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GENERAL AWARENESS

MAY 2015
Vol. 3, Issue 11

A PUBLICATION OF GYANM EDUCATION &


TRAINING INSTITUTE PVT. LTD.
SCO 13-14-15, 2ND FLOOR, SEC 34-A, CHANDIGARH

NATIONAL NEWS

Contents
CURRENT AFFAIRS
JAN TO MARCH 2015
BULLET NEWS
OCT TO DEC 2014

MARCH 2015
01-34

PM VISITS SEYCHELLES

35-51

MCQs ON CURRENT AFFAIRS

52-57

FCI MODEL TEST PAPER

58-69

IBPS MODEL TEST PAPER

70-80

6 MONTHS GK BYTES

81-100

FIGURES TO REMEMBER
REPO RATE (04.03.2015)

7. 50%

REVERSE REPO RATE

6.50%

MARGINAL STANDING
FACILITY RATE
STATUTORY LIQUIDITY RATIO

8.50%

CASH RESERVE RATIO


BANK RATE

4.00%
8.50%

BASE RATE(s)
(of various banks)

21.5%

10 to
10.25 %

With a view to expanding its footprint in the strategic Indian Ocean, India
signed four agreements with Seychelles for cooperation in hydrography,
renewable energy, infrastructure development and maritime security during
the visit of Indias Prime Ministers visit on March 11.
He also launched a Coastal Surveillance Radar project to boost security
cooperation with the island nation. India promised to give one Dornier aircraft
and free visa on arrival for three months to the citizens of Seychelles.

PM VISITS MAURITIUS

INDIAS RANK IN

Prime Minister visited Mauritius on March 12 and inked five MoUs with
Mauritius to give new impetus to bilateral co-operation. The agreements
signed included one on Ocean economy which will help utilise the rich marine
resources of Mauritius.

Open Government Index 2015

37th

Press Freedom Index 2015

136th

Talent Competitiveness

78th

Travel and Tourism Index

65th

PM VISITS SRI LANKA

Corruption Perceptions Index

85th

The Web Index 2014

48th

Global Terrorism Index 2014

6th

Global Slavery Index 2014

1st

India and Sri Lanka signed four agreements during Mr. Modi's maiden visit to
the island nation on March 13-14. The agreements are on visa, customs, youth
development and building Rabindranath Tagore memorial in Sri Lanka.
Facility of Tourist Visa on Arrival and Electronic Travel Authorization
Scheme to Sri Lankan citizens to start from April 14, 2015.
India to cooperate in developing a Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka and a
Buddhist Circuit in India.

Gender Gap Index


Ease of Doing Business (WB)
Global Hunger Index 2013
Global Competitiveness

114th
142nd
55th
71st

Human Development Index

135th

Global Innovation Index

76th

Economic Confidence Index


Choice for FDI
Social Progress Index
World Press Freedom Index
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

01st
143rd
102nd
140th

P M PAYS HOMAGE TO MARTYRS


On March 23, PM Narendra Modi visited Hussainiwala on Indo Pak border in
Punjab's frontier district of Ferozepur and paid homage to freedom struggle
martyrs Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev.
The three revolutionaries were cremated here on March 23, 1931. They were
awarded death sentence for shooting a British Police Officer Mr Saundras on the
17th December, 1928. In their honour, March 23 is observed every year as Martyrs
Day ( Shaheed Diwas).

MODI, SATYARTHI AMONG TOP 50 LEADERS

S C RULES AGAINST SECTION 66A

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (5th) and Nobel laureate


Kailash Satyarthi (28th) have been named among the 50
greatest leaders in the world by Fortune magazine in its
annual list of extraordinary men and women
transforming business, government and philanthropy.

The Supreme Court has struck down the controversial


2009 amendment to India's Information Technology Act
known as section 66A as it was unconstitutional and a
restriction on freedom of speech. Section 66A makes
the sending information of "grossly offensive or
menacing character" punishable by up to 3 years in jail

BHARAT RATNA CONFERRED UPON VAJPAYEE


The President of India, breaking away from the
protocol, conferred the Bharat Ratna on Shri Atal Bihari
Vajpayee on March 27 in New Delhi in a simple
ceremony held at the residence of Shri Vajpayee, on
account of his poor health condition.
Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya was accorded Bharat Ratna
posthumously during a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhawan
on March 30th.

ATTORNEY GENERAL IS PUBLIC AUTHORITY


The Delhi High Court has ruled that the Attorney
General is not merely a lawyer for the government, but
is a constitutional authority and thus falls under the
ambit of the RTI Act.
The High Court reversed the 2012 decision of the Central
Information Commission in which a full bench had ruled
that the AG is only a person and can't be considered an
"authority" under the Act.

INDIA AND QATAR SIGN SIX AGREEMENTS


The Emir of Qatar Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani visited
India and held extensive talks with the Prime Minister.
The two countries inked six pacts for cooperation in
energy sector and boosting trade and investment. An
agreement was also signed on the transfer of sentenced
persons allowing the Indian convicts in Qatar to
complete their balance sentence in India and vice versa.

WORLDS 1st SOLAR AIRCRAFT LANDS IN INDIA

SC CANCELS RESERVATION FOR JATS


The Supreme Court of India has nullified the Central
Government's decision to include Jats in the Other
Backward Classes (OBC) category. The top court said
that caste can't be the sole factor to decide
backwardness, maintaining that Jats don't form socioeconomic backward class. The decision will prevent the
Jat population in India from availing of the special
benefits of reservation in jobs and educational
institutions.

AADHAAR NOT MUST FOR AVAILING SUBSIDY


The Supreme Court has given a landmark ruling,
confirming that the Aadhaar card is not compulsory for
availing of various government subsidies and any other
benefits, and warned that officials ignoring this would
be taken to task.

Solar Impulse, claimed to be the worlds only solarpowered aircraft, made a stopover in Ahmadabad on its
maiden global journey. The Swiss aircraft can fly day
and night without a drop of fuel, propelled solely by the
suns energy. The single-seater aircraft made of carbon
fibre has a 72 metre wingspan, larger than that of
Boeing-747 and weighs just 2,300 kg.

INDIA UNFURLS WORLDs TALLEST FLAG


The worlds largest and tallest Indian national flag was
unfurled in Faridabad, Haryana.
The flag has
dimensions of 96 feet by 64 feet and weighs 48
kilograms. The flag was hoisted at a height of 250 feet
(75 meters), thus, making it the worlds largest and the
highest hoisted Indian flag.

The 58th All India Ayurvedic Congress was held at


CONFERENCE ON COUNTER TERRORISM
A 3-day International
Conference on Counter
Terrorism 2015 was
held at Jaipur in March.
It was organised by
India Foundation in
association with the
Sardar Patel University
of Police Security and
Criminal
Justice,
Jodhpur to develop an
integrated approach to counter terrorism.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Panjab University, Chandigarh March 14-15.

The 5th National Community Radio Sammelan held


in New Delhi March 16.

A three-day conference for strengthening maritime


trade and security among Indian Ocean Rim
countries held at Bhubaneshwar March 20-22.
The government has announced that India's first
National Skill Development University will be
established in Chhattisgarh.
In the World Justice Project's Open Government
Index 2015 report, India was ranked 37th amongst
102 countries. Sweden was placed at first position

FEBRUARY 2015
GOVT ACCEPTS FINANCE COMMISSION REPORT
Union Government has accepted the recommendations
of the 14th Finance Commission for devolution of
revenue collection from the Centre to the states for the
period from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2020. The
commission was headed by Ex. RBI Governor Y V Reddy.

DIPLOMATS CONFERENCE IN NEW DELHI


A three day Heads of the Missions Conference was held
in New Delhi from Feb 7 to 9 in New Delhi. About 110
ambassadors/diplomats from various Indian embassies
took part in the conference that spelt the ways in which
diplomats can contribute to the country's development.

AERO INDIA SHOW HELD AT BENGALURU


The 10th edition of Aero India Show concluded in
Bengaluru. The show was focused on Make in India
campaign of the Union Government which is aimed at
encouraging small and medium industries to invest in
defence manufacturing in India.

INDIA SET TO JOIN BRICS BANK


The Union Cabinet approved Indias plans for the
establishment of a New Development Bank led by the
BRICS bloc of developing nations, and a Contingent
Reserve Arrangement (CRA) that will act as an extra
safety net in the event of financial crisis.

AIRTEL TO SERVE CHILDREN IN AFRICA


Indian telecom major
Bharti Airtel Limited
on 18 February 2015
tied-up with United
Nations
Childrens
Fund (UNICEF) to
provide health, education and youth-focused content to its customers in 17
African countries.

S C RULES ON CRIMINAL CANDIDATES


In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court has ruled that
the suppression of criminal antecedents, especially
relating to heinous crimes, by an election candidate
during nomination deprives voters to make an informed
choice and creates impediments in the free exercise of
electoral right and therefore, if such a candidate wins
the election, his election should be declared null and
void (invalid).

FENCED ELEPHANT SANCTUARY BY PETA


The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
has announced to create India's first fenced elephant
sanctuary within the Bannerghatta Biological Park in
Karnataka. The forested space will allow elephants to
move around freely within the secure area.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

MS. SWARAJ VISITS CHINA


External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj went to China
on a four day official visit. She met the Chinese
President Xi Jinping also. The visit focused on resolving
the tensions on border issue. She also launched the Visit
India Year in China at a function in Beijing.

INDIA FARES POOR IN PRESS FREEDOM


India has been ranked 136TH in terms of press freedom
in 2015, out of 180 nations in the World Press Freedom
Index produced by Reporters without Borders.
Countries are ranked on the basis of media pluralism
and independence, respect for the safety and freedom of
journalists and the legislative, institutional and
infrastructural environment in which the media
operates. Finland, Norway and Denmark were on the
top of the list.

Rajya Sabha was informed that 76.83 crore Aadhaar

cards have been generated till 15 February 2015 out


of a total population of 121.01 crore
Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam, President of Singapore
visited India on Feb. 10 and inaugurated the
Singapore Festival in New Delhi.
18th National Conference on e-Governance held in
Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 30 to 31 January 2015.
Three Commemorative Postage stamps on the theme
of Swachh Bharat Mission were released on 30
January 2015 to mark the Martyrdom Day of
Mahatma Gandhi.
The first National Tribal Festival VANAJ-2015 held
at New Delhi from 13 to 18 Feb., 2015.
India and Sri Lanka have agreed to explore avenues
for enhancing cooperation in oil and gas sector.

JANUARY 2015
OBAMA CHARMS INDIA
Barrack Obama became the first U.S. President to be the
Chief Guest at the Republic Day and the first U.S.
President to visit India twice during his tenure.
The two leaders agreed to operationalise the civil
nuclear deal, resolving the key hurdles pertaining to
the liability of suppliers of nuclear reactors in the
event of an accident and the tracking of fuel
supplied by the US.
Obama announced new initiatives worth $ 4 billion
aimed at boosting trade and investment ties as well
as jobs in India through a new Indian Diaspora
Investment Initiative.
For the first time in the history of Indias Republic
Day, all-women contingent from the three defence
forces-Army, Air Force and Navy, marched down in
the parade.
India and the US signed MoUs for formulating action
plans for development of smart cities in Allahabad,
Ajmer and Visakhapatnam.

15 NRIS HONOURED AT PBD

NATIONAL YOUTH FESTIVAL AT GUWAHATI

15 persons were conferred with Pravasi Bharatiya


Samman Award including Microsoft CEO Satyanarayan
Nadella and Guyana President Donald Rabindernauth
Ramaotar at the three day Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, Jan 7
to 9, held at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.

The 19th National Youth Festival began in Guwahati on


Jan 8. The theme this year is, 'Youth for Clean, Green
and Progressive India'. A mascot performing Sattriya
dance and named as Baandhav has been designed for
the festival.

COINS AND STAMPS RELEASED IN PBD

INDIA 78TH IN TERMS OF SKILLED LABOUR

Coins and stamps showing in the same frame pictures of


a young Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and another of
his transformation into Mahatma Gandhi were here
released on Jan 8 at Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas to
commemorate the centenary year of his return to India
from South Africa in 1915. The coins are in the
denomination of Rs 100 and Rs 10, while stamps are of
the value of Rs. 25 & Rs. 5.

TIGERS POPULATION UP BY 38.4%


Across India, the mean figure for tiger numbers
increased from 1,706 in 2010 to 2,226 in 2014,
registering an impressive growth of 30.48 per cent. With
406 tigers, Karnataka tops the list, followed by
Uttarakhand 340 and Madhya Pradesh 308.

INDIA TO HELP NEPAL FOR FIGHTING GOITRE


India will provide Rs 6.90 crore support to Nepal for
fighting against the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control
Programme for goitre control across the country. Goitre
is an enlarged thyroid gland found in neck.

In a list of 93
countries compiled
by INSEAD business
school, India has
been ranked 78th
globally in terms of
talent competitiveness of its human
capital,
indicating
acute shortage of
skilled workforce. Switzerland has topped the list,
followed by Singapore.

SUPREME COURT ENDS SRINIs GAME


The Supreme Court has barred N Srinivasan, the
controversial businessman and cricket official, from
contesting the Board of Control for Cricket in India
(BCCI) election until he gives up his commercial interest
in the IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

India will provide 60 million dollars Line of Credit to

ASIAs BIGGEST LITERARY EVENT AT JAIPUR


ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, Asias biggest literary
event was held at Jaipur from 21st to 25th Jan 2015. Over
2.45 lakh persons took part in the festival. More than
300 authors from over 50 countries attended the
festival.
DSC Prize for Literature: The $50,000 prize won by
Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri for her book, The
Lowland.
Poet Arunadhathi Subramaniam was declared as the
winner of inaugural Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize
for poetry for her work When God is a Traveler.

H S BRAHMA IS THE NEW CEC


Former bureaucrat Hari Shankar
Brahma has been appointed as the
next Chief Election Commissioner
of India. The present incumbent, V
S Sampath turned 65 on Jan 15, the
upper age limit under the
Constitution for holding the post.
Mr. Brahma too is completing 65 years on April 19.
CEC has a tenure of six years, or up to the age of 65
years, whichever is earlier. He is appointed by the
President, on recommendations of the Union Government.
He enjoys the same official status, salary and perks as
available to Judges of the Supreme Court and High court.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Guyana for its road infrastructure projects. Guyana is


a small republic on northern border of Brazil.
Tshering Tobgay, Prime Minister of Bhutan came to
India on a weeklong visit.
The 13th Pune International Film Festival has held at
Pune in Maharashtra from January 8 to 15. The
theme of the festival was War against War".
102nd Indian Science Congress was held at Mumbai
University, Maharashtra.
Two commemorative coins of Rs 100 and five were
released in the honour of Tata Group founder
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata's to mark his 175th birth
anniversary.
January 12 is observed as National Youth Day on the
birth anniversary of social reformer, philosopher and
thinker Swami Vivekananda.
India signed an agreement on transfer of prisoners
who are completing their sentence, with Hong Kong
Germany has agreed to partner with India in
developing three smart cities. A six-member joint
committee has been set up to identify the cities in
next three months.
The first Border Haat (market) along TripuraBangladesh frontier was opened at Srinagar
(Tripura) - Purba Madhugram (Feni, Bangladesh).
Indian Railways to run an additional weekly trip of
Maitree Express train between Kolkata and Dhaka.

NEWS FROM STATES


MARCH 2015
FIRST COMMERCIAL COURT SET UP IN DELHI
In March, the Delhi high court became the first court in
India to set up dedicated commercial divisions within it,
in line with the recommendation of the Law
Commission. These special benches will hear
commercial matters relating to intellectual property
rights, arbitration, insurance, banking, taxation,
company cases etc.

OLIVE RIDLEY BEGIN MASS NESTING

FEBRUARY 2015
MUFFLERMAN SWEEPS DELHI
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party on Feb 10
swept to power with 67 seats in the 70-member Delhi
Assembly, leaving only three to the Bharatiya Janata
Party and nil to the Congress. Later, Mr. Kejriwal was
sworn in as the Chief Minister of Delhi.

Uttarakhand govt launched on Feb 7 its ambitious

The mass nesting of Olive Ridley sea turtles, an


endangered species, started in March near
river Rushikulya mouth in Odisha's Ganjam district. On
the first day, over 10,000 female turtles laid eggs in the
over 3-km-long sandy beach.

Himalaya Darshan programme as part of its


ongoing efforts to boost tourism in the state.
Haryana to set up Gram Sachivalayas to bring Gram
Panchayat and village level functionaries of all
departments under one roof for better functioning.
The ten day long annual Taj Mahotsava, a cultural
extravaganza, began in Agra, UP from 18th February.
Gujarat govt. has decided to set up Plast India
International University in Vapi in partnership
with University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA.
Madhya Pradesh won the 10th National Award for
excellent work in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Act, 2005 (MGNREGA).
Haryana launched e-registration of properties in all
the 130 tehsil and sub-tehsils of the State on Feb 04.
The First World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) was
held in Kochi, Kerala from 5 to 8 February 2015.

JANUARY 2015

HARYANA MOVES TO BAN COW SLAUGHTER

PUNJAB BANS SALE OF LOOSE CIGARETTES

The Haryana Legislative Assembly passed the Gauvansh


Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, 2015, which bans
cow slaughter, sale of beef and prescribes rigorous
punishment for violations, ranging from punishment of
up to 10 years with a fine up to one lakh rupees.

The Punjab state has banned the sale of loose cigarettes


(as single sticks) and loose tobacco, becoming the first
State to do so. Ban has been issued as the sale is in
violation of Section 7 of the COTPA (Cigarettes and
Other Tobacco Products, Prohibition of Advertisement
and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production,
Supply and Distribution Act, 2003).
Since loose
cigarettes are affordable and do not carry a pictorial or a
written warning, these will not be permitted to be sold.

'AAPKI BETI HUMARI BETI' SCHEME LAUNCHED

J&K BEST IN e-INITIATIVE

The Haryana government has launched 'Aapki Beti


Humari Beti' programme to provide cash assistance of
Rs 21,000 to first-born girl child of Scheduled Caste (SC)
and Below Poverty Line families and all second girl
children born on or after Jan 22, 2015 of all families.

THREE STATES EXEMPTED FROM PAP


In a written reply to a query, the Rajya Sabha was
informed that Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland have
been excluded from the Protected Area Permit (PAP)
regime for foreign tourists till December 31.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Jammu and Kashmir has been


selected, for the first time, for
National e-Governance Award
2014-15 for the best districtlevel initiative in the country,
for the project e-Panchayat, launched in 2013-14

ASSAM ONLY PLACE TO GROW PURPLE TEA


According to a senior scientist and tea expert according
to Tocklai Tea Research Institute, Jorhat, Assam can
emerge as the only place in the world after Kenya to
become a producer of health-rich medicinal purple tea.
Currently, Kenya is the only country that produces
unique purple tea which fetches three to four times the
price of black tea.

Amitabh Bachchan appointed as the brand

Ambassador for health sector in Andhra Pradesh.


Hampi Utsav Jan 9 11, cultural festival of dance,
drama, art and music held at Hampi, the erstwhile
seat of the Vijayanagar Empire in Karnataka.
Governors rule imposed in J&K as political parties
failed to muster the requisite number 44 MLAs in the
87-member Assembly.
Voting for all 70 Delhi Assembly seats will be held on
February 7 and counting of votes will be done on
February 10.
Haryana has appointed yoga guru Ramdev as the
state's brand ambassador to promote yoga and
ayurveda in a big way.

GOVERNMENT
INITIATIVES
MARCH 2015
PRADHAN MANTRI SURAKSHA BIMA YOJANA
The scheme will be offered by all Public Sector General
Insurance Companies for giving insurance cover against
death by accident.
Eligibility: Available to all persons in the age group
18 to 70 years, having a bank account.
Premium: Rs.12 per annum to be directly debited by
the bank from the subscribers account.
Risk Coverage: For accidental death and full
disability-Rs.2 Lac and for partial disabilityRs.1 Lac.

PRADHANMANTRI JEEVAN JYOTI BIMA YOJANA


The scheme will be offered by Life Insurance
Corporation and all other life insurers who are willing to
join the scheme to offer life insurance cover.
Eligibility: Available to all persons in the age group of
18 to 50 and having a bank account.
Premium: Rs.330 per annum to be debited from the
applicants account.
Risk Coverage: Rs.2 Lac in death on any ground.

ATAL PENSION YOJANA


This scheme will be launched from 1st June, 2015 and
will be administered by the Pension Fund Regulatory
and Development Authority. The scheme will focus on
the unorganised sector workers and will replace the
previous Swavalamban - NPS Lite scheme.
Eligibility: The scheme is open to all bank account
holders between 18 years and 40 years, who are not
members of any statutory social security scheme.
Benefit: Pension ranging between Rs.1000 - Rs.
5000 is payable after the age of 60.
Govt Funding: The government would co-contribute
50% of the subscribers contribution or Rs. 1000 per
annum, whichever is lower, for a period of 5 years
from 2015-16 to 2019-20, to those who join the
scheme before 31st Dec, 2015 and are not tax payers.

TWITTER SAMVAD LAUNCHED BY THE PM


As part of the government's Digital India campaign, a
new service Twitter Samvad was launched in New
Delhi by the Prime Minister. Everyday, a set of curated
tweets will be delivered as SMS from the government
and leaders' accounts to those mobile users across the
country, who register for this service. Mr Modi and
several state Chief Ministers have joined the scheme.

LAND BILL PASSED BY LOK SABHA


The controversial Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill
was approved by the Lok Sabha in March despite a
walkout by all opposition parties. The bill has been
allowed to lapse as the government lacks majority in
Rajaya Sabha. The ordinance in this regard is expected
to be re-promulgated.

ANTI BLACK MONEY BILL PASSED BY CABINET


In a bid to unearth
black money and
illicit assets stashed
abroad, the Union
Cabinet has approved
the
Undisclosed
Foreign Income and
Assets (Imposition of
New Tax) Bill, 2015
with stringent provisions for prosecution of such
offences with rigorous imprisonment of up to 10 years.
Penalty at the rate of 300 % of taxes will be levied,
besides the applicable tax, on the concealed income.

P M KAUSHAL VIKAS YOJNA LAUNCHED


The Union Cabinet has approved the Pradhan Mantri
Kaushal Vikas Yojana (PMKVY) with an outlay of Rs
1,500 crore to provide skills training to youth, including
Class 10 and 12 drop outs. The scheme will cover 24
lakh persons. It will be implemented by the Ministry of
Skill Development and Entrepreneurship through the
National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC).
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

33% RESERVATION FOR WOMEN IN POLICE

FEBRUARY 2015
NITI AAYOG HOLDS ITS FIRST MEETING

The Central government has announced 33 per cent


reservation for women in police forces of union
territories, including Delhi, for posts ranging from
constables to sub-inspectors, in a move aimed at making
police more gender-sensitive.

KAYA KALP COUNCIL TO OVERHAUL RLYs.


The Ministry of Railways has constituted the Kaya Kalp
council and appointed Ratan Tata its head to
recommend innovative methods and processes for the
improvement, betterment and transformation of the
Railways. The council will have two railway union
leaders also.

PHARMA JAN SAMADHAAN SCHEME LAUNCHED


Union Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry has launched
the Pharma Jan Samadhaan scheme for redressal of
grievances of consumers related to drug pricing and
availability of medicines. It is a web based scheme
created by National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority

NEW WEBSITE FOR CEMENT SUPPLY


Union Road Transport and Highways Ministry has
launched a new web portal, www.inampro.nic.in to
monitor the supply of cement at all India level. It will
benefit the bulk users like developers of big infra
projects as they can view the asking price as well as the
nearest factory.
INAM-PRO stands for platform for infrastructure and
materials providers

BACHCHAN TO LEAD WAR AGAINST HEPATITIS


The government has again roped in Amitabh
Bachchan as brand ambassador for its campaign against
Hepatitis B. According to the latest WHO data, Hepatitis
B is responsible for 1.4 million deaths every year
globally. India has over 40 million hepatitis B patients.

In the first meeting of the Governing Council of NITI


Aayog in New Delhi, the Prime Minister described Team
India as a combination of three teams the Prime
Minister and Chief Ministers; the Union Council of
Ministers; and the bureaucracy in the Centre and States.
He suggested formation of three sub groups for
improved functioning of Team India.
The first sub-group will study the 66 centrallysponsored schemes and recommend which schemes
should continue, which should be transferred to
states, and which to discontinue.
The second sub-group will focus on skill
development and creation of skilled manpower
within states.
The third sub-group will decide on the institutional
mechanisms to be evolved for Swachh Bharat
Abhiyaan, so that cleanliness becomes a part of life
in perpetuity.
It was also decided that all the states should create
two task forces under the aegis of the NITI Aayog,
one to focus on poverty alleviation, and the other to
focus on future development of agriculture.

ALL INDIA MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY


From May 3, cell phone subscribers will be able to retain
the same mobile number on relocating to anywhere in
India. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
amended the mobile number portability (MNP)
regulations for this purpose.
At present, number portability is available only within a
telecom circle.

PM LAUNCHES SOIL HEALTH CARD SCHEME


The nationwide Soil Health Card scheme was launched
by the Prime Minister from Suratgarh, Rajasthan on Feb
19, focusing on the health of soil to boost productivity
and bring about increased prosperity. At least 14 crore
cards are to be issued over the next three years.

NATIONAL DEWORMING DAY ON FEB 10

Bharat-Nepal Maitri Bus Seva started between


Varanasi and Kathmandu from March 5 as per
Motor Vehicle Agreement signed with Nepal.
The first Kisan Call Centre in N-E India was opened
in Agartala, Tripura to give information to farmers
for agriculture, fisheries and plantations etc.
The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles
(Amendment) Bill, 2015 to bring e-rickshaws and ecarts into the ambit of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare launched the


first National Deworming Day on Feb 10 to reduce the
threat of parasitic worm infections in children.
Medicine Albendazole will be orally administered to
pre-school and school-going children between one and
nineteen years of age in 12 states to begin with.

MADAD LAUNCHED FOR CONSULAR SERVICES

Government has launched Consular Grievances


Monitoring System named MADAD-Because You Are Usto register grievances pertaining to the Consular
Services offered by the Indian Missions abroad.

TWO CRORE TOILETS UNDER MNREGA


Govt plans to construct over two crore toilets in select
villages across the country under a programme of
making India free from open defecation by 2019. The
project will be implemented under MNREGA. Literate
and active women MNREGA workers will be selected as
the 'Sanitary Mates' to provide basic lessons about use
of toilets to people living in villages.
The govt has launched a single window e-Biz portal
for 11 Central government services to bring
transparency in the ease of doing business.
The government plans to launch a new scheme 'Krishi
Daak Service' to distribute improved seed varieties to
farmers at their doorstep, through post-offices.
Govt has constituted a three-member Special
Investigation Team (SIT) headed by Pramod Asthana
for re-investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

JANUARY 2015
SCHEME LAUNCHED TO SAVE GIRL CHILD
Prime Minister launched the nationwide 'Beti BachaoBeti Padhao' (save girl child, educate her) campaign
from Panipat in Haryana on Jan 22 to counter the
adverse sex ratio in the country.
Noted film actress Madhuri Dixit was roped in as
the brand ambassador of the campaign.
A special savings scheme by the name Sukanya
Samriddhi Account was also launched to encourage
special savings for girl child.

SUKANYA SAMRIDDHI ACCOUNT

Account can be opened in the name of a girl child of


up to 10-year-old.
After attaining the age of 10 years, the account
holder can herself operate the account.
Accounts can be opened in name of girl child in
banks and post offices,
Interest payment at 9.1 per cent per annum.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Deposits can be made for 14 years from the date of


opening of the account.
Half of the fund can be withdrawn for her higher
education and marriage after she attains 18 years of
age.
The scheme would mature on completion of 21
years from the date of opening of the account.
The account can be transferred anywhere in India
Minimum deposit of Rs. 1000 and thereafter any
amount in multiple of Rs. 100 can be deposited.
Amount deposited in the scheme is eligible for
income tax rebate.
For one time, a girl child who has attained the age of
10 years prior to 1 year from the date of
introduction of scheme is also eligible.
A maximum of Rs. 1,50,000 can be deposited in a
financial year.
The account can be opened in any post office or
authorized branches of commercial banks in India
by producing birth certificate of the girl child.
To meet the requirement of higher education
expenses of the account holder girl child, partial
withdrawal of 50 % of the balance would be
allowed after the girl child attains age of 18 years.
The amount can be deposited in cash, cheque or
demand draft.

SCHEMES LAUNCHED FOR SC ENTREPRENEURS


In a bid to promote entrepreneurship among the
Scheduled Castes (SCs), the Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment launched two schemes on Jan 16:
1. Venture Capital Fund for Scheduled Castes, with an
initial capital of Rs.200 crore to provide financial
assistance up to Rs.15 crore for up to six years to SC
entrepreneurs. IFCI Ltd. will act as Nodal Agency to
operate this fund.
2. Green Business Scheme to provide loans up to Rs.1
lakh at concessional rate of interest to SCs for running erickshaw, solar pumps and other solar energy-powered
implements.

HRIDAY SCHEME LAUNCHED


The government has launched a Heritage City
Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) to
preserve and rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the
country. In the initial phase, 12 heritage cities have been
identified which will be rejuvenated and developed.

NITI AAYOG IN, PLANNING COMMISSION OUT


On Jan 1, the government announced that the Planning
Commission has been restructured and rechristened as
the NITI (National Institution for Transforming India)
Aayog. It will be a multi-tiered structure headed by
Prime Minister with a governing council comprising of
the chief ministers of all states and lieutenant governors
of union territories.

PRICE STABILISATION FUND LAUNCHED

DBTL LAUNCHED IN 622 DISTRICTS

Govt plans to set up a Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF),


with a corpus of Rs 500 crore, to check price volatility
through
procurement
of
selected
perishable
horticulture produce, maintenance of buffer stocks and
their regulated release into the market. To begin with,
interventions would be supported for onions and
potatoes only and other commodities may be added
later on.

The Direct Benefit Transfer of LPG (DBTL) scheme, now


called Pratyaksh Hanstantarit Labh (PAHAL), launched
in 622 districts w.e.f. Jan 1, 2015. Finally, the scheme
will cover over 15.3 crore consumers across 676
districts of the country.

HELPLINE LAUNCHED FOR DRUG ADDICTS

CHANDIGARH COULD BE FIRST SMART CITY


Finance Minister has indicated that the first Indian
smart city to be created probably could be Chandigarh.
Smart cities would be built in a way so that they have
uninterrupted power, water, proper sanitation, efficient
management of solid waste, decongestion of roads, last
mile connectivity and effective use of ICT. Several
countries like Japan, Germany, Sweden, Singapore,
Israel, UK, US, Hong Kong and the Netherlands have
shown interest in building smart cities in India.

GREEN INDIA MISSION LAUNCHED


Govt launched 'Green India Mission' for undertaking
eco-friendly development of the rural areas. To begin
with 18 villages in Seraikela forest division in Jharkhand
have been selected.

DOMESTIC EFFICIENT LIGHTING PROGRAMME


Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment has
launched a toll-free helpline (1800-11-0031) to assist
the alcoholic and drug-dependent persons. Initially, the
helpline will operate from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm from
Monday to Saturday and will be upgraded later on to a
24x7 helpline.

Prime Minister launched a scheme for LED (light


emitting diodes) bulb distribution under Domestic
Efficient Lighting Programme (DELP) in Delhi on 5th
January. The LED bulbs will be supplied at an initial
payment of Rs 10 each and recovery of Rs 10 each for 12
months from their electricity bill. The programme shall
be launched all over the country.

ON-LINE TRACKING OF TOILET USAGE


Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has
said that people would be mobilised to check and verify
the use of toilets in the rural areas and they can post
photos or upload data of non use or misuse of toilets
through mobile phones, tablets or I-Pads onto a website
in real time.
Shortage of toilets costs the country more than $50 billion
a year, mostly through premature deaths and hygienerelated diseases, according to a World Bank study.

SPECIAL PHABLET LAUNCHED FOR FARMERS

NORMS RELAXED FOR SEZs

HIMMAT- MOBILE APP


FOR WOMEN

Aiming to revitalise SEZs, the government has permitted


dual-use of non-processing areas in special economic
zones, allowing developers to set up social
infrastructure like schools, hospitals and hotels which
can be accessed by people within and outside these
conclaves.

FACILITY TO LODGE FIR IN TRAIN


Under a new initiative by North Central Railway, rail
passengers will now be able to lodge an FIR in the train
itself. Earlier the passenger had to cut short his visit and
register the FIR at the nearest Government Railway
Police (GRP) station.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

ICRISAT launched a customised low-cost combination of


phone and tablet computer greenphablet for small
farmers. The device is powered by GreenSIM and is
dust- and shatter-proof, readable under bright sunlight;
operates from -20C to +60C.
ICRISAT: International Crops Research Institute for the
Semi-Arid Tropics. HQ: Hyderbad, Telangana

India's first integrated mobile


application for women safety
called Himmat' was launched
in Delhi on Jan 1. The app can
alert the police in the hour of
need by either shaking the
phone or pressing the power
button twice. It is directly
linked to the Police Control
Room and allows police to
locate the victim, with updation every ten seconds.

PRESIDENT APPROVES JUDICIAL COMMISSION

TRADE DEFICIT SHRINKS TO $ 6.8 BILLION

President gave his assent to the National Judicial


Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act, nearly ending
the two-decade-old collegium system for appointment
of judges of the Supreme Court and 24 high courts.
The commission will be headed by the Chief Justice and
will have five other members - two senior-most judges of
the SC, the Law Minister and two eminent persons.

The country's exports contracted by more than 15


percent, to $ 21.5 billion in February this year while
imports fell 15.7 percent, to $ 28.4 billion leading to a
lower trade deficit of $ 6.8 billion during the
month. Imports fell mainly due to the value of oil
imports plunging by 55 per cent.

INDIAs 1st CNG TRAIN STARTS FROM REWARI


Countrys first compressed natural gas (CNG) - powered
train was flagged from Rewari, Haryana on Jan 13. The
dual-fuel CNG Diesel Electric Multiple Unit (DEMU) will
run between Rewari and Rohtak everyday and would
help in reducing the operating cost of locomotives by
over 50%.
Indias first International Institute of Music will be set
up in Kerala by a trust headed by Sarod Maestro
Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his family.
Department of Disability Affairs has been renamed as
Department of Empowerment of Persons with
Disabilities (Viklangjan Sashaktikaran Vibhag).
President signed the Citizenship Ordinance to merge
Person of Indian Origin (PIO) and Overseas
Citizenship of India (OCI) schemes and to grant lifelong Indian visa to PIOs.

ECONOMIC INDICATORS
MARCH 2015

INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION UP BY 2.6%


According to the data released by the Central Statistics
Office, the country's industrial production as measured
by the Index of Industrial Production, grew 2.6 percent
in January this year, mainly on account of better
performance of the manufacturing sector and better off
take of capital goods.

CORE SECTOR SLOWS DOWN TO 1.8%


Growth in eight core industries slowed to 1.8% in
January, the lowest in 13 months. The eight core sector
industries coal, crude oil, natural gas, refinery
products, fertiliser, steel, cement and electricity had
expanded by 3.7% in January, 2014.

PER CAPITA INCOME UP BY 37.6%


As per a reply submitted in Parliament, India's per
capita annual income rose by 37.6 per cent in the last
four years to Rs 88,533 in 2014-15. It was Rs. 71,593 in
2012-13 and Rs 80,388 in 2013-14.

India's foreign exchange reserves shot up to an alltime high of 339.99 billion dollar in the week ended
20th March.

IMF PROJECTS 7.2% GROWTH FOR INDIA


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has raised
India's growth forecast for the current fiscal to 7.2 per
cent taking into account the revised methodology
adopted by India earlier this year for calculating the
GDP figures.

ADB PUTS INDIAS GROWTH AT 7.8 %


The Asian Development Outlook Report from the Asian
Development Bank says that Indias growth rate is
expected to surpass China and improve to 7.8 per cent
in next fiscal and further to 8.2 per cent in 2016-17 on
the back of government's structural reform agenda and
improved external demand.

INDIA TO GROW BY 7.7% - OECD


According to a recent OECD report, India is poised to
grow 7.7 %this year and 8 per cent in 2016 to become
the "fastest growing major economy" in the world,
beating even China which is expected to grow by 7%.

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GDP SET TO GROW BY 7.5% IN 2015-16


The global rating agency Moody's has retained its stable
outlook on the sovereign rating of India at Baa3, citing
the country's large and diversified economy and healthy
private savings rate which may see India growing at 7.5
per cent in 2015-16.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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FEBRUARY 2015
INDIA SET TO GROW BY 7.4%
The Central Statistics Office (CSO) data released on Feb
10 showed that India is set to grow 7.4 per cent in the
year 2014-15 and cross the $2.1-trillion mark against
6.9 per cent achieved in 2013-14 on the back of robust
manufacturing sector performance and a surge in public
expenditure.
India's monthly per capita income is likely to be at
Rs 7,378.17 this financial year, up over 10 per cent
from last year, when it was Rs. 6,699.88 year.
India grew 7.5 per cent in the October-December
quarter, overtaking Chinas 7.3 per cent growth in
the same quarter, to become the fastest growing
major economy in the world.
The Central Statistics Office has revised its base
year to 2011-12

NEW CPI FOR BETTER PROJECTION


For presenting a more accurate and realistic price
situation, government plans to release by next month a
new series of Consumer Price Index (CPI) with 2012 as
base year for computing retail inflation rate. Figures for
January 2015 will be compiled on revised base and will
be released on February 12.

As per a Labour Bureau survey, unemployment rate


in the country rose to 4.9 per cent in 2013-14, mainly
on account of increase in joblessness in rural areas.

ECONOMY & INDUSTRY


MARCH 2015
P M TO MONITOR HELD UP PROJECTS

JANUARY 2015
INDIA SET TO GROW BETTER THAN CHINA
As per Global Economics Prospects Report published by
the World Bank, India is set to clock a 7% rise in GDP in
2017 compared with 6.9% for bigger rival China. India
will recover to 6.4% in the current calendar year itself
on the back of higher export growth and bolstered
investor confidence with the election of a reformminded government at the Centre, said the report.

INDIA TO GROW BY 6.5% - MORGAN STANLEY


A report by global financial giant Morgan Stanley says
that Indian economy is on its way to grow by 6.5 per
cent as the government's reforms agenda is on track and
the pace is accelerating too.

A United Nations report says that India will see


gradual growth acceleration with its GDP expected to
reach 5.9 per cent this year and 6.3 per cent in 2016.
India's GDP growth has averaged 6.5 per cent over
the last 25 years, while in the last two years it
averaged 4.9% alongside very high inflation.

FISCAL DEFICIT TO BE CUT TO 3.6% OF GDP


The
Expenditure
Management Commission, headed by
Bimal Jalan, has
recommended to the
government that it
should cut fiscal
deficit to 3.6 per
cent of the GDP during 2015-16. The recommendations
are as per the provisions of the Fiscal Responsibility and
Budget Management Act, 2003.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

To give impetus to stalled projects and ensure their


timely execution across the country, the Prime Minister
plans to have a regular direct interaction with officials in
the states and the central ministries. Titled Pragati, an
acronym for Pro-active Governance and Timely
Implementation, the programme will be conducted
through video conferences.

CABINET APPROVES SAGARMALA PROJECT


At least 12 smart cities at ports and several coastal
economic zones will come up under the ambitious
Sagarmala project approved by the Union Cabinet. The
project will include smart cities which will have
affordable housing, wind & solar power and green
industry, 1,208 islands to be developed for attracting
tourists and 189 light houses also.

NEW CPI TO COVER 460 ITEMS


Any increase in mineral water and potato-chip prices, as
well as changes in data usage charges will reflect in
the new Consumer Price Index released by the Central
Statistics Office as the number of items in the CPI basket
has been increased to 448 from 437 in rural areas and
to 460 from 450 in urban areas.
The CPI tracks inflation at the consumer level and has
become the key measure of inflation used by the Reserve
Bank of India for monetary policy action.

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Rs 1.10 TRN FROM SPECTRUM AUCTION

RELIANCE IS NO 1 CORPORATE IN INDIA

The government has fetched about 1.10 lakh crore


rupees after rigorous bidding in the auctioning of
telecom spectrum. The auction was conducted for 800
MHz, 900 Mhz, 1800 MHz and 2100 MHz covering both
mobile telephony and broadband, including 4G.

Among top 10 corporates in terms of assets, compiled


by the Corporate Affairs Ministry, Reliance Industries
Ltd is the largest corporate with assets worth 3.68 lakh
crore rupees, followed by the state-owned Indian Oil
Corporation with assets worth 2.52 lakh crore rupees.

NGT PULLS UP RLYs FOR CLEANLINESS

CAIRN INDIA SERVED 20 CR TAX NOTICE

The National Green Tribunal


(NGT) has announced a fine of
Rs 5,000 on individuals
spotted littering or throwing
waste on the railway platforms
and tracks.
The tribunal
directed the Railways to
collect, transport and treat the
waste at the treatment plants
instead of directly releasing
the garbage into sewer system.

AGRI PRODUCTION TO EXCEED 257 MT


As per the second advance estimates for 2014-15, the
foodgrain output in the country is estimated at 257.07
million tonnes, far more than the projected requirement
of 249 million tonnes for the year. The average annual
increase in the overall foodgrain production has been
3.48 per cent during the period 2009-10 to 2014-15.

WB AID FOR GANGA SAGAR DEVELOPMENT


The World Bank has sanctioned 100 crore rupees for all
round development of Sagar Island in South 24
Parganas District of West Bengal. Every year, lakhs of
pilgrims from India and abroad offer prayers at
Gangasagar on Sagar Island on the occasion of Makar
Sankranti.

LIC TO INVEST 1.5 TRILLION IN RAILWAYS


In the biggest ever funding for the Railways, the Life
Insurance Corporation of India (LIC) committed Rs 1.5
lakh crore for development of various railway projects
over the next five years. The investment would be made
through bonds issued by the Railways.

JOINT EFFORT FOR GREENER INDIA

Income Tax Department has slapped a Rs. 20,495-crore


tax demand notice on Cairn India for failing to deduct
withholding tax on alleged capital gains made by its
erstwhile promoter, Cairn Energy.

India and Kyrgyzstan have signed n MoU to


strengthen bilateral cooperation in textiles and
clothing.

FEBRUARY 2015
GOVT NOTIFIES IND AS NORMS
Government has notified the rules for Indian Accounting
Standards (Ind AS) which are converged with global
standards IFRS. The norms will be mandatory for
companies from 1 April 2016. However, these norms
can be followed by corporates on a voluntary basis from
1 April 2015. For companies having net worth of Rs.500
cr. or more, norms would be a must from 1 April, 2016.

NUCLEAR SUPPLIERS NOT LIABLE


Govt has clarified
that
the
U.S.
suppliers of nuclear
reactors and parts
will not be directly
liable in case of a
nuclear accident,
nor can they be
sued by Indian nuclear operators unless the contract
they sign clearly states it. Further, the immediate
liability for any incident will be channelled only to the
operator in this case the public sector unit Nuclear
Power Corporation of India Ltd. There will be no
changes in the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages
(CLND) Act, 2011.

The government has decided to merge the National


Mission for a Green India (GIM) and the Mahatma
Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
(MGNREGA) to facilitate afforestation on 10 million
hectares of land over the next decade. This would, in
turn, help provide forest-based livelihood income to
three million households.

ADB TO GRANT $400 MILLION LOAN TO INDIA

MACAU/HK BANNED FROM BUYING PROPERTY

India reclaimed its position as the leading consumer

The RBI has included Macau and Hong Kong in the list of
countries whose citizens are prohibited from acquiring
or transferring immovable property in India. The other
prohibited countries include Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri
Lanka, Afghanistan, China, Iran, Nepal and Bhutan.

of gold in 2014 with an estimated consumption of


880 tonnes against Chinas 866 tonnes.
World Bank agrees to grant $ 8 million loan to India
for sustainable livelihoods and adaption to climate
change project of National Rural Livelihoods Mission.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

The Asian Development Bank has inked two loan


agreements worth USD 400 million with India to
upgrade district roads in Madhya Pradesh and to
support improvements to power transmission and
distribution systems in Assam. Of this, $350 million is
for Madhya Pradesh and remaining $50 mn. for Assam.

