General Awareness Test (May - 15) - Set 5

1)   Which country’s president on 20th May’15 entered Guinness Book of World Record for reaching a million followers in a span of mere 5 hours after going live?

a. India
b. United States
c. Nepal
d. Luxembourg
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: United States

Barack Obama debuted on Social Media Platform Twitter with @POTUS account. He beat the previous record, which was set in April 2014 by Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr., after the actor reached a million followers in 23 hours and 22 minutes.

2)   Name the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air missile successfully test fired at the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha on 20th May’15?

a. Pinaka
b. K-100
c. Astra
d. Teevra
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Astra is India’s first beyond visual range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) that is capable of engaging its target at ranges of 37 km or beyond. It has operational range of 60km. The all-weather missile has been indigenously designed and developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).

3)   In which state, the Union Cabinet ton 21st May’15 gave its approval for setting up of a new Ammonia-Urea Complex of 8.64 Lakh Metric Tonnes annual capacity with an estimated investment of Rs. 4500 crore on Public Private Partnership (PPP) route by a Joint Venture (JV)?

a. Bihar
b. Madhya Pradesh
c. Arunachal Pradesh
d. Assam
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


In the proposed Joint Venture, a PSU of Department of Fertilizers namely Brahmaputra Valley Fertilizer Corporation Limited (BVFCL), Government of Assam and Oil India Limited (another PSU) shall have 11%, 11% and 26% equity holding respectively and balance 52% by private/public sector entity(ies) which would be inducted through a competitive bidding process.

4)   In which country, an exhibition of Vintage Miniature Paintings titled, ‘The story of Rama: Indian Miniatures from the National Museum, New Delhi’ opened on 21st May’15?

a. Australia
b. United States
c. Canada
d. Singapore
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Australia

The three-month show features 101 paintings done between the 17th and 19th centuries, and is the first major initiative under a recently-inked pact on culture between India and Australia.

5)   Name the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu who tendered his resignation on 22nd May’15, for AIADMK supremo Ms J Jayalaithaa to be sworn in as the Chief Minister for the fifth time on 23rd May’15?

a. O. Paneerselvam
b. Sasikala Natrajan
c. M.K. Stalin
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: O. Paneerselvam

Mr. Paneerselvam tendered his resignation as Chief Minister. After that, the Governor invited Ms. Jayalalitha to form the new government. Later in the day, Ms. Jayalalithaa met the Governor and handed over the list of ministers with portfolios.

6)   On 22nd May’15, the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) finalized Articles of Agreement (AoA). How many members are in the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB)?

a. 15
b. 24
c. 57
d. 60
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The 57-member bank announced that it would be operational by the end of this year. The announcement came after the conclusion of '5th Chief Negotiators' Meeting on Establishing the AIIB', in Singapore. China, with a share of 100 billion dollar is likely take a 25-30 percent stake in the AIIB while India, with a likely share between 10 to 15 percent could be the second-largest shareholder. In all, Asian countries will own between 72-75 percent of the assets of the bank, while European and other nations will own the rest.

7)   Which state High Court has ruled that being a Maoist is not a crime and police cannot detain a person merely because he or she is a Maoist?

a. Kerala High Court
b. Jharkhand High Court
c. West Bengal High Court
d. Chhattisgarh High Court
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Kerala High Court

The court's judgement came on 22nd May’15 in a case relating to the arrest of a man by Kerala Police's special squad suspecting him of being a Maoist. The court said, though the political ideology of Maoists would not synchronise with our constitutional polity, being a Maoist is no crime.

8)   Name the noted Hindi poet and author whose Golden Jubilee Celebration was inaugurated by the PM Narendra Modi on 22nd May’15?

a. Harivansh Rai Bachchan
b. Hajari Prasad Dwivedi
c. Ramdhari Singh Dinkar
d. Mahadevi Verma
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ramdhari Singh Dinkar

The golden jubilee celebration of Ramdhari Singh Dinkar’s two works – “Sanskriti ke Chaar Adhyaye” and “Parshuram ki Pratiksha” were inaugurated by Narendra Modi at a function held at Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan on 22nd May 2015.

