General Awareness Test (March - 15) - Set 3

1)   Name the player who won the Australian Grand Prix first Formula 1 (F1) Grand Prix of the season on 15 March 2015?

a. Sebastian Vettel
b. Nico Roseberg
c. Lewis Hamilton
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) dominated the first race of the campaign. He was followed by the Nico Roseberg (Mercedes) and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari).

2)   Name the online free educational portal initiative launched by the Gujarat Chapter of Code For India- U.S. based NGO on 13th Mar - 15?

a. Make In India
b. Skill Up India
c. Make Up India
d. Made in India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Skill Up India

The portal was launched by CFI's Gujarat chapter, in partnership with iCreate, IIT, Gandhinagar, IIM Ahmedabad, CIIE and US-India Business Council (USIBC). Skill Up India is part of the new movement in the country to help youth with free access to high quality education through online and mobile courses essential to re-focus our workforce to meet the demands of global economy.

3)   With which country did India ink five Memoranda of Understanding to give new impetus to bilateral co-operation on 11th Mar’15?

a. Seychelles
b. Mauritius
c. Maldives
d. Sri Lanka
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mauritius

The agreements signed included one on Ocean economy which will help utilize the rich marine resources of the Indian Ocean island nation. MoUs for improvement in Sea and Air Transportation Facilities at Agalega Island in Mauritius, boosting the cultural co-operation between the two countries for the next three years, co-operation in the field of Traditional System of Medicine and Homeopathy, and protocol for import of fresh mangoes from India were also signed between the two countries.

4)   Retirement fund body, Employees' Provident Fund Organisation's trustees have decided to raise the age limit from 58 to ___ years for vesting of pension.

a. 60
b. 59
c. 61
d. 57
Answer  Explanation 


At present, a formal sector worker covered under the EPS-95 can make contributions towards pension scheme till the age of 58 years and can claim pension thereafter. After the amendment to the pension scheme, a formal sector worker can choose to contribute towards it till 60 years of age. This will provide him a benefit of 4 per cent enhanced pension per year.

5)   Which country has imposed sanctions on another group of individuals and entities in Ukraine and Russia accused of undermining Ukraine's sovereignty and misappropriating Ukrainian state assets?

a. United Nation
b. United States of America
c. United Kingdom
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: United States of America

The US Treasury Department released a list on 11th Mar’15 of 14 people, including eight Ukrainian separatists, and two entities, including Russian National Commercial Bank, a Russian bank operating in Crimea, the Black Sea-peninsula Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year.

6)   In which city, the Reserve Bank of India organized a Note & Coin Exchange Mela on 11th Mar’14?

a. Mumbai
b. Delhi
c. Kolkata
d. Chennai
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kolkata

Coins and fresh Notes amounting to 1 crore 7 lakhs 50 thousand rupees were exchanged in the Mela in which around 2 thousand 5 hundred people have been benefited.

7)   Name the organisation that will invest Rs 1.5 Lakh Crore in Indian Railways over next 5 years for development of various commercially viable projects?

b. State Bank of India
c. Punjab MetLife
d. Life Insurance Corporation of India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Life Insurance Corporation of India

LIC has taken the task of supporting Indian Railways and it is a commercial decision. The investment would be done in bonds issued by various railway entities such as Indian Railways Finance Corporation, beginning next fiscal. A MoU was signed in this regard in the presence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.

8)   The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised India's growth forecast for the current fiscal to _____.

a. 6%
b. 6.7%
c. 7.2%
d. 7.9%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 7.2%

Last year, IMF had forecast a growth rate of 5.6 percent for the current fiscal, and 6.4 per cent for the next fiscal. In its annual assessment report for the country, IMF said that India has emerged as one of the fastest-growing big emerging market economies and the growth rate would grow by 7.5 per cent.

9)   In which scam case, was former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh summoned as an accused by the special court on 11th Mar’15?

a. Coal Scam
b. 2G Scam
c. Commonwealth Scam
d. Sharada Chit Fund Scam
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Coal Scam


The court also summoned industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, former coal secretary PC Parakh, two officials of Hindalco for alleged offences of criminal conspiracy, cheating etc. Manmohan Singh was reportedly questioned by the CBI in January and the agency is said to have asked him about a coal field in Talabira block that was allotted in 2005 to Hindalco, whose chairman is KM Birla.

