Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services 2017 (Prelims) Solved paper

HimBuds.com brings for our readers the Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services 2017 (Prelims) Solved paper for which the exam was held on 25th June 2017. The answers are in accordance with the answer key released by Himachal Pradesh Public Service Commission (HPPSC).Himachal Pradesh Administrative Services 2017 (Prelims) Solved paper

1. Which Raja of Chamba transferred the capital of his state from Bharmaur to Chamba?

(A) Maru Varman

(B) Aditya Varman

(C) Sahil Varman

(D) Soma Varman

2. During the reign of which raja of Nurpur princely state the forts of Maukot, Nurpur and Taragarh were captured by the Mughals?

(A) Jagat Singh

(B) Rajrup Singh

(C) Bir Singh

(D) Jaswant Singh

3. Who was the first European to draw attention to the history of royal families of Jalandhar and Trigarta?

(A) Moorcraft

(B) Cunningham

(C) Thevenot

(D) Thomas Coryat

4. Around which year did the Gurkhas capture the Sirmaur princely state?

(A) 1803 AD

(B) 1815 AD

(C) 1820 AD

(D) 1826AD

5. Which raja of Bushahr princely state was conferred the title of Chhatarpati by the Mughal emperor Aurangzed?

(A) Udai Singh

(B) Ram Singh

(C) Kehri Singh

(D) Vijay Singh

6. By what name did the Greek scholars call the Satluj River?

(A) Zungtee

(B) Muksang

(C) Heisidrus

(D) Satudri

7. According to legend which God (Devta) killed Banasur who was the ruler of Sarahan area of upper Shimla?

(A) Tapa Purana

(B) Anna Purana

(C) Deva Purana

(D) Garud Purana

8. From which place does the Spiti River originate?

(A) Kunjam Pass

(B) Tandi

(C) Tabo

(D) Gramfu

9. At which place in Bilaspur District of H.P. a woman Industrial Training Institute (I.T.I) has been made functional during 2015-16?

(A) Malari

(B) Jagatkhana

(C) Bharari

(D) Daslehra.

10. What is the approximate capacity of Sawra-Kuddu Hydro-Electric Power Project?

(A) 65MW

(B) 100MW

(C) 111MW

(D) 130MW

11. In which two Districts of H.P. will the H.P. Forest Ecosystem Climate Proofing Project be implemented?

(A) Bilaspur and Solan

(B) Shimla and Kinnaur

(C) Una and Hamirpur

(D) Kangra and Chamba

12. How much subsidy is given in H.P. to the women of eligible category for providing Gas connection under Mata Shabri Mahila Sashaktikaran Yojan?

(A) 30 percent subject to maximum of Rupees 1,000

(B) 50 percent subject to maximum of Rupees 1,300

(C) 75 percent subject to maximum of Rupees 1,500

(D) 80 percent subject to maximum of Rupees 2,000

13. What is the architectural style of Hateshwari Temple at Hatkoti (in Jubbal Tehsil of Shimla District)?

(A) Pentroof

(B) Pagoda

(C) Cone shaped

(D) Pyramidal shaped

14. Which of the following subject matter is not found in the Kangra Kalam style Kangra paintings of eighteenth century?

(A) Geet Gobind of Jai Deva

(B) Satsai of Bihari

(C) Padmavat of Jayasee

(D) Rasik Priya of Keshav Das

15. What is the number of women members in the present H.P. Vidhan Sabha?

(A) Two

(B) Three

(C) Four

(D) Five

16. At which place in Shimla District of H.P. is Government Sheep Breeding Farm?

(A) Chopal

(B) Kiari

(C) Jeori

(D) Mandal

17. According to 2010-11 Agricultural census what is the percentage of small land holding in H.P.?

(A) 8.84

(B) 12.06

(C) 17.72

(D) 18.17

18. What cement company has been given a prospecting license to carry out a detailed study for proving the quantity of lime-stone deposits in Sugrathi-Thangar-Kura Khera-paulikhera-Kandal –dedera of Tehsil Chopal in Shimla District, H.P.?

