General Awareness Test (Jan - 15) - Set 4

1)   Name the tennis player who defeated four time champion Roger Federer in the Australian Open on 23rd Jan’15?

a. Dudi Sela
b. Andy Murray
c. Rafael Nadal
d. Andreas Seppi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Andreas Seppi

It was the Italian player Seppi’s first win against Federer in 11 matches.

2)   Name the South Korean Prime Minister appointed on 23rd January 2015?

a. Lee Wan Koo
b. Chung Hong-Won
c. Park Geun Hye
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lee Wan Koo

He succeeds Chung Hong-Won. Chung Hong-Won had offered to resign over a ferry disaster that killed more than 300 people in Apr’14.

3)   After Sep’2011, in which year India’s foreign exchange reserves touched an all-time high of $322.135 billion on account of a surge in foreign currency assets?

a. 2012
b. 2013
c. 2014
d. 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2015

India's foreign exchange reserves touched an all time high of 322.135 billion US Dollars for the week ended 16thJanuary’15. Strong FII inflows and reduction in import burden due to a record fall in oil prices have led to accumulation of the record forex reserves.

4)   Name the bank that launched the 1 trillion Euros Bond Buying Programme on 22nd Jan’15 to revive Euro Zone Economy?

a. Central bank
b. Federal bank
c. European Central Bank
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: European Central Bank

ECB would purchase sovereign debt starting from March 2015 until the end of September 2016 in an effort to release €60 billion euros ($68 billion) a month into the European economy.

5)   Name the U.S. President who became the first sitting president to visit India twice?

a. Bill Clinton
b. George Bush
c. Barack Obama
d. Jimmy Carter
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Barack Obama

He is also the first American President to become Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day Celebrations.

6)   Name the first ever woman officer to lead the ceremonial Guard of Honour that was inspected by the U.S. President Barack Obama at Rashtrapathi Bhavan on 25th January 2015?

a. Pooja Sharma
b. Anjali Gupta
c. Anjali Sharma
d. Puja Thakur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Puja Thakur

She is a Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force. It is the first time a woman officer led the Guard of Honour for a major visiting dignitary at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

7)   Who won the women's singles title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament held in Lucknow on 25thJan’15?

a. Carolina Marin
b. Saina Nehwal
c. P V Sindhu
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Saina Nehwal

She beat the reigning world champion Carolina Marin of Spain at Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow.

8)   Who won the Men's singles title at the Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament held in Lucknow on 25th Jan’15?

a. Parupalli Kashyap
b. Kidambi Srikanth
c. Sameer Varma
d. Aditya Prakash
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Parupalli Kashyap

P. Kashyap defeated Kidambi Srikanth in the Men’s Single title.

9)   How many persons were chosen for Padma Awards for the year 2015 on 25th Jan’15?

a. 9
b. 20
c. 75
d. 104
Answer  Explanation 


Total 104 persons were chosen for these awards, of which 9 were awarded Padma Vibhushan, 20 were awarded Padma Bhushan and 75 were awarded Padma Shri.

10)   Name the highest civilian award in India?

a. Bharat Ratna
b. Padma Vibhusan
c. Padma Bhusan
d. Padma Shree
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Bharat Ratna

No explanation is available for this question!

11)   Which is the second highest civilian award in India?

a. Param Vir Chakra
b. Ashok Chakra
c. Padam Vibhusan
d. Padma Shree
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Padam Vibhusan

Padam Vibhusan is the second highest civilian award after Bharat Ratna. Padma Vibhushan is awarded for exceptional and distinguished service; Padma Bhushan for distinguished service of high order and Padma Shri for distinguished service in any field. The awards are announced on the occasion of Republic Day every year.

