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Latest General knowledge India, May 2014

Latest awards and judgments, India, May 2014

Whoes who, India- April 2014

Whose who, India, March, 2014

Latest GK questions, India -Feb, 2014

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Latest general knowledge, India, Awards Feb 2014

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General Knowledge, India, January, 2014- II

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Latest general knowledge, India- Jan., 2014

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General Awareness, India- Dec, 2013

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Latest general knowledge- India, Dec, 2013

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General Awareness- 2013

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General Awareness 2013: Miss Universe, Bharat


Ratna

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General Awareness, India- August, 2013

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Latest GK, India- July 2013- II

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Latest GK, India- July 2013

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General Awareness July, 2013

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Latest GK, India- June, 2013 II

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Latest General knowledge, India- June 2013

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Sample questions for CTET exam, 2013: Science

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General Awareness, India, 2013

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Latest who's who, May, 2013

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Latest General knowledge, India- May 2013

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Whoes who, April 2013

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Latest general knowledge, India- April 2013 II

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Whoes who and awards, India - April 2013

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General Awareness, India- March, 2013 III

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Latest general knowledge, India - March 2013- II

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Latest whoes who India, March 2013

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Latest GK, India - Feb.2013 -II

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General awareness India- Feb, 2013

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Latest GK questions, Jan, 2013- II

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Latest who whoes who, India- Jan 2013

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General Knowledge,India - Dec. 2012

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General Awareness, December 2012

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GK, India - Dec. 2012- Golden Peacock award,


INSAT-3D

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Latest Who's Who : Union Government Ministers

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Latest General Knowledge India - Dec 2012

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Latest General Knowledge -Nov., 2012

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Latest whose who India, October, 2012

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Latest GK Questions- October, 2012

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Latest GK, India- September, 2012

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Latest GK, India- Sepetember II

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Latest GK Questions- September, 2012

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General awareness India, August 2012

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Download free General knowledge e-book

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Latest General knowledge - August 2012

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GK related to Olympics 2012

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Who's Who India, August 2012

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GK questions July, 2012 -V

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General Knowledge India July, 2012- IV

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Latest General Knowledge July, 2012- III

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Latest General Knowledge July, 2012- II

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GK India, July 2012: Higgs Boson, Satyendra Nath


Bose, Euro 2012

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GK India, June 2012

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General awareness, May 2012-II

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Latest Who's who India-May 2012

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Latest General knowledge May 2012- I

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Latest GK, India: April 2012 -II

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GK India April, 2012

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Latest General Knowledge, India- March, 2012 -III

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Latest whoes who of India, March, 2012

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CBSE TET Science mock test : Part II

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CBSE TET Science mock test : Part 1

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Latest GK India, March 2012

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General Awareness India: Diamond sate, River Delta

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February GK 2012 series V

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Latest GK February 2012 IV

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Ancient History India

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General Knowledge February 2012- III

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General Awareness India

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Latest General Knowledge India Feburary 2012

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General Awareness India: Political Science, Places,


History

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Books and Authors: Sunny Days, India Wins Freedom

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Latest GK India Feb 2012

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Padma and gallantry awards 2012

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India GK January, 2012

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What, who, which: India general knowledge, Jan 2012

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Latest GK India, January 2012

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India GK, events- 2011 roundup

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General awareness

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Governors and Chief Ministers of states

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Current affairs India, December, 2011

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General knowledge, December, 2011

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Latest GK questions, India, December, 2011

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Geography facts India: Mc. Mohan Line, Durand line,


Radcliffe line

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Current affairs, November, 2011:wax statue of Anna


Hazare,World Cup Kabaddi

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Questions related to elements, metals and compounds

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General science

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Latest general knowledge India, November, 2011

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Scientific Inventions: Steam engine, X-Ray, Insulin

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Current afffairs India, November, 2011

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Indian history questions: kings, dynasty

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Latest GK questions-India, November, 2011

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Latest GK questions October, 2011

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General awareness Quiz

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General Awareness India, October 2011

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Current Affairs October, 2011: India, International

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India Fact Sheet

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General questions related to geography

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Places in India improtant from GK prospective-1

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Latest General knowledge India, May 2014


May 30, 2014
What was India's rank as the world's largest economy in 2011
from being 10th largest in 2005?
- Third
Where is India and China troops going to hold joint exercises
this year?
- At Bathinda, less than 100Km from Pakistan.

Who was conferred the prestigious Param Vishisht Seva Medal


(PVSM) by President Pranab Mukherjee?
- Lt. Gen. Sanjiv Chachra, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief.

Who was given the Dadasaheb Phalke Award?


- Gulzar, noted lyricist, poet and film maker.

Which controversial ingredient is still being used in some


flavoursof Fanta and Fresca, as well as several citrus flavoured
fountain drinks?
- Brominated vegetable oil (BVO).

Which city according to the UN agency's latest pollution data


tops the list of most polluted cities in the world?

- Delhi (Among the world's 20 most polluted cities in the world, 13


are in India.)

Who will be new Army Chief from 31st July?


- Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag (will succeed General Bikram
Singh)

Recently The Great Himalayan National Park of Himachal


Pradesh has been nominated for which prestigious status?
- UNESCO approved World Heritage Site status
Who has emerged as the richest person in UK?
- The Hinduja brother's (Srichand Hinduja and Gopichand
Hinduja, have a fortune of 11.9 billion pounds)

Name the Haryana boy who has developed an extraordinary


anti hacking software?
- Virender Raika

Who has produced a narrative short film "Istifa"( resignation)


which has been nominated for the Student Academy Awards
given by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in
the US?
- Rahat Mahajan from Himachal Pradesh.

Name the most expensive billionaire home in the world


according to a Forbes List which also includes Indian origin
steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal's house in London?
- Antilia, Ambani's 27 storey and 400,000 square foot sky
scraper home in Mumbai Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh
Ambani's.

Narendra Modi (Photo credit: theglobalpanorama)


Who won the 16th Lok Sabha election?
- BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi by attaining a
comfortable majority of 282 seats on its own and grossed 336
seats with allies in the 543 member House.

Who will become Odisha's Chief Minister for the fourth


consecutive term?
- Naveen Patnaik

Latest awards and judgments, India, May 2014


May 11, 2014
Recently which class of citizens has been recognised as
socially backward by the Supreme Court and has directed the
Centre and the state government to take steps to treat them as
socially and educationally backward class of citizens and
extend all kinds of reservations in cases of admission in
educational institutional and for public appointments?
- The transgender community ( third gender recognised as
eunuchs)
Who has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry
category in New York for his witty and philosophical collection
of poems?
- India born poet Vijay Seshadri ( Pulitzer is considered the
most prestigious awards in journalism)
Which Hindi film was adjudged the best popular film for
providing wholesome entertainment at the 61st National Film
Awards?
- Bhaag Milkha Bhaag
Which was named the best feature film at the 61st National
Film award?
- Anand Gandhi's debut film " Ship of Theseus"
Who won the best actress award at the 61st National Film
Award?

- Geetanjali Thapa for Hindi film ' Liar's Dice'


Who won the best actor award?
-Rajkumar Rao and Suraj Venjaramoodu shared the best actor
award for their respective performances in Hindi film Shahid
and Malayalam film 'Perariyathavar'
PGI laboratory Chandigarh has won which award?
- The Neuroscience Research Laboratory at the Post Graduate
Institute for Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) has
won Quality Council of India's (QCI) DL Shah Quality National
Award. ( It is first in country to have been recognised for
voluntarily implementing the international standards of
research reserved for the United Nations Food and Drug
Administration (USF- DA) approved drug testing facilities.)
Who has been awarded with the " Sikh of the Year Award"in
UK?
- SPS Oberoi

Whoes who, India- April 2014


April 18, 2014
Which company has developed a " smart cane" that helps the
visually impaired to detect above the knees obstructions from
a distance of 3 metres using modern sensor technology?
- IIT Delhi
Why 1st April has special significance for the Indian Air Force?
- It was on this day in 1933 that its first flying outfit,
No.1Squadron was raised with four Westland Wapiti aircraft.
Who is new Punjab DGP?
- Suresh Arora
Which multi national group of crop geneticists, for the first
time have successfully sequenced the genome of the peanuts?
- The International Peanut Genome Initiative (IPGI)
Who is new Chief Justice of India?
- Justice RM Lodha (succeed Justice P Sathasivam)
Who has been conferred the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke
Award for the year 2013, becoming the 45th in the series of
illustrious awardees? - Famous lyricist and poet Gulzar

Rabinder Kumar Dhowan, image via Wikipedia


Which organisation
bans Hindi songs of films at Bihu
(popular spring festival) in Assam?
- The outlawed United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA)
Who is new Navy Chief Admiral?
- Rabinder Kumar Dhowan

Whose who, India, March, 2014


March 11, 2014
Which country hosted the 25th session of the SAARC Council
of Ministers meeting on Feb.20th, 2014?
- Maldives
Family from which state claims to have a combined age of over
880 years and has staked claim for the oldest living family in
the world?
- Karnataka ( a family of 13 siblings)
Who recently said UK and France are like daughters?
- US President Barack Obama

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Where the Indian national flag was hosted after the suspension
on the Indian Olympic Association have been lifted by the
world body?
- At the Winter Olympic Games, village in Sochi, Russia on
Feb.16, 2014?

Who has developed paper diagnostic for cancer?


- This technology is developed by the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

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Professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator


Sangeeta Bhatia, an Indian American scientist. (It works on
nanoparticles that interacts with tumour proteins called
proteases each of which can trigger release of hundreds of
biomarkers that are easily detectable in patients urine.)
Which firm is trying to beam free wi-fi to entire world?
- A US company is planning to build an 'Outernet' - a global
network of cube satellites broadcasting Internet data to all the
people on the planet for free, regardless of location according
to the New York based non profit organisation, Media
Development Investment Fund ( MDIF).
Who has bought Whatsapp, the mobile messaging service that
has more than 450 million monthly active users?
- Facebook, for $19 billion.

Which state has recently been under President's rule?


- Andhra Pradesh (which is under President's rule after 41
years and is second state after Delhi)

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Latest GK questions, India -Feb, 2014


February 11, 2014
Which country is going to host the biggest ever military
exercise in which 16 foreign countries will participate in the
Naval exercise 'Milan-2014' off the coast of Andaman and
Nicobar Islands?
- India
What is India's rank in a global list that places countries on
how well they perform on high priority environmental issues?
- 155th
Which Punjabi singer has been presented with the Life time
Achievement Award by the Punjabi Circle International during
the cultural event in London?
- Surinder Shinda
Name the India's high performance computing system
designed for solving mission defence research and
development critical applications launched by DRDO?
- Dhruva-3, one of the fastest computing facility will play vital
role in cyber security and information processing.
On which date Ecosikh, a US based International Ecology
organisation will celebrate Sikh Environment Day?
- March 14
Who has been sworn in as the eighth Chief Minister of

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Uttarakhand?
- Harish Rawat
Who will head Seventh Pay Commission?
- Former Supreme court Judge Ashok Kumar Mathur
Who has become Microsoft's new CEO?
- Hyderabad born Satya Nadella. (He is the third CEO in
company's around four decade history after Bill Gates and
Steve Ballmer)
Who won the Indian of the year 2013 award in the field of
entertainment?
- Kapil Sharma for his comedy show " Comedy Nights with
Kapil".
What is India's rank in global military spending, a respected
London based defence think tank has claimed?
- 9th

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Latest general knowledge, India, Awards Feb 2014


February 06, 2014
Who has been awarded the country's highest civilian honour
the Padma Vibhushan award?
- Dr RA Mashelkar, a former Director General of the Council of
Scientific and Industrial Research and yoga guru BKS Iyengar.
Who all has been awarded Padma Bhushan award?
-Justice JS Verma ( who changed rape laws in country),

Actor Kamal Hasan,

Justice Dalveer Bhandari

Prof. P Balaram(
Science,Bangalore),

Dr Madappa Mahadevappa ( an agricultural scientist),

Author Anita Desai (thrice Booker award nominee),

Acclaimed short story writer Ruskin Bond,

Tennis player Leander Paes,

Former Badminton ace and All England Champion Pullela


Gopichand

American authors Prof. Lloyd I.Rudolph and

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Name the two sportsperson who has been awarded


Padma Bhushan award?
- Leander Paes and Pullela Gopichand

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Name two American authors who were jointly awarded with


Padma Bhushan award?
- Prof. Lloyd I.Rudolph and Prof. Susanne H.Rudolph
Name the doctors who have been awarded with Padma Shri
awards?
- Prof. Amod Gupta, eye specialist at the PGI in Chandigarh
and
Delhi based cardiologist Dr Nitish Naik
Name the Delhi University Vice Chancellor to be awarded with
Padma Shri?
- Prof. Dinesh Singh
Name the authors to win Padma Shri?
- Manorama Jafa and Keki N Daruwala
Name the rationalist and anti-superstition crusader who was
killed in April 2013 to win Padma Shri Award?
- Dr. Narendra Achyut Dabholkar
Which fashion designer won the Padma Shri ?
-Wendell Rodricks

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Name the players to be awarded with Padma Shri?


Cricketer Yuvraj Singh

Woman cricketer turned commentator Anjum Chopra,

Woman squash player Deepika Pallikal,

Kabbadi player Sunil Dabas

Image via Wikipedia


Which mountaineer is in the list to win Padma Shri?
- Mamtaa Sodha of Haryana
Name the actors who have been awarded Padma Shri in 2014?
- Paresh Rawal and Vidya Balan.
Who have won the country's top civilian honour Bharat Ratna
from President Pranab Mukherjee?
- Scientist CNR Rao and Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar

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General Knowledge, India, January, 2014- II


January 24, 2014
Recently which country is keen to set up nuclear plant in
India?
- S Korea
Which movie has become the highest grossing film in the
history of Indian cinema and has grossed over Rs 500 crore
worldwide?
- Dhoom 3
When did India successfully test fired its indigenously
developed nuclear capable Prithvi 11 missile, which has strike
range of 350 Km and is capable of carrying warheads of up to
1000 Kg from a test range in Odisha?
- 7th Jan., 2014
Who has sworn in as Bangladesh's Prime Minister for the third
time?
- Sheikh Hasina
At which stadium Athlete Milkha Singh's
installed ?
- In Jarkhar village in Ludhiana

statue will be

Chief Minister of which state has claimed to be first to


introduce Lokayukta Act on the lines of Lokpal Act passed by
Parliament in the country?

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- Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna of Uttarakhand


Name the first player with special given intellectual ability to be
given the highest sports award ((Bhim Award) ?
- Badminton player Keshav Malik (has won 3 medals including
two gold in recent Asia Pacific Gamesin Australia and a gold in
the World Summer Games in Athens in 2011. He is three times
national champion.
Which country has recently expressed desire to invest in
Himachal Pradesh in a big way, mainly in the hydro-power
sector?
- Norway
Name the new system developed by the Defence Research and
Development Organisation(DRDO) that is able to detect the
emotion of a person who is being interrogated or interviewed?
- Automatic Deceite Detection and Interrogation System from
Face Expression the system uses hidden camera to
continously record the subject's face expression during the
interview or interrogation.
Name the 4000Km range nuclear capable ballistic missile
successfully launched on 20th Jan.,2014 which can carry a
nuclear warhead weighing one tonne?
- Agni- IV
Image via Wikipedia
Miniature version of which indigenously built nuclear powered

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submarine shall be showcased on Republic Day by Indian


Navy?
- Arihant ( Navy is targeting a formal deployment of this
submarine by the end of this year)

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Latest general knowledge, India- Jan., 2014


January 08, 2014
Name the Olympic medallist whose autobiography is named
"Unbreakable"?
- MC Mary Kom (boxer)
Name the Indian diplomat Deputy Consul General who was
arrested on visa fraud charges in New York?
- Devyani Khobragade
Who is Governor of RBI?
- Raghuram Rajan
Who won the Hind Kesari wrestling title?
- Hitesh from Haryana won the 47th Hind Kesari wrestling
championship
Name the Indian Air Force helicopter being retrofitted with
indigenous composite armour and anti missile systems to
enhance their protection envelope and improve their
operational capability?
-Mi-17
AAP has formed govt. in Delhi with whose support?
- Congress
Who has designed the artificial heart powered by Lithium ion
batteries that can be worn externally?

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- French biomedical firm Carmat, Professor Alain Carpentier is


the co-founder of Carmat (for the first time ,an artificial heart
that may give patients upto 5 years of extra life has been
successfully implanted in a 75 year old French man.)
Who is New Delhi CM?

Arvind Kejriwal, image via Wikipedia


- Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal
Name the inventor of AK-47?
Mikhail Kalashnikov
Name the mega launcher with which India joined the big league
of space powers, powered by sophisticated rocket technology?
- GSLV-D5, Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle injected
GSAT-14 into orbit.
What is ISRO's rank in space agency in the world with
GSLV_D5 launch?
- 6th ( after US, Russia, Japan, China and France)

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Who has become the first male junior badminton player from
India to be ranked top in the world?
- Aditya Joshi from Madhya Pradesh

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General Awareness, India- Dec, 2013


December 20, 2013
Who was called " Gandhi of South Africa"?
- Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (He received India's highest
civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1990 and also Nobel Peace Prize
in 1993 and died on 6th Dec., 2013)

Who bacame Miss Earth 2013?


- Miss Venezuela Alyz Henrich

Who became Miss International Beauty Pageant in Tokyo on


17th Dec.,2013?
- Bea Rose Santiago of the Philippines

Who is honoured with the Legion of Merit a US military award


given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance
of outstanding services and achievements?
- Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh

Name the Indian origin husband and wife who became Britains
oldest married couple?
- Karam Chand (108) and his wife Katari(101) celebrated their
88th wedding anniversary this year.

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Name the aircraft that will officially replace MIG -21 FL fighter
jet?
- Tejas (the indigenously developed light combat aircraft)

Who won the fourth edition of the World Cup Kabaddi


tournament?
- India

Name Punjab's CM on whose memory a stamp was released


by Prime Minister on 17th Dec.,2013?
- Beant Singh

Recently which country has deported Indians on charges of


threatening law and order?
- Singapore

Who won BBC Sports Personality of the Year award?


- Wimbledon Champion Andy Murray ( the first British winner
of the men's title for 77 years)

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Latest general knowledge- India, Dec, 2013


December 05, 2013
Name the recipients of this year's Sa Ma Pa (Sopori Academy
of Music and Performing Arts) awardees?
- Michael Steiner, German Ambassador to India, musicians
Anup Jalota and Birju Maharaj.
Name the persons chosen for the Bharat Ratna award,
country's top civilian honour?
- Sachin Tendulkar and eminent scientist Prof. CNR Rao

Where is country's first all women bank (Bhartiya Mahila Bank


)?
- Mumbai

Who became India's most highest scorer in football?


- Sunil Chhetri

Who has been chosen for the Indira Gandhi Prize for
Peace,Disarmament and Development for 2013?
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Name the object which became the farthest object sent into
space by India ( the object went beyond the distance of 4 lakh

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Km from the earth)?


- India's Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM), Mangalyaan

Who were presented annual Stree Shakti Awards to achiever in


the field of women's empowerment and medicine?
- Stree Shakti Samaan was presented to Rashmi Singh,
executive director of the National Mission for Empowerment of
Women and the Stree Shakti Science Samman went to Jata S
Tyagi, a professor at AIIMS for her original contributions to TB
research.

Who became Miss India USA 2013?


- Monica Gill

Which is now home to the Punjab's oldest and youngest


thermal power plant?
- Malwa

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General Awareness- 2013


November 23, 2013
Name India's highest ranked institution in the times Higher
Education World's Top 400 University Rankings 2013-2014?
- Chandigarh's Panjab University (PU)

Where the world's largest metro rail project have been


inaugurated recently?
- Hyderabad

Which country has submitted a list of 10 defence technologies


for transfer to India, bringing it into a small group of closest
allies with which it shares such sensitive details without export
control?
- US

Recently which Pakistani teenage activist was invited to


Buckingham Palace in Londonmas a guest of Queen Elizabeth
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- Malala Yousafzai ( may be this years Nobel Peace Prize be
awarded to her )

Name the country recently whose chemical weapons were


destroyed by team of UN experts?

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- Syria

Name the second aircraft carrier in the Navy after INS Viraat to
be inducted?
- INS Vikramaditya

Name the country to which India recently started exporting


power?
- Bangladesh

Who sent a baton used in relay races to Milkha Singh after


watching the movie 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'?
- Athletics legend Carl Lewis. ( A Baton has words " A present
from Carl Lewis ,multiple Olympic gold medallist to legendary
Milkha Singh. I salute your achievements.")

Who invented popsicles (kulfi)?


-Frank Epperson

Who won the Noble Prize for Physics on Oct8, 2013 for
conceiving of the so-called "God particle" which confers
mass?
- Peter Higgs of Britain and Francois Englert of Belgium were

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honoured for theorising a particle.

Who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry this year?


