Consider the following statements in respect of a jet engine and a rocket:
     1. A jet engine uses the surrounding air for its oxygen supply and so is unsuitable for motion in space.
     2. A rocket carries its own supply of oxygen in the gas form, and fuel.
       Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
            a) 1 only                  b) 2 only
            c) Both 1 and 2      d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
72. Consider the following statements:
     1. A widely used musical scale called diatonic scale the seven frequency
     2. The frequency of the note Sa (Sa) is 256 Hz and that of Ni 512 Hz.
     Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
      a) 1 only                 b) 2 only
      c) Both 1 and 2     d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
73. How much is one barrel of oil approximately equal to?
            a)131 litre            b) 159 litre
            c)257 litre           d) 321 litre
 
74. What is the pH level of blood of a normal person?
          a) 4.5 – 4.6         b) 6.45 – 6.55
          c) 7.35 – 7.45     d) 8.25 – 8.35
 
75. What are Rubies and Sapphires chemically known as?
       a) Silicon dioxide     b) Aluminium oxide
       c) Lead tetroxide      d) Boron nitride
 
76. Which one of the following is also called Stranger Gas?
         a) Argon        b) Neon
         c)Xenon        d) Nitrous oxide
 
77. Mixture of which one of the following pairs of gases is the cause of occurrence of most of the explosions in mines?
           a) Hydrogen and Oxygen
           b) Oxygen and Acetylene
           c) Methane and air
           d) Carbon dioxide and methane
 
78. Which one of the following pairs of metals constitutes the lightest metal and the heaviest metal, respectively?
               a) Lithium and mercury
               b) Lithium and osmium
               c) Aluminium and osmium
               d) Aluminium and mercury
 
79. Among the following, which one lays eggs and does not produce young one directly?
           a) Echidna    b) Kangaroo
           c)Porcupine  d) Whale
 
80. The release of which one of the following into ponds and wells helps in controlling the mosquitoes?
             a) Crab                    b) Dogfish
             c)Gambusia fish    d) Snail
 
81. Among the following, which one is not an ape?
               a) Gibbon     b) Gorilla
               c) Langur      d) Orangutan
 
82. Assertion (A): In human body, liver has an important role in fat digestion.
      Reason (R): Liver produces two important fat – digesting enzymes.
Codes:
      a) Both A and R are individually true and R is the correct explanation of A.
      b) Both A and R are individually true but R is not the correct explanation of A
      c) A is true but R is false
      d) A is false but R is true
 
83. Which one of the following is an insectivorous plant?
    a) Passion flower plant
    b) Pitcher plant
    c) Night queen
    d) Flame of the forest
 
84. For which one of the following snakes is the diet mainly composed of their snakes?
      a) Krait              b) Russell’s viper
      c)Rattlesnake   d) King cobra
 
85. In which one of the following kinds of organisms is the phenomenon found wherein the female kills the male after copulation?
       a) Dragonfly       b) Honeybee
       c)Spider              d) Pit viper
 
86. Which of the following pairs are correctly matched?
Institute Location
   1. National Centre for Cell Science    : Mysore
   2. Centre for DNA Fingerprinting  
        and Diagnostics                                 : Hyderabad
  3. National Brian Research Centre      : Gurgaon
Codes:
     a) 1,2 and 3       b) 1 and 2
     c)2 and 3           d) 1 and 3
 
87. Where was the first desalination plant in India to produce one lakh litres freshwater per day based on low temperature thermal desalination principle commissioned?
    a) Kavaratti      b) Port Blair
    c)Mangalore    d) Valsad
 
88. Consider the following statements:
  1. Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) in respect of carbon credits is one of the Kyoto Protocol Mechanisms.
  2. Under the CDM, the projects handled pertain only to the Annex – I countries.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
      a) 1 only              b) 2 only
      c)Both 1 and 2   d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
89. Who among the following discovered heavy water?
         a) Heinrich Hertz        b) H.C.Urey
         c) G. Mendal                 d)Joseph Priestly 
 
90. Which one of the following is a spacecraft?
        a) Apophis           b) Cassini
        c)Spitzer              d) Tech Sar
 
91. In which one of the following locations is the International Themonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) project to  
      be built?
            a) Northern Spain          b) Southern France
            c)Eastern Germany        d) Southern Italy
 
92. What is the purpose of US Space Agency’s Themis Mission, which was recently in the news?
            a) To study the possibility of life on Mars
            b) To study the satellites of Saturn
            c) To study the colourful display of high latitude skies
            d) To build a space laboratory to study the stellar explosions
 
