Indian Polity GK Quiz-47

Indian Polity GK Quiz-47

Indian Polity Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) Quiz for State and UPSC Civil Services Examinations. Objective Questions on Indian Polity for competitive examinations.

    11. What is the playing time of the full version of the Indian National Anthem ?

    (1) 47 seconds 
    (2) 50 seconds
    (3) 52 seconds 
    (4) 60 seconds
    Answer:
    11. (3 )The composition consisting of the words and music of the first stanza of the late poet Rabindra Nath Tagore’s song known as “Jana Gana Mana” is the National Anthem of India. Its playing time is
    approximately 52 seconds. A short version consisting of the first and last lines of the National Anthem is also played on certain occasions. Playing time of the short version is about 20 seconds.

    12. What is the motto inscribed under our national emblem ?

    (1) Satyam, Shivam
    (2) Satyam, Sarvatra, Sundaram
    (3) Satyameva Jayate
    (4) Jai Hind
    Answer:
    12. (3) Satyameva Jayate is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad. Upon
    independence of India, it was adopted as the national motto of India. The motto of the Czech Republic and its predecessor Czechoslovakia, “Pravda vitezi” (“Truth Prevails”) has a similar meaning.

    13. How many spokes are there in the Ashoka Chakra depicted on the National Flag of India ?

    (1) 16 
    (2) 20
    (3) 24 
    (4) 32
    Answer:
    13. (3) The Ashoka Chakra is a depiction of the Buddhist Dharma chakra, represented with 24 spokes. It is so called because it appears on a number of edicts of Ashoka, most prominent among which is the Lion Capital of Sarnath. The 12 out of 24 spokes represent the twelve casual links taught by The Buddha. These 12 in reverse represent a total 24 spokes representing the Life-The Dhamma (Pali).

    14. What is the colour of the “Dharma Chakra” in the middle of our national flag ?

    (1) Sea blue 
    (2) Black
    (3) Navy blue 
    (4) Green
    Answer:
    14. (3) The most visible use of the Ashoka Chakra today is at the centre of the National flag of the Republic of India (adopted on 22 July 1947), where it is rendered in a Navy-blue colour on a White background, by replacing the symbol of Charkha (Spinning wheel) of the pre-independence versions of the flag.

    15. Which one of the following is described as the Fourth Estate?

    (1) Judiciary 
    (2) Media
    (3) Legislature 
    (4) Executive
    Answer:
    15. (2) The Fourth Estate (or fourth estate) is a societal or political force or institution whose influence is not consistently or officially recognized. “Fourth Estate” most commonly refers to the news media; especially print journalism or “The Press”. Thomas Carlyle attributed the origin of the term to Edmund Burke, who used it in a parliamentary debate in 1787 on the opening up of Press reporting of the House of Commons of Great Britain.

    16. Which Government agency is responsible for the mapping and exploration of minerals in India ?

    (1) Survey of India
    (2) Geological Survey of India
    (3) Minerals Development Corporation
    (4) School of Mines
    Answer:
    16. (2) The Geological Survey of India is the principal agency for geological mapping and regional mineral resources assessment of the country. It is responsible for drawing up action-oriented plans towards these ends in close cooperation with all other agencies engaged in this task. Detailed exploration on land is done by the Mineral Exploration Corporation, Directorates of Mining and Geology of the State Governments and various Central and State Public Sector Organizations.

    17. Who was the First Speaker of Independent India’s Lok Sabha?

    (1) Hukam Singh
    (2) Bali Ram Bhagat
    (3) Rabi Ray
    (4) G.V. Mavalankar
    Answer:
    17. (4) Ganesh Vasudev Mavalankar popularly known as Dadasaheb was an independence activist, the
    President of the Central Legislative Assembly, then Speaker of the Constituent Assembly of India, and
    later the first Speaker of the Lok Sabha, the lower house of the Parliament of India. Mavalankar remained the President of the Central Legislative Assembly till the midnight of August 14–15, 1947 when, under the Indian Independence Act 1947, the Central Legislative Assembly and the Council of States ceased to exist and the Constituent Assembly of India assumed full powers for the governance of India. Just after independence, Mavalankar headed a committee constituted on August 20, 1947 to study
    and report on the need to separate the Constitutionmaking role of the Constituent Assembly from its
    legislative role.

