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

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In the cities of our country, which among the following atmospheric gases are normally considered in calculating the value of Air Quality Index?

1. Carbon dioxide
2. Carbon monoxide
3. Nitrogen dioxide
4. Sulfur dioxide
5. Methane

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

1. 1, 2 and 3 only 2. 2, 3 and 4 only
3. 1, 4 and 5 only 4. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


With reference to `Astrosat', the astronomical observatory launched by India, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Other than USA and Russia, India is the only country to have launched a similar observatory into space.
2. Astrosat is a 2000 kg satellite placed in an orbit at 1650 km above the surface of the Earth.

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


With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term Araghatta' refers to

1. bonded labour 2. land grants made to military officers
3. waterwheel used in the irrigation of land 4. wastel and converted to cultivated land


With reference to the cultural history of India, the memorizing of chronicles, dynastic histories and Epictales was the profession of who of the following?

1. Shramana 2. Parivraaj a k a
3. Agrahaarika 4. Maagadha


Recently, for the first time in our country, which of the following States has declared a particular butterfly as 'State Butterfly'?

1. Arunachal Pradesh 2. Himachal Pradesh
3. Karnataka 4. Maharashtra


Consider the following statements:

The Mangalyaan launched by ISRO

1. is also called the Mars Orbiter Mission
2. made India the second country to have a spacecraft orbit the Mars after USA
3. made India the only country to be successful in making its spacecraft orbit the Mars in its very first attempt

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

1. 1 only 2. 2 and 3 only
3. 1 and 3 only 4. 1, 2 and 3


What was the main reason for the split in the Indian National Congress at Surat in 1907?

1. Introduction of communalism into Indian politics by Lord Minto 2. Extremists' lack of faith in the capacity of the moderates to negotiate with the British Government
3. Foundation of Muslim League 4. Aurobindo Ghosh's inability to be elected as the President of the Indian National Congress


The plan of Sir Stafford Cripps envisaged that after the Second World War

1. India should be granted complete independence 2. India should be partitioned into two before granting independence
3. India should be made a republic with the condition that she will join the Commonwealth 4. India should be given Dominion status


Consider the following pairs:

Famous place  Region
1. Bodhgaya  Baghelkhand
2. Khajuraho  Bundelkhand
3. Shirdi  Vidarbha
4. Nasik (Nashik)  Malwa
5. Tirupati  Rayalaseema

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

1. 1, 2 and 4 2. 2, 3, 4 and 5
3. 2 and 5 only 4. 1, 3, 4 and 5


The Parliament of India acquires the power to legislate on any item in the State List in the national interest if a resolution to thateffect is passed by the

1. Lok Sabha by a simple majority of its total membership 2. Lok Sabha by a majority of not less than two-thirds of its total membership
3. Rajya Sabha by a simple majority of its total membership 4. Rajya Sabha by a majority of not less than two-thirds of its members present and voting