General Awareness Test (July - 15) - Set 6

1)   Who is the author of the book 'Early Hindu Temples of Gujarat' released by the PM Narendra Modi on 20th July’15?

a. Ajay Kumar
b. Varun Maira
c. Santosh Singh
d. Amrinder Singh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Varun Maira

No explanation is available for this question!

2)   Who is the author of the book “Locale, Everyday Islam and Modernity” released by the Vice President of India on 20th july’15?

a. Jamal Ahmad
b. Lavinder Singh
c. M. Raisur Rahman
d. Ajit Kumar
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ANSWER: M. Raisur Rahman

This book presents the Qasbahs of colonial India as vital and vibrant centres of intense intellectual and cultural activity. The book demonstrates that the emergence of modernity among Muslims was a process during their colonial encounter in which Qasbah residents were active agents, and the Islam that emerged was that of everyday living. Through this book the author, an Associate Professor, Department of History, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA has explored why locales remain major identity-markers and what makes Qasbahs continue to evoke memory and nostalgia.

3)   16th Kargil Victory Day was observed on ______.

a. 25th July’15
b. 26th July’15
c. 27th July’15
d. 24th July’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 26th July’15

The Kargil war was fought from 3rd May to 26 July in 1999 against Pakistan intruders who in the winters of 1998 transgressed into this side of territory along the Line of Control and occupied fortified defences overlooking the National Highway 1-A in Drass, Kargil and Batalik of the Ladakh region.

4)   On 17 July 2015 which bank has announced its proposal of sharing profits with its employees as part of an initiative for talent retention and motivation?

a. Bank of Baroda
b. Bank of India
c. Punjab National Bank
d. State Bank of India
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ANSWER: State Bank of India

SBI is seeking the government's permission to dole out up to 3% of its annual profits to staff in incentives in an attempt to draw top talent that normally make a beeline for private sector behemoths such as ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank.

5)   Which online payment website that has requested Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to increase limit on money that can be kept in a mobile wallet to Rs. 25,000?

a. Freecharge
b. Paytm
c. PayUMoney
d. PayPal
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Under the existing RBI norms, only a minimum know your customer (KYC) of the mobile number and e-mail ID verification is sufficient to hold Rs. 10,000 in a mobile wallet. For anything higher, a full KYC, similar to what is required for opening of a bank account, is mandatory. This maximum cash limit of Rs. 10,000 was set by the RBI some years ago.

6)   Which country has called on China to halt construction of oil-and-gas exploration platforms in the East China Sea close to waters claimed by both nations?

a. Japan
b. Myanmar
c. Mongolia
d. India
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Japan has been concerned that Chinese drills could tap reservoirs that extend into Japanese territory. Japan's Defence Ministry added the demand to its annual defence review after members of the ruling party complained that its original draft was too soft on China. China resumed exploration in the East China Sea two years ago.

7)   Which country’s prime minister launched a five year plan to defeat Islamic extremism?

a. India
b. United Kingdom
c. USA
d. China
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: United Kingdom

Mr. David Cameron. PM of U.K. says the extremist ideology of the group, also known as ISIL, must be countered so Britain becomes a more cohesive nation in which young Muslims feel they have a stake.

8)   Name the campaign launched on 21st July’15 to create awareness and capacity building on Safe and Hygienic food for all?

a. Good Food for All
b. Hygienic for All
c. Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan
d. Swasth Khaanpaan Abhiyaan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan

Food security act is first step in addressing the food requirements and this new abhiyan is the second step as it ensures the safe food to consumers.

9)   In collaboration with which company, National e-Governance Division concluded the Digital Wellness Online Challenge and reached out to around ten lakh children on digital wellness and security?

a. Microsoft
b. Intel
c. TCS
d. Infosys
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Aimed at enhancing awareness on digital technology, an online quiz was designed to create awareness on benefits and threats of internet based interactions amongst children from classes 6 to 12.

