MCQ on BRICS-ARP

Which of the following is true about ‘BRICS-ARP’, a research based platform?
A.
It will help in achieving gender equality.
B.
It aims to promote use of marine resources.
C.
It will ensure the access to affordable, sustainable energy to all.
D.
It aims to address the issue of inequality between farmer and non farmer income.
Explanation :
Recently the Union Cabinet has given its ex-post facto approval for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed among India and various BRICs countries for establishment of the BRICS Agriculture Research Platform (BRICS-ARP).
BRICS-ARP will be the global platform for science-led agriculture-based sustainable development for addressing the issues of world hunger, under-nutrition, poverty and inequality, particularly between farmers’ and non-farmers’ income, and enhancing agricultural trade, bio-security and climate resilient agriculture.

Prelim MCQ on Prithvi Missile

Which of the following statement about Prithvi-II missile, which was test-fired recently, is/are correct?
1. It is nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile.
2. It is India’s first indigenously-built ballistic missile.
3. Thrust is provided by solid propellant and cryogenic engines.
Choose the correct answer from the following codes:
A.
1 and 2 Only
B.
2 and 3 Only
C.
1 and 3 Only
D.
1, 2 and 3
Explanation :
Prithvi-II is capable of carrying 500-1,000 kilogram of warheads and thrust is provided by liquid propulsion twin engines.
• Prithvi-II is indigenously developed and is nuclear-capable surface-to-surface.
• With a strike range of 350 km, Prithvi-II is powered by twin-engines which use liquid propulsion. The state-of-the-art missile uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory to hit its target.
• Prithvi is India’s first indigenously-built ballistic missile. It is one of the five missiles being developed under the country’s Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme

MCQ on Falcon heavy launch vehicle

Falcon Heavy launch vehicle, is capable of which of the following
1. Delivering a maximum payload to low-earth orbit that is more than double that of the world’s next most powerful rocket.
2. Returning to earth all of its boosters
Choose the correct answer from the following code
A.
1 Only
B.
2 Only
C.
Both 1 and 2
D.
None of the above
Explanation :
Falcon Heavy was designed to be fully reusable. Both the centre core and side boosters carry landing legs, which will land each core safely on Earth after takeoff.

MCQ on forest report

According to the India State of Forest Report 2017, there has been an increase in which of the following
1. Total forest
2. Tree cover
3. Mangrove
Choose the correct options from the following codes:
A.
1 and 2 Only
B.
2 and 3 Only
C.
1 and 3 Only
D.
1, 2 and 3
Explanation :
There is an increase of 8, 021 sq km (about 80.20 million hectare) in the total forest and tree cover of the country, compared to the previous assessment in 2015. Much of the increase in the forest cover has been observed in Very Dense Forest (such forests absorb maximum carbon dioxide from the atmosphere). The increase in forest cover in VDF is followed by increase in open forest.
• As per the ISFR 2017, the total mangrove cover stands at 4,921 sq km and has shown an increase of 181 sq km. All the 12 mangrove states have shown a positive change in the mangrove cover, as compared to the last assessment.

Prelims MCQ on bird Festival

The first Pelican Bird Festival was recently organised at
A.
Kolleru lake
B.
Pulicat lake
C.
Chilika lake
D.
Loktak lake
Explanation :
First Pelican Bird festival was organised at Kolleru lake by Andhra Pradesh tourism department.

Prelims MCQ on Index

Which of the following statements about CriSidEx is/are correct?
1. It is an index for micro and small enterprise.
2. It has been solely developed by CRISIL.
3. It measures business sentiment on scale of 0 to 100.
Choose the correct option from the following codes:
A.
1 Only
B.
1 and 3 Only
C.
2 and 3 Only
D.
1, 2 and 3
Explanation :
CriSidEx, India’s first sentiment index for micro and small enterprises ( MSEs) developed jointly by CRISIL & SIDBI.
• CriSidEx is a composite index based on a diffusion index of 8 parameters and measures MSE business sentiment on a scale of 0 (extremely negative ) to 200 ( extremely positive).

Prelim MCQ on passes

Which of the following are correctly matched
1. Sela pass – Assam
2. Mana pass – Arunachal Pradesh
3. Niti pass – Sikkim
4. Jelep la pass – Manipur
Choose the correct answer from the following codes:
A.
1 and 3 Only
B.
2 and 4 Only
C.
2, 3 and 4 Only
D.
None of the above
Explanation :
Sela pass is located in Arunachal Pradesh.
• Mana pass and Niti pass both are located in Uttarakhand.
• Jelep la is located in Sikkim.

Prelims MCQ on Ashgabat Agreement

Which of the following countries are member of Ashgabat agreement?
1. Oman
2. Iraq
3. Iran
4. Pakistan
5. Afghanistan
6. Tajikistan
Choose the correct answer from the following codes:
A.
1, 3 and 4
B.
1, 2 and 4
C.
1, 3, 4 and 6
D.
1, 4, 5 and 6
Explanation :
Ashgabat Agreement has Oman, Iran, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as founding members. Kazakhstan has also joined this arrangement subsequently. In October 2016, Pakistan also formally joined the Ashgabat Agreement.

Prelim MCQ on regional Orgnisation

Maldives is NOT member of
1. SAARC
2. RECP
3. BIMSTEC
4. Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA)
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
A.
1, 3 and 4 only
B.
2, 3 and 4 only
C.
2 and 3 only
D.
2 and 4 only
Explanation :
• The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) is the regional intergovernmental organization and geopolitical union of nations in South AsiA. Its member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri LankA.
• Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is a proposed mega-regional FTA involving:
10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and 6 other countries that have Free Trade Agreements with the ASEAN i.e. India, China, Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand
The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) is an international organisation of 7 nations of South Asia and South East Asia, housing 1.5 billion people with 2.5 trillion combined economy. It includes Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.
• The Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) is a dynamic inter-governmental organisation aimed at strengthening regional cooperation and sustainable development within the Indian Ocean region through its 21 Member States and 7 Dialogue Partners. Maldives is not a member.

MCQ on competition commission of India

Consider following statements about the Competition Commission of India (CCI)
1. The CCI is a statutory body which was established under the Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices (MRTP) Act, 1969.
2. The Chairperson and members of CCI are appointed by President.
3. Its objectives are to protect the interests of consumers and freedom of trade.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
A.
1 and 3 only
B.
3 only
C.
1 and 2 only
D.
2 and 3 only
Explanation :
• The Competition Commission of India (CCI) is a statutory body which was established under the Competition Act, 2002 for the administration, implementation and enforcement of the Act.
• CCI consists of a Chairperson and 6 Members appointed by the Central Government and was duly constituted in March 2009.
• The following are the objectives of the Commission.
To prevent practices having adverse effect on competition.
To promote and sustain competition in markets.
To protect the interests of consumers and
To ensure freedom of trade.