Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 15

Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 15

Hope you enjoyed solving the Fifteenth 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.

167 Replies to “Insights Prelims Test Series – 2016: Discussions Test – 15”

  1. Question No 7..Regarding the protocol for the hoisting of flag..option B says the citizens can fly the flag even at night, which has been marked correct; however the flag code and SC clearly states the opposite of it. Please clarify

    1. hi @disqus_516kkevUl7:disqus,
      i was not aware about the law and SC order but
      I have seen flag at many places like CP (Delhi) Bhopal, Jodhpur(Rajasthan).. with sufficient lights..

  2. Plz anybody will tell me my ranking, as I secured 74 marks( test series 14 ). Those registered can check these marks (74) corresponding to the Insight Test 14 ranking…….

  3. Q-19 Statement 2- According to what it say , conveys that the technological innovation will reduce the cost which will eventually increase the demand of that good leading to the mismatch between supply and the demand , causing inflation to rise even more.
    Explain!!

    1. When you give a concluding statement in economics, understand that it is not so simplistic as it may seem.

      Technological innovations can reduce the cost as well as improve production techniques that can meet the large demand arising out of lower costs. Or, the innovation can simply increase the production capacity of plants and thus its availability in the market reducing inflation.

      On the other hand, as argued, lower costs can increase demand so much that it can actually lead to inflation.

      But, even now, there are several conditionalities attached to the above statements. The behaviour of prices, inflation etc will depend upon various factors like elasticity of demand of the product, type of technological innovation, supply-related factors, market structure (monopoly, oligopoly etc). For e.g. innovation may reduce the production cost of a product, yet its price may be kept constant by the monopolists to earn higher profits.

      This is why the keyword ‘may’ was mentioned in the question. When giving UPSC Prelims, you should think like a layman and not as an Economist. From a layman’s point of view, statement 2 makes perfect sense.

      In the exam, please do not stretch Economics to its logical limits. It only makes things tougher. 🙂

      1. Hi Team,

        I attended the test today. But answer is not revised. Still answer is showing as National Food Security Mission only. Is Krishonnati yojana includes Soil Health card scheme, Paramparagat krishi vikas yojana and National Food security mission or only Soil Health card scheme, Paramparagat krishi vikas yojana? Please clarify.

      2. dear insight it will be great we the rank list will also include total number of test takers ( as ranks keeps changing we are not able to judge the rank is within what % of total takers )( it can be put like for rank 45 can be shown as (45/Total number of test takers )so that both keeps updating and this will also not require much effort as site is already taking care of test taker numbers
        its a suggestion if can be implemented

        Regards
        Kapil vats

      3. Sir, Is it possible for you to mention in the “featured comments” about the marks breakup and accordingly the performance breakup for the those specific tests. e.g.

        Test number X

        Above 130- excellent
        110-130 very good
        100-110 good
        90-100 should improve

        something like this for each test. I hope you will consider it. looking forward to a positive response from you, sir 🙂

  4. Q-13 Krishonnati yojana covers soil health card scheme and paramparagat krishi vikas yojana as well but answer is only national food security mission. Plz clarify.

    Q-60 plz explain “inflationary gap”.. i’m really not able to understand it .

    1. 60. In Economics, there is something called as full-employment level of GDP. It is when all the factors (labour, capital, land etc) are fully employed in a nation. It is considered as long-run equilibrium of an economy.

      It is possible that presently the Economy may be producing lesser or more than the full-employment level of GDP.

      If the present demand is in excess of what the factors (fully-employed) can supply in the long-run, the situation is known as inflationary gap. It means the excess demand (than what fully-employed factors can supply) will lead to inflation.

      But, it is not possible for an economy to sustain a GDP more than full-employment level of GDP. So, an inflationary gap is always an expected phenomenon.

