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 Whose photo has been included in Time’s 100 most influential photos?
(A) Mahatma Gandhi’s Charkha
(B) Jawahar Lal Nehru
(C) Bhagat Singh
(D) Shubhash Chandra Bose
(E) None of these

 How many Indian origin CEOs have been included in Fortune's recently released
Businessperson of the Year list?
(A) 3
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) None of these

 Which Indian university has been included into the top 15 universities in the latest Times
Higher Education’s BRICS and Emerging Economies University Rankings 2017?
(A) IIT Bombay
(B) IIT Kharagpur
(C) Indian Institute of Science
(D) IIT Delhi
(E) None of these

 Which city will host 7th World Ayurveda Congress?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Kolkata
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these

 How many satellites were launched together by ISRO in January 2017?


(A) 80
(B) 83
(C) 22
(D) 48
(E) None of these

 What is India’s rank in World Economic Forum’s cross border trade index 2016?
A. 97
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B. (B) 102
C. (C) 122
D. (D) 112
E. (E) None of these

 Which country has topped World Economic Forum’s cross border trade index 2016?
(A) Singapore
(B) Netherland
(C) Hong Kong
(D) Australia
(E) None of these

 India and the US has inked a Rs crore deal for 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers?
(A) 1000
(B) 2000
(C) 3500
(D) 5000
(E) None of these

 World Aids Day is observed on which date?


(A) 30 November
(B) 1 December
(C) 5 September
(D) 2 December
(E) None of these

 Which ministry has recently launched ‘Vittiya Saksharata Abhiyan’?


(A) HRD Ministry
(B) Ministry of Women and Child Development
(C) Ministry of Road transport
(D) Commerce and Industry ministry
(E) None of these

 Which state’s Raj Bhavan has adopted 'cashless' system recently?


(A) Uttarakhand
(B) Tamilnadu

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(C) Himachal Pradesh


(D) Uttar Pradesh
(E) None of these

 How many new castes have been added recently to the Central list of Other Backward
Castes?
(A) 28
(B) 15
(C) 13
(D) 9
(E) None of these

 A Rs crore development package for displaced people of Pakistan occupied Kashmir


(PoK) living in the country was approved by the government?
(A) 1000
(B) 2000
(C) 3000
(D) 5000
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Executive Director of Rubber Board?


(A) A Ajith Kumar
(B) Arnab Roy
(C) Shri Vatsa Krishna
(D) T Venkatesh
(E) None of these

 International Day of Persons with Disabilities is observed on which date?


(A) 1 December
(B) 3 December
(C) 2 December
(D) 4 December
(E) None of these

 Which country’s scientists founded the element 'Nihonium'?


(A) China
(B) Japan
(C) South Korea
(D) Malaysia

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(E) None of these

 What is India’s economic growth forecast in the current year, according to a UN report?
(A) 6.8%
(B) 7.8%
(C) 7.6%
(D) 7.3%
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as interim director of Central Bureau of Investigation?


(A) Anil Sinha
(B) Rakesh Asthana
(C) Ajith Kumar
(D) Sanjay Goswami
(E) None of these

 Who is the president of All India Football Federation?


(A) Praful Patel
(B) Ankit Nagar
(C) Mukul Sharma
(D) Rakesh Dwivedi

 Matteo Renzi resigned recently from prime ministerial post of


(A) Italy
(B) New Zealand
(C) Australia
(D) Norway
(E) None of these

 Which city has hosted Heart of Asia conference recently?


(A) Bhopal
(B) Lucknow
(C) Pathankot
(D) Amritsar
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has won International Children's Peace Prize 2016?
(A) Malala Yusufzai
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(B) AlinaHayaa
(C) Surbhi Sharma
(D) Kehkashan Basu
(E) None of these

 Which is the most connected airport in the world?


(A) Chicago
(B) Dallas
(C) New York
(D) Atlanta
(E) None of these

 Which Indian city has won best cities award for tackling climate change?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Chennai
(C) Kolkata
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 Which film has won best film award at Star screen awards 2016?
(A) Pink
(B) Sultan
(C) Fan
(D) Bahubali
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Women’s Asia Cup T20 2016?


(A) Pakistan
(B) Sri Lanka
(C) India
(D) Bangladesh
(E) None of these

 Who has been chosen for Athlete of the year award 2016?
(A) Chriastiano Ronaldo
(B) Michael Phelps
(C) Usain Bolt
(D) Virat Kohli
(E) None of these

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 Which city has organized International Gita Mahotsav- 2016?


(A) Gurgaon
(B) Lucknow
(C) Varanasi
(D) Kurukshetra
(E) None of these

 What is the name of annual bilateral maritime exercise between the Indian Navy and the
Royal Navy?
(A) Navax 16
(B) Rovex 16
(C) Konkan 16
(D) Malabar 16
(E) None of these

 What is the new limit of Market Stabilisation Scheme?


(A) 30, 000 Crore
(B) 6 Lac Crore
(C) 2 Lac Crore
(D) 60,000 Crore
(E) None of these

 J Jayalalithaa passed away recently. She was the Chief Minister of


(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Karnataka
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Tripura
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled ‘India-US Relations in the Age of Uncertainty’?
(A) Mohan Sharma
(B) BM Jain
(C) Taran Sahni
(D) Kartar Singh
(E) None of these

 NITI Aayog will include providing a fund of Rs per district administration for
digital transformation?
(A) 2 lakh
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(B) 5 lakh
(C) 10 lakh
(D) 15 lakh
(E) None of these

 birth day will be celebrated as National Water Day?


(A) Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s
(B) Bhagat Singh’s
(C) BR Ambedkar’s
(D) Dr Rajendra Prasad’s
(E) None of these

 Which state’s Chief Minister has launched a mobile app ‘AP Purse’?
(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Arunachal Pradesh
(C) Telangana
(D) Himachal Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Which is going to become the first state to have its own mobile wallet?
(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Gujarat
(C) Punjab
(D) Maharashtra
(E) None of these

 Which bank will tied-up with MMTC to sell govt minted 'Indian Gold Coin'?
(A) Bank of Baroda
(B) SBI
(C) Punjab National Bank
(D) Yes Bank
(E) None of these

 Who has been elected as the Prime Minister of France?


(A) Bernard Cazeneuve
(B) Shavkat Mirziyoyev
(C) Van der Bellen
(D) Manuel Valls
(E) None of these

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 Who has been elected as the President of Austria?


(A) Bernard Cazeneuve
(B) Shavkat Mirziyoyev
(C) Van der Bellen
(D) Manuel Valls
(E) None of these

 Who has been elected as the President of Uzbekistan?


(A) Bernard Cazeneuve
(B) Shavkat Mirziyoyev
(C) Van der Bellen
(D) Manuel Valls
(E) None of these

 Which team has won women's Hockey Junior World Cup 2016?

(A) Germany
(B) Netherlands
(C) Spain
(D) Argentina
(E) None of these

 India has pledged million Dollar to the UN relief agency for Palestinian refugees.
(A) 1.25
(B) 2.50
(C) 3.50
(D) 1.75
(E) None of these

 Which country has topped in global education rankings?


(A) Sweden
(B) Norway
(C) Singapore
(D) Switzerland
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting India International Science Festival?


(A) Hyderabad
(B) New Delhi
(C) Mumbai
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(D) Kolkata
(E) None of these

 What is the estimated economic growth for 2016-17 for India, according to RBI?
(A) 7.1%
(B) 7.6%
(C) 7.3%
(D) 7.2%
(E) None of these

 How many banks have joined National Financial Switch network as direct members?
(A) 29
(B) 55
(C) 88
(D) 100
(E) None of these

 Who has won Turner award 2016?


(A) Erick Sigmund
(B) Glen Mark
(C) David Ruth
(D) Helen Marten
(E) None of these

 Who has been chosen as Time’s ‘Person of the year’?


(A) Narendra Modi
(B) Donald Trump
(C) Mark Zuckerberg
(D) Barack Obama
(E) None of these

 Which country has designated India as a ‘Major Defence Partner’?


(A) China
(B) USA
(C) Australia
(D) Qatar
(E) None of these

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 Which is the most hit country by terror attacks?


(A) Iran
(B) Nigeria
(C) Syria
(D) Iraq
(E) None of these

 What is India’s rank in the Global Terrorism Index 2016?


(A) 4
(B) 10
(C) 7
(D) 5
(E) None of these

 On Online booking of railway tickets, customer will get Rs accident insurance.


(A) 10 lakh
(B) 5 lakh
(C) 2 lakh
(D) 15 lakh
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting 28th State Information Ministers Conference?


(A) Mumbai
(B) New Delhi
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Kolkata
(E) None of these

 Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has been appointed as the Chief Justice of
(A) Iran
(B) Pakistan
(C) Afghanistan
(D) Israel
(E) None of these

 Who has won World Billiards Championship 2016?


(A) Pankaj Advani
(B) Sourav Kothari

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(C) Geet Setthy


(D) Peter Gilchrist
(E) None of these

 World Human Rights Day is observed on which date?


(A) 10 December
(B) 9 December
(C) 8 December
(D) 7 December
(E) None of these

 International Anti-Corruption Day is observed on which date?


(A) 10 December
(B) 9 December
(C) 8 December
(D) 7 December
(E) None of these

 According to World Economic Forum, which is the most powerful language in the world?
(A) English
(B) Mandarin
(C) Hindi
(D) French
(E) None of these

 Which country has recently lifted ‘un declared’ ban on the import of Indian cotton?
(A) Iran
(B) Myanmar
(C) Pakistan
(D) Sri Lanka
(E) None of these

 Al-Azhar University is located in which country?


(A) Egypt
(B) Syria
(C) Iran
(D) Kazakhstan
(E) None of these

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 Which TV channel has been launched for cashless lessons?


(A) Cashless India
(B) Digi India
(C) DigiShala
(D) Digital India
(E) None of these

 India’s first Helicopter pilot institute is established in which city?


(A) Bengaluru
(B) Mumbai
(C) New Delhi
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched mobile apps to fight corruption?


(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Gujarat
(C) Kerala
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these

 Which stadium is going to be world’s largest cricket stadium?


(A) Sardar Patel Stadium
(B) Wankhede Stadium
(C) Holker Stadium
(D) Eden Garden
(E) None of these

 Which of the following is associated with ‘100 Million for 100 Million’ mission?
(A) Malala Yousufzai
(B) Kailash Satyarthi
(C) Vijay Kelkar
(D) Arvind Pangariya
(E) None of these

 Which state has started train ‘Vaadi ki Sair’?


(A) Uttarakhand
(B) Andhra Pradesh

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(C) Himachal Pradesh


(D) Jammu Kashmir
(E) None of these

 Which state has recently launched tourist Mobile App?


(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Gujarat
(C) Kerala
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these

 Paolo Gentiloni has been appointed as the Prime Minister of


(A) South Korea
(B) New Zealand
(C) Italy
(D) Brazil
(E) None of these

 Who is the head of IAMAI committee to fight against the online piracy?
(A) Ajit Mohan
(B) Salil Kapoor
(C) Uday Sodhi
(D) Virendra Sharma
(E) None of these

 Inter-Services Intelligence is the intelligence agency of which country?


A. Afghanistan
B. Pakistan
C. Iran
D. Iraq
E. None of these

 Who has won World Billiards Championships 2016?


(A) Peter Gilchrist
(B) Sourabh Kothari
(C) Pankaj Advani
(D) Chris Evan
(E) None of these

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 Which country has its currency as ‘Bolivar’?


(A) Botswana
(B) Salvador
(C) Venezuela
(D) Ecuador
(E) None of these

 Which country’s Assembly has recently voted to impeach its President?


(A) South Africa
(B) South Korea
(C) Ghana
(D) Thailand
(E) None of these

 What is the name of joint military exercise between India and Maldives?
(A) EKUVERIN
(B) SIMBEX
(C) INDRA
(D) LAMITY
(E) None of these

 What is the name of joint naval exercise between India and Russia?

(A) EKUVERIN Navy


(B) SIMBEX Navy
(C) INDRA Navy
(D) LAMITY Navy
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched India’s first amphibious bus?


(A) Kerala
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 What will be the name of National Resource Centre for Tribal Livelihood?
(A) Vanjeevan
(B) Navjeevan

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(C) Junglejeevan
(D) Vanmitra
(E) None of these

 Which Airport has launched India’s first airport e- Shopping platform?


(A) Rajiv Gandhi Airport
(B) Delhi Airport
(C) Chhatrapati Shivaji Airport
(D) Chennai Airport
(E) None of these

 According to Asian Development Bank, what is India’s expected growth rate for the
current fiscal year?
(A) 7%
(B) 7.1%
(C) 7.3%
(D) 7.6%
(E) None of these

 What is the helpline number for digital payments support?


(A) 1224
(B) 12333
(C) 14444
(D) 18004
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed UNICEF Global Goodwill Ambassador?


(A) Deepika Padukone
(B) Kareena Kapoor
(C) Alia Bhatt
(D) Priyanka Chopra
(E) None of these

 Which city has recently obtained UNESCO world heritage status?


(A) Rio
(B) Milan
(C) Madrid
(D) Durban
(E) None of these

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 Which country is the fourth largest defence spender?


(A) China
(B) USA
(C) India
(D) Russia
(E) None of these

 Which bank has tied-up with Indian Railways to install 10000 POS machines?
(A) PNB
(B) SBI
(C) Bank of Baroda
(D) ICICI Bank
(E) None of these

 Who is the most powerful person in Forbes list?


(A) Donald Trump
(B) Vladimir Putin
(C) Angela Markel
(D) Francois Hollande
(E) None of these

 Who has been included in 15 Global Thinkers List of 2016 compiled by Foreign Policy
magazine?
(A) Narendra Modi
(B) Arvind Kejriwal
(C) Sushma Swaraj
(D) Manmohan Singh
(E) None of these

 Who has won the most improved player award at the Badminton World Federation?
(A) Saina Nehwal
(B) Lee Xuirui
(C) PV Sindhu
(D) Carolina Marin
(E) None of these

 India will contribute to the United Nations's emergency response fund.


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(A) $500,000
(B) $600,000
(C) $200,000
(D) $100,000
(E) None of these

 Which country has recently abolished 'kafala' labour system?


(A) UAE
(B) Oman
(C) Qatar
(D) Iraq
(E) None of these
 5th edition of India-Arab partnership conference held in
(A) UAE
(B) Oman
(C) Qatar
(D) Iraq
(E) None of these
 Which country has topped in Asia in innovation chart?
(A) China
(B) India
(C) Malaysia
(D) Indonesia
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has launched Lucky Grahak Yojana?


(A) RBI
(B) NITI Aayog
(C) HRD Ministry
(D) Ministry of Food Processing
(E) None of these

 e-Tourist visa has been extended to how many countries?


(A) 149
(B) 153
(C) 158
(D) 161
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched Annapurna Rasoi Yojna?


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(A) Gujarat
(B) Haryana
(C) Punjab
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these

 Vijay Divas is observed on which date?


(A) 14 December
(B) 15 December
(C) 16 December
(D) 17 December
(E) None of these

 Which Scheme is launched by government for disclosing money?


(A) Garib Kalyan Yojna
(B) Vittiya Sahayata Yojna
(C) Garib Sahayata Yojna
(D) Digi Dhan Yojna
(E) None of these

 Disabled persons will now get percent reservation in government jobs and educational
institutions.
(A) 4
(B) 3
(C) 5
(D) 2
(E) None of these

 India’s first transgender school will be opened in which city?


(A) Kochi
(B) Bengaluru
(C) Surat
(D) Patna
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Director General of Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs?
(A) Sunil Arora
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(B) Rahil Ansari


(C) Sanjay Baweja
(D) Ranjan Mathur
(E) None of these

 Who has been awarded with 'Global Agriculture Leadership Award 2016'?
(A) Sunil Mittal
(B) Laxmi Mittal
(C) Anil Ambani
(D) Ratan Tata
(E) None of these

 First ever Indian Institute of Skills was inaugurated in which city?


(A) Kanpur
(B) Kochi
(C) Varanasi
(D) Vadodara
(E) None of these

 Which hospital has recently recorded 100% 'cashless' transaction?


(A) AIIMS, New Delhi
(B) Apollo Hospital, Mumbai
(C) JK Lon Hospital, Jaipur
(D) Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai
(E) None of these

 The City Municipal Corporation has been selected for Digital India Award instituted by
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
(A) Coimbatore
(B) Nagpur
(C) Mumbai
(D) Shimla
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as next Indian Army chief?

(A) Bipin Rawat


(B) BS Dhanoa
(C) Arup Raha

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(D) Rajiv Jain


(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as next Indian Air Force chief?


(A) Bipin Rawat
(B) BS Dhanoa
(C) Arup Raha
(D) Rajiv Jain
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as next Intelligence Bureau chief?


(A) Bipin Rawat
(B) BS Dhanoa
(C) Anil Dhasmana
(D) Rajiv Jain
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Junior Hockey World Cup 2016?

(A) Belgium
(B) Germany
(C) India
(D) Australia
(E) None of these

 Which newspaper has been released for Senior Citizen?

(A) Sandhya Jyoti


(B) Ummeed
(C) Naya Savera
(D) Saanjhi Saanjh
(E) None of these

 Which toll free number will be launched for call drops?


(A) 14444
(B) 1224
(C) 1924
(D) 1955
(E) None of these
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 What is the new interest rate on Provident Fund deposits?


(A) 8.80%
(B) 8.65%
(C) 8.75%
(D) 8.50%
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as brand ambassador of Assam tourism?


(A) Vijendra Singh
(B) MC Mary Kom
(C) Priyanka Chopra
(D) Sachin Tendulkar

 Who has won BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2016 award?
(A) Roger Federer
(B) Andy Murray
(C) Usain Bolt
(D) Simone Biles
(E) None of these

 Who is the second Indian batsman to score triple century in test cricket?
(A) Virat Kohli
(B) Murli Vijay
(C) Cheteshwar Pujara
(D) Karun Nair
(E) None of these

 International Human Solidarity Day is observed on which date?


(A) 19 December
(B) 20 December
(C) 22 December
(D) 23 December
(E) None of these

 Which city has hosted India-Nepal Folk Crafts Festival 2016?


(A) Kathmandu

(B) New Delhi


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(C) Mumbai
(D) Patna
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in Global Wind Power Installed Capacity Index?
(A) 2
(B) 7
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) None of these

 What amount of compensation will be paid now for the death or injury of a passenger in
rail accidents?
(A) 2 Lac
(B) 4 Lac
(C) 8 Lac
(D) 10 Lac
(E) None of these

 Which app has been launched recently for flexibility in Utilization of Domestic Coal?
(A) Coal Seva
(B) Coal Mitra
(C) Coal Saathi
(D) Coal Sahayak
(E) None of these

 What is the outlay of National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme?


(A) 10000 Crore
(B) 1000 Crore
(C) 5000 Crore
(D) 100000 Crore
(E) None of these

 India has now taken over the United Kingdom as the largest economy in the
world.
A. 5th
B. 4th
C. 6th
D. 7th
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E. None of these

 Who has been chosen as the ICC cricketer of the year?

(A) Joe Root


(B) Quinton De Kock
(C) Virat Kohli
(D) R Ashwin
(E) None of these

 World’s first solar road was recently opened in which country?


(A) Russia
(B) Sweden
(C) France
(D) Argentina
(E) None of these

 Which is the most well-read city this year in India?


(A) Mumbai
(B) New Delhi
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Patna
(E) None of these

 Who has been chosen for the prestigious Jnanpith Award for 2016?
(A) Shankha Ghosh
(B) Raghuvir Choudhary
(C) Laxmi Vyas
(D) Padma Sachdev
(E) None of these

 Who has been chosen for PETA's person of the year award?

(A) Sunny Leone


(B) Angelina Jolly
(C) Scharlet Johanson
(D) Emma Watson
(E) None of these

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 Which team has won bronze at women's U-18 Asia Cup hockey?
(A) India
(B) Spain
(C) South Korea
(D) Netherlands
(E) None of these

 Who has been chosen as India’s best footballer of 2016 by AIFF?


(A) Sunil Chhetri
(B) Jeje Lalpekhlua
(C) Amit Singh
(D) Vishal Chhetri
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Under-19 Asia Cup Cricket title?


(A) Bangladesh
(B) Sri Lanka
(C) Pakistan
(D) India
(E) None of these

 What is the Currency of France?


(A) Euro
(B) Franc
(C) Dollar
(D) Peso
(E) Both A and B

 Which helpline number has been launched for consumer related grievances?
(A) 12555
(B) 14444
(C) 14404
(D) 18005
(E) None of these

 National Consumer Day is observed on which date?


(A) 23 December
(B) 24 December

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(C) 25 December
(D) 26 December
(E) None of these

 Good Governance Day is observed on which date?


(A) 23 December
(B) 24 December
(C) 25 December
(D) 26 December
(E) None of these

 Which service has been launched by External Affairs Ministry to centralise its grievance
redressal mechanism?
(A) Twitter Seva
(B) Facebook Seva
(C) Twitter tag
(D) Facebook tag
(E) None of these

 Which Handloom Helpline Centre will be set up by Ministry of Textiles?


(A) Bunkar Friend
(B) Bunkar Sahayata
(C) Bunkar Saathi
(D) Bunkar Mitra
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched Biju Sishu Surakshya Yojana?


(A) Tripura
(B) Assam
(C) Karnataka
(D) West Bengal
(E) Odisha

 Which bank has launched aadhaar-linked cashless merchant solution?

(A) IDBI Bank


(B) SBI
(C) IDFC Bank
(D) PNB
(E) None of these
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 Ramanujan prize is given in which field?


(A) Physics
(B) Music
(C) Medicine
(D) Mathematics
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched health insurance scheme Atal- Amrit Abhiyan?
(A) Assam
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Odisha
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 First second generation Ethanol Bio-refinery in India will be set up in which date?
(A) Assam
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Odisha
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 Mithun Chakraborty was a Rajya Sabha member from which party?


(A) BJP
(B) Congress
(C) TMC
(D) SP
(E) None of these

 Which service has been started by railways to provide information about the delays in
train operations?
(A) Fog Alert
(B) Winter Alert
(C) Weather Alert
(D) Rail Alert
(E) None of these
 Which state has launched malaria elimination programme DAMAN?
(A) Assam

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(B) Andhra Pradesh


(C) Odisha
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 Centre has through Nabard released Rs 1,982 crore to towards the Polavaram irrigation
project.
(A) Assam
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Odisha
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 Which village has been adopted by SBI to make it cashless?


(A) Shirdi
(B) Donja
(C) Shirki
(D) Nagepur
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Director General of National Cadet Corps?


(A) Vinod Vashisht
(B) MS Sahoo
(C) Ajay Shirke
(D) Gourav Jain
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched 25 buses bio-diesel recently?


(A) Assam
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Karnataka
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 The Indian Army has entered into an agreement with the to set up a research and
development (R&D) cell on the campus.
(A) IIT-Madras
(B) IIT-Mumbai
(C) IIT-Gandhinagar

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(D) IIT-Kanpur
(E) None of these

 Nedumkayam tribal colony, which is going to be country’s first digital colony, is in


which state?
(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Karnataka
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these

 What is the full form of BBPOU?


(A) Bharat Bill Payments Overdraft Unit
(B) Bharat Bill Payments Operating Unit
(C) Bharat Bill Present Operating Unit
(D) Bharat Bill Payments Organising Unit
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the new Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi?


(A) Anil Baijal
(B) Najib Jang
(C) Kiran Bedi
(D) Rajiv Jain
(E) None of these

 Which state will host 2017 National Games?


(A) Meghalaya
(B) Kerala
(C) Goa
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Ratnasiri Wickremanayake passed away recently. He was the former Prime Minister of
which country?
(A) Myanmar
(B) Sri Lanka
(C) Malaysia

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(D) Thailand
(E) None of these

 India will supply an additional MW of power to Nepal from January 1, 2017?


(A) 80
(B) 100
(C) 280
(D) 400
(E) None of these

 Which state has signed a memorandum of understanding with Andhra Pradesh to prepare
citizen database?
(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Gujarat
(C) Haryana
(D) Maharashtra
(E) None of these

 Which state has declared 50 per cent reservation in all judicial services for Extremely
Backward Classes, Other Backward Classes, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Bihar
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 Which city is organising World Bhojpuri Conference 2016?


(A) Kanpur
(B) Lucknow
(C) Varanasi
(D) Mathura
(E) None of these

 Which state has established India’s first Digital Investigation Centre?


(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Gujarat
(C) Haryana
(D) Maharashtra
(E) None of these

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 What is the full form of BHIM app launched by PM Modi?


(A) Bharat Interface for Money
(B) Bharat Interface for Mobility
(C) Bharat Interconnection for Mobile
(D) Bharat Interface for Mobile
(E) None of these

 Which country has appointed Sorin Grindeanu as Prime Minister?


(A) Portugal
(B) Romania
(C) Zimbabwe
(D) New Zealand
(E) None of these

 Who will be awarded with Bihari Puraskar 2016?


(A) Om Thanvi
(B) Bhagwati Lal Vyas
(C) Satya Narayan
(D) Raghuvir Choudhary
(E) None of these

 What is the name of Joint Military Exercise between India and Russia?
(A)Indra
(B) Astra
(C) Surya Kiran
(D)Garud Shakti
(E) None of these
 The Cabinet Committee has given its approval for winding up of which
company recently?
(A)Hindustan Copper Limited
(B) Hindustan Diamond Company Private Limited
(C) Hindustan Zinc Limited
(D)Hindustan metals Private Limited
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as chairperson of Bankruptcy Board of India?

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(A)Madhusudan Sahoo
(B) Aniket Dave
(C) Sadashiv Yadav
(D)Venkat
(E) None of these
 Who has been elected as chairman of Audit Bureau of Circulation?
(A)Madhusudan Sahoo
(B) Aniket Dave
(C) Sadashiv Yadav
(D)Venkat
(E) None of these
 Which of the following is known as alternative Nobel award?
(A)Right Livelihood Award
(B) Confucius Award
(C) PEN Pinter award
(D)Sakharov Award
(E) None of these
 Jeslyn Santos who won the title of Miss United Continents 2016, is from
which country?
(A)Columbia
(B)Philippines
(C) Venezuela
(D)Germany
(E) None of these

 Childhood cancer awareness exhibition was recently held at which of the


following monuments?
(A)Lal Quila
(B) Jantar Mantar
(C) Amar Jawan
(D)Taj Mahal
(E) None of these
 Which city has hosted 2nd SAARC Anti-Terrorism Mechanism?
(A)Chennai
(B) Gandhinagar
(C) Mumbai
(D)New Delhi

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(E) None of these


 Which has become the first state to adopt Centre's Street Lighting National
Programme in all its urban local bodies?
(A)Gujarat
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Rajasthan
(D)Punjab
(E) None of these

 Which city has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoUs) on Smart City


Project with French Development agency?
(A)Jaipur
(B) Nagpur
(C) Chandigarh
(D)Coimbatore
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as additional Secretary in GST Council?


(A) Harsh Goyal
(B) Vijay Goyal
(C) Ashish Goyal
(D) Arun Goyal
(E) None of these

 Which is India’s official entry to Best Foreign Language Film category at the
89th Academy Awards?
(A)Court
(B) Visaranai
(C) Parched
(D)Sunrise
(E) None of these
 Who has been honoured with First Jesse Owens Award?
(A)Mike Tyson
(B) Floyd Mayweather
(C) Muhammad Ali
(D)George Foreman
(E) None of these
 Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament was recently held in which city?
(A)Toronto
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(B) Madrid
(C) Beijing
(D)Tokyo
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Krishi Unnati Mela –
2016?
(A)Chandigarh
(B) Mathura
(C) Lucknow
(D)Pune
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as India’s ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti?
(A)Ajay Singh
(B) Hemant Kumar
(C) Yash Dixit
(D)Anurag Srivastav
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has won St Petersburg Open tennis title 2016?
(A)Novak Djokovich
(B) Stan Wawrinka
(C) Alexander Zverev
(D)Andy Murray
(E) None of these
 Which country will host 2018 Asian Games?
(A)Indonesia
(B) China
(C) Japan
(D)South Korea
(E) None of these
 Which bowler has took fastest 200 test wickets?
(A)Clarrie Grimmett
(B) R Ashwin
(C) Waqar Younis
(D)Dennis Lillee
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has won Asian under 19 squash title?
(A)Ajay Mehta
(B) Tushar Shahani
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(C) Yash Fadte


(D)Velavan Senthilkumar
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in Global Competitiveness Report 2016?
(A)39
(B) 44
(C) 55
(D)71
 Who has been elected as president of Indian Statistical Institute?
(A)C Rangrajan
(B) Vijay Kelkar
(C) Raghuram Rajan
(D)Y V Reddy
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as India's High Commissioner to UK?
(A) Navtej Sarna
(B) Arun Singh
(C) S Jayshankar
(D) Yashvardhan Sinha
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed head of parliamentary panel to examine merger of


budgets?
(A)Arun Jaitely
(B) M Veerappa Moily
(C) Salman Khushid
(D)Kapil Sibbal
(E) None of these
 Which country has the current chair of SAARC?
(A)India
(B) Pakistan
(C) Bangladesh
(D)Nepal
(E) None of these
 Project SAKSHAM is related to which of the following?
(A)Disabled Persons
(B) Minorities
(C) Indirect Taxes
(D)Drinking Water
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(E) None of these


 Which state has signed an agreement with the Indian Space Research
Organisation to get bandwidth to telecast programmes?
(A)Tamilnadu
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) Karnataka
(D)Telangana
(E) None of these
 Recently, U.S. has appointed its first ambassador to which country in more
than 50 years?
(A)Israel
(B) Cuba
(C) Philippines
(D)Palestine
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed new Director General of CISF?
(A)OP Singh
(B) KP Singh
(C) VP Singh
(D)VK Singh
(E) None of these
 Which of the following will be honoured with 'Lata Mangeshkar Award'
2016?
(A)Sonu Nigam
(B) Pankaj Udhas
(C) Sameer Anjaan
(D)Uttam Singh
(E) None of these
 Which is the first country in the world to have eliminated measles?
(A)America
(B) Spain
(C) Japan
(D)Germany
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently signed agreement on Peaceful Nuclear
Cooperation with Russia?
(A)Canada
(B) Pakistan
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(C) Cuba
(D)France
(E) None of these
 Which city has hosted 2016 BRICS Labour & Employment Ministerial
Meeting?
(A)Bengaluru
(B) New Delhi
(C) Mumbai
(D)Chennai
(E) None of these
 How many LPG connections will be provided to BPL households by 2019
Under Prime Minister Ujjawal Yojna?
(A)8 Crore
(B) 7 Crore
(C) 6 Crore
(D)5 Crore
(E) None of these
 Who has been awarded with 29th Moortidevi Award?
(A)Om Thanavi
(B) Padma Sachdev
(C) Vishvanath Tripathi
(D)Kalakaluri Enoch
(E) None of these
 Which Airport has been awarded as “Best Tourist Friendly Airport” under the
category for “State Annual Excellence Awards for the year 2015-16” by
Andhra Pradesh Tourism?
(A)Tirupati Airport
(B) Vijaywara Airport
(C) Hyderabad Airport
(D)Karim Nagar Airport
(E) None of these

 SAARC Summit which was postponed recently, was to be held in which city?
(A)Islamabad
(B) Lahore
(C) Karachi
(D)Multan
(E) None of these
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 Which is the first airport in the Asia-Pacific region to achieve carbon neutral
status?
(A)IGI Airport, Delhi
(B) Mumbai Airport
(C) Kochi Airport
(D)Chennai Airport
(E) None of these
 In which city, Google will set up its first India data centre?
(A)Bengaluru
(B) New Delhi
(C) Mumbai
(D)Chennai
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Press Trust of India?
(A)Vivek Goenka
(B) Hormusji Kama
(C) Shakti Sinha
(D)Riyadh Mathew
(E) None of these
 Which team has won Under-18 Asia Cup hockey tournament 2016?
(A)India
(B) Bangladesh
(C) Malaysia
(D)Pakistan
 Highest number of poors are living in which country, according to World
Bank?
(A)China
(B) South Africa
(C) India
(D)Nigeria
(E) None of these
 Who will be the chief guest on the occasion of India’s republic day 2017?
(A)Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan
(B) Tamim bin Al Hamad
(C) Francois Hollande
(D)Vladimir Putin
(E) None of these
 Employees Provident Fund (EPF) investment in Exchange Traded Funds
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has been increased to


(A)5%
(B) 10%
(C) 12%
(D) 15%
(E) None of these
 Which has been honored as Cleanest Tourist Destination?
(A)Gangtok
(B) Jaipur
(C) Goa
(D)Ahmedabad
(E) None of these
 Which has been honored as ‘Cleanest Iconic Place’?
(A)Rani ki Vav
(B) Tajmahal
(C) Hawamahal
(D)Jantar Mahal
(E) None of these
 Which film has won first prize at Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival?
(A)Visarnai
(B) Murga
(C) Court
(D)Nanha Doot
(E) None of these
 Who is the first Indian to complete the Spartathlon?
(A)Nishant Sen
(B) ieren Dsouza
(C) Senthil Kumar
(D)Arnav Kumar
(E) None of these
 Which country organises Spartathlon?
(A)Spain
(B) Kenya
(C) France
(D)Greece
(E) None of these
 Which is the first state to implement Direct Benefit Transfer in Kerosene?