- Martin Karplus a US-Austrian citizen, Michael Levitt a US
British citizen and Arieh Warshel of the US were honoured for
the development of multi scale models for complex chemical
systems.

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General Awareness 2013: Miss Universe, Bharat Ratna


November 17, 2013
Who is the first woman to become head of India's largest bank
SBI?
- Arundhati Bhattacharya

Name the Indian origin girl who became Miss America pageant
winner?
- Davuluri

Name the British PM who has been presented with a Special


Recognition Award in recognition of the services he rendered
to the Sikh community?
- David Cameron

Where is the second hockey AstroTurf stadium in Himachal


located?
- Una ( First one is at Shilaru in Shimla district)

Who became Miss Universe 2013?


- Miss Venezuela Gabriela Isler

Who has been listed as world's most powerful, influential and

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contemporary Sikh, according to the first edition of the annual


'Slkh 100' published in London?
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Which Indian Tourism Minister got peace award in London?


- Ghulam Ahmad Mir

Who has been named as the most powerful Indian


businesswoman for the third consecutive year by Fortune
magazine?
- ICICI Bank MD Chanda Kochhar

Who is the second living iconic personality whose special


stamp with his portrait was released by Indian postal
department on November 14,2013 ( the day he played his 200th
and last Test match)?
- Sachin Tendulkar ( First was Mother Teresa 33years ago)

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Sachin Tendulkar, Image via Wikipedia


Museum to commemorate which cricketer would be
constructed in the Dharamshala International Cricket Stadium?
- Sachin Tendulkar
Who have become first and youngest sportsperson to receive
Bharat Ratna (India's highest civilian award)?
- Sachin Tendulkar
Who have been conferred Bharat Ratna for 2013?
-Sachin Tendulkar
and Professor C.N. Rao (Chintamani
Nagesa Ramachandra Rao) is the third scientist to

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C.N. Rao, Image via Wikipedia


be awarded the highest civilian award-- Bharat Ratna
Till 2013 how many Bharat Ratna have been awarded?
-Till 2013, 43 people have been awarded Bharat Ratna.

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General Awareness, India- August, 2013


August 08, 2013
Which state has lowest poverty ratio in rural areas according to
the list released by the Planning Commission of India recently?
- Punjab

Which region is set to become the 29th state of India?


- Telangana

Name the country where captive breeding of King Cobra has


taken place in the world?
- India ( The country's only King Cobra (in captivity) breeding
centre at the Dr Shivaram Karanth Biological Park near
Mangalore)

Two of the country's five proposed specialised cancer


treatment hospitals will be set up at which places in Haryana?
- Jhajjar and Karnal

Name the first dedicated military satellite of India,


manufactured by the Indian Space Research Organisation(
ISRO), launched from French Guyana by the European
company Ariane Space?
- GSAT-7

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Which country is building world's highest airport near Tibet?


- China

Name two brothers from Tarn Taran who have set a Guinness
World Record for breaking the maximum number of coconuts
(65) placed on the forehead with a baseball bat in one minute?
- Kawaljit Singh and Gurinder Singh

Who will be the new RBI Governor?


- Raghuram Rajan

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Latest GK, India- July 2013- II


July 31, 2013
Who is going to be felicitated with Tagore Award for Cultural
Harmony?
- Zubin Mehta, an Indian-Parsi conductor of western classical
music.

Which nuclear plant got the clearance for starting controlled


nuclear fission process from the Atomic Energy Regulatory
Board recently?
- Kudankulam, Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu.

After how many years telegram service in our country was


bade adieu forever from July14, 2013?
- 163 years

Which state has achieved the highest per capita expenditure in


the country?
- Haryana
At which place in Himalayas the Indian Air Force ie eyeing a
permanent base?
- At Dharasu in Uttarkashi district
Name the company marketing guru Nirmalya Kumar ( Prof. of

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marketing at the London Buisness School) is going to join?


- Tata Sons

Name the four hill stations of Himachal Pradesh where


government is planning to introduce environment friendly golf
carts for short distance movement?
- Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Dharamshala
Name the Indian Professor honoured in London who translated
all works of William Shakespeare into Punjabi?
- Prof. Surjit Hans
Who in India may be world's oldest living person?
- Feroz-un-Din Mir (141 years) in Baramulla district. ( Guinness
World Records currently recognises 115 year old Japanese
Misao Okawa as oldest)
Name the Indian American author who's " The Lowland" has
emerged frontrunner among 13 novels longlisted for the Man
Booker Prize this year?
- Jhumpa Lahiri's
Who became World chess champion for the disabled after
winning the 13th IPCA World women's individual
championship?
- India's K. Jennitha Anto
Which new state has been carved out of Andhra Pradesh as

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29th state of India?


Telangana

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Latest GK, India- July 2013


July 11, 2013
Name the India's first navigation satellite put into orbit?
- IRNSS-1A

What is the rank of Taj Mahal in the list of top 25 landmarks?


- Third ( first rank to Machu Picchu in Peru and Angkor Wat in
Cambodia)

Who is the new Foreign Secretary?


- Sujatha Singh ( will succeed Ranjan Mathai on the seniority
principle)

Name the first state in the country to be declared smoke free


with a compliance of 84.52% based on scientific technical
survey conducted as per international standards?
- Himachal Pradesh

Scientists of which country have created world's first 'human


liver' from stem cells?
- Japanese scientists

Name the Indian athlete recently honoured for his services to

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sports at a special event at the House of Lords?


- Milkha Singh ( a movie based on his life story, "Bhag Milkha
bhaag" is about to be released)

Milkha Singh, Image via Wikipedia


Who is the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be
named to the Indian team?
- Parvez Rascol

Name the Britain's first male winner in Wimbledon men's


singles champion since Fred Perry in 1936?
- Andy Murray

Where is Asia's first engineering college for the blind proposed


to be set up?
- Near Hyderabad

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Recently at which temple over a dozen bombs were planted,


out of which 10 exploded?
- Inside the Mahabodhi temple complex in Bodh Gaya

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General Awareness July, 2013


July 03, 2013
When did the supermoon-the largest and brightest full moon of
2013 lit up the world skies?
- June 22,2013 ( Supermoon is the situation when the moon is
slightly closer to earth in its orbit than an average.)

When is next Super-moon expected?


- August, 2014

Recently which mountain in Japan has been granted World


Heritage, UNESCO tag?
- Japan's Mount Fuji, known for its perfectly cone shaped
volcano and the highest mountain in Japan.

Where is India's longest and Asia's second longest tunnel?


- It's 11 Km tunnel cut through the Pir Panjal range in Kashmir.

Which parts of country will be connected by the first train


flagged off to Kashmir by Prime Minister and Sonia Gandhi on
26th June,2013?
- The 17.7 Km rail link will connect south Kashmirs Hazigund
town with Banihal town of Jammu region. This train will chug
through 11Km tunnel, the longest tunnel of country.

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Scientists of which country have identified a new solar system


with three potentially habitable earth like planets orbiting a
near by star, just 22 light years away in the constellation
Scorpius?
- London
Recently India has taken up visa bond proposal with which
country?
UK
Name the rickshaw invented by a NGO, Graduate Welfare
Association Fazilka that runs on a solar power?
- Surya

Name the first woman to be appointed as a key aide to an Army


Commander?
- Lieutenant Ganeva Lalji ( first woman ADC to a commander)

Which country may become the first in world to allow a


controversial IVF technique that creates babies using DNA
from three persons to keep parents away from passing genetic
diseases to their offsprings?
- UK

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Name the bridge in Andhra Pradesh for which a unique mass


campaign is being witnessed for preservation of a 116 year old
railway bridge as a heritage structure rather than dismantling
it?
- Havelock railway bridge Rajahmundry in Andhra Pradesh

Who is the new Union Home Secretary?


- Sh Anil Goswami

Who is appointed as the new Chief Justice of India (CJI) after


the expiry of present incumbent Altamas Kabir's tenure?
- Sh. P. Sathasivam

P. Sathasivam, Image via wikipedia


Name the missile which is going to replace India's 150 Km
range Prithvi ballistic missile to enhance precision strike
capabilities?
- Newly developed quick reaction Prahar missile.

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Latest GK, India- June, 2013 II


June 27, 2013
Where is new warning system installed to send tsunami alert in
3 minutes after an earthquake?
- At Rangachang in Andamam and Nicobar Islands.

After South Arabia, which country has decided to reduce


foreign workers?
- Kuwait

What is the date scheduled by Indian Space Research


Organization to launch country's first navigation satellite?
- 1st July, 2013 at 11.43 PM.

Name the only war-ready female fighter pilot in the Islamic


republic of Pakistan?
- Ayesha Farooq

What is Fruwash?
- Fuwash is a new small innovation, it is a biodegradable
emulsion that can help to extend the shelf life of fuits and
vegetables without refrigeration. Washed with this emulsion
the freshness of fruits and vegetables can remain intact from
three to six weeks at a temperature between 10degree Celsius

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and 45 degree celsius.

Where did Sharmilla launched the book, "Pataudi,Nawab of


Cricket", a compilation of 22 essays in the memory of the
former cricket captain that was published earlier this year by
Harper Collins?
- In London

What are the features of the first IAF Boeing C-17 Globemaster
111 that arrived at the Hindon airbase on 18th June 2013?
- The plane has a carrying capacity of 74 tonnes. The plane can
land at small forward airbases on semi prepared runways and
can ferry a tank along with couple of hundred troops.

Name the Indian-American who was recently sworn in as a top


US court judge?
- Srinivasan (Srikanth "Sri" Srinivasan)

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Srinivasan, Image via Wikipedia


India has invited which country to become ' principal guest
country' at the International Film Festival of India 2014 to be
held in Goa?
- China ( to promote cultural unity)
Name the fish which is a new agent to fight malaria and dengue
as it has a monster appetite for mosquito larvae?
- Gambusia

Recently at which place many lives have been lost along with
widespread destruction of property following the flood?
- Uttarakhand

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Latest General knowledge, India- June 2013


June 12, 2013
Recently which country got its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner?
- China

Using which technique, first baby is born in world with IVF time
lapse treatment?
- Eeva (Early Embryo Viability Assessment)

Name the first Sikh member selected in Pakistan's Punjab


Assembly?
- Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora ( He has become first person
from the minority community to enter Punjab Province
Assembly since the country's independence in 1947)
Which country has recently send person's to India to receive
training in various maritime fields to enable it to take control of
its coastal trade?
- Nigeria

Which country has become the largest contributor to UN peace


missions since inception?
- India

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How will latest pocket weather trackers help pilots to fly in


hills?
- Pocket weather tracker is a portable device that provides
essential meteorological information like wind speed,
maximum wind gust, wind chill, ambient temperature,
barometric pressure, altitude and relative humidity to facilitate
safe and efficient flying operations.

What is the name of thornless variety of red rose developed by


the Institute of Himalayan Bio-resource Technology (IHBT) a
CSIR center at Palampur (H.P)?
- Himalayan Wonder

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Sample questions for CTET exam, 2013: Science


June 12, 2013
The attack of micro organisms on the food items to destroy the
food is called
A. Infestation
B.Spoilage
C. Hydrogenation
Ans A

D.Eutrophication

What is the purity mark on the food products like squashes,


spices, pickles etc.?
A. ISI
B. Agmark
C. ISO
Ans. D

D. FPO

How is presence of starch tested?


A. Benedicts solution
B. Iodine solution
C. Fehling's solution
Ans B

D. Nitric Acid

Osteomalacia is a deficiency disease which occurs in adults


due to deficiency of
A. Vitamin A
B. Vitamin B
C. Vitamin C
Ans D

D. Vitamin D

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Deficiency of Vitamin C causes which disease


A. Scurvy
B. Osteomalacia
C. Riboflavin
Ans A

D.Pellagra

Hydrogenated oils are enriched with Vitamin A and D because


A. They are essential for health
B. Easily digestible
C. Soluble in water
D. Soluble in fat
Ans D
Which of the following is a rich source of protein?
A. Potato
B. Soyabean
C. Sweet potato
Ans B

D. Carrot

Heart diseases are linked with


A. Excess of sodium
B. Excess of fluorine
C. Excess of calcium
Ans A

D. Excess of potassium

The main cause of food poisoning is


A. Rat
B. Angoumois

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C. Salmonella
Ans C

D. Cat

The ultimate source of energy in biosphere is


A. Water
B. Trees
C. Sun
Ans C

D. Nuclear

A food chain does not have more than


A. Six steps
B. Two steps
C. Eight steps
Ans A

D.None

Decomposers constitute a group of organisms which


A. Consume living plants
B. Consume living animals
C. Consume living plants and animals
D. Consume the dead bodies and excreta of plants and animals
Ans D
Conversion of nitrate compounds present in the soil into free
nitrogen is termed as
A. Ammonification
B. Dinitrification
Nitrogen fixation
Ans B

D. Nitrification

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All green plants are


A. Producers
C. Decomposers
Ans A

B. Consumers
D. None of these

What is silviculture?
A. Cultivation of crops
B. Cultivation of flowering plants
C. Cultivation of forests
D. Cultivation of extinct species
Ans C
Animals, plants and bacteria are
A. Biotic components
B. Abiotic components
C. Renewable components C. Non - renewable components
Ans A
Which of the following colour has the maximum wavelength
A. Red
B. Yellow
C. Violet

D. Green

Ans A
Which is the planet having no atmosphere
A. Earth
B. Mars
C. Venus

D. Mercury

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Ans D
The colour of a star depends upon
A. Density
B. Distance from sun
C. Radius
Ans D

D. Surface temperature

Richter scale is used for measuring


A. Volcanic eruptions
B. Ocean currents
C. Earthquakes

D. Depletion of soil

Ans C
What is the effect produced by carbon dioxide gas in the
atmosphere?
A. Ocean currents
B. Green house effect
C. Earthquake
Ans B

D. Differentiation

What is the energy possessed by wind?


A. Kinetic energy
B. Potential energy
C. Chemical energy
Ans A

D. Electrical energy

To provide electric power in satellites we use

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A. Solar cooker
C. Solar panels
Ans C

B. Solar furnace
D. Solar power plants

Satellite based TV transmission uses a


A. Geostationary satellites B. Launch vehicle
C. Spacecraft
Ans A

D. Satellite orbiting the earth

Which of the following is the example of fossil fuel


A. Coal gas
B. Coke
C. Natural gas
Ans C

D. Producer gas

What is the major constituent of natural gas


A. Butane
B. Ethane
C. Carbon dioxide
Ans D

D. Methane

Which of the following is not used as a rocket fuel


A. Synthetic rubber
B. Liquid hydrogen
C. Paraffin
Ans D

D. Liquid nitrogen

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The vulcanization process involves the heating of natural


rubber with
A. Sulphur
B. Carbon
C. Phosphorous
Ans A

D. Silver

What is the formula of Baking soda


A. NaHCO3
B. Na2CO3
C. NaNO3
Ans A

D. NaHSO4

The phenomenon of existence of different forms of an element


is known as
A. Isomerism
B. Catenation
C. Allotropy
Ans C

D. None of these

Water acts as good solvent because it has


A. Purity
B. Dissolving power
C. Polar nature
Ans C

D. Ionising power

Which gas is not found free in nature


A. Oxygen
B. Hydrogen

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C. Nitrogen
Ans B

D. Carbon dioxide

The percentage of oxygen by weight in air is


A. 79
B. 74
C. 21
Ans C

D. 22

In blender electrical energy is converted to


A. Kinetic energy
B. Potential energy
C. Mechanical energy
Ans A

D. Chemical energy

Diode is a rectifier used to convert


A. D.C to A.C
B. A.C to D.C
C. K.E to P.E
Ans B

D. P.E to K.E

The working of dynamo is based on principle of


A. Heating effect of current
B. Magnetic effect of current
C. Chemical effect of current
D. Electromagnetic induction
Ans D
Which of the following electromagnetic radiations has smallest

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wavelength
A. Ultra violet rays
C. Gamma rays
Ans C
Edible part of apple is
A. Endosperm
C. Fleshy thalamus
Ans C

B. X rays
D. Microwaves

B. Cotyledons
D. Pericarp

The ultimate source of energy is


A. Carbohydrates
B. Proteins
C. Fats
Ans C

D. Vitamins

The renewable source of energy is


A. Coal
B. Petrol
C. Forest
Ans C

D. None of these

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General Awareness, India, 2013


June 12, 2013
Name the country which does not play international cricket?
- Russia
Which country is the world's biggest consumer of gold?
- India
What is the full form of FII?
- Foreign Institutional Investment
Which country was not happy with the USA's decision to award
a Congressional Medal to Dalai Lama of Tibet?
- China
India has done '123 Agreement' with which country?
- USA
Which country won the inaugural T20 World Cup for the Blind
held in Bengaluru?
- India
Name the urdu poet who was invited to the Second and Third
Round Table Conferences?
- Faiz Ahmad
Name the medium range surface-to-air missile?
- Akash

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Name India's first aircraft carrier?


- INS Vikrant
Which is the smallest country in the world?
- Vatican City

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Latest who's who, May, 2013


May 30, 2013
Who is the new Chief Minister of Karnataka?
- Sh. Siddaramaiah
Name the only Indian to win an individual gold medal in
Olympics whose name has been recommended for the Bharat
Ratna (country's highest civilian honour) by the National Rifle
Association of India (NRAI)?
- Shooter Abhinav Bindra
Who became the Prime Minister of Pakistan for the third time?
- Nawaz Sharif (He is called Lion of Punjab)
Name the novel written by UK based Kashmiri writer Mirza
Waheed which has been acquired by New York based film
production company Mulberry Films to be adapted for the big
screen?
- The Collaborator
Name the vaccine unveiled by Indian scientists which is the
first completely indigenous and affordable vaccine to prevent
severe rota-virus diarrhea?
- ROTAVAC

Which is the first country where Super Priority Visa Service


(same day visa for urgent travellers) the first of its kind service

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launched by the UK anywhere in the world?


- India
Name the fish (new and healthy genetic strains) which
Himachal Pradesh state will import from countries like Norway
and Hungary?
- Trout

Students of which Indian school set a record of being the


youngest team to conquer the world's tallest peak (Mt.
Everest)?
- Lawrence school, Sanawar

Who is the first Indian amputee to scale Mt. Everest?


- Arunima Sinha ( a former national level volleyballl player who
lost her leg after being thrown off a moving train.)

Where is the foundation stone of country's first Indian National


Defence University (INDU) laid?
- Gurgaon

Who is sworn as the new Comptroller and Auditor General


(CAG) of the country?

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- Shashi Kant Sharma

Who became the first South Asian judge to America's second


highest court?
- Indian American, Chandigarh born Srikanth Srinivasan

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Latest General knowledge, India- May 2013


May 19, 2013
Name the railway minister (Former railway minister) whose
nephew was recently arrested for taking bribe?
- Pawan Kumar Bansal
Which is the first city in Himachal to develop a city sanitation
plan besides implementing the Decentralised Waste Water
Treatment Technology in some areas of town?
- Shimla
Which state government planned mango festival in London?
- Maharashtra ( As Maharashtra wants to push the fruits and
things that come out of Maharashtra.)
Who got the highest research award ( Dr BR Ambedkar
Centenary Award for Excellence in Biomedical Research) of the
Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR)?
- Vinod Kumar Paul, Head of Pediatrics Department AIIMS New
Delhi.
Why UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National Park in
Assam is considered a unique wildlife habitat?
- Because of the presence of the Big Five - Indian one horned
rhino, elephant, tiger, Asian buffalo, and sambhar. Besides
over 500 species of birds, trees, herbs and other animals.

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Name the cricketer who is in trouble for posing as Lord Vishnu


in an advertisement?
- M S Dhoni (read complete story here)
Why Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation
(JKTDC) has inked a pact with Sharjah National Travel and
Tourist Agency (SNITTA, the UAE's largest travel and tourist
management company)?
- To promote Kashmir as a golfing and pilgrim destination in
the Gulf.
Which state is set to become the cement bowl of the country
with the government giving permission for setting up the
largest cement project?
- Himachal Pradesh in the Chopal area of Shimla district.
Who became the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to
play in the IPL?
- Parvez Rasool
Who became the first cricketer from Himachal Pradesh to play
in the IPL?
-Rishi Dhawan has become the first cricketer from Himachal
Pradesh to play in IPL.
Who received Asom Ratna Award (Highest civilian award in the
State of Assam) for the year 2012?
-Indira Goswami (posthumously). Indira Goswami was a
legendary story teller and prolific novelist.

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Which six hill forts of Rajasthan has been granted the coveted
status of World Heritage Site by UNESCO's World Heritage
Committee?
- Chittorgarh Kumbhalgarh, Ranthambore, Amber, Gagron and
Jaisalmer forts built between 13th and 19th centuries.