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UNION BUDGET 2015 16


HIGHLIGHTS
ECONOMY
GDP growth to be between 8 to 8.5% in 2015-16
Housing for all - 2 crore houses in Urban areas and 4
crore houses in Rural areas.
Basic facility of 24x7 power, clean drinking water,
toilets and road connectivity to all villages
Electrification of the remaining 20,000 villages
including off-grid Solar Power- by 2020.
Providing medical services in each village and city.
Ensure a Senior Secondary School within 5 km reach
of every child,
AGRICULTURE
Major steps to be taken to address the two major
factors critical to agricultural production, that of soil
and water.
Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana to be fully
supported.
Pradhanmantri Gram Sinchai Yojana to provide
Per Drop More Crop.
Rs 5,300 crore to support micro-irrigation, watershed
development and the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai
Yojana.
Target of Rs. 8.5 lakh crore of agricultural credit
(through banks) during the year 2015-16.
FUNDING THE UNFUNDED
Micro Units Development Refinance Agency (MUDRA)
Bank, with a corpus of Rs. 20,000 crores, and credit
guarantee corpus of Rs 3,000 crores to be created.
MUDRA Bank will be responsible for refinancing all
Micro-finance Institutions which are in the business of
lending to such small entities of business through a
Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.
A Trade Receivables discounting System (TReDS)
which will be an electronic platform for financing of
trade receivables of MSMEs to be established.
Comprehensive Bankruptcy Code of global standards
to be brought in towards ease of doing business.
Postal network with 1,54,000 points of presence
spread across villages to be used for increasing access
of the people to the formal financial system.
NBFCs registered with RBI and having asset size of Rs
500 crore and above may be considered for
notifications as Financial Institution in terms of the
SARFAESI Act, 2002.
FROM JAN DHAN TO JAN SURAKSHA
Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojna to cover
accidental death risk of Rs 2 Lakh for a premium of
just 12 per year.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana to cover


both natural and accidental death risk of Rs 2 lakh at
annual premium of Rs 330 for the age group of 18-50.
Atal Pension Yojana to provide a defined pension,
depending on the contribution and the period of
contribution to the workers in unorganised sector.
A new scheme for providing Physical Aids and
Assisted Living Devices for senior citizens, living
below the poverty line.
Unclaimed deposits of about Rs 3,000 crores in the
PPF, and approximately Rs 6,000 crores in the EPF
corpus to be used for creating a fund which will be
used to subsidize the premiums on these social
security schemes through creation of a Senior Citizen
Welfare Fund.
INFRASTRUCTURE
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund to be
established with an annual flow of Rs 20,000 crores.
Tax free infrastructure bonds to be issued for the
projects in the rail, road and irrigation sectors.
Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) to be established in
NITI to provide Innovation Promotion Platform
involving academicians, and drawing upon national
and international experiences to foster a culture of
innovation , research and development.
Self-Employment and Talent Utilization - SETU to
be established as Techno-financial, incubation and
facilitation programme to support all aspects of startup business. Rs1000 crore to be set aside for this.
5 new Ultra Mega Power Projects, each of 4000 MW,
to be started in the Plug-and-Play mode.
FINANCIAL MARKET
Public Debt Management Agency (PDMA) bringing
both external and domestic borrowings under one
roof to be set up this year.
Forward Markets commission to be merged with SEBI.
Sovereign Gold Bond, as an alternative to purchasing
metal gold scheme to be developed.
Indian gold coins to be made for investment in gold.
A student Financial Aid Authority to be formed to
administer all scholarships as well Educational Loan
Schemes, through the Pradhan Mantri Vidya
Lakshmi Karyakram.
A post graduate institute of Horticulture Research &
Education is to be set up in Amritsar
An autonomous Bank Board Bureau to be set up to
improve the governance of public sector bank.
BLACK MONEY
Acceptance or re-payment of an advance of Rs 20,000
or more in cash for purchase of immovable property
to be prohibited.
PAN being made mandatory for any purchase or sale
exceeding Rupees 1 lakh.

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General Anti Avoidance Rule (GAAR) to be deferred by


two years, to be applicable from 01.04.2017.
Wealth-tax replaced with additional surcharge of 2
per cent on super rich with a taxable income of over
Rs 1 crore annually
Service-tax plus education cess increased from
12.36% to 14% to facilitate transition to GST.
SWACHH BHARAT
100% deduction for contributions, other than by way
of CSR contribution, to Swachh Bharat Kosh and Clean
Ganga Fund.
Clean energy cess hiked from Rs 100 to Rs 200 per
metric tonne of coal, to finance clean environment
initiatives.
BENEFITS TO MIDDLE CLASS TAX-PAYERS
Limit of deduction of health insurance premium
increased from Rs 15000 to Rs 25000, for senior
citizens limit increased from Rs 20000 to Rs 30000.
Senior citizens above the age of 80 years, who are not
covered by health insurance, to be allowed deduction
of Rs 30000 towards medical expenditures.
Deduction limit of Rs 60000 with respect to specified
decease of serious nature enhanced to ` 80000 in case
of senior citizen.
Additional deduction of Rs 25000 allowed for
differently abled persons.
Limit on deduction on account of contribution to a
pension fund and the new pension scheme increased
from Rs 1 lakh to Rs 1.5 lakh.
Additional deduction of Rs 50000 for contribution to
the new pension scheme u/s 80CCD.
Payments to the beneficiaries including interest
payment on deposit in Sukanya Samriddhi scheme to
be fully exempt from income tax.

Higher Education
Women And Child Development
Information Technology
Telecommunications
National Health Mission
Urban Development
Road Transport & Highways
Deen
Dayal
Upadhyay
Gram
JyotiYojana
Science and technology
Namami Gange for cleaning of the Holy
Ganga
For recapitalisation of Public Sector
Banks (Rs 7940cr)and other DFIs

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

2,46,727
2,27,387

8
9

13

16

34699
3343

20

14200
14291
9074
6000
5300

21

12257
1350
22000

3550
2100
9790

KEY BUDGET FIGURES 2015-16

MAJOR BUDGETARY ALLOCATIONS


Defence
Subsidies of which
Food Subsidy 1,24,419 cr
Petroleum Subsidy 30,000 cr
Fertilizer Subsidy 72,968 cr
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural
Employment Guarantee Scheme
National Livelihood Mission (Rural &
Urban)
Housing for all (Rural and Urban)Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana
National Social Assistance Programme
Swachh Bharat
Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
Krishonnati Yojana, incl. Rs. 4500cr for
Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana
Micro, Small And Medium Enterprises
Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan

11965
9694
2510
4800
18000
14585
40003
4500

22
23

BUDGET HEAD
Revenue Receipts (2+3)
2
Tax Revenue (net to centre)
3
Non-Tax Revenue
Capital Receipts (5+6+7)
5
Recoveries of Loans
6
Other Receipts
7
Borrowings and other
liabilities
Total Receipts (1+4)
Non-Plan Expenditure (10+12)
10 On Revenue Account - of
which,
11 Interest Payments
12 On Capital Account
Plan Expenditure (14+15)
14 On Revenue Account
15 On Capital Account
Total Expenditure
(9+13)(Budget Size)
17 Revenue Expenditure
(10+14)
18 Of Which, Grants for
creation of Capital Assets
19 Capital Expenditure
(12+15)
Revenue Deficit (17-1) 2.8% of
GDP
Effective Revenue Deficit (20-18)
2% of GDP
Fiscal Deficit {16-(1+5+6)}
3.9% of GDP*
Primary Deficit (22-11) 0.7% of
GDP*

Rs in Cr
1141575
919842
221733
635902
10753
69500
555649
1777477
1312200
1206027
456145
106173
465277
330020
135257
1777477
1536047
110551
241430
394472
283921
555649
99504

*GDP for 2015-16 has been projected at Rs. 141. 09 trillion cr.
GDP growth rate for 2015-16 is projected at 8 to 8.5%

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JANUARY 2015

RAILWAY BUDGET 2015-16


HIGHLIGHTS
No new trains announced
No increase in passenger fare
FINANCE
No increase in passenger fares
Plan outlay of Rs 1,00,011 crore, up by 52 %
Rs 8.5 lakh crore to be invested in next 5 years
Rs.96,000 crore for 77 new projects
Rs 6,581 crore for rail safety
Will set up infra funds for railways
Plan to invite corporate sponsorship for stations
UPGRADES/NEW SERVICES
New Bullet-like trains to run on existing tracks
Increase in track capacity by 10% to 1.38 lakh km
Delhi-Kolkata and Delhi Mumbai to be overnight
journey
6,000 km to be electrified in 2015-16
Speed on 9 corridors to be increased to between 160200 km
High speed bullet train between Mumbai and
Ahmadabad
Direct line from Delhi to Arunachal Pradesh
PASSENGER CONVENIENCE
All India helpline No. 138 from March 1
No 182 helpline for women security
Cameras in the women compartments in select trains
Rs 1,000 Nirbhaya Fund, which was lying idle so far,
to be used to provide women's safety
Multi-lingual online ticketing
Ticket booking timing increased to 120 days
Operation 5 minutes to ensure that a passenger
travelling unreserved can purchase a ticket within 5
minutes
Lower berth preference for senior citizens, pregnant
women and differently abled
Cleanliness in Railways highest priority under Swachh
Rail Swachh Bharat
Food can be ordered online while booking ticket
E-catering introduced on over 100 trains
400 stations to get Wi-Fi facility
SMS alert service for train arrival / departure timings
Mobile App to address passenger complaints
Lockers at all stations
Innovation Council and Technology Portal will be set
up to invite suggestions on improvements
GREEN INITIATIVES
17, 000 toilets to be replaced by bio toilets
Will move towards paperless ticketing
To introduce vacuum toilets in trains
Disposable linen and garbage bags at all stations
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

MAKE IN INDIA IS BIG HIT ONLINE


The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion-led
Make In India (MII) initiative has become the largest
and fastest growing government initiative ever on
digital platform. Within three months of its launch, the
initiative has already touched over 2.1 Billion global
impressions on social media and reached an overall fan
base of over 3 Million on its Facebook page.
Make In India initiative focuses on attracting businesses
to invest and manufacture in India.

DUTY FREE IMPORTS FROM AFGHANISTAN


India has allowed duty free access to Afghanistans
export products in Indian markets under the Agreement
of South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA). The export
consignments will be allowed through the Integrated
Check Post at Attari in Amritsar, Punjab.

INFOSYS TO INVEST $ 250 MILLION


Leading IT company - Infosys has assured Indian
government that they will spend USD 250 million to
fund innovations in software and services in India. The
assurance was made by company CEO Vishal Sikka
during his meeting with the Prime Minister.

IMPORT OF MOBILES RESTRICTED


Government has prohibited imports of all kind of mobile
handsets with fake or duplicate Unique Identity
Numbers. The decision will help the security agencies to
track callers using different SIM (Subscriber Identity
Module) cards.

PK CREATES BOX OFFICE RECORDS


According to a report on
Boxofficeindia.com, the film PK
recorded a sale of Rs. 500 crore
gross worldwide within two
weeks of its release, there by
becoming first ever Indian
movie to have such huge
collection in this period.

OFFICE SPACE COST HIGHEST IN NEW DELHI


Connaught Place in the National Capital has become the
worlds sixth costliest office destination, with an annual
occupancy cost of around $ 160 per square feet, says a
report of global property consultant CBRE. (London is
the costliest, followed by Hong Kong and Beijing.)

NEW FERTILIZERS COMPANY FORMED


National Fertilizers Limited (NFL), Engineers India
Limited (EIL) and Fertilizer Corporation of India (FCIL)
on 14 January 2015 signed an agreement to form a Joint
Venture Company (JVC) Ramagundam Fertilizers and
Chemicals Limited in Karimnagar district of Telengana.

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NEW NAME FOR IRDA

NEW RUPEE ONE NOTE RELEASED

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority


(IRDA) has been renamed as Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority of India after the promulgation
of Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014.

European Union has decided to lift a seven-month

long ban on the import of mangoes from India.


Sun Edison USA and Indias Adani Group will invest
Rs.25,000 cr in setting up one of the worlds largest
solar photovoltaic manufacturing unit in Gujarat.
ADB to give $ 75 million loan and $1.8 million grant
to Karnataka for Integrated Urban Water
Management Investment Program.
India and Israel have signed a joint agreement to
implement the third phase of the agriculture
cooperation project for next three years, 2015-18.
To boost the jute sector, govt has directed packaging
of sugar and food grains in jute bags to minimum
extent of up to 90 % of production.
To meet the fiscal deficit, the government sold 10 per
cent stake in state owned Coal India Ltd to raise
about Rs 24,000 crore.
Union Cabinet approved the hike of government stake
in Industrial Finance Corporation of India (IFCI) Ltd.
to 51 percent from around 48 percent at present.

BANKING & FINANCE


MARCH 2015
REPO RATE SLASHED TO 7.5 %
Citing better fiscal consolidation, the Reserve Bank of
India cut its main lending rate known as repo rate by
0.25 percentage points to 7.5% w.e.f. 04.03.2015. It
raised hopes of lower EMIs for home loan borrowers
and cheaper bank finance for companies.

LOANS TO DISABLED UNDER PRIORITY SECTOR


The RBI has decided that priority sector loans to
persons with disabilities will now be eligible for
classification under weaker sections category of Priority
Sector lending. The RBI guidelines require the banks to
lend 10% of their total loans to the weaker section.

After a gap of over 20 years, Re 1 note has been released


in the country and it bears the signature of Finance
Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi. The note was released at
Shrinathji temple in Nathdwara, Rajasthan, on March 6.

EASIER HOUSING LOANS UP TO Rs 10 LAKH


Giving a boost to affordable housing, the Reserve Bank
of India eased the norms for home loans for up to Rs 10
lakh by allowing the banks to include stamp duty and
registration charges in the cost of a house. As per the
current practice, the banks do not include stamp duty,
registration and other documentation charges in the cost
of housing property.

RBI GIVEN INFLATION TARGET @ 6%


The government and the Reserve Bank of India have
signed an agreement on Monetary Policy Framework
whereby the government has set a target for RBI to
bring down inflation below six per cent by January
2016. As per the agreement, if the RBI fails to meet the
target, it will have to report to the government the
reasons for the failure to achieve the target, what
remedial action it proposes to take and estimate of the
time period within which the target would be achieved.
Currently, the Centre and the RBI give inflation estimates,
but dont set targets. Inflation targeting was suggested by
Urijit Patel Committee as per the practice adopted by
central banks in developed countries

RRBs ASKED TO CUT ON STAFF DEPLOYMENT


The government has directed the regional rural banks to
become slim by cutting jobs and by outsourcing noncore functions such as IT maintenance, cash remittance
and house-keeping.
The move, based on the
recommendations of the SK Mitra Committee on HR
policy for RRBs, is aimed at improving the productivity
and profitability of RRBs.
India has 56 RRBs with 19400 branches which have a
collective business volume of Rs 4.50 lakh crore. They lend
primarily to small farmers and artisans.

BANKS TO GIVE MORE LOANS TO MINORITIES


The government has advised the PSU banks to step up
lending to minorities with a view to ensuring that they
get loans in proportion to their population. In terms of
population, the Muslims make up the largest
community, followed by Christians and Sikhs, besides
Parsis, Buddhists and Jains.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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NPA SALE NORMS EASED

INDIANS CAN INVEST $2.50 LAC OVERSEAS

The RBI has allowed the banks to reverse the excess


provision on sale of bad loans to their profit and loss
account, provided the transaction took place before
February 26, 2014 and the cash received by way of sale
assets is higher than the NBV (net book value)of the
NPAs sold to a securitisation company or an asset
reconstruction company (ARC),

Encouraged by foreign exchange reserves touching


record peak levels, the Reserve Bank in its by monthly
policy statement announced on Feb 3, doubled the
annual overseas investment ceiling for individuals to
$250,000 per person per year under the Liberalised
Remittance Scheme (LRS).

WELCOME THE NEW ONE RUPEE NOTE


LENDING BAN LIFTED FROM UNITED BANK
The Reserve Bank
has removed the
lending restriction
on United Bank of
India as the bank
demonstrated an
ability to arrest
bad loans after its
chairman's
exit
last year amid
record
nonperfoming assets. The UBI will have to maintain a CRAR
(capital to risk weighted assets ratio) above 9.5% and a
credit to deposit ratio not exceeding 70%.

'SUKANYA SAMRIDHI SCHEME'


As many as 1.80 lakh accounts have been opened under
the 'Sukanya Samridhi Scheme' in less than two months
after the launch of the special programme for girl child,
with the maximum number of accounts being opened in
Karnataka.

The National Payments Corporation of India reached


a major milestone of successfully linking 15 crore
bank accounts with the Aadhaar number.
The Reserve Bank has directed all NBFCs to get
themselves rated by March 2016 and only investment
grade rate NBFCs will be allowed to accept deposits.
The Reserve Bank will issue Rs 5 coins to
commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of
Jawaharlal Nehru that fell on Nov 14, 2014.
RBI and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka agreed to
enter into a Currency Swap Agreement of 1.5 billion
dollar to help keep the Sri Lankan rupee stable.

FEBRUARY 2015
SLR SLASHED TO 21.5 PER CENT
In its 6th Bi-monthly Monetary Policy Statement
announced on Feb 3, the Reserve Bank held interest
rates steady at 7.75 per cent but cut the statutory
liquidity ratio (SLR) by 50 basis points to 21.5 per cent
of their total deposits from February 7, prodding banks
to increase lending. This cut will spare around Rs 42,000
crore with the banks, giving them more leverage for
lending. RBI has estimated that the real GDP in 2015-16
is expected to rise by 6.5 percent.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

The Reserve Bank of India will soon put in circulation


currency notes in one rupee denomination. The notes
will be printed by the Government of India as provided
in The Coinage Act 2011. The government had
discontinued printing of one rupee notes in November
1994 due to higher printing costs.

RBI ALLOWS NON-CALLABLE DEPOSITS


The RBI has allowed banks to offer deposit schemes up
to Rs 1 crore which cannot be broken prematurely
so-called non-callable deposits and they can earn
different rates of interest.
At present, all deposits accepted from individuals and a
Hindu Undivided Family up to Rs 1 crore can be
withdrawn prematurely, leading to asset-liability
mismatches in banks.

PMJDY GETS IN TO GUINNESS BOOK


Pradhan Mantri Jan-Dhan Yojana has got overwhelming
response all over the country. It entered the Guinness
Book of World Record for opening over 12.5 crore bank
accounts through the public sector banks with around
10,500 crore rupees. The Rupay Debit Cards have been
issued to over eleven crore account holders so far.

PMJDY OD TO BE PART OF PRIORITY SECTOR


Reserve Bank has advised
that
the
overdrafts
extended by banks up to
Rs.5,000
in
PMJDY
accounts will be eligible
for classification under
priority sector advances
(others category) and
also
under
weaker
sections, provided the
borrowers household annual income does not exceed
Rs.60,000 for rural areas and Rs.1.20 lakh in non-rural
areas.

GOVT TO INFUSE EQUITY NINE BANKS


Government will infuse Rs. 6,990 crore in nine public
sector banks including SBI, Bank of Baroda and Punjab
National Bank for enhancing their capital to meet the
global risk norms under Basel III guidelines of Bank for
International Settlements. This is the first tranche of
capital infusion for which the government had allocated
Rs. 11,200 crore in the budget for 2014-15.

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BANKS TO BE CLOSED ON 2ND/4TH SATURDAY

CIC MEMBERSHIP COMPULSORY FOR LENDERS

As per an agreement reached between IBA and bank


unions, public sector banks will remain closed on
second and fourth Saturdays. However, they will work
full-day on remaining Saturdays. At present banks work
half-day on all Saturdays.

Reserve Bank has asked all credit institutions to become


members of all Credit Information Companies. As per
present rules, NBFCs are required to become member of
at least one CIC and provide them credit data.

RULES FOR INVESTMENT ADVISORY SERVICES


BANKS TO DISCLOSE UNCLAIMED DEPOSITS
In a bid to help people who have unclaimed deposits
lying with banks, RBI has directed banks to prominently
display such account holders' names on the websites
and provide them with a "Find" option to locate the
information easily.

BANKS TO INSTALL CASH DEPOSIT MACHINES

Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) has said


that a bank or an NBFC which proposes to undertake
investment advisory services has to first obtain
permission by Reserve Bank of India and then shall
apply to SEBI for grant of registration.

RBI has lifted the ban on import of gold coins and


medallions by banks but the sales will be permitted
against upfront payment only.
R Gandhi, Dy. Governor RBI to head the committee
formed to review the structure and functioning of the
Urban Cooperative Banking Sector.
HDFC Bank is set to introduce a new app, Chillr,
which will allow users to send money to any contact
in their phone books, 24X7.

JANUARY 2015
The Reserve Bank has allowed banks to install Cash
Deposit Machines/ Bunch Note Acceptor Machines at
locations selected by them (banks) without getting its
prior permission. RBI, however, advised banks to install
such machines with adequate security arrangements.

BANKS NOT TO SEND FAKE NOTES TO POLICE


The Union home ministry has asked the Reserve Bank to
direct the banks that in case the number of counterfeit
currency notes seized at a bank branch is up to four
pieces in a single transaction, they need not send notes
to the police but handle it themselves. Banks should not
return counterfeit or fake note to the customers;
instead, it should be cancelled & retained by the banks.

INSTANT REMITTANCE APP FROM ICICI BANK


ICICI Bank has launched Pockets, a digital banking
service, enabling users to instantly send money to any email id, mobile number, friends on Facebook and bank
account. Anyone, including those who are not customers
of ICICI Bank, can easily download the e-wallet from
Google Playstore, fund it from any bank account in the
country and can start transactions immediately.

RBI LOWERS REPO RATE TO 7.75%


The Reserve Bank of India on 15th January, 2015 cut
down repo rate by 25 basis points to 7.75 percent from
8 percent, with immediate effect, yielding to growing
signs of slowing inflation and a flagging recovery. RBI
has announced this rate cut ahead of its next monetary
policy on February 3.
Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands
adjusted to 6.75 per cent, and the marginal standing
facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate to 8.75 per cent
with immediate effect. This cut in repo rate is likely to
reduce interest rate on various bank loans.

NEW GUIDELINES FOR BASE RATE


The Reserve Bank of India has asked banks to notify the
Base Rate, or the minimum lending rate, at least once in
every three months, based on the cost of funds; a move
seen as a demand on bankers to pass on the changes in
the policy rate to borrowers. At present, the review of
the Base Rate does not have a fixed schedule. Further,
banks have been allowed to review the Base Rate
methodology after three years instead of the current
periodicity of five years.

HDFC BANK RAISES 10,000 Cr FROM PUBLIC


HDFC Bank raised about Rs 8,000 crore by selling
American Depository Receipts in USA and another Rs.
2000 crore by selling India-listed shares to qualified
institutional investors in India. It was the largest followon offer by a private sector firm. With this sale, HDFC
Bank became one of the best capitalised lenders in the
country with a capital adequacy ratio of 15.7 per cent.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

GYAN SANGAM BANKERS SUMMIT AT PUNE


India's top PSU bankers and select policy makers
gathered in Pune for a two-day (Jan 2-3) retreat - 'Gyan
Sangam for a brainstorming session to give a facelift to
PSU banks. Bankers made presentations on their
agenda for reforms with the focus on promotion of
financial inclusion.

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RBI CLARIFIES ON SMALL BANKS

RBI TO SHARE INFORMATION WITH BRAZIL

The Reserve Bank has clarified that business houses


with assets above Rs 1,000 crore and having finance
companies will not be eligible to apply for a small bank
license. Further, if the existing non-banking finance
companies apply for the small bank, they will have to
fold their operations into the small bank.

The Reserve Bank of India has signed a Memorandum of


Understanding on Supervisory Cooperation and
Exchange of Supervisory Information with Banco
Central do Brasil, central bank of Brazil.

SMALL RRBs EXEMPTED FROM FATCA


The Reserve Bank has advised that Regional Rural
Banks with assets less than $175 million need not
register with the US Internal Revenue System under
FATCA- Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.
FATCA is a US law whereby foreign financial institutions
across the world have to report to the US IRS of any
transaction of clients who could be subjected to American
tax laws.

BANKS ALLOWED AS INSURANCE BROKERS


Seeking to increase insurance penetration in the
country, the Reserve Bank of India has allowed banks to
act as brokers for insurers, set up their own
subsidiaries, undertake referral services for multiple
companies.

KOTAK LAUNCHES JIFI SAVER ACCOUNT


Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched Jifi Saver, a social
savings bank account which can be seamlessly managed
via Twitter and Facebook, offering almost all the
features of a regular savings account.

RBI TO SHARE INFO WITH US FEDRAL


The RBI has signed an
information
sharing
agreement with US banking
regulators
for
better
coordination in supervising
financial institutions. RBI
concluded an agreement on
Supervisory Cooperation
and
Exchange
of
Supervisory Information with the Board of Governors of
the Federal Reserve System, Office of the Comptroller of
Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, all
from USA.

TRANSPARENCY IN LOANS
RBI has asked banks to display on their website the total
fees and charges applicable on various types of loans
and should be disclosed to individual borrower also at
the time of processing of loan.

NABARD JOINS HANDS WITH IIM, ABAD


Nabard has signed an MoU with the Indian Institute of
Management, Ahmedabad, to set up a Chair to
encourage research in climate change, rural livelihood
and financial inclusion, among others. The chair is
expected to offer inputs on issues confronting
agriculture marketing and suggest innovative models to
make farming a more profitable proposition for the
country's farmers.

ICICI BANK LAUNCHES CONTACTLESS CARDS


ICICI Bank has launched the countrys first contactless
debit and credit cards that use the near-field
communication technology, enabling customer to make
payments by just waving the card near merchant
terminals instead of swiping the same. The new
technology provides customers improved convenience
of speed and security as card remains with customer.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

NEW KYC NORMS FOR NBFCs


Keeping in view the practical difficulties faced in
frequent renewal of KYC norms, RBI has notified relaxed
KYC time norms as under:
For high-risk accounts at least every 2 years
For medium risk accounts - at least every 8 years
For low risk accounts at least every 10 years
Earlier, NBFCs were required to renew KYC norms every
two years for high and medium risk accounts and every
five years for low risk accounts.

ATMs ALLOWED TO POST OFFICEES


The government has allowed certain eligible branches of
Post Offices to issue ATM cards for their Savings bank
accounts and also to issue account statements instead of
giving out passbooks.

BANK LOANS / DEPOSITS MOVE UP


Latest RBI data shows that the outstanding bank loans
rose by 10.7 per cent to 63.91 trillion rupees in the two
weeks up to January 9, compared to previous years
during the same period, deposits grew by 11.9 per cent
to Rs.84.16 trillion.

Yes Bank signed an agreement with U.S. govts


Overseas Private Investment Corporation for $220
million loan for on-lending to micro, small and
medium enterprises.
Reserve Bank and the European Central Bank (ECB)
have signed a memorandum of understanding for
cooperation in the area of central banking.
RBI has allowed Indians to carry high value notes of
Rs 500 /1000 while travelling to Nepal and Bhutan
with a cap of Rs 25,000 on the total amount.
Government has decided to separate the post of
Chairman and Managing Director and Chief
Executive Officer, CEO in public sector banks.

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GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

20

DEFENCE, SCIENCE
& TECHNOLOGY
MARCH 2015
ASTRA MISSILE TEST FIRED SUCCESSFULLY
The indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR)
air-to-air missile, Astra, was successfully launched from
a Sukhoi-30 fighter aircraft to hit a simulated target at
the Integrated Test Range, Chandipur in Odisha. The allweather missile developed by DRDO can engage and
destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speed (1.2 Mach to
1.4 Mach) in head-on (up to 80 km) and tail-chase (up to
20 km) modes.

NAVY CONDUCTS TROPEX 2015


Indian Navys Theatre Level Readiness and Operational
Exercise (TROPEX) exercise concluded on 27 February.
The month long exercise aimed at validating the Indian
Navys Concept of Operations and the area of operations
spanned the Arabian Sea and Northern Indian Ocean.

ROTAVAC

VACCINE

AGAINST

DIARRHOEA

Indias first indigenously developed and manufactured


rotavirus vaccine, Rotavac, was launched in New Delhi.
The vaccine will boost efforts to combat infant mortality
due to diarrhoea. Rotavirus is the most common cause of
severe diarrhea among infants and young children

WIRELESS TRANSFERR OF ELECTRIC POWER


In a breakthrough, Japanese researchers have
successfully transmitted electric power wirelessly to a
pinpointed target using microwaves, an advance that
brings space-based solar power closer to reality.
NASA's Opportunity Rover on Mars has become the
first human-made vehicle that has completed 11
years marathon in a record time.

FEBRUARY 2015
INDO NEPAL JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE
The 8th India-Nepal Battalion level Combined Military
Training named Exercise Surya Kiran-VIII, commenced
on 23 February 2015 at Integrated Army Training
Centre, Saljhandi, Nepal. The exercise will end on 8
March 2015.

AGNI V TEST FIRED SUCCESSFULLY

Three Immediate Support Vessels (ISVs), armed with


heavy machine guns, were commissioned by the
Indian Navy at Vishakhapatnam.
INS Alleppey, the coastal minesweeper purchased
from Russia in the 1970s, was decommissioned in
March, after nearly 35 years of service
Pakistan tested its Shaheen-III Surface to Surface
Ballistic Missile, having a strike range of 2750 kms.

IRNSS 1D LAUNCHED SUCCESSFULLY


On March 29, India took another step towards putting in
place an alternative to the American GPS by putting in
orbit IRNSS-1D (Indian Regional Navigation Satellite
System), the fourth of the seven satellites that would
form a navigation satellite network.
The IRNSS -1D weighing 1,425kg was placed in a subgeostationary orbit by the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle
(PSLV-C27) launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre,
Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

INDIAs POLAR REMOTELY OPERATED VEHICLE


India's first Polar
Remotely Operated
Vehicle (PROVe),
indigenously built
by National Institute
of
Ocean
Technology (NIOT),
was made operational for research in Marchin "Priyadarshini lake" on the
Schirmacher Oasis in North Antarctica.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

India test fired its Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile


(ICBM), Agni-V, for the first time from a canister
mounted on a Tatra truck, from the Wheeler Island, off
the Odisha coast. It traversed its full range of more than
5,000 km before plunging into the Indian Ocean.

India test-fired the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile


from warship INS Kolkata, in Arabian Sea. It has a
range of 290km and a top speed of Mach 2.8.
Indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II
surface-to-surface missile with a range of 350 kms,
tested at a test range at Chandipur in Odisha.

WORLDs HIGHEST RESEARCH STATION


The Defence Research and Development Organisation
has established the worlds highest research station in
Ladakh. Situated at an altitude of 17,586 feet at Chang
La, about 80 km east of Leh, the research station will be
used to develop and validate cold weather technologies
for agriculture and allied fields.

Researchers in Australia have developed the world's


first 3D-printed jet engine that could pave the way
for cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient aircraft.

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JANUARY 2015
LCA TEJAS INDUCTED IN AIR FORCE

INDIA TO JOIN NEUTRINO CLUB


India is on way to join the global high-end scientific
Neutrino Club as the govt has approved a project for
experiments in high energy physics. The project to be
set up near Pottipuram village Theni districts of Tamil
Nadu will have a world-class underground laboratory to
study fundamental issues in science.

NEW VACCINE FOR BLUE TONGUE DISEASE

The first of the indigenously-built Light Combat Aircraft,


LCA Tejas was handed over to the Indian Air Force on
Jan 17 at the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) in
Bengaluru. The project was sanctioned 32 years ago in
1983 to replace the ageing MiG-21s in Indian Air Force's
combat fleet but has missed several deadlines due to
several reasons. The project costed exchequer over Rs
17,000 crores. HAL plans to make 20 aircrafts by 20172018, to make the first squadron of the aircraft.

DRDO TAPS GEOTHERMAL ENERGY


Countrys first geothermal heating plant was launched
successfully by the Snow and Avalanche Studies
Establishment of DRDO at its Manali (HP) campus. The
plant taps the heat differential above and below the
Earths surface to achieve the desired temperature. It is
a renewable, non-polluting constant source of energy.

Indian Immunologicals Limited (IIL), the wholly-owned


subsidiary of National Dairy Development Board
(NDDB), Hyderabad, has launched a vaccine RakshaBlu for countering fir the first time the viral blue tongue
disease among sheep, goats, camels and cattle.
The year 2014 was the hottest on record, with global
average temperature increasing about 0.8 degrees
Celsius since 1880, according to US scientists.
Indias Mars Orbiter programme team has won the
2015 Space Pioneer Award from the US based
National Space Society (NSS).

INTERNATIONAL
MARCH 2015
150 KILLED IN GERMAN PLANE CRASH

FIRST DISTT WITH BROAD BAND NETWORK


On Jan 12, Idukki district in Kerala became the first
district in the country to have all its gram panchayats
connected through National Optical Fiber Network
(NOFN) - hi-speed rural broadband network

MICROSOFT LAUNCHES CORTANA FOR PCs


Global IT giant Microsoft has announced that its new
operating system - Windows 10 will also bring its voicecontrolled assistant Cortana to PCs. Till now, Cortana
was available in Windows Phone handsets only.
Global IT giant - Apple Inc recorded highest quarterly
profit of $18 billion in quarter ending December 2014. It
was the largest profit ever made by a public company in
the corporate history worldwide.

MOST POWERFUL ANTIBIOTIC DISCOVERED


Scientists have discovered a powerful new antibiotic
Teixobactin which can kill an array of germs without
the bugs easily becoming resistant to it, a potential
weapon against a range of diseases. The discovery is a
rareand much-neededbreakthrough after almost
thirty years in the quest for new antibiotics to overcome
the problem of growing resistance to existing drugs.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Flight 4U 9525 of Germanwings went crashing into a


mountainside in French Alps on March 24, killing all 150
persons aboard as apparently its pilot Andreas Lubitz
deliberately sent the aircraft crashing as a case of
suicide and mass murder.

EUROPEAN COUNTRIES TO JOIN ASIAN BANK


France, Germany and Italy have followed the UK in
joining the China-sponsored Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank (AIIB). With their joining it, the total
number of the bank's member states, including India,
has gone up to 30. The AIIB is an international financial
institution formed to provide support to infrastructure
projects in Asia. It is expected to be formally established
by the end of this year.

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INDIA IS LARGEST IMPORTER OF WEAPONS


A report by Sweden-based think-tank Stockholm
International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reveals
that India has is the worlds largest buyer of weapons
and military equipment, accounting for 15% of all such
international imports during 2010-14. Saudi Arabia,
China, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Pakistan, are
the next four biggest global importers.

GANDHI STATUE UNVEILED IN LONDON

FEBRUARY 2015
REBELS TAKE OVER THE CONTROL OF YEMEN
In Yemen, Shiite Houthi rebels dissolved the Parliament
and took over the reins of the impoverished nation.
They set up a five member Presidential council to run
the affairs of the country. The President, Prime Minister
and Cabinet had already quit in January 2014.

CHINA TOPS IN ATTRACTING FDI


China has overtaken the United States as the top
destination for foreign direct investment for the first
time since 2003. According to the United Nations
Conference of Trade and Development - UNCTAD,
foreign firms invested 128 billion dollars in China and
86 billion in the US last year. Indonesia and India have
been ranked at 3rd and 4th place respectively.

In a historic development, a bronze statue of Mahatma


Gandhi was unveiled in March at Parliament Square in
London. It is a rare honour bestowed by the British
government, whose colonial regime was overthrown by
his non-violent campaign. Gandhi is the first Indian and
the only person never to have been in a public office to
be honoured with a statue at the Square.

HARVARD IS BEST IN THE WORLD


Once again, no Indian university made it to the list of top
100 most prestigious global universities in the latest
world reputation ranking of the 100 most prestigious
universities by Times Higher Education of UK. The
rankings placed Harvard University, USA at the top,
followed by the University of Cambridge and the
University of Oxford in the second and third place
respectively.

RECORD FALL IN WORLD FOOD PRICES


Global food prices fell to a nearly five-year low in
February this year on increased supply of key food
items and strong US dollar, says a report from Food and
Agriculture Organisation-FAO. Food prices averaged at
179.4 points in February, down from 208.6 points in
February 2014.
The FAO's Food Price Index is a trade-weighted index that
tracks prices of five major food commodity groups on
international markets - cereals, meat, dairy products,
vegetable oils and sugar.

INTERNATIONAL WOMENS DAY


International Womens Day was observed across the
world on 8 March 2015. United Nations declared this
years theme as Make it Happen to encourage effective
action for advancing and recognizing women.

Food and Agriculture Organisation observed March


21 as the International Day of Forests, with the
theme Forests and Climate Change.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

BRITAIN ALLOWS THREE PARENT BABIES


Britain has become the first country to allow a "threeparent" IVF (in vitro fertilization) technique which
doctors say will prevent some inherited incurable
diseases. However, critics see it as a step towards
creating designer babies.

APPLE NO. 1 IN TERMS OF MARKET CAP


Apple Inc has set a world record on Wall Street, New
York becoming the first US company to be worth more
than $700 billion in terms of market capitalization
based on the price of its share @ 122.02/share at the
close of trading on Feb 10.

WINTER STORMS DISRUPT LIFE IN USA


In the United
States, more than
3,000
flights
were cancelled
as winter storms
dumped snow,
sleet
and
freezing
rain
across
the
northeastern region of United States. The worst
affected airports were Chicago O'Hare International,
Newark in New Jersey, New York's La Guardia and
Boston Logan International.

The Nepal has started a massive cleanliness


campaign in 33 municipalities of the country in order
to promote environment-friendly governance
Summit of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank
Governors held in Istanbul, Turkey on 9-10 Feb. 2015
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine
met in Minsk, capital of Belarus to find solution to
end fighting in eastern Ukraine
Musicians from around the world will gather this
April in Paris to celebrate the International Jazz Day
which is observed on April 30.

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JANUARY 2015
MILITANTS ATTACK FRENCH OFFICE: KILL 12
Three alleged ISIS militants shot dead at least 12
persons, including two police officers on Jan 7 at the
Paris offices of the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, for
publishing cartoons lampooning Muslim leaders and the
Prophet Mohammad. The attackers included two
brothers Cherif Kouachi (32) and Said Kouachi (34)
who were later killed an encounter.
Millions of people around the world expressed their
solidarity with the slain French journalists by using the
hash tag #Je Suis Charlie which means I am Charlie.

WEF MEET HELD AT DAVOS


The World Economic Forum's five-day annual jamboree
of the global elite started on Jan 20 at Davos,
Switzerland. More than 2,500 political and business
leaders, including Union Ministers Arun Jaitley, Piyush
Goyal and more than 100 industry leaders from India
attended the summit.

1% OWN MORE THAN REST OF THE WORLD


A study by Oxfam shows that the wealthiest 1% will
soon own more than the rest of the world's population
by 2016. Currently, 85 billionaires have the same
wealth as the bottom half of the worlds population.

WORLDS LARGEST LED LIGHTING


A dazzling show of New Years Eve gala using 70,000
LED bulbs around the worlds tallest building Burj
Khalifa in Dubai broke the Guinness World Record of the
Largest LED-Illuminated Facade. The illumination
around Burj Khalifa spanned 32,467 square metres.

DUBAI MAKES A 5.5 KM, 256 KG GOLD CHAIN


Dubai has set yet another Guinness World Record with
the worlds longest hand-made 22 carat gold chain
measuring 5.522 kilometres, weighing 256 kg. Named
The Dubai Celebration Chain, it has been made to mark
the 20th anniversary of the Dubai Shopping Festival
AirlineRatings.com, safety and product rating
website, has announced Quantas, the national airline
of Australia as the safest airline for 2015, from the
449 airlines.
Australia has launched an Online Visa Pilot
Programme to make it easier for Indian business and
tourism visitors to apply online visa for travelling
Australia.
The biggest cultural festival of the Mahayana sect of
Buddhism in Nepal - Tamu Lhochhar, observed to
mark the New Year, celebrated in Kathmandu.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who will be 89 in April
this year, is now the world's oldest monarch following
the death of King Abdullah (90) of Saudi Arabia.
Lithuania becomes 19th country to adopt Euro as
its currency w.e.f. Jan 1, 2015.

DEADLIEST EVER MASSACRE BY BOKO HARAM


Boko Haram, extremists opposed to western-style
education and secular governance in Nigeria, carried out
a multi-day attack in the northeast of Nigeria, focusing
on the town of Baga, killing over 2,000 persons and
compelling several thousand more to flee from their
houses. The militants razed an estimated 16 towns
around Baga.

EL CAPITAN ROCK CONQUERED IN USA


Two Americans - Kevin Jorgerson and Tommy Cladwell
have become first persons to conquer the 914 meters
high, almost vertical granite rock - El Capitan in
Yosemite National Park, California, USA, with only
harnesses and ropes to stop them falling. They reached
the top on Jan 15, in about 20 days and slept in tents
suspended from the mountain face.

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Encouraged by the Indias Make in India initiative, the


United Kingdom announced 'Great Collaborations - a
campaign to forge collaborations with Indian
companies. The campaign aims to cover areas that
benefit both the countries across a range of sectors such
as energy, healthcare, advanced manufacturing,
financial service and infrastructure.

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GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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PERSONS IN NEWS
MARCH 2015
AMITAV GHOSH: He is the only Indian among 10
authors finalized for this years Man Booker
International Prize for his contribution to English
language writing. The prize is awarded every two years to
a living author who has published fiction in English.

FEBRUARY 2015
AMARTYA SEN: 81 year old Nobel laureate economist
was in news as he resigned as the Chancellor of Nalanda
University, alleging political interference in the affairs of
the University.
DEEPIKA MISRA: Squadron Leader of Indian Air Force
became the first and the only woman pilot to make it to
the helicopter acrobatic display team - Sarang of the
Indian Air Force.

VENKATRAMAN RAMAKRISHNAN: The IndianAmerican scientist, whose pioneering work in molecular


biology won him the 2009 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, has
been elected to head Britain's prestigious Royal Society,
an association of the many of the world's most
distinguished scientists.

SUMITRA MAHAJAN: Lok Sabha Speakers name was


included in the LIMCA book of records for being the only
woman of the country to represent the same Lok Sabha
constituency on the same party ticket for eight times in
a row.

SMRITI IRANI: Union HRD Minister has been named the


Young Global Leader from India by the World Economic
Forum (WEF), Switzerland

SALONI DALAL: A 12 year old school girl from


Karnataka became the youngest medal winner in the
35th National Games in Kerala by winning a Bronze
medal in the 200 meter breast stroke swimming event.

M. C. MARY KOM: Veteran boxer from Manipur has


been appointed a brand ambassador for north-east
India to promote the region in the rest of the country
and abroad.
SAIF ALI KHAN: Visit Britain, the national tourism
agency for Britain, has announced the appointment of
the Nawab of Pataudi, Saif Ali Khan, as the spokesperson
for the Bollywood Britain tourism campaign in India.
AZIZ QUERESHI: Governor of Mizoram was sacked By
the President without assigning any specific reasons.
TIM COOK: CEO of the IT giant Apple Inc has
announced to donate his entire wealth totalling to $ 785
million to charity.
CHRISTINE LAGARDE: Managing Director of the
International Monetary Fund was in news as she visited
India in March. She said that the recent policy reforms
had given a boost to India's business climate and
expected the Indian economy to grow by 7.5 per cent in
the fiscal year 2015-16.

RICKY KEJ: Bengaluru-based musician was in news as


his collaborative album 'Winds of Samsara' with African
flautist Wouter Kellerman won the Best New Age
Album award at the 57th Grammy Awards announced
in Los Angeles, USA
NEELA VASWANI: won the Grammy in the Best
Children's Album category for rendering audio version
of the book 'I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For
Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai.
AJAY BANGA: President and Chief Executive Officer of
MasterCard and the Chairman of the US India Business
Council, has been appointed as a member of the
Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations
by the US government.
ANGELINA JOLIE: Cine actress -director of America has
been named the most admired woman in the world in a
survey by the British website dailymail.co.uk., leaving
behind ladies like Malala Yousafzai, Hillary Clinton.

MOHAMED NASHEED: Former Maldivian President was


sentenced to 13-year imprisonment by a criminal court
of Maldive under the anti-terrorism laws.
He was
arrested over the detention of a judge in 2012.
MARK LIPPERT: The US ambassador to South Korea
was in news as he suffered a knife attack by a pro-North
Korean activist Kim Ki-jong, during a breakfast meeting
in Seoul on March 5
BILL GATES: stands atop Forbes magazine's annual list
of the world's richest people, with a net worth of 79.2
billion dollars.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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JANUARY 2015
POOJA THAKUR: A Wing Commander from Indian Air
Force became the first woman to lead the ceremonial
tri-service guard of honour inspected by U.S. President
Barack Obama at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Jan. 25, 2015.

K M MANI: Kerala Finance Minister has been appointed


Chairman of the Empowered Committee of State
Finance Ministers on Goods and Services Tax
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU: Re-elected Prime Minister of
Israel.

