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04th May 2023 Static Quiz for UPSC Prelims
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Question 1 of 5
1. Question
2 pointsConsider the following statements regarding sculptures and contemperory works of
Mauryan age:
1. Arthashastra and account by Megasthenes help to reconstruct the Mauryan history.
2. The Mauryas are also mentioned in later Buddhist, Jaina and Puranic literature, as
well as in Sanskrit literary works.
3. Asoka was the first ruler who inscribed his messages to his subjects and officials on
stone surfaces – natural rocks as well as polished pillars.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:Correct
Ans d)
All statements are correctIncorrect
Ans d)
All statements are correct 
Question 2 of 5
2. Question
2 pointsConsider the following statements with reference to emerging of Magadha as the
most powerful mahajanapada:
1. Magadha region had high agricultural productivity.
2. Iron mines were accessible and provided resources for tools and weapons.
3. Horses, an important component of the cavalry, were found in forests in the region.
4. Ganga and its tributaries provided a means of cheap and convenient communication.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:Correct
Ans c)
Elephants, which were an important part of Magadha army, was found in the forests of this
region while, horses had to be imported from central asia.Incorrect
Ans c)
Elephants, which were an important part of Magadha army, was found in the forests of this
region while, horses had to be imported from central asia. 
Question 3 of 5
3. Question
2 pointsIf the geometric mean of n positive real numbers is 1, then their arithmetic mean is
Correct
Correct Answer: C
Explanation
We know that arithmetic mean (AM) > = Geometric Mean (GM)
Since GM = 1, => AM >=1 i.e. AM is at least 1Incorrect
Correct Answer: C
Explanation
We know that arithmetic mean (AM) > = Geometric Mean (GM)
Since GM = 1, => AM >=1 i.e. AM is at least 1 
Question 4 of 5
4. Question
2 pointsRatio of ages of three friends is 2:3:5. The tallest among them is not the oldest. The shortest among them is less than 20 years of age. If sum of the ages of all three of them is 60 years, then
which of the following statements is/are correct?
1. The sum of ages of the shortest and the tallest among them is 30 years.
2. The one who is neither shortest nor tallest is the oldest.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.Correct
Correct Answer: C
Explanation
Let their ages be 2x, 3x and 5x. Since sum of ages is 60, hence their ages are 12, 18 and 30 years.
Shortest is less than 20 years means shortest is either 12 or 18 years. Tallest is not oldest means tallest is either 12 or 18 years. Thus among shortest and tallest one is 12 years and other is 18 years. Sum of ages of shortest and tallest = 12 + 18 = 30 years.Incorrect
Correct Answer: C
Explanation
Let their ages be 2x, 3x and 5x. Since sum of ages is 60, hence their ages are 12, 18 and 30 years.
Shortest is less than 20 years means shortest is either 12 or 18 years. Tallest is not oldest means tallest is either 12 or 18 years. Thus among shortest and tallest one is 12 years and other is 18 years. Sum of ages of shortest and tallest = 12 + 18 = 30 years. 
Question 5 of 5
5. Question
2 pointsIf 40% of A = 30% of B = 20% of C, then A : B : C is
Correct
Correct Answer: C
Explanation
40% of A = 30% of B = 20% of C
=> 4A = 3B = 2C
Let 4A = 3B = 2C = k
=> A = k/4, B = k/3 and C = k/2
and thus A : B : C = k/4 : k/3 : k/2 = 1/4 : 1/3 : 1/2 = 3 : 4: 6Incorrect
Correct Answer: C
Explanation
40% of A = 30% of B = 20% of C
=> 4A = 3B = 2C
Let 4A = 3B = 2C = k
=> A = k/4, B = k/3 and C = k/2
and thus A : B : C = k/4 : k/3 : k/2 = 1/4 : 1/3 : 1/2 = 3 : 4: 6
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