General Awareness Test (March - 15) - Set 1

1)   NASCOMM’s Foundation Day was observed on _______.

a. 28th February
b. 29th February
c. 1st March
d. 2nd March
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1st March

No explanation is available for this question!

2)   Who took over as the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir on 1st March’15?

a. Manohar Lal Khattar
b. Mehbooba Mufti
c. Nirmal Singh
d. Mufti Mohammed Syed
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mufti Mohammed Syed

PDP leader Mufti Mohamemd Sayeed took oath as Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Nirmal Singh of BJP has been made the Deputy Chief Minister in PDP-BJP government. Along with Sayeed, 24 Ministers, 13 from PDP and 11 from BJP and its supporters also took oath. Governor NN Vohra administered the oath of office at General Zorawar Singh Auditorium in Jammu University on 1st Mar’15.

3)   Name the former Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh against whom an FIR was lodged in connection with alleged irregularities in appointments in the State Assembly Secretariat?

a. Digvijay Singh
b. Babulal Gaur
c. Shivraj Singh Chauhan
d. Uma Bharti
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Digvijay Singh

In Madhya Pradesh, an FIR has been lodged against former chief minister Digvijay Singh, former Speaker of the state Legislative Assembly Shriniwas Tiwari and 17 others, in connection with alleged irregularities in appointments in the State Assembly Secretariat. Different Sections of the IPC, including Section 420, have been slapped against the accused.

4)   Name the Chief Justice of Odisha High Court who was appointed as the Supreme Court Judge by the President of India?

a. Amitava Roy
b. Amitabh Singh
c. Akhila Srinivasan
d. Shikha Kochar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amitava Roy

Now the Supreme Court Judges increased to 29.

5)   Who was appointed as the special envoy by Singapore Government to Andhra Pradesh State?

a. Anil Kumar
b. Kshatrapati Shivaji
c. Gopinath Pillai
d. A S Kiran Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Gopinath Pillai

No explanation is available for this question!

6)   With which e-commerce company IRCTC has collaborated to sell its products on the IRCTC Website?

a. Flipkart
b. Amazon
c. Snapdeal
d. Jabong
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Amazon

Indian Railways Catering &Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), a public sector enterprise under the Ministry of Railways and country's largest travel and ticketing site, has appointed as its official shopping partner for two years.

7)   Which country will host the Commonwealth Games 2022?

a. South Africa
b. Canada
c. United States
d. Australia
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: South Africa

South Africa was the only contender to host the CWG 2022.

8)   On which framework the government and the Reserve Bank of India signed an agreement whereby the government has set a target for RBI to bring down inflation below 6% by January 2016?

a. Monetary Policy Framework
b. Fiscal Deficit Framework
c. Inflation Policy Framework
d. Commercial Framework
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Monetary Policy Framework

The Agreement, which was signed on February 20 but made public on 2nd Mar’15, veers round to RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s view that India too should move towards inflation targeting, which is common in developed economies. Currently, the Centre and the RBI give inflation estimates, but don’t set targets.

9)   Name the Indian officer who has been announced as the next ambassador to United States?

a. Sujata Singh
b. Arun Singh
c. S Jaishankar
d. Mohan Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Arun Singh

At present, Mr Arun Singh is the Indian Ambassador to France. A 1979-batch IFS officer, Mr Singh will be replacing S. Jaishankar, who was appointed as Foreign Secretary on 28th Jan’15.

10)   Name the social activist who has announced 1100 km foot march against Land Acquisition Bill?

a. Kumar Vishwas
b. Anna Hazare
c. Kiran Bedi
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anna Hazare

Anna declared on his blog that march will lead Sevagram in Wardha to New Delhi. The march will take up to three months to cover the distance. At the end of the long march Jail Bharo Andolan will be organised at Ramlila Maidan.

