General Awareness Test (March - 15) - Set 4

1)   Name the former Bihar Chief Minister who was convicted in the multi crore fodder scam and sent to Birsa Munda central jail in Ranchi on 19th Mar’15?

a. Lalu Prasad Yadav
b. Jeetan Ram Maanjhi
c. Jagannath Mishra
d. Rabri Devi
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jagannath Mishra

He was sent to Birsa Munda central jail in Ranchi after he surrendered before the special CBI court on direction of Jharkhand high court.

2)   Name the Indian-American Scientist who will head the Royal Society of Britain?

a. T.E.S. Raghavan
b. Ramesh Agarwal
c. Chandrasekhar Khare
d. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Indian-American scientist Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, whose pioneering work in molecular biology won him the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will head Britain's prestigious Royal Society, a communion of the many of the world's most distinguished scientists.

3)   Who inaugurated the International Conference on "Global Environment Issues" organised by the National Green Tribunal in association with the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change Government of India on 14th Mar - 15?

a. The President of India
b. The Vice President of India
c. The Prime Minister of India
d. The Speaker of Lok Sabha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: The Vice President of India

No explanation is available for this question!

4)   In which region of Sri Lanka, PM Narendra Modi handed over 27,000 new homes on 14th Mar-15 to Tamils who became homeless during the civil war?

a. Galle
b. Sigiriya
c. Tangalle
d. Jaffna
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jaffna

The houses were built with Indian assistance as part of India's efforts to help in the reconciliation process. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also the second international leader to visit the region after Premier David Cameron in 2013.

5)   In which city the statue of Mahatma Gandhi made by British sculptor Philip Jackson was unveiled by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on 14th Mar - 15?

a. New York
b. Berlin
c. London
d. Paris
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: London

Mahatma Gandhi's statue was unveiled at London's Parliament Square.

6)   National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week was launched on ___.

a. 15th Mar’15
b. 16th Mar’15
c. 17th Mar’15
d. 18th Mar’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 16th Mar’15

The Center launched National Rural Drinking Water and Sanitation Awareness Week at Kankrola-Bhanglora Village of Gurgaon District in Haryana. During the campaign, there will be an extensive awareness drive on construction and use of household toilets, keeping the villages clean, safe handling and use of drinking water, awareness of quality of drinking water, water conservation, community managed water supply systems in rural areas.

7)   Name the Chief of International Monetary Fund who visited India in Mar-15?

a. Horst Kohler
b. Rodrigo De Rato
c. Dominique Strauss Kahn
d. Christine Lagarde
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Christine Lagarde

She will be the Managing Director and Chairman of Executive Board starting July 5, 2011.

8)   Name the cyclone that hit the South Pacific Islands during Mar’15?

a. Katrina
b. HudHud
c. PAM
d. Nilofar
Answer  Explanation 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed sorrow and pain of all those affected by the devastation caused by Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

9)   Which state assembly unanimously passed a resolution on 16th Mar’15 expressing gratitude to the President Pranab Mukherjee for conferring the coveted Padma Vibushan honour on the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal?

a. Haryana State Assembly
b. Punjab State Assembly
c. Chandigarh State Assembly
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Punjab State Assembly

In a resolution moved by the Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa on the floor of the house, the state assembly felicitated the Chief Minister and people of Punjab for this honour. The resolution said that Mr Badal has been honoured in recognition with his continued services for the welfare of poor, dalits and farmers and this is a prestigious honour for all the Punjabis across the globe.

10)   As per the statement made by IMF Chief Christine Lagarde, by which year Indian Economy would be double the size of 2009?

a. 2019
b. 2022
c. 2027
d. 2020
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2019

According to IMF Chief, India's growth is expected to exceed China this year. She said the recently presented Budget of India is a step in the right direction and India's recent adoption of flexible inflation targeting is a welcome step.

