Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Solved Questions for the year 2012


41) Government of India encourages the cultivation of ‘sea buckthorn’. What is the importance of this plant?
1. It helps in controlling soil erosion and in preventing desertification.
2. It is a rich source of biodiesel.
3. It has nutritional value and is well-adapted to live in cold areas of high altitudes.
4. Its timber is of great commercial value.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2, 3 and 4 only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1, 2, 3 and 4


42) Which of the following is the chief characteristic of ‘mixed farming’?
a) Cultivation of both cash crops and food crops
b) Cultivation of two or more crops in the same field
c) Rearing of animals and cultivation of crops together
d) None of the above.


43) A particular State in India has the following characteristics:
1. It is located on the same latitude which passes through northern Rajasthan.
2. It has over 80% of its area under forest cover.
3. Over 12% of the forest over constitutes Protected Area Network in this State.

Which one among the following States has all the above characteristics?
(A)  Arunachal Pradesh
(B) Assam
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D) Uttarakhand



44) Consider the following crops of India:
1.Cow pea
2.Green gram
3.Pigeon pea

Which of the above is/are used as pulse, fodder and green manure? 
(A) 1 and 2 only
(B) 2 only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1,2 and 3


45) Consider the following factors:
  1. Rotation of the Earth 
  2. Air pressure and wind 
  3. Density of ocean water 
  4. Revolution of the Earth
Which of the above factors influence the ocean currents?
(A) 1 and 2only
(B) 1,2 and 3 only
(C) 1 and 4
(D) 2, 3 and 4.



46) With reference to the wetlands of India, consider the following statements:
1. The country’s total geographical area under the category of wetlands is recorded more in Gujrat as compared to other states
2. In India, the total geographical area of coastal wetlands is larger than that of inland wetlands

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2


47) Consider the following crops of India:
1.      Groundnut
2.      Sesamum
3.      Pearl millet

Which of the above is/are predominantly rained crop/crops?
(A) 1 and 2 only
(B) 2 and 3 only
(C) 3 only
(D) 1,2 and 3



48) When you travel in Himalayas,you will see the foll. :
      1.      Deep gorges
2.      U-turn river courses
3.      Parallel mountain ranges
4.      steep gradients causing land-sliding

Which of the above can be said to be the evidences for the Himalayas being young fold mountains?
(A) 1 and 2 only
(B) 1, 2 and 4 only
(C) 3 and 4 only
(D) 1, 2, 3 and 4


49) Normally the temp. decreases with the increase in height from the earth’s surface, because
1. the atmosphere can be heated upwards only from the Earth’s surface
2. there is more moisture in the upper atmosphere
3. the air is less dense in the upper atmosphere

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 and 3 only
(C) 1 and 3 only
(D) 1, 2,3


50) Consider the following statements:
1. The duration of the monsoon decreases from southern India to northern India.
2. The amount of annual rainfall in the northern plains of India decreases from east to west.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(A) 1 only
(B) 2 only
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2


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