WBCS Prelims Daily GS Quiz

West Bengal Civil Service Preliminary Exam Quiz – 17


The following quiz will have 20 General Studies Multiple Chose Questions for West Bengal Civil Service preliminary exam and also helpful other competitive exams like State PSC (BPSC, JPSC, MPSC, OPSC, RPSC, PPSC, UPPSC etc.) exams, UPSC (CDS and NDA), Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) exams, Staff Selection Commission exams (CGL, CHSL and MTS) and other competitive exams.
Hope this quiz will be helpful to you all!

1. What causes rainfall on the coastal areas of Tamil Nadu in the beginning of winter?
[A] South-West monsoon
[B] North Eastern monsoon
[C] Temperate cyclones
[D] Local air circulation

Correct Answer: [B] North Eastern monsoon
Explanation: During October and November, northeast monsoon while crossing over the Bay of Bengal, picks up moisture and causes torrential rainfall over the Tamil Nadu coast, southern Andhra Pradesh, southeast Karnataka and southeast Kerala.

2. Arrange the following states based on dates of normal onset of Indian monsoon, using correct code:
1. Gujarat
2. West Bengal
3. Rajasthan
4. Kerala

[A] 4 – 2 – 1 – 3
[B] 3 – 1 – 2 – 4
[C] 3 – 4 – 1 – 2
[D] 4 – 3 – 2 – 1

Correct Answer: [A] 4 – 2 – 1 – 3 
Explanation: Normal onset date of Indian monsoon –

3. The Karewas of Kashmir refers to which among the following types of deposits?
[A] Fluvial
[B] Lacustrine
[C] Glacial
[D] Volcanic

Correct Answer: [C] Glacial
Explanation: The Kashmir Himalayas are also famous for Karewa formations, which are useful for the cultivation of Zafran, a local variety of saffron. Karewas are the thick deposits of glacial clay and other materials embedded with moraines.

4. The principal cause of soil damage in Punjab and Haryana is:
[A] Salinity and over irrigation
[B] Deforestation
[C] Gully erosion
[D] Overgrazing

Correct Answer: [A] Salinity and over irrigation
Explanation: The principal cause of soil damage in Punjab and Haryana is high salinity and water logging. Both states are overwhelmingly dependent of groundwater for irrigation. Notably, these states have better irrigation facilities compared to the rest of the country and hence, they exploit groundwater irresponsibly. This has caused high salinity and water logging in entire states.

5. The concept of differential heating was primarily given to explain which of the following geographical phenomena in India?
[A] Monsoon
[B] Subtropical Jet streams
[C] Anti Cyclones
[D] Desert storms

Correct Answer: [A] Monsoon
Explanation: The concept of differential heating about the origin of Indian Monsoon was given by Halley

6. Which among the following is the first ever inter-State river linking project since India’s independence?
[A] Chambal-Yamuna project
[B] Mahanadi-Godavari project
[C] Par-Tapi- Narmada project
[D] Ken-Betwa project

Correct Answer: [D] Ken-Betwa project
Explanation: Ken-Betwa project is the first-ever inter-State river linking project since India’s independence. The main feature of the project is a 230-km long canal connecting the Ken and Betwa rivers which will irrigate 3.5 lakh hectares of drought-prone Bundelkhand.

7. Which of the following rivers make the largest as well as smallest inhabited river islands?
[A] Ganga
[B] Brahmaputra
[C] Indus
[D] Godavari

Correct Answer: [B] Brahmaputra
Explanation: Majuli is the largest inhabited river island (also India’s first Island district) whereas Umananda (Peacock )island is the smallest both located on river Brahmaputra.

8. Most of the rivers of the Indo-Gangetic Plains are of
[A] Radial drainage pattern
[B] Trellis drainage pattern
[C] Superimposed drainage pattern
[D] Dendritic drainage pattern

Correct Answer: [D] Dendritic drainage pattern
Explanation:Dendritic drainage pattern gives the appearance of branching looking like a tree. Thus, a dendritic pattern develops in a terrain which has uniform lithology, and where faulting and jointing are insignificant; e.g., massive crystalline rocks or thick plains consisting of clays.
This is why most of the rivers of the Indo-Gangetic Plains are of dendritic type. It is a distinctive feature of the regions having horizontally bedded sedimentary rocks or massive igneous rocks.

