Solved question paper: APSC Assistant Engineer 2020 under PHE Department, Assam

Solved Question Paper of PHE, Assam, Assistant Engineer. Written Examination held on 18.10.2020, conducted by APSC. Paper Series C.



1. The Leaning Temple of Hume dedicated Which Hindu God?

(A) Shiva

(B) Rama

(C) Krishna

(D) Hanuman

2. The image of Nataraja (the Lord of dance) is a super masterpiece of the period of

(A) Cholas

(B) Pandya

(C) Hoysalas

(D) Chalukyas

3. Which of the following is a mixture of Rajasthani and Mughal paintings?

(A) Kangra painting

(B) Pahari painting

(C) Madhubani painting

(D) Basohli painting

4. Which of the following is known as “Ballet of East”?

(A) Kathak

(B) Mohiniyattam

(C) Kathakali

(D) Bharatanatyam

5. Which of the following is called the festival of festivals?

(A) Vijaya Dasara of Mysore

(B) Shri Krishna Janmashtami of Mathura

(C) Hornbill festival of Nagaland

(D) Navaratri festival of Gujarat

6. To which gharana of Indian classical music did Bade Ghulam Ali Khan belong?

(A) Kirana

(B) Patiala

(C) Gwalior

(D) Agra

7.  Which legendary singer and actor was originally a typewriter salesman?

(A) K. L. Saigal

(B) Mukesh

(C) Kishore Kumar

(D) Talat Mahmood

8. In the Ramayana, where did Bharata worship the ‘khadau’ or sandals of Rama?

(A) Nandigram

(B) Ekchakra

(C) Chitrakoot

(D) Panchavati

9. Kalhana’s Rajatarangini chronicles the history of which place in India?

(A) Mewar

(B) Kashmir

(C) Bengal

(D) Awadh

10. Which poet was awarded the Jnanpith Award in 1969 for his work Gul-e-Naghma?

(A) Sahir Ludhianvi

(B) Jigar Moradabadi

(C) Firaq Gorakhpuri

(D) Asad Bhopali

11. Which of the following awards was designed by Eva Savitri Bai Khanolkar?

(A) Param Vir Chakra

(B) Jnanpith Award

(C) Bharat Ratna

(D) Miss India Crown

12. Which branch of Ayurveda deals with mental disorders?

(A) Kaayachikitsa

(B) Bhutavidya

(C) Vajikarana

(D) Rasayana

13. Which musical instrument was known as ‘Shatha Tantri Veena’ in Sanskrit?

(A) Sarod

(B) Sitar

(C) Rudra Veena

(D) Santoor

14. The world famous Peacock Throne was kept in which of the following Mughal buildings?

(A) The Diwan-i-Khas at Fatehpur Sikri

(B) Agra Fort

(C) The Rangmahal at the Red Fort in Delhi

(D) The Diwan-i-Khas The Red Fort in Delhi

15. Which Mughal emperor was deported by the British?

(A) Bahadur Shah III

(B) Bahadur Shah I

(C) Bahadur Shah Zafar

(D) Ahmad Shah Bahadur

16. Who among the following Europeans was first to come to India to establish trade relation with their country?

(A) Dutch

(B) Portuguese

(C) British

(D) French

17. Who among the fallowing rulers established embassies in foreign countries on modern lines?

(A) Haider Ali

(B) Mir Qasim

(C) Shah Alam

(D) Tipu Sultan

18. Which Sultan of Delhi founded and built the Fort of Siri?

(A) Iltutmish

(B) Balban

(C) Ala-ud-din Khili

(D) Ghiyas-ud-din Tughluq

19. Who was the first ruler of the Slave dynasty?

(A) Qutb-ud-din Aibak

(B) Iltutmish