12)   How many persons under the category of foreigners, NRI and PIO were selected for the Padma Awards 2015?

a. 3
b. 5
c. 17
d. 20
Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

13)   Name the only foreigner awarded with Padma Vibhusan Award 2015?

a. Prof. Manjul Bhargava
b. Ms. Melinda Gates
c. Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan
d. Bill Gates
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan

Shri Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (Foreigner) of France/UK (State/Domicile)given Padma Vibhusan award in the disciple of Trade and Industry.

14)   Who has been awarded with the Padma Vibhushan award 2015 in the Art discipline?

a. Amitabh Bachchan and Mohd. Yusuf Khan
b. Lal Krishna Advani
c. Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya
d. Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amitabh Bachchan and Mohd. Yusuf Khan

Lal Krishna Advani has been awarded with Padma Vibhushan Award in the Public Affairs discipline; Jagadguru Ramanandacharya Swami Rambhadracharya has been awarded in the Others category; Dr. D. Veerendra Heggade has been awarded with the Padma Vibhushan Award in the Social Work discipline.

15)   How many MoUs have been signed between India and United States on 25th Jan’15 as part of Indian Government ambitious “Smart Cities” Scheme?

a. 4
b. 3
c. 5
d. 11
Answer  Explanation 


Under these MOUs, the U.S. would assist India in developing three smart cities Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam.

16)   As per the Civil Nuclear Agreement between United States and India on 25th Jan’15 _______

a. It would not allow nuclear contracts to be signed between U.S. Firms and India
b. India has not reached an understanding on two issues-civil nuclear liability and administrative arrangements for implementing 123 Agreement
c. It would allow nuclear contracts to be signed between U.S. Firms and India
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: It would allow nuclear contracts to be signed between U.S. Firms and India

No explanation is available for this question!

17)   As per the agreement made between U.S. and India on 25th Jan’15, ________ between the Indian Prime Minister and the U.S. President and National Security Advisors (NSAs) of the two countries will be established.

a. Secure hotlines
b. Telephone Channel
c. Common Telephone Lines
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Secure hotlines

No explanation is available for this question!

18)   Which edition of Republic Day was celebrated in India on 26th Jan’15?

a. 65th
b. 66th
c. 67th
d. 70th
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 66th

No explanation is available for this question!

19)   National Day of Australia is celebrated on _____.

a. 26thJanuary
b. 27thJanuary
c. 28thJanuary
d. 31thJanuary
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 26thJanuary

No explanation is available for this question!

20)   Name the two army personnel who laid down their lives combating militants in Kashmir Valley, were awarded posthumously the highest peacetime military honour, the Ashok Chakra, by President Pranab Mukherjee on Republic Day’15?

a. Major Mukund Varadarajan and Lieutenant Neeraj Kumar Singh
b. Naik Mukund Varadarajan and Colonel Neeraj Kumar Singh
c. Subedar Mukund Verma and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh
d. Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh

Major Varadarajan, who was an officer in the Rajput Regiment of the Indian Army, killed three terrorists in an encounter in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir in April last while Naik Neeraj Singh leading a search operation in general area Gurdaji of Kupwara district in August came under heavy fire from terrorists.

21)   Name the Anti-austerity party leader of Greece which won the parliamentary poll elections on 25th Jan’15?

a. Antonis Samaras
b. Jens Weidmann
c. Alexis Tsipras
d. Johan Van Overtveld
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Alexis Tsipras

No explanation is available for this question!

22)   Who won the 63rd Miss Universe 2014 contest held at Miami in Jan’15?

a. Migbelis Lynette Castellanos
b. Elvira Castillo
c. Nia Sanchez
d. Paulina Vega
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Paulina Vega

Colombia's Paulina Vega was crowned Miss Universe beating out contenders from the United States, Ukraine, Jamaica and The Netherlands at the world's top beauty pageant in Florida.

23)   Which state government has decided to publish a Crop Calendar to help farmers in cultivation?

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

ANSWER: West Bengal

The calendar will be a comprehensive guide to the farmers which give them information regarding cropping practices. The Calendars will be distributed at free of cost in each block . It will also provide for rehabilitation of farming system after natural calamities like flood and effective use of irrigation techniques reducing farmer's dependence on weather.

