Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 14

Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 14

Hope you enjoyed solving the Fourteenth Test of our 2016 Test Series. On this page, please share your doubts to seek clarifications, or to point out any mistakes in the comment box regarding the First Test. We will do our best to address  all your doubts.

217 Replies to “Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 14”

  1. Hello people, how did you find the exam? what is a good score in this exam?
    Q 55 ans given is wrong.

    1. But there mentioned 24 jan not 26, i am also sockkkkeeedddd. But laxmikant says 26. I have 4 edition laxmikant indian polity book my be it suggest in the older edition….

      1. yes. I scored 99.33, considering q55, its 102. But wanted to score in 140-150s.thanx.

        1. Same score as mine!!!! Are you giving this test series 1st time? If yes, then its not a bad score.

  2. quite tough. as I was not able to complete syllabus.but next time I will try for a better score.

    Sir plz update time table for yearbook and Economic survey.
    also waiting for CSAT.

  3. Sir I am not able to download Test papers on my cell phone. This problem persist since last 3 test plz look into the issue.
    Thank you!!

    1. Now you can download this today. Yesterday a problem occured with the website

  4. sir its my humble request to increse the No of Retakes of tests to atleast 2 so that we can revise them again and again.. please sir

    1. Please try changing the browser, clearing the cache, cookies etc. It should work.

  5. Insights, I have two doubt’s:
    1) chapters for India 2016
    2)I didn’t cover all the biosphere reserves, national park, species, environment laws,convention/treaties and bodies. From where I should cover this..
    Please clarify my doubt’s. Thank you

  6. Insights, I have two doubt’s:
    1) chapters for India 2016
    2)I didn’t cover all the biosphere reserves, national park, species, environment laws,convention/treaties and bodies. From where I should cover this..
    Please clarify my doubt’s. Thank you

    1. Even i have mailed them regarding other issue, but didn’t receieved any reply from them. I found this very negetive aspect of insight team, as we all are fully rely on their guidance and support and it look like by ignoring our doubts,they left us somewhere in the middle.
      Please Insight team do rectify such issues, and don’t let your image go down.

      1. Whoa Dude … I couldn’t stay quiet anymore.They aren’t boondoggling buddy ..Finish your backlog in that time.Take up Secure Questions and Start writing .. Why are you so dependent on them ?They are doing enough and we all are highly indebted to them ! Grow up … You are gonna give one of the toughest exams in the world .. Stop wining about such trivial things ! why do you want everything to be spoonfed ?

      2. The insights team has never let us down. Whatsoever is on the website is itself mind boggling. Wait patiently till they reply. They already are working as super humans. It must be difficult to reply individually when there are lakhs visiting daily.

  7. Unable to download the analysis pdf. Also, what are the chapters that need to be covered from IYB ?

    I was unable to complete the National Parks and biosphere reserves. What would be a good source to study this ?

    Thanks in advance!

  8. Q.55 January 26 was specifically chosen as the ‘date of commencement’ of the Constitution
    INSIGHT answer must be A,but given correct answer is D.Please clarify

  9. Q-55 Again a typo error from ur side Insights ,
    Q-97 Ans. provided by you is Option C, but from your explanation part it clearly indicates that (1) is wrong since they do not prefer Mass Civil Disobedience. And the explanation does not give us clear picture whether the Capitalist class was against the ideology of imperialism or not?
    Clarification required.

    1. 55. Answer will be A.
      97. Answer will be B. They preferred constitutional forms of struggle as opposed to mass civil disobedience. They were against the ideology of imperialism.

      1. Insights : Already you have minimized samples of erroneous answers, still if there occurs any, I would request you to post right answers for those questions on this feedback page at once so that we can refer them and correct accordingly. Here I assume only 2 errors in answer sheet.
        As you know I treat your answers/ featured comment as “Bible”, so don’t wanna go wrong/confuse there 🙂 Thanks !

        1. Sure, we will make them featured comments from next test. We will also issue a corrigendum for previous tests soon. Thank you.

          1. Hello @@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus Q.6 explanation…Hemis National Park is in J&K and not Himachal.

            Also, pls have a look at Q 20. Shouldn’t the option be 3 and 4 are correct instead of 3 and 5. Your explanation for statement 2 contradicts the statement. otherwise pls do explain. Thanks

            1. sorry @i@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus I mean 3,4,,5 are correct instead of 2,3,4

            2. Dear, for Q20, statement 2 will be wrong. It is given correctly in the explanation. Thank you.

                1. sorry my bad..5 wont be correct as NOT ALL disputes are solved by the judiciary.

