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Pattern of West Bengal civil services exam General studies - Preliminary

W.B.C.S Executive Examination, 2010
Time for West Bengal civil services exam General studies - Preliminary - 2 hours 30 minutes
Total questions for West Bengal civil services exam General studies - Preliminary - 200
Total marks for West Bengal civil services exam General studies - Preliminary : 200

2010 exam question of General studies in Preliminary of West Bengal Civil services by WBPCS

1. A pugilist is a
(A) boxer (B) swimmer
(C) athlete (D) weight-lifter

2. The specialist who handles problems in the human body related to bones is a/an
(A) orthodontist (B) osteopath
(C) podiatrist (D) oncologist

3. Baptism of fire means
(A) a fire fighting act
(B) a bad beginning in the first job
(C) a difficult introduction to an experience
(D) a religious experience

4. A duck is a bird, but to duck is
(A) to feel shy (B) to refuse
(C) to abandon (D) to avoid

5. Insert the appropriate phrasal verb in the blank below and make the sentence meaningful:
This evidence _____________ with what one already knows.
(A) ties in (B) sets in
(C) gives in (D) goes down

6. A manicurist takes care of
(A) foot (B) ear
(C) nails (D) mind

7. Fill in the blank with the right word:
A lame duck organization is one which needs ___________.
(A) authority (B) staff
(C) power (D) support

8. 'To give a dog a bad name' means
(A) it is very difficult to destroy the reputation of a loyal person
(B) it is very difficult to lose a bad reputation
(C) it is very difficult to earn a good reputation in a bad company
(D) it is very difficult to both be loyal and do something that jeopardizes self-reputation

9. The prospect of her marriage is remote.
The opposite of 'remote', in this sentence, would be
(A) high (B) less
(C) far (D) near

10. 'We are superior to everybody else' is the aptitterance of a/an
(A) egoist (B) pacifist
(C) anarchist (D) chauvinist

11. Choose the right alternative from the options given below:
A gourmet loves —.
(A) Fashion (B) Action
(C) Food (D) Films

Direction for Question Nos. 12 and 13
Fill in the blanks in the sentences choosing the most meaningful alternative from the ones supplied:

12. The street is not properly .
(A) Illumed (B) Illumined
(C) Illuminated (D) Enlightened

13. The of the place attracts many ascetics.
(A) Quietness (B) Silence
(C) Quietude (D) Soundlessness

14. Choose the correct alternative from the ones supplied:
Detect where the adjective "public" is used in a derogatory sense:
(A) Public house (B) Public woman
(C) Public servant (D) Public speech

Direction for Question Nos. 15 to 17
Fill in the blank with the correct alternative from the ones supplied:
15. The man who follows his nose actually follows his .
(A) Passion (B) Rationality
(C) Instinct (D) Memory

16. Lachrymose nature means .
(A) Lethargic (B) Prone to anger
(C) Prone to tear (D) Energetic

17. A man in the charge of farming and nurturing animals is called .
(A) A ploughman (B) A farmer
(C) A firm-manager (D) A husbands man

18. Choose the right alternative from the options given:
A man with an irrationally fixed idea is called
(A) An eccentric (B) A maniac
(C) A manikin (D) A phobic

19. Choose the right word from the alternatives to complete the sentence idiomatically:
A clever man sweeps his family scandals under the .
(A) Ground (B) Floor
(C) Carpet (D) Grave-stone

20. Fill in the blank with correct word to make the sentence meaningful:
It is usual nowadays to blow one's own
to impress others.
(A) Horn (B) Trumpet
(C) Drum
(D) Band

Direction for Question Nos. 21 and 22
Opposite Meaning from these:

21. (A) Doggish Canine
(B) Manly Virile
(C) Divine Infernal
(D) Earthly Terrestrial

22. (A) Pedant Pedagogic
(B) Humid Arid
(C) Erroneous Faulty
(D) Horrible — Horrendous

23. Choose the correct alternative from the options to fill in the blanks:
'In the time of danger, we should try to take the bull by the horns' means "In the time of danger we should try to "
(A) Surmount it
(B) Face the situation boldly
(C) Overcome it
(D) Control ourselves

Direction for Question Nos. 24 and 25
Choose the word from the list which is nearest in meaning to the underlined part of the sentence:

24. The separation from a lover fills one's mind with blues.
(A) Sadness
(B) Romanticism
(C) Nostalgia
(D) Colourfulness

25. Hike in oil price may mar the future of the trade world.
(A) Harness
(B) Help
(C) Better
(D) Worsen

26. Enzymes speed up biochemical reactions by
(A) Increasing the activation energy of the reaction
(B) Lowering the temperature of the reaction
(C) Increasing the temperature of the reaction
(D) Lowering the activation energy of the reaction

27. The narrow portion between uterus and vagina of higher mammals is known as
(A) Clitoris
(B) Urethra
(C) Oviduct
(D) Cervix

28. Presence of sunken stomata in leaves indicates the character of
(A) Hydrophytes
(B) Xerophytes
(C) Halophytes
(D) Mesophytes

29. Cardiac muscles do not undergo fatigue, because
(A) Interconnection of cells by intercalated disc
(B) Having numerous mitochondria
(C) Having more actins
(D) Having more myosin

30. Which Five Year Plan was suspended one year before its time schedule?
(A) Third Plan
(B) Fourth Plan
(C) Fifth Plan
(D) Sixth Plan

31. At which Delhi Durbar the Queen of England was proclaimed the Empress of India?
(A) 1876-77 A.D.
(B) 1911 A.D.
(C) 1921 A.D.
(D) None of the above

32. Rate of radiation of heat from a body is the highest if its surface is
(A) White
(B) Smooth
(C) Smooth but black
(D) Rough but black

33. Which of the following is not a physical change?
(A) Dehydrating milk to get milk powder
(B) Sublimation of iodine
(C) Dissolving sugar in tea
(D) Burning of wax in a candle

34. The vegetative body of a bry ophy te/moss represents the structure of
(A) Sporophyte
(B) Gametophyte
(C) Sporophyte or gametophyte
(D) Sporophyte and gametophyte

35. Polytene chromosome is found in the cells of
(A) Salivary gland of larvae of flies
(B) Liver of man
(C) Neuron of insects
(D) None of the above

36. Chittaranjan in West Bengal is well known for its
(A) Fertiliser plant
(B) Locomotive works
(C) Iron and Steel industry
(D) None of the above

37. VAT is imposed on
(A) the final consumer of a commodity
(B) total value added at the final stage of production of a commodity
(C) the value added at each stage of production of a commodity
(D) aggregate value in terms of cost of production of the producer of a commodity

38. The gene for Haemophilia is
(A) X-linked recessive
(B) X-linked dominant
(C) Y-linked
(D) Located in autosome

39. Who was the main inspiration of the Young Bengal movement?
(A) Rammohan
(B) Derozio
(C) Debendranath
(D) David Hare

40. The minimum number of artificial satellites required for communication throughout the globe is
(A) i
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4

41. The toxic chemical element that caused Minamata disease in Japan was
(A) Uranium
(B) Mercury
(C) Cadmium
(D) Arsenic

42. Who is called "A traditional moderniser"?
(A) Vidyasagar
(B) Swami Vivekananda
(C) RammohanRoy
(D) B.G.Tilak

43. The Right to Information Act is applicable to the whole of India except to the state of
(A) Jammu and Kashmir
(B) Mizoram
(C) Manipur
(D) Nagaland

44. Which metal ion is responsible for electron transportation in photosynthesis?
(A) Sodium
(B) Potassium
(C) Cobalt
(D) Iron

45. The Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College of Aligarh was founded in the year
(A) 1868 A.D.
(B) 1875 A.D.
(C) 1883 A.D.
(D) 1906 A.D.

46. India developed RISAT 2 satellite in collaboration with
(B) Russia
(C) France
(D) Israel

47. The earthquake in Latur is believed to have resulted from
(A) Excessive loading of water
(B) Plate movement
(C) Fault line underneath a dam
(D) Folding

48. has been declared the International Year of Astronomy.
(A) 2008
(B) 2009
(C) 2010
(D) None of the above

49. In photosynthesis, 'Light reaction' takes place in
(A) Cytosol
(B) Grana of chloroplast
(C) Stroma of chloroplast
(D) Ribosome

