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PREVIOUS YEAR QUESTIONS
 

Question 1.With reference to Look East Policy of India, consider the following statements: (CSE-2011)
1. India wants to establish itself as an important regional player in the East Asian Affairs.
2. India wants to plug the vacuum created by the termination of cold War.
3. India wants to restore the historical and cultural ties with its neighbours in Southeast and East Asia.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 3 only
(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Question 2. Recently, the USA decided to support India's membership in multi-lateral export control regimes called the "Australia Group" and the "Wassenaar Arrangement". What is the difference between them? (CSE-2011)
 

1. The Australia Group is an informal arrangement which aims to allow exporting countries to minimize the risk of assisting chemical and biological weapons proliferation, whereas the Wassenaar Arrangement is a formal group under the OECD holding identical objectives.

2. The Australia Group comprises predominantly of Asian, African and North American countries, whereas the member countries of Wassenaar Arrangement are predominantly from the European Union and American continents.

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

 

Question 3.India maintained its early cultural contacts and trade links with Southeast Asia across the Bay of Bengal. For this pre-eminence of early maritime history of Bay of Bengal, which of the following could be the most convincing explanation/ explanations? (CSE-2011)
(a) Monsoon winds across the Bay of Bengal Facilitated sea voyages
(b) As compared to other countries, India had a better ship-building technology in ancient and medieval times
(c) Both (a) and (b) are convincing explanations in this context
(d) The rulers of southern India always patronized traders, Brahmin priests and Buddhist monks in this context.

 

Question 4.Between India and East Asia, the navigation-time and distance can be greatly reduced by which of the following? (CSE-2011)
1. Deepening the Malacca straits between Malaysia and Indonesia.

2. Opening a new canal across the kra isthmus between the gulf of Siam and Andaman sea.

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

 

Question 5. The “New START” treaty was in the news. What is this treaty? (CSE-2011)
(a) It is a bilateral strategic nuclear arms reduction treaty between the USA and the Russian federation.
(b) It is a multilateral energy security cooperation treaty among the members of the east Asia summit.
(c) It is a treaty between the Russian federation and the European Union for the energy security cooperation.
(d) It is a multilateral cooperation treaty among the BRICS countries for the promotion of trade.

 

Question 6. Southeast Asia has captivated the attention of global community over space and time as a geostrategic-ally significant region. Which among the following is the most convincing expla-nation for this global perspective? (CSE-2011)
(a) It was the hot theatre during the Second World War.
(b) Its location between the Asian powers of china and India.
(c) It was the arena of superpower confrontation during the cold war period.
(d) Its location between the pacific and Indian oceans and its pre-eminent maritime character.

 

Question 7. The Multi-Dimensional Poverty Index developed by Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative with UNDP support covers which of the following? (CSE-2012)
1. Deprivation of education, health, assets and services at household level
2. Purchasing power parity at national level
3. Extent of budget deficit and GDP growth rate at national level

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

 

Question 8. Recently, a series of uprisings of people referred to as 'Arab Spring' originally started from (CSE-2014)
(a) Egypt
(b) Lebanon
(c) Syria
(d) Tunisia

 

Question 9. Consider the following countries: (CSE-2014)
1. Denmark
2. Japan
3. Russian Federation
4. United Kingdom
5. United States of America

Which of the above are the members of the 'Arctic Council '?
(a) 1, 2 and 3
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1, 4 and 5
(d) 1, 3 and 5

 

Question 10. Consider the following pairs: (CSE-2014)
Region often in news Country
1. Chechnya : Russian Federation
2. Darfur : Mali
3. Swat Valley : Iraq

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Question 11. Consider the following statements regarding 'Earth Hour': (CSE-2014)
1. It is an initiative of UNEP and UNESCO.
2. It is a movement in which the participants switch off the lights for one hour on a certain day every year.
3. It is a movement to raise the awareness about the climate change and the need to save the planet.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

 

Question 12. With reference to a grouping of countries known as BRICS, consider the following statements: (CSE-2014)
1. The First Summit of BRICS was held in Rio de Janeiro in 2009.
2. South Africa was the last to join the BRICS grouping.

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

 

Question 13. Amnesty International is (CSE-2015)
(a) an agency of the United Nations to help refugees of civil wars
(b) a global Human Rights Movement
(c) a non-governmental organization to help people voluntary very poor people
(d) an inter-governmental agency to cater to medical emergencies in war-ravaged regions

 

Question 14. India is a member of which among the following? (CSE-2015)
1. Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation
2. Association of South-East Asian Nations
3. East Asia Summit

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) India is a member of none of them

Question 15. In the Mekong-Ganga Cooperation, an initiative of six countries, which of the following is/are not a participant/ participants? (CSE-2015)
1. Bangladesh
2. Cambodia
3. China
4. Myanmar
5. Thailand

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 5

 

Question 16. With reference to 'Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation (IOR-ARC)', consider the following statements: (CSE-2015)
1. It was established very recently in response to incidents of piracy and accidents of oil spills.
2. It is an alliance meant for maritime security only.

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

 

Question 17. 'Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action', often seen in the news, is(CSE-2015)
(a) a strategy to tackle the regional terrorism, an outcome of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
(b) a plan of action for sustainable economic growth in the Asia-Pacific Region, an outcome of the deliberations of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum
(c) an agenda for women's empowerment, an outcome of a World Conference convened by the United Nations
(d) a strategy to combat wildlife trafficking, a declaration of the East Asia Summit

 

Question 18. Consider the following countries (CSE-2015)
1. China
2. France
3. India
4. Israel
5. Pakistan

Which among the above are Nuclear Weapons States as recognized by the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, commonly known as Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT)?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 1, 3, 4 and 5 only
(c) 2, 4 and 5 only
(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

 

Question 19. The 'Fortaleza Declaration', recently in the news, is related to the affairs of(CSE-2015)
(a) ASEAN
(b) BRICS
(c) OECD
(d) WTO

Question 20.. Among the following, which were frequently mentioned in the news for the outbreak of Ebola virus recently? (CSE-2015)
(a) Syria and Jordan
(b) Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia
(c) Philippines and Papua New Guinea
(d) Jamaica, Haiti and Surinam

 

Question 21. The terms 'Agreement on Agriculture', 'Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures' and 'Peace Clause' appear in the news frequently in the context of the affairs of the(CSE-2015)
(
a) Food and Agriculture Organization.
(b) United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change.
(c) World Trade Organization.
(d) United Nations Environment Programme.

 

Question 22. The area known as 'Golan Heights' sometimes appears in the news in the context of the events related to (CSE-2015)
(a) Central Asia
(b) Middle East
(c) South-East Asia
(d) Central Africa

 

Question 23. What is Rio+20 Conference, often mentioned in the news? (CSE-2015)
(a) It is the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.
(b) It is a Ministerial Meeting of the World Trade Organization.
(c) It is a Conference of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change.
(d) It is a Conference of the Member Countries of the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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