General Awareness Test (Feb - 15) - Set 5

1)   In which month of 2015, inflation declined to a five-and-a-half year low of minus 0.39 per cent?

a. January
b. February
c. March
d. April
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: January

It happened due to falling prices of food items. But inflation in food articles remained high. Food inflation rose to scale a six month high of 8 per cent in January, according to government data released on 16th Feb’15.

2)   Name the Indian-origin scientist who received Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) given by the National Science Foundation (NSF) of the United States (US) on 11th Feb’15?

a. Dr. S. R. Pillai
b. Dr. Raj Mohan Pillai
c. Professor Shanker Acharya
d. Professor Srikanth Jagabathula
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Professor Srikanth Jagabathula

He received the award for developing data-driven modelling and learning techniques to improve the accuracy of operational decision making.

3)   Which state has been awarded by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being one of the best-performing states in the Renewable Energy Sector in India on 15th Feb’15?

a. Tamil Nadu
b. Goa
c. Chhattisgarh
d. Odisha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chhattisgarh

The state was considered for this award on the basis of criteria fixed by 13th Finance Commission headed by Vijay Kelkar.

4)   Who has been appointed as Managing Director and CEO of Multi Commodity Exchange?

a. Manoj Vaish
b. Shailesh Kumar
c. C. R. Ramdas
d. Balasubramaniam Venkataramani
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Balasubramaniam Venkataramani

He succeeded Manoj Vaish. He was Chief Business Officer of Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).

5)   Name the Indian movie that received two prizes - a Grand Prix prize for being the Best Feature-length film and the Special Mention for the Best Feature Film by The Children's Jury for Generation Kplus at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival?

a. Dabang
b. PK
c. Happy New Year
d. Dhanak
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dhanak

No explanation is available for this question!

6)   The 10th Aero India show on Aerospace and Defence Engineering got underway in ____

a. Bengaluru
b. New Delhi
c. Vishakhapatnam
d. Chennai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bengaluru

This time Aero Show is placing special emphasis on Make in India and encouraging small and medium industries to invest in defence manufacturing base.

7)   Which country’s Vessel was arrested by India when it was trying to cross the Indian waters in the wee hours of 17th Feb’15?

a. China
b. Pakistan
c. Russia
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Russia

The Indian Coast Guard on 17th Feb’15 intercepted a Russian vessel around 110 nautical miles from the Mumbai coast. MV Sevastopol was intercepted when it was trying to cross the Indian waters in the wee hours.

8)   Who is the author of the book “Vedic Astrology: A Journey Through History, Principles and Mathematical Foundations”?

a. Shri Pranab Mukherjee
b. Shri Hamid Ansari
c. Shri Yashwant Sinha
d. Shri G. Srinivasan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shri G. Srinivasan

The President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book “Vedic Astrology: A Journey Through History, Principles and Mathematical Foundations” authored by Shri G. Srinivasan at a function at Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 17, 2015.

9)   The 5th India- Myanmar Joint Trade Committee (JTC) meeting was held in which city on 17th February, 2015?

a. Thailand
b. New Delhi
c. Nay Pyi Taw
d. Kerala
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Nay Pyi Taw

The meeting was co-Chaired by Minister of Commerce & Industry Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman and Myanmar Union Minister of Commerce U Win Myint. The 5th JTC was preceded by a meeting of senior officials of India and Myanmar on 16th February, 2015.

10)   Name the scheme that is based on the recommendations of the Rangarajan Committee for setting up a progressive programme for training of the youth of Jammu and Kashmir by the Corporate located in different states of the country and making these youth employable?

a. Yuva Rojgaar
b. Udaan
c. Pehal
d. Talent Hunt
Answer  Explanation 


The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) and the Ministry of Home Affairs are undertaking a special recruitment drive in Kupwara area of Jammu and Kashmir. Over 10 corporates from across India will be visiting Kupwara for a two day recruitment drive on 18th and 19th February 2015. The corporates from various sectors including Finance, Tourism, Human Resource, Construction, Automation and Information Technology & IT Enabled Services will be scouting for fresh talent from the border district of Kupwara.

11)   Name the cartoonist who passed away on 16th Feb’15?

a. R. K. Laxman
b. Rajinder Puri
c. Rajesh Kumar
d. Vijayan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rajinder Puri

He was associated with ‘The Hindustan Times’, ‘The Statesman’ and later with ‘Outlook’ magazine.

12)   On 18th Feb’15, in Bangladesh, the International War Crimes Tribunal sentenced former MP Maulana Abdus Subhan to death for crimes against humanity during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. Which party does he lead?

a. Bangladesh Nationalist Party
b. Bangladesh Awam League
c. Jamat-e-Dawa
d. Jamat-e-Islami
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jamat-e-Islami

Jamaat-e-Islami leader was sentenced to death in Bangladesh. The 79-year old incumbent Vice-President of Jamaat-e-Islami was the Vice-Chairman of the infamous Peace Committee in Pabna, western Bangladesh, which collaborated with the Pakistani army to perpetrate crimes during the Liberation War. He was charged on nine counts of war crimes including genocide, murder, looting, arson, abduction, torture, and setting houses on fire in Pabna.

