IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan- Prelims Test 2017 Environment and Current Affairs [Day 30]

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So, here we are with the 30th 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) Pattiseema Lift Irrigation Project was in news recently. It connects

  1. Mahanadi and Godavari
  2. Krishna and Mahanadi
  3. Krishna and Godavari
  4. Periyar and Krishna 

Q.2) Consider the following regarding Seaweeds

  1. Seaweeds are rich in vitamins and minerals and are consumed as food in various parts of the world
  2. They are also used for the production of phytochemicals, viz., agar, carrageenan and alginate.
  3. Seaweed can be potentially used as organic fertilizers

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

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

Q.3) Consider the following about applications of Super Absorbent Polymers (SAP) in Agriculture

  1. SAPs are polluting and non-biodegradable and don’t helps in reducing irrigation frequency and water consumption.
  2. They improves soil quality and resists drought stress
  3. SAPs can reduce overuse of fertilizers and pesticides in fields.
  4. SAPs act as soil matter flocculants.

Which of the given statements are correct?

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

Q.4) Plant nutrition is a term that takes into account the interrelationships of mineral elements in the soil or soilless solution as well as their role in plant growth. Consider the following

  1. Nickel
  2. Molybdenum
  3. Copper
  4. Boron
  5. Sulphur
  6. Silicon
  7. Vanadium

Which of the given above has a role of essential and beneficial mineral nutrients that are crucial for plant nutrition and growth?

  1. 2, 3, 5 and 6
  2. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7
  3. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

Q.5) Consider the following

  1. Apple
  2. Banana
  3. Buckwheat
  4. Coffee
  5. Mango
  6. Carrot
  7. Soybeans

Which of the given above are not self-pollinated?

  1. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  2. 2, 3, 6 and 7
  3. 1, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  4. 1, 3, 5, 6 and 7

Q.6) Consider the following regarding Parthenium

  1. It is a highly prevalent weed endemic to India
  2. It is highly poisonous and severely reduces the crop productivity besides loss to biodiversity and environment.
  3. The weed causes dermatitis and asthma to human beings.

Which of the given statements is/are incorrect?

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

Q.7) Readiness for Investment in Sustainable Energy (RISE) is developed by

  1. World Bank Group
  2. United Nations Development Programme
  3. United Nations Environment Programme
  4. International Energy Agency

Q.8) The decisions on REDD+ enumerate some “eligible activities” that developing countries may implement to reduce emissions and enhance removals of greenhouse gases. Identify the activities

  1. Reducing emissions from deforestation
  2. Reducing emissions from land degradation
  3. Conservation of forest carbon stocks
  4. Sustainable management of non-renewable energy
  5. Enhancement of forest carbon stocks

Select the correct code

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

Q.9) Consider the following statements regarding National Mission on Sustainable Habitats:

  1. It is one of the missions under National Action Plan on Climate Change.
  2. It works for the development and protection of natural habitats, especially of those species which are at the verge of extinction due to habitat loss.
  3. The mission works on development of green corridors to connect protected areas of India.

Which of the above statements are incorrect?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 3 only
  4. None of the above

Q.10) Consider the following regarding Methanogens

  1. They are found in ruminants of animals and human
  2. They play significant role in anaerobic wastewater treatment
  3. They produce oxygen, carbon dioxide, hydrogen sulphide and methane

Which of the given statements is/are correct?

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

Q.11) Match the following list of bioactive substances and their roles

          Bioactive Substance                                                 Role

  1. Statin                                                              i)  Removal of oil stains
  2. Cyclosporin A                                               ii) Removal of clots from blood vessels
  3. Streptokinase                                               iii) Lowering of blood cholesterol
  4. Lipase                                                             iv) Immuno-suppressive agent

Choose the correct match:

  1. 1-iii, 2-iv, 3-ii, 4-i
  2. 1-ii, 2-iv, 3-iii, 4-i
  3. 1-i, 2-ii, 3-iii, 4-iv
  4. 1-iv, 2-iii, 3-ii, 4-i 

Q.12) World Sustainable Development Summit (WSDS) is a flagship initiative by

  1. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
  2. United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  3. The Energy and Resources Institute’s (TERI)

Q.13) United Nations has declared___________as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

  1. 2014
  2. 2015
  3. 2016
  4. 2017

Q.14) National Mission for Sustaining the Himalayan Ecosystem comes under

  1. Ministry of Earth and Science
  2. Ministry of Environment and Forest
  3. Ministry of Science and Technology
  4. Ministry of Agriculture

Q.15) The United Nations General Assembly formally adopted the “universal, integrated and transformative” 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Identify the correct goals

  1. Gender Inequality
  2. Affordable and clean energy
  3. Combat desertification
  4. End of nuclear energy
  5. Clean water and sanitation
  6. Food security

Select the correct code

  1. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
  2. 2, 3, 5 and 6
  3. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Q.16) Consider the following statements

  1. Northern Lights are result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere
  2. Northern Lights are also called ‘Aurora australis’

Select the correct statement

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

Q.17) What is the Arab Peace Initiative?

  1. Proposal for an end to the Arab–Israeli conflict
  2. Proposal to end the Shia-Sunni conflict
  3. End of Operation Defensive Shield in West Bank
  4. Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait

Q.18) Consider the following Operations

  1. International Security Assistance Force (ISAF)
  2. Operation Resolute Support
  3. Operation Enduring Freedom

It is associated with which of the following countries?

  1. Sri Lanka
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Iraq
  4. Somalia

Q.19) ‘Atal-Amrit Abhiyan’ health insurance scheme which will provide coverage against several critical illnesses was lauched by which of the following states?

  1. Rajasthan
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Assam
  4. Uttar Pradesh

Q.20) FC-31 Gyrfalcon, a stealth fighter is from

  1. United States of America
  2. France
  3. China
  4. India

Q.21) Kuchipudi’ dance originated in

  1. Odisha
  2. Tamil Nadu
  3. Kerala
  4. Andhra Pradesh

Q.22) Chillai Kalan is

  1. Harshest 40 day period of winter in Kashmir
  2. Harvest festival in Kashmir
  3. A newly built dam on Teesta River
  4. None of the above

Q.23) Consider the following statements about Smart Anti-Airfield Weapon (SAAW)

  1. It is jointly developed by DRDO and BAE Systems
  2. It is capable of engaging ground targets with high precision up to a range of 100 kms

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.24) Consider the following statements about International Borders

  1. India and Pakistan is separated by a hard border
  2. Schengen area is an example of soft border

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.25) Consider the following statements about ‘Axial Seamount’

  1. It is the youngest volcano and current eruptive centre of the Cobb-Eickelberg Seamount chain
  2. It is caused by the movement of two tectonic plates in the region that are gradually spreading apart

Select the correct statements

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

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