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There is a Myth Among UPSC CSE Aspirants that UPSC Never Repeats Questions , Each question is prepared freshly and has a Lot Of deep meaning .

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Upsc repeats a huge number of questions from previous year prelims papers . Also it repeats questions from the same year conducted other exams such as CDS and NDA [ by upsc ]

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Below Are the Questions Repeated From This single Document in  UPSC Prelims 2016
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[2015]
There has been a persistent deficit budget year after
year. Which of the following actions can be taken by
the government to reduce the deficit? [2015-I]
1. Reducing revenue expenditure
2. Introducing new welfare schemes
3. Rationalizing subsidies
4. Expanding industries
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 3 only (b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 only (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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Set C Question Number 3 

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64. Who of the following had first deciphered the edicts of Emperor Ashoka
(a) Georg Buhler
(b) James Prinsep
(c) Max Muller
(d) William Jones


[1992 ]
Asokan inscriptions were first deciphered by (a) Buhler (b) Robert Sewell (c) James Prinsep (d) Codplngton


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What was the main reason for the split in the Indian National Congress at
Surat in 1907?
(a) Introduction of communalism
into Indian politics by Lord Minto.
(b) Extremists’ lack of faith in
the capacity of the moderates
to negotiate with the British
Government.
(c) Foundation of Muslim League.
(d) Aurobindo Ghosh’s inability to
be elected as the President of the

Indian National Congress.

[ 2015]

Which one of the following movements has
contributed to a split in the Indian National Congress
resulting in the emergence of ‘moderates’ and
‘extremists’? [2015-I]
(a) Swadeshi Movement
(b) Quit India Movement
(c) Non-Cooperation Movement
(d) Civil Disobedience Movement








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The `Swadeshi’ and `Boycott’ were
adopted as methods of struggle for the
first time during the
(a) agitation against the Partition
of Bengal
(b) Home-Rule Movement
(c) Non-Cooperation Movement
(d) Visit of the Simon Commission to
India

[1988]

Whichone of the following was the most immediate factor for the spread of Swadeshiand Boycott
agitation during the first decade of the present century ?

(a) Curzon’s attempt to control the Universities
(b) Curzon’s design to curtail the sphere of localself-government
(c) Curzon’s partition of Bengal
(d)Curzon’s plan to curb the growing popularity of the Indian National Congress 






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The Montague-Chelmsford Proposals were related to (a) social reforms (b) educational reforms (c) reforms in police administration (d) constitutional reforms


[2004]

The Montagu-Chelmsford Report formed the basis of: (a) the Indian Councils Act, 1909 [2004] (b) the Government of India Act, 1919 (c) the Government of India Act, 1935 (d) the Indian Independence Act, 1947

You Can clearly see From the options in 2004 Montagu-Chelmsford was Constitutional Reform





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18. The plan of Sir Stafford Cripps envisaged that after the Second World War
 (a) India should be granted complete independence. 
(b) India should be partitioned into two before granting independence. 
(c) India should be made a republic with the condition that she will join the Commonwealth. 
(d) India should be given Dominion status. 
[2003]
An important aspect of the Cripps Mission of 1942
was: 
(a) that all Indian States should join the Indian Union
as a condition to consider any degree of autonomy
for India
(b) the creation of an Indian Union with Dominion
status very soon after the end of Second World
War
(c) the active participation and cooperation of the
Indian people, communities and political parties
in the British war efforts as a condition for
granting independence with full sovereign status
to India after the war
(d) the framing of a constitution for the entire Indian
Union, with no separate constitution for any
province, and a Union Constitution to be accepted
by all provinces

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[1998]
Assertion (A): The Congress rejected the Cripps
proposals.
Reason (R): The Cripps Mission consisted solely of
whites. [1998]
(a) Both A and R are true but R is the correct
explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is not a correct
explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false

(d) A is false but R is true


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44. Consider the following pairs:
Community In the affairs of
sometimes
mentioned in
the news
1. Kurd : Bangladesh
2. Madhesi : Nepal
3. Rohingya : Myanmar
Which of the above pairs is/are
correctly matched?
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 only
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 3 only

The above question can be easily answered you solved the below question asked in the year 1991 IAS Prelims

Kurds who have been fighting for a separate homeland live mainly in Iraq,
(a) Iran and Turkey
(b) Iran, Turkey and Jordan
(c) Iran, Jordan and Saudi Arabia
(d) Turkey and Jordan


