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IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan – IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 – SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, CURRENT AFFAIRS & CSAT [Day 35]

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S&T [DAY 35] 


Q.1) With reference to National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority, consider the following statements:

  1. It is responsible for fixing and revising the prices of pharmaceutical products.
  2. It is under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
  3. Only the prices of drugs that figure in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM) are monitored and controlled by the NPPA.

Which of the above statements are correct?

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

Q.2) ’One health concept’ sometimes seen in news is related to?

  1. Streamlining action against communicable and non-communicable diseases.
  2. Participation of public and private sector in primary, secondary and tertiary health sector.
  3. Maternal health care and child health care strategies.
  4. Interconnectivity among human health, animal health and environment.

Q.3) National Health Profile is published by

  1. Central Bureau of Health Intelligence
  2. NSSO
  3. NITI Aayog
  4. National Family Health Survey

Q.4) Which of the following statements with reference to Cytokine storm syndrome is/are incorrect?

  1. Cytokines are small proteins released by many different cells in the body to coordinate the body’s response against infection and trigger inflammation.
  2. Cytokine storm is an immune reaction triggered by the body to fight an infection when it turns severe.
  3. Cytokine storm syndrome cannot cause mortality.

Select the appropriate option:

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

Q.5) Consider the following pairs and identify the incorrect pair:

Report /index : : Published by

  1. World Health Statistics : : World Economic Forum
  2. Healthy states progressive India : : Niti Aayog
  3. COVID-19 Crisis Through a Migration Lens : : World Bank
  4. All of the above are correct

Q.6) Consider the following statements:

  1. Probiotics are live food supplements used in yoghurt and other fermented milk products.
  2. Probiotics increases cholesterol absorption and reduces immunity.

Select the correct code

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

Q.7) The term CBNAAT and GeneExpert machine is associated with treatment of

  1. Malaria
  2. Parkinson diseases
  3. Alzheimer diseases
  4. Tuberculosis

Q.8) Consider the following pairs:

Plant diseases / Insects : : Plant affected

  1. Yellow rust diseases : : Wheat crop
  2. Sheath blight diseases : : Rice
  3. Pink Bollwarm : : Cotton
  4. Panama diseases : : Banana

Which of the above given pairs are correctly matched?

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

Q.9) Consider the following statements with reference to World Health Organization:

  1. WHO is an UN Specialised agency and member of United Nation Sustainable Development group.
  2. WHO is funded through assessed contribution from the member states according to their economic strength.
  3. WHO has power to sanction its member nation if it does not cooperate with it.

Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.10) Consider the following statements:

  1. Generic version of drug has same molecular structure as the brand version.
  2. Biosimilar medicine costs less than generic drug.
  3. Of the Indian pharmaceutical sector, generic drugs constitute the largest segment with a market share of 70%.

Which of the above given statements are correct?

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

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

  1. Transfats are largely produced artificially but a small amount also occurs naturally.
  2. Saturated fats are more harmful than Transfats.
  3. Recently union government proposed to make India Trans Fat free by 2022, a year ahead of target set by World Health Organization.

Select the correct code

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

Q.12) Consider the following statement with reference to FSSAI:

  1. The Eat Healthy Campaign which focused on daily intake of salt, sugar, fat, phasing out trans-fats has been initiated under FSSAI.
  2. Repurpose Used cooking Oil (RUCO) initiative has been launched by FSSAI in order to help companies convert used cooking oils into biofuels.

Select the incorrect statement(s) using the code below:

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

Q.13) Consider the following statements:

  1. Orphan diseases comprise both rare diseases and neglected diseases.
  2. There is no cure for polio, it can only be prevented by immunization.
  3. The purpose of MERA India is to eliminate malaria by 2025.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.14) The term Bio-bubble recently in news is associated to?

  1. An inovative technique to reduce the impact of Global warming.
  2. Technique used by plants to protect themselves from insect.
  3. Technique in trial to reduce effect of sun rays.
  4. Sanitised area to contain the spread of CoVid -19.

