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Power of Apti - Lesson 5

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Power of Apti - Maths / Arithmetic Questions


Basics of calculations # 5


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Power of Apti - Language / Vocab / RC     


Grammar Exercise # 1


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Power of Apti - DI / DS / LR 

Logical Reasoning # 3



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1. Hong Kong gives in, Long live the Communists The Chinese state flexes its muscle! After almost 40 years of service in Hong Kong, the BBC World Service radio station will be replaced by China's state run radio channel in an attempt to encourage 'bonding' and 'unity' amongst the mainland and Hong Kong. The change showcases China's policies towards other 'administrative areas' and the censorship that will subsequently affect Hong Kong also. The language of broadcast will be Mandarin, as opposed to the local language of Cantonese. Hong Kong was one of the few portals of authentic information on China, but all is set to change soon. Read more on related issues on China here.

2. India Russia old friends, war games will be on India and Russia will hold mega war games “Indra” in an attempt to showcase their strengths in an increasingly volatile situation with the neighbouring countries. This will be an attempt to further ramp up military ties between the two countries, which have been historical allies. The exercises are expected to place in three locations in Russia including the remote and obscure Vladivostock region. This is the first time that both the countries will hold a tri-services exercise together. Scheduled dates are October 19 to 29, and primarily focus will be on achieving coordination between forces of the two countries in a tri- services integrated theatre command scenario. It will be for the first time India will participate in a tri-services exercise with a foreign country with such a large scale participation by the Navy, the Army and the Air Force. Read about India's  defence preparedness here, and about India's CAPFs / paramilitary here

3. Time for a test for test-setters – the NEET tangle In yet another controversy, the National Entrance Cum Eligibilty Test (NEET), India's premier medical entrance examination has been temporarily suspended (subject to state ratification) in Tamil Nadu. The issue is that Tamil Nadu had abolished entrance examinations for eligibility for admission in state colleges and only Class 12 marks were a basis. NEET has also faced huge critisism for linguistic discrepencies on various occasions. Recently, the Supreme Court asked the CBSE about the setting of different questions for students taking NEET in regional languages and wanted a common question paper. It said that identical questions should be asked in all papers – English and other regional languages. The case was about if the questions in vernacular languages in the NEET 2017 examination were identical translations of the questions in English or Hindi. The court had earlier refused to “nullify” the NEET 2017 exam saying it would affect over six lakh candidates (out of a total of 11.35 lakh aspirants) who have cleared it. NEET was conducted in 10 languages including English and Hindi.  This compilation & quiz prepared by Team Civils Tapasya - PT's IAS Academy

4. Landslide kills many in the holy land In yet another case of a serious natural disaster in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh, heavy rainfall triggered landslides killing at least 45 people, and caused floods in the north eastern states. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) was rushed to curb this situation. Most of the forest areas in Kaziranga National Park were under flood waters. HP Chief Minister said the rescue operation would continue till all bodies were recovered. Earlier, Assam and other states faced the fury of floods.

5. Finally, elections in India to be held together? Continuous elections all through the years causes havoc with governance. This debated topic may be reaching the first step in a long conclusion process. The Union government is discussing the possibility of aligning state polls with the next Lok Sabha election as a way of sharing resources and cutting down costs. Staggered assembly elections are a huge financial burden, so the government is viewing every possible combination which will yield the best results. The change in the election pattern would largely not require any amendment to the constitution, but a wider political consensus, which is not expected, but is needed to make this work. Till 1968, India had synchronous General and Assembly Elections. Read more on elections here

6. Venezuela may get a mediator – America!  Late President Hugo Chavez was a sworn enemy of USA and Capitalism. Now the nation is in turmoil under his protégé Nicolas Maduro. Speaking during a joint conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos, US VP Mike Pence tried to showcase his support to the Latin American countries in the recent light of Venezuelan's democratic disruption. US government may try to restore democracy in Venezuela and stabilize the region. Santos said he had repeatedly told Pence in no uncertain terms that the U.S. must not even consider military action in response to Venezuela’s crisis! Read all about Maduro here, and about US related issues here.

7. NPA saga rolls on, and on  The Rajya Sabha has passed the Banking Regulation(Amendment) Bill,2017, empowering the RBI to give direct instructions to banks to act against loan defaulters. The central government can authorise the RBI to issue directions to banks under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016. The opposition did not have a favourable opinion about this bill, like many others stating that it was already too late for such kind of action and the defaulters have already paved their way out of the hands of the law. The NPA problem has snowballed in a big crisis for Indian economy, with lending to corporate by PSBs in the negative territory. Read all about NPAs here.

