General Awareness Test (May - 15) - Set 4

1)   Which state’s legislative assembly was addressed by the President of India on 18th May’15?

a. Uttarakhand
b. West Bengal
c. Assam
d. Jammu &Kashmir
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttarakhand

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the special session of Uttrakhand Legislative Assembly.

2)   World no. 1 Novak Djokovic captured his fourth Rome Masters Tennis title with a convincing win over ___________.

a. Andrey Agassi
b. Roger Federer
c. Leander Paes
d. Andy Murray
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Roger Federer

No explanation is available for this question!

3)   Name the nurse who was in a vegetative state for more than four decades following her brutal rape in 1973 & died in Mumbai’s KEM Hospital on 18th May’15 after a bout of pneumonia?

a. Manju Vaidya
b. Geeta Kumari
c. Aruna Shanbaug
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Aruna Shanbaug

The 66-year-old was looked after by nurses of Asia's largest public healthcare facility, the BMC-run KEM Hospital.

4)   Who has been appointed as Chairman of a Joint Committee of Parliament that will go into the provisions of the controversial Land Acquisition Bill?

a. S. S. Ahluwalia
b. Montek Singh Ahluwalia
c. V Ravi
d. D P Singh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: S. S. Ahluwalia

The 30-member Committee comprises 20 members of the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha. The Committee will submit its report on the first day of the monsoon session.

5)   After how many years, Nelong Valley in Uttarkashi near China border has been opened in May 2015 for tourists?

a. 40 years
b. 53 years
c. 69 years
d. 25 years
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 53 years

The Nelong Valley is situated in the picturesque Gangotri National Park (GNP) in Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand state at an altitude of 11,000 feet. The beautiful valley of Uttarakhand state was opened recently for tourists for the first time since the 1962 Indo-China war because of its proximity to the China border.

6)   Which Indian software company is to open first overseas campus in China?

a. Tech Mahindra
b. L&T Infotech
c. Infosys
d. TCS
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Infosys

A MoU in this regard was signed between Infosys and the local Chinese provincial government at the India-China Business Forum, which was addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Shanghai during his visit to China.

7)   How many agreements have been signed between India and South Korea to upgrade relations to special strategic partnership level on 18th May’15?

a. 24
b. 27
c. 11
d. 7
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The agreements were inked during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to South Korea.

8)   Who has won the Women’s single title of Italian Tennis Open held in Rome on 17th May’15?

a. Martina Hingis
b. Sania Mirza
c. Maria Sharapova
d. Carla Suarez Navarro
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Maria Sharapova

Russian Maria Sharapova on 17 May 2015 won the women’s singles of Italian Open for the third time. She defeated Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro.

9)   After how many years India assumed presidency of the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA) at Geneva on 18th May’15?

a. 15 years
b. 19 years
c. 23 years
d. 25 years
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 19 years

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the forum through which the World Health Organization (WHO) is governed by its 194 member states. The session was presided by the Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Jagat Prakash Nadda.

10)   How many new cold chains have been sanctioned for setting up in the country with a total investment of over Rs. 700 Crore?

a. 10
b. 20
c. 30
d. 40
Answer  Explanation 


These projects will help in reducing the wastage of food and the Ministry will also provide grant of Rs 274 crore on these projects.

11)   Name the country that will host the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Travel Mart 2015 in Sep 2015?

a. France
b. Singapore
c. Japan
d. India
Answer  Explanation 


PATA travel mart is the premier travel trade show in the Asia Pacific region. It brings together international buyers and sellers and provides platform for promoting tourism destination of countries.

12)   National Day of the Republic of Cameroon is being observed on ______.

a. 19th May 2015
b. 20th May 2015
c. 21st May 2015
d. 22nd May 2015
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 20th May 2015

No explanation is available for this question!

