WBCS Prelims Daily GS Quiz

West Bengal Civil Service Preliminary Exam Quiz – 2


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. With reference to deficit financing, monetized deficit is the part that is financed through
[A] Borrowing from public sector commercial bank
[B] External commercial borrowings
[C] Borrowing from RBI
[D] None of above

Correct Answer: [C] Borrowing from RBI
Explanation: Deficit financing is the budgetary situation where expenditure is higher than the revenue. It is a practice adopted for financing the excess expenditure with outside resources. The expenditure revenue gap is financed by either printing of currency or through borrowing.
Deficit financing is very useful in developing countries like India because of revenue scarcity and development expenditure needs. Various indicators of deficit in the budget are:

  1. Budget deficit = Total expenditure – Total receipts
  2. Revenue deficit = Revenue expenditure – Revenue receipts
  3. Fiscal Deficit = Total expenditure – Total receipts except borrowings
  4. Primary Deficit = Fiscal deficit – Interest payments
  5. Effective revenue Deficit = Revenue Deficit – Grants for the creation of capital assets
  6. Monetized Fiscal Deficit = The part of the fiscal deficit covered by borrowing from the RBI.

2. India is one among the few countries in the world having government held stock of food grains for which of the following reasons

[A] Buffer for meeting natural calamities
[B] Price stabilization in case of crop failures
[C] Providing food grains under public distribution system
[D] All of the above

Correct Answer: [D] All of the above

3. Which of the following comprises of Revenue Expenditure?
1. Interest payment
2. Grants given to state governments
3. Expenses incurred for the normal functioning of the government
4. Loan given by the government
Select the correct answer using the code below

[A] 1, 2 and 4
[B] 1, 2 and 3
[C] 2, 3 and 4
[D] All of the above

Correct Answer: [B] 1, 2 and 3
Explanation: An expenditure that neither creates assets nor reduces a liability is categorized as revenue expenditure e.g., salaries of employees, interest payment on past debt, subsidies, pension, etc. These are financed out of revenue receipts. Broadly, any expenditure which does not lead to any creation of assets or reduction in liability is treated as revenue expenditure.
If it creates an asset or reduces a liability, it is categorised as capital expenditure.

4. What does the ‘Velocity of money’ refer to?

[A] The frequency of digital transaction in an economy
[B] The number of times a unit money changes hands
[C] The velocity of consumption in an economy
[D] Money laundering in an economy

Correct Answer: [B] The number of times a unit money changes hands
Explanation: The velocity of money is a measurement of the rate at which consumers and businesses exchange money in an economy.

5. Which of the following not the secondary sector of economy?

[A] Manufacturing
[B] Transport
[C] Construction
[D] Electricity and Gas supply

Correct Answer: [B] Transport
Explanation: In general, economic activities are divided into eight different divisions. They are (a) Agriculture, (b) Mining & Quarrying, (c) Manufacturing, (d) Electricity, Gas and Water supply, (e) Construction, (f) Trade, (g) Transport & Storage and (h) Services. Further, all the persons engaged in these divisions can be clubbed into three major sectors – 1. Primary Sector which include (a); 2. Secondary Sector which includes (b), (c), (d) and (e) and 3. Service Sector which includes (f), (g) and (h).

6. Which of the following statement is correct?

[A] National income is always more than Gross Domestic Product
[B] National income is always equal to Gross Domestic Product
[C] National income is always less than Gross Domestic Product
[D] National income may be less or more than Gross Domestic Product

Correct Answer: [D] National income may be less or more than Gross Domestic Product
Explanation: National income is Net National Product at factor cost. To calculate GDP we have to add Net Factor Income from abroad to arrive at GNP. From GNP we have to reduce depreciation and indirect taxes and add subsidies to arrive at NNP at factor cost. So if sum of NFIA and subsidies is greater than the sum of indirect taxes and depreciation, national income is more than GDP and vice versa.

7. Which of the following pairs is  correctly matched?

[A] Tarapore Committee – Revisiting & Revitalizing PPP
[B] Tendulkar Committee – Capital Account Convertibility
[C] Urijit Patel Committee – Monetary Policy Reforms
[D] Kelkar Committee – Poverty Estimation

Correct Answer: [C] Urijit Patel Committee – Monetary Policy Reforms
Explanation: Tarapore Committee on Capital Account Convertibility, Tendulkar Committee on Poverty Estimation and Kelkar Committee on Revisiting & Revitalizing PPP.

