General Awareness Test (June - 15) - Set 4

1)   For which disease Union Government on 11th June’15 scrapped customs import duties on drugs and test kits?

a. Ebola
b. Hepatitis B
d. Cancer
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The exemption would apply to certain first-line and second-line antiretroviral drugs (ARV) used to treat adults and children, as well as to certain diagnostic kits and equipment that are used by National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) to fight the HIV/AIDS under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP).

2)   In which city the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs (MOIA) on 11th June’15 launched the Migrant Resource Centre (MRC)?

a. Agra
b. Dehradun
c. Chennai
d. Imphal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chennai

The MRC in Chennai is the fourth such MRC in India set-up by MOIA. The first Migrant Resource Centre (MRC) was established by MOIA in 2008 in Kochi, Kerala, followed by fully functional MRCs in Hyderabad (Telengana &Andhra Pradesh), Gurgaon (Haryana) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).

3)   Name the spacecraft that woke up after seven months in hibernation on the surface of Comet 67P?

a. Philae
b. Rosetta
c. Rosemary
d. PlusCraft
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ANSWER: Philae

It is the first spacecraft in the space history to land on a comet. On 13 June 2015 the signals from the spacecraft were received at the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany. It was developed and launched as part of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Rosetta mission.

4)   Name the former governor of Himachal Pradesh who passed away on 14th June 2015?

a. Mahabir Prasad
b. Sheila Kaul
c. Sudhakarrao Naik
d. V S Ramadevi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sheila Kaul

From 1995 to 1996, she served as the Governor of Himachal Pradesh. She was married to renowned botanist Kailash Nath Kaul, who established the National Botanical Research Institute in Lucknow. She was sister-in-law of Jawaharlal Nehru, was oldest surviving former Parliamentarian.

5)   What is the objective of launching a digital Employment Exchange for Industries (EEX) portal, by the Union Government on 15th June’15?

a. Connect industries globally
b. Connect employers and job seekers
c. Connect government and industries together
d. All of these
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ANSWER: Connect employers and job seekers

The portal will help in linking Make in India initiative with Skilled India one. The employers and job seekers can now register at Nearly, two lakh job seekers have already registered themselves with the EEX.

6)   Which country has signed motor vehicles pact with Bhutan, Bangladesh and Nepal on 15th June’15?

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


The agreement will not only reduce transport costs but also foster development of multi-modal transport and transit facilities. As per the agreement, the four SAARC countries will carry out a six-month work plan from July for the implementation of the BBIN Motor Vehicle Agreement. According to the statement, India will work on signing a similar motor agreement with Myanmar and Thailand.

7)   As announced on 15th June’15, name the country that will test reusable launch vehicle next month as this technology can significantly bring down the cost of launching satellites?

a. Canada
b. China
c. Japan
d. India
Answer  Explanation 


The reusable launch vehicle will be landing first time in the ocean and the ultimate attempt is to make it land at an air-strip at Sriharikota.

8)   Name the mobile app launched on 15th June’15 for android devices (developed by ISRO) that will provide live view of a physical, real world environment?

a. Saakar
b. Antariksh
c. Spacedroid
d. SpaceApp
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ANSWER: Saakar

The app consists of 3D models of Mars Mission, rockets, and videos of INSAT and 3D predicting cyclones. It can be downloaded through the website

9)   By what percent FDI inflows into the services sector grew in 2014-15?

a. 81%
b. 65%
c. 30%
d. 46%
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With the government taking steps to improve ease of doing business and attracting investments, FDI inflows into the services sector grew by over 46 percent to 3.25 billion dollars in 2014-15. In step with the growth in FDI in important sectors like services, overall foreign inflows in the country too rose by 27 percent to 30.93 billion dollar during the previous fiscal. The amount was 24.29 billion dollar in 2013-14.

10)   Name the types of trains that will be run with dynamic fares by Railway Ministry from July to address the rush during peak travel seasons?

a. Tatkal Trains
b. Suvidha Trains
c. JanManas Trains
d. Peak Trains
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ANSWER: Suvidha Trains

These trains will have dynamic fare system and there will not be any downward movement of the fare. Depending upon the demand, these trains may be run during peak seasons like winter rush, summer rush, Dussehra rush, Holi rush and on other occasions. It said that only confirmed and RAC tickets will be issued for these trains and there will be no waiting list. No concession will be available on these trains.