24)   Which state hosted Indo-Russian Musical Festival ZimaFest from 24 January 2015 to 25 January 2015?

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


The festival presented a dichotomous mix of a classic all-round music festival that had Live and DJ performances at the same time started a new trend in the Indian festival environment.

25)   Name the Indian cartoonist who passed away on 26th Jan’15?

a. Abu Abraham
b. O.V. Vijyan
c. K Shankar Pillai
d. R K Laxman
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: R K Laxman

He was awarded with Padma Vibhushan and the Magsaysay Award.

26)   What was the theme of Republic Day 2015?

a. Green India
b. Vyasan Mukti
c. Clean India
d. Naari Shakti
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Naari Shakti

No explanation is available for this question!

27)   Name the multi barrel rocket launcher produced in India, whose name is based on the divine bow wielded by Lord Shiva?

a. Vaishnavit
b. Brahmastra
c. Pinaka
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pinaka

The name of the divine bow (dhanush) wielded by Lord Shiva. Therefore, Lord Shiva is also known as Pinaki, the wielder of Pinaka. Pinaka is a rocket system used by the Indian Army.

28)   To which board of India World Trade Organisation, did India appeal for a panel decision on its issues with the US over agricultural imports?

a. Agro Trade Board
b. Dispute Settlement Board
c. Agro-Development Board
d. Consumer Foreign Board
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dispute Settlement Board

India had in 2012 imposed some prohibitions with regard to importation of various agricultural products from the US because of concerns related to Avian Influenza. This import prohibition is maintained through India's Avian Influenza measures, mainly, the Indian Livestock Importation Act, 1898.

29)   For the first time, which wing of Indian military took part in the Republic Day 2015 parade?

a. Indian Army
b. Indian Air Force
c. Indian Navy
d. All of the above
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All of the above

No explanation is available for this question!

30)   Name the women officer who lead first all-women contingent in Republic Day 2015 parade?

a. Captain Divya Ajith Kumar
b. Wing Commander Puja Thakur
c. Captain Puja Ajith
d. Wing Commander Puja Sharma
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Captain Divya Ajith Kumar

She was the first woman cadet in the history of the Army to have been awarded the prestigious ‘Sword of Honour’ at the passing out parade of the Officers Training Academy (OTA) in Chennai in 2010.

31)   R. K. Laxman, Indian cartoonist’s daily cartoon ‘You said it’ was first published in which newspaper?

a. The Hindu
b. Navbharat Times
c. The Times of India
d. Indian Express
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: The Times of India

He was famous for political cartoons and he targeted Politicians for more than 5 decades.

32)   Under which section of Indian Penal Code, Irom Sharmila was arrested a day after being released from jail, under the same charge of attempt to commit suicide by continuing her indefinite fast?

a. Section 300
b. Section 307
c. Section 302
d. Section 309
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Section 309

Irom Shrmila, 43 years old is on a indefinite fast for 14 years demanding the repeal of Armed Forces Special Power Act (AFSPA).

33)   In which radio program of All India Radio, President Barack Obama joined the talk with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 27th Jan’15?

a. Chai pe Charcha
b. Vikas ki Baat
c. Man ki Awaaz
d. Mann ki Baat
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mann ki Baat

Regional language / North-Eastern versions of this broadcast will be aired in respective regions at 9am IST on 28 January 2015.

34)   Name the winter snow storm that hit the United States on 26th Jan’15?

a. Barry
b. Bonnie
c. Juno
d. Colin
Answer  Explanation 


‘Juno’ was expected to hit a large area of the U.S. East Coast from Philadelphia to New York City to Maine.

35)   Name the first female bishop consecrated as the Bishop of Stockport on 26th Jan’15?

a. Rev Lane
b. Lane Williamson
c. Libby Lane
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Libby Lane

The Church formally adopted legislation last November to allow women bishops, following decades of argument over women's ordination.

