Solved APSC 2013 Prelims General Studies Question Paper Part 1

Assam Public Service Commission (APSC) Combined Competitive Examination (CCE) Prelims 2013 General Studies (Series A) Question Paper with solution and explanations. The General Studies question paper of APSC 2013 Preliminary examination contains 100 questions. We are dividing the paper in two parts with 50 questions each. Here is the first part. Explanations or descriptions are also provided with several answers.

APSC 2013 Prelims Question Paper

APSC 2013 Prelims General Studies Question Paper (Part I):

1. Which one of the following is not included in the state list in the constitution of India?
A. Criminal Procedure Code
B. Police
C. Law and order
D. Prison
Answer: A (Criminal Procedure Code)

2. The Rajya Sabha has exclusive jurisdiction in
A. Creation and abolition of States
B. Approving a proclamation of emergency
C. the election of the Vice President
D. authorizing Parliament to legislate on a subject in the State list
Answer: D (Rajya Sabha can authorize Parliament to legislate on a subject in the State list)

3. Which one of the following is not a part of the Directive Principles of the State Policy?
A. Right against exploitation
B. Right to work
C. Right to education
D. Right to public assistance in the case of unemployment
Answer: A (Right against exploitation)

4. The Sixth Schedule of the Indian Constitution deals with
A. administration of OBC/MOBC population
B. Stat reorganization based on language
C. the provisions for administration of tribal areas in Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and Mizoram
D. welfare of the SC/ST population
Answer: C (6th schedule is about tribal areas of Assam, Meghalaya, Tripura and  Mizoram)

5. Which one of the following words was not originally included in the Preamble to the  Constitution of India?
A. Sovereign
B. Socialist
C. Secular
D. Republic
Answer: C

6. The President of India does not deny his consent to a Money Bill because
A. it is urgent in nature
B. it is initiated by the Finance Minister
C. it is initiated by the Finance Minister on the recommendation of the President
D. it is initiated in the Lok Sabha
Answer: C ( Money bill is initiated by the Finance Minister on the recommendation of the President)

7. When did the Constituent Assembly of India have its first meeting?
A. December 10, 1946
B. July 18, 1947
C. August 14, 1947
D. August 15, 1947
Answer: A (December 10, 1946)

8. Fundamental Duties were appended  to the constitution of India by the 42nd amendment on the recommendation of
A. Swarn Singh Committee
B. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Committee
C. K. C. Pant Committee
D. C. D. Deshmukh Committee
Answer: A

9. Ashok Mehta Committee stated that
A. the Zila Parishad should be made responsible for planning at the district level
B. in all States, there shall be a Gram Sabha
C. periodic elections are to be held
D. one-third of the total seats should be reserved for women
Answer: A (Zilla parishad is responsible for planning at the district level)

10. The division of power between Centre and States is contained in the Constitution of India in the
A. Third Schedule
B. Fifth Schedule
C. Seventh Schedule
D. Eighth Schedule
Answer: C (7th schedule of constitution of India)

11. Which of the following is the legal document created in 1947 that allowed the Princely states to join either India or Pakistan?
A. The Act of Accession, 1947
B. Instrument for Accession
C. Legal Document for Accession
D. None of the above
Answer: B (Instrument of accession)

12. During national emergency, the President can suspend the judicial enforcement of the Fundamental Rights except the two Articles which are
A. 15, 16
B. 18, 19
C. 20, 21
D. 32, 33
Answer: C

13. Arrange the following President of India in the correct chronological sequence:
I) Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma
II) Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
III) Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
IV) Giani Zail Singh

Answer: A

14. Which of the following is not a Money Bill?
A. Budget
B. Appropriation Bill
C. Bill seeking Vote on Account
D. Finance Bill
Answer: A

15. The term secular was added to the Preamble of the Constitution of India be the
A. 40th Amendment
B. 41st Amendment
C. 42nd Amendment
D. 43rd Amendment
Answer: C (42nd Amendment)

