General Awareness Test (Feb - 15) - Set 2

1)   The first bi-monthly monetary policy statement for fiscal year 2015-16 was released in which month?

a. March
b. May
c. April
d. August
Answer  Explanation 


The first bi-monthly monetary policy statement for fiscal year 2015-16 was released on 7th April, 2015.

2)   Name the head of the committee constituted by the Reserve Bank of India on 3 February 2015 to evaluate applications received for the proposed small finance banks?

a. R Gandhi
b. Usha Thorat
c. Dr. Nachiket Mor
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Usha Thorat

She is a former Deputy Governor of RBI.

3)   Name the head of the committee constituted by the Reserve Bank of India on 3rd Feb’15 to evaluate applications received for payment banks?

a. Dr. Nachiket Mor
b. Dr. Urjit Patel
c. S Mundra
d. Raghuram Rajan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. Nachiket Mor

He is a Director of Central Board, RBI.

4)   What is the new Eligibility limit for Foreign Exchange Remittances under Liberalized Remittance Scheme announced by the RBI on 3rd Feb’15?

a. $2,00,000
b. $1,25,000
c. $3,00,000
d. $2,50,000
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: $2,50,000

Earlier the limit was $1,25,000 per year per person. Now it has increased to $2,50,000.

5)   Name the first country to Introduce Law for the Creation of Baby from Two Women and One Man?

a. China
b. United Kingdom
c. France
d. Russia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: United Kingdom

This process will reduce genetic diseases from mother to Child. This proposal was accepted by 382 MPs and 128 MPs were against this.

6)   Cash on Delivery (COD) scheme has been launched by IRCTC for the purpose of ______.

a. Booking of Waiting Room Tickets
b. Booking of Tatqal Quota Tickets
c. Booking of Train Tickets
d. Booking of IRCTC Food
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Booking of Train Tickets

This facility is available in more than 200 cities. Main aim is to make the bookings faster. New Website launched for this purpose is

7)   As per the Hurun Global Rich List of billionaire released on 3rd Feb’15, which country has maximum billionaires in the year 2014?

a. India
b. China
c. Switzerland
d. United States
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: United States

The United States led this list with as many as 537 billionaires. US was followed by China with 430 billionaires. India was third in the list with 97 billionaires.

8)   Which state government has decided to provide free education to Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and girl students till Post Graduation level in the state?

a. Bihar
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Kerala
d. Assam
Answer  Explanation 


The government would reimburse the financial loss to such universities/colleges after gathering the actual information about it. This will cost the state exchequer Rs 29 crore annually.

9)   Who has been appointed as the new Home Secretary on 4th February 2015?

a. Anil Goswami
b. S.P. Goel
c. Matang Singh
d. L.C. Goyal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: L.C. Goyal

He is a 1979-batch IAS officer of the Kerala cadre. Before this appointment, he was the Rural Development Secretary. He succeeded Anil Goswami.

10)   Which country executed two Al-Qaeda prisoners after Islamic State group militants released a video showing a captured Jordanian pilot being burned alive in a cage?

a. Pakistan
b. Afghanistan
c. Jordan
d. France
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jordan

The two prisoners executed by hanging early on 4th Feb’15 are Sajida al-Rishawi and Ziad al-Karbouly.

11)   Name the pilot who was captured by ISIS militants after his F-16 crashed during U.S. led coalition airstrikes near Raqqa in December and burned alive in the cage by ISIS group in Feb’15?

a. Sajida al-Rishawi
b. Moaz Al-Kassasbeh
c. Ziad al-Karbouly
d. Al-Rishawi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Moaz Al-Kassasbeh

Jordan had earlier offered to swap Al-Rishawi, a failed suicide bomber, for the pilot, Lt. Moaz-al-Kaseasbeh, but wanted proof that the pilot was still alive. Al-Rishawi had been sentenced to death after her 2005 role in a triple hotel bombing in Amman that killed 60 people.

12)   Which country has withdrawn an official from its High Commission in Dhaka after Bangladesh intelligence agencies found his involvement in criminal activities including terror financing?

a. Pakistan
b. Liberia
c. Afghanistan
d. Myanmar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pakistan

Bangladesh Foreign Ministry sources said the High Commission of Pakistan has notified it that the concerned official Mohammad Mazhar Khan serving as an Attache in the Mission has left Dhaka along with his family on 31st January.

13)   Which channel was barred by the Delhi High Court from sharing with cable operators the live feed of the upcoming Cricket World Cup’15?

b. Prasar Bharti
c. Star Cricket
d. Ten Sports
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Prasar Bharti

The court passed the order on the plea of BCCI, ESPN and Star who had contended that cable TV operators were getting live feeds through DD channels free of cost, resulting in loss of revenue for them. It also refused to grant relief of striking down a 2000 notification issued by Prasar Bharati which made it mandatory for cable operators to carry DD National and DD News channels.

14)   Which Mobile Phone Company overtook Samsung to become the largest Smartphone seller in the Indian Market?

a. Microsoft
b. Sony
c. Micromax
d. LG
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Micromax

Micromax’s market stood at 22% while the leader till now Samsung stood at 20%.