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Whoes who, April 2013


May 01, 2013
Name the first supersonic fighter jet in the Indian Air Force
fleet which flew over Indian skies 50 years ago?
- MiG-21

Millionaire Dennis Tito who became the first space tourist in


2001 has unveiled the plan to launch the first manned mission
to mars in which year?
- 2018 ( he aims to send a man and woman for 501 day long
flyby around the Red planet)

Recently for solving India's energy and water problems,


Kolkata scientists have achieved a breakthrough in developing
an efficient and bankable which energy source?
- Hydrogen based energy source

Who have been selected for the Jnanpith Award, the highest
literary honour in the country?
- Ravuri Bharadwaja ( Telugu writer)

Who wrote 'My Afternoon Poems' collection of 101 poems?


- Ashok K Mohapatra released on 21st April,2013

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Name the Legendary mathematics wizard dubbed as the


world's fastest "human computer"?- Shakuntala Devi (died on
21st April,2013). she casted a spell adding 16 digit number with
another one and multipling the result with an equal array of
numbers instantaneously. In 1977, she extracted the 23rd root
of a 201 digit number mentally. she even competed with
computer and won.
Name the monument which Emperor Jehangir, father of Shah
Jehan devoted to his wife Noor Jehan in 1616?
- Shalimar Hammam in Srinagar

Who made history of Twenty -20 cricket by blasting an


incredible 175 off 66 balls?
- Chris Gayle (IPL, 2013)

Chris Gayle, Image source Wikipedia

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Which country is trying to make incursions in Ladakh?


- China

Who was the first woman playback singer in Hindi film industry
and was called gramophone Goddess?
- Shamshad Begum. ( her few songs were 'kajra mohabbat
wala, lekar pehla pehla pyar'. In 2009 she was honoured with
Padma Bhushan )

Which plant has found a unique application in the treatment of


flouride-contaminated water in Andhra Pradesh's Nalgonda
district?
- Tulsi plant ( Tulsi absorb flouride in water and release
calcium)

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Latest general knowledge, India- April 2013 II


April 23, 2013
Which are the countries where Finance Minister P
Chidambaram
will hold roadshows to attract foreign
investments given the high current account deficit?
- Canada and US
Which actor has been selected for the prestigious Dadasaheb
Phalke Award 2012?
- Veteran actor Pran Sikand (93 year old will be the 44th
recipient of the award)

Pran, Image via Wikipedia


What is Amniotic Membrane Transplant (AMT)?
AMT is the process to use innermost layer of the placenta to be
used as a graft or dressing in surgical subspecialities of
ophthalmology. This tissue works as bandage for cornea
infections and reconstructs the ocular surface, reduces
inflammation and heals the chemically injured parts. Its a boon
for acid attack victims.

Name the minister of UP who was relieved from his post when

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he was triggered in a controversy by allegedly promising to get


roads in Pratapgarh district constructed like cheeks of
actresses Hema Malini and Madhuri Dixit?
- Uttar Pradesh Khadi and Village Industry Minister Raja Ram
Pandey.

Name the port which India is trying to complete so that it


becomes a vital link to transport its goods to the warravaged
nation Afghanistan?
- Chabahar Port in Iran

Name the mission which the National Aeronautics and Space


Administration of USA (NASA) are planning by developing a
moon rover ( scheduled to fly in Nov.2017) to find how water
can be produced on the lunar surface by analysing liquid
droplets trapped in deep freezes at its poles?
- RESOLVE ( Regolith and Environment Science and Oxygen
and Lunar Volatile Extraction)

Which company has overtaken Bajaj Auto as the country's


second largest two wheeler supplier?
- Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India

According to Supreme Court after Gujarat which will become


second home for Gir lions to protect the endangered species?

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- Madhya pradesh ( Gujarat has to share 400 Asiatic lions)

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Whoes who and awards, India - April 2013


April 12, 2013
Supreme Court has recently rejected plea of which pharma for
a patent on cancer medicine Glivec/ Gleevec?
- Swiss Pharma giant Novartis

Which state in India is largest producer of the kiwi fruit?


- Himachal Pradesh

Which term will be used for pesticides as according to the


instructions given to scientists by Punjab Agricultural
University?
- Rasayan (chemical) instead of Zehar (poison)
Name two actresses recently honoured with Padma awards by
President Pranab Mukherjee?
- Sharmila Tagore and Sridevi

Name two personalities who received Padma Vibhushan


(India's second highest civilian award)?
- Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra and researcher Prof. Yash
Pal.

Who were presented the Padma Bhushan award (India's third

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highest award)?
- Saraswat Tagore film producer D Ramanaidu and Rahul
Dravid

Rahul Dravid, Image via Wikipedia


Name the first Indian to circumnavigate the globe, solo and
non stop over a 150day voyage?
- Indian Navy's Lt Cdr Abhilash Tomy

Name the place where people participate in ritual of frog


marriage to please the rain God?
- Assam

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Name the Hindi film producer whom the Union Ministry of


Defence has decided to help in making a movie on the heroic
saga of Subedar Joginder Singh who sacrificed his life while
defending the Tawang sector in the Indo-China war of 1962?
- J P Dutta

In which animated series Sachin Tendulkar will make his


television debut?
- Master Blasters where he will be seen monitoring young
talents from across world.

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General Awareness, India- March, 2013 III


April 01, 2013
Which was adjudged the Best Film in the non-feature film
category at the 60th National Film Awards?
- ' Shepherds of Paradise' directed by Raja Shabir Khan in
Gojri and Urdu languages.

Which country replaced UK as world's fifth largest arms


exporter?
- China (USA is the first largest arms exporter.)

Which country tested world's first underwater supersonic


cruise missile?
- India ( the submarine-launched version of BrahMos, with a
range of 290 Km, was successfully test fired from an
underwater pontoon in the Bay of Bengal.)

Who flagged off the first ever North East expedition to Mt


Everest?
- President Pranab Mukherjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New
Delhi on 20th March,2013.

Which is the first district in the country to launch the Village


Integrated Monitoring Software (VIMS) developed by the

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District Informatics Centre?


- Kurukshetra

Name the book released on 29th March, 2013, written by Col.


Jasbir Singh Khurana (retd) showcasing Punjab's art and
culture?
- Punjabiyat (the history, culture, festivals, geography and folk
art of Punjab have been put together)

Name the world's first bionic man?


- Rex

Which novelist won the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature at
the Jaipur Literature Festival for his first novel 'Narcopoles'?
- Sh. Jeet Thayil

Which Indian artist won the $1 million Skoda Art Prize 2012 for
contemporary art?
- Sh. L.N.Tallur

Who is commonly referred to as the 'Father of Modern Hindi


Literature'?
- Sh. Harish Chandra (Bharatendu Harishchandra (September
9, 1850 January 6, 1885)

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Bharatendu Harishchandra, Image credit: Wikipedia

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Latest general knowledge, India - March 2013- II


March 19, 2013
Name the first state to launch the pentavalent vaccine as part
of the immunization programme for the prevention of hepatitis
B?
- Haryana

India asked which country to send the two Italian marines


back to India and face trial in this country for the murder of two
persons off the Kerala coast last year and has launched
diplomatic offensive against Italy?
- Italy
Which yatra is resumed in valley after 24 years?
- Dyneshwer Yatra (The yatra to the holy cave in the mountains
of north Kashmir's Bandipore district which was stopped after
the eruption of militancy.)

Which missile launched off from the coast of Orissa failed to


hit the target in its maiden test firing and had to be terminated
midway after deviating from the scheduled flight path?

Nirbhay, Image via Wikipedia


- Nirbhay
Name the world famous artist who created his own tempera by

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mixing vegetable colours and other materials instead of oil


paints?
- Ganesh Pyne ( died in 2013)
Name the first lady of Indian golf?
- Simi (Smriti) Mehra who leads the fifth leg of the Hero Pro
Golf Tour.
How many medals have been grabbed by Indian archers in
Asian meet?
- 12 medals ( 4 gold medals) in the first Asian Grand Prix
Championship held in Bangkok.
Where was the violin played on the Titanic has been found?
- In an Attic in UK
When will be India's first navigational satellite to be launched?
- The first satellite of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite
System (IRNSS) Constellation- IRNSS-1 would be launched by
PSLV C22 in June 2013.

Name the best feature film of 2012 at the prestigious 60th


National Film Awards?
- Paan Singh Tomar ( Irfaan also won the best actor award for
his role in the film)

Which film was declared the best popular film for providing

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wholesome entertainment at the National Film Awards?


- Vicky Donor

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Latest whoes who India, March 2013


March 11, 2013
Which is the first Kashmiri 35mm digital film to won the
excellence, 2013 award at the Canada International Film
Festival ( India's only entry)?
- Partav

Who is the new Governor of Nagaland?


- Ashwani Kumar

Who is the new Governor of Kerala?


- Nikhil Kumar

Who is appointed new Governor of Odhisha?


- SC Jamir

Who is new Governor of Bihar?


- DY Patil

Who is appointed new Governor of Tripura?


- Devanand Kanwar

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Which Indian will be the Chief guest at the Mauritius National


Day Function to be held on 12th March,2013?
- President Pranab Mukherjee

Where is India's longest elevated road constructed?


- Mumbai (16.4 Km long)

Name the fish that checks dengue?


- Gangusia, as it feeds on mosquito larvae.

Name the boxers whose name have recently cropped up in


connection with the Rs 130 crore drug trafficking racket busted
by Fatehgarh Sahib police?
- Vejender Singh and Ram Singh

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Latest GK, India - Feb.2013 -II


February 28, 2013
Name the President of India who backed out to be President of
Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) India in 1982?
-President Pranab Mukherjee
Where is the world's tallest statue of Mahatma Gandhi?
- In Patna (India) which was unveiled on 16th Feb., 2013

At which place Punjab's first emu meat oil processing unit in


collaboration with a South African will be set up?
- Hoshiarpur

Prime minister of which country has decided to introduce same


day visa service for Indian buisnessmen?
- British Prime Minister David Cameron

The International Court of Arbitration (ICA) at the Hague upheld


India's right to divert water from which hydroelectric project?
-Kishanganga Hydroelectric Project (KHEP)

Which would be the second central armed police force to have


an aerial wing?
- The Central Reserve Police (CRPF). ( The BSF is the only

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other Central police organisation to have its own air wing)

Which newspaper has been awarded for excellence in


journalism 2012?
- The Tribune

Which is the first state in the country to have started issuing


new smart kisan credit cards (KCC)?
- Haryana

At what age Fauja Singh world's oldest marathoner retires?


- At the age of 101

Image credit Wikipedia


How many satellites have been placed in the orbit, including
the 409 Kg Indo-French SARAL by the Polar Satellite Launch
Vehicle-C20 on 25th Feb.,2013?
- Seven satellites in four minutes

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General awareness India- Feb, 2013


February 21, 2013
Which company has become the first operator to announce
free roaming on its network?
- Aircel

According to new analysis by researchers from Brown


University water flowing beneath the surface of which planet
suggests life may once have possible?
- Mars, the red planet

Image credit Wikipedia


How many birds arrived in 2012-2013 according to the bird
census at the Pong Dam wetland?
-1.23 lakh

Which state got award for MGNREGA implementation?


- Himachal Pradesh was conferred the award for performance

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in the implementation of rural employment guarantee scheme


(MGNREGA). Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presented the
award to Devesh Kumar Deputy Commissioner, Mandi

Where was Asia's largest air show held?


- Bangalore

Which country conducted 'miniaturised' third Nuclear test in


defiance of UN resolutions and drawing condemnation from
the United States, Japan, Europe and the North's only major
ally, China?
- North Korea

With which country India is expected to raise the Sikh turban


issue?
- France

India with which country has signed Rs 30,000 crore missile


deal recently to co-produce surface to air missile and to
expedite talks on Rafle fighter jet?
- France
Which country faced destruction recently (15th Feb.) due to
meteor shower?
- Central Russia

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Which country is set to become world's No. 1 rice exporter?


- India ( ready to overtake Thailand and is expected to export
over nine million tonnes of this staple foodgrain)

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Latest GK questions, Jan, 2013- II


January 31, 2013
Where is North India's largest zoo to come up?
- Near Nagrota in Jammu ( will be spread over 200 hectares)

With which country India is thinking to sign agreements for


purchase of Rafale fighter jets and building of two nuclear
power reactors at Jaitapur?
- France (building of nuclear power projects by French nuclear
giant Areva)

What is the value of unique letter written by Mahatma Gandhi


including textual correction in his hand and signed by him at
the end, offered for sale by Mullock's Auctioneers at Ludlow in
UK?
- Rs 13 lakh

Who has been named as richest sportsperson in India as per


the Forbe's list of top 100 Indian celebrities?

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Dhoni, Image credit Wikipedia


- Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Which teams played the first International match held at


Dharamshala cricket stadium on 27th Jan., 2013?
- India and England (won by England)
Name the actor and cricketer selected for Padma Bhushan
Award 2013?
Actors Rajesh Khanna and Jaspal Bhatti and cricketer Rahul
Dravid
Name the scientists selected for Padma Vibhushan Award
2013?
-Prof. Yashpal, a physics graduate from Punjab University and
noted scientist Prof. Roddan Narasimha, an aerospace
scientist formerly with the Indian Space Research Organisation
(ISRO)
Name the first female calf delivered by world's first surviving
cloned buffalo Garima II at the National Dairy Research
Institute (NDRI)?

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- Mahima born on Jan.25,2013

Which South Indian playback singer has declined to accept the


Padma Bhushan Award as she feels the honour has come
rather late in her long career?
- S Janaki

Name the father and son who made history to fly IAF's AN 32
together?
- Air Cmde RS Sodhi and his son Flt Lt Angad Singh

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Latest who whoes who, India- Jan 2013


January 16, 2013
Who is announced as next party chief of Dravida Munnettra
Kazhagam (DMK) patriarch by M Karunanidhi?
- M K Stalin (Karunanidhi's third son)

Who became the first Hindu to take oath of office on the sacred
Bhagavad Gita instead of Bible after winning the
Congressional election and sworn in as member of United
states House of Representatives by Speaker John Boehner?

Tulsi Gabbard, Image via Wikipedia


- Tulsi Gabbard

Name the engineer who has given a solar avatar to the Kangri (

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Kangri is an earthern pot filled with charcoal or firewood for


heat)?
- Idrees Beigh, an electrical engineer. ( This solar Kangri
requires moderate intensity sunlight which it traps and
transfers to the battery inlet of the kangri. The battery than gets
charged and by virtue of the attached inverter releases heat)

Which country has claimed to be the first in world to launch


construction of new $476 million nuclear power plant with 200
MW fourth generation reactor for commercial usage?
- China

Who has been elected for the post of Speaker of the 12th
Himachal State Assembly?
- Brij Bihari Lal Butail

Which country is the second largest consumer and fastest


growing retail destination of flowers in tjhe world?
- India

Recently which state has banned the manufacture and sale of


gutkha and pan masala containing tobacco?
- Andhra Pradesh ( became 14th state of country to ban
tobacco)

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Where is first nuclear reactor with Russian collaboration going


to start soon?
- Kudankulam

Which is first US state to enact gun control laws?


-New York

Which countries Prime minister is likely to be arrested for


allegedly receiving kickbacks from a power plant company in
exchange for awarding contracts?
- Pakistan, Prime Minister Raja Parvez Ashraf

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General Knowledge,India - Dec. 2012


December 31, 2012
Name the indigenously developed nuclear capable ballistic
missile with a strike range of 700Km which was test fired on
12th Dec.,2012 from Odisha coast?
- Agni-I
Name the first armed helicopter co-developed by a French firm
capable of fighting in the higher reaches of the Himalayas
along the borders with China and parts of Pakistan?
- Rudra ( Army to get first armed helicopters by March, 2013)

Name the first Indian to be honoured with prestigious Grammy


Lifetime Achievement Award posthumously?
- Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar ( died on 12 Dec.,2012).
The award would be presented on 10th Feb.,2013 at the 55th
Grammy Awards ceremony in Los Angeles.
Which nation has become first to meet strict safety parameters
on vaccines in one go by passing the WHO's toughest efficacy
and safety tests?
- India

Who has become Miss Universe 2012?


- US cellist Olivia Culpo ( India's Shilpa Singh made only to the
top 16)

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Who is new Himachal Chief Minister?


- Virbhadra Singh ( For 6th time)

Which Indian cricketer has recently taken retirement from One


day cricket?

Sachin, Image via Wikipedia


- Sachin Tendulkar

With which country India signed two key defence deals worth
Rs 25,000 crore for the supply of 42 new Su-30MKI combat
aircraft and 71 Mi-17V5 helicopters on 24th dec.,2012?

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- Russia
Name the book on rare Sikh relics?
- 'Sikh Heritage: Ethos and Relics' published by Rupa

Who has become Gujarat's CM for fourth time?


- Narendra Modi

Who won the Prestigious IPI-India Award for Excellence 2012


for outstanding journalistic work?
- The Tribune

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General Awareness, December 2012


December 23, 2012
Which country has agreed to accept the payment of export of
oil and petroleum products to India in rupee terms?
- Iran

Which Indian was conferred with the prestigious "National


Medal of Arts and Humanities" by US President in Feb.2012?
- Dr. Amartya Sen

Who won the Africa Cup Football Championship Final held in


Feb.2012?
- Zambia

Which award is given by the Government of Madhya Pradesh


for excellence in the field of classical music?
- Tansen Award

Which city of India is also called as Electronic City?


- Bangalore

Which place in India is famous for its woolen carpets?


- Bhadohi

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When has Japan decided to shut down all its nuclear reactors,
according to reports released in Sept.2012?
- 2040

What is India's rank among the world's most competitive


nations, according to latest survey of the World Economic
Forum released in Sept.2012?
- 59th

Where is Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary located?


- Karnataka
Name the river on whose bank the city of Nashik situated?
- Godavari

Whose record was broken by Michael Phelps, who won the


highest number of gold medals in Olympic Games held in 2008
and 2012?

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Mark Spitz, Image via Wikipedia


- Mark Spitz

Where is Union Budget first presented?


- The Lok Sabha

Name the Asian country where the first ever General Election
took place?
- Pakistan

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GK, India - Dec. 2012- Golden Peacock award, INSAT-3D


December 13, 2012
Name the bus designed to spread the message of inclusive
education, bus will travel across 35 cities in India for over 3
months flagged off from Patiala by Rural Development Minister
Surjit Singh Rakhra?
- Torch of Learning

Name the Punjabi film which won the Golden Peacock at Goa
film fest?
- Anhe Ghode Da Daan (See a trailer below)

Who has taken over as Shiv Sena head?


- Uddhav Thackeray

Which company is testing the first global vaccine for the


prevention of dengue?
- French company Sanofi Pasteur's tetravalent vaccine

Which city is emerged as the best city to live in India according


to latest worldwide survey of cities by global HR consultancy
Merces?
-Bangalore

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Which state is going to be first in country to set up a Patient


Simulation Laboratory in the government sector?
- Jammu and Kashmir

Name the long anticipated meteorological satellite which will


be launched in the third quarter of 2013?
- INSAT-3D ( weather satellite)

Indian Government has given permission to celebrate whose


birthday on12 Dec.2012 at Taj Mahal?
-Pak minister Rehman Malik

Where are the set of fossilised bones of first dinosaur that


roamed the earth as believed by scientists been stored?
- Natural History Museum ( It has been alive 10 to 15 million
years before any previously known dinosaurs)

Who has been considered most powerful man according to


Forbes magazine this year?
- Obama ( PM Manmohan Singh and Sonia Gandhi have been
named among the top 20 most powerful persons)

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Latest Who's Who : Union Government Ministers


December 06, 2012
Who is the Prime Minister of India?
- Dr. Manmohan Singh
Who is the President of India?
- Mr. Pranab Mukherjee

Who is the Vice President of India?


- Mohammed Hamid Ansari

Who is Agriculture and Food Processing Industries Minister?


- Mr. Sharad Pawar
Who is the Defence Minister?
- Mr. A K Antony
Who is the Finance Minister?
- Mr. P Chidambaram
Who is the Home Affairs Minister?
- Mr. Sushil Kumar Shinde
Who is External Affairs Minister?
- Mr. Salman Khurshid

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Who is the Health and Family Welfare Minister?


- Mr. Ghulam Nabi Azad
Who is the Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister?
- Mr. M.Veerappa Moily
Who is the New and Renewable Energy Minister?
-Dr. Farooq Abdullah
Who is Science and Technology as well as Earth Sciences
Minister?
- Mr. S. Jaipal Reddy
Who is the Urban Development as well as Parliamentary Affairs
Minister?
- Mr. Kamal Nath
Who is the Civil Aviation Minister?
- Mr. Ajit Singh
Who is the Overseas Indian Affairs Minister?
- Mr. Vayalar Ravi
Who is the Labour and Employment Minister?
- Mr. Mallikarjun Kharge
Who is the Communications and Information Technology
Minister?
- Mr. Kapil Sibal

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Who is the Commerce and Industry as well as Textiles


Minister?
- Mr. Anand Sharma
Who is the Road Transport and Highways Minister?
- Mr. C.P.Joshi
Who is the Social Justice and Empowerment Minister?
- Kumari Selja
Who is Shipping Minister?
- Mr. G.K.Vasan
Who is the Railways Minister?
- Mr. Pawan K.Bansal
Who is the Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister?
- Mr. M.K.Alagiri
Who is the Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister?
- Mr. Praful Patel
Who is the Coal Minister?
Mr. Shriprakash Jaiswal
Who is the Minority Affairs Minister?
- Mr. K.Rahman Khan

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Who is the Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj Minister?


