[CSP-2020] Diagnostic Test 1

Instructions:

1. This test contains 25 items (questions). Each item comprises four responses (answers). You will select the response which you want to mark as your answer. In case you feel there is more than one correct response, mark the response you consider the best.

2. All items carry equal marks.

3. Penalty for wrong answers: THERE WILL BE PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS MARKED BY A CANDIDATE IN THE OBJECTIVE TYPE QUESTION PAPERS.

(i) There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty.

(ii) If a candidate given more than one answer, it will treated as a wrong answer even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above to that question.

(iii) If a question is left blank, i.e., no answer is give by the candidate, there will be no penalty for that question.

#1. Consider the following statements:

1. Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is a multilateral treaty to protect endangered plants and animals.

2. Rosewood (Dalbergia sissoo) is listed on Appendix I of CITES.

3. Trade in specimens of species on Appendix I of CITES is completely banned.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#2. Consider the following statements about the ‘Asian Tea Alliance (ATA)’:

1. Japan is a participating country of ATA.

2. Malaysia is not a participating country of ATA.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#3. Chabahar Port, which is frequently in news, is located at the head of the

(a) Persian Gulf

(b) Strait of Hormuz

(c) Gulf of Oman

(d) Red Sea

#4. ‘Triple Billion Targets’, a phrase which sometimes appears in news, is mentioned in the context of the affairs of the

(a) WHO

(b) IMF

(c) WTO

(d) UNICEF

#5. Consider the following statements:

1. International Court of Justice, ICJ, was established in 1945 whereas the International Criminal Court, ICC, was established in 2002.

2. Both ICJ and ICC are based in the Hague.

3. They together constitute the principal judicial organ of the United Nations.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#6. The Addis Adaba Action Agenda, which is sometimes in news, is mentioned in the context of

(a) sustainable development

(b) gender parity at workplace

(c) controlling plastic pollution

(d) wildlife conservation

#7. Consider the following statements:

1. The Constitution (103rd Amendment) Act, 2019 amended the provisions in Part III of the Constitution.

2. The related bill was the first bill of the 17th Lok Sabha that received the Presidential assent.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#8. Which of the following languages is/are included in the Eighth Schedule of the Indian Constitution?

1. Maithili 

2. Santhali

3. Dogri

4. Lahauli

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 1, 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 2 and 4 only

(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

#9. Grass Roots Initiative and Development (GRID) initiative is implemented under the purview of

(a) NABARD

(b) Ministry of Tribal Affairs

(c) Reserve Bank of India

(d) Export-Import Bank of India

#10. Recently, which of the following states declared the Indus Dolphin as its ‘State Aquatic Animal’?

(a) Haryana

(b) Punjab

(c) Uttar Pradesh

(d) Himachal Pradesh

#11. The Constitution (125th Amendment) Bill, 2019 is related to the matters pertaining to the

(a) Disqualification under the Tenth Schedule

(b) Languages included in the Eighth Schedule

(c) Autonomous Councils in the Sixth Schedule areas

(d) Laws included in the Ninth Schedule

#12. Consider the following statements:

1. One of the main functions of the State Biodiversity Boards is to prepare the Peoples’ Biodiversity Registers (PBRs).

2. PBRs contain the complete documentation of the biodiversity of the area.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#13. Consider the following statements:

1. First India-Central Asia Dialogue was held in New Delhi.

2. It was attended by the Heads of State of the participating countries.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#14. Consider the following statements:

1. GST Council is an extra-constitutional body.

2. It is chaired by the Prime Minister.

Which of the above statement is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#15. Sixth Schedule to the Indian Constitution deals with the administration of tribal areas in which of the following states?

1. Assam

2. Meghalaya

3. Manipur

4. Nagaland

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 1 and 4

(c) 2 and 3

(d) 2 and 4

#16. Which of the following Indian sites are listed on the ‘Montreux Record’?

1. Keoladeo National Park

2. Loktak Lake

3. Sundarbans

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#17. Consider the following statements:

1. Achieving land degradation neutrality by 2030 is one of the targets within the Sustainable Development Goals.

2. India has adopted the goal of achieving land degradation neutrality by 2025.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#18. Energy Transition Index is brought out by

(a) International Monetary Fund

(b) International Energy Agency

(c) World Bank

(d) World Economic Forum

#19. Which of the following was the focus theme of the World Wildlife Day 2019?

(a) equatorial regions

(b) marine biodiversity

(c) grasslands

(d) manmade reservoirs

#20. Which of the following protected area lies partly around the Mishmi Hills?

(a) Dibang Wildlife Sanctuary

(b) Pakhui Wildlife Sanctuary

(c) Nameri National Park

(d) Namdapha National Park

#21. Consider the following statements about the rainfed areas in the country:

1. They account for more than half of the pulse production in the country.

2. They support more than half of the cattle population in the country.

3. They account for more than half of the rice production in the country.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 1 and 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

#22. The first ever global assessment of environmental laws titled “Environmental Rule of Law” has been brought out by the

(a) United Nations Development Programme

(b) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change 

(c) United Nations Environment Programme

(d) World Environment Organisation

#23. Which of the following capital city is closest to the shores of the Caspian Sea?

(a) Astana

(b) Bishkek

(c) Ashgabat

(d) Dushanbe

#24. Consider the following statements:

1. The United Nations Environment Assembly, UNEA, was created during the Earth Summit 2012.

2. The UNEA meets annually to set priorities for global environmental policies and develop international environmental law.  

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2

#25. Consider the following statements about the city of Rio de Janeiro:

1. It hosted the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

2. It hosted the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development.

3. It has been named as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 1 and 3 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3

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