  10. Dear Insights, for test-15, bipan chandra 6-11 chapters is given. Do we need not read chapter 4 and 5 which was not mentioned in test-14? Also specify IYB chapters.

    1. Bipin’s 4,5 chapter are for fun – he himself says that its not based on reflective thought – you read them you will find out 🙂

      But my suggestion, if you don’t have time – then don’t waste time on them.

  11. Sir,
    can you please allow to take previous tests again. It would be helpful to revise them on real time basis.
    Your tests are extremely valuable, that is why i want to attempt them again. I think this wont make a difference if we can revise tests again.
    I would be thankful if you accept my humble request. Hoping for a positive response.
    Thanking You

    1. Yes Insights ! I too mentioned this fact in feedback. At least you can remove the restriction in phased manner for e.g. freeze 1st five tests for evaluation to get rank and let all attempt it innumerable times.

  12. Which Edition of Ramesh Singh’s Indian Economy is to be read ? The Current time table mentions 25 chapters, But there are only 24 in 5th edition. What to do ?

    1. There are 25 chapters in the 6th edition. 24th chapter is selected MCQs. 25th chapter of 6th edition is the same as 24th chapter of 5th edition. Rest chapters 1-23 are same in 5th and 6th edition. If you do not have 6th edition, you can safely ignore the 25th chapter. 🙂

      1. @Insights Prelims Test Series: sir can i substitute sriram ias economics for ramesh singh given that i am already aquainted with the former?
        Could u send me the snapshot of the index of ramesh singh’s 6th edition?

  13. hii can anyone clarify question no.20??
    because if you look at it there is only collective resposibility of the executive to the legislature and not the judiciary. Although the judiciary has the power to review the laws,that does not make the executive resposible to the judiciary directly.
    and even the parliament has its sovereignity which has been adopted fro the Brit parliament.
    Please clarify this question..

    1. India adopted parliamentary form of govt from British but not the sovereignty of parliament doctrine.In brit they can amend constitution however they want but in India there are some restrictions like judisial review , basic structutre etc. for reference go through laxmikanth chapter 22 page 36 sovereignity of parliament topic

      1. Hii,okk this part is clear.
        but another clarification is that there is no collective responsibility of the executive towards the judiciary..isn’t it only towards the legislature,even though the judiciary has supremacy.

          1. “Collective responsibility” is the overarching theme of any Parliamentary democracy; It is to Legislature, Judiciary, Citizenry etc etc. They swim or sink together. Hope that clarifies;

        1. Yes, the collective responsibility of executive is only towards the legislature. The explanation says it all. 🙂

  14. Hello sir. I am not able to download pdf of thirteenth test, I have even mailed you people thrice, but haven’t got any reply. This has become problem for me since 9th test. Please do something sir, at least reply to my query. Thanks

    1. I am also facing the same problem.
      We request you insight to please sort out whatever the technical glitch it is.

    2. Please try changing the browser, clearing the cache, cookies etc. It should work. 🙂 If not, let us know.

      1. Sir,
        It’s not working I tried a lot of times

        Can you please send us PDF s of test papers until the technical problem is solved so that we can assess ourselves.
        We can send you email verification that will assure you that we have completd the test.

        1. We will definitely help you out on this. The PDF is system generated for individual users. We will address the issue soon so that you can access the test PDFs. Thank you.

        2. Many people who are giving tests in tab are facing this problem. For the time we sort out this issue, you may want to try downloading them from a desktop/laptop. Let us know. 🙂

      2. hi insights,
        sir a small suggestion for csat part is, if possible begin a warm up test series with reasonable price as u wish. So that there will be no sparing of any subject though we have a meager cutoff but can also may lead to disappointment sometimes and we will be happy to join the series with full cooperation.
        thank u sir.

      3. sir, if possible plz provide few key points to how intelligently we can manage the answering tips to questions by overcoming negatives in test series because i am usually ending up with more negatives
        Thank u sir.

  15. i took 14th test today but sir im not able to generate pdf…it shows error…pls do something insights.

    1. Please try changing the browser, clearing the cache, cookies etc. It should work. 🙂

  16. India year book and Economics survey

    Test-wise breakup
    Test number India Yearbook 2016 Economic Survey 2015-16
    Test 15 Chapters 1 to 4 NA
    Test 16 Chapters 5 to 8 NA
    Test 17 Chapters 9 to 12 NA
    Test 18 Chapters 13 to 16 NA
    Test 19 Chapters 17 to 20 Volume 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Test 20 Chapters 20 to 23 Volume 1: Chapters 5, 6, 7 and 8
    Test 21 NA Volume 1: Chapters 9, 10 and 11
    Test 22 Chapters 24, 25 and 26 Volume 2: Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4
    Test 23 Chapters 27 to 31 Volume 2: Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9

    Note: Test 24 to 32 are Full length Tests.