- Mr. V.Kishore Chandra Deo
Who is the Steel Minister?
- Mr. Beni Prasad Verma
Who is the Rural Development Minister?
- Mr. Jairam Ramesh
Who is the Mines Minister?
- Mr. Dinsha Patel
Who is the Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Minister?
- Mr. Ajay Maken
Who is the Human Resource Minister?
- Mr. M.M.Pallam Raju
Who is the Law and Justice Minister?
- Mr. Ashwani Kumar
Who is the Water Resource Minister?
- Mr. Harish Rawat
Who is the Culture Minister?
- Ms. Chandresh Kumari Katoch

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Latest General Knowledge India - Dec 2012


December 03, 2012
Name the first district in the country where all villages have
solar street lights?
- Sirsa (Haryana Renewable Energy Department has spent
Rs12.65 crore to install solar lights in all 334 villages of Sirsa.)

Name India-born, leading expert on Asian art appointed by the


Obama administration as member of the National Museum and
Library Services Board, a key administrative post?
- Vishakha Desai

When IOA ( Indian Olympic Association ) elections are going to


be held?
- On 5th Dec., 2012.

Name the geothermal project which is coming up at the


Chumathang hot spring in Nyoma block of Leh district?
- Chumathang Geothermal Field 3MW. ( It will be the first
project of its kind in geothermal energy in the country)

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Brazilian President , Image via Wikipedia


Who was conferred the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace,
Disarmament and Development by President Pranab Mukherjee
on 22nd Nov., 2012?
- Brazillian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Name the states which China shows as its territory in its new
e-passports?
- Arunachal Pradesh and Aksai Chin

Which country has offered to set up joint ventures with Punjab


in various sectors including industry, agriculture and milk
processing?
- New Zealand

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Name the avionics-upgraded Jaguar aircraft whose flight test


successfully was
carried out by Hindustan Aeronautics
Limited (HAL)?
- Darin III

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Latest General Knowledge -Nov., 2012


November 23, 2012
Who is new Culture Minister?
- Chandresh Kumari ( will try to get world heritage status for
rejected Rajasthan forts)

Name an Indian who has been elected to the Council of


Governors of Vantaa ( a province in Finland adjoining the
national capital Helsinki) for a second time in row?
- Ranbir Sodhi ( from Dhuri in Punjab and he moved to Finland
in 1987, became first immigrant from South Asia.)

Which country will soon start exporting uranium and nuclear


reactors to India?
- Canadian companies ( The announcement took place after
nearly four decades of tense relations between two countries
after Canada banned export of uranium to India in the wake of
nuclear tests conducted by it in 1974)

Which player has been conferred the membership of the Order


of Australia, an honour "rarely" awarded to non Australian?
- Sachin Tendulkar

Name the Dargah where recently entry of women into the

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enclosure has been banned?


- Mumbai's iconic Haji Ali Dargah erected on a bed of rocks
into the sea where body of the 15th century Pir is believed to
be buried

Who won the US presidential elections?

Barack Obama, Image via Wikipedia


- Barack Obama

Where has been the National Institute of Food Technology and


Management ( NIFTEM) opened recently?
- In Kundli on the Delhi- Haryana border
Name the India's first indigenously created low-cost tablet
which will soon be highlighted at the United Nations
headquarters?

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- Aakash

Where did Swiss based FMCG multinational Nestle opened its


first research and development centre in India?
- Manesar in Haryana

Who has been awarded an FRCPE degree at Edinburgh, UK?


- Dr. Arvind Sahni, Director Gastroenterology at Fortis Hospital,
Mohali.

Spokesperson for which President called Indian envoy a


traitor?
- Mohamed Waheed, Maldivian President ( Abbas Adil Riza
called Dnyaneshwar Mulay( Indian High Commissioner ) a
'traitor' and 'an enemy of Maldives'.)

Which space agency is testing a new rotor landing system in


an attempt to enable its future space capsules to land like
helicopters?
- US space agency NASA.

Who is the third Indian-American to make it to US Congress?


- Ami Bera, a physician

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Name the cartoonist who redrew Maharashtra's politics?


- Bal Keshav Thackeray ( Shiv Sena supremo died on 17th
Nov.,2012)

Which state of India is expected to bid for an historic 19th


century state carriage valued at Rs 1 crore that once belonged
to the royal family of Mysore and is now up for sale at a public
auction in the UK?
- Karnataka

Who is 2nd most experienced female astronaut?


- Sunita Williams ( first was NASA's Peggy Whitson)

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Latest whose who India, October, 2012


October 30, 2012
Who won 2012 Nobel Prize for literature for works which
combine hallucinatory realism with folk tales, history and
contemporary life grounded in his native land?

Mo Yan, Image via Wikipedia


- Chinese writer Mo Yan

Who is Indian born to become first woman Team Principal in


Formula One?
- Monisha Kaltenborn ( took job in the fourth oldest F1 team in
the Paddock)

Name the folk singer felicitated with the prestigious order of


the British Empire for his services to bhangra music, charity
and community work at the Windsor Castle?

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- Channi Singh

Who won the Economics Nobel for research on how to match


different economic agents such as students for schools or
even organ donors with patients?
- Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley

Who launched the much awaited Aadhaar enabled system for


direct cash transfers to beneficiaries of government schemes
such as the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and
pensions on 20th Oct.,2012 in Dudu, Rajasthan?
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
At which place starbucks opened its first cafe in India?
- In Mumbai (Starbucks is the world's biggest coffee chain)

As Chandigarh and the adjoining area comes under zone five,


which college has been selected under the World Band- funded
project on earthquakes?
- Baba Banda Singh Bahadur Engineering College (BBSBEC) (
50-75 Km away from Chandigarh)

Who were the young innovators to win the second National


Level Exhibition and Project Competitions ( NLEPC) under the
INSPIRE ( Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research)

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Award Scheme?
- Alok Kumar Sharma class 10th student from Bihar won gold
medal
- Viraj Dinesh Gapchop of Maharashtra won silver model
- Sahil Divedi from Punjab and Arun TA from Kerela won
bronze medal
According to Forbes list 2012 magazines latest ranking who is
the top richest Indian?
- Mukesh Ambani

Who has asked Britain and the European Union to stop


providing millions of pounds in aid to wealthy countries like
India and China?
- Former secretary general of the United Nations Kofi Annan.

Recently where was another World War 11 bomb found?


- From Mumbai sea ( The oblong shaped device measuring
three feet in length was found 6.48 nautical miles from the city)

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Latest GK Questions- October, 2012


October 14, 2012
Name the nuclear-capable missile, the naval version of Prithvi (
short range ballistic missile) which India test fired successfully
from a warship off the Odisha coast on 5th Sept., 2012?
- Dhanush (strike range of missile upto 350 Km and can carry
500Kg of nuclear warhead)

When the 14th edition of the world's highest and one of the
toughest motor rallies, Raid de Himalaya started?
- On 5th Oct.,2012 ( this rally will be shorter only 1,800 Km
compared to 2,300 Km last year as the focus will be on safety)
Name the first ever woman in Asia to fly Airbus?
- Capt. Indraani Singh

Which bird made the Dadara village in Assam, one hour drive
from Guwahati famous?
- The greater Adjutant Stork the rarest with a global population
of less than 1,000.

After how many years the West Indies cricketers celebrated


their victory in the ICC Twenty20 World Cup final?
After 33 years ( against Sri Lanka in Colombo)

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Name the supersonic missile successfully test fired off Goa


coast on 7th Oct.,2012?

Image via Wikipedia


- BrahMos ( The supersonic cruise missile BrahMos is said to
be the best in its class of 290 Km range and would be a primary
weapon for the Navy in the coming years)

Which river supply is stopped by Karnataka government to


Tamil Nadu?
- Cauvery River

Who is considered to be the India's richest Lord?


- Lord Venkateswara of Tirumala ( have annual revenues
crossing Rs 1,700 crore)

Name the scientists who shared a Nobel Prize on 8th Oct.,2012


for the discovery that adult cells can be transformed back into

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embryo like stem cells that may one day regrow tissue in
damaged brains, hearts or other organs?
- John Gurdon of Britain and Shinya Yamanaka of Japan.
Who won the Nobel Prize 2012 for finding ways to measure
quantum particles without destroying them, which could make
it possible to build a new kind of computer more powerful than
any seen before?
- Serge Haroche of France and David Wineland from America.

Who won the Nobel Prize 2012 for chemistry for research into
how cells respond to external stimuli that is helping to develop
better drugs to fight diseases such as diabetes, cancer and
depression?
- Robert Lefkowitz and Brian Kobilka from US.

What was the agreement made after the 3rd annual meeting of
the India-US economic and financial partnership held between
Finance Minister P Chidambaram and US Treasury Secretary
Temothy Geithner?
- To expand cooperation in the areas of capital markets
infrastructure financing, financial regulation and to combat
money laundering and terrorist financing.

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Latest GK, India- September, 2012


September 15, 2012
Name the Punjabi women recipient of the Shaurya Chakra( a
top civilian gallantry award) and was once known as the "
lioness of the border areas"?
- Amrik Kaur

Who was the captain of India's junior World Cup winning team?
- Unmukt Chand

Which country won trophy after defeating Cameroon in the


Nehru Cup final match in New Delhi on 2nd Sept.,2012?
- Indian team ( won for the third time in a row)

Where is Asia's first Legoland theme park also having


miniature model of Taj Mahal made of Lego bricks?
- Legoland Malaysia

Who will be the first Hindu-American to be elected to the US


House of Representatives?
- Tulsi Gabbard

According to former captain Rahul Dravid who is India's best

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batsman on current form?


- Virat Kohli

Which politician has recently cleared the written exam and the
Service Selection Board interview at Allahabad to join
Territorial Army as Lieutenant?
- Sachin Pilot

Which is the first match played by Yuvraj Singh after winning


his battle against cancer?
- T20 match against New Zealand

When Air India's first Dreamliner Boeing 787 arrived New


Delhi?
- On Sept.8th, 2012

Name two foreign satellites put into orbit making the space
agency's (ISRO) 100th mission a grand success?
- The PSLV C-21 blasts off from the Satish Dhawan Space
Centre in Sriharikota. the two satellites put into orbit are SPOT
6, a 720 Kg French earth observation satellite and Proiteres, a
15 Kg Japanese micro satellite.

Dr. Verghese Kurien, image via Wikipedia

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Who was the father of " White revolution" who transformed


India from milk deficient country to the world's largest milk
producer?
- Dr. Verghese Kurien ( died on 9th Sept,2012 at age of 90). He
made Amul brand a household name.

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Latest GK, India- Sepetember II


September 04, 2012
Which company was found guilty of copying critical features
of the hugely popular iPhone and iPad of Apple Inc.?
- Samsung

Who won the final of the Under-19 World Cup tournament in


Townsville after defeating Australia?
- India

Name the UK ex-ministers daughter who turned into devout


Sikh?
-Alexandra Aitken ( daughter of British minister Jonathan
Aitken)

Who bagged the title of " Voice of Punjab-111"?


- Anantpal Singh ( son of a rickshawpuller)

Whose names have been recommended by BCCI for the


prestigious Padma Bhusan and Padma Shri awards?
- Former Indian captain Rahul Dravid and opener Gautam
Gambhir respectively.
Where is 16th Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) summit

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organised?
- Tehran ( Started on 29th August, 2012)

What was the Supreme Courts order on Kasab's death


penalty?
- Supreme Court puts its stamp on Kasab's death penalty.
In Tehran, India agrees to step up economic and trade ties with
which country?
- Iran

Which power project will be soon turned into a heritage site?

- Mohura Power House , its second oldest power project in Uri


area of north Kashmir's Baramulla district. It was constructed
in 1902 by Dogra ruler Maharaja Pratap Singh.

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Latest GK Questions- September, 2012


September 03, 2012
Who is soon going to announce a comprehensive sports
strategy and rope in foreign coaches to train players in
Punjab?
- Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab Sukhbir Singh Badal

Name the players who got Arjuna Award 2012?


- Olympian Sardar Singh from Shahbad in Haryana and
Chandigarh batsman Yuvraj Singh.

Who has been conferred for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award?

Image via Wikipedia


- London Olympics silver medalist shooter Vijay Kumar from
Himachal Pradesh and bronze medallist Yogeshwar Dutt from
Sonepat.

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With which country India is going to ink a formal $11 billion


contract for joint research and development project of the next
generation of fighter aircraft?
- Russia ( stealth warplane FGFA will be twin-engined but
smaller than Sukhoi 30-MKI.)

Which Sikh memorial has world's tallest 'Khanda'?


- Mukt-e-Minar at Muktsar.( It has four gates constructed in
memory of 40 Muktas)

Who won Miss World 2012 title?


- China's Wen Xia Yu

What were the two subtitles won by India's contender Vanya


Mishra who could only make to top seven?
- ' Miss Social Media' and ' Beauty with a Purpose'

Which country will play with India in one day international


which is going to be held for first time in Dharamshala on 27th
Jan, 2013?
- England

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When did India successfully tested its micro-light pilot-less


target aircraft ' Lakshya-1' from the Integrated Test Range at
Chandipur in Odisha?
- On 23rd August, 2012

Who will inaugurate the first set of 12 shore-based radars


which can spot even small boats upto 47 Kms out at sea and
can instantly beam information to ground based controllers?
- Defence minister A K Antony

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General awareness India, August 2012


August 23, 2012
Which scheme is launched by the government of India to help
women only?
- Swayamsidha
Where is India's first Defence University set up?
- Haryana

Name the country against which the Test cricket match played
made Rahul Dravid to complete his 34th century?
- England
With which auto company Tata Motors has signed a long term
partnership agreement?
- Ford Motor Company
While playing with which country Rahul Dravid completed his
12,000 runs in the Test cricket?
- South Africa

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Bobby Jindal, image via Wikipedia


Name the person of Indian origin who has been nominated as
the Governor of Louisiana, an American state?
- Bobby Jindal

What is the objective of the project 'Bhoomi Keralam' launched


by the state government?
- To conduct a survey of the land.

Which state introduced a high tech foodgrain rationing system


to ensure timely supply of the foodgrains to people living
below poverty line?
- Karnataka
Which state government announced to provide special
package of incentives to Employment Intensive Industries?
- Bihar

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Where did the third India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA)
Summit took place?
- New Delhi

Which state decided to set up Arsenic Removal Plants in all


districts of the state to enable to provide arsenic free drinking
water to all people by 2010-2011?
- West Bengal

With which country India has signed Nuclear Agreement


named as 'Cooperation Agreement for Peaceful Uses of
Nuclear Energy' besides USA?
- France

Which organisation has provided a US $150 million loan to


overhaul the Khadi and Village Industry in India?
- Asian Development Bank

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Latest General knowledge - August 2012


August 20, 2012
Which district of Punjab has been presented the 5th JRD Tata
Memorial Award by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen for being
ranked first on the composite development index for 548
districts evaluated country wide?
- Ferozepur (was chosen for the award showing improvement
in child and maternal health)

Which state has become the second highest power purchaser


in the country after Punjab?
- Haryana ( making daily short term power purchases of about
330 lakh units)

When is India going to get its first C-17 military aircraft from
US?
- In May 2013

Who was named North India's sculptor of the year 1983?


- Harjeet Singh Sandhu ( mosaic artist who has earned laurels
in New York for his mosaic portrait of Bloomberg, a three time
Mayor of New York which will be displayed at the City Hall)
Name the NASA's most modern spacecraft successfully landed
on Mars on 6th August,2012 to begin a pioneering two year

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search to find out if the red planet is suitable for life and
whether it can be inhabitable in the future?
- Curiosity

Name the Indian scientist who was a part of NASA team which
has identified the landing site of the 'Curiosity'?
- Amitabh Ghosh

Agni-II image via Wikipedia


Name the ballistic missile that lifted off from Wheeler Island in
Odisha on 9th August, 2012?
- Agni-II, capable of carrying nuclear warheads and can cover
2,000 km.

Who is sworn as the 14th Vice President of India?


- Hamid Ansari

Who has become the first Chancellor of Central University of


Kashmir (CUK)?

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- Dr. Srikumar Banerjee ( known scientist and Padma Shri


Award recipient)

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GK related to Olympics 2012


August 15, 2012
Name the player of USA who created history by grabbing his
22nd Olympic medal ?
- Michael Phelps ( retires, won 18 gold medals in total)

Who got the greatest Olympic athlete of all time Trophy?


- Michael Phelps
How many medals are won by India in Olympics 2012?
- 6 medals, 4 bronze and 2 silver

Who is the first Indian male shuttler to reach Olympic


quarters?
Parupalli Kashyap

Name the first Indian women shuttler to enter semifinal at the


Olympics?
- Saina Nehwal ( won bronze medal for India)
Name the shooter of Himachal Pradesh (Hamirpur) who won
silver medal in Olympics 2012?

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Vijay Kumar, image via Wikipedia


- Vijay Kumar ( in men's 25m rapid fire pistol)

Name the Indian woman boxer who won bronze medal in


Olympics?
- Mary Kom

Who won bronze medal for India in men's 60 Kg freestyle


wrestling?
- Yogeshwar Dutt from Sonepat, Haryana

Who won the silver medal in 66 Kg wrestling and is the first


Indian to win two individual Olympic medals?
- Sushil Kumar

Who won bronze medal for India in 10m pistol event?


Gagan Narang, image via Wikipedia

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- Gagan Narang

Which country topped medal table in Olympic 2012?


- USA (104 medals; 46 gold, 29 silver, 29 bronze)
Players of which state got the maximum Olympic medals in
London Olympics
-Haryana

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Who's Who India, August 2012


August 11, 2012
Who is President of India?
-Mr.
Pranab Kumar Mukherjee is the 13th and current
President of India.
Who is vice President of India?

Mohammed Hamid Ansari (Image via Wikipedia)


- Mohammed Hamid Ansari (this is his second term as Vice
President of India)
Who is agriculture cabinet minister of India?
- Sh. Sharad Pawar (Shri Sharad Chandra Govindrao Pawar )
Who is Finance minister of India?
-P. Chidambaram (Shri Palaniappan Chidambaram )
Who is Home minister (Minister of Home Affairs) of India?
-Sh. Sushil Kumar Shinde (Sh. Sushil Kumar Sambhajirao
Shinde )

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Who is defence cabinet minister?


- Sh. AK Antony

Who is science and technology cabinet minister?


- Sh. Vilasrao Deshmukh (Shri Vilasrao Dagadojirao Deshmukh
)

Who is health and family welfare cabinet minister?


- Sh. Gulam Nabi Azad

Who is information and broadcasting cabinet minister?


- Ms. Ambika Soni
Who is labour and employment cabinet minister?
- Sh. Mallikarjun Kharge

Who is petroleum and natural gas cabinet minister?


- Sh. S.Jaipal Reddy

Who is new and renewable energy cabinet minister?


- Dr. Farooq Abdullah

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Who is overseas Indian affair cabinet minister?


- Sh. Vayalar Ravi

Who is human resources development; communication and


information technology cabinet minister?
- Sh. Kapil Sibal

Who is road transport and highways cabinet minister?


- Sh. C.P Joshi

Who is tourism cabinet minister?


- Sh. Subodh Kant Sahay

Who is railway cabinet minister?


- Sh. Mukul Roy

Who is law and justice cabinet minister?


- Sh. Salman Khursheed

Who is rural development; drinking water and sanitation


cabinet minister?
- Sh. Jairam Ramesh

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*****For full list and latest portfolios of ministers please refer


to Indian Govt. website**********

Who is chief of the naval staff?


- Admiral Nirmal Verma (going to retire on 31st August, 2012
and then Vice Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi will take over as
new Naval Chief)
Who is chief of Indian Army?
-General Bikram Singh

Who is senior most election commissioner?


- Sh. V.S.Sampath
Who is chief justice of India?
- Sh. S.H. Kapadia
Who is Attorney General of India?
- Sh. Goolam E. Vahanvati
Who is Solicitor General of India?
- Sh. Rohinton Nariman

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GK questions July, 2012 -V


August 05, 2012
Which state ranks third in India on school education
indicators?
- Punjab

Who is going to head HP screening panel for Assembly poll?


- Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit (Committee set up to short
list probable candidates from the state for forthcoming
Assembly poll)

Name the Indian who won Magsaysay award for community


initiatives in Tamil Nadu?
- Kulandei Francis

Which megastar carried the Olympic flame on the torch relay


leg between the City of London and the borough of South wark
in London on 26th July,2012, a day before the opening
ceremony of sporting spectacle?
- Amitabh Bachchan

Where is the venue for the 2012 Olympics?


