General Awareness Test (Jan - 15) - Set 5

1)   70th anniversary of the liberation of the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp run by the German Nazi forces was observed on _______.

a. 25th Jan’15
b. 26th Jan’15
c. 27th Jan’15
d. 28th Jan’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 27th Jan’15

In the Auschwitz Concentration Camp situated in Poland, where around 1.1 million people, with vast majority of Jews, were killed between 1940 and 1945.

2)   Name the new King of Saudi Arabia w.e.f Jan’15?

a. Ibn Saud
b. Khalid
c. Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud

No explanation is available for this question!

3)   ‘Punjab Kesari’ title was given to ______.

a. Bhagat Singh
b. Chandrashekhar Azad
c. Dhyanchand
d. Lala Lajpat Rai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lala Lajpat Rai

No explanation is available for this question!

4)   Who has been appointed as the Foreign Secretary of India on 28th Jan’15?

a. Nirupma Rao
b. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
c. Richard Rahul Roy
d. Devyani Khobragade
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

He was appointed as India's ambassador to United States in September 2013. He has replaced Sujata Singh who had nearly seven more months to go.

5)   The Cabinet of India accepted the order of the High Court of Bombay dated 10.10.2014; and not to file SLP against Vodafone India Services Pvt. Ltd before the Supreme Court of India. What was the order of High Court of Bombay?

a. Vodafone liable to pay Rs 320 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case
b. Vodafone liable to pay only Rs 3,200 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case
c. Vodafone is not liable to only Rs 32 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case
d. Vodafone is not liable to pay Rs 3,200 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vodafone is not liable to pay Rs 3,200 crore in additional tax in a transfer pricing case.

The High Court had in its October 10, 2014 order handed a big relief to the UK-based mobile service provider by ruling that it is not liable to pay the income tax demand of Rs 3,200 crore.

6)   The Supreme Court on 28th Jan’15 has directed search engines like Google India to strictly comply with the laws and block advertisements on _____________.

a. Sex determination
b. Sex Transformation
c. Dowry Proposals
d. All of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sex determination

The court also directed the search engines to upload on their policy page and the terms of service page its order that they would not advertise or sponsor any advertisement which violated Section 22 of Prohibition of advertisement relating to pre-natal determination of sex (PC-PNDT) Act.

7)   France, Germany and Britain held talks with Iran in Istanbul on 28th Jan’15 to discuss_____.

a. Istanbul Nuclear Program
b. France Nuclear Program
c. Britain Nuclear Program
d. Tehran’s Nuclear Program
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Tehran’s Nuclear Program

Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Abbas Araqchi and Deputy Foreign Minister for European and American Affairs Majid Takht Ravanchi will pursue nuclear talks with the European deputy foreign ministers in Istanbul.

8)   Name the only country that produces purple tea which is three to four times expensive in comparison to black tea?

a. SriLanka
b. India
c. Kenya
d. Nepal
Answer  Explanation 


Purple Tea contains lower caffeine and high in antioxidants. It also improves vision and lowers cholesterol.

9)   Name the state that has decided to implement the National Livelihood Mission (NLM) in the state?

a. West Bengal
b. Karnataka
c. Uttarakhand
d. Uttar Pradesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

The National Livelihood Mission will be implemented in the cities having a population of one lakh and above as per census of 2011. Currently, there are 82 such cities and towns which also include all the 75 district head quarters. The population living below the poverty line in these cities will be the target of the Mission. The NLM programme of the government of India will replace the Swarna Jayanti Urban Programme run by Housing and urban poverty alleviation ministry.

10)   Name the material that will be mandatory for packaging of food grains and sugar as announced by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 28th Jan’15?

a. Rubber
b. Paper
c. Jute
d. Cotton
Answer  Explanation 


It will be minimum 90 per cent of production in case of food grains and 20 per cent for sugar. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, CCEA, has approved providing financial support to the Jute Corporation of India, JCI. The subsidy will be provided subsidy to JCI on a continuous basis to off-set the losses on account of Minimum Support Price (MSP) operations.

11)   To meet the fiscal deficit, the government decided sell up to ____ per cent stake in state owned Coal India Ltd.

a. 5%
b. 10%
c. 25%
d. 25%
Answer  Explanation 


The decision will help the government to raise revenue of 24,000 crore rupees at the current market price. Currently, the government holds 89.65 per cent stake in CIL. As per the minimum shareholding norms for listed companies, the government needs to lower its stake in the state-run behemoth to 75 percent.