 93. Which of the following pairs is/are correctly matched?
             1. Francis Collins  : Mappings human genome
             2. Sergey Brin        : Google Search Engine
             3. Jimmy Wales     : Wikipedia
Codes:
     a) 1 and 2     b) 2 and 3
     c)3 only        d) 1,2 and 3
 
94. Consider the following statements about probiotic food:
    1. Probiotic food contains live bacteria which are considered beneficial to humans. 
    2. Probiotic food helps in maintaining gut flora.
    Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
       a) 1 only                b) 2 only
       c)Both 1 and 2     d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
95. Consider the following:
    1. Rice fields                  2. Coal mining
    3.Domestic animals    4. Wetlands
Which of the above are sources of methane, a major greenhouse gas?
      a) 1 and 4        b) 2 and 3
      c)1,2 and 3     d) 1,2,3 and 4
 
96. What is Bisphenol A (BPA)?
          a) A medical test for detecting cancer
          b) A test for testing the use of drugs to improve performance by athletes
          c) A chemical used for the development of food – packaging materials
          d) A special type of alloy steel
 
97. Which one of the following laser types is used in a later printer?
         a) Dye laser                        b) Gas laser
         c) Semiconductor laser   d) Excimer laser
 
98. In the series 
       AABABCABCDABCDE …
    Which letter occupies the 100th postion?
        a) H         b) I          c) J           d) K
 
99. What is the number of terms in the series 117, 120, 123, 126, … 333 ?
         a) 72        b) 73       c) 76         d) 79
 
100. March 1, 2008 was Saturday. Which day was it on March 1?
           a) Thursday       b) Friday
           c) Saturday        d) Sunday
 
101. What does Baudhayan theorem (Baudhayan Sulva Sutra) relate to?
             a) Lengths of sides of a right – angled triangle
             b) Calculation of the value of pi
             c) Logarithmic calculations
             d) Normal distribution curve
 
102. In how many different ways can all of 5 identical balls be placed in the cells shown above such that each row 
       contains at least 1 ball?
 
 
     a) 64           b) 81          c) 84          d) 108
 
103. There are 6 different letters and 6 correspondingly addressed envelopes. If the letters are randomly put in the envelopes, what is the probability that exactly 5 letters go into the correctly addressed envelopes?
    a) Zero            b) 1/6              c) ½              d) 5/6 
 
 104. There are two identical red, two identical black and two identical white balls. In how many different ways can  the balls be placed in the cells (each cell to contain one ball) shown above such that balls of the same colour do not occupy any two consecutive cells?
           a) 15           b) 18                 c) 24          d) 30
 
105. How many different triangles are there in the figure shown above?
             a) 28             b) 12               c) 20            d) 16
 
106. In how many different ways can four books A, B, C and D be arranged one above another in a vertical order such 
        that the books A and B are never in continuous position?
                           a) 9             b) 12                 c) 14               d) 18
 
107. Carpenter A can make a chair in 6 hours, carpenter B in 7 hours and carpenter C in 8 hours. If each carpenter   
        works for 8 hours per day, how many chairs will be made in 21 days?
                             a) 61          b) 67                 c) 73                   d) 79
 
108. A person purchases 100 pens at a discount of 10%.  Then net amount of money spent by the person to purchase the pens is Rs. 600.  The selling expenses incurred by the person are 15% on the net cost price.  What should be the selling price for 100 pens in order to earn a profit of 25%?
                  a) Rs. 802.50          b) Rs. 811.25
                  c) Rs. 862.50          d) Rs. 875
 
109. A school teacher has to select the maximum possible number of different groups of 3 students out of a total of 6 
      students.  In how many groups any particular student will be included?
               a) 6            b) 8          c) 10       d) 12
 
110. In an examination, 70% of the students passed in the Paper I, and 60% of the students passed in the Paper II. 15% of the students failed in both the papers while 270 students passed in both the papers.  What is the total number of students?
               a) 600        b) 580        c) 560      d) 540
 
111. Which one of the following is the correct sequence in respect of the Roman numerals – C, D, L and M?
     a) C > D > L > M
     b) M > L > D > C
     c) M > D > C > L
     d) L>C>D>M
 
112. Where was the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Rio + 10) held?
           a) Davos                  b) Nova Scotia
           c) Johannesburg   d) Shanghai
 