FEBRUARY 2015

VIKRAM CHANDRA: Indian origin Novelist was named


among the finalists for prestigious National Book Critics
Circle (NBCC) Awards of USA for his non-fiction work
Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty.

L C GOYAL: New Union Home Secretary

MS. LEELA SAMSON: She resigned as Chairperson of


Central Board of Film Certification, CBFC to protest the
clearance of the controversial film Messenger of God by
the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

KRISHNA CHAUDHARY: Director General, Indo-Tibetan


Border Police (ITBP).

BHAKTI SHARMA: India's 24 year old open water


swimmer has set a world record by swimming 2.25 kms
in 52 minutes in one degree temperature in the
Antarctic Ocean. She is the first Asian girl and youngest
in the world to have achieved this feat.
AVINASH CHANDER: Secretary, Defence Research and
Development cum Director General, DRDO and Scientific
Advisor to the Defence Minister was in news as he was
removed 15 months before his contract was to end.
NARENDRA MODI, REKHA: Our Prime Minister and
veteran Bollywood actress, both were crowned hottest
vegetarian celebrities by animal rights organisation
PETA India for making plant-based foods more popular
than ever in 2014.
YINGLUCK SHINAWATRA: Former Premier of Thailand
was impeached on Jan 23 for corruption charges.
Countrys first woman Premier and the sister of former
leader Thaksin Shinawatra, suffers an automatic fiveyear ban from politics.

APPOINTMENTS
MARCH 2015
KSHATRAPATI SHIVAJI: Chairman and Managing
Director of Small Industries Development Bank of India.
ARUN KUMAR SINGH: Indias next Ambassador to the
USA, An Indian Foreign Service officer, currently
Ambassador to France.
JAGMOHAN DALMIYA: President of the BCCI
VIKAS SWARUP: The new spokesperson for the
External Affairs Ministry. A 1986 batch IFS officer, he is
known for his book on which the Oscar-winning
film Slumdog Millionaire was made.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

SHEKHAR SEN: Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi; he


is a renowned music composer and actor

KSHATRAPATI SHIVAJI: New CMD of SIDBI


AJIT
KUMAR:
Ambassador
and
Permanent
Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in
Geneva
NITISH KUMAR: Chief Minister of Bihar, 4th time
ARVIND KEJRIWAL: Chief Minister of Delhi
MOHAMMAD SAYEED MUFTI: Chief Minister of J & K
KOLINDA GRABAR-KITAROVIC: First female President
of Croatia
Ms. ZOE KONSTANTOPOULOU: New President of
Greece, from the left wing party Syriza.
SERGIO MATTARELLA: Italys new President

JANUARY 2015
APPOINTMENTS IN NITI AAYOG
The following appointments have been made by the
Prime Minister to the various positions in the Aayog:
Chairman: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Vice-Chairman: Arvind Panagariya (Economist)
CEO: Sindhushree Khullar
FULL TIME MEMBERS:
Bibek Debroy, Economist
Dr. V.K. Saraswat, Former Secretary Defence R&D
EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS:
Rajnath Singh, Union Minister
Arun Jaitley, Union Minister
Suresh Prabhu, Union Minister
Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister
SPECIAL INVITEES:
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister
Thawar Chand Gehlot, Union Minister
Smt. Smriti Irani, Union Minister

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PAHLAJ NIHALANI: Chairman, Central Board of Film


Certification, CBFC. He is a noted film producer

AWARDS & HONOURS

A S KIRAN KUMAR: Chairman of Indian Space


Research Organisation- ISRO and Secretary of the
Department of Space, Govt of India

MARCH 2015

AZIZ QURESHI: Governor of Mizoram (transferred


from Uttarakhand).
K K PAUL: Governor of Uttarakhand (shifted from
Meghalaya), with additional charge of Manipur
K N TRIPATHI: Governor of West Bengal will take
additional charge as the Governor of Meghalaya
KALYAN SINGH: Governor of Himachal Pradesh
(Additional Charge); He is Governor of Rajasthan
KAPTAN SINGH SOLANKI: Governor of Punjab
(Additional Charge); He is Governor of Haryana
S. JAISHANKAR: Union Foreign Secretary
MALINI
PARTHASARATHY:
veteran
journalist
appointed the Editor of The Hindu, the first woman
editor of the century-old newspaper
H S BRAHMA: Chief Election Commissioner
ATUL KHARE: Under-Secretary-General, Department of
Field Support (DFS) in UNO
R KOTEESWARAN: MD & CEO, Indian Overseas Bank
ANIMESH CHAUHAN:
Commerce

MD & CEO, Oriental Bank of

KISHORE KUMAR SANSI: MD & CEO, Vijaya Bank


P SRINIVAS: MD & CEO, United Bank of India
LEE WAN KOO: New Prime Minister of South Korea
SALMAN BIN ABDULAZIZ AL SAUD: New king of Saudi
Arabia
ALEXIS TSIPRAS: Prime Minister of Greece, from the
anti-austerity Syriza party
KOLINDA
GRABAR-KITAROVIC:
President of Croatia

First

women

MAITHRIPALA SIRISENA: 6th President of Sri Lanka,


from Sri Lanka Freedom Party - SLFP
MODIBO KEITA: Prime Minister of Mali, a West African
country.

62nd NATIONAL FILM AWARDS, 2014


Best Feature Film: Court (multilingual) by Chaitanya
Tamhane
Best
Popular
Film
providing
Wholesome
Entertainment: Mary Kom by Omung Kumar
Best Hindi Film: Queen by Vikas Bahl
Best Director: Srijit Mukherjee for Shotushkone
(Bengali)
Best Actor: Vijay for Nanu Avanalla Avalu (Kannada)
Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut for Queen
DADA SAHEB PHALKE AWARD: Actor-filmmaker
Shashi Kapoor (77), who has starred in over 100 Hindi
films and best known for his powerful portrayals in hits
like Namak Halaal, Deewar and Kabhie Kabhie.
The Award consists of a Swarn Kamal (Golden Lotus), a
cash prize of Rs 10 lakhs and a shawl.
INTERNATIONAL GANDHI PEACE PRIZE 2014:
awarded to ISRO for their contribution in bringing space
to the service of the common man and in the service of
the nation. The award was instituted by govt of India in
1995 on the occasion of 125th birth anniversary of
Mahatma Gandhi. The Award comprises an amount of Rs.
one crore and a citation.
SARASWATI SAMMAN 2014: M. Veerappa Moily,
Former Union Minister and senior Congress leader for
his Kannada poem Ramayana Mahanveshanam.
FOLIO PRIZE 2015: Novelist Akhil Sharma for his
novel Family Life. The prize is given by the Folio
Academy of UK.
GOLDEN GATE AWARD: Kerala Tourism at the
Internationale Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB-Berlin)
2015, Germany for its global multimedia campaign to
promote its backwaters.
KNIGHT OF THE ORDER OF ARTS AND LETTERS:
Artist Bharti Kher of India was conferred the Chevalier
dans lOrdre des Arts et des Lettres in French, the
highest cultural award of France.
STOCKHOLM WATER PRIZE: Rajendra Singh, eminent
environment activist from Rajasthan for his innovative
water restoration efforts and extraordinary courage to
empower communities in Indian villages.
The prize is awarded by the King of Sweden and carries a
cash prize of $ 150000 and a specially designed sculpture.
ABEL PRIZE for 2015: US mathematician John F Nash
Jr and Canada-born American national Louis Nirenberg,
for their contributions to mathematical sciences. The
award, popularly known as the Nobel of Maths, is given
by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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GLOBAL TEACHER PRIZE: Nancie Atwell, a teacher


from the USA. It is the worlds first $1 million prize set up
by the Varkey Foundation of USA to recognise one
exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding
contribution to the profession.
MO IBRAHIM PRIZE: Hifikepunye Pohamba, ex
President of Namibia for excellent leadership. The five
million dollar award is given each year to an elected
leader who governed well, raised living standards and
then left office.

FEBRUARY 2015
60th FILMFARE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
Best film:
Best Director:
Best Actress:
Best Actor:

Queen by Vikas Bahl


Vikas Bahl for Queen
Kangana Ranaut for Queen
Shahid Kapoor for Haider

THE 87th ACADEMY AWARDS, popularly known as


Oscars were presented by the Academy of Motion
Picture Arts and Sciences on February 22, 2015, at
Hollywood, Los Angeles, USA.
Best Picture: Birdman by Alejandro G Inarritu
Best Director: Alejandro G Inarritu for Birdman
Best Actress: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
Best Actor:
Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of
Everything

GRAMMY AWARDS
Announced on Feb 8 at Los Angeles, California, USA
Some major winners are as under:
Record of the Year - "Stay with Me," Sam Smith
Song of the Year - "Stay with Me" (Darkchild Version)
Album of the Year - Morning Phase, Beck
Best R&B Performance - "Drunk in Love," Beyonc
Best Rock Album - Morning Phase, Beck
Best Pop Vocal Album - In the Lonely Hour, Sam
Smith
Best Pop Solo Performance - "Happy," Pharrell
Williams
Best Rap Album - The Marshall Mathers LP2,
Eminem

50th JNANPITH AWARD - 2014: Bhalchandra Nemade,


Marathi novelist, known for his famous novels Kosala,
Hindu.
STHREE SHAKTI AWARD: conferred upon Irom
Sharmila, Human rights activist from Manipur who has
been on an indefinite fast since November 4, 2000,
demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special
Powers) Act, 1958.
BEST MARCHING CONTINGENTS Trophy for Republic
Day Parade 2015 won jointly by the Brigade of The
Guards and the Sikh Regiment awarded jointly the
AMARTYA SEN: Eminent Indian economist and Nobel
laureate has been named as the first winner of a newly
established Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes
Prize in the UK, in recognition of his work on welfare
economics.

JANUARY 2015
PADMA AWARDS 2015 ANNOUNCED
Padma Awards, namely, Padma Vibhushan, Padma
Bhushan and Padma Shri are given by Govt. of India for
exceptional and distinguished service in any field
excluding service rendered by Government servants.
They are announced every year on the eve of Republic
Day, i.e. 25th January. Maximum number does not exceed
120, excluding award for foreigners and posthumous
awards. They do not carry any cash award.

PADMA VIBHUSHAN 2015 (9)


S.
No.

Name of the
Awardee

Discipline

1.

Lal Krishna Advani

Public Affairs
Politician

2.

Amitabh Bachchan

Art - Cinema

Maharashtra

3.

Prakash Singh
Badal

Public Affairs

Punjab

4.

Dr. D V Heggade

Social Work

Karnataka

5.

Dilip Kumar

Art - Cinema

Maharashtra

6.

Jagadguru
Ramanandacharya
Swami
Rambhadracharya

Others - Hindu
Scholar

Uttar Pradesh

7.

M. R. Srinivasan

Science and
Engineering Nuclear Scientist

8.

K. K. Venugopal

Public Affairs Constitutional


Lawyer

BAFTA
(British Academy of Film and Television Arts)
Awards announced on Feb 8 at London.
BEST FILM: Boyhood by Richard Linklater
BEST DIRECTOR: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
BEST ACTOR: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of
Everything

9.

State/Domicile
Gujarat

Tamil Nadu

Delhi

Karim Al Hussaini Trade and Industry France/UK


Aga Khan

BEST ACTRESS: Julianne Moore, Still Alice


GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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PADMA BHUSHAN 2015 (19)


S.
No
1.
2.

Name of the
Awardee
Shri Jahnu Barua
Dr. Subhash C.
Kashyap

3.

Harish Salve

4.
5.

Rajat Sharma
Manjul Bhargava
(NRI/PIO)
Bill Gates
Melinda Gates

6.
7.

Discipline

State/
Domicile
Assam
Delhi

Art Films
Public Affairs Constitutional
Expert
Public Affairs
Advocate
Media (India TV)
Science & Engg,
Mathematician
Social Work
Social Work

Delhi
Delhi
USA
USA
USA

PADMA SHRI 2015 (75)


S. Name
of
No. Awardee

the Discipline

State/Domicile

1.

Mithali Raj

Sports Cricket

Telengana

2.

P.V. Sindhu

Sports
Badminton

Telengana

3.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali

Art Films

Maharashtra

4.

Prasoon Joshi

Art Films

Maharashtra

5.

Tarak Mehta

Art TV

Gujarat

6.

Jean-Claude Carriere

Literature and
Education

France

7.

Late Pran Kumar


Sharma alias Pran

Art Cartoonist

Delhi

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything


Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
MISS UNIVERSE 2015: Paulina Vega of Columbia at
Miami, USA.
Martin Luther King Jr. Award: Frank Islam, an
eminent
Indian-American
entrepreneur
and
philanthropist for his contribution to the promotion of
the civil rights in USA.
Giraffe Hero Award 2015: Renowned Indian RTI
activist Subhash Chandra Aggarwal was conferred with
the by a US-based NGO The Giraffe Heroes Project.
FIFA Ballon d'Or Award- 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo of
Portugal, earning the title of world's best football player
for the third time.

BOOKS & AUTHORS


MARCH 2015
Indian Parliamentary Diplomacy- Speaker's Persp-ective
by Smt. Meira Kumar, former Speaker, Lok Sabha
'The Modi Effect: Inside Narendra Modi's Campaign to
Transform India' by Lance Price

FEBRUARY 2015

ASHOK CHAKRA: The highest peacetime military


honour awardaed posthumously to Major Mukund
Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj Kumar Singh, the two
Army personnel who laid down their lives combating
militants in Kashmir Valley.

Editor Unplugged: Media, Magnates, Netas and Me


by Vinod Mehta

DSC Prize for Literature: The $50,000 prize won by


Indian-American author Jhumpa Lahiri for her book, The
Lowland at the Jaipur Literature Festival

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee, author of world


famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird

Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for poetry won by


Arunadhathi Subramaniam for her work When God is a
Traveller, at the Jaipur Literature Festival
SOCIAL MEDIA PERSON of the Year Award 2015:
Amitabh Bachchan, conferred by the Internet and
Mobile Association of India
"GOVERNOR OF THE YEAR": Raghuram Rajan,
Governor, RBI was selected by the British magazine
Central Banking for this award at the global level.
AWARD FOR THE BEST BANK: bagged by the Canara
Bank at the "MSME Banking Excellence Awards-2014" at
Bengaluru.
72ND GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS 2015
Announced at Beverly Hills, California, USA
Best Motion Picture-Drama: Boyhood
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

The Ever After of Ashwin Rao Padma Viswanathan


The Bookmans Tale by Charlie Lovett

Recasting
India:
How
Entrepreneurship
is
Revolutionizing the Worlds Largest Democracy by
Hindol Sengupta

JANUARY 2015
'Neither a Hawk nor a Dove' by Khurshid M Kasuri,
Pakistan's Ex-Foreign Minister
The Red Sari by Javier Moro; the book is the story of
Sonia Gandhi, originally written in Spanish.
The Indian Parliament A Critical Appraisal: Sudha
Pai and Avinash Kumar
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
At Home in India: The Muslim Saga by Salman
Khurshid
The Tunnel of Time by R. K. Laxman (autobiography)

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OBITUARY
MARCH 2015
VINOD MEHTA: Distinguished editor and commentator
who successfully launched a number of newspapers and
magazines, including the Outlook. He wrote his
autobiography Lucknow Boy: A Memoir.
D.K. RAVI: A young IAS officer was found dead under
mysterious circumstances at his apartment in
Bengaluru. The huge crowd of mourners bore testimony
to the goodwill he had earned by taking on the powerful
land mafia when he was Deputy Commissioner of Kolar
district till 2014.
LEE KUAN YEW: Great statesman and founding father
of modern Singapore passed away in March, after
dominating the politics of Singapore for over 50 years.
TERRY PRATCHETT: Famous British author, creator of
the science fantasy Discworld novels. He won worldwide
fame and a cult following his Discworld novels about a
flat, parallel universe balanced on the back of four
elephants which themselves stand on the shell of a giant
turtle.

FEBRUARY 2015
D. RAMANAIDU: Veteran film producer from Andhra
Pradesh, Padma Bhushan and Dada Saheb Phalke Award
winner, holder of the Guinness Book of World
Records for the most films produced by an individual,
having produced more than 150 films in 13 Indian
languages.
R.R. PATIL: Former Maharashtra Home Minister and
senior Nationalist Congress Party leader (16th Feb 2015)
RAJINDER PURI: Popular cartoonist, veteran columnist
and political activist (16th Feb 2015).

B G VERGHESE: Eminent journalist, a Ramon


Magsaysay award winner and former editor of the
Hindustan Times and The Indian Express.
RAJNI KOTHARI: Noted political scientist, founder of
The Centre for the Study of Developing Societies
JASWANT SINGH RAJPUT:
winning hockey Olympian

Two-time gold medal

SUBASH GHISING: Former chief of Gorkha National


Liberation Front, who gave birth to the Gorkhaland
movement
SAIYID
HAMID: Noted Muslim
academician,
educationist, reformist and author. He was Chancellor
of Jamia Hamdard University, ex-Chancellor Jamia Millia
Islamia and former Vice Chancellor Aligarh Muslim
University
ABDULLAH BIN ABDULAZIZ: King of Saudi Arabia

PLACES IN NEWS
MARCH 2015
BACHHRAWAN: The town near Rae Bareli, UP was in
news as two coaches of the Dehradun-Varanasi Janta
Express derailed there, killing around 40 persons and
injuring over 150 others.
HYDERABAD: According to the Mercer Quality of Living
Rankings 2015, Austrian capital Vienna is the city with
the best quality of living in the world, while Hyderabad,
ranked 138th, was the best Indian city to live in.
DIMAPUR: The city in Nagaland was in news as
thousands of protesters stormed the central jail there
and dragged out Syed Sarifuddin Khan, accused of
raping a 20-year-old Naga student, and lynched him to
death, after brutally thrashing him.

GAUR HARI SINGHANIA: Chairman, J K Group of


Industries that includes JK Tyres, JK Cements.

ZOKHAWTHAR: The small town in Champhai district of


Mizoram was in news as a land customs station was
inaugurated there at the Indo-Myanmar border.

CHARLES H. TOWNES: American noble prize winner


scientist, inventor of laser Light Amplification by
Stimulated Emission of Radiation.

SANAA: The capital of Yemen was in news as over 150


persons, mainly Shia muslims were killed there in the
bomb attacks by the Sunny militants of the IS group.

JANUARY 2015
R K LAXMAN: Full name Rasipuram Krishnaswamy
Iyer Laxman, legendary cartoonist, creator of the iconic
"The Common Man" cartoon published regularly for
several years in The Times of India, Padma Vibhushan
awardee. He wrote his autobiography titled The
Tunnel of Time.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

TUNIS: The capital of Tunisia was in news as Islamic


militants stormed its Bardo National Museum killing 17
foreign tourists and three Tunisians. The United
Nations, United States, France and India have also
condemned the terrorist attack.
CYCLONE PAM: A super cyclone slammed the south
Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, east of Australia, leaving
complete devastation in its wake.

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FEBRUARY 2015
MELBOURNE & CHRISTCHURCH: Cities in Australia
and New Zealand, respectively were in news as they
were host to the cricket extravaganza ICC World Cup.

JANUARY 2015
PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE: Sanctuary in Kerala won
the National Tiger Conservation Authority award for
encouraging local public participation in managing the
reserve.
MALIHABAD: Area of Lucknow was in news as around
50 lives were lost their due to a hooch tragedy that
occurred in its nearby villages. Hooch is a type of local
liquor, usually of inferior quality.
BAGA: A town in north east Nigeria was in news as the
Islamic militant group Boko Haram executed over 2000
persons there and in adjoining villages.
CHENYI SQUARE: Place in Shanghai's Huangpu district
was in news as a stampede broke out there during New
Year celebrations, killing over 35 persons and injuring
some 40 persons.

SPORTS WORLD
MARCH 2015
AUSTRALIA LIFTS WORLD CUP FOR 5TH TIME
Lead by Captain Michael Clark Australia beat New
Zealand by seven wickets to lift their fifth World Cup
trophy on Final played on March 29 at Melbourne,
Australia.

TOP ACHIEVERS
Man of the Tournament: Mitchell Starc, bowler from
Australia.
Man of the Match (final): James Faulkner,Australia
Top scorer Martin Guptil (New Zealand) 547
Best strike rate: B Mc Cullum (NZ) 188.5
Top wicket taker Trent Boult (NZ) and Mitchell Starc
(Aus), both 22 each
Best economy rate: Mitchell Starc (Aus) 3.5

HIGHLIGHTS OF WORLD CUP 2015


M S DHONI: By beating Bangladesh in Melbourne, he
became the first Indian captain and third in the world
history to win 100 ODI matches. He reached this
milestone in 178th ODI. The other two achievers are
Australian pair of Ricky Ponting (165 wins) and Allan
Border (107 wins).
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

MARTIN GUPTILL of New Zealand made the highest


score in the World Cup history with 237 not out against
West Indies in the match played at Wellington,
Australia.
KUMAR SANGAKKARA of Sri Lanka became the first
cricketer to score four successive one-day international
centuries as he scored 124 against Scotland at a World
Cup match played at Hobart, Australia. Also, he is the
only batsman having scored 4 centuries in one world
cup tournament.
Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara of Sri
Lanka have announced their retirement from the One
Day International (ODI) format of Cricket.
Pakistan cricketers Misbah-ul-Haq and Shaid Afridi
have also bid adieu to One Day International cricket.
The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will be hosted by
England and Wales in June 2019.

SAINA INDIAs FIRST WORLD NO 1


Saina Nehwal created history on March 28 as she
became the first Indian woman shuttler to attain the
world number one ranking after her closest challenger
for the spot, Spain's Carolina Marin, lost in the India
Open Super Series semifinal played in Delhi.
Later on March 29, she won the prestigious India Open
Badminton Championship at New Delhi beating
former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand.
KIDAMBI SRIKANTH became the first Indian to win
the Swiss Grand Prix Gold badminton championship
beating Viktor Axelsen in Basel, Switzerland. He again
defeated Axelsen to win the India Open at New Delhi
RANJI TROPHY: Defending champions Karnataka
clinched their eighth title as they thrashed Tamil Nadu
in the final played at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
KARNATAKA LIFTED THE IRANI CUP after beating the
Rest of India team in the finals played in Bengaluru.
The 69th National Football Tournament for Santosh
Trophy held at Ludhiana. The Services team won the
trophy beating the Punjab team.
The Indian team won the Women's Hockey World
League Round Two competition title by beating Poland
in New Delhi.
WONDER KID CREATES ARCHERY RECORD
Two-year-old girl Cherukuli Dalli Shivani from
Vijaywada has achieved a stunning feat by setting a new
record in Archery and entering her name into the India
Book of Records. She became the youngest Indian to
score 200 points over five and seven-metre distances.

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VIV BEATS SACHIN TO RANK NO 1 ODI PLAYER


West Indian star batsman Viv Richards has been voted
as the greatest ODI player in the history of cricket,
ahead of Sachin Tendulkar (second) in an online poll
conducted by ESPN cricinfos magazine Cricket
Monthly and a jury of 50 eminent cricketers.

All India Football Federations (AIFF) has declared Sunil


Chhetri and Bala Devi as Player of the Year 2014 in
men and women category, respectively.

Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic to win the


Dubai Championship title for Tennis at Dubai.

67th National track cycling championship held at


Thiruvananthapuram

Rafael Nadal won the Argentina Open title for Tennis


defeating Juan Monaco of Argentina at Buenos Aires,
Argentina.

A glittering opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World


Cup 2015 was held on Feb 12 at two places - at
Christchurch New Zealand and at Melbourne, Australia.

BNP PARIBAS OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP:


Novak Djokovic won the Men's Singles at Indian Wells,
Californea (USA) beating Roger Federer.
Womens singles title was won by Simona Halep
beating Jelena Jankovic.
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis won the womens
doubles title.

France has become the first team in handball history to


win World Handball Championships for the 5th time
beating the Qatar at Doha, Qatar.

LEWIS HAMILTON of Britain won the Australian Grand


Prix Formula 1 race held in Melbourne, Australia.

Nicol David: World Womens Squash champion from


Malaysia has set a new record for topping the world
rankings for the 106th month.

SEBESTIAN VETTEL of Germany won the Malaysian


Grand Prix on March 29 at Sepang, Malaysia, beating
World Champion Lewis Hamilton of Britain.

FEBRUARY 2015
35TH NATIONAL GAMES
The 14 day sports extravaganza The 35th National
Games that started on 31st January, came to an end on
14th Feb. at Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala.
In all, sportspersons competed for the 1334 medals
comprising of 405 Gold, 406 Silver and 523 Bronze
medals.
Services created a record by topping the medal tally
for the third consecutive time. The group won 159
medals that included 91 golds. They won the Raja
Bhalendra Singh Trophy for best performance.
Amongst states, Kerala topped the tally with 162
medals, including 54 gold.
National Games mascot Ammu, the Great Hornbill,
has been selected for entry in to the Limca Book of
Records.
The 36th National Games will be hosted by Goa in
2016.
Anirban Lahiri won his second European Tour title at
the Hero Indian Open Golf Championship on Feb 22 in
New Delhi.

Paul van Ass of Netherland was appointed Head Coach


of Indias mens Hockey team.

Omega Dubai Desert Classic: World No. 1 Rory


McIlroy of UK won the prestigious golf cup.
Simona Halep of Romania won the WTA (Women's
Tennis Association) championship in Dubai.

AUSTRALIAN OPEN held at Melbourne, Australia


Mens: Novak Djokovic of Serbia won his 5th Australian
Open title beating Andy Murray of Britain
Womens:
Serena Williams of USA beats Maria
Sharapova of Russia. It was her 19th Grand Slam title.
She is tied for third on a list of the most Grand Slam
singles won by women.
Mixed Doubles: Leander Paes of India and Martina
Hingis of Switzerland won the title.

JANUARY 2015
AWARD MONEY RAISED FOR SPORTS MEDALS
The Sports Ministry revised its Scheme of Special
Awards to medal winners in international events by
increasing the award money in Olympic and
Paralympics Games (summer and winter) from Rs 50
lakh to 75 lakh for gold, Rs 30 lakh to 50 lakh for silver
and Rs 20 lakh to 30 lakh for bronze.
Sania Mirza along with her American partner Bethanie
Mattek-Sands won doubles title at the Sydney
International Tennis Tournament.

Anil Kumble, former India Captain and ace Leg Spinner


has been chosen to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall
of Fame with all times greatest cricketers

Anirban Lahiri, Indian professional golfer voted as the


2014 Players Player of the year in Asian Tour.

Hero Hockey India League 2015: Ranchi Rays won the


championship by defeating Jaypee Punjab Warriors in
the finals played at New Delhi.

National Billiards Championship: Pankaj Advani won


the national title in Kolkata beating Dhruv Sitwala.
Arantxa Sanchis won the womens title.

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Senior National Snooker Championship: Pankaj


Advani won the title defeating Varun Madan at Kolkata.
Amee Kamani won the womens title.
Youth National Weightlifting Championship: Jimjang
Deru of Arunachal Pradesh created national record by
lifting 238 kilograms under the 56 kilograms category in
Yamuna Nagar, Haryana.
Bengaluru FC won the Federation Cup football title at
Margao, Goa, beating Dempo Sports Club
76th Table Tennis National Championship:
Petroleum Sports Promotion Board team won both men's and women's titles at Puducherry.
The 79th Senior National Badminton Championship
held in Vijayawada from January 29 to February 5.
Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland won the ATP
Chennai Open Tennis Singles title beating Aljaz
Bedene of Slovenia in Chennai, Tamil Nadu.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni Indian cricket captain has
decided to retire from Test cricket, citing strain of
playing all formats. He would prefer to concentrate on
ODI and T20 formats.
India will host the 2016 Twenty 20 World Cup from
11th of March to 3rd of April 2016.
Stephen Constantine appointed head coach of Indian
men's football team.
O P JAISHA: Indian runner broke the 19-year-old
national record of women marathon at the 12th
Standard Chartered Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai,
clocking a time of 2:37:29.
Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal has won the FIFA Ballon
d'Or award for 2014, earning the title of world's best
football player for a third time.
Brett Lee: Australian cricketer, rated as third fastest
bowler in world, announced his retirement from all
forms of cricket after a 20-year career.
AB de Villiers, South Africa's cricket captain hit the
fastest century in one-day internationals cricket history,
31 balls to 100 against the West Indies in Johannesburg,
South Africa. He scored 149 runs off 44 balls.

DAYS AND DATES


MARCH
World Wildlife Day
International Womens Day
No Smoking Day
World Disabled Day
St. Patricks Day
World Sparrow Day
World Poetry Day
World Water Day
World Meteorological Day
World Stage Artists Day
World Earth Hour (8:30 pm to 9:30 pm)
Financial Year Ending
APRIL
April Fools Day
National Maritime Day
World Health Day
World Heritage Day
Civil Service Day
World Earth Day
World Books Day
World Maleria Day
World Intellectual Property Day
MAY
World Labour Day, Maharashtra Day
International Energy Day, World
Asthma Day
Coal Minor's Day
World Midwives Day
World Red Cross and Red Cresent Day
National Technology Day
International Family Day
World Telecom Day
National Anti Terrorism Day
World No Tobacco Day

03rd March
08th March
13th March
15th March
17th March
20th March
21st March
22nd March
23rd March
27th March
29th March
31st March
1st April
05th April
07th April
18th April
21st April
22nd April
23rd April
25th April
26th April
01st May
03rd May
04th May
05th May
08th May
11th May
15th May
17th May
21st May
31st May

ALL THE NEWS ITEMS IN THIS MAGAZINE HAVE BEEN SOURCED


FROM VARIOUS NEWS PAPERS AND GOVT. PRESS RELEASES

Roger Federer of Switzerland reached the 1,000 ATP


Tour wins milestone as he won the Brisbane
International title on Jan 11, defeating Canada's Milos
Raonic at Brisbane, Australia. He becomes the third man,
after Jimmy Connors (1253) and Ivan Lendl (1071), to
secure 1,000 ATP wins. ATP: Association of Tennis
Professionals
Sean Abbott, the Australian bowler has been named
Australia's young cricketer of the year, winning the Sir
Bradman Award. He is the same bowler whose delivery
led to the death of Phillip Hughes.
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NATIONAL NEWS
DECEMBER 2014
Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and

Late Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya honoured with


Bharat Ratna-country's highest civilian award.
Putin Opens Economic Doors For India: Russian
President Vladimir Putin arrived in New Delhi to
attend the India-Russia annual summit on Dec 11.
The two leaders unveiled the Druzhba (friendship in
Russian)-Dosti' vision to strengthen the bilateral
partnership over the next decade
As per the 2014 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness
Index, India has been placed at 65th position. The
index was topped by Switzerland.
India is one of the top 3 countries that witnessed
highest outflow of black money in 2012 with about
$94.76 billion going out of the country.
As per the Corruption Perceptions Index 2014
released by the Transparency International, India
stands at 85th position among 175 countries
UNO has declared June 21 as International Yoga
Day, recognising the ancient Indian science's
"holistic approach to health and well-being."
Focusing on improving connectivity to the northeast, Central govt plans to provide Rs 28,000 crore
for laying new railway lines in the region
The Web Index 2014 which measures the internet's
contribution to social, economic and political
progress ranks India at 48th place and topped by
Denmark.
The birthday of the former Prime Minister Atal
Behari Vajpayee on the 25th of December will be
observed as National Good Governance Day.
Mahaparinirwan Diwas observed on 6 December
2014, death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.
The Times Higher Education (THE) Rankings 2015
of UK has placed Bangalore-based IISc at No. 25 in
the overall 100, topped by China's Peking
University.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Indias most prestigious Indian classical music


function The Tansen Sangeet Samaroh held at
Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh.
The first Arabic translation of the Indian
Constitution launched by the Arab League in Cairo,
Egypt.
Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid arrived in
Kolkata on a two-day visit to West Bengal.

NOVEMBER 2014
On Nov 11, P M Modi left India for a ten day foreign

visit, starting from Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar where he


attended the ASEAN-India Summit on 12th Nov.
NOV 13: He attended the 7th East Asian Summit
there.
NOV 14: Modi reached Brisbane, Australia to attend
Heads of Nations meet of G-20 nations on 15th-16th
Nov.
NOV 17: Modi addressed Indian diaspora at
Allphones Arena, Sydney.
NOV 18: Modi addressed the Australian Parliament
at Canberra, first Indian Prime Minister to do so.
NOV 19: Modi reaches Fiji and addressed their
Parliament, becoming first foreign dignitary to do
so.
NOV 20: Mr. Modi flied back to India.
The 18th South Asian Association for Regional
Cooperation (SAARC) summit held at Kathmandu
from 26th Nov to 27th Nov, attended by Sh. Modi.
The 19th SAARC summit will be held in 2016 in
Islamabad, Pakistan.
Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of Russia
visited India to attend 20th session of the IndiaRussia Inter-Governmental Commission at New
Delhi.
Three global NGOs - the World Toilet Organisation,
WASTE and the Financial Inclusion Improves
Sanitation and Health to work to end open
defecation in India.
As per the Global Terrorism Index 2014, Iraq
continues to be worst affected where 6362 lives

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were lost in 2013 due to terrorism. India is 6th


worst affected nation.
About 40% of the people trapped in modern
slavery, over 14.2 million live in India as victims of
trafficking-for sexual exploitation and forced
marriage / labour.
President Pranab Mukherjee visited Bhutan on a
two-day visit - 7-8 Nov. He is the first Indian head
of state to visit to the country in 26 years.
6th World Ayurveda Congress held in New Delhi
from 6 to 9 November 2014. This years theme was
Health Challenges and Ayurveda.
A latest UN report says that, India has the worlds
largest youth population with 356 million 10-24year-olds, followed by China.
Public Service Broadcasting Day observed on 12th
Nov to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi's first and
only visit to All India Radio.
Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd
(IREDA) and US Export-Import (Exim) Bank signed
a MoU for cooperation on clean energy investment.
The 45th International Film Festival of India (IFFI)
began in Goa on November 20. China is the focus
country of this festival.
Children's Film Society of India organised the first
edition of the National Children's Film Festival from
14 to 16 Nov at New Delhi.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) in partnership
with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
hosted the India Economic Summit in New Delhi
from Nov 4 to 6.
Prasar Bharti announced to re-launch DD National
with new tagline Doordarshan National Desh Ka
Apna Channel.
India and Bhutan signed a MoU on 7th Nov. for the
establishment of Nalanda University in Bihar to
develop the institution as an international centre of
excellence.
Sushma Swaraj: External Affairs Minister visited
Dubai on Nov. 10.
India and Republic of Korea signed a Memorandum
of Understanding to facilitate technical cooperation
in Railway sector between the two countries.
First Commonwealth Science Congress was held in
Bengaluru on 25th November.

OCTOBER 2014
President Pranab Mukherjee became the first ever
Indian head of state to visit Norway. He also visited
Finland.
Nguyen Tan Dung, Vietnam Prime Minister came on
a two-day visit to India.
India ranks 55th on the Global Hunger Index 2014,
up from 63rd in 2013, better than Pakistan and
Bangladesh that ranked 57.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Commemorative coins of denominations of Rs 100

and Rs 5 released to mark 100 years of historic


Komagata Maru incident.
The work order for 'Statue of Unity' the world's
tallest statue (182 mts) of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
has been issued to Larsen and Toubro (L&T).
India has signed the Minamata Convention on
Mercury to control and reduce emissions from the
power plants.
Union Ministry of Culture launched a year long
birth centenary celebrations of Ghazal and Thumri
singer Begum Akhtar (07-10-1914).
Areas around Visakhapatnam on Andhra coast were
severely lashed by the super cyclone Hudhud,
causing widespread destruction.
The Melbourne Mercer Global Pension Index 2014
has ranked Indias retirement system lowest among
the 25 countries surveyed.
India has performed poorly in removing genderbased disparities, ranking 114 out of 142 countries
in World Economic Forum's 2014 Gender Gap
Index.
India has been placed at 142nd rank among 189
countries in the latest World Banks Ease of Doing
Business report.
John Baird, Canada's Foreign Minister has said that
Canada has agreed to sign commercial contracts for
supply of uranium for Indian nuclear reactors.
India signed a Memorandum of Understanding on
Culture Cooperation with UK for next five years.
A commemorative postage stamp on Sri Lankan
Buddhist revivalist and writer Anagarika
Dharmapala was released by the President.
Government decides to commemorate Sardar
Vallabhbhai Patels birth anniversary (October 31)
as National Integration Day- Rashtriya Ekta Diwas.
India and Mexico signed a MoU for cooperation in
space and working together in the areas of remote
sensing and satellite communication.
India and Nepal have signed a Power Trade
Agreement to promote cooperation in the field of
production and transmission of electricity.
India Heritage Research Foundation, Rishikesh has
released the Encyclopedia of Hinduism consisting
of 11 volumes and approximately 7000 entries.
India will contribute $4 million in the $5.4 billion
aid pool formed by the global donors for rebuilding
the Gaza Strip destroyed in the conflict with Israel.
Prime Minister addressed the nation on Oct 3 for
the first time over radio in the programme Mann Ki
Baat to reach out to maximum audience.

EDUCATION IS THE MOST POWERFUL


WEAPON WHICH YOU CAN USE TO CHANGE
THE WORLD.

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OCTOBER 2014

NEWS FROM STATES

Kerala Forest Research Institute plans to mark

DECEMBER 2014
India set a new world record on Dec 7 for forming

the largest human flag, when over fifty thousand


volunteers formed the Indian Tricolour in Chennai.
Karnataka launched Mobile one app to enable
public to access 4000 govt and a few private
services on their mobile phones just by dialling 161.
On Nov 29, Meghalaya got its first rail link when PM
Modi flagged off a train from Maligaon, Guwahati to
Mendipathar in Meghalaya, a distance of 131 kms.
Andhra govt. signed a MoU with Singapore for the
development of its new capital that is set to come
up near Vijawayada region.
The New Year festival of Tibetans known as Losar
festival is celebrated mainly in Lahaul Distt. It
denotes the start of winter session in the valley.
Maharashtra to observe the year 2015 as Year of
Digitised and Time-Bound Services to standardise,
simplify and deliver the services electronically.
Arunachal Pradesh won the Krishi Karman Award
for the year 2013-14 for showing exemplary agriperformance in 14 different categories.
Manipur to set up a Cultural University to promote
its rich cultural heritage, like Russias Moscow State
Art and Cultural University.
Militants of the National Democratic Front of
Bodoland (Songbijit) gunned down over 80 persons
in Sonitpur and Kokrajhar districts of Assam.

NOVEMBER 2014
The Bengaluru has set up a kiosk that lets anyone

file an FIR at any time, irrespective of area of


incident.
The proposed 302 km long Lucknow - Agra
Expressway in UP would be the countrys longest
access controlled six lane expressway
Madhya Pradesh has been chosen for union
governments Best State Award for Empowerment
of Disabled for year 2014.
The Karnataka Government aims at construction of
10 lakh toilets by 2018 and make the state
completely free from open defecation.
Assam State Zoo in Guwahati has become the first
zoo in the world to house the critically endangered
pig Pygmy Hog.
Kerala has decided to cull about 2,00,000 poultry
birds as a precautionary measure against the H5NI
avian influenza virus.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

public trees with a "health-card" that will show its


strength condition, risk factors and details of
damage etc.
Union government plans to set up a mega handicraft
cluster in Kachch, Gujarat to promote handcraft
items and craft based textiles.
Madhya Pradesh tops iin the field of organic farming
producing about five lakh metric ton of farm
products, about 40% of the countrys total organic
produce.
The Kerala Government will provide free treatment
to every cancer patient in the state under the
project Sukrutham at major government hospitals.
Union Govt launches Jammu Kashmir Arogya Gram
Yojna to promote cultivation of scientifically tested
and commercially beneficial aromatic and medicinal
plants.

GOVT INITIATIVES
DECEMBER 2014
Prime Minister launched a Rs 900-crore scheme

"Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on


Teachers and Teaching" at Varanasi.
Government has decided to set-up Grahak Suvidha
Kendras (Consumer care centres) to provide
counseling to consumers in redressal of their
grievances
Mission Indradhanush launched to cover all
unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children
against seven vaccine preventable diseases
The government has decided to repeal Section 309
from the Indian Penal Code, for decriminalizing
attempt to commit suicide.
A new train - The Sushaasan (good governance)
Express launched on Dec 25, from Gwalior , the
birth place of Mr. Vajpayee, to Gonda in Uttar
Pradesh.
Govt has decided to pay 8.75 per cent interest on
provident fund deposits of Employees Provident
Fund Organisation (EPFO) for the year 2014-15.
Justice G P Mathur committee set up to examine the
possibility of forming a Special Investigation Team
for re investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases.

NOVEMBER 2014
National Education Day was observed on Nov 11 on
the 125th birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam
Azad, independent Indias first Education Minister.

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Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan launched to enable higher


educational institutions like IITs and NITs to work
with the people of rural India
Know Your College portal launched to enable
students view details of courses, labs, faculty,
library, hostels available etc.
Skill Assessment Matrix for Vocational
Advancement of Youth launched to facilitate
students to switch between education and jobs.
Saksham Scholarship launched for specially-abled
needy and meritorious students pursuing technical
education
Pragati scholarship launched for girls pursuing
technical education at college level.
Union Ministry of Minorities Affairs launched the
Maulana Azad National Academy for Skills (MANAS)
to impart training to youth in health and security
sector.
Govt has relaxed Indian citizenship norms for Hindu
and Sikh refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan.
Govt. launched National Bal Swachhta Mission in
New Delhi on Nov 15 to improve over all cleanliness
amongst school children.
Udaan programme launched to assist girl students
in preparing them for the IIT-JEE while studying in
classes XI and XII.
Govt approves "Integrated Power Development
Scheme" for strengthening of sub-transmission and
distribution network of electricity in the urban
areas.
India has launched the tourist visa on arrival facility
enabled by electronic travel authorization for 43
countries for boosting the tourist inflow.
Govt has decided to lay an exclusive submarine
cable network for Andaman & Nicobar Islands from
Chennai to facilitate high speed internet/browsing
in the islands.
The Central Government has allocated five thousand
crore rupees under AYUSH Mission for promoting
traditional methods of treatment in the country.
The Delhi Transport Corporation has started a
Delhi-Kathmandu bus service from Nov. 26.

OCTOBER 2014
Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Shramev Jayate
Karyakram launched for creating a conducive
environment for industrial development and doing
business with ease.
Labour Identification Number to be issued to all
industrial
units
for
transparency
and
accountability in labour inspections
Shram Suvidha"a Unified Labour Portal
launched to facilitate "Labour Inspection Scheme
Universal Account Number for Employees'
Provident Fund members
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Apprentice Protsahan Yojana to reimburse 50 per


cent of the stipend paid to apprentices

Swachh Bharat Mission launched on October 2 to

make India neat and clean by Oct 2, 2019 at an


expected cost of Rs 62,000 crore.
Govt to merge the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, a
campaign for rural sanitation with Swachh Bharat
Mission.
Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana launched under which
every MP to adopt one village by 2016 and two
more by 2019.
National
Safai
Karamcharis
Finance
and
Development Corporation launched Swachhta
Udyami Yojana to provide financial assistance to
Safai Karamcharis
Govt has reintroduced the Varishtha Pension Bima
Yojana- a single premium pension policy for senior
citizens, for a limited period of one year
Government has launched an Adhaar based
Biometric Attendance System (BAS) for government
employees. named attendance.gov.in
Universal Health Assurance Mission plans to bring
all Indians under health insurance cover
UHAM to provide 50 essential drugs and 30 AYUSH
drugs to all citizens at govt. hospitals and health
centres.
National Air Quality Index launched to create
awareness about the quality of air and its likely
health impact.
Union Cabinet has decided to completely deregulate
the diesel prices and henceforth the price will be
linked to the market.
The government has made it mandatory for tobacco
companies to carry health warnings on at least 85%
of the surface of cigarette packets
T S R Subramanian committee set up to review the
laws related to protection of environment including
the Indian Forest Act, 1927
Indias first-ever Offshore Wind Power Project in
India to come up along Gujarat coast.
Govt plans to start Sardar Patel National Housing
Mission to ensure housing for all by 2022 and a
slum free India.
Union Government has decided to sell LED bulbs to
households at 10 rupees against the market price of
400 rupees.
From November, 2014 all replies given under RTI
by ministries will be posted online, available for
access to all and not just to persons seeking the
information.
Central govt has advised all states, union territories
and Central Armed Police Forces to recruit 33 per
cent women in their ranks.
T.K. Vishwanathan Committee setup to review
Bankruptcy laws.

