UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam 2011

1. In the Union Budget 2011 – 2012, a full exemption from the basic customs was duly extended to the bio – based asphalt   ( bioasphalt ) .  What is the importance of this material ?

1) Unlike traditional asphalt, bioasphlat is not based on fossil fuels.

2) Bioasphalt can be made from non renewable sources

3) Bioasphalt can be made from organic waste materials

4) It is eco – friendly to use bioasphalt for surfacing of the roads

Ans – 1, 3 & 4

2. In terms of economy, the visit by foreign nationals to witness the XIX Commonwealth Games amounted to

1) Export

2) Import

3) Production

4) Consumption

Ans – 4

3. The ” New START ” treaty was in the news.  What is this treaty ?

1) It is a bilateral strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty between the USA and the Russian Federation

2) It is a multilateral energy security cooperation treaty among the members of the East Asian Summit

3) It is a multilateral cooperation treaty among the BRICS countries for the promotion of trade

4) It is a treaty between the Russian Federation and the European Union for the energy security cooperation

Ans – 1

4. Recently the USA decided to support India’s membership in multi – lateral export control regimes called the ” Australia Group ” and the ” Wassenaar Arrangement ” .  What is the difference between them ?

1) The Australia Group is an Informal Arrangement which aims to allow exporting countries to minimise the risk of assisting chemical and biological weapons prolifiration, where as the Wassenaar arrangement is a formal group under the OECD holding identical objectives

2)  The Australia Group comprises predominantly Asian, African and North American Countries of Wassenaar arrangement are predominantly from the European Union and American Countries

3)  None of these

Ans – 3

5. Recently ” oilzapper ” was in the news.  What is it ?    Science & Technology

1) It is an eco – friendly technology for the remediation of oily sludge and oil spills

2) It is the latest technology developed for under – sea oil exploration

3) It is a genetically engineered high bio – fuel yielding maize variety

4) It is the latest technology to control the accidentally caused flames from oil wells

Ans – 1

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