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(A)Gujarat
(B) Kerala
(C) Haryana
(D)Jharkhand
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been declared as the first digital district of India?
(A)Kozhikode
(B) Nagpur
(C) Pune
(D)Karim Nagar
(E) None of these
 Which country has elected Kersti Kaljulaid as its first female President?
(A)Thailand
(B) Finland
(C) Estonia
(D)Indonesia
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been appointed as a full-time Member of the 21st Law
Commission of India recently?
(A)S Sivakumar
(B) Narayan Sharma
(C) Vivek Debroy
(D)Amit Sahni
(E) None of these
 Who is the Chairman of 21st Law Commission of India?
(A)HL Dattu
(B) TS Thakur
(C) Balbir Singh Chauhan
(D)RM Lodha
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has won Nobel Prize 2016 in medicine?


(A)William C. Campbell
(B) Satoshi Omura
(C) Tu Youyou
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(D)Yoshinori Ohsumi

 Which country has signed three agreements (MoUs) in the fields of skill
development with India recently?
(A)Myanmar
(B) Vietnam
(C) Singapore
(D)Japan
(E) None of these
 What is the current Marginal Standing Facility Rate?
(A) 5.75%

(B) 6.75%
(C) 20.75%
(D) 7%
(E) None of these

 According to IMF, what is India’s expected economic growth for 2016-17 and
2017-18?
(A) 7.4%
(B) 7.7%
(C) 7.6%
(D) 7.8%
(E) None of these
 Who has been nominated to Rajya Sabha in place of Navjot Singh Sidhu?
(A)Gulzar
(B) Roopa Ganguly
(C) Mohammad Azharuddin
(D)Laxmi Ratan Shukla
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as brand ambassador of ‘Haritha Keralam’ project?
(A)Yesudas
(B) Vishal Dadlani
(C) Sachin Tendulkar
(D)Agam Kumar
(E) None of these
 Which of the following is not a winner of 2016 Nobel Prize for Physics?
(A)David Thouless
(B) Duncan Haldane
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(C) Michael Kosterlitz


(D)Yoshinori Ohsumi
(E) None of these
 Which has become the first country in the world to ban disposable plastic
cups and plates?
(A)Germany
(B) Russia
(C) Japan
(D)France
(E) None of these
 World Teachers’ Day is observed on which date?
(A)3 October
(B)5 October
(C) 6 October
(D)2 October
 Communication satellite GSAT-18 was launched from which place?
(A)Sri Harikota
(B) Houston
(C) Chandipur
(D)French Guiana
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as new chairperson of the Central Board of Direct
Taxes?
(A)Rani Singh Nair
(B) Sushil Chandra
(C) Atulesh Jindal
(D)Avinash Kumar
(E) None of these
 Antonio Guterres, Who will be the next United Nations Secretary-General, is
from which country?
(A)USA
(B) Canada
(C) Germany
(D)Portugal
(E) None of these

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 Which of the following is not a winner of 2016 Nobel Prize for Chemistry?
(A)Jean-Pierre Sauvage
(B) J. Fraser Stoddart
(C) Bernard L. Feringa
(D)David Thouless
(E) None of these
 Who has won 2016 John F. Richards Prize?
(A)Nayantara Lahiri
(B) Nivedita Lahiri
(C) Nayanjot Lahiri
(D)Niharika Lahiri
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting BRICS Under-17 Football tournament?
(A)New Delhi
(B) Bengaluru
(C) Mumbai
(D)Goa
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently signed three agreements with India on Visa and
arrival?
(A)Germany
(B) Singapore
(C) Switzerland
(D)Sweden
(E) None of these
 India’s first Medical Devices Manufacturing Park (Medipark) will be set up
in which state?
(A)Tamilnadu
(B) Kerala
(C) Uttarakhand
(D)Karnataka
(E) None of these
 Which organisation has organised first World Sustainable Development
Summit?
(A)DRDO
(B)TERI
(C) Prasar Bharti
(D)ISRO
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(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been awarded with Sustainable


Development Leadership award?
(A)Akhilesh Yadav
(B) TR Zeliang
(C) Pawan Kumar Chamling
(D)Laxmikant Parsekar
(E) None of these
 Which company has partnered with the Election Commission of India to
register young voters?
(A)Google
(B) Facebook
(C) Flipkart
(D)Microsoft
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been inducted into IMF Hall of Fame?
(A)AS Kiran Kumar
(B) Selvin Christofer
(C) Mrinal Shah
(D)UR Rao
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has won a silver medal in the 50 meter pistol event of
the ISSF World Cup recently?
(A)Vijay Kumar
(B)Jitu Rai
(C) Gagan Narang
(D)Sanjeev Rajput
 Who is the author of the book titled ‘Modi’s Midas Touch in Foreign Policy’?
(A)Surendra Kumar
(B) Ravindra Kumar
(C) Rajendra Kumar
(D)Virendra Kumar
(E) None of these

 The U.S. has recently lifted economic sanctions against which country?
(A)Cuba
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(B) Philippines
(C) Israel
(D)Myanmar
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently passed anti-honour killing and anti-rape
legislations?
(A)Pakistan
(B) Afghanistan
(C) Syria
(D)China
(E) None of these
 Indian Air Force Day is observed on which date?
(A)6 October
(B) 7 October
(C) 5 October
(D)8 October
(E) None of these
 Which airport’s building has become first Platinum rated green airport terminal
building in India?
(A)IGI Delhi
(B) Kochi Airport
(C) Mumbai Airport
(D)Chennai Airport
(E) None of these
 Who has become the youngest in the world to climb the Mount Cho Oyu?
(A)Ronald Naar
(B) Abhilekh Singh
(C) Manish Gehlot
(D)Arjun Vajpai
(E) None of these
 Juan Manuel Santos who has won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize, is the President
of which country?
(A)Portugal
(B) Tunisia
(C) Ghana
(D)Colombia
(E) None of these

 How many teams are participating in the Kabaddi World Cup, which played in
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Ahmedabad?
(A)8
(B) 10
(C) 12
(D)14
(E) None of these
 Which country hosted the conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in November
2016 ?
(A)China
(B) India
(C) England
(D)Germany
(E) Sri Lanka

 Which state government has declared 'Bathukamma' as a state festival ?


(A)Andhra Pradesh
(B) Tamilnadhu
(C) Telangana
(D)Meghalaya
(E) Arunachal Pradesh
 Which rank has been obtained by Indian pharmaceutical companies in the
Biopharmaceutical Competitiveness & Investment (BCI) Survey ?
(A)21
(B) 53
(C) 36
(D)19
(E) 13
 Which player has been appointed brand ambassador of vizag steel ?
(A)PV Sindhu
(B) Saina Nehwal
(C) Sania Mirza
(D)Virat Kholi
(E) Rohit Sharma
 Which player has won the 2016 China Open Men's Singles title ?
(A)Novak Djokovic
(B) Rafael Nadal
(C) Andy Murray
(D)Roger Federer

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(E) Stan Wawrinka


 Which player has been bagged the 24th Ekalabya Award for the year 2016 in
recognition of her sporting excellence?
(A)Joshna Chinappa
(B) Jwala Gutta
(C) Jhulan Goswami
(D)Krishna Poonia
(E) Srabani Nanda
 World post Day is observed on which date ?
(A)8 October
(B) 9 October
(C) 10 October
(D)7 October
(E) 6 October

 Doordarshan and which University have entered into an agreement for


transmission of four Gyan Darshan educational channels ?
(A)IGNOU
(B) DU
(C) BHU
(D)JNU
(E) VMOU
 Who is China’s new ambassador to India ?
(A)Luo Zhaohui
(B) Le Yucheng
(C) Xi Jinping
(D)Li Keqiang
(E) Wang Yi
 Which edition of India-Indonesia Maritime exercise has been commenced
recently at Belawan, Indonesia?
(A)25th
(B) 26th
(C) 27th
(D)28th
(E) None of these
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 What is the new number of districts in Telangana?


(A)27
(B) 29
(C) 31
(D)33
(E) None of these
 Which state will launch 'Lalima Abhiyan' to make state free from anaemia?
(A)Telangana
(B) Gujarat
(C) Rajasthan
(D)Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these
 What amount will be invested by central government to increase Panipat oil
refinery capacity?
(A)10,000 Crore
(B) 15,000 Crore
(C) 20,000 Crore
(D)25,000 Crore
(E) None of these
 Abdelilah Bekirane has been appointed for another term as Prime Minister of
which country?
(A)Portugal
(B) Morocco
(C) Mexico
(D)Ghana
(E) None of these
 Renu Pall has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to which
country?
(A)Austria
(B) Australia
(C) Fiji
(D)Baharain
(E) None of these
 Nobel Prize for Economics was established in which year?
(A) 1930
(B) 1948
(C) 1968

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(D) 1976
(E) None of these
 What is the other name used for Economics Nobel prize?
(A)Confucious Prize
(B) Sveriges Riksbank Prize
(C) Right livelihood award
(D)Pinter Prize
(E) None of these
 Which Airport has been conferred with IBC award 2014- 15 and Trophy for
excellence in built environment in infrastructure projects for New Integrated
Terminal Building?
(A)Mumbai Airport
(B) IGI Airport
(C) Chennai Airport
(D)Chandigarh Airport
(E) None of these
 What amount has been donated recently by India to Mandela Foundation?
(A)10.5 Million Rupees
(B) 8.7 Million Rupees
(C) 9.8 Million Rupees
(D)9.3 Million Rupees
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been appointed as a Whole- Time Member of
SEBI?
(A)G Mahalingam
(B) P Subramanium
(C) Nachiket Mor
(D)Raghav Chandra
(E) None of these

 Who has won 2016 Nobel prize in literature?


(A)Angus Deaton
(B) Bob Dylan
(C) Ma Yun
(D)Manuel Santos
(E) None of these
 Recently, who has been conferred with a prestigious award by the Ugandan
government for promoting human values through his literature?
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(A)Pawan Chamling
(B) Nabam Tuki
(C) Virbhadra Singh
(D)Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in Global hunger index 2016?
(A)80
(B) 97
(C) 104
(D) 90
(E) None of these

 According to Global hunger index 2016,which country has the least rate of
hunger?
(A)Zambia
(B) China
(C) Argentina
(D)Chad
(E) None of these

 First World Tsunami Awareness Day will be celebrated on which date?


(A)25 October
(B) 26 November
(C) 9 December
(D)5 November
(E) None of these
 India's first convertible stadium is in which city?
(A)Hyderabad
(B) Mumbai
(C) Pune
(D)Ahmedabad
(E) None of these

 Which is the first Indian bank to complete transaction using Blockchain


technology?
(A)HDFC Bank

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(B) ICICI Bank


(C) SBI
(D)Bank of Baroda
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently left the Commonwealth?
(A)Maldives
(B) Sri Lanka
(C) Pakistan
(D)Bangladesh
(E) None of these
 According to Global Travel and Tourism Report released by the World
Economic Forum, which is the most unsafe country in the world?
(A)Syria
(B) Nigeria
(C) Pakistan
(D)Egypt
(E) None of these
 According to Global Travel and Tourism Report released by the World
Economic Forum, which is the safest country in the world?
(A)Argentina
(B) Finland
(C) Qatar
(D)UAE
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the Ambassador of India to the State of Eritrea?
(A)Amrit Lugun
(B) Renu Dutta
(C) Sanjay Bansal
(D)Ajit Yadav
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as Director General of Foreign Trade?
(A)Rakesh Mohan
(B) Nitesh Shukla
(C) Ajay Kumar Bhalla
(D)Mohan Kumar Chaturvedi
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been awarded with V Krishnamurthy Award
2016?
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(A)R. A. Mashelkar
(B) UR Rao
(C) Ananth Shekatkar
(D)Paras Shinghal
(E) None of these
 World Student Day is observed on 15 October in the memory of
(A)APJ Abdul Kalam
(B) M Visvesvaraya
(C) Albert Einstein
(D)Swami Vivekanand
(E) None of these
 Which edition of BRICS Summit was concluded in Goa recently?
(A) 6th
(B) 7th
(C) 8th
(D) 9th

 ‘Rashtriya Sanskriti Mahotsav - 2016’ was recently inaugurated in which


city?
(A)New Delhi
(B) Bhopal
(C) Jaipur
(D)Lucknow
(E) None of these
 Shaurya Smarak was recently inaugurated in which city?
(A)New Delhi
(B) Bhopal
(C) Jaipur
(D)Lucknow
(E) None of these
 Lalbiakthanga Pachuau, who has been declared India's oldest working
journalist, is from which state?
(A)Mizoram
(B) Manipur
(C) Assam
(D)Tripura
(E) None of these

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 Which team has won inaugural BRICS U–17 football tournament?


(A)Russia
(B) China
(C) Brazil
(D)South Africa
(E) None of these

 Which is the first cricket team to play 900 One Day International matches?
(A)Australia
(B) Pakistan
(C) England
(D)India
(E) None of these
 International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is observed on which
date?
(A)15 October
(B) 16 October
(C) 17 October
(D)18 October
(E) None of these
 Which company has launched first India-made electric bus?
(A)Tata
(B) Eicher
(C) Ashok Leyland
(D)Volvo
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to the UN
Conference on Disarmament?
(A)Amandeep Singh
(B) Yashvardhan Sinha
(C) Navtej Sarna
(D)Navdeep Singh Suri
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been appointed as a member of the International
Olympic Committee's (IOC) Athletes' Commission?
(A)Abhinav Bindra
(B) Sushil Kumar
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(C) PV Sindhu
(D)Saina Nehwal
(E) None of these
 Who has been selected for Mathrubhumi Literary award 2016?
(A) C Radhakrishnan
(B) Kamal Kishor Goenka
(C) Sarla Sen
(D) Padma Sachdev
(E) None of these
 Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated three hydro-electric
projects in which state?
(A)Gujarat
(B) Uttar Pradesh
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D)Tamilnadu
(E) None of these
 Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched national SC/ST
(Schedule Castes/Schedule Tribes) hub and Zero Defect, Zero Effect (ZED)
scheme in which city?
(A)Shimla
(B) Ludhiana
(C) Gandhinagar
(D)Kanpur
(E) None of these
 Which of the following will be declared as 'Critically Endangered' species?
(A)Kashmiri Red Stag, Hangul
(B) The Great Hornbill, Ammu
(C) Tiger
(D)Reindeer
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has become a member of ICC sub-committee?
(A)Mustafa Kamaal
(B) Anurag Thakur
(C) Lalit Modi
(D)Sharad Pawar
(E) None of these
Second Joint tactical Exercise between Indian and Chinese army was held at
which place?

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(F) Ladakh
(G) Bikaner
(H) Pune
(I) Hyderabad
(J) None of these
 Recently, The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has asked banks to replace how
many debit cards?
(A)17.5 Lac
(B) 19.7 Lac
(C) 13.8 Lac
(D)6.5 Lac
(E) None of these
 Who has been elected as new President of Urology Society of India?
(A)KP Goyal
(B) SP Yadav
(C) S Ramachandran
(D)V Patnaik
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been elected to UN expert panel on


environment?
(A)Rakesh Sharma
(B) Devendra Singh
(C) Rajendra Pachauri
(D)Rajendra Shende
(E) None of these
 Who has been awarded with first International Prize in Statistics?
(A)David Cox
(B) Ray Monroe
(C) David Obuya
(D)Steven Siemens
(E) None of these
 Who is the author of the book titled "Driven: The Virat Kohli Story"?
(A)Disha Sharma
(B) Bharti Pradhan
(C) Boria Majumdar
(D)Vijay Lokapally
(E) None of these

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 Which state has launched 'Kaushalya Setu' initiative?


(A)Maharashtra
(B) Gujarat
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D)Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these
 First International Conference on Voter Education was held in which city?
(A)Mumbai
(B) Patna
(C) Ahmedabad
(D)New Delhi
(E) None of these
 Who is the present Chief Election Commissioner of India?
(A)TS Thakur
(B) Harishankar Bhrahmbhatt
(C) Nasim Zaidi
(D)HL Dattu
(E) None of these
 How many railway stations will be redeveloped in first phase under smart city
plans?
(A)12
(B) 10
(C) 16
(D)14

 What is the new FDI limit in ‘other financial services’ through automatic route?
(A) 49%
(B) 51%
(C) 74%
(D) 100%
(E) None of these
 Which is the first Indian city to be declared as one of the venues for hosting the
U-17 World Cup 2017?
(A)Mumbai
(B) Lucknow
(C) Kochi
(D)Kolkata

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(E) None of these


 India's first Railway University will be set up in which city?
(A)Surat
(B) Ahmedabad
(C) Vadodara
(D)New Delhi
(E) None of these
 What is the name of Aviation scheme launched recently for air connectivity?
(A)UDAN
(B) Nai UDAN
(C) Manjil
(D)Pankh
(E) None of these
 Which is the World's Oldest Aircraft Carrier?
(A)INS VIRAAT
(B) HMS Herms
(C) Nimitz
(D)INS Saryu
(E) None of these
 INS VIRAAT was commissioned in Indian Navy in which year?
(A) 1959
(B) 1964
(C) 1974
(D) 1987
(E) None of these
 Sardar Patel Heart Institute was recently inaugurated in which city?
(A)Vadodara
(B) Rajkot
(C) Ankleshwar
(D)Gandhi Nagar
(E) None of these
 Which country is going to make a fertilizer Joint Venture with India?
(A)Armenia
(B) Algeria
(C) Nigeria
(D)Albania
(E) None of these

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 World Bank has sanctioned a 2 Billion Dollar aid to which country to tackle
climate change?
(A)Pakistan
(B) India
(C) Nepal
(D)Bangladesh
 What is the name of the mascot for 2018 FIFA World Cup?
(A)Shera
(B) Ammu
(C) Zabivaka
(D)Zuzuka
(E) None of these
 Which team has won 2016 Kabaddi World Cup?
(A)India
(B) Iran
(C) South Korea
(D)England
(E) None of these
(F) None of these
 United Nations Day is observed on which date?
(A)22 October
(B) 25 October
(C) 23 October (D)24 October
(E) None of these
 How many countries are members of United Nations?
(A) 197
(B) 195
(C) 193
(D) 187
(E) None of these

 Which state has signed a pact with Singapore for financial services?
(A)Andhra Pradesh
(B) Gujarat
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D)Uttarakhand

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(E) None of these


 Who has been appointed as ‘Visit Japan’ Brand Ambassador?
(A)Rewati Chetri
(B) Koyal Rana
(C) Payal Saha
(D)Ketaki Sharma
(E) None of these
 Which regiment of Indian Army has won a gold medal in gruelling Cambrian
Patrol exercise?
(A)Rajputana Rifles
(B) Jat Regiment
(C) Sikh Regiment
(D)Gorkha Rifles
(E) None of these
 Dr. B C Roy award is given in which field?
(A)Medical
(B) Arts
(C) Journalism
(D)Sports
(E) None of these
 What is the name of Joint Military Exercise between India and Sri Lanka?
(A)Surya Kiran
(B) Mitra Shakti
(C) Hand in Hand
(D)Garud Shakti
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in ‘Ease of Doing Business Index 2016’?
(A) 131
(B) 130
(C) 141
(D) 143
(E) None of these
 Which organization releases ‘Ease of Doing Business Index’?
(A)World Bank
(B) World Economic Forum
(C) World Trade Organisation
(D)International Monetary Fund
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(E) None of these


 Yash Bharati awards are related to which state?
(A)Maharashtra
(B) Madhya Pradesh
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D)Gujarat
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has won Man Booker Prize 2016?
(A)Marlon James
(B)Paul Beatty
(C) Richard Flanagan
(D)Han Kang
(E) None of these
 Which dam has been chosen for the World Bank’s Award of Excellence?
(A)Rana Sagar Dam
(B) Bhakhra Nangal Dam
(C) Salem Dam
(D)Almatti Dam
(E) None of these
 Which country has topped in World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap
Report 2016?
(A)Iceland
(B) Finland
(C) Norway
(D)Sweden
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in World Economic Forum's Global Gender Gap Report
2016?
(A) 108
(B) 130
(C) 91
(D) 87
(E) None of these

 Who is the Prime Minister of New Zealand?


(A)Justin Trudeau
(B)John Key
(C) Theresa May
(D)Michel Temer
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(E) None of these


 Which event is observed from 24 October to 30 October?
(A)Earth Week
(B) Energy Week
(C) Water Week
(D)Disarmament Week
 First National Tribal Carnival was inaugurated recently in which city?
(A)Mumbai
(B) Ludhiana
(C) New Delhi
(D)Hyderabad
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as new CEO of International Hockey Federation?
(A)Jason McCracken
(B) Tery Walce
(C) Arthur Kenning
(D)Tom Watling
(E) None of these
 Who has won Mr Asia title 2016?
(A)Rohit Khandelwal
(B) G Balakrishna
(C) Amit Chaturvedi
(D)Kamal Kaushik
(E) None of these
 Who is the head of committee on One Rank One Pension?
(A)L Narasimha Reddy
(B) YV Reddy
(C) Madhukar Gupta
(D)RV Bansal
(E) None of these
 Indian Gold Coins are not available in which of the following denomination?
(A)5 gm
(B) 10 gm
(C) 15 gm
(D)20 gm
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the ‘Stroke Ambassador of India’?

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(A)Kapil Dev
(B) Sunil Gavaskar
(C) Sachin Tendulkar
(D)Rahul Dravid
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to Australia?
(A)Yash Sinha
(B) Kiran Deb
(C) Ajay M. Gondane
(D)Rajiv Desai
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as chief of Enforcement Directorate?
(A)Rajat Shah
(B) Karnal Singh
(C) Sanjay Singh
(D)Pramod Kumar
(E) None of these
 Which of the following confers Sakharov prize?
(A)United Nations
(B) United Kingdom
(C) European Parliament
(D)African Union
(E) None of these
 What is the name of Joint Naval Exercise between India and Singapore?
(A)SIMPEX
(B) SIMBEX
(C) SIMPLEX
(D)SYNTAX
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in Commonwealth youth index 2016?
(A) 131
(B) 130
(C) 133
(D) 132
 Which country has topped in Commonwealth youth index?
(A)Austria
(B) Denmark

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(C) Portugal
(D)Germany
(E) None of these
 National Ayurveda Day is observed on which date?
(A)28 October
(B) 29 October
(C) 30 October
(D)31 October
(E) None of these
 Which is India’s second open defecation free state?
(A)Himachal Pradesh
(B) Kerala
(C) Sikkim
(D)Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these
 Which of the following event was started from 31st October?
(A)Unity Week
(B) Cleanliness Week
(C) Vigilance Awareness Week
(D)Disarmament Week
(E) None of these
 Which state has been ranked first in Agricultural Marketing & Farm
Friendly Reforms Index?
(A)Gujarat
(B) Maharashtra
(C) Rajasthan
(D)Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these
 Kristalina Georgieva has been appointed as chief executive officer of
which organisation?
(A)UNESCO
(B) WTO
(C) UNICEF
(D)World Bank
(E) None of these
 47 th international film festival of India will be held in which city?
(A) Mumbai
(B) New Delhi
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(C) Goa
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these

 Which team has won NCC National Games 2016?


(A) Maharashtra
(B) Kerala
(C) Punjab
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Its First Ever International Medal in Roller Skating at Asian
Championships?
(A) China
(B) India
(C) Bangladesh
(D) Sri Lanka
(E) None of these

 What is the name of Joint Military Exercise between India and Nepal?
(A) Surya Kiran
(B) Mitra Shakti
(C) Hand in Hand
(D) Garud Shakti
(E) None of these
 What amount has been released by the Finance Ministry for the restoration of infrastructure
in J&K?
(A) 1090. 31 Crore
(B) 1093.34 Crore
(C) 1080.55 Crore
(D) 1050.63 Crore
(E) None of these
 Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is observed in the memory of?
(A) Mahatma Gandhi
(B) Lal Bahadur Shastri
(C) Jawahar Lal Nehru
(D) Vallabh Bhai Patel
(E) None of these

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 Rashtriya Ekta Diwas is observed on which date?


(A) 28 October
(B) 29 October
(C) 30 October
(D) 31 October
(E) None of these
 Which country has signed a MoU with India to setup a techno park?
(A) Palestine
(B) Thailand
(C) Finland
(D) Singapore
(E) None of these
 NHPC has announced a 50 MW wind power project in which state recently?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Rajasthan
(C) Gujarat
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these
 Mariano Rajoy has been appointed as the Prime Minister of which country?
(A) Portugal
(B) Italy
(C) Spain
(D) Denmark
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Asian Champions Trophy Hockey?


(A) Bangladesh
(B) South Korea
(C) India
(D) Pakistan
(E) None of these

 What is the name of Joint Military Exercise between India and Bangladesh?
(A) SIMBEX
(B) SAMPRITI
(C) SAMRIDDHI
(D) VIPATTI
(E) None of these
 'Saur Sujala Yojana' was launched from which state?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Chhattisgarh
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(C) Gujarat
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Which state has topped in ease of doing business ranking?


(A) Maharashtra
(B) Telangana
(C) Gujarat
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) Both B & D
 Which country has announced 19 grants worth $6.3 million for projects with India?
(A) America
(B) France
(C) Russia
(D) Australia
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Brand Ambassador for “Swachh Rail Mission”?
(A) Amitabh Bachchan
(B) Yesu Das
(C) Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak
(D) Virat Kohli
(E) None of these
 Ramnath Goenka Awards are given in which field?
(A) Journalism
(B) Sports
(C) Cinema
(D) Music
(E) None of these

 Pratul Joshi is related to which sport?


(A) Tennis
(B) Golf
(C) Hockey
(D) Badminton
(E) None of these
 Who is the most valued Indian athlete?
(A) MS Dhoni
(B) Sachin Tendulkar
(C) Virat Kohli
(D) Sania Mirza
(E) None of these

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 Which is going to be the first state in the country to have a cyber police station in each
district?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Maharashtra
(C) Gujarat
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these
 What percent of ATMs will be calibrated to dispense only 100 rupee notes?
(A) 10%
(B) 5%
(C) 8%
(D) 15%
(E) None of these
 What will be the maximum rate of GST?
(A) 15%
(B) 15 %
(C) 18%
(D) 28%
(E) None of these
 Which company has signed MoU with government to create jobs for students?
(A) Microsoft
(B) LinkedIn
(C) Google
(D) Facebook
(E) None of these

 Sanjiv Arora has been appointed as the next Ambassador of India to which country?
(A) Portugal
(B) Sweden
(C) Morocco
(D) Lebanon
(E) None of these
 Recently which country has appointed new PM and finance minister due to scandals?
(A) Ghana
(B) Nigeria
(C) Spain
(D) South Korea
(E) None of these

 Which University has conferred an Honorary Doctorate on President Mukherjee recently?


(A) Yel University
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(B) Harvard University


(C) Michigan University
(D) Kathmandu University
(E) None of these

 Paris climate agreement is related to which of the following?


(A) Emission of greenhouse gases
(B) Renewable Energy
(C) Deforestation
(D) Water Shortage
(E) None of these
 Which country will host Seventh Session of the Conference of Parties (COP7)?
(A) Paris
(B) Germany
(C) India
(D) Australia
(E) None of these
 Which organisation has partnered Ministry of Railways in inaugurating International
Conference on Decarbonisation of Indian Railways - Mission Electrification?
(A) ASSOCHAM
(B) NHPC
(C) NABARD
(D) National Green Tribunal
(E) None of these
 What is the full form of UPI, in context of Banking?
(A) Unique Payments Interface
(B) Unified Payments Interface
(C) Unified Partial Interface
(D) Unique Payments Incorporation
(E) None of these
 How many banks are now using UPI of NPCL?
(A) 21
(B) 25
(C) 27
(D) 26
(E) None of these

 Which company has tied up with Archaeological Survey of India for virtual tour of
monuments?
(A) Google
(B) Facebook
(C) Microsoft
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(D) Qualcomm
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been Elected into UN's Top Body Of Legal Experts?
(A) Rakesh Sahani
(B) Sandeep Mahajan
(C) Aniruddha Rajput
(D) Punit Arora
(E) None of these

 World Tsunami Awareness Day is observed on which date?


(A) 3 November
(B) 4 November
(C) 5 November
(D) 6 November
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as Indian ambassador for Switzerland Tourism?
(A) Ranbir Kapoor
(B) Ranveer Singh
(C) Shahid Kapoor
(D) Shahrukh Khan
(E) None of these
 Which company has been fined with 10,000 Crore by government?
(A) ONGC
(B) Adani Power
(C) Reliance Industries
(D) IOCL
(E) None of these
 Which team has won Asian Women’s Hockey Championship trophy?
(A) India
(B) China
(C) Japan
(D) Malaysia
(E) None of these

 First International Agro-biodiversity Congress was recently inaugurated in which city?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Raipur
(C) Bhopal
(D) New Delhi
(E) None of these
 Shotaro Yachi was in India recently. He is the National Security Advisor of which
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country?
(A) USA
(B) China
(C) Japan
(D) Singapore
(E) None of these
 Which organization has launched ‘ Startup Mentorship Circle'?
(A) TRAI
(B) Confederation of Indian Industry
(C) Competition Commission of India
(D) TERI
(E) None of these
 Which is India’s first firm to get debt recast under RBI’s new Scheme for Sustainable
Structuring of Stressed Assets (S4A)?
(A) HCC
(B) HCL
(C) ONGC
(D) RIL
(E) None of these
 Loktak Lake is in which state?
(A) Odisha
(B) Mizoram
(C) Manipur
(D) Meghalaya
(E) None of these
 CV Raman was awarded a Nobel Prize in which year?
(A) 1928
(B) 1929
(C) 1930
(D) 1932
(E) None of the
 Which country has signed a pact with India to address fishermen crisis?
(A) Sri Lanka
(B) Maldives
(C) Myanmar
(D) Nepal
(E) None of these

 Who is going to be appointed as a member of National Human Rights Commission?


