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1. Which of the following Mahatma Gandhi series of currency notes issued by the RBI has a drawing of the 'Parliament House' depicted on it?
(A) Rs. 500 (B) Rs. 100
(C) Rs. 50 (D) Rs. 10
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2. Of the various ways of financing Government's investment expenditure, the least inflationary is–
(A) foreign aid (B) deficit financing
(C) taxation (D) public borrowing
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3. Which one of the following countries is located South of the equator?
(A) Cameroon (B) Sudan
(C) Nigeria (D) Rwanda
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4. Which one of the following trains/railways passes through Germany, France, Austria, Hungary and Romania?
(A) Trans-Siberian (B) Cape-Cairo
(C) Orient Express (D) Union and Central Pacific
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5. Which of the following was not an exclusive prerogative of the Mughal emperor?
(A) Jharokha-i-darshan
(B) Taslim-i-chauki
(C) Naqqara or beating of a kettledrum when the emperor held court or went out
(D) The privilege of weighment against gold and jewels
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6. Which of the following statements about the Mughal Emperor Akbar is /are correct?
(A) During his reign, the office of the vakil came into existence
(B) He, for the first time divided the Mughal empire into provinces
(C) Both 'a' and 'b'
(D) Neither 'a' nor 'b'
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7. As a geopolitical strategic relationship, India has been active in creating a quadrilateral coalition. Which one of the following is not in the proposed coalition?
(A) Australia (B) Indonesia
(C) Japan (D) USA
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8. The Mahzar or an attested statement signed by the seven leading Ulemas was issued by–
(A) Akbar (B) Aurangzeb
(C) Humayun (D) Shahjahan
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9. With whose permission did the English set up their first factory at Surat?
(A) Akbar (B) Jahangir
(C) Shahjahan (D) Aurangzeb
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10. Which one of the following regions of India is now regarded as an 'ecological hotspot'?
(A) Western Himalayas (B) Eastern Himalayas
(C) Western Ghats (D) Eastern Ghats
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11. What is the purpose of adding baking soda to dough?
(A) To generate moisture (B) To give a good flavour
(C) To give a good colour (D) To generate carbon dioxide
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12. Which one of the following is correct? Butter is–
(A) a supercooled oil (B) an emulsion
(C) a molecular solid (D) a gel
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13. The bonding between the nitrogenous bases of one strand with another strand of DNA is done by–
(A) covalent bond (B) van der Waals' interaction
(C) hydrogen bond (D) ionic bond
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14. Fundamental Duties were incorporated in the Constitution on the recommendation of–
(A) Shah Commission (B) Administrative Reform Commission
(C) Santhanam Committee (D) Swaran Singh Committee
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15. Which one among the following is a fundamental duty of citizens under the Constitution of India?
(A) To provide friendly cooperation to the people of the neighbouring countries
(B) To protect monuments of national importance
(C) To defend the country and render national service when called upon to do so
(D) To know more and more about the history of India
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16. Take the case of dignity and equal rights for women. How do democracies help?
(A) Women in democracies have equal degree of political representation in legislatures
(B) Women in democracies have guaranteed rights and are always treated with respect
(C) women in democracies are not subjected to sex discrimination in most aspects of social life
(D) In democracies, the principal of equality us accepted as legal norm, which makes it easier to guarantee their freedom and dignity
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17. Which day has been declared as Balika Diwas (Girl Day) by Ministry of Woman and Children Development?
(A) October 9 (B) April 5
(C) December 9 (D) None of these
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18. The main objective of TRYSEM was–
(A) to train urban youth for self employment (B) to train rural youth for self employment
(C) Both 'a' and 'b' (D) None of the above
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19. Which one of the following terms for natural vegetation is associated with Siberia?
(A) Selvas (B) Taiga
(C) Pampas (D) Savanna
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20. Dalbergia species is associated with which one of the following?
(A) Cashew nut (B) Coffee
(C) Tea (D) Rosewood
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21. Who was first to formulate the theory of three successive phases of British colonialism in India, namely, Mercantilism, Free Trade Mercantile Capitalism and Finance Imperialism?
(A) Dadabhai Naoroji (B) R C Dutt
(C) R P Dutt Marx (D) Karl Marx
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22. In course of time, the dadni merchants in India were found to be too independent and disinclined to comply with their contracts. In 1753, the dadni merchants were replaced by–
(A) Banians (B) Gomashtas
(C) Dubashes (D) Paikars
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23. How is Ban-ki-Moon known as?
(A) President of South Korea (B) Head of World Bank
(C) A famous scientist of Genetic Engineering (D) Secretary General of UN
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24. The modern Indian middle class owed its birth to–
(A) the struggle between the ruling class and the proletariat
(B) the political upheavals in the country on account of the disintegration of the Mughal empire
(C) European enterprise in India resulting in the growth of a new working class and urban revolution
(D) industrialisation
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25. How did the East India Company directly organise the drain of Bengal after acquisition of its diwani?
(A) It started sending to England the revenues realised by it in its capacity as the diwan
(B) It encouraged its servants to send their savings home
(C) It converted its earning, as the diwan, into bullion
(D) It began to purchase Indian goods out of the revenues of Bengal and to export them
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