UPSC Civil Service Prelims Paper I 2021 (General Studies)
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Current Affairs

Consider the following statements in respect of the Laureus World Sports Award which was instituted in the year 2000: 1
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Consider the following statements in respect to the 32nd Summer Olympics: 1. The official motto for this Olympics
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Consider the following statements in respect of the ICC World Test Championship 2019–2021 1. The finalists were decided
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Among the following, which one is the least water-efficient crop?
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Ecology and Environment

Consider the following statements: Statement 1: The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the Arbor Day
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‘Triclosan’, considered harmful when exposed to high levels for a long time, is most likely present in which of the foll
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How is permaculture farming different from conventional chemical farming? 1. Permaculture farming discourages monocultu
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With reference to ‘palm oil’, consider the following statements: 1. The palm oil tree is native to Southeast Asia. 2.
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Consider the following statements : 1. The Global Ocean Commission grants licenses for seabed exploration and mining in
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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
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In the nature, which of the following is/are most likely to be found surviving on a surface without soil? 1.
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What is blue carbon?
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With reference to furnace oil, consider the following statements: 1. It is a product of oil refineries. 2. S
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Why is there a concern about copper smelting plants? 1. They may release lethal quantities of carbon monoxide into
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'R2 Code of Practices’ constitutes a tool available for promoting the adoption of
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Which of the following have species that can establish symbiotic relationship with other organisms? 1. Cnidarians 2. F
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The ‘Common Carbon Metric’, supported by UNEP, has been developed for
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Which of the following are detritivores? 1. Earthworms 2. Jellyfish 3. Millipedes 4. Seahorses 5. Woodlice Select
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In case of which one of the following biogeochemical cycles, the weathering of rocks is the main source of release of nu
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Which one of the following is a filter feeder?
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With reference to the New York Declaration on Forests, which of the following statements are correct? 1. It was fi
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Consider the following animals: 1. Hedgehog 2. Marmot 3. Pangolin To reduce the chance of being captured by predator
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Consider the following kinds of organisms: 1. Copepods 2. Cyanobacteria 3. Diatoms 4. Foraminifera Which of the abo
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Which one of the following is used in preparing a natural mosquito repellent?
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Economy

Which one of the following is likely to be the most inflationary in its effects?
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Which one of the following effects of creation of black money in India has been the main cause of worry to the
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Consider the following statements : The effect of devaluation of a currency is that it necessarily 1. improv
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Consider the following : 1. Foreign currency convertible bonds 2. Foreign institutional investment with cert
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Indian Government Bond Yields are influenced by which of the following? 1. Actions of the United States Feder
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Consider the following statements : Other things remaining unchanged, market demand for a good might increase
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Which among the following steps is most likely to be taken at the time of an economic recession?
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In India, the central bank’s function as the ‘lender of last resort’ usually refers to which of the following? 1. 
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With reference to ‘WaterCredit’, consider the following statements : 1. It puts microfinance tools to work in the
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With reference to India, consider the following statements : 1. Retail investors through demat account can invest
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With reference to the Indian economy, demand-pull inflation can be caused/increased by which of the following? 1.&
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The money multiplier in an economy increases with which one of the following?
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Geography

The vegetation of savannah consists of grassland with scattered small trees, but extensive areas have no trees. The fore
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With reference to the water on the planet Earth, consider the following statements : 1. The amount of water in the rive
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Consider the following statements : 1. Moringa (drumstick tree) is a leguminous evergreen tree. 2. Tamarind tree is en
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The black cotton soil of India has been formed due to the weathering of
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With reference to the Indus river system, of the following four rivers, three of them pour into one of them which joins
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With reference to India, Didwana, Kuchaman, Sargol and Khatu are the names of
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Consider the following rivers : 1. Brahmani 2. Nagavali 3. Subarnarekha 4. Vamsadhara Which of the above rise from
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Consider the following statements : 1. In the tropical zone, the western sections of the oceans are warmer than the eas
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History of India

