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1 Answer with Explanation Date 08/05/ Consider the following statements about the Ancient temple architecture of India 1. Vesara style of architecture is the mix of Dravida and Nagara styles of architecture 2. Vimanam is the tower that crowns the innermost sanctum in Dravidian style of architecture. 3. In the Nagara style, Sikhara remained the most prominent component while gateway is usually modest or unassumed. Which of the above mentioned statements are correct?

2 (B) 1 and 2 only (C) 2 and 3 only (D) 1, 2 and 3 2 With reference to Indian art and Culture, what is Jagmohana? (A) It is an ancient dance form in Andhra Pradesh (B) It is an architectural feature of eastern India (C) It is an ancient vaishnavate cult in southern India (D) It is an ancient marshal art in some parts of North East Answer (B) 3 Consider the following statements with respect to Gandhara school of Art 1. This school of art is confluence of both local Gandhara with Bactria, Paritha architecture 2. The Buddha head in this school has typical Hellenistic element with curly hair Which of the statements given above is/are Correct? (B) 2 only (C) Both 1 and 2 (D) Neither 1 nor 2 Answer (C) 4 Which of the following statements is/are correct? 1. The Ajanta caves have been painted with scenes from Jainism 2. The crowning achievements of Ellora cave is the colossal monolithic Kailasanath temple. 3. The Ajanta caves have been built over a period of eight centuries by different rulers

3 Select the correct answer using the code given below: (A) 1, 2 and 3 (B) 1 and 3 only (C) 2 only (D) 2 and 3 only Answer (A) 5 Consider the following statements with respect to Ashoka Pillar architecture 1. The lion in the pillar signifies both leadership quality and Birth clan of Buddha 2. The lotus in pillar symbolizes philosophy of Buddhism Which of the above statements is/are NOT Correct? (B) 2 only (C) Both (D) None 6 Consider the following statements on Sangam literature 1. It provides information on Socio-economic and poitical aspects 2. It also deals with the personal or human aspects such as love 3. Sangam literature is also classified based on environmental aspects Which of the above statements is/are Correct? (B) 1 and 2 only (C) 2 and 3 only (D) 1, 2 and 3

4 7 At which one the following places is there a Sun temple? (A) Srisailam (B) Modera (C) Halebid (D)Sikar Answer (B) 8 Which of the following places have Vesera type of temple architecture in India? 1. Kaancheepuram 2. Ellora 3. Ajanta 4. Badami 5. Pattadkal Select the correct answer from the code given below: (B) 2 and 4 only (C) 1, 3 and 5 only (D) 2, 4 and 5 only 9 With respect to Buddhist art and culture, what is stupa? (A) It is worshipping place which is made on the relics of Buddha (B) It is resting place for Buddhist monks (C) It is a palace of spiritual head of Buddhist religion (D)All the above Answer (A) 10 Consider the following statements regarding Ellora cave architecture 1. It has monasteries associated with three religions 2. It has a unique feature of confluence of many styles in one place

5 Which of the statements given above is/are correct? (B) 2 only (C) Both (D) None Answer (C) 11 Consider the following statements: 1. India is a member of the African Development Bank (AfDB). 2. India hosted the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Choose the correct answer from the following code: (A) 1 Only (B) 2 Only (C) Both 1 and 2 (D) Neither 1 nor 2 Answer: (C) Statement 1 is correct: The African Development Bank (AfDB) was established in 1964 with a view to promote the Economic Development and social progress of its regional members. India became member of the African Development Bank (AfDB) in Statement 2 is correct: India hosted the Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group in Gandhinagar in May This is the first time that India hosted the annual meetings of the AfDB and its sister institutions. 12 Kimberly process often seen in the news is associated with which of the following:

6 (A) Conflict diamonds (B) Road safety (C) Stemming Nuclear proliferation (D) Refugee rehabilitation Answer: (A) Kimberley Process is joint initiative of governments, industry and civil societies to stem flow of conflict diamonds, rough diamonds used by rebel groups to finance wars against legitimate governments. India was selected as Chair of Ad Hoc Committee on Review & Reforms to look into various issues pertaining to the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPSC). India is one of the founding members of KPCS. 13 Which of the following is the recent member state to be added to NATO? (A) Georgia (B) Montenegro (C) Ukraine (D) Bosnia and Herzegovina Answer: (B) NATO: Since its founding, the admission of new member states has increased the alliance from the original 12 countries to 29. The most recent member state to be added to NATO is Montenegro on 5 June NATO currently recognizes Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Macedonia and Ukraine as aspiring members. 14The Internet readiness index in India is published by which of the following organisation: (A) Niti Ayog

7 (B) Telecom regulatory authority of India (TRAI) (C) Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) (D) The council of Social Development Answer: (C) Delhi has emerged as the top ranked state in terms of overall Internet readiness including e-infrastructure and e-participation, overtaking last year s winner Maharashtra, according to a report titled Index of Internet readiness of Indian states by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and Nielsen Holdings PLC, a global information and data measurement company unveiled on Wednesday. The capital city-state is followed by Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. 15 The gender parity index is released by which of the following organisation: (A) World economic forum (B) UNESCO (C) World bank (D) United Nations development program (UNDP) Answer: (B) Gender parity index : It is released by UNESCO. It is a socioeconomic index usually designed to measure the relative access to education of males and females. Ratio of girls to boys in primary, secondary and tertiary education is the ratio of the number of female students enrolled at primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education to the number of male students in each level.

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