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What is/are the importance/importance of the ‘United Nations
Convention to Combat Desertification’?
1. It aims to promote effective action through innovative national programmes and supportive
international partnerships.
2. It has a special/particular focus on South Asia and North Africa regions, and its Secretariat
facilitates the allocation of major portion of financial resources to these regions.
3. It is committed to bottom-up approach, encouraging the participation of local people in
combating the desertification.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Consider the following international agreements :
[2014 – I]
1. The International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
2. The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
3. The World Heritage Convention
Which of the above has/have a bearing on the biodiversity?
(a) 1 and 2 only (b) 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3

Panchayati Raj 


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Consider the following statements :
1. The minimum age prescribed for any person to be a member of Panchayat is 25 years.
2. A Panchayat reconstituted after premature dissolution continues only for the remainder period.
Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2
Below Are the Questions Asked on Panchayati raj  , Year After Year, 
Of the various sources of income to the Gram
Panchayats, one
source is
(a) Income tax
(b) Sales tax
(c) Professional tax
(d) Levy duties
The Panchayati Raj was first introduced in the [ This Question Repeated 3 times as it IS ]
States of Rajasthan
and
(a) Andhra Pradesh
(b) Bihar
(c) Gujarat
(d) Orissa
Panchayati Raj as introduced in 1959
operates at
(a) Samiti and block levels
(b) Block and district levels
(c) Samiti and district levels
(d) Village, block and district levels
Panchayati Raj administration is primarily
aimed
(a) To increase agricultural production
(b) To ensure rural development
(c) To work for the upliftment of Harijans
(d) To arouse in the people of each area
intensive and continuous interest in the
community development
programme
Panchayati Raj System was introduced in the
year
(a) 1948
(b) 1959
(c) 1951
(d) 1952
Panchayati Raj is mainly aimed at
(a) Rural employment
(b) Agricultural and rural industries
development
(c) Political awareness among village
people
(d) Giving training to villagers for fighting
elections
Panchayati Raj system was adopted to
(a) Make people aware of politics
(b) Decentralise the power of democracy
(c) Educate the peasants
(d) To introduce a form of local selfgovernment
at the village, block
and district levels
The Panchayati Raj was first introduced in
the States of
Rajasthan and
(a) Andhra Pradesh
(b) Bihar
(c) Gujarat
(d) Haryana
Which of the following States are not
covered by the
Panchayati Raj ?
(a) Tripura and Sikkim
(b) Manipur and Assam
(c) Meghalaya and Nagaland
(d) Assam and West Bengal
Assertion (A) :
Panchayati Raj institutions were set upto
decentralise planning to
village level.
Reason (R) :
Village panchayats are in a betterposition to
have a proper
appreciation of their developmental needs.
(a) Both A and R are true and R is
thecorrect explanation of A
(b) Both A and R are true but R is nota
correct explanation of A
(c) A is true but R is false
(d)A is false but R is true
Holding of elections for the Panchayats is decided by [ 1991]
[ Panchayat Election , In 2016 Question Came on he same topic]
(a) The District Magistrate
(b) Constitutional mandate
(c) The State Government
(d)The Election Commission
The Panchayati Raj was first introduced in
the States of Rajasthan
and
(a) Andhra Pradesh
(b) Bihar
(c) Gujarat
(d) Orissa
Which one of the following was not proposed by the
73rd Constitutional Amendment in the area of
Panchayati Raj? [1997]
(a) Thirty percent seats in all elected rural local
bodies will be reserved for women candidates at
all level
(b) The States will constitute their Finance
Commissions to allocate resources to Panchayati
Raj institutions
(c) The Panchayati Raj functionaries will be
disqualified to hold their offices if they have more
than two children
(d) The elections will be held in six months time if
Panchayati Raj bodies are superceded or
dissolved by the State government
The 73rd Constitution Amendment Act, 1992 refers
to the: [2000]
(a) generation of gainful employment for theunemployed and the under employed men and
women in rural areas
(b) generation of employment for the able bodied
adults who are in need and desirous of work
during the lean agricultural season
(c) laying the foundation for strong and vibrant
Panchayati Raj institutions in the country
(d) guarantee of right to life, liberty and security of
person, equality before law and equal protection
without discrimination
Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists: [2001]
List-I                                                  List-II
(Amendments to the Constitution)
A. The Constitution                              1. Establishment of state (Sixty-ninth level Rent   
                                                                  TribunalsAmendment)Act, 1991
B. The Constitution                               2. No reservations for (Seventy-fifth Scheduled Castes in
                                                                   Amendment) Panchayats in Act. 1994 Arunachal Pradesh
C. The Constitution                               3. Constitution of(Eighteenth Panchayats in 
                                                                  VillagesAmendment) or at other local levelAct, 2000
D. The Constitution                               4. Accepting the (Eighty-third recommendations of 
                                                                   Amendment) the Tenth Finance Act, 2000 Commission
According the status of National Capital
Territory to Delhi
Consider the following statements: [2013 – I]
1. National Development Council is an organ of the Planning Commission.
2. The Economic and Social Planning is kept in the Concurrent List in the Constitution of India.
3. The Constitution of India prescribes that Panchayats should be assigned the task of preparation of plans for economic development and social justice.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only (b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3
The provisions in Fifth Schedule and Sixth Schedule
in the Constitution of India are made in order to
[2015-I]
(a) protect the interests of Scheduled Tribes
(b) determine the boundaries between States
(c) determine the powers, authority and responsibilities of Panchayats
(d) protect the interests of all the border States
What is the system of governance in the Panchayati
Raj set up? [1996]
(a) Single tier structure of local self government at
the village level .
(b) Two tier system of local self government at the
village and block levels
(c) Three tier structure of local self government at
the village, block and district levels
(d) Four tier system of local self government at the
village block, district and in the state levels
In the new Panchayati Raj Bill enacted in 1993, there are several fresh provisions deviating from the past.
Which one of the following is not one such provisions?
[1999]
(a) A number of added responsibilities in the area of
     agriculture, rural development, primaryeducation and social forestry among other
(b) Elections being made mandatory for all posts at the time they are due
(c) A statutory representation for women in the panchayats, upto a third of the strength
(d) Regular remuneration to the panchayat members, so as to ensure their punctuality and
      accountability
Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer
using the codes given below the lists: [2000]
List-I List-II
(Local bodies) (States as in 1999)
A. Zila Parishads at          1. Andhra Pradesh the sub-divisional level
B. Mandal Praja Parishad 2. Assam
C. Tribal Councils            3. Mizoram
D. Absence of Village      4. Meghalaya
Panchayats
Codes :
(a) A-2, B-1, C-4, D-3
(b) A-1, B-2, C-4, D-3
(c) A-3, B-2, C-1, D-4
(d) A-2, B-1, C-3, D-4
IF a Panchayat is dissolved, elections are to be held
within: [2009]
[ Panchayat Dissolution , In 2016 Question Came on he same topic ]
(a) 1 month (b) 3 months
(c) 6 months (d) 1 year
The Constitution (Seventy-Third Amendment) Act,1992, which aims at promoting the Panchayati Raj
Institutions in the country, provides for which of the following ? [2011 – I]
1. Constitution of District Planning Committees.
2. State Election Commissions to conduct all panchayat elections.
3. Establishment of State Finance Commission.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
“…instil into the vast millions of workers, men and
women, who actually do the job, a sense of partnership
and of cooperative performance…” The above passage
relates to: [2000]
(a) Planned Development
(b) Community Development
(c) Panchayati Raj System
(d) Integrated Development Programme
Which one of the following authorities makes
recommendation to the Governor of a State as to the
principles for determining the taxes and duties which
may be appropriated by the Panchayats in that
particular State? [2010]
(a) District Planning Committees
(b) State Finance Commission
(c) Finance ministry of that State
(d) Panchayati Raj Ministry of that State