(C) Sultan Mahmud II

(D) Balban

20. Which new department was started by Muhammad bin Tughluq for the development of agriculture?

(A) Diwan-i-Risalat

(B) Diwan-i-Ashraf

(C) Diwan-i-Kohi

(D) Diwan-i-Mustakharaj

21. Who among the following witnessed the reign of seven Sultans of Delhi?

(A) Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti

(B) Shams Siraj Afif

(C) Amir Khusrow

(D) None of them

22. The first Principal of Cotton College was

(A) Henry Cotton

(B) Frederick William Sudmersen  

(C) Manik Chandra Barua

(D) Hiranya Bhuyan

23. Who wrote the Harshacharita

(A) Harshavardhana

(B) Kautilya

(C) Banabhatta

(D) Ibn Battuta

24. The Assamese poet known as “Sewali Kavi” is

(A) Devakanta Barua

(B) Ananda Chandra Barua

(C) Ratnakanta Barkakati

(D) Sailadhar Rajkhowa

25. Who wrote the book, Assamese, Its Formation and Development?

(A) Lambodar Bora

(B) Dr. Banikanta Kakati

(C) Dr. Surya Kumar Bhuyan

(D) Birinchi Kumar Barua

26. Who is considered to be the greatest poet of the Ahom period?

(A) Mankar

(B) Chandidas

(C) Kaviraj Chakravarty

(D) None of them

27. The last independent Ahom king was

(A) Chandrakanta Singha

(B) Kamleswar Singha

(C) Jogeswar Singha

(D) Purandar Singha

28. Who among the following claimed wicket with his first delivery?

(A) Chetan Sharma

(B) Shahid Afridi

(C) Nilesh Kulkarni

(D) Anil Kumble

29. Which Indian umpire took more than 100 Test wickets as a bowler?

(A) Ram Babu Gupta

(B) Swaroop Kishen

(C) S. Venkataraghavan

(D) Piloo Reporter

30. The Norwegian Nobel Committee on October, 2018 awarded the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize to

(A) Denis Mukwege and Nadia Murad

(B) Abiy Ahmed Ali and Juan Manuel Santos

(C) Mohammad Javad Zarif and Federica Mogherini

(D) Ali Akbar Salehi and Ernest Moniz

31. In a row of boys, Akash is fifth from the left and Nikhil is eleventh from the right. If Akash is twenty-fifth from the right, then how many boys are there between Akash and Nikhil?

(A) 14

(B) 13

(C) 15

(D) 12

32. Select the pair which has the same relationship as the given pair:

Pain : Sedative

(A) Comfort : Stimulant

(B) Grief : Consolation

(C) Trance Narcotics

(D) Ache : Extraction

33. Which number will come next in the given series?

6, 12, 20, 30,  ?

(A) 40

(B) 42

(C) 48

(D) 52

34. The average salary of skilled Employees in a firm is 500 and that of the unskilled employees is 420. If the average salary of both the groups of employees is 500, then the percentage of skilled employees in the firm is

(A) 20

(B) 50

(C) 70

(D) 80

35. Internet service in India was started by VSNL on

(A) 15th August, 1995

(B) 15th August, 1992

(C) 15th August, 1997

(D) 26th January, 1995

36. Who is called the father of Indian Archaeology?

(A) S Alexander Cunningham

(B) Daya Ram Sahni

(C) Sir John Marshall

(D) S. R. Rao

37. If two numbers are respectively 28% and 78% of a third number, what percentage is the first number of the second number?

