CDS 2012 (2) (held on 16.09.2012)

91. The main aim of watershed management strategy of India is?

  1. promoting silviculture
  2. hillslope management
  3. arid land management
  4. soil conservation

92. In absorption of insolation, the most significant part is played by

  1. carbon dioxide
  2. ozone
  3. oxygen
  4. haze

93. Which among the following cities of India will have mid-day Sun exactly overhead only once a year

  1. Delhi and Chennai
  2. Srinagar and Darjeeling
  3. Hyderabad and Kohima
  4. Nagpur and Kolkata

94. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha may be removed from office by

  1. the majority party in the House adopting a no-confidence motion
  2. a resolution passed by not less than half of the total membership of the House
  3. a resolution passed by at least two-thirds of the total membership of the House
  4. a resolution passed by a majority of all the members of the House

95. What is/are the major difference/differences between a written an unwritten constitution?

  1. A written constitution is the formal source of all constitutional laws in the country and unwritten constitution is not the formal source.
  2. A written constitution is entirely codified whereas an unwritten constitution is not.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:


  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

96. In the Rajya Sabha, the States have been given seats

  1. in accordance with their population
  2. equally
  3. on the basis of population and economic position
  4. on the basis of present economic status

97. The Preamble is useful in constitutional interpretation because it

  1. it uses value-loaded words
  2. contains the real objective and philosophy of the Constitution makers
  3. is a source of power and limitation
  4. gives an exhaustive list of basic features of the Constitution

98. Which one among the following not an attribute of sustainability of Indian democratic model?

  1. Unity in diversity in socio-cultural patterns
  2. Sustained economic growth specially after the 1990s
  3. Regular elections in the Centre and States since 1950s
  4. A strong industrial base with a vibrant federal structure

99. Which one among the following was the immediate cause of attack by Nawab Siraj-ud-daullah on Calcutta in 1756?

  1. Refusal of the English Company to pay the over trade tax
  2. The English conspired against the Nawab with a view to depose him from the Throne
  3. Siraj-ud-daullah wanted to drive out the English from Bengal
  4. Refusal of the English to demolish the fortification of Calcutta

100. Which among the following materials were used for minting coins during the rule of Mauryas?

  1. Gold and Silver
  2. Silver and Copper
  3. Copper and Bronze
  4. Gold and Copper

101. What was the Kutagarashala- literally, a hut with a pointed roof?

  1. A place where animals were kept
  2. A place where intellectual debates among Buddhist mendicants took place
  3. A place where weapons were stored
  4. A place to sleep

102. The 'Dhamma', propagated by Ashoka, was

  1. the tenets of Buddhism
  2. a mixture of the philosophies of Ajivikas and Charvakas
  3. a system of morals consistent with the tenets of most of the sects of the time
  4. the religious policy of the State

103. Which one among the following pairs is not properly matched?

a. MegasthenesIndica
b. AshvaghosaBuddhacharita
c. PaniniMahabhashya
d. VishakhadattaMudrarakhsasa

104. In an atomic explosion, release of large amount of energy is due to conversion of

  1. chemical energy into nuclear energy
  2. nuclear energy into heat
  3. mass into energy
  4. chemical energy into heat

105. Soaps cannot be used in acidic condition because they lose their cleansing effect due to formation of insoluble

  1. esters
  2. alcohols
  3. hydrocarbons
  4. long-chain fatty acids

106. Which one among the following was the theme of World Environment Day, 2012?

  1. Your Planet Needs You - Unite to Combat
  2. Many species. One Planet. One Future
  3. Forests-Nature at Your Service
  4. Green Economy : Does it Include You?

107. Consider the following statements about Rahul Bhattacharya, who won the prestigious Royal Society of Literature Ondaatje Prize, 2012:

  1. He was awarded the Ondaatje Prize for his book, The Sly Company of People Who Care.
  2. He is a cricket journalist.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?


  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

108. Which one among the following popular cartoon characters has recently completed 50 years of creation?

  1. Chota Bheem
  2. Mowgli
  3. 'Utterly Butterly' Amul Girl
  4. The Common Man