SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 03-March-2020 Shift-3 (General Awareness)

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SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 03-March-2020 Shift-1 (General Awareness)

Q.1 Calcium sulphate dihydrate is commonly known as ________.

1. glass
2. asbestos
3. limestone
4. gypsum

The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e gypsum.
  • Silicate glass is the most common type and widely used glass.
  • This is made on the chemical compound silica, also known as silicon dioxide or quartz
  • Asbestos is a term given to six minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers that are resistant to heat, fire and many chemicals.
  • Asbestos is widely used in many industries.
  • Limestone is a sedimentary rock composed mainly of calcium carbonate.
  • It is a mineral found in crystal as well as masses called gypsum rock.
  • It is commonly known as Calcium sulfate dihydrate.
  • gypsum uses include the manufacture of wallboard, cement, plaster of Paris, etc.

Q.2 Who among the following was a famous ‘Qawwali’ singer?
1. Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
2. Nazia Hassan
3. Begum Akhtar
4. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
The Correct Answer is Option 4. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan
He was an Indian Hindustani classical vocalist.
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
  • He was a Pakistani vocalist.
  • He was primarily a singer of Qawwali, a form of Sufi Islamic devotional music.
Nazia Hassan
  • She was a Pakistani pop singer-songwriter.
  • She has been called the “Queen of Pop” in South Asia.
Q.3 1 horsepower = approximately _____ watts.
1. 647
2. 764
3. 746
4. 674
The Correct Answer is Option 3 i.e 746 watts.
  • Power (P): The rate of work done is called power. 
    • The SI unit of power is the watt (W).
  • Horsepower: The unit of measurement of power or the rate at which work is done is called Horsepower.
    • There are many different standards and types of horsepower. Two common types being used today are Mechanical/Imperial and Metric horse Power.
    • One unit of power is Mechanical horsepower which is about 746 watts approximately.
    • Another unit of power is Metric horsepower which is about 736 watts approximately. 
Q.4 ‘Kiribath’ is a rice dish from _________.
1. Nepal
2. Bhutan
3. Myanmar
4. Sri Lanka
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e Sri Lanka.
  • Dal Bhat is the famous staple food of Nepal.
  • Kiribath is a traditional Sri Lankan dish made from rice.
  • Mohinga is a fish soup made with rice noodles and is often regarded as Myanmar national food.
  • Ema Datshi is a spicy dish made with large, green chili peppers in a cheesy sauce, which might be called the national dish of Bhutan.
Q.5 As of January 2020, which of the following countries had NOT independently launched a human into space?
1. USA
2. China
3. Russia
4. India
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e India.
  • As of January 2020, only three countries – Russia, the USA, and China had independently launched a human into space.
  • India’s first Human space mission called Gaganyaan is planned for 2022.
  • India will send three humans into space by 2022.
  • If the mission is successful then India could only be the fourth country to do so.
Q.6 The birth anniversary of ________ is celebrated as ‘International Nurses Day’ every year.
1. Mother Teresa
2. Florence Nightingale
3. Clara Barton
4. Alice Walker
The Correct Answer is Option 2. i.e. Florence Nightingale
Mother Teresa
  • She received the Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize in 1962 
  • She received the Noble Peace Prize in 1979.
  • She founded the Missionaries of Charity to help the poorest among the poor.
Clara Barton
  • She was an American Nurse.
  • She founded the American Red Cross.
  • She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1973
Alice Walker
  • She is an American novelist and social activist.
  • She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel “The Color Purple”.
Florence Nightingale
  • It is celebrated around the world on May 12 to mark the contributions that nurses make to society.
  • In the honor of 200th birth anniversary of Nightingale, the World Health Organisation designated the year 2020 as the ” Year of Nurse and Midwife”.
  • Her birth anniversary is celebrated as ‘International Nurses Day’ every year.