11)   Name the Indian bowler who reached a landmark climbing to ninth in the all-time highest Test wicket-takers?

a. Bhomesh Kumar
b. R Ashwin
c. Harbhajan Singh
d. Mohammad Sami
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ANSWER: Harbhajan Singh

He surpassed Pakistani legend Wasim Akram in a test match against Bangladesh. The 'Turbanator' is now only 20 wickets short of beating Kapil Dev's 434 Test wickets to become the second highest wicket-taker in history of Indian Test cricket after Anil Kumble's 619 wickets.

12)   What is the present ranking of India in test ranking after draw against Bangladesh?

a. First
b. Second
c. Third
d. Fourth
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ANSWER: Fourth

India have dropped a place to be at fourth in the latest ICC Test team rankings after a draw against Bangladesh in Fatullah on 15th June’15.

13)   What edition of anniversary of the Magna Carta was observed on 15th June’15?

a. 1000
b. 500
c. 800
d. 750
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The Magna Carta, the historic charter (agreement) signed between the King of England and the English nobility which limited the power of the throne and was the first significant limit placed on governmental authority in the world.

14)   Name the Indian company that bagged the multi-year aero-components manufacture and supply contract with European consortium Airbus at the ongoing Paris Air Show on 15th June’15?

b. L & T
c. Mahindra
d. Ashoka Leyland
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ANSWER: Mahindra

This contract marked a major milestone in the ‘Make in India’ initiative. The parts will be produced at the new Mahindra Aerostructures facility located at Narsapura, near Bengaluru, with deliveries to Premium Aerotec’s facilities in Germany scheduled to commence this year. It is worth mentioning that Mahindra Aerospace started its operations in 2008 and is today the largest supplier to Airbus out of India.

15)   Name the competitive exam that will be re-conducted as per the order by Supreme Court on 15th June’15?

a. All India Pre-Medical Test 2015
b. UP-PCS 2015
c. IIT-JEE 2015
d. CAT 2014
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: All India Pre-Medical Test 2015

On 15 June 2015 the Supreme Court said in its order “The examination stands vitiated even if one student is being benefited illegally” and it ordered CBSE to re-conduct the AIPMT 2015 again.

16)   What is the percentage of gross non-performing assets (gross NPA) for public-sector banks as on 31st Mar’15?

a. 3%
b. 5.17%
c. 8%
d. 9.3%
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ANSWER: 5.17%

It was reported that the public-sector banks continue to report higher bad loans and the gross non-performing assets as on 31st Mar’15 stood at 5.17%.

17)   Name the Joint-Military Exercise that started between the armies of India and UK at Salisbury Plains Training Area, UK on 13th June’15?

a. Maitri 2015
b. Yudhabhyas 2015
c. Parigaami 2015
d. Ajeya Warrior 2015
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ANSWER: Ajeya Warrior 2015

The aim of the Exercise is to build and promote positive military relations between Indian and UK Army and to enhance their ability to undertake joint tactical level operations in Counter Insurgency/Counter Terrorism Environment under United Nations Charter.

18)   Name the bird nominated as United Kingdom’s first-ever national bird in a poll conducted in the country that concluded during June 2015?

a. Sparrow
b. Robin
c. Barn Owl
d. Blackbird
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The red-breasted “Robin” bird topped a poll of more than 200,000 people to choose the UK’s first national bird, winning a landslide victory. The bird received 34% of votes, followed by the barn owl, which received 12% and the blackbird, 11%.

19)   Which company has announced its decision to buy the stake of minority shareholders in Cairn India on 13th June’15?

a. Vedanta
b. Singreni Mines
c. L&T
d. Ingersoll Rand
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ANSWER: Vedanta

Under this deal Cairn India will get one share in Vedanta Ltd for every held. This will result in merger of Cairn India in Vedanta, a move that is expected to streamline debt-burdened parent Vedanta Resources Plc’s operating structure.

20)   Name the editor of the book ‘Education of Muslims: An Islamic Perspective of Knowledge and Education – Indian Context’?

a. Sirajuddin Qureshi
b. J S Rajput
c. B S Chopra
d. Manpreet Tomar
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: J S Rajput

The Prime Minister said the book can help us in our efforts towards "understanding each other" – understanding different points of view. He complimented the book's editor, Shri J.S. Rajput. The Prime Minister also complimented Shri Sirajuddin Qureshi, who has written the foreword for the book.

21)   Who has taken over as Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises in the M/o Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises on 15th June’15?

a. Sanjay Prasad
b. Rahul Bhatnagar
c. Ameising Luikham
d. Kapil Dev Tripathi
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ANSWER: Ameising Luikham

Prior to this he was working as Secretary, North Eastern Council, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region.