  17. Insights, I have a doubt:
    1)I didn’t cover all the biosphere reserves, national park, species, environment laws,convention/treaties and bodies. From where I should cover this..
    Please clarify my doubt’s. Thank you..

      1. Thank you insights.. I got my answer. By the way I wish to study those materials also which are available as PDFs on environment and dis managm.

  18. Insights, I have a doubt:
    1)I didn’t cover all the biosphere reserves, national park, species, environment laws,convention/treaties and bodies. From where I should cover this..
    Please clarify my doubt’s. Thank you..!

  19. Sir, I gave the test yesterday but I am unable to d/w the pdf of the test. Kindly solve the matter.

  20. Hello Insights!!

    Q 36 answer in your solutions is incorrect.
    Both socialism & communism have state ownership of factors of production in common. Main difference is that in communism, state owns even the labour viz. Labour rights.

    Answer should be B not A.

      1. No. Option A is -State v/s non-state ownership of factors of production
        Answer should be B- Right of labour

        I request Insights & other buddies to discuss upon this basic concept.

          1. Thanks for the link as it gave good info. on the topic.
            But there was no point of this link w.r.t topic of my discussion viz. labour rights. There is not a single reference in the link for the labour rights, then to my astonishment, how you concluded answer A based on it?

            @insi@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus…Why don’t you just clear the air?

            1. Central difference…
              a.State vs non state ownership of factor of production
              b.right of labour

              Here right of labour can be only single factor of production….there are other means of production also…so ownership of all gets primacy here…..

              I may be wrong as well because in first instance I also choose right of labour as correct one….But after little discussion with friends I concluded as A

              Bt we can surely discuss to clear the air……..

    1. I went for option B. My question is what is the difference between collective and state ownership given in solutions of this question.Even in socialist country like us we have state ownership and not collective ownership.i think its just the difference of labour rights in the two systems.

      From PDF….Socialistic economy emphasises the collective ownership of the means of production (property and assets).Communist economy on the other hand advocates state ownership of all propertiesincluding even labour and absolute power to state in running the economy…..plz clarify

      1. Rightly pointed out…what’s the difference between collective and state ownership?? I mean how to demarcate the two properly ??

    2. Understand it this way. India adopted the socialist path of development post-independence. But, the state did not own all the labour and all the factories in India. There was room for private sector participation and ownership, e.g. TISCO.

      But, in a purely communist economy, state owns all the factors of production, e.g. USSR in the early years of imperative planning. There is no room for private ownership of either labour or land or anything. It all belongs to the state.

      1. Hello Insights!

        Q98. Say, we are doing an infrastructure devpt project in Afghan. Then instead of giving them assistance in rupees or dollars, we can use SDRs right?

        means, it can act as a currency aswell.

        so answer should be ‘all of the above’. but your answer is different.

        pls reply. thanks in advance.

      2. Sir can you please clarify Q88 regarding Delhi Sulanate as per Tamil Nadu History Book it was Islamic state.
        Please reply soon.

    3. yup even I marked B
      Its so clearly written in Ramesh singh…
      But when I read it again It really means that communist economy owns ‘all properties including even labour’….so what it means is that labour is one of the differences not the only difference….
      so finally option A will be correct.
      I hope that helps.

    4. Don’t get confused between state ownership and collective ownership. I will offer a clearer explanation.

      Answer is A. Why?

      In socialist model i.e. USSR: Labour(one of the factors of production) was a “non-state” owned entity.

      In communist model i.e. China: Labour was state owned entity.

      point A says: State v/s non-state ownership of factors of production. Hence, clearly A.

      Why not B? Because it says “Right of labour” !! Could have been right if it said “ownership” of labour instead. Right of labour doesnt make sense.

      1. Thanks…your explanation is most appropriate & agreeable.
        Sadly i need to accept loosing 2.66 marks. 🙂

        1. Me too yaar! Just looked at the word “labour” and marked the answer. Lesson learnt. 🙂

  21. For test 14
    Is Struggle for India’s independence is same as India’s Struggle for Independence ?

  22. I have India year book 2014 edition can I use that instead of 2016 edition????

  23. Hello sir, Que.-36 and should be B,both socialist and communist economy are state economy so non state ownership should not come in picture. Regarding the difference between both, it is the ownership of labour which creates the difference. Reference:- 1. Chapter-1 (same as provided by you in answer). 2. Chapter-4, page 4.6 under the topic IMPERATIVE PLANNING. PLZ reply sir, if I have interpreted something wrong.

