IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan – IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 – HISTORY, CURRENT AFFAIRS & CSAT [Day 27]

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Q.1) With reference to Indus Valley people, consider the following statements:

  1. Indus people were the first to produce cotton.
  2. James Prinsep was the 1st person to decipher Harappan script.
  3. The Harappan culture belongs to chalcolithic age
  4. Gold was known to them.

Which of the above statements are correct?

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

Q.2) In the early Vedic period, Visu refers to?

  1. Basic unit of Political organization.
  2. Group of villages
  3. Leader of the grama
  4. None of the above

Q.3) Which of the following statements with reference to Chola Empire is incorrect?

  1. The capital of the Chola Empire was Tanjore.
  2. The Chola Empire was divided into mandalams and each mandalam into valanadus and nadus.
  3. The practice of sati was prevalent among royal families.
  4. Siva temple at Gangaikondacholapuram built by Rajaraja I.

Q.4) From which of the following places the burial R-37 was obtained?

  1. Kalibanga
  2. Harappa
  3. Mohenjodaro
  4. Ropar

Q.5) Consider the following pairs with reference to Harappan Period:

Raw Material                                     :           Source

  1. Lapis-Lazuli :           Shortughai
  2. Carnellian :           Nageshwar
  3. Copper :           Khetri

Which of the above given pairs are correctly matched?

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

Q.6) Tripatite struggle for Kannauj involved which of the following ruling dynasties?

  1. Gurjara -pratihara
  2. Palas
  3. Satavahanas
  4. Rasthrakutas

Select the correct code

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

Q.7) In the context of Administrative posts during Mauryan period, consider the following pairs:

  1. Sannidhata                 :           Head of Royal treasury
  2. Akaradhyaksha           :           Accountant General
  3. Panyadhyaksha          :           Superitendent of commerce

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

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

Q.8) Which of the following inventions/discoveries are credited to the people of Neolithic Age?

  1. Invention of pottery
  2. Polished ground stone tools
  3. Concept of division of labour
  4. Emergence of self-sufficient villages

Choose the correct answer using the codes given below:

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

Q.9) Consider the following statements regarding ‘Chalcolithic Age’:

  1. Chalcolithic people were the first to invent some form of script/writing system.
  2. This period gave rise to refined techniques of copper metallurgy.
  3. Usage of stone tools ceased to exist during this period.

Choose the correct statement/s using the codes given below:

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

Q.10) Consider the following pairs:

Vedas Their respective Upavedas
1.     Rig Veda Dhanurveda
2.     Sama Veda Shilpa veda
3.     Yajur Veda Gandharva veda
4.     Atharva Veda Ayurveda

Which of the above-mentioned pairs are correctly matched?

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

Q.11) Which of the following statements are not correct with reference to Mauryan Empire?

  1. Punch marked coins were used during Mauryan period.
  2. Haranya was a tax on cattles during Mauryan period.
  3. Bindusara patronized Ajivika Sect.
  4. In Ashokan inscription 4 different script were used.

Q.12) Consider the following statements with reference to Gupta rulers?

  1. Chandragupta I was the 1st to take title of Maharajadhiraj and to issue gold coins.
  2. Hien-tsang visited India during Chandragupta II reign.
  3. Srigupta established Nalanda University.

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

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

Q.13) Consider the following places and arrange them from west to East.

  1. Harappa
  2. Lothal
  3. Kot-Diji

Select the correct answer using the code given below

  1. 1-2-3
  2. 3-2-1
  3. 3-1-2
  4. 1-3-2

Q.14) With reference to Agrahara, which of the following is correct?

  1. It was tax collected on agricultural produce
  2. It was an land measurement method
  3. Classification of urban lands
  4. Land granted to Brahmana

Q.15) Which of the following is not correct with reference to Gupta’s period?

  1. Kalidasa was among Navratna of Samudragupta.
  2. Gupta period witnessed the writings of Aryabhatta and Varamihira.
  3. Land became commodity of exchange during Gupta’s period.
  4. Nivartana was used to measure Land.

Q.16) Consider the following statements regarding the Sunga Empire:

  1. Patanjali was contemporary to Pushyamitra Sunga.
  2. Kalidasa’s Malavikagnimitram is based on love story of Agnimitra (son of P. Sunga) and Malavika, a handmaiden.
  3. Sunga Dynasty was followed by Kanvas with capital at Patliputra.

 Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.17) Consider the following statements:

  1. Artharveda is most secular among all Vedas.
  2. Brahmanas are prose version of Vedas.
  3. Upanishads are also known as Vedantas.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.18) Consider the following statements with reference to Satavahana rulers:

  1. Satavahanas were the first rulers to make tax free land grants to the Brahmanas and Buddhist monks
  2. Satavahana king believed in divine rights of kings.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

Q.19) Consider the following statements with reference to Mauryan Empire:

  1. The state enjoyed monopoly in mining, forest, salt, and sale of liquor.
  2. The practice of divorce prevailed during Mauryan Empire.
  3. The last Mauryan ruler was Mahendra, who was killed by Pushyamitra sunga.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 3 only
  4. None of these

Q.20) Which of the following are correct with reference to Kushana rulers?