16. Which Article of the Indian Constitution has empowered the parliament to regulate the citizenship matters?
A. 5
B. 6
C. 7
D. 11
Answer: D (Article 11 of Indian Constitution empowers parliament to regulate citizenship matters in the country)

17. GSAT-7, the first Indian satellite for defense purpose, was launched from
A. Sriharikota
B. Kourou
C. Baikanour
D. Cape Canaveral
Answer: B (Kourou in French Guiana)

18. UN in its report World Population Prospects, 2012 has noted that Indian will be the world’s largest populated country, leaving behind China, by the year
A. 2022
B. 2028
C. 2035
D. 2050
Answer: B (2028)

19. The popular uprising in Assam known as Patharughat Battle took place in the year
A. 1861
B. 1862
C. 1893
D. 1894
Answer: D (Patharughator Ron took place in the year 1894)

20. In which year, Kaziranga wildlife Sanctuary was elevated to a National Park?
A. 1974
B. 1975
C. 1976
D. 1977
Answer: A (Kaziranga became a national park in 1974)

21. Who was the President of Swaraj Party formed in Assam during the Freedom Movement?
A. Maniram Dewan
B. Vishnuram Medhi
C. Gopinath Bordoloi
D. Tarun Ram Phukan
Answer: D (Tarun Ram Phukan formed Swaraj Party in Assam)

22. Name of the Submarine which was destroyed in a major accident in 2013 is
A. INS Sindhurakshak
B. INS Shalki
C. INS Godavari
D. INS Yamuna
Answer: A (INS Sinshurakshak)

23. The famous musician Zubin Mehta was in news recently which had an Indian connection because
A. of his refusal to perform in Israel
B. he is a foreign citizen of Indian origin
C. of a concert in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir
D. None of the above
Answer: C (Zubin Mehta’s concert in Srinagar was opposed by separatists led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani protested, saying the concert was an attempt to legitimise India’s rule in the disputed region.)

24. The ship MV Bingo was drowned due to cyclone Phailin on October 12, 2013. The 18 member crew on board was rescued after 40 hours by
A. Dornier Aircraft CG 970
B. Dornier Aircraft CG 790
C. Dornier Aircraft CG 079
D. Boeing 777
Answer: B (Dornier Aircraft CG 790 of Indian coast guard rescued the crew of drowned ship MV Bingo)

25. Which of the following has announced its plan to launch the world’s largest solar sail in 2014?
C. European Space Agency
D. Japanese Space Agency
Answer: A (NASA to launch as world’s largest solar sail till date in 2014)

26. Female literacy rate in India as per the Census Data, 2011 stands at
A. 64.6%
B. 70.3%
C. 62.5%
D. 68.2%
Answer: A (As per India Census 2011 data, female literacy rate in India is 64.6%)

27. In the last one decade, which among the following sectors has attracted the highest foreign direct investment inflows into india?
A. Chemicals other than fertilizers
B. Service Sector
C. Food processing
D. Telecommunication
Answer: B. As per official GOI data, FDI contribution is highest in Service Sector.

28. Which Indian economist helped create the United Nations Human Development Index?
A. Jagdish Bhagawati
B. Amartya Sen
C. Arvind Panagariya
D. Ashok Desai
Answer: B (Amartya Sen)

29. In India, which one among the following formulates the fiscal policy?
A. The planning Commission
B. The ministry of finance
C. The finance commission
D. The reserve bank of India
Answer: C ( The Ministry of Finance)

30. The committee that recommended abolition of tax rebate under Section 88 is
A. Chelliah Committee
B. Kelkar Committee
C. Shome Committee
D. None of the above
Answer: B (Kelkar Committee recommended abolition of tax rebate under Section 88)

31. VAT is imposed
A. Directly on consumer
B. on the first stage of production
C. on the final stage of production
D. on all stages between production and final sale
Answer: D (VAT is imposed in all stages from production to sale)