- London

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Who is the new Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana High
Court?
- Arjan Kumar Sikri

Which place is going to have North India's biggest turf club?


- On the outskirts of Ludhiana

Which milk federation is planning to export lassi to US?


- The Punjab State Cooperative Milk Producers Federation
Limited known as Milkfed.

Who won the first medal for India in Olympics 2012?


- Gagan Narang ( won a bronze medal in 10m air rifle shooting.)

At which place the largest industrial solar plant of the country


became operational on 29th July,2012?
- Ludhiana

Where is a tunnel near the Indo-Pak border detected?


- In Samba

At what price the menu of the first dinner served to the first

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class passengers of the ill fated liner Titanic on 10th April,1912


sold?
- $46,000

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General Knowledge India July, 2012- IV


July 25, 2012
Which country recently ( on 17th July,2012) offered joint
production of sophisticated military equipment with India,
including cargo planes?
- Russia ( Recently Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry
Rogozin and Foreign Minister SM Krishna co chaired a meeting
of Indo-Russian Inter Governmental Commission on trade,
economic,scientific, technical and cultural cooperation)
The 800 MW Parbati (stage 11) project is part of which project?
- Part of the 2,013 MW Parbati project, Asia's biggest
hydro-power project on the Parbati river in HP.

Name the first ever pill approved by US to prevent HIV?


- Truvada ( The once a day pill reduces the chance of
contracting HIV)

Who was called Bollywood's first superstar?


- Rajesh Khanna ( died on 18th July, 2012)

Who is going to receive highest US award?


- Aung San Suu Kyi

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Name the 3rd indigenous stealth frigate inducted by India on


21st July,2012?
- INS Sahyadri ( The first two ships in the class are INS Shivalik
and INS Satpura) INS Sahyadri has 6,200 tonne displacement
and is 143m long. It can stay in sea for more than 3 weeks or
cover 10,800Km without refuelling.

Pranab Mukherjee via Wikipedia


Who will be the India's 13th President?
- Pranab Mukherjee. He will take oath in Central Hall of
Parliament on 25th July,2012 ( He is first person from West
Bengal to occupy the top constitutional post)

Where is ABG Shipyard the India's largest private sector


shipyard?
- At Magdalla port near Surat.

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Latest General Knowledge July, 2012- III


July 18, 2012
Scientists of which foreign countries have offered help to the
Union Ministry of Health and the Bhabha Atomic Research
Centre in finding the sources of uranium contamination and
studying its impact on human and animal health in Punjab?
- UK, Germany and South Africa

Name the woman boxer of India who have won five time world
championship in succession?
- Mary Kom
Who was conferred the Honorary General of the Nepal Army by
Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav on July 11,2012?
- Gen Bikram Singh

Where is the world's largest solar power project going to be set


up?
- Maharashtra

Name the first country in the Asia Pacific to house a UNESCO


category 1 institute to be located in Delhi and named as the
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for peace and
Sustainable Development?
- India

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Name the Indian genetic researcher from Hyderabad in


cooperation with American scientists who developed a
technique to treat cancer cells without affecting healthy cells
using nano-medicine?
- Dr Rao Panieni (Currently working as chief scientist and
senior principal investigator at Care-Stream Health Inc,USA?

What is the India's position now in the latest ICC Test


Championship ranking table after the annual update took place
on July 14, 2012?
- Fifth Position

Sunita Williams via Wikipedia


Name the Indian American astronaut who begins her 2nd space
odyssey on July 15,2012?
- Sunita Williams ( She took off for her second space odyssey

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on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which blasted off successfully


from a cosmodrome in Kazakhstan)

Who will be the flag bearer of the Indian contingent for the
London Olympic Games?
- Sushil Kumar Solanki, winner of a bronze medal in the 66Kg
free style wrestling category in the 2008 Beijing Olympic
Games.

Who will take the final decision to resume bilateral cricketing


ties with Pakistan ( Almost five years after Mumbai attacks, the
Board of Cricket Control (BCCI) in India agreed to three ODIs
and two T20 matches)?
- By Ministry of Home Affairs, led by P Chidambaram

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Latest General Knowledge July, 2012- II


July 11, 2012
Name the Russian painter whose 468 acre estate in Bangalore
is going to be developed as an art gallery of his 210 paintings
and a rose garden by Karnataka government?
- Painter Svetoslav Roerich and his actor wife Devika Rani

Who won the Wimbledon title for fifth time after beating
Agnieszka Radwanska in women category at the All England
Tennis Club in 2012?
- Serena Williams

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Roger Federer Via Wikipedia


Who won the Wimbledon title for seventh time and 17th grand
slam crown after beating Andy Murray in male category in
2012?
- Roger Federer

Name the cricketer who has been recommended for the


prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award by BCCI?
- Rahul Dravid ( Yuvraj Singh is also nominated for the Arjuna
award)
Who won the Taman Dayu title at the Taman Dayu Golf Club in

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Surabaya in 2012?
- Sujjan Singh
Where is the Indian Air Force forward base which is the first
defence airfield in the country to be equipped with the latest
radars, navigation tools and aircraft tracking systems?
- At Bathinda

Where is the single largest overseas training base for Sri


Lankan troops for the past decade or more?
- India
Who won the Miss Deaf World 2012 title?
- Karin Keuter of Germany ( 50 girls from all over world
attended the competition that took place in Czech capital for
the 12th time.)

Name the states where crime against women was highest in


2011?
- West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh

Who will be the 21st Chief Minister of Karnataka?


- Jagadish Shettar

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GK India, July 2012: Higgs Boson, Satyendra Nath Bose,


Euro 2012
July 08, 2012
Where is ISRO going to develop its third launch pad?
- At its spaceport at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh to meet the
growing demand.
Who won the Euro 2012 football final against Italy in Kiev on
1st July 2012?
- Spain
Which place in India have been included on the coveted list of
the World Heritage Sites, at a meeting of the World Heritage
Committee held in Russia on 1st July,2012?
- Western Ghats along the west coast of India.( The Western
Ghats harbour a wealth of flora and fauna.)
What is India's rank in Global Innovation Efficiency Index in
2012?
- 2nd position ( last year India's rank was 9th). China topped
the list.
Which country is considered most favoured destination by
major global companies after China and United States?
- India
Name the subatomic particle which scientists claimed to have
spotted and is believed to be a crucial building block in the

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formation of universe?
- God particle or Higgs Boson
Name the Indian scientist from whose surname the word
'boson' is derived?

Satyendra Nath Bose via Wikipedia


- Satyendra Nath Bose. The discovery of a new subatomic
particle Higgs boson have once again brought Satyendra Nath
Bose in spotlight.( Bose also worked with Einstein in 1920s
providing foundation for Bose-Einstein statistics.)
Name the state where bio-fuel outlet, first of its kind in the
country will be opened?
- Madenur in Hassan district of Karnataka
Who has signed a contract with auctioneers Sotheby's to
purchase a large archive related to Mahatma Gandhi?
- Indian government

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Where in India will be the second plant of the French based


multinational company ( The world's largest cosmetic and
beauty company L'Oreal Group) be set up?
- In Baddi area ( Himachal Pradesh). Its first plant in India is at
Pune.

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GK India, June 2012


July 04, 2012
Name the state where Gen Bikram Singh first visited after
assuming the office on May 31?
- Jammu and Kashmir
Who is nominated for the post of President by UPA?
- Pranab Mukherjee, veteran Congress leader and our Finance
Minister.( has resigned from the post of Finance Minister)

Name the 50 year old bridge which was the first to be built
across the river Brahmaputra to bridge the surface
communication route between the North-East and the rest of
the country inaugurated in June 1963 by first Prime Minister of
country Jawaharlal Nehru?
- Saraighat Bridge
First ever Ladakh Film Festival opened on 15th June, 2012 with
the screening of which movie?
- Raja Harishchandra( First full length silent film made in 1913
by Dada Saheb Phalke. Only green carpets were there to
premiere films)

Name the China's first woman astronaut into orbit?


- Liu Yang ( landed on earth safely after 13 days)

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Name the Bhangra and Punjabi folk music pioneer in England


to be honoured with the highest civilian award, Order of British
Empire (OBE)?
- Harcharanjit Singh Rupal alias Channi Singh from punjab.

Name the fifth seeded Indian, who had won the Thailand Open
last week, defeated China's Li to win her third title of the year?
- Saina Nehwal

What is India's rank on Foreign money in Swiss banks?


- 55th rank

With which cells scientists for the first time have developed
bone?
- From fresh and purified fat stem cells ( Fat has a large
number of tissue growing stem cells. People could go for
liposuction and save fat cells for future use or can use
immediately.)

Who is new Pak PM?


- Raja Pervaiz Ashraf
Who has been awarded the prestigious Karen Harvey Prize for
2012 by the American Astronomical Society (AAS)?

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- Dibyendu Nandi of the Indian Institute of Science Education


and Research, Kolkata. ( The first scientist from the Asia
Pacific to get the prize)
A plaque in the honour of which Indian cricket legend was
unveiled at the Oxford University pavilion in London?
- Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi

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General awareness, May 2012-II


May 20, 2012
Chief Minister of which state survived copter crash in May,
2012?
- Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda

How many coconuts were broken on the forehead with a


baseball bat during a contest organized in Rome on April,2012
by 7 Gatka lads from Tarn Taran to make it to Guinness Book?
- 59 coconuts in one minute

How much amount has been invested by Cabinet Committee


on May,2012 to end years of shortage for a basic training
aircraft for young trainee pilots of the Indian Air Force?
- Approx. Rs 2900 Crore to buy 75 single engined aircraft from
Swiss Company Pilatus.
India is looking on which countries as part of its strategy to
diversify its crude oil imports in view of the difficulties being
faced in buying it from Iran?
- Nigeria, Venezuela and Canada
Name the only Indian Cricketer who have hit a century in IPL 5
till now?
- Ajinkya Rahane

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Name the Indian American who has been named as the eighth
Chancellor of University of California, San Diego?
- Pradeep Khosla, an IIT alumnus currently working as the
Dean of College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

Name the book to be published by Punjabi University Patiala


about the writings of Manto (famous Urdu writer) announced
by Vice Chancellor on the occassion of Saadat Hasan Manto's
100th birth anniversary in May,2012?
- Sahitik Simrti Granth

Which anniversary of sandwich was celebrated by British town


in May,2012?
- 250th anniversary

What are the reports received by Dalai Lama from inside Tibet?
- That Chinese agents had trained Tibetan women for a mission
to poison him while posing as devotees seeking his blessings.

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Latest Who's who India-May 2012


May 13, 2012
What was the ancient name of Bathinda city?
- Tribhandanapura and its ruler was Shtrughanadeva.

Which actress has become the brand ambassador for


sanitation compaign?
- Vidya Balan roped in this compaign by Rural Development
minister Jairam Ramesh. ( She will be the first brand
ambassador of the Rural Development ministry)

Who got the best actress trophy on the 59th National Film
Awards for 2011?
- Vidya Balan
Who received the Dadasaheb Phalka Award, the highest
honour in Indian cinema from our Vice President Hamid Ansari
on the occasion of 59th National Film Awards 2011?
- Bengali actor Soumitra Chatterjee

Name the two living members of first Lok Sabha to be honored


by President on 13th May,2012, 60th anniversary of our
Parliament?
- Rishang Keishing and Resham Lal Jhangde

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Which painting got the highest price ever paid for a work of art
at any auction?
- Edvard Munch's iconic painting "The Scream" was sold for
nearly $ 120 million.

Who is the first apex court judge to be presented with the


'Lifetime Achievement Award' by Vice President on 5th
May,2012?
- Justice Kuldip Singh
Who got the Best District Panchayat Award for year 2011-2012
under the Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability
Incentive Scheme in the state of Punjab?
- Bathinda Zila Parishad

How many cities can be protected by the missile defence


shield developed by India?
- At least two cities ( This shield can be put in place at short
notice developed by DRDO)

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Latest General knowledge May 2012- I


May 13, 2012
Which village of Andhra Pradesh may be sitting over one of the
world's largest uranium reserves?
- Tummalapalle village in Kadapa district.

Who has created world record in mental division?


- Dr Amit Garg( Haryana boy and former IIT topper. He mentally
divided a 10 digit number with a five digit number in 34.5 sec.)

After how many years an ancient Nagbal Kapal Mochan Tirtha


temple, which houses a 1000-eyed Shivling was opened for
puja in Shopian district of South Kashmir?
- After 22 years on 21st April,2012
Name the persons of Himachal Pradesh who received national
awards for outstanding performance in developing panchayati
raj institutions in the state?
- Hari Chand Sharma ( President zila parishad, Kullu)
Usha Bharti ( President of block samiti, Nirmand, Kullu)
Meena Kumari ( President panchayat samiti, Salooni, Chamba)
Dinesh Thakur ( Barog panchayat, Shimla)
Prem Thakur (President Chamyana panchayat, Shimla)
When was India's first microwave remote sensing satellite
RISAT-1 placed in orbit?

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- 26th April,2012 ( It is India's first ingenuously developed


synthetic aperture radar having all weather and day night
imaging capability )

Name the United Nations Secretary General who received an


honorary doctorate degree from Jamia Milia Islamia University
on 27th April, 2012?
- Ban Ki-moon ( This is Ban's third visit to India after he took
over as the head of world body in 2007)

Name the new anti malaria drug which India got on 25th
April,2012?
- Synriam ( first ingeniously developed anti malaria drug)
Whose names have been approved for the nomination to enter
the Rajya Sabha by our President Pratibha Patil?
- The ace batsman Sachin Tendulkar, actress Rekha and
industrialist Anu Agha.

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Latest GK, India: April 2012 -II


April 30, 2012
Recently from which place Archaeological experts from
Banaras Hindu University and Cambridge University London
have dug out relics believed to be associated with the
Harappan civilization?
- At Khalsa Bahla village in Karnal.( Team has found relics
including utensils, pottery and bones)
Where did US and Indian naval forces armed with guided
missile cruiser, destroyers and submarine started a 10 day
long annual Malabar exercise on 7th April,2012 to advance
their maritime ties and mutual security issues?
- Bay of Bengal
Who will be the sports ambassador of Haryana?
- Leander Paes (Ace lawn tennis player and a Rajiv Gandhi
Khel Ratna awardee. )
Earthquake of 8.6 magnitude at which place shaked even India
on 11th April, 2012?
- Indonesia
Where is India's first Integrated Check Post situated?
- At Attari ( Inaugurated by Home Minister P Chidambaram)
What is the name of India's most sophisticated and powerful
ballistic missile ever built?

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- Agni V ( with a range of 5000 Km , Agni V will traverse 2000


Km more than any other Indian Missile. Successfully launched
on 19th April,2012.)
Where is Asia's first dolphin research center going to be set
up?
- In Bihar ( Patna)
Assam Governor JB Patnaik has taken fresh initiative to bid
which status for Majuli river island in Assam so that the
world's largest inhabited river island's unique cultural identity
can be well preserved for the progeny?
- UNESCO World Heritage status
Why J&K government has banned the export of garlic,
cardamom, coconut, zeera, banana and chilli to the Pakistan
occupied Kashmir from Jammu and Kashmir?
- Since directions are received not to export items that are not
produced in J&K.

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GK India April, 2012


April 05, 2012
Who has become the first Indian woman wrestler to qualify for
the 2012 London Olympics?
- Geeta Phogat ( Haryana wrestler)

Who has become new president of The Tribune Trust?


- Justice (retd) SS Sodhi

Who will be the new Chief Justice of the Punjab and Haryana
High Court?
- Justice Bimala Prasad Das of Orissa High Court

Which states have been declared poorest on pupil-teacher


norms?
- Punjab and Uttarakhand

At which place the world's largest Red Ribbon, a symbol of the


fight against HIV/AIDS was formed?
- Karnal ( 6,847 volunteers participated)

What types of radars are going to be set up at key locations in


the Himalayan region by the Snow and Avalanche Study

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Establishment and the Indian Meteorological Department


together?
- Doppler radars which will track the movement of clouds and
predict heavy rain in three hours time.

Name the Russian made nuclear-powered submarine which is


added into Navy on 4th April,2012?
- INS Chakra

Name the British MP of Indian origin who is going to create


history by featuring in an international film (Jadoo) to be shot
on the famous Belgrave Road in Leicester East?
- Keith Vaz

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Latest General Knowledge, India- March, 2012 -III


March 31, 2012
Who became the first batsman in the history of cricket to score
100 international centuries?
- Sachin Tendulkar

Where is country's first hydro-engineering college located?


- Bilaspur (HP)

Which country is the world's largest recipient of arms?


- India

Who got the Panth Rattan award by Akal Takht on 20th


March,2012?
- Baba Harbans Singh of Delhi
posthumously for his
contribution in the field of 'Kar Sewa'. Baba's successor Baba
Bachan Singh received the award.
When is World's Sparrow Day observed?
- 20th March

On what occasion Bihar got its own state anthem and state
prayer whose CD's were released by Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar?

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- On 100th anniversary of Bihar celebrated on 22nd


March,2012.( Lyrics of state anthem are written by Patna based
poet Satya Narayan.)
Name the first Indian actor to receive the honour from the city
of New York for her contribution to cinema and involvement
with the movie industry?
- Shabana Azmi

Which are the countries whose Presidents are here in India to


attend the fourth BRICS summit?
- Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa. ( fourth BRICS will be
held on 29th March, 2012 in Delhi and will conclude with the
signing of two agreements and the ' Delhi Declaration'.)

Who is the first head of state to officially declare his assets and
liabilities(worth over Rs 4.83 crore)?
- Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav
Which state is going to get the Nirmal Pradesh status tag on
second number after Sikkim?
- Himachal Pradesh

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Latest whoes who of India, March, 2012


March 22, 2012
Who became Chief Minister of Punjab for record fifth time?
- Parkash Singh Badal
Who has been appointed Chief Minister of Goa?
- Manohar Parrikar
Who is the new youngest Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?
- Akhilesh Yadav
Who is the seventh Chief Minister of Uttarakhand?
- Vijay Bahuguna
Who has been appointed the new chairman of the governing
body of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study ( IIAS)?
- Gopalkrishna Gandhi ( youngest grandson of Mahatma
Gandhi)
India with which other country did their two week long joint
military exercise in Rajasthan desert in March 2012 with troops
engaged with each other in series of anti terrorist and urban
warfare drills?
- US
Name the legendary Pahari artist whose rare painting is among
the 115 works of Indian art currently being exhibited at the
Ashmolean Museum in Oxford?
- Nainsukh of Guler
Who won the best director prize for the Punjabi film "Anhe
Ghorey Da Daan" in the 59th National Film Awards?

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- Gurvinder Singh

Who got the best actress trophy in the 59th National Film
Awards announced on 7th March 2012?
- Vidya Balan for " The Dirty Picture"
Name the second highest run scorer in Tests who announced
his retirement on 9th March,2012?
- Rahul Dravid
Who is first batsman in the world to score 100 centuries in
international Cricket?
-Sachin Tendulkar. He has scored 51 centuries in tests and 49
in one-day internationals.
Name the first woman loco pilot of Andhra Pradesh?
- S Satyavathi
Where has been the World's first Pashmina goat kid cloned?
- In Kashmir by the scientists at the Sher- e- Kashmir
University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir. (
Healthy female kid named Noori born on 9th March, 2012)
Who will become the first Indian and also the first woman to
head the crucial tax transparency unit of global finance body,
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
(OECD) group of G-20 countries and has 108 member nations?
- Monica Bhatia

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CBSE TET Science mock test : Part II


March 18, 2012
This is second MCQ test of mock test series that caters to one
of the CBSE Teacher Eligibility Test (TET) test topic "Food"

Try CBSE TET Science mock test : Part 1

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CBSE TET Science mock test : Part 1


March 15, 2012
This mock test caters to one of the TET test topic "Food".

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Latest GK India, March 2012


March 05, 2012
According to 2011 Annual Report of the International Narcotics
Control Board (INCB) released globally in Vienna, which
country figures high in online dope trade?
- India ( 151 Kg illicit drugs recovered from 152 parcels in 2011)

What are the harsher punishments for traffic violations


according to the amended Motor Vehicle Act approved on 1st
March, 2012 by government?
- For drunken driving the increased fine will range from Rs
2000 to 10,000 and imprisonment from six months to four
years. For using mobile phones while driving fine raised to Rs
500 for first offence and Rs 2000 to Rs 5000 for subsequent
offences.
India and which other country with long coastline have agreed
to hold first ever maritime talks?
- China

Who is appointed new Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief,


Training Command, IAF in Bangalore on 1st March,2012?
- Air Marshal Rajinder Singh ( Born in 1953 at Palampur, H.P)

Recently a pin shaped device suspected to be a remote

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electronic listening device was found in whose office?


