HPPSC Subordinate Allied Services Solved Question Paper & Answer Key 09 February 2020

HPPSC Subordinate Allied Services Solved Question Paper & Answer Key 09 February 2020

HPPSC Subordinate Allied Services Solved Question Paper & Answer 09 February 2020

The Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission conducted the SAS Preliminary Examination 2020 on 9 February 2020 at 170 different scheduled examination centres across the state in a three-hour single shift, from 11 am to 2 pm. The attendance of candidates in the examination was recorded through the biometric system.

HPPSC Subordinate Allied Services Answer Key 09 February 2020

Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission has released the answer key for the Subordinate Allied Services (Preliminary) Examination 2020. Candidates who appeared in the HPPSC SAS Exam 2020 can download Answer Key from the official website of the Commission, hppsc.hp.gov.in. or the link Given Below. In this post we have solved the HPPSC Subordinate Allied Services Solved Question Paper 09 February 2020. 

HP Allied Services Solved Paper 09 February 2020 (Download Pdf)

1. Which country took the chairmanship of G-77 (the group of 134 developing countries) within the United Nations?

  1. Nepal
  2. Ethiopia
  3. Palestine
  4. India
Explanation: Egypt held the Chairmanship for 2018. Palestine, an observer state of the United Nations, is the chair of the group since January 2019 and Guyana held the chairmanship for 2020.
2. Recently in news, the Bishkek Declaration is related to:
  1.  India Maldives agreement on aviation cooperation
  2.  BRICS Bank
  3.  African Union annual Summit
  4.  Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit
3. Which former diplomat of India has been awarded the order of rising Sun gold and silver star the second-highest civilian award of Japan?
  1. S Jai Shankar
  2. Nirupama Sen
  3. Shyam Saran
  4. Ajit Doval
4. Which Northeast India’s political party received the status of a national party recently?
  1. National peoples’ party
  2. Assam Gan Parishad
  3. Sikkim Democratic Front
  4. Bhartiya Janata Party
5. Which amendment to the constitution of India transfers the subject of education from state list two concurrent lists?
  1.  11th amendment
  2.  39th amendment
  3.  42nd amendment
  4.  61st amendment
6.  Which of the following statements is not correct in relation to the electoral bonds?
  1. Only those political parties are eligible to receive electoral bonds which have received at least 1% votes in the previous Lok Sabha election
  2. State Bank of India is the only Bank authorized to issue electoral bonds
  3. Electoral bonds would bring a reduction in the cash donations to political parties
  4. Even after the expiry of the validity period, the political parties can obtain a payment upon submission of electoral bonds
Explanation: The bonds remain valid for 15 days and can be encashed by an eligible political party only through a bank account with the authorized bank within that period only.
7. Which place in southern India recently in news for its Local Coffee variety Robusta coffee receiving a geographical indicator recognition?
  1.  Araku Andhra Pradesh
  2.  Chikmagalur Karnataka
  3.  Coorg Karnataka
  4. Wayanad Kerala
Explanation: The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, has recently awarded this tag to — Coorg Arabica coffee from Karnataka, Wayanad Robusta coffee from Kerala, Chikmaglur Arabica from Karnataka, Araku Valley Arabica from Andhra Pradesh, and Bababudangiris Arabica coffee from Karnataka.
8. Consider the following statements about the Asia-Africa growth corridor
1. it has been jointly proposed by India and Japan
2. it is being seen as a response to China’s one belt one road Project
Which of the statements is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both
  4. None
9. Which states are party to the Mahadayi river water dispute?
  1. Kerala, Karnataka, and Tamilnadu
  2. Andhra Pradesh, Telangana
  3. Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Goa
  4. Gujarat and Maharashtra
10. Which of the following statements regarding solar energy manufacturing in India is correct?
  1. India is the world largest producer of solar energy
  2. India has achieved its goal of 20-gigawatt energy production 4 years before the target year 2022
  3. India does not manufacture solar panels
Choose the right answer: 
  1. 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 2 only
  4. 1 and 2
Explanation:
Statement 1 is wrong. China is the largest producer of solar energy.
Statement 2 is right.
Statement 3 is wrong. Though, India imports most of the solar panels from China and other countries. However, there are many manufacturers of Solar Panel in India.
Have a look at this: Solar Panel Manufacturers in India
11. Recently NITI Aayog the idea of the circular economy was in news. What does it suggest?
  1. to hand over all the new collection powers to Panchayat and Nagar Palikas
  2. to allow family to decide over the use of the taxes they paid
  3. to save resources by recycle and reuse the already ones used material
  4. to increase the consumption of goods produced in the home state
12. Where did the recently concluded 24th United Nations Framework Convention on climate change take place?
  1. Katowice, Poland
  2. New Delhi, India
  3. Kyoto, Japan
  4. Lyon, France
13. Which Indian has recently conferred with the Legion De Honeur (Legion of Honour) the highest civilian award of France for his work for specially-abled children?
