General Awareness Test (May - 15) - Set 6

1)   Name the country that became the first country to give its approval to same-sex marriage?

a. Ireland
b. Mexico
c. Brussels
d. Brazil
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Ireland

The Republic of Ireland has voted overwhelmingly to legalise same-sex marriage in a historic referendum. More than 62% voted in favour of amending the country's constitution to allow gay and lesbian couples to marry.

2)   Who has been chosen as the Player of the Tournament in IPL-8 season?

a. David Warner
b. Andre Russell
c. Dwayne Bravo
d. Shreyas Iyer
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Andre Russell

Andre Russell of Kolkata Knight Riders has been chosen as the Player of the Tournament in IPL-8 season. Orange Cup awarded to David Warner of Sunrisers Hyderbad, Dwayne Bravo awarded with Purple cap and Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Daredevils.

3)   In the fiscal year 2014-15 how many kilometers of highway were completed in the country?

a. 10459 km
b. 6512 km
c. 7980 km
d. 4410 km
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 4410 km

Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping P Radhakrishnan said that in the last fiscal 4,410 KM Highways were completed in the country. The Minister said that at present road works are being done at the rate of 12 KM per day and this will be roads to 30 KM per day soon.

4)   As per the studies by Scientists, by what year glaciers in the Everest region of the Himalayas can shrink at least 70 per cent or even disappear entirely if greenhouse-gas emissions continue to rise?

a. 2050
b. 2029
c. 2100
d. 2190
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 2100

A team of researchers in Nepal, France and the Netherlands have found that the Everest glaciers can be very sensitive to future warming. They have predicted that sustained ice loss through the 21st century is likely. Joseph Shea, a glacier hydrologist at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development at Kathmandu, and leader of the study said that the signal of future glacier change in the region is clear. The glacier model used by Shea and his team shows that glacier volume could be reduced between 70 per cent and 99 percent by 2100.

5)   Which state is appreciated on global platform for exemplary campaign against tobacco after World Health Organisation selected it for an award to be conferred on May 29 on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2015?

a. Punjab
b. Gujarat
c. Uttarakhand
d. Delhi
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Punjab

In one of its kind recognition received by any state of the country, the WHO on 27th May’’15 lauded the efforts of the state against use of tobacco. Punjab was the first state to impose complete ban on sale of loose Cigarettes, loose tobacco, flavoured and scented tobacco e-Cigarettes in the state.

6)   Which state government has decided to give special vehicle allowance to its employees with hearing and speech disability?

a. Gujarat
b. Maharashtra
c. Karnataka
d. Odisha
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Maharashtra

The government resolution of June 3, 2014 had decided to pay the special vehicle allowance to its employees belonging to the categories of blind, orthopaedically disabled and those affected by the back bone disabilities however, the GR did not include employees in the category of speech disabled employees.

7)   Name the social activist who has been named for the 12th Upendra Nath Brahma soldier of Humanity Award?

a. Tarun Tejpal
b. Medha Patkar
c. Dr. Birubala Rabha
d. Aruna Roy
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dr. Birubala Rabha

The award has been instituted by Upendra Nath Brahma Trust (UNBT), in the name of Bodofa UN Brahma, former president of the All Bodo Students Union. Dr Birubala Rabha, anti witch hunting activist has been chosen for 12th UN Brahma Soldier of Humanity Award, 2015, recognising her struggle against the blind belief and ill culture of the society.

8)   Upto what percent the Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIS) and Foreign Portfolio Investors (FPIs) can now invest in Gammon Infrastructure Projects Ltd?

a. 49%
b. 51%
c. 55%
d. 75%
Answer  Explanation 


The RBI in a statement issued on 27th May’15 said that the purchases could be made through primary market and stock exchanges. The board of Gammon has passed resolutions and the shareholders have passed a special resolution, agreeing for enhancing the limit for the purchase of its equity shares and convertible debentures by Foreign Institutional Investors (FIIs)/RFPIs.

9)   In which state the 4th North East Youth Festival is to be held from 29th to 31st May, 2015?

a. Sikkim
b. Haryana
c. Delhi
d. Assam
Answer  Explanation 


The Festival is being organized by the Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan (NYKS) on behalf of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India.

10)   Which State’s forest department has set up the satellite tracking system to check the forest fire incidents during summer season?

a. Madhya Pradesh
b. Himachal Pradesh
c. Andhra Pradesh
d. Assam
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Himachal Pradesh

The system was launched with an aim to preserve the precious forest fire incidents during summer season. In case of any fire incident, the forest officials will immediately receive SMS on their mobiles.

11)   Who has become the first transgender principal of Women's College in India?

a. Manabi Bandopadhyay
b. Shabnam Mausi
c. Simran Sheikh
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Manabi Bandopadhyay

On 26th May 2015 Manabi Bandopadhyay became the first transgender principal of Krishnagar Women's College in Nadia district, West Bengal. She will join her new job from 9 June 2015.

