1. CAPF-2015 GS paper: Observations on PIN/Defense
  2. Books, Days & Sports
  3. Defense Related MCQs

CAPF-2015 GS paper: Observations on PIN/Defense

  • In UPSC Central Armed Police forces examination (CAPF)- Total 19 out 125 MCQs came from PIN (persons in news) and Defense. And majority of them on defense only.
  • One question each from Books, Days and Sports asked. Otherwise Nearly 13% of the paper, came only from Defense MCQs.
  • It seems slowly and steadly in both CSAT and CAPF, UPSC is be going for subject specialization to help the non-IAS aspirants
  • e.g. in CSAT-2014, large chunk of MCQs from environment, agriculture to ensure “only IFS (Forest)” aspirants not hurt by “both IAS-IFS but first preference to IAS” type candidates.
  • Same way, here, large no. of Defense MCQs to ensure “only CAPF/CDS” type aspirants have good chance against “my 1st preference is IAS, giving CAPF for namesake” type candidates.
  • Defense portion was centered on army regiments, paramilitary forces, types of helicopters, missiles, officer ranks, aircraft etc.
  • Within 16 Defense MCQs, Barring 3-4 questions, most of could be solved from Lucent General Knowledge (GK) book and My Defense Current compilations. Design your next years’ strategy accordingly.
  • In following Answerkey, the question numbers are taken from booklet “C”. CAPF Answerkey Credit: Chandradeo


Books, Days & Sports

7. Which one of the following Grand Slam Tennis Tournaments had the higher total prize money (in terms of US Dollars) in the year 2014?

  1. Australian Open
  2. French Open
  3. Wimbledon
  4. US Open

AS per Reuters news agency, the answer is “C”

65. Who among the following has authored the book ‘The Idea of India’ ?

  1. Khushwant Singh
  2. Shashi Tharoor
  3. Sunil Khilnani
  4. William Dalrymple

2009’s Hindu article says, it was written by Sunil. 2015, May: Sunil in news for inaugurating some BBC radioshow. But who has time to prepare this deep!

45. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the Lists :

List-I (Day) List-II (Occasion)
A. 11th July 1. Human Rights Day
B. 5th June 2. Hiroshima Day
C. 6th August 3. International Environment Day
D. 10th December 4. World Population Day

Answer choices:

Code A B C D
(a) 1 3 2 4
(b) 1 2 3 4
(c) 4 2 3 1
(d) 4 3 2 1

Option D is correct, as per Page 590,591 & 592 of Lucent GK

Defense Related MCQs (16 Qs)

51.BrahMos is the name of :

  1. a short-range supersonic cruise missile
  2. an air defence gun
  3. a military satellite
  4. a multiple rocket launcher

It’s a supersonic cruise missle, as per my defense compilation, so answer is “A”.

55. Who functions as chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee ?

  1. Defence Minister
  2. The longest serving Chief among the Chiefs of the three services
  3. The Chief of Integrated Defence Staff
  4. The Chief of the Army Staff

Option B is correct as per Reference- Page 596 of Lucent GK. 5th paragraph last line.

58. All proposals for acquisition of weapon systems involving capital expenditure of more than Rs 1,000 crore require the approval of the :

  1. Defence Minister
  2. Prime Minister
  3. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs
  4. Cabinet Committee on Security

From PIB press release in 2012, the answer is “D” cabinet Committee in security.

59. Which one of the following statements is correct ?

  1. India is the largest importer of defence equipment in the world
  2. The United States of America was the second largest exporter of defence equipment to India in 2014
  3. Russia has stopped exporting defence equipment to India
  4. India meets not more than 25 per cent of its requirement of defence equipment through import

As per India today article in March 2015, option A is right. although if we consult multiple news sites then it becomes debatable question.

62. GRSE, BDL and MIDHANI are acronyms of:

  1. Defence Public Sector Undertakings
  2. Chemicals used for making rockets
  3. Ammunition used in tanks
  4. Communication satellites

Option A is correct. Reference: Page 238, 239,240 of IYB 2015 (India year book)
63. President’s Bodyguards is :

  1. a police force under the control of the President’s Secretariat
  2. a paramilitary force
  3. a unit of Delhi Police
  4. none of the above

According to IBN report in 2013, they’re recruited by Indian Army and placed under President’s Secretariat. So answer will be “D” none of above. (Because Indian army is not paramilitary)

66. Who is the Supreme Commander of the Indian Armed Forces?

  1. President
  2. Prime Minister
  3. Defence Minister
  4. Longest serving Chief of Staff

Option A is correct. Reference – Page 596 of Lucent GK.(second paragraph )

67. ‘Cheetah’ and `Chetak’ are the names of :

  1. Fighter aircrafts
  2. Helicopters
  3. Armoured vehicles
  4. Infantry regiments

Cheetahs and the Chetaks are sub-three-tonne, single-engine unarmed utility helicopters, as per The Hindu March 2015, so option “B”

102. Which one of the following is NOT a Central Paramilitary Force under the Ministry of Home Affairs ?

  1. Central Industrial Security Force
  2. Central Reserve Police Force
  3. Ladakh Scouts
  4. Border Security Force

Option C is correct, as per Page 597 of Lucent GK.

105. Which one of the following is under the control of the Ministry of Defence ?

  1. Indo-Tibetan Border Police
  2. Rashtriya Rifles
  3. National Security Guard
  4. Sashastra Seema Bal

Reference- http://mha.nic.in/armedforces. So a,c and d can be eliminated and Correct answer is B.

108. Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry is :

  1. A Central Paramilitary Force
  2. A force maintained by the state of Jammu and Kashmir
  3. A regiment of the Indian Army
  4. None of the above

Option C is correct a per Indian Army website

111. Who among the following resigned from his post in the year 2014 ?

  1. Chief of the Air Staff
  2. Chief of the Naval Staff
  3. Director General Coast Guard
  4. Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff

Hindu February 2014 report: India’s navy chief, Admiral D.K. Joshi resigned as chief of the Indian navy, owning “moral responsibility for the accidents and incidents during the past few months”. So, Option B is correct.

114. Who heads the Defence Acquisition Council ?

  1. Defence Minister
  2. Defence Secretary
  3. Chief of the Integrated Defence Staff
  4. Director General (Acquisition)

Defense Acquisition Council is chaired by Defence Minister says Hindu May 2015 so, Option A is correct.

117. The equivalent rank of Commodore of Indian Navy in the Indian Army is :

  1. Brigadier
  2. Lieutenant Colonel
  3. Colonel
  4. Major General

Option A is correct. Reference – Page 597 of Lucent GK and Page 229 of IYB 2015

120. INS Vikramaditya is the name of :

  1. an aircraft carrier
  2. a nuclear submarine
  3. a memorial for the sailors
  4. a naval hospital

As per Mrunal defense compilation, answer is “A”.

123. Which one of the following best describes the Andaman & Nicobar Island Command ?

  1. A cyber security command reforms
  2. A unified command comprising Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard
  3. A unified command comprising Navy and the Coast Guard
  4. One of the commands of the Indian Navy

As per http://ids.nic.in/webabhiids/brief.html

In the aftermath of the Kargil operations, the importance of unified operations under a central command was felt necessary to handle present day conflicts, more so in the A&N region. As a result of the Kargil Review Committee and on recommendations of Group of Ministers, the Andaman & Nicobar Command (ANC) was commissioned on 08 Oct 2001 as the first unified Command, comprising the Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

So the correct option is B