      13. You are correct. We will revise the answer. Thank you.

      1. When I googled Krishonnati Yojana, I found the following.

        Hence I think the solution is correct

        Here’s the link
        http://pib.nic.in/newsite/efeatures.aspx?relid=116642

        AGRICULTURE

        12257 Krishonnati Yojana (Centre and State)

        of which

        – 4500 for Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (State Plan).

        – 2823 for National Crop Insurance Programme.

        – 1300 for National Food Security Mission.

        – 835 for National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture.

        1. Q13. The Krishonnati Yojana is a new umbrella scheme submerging which of the following existing scheme(s)?

          1. Soil Health Card scheme
          2. Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana
          3. National Food Security Mission

          Statement 3 is correct. Statement 1 and 2 are also correct. Both come under “National Mission for Sustainable Agriculture” which in turn comes under “Krishonnati yojana”.

          Given in India Yearbook 2016.

  5. Test was tough and feeling down. Can only be able to read the syllabus once and finds it difficult to do revision of the former portions

  6. With reference to question 71, which states principle of reasonableness to be part of basic structure, kindly clarify which judgment specifies the same.

  7. Dear @insightsprelimstestseries can u pls upload ranks beyond 500.

    if not then pls mail rank to my mail box.

  8. Some general clarification required :

    -Does judiciary come under state ?
    -Is Rule of Law a part of the basic structure ?

    1. In our view, Judiciary should be considered a part of the state since it wields authority flowing from the Constitution of India.

      Rule of Law is one of the most important components of Basic structure.

      1. while imparting judicial functions like doing justice and holding trials giving judgments etc it is seprate from state as doctrine of separation applies in india…
        but in the adminstrative field like recruiting people and other ministrial function, it is state like other instrumentalities of govt. this is in regard to state under section 12 of constitution
        thank you………..
        i

  9. Q37 Consider the following statements.

    1. State Legislatures can make laws on matters enumerated in the Residuary list in special circumstances

    Note : The Parliament can confer powers on state legislatures to legislate on a subject with or w/o states agreement

    Q38 : Answer should have options 1,2,3

    Q52 Vesara Style reached its peak during Chalukyas not Kutas and Salas . Answer should be B

    Q56 Presidents prior permission is not required for constitutional amendment ; R is right Answer should be A

    Q62 Answer should be C

    Q92 Insights in its own daily current affairs has included Paints in Orange category : Answer Should be Thermal and Sugar

    Q94 In respect of taxes Excise tax would be included in Basic cost hence cannot be included

    1. 37. We will consider the argument.

      52, 56, 62, 92, 94: Answer and explanation are correct, Please read them carefully.

      1. For Q 52 You mean to say Vesara style culminated under rashtrakutas and Hoysalas- Option – A ?
        But in explanation you have described Chalukyas

        1. 52 as per wiki
          The trend was started by the Chalukyas of Badami (500-753AD) who built temples in a style that was essentially a mixture of the nagara and the dravida styles, further refined by the Rashtrakutas of Manyakheta (750-983AD) in Ellora, Chalukyas of Kalyani (983-1195 AD) in Lakkundi, Dambal, Gadag etc. and epitomized by the Hoysala empire (1000-1330 AD).
          actually it is typing mistake in explanation and anwer A is correct , as question talks about culmination of vesara style which makes hoysala most appropriate option.
          56.
          correct plz read source i.e laxmikant carefully to understand it
          62
          correct, but confusing as i also marked D by thinking it talks about percantage but in reailty it is numbers.
          92
          list of env. mins. is not well structured as s Milk processing and dairy products (Integrated Project) is marked under RED category while Non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks)Fragrances and industrial perfumes are marked as ORANGE, is there any sceintific basis in it.
          94. in ramesh singh it don’t read basic cost but basic prices which dont include taxes, including excise or any other king of tax, also excise is levied on limited products like alcohol, tobacco and other like products and not all.
          hope this would clarify your doubts……..
          thank you…………

    2. Q.37. State Legislatures can make laws on matters enumerated in the Residuary list in special circumstances.

      This statement is not correct. Please read the lines under heading “Mutual delegation of functions” in Laxmikant 14.5

      only the delegation of “executive power” is possible. not “legislative power.”

