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HPAS Prlm 2015 Question Paper

  1. Which of the following is not correct about Harappa’s contacts with its comtemporary civilizations?
    (A) Similarity of some of its seals with them
    (B) The term Melukha used in Mesopotmian tablets perhaps refers to Sindhu
    (C) The Harappan seals mention its relations with them
    (D) The Mesopotamians called cotton by the name of Sindhu
  2. Who built the Sudarshana lake in the Saurashtra region?
    (A) Pushyagupta
    (B) Dhanananda
    (C) Kharavela
    (D) Samudragupta
  3. Which of the following festivals was most famous in Vijayanagar Empire?
    (A) Vasant Ritu
    (B) Brahmotsavam
    (C) Mahanavami
    (D) Ramana Vaidi
  4. Which of the follwing Bhakti poets of Mahrashtra conveyed his teachings through the numerous Abhangas?
    (A) Tukaram
    (B) Namdev
    (C) Eknath
    (D) Ramdas
  5. Dara Shikoh was the disciple of which Sufi saint?
    (A) Mirza Ghalib
    (B) Mian Mir
    (C) Mulla Shah
    (D) Mir Taki Mir
  6. Which of the following states were not annexed to the English East India Company’s dominions uder Dalhouse’s Doctrine of Lapse?
    (A) Satara
    (B) Nagpur
    (C) Jhansi
    (D) Jodhpur
  7. Who established the East India Association in 1866 in London?
    (A) Raja Ram Mohan Roy
    (B) Dadabhai Naoroji
    (C) Surendra Nath Banerjee
    (D) Lala Lajpat Rai
  8. When was the Civil Disobedience Movement finally called off by Mahatma Gandhi?
    (A) 1931
    (B) 1932
    (C) 1933
    (D) 1934
  9. Consider the following :
    (A) The Nehru Report
    (B) The Rowlatt Satyagraha
    (C) The MacDonald Award
    (D) Formation of the Congress Socialist Party
    Arrrange the above in chronological order by suing the codes given below :
    (A) (i) (ii) (iv) (iii)
    (B) (ii) (i) (iii) (iv)
    (C) (ii) (iv) (iii) (i)
    (D) (iii) (ii) (iv) (i)
  10. How much time did Lord Mountbatten give to Sir C. Radcliffe the delineate the international borders of India in 1947?
    (A) 1.5 month
    (B) 3.5 months
    (C) 4 months
    (D) 6 months
  11. Bermuda Triangle is located in :
    (A) Atlantic Ocean
    (B) Pacific Ocean
    (C) Indian Ocean
    (D) China Sea
  12. Which one of the following is not correctly matched?
    Country – Capital
    (A) Burkina Faso – Ouagadougou
    (B) Finland – Helsinki
    (C) Vietnam – Ho-Chi-Minh City
    (D) Taiwan – Taipei
  13. Which of the following is incorrect?
    (A) Sariska Tiger – Rajasthan
    (B) Hemis National – J&K
    (C) Periyar National Park – Odisha
    (D) Rajaji National Park – Uttarakhand
  14. Which is incorrect about Himalaya?
    (A) Himalayas are young folded mountains.
    (B) Before Himalayas, there was a Tethys sea.
    (C) Highest peak of the world is in Himalayan range.
    (D) Its width varies from 200 km in Kashmir to 500 km in Arunachal Pradesh.
  15. Which one of the following is incorrect?
    City – River
    (A) Jaunpur – Gomati
    (B) Nashik – Godavari
    (C) Lucknow – Gandak
    (D) Ujjain – Shipra
  16. Which line separates India from Afghanistan?
    (A) Radcliffe line
    (B) Durand line
    (C) McMohan line
    (D) None of the above
  17. What is the name of shifting cultivation in Mexico?
    (A) Milpa
    (B) Jhumming
    (C) Roca
    (D) Caingin
  18. Which soil is best for cotton cultivation?
    (A) Alluvial soil
    (B) Laterite soil
    (C) Red soil
    (D) Black soil
  19. Which is the longest river of the world?
    (A) Nile
    (B) Amazon
    (C) Yangtze
    (D) Congo
  20. Varkala beach is located in
    (A) Karnataka
    (B) Puducherry
    (C) Kerala
    (D) Tamil Nadu
  21. Who among the following was the constitutional advisor to the Constituent Assembly?
    (A) Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
    (B) Dr. Rajendra Prasad
    (C) K.M. Munshi
    (D) Sir B.N. Rau
  22. Which of the following human rights come within he ambit of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution?