- In the office of Defence Minister AK Antony on 16th Feb, 2012

Who has been appointed as the chairman of the monitoring


authority that is supervising the investigations into 22 alleged
fake encounter killings in Gujarat during 2002-06 by the
Supreme Court on 2nd March,2012?
- Retired judge HS Bedi

Who will be Pakistan's new cricket coach?


- Former Australian batsman Dav Whatmore

Who will be the next Army Chief after General VK Singh,


retiring from service on 31st May,2012?
- Lieutenant General Bikram Singh (second-ever Sikh, after
General JJ Singh (retd.) to command the 1.3 million strong
Indian Army)

When did the Army successfully test fired the 290 Km range
BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at the Pokharan range to
operationalize the second regiment of the weapon system in
service?
- On 4th March, 2012 ( One regiment of the 290 Km range
BrahMos consists around 65 missiles, five mobile autonomous
launchers on Tatra vehicles and two mobile command posts,

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among other equipments.)


Who clinched the first women's Kabaddi
championship title after defeating Iran?
- India

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General Awareness India: Diamond sate, River Delta


February 24, 2012
Name the state of India where diamond mines are mainly
found?
- Madhya Pradesh

Where were huge amounts of uranium recently found?


- Andhra Pradesh

Name the first heavyweight boxer to go undefeated throughout


his career?
- Rocky Marciano

Which is the largest river delta of India?


- Ganga

How many postal zones are there in India, under the PIN Code
System?
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Who elects the Vice President of India?


- Members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha

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Which state in South India have a thermal station at Tuticorin?


- Tamil Nadu

Name the mineral found in Zawar mines?


- Zinc

Which states are known for Cauvery Water dispute?


- Karnataka and Tamil Nadu

Which region of India is associated with pine forests?


- Uttarakhand

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February GK 2012 series V


February 23, 2012
Name the new helicopters formally inducted into Indian Air
Force on 17th Feb.,2012?
- Mi-17 V5 helicopters
What is the reason found for ground water contamination in
Punjab, especially in the Malwa region?
- High concentration of uranium due to excessive use of
phosphate fertilizers, according to report prepared by Bhabha
Atomic Research Centre (BARC).

After 26/11 first Hindu Jatha left for Pakistan on 18th Feb., 2012
to celebrate which occassion?
- To celebrate Mahashivratri at Katasraj in Pakistan which is
believed to be related to the Mahabharata era.

Who has been appointed chairman of the Haryana School


Teachers Selection Board?
- Brig Nand Lal Poonia (retd)

In which district of Himachal Pradesh the state governments


move to sterilize monkey claimed the lives of about 700
monkeys?
- Kangra district ( Gopalpur Sterilisation Centre)

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Name Nuclear Power Plant which was given clean chit by four
member committee set up by Tamil Nadu government on
19thth Feb.,2012?
- Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant ( as it is said to be well
equipped to withstand natural calamities, be it earthquake or
tsunami)

Who translated the Punjabi book ' Adh Khidiya Phool' written
by Nanak Singh, the Father of Punjabi novel into English
version 'A Life Incomplete'?
- Navdeep Suri ( Nanak Singh's grandson)

Where is the only shrine in the world which has a natural


statue of Hanuman that is not man made?
- In Southern Pakistani city of Karachi named Shri Panchmukhi
Hanuman Mandir ( The eight foot blue and white statue is 1500
year old)

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Latest GK February 2012 IV


February 19, 2012
Who was felicitated with the prestigious National Medals of
Arts and Humanities Award by US President Barack Obama for
his efforts to increase the understanding of fighting hunger
and poverty on 14th Feb.,2012?
- India born Nobel laureate Amartya Sen

Whom the Gujarat High Court issued contempt notice on 15th


Feb., 2012 for not obeying its order to compensate people
whose shops were burnt down in the post-Godhra riots?
- Narendra Modi government

India is facing pressure from the US and other Western


countries to break trade ties with which country?
- Iran ( India has to take decision carefully as Iran is not just an
important crude oil supplier but also a prospective large export
market.)

Who is the second 100 percent visually impaired person to be


accepted into the IAS?
- Ajit Kumar from Haryana

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Who has been awarded the Sahitya Akademi prize for


translation for his book 'Bharat Nikki Kahani' , an anthology of
short stories of various languages?
- Dr Gurbax Singh Frank, a retired professor of Guru Nanak
Dev University.

Which state stood third in India after Gujarat and Maharashtra


in attracting investments across various sectors?
- Andhra Pradesh ( In 2011, the state had attracted investments
to the tune of Rs 12.09 lakh crore)
Name the first Indian Commerce Minister to visit Pakistan to
boost trade ties and to create history by becoming the first
Indian Speaker to lead a parliamentary delegation to Pakistan?
- Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar

Which is the world's second cheapest city according to global


survey?
- Mumbai ( New Delhi is fourth cheapest whereas Ziirich in
Switzerland is most expensive place)

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Ancient History India


February 17, 2012
Which battle opened the Delhi area to Muhammad Ghori?
- Second Battle of Tarain

Where were Chola Kings ruling over?


- Tamil Nadu

Where did coins made of metal first appeared?


- Later Vedic Age

What was the main occupation of Palaeolithic (Old Stone Age)


people?
- Hunting

Who founded the Saka Era?


- Kanishka

Who fought the Third Battle of Panipat?


- Ahmad Shah Abdali and the Marathas

Who introduced the market regulations in India in ancient

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period?
- Allauddin Khilji
Name the great poet who graced the court of Alauddin Khilji?
- Amir Khusru

Who led the first Muslim invasion of India?


- Mohammad bin Kasim

Whose influence is reflected in the sculptures of the Gandhara


school ?
- Greeks

Name the famous ruler of ancient India, who towards the end of
his life converted to Jainism?
- Chandragupta

Which was the great centre of trade and commerce in the


Gupta period?
- Mathura

Who was the founder of the Khalsa?


- Guru Gobind Singh

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Where were remains of Vijayanagar Empire found?


- Hampi

Whose contemporary was Tulsidas?


- Akbar

During whose reign The Mathura School of art flourished?


- Vasudeva

During whose time the Gandhara School of art developed?


- Kushans

Between whom battle of Kurukshetra was fought?


- Kauravas and Pandavas

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General Knowledge February 2012- III


February 16, 2012
Name the country which is second largest producer of
horticulture commodities such as fruits, vegetables and
flowers in the world?
- India

On which ocassion President Pratibha Patil released a IIC


commemorative postage stamp on 9th Feb.,2012?
- To commemorate the golden jubilee of the India International
Centre (IIC) which is a non government institution and is one of
the country's premier cultural centre widely regarded as a
place where statesmen, diplomats, policy makers, intellectuals,
scientists meet.

Name the first state in the country to set up an urban health


mission to provide comprehensive health services in the urban
areas particularly slums?
- Haryana ( Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also
announced that under the Indira Bal Swasthya Yojna (IBSY)
free treatment would be provided to all children , earlier it was
being provided to children hailing from BPL families.)

Name the sub-launched long range N-missile developed by

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China?
- Julang-2 ( Since China is on the way to add a potent weapon
to its sea board nuclear arsenal , it will mount pressure on
India as it doesn't even have a submarine to launch a missile
like Julang-2)
Name the former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister whose
admirers have decided to build a temple to perpetuate his
memory?
- Late YS Rajasekhar Reddy
According to a poll conducted by global research company
Ipsos, people of which country are happiest on this planet
despite woes, conflicts?
- Indians

Whose works will be auctioned by an Indian auction house


online for the first time?
- Vincent Van Gogh, Pablo Picasso, Matisse, Chaggall and
Salvador Dali

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General Awareness India


February 13, 2012
What is the maximum period of gap between any two sessions
of the Indian Parliament?
- Six months

Who is the Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces in India?


- The President

What is the name of first Indian aircraft developed by


Government laboratory with private fund?
- Eagle

What is the aim of the 'Biosphere Reserve Project'?


- Protecting Flora and Fauna

What is the estimated premature deaths caused annually by


outdoor air pollution, according to the first pollution survey
carried out by World Health Organisation in Sept.,2011?
- 1.34 millions

Name the Indian state where the game of Polo is said to have
originated?

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- Manipur

Which fund can be used to meet the unanticipated expenditure


without the prior approval of the Parliament?
- Contingency Fund of India

Name the largest oil refinery of India?


- Vadodara

Who was the First Election Commissioner of India?


- Sukumar Sen

Name the state of India having longest coastline?


- Andhra Pradesh

What is the name of India's first aircraft carrier?


- INS Vikrant

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Latest General Knowledge India Feburary 2012


February 11, 2012
Which state is going to be first carbon-neutral state in the
country by 2020?
- Himachal Pradesh

What is the law finalized by the Govt. for children up to 5?


- The governments first draft policy on Early Childhood Care
and
Education(ECCE)
finalized
after
four
regional
consultations with stakeholder across the country proposes a
comprehensive law to cover nutritional development and
education aspects related to children upto five years of age. (In
Feb., the policy will beput in the public domain for comments)

Who has been conferred the Mother Teresa Lifetime


Achievement Award 2012 by the Mother Teresa International
Award committee, Kolkata?
- PK Dhumal the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh

Which organization will be deploying air borne lasers and


sensors to generate precision data about Himalayan
topography and the amount of snow covered over the world's
highest mountain range?
- The Defense Research and Development (DRDO). ( The data

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would assist in the movement and deployment of troops,


planning military operations as well as provide inputs for civic
development and calculating the extend and availability of
fresh water resources.)

Name the chief commissioner of Customs and Central Excise


and Service Tax in Chandigarh who received the World
Customs Organization Certificate Merit from Finance Minister
Pranab Mukherjee on the occasion of International Customs
Day in New Delhi?
- P.S Pruthi

Who
inaugurated
the
7th
Kashmir
Festival
'Khushboo-e-Kashmir' organized by SARHAD and Arihant
Education Foundation at Pune in Maharashtra?
- N.N Vohra Governor of Maharashtra

Name the first-ever Canadian woman of Indian origin to be


nominated to the Senate the Upper House of Parliament of
Canada?
- Dr. Asha Seth, an obstetrician and gynaecologist based in
Toronto.

Name the person who transliterated Guru Granth Sahib in


Braille?

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- Bhai Gurmej Singh

What is the cause of fresh unrest in Andhra Pradesh?


- Cabinet expansion and reshuffle of portfolios undertaken by
the Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy.

Name the Prime Ministers who agreed on early conclusion of


an agreement to check the use of Mauritius as a route to avoid
tax on Investments by Indian companies?
- Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister
of Mauritius Navinchandra Ramgoolam.

Name the first among industry associates who have agreed to


become skill knowledge providers for the Central Scheme of
vocational education which HRD Minister Kapil Sibal
announced on 7th Feb.,2012 for launch from academic session
2012 in which students dropped out after class tenth can get
diploma or degree in a vocation of his choice?
- Microsoft, Nokia and Aptech ( Called the National Vocational
Educational Qualification Framework, the programme will be
implemented through 3,700 polytechnics and 9000 technical
institutes approved by the All India Council for Technical
Education (AICTE) and will offer diplomas/ degrees in different
specialisation.

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Name the last king of Jammu and Kashmir whose bronze


life-size statue has been installed on the Press Club side of the
twin bridge over the Tawi by the government through Jammu
Municipal Corporation?
- Maharaja Hari Singh

Name the world's shortest living woman?


- Jyoti Amge

Which country is interested in importing the cholera vaccine


tested and introduced in India in 2009 with the help of Seoul's
International Vaccine Institute?
- Pakistan
How an IT solution to identify and check the genuineness of
drugs christened as 'Authentic k' made easier by a Bangalore
based Analytics and Technology company, Activecubes?
- When a customer buys a drug at a counter he can see a
message (number) on strip (Activecubes will partner with
pharmaceutical companies to identify and print a unique
alphanumeric number on every strip of medication it
manufactures which cannot be replicated). He needs to SMS
the code to the number given on the strip. The system cross
checks the code with the number in the database. If these two
nunbers match an automatic reply about the drugs validity is
sent to the customer within seconds.

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Name the Bollywood legend whose ancestral home in


Peshawar, Pakistan has been turned into heritage site?
- Dilip Kumar

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General Awareness India: Political Science, Places,


History
February 07, 2012
Where are relics of Buddha preserved?
- Stupa
On whose written advice President can proclaim Emergency?
- Prime Minister

To whom President of India can write if he wants to resign from


office?
- Vice President of India

Name the mountain range which stretches from Gujarat in the


West to Delhi in the North?
- Aravallis

Who brought and installed two Asokan pillars in Delhi?


- Firozeshah Tughluq
Which river is related to Nagarjun Sagar Project?
- Krishna

What is the new name of Burma?

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- Myanmar

In which Amendment Right to property was removed from the


list of Fundamental rights?
- Forty-fourth Amendment

Who appoints the Chairman and members of State Public


Service Commission?
- Governor

What is the maximum duration for which the Vice President


can officiate as the President of India?
- 6 months

Name the person who presided over the first session of Indian
National Congress in 1885?
- W.C Bannerjee
Who is called "Grand Old Man of India"?
- Dadabhai Naoroji

Who was the first Indian elected to the leadership of


Communist International?
- M.N Roy

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Where is Pushkar lake located?


- Rajasthan

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Books and Authors: Sunny Days, India Wins Freedom


February 06, 2012
Who wrote the book " Sunny Days"?
- Sunil Gavaskar

Who is the author of book "Gita Govinda"?


- Jayadeva

Who is the author of the novel "White Tiger"which won the


Booker Prize 2008?
- Aravind Adiga

Who was the author of "Hind Swaraj"?


- Mahatma Gandhi

Who wrote the book " A Passage To India"?


- E.M Forster

Who is the author of book "The Shape of the Beast"?


- Arundhati Roy

Who wrote the book " Animal's People"?

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-Indra Sinha

Who wrote the novel " Neela Chand"?


- Shiv Prasad Singh

Who wrote an English novel " In Custody"?


- Anita Desai
Who is the author of book " Many Worlds"?
- V.S Naipaul

Name the book which has collection of speeches of N.G


Ranga?
- Three Decades in Parliament

Who wrote the book "We Indians"?


- Khushwant Singh

Who wrote the famous novel " Pride and Prejudice"?


- Jane Austen

Who is the author of book "India Wins Freedom"?


- Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

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Who wrote " War and Peace"?


- Leo Tolstoy

Who wrote the book "The Daughter of the East"?


- Ms. Benazir Bhutto

Who is the author of book " The Tribune 130 Years: A Witness
to History"?
- Prof. V.N Datta

Who wrote the book " Glimpses of World History"?


- Jawaharlal Nehru

Who wrote the book " Unhappy India"?


- Lala Lajpat Rai

Who wrote the book "Gullivers Travel"?


- Jonathan Swift

Who wrote " Netaji, Dead or Alive"?


- Samar Guha

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Who is the author of book " Freedom Behind Bars"?


- Kiran Bedi

Who is author of " Hindu view of life"?


- S. Radhakrishnan

Who wrote the popular book "The Naked Face"?


- Sidney Sheldon

Who wrote the book " Eternal Himalayas"?


- H.P.S Ahluwalia

Who was the author of " Bharat Bharati"?


- Maithili Sharan Gupta

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Latest GK India Feb 2012


February 05, 2012
Where is Bihar's first all women police station located?
-At Biharsharif, the district headquarters of Nalanda about 80
Km from the state capital became operational on 21st Jan.,
2012.

Who will become Lokayukta of Himachal Pradesh?


- Justice Lokeshwar Singh Panta, a former Supreme Court
Judge and Chairperson of the National Green Tribunal will take
oath as Lokayukta of H.P on 3rd Feb.

Name the Kangra girl who became 1st professional pistol


shooter from Himachal Pradesh?
- Anchal Rana

Name the new nuclear powered submarine formally handed to


India by Russia?
- Nerpa (The submarine that has the capacity to fire nuclear
warheads)

Prime Minister of which country was the chief guest at the


Republic Day parade?
- Yingluck Shinawatra, Thailand's first woman Prime Minister

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Name the UAE's first Gurdwara opened in Dubai?


- Guru Nanak Darbar

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Padma and gallantry awards 2012


February 05, 2012
Who got the Padma Vibhushan awards 2012?
- KG Subramanyan for art-painting and sculpture
Late Mario De Miranda for art cartoonist
Late Dr Bhupen Hazarika for art-vocal music
Dr Kantilal Hastimal Sancheti for medicine-orthopaedics
TV Rajeswar for civil service
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-cinema?
-Shabana Azmi
Dharmendra
Mira Nair
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for science and
engineering?
- Prof. Shashikumar Chitre
Dr MS Raghunathan
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for trade and industry?
- Subbiah Murugappa Vellayan
Balasubramanian Muthuraman
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for literature and
education?
- Prof. Dr Shantaram Balwant Mujumdar
Prof. Vidya Dehejia
Prof. Arvind Panagariya

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Dr Jose Pereira
Dr Homi K Bhabha
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-painting?
- Jatin Das

Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-instrumental


music-violin?
- MS Gopalakrishanan

Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-instrumental


music-sarod?
- Pandit Budhadev Das Gupta
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-theatre?
- Khaled Choudhury
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-classical vocal
and instrumental music?
- Dr Trippunithwra Viswanathan Gopalkrishnan
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for art-sculpture?
- Anish Kapoor
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for social work?
- Satya Narayan Goenka

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Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for public affairs?


- Dr Patibandla Chandrasekhar Rao
George Yong-Boon Yeo
Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for medicine-oncology?
- Dr Suresh H Advani

Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for medicine-neurology?


- Dr Noshir H Wadia

Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for medicine-cardiology?


- Dr Devi Prasad Shetty

Who got Padma Bhushan Award 2012 for civil service?


- N Vittal
Mata Prasad
Ronen sen
Who got Padma Shri Award 2012 for art Indian classical music
vocal?
-Anup Jalota

Who got Padma Shri Award 2012 for art-cinema-direction?


- Soman Nair Priyadarshan

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Who got Padma Shri Award 2012 for art painting?


- Vijay Sharma

Who got the highest peace time gallantry award Ashok Chakra
2012?
- Late Lt. Navdeep Singh

Who got the second highest peace time gallantry award Kirti
Chakra?
- Lt. Sushil Khajuria
Lt. Col. Kamaldeep Singh
Capt. Ashutosh Kumar

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India GK January, 2012


January 31, 2012
Prime Minister -of which country visited India in Jan, 2012 and
talked to resolve water issues between two countries and to
remove the prevailing bilateral trade imbalance?
- Sheikh Hasina Wajed Prime Minister of Bangladesh
Where does the Indian bureaucracy in Asia stands, according
to a report by a prestigious consulting firm based in
Singapore?
- Indian bureaucracy is worst in Asia with a 9.21 rating out of
10. Singapore remained the best with the rating of 2.25. (But
India was considered better than Brazil, Russia and China as
the fastest place to set up a new business and to deal with
construction permits and second fastest place to deal
with export and import procedures according to report.)
Prime Minister of which country visited her ancestral village
Bhelupur in Buxar district of Bihar in Jan.,2012?
- Kamla Persad Bissessar Prime Minister of Trinidad and
Tobago.
Name the student of Himachal Pradesh whose research work
for systematic harnessing of the geothermal potentialas a
sustainable source of energy encouraged the government of
H.P to explore the possibilities of exploiting the
non-conventional source of energy?
- Vijay Chauhan student of IIT Mandi

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Name the place in Himachal Pradesh which has a tradition of


celebrating the Lohri festival for the girl child for the past over
three centuries?
- Paragpur a heritage village located in Kangra district. The
government has given the Lohri festival in Paragpur the status
of a state festival. (Some historians believe that it might be the
first incident of celebration of Lohri for a girl child princess
Parag in entire North India.)
Sikhs won turban case against which country in United
Nations?
- France
Who was the India's first woman photojournalist to capture the
flag hosting ceremony at Red Fort on August15,1947 and many
other events?
- Homai Vyarawala. (The 2011 Padma Vibhushan winner died
on 15 Jan., 2012 at the age of 98)
What was the agreement signed by India and China at the end
of the 15th round of talks between the Special Representatives,
Indian National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon and
Chinese State Councillor Dai Bingguo on 17th Jan.,201 in New
Delhi?
- The two sides established a mechanism for consultation and
coordination on the boundary issue to maintain peace along
the border.

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Who is the author of book "The Tribune 130 Years: A Witness


to History"which encloses the momentous and exciting
journey of the newspaper launched at Lahore on 2nd
Feb.,1881?
- Prof. V N Datta. Book released by Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on 19th Jan.,2012.
How was the Republic Day 2012 parade historic?
- For the first time a woman pilot (Flight Lieutenant Sneha
Shekhawat) lead the Indian Air Force contigent down Rajpath
and secondly it was after decades that a US- made military
plane participated in the majestic overhead fly past.

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What, who, which: India general knowledge, Jan 2012


January 09, 2012
Which other company other than Tata has introduced low cost
car having a top speed of 70 Km/h and offer mileage of 35
Kmpl?
- Bajaj Auto Limited unveiled its ultra low costcar RE60 on 3rd
Jan,2012.

