IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan – IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 – ENVIRONMENT, CURRENT AFFAIRS & CSAT [Day 36]

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NOTE: IASbaba’s 60 DAY questions will be posted around 10 AM. The solution will be released around 5 PM Daily. 

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Note- Download the OMR Sheet and attempt the questions exactly like UPSC Prelims. After you are done, please post your OMR in the comment section. Once the solution key is released (around 5 PM), cross-check the answers and, comment the marks (you scored) in the same comment thread. This will keep you accountable, responsible and sincere in days to come. 

You can also take part in the discussion with peers.  


Q.1) With reference to Project Natural Capital Accounting and Valuation of Ecosystem Services (NCAVES), consider the following statements:

  1. This project has been launched by United Nation Environment Programme.
  2. This project is being funded by European Union.
  3. Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation is its implementation agency.

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) Consider the following pairs of conservation community and associated protected areas:

  1. Soligas :   Biligiri Rangaswamy Temple (BRT) Tiger Reserve
  2. Baigas :   Kanha National Park
  3. Bugun :   Namdapha National Park

Which of the above are correctly matched?

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

Q.3) Consider the following statements about Red Panda:

  1. India has both subspecies of red panda i.e. Himalayan and Chinese.
  2. It is state animal of Sikkim.
  3. It is under schedule 1 of Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 and Critically Endangered under IUCN’s red list.

Which of the above statements are correct?

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

Q.4) Consider the following statements about Community Rights of forest under Forest Rights Act, 2006:

  1. It covers both individual rights and community rights.
  2. Ministry of Environment is nodal ministry of land transfer under this Act.
  3. Gram Sabha is final authority of land transfer to the tribes.

Which of the above given statement is incorrect?

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

Q.5) Consider the following statements about Leopard:

  1. Leopards are among most adoptable carnivores.
  2. Highest population of Leopards in India is found in Maharashtra.
  3. It is endangered under IUCN’s red list.

Select the correct statements:

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

Q.6) Usually in translocation of Tiger, tiger and tigress are chosen from different reserves. What is the possible reason for it?

  1. To lessen the effect on reserve, from where tiger is translocated
  2. To increase diversity of species of tigers
  3. To control Genetic inbreeding
  4. For faster translocation of tiger, as it will be easy to get single tiger from a state

Q.7) Consider the following statements about a Tiger Reserve:

  1. It is situated on the Indo-Nepal Border and thus represents Terai Ecosystem.
  2. Around half of the world’s barasinghas are present here.
  3. It was established in 1958 as a wildlife sanctuary for Swamp Deer.

Which Tiger Reserve is being discussed here?

  1. Pilibhit Tiger Reserve
  2. Amangarh Tiger Reserve
  3. Valmiki Tiger Reserve
  4. Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Q.8) Consider the following statements about Biologically Heritage Sites (BHS):

  1. Central government with consultation of state and local body will notify it.
  2. State government with consultation with central government may frame rules for management and conservation of BHS.

Select the correct statements:

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

Q.9) Which of the following is not one of the defined protected area under Wildlife Protection Act, 1972?

  1. National Parks,
  2. Wildlife Sanctuaries,
  3. Community Reserves,
  4. Conservation Reserves
  5. Private protected areas
  6. Biosphere reserves
  7. Tiger Reserves

Choose the correct answer:

  1. 1, 2, 3, 6 and 7 only
  2. 1, 2, 6 and 7 only
  3. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 7 only
  4. All of the above

Q.10) Consider the following statements with reference to Panna Biosphere Reserve:

  1. It is also a tiger reserve and third biosphere from state of Madhya Pradesh.
  2. It is situated in Satpura range of Madhya Pradesh.
  3. Ken river flow through it and Ken-Betwa interlink project will be located in it.

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) Consider the following statements with reference to “Fishing Cat”:

  1. It is found all over India.
  2. It is in Appendix II of CITES and schedule I of WPA, 1972.
  3. It is also state animal of West Bengal.