  10. @ @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    Dear Team,

    Pls clarify,

    67) The Constitution empowers the Parliament to make laws on any matter enumerated in the State List under which of the following extraordinary circumstances?

    A)When the lower house passes a resolution to this effect by special majority.

    Shouldn’t it be upper house as per the explanation provided?

    1. Dear, the explanation and answer provided is correct. Statement 2 mentioning Lok Sabha is incorrect. Please read them carefully. Thank you.

      1. The explanation says Rajya Sabha. Option says lower house. Read it multiple times before raising this doubt.

  11. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus

    Dear INSIGHTS,
    I am living in gurgaon in my sister’s home…Here I have no friends…I had completed my coaching classes in delhi.Then I shifted to my sister’s home and continued my preparation..I am staying for approximately 11 months in my sister’s home…I am preparing for exam alone.I have joined your test series..I have missed many tests..I am not studying well….what should I do????can I prepare here till prelims???can I study here without any friend or group???plz guide me

    1. Anandji what exactly are you asking?
      “can I prepare here till prelims?” – > do you mean at your sister’s place?

  12. Hi @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus , 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. !!!!

    CAN SOMEONE MAIL ME THE SOLUTION PDF’s URGENTLY to bhartichauhan351@gmail.com ??????

    1. Bharti, you may try logging in from a different device. You should be able to download it. Thank you.

      1. I too have the same issue. This idea of yours does not work as well. Sir kindly help me out.

        1. We will surely address the issue with our technical team. Please do not worry.

  13. Are statutory bodies also extra constitutional or those set up by executive resolutions like Planning Commission/Niti Aayog? Referring to Q 70 . Zonal Councils and North East Councils are statutory bodies as per Laxmikanth.Could you kindly clarify ? Thanks.

    1. Extra-constitutional simply implies that which is not created by the constitution. Statutory bodies are also extra-constitutional bodies. 🙂

  14. @ INSIGHTS:

    Q 72) In the explanation its given “for raising the level of administration of the scheduled areas in a state including the State of Assam” Why is Assam highlighted specifically here?

    Q 83) Is Gold and Silver included in the manufactured products category?

    1. 72. It is listed only as an example of Sixth Schedule states.

      83. Yes. It is because the manufactured products category includes basic metals, alloys and metal products.

      1. I really dont understand as to what level of depth is appropriate.. at times I hear dont need to go through every line of the report and then u have come out with questions like gold & silver being part of Basic Metal which in itself is a part of Manufactured item.

        makes me feel like I need to go through every report which in turn will be soo boring and confusing.. 🙁

  15. 6th edition of Indian Economy is in my possession. some of the chapters seem obsolete. Is there any way to download the latest version. I anybody knows please help.

  16. Dear INSIGHTS,

    I am living in gurgaon in my sister’s home…Here I have no friends…I had completed my coaching classes in delhi.Then I shifted to my sister’s home and continued my preparation..I am staying for approximately 11 months in my sister’s home…I am preparing for exam alone.I have joined your test series..I have missed many tests..I am not studying well….what should I do????can I prepare here till prelims???can I study here without any friend or group???plz guide me

    1. Dear, you can prepare anywhere. You need a plan in hand before you can resume your studies at full pace. Start with a daily plan. Achieve it and mark it done. It will raise your confidence. Then you can plan on a weekly basis, achieve it, repeat the same as before and then extend it to a month.

      Once the momentum builds up, you should be able to sail through. 🙂

        1. in a similar position like you, also from gurgaon, if u like we can form a small study group for discussing various topic and also for keeping both of us motivated in this long journey
          NOTE: i am working 9-5 so could take out time only on alternate days and weekends.