Q.7 Who was the first Indian to receive the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Blue Cross?
1. Ronjan Sodhi
2. Gagan Narang
3. Vijay Kumar
4. Abhinav Bindra
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e Abhinav Bindra.
Gagan Narang
  •  He won the Bronze Medal in the Men’s 10 m Air Rifle Event at the 20112 Summer Olympics in London
Abhinav Bindra
  • Bindra is the first Indian to be awarded the Blue Cross. 
  • The Blue Cross is the highest recognition conferred by the parent body of international shooting, the ISSF. 
Vijay Kumar
  •  He won the silver medal in the individual 25-meter rapid fire pistol event at the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Q.8 The last recognised king of the Gupta kingdom was _______.
1. Samudragupta
2. Vishnugupta
3. Ashoka
4. Bimbisara
The Correct Answer is Option 2 i.e Vishnugupta.
  • Bimbisara was the founder of the Haryanka Dynasty. He started the policy of annexation and expansion.
  • Mauryan Empire was founded by Chandragupta Maurya.
    • Ashoka is the greatest of the Mauryan rulers
    • He was well known for the Kalinga war in 261 B.C.
  • Gupta Empire was founded by Sri Gupta.
    • Samudragupta was one of the greatest rulers of the Gupta Empire and he was also called Napoleon of India
    • Vishnugupta was the last recognized king of the Gupta Empire.
Q.9 In ________ economies, all productive resources are owned and controlled by the government.
1. capitalist
2. mixed
3. dual
4. socialist
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e socialist.
Mixed economy
It is a system that combines aspects of both capitalism and socialism.
Dual economy 
It refers to the existence of two distinct types of economic segments within an economy.
Socialist economy
  • It is the system under which the economic system is controlled and regulated by the government.
  • It is to ensure the welfare and equal opportunity to people in society.
Capitalist economy 
It is an economic system in which private individuals and business own capital goods
Q.10 As of December 2019, _______ was the largest crude oil supplier to India.
1. Iraq
2. United Arab Emirates
3. Saudi Arabia
4. Iran
The Correct Answer is Option 1 i.e Iraq.
  • Iraq remains the top crude oil supplier to India for the second year in a row, According to the data released by the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence and Statistics (DGCI&S).
    • DGCI&S: It is an organization of the government of India under the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Saudi Arabia was the second-largest crude oil supplier to India while Iran is the third-largest crude oil supplier to India.
  • UAE surpassed Venezuela to become India’s fourth-largest crude oil supplier. 
  • India is the world’s third-largest importer of crude oil after China and the USA.
Q.11 Which of the following is NOT a part of the brain?
1. Thalamus
2. Pinna
3. Medulla
4. Pons
The Correct Answer is Option 2 i.e Pinna.
  • It is between then pons and spinal cord.
  • It is responsible for maintaining vital body functions such as breathing, digestion, etc.
  • It is part of the metencephalon in the hindbrain.
  • It is involved in motor control and sensory analysis.
  • It controls sensory integration and motor integration.
  • Receives sensory information and relays it to the cerebral cortex.
  • It is the only visible part of the ear.
  • It is the first part of the ear that reacts with sound.
  • It acts as a kind of funnel that assists in directing the sound further into the ear.
Q.12 ________ became the Prime Minister of Bhutan in November 2018.
1. Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup
2. Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye
3. Lyonchhen Jigme Thinley
4. Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering. 
Lyonpo Sonam Tobgye
  • He served as Chief Justice of the High Court of Bhutan.
  • Served as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Bhutan.
  • He was also a chief advisor of Bhutan
Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering
  • He was elected as the president of the Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa.
  • He became the Prime minister of Bhutan in November 2018.
Lyonchhen Jigme Thinley
  • Prime Minister of Bhutan from April 2008 to April 2013
Lyonpo Sangay Ngedup
  • Prime Minister of Bhutan from 1999 to 2000 and again from 2005 to 2006. 
