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UPSC IAS Previous Year Prelims Paper - CSP 2013


1. 
Constitution
CSP 2013

What will follow if a Money Bill is substantially amended by the Rajya Sabha?

A. The Lok Sabha may still proceed with the Bill, accepting or not accepting the recommendations of the Rajya Sabha
B. The Lok Sabha cannot consider the Bill further
C. The Lok Sabha may send the Bill to the Rajya Sabha for reconsideration
D. The President may call a joint sitting for passing the Bill

Answer: Option A

Although Rajya Sabha can't amend or reject the money bill, but it can make recommendations, which lok sabha may or may not accept. So statement 1 is correct.


2. 
Constitution
CSP 2013

Which one of the following statements is correct?

A. In India, the same person cannot be appointed as Governor for two or more States at the same time
B. The Judges of the High Court of the States in India are appointed by the Governor of the State just as the Judges of the Supreme Court are appointed by the President
C. No procedure has been laid down in the Constitution of India for the removal of a Governor from his/her post
D. In the case of a Union Territory having a legislative setup, the Chief Minister is appointed by the Lt. Governor on the basis of majority support

Answer: Option C

Statement 1 - Same person can be appointed as Governor of two or more states at the same time.Statement 2 - Judges of HC are also appointed by President. Statement 4 - In case of UTs, CM is appointed by President.


3. 
Physical Geography
CSP 2013

Which one of the following pairs is correctly matched?
Geographical Feature : Region

A. Abyssinian Plateau : Arabia
B. Atlas Mountains : North­Western Africa
C. Guiana Highlands : South­Western Africa
D. Okavango Basin : Patagonia

Answer: Option B

Atlas mountain ranges are situated in the north western part of Africa. They extend almost 2000 km. They pass through Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.


4. 
Art And Culture
CSP 2013

With reference to the history of Indian rock­cut architecture, consider the following statements:
1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock­cut caves in India.
2. The Barabar rock­cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: Option C

The Barabar Caves are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India These rock-cut chambers date back to the 3rd century BC, Maurya period, of Ashoka (r. 273 BC to 232 BC.) and his son, Dasaratha. hese caves were used by ascetics from the Ajivika sect, founded by Makkhali Gosala. Ellora is a World Heritage Site The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history


5. 
Science And Technology
CSP 2013

Recombinant DNA technology (Genetic Engineering) allows genes to be transferred
1. across different species of plants
2. from animals to plants
3. from microorganisms to higher organisms
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

A. 1 only
B. 2 and 3 only
C. 1 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: Option D

Recombinant DNA is the general name for taking a piece of one DNA, andand combining it with another strand of DNA.All three options in the question are correct.Examples of these methods are:-1) The gene 'Chitinase' has source organism 'Rice' and characteristic conferred on transformed plants is Fungal resistance. 2)The gene '2'-5' oligoadenylate synthetase' has source organism 'Rat' and characteristic conferred on transformed plants is Virus resistance . 3)Human Proteins 'Somatostatin' have been synthesized from genes in bacteria and used in the treatment of Growth disorders.