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IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan- Prelims Test 2017 Ancient History & Culture and Current Affairs [Day 43]

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Hello Friends

So, here we are with the 43rd 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.

REPEAT IT FOR A WEEK & SEE THE MAGIC 😀 

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

[Day 43]: Ancient History & Culture & CURRENT AFFAIRS 

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Q.1) Which of the following Sultanates of Delhi was the first to use Red Sandstone widely for construction

  1. Slave dynasty
  2. Khilji Dynasty
  3. Lodhi Dynasty
  4. Sayyid dynasty

Q.2) The construction of Hanging Balcony is associated with which of the following style of architecture

  1. Mughal style
  2. Jaunpur style
  3. Rajput style
  4. Bijapur style 

Q.3) Consider the following statements with reference to the Gandhara School of Arts

  1. The sculpture of Gandhara school were made of Red Sandstone
  2. Shatavahanas were the chief Patrons of Gandhara school of Arts

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.4) Consider the following statements with reference to the Allahabad Pillar inscription

  1. It gives a detailed account of the conquests of Samudragupta
  2. the inscription is written in Sanskrit language
  3. the author of the inscription is Harisena

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.5) Consider the following statements with reference to the Miniature Paintings of Mughal era

  1. Religious rituals and mythology were the main theme of these miniatures
  2. Hunting scenes and the scenes of court were also portrayed in these paintings

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.6) Consider the following statements with reference to the Pahari school of paintings

  1. It flourished in the Western Ghats region of India
  2. Sense of depth is achieved by the extensive use of shading

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.7) The Pattachitra paintings developed in which of the following regions

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Karnataka
  3. Orissa
  4. Kerala

Q.8) Consider the following statements with reference to the Thangka Paintings

  1. These paintings are primarily found in West Bengal
  2. The themes are primarily scenes of Hindu Mythology

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.9) Consider the following statements with reference to the Tanjore paintings

  1. These paintings are very richly decorated with glass beads, pearls and precious stones.
  2. Extensive use of Gold leaf is the significant feature of these paintings

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.10) Which of the following pairs is/are correctly matched?

Paintings style           :           Region

  1. Warli painting         :           Maharashtra
  2. Manjusha painting :           Gujrat
  3. Kalamkari painting :           Andhra Pradesh

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below

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

Q.11) Consider the following statements with reference to the Pottery of Indus Valley Civilization

  1. Painted Black and red ware was the most common type of pottery
  2. Pottery was handmade as Harappan people did not know the use of pottery wheel

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.12) Consider the following statements with reference to the Kalighat paintings

  1. These paintings originated in Kerala
  2. These paintings were generally made using oil paints

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.13) Consider the following statements with reference to the Mathura school of Art

  1. Spotted red sandstone was the material used in this school
  2. Images belonging only to Buddhism are found in this school of art

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.14) Consider the following statements about the architecture of Tughlaq dynasty

  1. Grey sandstone was used in the construction of buildings
  2. Buildings of Tughlaq dynasty had elaborate decorations and carvings

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.15) Panchayatan style is associated with which of the following

  1. Mughal garden architecture
  2. Painting style that originated in Mysore
  3. Hindu temple architecture
  4. Buddhist Stupa architecture

Q.16) ‘Al-Nagah’ and ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ are joint bilateral defence exercises between India and which of the following countries?

  1. Oman
  2. United Arab Emirates
  3. Iran
  4. Egypt

Q.17) India’s first integrated heliport is located in

  1. Bangalore
  2. Mumbai
  3. Delhi
  4. Shimla

Q.18) Consider the following statements about Advanced Air Defence (AAD) Missile

  1. It is an endo-atmospheric missile developed by the DRDO
  2. With both AAD and Prithvi Defence Vehicle (PDV) systems, India has become the fourth country to have developed a multi-layered BMD programme after the US, Russia and Israel

Select the correct statements

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

Q.19) Consider the following statements about Kolleru Lake

  1. It is located between Krishna and Godavari deltas
  2. Kolleru Bird Sanctuary has been identified as one of the biggest grey pelican habitats in the world

Select the correct statements

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

Q.20) Recently, which of the following states gave an official language status to Kurukh language?

  1. Bihar
  2. West Bengal
  3. Odisha
  4. Uttarakhand

Q.21) Which of the following exchange rate system is being followed in India??

  1. Flexible Exchange Rate System
  2. Fixed Exchange Rate System
  3. Managed Floating Exchange Rate System
  4. Free Floating Exchange Rate System

Q.22) Swiss Challenge is concerned with

  1. Black Money
  2. European Union
  3. Social Impact Assessment
  4. A process of giving contracts

Q.23) Berne Convention is concerned with

  1. Human Rights
  2. Animal Rights
  3. Copyrights Infringement
  4. Protection of wetlands

Q.24) Which of the following statements is/are correct about ‘Zipf’s Law’?

  1. The law claims that the largest city in any country is twice as large as the next one, and three times as big as the third one and so on
  2. The law does not hold true for India
  3. Both (a) and (b)
  4. Neither (a) nor (b)

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