General Awareness Test (Feb - 15) - Set 3

1)   How many Companies stocks are shifted to ‘T’- Trade for Trade Group by Bombay Stock Exchange on 6th Feb’15?

a. 53
b. 13
c. 91
d. 60
Answer  Explanation 


This move enables no speculative trading for ‘T’ group shares and delivery of shares and payment of consideration amount are mandatory.

2)   Which country’s Shia Houthi rebel movement on 6th Feb’15 announced that it is taking over the government and dissolving parliament?

a. Ukraine
b. Yemen
c. Syria
d. Nigeria
Answer  Explanation 


From now a five-member council would act as the president for an interim period. The situation in Yemen escalated last month when the Houthis seized a key aide of President Hadi, in an attempt to block a draft constitution. They later took the presidential palace and other key buildings, prompting Mr Hadi's resignation. Yemen has been riven by instability since protesters inspired by the Arab Spring forced the overthrow of President Ali Abdullah Saleh in 2011, who is believed to have been backing the Houthis.

3)   Who has been appointed as the Member of the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN), a key administration position in the United States?

a. Ajaypal Singh Banga
b. Richard Rahul
c. Bobby Jindal
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ajaypal Singh Banga

His appointment was announced by the US President Barack Obama. Presently, Banga is President and CEO of MasterCard since 2009.

4)   Which pharmaceutical company plans to acquire Hospira Inc- a leading provider of Injectable drugs, infusion technologies?

a. Cipla
b. Abbott
c. Pfizer
d. Sun Pharma
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pfizer

Hospira has a fast-growing biosimilars business in Europe.

5)   Birth Anniversary of former President of India Dr. Zakir Hussain was observed on ____.

a. 7th Feb’15
b. 8th Feb’15
c. 9th Feb’15
d. 6th Feb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 8th Feb’15

Dr. Zakir Hussain was an illustrious scholar and a freedom fighter.

6)   Which two Ghats of Ganga in Varanasi have been equipped with Wi-fi facility on 8th Feb’15?

a. Assi & Ahilya
b. Dashashwamedha and Sheetala
c. Sheetla and Chowki
d. Assi and Munshi Ghat
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dashashwamedha and Sheetala

Inaugurating the service in Varanasi, Union IT and Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that eight more Ghats of the city will be equipped with WiFi connectivity in the coming months. Mr. Prasad said that this is a step forward in materialising the Prime Minister's dream of 'Digital India'.

7)   From which state none of the representatives attended the first governing council meeting of NITI Aayog held on 8th Feb’15?

a. Karnataka
b. Kerala
c. Jammu & Kashmir
d. West Bengal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: West Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did not attend the first governing council meeting of NITI Aayog.

8)   Name the President of Singapore who arrived on a four-day visit to India on 8thFeb’15?

a. Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam
b. Lee Hsien Loong
c. Alexis Tsipras
d. Kim Kieslen
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr Tony Tan Keng Yam

Dr Yam will inaugurate the Peranakan Exhibition at the National Museum on 10thFeb’15.

9)   Who has been appointed as the new President of Greece in Feb’15?

a. Alexis Tsipras
b. David Cameron
c. Zoe Konstantopoulou
d. Karolos Papoulias
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Zoe Konstantopoulou

She is a member of the ruling Syriza party which recently came to power after a dramatic win in parliamentary elections.

10)   In which country Gulfood 2015, one of the largest annual food and hospitality trade show in the region, got underway on 9th Feb’15?

a. India
b. Dubai
c. China
d. France
Answer  Explanation 


More than 4, 800 international companies from 120 countries including India are showcasing their products to explore and expand new markets in this region at the event.

11)   With which corporation has Indian Railways signed first bilateral power procurement agreement to purchase 50 MW of electricity?

c. Damodar Valley Corporation
d. Power Grid
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Damodar Valley Corporation

Under the agreement, Railways would buy 50 MW of power from DVC at Auraiya Grid Sub-station facilitated by Railways Energy Management Company Limited, a Joint Venture (JV) of Indian railway and RITES, a Railway Ministry PSU.

12)   Who won the Malaysian Open title for golf in Feb’15?

a. Jeev Milkha Singh
b. Tiger Woods
c. Anirban Lahiri
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anirban Lahiri

No explanation is available for this question!

13)   In which country ‘Fire Volcano’ started erupting on 8th Feb’15?

a. Japan
b. Australia
c. Guatemela
d. Indonesia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Guatemela

‘Fire Volcano’ is the so-called name of the volcano and it is known locally as Fuego Volcan.