(A) 15%

(B) 30%

(C) 35%

(D) 40%

38. If one-third of one-fourth of a number is 15, then three-tenth of the number is

(A) 35

(B) 36

(C) 45

(D) 54

39. Optimist is to cheerful as pessimist is to

(A) gloomy

(B) mean

(C) petty

(D) helpful

40. The biggest island of the Indian Ocean is

(A) Maldives

(B) Madagascar

(C) Lakshadweep

(D) Sumatra

41. Which one of the following is the busiest ocean trade route?

(A) Cape of Good Hope

(B) Panama Canal

(C) Suez Canal

(D) North Atlantic

42. Where is ‘Ras Tanura’ oil refinery located?

(A) Iran


(C) Saudi Arabia

(D) Iraq

43. Which one of the following natural hazards is responsible for causing highest human disaster?

(A) Earthquake

(B) Snowstorm

(C) Volcanic eruption

(D) Tsunami

44. Duncan Passage is located between

(A) South and Little Andaman

(B) Little and Great Nicobar

(C) North and Middle Andaman

(D) Middle and South Andaman

45. In which part of the eye, are blind spot and yellow spot found?

(A) Cornea

(B) Lens

(C) Iris

(D) Retina

46. Who among the following was regarded by Mahatma Gandhi as his Political Guru?

(A) Dadabhai Naoroji

(B) Bal Gangadhar Tilak

(C) Pherozeshah Mehta

(D) Gopal Krishna Gokhale

47. The Coriolis effect’ is produced by

(A) pressure gradient

(B) earth’s revolution

(C) earth’s rotation

(D) earth’s rotation and revolution

48. On which planet would one witness sunrise in the west?

(A) Jupiter

(B) Venus

(C) Saturn

(D) Mercury

49. The leading producer of gold in the world is

(A) Australia

(B) China

(C) South Africa


50. The terms longitude and latitude were first used by

(A) Herodotus

(B) Eratosthenes

(C) Posidonius

(D) Ptolemy

51. Which one among the following is the largest inland in area?

(A) Borneo

(B) Great Britain

(C) Madagascar

(D) Sumatra


52, In megacities of India, the dominant source of air pollution is

(A) transport sector

(B) thermal power

(C) municipal waste

(D) commercial sector


53. The largest proven crude oil reserve of the world lies in

(A) Venezuela

(B) Saudi Arabia

(C) Ghana

(D) Iraq


54. The first oil refinery in Assam was established at Digboi in

(A) 1899

(B) 1626

(C) 1901

(D) 1947


55. Which one of the following in not an oil field?

(A) Ledo

(B) Naharkatia

(C) Moran

(D) Geleki


56. The biggest tributary of the Brahmaputra is

(A) Dhansiri

(B) Kopili

(C) Subansiri

(D) Burhi Dihing


57. Which of the following does not come under GST?

(A) Fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG)

(B) Insurance service

(C) Alcohol for human consumption

(D) Packaged food items


58. Which among the following States did record the formation of maximum coalition governments in between 1967-1971?

(A) Uttar Pradesh

(B) Haryana

(C) Bihar

(D) Punjab


59. Who among the following, appointed by the Governor, can be removed by the President of India?

(A) The Chief Minister of a State

(B) A member of the State Service Commission

(C) The Advocate General

(D) The Vice-Chancellor of a State University


60. The provision regarding Panchayats and Municipalities was made in the Indian Constitution in which year?

(A) 1991

(B) 1993

(C) 1995

(D) 2000


61. How many seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes in the Lok Sabha?

(A) 59

(B) 69

(C) 79

(D) 84


62. The system of Panchayati Raj included in the

(A) Union List

(B) State List

(C) Concurrent List

(D) Residuary List


63. Which among the following Union Territories has a Judicial Commissioner?

(A) Pondicherry

(B) Andaman and Nicobar Islands

(C) Dorman nd Da

(D) Lakshadweep


64. Which one of the following High Courts has the territorial jurisdiction over Andaman and Nicobar Islands?

(A) Andhra Pradesh

(B) Calcutta

(C) Madras

(D) Orissa


65. Which Article of the Indian Constitution empowers the Parliament to legislate on a subject of the State List?

(A) Article 115

(B) Article 116

(C) Article 226

(D) Article 249


66. Which Article of the Indian Constitution empowers the President to consult the Supreme Court?

(A) Article 129

(B) Article 132

(C) Article 143

(D) Article 32


67. A non-member, who can participate in the proceedings of either House of the Parliament?

(A) The Vice President

(B) The Chief Justice

(C) The Attorney General

(D) The Chief Election Commissioner


68. The form of oath of office for a minister for the Union of India is enshrined in the

(A) First Schedule of the Constitution

(B) Second Schedule of the Constitution

(C) Third Schedule of the Constitution

(D) Fourth Schedule of the Constitution


69. The term ‘secular’ was added in the Preamble to the Indian Constitution by

(A) 41st Amendment

(B) 42nd Amendment

(C) 43rd Amendment

(D) 45th Amendment


70. A High Court Judge addresses his letter of resignation to

(A) the President

(B) the Chief Justice of India

(C) the Chief Justice of the High Court

(D) the Governor of the State


71. Which one of the following States has granted Sanskrit language the status of the second official language of the State?