    1. 36. India adopted the socialist path of development post-independence. But, the state did not own all the labour and all the factories in India. There was room for private sector participation, e.g. TISCO. But, in a purely communist economy, state owns all the factors of production, e.g. USSR in the early years of imperative planning. There is no room for private ownership of either labour or land or anything. It all belongs to the state. Please read the explanation provided in the solutions carefully.

  24. Dear Insights in question no 34…option 2, right against strike called by pol party was given…but in explanation it is given as right against bundh by pol party and not right to strike….is strike and bundh same…can you plz clarify…In ques no 58..option 1 there is no guaranteed right to compensation …but in laxmikanth pg no 7.21 in 4 th edition …exception was given that guaranteed compensation under art 30 and art 31A…can you plz clarify…

    1. 34. Yes, they are same. Its a call to stop all the normal social, economic and political activities.

      58. Yes, there are exceptions. But, the general understanding is that Right to property is a legal right for which Government is not constitutionally bound to give compensation.

      1. @in@insightsprelimstestseries:disqus
        I disagree. Strike and Bandh are two different cases and they don’t mean the same. You may refer to the CPM vs Bharat Kumar 1998 case, SC held that all kinds of bandhs are illegal. “Bandh is not a strike but something which threatens the total shutdown of society” …

      2. Sir, is it that only fundamental rights are GUARANTEED??

        also sir, i am clear about fundamental rights & constitutional rights. But please throw some light on “legal rights”.

        1. Legal rights are different from fundamental rights in two important ways:

          A) You cannot seek right to constitutional remedies in court if a legal right is infringed. You can only move the high Court and the case proceeds normally via the right to appeal process.

          B) The Parliament can take away a legal right by enacting a law or amending the constitution by simple majority only. A special majority is needed in case a fundamental right is to be taken away, and even that too is not permissible if it violates the basic structure of constitution.

  25. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    Q.37. Please explain how writ of mandamus cannot be issued against public executive authorities.

    1. It is issued against public executive authorities. Please re-check the question, statements and solution. 🙂

      1. Hello Insight my query is regarding question no 93 – sanyasi rebellion
        Why can’t the answer option b.
        As British have prevented sanyasis from collecting pilgrim tax from jamindars and farmers. Even link provided by you explain this.
        Monks spearheaded rebellion with support of jamindars is no where given in the link.
        Even I don’t understand during 1770 – 1800, the period of rebellion jamindars have not been deposed from their position then how can they involve in rebellion.
        Please clarify the issue

        1. Regulation of religion by British was not the major factor. A is more appropriate.

          Permanent settlement was in place in 1793. Permanent settlement was quite oppressing in the earlier years and when the zamindars were unable to pay the fixed revenue due to famines and droughts, they were deposed. Only a few zamindars managed to maintain their stronghold on their zamindari by means of Benami.

  26. Sir, i have ramesh singh 7th edition. Are the chapter no. same? Because in this book, there are 22 chapters. Also i have 3rd edition of laxmikanth. shall i buy the 4th one now?

  27. sir please tell what could be considered good score in all tests.?.. i have seen people scoring as high as 190’s…. i am scoring in 120’s mostly…

  28. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus Unable to download answers pdf.. Kindly resolve the issue at the earliest

  29. sir its my humble request to increse the No of Retakes of tests to atleast 2 so that we can revise them again and again.. please sir..

  30. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus
    Q20-India is a sovereign body(preamble) but Indian parliament is not. Explain?
    Q55-Answer should be (A).
    Q71-Cannot get the explanation part. option 3 is about neutrino but in explanation you are talking about neutron.
    Q97-Statement 1 and its explanation are in opposite direction. Please clarify.

    1. Q20- In India Constitution is supreme and parliament has to function as per the constitution so it cannot be sovereign – REfer to Laxmikanth chapter on Parliament

    2. 20. India is sovereign in the sense that nobody dictates the state of India how to conduct its affairs. But, Parliament of India is only one part of the Indian state. Parliamentary actions are subject to scrutiny by the Judiciary based on the principle of Judicial review. Its powers are also bound by the constitution and its interpretation by the Judiciary. So, the Parliament is not a sovereign body.

      71. The explanation is interchanged. Thank you.

  31. Trying to subscribe insights test series through my mobile but couldn’t … have to repeat the same process of filling the subscription form again and again but it isn’t proceeding further.Please help!

    1. You can change the mobile browser or clear the cache, cookies etc on the browser. Or you can try it on a desktop/PC/Laptop. It should work. Thank you.