What were the results of the National Ice Skating


Championship held on 3rd Jan.,2012 in Shimla on the Asia's
oldest natural ice skating rink?
- In the men's senior category Anup Kumar of Andhra Pradesh
won the first position and in male junior
Ashu Raj of
Uttarakhand was the winner. In the women's senior category
Sumitra Sahni of Delhi was the winner and in female junior
category Suchali Sharma of Himachal won.

Which website again showed Jammu and Kashmir as disputed


territory? (now corrected)
- US website( the US State Department posted a new map of
India which reflected the Line of Control in J&K with dotted
lines,thereby projecting it as a disputed territory)
How is it possible to book train ticket over cell phone?
- Its possible after initial registration and downloading of
suitable software on the mobile handset with internet facility.

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After booking a message will be received showing details of


PNR, train number, date of journey and class. Passengers can
simply show the message.

Which state alarmed over the dismal sex ration in the state in
2012 is creating a network of proffessional informers who will
be given Rs25,000 to keep an eye on ultrasound clinics that
conduct sex determination tasks and if the crime is proven in
court the informer will get another Rs 25,000?
- Rajasthan
Which project has been sanctioned Rs 19,000 crore by the
Union Cabinet on 4rth Jan.,2012?
- For the Udhampur- Baramulla section of the ambitious railway
project designed to link the rest of the country with the
Kashmir Valley, scheduled to be completed by 2017.
Which leaning temple of Himachal has been restored by
INTACH (Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage?
- Nearly 400years old temple of Deity Bhadrakali located in
Sarah area of Kangra district which was damaged during 1905
earthquake.
Which is the first state in India to deploy a commando unitSpecial Tiger Protection Force (STPF) to protect its big cat
population?
- Karnataka

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Who is the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's new security


chief?
- AB Mathur ( A former officer of the Research and Analysis
Wing (RAW))
On what date dozens of Punjab villages falling in the lower
Shiwalik hills enjoyed snowfall for the first time?
- 7th Jan., 2012
Where did the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh inaugurated
the 10th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas on 8th Jan.,2012?
- Jaipur

Name the longest married couple in UK of an Indian origin who


married in Punjab in 1925?
- Karam Chand(106) and wife Kartari (99) celebrated their 86th
marriage anniversary.

Into what will be diploma courses of Northern India Institute of


Fashion Technology (NIIFT) be converted from the coming
academic session?
- Degree courses

Who in Punjab is the richest candidate to file his nomination till


now for the 30th Jan.,2012 assembly elections?

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- Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal having assets worth more


than Rs 76 crore.

What are the two new subjects going to be introduced in all


CBSE schools from 2012?
- Mass media studies and mass media productions
Name the second state to claim the absence of people
requiring government protection?
- Himachal Pradesh
Name the World's first hydrogen powered three wheeler?
- HyAlfa ( showcased at the 11th Auto Expo 2012 in New Delhi.)

Name the controversial author for whom Deoband Chief


Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Normani is demanding to deny visa
of the author to visit India for Jaipur Literature Festival 2012?
- Salman Rushdie

Which roadways have been awarded for having the lowest


accident rate among all the state transport undertakings (STU)
in the country for 2010-2011?
- The Punbus and Punjab Roadways

Who is the World Player of Year?

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- Lionel Messi, won the World Player of the Year award for the
third time in row on 9th Jan.,2012.

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Latest GK India, January 2012


January 05, 2012
Where has government of India now decided to allow Qualified
Foreign Investors (QFIs) to directly invest after allowing QFIs
to have direct access to Indian mutual funds schemes?
- Indian stock market

Which country will suffer major cut in military aid according to


defence Bill signed by Obama in 2012?
- Pakistan ( US President Barack Obama has signed into law a
massive $662 billion defence spending Bill that seeks to
suspend a big chunk (60%) of $1.1 billion military aid to
Pakistan).

Name the place where Andhra Pradesh Government has


decided to go ahead with land acquisition for 6,000 MW nuclear
power plant ignoring the widespread public protests?
- At Kovvada in the north coastal district of Srikakulam.

For which consecutive year India and Pakistan exchanged lists


of their nuclear installations and facilities under a two decade
old pact that prohibits attacks on atomic assets of each other
on 1st Jan.,2012?
- 21st consecutive year

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Why New Delhi lodged a strong protest with Beijing on 2nd


Jan.,2012?
- After an Indian diplomat S.Balachandran based in Shanghai
was ill treated and had to be hospitalised.( He was disallowed
from going out of the court room till the proceedings were over
and so as he is diabetic patient he fainted.)

Who inaugurated the 99th Indian Science Congress (ISC)in


Jan,2012?
- Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (20 Nobel laureates among
15,000 delegates will be participating across the globe and will
discuss on issues ranging from food security to climate
change and space technology.)

Who inaugurated Children's Science Congress on 4th


Jan.,2012 and Women's Science Congress on 5th Jan.,2012?
-Children's Science Congress was inaugurated by former
President APJ Abdul Kalam and India's Ambassador to US
Nirupama Rao opened the Women's Science Congress.

What is the central theme of five day Indian Science Congress


and who is heading it?
- Centrl theme is "Science and technology for inclusive
innovation- Role of women"and is headed by Geetha Bali, Vice
Chancellor of Karnataka State Women's University and will be

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fourth woman in history to head it.

Name the place considered as the second home for the


migratory birds from China, Ladakh and European countries?
- Hadoti (Rajasthan), the four districts of Hadoti- Kota, Bundi,
Baran and Jhalawar have been recognised as paradise for
migratory birds.

Which cricketer has become the first in World to be chosen for


the All International De La Press Sportive( AIPS ) Fair Play 2011
award for his exemplary action in recalling Ian Bell, who was
declared out by the umpire during Test series in England?
- Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. (AIPS President Gianni
Merlo will present Dhoni a trophy during inauguration of 2012
edition of Indian Premier League on 4th April.)

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India GK, events- 2011 roundup


December 27, 2011
Name the 74 year old grassroots crusader who chanelised the
disgust of people at large over rampant corruption in the
country into a powerful movement in 2011?
- Anna Hazare

Where in Delhi a bomb hidden in briefcase exploded killing 11


persons and injuring 47 in the worst attack in India's capital in
3 years in 2011?
- In front of New Delhi's High Court

Whom did Dalai Lama announced to be his successor in


March,2011?
- Lobsang Sangay

Name the 17th Karmapa against whom the Una police filed a
chargesheet under section 120-B of the IPC in 2011?
- Ogyen Trinley Dorjee, the third most important Tibetian
religious head after Dalai Lama and Panchen Lama. (as police
recovered currencies of 26 countries including 1,20,197
chinese yuan and around Rs 5.3 million in Indian currency.)

Under which scam, the 43 year old daughter of former chief

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minister of Tamil Nadu M.Karunanidhi was in Tihar jail in 2011?


- 2G spectrum scam

Who was bestowed as " Fakhr-e-Quam Panth Rattan" at Akal


Takht in Amritsar in 2011?
- Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal
Who has been selected as the new head of Tata empire in
2011?
- Cyrus Mistry
Where did India's first Formula one race took place in 2011?
- Buddh Internation Circuit in Delhi
On which date India won the World Cup in Mumbai?
- 2nd April, 2011
Who made the highest score in an ODI against West Indiies in
Indora in 2011?
- Virender Sehwag (he scored 219 to carve out the highest ever
individual score)
What was the magnitude of earthquake that rocked Sikkim
between two transverse faults represented by Teesha and
Gangtok lineaments in 2011?
- 6.9
At which place a devastating fire tore through seven storey

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AMRI hospital killing 91 people in 2011?


- South Kolkata
Which song became the most searched You tube video in India
in 2011?
" Why This Kolaveri Di" the song released on 16th Nov. written
and sung by Dhanush (this song is honoured by You tube with
a recently Most Popular Gold Medal Award for receiving large
number of hits in short time)
Which country is chosen as the chair of the United Nations
South Asian Regional Commission for Tourism in 2011?
- India
Name the members of three member panel of Jammu and
Kashmir interlocutoes who submitted the final report focussing
on a "permanent political settlement of the Kashmir problem"
in 2011?
- Journalist Mr. Dileep Padgoankar, Ms. Radha Kumar and
former Information Commissioner Mr. M.M.Ansari.
Who is the richest Indian in the World according to the 2011
Forbes India annual rich list?
- Reliance Group head Sh. Mukesh Ambani with a net worth of
$22.60 billion.
Where was the fifth bilateral Strategic Dialogue held between
India and Japan in 2011?
- Tokyo (Japan expresses readiness to bring bullet trains in

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India)
Name the Indian diplomat re-appointed for the second
consecutive term as the Secretary General of the
commonwealth in 2011?
- Sh. Kamalesh Sharma
Name the Indian sports person who officially became honorary
Lieutenants Colonel in the Territorial Army in 2011?
- Cricket player M.S.Dhoni and olympic champion shooter
Abhinav Bindra
Which country is given the Most Favoured Nation status by
Pakistan?
- India
What is the changed name of Orissa officially according to
Presidential assent to the Bill?
- Name of Orissa is officially changed to Odisha and language
from Oriya to Odia.
Who is honoured with the Swiss Ambassador's Award for
Exceptional Leadership in 2011?
- Tata Group chairman Sh. Ratan Tata.
Who is crowned Miss World 2011?
- Miss Venezuele Ivian Lunasol Sarcos Colmenares.
Name the three new elements added to the Periodic Table in

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2011?
- The new elements numbered 110, 111, 112 are called
darmstadtium (Ds), roentgenium (Rg), and copernicium (Cn).
Name the latest hi-tech weapon invented in 2011 to prevent
obesity?
- American firm Intra Pace unveils a stomach implant via
keyhole surgery that can help people fight flab by warning the
brain when enough food is taken. This credit card sized
implant is named as "Abiliti".

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General awareness
December 22, 2011
Where at present the BRAHMOS missiles are assembled?
- Hyderabad
Who wrote the book " Gita Govinda"?
- Jayadeva

Who was the only Muslim woman to sit on the throne of Delhi?
- Razia Sultana

Which is the highest military award for valour in India?


- Param Vir Chakra

Which is the longest river of India?


- Ganga

Which is the place experiencing minimum and maximum


temperatures -28.3 degree Celsius and 15 degree Celsius
respectively?
- Leh
Why Shimla is cooler than Amritsar though they have same
latitude?

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- Because Shimla is at higher elevation.

"Nokia" the telecom company belongs to which country?


- Finland

What is Dry Ice?


- Solidified Carbon Dioxide

Name the leader under whom India's first coalition government


in New Delhi was formed?
- Morarji Desai

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Governors and Chief Ministers of states


December 20, 2011
States
Ministers
Andhra Pradesh
N.Kiran Kumar Reddy
Arunachal Pradesh
Nabam Tuki
Assam
Tarun Gogoi
Bihar
Nitish Kumar
Chhattisgarh
Raman Singh
Goa
Digambar V. Kamat
Gujarat
Narendra Modi
Haryana
Bhupinder S. Hooda
Himachal Pradesh
Prem Kumar Dhumal
Jammu and Kashmir
Omar Abdullah
Jharkhand
Arjun Munda
Karnataka

Governors

Sh. E.S.L.Narasimhan
Sh. J.J.Singh

Sh.

Sh. J.B.Patn
Sh. Devanand Konwar

Sh.

Sh. Shekhar Dutt


Sh. K.Sankaranarayanan

Sh.

Sh. Kamla Beniwal


Sh. Jagannath Pahadia
Sh. Ms. Urmila Singh
Sh. N.N. Vohra

S
Sh.
Sh.

Sh. Syed Ahmed


Sh. Hans Raj Bhardwaj

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Sh.

D.V.Sadananda Gowda
Kerala
Sh. M.O.H.Farook
Sh.
Oommen Chandy
Madhya Pradesh
Sh. Ram Naresh Yadav
S
Shivraj Singh Chauhan
Maharashtra
Sh. K. Sankaranarayanan
S
Prithviraj Chavan
Manipur
Sh. Gurbachan Jagat
Sh.
Okram Ibobi Singh
Meghalaya
Sh. R.S.Mooshahary
Mukul A. Sangma
Mizoram
Sh. Vakkom Purushothaman
Lal Thanhawla
Nagaland
Sh. Nikhil Kumar
Neiphiu Rio
Orissa
Sh. M.C. Bhandare
Naveen Patnaik
Punjab
Sh. Shivraj Patil
Parkash Singh Badal
Rajasthan
Sh. Shivraj Patil (acting)
Sh.
Ashok Gehlot
Sikkim
Sh. Balmiki Prasad Singh
Sh.
Pawan Chamling
Tamil Nadu
Sh. K. Rosaiah
J. Jayalalithaa
Tripura
Sh. D.Y. Patil
Manik Sarkar
Uttarakhand
Ms. Margaret Alva
Sh.
B.C. Khanduri (Retd. Maj Gen.)

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Uttar Pradesh
Mayawati
West Bengal
Mamata Banerjee

Sh. B.L. Joshi


Sh. M.K.Narayanan

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Current affairs India, December, 2011


December 09, 2011
Who is the new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh?
- Sh. Nabam Tuki (Arunachal Pradesh Congress Committee
President Sh. Nibam Tuki was sworn as CM on Nov., 2011.)

From where did Sh. L.K Advani launched a 40 day nationwide


Jan Chetna Yatra?
- From Sitab Diara in Bihar on Oct., 2011

Who is appointed as Chairman of state-run Oil and Natural Gas


Corporation on 3rd Oct.,2011?
- Sh. Sudhir Vasudeva
Who got the 26th Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration
on 31st Oct,2011?
- Former Union Minister Sh Mohan Dharia
What are the estimated premature deaths caused annually by
air pollution, according to the first pollution survey carried in
Sept.,2011 by World Health Organisation?
- 1.34 millions
For what purpose the three day fast was observed by Gujarat
CM Sh. Narendra Modi in Sept.,2011?
- Sadbhavna Mission

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How many total number of enclaves are to be exchanged


between territories of two countries India and Bangladesh
according to the treaty signed in Sept,2011?
- 162
What amount is purposed as per capita allocation for health
sector for 2011-2012, according to the official review of
National Rural Health Mission?
- Rs 270

Name the singers chosen for K.L.Saigal Lifetime Achievement


Award for 2011?
- Lata Mangeshkar and her brother Hridaynath Mangeshkar

With what score Sehwag breaks the World record for ODIs in
2011?
- 219

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General knowledge, December, 2011


December 08, 2011
What is AERE?
- AERE means Aeriel Engineer Recce Equipment. The Army's
engineer regiments are to be equipped with micro-unmanned
aerial vehicles (micro-UAVs) something similar in size and
shape as the flying gadget shown in the movie 'Three Idiots'
referred to as AERE. AERE will be able to transmit real time
video from high resolution cameras. They can take off and land
vertically, enabling their use in any kind of terrain and space.
AERE will give the commander and troops on the ground a
bird's eyeview of the lay of land immediately ahead of them,
enabling to assess the situation and identify the topography
most suited for operational requirements. These will also help
to detect enemy presence and check the location and strength
of their defences and will also facilitate faster assimilation and
dissemination of information.

What is India's rank on the Transparency International (TI)


corruption Perception Index out of 183 countries in 2011?
- 95th
In Himachal Pradesh where is Aryabhatta Geo- Informatics and
Space Application centre inaugurated on 5th Dec., 2011 by
chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal?
- Shimla ( Geo-informatic technology will help consumers by
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ration will be available, sparing them from repeated visits to


fair price shops, can ascertain the presence of teachers and
students in school on any day and time. It may also help in
planning projects like construction of dams only by sitting
before computer and many other things.

Where did the World's costliest crash took place?


- World's costliest crash took place between 14 luxury cars,
including 8 Ferraris on the Chugoku Expressway in
Shimonoseki, southwestern Japan on 4th Dec., 2011.
Why is Japanese PM Yoshihiko Noda going to visit India?
- He is coming to discuss the proposed nuclear deal between
India and Japan in last week of Dec., 2011. India is planning to
increase the number of nuclear plants in country to ensure
power supplies and is so eager to sign the civil nuclear
co-operation pact that would allow it to import nuclear
technologies from Japan.

Name the Earth- like planet whose existence is confirmed by


American astronomers?
- Kepler 22-b which is in the habitable zone around a star
similar to the sun. It contains both land and water and has the
right atmosphere to support life. Its located 600 light years
away. A year at Kepler 22 lasts 290 days but its not yet known
what it's mostly made of.

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What is the rank of Tata steel in the world?


- Tata steel is the 10th largest steel maker in the world.

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Latest GK questions, India, December, 2011


December 07, 2011
Who is the new captain of the Indian Premier League team
Rajasthan Royals?
- Rahul Dravid
Who is elected chairman of the International Sugar Council?
- Dr Bhushan Chander Gupta ( At the 40th meeting of the
council held in London his name was proposed by the
European union and seconded by Mauritius. At present 88
nations are members of the council. The next International
sugar conference will be organised in Delhi in the last week of
April,2012.)
Which country is the second largest producer of sugar?
- India ( Brazil is the first largest producer of sugar. India
produces 350 million tonnes of sugarcane and about 25 million
tonnes of sugar.)
Who is the senior most Army officer to have faced a court
martial and dismissed from service by an Indian Army Court?
- Former Military Secretary, Lieutenant General Avadesh
Prakash.( Found guilty for his involvement in Sukna land
scam. Though retired in Jan, 2010, the Army Act allows
punishment to be handed out till 3 years after retirement)

Recently at which places Dawood funding is detected in

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pharma units?
- With the Department of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) detected
inflow of funds from Dawood Ibrahims henchmen in the
pharmaceutical firms of Baddi and Paonta Sahib in Himachal
Pradesh, where large scale of psychotropic drugs had been
seized.
What are the instructions given by University Grants
Commission (UGC) to all institutes coming under its purview,
keeping in view animal welfare and ecological balance?
- UGC have given instructions to discontinue dissection of
living animals in a 'phased manner', a regular feature in
zoology and life science courses. According to guidelines
issued the undergraduate students will not be required to
perform dissections and if necessary only the animal species
that can be bred or cultured on large scale will be used.
Who has been bestowed upon the title of "Panth Rattan
Fakhr-e-Qaum" by Sri Akal Takhat Sahib?
- Punjab chief-minister Parkash Singh Badal in the function
held in Amritsar.
Where is the biggest military exercicise ' Sudarshan Shakti'
being conducted in Dec., 2011?
- At Bugundi battle field near Barmer in Rajasthan. (Sudarshan
Shakti involves around 50,000 troops, 300 tanks and 250
artillery guns besides armed helicopters. Its ethos is to change
the way the Army goes to battle)

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At what age World's oldest dog died?


- Pusuke, the World's oldest living dog died in Japan at the age
of 26 years and 9 months on Dec. 6, 2011.

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Geography facts India: Mc. Mohan Line, Durand line,


Radcliffe line
December 01, 2011
Name the seas joined by Suez Canal?
- Red sea and Mediterranean sea
Where is the Caspian sea, the largest inland sea or lake in the
world located?
- Partly in Europe and partly in Asia
Where is Elephant Pass located?
- Sri Lanka
What was the old name of Indonesia?
- Dutch East Indies
Name the strait which separates Africa from Europe?
- Strait of Gibraltar
Mc. Mohan Line demarcates the boundary between which
countries?
- India and China
Where is the World's largest ship canal?
- Gota in Sweden
Name the Strait which separates Asia from North America?
- The Bering Strait

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Durand line is the border common to which two countries?


