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VISION IAS www.visionias.in www.visionias.wordpress.com CSAT: IAS PRELIM 2012: Question Paper & Solution GENERAL STUDIES – PAPER II TEST BOOKLET
    ©VISION IAS www.visionias.wordpress.com  1 CSAT: IAS PRELIM 2012: Question Paper & Solution TEST BOOKLET APTITUDE PAPER 2012  May 20 , 2012 Time Allowed: Two Hours   Maximum Marks: 200 INSTRUCTION 1.   IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE EXAMINATION, YOU SHOULD CHECK THAT THIS BOOKLET DOES NOT  HAVE ANY UNPRINTED OR TURN OR MISSING PAGES OR ITEMS ,ETC. IF SO, GET IT REPLACED BY A COMPLETE TEST BOOKLET. 2.   ENCODE CLEARLY THE TEST BOOKLET SERIES A, B, C  OR D  AS THE CASE MAY BE IN THE APPROPRIATE PLACE IN THE ANSWER SHEET. 3.   You have to enter your Roll Number on the Test Booklet in the Box provided alongside. Do NOT  write anything else on the Test Booklet. 4.   This Test Booklet contains 80 items (Questions). Each item is printed in English. Each item comprises four responses (answers). You will select the response which you want to mark on the Answer Sheet. In case you feel that there is more than one correct response with you consider the best. In any case, choose ONLY ONE  response for each item. 5.   You have to mark all your responses ONLY  on the separate Answer Sheet provided. See direction in the answers sheet. 6.   All items carry equal marks. 7.   Before you proceed to mark in the Answer sheet the response to various items in the Test booklet, you have to fill in some particulars in the answer sheets as per instruction sent to you with your Admission Certificate. 8.   After you have completed filling in all responses on the answer sheet and the examination has concluded, you should hand over to Invigilator only the answer sheet. You are permitted to take away with you the Test Booklet. 9.   Sheet for rough work are appended in the Test Booklet at the end. 10.   Penalty for Wrong answers: THERE WILL BE PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWERS MARKED BY THE CANDIDATE EXCEPT FOR QUESTIONS FROM 74 TO 80 , WHICH DO NOT CARRY ANY PENALTY FOR WRONG ANSWER. i.   There are four alternatives for the answer to every question. For each question for which a wrong answer has been given by the candidate, one-third (0.33)  of the marks assigned to that question will be deducted as penalty. ii.   If a candidate gives more than one answer, it will be treated as a wrong answer  even if one of the given answers happens to be correct and there will be same penalty as above to that question. iii.   If a question is left blank, i.e., no answer is given by the candidate, there will be no penalty  for that question. VISION IAS www.visionias.in  www.visionias.wordpress.com  GENERAL STUDIES – PAPER II C DO NOT OPEN THIS BOOKLET UNTIL YOU ARE ASKED TO DO SO    ©VISION IAS www.visionias.wordpress.com  2 Directions for the following 6 (six items! Read the following two passages and answer the items that follow each passage. Your answers to these items should be based on these passages only. assage#$ The poor especially in market economies, need the strengthen that collectivities offer for creating more economic, social and political space for themselves, for enhancing their socio-economic well-being and voice, and as a protection against free market individualism. t has been argued that a group approach to farming, especially in the form of bottom up agricultural production collectivities, offers substantial scope for poverty alleviation and empowering the poor as well as enhancing agricultural productivity. To reali!e   this potential, however, the groups would need to be voluntary in nature, small in si!e, participative in decision making and e uitable in work sharing and benefit distribution. There are many notable e#amples of such collectivities to be found in varied conte#ts, such as in the transition economies. $ll of the bear witness to the possibility of successful cooperation under given conditions. $nd although the gender impact of the family cooperatives in the transition economies are uncertain, the ndian e#amples of women-only groups farming offer considerable potential for benefiting women. 1. $gricultural collectivities such as group based farming can provide the rural poor. 1.   %mpowerment 2.   ncreased agricultural productivity. &.   'afeguard against e#ploitative markets. (.   'urplus production of agricultural commodities. 