General Awareness Test (Jan - 15) - Set 2

1)   Death Anniversary of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay is being observed on _____.

a. 15th January
b. 16th January
c. 17th January
d. 18th January
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 16th January

He was a Bengali novelist and short story writer of early 20th century. His works have been made into some fifty films in many Indian languages, particularly his novel Devdas made into sixteen versions, from Bengali, Hindi to Telugu, all versions get huge response.

2)   Who has been appointed as the new Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited?

a. R K Upadhyay
b. A N Rai
c. P K Purwar
d. Anupam Srivastava
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anupam Srivastava

At present, he is serving as Director - Consumer Mobility at the PSU.

3)   Name the daughter of the President of India Shri Pranab Mukherjee to fight Delhi polls as Congress Candidate during Feb’2015?

a. Sharmistha Mukherjee
b. Shaistha Mukherjee
c. Shweta Mukherjee
d. Parineeta Mukherjee
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sharmistha Mukherjee

49-year-old Sharmishta is a Kathak dancer and has been participating in events and rallies of Delhi Congress for the last few months.

4)   Name the Australian bowler who announced his retirement on 15th Jan’15 from all forms of cricket?

a. Brett Lee
b. Mitchell Johnson
c. Steven Finn
d. Shaun Tait
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Brett Lee

He quit internationals in July 2012 as his country's fourth-highest Test wicket-taker - with 310 in 76 matches - and has focused on Twenty20 cricket in recent years.

5)   Name the chief of Censor Board of Film Certification who announced her retirement on 15th Jan’15?

a. Sharmila Tagore
b. Smt. Arundhati Nag
c. Leela Samson
d. Rajeev Masand
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Leela Samson

No explanation is available for this question!

6)   Name the Bollywood celebrity presented with the Social Media Person of the Year Award 2015 by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on 13 January 2015?

a. Amitabh Bachchan
b. Salman Khan
c. Ranbir Kapur
d. Aamir Khan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amitabh Bachchan

He was awarded for being an active blogger and user of different social networking sites. He makes the most use of social media to communicate with his fans and well-wishers.

7)   SpiceJet announced its decision to transfer the ownership, management and control of the company from Sun Group chairman Kalanithi Maran and Kal Airways to _____________ on 15th Jan’15

a. Abhishek Verma
b. Ajay Singh
c. Kapil Kaul
d. Kanu Gohain
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ajay Singh

Ajay is a Co-promoter of SpiceJet.

8)   In which zone did the Railway Minister on 13 January 2015 inaugurate India’s first compressed natural gas (CNG)-powered train?

a. Rewari-Rohtak link of Northern Zone
b. Secundrabad- Begumpet of Southern Zone
c. Dadar-Panvel of Western Zone
d. Bhopal-Habeebgung of Central Zone
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rewari-Rohtak link of Northern Zone

No explanation is available for this question!

9)   The 8th India-Japan Foreign Ministers' Strategic Dialogue was held on 17th Jan’15 at ________.

a. Tokyo
b. Kyoto
c. Varanasi
d. New Delhi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and and her Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida will deliberate on a range of key issues including joint production of amphibious aircraft US-2, removing hurdles to finalise a civil nuclear deal, enhancing maritime security cooperation and implementing several mega infrastructure projects.

10)   The first of the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft, LCA Tejas was handed over to the Indian Air Force inJan’15. How many years ago was the project was sanctioned?

a. 5 years
b. 12 years
c. 32 years
d. 25 years
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 32 years

The project was sanctioned 32 years ago in 1983. This will be the start of a process of induction of the fighters being built at home under a project which has already estimated to have cost the exchequer over 17,000 crore rupees.

11)   On ‘Makar Sakranti’ festival, the Sun begins its journey from North this marks the transition from winter to _______.

a. Spring
b. Summer
c. Autumn
d. Rainy
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Spring

Makar Sakranti is the beginning of Uttarayan, which is considered to be a Punya kaal.

12)   Who was appointed head coach of Indian men's football team on 16th Jan’15, paving the way for his return at the helm of affairs for the second time?

a. Stephen Constantine
b. Terry Walsh
c. V. Baskaran
d. Narinder Batra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Stephen Constantine

Constantine was India coach from 2002 till 2005, during which the national team won the LG Cup in Vietnam and finished runners-up in the Afro Asian Games.

13)   From which country was the Sikh militant Jagtar Singh Tara, Former Punjab CM Beant Singh’s assassin deported to India on 16th Jan’15?

a. Pakistan
b. Myanmar
c. Thailand
d. Russia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Thailand

He is a Babbar Khalsa International militant, had escaped from the high-security Burail prison in Chandigarh in 2004 and was absconding before being nabbed by Thai authority.