15)   Name the girl who became the youngest medal winner in the ongoing 35th National Games in Kerala on 3rd Feb’2015?

a. Rutuja Udeshi
b. Kalyani Saxena
c. Anisha Gaonkar
d. Saloni Dalal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Saloni Dalal

The 12-year-old, Saloni won a Bronze medal in the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event.

16)   Ms.Mrinalini Mukherjee passed away in Feb’15. She was _____.

a. Sculptor
b. Poet
c. Politician
d. Philosopher
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sculptor

She studied art at MS University and mural design under KG Subramanyan. In 1994-95, she was invited by the Museum of Modern Art at Oxford to mount an exhibition of her sculptures that later travelled to other cities in the UK.

17)   Who has been appointed as Director General (Inspection & Safety) of Indian Air Force on 2nd Feb’15?

a. Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler
b. Air Marshal Harsh Mehta
c. V. K. Browne
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Air Marshal Jasjit Singh Kler

He was commissioned into the Helicopter stream of the IAF on 13 December 1980 and was promoted to the rank of Air Marshal and assumed the appointment of Director General (Inspection & Safety) on 02 February 15.

18)   Who has taken the charge as the new Member Traffic , Railway Board on 4th Feb’15?

a. Vijay Shukla
b. Ajay Shukla
c. Lalit Sharma
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ajay Shukla

He is a senior officer of 1979 batch of Indian Railway Traffic Service. He has rich and varied experience of working on several important posts in the Indian Railways, like Chief Passenger Traffic Manager and Chief Safety Officer, Northern Railway; Divisional Railway Manger, Dhanbad, East Central Railway; Chief Operations Manager, North Western Railway and South East Central Railway; Additional General Manager, East Central Railway.

19)   Which of the following was the mascot of the 35th National Games in Kerala?

a. Great Indian Hornbill
b. Lion
c. Peacock
d. Rabbit
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Great Indian Hornbill

No explanation is available for this question!

20)   Which scheme has become the largest cash transfer scheme in the world?

a. Kanya Vidyadhan Yojana
b. Berojgaari Bhatta
c. Sukanaya Samruddhi Yojana
d. PAHAL Yojana
Answer  Explanation 


Till now over 10 crore citizens have been registered as a part of the PAHAL Yojana. PAHAL Yojana will bring an end to black-marketeering and subsidy will reach people more effectively.

21)   Name the French Minister of Foreign affairs who visited India on 5th Feb’14?

a. Alain Juppe
b. Mr Laurent Fabius
c. Michel Barnier
d. Bernard Kouchner
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mr Laurent Fabius

No explanation is available for this question!

22)   Who has assumed charge as the Director General of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) on 5th Feb’15?

a. L. C. Goyal
b. H. R. Ramesh
c. N. S. Tomar
d. Dr. M. O. Garg
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. M. O. Garg

Dr. Garg, an outstanding chemical engineer, has contributed significantly in bringing together CSIR and the petroleum industry with a focus on indigenization of core technologies in this area of strategic importance to the country.

23)   Under which Article of the Constitution of India, the President, after consultation with the Chief Justice of India, transferred Justice Vineet Saran, Judge of the Allahabad High Court, as a Judge of the Karnataka High Court w.e.f. 18th Feb’15?

a. Clause (1) of Article 202
b. Clause (3) of Article 122
c. Clause (1) of Article 222
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Clause (1) of Article 222

Transfer of Shri Justice Vineet Saran, Judge of the Allahabad High Court, as a Judge of the Karnataka High Court will assume charge of his office in the Karnataka High Court on or before 18th February, 2015.

24)   The two day SCOPE HR Summit 2015 was held from 5th Feb’15 in ____.

a. New Delhi
b. Bengaluru
c. Pune
d. Mumbai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

The minister Shri Anantan G Geete also released the Special Edition of KALEIDOSCOPE magazine based on the theme of the summit i.e. “HR for the Future – Unleashing Human Potential”.

25)   Who has won the 2015 King Faisal International Prize?

a. Malala Yosafzai
b. Dr. Zakir A. Naik
c. Kailash Sathyarthi
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. Zakir A. Naik

He won this award for his service to Islam. He is the president of Islamic Research Foundation of India.

26)   World Cancer Day was observed on ______.

a. 4th Feburary
b. 2nd February
c. 31st January
d. 30th January
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 4th Feburary

Theme of this year is Not beyond Us. Aim of this day is to reduce number of deaths due to Cancer by 2020.

27)   Name the Union Home Secretary who resigned on Feb’15 after admitting that he had called up CBI officers to stop Central Investigating Agency from arresting and summoning former Union Minister Matang Singh for questioning in Saradha Chit fund scam?

a. Madhu Prasad
b. Anil Goswami
c. L.C. Goyal
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anil Goswami

Now L.C. Goyal is appointed as the Union Home Secretary.

28)   Name the committee that submitted its recommendation on bringing reforms in Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) to Indian government?

a. Bimal Jalan Committee
b. Reddy Committee
c. Rangarajan Committee
d. Roongta Committee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Roongta Committee

No explanation is available for this question!