  1. Kailash Satyarthi
  2. Bal Apte
  3. Francois Laborde
  4. Samundra Gupta
14. Recently bought into operation where is India’s largest strategic petroleum reserve?
  1. Bikaner, Rajasthan
  2. Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
  3. Puducherry
  4. Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu
15. Which of the following is concerned with mission All Out?
  1. Eliminate all the armed insurgent in Jammu and Kashmir
  2. to eradicate the diseases caused by mosquitoes in the urban areas
  3. to ensure tax collection from other citizens eligible to pay taxes
  4. recognition and banning of all the illegal coaching institutes
16. Recently in news white label ATMs are:
  1. ATMs where only no cash transactions take place
  2. ATMs which are owned by the banks but are operated and maintained by the third party
  3. ATMs which are owned, operated and even maintained by the third party
  4. ATMs which are owned by multinational banks
17. On 27th March 2019, India successfully tested its first anti-satellite missile operation was undertaken as part of which of the following missions:
  1. Mission Shakti
  2. Mission Raksha
  3. Mission  Prahar
  4. Mission Prahari
18. Which of the following statements in regard to the Outer Space Treaty are true:
  1. it was accepted by United Nation Organisation in 1967
  2. it is concerned with the protection of moon celestial bodies and outer space from all forms of weaponization
  3. India is  still officially not the part of this treaty
Choose the right option: 
  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 2
  3. 2 and 3
  4. only 2
19. Which of the following committee related to Defence reforms:
  1. D B Shekatkar committee
  2. Dilip Singh Suhag committee
  3. Dilip Singh Bhuria committee
  4. Baldev Pande committee
20. Which neighbour country of India has signed a MoU with India for the training of its 1800 civil servants in India?
  1.  Nepal
  2.  Sri Lanka
  3.  Afghanistan
  4.  Bangladesh


21. China is building the first offer for most advanced enable fry gates for which country as part of a major bilateral arms deal?
  1.  India
  2.  Bangladesh
  3.  Pakistan
  4.  Vietnam
22. Which Indian recently became the world’s first woman amputee to climb the highest peak of Antarctica?
  1.  Arunima Sinha
  2.  Payal Rajput
  3.  Shivangi Pathak
  4.  Anushka Verma
23. Which European country hosted the 4th International Ayurveda Congress held in September 2018?
  1.  Belgium
  2.  Russia
  3.  France
  4.  Netherlands
24. Which of the following current bearers of one of the highest constitutional offices of the country who wrote the book moving on moving forward one year in office. This book was released by PM Narendra Modi?
  1. President Ram Nath Kovind
  2. Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla
  3. Vice President Venkaiah Naidu
  4. Rajya Sabha deputy speaker Harivansh Singh
25. Which country has recently announced to launch Mars mission HOPE by 2020?
  1. Oman
  2. UAE
  3. Iran
  4. Israel
26. National Rail and Transportation Institute (NRTI) which is the first of its kind institute in India for the study of railways has started to function at which of the following places?
  1. Vadodara
  2. Mumbai
  3. Chennai
  4. Hyderabad
27. India’s longest road-cum-road bridge ‘Bogibeel’ has come up over which of the following major Indian rivers?
  1. Ganga
  2. Krishna
  3. Kaveri
  4. Brahmaputra
28. 12-day long ‘Sagarmatha Friendship-2’ joint military exercise saw the participation of which of the following two countries?
  1. India and Nepal
  2. Pakistan and Nepal
  3. China and Nepal
  4. Bhutan and Nepal
29. Which of India based Automobile giants recently declared to become a carbon-neutral company by 2040?
  1. Tata Motors
  2. Mahindra and Mahindra
  3. Maruti-Suzuki
  4. Honda
30. Which Asian country has proposed to be the third ‘strategic partner’ of the multi-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) passing through PoK?
  1. India
  2. Afghanistan
  3. Iran
  4. Saudi Arabia
31. Which state has ranked first in terms of ease of living index rankings launched by the Ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA)?
  1.  Orissa
  2.  Andhra Pradesh
  3.  Madhya Pradesh
  4.  Maharashtra
32. Who among the following has been appointed the new chairman of the National Skill Development Corporation of India?
  1. Anil Manibhai Naik
  2. Sunil Arora
  3. Nishant Jain
  4. P.S. Chaku
33. Which country has decided to include Hindi as the third official language used in its courts as part of a move design to improve access to justice?
  1.  England
  2.  Oman
  3.  Abu Dhabi
  4.  USA
34. Who among the following has been appointed as chairman of National commission for socially and educationally backward classes?
  1. Mukesh Bhut
  2. Bhargava Aditya
  3. Sudha Yadav
  4. Bhagwan Lal Sahni
35. Which schedule of Indian constitution contains the name of states and their territorial details?
  1.  Second
  2.  First
  3.  Third
  4.  Forth
36. Which article of the Indian constitution reads, “it would be the responsibility of the union to safeguard the states from external threats and internal disturbances”?
  1. Article 356
  2.  Article 355
  3.  Article 352
  4.  Article 360
37. Bankruptcy and insolvency code enacted by the Parliament of India in the year 2016, was based on the report by:
  1. Urjit Patel committee
  2. M V Kamath committee
  3. Hasmukh Adhia committee
  4. M. K Viswanath committee
38. With which of the following newspapers Mahatma Gandhi was associated as the editor?
  1.  Harijan
  2.  Gujarat Darpan
  3.  Indian opinion
  4.  Young India
  5.  Times of India
Choose the right answer:
  1.  1, 2 and 4
  2.  1, 2, 4 and 5
  3.  1 and 2 only
  4.  1, 2 and 4
39. Consider the following statements with regard to the National Commission for socially and educationally backward classes formed in 2017:
  1.  it has been given constitutional status
  2. it has replaced another constitutional body name National Commission of backward classes
  3. a new clause 338B Has been added to the constitution of India through a constitutional amendment
Which of the above statement is/ are correct?
