Sample Question for Current Affairs (Part 2)

Passage 1

The month-long fuel conservation campaign of Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), __X__ 2020, was launched. This is a flagship program of PCRA and Oil public sector undertakings under the guidance of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. This initiative aims to add values to the various efforts being made in the country for saving fuel.

Launching the campaign, Secretary, MoPNG, M Kutty said that there is a dire need for actions leading towards fuel conservation. He stressed upon the importance of programs wherein the general public is involved in various activities and gave away prizes to the winners of Essay, Quiz and Painting competitions for the National Level Competition-2019, a PCRA statement said.

It is estimated that more than 1.48 crore students from schools of all education boards of the country participated in the competitions. The awards were also given to the oil companies and their state-level coordinators for their contribution in the fields of fuel conservation.


1. X in the passage is the campaign started by the MoPNG for fuel conservation. What is the name of this flagship program?


Answer. (b)

Question 2. Which of the following ministers head the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas?

  1. D. Pradhan
  2. Manoj K Jain
  3. K. Murthi
  4. M K Bhathena

Answer. (a)

Question 3. As on October 19 there are _____ Maharatnas in India.

  1. 8
  2. 9
  3. 10
  4. 12

Answer. (c)

Question 4. Identify the different forms of petroleum from the list given below.

I. Liquefied Petroleum Gas

II. Petrol

III. Kerosene

IV. Diesel

Choose the correct alternative from the following:

  1. I & III
  2. II & IV
  3. II, III & IV
  4. I, II III & IV

Answer. (4)

Passage 2

A study, ―Death Penalty in India: Annual Statistics Report, 2019‖, has been released by Project 39A of the National Law University, Delhi. According to the report, 2019 saw an increase in the proportion of death sentences given for sexual offences.

Around 53 per cent of the death sentences imposed in trial courts and 65.38 per cent in high courts involved sexual offences along with murder. The report also says that out of the 54 cases of sexual crimes for which the death penalty was given in 2019, 40 involved a victim below 12 years. The report further highlights that no death sentence was awarded in 11 states—Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland and Sikkim—in 2019, while Rajasthan topped the list with 13 death sentences.

It shows a drop in the number of prisoners being sentenced to death from 426 in 2018 to 378 as on December 31, 2019. The report also observed that the Supreme Court, during the tenure of former Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, listed and heard the maximum number of capital cases (27) since 2001. The annual report attempts to create comprehensive year-by-year documentation of movement in the death row population in India. The publication tracks essential developments in the administration of the death penalty and criminal justice in 2019.


1. Which state has the highest number of death sentences in 2019?

  1. Kerala
  2. Rajasthan
  3. Orrisa
  4. Gujarat

Answer. (b)

2. How many death sentences were delivered by trial courts in India in 2019?

  1. 102
  2. 54
  3. 115
  4. None of these

Answer. (a)

3. What does project 39A aims at?

  1. DNA forensics and Death Penalty
  2. Sexual violence and Murder
  3. Theft and Robbery
  4. Defamation and Fraud

Answer. (a)

4. What is the total number of high courts in India?

  1. 24
  2. 25
  3. 26
  4. None of these

Answer. (b)

5. Who is the 45th Chief Justice of India?

  1. Justice Dipak Misra
  2. Justice Ranjan Gogoi
  3. Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde
  4. Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar

Answer. (a)

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