  32. Guys, what are your scores & what is a decent score for the exam? I got 29 correct & 13 wrong.

    Is there a whatsapp group for insights?

  33. sir, how many people are enrolled for the test series? it will give ballpark estimate of our rankings and where we stand.

    1. Yes, please read the schedule addemdum. A note has been added to it on this. Thank you.

      1. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus Will you please bother solving our doubts which are pending for days ?

  34. Hello Sir, in Q-34, The SC held that the freedom of speech and expression includes…(2) Right against strike (bundh) called by a Political party or organisation, which is clearly mentioned in M. Laxmikanth.
    Sir can u explain how this statement (2) is related to Right to Speech and Expression, because I think if there is bundh/strike it will directly affect the LIVELIHOOD of the people hence should come under Article 21 Right to Life.

    1. Freedom of Speech and Expression also includes the freedom of movement which may be lost during a strike. Strikes affect livelihood but only temporarily. It is not a grave loss from an individual point of view. So, it is better included in Article 19 than Article 21.

      1. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus
        Q69) AFAIK Cloud burst is usually the result of cumulonimbus cloud due to convection. What do collision of clouds with mountains have to do with it :-/. Also mixing of wind parcels (frontal precipitation) results in rainfall which is wide spread over large area and thus not referred as cloud burst. Please correct me if I am wrong ?

        1. Mixing of warm and cold air parcels can cause intense vortices on small scale that generate strong convection currents. These uplift the moisture laden air with sufficient rapidity to form cumulonimbus clouds which can then cause cloudburst.

          Collision of clouds with mountains do not cause cloudburst. It is actually orographic lift that helps the phenomenon of cloudbursts. Statement 1 is wrong. Answer will be B. It is a typo. We will revise it.

          Other doubts have been addressed in comments above. If we have forgotten something, please again point them out here. Thank you.

  35. Hello Sir,

    Is there any chance to provide pdf of prelims question paper, so that i can take print out of question paper and I can write exam in offline mode.

    After that I will submit the same answers through online mode

    So can you please provide the prelims question paper in pdf format, so that i can experience real exam hall environment.

  36. sir plz specify the source for biosphere reserves, national park, species, environment laws,convention/treaties and bodies?thnx in advance

  37. hello insights
    Q no 20
    statement 2 the collective responsibility of executive to legislature but how to judiciary ?
    please clear

  38. Dear insights
    Q 20
    statement 2 the executive is responsible for legislature but how to judiciary please clear doubt

  39. @Insights:
    Q 20. the second option must read as “Collective responsibility of the executive to the legislature”….and not as Collective responsibility of the executive to the legislature and Judiciary….Was it a typo?pls clarify…

      1. It is a typo in statement number 2. Collective responsibility of executive is only to the legislature and not to the judiciary. The explanation is correct, though! 🙂

  40. This may sound silly…Got a doubt in constitutional amendment…right to property is a legal right or constitutional right??
    I considered it constitutional since its u/a 300A….and as it is not mentioned in i)outside the ambit of u/a 368(simple majority); neither in ii) spl majority with ratification by half states……i thought it comes under art. 368 itself i.e spl majority…. Am I wrong here….can anyone plss help me with this?

    1. @Sillyblaze:disqus
      Legal Rights include Constitutional Rights (FR and other Constitutional Rights) and statutory rights.
      So Right to Property is now a part of other constitutional rights (outside part III)

      1. @#Hope
        Wat i fail to understand is that u/a 368 spl majority without ratification by half of the states….it includes 1. Fund. Rights 2. DPSP 3. Any other provisions not covered under amendments through a) spl majority with ratification by half of the states & b) simple majority outside the scope of article 368.
        Right to property doesnt come under the a) and b)…..then how come its not amended through spl majority( without ratification) but by ordinary majority???

        1. @Sillyblaze:disqus
          I am also not clear about this. Please let me know too if you understand.
          @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus can you clarify ?

        2. NO Blaze, Only what is altered by simple majority doesn’t come under the purview of A368; If it requires ratification by more than half of the state legislatures(Those of which having a bearing on the federal structure of the polity) – It is governed by A368;

          Right to property is a constitutional right(300A) and not a fundamental right – so a simple majority will do.

          1. So does tht mean if a article is taken out of FR but still is a part of constitution…amending tht article is not equivalent of amending constitution( e.g art. 300A itself…) nd wud require simple majority itself…
            Plss rectify if I’m wrong….