(A) M/s. Reliance Cementation

(B) M/s. Associated Cement Companies

(C) M/s. Asian Cement Company

(D) M/s. Asian Cement Company

19. Which Himachali revolutionary edited Sudarshan Chakra magazine from Lahore during the pre-independence period?

(A) Yashpal

(B) Inderpal

(C) Sher Jung

(D) Swami Krishana Nand

20. Who is the author of  book Kullu and Lahaul?

(A) C.G. Bruce

(B) E.J. Buck

(C) R. M. Bernier

(D) W.G. Archer

21. According to the UN Human Development Report (2016), the world’s top three countries in terms of human development are?

(A) Norway, Australia and Switzerland

(B) Australia, Sweden and Denmark

(C) Switzerland, Norway and Sweden

(D) Sweden, Netherlands and Norway

22. Who among the following were awarded Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratan Award for 2015-16?

(1)P.V. Sindhu

(2)Sakshi Malik

(3)Jitu Rai

(4)M. Bhupathi

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(A) (1), (2) and (3)

(B) (2), (3) and (4)

(C) (1), (2) and (4)

(D) (1), (2),(3) and (4)

23. Who among the following was conferred Jnanpith Award in 2016?

(A) Bulaki Sharma

(B) Shankha Ghosh

(C) Satya Narayan

(D) Kamal Vora

24. Who among the following has been appointed Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (2017)?

(A) Anil Kumar Sinha

(B) Alok Kumar Verma

(C) A.K. Patnaik

(D) Sanjeev Sanyal

25. Tehmina Janjua is the first woman in Pakistan’s history to hold the office of :

(A) Foreign Minister

(B) Foreign Secretary

(C) Judge of a High Court

(D) Ambassador.

26. Teacher’s Day is celebrated on:

(A) 5th September

(B) 6th October

(C) 2nd October

(D) 10th November.

27. Which of the following rivers have been termed as “living entities” by the High Court?

(1) Ganga

(2) Yamuna

(3) Godavari

(4) Brahmaputra

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(A) (1) and (4)

(B) (1) and (2)

(C) (1), (2) and (4)

(D) (1), (2), (3) and (4)

28. In India, fife expectancy is :

(A) 68.3 years

(B) 71.2 years

(C) 75.5 years

(D) 65.3 years

29. The district to which two Chief Ministers of Northern States (2017) belong, falls in the state of :

(A) Uttar Pradesh

(B) Himachal Pradesh

(C) Uttarakhand

(D) Punjab

30. The Supreme Court issued a contempt notice to the sitting High Court Judge of:

(A) Calcutta High Court

(B) Bombay High Court

(C) Madras High Court

(D) Allahabad High Court

31. Kol tribe is found in :

(A) Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh

(B) West Bengal and Odisha

(C) Assam and Meghalaya

(D) Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan

32. Who among the following is the Chancellor of Nalanda University (2017)?

(A) Dr. George Yeo

(B) Dr. Vijay Bhatkar

(C) Dr. Amartya Sen

(D) Dr. Arun Grover

33. The NOTA option was first used in the elections in :

(A) 2004

(B) 2009

(C) 2013

(D) 2017

34. Who among the following were conferred Padma Vibhushan Awards in 2017?

(1) Dr. Devi Prasad Dwivedi

(2) Sadguru Jaggi Vasudev

(3) Sharad Pawar

(4) Sunder Lal Patwa

Select the correct answer from the codes below:

(A) (1),(2) and (3)

(B) (1),(2),(3) and (4)

(C) (1),(3) and (4)

(D) (2),(3) and (4)

35. The Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister(s) of the following states were notmembers of the State Legislative Assembly at the time of their appointments (2017):