  1.  1, 2 and 3
  2.  1 and 3 
  3.  2 only
  4.  3 only
40. Which of the following committees of parliament is concerned with the regulatory and economy of Expenditure?
  1. committee on privileges
  2. estimates committee
  3. public and accounts committee
  4. joint committee on offices of profit
41. Which of the following recommended the abolition of IAS IPS and other all India services?
  1. Sarkaria Commission
  2. Rajamannar Commission
  3. Punchhi Commission
  4. Ashok Mehta Commission
42. Consider the following statements regarding the new Development Bank or BRICS Bank?
  1.  all the BRICS countries, except Brazil, are its member
  2.  it is headquartered at Shanghai, China
  3.  presently it is headed by M V Kamath of India
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
  1.  1, 2 and 3
  2.  2 and 3
  3.  1 and 3
  4.  2 only
43. Consider the following statements about Attorney General of India:
  1. the person appointed as Attorney General of India can do private legal practice while remaining on the post
  2. he is eligible to sit in both houses of Parliament, but he cannot sit in the joint sitting of the house
  3. it is mandatory for the Attorney General to resign from his / her post when the government which appointed him / her changes
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 2 and 3
44. Which country recently has become a member of the International Criminal Court?
  1. Scotland
  2. Ireland
  3. Malaysia
  4. Pakistan
45. Which city won the award for being the cleanest city in India for the third straight year in Swachh Survekshan done under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan?
  1. Bangalore
  2. Indore
  3. Mysore
  4. Chandigarh
46. National Institute of Mental Health rehabilitation to be set up at which state?
  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Madhya Pradesh
  3. Goa
  4. Maharashtra
47. Which state has declared the endangered species Indus river dolphin the world’s rarest mammals, as the state’s aquatic animal?
  1. Punjab
  2. Uttar Pradesh
  3. Bihar
  4. Uttarakhand
48. Which IPS officer has bought recently appointed as director of The Central Bureau of Investigation?
  1. Dinesh Rawat
  2. Rishi Kumar Shukla
  3. Sharth Chandra
  4.  Rakesh Verma
49. According to Transparency International, which state occupied the top slot in a ranking of best practices followed by states in budget formulation?
  1.  Andhra Pradesh
  2.  Assam
  3.  Odisha
  4.  Bihar
50. Which program had Election Commission of India launched for verification of voters names, new registrations commit changes or correction in the voter ID cards for the 2019 General Elections?
  1.  voter paper and registration programme
  2.  voter verification and information programme
  3.  voter-verifiable programme
  4.  voter registration programme
51. Name the dedicated DD channel launched by Prime Minister Modi for Arunachal Pradesh?
  1.  Arunodya
  2.  Arun Prabha
  3.  Aruna Kirana
  4.  Aruna Darshan
52. Ambitious project of under construction Subarnarekha port is coming up in which of the following state?
  1.  Andhra Pradesh
  2.  Kerala
  3.  Odisha 
  4. Karnataka
53. Which famous Indo Canadian filmmaker recently got conferred with the lifetime achievement award by the Academy of Canadian cinema and television?
  1. Gurinder Chadha
  2.  Neeraj Gyanwan
  3.  Shekhar Kapur
  4.  Deepa Mehta
54. Who is the author of “Undaunted: Save the idea of India” recently released by former vice president Hamid Ansari?
  1. P Chidambaram
  2. Arundhati Roy
  3. Sunil Khilnani
  4. Salman Khurshid
55. Recently National Green Tribunal (NGT) has put a fine of rupees 100 crore on a state government for its failure to prevent pollution of the rivers and Canal of the state.  name the state?
  1.  Delhi
  2.  Uttar Pradesh
  3.  Tamil Nadu
  4.  West Bengal
56. The 40th International annual Desert Festival held in which city?
  1.  Bikaner
  2.  Barmer
  3.  Udaipur
  4.  Jaisalmer
57. Which Asian City hosted the Special Olympics world games 2019?
  1. Seoul
  2. Abu Dhabi
  3. Kyoto
  4. Beijing
58. Who was recently recommended to be the first Lokpal aur anti-corruption ombudsman of India?
  1. Dinesh K Lokur
  2. Dushyant Dave
  3. Pinaki Chandra Ghosh
  4. Mohan Chandra Swam
59. Where is the newly established bankruptcy and insolvency board of India headquartered at?
  1.  Mumbai
  2.  Chennai
  3.  Delhi
  4.  Kolkata
60. Name the young scientist program that is launched by ISRO for school children:
  1.  Yuvika
  2.  Yuva Yugantar
  3.  Yuva Shakti
  4.  Yuva Pratibha

