UPSC CSE/IAS Prelims 2016 General Studies Paper I with answer key and explanation

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11. 

'Net metering' is sometimes seen in the news in the context of promoting the

1. production and use of solar energy by the households/consumers 2. use of piped natural gas in the kitchens of households
3. installation of CNG kits in motor-cars 4. installation of water meters in urban households



12. 

India's ranking in the 'Ease of Doing Business Index' is sometimes seen in the news. Which of the following has declared that ranking?

1. Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) 2. World Economic Forum
3. World Bank 4. World Trade Organization (WTO) Answer



13. 

Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally

1. agriculturists 2. warriors
3. weavers 4. traders



14. 

Who of the following had first deciphered the edicts of Emperor Ashoka?

1. Georg Bilhler 2. James Prinsep
3. Max Muller 4. William Jones



15. 

With reference to the 'Gram Nyayalaya Act', which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. As per the Act, Gram Nyayalayas can hear only civil cases and not criminal cases.
2. The Act allows local social activists as mediators/reconciliators.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

1. 1 only 2. 2 only
3. Both 1 and 2 4. Neither 1 nor 2



16. 

With reference to the 'Trans-Pacific Partnership', consider the following statements :

1. It is an agreement among all the Pacific Rim countries except China and Russia.
2. It is a strategic alliance for the purpose of maritime security only.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

1. 1 only 2. 2 only
3. Both 1 and 2 4. Neither 1 nor 2



17. 

Consider the following statements :

The India-Africa Summit

1. held in 2015 was the third such Summit
2. was actually initiated by Jawaharlal Nehru in 1951

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

1. 1 only 2. 2 only
3. Both 1 and 2 4. Neither 1 nor 2



18. 

What is/are the purpose/purposes of the `Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)' announced by RBI?

1. These guidelines help improve the transparency in the methodology followed by banks for determining the interest rates on advances.
2. These guidelines help ensure availability of bank credit at interest rates which are fair to the borrowers as well as the banks.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

1. 1 only 2. 2 only
3. Both 1 and 2 4. Neither 1 nor 2



19. 

What is/are unique about ‘Kharai camel’, a breed found in India?

1. It is capable of swimming up to three kilometres in seawater.
2. It survives by grazing on mangroves.
3. It lives in the wild and cannot be domesticated.

1. 1 only 2. 2 only
3. Both 1 and 2 4. Neither 1 nor 2



20. 

Recently, our scientists have discovered a new and distinct species of banana plant which attains a height of about 11 metres and has orange-coloured fruit pulp. In which part of India has it been discovered?

1. Andaman Islands 2. Anaimalai Forests
3. Maikala Hills 4. Tropical rain forests of northeast