    18. Who was the first Deputy Prime Minister of India ?

    (1) Morarji Desai
    (2) Vallabhbhai Patel
    (3) G. B. Pant
    (4) Devi Lal
    Answer:
    18. (2) As the first Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel organised relief for refugees in Punjab and Delhi, and led efforts to restore peace across the nation. Patel took charge of the task to forge a united India from the British colonial provinces allocated to India and more than five hundred self-governing princely states, released from British suzerainty by the Indian Independence Act 1947. Using frank diplomacy, backed with the option and use of military force, Patel’s leadership persuaded almost every princely state which did not have a Muslim majority to accede to India. Hailed as the Iron Man of India, he is also remembered as the “Patron Saint” of India’s civil servants for establishing modern all-India services.

    19. In the 13th Lok Sabha elections in which of the following states did the ruling alliance winn all the seats?

    (1) Andhra Pradesh
    (2) Orissa
    (3) Haryana
    (4) Gujarat
    Answer:
    19. (3) The 13th Lok Sabha election is of historical importance as it was the first time a united front of
    parties managed to attain a majority and form a government that lasted a full term of five years, thus
    ending a period of political instability at the national level that had been characterized by three general
    elections held in as many years. In Haryana, the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Indian National Lok
    Dal won all the ten seats, with each party winning 5 each.

    20. The Lok Sabha which was elected in 2004 is

    (1) the 12th Lok Sabha
    (2) the 13th Lok Sabha
    (3) the 14th Lok Sabha
    (4) the 11th Lok Sabha
    Answer:
    20. (3) The 14th Lok Sabha (17 May, 2004 – 18 May, 2009) was convened after the Indian general election, 2004 held in four phases during 20 April – 10 May 2004, which led to the formation of First Manmohan Singh Cabinet (2004–2009).

    21. Name the President of India who was elected unopposed

    (1) Dr. Shankar Dayal Sharma
    (2) Dr. Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
    (3) Dr. Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed
    (4) Dr. Zakir Husain
    Answer:
    21. (2) Neelam Sanjiv Reddy pronunciation (19 May, 1913 - 1 June, 1996) was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982. He is the only person to be elected to the office unopposed.

    22. Which one of the following Presidents of India served for two terms?

    (1) S. Radhakrishnan
    (2) Rajendra Prasad
    (3) Zakir Hussain
    (4) V.V. Giri
    Answer:
    22. (2) Rajendra Prasad was one of the architects of the Indian Republic, having served as the president of the Constituent Assembly and later as the first president of independent India. Prasad is the only
    president to have been elected twice for the office. In 1962, after serving twelve years as the president,
    he announced his decision to retire.

    23. The Prime Minister who was voted out of power by the Parliament was

    (1) Indira Gandhi
    (2) Morarji Desai
    (3) V.P. Singh
    (4) Chandrashekhar
    Answer:
    23. (3) Vishwanath Pratap Singh (25 June, 1931 – 27 November, 2008) was the seventh Prime Minister of India and the 41st Raja Bahadur of Manda. Singh held office for slightly less than a year, from 2
    December 1989 to 10 November, 1990. The Bhartiya Janata Party withdrew support to his support to the National Front government on the issue of Babri Masjid. V. P. Singh faced the vote of confidence saying that he occupied the high moral ground, as he stood for secularism, had saved the Babri Masjid at the cost of power and had upheld the fundamental principles which were challenged during the crises; ‘What kind of India do you want?’, he asked of his opponents of various shades in Parliament before losing the vote 142–346.