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.12) The Global Biodiversity Outlook is released by:

  1. International Union for Conservation of Nature
  2. World Wide Fund for Nature
  3. Convention on Biological Diversity
  4. United Nations Environment Program

Q.13) Consider the following statements

  1. Living Planet Report is released by IUCN, which assess trends of global biodiversity and health of planet.
  2. According to it, India has lost nearly one third of its natural wetland.

Select the correct code:

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

Q.14) Consider the following statements with reference to “Central Zoo Authority”:

  1. It is chaired by Minister of state responsible for Forests And Wildlife Wing
  2. It was established under Wildlife (protection) Act, 1972.
  3. It also approves the exchange of tigers among different zoos in India.

Which of the above given statement is/are incorrect?

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

Q.15) Consider the following statements about Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES):

  1. It is a legally binding treaty, but does not take place of national laws.
  2. CITES Secretariat is administrated by UNEP.
  3. Appendix III of CITES lists species that are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.16) Consider the following statements about “Eco Sensitive Zones” and identify the correct statement:

  1. They are notified by State government under Environment Protection Act, 1986.
  2. Hotels and Resorts can be established and are part of allowed activities in Eco sensitive zones.
  3. Kasturiranjan report suggested notifying entire area of Western Ghats as Eco sensitive zone, while Gadgil committee recommended only 37% of Western Ghats to be Eco Sensitive Zone.
  4. All the above given statements are correct.

Q.17) Consider the following statements with respect to “Snow Leopard” and choose the right statements:

  1. Snow Leopards are group animals and found in groups of 4-5 members.
  2. They are found at elevations of 3,000-5,000 metres or higher in the Himalayas.
  3. Snow leopards are categorized as ‘Vulnerable’ by IUCN and in the Schedule I of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act 1972.
  4. Government of India has started a central sector scheme named Project Snow Leopard for the conservation of the species and its habitats.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.18) Consider the following statements about Nagar Van Scheme:

  1. It aims to create forests in 2000 urban cities across the country in next five years.
  2. Nagar Van Scheme is implemented by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.
  3. The finances for the scheme will be paid for by the CAMPA (Compensatory Afforestation Fund (CAF) Act, 2016) funds.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.19) Consider the following statements about a National Park:

  1. It was originally created to preserve the habitat of white-winged wood duck.
  2. It is bounded by Lohit and Brahmaputra on one side and Dibru river on another.
  3. It is also designated as a Biospere Reserve.

Which National Park is being discussed here?

  1. Manas National Park
  2. Kaziaranga National Park
  3. Dibru-Saikhowa National Park
  4. Nameri National Park

Q.20) Consider following statement about “Nagarhole National Park”:

  1. It is part of Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve.
  2. It is situated in the basin region of Kaveri.
  3. Nagarhole NP has highest density of tiger Population.

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. All of the above

Q.21) The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) does not measure the monthly change in international prices of which of the following commodity?

  1. Oilseeds
  2. Pulses
  3. Sugar
  4. Dairy products

Q.22) Consider the following statements:

  1. India is home to both Himalayan red panda and the Chinese red panda.
  2. The Teesta River in Sikkim splits the red panda into these two subspecies.

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.23) The Strait of Gibraltar separates which of the following two countries?

  1. Portugal and Morocco
  2. Spain and Algeria
  3. Portugal and Algeria
  4. Spain and Morocco

Q.24) With reference to Bare Necessities Index (BNI), consider the following statements:

  1. BNI is an attempt to quantify the “basic needs” approach to economic development
  2. BNI is constructed at both at the rural and urban level.
  3. The BNI has been created for all States using data from Socio Economic and Caste Census 2011.

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.25) With reference to Payment Infrastructure Development Fund (PIDF) scheme, consider the following statements:

  1. The Fund subsidises deployment of payment acceptance infrastructure in tier-2 cities.
  2. The Fund will be operational for five years effective from January 1, 2021.
  3. The entire initial corpus to the Fund is contributed by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

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

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

Q.26) The REPLACE action framework sometimes seen in news, aims to eliminate which of the following?

