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1)   Which of the following is/are true?

1) The composition of the state finance commission may be provided by the state government.
2) Article 280 deals with State finance Commission.

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both 1 and 2
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Only 1


    Provisions related to Finances in 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act of 1992 -

    Article 243 H - The state legislature may -

    1. authorise a panchayat to levy, collect and appropriate taxes, duties, tolls and fees;

    2. assign to a panchayat taxes, duties, tolls and fees levied and collected by the state government;

    3. provide for making grants-in-aid to the Panchayats from the consolidated fund of the state; and

    4. provide for constitution of funds for crediting all moneys received by or on behalf of the Panchayats.

    Constitution of the Finance Commission -

  • Article 243 I - The governor of a state shall constitute a finance commission to review the financial position of the Panchayats.

  • The commission will be constituted every five years.

  • Recommendations to the Governor by the commission would be as to -

    a) the principles which should govern -

    1. the distribution between the State and the Panchayats of the net proceeds of the taxes, duties, tolls and fees leviable by the State, which may be divided between them under this Part and the allocation between the Panchayats at all levels of their respective shares of such proceeds;

    2. the determination of the taxes, duties, tolls and fees which may be assigned to, or appropriated by, the Panchayats;

    3. the grantsin-aid to the Panchayats from the Consolidated Fund of the State; and

    b) the measures needed to improve the financial position of the Panchayats;

    c) any other matter referred to the Finance Commission by the Governor in the interests of sound finance of the Panchayats.

  • The composition of the commission, the required qualifications of its members and the manner of their selection may be provided by the State Legislature.

  • Report including recommendations of the commission and action taken shall be placed before the State Legislature by the Governor.

  • The Central Finance Commission will also suggest measures needed to augment the consolidated fund of a state so as to supplement the resources of the Panchayats in the states.

  • This would be based on the recommendations made by the finance commission of the state.

2)   Which sugarcane hybrid clone variety was launched for the sub-tropical climate?

a. 205
b. 206
c. 207
d. 208
Answer  Explanation 


For the first time, hybrid clone variety 205 (Saccharum officinarum and Saccharum spontaneum) was developed for sub-tropical climate, which was launched in 1918 for commercial farming.

The hybrid clone led to 50% increase in sugarcane production in North India and popular species like Saccharum Barberi and Saccharum Sinensis were left far behind.

After developing species 205, ICAR's Sugarcane Breeding Institute developed several other hybrid clones for sub-tropical condition and they remained sought after for a long time.

After that, the institute developed species 312, first amazing cane variety for the subtropical climate in 1928 and in 1933, it developed species 419 for tropical climate.

The sugarcane farmers are reaping higher yield from the species 0238 and sugar mills are getting more sugar.

Sugarcane farmers can make the best of intercropping technique and increase their income by growing oilseeds, pulses, potatoes, and cucumber with cane.

3)   Who chaired the Second India Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council?

a. Sushma Swaraj
b. Salahuddin Rabbai
c. Both of the above
d. Neither of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Both of the above

Modi government on 11th Sept kickstarted the process by approving 116 additional development projects across 31 provinces in the war-torn country.

New Delhi will also provide assistance to Afghan defence forces, besides extending 500 scholarships to the kin of deceased Afghan soldiers battling Taliban and other terrorist groups.

At the second meeting of the India- Afghanistan Strategic Partnership Council, co-chaired by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbai, both countries agreed to step up security cooperation.

Additionally, there would be trade and people to people contacts by relaxing visa regime.

India and Afghanistan jointly agreed to embark on a "new development partnership" in keeping with Afghanistan's priorities.

New development projects would involve building a drinking water supply system for Kabul, low-cost housing for returning refugees, a water supply network for Charikar city, and a polyclinic in Mazar-e-Sharif.

Both ministers jointly agreed to embark on a New Development Partnership in keeping with the priorities of Afghanistan and the main focus will continue on building governance and democratic institutions; human resource capacity and skill development.

Both countries also signed Motors Vehicle Agreement to pave the way for overland transit. India will also supply wheat to Afghanistan in the coming weeks via Chabahar port.

Afghanistan: Know More

  • Afghanistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, is a landlocked country located within South Asia and Central Asia.
  • The country has a population of 33 million, making it the 42nd most populous country in the world.
  • Capital: Kabul
  • President: Ashraf Ghani
  • Currency: Afghan afghani
  • Capital and largest city: Kabul
  • Points of interest: Shrine of Ali, Darul Aman Palace,

4)   Arrange the following in descending order from mountains to plains:

1. Khadar
2. Terai
3. Bhangar
4. Bhabhar

a. 2,4,3,1
b. 3,4,2,1
c. 4,2,3,1
d. 4,3,2,1
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 4,2,3,1

Bhabar: The rivers deposit pebbles in a narrow belt. It lies parallel to the Shiwaliks.

Terai: The terai region lies towards south of the bhabar belt. It is a wet, swampy and marshy region.

Bhangar: Bhangar is the largest part of the northern plain and is composed of the oldest alluvial soil. They lie above the flood plains. They resemble terraces. The soil of this region is locally known as kankar and is composed of calcareous deposits.

Khadar: The floodplains formed by younger alluvium are called khadar. The soil in this region is renewed every year and is thus highly fertile.