- Pakistan and Afghanistan
Name the country which has longest international boundary
with India?
- China
Radcliffe line is the boundary line between which countries?
- India and Pakistan
Name the Strait
Bengal?
- Palk Strait

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Current affairs, November, 2011:wax statue of Anna


Hazare,World Cup Kabaddi
November 30, 2011
Name the youngest skydriver in the country?
- Anusha Tyagi ( Her feat has been recognised by the Limca
Book of Records)
When is the first attack helicopter squadron scheduled to be
raised with the induction of indigenously developed Rudra, the
weaponised version of the Dhruv( the advance light helicopter
already in service)?
- In 2012 ( The machine would be armed with antitank guided
missiles, rockets and machineguns. It can also carry torpedoes
and antiship missiles)
Who crafted the wax statue of Anna Hazare?
- India's top wax sculptor Sunil Kandalloor
What is laser cladding?
- The Indian Air Force has developed a laser based process
that would enable repair of turbine blades made of titanium in
air craft engines that would otherwise have to be discarded.
Laser cladding can save crores in foreign exchange. The
process uses a laser to generate a local weld pool on the
surface of the component and a specially designed powder
feed nozzle then introduces a powder composed of similar
material into molten metal. Once cooled the resulting layer
possesses very similar mechanical properties to those of the

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original component.
Who won the World Cup Kabaddi (in both men's and women's
categories) in 2011?
- India
Who is the Indian Prime Minister whom Singapore describes as
'friend to our shores' and 'visionary'?
- Jawahar Lal Nehru ( Prime minister Manmohan Singh
unveiled a bronze bust of Nehru at the Asian Civilization
Museum green on the picturesque banks of the Singapore
River on 20th Nov.,2011)
Name the place where an ancient rock carving of Lord Buddha
has been excavated in Nov.,2011?
- In Suru Kartse valley of Kargil district.( This rock carving is
three feet and three inches in height and two feet in width,
supposed to be built in eighth century. Kept in Regional
Heritage Museum of Antiquities Department in Ladakh.)
What is 'Kangaroo Mother Care' (KMC)?
- Its one of the best natural way to take care of child by mother
like a kangaroo does. so by keeping the baby close to the
mother for 12 hours after birth with skin contact, child gets
warmth and environment just like he gets inside the womb
saving him from varous diseases and infections and also
develops very good immune system.
Which is India's longest train route to be flagged off in

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Nov.,2011?
- The train named Vivek Express will cover countries longest
rail route from Dibrugarh in Assam to Kanyakumari in Tamil
Nadu. (will cover 4,286km in approximately 83 hours)
What amount was paid to purchase Ranjit Singh-era gold coin?
- Rs 8 lakh given by a mystery buyer from India to purchase a
gold coin of Ranjit Singh era from auction in UK. The gold
'mohur' was minted in the last 10 years of Ranjit Singh's reign.
Name the rover launched to Mars by NASA in Nov.,2011?
-' Curiosity ' is the nickname of rover having 17 cameras and 10
science instruments including chemistry labs to identify
elements in soil and rock samples to be dug up by the probe's
drill-tipped robotic arm. Its powered by heat from the
radioactive decay of plutonium. It is designed to last one
martian year or 687 earth days.

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Questions related to elements, metals and compounds


November 22, 2011
Name the gas used to extinguish fire?
- Carbon dioxide
Mainly which gas is present in gobar gas?
- Methane
Which non -metal remains liquid at room temperature?
- Bromine
Which gas is called laughing gas?
- Nitrous oxide
Name the alloy of iron, chromium and nickel?
- Stainless steel
Which metal is kept under kerosine?
- Sodium
Name the metal used in storage batteries?
- Lead
What is the common name of sodium carbonate?
- Washing soda
Which metal is used in pencils?
- Graphite

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Name the metal used as the filament of an electric bulb?


- Tungsten
What is made from the mixture of lime and chlorine?
-Bleaching powder
Name the gas usually filled in the electric bulbs?
- Nitrogen
What is the other name of deuterium oxide?
- Heavy water
Name the gases used in different types of welding?
- Oxygen and acetylene
What is added to remove permanent hardness of water?
- Washing soda
Name the metal present in photo films?
- Silver
Liquefied Petroleum Gas consists mainly which gases?
- Methane, butane and propane
Which element is obtained from sea weeds?
- Iodine
Which gas is used for preparation of soda water?

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- Carbon dioxide
Name the element required for conversion of solar energy?
- Silicon

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General science
November 19, 2011
What is difference between mass of body and its weight?
- Mass is a measure of the quantity of matter whereas weight
is a force.
Why speed of sound is greater in solids than in liquids?
- Because the solids have high elasticity.
How many images will be formed when an object is placed
between two mirrors placed parellel to each other?
- Infinite
At which point of earth weight of object will be minimum?
- At the center of earth
When an open bottle of scent is kept at one corner due to
which phenomenon its fragrance is found in whole room?
- Diffusion
What happens to speed of sound with rise in temperature?
- Increases
If in a mirror image of object appears to be larger then which
type of mirror is used?
- Concave mirror
Why bubble of water shines?

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- Due to phenomenon of total internal reflection.


An air bubble in water acts as which lens?
- Concave lens
Why clear nights are more colder then cloudy nights?
- Due to radiation
Why sky appears to be blue?
- Because blue colour of light is of shorter wavelength so
easily scattered by dust particles and water vapour.
How water in earthen pots remain cool?
- Because water keeps on passing out from pores and
evaporating.

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Latest general knowledge India, November, 2011


November 17, 2011
What is proxy voting?
- Proxy voting means casting of vote through a proxy that the
voter nominates. It has been already introduced in 6 states and
for the first time its about to happen in Punjab.
After how many years Abohar's clock tower known as Ghanta
Ghar got its clock back?
- After 25 years ( earlier it was removed by some miscreants in
1986)
Where is North's first advanced veterinary lab opened?
- Jalandhar ( second most advanced veterinary disease
diagnostic facility in country after Bhopal.)
Which country has World's largest democracy?
- India
Name the smallest neighbour of India?
- Maldives ( smallest in South Asia, its population is just 3
lakhs)
According to fortune list who is most powerful business
woman?
- ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar. ( But she does not find a
place among the 10 highest paid women executives in the
country. Sun TV Network's joint MD Kavery Kalanithi is the

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highest earner)
Where Rahul Gandhi launched Cong's Mission-2012?
- Uttar Pradesh
What is KG5 drug?
- According to international team led by University of California
KG5 drug works by making cancer cell 'commit suicide'. It
helps in stoping multiplication of tumorous cells and shut
themselves down. Will be available in approximately 5 years
and will be in pill form.
When is India going to test a nuclear-warhead capable ballistic
missile named Agni-V that can travel more than 5000km?
- February 2012
What is Shastar Vidiya?
- Shastar Vidiya is a martial art developed by the Sikh
community in the 17th century. Its founder was Baba Darbara
Singh. It enables an individual without weapons to engage with
armed adversaries and disarm them.
Nidar Singh Nihang is last Sikh martial art master.

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Scientific Inventions: Steam engine, X-Ray, Insulin


November 11, 2011
Who invented the television?
- J.L.Baird
Who discovered the electric lamp?
- Edison
Who invented the steam engine?
- Newcommen (Later James Watt made improvements)
After whose name the Nobel Prize was started?
- Alfred Nobel who invented dynamite
Who discovered Penicillin?
- Alexander Fleming
Who discovered photoelectric effect?
- Albert Einstein
Who discovered insulin?
- Dr. F.G.Banting
Who discovered X-Ray?
- Roentgen
Who discovered blood grouping?
- Landsteiner

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Who discovered neutron?


- Chadwick
Who invented transistor?
- Shockley
Who invented barometer?
- Torricelli
Who invented telephone?
- Alexander Graham Bell
Who invented the petrol engine?
- Nikolaus Otto
Who discovered the oral polio vaccine?
- Jonas Salk
Who deciphered the genetic code?
- Dr. Hargobind Khurana got nobel prize for it.
Who invented the telegraphic code?
- Samuel Morse
Who discovered the laws of planetary motion?
- Johannes Kepler
Who invented the lift?

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- E.G.Otis
Who invented radar?
- Robert Watson Watt
Name the scientist who is considered
Genetics?
- Johann Gregor Mendel

as the Father of

Name the scientist who got Nobel Prize twice for the same
subject?
-Marie Curie
Who invented the mercury thermometer?
- Galileo
Who discovered the noble gases?
- Cavendish
Who arranged the elements in the Modern Periodic Table?
- Mosley

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Current afffairs India, November, 2011


November 09, 2011
Name the Indians who are among the top 20 most powerful
people on earth according to Forbes Power list?
- Congress President Sonia Gandhi (at 11th position) and
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (at 19th position).(topped by
US President Barack Obama)
Which country is offered the patnership in the development of
world's most advanced flying machine F-35 Joint Strike Fighter
by US?
- India
According to Human Development Index (HDI) 2011 what is
India's rank among 187 countries assessed for their
performance in three key areas of human development education, health and income?
- 134th rank (Norway, Australia and Netherland top the charts)
Who has been elected TMC ( Trinamool Congress) national
head?
- Bengal Chief Minister Mamta Banerjee
On which LAC (Line of Actual Control) banners and not guns
hold peace?
- Along the eastern fringes of Ladakh plateau which is
contiguous with Tibet near the village Demchok.
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and China have worked out with a 'banner drill' in which


soldiers show 10 feet wide banner with slogan painted to each
other saying there is need to back off from present position of
patrolling)
Which is world's fastest growing energy firm?
- Cairn India has been ranked the fastest growing oil and gas
exploration firm in the world.
Where is India going to commission its third research station?
- Antarctica ( station named Bharti)
What is e-bomb?
- The Defence Research and Development Organisation
(DRDO) is developing a weapon commonly referred to as
"e-bomb" which renders electronic gadgets useless and
effectively neutralises the adversary's command control and
communication
capability
by
producing
a
strong
electromagnetic field generating powerful electricity surges
that play havoc with electronic circuits within a specified area.
What is India's rank in South -East Asia for starting business
according to World Bank in its report on ' Doing Business in
India for 2012'?
- 8th position ( first is Afghanistan)
Who is Miss World 2011?
- Miss Venezuela Ivian Sarcos was crowned Miss World 2011
by Alexandria Mills (Miss World 2010) in London.

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Indian history questions: kings, dynasty


November 04, 2011
Who was the first king to conquer Malwa, Gujarat and
Maharashtra?
- Chandragupta Maurya

Upto where Chandragupta Maurya's


north-west?
- Hindukush

empire extended in the

Which was the most commonly used coin in Mauryan period?


- Karashapana

Whose name is associated with the council of the 'Nine Gems'?


- Chandragupta-II

Who earned the title of 'Liberator'?


- Chandragupta Maurya

Name the great Hindu king who combined in himself the


qualities of Samudragupta and Ashoka?
- Harshavardhana

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Where was the capital of the ancient kingdom of Avanti?


- Ujjain

In which century did Ashoka reign?


- Third century B.C

Which ruler was adorned with the title of 'Maharajadhiraja'?


- Kanishka

Who was called the 'Napoleon of India'?


- Samudragupta

Where are the achievements of Samudragupta described on?


- Allahabad Pillar inscription

For what was Gupta dynasty famous?


- Art and architecture
For what was Ashoka famous?
- Ashoka was famous for his vast empire, for his preaching of
ahimsa and for following path of Buddha.
Which king brought the valleys of Indus,Ganga and Jamuna

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together for the first time under one political authority?


- Ashoka

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Latest GK questions-India, November, 2011


November 02, 2011
Who is appointed as the tenth Nawab of Pataudi?
- Bollywood actor Saif Ali Khan

Which temple in Pakistan was reopened after six decades in


2011?
- Goraknath Temple ( 160 year old temple at Gorkhatri in
Peshawar)
Name the baby of Uttar Pardesh who is the symbolic seven
billionth baby ?
- Baby Nargis ( The world's population touched another
milestone on Monday as India welcomed the birth of Nargis as
the symbolic seven billionth baby)
Who has been re-elected PDP President for the fourth time in
Srinagar in 2011?
- Mehbooba Mufti

Where is the World's fastest motor sports (Formula one or F1),


2011 event being organised in India?
- Greater Noida at Buddh International Circuit (BIC) ( India
becomes the newest venue for the mother of all motor sports)

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Which software company is the World's best company to work


for ?
- Microsoft

Who is the new chief minister of Arunachal Pradesh?


- Nabam Tuki ( replaced Jarbom Gamlin)
Which poet and lyricist returned the Shiromani Sahitkar Award
announced for him by the Punjab Government recently?
- Dr Sardar Anjum

Where the opening ceremony of Kabaddi World Cup took place


in 2011?
- Bathinda

Name two sports person who were felicitated by the Indian


Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2011?
- Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Abhinav Bindra

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Latest GK questions October, 2011


October 20, 2011
Who were given Sikh Heritage Award 2011
contribution to elevating the Sikh experience?
- Navtej Sarna (Category of Award ;Vision)
- Jaspal Bindra (Category of Award ; Leadership)
- Gurinder Chadha (Category of Award; Art)

for

their

What is Ayush treatment?


- Its a herbal treatment which is quite safe and cheap as
compared to allopathic medicines.
Name the temple where majority of pilgrims visiting tonsure
their heads and offer their hair to Lord Venkateswara?
- Tirumala temple in Andhra Pradesh (recently earned Rs 133
crore by selling 65000Kg of hair)
Name the 4 satellites put in orbit by ISRO workhorse PSLV-C
18?
- Megha -Tropiques ( will study weather and climate in tropical
regions of World)
- SRM Sat ( will monitor carbon dioxide and water vapour in the
atmosphere)
- Jugnu ( will check out indigenously developed camera
system for imaging the Earth in the near infrared region)
- Vessel Sat (it has tools to guide ships in high seas)
Which is the country where the World's first low carbon fuel

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will be developed?
- India (since India is World's largest steel producers and low
carbon aviation fuel is to be produced from steel)
Name the girl who completed her higher secondary schooling
from Lawrence school in Kasauli hills and is now crowned as
Queen of Bhutan?
- Jetsun Pema (married King of Bhutan Jigme Khesar Namgyel
Wangchuck)
Pakistan has decided to grant MFN (Most Favoured Nation)
status to which country?
- India
Name the country's longest railway tunnel excavated?
Pir Panjal railway tunnel ( 11.17 Km long tunnel underneath the
rugged Pir Panjal mountain)
How old became the Punjab Regiment in 2011?
- 250 years old
Name the person who has set a new Guinness record of being
the oldest man to complete a full distance marathon in
Toronto?
- Fauja Singh (a 100 year old runner of Indian origin)

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General awareness Quiz


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General Awareness India, October 2011


October 13, 2011
What is the objective of the project "Bhoomi Keralam"
launched by the state government?
- To conduct a survey of the land.
Which state introduced a high tech foodgrain rationing system
to ensure timely supply of the foodgrains to people living
below poverty line?
- Karnataka
What are the objectives of the Mission Chandrayaan-1?
- Preparing dimensional atlas of the lunar surface.
- Chemical mapping of the entire lunar surface.
- Locating minerals in the soil of moon.
Which award was given to Pt. Bhimsen Joshi in 2008?
- Bharat Ratna
Which state government had announced that it would provide a
special package of incentives to Employment Intensive
Industries?
- Bihar
Which state has maximum density of canals?
- Uttar Pradesh
Which state of India has highest production of tea?

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- Assam
The Prime Minister is chairman of which commision?
- Planning Commission
By whom is the Vice-President of the Indian Union elected?
- Members of both the Houses of Parliament.
Where the third India, Brazil and South Africa (IBSA) summit
took place?
- New Delhi
Which state has decided to set up Arsenic Removal Plants in
all the districts of the state to provide arsenic free drinking
water to all people by 2010-2011?
- West Bengal
Where is India's Space Rocket Launching Centre situated?
- Sriharikota
With which country India has signed Nuclear Agreement
besides USA named as Cooperation Agreement for peaceful
Uses of Nuclear Energy?
- France

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Current Affairs October, 2011: India, International


October 08, 2011
Who has been chosen as Brand Icon by election commision of
Punjab?
- Jaspal Bhatti (Well known comedian)
Who has become the first lady jawan in Indian army?
- 35 year old Sapper Shanti Tigga (joined 969 Railway Engineer
Regiment of Territorial Army)
Name the first international research institute for wheat and
maize to be set up in Punjab?
- Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) will be situated at
Ladhowal village in Ludhiana district.
Name the scientist who won 2011 Nobel Prize for medicine (for
unlocking immune system)?
- Bruce Beutler, Jules Hoffmann, and Ralph Steinman (three
have opened up new avenues to develop therapy against
infections, cancer and inflammatory diseases)
Name the scientists who won the Nobel Prize in Physics 2011?
- Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, Adam Riess (for their studies
of exploding stars that revealed expansion of the universe in
accerlerating)

Who won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2011?

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- Israeli scientist Daniel Shechtman (for his discovery of


quasicrystals, a mosaic like chemical structure)

Name the herbal drug developed by DRDO for soldiers working


in high altitude areas?
- Performax
What are the benefits of medicine Performax?
- Performax is a herbal formulation of 10 selected herbs known
to have adaptogenic properties. It helps to improve the
physical and mental performance by increasing blood
oxygenation and reducing low density lipoproteins and
cholesterol.
What is the name of World's cheapest tablet PC?
- Aakash (Android based device developed by IIT researchers
and now being developed by a company called DataWind.
Name the Apple co-founder who changed the daily habits of
millions by reinventing computing, music and mobile phones?
- Steve Jobs (Died at the age of 56 on Oct. 5th, 2011)

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India Fact Sheet


October 05, 2011
Which is our National song?
- Vande Mataram
Who composed our National song?
- Bankim Chandra Chatterji
What is our National Anthem?
- Jana Gana Mana
Who wrote our National Anthem?
- Rabindra Nath Tagore
How many stanza's of Jana Gana Mana song were adopted as
National Anthem?
- Only the first stanza
Who composed the famous song 'Sare Jahan Se Accha'?
- Mohammad Iqbal
From where are the words 'Satyameva Jayate' taken?
- Mundak Upanishad
How many spokes are there in our national emblem 'Ashoka
Chakra'?
- 24

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In which year was the National Anthem first sung?


-1911
What is the ratio of width of our National Flag to its length?
- 2:4
Our Indian National Calender is based on which era?
- Saka era
When was the design of our National Flag
Constituent of India?
- July, 1947

adopted by the

What was adopted from the Maurya dynasty in the emblem of


government of India?
- Four lions
Our Indian Constitution closely follows the Constitutional
system of which country?
- U.K
When was the Constituent Assembly
Constitution for Independent India set up?
- 1949

that

Who was the chairman of Constituent Assembly?


- Dr. Rajendra Prasad
When India became a Sovereign, democratic republic?

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framed

- Jan 26, 1950


Who is known as the Father of the Indian Constitution?
- Dr. B.R. Ambedkar

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General questions related to geography


October 03, 2011
When are days and nights equal throughout the globe?
- When sun is above the equator
What is the latitude of South Pole?
- 90 degree
On globe, the latitude and longitude intersect at what angle?
- 90 degrees
From where the longest circle which can be drawn from earth's
surface will pass?
- Will pass through Equator
What will be the difference in longitudes between two places if
heir time difference is 2 hours and 20 minutes?
- 35 degree
What happens when a ship crosses Date line from west to
east?
- It loses one day
Which is the great circle on earth's surface?
- The equator
Which countries are located on the Greenwich Meridian?
Algeria, Guinea, Iceland

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Greenwich mean time (GMT) is the standard time of which


country?
- U.K
On which part of earth days and nights are of equal length
always?
- Equator
Why the International Date Line makes slight deviation from
180 degree meridian?
- To divide Pacific Ocean in two halves
One degree of longitude on equator is equal to what distance?
- 69 miles
What is equal to latitude of a place?
- Angle between the horizon and the equator
In how many time zones is U.S.A divided?
-5
Latitude and longitude are at what angle to each other?
- Perpendicular to each other
What is the difference in time between two places 1 degree
longitude apart?
- 4 minutes

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How many lines are there in latitude and longitude?


- Latitude includes 180 lines and longitude has 360 lines
because longitude connects North Pole to South Pole and
latitude is divided from east to west.
What reference is taken to know the local time of a place?
- Longitudinal position
In how many time zones is the World divided?
- 24
What is the time difference between IST and GMT?
- 5 hours 30 minutes
Watches of a country is set according to what time?
- Standard time of the country

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Places in India improtant from GK prospective-1


September 30, 2011
Name the place where Lord Budha breathed his last?
- Kushinagar
Where are the World famous Khajuraho sculptures located?
-Madhya Pradesh
Where is the National Institute of Nutrition located?
-Hyderabad
Vijayghat ( Samadhi of Lal Bahadur Shastri) is situated on the
bank of which river?
- Yamuna
Where is National School of Mines located?
- Pune
Where is the Indian Institute of Science located?
- Bangalore
In which state are the World famous Ajanta Caves situated?
- Maharashtra
Where is the famous Meenakshi Temple situated?
- Tamil Nadu
Where are Dilwara Temples situated?

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- Rajasthan (Near Maount Abu)


Which city is called 'White City' of Rajasthan?
- Udaipur (Remember Jaipur is called Pink city). Udaipur is also
known as city of lakes.
Where is Buland Darwaza located?
- Fatehpur Sikri
Kanchipuram is in which state?
Tamil Nadu
Which place is famous for gigantic rock-cut statue of Budha?
- Bamiyan
Where is Char Minar located?
- Hyderabad
Where is Sun Temple situated?
- Konark
Where is the National Defence Academy situated?
- Khadakvasla
Where are the headquarters of
Centre for Arts?
- New Delhi
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the Indira Gandhi National

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Natural

Gas

Commission?
- Dehradun
Where is the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre located?
- Trivandrum
Which is the Garden City of India?
- Bangalore
Where is Lal Bahadur Shastri Academy which trains Indian
Administrative Services (IAS) officers situated?
- Mussoorie
Where is Indian Cancer Research Institute situated?
- Bombay
Which city is known as 'Electronic City of India'?
- Bangalore
Hawa Mahal is situated in which city?
- Jaipur
Where is famous Somnath Temple located?
- Gujarat
Where is Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research located?
- Kalpakkam
For what is Bijapur known?

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- Gol Gumbaz

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