11)   In which state was Beef banned after President Pranab Mukherjee gave his assent to the Animal Preservation Amendment Bill 1995?

a. Gujarat
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. Maharashtra
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Maharashtra

Now anyone found to be selling beef or in possession of it, can be jailed for five years and fine upto 10,000 rupees. The new act will however allow slaughter of water buffaloes, which provides carabeef, generally seen as inferior quality meat.

12)   Which state’s Election Commission launched a comprehensive programme ‘National Electoral Rolls Purification and Authentication Programme (NERPAP) in the State during Mar’15?

a. Jammu & Kashmir
b. Delhi
c. Haryana
d. Punjab
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Haryana

The objective of the programme is to bring out a totally error-free and authenticated electoral roll. The Election Commission attaches highest priority to the maintenance of electoral roll without any defects, errors and multiple entries. The programme would take into consideration the summary revision of electoral rolls with respect to January 1, 2015.

13)   Name the Institute that will be upgraded to an IIT as per the budget 2015?

a. IIIT Allahabad
b. IET Lucknow
c. IISc Bangalore
d. ISM Dhanbad
Answer  Explanation 


As per the draft prepared for 12th 5-year plan (DRAFT Twelfth Five Year (2012-17), Planning Commission, Yojana Bhawan, Government of India), there is a proposal to upgrade ISM Dhanbad to IIT.

14)   Name the mission that has been proposed to draw on expertise of entrepreneurs and researchers to foster scientific innovations in the infrastructure sector?

a. Subhash Chandra Bose Innovation Mission
b. Atal Innovation Mission
c. Malviya Innovation Mission
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Atal Innovation Mission

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced the Atal Innovation Mission (AIM), an innovation promotion platform in the NITI Aayog, with an initial fund of Rs 150 crore for research and development.

15)   In the budget 2015, the government slashed the Corporate Tax from 30 percent to ____.

a. 28%
b. 20%
c. 25%
d. 26%
Answer  Explanation 


No explanation is available for this question!

16)   Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the National Book Trust (NBT) on 2nd Mar’2015?

a. Baldev Sharma
b. Manoj Singh
c. Vandana Tiwari
d. Seema Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Baldev Sharma

No explanation is available for this question!

17)   Name the person appointed as the Chairman of Board for Cricket Control of India (BCCI) on 2nd Mar’15?

a. Anurag Thakur
b. Jagmohan Dalmiya
c. Prem Kumar Dhumal
d. Sharad Pawar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jagmohan Dalmiya

Jagmohan Dalmiya made his grand comeback after 10 years in Board for Control of Cricket in India (BCCI) after he was unanimously elected president of the BCCI. Anuarg Thakur is appointed as the BCCI Secretary. Anurag Thakur is BJP Lok Sabha MP from Himachal Pradesh.

18)   Name the economist appointed as the new Economic Mentor of FICCI public policy and economic framework?

a. Amartya Sen
b. Arvind Virmani
c. P Chidamabaram
d. Arun Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Arvind Virmani

Arvind Virmani, who served as the country's Chief Economic Advisor and Principal Advisor in the Planning Commission, will now mentor Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industries (Ficci's) public policy & economic work.

19)   Name the person appointed as the Judicial Commissioner to Supreme Court Bench of Singapore?

a. Jairam Ramesh
b. Arvind Kumar
c. B S Kalsi
d. Kannan Ramesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kannan Ramesh

Indian-origin lawyer Kannan Ramesh was on 27 February 2015 appointed as Judicial Commissioner to Singapore’s Supreme Court bench with effect from 22 May 2015. He will serve the office for two years.

20)   How many Automatic Weather Centres with the help of the Shipping Corporation of India will be installed by Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS)?

a. 10
b. 11
c. 12
d. 13
Answer  Explanation 


Three automatic weather stations have been installed on trial basis, the INCOIS information has been very accurate and helpful during the recent Cyclone Hud-Hud that created havoc on Andhra Pradesh.

