IAS Prelims GS Questions and Answers - Jan 05 & 06, 2017

1)   The Government has decided to constitute a Committee to study the existing sports governance frame work. It will be headed by

a. Abhinav Bindra
b. Nandan Kamath
c. Injeti Srinivas
d. Anju Bobby George
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Injeti Srinivas

The Government has decided to constitute the Committee to study:

i. the existing sports governance frame work,
ii. issues relating to sports governance in the country,
iii. recent developments related to sports governance, including court judgments & international best practices
iv. and make recommendations on bringing out a comprehensive National Sports Development Code across sports disciplines.

It will be headed by Injeti Srinivas, Secretary (Sports).

The member are:

i. Abhinav Bindra,
ii. Anju Bobby George,
iii. Nandan Kamath,
iv. Prakash Padukone,
v. Narinder Batra,
vi. Bishweshwar Nandi,
vii. Vijay Lokpally
viii. and Joint Secretary (Sports)

Terms of reference of the Committee:

i. to identify basic universal principles of ethics and good governance based on the IOC Charter international best practices,
ii. draft National Sports Development Bill,
iii. draft National Sports Development Code, 2011,
iv. Supreme Court and High Court judgments, etc.;
v. to identify issues pertaining to good governance in administration of sports
vi. and to make specific recommendations for bringing out a comprehensive Sports Code to address the issues of governance pertaining to the National Olympic Committee and National Sports Federations.

2)   Induction of the Indian Skill Development Services will be through

a. UPSC Civil Services Exam
b. IES exam
c. A separate exam
d. SSC exam
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Indian Skill Development Services (ISDS) is created for the Training Directorate of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.

With this the skill ecosystem is expected to get strengthened and modernised

It will have 263 all India posts.

The Academy for training of the cadre will be National Institute of Skill Development.

ISDS will be a Group ‘A’ service.

Induction will be through Indian Engineering Service Examination conducted by UPSC.

It is an attempt to attract young and talented administrators for Skill Development.

3)   Which of the following are measures taken to help strengthen IPR ecosystem in India?

1) Made IPR registration free
2) Give IPR Enforcement Toolkit to Police
3) IPR Awareness Campaign for Children

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

ANSWER: 2, 3

IPR Enforcement Toolkit for Police has been jointly prepared by Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).

This will help police across the country in dealing with IP crimes, specifically Trade Marks counterfeiting and Copyrights piracy.

In addition to details of offences under various laws, it provides for checklists for registering a complaint and conducting search and seizures.

The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is under the aegis of the Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India.

CIPAM is collaborating with the International Trademark Association (INTA) to launch an IPR Awareness campaign for schoolchildren.

4)   According to the Supreme Court decision, appealing for votes on basis of which of the following will amount to corrupt practice?

1) Sex, Gender
2) Caste
3) Community
4) Religion

a. 2, 3, 4
b. 1, 2, 3
c. 1, 4
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2, 3, 4

A seven-judge Bench of the Supreme Court held that an appeal for votes during elections on the basis of religion, caste, race, community or language, even that of the electorate, will amount to a ‘corrupt practice’ and call for disqualification of the candidate.

Section 123(3) of the Representation of the People Act, defines a corrupt electoral practice as follows: “The appeal by a candidate or his agent or by any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent to vote or refrain from voting for any person on the ground of his religion, race, caste, community....”

The question before the Supreme Court was deceptively simple: did the underlined word “his” qualify only the electoral candidate (and his agent, or persons speaking with his consent)? Or did it also qualify the person to whom the appeal was addressed (the elector)?

That means did it meant a bar on appeals made in the name of the candidate or does the word ‘his’ also extend to soliciting votes on the basis of the religion, caste, community, race, language of the electorate as a whole.

The latter would mean a blanket ban on any appeal, reference, campaign, discussion, dialogue or debate on the basis of religion, race, caste, community or language, even if such a debate was on the deprivations suffered by the voters due to these considerations.

5)   Which of the following are not microeconomic indicators?

1) Forex
2) Unemployment Rate
3) GDP
4) Inflation rate
5) Price Indices

a. 2, 4
b. 1, 2, 3
c. 3, 5
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

Following are various macro-economic indicators

  • GDP
  • CPI - Consumer Price Index
  • WPI - Wholesale Price Index
  • National Income
  • Forex
  • Inflation rate
  • Currency rate
  • Government Fiscal and Monetary Policy
  • Interest rates
  • Balance of Trade
  • Current Account Deficit, etc.