1. The terminologies ‘Daksh, Utkarsh, Uttam, Prachesta, Akanshi’, recently seen in news is related to which of the following?

a) Non canonical Buddhist literatures

b) Navigatory direction concepts mentioned in the Vedas

c) Performance indicators for school education

d) Ancient Indian martial art forms

Answer: (c) Performance indicators for school education

In News: Performance Grading Index for Districts (PGI-D)

Rajasthan’s Sikar highest performing district in school education across India


Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/rajasthans-sikar-highest-performing-district-in-school-education-across-india/article65573881.ece

2. Consider the following:

       1. Help the government reduce its reliance on market borrowings.

       2. Further stringent the household budget following the hovering retail inflation.

Which of the above will be the outcome of an increase in the interest rates on Small Savings Fund?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (a) 1 only

In News: Small Savings Scheme – ‘Small savings rates likely to be raised’


Small Saving Schemes/Instruments

Classification: Small savings instruments can be classified under three heads:

Households could get some relief this week as economists expect the government to raise the interest rates paid on small savings schemes for the July to September 2022 quarter

Retail inflation too had hovered above 7% in April and May, squeezing household budgets. Raising rates on small savings could also help the government reduce its reliance on market borrowings this year.

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/business/Economy/small-savings-rates-likely-to-be-raised/article65573248.ece

3. The nature of the crime, and whether the juvenile should be tried as a minor or a child, was to be determined by which of the following authorities?

a) District Magistrate

b) Juvenile Justice Board

c) Superintend of Police

d) Child Welfare Committee

Answer: (b) Juvenile Justice Board

In News: Child Welfare Committee reconstitution evokes criticism


Key Highlights of the Juvenile Justice (2015 Amendment) Act, 2021:

Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children Act) 2015

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/child-welfare-committee-reconstitution-evokes-criticism/article65561666.ece?homepage=true

4.Consider the following statements:

1. National Air Quality Index is prepared by monitoring the levels of 10 pollutants.

2. System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research involves the monitoring of 8 pollutants.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (d) Neither 1 nor 2

In News:

National Air Quality Resource Framework of India (NARFI)

Brainstorming Workshop on National Air Quality Resource Framework of India (NARFI)


NARFI has been developed by the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS), Bengaluru. 

What is NARFI:

The NARFI is an information mechanism to help decision-makers in government, municipalities, start-ups and in the private sectors to address air pollution issues in different climatic zones of India.

Research-based audited Information and industry-oriented solutions will be shared in an easy-to-understand format.

The short-term basic training modules tailored for different groups such as active ground level staff in government establishments, implementers, media and policymakers, would be an integral part of the framework.


National Air Quality Index:

Launched in 2014 with outline ‘One Number – One Color -One Description’ for the common man to judge the air quality within his vicinity.

The measurement of air quality is based on eight pollutants, namely: Particulate Matter (PM10), Particulate Matter (PM2.5), Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2), Sulphur Dioxide (SO2), Carbon Monoxide (CO), Ozone (O3), Ammonia (NH3), and Lead (Pb).

AQI has six categories of air quality. These are: Good, Satisfactory, Moderately Polluted, Poor, Very Poor and Severe.

It has been developed by the CPCB in consultation with IIT-Kanpur and an expert group comprising medical and air-quality professionals.

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1836725

5.Consider the following statements:

1) Public Accounts committee was established in 1921.

2) The Chairman of Public Accounts committee is appointed by the President.

3) It has members from both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Which of the above statements are correct?

a) 1 and 2 only

b) 2 and 3 only

c) 1 and 3 only

d) 1, 2 and 3

Answer: (c) 1 and 3 only

In News: Mukul Roy resigns as chairman of Bengal’s Public Accounts Committee





Source: https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/mukul-roy-resigns-as-chairman-of-bengal-s-public-accounts-committee-101656328845966.html

6. Consider the following statements regarding Bharat NCAP

1) It is a new car safety assessment program which proposes a mechanism of awarding ‘Star Ratings’ to automobiles based upon their performance in crash tests

2) It will be applicable on type approved motor vehicles of category M1 with gross vehicle weight less than 3.5 tonnes

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


In NEWS: Shri Nitin Gadkari approves Draft GSR Notification to introduce Bharat NCAP (New Car Assessment Program)

About Bharat NCAP

Source: https://pib.gov.in/PressReleaseIframePage.aspx?PRID=1836729

7. Consider the following statements regarding Renewable Energy Certificate

1) It is a market-based instrument to promote renewable energy and facilitate compliance of renewable purchase obligations

2) It is regulated by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

a) 1 only

b) 2 only

c) Both 1 and 2

d) Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: (c) Both 1 and 2


In NEWS: Few takers for renewable energy certificates despite push policy

Despite a massive policy push for renewable energy, there is negligible participation of voluntary buyers for renewable energy certificates

About Renewable Energy Certificate


8. Gulabi Minakari is the rarest crafts in india that is practised in which one of the following state in India?

a) Uttar Pradesh

b) Gujarat

c) Andhra Pradesh

d) Karnataka

Answer: (a) Uttar Pradesh


In NEWS: Gulabi meenakari brooch to ittar bottles: PM Modi’s gifts to G7 leaders a slice of Indian crafts

About Gulabi Minakari

Source: TH

9. Which of the following countries is/are part of the Horn of Africa?

1) Djibouti

2) Eritrea

3) Ethiopia

4) Somalia

Select the correct answer using the codes given below

a) 2 and 3 only

b) 1 and 4 only

c) 1,2 and 3 only

d) 1,2,3 and 4

Answer: (d) 1,2,3 and 4


In NEWS: China’s interventions in the Horn of Africa

About Horn of Africa 

Source: https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/explained-chinas-interventions-in-the-horn-of-africa/article65575747.ece

10. The Service Area Approach was implemented under the purview of

a) Integrated Rural Development Programme

b) Lead Bank Scheme

c) Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme

d) National Skill Development Mission

Answer: (b) Lead Bank Scheme