            1. This is what Article 300A says “Article 300A. Persons not to be deprived of property save by authority of law.- No person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law”; So Parliament can make laws which are violative of “Right to property”; If parliament makes a law which is violative of FRs – then by A13 they would be null, So they have to go for a constitutional amendment;

              If you have to amend Article 300A itself, Then you have to use A368;

              1. According to insight’s reply amending art 300A doesn’t come under art. 368….i almost ws convinced by ur reply RPK….now again lost….lemme ask someone else too…

                1. Blaze, sorry for the confusion;
                  I should have read my answer one more time, before pasting it;

                  If you have to amend A 300A, you need a constitutional amendment which can be done by a simple majority (and so doesn’t come under A 368); Sorry for the confusion again. Insights nailed it. Just read his answer.

    2. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus
      But still I didn’t get the question after reading it multiple times. I marked both incorrect :-/

    3. Right to property is a legal right. Its status as a fundamental right was taken away by 44th constitutional amendment in 1978.

      Amending or repealing right to property would definitely involve constitutional amendment of Article 300A. But, such amendments would not come under the purview of Article 368 and can be cleared by a simple majority in the Parliament.

      Laxmikanth’s explanation does not include cases of amendment of legal rights and those provisions that fall outside the purview of A368. Thank you.

  41. In question no 4

    Which of the following phenomenon is observed due to Doppler Effect?

    1. Increase in sound of Car Siren when it is approaching

    This should be increase in pitch or frequency as you explained in answer.But “increase in sound” refers to loudness or amplitude that is not because of doppler effect. This makes this statement wrong.
    While solving the question I thought that the question is trying to test the most basic misconception of doppler effect .

  42. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    Q : Difference between enforceable by courts and enforceable by law ?

    Q 28 : So , does it mean that the prez sends the bill to the governor for his ratification ? (#reorganization of states)

    Q29 : Any easy method to remember all the state animals,birds,trees and flowers or is it by simple rote learning ?

    1. Q 22: DPSPs can be enforceable by law; MGNREGs, Abolition of Zamindari etc etc are laws to enforce DPSPs;
      Q 28: President refers it to the SL; No need of mediation by the governor!
      Q 29: Just go through them once; See if they are endangered (then they become important); Wikipedia is a very good source – Do it smartly, rote learning will not work for this exam (My personal opinion – Not very authentic)

      1. Thanks man ! However for Q28, if the prez is directly referring it to teh state legislature then don’t you think the one who is heading the SL would have some say ?

        1. Sorry, Question is not very clear; Can you come again?

          Do you mean the speaker will have some say; They can deliberate on it, vote on it; But its the prerogative of the parliament whether to take the suggestions are not.

          1. No.. See, every state legislature is headed by a governor right .. So , if the prez is referring the case to the state legislatures or to the Vidhan Parishads and Sabhas , then wouldn’t the governor feel bad as he is not roped in in the decision masking process ?

                1. SL (not Governor) can suggest recommendations (Like the Assembly of AP did, It rejected the bifurcation as congress lead by Kiran was in majority, And seemandhra MLAs ganged up) – But as you mentioned, they are not binding on the Parliament; This is to make sure that a subjugated community (Ostensibly, Telangana) which doesn’t have numbers in SL may get a fair deal in Parliament;

    2. What is enforceable by courts already exists in a legal framework, for e.g. a law, fundamental rights, rules, regulations etc. It is essentially the law of the land.

      What is enforceable by law is something which has still not become a part of the legal framework, for e.g. fundamental duties. However, they carry moral authority and taken cognizance by the courts in delivering a ruling or settling a dispute.

      29. You should read more about the species and important protected areas to become more familiar with them. It becomes easier to remember even the tinier details if you have read more about the topic properly, not less.

  43. Why is site not working
    I’m writing the exam and suddenly site stopped working 🙁

  44. “55 January 26 was specifically chosen as the ‘date of commencement’ of the Constitution


    A. It was on this day in 1930 that Purna Swaraj day was celebrated.

    B. The members of the Constituent assembly appended their signatures to the

    Constitution of India on this date.

    C. The Government of India Act 1935 was enacted on this date, which became

    the bedrock of the Indian constitution

    D. The transfer of power from the British Crown to native Indian government

    took place on this date.

    User Answer : A

    Correct Answer : D

    According to your explanation, Option A is the answer not option D

  45. If you see Q.55 the answer should be A and not D. Please correct me if I am wrong in my interpretation.

  46. Hello Insights,

    I have been preparing for cse using this test series alone and not even joining any coaching class except for optional. As many have suggests GS coaching is simply a waste. But after giving this test series I realised that I am below average i.e. 50% above rank wise. Will coaching boost up my level??? BtW I have started my preparation 7 months back.

