HPSC:HCS Preliminary Exam 2011 Solved paper of General Studies held on 25th March 2012

Haryana Public Service Commission
HCS (Executive Branch) & Other Allied Services Preliminary Exam 2011
Solved paper of General Studies held on 25th March 2012

1. During which decade did the population record a negative growth rate in India

a) 1921-31

  • b) 1911-21

c) 1941-51

d) 1931-41

During the decade 1911-21, a negative population growth rate of -2.91 per cent has been recorded due to outbreak

of epidemic (plague) and natural calamities.

2. Which Central Government Agency is responsible for the mapping and exploration of minerals?

  • a) The Geological Survey of India

b) Surveyor General of India

c) National Mineral Development Corporation Ltd.

d) Indian Bureau of Mines

3. What is Gomia in Bihar famous for:

a) Coal Fields

b) Manganese Mines

  • c) Fertilizer Plant

d) Explosive Factory

Jharkhand’s Biggest explosives factory situated at Gomia.

4. SEBI is a

  • a) Statutory body

b) Advisory body

c) Constitutional body

d) Non-statutory body

Initially SEBI was a non statutory body without any statutory power. However in 1995, the SEBI was given additional 

statutory power by the Government of India through an amendment to the securities and Exchange Board of India Act

1992. In April, 1998 the SEBI was constituted as the regulator of capital market in India under a resolution of the

Government of India.

5. Economic Planning is in :

a) Union List

b) State List

  • c) Concurrent List

d) Not any specific list

6. Lahiri Commission was associated with

a) Indsutrial sickness

b) Minimum support prices of agriculture products

  • c) Price structure of edible oils

d) Handicraft export

7. “Open Market Operation” is a part of 

a) Income Policy

b) Fiscal Policy

  • c) Credit Policy

d) Labour Policy

8. Which of the following is used for the measurement of distribution of income?

a) Laffer Cureve

b) Engel’s Law

  • c) Gini Lorenz Curve

d) Phillip Curve

9. Automatic route to FDI implies that a foreign investor bring in his capital

1. Without the approval of the FIPB

2. By informing the RBI within one month of bringing in his investments 

3. By informing both the FIPB and RBI within one month of bringing in his/her investment

4. By prior permission of the RBI

Select the correct answer from the above

a) 2 and 3

b) 2 only

  • c) 1 and 2

d) 2 and 3 4

10. In the context of the Indian Economy consider the following pairs:

Term Most appropriate description

1. Melt Down - Fall in Stock Prices

2. Recession - Fall in Growth Rate

3. Slow Down - Fall in GDP

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched

a) 1 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

  • d) 1, 2 and 3

11. In India which of the following is regulated by the Forward Markets Comission?

a) Currency future trading

  • b) Commodities future trading

c) Equity futures trading

d) Both Commodities futures and financial futures trading

12. Union Government has announced New Agriculture Policy in July 28, 2000. New Agriculturre 

Policy has been described as ‘Rainbow Revolution’ which includes :

a) Green (Food Grain Production)

b) Yellow (Oil Seeds)

c) Blue (Fisheries)

  • d) It would cover all aspects of the farm sector

13. Sensitive sector as defined by RBI includes:

a) Capital market

b) Real Estate

c) Commodities

  • d) All the above

14. The RBI is the apex body of Indian Financial System, which of the following functions are

performed by the RBI?

1. Monitoring money supply in the Economy

2. Issues currency other than coins and one Rupees note.

3. Functions as Bankers Bank

4. Works as banker to the Government

Select the Code:

a) 1 & 2 are correct

b) 1, 2 & 3 are correct

c) 2, 3 & 4 are correct

  • d) All of above are correct

15. Aam Admi Bima Yojana is an insurance scheme for rural landless household introduced by:

a) National Insurance 

  • b) Life Insurance Co.

c) UTI

d) ICICI Life Prudential Co.