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ECONOMIC INDICATORS
DECEMBER 2014

NOVEMBER 2014
The Government re-launched Kisan Vikas Patra
scheme on Nov 18 to encourage the habit of small
savings among the citizens.
The KVPs will be available in denominations of
Rs. 1000, 5000, 10,000 and 50,000 with no
upper limit for investment
The invested amount will become double in 100
months.

Moodys Projects Indias Growth @6%: Global


rating agency Moodys has projected that Indian
economy is expected to pick up pace in 2015 and
grow in the range of 5 to 6 per cent, helped by
strong domestic demand.

NOVEMBER 2014
Rating agency Fitch says that India's economic
growth is expected to pick up to 5.6 per cent in the
current fiscal on account of structural reforms

OCTOBER 2014
A World Bank report says that Indias GDP is likely

MSP FOR RABI CROPS FOR 2014-15 SEASON


CROP
Rs./Qtl CROP
Rs./Qtl
Wheat
1450
Gram
3175
Barley
1150
Rapeseed/ Musturd
3100
Masur dal 3075
Safflower
3050

The market capitaliastion of all listed companies on

to expand by 5.6 per cent this fiscal as reforms gain


momentum.

ECONOMY
DECEMBER 2014

India has inked a US $1100 million IBRD Direct

Lending pact with the World Bank for phase two of


the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC).
Union government mopped up around 1715 crore
rupees with the sale of 5 percent stake in SAIL at a
floor price of 83 rupees per share
The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal for setting
up of a 500 crore rupees Credit Guarantee Fund for
Factoring for MSMEs
Government has asked PSUs to ensure that they
procure 20% of their requirements from the
products manufactured by MSMEs, w.e.f. April 01,
2015.
Snapdeal.com has announced the launch of Agri
Store, offering online products like seeds, fertilizer
and irrigation tools, among others, to farmers.
World Bank will lend Rs 475 crore ($75 million) to
the Andhra Pradesh Government for implementing
a rural growth project.
Government has fixed an export target of $340
billion for the current fiscal. Actual exports last
year were $312.6 billion.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) will extend
$200 million loan to Punjab to improve the state's
fiscal situation.
India Germany sign loan pact for euro 625 million
for the Green Energy Corridors project under the
Indo-German bilateral development cooperation.
The World Bank has approved $130 million credit
for the Nepal Grid Solar and Energy Efficiency
Project to minimize energy shortages in Nepal.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

the Bombay Stock Exchange, Asia's oldest stock


exchange, hit a record Rs 100 trillion (lakh crore)
mark on Nov 28.
Govt has come out with the mandatory standards
(BIS marks) for 15 electronic products, including
mobile phones, power banks and LED lamps.
India signed Tax Information Exchange Agreement
TIEA with Saint Kitts & Nevis, a two-island
Carribean country, perceived as a safe haven for
offshore funds.
Exporters and SEZ units asked to realise and
repatriate overseas sales proceeds in nine months,
as against 12-month earlier, from the date of
shipment.
Suzlon Energy installed the worlds tallest 120
meters high hybrid wind generator turbine in Asias
biggest wind energy park in Kutch, Gujarat.
India signs a $200 million loan agreement with the
World Bank to finance the setting up of technology
centres to help MSMEs enhance their productivity.
Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide $350million loan assistance for upgradation of district
roads in Madhya Pradesh.

OCTOBER 2014
A major crude oil discovery in the Kharenti-A well
near Ahmadabad in the Cambay basin by a private
oil company, makes it the biggest find of the year.
SEBI barred India's largest real estate company DLF
and its top officials, including chairman KP Singh,
from accessing or dealing in stock markets for three
years.
Amazon.com and India's Future Group, promoters
of Big Bazaar retail chain, have signed a deal to
jointly sell goods over the Internet
Delhi Metro has been ranked second among 18
international Metro systems in terms of overall
customer satisfaction in an online customer survey.

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Maruti Suzuki launched Ciaz - its first sedan car in

HDFC Bank launched its mobile banking initiative -

past 7 years, to meet competition from Honda City


and Hyundai Verna.
Government has decided to import potatoes for the
first time to augment domestic availability and to
check its rising prices.
Countrys first olive oil refinery has been started in
Lunkaransar area of Bikaner, Rajasthan. The project
was started by taking assistance from Israel.
IndiGo, Indias largest domestic airline by market
share, has signed a deal to buy 250 latest Airbus A320 neo aircrafts worth $26 billion or Rs 1.55 lakh
crore.
India has imposed anti-dumping duty on Phenol
imported from the U.S. and Chinas Taipei to
safeguard the interest of domestic manufacturers.

'Bank Aap Ki Muththi Mein' that works on both


smartphones as well as the basic phones
The deadline for exchanging pre-2005 currency
notes, including 500 and 1,000 rupees, has been
extended by six months till June 30, 2015.
Yes Bank has raised $200 million loan from Asian
Development Bank for onward lending to small
farm households and rural women self help groups
(SHGs).
RBI has imposed penalty of Rs. 5 million and 2.5
million, respectively, on ICICI bank and Bank of
Baroda for violation of KYC norms.
Money supply rose by Rs 31,400 crore to Rs
101,950 crore ($1.61 trillion) in the fortnight to
December 12, growing by 10.2 per cent on year on
year basis.

BANKING
DECEMBER 2014
The Reserve Bank released a charter of customer
rights on Dec.3 that lays down five basic rights that
bank customers enjoy.
Right to Fair Treatment with no discrimination on
any basis
Right to Transparency, Fair and Honest Dealing
Right to Suitability of products and services
Right to Privacy of customers' personal
information
Right to Grievance Redressal and Compen-sation

RBI has defined the non-cooperative borrower as

one who does not engage constructively with his


lender by defaulting in timely repayment of dues
A bill to raise the authorised capital of Regional
Rural Banks to Rs 2,000 crore, from Rs 5 crore at
present was passed by the Lok Sabha on Dec 22.
Government has approved the continuation of
interest subvention for short-term crop loans up to
Rs 3 lakh to farmers.
RBI has increased RTGS business hours to 12 hours
from 8 am to 8 pm on weekdays and from 8 am to
3.30 pm on Saturday.
State Bank has launched two indices namely the SBI
Monthly Composite Index and the SBI Yearly
Composite Index for manufacturing sector.
RBI has doubled the limit for pre-paid payment
instruments (PPI) to Rs. 1 lakh from Rs. 50,000 at
present.
RBI issued final guidelines for the Bharat Bill
Payment System to help consumers pay multiple
bills like electricity, telephone etc at a single point.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

NOVEMBER 2014
The Reserve Bank on Nov 27 released the guidelines
for payment banks and small banks.

Payments banks can receive deposits and

remittances, but cannot lend; focusing on migrant


labour and low income households.
Small banks will lend to unserved and underserved sections, including small business units,
small and marginal farmers, and micro and small
industries.
RBI has asked banks to inform their customers
about fall in the minimum balance and said that
penal charges should be levied only to the extent of
shortfall
In an all stock amalgamation, ING Vysya
Bank decided to merge itself with Kotak Mahindra
Bank, creating the fourth largest private sector bank
in the country.
RBI has Traised the net own funds requirements for
NBFCs that manage funds worth Rs 500 crore, from
Rs.25 lakh at present to Rs.1 crore by March, 2016
Kerala and Goa have become the first states in the
country to have bank accounts for all households in
the state under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna.
RBI has made it mandatory for banks to send SMS
alerts to both payer and drawer in cheque
transactions
The SEBI has allowed the State Bank of India and
three mutual funds to launch Sharia funds. Shariacompliant funds invest in companies that follow
Islamic rules.
The foreign investment promotion board (FIPB) has
allowed HDFC Bank to increase foreign investment
in the bank to 74 per cent.
Country's oldest and largest foreign bank, Standard
Chartered Bank, opened its 100th branch in
Nakatia, Bareily (UP)

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OCTOBER 2014
KYC COMPLIANCE MUST FOR ALL ACCOUNTS
The RBI has made it mandatory for all bank customers,
including low risk ones, to be KYC-compliant.
The accounts which are not KYC compliant, credits
would be allowed but debits won't be allowed
However, the account-holder will have the option to
close the account and withdraw the money.
To facilitate compliance of KYC norms, banks have
been asked to allow self-certification of documents
and accept a certified copy of the document
KYC norms were introduced in 2001, after the 9/11
attacks in New York, America.
Customers of the 6metros who had 3 free
transactions in a month at non-home ATMs can now
have 2 more free transactions at the non metro
centres.
State Bank of India has launched a facility called
mPassBook on its State Bank Anywhere mobile
application, for its retail banking users.
Kotak Mahindra Bank has launched an instant bank
payment product KayPay for Facebook users to
send money to each other in an instant.
Federal Bank has won the IDRBT Banking
Technology Excellence award for 2013-14 in four
out of total five Categories in the mid-sized lenders
segment.
RBI signs a pact with Central Bank of Kenya for
exchange of information and supervisory
cooperation.

DEFENCE, SCIENCE &


TECHNOLOGY

Sikorsky of the United States has been selected for

DECEMBER 2014
DRDO has successfully tested Panchi, wheeled

version of the unmanned aerial vehicle Nishant. It


can take off from and land on small airstrips.
Nuclear-capable strategic ballistic missile Agni-IV,
with a strike range of 4,000 km, test fired
successfully from a test range off the Odisha coast.
For the first time, India exported a war ship to a
foreign country. The ship is CGS Barracuda offshore
patrol vessel, purchased by Mauritius.
India has tested a 1,000 kg indigenously-developed
glide bomb, which successfully hit a target 100 kms
away, off the Odisha coast.
The indigenous nuclear-powered submarine, INS
Arihant, for the first time sailed out for sea-trials on
Dec 16, from its base at Visakhapatnam.
INS Circars, the oldest naval establishment on the
Eastern seaboard in Visakhapatnam celebrated its
Platinum Jubilee on Dec 12.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

supply of 16 multirole helicopters for the Indian


Navy in a contract worth Rs. 6,000 crore.
Russia successfully test fired its Angara-A5 rocket
from Plesetsk in northern Russia on 23 December.
NATO forces formally ended their role in
Afghanistan, after 13 years of conflict that left the
country in the grip of worsening insurgent violence.
Indias communication satellite GSAT 16 was
launched successfully from Kourou in French
Guiana on Dec. 7.
ISRO launched from Sriharikota its heaviest rocket
till date - the 630-tonne three-stage rocket GSLV
Mark III, capable of carrying satellites up to four
tonne.
Carbon-dioxide emissions from burning of fossil
fuels reached a high of 35.3 billion tonnes in 2013
where top 2 countries were China and USA
NASAs Kepler has discovered a super-Earth
located 180 light-years from Earth - HIP 116454b,
which is 2.5 times the diameter of Earth
Nasa's Curiosity rover has detected methane on
Mars, a gas that could hint at past or present life on
the planet.
Japan launched asteroid explorer Hayabusa 2 to
explore one of the C-type asteroids called 1999
JU3 and retrieve materials and bring them to Earth.
NASA launched Orion spacecraft atop a Delta IV
Heavy rocket for a four-hour test flight, after which
it safely splashed down in to Pacific Ocean.
American geologists have named the earths most
abundant mineral as Bridgmanite. It makes up
about 70 percent of the earths lower
The International Ocean Discovery Program has
analysed life in the deepest ever marine drilling
expedition- microbes living 2,400 meters beneath
the seabed off the Japanese coast.
International journal Science has declared the
European space mission spacecraft Rosetta as most
important scientific Breakthrough of the Year 2014.

NOVEMBER 2014
India test-fired the Prithvi-II missile from
Chandipur, Odisha. Naval version of this missile
Dhanush was also tested.
The long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM)
with a range of 70 kms, developed jointly by DRDO
and Israeli Aerospace Industries tested successfully
on 10th Nov.
The Indian Armys team won the 48 hours rigorous
endurance competition Cambrain Patrol held in
Wales, UK.
DRDO successfully test-fired on Nov 9 its nuclear
capable ballistic missile Agni-II having a strike
range of 2,000 km and beyond.

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Tejas (PV-6): Indias first indigenous Light Combat

Aircrafts two-seater trainer jet version made its


maiden flight on Nov 8.
Indian Air force tested its medium range surface-toair anti-aircraft missile Akash with a strike range of
25 km.
In a freak accident, a Torpedo Recovery Vessel of
Indian Navy sunk off the Visakhapatnam coast
during a naval exercise due to a probable split in its
base.
Mithra Shakthi: Three week Joint military exercise
between Indian and Sri Lankan military forces in Sri
Lanka in Nov 2014
Hand in Hand 2014: 4th Joint anti terrorism military
exercise by Indian and Chinese forces held in Pune
at Aundh Military Station from Nov 17.
Rosetta spacecraft created history on 12th Nov by
landing its Philae probe on the comet
67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, some 500 million
kms away from Earth.
Scientists have developed antibiotic-free drug
named Staphefekt as an alternative to antibiotics to
fight against the antibiotics-resistant superbugs
Indias Mars mission Mangalyaan, developed by
ISRO, has been listed among the 25 best innovations
of 2014 by the Time magazine.
A study by the Internet & Mobile Association of
India shows that Mumbai has the largest number
16.4 million, of internet users in India, followed by
Delhi.

OCTOBER 2014

INTERNATIONAL
DECEMBER 2014
A treaty laying down international rules for the $85

India successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable


cruise missile 'Nirbhay' from the Integrated Test
Range in Chandipur, Odisha, having a strike range of
700 kms.
India and China to set up hotlines between their
army headquarters and establish new border
meeting posts to amicably address incidents of
incursions on border.
China has test fired a new variant of its 10,000 km
range missile - Dongfeng-31B, capable of targeting
Europe and the West Coast of the United States.
ISRO launched its third navigation satellite IRNSS
1C on board its PSLV-C26 rocket from Sriharikota
on Oct 16.

Education is the Best Friend.


An Educated Person is
Respected Everywhere.
Education Beats the Beauty and
the Youth.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

billion global arms trade came into force from Dec


24, after being signed by the USA
USA announced a series of steps for normalising
relations with communist-ruled Cuba with which it
had severed diplomatic ties decades ago.
Tehrik-e-Taliban gunmen stormed a school in
Peshawar, Pakistan, killing 140 students and nine
staff members on Dec 16.
Hong Kong police forcefully ended the more than
two month old street demonstration - Occupy
Central
Russian economy is in deep trouble due to sanctions
and slumping oil prices, leading to deep fall in value
of its currency against the US dollar.
According to the World Economic Situation and
Prospects 2015 report by UNO, the global economy
will grow by more than 3 percent in 2015 and 2016.
The countless doctors, nurses and caregivers
fighting the outbreaks of the Ebola virus, have been
collectively named as Time magazine's 2014
'Person of the Year'.
112nations gathered in Lima, Peru on Dec 1 for the
12-day Lima Climate Change Conference under the
UN Framework Convention on Climate ChangeUNFCCC
World AIDS Day observed on December 01. The
theme for this year is, 'Focus, Partner, Achieve: An
AIDS-free Generation'.
HIV: Human Immunodeficiency Virus infection
AIDS: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome;
(advanced stage of HIV infection)
Singapore launched a new National Day song in
Tamil to celebrate its 50 years of independence.
Tamil is 4th official language of Singapore.
United Nations General Assembly on 5 December
2014 declared 2015 as the International Year of
Soils
Bhutan became 181st member of Multilateral
Investment Guarantee Agency a branch of the
World Bank Group.
An Airbus A320-200 of Air Asia flight QZ8501 with
162 persons aboard disappeared on Dec 28 on way
from Surabaya, Indonesia to Singapore.
Ukraine has decided to join North Atlantic Treaty
Organisation (NATO), signalling its movement away
from Russia, towards western powers.
Latvia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the
European Union in the first half of 2015. The
Presidency changes every six months.

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An Italian Ship - Norman Atlantic, carrying 478


passengers caught fire in mid sea, near Italian port
Ancona. Rescue teams could save 471passengers.
Malaysias worst flooding in decades forced some
1,18,000 people to flee to safer places. Kelantan, in
north east Malaysia, was worst-affected area.

OCTOBER 2014
Hong Kong witnessed widespread clashes between

NOVEMBER 2014
The World Bank released a report on the impact of

global warming titled Turn Down the Heat:


Confronting the New Climate Normal.
A cargo train started on Nov 25 from the Chinese
city of Yiwu for Madrid, Spain on the worlds longest
rail journey of 10,000 kms following old Silk Route.
The UNO has adopted the first-ever resolution
calling on governments to stop child marriages.
30 nations meet in Berlin pledged $9.3 billion for a
fund to help developing countries cut emissions and
prepare for climate change to avoid global warming.
The UNO has dedicated Nov 19th as World Toilet
Day to bring into limelight the plight of all those
people who do not have access to a toilet.
Head of nations meet of the G20 nations held at
Brisbane, Australia on 15-16 Nov.
Turkey will host 2015 G20 summit and the 2016
summit will be hosted by China.
China and USA have agreed to limit emission of
greenhouse gases ending a 20-year discord
between them on how to combat climate change.
As per recent reports from IMF, in October 2014,
China overtook the US to become the worlds largest
economy in terms of Purchasing Power Parity.
Chinas GDP stood at $ 17.6 trillion, 16.48 percent of
the World GDP, followed by USA at $ 17.4 trillion.
India ranked 3rd with $ 7.3 trillion size.
Thousands of Greeks took to the streets of Athens to
hold a nationwide strike to protest against the
governments austerity drive involving job cuts.
Japan's economy shrank for the second consecutive
quarter, marking a technical recession in the
world's third largest economy.
Sweden has become the first European Union (EU)
country to officially recognise the State of Palestine.
WHO released first ever Guidelines for Indoor Air
Quality - Household Fuel Combustion to promote
use of clean fuels at household level.
22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
Summit was held in Beijing, China from 9th
November 2014 to 11th November 2014.
Czech Republic celebrated the 25th anniversary of
the launch of the Velvet Revolution that toppled
communism and led to dawn of democracy in 1989.
General council meeting of WTO held at GENEVA on
27th November, 2014
International Buddhist Conference Lumbini, Nepal.

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

pro-democracy activists and counter-protesters


(pro-Beijing)
The movement has been named as occupy
central and also given the name umbrella
revolution due to extensive use of umbrellas by
the demonstrators.
UNO observed the International Day for the
Eradication of Poverty on 17th October.
Theme for 2014: Leave no one behind: think, decide
and act together against extreme poverty.
The United Kingdom finally called it a day to its
presence in Afghanistan when it handed over its last
base there in Helmand province to the Afghan
forces.
Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Venezuela and
Spain were elected as the new non-permanent
members of the UN Security Council for a two years
term.
Jaffna-Colombo railway line, reconstructed with
Indian assistance in Sri Lanka's former war
zone,started 24 years after it was shut down during
the civil war.
China and 20 other countries plan to set up an Asian
infrastructure Bank seen as a counterweight to
West backed international development banks.
Google closed the social networking site Orkut on
30 September 2014. The site was started in 2004 by
Orkut Buyukkokten, a Google employee.
Severe typhoon Vongfong slammed into Japan on
13th Oct. at Makurazaki on Kyushu Island with
winds of
up to 180 kmph, causing widespread destruction.
Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into Japan on 5th
Oct. with winds of up to 180 kmph lashing the
shore, bringing heavy rain and chaos in areas
around Tokyo.

PERSONS IN NEWS
DECEMBER 2014
DR. K. RADHAKRISHNAN: Chairman of the Indian
Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has been selected
as one of the top ten scientists in 2014 chosen by the
prestigious science journal of UK-Nature.
PRIME MINISTER MODI: has been rated as the worlds
top policy maker, according to a new report of Harvards
prestigious Kennedy School of Government.
PAWAN CHAMLING: Sikkim Chief Minister, on 12
December 2014 became longest serving Chief Minister
of India as he completed his 20 years in the office.

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TASHI MALIK AND NUNGSHI MALIK: The twin sisters


from Dehradun scaled Mount Vinson, Antarcticas
highest mountain at 4,892 metres to become the worlds
first twins and siblings to climb the highest peaks on the
seven continents.
SARITA DEVI: The International Boxing Association
(AIBA) banned Indian boxer for one year for refusing to
accept the Asian Games bronze medal.
VIVEK MURTHY: The 37 year old Indian origin doctor
has been confirmed as the youngest ever Surgeon
General of the United States.

HARSHIT SAUMITRA: A five-year-old Indian boy has


become the youngest person to reach the Everest Base
Camp at an altitude of 5,364 metres (17,598 ft).
LEELA SAMSON: Eminent Bharatnatyam dancer and
Chairperson of Central Board of Film Certification
resigned from the post of Chairperson of Sangeet Natak
Akademi.

NOVEMBER 2014

THOMAS KAILATH: Indian-American professor from


USA is one of the nine scientists selected for the
prestigious National Medal of Science, the highest
honour for achievement in the fields of science and
engineering in USA.

NARENDRA MODI: joined the Forbes list of the world's


most powerful people at 15th rank. The list is topped by
the Russian President Vladimir Putin

JOSHUA WONG: 18 year old leader of students


organisation Scholarism which lead the pro
democracy youth movement in Hong Kong.

ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA: The Chairperson of


country's largest bank- SBI, was named as the mostpowerful business woman in India by Fortune Magazine.

JEFFREY P. BEZOS: The Chief Executive of the worlds


largest e-tailer Amazon.com, called on Modi and
committed $2 billion investment in the country.

GEN. DALBIR SINGH SUHAG: Indian Army Chief was


conferred the title of honorary rank of General of Nepal
Army by the Nepalese President Ram Baran Yadav.

MARK ZUCKERBERG: Founder and CEO of Facebook,


called on the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New
Delhi.

FARHAN AKHTAR: Bollywood actor-director became


the first man in the history of UN Women to be
appointed as its Goodwill Ambassador for South Asia.

ALAN EUSTACE: A senior Google vice-president (57)


created a new world record for highest free-fall
parachute jump from an altitude of 135908 ft (41.4kms)

NIKKI HALEY: Governor of South Caorlina state, USA,


the youngest of current US Governors (42) was in news
as she visited Punjab

APPOINTMENTS

MALALA YOUSAFZAI: Pakistani teenage rights activist


donated $50,000 to help rebuild UN schools in Gaza that
have been damaged during the recent fight with Israel.

RAGHUBAR DAS (BJP): New Chief Minister of


Jharkhand

CHUCK HAGEL: U.S. Defense Secretary was in news as


he resigned from his post.
VLADIMIR PUTIN: Russian President walked out of the
G20 summit in Australia to protest the criticism from
Western leaders over Russias interference in Ukraine.

DECEMBER 2014

JYOTSNA SURI: President of the Federation of Indian


Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI).
RAJINDER KHANNA: Chief of Research & Analysis
Wing (R&AW),
PRAKASH MISHRA: Director General of Central Reserve
Police Force (CRPF).
DINESHWAR SHARMA: Director, Intelligence Bureau

OCTOBER 2014
RAGHURAM RAJAN: Reserve Bank of India Governor
has received the Euromoneys Central Bank Governor
of the Year Award 2014 in Washington on October 10
for his excellent performance.
SHAKTI DEVI: An Indian police inspector won
International Female Police Peacekeeper Award 2014
by the UN's police division for her "exceptional
achievements" in her duty with the UN mission in
Afghanistan
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

ANIL Kr. SINHA:


Investigation

Director,

Central

Bureau

KLAUS IOHANNIS: President of Romania


BEJI CAID ESSEBSI: President of Tunisia
ANEROOD JUGNAUTH: Prime Minister of Mauritius
TABARE VAZQUEZ: President of Uruguay
SHINZO ABE: Re elected as Prime Minister of Japan
ASHTON CARTER: US Defence Secretary

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of

DEEPAK GUPTA: Chairman of Union Public Service


Commission (UPSC)

Niryat Shree and Niryat Bandhu Awards for 201011 given at Delhi for outstanding performance in
exports.
Canara
Bank
won
the
Niryat
Bandhu Silver Trophy, Banks

JUSTICE C K PRASAD: Chairman, Press Council of India

Yash Chopra Memorial Award: Amitabh Bachchan

HASMUKH ADHIA: Union Financial Services Secretary

Miss Universal Peace & Humanity 2014: Ruhi Singh


of India at Beirut, Lebanon.

NOVEMBER 2014

G S SANDHU: Chairman of National Chemical Weapon


Convention.
LAXMIKANT PARSEKAR: Chief Minister, Goa

Miss Intercontinental 2014: Wang Patraporn, from


Thailand at Magdeburg, Germany.

ANITA KAPUR:Chairperson, Central Board of Direct


Taxes.

Miss World 2014: Rolene Strauss, from South Africa at


London

KLAUS WARREN LOHANNIS: President of Romania,


first non Romanian (German) to become President

Olof Palme Human Rights Prize: Xu Youyu, Chinese


pro-democracy activist. It is an annual prize worth USD
75,000 granted by the Swedish labour movement.

OCTOBER 2014
MANOHAR LAL KHATTAR: New Chief Minister of
Haryana
DEVENDRA FADNAVIS: Chief Minister of Maharashtra
ARVIND SUBRAMANIAN: Chief Economic Adviser to
the Union Government. He is the former IMF economist
RAJIV MEHRISHI: Union Finance Secretary
Dr. A SURYA PRAKASH: Chairman, Prasaar Bharati
Board
HEMANT CONTRACTOR: Chairman of Pension Fund
Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA)
DILMA ROUSSEFF: Re-elected as the President of
Brazil, second term leading her Workers Party
KHALED BAHAH: Prime Minister of Yemen
JENS STOLTENBERG: Secretary-General of NATO
India has been re-elected as member of the 47-nation
UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the period of
2015-17

AWARDS & HONOURS


DECEMBER 2014
THE GOLDEN PEACOCK: Award for the best film at the
45th International Film Festival of India, Goa won by the
Russian film Leviathan directed by Andrey
Zvyagintsev. The award carries a cash prize of 40 lakh
Wong Kar Wai: The Chinese filmmaker was conferred
the lifetime achievement award at IFFI.
Swiss Ambassador's Award: Azim Premji, Chairman of
Wipro for inspirational and socially responsible
leadership.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Confucius Peace Prize: Fidel Castro, Former Cuban


leader. It is known as China's version of the Nobel Prize.
Queens Gold Medal for Poetry 2014: Noted Pakistanborn poetess Imtiaz Dharker for her poetry collection
Over the Moon. This award is given by British Queen.
Turner Prize: Duncan Campbell, film artist from UK for
a video that reflects on African art. It is a popular UK
prize for art work.

NOVEMBER 2014
INDIRA GANDHI PRIZE for Peace, Disarmament and
Development for 2014: Indian Space Research
Organisation ISRO for its contribution in
strengthening international cooperation in peaceful use
of outer space.
GANDHIAN PHILOSOPHY and Public Service
Broadcasting Award 2014: Won by Radio Kashmir,
Jammu for its programme Jeevan Rekha.
CENTENARY AWARD for Indian Film Personality of
the Year: Rajinikanth, super star of south cinema
SUMITRA CHARAT RAM AWARD 2014: Pandit Jasraj,
veteran classical vocalist for Lifetime Achievement.
INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS PEACE PRIZE: Neha
Gupta (18), an Indian-American from Philadelphia, for
her work to help orphans in India
IIM- JRD TATA AWARD for Excellence in Corporate
leadership: C S Verma, Chairman, SAIL
THE IPI INDIA AWARD for Excellence in Journalism,
2014, awarded jointly to Hindustan Times and The
Week for outstanding journalistic work during 2013.
IPI International Press Institute, Vienna (Austria)
WORLDS CHILDREN PRIZE: Malala Yousafzai in
Sweden

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THE GRAND CORDON of the Order of the Paulownia


Flowers: One of Japans top national awards, conferred
on Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his
contribution to Indo-Japan ties. He is first Indian to
receive this honour.
SYDNEY PEACE PRIZE 2014: Julian Burnside, Human
rights advocate and barrister from Australia.
SAKHAROV PRIZE for Human Rights: Denis Mukwege
from Congo for treating victims of gang rape

2014 Nobel Prizes Declared


PRIZE
FIELD

Physiology
or
Medicine

OCTOBER 2014
NATIONAL RAIL AWARD: Harish Kanwar, Deputy
Director in Railway Board for his contribution in
completion of the Pirpanjal rail tunnel in J&K.
NATIONAL KISHORE KUMAR
Bollywood lyricist Sameer

AWARD:

The Nobel
Assembly at
Karolinska
Institute,
Stockholm

The Royal
Swedish
Academy of
Sciences

Noted

LAL BAHADUR SHASTRI NATIONAL AWARD 2014


for Excellence in Public Administration, Academics and
Management: Dr. A. Sivathanu Pillai, CEO and MD of
BrahMos Aerospace.
WORLD MEDIA SUMMIT Global Awards for
Excellence, 2014: P. Sainath, Rural Affairs Editor at The
Hindu got the Public Welfare Award. He is one of the
five other media entities honoured with these awards.
WILDSCREEN PANDA AWARD: The coveted wildlife
photography award in best newcomer category was
won by Ashwika Kapur for her film, Sirocco - how a
dud became a stud at the annual Wildscreen Film
Festival held at Bristol, UK.
CULTURAL MEDALLION 2014 (Singapore): KTM
Iqbal, an Indian-origin Singaporean poet and writer was
named for this highest cultural award of Singapore.
WORLD FOOD PRIZE 2014: Dr Sanjaya Rajaram for his
scientific research that led to a bumper growth in world
wheat production.
MAN BOOKER PRIZE: The Australian novelist Richard
Flanagan for book The Narrow Road to the Deep
North.
The book tells the harrowing story of an Australian
surgeon who is held in a Japanese P.O.W. camp and is
forced to work on the Thailand-Burma Railway.
WAISLITZ GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD: Anoop Jain for
his work in founding Humanure Power in Bihar in 2011
that builds community sanitation facilities in rural India.
GLOBAL DIVERSITY AWARD 2014: Shah Rukh Khan
has been honoured with this award by British
Parliament for his contribution to cinema.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Physics

PRIZE
DECIDED
BY

Chemistry

The Royal
Swedish
Academy of
Sciences

Literature

The Swedish
Academy

Peace

Economics

The Norwegi
an Nobel
Committee

The Royal
Swedish
Academy of
Sciences

WINNER
OF 2014

SELECTED WORK

John OKeefe
of the USA,
May-Britt
&
Edward Moser
of Norway

For discovering brains


internal
positioning
system, helping humans
find their ways and giving
clues to how strokes and
Alzheimer affect the brain.

Isamu Akasaki
and
Hiroshi
Amano from
Japan
and
U.S.
citizen
Shuji
Nakamura

For inventing blue lightemitting


diodes,
a
breakthrough that has
spurred the development
of LED technology to light
up homes, computer
screens and smartphones
worldwide.
For finding ways to make
microscopes
more
powerful than previously
thought possible, allowing
scientists to see how
diseases develop inside
the tiniest cells.
For his moody, terse and
occasionally
dreamlike
novels, often set during
the Nazi occupation of
France
For their struggle against
the
suppression
of
children and young people
and for the right of
education for all children.

Eric Betzig and


William
Moerner from
the
USA;
Stefan
Hell
from Germany
Patrick
Modiano,
France

Indian
child
right
activist
Kailash
Satyarthi and
Pakistani child
education
activist Malala
Yousafzai (See
details below)
Jean
Tirole,
France

For research on market


power and regulation that
has helped policy-makers
understand how to deal
with industries dominated
by a few dominant
companies

OBITUARY
DECEMBER 2014
K. BALACHANDER: Eminent South Indian filmmaker
and Dadasaheb Phalke Award winner from Chennai.
V.R. KRISHNA IYER: Legendary jurist, a Supreme Court
judge and post-retirement, a human rights activist
DEVEN VERMA: noted Bollywood comedy actor,
famous for his roles in films Chori Mera Kaam, Chor Ke
Ghar Chor and Angoor.
A R ANTULAY: Former Chief Minister of Maharashtra
and former Union Minister, veteran Congress leader

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CHUNIBHAI VAIDYA: A veteran Gandhian and freedom


fighter from Ahmadabad, Gujarat.
JARBOM GAMLIN: Former C M of Arunachal Pradesh
JOE COCKER: Legendary rock singer from Colorado,
USA.
DAVID JOHN RYALL: Veteran British actor

NOVEMBER 2014
RAVI CHOPRA: Veteran Bollywood film director famous
for his tele serial Mahabharat and movie Baghban.
SADASHIV AMRAPURKAR: Mumbai Cinema actor,
winner of two Filmfare awards.
MURLI DEORA: Eminent Congress leader from
Maharashtra and former Union Petroleum Minister

HAMPI: Place in Karnataka was in news as some 20


drawings of the Harappan (Sindhu) era in Gondi dialect
were discovered there at a nearby hilltop.
FERGUSON: A small town in Missouri State of USA was
in news as it suffered violent racial riots. The riots
sparked after a grand jury cleared a white police officer
in the fatal August 9 shooting of an unarmed black
teenager.
BERLIN WALL: Massive public celebrations were held
in Germany to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of
the Berlin Wall.
CATALONIA: A small but prosperous region in north
eastern Spain was in news as it voted in a symbolic
ballot on Nov 9 on the issue whether to break away
from Spain or not to emerge as an independent state.

P D JAMES: Noted English crime thriller novelist from


UK. Popular as Queen of Crime

WORLD TRADE CENTER, NY: The 104-story, $3.9


billion skyscraper at Manhattan, New York, the tallest in
America, was inaugurated on Nov 03, almost thirteen
years after the 9/11 terrorist attack that destroyed the
original towers.

PHILLIP HUGHES: Australian batsman suffered a fatal


hit by a short-pitched bouncer by Sean Abbott in Sydney

OCTOBER 2014

SITARA DEVI: Eminent Kathak danseuse, Padma sri


awardee.

KEN TAKAKURA: Noted Japanese film actor


WARREN ANDERSON: Former Union Carbide chief,
wanted in India in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas
tragedy, died at 92 in New York Sep 29.

OCTOBER 2014
M.V. KAMATH: Veteran journalist and former Prasar
Bharati Chairman, Padmasri awardee from Karnataka.
JAGDISH SHARAN PANDE: Noted freedom fighter from
Almora, Uttarakhand.
MARTIN PERL: Nobel Prize-winning physicist from
USA, known for discovery of a subatomic particle known
as the Tau Lepton.

PLACES IN NEWS
DECEMBER 2014
CHINTAGUFA, SUKMA: place in Chattisgarh was in
news as 14 CRPF personnel were killed there by
naxalites.
TYPHOON HAGUPIT: hit the eastern Philippines
creating misery for millions following a barrage of
deadly disasters.

NOVEMBER 2014
JAYAPUR: A village near Varanasi was in news as it was
adopted for development by the Prime Minister
Narendra Modi under Sansad Gram Yojna.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

VISAKHAPATNAM: A major coastal city of Andhra


Pradesh suffered wide spread destruction under the
impact of severe super cyclone Hudhud
NALIYA: Small town on coast of Kutchh, Gujarat was in
news as it was struck by super cyclone Nilofer.

SPORTS

WORLD
DECEMBER 2014

Blind Cricket World Cup: India lifted the Cup on Dec 7


after defeating Pakistan in Cape Town, South Africa.
P V Sindhu: Won the Macau Grand Prix Gold trophy at
Macau, China, beating Kim Hyo Min of Korea
Viswanathan Anand won his maiden London Classic
title after defeating British Grandmaster Michael Adams
Ankita Raina won ITF singles tennis title defeating
British Katy Dunne in Pune, Maharashtra. She is the
first Indian to win this title in past 14 years.
M S Dhoni broke the world record for most number of
stumpings in international cricket after he claimed his
134th victim Mitchell Johnson of Australia at
Melbourne, Australia.
Baichung Bhutia: Former Indian football captain
conferred with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
Hall of Fame Award in Manila, Philippines.
Sachin Tendulkar has been named as the brand
ambassador for ICC Cricket World Cup 2015.
Arjun Atwal has won the Inaugural edition of Dubai
Open Golf Championship.

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Pragyan Ojha, The left-arm spinner has been banned by


BCCI from bowling in competitive matches as his
bowling action was found illegal, flexing elbow beyond
15 degrees.
India beats Turkey to win the World Youth Under-16
Chess Olympiad at Gyor in Hungary.
17th Asian Luge Championships: Shiva Keshavan
won Silver Medal at the Spiral Olympic Sliding Centre in
Nagano, Japan.
Indian Super League football tournament: Atletico de
Kolkata won the championship beating Kerala Blasters.
Champions Trophy: Germany beats Pakistan to win
the hockey trophy at Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

Sharath Gayakwad, the para-swimmer made history at


the Asian Para-Games in Incheon, South Korea, by
winning six medals.
Anirban Lahiri won the Venetian Macau Open Golf Cup.
Pankaj Advani won World Billiards Point Format
Championship at Leeds, UK. He also won the World title
in time format beating Robin Wilson of UK.
World junior Chess title 2014: Lu Shanglei of China
defeated Aleksander Indjic of Serbia to win the title in
Pune, Maharashtra.
35th Senior National Archery Championship held in
New Delhi, won by Punjab.

Deodhar Trophy: East zone beats West zone to lift


cricket trophy in Mumbai.

Champions League Twenty 20: Chennai Super Kings


won the trophy by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders at
the M. Chinn aswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.

58th National Shooting Championships held in Pune,


Maharashtra

The multi-sport Paralympic Games 2015 will be held


in India in February 2015.

VINICIUS & TOM MASCOTS FOR RIO OLYMPICS


Brazil has declared Vinicius as the mascot for the Rio
2016 Olympics to be held at Rio de Janeiro.

4th Sultan of Johor Cup (hockey) for under 21 won by


India beating Great Britain at Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

International Tennis Federation (ITF) has declared


following as the Player of the Year 2014
Mens:
Novak Djokovic from Serbia
Womens:
Serena Williams from USA
Hillel Oscar: An international umpire and former
captain of Israel's national cricket team died on Nov 30
after being hit in the jaw by a ball at Ashdod, Israel.

ASIAN GAMES -- INDIAN HIGHLIGHTS


Yogeshwar Dutt ended a 28-year gold drought for India
in wrestling after winning Gold
Jitu Rai, shooter won India's 1st gold in the 50m event.
MC Mary Kom became the first Indian woman boxer to
clinch a gold medal at the Asian Games
India won the Hockey gold medal beating Pakistan

James Tull: A club cricketer in Australia created history


by scoring a triple ton 341 runs - with 25 sixes and 34
fours
Shanghai Rolex Masters (Tennis) 2014 won by
Roger Federer (Switzerland) beating Gilles Simon
(France) in Shanghai, China.
KOHEI UCHIMURA: Japans gymnast won his fifth
straight all-around world title at the Gymnastics World
Championships in Nanning, China.
ATP CHINA OPEN Tennis Cup 2014, Beijing
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beats Tomas Berdych (Czech)
to win mens singles title.
Maria Sharapova (Russia) beats Petra Kvitova(Czech)
to win womens singles title

Indian Kabaddi Teams, both men and women, beat


Irans teams to win the Gold.

Serena Williams (USA) beat Simona Halep (Romania)


to lift the WTA Finals cup at Singapore.

Varsha Gautam and Aishwarya Nedunchezhiyan


made history by becoming the first Indian women to
win a sailing medal Bronze in Dinghy event at the
Asian Games.

Sania Mirza and Cara Black (Zimbabwe) won the WTA


finals women's doubles tennis title at Singapore.

Khushbir Kaur won the countrys first-ever silver in


the womens 20 kms race walk in Asiad.
With an aim to increase India`s medal tally in 2016 and
2020 Olympics, the Sports Ministry has decided to start
a "Target Olympic Podium Scheme"
The Indian Super League (ISL) heralded a new dawn for
football in India on 12 October, at the Salt Lake Stadium
in Kolkata.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

NOVEMBER 2014
ROHIT SHARMA made history by scoring the highest
individual score of 264 runs (173b, 33x4, 9x6) in the
world history of ODIs, playing against Sri Lanka in
Kolkatas Eden Garden Stadium on Nov 13.
C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014:
Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar. The Award is
given by BCCI.

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Polly Umrigar Award 2013-14: Pacer Bhuvneshwar


Kumar for being Indias best international cricketer of
the year, given by BCCI.

Lionel Messi: FC Barcelona superstar became the alltime highest scorer in La Liga history by scoring 253
goals, playing against Sevilla in Spain.

ICCs LG People's Choice Award 2014: Indian fast


bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Lewis Hamilton of UK won the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix as


well as the Formula 1 racing championship title of the
year becoming the first British double world champion
since Jackie Stewart in 1971.

ABHINAV BINDRA: Indias ace shooter became the first


Indian to be elected as Chairman of International
Shooting Sport Federation's (ISSF) Athletes Committee.
Sachin Tendulkar was inducted into the Bradman Hall
of Fame on 5th October at the Sydney Cricket Ground,
Australia.
Ms Deborah, a tribal girl from Andaman and Nicobar
Islands has created history in National Level by winning
four Gold Medals in the Track Asia Cup Cycling
Championship 2014 held at New Delhi.
54th National Open Athletics Championships held at
New Delhi. Tintu Luka was adjudged the best female
athlete and Ankit Sharma was named the best male
athlete.
South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's
Championship: India wins beating Nepal in Islamabad,
Pakistan.
Indian cricket team won 5-match ODI series in a
whitewash against Sri Lanka, winning all the five
matches.
Saina Nehwal and K Srikanth clinched the women's
and men's singles title (Badminton) of the China Open
Super Series Premier in Fuzhou, China, on 15th Nov.
Duleep Trophy: Central Zone lifts the cricket cup after
beating South Zone at New Delhi.
43rd Handball National Championship (womens):
Punjab beats Haryana to win the tournament at
Mastuana Sahib, Punjab.

Magnus Carlsen of Norway has retained his World


Chess Championship title defeating five-time champion
Viswanathan Anand in the 11th game at Sochi, Russia
Novak Djokovic (Serbia) won the Barclays ATP World
Tour Finals on Nov 16 at London.
Switzerland won their first ever Davis Cup Tennis title
at Lille, France, beating France.
World Women's Boxing Championships held in Jiju,
South Korea. S Sarjubala and Saweety won the silver
medals for India.
World Tour Golf Championship held at Jumeirah Golf
states in Dubai is won by Henrik Stenson from Sweden.
2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships to be
hosted by Doha, Qatar. 2015 and 2017 games will be
hosted by Beijing and London, respectively.
Africa Cup of Nations 2015 - The 16 nation Football
tournament will be hosted by Equatorial Guinea.
Seaways IBSF World Snooker Championship held at
Bengaluru.
Lee Chong Wei: World number one in Badminton has
been suspended by The Badminton World Federation
due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation.

OCTOBER 2014

127th Durand Cup: Salgaocar FC won the prestigious


Football championship in Goa, defeating Pune FC.

The 17th Asian Games came to an end at Incheon on 4th


October. China topped with 342 medals (151 gold, 108
silver and 83 bronze) followed by South Korea (234)
and Japan (200).

World Kabaddi League: United Singhs won the finals


beating Khalsa Warriors at Mohali, Punjab.

India was placed at 8th rank, securing 57 medals 11 Gold, 10 Silver and 36 Bronze.

68th Sr. National Aquatic Championship held at


Kolkata.

Kosuke Hagino, the Japanese swimmer, was named


as the Most Valuable Player of the 17th Asian
Games.

Terry Walsh quits as the Head Coach of the National


Hockey team.
Mitchell Johnson: Australias fast bowler won the
International Cricket Council's (ICC) Sir Garfield Sobers
trophy for the Cricketer of the Year award for 2014.
AB de Villiers: South Africas batsman was voted the
ODI player of 2014.
Sarah Taylor: Englands wicketkeeper was named
womens player of 2014.
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

MC Mary Kom, gold medal winner boxer was


chosen as the Most Valuable Player of India at the
recent Incheon Asian Games.
The 18th Asian Games will be held in 2018 in
Jakarta, Indonesia.
FILA Senior World Wrestling Championship held in
Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
Li Na, China's ace tennis star and only Grand Slam
winner announced her retirement at the age of 32.