9. A nation’s Balance of Payments (BoP) is not affected by which of the following?
[A] Foreign Investment Received
[B] Demand for currency abroad
[C] Remittance received by the residents
[D] It is affected by all of the above

Correct Answer: [D] It is affected by all of the above

10. Which Indian state has the highest per capita income?
[A] Goa
[B] Punjab
[C] Sikkim
[D] Karnataka

Correct Answer: [A] Goa
Explanation: As per the report of the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (released on 20 Aug 2015), the state per capita income of Goa is highest in the country followed by Delhi and Sikkim respectively. While Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Assam, and Jharkhand are top 5 poorest states in terms of NSDP per capita.
West Bengal rank 21st out of 33 states and UTs.

11. Current Account Deficit of a country can be reduced by
[A] Increasing the imports
[B] Reducing the exports
[C] Reducing the inflow of remittances
[D] Decreasing the imports

Correct Answer: [D] Decreasing the imports
Explanation: The current account deficit is a measurement of a country’s trade where the value of the goods and services it imports exceeds the value of the goods and services it exports.

12. Which of the following items are included as revenue receipts?
[A] Tax revenue
[B] Recoveries of loans
[C] Borrowing and other liabilities
[D] All of the above

Correct Answer: [A] Tax revenue
Explanation: Government receipts which neither create liabilities nor reduce assets are called revenue receipts. Revenue receipts are arranged into two categories, namely Tax revenue and Non-tax revenue. A receipt is a revenue receipt, if it satisfies the following two essential conditions: (i) The receipt must not create a liability for the government. For example, taxes levied by the government are revenue receipts as they do not create any liability. However, any amount, borrowed by the government, is not a revenue receipt as it causes an increase in the liability in terms of repayment of borrowings. (ii) The receipt must not cause decrease in the assets. For example, a receipt from sale of shares of a public enterprise is not a revenue receipt as it leads to a reduction in assets of the government. The following figure mentions the different types of receipts.

13. In terms of economy of any country, visit of a Foreign National will amount to:
[A] Export
[B] Import
[C] Production
[D] Consumption

Correct Answer: [A] Export
Explanation: Visit by any foreign national amounts to export of “tourist services”. It brings foreign currency in Indian Market.

14. Which of the following is not a direct tax?
[A] Tax on income
[B] Tax on wealth
[C] Tax on expenditure
[D] Tax on entertainment

Correct Answer: [D] Tax on entertainment
Explanation: Example of direct taxes – income tax, corporate tax, wealth tax, gift tax, expenditure tax etc. and indirect taxes – sales tax, excise duty, VAT, service tax, entertainment tax, custom duty etc.

15. Weighted average tax rate under GST is around
[A] 15%
[B] 20%
[C] 12%
[D] 10%

Correct Answer: [A] 15%
Explanation:Revenue Neutral Rate RNR Committee had estimated a base of Rs. 68.8 lakh crore and the GST Council had estimated a base of Rs. 65.8 lakh crore.
GST tax base (excluding exports) is Rs. 65-70 lakh crore, broadly similar to these two previous estimates The weighted average collection rate (incidence) is about 15.6 percent. So, as estimated by the RNR committee, the single tax rate that would preserve revenue neutrality is between 15 to 16 percent.

16. Who became the first Indian, to be designated as a member of FIFA Executive Council?
[A] Pradip Dutta
[B] Kushal Das
[C] Sunando Dhar
[D] Praful Patel

Current Affairs April 2019

Correct Answer: [D] Praful Patel

17. Who was appointed as the Industry head of Google India in April 2019?
[A] Robert Ernest Andreatta
[B] Mayoori Kango
[C] Hari Raju Mahadevu
[D] Kenneth Hohee Yi

Current Affairs April 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Mayoori Kango

18. Who was appointed as the first woman vice-chancellor of Jamia Millia Islamia University?
[A] Najma Heptulla
[B] Kafeel Ahmad
[C] Najma Akhtar
[D] Talat Ahmad

Current Affairs April 2019

Correct Answer: [C] Najma Akhtar

19. Who was the first Indian female scientist to be elected as a Fellow of the royal Society (FRS) in the UK?

[A] Tessy Thomas
[B] Rohini Godbole
[C] Aditi Pant
[D] Gagandeep Kang

Current Affairs April 2019

Correct Answer: [D] Gagandeep Kang

20. Who was appointed as the Managing Director of Twitter India?
[A] Rajiv Mehrishi
[B] Manish Maheshwari
[C] Desh Deepak Verma
[D] None of above

Current Affairs April 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Manish Maheshwari

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