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IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan – IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 – SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, CURRENT AFFAIRS & CSAT [Day 59]

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S&T [DAY 59] 


Q.1) With reference to GROWTH –India Telescope, consider the following statements?

  1. It is India’s first robotic telescope.
  2. It is part of the international GROWTH (Global Relay of Observatories) Watching Transients Happen) network.

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.2) Consider the following statements:

  1. Bepicolombo is a joint mission of NASA and European space agency to explore Mercury.
  2. Parker Solar Probe is first to fly in Sun’s direct atmosphere called Corona.
  3. Tiangong-2 is China’s first Mars exploration mission.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.3) Consider the following statements about Sun Spots Cycle:

  1. Sunspot is an area on the Sun that appears dark on the surface and is relatively cooler than surrounding parts.
  2. Sunspots usually appear in pairs of opposite magnetic polarity.

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.4) Consider the following statements about Infectious disease diagnostic lab.

  1. It is India’s first Mobile testing Lab which is part of Atmanirbhar Bharat.
  2. It has been launched by Ministry of Science & Technology.

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.5) For which of the following diseases Vaccines are available?

  1. Diptheria
  2. Tetanus
  3. Polio
  4. Measles
  5. Hepatitis A

Select the correct code

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

Q.6) Consider the following statements:

  1. Photons are the most widely occurring particle in universe.
  2. Plasma is the fourth state of matter after solid, liquid and gas.
  3. The fifth state of matter Bose – Einstein condensate is man-made.

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.7) Consider the following statements regarding GEMINI:

  1. It is a satellite based advisory service for Indian Farmers.
  2. It receives and transfers data received from Gagan Satellite to a mobile through Bluetooth connection.

Which of the above statements is/are incorrect?

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

Q.8) Consider the following statements regarding zoonotic diseases:

  1. These are diseases which spread from Animals to humans.
  2. More than half of human infection are estimated to have an animal origin.
  3. Zoonotic diseases can be bacterial, parasitic or viral in nature.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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

Q.9) Consider the following pairs

            Space Mission                        :           Country

  1. Hope Probe :           Saudi Arabia
  2. Beresheet :           Israel
  3. Ravana 1 :           Sri Lanka

Which of the above pairs 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 regarding international finance facility for immunization:

  1. It is an International Medico-Humanitarian NGO with a headquarter in Geneva.
  2. It issues Vaccine bonds on capital market against Long term donor pledges.

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.11) Which of the following statements are NOT correct with reference to intensified Mission Indradhanush?

  1. It seeks to further intensify universal Immunization Programme.
  2. It aims to reach each and every child up to five years of age and pregnant women left uncovered under immunization program.
  3. IMI – 2.0 will target the districts which have immunisation coverage of 70% or below.

Select the appropriate option:

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

 Q.12) Consider the following statements with reference to Nag Missile:

  1. It is India’s third generation anti- tank guided missile
  2. Development of the Nag is part of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP)

Select the correct answer using the code below:

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

Q.13) With reference to National defence fund, consider the following statements

  1. It was established after Kargil war for the welfare of armed force personal and their dependents.
  2. It is administered by an executive committee with PM as a chairman.
  3. It is entirely dependent on voluntary contribution from public.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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

Q.14) At present which of the following country is known to possess Inter-continental Ballistic Missile?

  1. Israel
  2. India
  3. UK
  4. North Korea
  5. China

Select the correct code from above

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 2, 3, 4 and 5 only
  3. 1, 2, 3 and 5
  4. All of the above

Q.15) The term ‘juice jacking’ has been in news, what is it?

  1. type of cyber attack
  2. a diseases in fruits
  3. experiment relating to quantum communication
  4. none of the above

Q.16) The term Sycamore is associated with which of the following

  1. Asteroid
  2. Laser beaming innovation
  3. Quantum computer
  4. Nano-material

Q.17) Consider the following statements about deep learning:

  1. Deep learning is a machine learning technique that teaches computers to do what comes naturally to humans.
  2. Deep learning is a key technology behind driverless cars, enabling them to recognize a stop sign.

Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

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

Q.18) Which of the following diseases is NOT caused by Virus?

  1. Dengue
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Rabies
  4. Aids

Q.19) In the context of Non-Nuclear aggression agreement, consider the following statements:

  1. It is agreement between India and china.
  2. It prohibits attack on nuclear installation and facilities.

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.20) Which of the following are correct with reference to Regional Raw drug repository (RRDR)?

  1. It has been launched by Ministry of Chemical and fertilizers.
  2. Raw Drug Repositories are facilities that house natural resources used in the Indian System of Medicine, in the form of herbarium and raw drug samples.
  3. RRDR would be involved in the collection, documentation and authentication of raw drugs gathered largely from the respective agro-climatic region.

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.21) Consider the following statements with reference to “Government e-Marketplace (GeM) Portal”:

  1. It functions under the Directorate General of Supplies and Disposals (DGS&D), the Ministry of Commerce & Industry.
  2. It facilitates online procurement of common use Goods & Services required by various Government Departments/Organisations / PSUS etc.
  3. The purchases through GeM by Government users have been authorized and made mandatory by Ministry of Finance. .

Which of the above given statements is/are incorrect?

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

Q.22) Consider the following about the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals

  1. India is party to the convention.
  2. It is a successor of the global convention specializing in the conservation of migratory species that was established first during 1992 Earth Summit.
  3. It is the only global convention specialising in the conservation of migratory species, their habitats and migration routes.

Which of the above given statement is/are correct?

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

Q.23) Consider the following statement with reference to “E-way bill” often seen in news:

  1. E-way bill is a document that needs to be generated before transporting or shipping goods worth more than Rs 50,000 within state or inter-state.
  2. No transaction and goods are exempted from E-way bill generation.

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.24) Consider the following statements about ‘India’s stand on refugees’:

  1. India is the first nation in South Asia to have a clear refugee policy.
  2. India has not signed the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention on the Status of Refugees.
  3. Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 aims to grant citizenship to illegal immigrants from selected countries.

Which of the statements given above is/are true?

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

Q.25) Consider the following statements about “National financial reporting authority”.

  1. It is a regulatory body under Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  2. It was setup to oversee compliance with Accounting and Auditing Standards by companies that can be described as Public Interest Entities (PIES).
  3. It was set up under the Companies act of 2013.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

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

Q.26) Consider the following statements about ‘‘Lord Basavanna”:

  1. He spread social awareness through his poetry, popularly known as Vachanaas.
  2. He rejected gender or social discrimination, superstitions and rituals.

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) Which of the following species of Elephant have been categorised as Critically endangered by IUCN?

  1. African Forest Elephant
  2. African Savanna Elephant
  3. Asian Elephant

Select the correct option:

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

Q.28) Recently Iron dome of Israel was in news, it is a –

  1. A cyber weapon developed by Israel to target critical infrastructure of enemy nation
  2. A mobile all-weather air defense system capable of intercepting rockets, artillery, mortars and Precision Guided Munitions.
  3. A sacred religious site revered by both Israeli Jews and Palestinian Muslims.
  4. A dome shaped shelter built by Israel to protect its people from nuclear attacks.

Q.29) Recently, BlockTrack technology was in news, it is a

  1. Technology used for tracking financial transactions
  2. Blockchain technology used for sale of Facebook cryptocurrency.
  3. Technology that can block transfer of data by third party
  4. Blockchain based data exchange system

 Q.30) Consider the following statements regarding ‘Rashtriya Vayoshree Yojana:

  1. It aims at providing Senior Citizens, belonging to BPL category and suffering from any of the age related disability/infirmity.
  2. It is a central sector scheme launched by Ministry of Social Justice and empowerment.
  3. The expenditure for implementation of the scheme will be met from the “Senior Citizens’ Welfare Fund”.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.31) 5 persons A, B, C, D and E and their respective wives recently dined together and were seated at a circular table. The seats were so arranged that men and women alternated and each woman sat at a distance of three places from their husband. Mrs C sat to the left of Mr A. Mrs E sat two places to the right of Mrs B. Who sat to the right of Mr A?

