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IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan- Prelims Test 2018 ENVIRONMENT & CURRENT AFFAIRS [Day 42]

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Hello Friends, 

Welcome to Day-42.

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 can you 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 to all questions. Do not cheat 😛

 

DETAILED MICRO ANALYSIS MATRIX SAMPLEis given here. You can download this and do an assessment for yourself.  DOWNLOAD

  • You can copy paste the same format/modify as per your need in Google Spreadsheet and update it on daily basis.
  • Feedback talks about daily test results.
  • Follow-up talks about daily target achieved from sources and the number of revisions to do/done and dates. Sources column is to ensure that aspirants do not run behind various sources and follow the same throughout.

 

Are you ready? Let’s start!


[Day 42]: ENVIRONMENT AND CURRENT AFFAIRS


Q.1) Consider the following statements about Petroleum and Explosives Safety Organization (PESO).

  1. The PESO has been testing samples of crackers for all types of pollutions.
  2. It functions under Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.2) consider the following pairs.

Protected areas of India IUCN equivalent category
1. National parks IUCN category II
2. Biosphere reserve IUCN category V
3. Community reserve IUCN category VI
4. Wildlife sanctuaries IUCN category IV

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

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

Q.3) Consider the following statements about Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, often abbreviated as Air Pollution or CLRTAP.

  1. It is implemented by UNEP.
  2. India is party to this convention.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.4) Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE)’s primary function is

  1. To advise the UN members on key environmental issues.
  2. To study the environmental impact of Scientific inventions.
  3. To develop scientific reviews of key environmental issues.
  4. All the above

Q.5) Consider the following statements about United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).

  1. It is the only internationally legally binding framework set up to address the problem of desertification.
  2. The Convention is based on the principles of participation, partnership and decentralization.
  3. The Conference of the Parties (COP) will be held biennial.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.6) Consider the following statements about Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM).

  1. It was adopted by the First International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM1).
  2. India is the member of this Multilateral Environmental Agreement.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.7) Consider the following statements about International Whaling Commission (IWC).

  1. IWC adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, which was welcomed by all UN members.
  2. Indian Ocean Whale Sanctuary is the only designated sanctuary by IWC.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. None

Q.8) Consider the following statements regarding Cartagena Protocol:

  1. The protocol seeks to protect biodiversity from environmental threats like acid rain, pollution, land degradation etc.
  2. It allows member countries to ban imports of genetically modified organisms if they feel that there is not enough scientific evidence that the product is safe.

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) Recently Kigali Agreement was in the news. Which of the following statements is/are correct regarding Kigali Agreement?

  1. It is an amendment in Kyoto protocol.
  2. As per the agreement, member countries are expected to reduce the manufacture and use of Hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by roughly 80-85% from their respective baselines, till 2045.

Select the code from below:

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

Q.10) Which of the following statements regarding Biocarbon Fund Initiative are correct?

  1. The BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes collaborates with forest countries around the world to reduce emissions from the land sector.
  2. It is a multilateral fund managed by UNFCCC.
  3. It seeks to promote reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the land sector, from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+), and from sustainable agriculture, as well as smarter land-use planning, policies and practices.

Select the code from following:

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

Q.11) The Central Zoo Authority of India (CZA) is the body of the government of India responsible for oversight of zoos. Which of the following statements are correct regarding CZA?

  1. It is a statutory body
  2. It is an affiliate member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
  3. It regulates the exchange of animals of endangered category Listed under Schedule-I and II of the Wildlife Protection Act among zoos.

Select the code from following:

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

Q.12) Kappatagudda Forest has been in news for removal of conservation tag and restoration of the same. In which state does it lie?

  1. Tamil Nadu
  2. Kerala
  3. Chhattisgarh
  4. Karnataka

Q.13) The State Government in consultation with local bodies may notify the areas of biodiversity importance as Biodiversity Heritage Sites (BHS). Which of the following statements regarding BHS is/are correct?

  1. In order to get BHS tag, the area should have 10 or 0.5% of the vascular endemic species.
  2. 70% of the biodiversity in the area should have been destroyed.

Select the code from following:

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

Q.14) Consider the following statements regarding Cryopreservation:

  1. It is the process of preserving biological material by freezing it at extreme temperatures.
  2. In the process the material is heated to boiling point in water and then suddenly the temperature is dropped to freezing point.
  3. It is used to increase the shelf life of fruits and vegetables.

Which of the above statements are NOT correct?

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

Q.15) The theme of World Environment Day 2018 is –

  1. “Beat Plastic Pollution”
  2. “Wetlands for a Sustainable Urban Future”
  3. “End Plastic Pollution”
  4. “Nature for Water” – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.

Q.16) Recently, a river turtle with a distinctive green punk-rock hairstyle, two spikes under its chin and the ability to breathe through its genitals (called Mary River Turtle) was added to a new list of endangered reptiles. This unique turtle is endemic to?

  1. Antarctica
  2. Australia
  3. North America
  4. South America

Q.17) Consider the following statements about National Air Quality Monitoring Programme: (NAMP)

  1. CPCB has been executing a nationwide Programme of ambient air quality monitoring known as NAMP.
  2. Currently, System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), run out of Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM), Pune, serves as apex forecaster of pollution trends in Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Ahmedabad.
  3. The National Ambient Air Quality Standards has undertaken 5 pollutants only.

Which of the statement given above is/are correct?

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

Q.18) Consider the following pairs and identify the correct pairs:

  1. Basel Convention : : Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
  2. Rotterdam Convention: : certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade
  3. Stockholm Convention : : persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

Choose correct answer:

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

Q.19) Consider the following International Conventions

  1. Aarhus Convention
  2. Geneva Convention
  3. Stockholm Convention
  4. Rotterdam Convention
  5. Basel Convention
  6. Bonn Convention

Which of the above are related to Hazardous Substances?

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

Q.20) ‘BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes’ is managed by the

  1. Asian Development Bank
  2. International Monetary Fund
  3. United Nations Environment Programme
  4. World Bank

Q.21) Consider the following regarding ‘Conservation International’

  1. It is an international organization under United Nation Environment Program (UNEP) that aims to help stabilize global climate, protect fresh water, and ensure human well-being.
  2. Biodiversity Hotspots is an initiative of Conservation International.

Select the correct statement/s

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both
  4. None

Q.22) Which of the following were regarded as the Trinity of modern Carnatic music?

  1. Tyagaraja
  2. Syama Sastri
  3. Muthuswami Dikshitar

Select the correct statements

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

Q.23) The criteria presently followed for specification of a community as a Scheduled Tribe are

  1. Indications of primitive traits
  2. Distinctive culture
  3. Inadequate representation in the Central Government posts and services
  4. Geographical Isolation

Select the correct code:

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

Q.24) Consider the following statements about ‘The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2013’

  1. The Act is for any woman who is harassed in any workplace
  2. Under the Act, the victims can directly approach the court
  3. It replaced the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court in the Vishaka case judgment

Select the correct statements

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

Q.25) Consider the following statements about ‘Credit Enhancement Fund’

  1. The credit enhancement fund by providing partial guarantees on the bonds of infrastructure projects will increase the attractiveness of such project bonds for institutional investors.
  2. It is anchored by Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI)

Select the correct statements

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

Q.26) Consider the following statements

  1. A whip is a member of a political party’s parliamentary body, having a central role in ‘Floor Management’ in both the Houses of Parliament and is responsible for discipline within the party.
  2. The First All India Whips Conference was organised at Indore in 1952

Select the correct statements

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

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