UPSC CSE 2020 Exam Question Paper Practice

UPSC CSE 2020 Exam Questions Practice

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UPSC CSE 2020 Question Paper Practice

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1.

In India, separation of judiciary from the executive is enjoined by

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2.

With reference to India’s biodiversity, Ceylon frogmouth, Coppersmith barbet, Gray-chinned minivet and White- throated redstart are

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3.

Consider the following statements:
1. Jet streams occur in the Northern Hemisphere only.
2. Only some cyclones develop an eye.
3. The temperature inside the eye of a cyclone is nearly 10°C lesser than that of the surroundings.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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4.

In India, why are some nuclear reactors kept under “IAEA Safeguards” while others are not?

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5.

Siachen Glacier is situated to the

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6.

With reference to India's Desert National Park, which of the following statements are correct?
1. It is spread over two districts.
2. There is no human habitation inside the Park.
3. It is one of the natural habitats of Great Indian Bustard.
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7.

Other than the Fundamental Rights, which of the following parts of the Constitution of India reflect/reflects the principles and provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)?
1. Preamble
2. Directive Principles of State Policy
3. Fundamental Duties
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8.

Consider the following statements
1. In the case of all cereals, pulses and oil-seeds, the procurement at Minimum Support Price (MSP) is unlimited in any State/UT of India.
2. In the case of cereals and pulses, the MSP is fixed in any State/UT at a level to which the market price will never rise.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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9.

What is the use of biochar in farming?
1. Biochar can be used as a part of the growing medium in vertical farming.
2. When biochar is a part of the growing medium, it promotes the growth of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms.
3. When biochar is a part of the growing medium, it enables the growing medium to retain water for longer time.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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10.

In the context of the Indian economy, non-financial debt includes which of the following?
1. Housing loans owed by households
2. Amounts outstanding on credit cards
3. Treasury bills
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11.

Which of the following Protected Areas are located in the Cauvery basin?
1. Nagarhole National park
2. Papikonda National park
3. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve
4. Wayanad Wildlife sanctuary
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12.

Steel slag can be the material for which of the following?
1. Construction of base road
2. Improvement of agricultural soil
3. Production of cement
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13.

A constitutional government by definition is a

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14.

Consider the following statements:
1. The weightage of food in Consumer Price Index (CPI) is higher than that in Wholesale Price Index (WPI).
2. The WPI does not capture changes in the prices of services, which CPI does.
3. Reserve Bank of India has now adopted WPI as its key measure of inflation and to decide on changing the key policy rates.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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15.

Consider the following statements:
1. Aadhaar metadata cannot be stored for more than three months.
2. State cannot enter into any contract with private corporations for sharing of Aadhaar data.
3. Aadhaar is mandatory for obtaining insurance products.
4. Aadhaar is mandatory for getting benefits funded out of the Consolidated Fund of India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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16.

Which of the following factors/policies were affecting the price of rice in India in the recent past?
1. Minimum Support Price
2. Government’s trading
3. Government’s stockpiling
4. Consumer subsidies
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17.

With reference to the current trends in the cultivation of sugarcane in India, consider the following statements:
1. A substantial saving in seed material is made when ‘bud chip settlings are raised in a nursery and transplanted in the main field.
2. When direct planting of setts is done, the germination percentage is better with single-budded setts as compared to setts with many buds.
3. If bad weather conditions prevail when setts are directly planted, single-budded setts have better survival as compared to large setts.
4. Sugarcane can be cultivated using settlings prepared from tissue culture.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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18.

According to India's National Policy on Biofuels, which of the following can be used as raw materials for the production of biofuels?
1. Cassava
2. Damaged wheat grains
3. Groundnut seeds
4. Horse grams
5. Rotten potatoes
6. Sugar beet
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19. “The crop is subtropical in nature. A hard frost is injurious to it. It requires at least 210 frost -free days and 50 to 100 centimeters of rainfall for its growth. A light well-drained soil capable of retaining moisture is ideally suited for the cultivation of the crop.” Which one of the following is that crop?

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20.

With reference to the history of India, consider the following pairs:
Famous Place Present State
1. Bhilsa : Madhya Pradesh
2. Dwarasamudra : Maharashtra
3. Girinagar : Gujarat
4. Sthanesvara : Uttar Pradesh
Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

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21.

The term ‘West Texas Intermediate’, sometimes found in news, refers to a grade of

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22.

Which one of the following categories of Fundamental Rights incorporate protection against untouchability as a form of discrimination?

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23.

With reference to the period of Gupta dynasty in ancient India, the towns Ghantasala, Kadura and Chaul were well known as

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24.