(A) Bihar

(B) Chhattisgarh

(C) Uttar Pradesh

(D) Uttarakhand


72. The existence of a parallel economy or black money

(A) makes the economy more competitive

(B) makes the monetary policies less effective

(C) ensures a better distribution of income and wealth

(D) ensures increasing productive investment


73. Watch sector of the Indian economy contributes largest to the GDP?

(A) Primary sector

(B) Secondary sector

(C) Tertiary sector

(D) Public sector


74. Who decides the rate of interest on savings bank deposits?

(A) The Ministry of Finance

(B) The Indian Bank Association

(C) The Reserve Bank of lin

(D) Individual banks


75. Which of the following taxes is levied by the Union and collected and appropriated by the States?

(A) Stamp duty

(B) Passenger and Goods tax

(C) Estate duty

(D) Tax on newspaper


76. Money laundering normally involves

(A) placement of funds

(B) layering of funds

(C) integration of funds

(D) All of the above


77. Who wrote the famous drama, “Nil Darpan” which depicted the agony of the indigo cultivators and brutality of the planters?

(A) Harish Chandra Mukherjee

(B) Dinabandhu Mitra

(C) Sisir Kumar Ghosh

(D) Ramgopal Ghosh


78. The concept of economic planning in India is derived from which country?


(B) UK

(C) Russia

(D) France


79. The Indian economy is characterized by

(A) predominance of agriculture

(B) low per capita income

(C) massive unemployment

(D) All of the above


80. How much percentage of a bank’s deposits does bank hold as cash?

(A) 15%

(B) 20%

(C) 10%

(D) 12%


81. MODVAT is related to

(A) excise duty

(B) value-added tax VAT

(C) wealth tax

(D) income tax


82. The value of money varies

(A) directly with the interest rate

(B) directly with the price level

(C) directly with the volume of employment

(D) inversely with the price level


83. Gandhiji’s Champaran Movement was for

(A) the security of the rights of Harijans

(B) Civil Disobedience Movement

(C) maintaining of unity of Hindu society

(D) solving the problems of indigo workers


84. In which of the following jails was the book, “The Discovery of India” written by Jawaharlal Nehru?

(A) Ahmednagar Jail

(B) Alipore Central Jail

(C) Yerwada Jail

(D) Deoli Camp Jail


85. Which of the following parties did not support Quit India Movement?

(A) The Hindu Mahasabha

(B) The Communist Party of India

(C) The Unionist Party of Punjab

(D) All of the above


86. Which one of the following books is associated with the rise of National Movement in India?

(A) Gitanjali

(B) Anandamath

(C) Satyarth Prakash

(D) Geeta Rahasya

87. Commercial messages on the net are identified as

(A) Net ads

(B) Internet commercials

(C) Webmercials

(D) Viralmercials


88. Which of the following represents billion characters?

(A) Terabyte

(B) Megabyte

(C) Kilobyte

(D) Gigabyte


89. Which was the first company to launch mobile phone services in India?

(A) Essar


(C) Hutchison

(D) Airtel


90. Arihant is a/an

(A) multi barrel rocket launcher

(B) airborne early warning and control system

(C) unmanned combat aerial vehicle

(D) nuclear powered ballistic missile submarine


91. What is the source of electrical energy in an artificial satellite?

(A) Solar cell

(B) Mini nuclear reactor

(C) Dynamo

(D) Thermopile


92. Which one of the following. when dissolved in water, gives hissing sound?

(A) Limestone

(B) Slaked lime

(C) Soda lime

(D) Quicklime


93. Accumulation of which one of the following in the muscles leads to fatigue?

(A) Lactic acid

(B) Benzoic acid

(C) Pyruvic acid

(D) Uric acid


94. Who among the following gave the term ‘nanotechnology’ and when?

(A) Richard Feynman, 1959

(B) Norio Taniguchi, 1974

(C) Eric Drexler, 1986

(D) Sumiolima, 1991


95. Which of the following is not an operating system?


(B) Linux

(C) Sun Solaris

(D) Firefox


96. Which one of the following is used as an anti-freeze for the automobile engines?

(A) Propyl alcohol

(B) Ethanol

(C) Methanol

(D) Ethylene glycol


97. ‘Athlete’s foot’ is a disease caused by

(A) bacteria

(B) fungus

(C) protozoan

(D) nematode


98. A person is unable to read a newspaper without his glasses. He is most probably suffering from

(A) myopia

(B) presbyopia

(C) astigmatism

(D) Hypermetropia


99. Which one of the following types of natural disaster has no definite beginning and end?

(A) Earthquake

(B) Landslide

(C) Hurricane

(D) Drought


100. The sun is seen before the actual sunrise because of

(A) reflection

(B) refraction

(C) scattering of light

(D) rectilinear propagation of light


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