9)   Which institute has developed new energy efficient synthesis strategies for preparation of various nano structured material (nano-catalysts) useful for several challenging catalysis reactions?

d. IIT-Guwahati
Answer  Explanation 


Council of Scientific and Industrial Research- Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) using an environmentally benign green process with economic efficiency, has developed a nano catalyst which directly converts benzene to phenol in presence of air in a continuous process with very high selectivity.

10)   Who has been re-elected as the President of Israel?

a. Yigal Allon
b. Benjamin Netanyahu
c. Ehud Olmert
d. Shimon Peres
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Benjamin Netanyahu

No explanation is available for this question!

11)   Name the country that topped the first Environmental Democracy Index launched by Washington-based World Resources Institute (WRI) on May 2015?

a. India
b. Lithuania
c. Latvia
d. Russia
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Lithuania

Lithuania topped the list and it is followed by Latvia, Russia, US, South Africa, UK, Hungary, Bulgaria, Panama and Colombia. India has ranked 24th out of 70 countries.

12)   Name the company that will move out of the stock market benchmark index Sensex and will be replaced by drugmaker Lupin?

a. Tata Power
b. Adani Power
c. Aurobindo Pharma
d. Ajanta Pharma
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Tata Power

Private sector electricity producer Tata Power will move out of the stock market benchmark index Sensex and will be replaced by drugmaker Lupin.

13)   Name the team that clinched the Indian Premier League - 8 series on 24th May’15?

a. Chennai Super Kings
b. Kolkata Knight Riders
c. Mumbai Indians
d. Kings XI Punjab
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won the final match of IPL 8 and clinched the title.

14)   John Forbes Nash Jr., the brilliant Princeton University mathematician was killed with his wife Alicia on 23rd May’15 in a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. John Nash’s life story was the subject of the film ______________.

a. Illusionist
b. Math Magician
c. A Beautiful Mind
d. Black Swan
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind is a 2001 American biographical drama film based on the life of John Nash, a Nobel Laureate in Economics. The film was directed by Ron Howard, from a screenplay written by Akiva Goldsman. His theories were used in economics, evolutionary biology, artificial intelligence, accounting, politics and military theory.

15)   With which e-commerce Company, State bank of India signed a MoU to roll out a capital assistance programme for sellers using the online retailer’s platform?

a. PayPal
b. Flipkart
c. Jabong
d. Snapdeal
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Snapdeal

The strategy to tie-up with e-commerce sites also highlights the bank’s new strategy to keep in check the non-performing assets (NPA) in the SME sector by giving loans to sellers with good market access.

16)   Name the state that recently entered into an agreement with Chinese firm ZTESoft to collaborate in developing smart cities in the state?

a. Madhya Pradesh
b. Gujarat
c. Karnataka
d. Telangana
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Gujarat

ZTEsoft is a subsidiary of ZTE Corporation, the largest public telecom equipment manufacturer in China. ZTEsoft and the Gujarat Government will work jointly to find the target city/area to be converted into a smart city.

17)   Name the Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) appointed as Honorary Ambassador of Foreign Investment Promotion for Korea on 22nd May 2015 at a ceremony held at Mumbai?

a. Vishal Sikka
b. Pawan Chamling
c. Pawan Goenka
d. Ajay K Pal
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Pawan Goenka

He is Honorary Ambassador for Korea and will promote economic ties between India and Korea and advise corporate India on potential investment opportunities in South Korea.

18)   Which India movie has won two awards, FIPRESCI, International Jury of Film Critics prize and Promising Future prize in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes Film Festival 2015?

a. The Lunchbox
b. Masaan
c. Pk
d. Slumdog Millionaire
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Masaan

Massan directed by Neeraj Ghaywan.

19)   Name the movie honoured with the Palme d'Or top prize at the Cannes Film Festival on 24th May’15?

a. Dheepan
b. Saul Fia
c. The Lobster
d. Nie Yinniang
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Dheepan

Dheepan movie was directed by Jacques Audiard.

