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

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Which one of the following statements correctly describes the meaning of legal tender money ?

1. The money which is tendered in courts of law to defray the fee of legal cases 2. The money which a creditor is under compulsion to accept in settlement of his claims
3. The bank money in the form of cheques, drafts, bills of exchange, etc. 4. The metallic money in circulation in a country


If a commodity is provided free to the public by the Government, then

1. the opportunity cost is zero. 2. the opportunity cost is ignored.
3. the opportunity cost is transferred from the consumers of the product to the tax-paying public. 4. the opportunity cost is transferred from the consumers of the product to the Government.


Increase in absolute and per capita real GNP do not connote a higher level of economic development, if

1. industrial output fails to keep pace with agricultural output. 2. agricultural output fails to keep pace with industrial output.
3. poverty and unemployment increase 4. imports grow faster than exports.


Consider the following statements: Human capital formation as a concept is better explained in terms of a process, which enables

1. individuals of a country to accumulate more capital.
2. increasing the knowledge, skill levels and capacities of the people of the country.
3. accumulation of tangible wealth.
4. accumulation of intangible wealth.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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


Despite being a high saving economy, capital formation may not result in significant increase in output due to

1. weak administrative machinery 2. illiteracy
3. high population density 4. high capital-output ratio


After the Santhal Uprising subsided, what was/were the measure/measures taken by the colonial government?

1. The territories called `Santhal Paraganas' were created.
2. It became illegal for a Santhal to transfer land to a non-Santhal.

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


Economically, one of the results of the British rule in India in the 19th century was the

1. increase in the export of Indian handicrafts 2. growth in the number of Indian owned factories
3. commercialization of Indian agriculture 4. rapid increase in the urban population


If the President of India exercises his power as provided under Article 356 of the Constitution in respect of a particular State, then

1. the Assembly of the State is automatically dissolved. 2. the powers of the Legislature of that State shall be exercisable by or under the authority of the Parliament.
3. Article 19 is suspended in that State. 4. the President can make laws relating to that State.


Consider the following pairs:

Craft Heritage of
1. Puthukkuli shawls — Tamil Nadu
2. Sujni embroidery — Maharashtra
3. Uppada Jamdani saris — Karnataka

Which of the pairs given above is/are correct?

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


In which of the following areas can GPS technology be used?

1. Mobile phone operations

2. Banking operations
3. Controlling the power grids

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