    I would like to press the anonymous button 🙂

  47. Can anyone tell me… Did they specify the chapters of India 2016 for the upcoming test series

  48. Hello, Q. 13 choice no. C should be incorrect as it is contradictory to the justification provided in solution pdf. Insight please explain

    1. Seats were allotted proportional to the population. So statement 1 is correct; The answer is A.

  49. sir ,in test series my score lies in 60-80 but i wanted to score guide wrt how will i increase my score ?

  50. QN. 6) Hemis NP is mentioned to be in Himachal Pradesh, in the explanation, in fact it is located in Ladak, and is the sole national park in northern Himalayas :- if this may be useful to someone 🙂
    Qn 26) two of the options given are the one and the same
    Qn 20) The explanation is quite confusing. I’ve read those given here in the discussion too, still can’t make out how executive and legislature, though the former accountable to the latter; are responsible to judiciary. In the explanation it is explicitly mentioned that they aren’t responsible to the judiciary: but the statement 2 is given to be correct
    Question 69) How cloud bursts are caused when clouds collide on mountains?

    1. Q6 and 26. Yes dear, you are correct.

      In Q20 statement 2 is incorrect. In Q69 statement 1 is incorrect. Cloudburst actually happen due to orographic lift and not due to collision of clouds with mountains. We will revise both the answers.

  51. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    I was just wondering why havn’t we tapped our waterways for intercity movement ? Why is it only used for transporting goods and services and not passengers ?It would not only be econoical but also environment friendly !

    1. Yes, it is a typo. The capitalist class preferred constitutional forms of struggle rather than mass civil disobedience. Answer will be B.

  52. 69 – The explanation provided for Q-69 doesn’t match with the options. Can you pls explain the options.

    1. Dear, explanation given there tells the physics behind cloudbursts. Geographically speaking, cloudbursts happen due to a) Orographic lift, and b) mixing of warm air parcel with cold air parcel.

      Only the second statement is correct. Answer will be B. Thank you.

  53. Insights Prelims Test Series

    Q 53 : Link not working ,Pls provide the URL for annual receipts

    Q67 : How can weathering and water erosion increase the concentration of minerals in the rocks ? won’t it be the other way out ? Didnt quite understand the explanation


    What if the question replaced Net Domestic Product with Gross National Product instead.. Can we now say in this case that foreign investments formed a chunk of that particular economy ?

    1. 53.

      67. Weathering breaks the soil down and exposes its area to erosion from water, wind etc. The weathered material also contains minerals. These agents transport the weathered material from one place to another just like disaggregated silt is carried from the mountains aggregating at the delta. So, scattered mineral resources from rocks are concentrated due to weathering and transport of weathered material.

      75. Yes, there is a possibility.

  54. Q76 : Is Financial Business carried out only during Prez Rule ? (From the link)

    Q91 : Unlike Prohibition , Certiorari is both preventive and curative : Explain

    Q94 : “Koli Rising: The Kolis, the neighbours of the Bhils, also resented the imposition of British rule, dismantlement of their forests and the new order of administration and caused widespread employment “

    Shouldnt it be “unemployment” ?

    Q96 : If the Indian capitalists feared Mass Civil Disobedience then shouldn’t the answer be 2 only

    1. 76. The question is not clear to us. Please rephrase.

      91. Under prohibition higher courts can only stop the lower court from committing a mistake, whereas under certiorari, it can also transfer the case from the lower court to the higher court and handle by itself.

      94. Yes. 🙂

      96. Answer is 2 only. It is a typo from our side.

      1. “Financial Business” – The financial business of the House consists of the laying of the Railway and General Budgets and statements of supplementary Demands for Grants on the Table after they are presented to the Lok Sabha, general discussion on the General and Railway Budgets, consideration and return of connected Appropriate Bills and Finance Bills, laying of Budges, etc. of States which are under the President’s Rule. (Definition of financial business from

        Can we assertively state that financial business in the house is specifically carried for those states which are under Prez Rule ?

  55. Hi , I AM UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD SOLUTION PDF’s FOR ONLINE PRELIMS TEST SERIES 2016 ( TEST NO.13 ONWARD ) ( I HAVE PAID FOR THE SERIES ). I am sending a lot of mails for past 10 days to support team but no action has been taken yet. PLEASE HELP. !!!!!!


  56. Hi , I AM UNABLE TO DOWNLOAD SOLUTION PDF’s FOR ONLINE PRELIMS TEST SERIES 2016 ( TEST NO.13 ONWARD ) ( I HAVE PAID FOR THE SERIES ). I am sending a lot of mails for past 10 days to support team but no action has been taken yet. PLEASE HELP. !!!!!