          1. sorry for late reply…..let us form a group for sincere study..My mobile number is 9582006857..you may contact me..thanks!

    2. i was also facing same problem as my classes were over returned to home, kanpur. here no study groups, no coa and libraries but sticking to the time table provided by insight it keeps me on track.

  17. Can someone please explain SC k अपीलीय छेत्राधिकार मे
    ” विशेष अनुमति द्वारा अपील” ????

  18. q18 it says that the tattvabodhini sabha was a splinter group of brahmo samaj but the sabha was formed in 1839 and later mergred with brahmo samaj

    1. August 20, 1828, Kolkata Brahmo Samaj

      on 6 October 1839 Tattwabodhinī Sabhā (“Truth Propagating/Searching Society”) was a group started in Calcutta as a splinter group

      In 1859, the Tattwabodhinī Sabhā were dissolved back into the Brāhmo Samāj by Debendranath Tagore.

  19. Dear Insights,

    I had been sharing this concern since long and every time I get the same answer “it will be done soon”.
    This is my earnest request to you guys yet again… Please provide the corrections of answers for all the typos in the tests.
    Its really too much if we have to go through the comments just to check whether there were any typos or other corrections.
    I request you to kindly understand our position, since this has been a problem since October (Test 1) and we of course rely on your solutions.

    I know that it must be really too much work at hand with the new synopsis answers and all. But please understand a minor error in your tests could result into a major error for the aspirants. Its high time now…kindly provide the corrections from Test 1 to Test 15.
    I would also like to add that making them the featured comments may not help everyone, because it may happen that each one of the thousands of aspirants who take the test may not check the discussions… so it would be a better idea to post it on your “Test site”, so that no student misses it.

    Thank you very much and hope you take my suggestion into account.

    1. I totally agree with you. And yes it really takes too much time. I also request Insights to please take note of it. Thank you.

    2. “I know that it must be really too much work at hand with the new synopsis answers and all. But please understand a minor error in your tests could result into a major error for the aspirants. Its high time now…kindly provide the corrections from Test 1 to Test 15.”

    3. We have been working on the corrigendum for Tests 1-15 for some time. Thank you for keeping us motivated. 🙂

      1. sir one request –

        please open the link of the latest test discussion at the day of test itself. 16th test discussion link is not yet open.

        1. It is D. It has been clarified in the corrigendum. Thank you.

            1. Answer has been given as D only, as also clear from the explanation.

          1. for approving the proclamation of national emergency or its continuance .it is passed by either house of parliament by a special majority or both the houses.in 16.2 of laxmikanth its given as either house n in the very next page its given as both the houses ,which one is right sir?

      2. DOUBT

        Sir/Madam,
        Q. 28.: In the justification part, it was mentioned that “Amrita Bazaar Patrika” was the first Indian-owned English newspaper. And I had read somewhere that Keshab Chandra Sen’s “Indian Mirror” (1861) was the first one. Please throw some light.
        Q. 98.: The answer seems to contradict the justification part. In the justification part, it is implicit that Dadabhai Naoroji
        made the argument that the foreign capital should not be preferred for India’s growth but answer nullifies the statement. Please clear the doubt.

        Thank You.

    4. Q28 : is Amrita Bazaar Patrika the oldest ? Indian mirror was started in 1862 .
      and q 52 ? chalukyas or Rashtrakutas and Hoysalas

      1. Indian mirror wasnt a daily newspaper but once in 2 weeks when it started.it became daily in 1871 while Amrita Bazaar Patrika came in 1868.

  20. Dear insight,
    please clarify will you be providing test paper and study plan for CSAT paper 2 as told earlier. if not let us know as soon as possible so we can look somewhere else for practice papers and test series.