5)   Whose signature does an Indian currency note bear?

a. Finance Minister
b. Finance Secretary
c. RBI Governor
d. The President
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: RBI Governor

RBI Governor

The Reserve Bank derives its role in currency management from the Reserve Bank of India Act, 1934.

At present, notes in India are issued in the denomination of Rs.5, Rs.10, Rs.20, Rs.50, Rs.100, Rs.500 and Rs.1000. These notes are called bank notes as they are issued by the Reserve Bank of India (Reserve Bank).

Under Section 22 of the Reserve Bank of India Act, RBI has sole right to issue currency notes of various denominations except one rupee notes.

The One Rupee note is issued by Ministry of Finance and it bears the signatures of Finance Secretary, while other notes bear the signature of Governor RBI.

6)   On 9th June’15, with which bank Indian Army has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Defence Salary Package?

a. SBI
b. ICICI Bank
c. HDFC Bank
d. PNB
Answer  Explanation 


The first MoU between PNB and the Indian Army was signed in 2011 and was valid for a period of three years. The MoU is tailor made to suit the requirements of serving soldiers, pensioners and families. The number of additional facilities have been incorporated in the revised MoU after due consultation between Bank & Army authorities. Speaking on the occasion Lt Gen Sharma expressed confidence that the MoU will benefit a large number of serving and retired Army personnel who are having their accounts with PNB; and also provide them an opportunity to access modern banking facilities.

7)   8900 ÷ 6 ÷ 4 = ?

a. 349
b. 541.75
c. 224.37
d. 370.833
e. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 370.833

Given Exp. 8900 * 1/6 * 1/4
= 370.833

8)   What are benefits of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM)?

1) It eliminates the possibility of invalid votes.
2) It makes process of counting of votes much faster.
3) It reduces cost of printing.

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

ANSWER: All of the above


  • An Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) is a simple electronic device used to record votes in place of ballot papers and boxes which were used earlier in conventional voting system.

  • The advantages of the EVM over the traditional ballot paper/ballot box system are -

    a. It eliminates the possibility of invalid and doubtful votes which, in many cases, are the root causes of controversies and election petitions.

    b. It makes the process of counting of votes much faster than the conventional system.

    c. It reduces to a great extent the quantity of paper used thus saving a large number of trees making the process eco-friendly.

    d. It reduces cost of printing (almost nil) as only one sheet of ballot paper is required for each Polling Station.

    e. It reduces transportation cost related to transporting conventional ballot papers and the ballot boxes in which ballot papers are.

    The other laws and rules in respect of elections are -

    1. Presidential and Vice-Presidential Elections Act, 1952.

    2. Government of Union Territories Act, 1963.

    3. Government of the National Capital Territory of Delhi Act, 1991.

    4. Chief Election Commissioner and other Election Commissioners (Conditions of Service) Act, 1991.

    5. Prohibition of Simultaneous Membership Rules, 1950.

    6. Registration of Electors Rules, 1960.

    7. Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961.

  • Election Commission has issued the Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment)Order, 1968.

  • It deals with the registration and recognition of political parties, allotment of symbols and settlement of disputes among them.

9)   Which state is leading in the production of litchi?

a. Bihar
b. Odisha
c. Jharkhand
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 


Bihar is also focused on research to develop new varieties and techniques of litchi farming to increase its production and to share information with the Extension Division.

Bihar is the top litchi producing State in the country. In Bihar, about 300 thousand metric tonnes of litchi is being produced from 32 thousand hectares of area.

Bihar’s contribution in the production of litchi is about 40 percent. Considering the importance of litchi, National Research Centre on Litchi was established on June 6, 2001.

The contribution of Muzaffarpur district in litchi’s production is impressive, but there is a need to increase the productivity of litchi, which is currently 8.0 tonne.

For this, all the government institutions, cooperatives and farmers will have to come forward.

Scientists at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and National Research Centre on Litchi have succeeded in treating litchi and preserving it for 60 days at low temperature.

The litchi producers will have to produce superior quality fruits for which National Research Centre on Litchi has developed several techniques.

The National Research Centre on Litchi is providing about 35-40 thousand plants every year to various institutions/states in the country.

National Research Centre on Litchi is working closely with other institutions of ICAR and agricultural universities of the state and the development centres of the Central and State Governments like National Horticulture Board, APEDA, National Horticulture Mission etc.

Centre has implemented ICAR’s Farmers First project in East Champaran district. As many as 1,000 families from 8 villages (Mehsi Block-Uzhilpur, Bakri Najir, Damodarpur Village, Chakia Block- Khairwa, Ramgarha, Jishnupura, Ojha Tola- Vaishah and Chintanpur-Malahi Tola village) are reaping the benefits of several new techniques.

10)   Which of the following scheme was formulated by RBI?

a. Banking Ombudsman Scheme
b. Jan Dhan Yojana
c. MUDRA Bank Yojana
d. Boutique Financing Scheme
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Banking Ombudsman Scheme

Banking Ombudsman Scheme is a mechanism created by the RBI to address the complaints raised by bank customers.

It is run by the RBI directly to ensure customer protection in the banking industry.

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme was introduced under Section 35 A of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 by RBI with effect from 1995.

The present Ombudsman scheme was introduced in 2006.

When a customer can approach the Ombudsman?

A customer can file a complaint before the Banking Ombudsman if the bank doesn’t provide a satisfactory reply to the customer within a period of one month or the bank rejects the complaint, or if the complainant is not satisfied with the reply by the bank.

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