(A) Avinash Rai Khanna
(B) Rakesh Mehta
(C) Sudeep Chatterjee
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(D) Girija Vyas


(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Special Director of Intelligence Bureau?


(A) U K Sinha
(B) S K Sinha
(C) Mukesh Sinha
(D) Ajay Sinha
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled ‘An Era of Darkness: British Empire in India’?
(A) Hamid Ansari
(B) Shashi Tharoor
(C) Rajat Sharma
(D) Gulab Kothari
(E) None of these
 What is the full form of Nasa’s Mission MMS?
(A) Magneto Multiscale mission
(B) Magnetospheric Multiscale mission
(C) Magnetospheric Multiple mission
(D) Magnetocentric Multiscale mission
(E) None of these
 Who is the Prime Minister of Britain?
(A) Theresa May
(B) James Cameron
(C) Tony Blair
(D) Belinda Giles
(E) None of these
 Which Ministry has launched Pradhan Mantri Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan?
(A) Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
(B) Union Home Ministry
(C) Women and Child Development Ministry
(D) Both A and C
(E) None of these
 Demchok mission was carried out at which place?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) Hyderabad
(C) Ladakh
(D) Arunachal Pradesh
(E) None of these
 First LNG fuelled bus in India was launched in which state?
(A) Maharashtra
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(B) Gujarat
(C) Assam
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these

 Which of the following will be featured on new rupee 500 notes?


(A) Red Fort
(B) Taj Mahal
(C) Jantar Mantar
(D) Mangalyaan
(E) None of these
 Which of the following will be featured on new rupee 2000 notes?
(A) Red Fort
(B) Taj Mahal
(C) Jantar Mantar
(D) Mangalyaan
(E) None of these

 Which country’s leader has been conferred with Jamnalal Bajaj Award 2016?
(A) Britain
(B) Tunisia
(C) Japan
(D) Austria
(E) None of these
 Which Ministry has launched “No More Tension” Mobile Application?
(A) Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
(B) Union Home Ministry
(C) Women and Child Development Ministry
(D) Ministry of Defence
(E) None of these

 Asian Development Bank has approved $48 million loan to help which state to improve
power distribution?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) Uttar Pradesh
(C) Assam
(D) Bihar
(E) None of these

 Who has been elected as 45th President of United States?


(A) Hillary Clinton
(B) Donald Trump
(C) Barack Obama
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(D) Bill Clinton


(E) None of these

 Which company has been awarded with Golden Peacock Award 2016 for corporate
governance?
(A) Steel Authority of India Limited
(B) Coal India Limited
(C) ONGC
(D) Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited
(E) None of these
 Who has been honored with T ata Literature Live Lifetime Achievement Award 2016?
(A) Amitav Ghosh
(B) Arunima Sinha
(C) Vivek Lokapally
(D) Arundhati Roy
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the Book titled ‘Charaiveti, Charaiveti’?


(A) Kalyan Singh
(B) Najma Hepattula
(C) Vidyasagar Rao
(D) Ram Naik
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently launched a pulsar navigation satellite?
(A) India
(B) China
(C) USA
(D) Russia
(E) None of these
 What is the project cost of Pradhan Mantri YUVA Yojana?
(A) 550 Crore
(B) 450.99 Crore
(C) 250.50 Crore
(D) 499.94 Crore
(E) None of these

 Who is the first ever Indian-American to win U.S Senator seat?


(A) Rakhi Jain
(B) Kamla Harris
(C) Rajni Harris
(D) Diya Shah
(E) None of these

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 Who has been conferred with Uttarakhand Ratna award 2016?


(A) N D Tiwary
(B) Harish Rawat
(C) Virendra Singh
(D) Akhilesh Yadav
(E) None of these
 Kalidas Samman is given by which state?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Maharashtra
(C) Madhya Pradesh
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these
 Which country will host second Twenty-20 Blind World Cup?
(A) Bangladesh
(B) Australia
(C) South Africa
(D) India
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed brand ambassador of second Twenty-20 Blind World Cup?
(A) Sachin Tendulkar
(B) VVS Laxman
(C) Rahul Dravid
(D) Zaheer Khan
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently signed a nuclear deal with India?
(A) South Africa
(B) New Zealand
(C) Japan
(D) Russia
(E) None of these
 Which Indian language was used on ‘Thank You’ note in US president election?
(A) Hindi
(B) Punjabi
(C) Telugu
(D) Bengali
(E) None of these
 Which ministry has launched Smart India Hackathon 2017?
(A) Union Ministry of road transport
(B) Union health and family welfare ministry
(C) Union Ministry of Urban development
(D) Union Human Resource Development Ministry
(E) None of these
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 Which is the first bank in India to launch banking robot?


(A) SBI
(B) Axis Bank
(C) City Union Bank
(D) HDFC Bank
(E) None of these
 Which state has signed an agreement with Canada to work on urban infrastructure and
smart cities?
(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Maharashtra
(C) Kerala
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these

 Guy Ryder has been appointed Director General of which organisation?


(A) Interpol
(B) WTO
(C) International Labour Organisation
(D) International Monetary Fund
(E) None of these

 World Pneumonia Day is observed on which date?


(A) 11 November
(B) 12 November
(C) 13 November
(D) 14 November
(E) None of these
 World Diabetes Day is observed on which date?
(A) 11 November
(B) 12 November
(C) 13 November
(D) 14 November
(E) None of these
 Which country will host Conference of Parties (COP) meeting 2018?
(A) Sweden
(B) France
(C) Switzerland
(D) Japan
(E) None of these
 Which country has got largest-ever loan for a Middle East nation from IMF?
(A) UAE
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(B) Iran
(C) Egypt
(D) Syria
(E) None of these

 Who is the first Indian to be appointed International Hockey Federation chief?


(A) Rakesh Mishra
(B) Gagan Ajit Singh
(C) Dhanraj Pillai
(D) Narinder Batra
(E) None of these
 Who has been declared Fortune’s business person of the year?
(A) Bill Gates
(B) Warren Buffet
(C) Mukesh Ambani
(D) Mark Zuckerberg
(E) None of these

 Which city will host Invictus Games in 2018?


(A) Sydney
(B) Melbourne
(C) London
(D) Adelaide
(E) None of these

 Reuven Rivlin is the President of which country?


A. Philippines
B. Israel
C. Thailand
D. Mauritius
E. None of these

 Which edition of India International Trade Fair was inaugurated recently?


(A) 34*
(B) 38*
(C) 39*
(D) 36*
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting India International Trade Fair2016?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Bengaluru
(C) Bhopal
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(D) New Delhi


(E) None of these

 Who has been honoured with 2016 Tata Literature Live Poet Laureate Award?
(A) Gulzar
(B) A R Rahman
(C) Sameer Anjaan
(D) Prasoon Joshi
(E) None of these
 Which country has announced an online program for its pre-schools to learn Hindi?
(A) Australia
(B) Israel
(C) USA
(D) Japan
(E) None of these
 Boyko Borisov who has resigned recently, was the Prime Minister of which country?
(A) Israel
(B) Mauritius
(C) Bulgaria
(D) Belgium
(E) None of these
 ESIC has launched ‘Kahin Bhi-Kabhi Bhi’ medical facilities for its beneficiaries in which
state/UT?
(A) Puducherry
(B) Delhi
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Assam
(E) None of these
 Which city has been termed as the India's breast cancer capital?
(A) Thiruvananthapuram
(B) Kanpur
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Bhopal
(E) None of these
 Who is the head of task force to expedite ATM recalibration?
(A) SS Mundra
(B) L Narsimha
(C) RM Lodha
(D) YV Reddy
(E) None of these
 Which country has launched $95 million clean energy projects with India?
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(A) Israel
(B) Japan
(C) USA
(D) Thailand
(E) None of these

 International Day for Tolerance is observed on which date?


(A) 14 November
(B) 15 November
(C) 16 November
(D) 17 November
(E) None of these
 In which country, doctors have performed brain implant for the first time in history?
(A) USA
(B) Britain
(C) Germany
(D) Netherlands
(E) None of these
 Union Budget 2017 is presented on which date?
(A) 1 February
(B) 28 February
(C) 15 February
(D) 1 March
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched free electricity connection programme recently??


(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Kerala
(C) Bihar
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these
 What is the Aadhaar Toll-Free Helpline No. Launched recently?
(A) 1124
(B) 1947
(C) 1122
(D) 1857
(E) None of these
 Which test Cricket playing nation has appointed a women as the President of Cricket
Board?
(A) South Africa
(B) England
(C) New Zealand
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(D) Sri Lanka


(E) None of these

 Which country has recently left International Criminal Court?


(A) USA
(B) Britain
(C) Germany
(D) Russia
(E) None of these
 Which is the Oxford dictionary word of the year?
(A) Post-truth
(B) Adulting
(C) Alt-right
(D) Brexiteer
(E) None of these
 Which is the first state to adopt resolution on demonetisation?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Kerala
(C) Chhattisgarh
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these
 Which city is first in Swachh Bharat awareness campaign in urban areas?
(A) Mysore
(B) Surat
(C) Aligarh
(D) Lucknow
(E) None of these

 Gwadar Port is in which country?


(A) China
(B) Afghanistan
(C) Tibet
(D) Pakistan
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled 'The Legend of Lakshmi Prasad'?
(A) Twinkle Khanna
(B) Tara Sharma
(C) Nalini Bhardwaj
(D) Nisha Kothari
(E) None of these

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 Which is the most common Indian surname in UK?


(A) Chakrabarti
(B) Sing
(C) Kumar
(D) Patel
(E) None of these
 First Bollywood theme park was opened recently in which city?
(A) Dubai
(B) London
(C) Vienna
(D) New York
(E) None of these

 Which state has topped the list of internet subscribers in India?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Maharashtra
(D) Karnataka
(E) None of these

 Which state has the least number of internet subscribers in India?


(A) Himachal Pradesh
(B) Punjab
(C) Arunachal Pradesh
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been honoured with Dr Nagendra Singh International Peace
Award?
(A) Sri Sri Ravishankar
(B) Ravishankar Prasad
(C) Girija Vyas
(D) Irom Sharmila
(E) None of these

 Which state is hosting 47th International Film Festival of India?


(A) Maharashtra
(B) Madhya Pradesh
(C) Kerala
(D) Goa
(E) None of these

 Who thhas been honoured as ‘Centenary Indian Film Personality of the Year-2016’
at 47 IFFI?
(A) AR Rahman
(B) Balasubrahmanyam
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(C) Lata Mangeshkar


(D) Im Kwon Taek
(E) None of these

 Who has been honoured with 2016 Sumitra Charat Ram Award for lifetime achievement?
(A) Hari Prasad Chourasia
(B) Padma Sachdev
(C) Mridula Joshi
(D) Meghna Pant
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been included in Fortune's top 50 business men 2016 list?
(A) Arundhati Bhattacharya
(B) Shikha Sharma
(C) Chanda Kochar
(D) Aditya Puri
(E) None of these

 Who has won China Open Badminton Super Series 2016?


(A) Saina Nehwal
(B) PV Sindhu
(C) Jwala Gutta
(D) Ashwini Ponappa
(E) None of these

 Which Guided Missile Destroyer was inducted in Indian Navy recently?


(A) INS Chennai
(B) INS Vikrant
(C) INS Delhi
(D) INS VIRAAT
(E) None of these

 Which Police Emergency Management System was launched by Akhilesh Yadav recently?
(A) UP 24
(B) UP 7
(C) UP 24x7
(D) UP 100
(E) None of these

 Which country has cancelled $ 1 billion expressway project with Indian firm ILFS?
(A) Sri Lanka
(B) Bangladesh
(C) Bhutan
(D) Nepal
(E) None of these

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 Who will be conferred with 2016 Jnangarima Manad Alankaran award?


(A) Gyanranjan
(B) Shamim Hanfi
(C) Alok Sharma
(D) Narayan Sen
(E) None of these
 Gaganjeet Bhullar is related to which sport?
(A) Tennis
(B) Badminton
(C) Golf
(D) Chess
(E) None of these
 'Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, A Life in Balance' is an autobiography of__
(A) Dipa Karmakar
(B) Michael Phelps
(C) Serena Williams
(D) Simone Biles
(E) None of these
 Which country has recently Signed a ‘Joint Declaration’ for Automatic Exchange of
Information with India?
(A) Switzerland
(B) Kenya
(C) South Korea
(D) Japan
(E) None of these
 Dr. Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu who was re-elected for a second as President of the Council of
the International Civil Aviation Organization, is from which country?
(A) Malaysia
(B) Ghana
(C) Cuba
(D) Nigeria
(E) None of these
 Who has been awarded with Shakti Bhatt First Book Prize 2016?
(A) Akshaya Mukul
(B) Ramesh Shah
(C) Raghuveer Choudhary
(D) Om Thanvi
(E) None of these
 Dr. Antonio Costa, who was the chief guest on Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017, is the Prime
Minister of which country?
(A) Switzerland
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(B) Portugal
(C) Guyana
(D) Mauritius
(E) None of these

 Which city will host Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2017?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Kolkata
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Gandhinagar
(E) None of these

 Airtel Payments Bank has started a pilot of its banking services in which state recently?
(A) Gujarat
(B) Karnataka
(C) Maharashtra
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these
 Which institution has been asked by government to disburse Rs 21,000 crore to
farmers?
(A) RBI
(B) NABARD
(C) SEBI
(D) SIDBI
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations?


(A) Nikki Haley
(B) Bobby Jindal
(C) Kamla Harris
(D) Rajeev Seth
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as new Chairman of National Highways Authority of India?
(A) Ashok Gaikwad
(B) Amrinder Singh
(C) Yudhvir Singh Malik
(D) Balvinder Chauhan
(E) None of these
 'World Sanskrit Award' 2015 has been given to the Princess of__
(A) Finland
(B) Thailand
(C) Malaysia
(D) Saudi Arabia
(E) None of these
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 Which is the top Indian university according to QS ratings for 2016-17?


(A) IIT Kharagpur
(B) Delhi University
(C) IIT Delhi
(D) IIT Bombay
(E) None of these
 Which university has topped in QS ratings 2016?
(A) Stanford University
(B) Michigan University
(C) Massachusetts Institute of Technology
(D) Harvard University
(E) None of these
 Which country will preside 2017 Energy Club of Shanghai Cooperation Organization?
(A) Sri Lanka
(B) China
(C) Malaysia
(D) Turkey
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in Measuring the Information Society Report 2016?
(A) 97
(B) 114
(C) 138
(D) 135
(E) None of these
 Which country has topped in Measuring the Information Society Report 2016?
(A) USA
(B) Switzerland
(C) South Korea
(D) Singapore
(E) None of these
 Hazira power plant is located in which state?
(A) Himachal Pradesh
(B) Gujarat
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D) Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these
 Which is the first e-Assembly of India?
(A) Palampur
(B) Majuli
(C) Devgarh
(D) Dinapur
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(E) None of these

 On which date, International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women is
observed?
(A) 23 November
(B) 24 November
(C) 25 November
(D) 26 November
(E) None of these
 On which date, National Constitution Day is observed?
(A) 23 November
(B) 24 November
(C) 25 November
(D) 26 November
(E) None of these
 Which state celebrates Wangala harvest festival?
(A) Manipur
(B) Meghalaya
(C) Mizoram
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Who will be awarded with ‘Legends Award’ 2016 by the International Boxing
Association?
(A) Shiv Thapa
(B) Akhil Kumar
(C) Vijendra Singh
(D) MC Mary Kom
(E) None of these
 Who has won best actor award at Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2016?
(A) Nawajuddin Siddiqui
(B) Manoj Bajpayee
(C) Nasiruddin Shah
(D) Anupam Kher
(E) None of these
 Steven Gerrard is related to which sport?
(A) Cricket
(B) Tennis
(C) Football
(D) Hockey
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(E) None of these

 Which is the most searched country by Indian tourists in 2016?


(A) Australia
(B) New Zealand
(C) Malaysia
(D) United Kingdom
(E) None of these
 Which organization has recently included " trangeneder ?
(A) Indian Railway
(B) Competition commission of India
(C) Staff Selection Commission
(D) IBPS
(E) None of these

 Who is the head of committee to identify possible modes of digital payment across
different sectors?
(A) Ratan Watal
(B) Arvind Pangariya
(C) Amitabh Kant
(D) Ashok Lawasa
(E) None of these
 Which is going to be first cashless state in India?
(A) Telengana
(B) Gujarat
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D) Goa
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as new Hockey India President?
(A) ND Batra
(B) N Srinivas
(C) KPS Gill
(D) Mariamma Koshy
(E) None of these
 Who has been awarded with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Times Lit Fest?
(A) Salman Rushdie
(B) Vikram Seth
(C) Ruskin Bond
(D) Arundhati Roy
(E) None of these
 Fidel Castro has passed away recently. He was the former President of__
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(A) Cuba
(B) Philippines
(C) Malaysia
(D) Thailand
(E) None of these

 Humsafar train was recently flagged off from which station?


(A) Gorakhpur
(B) Kashmiri Gate
(C) Kushinagar
(D) Anand Vihar
(E) None of these
 National Milk day is observed on which date?
(A) 24 November
(B) 25 November
(C) 26 November
(D) 27 November
(E) None of these
 Which bank has announced to transform 100 villages into ‘Digital Villages’?
(A) SBI
(B) Axis Bank
(C) ICICI Bank
(D) HDFC Bank
(E) None of these
 What is India’s revised growth forecast for the year 2016-17 by Morgan Stanley?
(A) 7.7%
(B) 7.5%
(C) 7.4%
(D) 7.3%
(E) None of these

 Which has become India’s new economic capital as per latest data released by Oxford
Economics?
(A) Mumbai
(B) New Delhi
(C) Kolkata
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as new Director General of Military Operations?
(A) AK Bhatt
(B) Ranbir Singh
(C) Vikram Singh
(D) Sandeep singh
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(E) None of these

 Who will be the head of Chief Minster’s Committee on Demonetisation?


(A) Vijay Rupani
(B) N Chandrababu Naidu
(C) Prakash Singh Badal
(D) Jayalalitha
(E) None of these

 Which film has won ICFT-Unesco Gandhi medal at International Film Festival of India
2016?
(A) Cold of Kalandar
(B) Rara
(C) The Throne
(D) Daughter
(E) None of these

 Which country has invited Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn to be the new king?
(A) Thailand
(B) Finland
(C) Nepal
(D) Rwanda
(E) None of these

 Which is the Dictionary.com’s 2016 Word of the Year?


(A) Post Truth
(B) Referendum
(C) Xenophobia
(D) Hatred
(E) None of these

 Which state celebrates Losar festival?


(A) Manipur
(B) Jammu & Kashmir
(C) Maharashtra
(D) Odisha
(E) None of these

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 Asia's First Cycle Highway was recently opened in which state?


A. Meghalaya
B. Assam
C. Uttrakhand
D. Utter Pradesh
E. None of these

 Which country has appointed Susan Kiefel as first woman high court chief justice?
(A) Sweden
(B) Australia
(C) Norway
(D) Spain
(E) None of these

 Who has won bronze medal at IBSF World Snooker Championship?


(A) GeetSethi
(B) Andrew Pagett
(C) Sharat Kamal
(D) Pankaj Advani
(E) None of these

 World’s highest bridge was recently opened in which country?


(A) China
(B) Sweden
(C) Australia
(D) USA
(E) None of these

 The Supreme Court has sacked BCCI president ___ and secretary Ajay Shirke.
(A) Kishan Rungata
(B) Sharad Panwar
(C) Shashank Manohar
(D) Anurag Thakur
(E) None of these

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 Which dairy has recently unveiled Aadhar-enabled payment system?


(A) Amul Dairy
(B) Mother Dairy
(C) Lotus Dairy
(D) Vaishali Dairy
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as new Union Public Service Commission chairman?
(A) David R. Syiemlieh
(B) Manu Augustine
(C) RK Batra
(D) Shankar Sharma
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as new Controller General of Accounts?


(A) Preity Sanyaal
(B) Archana Nigam
(C) Sulochana Sharma
(D) Aarti Bhardwaj
(E) None of these

 What is the last date for NRIs to exchange defunct notes?


(A) 31 March 2017
(B) 31 July 2017
(C) 30 June 2017
(D) 31 December 2017
(E) None of these

 Shaikh Rafik Mohammed has been appointed Major General of ?


(A) Tajikistan
(B) Mauritius
(C) Kyrgyzstan
(D) Ecuador
(E) None of these

 Knighthood honour is related to which country?


(A) France
(B) USA
(C) India
(D) Britain
(E) None of these

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 Which of the following has announced retirement from professional tennis recently?
(A) Leander Paes
(B) Mahesh Bhupathi
(C) Somdev Devbarman
(D) Yuki Bhambhri
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting 104th Indian Science Congress?


(A) Hyderabad
(B) Tirupati
(C) Mysore
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched Arogya Raksha scheme?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Assam
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Karnataka
(E) None of these

 Mori village, which has acquired smart digital village status, is in ?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Assam
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Karnataka

 Which state has launched India’s first laser technology- based check-post?
(A) Gujarat
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Karnataka
(E) None of these

 Agni-IV missile was recently launched from ?


(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Rajasthan
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Odisha
(E) None of these

 Payments banks can accept deposits from individuals and small businesses of up to Rs
per account?
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(A) 2 lakh
(B) 1 lakh
(C) 5 lakh
(D) 6 lakh
(E) None of these

 AIIMS Delhi has collaborated with to go Cashless transactions.


(A) MobiKwik
(B) Paytm
(C) Freecharge
(D) Flipkart
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Vice Chief of Indian Air Force?


(A) BS Dhanoa
(B) Bipin Rawat
(C) SB Deo
(D) Rajiv Jain
(E) None of these

 Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar has sworn in as Chief Justice of India.


(A) 42nd
(B) 45th
(C) 43rd
(D) 44th

 The United Nations has declared 2017 as a year of


(A) Sustainable Tourism for Development
(B) Poverty Elimination
(C) Scientific Developments
(D) Global Peace
(E) None of these

 Which is the first country to pay its unemployed citizens an unconditional monthly sum?
(A) Sweden
(B) Norway
(C) Switzerland
(D) Finland
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting International Conference on Yoga for Diabetes?


(A) Bengaluru
(B) New Delhi
(C) Bhopal
(D) Mumbai

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(E) None of these

 Jovenel Moise has been elected as the President of


(A) Turkey
(B) Ireland
(C) Haiti
(D) Zimbabwe
(E) None of these

 What is the full form of EPFO?


(A) Employees' Provident Future Organisation
(B) Employees' Provident Fund Organisation
(C) Employers' Provident Fund Organisation
(D) Employees' Pension Fund Organisation
(E) None of these

 What is the currency of Haiti?


(A) Nuevo Sol
(B) Lira
(C) Renminbi
(D) Gourde
(E) None of these

 Which country will organize ‘Festival of India’starting from 10th January?


(A) Japan
(B) Namibia
(C) Germany
(D) Cambodia
(E) None of these

 Which country will assist India to develop Chennai, Ahmadabad and Varanasi as smart
cities?
(A) Japan
(B) Namibia
(C) Germany
(D) Cambodia
(E) None of these

 Which bank will launch digital only bank?


(A) State Bank of India
(B) ICICI Bank
(C) Karnataka Bank
(D) Canara Bank
(E) None of these

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 Who is the Chairman of the Committee to study the existing sports governance
framework?
(A) Ajay Maakan
(B) Injeti Srinivas

(C) Pawan Goyal


(D) Madhukar Gupta

 Who has been chosen for the 4th Yash Chopra Memorial Award?
(A) Rekha
(B) Lata Mangeshkar
(C) Shahrukh Khan
(D) Amitabh Bachchan
(E) None of these

 With which sport, SAFF games are associated?


(A) Hockey
(B) Football
(C) Cricket
(D) Volleyball
(E) None of these

 With Arthur Morris, how many players have been inducted into the International Cricket
Council’s (ICC) Hall of Fame so far?
(A) 58
(B) 89
(C) 82
(D) 94
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled, ‘The People’s President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’?
(A) Hamid Ansari
(B) Meghna Pant
(C) Akshay Mukul
(D) SM Khan
(E) None of these

 Kanchenjunga Stadium is in which city?


(A) Silchar
(B) Dispur
(C) Siliguri
(D) Ladakh

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(E) None of these

 Which country’s Prime Minister is a chief guest on Pravasi Bhartiya Divas 2017?
(A) Mauritius
(B) Guyana
(C) Portugal
(D) South Africa
(E) None of these

 Which edition of Pravasi Bhartiya Divas is being held in Bengaluru this year?
(A) 13th
(B) 14th
(C) 15th
(D) 16th
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting Assam International Agri-Horti show?


(A) Guwahati
(B) Dibrugarh
(C) Gwalior
(D) Dispur
(E) None of these

 The Centre has approved a grant of about Rs crore to drought-affected Karnataka?


(A) 1565
(B) 2082
(C) 1814
(D) 1782
(E) None of these

 Which Union Territory is hosting Island Tourism Festival 2017?


(A) Andaman and Nicobar
(B) Lakshadweep
(C) Dadra and Nagar Haveli
(D) Puducherry
(E) None of these

 What is the theme of World Book Fair 2017?


(A) Maanvata
(B) Apeksha
(C) Manjusha
(D) Manushi
(E) None of these

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 Small Industries Development Bank of India has tied up with for augmenting capital
support to enterprises in the country.
(A) Life Insurance Corporation of India
(B) Reserve Bank of India
(C) Security and Exchange Board of India
(D) NABARD
(E) None of these

 What is the currency of Portugal?


(A) Dollar
(B) Euro
(C) Peso
(D) Franc
(E) None of these

 Which country is setting up the world's highest altitude gravitational wave telescopes in
a Tibet?
(A) China
(B) Indonesia
(C) India
(D) South Korea
(E) None of these

 Which will become the world’s first country to shut down its FM network?
(A) Denmark
(B) Switzerland
(C) Sweden
(D) Norway
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting 20th National Conference on e- Governance?


(A) Guwahati
(B) Raipur
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Vishakhapatnam
(E) None of these

 Which film has won Golden globe award for Best Motion picture in drama category?
(A) La La Land
(B) Moonlight
(C) Zootopia
(D) Fences
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(E) None of these

 Pravasi Bharatiya Samaan Award was started in which year?


(A) 2014
(B) 2003
(C) 1998
(D) 2007
(E) None of these

 Who is the new world No.1 doubles player in the WTA rankings?
(A) Sania Mirza
(B) Bethanie Mattek-Sands
(C) Ekaterina Makarova
(D) Elena Vesnina
(E) None of these

 Mario Alberto Nobre Lopes Soares passed away recently. He was the former President of
which country?
(A) Libya
(B) Lebanon
(C) Portugal
(D) Iran
(E) None of these

 Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani passed away recently. He was the former President of which
country?
(A) Libya
(B) Lebanon
(C) Portugal
(D) Iran
(E) None of these

 In which state, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated the country’s first India
International Exchange?
(A) Karnataka
(B) Jharkhand
(C) Gujarat
(D) Maharashtra
(E) None of these

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has inaugurated edition of Vibrant Gujarat Global
Summit at Gandhinagar, Gujarat.
(A) 8th
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(B) 7th
(C) 9th
(D) 10th
(E) None of these

 Which city has hosted 11th blind challenge car rally?


(A) Jaipur
(B) Raipur
(C) Bhopal
(D) Indore
(E) None of these

 Sex ratio in has touched 900-mark for first time in 20 years ?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Assam
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Haryana
(E) None of these

 Which bank has launched ‘Ira’ Robot?


(A) ICICI Bank
(B) Yes Bank
(C) HDFC Bank
(D) Axis Bank
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as ambassador of Mumbai Marathon?


(A) Ussain Bolt
(B) David Rudisha
(C) Asafa Powell
(D) Tyson Gay
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has won FIFA best player of the year award 2017?
(A) Lional Messi
(B) Neymar
(C) Christiano Ronaldo
(D) Antoine Griezmann
(E) None of these

 World Hindi Day is observed annually on which date?


(A) 14 September
(B) 10 January
(C) 14 January
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(D) 5 September

 Which free WiFi service has been launched recently by Maharashtra government?
(A) Mumbai WiFi
(B) Maha WiFi
(C) Free WiFi
(D) BMC WiFi
(E) None of these

 Which app has been launched by Indian railways to promote digital ticketing?
(A) IRCTC Connect
(B) IRCTC Rail
(C) IRCTC rail connect
(D) Rail Mitra
(E) None of these

 Which is the first Airport in the world to adopt digital platform Arc?
(A) Delhi Airport
(B) Hyderabad Airport
(C) Mumbai Airport
(D) Kochi Airport
(E) None of these

 BSNL will connect 1,518 gram panchayats with Optical Fibre Cable (OFC) this year in
to ensure rural connectivity?
(A) Maharashtra
(B) Assam
(C) West Bengal
(D) Haryana
(E) None of these

 Which district collector has won Good Governance silver award for SUGAM Collectorate?
(A) Hyderabad
(B) Bhopal
(C) Rohtak
(D) Junagadh
(E) None of these

 Roman Herzog has passed away recently. He was the former President of which country?
(A) Italy
(B) Germany
(C) France
(D) Portugal
(E) None of these
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 Revised Indian Standard on gold hallmarking will be effective from ?


(A) 1 January 2017
(B) 1 April 2017
(C) 1 March 2017
(D) 31 March 2017
(E) None of these

 What is the name of second Scorpene class submarine, launched recently?


(A) Tihayu
(B) Sarthi
(C) Khanderi
(D) Marmugao
(E) None of these

 What is India’s growth forecast for the financial year 2016-17, according to World Bank?
(A) 7.0%
(B) 7.1%
(C) 7.4%
(D) 7.6%
(E) None of these

 Daniel Ortega has sworn in as the President of ?


(A) Seychelles
(B) Nicaragua
(C) Nigeria
(D) Cuba
(E) None of these

 Dr. Ausaf Sayeed has been appointed as the next High Commissioner of India to ?
(A) Seychelles
(B) Nicaragua
(C) Nigeria
(D) Cuba
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled ‘Akhada’?


(A) Bharti Pradhan
(B) Vijay Lokapally
(C) Saurabh Duggal
(D) Tarun Vijay
(E) None of these

 Akhada’ is the biography of ?


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(A) Geeta Phogat


(B) Babita Phogat
(C) Vinesh Phogat
(D) Mahavir Phogat
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled ‘Cyber Pathshala’?


(A) Bharti Pradhan
(B) Vijay Lokapally
(C) Saurabh Duggal
(D) Tarun Vijay
(E) None of these

 India’s first Madame Tussauds museum will open in which city?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Kolkata
(C) Patna
(D) New Delhi
(E) None of these

 Which city will organize world’s first gender literature festival?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Jaipur
(C) Patna
(D) Guwahati
(E) None of these

 Which Bank has helped five temples in Kanyakumari district in Tamil Nadu to introduce
digital wallets and point of sale?
(A) ICICI Bank
(B) Axis Bank
(C) Yes Bank
(D) HDFC Bank
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as a member of International Hockey Federation (FIH) Athletes'
Committee?
(A) Sandeep Singh
(B) PR Shrijesh
(C) Raghunath
(D) Dhanraj Pillai
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as new Vice Chief of Army Staff?


(A) Sarath Chand
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(B) Bipin Rawat


(C) Rajiv Jain
(D) BS Dhanoa
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as new chairman of Tata Sons?
(A) Rajesh Gopinathan
(B) Ishaak Hussain
(C) Ratan Tata
(D) N Chandrasekaran
(E) None of these

 Who has been awarded as Best Actor (Male) in Filmfare short film awards 2017?
(A) Nawajuddin Siddiqui
(B) Manoj Bajpai
(C) Nasiruddin Shah
(D) Anupam Kher
(E) None of these

 Who is the first ever woman boxer from India to step into the world of professional boxing?
(A) MC Mary Kom
(B) L Sarita Devi
(C) Pinki Rani
(D) Kavita Goyat
(E) None of these

 Which country will chair the Group of 77?