    1. Dear, have you tried to change the device/browser or clear cookies/cache? It should work if you try these things. Thank you.

  57. Pls refer Q 20:

    Ans : 2,3,4 (Option b)

    But Collective responsibility of the executive to the legislature and Judiciary (Incorrect as per Statemnt)
    viz “The parliamentary system is based on the principle of cooperation and

    co-ordination between the legislative and executive organs and the collective

    responsibility of the latter to the former. It is not accountable to the Judiciary.

    Judiciary only reviews the actions of the executive when challenge”

    Then howz oprion b correct

    1. Statement 2 is wrong. It is a typo from our side. Only statements 3 and 4 are correct as explained in the justification. Thank you.

  58. Q22 : Could you please explain how Art 44 Uniform civil code adheres to Secularism.
    In my opinion by its implementation, it would violate many of FR like Art 25 to 30, which are integral part of Indian ethos of secularism.
    Kindly shed some light on it..

  59. Q 72: Very basic doubt

    Since GoI act, 1919 abolished Legislative Council & Introduced Bicameralism, then how in Diarchy, ministers for Transferred subjects are responsible for Legislative Council ? Are they responsible to Legislative Assembly “only” (like current status) or to Council of State also,

    Please clear the air …

  60. Hi @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    I saw a large number of questions about Governor-Generals and Viceroys, etc from the independance struggle.

    For example, question 2, 10, 13, 15, 17, 21….

    The syllabus did not indicate this area, as far as I know. Can you tell me which part of the syllabus it came from?

    1. They were not from freedom struggle. Please see the Q Source – Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth. 🙂

  61. regarding q-51 : ur explanation of asean plus members includes(india australia,etc) east asean summit members. but i had a understanding of asean plus members as asean+(japan,china and south korea) please clarify

  62. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus regarding q-51 : ur explanation of asean plus members includes(india australia,etc) east asean summit members. but i had a understanding of asean plus members as asean+(japan,china and south korea) please clarify

  63. thanx for ur reply.
    does it mean that, if we face shortage of foreign currency, then we have to go to imf/wb to change SDR to dollars. and we cannot give them to some other country for eqvt dollar value?

    1. well i have read that it can be exchanged in monetary ——it cannot be claimed ,its just a prospective claim ,dat u hav this much share with us so u are entitled to these many dollars as in d freely usable currency ie dollars—–if u are in need ,dat too respective of wht u hav kept with us,as in only n only IMF can authorise n can ask a country to help another country,in 1991 it was liberalisation time ,y did we liberalise ,coz we went to IMF ,WB DEY DIDNT EVEN HELP us in time of need saying no point helping coz u guys wont be able to pay UDHAR back to us,n nor dey ask nyother country to help us,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yyyyy,,,,,,,,,?????????????provision is dere dat settlement can be done ???but havnt scene happening ,vo sab pura country ka acc unkey agey rakhna hoga den dey will decide,ki kya milega hume ,as in recieving dey dont giv too much UDARI dey giv us relaxations of diff kinds as far as i knw????y did we liberalise in 1991 n in wht form ,we kept begging in front of everyone bt nobody was ready to show confidence in us at dat time???????u lemme knw y did we liberalise

      How the Concept of SDR Is Used to Settle Claims

      The SDR isn’t regarded as a currency or a claim against the IMF assets. Instead, it is a prospective claim against the freely usable currencies that belong to the IMF member states. The Articles of Agreement of the IMF define a freely usable currency as one that is widely used in international transactions and is frequently traded in foreign exchange markets.

      The IMF member states that hold SDRs can exchange them for freely usable currencies by either agreeing among themselves for voluntary swaps, or by the IMF instructing countries with stronger economies or larger foreign currency reserves to buy SDRs from the less-endowed members. IMF member countries can borrow SDRs from its reserves at favorable interest rates, mostly to adjust their balance of payments to favorable positions.

      Besides acting as an auxiliary reserve asset, the SDR is the unit of account of the IMF. Its value, which is summed up in U.S. dollars, is calculated from a weighted basket of major currencies: Japanese yen, U.S. dollars, Sterling and the Euro.

  64. Q 37
    statement 3: it can not be issued by the lower courts
    This should be true as lower courts cant issue Writs. it can be issued against them not by them
    Am i missing something like we consider Hc as lower court ??
    Someone please clear my doubt

    1. Lower courts presently are not authorised to issue Mandamus. But, Parliament can empower any other court to issue directions, orders and writs of all kinds. Statement 3 is correct as of now.

  65. Q59 how is statement 2 correct? AIM has to do with ATL and grand challenges and incubation centres. Pls someone clarify how is AIM providing funding to start ups

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