With reference to cultural history of India consider the following pairs:
1 Parivrajaka :: Renunciant and Wanderer
2 Shramana :: Priest with a high status
3 Upasaka :: Lay follower of buddhism
Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

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25.

Along with the Budget, the Finance Minister also places other documents before the Parliament which include "The Macro Economic Framework Statement’. The aforesaid document is presented because this is mandated by

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26.

With reference to Foreign Direct Investment in India, which one of the following is considered its major characteristic?

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27. With reference to the international trade of India at present, which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. India’s merchandise exports are less than its merchandise imports.
2. India’s imports of iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizers and machinery have decreased in recent years.
3. India’s exports of services are more than its imports of services.
4. India suffers from an overall trade/current account deficit.
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28.

In India, Legal Services Authorities provide free legal services to which of the following type of citizens?
1. Person with an annual income of less than Rs. 1,00,000
2. Transgender with an annual income of less than Rs. 2,00,000
3. Member of Other Backward Classes (OBC) with an annual income of less than Rs. 3,00,000
4. All Senior Citizens
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29.

Consider the following statements:
1. 36% of India's districts are classified as "overexploited" or "critical" by the Central Ground Water Authority
(CGWA).
2. CGWA was formed under the Environment (Protection) Act.
3. India has the largest area under groundwater irrigation in the world.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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30.

With reference to the book "Desher Kather" written by Sakharam Ganesh Deuskar during the freedom struggle, consider the following statement :
1. It warned against the Colonial States hypnotic conquest of the mind.
2. It inspired the performance of swadeshi street plays and folk songs.
3. The use of desh' by Deuskar was in the specific context of the region of Bengal.
Which of the statements given above are curt?

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31.

Consider the following statements:
1. Coal ash contains arsenic, lead and mercury.
2. Coal-fired power plants release sulphur dioxide and oxides of nitrogen into the environment.
3. High ash content is observed in Indian coal.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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32.

If the RBI decides to adopt an expansionist monetary policy, which of the following would it not do?
1. Cut and optimize the Statutory Liquidity Ratio
2. Increase the Marginal Standing Facility Rate1
3. Cut the Bank Rate and Repo Rate
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33.

If a particular plant species is placed under Schedule VI of The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, what is the implication?

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34. Which one of the following statements best describes the term 'Social Cost of Carbon’? It is a measure, in monetary value, of the

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35.

With reference to Trade-Related Investment Measures (TRIMS), which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. Quantitative restrictions on imports by foreign investors are prohibited.
2. They apply to investment measures related to trade in both goods and services.
3. They are not concerned with the regulation of foreign investment.
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36.

Which one of the following protected areas is well-known for the conservation of a sub-species of the Indian swamp deer (Barasinga) that thrives well in hard ground and is exclusively graminivorous?

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37. In India, which of the following can be considered as public investment in agriculture?
1. Fixing Minimum Support Price for agricultural produce of all crops.
2. Computerization of Primary Agricultural Credit Societies.
3. Social Capital Development.
4. Free Electricity supply to farmers.
5. Waiver of agricultural loans by the banking system.
6. Setting up of cold storage facilities by the government.
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38.

With reference to the history of India, the terms "kulyavapa" and "dronavapa" denote

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39. Consider the following pairs: River Flows into
1. Mekong : Andaman Sea
2. Thames : Irish Sea
3. Volga : Caspian Sea
4. Zambezi : Indian Ocean
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

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With reference to Indian elephants, consider the following statements:
1. The leader of an elephant group is a female
2. The maximum gestation period can be 22 months.
3. An elephant can normally go on calving till the age of 40 years only.
4. Among the States in India, the highest elephant population is in kerala.
Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?

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41.

What is the importance of the term “Interest Coverage Ratio” of a firm in India?
1. It helps in understanding the present risk of a firm that a bank is going to give loan to.
2. It helps in evaluating the emerging risk of a firm that a bank is going to give loan to.
3. The higher a borrowing firm’s level of Interest Coverage Ratio, the worse is its ability to service its debt.
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42.

In the context of India, which of the following is/are considered to be practice(s) of eco-friendly agriculture?
1. Crop diversification
2. Legume intensification
3. Tensiometer use
4. Vertical farming
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

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43.

The Vital-Vidhvansak, the first monthly journal to have the untouchable people as its target audience was published by

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44.

Rajya Sabha has equal powers with Lok Sabha in
(a) The matter of creating new All India Services
(b) Amending the Constitution
(c) The removal of the government
(d) Making cut motions

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45.