10)   As announced by Ministry of Railway what kind of tickets will be provided on cancellation of trains?

a. RAC e-ticket
b. Waitlist e-ticket
c. Refund Claim Ticket
d. Confirmed Ticket
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: RAC e-ticket

Ministry of Railways has decided to grant automatic refund of confirmed or RAC e-tickets on cancellation of trains similar to waitlisted e-tickets. An official release said, there shall not be any requirement for cancellation or filing of TDR for refund of e-tickets in case of cancellation of trains. This has become effective from 13th of this month. However, in case of cancellation of trains, PRS counter ticket shall continue to be refunded across the reservation counter as per the existing provisions.

11)   Which cricket stadium will host the final match of the 2016 World Twenty20 cricket tournament that will be held in India from March 11 to April 3 next year?

a. Eden Garden
b. Wankhede Stadium
c. FirozShah Kotla
d. K D Singh Babu Stadium
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Eden Garden

Bengaluru, Chennai, Dharamsala, Mohali, Mumbai, Nagpur and New Delhi will be the other venues along with Kolkata, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced on 21st July’15.

12)   Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA), has approved a Home Ministry proposal to extend the deadline for implementation of Crime and Criminals Tracking network and Systems (CCTNS) project. What is the new deadline?

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

ANSWER: 2017

CCTNS will provide a number of citizen friendly services including police verification for passports, reporting a crime,linkage with UIDAI, National Population Register and transport database. A list of proclaimed offenders,sex offenders and most wanted criminals will also be published on this portal which will help law enforcing agencies as well as citizens.

13)   Which country’s parliament has approved a law that imposes up to 20 years in prison on people convicted of throwing rocks at moving vehicle?

a. India
b. United States
c. Israel
d. Iraq
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ANSWER: Israel

Israeli lawmakers voted 69 to 17 to increase the punishments, approving legislation proposed after a wave of Palestinian protests last year in East Jerusalem.

14)   On which day the New Development Bank (NDB) floated by the BRICS nations, including India, to step up infrastructure funding in the emerging economies formally started its operations at its headquarters in Shanghai?

a. 20th July’15
b. 1st July’15
c. 21st July’15
d. 19th July’15
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 21st July’15

Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei, Shanghai Mayor Yang Xiong and the bank's President K V Kamath attended the opening ceremony. Kamath will be the bank's President for the first five years.

15)   On 21st July’15 the Supreme Court rejected plea of applicants for OBC status in Bank PO exam.Which community do the applicant belong to?

a. Bengali
b. Marwari
c. Gurjar
d. Jaat
Answer  Explanation 


A bench of Justices Ranjan Gogoi and R F Nariman said that the issue has already been decided and there was no vested right in favour of Jat applicants. The apex court on March 17 had set aside the erstwhile UPA government's notification to include Jats in the central list of OBCs to accord quota benefits to them.

16)   On 22nd July’14, The Centre has told the Supreme Court that Right to Privacy is not a fundamental right under the Constitution, and it cannot be invoked to scrap the _______ scheme.

a. Digital India
b. Jan Dhan Yojana
c. Aadhar
d. Kisan Credit Card
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Aadhar

The court was hearing a batch of pleas against decisions of some states to make Aadhaar cards compulsory for a range of activities including salary, PF disbursements and marriage and property registration. Countering the contention that the scheme of Aadhar based on collecting personal data violates the citizens right to privacy, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi said that there is no Fundamental Right to privacy so these petitions under Article 32 should be dismissed.

The bench observed that if a court comes to the conclusion that the Right to Privacy is a Fundamental Right then Government cannot waive it, while the Attorney General said, if such issues are arising in the matter then why can't it be referred to a larger bench.

17)   Name the spacecraft with 3 astronauts launched towards the International Space Station on 23rd July’15 after a two-month delay caused by a Russian rocket failure?

a. Soyuz
b. Hosung
c. Mikhail
d. Vostok
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The spacecraft blasted off on schedule from Russia's Baikonur cosmodrome in the barren Kazakh steppe, carrying cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko, NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren and Kimiya Yui of Japan. The three astronauts were originally scheduled to travel to the orbiting lab in late May but Russia put all space travel on hold after the failure of the unmanned Progress freighter taking cargo to the ISS in late April.