11)   As per the Supreme Court order on 16th Mar’15, which card is not compulsory to avail the subsidies associated with numerous govt. schemes?

a. Voter ID Card
b. Aadhar Card
c. Ration Card
d. PAN Card
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Aadhar Card

The Supreme Court made it clear the Aadhaar cards, issued by Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), are not mandatory as far as availing the subsidies associated with numerous govt. schemes is concerned.

12)   World Consumer Rights Day was observed on ____.

a. 15th March
b. 16th March
c. 17th March
d. 18th March
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 15th March

The theme of the year 2015 was ‘Helping Consumers Choose Healthy Diets’.

13)   As per the latest data on international arms transfer released by Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) which country became the world’s largest arms importer?

a. India
b. China
c. Saudi Arabia
d. Pakistan
Answer  Explanation 


India accounted for 15% of the global arms imports from 2010 to 2014. "Between 2005-2009 and 2010-2014, India's arms imports increased by 140%.

14)   Name the women cab service launched by New Delhi Municipal Council?

a. Mahila Cab Service
b. Shakti
c. Naari Shakti
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Shakti

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) is planning to introduce a fleet of taxis with women drivers next month.

15)   Name the 2009 batch IAS officer who passed away in Bangalore on 17th Mar’15?

a. N S Shirke
b. S N Ravi
c. D K Ravi
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 


He was posted as Joint Commissioner, Commercial Tax Department. D K Ravi when posted as Deputy Commissioner, especially action taken against sand and land mafia earned him good name among people of Kolar. He was found hanging in his apartment in Bangalore.

16)   The Supreme Court of India (SC) on 17 March 2015 cancelled the Union Government’s decision to include which category/community in the Central Other Backward Classes (OBC) list?

a. Gujjar
b. Jaat
c. Kayasth
d. Sindhi
Answer  Explanation 


Supreme Court cancelled because Jaat community does not form socio-economic backward class.

17)   Name the company that on 16thMar’15 decided to file a 400 million US dollar defamation lawsuit against the Sahara group?

b. Mirach Capital
c. JP Morgan
d. Ford Capital
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mirach Capital

Mirach accused Sahara’s representatives of breaching an exclusivity contract with it following public comments by its CEO Saransh Sharma regarding the group’s acquisition strategy of the Sahara assets.

18)   Which state passed the ‘Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, 2015’ on 16th Mar’15?

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

ANSWER: Haryana

The bill bans cow slaughter, sale of beef and prescribes rigorous punishment for its violation and also covers a wide range of administrative measures intended to conserve and improve the livestock.

19)   Name the shopping search engine that has been acquired by the social networking site Facebook on 14thMar’15?

b. Amazon
c. TheFind
d. Google
Answer  Explanation 


With this move, Facebook entered into the e-commerce business.

20)   Name the leader named as Young Global Leader from India by the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Mar’15?

a. Rahul Gandhi
b. Jyotiridtya Sindhiya
c. Varun Gandhi
d. Smriti Irani
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani, union human resources development minister is named the Young Global leader from India.

21)   Which bank has announced the launch of Chillr App that enables quick transfer of funds to those who are in mobile phone contacts list?

a. Yes Bank
b. ICICI Bank
c. HDFC Bank
d. Bank of Baroda
Answer  Explanation 


This app connects directly to the bank account of mobile phone owner. Thus there is no need to deposit money in pre paid account for money transfer.

22)   With which country, Textiles Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed by India on 17th Mar’15?

a. Pakistan
b. Kyrgyzstan
c. Sri Lanka
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kyrgyzstan

The two countries have agreed to set up a Joint Working Group (JWG) to explore details of cooperation within the scope of the MoU and the steps required to facilitate bilateral trade and investment.

23)   Which country hosted the first Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction of the post-2015 era?

a. Sri Lanka
b. China
c. Japan
d. India
Answer  Explanation 


This was announced by the Union Home Minister Shri Rajnath Singh during the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai from March 14-18, 2015.

