General Awareness Test (Feb - 15) - Set 7

1)   Name the commission that has recommended increasing state’s share in the centre’s tax revenue to 42% from current 32%?

a. Y. V. Reddy Commission
b. Justice C Rangarajan Commssion
c. Bajpai Panel
d. Bimal Jalan Committee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Y. V. Reddy Commission

According to an Action Taken Report on the recommendations given by the Commission, the Centre has decided to devolve a much higher share of 42% of the Union’s tax receipts to the States.

2)   Name the Chairperson of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) who stepped down on 24th Feb’15 due to allegation of sexual harassment on him?

a. Chris Field
b. Robert Watson
c. Martti Ahtisaari
d. Rajendra K Pachauri
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rajendra K Pachauri

Pachauri was elected to the first of two terms as Chair of the IPCC in April 2002 and had been scheduled to complete his second term in October 2015.

3)   With which bank the Indian Army has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the Defence Salary Package on 23rd Feb’15?

a. HDFC bank
b. State Bank of India
c. Reserve bank of India
d. Co-operative Bank
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: State Bank of India

No explanation is available for this question!

4)   Name the joint military exercise that started from 23rd Feb’15 between India and Nepal?

a. Surya Kiran
b. Vanaj
c. YudhAbhyas
d. Manas
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Surya Kiran

The 8th Edition of joint military exercise between India and Nepal is being held at Saljhandi in Nepal. The main objective of the exercise is to promote cooperation in counter insurgency and counter terrorist operations and cooperation in humanitarian operations.

5)   Name the organisation that announced an amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation 2009 that will facilitate full Mobile Number Portability (MNP) in the country with effect from 3rd May’15?

a. Telecommunications Standards Development Society, India
b. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
c. Telecom Standards Authority of India
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Under the full MNP programme, a subscriber will be able to retain the same mobile number across the length and breadth of the country while selecting a service provider. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 25th Feb’15 issued 6th Amendment to the Telecommunication Mobile Number Portability Regulation, 2009.

6)   On 25th Feb’15 which country passed a controversial bill that imposes ban on foreign funding for Mosques and Imams?

a. Australia
b. United Kingdom
c. United States
d. Austria
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Austria

The Austrian parliament has passed controversial reforms to the country's century-old law on Islam. The 1912 law made Islam an official religion in Austria.

7)   Which edition of Finance Commission recommended that a dedicated panel should be constituted for domestic financial institutions (DFIs)?

a. 12th
b. 13th
c. 14th
d. 15th
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 14th

As per the 14th Finance Commission stated that domestic financial institutions (DFIs), such as public sector banks have a dominant role in the financial framework of the economy hence it is recommended that a Financial Sector Public Enterprises Committee (FSPEC) be appointed to examine and recommend parameters for appropriate future fiscal support to financial sector public enterprises.

8)   Name the university that signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indian Railways to set up a Rail Innovation and Technology Centre to train students for expertise in Railway Engineering?

a. Allahabad University
b. Osmania University
c. Mumbai University
d. Banaras Hindu University
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mumbai University

The university will start specialized courses at the Post Graduate level related to rail technology. This institute will help the Indian Railways in developing cutting-edge indigenous technologies and turn as a net exporter of such technologies.

9)   Name the University that honoured Ratan Tata with Doctorate of Automotive Engineering on 26th Feb’15?

a. Oxford University
b. Howard University
c. Clemson University
d. Texas University
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Clemson University

Ratan Tata was awarded for his contributions to the global automotive industry.

10)   Name the Governor of Madhya Pradesh who resigned from his post after the Central Govt. asked him to step down following an FIR filed against him in a Vyapam Scam?

a. Ram Naik
b. Ram Naresh Yadav
c. Ram Shankar Shukla
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ram Naresh Yadav

He is the first sitting Governor to be named in a corruption FIR filed in the case.

11)   Name the Railway Council that has been announced to be set up for the purpose of business re-engineering in the Railway Budget 2015-16?

a. Kayakalp
b. Nav Chetna
c. Navkiran
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kayakalp

The Union Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu announced the Railways intention to set up an innovation council called “Kayakalp” for the purpose of business re-engineering and introducing a spirit of innovation in Railways in accordance with the vision of Hon’ble Prime Minister for Innovation, Technology Development and Manufacturing.

12)   How many new trains were announced in the Railway Budget 2015-16?

a. Eleven
b. One
c. Twelve
d. Zero
Answer  Explanation 


With this No increase in Passenger fares was also announced.

13)   Name the scheme announced in the Rail Budget 2015-16 which allows passengers traveling unreserved to buy a ticket within five minutes of entering the station?

a. Tatqal General Scheme
b. Operation 5 Minutes
c. Vishesh Tatqal
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Operation 5 Minutes

No explanation is available for this question!

14)   Which institute was chosen to design user-friendly ladders for climbing upper berths to help senior citizens as announced in Rail Budget 2015-16?

a. IIT- Kanpur
b. IIIT- Allahabad
c. National Institute of Design
d. National Institute of Fashion Designing
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: National Institute of Design

No explanation is available for this question!