21)   Which country plans to launch Inactivated Polio Vaccine (IPV), as an additional dose to be given at 14 weeks of age with Oral Polio Drops near the end of 2015 year?

a. Afghanistan
b. Pakistan
c. India
d. Nepal
Answer  Explanation 


This injectible vaccine is a part of Polio Endgame Strategy of the World Health Organisation and is based on recommendations by National Technical Advisory Group on

22)   How many women from South Asia have been selected for International Women of Courage Award 2015 for demonstrating exceptional courage and leadership in advocating for peace, justice, human rights and gender equality?

a. 1
b. 3
c. 5
d. 6
Answer  Explanation 


Captain Niloofar Rahmani from Afghan Air Force, Journalist and women's rights activist Nadia Sharmeen from Bangladesh and Tabassum Adnan, founder, Khwendo Jirga from Pakistan, would receive the prestigious award in the presence of First Lady Michelle Obama in Washington DC on 10th of March.

23)   Which state government has decided to launch the E-Panchayat programme?

a. Telangana
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. Jammu & Kashmir
d. Odisha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Telangana

Telangana government has decided to launch the E-Panchayat programme in 18 Village Panchayats in Domokonda of Nizamabad district initially. All the e-panchayat centres will be managed only by literate women members of the village after giving necessary training.

24)   National Day of Bulgaria was celebrated on _________

a. 3rd March
b. 4th March
c. 5th March
d. 6th March
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 3rd March

No explanation is available for this question!

25)   Which organisation has launched “National Electoral Roll Purification and Authentication Programme” (NERPAP) throughout the country from 3rd Mar’15 with the prime objective of bringing a totally error free and authenticated electoral roll?

c. IIT-Kanpur
d. Election Commission of India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Election Commission of India

During the programme, EPIC data of electors will be linked with Aadhar data of UIDAI for the purpose of authentication. NERPAP will focus on improving image quality of electors along with sorting issues like corrections of errors etc.

26)   Who was appointed as the Chief Secretary of Delhi on 3rd Mar’15?

a. Alok Ranjan
b. Kewal K Sharma
c. Ashish Sharma
d. Maqsud Alam
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kewal K Sharma

At present, He is the chief secretary of Goa. He was appointed as the Goa chief secretary on 1 January 2015.

27)   The world's largest and tallest Indian tricolour flag was unrolled at which place on 3rd Mar’15?

a. New York
b. Singapore
c. Faridabad
d. Delhi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Faridabad

The flag weighs 48 kilograms and has 96 feet by 64 feet dimension. It was hoisted at a height of 250 feet (75 meters), making it the largest and the highest hoisted Indian flag in the world.

28)   In which state, did the Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurate the first phase of Shri Singaji Thermal Power Project on 5th Mar’15?

a. Uttar Pradesh
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Arunachal Pradesh
d. Himachal Pradesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Madhya Pradesh

The first phase of project will be inaugurated at Dongliya village in Khandwa district of Madhya Pradesh. The Shri Singaji Thermal Power Project will give impetus to the state government’s Atal Jyoti Abhiyan which aimed at providing 24 X 7 power supply across the state. The first phase of the Shri Singaji Thermal Power Project is of 12 hundred mega watt capacity. The Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company has incurred 7820 crore rupees on this phase. With commissioning of two plants of this phase, the total thermal power generation capacity of the state will be 4500 mega watt.

29)   Name the fourth among the seven of the IRNSS constellation of satellites designed to provide accurate position information service to users in the country as well as the region extending up to 1,500 km from its boundary?

Answer  Explanation 


The Indian Space Research Organisation has postponed the launch of India’s fourth Navigation Satellite IRNSS-1D onboard PSLV-C27. The launch was originally scheduled for 9th Mar’15 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

30)   Name the mission replaced by Jawahalal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNRUM)?

a. National Urban Renewal Mission
b. Mahatma Gandhi National Urban Renewal Mission
c. Sardar Patel National Urban Renewal Mission
d. India Renewal Mission
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: National Urban Renewal Mission

No explanation is available for this question!