13)   The ‘Kavaratti’ ship has been launched on 19th May’15 at a glittering ceremony held at Garden Reach Shipbuilders and Engineers Ltd (GRSE), Kolkata. It is the _______ Ship of Project-28?

a. First
b. Second
c. Fourth
d. Last
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Fourth

The four ships of Project-28 built by GRSE, Kolkata have been designed indigenously by the Directorate of Naval Design, New Delhi and bear testimony to the acclaimed legacy of Naval Designers. Kavaratti will also be packed with an array of state of art weapons and sensors, including a Medium Range Gun (from M/s Bharat Heavy Electrical Ltd), Torpedo Tube Launchers as well as Rocket Launchers (from M/s Larsen &Tubro), Close-In Weapon System (from M/s Gun and Shell Factory) and Chaff System (from M/s Machine Tool Prototype Factory).

14)   Which state will host the Paragliding World Cup from 23rd Oct to 31st Oct’ 2015?

a. Odisha
b. Meghalaya
c. West Bengal
d. Himachal Pradesh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Himachal Pradesh

This is for the first time that India will be hosting the Paragliding World Cup which will see participation from over 50 countries. Himachal Pradesh will host the Paragliding World Cup from 23 October to 31 October 2015 at Bir Billing in Kangra valley. The world cup will be held under the aegis of Para-gliding World Cup Association, France.

15)   Name the department under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences that on 18th May’15 that signed an MoU with Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO) for optimum use of weather information/forecast in the power sector?

a. National Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
b. India Meteorological Department
c. Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology
d. Earth Risk Evaluation Centre
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: India Meteorological Department

All weather information provided by ESSO-IMD will be used by the Power System Operators across the India for better management of Indian Power System.

16)   As announced by the Climate Group on 18th May’15, which company became the first Indian Company to Join RE100 Renewable Energy Campaign?

a. TCS
b. Infosys
c. Wills Lifestyle
d. L&T
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Infosys

RE100 is a global platform for major companies committed to 100% renewable power. The company is already working to reduce its per capita electricity consumption by 50 percent from its 2007-2008 levels and source all its electricity from renewable resources by 2018.

17)   Which company has announced to become carbon neutral by 2018?

a. TATA Motors
b. Capegemini
c. Infosys
d. IBM
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Infosys

For this Infosys earmarked an amount of 400 crore rupees. The company announced to achieve carbon-neutrality on commuting and travel by its nearly 1.8 lakh employees and in doing so deepens its commitment to sustainability.

18)   In which state new Catfish species ‘Glyptothorax Senapatiensis’ was discovered in the year 2015?

a. Maharashtra
b. Manipur
c. Assam
d. Kerala
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Manipur

Scientists from the Zoological Survey of India (ZSI) discovered a new species of catfish named Glyptothorax senapatiensis in the Chindwin river drainage in Senapati district of Manipur.

19)   From which day would the higher service tax of 14% that was proposed in the budget speech 2015 will be effective ______.

a. 31st May 2015
b. 30th June 2015
c. 30th May 2015
d. 1st June 2015
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 1st June 2015

This increased service tax will be inclusive of an education cess.

20)   Who has been appointed as the Controller General of Accounts in the Ministry of Finance in May 2015?

a. M J Joseph
b. Jawahar Thakur
c. Rachna Sirkar
d. None of the above
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: M J Joseph

He will succeed Jawahar Thakur. Earlier he was the as the Director General of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

21)   With which Chinese company, Reliance Jio Infocomm has signed a pact for sourcing various 4G devices?

a. Fujitsu
b. Huwaei
c. Indus Towers
d. Mitsubishi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Huwaei

Various devices include Wifi dongles, Tablets and Smartphones.

22)   Name the Australian Wicketkeeper who announced his retirement from One Day International Cricket just a day before leaving for a tour to West Indies and England?

a. Steve Smith
b. Adam Gilchrist
c. Brad Haddin
d. Mark Hughes
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Brad Haddin

No explanation is available for this question!