12)   In partnership with which company, the International Cricket Council (ICC) launched the official ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 App on 28th Jan’15?

a. TCS
b. Infosys
c. MindTree Ltd.
d. Reliance Communications
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Reliance Communications

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, the 11th edition of cricket's flagship event, gets underway on 14th February.

13)   As per the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), which currency has recently topped the chart of Most-Used Currency in the world?

a. Canadian Dollar
b. Australian Dollar
c. Chinese Yuan
d. U.S. Dollar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: U.S. Dollar

U.S. Dollar topped the chart with 44.6%, followed by the Euro and the British Pound with 28.3% and 7.92%, respectively. Whereas Chinese Yuan accounted for a record 2.17% of global payments in December 2014, up from 1.59% in October 2014.

14)   Name the company that reported largest profit in global corporate history on 27th Jan’15?

a. Samsung
b. Sony
c. Apple
d. IBM
Answer  Explanation 


Apple recorded quarterly profits of $18 billion on 27th Jan’15. Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones in its fiscal first quarter ended December 2014.

15)   Which hacking group hacked the social networking site Facebook on 27th Jan’14 due to which users were not able to access it upto 2 hours?

a. Lizard Squad
b. Legends
c. Dawn of the Net
d. Leaders
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lizard Squad

Lizard Squad group claimed responsibility for hacking everyone's favourite pop star Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts. The group also said they were responsible for a series of hacks on Microsoft and Sony’s online gaming networks over the Christmas period.

16)   Name the author of the book ‘When God is a Traveller’?

a. Vikram Chandra
b. Jhumpa Lahiri
c. Arundhati Subramaniam
d. Arundhati Roy
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Arundhati Subramaniam

Arundhati Subramaniam won the inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for poetry of her work ‘When God is Traveller’ at the Jaipur Literature Festival.

17)   Name the player awarded with the Allan Border Medal and also named both Test and One-Day player of the year?

a. Virat Kohli
b. M S Dhoni
c. Steve Smith
d. Sean Abbott
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Steve Smith

No explanation is available for this question!

18)   Name the player who won Australia’s Young Cricketer of the Year award?

a. Steve Smith
b. Philip Hughes
c. Sean Abbott
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sean Abbott

Australian’s Young Cricketer of the year is also known as Bradman Award.

19)   Name the leader whose 67th death anniversary is being observed on 30th Jan’15?

a. Mahatma Gandhi
b. Lala Lajpat Rai
c. Indira Gandhi
d. Lal Bahadur Shashtri
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mahatma Gandhi

On this day in 1948, Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated at a prayer meeting.

20)   Which day is also observed as Martyrs’ Day in India?

a. 15th August
b. 26th January
c. 30th January
d. 31st January
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 30th January

No explanation is available for this question!

21)   Who has been appointed as the chairman of the Sangeet Natak Akademi on 29th Jan’15?

a. Sujatha Singh
b. Shekhar Sen
c. Leela Samson
d. R Satyanarayana
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shekhar Sen

He is famous for his mono act musical plays Tulsi, Kabeer, Vivekananda, Sanmanti, Saahab and Soordas which have been highly acclaimed.

22)   Which Cabinet has approved rules under which descendants of Sephardic Jews who were expelled from Portugal more than 500 years ago can claim citizenship?

a. Portuguese Cabinet
b. Israel Cabinet
c. United Nation Cabinet
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Portuguese Cabinet

Many Sephardic Jews were killed, forced to convert to Christianity or leave at the end of the 15th Century. From now on, descendants of Sephardic Jews who can prove a strong link to Portugal can apply for a passport.

23)   Who has become the first Manga cartoonist to win a lifetime achievement award at France's renowned international Angouleme comics festival?

a. Katsuhiro Otomo
b. Bill Watterson
c. Calvin Otomo
d. Otomo Watterson
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Katsuhiro Otomo

The awarding of the Grand Prix, which last year awarded "Calvin and Hobbes" creator Bill Watterson, to Otomo highlights the importance of mangas in France, where they represent a quarter of all comic book sales.

24)   Name the Pakistani fast bowler who was cleared to return early from his five-year ban for spot fixing in Jan’15?

a. Mohammad Asif
b. Mohammad Amir
c. Salman Butt
d. Tariq Ahmad
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mohammad Amir

Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were handed bans in February 2011. Mohd. Amir's ban was due to expire on 2 September, 2015 but he has been cleared to play domestic cricket in Pakistan.