(A) Punjab

(B) Goa

(C) Uttarakhand

(D) Uttar Pradesh

36. Which one of the following cities is called “Silicon Valley of India”?

(A) Hyderabad

(B) Pune

(C) Mumbai

(D) Bengaluru

37. Donald Trump is:

(A) The 45th USA President

(B) The 44th USA President

(C) The 42th USA President

(D) The 40th USA President

38. In which field was Juan Manuel Santos awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize?

(A) Chemistry

(B) Peace

(C) Physics

(D) Medicine

39. To which country does the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, belong?

(A) Italy

(B) Portugal

(C) Spain

(D) Greece

40. Which country owns the Margarita Island which was the venue of 17th NAM Summit?

(A) Venezuela

(B) Egypt

(C) Brazil

(D) South Africa

41. Nana Saheb, who fought against the English during the Indian Mutiny of 1857, was:

(A) the son of Peshwa Baji Rao 3rd

(B) The adopted son of Peshwa Baji Rao 2nd

(C) A soldier in the army of Nawab of Awadh

(D) A relation of the Raja of Benaras

42. Who presided over the first session of Indian National Congress in Bombay?

(A) A.O. Hume

(B) Gopal Krishna Gokhale

(C) B.G. Tilak

(D) W.C. Bannerji

43. Which Socio-Religious Movement of 19th-20th century adopted the practices of occult mysticism?

(A) The Theosophical Society

(B) The Arya Samaj

(C) The Brahmo Samaj

(D) The Gurdwara Reforms Movement

44. Who of the following, was not the Moderate leader of Indian National Congress?

(A) Gopal Krishana Gokhale

(B) M.G. Ranade

(C) Aurobindo Ghosh

(D) Surendra Nath Banerji

45. Where was held the first session of Muslim League?

(A) Dacca

(B) Calcutta

(C) Lahore

(D) Karachi

46. Of the following, who shot dead Curzon Wyllie in London?

(A) Madan Lal Dhingra

(B) Udham Singh

(C) Chepkar Brothers

(D) None of the above

47. When was the Montague Declaration made about the introduction of responsible government in stages for India?

(A) August 15, 1917

(B) August 20, 1917

(C) August 20, 1918

(D) August 15, 1918

48. Where was founded the Communist Party of India in 1920?

(A) Moscow

(B) Bombay

(C) Tashkent

(D) Hung Kong

49. Which month of 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s arrival in Champaran?

(A) March

(B) April

(C) July

(D) August

50. Which event earned for Vallabhbhai Patel the title of “Sardar”?

(A) The Khera Satyagraha

(B) The integration of Indian States with India

(C) The Ahmedabad Textile Labour Association

(D) The Bardoli Satyagraha

51. Stalactites and Stalagmites are:

(A) Erosional Landforms in the Karst region

(B) Depositional landforms in the Karst region

(C) Transportational landforms in the Karst region.

(D) None of the above.

52. Savanna region of Brazil is locally called as:

(A) Cerrado

(B) Llanos

(C) Pampas

(D) None of the above

53. Who is the author of the book “The Unstable Earth”?

(A) W.M. Davis

(B) G. Taylor

(C) J.I. Clark

(D) J.A. Steers

54. Brahmaputra, after joining Tista river; is known as:

(A) Jamuna

(B) Padma

(C) Meghna

(D) Dihang

55. Coral reefs are found between:

(A) 25’N; 25’S Latitude

(B) 30’N; 30’S Latitude

(C) 15’N; 15’S Latitude

(D) None of the above

56. Green Revolution made the country self-sufficient in food production but had some fallouts. Consider the following statements:

(1) It has successful in case of wheat, but not in the case of pulse

(2) Brought inter-state disparities

(3) Helped in restoring soil fertility

(4) Reduced water table in some states

Select the correct statements from the codes given below:

(A) (1), (2) and (4)

(B) (2) and (4) only

(C) (10, (3) and (4)

(D) All are correct

57. In which ocean ‘Mindanao Trench’ exists?

(A) Atlantic Ocean

(B) Indian Ocean

(C) Pacific Ocean

(D) Arctic Ocean

58. Match List1 (Mines) and List2 (Minerals) using the codes given below:

List1 List2

(a) Kimberley   (1) Coal

(b) Wankie     (2) Diamond

(c) Witwatersrand  (3) Copper

(d) Katanga  (4) Gold

Codes: (a) (b) (c) (d)

(A) 1 2 3 4

(B) 2 1 4 3

(C) 1 2 4 3

(D) 2 1 3 4

59. Match is following and choose the correct answer from the codes given below:

(a) Carl Saur (i) Social Geography

(b) David Harvey (ii) Cultural geography

(c) F. Ratzel (iii) Political Geography

(d) D H.J. Johnston (iv) Radical Geography

Code: (a) (b) (c) (d)

(A) (i) (ii) (iii) (iv)

(B) (ii) (i) (iii) (iv)

(C) (iv) (iii) (ii) (i)

(D) (ii) (iv) (iii) (i)

60. In “Concentric Zone Model” of Burgess the fifth ring is occupied by:

(A) Commuters Zone

(B) Zone of better residence

(C) Zone of independent workers home


61. Which schedule of the Constitution of India contains provisions for the disqualification of a legislator on grounds of defection?