8. You have been 'Whaled'  There are tragic reminders of how technology can overpower man's basic social values. The Blue Whale game, an internet 'game' involving a series of tasks assigned to players during a 50-day period, has as the final task the condition that the player commits suicide. Blue Whale began in Russia, and was invented by Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student. Motive? To force people to commit suicide those he deemed as having no value. This game has affected many Indians as well, with cases registered in West Bengal, MP, Delhi and so on. The Indian IT firms may have to finally chip in, trying to help the government block the game. Will they be able to?

9. Single Education Regulator stopped in its track  The government has always had the vision of simplifying the education regulation mechanisms in India. Now, the plan to merge the University Grants Commission and the All India Council for Technical Education with a single education regulator has been apparently halted with the HRD ministry putting the idea on hold. While the HRD Ministry and the NITI Aayog were trying to implement this idea, there has been no work done. The idea to have a single higher education regulator is not a new one, but has been recommended by various committees set up by previous governments. The VC of NITI Aayog, Shri Arvind Panagariya, too has resigned recently. Read more on education related matters here. Read more on NITI Aayog here.

10. Anomalies in pay scales in PSUs  The government has constituted an Anomalies Committee to look into the issues and problems that may arise in the course of implementation of its decision on revision of pay scales of executives working in central PSUs.The Anomalies Committee will have a tenure of two years with effect from August 1, 2017. It comprises secretaries from the Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Expenditure and the Department of Personnel and Training, according to a memorandum issued by the Department of Public Enterprises.The Cabinet, last month, cleared a 15% hike in salaries of board-level and below board-level executives and non-unionised supervisors working in central public sector enterprises (CPSEs). This compilation & quiz prepared by Team Civils Tapasya - PT's IAS Academy




CIVILS TAPASYA - Quizzes - All govt. exams

Q1. Which of the following is true about the recent developments in radio broadcasting in Hong Kong?
(Regional Politics, Dynamic)
(1) Chinese state run radio channels have been operating in Hong Kong since its transfer from the UK to China
(2) The Chinese state radio will be broadcasted in Cantonese
(3) Hong Kong had a broadcast from the BBC, but it will now be replaced by Chinese radio channels
(4) None of these

Q2. 
Which of the following reasons is 'stopping' the government from conducting various state elections together with the Lok Sabha election?
(Indian Politics, Dynamic)
(1) The Constitution disapproves such actions
(2) The lack of infrastructure and skill needed to pull of this move
(3) Possible objections and disapprovals from various political parties
(4) Lack of intent

Q3. The infamous 'Blue Whale' game was invented in
(Social Issues, Static)
(1) France
(2) Russia
(3) China
(4) Spain

Q4. The the National Entrance Cum Eligibilty Test (NEET), was first held in 
This compilation & quiz prepared by Team Civils Tapasya - PT's IAS Academy)
(World Politics, Static)
(1) 2013
(2) 2015
(3) 2017
(4) 2014

Q5. When is the 'International Day of Democracy' celebrated?
(United Nations, Static)
(1) 15th August
(2) 4th July
(3) 15th September
(4) 25th May






Q6. The world level weapon production unit "Punj Lyod Defence System" was recently inaugurated in
(Defence, Dynamic)
(1) Maharashtra
(2) Bihar
(3) Karnataka
(4) Madhya Pradesh

Q7. Which of the following tech giants has launched "Express Wifi", an initiative to expand internet connectivity?
(Science and Technology, Dynamic)
(1) Google
(2) Microsoft
(3) Facebook
(4) Apple

Q8. Who among the following was a patriach and a promoter of the Madhyamika Philosophy?  This compilation & quiz prepared by Team Civils Tapasya - PT's IAS Academy)
(History, Static)
(1) Bhadrabahu
(2) Parshwanath
(3) Sheelbhadra
(4) Nagarjuna 

Q9. The sitting of the Lok Sabha may be terminated by
(Constitution and Law, Static)
(1) Prorogation
(2) Dissolution
(3) Adjournment
(4) None of the above

Q10. The famous Integral Coach Factory (ICF) for the manufacture of railway coaches is situated at
(Infrastructure, Static)
(1) Kolkata
(2) Borivilli
(3) Perambur
(4) Kharagpur






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