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1. The Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MOEFCC) has issued new guidelines for import of exotic species. According to the advisory, “Exotic live species” shall be construed to mean:   

  • 1. Animal or plant species moved from their original range (location) to a new one.
  • 2. Animals named under the Appendices I, II and III of the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) of Wild Fauna and Flora.
  • 3. Species covered by the Wildlife (Protection) Act of 1972.
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

2. Consider the following statements:

  • 1. Infosys is the only Indian company ever to win a UN climate award. 
  • 2. Infosys has made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2021. 
  • 3. Being a carbon neutral company means only using renewable energy resources to meet the energy related needs.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

3. Consider the following statements:

  • 1. Conventional plant breeding involves crossing species of the same genus to provide the offspring with the desired traits of both parents. 
  • 2. Genetic engineering aims to transcend the genus barrier by introducing an alien gene in the seeds to get the desired effects. 
  • Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
 
 
 
 

4. Consider the following statements: 

  • 1. Bt cotton has two alien genes from a soil bacterium that allows the crop to develop a protein toxic to the common pest pink bollworm. 
  • 2. Ht Bt cotton is derived with the insertion of an additional gene, from the same soil bacterium, which allows the plant to resist the common herbicide glyphosate.
  • Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
 
 
 
 

5. Which of the following statements in the context of ‘genetically modified crops’ in India are correct? 

  • 1. In Bt brinjal, a gene allows the plant to resist attacks of fruit and shoot borer.
  • 2. In DMH-11 mustard, genetic modification allows cross-pollination in a crop that self-pollinates in nature.
  • 3. In Bt cotton, genes from a soil bacterium allows the crop to develop a protein toxic to the common pest pink bollworm. 
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

6. Consider the following statements: 

  • 1. According to the Sikkim-Tibet Convention of 1890, the boundary in the area is based on the watershed principles.
  • 2. India recognises the Tibetan Autonomous Region as a part of China, and China recognises Sikkim as a State of the Indian Union.
  • 3. The international boundary at Sikkim while undisputed, remains undemarcated on the ground.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

7. Consider the following statements about the ‘Finance Commission’: 

  • 1. It is a statutory body.
  • 2. It is set up every five years but can be set up earlier than that.
  • 3. It is set up by the Finance Ministry with the Union Finance Minister as the ex-officio chairman.
  • Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
 
 
 
 

8. The Finance Commission is a constitutional body set up by the President of India under Article 280 of the Constitution, every five years or earlier to decide/recommend:

  • 1. The share of the Union government and state governments in the divisible pool of tax revenue. 
  • 2. The share of each state from the share of states in the divisible pool. 
  • 3. The share of funds and grants to be transferred to local bodies.
  • 4. The share of each local body from the share of local bodies in the divisible pool.
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

9.  In the Union Budget, which of the following transfers constitutes ‘Finance Commission Grants’? 

  • 1. Grants for rural local bodies
  • 2. Grants for urban local bodies
  • 3. Assistance to State Disaster Response Fund
  • 4. Post devolution revenue deficit grants
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

10.  Arrange the following in decreasing order of the contribution they receive under the ‘Finance Commission Grants’ in the Union Budget: 

  • 1. Grants for rural local bodies
  • 2. Grants for urban local bodies
  • 3. Assistance to State Disaster Response Fund
  • 4. Post devolution revenue deficit grants
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

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