  1. Kanishka convened third Buddhist council.
  2. Kushana rulers introduced satrap system in India.
  3. Many kushan rulers adopted title Devaputra or “Son of God”.
  4. Charaka and Sushruta were in the court of Kanishka

Select the correct code:

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

Q.21) Which of the following are sources of Ammonia emissions?

  1. Agriculture
  2. Vehicular emissions
  3. Forest fires
  4. Decomposition of organic waste

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.22) With reference to Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), consider the following statements:

  1. It came into being in 1997 through the New Delhi Declaration.
  2. All the members of BIMSTEC are littoral states of Bay of Bengal.
  3. Its permanent secretariat is located in Dhaka.

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

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

Q.23) Which of the following warships are built under Project 17A of Indian Navy?

  1. Submarines
  2. Torpedo launch vessels
  3. Stealth frigates
  4. Amphibious transport docks

Q.24) Orchha, the capital of the Bundela kingdom in the 16th century is nestled on the banks of which of the following rivers?

  1. Betwa
  2. Ken
  3. Chambal
  4. Sind

Q.25) Consider the following pairs:

Country Sea associated with
1.     Estonia North Sea
2.     Eritrea Red Sea
3.     Dominican Republic Caribbean Sea

Which of the pairs given above are correctly matched?

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

Q.26) With reference to Blue Flag certification, consider the following statements:

  1. It is awarded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) under its ‘Clean Seas’ Programme.
  2. It can be obtained by a beach or marina only.
  3. Environmental, educational, access and safety related criteria should be satisfied to qualify for the Blue Flag certificate.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.27) With reference to National Family Health Survey (NHFS), consider the following statements:

  1. International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS), Mumbai is the nodal agency for the NFHS survey.
  2. NHFS survey is conducted once in every five years.
  3. These surveys are completely funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

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

Q.28) With reference to Narrow Band-Internet of Things (NB-IoT), consider the following statements:

  1. NB-IoT is a low power wide area technology to connect wide range of new IoT devices.
  2. NB-IoT doesn’t operate in the licensed Long-Term Evolution construct.
  3. Worlds’ first satellite-based NB-IoT network will be established in India.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.29) The Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant is located in which of the following country?

  1. Israel
  2. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  3. Iran
  4. Kazakhstan

Q.30) Consider the following statements regarding Saguna Rice Technique:

  1. It is a method of cultivation of rice and related rotation crops.
  2. It is a zerotill technique.
  3. In this technique, puddling and hoeing is to be done to control weeds.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Read the following passage and answer the questions that follow each passage. Your answer to these questions should be based on passage only.

Passage 1

At this stage of civilisation, when many nations are brought in to close and vital contact for good and evil, it is essential, as never before, that their gross ignorance of one another should be diminished, that they should begin to understand a little of one another’s historical experience and resulting mentality. It is the fault of the English to expect the people of other countries to react as they do, to political and international situations. Our genuine goodwill and good intentions are often brought to nothing, because we expect other people to be like us. This would be corrected if we knew the history, not necessarily in detail but in broad outlines, of the social and political conditions which have given to each nation its present character.

Q.31) As per the passage, The need for a greater understanding between nations

  1. is more today than ever before
  2. was always there
  3. is no longer there
  4. will always be there

Passage 2

Soft bodied animals like caterpillars often fall a prey to voracious hunters like birds or reptiles. Despite having no means to actively defend them with weapons like claws or jaws, they have nevertheless, evolved other equally effective deterrents. A particular species of the caterpillar lives at an altitude over 2.500 metres in the Himalayas. It uses prominent colour to inform would be predators of its in edibility. In the event that an inexperienced or adventurous bird did eat the caterpillar, it would probably vomit it soon after and subsequently desist from attacking similar species in future. Even though this would do the unfortunate victim no good, the species benefits. This is a rare example of the martyr among animals.

Q.32) The expression “others equally effective deterrents” mean

  1. preventive weapons which have equal effect of others
  2. mechanism which scares everyone equally well
  3. preventive equipment which it is as effective as something that has been already mentioned in the passage
  4. deterrents that are as powerful as those the caterpillars have

Q.33) Two dice are tossed at the same time. The probability that the total score is a prime number is:

  1. 1/15
  2. 5/12
  3. 3/14
  4. 6/15

Q.34) P, Q and R were trying to hit a target. If P hits the target 5 times in 8 attempts, Q hits it 3 times in 5 attempts and R hits it 2 times in 4 attempts. What is the probability that the target is hit by at least 2 persons?