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Recently, which one of the following
currencies has been proposed to be
added to the basket of IMF’s SDR?
(a) Rouble
(b) Rand
(c) Indian Rupee
(d) Renminbi


Previously asked Questions On SDR


Which of the following is/are treated as artificial currency? [2010]
(a) ADR (b) GDR
(c) SDR (d) Both ADR and SDR

Which one of the following groups of items is included in India’s foreign-exchange reserves? [2013 – I]

(a) Foreign-currency assets, Special Drawing Rights (SDRs) and loans from foreign countries
(b) Foreign-currency assets, gold holdings of the RBIand SDR’s
(c) Foreign-currency assets, loans from the World Bank and SDRs
(d) Foreign-currency assets, gold holdings of the RBIand loans from the World Bank






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Which of the following is/are tributary/
tributaries of Brahmaputra?
1. Dibang
2. Kameng
3. Lohit
Select the correct answer using the
code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3



Previous Year Questions on Brahmaputra and Tributaries


Consider the following pairs: [2008]
Tributary River Main River
1. Chambal Narmada
2. Sone Yamuna
3. Manas Brahmaputra
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly
matched?
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) l and 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only (d) 3 only

The Brahmaputra, Irrawady and Mekong rivers
originate in Tibet and flow though narrow and
parallel mountain ranges in their upper reaches. Of
these rivers, Brahmaputra makes a “U” turn in its
course to flow into India. This “U” turn is due to
[2011 – I]
(a) Uplift of folded Himalayan series
(b) Syntaxial bending of geologically young
Himalayas


Brahmaputra is an example of _______
drainage.
(a) Annular
(b) Antecedent
(c) Superimposed
(d)Radial