23)   Who led the ICC committee that recommended staging of Test Matches extending into the evening hours and also deliberated on the concept of four-day Test match, but in the end, decided to stick to the usual five-day format?

a. Jagmohan Dalmiya
b. Saurav Ganguly
c. S Srinivasan
d. Anil Kumble
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Anil Kumble

The Cricket Committee's mandate is to discuss cricket-playing matters and make recommendations to the ICC Chief Executives Committee and the ICC Board that will meet in Barbados during the ICC's annual conference week, from June 22-26.

24)   Name the exercise launched by Golden Arrow Division of the Army in the plains of Punjab?

Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Army, Air Force and BSF will conduct joint operations to learn and practice combating future threats. The Golden Arrow Division along with participating units and integrated elements of Vajra Corps and Western Command will be put through a realistic war like scenario.

25)   Name the Hungarian writer who won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for 2015?

a. Imre Kertesz
b. Endre Ady
c. Laszlo Krasznahorkai
d. János Arany
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Laszlo Krasznahorkai

Hungarian writer Laszlo Krasznahorkai has won the prestigious Man Booker International Prize for 2015. He was announced the winner at an award ceremony at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London on 20th May 15.

26)   Which state has achieved 100% success in implementing the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna?

a. Assam
b. Punjab
c. Kerala
d. Meghalaya
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Meghalaya

All households in the state have been successfully covered under the scheme. More than 5.53 lakh households have been covered with 1.55 lakh new bank accounts.

27)   In which state, Mission Indradhanush has been implemented successfully achieving 55 percent of the target by the end of second round of the first phase of the Mission?

a. Manipur
b. Uttar Pradesh
c. Maharashtra
d. Gujarat
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Manipur

Mission Indradhanush is implementing successfully in Manipur achieving 55 percent of the target by the end of second round of the first phase of the Mission covering four hill districts of the State namely - Churachandpur, Senapati, Tamenglong and Ukhrul.

28)   Which state government decided on 20th May’15 to make necessary changes in the Factories Act, 1948 to allow women to work in factories in night shifts?

a. Delhi
b. Telangana
c. Maharashtra
d. Jharkhand
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Maharashtra

Earlier, a government official informed that, section 66 (1) (c) of the Factories Act, 1948 restricted women from working at a factory between 7 PM and 6 AM but now that has been done away with. The managements will have to ensure security of women working in night shift.

29)   Which state government has decided to launch 'Pay & Play Scheme' at the designated stadiums & sports complexes where people can play the game available there after paying a nominal fee of Rs 100 per month?

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


To make playing easier for all, the state government has ordered opening up of several stadiums and sports complexes. Apart from this, it has also been decided that academies or clubs or individuals will have access to government schools for sports promotion.

30)   The government has come out with a draft scheme under which a person or entity can earn interest by depositing the ______ with banks.

a. Gem Stone
b. Platinum
c. Gold
d. Diamond
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


As per the draft guidelines released by Finance Ministry, minimum gold deposit is proposed at 30 grams and the interest earned on it would be exempt from income tax as well as capital gains tax. The draft also mentioned that a person or institution holding surplus gold can get it valued from BIS-approved hallmarking centres, open a Gold Savings Account in banks for a minimum period of one year and earn interest in either cash or gold units.

31)   How many worlds’ largest banks have to pay $5.7 Billion in fines for manipulating forex market?

a. 10
b. 15
c. 9
d. 5
Answer  Explanation 


Four of the banks - JPMorgan, Citigroup, Barclays, RBS - have agreed to plead guilty to US criminal charges. The fifth, UBS, will plead guilty to rigging benchmark interest rates. Barclays was fined the most, 2.4 billion dollar, as it did not join other banks in November to settle investigations by UK, US and Swiss regulators. US Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that "almost every day" for five years from 2007, currency traders used a private electronic chat room to manipulate exchange rates. Their actions harmed countless consumers, investors and institutions around the world.