 Consider the following pairs International agreement/set-up Subject
1. Alma-Ata Declaration - Healthcare of the people
2. Hague Convention - Biological and chemical weapons
3. Talanoa Dialogue - Global climate change
4. Under2 Coalition - Child rights
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

Tiger ReserveArea of the Core / Critical Tiger Habitat (in sq. Km)
Corbett821.99
Ranthambore1113.364
Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam2595.72
Sunderbans1699.62

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46.

Among the following Tiger Reserves, which one has the largest area under "Critical Tiger Habitat"?

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47.

The Gandhi-Irwin Pact included which of the following?
1. Invitation to Congress to participate in the Round Table Conference.
2. Withdrawal of Ordinances promulgated in connection with the Civil Disobedience Movement.
3. Acceptance of Gandhiji's suggestion for enquiry into police excesses.
4. Release of only those prisoners who were not charged with violence.
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48.

With reference to the Indian economy after the 1991 economic liberalization, consider the following statements:
1. Worker productivity (per worker at 2004 — 05 prices) increased in urban areas while it decreased in rural areas.
2. The percentage share of rural areas in the workforce steadily increased.
3. In rural areas, the growth in the non-farm economy increased.
4. The growth rate in rural employment decreased.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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49.

Which of the following are the most likely places to find the musk deer in its natural habitat?
1. Askot Wildlife Sanctuary
2. Gangotri National Park
3. Kishanpur Wildlife Sanctuary
4. Manas National Park

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50.

With reference to the Indian economy, consider the following statements:
1. ‘Commercial Paper’ is a short-term unsecured promissory note.
2. ‘Certificate of Deposit’ is a long-term instrument issued by the Reserve Bank of India to a corporation.
3. ‘Call Money’ is a short-term finance used for interbank transactions.
4. ‘Zero-Coupon Bonds’ are the interest bearing short-term bonds issued by the Scheduled Commercial Banks to corporations.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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51.

Consider the following statements:
1. In terms of short-term credit delivery to the agriculture sector, District Central Cooperative Banks (DCCBs) deliver more credit in comparison to Scheduled Commercial Banks and Regional Rural Banks
2. One of the most important functions of DCCBs is to provide funds to the Primary Agricultural Credit Societies.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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52.

With reference to the funds under Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS), which of the following statements are correct?
1. MPLADS funds must be used to create durable sets like physical infrastructure for health, education, etc
2. A specified portion of each MP fund must benefit SC/ST populations
3. MPLADS funds are sanctioned on yearly basis and the unused funds cannot be carried forward to the next year.
4. The district authority must inspect at least 10% of all work under implementation every year.
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53.

In which one of the following groups are all the four countries members of G20?

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54.

With reference to pulse production in India, consider the following statements:
1. Black gram can be cultivated as both Kharif and rabi crop.
2. Green-gram alone accounts for nearly half of pulse production.
3. In the last three decades, while the production of kharif pulses has increased, the production of rabi pulses
has decreased.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

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55.

In rural road construction, the use of which of the following is preferred for ensuring environmental
sustainability or to reduce carbon footprint?
1. Copper slag
2. Cold mix asphalt technology
3. Geotextiles
4. Hot mix asphalt technology
5. Portland cement

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56.

With reference to solar water pumps, consider the following statements:
1. Solar power can be used for running surface pumps and not for submersible pumps.
2. Solar power can be used for running centrifugal pumps and not the ones with piston.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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57.

In India, under cyber insurance for individuals, which of the following benefits are generally covered, in addition to payment for the loss of funds and other benefits?
1. Cost of restoration of the computer system in case of malware disrupting access to one’s computer
2. Cost of a new computer if some miscreant wilfully damages it, if proved so
3. Cost of hiring a specialized consultant to minimize the loss in case of cyber extortion
4. Cost of defence in the Court of Law if any third party files a suit
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58.

What is/are the advantage/ advantages of zero tillage in agriculture?
1. Sowing of wheat is possible without burning the residue of previous crop.
2. Without the need for nursery of rice saplings, direct planting of paddy seeds in the wet soil is possible.
3. Carbon sequestration in the soil is possible.
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59.

Under the Kisan Credit Card scheme, short-term credit support is given to farmers for which of the following purposes?
1. Working capital for maintenance of farm assets
2. Purchase of combine harvesters, tractors and mini trucks.
3. Consumption requirements of farm households
4. Post-harvest expense
5. Construction of family house and setting up of village cold storage facility.
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60.

Consider the following statements:
1. The value of Indo-Sri Lanka trade has consistently increased in the last decade.
2. “Textile and Textile articles” constitute an important item of trade between India and Bangladesh.
3. In the last five years, Nepal has been the largest trading partner of India in South Asia.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

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