    (A) Right to shelter
    (B) Right to pure drinking water
    (C) Right to reputation
    (D) Right to privacy
    Select the correct answer from the codes given below :”
    Codes :
    (A) (1) and (4)
    (B) (2) and (4)
    (C) (1), (3) and (4)
    (D) (1), (2), (3) and (4)
  23. The Central Information Commission falls under :
    (A) the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology
    (B) the Ministry of Personnel
    (C) the Ministry of Law
    (D) the Ministry of Human Resource Development
  24. During the term of office, criminal proceedings cannot be instituted against :
    (A) the President and the Governor
    (B) the President, the Vice President and the Governor
    (C) the President, Vice-President, Speaker of the Lok Sabha and Governor
    (D) the President, the Vice-President, the Prime Minister and the Governor
  25. Who among the following decides the question of disqualification of a member of Parliament on grounds of defection?
    (A) The President of India
    (B) Election Commission
    (C) The Supreme Court of India
    (D) Presiding Officer of the House
  26. Who among the following has the power to declare a caste or a tribe as scheduled caste or scheduled tribe?
    (A) President of India
    (B) Parliament
    (C) Home Minister
    (D) Chairman of the National Commision for Scheduled Castes or Scheduled Tribes
  27. Who among the following determines the area of a Lok Sabha constituencyofr the purpose of election?
    (A) President of India
    (B) Election Commission
    (C) Delimitation Commission
    (D) Census Commission
  28. Which of the following statements is correct about NITI Aayog?
    (A) It is a constitutional bodys
    (B) It is a statutory body
    (C) It is neither a constitutional body nor a statutory body
    (D) It is a quasi-judicial body
  29. Which of the following are All India Services?
    (A) Indian Police Service (IPS)
    (B) Indian Foreign Service (IFS)
    (C) Indian Forest Service (IFS)
    (D) Indian Revenue Service (IRS)
    Select the corect answer from the codes given below :
    Codes :
    (A) (1) and (2)
    (B) (1) and (3)
    (C) (1), (2) and (4)
    (D) (1), (2), (3) and (4)
  30. Which of the following Committees recommmended the creation of “Nyaya Panchayats”?
    (A) Ashok Mehta Committee
    (B) L.M. Singhvi Committee
    (C) G.V.K. Rao Committee
    (D) Balwantrai Mehta Committee
    Select the correct answer from the codes given below :
    Codes :
    (A) (1) only
    (B) (1) and (2)
    (C) (2) and (3)
    (D) (1), (2) and (4)
  31. Who is the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India?
    (A) Raghuram Rajan
    (B) Arvind Panagariya
    (C) Arvind Subramanian
    (D) Y.V. Reddy
  32. What has been the growth rate of GDP of India during 2014-15 at current prices and constant prices respectively?
    (A) 10.5% and 6.9%
    (B) 10.5% and 7.3%
    (C) 9.5% and 7.3%
    (D) 11% and 7.3%
  33. As per HRD, 2014 the Gender Inequality Index of India is :
    (A) 127
    (B) 120
    (C) 137
    (D) 122
  34. The 14th Finance Commissio has enhanced the states’ share in the cental divisible pool of taxes from :
    (A) 30 percent to 42 perrcent
    (B) 31 percent to 42 percent
    (C) 32 percent to 40 percent
    (D) 31 percent to 41 percent
  35. First Census was conducted in which year in India?
    (A) 1872
    (B) 1891
    (C) 1911
    (D) 1951
  36. What is the population density (per sq. km) of India and Himachal Pradesh respectively as per Census 2011?
    (A) 382 and 132
    (B) 282 and 123
    (C) 382 and 123
    (D) 282 and 233
  37. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana was approved by Central Government on :
