Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Solved Questions for the year 2011


21)  Regarding the Indus Valley Civilization, consider the following statements :
1.   It was predominantly a secular civilization and the religious element, though present, did not dominate the scene.
2.   During this period, cotton was used for manufacturing textiles in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
(a)  l only
(b)  2 only
(c)  Both 1 and 2
(d)  Neither 1 nor 2


22) What was the purpose with which Sir William Wedderburn and W S. Caine had set up the Indian Parliamentary Committee in 1893 ?
(a)  To agitate for Indian political reforms in the House of Commons
(b)  To campaign for the entry of Indians into the Imperial Judiciary
(c)  To facilitate a discussion on India's Independence in the British Parliament
(d)  To agitate for the entry of eminent Indians into the British Parliament



23) Mahatma Gandhi said that some of his deepest convictions were reflected in a book titled, "Unto this Last" and the book transformed his life. What was the message from the book that transformed Mahatma Gandhi ?
(a)  Uplifting the oppressed and poor is the moral responsibility of an educated man
(b)  The good of individual is contained in the good of all
(c)  The life of celibacy and spiritual pursuit are essential for a noble life
(d)  All the statements (a), (b) and (c) are correct in this context


24) With reference to Indian freedom struggle, Usha Mehta is well-known for
(a)  Running the secret Congress Radio in the wake of Quit India Movement
(b)  Participating in the Second Round Table Conference
(c)  Leading a contingent of Indian National Army
(d)  Assisting in the formation of Interim Government under Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru


25) With reference to the period of Indian freedom struggle, which of the following was/were recommended by the Nehru report ?
1.   Complete Independence for India.
2.   Joint electorates for reservation of seats for minorities.
3.   Provision of fundamental rights for the people of India in the Constitution.
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 and 3



26) The tendency for increased litigation, was visible after the introduction of the land settlement system of Lord Cornwallis in 1793. The reason for this is normally traced to which of the following provisions?
(a)  Making Zamindar's position stronger vis-a-vis the ryot
(b)  Making East India Company an overlord of Zamindars
(c)  Making judicial system more efficient
(d)  None of the (a), (b) and (c) above


27) Which one of the following observations is not true about the Quit India Movement of 1942 ?
(a)  It was a non-violent movement
(b)  It was led by Mahatma Gandhi
(c)  It was a spontaneous movement
(d)  It did not attract the labour class in general


28) Which amongst the following provided a common factor for tribal insurrection in India in the 19th century?
(a)  Introduction of a new system of land revenue and taxation of tribal products
(b)  Influence of foreign religious missionaries in tribal areas
(c)  Rise of a large number of money lenders, traders and revenue farmers as middlemen in tribal areas
(d)  The complete disruption of the old agrarian order of the tribal communities


29) India maintained its early cultural contacts and trade links with Southeast Asia across the Bay of Bengal. For this pre-eminence of early maritime history of Bay of Bengal, which of the following could be the most convincing explanation/explanations ?
(a)  As compared to other countries, India had a better ship-building technology in ancient and medieval times
(b)  The rulers of southern India always patronized traders, brahmin priests and buddhist monks in this context
(c)  Monsoon winds across the Bay of Bengal facilitated sea voyages
(d)  Both (a) and (b) are convincing explanations in this context



30) With reference to the period of colonial rule in India, "Home Charges" formed an important part of drain of wealth from India. Which of the following funds constituted "Home Charges" ?
1.   Funds used to support the India Office in London.
2.   Funds used to pay salaries and pensions of British personnel engaged in India.
3.   Funds used for waging wars outside India by the British.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
(a)  1 only
(b)  1 and 2 only
(c)  2 and 3 only
(d)  1, 2 and 3


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