50. How much of India's crude oil requirement is imported?
(A) 65%
(B) 70%
(C) 75%
(D) 80%

51. Haversian system is a part of
(A) Kidney
(B) Bone
(C) Heart
(D) Brain

52. With the people of which country Harappan people carried trade?
(A) China
(B) Iran
(C) Russia
(D) Sumer

53. Nadir Shah invaded India in the year
(A) 1738 A.D.
(B) 1739 A.D.
(C) 1740 A.D.
(D) 1741 A.D.

54. The oldest school of Indian Philosophy is
(A) Yoga
(B) Sankhya
(C) Vaisesika
(D) Karma Mimansa

55. The Treaty of Amritsar was signed by the English with Ranjit Singh in the year
(A) 1807 A.D.
(B) 1809 A.D.
(C) 1811 A.D.
(D) 1813 A.D.

56. To which period of Indian history did Aryabhatta and Varahamihira (Scientist and Mathematician
respectively) belong?
(A) Maurya period
(B) Gupta period
(C) Pala period
(D) Delhi Sultanate

57. The apex body which operates micro-finance scheme by promoting self-help groups of individuals from a homogeneous class through banks or non-government organisations is
(A) Regional Rural Bank
(B) Grameen Bank
(C) State Bank of India
(D) National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development

58. Who was the founder-President of theSwaraj Party?
(A) Motilal Nehru
(B) C.R.Das
(C) Rajendra Prasad
(D) Rajagopalachari
59. Who was the Governor-General who decided in favour of Western education in India?
(A) Lord Cornwallis
(B) LordBentinck
(C) LordRipon
(D) LordCurzon

60. Under which Article of the Indian Constitution provision has been made for the formation of a Finance Commission to deal with various aspects of Centre-State financial relationship?
(A) Article 245
(B) Article 280
(C) Article 356
(D) Article 370

61. The number of m' s in the series a bbb ccccc ddddddd ................... is
(A) 15
(B) 17
(C) 25
(D) 27

62. Which of the following is a good nuclear fuel?
(A) Uranium 238
(B) Plutonium 239
(C) Neptunium 239
(D) Thorium 236

63. Among the districts of West Bengal, according to 2001 census data sex ratio is lowest in
(A) Kolkata
(B) Purulia
(C) Hooghly
(D) Uttar Dinajpur

64. What did Iqta mean during Sultanate period?
(A) A form of Salutation
(B) An important official
(C) The grant of land revenue from a village or territory
(D) None of the above

65. A tube-well will not work if the depth of water below the ground is
(A) 20 ft.
(B) 25 ft.
(C) 28 ft.
(D) 38 ft.

66. Who founded the "Amrita Bazar Patrika"?
(A) Surendra Nath Banerjee
(B) Barindra Ghosh
(C) Krishna Kumar Mitra
(D) Sisir Kumar Ghosh

67. The technique of 'DNA sequencing' was discovered by
(A) H.G.Khorana
(B) Watson and Crick
(C) Frederick Sanger
(D) E.M. Southern

68. Which one of the following companies has recently entered into a memorandum of understanding with the Uranium Corporation of India for exploration of uranium deposits?
(C) Reliance Petroleum
(D) EssarOil

69. A Cladogram depicts the hypothesis of
(A) Evolutionary relationship
(B) Phenatic relationship
(C) Genetic relationship
(D) Taxonomic relationship

70. Which movement of Gandhiji joined with Khilafat movement?
(A) Civil Disobedience
(B) Non-Co-operation
(C) Quit India
(D) Against Indigo cultivation (1917)

71. Which Carbohydrate is used commercially in the silvering of mirrors?
(A) Sucrose
(B) Fructose
(C) Cellulose
(D) Glucose

72. The capital of Tipu Sultan was at
(A) Mysore
(B) Seringapattam
(C) Sringeri
(D) Belur

73. Who v/as the Governor-General of India when Widow Remarriage Act was passed?
(A) LordRipon
(B) Lord Canning
(C) Lord Dalhousie
(D) LordBentinck

74. The Muslim League joined the Interim Government in
(A) October 1946
(B) November 1946
(C) December 1946
(D) January 1947

75. Who translated 'Nil Darpan' in English?
(A) Madhusudan Dutt
(B) Rev. James Long
(C) Harish Chandra Mukherjee
(D) Kali Prasanna Singha

76. Consider the following statement
1. Definition of force is obtained from Newton's first law of motion.
2. Definition of force is obtained from Newton' s second law of motion.
3. In a house-hold wiring the appliances are connected in series.
4. The picture-tube of a television is basically a cathode ray tube.