25)   Name the country that will host the ICC T-20 World Cup 2016?

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


In the year 2016, it will be the 6th edition of T-20 World Cup.

26)   Name the impeached Sri Lankan Chief Justice who was reinstated by the new government led by President Maithiripala Sirisena on 28th January’15?

a. Sarath N Silva
b. Asoka De Silva
c. Mohan Peiris PC
d. Shirani Bhandaranayake
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shirani Bhandaranayake

She is the first woman to hold Judicial position in the year 2011.

27)   2016 Summer Olympic Games will be played in which country?

a. Delhi, India
b. Madrid, Spain
c. Copenhagen, Denmark
d. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

It will be the first time a South American and Lusophone city will host the event.

28)   Union Ministry of Road Transport & Highways (MoRTH) on 28th Jan’15 launched a Website, Logo, Vision and Mission of National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (NHIDCL). What does the logo of NHIDCL signify?

a. Building India’s Future
b. Building the Nation
c. Building Infrastructure
d. Building Infrastructure - Building the Nation
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Building Infrastructure - Building the Nation

The Vision of NHIDCL is to be an instrument for creation and management of infrastructure of the highest standard in the country with focus on the North East and Border areas and contribute significantly towards nation building.

29)   Which bank has released a report on 28th Jan’15 titled ‘Scaling the Heights: Social Inclusion and Sustainable Development in Himachal Pradesh’, first report of its kind for Himachal Pradesh?

a. World Bank
b. Reserve bank of India
c. Federal bank of India
d. Swiss Bank.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: World Bank

As per the report, Per capita income in Himachal Pradesh is the second highest in the country – an impressive achievement given that more than 90 percent of its residents live in rural areas.

30)   As per the report released by World Bank, which state in India is the first state in the country to have banned the use of plastic bags?

a. Kerala
b. Uttarakhand
c. Himachal Pradesh
d. Nagaland
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh is also a trail-blazer in sanitation and is the first among its north Indian neighbours to come close to becoming open defecation free.

31)   The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on 28th Jan’15 approved a proposal of which bank to raise the foreign holding limit to 74 per cent?

a. Reserve Bank of India
b. Punjab National Bank
c. State bank of India
d. HDFC Bank
Answer  Explanation 


HDFC Bank would raise the fund through issuing of equity shares to non-resident Indians (NRIs) or foreign institutional investors (FIIs) or foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) subject to aggregate foreign shareholding not exceeding 74 per cent of the post issue paid up capital.

32)   Who has been appointed as the new President and CEO of McDonald’s?

a. Steve Easterbrook
b. Mark McDonald
c. Donald Thompson
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Steve Easterbrook

No explanation is available for this question!

33)   On 30th Jan’15, Supreme Court criticized the Centre on the slow pace in implementing the scheme that provides hostels to students belonging to Scheduled castes and Scheduled tribes. Name the scheme?

a. Deen Dayal Chhatrawas Yojana
b. Kaashiram Chhatrawas Yojana
c. Dalit Chhatravas Yojana
d. Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Babu Jagjivan Ram Chhatrawas Yojana

The court directed the centre and State governments to carry out a survey and inform about the status of hostels being constructed under the scheme within four months. A social justice bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit also directed that construction of new hostels under the scheme should be expedited and posted the matter for further hearing on 20th July.

34)   Name the former Environment Minister to quit the Congress party on 20th Jan’15?

a. Jairam Ramesh
b. Jayanthi Natarajan
c. Verrapa Moily
d. Jagdambika Pal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jayanthi Natarajan

She claimed that she followed Rahul Gandhi’s directions on green nod to projects but was humiliated and sidelined by central leadership. Jayanthi Natarajan has also quit as the trustee of the Tamil Nadu unit Congress.

35)   China's annual fiscal revenue growth dropped to a ______ year low of 8.6 percent in year 2014.

a. 10
b. 15
c. 20
d. 23
Answer  Explanation 


Growth was down by 4.3 percentage points compared to 2012 and 1.6 percentage points lower than that for 2013. China's annual economic growth slowed to 7.4 percent last year, the weakest expansion in 24 years. The Ministry said, slower growth is in line with the weak performance of industrial output, consumption, investment and corporate profits.