Importantoilfields of the Brahmaputra
Valley include
(a) Digboi and Kilboi
(b) Lunej and Ankhleshwar
(c) Badarpur and Masimpur
(d)Naharkatia and Moran
(c) Geo-tectonic disturbance in the tertiary folded
mountain chains
(d) Both (a) and (b) above



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55. Consider the following pairs:
Terms sometimes Their origin
seen in the news
1. Annex – I : Cartagena countries Protocol
2. Certified Emissions : Nagoya Reductions Protocl
3. Clean Development: Kyoto Mechanism Protocol
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

Below Questions Have been asked in Previous year papers   ,  By Going through them The Question in 2016 could have been answered easily .



Which one of the following is associated with the issue of control and phasing out of the use of ozonedepleting
substances? [2015-I]
(a) Bretton Woods Conference
(b) Montreal Protocol
(c) Kyoto Protocol
(d) Nagoya Protocol

Which one of the following statements is correct?
[2005]
(a) The first meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety was held in
    Phillippines in the year 2004.
(b) India is not a signatory to the Biosafety protocol/ convention on Biological Diversity.
(c) The Biosafety protoco1 deals with genetically
    modified organisms.
(d) United State of America is member of the Biosafety protocol/convention on Biological
    diversity.

Participatory Notes (PNs) are associated with which
one of the following? [2007]
(a) Consolidated Fund of India
(b) Foreign Institutional Investors
(c) United Nations Development Programme
(d) Kyoto Protocol

Regarding “carbon credits’’, which one of the
following statements is not correct ? [2011 – I]
(a) The carbon credit system was ratified in conjunction with the Kyoto Protocol.
(b) Carbon credits are awarded to countries or groups that have reduced greenhouse gases
    below their emission quota.
(c) The goal of the carbon credit system is to limit
    the increase of carbon dioxide emission.
(d) Carbon credits are traded at a price fixed from time to time by the United Nations Environment Programme.



Consider the following statements: [2005]
1. Kyoto protocol came into force in the year 2005.
2. Kyoto protocol deals primarily with the depletion
of the ozone layer.
3. Methane as a green house gas is more harmful
than carbon dioxide.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 2 (b) 1 and 3

(c) 1 only (d) 3 only






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33. With reference to ‘IFC Masala Bonds’, sometimes seen in the news, which of the statements given below is/are
correct?
1. The International Finance Corporation, which offers these bonds, is an arm of the World
Bank.
2. They are the rupee-denominated
bonds and are a source of debt
financing for the public and
private sector
Select the correct answer using the
code given below:
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

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By Solving the Below previous year question Two options[B and D] could have been easily removed from the 2016 Question

Which of the following constitute the World Bank?
[1995]
1. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
2. International Finance Corporation
3. International Development Association
4. International Monetary Fund
Codes:
(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 1 and 2
(c) 3 and 4 (d) 1, 2, 3 and 4


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Which of the following statements is/ are correct ? 
Proper design and effective implementation of UN-REDD+ Programme can significantly contribute to 
1. protection of biodiversity 
2. resilience of forest ecosystems 
3. poverty reduction 
Select the correct answer using the code given below: 
(a) 1 and 2 only 
(b) 3 only 
(c) 2 and 3 only 
(d) 1, 2 and 3


REDD + Was asked in 2015 , there should not be any excuse of not looking it up 

Question related to REDD + With reference to ‘Forest Carbon Partnership Facility’, which of the following statements is/ are correct?
[2015-I]
1. It is a global partnership of governments, businesses, civil society and indigenous peoples.
2. It provides financial aid to universities, individual scientists and institutions involved in
scientific forestry research to develop eco-friendly and climate adaptation technologies for sustainable forest management.
3. It assists the countries in their ‘REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest
Degradation+)’ efforts by providing them with financial and technical assistance.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only (b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only (d) 1, 2 and 3




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83. Satya Shodhak Samaj organized (a) a movement for upliftment of tribals in Bihar (b) a temple-entry movement in Gujarat (c) an anti-caste movement in Maharashtra (d) a peasant movement in Punjab


The Correct Option for the below Previous year question[1995] is D [(d) Bal Gangadhar Tilak—Satya Shodhak Sabha ] Reading about satya sodhak samaj because it was asked earlier also , would have fetched you 2 marks .



6. Which one of the following pairs is not correctly matched? [1995] (a) Jamnalal Bajaj—Satyagraha Ashram at Wardha (b) Dadabhai Naoroji—Bombay Association (c) Lala Lajpat Rai—National School at Lahore (d) Bal Gangadhar Tilak—Satya Shodhak Sabha


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