General Awareness Test (Jan -15) - Set 1

1)   Which district of Kerala was connected and commissioned with India's first Hi-speed Rural Broadband Network (National Optical Fibre Network) on 12th Jan’15?

a. Idukki
b. Ernakulum
c. Kollam
d. Thrissur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Idukki

Idukki district of Kerala. National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) offers lot of people's friendly services like E-health, E-Commerce and E-Education. Under the Digital India programme, all 2.5 lakh Gram Panchayats in the country will be connected on optical fibre.

2)   Whose birth anniversary is celebrated as National Youth Day in India on 12th January?

a. Sardar Bhagat Singh
b. Swami Vivekanand
c. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose
d. Lal Bahadur Shastri
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Swami Vivekanand

Swami Vivekananda. It was the 152nd Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. He is best known for his inspiring speech which began, "Sisters and brothers of America, in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.

3)   Name the mission announced by the Union Minister of Environment Mr. Prakash Javdekar on 12th Jan’15 that will ensure Water Conservation in India?

a. Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission
b. Total Sanitation Campaign
c. Water Literacy Mission
d. National Water Mission
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Water Literacy Mission

“Water Literacy Mission”. Acc. to Prakash Javdekar, Public awareness is most needed for water conservation and for protection of natural resources.

4)   With which Institute an Memorandum of Understanding was signed by Security Printing and Minting Corporation of India Ltd (SPMCIL) for Undertaking Research and Development Activities and Dissemination of Knowledge and Research Training in Area of Pulp & Currency Paper on 12th Jan’2015?

a. Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute
b. Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute (CPPRI)
c. National Pulp & Paper Research Institute (NPPRI)
d. Regional Paper Research Institute
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute (CPPRI)

Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute (CPPRI). It is a national level institute under the administrative control of Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Industry, and Government of India.

5)   Goa Government extended the ban on a group for six months in Jan- 15 to operate in the state. Which group was that?

a. Shiv Sena
b. RSS
c. Shri Ram Sene
d. Bajrang Dal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shri Ram Sene

Shri Ram Sene. The outfit was banned on August 20, 2014, from entering Goa till December 2014. The organisation had hit the headlines in 2009 after its members attacked boys and girls at a pub in Mangalore.

6)   In which city, PM Narendra Modi on 8th Jan’15 inaugurated the state-of-the-art Dandi Kutir, a museum on the life and works of Mahatma Gandhi?

a. Gandhinagar
b. Kutch
c. Vadodra
d. Sabarmati
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gandhinagar

Gandhinagar. Dandi Kutir' is located inside a 41-metre high salt-mound as a symbol of Gandhi's famous Dandi march against the salt tax provisions imposed by the British regime in March 1930.

7)   Name the German Newspaper attacked as fall out for reprinting Charlie Hebdo Cartoon on 11thJan’15?

a. Hamburger Morgen Post
b. Hamburger Abendblatt
c. Hamburg
d. Bild Hamburg
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hamburger Morgen Post

No explanation is available for this question!

8)   Name the world heavyweight boxing champion whose birth anniversary was celebrated on 12thJanuary and he fought in the famous "Thrilla in Manila" in 1975?

a. Myke Tyson
b. Mohammad Ali
c. Andrew Lewis
d. Joe Fraizer
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Joe Fraizer

Joe Frazier. He was born in Jan’12, 1944.

9)   What amount of money was attracted by the Vibrant Gujarat Summit?

a. 21000 Crore
b. 25Lakh Crore
c. 25Lakh
d. 2500 Lakh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 25Lakh Crore

Rs. 25 lakh Crore. Two day Summit has inked 21 thousand Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and 1,225 strategic partnership agreements.

10)   Who has won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award for 2014, earning the title of world's best football player for a third time?

a. Manuel Neuer
b. Nadine Kessler
c. Lionel Messi
d. Christiano Ronaldo
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Christiano Ronaldo

Christiano Ronaldo has won the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the best player in the world for the third time following previous wins in 2008 and 2013, while Germany midfielder Nadine Kessler has claimed her first-ever FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award.

11)   Which Cricket Team recorded highest run chase in T-20 History on 11th Jan’15?

a. Pakistan
b. West Indies
c. Australia
d. South Africa
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: West Indies

West Indies completed the highest run chase in Twenty20 history as they beat South Africa by four wickets in a thrilling game in Johannesburg.

12)   Name the Women tennis player who won the Brisbane International Tennis 2015 title held on 10th Jan’15?

a. Ana Ivanovic
b. Maria Sharapova
c. Serene Williams
d. John Isner
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova claimed her 34th career title and closed the gap on the No. 1 ranking with win over Ana Ivanovic on in the Brisbane International final.

13)   Who was appointed by Congress Campaign Committee for Delhi Assembly Polls on 13th Jan’2015?

a. Rahul Gandhi
b. Ajay Makan
c. Sheila Dixit
d. Kapil Sibbal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ajay Makan

Mr Maken's name was announced by party leader P C Chacko at a briefing in New Delhi.

