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5TH SEPTEMBER , 2020 : DAILY 10.30 A.M UPSC PRELIMS (25 QUESTIONS) MCQS

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1. Consider the following statements about the ‘Scheme for Promotion of Academic and Research Collaboration (SPARC)’:

  1. It has been launched by the Department of Science & Technology to improve the research ecosystem of India’s higher educational institutions.
  2. It aims at facilitating academic and research collaborations between Indian educational institutions and the Indian Private Sector.
  • Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
 
 
 
 

2. Recently, six cities were selected for technical assistance from US Treasury department to raise municipal bonds. These include:

  1. Mysuru
  2. Rajkot
  3. Lucknow
  4. Mangaluru
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

3.  Which of the following schemes has been launched by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs?

  1. National Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY)
  2. Smart Cities Mission (SCM)
  3. Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

4. Which of the following are among the features of the ‘Smart Cities Mission (SCM)’ of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs?

  1. Preserving and developing open spaces.
  2. Promoting mixed land use in area-based developments.
  3. Giving an identity to the city based on its main economic activity.
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

5. Which of the following strategies are proposed to be used to make cities smarter in India under ‘Smart Cities Mission (SCM)’?

  1. City improvement (retrofitting)
  2. City renewal (redevelopment)
  3. City extension (greenfield development)
  4. Pan-city initiatives
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

6. Consider the following statements:

  1. While Smart Cities Mission covers 100 cities, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) is aimed at transforming 200 cities and towns.
  2. A project-oriented development approach is adopted under (AMRUT) in contrast to the area-based approach of Smart Cities Mission.
  • Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
 
 
 
 

7. Consider the following statements about the ‘Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT)’:

  1. It is a centrally sponsored scheme with 80% budgetary support from the Centre.
  2. Under this mission, 10% of the budget allocation will be given to States/UTs as incentives based on the achievement of reforms during the previous year.
  3. The universal coverage of water supply and sewerage services have been given more priority than creating green space and parks.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

8. The ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban)’ aims to provide central assistance to Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) and other implementing agencies through States/UTs during 2015-2022 for:

  1. In-situ slum rehabilitation of Slum Dwellers with the participation of private developers using land as a resource.
  2. Promotion of affordable housing for weaker sections through credit-linked subsidy.
  3. Affordable housing in partnership with the Public & Private Sectors.
  4. Subsidy for beneficiary-led individual house construction or enhancement.
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

9. Which of the following components of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban)’ is being implemented as a Central Sector Scheme?

 
 
 
 

10. As a part of Global Housing Technology Challenge- India, six Light House Projects (LHP) consisting of about 1,000 houses each with physical & social infrastructure facilities is being constructed at which of the following places?

  1. Surat
  2. Chennai
  3. Ranchi
  4. Agartala
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

11. Consider the following statements:

  1. The ‘Angikaar’ campaign for change management has been launched by the Ministry of Social Justice in more than 4000 cities.
  2. The campaign addresses and enables beneficiaries to adapt to life transformation that comes with shifting to a newly constructed house.
  • Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
 
 
 
 

12. Consider the following statements about the ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing for All (Urban)’:

  1. All houses built or expanded under the Mission should essentially have toilet facility.
  2. The houses under the Mission should be designed and constructed to meet the requirements of structural safety against earthquakes and floods.
  3. Through the Credit Link Subsidy Scheme (CLSS), for the first time, the Middle Income Group (MIG) is being provided benefits for their housing needs.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

13. The Google News Initiative, a $300 million project, is aimed to:

 
 
 
 

14. Almost every year Assam faces the threat of floods. Which of the following factors make the floods so destructive in Assam?

  1. The Brahmaputra ranks fourth in discharge at the mouth.
  2. The Brahmaputra carries vast amount of sediment comes from Tibet.
  3. Because of the earthquake-prone nature of the region, Brahmaputra has not been able to acquire a stable character.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

15. The southwest monsoon has galloped to cover the entire country this year at a pace not seen since 2013, according to the India Meteorological Department (IMD). Consider the following statements in this regard:

  1. The normal date for the monsoon to span the whole country is June 15.
  2. Monsoon was briefly stalled due to the impact of cyclone Nisarga that struck Maharashtra in early June.
  3. The early advance over Central & Northwest India was facilitated by formation of a low-pressure area over Bay of Bengal.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

16. Usually, the monsoon trough see-saws, which means that:

 
 
 
 

17.  Which of the following categories of voters can opt for the postal ballot in Lok Sabha and Assembly elections?

  1. Those aged 65 years and above
  2. COVID-19 suspect or affected persons
  3. Those in preventive detention
  4. Journalists covering elections
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

18. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), in its 2020 World Drug Report, has highlighted a wide range of possible consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on illegal drug production, supply and consumption. Consider the following statements in this regard:

  1. A decrease in the number of people resorting to illicit activities linked to drugs to make a living.
  2. A sharp decrease in drug seizures in case of many countries.
  3. A decrease in the production and sale of opiates in major producing countries.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

19. Consider the following statements regarding the ‘Nasha Mukt Bharat/Drug-free India campaign’:

  1. It has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  2. It has been launched in selected vulnerable districts only.
  3. Alcohol is the most common psychoactive substance used by Indians.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

20. Which of the following islands lie within the ‘Nine-dash Line’ claimed by China?

  1. Spratly Islands
  2. Woody Islands
  3. Natuna Islands
  4. Paracel Islands
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

21. Recently, the commemorative declaration marking the 75th anniversary of the signing of the UN Charter was delayed as:

 
 
 
 

22. Consider the following statements regarding the differences between scheduled commercial banks and urban cooperative banks (UCBs):

  1. Unlike commercial banks that are regulated by the RBI, UCBs are regulated by the Registrar of Co-operative Societies either under the State or Central government.
  2. Unlike commercial banks that are structured as joint-stock companies, the members of UCBs carry unlimited liability.
  3. While there is a clear distinction between a commercial bank’s shareholders and its borrowers, in a UCB borrowers can double up as shareholders.
  • Which of the statements given above are correct?
 
 
 
 

23. The number of urban cooperative banks (UCBs) operating in India has shrunk from 2005 to 2018 because:

  1. RBI has stopped issuing new UCB licenses from 2005.
  2. Many of these banks either failed or the weak ones were merged with others.
  3. Because of their less capital base, they don’t offer attractive interest rates on deposits.
  • Select the correct answer using the code given below:
 
 
 
 

24. At the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) plenary in June 2020, Pakistan was due for a decision on whether it would be kept on the “greylist” or downgraded to the blacklist but received another extension until October 2020 because:

 
 
 
 

25.  Recently, U.S. authorized new sanctions on the International Criminal Court (ICC) because:

 
 
 
 

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