10)   Name the surface to surface missile successfully tested by Pakistan during Mar’15?

a. Shaheen-IV
b. Shaheen-I
c. Shaheen-II
d. Shaheen-III
Answer  Explanation 


Pakistan has test-fired a ballistic missile that can deliver a nuclear warhead to any part of India, and even as far away as Israel. The Shaheen-III missile with a range of up to 2,700 kilometres is an updated version of the indigenously produced Shaheen-I and Shaheen-II.

11)   Name the batsman who created a history becoming the first batsman to score four consecutive century in World Cup?

a. Shikhar Dhawan
b. A B DeVillers
c. Kumar Sangakkara
d. David Warner
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kumar Sangakkara

With a century in match against Scotland on 11th Mar’15, Sangakkara became the first batsman in history of ODI to score 4 consecutive centuries.

12)   Name the diplomat nominated as US Ambassador to Pakistan on 11th Mar’15?

a. David Hale
b. Richard Olson
c. John Berry
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: David Hale

He has currently been the US ambassador to Lebanon since Aug. 1, 2013. He will succeed Richard Olson, who has been US ambassador in Islamabad since September 2012.

13)   With which country has India collaborated to study the global Climate Change?

a. Japan
b. China
c. Ireland
d. Norway
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Norway

The linkages between climatic variations in the polar region and the Indian monsoon are also a part of the study. India is maintaining a research base called Himadri in the Arctic.

14)   Name the scheme that has been launched by the government for redressal of grievances of consumers relating to pricing and availability of medicines?

a. Ausadhi Samadhan Scheme
b. Pharma Redressal Scheme
c. Pharma Jan Samadhan Scheme
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pharma Jan Samadhan Scheme

It is a web-enabled system created by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA). It will serve as a robust E-governance tool for protection of interests of consumers through effective implementation of the price of drugs. This pharmacy-literacy initiative would create an awareness among the people and would act as a deterrent against black-marketing, spurious medicines and inflated cost of drugs.

15)   In which country did Indian Railway Construction Company, IRCON completed the reconstruction of Rail link months ahead of schedule and without any cost overrun?

a. Sri Lanka
b. Bangladesh
c. Myanmar
d. Nepal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sri Lanka

The rail line is already proving to be the lifeline for the Tamil people of North Sri Lanka by providing them cheap and fast connectivity to the capital. The last station to be connected on the route will be Thalaimannar, which will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his Sri Lanka visit that starts from 13th Mar’15.

16)   In which state, the mass nesting of endangered species Olive Ridley sea turtles started near river Rushikulya mouth in Ganjam district on 12th Mar’15?

a. Goa
b. Gujarat
c. Odisha
d. Andhra Pradesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Odisha

On the first day, over 10,000 female turtles have laid eggs in the over 3-km-long sandy beach from Gokharakuda to Podampeta. The mass nesting of the Olive Ridley was followed by the sporadic nesting in the rookery, considered as the second largest after Gahiramatha. Besides the river Rushikulya mouth and Gahiramatha, the Devi river mouth in Odisha coast is also the famous mass nesting sites for the Olive Ridley.

17)   Which state government has launched a special project for installing solar photo voltaic panels in 80 schools and 20 primary health centers in 10 districts of the state on 12th Mar’15?

a. Odisha
b. Haryana
c. Kerala
d. West Bengal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: West Bengal

The State Government has also decided to introduce roof top solar power system particularly for high rise buildings. The government is also considering providing subsidy to the solar power user to encourage the use of Green Energy.

18)   In which state, the third edition of Indian Panorama Film Festival started from 12th Mar’15?

a. Maharashtra
b. Shillong
c. Nagaland
d. Delhi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shillong

The three-day film festival will include interactive session and panel discussions with eminent film makers.

19)   Which state assembly on 12thMar’15 passed a bill giving the government wide-ranging powers to confiscate properties of its employees who amass wealth through corrupt means?

a. Delhi
b. Haryana
c. Uttar Pradesh
d. Chhattisgarh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chhattisgarh

Chief Minister said that the Special Courts Bill 2015 will ensure prompt disposal of corruption cases against all those who draw salaries or any other money through treasuries-ministers, peoples’ representatives, all officers and employees including of state judicial services.

