Prelims-IAS –POLITY MCQ Ans-44

1..The Chief Information Commissioner is appointed on the recommendation of a committee consisting of

  1. Prime Minister
  2. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
  3. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha
  4. Union Cabinet Minister nominated by Prime Minister
  5. Outgoing  Chief Information Commissioner

Select the correct given below.

(a) 1, 3 and 4 only
(b) 1, 2 and 4 only
(c) 3, 4 and 5 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 5 only
  • The Central Information Commission consists of a Chief Information Commissioner and not more than ten Information Commissioners.
  • They are appointed by the President on the recommendation of a committee consisting of the Prime Minister as Chairperson, the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha and a Union Cabinet Minister nominated by the Prime Minister.
  • ANS-B

2..Which of the following statements regarding National Commission of Scheduled Tribes are correct?

  1. It was created through 89th Amendment Act of 2003.
  2. It comes under the control of Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment.
  3. It has the power of a civil court in investing matters related to violation of rights of STs.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)  1, 2 and 3
(b)  1 and 3 only
(c)  2 and 3 only
(d)  1 and 2 only
  • In order to safeguard the interests of the STs more effectively, it was proposed to set up a separate National Commission for STs by bifurcating the existing combined National Commission for SCs and STs. 
  • This was done by passing the 89th Constitutional Amendment Act of 2003. 
  • This Act further amended Article 338 and inserted a new Article 338-A in the Constitution. The separate National Commission for STs came into existence in 2004.
    • It comes under the control of Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
    • The Commission, while investigating any matter or inquiring into any complaint, has all the powers of a civil court trying a suit.
    • ANS-B

3..Which of the following functions were performed by the Constituent Assembly of India?

  1. Drafting of the Constitution of India.
  2. Adopting National Song of India.
  3. Enactment of ordinary laws

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a)  1 only
(b)  1 and 2 only
(c)  2 and 3 only
(d)  1, 2 and 3
In addition to the making of the Constitution and enacting of ordinary laws, the Constituent Assembly also performed the following functions:

  • It ratified the India‘s membership of the Commonwealth in May 1949.
  • It adopted the National Flag on July 22, 1947.
  • It adopted the National Anthem on January 24, 1950.
  • It adopted the National Song on January 24, 1950.
  • It elected Dr Rajendra Prasad as the first President of India on January 24, 1950.
  • (7 Points to remember- read bold one)
  • ANS-D

4..Which of the following Schedules of the Constitution can be amended by a simple majority of the Parliament?

  1. Second Schedule
  2. Fourth Schedule
  3. Fifth Schedule
  4. Seventh Schedule

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 3 and 4 only
(d) 1 and 3 only


A number of provisions in the Constitution can be amended by a simple majority of the two Houses of Parliament outside the scope of Article 368. These provisions include:

  Admission or establishment of new states.
  Formation of new states and alteration of areas, boundaries or names of existing states.
  Abolition or creation of legislative councils in states.
  Second Schedule-emoluments, allowances, privileges and so on of the president, the governors, the Speakers, judges, etc.
  Quorum in Parliament.
  Salaries and allowances of the members of Parliament.
  Rules of procedure in Parliament.
  Privileges of the Parliament, its members and its committees.
  Use of English language in Parliament.
  Number of puisne judges in the Supreme Court.
  Conferment of more jurisdiction on the Supreme Court.
  Use of official language.
  Citizenship-acquisition and termination.
  Elections to Parliament and state legislatures.
  Delimitation of constituencies.
  Union territories.
  Fifth Schedule-administration of scheduled areas and scheduled tribes.
  Sixth Schedule-administration of tribal areas.
  • ANS-D

5..Which among the following have been described as Conscience of the Constitution?

(a)  Preamble and Fundamental Duties
(b)  Preamble and Directive Principles of State Policy
(c)  Fundamental Rights and Fundamental Duties
(d)  Fundamental Rights and Directive Principles of State Policy
  • The Directive Principles along with the Fundamental Rights contain the philosophy of the Constitution and is the soul of the Constitution.
  • Granville Austin has described the Directive Principles and the Fundamental Rights as the ‘Conscience of the Constitution‘.
  • ANS-D

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