14)   How many public sector banks will get capital infusion as per the announcement made by the Finance Ministry on 7th Feb’15?

a. Nine
b. Eight
c. Ten
d. Twelve
Answer  Explanation 


These banks are SBI, Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank, Canara Bank, Syndicate Bank, Allahabad Bank, Indian Bank, Dena Bank and Andhra Bank. Among all SBI would get maximum capital infusion.

15)   How many Indian cities were chosen worldwide among 67 cities under the 100 Resilient Cities project by the Rockfeller Foundaion?

a. Five
b. Three
c. Twenty
d. Ten
Answer  Explanation 


Bengaluru, Chennai and Surat are chosen among the 67 cities selected so far.

16)   Who presided over two-day Conference of Governors that started from 11th Feb’15?

a. Prime Minister
b. President
c. Speaker of Lok Sabha
d. Governor of RBI
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee presided over a two day Conference of Governors on February 11 and 12, 2015 at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This was the 46th such Conference to be held in Rashtrapati Bhavan and the third Conference to be presided over by Shri Pranab Mukherjee.

17)   Who is Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Tonga?

a. Dr. Feleti Sevele
b. Tupou VI
c. Tupoi V
d. Akilisi Pohiva
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Akilisi Pohiva

He belongs to Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands.

18)   On 9th Feb’15, The Union Textiles Minister Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar inaugurated the newly built, state-of-the-art, high capacity silkworm egg cold storage plant at _______.

a. Bareilly
b. Varanasi
c. Mysore
d. Kolhapur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mysore

Up to 1.0 crore disease free layings (dfls) can be comfortably preserved in this plant. In effect, with this plant, the total storage capacity of the Mysore facility would go up to 1.5 crore dfls. Cold Storage Plants are indispensable in silkworm egg production system, principally to enable uninterrupted and continuous supply of basic and commercial silkworm seed.

19)   As per the new forecast of annual economic growth on 9th Feb’15, what was the new growth forecast for the year ending 2014-15?

a. 7.4%
b. 6.9%
c. 5.7%
d. 8%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 7.4%

With this new forecast of annual economic growth it makes India the fastest growing major economy in the world. Under the new method, the economy grew 7.5% in the quarter ending in December 2014, outpacing China’s 7.3% growth in the latest quarter and making India the fastest growing major economy in the world.

20)   Name the country that has launched its first Maritime Silk Road Cruiser Liner on 9th Feb’15?

a. Japan
b. China
c. Myanmar
d. Malaysia
Answer  Explanation 


On its maiden voyage Cruiser Liner will visit three South-East Asian nations including Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

21)   Name the Indians who won the prestigious 57th Grammy Awards on 8th Feb’15?

a. A.R. Rahman and Ricky Kej
b. Neela Vasvani and Ricky Kej
c. Ricky Kej and Amitabh Bachchan
d. Amitabh Bachchan and A.R. Rahman
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Neela Vasvani and Ricky Kej

Neela Vasvani won the award in the Best Children’s Album category for “I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai)” and Ricky Kej’s collaboration in the album “Winds Of Samsara” won the Best New Age Album trophy.

22)   The Gujarat government revoked the suspension of senior IPS officer and reinstated him as Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order). Name the IPS Officer?

a. P P Pandey
b. D P Vanjara
c. P M Sharma
d. J K Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: P P Pandey

The development came four days after a CBI court granted him bail in the fake encounter case of Ishrat Jahan and 3 others. He was Additional Director General of Police CID (Crime) when he was arrested by the CBI in July 2013 after he surrendered before a court. He was the city's Joint Commissioner of Police when the encounter took place.

23)   Which state of India has been ranked in top 10 nightlife cities in the world as per the list published by the National Geographics?

a. Goa
b. Kerala
c. Maharashtra
d. Karnataka
Answer  Explanation 


Goa ranked 6th position. Dublin has been ranked No.1 followed by Belgrade, La Paz.

24)   Who has been appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of Vodafone India w.e.f 1st April’2015?

a. Sunil Sood
b. Naveen Chopra
c. Vijay Sood
d. Nikhil Chopra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Naveen Chopra

He will succeed Sunil Sood.

25)   36th Anniversary of Iran is being observed on ____.

a. 9th Feb’15
b. 10th Feb’15
c. 11th Feb’15
d. 12th Feb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 11th Feb’15

No explanation is available for this question!

26)   What was the percent of votes polled to Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi Assembly Elections 2015?

a. 63%
b. 54.3%
c. 73%
d. 97%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 54.3%

The AAP won 54.3% of the popular votes while BJP got 32.2% and the Congress 9.7%.

