UPSC - General awareness questions on current affairs

1)   Who has been appointed as the new UPSC chairman?

a. Professor. David R. Syiemlieh
b. Alka Sirohi
c. Rose Bathew Kharbuli
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Professor. David R. Syiemlieh

President Pranab Mukherjee on Jan 2nd 2016 appointed Professor David R. Syiemlieh as the Chairman of the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

Syiemlieh is from Meghalaya and was a UPSC member. The 63-year-old Syiemlieh will assume charge on January 4 and retire on January 21, 2018.

As per reports, Syiemlieh was functioning as a UPSC member from June 25, 2012.

Syiemlieh follows Alka Sirohi, a retired IAS officer of the Madhya Pradesh cadre.

63-year-old is the second person from Meghalaya to be appointed to the coveted post.

Rose Bathew Kharbuli from Meghalaya was the first woman chairperson of the Commission in the 1980s.

Prof. David Syiemlieh, was also was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, North-Eastern Hill University and Vice-Chancellor of the Rajiv Gandhi University, Itanagar.

He is a graduate from Edmund's College in Shillong and a PHD from NEHU. He is currently the vice chancellor of NEHU and Rajiv Gandhi University at Doimukh in AP.

He received the Charles Wallace Grant for research in UK. He is also a Fullbright senior fellow and an author of several books.

2)   Transgender or third gender may soon be introduced as a new category in application forms of which government body?

b. PCS
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 


Transgender or third gender may soon be introduced as a new category in UPSC application forms. Delhi HC has directed the state to take necessary steps to expeditiously modify riles regarding prestigious civil services examinations to incorporate transgender or third gender in exam application forms.

  • In regard to the landmark judgement passed by the SC court on April 15, 2014 granting legal recognition to transgenders or eunuchs as a third category of gender, according to the bench asked to take urgent steps in this regard with the Centre
  • ASG has told the bench regarding this, as an application seeking clarification that an April 2014 judgement was related only to transgenders and did to include bisexual, gay or lesbians was disposed in June 2016 by apex court which had held that lesbians, gays and bisexuals were not a third gender

3)   Central Government has approved the formation of a new service. What is its name?

a. Indian Development Service
b. Indian Sustainable Development Service
c. Indian Skill Development Service
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indian Skill Development Service

Central Government has approved the formation of Indian Skill Development Service. This service will be notified following consultation with UPSC and other government organisations. The service’s formation was also discussed in the Indian Parliament.

4)   Name the aspirant who topped the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) examination declared on 4th July 2015?

a. Renu Raj
b. Nidhi Gupta
c. Ira Singhal
d. Iravati Mittal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ira Singhal

Ira Singhal belonged to Delhi while second and third places were secured by Renu Raj (Kerala) and Nidhi Gupta (Delhi).