12)   As per the Forbes list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2015, released on 26th May’15, who stood as the world’s most powerful woman?

a. Hillary Clinton
b. Melinda Gates
c. Angela Merkel
d. Oprah Winfrey
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Angela Merkel

The world’s most powerful woman in the list is German Chancellor Angela Merkel who fetched the first spot. This year’s top 10 women are: Angela Merkel and Hillary Clinton followed by Melinda Gates, Janet Yellen, Mary Barra, Christine Lagarde, Dilma Rousseff, Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki and Michelle Obama.

13)   Name the woman who achieved the highest position among Indians in the list of World’s 100 Most Powerful Women of 2015?

a. Arundhati Bhattacharya
b. Chanda Kochhar
c. Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw
d. Shobhana Bhartia
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Arundhati Bhattacharya

Four Indians have been named in Forbes list including Arundhati Bhattacharya, Chairperson of State Bank of India (SBI), who stood at 30th position, Chanda Kochhar, MD and CEO of ICICI Bank (35th position), Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, CMD of Biocon Limited (85th position) and Shobhana Bhartia, Editorial Director of the Hindustan Times Group,( 93rd position).

14)   Name the Swedish newspaper that came into limelight after it claimed India had recently asked it to delete the reference made by President Pranab Mukherjee to the Bofors scam in an interview to it?

a. Goteborgs-Posten
b. Sydsvenska Dagbladet
c. Svenska Dagbladet
d. Dagens Nyheter
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dagens Nyheter

On 27th May’15 India denied that it had asked the Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter (DN) to retract portions of its interview with President Pranab Mukherjee where he had made references to the Bofors issue, because it could affect the state visit of the President. The newspaper also claimed that it refused to retract the statement, and stood by its decision to play the portion where Mr. Mukherjee said that since no Indian court has given its judgment on the Bofors issue, it cannot be called a “scandal.”

15)   What is the position of India in production of crude steel globally in the last one year?

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


India has moved from 4th to 3rd position in production of crude steel globally in last one year. The government would enhance the capacity of Steel Authority of India (SAIL) to 50 million tonnes annually with an investment of 1.5 lakh crore rupees.

16)   Which North-East state has withdrew Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA)?

a. Meghalaya
b. Tripura
c. Assam
d. Mizoram
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Tripura

A bit over 18 years after the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) was enforced in Tripura, the state government on 27th May’15 decided to withdraw the Act. The State government has revoked the AFSPA as insurgency is on the wane and the situation has improved over the past one year.

17)   As per the statement of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), by what percent India’s economy can grow in the medium-term with a multi-pronged strategy?

a. 8-10%
b. 7-9%
c. 9-10%
d. 11-12%
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: 9-10%

The industry body has outlined ten areas requiring policy attention that can bring huge economic benefits for growth, investment and employment creation. The areas highlighted by CII for more attention include macro-economy, mining, manufacturing, land acquisition, energy, labour reforms, skill development, taxation, financial sector and Companies Act.

18)   Name the shooter who becomes the 4th Indian Shooter to qualify for Rio Olympics?

a. Gagan Narang
b. Apurvi Chandela
c. Jitu Rai
d. Abhinav Bindra
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Abhinav Bindra

Abhinav Bindra earned the place after he finished sixth in the Men's 10 metre Air Rifle final at the ISSF Shooting World Cup in Munich on 28th May’15. Gagan Narang, Jitu Rai and Apurvi Chandela are the other Indians to have secured an Olympic quota earlier. Each country can win a maximum of 30 quota places from a total of 15 shooting disciplines (including shotgun events), two each from each discipline.

19)   In which state ‘Ajanmi Beti Ke Liye Daud’ marathon has been organised by Forum for Human Rights and Justice on 27thMay’15?

a. Goa
b. Himachal Pradesh
c. Rajasthan
d. Chhattisgarh
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Himachal Pradesh

Himachal is one among the ten worst states wherein sex ratio is worst. It has a child sex ratio of 906 females against 1000 males. The objective of this Marathon is to save girl child and arrest the declining sex ratio in the hill state.

20)   Who has been appointed as Head Coach of England Cricket Team?

a. Greg Chappell
b. Andy Flower
c. Trevor Bayliss
d. Peter Moores
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Trevor Bayliss

Trevor Bayliss replaced Peter Moores. He is the first Australian to coach England cricket players.

21)   Who will head the panel to review and revitalise public private partnership (PPP) mode of infrastructure development in India?

a. K Narayanmurthy
b. S S Saxena
c. Bimal Jalan
d. Vijay Kelkar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Vijay Kelkar

The government has constituted a 10-member panel under former finance secretary Vijay Kelkar to review and revitalise public private partnership (PPP). In pursuance of the announcement, a committee comprising 10 members including its chairman Vijay Kelkar, who is presently the chairman of Institute of Public Finance &Policy, has been constituted.