(A) Only 1 is correct
(B) Only 2 is correct
(C) Only 2 and 4 are correct
(D) Only 1 and 4 are correct

77. In West Bengal SEZ was planned
(A) Around Medinipur
(B) Around Jhargram
(C) Around Nandigram
(D) Around Haldia

78. The Central Government is to collect Rs crore from disinvestment in 2009-10.
(A) 1120
(B) 1125
(C) 1130
(D) 1150

79. The Himalayas are
(A) Fold Mountains
(B) Block Mountains
(C) Residual. Hills
(D) Tableland

80. Which one of the following is an indirect tax levied by the Central Government in India?
(A) Service tax
(B) Corporate Income tax
(C) Profession tax
(D) Agricultural Income tax

81. Which of the following films was directed by Tapan Sinha?
(A) Zindagi Zindagi
(B) Sagina
(C) Ek Doctor Ki Maut
(D) All of the above

82. Prohibition of Sati was enacted by Regulation XVII in year
(A) 1829 A.D.
(B) 1830 A.D.
(C) 1835 A.D.
(D) None of the above

83. Electrical energy is converted into mechanical energy by a
(A) Thermostat
(B) Motor
(C) Dynamo
(D) Rectifier

84. The Simon Commission was appointed for
(A) Indian Constitutional Reforms
(B) Administrative Reforms
(C) Educational Reforms
(D) Jail Code Reforms

85. Todas are tribals of
(A) Jharkhand
(B) Chhattisgarh
(C) Uttarakhand
(D) Nilgiri Hills

86. World Conference against Racism was recently held in
(A) Beijing
(B) Durban
(C) Bonn
(D) Geneva

87. The 73rd Constitutional Amendment in 1992
1. provided a constitutional guarantee to the formation of Panchayats at the village and other levels.
2. added a new part to the Constitution relating to urban local bodies.
3. stipulated that all Panchayat members be elected for a five year term in elections supervised by the State Election Commission.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(A) 1 and 2
(B) land3
(C) lonly
(D) 2 only

88. Partition of Bengal was withdrawn in
(A) 1905
(B) 1906
(C) 1911
(D) 1909

89. What is Ibadat Khana at Fatepur Sikri?
(A) A magnificent building for residence
(B) A house for religious discourses of all religion s
(C) A house for eating
(D) None of the above

90. Who was Megasthenes?
(A) Ambassador of Selecus
(B) Prime Minister of Chandragupta Maurya
(C) A Greek pilgrim
(D) A Chinese traveller

91. Who among the following Sultans of Delhi wanted to become Second Alexander and conquer the world?
(A) Alauddin Khilji
(B) Ghiyasuddin Balban
(C) Muhammad Bin Tugluq
(D) None of them

92. Kapildhara Falls is located on
(A) River Sone
(B) River Chambal
(C) River Narmada
(D) River Krishna

93. Who founded the "School Book Society"?
(A) William Jones
(B) Hyde East
(C) D.Bethune
(D) David Hare

94. India held joint naval exercise in February with USA and
(A) Japan
(B) Australia
(C) South Korea
(D) None of the above

95. A piece of cotton cloth gets wet if one end of it is dipped in water in a glass. This is due to
(A) Gravitation
(B) Viscosity
(C) Elasticity
(D) Capillarity

96. Tsunamis are generated by
(A) Undersea plate movements
(B) Undersea vulcanism
(C) Tidal change
(D) None of the above

97. Who wrote "Life Divine"?
(A) Swami Vivekananda
(B) Keshab Chandra Sen
(C) Sister Nivedita
(D) Arabindo Ghosh

98. In which year did Jaljanwalabagh massacre happen?
(A) 1908
(B) 1909
(C) 1918
(D) 1919

99. Who was the author of Rajtarangini?
(A) Kautilya
(B) Megasthenes
(C) Kalhan
(D) None of the above

100. Highest population growth rate in West Bengal, according to 2001 census is found in
(A) Malda
(B) Uttar Dinajpur
(C) Dakshin Dinajpur
(D) South 24-Parganas.

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