    24. A national political party is one which received 4% of the total votes polled in

    (1) Two or more States
    (2) The capital city
    (3) Four or more States
    (4) In all the States
    Answer:
    24. (3) If a political party is treated as a recognised political party in four or more States, it shall be known as a ‘National Party’ throughout the whole of India, but only so long as that political party continues to fulfill thereafter the conditions for recognition in four or more States on the results of any subsequent general election either to the House of the People or to the Legislative Assembly of any State.

    25. Which is the national flower of India?

    (1) Rose 
    (2) Lotus
    (3) Lily 
    (4) Sunflower
    Answer:
    25. (2) Lotus is a sacred flower and occupies a unique position in the art and mythology of ancient India
    and has been an auspicious symbol of Indian culture. The Lotus symbolizes divinity, fertility, wealth,
    knowledge and enlightenment.

    26. What is the motto incorporated under our National Emblem ?

    (1) Satyam Shivam
    (2) Satyam Shivam Sundaram
    (3) Satyameva Jayate
    (4) Jai Hind
    Answer:
    26. (3) Satyameva Jayate is a mantra from the ancient Indian scripture Mundaka Upanishad. Upon
    independence of India, it was adopted as the national motto of India.

    27. Which party provided two Prime Ministers in two years time ?

    (1) B.J.P.
    (2) Janata Party
    (3) Janata Dal
    (4) Samajwadi Janata Party
    Answer:
    27. (2) The Janata Party (People’s Party) was an amalgam of Indian political parties opposed to the State of Emergency that was imposed between 1975 and 1977 by the government of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her party, the Indian National Congress (R). Morarji Desai became the fourth Prime Minister of India from 1977 to 1979. In 1979, Raj Narain and Charan Singh pulled out of the Janata Party, forcing Desai to resign from office. Charan Singh was the fifth Prime Minister of the Republic of India, serving from 28 July, 1979 until 14 January, 1980.

    28. The first mid-term elections for Lok Sabha were held in

    (1) 1962 
    (2) 1971
    (3) 1977 
    (4) 1980
    Answer:
    28. (2) India held general elections to the 4th Lok Sabha in 1967 in which the Indian National Congress lost nearly 60 seats in the Lower House, managing to win 283 seats.The Congress’ dismal electoral
    performance forced Indira Gandhi to become assertive and opt for a series of choices that put her
    against the Congress Party high command. The Congress expelled her for “indiscipline” on November
    12, 1969, an action that split the party into two factions: the Congress (O)-for Organisation-led by
    Morarji Desai, and the Congress (I)—for Indira-led by Indira Gandhi. Indira continued to head a minority government with support from the CPI(M) till December 1970. Not wanting to head a minority government any longer, she called for a mid-term election to the Lok Sabha in March 1971 a full one year ahead of schedule. The 5th Lok Sabha with 518 elected members came into being and the Congress won a majority.

    29. The English Crown is an example of

    (1) Real executive
    (2) Quasi-real executive
    (3) Nominal executive
    (4) Nominated executive
    Answer:
    29. (3) Real Executive exercises the powers that belong to him. He is responsible for the exercise of these powers. May be he takes the assistance of subordinates but the decision is his. For example
    the President of U.S. A is an example of Real Executive who takes decisions for himself and exercises his own powers. The Nominal Executive is just the opposite. It is clearly discernible in a constitutional
    monarchy as prevalent in U.K. or Parliamentary Democracy as prevalent in India. The king in England
    or the President in India are the examples of Nominal Executive and the Prime Ministers under the British and Indian system of administration offer the example of Real Executives.

    30. To be a regional party the minimum percentage of votes, that a party needs to secure in any election is

    (1) 2% 
    (2) 3%
    (3) 4% 
    (4) 5%
    Answer:
    30. (2) According to the rules, a party has to win three percent of the total number of seats in a state
    assembly to become a regional party. In October 2011, the Election Commission (EC) eased the norms of granting ‘Regional Party’ status. As per the new rules, parties without winning any Lok Sabha or Assembly seat can be recognised as regional party only if they get eight percent of the total valid votes. Until then, the status of regional party was granted to those political parties which secured a minimum of six per cent of the total valid votes polled in a state in addition to winning at least two seats in that Assembly.

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