The Centre-State Relation – Old Year Questions

1. The Centre-State relations in India are influenced by:

1. Provisions of the Constitution
2. The Planning process
3. Conflict of Political interests
4. The dominance of desire to dictate

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2, 3 and 4
(c) 2, 4 and 5
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2002]


2. The financial relations between the Union Government and States have been discussed under –

(a) Article 168 to 171
(b) Article 268 to 281
(c) Article 278 to 291
(d) Article 289 to 295

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2014]


3. Under which Article of the Constitution of India, Taxes are levied and collected by the centre but distributed between the centre and the States?

(a) Article 268
(b) Article 269
(c) Article 270
(d) Article 271

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


4. Centre-State relations in India are dependent upon –

1. Constitutional provisions
2. Conventions and practices
3. Judicial interpretations
4. Mechanisms for dialogue

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

Code :
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 1, 2 and 3
(c) 2, 3 and 4
(d) All the four

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2009]


5. A Federal policy involves –

1. Relations between Union & State
2. Relations among States
3. Mechanism for cooperation
4. Mechanism for solving disputes

Select your correct answer from the code given below:

Code :
(a) 1, 2, 3 and 4
(b) Only 1, 2 and 3
(c) Only 1, 2 and 4
(d) Only 2, 3 and 4

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2010]


6. Indian Constitution presents three lists for the distribution of power between centre and states. Which two Articles regulate that distribution?

(a) Article 4 and 5
(b) Article 56 and 57
(c) Article 141 and 142
(d) Article 245 and 246

[U.P.U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2001]


7. Article 249 of the Indian Constitution deals with

(a) Emergency Power of the President
(b) Dissolution of the Lok Sabha
(c) Administrative Power of the Parliament
(d) Legislative Powers of the Parliament with respect to subjects in the State List

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2009]


8. A resolution passed under clause (1) of Article 249 shall remain in force for a period not  exceeding

(a) One month
(b) Three months
(c) Six months
(d) One year

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


9. Subjects on which centre and state both can make law are mentioned in which of the following Lists?

(a) Union list
(b) State list
(c) Concurrent list
(d) Residual list

[U.P.U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2006]


10. Relation of Centre-State lies in which of the following Schedules –

(a) 7th
(b) 8th
(c) 6th
(d) 9th

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1993]


11. In which part of the Indian Constitution, legislative relations between Centre and States are given?

(a) Part X
(b) Part XI
(c) Part XII
(d) Part XIII

[U.P.P.C.S. (Spl) (Mains) 2004, U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Pre) 2014]


12. Which Part of the Constitution of India describes the financial relations between Centre and States?

(a) Part X
(b) Part XI
(c) Part XII
(d) Part XIII

[U.P. B.E.O. (Pre) 2019]


13. Who is vested with the residuary powers in Indian Constitutions?

(a) President
(b) State
(c) Central Cabinet
(d) Parliament

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1991]


14. The Indian Constitution vests the residuary powers with:

(a) The Union Government
(b) The State Governments
(c) Both the Union as well as State Governments
(d) Neither the Union nor the State Governments

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1995]


15. Consider the following statements – In India, stamp duty on financial goods deals are –

1. imposed and collected by state government
2. regulated by the union government

Which of the following is/are correct?

(a) only 1
(b) only 2
(c) both 1 and 2
(d) none of these

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2003]


16. In which respect have the centre-state relations been specifically termed as municipal relation –

(a) Centre’s control of the state in the legislative sphere.
(b) Centre’s control of the state in fi nancial matters.
(c) Centre’s control of the state in the administrative sector.
(d) Centre’s control of the state in the planning process.

[I.A.S. (Pre) 1994]


17. Which one of the following Articles of Indian Constitution provides that ‘it shall be the duty of the Union to protect every State against external aggression and internal disturbance?

(a) Article 215
(b) Article 275
(c) Article 325
(d) Article 355

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2003]


18. Which of the following is/are extra-constitutional and extra-legal device(s) for securing cooperation and coordination between the States in India?

1. The National Development Council
2. The Governor’s Conference
3. Zonal Councils
4. Inter-State Council

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

[I.A.S. (Pre) 1995]


19. Which of the following institutes are considered necessary to promote ‘Unity among diversity’ in the Indian Federalism?