(A) Palestine
(B) Israel
(C) Ecuador
(D) Thailand
(E) None of these

 US President Barack Obama has announced to lift some trade and investments sanctions
against ?
(A) India
(B) Pakistan
(C) Afghanistan
(D) Sudan
(E) None of these

 National Army day is observed on which date?


(A) 15 September
(B) 7 September
(C) 15 January
(D) 7 January
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(E) None of these

 What is India’s rank in global talent competitiveness index 2017?


(A) 89
(B) 92
(C) 112
(D) 90
(E) None of these

 Which country has topped in global talent competitiveness index 2017?


(A) Switzerland
(B) Singapore
(C) Iceland
(D) New Zealand
(E) None of these

 What is the full form of SEZ?


(A) Special Economical Zones
(B) Standard Economic Zones
(C) Span of Economic Zones
(D) Special Economic Zones
(E) None of these

 Which programme has been launched to create awareness amongst masses towards
judicious utilization and conservation of petroleum products?
(A) SANRAKSHAN
(B) SAKSHAM
(C) SAMANVAY
(D) SACHET
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched Digital Dakiya scheme?


(A) Madhya Pradesh
(B) Telangana
(C) Maharashtra
(D) Uttar Pradesh

 Retired Central government employees will get Rs as minimum pension?


(A) 8000
(B) 1000
(C) 5000
(D) 9000
(E) None of these

 ‘Aditya’ Solar boat has been launched in which state?


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(A) Goa
(B) Assam
(C) Kerala
(D) Maharashtra
(E) None of these

 Border Security Force has launched operation 'Sard Hawa' in which state?
(A) Jammu and Kashmir
(B) Chhattisgarh
(C) Arunachal Pradesh
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these

 Which film has won Filmfare award 2017 for the best film?
(A) Udta Punjab
(B) Sultan
(C) Dangal
(D) Pink
(E) None of these

 Who has won Filmfare best actor award 2017?


(A) Aamir Khan
(B) Salman Khan
(C) Shahrukh Khan
(D) Amitabh Bachchan
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Ranji Trophy 2017?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Gujarat
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D) Karnataka
(E) None of these

 Which city has recently hosted International Television Dance Festival?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Chennai
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Mumbai
 Which state has launched mobile application "Pinakin" for tourists?
(A) Kerala
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

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 Who is known as ‘black hole man of India’?


(A) C.V. Vishveshwara
(B) C.V. Raman
(C) Abdul Kalam
(D) J.C. Basu
(E) None of these

 What is India’s rank in inclusive development index 2017?


(A) 78
(B) 62
(C) 60
(D) 92
(E) None of these

 What is India’s rank in global passport index 2017?


(A) 78
(B) 62
(C) 60
(D) 92
(E) None of these

 Which ministry has launched Mission 41k?


(A) Ministry of Railway
(B) Ministry of Women and Child Development
(C) HRD Ministry
(D) Ministry of Finance
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting India International Garment Fair 2017?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Chennai
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Mumbai
(E) None of these

 Which bank has launched country’s first customisable savings account?


(A) ICICI Bank
(B) Axis Bank
(C) Yes Bank
(D) HDFC Bank
(E) None of these

 World Bank and India signed a financing agreement for IDA credit of million for

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the 'Nagaland Health Project'.


(A) USD 48
(B) USD 58
(C) USD 65
(D) USD 45
(E) None of these

 According to IMF, what is India's expected growth rate for the current fiscal year?
(A) 7.6%
(B) 6.5%
(C) 6.8%
(D) 6.6%
(E) None of these

 ‘Khullam Khulla’ is a biography of


(A) Shashi Kapoor
(B) Karan Johar
(C) Rishi Kapoor
(D) Yash Johar
(E) None of these

 Which web portal has been launched by HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar for the Sarva
Shiksha Abhiyan?
(A) Saakshar
(B) Sampark
(C) Shagun
(D) Shiksha
(E) None of these

 Which committee has suggested creating up to 20 per cent supernumerary seats for girls
in IITs?
(A) Timothy Gonsalves Committee
(B) Gourang Desai Committee
(C) Ajit Vashistha Committee
(D) Divakar Sen Committee
(E) None of these

 India’s first cashless island ‘Karang’ is in which state?


(A) Meghalaya
(B) Assam
(C) West Bengal
(D) Manipur
(E) None of these

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 Sitalpati, which has been recognised as an "intangible cultural heritage" by the UNESCO,
is related to ?
(A) Gujarat
(B) West Bengal
(C) Karnataka
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Which state has recently allowed sale of kerosene in open market?


(A) Gujarat
(B) West Bengal
(C) Karnataka
(D) Jharkhand
(E) None of these

 According to UN report, what is India's expected growth rate for the current fiscal year?
(A) 7.6%
(B) 7.7%
(C) 6.8%
(D) 6.6%
(E) None of these

 Which is the most dynamic city in the world?


(A) Silicon Valley
(B) New York
(C) Nairobi
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 Who has been elected as President of the European Parliament?


(A) Antonio Tajani
(B) Donald Tusk
(C) Gianni Pittella
(D) Jean-Claude-Juncker
(E) None of these

 Which year has been declared the world's warmest year?


(A) 2013
(B) 2014
(C) 2015
(D) 2016
(E) None of these
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 Dantan Gramin Mela is related to which state?


(A) West Bengal
(B) Meghalaya
(C) Manipur
(D) Uttar Pradesh
(E) None of these

 The World Bank has sanctioned Rs 1,376 crore for complete upgradation and
improvement of the power system network in
(A) Tripura
(B) Assam
(C) Meghalaya
(D) Jharkhand
(E) None of these

 Which bank has tied up with India Post Payments Bank to provide technology platform for
pilot launch of IPPB?
(A) Canara Bank
(B) Bank of Baroda
(C) Punjab National Bank
(D) UCO Bank
(E) None of these

 Which of the following was recently inducted into Legends Club 'Hall of Fame'?
(A) Kapil Dev
(B) Rahul Dravid
(C) Dilip Vengsarkar
(D) Syed Kirmani
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as New CBI Director?


(A) Rakesh Asthana
(B) Anil Sinha
(C) Alok Verma
(D) Ravi Jain

 Which country has downloaded the most number of apps from Google Play app store in
2016?
(A) USA
(B) India
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(C) Brazil
(D) China

 Which state has launched ‘Mosapp’ for dengue detection?


(A) West Bengal
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Kerala
(D) Uttar Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Which banks cannot accept deposits under the Pradhan Mantry Garib Kalyan Deposit
Scheme?
(A) Co-Operative Banks
(B) Scheduled Banks
(C) RBI
(D) Nationalised Banks
(E) None of these

 Adama Barrow has sworn in as the president of which country?


(A) Gambia
(B) Senegal
(C) Jamaica
(D) Cuba
(E) None of these

 Which Indian film has been awarded at International Borrego Springs Film Festival?
(A) Parched
(B) Sunrise
(C) Masaan
(D) Saanjh
(E) None of these

 The United Arab Emirates '' Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan" Foundation has
announced to donate medical equipment worth US$2 million to ?
(A) Aligarh Muslim University
(B) Banaras Hindu University
(C) Dr Rajendra Prasad University
(D) Delhi University
(E) None of these

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 Which country has recently withdrawn visa-free facility for Indians?


(A) Germany
(B) France
(C) Hong Kong
(D) Sri Lanka
(E) None of these

 Which state has has highest ratings in reading and mathematics?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Himachal Pradesh
(C) Kerala
(D) Tamilnadu
(E) None of these

 Which state has has set a new world record by over 3.5 lakh people singing the national
anthem?
(A) Gujarat
(B) Himachal Pradesh
(C) Kerala
(D) Tamilnadu
(E) None of these

 In which state, people have recently formed a chain for more than 11,000 kms against
addictions?
(A) Punjab
(B) Jharkhand
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Bihar
(E) None of these

 Which country is helping India in getting trains on Nagpur-Secunderabad faster?


(A) Japan
(B) Russia
(C) France
(D) Germany
(E) None of these

 Which is the most innovative company of 2016?


(A) Microsoft
(B) Tesla
(C) Apple
(D) Google
(E) None of these
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 Who is the head of Special Task Force for women safety?


(A) Najeeb Jung
(B) Anil Baijal
(C) Kiran Bedi
(D) Girija Vyas
(E) None of these

 National Girl Child day 2017 was observed on which date?


(A) 21 January
(B) 22 January
(C) 23 January
(D) 24 January
(E) None of these

 Which state has inaugurated IT building ‘Jyothirmaya’?


(A) Kerala
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Karnataka

 2017 World Economic Forum annual meeting was held in which city?
(A) Basel
(B) The Hague
(C) Davos
(D) Berne
(E) None of these

 Pravind Kumar Jugnauth sworn in as Prime Minister of


(A) Guyana
(B) Jamaica
(C) Thailand
(D) Mauritius
(E) None of these

 Who has won Allan Border Medal 2017 for best Australian cricketer of the year?
(A) Steve Smith
(B) Mitchell Stark
(C) David Warner
(D) Glen Maxwell
(E) None of these

 Which country has built world's biggest solar Park?


(A) Malaysia

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(B) India
(C) China
(D) Germany
(E) None of these

 Which country has launched a 10-yr-plan to cut vegetable imports from India?
(A) Nepal
(B) Bhutan
(C) Sri Lanka
(D) Pakistan
(E) None of these

 Which of the following Election Management Body has signed a MoU with ECI?
(A) Australian Electoral Commission
(B) Central Election Commission of Bosnia Herzegovina
(C) Fijian Elections Office
(D) Election Commission of Nepal
(E) All of the above

 Under Section of the Banking Regulation Act, 1949, the Reserve Bank issues licence to
small finance bank in India?
(A) 22(1)
(B) 28(1)
(C) 28 (D) 35 (1)
(E) None of these

 Which airport has won the Golden Peacock Award 2016 for Corporate Social
Responsibility?
(A) Hyderabad Airport
(B) Mumbai Airport
(C) Delhi Airport
(D) Chennai Airport
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched 'Dulari Kanya’ scheme?


(A) Kerala
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Arunachal Pradesh
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has received NTPC award 2015-16?


(A) Damodar Valley Corporation
(B) Bharat Earth Movers Ltd
(C) Steel Authority of India Ltd
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(D) Kota Super Thermal Power Station


(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been chosen for the Padma Vibhushan award this year?
(A) Udupi Ramachandra Rao
(B) Pandit Vishwa Mohan Bhatt
(C) Prof Devi Prasad Dwivedi
(D) Cho Ramaswamy
(E) All of the above

 Alexander Kadakin passed away recently. He was Russian ambassador to


(A) Pakistan
(B) Syria
(C) India
(D) China
(E) None of these

 Which country will become the fastest oil consumer by the year 2035?
(A)Japan
(B)India
(C)China
(D)Russia
(E)None of these
 V. Shanmuganathan resigned recently from the Governor post of
(A) Manipur
(B) Meghalaya
(C) Tripura
(D) West Bengal
(E) None of these
 Which country has topped Corruption Perception Index 2016?
(A) Iceland
(B) Germany
(C) New Zealand
(D) Denmark
(E) Both C and D

 What is India’s rank in Corruption Perception Index 2016?


(A) 78
(B) 76
(C) 79
(D) 77
(E) None of these

 What is India’s rank in eight great powers for the year 2017?
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(A) 6
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 3
(E) None of these

 Who is the Chairman of the recently reconstituted Target Olympic Podium committee?
(A) PT Usha
(B) Karnam Malleshwari
(C) Abhinav Bindra
(D) Rajyavardhan Singh
(E) None of these

 Who has been conferred with National Geoscience Award 2016?


(A) Keshav Krishna
(B) Aakash Malviya
(C) Tarun Sahni
(D) Rajesh Sen
(E) None of these

 National Immunization Day 2017 was observed on which date?


(A) 27 January
(B) 28 January
(C) 29 January
(D) 30 January
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting 1st North East Investors’ Summit?


(A) Shillong
(B) Gangtok
(C) Guwahati
(D) Dispur
(E) None of these

 Expand the term TROPEX with reference to Indian Navy?


(A) Target Readiness Operational Exercise
(B) Theatre Readiness Overseas Exercise
(C) Traditional Recurrence Operational Exercise
(D) Theatre Readiness Operational Exercise
(E) None of these

 Which state has signed a pact with oil companies for ethylene derivatives plant?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) Andhra Pradesh
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(C) Gujarat
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as acting governor of Meghalaya?


(A) Banwari lal Purohit
(B) JP Rajakhova
(C) Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya
(D) Najma Heptulla
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as acting governor of Arunachal Pradesh?


(A) Banwari lal Purohit
(B) JP Rajakhova
(C) Padmanabha Balakrishna Acharya
(D) Najma Heptulla
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Vice Chancellor of Nalanda University?


(A) Amritya Sen
(B) Gopa Sabharwal
(C) George Yeo
(D) Vijay Pandurang Bhatkar
(E) None of these

 Which country will host 2020 Olympics?


(A) Brazil
(B) France
(C) Russia
(D) Japan
(E) None of these

 World Leprosy Day is observed in the memory of


(A) Abraham Lincoln
(B) Nelson Mandela
(C) Mother Teresa
(D) Mahatma Gandhi
(E) None of these

 Which country will appoint world’s first ‘digital ambassador’?


(A) Denmark
(B) Portugal
(C) Sweden
(D) Italy
(E) None of these

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 Who has been appointed as interim head of Postal Bank?


(A) AP Singh
(B) Alok Sharma
(C) Nayan Chandra
(D) Rakesh Sen
(E) None of these

 Iris Mittenaere of bags the Miss Universe 2016 pageant held in the Philippines.
(A) France
(B) Colombia
(C) Haiti
(D) Philippines
(E) None of these

 Who has won Australian open Women’s singles title 2017?


(A) Venus Williams
(B) Angelique Kerber
(C) Serena Williams
(D) Simon Hale

 India's first multi-sport museum has been opened in which city?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Kolkata
(C) Mumbai
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these

 Which city has set up Personal Status and Inheritance Court for non Muslims?
(A) Abu Dhabi
(B) Muscat
(C) Dubai
(D) Damascus
(E) None of these

 Which is the world's first country to stop investing in fossil fuels?


(A) Denmark
(B) Ireland
(C) Iceland
(D) Sweden
(E) None of these

 The Centre will invest Rs 15,000 crores to develop 1,253 kilometres of roads in into
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National Highways over the next few years.


(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) West Bengal
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Rural Electrification Corporation Ltd has inked three pacts to extend financial assistance
of around Rs 60,000 crore to
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) West Bengal
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 UN has appointed as India goodwill ambassador for sustainable development goals.


(A) Ashok amritraj
(B) Priyanka Chopra
(C) Rajesh Sabharwal
(D) Rajendra Shinde
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the head of BCCI interim panel?


(A) Ramachandra Guha
(B) Diana Edulji
(C) Vinod Rai
(D) Vikram Limaye
(E) None of these

 Which of the following is not a deputy governor of Reserve bank of India?


(A) R Gandhi
(B) Nachiket Mor
(C) SS Mundra
(D) NS Vishwanathan
(E) Viral Acharya

 Benjamin Netanyahu is the first serving Prime Minister of to visit


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Australia?
(A) Israel
(B) Myanmar
(C) Cuba
(D) Malaysia
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been launched to prevent cyber attacks?


(A) Cyber Suraksha Kendra
(B) Cyber Swachhta Kendra
(C) Cyber Sahayata Kendra
(D) Cyber Saavdhani Kendra
(E) None of these

 What is the name of QR code system launched recently to promote digital


payments?
(A) Bharat Payment
(B) QR Digital
(C) Pay Digital
(D) Bharat QR
(E) None of these

 Jewellery purchase in cash above Rs. 2 Lakh will attract what amount of tax from
April 1, 2017?
(A) 1%
(B) 2%
(C) 3%
(D) 5%
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has won the prestigious International Mercury Awards
for the year 2016-17?
(A) Confederation of Indian Industries
(B) Council of Scientific & Industrial Research
(C) Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
(D) Defence Research and Development Organisation
(E) None of these

 Which iron mine has been honoured with the the Best Green Organisation of
the Year Award?
(A) Ratnagiri
(B) Bellary
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(C) Sighbhum
(D) Katamati
(E) None of these

 Which state has hosted National Biodiversity Congress 2017?


(A) Maharashtra
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Kerala
(D) Karnataka
(E) None of these
 Which state has announced restrictions on the number of guests to be invited
and number of dishes that can be served?
(A) Maharashtra
(B) Gujarat
(C) Jammu and Kashmir
(D) Rajasthan

 Government has approved increasing


the capacity of solar parks and projects from 20,000 MW to
(A) 45,000 MW
(B) 40,000 MW
(C) 30,000 MW
(D) 50,000 MW
(E) None of these

 The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs has approved Rs 5723.72


crore to set up a hydro power project in which country?
(A) Sri Lanka
(B) Nepal
(C) Bhutan
(D) Afghanistan
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the Vice President of Asian Hockey Federation?
(A) Rajiv Shukla
(B) Sunita Saxena
(C) Brij Bhushan Singh
(D) Abhijit Sarkar
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the head of the Cauvery Water Disputes
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Tribunal?
(A) B.S. Chauhan
(B) Abhay Manohar Sapre
(C) Anand Sharma
(D) Kishor Sen
(E) None of these

 Which country will host Combined World Cup for shooting in 2019?
(A) Malaysia
(B) South Korea
(C) India
(D) Indonesia
(E) None of these

 Which country will help India in developing missiles for Indian Army?
(A) France
(B) Japan
(C) Russia
(D) Israel
(E) None of these

 Which state has decided to set up International Ayurvedic research Institute?


(A) Maharashtra
(B) Gujarat
(C) Kerala
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Which University will help in encouraging entrepreneurship in


Northeast?
(A) Tezpur University
(B) Delhi University
(C) Nalanda University
(D) Mumbai University
(E) None of these

 Merger of five associate banks with the SBI will be effective from which
date?
(A) 1 March 2017
(B) 1 April 2017

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(C) 1 July 2017


(D) 1 December 2017
(E) None of these

 What amount has been approved by Asian Development bank to strengthen


power transmission system in India?
(A) 200 Million Dollar
(B) 300 Million Dollar
(C) 400 Million Dollar
(D) 500 Million Dollar
(E) None of these

 Which country has become largest trading partner of Germany?


(A) France
(B) China
(C) Russia
(D) USA
(E) None of these

 Which country has launched military operations 'Radd- ul-Fasaad' to counter


terrorism?
(A) Iran
(B) Syria
(C) Afghanistan
(D) Pakistan
(E) None of these

 Which state has become the second largest crude oil producer in India?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) Gujarat
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Tamilnadu
(E) None of these

 Andhra Pradesh government has signed a MoU with VISA to


develop as Fintech hub of the country?
(A) Visakhapatnam
(B) Amravati
(C) Karim Nagar
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(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these

 Hassan Ali Khaire has been appointed as the Prime minister of


(A) Syria
(B) Nigeria
(C) Ghana
(D) Somalia
(E) None of these

 Which of the following is a brand ambassador Swachh Bharat Mission?


(A) Amitabh Bachchan
(B) Shankar Mahadevan
(C) Shilpa Shetty
(D) Sachin Tendulkar
(E) All of the above

 Which of the following has accepted the Deputy Collector job offered by
the Andhra Pradesh Government?
(A) Saina Nehwal
(B) PV Sindhu
(C) Sania Mirza
(D) Sakshi Malik
(E) None of these

 How many countries have been suspended from voting in the UN General
Assembly recently?
(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) None of these

 Which city of Bangladesh will be developed by financial assistance of India?


(A) Dhaka
(B) Sylhet
(C) Mirpur
(D) Chittagong
(E) None of these

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 Who has been appointed as Finance Advisor to Nagaland government?


(A) TR Zeliang
(B) Sam Pitroda
(C) YV Reddy
(D) Arvind Mayaram
(E) None of these

 Who has been awarded EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2016?


(A) Nandan Nilkeni
(B) Vivek Chand Sehgal
(C) Anand Mahindra
(D) Mukesh Ambani
(E) None of these

 Pooja Ghatkar is related to which sport?


(A) Billiards
(B) Badminton
(C) Shooting
(D) Golf
(E) None of these

 Prime Minister Narendra Modi has unveiled a 112-


foot tall statue dedicated to ‘Adiyogi’ at
(A) Coimbatore
(B) Varanasi
(C) Ahmedabad
(D) Thiruvananthapuram
(E) None of these

 Which state has inaugurated medical project RAHAT?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Assam
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these

 RAHAT project is related to


(A) Poverty Elimination
(B) Heart Attack
(C) Malaria Elimination

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(D) Polio Elimination


(E) None of these

 Which is the richest Indian city?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these

 What is India’s latest GDP growth forecast for for 2016- 17 by NCAER?
(A) 6.6%
(B) 7.1%
(C) 6.8%
(D) 6.9%

 Which film has won best film award at 89th Oscar awards?
(A) La La Land
(B) Moonlight
(C) The Jungle Book
(D) Hacksaw Ridge
(E) None of these

 Who has won best actor award at 89th Oscar awards?


(A) Leonardo Dicaprio
(B) Casey Affleck
(C) Mahershala Ali
(D) Damien Chazelle
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Hockey India League 2017?


(A) Kalinga Lancers
(B) Dabang Mumbai
(C) Uttar Pradesh Wizards
(D) Delhi Waveriders
(E) None of these

 Which state has lowest infant mortality rate?


(A) Kerala
(B) Goa
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(C) Karnataka
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these

 Who is the Union Minister of the Railways?


(A) Suresh Prabhu
(B) Ram Vilas Paswan
(C) Mukul Dwivedi
(D) Sadanand Gowda
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as India’s ambassador to the Republic of Togo?


(A) Renu Pall
(B) Ajay Singh
(C) Birendra Singh Yadav
(D) Yashvardhan Sinha
(E) None of these

 Who has won 10th ESPNCricinfo Test Batting Performance of the Year
award?
(A) Ben Stokes
(B) Quinton De Kock
(C) Carlos Brathwaite
(D) Virat Kohli
(E) None of these

 Who has won 10th ESPNCricinfo Captain of the Year award?


(A) Misbah Ul Haq
(B) Steven Smith
(C) Alistair Cook
(D) Virat Kohli
(E) None of these

 Longest elevated bike path in the world has been opened in which country?
(A) USA
(B) Spain
(C) Sweden
(D) China
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(E) None of these

 2017 UNESCO Natural Heritage Festival was held in which state?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Kerala
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D) Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Which city has hosted International coin fair 2017?


(A) Thiruvananthapuram
(B) Nasik
(C) Vishakhapatnam
(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these

 Indian Space Research Organisation has created history by sending


satellites in a single rocket?
(A) 83
(B) 104
(C) 23
(D) 37
(E) None of these

 Which state was was carved out of Darjeeling recently?


(A) Siliguri
(B) Jhargram
(C) Kalimpong
(D) Nandgram
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting 11th International Aero India 2017?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Bengaluru
(C) Hyderabad
(D) New Delhi
(E) None of these

 Which country has elected Frank-Walter Steinmeier as its President?


(A) Argentina
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(B) France
(C) Uruguay
(D) Germany
(E) None of these

 Ravi Shankar has been appointed as High Commissioner of India to which


country?
(A) Ghana
(B) Rwanda
(C) Norway
(D) Netherland
(E) None of these

 Who has won Laureus 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy 2017?


(A) Usain Bolt
(B) Christiano Ronaldo
(C) Roger Federer
(D) Novak Djokovich
(E) None of these

 Which country is hosting 2017 Cobra Gold Military Exercises?


(A) USA
(B) Poland
(C) Thailand
(D) Philippines
(E) None of these
 What is the name of the early warning system recently inducted into Indian Air
Force?
(A) Netra
(B) Trinetra
(C) Drishya
(D) Drishti
(E) None of these
 Which scheme was recently launched by Khadi & Village Industries
Commission?
(A) Khadi Gaon
(B) Khadi Shahar
(C) Mera Gaon
(D) Khadi Swadeshi
(E) None of these
 Which state has launched e-Prison project?
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(A) West Bengal


(B) Jharkhand
(C) Assam
(D) Jammu and Kashmir
(E) None of these

 Who has become the first Indian ever to be promoted by the International
Basketball Federation as Technical Delegate?
(A) Narendra Batra
(B) N Srinivas
(C) N Ramachandram
(D) Norman Isaac

 What is India’s rank in Economic Freedom Index 2017?


(A) 141
(B) 123
(C) 147
(D) 143
(E) None of these

 What is the theme of Global Investor Summit 2017 held in Jharkhand?


(A) Invest Jharkhand
(B) Force Jharkhand
(C) Momentum Jharkhand
(D) Make in Jharkhand
(E) None of these

 From which date, merchant discount rate will not be levied on Government
payments?
(A) 1 January 2017
(B) 1 April 2017
(C) 1 June 2017
(D) 31 December 2017
(E) None of these

 IMF has Launched South Asia Training and Technical Assistance Center in
which city?
(A) Bengaluru
(B) Mumbai
(C) Hyderabad
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(D) New Delhi


(E) None of these

 Which bank has tied up with railway to sell general category tickets?
(A) Punjab National Bank
(B) State Bank of India
(C) Bank of Baroda
(D) Corporation Bank
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the Chief Minister of Tamilnadu?


(A) EK Palaniswami
(B) Panneerselvam
(C) VK Shashikala
(D) MK Stalin
(E) None of these

 Which sailboat has been Inducted into Indian Navy on 18 February 2017?
(A) Tarini
(B) Saarthi
(C) Nauka
(D) Naiyya
(E) None of these

 Which organisation has launched a communication radio for the Indian armed
forces?
(A) BEL
(B) BEML
(C) DRDO
(D) ISRO
(E) None of these

 What will be the new tenure of the chairman of Securities and Exchange Board
of India?
(A) 5 Years
(B) 4 Years
(C) 3 Years
(D) 2 Years
(E) None of these

 Who has been awarded with Vyas Samman 2016?


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(A) Raghuveer Choudhary


(B) Padma Sachdev
(C) Sunita Jain
(D) Surendra Verma
(E) None of these

 How many new airports will be added to UDAN scheme?


(A) 25
(B) 50
(C) 75
(D) 125
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting Western Regional Agriculture Fair – 2017?


(A) Jaisalmer
(B) Jodhpur
(C) Jaipur
(D) Bikaner
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting South Asian Speakers’ Summit?


(A) Indore
(B) Bhopal
(C) Vishakhapatnam
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as ambassador of India to Montenegro?


(A) Amrit Logun
(B) VIshal Shah
(C) Renu Pall
(D) Ashish Lodha
(E) None of these

 Who has been honoured with 'Legendary Award ' 2017?


(A) Shahrukh Khan
(B) Amitabh Bachchan
(C) Dilip Kumar
(D) Lata Mangeshkar

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(E) None of these

 Which team has won Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017?


(A) West Zone
(B) East Zone
(C) South Zone
(D) North Zone
(E) None of these

 Which volcano has became active recently?


(A) Deccan Traps
(B) Barren Island
(C) Narcondam
(D) Baratang
(E) None of these
 India has sanctioned a soft loan of Million
Dollar to Nepal for various infrastructure development programmes.
(A) 320
(B) 340
(C) 400
(D) 540
(E) None of these

 Zeliang has resigned recently. He was the chief Minister of


(A) Assam
(B) Manipur
(C) Kerala
(D) Nagaland
(E) None of these

 Which film has been awarded at the Berlin Film festival 2017?
(A) Newton
(B)Dhanak
(C) Aaba
(D) Both A and C
(E) None of these

 Shahid Afridi, who has announced his retirement from international


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cricket recently, is from which country?


(A) Pakistan
(B)Bangladesh
(C) Afghanistan
(D) South Africa
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Gold medal at Asian Women's Rugby Sevens
Trophy?
(A) India
(B)Pakistan
(C) Malaysia
(D) South Korea
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled 'Hema Malini: Beyond the Dream Girl'?
(A) Vijay Lokapally
(B) Sourabh Duggal
(C) Malti Sharma
(D) Ram Kamal Mukherjee
(E) None of these

 Which is the world’s largest arms importer country in last four years?
(A) USA
(B) Saudi Arab
(C) India
(D) China
(E) None of these

 Which is the world’s largest arms exporter country in last four years?
(A) USA
(B) France
(C) Russia
(D) China
(E) None of these

 World Day of Social Justice is observed on which date?


(A) 21 February
(B) 19 February
(C) 20 February
(D) None of these
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.What is ICGS AYUSH?


(A) Indian Navy Ship
(B) Indian Coast Guard Ship
(C) Indian Army Aircraft
(D) Indian Army Navigator
(E) None of these

 India's first dedicated heliport will open in which city?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Chennai
(C) New Delhi
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 Which resource kit has been launched recently for adolescents, as part
of the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram?
(A) SAATHIYA
(B) SALAH
(C) SHIKSHAK
(D) PRASHIKSHAK
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as Chief Minister of Nagaland?
(A) TR Zeliang
(B) Pawan Chamling
(C) Nabam Tuki
(D) Shurozelie Liezitsu
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as National Security Adviser of USA?
(A) Keith Kellogg
(B) H. R. McMaster
(C) John Bolton
(D) Michael Flynn
(E) None of these
 What is the currency of Norway?
1. Franc
2. Dollar
3. Krone
4. Peso
 Which country has become the world’s largest producer of solar energy?
(A) Germany

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(B) China
(C) India
(D) UAE
(E) None of these
 Which country has hosted BIMSTEC Senior Officials' Meeting?
(A) Maldives
(B) Bhutan
(C) Nepal
(D) India
(E) None of these
 Which is the first state in the northeast to implement e- Cabinet solution?
(A) Arunachal Pradesh
(B) Assam
(C) Manipur
(D) Tripura
(E) None of these
 Which state has inaugurated first smart police station in India?
(A) Maharashtra
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Telangana
(D) Andhra Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Who has won Israel's prestigious Genesis Prize?


(A) Anish Kapoor
(B) Rajan Sheikh
(C) Salim Ahmed
(D) Anil Sabharwal
(E) None of these

 Who has resigned as England Cricket team Test captain?