20)   Which Law Commission of India on 22nd May’15 submitted the 257th Report titled Reforms in Guardianship and Custody Laws in India to DV Sadananda Gowda, the Union Minister of Law and Justice?

a. Fifteen
b. Third
c. Twentieth
d. Fifth
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Twentieth

The report reviewed the current laws dealing with custody and guardianship and came up with draft legislative amendments in the form of the Hindu Minority and Guardianship (Amendment) Bill, 2015 and the Guardians and Wards (Amendment) Bill, 2015 to the Hindu Minority and Guardianship Act, 1956 and the Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 respectively.

21)   Which state government amended State Film Policy to woo tourism on May 2015?

a. Himachal Pradesh
b. Goa
c. Bihar
d. Uttar Pradesh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Uttar Pradesh

Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated the UP Film Bandhus’s Website and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to set up a film city.

22)   On 24th May’15 the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recommended Contract system for _________.

a. Indian Woman Cricket Team
b. Indian Blind Man Cricket Team
c. Indian Men’s Cricket Team
d. State Cricket Team
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Indian Woman Cricket Team

A Contract system for international Women cricketers was proposed. It was also proposed to have more international fixtures for the Indian women’s cricket team.

23)   How many Gold Medals were won by the Indian boxers at World Junior Women's boxing Championship held in Taiwan on 23rd May’15?

a. Ten
b. Nine
c. Six
d. Three
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


Savita (50kg), Mandeep Sandhu (52kg) and Sakshi (54kg) struck gold for the country, while Soniya (48kg) and Niharika Gonella (70kg) settled for silver medals.

24)   Who has been elected as the Head of the Bureau of International Recycling, a global organisation that facilitates free and fair trade of recyclables in a sustainable and competitive world economy?

a. Bjorn Grufman
b. Ranjit Singh Baxi
c. David Stewart
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ranjit Singh Baxi

Ranjit Singh Baxi is a Founder Chairman of J&H Sales (International) Ltd, a major European exporter of recovered fibre to the Far East. He succeeds Bjorn Grufman. Earlier he was appointed as the Treasurer.

25)   Name the farmer centric TV Channel that will be launched by the PM Narendra Modi on 26th May’15?

a. Kisan TV
b. Green TV
d. DD Kisan
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques


The 24-hour channel will air information on farmer-related issues. The government has made it a must carry channel making it mandatory for cable and Direct to Home, DTH operators to provide it to their subscribers.

26)   Name the title of the Multi Media Exhibition inaugurated by the Union Finance Minister and Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley on 25th May’15 highlighting the achievements of one year of NDA Government?

a. Saal Ek Shuruat Anek
b. Saal Ek Poore Hue Vaade Anek
c. Saal Ek Vikas Anek
d. Saal Ek Uplabhdiya Anek
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Saal Ek Shuruat Anek

Such events will be organised in all the 30 capitals and sixty cities during the next one month. He said, 345 mobile vans will be deployed for the campaign.

27)   Which state is celebrating the 116th birth anniversary of rebel poet Kazi Nazrul Islam on 25th May’15?

a. Assam
b. Andhra Pradesh
c. West Bengal
d. Telangana
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: West Bengal

Ms. Mamata Banerjee will present Nazrul awards to eminent personalities of different fields. The day is also being observed at Churulia in Burdwan District, the birth place of the poet.

28)   What fiscal deficit target of GDP has been set by the Indian Government on 25th May 2015?

a. 2%
b. 2.9%
c. 3.9%
d. 4%
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 3.9%

The government has exuded confidence that it will contain the modest target of fiscal deficit at 3.9 percent.

29)   Who has been appointed as the new Secretary of Defence Production on 25th May’15?

a. Ramesh Goyal
b. Ashok Kumar Gupta
c. G Mohan Kumar
d. Akashdeep Singh
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ashok Kumar Gupta

Shri Ashok Kumar Gupta, 1981batch-Tamilnadu Cadre was special secretary in the Department of Defence Production. He took over as the new Secretary, (Defence Production), succeeding Shri G Mohan Kumar.

