Solved Paper Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Prelims – 2016

By | June 30, 2017

1. Which of the following is not a freshwater ecosystem?

a) Pound

b) Lake

c) Wetland

d) Open Ocean

2. Which of these is not an ecosystem service?

a) Climate control

b) Recreational Benefits

c) Winds

d) Food

3. Desert ecosystem are characterized by annul rainfall of less than:

a) 25 cm

b) 30 cm

c) 40 cm

d) 50 cm

4. Which of these places is reputed to be world”s most biologically diverse?

a) Yasuni tropical rain forest

b) Western Ghats

c) Eastern Himalayan

d) Indo-Burma region

5. India is to home to how many (approximately) mammalian species ?

 a) 1320

b) 628

c) 350

d) 3560

6. Identify the correct sequence of countries with the highest biodiversity ;

a) Brazil > Colombia > China > Indonesia 

b) Brazil > Colombia > India > Indonesia 

c) Bolivia > Indonesia > Colombia > India

d) Bolivia > Venezuela> Indonesia > Colombia 

7. Which of these is not a factor threatening extinction of several species in India ?

a) Population explosion 

b) Climate change 

c) Laxity in implementation of environment policies 

d) Socio-cultural practices 

8. According to Paris agreement on climate change, the rise in average temperature of earth’s surface above pre-industrial levels should be limited to:

a) 1 Degree Celsius 

b) 2 Degree Celsius

c) 2.5 Degree Celsius

d) 3 Degree Celsius

9. The acronym UNFCC represents:

a) United Nation Framework on Climate Change 

b) United Nation Fund for Climate control 

c) United Nation Fund for Climate change 

d) United Nation Framework for climate change

(This question is wrongly asked. It should be UNFCCC instead of UNFCC)

10. In the context of climate change, measures undertaken by Government of India have a target of electric power generation by renewable energy (by year 2030) of :

 a) 350 GW

b) 175 GW

c) 500 GW

d) 250 GW

11. When a body is taken from the earth to moon :

a) Mass change but weight remain the same 

b) Weight change but mass remain the same 

c) Both weight and mass change 

d) Both weight and mass remain the same 

12. Decibel is used to measure the intensity field of:

a) Magnetic field 

b) Sound 

c) Light 

d) Heat 

13. Which of the following vegetable oils does not contain essential fatty acids?

a) Sunflower oil 

b) Mustard oil 

c) Coconut oil 

d) Groundnut oil 

14. Usually fuels on burning causes pollution. which one of the following fuel causes minimum environmental pollution ?

 a) Diesel

b) Coal

c) Hydrogen 

d) Kerosene 

15. Vegetables are easily perishable because of their high content of:

a) Sugars 

b) Water 

c) Vitamins 

d) Enzymes 

16. Sweat mainly serves to eliminate :

 a) Water , NaCI

b) NaCI, Fats 

c) Dirt, water 

d) Serum ,Water 

17. In a poultry unit the factor most influencing the cost is the cost of :

a) Feed

b) Transportation 

c) Chicks

d) Medicines

18. Bombyx mori is a :

a) Fish 

b) Silkworm 

c) Ringworm 

d) Moth 

19. Which of following statements is correct?

a) Wheat bran is rich in carbohydrates 

b) Fungal fermentation of rise is used for the preparation of alcoholic drinks 

c) Rice has antibiotic properties 

d) Wheat contains 80-85% carbohydrates 

(Although Rice expressing lactoferrin and lysozyme has antibiotic like properties when fed to chicks.

20. A pressure cooker works on the principal of :

a) elevation of boiling point of water by application of pressure 

b) making the food- grains inside softer 

c) making the food-grains softer by application of pressure and temperature 

d) keeping the food-grains inside steam for a longer time

21. Which of the following is not the feature of caste system?

a) Hierarchy

b) Hereditary occupation

c) Exogamous marriages 

d) Accountability

22. Ashish Bose is well known for his concept:

a) Demographic transition

b) Population Explosion

c) BIMARU States

d) Sustainable Development

23. Which state of India was the first to pass Jamindari Abolition Act?

a) Bihar 

b) Uttar Pradesh

c) Rajasthan

d) Karnataka 


24. In which year was the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act passes?

a) 1998

b) 2001

c) 2004

d) 2005

25. Which is not an indicator of Human Development Index?

a) Life expectancy

b) Education component

c) National per capita income

d) Level of Urbanization

26. Of which rivers tributaries are Phojal, Sarwati and Hansa streams

(a) Satluj .