16. In India those farmers are called ‘Marginal Farmers’ who hold land upto:

  • a) 1 hectare

b) 2 hectare

c) 3 hectare

d) 4 hectare

In India, a Marginal Farmer means a cultivator with an unirrigated land holding upto one hectare or 

irrigated land holding upto half hectare.

17. Which one of the following is a measurement of central tendency?

  • a) Median

b) Standard Deviation

c) Mean Deviation

d) Variance

18. Which one of the following is NOT a measurement of location?

a) Median

b) Mode

  • c) Range

d) Mean

19. Combustion of a candle is 

  • a) Physical change

b) Reduction reaction

c) Endothermic reaction

d) Exothermic reaction

20. Pure water is obtained from the sea water by :

a) Filteration

b) Distillation

c) Evaporation

  • d) All the above

21. The method that cannot be used for removing permanent hardness of water is:

a) Adding Sodium Carbonate

b) Disitillation

c) Adding caustic soda

  • d) Boiling

22. Heavy Water :

a) Contains more dissolved air

b) Contains more dissolved minerals

  • c) Contains deuterium in place of hydrogen

d) Contains organic impurities

Heavy water (deuterium oxide: D2O) contains deuterium, an isotope of hydrogen with a proton and a neutron

for each deuterium atom.

23. “Fixation of Nitrogen” implies

a) The liquification of nitrogen

  • b) The conversion of atmospheric nitrogen into usefull compounds

c) The conversion of nitrogen into amines

d) The solidification of nitrogen gas into the atmosphere

The energy from lightning causes nitrogen (N2) and water (H2O) to combine to form ammonia (NH3) and nitrates

(NO3). Precipitation carries the ammonia and nitrates to the ground, where they can be assimilated by plants.

24. The pH value of the solution obtained by complete neutralization of hydrochloric and sodium

hydroxide solution will be :

  • a) Exactly 7

b) Zero

c) More than 7

d) Less than 7

25. Coloured glasses for goggles contain:

a) Ferrous oxide

  • b) Lanthanide oxide

c) Nickel oxide

d) Ferric oxide

26. Which of the following statement is NOT true for soap?

a) Soaps are bio-degradbale

b) Soaps cannot be used in acidic medium

c) Soaps form a white curdy precipitate with hard water

  • d) Soaps are relatively stronger in their cleaning action than synthetic detergents

27. Which one is a viral disease:

a) Cholera

b) Typhoid

  • c) Rabbies

d) Whooping cough

28. Rubella virus cause:

a) Chicken pox

  • b) Measles

c) Small pox

d) Mumps

29. I’m tired. I’d rather __________ out this evening, if you don’t mind.

a) don’t go

  • b) not go

c) not going

d) not to go

30. Anthropologists are of the view that Haryana was known by his name because in

Post-Mahabharta period lived:

  • a) Abhiras

b) Aryans

c) Haryanvis

d) None of the above

31. According to Delhi Museum Hariana “the Heaven on the Earth” dates back to:

a) 1126 AD

  • b) 1328 AD

c) 1500 AD

d) 1750 AD

The Delhi Museum Inscription of the reign of Muhammad Tughluq (A.D. 1328) gives the name as Hariyana

‘The very Heaven on Earth and where lies the city Dhillika (Delhi), built by the Tomaras.

32. Haryana state was formed on 1 November 1966 on recommendation of:

a) Lal Bahadur Shastri

b) Indira Gandhi

  • c) Sardar Hukam Singh

d) Sir Chottu Ram

33. Haryana is a landlocked state lies between:

a) 28 Degree 37 Minutes to 31 Degree 35 Minutes North

b) 24 Degree 26 Minutes to 27 Degree 28 Minutes North

c) 29 Degree 20 Minutes to 31 Degree 30 Minutes North

  • d) 27 Degree 37 Minutes to 30 Degree 35 Minutes North

34. Population density according to 2011 census is

a) 1002 people/per sqkm

b) 642 people/per sqkm

  • c) 573 people/per sqkm

d) 945 people/per sqkm

35. Haryana has

a) 5682 villages

  • b) 6759 villages

c) 4890 villages

d) None of the above

36. How many divisions the state is divided for Administrative purpose?

a) 5

b) 3

  • c) 4

d) None

one of my gk shortcuts : GHAR = Gurgaon, Hisar, Ambala, Rohtak (4 divisions in Haryana)