Q.13 The ________ helps in equalising the pressure on either sides of the eardrum.
1. incus
2. eustachian tube
3. cochlear nerve
4. malleus
The Correct Answer is Option 2 i.e eustachian tube
  • One of the three tiny bones in the middle ear that carry sound from the eardrum to the inner ear.
eustachian tube
  • It is also known as the auditory tube.
  • It is a part of the middle ear.
  • It is a link that connects your throat to your middle ear.
  • It helps in equalizing the pressure on either side of the eardrum.
cochlear nerve
  • It is also known as the acoustic nerve.
  • It is the sensory nerve that transfers auditory information from the cochlea (auditory area of the inner ear )to the brain.
  • It is the outermost of the three small bones of the middle ear in the middle ear.
  • It is also referred to as a hammer.
Q.14 The Gupta rulers imposed a fine called _______ which was a plough tax paid by every cultivator owning a plough.
1. Kara
2. Halivakara
3. Hiranya
4. Sulka
The Correct Answer is Option 2 i.e Halivakara.
Different taxes levied by Gupta rulers are:
compulsory offerings
one-sixth of the produce
Social Security tax
Tax for selling or purchasing lands
Ploughshare tax
Gold tax
Irregular tax
Q.15 The first ruler of Magadha from the Haryanka dynasty was _______.
1. Bimbisara
2. Ashoka
3. Prasenajit
4. Ajatshatru
The correct answer is option 1 i.e Bimbisara.
  • Haryanka Dynasty:
    • It was founded by Bimbisara.
    • He started the policy of annexation and expansion.
    • He conquered Anga and entered into a matrimonial alliance with the daughter of the king of Kosala and the sister of Prasenjit.
    • He was succeeded by his son Ajatshatru.
  • Maurya Dynasty:
    • It was founded by Chandragupta Maurya, who had overthrown the Nanda dynasty with the help of Chanakya, who is known as Kautaliya.
    • Chandragupta was succeeded by his son Bindusara and later Bindusara’s death led to a struggle for succession among his sons and finally, Ashoka emerged successful in 268 B.C 
    • Ashoka is well known for the Kalinga which took place in 261 B.C. 
Q.16 The process of coating grooves or engravings in ornaments with coloured enamels is called ________.
1. Chikankari
2. Zardozi
3. Meenakari
4. Phulkari
The Correct Answer is Option 3 i.e Meenakari.
  • Meenakari: It involves the process of coloring and ornamenting the surface of metals with the use of brilliant colors in a beautiful design.
    • Mughal brought this traditional form of art into the country.
  • Chikankari: The word literally means embroidery.
    • It is the traditional process of hand embroidery and it is basically practiced in city Lucknow in India.
  • ​Phulkari: Literally means ‘flower work’.
    • It is the traditional embroidery of Punjab and the entire cloth is embroidered and filled with flowers.
  • Zardozi: It is a form of embroidery prevalent in India, Iran, Pakistan, and Bangladesh.
    • Zardozi embroidery work involved making elaborate designs, using the threads of gold and silver.
Q.17 Who among the following publishes the Economic Survey of India?
1. Institute of finance
2. National Development Council
3. Ministry of Finance
4. Indian Statistical Institute
The Correct Answer is Option 3 i.e Ministry of Finance.
  • National Development Council: 
    • It is the apex body for decision creating and deliberations on development matters in India.
    • It is presided over by the Prime Minister.
  • Economic Survey of India:
    • It is a flagship annual report of the Ministry of Finance.
    • The department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of finance presents the survey in parliament every year, just before the union budget.
    • It is prepared under the guidance of the Chief Economic Adviser of India.
    • The survey is a detailed report of the country’s economic performance during the past year.
    • It is released every year before the Budget.
Q.18 Hiuen Tsang, hailed as the prince of pilgrims, visited India during the reign of king _____.
1. Harsha
2. Ashoka
3. Samudragupta
4. Vishnugupta
The Correct Answer is Option 1 i.e Harsha.
  • He is considered to be the last recognized king of the Gupta empire
  • Harishena was his court poet, wrote a glowing account of his military exploits
  • Ashoka became a Buddhist under Upagupta.
  • He was well known for his policy of Dhamma.
  • His reign is well documented by his court poet Banabhatta in Harshacharita and also by Chinese traveler Hiuen Tsang, visited during his period.