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BOOKS & AUTHORS

Memoir

BOOK

The Highlights
Odyssey of My Life

Vande Bharatam
How Modi Won It
The Last Illusion
Adultery
Life is What You Make it
In Gods Hands
Family Life

Born Again on the


Mountain
2014: The Election That
Changed India
Next China-India War World's First Water War
2029
Your Dreams are Mine
Now

AUTHOR

Pandit Prabodh Kumar


Mishra.
Harish Khare
Porochista Khakpour
Paulo Coelho
Preeti Shenoy
Desmond Tutu Templeton
prize winner
Akhil Sharma, the book has
been selected by The New
York Times Book Review
as one of the ten Best
Books of 2014.
Arunima Sinha, the first
Indian female amputee to
climb Mount Everest.
Rajdeep Sardesai
Gen. Sundarajan
Padmanabhan, former
Indian Army Chief
Ravinder Singh

film artist Naseeruddin


Shah
Frank Keating
Autobiography of former
Union Home Minister
Shivraj Patil

Playing It My Way My
Autobiography
Gods of Antarctica

Yashwardhan Shukla, a 13
year old school boy from
Delhi
The Lives of Others by
The book has been
Neel Mukherjee, Kolkatashortlisted for the
born British author.
prestigious Booker Prize
2014
Heaven is for Real
Todd Burpo & Lynn
Vincent
The Boys in the Boat

Daniel James Brown

Orange is the New Black


The Book of Life
The Goldfinch

Donna Tartt

Half Girlfriend

Chetan Bhagat

Simian

Vikram Balagopal

One Life is Not Enough

Natwar Singh
Vinod Rai

Dev Dutt Pattnaik

Not Just an Accountant

The Dramatic Decade: The


Indira Gandhi Years

Pranab Mukherjee,
President of India

Assassination of Rajiv
Gandhi: An Inside Job

Truth Always Prevails


The Rich
Final Test: Exit Sachin
Tendulkar
The Narrow Road to the
Deep North

Bilal Tanweer of Lahore


won the 2014 Shakti Bhatt
First Book Prize
Sadruddin Hashwani
John Kampfner
Dilip DSouza
Richard Flanagan

A Man and A Motorcycle,


How Hamid Karzai Came
to Power

Bette Dam

Worthy Fights: A Memoir


of Leadership in War and
Peace by Leon Panetta

Jim Newton

Sons of Brahama
The divided Island
And then One Day: A
GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Strictly Personal,
Manmohan and Gursharan
The Lives of Others

Samanth Subramanian
Autobiography of noted

Faraz Ahmad
Ms Daman Singh
Neel Mukherjee

Finding Neema

Juliet Reynolds

Half a Rupee Stories

Gulzar

The Substance and The


Udaya Tara Nayar, a
Shadow
biography of veteran actor
Dilip Kumar
Innovation in India

Shyama V. Ramani

Blood Feud: The Clintons


vs. The Obamas
Chimamanda
Adichie
Hannah Kent

Dhruba Hazarika

Piper Kerman
Deborah Harkness

7 Secretes of the Goddess

The Scatter Here is Too


Great

cricket legend Sachin


Tendulkar

Audrey Magee
Eimear McBride

Ngozi

Edward Klein
Americanah
Burial Rites
The Undertaking
A Girl Is a Half-Formed
Thing

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GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

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Latest MCQs
ON CURRENT AFFAIRS
1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

The richest man in the world, as per the


latworldest Forbes data is, with a total
net worth of $ . billion.
A. Carlos Hemu, 99.6
B. Warren Buffett, 90
C. Bill Gates, 79.6
D. Larry Page, 120
The recent cut by the Reserve Bank in .. has
raised hopes of a cut in interest rates and a fall
in Equated Monthly Installments.
A. Statutory Liquidity Ratio
B. Reverse Repo Rate
C. Repo Rate
D. Coupon rate on G-secs
Editor Unplugged: Media Magnates, Netas and
Me was the last book written by him. Before
that, his Lucknow Boy had become quite
popular popular. He was one of the most
outspoken anti-establishment journalists who
never spared anyone. Which famous editor,
who passed away recently, are we talking
about?
A. Aroon Purie
B. B G Verghese
C. Vinod Mehta
D. N Ram
To help build affordable housing in India (up to
Rs. 10 lakh), the Reserve Bank has decided to
A. include the stamp duty and registration charges
in the loan amount
B. introduce an interest subvention scheme
C. abolish the requirement of margin money
D. extend the repayment period upto 40 years
A Maitri Bus Seva has been started between
A. India Bangladesh B. India-Pakistan
C. India- Nepal
D. India-Mynamar
Which of the following is/ are NOT part/s of the
Atal Pension Yojana announced by the
government?
1. The scheme applies to people between 18 years
and 50 years.
2. The government will contribute a maximum of
Rs. 1000 per year for 5 years to help promote it.
3. It will replace the existing NPS - Lite and
Swavlamban schemes.
A. 1 only
B. 1, 2
C. 2 only
D. 2, 3
With which nation has India signed four deals
on hydrography, energy, infrastructure and

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

15.

marine security during PM Modis visit in


March?
A. Nepal
B. Maldives
C. Mauritius
D. Seychelles
Which wing of Indias defence forces conducted
TROPEX, a month-long exercise for validating
its operational readiness?
A. All three forces
B. Navy
C. Air Force
D. Army
As per the Mercer Quality of Living Index 2015,
the best Indian city to live in, is
A. Chandigarh
B. Bengaluru
C. Hyderabad
D. Gandhinagar
The Rota vaccine was recently launched in
India as part of its fight against
A. Polio
B. Malaria
C. Goitre
D. Diarrhoea
Shaheen III, a Surface to Surface missile, and
Hatf were recently tested by
A. Bangladesh
B. Pakistan
C. Iraq
D. India
Kumar Sangakkara was in news recently for
having
A. bowled out three cricketers in the opening ball
of an over.
B. scored a record three 100s consecutively in ODIs
C. scored a record four 100s consecutively in ODIs
D. scored 6 sixes in an over
Which state government has launched the
Aapki Beti, Hamari Beti campaign to help the
girl child?
A. Uttar Pradesh
B. Himachal Pradesh
C. Delhi
D. Haryana
Which financial institution will invest a record
1, 50, 000 crore in Indian Railways to help it
develop rail infrastructure?
A. Life Insurance Corp of India
B. Infrastructure Dev. Finance Corporation
C. World Bank
D. State Bank of India
The revised Consumer Price Index (CPI), a
barometer of retail inflation in India, has the
new base year as
A. 2008-09
B. 2004-05
C. 2012-13
D. 2011-12

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16. Which two cricketers has been voted the two


greatest ODI Players by Cricket Monthly?
A. Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev
B. Sachin Tendulkar, Don Bradman
C. Don Brdaman, Viv Richards
D. Sachin Tendulkar, Viv Richards
17. The acronym ARC stands for
A. Asset Reconverted Into Capital
B. Asset Reconstruction Company
C. Agriculture Reinsurance Corporation
D. Asset Revaluation Company
18. The Non-Performing Assets (NPAs) in a bank
are
A. the loans which have been extended many times
under the ever-greening norms
B. the loans against which only the principal is
repaid
C. those loans and advances which are not paid by
the borrowers and on which the bank does not
earn any income
D. those loans and advances which are partly paid
by the borrowers
19. All major economic data on industrial output,
inflation and economic growth in India are
collated and released by the
A. Central Statistics Office
B. Reserve Bank of India
C. National Sample Survey Organization
D. Planning Commission
20. Creator of the fantasy novel series Discworld,
who passed away recently, was
A. Geoffrey Archer
B. Kate Blanchett
C. Robert Ludlum
D. Terry Pratchett
21. The prices of essential drugs in India are
regulated by
A. Demand and supply forces in the market
B. Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers
C. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority
(NPPA)
D. Drugs Controller of India
22. Which of the following IS/ ARE true of
Mohammed Nasheed, who dominated the
newspaper headlines in March, 2015?
1. He is the ex-President of Maldives.
2. He was sentenced to a 13 year jail term on
charges of terrorism.
3. The case pertains to the illegal detention of a
judge in 2012.
A. 1, 3
B. 1, 2
C. None of these
D. 1, 2, 3
23. Narendra Modi became the first Indian Prime
Minister to visit after a gap of more than 25
years.
A. Seychelles
B. Maldives
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C. Fiji
D. Sri Lanka
24. As per the Union Budget 2015-16, the total
amount allowed as savings under Section 80 C,
is
A. Rs. 1 lakh
B. Rs. 1.5 lakh
C. Rs. 2 lakh
D. Rs. 2.5 lakh
25. Which political party was in news throughout
March due to internal wrangling among its
founder members?
A. Congress
B. Aam Admi Party
C. BJP
D. Samajwadi Party
26. Which of the following pairs is/are FALSE in the
context of some new appointments made
recently?
1. Arun Kumar Singh: Indias Ambassador to USA
2. Jagmohan Dalmia: President, BCCI
3. Kshatrapti Shivaji: Chairman, SIDBI
4. Satya Nadella: CEO, Microsoft
A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. 1 and 3
D. None of these
27. Solar Impulse, the worlds only solar-powered
aircraft, made a stopover at __________during its
first global flight.
A. Ahmadabad
B. Mumbai
C. New Delhi
D. Bengaluru
28. The task of linking the Aadhar cards to
respective bank accounts is being performed by
the
A. Reserve Bank of India
B. Unique Identification Authority of India
C. UTI Software and Technologies Ltd
D. National Payments Corporation of India
29. Saina Nehwal created history by becoming the
first Indian woman to
A. enter the finals of the Uber Cup
B. enter the finals of the All-England Badminton
Championship.
C. win the All England Badminton Championship
D. enter the finals of the Thomas Cup
30. The Santosh Trophy is awarded in
A. Hockey
B. Cricket
C. Badminton
D. Football
31. Dimapur in Nagaland hogged the national
headlines recently due to
A. a terrorist massacre there
B. 35th National Games being held there
C. a mob lynching incident there
D. None of these
32. Which of the following Day-Date pairs is/are
INCORRECT?
1. International Womens Day: March 15
2. National Science Day: February 28
3. National Martyrs Day: March 23
4. National Youth Day: Jan 11

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40.

41.

A. 1 only
B. 1, 3
C. 1, 3, 4
D. All pairs are incorrect
The acronym GIM stands for
A. Give India Money
B. Green India Mission
C. Green International Mission
D. Go India Mission
The backwaters of .. are a major tourist
draw, which get lakhs of visitors annually.
A. Goa
B. Puducherry
C. Kerala
D. Andamans
The most asset-rich company in India is
Reliance Industries Ltd, followed by
A. Oil and Natural Gas Corporation
B. Bharat Petroleum Corporation
C. Indian Oil Corporation
D. Steel Authority of India Ltd
The apex authority under the Right To
Information Act is the
A. State Information Commission
B. Central Information Commission
C. Information Ombudsman
D. Supreme Court
The new Rs. 1 currency note released by the
Reserve Bank carries the signature of the
A. Chairman, Finance Commission
B. Governor, RBI
C. Finance Minister
D. Finance Secretary
All complaints regarding unfair trade practices
like overcharging, manipulation of supply and
cartelization by the companies in India are
heard by the
A. Competition Commission of India
B. Monopolies and Restrictive Trade Practices
Commission.
C. National Consumer Forum
D. Food and Civil Supplies Ministry
The term Fiscal Consolidation, commonly found
in newspapers, refers to
A. Improvement in the fiscal deficit position
B. Better tax collections
C. Lesser public debt burden
D. Better economic growth
Moodys, often mentioned in newspapers, is
a/an
A. Bank in Switzerland
B. Major housing finance player in the USA
C. Credit rating agency
D. International development finance institution
The level of industrial output in India is
measured by computing the
A. Core industrial output
B. Index of Industrial Production
C. S & P 500

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D. GDP growth rate


42. The Saraswati Samman 2015 has gone to
A. Nirmala Sitharaman B. M Veerappa Moily
C. Kedar Nath Singh
D. Bhalchandra Nemade
43. Which new bill generated great heat and even
walk-outs by the opposition in Parliament
recently?
A. Special Economic Zones Bill
B. National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill
C. National Food Security Bill
D. Land Acquisition Bill
44. A cut in the Repo Rate . a banks and is
likely to lead to .
A. increases, cost, higher EMIs
B. improves, liquidity, more loans
C. worsens, liquidity, lesser loans
D. lowers, cost, lower EMIs
45. The Lok Sabha recently okayed the Motor
Vehicles Act to
A. bring e-rickshaws and e-carts under it
B. reduce the minimum age for a driving license in
India
C. introduce more stringent norms for pollution
control
D. bring in severe penalties for violations of traffic
rules
46. Which states in India have been excluded from
the Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime for
foreign tourists?
A. Manipur, Mizoram, Nagaland, Assam
B. Manipur, Chhattisgarh, J & K
C. Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland, J& K
D. Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland
47. Pick the odd one out.
A. Roger Federer
B. Rafael Nadal
C. Novak Djokovik
D. Lewis Hamilton
48. The .. committee constituted by the Reserve
Bank had recommended inflation targeting as
is the practice in developed countries and
consequently, the RBI and the government have
decide on an inflation target of . by January,
2016.
A. C Rangrajan, 5%
B. R Gandhi, 6%
C. Urjit Patel, 6%
D. KJ Udeshi, 6%
49. The first meeting of Lok Sabha in the year 2015
was addressed by
A. Aang San Su Kyi
B. Pranab Mukherjee
C. Narendra Modi
D. Barack Obama
50. Delhi is known as a limited state because
A. it is the national capital
B. it has a Lt. Governor as its Head of State
C. it has got comparatively lesser powers.
D. it is the National Capital Territory

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51. Which Bollywood star has been roped into


promote British Tourism?
A. Salman Khan
B. Saif Ali Khan
C. Amitabh Bachchan
D. Aamir Khan
52. The brand ambassador for the Nirmal Bharat
Abhiyaan, which now forms part of the Swachh
Bharat Abhiyaan, is
A. Meeta Vashisht
B. Shabana Azmi
C. Vidya Balan
D. Nandita Dass
53. The revised Consumer Price Index (Urban) will
comprise how many items?
A. 448
B. 676
C. 536
D. 460
54. Which two nations have recently joined the
Reserve Banks list of countries whose
nationals CANNOT buy immovable property in
India?
A. Pakistan, Hong Kong B. Hong Kong, Singapore
C. Pakistan, Sri Lanka
D. Hong Kong, Macau
55. An Asset Reconstruction Company is mainly
involved in
A. working with financial institutions, including
banks, to help them restructure bad loans and
recover the money due
B. buying the physical assets of sick financial
institutions to help them tide over a financial crisis
C. helping the banks rebuild their offices in line
with international norms
D. helping sick companies sell their physical assets
to let them recover money, to be paid to their
creditors
56. Securitization is a term frequently used in the
context of
A. The securities markets
B. Physical safety of the currency held with a bank
C. Non Performing Assets of banks and other
financial institutions
D. Granting of loans by a bank against a collateral
security
57. The Ranji Trophy 2015 title was lifted by
A. Panjab, after defeating Haryana
B. Karnataka, after defeating Tamil Nadu
C. Tamil Nadu, after defeating Karnataka
D. Karnataka, after defeating Kerala
58. Section 66 of the Information Technology Act,
quashed by the Supreme Court as being
unconstitutional, basically dealt with
A. phishing and cyber-squatting
B. freedom of online writing
C. guidelines on which topics and how long the
online posts can be
D. offensive online posts and comments
59. Which
of
the
following
international
organization tracks the supply of key food
items in the world?
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64.

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66.

67.

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A. Food and Agriculture Organization


B. World Trade Organization
C. World Food Organization
D. International Food Organization
Which of the following new laws have been
passed in the Lok Sabha recent?
1. Land Acquisition (Amendment) Bill
2. Coal Mining Bill
3. Special Economic Zones Bill
Select your answer using the coder given below.
A. 1, 3
B. 1, 2, 3
C. 1 only
D. 1, 2
. was the architect of modern Singapore,
who died recently. He had ruled it with an iron
hand since 1959 and transformed a poor port
city into an economically powerful nation.
A. Goh Chok Tong
B. Ram Ghoolam
C. Lee Kuan Yew
D. None of these
The President of which country in trouble had
to flee from his house due to violent attacks by
the extremists?
A. Burundi
B. Yemen
C. Egypt
D. Eriteria
Many states in India have been in the grip of a
fatal infectious disease called ., which has
claimed hundreds of lives.
A. Bovine Flu
B. Dengue
C. Tamiflu
D. Swine Flu
India was defeated in the World Cup Cricket
semi-finals by
A. Pakistan
B. Australia
C. New Zeland
D. South Africa
Section 66 of the IT Act, recently quashed by the
apex court in India, violates which article of the
Indian Constitution, as per the court?
A. Article 19
B. Article 21
C. Article 14
D. Article 32
Christine Lagarde, who visited India recently, is
A. Managing Director, International Monetary
Fund
B. Chancellor of Germany
C. UN General Secretary
D. Chairperson, World Bank
The Olive Ridley turtles are found in abundance
in/ on the
A. Mithapur Coral Garden
B. Lakshadweep coast
C. Periyar river
D. Odisha Coast
Which of the following pairs is wrongly
matched in the context of National Film
Honours 2015?
A. Best Movie for Wholesome Entertainment:
Queen
B. Best Male Playback Singer: Sukhwinder Singh

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C. Best Actress: Kangana Ranaut


D. Best Music Direction: Vishal Bhardwaj
In a landmark order, the Supreme Court has
nullified the government decision to
A. include Jats in the Other Backward Classes (OBC)
category.
B. include Muslims in the Other Backward Classes
(OBC) category.
C. continue indefinitely the reservations for SC/ ST
categories in jobs
D. abolish the creamy layer in case of Other
Backward Classes
The projected foodgrain output in the FY 201516 is expected to cross
A. 450 million tons
B. 249 million tons
C. 157 million tons
D. 257 million tons
The Minimum Support Prices (MSP) of farm
commodities in India are proposed by the
A. Commission on Agricultural Costs and Prices
B. NITI Aayog
C. Finance Ministry
D. Agricultural Prices Commission
As per the latest data, the biggest global buyers
of arms are
A. India, Saudi Arabia, China, UAE and Pakistan
B. Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, UAE and Pakistan
C. India, Israel, China, UAE and Pakistan
D. Saudi Arabia, China, UAE, Israel and Pakistan
France, Germany and Italy have decided to join
the
A. Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
B. World Trade Organization
C. New Development Bank
D. Basel agreement
Which young IAS officers death in Bengaluru
sparked off massive public protests, resulting
in a CBI probe into his mysterious death?
A. Nirmal Subramanian B. DK Siddaramiah
C. Sanjeev Ravi
D. DK Ravi
Who among the following is a recipient of the
Global Teacher Prize, a $ 1 million prize set up
by the Varkey Foundation, USA for exceptional
teachers?
A. Nancie Atwell
B. Ashoke Sen
C. Dr. RA Mashlekar
D. Jolie Atkinson
The new insurance plan to be offered by the
Life Insurance Corporation and other insurers
for life insurance is named
A. Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Bima Yojana (DDUBY)
B. Mahatma Gandhi Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
(MGJJBY)
C. Atal Jyoti Bima Yojana (AJBY)
D. Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana
(PMJJBY)
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79.

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84.

85.

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A. Vinod Mehta
B. Aroon Purie
C. Hartosh Bal
D. Saeed Naqvi
Which of the following constitute/s an act/s of
disrespect to the National Flag of India?
1. Flying the National Flag after the sunset
2. Not keeping the officially prescribed length to
width ratio
3. Letting it touch the lower part of ones body
A. 2 Only
B. 1, 2
C. 1, 2, 3
D. 1, 3
The National Financial Switch, which runs the
entire ATM network in the country, is managed
by the
A. National Payments Corporation of India
B. Reserve Bank of India
C. Private parties authorized by the Reserve Bank
of India
D. None of these
Which of the following is/ are NOT eligible
beneficiary/es for priority sector loans in
India?
1. Handicapped people
2. Scheduled Castes/ Tribes
3. Women
4. Rural artisans
A. 3 only
B. 1 and 3
C. 4 only
D. None of these
Which city played host to the 55th National
Ayurvedic Congress?
A. Varanasi
B. Jamnagar
C. Chandigarh
D. Haridwar
A Public Limited Company in India, as per the
SEBI guidelines, must have a minimum ..
shareholding with the general public in India.
A. 75%
B. 25%
C. 50%
D. 30%
The Earth Hour was observed on . in
March, 2015.
A. 15th
B. 29th
th
C. 8
D. 28th
Which of the following terms is NOT related to
environmental protection?
A. COP 20
B. Carbon deficit
C. Carbon Trading
D. Carbon Footprint
The acronym UMPP, which was in news
recently, implies
A. Ultra Modern Power Project
B. Unfinished Mega Power Project
C. Ultra Mega Power Project
D. Unified Mega Power Project
Which of the following was / were not part/s of
the General Budget 2015-16 presented
recently?
1. Enhanced individual tax threshold of Rs. 3.5 lac
2. Gold Bond Scheme
3. Reduction in Corporate Tax Rate

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94.

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A. 2, 3
B. 1 only
C. 1, 2, 3
D. 1, 2
The Giving Pledge, a global initiative to
motivate multi-billionaires to donate half of
their wealth to charity, has been started by
A. Laxmi Narayan Mittal B. Bill Gates
C. Warren Buffett
D. Carlos Hemu
Gods Own Country -- This is how tries to
sell itself as a tourism destination.
A. Singapore
B. Switzerland
C. Andamans
D. Kerala
Which two global food and beverage companies
have decided to merge, thereby creating the 5th
largest food company globally?
A. Nestle and Heinz
B. Kraft and Hershey
C. Heinz and Hershey
D. Heinz and Kraft
Indias first International Financial Services
Centre (IFSC) called GIFT City is coming up in
A. Gandhinagar
B. Bengaluru
C. Surat
D. Mumbai
In a rare honour, Mahatma Gandhis bronze
statue was unveiled recently in/ at the
A. British Parliament, London
B. Public Square, Johannesburg
C. Tienmann Square Plaza, Beijing
D. Parliament Square, London
The first Indian to win the Swiss Grand Prix
Gold Badminton Championship is
A. Deepika Pallikal
B. Saina Nehwal
C. Kidambi Srikanth
D. Jawala Gutta
Which countrys capital city was in news for a
terrorist incident, involving killings of foreign
tourists?
A. Syria
B. Yemen
C. Tunisia
D. Algeria
Which of the following is/are FALSE in respect
of ASTRA, recently tested at the Integrated Test
Range, Chandipur?
1. It is a Beyond Visual Range (BVR) air-to-air
missile, which can run at supersonic speeds
2. It can be launched in any kind of weather
conditions.
3. It has been developed by the Indian Army in
collaboration with Russia.
A. 1 only
B. 2 Only
C. None of these
D. 3 Only
Which India-born scientist has been chosen to
head the prestigious Royal Society of England?
A. Dr. CNR Rao
B. Dr. V Ramakrishnan
C. Dr. RA Mashlekar
D. Dr. Ashoke Sen
The Abel Prize given by Norways Academy of
Sciences and Letters is awarded in the field of
A. Medicine
B. Mathematics
C. Chemistry
D. Physics

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97. The Sagarmala Project is related to


A. Strengthening Indias coastal defences in the
wake of Mumbai terror attacks
B. Improving Indias maritime commerce with
neighbouring island nations
C. The creation of 12 smart cities at ports and many
coastal economic zones.
D. The commissioning of new naval warships to
replace the outdated ones
98. The Dada Saheb Phalke Prize 2015 has been
awarded to
A. Shashi Kapoor
B. Amitabh Bachchan
C. Rishi Kapoor
D. D Nageshwar Rao
99. Which new tax regime would start rolling out
from the financial year 2016-17?
A. General Anti Avoidance Rules (GAAR)
B. Direct Tax Code
C. Goods and Services Tax
D. Both B and C
100. Sanaa in Yemen was in news recently due to
A. Killings of Shia Muslims by Sunni militants
B. ShiaSunni riots there
C. A terrorist attack on a school there
D. A bombing incident at a foreign consulate office
there

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F C I MODEL
TEST PAPER
GENERAL INTELLIGENCE

6)

One statement is given followed by two


Assumptions, I and II. You have to consider the
statement to be true, even if it seems to be at
variance from commonly known facts. You are to
decide which of the given assumptions can
definitely be drawn from the given statement.
Indicate your answer.
Statement: All the people in Kerala are literate.
Assumption I: People of Kerala are well
educated and cultured.
Assumption II: People of Kerala are hard
working and sincere.
a) Only I is implicit.
b) Only II is implicit.
c) Both I and II are implicit.
d) Neither I nor II is implicit.

7)

A student walked out from the Classroom


towards the Library. She went first to the
Canteen on the left side, 24 ft away. After a cup of
tea, took a right turn and went to the Laboratory
13 ft away. She then went to the Physics Block, 15
ft to the left. She talked to a friend, in the garden
3 ft on the left and continued walking in the same
direction to the Library, 10 ft more. What was the
actual distance between the Library and the
Classroom?
a) 42 ft
b) 65 ft
c) 39 ft
d) 34 ft

Directions: In question nos. 1 to 3, select the missing


number from the given responses.
1)

9
30
6
?
12
40
a) 20
c) 37

21
14
28
b) 33
d) 70

2)

a) 22
c) 25

b) 24
d) 28

a) 36
c) 52

b) 117
d) 26

3)

4)

5)

Ram and Shyam started from a fixed place. Ram


moves 3 km to the North and turns right, then
walks 4 km. Shyam moves towards West and
walks 5 km, then turns to right and walks 3 km.
How far Ram is from Shyam?
a) 13 km
b) 16 km
c) 9 km
d) 10 km
Which one is true?
1. All players are not tall.
2. All basketball players are tall.
3. All tall people are players.
4. Some players are tall.
a) 4
b) 3
c) 2
d) 1

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Directions: In question no. 8 to 14, select the related


letter/word/number from the given alternatives.
8)

India : Mango : : New Zealand :?


a) Apples
b) Kiwi
c) Grapes
d) Bananas

9)

Put the correct words in the blanks:


Christmas : ? : : ? : Biryani
a) christian, Muslim
b) Cashew, Rice
c) Jesus, Ramzan
d) Cake, Id-ul-Fitre

10)

VZS : EAH : : ? : JFM


a) QSM
c) QUN

b) NUQ
d) QNU

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11)

HJLN : PRTV : : BDFH : ?


a) JMOR
c) KLOR

a) 3, 4, 1, 2, 5
c) 3, 1, 4, 2, 5

b) JLNP
d) JKOR
25)

12)

13)

14)

DLOC : ECI : : TOH : ?


a) EET
c) AET

b) EAT
d) ETA

42 : 20 : : 64 : ?
a) 31
c) 40

b) 32
d) 42

26)

Ravishankar : Sitar : : Bismillah Khan : ?


a) Sarod
b) Santoor
c) Shehnai
d) Flute

Directions: In question nos. 15 to 16, choose the


numbers similar to the group of numbers given.

b) 3, 5, 4, 2, 1
d) 3, 2. 1, 4, 5

Which one of the given responses would be a


meaningful order of the following words?
1. Evaluation
2. Presentation
3. Recap
4. Aim announcement
5. Motivation
a) 1, 2, 5, 3, 4
b) 5, 2, 1, 4, 3
c) 5, 4, 2, 3, 1
d) 2, 1, 3, 4, 5
In the following question letters are skipped
between by following a particular rule. Which of
the following series observes the rule?
a) BDFIJ
b) DGJLM
c) BDHPF
d) ACFHJ

27)

Which one is different from the rest three?


a) Polar Bear
b) Penguin
c) Seal
d) Tiger

28)

Which one set of letters when sequentially placed


at the gaps in the given letter series shall
complete it?
_ ab _ b _ bc _ ca _
a) accbb
b) abcca
c) cacab
d) abacb

Directions: In question nos. 17 to 23, find the odd


number/letters/number pair from
the given
alternatives.

29)

Select the odd word:


a) Compress
c) Concise

17)

a) NOTA
c) NASA

b) NATO
d) NAM

Directions: In ques. Nos. 30 to 34, choose the correct


alternative from the given ones that will complete the
series.

18)

a) Diamond
c) Silver

b) Gold
d) Platinum

19)

a) GHI
c) UVW

b) PRS
d) ABC

20)

a) 45, 6, 7
c) 32, 5, 6

b) 15, 3, 4
d) 23, 4, 5

21)

a) 725
c) 632

b) 840
d) 475

a) 64 36
c) 57 43

b) 75 35
d) 39 61

23)

a) Orange
c) Lemon

b) Apple
d) Grapes

24)

Which one of the given responses would be a


meaningful order of the following words?
1. Type
2. Print
3. Open
4. Save
5. Close

15)

16)

22)

536, 428, 365


a) 358
c) 624

b) 435
d) 266

580, 265, 373


a) 366
c) 428

b) 490
d) 383

30)

KKMLLNMMONNPOOQP?
a) PQ
b) ST
c) QV
d) PR

31)

30, 24, 19, 15, 12,?


a) 6
c) 10

b) 8
d) 11

2, 7, 17, 32, 52, 77, ?


a) 107
c) 101

b) 91
d) 92

30, 28, 23, 21,?


a) 15
c) 18

b) 16
d) 20

1. A, C, E
3. G, I, K
a) L, J, H
c) H, J, L

2. B, D, F
4. ?
b) Z, Y, X
d) K, L, M

32)

33)

34)

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b) Condense
d) Convert

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35)

In a zoo, there are Rabbits and Pigeons. If heads


are counted, there are 200 and if legs are
counted, there are 580. How many pigeons are
there?
a) 90
b) 100
c) 110
d) 120

36)

From the given alternatives, select the word


which cannot be formed using the letters of the
given word:
FRAGMENT
a) RAGE
b) TEAR
c) MEAN
d) RACE

37)

If DEVELOPMENT is written as 45853106572,


how ENVELOPE can be written in that code?
a) 57851305
b) 57853105
c) 57835105
d) 57850135

38)

If MARCH is coded as PXUZK, what will be the


code of APRIL?
a) DMUFO
b) DSULO
c) ZKIRO
d) ZKRIO

39)

If A denotes +, B denotes and C denotes x, then


(10 C 4) A (4 C 4) B 6 = ?
a) 46
b) 50
c) 55
d) 58

40)

What sign should be changed to make the


equation
5 + 6, 3 12 x 2 = 17 correct?
a) +
b) +x
c) -+
d) None of these

41)

If 10 boys walk 10 km in 10 days, then how many


days it will take for 3 boys to walk 10 km?
a) 1
b) 3
c) 6
d) 10

42)

How many rectangles are there in the given


figure?

a) 6
c) 8
43)

44)

Govt Servants, Lecturers, Doctors

45)

M.K. Gandhi, Umesh Chandra Bandhopadhyay,


Jatin Das and Surya Sen

46)

Which answer figure will complete the pattern in


the question figure?

47)

Which of the answer figures is embedded in the


question figure?

48)

A piece of paper is folded and cut as shown below


in the question figures. From the given answer
figures, indicate how it will appear when opened.

b) 4
d) 10

From the answer figures, select the one which


can be formed from the components given in the
question figure.

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Directions: In question no. 44 and 45, identify the


diagram that best represents the relationship among
classes given below:

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49)

50)

Identify the alternative which resemble the


mirror-image of the given word.

A word is represented by only one set of numbers


as given in any one of the alternative. The sets of
numbers given in the alternatives are
represented by two classes of alphabets as in two
matrices given below. The columns and rows of
Matrix I are numbered from 0 to 4 and that of
Matrix II are numbered from 5 to 9. A letter from
these matrices can be represented first by its row
and next by its column e.g., A can be represented
by 00, 11, 20 etc and P can be represented by 59,
68, 75, etc. Similarly, you have to identify the set
for the word LOAD.
Matrix I
Matrix II
0 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9
0

a) 55, 42, 86, 03


c) 89, 86, 11, 99

b) 66, 40, 31, 13


d) 76, 95, 20, 32

ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Directions: In question no. 51 to 55, four alternatives
are given for the Idiom/Phrase underlined in the
sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses
the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase and mark it in the
Answer Sheet.
51)

Through the reporters efforts, many unknown


facts have come to light.
a) ignited
b) flared up
c) brightened
d) been revealed

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52)

I do not see eye to eye with you in this matter.


a) to give a correct decision
b) to obtain suitable punishment
c) to have the same eyesight
d) to have the same opinion

53)

The boy was in Dutch with his friends.


a) in love
b) in good terms
c) in awe
d) in trouble

54)

Their attempt to get back the stolen necklace


became a wild goose chase.
a) Wise decision
b) useless search
c) timely action
d) delayed action

55)

The departmental store is open around the clock.


a) at different timings
b) early morning
c) day and night
d) throughout the afternoon

Directions: In question no. 56 to 60, a part of the


sentence is underlined. Below are given alternatives to
the underlined part at (A), (B), (C) which may improve
the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no
improvement is needed, your answer is (D). Mark your
answer in the Answer Sheet.
56)

Have you ever been in New York?


a) at
b) to
c) with
d) No improvement

57)

Wave after wave surrounded the tower.


a) engulfed
b) circled
c) encircled
d) No improvement

58)

It is quite tough to declare which candidate will


win the presidential election.
a) predict
b) augur
c) portend
d) No improvement

59)

Transcoding has one of the items in the new


syllabus.
a) is one of the items
b) has one of the item
c) is one of the item
d) No improvement

60)

She does not tell lies, doesnt she?


a) isnt she?
b) does she?
c) didnt she?
d) No improvement

Directions: In Question Nos. 61 to 65, out of the four


alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted
for the given words/ sentence.
61)

The headmaster brought back to mind the


outstanding achievement of the school.
a) remembered
b) reminded
c) reminisced
d) recalled

61

62)

63)

64)

65)

Lack of feeling
a) Empathy
c) Sympathy
Accidental good fortune
a) Serendipity
c) Chance

b) Good luck
d) Fluke

Short speech or poem given at the end of a play


or a book
a) Epilogue
b) Epigram
c) Epitaph
d) Epicure
A person who drive our motor cars
a) Driver
b) Chauffeur
c) Conductor
d) Lift-operator

Directions: In question Nos. 66 to 70, four words are


given in each question, out of which only one word is
correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word and mark
your answer in the Answer Sheet.
66)

a) Narsicissism
c) Narcissism

b) Narcicicism
d) Narcisism

67)

a) Seige
c) Laison

b) Pharoah
d) Portuguese

68)

a) Acoustics
c) Acusticts

b) Accoustics
d) Accuoustics

69)

a) Repertoire
c) Repertwah

b) Repartoire
d) Repertiore

70)

a) Necessary
c) Necesarry

b) Neccesarry
d) Necessary

Directions: In question no. 71 to 80, in the following


passage some of the words have been left out. Read the
passage carefully and choose the correct answer to each
question out of the four alternatives and fill in the
blanks.
The other day I visited a refugee 71 where the
victims 72 the Gujarat Earthquake 73 in very 74
conditions. I was particularly 75 by an old woman who
was determined to give 76 grandchildren a better
future. She 77 a strong and 78 woman who even after
the 79 of her own children undertook such a journey
through life and never felt weak or broken but was an
80 for all.
71)

72)

a) house
c) home

b) camp
d) nest

a) of
c) in

b) to
d) at

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73)

a) was living
c) were living

b) are living
d) have lived

74)

a) apathetic
c) pathetic

b) sympathetic
d) empathetic

75)

a) cornered
c) worked

b) collected
d) moved

76)

a) his
c) its

b) her
d) their

77)

a) were
c) was

b) had
d) is

78)

a) courageous
c) ruinous

b) continuous
d) careful

79)

a) life
c) motionless

b) death
d) captivated

80)

a) happiness
c) motivation

b) determination
d) inspiration

b) Apathy
d) Pity

Directions: In question no. 81 to 85, some parts of the


sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out
which part of a sentence has an error and blacken the
oval corresponding to the appropriate letter (A, B, C). If
a sentence is free from errors, blacken the oval
corresponding to (D) in the Answer Sheet.
81)

Ghana, Nigeria and Gambia, /


(A)
each have parts to play / in the
(B)
development of Africa. / No error
(C)
(D)

82)

In these days of inflation / a ten


(A)
rupees note will not buy you /
(B)
even an ordinary meal. / No error
(C)
(D)

83)

Most of my friends /
(A)
heard the earthquake /
(B)
but I was totally unaware of it. / No error
(C)
(D)

84)

He walks / as if the earth /


(A) (B)
belonged to him. / No error
(C)
(D)

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85)

The United Nations / enquired for /


(A)
(B)
a cease fire. / No error
(C)
(D)

Directions: In question no. 86 to 90, sentences are


given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate
word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each
question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four
and indicate it by blackening the appropriate oval in the
Answer Sheet.
86)

Communism and Socialism have always ____ the


sermons of economic equality.
a) said
b) instructed
c) preached
d) obeyed

95)

Robert ____ Ali of his support.


a) assure
b) ensured
c) insured
d) assured

88)

The students are told to ____ these words in the


dictionary.
a) look down
b) look up
c) look into
d) look after

96)

97)

99)

89)

90)

Rama took his _____ for the wrong done to him.


a) avenge
b) vengeance
c) revenge
d) ravage
Students are not prepared ______ that kind of
question.
a) to
b) with
c) for
d) on

Directions: In question no. 91 to 95, out of the four


alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the
meaning of the given word and mark it in the Answer
Sheet.
91)

92)

93)

94)

Guile
a) Cunning
c) Careless
Futility
a) Uselessness
c) Irrelevance

b) Careful
d) Greedy
b) Insignificance
d) Unimportance

Sham
a) Real
c) Authentic

b) Genuine
d) Fake

Arduous
a) Troublesome
c) Difficult

b) Gloomy
d) Perilous

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b) Hatred
d) Admired

Directions: In question no. 96 to 100, choose the word


opposite in meaning to the given word and mark it in
the Answer Sheet.

98)
87)

Jealous
a) Interested
c) Envied

Traditional
a) Avant-garde
c) Unusual

b) Present
d) Fresh

Turbulent
a) Harmony
c) Calm

b) Gusty
d) Windy

Profuse
a) Sparse
c) Brief

b) Miserly
d) Immoderate

Mitigate
a) Appease
c) Allay

b) Enhance
d) Relieve

100) Prudent
a) Dunce
c) Foolish

b) Silly
d) Careless

QUNTITATIVE APTITUDE
101) Two equal maximum sized circular plates are cut
off from a circular paper sheet of circumference
352 cm. Then the circumference of each circular
plate is
a) 176 cm
b) 150 cm
c) 165 cm
d) 180 cm
102) If a + b + c = 0, then the value of (a + b - c )2 + (b +
c a)2 + (c + a b ) is
a) 0
b) 8 abc
c) 4(a2 + b2 + c2)
d) 4(ab + bc + ca)
103) If P3 + 3P2 + 3P = 7, then the value of P2 + 2P is
a) 4
b) 3
c) 5
d) 6
104) If x = 2015, y = 2014 and z = 2013, then value of
x2 + y2 + z2 xy yz zx is
a) 3
b) 4
c) 6
d) 2
105) If 3a2 = b2 0, then the value of
(a b) 3 (a b) 3
is
(a b) 2 (a b) 2

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3
b
2
1
c) b
2
a)

b) b
d)

2
b
3

106) A hemispherical bowl of internal radius 15 cm


contains a liquid. The liquid is to be filled into a
cylindrical- shaped bottles of diameter 5 cm and
height 6 cm. The number of bottles required to
empty the bowl is
a) 30
b) 40
c) 50
d) 60

113) If tan =
is equal to
1
a)
21
4
c)
21
114) If
a)

107) AD is the median of a triangle ABC and O is the


centroid such that AO = 10cm. Length of OD (in
cm) is
a) 2
b) 4
c) 5
d) 7
108) The measure of the angle between the internal
and external bisector of an angle is
a) 60
b) 70
c) 80
d) 90
109) Two circles C1 and C2 touch each other internally
at P. Two lines PCA and PDB meet the circles C1
and C, D and C2 in A, B respectively. If BDC =
120, then the value of ABP is equal to
a) 60
b) 80
c) 100
d) 120

c)

3
4 sin2 2 cos 2
, then the value of
4
4 sin2 3 cos 2
2
21
8
d)
21
b)

cos
sin
a,
b, then sin 2 is equal to
cos
sin
a2 1
a2 b 2
a2 1
a2 b 2

b)
d)

a2 1
a2 b 2
a2 1
a2 b 2

115) Let A, B, C, D be the angles of a quadrilateral. If


they are concyclic, then the value of
Cos A + cos B + cos C + cos D is
a) 0
b) 1
c) -1
d) 2
116) If a pole of 12 m high casts a shadow of 4 3 m
long on the ground, then the suns angle of
elevation at that instant is
a) 30
b) 60
c) 45
d) 90

110) DE is tangent to the circumcircle of ABC at the


vertex A such that DE || BC. If AB = 17 cm, then
the length of AC is equal to
a) 16.0 cm
b) 16.8 cm
c) 17.3 cm
d) 17 cm

117) If sin ( + 18) = cos 60 (0 < < 90), then the


value of cos 5 is
1
a)
b) 0
2
1
c)
d) 1
2

111) The distance between the centres of two circles


with radii 9 cm and 16 cm is 25 cm. The length of
the segment of the tangent between them is
a) 24 cm
b) 25 cm
50
cm
c)
d) 12 cm
3

118) The digit in units place of the product


49237 x 3995 x 738 x 83 x 9 is
a) 0
b) 7
c) 5
d) 6

112) If x > 1 and x +

1
x4

1
1
2 , then the value of x4 x
12

is

58975
20736
57985
c)
20736
a)

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59825
20736
57895
d)
20736
b)

119) If x : y be the ratio of two whole numbers and z be


their H.C.F., then the l. c. m. of those two numbers
is
xz
a) yz
b)
y
xz
c)
d) xyz
z
120) If the Universal Set
U = {1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8} and
A = {1, 2, 3, 4}, then Ac is equal to
a) {5, 6, 7, 8}
b) {5, 6, 1, 2}
c) {5, 6, 2, 3}
d) {5, 6, 3, 4}

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121) Find the nth term of the following sequence:


5 + 55 + 555 + .. Tn
a) 5(10n 1)
b) 5n (10n-1)
c)

5
(10n-1)
9

a) 48 : 35
c) 24 : 20

5
d) (10n-1)
9

122) If 12 men or 24 boys can do a work in 66 days,


the number of days in which 15 men and 6 boys
can do it is
a) 44
b) 33
c) 55
d) 66
123) The 30th term of the series 30, 25 1 , 21, 16 1 , ..
2

is
a) 0
c) -183

b) -100 1

2
d) -133 1
2

124) If diagonals of a rhombus are 24 cm and 32 cm,


then perimeter of that rhombus is
a) 80 cm
b) 84 cm
c) 76 cm
d) 72 cm
125) The inradius of an equilateral triangle is
then the perimeter of that triangle is
a) 18 cm
b) 15 cm
c) 12 cm
d) 6 cm

3 cm,

126) A double bed is marked at RS 7,500. The


shopkeeper allows successive discounts of 8%,
5% and 2%on it. What is the Net selling price?
a) Rs 6,500
b) Rs 6,000
c) Rs 6,423.90
d) Rs 6,500.50
127) X purchased an item at a discount of 10% and
sold it to Y at 10% and it to Y at 10% profit. The
marked price and the price for which Y
purchased the item are in ratio.
a) 1 : 1
b) 10 : 99
c) 20 : 99
d) 100 : 99
128) A man engaged a servant on the condition that he
would pay him Rs 90 and a turban after service of
one year. He served only for nine months and
received the turban and an amount of Rs 65. The
price of turban is
a) Rs 25
b) Rs 18.75
c) Rs 10
d) Rs 2.50
129) Tom is chasing Jerry. In the same interval of time
Tom jumps 8 times while Jerry jumps 6 times.
But the distance covered by Tom in 7 jumps is
equal to the distance covered by Jerry in 5 jumps.
The ratio of speed of Tom and Jerry is
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b) 28 : 15
d) 20 : 21

130) Three years ago the average age of a family of 5


members was 17 years. A baby having been born,
the average age of the family remains the same
today. The age of the baby today is
a) 3 years
b) 2 years
c) 1 year
d) 1.5 years
131) The average marks secured by 36 students was
52. But it was discovered that an item 64 was
misread as 46. What is the correct mean of
marks?
a) 54
b) 53.5
c) 53
d) 52.5
132) A shoe company sold 50 pairs of shoes on a day
costing Rs 189.50 each for Rs 10,000. Then the
profit obtained in Rs is
a) 522
b) 525
c) 573
d) 612
133) Kamala bought a bicycle for Rs 1,650. She had to
sell it at a loss of 8%. She sold it for
a) Rs 1,581
b) Rs 1,518
c) Rs 1,510
d) Rs 1,508
134) A got twice as many marks in English as in
Science. His total marks in English, Science and
Mathematics is 180. If the ratio of his marks in
English and Mathematics is 2 : 3, what is his
marks in Science?
a) 20
b) 60
c) 30
d) 40
135) In a village 30% of the population is literate. If
the total population of the village is 6,600, then
the number of illiterate is
a) 1980
b) 4620
c) 2200
d) 3280
136) Two trains start from stations A and B and travel
towards each other at speeds of 50 kmph and 60
kmph respectively. At the time of their meeting,
the second train has travelled 120 km more than
the first. The distance between A and B is
a) 1200 km
b) 1440 km
c) 1320 km
d) 990 km
137) Find the difference between the compound
interest and the simple interest on Rs 32,000 at
10% p.a. for 4 years.
a) 2051.20
b) 2052.50
c) 2025.20
d) 2501.20

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138) The whole surface of a cube is 150 sq. cm. Then


the volume of the cube is
a) 125 cm3
b) 216 cm3
c) 343 cm3
d) 512 cm3
139) If each edge of a square be doubled, then the
increase percentage of its area is
a) 200%
b) 250%
c) 280%
d) 300%
140) A solid metallic spherical ball of diameter 6 cm is
melted and recast into a cone with diameter of
the base as 12 cm. The height of the cone is
a) 2 cm
b) 3 cm
c) 4 cm
d) 6 cm

a) 43.95
c) 51.06

145) If 40 is the pass marks, percentage of students


failed is ______.
a) 14.56
b) 15.84
c) 16.11
d) 17.25
Study the bar diagram and answer Q. Nos. 146 to
150.
Boys

260

250

The marks obtained by 273 examinees is shown by


the frequency polygon. Given that mean marks is
59.5. Study the frequency polygon and answer Q. No
142 to 145.