18)   South-Eastern Railway is the first to introduce Suvidha train to connect Ernakulum and _______.

a. Secunderabad
b. Delhi
c. Kolkata
d. Ahmedabad
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kolkata

South-Eastern Railway is the first to introduce Suvidha train to connect Kolkata and Ernakulam, a distance of 2,294 kilometer in just 37 hours. The first Suvidha train of South-Eastern Railway will start running from first of next month between Howrah and Ernakulam.

19)   What is the rank of India among 31 countries in terms of power generation from nuclear source as per data published in May 2015 by Power Reactor Information System of IAEA?

a. 6th
b. 12th
c. 15th
d. 25th
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 12th

There are thirty one countries including India in the world which generate electricity from nuclear source. India ranked at 12th position in terms of power generation. However, it stood at 6th position in terms of number of reactors in operation country- wise, globally.

20)   The Government has sanctioned 15 PSLV launchers worth Rs 3090 Crores, which would be built during______.

a. 2015-17
b. 2016-17
c. 2015-20
d. 2017-20
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 2017-20

The launchers proposed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the coming years i.e. till March 2017 include Ten Polar Satellite Launch Vehicles (PSLV), Two Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicles (GSLV) and one developmental flight of GSLV Mk III.

21)   Which city has emerged as the first nomination for Smart City Mission to be received by the Ministry of Urban Development?

a. Delhi
b. Mumbai
c. Puducherry
d. Chandigarh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Puducherry

In less than a month of launch of Smart City Mission by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Puducherry has emerged as the first nomination to be received by the Ministry of Urban Development. The Government of Union Territory of Puducherry has nominated its capital city for inclusion in the 100 Smart Cities Mission launched on the 25th of last month. Puducherry which has a population of 6,57,209 has done well in respect of several Stage-1 evaluation criteria and scored 75 of the possible 100 marks.

22)   With which country has India signed Technical Agreement (TA) on sharing white-shipping information to enhance maritime cooperation between the two navies on 21st July’15?

a. Sri Lanka
b. Japan
c. Myanmar
d. Singapore
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Singapore

The White-shipping refers to commercial shipping information about movement of cargo ships. The Singapore Navy and the Indian Navy conduct the Singapore-India Maritime Bilateral Exercise (SIMBEX) together annually. In 2015, the SIMBEX was held in May, this was the 22nd in the series.

23)   Name the person who resigned as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and President of Toshiba on 21st July’15?

a. Hisao Tinaka
b. Masashi Muromachi
c. Norios Sasaki
d. Atsutoshi Nishida
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Hisao Tinaka

Hisao Tanaka resignation came as a backdrop of appointment of an independent panel by Toshiba which pointed that the firm had overstated its operating profit by a total of 151.8bn yen (1.22 billion US dollar). He will be succeeded by Masashi Muromachi, who is presently the Chairman of Toshiba.

24)   Name the convict whose curative petition of Mumbai serial bomb blasts has been rejected by the Supreme Court on 21st July’15?

a. Abu Salem
b. Yakub Memon
c. Tiger Memon
d. Chota Shakeel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Yakub Memon

He is currently lodged in the Nagpur central jail, will be executed by hanging on 30 July 2015. He had applied for curative petition after his review petition was rejected earlier by the SC upholding the death sentence to him.

25)   Which institute has developed a technique to decrease cholesterol level in Ghee (clear butter) in July’15?

a. National Dairy Research Institute
b. Central Drug Research Institute
c. National Fisheries Institute
d. Food Department of India
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: National Dairy Research Institute

Use of this technique will help in reducing the level of cholesterol in Ghee up to 85 to 90 percent. It also does not affect the taste and quality of the ghee.