13)   Veteran film producer Daggubati Ramanaidu passed away on 18th Feb’15. He was also a member of _____.

a. Lok Sabha
b. Rajya Sabha
c. State Legislative Assembly
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lok Sabha

Legendary producer, multi-talented film doyen and former Lok Sabha member Daggubati Ramanaidu died in Hyderabad.

14)   Swine Flu is also known as ____.

a. H9N1
b. H1N1
d. All of these
Answer  Explanation 


The first case of the flu in India was found on the Hyderabad airport on 13 May 2009 when a man traveling from US to India was found H1N1 positive.

15)   With which country has India decided to step up joint patrolling along the boundary to act against criminals and smugglers and enhance cooperation through a coordinated border management plan?

a. Nepal
b. China
c. Bangladesh
d. Pakistan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bangladesh

These decisions were taken at the two day India-Bangladesh Joint Working Group meeting and the Home Secretary-level talks held in New Delhi which ended on 17th Feb’15.

16)   Which state has decided to give 35 percent reservation to women in non-gazetted government jobs?

a. Bihar
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. West Bengal
d. Rajasthan
Answer  Explanation 


The Cabinet presided by Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi also decided to hike MLA development fund from the existing 2 crore rupees in a year to 3 crore rupees from the next financial year.

17)   Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launched a nationwide scheme on 19th Feb’15 to analyze the soil of farms in the country scientifically. Name the scheme?

a. Soil Health Card Scheme
b. Quality Soil Scheme
c. Soil Insurance Scheme
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Soil Health Card Scheme

The Soil Health Card scheme will be launched at a rally in Suratgarh town in Sriganganagar district of Rajasthan. The scheme is aimed at providing soil health cards to over 14 crore farmers in the next three years to check overuse of fertilisers in farm lands. Under the scheme, farmers will be issued a card after scientific analysis of the soil of their farms.

18)   With a balance of Rs 27,000 crore lying in inoperative PF accounts, which body has set up an online help desk for subscribers to trace such accounts and seek final settlement?

b. RBI
Answer  Explanation 


Using the help desk, holders of the inoperative accounts can trace their accounts and go in for either settlement or transfer of PF to their present accounts. The inoperative accounts are those accounts wherein the contribution has not been received for 36 months.

19)   Name the organisation that launched the virtual form of RuPay debit card?

a. SBI
d. RBI
Answer  Explanation 


National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) is the nodal agency for all retail payment systems under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana. The physical plastic RuPay card carries a 16-digit number. Under its virtual form, there will be no need of a physical card and a transaction can be done with the help of this 16-digit number alone. Currently, only around 20 per cent of the total transactions of around 8,000 crore rupees are taking place through IMPS or immediate payment service per month.

20)    Name the private bank that announced plans to launch India’s first Green Infrastructure Bond worth Rs. 500 crore, proceeds from which will be used to fund solar power, wind power, biomass, and small hydel projects?

a. SBI
d. Yes Bank
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Yes Bank

This proposed Green Infrastructure Bond is claimed to be the first such bond in the country and the money will be used to fund renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

21)   As per the Zodiac System, which country will celebrate the Lunar New Year w.e.f 19th Feb’15 as the Year of the Sheep?

a. India
b. Japan
c. China
d. Sri Lanka
Answer  Explanation 


At midnight on 18th Feb’15, hundreds of millions of people will celebrate the end of the year of the horse and the dawn of the year of the sheep.

22)   Which Indian Airport was chosen as the best airport among the world’s most performing airports by winning Airport Service Quality (ASQ) Award?

a. Indira Gandhi International Airport
b. DumDum Airport
c. Rajeev Gandhi International Airport
d. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indira Gandhi International Airport

Mumbai Airport was also placed in the top five list.

23)   Who has been sworn in as the first woman President of Croatia?

a. Kolinda Ivo Josipovic
b. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic
c. Grabar Djokovic
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic

She was sworn in as Croatia's first female president on 15th Feb’15 after a surprise election victory in the European Union's newest member state.

24)   Name the indigenously developed nuclear-capable surface-to-surface missile, successfully tested from a test range at Chandipur off Odisha coast on 19th Feb’15?

a. Agni V
b. Aakash-III
c. Agni VI
d. Prithvi-II
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Prithvi-II

Prithvi-II has a strike range of 350 km and is 8.56 metres in length, 110 cm in girth and weighs 4,600 kg. It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines and uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring trajectory. The Prithvi-II missile, developed by the DRDO, has already inducted into the Indian Armed forces.

25)   Democracy Day or Rashtriya Prajatantra Diwas was celebrated in Nepal on ____.

a. 20th Feb’15
b. 19th Feb’15
c. 18th Feb’15
d. 17th Feb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 19th Feb’15

Democracy Day or Rashtriya Prajatantra Diwas is celebrated in country to commemorate the day of the end of 104-year-long Rana autocracy on February 18, 1951.