30)   Who has been appointed as the new Defence Secretary on 25th May’15?

a. R K Mathur
b. G Mohan Kumar
c. Ashok Kumar Gupta
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: G Mohan Kumar

Shri G Mohan Kumar took over as the new Defence Secretary, succeeding Shri RK Mathur, who laid down office on 24th May 15.

31)   During May 2015, in which country the World Education Forum organised by UNESCO was held?

a. Germany
b. Japan
c. India
d. South Korea
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: South Korea

The significance of the WEF 2015 is in that it seeks to focus the efforts of the nations on access, equity and inclusion, quality and learning outcomes within a lifelong learning approach, which recognizes education as key to achieve development and poverty reduction.

32)   What percent coverage has Pradhanmantri Jan-Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) achieved in Sikkim?

a. 98.5%
b. 100%
c. 12%
d. 50%
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 98.5%

The banks, in this small mountainous state with a meagre population of little over six lakhs, have been successful not only in opening new accounts but also in mobilizing handsome balance in the accounts so opened.

33)   With which country India will soon sign an agreement on Teesta water sharing issue?

a. China
b. Myanmar
c. Pakistan
d. Bangladesh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Bangladesh

It has been announced by the Home Minister Rajnath Singh that India and Bangladesh will soon sign an agreement on Teesta water sharing issue.

34)   Who has been sworn in as the new Governor of Mizoram on 26thMay’15?

a. Ram Naik
b. Lt. Gen Nirbhay Sharma
c. Aziz Qureshi
d. Sheila Dixit
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Lt. Gen Nirbhay Sharma

Former Arunachal Pradesh Governor Lt.Gen Nirbhay Sharma was sworn in as the new Governor of Mizoram. Guwahati High Court Judge Justice T Vaiphei administered him the oath of office at a solemn ceremony in Raj Bhawan Dubar Hall attended by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla and his cabinet colleagues.

35)   Name the cricketer named as the International Cricketer of the Year 2015 on 25th May’15?

a. Kapil Dev
b. Kumar Sangakkara
c. Ajinkya Rahane
d. Virat Kohli
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kumar Sangakkara

He is the former Sri Lankan captain.

36)   Name the cricketer awarded with the International Lifetime Achievement Award at the 19th Edition of the CEAT Awards on 25th May’15?

a. M S Dhoni
b. Sachin Tendulkar
c. Kapil Dev
d. Michael Clarke
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Kapil Dev

No explanation is available for this question!

37)   Who has been named as the CEAT Indian Cricketer of the Year 2015?

a. Rohit Sharma
b. Virat Kohli
c. M S Dhoni
d. Ajinkya Rahane
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Ajinkya Rahane

The CEAT awards honour the best of the cricketers based on their performances in international cricketing in all formats - Test, ODI and T20 - as rated by the CEAT Cricket ratings (CCR) for the year 2014 – 2015.

38)   On 26 May 2015 which state government has approved mandatory Global Positioning System (GPS) in all public transport vehicles from June 2015?

a. Karnataka
b. Tamil Nadu
c. Odisha
d. Delhi
Answer  Explanation 


The decision was taken keeping in view the security and safety of commuters, especially women. The GPS devices will be available from Driving Licence Appointment and Payment System (DIMTS).

39)   Who has been appointed as the Chairman and Managing Director (CMD) of state-run National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) on 24th May’15?

a. Manoj Mishra
b. Abhay Singh
c. Akhand Pratap Rudy
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Manoj Mishra

He is currently serving as the Director (Finance) at State Trading Corporation (STC).

40)   As per the wage revision agreement signed between Bank unions and the Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) on 25th May’15, how much increase in bank employees’ salary and allowances has been agreed to?

a. 5%
b. 8.9%
c. 15%
d. 23%
Answer  Explanation 


The latest wage revision is effective from November 1, 2012. The Reserve Bank of India has given an in-principle approval to banks for allowing holidays on every second and fourth Saturdays of a month.