61. The gap between two neurons is called:
  1. dendrite
  2. synapse
  3. axon
  4. impulse
62. Louis Pasteur was associated with:
  1. The theory of special creation
  2. The theory of spontaneous generation
  3. The theory of biogenesis
  4. None of these
63. When the world Biodiversity Day is observed?
  1. March, 22,
  2. May, 22
  3. June, 23
  4. April, 16
64. Ultra-violet radiation from sunlight causes the reaction that produces which of the following?
  1. CO
  2. SO2
  3. O3
  4. Fluorides
65. Food cans are coated with tin and not with zinc because
  1. zinc is costlier than tin
  2. zinc has a higher melting point than tin
  3.  zinc is more reactive than tin
  4. zinc is less reactive than tin
66. A solution turns red litmus blue, its pH is likely to be:
  1. 1
  2. 4
  3. 5
  4.  10
67. Which of the following has the highest velocity
  1. Cosmic rays
  2. Light
  3. Electron
  4. Supersonic wave
68. Einstein was awarded Nobel Prize for which one of his theories
  1. Theory of relativity
  2. Photoelectric effect.
  3. Theory of specific heat
  4. Theory of Brownian motion
69. Sun is getting energy from which of the following?
  1. Nuclear fission
  2. Chemical reaction
  3. Nuclear Fusion
  4. Photoelectric effect
70. The Xylem in plants are responsible for
  1. transport of water
  2. transport of food
  3. transport of amino acids
  4. transport of oxygen
71. Which of the following is not a component of chlorophyll?
  1. Calcium
  2. Carbon
  3. Magnesium
  4. Hydrogen
72. Which one of the following is also called the ‘power plants’ of the cell?
  1. Golgi body
  2. Mitochondria  
  3. Ribosome
  4. Lysosome
73. Which of the following Acts gave the Indians a share in the administration of their own country for the first time?
  1. Charter Act, 1833
  2. Charter Act, 1853
  3. Indian Councils Act, 1861
  4. Morley Minto Reforms, 1909
74. Of the following, who was the Governor-General only not the Viceroy?
  1. Lord Ellenborough
  2. Earl of Mayo
  3. Lord Northbrook
  4. Lord Lytton
75. When did the Akalis take the keys of the Golden Temple at Amritsar, and appointed a new manager?
  1. 1919
  2. 1921
  3. 1923
  4. 1925
76. Which of the following was the paper of Annie Beasant?
  1. The Star
  2. The Dawn of India
  3. The Patriot
  4. Commonweal
77. Anasuya Behn, one of Gandhiji’s main lieutenants, was the sister of:
  1. Ambalal Sarabhai
  2. Jamuna Lal Bajaj
  3. Ghanshyam Dass
  4. Wallchand Hirachand
78. Which of the following national leaders was to take up the case of the prisoners of the Meerut Conspiracy case?
  1. Vallabh Bhai Patel
  2. Rajendra Prasad
  3. Motilal Nehru
  4. M.C. Chagla
79. Of the following, who represented the Untouchables in the Shimla Conference, convened by Lord Wavell in 1946:
  1. Jagjivan Ram
  2. Jyotiba Phule
  3. Siva Raj
  4. E.V. Ramaswamy Naicker
80. Under whose Presidentship, the first session of the Indian Science Congress Association was held in Calcutta in 1914?
  1. Ashutosh Mookerjee
  2. Jagdish Chandra Bose
  3. George Everest
  4. James Thomson
81. Who presided over the Amritsar Session of All India Congress in 1919?
  1. Motilal Nehru
  2. Lala Lajpat Rai
  3. Sir S.P. Sinha
  4. Sarojini Naidu
82. Of the following cities, where was opened the first medical college for women in 1916?
  1. Calcutta
  2. Madras
  3. Bombay
  4. Delhi
83. Of the following, who wrote a commentary on the Bible?
  1. Muhammad Qasim Nanotawi
  2. Sir Edwin Arnold
  3. Sayyid Ahmad Khan
  4. Vivekananda
84. Where was the center of the Ahmadiyas established in Pakistan after the partition of India?
  1. Rabwah
  2. Karachi
  3. Rawalpindi
  4. Peshawar
85. When was the Kanya Mahavidyalaya founded in Jalandhar by the Arya Samaj?
  1. 05 June, 1896
  2. 14 June, 1896
  3.  21 June, 1896
  4.  25 June, 1896
86. Which of the following is not correct about the Fariazi Movement?
  1. Its founder was Shariat Ullah.
  2. It advocated the observance of the obligatory duties of Islam
  3. It condemned the worship at the shrines of various Islamic saints
  4. Its leaders preached in Persian and Urdu only
87. Which of the following Act/Acts removed a ban on the missionaries to preach Christianity and granted an annual grant of Rs One lakh for education?
  1. Charter Acts of 1793 and 1813
  2. Charter Act of 1813
  3. Charter Acts of 1833 and 1853
  4. Charter Act of 1853
88. When and where was opened the first female school in Punjab?
  1. In 1850 at Lahore
  2.  In 1852 at Jalandhar
  3. In 1856 at Rawalpindi
  4. In 1840 at Ludhiana
89. Which of the following was a great British artist of the art of miniature paintings?
  1. Tilly Kettle
  2. John Smart
  3. Arthur Davis
  4. Johan Zoffany
90. Which of the following is correct about the Jamat-i-Islami?
  1. It was founded in 1940
  2. It published its literature in Persian and Urdu
  3. It brought out four periodicals
  4.  It stood for universal brotherhood, hence it encouraged inter-religious studies
91. Of the following, who was not the leader of the Hindu Mahasabha?
  1. Lala Lajpat Rai
  2. Lala Hardayal
  3. B.S. Munje
  4. Swami Shraddhananda
92. The Namdhari leader, Baba Ram Singh was the disciple of:
  1. Attar Singh
  2. Hari Singh
  3. Baba Budh Singh
  4. Balak Singh
93. Which one of the following indices are now used by the Reserve Bank of India to measure the rate of inflation in India?
  1. NASDAQ Index
  2. BSE Index
  3. Consumer Price Index.
  4. Wholesale Price Index
94. The following factor was not considered by the 14″ Finance Commission in determining the State’s share in the divisible pool:
  1. Population
  2. Demographic change
  3. Income Distance
  4. Fiscal Discipline
95. As per the report on India State of Forest 2017, what is the percentage coverage of forest area in the total geographical area of the country?
  1. 22.20%
  2. 21.30%
  3. 24.16%
  4. 21.54%
96. What is the purpose of setting up of small finance bank (SFBs) in India?
  1. To supply credit to small business units.
  2. To supply credit to small and marginal farmers.
  3. To encourage young entrepreneurs to set up business particularly in rural areas.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3 only
97. Which of the five-year plan was terminated a year before to its original term?
  1. Fourth plan
  2. Fifth plan
  3. Sixth plan
  4. Seventh plan
98. Gross fiscal deficit of the state Government is financed by
(1) Market Borrowings
(II) Printing Currency
(III) Loans from the Central Government
(IV) External Borrowings
Find the correct answer from the given codes:
  1. I, II and III are correct
  2. II, III, and IV are correct
  3. I and III are correct
  4. II and IV are correct
99. Consider the following statements:
The nation-wide ‘Soil Health Card Scheme’ aims at:
(1) Expanding the cultivable area under irrigation,
(2) Enabling the banks to assess the quantum of loans to be granted to farmers on the basis of soil quality,
(3) Checking the overuse of fertilizers in farmlands.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
100. What is/are the most likely advantages of implementing Goods and Services Tax (GST)?
  1. It will replace multiple taxes collected by multiple authorities and will thus create a single market in India.
  2. It will drastically reduce the ‘Current Account Deficit’ of India and will enable it to increase the foreign exchange reserves.