  1. 41/80
  2. 23/70
  3. 49/80
  4. 47/90

Q.35) Two dice are thrown simultaneously. What is the probability of getting two numbers whose product is even?

  1. 1/4
  2. 3/4
  3. 5/8
  4. 7/16

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  3. 2 Marks for Correct/0.66 minus for Incorrect.

What IMPACT can the ‘60 Day’ have on the final results? We will explain by taking a small example. Imagine you are sitting in the examination hall, appearing in Prelims Paper I. You have attempted 70 questions already but still unsure about a few. Then you stumble upon a question that was asked in 60 Day (and believe us, it has happened to hundreds of students countless times). You choose the right answer and submit your paper hoping for the best! Eventually, you go on to clear Mains as well as Personality Test and secure a good rank as well. When the cut off gets announced by UPSC, you realize that you have scored just one mark more than the cut off! Yes, that one mark can change your life (and it has done so to many of our students in the past). Now, imagine the kind of impact 60 to 80 marks can have! Isn’t that so fascinating to imagine?  

One’s level of preparedness is always different for different subjects. Even within a subject, one’s comfort level may vary with topics. For example, one might be more comfortable in solving questions of Polity than Economics and within Polity also, one might be at ease with questions on fundamental rights than Parliament. The level of comfort and ease that one has with a subject/ topic gets manifested in the examination. However, there is no conscious effort by aspirants to micro analyze these aspects. Now, coming to the second aspect i.e. the mistakes that one commits in answering MCQs, it can be said that there are mainly four reasons behind incorrect responses in the OMR sheet. They are:

  1. Lack of information
  2. Lack of analytical ability
  3. Silly mistakes
  4. Excessive risk-taking

Let’s analyze them one by one:

  1. Lack of information: You simply don’t know the information. You are clueless and that’s why you don’t attempt the question. For example, you may have never come across a regime called the ‘Wassenaar Agreement’ during your preparation and you can’t do much about it. The lack of information is pardonable and rectifiable. You can read more and gather more information. That is within your reach.
  2. Lack of analytical ability: You know the concept but the question is a twisted one and you are not able to apply the concept. For example, in a question asking you to identify the climate type of a region based on certain given parameters like precipitation, temperature, and air density, you might find it difficult to mark the correct option even if you are aware of all the options given in the question! That is clearly a lack of application and you can overcome it by developing a habit of framing questions in your mind while you study any topic.
  3. Silly mistakes: This habit is unpardonable. You know the concept, you become happy, you misread the question, you mark the incorrect answer and you are out of the race! Such mistakes reveal your hurriedness while answering the question. A simple mistake of reading ‘chose the incorrect option’ as ‘chose the correct option’ can destroy your chances. It means that you need to have patience and focus while attempting the paper.
  4. Excessive risk-taking: You are confused between the options and just in order to increase your attempts, you make wild guesses and try your luck only to repent eventually. Risk-taking is an art and one must be very careful while doing the guesswork in confusing questions. If you are not lucky enough, it can spoil your chances.

You will realize that these problems will have different meanings for different people. For example, one might find a lack of information as the main culprit in answering wrong the questions on Culture while in Polity, lack of analytical ability is usually the culprit. The point here is that you must analyse your preparation on these yardsticks by applying them on different subjects/ topics. If one is having a headache, he/ she can’t have the same medicine for fever. Isn’t it.

This is where our revamped ’60 Day’ comes into the picture. It will give you an opportunity to micro analyze your preparation and perform better in the examination.

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Importance of self – tracking:

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Instead, a simple and most beautiful way which Disqus provides is profile based commenting!

Yes, we have seen the most successful candidates who have taken the maximum benefit from this program monitoring themselves by commenting on their answers in the box given (Disqus comment). And reviewing their performance themselves once in 10 days on the progress meter.


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Congratulations to all

1 Rince Johnson Njarakkatt 60
2 Taranpreet kaur 57.34
3 Shubam Singhla 52
4 Santosh Kumar 50
5 Naveen 50
6 Sankar S 48.67
7 Montey 48
8 Tarunkumar M N 46.67
9 Mansi 46
9 Ravi Kumar singh 46
10 shilpa 44
11 Vinay 42
12 SHRUTHI 41.34
13 shubham varma 40.7
14 ANKUR SINGH Suryavanshi 40
14 Swati Jindal 40
15 Vatsal 39.36
16 CSK 38.67
17 Ayaan Pathan 38.4
18 Rakshitha 38.2
19 Shruthika 38
20 Sushil.singh013@gmail.com 36.67
21 Sadhana 36
23 Aakriti Pandey 33.38
24 Rani singh 32.04
25 Aryan Raj 31.33
26 Muhammed ashique k 31
27 Preeti Sinha 30.64
28 s.mishra 30
28 Shruti kumari 30
29 Rajesh Naidu 28
30 Pratyush Sharma 26.3


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