36)   What is the new base year being used for computing the economic growth rate in India?

a. 2014-15
b. 2011-12
c. 2013-14
d. 2010-11
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2011-12

The base year was last revised in January 2010. Earlier, year 2004-05 was the base year for computing the economic growth rate. India Ratings (Ind-Ra), a leading rating agency of the county, on 28th Jan’15 said that the revision in base year of India’s national accounts will increase the size of the economy to Rs. 111.7 trillion in the financial year 2014-15.

37)   A change in base year for computing national accounts pushed up the economic growth rate for 2013-14 to ____percent, while earlier estimate on the basis of old series was 4.7 percent.

a. 5.5%
b. 5.1%
c. 6.5%
d. 6.9%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 6.9%

These changes follow a revision in the base for calculating national accounts to 2011-12 from 2004-05.

38)   RBI has constituted a High Powered Committee under the Chairmanship of Deputy Governor to re-examine and recommend appropriate set of businesses, size, conversion and licensing terms for the Urban Cooperative Banking Sector. Name the Deputy Governor of RBI?

a. Dr. Urjit R Patel
b. Shri R Gandhi
c. Shri S S Mundra
d. None of these.
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shri R Gandhi

The committee will examine the line of businesses that UCBs may be permitted to undertake and their benchmark in terms of size of business, capital requirement, regulatory regime etc. It will also suggest the appropriate size up to which a UCB may be able to grow without undue risk to the system. The committee will further suggest the criteria for allowing voluntary conversion by a UCB. RBI has also asked the committee to examine whether the time is opportune to give license to new UCBs.

39)   In the government’s biggest-ever disinvestment, its 10 per cent stake sale in Coal India Limited Public sector company was over-subscribed by ______.

a. 2 times
b. 1.07 times
c. 1.55 times
d. 3 times
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1.07 times

This is the biggest share sale by any private or public sector company in the country, and exceeds the previous stake sale record of over Rs 15,000 crore by Coal India itself, in 2010.

40)   As per the latest 'Global Investment Trade Monitor' report released by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), by what percent India’s Foreign Direct Investment has increased in the year 2014?

a. 49%
b. 36%
c. 39%
d. 26%
Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

41)   As per the latest 'Global Investment Trade Monitor' report released by United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), which country has topped the list in terms of the world's largest recipient of the FDI?

a. India
b. China
c. United States
d. Canada
Answer  Explanation 


China toppled the US in 2014 as the world's largest recipient of the FDI- a position that the US had been holding almost consistently since the 1980's- though with a modest increase of 3 per cent. The top five FDI hosts in 2014 were China with 128 billion US dollar, followed by Hong Kong 111 billion dollar, the United States 86 billion, Singapore 81 billion dollar and Brazil 62 billion dollar.

42)   On 29th Jan’15, Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu flagged off four Express trains from Bengaluru remotely through _________ Service of RailTel?

a. Telepresence
b. Teleconference
c. Telnetwork
d. Telmonitor
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Telepresence

Telepresence offers a more engaging video conference with cutting edge technology, so that the parties involved feel the immersive presence of participants at different locations. The service is designed to improve collaboration, save executive time, reduce costs and carbon footprint with no capital investment and obsolescence risk.

43)   Name the player who broke the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in one-day internationals (ODIs) on 29th January 2015?

a. Adam Gilchrist
b. Kumar Sangakkara
c. M S Dhoni
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kumar Sangakkara

He achieved his 473rd dismissal in ODIs when he caught Corey Anderson in the final ODI against New Zealand that was played at Wellington.

44)   Name the former Director General of Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) to assume the charge as a Member of NITI Aayog?

a. Dr Bibek Debroy
b. Dr VK Singh
c. Dr VK Saraswat
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr VK Saraswat

No explanation is available for this question!

45)   Who has been appointed as new ITBP Chief?

a. Prakash Mishra
b. Subhas Goswami
c. Ranjit Sinha
d. Krishna Chaudhary
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Krishna Chaudhary

The 1979-batch Bihar cadre officer is presently working as the Director General of the Railway Protection Force. The post of ITBP DG has been vacant since January 1 after the retirement of Subhas Goswami on December 31 last year.

46)   Who has been appointed as the new Chief of Border Guarding Force Indo-Tibetan Border Police on 31st Jan’15?

a. Dr. S Jayashankar
b. Luv Verma
c. A K Jain
d. Krishna Chaudhary
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Krishna Chaudhary

He is Senior IPS Officer and succeeded Subhas Goswami.