May 17, 2009

Exam time!!!

I had my exams today. Nope, not for any degree. I had actually appeared for UPSC exams today. I will be completely honest, I was totally not prepared for the exams. These exams require many many months of hard practice. I know of people who have put years into these exams as it was their ultimate aim. I guess I did not prepare well for all this. Anyways this time I just wanted to test the waters. I wanted to see how these exams really are and see if I could really give it sometime in future. My initial analysis atleast for the prelims is that if you study well you can do well. Anyways I don't want to bug you all with all this. I want to share my experience of the exam. My center was a School around my home. The room alloted to me was one which was normally used for class IV - A. It has tiny benches and beautifully decorated classroom. All the candidates being grown up were sitting awkwardly in the benches. I remembered my school days; the care-free days where I had no tensions of the world. Life was beautiful and the only worry was home-work. The first paper was of optional subject and lets not really talk about how it went. The second paper was General studies. Anyways I found some interesting questions in the paper and I wanted this information with you all. These questions were like interesting trivias and it is good to know. So here are the choicest of questions from the 150 odd questions I attempted.

1) With whose permission did the English set up their first factory in Surat?
a. Akbar
b. Jahangir
c. Shahjahan
d. Aurangzeb

2) In the context of Indian wild life, the flying fox is a
a. Bat
b. Kite
c. Stork
d. Vulture

3) How many letters of the English alphabet (capitals) appear same when looked at in a mirror?
a. 9
b. 10
c. 11
d. 12

4) In making the saffron spice, which one of the following parts of the plant is used?
a. Leaf
b. Petal
c. Sepal
d. Stigma

5) The Panda belongs to the same family as that of
a. Bear
b. Cat
c. Dog
d. Rabbit

6) To integrate cultural leaders into its meetings, which one of the following gives “Crystal Award”?
a. Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation
b. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
c. World Health Organization
d. World Economic Forum

7) In India, which one of the following States has the largest inland saline wetland?
a. Gujarat
b. Haryana
c. Madhya Pradesh
d. Rajasthan

8) In which state in the Buddhist site Tabo Monastery located?
a. Arunachal Pradesh
b. Himachal Pradesh
c. Sikkim
d. Uttarakhand

9) The marine animal called dugong which is vulnerable to extinction is a/an
a. Amphibian
b. Bony Fish
c. Shark
d. Mammal

10) The Dul Hasti Power Station is based on which one of the following rivers?
a. Beas
b. Chenab
c. Ravi
d. Sutlej

11) Which one of the following is the country’s administrative capital/new federal administrative center of Malaysia?
a. Kota Bharu
b. Kuala Terengganu
c. Putrajaya
d. Taiping

12) At which one of the following places do two important rivers of India originate; while one of them flows towards the north and merges with another important river flowing towards Bay of Bengal, the other one flows towards Arabian Sea?
a. Amarkantak
b. Badrinath
c. Mahabaleshwar
d. Nasik

13) Which of the following scientists proved that the stars with mass less than 1.44 times the mass of the Sun end up as White Dwarfs when they die?
a. Edwin Hubble
b. S. Chandrashekar
c. Stephan Hawking
d. Steven Weinberg

14) Which of the following brings out the publication called the “Energy Statistics” from time to time?
a. Central Power Research Institute
b. Planning Commission
c. Power Finance Corporation Ltd.
d. Central Statistical Organization

15) Mahamastakabhisheka, a great religious event, is associated with and done for which of the following?
a. Bahubali
b. Buddha
c. Mahavir
d. Nataraja

16) Where is the famous Virupaksha temple located?
a. Bhandrachalam
b. Chidambaram
c. Hampi
d. Srikalahasti

17) Other than Venezuela, which one among the following from South America is a member of OPEC?
a. Argentina
b. Brazil
c. Ecuador
d. Bolivia

18) Under the administration of which one of the following is the Department of Atomic Energy?
a. Prime Minister’s Office
b. Cabinet Secretariat
c. Ministry of Power
d. Ministry of Science and Technology

19) Which among the following has the world’s largest reserves of Uranium?
a. Australia
b. Canada
c. Russia Federation
d. USA

20) Which among the following South Asian countries has the highest population density?
a. India
b. Nepal
c. Pakistan
d. Sri Lanka

21) In India, who is the Chairman of the National Water Resources Council?
a. Prime Minister
b. Minister of Water Resources
c. Minister of Environment and Forests
d. Minister of Science and Technology

22) Who of the following Prime Ministers sent Cripps Mission to India?
a. James Ramsay MacDonald
b. Stanley Baldwin
c. Neville Chamberlain
d. Winston Churchill

23) Who of the following is the author of a collection of poems called “Golden Threshold”?
a. Aruna Asaf Ali
b. Annie Besant
c. Sarojini Naidu
d. Vijayalakshmi Pandit

24) Which one of the following began with the Dandi March?
a. Home Rule Movement
b. Non-Cooperation Movement
c. Civil Disobedience Movement
d. Quit India Movement

25) Anekāntavāda is a core theory and philosophy of which one of the following?
a. Buddhism
b. Jainism
c. Sikhism
d. Vaishnavism

26) With which one of the following movements is the slogan “Do or Die” associated?
a. Swadeshi Movement
b. Non-Cooperation Movement
c. Civil Disobedience Movement
d. Quit India Movement

27) In which of the following places is the Shompen tribe found?
a. Nilgiri Hills
b. Nicobar Islands
c. Spiti Valley
d. Lakshadweep Islands

28) Who among the following is the founder of World Economic Forum?
a. Klaus Schwab
b. John Kenneth Galbraith
c. Robert Zoellick
d. Paul Krugman

29) From which one of the following did Kosovo declare its independence?
a. Bulgaria
b. Croatia
c. Macedonia
d. Serbia

30) Which one of the following pairs of countries fought wars over a region called Ogaden?
a. Eritrea and Sudan
b. Ethiopia and Somalia
c. Kenya and Somalia
d. Ethiopia and Sudan

31) The Security Council of UN consists of 5 permanent members, and the remaining 10 members are elected by the General Assembly for a term of
a. 1 year
b. 2 years
c. 3 years
d. 5 years

32) In the middle of the year 2008 the Parliament of which one of the following countries became the first in the world to enact a Climate Act by passing “The Climate Change Accountability Bill”?
a. Australia
b. Canada
c. Germany
d. Japan

Answers: 1) b; 2) a; 3) c; 4) d; 5) a; 6) d; 7) a; 8) b; 9) d; 10) d; 11) c; 12) a; 13) b; 14) d; 15) a; 16) c; 17) c; 18) d; 19) a; 20) a; 21) a; 22) d; 23) c; 24) c; 25) b; 26) d; 27) b; 28) a; 29) d; 30) b; 31) b; 32) b.

1 comment:

Janaaaa said...

Same pinch. I too made an attempt for the first time.
And hey, the answer for 3rd one is 11.