PREVIOUS YEAR UPSC QUESTIONS

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MAY 26 - PREVIOUS YEAR UPSC PRELIMS QUESTIONS 2021 & 2022

Questions are from UPSC Preliminary Examinations of 2020 ad 2021.

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Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid because

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With reference to recent developments regarding ‘Recombinant vector Vaccines’, consider the following statements:
1. Genetic engineering is applied in the development of these vaccines.
2. Bacteria and viruses are used as vectors.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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Consider the following statements:

1. Biofilms can form on medical implants within human tissues.
2. Biofilms can form on food and food processing surfaces.
3. Biofilms can exhibit antibiotic resistance.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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Gandikota canyon of South India was created by which one of the following rivers ?

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Consider the following statements:

1. Attorney General of India and Solicitor General of India are the only officers of the Government who are allowed to participate in the meetings of the Parliament of India.
2. According to the Constitution of India, the Attorney General of India submits his resignation when the Government which appointed him resigns.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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PREVIOUS YEAR UPSC QUESTIONS

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MAY 25, 2023 - PREVIOUS YEAR UPSC QUESTIONS 2022

Questions are from UPSC Preliminary Examination of 2023

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Consider the following freedom fighters:

1. Barindra Kumar Ghosh
2. Jogesh Chandra Chatterjee
3. Rash Behari Bose

Who of the above was/were actively associated with the Ghadar Party?

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With reference to the writs issued by the Courts in India, consider the following statements:

1. Mandamus will not lie against a private organization unless it is entrusted with a public duty.
2. Mandamus will not lie against a Company even though it may be a Government Company.
3. Any public minded person can be a petitioner to move the Court to obtain the writ of Quo Warranto.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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At the national level, which ministry is the nodal agency to ensure effective implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006?

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The term “Levant” often heard in the news roughly corresponds to which of the following regions?

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Consider the following statements in respect of probiotics :

1. Probiotics are made of both bacteria and yeast.
2. The organisms in probiotics are found in foods we ingest but they do not naturally occur in our gut.
3. Probiotics help in the digestion of milk sugars.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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PREVIOUS YEAR UPSC QUESTIONS

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MAY 24, 2023 - PREVIOUS YEAR UPSC QUESTIONS 2021

Questions are from UPSC Preliminary Examination of 2021.

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With reference to ‘palm oil’, consider the following statements:
1. The palm oil tree is native to Southeast Asia.
2. The palm oil is a raw material for some industries producing lipstick and perfumes.
3. The palm oil can be used to produce biodiesel.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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“Leaf litter decomposes faster than in any other biome and as a result, the soil surface is often almost bare. Apart from trees, the vegetation is largely composed of plant forms that reach up into the canopy vicariously, by climbing the trees or growing as epiphytes, rooted on the upper branches of trees.” This is the most likely description of

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With reference to 8th August 1942 in Indian history, which one of the following statements is correct?

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Under the Indian constitution, concentration of wealth violates

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Which one of the following best defines the term “State”?

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 23, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on relevant topics of Environment and Ecology.

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Which of the following statement(s) are correct about Spices Board of India ?
1. The Spices Board under the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is a flagship regulatory and export promotion agency for Indian spices.
2. The board is headquartered in Hyderabad.

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Consider the following pairs:

1. Blue Mormon - Maharashtra
2. Common Peacock - Uttarakhand
3. Kaiser-i-hind - Himachal Pradesh
4. Budha Mayoori - Tamil Nadu

Select the correct pair(s)

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Choose the correct statement(s) with respect to The World Heritage Convention, 1972:

1. The International World Heritage Programme administered by the UNICEF World Heritage Committee establishes the sites to be listed as UNICEF World Heritage Sites.
2. Out of 40 heritage sites, India has only natural sites and cultural sites and no mixed sites.

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Living Planet Report is published by

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Identify the correct statement(s) with respect to Malaria:

1. Malaria is a life-threatening mosquito borne blood disease caused by plasmodium parasites.
2. It is transmitted through the bite of infected female Anopheles mosquitoes.
3. The UNICEF has identified 25 countries with the potential to eradicate malaria by 2025 under its ‘E-2025 Initiative’.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 22, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

Questions are based on relevant topics of Art and Culture.

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Mahuli Group of Temples, also known as Dakshin Kashi is located in

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It was an important port city with a dockyard of the Harappan civilisation with structures made of mud bricks. It is located between Bhogavo and Sabarmati rivers near Gulf of Khambat in Gujarat.

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What do you understand by the term Diwan i Bandagan ?