With reference to India, the terms ‘Halbi, Ho and Kui’ pertain to
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With reference to the history of ancient India, which of the following statements is/are correct? 1. Mitakshara wa
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Consider the following statements : 1. St. Francis Xavier was one of the founding members of the Jesuit Order. 2.
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Consider the following statements : 1. ​It was during the reign of Iltutmish that Chengiz Khan reached the Indus i
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Consider the following pairs: (Historical Place) : (Well known for) 1. Burzahom : Rock cut shrines 2. Chandra ketugar
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With reference to Madanapalle of Andhra Pradesh, which one of the following statements is correct?
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According to Portuguese writer Nuniz, the women in Vijayanagara Empire were expert in which of the following a
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From the decline of Guptas until the rise of Harshavardhana in the early seventh century, which of the following kingdom
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In the first quarter of seventeenth century, in which of the following was/were the factory/factories of the&n
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Which one of the following ancient towns is well known for its elaborate system of water harvesting and management by bu
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With reference to Chausath Yogini Temple situated near Morena, consider the following statements : 1. It
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Consider the following statements : 1. 21st February is declared to be the International Mother Language Day by UN
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Which one of the following statements is correct?
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Regarding Indian history, which of the following is/are correct? 1. Arcot Nizamat emerged from Hyderabad state. 2. The
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In the context of Colonial India, Shah Nawaz Khan, Prem Kumar Sehgal and Gurbaksh Singh Dhillon are remembered as
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Who among the following was associated as Secretary with Hindu Female School which ‘later came to be known as Bethune Fe
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With reference to medieval India, which one of the following is the correct sequence in ascending order in terms of size
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Who among the following is associated with ‘Songs from Prison’, a translation of ancient Indian religious lyrics in Engl
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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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With reference to the history of ancient India, Bhavabhuti, Hastimalla and Kshemeshvara were famous
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Indian Polity and Governance

Under the Indian Constitution, concentration of wealth is the violation of
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What is the position of the Right to Property in India ?
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What was the exact constitutional status of India on 26th January, 1950 ?
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Constitutional government means
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Consider the following statements in respect of Bharat Ratna and Padma Awards : 1. Bharat Ratna and Padma Awards are ti
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Consider the following statements: 1. 'Right to the City' is an agreed human right and the UN-Habitat monitors the comm
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Regarding India, consider the following statements : 1. Judicial custody means an accused is in the custody of the conc
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Regarding India, consider the following statements: 1. When a prisoner makes out a sufficient case, parole cannot be de
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At the National level, which ministry is the nodal agency to ensure effective implementation of the Scheduled Tribes and
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A legislation which confers on the executive or administrative authority an unguided and uncontrolled discretionary powe
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Which one of the following in Indian Polity is an essential feature that indicates that it is federal in character?
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Which one of the following best defines the term ‘State’?
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Regarding the Indian judiciary, consider the following statements : 1. Any retired judge of the Supreme Court of India
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With reference to India, consider the following statements : 1. There is only one citizenship and one domicile. 2. A c
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Which one of the following factors constitutes the best safeguard of liberty in a liberal democracy?
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We adopted parliamentary democracy based on the British model, but how does our model differ from that model? 1. A
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With reference to the Union Government, consider the following statements : 1. N. Gopalaswamy Iyengar Committee suggest
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‘Right to Privacy’ is protected under which Article of the Constitution of India?
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Consider the following statements : 1. In India, there is no law restricting the candidates from contesting in one Lok
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In the context of India’s preparation for Climate-Smart Agriculture, consider the following statements : 1. The ‘Climat
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With reference to “Urban Cooperative Banks" in India, consider the following statements : 1. They are su
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With reference to casual workers employed in India, consider the following statements : 1. All casu
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Consider the following statements : 1. The Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is appointed by the Central
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Consider the following statements : 1. The Montagu-Chelmsford Reforms of 1919 recommended granting voting rights t
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Science and Technology

Water can dissolve more substances than any other liquid because
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With reference to street-lighting, how do sodium lamps differ from LED lamps? 1. Sodium lamps produce light in 360
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The term ‘ACE2’ is talked about in the context of
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Bisphenol A (BPA), a cause of concern, is a structural/key component in the manufacture of which of the following kinds
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Which one of the following is a reason why astronomical distances are measured in light-years? 
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With reference to recent developments regarding ‘Recombinant Vector Vaccines’, consider the following statements : 1. G
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In the context of hereditary diseases, consider the following statements : 1. Passing on mitochondrial diseases from pa
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Bollgard I and Bollgard II technologies are mentioned in the context of
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In a pressure cooker, the temperature at which the food is cooked depends mainly upon which of the following? 1. Area o
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Consider the following : 1. Bacteria 2. Fungi 3. Virus Which of the above can be cultured in artificial/synthetic me
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Consider the following statements : 1. Adenoviruses have single-stranded DNA genomes whereas retroviruses have double-s
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Magnetite particles, suspected to cause neurodegenerative problems are generated as environmental pollutants from which
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