22)   Name the candidate who became the first 100% blind officer in Indian Foreign Service?

a. NL Beno Zephine
b. Abhijit Cahakarvorthy
c. P Ulagnathan
d. B K Vishnupriya
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ANSWER: NL Beno Zephine

She is a 25 year old girl from Chennai. Beno transcended the dependence on Braille books by switching to Job Access With Speech (JAWS), a software that allows visually challenged to read from a computer screen, to scan Tamil and English books.

23)   Name the author of the book based on Prime Minister Narendra Modi titled Modi –Incredible emergence of a star written in Chinese language?

a. Ramesh Kumar
b. Arundhati Roy
c. Chetan Bhagat
d. Tarun Vijay
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ANSWER: Tarun Vijay

The book is a biography based on the life and economic vision of Narendra Modi. On 16th June’15 one copy of the book was given to Vice-President M Hamid Ansari. Tarun Vijay is a BJP Member of Parliament and a journalist.

24)   Name the state that will become first in India to impose street light tax on residents of the state?

a. Delhi
b. Gujarat
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. Karnataka
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ANSWER: Andhra Pradesh

The 'streetlight tax' will become part of the property tax notice served on AP residents. Orders to this effect will be issued in a couple of days and collection of the tax as part of property tax will start from July 2015.

25)   What trade target has been set by India and Poland at the fourth session of the bilateral Joint Commission on Economic Cooperation held in Warsaw on 15th June’15?

a. USD 50 billion
b. USD 15 billion
c. USD 5 billion
d. USD 500 billion
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: USD 5 billion

The commission, co-chaired by Mr Amitabh Kant, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Mr Jerzy Pietreiwicz, Secretary of State, Ministry of Economy, drew a blueprint for stepping up investments and identified a series of actions to raise trade from the 2014 level of USD 2.3 billion, to USD 5 billion by the year 2018.

26)   On 16th June’15 which historical monument becomes wi-fi hotspot zone created by BSNL?

a. Gateway of India
b. India Gate
c. Humayun Tomb
d. Taj Mahal
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Taj Mahal

Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad Honble MOC & IT, Govt of India inaugurated wi-fi hotspot zone created by BSNL at Historical monument Taj Mahal at Agra on 16th June 2015.

27)   Which organization has set up a Micro Air Vehicle Aerodynamics Research Tunnel (MART), first of its kind, in India?

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The tunnel was set up under the National Programme on Micro Air Vehicles (NP-MICAV). The state-of-the-art tunnel would address all the aerodynamic, propulsion and aero-elastic issues related to MAVs. It has also a provision for either closed test section for the study of aerofoil sections/3D wing-body models or open jet test section for the flapping and rotary wing studies.

28)   Mount Sinabung volcano which is being active once again during June 2015 and has been active since 2010 after being dormant for more than 400 years. In which country is the volcano located?

a. China
b. Japan
c. Indonesia
d. Australia
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Indonesia

Mount Sinabung volcano is situated on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia. It had witnessed a series of volcanic eruptions in 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

29)   What is the aim of the new Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015 bill approved by Cabinet on 17th June’15 to replace the existing Bureau of Indian Standards BIS Act?

a. To bring in more products under the mandatory standard regime
b. End the Inspector raj
c. Compulsory hallmarking of precious metal articles
d. All of these
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ANSWER: All of these

The new bill proposes to bring in more items under the mandatory system to ensure quality products to consumers. Currently, only products and systems come under the ambit of standards and the bill proposes to include services, besides articles and processes under the standardisation regime. The bill also provides for compulsory hallmarking of precious metal articles, widening the scope of conformity assessment, to enhance penalties and to make offences compoundable. The new bill also envisages setting up of the Bureau of Indian standards (BIS) as the National Standards Body of India, which will perform its functions through a governing council consisting of a President and other members.

30)   What is the target set by Cabinet for India’s solar power capacity by 2022 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission?

a. 10 Thousand MW
b. 1000 KW
c. 1 Lakh KW
d. 1 Lakh MW
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The Cabinet gave its approval on 17th June’15 for stepping up India’s solar power capacity target under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission by five times, reaching 1,00,000 Mega Watt by 2022. The target will principally comprise of 40,000 mega watt Rooftop and 60,000 mega watt through Large and Medium Scale Grid Connected Solar Power Projects. With this ambitious target, India will become one of the largest Green Energy producers in the world, surpassing several developed countries.

