CDS 2015 (1) (held on 15.02.2015)

1. Which one among the following was not an outcome of the fifth BRICS summit held in Durban in South Africa in March 2013?

  1. Signing of two agreements on Extending Credit Facility in Local Currencies and BRICS Multilateral Letter of Credit Confirmation Facility
  2. Proclamation of establishment of BRICS-led New Development Bank
  3. Creation of a safety net through a Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) among BRICS countries
  4. Setting up of BRICS Business Council and BRICS Think Tank Council

2. Seeking to revive historic ties, the Indian Air Force has gifted a vintage Dakota Aircraft from its museum to (September 2014)

  1. the Pakistan Air Force
  2. the Bangladesh Air Force
  3. the Chinese Air Force
  4. the Sri Lankan Air Force

3. Which one of the following statements is incorrect?

  1. The Armed Forces Tribunal has the power to adjudicate disputes relating to conditions of service of persons subject to the Army Act, 1950.
  2. Findings and sentences of court martial can be challenged before the Armed Forces Tribunal.
  3. The Chairperson and members of the Armed Forces Tribunal shall be appointed only after consultation with the Chief Justice of India.
  4. The Chairperson and members of the Armed Forces Tribunal can be removed only after consultation with the Chief Justice of India.

4. In recent plans, certain words/phrases were used in the title of the plan along with ‘growth’. They are

  1. Inclusive
  2. Faster
  3. More inclusive
  4. Sustainable
  5. More sustainable

Which combination is true of the Twelfth Five Year Plan (2012 – 17)?

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 1, 4 and 5
  3. 2, 3 and 4
  4. 1, 2 and 4

5. Which of the following statements about the social reformer, Raja Rammohun Roy is false?

  1. Rammohun Roy belonged to the gentry class whose power had been diminished because of the imposition of the Permanent Settlement.
  2. He studied both Vedantic Monism and Christian Unitarianism.
  3. He translated the Upanishads into Bengali.
  4. His first organization was the Atmiya Sabha, founded in Calcutta in 1815.

6. Which of the following characteristics about the state of Travancore in 18th century Kerala is/are correct?

  1. Travancore was ruled by Marthanda Varma from 1729 to 1758.
  2. Travancore built a strong army and defeated the Dutch in 1741.
  3. Travancore was an important centre of learning.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

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

7. A Parliamentary Democracy is one where

  1. a balance of popular participation and elite rule takes place.
  2. the government is responsible not to the public but to the elected representatives.
  3. the parliamentarians are delegated the responsibility of thinking and acting on behalf of their constituents.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

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

8. Which of the following is not a central tenet of Socialism?

  1. Historical Materialism
  2. Dialectical Materialism
  3. Alienation and Class Struggle
  4. Individual Freedom

9. ‘And Then One Day : A Memoir’ is an autobiography of

  1. Kamal Hasan
  2. Shahrukh Khan
  3. Naseeruddin Shah
  4. Karan Johar

10. Inclusion strategy does not focus on

  1. reduction of inequality
  2. reduction of poverty
  3. diversifying livelihood for tribal population
  4. getting poorer countries closer

11. When martial law is imposed, Parliament cannot make law in respect of which one of the following matters?

  1. Indemnify any person in respect of any act done by him in connection with the maintenance of order in the area where martial law was in force
  2. Parliament can by law validate any sentence passed when martial law was in force in the area
  3. A law of Parliament can validate forfeiture ordered when martial law was in force in the area
  4. Any act done under martial law can be validated by Parliament by law

12. Upari refers to which one of the following?

  1. A form of Marathi poetry that emerged during the Maratha period
  2. A category of tenancy tenure held under the Maratha regime
  3. A court official during Maratha rule
  4. A group of peasants who rebelled against their oppressive landlords under Maratha rule

13. Which of the following is/are the characteristic(s) of the Sannyasi and Fakir uprisings?

  1. These uprisings refer to a series of skirmishes between the English East India Company and a group of sannyasis and fakirs.
  2. One reason for the uprising was the ban on free movement of the sannyasis along pilgrimage routes.
  3. In the course of the uprisings in 1773, Warren Hastings issued a proclamation banishing all sannyasis from Bengal and Bihar.
  4. Are contemporaneous with the Non-Cooperation Movement.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

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

14. Which among the following features of a federal system is not found in the Indian Political System?

  1. Dual citizenship
  2. Distribution of powers between the Federal and the State Governments
  3. Supremacy of the Constitution
  4. Authority of the Courts to interpret the Constitution

15. Which of the following is not true of Article 32 of the Indian Constitution?

  1. It gives the Supreme Court and the High Courts the power to issue writs for the enforcement of Fundamental rights.
  2. It is included in Part III of the Indian Constitution and is therefore itself a Fundamental Right.
  3. Dr. Ambedkar called it the ‘very soul of the Indian Constitution’.
  4. An aggrieved person has no right to complain under Article 32 where a Fundamental Right has not been violated.

Directions : The following 04(Four) items consist of two statements, Statement I and Statement II. You are to examine these two statements carefully and select the answers to these items using the code given below :

Code :

  1. Both the statements are individually true and Statement II is the correct explanation of Statement I.
  2. Both the statements are individually true, But Statement II is not the correct explanation of Statement I.
  3. Statement I is true, but Statement II is false.
  4. Statement I is false, but statement II is true.

16. Statement I : India’s offshore and deep sea fish catch is very poor considering the marine potential.

Statement II : Indian coast does not have many gulfs, bays, estuaries and backwaters.

17. Statement I : Tides are the rise and fall of sea levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the Moon and the Sun, and the rotation of the Earth.

Statement II : Earth rotates from the West towards the East once in 24 hours with respect to the Sun.