29)   Pictures of which planet were sent by New Horizons, NASA spacecraft , that were released on 4th Feb’15?

a. Saturn
b. Jupiter
c. Mars
d. Pluto
Answer  Explanation 


The new images, taken with New Horizons’ telescopic Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI), are the first acquired during the spacecraft’s 2015 approach to the Pluto system which culminates with a close flyby of Pluto and its moons on 14 July 2015.

30)   Which Company has acquired 25% stake in Paytm- Indian Mobile Commerce firm on 5th Feb’15?

a. Ant Financial Group
b. HDFC Bank
c. Amazon India
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ant Financial Group

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s online financial service company Ant Financial Services Group (Ant Financial) acquired 25% stake in Paytm Company.

31)   Death Anniversary of Freedom Fighter and Indian National Congress leader Motilal Nehru was observed on ____.

a. 4th February’15
b. 5th February’15
c. 6th February’15
d. 7th Febraury’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 6th February’15

No explanation is available for this question!

32)   Name the eminent Marathi writer who was chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith award for the year 2014?

a. Vishnu Sakharam Khandekar
b. Khuswant Singh
c. Bhalachandra Nemade
d. Sabaanis Mahadev
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bhalachandra Nemade

He is the 50th recipient of the award. Mr Nemade occupies a unique place in Marathi literature and his hugely celebrated works include novels Kosala and Hindu. He has also been conferred with Padma Shri and Sahitya Academi award. His important literary works include Kosala (1963), Hool, Bidar (1967), Zarila (1977), Zhool (1979) and Teeka Swayamvara (volume on literary criticism)

33)   Who inaugurated the Head of the Missions Conference held in New Delhi on 7th Feb’15?

a. Smriti Irani
b. Narendra Modi
c. Prakash Javdekar
d. Suresh Prabhu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Narendra Modi

This year, the theme of the conference was Diplomacy for Development. The three-day conference focussed on what diplomacy can do for India. Usually the focus had been how international issues are shaping up and their impact on India and what India can do globally.

34)   In which region, has Gujarat government decided to set up ‘Plast India International University’ in partnership with University of Massachusetts Lowell?

a. Vapi
b. Surat
c. Valsad
d. Sabarmati
Answer  Explanation 


Inaugurating the 9th edition of Plast India 2015 at Gandhinagar, Gujarat CM said that Gujarat Industrial Development Corporation-GIDC will offer 40 acre land at concessional rate to set up this university at Vapi in South Gujarat.

35)   In which city, did AYUSH Ministry inaugurated ‘AROGYA health fair’ on 6th Feb’15?

a. Raipur
b. Ranchi
c. Bhopal
d. Bhubaneshwar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Raipur

The Union Ministry of AYUSH in collaboration with Directorate of AYUSH, Government of Chhattisgarh and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) has organized the AROGYA RAIPUR, a four days comprehensive health fair on Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy from the 6th – 9th February, 2015 at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.

36)   Which country’s Entrepreneurs has India invited to invest in Mega Food Parks and Cold Chain?

a. Liberia
b. Lebanon
c. China
d. Japan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lebanon

During the period 2013-14, India’s total export of agricultural commodities to Lebanon was US$ 69.41 million and during the same period agricultural import from Lebanon was US$ 0.47 million.

37)   Name the Web portal by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs providing the general people an access to a large number of security related applications in India?

Answer  Explanation 


The MySecurity platform is being created for individuals, companies, students, NGOs etc to develop and deploy security applications which may be useful to people.

38)   How many SAARC countries met on 2-3rd Feb’15 to finalize Motor Vehicles Agreement this year?

a. 5
b. 4
c. 3
d. 6
Answer  Explanation 


Senior officials from India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal met on 2-3 February at Raichak near Kolkata to finalize a Motor Vehicles Agreement (MVA) for a seamless transit of passenger and cargo vehicles between their countries and draw up plans for its speedy implementation. It is expected Agreement to be signed at a meeting of Transport Ministers of the four countries to be held soon this year.

39)   The tenth India Mongolia Joint Training Exercise culminated on 6th February 2015 with a grand closing ceremony held at ___.

a. Pune Military Cantonment
b. Dehradun Military Cantonment
c. Hyderabad Military Cantonment
d. Gwalior Military Cantonment
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gwalior Military Cantonment

No explanation is available for this question!

40)   The first Meeting of NITI Aayog was held on ______.

a. 4th Feb’15
b. 5th Feb’15
c. 6th Feb’15
d. 7th Feb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 6th Feb’15

The first meeting of the body held under the leadership of PM Narendra Modi and was attended by its first vice-chairman Arvind Panagariya, fulltime member Bibek Debroy and CEO Dr. V.K. Saraswat. Numerous eminent economists were part of this meeting and included Vijay Kelkar, Nitin Desai, Subir Gokarn, Parthasarathi Shome, G.N. Bajpai, Bimal Jalan, Rajiv Lall, R. Vaidyanathan, P. Balakrishnan, Rajeev Kumar, Ashok Gulati and Mukesh Butani.