31)   On 17th June’15 Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) told the Delhi High Court that it cannot include transgender as a third gender for applying for civil services exam as the category was not yet clearly defined by the ________.

a. President of India
b. Parliament
c. Supreme Court
d. Prime Minister of India
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ANSWER: Supreme Court

The PIL, which has sought quashing of UPSC's notice for Civil Services preliminary examination to the extent of the gender or sex eligibility criteria, has now been listed for hearing on July 27. The petition has contended that lack of the third gender option has resulted in transgender not being able to apply for examination which is scheduled to be held on August 23.

32)   Name the Mobile App of Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched on 17th June’15 to provide instant updates and an opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from him?

a. Narendra Modi
b. PM India
c. Pradhan Sevak
d. Pradhan Mantri
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ANSWER: Narendra Modi

The Android-based app, Narendra Modi mobile app is also aimed at giving a chance to people to interact with the Prime Minister and share ideas and suggestions. The App has several innovative features and it can be download from Play Store.

33)   Name the title of the book released on 17th June’15 that has been complied by Dr. Imran Chaudhary and Abhijeet Singh published by Muslim Rashtriya Manch?

a. Yoga and Islam
b. Islamic Yoga
c. Yoga for All
d. Karma Yoga
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Yoga and Islam

The book clearly indicates that Yoga has nothing to do with religion and is universally accepted.

34)   Name the party led by P A Sangma whose recognition has been suspended by the Election Commission for its failure to file the election expenditure statement for 2014 Lok Sabha elections?

a. Sangma Rashtriya Dal
b. Sangma People’s Party
c. Meghalaya People Party
d. National People's Party
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: National People's Party

It is the first case where recognition of a party has been suspended by it under Election Symbols (Reservation and Allotment) Order 1968, for its failure to follow the lawful directions of the Commission. Since the elections to the Lok Sabha and elections to the Legislative Assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim, were completed on 28th May 2014, the political parties were required to submit their election expenditure statements by 26th of August 2014.The Commission had issued two reminders to the NPP to submit the required statement after the due date had long expired.

35)   Name the continent that has overtaken Europe as the world's second richest region?

a. Oceania
b. North America
c. Asia
d. Africa
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According to an annual report by the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, the Asia Pacific, excluding Japan, held 47 trillion dollars in private wealth last year as the number of new millionaires rose in China and India. North America is the world's richest region with 51 trillion dollars, but is expected to be surpassed by Asia in 2016. Asia is also projected to hold 34 per cent of global wealth in 2019. As in both 2012 and 2013, Asia-Pacific, excluding Japan, remained the fastest growing region in 2014.

36)   The NDA Government has decided to increase the number of workdays under MGNREGA from 100 days to ______ days in drought-affected areas.

a. 150 days
b. 200 days
c. 125 days
d. 300 days
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ANSWER: 150 days

MGNREGA promises 100 days of work every year to rural households across the country. The Centre will bear the cost of providing work to rural households for 50 more days and it will be applicable to only the households which complete 100 days of work.

37)   Name the player who became the first Indian footballer to score 50 international goals?

a. Sardar Singh
b. Sunil Chhetri
c. I M Vijayan
d. Baichung Bhutia
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ANSWER: Sunil Chhetri

He achieved this feat in his team’s 2018 World Cup qualifying match against on 16 June at Tamuning (Guam). Former captain Bhaichung Bhutia stays at the second spot with 42 goals in 107 matches while IM Vijayan has 40 goals from 79 games.

38)   Which state government has approved an Anti spitting law on 16th June’15?

a. Goa
b. Haryana
c. Maharashtra
d. Tamil Nadu
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ANSWER: Maharashtra

Maharashtra will become the first state in India to get an anti-spitting law if cleared by the Assembly. Under the proposed law, a fine of Rs. 1000 and provision for one-day community service at a public office or a government office have been made.

39)   Name the chief architect of Navi Mumbai who passed away on 16th June’15?

a. Charles Correa
b. B V Doshi
c. Laurie Baker
d. Raj Rewal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Charles Correa

Charles Correa was one of India’s greatest architects and urban planners, known for adapting his designs to local climates and building styles. Some of Charles Correa’s iconic works include Gandhi Smarak Sangrahalaya Ahmedabad, the Handloom Pavilion in Delhi, Bharat Bhavan and Vidhan Bhavan in Madhya Pradesh, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur, the Permanent Mission of India at the U.N., New York and Kala Academy in Goa.

40)   Who is the author of the book ‘Recasting India: How Entrepreneurship is changing the world's Largest Democracy’?

a. Jhumpa Lahiri
b. Vikram Mehta
c. Hindol Sengupta
d. None of these
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ANSWER: Hindol Sengupta

In the book the author explains emergence of new class of entrepreneurs in India, in recent times, especially from geographically and socially disadvantage spaces.