  21. Dear insights,
    For the past two tests I face the difficulty in downloading the test answers PDF.. I tried in different devices too.. I sent a mail in this regard to technical team but didn’t get any reply yet.. Kindly take further action

  22. Insights, I have covered Sriram’s IAS Indian Economy printed notes for Indian Economy & have revised it 2-3 times. As it is very comprehensive & written well, can i choose it over Ramesh Singh’s Indian economy which i have never read once. I am planning to supplement Sriram’s Economy notes with Mrunal Economy videos which i have seen fully also. Will it be good? Please reply because i am in dilemma.

    Also for basic reading of Modern India, I have choosen Modern India by Bipan Chandra(Old Ncert) & Spectrum book as i have covered them already. Is it a good choice. Please help as i want to start Preparation for Test-14 as soon as possible.

  23. I do not know where to post this question….but is here anybody from geography optional who has the soft copy of India map where we should practice map marking questions….if so, kindly post it

  24. Insights, I have covered Sriram’s IAS Indian Economy printed notes for Indian Economy & have revised it 2-3 times. As it is very comprehensive & written well, can i choose it over Ramesh Singh’s Indian economy which i have never read once. I am planning to supplement Sriram’s Economy notes with Mrunal Economy videos which i have seen fully also. Will it be good? Please reply because i am in dilemma.

    1. Yes I am also in the same dilemma. Please suggest if I can rely on Sriram’s notes.

    2. Rely on knowledge and not material. Once you are sure that you are able to solve all questions using the current material you have in hand, You can start ignoring all others. I hope this helps.

    3. We haven’t seen Sriram’s IAS notes, but Ramesh Singh is indispensable. Questions are being directly lifted by UPSC from topics given in Ramesh Singh, which may not be found in other standard sources.

      You should at least once scan Ramesh Singh for any leftover topics. Competition has so increased so much that you really cannot afford ignoring such an important book. All the best!

    4. I have read SR n now almost done with RS but I find RS is must do.. many topics are delt with in detail in RS book..

      “topics given in Ramesh Singh, which may not be found in other standard sources”

      1. Don’t you think with only 125 days left for prelims exam, starting a whole new book when i have referred to the above mentioned sources i.e Sriram & Mrunal in the past, will be a good idea ?

        1. questions in upsc are asked about basics… which are then twisted a bit. u can answer them if you have basics right. read sriram and cover it with newspaper. its enough and most importantly use your common sense as sriram sir says.

  25. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus : Can u plz guide how to analyze the mock test and improve on it.

  26. Dear Insights,
    Sir, I wanted detail of ‘Edition no.’ which you are following for tests for standard books such as Laxmikanth & Ramesh singh. The chapters vary from edition to edition.

    1. It is 5th Edition for Ramesh Singh, and 4th edition for M Laxmikanth. But, we do refer to other editions also for covering chapters not given in previous editions. Thank you.

    1. Matters falling under A39 (e) and 42 are dealt by legislation such as Maternity Benefits Act, Factories Act etc.

      CAT deals with disputes and complaints with respect to recruitment and conditions of service of persons appointed to public services. It is established under A323 of the Constitution of India.

    1. Suppose the Parliament by law (following every procedure) allots 20 large government bungalows to every Member of Parliament (MP), as a part of the MP’s service conditions. If there is a shortage of Bungalows, Parliament decides to construct new Bungalows.

      Now, such a large budgetary allocation is unjustified as it involves large sums of public expenditure without any clear benefit. It is a wastage of resources and is highly “unreasonable”.

      Such a law, even though passed after following all due procedures under the constitution, can be declared null and void by the Supreme Court as it violates the “Principle of Reasonableness”.

      1. but how does it come under the basic structure doctrine, which judiciary is still evolving day by day by including more diverse fields in it, but nowhere seen principle of reasonableness as a point in all these judgments , as if it will be included than many acts can be easily inavalidated by using this princilple.

        note: though laxmikant mention it page 11.2 point 18 but still felt confused

  27. @iInsights Prelims Test Series , i am facing issues in downloading answer pdf, tried different browsers too
    getting this error, pls solve it ASAP!!