(A) Schedule-X

(B) Schedule-IX

(C) Schedule-XII

(D) Schedule-VIII

62. Power of Judicial Review, provided in the constitution, is exercised on the basis of which principle?

(A) Due Process of Law

(B) Procedure established by Law

(C) Arbitration

(D) Natural Justice

63. Who preside over the joint sitting of the Parliament?

(A) President of India

(B) Speaker of Lok Sabha

(C) Chairman of Rajya Sabha

(D) None of the above.

64. Under which provision can the Speaker allow any member of the House to speak in his/her mother language?

(A) Article 110

(B) Article 122

(C) Article 120(1)

(D) Article 126

65. Supreme Court’s judgement in Indira Sawhney Vs. Union of India is related to which issue?

(A) Reservation for OBC

(B) Reservation for Scheduled Castes

(C) Reservation for Minorities

(D) Reservation for Scheduled Tribes

66. Provision for Grant-in –Aid under Article 243 H for the Panchayats has been made out of which source?

(A) Taxes collected by Union Government

(B) Taxes collected by the states

(C) Taxes collected by Panchayats

(D) Consolidated fund of India

67. Which one of the following is a correct sequencing of the features of the Preamble of India Constitution?

(A) Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic

(B) Sovereign, Secular, Socialist, Democratic, Republic

(C) Secular, Socialist, Sovereign, Republic, Democratic

(D) Democratic, republic, Sovereign, Socialist, Secular

68. Match the following:

List1 List2

(a) Article 15 (i) Freedom of Religion

(b) Article 20 (ii) Constitutional Remedies

(c) Article 25 (iii) Prohibition of Discrimination

(d) Article 32 (iv) Protection against conviction

Choose the correct answer from the following:


(A) (a)—(i), (b)-(ii), (c)-(iii), (d)-(iv)

(B) (a)—(iv), (b)-(iii), (c)-(i), (d)-(ii)

(C) (a)—(iii), (b)-(iv), (c)-(i), (d)-(ii)

(D) (a)—(i), (b)-(iii), (c)-(iv), (d)-(ii)

69. Which one of the following is the correct statement with regard to the Emergency Provisions of Indian Constitution?

(A) The constitution mentions four types of emergency

(B) Emergency provisions are described from Articles 340 to 356 in the Constitution.

(C) Financial emergency has never been imposed in India

(D) Financial emergency under Article 356 can be imposed on the failure of Constitutional Machinery at the union level.

70. Which one of the following policies of Government of India is related to the availability of cooking gas to the BPL Households?

(A) Ujjawala Yojana

(B) Fasal Bima Yojana

(C) Atal Pension Yojana

(D) Jivan Jyothi Bima Yojana

71. Which of the following statements is correct in reference to the Finance Commission of India?

(A) It facilitates the judicial distribution of finance among the PSUs.

(B) It ensures transparency in financial administration.

(C) It deals with the financial relations between States and Centre

(D) It ensures financial prudence of State Government.

72. In the Budget for 2017-18, the funds allocated for MGNREGA is:

(A) Rs. 45,000 Cr.

(B) Rs. 48,000 Cr.

(C) Rs. 35,000 Cr.

(D) Rs. 55,000 Cr.

73. As per Census 2011, literacy rate in Himachal Pradesh for male and female respectively is:

(A) 90.27 and 70.08

(B) 89.53 and 75.93

(C) 89.53 and 71.53

(D) 90.27 and 71.53

74. HDI is measured with reference to:

(i) Infant Mortality

(ii) Real GDP per capita

(iii) Life Expectancy at birth

(iv) Morbidity

(A) (i) and (iv) are correct

(B) (i), (ii) and (iii) are correct

(C) (iii) and (iv) are correct

(D) All are correct

75. Who conducts the periodical sample survey for estimating the poverty line in India?

(A) Niti Aayog



(D) Ministry of Social Justice

76. AMRUT as launched on :

(A) 25 June, 2015 to improve basic Urban infrastructure in 500 cities

(B) 25 June, 2015 to improve basic amenities in 500 districts

(C) 25 June, 2014 to improve basic Urban infrastructure in cities

(D) 25 June, 2016, 2016 to improve availability of safe drinking water in Urban areas