(A) Joe Root
(B) Eoin Morgan
(C) Alistair Cook
(D) James Anderson
(E) None of these
 Colonel Nizamuddin passed away recently. He was a confidant of

(A) Jawahar Lal Nehru


(B) Mahatma Gandhi
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(C) Chandra Shekhar Azad


(D) Subhash Chandra Bose
(E) None of these
 Which country has imposed a ban on Basant festival?
(A) Sri Lanka
(B) Pakistan
(C) India
(D) Nepal
(E) None of these
 Which city has hosted Global conference on Nuclear Terrorism?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Patna
(C) New Delhi
(D) Bhubaneswar
(E) None of these
 Which state has organised 17th International Counter Terrorism
Seminar?
(A) Haryana
(B) Assam
(C) Manipur
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these
 Which portal has been launched to enhance transparency and accountability as
a part of the Ease of Doing Business in the Mining sector?
(A) Urja Mitra
(B) KANSA
(C) TAMRA
(D) SWARNA
(E) None of these
 Which is the first State in India to establish Cashless System for distribution
of food grains?
(A) Punjab
(B) Andhra Pradesh
(C) West Bengal
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these
 What is the new name of Dalhousie Road in new Delhi?
(A) Dara Shikoh Road
(B) Aurangzeb Road
(C) Akbar Road
(D) Shah Jahan Road

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(E) None of these


 Ayala Water and Ecology Ltd., a
company from will contribute in cleaning the river
Yamuna?
(A) Germany
(B) Japan
(C) Israel
(D) France
(E) None of these
 National Science Day is observed in the
memory of
(A) Homi Jehangir Bhabha
(B) C.V. Raman
(C) Jagadish Chandra Bose
(D) APJ Abdul Kalam
(E) None of these

 Which card has been made mandatory for taking foodgrain through
the Public Distribution System?
(A) Ration Card
(B) BPL Card
(C) Voter Card
(D) Aadhar Card
(E) None of these
 Who is the head of the sub-committee of Central Advisory Board of
Education (CABE) to look into issues of girl's education?
(A) Kadiyam Srihari
(B) Sukhbir Singh Badal
(C) Chandra Babu Naidu
(D) Tathagat Roy
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has signed an MOU with CREDAI West Bengal to
train 1000 construction workers in Kolkata and nearby villages?
(A) ICICI Prudential
(B) Punjab National Bank
(C) PNB Housing Finance Limited
(D) National Housing Board
(E) None of these

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 Which country has been banned from London World Athletics


Championships 2017?
(A) Russia
(B) Italy
(C) Uzbekistan
(D) France
(E) None of these

 Which of the following week is observed from Feb 12-18 every year?
(A) National Disarmament Week
(B) National Voters Week
(C) National Awareness Week
(D) National Productivity Week
(E) None of these
 Which is the World’s Oldest Working Steam Engine?
(A) Fairy Queen
(B) John Bull
(C) Invicta
(D) Royal Hudson
(E) None of these
 Which bank will finance small units in diamond sector at concessional rates?
(A) ICICI Bank
(B) Punjab National Bank
(C) Bank of Baroda
(D) State Bank of India
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the chief of the Securities and Exchange Board
of India?
(A) Mukul Bhargava
(B) Ajay Tyagi
(C) Akash Yadav
(D) Hemant Bhargava
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the Managing Director of the Life Insurance
Corporation of India?
(A) Mukul Bhargava
(B) Ajay Tyagi
(C) Akash Yadav
(D) Hemant Bhargava
(E) None of these
 Who has been chosen for UN project against human trafficking?
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(A) Satinder Sartaaj


(B) Sonu Nigam
(C) AR Rahman
(D) All of the above
(E) None of these
 What is the name of Official mascot of FIFA Under-17 World Cup?
(A) Zakumi
(B) Fuleco
(C) Kheleao
(D) Zabivaka
(E) None of these
 Which country is hosting naval exercise ‘Aman-17'?
(A) India
(B) Pakistan
(C) China
(D) Japan
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting ‘India Pharma 2017’ & ‘India Medical Device
2017’ International Conference?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Kolkata
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as Ambassador of India to the Republic of
Madagascar?
(A) Subeer Dutta
(B) Narinder Singh
(C) Yashvardhan Sinha
(D) Renu Paul
 Who is the head of task force to check tax evasion by deviant shell
firms?
(A) Ajay Bansal
(B) Lily Vadera
(C) Tapan Ray
(D) Kishor Sahni
(E) None of these
 Which Airport has won Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation award 2017?
(A) Hyderabad Airport
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(B) Delhi Airport


(C) Kochi Airport
(D) Mumbai Airport
(E) None of these
 Who has entered in Gunnies book of records by building a 14.84 metre
high sand castle?
(A) Ted Siebert
(B) Sudarshan Pattnaik
(C) Ema Bellis
(D) Edmund Key
(E) None of these
 Which Indian Airport is the 12th most busiest airport in the world?
(A) Hyderabad Airport
(B) Delhi Airport
(C) Kochi Airport
(D) Mumbai Airport
(E) None of these
 Which is the first warship to be fitted with solar panels?
(A) INS Vikramaditya
(B) INS Mormugao
(C) INS Kolkata
(D) INS Sarvekshak
(E) None of these

 Which state has hosted National Women’s Parliament 2017?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Kerala
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as Ambassador of India to the Republic of
Philippines?
(A) Subeer Dutta
(B) Narinder Chauhan
(C) Yashvardhan Sinha
(D) Renu Paul

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(E) None of these


 Which city is hosting International Spice Conference 2017?
(A) Ahmedabad
(B) Thiruvananthapuram
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Bhopal
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the ambassador of FIFA?
(A) Diego Maradona
(B) David Beckham
(C) Zinedine Zidane
(D) Pele
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the first woman director of Indian Institute of
Management?
(A) Alka Sirohi
(B) Rajni Rajdan
(C) Neelu Rohmetra
(D) Sushma Pandey
(E) None of these
 Which team has won blind T-20 world cup 2017?
(A) Pakistan
(B) South Africa
(C) Sri Lanka
(D) India
(E) None of these

 Who is the fastest to take 250 test wickets, in terms of matches played?
(A) Dennis Lillee
(B) Dale Steyn
(C) Ravi Ashwin
(D) Glen Mcgrath
(E) None of these
 Which is the first cashless township in India?
(A) GNFC
(B) Ansal API
(C) IREO
(D) DLF
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(E) None of these


 India’s first floating elementary school is inaugurated in which lake?
(A) Loktak Lake
(B) Jaisamand Lake
(C) Aana Sagar Lake
(D) Nakki Lake
(E) None of these
 Government has allocated Rs crore to India Post
Payments Bank for financial year 2017-18.
(A) 375
(B) 800
(C) 125
(D) 500
(E) None of these
 Who has been elected as the president of the Institute of Chartered
Accountants of India?
(A) Naveen Gupta
(B) Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey
(C) Sandeep Jajodia
(D) Balkrishan Goenka
(E) None of these
 Who has been elected as the president of the Associated Chambers of
Commerce and Industry of India?
(A) Naveen Gupta
(B) Nilesh Shivji Vikamsey
(C) Sandeep Jajodia
(D) Balkrishan Goenka
 Which city is hosting Indian Seed Congress 2017?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Kolkata
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Bhopal
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as Pakistan’s first woman foreign secretary?
(A) Shajia Haque
(B) Ashima Siddiqui
(C) Hina Sheikh
(D) Tehmina Janjua
(E) None of these
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 Which country has banned 7 Muslim countries from entering for 90 days?
(A) UK
(B) USA
(C) Italy
(D) Russia
(E) None of these
 Which Mobile app has been launched to monitor tiger reserves?
(A) M-STRiPES
(B) M-FOReST
(C) M-TiGER
(D) M-MONiTER
(E) None of these
 Who is the “most liked Chief Minister” on social media platforms?
(A) Akhilesh Yadav
(B) Chandrababu Naidu
(C) Aravind Kejariwal
(D) Vasundhara Raje
(E) None of these
 Which company will design and construct 14 Fast Patrol Vessels for the Indian
Coast Guard valued at Rs 916 crore?
(A) Reliance Defence
(B) Jabalpur Vehicle Factory
(C) Assam Coach Factory
(D) Augusta Westland
(E) None of these

 Which service has been launched by Income Tax Department for the
verification of large cash deposits?
(A) Operation Black Money
(B) Operation White Money
(C) Operation Clean Money
(D) Operation Old Money
(E) None of these
 Who has been elected as president of the Table Tennis Federation of
India?
(A) Dushyant Chautala
(B) M.P. Singh
(C) Brijbhushan Singh
(D) Arun Kumar Banerjee
(E) None of these
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 Who has been appointed as the female brand ambassador of Swachh


Bharat Abhiyan?
(A) Deepika Padukone
(B) Priyanka Chopra
(C) Madhuri Dixit
(D) Anushka Sharma
(E) None of these
 Government will build 2 crude oil storages in which of the following
states?
(A) Madhya Pradesh
(B) Gujarat
(C) Odisha
(D) Rajasthan
(E) Both C and D
 Rs 1500 crore defence unit will be set up in which state?
(A) Madhya Pradesh
(B) Gujarat
(C) Odisha
(D) Rajasthan
(E) None of these
 In Union Budget 2017, how much amount has been allocated to
MNREGA?
(A) 48000 Crore
(B) 1,81,223 Crore
(C) 274,114 Crore
(D) 64000 Crore
(E) None of these
 In Union Budget 2017, how much amount has been allocated for highways?
(A) 48000 Crore
(B) 1,81,223 Crore
(C) 274,114 Crore
(D) 64000 Crore
(E) None of these
 In Union Budget 2017, how much amount has been allocated to Defence
sector?
(A) 48000 Crore
(B) 1,81,223 Crore
(C) 274,114 Crore

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(D) 64000 Crore


(E) None of these
 What is the new Income Tax rate for individuals having income between Rs 2.5
lakh to Rs 5 lakh?
(A) 5 per cent
(B) 8 per cent
(C) 10 per cent
(D) 15 per cent
 What is the fiscal deficit target of government for 2017- 18?
(A) 2.3 Percent
(B) 3.3 Percent
(C) 3 Percent
(D) 3.2 Percent
(E) None of these

 Which is the highest ranked Business school in India, according to financial


times survey?
(A) Indian School of Business
(B) Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
(C) Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
(D) Indian Institute of Management, Indore
(E) None of these
 Which country has banned visas of 5 Muslim-majority countries?
(A) Kuwait
(B) Iraq
(C) Iran
(D) Pakistan
(E) None of these
 Which agency will be set up to conduct all entrance examinations for higher
education institutions?
(A) National teaching agency
(B) National training agency
(C) National testing agency
(D) National examination agency
(E) None of these
 The government will pump in Rs crore into public
sector banks (PSBs) in the next financial year.
(A) 30,000
(B) 10,000
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(C) 20,000
(D) 70,000
(E) None of these
 Payments Regulatory Board will be set up
under
(A) SEBI
(B) NPCI
(C) NABARD
(D) RBI
(E) None of these
 What is India is expected GDP growth for 2017-18, according to
HSBC?
(A) 7.3%
(B) 6.9%
(C) 7.1%
(D) 7.2%
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has has turned down the Padma Shri award
recently?
(A) Harkishan Singh
(B) Imrat Khan
(C) Anuradha Koirala
(D) Punam Suri
(E) None of these
 Which of the following airline has won three awards at the Asia One
Awards in Singapore?
(A) Spice jet
(B) Air Asia
(C) Air India
(D) Jet Airways
(E) None of these
 Which is the World’s most valuable brand?
(A) Google
(B) Amazon
(C) Microsoft
(D) Apple
(E) None of these
 Which of the following new bank notes will be in circulation soon?
(A) Rs 1000
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(B) Rs 100
(C) Rs 50
(D) Rs 20
(E) None of these
 What will be the maximum penalty for late filing of income tax returns for the
income level above 5 lakh rupes?
(A) Rs 5000
(B) Rs 10,000
(C) Rs 2000
(D) Rs 1000
(E) None of these
 What will be the maximum penalty for late filing of income tax returns for the
income level below 5 lakh rupes?
(A) Rs 5000 (B) Rs 10,000
(C) Rs 2000
(D) Rs 1000
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as India’s Principal Economic Advisor?
(A) Sanjeev Sanyal
(B) Amitabh Chaudhary
(C) Shaktikanta Das
(D) Ashok Chawla
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as MD and CEO of the National Stock Exchange?
(A) Chitra Ramachandra
(B) Vikram Lavaye
(C) Sujeet Bhattacharya
(D) Aakash Malhotra
(E) None of these
 Joginder Singh passed away recently. He was the former chief of ?
(A) RAW
(B) Indian Army
(C) CBI
(D) Indian Navy
(E) None of these
 According to union budget 2017, what is the maximum limit for the cash
transactions?
(A) Rs 1 Lakh

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(B) Rs 2 Lakh
(C) Rs 3 Lakh
(D) Rs 5 Lakh
(E) None of these
 Which country has launched world's longest flight?
(A) New Zealand
(B) Qatar
(C) UAE
(D) UK
(E) None of these
 World Cancer Day is observed on which date?
(A) 2 February
(B) 3 February
(C) 4 February
(D) 5 February
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary?
(A) Nehru Museum
(B) National Library
(C) Banaras Hindu University
(D) Rail Museum
(E) None of these
 How many fraud websites and applications have been shut down
recently by the Unique Identification Authority of India?
(A) 20
(B) 25
(C) 50
(D) 40
(E) None of these
 Who is the head of the panel to to prepare a Yoga Protocol for
Diabetes Control?
(A) Afzal Amanullah
(B) Anand Kumar Gupta
(C) Rajeev Malhotra
(D) Dr. H.R. Nagendra
(E) None of these

 Which state has recently introduced third gender category in school


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exams?
(A) Punjab
(B) Assam
(C) Karnataka
(D) Bihar
(E) None of these

 What is the theme of the World Cancer Day 2017?


(A) We Can, I Can
(B) We Can, You Can
(C) I Can, You Can
(D) He Can, She Can
(E) None of these

 What percent of penalty will be imposed for receiving cash over Rs 3 lakh?
(A) 25
(B) 50
(C) 75
(D) 100
(E) None of these

 NABARD has approved a scheme for giving


percent incentive on payments made through the Aadhaar Enabled Payment
System to merchants.
(A) 1.0
(B) 0.75
(C) 0.25
(D) 0.5
(E) None of these

 Which city will host women's Asia Cup basketball 2017?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these
 Which city will host Under-16 Women's Asian basketball Championship 2017?
(A) New Delhi
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(B) Mumbai
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 First ever Para training center in India is inaugurated in which city?


(A) Ahmedabad
(B) Gandhinagar
(C) New Delhi
(D) Chandigarh
(E) None of these

 Renowned Novelist Bano Qudsia passed away recently. She was from
which country?
(A) India
(B) Pakistan
(C) Bangladesh
(D) UAE
(E) None of these
 Tribal communities of which state has set up a solar manufacturing
plant with the help of IIT Bombay?
(A) Telangana
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 Which state has launched India’s first Social Innovation centre?


(A) Telangana
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Assam
(E) None of these
 Which state has launched Chief Minister Samagra Gramya Unnayan
Yojana?
(A) Telangana
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Assam

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(E) None of these

 Which state has topped in generating Solar energy in India?


(A) Telangana
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Rajasthan
(D) Assam
(E) None of these

 The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has


suspended the licence of aviation security training facility.
(A) IndiGo
(B) Jet Airways
(C) Spice Jet
(D) Vistara
(E) None of these

 Which Cricketer has been featured on the cover of Wisden 2017 edition?
(A) David Warner
(B) Steve Smith
(C) Joe Root
(D) Virat Kohli
(E) None of these

 Who is the first Indian Cricketer to be featured on the cover of Wisden?


(A) Kapil Dev
(B) Sachin Tendulkar
(C) Sunil Gavaskar
(D) Virat Kohli
(E) None of these

 Who is the author of the book titled “Midnight's Children”?


(A) Salman Rushdie
(B) Arundhati Roy
(C) Arunima Sinha
(D) Ali Smith
(E) None of these

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 Which country has recently celebrated 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations


with India?
(A) UAE
(B) USA
(C) China
(D) Israel
(E) None of these
 Who is the head of RBI committee to review cyber security?
(A) Meena Hemchandra
(B) Lily Wadera
(C) YV Reddy
(D) Nachiket Mor
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the Chairman of National Commission for Scheduled Tribes?
(A) Sudeep Lakhtakia
(B) Nand Kumar Sai
(C) Ajith Kumar
(D) Virendra Singh
(E) None of these
 Who has been given additional charge of Director General of Central Reserve Police
Force?
(A) Sudeep Lakhtakia
(B) Nand Kumar Sai
(C) K Durga Prasad
(D) Krishna Choudhary
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry?


(A) Vikas Swaroop
(B) Gopal Baglay
(C) Nripendra Mishra
(D) Rajan Shah
(E) None of these

 Who is the first woman to be honored BCCI Lifetime Achievement Award?


(A) Shanta Rangaswamy
(B) Diana Edulji
(C) Shobha Pandit
(D) Sharmila Chakraborty
(E) None of these

 'Swachh Shakti Saptah' is launched from which state?


(A) Gujarat
(B) Rajasthan
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(C) Haryana
(D) Uttar Pradesh
(E) None of these

 What is the minimum amount of fine in rupees on holding of more than 10 scrapped notes?
(A) 5000
(B) 10000
(C) 15000
(D) 50000

 Some private banks will charge a minimum amount of Rs…… per transaction for cash
deposits and withdrawals beyond four free transactions in a month?
(A) 50
(B) 100
(C) 125
(D) 150
(E) None of these
 Who has won Polly Umrigar award 2015-16?
(A) Virat Kohli
(B) R Ashwin
(C) Ajinkya Rahane
(D) Ravindra Jadeja
(E) None of these
 Which Indian film has won the Audience Award at the Glasgow Film Festival 2017 ?
A. Aligarh
B. Court
C. Chutney
D. Lipstick Under My Burkha
E. None of these

 Which country will host World Women's Youth Boxing Championship 2017?
(A) Mexico
(B) India
(C) Malaysia
(D) South Korea
(E) None of these
 Who has won men’s 50m free pistol gold medal at the ISSF Shooting World Cup?
(A) Amanpreet Singh
(B) Gagan Narang
(C) Vahid Golkhandan
(D) Jitu Rai
(E) None of these
 Which country has the world's largest Muslim population?
(A) Pakistan
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(B) Israel
(C) Indonesia
(D) UAE

 City of Palmyra is located in which country?


(A) Egypt
(B) Syria
(C) Turkey
(D) Iran
(E) None of these
 Which country will introduce world’s first cyber crime university course?
(A) France
(B) USA
(C) Russia
(D) Australia
 Which city has topped Annual Survey of India’s City- Systems?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Pune
(C) Thiruvananthapuram
(D) Bhubaneswar
 Which state has achieved the maximum number of registrations under the Goods and
Services Tax?
(A) Assam
(B) Karnataka
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these
 Which state has made Sanskrit compulsory in all state board schools till Class VIII?
(A) Assam
(B) Karnataka
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these
 Which state has received most number of domestic tourists in 2016?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) Goa
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Kerala
 Who has been appointed as India’s permanent representative to World Trade
Organization?
(A) J.S. Deepak
(B) B.K. Malhotra
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(C) Kunal Bakhshi


(D) Sunil Goyal
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as head coach of India U-17 Football team?
(A) Baichung Bhutia
(B) Luis Fernando
(C) Terri Walce
(D) Luis Norton de Matos
(E) None of these
 Bakri Hassan Saleh has sworn in as the Prime Minister of
(A) Syria
(B) Sudan
(C) Turkey
(D) Libya

 Which country has hosted 13th Economic Cooperation Organisation Summit 2017?
(A) Pakistan
(B) Sweden
(C) Turkey
(D) Nepal
 Which country has won Most Popular Tourism Destination Award?
(A) Switzerland
(B) Sri Lanka
(C) France
(D) Malaysia
(E) None of these
 Foal Eagle is a military exercise between which two countries?
(A) France-US
(B) US-South Korea
(C) Russia-US
(D) Australia-Russia
(E) None of these
 Which city has ranked 21st in the City Wealth Index?
(A) Mumbai
(B) New Delhi
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these
 World Wildlife Day is observed on which date?
(A) 1 March
(B) 2 March
(C) 3 March
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(D) 4 March

 Which state will host river festival ‘Namami Brahmaputra’?


(A) Assam
(B) Karnataka
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these
 BIRAC Regional Entrepreneurship Centre will be established in which city?
(A) Hyderabad
(B) Bengaluru
(C) Chennai
(D) Thiruvananthapuram
(E) None of these
 Which country will host 10th International Conference on Theory and Practice of
Electronic Governance?
(A) China
(B) USA
(C) India
(D) Japan
 Which state has launched Tirtha Darshan scheme?
(A) Uttarakhand
(B) Himachal Pradesh
(C) Gujarat
(D) Haryana
(E) None of these

 What amount has been allotted for the scheme to treat cataract patients?
(A) 550 Crore
(B) 665 Crore
(C) 756 Crore
(D) 874 Crore
(E) None of these
 India has targeted to eliminate the cataract by which year?
(A) 2021
(B) 2022
(C) 2019
(D) 2020
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting National Coference on Jal Kranti Abhiyan?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Chennai
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(C) Bengaluru
(D) New Delhi
(E) None of these
 Which organisation has signed MoU with National Mission for Clean Ganga for the
Success of Namami Gange?
(A) DRDO
(B) National Green Tribunal
(C) Rotary India
(D) BEML
(E) None of these
 Who is the author of the book titled “Numbers Do Lie, 61 Hidden Cricket Stories”?
(A) Deep Das Gupta
(B) Aakash Chopra
(C) Ajay Jadeja
(D) Sunil Gavaskar
(E) None of these
 Which city is organising National Conference on Innovation in Educational
Administration?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Chennai
(C) Bengaluru
(D) New Delhi
(E) None of these
 India has hoisted the nation's tallest flag from which border?
(A) Wagah Border
(B) India-China Border
(C) India-Nepal Border
(D) India-Bhutan Border
 What is the new name of Tirupati Airport?
(A) Taraka Rama Rao Airport
(B) Amaravati Airport
(C) Sri Venkateswara Airport
(D) Nandamuri Airport
(E) None of these
 Which state has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Google India for
digitisation?
(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Telangana
(D) Madhya Pradesh
 Ola has signed an agreement with which state to impart training to about 25,000 people?
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(A) Andhra Pradesh


(B) Tamilnadu
(C) Telangana
(D) Madhya Pradesh
(E) None of these

 Who has won 30th Moortidevi award ?


(A) Surendra Verma
(B) M P Veerendra Kumar
(C) Om Thanavi
(D) Brijesh Vyas
(E) None of these
 Who has won Dubai open tennis title 2017?
(A) Andy Murray
(B) Fernando Verdasco
(C) Sam Querrey
(D) Rafael Nadal
(E) None of these

 Who has won Mexican open tennis title 2017?


(A) Andy Murray
(B) Fernando Verdasco
(C) Sam Querrey
(D) Rafael Nadal
(E) None of these

 What is the name of the military exercise between India and Oman?
(A) Indra
(B) Surya Kiran
(C) Garuda Shakti
(D) Nagah
(E) None of these
 India will train which country’s navy?
(A) Malaysia
(B) Indonesia
(C) Myanmar
(D) Sri Lanka
(E) None of these
 In which year, INS Viraat was inducted in Indian Navy?
(A) 1958
(B) 1987
(C) 1997
(D) 1982
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(E) None of these

 Which is the first Indian university to be ranked among top 10 in world?


A. IIT Guwahati
B. Delhi University
C. IISc Bangalore
D. Savitribai Phule University
 Which city is hosting ' Destination North East- 2017' ?
A. Patna
B. Jaipur
C. Chandigarh
D. Imphal

 Which state is celebrating 'Bhagoria' festival?


(A) Madhya Pradesh
(B)Gujarat
(C)Rajasthan
(D)Uttar Pradesh
(E)None of these

 What is the name of the military exercise between India and Nepal?
(A) Indra
(B)Surya Kiran
(C)Garuda Shakti
(D)Nagah

 What is the theme of International Women's Day 2017 ?


(A) Be Bold For Change
(B)Equality For Women Is Progress For All
(C)Empowering Women, Empowering Humanity
(D)Empower Rural Women

 India will organize its first mobile congress in which month?


(A) March
(B)June
(C)August
(D)September
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 Which city is hosting 11th North East Business summit ?


(A) New Delhi
(B)Mumbai
(C)Hyderabad
(D)Chandigarh

 Which state has launched 'Pratibimba' to highlight achievement ?

A. Kerala
B. Karnataka
C. Gujarath
D. Assam
E. None of these

 Who has been awarded with Harvard Foundation 'Artist of the Year' award?

(A) Emma Watson


(B) Angelina Jolly
(C) Viola Davis
(D) Christina Stewart
(E) None of these

 Rene Preval has passed away recently. He was the former president of which country?
(A) Sudan
(B) Serbia
(C) Somalia
(D) Haiti
(E) None of these

 'Mera Hunar ' mobile App has been launched by which state in india ?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) Bihar
(C) Himachal Pradesh
(D) Goa
(E) Madhya Pradesh
 Who has been honoured with the 26th Saraswati Samman 2016 ?
(A) Padma Sachdev
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(B) Govind Mishra


(C) Veerappa Moily
(D) Sugathakumari
(E) Mahabaleshwar Sail

 Which Indian Institute of Technology has won the 2017 IEEE Spectrum Technology in the
Service of Society Award for its solar-direct current (DC) inverter system ?
(A) IIT Kharagpur
(B) IIT Bombay
(C) IIT Kanpur
(D) IIT Madras
(E) IIT Delhi
 Recently in the Indian Navy which water jet fast attack craft has been commissioned ?
(A) INS Tillanchang
(B) INS Vikrant
(C) INS Arihant
(D) INS Kochi
(E) INS Sindhuraj
 Which country ‘s Constitutional Court did vote unanimously to remove the country’s
President, Park Geun-hye, from office ?
(A) North Korea
(B) South korea
(C) Cuba
(D) Taiwan
(E) Denmark
 Where did the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukheijee inaugurate the 12th CII-EXIM
Bank Conclave on India Africa Project Partnership ?
(A) Mumbai
(B) New Delhi
(C) Bhopal
(D) Bengaluru
(E) Hyderabad
 Which city has hosted International Vision Zero Conference?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Chennai
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these
 Which of the following week was observed from March 4 to 10, 2017?
(A) National Productivity Week
(B) National Safety Week
(C) National Awareness Week
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(D) National Voters Week


(E) None of these

 What is the new limit of NBFC cash loan against gold?


(A) 25000
(B) 30000
(C) 15000
(D) 35000
(E) None of these

 Who is the official ambassador by ICC women’s world cup 2017?


(A) VVS Laxman
(B) Sourav Ganguly
(C) Rahul Dravid
(D) Sachin Tendulkar
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the Chairman of Central Water Commission?
(A) Narendra Kumar
(B) Ajith Kumar
(C) Narendra Tomar
(D) Sunil Bansal
(E) None of these

 India's largest municipal waste to power plant was inaugurated in which city?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Chennai
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these
 Exhibition “Revolutionary Patriots (1905-1947)” was Inaugurated in Which city?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Chennai
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these
 Which party has won highest seats in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections 2017?
(A) Bharatiya Janata Party
(B) Aam Aadmi Party
(C) Indian National Congress
(D) Samajwadi Party
(E) None of these
 India’s largest Floating Solar PV Plant is installed in which state?
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(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Rajasthan
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these

 Manjeev Singh Puri as has been appointed as India’s next envoy to which country?
(A) Sri Lanka
(B) Bhutan
(C) Nepal
(D) Pakistan
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has won best film award at Zee Cine Awards 2017?
(A) Dangal
(B) Pink
(C) Sultan
(D) Neeija
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has won best female actor award at Zee Cine Awards 2017?
(A) Sonam Kapoor
(B) Aalia Bhatt
(C) Yami Gautam
(D) Priyanka Chopra
(E) None of these

 Which country will observe 25 March as Genocide Day?


(A) Bangladesh
(B) Sri Lanka
(C) Pakistan
(D) Afghanistan
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the Chief Justice of Madhya Pradesh High Court?
(A) Navaniti Prasad Singh
(B) Hemant Gupta
(C) Rajendra Menon
(D) Pradip Kumar Mohanty
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the Chief Justice of Jharkhand High Court?
(A) Navaniti Prasad Singh
(B) Hemant Gupta
(C) Rajendra Menon
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(D) Pradip Kumar Mohanty

 Which railway has launched a rail ambulance?


(A) North Western Railway
(B) Central Railway
(C) South East Railway
(D) South Central Railway
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as a Deputy Governor in Reserve Bank of India recently?
(A) R Gandhi
(B) BP Kanungo
(C) Nachiket Mor
(D) Arvind Subramaniam
(E) None of these

 Which is the world’s best city to live in?


(A) Vienna
(B) Durban
(C) San Francisco
(D) London
(E) None of these
 What is the new limit of cash withdrawal from savings bank account from 13 March 2017?

(A) 25000
(B) 20000
(C) 35000
(D) 50000
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the leader of the legislature party in Manipur?
(A) Biren Singh
(B) Keshav Prasad Maurya
(C) Dinesh Singh
(D) Ashish Choudhary
(E) None of these
 Who will be the new Chief Minister of Goa?
(A) Laxmikanth Parsekar
(B) Manohar Parrikar
(C) Biren Singh
(D) Amit Shah
(E) None of these

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 Who has won men’s single title of All England Badminton


Championship 2017?
(A) Kevin Sukamuljo
(B) Lee Chong Wei
(C) Marcus Gideon
(D) Lu Kai
(E) None of these
 World Consumer Rights day is observed on which date?
(A) 12 March
(B) 13 March
(C) 14 March
(D) 15 March
(E) None of these
 Which is the best Indian city to live in according to Mercer index?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Pune
(C) Chandigarh
(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these
 Which state has launched a Rs 10 crore fund for women entrepreneurs?
(A) Telangana
(B) Karnataka
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Tamilnadu
(E) None of these
 Which state has launched ‘KCR Kit’ scheme for pregnant women?
(A) Telangana
(B) Karnataka
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Tamilnadu
(E) None of these

 Which bank has won Official language policy award for 2015-16?
(A) Punjab National Bank
(B) Central Bank of India
(C) UCO Bank
(D) Corporation Bank
(E) None of these
 Which solar plant will receive a loan from World Bank?
(A) Kamuthi Solar Power Plant
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(B) Sakri Solar Plant


(C) Rewa Solar Plant
(D) Welspun Solar Plant
(E) None of these

 ‘Blue Revolution’ is related with


(A) Milk
(B) Agriculture
(C) Fish
(D) Water
(E) None of these
 Which state has launched 'Namma Canteen'?

(A) Telangana
(B) Karnataka
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Tamilnadu
(E) None of these

 Who has been elected as the 26th chief minister of Punjab?


(A) Navjot Singh Siddhu
(B) Bhagwant Maan
(C) Amrinder Singh
(D) Prakash Singh Badal
(E) None of these
 Who has been elected as the chief minister of Manipur?
(A) N Biren Singh
(B) Manohar Parrikar
(C) Okram Ibobi Singh
(D) Irom Sharmila
(E) None of these
 “My Story” is an Autobiography of which cricketer?
(A) Rickey Ponting
(B) Matthew Hayden
(C) Steve Waugh
(D) Michael Clarke
(E) None of these
 Which is the top ranked Asian University in Times Higher Education Asia University
Rankings 2017?
(A) Veltech University
(B) Singapore National University
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(C) Peking University


(D) Indian Institute of Science
(E) None of these

 Which is the top ranked Indian University (27th) in Times Higher Education Asia
University Rankings 2017 ?

A. Veltech University, Chennai


B. IIT Bombay
C. IIT Madras
D. Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
E. None of these

 India has signed a 'call for action' with WHO to end the TB by which year?
(A) 2022
(B) 2025
(C) 2030
(D) 2050
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting 6th Indian Engineering Sourcing Show?
(A) Chennai
(B) Mumbai
(C) New Delhi
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these

 Who is the new Chairman of National Commission for Safai Karamcharis?