  3. It will enormously increase the growth and size of the economy of India and will enable it to overtake China in the near future.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
  1. 1 only
  2.  2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4.  1,2 and 3
101. Which Five-year plan in India has recorded the largest gap in terms of growth rate between the services sector and the industrial sector?
  1. Seventh Plan
  2. Eighth Plan
  3. Ninth Plan
  4. Tenth Plan
102. 5th South Asia Region Public Procurement Conference was held in:
  1. Kathmandu
  2. New Delhi
  3. Dhaka
  4. Islamabad
103. Which type of volcanic eruptions has caused Deccan Trap formations in India?
  1. Shield
  2. Flood
  3. Composite
  4. Caldera
104. Which one of the following is the meeting point of Alaknanda and Bhagirathi?
  1. Vishnu Prayag
  2. Rudra Prayag
  3. Karan Prayag
  4. Dev Prayag
105. River island Majouli is located in which of the following river?
  1. Ganga
  2. Yamuna
  3. Bhramputra
  4. Indus
106. Sutlej river rises from which of the following places
  1. Verinag Fall
  2. Rakshasa Tal
  3. Rohtang Pass
  4. Beas Kund
107. Which one of the following rivers is not a tributary of Yamuna River?
  1. Giri River
  2. Tons River
  3. Somb River
  4. Sirsa River
Explanation: The river rises in the Shiwalik foothills of Southern Himachal Pradesh. It flows in the western part of Solan district, then enters into Punjab near Diwari village. Sarsa joins the river Sutlej at the eastern part of Rupnagar district of Punjab
The Somb river, also spelled Som river (Hindi: सोम नदी) is a tributary of the Yamuna in the Haryana state of India.
108. Which one of the following states has the highest density of population in India according to the 2011 census?
  1. West Bengal
  2. Bihar
  3. Kerala
  4.  Punjab
109. National Remote Sensing Centre is located at:
  1. New Delhi
  2. Hyderabad
  3. Chennai
  4. Dharwad
110. Which one of the following mineral is known as brown diamond?
  1. Iron
  2. Lignite
  3. Manganese
  4. Mica
111. Which one of the following states in India has the highest proportion of population below the poverty line?
  1. Odisha
  2. Bihar
  3. Madhya Pradesh
  4. Uttar Pradesh
112. Amongst the scheduled languages of India, the smallest language group is :
  1. Punjabi
  2. Tamil
  3. Gujrati
  4. Kashmiri
113. Bhopal Gas Disaster is a kind of
  1. Natural Disaster
  2. Man-made Disaster
  3. Terrorism Disaster
  4. None of these
114. Who is known as the father of modern seismology?
  1. Vagner
  2. A.D. Oldham
  3. W.M. Davis
  4. None of these
115. The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) is headed by:
  1. Prime Minister of India
  2. President  of India
  3. Governor of States
  4. Chief Minister of States
Note: In the official answer key, the answer is given B which is incorrect. The Prime Minister of India is the head of the National Disaster Management Authority. 
116. The Bhopal Gas disaster occurred in
  1. 1980
  2. 2003
  3. 1984
  4. 2009
117. Wildfire in North America is known as
  1. Bush fires
  2. El Nino
  3. Forest fire
  4. None of these
Note: Wildfire in Australia is called as Bushfire. 
El Nino an irregularly recurring flow of unusually warm surface waters from the Pacific Ocean toward and along the western coast of South America that prevents upwelling of nutrient-rich cold deep water and that disrupts typical regional and global weather patterns 
Forest Fire is a generic term.
So, the answer will be D. None of these
118. The State Disaster Management Authority is headed by:
  1. Defence Minister
  2. Chief Minister
  3. Chief Secretary of the State
  4.  None of these
119. Cyclones occurring in the North Atlantic Ocean are called:
  1. Typhoon
  2. Hurricanes
  3. Tornado
  4. None of these
120. The name of the largest active volcano in the world is
  1. Mauna Lao in Hawaii
  2. Mount Fuji in Japan
  3. Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  4. None of these
121. Intensity of an earthquake is measured by
  1. Modified Mercalli Scale
  2. Richter scale
  3. Seismograph
  4. None of these
122. Which of the following countries has the largest transport system in the world?
  1. India
  2. USA
  3. UK
  4. Africa
123. If Arctic ice is replaced by dense forest which of the following is likely to take place
  1. Acceleration of global warming
  2. Deceleration of global warming
  3. It will have no effect on global warming
  4. It may or may not affect global warming
124. Who among these is awarded Champions of the Earth’ award 2019 by United Nations Environment Programme?
  1. UK
  2. Costa Rica
  3. Italy
  4. Spain
125. Which of the following is defined as a process of involving the local people in the protection and management of forests?