 113. Which one of the following countries won the Euro Football Tournament, 2004 held in Portugal?
           a) Italy         b) France
           c) Greece    d) Portugal
 
114. ‘Hand – in Hand 2007’, a joint anti – terrorism military training was held by the officers of the Indian Army and officers of Army of which one of the following countries?
                  a) China      b) Japan         c) Russia    d) USA
 
115. What does S & P 500 relate to?
         a) Supercomputer
         b) A new technique in e – business
         c) A new technique in bridge building
         d) An index of stocks of large companies
 
116. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
                   List I                  List II
                  (Person)             (Area)
       A. K.P. Singh              1. Banking
       B. Vikram Pandit       2. Fiction writing
       C. Roopa Farooki       3. Retail Business
       D. Kishore Biyani       4. Real estate
Codes: 
    A B C D
a) 4 2 1 3
b) 3 1 2 4
c) 3 2 1 4
d) 4 1 2 3
 
117. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
                    List I                                     List II
(Organization)                             (Associated/ Convention Person 
                                                          / Place/ Headquarters)
  A. Amnesty International            1. Viskuli
  B. Commonwealth of 
Independent States (CIS)              2. Paris
  C. Danube Commission                3. Peter Benenson
  D. European Space Agency          4.Belgrade convention
Codes:
   A B C D
a) 3 1 4 2
b) 4 2 3 1
c) 3 2 4 1
d) 4 1 3 2
 
118. Among the Indian languages, which one is spoken maximum in the world after Hindi?
         a) Telugu       b) Tamil
         c)Bengali       d) Malayalam
 
119. Kim Dae – Jung won the Nobel Prize for Peace.  He is from which one of the following countries?
        a) Vietnam           b) Combodia
        c)South Korea     d) Japan
 
120. Ogaden region has been a source of conflict between which countries?
             a) Morocco and Algeria
             b) Negeria and Cameroon
             c) Angola and Zambia
             d) Ethiopia and Somalia
 
121. Near which one of the following cities are Palitana temples located?
           a) Bhavnagar      b) Mount Abu
           c)Nasik                 d) Ujjain
 
122. Cristina Kirchner succeeded her husband to become President of a south American country.  Which is that country?
           a) Chile               b) Argentina
           c) Colombia       d) Venezuela
 
123. In the year 2007, an earthquake led to massive radioactive water leakage in the largest nuclear plant in the world.  In which country did it occur?
             a) Germany    b) Canada
             c) Japan          d)USA
 
124. What is agent Orange?
          a) An ace spying group trained by the Police in London
          b) A week – killing chemical used by the US Military in the Vietnam War
          c) A technique used in the advanced railway safety procedure
          d) A special chemical used in making alloy steel
 
125. The term ‘Prisoner’s Dilemma’ is associated with which one of the following?
              a) A technique in glass manufacture
              b) A term used in shipping industry
              c) A situation under the game theory
              d) Name of a supercomputer
 
126. Which of the following pairs is/are correctly matched?
          Theory/Law Associated Scientist
     1. Continental Drift           : Edwin Hubble
     2. Expansion of Universe : Alfred Wegener
     3. Photoelectric Effect       : Albert Einstein
Codes:
     a) 2 and 3    b) 3 only
     c) 2 only       d) 1 only
 
127. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
               List I                             List II
          (Person)                           (Area)
 A. Sabyasachi Mukherjee    1. Microfinance loans
 B. Aniruddha Bahal              2. Pharmaceuticals
 C. Vikram Akula                    3. Fashion designing
 D. Yusuf Hamied                   4.Investigative Journalism
Codes:
A B C D
a) 1 2 3 4
b) 3 4 1 2
c) 1 4 3 2
d) 3 2 1 4
 
128. Ebraham Alkazi is an eminest personality in which one of the following areas?
    a) Heart surgery
    b) Civil aviation
    c) Theatre training
    d) Transport engineering
 
129. Bimbavati Devi is a well – known dancer of which type of dance?
             a) Manipuri    b) Bhart Natyam
             c) Kuchipudi   d) Odissi
 
130.How is Sarosh Zaiwalla well – known as?
     a) A leading theatre personality
     b) A leading wildlife photographer
     c) A leading international legal expert
     d) A leading orthopaedic surgeon
 
131. Department of Border management is a Department of which one of the following Union Ministers?
      a) Ministry of Defence
      b) Ministry of Home Affairs
      c) Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways
      d) Ministry of Environment and Forests
 