  28. insight..i gave the test 15,but the result is not getting processed..it is taking too much time still not getting processed..kindly solve the issue….

    1. @Insights I’m also facing the same issue since yesterday. Please check and sort out the issue.

  29. @Insights Prelims Test Series

    que 24 statement 2 ” Parliament must approve the proclamation of state emergency within a stipulated time”, what is the stipulated time ?

    art 356 says that both the houses must approve it in 2 months , HOWEVER if LS is dissolved then RS can approve it and when LS is reassembled , it must approve it within 30 days !! so what is the stipulated time ? 2 months or 6 months + some days ?

  30. que 70 – Art 263 clause b and Laxmikant page 2 says that ” Art 263 cotemplates the establishment of an inter-state council to effect the coordination between CENTRE and STATES and between the STATES” so answer should be D not C!!

    1. asking about EXTRA-constitutional devices while inter state councils r constitutional devices.

  31. i am unable to download the pdf of 15th test, to review my answers. I also wrote to the technical team, but got no response. Please address my concern soon.

  32. Hai ….I couldn’t download answers of TEST 15 .Please forward(shyamkuttamath@gmail.com) if anyone having the same …

  33. Dear Insights team,

    I have subscribed for 2016 insights prelims test series. I am not able to download tests from my test history for past few days.
    I have mailed to insights support team several times but haven’t got any response.
    I request you to look into the matter.

  34. dear insight ,
    i had joined the test series very late and now due to lack of time i am giving test in less preprations and my current event section is very weak so please tell me the appropriate sources where i can read whole current affairs in less time

  35. Q40: not clearly mentioned whether it is Indian constitution or others.if question is talked about only federal,then rajya sabha must have equal representation like U.S. SENATE,PURE FEDERAL FORM.

  36. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus regarding question 18 of test 15: statement 1: Tattwabodini Sabha was a splinter group of Bramho samaj……………but tattwobodhini sabha never merged with bramho samaj rather worked through informal association with it.so,how can u say it was a splinter group of brahmo?splinter means breaking away or disintegrating?please clarify

    1. Insights : Tatwobodhini was different fro m Brahmo samaj..
      Rather debendra nath tagore an KC sen in future divided Samaj into BS of India and Adi brahmo samaj…

      Your ans sounds a bit wrong..plz clarify

  37. @insightsprelimstestseries:disqus: regarding ques 65 of test 15:statement 3:demand of the states for more financial grants from the centre. it is not in line of federal spirit as states are dependent on centre for its financial resource. clearly mentioned in laxmikanth(4th edition) page 13.5. please clarify.

    1. panther..did isnghts clarified ur doubt ??
      I too saw the same..
      U talking about ststemtn from K santhanam ..isnt it ??

      1. yes i was referring to the statement of K santhanam. yes they replied to it but am not satisfied.

        HERE IS WHAT INSIGHTS REPLIED.
        Please read the last paragraph of the explanation. Federal spirit doesn’t mean states will become standalone entities with no connection whatsoever with the Centre.
        Their dependence for funding on Centre reflects the Union bias in the federal structure, but the fact that states can demand “more financial grants from the Centre to meet their developmental needs” shows that the needs of the states are appreciated and largely fulfilled by the Centre. It shows the negotiating power of the states that reflects the federal spirit clearly. The answer given is correct. Thank you.

    1. MPs award cash prizes. It is the banks that fund the ideas. Statement 3 is incorrect. Please go through the explanation carefully. 🙂

  38. Q 52 – The Vesara style reached its culmination under
    A. Rashtrakutas and Hoysalas
    B. Chalukyas
    C. Satvahanas
    D. Imperial Cholas

    The ans given is A but explanation given is for B.

    Kindly explain which one is the correct option. I am not able to find clearly on wiki page also.

