IAS General Studies Test Series - 2013 (Indian Polity & Geography) : PART - 1

IAS General Studies Test Series - 2013

GEOGRAPHY & INDIAN POLITY
(PART - 1)

Which of the following bodies has unanimously recommended that the Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation shall be appointed by a collegium headed by the Prime Minister, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha and the chief Justice of India as its members?
(a) Central Vigilance Commission Rajya Sabha Select Committee
(b) Rajya Sabha Select Committee
(c) Joint Parliamentary Committee
(d) Lok Sabha Select Committee

Which of the following provisions seek to achieve the ideal of “Fraternity” as mentioned in the Preamble to the Indian Constitution?
(1) By following the Fundamental Duties
(2) By allowing Dual Citizenship to NRIs
(3) Pursuing the ideals of a ‘Secular’ State
(4) Single Citizenship
(5) By following the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1948

Select the correct answer from teh codes given below:
(a) 1, 3and 5 only
(b) 1, 2, 3 and 4 only
(c) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only
(d) 1 and 4 only

Which of the following statements about Departmental Standing Committees in the Parliament is correct?
(1) Each Departmental Standing Committees consists of members elected by proportionl representation from each House of the Parliament
(2) Together, they cover all the ministries of departments of the government
(3) They examine demands for grants of the concerned department or ministry and suggest cut motions
(4) Their recommendation is only advisory in nature

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 2 and 4 only
(c) 2, 3 and 4 only
(d) 3 only

The decision of the Supreme Court in the UP Power Corporation Ltd. Vs. Rajesh Kumar 2012 case, relating to constitutionality of reservation in promotion in favour of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in public employment, is based on which of the following cases?
(a) Indra Sawhney vs. Union of India 1992
(b) M. Nagaraj vs. Union of India2006
(c) Jasbir Rani vs. State of Punjab 2002
(d) None of the above

Match List-l with List-ll and select the correct answer from the codes given below:


 

List-l
(Type of jurisdiction of the Supreme Court)


 

List-ll
(Article)

A. Original Jurisdiction 1. Article 131
B. Revisory jurisdiction 2. Article 136
C. Appellate Jurisdiction 3. Article137
D. Advisory Jurisdiction 4. Article 143

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

Codes
A B C D
(a) 1 2 3 4
(b) 1 3 2 4
(c) 3 2 1 4

The Constitution of which of the following countries was the first one to abolish death penalty in the world?
(a) Costa Rica
(b) Germany (west)
(c) Norway
(d) Sweden

In which of the following cases, the nominated members of the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha are ineligible to vote in the parliaments?
(1) Election of the Vice President
(2) Impeachment of the President
(3) Voting on policy issues like the FDI in multi-trade retail sector
Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
( a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) None of the above

The decision of FDI in retail has been taken with executive action of Union Government. For bringing Goods and Service Tax into effect what will have to be done?
(a) Decision by simple majority of the Parliament
(b) Executive decision of the Government
(c) Decision by special majority of the Parliament
(d) Decision by special majority o the Parliament and consent of at least half of the State Legislatures by simple majority

Consider the following statements:
(1) The Supreme Court of India is the successor to the Federal Court of India
(2) The authority to decide on the strength of the Supreme Court on India is the President, subject to any law made by the Parliament in this regard.

Which of the statements given above is/ are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Which of the following would be the consequence of defeat of the government in voting on a substantive motion, other than a no Confidence Motion or Confidence Motion in the Lok Sabha?
(1) Council of Ministers headed by the Prime Minister will have to submit its resignation to the President
(2) Council of Ministers can continue of Ministers can continue to function
(3) Council of Ministers is expected to get a Confidence Motion passed in the Lok Sabha

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 2 and 3 only

From which of the following sources does the Speaker of the Lok Sabha derives his powers and duties?
(1) Constitution of India
(2) Rules of procedure and Conduct of Business in the Lok Sabha.
(3) Parliamentary Conventions

