UPSC CSE/IAS Prelims 2018 General Studies Paper I with answer key and explanation

This page contains UPSC CSE/IAS Prelims 2018 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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21. 

Which one of the following best describes the term "Merchant Discount Rate" sometimes seen in news ?

1. The incentive given by a bank to a merchant for accepting payments through debit cards pertaining to that bank. 2. The amount paid back by banks to their customers when they use debit cards for financial transactions for purchasing goods or services.
3. The charge to a merchant by a bank for accepting payments from his customers through the bank's debit cards. 4. The incentive given by the Government, to merchants for promoting digital payments by their customers through Point of Sale (PoS) machines and debit cards.



22. 

What is/are the consequence/consequences of a country becoming the member of the `Nuclear Suppliers Group'?

1. It will have access to the latest and most efficient nuclear technologies.
2. It automatically becomes a member of "The Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT)".

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



23. 

With reference to India's decision to levy an equalization tax of 6% on online advertisement services offered by non-resident entities, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. It is introduced as a part of the Income Tax Act.
2. Non-resident entities that offer advertisement services in India can claim a tax credit in their home country under the "Double Taxation Avoidance Agreements".

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



24. 

Consider the following statements

1. The Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) Review Committee Report has recommended a debt to GDP ratio of 60% for the general (combined) government by 2023, comprising 40% for the Central Government and 20% for the State Governments.
2. The Central Government has domestic liabilities of 21% of GDP as compared to that of war of GDP of the State 2 Governments.
3. As per the Constitution of India, it is mandatory for a State to take the Central Government’s consent for raising any loan if the former owes any outstanding liabilities to the latter.

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



25. 

Consider the following statements

1. The quantity of imported edible oils is more than the domestic production of edible oils in the last five years.
2. The Government does not impose any customs duty on all the imported edible oils a special case.

Which of two statements given above is/are correct

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



26. 

He wrote biographies of Mazzini, Garibaldi, Shivaji and Shrikrishna; stayed in America for some time; and was also elected to the Central Assembly. He was

1. Aurobindo Ghosh 2. Bipin Chandra Pal
3. Lala Lajpat Rai 4. Motilal Nehru



27. 

Consider the following statements :

1. Aadhaar card can be used as a proof of citizenship or domicile.
2. Once issued, Aadhaar number cannot be deactivated or omitted by the Issuing Authority.

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



28. 

Which of the following has/have shrunk immensely/dried up in the recent past due to human activities ? 1. Aral Sea 2. Black Sea 3. Lake Baikal Select the correct answer using the code given below :

1. 1 only 2. 2 and 3
3. 2 only 4. I and 3



29. 

"Rule of Law Index" is released by which of the following ?

1. Amnesty International 2. International Court of Justice
3. The Office of UN Commissioner for Human Rights 4. World Justice Project



30. 

Which one of the following links all the ATMs in India ?

1. Indian banks' Association 2. National Securities Depository Limited
3. National Payments Corporation of India 4. Reserve Bank of India