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UPSC IAS Previous Year Prelims Paper - CSP 2002


1. 
Aptitude
CSP 2002

A complete cycle of a traffic light takes 60 seconds. During each cycle the light is green for 25 second, yellow for 5 second and red for 30 second. At a randomly chosen time, the probability that the light will not be green is

A. 1/3
B. 1/4
C. 5/12
D. 7/12

Answer: Option D


2. 
Modern History
CSP 2002

The last opportunity to avoid the partition of India was lost with the rejection of

A. Cripps Mission
B. Rajagopalachari Formula
C. Cabinet Mission
D. Wavell Plan

Answer: Option C

Based on the recommendations of Cabinet Mission Plan, elections were held to form Constituent Assembly for drafting a new Constitution. The Muslim League was reluctant to join the interim Government formed under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru. This with the rejection of Cabinet Plan by Muslim League, the last opportunity to avoid partition was lost.


3. 
Physical Geography
CSP 2002

With reference to India, which one the following statements is correct?

A. About one-third of the area of the country records more than 750 millimeters of annual rainfall
B. The dominant source of irrigation in the country is wells
C. Alluvial soil is the predominant type of soil in the northern plans of the country
D. The mountain areas accounts for about thirty percent of the surface area of the country

Answer: Option A

The average rainfall in India is about 125 cm. So more than one-third of the area of the country records more than 750 milimetres of annual rainfall. Remaining three statements are correct.


4. 
Aptitude
CSP 2002

A solid cube just gets completely immersed in water when a 0.2 kg mass is placed on it. If the mass is removed, the cube is 2 cm about the water level. What is the length of each side of the cube?

A. 12 cm
B. 10 cm
C. 8 cm
D. 6 cm

Answer: Option B


5. 
Medieval History
CSP 2002

The historian Barani refused to consider the state in India under Delhi Sultans as truly Islamic because

A. the majority of the population did not follow Islam
B. the Muslims theologists were often disregarded
C. the Sultan supplemented the Muslim law by framing his own regulations
D. religious freedom was accorded to non-Muslims

Answer: Option C

Because that, the Sultans had supplemented the Muslim Law by framing their own regulations, the historian 'Barani' has refused to consider the state in India under Delhi Sultans as truly Islamic.