27)   A large scale Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise involving more than 20 ships from the Western and Eastern Fleet and various aircraft of the Indian Navy was conducted on 9th Feb ‘15 in ______.

a. Andaman & Nicobar Islands
b. Lakshadweep Islands
c. Australia
d. Japan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lakshadweep Islands

This Exercise will further underscore the nation’s capabilities in being the ‘first responder’ in the region during times of humanitarian crises.

28)   Which day is declared as National Deworming Day in India?

a. 9th February
b. 13th December
c. 15th March
d. 10th February
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 10th February

Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda declared 10 February as the National Deworming Day. National Deworming Day is an initiative focused on reducing the threat of parasitic worm infections, a widespread health issue affecting over 24 crore children in India alone.

29)   Which state has recently been conferred with Yash Bharti Samman in Feb’15?

a. Maharashtra
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Punjab
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

No explanation is available for this question!

30)   Who has won the newly established Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize 2015?

a. Amartya Sen
b. Malala Yousafzai
c. Kailash Satyarthi
d. P P Bajpai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amartya Sen

He is regarded as one of the foremost thinkers in the field of famine, poverty, social choice and welfare economics. The award was announced on 23 May 2014 by Director of the Charleston Trust, Alistair Burtenshaw at a lecture given by Channel 4 News Culture and Digital Editor Paul Mason at the Charleston Festival.

31)   Which Feature film won the award for being the best film at the 68th BAFTA Award 2015?

a. Inception
b. Boyhood
c. The Theory of Everything
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Boyhood

No explanation is available for this question!

32)   Name the Indian city that hosted the first World Ocean Science Congress?

a. Chennai
b. Mumbai
c. Panaji
d. Kochi
Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

33)   On 10th Feb’15 Facebook announced a collaboration with which Indian company to provide free internet access in the country?

a. Reliance Communication
b. TATA Communication
c. Airtel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Reliance Communication

Under this partnership Facebook planned to launch the app in India.

34)   Name the BJP Leader whose name was included in the LIMCA book of records for being the only woman of the country to represent the same Lok Sabha Constituency on the same party ticket for eight consecutive times?

a. Sushma Swaraj
b. Meenakshi Lekhi
c. Sumitra Mahajan
d. Vasundhra Raje
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sumitra Mahajan

At present she is a Lok Sabha Speaker and has been winning since 1989.

35)   What was the main theme of Aero India show to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 18thFeb’15 in Bengaluru?

a. Make in India
b. Unite India
c. Developed India
d. Extending Air Services in India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Make in India

Over 400 companies in Public and Private sector will display their products in the International Aerospace Exhibition during the show. The Indian made Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and Advanced Light Helicopter Dhruv will take part in the aerobatic display.

36)   Name the title of first National Tribal Festival to begin from 13th Feb’15?

a. Aadivaasi
b. Vanmaanas
c. Vanaj
d. TribeFest
Answer  Explanation 


The six day festival will feature participants from across the country. About 900 participants from states including Assam, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Odisha, and West Bengal would be participating. The festival is also intended to conserve and promote the distinctive cultures by providing them a national platform among other things.

37)   Name the former Defence Secretary whose plea for quashing appointment as Comptroller and Audit General of India is rejected by Supreme Court of India on 11th Feb’15?

a. V P Singh
b. S K Sharma
c. H L Gupta
d. Mukul Rohtagi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: S K Sharma

The Supreme Court on 11th Feb’15 upheld a Delhi High Court verdict which dismissed a petition seeking quashing of the appointment of former Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma as Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG), saying it cannot meddle with the constitutional procedure. A bench headed by Chief Justice H L Dattu said there is no good ground, while dismissing the appeal against the High Court judgement which had held as valid the appointment of Sharma as the CAG.

38)   Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Indraprastha Gas Limited?

a. C Rameshwaram
b. M Ravindran
c. K K Gupta
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: M Ravindran

He will succeed K K Gupta.

39)   Who acquired the Telugu television channel network Maa Television Network Ltd (MTNL) including its brand, assets and four channels for an undisclosed amount on 11th Feb’15?

a. Sony Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
b. Reliance Entertainment
c. Zee Entertainment
d. Star India Pvt. Ltd.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Star India Pvt. Ltd.

With this acquisition, Star India will get access to the Telugu TV market, the second largest regional market in India in terms of revenue potential.

40)   Which bank has launched India’s first digital bank ‘Pockets’ service to allow anyone to instantly make transactions on a mobile phone with or without a bank account?

a. HDFC Bank
b. ING Vysya Bank
c. Kotak Mahindra Bank
d. ICICI Bank
Answer  Explanation 


There will be a digital wallet, a physical prepaid card and primary savings account. Pockets allow funds transfer of funds from e-mail ID, mobile number and friend’s Facebook account and so on.