IAS Prelims GS Questions and Answers - July 03 & 04, 2016

1)   How many states of India border Bangladesh?

a. 5
b. 6
c. 4
d. 3
Answer  Explanation 



  • A high alert has been sounded in the five states along the Indo-Bangla border in the wake of the terror attack in Dhaka.
  • The five states are West Bengal, Tripura, Meghalaya, Assam and Mizoram.
  • India and Bangladesh share a 4,096 km-long international border. Most of the border is fenced except for a few kilometres.

2)   Tejas is the first advance Fly-by-wire (FBW) fighter aircraft designed, developed and manufactured in India. Fly-by-wire means

a. Extremely light weight
b. Having Stealth Mode
c. Electronic Interface instead of manual flight controls
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Electronic Interface instead of manual flight controls


  • Fly-by-wire (FBW) is a system that replaces the conventional manual flight controls of an aircraft with an electronic interface.
  • The movements of flight controls are converted to electronic signals transmitted by wires (hence the fly-by-wire term), and flight control computers determine how to move the actuators at each control surface to provide the ordered response.
  • The fly-by-wire system also allows automatic signals sent by the aircraft's computers to perform functions without the pilot's input, as in systems that automatically help stabilize the aircraft, or prevent unsafe operation of the aircraft outside of its performance envelope.

3)   What are DAP, MOP, NPK?

a. Missiles
b. Fertilizers
c. Schemes of government
d. Uttar Pradesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Fertilizers


  • Key fertilisers are - Diammonium Phosphate (DAP), Muriate of Potash (MOP) and Nitrogen Phosphate and Potash composition (NPK).
  • Urea is another important fertilizer.
  • Over the years, there has been a big shift towards use of urea as it is cheaper than the other varieties.

4)   Under the Sagarmala Programme, Multi-Modal Logistic Parks (MMLPs) were proposed at which of the following states?

1) Kerala
2) Rajasthan
3) West Bengal
4) Madhya Pradesh

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

ANSWER: 2, 3, 4


  • As part of the National Perspective Plan, prepared under the Sagarmala Programme of the Ministry of Shipping, 7 Multi-Modal Logistic Parks (MMLPs) were proposed in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Telangana, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
  • The potential sites were identified based on comprehensive study of the container cargo movement across the country and are located in the proximity of important industrial clusters.
  • This will be advantageous for the transportation of containerized cargo.

5)   Regarding whom are the following statements true?

1) He was trained in Hindustani Classical music and was an accomplished pakhawaj player.
2) The very first book he wrote was on the subject of music.
3) His spiritual prowess too was well known.

a. Aurobindo Ghosh
b. Raja Ram Mohan Roy
c. Swami Vivekananda
d. Rabindranath Tagore
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Swami Vivekananda


  • Swami Vivekananda was not only a good singer but was also an accomplished pakhawaj player.
  • Swamiji’s profound spiritual prowess, his singular erudition, elocution and charm is more talked about than his unquestionable musicality.
  • Not only was he a performer himself, the very first book he wrote was on the subject of music.
  • He was trained in Hindustani Classical music, and it is said that towards the latter part of his life, at dawn he would tune his tanpura and sing a dhrupad composition by Tansen in the Raga Ahir Bhairav to awaken the other ashram-dwellers of the Belur Math.

6)   Which of the following is/are true?

1) First ever Nano-cellulose Pilot Plant in India is established in Haryana.
2) Nano cellulose is derived from agro-biomasses.

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

ANSWER: Only 2


  • ICAR - Central Institute for Research on Cotton Technology (CIRCOT) Nanocellulose Pilot Plant, a unique facility in line with the Make in India efforts by Government of India, was inaugurated in Mumbai. It is fifth such plant in the world.
  • Nano-cellulose, a novel nano-sized cellulosic material derived from various agro-biomasses, exhibits very high strength, extremely large surface area, novel rheological property and entirely different optical property.

7)   Nano-cellulose has uses in which of the following areas?

1) Electronics
2) Paints
3) Drug delivery agent

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

ANSWER: All of the above


  • Nano-cellulose has proven applications as reinforcing agent in composites and concretes, additives in papers and paints, controlled pesticide release agent, drug delivery agent and in transparent flexible electronics.

8)   Which of the following are conferred the status of classical dances of India?

1) Mohiniyattam
2) Yakshagana
3) Sattriya

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

ANSWER: 1, 3


  • Indian classical dance is a relatively new umbrella term for various codified art forms rooted in Natya, the sacred Hindu musical theatre styles, whose theory can be traced back to the Natya Shastra of Bharata Muni (400 BC).
  • The Sangeet Natak Akademi currently confers classical status on eight Indian classical dance styles: Bharatanatyam (Tamil Nadu), Kathak (North India), Kathakali (Kerala), Kuchipudi (Andhra Pradesh), Manipuri (Manipur), Mohiniyattam (Kerala), Odissi (Odisha), and Sattriya (Assam).