(b) Beas.

(c) Ravi.

(d) Yamuna.

27. What is the archaeological style of Adi Brahama temple Khokhan ?.

(a) Pagoda.

(b) Pent-roof.

(c) Pyramid-roof.

(d) Pyramid.

28. With which region of H.P is Bonangchyu dance associated?.

(a) Chamba

(b) Sirmour

(c) Kinnaur

(d) Kangra

29. According to 2011 census which district of H.P has the highest number of urban households?

(a) Kangra.

(b) Shimla

(c) Mandi

(d) Solan

 30.Who was the court poet of Raja Dharam Chand of Kangra who wrote Dharam Chand Natak in around 1562 AD?

(a) Ganesh Singh

(b) Kanhyaya Lal Sharma.

(c) Manik Chand

(d) Padam Chand Guleri

 31. To Which princely state did Zorwawar Singh, General Of Raja Gulab Singh who invaded Ladakh and Baltistan during 1834-41, belongs ?

(a) Kangra

(b) Sirmaur

(c) Jubbal

(d) Kehlur

32. When did the Chandrahabhaga Valley which was held as Jagir by the families of Tibetan origin come under sway of Kullu ?

(a) Thirteen century

(b)  Fifteenth century

(c) Seventeenth century

(d) Eighteenth century

33. The territory of which of the following princely state was divided state was between two cousins/scions Vijay Singh and Ram Singh during the nineteenth century?.

(a) Daturpur

(b) Siba.

(c) Guler

(d) Jaswan

34. Around which year did captain RC Lee set up an apple orchard in Kullu area?.

(a) 1870 AD

(b) 1895 AD

(c) 1905 AD

(d) 1910 AD

 35. Which Raja of Sirmaur princely state shifted the capital of his state from Rajban to Kalsi in the beginning of the thirteen century?

(a) Udit Prakesh

(b) Kaul Prakash

(c) Maha Prakash

(d) Sumer Prakash

36. Which Raja of Bushahr princely state received Hang-Rang valley from Tibet as Jagir ?

 (a) Prem Singh

(b) Karam Singh

(c) Bhup Singh

(d) Kehri Singh

37. Around which year did Russian painter Nichloas Roerich visit Naggar in Kullu District for the First time ?

 (a) 1915




38. Which Raja of Bangahal princely state was treacherously killed by Raja Siddha Sen of Mandi

 (a) Raghunath Pal

(b) Dalel Pal

(c) Prithi Pal

(d) Man Pal

39. In Which basin is Upper Joiner hydro-power project?

 (a) Ravi

(b) Satluj

(c) Beas

(d) Yamuna

40. Which school did Amrita Shergil join in Shimla around 1924-25?.

 (a) Taral Hall

(b) Alfred Corpet

(c) Santa Annciate

 (d) Jesus and Mary

41. At which place in Kullu District of Himachal Pradesh is fish farm?

 (a) Patil Kuhl

(b) Moheli

(c) Nagini

(d) All of the Above

42. Which bank is collaborating with the Himachal Pradesh government in implementing Doodh Ganga Yojna?

 (b) UCO Bank

(b) State Bank of India


(d) H.P state Cooperative Bank

43. Which agency is managing Himachal Pradesh state wide Area networks (HIMSWAN) services?.

 (a) M/s KPMG

(b) M/s Orange Business services

(c) M/s E&Y HPSDC

(d) M/s Vyam Technologies

44. Who founded Himachal Pradesh congress (HVC)?.

 (a) Maheshwar Singh

(b) Thakur Ram Lal

(c) Dr. Salig Ram

(d) Pandit Sukh Ram

45. Which two districts of H.P are covered under Backward region Grant fund of ministry of Panchayati Raj, Government of India?