8. Economic growth in India measured by GDP at

[A] Constant market prices
[B] Current market price
[C] Factor cost at constant price
[D] Factor cost at market price

Correct Answer: [A] Constant market prices
Explanation: Earlier Economic growth in India was measured as change in GDP at Factor Cost. From January, 2015, the MOPSI has changes in this with GDP at Constant market prices.

9. Which of the following Islands does Nine Degree Channel cut through?

[A] Cannanore Islands and Minicoy Island
[B] Amindivi Islands and Cannanore Islands
[C] Amindivi Islands and Minicoy Island
[D] Andrott Island and Minicoy Island

Correct Answer: [A] Cannanore Islands and Minicoy Island
Explanation: The Nine Degree Channel is a channel in the Indian Ocean between the Cannannore Islands( Kalpeni and Suheli) and Maliku Atoll of Minicoy Island.

10. Which one of the following is the type of plate boundary of the Indian plate along the Himalayan Mountains?

[A] Ocean-continent convergence
[B] Divergent boundary
[C] Transform boundary
[D] Continent-continent convergence

Correct Answer: [D] Continent-continent convergence
Explanation: The Indian plate includes Peninsular India and the Australian continental portions. The subduction zone along the Himalayas forms the northern plate boundary in the form of continent— continent convergence

11. The Indian states with the longest and shortest international borders are

[A] Assam and Manipur
[B] Rajasthan and Sikkim
[C] Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland
[D] West Bengal and Punjab

Correct Answer: [C] Jammu & Kashmir and Nagaland
Explanation: Jammu and Kashmir has longest international border length of 3176 Km while West Bengal has second longest international border length of nearly 2510 Km (with Bangladesh). Indian state with smallest (least) international border length is Nagaland.

12. Sundarbans delta is formed by which of the following rivers?

[A] Ganges and Yamuna
[B] Yamuna and Brahmaputra
[C] Brahmaputra and Meghna
[D] Ganges and Brahmaputra

Correct Answer: [D] Ganges and Brahmaputra
Explanation: The Sundarbans mangrove forest, one of the largest such forests in the world (140,000 ha), lies on the delta of the Ganges, Brahmaputra and Meghna rivers on the Bay of Bengal.

13. If you intend to visit Majuli Island during your Puja Vacations, which one of the following States/Union Territories of you will be going to

[A] Diu and Daman
[B] Lakshadweep
[C] Assam
[D] Manipur

Correct Answer: [C] Assam
Explanation: Majuli, located on the Brahmaputra River in Assam is the biggest river island in world.

14. Which of the following passes are the sister trade routes between India and China?

[A] Nathu La
[B] Shipki La
[C] Lipulekh
[D] All of the above

Correct Answer: [D] All of the above
Explanation: Nathu La is one of the three open trading border posts between India and China; the other two being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh (or Lipulech) in Uttarakhand.

15. Among the following Union Territories of India, which one has the largest size?

[A] Pondicherry
[B] Lakshadweep
[C] Andaman & Nicobar Islands
[D] Chandigarh

Correct Answer: [C] Andaman & Nicobar Islands 
Explanation: Andaman & Nicobar Islands is a group of islands and the largest union territory in India with an area of 8,249 sq km.

16. Name the South African President who was the Chief Guest of the 70th Republic Day celebrations of India?
[A] Nicholas Mada Bio
[B] Cyril Ramaphosa
[C] Scott Emerson
[D] Reginald Dunkins

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Cyril Ramaphosa

17. Who is the author of the book “We Are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls around the World”?

[A] Michelle Obama
[B] Malala Yousafzai
[C] Zia Jefferson
[D] Sandra Philip

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Malala Yousafzai

18. Who was appointed the new Chief Justice of Pakistan in January 2019?

[A] Justice Asif Saeed Khosa
[B] Justice Saqib Nisar
[C] Justice Askar Mujeeb
[D] Justice Isfaq Ameen

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [A] Justice Asif Saeed Khosa

19. Which city has been named by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the World Capital of Architecture for 2020?

[A] Dubai, United Arab Emirates
[B] Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
[C] Kuala Lampur, Malaysia
[D] Johannesburg, South Africa

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

20. Which country introduced a new ‘GAFA tax’ named after Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon to ensure that the companies pay a fair share of taxes in Europe in January 2019?

[A] Italy
[B] Germany
[C] France
[D] Switzerland

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [C] France

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