Q. Consider the following statements regarding appointment of council of ministers:
1.The council of ministers are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.
2.A person who is not a member of either House of Parliament can also be appointed as a minister.
Which of the statements given above is/are NOT correct?

[A] 1 only

[B] 2 only

[C] Both 1 and 2

[D] Neither 1 nor 2

Answer: D
Notes:

Explanation: The Prime Minister is appointed by the President, while the other ministers are appointed by the President on the advice of the Prime Minister.

  • This means that the President can appoint only those persons as ministers who are recommended by the Prime minister.
  • Usually, the members of Parliament, either Lok Sabha or Rajya Sabha, are appointed as ministers.
  • A person who is not a member of either House of Parliament can also be appointed as a minister.
  • But, within six months, he must become a member (either by election or by nomination) of either House of Parliament; otherwise, he ceases to be a minister.
  • A minister who is a member of one House of Parliament has the right to speak and to take part in the proceedings of the other House also, but he can vote only in the House of which he is a member.

Source: Laxmikanth Polity