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West Bengal Civil Service Preliminary Exam Quiz – 5


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. In national income calculation, the sum total of gross value added of all the firms in the economy is known as

[A] National Disposable Income
[B] Gross National Product
[C] Gross Domestic Product
[D] National Income

Correct Answer: [C] Gross Domestic Product
Explanation: Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is the total market value of all the finished goods and services produced within a country’s borders in a specific time period.

2. The New Economic Policy was introduced in India

[A] 1989
[B] 1995
[C] 1997
[D] 1991

Correct Answer: [D] 1991
Explanation: Manmohan Singh is considered to be the father of New Economic Policy (NEP) of India. Manmohan Singh introduced the NEP on July 24, 1991.

3. According to Urjit Patel Committee on Monetary Policy Framework, the CPI target should be set at

[A] 4% (band of +/- 2 per cent)
[B] 2% (band of +/- 2 per cent)
[C] 6% (band of +/- 2 per cent)
[D] 3% (band of +/- 2 per cent)

Correct Answer: [A] 4% (band of +/- 2 per cent)
Explanation: Urjit Patel Committee on Monetary Policy Framework was submitted the report in Januar 2014. The committee suggested to RBI should adopt the new Consumer Price Index (CPI) for anchoring the monetary policy. Set the inflation target at 4% with a band of +/- 2% around it. Monetary policy decision making should be vested in a Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) that should be headed by the Governor.

4. Net National Product at factor cost is calculated by

[A] GNP – Depreciation
[B] NNP at market price – Indirect taxes
[C] NNP at market price – Indirect taxes + Subsidies
[D] GNP + Net factor Income from abroad

Correct Answer: [C] NNP at market price – Indirect taxes + Subsidies
Explanation: The net national product at factor cost is the sum total of net values added by all the producers in the domestic territory of the country plus net factor income from abroad.

5. Which among the following pairs is/are correctly matched?

[A] Budget Deficit : Difference between total receipts and total expenditure of government.
[B] Fiscal Deficit : Budgetary deficit plus market borrowing and other liabilities of the government.
[C] Primary Deficit : Fiscal deficit minus amount of interest paid by the government.
[D] All of the above

Correct Answer: [D] All of the above

6. Depreciation is equal to

[A] Gross National Product – Net National Product
[B] Net National Product – Gross National Product
[C] Gross National Product – Personal Income
[D] Personal Income – Personal Taxes

Correct Answer: [A] Gross National Product – Net National Product
Explanation: Depreciation is reduction in the value of an asset over time, due in particular to wear and tear.

7. Which of the following is true about Primary deficit?
[A] It is the difference between fiscal deficit and interest payments on previous borrowings
[B] It is government’s deficit which is financed through short-term borrowings
[C] It is that part of the government deficit which is financed solely by borrowing from the RBI
[D] Defined as the excess of total expenditure of the government over the total non-debt creating receipts

Correct Answer: [A] It is the difference between fiscal deficit and interest payments on previous borrowings
Explanation: The Primary Deficit is the difference between the fiscal deficit of current year and the interest paid on the previous borrowings. Thus, primary deficits are government’s borrowings exclusive of interest payment.
Primary Deficit = Fiscal Deficit – Interest payments on the previous borrowings

8. Which of the following industry/industries requires an Industrial license to start business in India?
[A] Tobacco and Cigar products
[B] Electronic Aerospace and Defence equipment
[C] Hazardous chemicals
[D] All of the above

Correct Answer: [D] All of the above
Explanation: The major impact of liberalisation and globalisation of economy, which started in India in July, 1991, was to do away with the Compulsory Licensing. As of now on four industries are reserved for the Public Sector and only six industries fall under the compulsory licensing, as detailed below:
1. Distillation and brewing of alcoholic drinks.
2. Cigars and Cigarettes of tobacco and manufactured tobacco substitutes.
3. Electronic Aerospace and Defence equipment: all types.
4. Industrial explosives including detonating fuses, safely fuses, gun powder, nitrocellulose and matches.
5. Hazardous chemicals.
6. Drugs and Pharmaceuticals (according to modified Drug Policy issued in September, 1994).

9. Which of the following important pass of Western Ghats that also serve as transport corridor of Kerala and Tamil Nadu?

[A] Thal Ghat
[B] Chorla Ghat
[C] Bhor Ghat
[D] Pal Ghat

Correct Answer: [D] Pal Ghat
Explanation: Palghat Gap, major break in the Western Ghats mountain range, in southwestern India. Located between the Nilgiri Hills to the north and the Anaimalai Hills to the south, it is about 20 miles (32 km) wide and straddles the Kerala–Tamil Nadu border, serving as a major communication route between those two states. Highways and rail lines through the gap connect Palghat between Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu and Palakkad in Kerala.