(A) Dalip Kallu Hathibed
(B) Manju Diler
(C) Manhar Valji Bhai Zala
(D) Narendra Kumar
(E) None of these
 Which country is hosting Meeting of Finance Ministers & Central Bank Governors of G-
20?
(A) China
(B) South Korea
(C) Germany
(D) France
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in women in politics report 2017?
(A) 125
(B) 148
(C) 118
(D) 141
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(E) None of these

 Which country has granted same legal rights to a river as human being ?
(A) Finland
(B) Austria
(C) New Zealand
(D) Canada
(E) None of these
 Which state is hosting International Conference on “Universities of The Future”?
(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Maharashtra
(C) Gujarat
(D) Haryana
(E) None of these
 First Airbus Training Centre in Asia will be set up in Which city?
(A) Chennai
(B) Mumbai
(C) New Delhi
(D) Bengaluru
(E) None of these
 Which is the first police post in India to be linked with Crime and Criminal Tracking
Network and Systems?
(A) Sanjauli
(B) Majuli
(C) Deogarh
(D) Anantpur
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been appointed to the governing body of the Sports Authority
of India?
(A) Jwala Gutta
(B) Papa Rao
(C) Ashwini Ponnapa
(D) Both A and B
(E) None of these
 Who is the author of the book titled “Tout pour la France”?
(A) Nicolas Sarkozy
(B) Vladimir Putin
(C) Francois Hollande
(D) Dmitry Medvedev
(E) None of these
 Which day has been recognised by Kansas as Indian- American Appreciation Day?
(A) 18 March
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(B) 15 March
(C) 16 March
(D) 14 March
(E) None of these

 Which country’s research centre has signed an agreement with Indian Railways recently?
(A) New Zealand
(B) Canada
(C) Japan
(D) Australia
(E) None of these
 Who has sworn in as the 32nd Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh?
(A) Aditya Nath
(B) Keshav Prasad Maurya
(C) Dinesh Sharma
(D) Manoj Sinha
(E) None of these
 How many Indian women have won ‘Women Icons’ award in Singapore recently?
(A) 11
(B) 10
(C) 14
(D) 8
(E) None of these

 What is the name of First fully India-made train?


(A) Antyodaya
(B) Humsafar
(C) Medha
(D) Gatimaan
(E) None of these
 Amitabh Bachchan has recently launched the World’s first mobile App on__
(A) Cancer
(B) Breast Health
(C) TB
(D) Polio
(E) None of these
 Rashtriya Vayoshri Yojna' is related to
(A) Minorities
(B) Senior Citizens
(C) Farmers
(D) Education
(E) None of these
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 Who is the first Indian cricketer to face more than 500 balls in a test innings?
(A) Rahul Dravid
(B) Cheteshwar Pujara
(C) Virat Kohli
(D) Murali Vijay
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as ambassador of Blind Cricket World Cup 2018?
(A) Shahid Afridi
(B) Rahul Dravid
(C) Sachin Tendulkar
(D) Inzmam Ul Haq
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in World Happiness Report 2017?
(A) 122
(B) 155
(C) 80
(D) 102
(E) None of these
 Which country has topped Global Health Index 2017?
(A) Singapore
(B) Iceland
(C) Italy
(D) Denmark
(E) None of these
 Which rivers have been declared living entities by the Uttarakhand High Court recently?
(A) Ganga and Brahmaputra
(B) Yamuna and Brahmaputra
(C) Ganga and Saraswati
(D) Ganga and Yamuna
(E) None of these
 Who has topped Forbes India Celebrity rich list 2016?
(A) Shahrukh Khan
(B) Akshay Kumar
(C) Virat Kohli
(D) Salman Khan
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting National Conference on “Empowering Deaf Through Indian Sign
Language”?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Bengaluru
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(C) New Delhi


(D) Chennai
(E) None of these

 Presently how many billionaires are there in India, according to Forbes?


(A) 97
(B) 100
(C) 101
(D) 105
(E) None of these
 Which Bank has launched 'Mera iMobile' app for rural customers?
(A) ICICI Bank
(B) Axis Bank
(C) HDFC Bank
(D) Yes Bank
(E) None of these
 Which team has won Vijay Hazare Trophy 2017?
(A) Tamilnadu
(B) Mumbai
(C) Gujarat
(D) Bengal
(E) None of these
 According to Economist Intelligence Unit Report 2017, which is the most expensive city in
the world to live in?
(A) Singapore
(B) London
(C) Hong Kong
(D) Beijing
(E) None of these
 Which city has organised Second India-UAE conference on globalisation?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Dubai
(D) Abu Dhabi
(E) None of these
 World Water Day is observed on which date?
(A) 19 March
(B) 20 March
(C) 22 March
(D) 21 March
(E) None of these
 What is the theme of International Day of Forests 2017?
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(A) We and Forests


(B) Forests and Water
(C) Forests and Energy
(D) Forests and Nature
(E) None of these

 Who has been appointed as the Interim Director General of the International Solar
Alliance?
(A) Upendra Tripathy
(B) Narendra Kumar
(C) Rajeev Bansal
(D) Nitin Kothari
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Gatorade?
(A) Virat Kohli
(B) MC Marykom
(C) Saina Nehwal
(D) PV Sindhu
(E) None of these
 Recently, who has been appointed as a Whole-Time Member of Security and Exchange
Board of India?
(A) BP Kanungo
(B) Madhabi Puri Buch
(C) Dharmesh Shukla
(D) Nandita Sahni
(E) None of these
 Who has become number one bowler in ICC test ranking replacing Ravi Ashwin?
(A) Ravindra Jadeja
(B) Rangana Herath
(C) James Anderson
(D) Michel Stark
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in Human Development Index 2016?
(A) 122
(B) 120
(C) 129
(D) 130
(E) 131
 Which country has topped in Human Development Index 2016?
(A) Singapore
(B) Iceland
(C) Switzerland
(D) Norway
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(E) None of these

 Which city has hosted the 3rd edition of State AYUSH/Health Ministers’ Conference?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Hyderabad
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these
 India’s longest highway tunnel which is to be inaugurated on April 2, is in which state?
(A) Uttarakhand
(B) Chhattisgarh
(C) Jammu-Kashmir
(D) Himachal Pradesh
(E) None of these
 Joint cycling expedition of Bangladesh and Indian army was recently flagged off from
which city?
(A) Kolkata
(B) Agartala
(C) Dhanbad
(D) Udhampur
(E) None of these
 Which is going to become India's first carbon neutral district?
(A) Gandhinagar
(B) Dispur
(C) Thane
(D) Majuli
(E) None of these

 Asian Development Bank has approved $350 million loan for improving about 1,500
kilometers of major district roads in which state?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) Madhya Pradesh
(C) Bihar
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these
 What is India’s rank in energy architecture performance index?
(A) 90
(B) 87
(C) 44
(D) 71
(E) None of these

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 World Tuberculosis day is observed on which date?


(A) 21 March
(B) 22 March
(C) 23 March
(D) 24 March
(E) None of these
 How many new affordable houses have been approved recently under Pradhan Mantri
Awas Yojana?
(A) 1.17 Lakh
(B) 1.25 Lakh
(C) 1.71 Lakh
(D) 1.75 Lakh
(E) None of these
 Which city has hosted 3rd International Conference on Alternate Fuels and Raw Materials
in Cement Industry?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Kolkata
(C) Patna
(D) Bhopal
(E) None of these
 Which state has topped in linking Aadhaar Card to Jan Dhan Accounts?
(A) Tripura
(B) Assam
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as part-time Chairman of the Catholic Syrian bank?
(A) Usha Anantasubramanian
(B) R Subramanium
(C) T N Manoharan
(D) T S Anantharaman
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has won double trap gold in ISSF Shooting World Cup in Mexico?
(A) Heena Sidhu
(B) Jitu Rai
(C) Ankur Mittal
(D) Gagan Narang
(E) None of these
 Who has topped Fortune's 50 greatest leaders of the world list?
(A) Indira Nooyi
(B) Marry Bara
(C) Jeff Bezos
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(D) Theo Epstein


(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting 33rd India Carpet Expo?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Mumbai
(C) Bengaluru
(D) Chennai
(E) None of these

 Which state has signed MoU with SBI to provide housing loan at subsidised interest rates
to its employees?
(A) Tripura
(B) Rajasthan
(C) Andhra Pradesh
(D) Assam
(E) None of these
 Which state will get 100 million US Dollar from World Bank to improve quality of health
care services?
(A) Uttarakhand
(B) Uttar Pradesh
(C) Bihar
(D) Punjab
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been awarded with lifetime achievement award for
photography?
(A) Vatsal Raj
(B) Rajendra Seth
(C) Raghu Raj
(D) Kunal Sardesai
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been featured in Fortune's 50 greatest leaders of the world list?
(A) Aditya Puri
(B) Chanda Kochar
(C) Shikha Sharma
(D) Arundhati Bhattacharya
 Earth Hour 2017 was observed on which date?
(A) 24 March
(B) 25 March
(C) 26 March
(D) 27 March
(E) None of these

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 Which city has recently organized a Conference on 'Make in India'?


(A) Houston
(B) Los Angeles
(C) Chicago
(D) New York
(E) None of these
 Which company will start 'Dilli Darshan' chopper rides?
(A) Vectra
(B) Pawan Hans
(C) Himalayan Heli
(D) Hindustan Aeronautics
(E) None of these
 What will be the new name of Central Board of Excise and Customs?
(A) Central Board of Indirect Taxes and Excise
(B) Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs
(C) Central Board of Taxes & Customs
(D) Central Board of direct Taxes & Customs
(E) None of these
 Which University will host 105th Indian Science Congress?
(A) Osmania University
(B) Banaras Hindu University
(C) Aligarh Muslim University
(D) Jamia University
(E) None of these
 Which city is hosting National Conference on Down Syndrome?
(A) Mumbai
(B) Bengaluru
(C) New Delhi
(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these
 Who is the first woman combat officer in Border Security Force?
(A) Kirti Saraswat
(B) Padmalaxmi Rawat
(C) Aarti Singhania
(D) Tanushree Pareek
(E) None of these

 Which country has become the third largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger
traffic, beating Japan?
A. India
B. China
C. Brezil
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D. South Africa
E. None of these

 Which country is the largest aviation market in terms of domestic passenger traffic?
(A) China
(B) USA
(C) Australia
(D) South Africa
(E) None of these
 Which state has registered maximum Human Trafficking Cases in 2016?
(A) Rajasthan
(B) West Bengal
(C) Gujarat
(D) Bihar
(E) None of these

 Which city will host third meeting of G-20 framework working group?
(A) Vadodara
(B) Ahmedabad
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Varanasi
(E) None of these

 Which team has won Santosh Trophy 2017?


(A) Goa
(B) Maharashtra
(C) Bengal
(D) Kerala
(E) None of these

 Which of the following has taken most wickets in a test session?


(A) Dale Steyn
(B) Muttiah Muralitharan
(C) Curtly Ambrose
(D) Ravichandran Ashwin
(E) None of these

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 Which city has hosted International Diamond Conference 2017?


(A) Surat
(B) Rajkot
(C) Mumbai
(D) Pune
(E) None of these
(A) None of these

 Which of the following has been awarded with Kala Ratan Award?
(A) Anupam Kher
(B) Manoj Bajpai
(C) Nasiruddin Shah
(D) Nawajuddin Siddiqui
(E) None of these

 Shaun Tait announced his retirement from all forms of cricket recently. He is from which
country?
(A) South Africa
(B) Australia
(C) England
(D) New Zealand

 Which city will host FIFA U-17 world cup final?


(A) Mumbai
(B) Goa
(C) Kolkata
(D) New Delhi
(E) None of these

 India won __ medals in 2017 Special Olympics


World Winter Games?
(A) 68
(B) 37
(C) 54
(D) 73
(E) None of these

 Which city is hosting ‘National tribal and north east art conclave’?

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(A) New Delhi


(B) Guwahati
(C) Shillong
(D) Bhopal
(E) None of these

 Which is the first state to bring banking to remote rural areas through Self Help Groups?
(A) Punjab
(B) Bihar
(C) Odisha
(D) Gujarat
(E) None of these

 Competition Commission of India (CCI) has imposed a


penalty of Rs __ crore upon Coal India Limited?
(A) 591.01
(B) 561.25
(C) 571.31
(D) 539.01
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been inducted into the international advisory board of global
think-tank The Atlantic Council recently?
(A) Mukesh Ambani
(B) Anil Ambani
(C) Ratan Tata
(D) Anand Mahindra
(E) None of these
 Which city will host men's Hockey World Cup 2018?
(A) Bhubaneswar
(B) Kolkata
(C) New Delhi
(D) Hyderabad
(E) None of these
 Which committee was set up for enhancing the combat potential of India’s armed forces?
(A) Madhukar Gupta Committee
(B) DB Shekatkar Committee
(C) CB Valmiki Committee
(D) Jayant Deshmukh Committee
(E) None of these
 From which date, Bharat Stage IV norms will be implemented?
(A) 31 March 2017
(B) 1 April 2017
(C) 1 July 2017
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(D) 31 December 2017


(E) None of these

 Which of the following has been exited from travel portal Musafir.com as an investor?
(A) Anil Kumble
(B) Rahul Dravid
(C) Virendra Sehwag
(D) Sachin Tendulkar

 Which country has conferred honorary Military Rank to Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat?
(A) Nepal
(B) Bhutan
(C) Maldives
(D) Myanmar
(E) None of these
 Which of the following country has recently joined the
International Energy Agency as an associate member?
(A) Pakistan
(B) India
(C) Sri Lanka
(D) Nepal
(E) None of these
 Which state is organising ‘Namami Brahmaputra’ Festival?
(A) Uttar Pradesh
(B) West Bengal
(C) Meghalaya
(D) Assam
(E) None of these
 Which state is first in construction of houses for urban poor?
(A) Gujarat
(B) Rajasthan
(C) Tamilnadu
(D) Maharashtra
(E) None of these
 Who has been appointed as the chairperson of Central Board of Excise and Customs?
(A) Najib Shah
(B) Sunaina Singh
(C) Alka Sirohi
(D) Vanaja N Sarna
(E) None of these
 Which of the following has been named as Asian Hockey Player of Year?
(A) PR Shreejesh
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(B) SV Sunil
(C) Sohail Butt
(D) Harmanpreet Singh
(E) None of these

 Which city will host the Asian Athletics Championships 2017?


(A) New Delhi
(B) Kochi
(C) Ranchi
(D) Bhubaneswar
(E) None of these
 Who is the author of the book titled 'Zakir Hussain: A Life for Music’?
(A) Taslima Nasrin
(B) Nasreen Munni Kabir
(C) Meghna Pant
(D) Smriti Jadhav
(E) None of these
 Who is the author of the book titled “Indian Railway - The weaving of a National
Tapestry”?
(A) Bibek Debroy
(B) Sanjay Chadha
(C) Vidya Krishnamurthi
(D) All of the above

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S1 – Imp Questions:

Q.1) ‘Asali Tarakki’ is associated with which of the following?


a) Swachh Bharat Mission
b) Beti Bachao Beti Padhao
c) Deen Dayal Antyodaya Yojana
d) Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Vikas Yojana

 Asali Tarakki (Real development) is aimed at sanitising 6 cities of the National capital
Region(NCR)
 Around 450 young have been selected to spread awareness on Swacch Bharat Mission.

2) Which of the following statements about National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is/are correct?
1. It is attached to Ministry of Home Affairs
2. Crime and Criminal Tracking Networks and Systems (CCTNS) is being implemented by NCRB
3. Vahan Samnavay, a motor vehicle coordination e-service is developed by NCRB
Select the correct code:
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

 National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) is an attached office of the Ministry of Home Affairs
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 Vision: To empower Indian Police with Information Technology to enable them to effectively
enforce the law and improve public service delivery.

 The MHA has entrusted NCRB with a renewed mandate for the Crime and Criminal Tracking
Network & Systems (CCTNS) Project.
 In its endeavor of Public Service Delivery the Bureau has released its Motor Vehicle Coordination
e-service, named “Vahan Samanvay”. This is an excellent citizen centric interface for verification
of the status of a motor vehicle (stolen or not) before negotiating for a pre-owned vehicle or
recovery status of a stolen vehicle. This also facilitates law enforcement agencies and RTOs
while checking the credentials of any vehicle.

Q.3) Panglong Agreement is concerned with which of the following countries?


a) North Korea and South Korea
b) Burma (now Myanmar)
c) Vietnam
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d) Cambodia

 The Panglong Agreement was reached in Panglong, Southern Shan State, between the Burmese
government under Aung San and the Shan, Kachin, and Chin peoples on 12 February 1947.
 The agreement accepted "Full autonomy in internal administration for the Frontier Areas" in
principle and envisioned the creation of a Kachin State by the Constituent Assembly. It
continued the financial relations established between the Shan states and the Burmese federal
government, and envisioned similar arrangements for the Kachin Hills and the Chin Hills.
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Q.4) Which among the following are a part of core industries?


1. Fertilizers
2. Refinery Products
3. Natural Gas
4. Iron
5. Cement
6. Electricity
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a) 1,2,4,5 and 6
b) 1,2,3,4 and 6
c) 1,2,3,5 and 6
d) 1,2,3,4,5 and 6

There are eight core sector industries - Coal, Crude Oil, Natural Gas, Refinery Products,
Fertilizers, Steel (Note: No Iron or Iron ore), Cement and Electricity.

Q.5) This city hosts the headquarters of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Identify the city.
a) New York
b) Paris
c) Brussels
d) London
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S2 – Imp Questions:

Q.1) Recently Union Cabinet approved a scheme to grant Permanent Residency Status
(PRS) to foreign investors. Consider the following statements with respect to same.
1. It will serve as a multiple entry visa without any stay stipulation
2. The foreign investor will have to invest a minimum of Rs. 10 crores to be brought
within 18 months to be eligible for this scheme

Select the correct statements


a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None

The Union Cabinet under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has
approved the scheme for grant of Permanent Residency Status (PRS) to foreign investors
subject to the relevant conditions as specified in the FDI Policy notified by the Government
from time to time.
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Under the Scheme, suitable provisions will be incorporated in the Visa Manual to provide
for the grant of PRS to foreign investors.

The PRS will be granted for a period of 10 years with multiple entry. This can be reviewed
for another 10 years if the PRS holder has not come to adverse notice.
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The scheme will be applicable only to foreign investors fulfilling the prescribed eligibility
conditions, his/her spouse and dependents.

 In order to avail this scheme, the foreign investor will have to invest a minimum of Rs. 10 crores
to be brought within 18 months or Rs.25 crores to be brought within 36 months.
 Further, the foreign investment should result in generating employment to at least 20 resident
Indians every financial year.
 Permanent Residency Status will be granted for a period of 10 years initially with
multiple entry facility, which can be renewed for another 10 years.
 PRS will serve as a multiple entry visa without any stay stipulation and PRS holders will be
exempted from the registration requirements.
 PRS holders will be allowed to purchase one residential property for dwelling purpose.
 The spouse/ dependents of the PRS holder will be allowed to take up employment in private
sector (in relaxation to salary stipulations for Employment Visa) and undertake studies in
India.
 The scheme is expected to encourage foreign investment in India and facilitate Make in
India Programme.

Q.2) Logistics Performance Index (LPI) is released by


a) World Bank
b) World Trade Organisation (WTO)
c) International Monetary Fund (IMF)
d) International Chamber of Commerce
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 The World Bank has recently released a Logistics Performance Index (LPI) 2016 report titled
“Connecting to Complete 2016”.
 The Logistics Performance Index Report is published by World Bank every two years.
 India has now been ranked 35 amongst 160 countries compared to rank of 54 in LPI 2014. This is
a jump of 19 places.

Components of the LPI –


1. Customs
2. Infrastructure
3. International Shipments
4. Logistics Quality and Competence
5. Tracking and Tracing
6. Timeliness

Q.3) Central trade unions have called a nationwide strike today (2 September, 2016) to
protest the government’s announcement of a hike in minimum wages for workers.
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Consider the following in regard to minimum wages and choose the incorrect statement:
a) States may notify minimum wages only if there are more than 1,000 workers in a
particular employment.
b) National Floor Level Minimum Wage has a statutory backing, which makes it
mandatory for states to fix minimum wages at not less than the National Floor Level
Minimum Wage.
c) Currently the National Floor Level Minimum Wage stands at Rs 160 per day.
d) None

 Based on the recommendations of the National Commission on Rural Labour in 1991, a


National Floor Level Minimum Wage was proposed in order to have a uniform wage
structure across the country.
 In 1996, the National Floor Level Minimum Wage was fixed at Rs 35 per day, which was
revised in subsequent years and currently stands at Rs 160 per day.
 Since the the National Floor Level Minimum Wage does not have statutory backing, it is not
mandatory for states — although they are advised to fix minimum wages at not less than the
National Floor Level Minimum Wage.
 Some states such as Kerala and Delhi already have a higher minimum wage for
unskilled labourers than what has been announced by the government, but in the absence of
legal backing, the lowest minimum wage can drop very low.
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Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to Asian Infrastructure Investment
Bank (AIIB)
1. It is aimed at supporting the building of infrastructure projects in Asia -Pacific region
2. It is headquartered at Singapore
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is an international financial institution that aims
to support the building of infrastructure in the Asia-Pacific region.
 The bank has 57 member states (all "Founding Members") and was proposed as an initiative by
the government of China.
 It is headquarted at Beijing, China.
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Q.5) This tool allows developing countries to raise tariffs temporarily to deal with import
surges or price falls. Identify the tool from the following options:
a) Special Drawing Rights
b) Special Safeguard mechanism
c) GATT
d) National Treatment Obligation

Tariff barriers

 Tariff = A government tax on imports or exports


 When Indian Govt. puts heavy import duty / custom duty on Foreign Products – either that import item becomes very costly so people
will buy desi* items. (and there will be smuggling of foreign items! Like Gold watches/ perfumes etc in the 80s.) *Desi= domestic /
indian
 This protects domestic players. (= industrialists/ businessmen.) from competition from foreign players.

Non-Tariff barriers

 When Desi players are given subsidies / preference over the foreign players by Govt. of India.
 For example,
 when Govt. is buying some phones/ Xerox Machines, in the tender it’ll mention that only Domestic companies can fill the tender.
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 making polices in such a way that its hard for foreign player to start factory / introduce his product in India
 Intentionally setting the Quality standards so high that certain players can’t sell their products here.
 Here no tariff (=tax/money) is involved but still there is a barrier for foreign players. That’s why its called Non-Tariff barrier.

what was happening before WTO?

 Nations would put heavy custom duties on foriegn items. (to protect the domestic / Swadeshi industries)- this is called ‘protectionism /
Tarrif Barriers’
 this all sounds good from patriotic point but
 When there is less competition – products will be expansive & customer won’t have much choice. for Example….. compare-
 prices of Mobiles in 1999, with current prices!
 features of current mobiles with 1999 (was there any MP3, radio,Camera, Color Screen etc features, if yes- how expensive was it!)
 talk-time plans (in 1999 it was about 7 Rs./minute + incoming wasn’t free, now its around 50 Paisa / minute + Free incoming/)

Today we have this fun, because of globalization + import of foreign products & Govt. doesn’t put high custom / import tax on it. (no high tarrif
barriers)

So, The Primary objective of WTO is to remove the tarrif barriers / Custom duties. = integrate all nations in international economy.

Special Drawing Rights:


 Special Drawing Rights are international reserve assets created by IMF in 1969 to complement gold and US
Dollar in the reserve assets of its member countries.

 It is not a floating currency and cannot be sold or purchased in the international currency market, but only
used to settle the inter se accounts of the member countries through books.
 The value of SDR is based on a basket of currencies namely US Dollar, Euro, Pound Sterling, Japanese Yen
and added - Yuan (Renminbi).

'General Agreement On Tariffs And Trade - GATT'


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 The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was formed soon after World War
II ended.
 The GATT was a trade treaty implemented to boost economic recovery.
 The primary purpose of GATT was to increase
inc international trade through by eliminating
or reducing various tariffs, quotas and subsidies while maintaining meaningful
regulations.
 GATT became law on Jan. 1, 1948, once it was signed by 23 countries.


 GATT was refined over decades and eventually led to the 123 countries creating
the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Jan. 1, 1995
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S3 – Imp Questions

Q.1) Recently the National Green Tribunal gave its nod for Vizhinjam seaport project.
Where is that port located?
a) Kerala
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Andaman & Nicobar
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d) Andhra Pradesh

 The Vizhinjam International Seaport is located at Arabian Sea in Thiruvananthapuram,


Kerala.
 The port is owned by Government of Kerala.

National Green tribunal:

 National Green Tribunal is a statutory body established by a Government Notification


using the powers of Section 3 of the NGT Act 2010. It has replaced National Environment
Appellate Authority.
 Appointment of members is done by Central Government.
 Chairperson of NGT is appointed by the Central Government in consultation with the
Chief Justice of India.
 Judicial Members and Expert Members ofthe Tribunal are appointed on the
recommendations of such Selection Committee.
 Chairperson, Judicial Member and Expert Member hold office for 5 years.
 Maximum age of the chairman 70 years if he has been a Supreme Court Judge and 67
years, if he has been a high court judge.
 Chairperson can be removed from his office via an order made by the Central
Government after an inquiry made by a Judge of the Supreme Court in which such
Chairperson or Judicial Member has been informed of the charges against him and given
a reasonable opportunity of being heard in respect of those charges.

Jurisdiction

 The National Green Tribunal has jurisdiction over all civil cases where a substantial
question relating to environment (including enforcement of any legal right relating to
environment), is involved and such question arises out of the implementation of the
enactments specified in Schedule I of the National Green Tribunal Act 2010.
 The acts listed in Schedule 1 are:
 The Water (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act, 1974;
 The Water (Prevention and Control o[Pollution) Cess Act, 1977;
 The Forest (Conservation) Act, The Air (Prevention and Control of Pollution) Act,
1981;
 The Environment (Protection) Act, 1986;
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 The Public Liability Insurance Act, 1991;


 The Biological Diversity Act, 2002.

It would deal with all environmental laws on air and water pollution, the Environment Protection
Act, the Forest Conservation Act and the Biodiversity Act.

Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to Vietnam


1. It is a member of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation
2. It borders with Laos, Thailand and Cambodia
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 The members of Mekong-Ganga Cooperation are India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and
Vietnam
 It does not border with Thailand
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 The Mekong-Ganga Cooperation (MGC), established in the year 2000, focusses on expanding
cooperation between India and countries of the Mekong region, viz. Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar,
Vietnam and Thailand.
 The key areas of cooperation under MGC are tourism, culture, education, and transport &
communications, which aim to strengthen the ties between the peoples of the two regions.
Efforts are also underway to widen collaboration between MGC countries in SMEs, conservation
of rice germplasm, health and pandemic management, establishment of a Common Archival
Resource Centre at Nalanda University and through Quick Impact Projects.
 The most visible manifestation of MGC is the MGC Museum of Traditional Asian Textiles at Siem
Reap, Cambodia, established with Indian assistance in April 2014
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Q.3) Recently Sagarmala Development Company was incorporated by GOI. Consider the
following statements
1. It has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013
2. It is concerned with the development of ports
Select the correct statement(s)
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a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 As part of the efforts to promote port-led development in the country, the Sagarmala
Development Company (SDC) has been incorporated under the Companies Act, 2013.

 The company will have an initial Authorized Share Capital of Rs. 1,000 Crore and a
subscribed share capital of Rs. 90 Crore
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Q.4) Consider the following statements:


1. NDRF has been established under Disaster Management Act, 2005
2. It is the only dedicated disaster response force of the world
Select the correct option/s:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 NDRF functions under the aegis of Union Ministry of Home Affairs


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Q.5) World leaders are at the annual G20 economic summit, which is being hosted in
China for the first time. Consider the following statements in regard to G20:
1. The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries plus the European Union.
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2. The G20 was started in 2008 in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.
3. The G8 seeks cooperation on economic issues facing the major industrial economies,
while the G20 reflects the wider interests of both developed and emerging
economies.
Which of the above given statement(s) is/are correct?
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 3 only

 The Group of Twenty (G20) is an international forum that brings together the world's
leading industrialised and emerging economies.
 The Group of Twenty (G20) comprises 19 countries plus the European Union.
 The G20 started in 1999 as a meeting of Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors in the
aftermath of the Asian financial crisis.
 In 2008, the first G20 Leaders' Summit was held, and the group played a key role in responding
to the global financial crisis. Its decisive and coordinated actions boosted consumer and
business confidence and supported the first stages of economic recovery.
 The G8 seeks cooperation on economic issues facing the major industrial economies, while the
G20 reflects the wider interests of both developed and emerging economies.
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Together, the G20 economies account for –

 84% of the global economic output


 79% of world trade, and
 65% of the global population.

how’s the structure of G20?

 The G-20 operates without a permanent secretariat or staff. (Take a Note of it, it may form a screening test
question)
 The group’s chair is part of a revolving three-member management group of past, present and future chairs,
referred to as the “Troika”.
 The role of the Troika is to ensure continuity in the G-20’s work and management across host years.
 Turkey will host the 2015 summit in Antalya, while China will host the 2016 summit in Hangzhou.

what is the role of Asian countries?

 A 2011 report released by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) predicted that large Asian economies such
as China and India would play a more important role in global economic governance in future.
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 The report claimed that the rise of emerging market economies heralded a new world order, in which the G-
20 would become the global economic steering committee.
 The ADB furthermore noted that Asian countries had led the global recovery following the late-
2000s recession.
 It predicted that the region would have a greater presence on the global stage, shaping the G-20’s agenda
for balanced and sustainable growth through strengthening intraregional trade and stimulating domestic
demand.
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S-4: Imp Questions

Q.1) The 28th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit began in Laos
capital Vientiane today (06 Sep, 2016). Consider the following statements in regard to
ASEAN:
1. ASEAN is an alliance promoting economic and political cooperation by fostering
dialogue among all its Southeast Asian members.
2. RCEP consists of all ten ASEAN countries plus six countries (China, Japan, South
Korea, Australia, India, and United States) which have trade agreements with ASEAN
countries.
Which of the above statement(s) is/are true?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both
d) None

 ASEAN is an alliance promoting economic and political cooperation by fostering dialogue


among its 10 Southeast Asian members. (Timor is the only South East Asian country which is not
the member of ASEAN)

 RCEP consists of all ten ASEAN countries plus six countries (China, Japan, South Korea,
Australia, India, and New Zealand) which have trade agreements with ASEAN countries.
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Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide
(PAVA)
1. It is an organic compound found in chilli pepper
2. It is used as a food additive
Select the correct statement(s)
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a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 PAVA shells contain Pelargonic Acid Vanillyl Amide, an organic compound found in chilli
pepper.
 It derives its name from the compound, which is also known as Nonivamide.
 It is considered to be bio-safe, less lethal than pellet guns and equally effective.
 It is also used as a food additive to add pungency, flavouring and spicy effect to food.

Q.3) ‘Bulbul’ is the state bird of which of the following


a) Manipur
b) Goa
c) Odisha
d) Nagaland

Q.4) Identify the lake:


1. It is a freshwater lake and hosts phumdis
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2. The only floating national park in the world is found here


Choose the correct lake exhibiting the above-mentioned characteristics:
a) Renuka Lake
b) Kolleru lake
c) Loktak Lake
d) Pong Dam Lake

 Loktak Lake in Manipur (Ramsar site)


 Largest freshwater lake in the north-eastern region of the country
 Phumdis: Heterogeneous mass of vegetation, soil, and organic matters at various
stages of decomposition

 Only floating national park in the world: Keibul Lamjao


 Keibul Lamjao National Park: the last natural refuge of the endangered ‘Sangai’ or
Manipur brow-antlered deer
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Q.5) Consider the following statements with respect to Universal Service Obligation Fund
(USOF)
1. It is created under the Department of Telecommunications
2. It provides access to quality ICT services at affordable prices to people in rural and
remote areas
Select the correct statements:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above
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What:

o Provide widespread and non-discriminatory access to quality ICT services at affordable


prices to people in rural and remote areas.
o Provide an effective and powerful linkage to the hinterland thereby mainstreaming the
population of rural and remote parts of the country.
o Ensure that universal services are provided in an economically efficient manner.
o Ensure that by developing hitherto unconnected areas, the benefits of inclusive growth
are reaped by our nation, bringing in its wake rapid socio-economic development and
improved standards of living.

