.AIM-Sirius Innovation Programme is an initiative of:

1.Atal Innovation Mission

2.National Supercomputers Mission

3.Bank for International Settlements

4.Reserve Bank of India

Answer: (a) Atal Innovation Mission


In NEWS: AIM-Sirius Innovation’ programme launched for Indian & Russian school children

Source: http://newsonair.com/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=403866

Consider the following statements regarding Brown Treesnake

1.It is an invasive species and has been discovered on Cocos Island

2.They caused the losses of nine of 11 native forest birds species on Guam.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


In NEWS: Invasive brown treesnake present on Cocos Island near Guam

Source: https://www.downtoearth.org.in/news/wildlife-biodiversity/global-eco-watch-drifting-iceberg-threatens-seals-penguins-on-british-antarctic-island-74135

The Tigray region is associated with which of the following regions?

a) Ethiopia

b) Egypt

c) Libya

d) Nigeria

Answer: (a) Ethiopia


In NEWS: Explained: Why there are armed clashes in Ethiopia’s Tigray, and what it means for Horn of Africa

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-why-there-are-armed-clashes-in-ethiopias-tigray-and-what-it-means-for-horn-of-africa-6992109/

Consider the following statements regarding Kasturirangan committee on the Western Ghats

1.Only 37% (i.e. 60,000 sq. km.) of the total area be brought under ESA instead of the total area of Western Ghats

2.A complete ban on mining, quarrying and sand mining in ESA.

3.It was constituted to examine the WGEEP report.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 2
  4. 1,2 and 3

Answer: (d) 1,2 and 3


In NEWS: Plea in SC against Centre’s notification demarcating 56,825 sq km in 6 states as Western Ghats ESA

About Kasturirangan committee on the Western Ghats


Source: https://www.newindianexpress.com/nation/2020/nov/08/plea-in-sc-against-centres-notification-demarcating-56825-sq-km-in-6-states-as-western-ghats-esa-2221085.html

It is a place located 10 kilometres north-east of Varanasi city near the confluence of the Ganges and the Varuna rivers in Uttar Pradesh. This city is mentioned by the Buddha as one of the four places of pilgrimage to which his devout followers should visit. It was also the site of the Buddha’s Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, which was his first teaching after attaining enlightenment, in which he taught the four noble truths and the teachings associated with it. The above mentioned city is:




4.None of the above mentioned city

Answer: b) Sarnath


In NEWS: PM Modi to inaugurate and lay foundation stone of various development projects in Varanasi tomorrow

Source: http://newsonair.com/News?title=PM-to-inaugurate-%26-lay-foundation-stone-of-various-development-projects-in-Varanasi-on-Nov-9&id=403860

Consider the following statements regarding World Science day for Peace and development

  1. World Science Day for Peace and Development will be observed on 10 November
  2. It highlights the significant role of science in society and the need to engage the wider public in debates on emerging scientific issues
  3. The focus of World Science Day is on “Science for and with Society in dealing with the global pandemic.”

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: (d) 1, 2 and 3


In NEWS: World Science Day for Peace and Development, 10 November

Source: https://www.un.org/en/observances/world-science-day

Consider the following statements regarding Atal Beemit Kalyan Yojana

  1. It is a welfare measure being implemented by the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Corporation.
  2. It offers cash compensation to insured persons when they are rendered unemployed.
  3. The scheme provides relief to the extent of 50% of the average per day earning during the previous four contribution periods to be paid up to maximum 90 days of unemployment once in lifetime of the Insured Person.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are incorrect?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: (d) 1, 2 and 3


In NEWS: Claims through Affidavit Form no longer required now under Atal Beemit Vyakti Kalyan Yojana of ESIC

Source: http://newsonair.com/News?title=Claims-through-Affidavit-Form-no-longer-required-now-under-Atal-Beemit-Vyakti-Kalyan-Yojana-of-ESIC&id=403908

With reference to Law against religious conversion, Consider the following statements

  1. The Act does not cover a person re-converting to his “parent religion”.
  2. Any marriage done for the sole purpose of religion conversion may be declared null and void by a court on a petition by either party.
  3. All offences under the Act are cognizable and non-bailable.
  4. Recently, Delhi government passed the bill.

Which of the given above statement(s) is/are correct?

  1. 1, 2 and 4 only
  2. 1, 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Answer: (b) 1, 2 and 3 only


In NEWS: Himachal Pradesh’s law against religious conversion

Haryana Home Minister said that his government is considering a law against forced religious conversions and has sought information about such a law already in force in Himachal Pradesh. Hence statement 4 is incorrect.

Salient features of the bill

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/himachal-pradesh-law-against-religious-conversion-haryana-faridabad-murder-7010598/

With reference to the One Rank One Pension (OROP), consider the following statements

  1. Under the OROP scheme, uniform pension is paid to defense personnel who retire in the different rank but with the same length of service, irrespective of their date of retirement.
  2. The OROP was implemented to bridge the gap between the pensions of current and past ex-servicemen at periodic intervals.
  3. The armed forces personnel who retired by June 30, 2014, are covered under the OROP scheme.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Answer: (b) 2 and 3 only


In News: 5 yrs of OROP: PM Modi salutes soldiers for courageously protecting nation

Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/5-yrs-of-orop-pm-modi-salutes-soldiers-for-courageously-protecting-nation/story-cCDk1kMDIaQF5t52kayyVI.html

Among the following Tiger Reserves, which one has the largest area under “Critical Tiger Habitat”?

a) Corbett

b) Ranthambore

c) Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam

d) Sunderbans

Answer: (c) Nagarjunsagar-Srisailam