IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan- Prelims Test 2017 Environment and Current Affairs [Day 12]

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So, here we are with the 12th Day of 60 Days Plan. It is the third edition of 60 Days program but seems like the first one because of the excitement involved everywhere, including us 🙂

We are equally excited and pumped. Our Team is working hard to make you realize your dream. Do not take it insincerely and let us down. Your faith and participation has to be in sync with the amount of hard work and effort we do.

Let us pledge to make it a big game changer (better than last year) in the next 60 days!

Importance of Self – Tracking: Learning from Last Year

Last year, aspirants used to comment their answers in the comment box on daily basis. There were huge participation in discussion. Putting answers in comment box has been very effective to self track yourself after updating the score. In the end you can cross check your performance through disqus profile.

It was highly effective in the last edition of 60 Days that propelled aspirants to monitor their performance and learn through discussion. Let you solve these questions with full honesty and write your result in the comment box. Interact with peers to know your mistakes.

The importance of this initiative stands time bound and aggressive reverse engineering to learn the concepts. Many of you must be busy with your own strategy but let us tell you honestly that in the last two months, it is very important to revise and consolidate your learning. Just reading won’t suffice.

So, take out few hours from your schedule and make it a revision exercise.

How you can make the best use of it?

Be honest to your effort and do not start competing with XYZ aspirants here just for the sake of marks. It is more important for you to introspect and check your learning than focusing on others. Try to answer the questions in 20 minutes only. 

Do not get into negative feeling that I don’t have enough knowledge to answer these questions. Feel like you are taking the real exam. What would be your response then?

The same will be replicated in UPSC exam. Here, you get marks only and nothing else matters. So make effort to know the answers of all questions. Do not cheat 😛

Baba’s Gyan for REVISION

Many of you, almost all, asks about effective revision strategy! Can there be any?

Let us tell you something Baba does 😀 

You guys study a lot and there is no issue with the hard work that has been put in. But when it comes to input-output comparison, your performance is questionable.

What to do?

Just do this for a Week: Go to bed before stipulated time of your sleep, at least 1 hour before. Close your eyes and try to relax your mind. You should attain full comfort and calmness.

Do this on the First Day: Imagine the full story of a recent movie that you have watched. Try to recollect from starting to end. See, whether you are able to depict the clear picture or not!

Now, do the same for everything you learnt from morning specially the ones you struggled with. Since it is fresh, most of the things should flow into your mind smoothly. Check what is your recollecting capacity.

For example, if you prepared Polity Day 2: Topics- Try to collect all important concepts and learning of the day.

Trust us, this exercise if done with sincerity will give you immense confidence as well as boost your performance. There is no ideal time for revision and there cannot be any specific date put for it, as commonly done.

This will always expose your weaknesses the very same day and if you tend to forget something, can always get back to consolidate and cement it.


Must to Do: Read the detailed article regarding Micro Analysis Matrix and follow the guidelines- Click Here

Try to hold your nerves and learn to control the temptation. This is very important art to learn and implement!

Are you ready? Let’s start



Q.1) Scientists have discovered new species belonging to the genus Nyctibatrachus. It is a genus of?

  1. Lizards endemic to Western Ghats
  2. Frogs endemic to Western Ghats
  3. Specific Plants endemic to Western Ghats
  4. None of the above

Q.2) ‘State of World’s Forests’ Report is published by

  1. World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
  2. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  3. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO)
  4. World Bank

Q.3) Consider the following statements regarding BIOFIN

  1. BIOFIN, Biodiversity Finance is a global partnership to help government plan and pay for its actions on biodiversity conservation and sustainable use.
  2. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is implementing a global multi country project on Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN)
  3. India has joined BIOFIN looking at the financing options to reverse biodiversity loss

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 3
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Q.4) Recently, our scientists of the Botanical Survey of India (BSI) have found a new species of Zingiber (commonly referred as Ginger) having medicinal properties. In which part of the country it was discovered?

  1. Andaman and Nicobar Islands
  2. Eastern Ghats
  3. Western Ghats
  4. Northern Himalayas

Q.5) In a major breakthrough in eco-conservation, forest officials in Munnar have spotted two critically endangered impatiens plant species on the peripheries of the Eravikulam National Park. Consider the statements regarding ‘Impatiens Plant Species’:

  1. They are also called as jewel weeds
  2. All Impatiens taste bitter and seem to be slightly toxic upon ingestion, causing intestinal ailments like vomiting and diarrhea.
  3. Impatiens are non-invasive species

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 3
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 2
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Q.6) The India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) Project is a multi-institutional effort aimed at building a world-class underground laboratory with a rock cover of approx.1200 m for non-accelerator based high energy and nuclear physics research in India. It is located in

  1. The Bodi West Hills region
  2. The Anamalai Hills region
  3. The Nilgiri Hills region
  4. The Kalrayan Hills region

Q.7) Consider the following statements

  1. Core zone of biosphere consists of an undistributed and legally protected ecosystem
  2. Buffer zone of a biosphere reserve is an area of active cooperation between the management and local people

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 Only
  2. 2 Only
  3. Both
  4. None

Q.8) Consider the following regarding Seemai Karuvelam

  1. It is an invasive species of plant which is harmful for environment
  2. It is native to Indian subcontinent
  3. It has one of the deepest roots

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 3
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Q.9) Consider the following statements

  1. Egg laying mammals are known as monotremes
  2. The only surviving examples of monotremes are all indigenous to Australia and New Guinea
  3. Monotremes are cold-blooded

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

  1. Only 2
  2. 1, 2 and 3
  3. Only 3
  4. None

Q.10) Scientists have discovered a new species named Kani maranjandu after the Kani tribe in Kerala. Identify the species?