32. SEBI is a/an
A. statutory body
B. advisory body
C. constitutional body
D. non-statutory body
Answer: A (SEBI is now a statutory body)

33. In Indiam inflation is measured on the basis of
A. Consumer Price Index
B. Wholesale price Index
C. Human Development Index
D. Market Forces
Answer: B (Wholesale Price Index)

34. The terra-cotta industry in Assam has developed in
A. Goalpara District
B. Barak Valley
C. Dhubri District
D. Tinsukia District
Answer: C (Dhubri District)

35. A rise in the general price level may be caused by
A. a decrease in the aggregate level of output
B. an increase in the effective demand
C. an increase in the supply of money
D. (A) and (c) only
Answer: D

36. In single-brand retail, the Government of India has raised FDI limit through FIPB from 49% to
A. 51%
B. 74%
C. 100%
D. None of the above
Answer: C (FDI in single-brand retail has been increased to 100%)

37. The recommendations of the 13th Finance Commission have been operational for the period
A. 2010-2015
B. 2011-2016
C. 2012-2017
D. None of the above
Answer: A (2010-2015)

38. Which of the following statements is correct for the Planning Commission of India?
A. It is not defined in the Indian Constitution.
B. Members and the Vice Chairman do not have fixed working duration
C. Its members do not require any minimum educational qualification
D. All of the above
Answer: D

39. Decentralized planning on the basis of Panchayati Raj institutions was recommended by
A. Ashok Mehta Committee
B. Gadgil Committee
C. Mahalanobis Committee
D. Balwant Rai Mehta Committee
Answer: D (Balwant Rai Mehta Committee)

40. The minimum Needs Programme was introduced in the
A. Fourth Plan
B. Fifth Plan
C. Sixth Plan
D. Seventh Plan
Answer: B. Minimum Needs Programme was introduced in Fifth Five Year Plan(1974–78)

41. There was a plan holiday in India during
A. 1955-1958
B. 1961-1964
C. 1971-1974
D. None of the above
Answer: D ( Plan holiday was in 1966-1969).

42. What was set up in 1950 for conducting large-scale surveys to meet the data needs of the country for the estimation of the national income and related aggregates?
A. The Planning Commission
B. The National Sample Survey
C. The Bureau of Industrial Costs
D. The Central Statistical Organization
Answer: B

43. Which of the following is not correct in respect of the term disinvestment?
A. Reduction of public debt
B. A process of privatization
C. Release of large amounts of public resources locked up in non-strategic public sector enterprise
D. Revival of public sector enterprises
Answer: A

44. Which is the new tax regime proposed to be introduced in the country?
A. GST (Goods Services Tax)
B. VAT (Value Added Tax)
C. Agricultural Income Tax
D. Central Excise
Answer: A (GST)

45. The first systematic attempt of economic planning in India was made in the year
A. 1934
B. 1937
C. 1943
D. 1944
Answer:  A (M. Visvesvaraya attempted economic planning in 1934)

46. The minimum amount of calorie-based definition of poverty in India was accepted in them
A. Fourth Plan
B. Fifth Plan
C. Sixth Plan
D. Seventh Plan
Answer: C (Sixth Plan)

47. Under decentralized planning, a planning committee is set up at which level?
A. Block
B. Subdivision
C. District
D. Gaon Panchayat
Answer: C

48. Which is the largest plain of the world?
A. Siberian Plain
B. Indo-Gangatic Plain
C. The Prairies
D. The Steppe Land
Answer: A (Siberian Plain)

49.How much percent of the Indian landmass is covered by the State of Assam?
A. 3.39%
B. 2.39%
C. 4.39%
D. 2.93%
Answer:  B

50. Which of the following seas is without a coastline?
A. Black Sea
B. Mediterranean sea
C. Sargasso sea
D. Sea of Azov
Answer: C (Sargasso sea)

So, that was the first part of the APSC question paper. Don’t forget to view the second and final part of the APSC 2013 Prelims (GS) question paper.

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