26)   How many firms have been banned by SEBI which are suspected to be platforms for tax evasion?

a. 500
b. 600
c. 764
d. More than 900
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: More than 900

Suspecting tax evasion of at least 5,000 to 6,000 crore rupees, Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has clamped down on a large number of organised syndicates who had set up shops to convert black money into legitimate-looking funds through the stock market platform.

27)   Which stock exchange has launched an enhanced online system for Non-banking Financial Companies (NBFCs) to report data on pledged securities on a quarterly basis?

a. NSE
b. BSE
c. MCX
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


BSE had launched an enhanced module for pledge reporting wherein the NBFCs shall be able to submit quarterly reporting of pledged data. This is in line with RBI's recent initiative vide its circular dated April 10, 2015. Currently, more than 65 NBFCs are using this platform on BSE. So far, the total value of promoters' pledged holding stands at nearly 2 lakh crore rupees on the exchange. On August 21, 2014, the central bank had directed NBFCs with asset size of 100 crore rupees and above to report online to stock exchanges, information on the shares pledged in their favour, by borrowers for availing loans. In its circular in April this year, the RBI had asked NBFCs to report data on pledged shares on a quarterly basis, among others.

28)   Why did the Union Government on 21st July’15 extend Interest Subvention Scheme (ISS) to Public Sector Banks (PSBs), private sector commercial banks, rural regional banks (RRBs), cooperative banks and NABARD?

a. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 5 lakh to farmers at 6% per annum
b. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 10 lakh to farmers at 2.5% per annum
c. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 3 lakh to farmers at 7% per annum
d. To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 8 lakh to farmers at 8.5% per annum
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: To ensure availability of crop loans of up to 3 lakh to farmers at 7% per annum

The decision to continue interest subvention on short term crop loans was taken by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the fiscal 2015-16.

29)   On 23rd July’15, the Supreme Court allowed state governments to exercise their powers of remission to release life convicts but this will not apply in some cases. Which are those cases?

a. Cases probed by central agencies like CBI
b. For those incarcerated under central laws such as TADA
c. Convict has been awarded life term in sexual offence cases of rape and murder
d. Cases related to Tribal population
e. A,B and C are correct
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: A,B and C are correct

A five-judge Constitution bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, made it clear that this interim order would not be applicable in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case in which the Centre's plea against the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to grant remission for release of the seven life convicts is under consideration. The apex court modified its July 9, 2014 order by which it had restrained all states from exercising power of remission for releasing life convicts from jail in the wake of the controversy triggered by the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to grant remission for release of three such convicts, whose death sentence in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case was commuted to life term by it on February 18, 2014.

30)   Name the person removed from the position of Chief of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)?

a. Dr. Neeraj Gulati
b. Dr. Swaroop Govind
c. Dr. Ajay Mathur
d. Dr. R. K. Pachauri
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Dr. R. K. Pachauri

Director General, TERI Dr. R K Pachauri has been removed. He will be replaced by Dr Ajay Mathur. Dr Pachauri was accused of sexual harassment by his junior colleague. 74-year-old Pachauri had shared Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former US Vice President Al Gore for work on climate issues. He has led and built The Energy and Resources Institute, TERI, over the last 34 years from a concept to a major, financially autonomous, professionally dynamic organization on the global stage.

31)   On 25th July’15, in which city will the Prime Minister Narendra Modi launch Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY)?

a. Patna
b. Lucknow
c. Raipur
d. Ranchi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The Yojana is one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Power, which will help in providing round the clock power to rural households and adequate power to agricultural consumers. The scheme has an outlay of 76 thousand crore rupees for implementation of the projects under which Centre will provide grant of 63000 crore rupees. Projects worth 14680 crore rupees have already been approved, out of which projects worth 5827 crore rupees are approved for Bihar.

32)   75th Martyrdom Day of Shaheed Udham Singh was observed on _______.

a. 30th July’15
b. 31st July’15
c. 1st Aug’15
d. 2nd Aug’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 31st July’15

Udham Singh was a revolutionary and a brave hearted man known for assassinating Michael O'Dwyer on 13 March 1940 avenging the Jallianwalla Bagh Massacre. He was in Jallian wala Bagh and had seen the massacre. On July 31st 1940 he was hanged in England.

