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1)   Which of the following states in India have e-wallets of their own?

1) Maharashtra
2) Assam
3) Tamil nadu
4) Karnataka

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

ANSWER: 1, 2


  • With digital e-wallet Toka Paisa, which also has a smart-card version Assam became the first state in eastern India to have its own e-wallet.
  • Until now (15th January 2017) only Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra have their own e-wallets.
  • The E-wallet has a local language interface, which was developed by techies from the state-owned Assam Electronics Development Corporation Limited (AMTRON).
  • The state has many river islands and riverbanks which are isolated due to poor internet connectivity.
  • The offline smart card which can be used in POS (point of sale) terminals will be able to serve those areas.
  • But young entrepreneurs who have been opening up various hyper-local digital start-ups are sceptical as they feel that it is difficult to convince people to change their old ways in specifically the rural areas.

2)   Which of the following is/are true?

1) IIMs do not grant degrees.
2) IIM Bill, 2017, would declare IIMs as Institutions of National Importance.

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

ANSWER: Both 1 and 2


  • The Union Cabinet has approved the Indian Institute of Management(IIM) Bill, 2017, under which the IIMs would be declared as Institutions of National Importance which will enable them to grant degrees to their students.

  • Following are the salient features of the Bill:

  • IIMs can grant degrees to their students
  • The Bill provides for complete autonomy to the Institutions, combined with adequate accountability.
  • Management of these Institutions would be Board driven, with the Chairperson and Director of an Institution which will be selected by the Board.
  • A greater participation of experts and alumni in the Board is amongst other important features of the Bill.
  • Provision has also been made for inclusion of women and members from Scheduled Castes/Tribes in the Board.
  • The Bill also provides for periodic review of the performance of Institutions by independent agencies, and placing the results of the same on public domain.
  • The Annual Report of the Institutions will be placed in the Parliament and CAG will be auditing their accounts.
  • There is also a provision of Coordination Forum of IIMs as an advisory body.

  • Background -

  • Indian Institutes of Management are the country's premier institutions imparting best quality education in management on globally benchmarked processes of education and training in management.
  • IIMs are recognized as world-class management Institutions and Centers of Excellence and have brought laurels to the country.
  • All IIMs are separate autonomous bodies registered under the Societies Act.
  • Being societies, IIMs are not authorized to award degrees and, hence, they have been awarding Post Graduate Diploma and Fellow Programme in Management.
  • While these awards are treated as equivalent to MBAs and Ph.D, respectively, the equivalence is not universally acceptable, especially for the Fellow Programme.

3)   Central Council of Local Government was setup in -

a. 1882
b. 1993
c. 1992
d. 1954
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1954


    Central Council of Local Government -

  • The Central Council of Local Government was set up in 1954.

  • It was established under Article 263 of the Constitution of India by an order of the President of India.

  • The original name was Central Council of Local Self-Government.

  • In 1980’s ‘self-government’ was replaced by the term ‘government’.

  • Till 1958, it dealt with both urban as well as rural local governments.

  • After 1958 it has been dealing with matters of urban local government only.

  • The Council is an advisory body.

  • It consists of the Minister for Urban Development in the Government of India and the ministers for local self government in states.

  • The Union minister acts as the Chairman of the Council.

  • The Council performs the following functions with regard to local government -

    1. Making proposals for legislation.

    2. Examining the possibility of cooperation between the Centre and the states.

    3. Considering and recommending the policy matters.

    4. Drawing up a common programme of action.

    5. Reviewing the work done by the local bodies with the Central financial assistance.

    6. Recommending Central financial assistance.

4)   Which of the following are the recommendation/recommendations of the L. M. Singhvi Committee?

1) Nyaya Panchayats should be created for a cluster of villages.
2) Constitutional recognition for Panchayati Raj institutions.
3) More financial resources for village Panchayats.

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

ANSWER: All of the above


    Recommendations of L. M. Singhvi Committee -

  • Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986 appointed a committee on ‘Revitalisation of Panchayati Raj Institutions for Democracy and Development’.

  • It was under the chairmanship of L. M. Singhvi.