Q.19 In October 2019, _______ was appointed as the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
1. Brijesh Patel
2. Sourav Ganguly
3. Jayesh George
4. Jay Shah
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e Jay Shah.
  • It is the national governing body for cricket in India.
  • Its headquarters are in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
  • Grant Govan was its first president 
  • Anthony De Mello was its first secretary.
  • Jay Shah was appointed as the secretary of the BCCI in October 2019.
  • Sourav Ganguly is the current president of BCCI.

Q.20 The city of _______ is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River.
1. Beijing
2. Guangzhou
3. Lhasa
4. Shanghai
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e Shanghai.
Yangtze River:
  • It is the longest river in Asia 
  • The third longest river in the world 
  • Longest river to flow entirely in one country
  • The river begins its Journey in the glacial meltwaters of the Tanggula Mountains in Tibet and flows approximately 6300 Kms and empties in the East China Sea near the city of Shanghai.
  • Shanghai is located at the mouth of the Yangtze River.

Q.21 Lucifer is another name for the planet ________.
1. Saturn
2. Mars
3. Jupiter
4. Venus
The Correct Answer is Option 4 i.e Venus.
  • The second-largest planet in the solar system
  • Lucifer means light-bringer in Latin.
    • It is another name for planet Venus.
  • It is the hottest planet in the solar system.
  • It is also known as “Earth’s Twin”.
  • It is the brightest star in the solar system.
  • It is also known as “Evening star” and “Morning star” as it can be seen in the morning and evening with open eyes.
  • It is known as the Red Planet, due to iron-rich red soil.
  • Methane has been detected in the Martian atmosphere
  • It is the largest planet in the solar system
  • It has the fastest rotational velocity
Q.22 Which of the following countries is NOT a member of the SAARC Association?
1. China
2. Bhutan
3. Pakistan
4. Nepal
The Correct Answer is Option 1 i.e China.
  • SAARC is an acronym that stands for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation.
  • SAARC was founded in Dhaka on 8th December 1985 and is headquartered at Kathmandu, Nepal
  • SAARC comprises of eight member states:
  1. Afghanistan
  2. Bangladesh
  3. Bhutan
  4. India
  5. Maldives
  6. Nepal
  7. Pakistan
  8. Sri Lanka
  • China is one of the current nine Observes to SAARC.
Q.23 _______ is the largest city in Sri Lanka.
1. Negombo
2. Colombo
3. Jaffna
4. Kandy
The Correct Answer is Option 2 i.e Colombo.
  • Colombo:
    • Colombo is the commercial capital of Srilanka.
    • Colombo is the largest city in Sri Lanka.
    • Gangaramaya Temple is one of the most important temples in Colombo.
  • Negombo: It is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka and is known for its long sandy beaches and centuries-old fishing industry.
  • Jaffna: It is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka.
  • Kandy: It is a major city located in the central province of Sri Lanka.
    • Kandy is the home of the Temple of the Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places of worship in the Buddhist world.
    • It was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1988. 
Q.24 ________, the world’s highest polo ground, is located in Pakistan.
1. Attock
2. Kasur
3. Shandur
4. Okara
The Correct Answer is Option 3 i.e. Shandur  
  • It is a Punjab province of Pakistan.
  • The name Okara is derived from Okaan, the name of the type of tree.
  • It is the highest polo ground in the world, located in Pakistan
  • It is in the province of Punjab, Pakistan.
  • It is known for being the burial place of the 17th-century Sufi poet Bulleh Shah.
Q.25 Name the Indian elected to the International Narcotics Control Board by the UN Economic and Social Council on 23 April 2014 and re-elected by the Council for a 5-year term (2020-2025) on 7 May 2019.
1. Yasmin Ali Haque
2. Sudhir Rajkumar
3. Jagjit Pavadia
4. Syed Akbaruddin
The Correct Answer is Option 3 i.e Jagjit Pavadia.
  • Jagjit Pavadia:
    • Jagjit Pavadia has been re-elected for a five-year term beginning on March 2, 2020, and expiring on March 1, 2025.
    • She has been re-elected with the highest number of votes by the UN Economic and Social Council to a five-year term on the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), 
      • Established in 1968, the International Narcotics Control Board is the independent and quasi-judicial monitoring body for the implementation of the United Nations international drug control conventions.
    • ​She has been a member of INCB since 2015 and her current term will expire in 2020.

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