33)   On 23rd July’15, how many members of Anglo Indian Community were nominated to Lok Sabha by the President Pranab Mukherjee?

a. 1
b. 2
c. 3
d. 5
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Prof. Richard Hay and Mr. George Baker have been nominated as members of the Anglo-Indian Community in the Lok Sabha.

34)   As per the recent report by Thailand’s National Reform Committee, which city could be underwater within two decades?

a. Bangkok
b. Pataya
c. Mumbai
d. New York
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Bangkok

Towering 20-storey skyscrapers and industrial development in Bangkok have contributed to the subsidence, the report said. Water resource experts said the capital, which stands between 0.5 and two metres above sea level, is sinking at a rate of 10 milimetres per year. The National Reform Committee has proposed a number of measures to arrest the problem, including reforms to urban development and better water resources management.

35)   As per the 2015 Fortune Global 500 list, how many Indian companies were listed among the world’s 500 largest companies?

a. 117
b. 175
c. 7
d. 25
Answer  Explanation 


Walmarrt retail giant has topped the list. The Indian companies on the 2015 Fortune Global 500 list are Indian Oil ranked 119 on the list with revenues of about 74 billion US dollars, followed by Reliance Industries, Tata Motors, State Bank of India, Bharat Petroleum, Hindustan Petroleum, and ONGC. Companies are ranked by total revenues for their respective fiscal years ended on or before March 31, 2015.

36)   Name the Indian American who has won the junior title at the latest US Powerlifting Association National Championships?

a. Hiren Patel
b. Hardik jalela
c. Amitoj Chhabra
d. Keval Thakkar
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Amitoj Chhabra

Amitoj Chhabra lifted a total of 1,383 pounds in Las Vegas to win the junior title earlier this month. Son of a Punjabi father and a Nepali mother, Chhabra squatted 485 pounds, bench pressed 325 and dead-lifted 573. He has added 100 pounds to his dead-lift in the past year. Chhabra began powerlifting in December 2013 and started competing in May 2014.

37)   The Birth anniversary of Lokmanya Tilak was observed on _____.

a. 22nd July
b. 23rd July
c. 24th July
d. 25th July
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 23rd July

Bal Gangadhar Tilak (23 July 1856 – 1 August 1920) born as Keshav Gangadhar Tilak was an Indian nationalist, journalist, teacher, social reformer, lawyer and an independence activist. The British colonial authorities called him "Father of the Indian unrest." He was also conferred with the honorary title of "Lokmanya", which literally means "accepted by the people (as their leader)”.

38)   The Birth Anniversary of Chandrasekhar Azad was observed on ______.

a. 23rd July
b. 24th August
c. 24th June
d. 23rd June
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 23rd July

Chandra Shekhar Azad (23 July 1906 – 27 February 1931) popularly known as Azad was an Indian revolutionary who reorganised the Hindustan Republican Association under the new name of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA) after the death of its founder, Ram Prasad Bismil. He is considered to be the mentor of Bhagat Singh and chief strategist of the HSRA.

39)   Which city is named as the World Book Capital for 2017 by United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)?

a. New Delhi
b. Vienna
c. Conakry
d. Monaco
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Conakry

Conakry becomes the 17th city to be designated as World Book Capital, after Madrid (2001), Alexandria (2002), New Delhi (2003), Antwerp (2004), Montreal (2005), Turin (2006), Bogota (2007), Amsterdam (2008), Beirut (2009), Ljubljana (2010), Buenos Aires (2011), Yerevan (2012), Bangkok (2013), Port Harcourt (2014) Incheon (2015) and Wroclaw (2016).

40)   National Broadcasting Day was observed on _________.

a. 23rd July
b. 25th August
c. 27th September
d. 24th May
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 23rd July

On 23rd July’1927, the Indian Broadcasting Company started radio broadcasting from Bombay station.