IAS Prelims GS Questions and Answers - Dec 26 & 27, 2016

1)   Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Center for Policy Research and Analysis is formally launched in

a. Shillong
b. Chennai
c. New Delhi
d. Pune
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shillong

Explanation:
North Eastern Council (NEC) has undertaken several various initiatives for developing NER during the year 2016.

As a step towards linking the NEC with institutes of excellence to make it as a state-of-art resource centre, ‘Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Center for Policy Research and Analysis’ was formally launched in October 2016 at the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (RGIIM), Shillong.


2)   Which of the following is/are true?

1) Gaya Prasad Katiyar played a role in the revolt of 1857.
2) He was from Bihar.


a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. Neither 1 nor 2
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Only 2

Explanation:
Gaya Prasad Katiyar was one of the most dedicated soldiers of India’s freedom struggle. Gaya Prasad Katiyar was born at Jagadishpur (UP).

He joined Hindustan Socialist Republican Association in 1925 and got connected with Chandra Shekhar Azad and Bhagat Singh.

Later he participated on Lahore Conspiracy Case and was arrested from Saharanpur in 1929.

He joined the hunger strike at Lahore Jail with his co prisoners.

Later he was transported to Cellular jail in Andaman and again he participated on hunger strike there.

He was repatriated in 1937 but again arrested and transported to cellular jail from where he was released in 1946.


3)   Which of the following is/are personalities from Bihar?

1) Dr. Sachchidananda Sinha
2) Kunwar Singh
3) Dashrath Manjhi


a. 1, 3
b. 1, 2
c. 2, 3
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Explanation:
The Department of Posts, Ministry of Communications has commemorated great deeds and achievements of following eight personalities of Bihar by releasing stamps on them:

  • Dr. Sachchidananda Sinha
  • Karpoori Thakur
  • Dashrath Manjhi
  • Vidyapati
  • Kailashpati Mishra
  • Kunwar Singh
  • Phanishwar Nath Renu
  • Sri Krishna Sinha
There is also a stamp on “Hardayal Municipal Heritage Public Library”


4)   BLISS is related to

a. Sports
b. Education
c. Economics
d. Health
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Education

Explanation:
The Department of Biotechnology (DBT), Ministry of Science & Technology, Government of India, has initiated a scheme for establishing “Biotechnology Labs in Senior Secondary schools (BLiSS)” across the North Eastern States of India (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim).

Under BLISS programme a total 201 applications have been received from Senior Secondary Schools in North Eastern States of India and 88 schools are recommended for support.

50 new labs are coming up in Arunachal Pradesh.


5)   Which of the following need mandatory labelling under the BEE standards and labelling programme?

1) Ceiling fans
2) Washing machine
3) Room Air Conditioners


a. 1, 2
b. 1, 3
c. 3
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 3

Explanation:
The Bureau initiated the Standards & Labelling programme for equipment and appliances in 2006to provide the consumer an informed choice about the energy saving and thereby the cost saving potential of the relevant marketed product.

The scheme is invoked for 21 equipment/appliances, i.e. Room Air Conditioners, Tubular Fluorescent Tube Lights, Frost Free Refrigerators, Distribution Transformers, Induction Motors, Direct Cool Refrigerator, electric storage type geyser, Ceiling fans, Color TVs, Agricultural pump sets, LPG stoves, Washing machine, Laptops, ballast, floor standing ACs, office automation products, Diesel Generating sets & Diesel pumpsets.

Of which the first 4 products have been notified under mandatory labelling from 2010.

The other appliances are presently under voluntary labelling phase.

The energy efficiency labelling programs under BEE are intended to reduce the energy consumption of appliance without diminishing the services it provides to consumers.

The most recent additions to the list of labelled products are variable capacity AC's and LED lamps.


6)    The overall economic growth of the Indian economy is dependent on which of the following factors?

1) Savings
2) Rate of capital formation
3) Utilization of technology


a. 2, 3
b. 1, 3
c. 1, 2
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Explanation:
The overall economic growth of the Indian economy is dependent on many factors that, inter-alia, include the rate of capital formation and savings, utilization of technology, availability of infrastructure, efficiency of resource allocation, quality of institutions, governance and the policy framework in place, money supply and degree of financial development.


7)   The Sub-Committee constituted by the Drugs Consultative Committee (DCC) to examine the issue relating to online sale of drugs has recommended which of the following?

1) Creation of a National Portal to act as the nodal platform for transacting and monitoring online sale of drugs
2) No Geographical restrictions for operation of e-pharmacies
3) Existing licensees of retail sale of drugs would also be able to register for online sale of drugs


a. 1, 2
b. 2, 3
c. 1, 3
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1, 3

Explanation:
The Sub-committee has inter-alia recommended:-

  • Creation of a National Portal to act as the nodal platform for transacting and monitoring online sale of drugs.
  • Necessity of evolving a mechanism to register e-pharmacies.
  • Geographical restrictions for operation of e-pharmacies.
  • Mechanism for verification of authenticity through a link to the National Portal.
  • Existing licensees carrying out retail sale of drugs would also be able to register on the National Portal for carrying out online sale of drugs.
  • Requirement of registration with CDSCO under the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.
  • Certain categories of drugs viz. the Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs, tranquilizers, habit forming drugs and Schedule X drugs that are prone to being abused or misused are to be excluded from sale through e-pharmacies.