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Identify the incorrect statement(s):

1. Buddhism believed in Karma and transmigration of the soul.
2. The first Jain Council was held at Pataliputra in the 3rd century BC and was presided by Sthulabhadra.
3. All the Tirthankaras in Jainism were Kshatriyas by birth.

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It is a picture painted on a piece of cloth. The state of Odisha is famous for this form of folk painting. Most of the materials used in this painting are natural substances. This form of art is closely related to the cult of Shri Jagannath and the temple traditions in Puri.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 19, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS

Questions are based on relevant and recurring topics for Prelims Examination 2023.

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Emissions Gap Report is released by

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With respect to Asian Waterbird Census, choose the correct statement(s):

1. The AWC is an integral part of the global waterbird monitoring programme, coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme.
2. The AWC in India is jointly coordinated by the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and Wetlands International.
3. The birds which are ecologically dependent on wetlands are known as waterbirds.

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Which of the following statement(s) are correct about The Land Ports Authority of India (LPAI)?

1. It is a statutory body under the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways.
2. The purpose of LPAI is to establish, operate and manage Integrated Check Posts (ICPs) along land borders of India.

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Pawndum and Ngotekherh are Geographical Indication(GI) Tag products from the state of

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With reference to Buddhist Councils, choose the correct statement(s):

1. The first Buddhist Council was held in 250 BC in Patliputra under the patronage of Ashoka and was presided by Moggaliputta Tissa.
2. During the fourth Buddhist council, Buddhism split into Hinayana and Mahayana Sects.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 18, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS

Questions are based on relevant and recurring topics for UPSC Prelims Exam 2023.

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In the context of Mughal architecture, what do you understand by the term Naqqar Khana ?

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Choose the correct statement(s)

1. Nicholo de conti visited Vijayanagar during the reign of Devaraya 1.
2. Nuniz and Domingo Paes are also foreign travellers who visited the Vijayanagara empire.
3. Harihara and Bukka are famous historians from Hoysala Dynasty who gave vivid accounts of Vijayanagara empire.

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Which of the following statement(s) are correct?

1. Mullayanagiri is the highest peak in Karnataka with an elevation of 1,930 meters.
2. Anamudi is the highest peak in the Western Ghats.
3. Brahmagiri is a range of hills that form a part of the Western Ghats.

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Koppen Classification and Thornthwaite Classification are associated with

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With respect to UPI123 Pay, choose the correct statement(s):

1. UPI123 Pay is an instant payment solution exclusively for smartphone users who can use Unified Payments Interface (UPI) payment service in a fast and easy manner.
2. The service uses an account number and phone number while leveraging Dual Tone Multi-Frequency (DTMF) signaling technology.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 17, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on relevant and recurring topics for UPSC Prelims Examination.

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With respect to Ramjet engines and Scramjet engines, choose the correct statement(s):

1. A ramjet is a form of air-breathing jet engine that uses the vehicle’s forward motion to compress incoming air for combustion without a rotating compressor
2. A scramjet engine is an improvement over the ramjet engine as it efficiently operates at hypersonic speeds and allows supersonic combustion.
3. Air Breathing Engines as they are high -cost space transportation system, is rarely used in the Space sector.

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Choose the correct statement (s):

1. The Executive Council of Nuclear Command Authority (NCA) is chaired by the National Security Adviser (NSA).
2. The Political Council of Nuclear Command Authority is chaired by the President of India.

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Swarna and Naveen, seen in news, is associated with

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With reference to India, consider the following statements:

Monazite is a source of rare earths.
Monazite contains thorium.
Monazite occurs naturally in the entire Indian coastal sands in India.
In India, Government bodies only can process or export monazite.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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Nalabana bird sanctuary is located at

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 16, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on relevant and recurring topics for UPSC Prelims Examination.

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Garad-Korial, Sikalnayakanpet Kalamkari, Chamba rumals and Awadh Jamdani are associated with

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Which among the following are rich sources of Poly Unsaturated Fats ?
1. Cooked meat
2. Safflower Oil
3. Fish Oil
4. Flaxeeds

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Choose the correct statement (s)

1. Central Silk Board is a statutory body working under the administrative control of Ministry of Textiles.
2. Central Silk Board is headquartered at Bengaluru.
3. The centrally sponsored scheme Silk Samagra focuses on improving the quality and productivity of domestic silk.
4. Mulberry silk is the only variety of silk produced in the Southern states of India.