22)   According to the UN Annual Hunger Report 2015, what is the population of hungry people globally?

a. 79.5 Crore
b. 100 Crore
c. 10 Crore
d. 26.7 Crore
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 79.5 Crore

The number of hungry people globally has declined from about one billion 25 years ago to about 795 million or about one person out of every nine, despite a surge in population growth, the United Nations reported on 27th May’15.

23)   Who has been appointed as the new Cabinet Secretary with effect from 13th June’15?

a. D K Kanchan
b. Ajit Seth
c. P K Sinha
d. Ajay Singh
Answer  Explanation 


Mr Sinha was Secretary in Power Ministry since July 2013. He had earlier been Secretary in the Ministry of Shipping, and has held several other important positions at the Centre and Uttar Pradesh government. He succeeds Ajit Seth.

24)   In which country, the annual meeting of 14th Asia Security Summit, Shangri-La Dialogue is starting from 29th May’15?

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

ANSWER: Singapore

The annual meeting of 14th Asia Security Summit, Shangri-La Dialogue is started in Singapore and will continue till May 31. The US Defense Secretary Ash Carter as well as senior Chinese military officials will attend the meeting. US Defence officials said Washington wants Southeast Asian nations to take a more united stance against China's rapid acceleration this year of construction on disputed reefs.

25)   What is the theme of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers that was observed on 29th May’15?

a. Together for Peace
b. All we need is Peace
c. Women Empowerment
d. Zero Tolerance
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Together for Peace

To mark the occasion, various events were organised across the globe to commemorate all brave men and women who have contributed towards establishing peace and security in the war torn countries and ravaged societies across the world.

26)   Name the person re-elected as the FIFA President for the fifth term?

a. Jospeh Sepp Blatter
b. Joao Havelange
c. Stanley Rous
d. Arthur Drewry
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Jospeh Sepp Blatter

Incumbent FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter on 29th May’15 was re-elected as President for the fifth term. He was chosen for the post by the 65th FIFA Congress held in Zurich.

27)   Name the person appointed as the CFO of Indian Bank?

a. Prashant Kumar
b. Yesho Yarlagadda
c. K Srinivasa Raghavan
d. V A Prasanth
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: V A Prasanth

Before this appointment, he was serving as the General Manager of the Indian Bank. V A Prasanth succeeded K Srinivasa Raghavan.

28)   Who has been appointed as the Head of Defence Research and Development Organisation?

a. Dr. S Christopher
b. Dr. G.S. Reddy
c. Dr. S Srikanth
d. Dr. P Reddy
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Dr. S Christopher

Christopher was presently Distinguished Scientist and Programme Director (airborne early warning and control system) and Director, Centre for Air-Borne Systems in the DRDO. He is known as the man behind the CABS AEW&C project.

29)   Who has been appointed as the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar?

a. Dr. Sudershan Kumar
b. Shri Manoj Bali
c. Dr. G S Reddy
d. None of these
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Dr. G S Reddy

GS Reddy is an eminent DRDO scientist known for leading the Medium Range Surface to Air Missile (MRSAM) programme.

30)   Who has won the ‘Pedal for Kashmir’ cycling race held along the banks of picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar on 31st May’15?

a. Dilawar Singh
b. Mohammad Akbar Khan
c. Mohammad Adil Teli
d. Mohit Kumar
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Dilawar Singh

Dilawar Singh of Haryana pipped local hero Mohammad Akbar Khan to win 'Pedal for Kashmir' cycling competition, held along the banks of picturesque Dal Lake in Srinagar on 31st May’15. Singh took the title while Khan came runner up, followed by another local cyclist
Mohammad Adil Teli.

31)   India’s foreign exchange reserves have dipped steeply by 2.319 billion US dollar to 351.557 billion in the week ended on _______.

a. 22nd May’15
b. 30th May’15
c. 29th May’15
d. 19th May’15
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 22nd May’15

A RBI press release has informed that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves, declined by 2.285 billion US Dollar to 326.839 billion. In the previous week, the reserves had surged by a whopping 1.745 billion US Dollar to touch a record high of 353.876 billion.

32)   On 30th May’15 who has been named as the new Chancellor of the Nalanda University?

a. Amartya Sen
b. APJ Abdul Kalam
c. Geogre Yeo
d. Bill Gates
Answer  Explanation  Related Ques

ANSWER: Geogre Yeo

George Yeo is a former foreign minister from Singapore. This decision comes after Nobel laureate Amartya Sen has resigned as Chancellor on 19th February this year, alleging that the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) did not want him to continue, a claim denied by the government.

33)   At which place Facility for Domestic Currency Paper has been inaugurated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on 30th May’15?

a. Bareilly
b. Raibareily
c. Nagpur
d. Hoshangabad
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: Hoshangabad

The Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting Shri Arun Jaitley inaugurated the New Bank Note Paper Line of 6000 MT capacity at Hoshangabad in Madhya Pradesh on 30th May’15.