77. Which of the following States of India has the highest poverty ratio?

(A) Bihar

(B) Jharkhand

(C) Odisha

(D) Uttar Pradesh

78. For the Budget proposals 2017-18; which of the following is not correct?

(A) Target for agriculture credit has been fixed to the tune of Rs. 10 Lac Crore

(B) New Mini Labs in Krishi Vigyan Kendra will be established

(C) Total allocation for rural, agriculture and allied sector is Rs. 80,000 crore

(D) Achieving 100 percent village electrification by 1 May, 2018

79. The growth rate of Himachal Pradesh during 12th Plan (2012-17) has been estimated at:

(A) 6.8 percent

(B) 7.2 percent

(C) 7.8 percent

(D) 5.9 percent

80. What was the unemployment rate during 2015-16 based on Usual Principal Status in India?

(A) 8.7 percent

(B) 7.8 percent

(C) 5.0 percent

(D) 4.2 percent

81. The number of wetlands in India listed under Ramsar Convention is :

(A) 35

(B) 21

(C) 26

(D) 39

82. India ratified the Stockholm Convention for protecting human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants in :

(A) 2005

(B) 2006

(C) 2002

(D) 2010

83. Which of the following represents the major loss to the human kind due to environmental degradation ?

(A) Ecosystem goods

(B) Ecosystem services

(C) Ecosystem-based tourism

(D) Ecosystem-dependent tribes

84. United Nations has declared 2017 as the International Year of :

(A) Sustainable tourism for development

(B) Pulses

(C) Light and light-based Technologies

(D) Soils

85. The global agreement that deals with the control of transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and their disposal is called:

(A) Basel Convention

(B) Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident

(C) International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution form Ships

(D) Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

86. Which of the following is the most promising biodiesel crop?

(A) Sugarcane

(B) Soybean

(C) Switchgrass

(D) Oat

87. The biological oxygen demand of water is reduced mainly by:

(A) Primary treatment

(B) Secondary treatment

(C) Tertiary treatment

(D) None of the above

88. Dead zones in the world’s oceans and large lakes are characterized by:

(A) High biological oxygen demand

(B) Excessive bloom of algae

(C) Excess nutrients like nitrates and phosphates

(D) All of the above

89. The use of carbon tax has been very successful to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases in :

(A) The United States of America

(B) China

(C) Sweden

(D) Australia

90. One of the better achievements of Kanha National Park is :

(A) Conservation of tiger from near extinction

(B) Conservation of swamp deer from near extinction

(C) Conservation of Gaur from near extinction

(D) Conservation of bison from near extinction

91. In order to prevent oxidation of potato chips during storage in sealed bags, chip manufacturers seal the packet in the presence of :

(A) Oxygen

(B) Nitrogen

(C) Hydrogen

(D) Carbon dioxide

92. Where from is litmus dye extracted?

(A) A lichen

(B) A liverwort

(C) A moss

(D) A pteridophyte

93. If someone is suffering form the problem of acidity after overeating, what is the remedy?

(A) Lemon juice

(B) Vinegar

(C) Baking soda

(D) Blue berry juice

94. Which of the following has a pH of above 10 ?

(A) Gastric juice

(B) Blood

(C) Milk of magnesia

(D) Sodium chloride solution.

95. Which of the following processes does not take place during photosynthesis?

(A) Absorption of light energy by chlorophyll

(B) Conversion of light to chemical energy

(C) Splitting of water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen

(D) Chlorophyll degradation

96. Which of the following instruments is used for measuring the depth of the ocean?

(A) Galvanometer

(B) Ammeter

(C) Barometer

(D) Fathometer

97. Light year is a unit of :

(A) Light time

(B) Intensity of light

(E) Time

(D) Astronomical distance

98. Which of the following are the primary colors?

(A) Yellow, Green, Blue

(B) Red, Green, Blue

(C) Red, Green, White

(D) Red, Magenta, Blue

99. Nail polish remover contains:

(A) Benzene

(B) Acetone

(C) Acetic acid

(D) Petroleum ether

100. The most abundant rare gas in the atmosphere:

(A) Helium

(B) Neon

(C) Xenon

(D) Argon

With inputs from HP General Studies



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