132. For which one of the following reforms was a Commission set up under the Chairmanship of Veerappa Moily by the Government of India?
   a) Police Reforms
   b) Tax Reforms
   c) Reforms in Technical Education
   d) Administrative Reforms
 
133. Elizabeth Hawley is well – known for her writings relating to which one of the following?
     a) Historical monuments in India
     b) Regional dances in India
     c) Himalayan expeditions
     d) Wildlife in India
 
134. Nobel Prize winning scientist James D. Watson is known for his work in which area?
        a) Metallurgy                              b) Meteorology
        c) Environmental protection   d) Genetics
 
135. Who among the following has been the captain of the Indian team in Cricket Test Matches for the Maximum number of times?
    a) Sunil Gavasker
    b) Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi
    c) Saurav Ganguly
    d) Mohammad Azharuddin
 
136. In the context of the Indian Defence, what is ‘Dhruv’?
     a) Aircraft – carrying warship
     b) Missile – carrying submarine
     c) Advanced light helicopter
     d) Intercontinental ballistic missile
 
137. Starting with the Australian Open Lawn Tennis Tournament, which one of the other three major Lawn Tennis chronological order of the other three major Lawn Tennis Torunaments?
    a) French Open – US Open – Wimbledon
    b) French Open – Wimbledon – US Open
    c) Wimbledon – US Open – French Open
    d) Wimbledon – French Open – US Open
 
138. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists:
                   List I                                        List II
        (Service / Agency)                        (Country)
  A. Foreign Intelligence Service        1. Israel
  B. Ministry of State Security            2. Britain
  C. Secret Intelligence Service           3. China
   D. The Mossad                                    4. Russia
Codes:
    A B C D
a) 4 1 2 3
b) 2 3 4 1
c) 4 3 2 1
d) 2 1 4 3
 
139. Rangarajan has been actively involved in the Pan – Asian Commission addressing to which one of the following issues?
                  a) Promotion of tourism in the Asian region
                  b) Impact of HIV/AIDS in the Asian region
                  c) Promotion of free trade in the Asian region
                  d) Higher technical education in the universities in the Asian region
 
140. Which one of the following is correct in respect of Indian football team’s performance in the Olympic Games?
                   a) India has never participated in the Olympic Football Tournament
                   b) India played only in the first round
                   c) India entered only up to the quarter finals
                   d) India entered the semi finals
 
141. Norman Ernest Borlaug who is regarded as the father of the Green Revolution in India is from which country?
             a) United States of America
             b) Mexico
             c) Australia
             d) New Zealand
 
142. What is the number of spokes in the Dharmachakra in the National Flag of India?
                a) 16         b) 18         c) 22            d) 24
 
143. From which one of the following did India buy the Barak anti – missile defence systems?
               a) Israel     b) France    c) Russia    d) USA
 
144. Selene – 1, the lunar orbiter mission belongs to which one of the following?
              a) China   b) Europena Union
              c) Japan    d)USA
 
145. Recently, the manuscripts of which one of the following have been included in the UNESCO’s Memory of World Register?
           a) Abhidhamma Pitaka
           b) Mahabharata
           c) Ramayana
           d) Rig – Veda
 
146. Consider the following statements:
    1. Orange Prize is awarded to a work of published fiction in English by a woman
    2. Pulitzer Prize is awarded by the Commonwealth Foundation to a citizen of any Common wealth country for any literary work in English
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
                a) 1 only               b) 2 only
                c)Both 1 and 2    d) Neither 1 nor 2
 
147. Which one of the following Union Ministers is implementing the Biodiesel Mission (as Nodal Ministry)?
              a) Ministry of Agriculture
              b) Ministry of Science and Technology
              c) Ministry of New and Renewable Energy
              d) Minsitry of Rural development
 
148. Who among the following translated the Autobiography of Madam Curie in Hindi?
            a) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
            b) Lal Bahadur Shastri
            c) Choudhary Charan Singh 
            d) Gobind Vallabh Pant
 
149. Who among the following Gandhian followers was a teacher by profession?
               a) A. N. Sinha
               b) Braj Kishore Prasad
               c) J.B. Kriplani
               d) Rajendra Prasad
 
150. Which one of the following was a journal brought out by Abdul Kalam Azad?
           a) Al – Hilal                       b) Comrade
           c)The Indian Sociologist d) Zamindar