24)   When did the government launch the new Tourism Policy 2015?

a. 1st April 2015
b. 15th August 2015
c. 1st May 2015
d. 15th May 2015
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 15th May 2015

Government set up a National Tourism Board as a part of the new Tourism Policy to speed up and promote tourism in the country. The new Tourism Policy, 2015 was launched on the 15th of May this year.

25)   Name the award given by PM Narendra Modi to 13 Gujarati Journalists on 18th Mar’15?

a. Batukbhai Dikshit Award
b. Mahatma Gandhi Patrakar Samman
c. Sardar Patel Award
d. Tansukh Lal Award
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Batukbhai Dikshit Award

The Prime Minister congratulated the awardees for this honour. The award is given by Surat Shaher Patrakar Kalyan Nidhi.

26)   For what purpose did the government decide to set up Central Sector Projects Coordination Committee (CSPCCs) in the states under chief secretaries?

a. Speedy Implementation of Projects
b. Monitoring and Implementation of Jan Dhan Yojna
c. Implementation of GST
d. Implementation of Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Speedy Implementation of Projects

The government has decided to set up Central Sector Projects Coordination Committee, CSPCCs in the states under chief secretaries to remove bottlenecks and to facilitate speedy implementation of major projects.

27)   On which tickets Government has decided to print an All India Helpline Number and Security Helpline to publicise and bring more awareness?

a. Flight Tickets
b. Bus Tickets
c. Rail Tickets
d. Park Tickets
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Rail Tickets

Indian Railways provided the All India Helpline Number ‘138’ for passengers, for queries and complaints related to medical emergency, cleanliness, food and catering, and coach maintenance. Security helpline number 182 is used to report unsavoury situation during journey. India Railways Catering & Tourism Corporation, IRCTC has been directed to make necessary arrangements to ensure printing of the numbers on the hard copies as well as SMS of e-tickets.

28)   When did the PM visit National Martyrs Memorial at Hussainiwala in Ferozepur district of Punjab to pay tributes to the three great martyrs of India’s freedom struggle Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev?

a. 31st Mar’15
b. 23rd Mar’15
c. 1st Apr’15
d. 30th Apr’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 23rd Mar’15

All three martyrs were cremated on the banks of the river Satluj at Hussainiwala on March 23, 1931.

29)   Name the officer appointed as the new Air Force Chief of Pakistan?

a. Air Marshal Sohail Aman
b. Air Marshal Tahir Rafique
c. Air Marshal Shahid Qamar
d. Air Marshal Abdul Gilani
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Air Marshal Sohail Aman

He will replace Chief of Air Staff, Tahir Rafique Butt who proceeds on retirement. Air Marshal Sohail Aman was commissioned in Pakistan Air Force in November 1980 as GD Pilot.

30)   Name the country that has not followed the UK in joining the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank?

a. France
b. Germany
c. Italy
d. Syria
Answer  Explanation 


The three European countries followed suit days after the UK became the first Western nation to join the bank disregarding reservations expressed by the US which raised concerns over its transparency. With joining of these countries, the total number of the bank's member states including India has gone up to 30. State-run Xinhua news agency quoted top officials of France, Germany and Italy as confirming their participation in the 50 billion dollar investment bank floated last year by President Xi Jinping.

31)   Name the first South African Player to take a hat-trick in the World Cup during World Cup 2015?

a. Morni Morkel
b. Dale Steyn
c. J P Duminy
d. Imran Tahir
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: J P Duminy

JP Duminy, South Africa's right-arm off-break bowler, claimed the hat-trick against Sri Lankan batsmen in the first quarter-final clash in World Cup 2015. In the Reliance World Cup 1987, Chetan Sharma took the first hat-trick in the history of tournament when he clean bowled Ken Rutherford, Ian Smith and Ewen Chatfield of New Zealand off consecutive balls.