  1. Mrs D
  2. Mrs E
  3. Mrs B
  4. Mrs B or D

Q.32) There are five houses P, Q, R, S and T. P is right of Q and T is left of R and right of P. Q is right of S. Which house is in the middle?

  1. P
  2. Q
  3. T
  4. R

Read the following three passages and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based on the passages only.

Passage 1

Brown et al. (2001) suggest that ‘metabolic theory may provide a conceptual foundation for much of ecology just as genetic theory provides a foundation for much of evolutionary biology’. One of the successes of genetic theory is the diversity of theoretical approaches and models that have been developed and applied. A Web of Science (v. 5.9. Thomson Reuters) search on genetic* + theor* + evol* identifies more than 12000 publications between 2005 and 2012. Considering only the 10 most-cited papers within this 12000 publication set, genetic theory can be seen to focus on genome dynamics, phylogenetic inference, game theory and the regulation of gene expression. There is no one fundamental genetic equation, but rather a wide array of genetic models, ranging from simple to complex, with differing inputs and outputs, and divergent areas of application, loosely connected to each other through the shared conceptual foundation of heritable variation.

Q.33) Which of the following best captures the essence of the passage?

  1. Genetic theory has a wide range of theoretical approaches and applications and metabolic theory must have the same in the field of ecology.
  2. Genetic theory has a wide range of theoretical approaches and application and is foundational to evolutionary biology and metabolic theory has the potential to do the same for ecology.
  3. Genetic theory provides an example of how a range of theoretical approaches and applications can make a theory successful.
  4. Genetic theory has evolved to spawn a wide range of theoretical models and applications but metabolic theory need not evolve in a similar manner in the field of ecology.

Passage 2

Aesthetic political representation urges us to realize that ‘the representative has autonomy with regard to the people represented’ but autonomy then is not an excuse to abandon one’s responsibility. Aesthetic autonomy requires cultivation of ‘disinterestedness’ on the part of actors which is not indifference. To have disinterestedness, that is, to have comportment towards the beautiful that is devoid of all ulterior references to use – requires a kind of aesthetic commitment; it is the liberation of ourselves for the release of what has proper worth only in itself.

Q.34) Which among the following is the most logical inference that can be drawn from the passage?

  1. Disinterestedness is different from indifference as the former means a non-subjective evaluation of things which is what constitutes aesthetic political representation.
  2. Aesthetic political representation advocates autonomy for the representatives drawing from disinterestedness, which itself is different from indifference.
  3. Disinterestedness, as distinct from indifference, is the basis of political representation.
  4. Aesthetic political representation advocates autonomy for the representatives manifested through disinterestedness which itself is different from indifference.

Passage 3

The dominant hypotheses in modern science believe that language evolved to allow humans to exchange factual information about the physical world. But an alternative view is that language evolved, in modern humans at least, to facilitate social bonding. It increased our ancestors’ chances of survival by enabling them to hunt more successfully or to cooperate more extensively. Language meant that things could be explained and that plans and past experiences could be shared efficiently.

Q.35) Which of the following best captures the essence of the passage?

  1. From the belief that humans invented language to process factual information, scholars now thinks that language was the outcome of the need to ensure social cohesion and thus human survival.
  2. Since its origin, language has been continuously evolving to higher forms, from being used to identify objects to ensuring human survival by enabling our ancestors to bond and cooperate.
  3. Experts are challenging the narrow view of the origin of language, as being merely used to describe facts and label objects, to being necessary to promote more complex interactions among humans.
  4. Most believe that language originated from a need to articulate facts, but others think it emerged from the need to promote social cohesion and cooperation, thus enabling human survival.

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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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