    (A) 13 January, 2016
    (B) 23rd January, 2016
    (C) 13th January, 2015
    (D) 25th December, 2015
  38. As per the Census 2011, the average age is above 30 years fr the following states :
    (A) Kerala, Goa, Tamil Nadu and Himachal Pradesh
    (B) U.P., Bihar, Meghalaya and West Bengal
    (C) U.P., Bihar, Meghalaya and Jharkhand
    (D) Kerala, Goa, U.P. and Bihar
  39. Which of the following is not a function of Reserve Bank of India?
    (A) Regulation of Foreign exchange
    (B) Regulation of credit
    (C) Banker to the government and Commercial Banks
    (D) Management of fiscal deficit
  40. Swabhiman is a :
    (A) Financial inclusion initiative
    (B) Pension initiative for BPL families
    (C) Insurance Policy for Women
    (D) Rural Infrastructure Project
  41. Which of the following is not a fresh-water ecosystem?
    (A) Pond
    (B) Lake
    (C) Wetland
    (D) Open Ocean
  42. Which of these is not an ecosystem service?
    (A) Climate control
    (B) Recreational benefits
    (C) Winds
    (D) Food
  43. Desert ecosystems are characterized by annua rainfall of less than :
    (A) 25 cm
    (B) 30 cm
    (C) 40 cm
    (D) 50 cm
  44. Which of these places is reputed to be world’s most biologically diverse?
    (A) Yasuni tropical rain forest
    (B) Western Ghats
    (C) Easter Himalayas
    (D) Indo-Burma region
  45. India is home to how many (approximately) mammalian species?
    (A) 1320
    (B) 628
    (C) 350
    (D) 3560
  46. Identify the correct sequence of countries with highest biodiversity :
    (A) Brazil > Colombia > China > Indonesia
    (B) Brazil > Colombia > India > Indonesia
    (C) Bolivia > Indonesia > Colombia > India
    (D) Bolivia > Venezuela > Indonesia > Indonesia > Colombia
  47. Which of these is not a factor threatening extinction of several species in India?
    (A) Population explosion
    (B) Climate change
    (C) Laxity in implementation of environment al policies
    (D) Socio-cultural policies
  48. According to Paris agreement on climate change,the rise in average temperature of earth’s surface above pre-industrial levels should be limited to :
    (A) 1°C
    (B) 2°C
    (C) 2.5°C
    (D) 3°C
  49. The acronym ‘UNFCC’ represents :
    (A) United Nations Framework on Climate Change
    (B) United Nations Fund for Climate Change
    (C) United Nations Fund for Climate Control
    (D) United Nations Framework for Climate Control
  50. In the context of climate change, measures undertaken by Government of India have a target of electric power generation by renewable energy ( by year 2030) of :
