Concept Application and Fact for Prelims Day-33

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This is the Day-33 questions of the CAF Revision plan for prelims. The questions are based on the syllabus as provided in the schedule. Aspirants are requested to go through the detailed CAF strategy to understand the need of the UPSC prelims and to prepare well for the same. Attempt the questions honestly. The link to key answers and explanations of this test is at the end of the questions. The maximum time to attempt the 20 questions is 25 minutes.


Q.1) Neolithic period of age is not characterised by

(a) Agriculture

(b) Use of copper

(c) Domestication of animals

(d) Fishing


Q.2) Manpassed from the food gathering stage to the food producing stage in the

(a) Neolithic Age

(b) Mesolithic Age

(c) Chalcolithic Age

(d)Palaeolithic Age


Q.3) With reference to the difference between the culture of Rigvedic Aryans and Indus Valley people, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Rigvedic Aryans used the coat of mail and helmet in warfare whereas the people of Indus Valley Civilization did not leave any evidence of using them.
  2. Rigvedic Aryans knew gold, silver and copper whereas Indus Valley people knew only copper and iron.
  3. Rigvedic Aryans had domesticated the horse whereas there is no evidence of Indus Valley people having been aware of this animal.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


Q.4) Which of the following presents the most significant features of Indus Valley Civilisation?

(a) Buildings with perfect arches

(b) Use of burnt mud bricks

(c) Use of sun-dried mud bricks

(d) None of these


Q.5) Consider the following statements.

Assertion (A): The form of government in Rigvedic period was monarchy

Reason (R): Priest enjoyed both social and political status and influenced administration

(a) Both A and R are true and R is the correct explanation of A

(b) Both A and R are true but R is not the Correct explanation of A

(c) A is true but R is false

(d)A is false but R is true


Q.6) The term nishka, which meant an ornament in the Vedic period, was used in later times to denote a/an

(a) weapon

(b) agricultural implement

(c) script

(d) coin


Q.7) Match the columns:

(A) Upanishads            (1) World’s oldest scriptures

(B) Samaveda              (2) Magical chants

(C) Rigveda                  (3) Mysterious doctrine

(D) Atharvaveda          (4) Ritual juice

            A B C D

a)         4 3 2 1

b)         4 1 2 3

c)         1 2 3 4

d)         4 2 1 3


Q.8) With reference to the religious practices in India, the “Sthanakvasi” sect belongs to

(a) Buddhism

(b) Jainism

(c) Vaishnavism

(d) Shaivism


Q.9) With reference to the religious history of India, consider the following statements:

  1. Sautrantika and Sammitiya were the sects of Jainism.
  2. Sarvastivadin held that the constituents of phenomena were not wholly momentary, but existed forever in a latent form.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2

(d) Neither 1 nor 2


Q.10) With reference to Indian history, who among the following is a future Buddha, yet to come to save the world?

(a) Avalokiteshvara

(b) Lokesvara

(c) Maitreya

(d) Padmapani


Q.11) Consider the following

Assertion (A) : Hiuen Tsang came to India during Harsha’s rule.

Reason (R) : His main objective was to visit the Buddhist shrines.

Choose the correct answers from the codes given below

(a) if A and R both are correct and R is the correct explanation of A

(b) if A and R both are correct but R is not the correct explanation of A

(c) if A is incorrect but R is correct

(d) if A is correct but R is incorrect


Q.12) Which of the following Kingdoms were associated with the life of the Buddha?

  1. Avanti
  2. Gandhara
  3. Kosala
  4. Magadha

Select the correct nswer using the code given below.

(a) 1, 2 and 3

(b) 2 and 4

(c) 3 and 4 only

(d) 1, 3 and 4


Q.13) Who of the following had first deciphered the edicts of Emperor Ashoka?

(a) Georg Bilhler

(b) James Prinsep

(c) Max Muller

(d) William Jones


Q.14) Which of the following was the main reason of the downfall of Mauryan empire?

(a) Weak successors of Ashoka who could not control the empire properly

(b) Religious policy of Ashoka

(c) Ashoka maintained friendly relations with his neighbours

(d) None of the above


Q.15) Gupta architecture is represented by many brick temples and the temple of Bhitargaon is most notable for its well preserved and moulded bricks of excellent design, this temple has

(a) A tall Gopuram

(b) A Pyramidal roof

(c) An Apsidal plan

(d) Double basement


Q.16) A nuclear triad refers

(a) strategic bombers

(b) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs)

(c) submarine launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs).

(d) All the above


Q.17) Consider the following pairs.

Organisation Report
1. UNFCCC Emissions Gap Report
2. World Metrological Organisation Greenhouse Gas Bulletin
3. United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Talanoa Dialogue Synthesis Report

Which of the pairs is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


Q.18) The Climate Action Network (CAN) is a

(a) worldwide network of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) working to promote limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

(b) worldwide network of Research Institutions working to promote limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

(c) worldwide network of Environmental Ministers and Secretaries working to promote limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.

(d) worldwide network of MNCs working to promote limit human-induced climate change to ecologically sustainable levels.


Q.19) Which among the following countries are not members of The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF)?

(a) India

(b) Bangladesh

(c) Fiji

(d) Bhutan


Q.20) Which among the following countries are not members of The Vulnerable Twenty (V20) Group?

(a) India

(b) Bangladesh

(c) Fiji

(d) Bhutan


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