IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan- Prelims Test 2017 Science and Technology and Current Affairs [Day 59]

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So, here we are with the 59th 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) What is metrino?

  1. A breed of sheep known for its wool
  2. A personal rapid transit system being developed in National Capital Region
  3. A high energy neutrino discovered by CERN
  4. A new subatomic particle found at IceCube Neutrino Observatory 

Q.2) Consider the following statements about TRI-NETRA

  1. It is an assisted vision system for locomotive drivers
  2. It uses a combination of optical cameras, infrared cameras and radars based terrain mapping system
  3. The concept was developed by Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)

Choose the correct statement[s]

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

Q.3) What are replicons?

  1. A genome segment that can replicate on its own independent of cellular chromosome
  2. A genus of bacteria capable of replicating itself
  3. The cells of umbilical cord which can develop which can develop into any organ
  4. The enzyme which assists the process of RNA replication

Q.4) Facebook launched a solar powered drone for internet access. What is it called?

  1. Free Basics
  2. Internet Sathi
  3. Aquila
  4. Project Loon

Q.5) What is TeamIndus Moon Mission?

  1. A group of scientists exploring the effect of moon’s gravity on powerful tidal waves on river Indus
  2. A team of scientists at ISRO studying the feasilibility of manned mission to moon
  3. A mission by a private company to send a robot to moon to explore at least 500m and transmit HD video image back to earth.
  4. A team of negotiators headed by former UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon to facilitate talks between India and Pakistan over Indus Water Treaty

Q.6 ) Hafnium Carbide and Tantalum Carbide are refractory ceramics known for their

  1. Semi conducting properties
  2. High heat resistance
  3. High electrical conductivity
  4. High malleability

Q.7) Carnegie Mellon University has developed a material called Thubber. What is it?

  1. Rubber with high thermal resistance
  2. Rubber with metal like thermal conductivity
  3. A compound of thallium with ability to stretch to ten times its length
  4. Rubber specifically developed for insulation in thermal power plants

Q.8) Low temperature thermal desalinization plants are operational in India in places like Lakshadweep and Chennai. What is the principle involved in these plants?

  1. Reverse osmosis at room temperature
  2. Water evaporates even at low temperature at low pressure
  3. Water evaporates even at low temperature when subjected to very high pressure
  4. Reverse osmosis at low temperature which is accelerated by application of pressure

Q.9) Norway recently announced turning off analogue FM signals and shifting to Digital Audio Broadcasting. Which of the following statements are true regarding Digital Audio broadcasting?

  1. Digital signals give better audio quality and coverage in comparison to analogue FM signals
  2. Digital Audio Broadcasting suffers slightly higher losses due to interference from buildings and other obstructions when compared to FM signals

Choose the correct statement[s]

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

Q.10)  Indian scientists have developed a Ceramic Polyment Hybrid CASPOL. Consider the following statements about CASPOL

  1. It is developed by CSIR in collaboration with IIT-Kharagpur
  2. It is a water based, ready-to-coat and easy-to-use flame proof coating having both societal and advanced end-use applications.
  3. The material coated with CASPOL will be self-extinguished within 4 seconds after removal of flame

Which of the above statements are incorrect

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

Q.11) What is Lakshmi Robot?

  1. A robot to collect fees and other levies in all government offices developed by IISc
  2. A banking robot capable of answering queries related to account balance, loans, fixed deposits, payments etc. developed by City Union Bank
  3. A robot to perform repetitive, high volume and time consuming tasks developed by ICICI Bank
  4. A robot to monitor attacks on banking system developed by NPCIL

Q.12) NASA recently announced a mission Parker Solar Probe scheduled for summer 2018. What is it?

  1. A mini satellite to monitor temperatures effect across the poles
  2. A mission to solar atmosphere
  3. A mission to probe sun like stars in close vicinity to solar system
  4. A mission to monitor solar radiation across tropical countries to identify areas suitable for large solar power plants

Q.13) Consider the following statements about Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System CYGNSS developed by NASA

  1. It is a constellation of 7 mini satellites
  2. The 3 satellites are placed in geostationary orbit and four satellites in geosynchronous orbit
  3. CYGNSS will make frequent measurements of ocean surface winds in the tropics, with a primary objective of monitoring the location, intensity, size, and development of tropical cyclones

Choose the correct statement[s]

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 3 only

Q.14)  Extremely Large Telescope, the world’s largest optical telescope is being developed by European Science Observatory in which of the following countries?

  1. Netherlands
  2. France
  3. Chile
  4. Namibia

Q.15) Scientists at IIT-Rourkee have developed low cost and more efficient solar cells using natural pigments present in

  1. Mulberry fruit
  2. Jamun fruit
  3. Coffee beans
  4. Black pepper

Q.16) CORPAT is a bilateral naval exercise between

  1. India and Maldives
  2. India and Vietnam
  3. India and Indonesia
  4. India and Sri Lanka

Q.17) Choose the incorrect statement with respect to GM Mustard

  1. It is the first edible food crop approved for commercial use by Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee
  2. It has been indigenously developed by Delhi University based Centre for Genetic Manipulation of Crop Plants
  3. NITI Aayog in its three year draft plan had backed GM crops
  4. Sarson Satyagraha, a platform for organising farmers,consumers, scientists and others has raised concerns on commercialisation of GM Mustard.

Q.18) What is integrated theatre command?

  1. Modernisation and Digitisation of old cinema theatres of cultural importance
  2. Computerised data bank of the available theatre buildings and spaces for performances
  3. Unified command of the three Services, under a single commander, for geographical theatres that are of security concern.
  4. Set of commands and instructions issued by Ministry of defence for all three services.

Q.19) Rajasthan Government has set up a captive breeding centre for Great Indian Bustard(GIB).

Consider the following statements

  1. First Captive breeding centre for GIB was set up in Haryana in 2015
  2. GIB is a flightless bird
  3. GIB is listed as critically endangered in IUCN Red Data List

Which of the above statement[s] is/are correct?

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

Q.20) The Department of Telecom launched a portal to allow people to track radiation emitted from mobile towers within a locality. What is it called?

  1. Kiran Sphuran
  2. Tarang Sanchar
  3. Kiran Pramaan
  4. Tarang Path

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