31)   How many points were cut in Repo Rate by the Reserve Bank of India on 4th Mar’15?

a. 50 Basis Point
b. 80 Basis Point
c. 35 Basis Point
d. 25 Basis Point
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 25 Basis Point

The Reserve Bank of India on 4th Mar’15 cut repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.5 percent, signaling that it was convinced by the fiscal consolidation measures announced in the Budget. This is the second out of turn 25 basis point-cut after the one in January.

32)   By what percent Cash reserve Ratio has been changed by the Reserve Bank of India on 4th Mar’15?

a. 0.5%
b. 1%
c. 1.5%
d. Unchanged
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Unchanged

No explanation is available for this question!

33)   With which country India has signed an agreement on Mutual Protection of Classified Information to provide the framework for enhanced cooperation in the defence sector on 4th Mar’15?

a. Brazil
b. Spain
c. United Kingdom
d. Russia
Answer  Explanation 


The agreement was signed between visiting Spanish Defence Minister Pedro Moremes and his Indian counterpart Manohar Parrikar. Defence Ministry officials said that this is the primary pact that a country agrees to before embarking on deeper talks on defence cooperation.

34)   Which category will not get the 5% reservations in Maharashtra government jobs as announced by the erstwhile Congress-NCP government just before Assembly polls in year 2014?

a. Muslims
b. Hindus
c. Christians
d. Anglo-Indians
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Muslims

The court had stayed the Maharashtra state's decision to provide a five percent job reservation to Muslims in government service, but it allowed quotas for them in educational institutions.

35)   Which channel telecasted the Nirbhaya Documentary after Indian Government was pressing to not show the controversial documentary on International Women’s Day?

a. Al-Jazeera
b. BBC
d. Discovery India
Answer  Explanation 


A BBC statement from London said the channel was responsible only for airing the documentary in UK and said the film had handled the issue "responsibly". "The BBC will broadcast Storyville - India's Daughter, in the UK on BBC Four.

36)   Who became the first women from Indian film industry to win the prestigious National Institute of Gender Justice’s national award?

a. Jaya Bachchan
b. Lata Mangeshkar
c. Rani Mukherjee
d. Vidya Balan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rani Mukherjee

She was awarded this for creating awareness about child trafficking in capital city of India. She was also acclaimed for her performance in movies like Mardaani. Others who won this award include Anna Hazare, Pratibha Patil, Mahashweta Devi and Pandit Jasraj.

37)   Name the festival inaugurated by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan on 7th Mar’15?

a. Innovation
b. Invention
c. Engineering
d. Experiment
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Innovation

It will provide a common platform for the interaction of the various stakeholders, right from students to bankers with unique ideas from grassroots innovators which will be showcased in an exhibition focusing on three major subjects Make in India, Swachch Bharat and Adarsh Gram. India ranks 76th on the Global Innovation Index, much below countries like Malta, Lithuania, Greece and Brazil.

38)   Which Institute has developed training modules to fill the gaps in rural infrastructure and provide training to elected public representatives under the Prime Minister Sansad Aadarsh Gram Yojana (PMSAGY)?

a. IIM
b. FMS
c. IIT
Answer  Explanation 


The Hyderabad-based National Institute of Rural Development and Panchayat Raj would help in developing model villages and provide handholding guidance in implementation of the model village scheme.

39)   Name the space agency whose probe has gone into orbit around Ceres, the largest object in the Solar System between Mars and Jupiter?

d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 


The U.S. Space Agency’s Dawn has taken 7.5 years to reach its destination. Ceres is the first of the dwarf planets to be visited by a spacecraft.

40)   Name the Member of Parliament who tabled a motion in House of Commons to mark the unveiling of a new statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Parliament Square in London?

a. David Cameron
b. Bobby Jindal
c. Keith Vaz
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Keith Vaz

People from around the world will be reminded of Mahatma Gandhi's incredible legacy on the 14th March. Keith Vaz is the Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin MP.