Solved Paper HAS/HPAS Prelims 2021 [Part-1] – HPPSC Shimla

By | September 26, 2021

1. According to 2019-20 (budget estimates) what percentage of total expenditure is to be spent on salary, pension, interest payments and subsidies in Himachal Pradesh?

  1. 39%
  2. 49%
  3. 59%
  4. 69%

2. Mian Jawahar Singh, Sh.Badri Nath and Sh. Jwala Singh were the leaders of which of the following revolutionary movement of H.P.?

  1. Praja Mandal
  2. Gadar Party
  3. Pajauta Movement
  4. Dumh Movement

3. The first one-day international cricket match was played between which the following teams in HPCA Stadium Dharamshala?

  1. India and England
  2. India and South Africa
  3. India and Australia
  4. Newzealand and England

Explanation: The first international team who played in this ground was the Pakistani cricket team, when they played a warm-up match against an India A side in 2005. The first One Day International (ODI) at this stadium was played between India and England on 27 January 2013. England won the match by 7 wickets.

4. “No scenery in my opinion presents such sublime and delightful contrasts. This quote by G.C. Barnes is for which of the following district?

  1. Kangra 
  2. Kullu
  3. Kinnaur
  4. Chamba

Explanation: Kangra Valley (District Kangra): This is a dun-type valley located between the Dhauladhar range in the north and the Shivalik range in the south. It starts near Mandi and extends up to Shahpur near Pathankot.  G.C. Barnes wrote about this valley; No scenery in my opinion presents such sublime and delightful repose. This valley was once the abode of Ice Age man as has been evidenced by the discovery of several Paleolithic hand tools in the area. Important towns in this valley are Baijnath, Palampur, Dharamshala, Kangra, Nurpur, Shahpur, etc. 

5. Match the following combinations and select the correct answer.

  1. Koti state: Founded by descendants of Guler state.
  2. Balsan state: An offshoot of ancient Sirmaur.
  3. Dhami state: Founded by the descendants of Prithviraj Chauhan.
  4. Darkoti state: Founder ruler was Durga Singh a scion of the house of Jaipur (Marwar).

Choose the right answer: 

  1. All are true
  2. Only 1 is false
  3. All are false
  4. Only 3 is true

Explanation: The two states of Bhajji and Koti in the Shimla hills were founded by descents of Kutlehar State. 

6. ‘Mundro’ and Garu’ are known as the children of the hypergamous union of which of the following tribe?

  1. Swanglas 
  2. Gaddis
  3. Khampas
  4. Gujjars

Explanation: Garu and Mundro groups are believed to have come up as a result of Rajput marrying a Bodh girl socially belonging to the lower strata.

7. Kunchen form of marriage in Sikkim is exactly similar to which of the following marriage system of H.P.?

  1. Damchalshish
  2. Darosh (dub-dub)
  3. Batta-Satta
  4. Chheti

Explanation: The marriage by capture is practised by many communities in India, Kunchen form of marriage in Sikkim is exactly similar. Ho, Santhil, Munda and Bhumij tribes of Chhota Nagpur also practice marriage by capture. 

Source: Kannauras of the Trans Himalayas, Sukhdev Singh Chhib.

8. The Jad tribe of Himachal Pradesh are followers of which of the following religion?

  1. Buddhism
  2. Hinduism
  3. Islam
  4. Christianity

Explanation: Jads are mainly Buddhist. They have occupied the area of Pangi and Chamba. They earn their income from the agriculture and wool trade. Unmarried girls in the region are known as ‘Jomo’.

9. Read the following statements carefully:

  1. Sultan Mahmud Ghaznavi attacked Nagarkot fort in 1009 A.D.
  2. In 1339, the Nagarkot expedition was led personally by Sultan Muhammad Tugluq.
  3. In 1348 A.D., Raja Purab Chand recovered Kangra fort.
  4. After Amir Timur’s return, Hari Chand ascended the throne of Kangra in 1405 A.D.

Choose the right answer: 

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 2 and 4
  4. 1 and 4

Explanation:

  1. Nagarkot expedition was led personally by Sultan Muhammad Tugluq in 1337 A.D.
  2. Jaswan was founded by Purab Chand in 1170 A.D. with its capital at Rajpura. So, the timeline of Purab Chand does not match with the statement. 

10. Read the following statements carefully:

  1. Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra died in 1825 A.D.
  2. Raja Sansar Chand of Kangra invaded the Bilaspur state in 1796.
  3. In 1844, Sikh General Zorawar Singh annexed the territories of Lahaul Spiti to Sikh State.
  4.  On 24 August, 1809 Maharaja Ranjit Singh took over possession of Kangra fort.