For Whom:

People in rural and remote areas of the country where ICT services are not available due to
commercial non-viability on account of various combinations of reasons such as:

o Sparse population Remoteness of areas


o Absence of supporting infrastructure (power, road etc.)
o Low income of inhabitants
o Insurgency
o Difficult terrain

It is here that USOF Administration steps in to provide subsidy support thereby incentivizing
telecom service providers to venture forth and provide services to such target beneficiaries.

S-5 Imp Questions

Q.1) Which among the below given statement(s) is/are true?


1. Laos is a landlocked Southeast Asian country
2. Mekong river flows through China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and
Vietnam
3. Tropic of Cancer passes through Laos
4. Vientiane is the capital city of Laos.
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Choose appropriate code:


a) 1 and 2 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 4 only

 A landlocked nation in Southeast Asia occupying the northwest portion of the Indochinese
peninsula, Laos is surrounded by China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Burma
 Mekong river flows through China, Myanmar (Burma), Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and
Vietnam
 Tropic of Cancer does not pass through Laos
 Vientiane is the capital city of Laos

Q.2) What is the purpose of Rosetta spacecraft?


a) To study a comet and track its changes
b) To identify any traces of water on moon
c) To detect any asteroid fast approaching Earth
d) To probe the space outside the solar system

 The International Rosetta Mission was approved in November 1993, and it took nearly a
decade for the launch (in March, 2004).
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 Having decided that they wanted to build a cometchaser, ESA’s first chosen target was
Comet 46 P-Wirtanen, which is also a short period comet, having an orbital period of 5.4
years.
 However, mission delays meant that it could not be reached comfortably and so the ESA
chose to pursue Comet 67P-ChurymovGerasimenko instead.

Q.4) Identify from among the following, the term used to denote 'underground groups of
trained terrorists'-
a) Ground Cells
b) Underground Cells
c) Sleeper Cells
d) Red Cell

Q.5) Western Ghats do not run through which of the following states?
1. Gujarat
2. Maharashtra
3. Tamil Nadu
4. Goa
Select the correct code
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 3
c) Only 3
d) None of the above

 It runs through the all of the given states


 The Ghats traverse the States of Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and
Gujarat.
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S-6: Imp Questions

Q.1) PRABAL DOSTYK is a joint military exercise between India and which of the following
countries?
a) Uzbekistan
b) Kazakhstan
c) Kyrgyzstan
d) Afghanistan

 As a part of India’s continued efforts to strengthen Indo-Kazakhstan relations, troops of


Indian & Kazakhstan Army are presently engaging in a joint exercise ‘PRABAL DOSTYK – 16.
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 The Indian Army is being represented by a platoon strength.


 The Kazakhstan Army contingent comprise of platoon from Special Operating Force’s Unit.
 A pioneering endeavor with the Kazakhstan Army, the exercise is being conducted in
Karaganda region of Kazakhstan and will conclude on 17 Sep 2016

Q.2) 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day (ILD)
1. The theme for ILD-2016 is Literacy and Sustainable Societies
2. It was established by UNESCO
Select the correct statement(s)
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 The International Literacy Day is being observed 08 September every year to emphasize the
importance of literacy to individuals, society and communities.

 The day was established in 1966 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO).

 2016 Theme: ‘Reading the Past, Writing the Future‘.

Q.3) Cauvery water dispute has been a bone of contention between Karnataka and Tamil
Nadu for decades now. Consider the below statements in regard to inter-state water
disputes and select the incorrect statement(s):
a) Constitution of India provides for the adjudication of inter-state water disputes.
b) Inter-State Water Disputes Act (1956) empowers the Central government to
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establish a river board on the request of the state governments concerned to advise
them.
c) Inter-State Water
ater Disputes Act also empowers the Central government to set up an
ad hoc tribunal for the adjudication of a dispute between two or more states in
relation to the waters of an inter-state
state river or river valley.
d) Both (b) and (c)

INTER-STATE WATER DISPUTES

 Article 262 of the Constitution provides for the adjudication of inter-state


inter state water disputes. It
makes two provisions:
o Parliament may by law provide for the adjudication of any dispute or complaint with respect
to the use, distribution
tribution and control of waters of any inter-state
inte state river and river valley.
o Parliament may also provide that neither the Supreme Court nor any other court is
to exercise jurisdiction in respect of any such dispute or complaint.

 Under this provision, the Parliament has enacted two laws [the River Boards Act (1956) and
the Inter-State
State Water Disputes Act (1956)]
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 The River Boards Act provides for the establishment of river boards (not Inter-State Water
Disputes Act) for the regulation and development of inter-state river and river valleys.
 A river board is established by the Central government on the request of the state
governments concerned to advise them
 The Inter-State Water Disputes Act empowers the Central government to set up an ad hoc
tribunal for the adjudication of a dispute between two or more states in relation to the
waters of an inter-state river or river valley.
 The decision of the tribunal would be final and binding on the parties to the dispute. Neither
the Supreme Court nor any other court is to have jurisdiction in respect of any water dispute
which may be referred to such a tribunal under this Act.
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Q.4) Which one of the following countries is not a member of the Nordic Council?
Select one:
a) Iceland
b) Denmark
c) United Kingdom
d) Norway

 Nordic Council – Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Sweden

Q.5) The lowering of bank rate by the reserve bank of India leads to
a) Mobilization of more deposits by commercial banks
b) More liquidity in the market
c) Less liquidity in the market
d) No change in the liquidity in the market

 Lower bank rates = More liquidity in the market

S-7: Imp Questions

Q.1) Tehri dam is often in news as the rising level of inflow into the dam is a cause for
concern. Consider the below statements in regard to the dam and the associated river:
1. The Tehri Dam is the tallest dam in India, constructed over Bhagirathi River.
2. Bhagirathi River merges with Alaknanda River at Devaprayag to form Ganges River.
3. The Bhagirathi rises at the foot of Gangotri Glacier, at Gomukh.
Select the correct statement(s) from the code given below:
a) 2 and 3 only
b) 1 and 2 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3
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Q.2) Recently an Annual meeting of the New Champions or the Summer Davos had taken
place in China. Identify the theme of the forum from the following optionsa) Reforms in the IMF
b) Men for Women Campaign
c) Fourth industrial revolution
d) Sustainable Development Goals of developing countries

 Based on: Human Capital Index (HCI)


 HCI: It measures a country's ability to nurture, develop and deploy talent for economic growth.
 India: 105th position

Q.3) Which of the following states have been adjudged as the cleanest state in NSSO’s
Cleanliness Survey?
a) Jharkhand
b) Mizoram
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c) Kerala
d) Sikkim

Q.4) Consider the following statements:


1. Gravitational Waves were discovered through LIGO project.
2. Union Cabinet has given approval for LIGO observatory to be built in Maharashtra,
which will be first LIGO observatory outside US.
Which of the above statements are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
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Q.5) Kaveri river passes through which of the following states?


1. Maharashtra
2. Karnataka
3. Tamil Nadu
4. Kerala
Select the code from the following:
a) 1,2 and 3
b) 2,3 and 4
c) 2 and 3
d) 3 and 4
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 Cauvery is a large Indian river.


 The origin of the river is at Talakaveri, Kodagu in Karnataka, flows generally south and
east through Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and across the southern Deccan plateau through
the southeastern lowlands, emptying into the Bay of Bengal through two principal mouths in
Poompuhar, Tamilnadu

S-8 Imp Questions:

Q.1) Which of the following statements is correct with respect to LIDAR?


a) It works on the principle of radar, but uses light from a laser
b) It uses sound propagation to navigate, communicate with or detect objects on or
under the surface of the water
c) It used sound waves to detect any object
d) None of the above

LIDAR, which stands for Light Detection and Ranging, is a remote sensing method that uses
light in the form of a pulsed laser to measure ranges (variable distances) to the Earth. These
light pulses—combined with other data recorded by the airborne system— generate
precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface
characteristics.

A LIDAR instrument principally consists of a laser, a scanner, and a specialized GPS receiver.
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Airplanes and helicopters are the most commonly used platforms for acquiring LIDAR data
over broad areas.

Two types of LIDAR are topographic and bathymetric.

Topographic LIDAR typically uses a near-infrared laser to map the land, while bathymetric lidar uses
water-penetrating green light to also measure seafloor and riverbed elevations.

LIDAR systems allow scientists and mapping professionals to examine both natural and
manmade environments with accuracy, precision, and flexibility.

Q.2) The city of Aleppo has been in news. The city is located in which of the following
countries?
a) Turkey
b) Syria
c) Belgium
d) France

 Aleppo has been in news for a few years now due to the Syrian Civil War.

Q.3) Consider the following statements with respect to Indian Coast Guard (ICG)
1. It is under the Ministry of Defence
2. It works in cooperation with Indian Navy only
3. It protects and provides assistance to fishermen and mariners at sea
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

 It is under the Ministry of Defence.


 The Coast Guard works in close cooperation with the Indian Navy, the Department of
Fisheries, the Department of Revenue (Customs) and the Central and State police forces.
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 The Indian Coast Guard's motto is "वयम र ामः" (Vayam Rakshamah), which translates from
Sanskrit as "We Protect".

Q.4) Below given are the statements about direct and indirect taxes. Which among the
following statements is not correct?
a) GST is same as the VAT but with a wider base. GST includes tax on both goods and
services whereas VAT includes only tax on goods.
b) Currently, States’ tax only sale of good and not on services
c) Indirect Taxes are considered regressive and Direct Taxes are proportional.
d) GST, by subsuming an array of direct taxes under one rubric - will simplify tax
administration, improve compliance, eliminate economic distortions in production,
trade and consumption

GST stands for "Goods and Services Tax", and is proposed to be a comprehensive indirect
tax levy on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods as well as services at the national
level. It will replace all indirect taxes levied on goods and services by the Indian Central and
State governments.

Therefore, GST subsumes an array of indirect taxes (not direct taxes). Hence, statement (d)
is incorrect.
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Q.5) Consider the following principles:


1. Ahimsa
2. Satya
3. Asteya
4. Aparigraaha
5. Brahmacharya
Which of the above are followed under Jainism?
a) 1 and 2
b) 1, 2 and 3
c) 1, 3 and 4
d) All of the above

All Jains have to follow these five principles –


1. Ahimsa (non-violence)
2. Satya (truthfulness)
3. ASteya (not stealing)
4. Aparigraha (non-acquistion)
5. Brahmacharya (chaste living)
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S-9: Imp Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements concerning Polymetallic Nodules (PMN)


1. They are called as manganese nodules
2. It contains nickel, cobalt and copper beside manganese
3. India has contract for exploration of PMN in Central Indian Ocean Basin with the
International Seabed Authority (ISA)
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 3
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

 Polymetallic nodules (also known as manganese nodules) are potato-shaped, largely porous
nodules found in abundance carpeting the sea floor of world oceans in deep sea.

 Besides manganese and iron, they contain nickel, copper, cobalt, lead, molybdenum, cadmium,
vanadium, titanium, of which nickel, cobalt and copper are considered to be of economic and
strategic importance.
 India signed a 15 year contract for exploration of Polymetallic Nodules (PMN) in Central Indian
Ocean Basin with the International Seabed Authority (ISA) (an Institution set up under the
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Convention on Law of the Sea to which India is a Party) on 25th March, 2002 with the approval
of Cabinet.
 India is presently having an area of 75,000 sq.km., located about 2000 km away from her
southern tip for exploration of PMN

Q.2) The Wildlife Protection Act, 1972 provides for which of the following?
1. National Parks
2. Wildlife Reserves
3. Biosphere Reserves
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

 Biosphere Reserves are not provided for under any act.


 The Act provides for five type of protected areas viz. Wildlife Sanctuaries, National Parks,
Conservation Reserves, Tiger Reserves and Community Reserves.
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Q.3) Consider the following statements:


1. Bangkok Agreement is the oldest preferential trade pact among Asia-Pacific
countries
2. India is not a member of Bangkok Agreement
Select the incorrect option:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both
d) None

Bangkok Agreement- Asia Pacific Trade Agreement (APTA)

 It is the oldest preferential trade pact among Asia-Pacific countries (1975)


 Initiative by: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
(UN-ESCAP)

 Members: Bangladesh + China + India + Laos + South Korea + Sri Lanka (Only preferential
trade agreement in force between China & India)

Q.4) This port has become the first in the country to implement logistics data tagging of
containers. Identify the correct port from the following options
a) Jawaharlal Nehru Port
b) Enayam Port
c) Port of Kolkata
d) Haldia Port
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Jawaharlal Nehru Port, Mumbai-


 Will help importers/exporters track their goods in transit through logistics data bank service.
 An RFID (Radio Frequency Identification Tag) tag would be attached to each container
which would be tracked through RIFD readers installed at different locations.
 Help in reducing the overall lead time of the container movement across the western corridor
and lower the transaction costs incurred by shippers and consignees

Q.5) Which of the following pairs is correctly matched?


a) The Mughals – Ajanta paintings
b) The Kushans – Gandhara school of art
c) The Marathas – Pahari school of painting
d) Harappan civilisation – Painted grey ware

 Pahari paintings belong to Mughal and post-mughal periods.


 Red and black pottery was famous during Harappan civilisation.
 Painted grey ware was during the vedic period.
 Ajanta paintings were made during the Gupta period.
 The Gandhara school of art was patronised by the Kushan rulers
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S-10: Imp Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to Genetic Engineering Appraisal
Committee (GEAC)
1. It is under the Ministry of Science and Technology
2. It is the apex body for approval of activities involving large scale use of hazardous
microorganisms and recombinants
3. It is responsible for approval of proposals relating to release of genetically
engineered organisms and products into the environment including experimental
field trials
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

 Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) established under Ministry of


Environment and Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) is the apex body to accord notified
under Rules 1989.
 For approval of activities involving large scale use of hazardous microorganisms and
recombinants in research and industrial production from the environmental angle
 The GEAC is also responsible for approval of proposals relating to release of genetically
engineered organisms and products into the environment including experimental field trials
(Biosafety Research Level trial-I and II known as BRL-I and BRL-II)

Q.2) The Tea Board of India has sought the Centre’s approval for modifying an insurance
scheme meant for workers in small tea gardens. Consider the following statements
1. Tea is a state subject
2. Tea Board of India is under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public
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Distribution
3. Tea Board of India is set up under the Tea Act 1953

Select the correct statement(s)


a) 1 and 2
b) Only 3
c) 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3

Tea is one of the industries, which by an Act of Parliament comes under the control of the
Union Govt.

The genesis of the Tea Board India dates back to 1903 when the Indian Tea Cess Bill was passed.

The Bill provided for levying a cess on tea exports - the proceeds of which were to be used for the
promotion of Indian tea both within and outside India.
Indi

The present Tea Board set up under section 4 of the Tea Act 1953 was constituted on 1st April 1954.

It has succeeded the Central Tea Board and the Indian Tea Licencing Committee which
functioned respectively under the Central Tea Board Act, 1949 and the Indian Tea Control
Act, 1938 which were repealed.

The activities of the two previous bodies had been confined largely to regulation of tea cultivation and
export of tea as required by the International Tea Agreement then in force, and d promotion of tea
Consumption.

Organisation of the Board:


The present Tea Board is functioning as a statutory body of the Central Government under the
Ministry of Commerce.

The Board is constituted of 31 members (including Chairman) drawn from Members of


Parliament, tea producers, tea traders, tea brokers, consumers, and representatives of Governments
from the principal tea producing states, and trade unions .The Board is reconstituted every three years.

Q.3) Consider the below


ow statements in regard to First Information Report (FIR), a written
document prepared by police organizations in India and select the incorrect statement:
a) The police can register FIRs only for cognizable offences.
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b) It is mandatory for the police to upload all types of FIRs on police or government
websites within 48 hours of their registration in police stations.
c) If the police refuse to register an FIR, a written complaint can be sent to the
Superintendent of Police.
d) A complaint may also be given directly to the Judicial Magistrate, who can direct the
police to investigate the case

The police can register FIRs only for cognizable offences — where the police have the power
to arrest without a warrant. Examples of cognizable offences include murder, rape, theft,
attack, etc. For non-cognizable offences, such as bigamy or defamation, the police cannot
arrest without a warrant and thus cannot register an FIR. The complaint is sent to the
Judicial Magistrate for action.

Last week the Supreme Court of India made it mandatory for the police to upload within 48
hours a First Information Report (FIR) drawn up by it suo motu or on a complaint.

According to the order, there will be exemption from the directive when the alleged offence
is sensitive, such as sexual violence or one in which there is an angle of national security,
insurgency or terrorism. We endorse this exception, because we are living in times when
both privacy and terror issues matter greatly.

Statement (b) is wrong because FIRs which involves national security, insurgency or
terrorism are exempted from this mandatory clause

Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to Magnetars


1. It is a type of a neutron star
2. They are differentiated from other neutron stars by having even stronger magnetic
fields and rotating comparatively slowly
3. The magnetic field decay powers the emission of X-rays and gamma rays
Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 2 and 3
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d) All of the above

 A magnetar is a type of neutron star with an extremely powerful magnetic field.


 The magnetic field decay powers the emission of high-energy electromagnetic radiation,
particularly X-rays and gamma rays.
 Like other neutron stars, magnetars are around 20 kilometres (12 mi) in diameter and have
a mass 2–3 times that of the Sun.
 Magnetars are differentiated from other neutron stars by having even stronger magnetic
fields, and rotating comparatively slowly, with most magnetars completing a rotation once
every one to ten seconds, compared to less than one second for a typical neutron star.
This magnetic field gives rise to very strong and characteristic bursts of X-rays and gamma
rays.
 The active life of a magnetar is short. Their strong magnetic fields decay after about 10,000
years, after which activity and strong X-ray emission cease.

Q.5) Operation 'Calm Down' refers to


a) Returning lorries back to Tamil Nadu in lieu of the recent violent clash in the state of
Karnataka
b) Constructing a 'Giant Sea Well' to enhance flood prevention and foster urban
development at Jakarta
c) Restoring normalcy in Kashmir
d) The Taj operation during November, 2008
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S-11: Imp Questions

Q.1) Super typhoon Meranti was in news recently. Which among the following statements
are correct with regard to typhoon and hurricanes?
1. Hurricane is a generic term used to describe a rotating, organized system of clouds
and thunderstorms that originates over temperate waters and has closed, high-level
circulation.
2. Typhoons are tropical storms that form over the Northwest Pacific Ocean. Once a
tropical cyclone reaches maximum sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or high er, it
is then classified as typhoon.
Choose the appropriate code:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both
d) None

HURRICANE? CYCLONE? TYPHOON?:

They're all the same, officially tropical cyclones. But they just use distinctive terms for a
storm in different parts of the world.

o Hurricane is used in the Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, central and northeast Pacific.
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o They are typhoons in the northwest Pacific.


o In the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea, they are called cyclones.
o Tropical cyclone is used in the southwest India Ocean; in the southwestern Pacific and
southeastern India Ocean they are severe tropical cyclones.

STRENGTH: A storm gets a name and is considered a tropical storm at 39 mph (63 kph). It becomes a
hurricane, typhoon, tropical cyclone, or cyclone at 74 mph (119 kph).

ROTATION: If they are north of the equator they rotate counterclockwise. If they are south,
they rotate clockwise.
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Q.2) ‘Yudh Abhyas', a joint military exercise is between which of the following countries
a) India and Bhutan
b) India and Sri Lanka
c) India and United States of America
d) India and Nepal

Q.3) H5N1 was in news recently. It is concerned with which of the following diseases?
a) Avian Influenza
b) Swine Flu
c) Tuberculosis
d) Pneumonia

 The Department of Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries in the Ministry of Agriculture and
Farmers welfare has declared India free from Avian Influenza (H5N1)
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Q.4) Mangalajodi, the second largest hotspot for birds is on the banks of
a) Chilika Lake
b) Pangong lake
c) Dal Lake
d) Pulikat Lake

 Mangalajodi, the second largest hotspot for birds


 on the banks of Chilika Lake in Odisha, is set to be developed into an ecotourism destination.

Q.5) Consider the following pairs


National Park Rivers flowing through the park
1. Corbett - Ganga
2. Kaziranga - Manas
3. Silent Valley - Cauvery
Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 3 only
d) None of the above

o Ramganga (and not Ganga) which is a tributary of Ganga flows through Jim Corbett National
Park.
o Kaziranga National Park is located on the banks of Brahmaputra River
o River Bhavani which is a tributary of Cauvery flows through Silent Valley

S-12: Imp Questions:

Q.1) The Galápagos Islands is a volcanic archipelago in the


a) Indian Ocean
b) Pacific Ocean
c) Atlantic Ocean
d) Arctic Ocean
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 The Galápagos Islands are an archipelago of volcanic islands distributed on either side of the
Equator in the Pacific Ocean surrounding the centre of the Western Hemisphere,
Hemisphere, 906 km (563
mi) west of continental Ecuador,
Ecuador of which they are a part.
 The Galápagos Islands and their surrounding waters form the Galápagos Province of Ecuador,
the Galápagos National Park, and the Galápagos Marine Reserve.
Reserve
 The principal language on the islands is Spanish

Q.2) The Great Indian Bustard is the state bird of


a) Odisha
b) Kerala
c) Rajasthan
d) Karnataka

Q.3) ‘Biswa Bidhya Sangraha’ is concerned with which of the following personalities
a) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
b) Rabindranath Tagore
c) Jyotirindranath Tagore
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d) Swami Vivekananda

A century ago, Rabindranath Tagore had drawn up a blueprint for a mass education series in
the form of thin handy publications that covered everything that one had to know under the
umbrella of general knowledge.

From science, history, geography, art, industry and culture to folklores, the scope of the
series was wide. It was christened 'Biswa Bidya Sangraha' and was published in 135
volumes. For decades, the collection -replete with original writings of doyens of that era -remained out
of print. VisvaBharati has now decided to bring all of them back.

Q.4) Triclosan was in news recently. It is used in


1. Toothpaste
2. Wall paint
3. Talcum powder
4. Handwash
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 3
b) 1,3 and 4
c) 1 and 4
d) All of the above

 Triclosan, an antimicrobial drug is being used in toothpaste, hand wash, talcum powder, wall
paint etc.
 Indiscriminate usage of antimicrobial agents like triclosan has led the development of resistance
in the bacteria and also removes useful commensal bacteria which help to ward off infection
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Q.5) “Giant Sea Wall” is often in news. Which country is planning to develop this?
a) North Korea
b) China
c) Indonesia
d) Japan

 In its quest to enhance flood prevention, foster urban development and - generally -become a
more prestigious metropolis, the Jakarta government and Indonesian central government have
agreed to start the realization of the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD)
masterplan, better known as the Giant Sea Wall, located in the bay just north of Jakarta (the
capital city of Indonesia).
 The ground breaking ceremony for this mega-project was conducted in October 2014. The
Netherlands and Indonesia join hands to construct the project.
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S-13: Imp Questions:

Q.1) On June 27, 2016, the Government amended the RBI Act to hand over the job of
monetary policy-making in India to a newly constituted Monetary Policy Committee
(MPC). Consider the following statements
1. MPC composes of seven member committee led by RBI Governor. 3 members from
the RBI — the Governor, a Deputy Governor and another official and 4 independent
members to be appointed by the Central Government
2. Urjit Patel Committee mooted having an MPC so that these decisions could be made
through majority vote
3. Having both Government and RBI members on the MPC was suggested for
accountability
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 3 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 3 only
d) All of the above

MPC is to be a six-member panel that is expected to bring “value and transparency” to ratesetting
decisions.
 3 members from the RBI — the Governor, a Deputy Governor and another official
 3 independent members to be selected by the Government

A search committee (yes, another committee!) will recommend three external members,
experts in the field of economics, banking or finance, for the Government appointees.
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The MPC will meet four times a year to decide on monetary policy by a majority vote. And if
there’s a tie between the ‘Ayes’ and the ‘Nays’, the RBI governor gets the deciding vote.

Q.2) Consider the following statements about hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs)


1. HFCs are ozone depleting chemical substances
2. Montreal protocol deals with phasing out of HFCs
Select the correct statement(s)
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 HFC is not an ozone-depleting chemical substance like other refrigerants, it has huge
potential to damage climate and therefore its phase down is considered quite important to fight
the adverse impact of climate change.

 Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is needed as it, in its present form, only deals with
phasing down of ozone-depleting refrigerants like CFCs and HCFCs. Since HFC is not
ozonedepleting chemical substance, its phase down under Montreal Protocol requires the
amendment.
 Countries from across the globe, including India, will next month meet in Kigali, Rwanda to
finalise an amendment to the Montreal Protocol to phase down HFCs.
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Q.3) Recently Maria Sharapova was banned for consumption of a drug & the same drug
was banned by World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Which is that drug?
a) Acetylsalicylic Acid
b) Paracetamol
c) Creatine
d) Meldonium

 Also marketed as mildronate, the website of the drug’s Latvian manufacturer Grindeks says
meldonium gives sufferers of heart and circulatory conditions more “physical capacity
andmental function” and a similar boost to healthy people. Meldonium was banned because it
aids oxygen uptake and endurance.
 Meldonium is most commonly used in Eastern European and ex-Soviet countries as a drug
for people with heart conditions, but it’s also offered for sale online. There are also signs
that a sizable minority of athletes were using before it was banned.

Q.4) Which of the following statement(s) about GST Council is/are correct?
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1. It will be chaired by Union Finance Minister


2. It will promote cooperative federalism
3. The Council will give the Centre one-third voting power and the states two-thirds
Select the correct code:
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

The GST council will be chaired by the Union finance minister with a state finance minister
as deputy chairman. All the state finance ministers along with the minister of state for
finance in charge of revenue at the centre will be part of this council.

The constitution of the council is such that both the centre and the states will be unable to
take a decision without the other’s concurrence—a move that will promote cooperative
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federalism as it gives states a major say in the way indirect taxes will be administered across
the country.

The GST Council provides veto power to centre along with state governments. The GST
Council will give the Centre one-third voting power and the states two-thirds. Any decision
will need three-fourth of the votes. Thus, neither the states together nor the Centre alone
can change the GST

Q.5) Consider the following statements about Buckingham Canal


1. It runs parallel to the Coromandel Coast
2. It is a part of National Waterway 4
3. It is a freshwater navigation canal
Select the correct statement(s)
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

 The Buckingham Canal is a 796 kilometres (494.6 mi) long fresh water navigation canal,
running parallel to the Coromandel Coast of South India from Kakinada in East Godavari
district in Andhra Pradesh to Villupuram District in Tamil Nadu.
 The canal connects most of the natural backwaters along the coast to the port of Chennai
(Madras).
 It was constructed during the British Rule, and was an important waterway during the late
nineteenth and the twentieth century.
 The Buckingham Canal started off as an 11-km saltwater navigation channel in 1806 in the
erstwhile Madras state was gradually extended up to Vijayawada till the Krishna river.
 The canal, which was in service up to the late 1970s, was damage by floods and
gradually its usage dwindled.
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S-14: Imp Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements about National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT)
1. It is under the Ministry of Law and Justice
2. It replaced the Company Law Board (CLB)
3. It is set up at Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai only
Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) Only 2
d) 1 and 3

 The Central Government has constituted National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) under section
408 of the Companies Act, 2013 (18 of 2013) w.e.f. 01st June 2016
 In the first phase the Ministry of Corporate Affairs have set up eleven Benches, one
Principal Bench at New Delhi and one each Regional Benches at New Delhi, Ahmedabad,
Allahabad, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Mumbai.
 These Benches will be headed by the President and 16 Judicial Members and 09 Technical
Members at different locations.
 The National Company Law Tribunal has been constituted w.e.f. 1st June,2016 and by virtue
of Section 466(1) of Companies Act,2013, the Company Law Board stands dissolved
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Q.2) Consider the following statements with respect to Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF)
1. It is a chronic lung disease
2. It belongs to the group of Interstitial lung disease (ILD)
3. IPF is characterized by scarring of the lungs which makes the lungs thick and stiff
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

 Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is a chronic lung disease characterised by scarring of the lungs.
 The scarring makes the lungs thick and stiff, which over time results in progressively worsening
shortness of breath and lack of oxygen to the brain and vital organs.
 It belongs to a large group of more than 200 lung diseases known as interstitial lung diseases
(ILDs), which are characterized by the involvement of the lung interstitium, the tissue between
the air sacs of the lung.
 IPF is one specific presentation of idiopathic interstitial pneumonia (IIP), which is in turn a type
of ILD, also known as diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD).
 Interstitial lung disease (ILD) is a group of lung diseases affecting the interstitium (the tissue and
space around the air sacs of the lungs). It concerns alveolar epithelium, pulmonary capillary
endothelium, basement membrane, perivascular and perilymphatic tissues.
 It may occur when an injury to the lungs triggers an abnormal healing response.
 Ordinarily, the body generates just the right amount of tissue to repair damage. But in
interstitial lung disease, the repair process goes awry and the tissue around the air sacs (alveoli)
becomes scarred and thickened. This makes it more difficult for oxygen to pass into the
bloodstream.
 The term ILD is used to distinguish these diseases from obstructive airways diseases.
 ILD is occasionally called diffuse parenchymal lung disease (DPLD)
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Q.3) Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) is responsible for Intellectual
Property Rights (IPR) relating to
1. Geographical Indication of goods
2. Copyrights
3. Semiconductor integrated circuits’ layout design
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) Only 2
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

 Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion is also responsible for Intellectual Property
Rights relating to Patents, Designs, Trade Marks, Geographical Indication of Goods, Copyrights
and Semiconductor Integrated Circuits Layout Design and oversees the initiative relating to their
promotion and protection.
 These include the outlining of policy and its implementation through the Office of the Controller
General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks.
 It promotes awareness regarding protection of the Intellectual Property Rights inherent in
industrial property in conjunction with the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and
apex industry organisations apart from similar initiatives involving regional industry associations.
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 It also provides inputs on various issues relating to the Agreement on Trade Related Aspects of
Intellectual Properties (TRIPS) related to World Trade Organisation (WTO) in these fields.

Q.4) The term Levant is in news. It is concerned with which of the following countries?
1. Jordan
2. North Sudan
3. Egypt
4. Lebanon
5. Syria
Select the correct code:
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1, 3, 4 and 5
c) 4 and 5
d) 1, 4 and 5

 The term is employed to refer to modern events, peoples, states or parts of states in the same
region, namely Cyprus, Egypt, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria, and Turkey are
sometimes considered Levant countries
 It is an approximate historical geographical term referring to a large area in the eastern
Mediterranean.
 In its widest historical sense, the Levant included all of the eastern Mediterranean with its
islands, that is, it included all of the countries along the eastern Mediterranean shores,
extending from Greece to Cyrenaica.
 The term Levant entered English in the late 15th century from French. It derives from the Italian
Levante, meaning "rising", implying the rising of the sun in the east. As such, it is broadly
equivalent to the Arabic term Mashriq, 'the land where the sun rises.
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Q.5) Which among the following are tributaries of River Yamuna, the longest and the
second largest tributary river of the Ganges (Ganga) in northern India?
1. Chambal
2. Son
3. Betwa
4. Ken
Choose the appropriate code:
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 and 4 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d) All of the above

S-15: Imp Questions

Q.1) According to the Indus Water Treaty, India has been given control over which of the
following rivers?
1. Indus
2. Chenab
3. Jhelum
4. Ravi
5. Baes
6. Sutlej
Select the correct code:
a) 1, 2, 3 and 6
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b) 4, 5 and 6
c) 1, 3, 4 and 5
d) 2, 3, 4 and 5

 The Indus Water Treaty is a water-distribution treaty between India and Pakistan, brokered by
the World Bank (then the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development).
 The treaty was signed in Karachi on September 19, 1960 by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal
Nehru and President of Pakistan Ayub Khan.
 According to this agreement, control over the three "eastern" rivers — the Beas, Ravi and
Sutlej — was given to India and the three western" rivers — the Indus, Chenab and Jhelum —
to Pakistan.