10. Which of the following towns is located on the Chhota Nagpur Plateau?
[A] Bhilai
[B] Ranchi
[C] Asansol
[D] Durgapur

Correct Answer: [B] Ranchi
Explanation: The Chota Nagpur Plateau is a plateau in eastern India, which covers much of Jharkhand state as well as adjacent parts of Orissa, West Bengal, Bihar and Chhattisgarh. The Indo-Gangetic plain lies to the north and east of the plateau, and the basin of the Mahanadi River lies to the south. Ranchi and Jamshedpur are the two important towns located in Chhota Nagpur Plateau.

11. ‘Sela Pass’ is located in

[A] Jammu and Kashmir
[B] Sikkim
[C] Arunachal Pradesh
[D] Himachal Pradesh

Correct Answer: [C] Arunachal Pradesh
Explanation: The Sela Pass (more appropriately called Se La, as La means Pass) is a high-altitude mountain pass located on the border between the Tawang and West Kameng Districts of Arunachal Pradesh state in India.

12. Kayals in context of Indian physiographic refers to

[A] The wider coastal plains of Karnataka
[B] The shallow lagoons or inlets of the sea, lying parallel to the Malabar coastline
[C] Marine topography along coromandal coast across Tamil Nadu
[D] The floodplains along River Brahmaputra in Assam

Correct Answer: [B] The shallow lagoons or inlets of the sea, lying parallel to the Malabar coastline.
Explanation: The existence of lakes, lagoons, backwaters, spits, etc. is a significant characteristic of the Kerala coast. The backwaters, locally known as kayals are the shallow lagoons or inlets of the sea, lying parallel to the coastline. The largest among these is the Vembanad Lake which is about 75 km long and 5- 10 km wide and gives rise to a 55 km long spit (Marine Landforms).

13. Math the region with the state, using correct code:

a. Baghelkhand1. West Bengal
b. Kuttanad2. Madhya Pradesh
c. Saurashtra3. Kerala
d. Rarh4. Gujarat
[A] a-2, b-3, c-4, d-1
[B] a-2, b-4, c-3, d-1
[C] a-1, b-3, c-4, d-2
[D] a-1, b-4, c-3, d-2

Correct Answer: [A] a-2, b-3, c-4, d-1
Explanation: Baghelkhand is a plateau of Madhya Pradesh; Kuttanad is a region of Kerala; Saurashtra is a peninsular region of Gujarat and Rarh region is lies between the Chota Nagpur Plateau on the West and the Ganges Delta on the East.

14. 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.

15. Reh or Kollar used in the context of Indian Physiographic refers to

[A] Denotes an elevated piece of land situated in the upper Ganga-Yamuna Doab.
[B] Comprises saline efflorescence’s of drier areas in Haryana.
[C] Ill-drained, damp (marshy) and thickly forested narrow tract to the south of Bhabar region
[D] Sediments deposited along flood plains of River Son in Bihar

Correct Answer: [B] Comprises saline efflorescence’s of drier areas in Haryana.
Explanation: Reh or Kollar comprises saline efflorescences of drier areas in Uttar Pradesh and Haryana. Reh areas have spread in recent times with increase in irrigation (capillary action brings salts to the surface).

16. Which state has emerged top in the list of Asia Competitiveness Institute’s Ease of Doing Business Index 2018?
[A] Andhra Pradesh
[B] Maharashtra
[C] Telangana
[D] Gujarat

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [A] Andhra Pradesh

17. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s alliance has won Bangladesh’s election. Which political party did she belong to?  
[A] Bangladesh Nationalist Party
[B] Awami League
[C] Muttahida Qaumi Movement
[D] Jatio Oikko Front

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Awami League

18. Who among the following has been appointed as new Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) in January 2019?

[A] BVP Rao
[B] Sudhir Bhargava
[C] Harsh Vardhan Shringla
[D] Suresh Chandra

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Sudhir Bhargava

19. Which state has become the first state to implement the 10% reservation for economically weaker sections of the general category?

[A] Uttarakhand
[B] Gujarat
[C] Maharashtra
[D] Madhya Pradesh

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [B] Gujarat

20. Which Indian leader was recently awarded with the first ever Philip Kotler Presidential Award?

[A] Ram Nath Kovind
[B] Venkaiah Naidu
[C] Narendra Modi
[D] Arun Jaitley

Current Affairs January 2019

Correct Answer: [C] Narendra Modi

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