14)   Who bagged the award of being the best Indian language website in the year 2014 given by Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI)?

a. Divya Bhaskar
b. Navbharat Times
c. Maharashtra Times
d. Times of India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Navbharat Times

Of the several entries in the category only three portals — Navbharat Times, Maharashtra Times and Divya Bhaskar managed to reach the final shortlisting, from which NBT emerged as the winner.

15)   Who is the author of the book ‘The Red Sari’ launched in India?

a. Javier Moro
b. Arundhati Roy
c. Salman Rushdie
d. Jeffrey Archer
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Javier Moro

He is a Spanish author of a dramatized biography of Sonia Gandhi, 'The Red Sari' is relieved his book has finally been published in India.

16)   Name the state that was selected for the National Award for e-Governance as the best district-level initiative in Citizen-Centric Service Delivery through ICT on 16th January 2015?

a. Karnataka
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Jammu & Kashmir
d. Maharashtra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jammu & Kashmir

J & K for the first time was awarded since the institution of awards in 1997.

17)   Who was appointed as state brand ambassador of Haryana Government on 15th Jan’15?

a. Baba Ramdev
b. Sushil Kumar
c. Milkha Singh
d. Farhan Akhtar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Baba Ramdev

The appointment was a part of government of Haryana’s ambitious plans to promote yoga and ayurveda in Haryana state.

18)   Name the Indian RTI activist who was conferred with the Giraffe Hero award 2015 by a US-based NGO "The Giraffe Heroes Project" on 15th January 2015?

a. Rinku Singh Rahi
b. Salman Reddy
c. Subhash Chandra Agrawal
d. Vishnu Medhkar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Subhash Chandra Agrawal

He holds the Guinness record of filing highest number of published letters to the editors.

19)   With which country India decided to begin joint tourism promotion campaign?

a. Myanmar
b. Bangladesh
c. Sri Lanka
d. Nepal
Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

20)   Which year will be celebrated as Jal Kranti Varsh across the country to highlight the need of conservation and saving of water?

a. 2016-17
b. 2015-16
c. 2017-18
d. 2018-19
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2015-16

No explanation is available for this question!

21)   National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) is celebrated its 10th Raising Day on ______.

a. January 19, 2015
b. January 17, 2015
c. January 18, 2015
d. January 20, 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: January 19, 2015

The National Disaster Response Force is a specialized disaster response which has proven its worth by rescuing thousands of people in several parts of country.

22)   National Investigation Agency (NIA) Day was celebrated on ________.

a. January 22, 2015
b. February 23, 2015
c. February 18, 2015
d. January 19, 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: January 19, 2015

The first NIA Day was celebrated on completion of five years of the agency`s existence, on January 20, 2014. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was set up by the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, which was enacted as India’s law enforcement response to terrorism in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Late Shri R. V. Raju took over as the first Director General of the NIA on January 19, 2009.

23)   As of January 2015, how many branches were there in National Investigation Agency (NIA)?

a. 14
b. 7
c. 6
d. 28
Answer  Explanation 


NIA had six branches, in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Kolkata.

24)   How many Zonal Councils comprising of states are there in India?

a. 4
b. 1
c. 6
d. 5
Answer  Explanation 


There are five Zonal Councils, namely Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Zonal Council which are advisory bodies and discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council have a common interest.

25)   The National Immunization Day was held on ______.

a. 18th January, 2015
b. 17th January, 2015
c. 20th January, 2015
d. 16th January, 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 18th January, 2015

Children of less than 5 years age have been given polio drops as part of the Government of India’s drive to sustain polio eradication from the region.

26)   Name the tennis players who won the Apia International Title in Women’s Double Category on 17th Jan’15?

a. Mattek-Sands and S. Mirza
b. Babos and K. Mladenovic
c. Kops-Jones and A. Spears
d. Date-Krumm and K. Pliskova
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mattek-Sands and S. Mirza

Sania Mirza has equalled her career-best doubles rank of five today, following her stupendous title win at the WTA Apia International with Bethanie Mattek-Sands in Sydney.

27)   Name the biopic movie based on the life of Steven Hawkings, physicist which was released in India on 16th January 2015?

a. The Theory of Everything
b. The Theory of Galaxy
c. The Theory of Universe
d. The Theory of Law
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: The Theory of Everything

It features Stephen Hawking’s romance with Jane (wife) and his struggle to live with motor neuron disease.