Q.15) Consider the following statements and select the correct statement/s:

  1. Pandemic is a sudden increase in the number of cases of a disease—more than what’s typically expected for the population in that area.
  2. Epidemic is a pandemic that has spread over several countries or continents, affecting a large number of people.
  3. Both (a) and (b)
  4. None of the above

Q.16) Consider the following statements with reference to Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria:

  1. It is a partnership of governments, civil society, technical agencies, the private sector and people affected by the diseases.
  2. WHO is trustee of funds contributed to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

 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.17) Consider the following statements:

  1. TypBar TCV is the world’s first clinically proven conjugate Typhoid vaccine.
  2. Schedule H1 Drug are dangerous to take except in accordance with the medical advice.

Which of the statements give above is/are correct?

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

Q.18) Consider the following statements:

  1. International Health regulation is an agreement between countries to work together for global health security.
  2. Coalition for epidemic preparedness innovation is working to accelerate the development of vaccines against emerging infectious diseases.

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:

  1. Phage therapy is the therapeutic use of bacteriophages to treat bacterial infections.
  2. Serial interval is the duration between symptom onset of a primary case and symptom onset of secondary cases (contacts) generated by the primary case.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

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

Q.20) Which of the following are correct with reference to National Family Health Survey?

  1. The MoH&FW has designated IIPS(International Institute for Population Sciences) as the nodal agency for NFHS.
  2. According to the latest data of NFHS there has been decrease in stunting and wasting among children in several states.
  3. There has been total five National Family Health Survey till now.

Select the correct code:

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

Q.21) Consider the following statements regarding leafletted leaf-nosed bat:

  1. It is endemic to India.
  2. It is found only in the States of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
  3. It is a ‘Critically Endangered’ species as per IUCN Red List.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.22) The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)’s Risk-O-Meter assesses risk levels associated with which of the following?

  1. Foreign Currency Bonds
  2. Debentures
  3. Debt Funds
  4. Mutual Funds

Q.23) With reference to ‘SAHAYAK-NG’, consider the following statements:

  1. It is India’s first indigenously designed and developed Air Dropped Container.
  2. It has capability to carry a payload that weighs upto 50 kg.
  3. Its successful maiden test trial is conducted by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) along with Indian Air Force.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.24) India recently signed Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) on Partnership in “Specified Skilled Worker” with which of the following country?

  1. United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  2. United Kingdom
  3. Japan
  4. Australia

Q.25) Geological Survey of India (GSI) has found promising concentrations of vanadium for the first time in which of the following regions of India?

  1. North East India
  2. Chota Nagpur Plateau
  3. Deccan Plateau
  4. North Western Mineral Belt

Q.26) With reference to One Planet Summit, consider the following statements:

  1. It aims to promote worldwide ecological transformation.
  2. It has been co-organized by France, United Nations and World Bank.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.27) Consider the following statements regarding Patharughat uprising:

  1. It is a tribal movement against the transfer of their lands to outsiders.
  2. It occurred before the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.28) As per the new ‘School Bag Policy, 2020’, school bags should not be more than

  1. 5% of the bodyweight of students
  2. 10% of the bodyweight of students
  3. 15% of the bodyweight of students
  4. 20% of the bodyweight of students

Q.29) Which of the following country has the unique distinction of being the only country in the world producing all Five major types of silk?

  1. India
  2. China
  3. Brazil
  4. Thailand

Q.30) With reference to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), consider the following statements:

  1. All the members of ADB are Asian countries.
  2. ADB is modelled closely on the World Bank, and has a similar weighted voting system.
  3. ADB is headquartered at Shanghai, China.
  4. Among its members, China holds the largest proportion of its shares.

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

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

Directions for the following questions:

Read the following 2 (two) passage and answer the questions that follow each passage. Your answer to these questions should be based on passage only.