Frequency

Frequency of Marks obtained


80
70
60
50
40
30
20
10
0

42

48

26
2
0-10

24

12

4
2130

8
4150

6170

8190

Marks range

142) The number of examinees getting more than


average marks is
a) 72
b) 105
c) 152
d) 164
143) Percentage of the students who got above 80%
marks is
a) 9.81
b) 10.53
c) 11.28
d) 11.72
144) Percentage of the students got marks above 60%
and below 80% is
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180

140

160
120

100
60

50
0
Philoso

Biology

Anthro

Sociolo

Psycholo

146) The percentage of the girls from Biology


Department comparing to the total number of
girls from all the other Department together is
1
a) 37
b) 37
2
1
1
c) 36
d) 35
2
2
147) The difference between the total number of boys
and the total number of girls from all the
Department together is
a) 540
b) 520
c) 460
d) 440

72

35

220

220

150
100

Girls

300

300
200

141) Subtracting x% of y from y means multiplying y


by
x
x
1
a)
b)
100
100
x
x

c) 1
d) x 1

100
100

b) 48.39
d) 56.84

148) The average number of boys from all the


departments together is
a) 123
b) 132
c) 134
d) 142
149) The percentage of the boys from Biology
Department comparing to the total number of
boys from all the Departments together is
1
a) 33
b) 50
2
1
c) 33
d) 30
3
150) The respective ratio of number of girls from
Philosophy Department to the number of girls
from Psychology Department is
a) 7 : 11
b) 11 : 7
c) 7 : 10
d) 6 : 11

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GENERAL AWARNESS
151) If the equilibrium constants for the systems
H2 + I 2
2HI and 2HI H2 + I2 are K1 and K2
respectively, the relationship between K1 and K2
is:
a) K1 = K2
b) K1 = 2K2
c) K1 = K2/2
d) K1 = 1/K2
152) Water has maximum density at
a) 100 C
b) 0 C
c) 4 C
d) 273 C
153) Concentration of a material which is lethal to
50% animal is called as
a) LD50
b) LC50
c) NOAEL
d) ADI
154) Neap tides are
a) Strong
c) Medium

b) Weak
d) Very strong

162) Who compiled the tales of The Panchatantra?


a) Valmiki
b) Veda Vyasa
c) Vishnu Sharma
d) Tulsidas
163) Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award for 2012-13 was
awarded to
a) Sachin Tendulkar
b) Sania Mirza
c) Major RVS Rathore
d) Ronjan Sodhi
164) Human Rights Day is observed on
a) 10th March
b) 10th July
th
c) 10 September
d) 10th December
165) Ajanta Caves were built during period of
a) Gupta
b) Kushana
c) Maurya
d) Chalukya
166) Who was the painter of the famous painting
called Bharatmata?
a) Gaganendranath Tagore
b) Abanindranath Tagore
c) Nandalal Bose
d) Jamini Roy

155) Sahara is located in which part of Africa?


a) Eastern
b) Western
c) Northern
d) Southern

167) Who discovered Cape of Good Hope in 1488?


a) Magellan
b) Columbus
c) Bartholomew Dias
d) Vasco da gama

156) The Ocean with the largest surface area is


a) Arctic Ocean
b) Atlantic Ocean
c) Indian Ocean
d) Pacific Ocean

168) Taxes are as certain as the death, because


a) They constitute the major source of
government revenue.
b) Government have no other source of revenue.
c) Most PSUs are run inefficiently.
d) Government has its own budget constraints.

157) About how many Indians cannot meet their


essential needs as per a report by Mc Kinsey
Global Institute (MGI) released on 19th February,
2014?
a) 66%
b) 56%
c) 46%
d) 36%
158) When a bond is formed between two atoms, the
energy of the system will
a) increase
b) decrease
c) remain the same
d) may increase or decrease
159) Telephone was invented by
a) Alexander Graham Bell b) Baird
c) Stevenson
d) Newton
160) Which was the first country to host the Asian
Games?
a) Korea
b) India
c) Japan
d) China
161) Who is the founder of Jainism in India?
a) Gautama
b) Mahavira
c) Chandragupta
d) Ashoka
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169) Which is NOT a measure undertaken by


government to check inflation?
a) Increase in consumption
b) Increase in production
c) Reduction in Deficit financing
d) Taxation measures.
170) The Slack Season in the Indian Economy is
a) March-April
b) September-December c) January-June
d) February-April
171) The relationship between the rate of interest and
level of consumption was first visualized by
a) Amartya K. Sen
b) Milton Friedman
c) Irving Fisher
d) James Duesenberry
172) Which one of the Constitutional amendment has
established Panchayati Raj Institution?
a) 72nd Amendment Act
b) 71st Amendment Act
c) 73rd Amendment Act
d) 78TH Amendment Act

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173) Take-off stage in an economy means


a) Steady growth begins.
b) Economy is stagnant.
c) Economy is about to collapse.
d) All controls are removed.

184) The temperature increases rapidly above


a) Ionosphere
b) Exosphere
c) Stratosphere
d) Troposphere

174) In the year 1977, an official committee was


appointed to examine Panchayat Raj under the
Chairmanship of
a) Ashok Mehta
b) Shri Ram Mehta
c) Balwant Rai Mehta
d) Manohar Lal Mehta

185) Which one of the following continents lies in


Northern Southern and Eastern-Western
hemispheres of the earth?
a) Australia
b) Africa
c) Europe
d) South America

175) How many countries are the members of U.N.


General Assembly?
a) 190
b) 191
c) 192
d) 193

186) Which Committee/Commission examined the


Centre and State relationship?
a) Ashok Mehta Committee
b) Indrajit Gupta Committee
c) Sarkaria Commission
d) N.N. Vohra Committee

176) Which among the following States,


introduced the Panchayat Raj System?
a) Rajasthan
b) Haryana
c) Uttar Pradesh
d) Maharashtra

187) Which one of the following is not


photosynthetic pigment?
a) Chlorophyll
b) Phycobilin
c) Carotenoid
d) Anthocyanin

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177) Which was the backbone of Indus Economy?


a) Agriculture
b) Trade
c) Wheel Made Pottery
d) Carpentry

188) National Fruit of India is


a) Mango
c) Apple

178) Which Mughal Emperor transferred the Mughal


Capital from Agra to Delhi?
a) Jahangir
b) Aurangzeb
c) Shahjahan
d) Bahadur Shah

189) Which of the following is a fibrous protein?


a) Haemoglobin
b) Albumin
c) Kertain
d) Enzymes

179) Who said, A living thing is born after the League


of Nations Covenant was drafted?
a) Lord Robert Cecil
b) Woodrow Wilson
c) Orlando
d) Neville Chamberlain
180) The author of Arthashastra was a contemporary
of ____.
a) Ashoka
b) Chandragupta Maurya
c) Samudragupta
d) Chandragupta Vikramaditya
181) The Taj Mahal was built by ___________________.
a) Jahangir
b) Shahjahan
c) Sher Shah
d) Nadir Shah
182) The Election Commission is established under the
Article
a) Article 355
b) Article 256
c) Article 324
d) Article 320
183) The percentage of Indias total population
employed in agriculture is nearly
a) 60%
b) 50%
c) 70%
d) 80%
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b) Pineapple
d) Grapes

190) Typhoid fever is caused by


a) Bacteria
b) Virus
c) Protozoa
d) Fungi
191) The International Commission on Zoological
Nomenclature was established in
a) 1898
b) 1988
c) 2001
d) 1664
192) Which one of the following is the worlds largest
desert?
a) Arabian
b) Kalahari
c) Sahara
d) Thar
193) A man standing at the top of a tower has two
spheres A and B. He drops sphere A downwards
and throws sphere B horizontally at the same
time. Which of the following is correct?
a) Both the spheres will reach the ground
simultaneously.
b) A will reach the ground first.
c) B will reach the ground first.
d) The question is incomplete because the masses
of the spheres are not given

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194) The dimensional formula ML-1T-2 corresponds to


a) Modulus of elasticity
b) Viscosity
c) Moment of a force
d) Thrust
195) 1 Micron is equal to
a) 10-9m
c) 10-6m

b) 10-12m
d) 10-15m

196) A wavelength of 0.3 m is produced in air and it


travels at a speed of 300 m/s. Then it will be an
a) Audible wave
b) Infrasonic wave
c) Ultrasonic wave
d) Microwave
197) The time between program input and output is
called
a) Turn around time
b) Waiting time
c) Execution time
d) Delay time
198) The Indian National Grid Computing Initiative for
Scientific Engineering and Academic Community
is named
a) Ganga
b) SAGA
c) Garuda
d) PARAM
199) Sodium Carbonate is commonly known as
a) Baking Soda
b) Washing Soda
c) Caustic Soda
d) Caustic Potash
200) Carolus Linnaeus System of classification is
a) Natural
b) Artificial
c) Binomial
d) Phylogenetic

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ANSWER KEY
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IBPS PO
MODEL TEST PAPER
(REASONING AND QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE SECTION ONLY)
REASONING ABILITY
Directions (Q. 1-6): A word and number
arrangement machine when given an input line
of words and numbers rearranges them
following a particular rule in each step. The
following
is
an
illustration
of
input
rearrangement.
Input: but 32 71 glory fair south 65 84
Step I: south but 32 71 glory fair 65 84
Step II: south 84 but 32 71 glory fair 65
Step III: south 84 glory but 32 71 fair 65
Step IV: south 8 4 glory 71 but 32 fair 65
Step V: south 84 glory 71 fair but 32 65
Step VI: south 84 glory 71 fair 65 but 32
And Step VI is the last step of the rearrangement.
As per the rules followed in the above steps, find
out in each of the following questions the
appropriate step for given input.
1)

2)

3)

4)

Step III of an input is: year 92 ultra 15 23


strive house 39
How many more steps will be required to
complete the rearrangement?
1) Three
2) Four
3) Two
4) Five
5) None of these
Input: any how 49 24 far wide 34 69
Which of the following steps will be the last
but one?
1) VI
2) VII
3) V
4) VIII
5) None of these
Step II of an input is: town 74 pair 15 31
nice job 42
Which of the following is definitely the
input?
1) pair 15 31 town nice job 42 74
2) pair 15 town 31 74 nice job 42
3) pair 15 town 74 31 nice job 42
4) Cannot be determined
5) None of these
Input: play over 49 37 12 match now 81
Which of the following will be step IV?
1) play 81 over 49 37 match now

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5)

6)

2) play 81 over 49 37 12 now


3) play 81 over 49 now 37 match 12
4) There will be no such step.
5) None of these
Step II of an input is: war 58 box cart 33
49 star 24
Which of the following steps will be the
last?
1) V
2) VI
3) IV
4) VII
5) None of these
Input: shower fall water 34 51 67 98 goal
How many steps will be required to
complete the rearrangement?
1) Three
2) Four
3) Six
4) Five
5) None of these

Directions (Q. 7-12): In the following


questions, the symbols , @, $, % and are
used with the following meaning as illustrated
below:
P@Q means P is not greater than Q.
P%Q means P is not smaller than Q.
PQ means P is neither smaller than nor equal
to Q.
PQ means P is neither greater t han nor equal
to Q.
P$Q means P is neither greater than nor smaller
than Q.
In each question four statements showing
relationship have been given, which are followed
by four conclusions I, II, III & IV. Assuming that
the given statements are true, fin d out which
conclusion(s) is/are definitely true.
7)

8)

Statements: M D, D K, K @ R, R F
Conclusions:
I. F K
II. D F
III. M R IV. D R
1) None is true
2) Only I is true
3) Only II is true
4) Only III is true
5) Only IV is true
Statement: B % K, K $ T, T F, H F
Conclusions:
I. B $ T
II. T B
III. H K IV. F B

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9)

10)

11)

12)

1) Only either I or II is true


2) Only III is true
3) Only IV is true
4) Only III and IV are true
5) Only either I or II and III and IV are true
Statements: W B, B @ F, F R, R $ M
Conclusions:
I. W F
II. M B
III. R B IV. M W
1) Only I and IV are true
2) Only II and III are true
3) Only I and III are true
4) Only II and IV are true
5) None of these
Statements: E @ K, K $ T, T N, B % N
Conclusions:
I. T % E
II. K N
III. B T IV. B E
1) Only I, II and II are true
2) Only II, III and IV are true
3) Only I, III and IV are true
4) All are true
5) None of these
Statements: Z $ B, B % M, M F, F @ R
Conclusions:
I. Z M
II. F B
III. R M IV. M @ Z
1) Only I and II are true
2) Only I, III and IV are true
3) Only III and IV are true
4) Only I or IV and II are true
5) None of these
Statements: H @ T, T $ N, F N, B % F
Conclusions:
I. F @ H
II. F T
III. B T IV. B % H
1) None is true
2) Only I is true
3) Only II is true
4) Only III and IV are true
5) Only II and III are true

Directions (Q. 13-17): Study the following


information
carefully
and
answer
the
questions given below:
P, Q, R, S, T, V and W are seven students of a
school. Each of them studies in a different
standards from Standard IV to Standard X not
necessarily in the same order. Each of them has a
favourite subject from English, Science, History,
Geography, Mathematics, Hindi and Sanskrit, not
necessarily in the same order.
Q studies in VII Standard and does not like
either Mathematics or Geography. R likes English
and does not study either in V or in IX. T studies
in VIII Standard and likes Hindi . The one who
likes Science studies in X Standard. S studies in IV
Standard. W likes Sanskrit. P does not study in X
Standard. The one who likes Geography studies in
V Standard.
13)

In which standard does W study?


1) VII
2) IX

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3) X
4) Data inadequate
5) None of these
14) Which subject does P like?
1) Geography
2) Mathematics
3) English
4) History
5) None of these
15) Which subject does S like?
1) History
2) Geography
3) Mathematics
4) Data inadequate
5) None of these
16) In which standard does P study?
1) IV
2) VII
3) IX
4) X
5) None of these
17) Which of the following combinations of
student-standard-subject is correct?
1) T- VIII- Mathematics 2) W- VII- Sanskrit
3) Q- VII- Geography
4) V- X- Science
5) None of these
Directions
(18):
Read
the
following
information
carefully
and
answer
the
questions which follow
Small brands are now looking beyond local
grocery stores and are tying up with
supermarkets such as Big Bazaar to pull their
business out of troubled waters.
Which of the following can be inferred from
the given information? (An inference is
something that is not directly stated but can
be inferred from the given information)
1) Merchandise of smaller brands would not
be available at loca l grocery stores in the
near future
2) Smaller brands cannot compete with
bigger ones in a supermarket set-up.
3) There is a perception among small
brands that sale in a supermarket is higher
than that of small grocery stores.
4) Supermarkets genera te more revenue by
selling products of bigger brands as
compared to the smaller ones.
5) Smaller brands have always had more
tie-ups with supermarkets as compared to
small grocery stores.
Directions (19-22): These questions are based
on the information given above and the
sentences labeled (A), (B),(C),(D),(E) and (F)
as given below
(A) A smaller brand manufacturing a certain
product of quality comparable with that of a
bigger brand, makes much more profit from
the local grocery stores than from the
supermarkets.
(B) As the supermarkets have been set up only
in bigger cities at present, this step would
fail to deliver results in the smaller cities.

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(C)
(D)

(E)

(F)

19)

20)

21)

22)

Supermarkets help the smaller brands


break into newer markets without investing
substantially in distribution.
Supermarkets charge the smaller brands
10% higher than the amount charged to the
bigger brands.
Being outnumbered by the bigger brands,
visibility of the smaller brands at local
grocery stores is much lower as compared
to the supermarkets.
Smaller brands are currently making
substantial losses in their businesses.

23)

Which of the statements numbered (A),


(B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) can be assumed
from the facts/information given in the
statements? (An assumption is something
supposed or taken for granted)
1) Only (A)
2) Only (B)
3) Both (B) and (C)
4) Both (D) and (E)
5) Only (F)
Which of the statements numbered (A),
(B), (C), (E) and (F) represents a
disadvantage of the small grocery stores
over
the
supermarkets
from
the
perspective of a smaller brand?
1) Only (A)
2) Only (C)
3) Only (E)
4) Only (F)
5) Both (B) and (C)
Which of the statements (A), (B), (C), (D)
and (E) mentioned above represents a
reason for the shift from local grocery
stores to supermarkets by the smaller
brands?
1) Only (A)
2) Only (B)
3) Only (D)
4) Both (A) and (D)
5) Only (C)
Which of the statements numbered (A),
(B), (C), (E) and (F) mentioned above
would prove that the step taken by the
smaller
brands
(of
moving
to
supermarkets) may not necessarily be
correct?
1) Only (A)
2) Only (C)
3) Only (E)
4) Only (F)
5) Both (B) and (E)

25)

Directions (Q. 23-27): Study the following


information
carefully
and
answer
the
questions given below:
i)
A, B, C, D, E, F, G and H are eight students,
each having a different height,
ii)
D is shorter than A but taller than G.
iii) E is taller than H but shorter than C.
iv)
B is shorter than D but taller than F.
v)
C is shorter than G.
vi)
G is not as tall as F.
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24)

26)

27)

Which of the following is definitely false?


1) G is shorter than F.
2) C is shorter than F.
3) F is taller than C.
4) B is taller than E.
5) All are true
If another students J, who is taller than E
but shorter than G, is added to the group,
which of the following will be definitely
true?
1) C and J are of the same height.
2) J is shorter than D.
3) J is shorter than H.
4) J is taller than A.
5) None of these
Which of the following will definitely be
the third from top when the eight
students are arranged in descending
order of height?
1) B
2) F
3) G
4) B or G
5) Cannot be determined
How many of them are definitely shorter
than F?
1) Three
2) Four
3) Five
4) Data inadequate
5) None of these
Which of the following is redundant to
answer all the above questions?
1) (ii) only
2) (ii) and (iii) only
3) (iii) and (iv) only
4) (ii) and (v) only
5) All are necessary to answer the above
questions.

Directions (Q. 28-33): In each question below


are four statements followed by four
conclusions numbered I, II, III and IV. You have
to take the four given statements to be true
even if they seem to be at variance with
commonly known facts and then decide which
of the given conclusions logically follows from
the four gives statements disregarding
commonly known facts. Then decide which of
the answers 1), 2) 3), 4) and 5) is correct and
indicate it on the answer sheet.
28)

Statements:
All belts are rollers.
Some rollers are whe els.
All wheels are mats.
Some mats are cars.
Conclusions:
I. Some mats are rollers.
II. Some mats are belts.
III. Some cars are rollers.
IV. Some rollers are belts.
1) Only I and II follow
2) Only I, III and IV follow
3) Only I and IV follow

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29)

30)

31)

32)

4) Only II, III and IV follow


5) None of these
Statements:
Some tyres are rains.
Some rains are flowers.
All flowers are jungles.
All jungles are tubes.
Conclusions:
I. Some jungles are tyres.
II. Some tubes are rains.
III. Some jungles ar e rains.
IV. Some tubes are flowers.
1) Only I, II and III follow
2) Only II, III and IV follow
3) Only I, III and IV follow
4) All follow
5) None of these
Statements:
All desks are chairs.
All chairs are tables.
All tables are boxes.
All boxes are trunks.
Conclusions:
I. Some trunks are tables.
II. All chairs are boxes.
III. Some boxes are desks.
IV. All desks are trunks.
1) Only I, II and III follow
2) Only I, II and IV follow
3) Only II, III and IV follow
4) All follow
5) None of these
Statements:
Some birds are goats.
Some goats are horses.
Some horses are lions.
Some lions are tigers.
Conclusions:
I. Some tigers are goats.
II. No tiger is goat.
III. Some lions are birds.
IV. No lion is bird.
1) Only either I or II follows
2) Only either III or IV follow
3) Only either I or II and either III or IV
follow
4) Only I and II follow
5) None of these
Statements:
All papers are bottles.
All bottles are cups.
Some cups are jugs.
Some jugs are plates.
Conclusions:
I. Some plates are cups.
II. Some plates are bottles.
III. Some cups are papers.

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33)

IV. Some bottles are papers.


1) Only III and IV follow
2) Only I and II follow
3) Only I and III follow
4) Only II and IV follow
5) None of these
Statements:
All bulbs are wires.
No wire is cable.
Some cables are brushes.
All brushes are paints.
Conclusions:
I. Some paints are cables.
II. Some wires are bulbs.
III. Some brushes are wires.
IV. Some cables are bulbs.
1) None follows
2) Only I & II follow
3) Only II follows
4) Only III follows
5) Only IV follows

Directions (Q. 34-38): Study the following


information
carefully
and
answer
the
questions given below.
At a recent international summit five delegates A,
B, C, D and E participa ted. A person observed and
made the following statements B and C spoke
English, although when D joined them they all
changed to Spanish, the only common language
among the three of them.
The only common language among A, B and E was
French. The only common language between C and
E was Italian, Three delegates could speak
Portuguese. The most common language was
Spanish. One of the delegates sp oke all five
languages, another one spoke four, one spo ke
three, one spoke two and one spoke only one
language.
34)
The person who speaks all the five
language is
1) A
2) B
3) C
4) Cant say
5) None of these
35)
D does not speak which of the following
languages?
I) French
II) Italian
III) Portuguese
1) Only I
2) I and II
3) I and III
4) II and III
5) All of these
36)
E speaks which of the following
languages?
I) French
II) Italian
III) Portuguese
1) Only I
2) I and II
3) I and III
4) II and III
5) All of these

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37)

The only person who does not speak


Spanish is
1) A
2) B
3) C
4) Cant say
5) None of these
38)
Which of the following indicates the
pair of persons who speak neither
English nor Italian?
1) AD
2) AB
3) BD
4) DE
5) None of these
Directions (39-42): Read the following
information and the five statements given
below it carefully and answer the questions
which follow. Steve Jobs himself said it:
Its smart to take an existing idea and enhance it
beautifully, Apple did it and so did som e of the
most successful brands worldwide. To be
successful, it is not essential to imova tion which
is a combination of innovation and imitation.
(A) As an innovation is a standalone product in
the market, it reaps in all t he profit till the
innovators imitate it. Imovation , however,
is not profitable as there are many imitated
products in the market at the same time, all
reducing each others profits.
(B) Brand X duplicated Brand Ys mobile phones
with exactly the same fe atures and same
price range but failed to make an impact in
the market.
(C) No one remembe rs the innovators after
some time because they did not turn their
idea into success. On the other hands, the
imitators did what they had to just at the
right time.
(D) While Sanfy invent ed portable MP3 players,
it was Apple which enabled MP3 players to
play videos a nd games at a fairly reaso nable
price, thus capturing the market.
(E) Imovation is a lot less risky business
venture. An imitator is already eq uipped
with the analysis of how market received
the innovation.
39)

40)

Blind imitation of a product can never be


successful and sustainable.
Which of the statem ents (A), (B), (C), (D)
and (E) mentioned above proves the above
statement most appropriately?
1) D
2) B
3) C
4) E
5) Both A and C
Which of the statements (A), (B), (C), (D)
and (E)mentioned above represented an
advantage of imitating an existing
product?
1) B
2) Both B and D

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41)

42)

3) E
4) Both C and B
5) Both A and D
Which of the statements (A), (B), (C), (D)
and
(E)
mentioned
above
would
contradict the fact that imitation of
products is a successful market strategy?
1) A
2) C
3) D
4) E
5) Both B and E
Companies must add such values to their
imitated
products
that
not
only
distinguish their imitation but also add
to customer satisfaction.
Which of the statements numbered (A), (B),
(C), (D) and (E) mentioned a bove proves the
above statement most appropriately?
1) A
2) Both A and B
3) Both A and E
4) Both A and C
5) Both B and D

Directions (Q. 43-45): Each of the questions


below consists of a question and three
statements numbered I, II and III given below
it. You have to decide whether the data
provided in the statements are sufficient to
answer the question. Read all three statements
and give answer
1)
if the data in statem ents I and II are
sufficient to answer the question, while the
data in statement III are not required to
answer the question.
2)
if the data in stateme nts I and III are
sufficient to answer the question, whi le the
data in statement II are not required to
answer the question.
3)
if the data in statemen ts II and III are
sufficient to answer the question, while the
data in statement I are not required to
answer the question.
4)
if the data in either st atement I alone or
statement II alone or statement III alone are
sufficient to answer the question.
5)
if the data in all the statement I, II and III
together are necessary to answer the
question.
43) Out of five persons A, B, C, D and E, A is
in which direction with respect to E?
I. A is to west of D and to the south of C. C is
to the west of E.
II. B is to the west o f C and south-east of D,
who is north of A. D is to the east of E.
III. E is to the south of D and north of B, who
is to the west of A.
44) How is candle coded in a code language?
I. su de fi ge is the code for blow candle off
light and ra se de pi is the code for light
should cut never.

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II. pi fi ta du is the cod e for you should call


off and ge ko mo tu is the code for never
blow your trumpet.
III. fi si de et is the c ode for light always
goes off and ra fu se zu is the code for cut
never tree ever.
In a family of seven members, how is S
related to V?
I. T and U are offspring of R, who is the wife
of S.
II. Z, the cousin of W, is the nie ce of T.
III. V is the only brother -in-law of W.

49)

50)
Q 46-50) Study the following information
carefully and answer the given questions.
Eight colleagues A, B, C , D, E, F, G and H, are
sitting around a circular table facing the centre
but not necessarily in the same order. Each one of
them holds a different post Manager, Company
Secretary, Chairman, President , Vice President,
Group Leader, Financial Advisor and Managing
Director. A sits third to the right of the Managing
Director. Only two people sits betwe en the
Managing Director and H. The Vice Presiden t and
the Company Secretary are immediate neighbour.
Neither A nor H is a Vice President or a company
secretary. The Vice President is not an immediate
neighbour of the Managing Director. The Manager
sits second to the left of E. E is not an immediate
neighbour of H. The Manager is an immediate
neighbour of both Group Leader and the Financial
Advisor. The Financial Advisor sits third to the
right of B. B is not th e Vice President. C sits on the
immediate right of the Chairman. A is not the
Chairman. G is not an immediate neighbour of the
Manager. F is not an immediate neighbour of A.
46)

47)

48)

Who amongst the following sits third to


the left of E?
1) Manager
2) G
3) A
4) Financial Advisor
5) B
Four of the following five are alike in a
certain way based on the given
arrangement and thus form a group.
Which is the one that does not belong to
that group?
1) F Chairman
2) G President
3) D Manager
4) A Financial Advisor
5) B Managing Director
Who among the following is the
President of the company?
1) A
2) C
3) H
4) G
5) D

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Which of the following is true with


respect
to
the
given
seating
arrangement?
1) The Group Leader of the Company is an
immediate neighbour of the Vice President
2) G sits second to the right of D
3) The Group Leade r and the company
secretary are immediate neighbours
4) The Chairman of th e company sits to the
immediate left of the Managing Director
5) The Group Leader sits second to t he left
of D.
Which of the following posts does B hold
in the company?
1) Chairman
2) Manager
3) Company Secretary 4) Vice President
5) Financial Advisor

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE
Directions (Q. 51-55): What value should come
in place of question mark (?) in the following
questions?
51) (119) 4.8 x (119) 5.01 (119) 3.001 =
(119) ?
1) 7.3
2) 6.8
3) 5.2
4) 4.9
5) 3
52)

53)

2808.9997 3.76 ?
1) 17
3) 16
5) 15

175% of 460 + 110% of 170 + (2) ? = (10) ?


1) 3
2) 4
3) 5
4) 2
5) 1
6

54)

4 6 8 3 6 9
5 5 ?

1) 5 8
3) 5 2
5) None of these

55)

2) 54
4) 14

2) 5 16
4) 5 4

1
3
1
3 18 35
3 2 7 5

7
5
5
7 35 ?
1) 3
3) 7
5) 11

2) 5
4) 9

Directions (Q 56-60): What should come in


place of question mark (?) in the following
number series?
56)

81 512 2401
?
1) 2187

7776

15625

16384

2) 19683

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57)

58)

59)

60)

3) 729
4) 512
5) 6561
8
64 216 512 1000
1728 ?
1) 4096
2) 2744
3) 3375
4) 2197
5) 4913
3
4
10
33
136 685 ?
1) 3430
2) 4802
3) 5145
4) 4116
5) 5488
16 12 18 40.5 121.5 455.625 ?
1) 2050.1125
2) 2050.2125
3) 2050.3125
4) 2050.4125
5) 2050.5125
4
18
48
100 180 294 ?
1) 448
2) 424
3) 436
4) 460
5) 412

Directions (Qs. 61-65): Following pie-chart


shows the percentage distribution of total
population of different cities and the
distribution of literate males and females
among them. Total population of all six cities
together is 1.5 crore and the ratio of males to
females among them is 8:7. Total literate
males and females in all cities are 40 and 25
lakh respectively.

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64)

65)

Total literate population of City E is


what percentage of its total population?
1) 25.33%
2) 16.66%
3) 26%
4) 42%
5) 64%
What is the difference between total
illiterate population and total literate
population of City C?
1) 8.5 lakh
2) 9.5 lakh
3) 10.5 lakh
4) 11 lakh
5) 20.5 lakh
Total number of literate males of City D
is what percentage more than the total
number of literate female of City D?
1) 60%
2) 38.46%
3) 61.538%
4) 120%
5) 160%

Directions
(66-70):
Study
the
given
information
carefully
and
answer
the
questions that follows:
An urn contains 3 red, 6 blue, 2 green and 4
yellow marbles
66)

67)

If
two
marbles
are
picked
at
random, what is the probably that both
are green?
1)

2
15

2)

3)

2
7

4) 1

5) None
If three marbles are picked at random,
what is the probability that two are blue
and one is yellow?

2
15
12
3)
91
1)

68)

61)

62)

What is the total illiterate population of


City A?
1) 10.8 lakh
2) 14.2 lakh
3) 16.8 lakh
4) 18 lakh
5) None of these
Total literate males of City E are what
percentage of total literate females of
City F?
1) 270%
2) 118%
3) 196%
4) 240%
5) 304%

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6
91
3
4)
15
2)

5) None of these
If four marbles are picked any random,
what is the probability that at least one
is yellow?

91
123
125
3)
143
1)

69)

1
15

69
91
1
4)
4
2)

5) one of these
It two marbles are picked at random,
what is the probability that either both
are red or both are green?
1)

3
5

2)

4
105

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3)
70)

2
7

4)

5) None of these
If four marbles are picked at random,
what is the probability that one is green,
two are blue and one is red?

4
15
6
3)
91

17
280
11
4)
15

1)

71)

72)

73)

5
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2)

5) None of these
35 women can do a price of work in 15
days. How many women would be
required to do the same work in 25 days?
1) 21
2) 24
3) 30
4) 36
5) None of these
A 280 meters long train travelling at a
uniform speed, crosses a platform in 60
seconds and a man standing on the
platform in 20 seconds. What is the
length of the platform?
1) 640 meters
2) 420 meters
3) 280 meters
4) Cannot be determined
5) None of these
If the numerator of a fraction is
increased by 500% and the denominator
is increased by 300%, the resultant
fraction is 1

1
. What was the original
17

fraction?

12
17
3
3)
7

13
17
4
4)
11

1)

Directions (Q. 76-80): Study the following


information carefully to answer the questions
that follow:
A company produces 4 different products, viz AC,
fans, refrigerators and ovens, each product of two
different qualities ie, Quality A and Quality B. The
company produces a total of 500 products. One fifth of total number of products are fans, out of
which 35% are of Quality B. Fifteen percent of the
total number of products are AC. Two -thirds of
the ACs are of quality A. Twenty five per cent of
the total numbers of products are refrigerators,
out of which 40% are of quality B. Ten per cent of
the number of ovens are of Quality B.
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77)

78)

79)

2)

80)

5) None of these
74-75): In the following questions two
equations numbered I and II are given. You
have to solve both the equations and
Give answer
if
1)
x>y
2)
xy
3)
x<y
4)
xy
5)
x = y or the relationship
cannot be established

y 5 y
1

4
12
y

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I. 15 9 11 x
x
x

II.

75)

I. 8 6
x
x

II. Y 3 - 14

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What is the total number of AC and


ovens of Quality B and fans and
refrigerators of Quality A together made
by the company?
1) 165
2) 205
3) 155
4) 185
5) None of these
What is the average number of products
of Quality A made by the company?
1) 90
2) 75
3) 80
4) 95
5) 92.5
What is the ratio of the number of ovens
of Quality B to the number of fans of
Quality A?
1) 5 : 2
2) 4 : 13
3) 5 : 13
4) 4 : 9
5) None of these
What is the difference between the
number of ACs of Quality A and Quality
B?
1) 25
2) 50
3) 35
4) 40
5) None of these
The number of refrigerators of Quality A
is approximately what percentage of the
total number of ovens (both Quality A
and B together)?
1) 39
2) 31
3) 35
4) 38
5) 49

Directions (Q. 81-85): Each question below is


followed by two statements A and B. You are to
determine whether the data given in the
statement is sufficient for answering the
question. You should use the data and your
knowledge of Mathematics to choose between
the possible answers.
Give answer 1) if the statement A alone is
sufficient to answer the q uestion, but the
statement B alone is not sufficient.

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Given answer 2) if the statement B alone is


sufficient to answer the question, but the
statement A alone is not sufficient.
Given answer 3) if both statements A and B
together are needed to answer the question.
Given answer 4) if either the statement A alone
or the statement B alone is sufficient to answer
the question.
Given answer 5) if you cannot get the answer
from the statements together, but need even more
data.
81)

82)

83)

84)

85)

What is the rate of interest (pcpa) on an


amount of Rs. 6000 deposited in a bank?
A. The simple interest for four years is Rs.
2,400.
B. The difference between the simple
interest and compound interest is Rs. 384.6.
What is the number?
A. 75% of that number is three fourths o f
that number.
B. Three fourths of that number is less by 34
of that number.
The ages of Sakshi and Sanchit are in the
ratio 7:6. What is the age of Sanchit?
A. The ages of Sakshi and Smita are in the
ratio of 8:5
B. After 5years the ratio of S mitas and
Sanyas ages will be 3:2
Is B an odd number?
A. B multiplied by an odd number is equal to
an even number.
B. B is divisible by 2.
What is the salary of D, in group of A, B,
C, D, E and F whose average salary is Rs.
50, 5687?
A. Total of the salaries of A and F is Rs.
78,980.
B. Total of the salaries of B and C is Rs. 54,
665.

86)

87)

88)

89)

90)

91)

Directions (Q. 86-90): Study the table carefully


to answer the questions that follow:

72
?
=
128 ?

Total number of students studying in various


colleges over the years.
Year
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007

A
1125
1345
1290
1785
1890
2000
2160

B
1200
1265
1348
1440
1802
2100
2346

College
C
1170
1342
1560
1660
1864
2200
2178

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92)
D
1090
1238
1346
1546
1790
1996
2061

E
1114
1278
1662
1784
1986
2265
2448

What is the average number of students


studying in the College E over the given
years?
1) 1656
2) 1791
3) 1710
4) 1581
5) None of these
The number of students studying in
College B in the year 2003 is
approximately what per cent of the total
number of students in various college in
that year?
1) 37
2) 31
3) 19
4) 23
5) 14
What is the ratio of the number of
students studying in College B to the
number of students studying in College E
in the year 2007?
1) 23:24
2) 11:12
3) 24:23
4) 12:00
5) None of these
What is the difference between the
average number of students studying in
College B over the given years and the
average number of students studying in
College D over the given years?
1) 23
2) 148
3) 434
4) 62
5) None of these
What is the difference between the total
number of students studying in College A
over the given years and the total
number of students studying in College C
over the given years?
1) 907
2) 94
3) 434
4) 1036
5) 379
Which number should replace both the
question
marks
in
the
following
equation?

93)

1) 96
2) 106
3) 92
4) 98
5) None of these
The C.I. on a certain sum is Rs. 104 for 2
years and S.I. is Rs. 100. Find the
principal.
1) Data inadequate
2) Rs. 625
3) Rs. 670
4) Rs. 700
5) Rs. 850
A sum of money is divided among A, B, C
and D in the ratio of 5:8:9:11. If the share
of B is Rs. 2,475 more than the share of A,
then what is the total amount of money of
A & C together?

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1) Rs. 9,900
3) Rs. 10,725
5) None of these
94)

By how much is

2) Rs. 11,550
4) Rs. 9,075 3

2
5
of 159 lesser than of
3
8

224?
1) 36
3) 32.25
5) None of these
95)

99)

2) 38.75
4) 34

The ages of Shakti and Kanti are in the


ratio of 8:7. After 10 years the ratio of
their ages will be 13:12. What is the
difference in years between their ages?
1) 2 years
2) 4 years
3) 6 years
4) 8 years
5) None of these

Durations (Q. 96-100): The following graph


shows the percentage growth in population of
six cities from 1990 to 2000 and 2000 to 2010.