  1. Lizard
  2. Frog
  3. Tree-living crab
  4. Forest Cat

Q.11) Consider the following regarding Eco-Sensitive Zones (ESZ)

  1. The rules of Eco- Sensitive Zones are declared under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972
  2. Flying over protected areas in an aircraft or hot air balloon is prohibited
  3. Felling of trees and Rainwater harvesting are regulated around ESZ

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

  1. Only 3
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None

Q.12) Identify the correct statement regarding Jerdon’s Courser 

  1. It is a nocturnal bird endemic to Western Ghats
  2. It is a nocturnal bird endemic to Eastern Ghats
  3. It is a nocturnal bird endemic to Andaman and Nicobar
  4. It is a nocturnal bird endemic to Northern Himalayas

Q.13) The Montreux Record is a register of wetland sites on the List of Wetlands of International Importance where changes in ecological character have occurred, are occurring, or are likely to occur as a result of technological developments, pollution or other human interference. It is maintained as part of the Ramsar List.

List of Indian wetlands of International importance included in the Montreux Record are:

  1. Chilika Lake
  2. Loktak Late
  3. Keoladeo National Park
  4. Wular Lake

Select the correct code

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2, 3 and 4
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 1, 2 and 4

Q.14) Consider the following about The Sálim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History (SACON)

  1. It is a statutory body established under Environment Protection Act, 1986
  2. It creates data bank on Indian ornithology and natural history,
  3. It was established in 1990 due to concerted efforts of Ministry of Environment and Forests and Bombay Natural History Society

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 3
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 2
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Q.15) Mangroves for the Future (MFF) is a unique partner-led initiative to promote investment in coastal ecosystem conservation for sustainable development. It is developed by

  1. IUCN and UNDP
  2. IUCN and WWF
  3. UNESCO and IUCN
  4. UNEP and IUCN

Q.16) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘X’ tribe.

  1. They are the largest ethnic group within Chittagong Hill Tracts
  2. Supreme Court directed the Union of India and the State of Arunachal Pradesh to process the citizenship applications of the tribe
  3. They follow the Theravada form of Buddhism

Identify the tribe

  1. Tanchangya
  2. Chakma
  3. Marma
  4. Pankho

Q.17) Joint Sea-2016 naval exercise was carried out between

  1. Russia and China
  2. Japan and USA
  3. China, Russia and Pakistan
  4. India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Q.18) Consider the following statements concerning Polymetallic Nodules (PMN)

  1. They are called as manganese nodules
  2. It contains nickel, cobalt and copper beside manganese
  3. India has contract for exploration of PMN in Central Indian Ocean Basin with the International Seabed Authority (ISA)

Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Only 3
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 2 and 3
  4. All of the above

Q.19) Consider the following statements

  1. As per the government’s 2006 rural electrification policy, a village is deemed ‘electrified’ if basic infrastructure such as distribution transformer and distribution lines has been set up in the inhabited locality, including a ‘Dalit basti’.
  2. Rural Electrification Corporation (REC) is the nodal agency to operate and monitor rural electrification

Which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.20) Mangalajodi, the second largest hotspot for birds on the banks of

  1. Pulicat
  2. Wullar
  3. Loktak
  4. None of the above

Q.21) Operation Morthor was in news recently. It is concerned with which of the following countries?

  1. Congo
  2. Somalia
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Laos

Q.22) Vientiane is located in which of the following countries?

  1. Laos
  2. Cambodia
  3. Thailand
  4. Malaysia

Q.23) PARAM-ISHAN is a

  1. Satellite developed by PESIT College, Bangalore which was launched by ISRO
  2. A project by Indian government in Ross Sea
  3. Supercomputer developed by IIT Guwahati
  4. Technology that will be integrated to be used at PoS terminals to facilitate seamless payments with or without credit/debit cards

Q.24) Consider the following statements about National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)

  1. It is under the Ministry of Law and Justice
  2. It replaced the Company Law Board (CLB)
  3. It is set up at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai only

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

  1. Only 1
  2. 1 and 2
  3. Only 2
  4. 1 and 3

Q.25) The term Levant is in news. It is concerned with which of the following countries?

  1. Jordan
  2. North Sudan
  3. Egypt
  4. Lebanon
  5. Syria

Select the correct code:

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 1, 3, 4 and 5
  3. 4 and 5
  4. 1, 4 and 5

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