(a) Kinnaur and Lahul spiti

(b) Lahul-spiti and chamba

(c) Chamba and Sirmour

(d) Sirmour and Kinnaur 

46. Who among the following persons has secured India’s 12th Olympic quota berth for shooting for the Rio Games? 

 a. Napis Tortungpanich

b. Sanjay Rajput 

c. Vitaliy Dovgun 

d. Jitu Rai

47. Who among the following persons has been appointed as UP’s Lokayukta? 

 a. Prabhu Nath Singh

b. Sanjay Mishra

c. Virender Singh

d. N.K. Mehrotra

48. Which of the following Indian States will get the first ever solar-stellar observatory? 

 a. Rajasthan

b. Gujarat

c. Maharashtra

d. Karnataka

49. India celebrated its first constitution Day on : 

 a. 15th august, 1947

b. 26th January, 1950

c. 26th November, 1949


50. In which of the following states, ‘Hornbill’ festival has been observed to uphold Unity in Diversity? 

 a. Nagaland

b. Manipur

c. Assam

d. Mizoram

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  1. Consider the following statements regarding IRNSS-1E :
  1. It is India’s fifth navigational satellite
  1. It was launched from PSLV-C31
  1. It was successfully launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, SHAR, Sriharikota
  1. It is an independent regional satellite system designed to provide information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian Mainland

Which of the above statements are correct?

  1. (1), (2) and (3)
  1. (2), (3) and (4)
  1. (1), (2) and (4)
  1. All of the above are correct 
  1. With regard to the recently approved “Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana” which of the following statement is/are incorrect?
  1. For annual commercial and horticultural crops, the premium to be paid by farmers will be only 5%
  1. There will be a uniform premium of only 2% to be paid by farmers for all Kharif crops
  1. For Rabi crops, premium to be paid by farmers is 1.5%

Select the correct answer from the following codes :

  1. (1) only
  1. (2) only
  1. (3) only
  1. None of the above
  1. The National Airquality Index (AQI) measures air quality by taking into consideration which of the following pollutants? 
  1. Ammonia
  1. Nitrogen dioxide
  1. Sulphur dioxide
  1. Carbon dioxide
  1. Ozone
  1. Lead

Select the correct answer from the given codes :

  1. (1), (3) and (5) only
  1. (1), (2), (4) and (6) only
  1. (1), (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6)
  1. (1), (5) and (6) only
  1. The Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana : 
  1. Focuses on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural)
  1. Seeks to electrify rural and urban areas both
  1. Will nationalise all power distribution companies in rural areas
  1. Seeks to provide uninterrupted power supply to industries set up in the rural areas

Which of the above statement/s is/are correct?

  1. only (3)
  1. only (1)
  1. only (2)

d.All of the above

  1. Who of the following has been awarded Padma Vibhushan?
  1. Avinash Dixit
  1. Sania Mirza
  1. Priyanka Chopra
  1. Anjum Chopra

Select the correct answer using the given codes :

  1. only (1)
  1. only (2)
  1. only (3)
  1. only (4)

56 . Who among the following persons has won the Man Booker Prize, 2015? 

  1. Marlon James
  1. Sanjeev Sahota
  1. James Tott
  1. Ali Smith
  1. Consider the following statements regarding International Solar Alliance (ISA) : 
  1. Indian Prime Minister Narender Modi and French President Francois Hollande has jointly laid the foundation stone of the International Solar Alliance Headquarters
  1. The interim Secretariat of the ISA is located at Gurgaon, India
  1. ISA has 121 member-countries

Which of the above statements are correct?

  1. only (1) and (2)
  1. only (2) and (3)
  1. only (1) and (3)
  1. All the above are correct
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Corruption Perception Index (CPI), 2015 :
  1. The Corruption Perception Index, 2015 was released by Berlin-based corruption watch-dog transparency international
  1. India ranks 76th out of 194 countries in the CPI 2015
  1. The list is topped by Denmark followed by Finland and Sweden

Which of the above statements are correct?

  1. only (1) and (2)
  1. only (1) and (3)
  1. only (2) and (3)
  1. All the above are correct
  1. Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding Zika virus?
  1. The virus was first isolated in April 1947 at Brazil
  1. It is transmitted by daytime active Aedes mosquitoes such as A. aegypti
  1. It is a member of the virus family flaviridae and the genus flavivirus
  1. The most common symptoms of Zika arefever, rash, joint pain, muscle pain, headache, etc
  1. Consider the following statements regarding Corporate Tax Avoidance deal : 
  1. A total of 31 Organisation for Economic CO-operation and Development (OECD) members agreed to sign this deal
  1. It will be harder for firms to hide money in tax havens or play one country’s tax authorities against another
  1. France is not among 31 members who agreed to sign the deal

Which of the above statements are correct?