32)   In which city, Indian Health Minister has inaugurated a Photo-Exhibition on Yoga- “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” on 19thMay’15?

a. Geneva
b. Beijing
c. Berlin
d. Tokyo
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Geneva

Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare and the President of World Health Assembly inaugurated a Photo-Exhibition on Yoga- “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” on the sidelines of 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva.

33)   Which major European country slipped into deflation recently as disclosed by the government on 19 May’15?

a. Denmark
b. Hungary
c. Belarus
d. Britain
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Britain

Prices fell by 0.1 per cent in the year to April, a new record monthly low for the consumer price index created in 1996. The best comparable data suggests that this is the lowest UK inflation reading since early 1960.

34)   In the latest BWF world rankings released on 21st May’15, what spot has been achieved by Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal?

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


Saina secured the numero uno spot for the first time early last month. But she slipped from the coveted position subsequently. The Olympic bronze medallist, however, climbed to the number one ranking on 21st May’15 once again ahead of the Australian Open, starting on May 26. Meanwhile, P V Sindhu lost a position to be on 12th place in the Rankings. In men's singles, K Srikanth has retained his fourth place. P Kashyap maintained his 13th place and H S Parnnoy also held on to his 15th spot.

35)   As per the UN Report, in which year India’s economic growth is expected to increase by 7.7% and surpass to that of China?

a. 2015
b. 2016
c. 2022
d. 2019
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 2016

The mid-year update of the UN World Economic Situation and Prospects, released on 21st May’15, said India's economy is projected to grow by 7.6 percent this year and 7.7 percent in 2016, overtaking China. China is projected to grow by 7 percent this year and 6.8 per cent next year. The report termed South Asia's economic outlook as largely favourable.

36)   The Centre is planning to provide essential medicines through its 'Jan-Aushadhi' medical stores at _____ percent lower rates.

a. 40-60%
b. 30-40%
c. 10-20%
d. 70-80%
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 40-60%

The Government is planning to increase the total number of the Jan-Aushadhi stores to 3,000, and at these stores essential medicines will be provided at 40 to 60 percent lower rates.

37)   In an attempt to practice using highways for emergency landings which fighter aircraft of the Indian Air Force (IAF) successfully landed on the Yamuna Expressway near Mathura on 21st May’15?

a. Sukhoi-30
b. Tejas
c. MiG-27
d. Mirage-2000
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Mirage-2000

The operations were conducted with active support from the government of Uttar Pradesh, Yamuna Expressway Authority, toll authorities of JP Infratech and Civil Police.

38)   Name the bank that signed a MoU with ‘PayPal’, leading international digital payments company, to facilitate cross-border transactions on 21st May’15?

a. Bank of india
b. Bank of Baroda
c. State Bank of India
d. Punjab National Bank
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: State Bank of India

Customers of State Bank of India (SBI) can now use their debit cards on PayPal for buying products from overseas websites. The partnership will also allow SBI's Micro Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) customers to use PayPal's secure payment solutions.

39)   Name the first dedicated Indian astronomy satellite aimed at studying distant celestial objects that is now fully assembled?

Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


It is significant to note that ASTROSAT is the first mission to be operated as a space observatory by ISRO. The satellite is planned to be launched during the second half of 2015 by PSLV C-34 to a 650 km near equatorial orbit around the Earth.

40)   What new record was made by the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) on 20th May’15 in its run after a two-year upgrade?

a. Protons collided at the record breaking energy of 20 TeV
b. Neutron collided at the record breaking energy of 1 TeV
c. Electrons collided at the record breaking energy of 15 TeV
d. Protons collided at the record breaking energy of 13 TeV
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Protons collided at the record breaking energy of 13 TeV

Scientists at Cern in Switzerland achieved test collisions between protons - the ‘hearts’ of atoms - at 13 tera-electron volts (TeV) for the first time.