  1. Environmental Management
  2. Joint Forest Management
  3. Energy Resource Management
  4. National Resource Management
126. Which of these describes the relationship between global water resources and the human demand for it?
  1. Water conservation
  2. Water Act
  3. Water crisis
  4. Water shortage
127. In an island, the biodiversity is
  1. Low
  2. High
  3. Neither high nor low
  4. Extremely low
128. Of the following organisms, the one that is least likely to cause disease is
  1. Bacteria
  2. Algae
  3. Parasitic Worm
  4. Protozoa
129. Which among these is an intergovernmental organization of eight countries?
  1. United Nations Environment Programme
  2. The World Bank
  3. The Stockholm Conference
  4. South-Asia Cooperative Environment Programme
130. As per the Gender Inequality Index by UNDP Report 2017, India stands at a global rank of:
  1. 125
  2. 126
  3. 127
  4. 128
131. Who among these is an Indian environmentalist and founder of Centre for Science and Environment:
  1. Sunita Narain
  2. Anil Kumar Agrawal
  3. Indira Khurana
  4. Ramesh Agrawal
132. Upto which of the following sessions of the Congress, the Autobiography of Gandhiji is written?
  1. Nagpur Session, 1920
  2. Madras Session, 1997
  3. Bombay Session, 1934
  4. Haripura Session, 1938
133. Who gave John Ruskin’s book ‘Unto the Last’ to Gandhi Ji?
  1. The author himself
  2. J.J. Doke
  3. Henry Pollock
  4. Kallen Beach
134. Articles 36 to 51 of the Indian Constitution contain the Directive Principles of State Policy. Identify the Articles which have the scope of the Gandhian principles:
  1. Articles 37, 40 and 49
  2. Articles 39, 42 and 47
  3. Articles 40, 45 and 50
  4. Articles 40, 47 and 48
135. In the opinion of Gandhiji, which of the following methods is the best for the Conflict Resolution?
  1. Suppression of conflict
  2. Non-Cooperation and suspension of talks
  3. Mutual Dialogue
  4. Diplomacy
136. When was the Civil Disobedience Movement called off finally by Gandhiji?
  1. 1930
  2. 1932
  3. 1933
  4. 1934
137. Popularly known as Mira Ben, a staunch disciple of Gandhiji was sent to Delhi to apprise the Viceroy about the Congress Working Committee Resolution on the Quit India Movement. What was her real name?
  1. Miss Catherine
  2. Miss Ramaya.
  3. Miss Durga
  4. Miss Slade
138. Of the following, who was the first recipient of Gandhiji Peace Prize?
  1. Mother Teresa
  2. Nelson Mandela
  3. Julius Nyerere
  4. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
139. Which of the following is correct about Gandhiji?
  1. He believed in the maxim of that Government is the best which governs the least
  2. There should be direct elections at all levels.
  3. He believed that international peace is a utopian, as ii can never be established
  4. He raised his voice for inclusion of Indian system of medicine in the list of U.N.O.
140. Which is the most landslide-prone area in India?
  1. Ganges valley region
  2. South Indian plateau
  3. Himalaya and Northeastern Hill
  4. None of the above
141. Department of Fisheries. Govt. of H.P. under ‘Blue Revolution’ has envisaged construction of how many hectares new ponds and trout units in the State by 2022?
  1. 750 hectare new ponds and 750 trout units
  2. 1000 hectare new ponds and 1000 trout units
  3. 500 hectare new ponds and 500 trout units
  4. 2500 hectare new ponds and 2500 trout units
142. Which of the following is the driest place in Himachal Pradesh due to rain shadow effect?
  1. Kalpa
  2. Keylong
  3. Spiti
  4. Killar
143. Name the Aryan king who defeated the Kirata’s powerful king Shambar in the war that lasted for forty years?
  1. Sudas
  2. Bhardwaj
  3. Divodas
  4. Vashisht
144. ‘Praino’, ‘Jhanjrara’, ‘Damchaishish’ and ‘Doghri’ are the types of what, amongst the tribes of H.P.?
  1. Divorce
  2. Marriage
  3. Birth ceremony
  4. Death Custom
145. Which of the following fair was conceived by W. Goldstein’ the then Superintendent of Shimla Hill States?
  1. Shivratri
  2. Minjar
  3. Lavi
  4. Nalwari
Note: In the official answer key, the answer given is A which is incorrect. The right answer is D (Nalwari). 
146. Which of the following battle was fought on 28 January 1846 between the British led by Sir Harry Smith and the Sikhs led by Ranjodh Singh Majithia?
  1. Battle of Nadaun
  2. Battle of Sobraon
  3. Battle of Aliwal
  4. Battle of Sagauli
147. Who started a land revenue settlement in Chamba in 1876 which resulted in a considerable gain to the state finances?
  1. Mr. R. T. Burney
  2. Mr. John Harry
  3. Capitan Marshall
  4. Colonel Reid
148. Which Gram Panchayat of H. P. has been “selected among 20 Gram Panchayats from all over the country for the national level Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Panchayat award 2017?
  1. Rajpur
  2. Bir
  3. Kotla
  4. Kuther
149. Which is the highest peak of Kinnaur?
  1. Parasala
  2. Kinner Kailash
  3. Leo Pargial or Rio Pargual
  4. Manirang
150. Which of the following product is not registered under the Geographical Indications (Gl) of Goods Act, 1999?
  1. Kinnauri Shawl
  2. Kangra Tea
  3. Chamba Rumal
  4. Sirmauri Loe
151. Who amongst the following from Kullu was the member of an all-women Navy crew named ‘Tarini for circumnavigating the globe?
