Q1. Consider the following statements about natural disasters in india:
1) Of the 7,516 Km long coastline, close to 5,700 Km is prone to cyclones and tsunamis.
2) 58.6%of the landmass is prone to earthquakes of moderate to high intensity.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: C

Q2. With reference to the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), consider the following statements:
1) It is a ‘Specialist Force’ created to respond to disasters under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.
2) No civil activities are carried out by this force.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
ANS:  A

Q3. Consider the following statements about the Deep Ocean Mission:
1) It is targeted to explore the Polymetallic nodules in the Central Indian Ocean Basin.
2) It is to be led by the Ministry of New and Renewable energy.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q4. Consider the following statements:
It is a national park and one of the premier tiger reserves in the country. It is known for its wildlife and has many types of biomes, but dry deciduous forest is dominant. Together with Nagarhole National Park, Mudumalai National Park and Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, it forms a part of the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve. It is
a) Periyar National Park
b) Anamalai Tiger Reserve
c) Bannerghatta National Park
d) Bandipur Tiger Reserve
ANS: D

Q5. Consider the following statements about EL-Nino phenomenon:
1) During this phenomenon, a warm ocean current flows past the Peruvian Coast, in place of the cold Peruvian current, every 2 to 5 years.
2) The average difference in air pressure patterns across the Pacific is traditionally measured using the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI).
Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
ANS: C

Mains question:
Q. With the country celebrating 20 years of its victory in the Kargil War, it would be prudent to take stock of current security threats and our preparedness to meet these. Comment.

 

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