14)   Who has been appointed as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog?

a. Bibek Debroy
b. V.K. Saraswat
c. Suresh Prabhu
d. Arvind Panagariya
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Arvind Panagariya

He is an Indian-American economist and Professor of Economics at Columbia University and an ex-Chief Economist at the Asian Development Bank.

15)   Who was named as the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year at the 2014 Ballon d'Or ceremony?

a. Diego Simeone
b. Carlo Ancelotti
c. Ralf Kellerman
d. Joachim Loew
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Joachim Loew

He is a Coach of Germany Football Team.

16)   Why is Pongal is celebrated in Tamil Nadu?

a. It is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people at the end of the harvest season
b. It is meant to be celebrated on the shortest day of the year
c. It is believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event in India
d. It marks the commemoration of Vamana avatara of Vishnu and the subsequent homecoming of the mythical King Mahabali
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: It is a harvest festival celebrated by Tamil people at the end of the harvest season

Pongal is a four day festival which usually takes place from January 13 to 16 in the Gregorian calendar i.e., the last day of the Tamil month Margazhi to the third day of Tamil month Thai.

17)   Name the London based financial journal that awarded Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Governor RBI as the ‘Governor of the Year’ on 12th Jan’15?

a. Central Banking
b. Forbes Financial
c. Euromoney Magazine
d. National Banking
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Central Banking

The jury cited Dr Rajan's "disciplined and focused approach" to tackling macroeconomic instability, his "deep understanding" of the root causes of economic problems and an "impressive leadership style" as reasons for him winning the award.

18)   In which city of India, 9th Blind Challenged Car Rally 2015 was conducted?

a. New Delhi
b. Mumbai
c. Bhopal
d. Ahmedabad
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bhopal

In the rally, the vehicle was driven by a sighted person and the navigator was a blind person, the route map in Braille was given to them on the spot.

19)   Under the ‘Make in India’ programme, the government has asked states to deploy an open source Linux-based operating system- Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS). Name the organization that has developed the Bharat Operating System Solutions (BOSS)?

a. C-DAC
d. IIT-Delhi
Answer  Explanation 


Centre for Development of Advanced Computing developed the BOSS OS. It is derived from Debian for enhancing the use of Free/ Open Source Software throughout India.

20)   IRDA was concerned over the skewed penetration of health insurance in India with four states accounting for 62% of premium. Name the four states.

a. Delhi, Maharashtra, Chennai & West Bengal
b. J&K, Assam, Punjab & Rajasthan
c. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Union Territory of Delhi
d. Gujarat, Punjab, Maharashtra & Tamil Nadu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Union Territory of Delhi

These four states contributed 62% of total health insurance premium; the rest 32 States/UTs contributed only 38% of total premium.

21)   Name the first Hindu to be appointed as the Chief Justice of Bangladesh on 12th January 2015?

a. Justice S K Sinha
b. Justice A S Saxena
c. Justice S K Mukherjee
d. Justice S S Mudgal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Justice S K Sinha

He will succeed Chief Justice Muzammel Hossain retiring on 16th Jan’15. Justice S K Sinha is known for a number of landmark judgements including those on the killing of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the 5th and 13th amendments to the Constitution.

22)   Which country approved two Indian Aircraft parts manufacturers UTAS and HBL Power Systems enabling them to supply the parts to aircraft manufacturing units in its country and the world under the ‘Make in India’ pitch?

a. United Kingdom
b. United States
d. China
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: United States

For the first time US aviation regulator the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) gave its approval to two aircraft parts manufactured by Indian manufacturers.

23)   Who has been appointed as the New Head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)?

a. U R Rao
b. G Madhavan Nair
c. Shailesh Nayak
d. A.S. Kiran Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: A.S. Kiran Kumar

He will succeed K RadhaKrishnan retired in Dec’14.

24)   Which Organisation has won the 2015 Space Pioneer Award in the Science and Engineering Category from the US based National Space Society?

Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

25)   ARMY Day is observed on ______.

a. 15th January
b. 13th January
c. 14th January
d. 16th January
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 15th January

It was on this day in 1949 when Lt. General (later Field Marshal) KM Cariappa became the first Indian Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Army post Independence.

26)   Name the India's open water swimmer to set a world record by swimming 1.4 miles in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the Antarctic Ocean?

a. Richa Mishra
b. Shikha Tandon
c. Nisha Millet
d. Bhakti Sharma
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bhakti Sharma

She bettered the earlier record of British open water swimmer Lewis Pugh and American swimmer Lynne Cox. The 24-year old is now the first Asian girl and youngest in the world to have achieved this feat.