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 1 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

The expression “State” as given under Article 3 of the Constitution in
(1) the formation of a new State
(2) increasing the area of any State
(3) diminishing the area of any State
(4) altering the boundaries of any State
(5) altering the name of any State means which of the following?
(a) The State only
(b) The State and union Territories
(c) The State, the Union Territories of Andaman & Nicobar Islands and Lakshadweep only
(d) The State and all the Union Territories excluding Delhi

The Supreme Court in the Sahara case laid down the “doctrine of postponement of publication” in order to safeguard which of the following?
(a) Freedom of the press
(b) Balancing the right of free speech with the right to a fair trial
(c) Transparency in judicial proceedings
(d) Allocation of natural resources (like spectrum etc.) through auction

The sesquicentennial celebrations of which of the following High Court in India was held in the year 2012?
(1) High Court of Calcutta
(2) High Court of Bombay
(3) High Court of Madras
(4) High Court of Allahabad

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b) 1, 2 and 4 only
(c) 2, 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

A Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) is presently in operation to enquire into the irregularities in the 2G Spectrum allocation issue. Consider the following statements in this regard:
(1) JPC is an ad hoc Parliamentary Committee
(2) It can be formed only through a Motion adopted by one House and concurred by the other
(3) The first JPC in India’s Parliamentary history was constituted in the aftermath of Harshad Mehta scam
(4) The present JPC to probe 2G scam has 30 members, of which 20 are from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 2 and 3 only
(c) 2, 3 and 4 only
(d) 3 and 4 only

31. Consider the following statements:
(1) Adjournment Motion draws the attention of a house of the Parliament to a matter of urgernt public importance
(2) An Adjournment Motion is required to be voted upon to declare adjournment sine die.
(3) The President can prorogue a House of the Parliament only after the house is adjourned sine die.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) None of the above

The government has recently taken some steps to prohibit the inhuman practice of manual scavenging which of the following Constitutional provisions support the abolition of manual scavenging?
(1) Article 21
(2) Article 42
(3) Article 43
(4) Article 17

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1, 2 and 3 only
(b) 1,2 and 4 only
(c) 2, 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

Consider the following statements with respect to the freedom of the press.
(1) There is no specific provision in the Constitution of India guaranteeing the freedom of press apart form Article 19(1)a.
(2) Censorship of the Press is not specifically prohibited by any provision of the Constitution.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

The transfer of a Judge of a high Court from one high Court to another can be challenged
(1) only before the Supreme Court
(2) only on the ground that the established procedure of consultation has not been followed
(3) subject to the principle of ‘locus stadi’

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Consider the following statements:
(1) Parliament can enact a law on the subjects in the State List when a national emergency is in operation.
(2) If two or more State Legislatures pass a resolution state subject, then the Parliament can enact a law on that subject.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Consider the following statements with regard to the street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill 2012 introduced in the Lok Sabha:
(1) It recognizes the right of vendors to perform their vending activities at any place within the territory of India.
(2) It seeks to protect and prevent their undue harassment by the police and the municipal authorities.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Which of the following statements is/are not correct regarding the nominated members of the parliament?
(1) The President may or may not appoint nominated members to the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha.
(2) The MPLADS Scheme covers only the elected members of the Parliament.
(3) The nominated members enjoy all the immunities and privileges available to the elected members of the Parliament.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Which of the following statements is/ are correct about Annual Financial Statements? President in the Lok Sabha only
(1) President in the Lok Sabha only.
(2) At the end of the general discussion on the budget, it is put to vote on demands for grants.
(3) Voting on demands for grants takes place only in the Lok Sabha.
(4) Amendments to the expenditure charged on the Consolidated fund of India can be proposed during passing of the Appropriation Bill.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 3 and 4 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 2, 3 and 4 only

Which of the following functionaries can be removed by the Parliament?
(1) Vice president
(2) Members of the Union public Service Commission
(3) Chief Election Commissioner
(4) Judge of the High Court