  1. Lieutenant Payal Gupta
  2. Lt. Commander Swati P.
  3. Lt. S. Vijya Devi
  4. Lt. Commander Pratibha Jamwal
152. Who is author of the book The Himalayan District of Kooloo, Lahaul and Spiti?
  1. J.C. French
  2. Herman Goetz
  3. A.F. P. Harcourt
  4. J. Buck
153. Match the following lists and the correct answer from given codes be selected
List – 1     List-2
  1. 1st voter of Indian Democracy – (A) Jaiwant Ram
  2. 1st Lieutenant Governor of H.P. – (B) K. L. Mehta
  3. 1st Speaker of H.P. Legislative Assembly – (C) Shyam Saran
  4. 1st Chief Secretary of H.P – (D) Himmat Singh
Codes:
I II III IV
  1. DCAB
  2. CDBA
  3. CDAB
  4. DCAB
154. Who was the architect of ‘Gorton Castle’ at Shimla?
  1. Henry Irwin
  2. S. Jacob
  3. S. Harington.
  4. H. Wilson
155. To meet the sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, what aim has been set up by the Dept. of Forests, to enhance the forest cover in the state:
  1. 50% of its geographical area
  2. 35% of its geographical area
  3. 30% of its geographical area
  4. 40% of its geographical area
156. What is the approximate contribution of the tourism sector to the State GDP?
  1. 5.5 Percent
  2. 6.6 Percent
  3. 4.4 percent
  4. 8.6 percent
157. Which is the pass at an elevation of 4890 meters where roads from Zanskar, Ladakh, Spiti and Lahaul meet?
  1. Baralacha Pass
  2. Darati Pass
  3. Rohtang Pass
  4. Charang Pass
158. Who according to famous philologist Greirsson were the earlier known Indo-Aryans of the Himalayan tract?
  1. Kinners
  2. Khasas
  3. Kirats
  4. Dasas
159. Who built the Bhutnath temple and founded the present Mandi town in 16 century?
  1. Raja Abar Sen
  2. Raja Suraj Sen
  3. Raja Ishwari Sen
  4. Raja Bhawani Sen
160. Which of the following paintings has got a Geographical Indicator (GI) that has given them a unique identity in the world market?
  1. Kangra Paintings
  2. Basholi Paintings
  3. Arki Paintings
  4. Chamba Paintings

161. Who was considered one of the great masters of Pahari miniature painting, during the reign of Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra?
  1. Nikka
  2. Manaku
  3. NAinsukh
  4. Pandit Seu
162. Which of the following is the oldest princely state in Himachal Pradesh which finds mention in the Mahabharata, in the Puranas and the work of Panini?
  1. Kuluta
  2. Trigarta
  3. Kashgir
  4. Jalandhra
163. Who built the temple of Goddess Naina Devi on one of the seven Dhars, now called Dhar Naina Devi?
  1. Raja Bir Chand
  2. Raja Bhim Chand
  3. Raja Bijai Chand
  4. Raja Amar Chand
164. Which of the following district of H.P. was declared as a backward district among the 115 districts selected by the Govt. of India in keeping with its vision of a New India by 2022?
  1. Sirmaur
  2. Chamba
  3. Kangra
  4. Una
165. Under the Silk Production programme, a foreign species basic silk seed station is functioning at which place that produces commercial seeds?
  1. Bodh
  2. Nagrota
  3. Indora
  4. Jawali
166. Which valley of Kinnaur is connected with Uttrakhand with several passes?
  1. Bhabha Valley
  2. Baspa Valley
  3. Hangrang Valley
  4. Tidong Valley
167. In the year 1804, who was invited to invade Kangra (Sansar Chand) by the rulers of Bilaspur, Mandi, Chamba and other small rulers of the Kangra area jointly?
  1. Maharaja Ranjit Singh
  2. Adina Beg
  3. Amar Singh Thapa
  4. British
168. Name the ruler of Rampur Bushehr who received the Hangrang Valley from Tibet as a Jagir and also right to free trade between Tibet and Bushehr State
  1. Raja Shamsher Singh
  2. Raja Chatar Singh
  3. Raja Ugar Singh
  4. Raja Kehri Singh
169. Pin Valley has been declared a national wildlife conservation park for the protection of which animal?
  1. Yak
  2. Western Tragopan
  3. Snow Leopard
  4. Musk Deer
170. The idea of Viceregal Lodge was conceived by Lord Lytton, yet first to reside there was –
  1. Lord Ripon
  2. Lord Curzon
  3. Lord Minto
  4. Lord Dufferin
171. Who was the first and only recipient of ‘Tagore Samman’ from Himachal Pradesh?
  1. Deepu Sharma
  2. Gambhari Devi
  3. Basanti Devi
  4. Kamla Chadda
172. In which village of H.P. the country’s highest polling station has been set up at a height of 15256 feet?
  1. Tashigang
  2. Gete
  3. Hikkim
  4. Losar
173. Which of the following police station of Himachal Pradesh became the first police station of the state to have been linked with a Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS)?
  1. Sanjauli Police Station
  2. Chota Shimla Police Station
  3. Women Police Station BCS Shimla
  4. Police Station Dharampur
174. Match list – 1 and List – Il and select the correct answer from the codes below:
List-1                           List – 11
(i) Rongtong Hydro-Electric Project – (A) Chenab
(ii) Baner Hydro-electric Project – (B) Satluj
(iii) Giri Hydro-electrict Project – (C) Ravi
(iv) Chamera Hydro-electric Project – (D) Yamuna
(E) Beas
Choose the right answer:
I  II III IV
  1. BDEC
  2. BEDC
  3. EBDA
  4. AEDC
175. How many villages have been identified in the State of H. P. during the year 2018-19 for creation of ‘Model Eco Villages’ an Environmentally Sound Sustainable Community Development Programme?
  1. 100
  2. 77
  3. 32
  4. 11
176. What was the plan outlay for ‘Roads and Bridges’ in Himachal Pradesh during the year 2018-19?
  1. 955.14 Crore
  2. 262.55 Crore
  3. 430.85 Crore
  4. 324.44 Crore
177. On 15th April 1948 which of the following princely states were merged into Himachal Pradesh without alteration of their boundaries?