37. Which of the District is not part of the Gurgaon Division?

a) Faridabad

b) Palwal

  • c) Hisar

d) Rewari

38. Haryana Board of School Education established in Sept. 1969 and shifted in 1981 to 

a) Sonepat

b) Chandigarh

  • c) Bhiwani

d) Rohtak

39. Haryana has adopted New Sports Policy on:

a) 15th August 2008

  • b) 21st August 2009

c) 26th january 2009

d) 2nd October 2008

40. KMP stands for

a) Kurukshetra – Manesar – Panipat Expressway

  • b) Kundli – Manesar – Palwal Expressway

c) Kurukshetra – Manesar – Pautodi Expressway

d) Kurukshetra – Mahendragarh – Panipat Expressway

41. Haryana Industrial and Investment Policy – 2011 became effective in:

  • a) 1-1-2011

b) 26-1-2011

c) 15-8-2011

d) None of the above

42. Haryana Special Economic Zones Act came in existence in:

  • a) 2006

b) 2008

c) 2009

d) None of the above

In India, The Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Act, 2005 along with SEZ Rules came into effect on 10th February, 2006.

The SEZ Act was enacted in Haryana on 23rd January 2006.

43. Literacy rate (%) in Haryana is:

a) 70.75 percent

  • b) 68.60 percent

c) 62.50 percent

d) 58.25 percent

Either incomplete statement or wrong options.

According to 2011 Census Literacy Rate in Haryana is : 76.44% 

According to 1991 Census, it is 67.91% and here close figure is 68.60%

44. Arrange the sectoral growth in Haryana

  • a) Service - Agriculture - Industry

b) Industry - Service - Agriculture

c) Agriculture - Industry - Service

d) Service - Industry - Agriculture 

45. Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme has been extended in the

entire Haryana from:

a) 1st January 2008

b) 1st July 2009

c) 1st January 2010

  • d) None of the above

Firstly in Haryana, MGNREGA scheme was launched in Sirsa and Mahendragarh on 2nd Feb 2006. Further, this 

scheme was extended to Ambala and Mewat districts w.e.f 1st April 2007.The remaining districts of the State

have been covered under the scheme w.e.f. 1st April 2008.

46. Average Yield per hectare of Wheat and Rice during 2010-11 in Haryana is estimated at:

a) 4560kg for Wheat and 2750 kg for rice

b) 4500kg for Wheat and 2700 kg for rice

c) 4250kg for Wheat and 2750 kg for rice

  • d) None of the above

Wheat : 4650 kgs and Rice : 2750 Kgs

47. Haryana State Annual Plan for 2011-12 approved by Planning Commision, Govt. of India is:

a) Rs. 20158 Crore

b) Rs. 20258 Crore

  • c) Rs. 20358 Crore

d) Rs. 20458 Crore

48. Which buffalo is called as Black Gold in Haryana?

a) Bhadavari

b) Niti-Ravi

c) Mehsana

  • d) Murrah

49. The Haryana Special Economic Zone came in the year

a) 2005

b) 2006

  • c) 2007

d) 2008

50. The Haryana Government’s Land Acquisation Policy,

a) has decided to double, even higher in some areas, the minimum floor rate (MFR) payable

for acquisition of land

b) increase both the annuity amount payable over 33 years as well as its incremental annual

hike and give bigger-size plots in case one’s residential property is acquired

c) the affected farmers would alsobe offered Government jobs, industrial and commercial plots

  • d) All the above

51. Barents Sea in the Arctic Ocean has been controversial over the maritime boundary for 40 years

between which of the following two countries? The issue was resolved recently.