Passage 1

Urbanisation is a positive phenomenon provided the cities are able to the harness its potential. A recently public published UN-Habitat global report on human settlements shows that not many cities in developing countries such as India have managed to do this. Indian cities struggle to manage the swelling numbers. They tend to have inadequate infrastructure poor mobility and a lack of affordable housing. The challenge they face is twofold, efforts to distribute growth across urban centres have been inadequate and the urban planning practices are outdated. Much attention is paid to mega cities, leaving the smaller cities largely unattended. Of the 5161, urban centres, as the eleventh five year plan points out, only 1500 have some form of plan to manage their growth. With quality of life suffering and the smaller cities, more people tend to move to the metros, burdening them further. Although, the need for developing small and medium-size towns was highlighted as early as 1988, by the first National Commission on Urbanisation, not much has happened on that front. As for the bigger cities, the additional attention and the presence of a master plan have not necessarily meant improvement, managing a city through a single unified master plan has failed to deliver.

Q.31) It is implied in the passage that

  1. Cities India have not been able to reap the real benefits of urbanisation due to lack of proper planning
  2. Urbanisation is not a desirable phenomenon
  3. Urbanisation offers the solution for all the problems that smaller cities face
  4. None of the above

Passage 2

Many people like to eat pizza, but not everyone knows how to make it. Making the perfect pizza can be complicated, but there are lots of ways for you to make a more basic version at home. When you make pizza, you must begin with the crust. The crust can be hard to make. If you want to make the crust yourself, you will have to make dough using flour, water, and yeast. You will have to knead the dough with your hands. If you do not have enough time to do this, you can use a prepared crust that you buy from the store.

After you have chosen your crust, you must then add the sauce. Making your own sauce from scratch can take a long time. You have to buy tomatoes, peel them, and then cook them with spices. If this sounds like too much work, you can also purchase jarred sauce from the store. Many jarred sauces taste almost as good as the kind you make at home.

Now that you have your crust and your sauce, you need to add the cheese. Cheese comes from milk, which comes from cows. Do you have a cow in your backyard? Do you know how to milk the cow? Do you know how to turn that milk into cheese? If not, you might want to buy cheese from the grocery store instead of making it yourself.

When you have the crust, sauce, and cheese ready, you can add other toppings. Some people like to put meat on their pizza, while other people like to add vegetables. Some people even like to add pineapple! The best part of making a pizza at home is that you can customize it by adding your own favourite ingredients.

Q.32) Which of the following words best describes how the author feels about making a pizza from scratch?

  1. Helpful
  2. Understanding
  3. Enthusiastic
  4. Negative

Q.33) Three containers A, B and C are having mixtures of milk and water in the ratio of 1:5, 3:5, 5:7 respectively. If the capacities of the containers are in the ratio 5:4:5, find the ratio of milk to water, if all the three containers are mixed together.

  1. 53:113
  2. 53:115
  3. 54:115
  4. 55:115

Q.34) A vessel contains a mixture of milk and water in the respective ratio of 5:1. 24 litre of the mixture was taken out and replaced with the same quantity of milk so that the resultant ratio between the quantities of milk and water in the mixture was 13:2 respectively. If 15 litre of the mixture is again taken out from the vessel, what is the resultant quantity of milk (in litre) in the mixture?

  1. 89
  2. 91
  3. 78
  4. 93

Q.35) If in the English alphabet, every alternate letter from B onwards is written in small letters while others are written in capitals, then how will the 3rd day from Tuesday will be coded?

  1. W e D N e S d A Y
  2. f r I d A Y
  3. W E d n E S d A Y
  4. f R I d A Y

NOTE- Follow this for Comments

  1. Mention- Time Taken after solving the Test

  2. After the release of Solution, Edit your Comment to Mention-  Correct/Incorrect and Score

  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.

Finally, it is up to you to take advantage of this framework. We are sure of only one thing- if you follow this program, assess yourself on the basis of the given framework and keep improving your weaker areas, success will be yours.

We are providing you with the right platform, the right guidance, and the right competition. Do you have the right motivation to make full use of this initiative? We think you have. Come, be a part of this initiative and take the first step towards SUCCESS!


Importance of self – tracking:

We could have provided all of you with login id and passwords to monitor your daily performance in the 60-day program.

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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