  1. only (1) and (2)
  1. only (2) and (3)
  1. only (1) and (3)
  1. All the above are correct
  1. Which of the following is not correct about the Harappa’s contacts with its contemporary civilizations ? 
  1. Similarity of some of its seals with them.
  1. The term Melukha used in Mesopotamian tablets perhaps refers to Sindhu.
  1. The Harappan seals mention its relations with them. 
  1. The Mesopotamians called cotton by the name of Sindhu.
  1. Who built the Sudarshana lake in the Saurashtra region ? 
  1. Pushyagupta 
  1. Dhanananda
  1. Kharavela
  1. Samudragupta
  1. Which one of the following festivals was most famous in Vijayanagar empire ? 
  1. Vasant Ritu
  1. Brahmotsavam
  1. Mahanavami 
  1. Ramana Vaidi
  1. Which of the following Bhakati poets of Maharashtra conveyed his teachings through the numerous Abhangas ? 
  1. Tukaram 
  1. Namdev
  1. Eknath
  1. Ramdas
  1. Dara Shikoh was the disciple of which sufi saint ? 
  1. Mirza Galib
  1. Mian Mir 
  1. Mullah Shah
  1. Mir Taki Mir
  1. Which of the following states were not annexed to the English East India Company’s dominions under Dalhousies’s Doctrine of Lapse ? 
  1. Satara
  1. Nagpur
  1. Jhansi
  1. Jodhpur 
  1. Who establish the East India association in 1866 in London ? 
  1. Raja Ram Mohan Roy
  1. Dada Bhai Nairoji 
  1. Surendra Nath Banerjee
  1. Lala Lajpat Rai
  1. When was the civil Disobedience Movement finally called off by Mahatma Gandhi ? 
  1. 1931
  1. 1932
  1. 1933
  1. 1934 
  1. Consider the following: 
  1. The Nehru Report 
  1. The Rowlatt Satyagraha 

iii. The MacDonald Award 

  1. Formation of Congress Socialist Party 

Arrange the above in chronological order by using the codes given below :

Answer: B. (ii) (i) (iii) (iv)

  1. How much time did Lord Mountbatten give to Sir C. Radcliff to delineate the international border of India in 1947 ? 
  1. 1 and a half months 
  1. 3 and a half months
  1. 4 months
  1. 6 months
  1. Bermuda Triangles is located in : 
  1. Atlantic Ocean 
  1. Pacific Ocean
  1. Indian Ocean
  1. China Ocean
  1. Which one of the following is not correctly matched ? 

Country         Capital 

  1. Burkina    Faso Ouagadougou
  1. Finland     Helsinki
  1. Vietnam    Ho-Chi-Minh City 
  1. Taiwan      Taipei
  1. Which one of the following is incorrect ? 

A                                                      B 

  1. Sariska Tiger                        Rajasthan
  1. Hemis National Park         J&K
  1. Periyar National Park       Odisha 
  1. Rajaji National Park         Uttarakhand
  1. Which is incorrect about Himalaya ? 
  1. Himalaas are young folded mountains.
  1. Before Himalayas, there was a Tethys sea.
  1. Highest peak of the world is in Himalayan range
  1. Its width varies from 200km in Kashmir to 500 km in Arunachal Pradesh. 
  1. Which one of the following is incorrect ? 

City                                 River 

  1. Jaunpur                   Gomati
  1. Nashik                     Godavari
  1. Lucknow             Gandak 
  1. Ujjain                       Shipra
  1. Which lines separates India from Afghanistan ? 
  1. Radcliffe line
  1. Durand line 
  1. McMohan line
  1. None of the above
  1. What is the name of shifting cultivation in Mexico ? 
  1. Milpa 
  1. Jhumming
  1. Roca
  1. Caingin
  1. Which soil is best for cotton cultivation ? 
  1. Alluvial Soil
  1. Laterite Soil
  1. Red Soil
  1. Black soil 
  1. Which is the Longest river of the World ? 
  1. Nile 
  1. Amazon
  1. Yangtze
  1. Congo
  1. Varkala beach is located in : 
  1. Karnataka
  1. Puducherry
  1. Kerala 
  1. Tamil Nadu
  1. Who among the following was the constituent advisor to the Constituent Assembly?
  1. Dr. B.R. Ambedkar
  2. Dr. Rajendra Prasad
  3. K.M. Munshi
  4. Sir. B.N.Rao
  1. Which of the following human rights come within the ambit of Article 21 of the Indian Constitution?
  1. Right to shelter
  2. Right to  pure drinking water
  3. Right to reputation
  4. Right to privacy

