My id is: General Knowledge Quiz | 23 November 2020

GK Quiz 23 November 2020

2020-11-23 | 7 minutes

TOPIC: GS 2 - Issues related to health.

Q1: The core building blocks of the National Digital Health Mission include-

  1. Telemedicine
  2. Health Facility Registry
  3. HealthID

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1,2 and 3
  4. None

Solution: C)


About National Digital Health Mission:

  • It comes under the Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana.
  • It is a digital health ecosystem under which every Indian citizen will now have unique health IDs, digitised health records with identifiers for doctors and health facilities.
  • It comprises six key building blocks and these are HealthID, DigiDoctor, Health Facility Registry, Personal Health Records, e-Pharmacy and Telemedicine.
  • Under the Mission, every Indian will get a Health ID card that will store all medical details of the person including prescriptions, treatment, diagnostic reports and discharge summaries. The citizens will be able to give their doctors and health providers one-time access to this data during visits to the hospital for consultation.
  • The National Health Authority has been given the mandate to design, build, roll-out and implement the mission in the country.
  • Private stakeholders will have an equal opportunity to integrate and create their own products for the market. However, the core activities and verifications remain with the government.

Hence, option C is correct.


TOPIC: GS 3 - Indian Economy and issues relating to Planning, Mobilization of Resources, Growth, Development and Employment

Q2: Consider the following statements regarding RuPay card

  1. It was launched in 2012 by the National Payments Corporation of India.
  2. It is made in United States.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

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

Solution: A)


Statement 1 and 2: About RuPay Card:

  • It is India’s indigenous card scheme created by the National Payments Corporation of India
  • It is the first-of-its-kind domestic Debit and Credit Card payment network of India, with wide acceptance at ATMs, POS devices and e-commerce websites across India.
  • It is made in India, for every Indian to take them towards a “less cash” society.’
  • It was launched in 2012 by the National Payments Corporation of India.
  • It has been launched in United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Singapore, Saudi Arabia and Bhutan.

So, statement 1 is correct and statement 2 is incorrect. Hence, option A is correct.


TOPIC: GS 3 - Science and Technology- Developments and their Applications and Effects in Everyday Life, achievements of Indians in Science & Technology; Indigenization of Technology and Developing New Technology.

Q3: Consider the following statements about Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)

  1. It is a constellation of seven satellites all placed in geosynchronous orbit.
  2. It was developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  3. It is designed to provide geospatial positioning information in the region extending up to 2500 km from Indian boundary.

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1,2 and 3
  4. None

Solution: D)


Statement 1,2 and 3: India became the fourth country in the world to have its independent regional navigation satellite system (IRNSS) recognized by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) as a part of the World Wide Radio Navigation System (WWRNS).

About IRNSS (Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC)):

  • It is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland.
  • It consists of seven satellites- 3 of these in geostationary orbit and 4 in geosynchronous orbits.
  • It provides two types of services, namely Standard Positioning Services available to all users and Restricted Services provided to authorized users.
  • It was developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) to cut down India’s dependency on foreign navigation satellite systems.

So, all statements are incorrect and hence, option D is correct.


TOPIC: GS 2 - Issues related to education

Q4: The Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) is a flagship program of which ministry?

  1. Ministry of Science and Technology
  2. Ministry of Education
  3. Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
  4. Ministry of Earth Sciences

Solution: B)

Explanation:  Recently, the Ministry of Education reviewed the progress of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan.

Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA):

  • It is a flagship program of the Ministry of Education
  • It aims to link the Higher Education Institutions with a set of at least (5) villages, so that these institutions can contribute to the economic and social betterment of these village communities using their knowledge base.
  • Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 (UBA 2.0) was launched in 2018. It is the upgraded version of Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 1.0. The scheme is extended to all educational institutes; however under Unnat Bharat Abhiyan 2.0 participating institutes are selected based on the fulfillment of certain criteria.

Hence, option B is correct.


TOPIC: GS 3 -Major Crops - Cropping Patterns in various parts of the country, - Different Types of Irrigation and Irrigation Systems; Storage, Transport and Marketing of Agricultural Produce and Issues and Related Constraints; E-technology in the aid of farmers.

Q5: Which of the following is/are an advantage of Direct Seeding of Rice (DSR) technique?

  1. It reduces methane emissions compared to transplanting rice seedlings.
  2. It helps in water saving
  3. No requirement of laser land leveling in DSR
  4. Negligible seed requirement

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

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

Solution: A)


About Direct Seeding of Rice technique:

  • In this technique, the pre-germinated seeds are directly drilled into the field by a tractor-powered machine.
  • There is no nursery preparation or transplantation involved and farmers have to only level their land and give one pre-sowing irrigation
  • Advantage of this technique:
    • It require less labour
    • Water savings
    • It reduces methane emissions due to a shorter flooding period and decreased soil disturbance, compared to transplanting rice seedlings.
    • Under DSR, the cost of herbicides will not exceed Rs 2,000 per acre.
  • Limitations:
    • The seed requirement for DSR is high. It is 8-10 kg/acre, compared to 4-5 kg/acre in transplanting.
    • Non-availability of herbicides
    • The sowing needs to be done timely so that the plants have come out properly before the monsoon rains arrive.
    • Laser land levelling is compulsory in DSR, this is not the case in transplanting.

Hence, option A is correct.