28)   Which year was marked as the Earth’s hottest year since 1880 as per the two separate analysis done by NASA scientists and NOAA scientists?

a. 2004
b. 2012
c. 2014
d. 2013
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2014

The global average temperature for 2014 was roughly 1.24°F (or 0.69°C) warmer than the 20th-century average that included record heat in the western United States, Europe, Australia, and much of the Pacific Ocean.

29)   Name the Nepali Congress leader who was appointed as Nepal'sambassador to India on 16th January 2015?

a. Raj Bahadur
b. Deep Kumar Upadhyay
c. Rakesh Sood
d. Shyam Saran
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Deep Kumar Upadhyay

The post was lying vacant for more than 3 years when the Maoist-led government called back its ambassador to India Rukma Shukshere Rana in August 2011.

30)   Name the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) Chairman conferred with the JGBS-Top Rankers' Excellence Award for CEO of the year 2014 on 16th January 2015?

a. R.K. Tyagi
b. R.K. Sharma
c. S.K. Tyagi
d. S.K. Sharma
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: R.K. Tyagi

The award has been instituted by Jindal Global Business School (JGBS) and Top Rankers’ Management Consultants.

31)   Name the tennis player who won the women's single title of Sydney International Tennis tournament on 17th Jan’15?

a. Sania Mirza
b. Petra Kvitova
c. Karolina Pliskona
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Petra Kvitova

She won the title defeating Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic.

32)   Who was projected as the Chief Ministerial candidate of BJP for Delhi Assembly elections in Jan’15?

a. Amit Shah
b. Satish Upadhyay
c. Dr. Harshvardhan Gupta
d. Kiran Bedi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kiran Bedi

Ms Bedi will contest from Krishna Nagar assembly seat, earlier represented by Union Minister Dr. Harshvardhan.

33)   In which city, did the Election Commission organise a 'Matdata Mahotsav' from 20th Jan’15 to celebrate the power of the voters?

a. New Delhi
b. Lucknow
c. Mumbai
d. Srinagar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: New Delhi

The event showcases the vibrant democracy in the country in a colorful photo exhibition, capturing some special moments from the beginning of General elections to the 16th Lok Sabha.

34)   Name the filmmaker appointed as the new chief of Central Board of Film Certification, CBFC after the Leela Samson’s resignation?

a. Ashok Pandit
b. Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi
c. Pahlaj Nihalani
d. Vani Tripathi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pahlaj Nihalani

The government reconstituted the Board and appointed nine new members on 19th Jan’15. They include, film director Dr. Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, filmmaker Ashok Pandit and BJP leader Vani Tripathi Tikoo. The tenure of the Chairperson and the members of the CBFC will be of three years.

35)   Name the countries that have asked Pakistan to hand over Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, to India or to them?

a. United States and UAE.
b. United States and United Kingdom.
c. United Nation and United Kingdom
d. USA and USSR
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: United States and United Kingdom.

During Lakhvi's bail case in the Islamabad High Court on 19th Jan’15, the prosecution informed that the two countries had demanded handing over of Lakhvi to India.

36)   In which city/ country did the World Future Energy Summit start from 19th Jan’15?

a. Abu Dhabi, UAE
b. New York, USA
c. New Delhi, INDIA
d. Tokyo, JAPAN
Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

37)   Name the Indian runner and Asian Games medalist who made a memorable marathon debut at 12th edition of Mumbai by breaking the 19-year-old national mark of Vally Satyabhama to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing?

a. Khushbir Kaur
b. O P Jaisha
c. Priyanka Pawar
d. Tintu Luka
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: O P Jaisha

She clocked 2:37:29 in her maiden marathon run and stood fist in the Indian women athlete category of full marathon. In Indian men’s section none of the Indian male runners could attain the AFI-set qualifying standard of 2:18.

38)   With which country has India signed an MoU for Developing Youth Enterprises on 19th Jan’15?

a. China
b. Japan
c. United States
d. South Africa
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: South Africa

NSIC a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of MSME, Government of India signed a MoU of Cooperation with Black Business Council (BBC) of South Africa for developing youth owned enterprises in South Africa.

39)   Name the founder of Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) who passed away on 19th Jan’15 in Delhi?

a. Rajni Kothari
b. Prof. G. Ram Reddy
c. Prof. baidyanath Mishra
d. J.P. Naik
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rajni Kothari

He has been counted as one of the great political thinkers of the 20th century.

40)   What is the name of the Indian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist who was presented with the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Award on 18th January 2015 in Washington?

a. Bobby Jindal
b. Frank Islam
c. Rahul Richard
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Frank Islam

He was born in Azamgarh, a district in Uttar Pradesh and went to the United States at the age of 15.