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:


  1. 1 and 4
  2. 2 and 4
  3. 1,3 and 4
  4. 1,2,3 and 4
  1. The Central Information Commission falls under:

a.the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology

  1. the Ministry of Personnel
  2. the Ministry of Law
  3. the Ministry of Human Resource
  1. During the term of office, criminal proceedings cannot be instituted against:
  1. the President and the Governor
  2. the President, the Vice-President and the Governor
  3. the President, VP, Speaker of Lok Sabha and Governor
  4. the President, the VP, the PM and the Governor
  1. Who among the following decides the question of disqualification of a member of Parliament on the grounds of defection?
  1. the President of India
  2. Election Commission
  3. The Supreme court of India
  4. Presiding Officer of the House
  1. Who among the following has the power to declare a caste or a tribe as scheduled caste or scheduled tribe?
  1. President of India
  2. Parliament
  3. Home Minister
  4. Chairman of the National Commission of SC or ST
  1. Who among the following determines the area of a Lok Sabha constituency for the purpose of election?
  1. President
  2. Election Commission
  3. Delimitation Commission
  4. Census Commission
  1. Which of the following statements is correct about NITI Aayog?
  1. It is a constitution body
  2. It is a statutory body
  3. It is neither a constitutional body nor a statutory body
  4. It is a constitutional body
  1. Which of the following are All India Services?
  1. Indian Police Services
  2. Indian Foreign Services
  3. Indian Forest Services
  4. Indian Revenue Services

Select the correct answer:


  1. 1 and 2
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 1,2 and 4
  4. 1,2,3 and 4
  1. Which of the following committees recommended the creation of ‘Nyaya Panchayats’?
  1. Ashok Mehta Committee
  2. LM Singhvi Committee
  3. GVK Rao Committee
  4. Balwant Rai Mehta Committee

Select the correct answer form the codes given below:


  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 1,2 and 4
  1. Who is the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India?
  1. Raghuram Rajan
  2. Arvind Panagariya
  3. Arvind Subramanian
  4. Y.V. Reddy
  1. What has been the growth rate of GDP of India during 2014-15 at the current prices and constant and constant prices respectively?
  1. 10.5% and 6.9 %
  2. 10.5% and 7.3%
  3. 9.5% and 7.3%
  4. 11% and 7.3%
  1. As per HDR, 2014 the Gender Inequality Index of India is:
  1. 127
  2. 120
  3. 137
  4. 122
  1. The 14th Finance Commission has enhanced the states’ share in the central divisible pool taxes from:
  1. 30 percent to 42 percent
  2. 32 percent to 42 percent
  3. 32 percent to 40 percent
  4. 31 percent to 41 percent
  1. First Census was conducted in which year in India?
  1. 1872 
  2. 1891
  3. 1911
  4. 1951
  1. What is the population density (per sq. km) of India and Himachal Pradesh respectively as per Census 2011?
  1. 282 and 132
  2. 282 and 123
  3. 382 and 123
  4. 282 and 133
  1. Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojna was approved  by Central Government on:
  1. 13th January, 2016
  2. 23rd January, 2016
  3. 13th January, 2015
  4. 25th December,2016
  1. As per the Census 2011, the average age is above 30 years for the following states:
  1. Kerala, Goa, Tamilnadu and HP
  2. UP, Bihar, Meghalaya and WB
  3. UP, Bihar, Meghalaya and Jharkhand
  4. Kerala, Goa, UP and Bihar
  1. Which of the following is not a function of Reserve Bank of India?
  1. Regulation of foreign exchange
  2. Regulation of Credit
  3. Banker of the government and Commercial Bank
  4. Management of Fiscal Dificit

100. Swabhiman is a:

  1. Financial inclusion initiative 
  2. Pension initiative for BPL families
  3. Insurance Policy for Women
  4. Rural Infrastructure Project

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4 thoughts on “Solved Paper Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services Prelims – 2016

  1. Omesh

    Options to Question NUmber 2 and 7 are interchanged. Please Recheck.

  2. Sagar Kalta

    question number 53
    carbon dioxide is not one of the 8 pollutants considered in AQI

  3. Rahul Thakur

    MK gandhi, Called off Civil Disobedience in 1931 while signing the Irwin Pact, but yes he relaunched it after he came back to India from Round Table Conference.
    But the movement lost its momentum slowly by 1934

    Is the answer for this Question from HPPSC official answr key


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