    1. Culmination means “climax” or “ending”.

      The Chalukyas developed the vesara style. However, the vesara style reached its culmination only under the Rashtrakutas and the Hoysalas. 🙂

  39. 13 The Krishonnati Yojana is a new umbrella scheme submerging which of the following existing scheme(s)?

    1.Soil Health Card scheme
    2.Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana
    3.National Food Security Mission

    Select the correct answer using the codes below.
    A.1 and 2 only
    B.3 only
    C.2 and 3 only
    D.1, 2 and 3

    Answer Given: B

    Doubt: Krishonnati Yojana covers all three. As mentioned in India Year Book 2016 it is an umbrella scheme and it covers …. a) b) c)…. l) end in Page 90.

    So it covers all those in given in between.
    Another link as a source:
    http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2015-16/eb/po.pdf

    Please clarify.

  40. Insights Prelims Test Series

    Please clear my doubts regarding some questions of the Mock Tests. I’ve posted them earlier also. But you’ve replied to only few of them. I’m posting it again as a compilation:

    Mock Test 15, Q 13

    The Krishonnati Yojana is a new umbrella scheme submerging which of the following existing scheme(s)?

    1.Soil Health Card scheme

    2.Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana

    3.National Food Security Mission

    Select the correct answer using the codes below.

    A.1 and 2 only

    B.3 only

    C.2 and 3 only

    D.1, 2 and 3

    Answer Given: B

    Doubt: Krishonnati Yojana covers all three. As mentioned in India Year Book 2016 it is an umbrella scheme and it covers …. a) b) c)…. l) end in Page 90.

    So it covers all those in given in between.

    Another link as a source:

    http://indiabudget.nic.in/ub2015-16/eb/po.pdf

    Mock Test 11 Q 13

    Why do policymakers stress on high savings rate in the Indian economy?

    1.Investments are financed by savings.

    2.Saving discourages inflation causing consumption expenditure

    Which of the above is/are correct?

    A.1 only

    B.2 only

    C.Both 1 and 2

    D.None

    Answer given : C

    Doubt: Statement 2 should be false, How does saving causes consumption expenditure. Savings results in investment expenditure.

    Mock Test 12 Q 62

    Which of the following was/were the objective(s) of the Theosophical Society?

    1.To investigate the unexplained laws of nature and the powers latent in man

    2.To encourage the study of comparative religion

    Answer given: Both 1 and 2

    Doubt: The justification given for Statement 1 doesn’t resonate with the answer given.

    Mock Test 13, Q 14

    The Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005 confers a right to the citizens to know how the taxpayer’s money is being spent by the Government. Consider the following about it.

    1.Right to Information has been given the status of a fundamental right under Article 19 of the Constitution.

    2.It applies to all States and Union Territories of India except Jammu & Kashmir.

    3.RTI includes NGOs which are substantially financed by the government.

    4.It does not cover the Judiciary.

    5.Information received in confidence from foreign Government is exempt from disclosure.

    Answer given: 1,2,3 and 5

    Doubt: As per Laxmikanth 4th Edition, Pg 7.12, Left Column: RTI comes under Article 21 of the Constituion. Please clarify

    Mock Test 9, Q 12

    With reference to Punjab Naujawan Bharat Sabha, consider the following statements:

    1.It was formed with the help of Bhagat SIngh

    2.It was anti-communalism

    3.It a left-wing association

    Which of the above statements is/are correct?

    First the options are not proper as it doesn’t include 3 option at all.

    Moreover Bhagat Singh founded it.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naujawan_Bharat_Sabha

    Q 19 Mock Test 10

    Consider the following about crop yields in India.

    1.Crop yield of Jowar increases South of Vindhyachal as it becomes an irrigated crop there.

    2.Maize is not grown in southern states but its yield starts increasing towards central India.

    Which of the above is/are correct?

    Answer given: D (i.e. None)

    Doubt: The explanation is given about Bajra for statement 1. Whereas it is asked about Jowar in question. And thus, statement 1 should be right.