15)   Name the cricket team that registered first-ever win in a World Cup on 26th Feb’15?

a. Ireland
b. Scotland
c. UAE
d. Afghanistan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Afghanistan

Afghanistan defeated Scotland on 26th Feb’15.

16)   Name the team that won Champion of Hero Hockey India League 2015?

a. Ranchi Rays
b. Punjab Warriors
c. Kalinga leaders
d. Dabang Mumbai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ranchi Rays

No explanation is available for this question!

17)   Where will be the headquarters of New Development Bank of BRICS?

a. Beijing
b. Shanghai
c. Mumbai
d. New Delhi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shanghai

The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 26th Feb’15 gave approval for establishing the New Development Bank (NDB) and the BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA).

18)   Which court has held that a person can be accorded Scheduled Caste status on re-conversion to Hinduism, if he is accepted by people of his caste and he proves that either he, or his forefathers, previously belonged to that caste, before embracing another religion?

a. Bombay High Court
b. Allahabad High Court
c. Delhi High Court
d. Supreme Court
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Supreme Court

The Apex court's judgment came on a plea by a petitioner challenging the Kerala High Court verdict. The petitioner was born a Christian, as his grandfather had embraced the religion after leaving Hinduism, and he became a Hindu again. He was granted an SC certificate of a Hindu caste, to which his ancestors belonged.

19)   What is the name of the new public sector undertaking that was announced in the Rail Budget 2015-16 for providing end to end logistics solutions?

a. New CONCOR India
d. Rail Logistic
Answer  Explanation 


TRASNSLOC or Transport Logistic Corporation of India (TLCI).

20)   Name the author of the book ‘Andhvishwas Unmoolan - ‘Aachaar, Volume-1’ released by Vice President of India on 27th Feb’15?

a. Late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar
b. Dr. Chanda Girish
c. Dr. Sunil Kumar Lawate
d. Mohd. Anwar Ansari
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar

The Vice President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari released the Hindi Translation of a set of books entitled “Andhvishwas Unmoolan - ‘Aachaar, Volume-1’, ‘Vichaar, Volume-2’, and Siddhanth, Volume-3” authored by late Dr. Narendra Dabholkar. The translation has been done by Dr. Chanda Girish and Dr. Sunil Kumar Lawate is the Editor of the books.

21)   What is the classic collective name of five products obtained from cow viz milk, curd, ghee, urine and dung?

a. Panchdhaatu
b. Panchamruta
c. Panchagavya
d. Panchtantra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Panchagavya

Medicinal uses of Panchagavya and its individual ingredients including cow urine are mentioned in the authoritative books of Ayurveda listed in the First Schedule of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940. Its therapeutic uses in Ayurveda include Krimi Roga, Kushtha, Kandu, Shoola, Gulma, Udara Roga, Anaha, Shotha, Pandu, Kamala, Vasti Roga, Kasa, Shavasa, Atisara, Mutraroga etc.

22)   How many nodes are developing in the phase-1 under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) Project?

a. Four
b. Three
c. Seven
d. Nine
Answer  Explanation 


These seven nodes will be developed in Manesar-Bawal Investment Region, Haryana (402 sq. km.); Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region, Uttar Pradesh (210 sq. km.); Khushkhera-Bhiwadi-Neemrana Investment Region, Rajasthan (165 sq. km.);Pithampur-Dhar-Mhow Investment Region, Madhya Pradesh (372 sq. km.); Ahmedabad-Dholera Investment Region, Gujarat (920 sq. km.);Shendra-Bidkin Industrial Park, Maharashtra; (84 sq. km.); and Dighi Port Industrial Area, Maharashtra (253 sq. km.).

23)   Name the person whose resignation from the designation of Chairman of the Coordination Committee of Zonal Cultural Centres (CCZCC) was accepted by the Ministry of Culture on 27th Feb’15?

a. Mani Shankar Aiyar
b. R K Pachauri
c. Rajendra Aiyar
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mani Shankar Aiyar

In an order dated 23rd Feb’15, the Ministry of Culture has stated that the resignation of Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar dated 17th May, 2014 has been accepted by the Government. The order states that the Government has also decided to wind up the CCZCC w.e.f. 16th December, 2014 since all the recommendations made by Shri Mani Shankar Aiyar Committee and CCZCC stands accepted and implemented/being implemented.

24)   In how many states/union territories the National Food Security Act, 2013 (NFSA) has been implemented?

a. 28
b. 20
c. 8
d. 11
Answer  Explanation 


Allocation of foodgrains to 11 States/Union Territories (UTs) namely, Bihar, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab and Rajasthan has started under the Act based on the preparedness and identification of beneficiaries for coverage under the Act, reported by them. NFSA provides for coverage of upto 75% of the rural population and upto 50% of the urban population of the country for receiving foodgrains at subsidized prices under Targeted Public Distribution System (TPDS), corresponding to which State-wise coverage has been determined by the Planning Commission.

