CSAT 2011 Paper

Civil Services Aptitude Test Paper 2011 Held on 12th June 2011

1. In the Union Budget 2011-12, a full exemption from the basic customs duty was extended to the bio-based asphalt (bioasphalt). What is the importance of this material?
1. Unlike traditional asphalt, bioasphalt is not based on fossil fuels.
2. Bioasphalt can be made from non-renewable resources.
3. Bioasphalt can be made from organic waste materials
4. It is eco-friendly to use bioasphalt for surfacing of the roads.
Which of the statements given above are correct?
a) 1, 2 and 3 only b) 1, 3 and 4 only c) 2 and 4 only d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

2. Consider the following:
1. Carbon dioxide 2. Oxides of Nitrogen 3. Oxides of Sulphur
Which of the above is/are the emis-sion/emissions from coal combust-ion at thermal power plants?
a) 1 only b) 2 and 3 only c) 1 and 3 only d) 1, 2, and 3

3. Satellites used for telecommunicati-on relay are kept in a geostationary orbit. A satellite is said to be in such an orbit when:
1. The orbit is geosynchronous
2. The orbit is circular
3. The orbit lies in the plane of the Earth’s equator
4. The orbit is at an altitude of 22,236 km
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3 only b) 1, 3 and 4 only c) 2 and 4 only d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

4. India has experienced persistent and high food inflation in the recent past. What could be the reasons?
1. Due to a gradual switchover to the cultivation of commercial crops, the area under the cultiv-ation of food grains has steadily decreased in the last five years by about 30%
2. As a consequence of increasing incomes, the consumption patte-rns of the people have undergone a significant change.
3. The food supply chain has structural constraints.
Which of the statements given above are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only b) 2 and 3 only c) 1 and 3 only d) 1, 2 and 3

5. At present, scientists can determine the arrangement or relative positions of genes or DNA sequence on a chromosome. How does this knowledge benefit us?
1. It is possible to know the pedigree of livestock
2. It is possible to understand the causes of all human diseases.
3. It is possible to develop disease resistant animal breeds.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only b) 2 only c) 1 and 3 only d) 1, 2 and 3

6. In terms of economy, the visit by foreign nationals to witness the XIX Common Wealth Games in India amounted to
a) Export b) Import
c) Production d) Consumption

7. Microbial fuel cells are considered a source of sustainable energy. Why?
1. They use living organisms as catalyst to generate electricity from certain substrates.
2. They use a variety of inorganic materials as substrates.
3. They can be installed in waste water treatment plants to cleanse water and produce electricity
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

8. Which one of the following statements appropriately describes the “fiscal stimulus”?
a) It is a massive investment by the Government in manufacturing sector to ensure the supply of goods to meet the demand surge caused by rapid economic growth
b) It is an intense affirmative action of the Government to boost economic activity in the country
c) It is Government’s intensive action on financial institutions to ensure disbursement of loans to agriculture and allied sectors to promote greater food production and contain food inflation
d) It is an extreme affirmative action by the Government to pursue its policy of financial inclusion.

9. The formation of ozone hole in the Antarctic region has been a cause of concern. What could be the reason for the formation of this hole?
a) Presence of prominent troposp-heric turbulence; and inflow of chlorofluorocarbons
b) Presence of prominent polar front and stratospheric clouds; and inflow of chlorofluorocarbons
c) Absence of polar front and strato-spheric clouds; and inflow of me-thane and chlorofluorocarbons
d) Increased temperature at polar region due to global warming

10. Consider the following actions which the Government can take:
1. Devaluing the domestic currency
2. Reduction in the export subsidy
3. Adopting suitable policies which attract greater FDI and more funds from FIIs Which of the above action/actions can help in reducing the current account deficit?
a) 1 and 2 b) 2 and 3 c) 3 only d) 1 and 3

11. The Constitution (Seventy-Third Amendment) Act, 1992, which aims at promoting the Panchayati Raj Institutions in the country, provides for which of the following?
1. Constitution of District Planning Committees.
2. State Election Commissions to conduct all panchayat elections
3. Establishment of State Finance Commissions
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
12. Two important rivers – one with its source in Jharkand (and known by a different name in Odisha), and anoth-er, with its source in Odisha – merge at a place only a short distance from the coast of Bay of Bengal before flo-wing into the sea. This is an impo-rtant site of wildlife and biodiversity and a protected area. Which one of the following could be this?
a) Bhitarkanika b) Chandipur-on-sea c) Gopalpur-on-sea d) Simlipal
13. A rapid increase in the rate of infla-tion is sometimes attributed to the ”base effect”. What is ”base effect”?

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