  • a) Russia and Norway

b) Norway and Finland

c) Finland and Russia

d) Russia and Denmark

52. Navanentham Pillay, a South African national of India origin was the first non-white women of the 

High Court of South Africa. What is her current profession?

a) Judge of the International Criminal Court

b) International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda

  • c) United Nation High Commissioner for Human Rights

d) United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees

53. Consider the following statement:

1. India and Japan agreed to a ‘sweeping’ liberalization of their bilateral tax regime during 

PM Manmohan Singh visit to Tokyo on 27th October 2010

2. This is the first in releasing the Indo-Japanese comprehensive Economic partnership Agreement

Which of the above statement are true?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

  • c) Both 1 and 2

d) None of the above

54. Consider the following statements about the Ayodhya verdict:

1. 60 years the matter first went in to Litigation Luknow Bench of the High Court of Allahabad

ruled in majority judgement on 30th September 2010

2. Disputed sites to be divided into three equal parts: one part goes to Suni Wakf Board, one 

to Nirmohi in Akhara and one part representing ‘Ramlalla Virajman’

3. Status quo to be maintained at disputed sites for three month

4. The bench which deleivered the much awaited verdict consisted of Justice Dharam Vir Sharma,

Justice S U Khan and Justice Sudhir Agarwal

Which of the above statement are true?

a) Only 1

b) Only 2

c) Only 3

  • d) All the above

55. Parliament has passed SBI (Amendment) Bill 2010 which changes the minimum level of share

of the government in SBI’s equity

a) from 51% to 55%

  • b) from 55% to 51%

c) from 74% to 51%

d) from 55% to 49%

Govt. stake in SBI is 59%. In past, I had received a comment on GA Quiz 2010 – 5 for the same.

But i could not reply to that blogwalker. You can check the following links in support of my ans.

[Link1] [Link2] [Link3] and so many other links are there availabel over internet.

56. The Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi have launched the Adhar Project under

Unique Identification Authority of India at tembli in Nandurbar District. Nandurbar is in which of the

following states? 

a) Gujarat

  • b) Maharashtra

c) Madhya Pradesh

d) Tamilnadu

57. Recently UNO celebrated its 65th Anniversary on date:

a) 20th Oct 2010

  • b) 24th Oct 2010 

c) 29th Oct 2010

d) 27th Oct 2010

58. The governement has recently announced a Rs.1052 crore incentive package for critical export

sectors including

1. Textile

2. Handicraft

3. Leather

Choose the correct answer from the below:

a) 1 and 2 

b) 2 and 3 

c) 1 and 3 

  • d) 1, 2 and 3

59. Who will be heading the National Inovation Council which will give shape to the government’s

decision to observe the current decades ( 2000 – 2020 ) as the decade of the innovation?

a) M S Swaminathan

b) C Rangarajan

c) Narayanamurthy

  • d) Sam Pitroda

60. Who among the following has been honoured the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals

Award for 2010 for their work in using innovative approaches for poverty and hunger alleviation?


b) WHO 

  • c) IBSA

d) G-20

In Paper Code C – IBSA term was misspelt as ISBA

61. Harappan people had a common burial system which is proved by:

a) The earth burial head of the dead normally laid towards the north

b) The burial of commonly used items with the dead

  • c) Both (a) and (b)

d) The burial of the dead body in the sitting posture

62. In Vedic Period, the people called panis, were:

a) Those who controlled trade

  • b) Cattle-breeders

c) Cowherds

d) Ploughmen

63. In the Vedic Age:

a) Polygamy was unknown

b) Child marriage became prominent

  • c) Widow could remarry

d) Hypergamy was allowed

64. Bring the correct statement regarding the first Buddhist Council:

1. Ananda and Upali laid down the Sutta Pataka and Vinaya Pitaka respectively

2. Its proceedings were conducted in Sanskrit

3. It was held during the life time of Buddha

4. Its main purpose was to maintain the purity of Buddha’s teachings

  • a) 1 and 4 

b) All of them 

c) 1 and 2

d) 2, 3 and 4

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