Q1: Which of these states share their Formation Day?

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Karnataka
  3. Kerala
  4. Punjab
  5. Tamil Nadu


  1. 2 and 3 only
  2. 1, 2, and 5 only
  3. 1, 4 and 5 only
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


Answer: d


The states of Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Punjab and Kerala celebrate their formation day on November 1.

UTs Lakshadweep, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chandigarh and Puducherry were also formed on November 1.

Delhi was also formed on this date.


Q2: With reference to the Indus Valley Civilisation sites, consider the following pairs and choose the correctly matched pairs:


Site Findings

  1. Amri – Antelope evidence
  2. Kalibangan – Wooden plough
  3. Surkotada – Dockyard


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


Answer : b


Amri is located close to the west bank of the Indus river in the easternmost extension

of the Baluchistan uplands. It is in the Dadu district of Sindh, and lies to the south of

Mohenjo Daro. The site was excavated by N.G. Majumdar in 1935. The evidence of

Antelope was found.

The Kalibangan site was discovered by Luigi Pio Tessitori, an Italian Indologist and linguist. After Independence in 1952, Amlanand Ghosh identified the site as part of Harappan Civilization and marked it for excavation. It is located in northern Rajasthan. The evidence found was Fire altar, Camel’s bones and Wooden plough.

Surkotada is an archaeological site located in Rapar Taluka of Kutch district, Gujarat. The site was discovered by J.P. Joshi in 1964 and evidence found was Bones of horses and Beads.

First manmade port and Dockyard was found from the site of Lothal in Gujarat. The site was discovered by R. Rao in 1953, other evidence were Rice husk, Fire altars and Chess-playing.



With reference to Goods and Services Tax (GST), consider the following statements and choose the correct options:

  1. It was added to Indian constitution by the 102 constitutional amendment.
  2. It is a destination-based direct tax.
  3. GST council is a constitutional body.


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


Answer : a


Goods and Services Tax is a comprehensive, multi-stage, destination-based indirect tax that is levied on every value addition.

The Goods and Service Tax Act was passed in the Parliament on 29 March 2017 and

came into effect on 1 July 2017. It was introduced by the Constitution (One Hundred and First Amendment) Act, 2017.

GST Council is a constitutional body under Article 279A. It makes recommendations to the Union and State Government on issues related to Goods and Service Tax.


Q4: With reference to Budapest Convention, consider the following statements and choose the correct options:

  1. It is a non-binding international multilateral treaty on cybercrime.
  2. India recently became a party to this convention.


  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2


Answer : d


The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Cybercrime Convention, also known as the Budapest Convention is the sole legally binding international multilateral treaty on cybercrime.

It coordinates cybercrime investigations between nation-states and criminalizes certain cybercrime conduct.

It was open for signature in 2001 and came into force in 2004.

The Budapest Convention is supplemented by a Protocol on Xenophobia and Racism committed through computer systems.

India is still not a party to it. India recently voted in favour of a Russian-led UN resolution to set up a separate convention. The resolution seeks to set up new cyber norms considered as a counter alternative to the US backed Budapest Accord.



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