36)   What was the aim of Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region declared by India-US on 25th Jan’15?

a. To promote Business Expansion
b. To promote Peace, Prosperity and Stability
c. To promote Peace and Business Stability
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: To promote Peace, Prosperity and Stability

No explanation is available for this question!

37)    Name the asteroid that passed relatively close to earth on 26th Jan’15?

a. 2014 BL 76
b. 2015 BL 26
c. 2010 BL 26
d. 2004 BL 86
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2004 BL 86

The 325m-wide object, known as 2004 BL86, swept by earth at the very safe distance of 1.2 million km on 26th Jan’15.

38)   Name the officer appointed as Secretary (Security) in the Union Cabinet Secretariat on 25th Jan’15 by Appointments Committee of the cabinet (ACC)?

a. Harsh Vardhan Sinha
b. Prakash Raj
c. Divya Prakash Sinha
d. Yasho Vardhan Raj
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Divya Prakash Sinha

He is a 1979 batch IPS officer of the Manipur-Tripura cadre. He has served the Intelligence Bureau (IB) for several years handling operations in key regions such as the Northeast and New Delhi.

39)   Birth Anniversary of Lala Lajpat Rai is observed on _____.

a. 29th January
b. 28th January
c. 27th January
d. 30th January
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 28th January

No explanation is available for this question!

40)   Name the Colonel killed in J&K Battle day after being named on Republic Day 2015 for the Yudh Sewa Medal?

a. Munindra Rai
b. Munindra Nath Rai
c. Munna Nath
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Munindra Nath Rai

Colonel Rai, a 2/9 Gorkha Rifles officer who was commanding 42 Rashtriya Rifles, and J&K police head constable Sanjeevan Singh laid down their lives in the fierce encounter, which led to the killing of two Hizbul Mujahideen militants at Handora village of Tral in south Kashmir.

41)   Who has been elected as the President of Italy on 31st Jan’15?

a. Matteo Renzi
b. Sergio Mattarella
c. Alexis Tsipras
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sergio Mattarella

Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a constitutional court judge and veteran center-left politician, as president on 31st Jan’15, handing a welcome political victory to Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

42)   Name the Ballistic Missile successfully test fired from Wheeler’s Island off Odisha Coast on 31st Jan’15?

a. Prithvi-V
b. Agni-IV
c. Agni-V
d. Prithvi-IV
Answer  Explanation 


It is having the capability to carry a nuclear warhead of more than 1 tonne. With a range of 5000 km, the nuclear-capable missile Agni-V can carry a warhead in the east as far as all of China and in the west all over Europe.

43)   Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) on 31st January 2015?

a. T. Suvarna Raju
b. R. K. Tyagi
c. Krishna Chaudhary
d. Subhas Goswami
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: T. Suvarna Raju

He replaced R.K. Tyagi who superannuated on the same day.

44)   Name the founder of Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF) who passed away on 30th Jan’15?

a. Raman Chandra
b. R K Mathur
c. Subhash Ghisingh
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Subhash Ghisingh

Subhash Ghisingh was the leader of Gorkha National Liberation Front which he founded in 1980. He was the chairman of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council in West Bengal, India from 1988 to 2008. He spearheaded the Gorkhaland movement in the 1980s.

45)   According to CSO's estimates at what percent Indian economy is likely to grow during fiscal 2014-15?

a. 7.4%
b. 7.8%
c. 8.2%
d. 8.5%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 7.4%

No explanation is available for this question!

46)   Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has lifted a ban on carrying Indian bank notes of Rs 1,000 and 500 denominations to and from ______.

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


RBI issued a circular eased the restriction on export and import of bank notes of 1,000 and 500 denominations for Nepal and Bhutan that it had imposed since May, 2000. The Indian central bank, however, has put a limit of carrying such notes at Rs 25,000 per person.