20)   In which city, All India Ayurvedic Congress began on 12th March’15?

a. Chandigarh
b. Mumbai
c. Patna
d. Dehradun
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Chandigarh

The Ayurveda Congress is being held in north India for the first time. About 3, 000 delegates from all over the country, BRIC and SAARC nations are participating in the Congress.

21)   What was the retail inflation observed in Feb’15 in comparison to 5.11% in Jan’15?

a. 5.37%
b. 6.01%
c. 6.70%
d. 5.9%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 5.37%

It increased due to higher prices of food items, including vegetables. According to official data, food inflation rose to 6.79 percent in February this year, from 6.06 percent in January. Inflation in vegetables rose to 13%, and in pulses and products to 10.61% during the month under review. Inflation in rural areas stood at 5.79 percent, and in urban areas at 4.95 percent in February.

22)   Which state clinched the Ranji Trophy on 12th Mar’15?

a. Tamil Nadu
b. Maharashtra
c. Karnataka
d. Uttar Pradesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Karnataka

Karnataka defeated Tamil Nadu by an innings and 217 runs on the last day of the final match at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.

23)   Which spot did badminton player Saina Nehwal hit in the world list after her splendid performance at the All England Badminton championship last week?

a. First
b. Second
c. Fourth
d. Sixth
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Second

Saina had become the first Indian women to reach All England Final, which she eventually lost to World champion Carolina Marin of Spain in three sets. Before All England championship, Saina was ranked no.4 in the World.

24)   Name the warship that has been exported by India to Mauritius and commissioned on 12th Mar’15?

a. Virat
b. Vikramaditya
c. Barracuda
d. Yudhpot
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Barracuda

It was handed over to Mauritius in December 2014 but was commissioned by Indian Prime Narendra Modi on his state visit to Mauritius.

25)   With which country's central bank, Reserve Bank of India on 13th Mar - 15 had a $1.5Billion Currency Swap Agreement?

a. Maldives
b. Mauritius
c. Seychelles
d. Sri Lanka
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Sri Lanka

The Reserve Bank of India has entered a $1.5 billion currency swap agreement with the central bank of Sri Lanka. It will help keep the Sri Lankan rupee stable. Sri Lanka rupee has been under pressure since early January and fallen around 1.5 percent so far this year despite the central bank defended it with selling dollars.

26)   Which country's government has announced plans to build a new capital to the east of the present one?

a. Egypt
b. India
c. Bangladesh
d. Pakistan
Answer  Explanation 


The announcement was made at an investment conference that aims to revive the Egyptian economy. The aim was to ease congestion and overpopulation in Cairo over the next 40 years.

27)   Name the Nepal's National Poet whose literary work would be translated into Hindi as per the announcement made by the Shri Ranjit Rae, Ambassador of India to Nepal?

a. Madhav Prasad Ghimire
b. Tulsi Ghimire
c. Sherpa Ang Rita
d. Prabal Gurung
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Madhav Prasad Ghimire

Embassy of India and B.P. Koirala India-Nepal Foundation organized Book Release ceremony of Samvedana Ke Swar, a collection of poems translated into Hindi at Nepal-Bharat Library, Nepal Airlines Building, New Road. The book was released by National Poet Madhav Prasad Ghimire and Ambassador of India, Shri Ranjit Rae.

28)   Name the European country which withdrew its bid to join the European Union on 12th Mar - 15?

a. Ireland
b. Iceland
c. Nigeria
d. India
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Iceland

Iceland announced that it is withdrawing its application for a membership in the 28-nation European Union (EU) as its interest could be served best while it remains out of the EU.

29)   How many agreements were signed between India and Sri Lanka during PM Narendra Modi's visit to Sri Lanka on 13th Mar - 15?

a. 11
b. 5
c. 7
d. 4
Answer  Explanation 


Both the countries have signed four agreements on visa, youth development, customs and building Rabindra Nath Tagore memorial in Sri Lanka.