  1. Chamba and Mandi
  2. Mandi and Suket
  3. Mahasu and Mandi
  4. Sirmaur and Chamba
178. Which of the following river is fed by the Himachal Pradesh’s largest glacier Bara Shigri?
  1. Ravi
  2. Beas
  3. Chenab
  4. Satluj
179. Who was the ruler of Bharmour during the later 7th century A.D. when the ‘Kashmiri Style of Art’ entered in H.P.?
  1. Aaditya Varman
  2. Meru Varman
  3. Lakshmi Varman
  4. Sahil Varman
180. Who were the earliest migrants of Himachal?
  1. Nishads and Dasyus
  2. The Kolis or Mundas
  3. Mangoloid / Bhotas and Kiratas
  4. Aryans or Khasas
Note: In prehistoric times, Indo-Gangetic plains were inhabited by Proto-Australoid or Munda-speaking Kolarian people (Kol or Munda tribe). When the people of Indus valley spread through the Gangetic-plains, they pushed forward the Kolarian people northward to the Himachal valleys.
In the Vedas, they were called Dasas, Dasyus, Nishadas, Pishach, Kirat, Asuras, Arjeek, Gandharv, Gadhar et al.
In the post Vedic literature, they were mentioned as Kinnaras, Nagas, and Yakshas.
Kols, also known as Mundas, were the earliest and original migrants to the Himachal Hills.
Therefore, there were no original inhabitants rather Kols or Mundas were migrants to the Hills and inhabited the place. So the the right answer will be B (Munda or Kol).
Source: Mian Goverdhan Singh’s book: Page no 50

181. Who transferred the seat of Govt. from Brahmpura (Bharmaur) to the new capital founded at Chamba?
  1. Aditya Verman
  2. Lalit Verman
  3. Sahil Verman
  4. Prithvi Verman
182. Which of the following is not the breed of poultry introduced in the state to improve the quality of poultry?
  1. Rombullet
  2. Rhode
  3. Island Red
  4. White Leghorns
183. The person and guiding force who motivated a master weaver Mr. Ved Ram Thakur a private entrepreneur to join Bhuttico was:
  1. Lal Chand Prarthi
  2. Gurcharan Singh
  3. Pratap Singh
  4. Bansi Lal Padha
184. ‘Betas’ are the community of professional dancers of which district?
  1. Una
  2. Bilaspur
  3. Solan
  4. Lahaul- Spiti
185. Which was the first play put on in the Gaiety Theatre?
  1. Time will tell
  2. Super Dead Man
  3. The Normal Heart
  4. Awake and Sing
186. Who amongst the following is not the everester?
  1. Prem Singh
  2. Radha Devi
  3. Sunil Sharma
  4. Ajay Sharma
187. The Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Govt. of India sanctioned first Éklavva Model Residential School in H. P. was opened at which place of the State?
  1. Nichar
  2. Udaipur
  3. Killar
  4. Kaza
188. Match list one and list two and select the correct answer from the codes given below –
List one                            List two
(i) Siesta     –  (A) Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur
(ii)The First Health Minister of India  – (B) Nicholas Roerich
(iii) Himavat   – (C) Amrita Sher Gill
(iv) Sati – (D) Norah Richards
Choose the right answer:
I II III IV
  1. DCBA
  2. ABDC
  3. CBAD
  4. CABD
Note: In the official answer key, the answer given is C which is incorrect. The right answer is D. 
189. First ‘Emu Breeding’ farm in H. P. set up by the ‘Easy Way With’ a multi level marketing company was at –
  1. Gagret
  2. Gandawal
  3. Chauntra
  4. Sarol
190. ‘Telangi Selection’ and ‘Ribba Selection’ etc. are the local varieties of which dry fruit?
  1. Walnut
  2. Pistachio
  3. Almond
  4. Apricot
191. Lahaul-Spiti district covers the largest area of the State of Himachal Pradesh which comes to what percentage of the total area of the state?
  1. 24.85%
  2. 21.55%
  3. 29.15%
  4. 31.10%
192. In Rig Veda which of the following river is not found mentioned flowing through Himachal Pradesh?
  1. Yamuna
  2. Beas
  3. Ravi
  4. Satluj
193. Which of the following town of Himachal Pradesh doesn’t celebrate the Dushehra festival by burning effigies of Ravana, Meghnath, and Kumbhkaran?
  1. Rampur Bushehr
  2. Baijnath  
  3. Nurpur
  4. Una
194. In which of the ‘Puranas’ the Kinners are said to be the inhabitants of Mahananda Mountains
  1. Vayu Purana
  2. Agni Purana
  3. Bhagvada Purana
  4. Shiva Purana
195. Who was the first European to visit Kullu on his way to Laddakh in 1820 A.D.?
  1. James Fraser
  2. Moorcraft
  3.  Major Archer
  4. J.C. Davidson
196. Which of the following valley is called as granary and orchard of Lahaul-Spiti?
  1. Chandra Valley
  2. Pin Valley
  3. Bhaga Valley
  4. Pattan Valley
197. Where is ‘Chinmaya Tappovan’ in Himachal Pradesh is situated?
  1. Manali
  2. Dharamshala
  3. Nalagarh
  4. Nadaun
198. To encourage rural and tribal girls to join school and study, the ‘Nelson Mandela Sadbhawna Award and Certificate of Excellence 2017’ was conferred on:
  1. Kinkari Devi
  2. Rajni Sharma
  3. Hem Lata Upadhyaya
  4. Shruti Gupta
199. On which of the following railway route the glass roof see through ‘vistadome’ coach was introduced on 11th December 2018?
  1. Kalka-Shimla
  2. Jogindernagar-Pathankot
  3. Nangal- Una
  4. None of these
200. The Ministry of Posts and Telegraph has not released postal stamp on which of the following?
  1. Kayang
  2. St. Bede’s College Shimla
  3. Major Somnath Sharma
  4. The Ridge Shimla

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