32)   Name the Sri Lankan cricketer who retired after the quarter-final match played against South Africa on 18th Mar’15?

a. Tilakratne Dilshan & Kumar Sangakkara
b. Lasith Malinga
c. Kumar Sangakkara
d. Mahela Jayawardhne & Kumar Sangakkara
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mahela Jayawardhne & Kumar Sangakkara

Mahela Jayawardene retired after playing 448 ODIs and accumulating 12,650 runs while Kumar Sangakkara scored 14,234 runs in 404 ODIs.

33)   Name the Likud party leader re-elected as Prime Minister of Israel on 18th Mar’15?

a. Reuven Rivlin
b. Benjamin Netanyahu
c. Ehud Olmert
d. Ariel Sheron
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Benjamin Netanyahu

12th elections for 120-member Israeli Knesst were held on 17 March 2015 and the results were announced on 18 March.

34)   Who has been appointed as the head of Indian Railways Innovative Council called 'Kaya Kalp'?

a. Ajay Thakur
b. Amit Shah
c. Ratan Tata
d. Mukesh Ambani
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ratan Tata

Apart from Ratan Tata, the Kaya Kalp Council will also have two railway union leaders Shiv Gopal Mishra and M Raghuvaiah. Mr. Tata will head the Kaya Kalp Council, while General Secretaries of All-India Railwaymen Federation and National Federation of Indian Railwaymen will also be the members of the council.

35)   On 19th Mar’15, the govt. announced launching of BIRAC ACE Fund which is aimed at addressing the pressing needs of accelerating the growth of entrepreneurs, in the field of Biotechnology. BIRAC is abbreviated as _____.

a. Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council
b. Bio Indigenous Research Assistance Committee
c. Biotic Industry Research Assistance Company
d. Biomass Indian Research Assistance Corporation
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council

Govt launches BIRAC to accelerate growth of entrepreneurs in Biotechnology. This equity fund will be operated by Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, BIRAC, a Public Sector Undertaking under the Department of Biotechnology of Ministry of Science and Technology.

36)   On 19th Mar’15, President Pranab Mukherjee received the first copy of a book “Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker’s Perspective”. The book was written by ______.

a. Sumitra Mahajan
b. Pratibha Patil
c. Hamid Ansari
d. Meira Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Meira Kumar

The book is an account of the role of parliamentary diplomacy in furthering foreign policy and strengthening international relations. The volume is a collection of reports and select speeches that Ms Meira Kumar as Lok Sabha Speaker and leader of Indian Parliamentary Delegations delivered at international conferences and during her visits abroad.

37)   As per the announcement made by the government on 19th Mar’15, which country has agreed to provide a concessional loan of 1 billion Euro over the next six years to augment and strengthen renewable power transmission infrastructure?

a. Australia
b. Japan
c. Germany
d. Canada
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Germany

The government said that Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) Germany has agreed to provide a concessional loan of 1 billion Euro.

38)   To which country Swiss authorities are handing more than 120 million US dollar that was frozen as part of corruption probes involving state-run oil company Petrobras?

a. Brazil
b. China
c. India
d. South Africa
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Brazil

Brazilian prosecutors say a kickback scheme at Petrobras is the country's biggest graft case yet, with at least 800 million dollar paid by construction and engineering firms in bribes to politically appointed former executives at the oil company, all in exchange for winning inflated contracts.

39)   Against which nuclear power plant Shiv Sena took out rally with a demand of shutting down the project’s office near Ratnagiri Railway station?

a. Kundankulam
b. Tarapur
c. Kakrapar
d. Jaitapur
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Jaitapur

Many people from Jaitapur took part in the rally and women came out in large numbers. Shiv Sena is protesting against the project, as it may prove harmful to the environment of Konkan.

40)   Who was sworn-in as the Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court in Mar - 15?

a. P Sathasivam
b. Uma Nath Singh
c. R P Singh
d. H. L. Dattu
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uma Nath Singh

Acting Chief Justice Uma Nath Singh was sworn-in as Chief Justice of Meghalaya High Court by the state Governor, Mr. Keshari Nath Tripathi at Raj Bhavan in Shillong on 19th Mar’15.