27)   What is the deadline proposes by Centre to Supreme Court for cleaning the Ganga River on 14th Jan’15?

a. 2017
b. 2020
c. 2018
d. 2016
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2018

The Centre on 14th Jan’15 told the Supreme Court that it proposes to clean Ganga by 2018.

28)   Name the DRDO Chief who was sacked by the Government 16 months before the end of tenure?

a. Dr. N Prabhakar
b. Avinash Chander
c. Dr. Satish Kumar
d. Dr. Sudershan Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Avinash Chander

Avinash Chander known as the man behind the Agni series of missiles.

29)   Who has been appointed as the new Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) of India on 14th January 2015?

a. Harishankar Brahma
b. V. S. Sampath
c. Navin Chawla
d. S.Y. Quraishi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Harishankar Brahma

He is the second person from the North-East to become an Election Commissioner, after J. M. Lyngdoh.

30)   Name the Indian Golf Player who has been voted as 2014 “Asian Tour Players’?

a. Anirban Lahiri
b. A.S. Lehal
c. Arjun Atwal
d. Jeev Milka Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anirban Lahiri

Premier Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri on 12th Jan’15 voted the 2014 Players’ Player of the Year for his successful exploits on the Asian Tour where he won two titles and finished second on the Order of Merit.

31)   Name the Indian-born missionary who became the first Saint from India after the announcement made by Pope Francis on 14th Jan’ 2015 at a huge Mass held in Colombo?

a. Barlaam
b. Anchal Achan
c. Saint Alphonsa
d. Jospeh Vaz
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jospeh Vaz

He was born in 1651 in India’s Goa, then a Portuguese colony. He travelled south at the age of 36 to Sri Lanka.

32)   Name the Former CBI Chief who resigned from Union Public Service Commission in January’2015?

a. Amar Pratap Singh
b. Ranjit Sinha
c. Ashwani Kumar
d. T. N.Mishra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amar Pratap Singh

Mr. Singh resigned four years before the completion of his term.

33)   Name the electronics company that launched the first mobile phone powered by its Tizen Operating System in India on 14th Jan’15?

a. LG Electronics
b. Micromax
c. Samsung Electronics
d. Karbonn
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Samsung Electronics

It is a key step in the company’s strategy to break free from the Android platform, which powers Samsung’s flagship Galaxy devices and most other smart phones on the market.

34)   Name the Indian drug company engaged in production of generic drugs that was recently barred by the Delhi High Court from making or selling a cheaper copy of Novartis AG’s respiratory drug Onbrez domestically?

a. Bharat Immunologicals & Biologicals Corpn. Ltd
b. Ambalal Sarabhai Enterprises Ltd
c. Coral Laboratories Ltd
d. Cipla Ltd
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Cipla Ltd

Delhi High Court on 14th Jan’15 sought the response of Switzerland-based drug major Novartis AG on the plea of Indian pharma firm Cipla Ltd. against an order restraining it from making its respiratory disease drug, Indaflo, till it obtains a compulsory licence. Novartis has been selling the medicine in India as an inhalation powder and inhaler under the trademark name of "Onbrez" through its licencee Lupin Ltd, since 2010.

35)   By what basis points, Reverse Repo Rate was cut by Reserve bank of India on 15th January’2015?

a. 50 basis points
b. 70 Basis points
c. 80 basis points
d. 25 basis points
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 25 basis points

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) cut the reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75%. The move comes at a time when inflation is steadily coming down and cries for a rate cut were growing loud.

36)   What changes were made on Cash Reserve Ratio by Reserve bank of India on 15th Jan’15?

a. 0.20%
b. 0.50%
c. Unchanged
d. 0.75%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Unchanged

Cash Reserve Ratio by Reserve bank of India keeps remains unchanged at 4%.

37)   Name the country that approved its largest ever defence budget in 2015 on 14th Jan’2015?

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


The defence budget includes plan to buy surveillance aircraft, drones and F-35 fighter jets to help counter rising assertiveness of China.

38)   With which country, India’s trade deficit increased to 37.8 billion US dollars in 2014 despite the increase in bilateral trade by 7.9 percent?

a. China
b. United States of America
c. Pakistan
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation 


India-China trade increased all time high of 73.9 billion US dollars in 2011 but declined to 66.57 billion US dollars in 2012 and 65.49 billion US dollars in 2013.

39)   Former IPS Officer Kiran Bedi joined which political party on 15th Jan’15?

a. BSP
b. BJP
c. AAP
d. Congress
Answer  Explanation 


She was inducted in the party in the presence of BJP president Amit Shah, Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Dr. Harshvardhan in New Delhi.

40)   Name the West Bengal Minister for Refugee Rehabilitation who joined the BJP on 15th Jan’15?

a. Manjul Krishna Thakur
b. Subrata Mukherjee
c. Upen Biswas
d. Shyam Mukherjee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Manjul Krishna Thakur

The State BJP President said that for the first time a State Minister has joined their party and this will lead to collapse of the ruling Trinamool Congress Government.