UPSC  Current Affairs

1. The “Red Data List” published by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) contain lists of
1. Information on plants, fungi and animals
2. Information on plants and animals only
3. It divides species into Six categories
Select the correct answer using the codes given below

1 and 3 1, 2 and 3 Only 3 Only 1

2. Sacred groves are, tracts of forest were set aside, and all the trees and wildlife within were venerated and given total protection. Sacred groves are found in following places
1. Melghat – Maharashtra
2. Aravalli – Rajasthan
3. Western ghats - Karnataka and Maharashtra
4. Sarguja, Chanda and Bastar – Madhya Pradesh
Select the correct answers

1, 3 and 4 only 2, 3 and 4 only None of the above All of the above

3. Which of the floral groups are not found in India?
1. Algae
2. Fungi
3. Bacteria
4. Lichens
5. Bryophytes
6. Pteridophytes
7. Gymnosperms
8. Angiosperms
Select the correct answers

6 only 6, 7 and 8 only 5, 6, and 8 All of the above are found in India

4. What is common to the techniques (i) in vitro fertilisation, (ii) Cryo preservation and (iii) tissue culture?

All are in situ conservation methods. All are ex situ conservation methods. All require ultra-modern equipment and large space. All are methods of conservation of extinct organisms.

5. Consider the following statements about Biodiversity
1. In biosphere diversity exists only at species level, genes level and ecological level.
2. It is the term popularized by socio biologist Robert May.
3. The Western Ghats have a greater amphibian species diversity than the Eastern Ghats
Select the incorrect answer:

1 only Only 1 and 2 Only 1, 2 and 3 All of the above

6. Consider following statements about IUCN RED LIST
1. It uses a set of criteria which are not relevant to all species and all regions of the world.
2. The IUCN Red List is recognized as the most authoritative guide to the status of biological diversity.
Select the correct answers

Only 1 Only 2 Both None

7. Consider the following statements
1. Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve has been included in UNESCO’s list of World Biosphere Reserve Network.
2. Agasthyamala Biosphere Reserve rests in between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka
3. Kannikarans are the indigenous tribes residing in this area
Select the incorrect answer

2 only 1 and 3 only 2 and 3 only None of the above

8. The ecological footprint is a measure of human demand on the Earths ecosystems. It measures- 1. How much of the biological capacity of the planet is demanded by a given human activity or population 2. Ecological Footprints is calculated for overall activity of a nation or population and activities such as industrialization etc. 3. The disadvantage of Ecological Footprint is that it cannot be calculated for individual people or area.
Select the incorrect statement/s

1 and 2 Only 2 1 and 3 Only 3

9. Consider the statements regarding ‘Coral bleaching’
1. It is the loss of zooxanthellae through either expulsion or loss of algal pigmentation.
2. It happens due to increase in ocean temperature only
3. All the corals undergoing bleaching are dead corals
Select the correct code

1 and 3 Only 2 Only 1 2 and 3

10. On what charges were Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev and Rajguru sentenced to death?
1. For throwing bomb in the assembly
2. For killing of Asst. Superintendent of Police J.P. Saunders
3. For Kakori Conspiracy case
4. For the Hunger strike unto death in Lahore Central Jail
Which of the above reasons are correct?

1 and 2 2 only 2 and 3 1,2 and 4


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