CDS 2011 (2) ( held on 18.09.2011 )

58. Which of the following statements regarding Permanent Settlement is/are correct?

  1. The Permanent Settlement was introduced in parts of the Madras and Bombay Presidencies.
  2. The Permanent Settlement created a new class of landlords with hereditary rights on land.
  3. The landlords created by the Permanent Settlement could never be removed under any circumstance.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

59. Gandhiji led the Indian nationalist movement from the front and his leadership was motivated by a wider philosophy he nurtured throughout the course of the movement. Which one among the following was a continuous movement based on this philosophy, and not a specific movement?

  1. Non-cooperation Movement
  2. Swadeshi Movement
  3. Quit India Movement
  4. Civil Disobedience Movement

60. The Jainas believe that Jainism is the outcome of the teachings of twenty four Tirthankaras. In the light of this statement which one among the following is correct for Vardhamana Mahavira?

  1. He was the first Trithankara and the founder of Jainism
  2. He was the twenty third Trithankara, the first twenty two Trithankaras being considered legendary
  3. He was the last and twenty fourth Trithankara, who was not considered as the founder of the new faith but as a reformer of the existing religious sect
  4. He was not one of the twenty four Trithankaras

61. The earliest Buddhist literature which deal with the stories of the various birth of Buddha are

  1. Venaya pitakas
  2. Sutta pitakas
  3. Abhidhamma pitakas
  4. Jatakas

62. Which one among the following is not a characteristic of Rig-Vedic Aryans?

  1. They were acquainted with horses, chariots and the use of bronze
  2. They were acquainted with the use of iron
  3. They were acquainted with the cow, which formed the most important form of wealth
  4. They were acquainted with the use of copper and the modern ploughshare

63. Which one among the following statements about United Nations organs is correct?

  1. Decisions of the General Assembly are binding on all members
  2. The term of the non-permanent members of the Security Council is for three years
  3. International Court of Justice has 20 Judges elected for a period of five years
  4. The Trusteeship Council has been suspended since 1 November 1994

64. Which one among the following statements about South Asia is not correct?

  1. All the countries in South Asia are currently democracies
  2. SAFTA was signed at the 12th SAARC Summit in Islamabad
  3. The US and China play an influential role in the politics of some South Asian States
  4. Bangladesh and India have agreements on river water sharing and boundary disputes

65. Which among the following statements about European Union (EU) are correct?

  1. The EU is the world’s largest economy.
  2. The EU has its own flag, anthem and currency.
  3. The EU’s combined armed forces are the second largest in the world.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 4
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 3 and 4

66. Which one among the following is the distinguishing factor between a pressure group and a political party?

  1. Pressure groups are confined to a few, while political parties involve larger number of people
  2. Pressure groups do not seek active political power, political parties do
  3. Pressure groups do not politically motivate people, while political parties do
  4. Political parties take political stance, while pressure groups do not bother about political issues

67. There are different arguments given in favour of power sharing in a democratic political system. Which one of the following is not one of them?

  1. It reduces conflict among different communities
  2. Majority community does not impose its will on others
  3. Since all are affected by the policies of the government, they should be consulted in the governance of the country
  4. It speeds up the decision making process and improves the chances of unity of the country

68. Which of the following statements are correct?

  1. The global economy relied on oil for much of the 20th century as a portable and indispensable fuel.
  2. The immense wealth associated with oil generates political struggles to control it.
  3. History of petroleum is also the history of war and struggle.
  4. Nowhere is this more obviously the case of war and struggle than in West Asia and Central America.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1, 2, 3 and 4
  2. 2 and 4 only
  3. 2 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3 only

69. Which one among the following is not guaranteed by the Constitution of India?

  1. Freedom to move freely throughout the country
  2. Freedom to assemble peacefully without arms
  3. Freedom to own, acquire and dispose of property anywhere in the country
  4. Freedom to practice any trade or profession

70. Which one among the following pairs of level of government and legislative power is not correctly matched?

  1. Central Government : Union List
  2. Local Government : Residuary Powers
  3. State Governments : State List
  4. Central and State Governments : Concurrent List

71. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

Under the provisions of Article 200 of the Constitution of India the Governor of a state may:

  1. Withhold his assent to a Bill passed by the state legislature.
  2. Reserve the Bill passed by the state legislature for consideration of the President.
  3. Return to Bill, other than a money Bill, for reconsideration of the legislature.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

72. Which of the following are envisaged as being part of the Right against Exploitation in the Constitution of India?

  1. Prohibition of traffic in human beings and forced labour.
  2. Abolition of untouchability.
  3. Protection of the interests of the minorities.
  4. Prohibition of employment of children in factories and mines.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 1 and 4
  4. 2, 3 and 4

73. In which one of the following cases the Supreme Court of India gave verdicts which have a direct bearing on the Centre-State relations?

  1. Keshavananda Bharati case
  2. Vishakha case
  3. S. R. Bommai case
  4. Indira Sawhney case

74.Consider the following statements about the powers of the President of India:

  1. The President can direct that any matter on which decision has been taken by a Minister should be placed before the Council of Ministers.
  2. The President can call all information relating to proposals for legislation.
  3. The President has the right to address and send messages to either House of the Parliament.
  4. All decisions of the Council of Ministers relating to the administration of the Union must be communicated to the President.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4

75. Which reference to the conduct of the government business in the Parliament of India, the term ‘closure’ refers to

  1. suspension of debate at the termination of a day’s sitting of the Parliament
  2. a rule of legislative procedure under which further debate on a motion can be halted
  3. the termination of a parliamentary session
  4. refusal on the part of the government to have the opposition look at important documents

76. India’s market regulator SEBI is on course to relax investment norms for sovereign wealth funds, the investment vehicles which are directly controlled by the government of a country. The main reason behind this move is

  1. the desire of the government of India to attract more foreign investment
  2. pressure by foreign governments on India to execute specific mutual agreements on financial services
  3. SEBI’s desire to create a more level playing field for foreign investors
  4. RBI’s relevant directives to SEBI