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Kodo, Kutti, Chenna, Sanwa are associated with

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Choose the correct statement(s) with respect to Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA)
1. The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) functions under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
2. APEDA is mandated with the responsibility of export promotion and development of the scheduled products viz. fruits, vegetables and their products, meat and meat products and marine products.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 13, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on High Priority Topics for Prelims 2023.

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Choose the correct statement(s) with respect to Parliamentary Privileges:

1. Parliamentary privileges are special rights, immunities and exemptions enjoyed by the two Houses of Parliament.
2. These privileges are defined in Article 61 of the Indian Constitution.
3. Parliament has not made any special law to exhaustively codify all the privileges.

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In the context of Gold as a commodity, examine the following statements:

1. According to the World Gold Council, India is the world’s second-biggest gold consumer after China.
2. The largest reserves of gold ores are located in Bihar followed by Rajasthan.
3. There are no gold reserves in Kerala and Tamil Nadu

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Identify the incorrect statement(s):
1. Unlike capital expenditure which creates assets for the future, revenue expenditure is one that neither creates assets nor reduces any liability of the government.
2. Interest payments on past debt is a capital expenditure.
3. Subsidies and Pensions are part of revenue expenditure.

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Which of the following Ramsar Sites is/are located in Punjab ?

1. Ropar Lake
2. Nangal Wildlife Sanctuary
3. Sirpur Wetland

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With reference to differences between Angiosperms and Gymnosperms, choose the correct statement(s):

1. Angiosperms are flowering plants which are the largest and most diverse group within the kingdom Plantae.
2. Gymnosperms consists of plants that produce naked seeds.
3. Angiosperms seeds are enclosed inside an ovary, usually in a fruit.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 12, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on high priority topics for UPSC Prelims 2023.

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With respect to Neo-banks, which of the following statement(s) is/are correct ?

1. They have only digital presence and no physical branches.
2. RazorpayX and Jupiter are examples of Neo-banks.
3. These firms don't have a bank licence of their own but rely on bank partners to offer licensed services.

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Which of the following statement(s) are incorrect regarding Asiatic Wild Dog (Dhole) ?
1. They are apex predators in forest ecosystem.
2. In India, they are only found in Eastern Ghats.
3. IUCN has listed Dhole as Endangered.
4. They are protected under Wildlife Protection Act 1972.

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With reference to Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine, choose the correct statement(s):

1. Bacillus Calmette–Guérin (BCG) vaccine is a vaccine primarily used against tuberculosis.
2. BCG efficacy is higher in geographic locations farther from the equator.

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Amicus curiae is associated with

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Which of the following aims to establish social and economic democracy in India ?

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 11, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on important topics for UPSC Prelims 2023.

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With respect to Foreign Direct Investment and Foreign Portfolio Investment, choose the correct statement(s):

1. In a Foreign Portfolio Investment, it is not necessary for an investor to actively manage the investment or the companies that issue the investment.
2. FPI is stable in nature than FDI.
3. FPI rather than FDI enables investors to diversify their portfolios on the international stage.

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Senna spectabilis, Lantana camara, Wattle and Eucalyptus are associated with

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Daily Status Approach, Weekly Status Approach and Usual Status Approach is associated with

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Choose the correct statement(s):

1. Saint Purandaradasa is acknowledged as the Father of Carnatic Music.
2. Tyagaraja, Muthuswami Dikshatar and Saint Purandaradasa constitute the Musical Trinity in Carnatic Music.

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Westerlies in southern hemisphere are stronger and persistent than in northern hemisphere. Why? (2011 UPSC QUESTION)

1. Southern hemisphere has less landmass as compared to northern hemisphere.
2. Coriolis force is higher in southern hemisphere as compared to northern hemisphere

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 9, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on relevant and recurring topics from Modern Indian History for Prelims.

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Saddler University Commission and Hartog committee are associated with

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Consider the following events:

1. Younghusband's Mission to Tibet
2. Andrew Frazer Commission
3. Calcutta Corporation Act
4. Ancient Monuments Protection Act

Above events happened during the tenure of

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With reference to Kisan Sabha Movement, choose the correct statement(s):

1.The United Provinces Kisan Sabha was set up in February 1918 by Gauri Shankar Mishra and Indra Narayan Dwivedi.
2. Bedakhali, the system of giving one-third of crop production as land revenue was abolished owing to Bengal Tenancy Act.

