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day 106

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1. Given below are some sites where major protests were made against the respective projects. Consider their matches with the rivers on which they are built.

  1. Sardar Sarovar Dam          :                Narmada
  2. Tipaimukh dam                  :                 Barak
  3. Krishnasagar dam              :                 Krishna
  4. Tehri Dam                           :                 Mahanadi

The correct matches are?

  • a. 1 and 4 only
  • b. 1 and 2 only
  • c. 2 and 3 only
  • d. 1, 3 and 4 only


2. Consider the following about the provisions of the “Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition,Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013”.

  1. No compensation is required to be paid for land acquired for public infrastructure projects.
  2. Acquiring farm land is prohibited under the Act.
  3. The government will not acquire land for private companies.

Select the correct answer using the codes below.

  • a. 1 and 2 only
  • b. 1 and 3 only
  • c. 3 only
  • d. None of the above


3. Select the correct statement regarding Private Equity (PE)
  • a. Private equity is composed of funds and investors that directly invest in private companies
  • b. Private equity is capital that is noted on a public exchange.
  • c. Venture capital firms are not allowed to invest in private equity investment
  • d. All the statements are correct


4. “Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC)” has been launched for the following reasons:

  1. Access to online patent and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications
  2. Assistance in searching and retrieving technology information Training in database search
  3. Basic information on industrial property laws, management and strategy, and technology commercialization and marketing.

Which of the given above statements is/are correct?

  • a. 1, 2 and 3
  • b. 1, 2 and 4
  • c. 2, 3 and 4
  • d. 1, 2, 3 and 4


5. HELP, NELP and OALP are:
  • a. IMF subsidiaries in Asia, Africa and Europe
  • b. Government schemes for Women
  • c. Goods and service tax forms
  • d. Names of hydrocarbon policies


6. The document “Critical Non-Fuel Mineral Resources for India’s Manufacturing Sector – A Vision for 2030” of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) prioritizes certain minerals based on their economic importance and supply risk in near future. Which of these have been categorized as highly important yet most critical minerals where India is 100% import dependent?
  • a. Strontium, Rhenium, Germanium, Niobium
  • b. Bentonite, Lead, Nickel and Gallium
  • c. Gypsum, Molybdenum, Phosphate and Barium
  • d. Magnesium, Selenium, Feldspar and Asbestos


7. India has signed a ‘Open Skies’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Greece. How will the MoU be helpful?
  • a. It will allow reduce the limit on the number of flights into each other’s territory.
  • b. All airline passengers from both countries will be given hassle free Visa on Arrival (VoA).
  • c. Trade through air route shall be exempt from paying duties.
  • d. All of the above

8.Union government has launched a Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) scheme to preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country. Which of the following cities are covered in the initial phase of the scheme?

  1. Amritsar
  2. Puri
  3. Warangal
  4. Badami
  5. Mathura

Choose the correct answer using the codes below.

  • a. 1, 4 and 5 only
  • b. 2 and 5 only
  • c. 1, 2 and 3 only
  • d. All of the above


9. The implementation of the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ at the City level will be done by a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV). Which of the following statements is INCORRECT about SPVs?
  • a. It will be a limited company incorporated under the Companies Act.
  • b. SPVs will not include any private sector participation in ownership.
  • c. Government of India will provide funds to the SPVs to implement the project.
  • d. Both the State government and Urban Local Body will control the SPVs.


10. Bharatmala is an ambitious project of government to improve
  • a. Cultural standing and image of India heritage abroad
  • b. Optical fibre communication to remote areas
  • c. Safeguarding national borders and its communities
  • d. Road and highways connectivity


11. Communicable diseases account for a large burden of diseases in India. Which of these may NOT help controlling their spread?
  • a. Improving sanitation and drinking water in the locality
  • b. Isolating infected persons
  • c. Reducing intake of salt in food
  • d. Using only new syringes for blood transfusion and disposing old used ones


12. Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) is a statistical tool widely used to show the general level of participation in
  • a. Primary Education only
  • b. Secondary Education only
  • c. Primary and Secondary Education only
  • d. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Education


13. Consider the following domestic freight transport modes.

  1. Roadways
  2. Railways
  3. Inland waterways

Arrange the above in order of decreasing share in domestic freight traffic?