25)   Name the annual exercise of Indian Navy concluded on 27th Feb’15?

a. Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise
b. Malabar Exercise
c. Yudh Abhyas
d. Joint Naval Annual Exercise
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise

During Theatre Level Readiness and Operational Exercise (TROPEX-2015), the Navy had deployed two Carrier Task Forces simultaneously at sea, with both Viraat and Vikramaditya operating with their integral flights in an operational scenario. This assumes significance as it makes the Indian Navy, besides the US Navy, capable of deploying more than one Carrier Task Force at sea, at present.

26)   What was the theme of the National Science Day 2015 celebrated on 28th Feb’15?

a. Science for All
b. Innovations in the Governance
c. Innovations & Expectations
d. Science for Nation Building
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Science for Nation Building

This year’s theme was chosen for the purpose of raising public appreciation on scientific issues for the development of nation. National Science Day (NSD) is celebrated every year on 28th February to mark the discovery of the ‘Raman Effect’, for which a Nobel Prize winning research paper submitted by Sir C.V. Raman was accepted on that day.

27)   Name the organisation that won international competition to adopt the Wax Deoiling Technology at Numaligarh Refinery Ltd (NRL) of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd?

b. National Institute of Design
c. Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
d. TATA Institute of Fundamental Research
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Council of Scientific & Industrial Research

The Wax Deoiling Plant based on such indigenously developed technology is set up with an investment of 750 crore rupees at NRL - a subsidiary of Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) - situated in north-east part of India. CSIR through its constituent laboratory Indian Institute of Petroleum (IIP), Dehradun, in association with the Engineers India Ltd (EIL) has won the international competition.

28)   Name the state-owned bank of Britain that has announced to close its banking operations in India as disclosed recently?

a. Royal Bank of Scotland
b. Federal Bank
c. Scotland Bank
d. Royal Federal Bank
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Royal Bank of Scotland

The bank has decided to close its banking operations in India but will be retaining the back office.

29)   Name the former deputy Prime Minister of Russia shot dead on 27th Feb’15 in Moscow?

a. Igor Shuvalov
b. Boris Nemtsov
c. Sergie Ivanov
d. Dmity Medvedev
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Boris Nemtsov

Few hours before his death Boris Nemstov had appealed for the support for a march to be held on 1st Mar’15 in Moscow against the war in Ukraine. He was also the Russian Opposition Leader.

30)   Name the new Chairman and Managing Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) appointed on 27th Feb’15?

a. Alok Tandon
b. Shri N K Maini
c. Shri Amarendra Sinha
d. Kshatrapati Shivaji
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kshatrapati Shivaji

He is a 1986 batch IAS officer and was currently Principal Secretary (Expenditure), Finance Department in Maharashtra government.

31)   What is the growth forecast for the 2015-16 year as announced by Union Home Minister while presenting the Economic Survey for 2015-16 on 27th Feb’15?

a. Below 8%
b. Below 7%
c. Above 8%
d. Above 9%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Above 8%

The growth forecast is for fiscal year 2015-16 as disclosed in the Survey was 8.1 to 8.5%.

32)   Name the project that will be led by the two Indian Consortia Tata Power and Bharat Electronics Ltd and will generate the 40-50 K Crore worth of procurement for the Indian Army?

a. Battlefield Procurement Project
b. Armed & Ammunition Project
c. Battlefield Management System
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Battlefield Management System

The BMS project, categorized as a “Make” programme under the defence procurement procedure (DPP), will be one of the largest indigenous solutions offered to Indian defence.

33)   Name the cricketer who was inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame on 28th Feb’15 and thus became the 3rd cricketer from the New Zealand to find place in this prestigious list?

a. Chris Cairns
b. Daniel Vettori
c. Martin Crowe
d. Chris Harris
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Martin Crowe

Earlier this Sir Richard Hadlee and Debbie Hockley from the NewZealand were inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held during New Zealand – Australia match in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 at Eden Park on 28 February which was eventually won by New Zealand. Martin David Crowe started his career in cricket at the age of 19 and played 77 tests before he retired in 1995.

34)   Name the political party launched by the former Chief Minister of Bihar on 28th Feb’15?

a. Bihar Janta Party
b. National Common Man Party
c. National Awam Morcha
d. Hindustani Awam Morcha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hindustani Awam Morcha

He launched a new political front to expose the real face of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

35)   Name the Commission that will be merged into SEBI as announced by the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on 28th Feb’15?

a. Forward Market Commission
b. Derivative Market Commission
c. Future Market Commission
d. Currency Market Commission
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Forward Market Commission

Forward Market Commission functions with Mumbai as the head office and was established in 1953. This was brought under finance sector in 2013. There are four national level and six regional level exchanges related to commodity futures in India.

36)   Name the West Indies player who made history on 24th Feb’15 after he became the first-ever cricketer to score a double century in an ICC World Cup match?

a. Marlon Samuels
b. Chris Gayle
c. Jonathan Carter
d. Denesh Ramdin
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chris Gayle

He hit 16 sixes and 10 fours in his 147-ball innings and created a world record partnership of 372 runs in ODI with Marlon Samuels. The match was played against Zimbabwe.