Choose the right answer: 

  1. 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 2
  3. 1 and 3
  4. 2 and 4

Explanation: Raja Sansar Chand died in December 1824.

11. Which of the following are not true about folk dances, fairs and festivals of H.P.?

  1. ‘Kharait’ and ‘Ujagjama’ are famous sword dances.
  2. ‘Bhunda’, ‘Shant’ and ‘Bhoj’ are given the importance of ‘Kumbha’ by the hill people.
  3. ‘Minjar’ fair starts on the second Sunday of Sawan.
  4. ‘Chhamb’ is the sacred masked dance performed only by Lamas.

Choose the right answer: 

  1. All of the above
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 1 and 4
  4. None of these

12. Which of the following statement(s) is/are not true?

  1. Parangla pass lies between Kinnaur and Lahaul.
  2. Manirang is the highest peak of Chamba.
  3. Kalichho is the famous lake of the Chamba district.
  4. Chobia pass lies between Ladakh and Lahaul.

Choose the right answer: 

  1. All of the above
  2. None of the above
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 4 only

13. Select the true statements from the following:

  1. Chamba, Kullu and Kinnaur are considered the most susceptible to landslide threats.
  2. Una, Bilaspur, Sirmaur, Shimla and Solan are considered as low vulnerable to disaster threats.
  3. Hum valley of Una district has hardly any natural drinking water source.
  4. As per the study of the central water board, Kala Amb valley in Sirinaur district has exploited the least underground water.

Choose the right answer:

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

Explanation: As per the study of the central water board, Kala Amb valley in Sirinaur district has over-exploited underground water.

14. Which of the following statement (s) is/are not correct?

  1. The per capita income at current prices as per first revised estimates for the year 2019-20 witnessed an increase of 6.2 per cent.
  2. As per the revised estimates, the contraction in the economy for 2020-21 was expected to be around 7.9 per cent as on December 2020.
  3. The Economic growth in the state (H.P.) is still governed by agriculture activities.
  4. The smaller projects in the hydroelectric power sector up to 2MW have been reserved for investors from Himachal Pradesh only.

Choose the right answer: 

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

Explanation:

  1. The per capita income at current prices as per First revised estimates for the year 2019-20 witnessed an increase of 7.9 per cent to ₹1,90,407 as compared to ₹ 1,76,460 in the year 2018-19.
  2. As per the advanced estimates and on the basis of economic conditions up to December, 2020 and impact of COVID-19, the contraction in the economy for 2020-21 is expected to be around (-)6.2 per cent.

15. Which of the following statement(s) is/ are not correct about the Social Welfare programs of the Government of Himachal Pradesh?

  1. e-Udyan portal: Where farmers can avail Horticulture farming service benefits while sitting in their home.
  2. Vishesh Mahila Utthan Yojna: Scheme formulated for rehabilitation of physically and sexually abused women through technical and vocational training.
  3. Medha Protsahan Yojna: Rupees one lakh is provided to the meritorious students to provide guidance at coaching centres.
  4. Mukhya Mantri Ek Bigha Scheme: State Government will empower rural women by helping them become self-sufficient and get employment under MGNREGS.

Choose the correct one:

  1. 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 4
  3. 4 only
  4. None of these

16. Which of the following statements are correct?

  1. Himachal Pradesh is the first state to pioneer the Districts Good Governance Index (DGGI) for measuring Governance Performance on seven themes.
  2. The idea of DGGI was obtained from the Public Affairs Centre, Bangaluru when Himachal Pradesh was ranked 1st among 12 small states on the Public Affair Index.
  3. The government of Himachal Pradesh has decided that DGGI will be the regular exercise of the Department of Economics and Statistics.
  4.  Hamirpur district was awarded the first Prize on basis of DGGI-2019.

Choose the answer: 

  1. All of the above
  2. 3 only
  3. 4 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3 

Explanation: Bilaspur district was awarded the first Prize on basis of DGGI-2019.

17. Which of the following statement(s) is/are not correct about the Banking System in Himachal Pradesh?

  1. As per census 2011, the average population per branch in the state comes to 3129 people.
  2. The Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Ltd. has 217 branches in Himachal Pradesh.
  3. Kangra district has the highest number of 423 bank branches.
  4. The State Bank of India has been given the responsibility of Lead Bank of two districts Chamba and Lahaul-Spiti.

Choose the answer: 

  1. None of these
  2. 1, 3 and 4
  3. All of these
  4. 2 only

Explanation: The Himachal Pradesh State Cooperative Bank Ltd. has 218 branches in Himachal Pradesh. 