    (A) 350 GW
    (B) 175 GW
    (C) 500 GW
    (D) 250 GW
  51. When a body is take from earth to moon :
    (A) mass changes but weight remains the same
    (B) weight changes but mass remains the same
    (C) bot weight and mass change
    (D) both weight and mass remain the same
  52. Decibel is used to measure the intensity of :
    (A) Magnetic field
    (B) Sound
    (C) Light
    (D) Heat
  53. Which of the following vegetable oils does not contain essential fatty acids?
    (A) Sunflower oil
    (B) Mustard oil
    (C) Coconut oil
    (D) Groundnut oil
  54. Usually fuels onburning causes pollution. Which one of the following fuel causes minimum environmental pollution?
    (A) Diesel
    (B) Coal
    (C) Hydrogen
    (D) Kerosene
  55. Vegetables are easily perishable because of their high content of :
    (A) Sugars
    (B) Water
    (C) Vitamins
    (D) Enzymes
  56. Sweat mainly serves to eliminate :
    (A) Water, NaCl
    (B) NaCl, Fats
    (C) Dirt, Water
    (D) Serum, Water
  57. In a poultry unit the factor most influencing the cost is the cost of :
    (A) Feed
    (B) Transportation
    (C) Chicks
    (D) Medicines
  58. Bombyx mori is a :
    (A) Fish
    (B) Silkworm
    (C) Ringworm
    (D) Moth
  59. Which of the following statements is correct?
    (A) Wheat bran is rich in carbohydrates
    (B) Fungal fermentation of rice is used for the preparation of alcoholic drinks
    (C) Rice has antibiotic properties
    (D) Wheat contains 80-85% carbohydrates
  60. A pressure cooker works onthe principle of :
    (A) elevation of boiling point of water by application of pressure
    (B) making the food-grains softer by application of pressure
    (C) making the food-grains softer by application of pressure and temperature
    (D) keeping the food-grains inside steam for a longer time
  61. Which of the following is not the feature of caste system?
    (A) Hierarchy
    (B) Hereditary occupation
    (C) Exogamous marriages
    (D) Untouchability
  62. Ashish Bose is well known for his concept :
    (A) Demographic transition
    (B) Population Explosion
    (C) BIMARU States
    (D) Sustainable Development
  63. Which state of India was the first to pass Jamindari Abolition Act?
    (A) Bihar
    (B) Uttar Pradesh
    (C) Rajasthan
    (D) Karnataka
  64. In which year was the Protection of Women for Domestic Violence Act passed?
    (A) 1998
    (B) 2001
    (C) 2004
    (D) 2005
  65. Which is not an indicator of Human Development Index?
    (A) Life expectancy
    (B) Education component
    (C) National per capita income
    (D) Level of urbanization
  66. Of which river’s tributaries are Phojal, Sarvari and Hansa streams?
    (A) Satjuj
    (B) Beas
    (C) Ravi
    (D) Yamuna
  67. What is the architectural style of Adi Brahma temple of Khokhan?
    (A) Pagoda
    (B) Pent-roof
    (C) Pyramid
    (D) Cone shaped
  68. With which region of H.P. is Bonangchyu dance associated?
    (A) Chamba
    (B) Sirmaur
    (C) Kinnaur
    (D) Kangra
  69. According to 2011 census which district of H.P. has the highest number of urban households?
    (A) Kangra
    (B) Shimla
    (C) Mandi
    (D) Solan
  70. Who was the court poen of Raja Dharam Chand of Kangra who wrote Dharam Chand Natak around 1562 AD?
    (A) Ganesh Singh
    (B) Kanhaya Lal Sharma
    (C) Manik Chand
    (D) Padam Chand Guleri
  71. To which princely state did Zorawar Singh, General of Raja Gulab Singh who invaded Ladakh and Baltistan during 1834-41, belong?
    (A) Kangra
    (B) Sirmaur
    (C) Jubbal
    (D) Kehlur
  72. When did the Chandrabhaga valley which was held as Jagir by the families of Tibetan origin come under the sway of Kullu?
    (A) Thirteenth century
    (B) Fifteenth century
    (C) Seventeenth century
    (D) Eighteenth century
  73. The territory of which of the following pricnely state was divided between two cousins/scions Vijay Singh and Ram Singh during the nieteenth century?
    (A) Datarpur
    (B) Siba
    (C) Guler
    (D) Jaswan
  74. Around which year did captin R.C. Lee set up an apple orchard in Kullu area?
    (A) 1870 AD
    (B) 1895 AD
    (C) 1905 AD
    (D) 1910 AD
  75. Which Raja of Sirmaur princely state shifted the capital of his state from Rajban to Kalsi in the beginning of the thirteenth century?
    (A) Udit Parkash
    (B) Kaul Parkash
    (C) Maha Parkash
    (D) Sumer Parkash
  76. Which raja of Bushahr princely state received Hang-Rang valley from Tibet as Jagir?
    (A) Prem Singh
    (B) Karam Singh
    (C) Bhup Singh
    (D) Kehri Singh
  77. Around which year did Russian painter Nicholas Roerich visit Naggar inKullu district for the first time?
    (A) 1915
    (B) 1923
    (C) 1926
    (D) 1930
  78. Which raja of Bangahal princely state was treeacherously killed by Raja Siddha Sen of Mandi?
    (A) Raghunath Pal
    (B) Dalel Pal
    (C) Prithi Pal
    (D) Man Pal
  79. In which river basic is Upper Joiner hyro-power project?
    (A) Ravi
    (B) Satluj
    (C) Beas
    (D) Yamuna
  80. Which school did Amrita Shergill join in Shimla around 1924-25?
    (A) Taral Hall
    (B) Alfred Coret
    (C) Santa Annciate
    (D) Jesus and Mary
  81. At which place in Kullu district of H.P. is fish farm?
    (A) Patli Kuhl
    (B) Moheli
    (C) Nagini
    (D) All of the above
  82. Which bank is collaborating with the H.P. Government in implementing Doodh Ganga Yojana?
    (A) UCO Bank
    (B) State Bank of India
    (C) NABARD
    (D) H.P. State Cooperative Bank
  83. Which agency is managing Himachal Pradesh State Wide Area Network (HIMSWAN) services?
    (A) M/s KPMG
    (B) M/s Orange Business Services
    (C) M/s E&Y HPSDC
    (D) M/s Vayam Technologies India Lt.
  84. Who founded the Himachal Vikas Congress (HVC)?
    (A) Maheshwar Singh
    (B) Thakur Ram Lal
    (C) Dr. Salig Ram
    (D) Pandit Sukh Ram
  85. Which two districts of H.P. are covered under Backward Region Grant Fund of Ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India?