If the population of City C in the year


2010 and that of city D in year 2000 are
equal and they are 27.2 lakh each the
population of City C in year 1990 is what
percentage of population of City D in the
same year?
1) 50%
2) 75%
3) 80%
4) 120%
5) 200%

100) The population of City E in year 1990 was


what fraction of its population in 2010?
1) 8 : 19
2) 10 : 19
3) 8 : 21
4) 10 : 21
5) 15 : 19

ANSWER KEY
REASONING ABILITY
Q.
1
6
11
16
21
26
31
36
41
46

A.
2
4
3
5
5
2
3
2
1
4

Q.
2
7
12
17
22
27
32
37
42
47

A.
3
1
3
4
1
5
1
5
5
5

Q.
3
8
13
18
23
28
33
38
43
48

Q.
4
5
2
3
5
3
2
1
4
1

A.
4
9
14
19
24
29
34
39
44
49

Q.
4
2
1
5
2
2
2
2
1
4

A.
5
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50

Q.
2
4
3
3
1
4
5
3
5
3

Q.
55
60
65
70
75
80
85
90
95
100

A.
2
1
1
3
5
4
5
5
1
4

QUANTITATIVE APTITUDE

96)

If the population of City F in year 1990


was 12 lakh, what will be its population
in year 2010?
1) 31.65 lakh
2) 32.55 lakh
3) 33.4 lakh
4) 34.64 lakh
5) None of these

97)

The population of City D in year 2000


was what per cent of its population in
year 2010?
1) 57.8%
2) 60%
3) 62.5%
4) 96%
5) 160%

98)

In year 1990 the population of City A and


City B are equal and the population of
City A in year 2010 is 37.7 lakh. What is
the population of City B in year 2010?
1) 38.4 lakh
2) 42 lakh
3) 43.5 lakh
4) 44 lakh
5) 46.6 lakh

GENERAL AWARENESS MAY 2015

Q.
51
56
61
66
71
76
81
86
91
96

A.
2
5
1
5
1
4
1
2
1
2

Q.
52
57
62
67
72
77
82
87
92
97

A.
4
2
5
3
5
5
2
3
2
3

Q.
53
58
63
68
73
78
83
88
93
98

A.
1
4
4
2
1
2
5
1
2
2

Q.
54
59
64
69
74
79
84
89
94
99

A.
4
3
2
2
1
1
3
5
4
1

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Kshatrapati Shivaji has been appointed Chairman and Managing


Director of which bank: Small Industries Development Bank of
India (SIDBI).
Mo Ibrahim Prize is given for what achievement: for excellence
in public governance
Mo Ibrahim Prize is given in which part of the world: Africa
Who has been elected as the new President of the BCCI:
Jagmohan Dalmiya
What is the full form of the BCCI the apex body governing the
game of cricket in India: Board of Control for Cricket in India
The government has, for the first time, fixed a inflation target for
the RBI, at what level: 6% by January 2016
RBI has been given inflation target as per the recommendation of
which committee: Dr. Urjit Patel Committee
Arun Kumar Singh has been appointed Indias next Ambassador
to which country: USA
As per the Forbes magazine's annual list of the world's richest
people, ___________ has topped the list for the 8th year: Bill
Gates
Growth of core sector was lowest in January in past 13 months at
1.8 per cent. How many industries are there in the core sector:
Eight
As per recent data the per capita annual income in India has
been recorded at Rs. __________in 2013-14: Rs. 80,388
Which wing of defence forces recently conducted its operational
exercise TROPEX 2015: Navy
Write the full form of the abbreviation TROPEX: Theatre Level
Readiness and Operational Exercise
Indian navy recently conducted TROPEX 2015 exercise in which
area: Arabian Sea
Roger Federer defeated Novak Djokovic to win which title in
Dubai: Dubai Championship
the Argentina Open title of Tennis was won by __________
beating Juan Monaco of Argentina: Rafael Nadal
Reserve Bank of India cut its main lending rate--the repo rate by
_______ percentage points to 7.5% on Mar 4, 2015: 0.25
At which place worlds largest and tallest Indian national flag was
unfurled on March 3: Faridabad, Haryana
The Lok Sabha has passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill,
2015 to bring which category of vehicles into the ambit of the
Motor Vehicles Act 1988: e-rickshaws and e-carts
Name the popular news magazine that was founded by Vinod
Mehta, the eminent journalist who passed away recently:
Outlook
What is the name of the autobiography of Vinod Mehta:
Lucknow Boy
Reserve Bank of India eased the norms for home loans for up to
which amount: Rs. 10 lac
What are the expenses that now can be included in the amount

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of home loan as permitted by RBI: Stamp duty and registration


charges etc
Name the new scheme that will be offered by all Public Sector
General Insurance Companies for giving insurance cover against
death by accident: Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana
(PMSBY)
The PMSBY is available to all persons in age group_________
years, having a bank account: 18 to 70
What is the annual premium amount payable for joining PMSBY:
Rs. 12
What is the amount of cover available under PMSBY in case of
accidental death: Rs. 2 lac
Name the new scheme that will be offered by Life Insurance
Corporation and all other life insurers for providing life insurance:
Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana (PMJJBY)
The PMJJBY is available to all persons in age group_________
years, having a bank account: 18 to 50
What is the annual premium amount payable for joining PMJJBY:
Rs. 330
What is the amount of cover available under PMJJBY in case of
death by any reason: Rs. 2 lac
Name the new proposed pension scheme to be launched by the
Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, focussing
the unorganised sector workers: Atal Pension Yojana (APY)
The APY is available to all persons in age group_________
years, having a bank account: 18 to 40
Name the badminton player who became the first Indian woman
to reach the finals of the All-England Badminton Championship:
Saina Nehwal
Which Indian organization reached a major milestone of
successfully linking 15 crore bank accounts with Aadhaar
number: National Payments Corporation of India
According to the Mercer Quality of Living Rankings 2015, which
Indian city has been selected as the Best Indian City to live in:
Hyderabad
Name the three states that have recently been excluded from
the Protected Area Permit (PAP) regime for foreign tourists till
December 31: Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland
International Womens Day was observed across the world on
which date: March 8
United Nations declared this years theme for womens day as
_________ to encourage effective action for advancing and
recognizing women: Make it Happen
Govt has decided to converge which national programme with
the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
(MGNREGA) to facilitate afforestation on 10 million hectares of
land over the next decade: National Mission for a Green India
(GIM)
Name the special bus service that has been started between
Varanasi and Kathmandu from March 5: Bharat-Nepal Maitri
Bus Seva

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64)
65)

What was the name of the worlds only solar-powered aircraft


which made a stopover in Ahmadabad on March 11: Solar
Impulse
Name the Indias first indigenously developed and manufactured
rotavirus vaccine which was launched in New Delhi: Rotavac
Rotavirus is the most common cause of severe ________ among
infants and young children: Diarrhea
Ambassador of which country to South Korea was in news as he
suffered a knife attack by a pro-North Korean activist: USA
Saraswati Samman is given for excellence in which field:
Literature
Saraswati Samman for 2014 has been awarded to which eminent
author: M. Veerappa Moily
Which state tourism won the silver prize of Golden Gate award at
the Internationale Tourismus-Borse Berlin (ITB-Berlin) 2015,
Germany. Kerala
Which country tested its Shaheen-III Surface to Surface Ballistic
Missile, having a strike range of 2750 kms: Pakistan
In which city first Kisan Call Centre (KCC) in North-Eastern India
was opened on 9 March 2015: Agaartala
Which is the top corporate in the list of top 10 corporates in
terms of assets, compiled by the Corporate Affairs Ministry:
Reliance Industries Ltd.
Which is the largest public sector corporate entity in India in
terms of its assets: Indian Oil Corporation
A recent Delhi High Court has clarified about which high public
office that it is covered under the RTI Act: Attorney General of
India
Which state government has launched 'Aapki Beti Humari Beti'
programme to provide cash assistance of Rs 21,000 families
having girl child: Haryana
National tourism agency of which country has appointed film star
Sai Ali Khan as its brand ambassador in India: Britain
Name the three countries that were visited by the Prime Minister
Mr. Modi in the second week of March 2015: Sri Lanka,
Mauritius and Seychelles
Name the country that was visited first of all by the Prime Minister
Modi on his recent visit of Indian Ocean Country: Seychelles
Name the Sri Lankan Cricket Star who became the first cricketer
to score four successive one-day international centuries: Kumar
Sangakkara
Which international organization has raised India's growth
forecast for the current fiscal to 7.2 per cent taking into account
the revised methodology adopted by India earlier this year for
calculating the GDP figures: International Monetary Fund
Which Indian organization has committed Rs 1.5 lakh crore for
development of various railway projects over the next five years:
Life Insurance Company of India
Which two countries have been prohibited by RBI from acquiring
or transferring immovable property in India: Macau & Hong
Kong
Which cricketer has been voted as the greatest ODI player in the
history of cricket by recent survey: Viv Richards
The new Consumer Price Index released by the Central Statistics
Office, number of items in the CPI basket has been increased to
_____ from 450 in urban areas: 460
The base year for the consumer price index has been revised
from 2004-05 to ________: 2011-12
After a gap of over 20 years, Re 1 note has been released in the
country and it bears the signature of which government official:

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prestigious universities compiled by Times Higher Education of
UK: Harvard University, USA
The final match of Ranji Trophy (Cricket) was played on March
12 at which place: Mumbai
Which team won the prestigious Ranji Trophy on March 12:
Karnataka by beating Tamil Nadu
58th All India Ayurvedic Congress was held in which place
on March 14: Chandigarh
Which Union Ministry has launched a new web portal,
www.inampro.nic.in to monitor the supply of cement at all India
level: Road Transport & Highways
Name the two that is used by Central Statistics Office to measure
the level of industrial production in the country: Index of
Industrial Production (IIP)
Terry Pratchett who passed away recently was a famous science
fantasy novelist from which country: Britain
Name the new scheme that has been launched for redressal of
grievances of consumers related to drug pricing and availability
of medicines: Pharma Jan Samadhaan Scheme
Which Indian ministry has launched the Pharma Jan Samadhaan
Scheme: Chemicals and Fertilizers
A former President of which country was sentenced to 13-year
imprisonment by a criminal court: Maldives
In which country India has agreed to build a Rabindranath
Tagore memorial: Sri Lanka
Which Indian organization has agreed to enter into a currency
swap Agreement of 1.5 billion dollar to help keep the Sri Lankan
rupee stable: RBI
Name the super cyclone which slammed into the south Pacific
archipelago of Vanuatu, east of Australia, leaving complete
devastation in its wake: Pam
Indian navy decommissioned the INS Alleppey on March 13. It
was what type of ship: Coastal Minesweeper
On which corporate the Income Tax Department recently slapped
a tax demand notice of Rs. 20,495 crore: Cairn India
The 5th National Community Radio Sammelan held in which city:
New Delhi
Santosh Trophy is awarded for winning which national
tournament: Football
Name the winner of the 2014 Santosh Trophy: Services Team
A historic bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled on
March 14 at Parliament Square in which international city:
London
Name the Indian sports star who clinched the Swiss Grand Prix
Gold badminton championship title beating Viktor Alexson in
Basel, Switzerland: Kidambi Srikanth
Which state has opened the largest number of Sukanya Samridhi
Account in last two months: Karnataka
As per RBI guidelines, loans to which new category of persons
will now be included in the priority sector lending: Persons with
disabilities
RBI has said that loans to persons with disabilities can now be
classified in loans to _______ category under priority sector
lending: Weaker Section
As per RBI guidelines, banks are required to make _____ per
cent of their loans to the weaker section: 10
Priority sector lending target for all banks in India is fixed at ____
per cent of their total loans: 40

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India recently: Christine Lagarde
Headquarters of IMF are located in _____________ in USA:
Washington DC
___________ is known as the currency of IMF: SDR
Lewis Hamilton who won the Australian Grand Prix Formula 1
race held in Melbourne, Australia is from which country: Britain
Name the team that won the Women's Hockey World League
Round Two competition title: India
Final match of the Women's Hockey World League Round Two
competition was held in which city: New Delhi
As per a recent international report, _________ has emerged as
the worlds largest buyer of weapons and military equipment,
accounting for some 15% of total imports: India
What is the content of a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court of
India on the issue of Aadhaar Cards: They are not compulsory
for availing various government subsidies and any other
benefits
The worlds first $1 million prize Global Teacher Prize is given
in which country: USA
Which State has passed The Gauvansh Sanrakshan and
Gausamvardhan Bill, 2015 to ban cow slaughter and sale of beef:
Haryana
Supreme Court has reversed central government decision to
include Jats in the ____________ category: Other Backward
Classes (OBC)
Out of estimates of 250, 257, 358, 389 million tonnes,
___________ is the correct figure for estimated food grain
production during 2014-15: 257
Out of France, Germany, Italy and Spain, which country has not
decided to join Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Spain
_______ is the main promoter country of the Asian Infrastructure
Investment Bank: China
Union cabinet recently approved the Undisclosed Foreign Income
and Assets (Imposition of New Tax) Bill, 2015 for which objective:
To unearth black money and illicit assets stashed abroad
Which Indian State is famous for mass nesting by Olive Ridley:
Odisha
Olive Ridley, known for their mass nesting practices are which
type of animal: Sea Turtle
M.C. Mary Kom, Veteran boxer has been appointed brand
ambassador for north-east India to promote the region in the rest
of the country and abroad. She hails from which state of India:
Manipur
Capital of which country was in news as Islamic militants stormed
its Bardo National Museum killing 17 foreign tourists and three
locals: Tunisia
Which judicial authority has announced a fine of Rs 5,000 on
individuals spotted littering or throwing waste on the railway
platforms and tracks: National Green Tribunal
According to a recent report by the global think-tank OECD, India
is poised to grow 7.7 per cent this year. What is the full form of
OCED: Organization for Economic co-operation and
Development
Name the indigenously developed Beyond Visual Range (BVR)
air-to-air missile that was successfully tested recently: Astra
The Astra missile is launched from which type of platform:
Aircraft
Which Union Minister has been named Young Global Leader
from India by the World Economic Forum (WEF) of Switzerland:

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115) Bachhrawan, a town near Rae Bareli, UP was in news for what
reasons: A severe train accident
116) _________ has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Israel:
Benjamin Netanyahu
117) A three-day conference for strengthening maritime trade and
security among Indian Ocean Rim countries was held at which
place: Bhubaneshwar
118) Name the Nobel Laureate who has been elected to head Britain's
prestigious Royal Society: Venkatraman Ramakrishnan
119) Ministry of Railways has constituted the________ council to
recommend innovative methods and processes for the
improvement, betterment and transformation of the Railways:
Kaya Kalp
120) Name the prominent industrialist who has been asked by the
government to head the Kaya Kalp council of railways: Ratan
Tata
121) M S Dhoni became the first Indian captain to score victory in 100
ODI matches. He achieved this fete in the match played against
which country: Bangladesh
122) Capital of which country was in news as over 150 persons,
mainly Shia muslims were killed there in the bomb attacks:
Yemen (Sanaa)
123) The Central government has announced ___ per cent reservation
for women in police forces of union territories, including Delhi: 33
124) Name the team that won the Irani Cup after beating Rest of India
in the finals played in Bengaluru: Karnataka
125) Government has directed regional rural banks to cut down on
which aspect of their operations: Staff Strength
126) Name the scheme that aims to provide skills training to youth,
including Class 10 and 12 drop outs: Pradhan Mantri Kaushal
Vikas Yojana
127) Which union ministry has been assigned the task of aggregating
all the stake holders linked with Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas
Yojana: Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
128) Reserve Bank will issue Rs. ____ coins to commemorate 125th
birth anniversary of Jawaharlal Nehru that fell on Nov 14, 2014: 5
129) The government has roped in _______ _________as brand
ambassador for its campaign against Hepatitis B: Amitabh
Bachchan
130) Name the author of the book Indian Parliamentary DiplomacySpeaker's Perspective: Smt. Meira Kumar, former Speaker,
Lok Sabha
131) _________ of New Zealand made the highest score in the World
Cup history with 237 not out against West Indies: Martin Guptill
132) Which UN organization is associated with observing March 21 as
the International Day of Forests: Food and Agriculture
Organization
133) What is the theme of this years International Day of Forests:
Forests and Climate Change
134) Lee Kuan Yew, a great statesman who passed away on March
23 was credited with development of which country: Singapore
135) BNP Paribas Open Tennis Championship 2015 Mens singles
title was won by which player: Novak Djokovic
136) BNP Paribas Open Tennis Championship 2015 Womens singles
title was won by which player: Simona Halep
137) Which country is associated with the awarding of Stockholm
Water Prize: Sweden
138) Name the eminent Indian environment activist who has been
selected for Stockholm Water Prize: Rajendra Singh

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was held at which place: Jaipur
140) Stockholm Water Prize winner Rajendra Singh works in which
part of India for promoting conservation of water resources:
Rajasthan
141) Prime Minister has launched Pragati programme to give impetus
to stalled projects and ensure their timely execution across the
country. What is the full form of Pragati: Pro-active Governance
and Timely Implementation
142) The Supreme Court on March 24 struck down the controversial
section 66A of which Act: Information Technology Act
143) The Asian Development Bank says that Indias growth rate is
expected to surpass China and improve to _____ per cent in
next fiscal: 7.8
144) Name the film that won the National Award for Best Feature Film:
Court
145) The Hindi film Mary Kom was honoured with Best Film in which
category of National Film Awards: Best Popular Film providing
Wholesome Entertainment
146) Which film won the National Award for Best Hindi Film: Queen
147) Name the male actor who won the National Award for Best Actor:
Vijay
148) Name the female actor who won the National Award for Best
Actor: Kangana Ranaut
149) Veteran actor-filmmaker Shashi Kapoor (77), who has starred in
over 100 Hindi films has been honoured recently with which
National Award: Dada Saheb Phalke Award
150) What is the amount of cash prize given in Dada Saheb Phalke
Award: Rs. 10 lacs
151) India's first National Skill Development University will be
established in which State: Chhattisgarh
152) Indian navy recently inducted 3 ISVs at Vishakhapatnam. What is
ISV: Immediate Support Vessel
153) What is the name of the new service that has been launched by
the government through which anyone can get the tweets directly
from the Prime Minister / Chief Ministers in form SMS messages:
Twitter Samvad
154) Name the author who is the only Indian among 10 authors
finalized for this years Man Booker International Prize for English
literature: Amitav Ghosh
155) In collaboration with which bank railways has launched the
RuPay debit card service to facilitate online booking of rail
tickets, payment of shopping bills and other service bills: Union
Bank of India
156) Who has been appointed as the Chairman of the Empowered
Committee of State Finance Ministers on Goods and Services
Tax: K M Mani
157) For the development of which popular pilgrimage centre, world
bank has sanctioned a fund of Rs. 100 crore: Ganga Sagar
Tirath, West Bengal
158) After a rigorous bidding in the auctioning of which item the
government recently fetched about Rs. 1.10 lac crore: Telecom
spectrum
159) The Reserve Bank signed a $400 million currency swap
agreement with the Central Bank of which country for a period of
three years: Sri Lanka
160) Two-year-old girl Cherukuli Dalli Shivani from Vijaywada was in
news for her exceptional record achievement in which field:
Archery
161) With which country India recently signed 6 pacts including one for
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complete their remaining sentence in India: Qatar
Which international prize given in the field of Mathematics is
popular as the Nobel of Maths: Abel Prize
Zokhawthar, a small town in Champhai district of _________was
in news as a land customs station was inaugurated there at the
Indo-Myanmar border trade centre: Mizoram
Who has been appointed as the new spokesperson for the
External Affairs Ministry: Vikas Swarup
By which country Indian artist Bharti Kher has been honoured
with Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters: France
Which high court became the first court in India to set up
dedicated commercial divisions within it, in line with
recommendation of the Law Commission: Delhi
India's first Polar Remotely Operated Vehicle (PROVe), was
made operational at which place in North Antarctica:
Priyadarshini Lake
Name the ambitious project that aims to develop 12 smart cities
at ports and several coastal economic zones to promote tourism
and economic growth: Sagarmala
The Reserve Bank on March 25 removed the lending restriction
on which bank to allow it to restart normal lending operations:
United Bank of India
At which place Prime Minister Modi paid homage to 3 great
revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on March
23, 2015: Hussainiwala, Ferozepur, Punjab
For which offence the British govt. awarded the death sentence
to the revolutionaries Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev:
Killing British Police Officer Mr. Saundras.
International Gandhi Peace Prize 2014 is given for what purpose:
For promoting peace and harmony in public life
What is the amount of cash award in the International Gandhi
Peace Prize: Rs. 1 cr
Which organization has been selected for the international
Gandhi peace prize 2014: ISRO
Name the two Indians who have been named among the 50
greatest leaders in the world by Fortune magazine in its annual
list of extraordinary men and women transforming business,
government and philanthropy: Narendra Modi and Kailash
Satyarthi
Name the airlines whose aircraft went crashing into a
mountainside in French Alps on March 24, killing all 150 persons
aboard: Germanwings
Name the space vehicle that became the first human-made
vehicle that has completed 11 years marathon on a planet:
Opportunity Rover of NASA
Final match of Cricket World Cup 2015 was played in which
stadium: Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG)
Name the cricketer who scored highest runs in the Cricket World
Cup 2015: Martin Guptil (NZ) - 547
Which cricketer declared as the Man of the Tournament in
Cricket World Cup 2015: Mitchell Starc (Aus)
_______________ was declared as the Man of the Match in the
final match of Cricket World Cup 2015: James Faulkner (Aus)
Name the women badminton player of India who created history
by becoming the first Indian women to be ranked as No. 1 in
world: Saina Newal
Saina Nehwal defeated world champion _______________ to
win the womens singles title in the India Open Badminton
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held India Open Badminton Championship: Kidambi Srikanth
185) The prestigious India Open Badminton Championship was held
in March 2015 at which place: New Delhi
186) _____________ will host the 2019 ICC Cricket Word Cup:
England and Wales

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was held at which place: Melbourne, Australia
Name the winner of mens singles title at the Australian Open
tennis tournament: Novak Djokovic
Name the winner of womens singles title at the Australian Open
tennis tournament: Serena Williams
Name the Indian tennis player who won the mixed doubles title
at the Australian Open: Leander Paes
Name the Indian Union Minister who recently visited China on a
four day official visit, to launch the Visit India Year in China:
Sushma Swaraj
Nicol David, World Womens Squash champion has set a new
record for topping the world rankings for the 106th month. She
is from which country: Malaysia
Countrys GDP growth rate was revised upwards to ________
per cent for 2013-14, as against 4.7 per cent estimated earlier:
6.9
The base year for measuring national accounts has recently
been revised to _______ from 2004 05 earlier: 2011-12
India test fired its Inter-Continental Ballistic Missile (ICBM),
__________ for the first time from a canister mounted on a
Tatra truck, from the Wheeler Island, off the Odisha coast:
Agni-V
What is the approximate range of Indias ICBM Agni V: 5000
kms
Sergio Mattarella has been elected as the new President of
which country: Italy
Rory McIlroy is the worlds no. 1 player in which sports: Golf
Rory McIlroy is from which country: Britain
_______ has been appointed Head Coach of Indias mens
Hockey team: Paul Van Ass
18th National Conference on e-Governance was held in which
city: Gandhinagar, Gujarat
Name the film that won the Filmfare Award for the best film for
2014: Queen
The Filmfare award for the best actor for 2014 was won by
_________: Shahid Kapoor for Haider
The Filmfare award for the best actress for 2014 was won by
_________: Kangana Ranaut for Queen
The Filmfare award for the best director for 2014 was won by
_________: Vikas Bahl for Queen
Krishna Chaudhary has been appointed Director General of
which paramilitary force: Indian Tibetan Boarder Police (ITBP)
Name the renowned music composer and actor who has been
appointed Chairman of Sangeet Natak Akademi: Shekhar Sen
Which bank has introduced a new app, Chillr, which will allow
users to send money to any contact in their phone books, 24X7:
HDFC Bank
Charles H. Townes, American noble prize winner scientist
passed away recently. He was known for which popular
invention: Laser lights
What is the full form of the word laser: Light Amplification by

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A high powered committee chaired by R Gandhi, has been
formed to review the structure and functioning of the Urban
Cooperative Banking Sector. Who is R. Gandhi: Dy. Governor,
RBI
India's first fenced elephant sanctuary is to be setup in which
Biological Park in Karnataka: Bannerghatta
The RBI recently slashed the statutory liquidity ratio by how
many basis points: 50
What will be the impact of recent reduction of SLR by 50 basis
points on the inflation front in the country: It may go up
What will be the impact of recent reduction of SLR by 50 basis
points on the growth of the economy of the country: It may go
up
What will be the impact of recent reduction of SLR by 50 basis
points on the bank loans: It may go up
What will be the impact of this reduction of SLR by 50 basis
points on the interest rates of the bank loans: It may go down
Which is the only country to win the Handball World
Championships for the record five times: France
Which country secured the no. 1 position in world in
consumption of gold in 2014: India
India overtook which country in becoming the top consumer of
gold in the world: China
Which American celebrity has been elected as the most
admired women in the world in a recent survey: Angelina Jolie
Winner of the Most Admired Women title, Angelina Jolie is
from which field: Cinema
The Reserve Bank on Feb. 3 doubled the annual overseas
investment ceiling for individuals to $_________ per person per
year under the Liberalised Remittance: 250,000
The deposit accounts in the banks in which there are no
transactions for 10 years or more are called _______ accounts:
Unclaimed
Under which project Govt plans to construct over two crore
toilets in select villages to make India free from open defecation
by 2019: MNREGA
The Reserve Bank has allowed banks to install which type of
machines at locations selected by them (banks) without getting
its prior permission: Cash Deposit Machines
Which country has overtaken the United States as the top
destination for foreign direct investment for the first time since
2003: China
According to the UNCTAD, foreign firms invested 128 billion
dollars in China and 86 billion in the US last year. Write the full
form of UNCTAD: United Nations Conference of Trade and
Development
Which country has become the first country in the world to allow
a "three-parent" IVF (in vitro fertilization) technique: Britain
Who is the author of world famous novel To Kill a
Mockingbird: Harper Lee
Saloni Dalal, a 12 year old girl became the youngest medal
winner in the 35th National Games in Kerala by winning a
Bronze medal in which field: 200 meter breast stroke
swimming event
Which state won the 10th National Award for excellent work in
Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act,
2005 (MGNREGA): Madhya Pradesh
Which state launched e-registration of properties in all the 130
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LC Goyal
Gaur Hari Singhania, a noted industrialist passed away recently.
He was associated with which corporate group: J K Group of
Industries
________ has been appointed as member of the Advisory
Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations by the US
government: Ajay Banga
Which state has decided to set up Plast India International
University in partnership with University of Massachusetts
Lowell, USA: Gujarat
Who is the author of the book The Bookmans Tale: Charlie
Lovert
Which Indian mobile handset maker took over Samsung to
become Indias biggest smartphone vendor and third largest in
the world: Micromax
Which Indian Bank raised about Rs 10,000 crore by selling
American Depository Receipts in the largest follow-on offer by a
private sector firm: HDFC Bank
A three day conference of Indias Heads of the Missions was
held in which place: New Delhi
Ms. Zoe Konstantopoulou has been elected as the new
President of which country: Greece
In which country Shiite Houthi rebels dissolved the Parliament
and took over the reins of the impoverished nation: Yemen
Noted novelist Bhalchandra Nemade has recently been
honoured with which prestigious literary award: Jnanpith
Award
Jnanpith Award winner Mr. Nemade writes in which language:
Marathi
Name the Indian musician who won the Best New Age Album
award at the 57th Grammy Awards: Ricky Kej
Name the Indian who won the Grammy in the Best Children's
Album category for rendering audio version of the book 'I Am
Malala: Neela Vaswani
The Grammy award for the record of the year and song of the
year went to which song: Stay with me
BAFTA awards are given for excellence in which field: Cinema
The abbreviation BAFTA stands for what: British Academy of
Film and Television Arts
Which film won the BAFTA award for the best film: Boyhood
Government has decided to infuse Rs. 6,990 crore in nine
public sector banks to comply with which international norms /
guidelines: Basel III
Basel III guidelines have been issued for what purpose: To
ensure capital adequacy in banks
Basel III guidelines have been issued by which international
authority: Bank for International Settlements
Name the politician whose name name was included in the
LIMCA book of records for being the only woman of the country
to represent the same Lok Sabha constituency on the same
party ticket for eight times in a row: Sumitra Mahajan
Which state launched the Himalaya Darshan programme as
part of its ongoing efforts to boost tourism in the state:
Uttarakhand
Dr. Tony Tan Keng Yam who visited India recently is the
President of which country: Singapore
National Deworming Day is observed on which date: Feb 10
Medicine Albendazole is orally administered to pre-school and
school-going children between one and nineteen years for what

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Which Indian economist has been named as the first winner of a
newly established Charleston-EFG John Maynard Keynes Prize
in the UK: Amartya Sen
Which bank has launched Pockets, a digital banking service,
enabling users to instantly send money to any e-mail id, mobile
number, friends on Facebook and bank account: ICICI Bank
The RBI has allowed banks to offer extra interest on deposit
schemes up to Rs 1 crore which cannot be broken prematurely.
Such deposits are called _________ deposits: Non Callable
Reserve Bank has given the directions that all credit institutions,
banks and NBFCs should become members of all the CICs in
the country. The abbreviation CIC stands for: Credit
Information Company
Summit of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors
held in _______ on 9-10 February 2015: Istanbul
The leaders of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine met in
Minsk, capital of Belarus to find solution to which international
problem: Fighting in Eastern Ukraine
What is the name of the mascot of the 35th National Games:
Ammu
Which animal has been made the mascot for the 35th National
Games: The Great Hornbill Bird
Which marching contingents were awarded jointly the Best
Marching Contingents Trophy for Republic Day Parade 2015:
The Brigade of The Guards and the Sikh Regiment
The First World Ocean Science Congress (WOSC) was held in
______, Kerala from 5 to 8 February 2015: Kochi
Govt. has constituted a three-member Special Investigation
Team (SIT) headed by _________for re-investigation of the
1984 anti-Sikh riot cases: Pramod Asthana
The opening ceremony of the ICC Cricket World cup 2015 was
held on Feb 12 at which two places: Christchurch and
Melbourne
Which US Company has created a world record by crossing the
mark of $700 billion in terms of market capitalization: Apple Inc
RBI has decided to put in circulation currency note in One
Rupee denomination. These notes are printed under which Act
of Govt. of India: Coinage Act 2011
India's trade deficit narrowed to an 11 month low of 8.3 billion
dollar in January 2015. Trade deficit refers to what: The
amount by which exports are less than imports
In terms of freedom of press, the World Press Freedom Index
puts India at which rank: 136th
All India Football Federations (AIFF) has declared which sports
person as the player of the year 2014: Sunil Chhetri
Name the champions who won highest number of medals 159
in the national games 2015: Services
Raja Bhalendra Singh Trophy is awarded for which
achievement: Sports Contingent that wins highest medals in
national games
The 36th National Games will be hosted by which state in 2016:
Goa
For which national programme World Bank has agreed to grant
$ 8 million loan to India for sustainable livelihoods and adaption
to climate change: National Rural Livelihoods Mission
India successfully test-fired the naval version of the supersonic
BrahMos cruise missile from which naval ship: INS Kolkata
Name the first National Tribal Festival that was held at New
Delhi from 13 to 18 Feb., 2015. VANAJ-2015

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coverage: Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana
Which state has set up Gram Sachivalayas to bring Gram
Panchayat and village level functionaries of all departments
under one roof for better functioning and coordination: Haryana
Name the former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior
Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader who passed away
recently: R. R. Patil
Name the Popular cartoonist, veteran columnist and political
activist who passed away in Feb 2015: Rajinder Puri
The 67th National track cycling championship was held at which
place: Thiruvananthapuram
Name the veteran film producer, holder of the Guinness Book of
World Records for the most films produced 150, by an
individual, who passed away recently: D Ramanaidu
What is the strike range of recently tested nuclear capable
Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile: 350 kms
The nationwide Soil Health Card scheme was launched by the
Prime Minister from which place in Rajasthan on Feb19 :
Suratgarh
Which Indian telecom major has tied-up with United Nations
Childrens Fund (UNICEF) to provide health, education and
youth-focused content to its customers in 17 African countries:
Bharti Airtel
Government has launched MADAD-Because You Are Us
system for what purpose: Consular Grievances Monitoring
Name the former India Captain and ace Leg Spinner has been
chosen to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame: Anil
Kumble
What is the short name for the recently notified Indian
Accounting Standards which are converged with global
standards IFRS: Ind AS
The Indian Accounting Standards Ind AS will be mandatory for
companies from which date: 1st April 2016
Which organization compiles the weekly figures for India's
foreign exchange reserves: RBI
Name the tennis star who won the WTA championship in Dubai:
Simona Halep
Name the Indian golfer who won the European Tour title at the
Hero Indian Open on Feb 22 in New Delhi: Anirban Lahiri
Who has been elected as the new Chief Minister of Bihar:
Nitish Kumar
Amartya Sen, 81 year old Nobel laureate economist was in
news recently for what reasons: He resigned as the
Chancellor of Nalanda University
The famous international Nalanda University is located in which
State: Bihar
The 10th edition of Aero India Show was held in which place:
Bengaluru
The government plans to launch a new scheme 'Krishi Dak
Service' for what purpose: To distribute improved seed
varieties to farmers at their doorstep, through post-offices
ADB has agreed to grant $350 million loan to Madhya Pradesh
for what purpose: To upgrade district roads
Which organization has reached an agreement with the bank
unions to keep the banks closed on 2nd and 4th Saturday: Indian
Banks Association (IBA)
The Academy Awards are given for excellence in which field:
Cinema

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Which picture won the Oscar for best picture: Birdman
Name the actor who won the Oscar for best actor: Eddie
Redmayne for The Theory of Everything
The Oscar for the best actress for 2014 was won by which lady:
Julianne Moore for Still Alice
What is the name of the recently conducted Indo Nepal Joint
Military Exercise: Surya Kiran-VIII
The military exercise Surya Kiran VIII was recently held at
which place: Saljhandi, Nepal
Who has been appointed as the Ambassador and Permanent
Representative of India to the United Nations Offices in Geneva:
Ajit Kumar
The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
has established the worlds highest research station at which
place: Chang La, Ladhakh
What type of research activities shall be carried out at the
worlds highest research station at Chang La: To develop and
validate cold weather technologies for agriculture and
allied fields
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had amended the rules to
introduce MNP on nationwide basis from May 3. What is MNP:
Mobile Number Portability
Musicians from around the world will gather this April in which
city to celebrate the International Jazz Day: Paris
International Jazz Day is celebrated on which date: April, 30
Irom Sharmila, Human rights activist has been conferred Sthree
Shakti Award for her fight against imposition of Armed Forces
(Special Powers Act, 1958). She is from which state: Manipur
Hero Hockey India League 2015 was played in which city: New
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Which team won the Hero Hockey India League 2015
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was the theme this year: War against War
Name the biggest cultural festival of the Mahayana sect of
Buddhism in Nepal, observed to mark the beginning of the New
Year: Tamu Lhochhar
The famous new year festival of Nepal Tamu Lhochhar is held
at which place: Kathmandu
ADB has agreed to give $ 75 million loan and $1.8 million grant
to which state in India for Integrated Urban Water Management
Investment Program for improving the water resource
management: Karnataka
Name the top Indian cricketer who has decided to retire from
the Test Cricket: MS Dhoni
Name the country that has recently adopted the Euro as its
currency: Lithuania
How many countries in Europe have adopted Euro as their
currency: 19
President gave his assent to the NJAC Act, nearly ending the
two-decade-old Collegium System for appointment of judges to
the Supreme Court and 24 high courts. NJAC stand for what:
National Judicial Appointments Commission
The NJAC will be headed by ___________ and will have
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to hold charge of Governor of State: Aziz Qureshi
______________ has been appointed as new Governor of
Uttarakhand: K K Paul
Name the former editor of the Hindustan Times and The Indian
Express, who passed away recently: B G Verghese
As per a recent report by global property consultant CBRE,
__________ is the costliest office space in India: Connaught
Place
R Koteeswaran has been appointed MD & CEO of which public
sector bank: Indian Overseas Bank
_______________ is the new MD & CEO of the Oriental Bank
of Commerce: Animesh Chauhan
Kishore Kumar Sansi is the new MD & CEO of which bank:
Vijaya Bank
Name the recently appointed MD & CEO of United Bank of
India: P Srinivas
Name the India's first integrated mobile application for women
safety launched in Delhi on Jan 1: Himmat'
Saiyid Hamid, noted Muslim academician, educationist,
reformist and author passed away recently. He was Chancellor
of which educational institution: Jamia Hamdard University
and Jamia Millia Islamia
What is the new name of the Insurance Regulatory and
Development Authority (IRDA) after the promulgation of
Insurance Laws (Amendment) Ordinance, 2014: Insurance
Regulatory and Development Authority of India
On Jan 1, the government announced that the Planning
Commission had been revamped and rechristened as NITI
Aayog. What is the full form of NITI: National Institution for
Transforming India
_____________ is the Chairman of the NITI Aayog: Prime
Minister
Name the newly appointed vice chairperson of the NITI Aayog:
Arvind Panagariya
Ms Sindushree Khullar has been appointed CEO of which
important national level office: NITI Aayog
In which development financial institution government has
decided to increase its stake to 51% from around 48% at
present: Industrial Finance Corporation of India IFCI
Which is the only state in India that has the potential to grow the
rare purple tea: Assam
______________ is the only country in the world that produces
unique purple tea: Kenya
India's top PSU bankers and select policy makers gathered in
Pune for a two-day (Jan 2-3) retreat that was named
______________: Gyan Sangam
102nd Indian Science Congress was held at which place:
Mumbai
Who is the author of the book The Fault in Our Stars: John
Green
Name the senior politician who has authored the book titled, At
Home in India: The Muslim Saga: Salman Khurshid
The RBI has signed an information sharing agreement with
which country for better coordination in supervising financial
institutions: Unite States of America
As per revised norms, NBFCs have been asked to review KYC
norms in their high risk category accounts every _________
years: Two
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his 175th birth anniversary: Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata
Indian railways runs the Maitree Express train between which
two stations: Kolkata Dhaka
Name the project launched by government for under taking eco
friendly development of the rural areas: Green India Mission
Govt. has launched domestic efficient lighting programme in
Delhi. What is the highlight of this project: LED bulbs to be
supplied at an initial payment of Rs. 10
What is the full form of LED: Light Emitting Diodes
What is the name of the customized low-cost combination of
phone and tablet computer launched for farmers by ICRISAT:
Greenphablet
Write the full form of the abbreviation ICRISAT: International
Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics
Headquarters of ICRISAT are located at which place: Near
Hyderabad, Telangana
India is on way to join the global high-end scientific Neutrino
Club as the government has approved a high level research
laboratory in __________ field in Tamil Nadu: High energy
physics
Amitabh Bachchan has been appointed as the brand
Ambassador for health sector by which State: Andhra Pradesh
The 19th National Youth Festival began in ___________on Jan
8: Guwahati
The theme for 19th National Youth Festival is_______________:
Youth for Clean, Green and Progressive India
Which union ministry has launched a toll-free helpline (1800-110031) to assist the alcoholic and drug-dependent persons:
Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
As per a Labour Bureau survey, unemployment rate in the
country rose to ______per cent in 2013-14, mainly on account
of increase in joblessness in rural areas: 4.9
Name the satirical weekly of France whose office was attacked
recently by Islamic militants, killing over 12 persons: Charlie
Hebdo
Millions of people around the world expressed their solidarity
with the slain French journalists by using the hash tag # Je Suis
Charlie on Twitter. What is its meaning: I am Charlie
Name the senior Indian diplomat who has been named as the
new Under-Secretary-General, Department of Field Support
(DFS) in UNO: ATUL KHARE
Which bank recently launched the countrys first contactless
debit and credit cards that use the near-field communication
(NFC) technology, enabling customer to make payments by just
waving the card near merchant terminals instead of swiping the
same: ICICI Bank
India has agreed to provide 60 million dollars Line of Credit
LoC to Guyana for its road infrastructure projects. Where is it
located: On Northern border of Brazil
Modibo Keita has been elected as Prime Minister of which
country: Mali
The country Mali is located in which part of the world: West
Africa
Hampi Utsav 2015 a three-day mega cultural festival of
dance, drama, art and music was held in which State:
Karnataka
Ancient town of Hampi in Karnataka was the capital of which
empire: Vijayanagar Empire
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to it. What is its name: Teixobactin
India will provide Rs 6.90 crore support to Nepal for fighting
against the Iodine Deficiency Disorder Control Programme
(IDDCP) for control of which ailment: Goitre
In which country militants of Boko Haram massacred over 2000
persons in towns around Baga: Nigeria
Tshering Tobgay, who recently visited India is the _________ of
Bhutan: Prime Minister
Who has been elected as new President of Sri Lanka:
Maithripala Sirisena
15 prominent NRIs were conferred which honour at the recently
held Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Pravasi Bharatiya Samman
Award
In whose honour, the coins of the denomination of Rs. 100 and
Rs. 10 and the stamps of value of Rs 25 and Rs 5 were
released at Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Mahatama Gandhi
National Youth Day is observed on which date: 12th January
Why January 12 is observed as National Youth Day: It is
birthday of Swami Vivekananda
Name the star footballer who won the FIFA Ballon d'Or award
for 2014: Cristiano Ronaldo
Name the ace tennis player who reached the 1,000 ATP Tour
wins milestone as he won the Brisbane International title on Jan
11: Roger Federer
In the field of tennis, the abbreviation ATP stands for:
Association of Tennis Professional
Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Indian
Space Research Organization: A S Kiran Kumar
Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic has been elected as the first women
President of which country: Croatia
Which airline has been selected as the safest airline in the world
for 2015: Quantas
Quantas is the official air carrier of which country: Australia
A new vaccine Raksha Blue has been launched to counter
which deadly disease in farm animals: Bluetongue
Golden Globe awards are given in which field: Cinema
Golden Globe award are given in which country: USA
Which film won the Golden Globe 2015 for the best motion
picture: Boyhood
Name the Secretary, Defence Research and Development cum
Director General, DRDO and Scientific Advisor to the Defence
Minister who was in news as he was removed by the govt. from
his seat, 15 months before his contract was to end: Avinash
Chander
Raghuram Rajan, Governor, RBI was selected as the Governor
of the Year by international magazine Central Banking. This
magazine is from which country: Britain
Countrys first compressed natural gas (CNG) - powered train
was flagged on January 13 from which place: Rewari, Haryana
Encouraged by the Indias Make in India initiative, the United
Kingdom announced which campaign to forge collaborations
with Indian companies: Great Collaborations
Nabard has signed an MoU with which Indian Institute of
Management, to set up a Chair to encourage research in
climate change, rural livelihood and financial inclusion, among
others: IIM, Ahmedabad
India and ____________have signed a joint agreement to
implement the third phase of the agriculture cooperation project
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best bank at the annual flagship event "MSME Banking
Excellence Awards-2014" at Bengaluru: Canara Bank
Which Bank on Jan 13 launched a savings bank account
christened as Jifi Saver, which can be managed via Twitter and
Facebook: Kotak Mahindra Bank
Which Indian space project has won the 2015 Space Pioneer
Award in the science and engineering category from the US
based National Space Society (NSS): Mass Orbiter Mission
Which district in Kerala became the first district in the country to
have all its gram panchayats connected through
National Optical Fibre Network (NOFN) - hi-speed rural
broadband network: Idukki
The first Border Haat (market) along with Bangladesh frontier
was opened on 13 January 2015 in which State: Tripura
Which country has launched an Online Visa Pilot Programme to
make it easier for Indian business and tourism visitors to apply
online visa: Australia
Name the Indian professional golfer who has been voted as the
2014 Players Player of the year in Asian Tour: Anirban Lahiri
Name the new Chief Election Commissioner of India: H S
Brahma
Bank Rate of Reserve Bank of India is calibrated with which
other policy rate: Marginal Standing Facility
Which top IT company of India has promised the Prime Minister
to invest $250 million for funding innovations in software and
services in India: Infosys
Who is the appointing authority for Chief Election
Commissioner: President of India
What is the tenure of Chief Election Commissioner: 6 years
The official status of Chief Election Commissioner is equivalent
to which other post: Judge of Supreme Court
Which area of Uttar Pradesh was in news as around 50 lives
were lost there due to a hooch tragedy that occurred in its
nearby villages: Malihabad, Lucknow
Bhakti Sharma, India's 24 year old open water swimmer has set
a world record by swimming 2.25 kms in 52 minutes in one
degree temperature in which ocean: Antarctic Ocean
76th Table Tennis National Championship was held at which
place: Puducherry
The Red Sari by Javier Moro is a book return about which
Indian political celebrity: Sonia Gandhi
Chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification recently
resigned from her post. What is her name: Ms. Leela Samson
Which Bollywood celebrity has been conferred Social Media
Person of the year award 2015 by the Internet and Mobile
Association of India: Amitabh Bachchan
Name the new indigenously built fighter aircraft recently
inducted in the Indian Air Force: Tejas
Tejas is a LCA acquired by the Indian Air Force. What is the full
form of LCA: Light Combat Aircraft
Stephen Constantine has been appointed head coach of which
Indian sports team: Men's Football
Sania Mirza along with her American partner Bethanie MattekSands won doubles title at which international tournament in
Australia: Sydney International Tennis Tournament
Giraffe Hero Award is given for excellence in which field: Social
Work
Which State has appointed yoga guru Ramdev as the state's
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Which state has banned the sale of loose cigarettes (as single
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Punjab
Which State has been selected, for the first time, for National eGovernance Award 2014-15 for the best district- level initiative
in the country: Jammu & Kashmir
In a bid to promote entrepreneurship among the Scheduled
Castes (SCs), which Ministry launched two schemes for funding
ventures setup by them: Ministry of Social Justice and
Empowerment
Name the Australian cricketer, rated as third fastest bowler in
world, who announced his retirement from all forms of cricket
after a 20-year career: Brett Lee
Name the cueist who won the National Billiards Championship
held at Kolkata: Pankaj Advani
Name the cricketer who recently hit the fastest century in oneday internationals cricket history: AB de Villiers
_________ state to host the 35th National Games: Kerala
Asias biggest literary event was recently held in which city:
Jaipur
Name the Indian-American author who won the coveted DSC
Prize for Literature at the Jaipur Literature Festival: Jhumpa
Lahiri
_________ was declared as the winner of inaugural Khushwant
Singh Memorial Prize Literature at the Jaipur Literature Festival:
Arunadhathi Subramaniam
Name the film producer who has been appointed as the
Chairman, Central Board of Film Certification: Pahlaj Nihalani
A report by the IMF says that India is expected to grow at 6.3
per cent this year and 6.5 per cent in 2016 by when it is likely to
cross growth rate of which country: China
The 79th Senior National Badminton Championship held in
________ from January 29 to February 5: Vijayawada
Name the Indian runner who broke the 19-year-old women
marathon national record at the 12th Standard Chartered
Mumbai Marathon in Mumbai: O P Jaisha
In which country the Houthi rebels seized the Presidential
palace in the capital Sanaa, forcing the President to resign:
Yemen
As per the recent tiger census in India, ________ State has
highest number of tigers: Karnataka
As per a study by Edelman, India has been placed at _____
rank in world in terms of faith reposed by its citizens in its
institutions: 2nd
Name the noted political scientist, founder of Centre for the
Study of Developing Societies who passed away recently: Rajni
Kothari
With which country India signed an agreement on transfer of
prisoners who are completing their sentence there: Hong Kong
Name the author of the book Geek Sublime: The Beauty of
Code, the Code of Beauty: Vikram Chandra
The prestigious National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards are
given in which country: USA
Jimjang Deru of Arunachal Pradesh recently created national
record in which sports: Weight Lifting
Which international organization has decided to lift a sevenmonth-long ban on the import of mangoes from India:
European Union
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Hindu
The government has launched HRIDAY to preserve and
rejuvenate the rich cultural heritage of the country. Write full
form of HRIDAY: Heritage City Development and
Augmentation Yojana
What is the name of the Microsofts voice controlled assistant to
be introduced in its new operating system - Windows 10:
Cortana
India has allowed duty free access to which countrys export
products in Indian markets under the Agreement of South Asia
Free Trade Area (SAFTA): Afghanistan
Name the scheme launched by the Prime Minister to save and
empower the girl child: Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao
Which Bollywood celebrity has been appointed as brand
ambassador of Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao campaign: Madhuri
Dixit
A special savings scheme by the name ________ has been
launched to encourage special savings for girl child: Sukanya
Samriddhi Account
What is the rate of interest payable in the Sukanya Samriddhi
Account: 9.1% per annum
A maximum amount of Rs. ______ can be deposited in a
financial year in the Sukanya Samriddhi Account: 1,50,000
Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia was in news
recently for what reasons: He passed away
Indias first International Institute of Music will be set up in
_____ by a trust headed by Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali
Khan and his family: Kerala
In which country its first women premier was impeached on Jan
23 for corruption charges: Thailand
Lee Wan Koo has been appointed new Prime Minister of which
Asian country: South Korea
The Reserve Bank has allowed Indians to carry high value
notes of Rs 500 /1000 while travelling to _______ and
_____with a cap of Rs 25,000 on the total amount: Nepal,
Bhutan
The World Economic Forum's five-day annual jamboree of the
global elite started on Jan 20 at______, Switzerland: Davos
Which Ministry has launched a new organisation National
Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited
(NHIDCL) to promote the road construction: Road Transport
and Highways Ministry
Name the controversial Australian bowler who has been named
Australia's young cricketer of the year, winning the Sir Bradman
Award: Sean Abbott
In a major boost to the jute sector, govt. has approved
mandatory packaging of _____ and _____ in jute material to
minimum extent of up to 90 per cent of production: Sugar and
Foodgrains
RBI has advised that RRBs with assets less than $175 million
need not to register under the US law FATCA. Write the full
form of FATCA: Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act
Govt plans to set up a Price Stabilisation Fund (PSF), with a
corpus of Rs 500 crore for what purpose: To control price
fluctuations in fruits and vegetables
The proposed price stabilization fund will initially focus on which
two commodities for their price regulation: Onions and
Potatoes
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Visakhapatnam: USA
Govt plans to introduce a new Consumer Price Index with
________ as base year for computing retail inflation rate: 2012
India has been ranked _______ globally in terms of talent
competitiveness of its human capital, indicating acute shortage
of skilled workforce: 78th
The Expenditure Management Commission, headed
by_______, has recommended to the government that it cut
fiscal deficit to 3.6 per cent of the GDP during 2015-16: Bimal
Jalan
Which Bank has launched Jifi Saver, a social savings bank
account which can be seamlessly managed via Twitter and
Facebook: Kotak Mahindra Bank
Who has been appointed as the new Union Foreign Secretary
of India: S. Jaishankar
Countrys first geothermal heating plant was launched
successfully by the Snow and Avalanche Studies Establishment
of DRDO at its _____(HP) campus: Manali
R K Laxman, the legendary cartoonist who passed away
recently is known for the iconic cartoon character named
________:The Common Man
Veteran cartoonist R K Laxman was associated with which
news paper: The Times of India
Name the highest peacetime military honour awardaed
posthumously to Major Mukund Varadarajan and Naik Neeraj
Kumar Singh on Republic Day: Ashok Chakra
Paulina Vega of Columbia has been crowned with which
international beauty pageant: Miss Universe
Name the new national champion of snooker in mens category:
Pankaj Advani
The Reserve Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding on
Supervisory Cooperation and Exchange of Supervisory
Information with central bank of which country: Brazil
Which Indian bank signed an agreement with U.S.
governments Overseas Private Investment Corporation for
$220 million loan for on-lending to micro, small and medium
enterprises: Yes Bank
Pooja Thakur, the first woman to lead the ceremonial tri-service
guard of honour inspected by Mr. Obama is from which wing of
Indian Defence Forces: Air Force
Which MNC recorded highest ever quarterly profit of $18 billion
in quarter ending December 2014: Apple Inc.
Name the legal luminary, a senior advocate who has been
awarded Padma Bhushan recently: Harish Salve
Mr. Subhash Kashyap who has been honoured with Padma
Bhushan is an authority in which field: Constitutional Expert
Name the noted philanthropist couple honoured recently with
Padma Bhushan: Bill Gates and Melinda Gates
Name the noted TV journalist honoured with Padma Bhushan
this year: Rajat Sharma
Name the veteran politician, a serving Chief Minister who has
been decorated with Padma Vibhushan this year: Prakash
Singh Badal
Name the two noted bollywood actors who have been honoured
with Padma Vibhushan this year: Amitabh Bachhan and Dilip
Kumar
Name the UK businessman and spiritual leader who has been
honoured with Pamda Vibhushan this year: Karim Al Hussaini
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Sportsperson Mithali Raj has been honoured with Padma Shri.