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2 3 and 4

Consider the following statements relating to National Green Tribunal:
(1) It is to provide for effective and expeditious disposal of cases relating to environmental protection and conservation of forests.
(2) The Tribunal is not bound by the procedure laid down by the civil Procedure Code 1908.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

In which of the following States the Election Commission had put the locations of polling booths on Google Maps so that voters could easily locate their polling stations?
(1) Himachal Pradesh
(2) Uttrakhand
(3) Gujarat

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 1 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Consider the following statements regarding the “President reference” that was made on the allocation of 2G spectrum:
(1) In this case the President exercised his power under Article 143 under which he/ she can refer to the Supreme Court a question of law or fact if it is of public importance.
(2) The Supreme Court expressed the opinion that allotting natural resources by a method other than auctions is unconstitutional.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

Which of the following rights are available not only to the citizens of India but also to the refugees and aliens of a foreign State?
(1) Right to freedom of speech and expression assembly and movement
(2) Right to protection of life and personal liberty
(3) Equality before the law and equal protection of the laws

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2, 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Which of the following are federal features of the Indian Constitution?
(1) Dual polity
(2) Independent judiciary
(3) Appointment of Governor of a State
(4) Bicameralism of the Parliament
(5) Integrated judiciary

Select the correct from the codes given below:
(a) 2 and 4 only
(b) 1, 2 and 4 only
(c) 2, 3 and 5 only
(d) 1, 2, 4 and 5 only

Which of the following statements relating to “Martial Law” given under the Indian Constitution is correct?
(a) The Parliament, but not the Union Executive is the authority to proclaim martial law in the country.
(b) Martial law is not defined under the constitution.
(c) Declaration of martial law will ipso facto result in the suspension of the writ of Habeas corpus.
(d) The Parliament will cease to function when martia law is in force in the country.

Consider the following statements:
(1) Right to freedom or religion under Article 25 to 28 is guaranteed to both individuals and groups including non-citizens of India
(2) The Right to freedom of religion under Article 25 to 28 is subject to measures for social reform and for throwing open of Hindu religious institutions of public character to all classes and sections of the Hindus.
(3) The Right to freedom of free profession parctice and propagation of religion includes the right to convert another person’s religion.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Selection 66A of the Information Technology Act,2000 is subject to a lot of criticism because
(a) of its imprecise language that encourages misuse by the police
(b) it declares a particular offence as non-bailable
(c) it is draconian in nature
(d) it is very severe against the media

Recently, a number of underground organizations in Manipur have issued a ‘quit notice’ to migrants in the state, thus forcing them to leave the state. In doing so, which of the following fundamental rights of the migrants (who are citizens of India) are being violated?
(a) Article 19 (1)(d)
(b) Article 19 (1) (e)
(c) Article 19 (1)(b)
(d) Article 19 (1)(c)

Consider the following statements:
(1) A judge of the Supreme Court shall address his resignation letter to the Chief Justice of India
(2) The Speaker of the Lok Sabha shall address his resignation letter to the Deputy Speaker of the Lok Sabha
(3) The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha shall address his resignation letter to the Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha

Which of the statements given above is/are correct
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 1 and 2 only
(d) 2 and 3 only

Consider the following statements:
(1) Both private members and ministers are entitled to move a statutory resolution in the porliament.
(2) Like Government resolution, private members’ resolution is also require to be put to the vote of the House.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor2

At what stage of a Bill amendments may be proposed and passed to the Bill?
(a) First Reading
(b) Second Reading
(c) Third Reading
(d) At any stage of the Bill

Consider the following statements:
(1) Presently the States of Manipur and Tripura have joint cadre for IAS, IPS and IFS.
(2) The states of Manipur and Tripura are not geographically contiguous.
(3) The North Eastern Areas (Reorganization) Amendment Bill aims to merge the State of Mizoram also into this cadre to ensure geographic continuity.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) None of the above

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