  • a. 1 2 3
  • b. 2 1 3
  • c. 2 3 1
  • d. 1 3 2


14. Which of the following is/are true

  1. Infrastructure industries got a separate status in Industrial Policy Resolution of 1973
  2. Foreign investment was allowed in 1973 policy which was revoked in 1977 policy

Select the right code

  • a. 1 only
  • b. 2 only
  • c. Both
  • d. None


15. With respect to Dedicated Freight Corridor, consider the following

  1. Eastern DFC runs from Amritsar to Kolkata
  2. The project is implemented by Ministry of Commerce and Industry

Which of the above is/are correct

  • a. 1 only
  • b. 2 only
  • c. Both
  • d. None


16. For a start-up that’s looking for initial investment to start its business, approaching which of the following investors makes more sense?
  • a. Venture capital investors
  • b. Angel investors
  • c. A bank loan
  • d. Initial public offering


17. With reference to the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), consider the following statements:

  1. It is a a “Not for Profit” Company under the provisions of Section 8 of Companies Act 2013
  2. It is set up to provide infrastructure to the entire Banking system in India for physical as well as electronic payment and settlement systems

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  • a. 1 only
  • b. 2 only
  • c. Both
  • d. None


18. In the industrial sector, which sub-sector has the least credit growth rate
  • a. Micro and small scale
  • b. Medium scale
  • c. Textiles
  • d. Infrastructure


19. Consider the following about logistics sector in India

  1. A new Logistics Division has been created in Department of Commerce
  2. Logistics Performance Index is released by World Bank

Select the right code

  • a. 1 only
  • b. 2 only
  • c. Both
  • d. None


20. Consider the following statements:

  1. InvIT investments are not open for small and retail investors. The minimum application size for InvIT units is ₹10 lakh
  2. Two types of InvITs have been allowed- One, which invests in completed and revenue generation infrastructure projects; Second- invest in completed or under-construction projects
  • a. Only 1
  • b. Only 2
  • c. Both 1 and 2
  • d. None of the above


21. Consider the following statements:

  1. The Global Innovation Index (GII), co-published by World-Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Cornell University and INSEAD with CII as a Knowledge Partner
  2. India has shown improvement in most areas, including in infrastructure, business sophistication, knowledge and technology and creative outputs.

Which of the above statements are correct:

  • a. Only 1
  • b. Only 2
  • c. Both 1 and 2
  • d. None of the above


22. Which of the following is incorrect:

  1. National infrastructure and Investment Fund is India’s first sovereign wealth fund
  2. Finance minister headed council acts like governing body of the fund
  3. It has been registered in SEBI as an alternative investment fund
  4. It has invested in Assets in Education and healthcare as well

Select your answer using the codes below:

  • a. 3 and 4 only
  • b. Only 3
  • c. Only 4
  • d. None of the above


23. India’s economic growth rate has reduced over the last few years. Which of the following sectors have been unaffected by this reduction in growth?

  1. Construction
  2. Electricity
  3. Mining
  4. Manufacturing

Choose the correct matches using the codes below.

  • a. 1 and 3 only
  • b. 2 and 4 only
  • c. 4 only
  • d. All have been affected.


24. Investment in which of the following directly leads to the formation of human capital of a country?

  1. Roads, power, transmission lines
  2. Primary education
  3. On-job training
  4. Encouraging freedom of thought and expression

Choose the correct answer using the codes below:

  • a. 1, 2 and 3
  • b. 2 and 4 only
  • c. 1 and 3 only
  • d. 2, 3 and 4 only


25. Which of the following reduce accumulation of capital stock in the economy?

  1. Depreciation of assets
  2. Spending on infrastructure rather than capacity building of financial institutions

Which of the above is/are correct?

  • a. 1 only
  • b. 2 only
  • c. Both 1 and 2
  • d. None

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