30)   Name the university that topped the World Reputation Rankings 2015?

a. Harvard University
b. University of Cambridge
c. University of Oxford
d. Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Harvard University

The Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings 2015 employ the world's largest invitation-only academic opinion survey to provide the definitive list of the top 100 most powerful global university brands.

31)   Name the country that will host 2019 edition of the confederation's flagship competition, the AFC Asian Cup?

a. Nepal
b. Sri Lanka
c. Afghanistan
d. UAE
Answer  Explanation 


The Executive Committee, during its meeting in Manama, Bahrain, awarded the hosting rights following a transparent, detailed and highly competitive bidding process, which began with 11 competing Member Associations.

32)   Name the person appointed as the new Director General of the Sports Authority of India?

a. Jiji Thomson
b. Injeti Srinivas
c. GSG Ayyangar
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Injeti Srinivas

Former Joint Secretary in the Sports Ministry, Injeti Srinivas will take over as the new Director General of Sports Authority of India.

33)   Name the new city to be set up around Navi Mumbai International Airport as announced by the Governor Vidyasagar Rao in Mar - 15?

d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 


Maharashtra government would be developing a new city - 'NAINA' - over an area of 600 sq km around the upcoming Navi Mumbai International Airport.

34)   Name the person known as Noted Gandhian and son of Mahatma Gandhi's personal secretary who passed away on 15th Mar-15?

a. Mahadev Desai
b. Narayan Desai
c. Mohan Desai
d. Mayank Gandhi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Narayan Desai

Noted Gandhian and son of Mahatma Gandhi's personal secretary and biographer, Mahadev Desai, Narayan Desai was passed away early this morning. He was accorded many awards including Jamnalal Bajaj Award in 1999, UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize and Moortidevi Award in 2004. He also got Sahitya Akademi Award in 1993 for his book on biography of his father Mahadev Desai and Ranjitram Suwarna Chandrak - the highest award for Gujarati literature in 2001.

35)   With reference to a proposal, which type of employees may get to visit some SAARC nations barring Pakistan under the new Leave Travel Concession, LTC rules being finalized by the Centre?

a. Central Govt. Employees
b. Defence Employees
c. Medical Employees
d. State Employess
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Central Govt. Employees

The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said, the decision has been taken to promote people-to-people contact and boost tourism among the SAARC regions. The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, SAARC is a group of eight nations comprising Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and India.

36)   Which state has launched the "Momai Tamuli Barbaruah Krishak Bondhu Scheme" to increase agricultural production in state on 15th Mar - 15?

a. West Bengal
b. Odisha
c. Arunachal Pradesh
d. Assam
Answer  Explanation 


Under the scheme assistance would be given for double cropping in all the crop areas which have so far been utilized for single cropping. CM of Assam Tarun Gogoi has announced the scheme in 2015-16 state budgets.

37)   Name the multinational firm that was slapped 20,495 Crore rupees by the Income tax Department on 13th Mar-15?

a. Vodafone
b. Royal Dutch Shell
c. Cairn India Ltd
d. Bharti Airtel
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Cairn India Ltd

Earlier this week, the I-T Department had slapped 10,247 crore rupees tax demand on Cairn Energy Plc for an alleged 24,500 crore rupees worth capital gains it made in 2006 while transferring all its India assets to a new company, Cairn India, and getting it listed on the stock exchanges.

38)   By what percent India's exports declined during February-2015?

a. Over 15%
b. Below 10%
c. Over 10%
d. 12%
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Over 15%

India's export was declined by more than 15 percent to 21.5 billion dollars in February 2015.

39)   Who has been appointed as the Brand Ambassador for the North East?

a. Baichung Bhutia
b. Ranbir Kapoor
c. Priyanka Chopra
d. Mary Kom
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mary Kom

The name of Mary Kom has been selected for the promotion of culture and tourism. She is a five-time world boxing champion.

40)   Name the player who clinched the Swiss Grand Prix Gold championship title held on 15th Mar - 15?

a. Kidambi Srikanth
b. Saina Nehwal
c. Viktor Alexson
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kidambi Srikanth

Young Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has clinched the Swiss Grand Prix Gold championship title. In a thrilling final at Basel, Switzerland on 15thMar-15, the World No.4 overcame a strong challenge from Viktor Alexson of Denmark, who is ranked sixth in the world.