    Mock Test 1, Q 11

    Q11: South-Asia is considered a sub-continent for which of the following reasons?

    According to you, the answer includes the following option:

    “It is on a different tectonic plate from the rest of the Asian continent”

    Indian plate excludes Ladakh, Balochistan.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Plate

    So, it can’t be said that the entire South Asia lies on different plate. Please let me know if I’m wrong.

    Mock Test 1, Q12

    Q12. In 18th century India, what was the practice of ‘ijaradari’?

    Please check Bipin Chandra: History of Modern India, Page 3, Last paragraph, third last line.

    There it is mentioned ijarah is revenue-farming.

    Whereas, your answers says Auctioning of the right to collect taxes by the British to the highest bidders, which I believe is what happened in Permanent Settlement.

    Mock Test 4, Q 30

    Mica is one of the most important minerals used in electric and electronic industries due to its:

    1.Low power loss factor

    2.Breakdown at high voltage to protect circuits

    Which of the above is/are correct?

    A. 1 only

    B. 2 only

    C. Both 1 and 2

    D. None

    As per the justification, Mica has excellent di-electric strength.

    Thus, it will breakdown at high voltages and protect circuits. Hence, answer should be Both 1 and 2.

    But you’ve provided it as 1 only.

    Please help!!!

  41. Mock Test 15, Q 95

    95 Consider the following with reference to the Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS).
    1.The projects are executed by District administration and the role of MPs is limited only upto recommendation of works.
    2.Nominated MPs are not covered under the scheme.
    Which of the above is/are correct?
    A.1 only
    B.2 only
    C.Both 1 and 2
    D.None

    Answer given: A

    Doubt: How MP’s role is ONLY limited to recommendation of works. He/she (nominated MPs) is the one who decides which district the work has to be taken up. So not only recommendation of works but selection of districts is also his role.

    1. Statement 1 is with regard to “execution of projects”. Please do not try to read too much between the lines, it is a clear and correct statement. Many such statements would come in UPSC. Do exercise caution and avoid over-reading or over-analyzing. Thank you 🙂

      1. Ok thanks. Sorry for the trouble and over-analyzing.
        Please clear the remaining doubts too… Thanks again.

      2. [DOUBT]

        Answer given for Q 36 of Test 14 does not match the answer given in Revision Plan for Prelims Test 21 Q 6.

        Please explain

          1. [Doubt]

            Sorry for not being specific.

            Revision Plan for Prelims Test 21 Q6 is this :

            https://www.insightsonindia.com/2016/06/27/insights-revision-plan-prelims-2016-test-21/

            6. Which of the following are features of a socialist society?

            1 . Government decides what goods are to be produced
            2. Government owns every means of production
            3 . Distribution will be based on what people need and not on what they can afford to purchase

            Which of the above statements is/are correct?

            a) 1 and 2 Only
            b) 2 and 3 Only
            c) 1 and 3 Only
            d) All

            To which the answer given is d) All

            Mock Test 14, Q 36:

            Which of the following is the central difference between the economic philosophies of

            Socialism and Communism?

            A.State v/s non-state ownership of factors of production
            B.Right of labour
            C.Central v/s decentralized planning
            D.Role of market in delivering social services

            Answer given: A

            Explanation given: Socialistic economy emphasizes the collective ownership of the means of production (property and assets). It also ascribes a large role to the state in running the economy.

            Communist economy on the other hand advocates state ownership of all properties including even labour and absolute power to state in running the economy.

            Doubt: Similar Question – Both by Insights – But different Answer

            Please let us know what is the correct answer.

      3. Too vague reply u gave to the problem above. Over analyzing and over reading are discretionary. N it is must for upsc exam for every one to read between the lines. The reply u gave was for MPPSC or UPPSC.

  42. question 57:supreme court is federal matter,so it need more than half states ratification for bill being passed,so how can parliament alone with simple majority pass the bill.please clarify it.

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