18. NABARD consultancy services (NABCONS) was not involved in which of the following assignments during the financial year 2020-21?

  1. A comprehensive study of Kisan Credit Card scheme and Handloom sector.
  2. Third-party survey of Toilets constructed by SJVN.
  3. Third-party inspection of Border Area Development Program.
  4. NABCONS was now Central Technical Support Agency for Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Grameen Kaushal Vikas Yojana (DDU-GKY) in the state.

Choose the right answer: 

  1. None of these
  2. 2 and 4
  3. 1 and 3
  4. All of these

19. Which of the following statement (s) is/are correct?

  1. As per the 2011 census, Himachal Pradesh is the only state in the country where 89.96 % population lives in rural areas.
  2. Agriculture / Horticulture provide direct employment to about 70 per cent of the total workers of the state.
  3. About 15.72 per cent of the total GSDP comes from Agriculture and its allied sectors.
  4. Out of the total geographical area of the state, the area of operational holdings is about 29.44 lakh hectares.

Choose the right answer: 

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

Explanation:

  1. About 13.62 per cent of the total GSDP comes from agriculture and its allied sectors.
  2. Out of the total geographical area of State (55.67 lakh hectare) the area of operational holdings is about 9.44 lakh hectares and is operated by 9.97 lakh farmers with an average holding size is about 0.95 hectare.

20. Select the incorrect sentence(s) from the following:

  1. The state government has taken an initiative towards good governance by setting up the CM Dashboard
  2. Bharat Net is an initiative of the Government of India to provide broadband services to the Municipalities
  3. HIMSWAN was set up in the state under the state e-governance Plan (SeGP) in 2010
  4. The government of Himachal Pradesh has set up a ‘State Data Centre at Delhi in 2020

Choose the right answer: 

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

Explanation

  1. Bharat Net is an initiative of the Government of India to provide broadband services to the Gram Panchayats of the country. It aims to provide broadband connectivity, especially in rural areas.
  2. HIMSWAN was set up in the state under the state e-governance Plan (SeGP) in 2008.

21. Which of the following is/are correct about the Himachal Pradesh Town & Country Planning Act-1977?

  1. It has been enforced in 55 Planning areas.
  2. The planning area constitutes to 1.60% of the total geographical area of the state.
  3. The above act is enforced in 35 special areas of Himachal Pradesh.
  4. 2.06% area of the total geographical area of the state comes under special area.

Choose the right answer: 

  1. None of these
  2. 2 and 3
  3. 4 only
  4. All of these

Explanation: To ensure functional, economical, sustainable and aesthetical living environment through planned, equitable and regulated development, ensuring balanced use of scarce land resources, in view of demographic and socioeconomic factors, preservation of the environment, heritage and rational use of precious land resources by their sustainable development through community participation, the Himachal Pradesh Town and Country Planning Act, 1977 has been enforced in 55 Planning Areas (1.60% of the total geographical area of the State) and 35 Special Area (2.06% of the total geographical area of the State).

22. Match List-I with List-II and choose the correct answer from the given options:

List-1 (Author)        List-2 (Books)

  1. Herman Goetz – (1) Himalayan Art
  2. W.G. Archer – (2) The Early Wooden Temples of Chamba
  3. M.S. Randhawa – (3) Kangra Valley Paintings
  4. Joseph Charles French – (4) Kangra Painting

Choose the right answer: 

  1. A 4, B 3, C-2, D-1
  2. A-3, B 4, C-1, D-2
  3. A-4, B-1, C-2, D-3
  4. A-2, B-4, C-3, D-1

23.

List (1)   List (2)

  1. Bandli sanctuary – (1) Mandi
  2. Daranghati sanctuary – (2) Upper catchment areas of Tirthan, Sainj and Jiva rivers
  3. Gamgul Siahbehi sanctuary – (3) Shimla
  4. Lippa-Asrang sanctuary – (4) Chamba

(5) Kinnaur

Choose the right answer: 

  1. A- 5, B-2, C-1, D-4
  2. A- 1, B-3, C-2, D-5
  3. A- 1, B-3, C-4, D-5
  4. A-1, B-2, C-4, D-5

24.

List -1           List -2

  1. Zungtee – (1) Tidong
  2. A scene of savage grandeur – (2) The historical village
  3. Mone – (3) A fine awarded by Biradri Panchayat
  4. Chhepta – (4) Birth Customs
  5.                    (5) Satluj

Choose the right answer:

  1. A-5, B-2, C-1, D-4.
  2. A-4, B-3, C-5, D-2.
  3. A-3, B-5, C-2, D-1.
  4. A-5, B-1, C-2, D-3.

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