(a) Inter-State Councils & National Development Council
(b) Finance Commission & Regional Council
(c) Unitary Judicial System & All India Services
(d) All of the above

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


20. When was the Jharkhand Area Autonomous Council formed?

(a) 8 August, 1993
(b) 8 August, 1994
(c) 8 August, 1995
(d) 8 August, 1996

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2011]


21. Which Article among the following says that Indian Constitution provisions about interstate relation?

(a) Article 262
(b) Article 263
(c) Article 264
(d) Article 265

[U.P. Lower Sub. (Pre) 2009]


22. What is the source of Inter-State councils?

(a) Constitution
(b) Parliamentary laws
(c) Recommendation of Planning Commission
(d) Approved Resolution by CM

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2000]


23. On the recommendation of which Commission/ Committee, the Inter-state Council was set up in India?

(a) Punchhi Commission
(b) Rajamannar Committee
(c) Kothari Committee
(d) Sarkaria Commission

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2021]


24. Which one of the following is not a feature of a zonal council?

(a) It is a constitutional body
(b) Five Zonal Councils have set up under the State Reorganisation Act, 1956
(c) Chandigarh although not a state, is included in Zonal Council
(d) It is an Advisory body

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2017]


25. Which of the following is not matched properly?

(a) Union Parliament’s power of adjudication in InterState water dispute – Article 262 of the Constitution
(b) Inter-State Water Dispute Act, 1956
(c) River Boards Act, 1970
(d) National Water Policy,1987

[U.P.P.C.S. (Spl) (Mains) 2004]


26. The regional councils are constituted by–

(a) Constitution
(b) Parliamentary Laws
(c) Resolution of Government
(d) National Development Council

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2000]


27. With reference to the regional councils in India, which of the following statements is/are correct?

1. The councils act as ‘Sub-Federal Links’ of Indian Federal System.
2. The councils pave the way for co-operation and integration among the states in Indian federal system.

Select the correct answer from the code given below :

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

[Chhattisgarh P.C.S. (Pre) 2019]


28. Who among the following is empowered to establish the Inter-State council?

(a) Parliament
(b) President
(c) Speaker of Lok Sabha
(d) Prime Minister

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2017]


29. Given below are two statements, one labelled as Assertion (A) and other labelled as Reason (R) .

Assertion (A) : There has been a growing demand for a review of Centre-State relationship.
Reason (R) : The States have no adequate resources to take up developmental projects.

In the light of above two statements, which one of the following is correct?

Code :
(a) Both (A) and (R) are individually true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(b) Both (A) and (R) are individually true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A).
(c) (A) is true, but (R) is false.
(d) (A) is false, but (R) is true.

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2007]


30. Which of the Constitutional Provision lays down that taxes can neither be levied nor collected without the authority of law?

(a) Article 265
(b) Article 266
(c) Article 300
(d) Article 368

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2007]


31. Sarkaria Commission was set up to review –

(a) The relations between the President and the Prime Minister
(b) The relations between the Legislature and the Executive
(c) The relations between the Executive and the Judiciary
(d) The relations between the Union and the States

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2006, U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2008]


32. In which one of the following years was Sarkaria Commission, which was empowered to recommend changes in Centre-State relations submitted its report?

(a) 1983
(b) 1984
(c) 1985
(d) 1987
(e) None of the above/More than one of the above

[B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2018]


33. The Sarkaria Commission was set-up for the review of relation between –

(a) The Prime Minister and President
(b) The Legislative and the Executive
(c) The Centre and the States
(d) The Executive and the Judiciary

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


34. Who among the following as a member of Sarkaria Commission?

(a) V. Shankar
(b) K. Hanumanthaiah
(c) Dr. S.R. Sen
(d) O. V. Alagesan

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2017]


35. Given below are two statements one is labelled as Assertion (A) and the other is labelled as Reason (R).

Assertion (A) : Sarkaria Commission recommended that Article 356 should be sparingly used.
Reason (R) : The political parties that came to form the Government at the Centre misused Article 356.

Code :
(a) (R) is true, but (A) is false.
(b) Both (A) and (R) are true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A).
(c) Both (A) and (R) are true and (R) is the correct explanation of (A).
(d) (A) is true, but (R) is false.

[R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre) (Re. Exam.) 2013]


36. Which Commission advocated the establishment of a Permanent Inter-State Council, called ‘InterGovernmental Council?

(a) Punchhi Commission
(b) Sarkaria Commission
(c) Radhakrishnan Commission
(d) Moily Commission

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2013]


37. Which one of the following is not related to Union-State relations in India?

(a) Sarkaria Commission
(b) Rajamannar Committee
(c) Indrajit Gupta Committee
(d) Punchhi Commission

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2015]


38. Is a State of the Indian Union empowered under the Constitution to take foreign loans directly?

(a) Yes
(b) No
(c) Yes, but from international organizations only
(d) Yes, but only with the permission of the Reserve Bank of India

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2012]


39. Agriculture Income Tax is assigned to the State Government by-

(a) The Finance Commission
(b) The National Development Council
(c) The Inter-State Council
(d) The Constitution of India

[I.A.S. (Pre) 1995]


40. Which one of the following taxes is imposed and charged by the Union, but is divided into Union and the States?

(a) Corporation Tax
(b) Taxes on items except for agriculture income
(c) Taxes on railway fares and freights
(d) Custom

[U.P. U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2006]


41. Under constitutional provision of tax assignment in India, which of the following is a tax exclusively imposed and collected by the states?

(a) Income Tax
(b) Land Revenue
(c) Corporation Tax
(d) GST

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2021]