She is from which sports: Cricket
Name the women badminton player honoured with Padma Shri
award this year: PV Sindhu
Noted film personality Prasoon Joshi who has been awarded
Padma Shri is from which field of film industry: Lyricist
Jhumpa Lahiri has been awarded DSC Prize 2015 for literature
for her book : The Lowland
India's FDI increased by 26 per cent in 2014 to an estimated 35
billion US dollar. Maximum FDI was attracted by which sector
of economy: Services
To meet the fiscal deficit, the government sold 10 per cent stake
in which state owned company to raise about Rs 24,000 crore:
Coal India Ltd
Which country will host the 2016 Twenty 20 World Cup from
11th of March to 3rd of April 2016: India
Name the Former chief of Gorkha National Liberation Front,
who gave birth to the Gorkhaland movement, who died recently:
Subash Ghishing
As per revised guidelines, winners of Gold medal in
international sports events will now get Rs. __________: 75
lacs
Jaswant Sing Rajput who won two times gold medal for India in
Olympics, passed away recently. He was from which Sports:
Hockey
The Payment Banks are not allowed to undertake which major
banking function: Giving Loans
The payment banks are not allowed to accept deposits beyond
Rs. ___________: One lac

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best film at the International Film Festival of India: Leviathan
The Golden Peacock Award for the best film carries a cash
award of __________ rupees: 40 lac
Noted film maker Wong Kar Wai was conferred the lifetime
achievement award at IFFI. He is from which country: China
Worlds Aids Day is observed on which date: December 1st
What is the full form of HIV infection: Human
Immunodeficiency Virus Infection
In the abbreviation of AIDS, the letter S stands for what:
Syndrome
Which Southeast Asian country has launched a Tamil version of
National Day Song: Singapore
Name the Indian footballer who has been given Hall of Fame
Award in Manila: Baichung Bhutia
Name the Indian woman badminton player who won the Macau
Grand Prix Gold trophy at Macau, China: PV Sindhu
Jarbom Gamlin who passed away recently was a formal Chief
Minister of which State: Arunachal Pradesh
Govt. has deiced to observe 25th December as which day:
National Good Governance Day
National Good Governance Day is observed in the honour of
which national leader: Atal Behari Vajpayee
Name the noted Bollywood comedy actor who passed away
recently: Deven Verma
A R Antulay, former Chief Minister of Maharashtra passed away
recently. He was from which political party: Congress
In a gruesome attack naxalites killed 14 CRPF personnel in
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Who has been appointed as the new Director of Central Bureau
of Investigation: Anil Kumar Sinha
The international prize for art Turner Prize is given in which
country: UK
Niryat Shree and Niryat Bandhu Awards are given in which field:
For excellence in exports
Which bank won the Niryat Bandhu Silver Trophy for excellence
in exports: Canara Bank
American geologists have named the earths most abundant
________as Bridgmanite: Mineral
The world climate change conference was held at which place:
Lima, Peru
The recent world climate change conference was organized by
UNFCCC. What is the full form of UNFCCC: UN Framework
Convention on Climate Change
As per the Corruption Perceptions Index2014 released by the
Transparency International, India stands at ___ position among
175 countries: 85th
As per the Corruption Perceptions Index2014, which country is
least corrupt in world: Denmark
Name the Indias recently tested nuclear capable strategic
ballistic missile having a range of about 4000 kms: Agni IV
Name the system launched by RBI to help consumers pay
multiple bills like electricity, telephone and school fees at a
single point of transaction: Bharat Bill Payment System
Which organization has been appointed as the nodal body for
implementing Bharat Bill Payment System: National Payment
Corporation of India
Government has fixed an export target of $______ billion for the
current fiscal: 340
India recently launched GSAT-16 satellite for what purpose:
Communications
The communication satellite GSAT-16 was launched at which
place: Kourou in French Guiana
United Nations has declared which day as International Yoga
Day: June 21
Why June 21 has been selected as World Yoga Day: This is
the longest day thus having maximum energy
Which state recently launched Mobile one e-governance
initiative to enable public to access 4000 govt/ private services
on their mobile phones just by dialing 161: Karnataka
Blind Cricket World Cup was recently held at which place: Cape
Town, South Africa
Name the country that won the Blind Cricket World Cup 2014:
India
RBI has hiked the limit for pre-paid payment instruments (PPI)
to Rs. _________ from Rs. 50,000 at present: One Lac
Name the legendary jurist, a Supreme Court judge, and postretirement, a human rights activist who passed away recently:
V.R. Krishna Iyer
Deodhar trophy is related to which place: Cricket
Deodhar trophy 2014 was lifted by which team: East Zone
Which US firm has been selected for supply of 16 multirole
helicopters for the Indian Navy: Sikorsky
Government has asked PSUs to ensure that they procure 20
percent of their requirements from the products manufactured
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On December 5, NASA launched Orion spacecraft atop a Delta
IV Heavy rocket. It is what type of spacecraft: Returnable
Spacecraft
Name the author of the book 2014: The Election That Changed
India: Rajdeep Sardesai
Which Indian state got its first rail link on Nov. 29, 2014:
Meghalaya
As per the 2013 Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index, India
has been placed at which position: 65th
Death anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar 6 December is
observed as what day: Mahaparinirwan Divas
United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 as
the International Year of _______: Soils
Japan recently launched explorer Hayabusa 2 for what purpose:
For exploring asteroids
With which country Andhra Pradesh signed a MoU for
development of new capital: Singapore
The UNICEF has said that 2014 has been devastating for
some 15 million ______caught up in violent conflicts around the
world: Children
Ms. Wang Patraporn has been selected as Miss Intercontinental
2014. She is from which country: Thailand
In which country typhoon Hagupit caused wide spread
devastation on December 7: Philippines
The government has decided to decriminalise attempt to
suicide by deleting which section of the Indian Penal Code: 309
The Union Cabinet has cleared a proposal for setting up of a
500 crore rupees Credit Guarantee Fund for Factoring for
MSME units. What is factoring: Collection of receivables of
business units
The first Arabic translation of the Indian Constitution has been
launched recently in which country: Egypt
Name the entity that has been selected as the Person of the
Year 2014 by Time magazine: Ebola Fighters
Which Indian bank has launched two indices to track
manufacturing activity and offer forward looking economic
trends: State Bank of India
Which country has become the 181st member of Multilateral
Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA): Bhutan
As per the Web Index 2014 India has been placed at which rank
in terms of internet's contribution to social, economic and
political progress: 48th
Noted corporate personality Azim Premji has been awarded
Swiss Ambassador's Award. He is chairman of which company:
Wipro Ltd.
The Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor (EDFC) links Ludhiana
in Punjab to __________ near Kolkata: Dankuni
Indias most prestigious Indian classical music function The
Tansen Sangeet Samaroh was held at which place: Gwalior,
MP
INS Circars, the oldest naval establishment on the Eastern
seaboard celebrated its Platinum Jubilee. It is located at which
place: Visakhapatnam
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited India to attend which
important meeting: 15th India-Russia annual summit
Who is Arunima Sinha, writer of the book Born Again on the
Mountain: First Indian female amputee to climb Mount
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Name the book by Akhil Sharma that has been selected by The
New York Times Book Review as one of the ten Best Books of
2014: Family Life
In which country police forcefully ended the more than two
month old street demonstration - Occupy Central: Hong Kong
The 14th Finance Commission submitted its report on December
11 to which authority: President of India
Who is the head of the 14th Finance Commission: Y V Reddy
What is the purpose of setting the finance commission: To
decide the devolution of tax receipts from the Centre to the
states
The recommendations of the 14th Finance Commission shall be
applicable from ______ to 31st March, 2020: 1st April, 2015
To promote electronic payments, the Reserve Bank of India has
increased the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) business
hours to 12 hours from ________ to _____ on weekdays: 8 am,
8 pm
Name the recent international chess title won by Viswanathan
Anand: London Classic
Name the indigenous nuclear-powered submarine that for the
first time sailed out for sea-trials on Dec 16: INS Arihant
Name the beauty queen that has been selected as Miss World
2014: Rolene Strauss
Miss World 2014, Rolene Strauss is from which country: South
Africa
National Energy Conservation Day is observed on which date:
Dec 14
Who is the author of the book In Gods Hands: Desmond Tutu
Who is Desmond Tutu, winner of Templeton Prize: Archbishop
from South Africa
Name the new chief of the Intelligence Bureau: Dineshwar
Sharma
Who has been re-elected as the Prime Minister of Japan:
Shinzo Abe
Champions Trophy is related to which sports: Hockey
Champions Trophy 2014 was won by which country: Germany
Champions Trophy 2014 was held at which city in India:
Bhubaneswar
Confucius Peace Prize, also known as China's version of the
Nobel Prize, has been given to which person for 2014: Fidel
Castro, Former Cuban leader
Vivek Murthy, the 37 year old Indian origin doctor in USA was in
news for what reasons: He has been appointed Surgeon
General of USA
Olof Palme Human Rights Prize is given in which country:
Sweden
Nasa's Curiosity rover has recently detected methane on which
planet: Mars
Government has approved the continuation of interest
subvention for short-term crop loans up to Rs _______ to
farmers: 3 lakh
Which state has won the Krishi Karman Award for the year
2013-14 for showing exemplary agri-performance in 14 different
categories: Arunachal Pradesh
Which bank has launched its mobile banking application by the
name Bank Aapki Muththi Mein: HDFC Bank
Name the heaviest ever rocket, weighing 630 tonnes launched

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GSLV Mark III carried CARE as its payload which is an Indianmade unmanned crew module. What is full form of CARE: Crew
Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment
USA has announced a series of steps aimed at normalising
relations with which country: Cuba
Name the two banks that have been fined recently by the RBI
for violation of KYC norms: ICICI Bank and Bank of Baroda
Union Cabinet recently approved a constitutional amendment
bill on which important tax issue: Goods and Services Tax
Name the super power whose economy is in deep trouble due
to economic sanctions imposed on it and huge loss on account
of steep fall in oil prices: Russia
Opening ceremony for the International Cricket Council (ICC)
World Cup 2015 shall be held at which place: Melbourne,
Australia
Tashi Malik and Nungshi Malik, the twin sisters from Dehradun
were in news for what reasons: They completed scaling
highest peaks
Name the beauty queen selected as the Miss Universal Peace
& Humanity 2014: Ruhi Singh
Miss Universal Peace & Humanity 2014 contest was held at
which place: Beirut, Lebanon
What is the name of the new Prime Minister of Mauritius:
Anerood Jugnauth
Among the chief ministers serving currently, who is the Chief
Minister with longest tenure of 20 years: Pawan Chamling
Pawan Chamling, who completed 20 years as Chief Minister on
Dec 12. He is from which State: Sikkim
In India the record for longest tenure as Chief Minister, 23
years, 4 months is held by which person: Jyoti Basu
Chunibhai Vaidya, a veteran Gandhian and freedom fighter
passed away recently. He is from which state: Gujarat
Rajinder Khanna has been appointed head of which national
intelligence agency: Research and Analysis Wing
Prakash Mishra has been appointed head of which paramilitary
force: CRPF
The festival of Losar celebrated to mark the beginning of new
year is observed at which place in India: Ladakh, J & K
Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas to be held from 7th to 9th January, 2015
will be which number in series: 13th
13th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas will be held at which place:
Gandhi Nagar, Gujarat
Which Indian cricketer has been named as the brand
ambassador of ICC cricket world cup 2015: Sachin Tendulkar
Name the Indian golfer who won the Inaugural edition of Dubai
Open Golf Championship title: Arjun Atwal
Name the winning team of the Indian Super League Football
Championship: Atletico De Kolkata
Beji Caid Essebsi has been elected as President of which
African Country: Tunisia
Which Indian State has decided to set up a Cultural University
to promote its rich cultural heritage: Manipur
Klaus Iohannis has been elected as __________ of Romania:
President
Govt. has decided to pay __ % interest on provident fund
deposits of Employees Provident Fund Organisation: 8.75%
International Tennis Federation (ITF) has declared __________
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The authorize capital of the Regional Rural Banks has been
raised from Rs.5 crore at present to Rs. _______ crore: 2000
The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has advised that the new IFRS
norms shall be applicable from April 1, 2015. What is the full
form of IFRS: International Financial Reporting Standards
Recently RBI has released a new set of norms defining which
type of borrowers: Non Cooperative Borrowers
Jyotsna Suri has recently been elected as President of the
prominent national trade body FICCI. What is the full form of
FICCI: Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and
Industry
Name the President of Bangla Desh who visited Kolkata
recently: Abdul Hamid
Name the NASAs planet-hunting spacecraft which discovered a
super-Earth located 180 light-years from Earth: Kepler
As per a recent survey which are the two top culprits for highest
global carbon-dioxide emissions from burning of fossil fuels:
China and United States 29 and 15 per cent
British Queen has honoured noted Pakistan-born poetess Imtiaz
Dharker for her poetry collection Over the Moon with which
award: Queens Gold Medal for Poetry 2014
Joe Cocker who died recently was a famous ________ from the
Colorado, USA: Rock Singer
Name the Indian player who won silver medal at the 17th Asian
Luge Championship: Shiva Keshavan
58th National Shooting Championships was held in which place:
Pune
Vinicius the cat, has been declared as mascot for which
international sports event: 2016 Rio Olympics
Name the European space mission spacecraft that has been
declared as the most important scientific Breakthrough of the
Year 2014: Rosetta
Bharat Ratna Award is given on recommendation of which
authority: Prime Minister
The declaration for Bharat Ratna Award is made by which
authority: President
Name the eminent South Indian filmmaker and Dadasaheb
Phalke Award winner from Chennai who died recently: K.
Balachander
The deadline for exchanging pre-2005 currency notes of various
denominations, including 500 and 1,000 rupees, has been
extended upto which date: June 30, 2015
The World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad at Gyor in Hungary
was won by which country: India
For the first time, India exported an indigenously built war ship
to which country: Mauritius
For the first time, India exported an indigenously built war ship
to a foreign country. It was what type of ship: Offshore Patrol
Vessel
Which online shopping portal has announced the launch of Agri
Store, offering online products like seeds, fertilizer and irrigation
tools etc.: Snapdeal.com
Name the new Chief Minister of Jharkhand: Raghubar Das
Govt. has launched which programme to cover all those
children by 2020 who are either unvaccinated or partially
vaccinated against seven vaccine preventable diseases:
Mission Indradhnaush
Government has decided to set-up _______________to provide

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assist them in registering their complaints in the appropriate
consumer forums: Grahak Suvidha Kendras (Consumer care
centres)
Union Cabinet approved promulgation of the ordinance on
Insurance Bill to raise foreign investment cap in the insurance
sector from 26 to _________ per cent: 49
Union Cabinet opened the medical devices sector to foreign
investment by allowing ______per cent FDI in these devices:
100
Which private sector bank has raised $200 million loan from
Asian Development Bank for onward lending to small farm
households and rural women self help groups (SHGs): Yes
Bank
Name the head of the committee setup to examine the
possibility of forming a Special Investigation Team for re
investigation of the 1984 anti-Sikh riot cases: Justice G P
Mathur
Who has been selected as one of the top ten scientists in 2014
chosen by the prestigious science journal of UK-Nature: Dr. K.
Radhakrishnan
A new train - The Sushaasan (good governance) Express was
launched on Dec 25, from which place to which place: Gwalior
to Gonda
Ankita Raina won ITF singles tennis title becoming the first
Indian to win this title in past 14 years. This match was played
at which place: Pune
Name the cricketer who broke the world record for most number
of stumpings in international cricket after he claimed his 134th
victim: M S Dhoni
Which country has been assigned the Presidency of the Council
of the European Union for the first half of 2015: Latvia
Which southeastern country suffered worst flooding in decades
forcing some 1,18,000 people to flee to safer places: Malaysia
Name the wheeled version of the unmanned aerial vehicle
(UAV) Nishant, recently tested by DRDO: Panchi
Name the mission that aims at creating an environment for
producing high quality teachers: Pandit Madan Mohan
Malaviya National Mission on Teachers and Teaching
Which country recently successfully test fired its Angara-A5
rocket: Russia
Name the country that has decided to join North Atlantic Treaty
Organization: Ukraine
Which Indian bowler has been banned by BCCI as his bowling
action was found illegal: Pragyan Ojha
World Bank will lend Rs 475 crore ($75 million) to the
___________Government for implementing a rural growth
project: Andhra Pradesh
The Reserve Bank released a charter of customer rights on
Dec.3 that lays down ____________basic rights that bank
customers enjoy: Five
Pragyan Ojha was banned as his bowling action was found
illegal, flexing elbow beyond ___degrees: 15
Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission on Teachers
and Teaching was launched on 25th December at which place:
BHU, Varanasi

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Sydney Peace Prize is awarded by which organization: Sydney
University
Mithra Shakthi, the three weeks Joint military exercise was
conducted between India and which other country: Sri Lanka
Mithra Shakthi military exercise was held at which place: Sri
Lanka
What was the name of the 4th Joint anti terrorism military
exercise held by Indian and Chinese forces: Hand in Hand
2014
The 4th Hand in Hand 2014 joint exercise of Indian and Chinese
forces was held at which place: Pune
Which state aims at construction of 10 lakh toilets by 2018 to
make the state completely free from open defecation:
Karnataka
The Union Government has decided on 29th October, to relax
FDI norms in the ____________sector, allowing 100 per cent of
foreign funds in building projects: Constructions
Govt has fixed rupees _______ per quintal as the Minimum
Support Price for wheat for 2014-15 season: 1450
Name the Indian cricketer who was inducted into the Bradman
Hall of Fame on 5th October at the Sydney Cricket Ground,
Australia: Sachin Tendulkar
Name the former Union Carbide chief, wanted in India in
connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, who passed
away recently: Warren Anderson
Name the Indias ace shooter who became the first Indian to be
elected as Chairman of International Shooting Sport
Federation's (ISSF) Athletes Committee: Abhinav Bindra
Malala Yousafzai, Pakistani teenage rights activist and Nobel
Peace Prize winner was in news for donating $50,000 for what
purpose: To help rebuild UN schools in Gaza
Name the Mumbai Cinema actor, winner of two Filmfare awards
who passed away in November: Sadashiv Amrapurkar
Duleep Trophy 2014 was won by which zone: Central Zone
Duleep Trophy is for which sports: Cricket
43rd Handball National Championship (womens) was held at
which place: Mastuana Sahib, Punjab
The Grand Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers is the
high level national civilian award of which country: Japan
Name the Indian dignitary who was honoured with The Grand
Cordon of the Order of the Paulownia Flowers: Manmohan
Singh
World Trade Center, New York was in news recently for what
reasons: It has been re-constructed and restarted
President Pranab Mukherjee recently visited which
neighbouring country of India: Bhutan
Recently a warship of Indian Navy sunk off the Visakhapatnam
coast during a naval exercise. What type of ship it was:
Torpedo Recovery Vessel
The Central Government has allocated five thousand crore
rupees under AYUSH Mission for what purpose: For promoting
traditional methods of treatment in the country
Children's Film Society of India organised the first edition of the
National Children's Film Festival from 14 to 16 Nov at which
place: New Delhi
Paris-based think tank, OECD has projected 5.4 percent growth
for the Indian economy this year. What is the full form of OECD:
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

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of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission: Deputy
Prime Minister of Russia
In the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people for 2014,
Mr. Modi has been placed at which rank: 15th
As per the Forbes list of the world's most powerful people for
2014, who has been placed at the top of the list: Vladimir Putin
Who has been appointed as the new Chairperson of the Central
Board of Direct Taxes: Anita Kapur
54th National Open Athletics Championships held at which
place: New Delhi
Who was adjudged the best female athlete in the 54th National
Open Athletics Championships: Tintu Luka
Who was adjudged the best male athlete in the 54th National
Open Athletics Championships: Ankit Sharma
Tintu Luka, winner of the best national athlete (female) is from
which sport: Racing
Ankit Sharma, winner of the best national athlete (male) is from
which sports: Long Jump
Name the Indias fast bowler who has won this year's ICCs LG
People's Choice Award: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Name the batsman who became the quickest cricketer to reach
6,000 runs in ODIs: Virat Kohli
The Indian Armys team of eight Garhwalis won the rigorous
endurance competition Cambrain Patrol in which country:
Wales, UK
Name the region of Spain which is agitating for its separation
from Spain: Catalonia
Name the village near Varanasi that has been adopted for
development by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi under
Sansad Gram Yojna: Jayapur
Laxmikant Parsekar has been appointed as the new Chief
Minister of which state: Goa
What is the strike range of recently test fired ballistic missile
Agni II: 2,000 kms
Name the Indias first indigenous Light Combat Aircrafts twoseater trainer jet: Tejas
Recently Germany observed silver jubilee of demolition of which
historical monument: Berlin Wall
With which country India signed a MoU for promoting the
Nalanda University in Bihar: Bhutan
In collaboration with which country India has developed the
long-range surface-to-air missile (LR-SAM) system with a range
of 70 kms: Israel
Who has been named as the most-powerful business woman in
India by Fortune Magazine: Arundhati Bhattacharya
RBI has made it mandatory for banks to send SMS alerts for
which type of transactions: Cheque Transactions
Where in India countrys longest access controlled six lane
expressway is being developed: Uttar Pradesh
Countrys longest access controlled six lane expressway shall
be connecting which two cities: LucknowAgra
Lipulekh Pass through which border trade worth over Rs 3 crore
took place between India and China this year lies in which state:
Uttarakhand
India has inked a USD 200 million loan agreement with the
World Bank to finance the setting up of technology centres to
help MSMEs enhance their productivity. What is full form of
MSMEs: Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises

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Which was the focus country for this years International Film
Festival of India: China
Which Cine Star was honoured with Centenary Award for Indian
Film Personality of the Year at the 45th IFFI: Rajnikanth
Which two States have opened the bank accounts for all
households in the state under Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojna
(PMJDY): Kerala and Goa
6th World Ayurveda Congress was held in which place: New
Delhi
Durand Cup is related with which sports: Football
The 127th Durand Cup Championship was held at which place:
Goa
National Education Day is observed on which date: November
11
Name the Indias first Education Minister in whose honour
National Education Day is observed on November 11: Maulana
Abul Kalam
Unnat Bharat Abhiyaan has been launched for what purpose:
To promote role of IITs/NITs in rural development
Name the portal launched to enable students for selecting the
right college for their higher education: Know Your College
Govt. has launched SAMVAY to facilitate students to switch
between education and jobs. The acronym SAMVAY stands for:
Skill Assessment Matrix for Vocational Advancement of
Youth
Name the two scholarship schemes launched for girls pursuing
technical education at college level: Saksham and Pragati
________ has been appointed Chairman of National Chemical
Weapon Convention: G.S. Sandhu
National Cancer Awareness Day observed on which date: 7
November
At which place in India Suzlon Energy company installed the
worlds tallest 120 meters high hybrid wind generator turbines:
Kutch, Gujarat
As per recent reports from IMF, in October 2014, which country
became the worlds largest economy in terms of Purchasing
Power Parity (PPP): China
Name the country who has become the first European Union
(EU) country to officially recognise the State of Palestine:
Sweden
Public Service Broadcasting Day is observed on 12th November
to commemorate the first and only visit of which celebrity to All
India Radio: Mahatma Gandhi
Gandhian Philosophy and Public Service Broadcasting Award
2014 has been won by which radio station: Radio Kashmir,
Jammu
Name the world number one Badminton player who has been
suspended due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation:
Lee Chong Wei
What was the name of the first ever manmade mechanical
device landed on a comet: Philae Probe
In the 10 day foreign visit of Prime Minister Modi in November,
which was the first place visited by him: Nay Pyi Taw
How many members are there in the ASEAN group of nations:
10
Summit of ASEAN group of nations in November was held at
which place: Nay Pyi Taw

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member of East Asian Summit: 8
ASEAN summit 2015 will be held in which country: Cambodia
While visiting Australia in November, Prime Minister Modi
visited which city first of all: Brisbane
While visiting Australia in November, which was the last city
visited by the Prime Minister Modi: Melbourne
What was the name of the venue in Sydney where Mr. Modi
addressed Indian diaspora: Allphones Arena
At which place in Australia, Mr. Modi addressed the Australian
Parliament: Canberra
Mr. Modi assured of life time visa to PIO and OCI card holders
of Australia. What is the full form of PIO and OCI: Persons of
Indian Origin; Overseas Citizens of India
Who is the constitutional head of Australia: British Monarch
__________ is the Prime Minister of Australia: Tony Abbott
__________ is the President of Myanmar: Thein Sein
Name the Oceanic Island country visited by Mr. Modi in
November: Fiji
___________ is the capital of Fiji: Suva
Govt. has notified BIS mark for 15 electronic products, including
mobile phones, power banks and LED lamps. BIS stands for:
Bureau of Indian Standards
Which two countries have agreed on a timetable to limit
emission of greenhouse gases ending a 20-year discord
between them: China and USA
The net own funds NOF requirements for NBFCs has been
raised from Rs.25 lakh at present to Rs._____ by March, 2016:
One crore
As per a recent study, which city in India has the largest number
(16.4 million) internet users: Mumbai

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Who has been named as the captain of ICC ODI Team of the
Year 2014: MS Dhoni

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Who has been appointed as the new Union Financial Services


Secretary (FSS): Hasmukh Adhia

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Name the winner of 2014 Worlds Children Prize: Malala


Yousafzai

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Name the Governor of South Caorlina state, USA who visited


India recently: Nikki Haley

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Name the Bollywood actor-director who became the first man in


the history of UN Women to be appointed as its Goodwill
Ambassador for South Asia: Farhan Akhtar
Rohit Sharma made history by scoring the highest individual
score of 264 runs. He achieved this feet at which ground: Eden
Garden Stadium, Kolkata
Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, Indian Army Chief was conferred the
title of honorary rank of General by which country: Nepal

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Name the veteran film director from Bollywood, famous for his
tele serial Mahabharat and movie Baghban, who passed
away recently: Ravi Chopra
The IPI India Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2014, was
awarded jointly to which two publications: Hindustan Times
and The Week
The Indian army recently test-fired the Prithvi-II missile. What is
the name of its naval version: Dhanush

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Name the cricketer who won the International Cricket Council's


(ICC) Sir Garfield Sobers trophy for the Cricketer of the Year
award for 2014: Mitchell Johnson
Mitchell Johnson, winner of the Cricketer of the Year award for
2014 is from which country: Australia

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Name the cricketer who was voted the ODI player of 2014: AB
de Villiers

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AB de Villiers is the batsman of which country: South Africa

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68th Senior National Aquatic Championship was held at which


place: Kolkata

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Name the tennis star who won the Barclays ATP World Tour
Finals on Nov 16 at London: Novak Djokovic

What is the highest denomination in which the Kisan Vikas


Patra will be available: Rs 50,000

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Name the state that has been chosen for union governments
Best State Award for Empowerment of Disabled for year 2014:
Madhya Pradesh
Which country will host the 16 nation Football tournament Africa
Cup of Nations 2015: Equatorial Guinea

806)

What is the maturity period for the Kisan Vikas Patra: 100
months
Which major economy of the world shrank for the second
consecutive quarter, slipping it into a technical recession: Japan

807)

Klaus Warren Lohannis has been elected as President of which


country: Romania

784)

The India Economic Summit, sponsored by the World Economic


Forum was held at which city in India: New Delhi

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785)

Govt of India has relaxed Indian citizenship norms for Hindu and
Sikh refugees from which two countries: Pakistan and
Afghanistan
Union Ministry of Minorities Affairs launched the Maulana Azad
National Academy for Skills (MANAS) to impart training to
youths in which sector: Health and Security Sector
Which UN organisation released first ever Guidelines for Indoor
Air Quality - Household Fuel Combustion to promote use of
clean fuels at household level: World Health Organisation
22nd Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit was
held in which place: Beijing

809)

IIM- JRD Tata Award For Excellence In Corporate Leadership


for 2014 has been won by which person: C S Verma,
Chairman, SAIL
Indian cricket team won 5-match ODI series against Sri Lanka,
winning all the five matches. This achievement is termed as
_____: Whitewash
What is the objective of the National Bal Swachhta Mission: To
improve over all cleanliness amongst school children

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790)

The 2015 G 20 summit will be hosted by which country: Turkey


The 2016 G 20 summit will be hosted by which country: China

813)

Which country is worst affected by the terrorism as per the


Global Terrorism Index 2014: Iraq

791)

To help in its efforts to crack down on suspected black money


stashed abroad, India signed which agreement with Saint Kitts
& Nevis: Tax Information Exchange Agreement
With which country India has reached an agreement on public
stockpiling of food in terms of Bali Package: USA

814)

As per the Global Terrorism Index 2014, India is the ______


worst affected nation: 6th

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Indian Air force tested its medium range surface-to-air antiaircraft missile ______ with a strike range of 25 km: Akash

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The foreign investment promotion board (FIPB) has allowed


which bank to increase foreign investment in the bank to 74 per
cent: HDFC Bank
Which senior global leader left the G 20 summit under protest,
before its conclusion: Vladimir Putin
Which country celebrated the 25th anniversary of the launch of
the Velvet Revolution that toppled communism in 1989: Czech
Republic
What is the name of the small savings instrument recently relaunched by the govt: Kisan Vikas Patra

Which programme has been launched to assist girl students in


preparing them for the IIT-JEE while studying in classes XI and
XII: Udaan
Prasar Bharti announced to re-launch DD National with which
new tagline: Desh Ka Apna Channel

816)

Which UN organisation is the coordinator for the Trade


Facilitation Agreement: WTO

International Childrens Peace Prize 2014 has been won by


Neha Gupta. She is from which country: USA

817)

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International Buddhist Conference was held in which place:


Lumbini, Nepal

2015 IAAF World Athletics Championships will be hosted by


which country: China

818)

795)

Men's singles title of the China Open Super Series Premier


(Badminton) was won by: K Srikanth

______ quit as the Head Coach of the National Hockey team:


Terry Walsh

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Womens singles title of the China Open Super Series Premier


(Badminton) was won by: Saina Nehwal

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China Open Super Series Premier (Badminton) was held in


which city: Fuzhou, China

'Vape' has been chosen by Oxford Dictionaries as its


international word of the year for 2014. What is the meaning of
this word: Smoking electronic cigarette
Name the winner of BCCIs C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement
Award for 2014: Dilip Vengsarkar

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RBI has asked banks to give liberal loans to landless farmers to


meet the govts target of financing five lakh JLGs in 2014-15.
JLG stands for what: Joint Liability Group
Which city in India has set up a kiosk that lets anyone file an
FIR at any time, irrespective of where an incident took place:
Bengaluru

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Name the winner of BCCIs Polly Umrigar Award 2013-14 for


being Indias best international cricketer of the year:
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
A latest UN report says that, India has the worlds largest youth
population-356 million. What is their age group: 10-24 years

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The book Truth Always Prevails has been written by


Sadruddin Hashwani. He is from which country: Pakistan

847)

Which country won the prestigious Davis Cup Tennis Title


2014 for the first time: Switzerland

824)

Sumitra Charat Ram Award is given in which field: Art and


culture
Name the noted Japanese film actor who passed away recently:
Ken Takakura

848)

To Indian Christian priests were decorated with Sainthood by


the Pope Francis II. This process is known
as_______________: Canonisation
Finals of the World Kabaddi League were played in which city:
Mohali, Punjab

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Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (IREDA)


and US Export-Import (Exim) Bank signed a MoU for what
purpose: For cooperation on clean energy investment
Name the winner of Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace,
Disarmament and Development for 2014: Indian Space
Research Organisation ISRO
18th SAARC Summit was held in _____ on the 26th and
27th Nov: Kathmandu

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Name the football player who became the all-time highest


scorer in La Liga history by scoring 253 goals in first class
football: Lionel Messi
Name the new Defence Minister of India: Manohar Parrikar

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Who has been appointed as the new Union Railway Minister:


Suresh Prabhu

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What is the full form of the acronym SAARC: South Asian


Association for Regional Cooperation

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Who is the new Information and Broadcasting Minister of India:


Arun Jaitely

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Which major oil company in India won a Rs 18, 000 crore


income tax order against it: Shell India
World Tour Golf Championship was held in which city: Dubai
UN World Toilet Day is observed on which date: Nov 19

854)

Which organisation has started a Delhi-Kathmandu bus service


from Nov. 26: Delhi Transport Corporation

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Worlds longest rail journey, covering 10,000 kms has been


started between which two cities: Yiwu China and Madrid,
Spain
Name the book that won the 2014 Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize:
The Scatter Here is Too Great

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World Women's Boxing Championships was held in which


place: Jiju, South Korea

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The Union Cabinet has approved "Integrated Power


Development Scheme" for strengthening of distribution network
of electricity in which area: Urban India
Name the bank that has been merged with the Kotak Mahindra
Bank: ING Vysya Bank

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Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of the Press


Council of India: Justice C. K. Prasad

858)

Name the U.S. Defense Secretary who was in news as he


resigned from his post: Chuck Hagel

836)

Name the foreign dignitary who will be the Chief Guest at India's
2015 Republic Day celebrations: Barack Obama

859)

The SAARC summit that started in Kathmandu on 26 Nov, was


_____ in the series: 18th

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The third South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Women's


Championship was held at which place: Islamabad, Pakistan

860)

Who has been named as the new chairman of SAARC: Sushil


Koirala

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Name winner of the third South Asian Football Federation


(SAFF) Women's Championship: India

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SAARC is a group of how many countries: 8

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Which Indian invention has been listed among the 25 best


innovations of 2014 by the Time magazine: Mangalyaan

What is the theme of this years SAARC summit: 'Deeper


Regional Integration for Peace and Prosperity'

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Which Indian zoo has become the first zoo in the world to house
the critically endangered pig Pygmy Hog: Guwahati

First Commonwealth Science Congress was held in November


2014 at which place: Bengaluru

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UN Climate Change Summit 2014 was held in which city: New


York
The United Nations has adopted the first-ever resolution calling
on governments to stop which undesirable social practice: Child
Marriage
Name the grand master who won the World Chess
Championship title defeating five-time champion Viswanathan
Anand: Magnus Carlsen
Magnus Carlsen, world chess champion is from which country:
Norway
Recent world chess championship was held at which place:
Sochi, Russia

Who is the author of the book titled The Dramatic Decade: The
Indira Gandhi Years: Pranab Mukherjee

865)

The three organisations - World Toilet Organisation (WTO),


WASTE and the Financial Inclusion Improves Sanitation and
Health (FINISH) have joined hands for what purpose: To end
open defecation in India
World Fisheries Day is observed on which date: Nov 21
Who has been appointed as the new Chairman of Union Public
Service Commission (UPSC): Deepak Gupta
Which UN organisation released a report on the impact of global
warming titled Turn Down the Heat: Confronting the New
Climate Normal: World Bank
Nov 25 is observed as International Day for what purpose:
Elimination of Violence Against Women

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Name the British F1 champion who won the Abu Dhabi Grand
Prix as well as the Formula 1 racing championship title of the
year, becoming the first British to do so since 1971: Lewis
Hamilton

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Name the fund launched by the Central Govt to build toilets in


schools, rural and urban areas: 'Swachh Bharat Kosh'

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As per the Global Slavery Index 2014, India is home to about


___ per cent of the people trapped in modern slavery: 40

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The H5NI avian influenza virus is spread by which bird: Poultry


birds
Name the country's oldest and largest foreign bank that recently
opened its 100th branch in India: Standard Chartered Bank

874)

India observes December 16 as Vijay Diwas to commemorate


which event: Victory in 1971 Indo-Pak war

875)

Fitch has projected that India's growth is expected to accelerate


to 5.6 per cent in the year 2014-15. What type of organization is
Fitch: Rating Agency
Core sector growth for the month of August stood at 5.8
percent. How many industries are there in core sector: Eight
The Union Ministry of Culture is observing the year-long
centenary commemoration of the historic Komagata Maru
incident. What / who was Komagata Maru: Steamer Ship
The Komagata Maru incidents took place at which place in
India: Budge Budge Port, Kolkata
The US govt has assured its support for developing_________
smart cities in India: Three
Name the three proposed smart cities to be developed with US
assistance: Allahabad, Ajmer and Visakhapatnam
Who has been appointed as new Chairman of Pension Fund
Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA): Hemant
Contractor
RBI has directed banks to disallow _________ in the accounts
where customers have not fulfilled KYC norms: Debits
What is the formal name of the cleanliness drive launched by
the PM across India, on Gandhi Jayanti: Swachh Bharat
Mission
_______ has been named as new Secretary General of NATO:
Jens Stoltenberg
In a recent global ranking of universities, ________ secured top
position in Indian universities: Panjab University
Name the Chief Executive of the worlds largest e-tailer
_________who visited India to meet our Prime Minister:
Jeffrey P. Bezos, Amazon.com
India has imposed anti-dumping duty on _________imported
from the U.S. and Chinese Taipei to safeguard the interest of
domestic manufacturers: Phenol
ATP China open tennis cup 2014 was held at which place:
Beijing
_________ won the Mens singles trophy at ATP China open
tennis cup 2014: Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic is from which country: Serbia
_________ won the Womens singles trophy at ATP China
open tennis cup 2014: Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova is from which country: Russia
Which country has test fired a new variant of its 10,000 km
range missile - Dongfeng-31B: China
At which place in the world, students are leading a
prodemocracy protest occupy central: Hong Kong
In which part of the world a mass public protest is going on nick
named as umbrella revolution: Hong Kong
Name the Indian-American professor from USA honoured with
National Medal of Science: Thomas Kailath
Which country secured highest number of medals in 17th Asian
Games: China, 342
India was placed at 8th rank in the 17th Asian Games, securing

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Indian sportspersons won _______ gold medals in the 17th Asian


Games: 11
900) Indian sportspersons won _______ silver medals in the 17th Asian
Games: 10
901) _________ , the Japanese swimmer, was named as the Most
Valuable Player of the 17th Asian Games: Kosuke Hagino
902) The 18th Asian Games will be held in 2018 in_________, Indonesia:
Jakarta
903) ___________became the first Indian woman boxer to clinch a gold
medal at the Asian Games: MC Mary Kom
904) Indian won the hockey gold medal at Asian Games by beating
which country: Pakistan
905) In which sports India won gold medal in both Mens and Womens
category: Kabaddi
906) Name the Indian film celebrity who was honoured with Global
Diversity Award 2014: Shah Rukh Khan
907) The Global Diversity Award is given by which organization: British
Parliament
908) Name the proposed central govt. programme that aims at bringing
all Indians under health insurance cover: Universal Health
Assurance Mission
909) Name the winner of Champions League Twenty 20, 2014: Chennai
Super Kings
910) Countrys first olive oil refinery has been started in which State:
Rajasthan
911) What was the name of the first address of the Prime Minister over
radio broadcasted recently: Mann Ki Baat
912) Name the social networking site that was closed recently by
Google: Orkut
913) Which metro service in India has been ranked second among 18
international Metro systems: Delhi Metro
914) What is the name of the recently launched sedan car by Maruti
Suzuki: Ciaz
915) Strong typhoon Phanfone slammed into which country, with winds
of up to 180 kmph: Japan
916) Lal Bahadur Shastri National Award is given for excellence in which
field: Public Administration, Academics and Management
917) Dr A Sivathanu Pillai, winner of this years Lal Bahadur Shastri
National Award is head of which national organisation: BrahMos
Aerospace.
918) _______ would become the first state in India to have high-speed
internet connecting all the panchayats in the state by March next
year: Kerala
919) John OKeefe of USA, May-Britt & Edward Moser of Norway won
the Nobel Prize 2014 for which field: Medicine
920) Nobel Prize 2014 for Physics has been won by three scientists from
which country: Japan
921) Eric Betzig, William Moerner and Stefan Hell won the Nobel Prize
2014 in which field: Chemistry
922) Patrick Modiano, winner of Nobel Prize for literature, is from which
country: France
923) Name the joint winners of this years Nobel Peace Prize: Malala
Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi
924) Name the economist who won the 2014 Nobel Prize for Economics:
Jean Tirole, France
925) Union Government has decided to sell ______bulbs to households
at 10 rupees against the market price of 400 rupees: LED
926) The first-ever Offshore Wind Power Project in India is to be setup at
which place: Along the Gujarat coast
927) What is the objective of the proposed Sardar Patel Urban Housing
Mission: Housing for all by 2022 and a slum free India

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928) Name the Japans gymnast who won his fifth straight all-around world
title to become the only gymnast to win more than three World allaround titles: Kohei Uchimura
929) Name the super cyclone that caused wide spread devastation in the
coastal part of Andhra Pradesh: Hudhud
930) Name the city which suffered maximum damage from the super
cyclone Hudhud: Visakhapatnam
931) The name Hudhud has been derived from which object: National bird
of Israel
932) Waislitz Global Citizen Award 2014, won by ___________ for his work
in founding Humanure Power in Bihar in 2011 that builds community
sanitation facilities in rural India: Anoop Jain
933) In which athletics event Indian womens team won gold in 17th Asian
Games: 4x400 relay race
934) In which sports Seema Punia won the only gold medal in athletics for
India in the 17th Asian Games: Discuss Throw
935) What is the objective of the recently launched Swachhta Udyami
Yojana - Swachhta Se Sampannta Ki Aur: To provide financial
assistance to Safai Karamcharis
936) Name the single premium pension policy for senior citizens launched
for a limited period of one year, from 15-08-2014 to 14-08-2015:
Varishtha Pension Bima Yojana
937) Leela Samson was in news as she resigned from the post of
Chairperson of Sangeet Natak Akademi. She is from which field:
Eminent Bharatnatyam dancer
938) Name the plan that has been launched to promote model villages by
each and every MP: Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana
939) The village selected under Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana should have
a population of ______in plain areas and _____in hilly, tribal and
difficult areas. 3000-5000; 1000-3000
940) RBI has restricted free non-home ATM transactions to three in how
many metro cities: Six
941) RBI has allowed how many free non-home ATM transactions to metro
users in non-metro centres: Two
942) CEO of which international social networking site recently met Indian
Prime Minister in New Delhi: Facebook
943) _________ won the Shanghai Rolex Master- 2014 championship:
Roger Federer
944) Which Indian state has launched a health card scheme to protect
grand old trees in public places: Kerala
945) Name the famous Ghazal and Thumri singer whose birth centenary is
being celebrated in India: Begum Akhtar
946) President of India recently visited which two Scandinavian countries:
Norway and Finland
947) Name the Indias research station located in the middle of North Pole
and Norway: Himadri
948) With which country India recently signed an agreement for nuclear
cooperation: Finland
949) In which country a 400 kms long railway line reconstructed with Indian
assistance, was inaugurated recently: Sri Lanka
950) Which state govt. has decided to provide free treatment to every
cancer patient in the state: Kerala
951) As per the Global Hunger Index 2014, India has been ranked at
______ place: 55th
952) Name the Indias largest real estate company that was recently barred
for three years by SEBI: DLF
953) Shakti Devi, an Indian police inspector won international Female
Police Peacekeeper Award 2014 for her work in which country:
Afghanistan
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