  • Its recommendations were -

    1. Constitutional recognition to the Panchayati Raj institutions.

    2. For it, a new chapter should be added in the Constitution of India.

    3. Thus their identity and integrity will be reasonably and substantially inviolate.

    4. Constitutional provisions to ensure regular, free and fair elections to the Panchayati Raj bodies.

    5. Nyaya Panchayats should be created for a cluster of villages.

    6. Reorganize villages to make Gram Panchayats more viable.

    7. Emphasized importance of the Gram Sabha; called it as the embodiment of direct democracy.

    8. More financial resources for Village Panchayats

    9. Judicial tribunals in each state to adjudicate controversies about election to the Panchayati Raj institutions, their dissolution and other matters related to their functioning.

    Constitutionalisation of Panchayati Raj -

    Attempt by Rajiv Gandhi Government -

    1. To constitutionalise Panchayati Raj institutions, the Rajiv Gandhi Government introduced the 64th Constitutional Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha in July 1989.

    2. The Lok Sabha passed the bill in August 1989, but Rajya Sabha rejected.

    3. The bill was opposed by the Opposition on the basis that it tried to strengthen centralization in the federal system.

    Attempt by V P Singh Government -

    1. The National Front Government, under the Prime Minister V. P. Singh, in June 1990, held a conference of the state chief ministers to discuss the issues relating to the strengthening of the Panchayati raj bodies.

    2. The conference approved the proposals for the introduction of a new constitutional amendment bill.

    3. A constitutional amendment bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in September 1990.

    4. But, the fall of the government led to lapse the bill.

    Attempt by Narasimha Rao Government -

    1. The Congress Government, under the prime minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, once again considered constitutionalisation of Panchayati Raj bodies.

    2. It deleted the controversial aspects and introduced a constitutional amendment bill in the Lok Sabha in September, 1991.

    3. This bill finally became the 73rd Constitutional Amendment Act, 1992.

    4. It came into force on 24 April, 1993.

5)   A cylinder having radius 1 m and height 5 m, is completely filled with wine. In how many conical flasks can this wine be filled into if the flask radius and height is 50 cm each?

a. 50
b. 500
c. 120
d. 160
Answer  Explanation 


volume and surface area

6)   President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Gita Mahotsav 2017 in Kurukshetra, Haryana. What is the objective behind Mahotsav?

a. spread the story of the Mahabharat
b. spread the message of Gita to world
c. spread the teachings of Lord Krishna
d. perform a Ram Lila
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: spread the message of Gita to world

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurated the International Gita Mahotsav 2017 in Kurukshetra, Haryana. The objective behind Mahotsav is to spread the message of Gita to world.

The second edition of the event was organised by Haryana Government. Mauritius was partner country and Uttar Pradesh was partner state of the event.

The 11th day of the Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of moon) of Margashirsh month (November - December) as per traditional Lunar calendar i.e. the Shukla Paksha Ekadashi day of the Margashirsha month is when this event is celebrated throughout world by all admirers of this sacred scripture "Bhagvad Gita"

The event is celebrated to commemorate the birth of 'Srimad Bhagwat Gita', the sacred scripture containing invaluable advice of Lord Krishna that he proffered to Arjuna, the third Pandava in the battlefield of Kurukshetra on the first day of the famous 18-day battle in the Mahabharata

7)   Which of the following is not an art book?

a. Babur Nama
b. Akbar Nama
c. Tutu Nama
d. Padshah nama
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tutu Nama

Zia Nakshabi was the first to translate Sanskrit stories into Persian. The book Tutu Nama or Book of the Parrot became popular and translated into Turkish and later into many European languages.

8)   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.

9)   Match the following List 1 to List 2

1. Application Layer --------- i) Repeater or Hub
2. Network Layer ------------- ii) Gateway or five layer switch
3. Data link Layer ------------ iii) Bridge or two layer switch
4. Physical Layer -------------- iv) Router  or three layer switch

a. 1-i, 2-iv, 3-iii, 4-iv
b. 1-ii, 2-iii, 3-i, 4-iv
c. 1-ii, 2-iv, 3-iii, 4-i
d. 1-i, 2-ii, 3-iv, 4-iii
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1-ii, 2-iv, 3-iii, 4-i

No explanation is available for this question!

10)   Consider the following statements

1. Hiuen Tsang visited during Chandragupta-I
2. Fa-Hien visited during Harshavardhan

Which of the above statements is/ are correct?

a. Only 1
b. Only 2
c. Both
d. None
Answer  Explanation 


Hiuen Tsang visited during Harshavardhan while Fa-Hien visited during Chandragupta-I.

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