Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Solved Questions for the year 2013


71) Consider the following historical places:
1. Ajanta Caves
2. Lepakshi Temple
3. Sanchi Stupa

Which of the above places is / are also known for mural paintings?
  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None


72) Consider the following Bhakti Saints:
1. Dadu Dayal
2. Guru Nanak
3. Tyagaraja
Who among the above was/were preaching when the Lodi dynasty fell and Babur took over?
  1. 1 and 3
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 1 and 2


73) Some Buddhist rock-cut caves are called Chaityas, while the others are called Viharas. What is the difference between the two? 
  1. Vihara is a place of worship, while Chaitya is the dwelling place of the monks
  2. Chaitya is a place of worship, while Vihara is the dwelling place of the monks
  3. Chaitya is the stupa at the far end of the cave, while Vihara is the hall axial to it
  4. There is no material difference between the two


74) Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism? 
  1. The extinction of the flame of desire
  2. The complete annihilation of self
  3. A state of bliss and rest
  4. A mental stage beyond all comprehension


75) Which of the following statements is/are applicable to Jain doctrine?
  1. The surest way of annihilating Karma is to practice penance.
  2. Every object, even the smallest particle has a soul.
  3. Karma is the bane of the soul and must be ended.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
  1. only 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
 

76) With reference to the history of philosophical thought in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school:
  1. Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transmigration of soul.
  2. Sankhya holds that it is the self-knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.
Which of the statements given above is /are correct?
  1. 1only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2



77) With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements:
  1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India.
  2. The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
  3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

78) Which of the following is/are unique characteristic/characteristics of equatorial forests?
  1. Presence of tall, closely set trees with crowns forming a continuous canopy
  2. Coexistence of a large number of species
  3. Presence of numerous varieties of epiphytes
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

79) Which of the following is / are the characteristic/ characteristics of Indian coal?
  1. High ash content
  2. Low sulphur content
  3. Low ash fusion temperature
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3


80) Contour bunding is a method of soil conservation used in
  1. desert margins, liable to strong wind action
  2. low flat plains, close to stream courses, liable to flooding
  3. scrublands, liable to spread of weed growth
  4. None of the above
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