26)   Which state government plans to launch about one thousand “Agri-Junctions” to provide not only farm inputs and equipments to the farmers, but also business opportunities to rural youth and employment to agriculture graduates?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Gujarat
c. West Bengal
d. Maharashtra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

The scheme will provide opportunity to the shortlisted agriculture graduates to run the agriculture junctions. Lucknow based State Agricultural Management and Training Institute will provide training to the shortlisted agriculture graduates.

27)   For how many central government services, the government has launched a single window e-Biz portal to bring transparency and ease of doing business in the country on 19th Feb’15?

a. 3
b. 7
c. 11
d. 18
Answer  Explanation 


The portal will provide four services from Ministry of Corporate Affairs, two services of Central Board of Direct Taxes, two services of Reserve Bank of India and one service each from Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Employees Provident Fund Organization and Petroleum and explosives Safety Organization. A business user can avail the service any time from now onwards.

28)   Name the former Indian Captain who has been chosen to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame with all times greatest cricketers during World Cup Match between India and South Africa on 22nd Feb’15?

a. Sourav Ganguly
b. Kapil Dev
c. Sachin Tendulkar
d. Anil Kumble
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anil Kumble

Anil Kumble who is now the Chairman of ICC, is the fourth India cricketer to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. He joins the ranks of illustrious cricketers like Bishen Singh Bedi, Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar who were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.

29)   Which telecom company in India has signed a partnership agreement with UNICEF to provide health, education and youth focused content to its customers in 17 African Countries?

a. Idea
b. Airtel
d. Reliance
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Airtel

No explanation is available for this question!

30)   Name the MINILAB developed for soil analysis and fertilizer advisory by the Indian Institute of Soil Science, Bhopal?

Answer  Explanation 


Mridaparikshak is a digital mobile quantitative minilab/soil test kit to provide soil testing service at farmers’ doorsteps and determines all the important soil parameters i.e. soil pH, EC, organic carbon, available nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulphur and micronutrients like zinc, boron and iron.

31)   Name the fashion portal acquired by on 18th Feb’15?

Answer  Explanation 


With this acquisition, aims to further strengthen its fashion business and reach 2 billion US dollars in gross merchandise value in the fashion category in 2015.

32)   Name the first air quality checking Mobile App launched in India on 17th Feb’15?

a. SAFAR-Air
b. QC-Air
c. IITM-Air
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 


SAFAR is an acronym for System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research which was first launched in Delhi in 2010 during the Commonwealth Games. At present the App service is available only for Pune and Delhi city and it will be available in Mumbai by May 2015.

33)   How many Indians among 100 people are shortlisted for one-way trip to Mars under MARS One Project?

a. 1
b. 3
c. 10
d. 13
Answer  Explanation 


The name of Indian people are Ritika Singh, Shradha Prasad and Taranjeet Singh Bhatia. Fifty men and fifty women have been selected from over 2 lakh candidates globally to take this trip to Mars in 2024.

34)   On 20th Feb’15, Social activist Anna Hazare flagged off pad-yatra against Land Acquisition Ordinance from which state?

a. Maharashtra
b. Goa
c. Haryana
d. Rajasthan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Haryana

The march was organised to protest against NDA government at the Centre promulgating an ordinance to amend the land acquisition act of 2013. The march, organised under the banner of PV Rajgopal's Ekta Parishad, will reach Jantar Mantar in Delhi on 23rd Feb’15.

35)   Name the Chief Minister of Bihar who has resigned without facing the trust vote in the state assembly on 20th Feb’15?

a. Nitish Kumar
b. Jitan Ram Manjhi
c. Both A & B
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jitan Ram Manjhi

Now Mr. Nitish Kumar will take oath as the new Chief Minister of the State on 21st Feb’15.

36)   Name the debut novel launched by filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt at World Book Fair?

a. One Story
b. Hammari Adhuri Kahaani
c. Two Life
d. All That Could Have Been
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All That Could Have Been

All That Could Have Been' has been written by Mahesh Bhatt and Suhrita Sengupta.

37)   The 29th Statehood Day of Arunachal Pradesh was celebrated on _____.

a. 29th Feb’15
b. 20th Feb’15
c. 19th Feb’14
d. 21st Feb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 20th Feb’15

No explanation is available for this question!

38)   Statehood Day of Mizoram was celebrated on _____.

a. 21st Feb’15
b. 22ndFeb’15
c. 19th Feb’15
d. 20thFeb’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 20thFeb’15

No explanation is available for this question!

39)   Who took over as the Director of Space Applications Centre, Ahmedabad?

a. K Srinivasan
b. A.S. Kiran Kumar
c. Mr. Tapan Misra
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mr. Tapan Misra

Mr Tapan Misra was awarded Hari Om Ashram Prerit Vikram Sarabhai research Award in 2004 and ISRO Merit award in 2008 for his contribution to the development of SAR technology.

40)   For which Yatra, Government of India has dedicated bilingual website portal launch for the pilgrimage?

a. Kailash Mansarovar Yatra
b. Vaishno Devi Yatra
c. HAJ Yatra
d. Purna Giri Yatra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra through the new route via Nathula Pass in Sikkim will begin from June 18.