'elect the correct answer using the codes given below) *a+ 1, 2, & and ( *b+ 1, 2 and & only *c+ 2 and ( only *d+ 1, & and ( only Ans! (% 2. hat does the author imply by gender impact/ *a+ omen are doubtful participants in cooperatives. *b+ 0amily cooperatives may not include women. *c+ omen benefiting from group farming. *d+ omens role in transition economies is highly restrictive. Ans! (& &. onsider the following assumptions) 1.   t is imperative for transition economies to have agricultural collectivities. 2.   $gricultural productivity can be increased by group approach to farming. ith reference to the above passage, which of these assumptions is3are valid/ *a+ 1 only *b+ 2 only *c+ 4oth 1 and 2 *d+ 5either 1 nor 2 Ans! (%    ©VISION IAS www.visionias.wordpress.com  & assage ' n a typical estern liberal conte#t, deepening of democracy invariably leads to consolidation of 6liberal values. n the ndian conte#t, democrati!ation is translated into greater involvement of people not as 6individuals which is a staple to liberal discourse, but as communities or groups. ndividuals are getting involved in the public sphere not as 6optimi!ed individuals but as members of primordial communities dra   wn on religious or caste identity. ommunity-identity seems to be the governing force. t is not therefore surprising that the so-called peripheral groups continue to maintain their identities with reference to the social groups *caste, religion or sect+ to which they belong while getting involved in the political processes despite the fact that their political goals remain more or less identical. 4y helping to articulate the political voice of the marginali!ed, democracy in ndia has led to 6a loosening of social structures and empowered the peripherals to be confident of their ability to improve the socio-economic conditions in which they are placed. This is a significant political process that had led to a silent revolution through a meaningful transfer of power from the upper caste elites to various subaltern groups within the democratic framework of public governance. (. $ccording to the passage, what does deepening of democracy mean in the estern conte#t/ *a+ onsolidation of group and class identities. *b+ 7emocrati!ation translated as greater involvement of people. *c+ 7emocrati!ation as greater involvement of 6atomi!ed individuals in the public sphere. *d+ 5one of the statements *a+, *b+ and *c+ given above is correct in this conte#t. Ans! (D 8. 9reater democrati!ation in ndia has not necessarily led to *a+ The dilution of caste and communal identities in the public sphere. *b+ rrelevance of community identity as a governing force in ndian politics. *c+ :arginali!ation of elite groups in society. *d+ Relative unimportance of hereditary identities over class identities. Ans! (% ;. hat is the silent revolution that has occurred in the ndian democratic process/ *a+ rrelevance of caste and class hierarchies in political processes. *b+ <oosening of social strictures in voting behavior and patterns. *c+ 'ocial change through transfer of power from upper caste elites to subaltern groups. *d+ $ll the statements *a+, *b+ and *c+ given above are correct in this conte#t. Ans! (&    ©VISION IAS www.visionias.wordpress.com  ( Directions for the following  (five items! %#amine the information given in the following paragraph and answer the items that follow) 9uest lectures on five sub=ects vi!., %conomics, >istory, 'tatistics, %nglish and :athematics have to be arranged in a week from :onday to 0riday. ?nly one lecture can be arranged on each day. %conomics cannot be scheduled on Tuesday. 9uest faculty for >istory is available only on Tuesday. :athematics lecture has to be scheduled immediately after the day of %conomics lecture. %nglish lecture has to be scheduled immediately before the day of %conomics lecture. @. hich lecture is scheduled on :onday/ *a+ >istory *b+ %conomics *c+ :athematics *d+ 'tatistics Ans! (D A. hich lecture is scheduled between 'tatistics and %ng   lish/ *a+ %conomics *b+ >istory *c+ :athematics *d+ 5o lecture Ans! (% B. hich lecture is the last one in the week/ *a+ >istory *b+ %nglish *c+ :athematics *d+ %conomics Ans! (& 1C. hich lecture is scheduled on ednesday/ *a+ 'tatistics *b+ %conomics *c+ %nglish *d+ >istory Ans! (& 11. hich lecture is scheduled before the :athematics lecture/ *a+ %conomics *b+ >istory *c+ 'tatistics *d+ %nglish Ans! (A 12. Two glasses of e ual volume are respectively half and three-fourths filled with milk. They are then filled to the brim by adding water. Their contents are then poured into another vessel. hat will be the ratio of milk to water in this vessel/ *a+ 1)& *b+ 2)& *c+ &)2 *d+ 8)& Ans! (D
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