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Consider the following freedom fighters:

1. Barindra Kumar Ghosh
2. Jogesh Chandra Chatterjee
3. Rash Behari Bose

Who of the above was/were actively associated with the Ghadar Party? (UPSC QUESTION 2022)

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Choose the correct statement(s):
1. The Responsivists among Swarajists were leaders like Lala Lajpat Rai and Madan Mohan Malviya.
2. The Swarajists walked out as a result of the Lahore Congress Resolution on Purna Swaraj and the beginning of the Quit India Movement.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 8, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions based on important and recurring topics.

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Choose the correct statement(s):

1. Currency Deposit Ratio is the ratio of money held by public in currency to that they hold as deposits in banks.
2. Statutory Liquidity Ratio is the share of a bank’s total deposit that is mandated by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to be maintained with the latter as reserves in the form of liquid cash.

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Consider the following Ramsar sites:

1. Chandra Taal - Himachal Pradesh
2. Lonar Lake - Maharashtra
3. Sakhya Sagar - Madhya Pradesh
4. Nanda Lake - Goa
5. Ansupa Lake - Odisha

Choose the correctly matched pairs:

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Which among the following is not a bird ?

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Identify the incorrect statement:
1. Banas is a tributary of Chambal.Banas is a tributary of Chambal.
2. Pachmarhi is the highest point of the Satpura range.
3. Rajmahal Hills is a group of hills located to the south of the Kaziranga National Park (Assam) a part of the Karbi Anglong Plateau.

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With respect to the post of Deputy Speaker, which of the following statement(s) is or are correct?
1. The institutions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker originated in India in 1921 under the provisions of the Government of India Act of 1919.
2. Whenever he/she is appointed as a member of a parliamentary committee, he/she automatically becomes its chairman.
3. The term of office is fixed as 4 years according to the Rules of House and Parliamentary Conventions.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 5, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

Questions are based on recurring and relevant topics for Prelims Exam.

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Great Green Wall for Restoration and Peace, seen in news, have the objective of

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Crateva magna, Securinega irosa, Calamus tenuis is associated with

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With respect to Sustainable Cities Integrated Approach Pilot (SCIAP) project, choose the correct statement(s):

1. It aims to develop an Urban Sustainability Assessment Framework (USAF) for spatial planning in India.
2. Under SCIAP, World Bank will fund all the infrastructural costs associated with sustainable city development in Jaipur and Vijayawada.
3. It is implemented by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

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Truncatoflabellumcrassum, T. incrustatum, T. aculeatum and T. irregulare, seen in news recently, is discussed in the context of

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Environment Performance Index (EPI) is released by

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MAY 4, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on recurring topics that are relevant for UPSC Prelims.

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Sthanakavasis, Murtipujakas and Terapanthis are associated with

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In the context of Dendrochronology, which of the following statement(s) are correct :

1. Occasionally, trees grow more than one ring a year.
2. The ring of a tree grows wider in warm and wet years but grow thinner in cold and dry years.
3. Tree rings hardly grow in drought years.

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Consider the following pair(s)

1. Bhaskara II - Siddanta Shiromani
2. Varahamihira - Bhramhaphutasiddanta
3. Bhramagupta - Pancha Siddhantika

Select the correct pair(s)

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World Economic Outlook and Global Economic Prospects are released respectively by

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Choose the correct statement(s) :
1. Wholesale Price Index(WPI) is released by the Office of the Economic Advisor under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
2. WPI does not consider the prices of the services.
3. Consumer Price Index gives highest weightage to Manufactured products followed by Food and beverages.

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HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS

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MAY 3, 2023 - HIGH PRIORITY TOPICS FOR PRELIMS 2023

Questions are based on important and recurring topics of UPSC Preliminary Examination.

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With respect to acts and legislations in colonial times, which of the following statement(s) are correct?
1. The Regulating Act 1773 for the first time recognised political and administrative functions of the East India Company.
2. The Charter Act of 1853 separated for the first time the legislative and executive functions of the Governor General's Council.
3. Portfolio System of Lord Canning was introduced by Indian Councils Act 1861.

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He composed Abhanga poetry. Wari pilgrimage and Warkari sect is associated with this Bhakti saint. His kirtans are primarily devoted to Vithobha, an avatar of Vishnu.

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The reversal of the normal behaviour of temperature in the troposphere is known as temperature inversion. Identify the conditions that are favourable for temperature inversion:

1. Long summer nights
2. Cloudless and clear sky
3. Calm and stable air

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Which among the following terms best describes Ruderal Species ?

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Choose the correct statement(s) regarding Registrar-General and Census Commissioner of India:

1. Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India comes  under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
2. The position of Registrar is usually held by a civil servant holding the rank of Joint Secretary.

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