  1. Antimicrobial resistance
  2. Industrially produced transfats
  3. Psychotropic substances
  4. Chronic undernutrition

Q.27) With reference to The North East Venture Fund, consider the following statements:

  1. It is the only dedicated Venture Fund for the North Eastern Region with an initial corpus of Rs. 100 crores.
  2. The fund primarily targets to invest in infrastructure projects.

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) The Gavipuram Cave Temple, an example of rock-cut architecture, is located in which of the following State?

  1. Tamil Nadu
  2. Madhya Pradesh
  3. Karnataka
  4. Maharashtra

Q.29) Consider the following statements regarding the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons:

  1. It is legally binding international agreement.
  2. It is yet to come into force.
  3. It prohibits the use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.
  4. India is a signatory to this treaty.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.30) The Sigur plateau is a part of which of the following Biosphere Reserve?

  1. Nokrek Biosphere Reserve
  2. Achanakmar-Amarkantak Biosphere Reserve
  3. Pachmarhi Biosphere Reserve
  4. Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve

Read the following passage and answer the question that follow. Your answer to this question should be based on passage only.

In the world today we make health an end in itself. We have forgotten that health is really means to enable a person to do his work and does it well. A lot of modern medicine and this includes many patients as well as many physicians pays very little attention to health but very much attention to those who imagine that they are ill. Our great concern with health is shown by the medical columns in newspapers. The health articles in popular magazines and the popularity of television programmes and all those books on medicine. We talk about health all the time. Yet for the most part the only result is more people with imaginary illness. The healthy man should not be wasting time talking about health: he should be using health for work. The work does the work that good health possible.

Q.31) Modern medicine is primarily concerned with

  1. promotion of good health
  2. people suffering from imaginary illness
  3. people suffering from real illness
  4. increased efficiency in work

Q.32) In a certain code language,

‘pit na som’ means ‘bring me water’

‘na jo tod’ means ‘water is life’

‘tub od pit’ means ‘give me toy’

‘jo lin kot’ means ‘life and death’

Which of the following represents ‘is’ in that language?

  1. jo
  2. na
  3. tod
  4. lin

Q.33) In certain code language, ‘FOX’ is coded as ‘108’ and ‘SOUP’ is coded as ‘148’. How will ‘UPSIDE’ be coded as in that language?

  1. 528
  2. 590
  3. 385
  4. 494

Q.34) In the series AABABCABCDABCDE….which letter occupies the 100th position?

  1. H
  2. J
  3. I
  4. K

Q.35) In a certain code language

‘134’ means ‘good and tasty’

‘478’ means ‘see good pictures’

‘729’ means ‘pictures are faint’

Which of the following digits stands for ‘see’?

  1. 1
  2. 4
  3. 8
  4. 7

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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.

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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  • Ranks and Cut off will be calculated for the entries in the given form only. Cut Off will be released around 10PM and Rank List will be announced soon.
  • Top 10 performers will be selected by finding the average ranks of entire 60 Days Programme and they would get FREE GUIDANCE and MENTORSHIP from IASbaba’s Core Team.


1 shilpa 58
2 Taranpreet kaur 57.34
3 Montey 54
4 Shubam Singhla 52
5 Vinay 50
6 Sankar S 48
7 Tarunkumar M N 47.33
8 Swati Jindal 46.67
9 Jayashankar 46.4
10 Ravi Kumar singh 46
11 CSK 45
13 Sherlock 43.34
14 Rajesh Naidu 42.8
15 Naveen 42
16 Manigandan 41.6
17 Santosh Kumar 40
18 Shruthika 38.72
19 Rakshitha 38
20 Taranpreet kaur 37.54
21 Praveen Reddy 36.67
22 s.mishra 36
23 Sadhana 35.38
24 shubham varma 34.04
24 Rani singh 34.02
25 ayaan pathan 33.8

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