UPSC CSE/IAS Prelims 2017 General Studies Paper I with answer key and explanation

This page contains UPSC CSE/IAS Prelims 2017 General Studies(GS) Questions Paper I with answer key and explanation. It really helps to take a look at these questions and even better if one try to solve them in timely manner.

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The main advantage of the parliamentary form of government is that

1. the executive and legislature work independently. 2. it provides continuity of policy and is more efficient.
3. the executive remains responsible to the legislature. 4. the head of the government cannot be changed without election.


In the context of India, which one of the following is the correct relationship between Rights and Duties?

1. Rights are correlative with Duties. 2. Rights are personal and hence independent of society and Duties.
3. Rights, not Duties, are important for the advancement of the personality of the citizen. 4. Duties, not Rights, are important for the stability of the State.


With mind of the makers of the Constitution of India is reflected in which of the following?

1. The Preamble 2. The Fundamental Rights
3. The Directive Principles of State Policy 4. The Fundamental Duties


If you travel by road from Kohima to Kottayam, what is the minimum number of States withing India through which you can travel, including the origin and the destination?

1. 6 2. 7
3. 8 4. 9


The Parliament of India exercises control over the functions of the Couoncil of Ministers through :

1. Adjournment motion
2. Question hour
3. Supplementary questions

Select the correct answer using the code given below

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


With reference to the Parliament of India, consider the following statements :

1. A private member’s bill is a bill presented by a Member of Parliament who is not elected but only nominated by the President of India.
2. Recently, a private member’s bill has been passed in the Parliament of India for the first time in its history.

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


With reference to the difference between the culture of Rigvedic Aryans and Indus Valley people, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. Rigvedic Aryans used the coat of mail and helmet in warfare whereas the people of Indus Valley Civilization did not leave any evidence of using them.
2. Rigvedic Aryans knew gold, silver and copper whereas Indus Valley people knew only copper and iron.
3. Rigvedic Aryans had domesticated the horse whereas there is no evidence of Indus Valley people having been aware of this animal.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

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


‘Recognition of Prior Learning Scheme’ is sometimes mentioned in the news with reference to :

1. Certifying the skills acquired by construction workers through traditional channels. 2. Enrolling the persons in Universities for distance learning programmes.
3. Reserving some skilled jobs to rural and urban poor in some public sector undertakings. 4. Certifying the skills acquired by trainees under the National Skill Development Programme.


From ecological point of view, which one of the following assumes importance in being a good link between the Eastern Ghats and the Western Ghats?

1. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve 2. Nallamala Forest
3. Nagarhole National Park 4. Seshachalam Biosphere Reserve


One of the implications of equality in society is the absence of

1. Privileges 2. Restraints
3. Competition 4. Ideology