SSC CGL GENERAL AWARENESS Pointers
                                                          l  Increase in altitude, it decreases the atmo-
           SSC CPO Sub-Inspector                             spheric pressure.
        Exam Held on: 05.09.2004                          l  The term ‘equinox’ means, when the day and
                                                             night are of equal duration
Ancient History
                                                          l  Isobars are lines joining places having equal
   l  The title ‘Indian Napoleon’ is attached to Sam-        pressure
      ud-ragupta
                                                       General Geography
                      Success Tip
 Samudragupta (335 – 380 CE) was the fourth ruler         l  D.D.T is ozone depleting pesticide
 of the Gupta Empire and the son and successor                                Success Tip
 of Chandragupta I.                                     Dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) is a
   l  Euclid is known as the ‘Father of Geometry’.      colourless, crystalline, tasteless, and almost
                                                        odourless organochlorine known for itsinsec-
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                                                        ticidal properties and environmental impacts.
 Euclid of Megara was a Greek Socratic philosopher
 who founded the Megarian school of philosophy.           l  Energy crisis is a consequence of Excessive use
                                                             of non-renewable source of energy
   l  The Gandhara Art flourished during the period       l  Orissa produces the maximum manganese in
      of Kushans                                             India
   l  The ancient Indian town “Ujjaini” was home to       l  Waterloo is located in Belgium
      the three scholar sages Kapila, Gargi and Mai-
                                                          l  Mount Everest is named after a Surveyor Gen-
      treya
                                                             eral of India.
Medieval History                                             Success Tip: Sir George Everest
   l  The battle that led to the foundation of Muslim     l  Kharif corps are sown in the beginning of the
      power in India was the second battle of Tarain         south west monsoon
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 Battle of Tarain was faught between a Ghurid force     The kharif cropping season is from July –October
 led by Mu’izz al-Din and a Chauhan Rajput army led     during the south-west monsoon
 by Prithviraj Chauhan.
                                                          l  Coal is a non-renewable source of energy
Modern History                                         Polity and Constitution
   l  Vir Savarkar was the National Leader who wrote      l  238 is the maximum number of the elected mem-
      History of India on the walls of the Andaman           ber of Rajya Sabha
      Cellular Jail.
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                                                        The President can appoint 12 members for their con-
 He was associated with the India House and             tributions to art, literature, science, and social ser-
 founded student societies including Abhinav Bhar-      vices.
 at Society and the Free India Society.
                                                          l  The President of India constitutes the Finance
   l  The ‘Doctrine of Lapse’ was first applied to the
                                                             Commission after every five year
      princely state of Satara.
                                                          l  The joint session of the two Houses of Parlia-
                      Success Tip                            ment is convened in two cases
 The doctrine of lapse was an annexation policy              (a) When a bill passed by one House is reject-
 purportedly devised by Lord Dalhousie, who was the          ed by the other house
 Governor General of India between 1848 and 1856.
                                                             (b) Taxes approved by one House, are reject-
Physical Geography                                           ed by the other House
   l  A place where there is constant intermingling of    l  An ordinary bill passed by the State Assembly
      salt water and fresh water is called Estuary           can be delayed by the Legislative Council for a
   l  Mushroom Rocks are the typical land forms seen         maximum period of 3 month
      in Deserts                                          l  The President’s rule is imposed on a state in In-
   l  Equatorial regions experience hot and humid            dia, when there is a constitutional break down
      climate                                             l  Rajasthan was the first state to adopt ‘Panc-
   l  When the barometer reading dips suddenly. It is        hayati Raj’
      an indication of Storm                              l  Indian Parliament can rename or redefine the
   l  Tree felling is an important cause for global          boundary of a state by a simple majority
      warming
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