    (A) Kinnaur and Lahul-Spiti
    (B) Lahul-Spiti and Chamba
    (C) Chamba and Sirmaur
    (D) Sirmaur and Kinnaur
  86. Who among the following persons has secured India’s 12th Olympic quota berth for shooting for the Rio Games?
    (A) Napis Tortungpanich
    (B) Sanjeev Rajput
    (C) Vitaliy Dovgun
    (D) Jitu Rai
  87. Who among the following persons has been appointed as UP’s Lokayukta?
    (A) Prabhu Nath Singh
    (B) Sanjay Mishra
    (C) Virendra Singh
    (D) N.K. Mehrotra
  88. Which of the following Indian States will get the first ever solar-stellar observatory?
    (A) Rajasthan
    (B) Gujarat
    (C) Maharashtra
    (D) Karnataka
  89. India celebrated its first Constitution Day on :
    (A) 15th August, 1947
    (B) 26th January, 1950
    (C) 26th November, 1949
    (D) None of the above
  90. In which of the following states, ‘Hornbill’ festival has been observed to uphold Unity in Diversity?
    (A) Nagaland
    (B) Manipur
    (C) Assam
    (D) Mizoram
  91. Cosider the following statements regarding IRNSS-1E :
    (1) Its is India’s fifth navigational satellite
    (2) It was launched from PSLV-C31
    (3) It was successfully launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharihota
    (4) It is an independent regional satellite system designed to provide information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian Mainland
    Which of the above statements are correct?
    (A) (1), (2) and (3)
    (B) (2), (3) and (4)
    (C) (1), (2) and (4)
    (D) All of the above ar correct
  92. With regard to the recently approved “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” which of the following statement is/are incorrect?
    (1) For annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium to be paid by farmers will be only 5%
    (2) There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops
    (3) For Rabi crops, premium to be paid by farmers is 1.5%
    Select the correct answer from the following codes :
    (A) (1) only
    (B) (2) only
    (C) (3) only
    (D) None of the above
  93. The National Airquality Index (AQI) measures air quality by taking into consideration which of the following pollutants?
    (1) Ammonia
    (2) Nitrogen dioxide
    (3) Suphur dioxide
    (4) Carbon monoxide
    (5) Ozone
    (6) Lead
    Select the correct answer from the given codes :
    (A) (1), (3), (5) only
    (B) (1), (2), (4) and (6) only
    (C) (1), (2), (3), (4), (5), and (6)
    (D) (1), (5), and (6) only
  94. The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana :
    (1) Focuses on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural)
    (2) Seeks to electrify rural and urban areas both
    (3) Will nationalise all power distribution companies in rural areas
    (5) Seeks to provide uninterrupted power supply to industries set up in the rural areas
    Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?
    (A) only (3)
    (B) only (1)
    (C) only (2)
    (D) All of the above
  95. Who of the following has been awarded Padma Vibhushan?
    (1) Avinash Dixit
    (2) Sania Mirza
    (3) Priyanka Chopra
    (4) Anjum Chopra

(A) only (1)
(B) only (2)
(C) only (3)
(D) only (4)

  1. Who among the following persons has won the Man Booker Pize, 2015?
    (A) Marlon James
    (B) Sanjeev Sahota
    (C) James Tott
    (D) Ali Smith
  2. Consider the following statements regarding International Solar Alliance (ISA) :
    (1) Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande has jointly laid the foundation stone of the International Solar Alliance Headquarters
    (2) The interim Secretariat of the ISA is locate at Gurgaon(Gurugram), India
    (3) ISA has 121 memeber-countries
    Which of the above statements are correct?
    (A) Only (1) and (2)
    (B) Only (2) and (3)
    (C) Only (1) and (3)
    (D) All of the above
  3. Consider the following statements regarding Corruptioin Perception Index (CPI), 2015 :
    (1) The Corruption PerceptionIndex, 2015 was released by Berlin-based corruption watchdog transparency international
    (2) India ranks 76th out of 194 countries in the CPI 2015
    (3) The list is toped by topped by Denmark followed by Finland and Sweden
    Which of the above statements are correct?
    (A) only (1) and (2)
    (B) only (1) and (3)
    (C) only (3) and (3)
    (D) All of the above are correct
  4. Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding Zika virus?
    (A) The virus was first isolated in April 1947 at Brazil
    (B) It is transmitted by daytime active Aedes mosquitoes such A. aegypti
    (C) It is a member of the virus family falaviviridae and the genus flavivirus
    (D) The most common symptoms of Zika are fever, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, etc.
  5. Consider the following statements regarding Corporate Tax Avoidance deal:
    (1) A total of 31 Oraganisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) members agreed to sign this deal
    (2) It will be harder for firms to hide money in tax haven or play one country’s tax authority against another
    (3) France is not among 31 members who agreed to sign the deal
    Which of the above statements is correct?
    (A) only (1) and (2)
    (B) only (2) and (3)
    (C) only (1) and (3)
    (D) All the above are correct

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