Q.2) Consider the following statements in regard to recently launched first ever coastal
corridor project in India:
1. India’s first coastal industrial corridor will connect Mundra Port and Mumbai
2. Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank to fund this project to spur
development and enable seamless trade links
Which if the above statement(s) is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both
d) None

 Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank has approved $631 million for building
India’s first coastal industrial corridor between Visakhapatnam and Chennai. (not Gujarat’s
Mundra port and Mumbai)
 Multilateral funding agency Asian Development Bank to fund this project to spur development
on India’s eastern coast and enable seamless trade links with other parts of South and
Southeast Asia
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Q.3) Consider the following about Bharat stage emission standards.


1. The standards and the timeline for implementation are set by Central Pollution
Control Board
2. India will be skipping BS-V
V and directly move to BS-VI
BS from BS-IV
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None
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 Bharat stage emission standards are emission standards instituted by the Government of
India to regulate the output of air pollutants from internal combustion engine equipment,
including motor vehicles.
 The standards and the timeline for implementation are set by the Central Pollution Control
Board under the Ministry of Environment & Forests and climate change
 The Bharat Stage norms are based on European regulations.
 In 13 major cities, Bharat Stage IV emission standards were put in place in April 2010.

Q.4) Recently the World Economic Freedom Index 2016 was released by
a) World Economic Forum (WEF)
b) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
c) Amnesty International
d) None of the above

The Economic Freedom of the World: 2016 Annual Report, released worldwide on Friday by
the Centre for Civil Society, a public policy think tank, along with Canada’s Fraser Institute,
measures the degree of economic freedom in countries in five broad areas based on 2014

data –

1. size of government: expenditure, taxes and enterprises;


2. legal structure and security of property rights;
3. access to sound money;
4. freedom to trade internationally and
5. regulation of credit, labour, and business.

“The economic freedom index of a country is directly proportional to the freedom and
opportunities available to its citizens. People living in countries with high levels of economic
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freedom enjoy greater prosperity, more political and civil liberties, and longer lives. On the
contrary, countries at the lower levels of freedom index tend to suppress its citizens’
freedom and rights”

Q.5) Consider the following statements with respect to Barak 8 Missile


1. It is an air-to-air missile (AAM)
2. It is jointly developed by India and Russia
Select the correct statements:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None

Barak 8

The advanced missile has been designed and developed by the DRDO and Israel Aerospace
Industries and Israel's Administration for the Development of Weapons and Technological
Infrastructure

The Long-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (LR-SAM) has the ability to hit targets within radii of
70 km to 90 km

It is designed to defend against any airborne threat, apart from aircraft and helicopters, and can also
intercept supersonic aircraft and missiles.

The missile weighs around 2.7 tonnes and is 4.5 metres in length

Barak-8 is based on the original Barak-1 missile but has a more advanced target-seeker.

The radar system provides 360-degree coverage and the missile can take down an incoming
missile as close as 500 meters away from a ship
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S-16: Imp Questions

Q.1) Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is often in news. Consider the following
statements with respect to TiSA
1. It is a trade agreement currently being negotiated by 23 members of the World
Trade Organisation (WTO), including the European Union
2. It is based on the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS)
3. Only developed countries are part of TiSA
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

 The Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is a trade agreement currently being negotiated by
23 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), including the EU. Together, the
participating countries account for 70% of world trade in services.
 TiSA is based on the WTO's General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), which involves
all WTO members.
 The key provisions of the GATS – scope, definitions, market access, national treatment and
exemptions – are also found in TiSA.
 TiSA aims at opening up markets and improving rules in areas such as licensing, financial
services, telecoms, e-commerce, maritime transport, and professionals moving abroad
temporarily to provide services.
 23 WTO members are taking part in the TiSA talks:
Australia, Canada, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, the EU, Hong Kong China,
Iceland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Liechtenstein, Mauritius, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway,
Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States.

Of these, the EU has no free trade agreements on services with Chinese Taipei, Israel, Pakistan
or Turkey.

Q.2) The National Board for Wildlife has approved phase 1 of the Ken-Betwa river
interlinking project. Consider the following statements with respect to same
1. The project aims at providing water to the drought-prone Bundelkhand area
2. As part of the project the government will have to divert thousands hectares of land
including Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
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b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

 As part of the project, the government will have to divert 5,258 hectares of forests.
 This includes 4,141 hectares of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh.
 The project has a significant environment and wildlife impact as it passes right through the
reserve where tigers had vanished in 2009
 The Ken-Betwa project aims at providing water to the drought-prone Bundelkhand area.
 purpose is to irrigate 6.35 lakh hectares of land, provide drinking water and generate
hydroelectricity.

The Ken-Betwa project aims to transfer 591 million cubic metre of surplus water in the Ken
basin through a 231.45 km canal to the Betwa river.

Q.3) Karnataka Government is not in favour of cloud seeding in areas facing deficient rain.
Consider the following statements with respect to cloud seeding
1. It is a method of enabling inefficient clouds to bring rain or enhance rainfall from a
seedable cloud by introducing seeding material
2. Cloud Aerosol Interaction and Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX) is a
technique to understand the rain formation in clouds and the impact of Randomized
Cloud Seeding
3. Silver iodide and dry ice is generally used for cloud seeding

Which of the following statements is/are correct?


a) 1 and 3
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b) Only 1
c) 1 and 2
d) All of the above

 Cloud seeding is a method of enabling inefficient clouds to bring rain or enhance


rainfall from a seedable cloud by introducing seeding material
 The most common chemicals used for cloud seeding includee silver iodide, potassium iodide
and dry ice (solid carbon dioxide). Liquid propane, which expands into a gas, has also been
used. This can produce ice crystals at higher temperatures than silver iodide

 After promising research, the use of hygroscopic materials, such as table salt, is becoming
more popular.
 Cloud seeding to increase snowfall takes place when temperatures within
the clouds are between 19 and −4 °F (−7 and −20 °C).
 Introduction of a substance such as silver iodide, which has a crystalline
crystalline structure similar to
that of ice, will induce freezing nucleation.
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CAIPEEX
 Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology (IITM) is putting its effort for underst anding the rain
formation in clouds through a research program, called the Cloud Aerosol Interaction and
Precipitation Enhancement Experiment (CAIPEEX).
 It is a technique to understand the rain formation in clouds and the impact of
Randomized Cloud Seeding
 Under this experiment, air borne observations are taken through randomized cloud seeding and
seeing the impact. Airborne observations include detailed measurements of aerosols,
cloud droplets, raindrops and ice particles, registering the growth of clouds before and after
the seeding.
 As things stand today, artificial rain making techniques involving cloud seeding cannot be
used for bringing rain clouds to rainfall deficit/drought areas. These techniques can only
induce potential pre-existing clouds with adequate cloud droplets, to produce enhance
quantum of rain. CAIPEEX research data have been used to formulate ice nucleation
scheme for inclusion of such processes in the forecast models.
 CAIPEEX program uses a combination of radar, other ground based instruments and
airborne platforms along with high resolution numerical modelling to plan and
conduct the seeding experiment. The area for cloud seeding is determined based on
convective potential. Aircraft observations have to be conducted before and after
the seeding to determine the environmental conditions and the quantum of seeding
material.

Q.4) The 52nd Amendment Act, 1985 provides for


a) Disqualification of members of Parliament and state legislatures on the ground of
defection
b) Creation of All India Judicial Service
c) An alternative scheme of devolution of revenue between the Centre & states
d) None of the above

 52nd Amendment Act of 1985 provided for the disqualification of the members of
Parliament and the state legislatures on the ground of defection from one political party to
another.
 For this purpose, it made changes in four Articles of the Constitution and added a
new Schedule (the Tenth Schedule) to the Constitution. This act is often referred to as the
‘anti defection law’.

Later, the 91st Amendment Act of 2003 made one change in the provisions of the Tenth
Schedule. It omitted an exception provision i.e., disqualification on ground of defection not
to apply in case of split.
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Q.5) Consider the below statements in regard to Railway Budget and General Budget in
India:
1. Department of Budget Affairs is responsible for the General Budget Preparation.
2. The Railway Budget was separated from the General Budget in 1931.
3. Bibek Debroy Committee has recommended discontinuance of a separate Rail Budget.
Select the correct statement/s from the codes given below:
a) 3 only
b) 1 and 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1 and 2 only

Department of Economic Affairs, under Ministry of Finance is responsible for the General
Budget Preparation.

After the recommendations of 10 member-Acworth Committee in 1920-21, the railway budget


was separated from general budget in 1924. Since then the budget was presented independently.
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S-17: Imp Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC)
1. It is the main UN international body concerned with the setting of international food standards
2. It is jointly funded by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Health Organisation
(WHO)
3. The Codex Alimentarius covers only processed food
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

The Codex Alimentarius (Latin for "Food Code") is a collection of internationally recognized
standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food
production, and food safety.

Its name is derived from the Codex Alimentarius Austriacus. Its texts are developed and
maintained by the Codex Alimentarius Commission, a body that was established in early
November 1961 by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), was
joined by the World Health Organization (WHO) in June 1962, and held its first session in
Rome in October 1963. The Commission's main goals are to protect the health of consumers
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and ensure fair practices in the international food trade. The Codex Alimentarius is
recognized by the World Trade Organization as an international reference point for the
resolution of disputes concerning food safety and consumer protection.

The Codex Alimentarius covers all foods, whether processed, semi-processed or raw. In
addition to standards for specific foods, the Codex Alimentarius contains general standards
covering matters such as food labeling, food hygiene, food additives and pesticide residues, and
procedures for assessing the safety of foods derived from modern biotechnology. It also
contains guidelines for the management of official i.e. governmental import and export
inspection and certification systems for foods.

Q.2) India has signed the


a) 1951 UN Refugee Convention - relating to the Status of Refugees
b) 1967 Protocol - relating to the Status of Refugees
c) Both (a) and (b)
d) None of the above

India has not signed the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention on the Status of
Refugees, or its 1967 Protocol that stipulates the rights and services host states must
provide refugees.

Q.3) River Bhagirathi and Alaknanda meets at


a) Devprayag
b) Vishnuparayag
c) Nandaprayag
d) Rudraprayag
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Q.4) Consider the following statements with respect to Merchandise Exports from India
Scheme (MEIS)
1. It was launched under Foreign Trade Policy of India (FTP) 2009-2014
2. It is a part of Exports from India Scheme , the other being Service Exports from India
Scheme (SEIS)
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) None of the above

Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) under Foreign Trade Policy of India (FTP
2015-20) is one of the two schemes introduced in Foreign Trade Policy of India 2015-20, as a
part of Exports from India Scheme. (The other scheme is SEIS, Service Exports from India
Scheme)
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Objective of Merchandise Exports from India Scheme (MEIS) as per Indian Foreign Trade
Policy 2015-20 (FTP 2015-20) is to offset infrastructural inefficiencies and associated costs
involved in export of goods/products, which are produced/manufactured in India, especially
those having high export intensity, employment potential and thereby enhancing India’s
export competitiveness.

Q.5) Usage of ‘Chemical weapons’ is always in news. Consider the following statements
with respect to chemical weapons:
1. The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is a multilateral treaty that bans chemical
weapons and requires their destruction within a specified period of time.
2. The CWC is implemented by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs,
which is headquartered in The Hague.
Select the correct statement/s from the codes given below:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both
d) None

The Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) is a multilateral treaty that bans chemical
weapons and requires their destruction within a specified period of time.

CWC negotiations started in 1980 in the UN Conference on Disarmament. The convention


opened for signature on January 13, 1993, and entered into force on April 29, 1997.

The CWC is implemented by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons
(OPCW), which is headquartered in The Hague with about 500 employees.
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The OPCW receives states-parties’ declarations detailing chemical weapons-related activities or


materials and relevant industrial activities. After receiving declarations, the OPCW inspects
and monitors states-parties’ facilities and activities that are relevant to the convention, to
ensure compliance.

The CWC is open to all nations and currently has 192 states-parties. Israel has signed but has
yet to ratify the convention.

A key non-signatory includes North Korea, which is believed to possess chemical weapons.
Egypt, North Korea, and South Sudan have neither signed nor acceded to the Convention.

S-18: Imp Questions

Q.1) Consider the following statements with respect to SCATSAT-1


1. It is an earth observation satellite
2. It is a continuity mission for Oscat
3. It is launched by RLV-TD
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) Only 1
d) 2 and 3
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SCATSAT-1

SCATSAT-1 is a continuity mission for Oceansat-2 Scatterometer to provide wind vector data
products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users.

The satellite carries Ku-band Scatterometer similar to the one flown onboard Oceansat-2.

The spacecraft is built around standard IMS-2 Bus and the mass of the spacecraft is 377 kg.

The spacecraft will be put in SSP orbit of 720 km altitude with an inclination of 98.1 deg by PSLV C35.

The mission life of the satellite is 5 years.

The SCATSAT-1 was launched by PSLV-C35 on Monday morning at 9:12 hrs (IST) on
September 26, 2016 from the First Launch Pad of SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota.

PSLV-35

India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35), will launch the
371 kg SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather related studies and seven co-passenger satellites
into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO).

Co -passenger satellites are from Algeria, Canada and USA as well as two satellites from Indian
Universities/ Academic Institute.

SCATSAT-1 will be placed into a 730 km Polar SSO whereas; the two Universities/ Academic
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Institute Satellites and the five foreign satellites will be placed into a 689 km polar orbit.

This is the first mission of PSLV in which it will be launching its payloads into two different orbits.
PSLV-C35 will be launched from the First Launch Pad (FLP) of Satish Dhawan Space Centre
(SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.

It will be the fifteenth flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration (with the use of solid strap-on motors).
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Q.2) Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) I located in which of the


following countries?
a) United States of America
b) China
c) Puerto Rico
d) Germany

The Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST nicknamed Tianyan - "Heavenly


Eye" or "The Eye of Heaven"), is a radio telescope located in the Dawodang depression, a
natural basin in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province, southwest China.

Q.3) Consider the following statements about National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF)
1. The NIIF is established as one or more Alternate Investment Funds (AIF) under the SEBI Regulations.
2. NIIF is eligible for a pass through status under the Income Tax Act.
3. NIIF can have various sector-specific or investor-specific close ended Schemes (“funds”) and
each fund may issue various classes of units.
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above
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The NIIF will be established as one or more Alternate Investment Funds (AIF) under the SEBI
Regulations.

NIIF was formed as a category II AIF, as a Trust, under Indian Trust Act on 28 December 2015
alongwith the formation of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Trustee Ltd. and
National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd. India Infrastructure Finance Company Ltd
(IIFCL) was appointed as Investment Advisor to NIIF Ltd and IDBI Capital Market Services Ltd
as Advisor to NIIF Trustee Ltd initially for 6 months and 1 year respectively.

If set up as Category I and II AIFs, then NIIF will be eligible for a pass through status under
the Income Tax Act. A 'pass-through' status means that the income generated by the fund
would be taxed in the hands of the ultimate investor, and the fund itself would not have to
pay tax on the same. In the case of category III AIF, where pass through status is not
available, all income received by NIIF will be taxable at its level and any distribution made to
the unit holders (investors) would be tax exempt.

The NIIF can have various sector-specific or investor-specific close ended Schemes (“funds”)
and each fund may issue various classes of units. Government along with other investor(s) would
subscribe to the units of various funds. The units, investment strategy and accounts
of each fund shall be distinct from and independent of the other funds.

Q.4) Tubectomy is
a) A surgical procedure for male sterilization
b) A tube placed through the ear drum to allow air into the middle ear for people
suffering from hearing loss or middle ear infections
c) A surgical procedure for female sterilization
d) None of the above
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‘Tubectomy’ is the formal term used for female sterilisation.

‘Vasectomy’ is the formal term used for male sterilisation.

Q.5) Below given are the Joint Military Exercises which was in news this year. Select the
correctly matched pair/s from the codes given below:
1. Yudh Abhyas 2016 : : India and US
2. Friendship 2016 : : India and Russia
3. Surya Kiran 2016 : : India and Bangladesh
4. Shakti 2016 : : India and Nepal
Select the correct code:
a) 1 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 1, 3 and 4 only
d) 3 only

1.Joint Indian-US army exercise ‘Yudh Abhyas 2016’ in Uttarakhand

2.India-Russia Joint Military Exercise Indra-2016 Begins in Vladivostok

3.Indo-Nepal Battalion level combined Exercise Surya Kiran IX

4.'Exercise Shakti-2016': Indo-French joint military training drill

S-19: Imp Questions

1. The Union Cabinet recently gave its approval to create a Project Development Fund (PDF) with a
corpus of Rupees 500 crores for catalysing Indian economic presence in which of the following nations?

1) Myanmar
2) Cambodia
3) Laos
4) Vietnam

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a) 1 only
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b) 2, 3 and 4 only
c) 1 and 4 only
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4
“CLMV countries namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam have a unique position in the regional value chains and
offer a gateway for market access to China/EU and other markets due to various trade agreements. The key advantage of
positioning India on the regional value chains is securing on a long term basis, a dedicated market for Indian raw materials
and intermediate goods besides a dedicated source for inputs and raw materials for Indian industry. While opportunities are
a plenty in CLMV region, Indian entrepreneurs’ endeavors in these countries have, thus far, been limited due to limited
information, infrastructure and other contingent risks. The PDF shall benefit India’s industrial community for business
expansion, and to maintain cost competitive supply chains, besides integrating with global production networks.”

2. The recently released report “Crime in India” for 2015 by the National Crime Records Bureau noted
that the recorded incidents of which form of riots jumped 327 per cent from 2014 to 2015?

a) Sectarian
b) Communal
c) Political
d) Agrarian

3. Two Indians are among the winners of the Ramon Magsaysay Awards 2016. For what services of
theirs have they been bestowed with this prestigious award?

1) Anti-corruption efforts
2) Efforts to eradicate manual scavenging
3) Using Carnatic music to break the barriers of caste and class
4) Championing the rights of tribal people through written works and legal battles

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a)1 and 3
b)1 and 4
c)2 and 3
d)2 and 4

Sanjiv Chaturvedi is an Indian Forest Service officer and a whistleblower who received the award in
2015. Statement 4 refers to Mahasweta Devi who recently passed away and received the award in 1997.

4. With reference to the Ganges River Dolphin, consider the following statements:

1) It uses its eye to locate itself.


2) Because of the sound it produces when breathing, the animal is popularly referred to as
the ‘Susu’.
3) It is at the apex of the aquatic food chain, and its presence in adequate numbers
symbolises greater biodiversity in the river system.
Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?

a)1 only
b)1 and 2 only
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c)2 and 3 only


d)None of the above

“Evolutionary biology has it that the Gangetic dolphin has been ‘blind’ for about 20 million years and
shares its limited eyesight with its international freshwater river-dolphin cousins, namely the Yangtze,
Amazon, La Plata and the Indus dolphins.”

“The Gangetic dolphin lost its eyes in the course of evolution to adapt to the muddy water of rivers.
They largely navigate by echo-location or sonar. The mammal evolved over millennia, according to an
October 2000 paper in the Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Evolution of river dolphins, when
rising sea levels inundated large areas of the Indo-Gangetic basin, creating a shallow marine habitat.”

However, according to the WWF: Ganges River Dolphin – The dolphin has the peculiarity of swimming
on one side so that its flipper trails the muddy bottom. This behaviour is understood to help it to find
food. Being a mammal, the Ganges River dolphin cannot breathe in the water and must surface every
30-120 seconds. Although its eye lacks a lens (this species is also referred to as the “blind dolphin”), the
dolphin still uses its eye to locate itself.

6. With reference to the National Council of Senior Citizens, which of the following statements
is/are correct?

1) It is chaired by the Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment.


2) The council is mandated to meet at least twice a year.
3) It was originally known as the National Council for Older Persons which was set up in 2012.
Select the correct answer using the code given below:

a)1 and 2 only


b)2 and 3 only
c)1 and 3 only
d)1, 2 and 3

“The National Policy on Older Persons (NPOP), 1999 envisages State support to ensure financial and
food security, health care, shelter and other needs of older persons, equitable share in development,
protection against abuse and exploitation, and availability of services to improve the quality of their
lives. The policy also covers issues like social security, intergenerational bonding, family as the primary
caretaker, role of Non-Governmental Organizations, training of manpower, research and training.”

“The National Council of Older Persons was constituted in 1999 to monitor the implementation of the
Policy and advise the Government on issues related to the welfare of senior citizens.”
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7. The recently released report “Crime in India” for 2015 by the National Crime Records Bureau
noted that the recorded incidents of which form of riots jumped 327 per cent from 2014 to
2015?
a) Sectarian
b) Communal
c) Political
d) Agrarian
7. The mandate of the Madhukar Gupta committee, which recently submitted its report, was to

a) Only study all types of gaps in fencing along the international border and to suggest
comprehensive approach to fix these gaps in fencing.
b) Study all types of gaps in fencing and all other vulnerabilities along the International Border.
c) Study the feasibility of laser fencing for all gaps in fencing along the International Border.
d) Study all types of gaps in fencing and all other vulnerabilities along the international border
between India and Pakistan on the one hand and Bangladesh on the other.

“The Ministry of Home Affairs had constituted a committee under the chairmanship of former home
secretary Madhukar Gupta in April 2016, for strengthening border protection and addressing the issue
of gaps and vulnerability in border fencing along the India-Pakistan border. The mandate of the
committee was to study all types of gaps in fencing and all other vulnerabilities in the International
Border and to suggest comprehensive approach to fix these gaps in fencing and other vulnerabilities on
interim and permanent basis.”
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Set – 1:

Q.1) Consider following statements with reference to Indira Gandhi International Airport, which has
recently got ‘carbon neutral status’.
1. It has became the first airport in Asia-Pacific to achieve the carbon neutral status
2. Less than 25 airports in the world, most of them Europe, have earned carbon neutral status.
3. Carbon neutrality occurs when the net carbon emissions over an entire year is zero.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:

The Indira Gandhi International Airport here has become Asia-Pacific’s only and one of the
world’s few airports to achieve a “carbon neutral” status.

The airport, managed by private operator Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), boasts green buildings,
solar power plants, rainwater harvesting system, etc., which have helped reduce and offset carbon
emissions.
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Carbon neutrality, or having a net zero carbon footprint, refers to achieving net zero carbon emissions
by balancing a measured amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount sequestered or offset,
or buying enough carbon credits to make up the difference.

Q.2) Which of the following countries located in the Pacific Ring of Fire?
1. Indonesia
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2. Ecuador
3. Japan
4. New Zealand
5. China
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1,2 and 4
b) 2 and 5
c) 1, 2, 3 and 5
d) 1,2,3 and 4 only

Explanation:

The Pacific Ring of Fire is a major area in the basin of the Pacific Ocean where a large number
of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur. In a 40,000 km (25,000 mi) horseshoe shape, it is
associated with a nearly continuous series of oceanic trenches, volcanic arcs, and volcanic belts and/or
plate movements.

The Ring of Fire is sometimes called the circum-Pacific belt.

Kitkat:

Recently, a volcano erupted at Mount Rinjani in Lombok, Indonesia, which is part of Pacific ring of fire.
Mount Barujari that forms part of Rinjani was seen emitting a 2,000-metre-high column of smoke
Rinjani, the second highest volcano in Indonesia stands 3,726 metres high.
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Countries in The Ring of Fire


The top 15 countries in The Pacific Ring of Fire include:

1. Chile

2. Mexico

3. United States

4.Antarctica

5. Russia

6. Japan

7. Philippines

8. Japan

9. New Zealand

10. Papa New Guinea

11.Indonesia

12.Canada

13.Peru

14.Taiwan
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15.Gautemala

Q.3) Consider following statements with reference to IMF's Extended Fund Facility (EFF).
1. The IMF can assist a country with the adjustment process under EFF
2. IMF assists when country faces serious medium-term balance of payments problems
3. Assistance under EFF features shorter program engagement
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:
The IMF can assist a country with the adjustment process under an Extended Fund Facility (EFF).
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Assistance under Extended Fund Facility (EFF) features longer program engagement—to help countries
implement medium-term structural reforms—and a longer repayment period.

4) Recently, India conducted surgical strikes across the Line of Control(LoC) of India-Pakistan.
Consider following statements with regard to LOC.
1. Line of Control refers to military control line between India and Pakistan.
2. Earlier it was known as cease-fire line, renamed as LoC after Simla agreement in 1972.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation:

The term Line of Control (LoC) refers to the military control line between the Indian and
Pakistani controlled parts of the former princely state of Kashmir and Jammu—a line which, to this
day, does not constitute a legally recognized international boundary but is the de facto border.

It is originally known as the Cease-fire Line, it was redesignated as the "Line of Control" following the
Simla Agreement, which was signed on 3 July 1972.

The part of the former princely state that is under Indian control is known as the state of Jammu and
Kashmir. The two parts of the former princely state that are under Pakistani control are known as
Gilgit–Baltistan and Azad Kashmir (AJK).
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Q.5) Recently, Bedaquiline drug was in the news. It is most effective treatment for
a) Multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB)
b) Cancer
c) Hepatitis-B
d) Zika virus disease

Explanation:

Bedaquiline is considered to be the most effective treatment for multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.

It is used exclusively to treat patients who have failed to respond to second-line anti-TB medicines.

The drug was to be introduced in six hospitals in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Guwahati
and later be introduced in 104 districts in five States.
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Set – 2:

Q.1) Consider following statements with regard to 'Advantage HealthCare India 2016 (AHCI 2016)
summit’.
1. It is the first ever International Summit on Medical Value Travel being organized in India for
promoting health care services exports from India.
2. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family welfare.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation:
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AHCI is an initiative of the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India in association with
the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) and Service Export Promotion
Council (SEPC).

The objective of this international summit is to promote India as a Premier Global Healthcare
Destination and to enable streamlined medical services exports from India.

Q.2) Consider following statements with regard to Ujjwal Distribution Assurance Yojana (UDAY).
1. UDAY was launched for operational and financial turnaround of State owned Power Distribution
Companies (DISCOMs).
2. Scheme aims to reduce the interest burden, reduce power losses in Distribution sector, and improve
operational efficiency of DISCOMs
3. Scheme is implemented by Ministry of New & Renewable Energy
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:
The Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana (UDAY) was launched by the Government of India on
20-11-2015 for operational and financial turnaround of State owned Power Distribution Companies
(DISCOMs).

Scheme is implemented by Ministry of Power.

Kitkat: The Scheme incentivizes the States by exempting State takeover of DISCOM debts from Fiscal
Responsibility and Budget Management (FRBM) limits for 2 years.

Benefits of this scheme -


 It is expected to help the banks in managing their bad loans.
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 It will relieve discoms who can push power distribution in right way.
 It will allow states to align tariff costs, so that discoms run on a sustainable basis.

Q.3) Recently, China-Pakistan Economic Corridor(CPEC) was in the news.


Consider following statements with regard to CPEC.
1. The CPEC is part of China’s larger regional transnational ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) initiative.
2. It intend to link islamabad in Pakistan to Gwadar deep sea port close to Pakistan’s border with
Iran.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation:

CPEC refers to a clutch of major infrastructure works currently underway in Pakistan, intended to
link Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang province to Gwadar deep sea port close to Pakistan’s border with
Iran.
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Several other road, rail and power projects are associated with the corridor, and the project seeks to
expand and upgrade infrastructure across the length and breadth of Pakistan, and to widen and
deepen economic ties with China.
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Kitkat:

The CPEC is part of China’s larger regional transnational ‘One Belt One Road’ (OBOR) initiative,
whose two arms are the land-based New Silk Road and the 21st century Maritime Silk Road, using
which Beijing aims to create a Silk Road Economic Belt sprawled over a large patch of Asia and
eastern Europe, and crisscrossed by a web of transport, energy supply and telecommunications lines
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Q.4) Recently, Some amendments has been proposed to the Citizenship Act, 1955.
Which of the following statements are proposed amendment to act?
1. It seeks to grant citizenship to Muslim minorities from Muslim majority countries
2. It seeks to reduce from 11 years to 6 years the aggregate period of residence required in India to
be eligible for Indian citizenship.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation:

The proposed amendment to the Citizenship Act, 1955, seeks to grant citizenship to
non-Muslim minorities from Muslim majority countries, namely, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains,
Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan.

This would mean, for instance, that the sizeable population of Hindu migrants from Bangladesh
living in Assam would become citizens while Muslims who migrated to Assam from East Bengal a
century ago would continue to be harassed as ‘illegal migrants from Bangladesh.
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Q.5) 'New Delhi declaration on Education' was recently in the news. Which of the following
international organisation has adopted this declaration?
a) G20
b) ASEAN
c) BRICS
d) APEC

Explanation: 'New Delhi declaration on Education' adopted in the 4th Meeting of BRICS Ministers of
Education in New Delhi.

‘The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ and the ‘Education 2030 Framework for Action’
which serve as the overall guiding framework for the implementation of the Education 2030 agenda
of New Delhi Declaration.
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Set – 3:

Q.1) Consider following statements regarding UN climate award for clean energy project.
1. Indian NGO Swayam Paryavaran Prayog got UN climate award for clean energy project.
2. Project includes training women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and
Uttar Pradesh.
3. UNFCCC has applauded this project for building a rural distribution network of women entrepreneurs.
Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:

Indian NGO Swayam Shikshan Prayog bagged UN climate award for clean energy project.

Project includes Training women to become clean energy entrepreneurs across Maharashtra and Bihar.
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UNFCCC has applauded this project for building a rural distribution network of 1,100 women
entrepreneurs facilitating access to clean energy, water and sanitation products and services in several
communities.

Q.2) Recently, India ratified Paris climate deal at U.N. consider following statements with respect to this
deal.
1. Paris Climate Agreement was adopted by 185 nations in 2015.
2. Agreement will only come into force if it is ratified by at least 65 countries that between them
produce 55per cent of global carbon emissions.
Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation: India ratified the Paris Agreement on Climate Change by depositing the instrument of
ratification with the United Nations. India is the 62nd country to ratify the agreement. The agreement
willenter into force one month after 55 countries that account for 55% of global emissions ratify the
agreement

Kitkat: With India’s ratification, which accounts for 4.1% of the emissions, the Agreement only needs
slightlymore than 3% points to reach the 55% threshold.

At least 14 other countries, representing at least 12% of global emissions, have committed to ratifying
thepact before the end of the year.
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Q.3) Which of the following two states becomes first Open Defecation Free (ODF) states in urban areas?
1) Madhya Pradesh
2) Gujarat
3) Assam
4) Andhra Pradesh
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 2 and 3 only
c) 2 and 4 only
d) 1 and 3 only

Explanation:

The Swachh Bharat Week that began on the 25th of this month concludes with Gujarat and Andhra
Pradesh becoming the first States to declare all cities and towns in respective States as Open Defecation
Free (ODF)and a few districts including Porbandar also declared ODF, on the 147th Birth Anniversary of
MahatmaGandhi which is also the second anniversary of Swachh Bharat Mission.

Andhra Pradesh declared all 110 cities and towns in the State as ODF at a programme in Tirupati.
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Q.4) Recently, Centre rethinks for plan to widen Employees' Provident Fund coverage. Consider
following statements with regard to Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).
1. The EPFO administers a contributory provident fund, pension scheme and insurance scheme for
organised sector
2. EPFO got the National Award on e-Governance 2015-16 for launching the Universal Account Number
(UAN)
3. It works under the administrative control of the Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:

The EPFO, a statutory body, is one of the largest social security organization in terms of volume of
financial transactions undertaken and number of covered beneficiaries.

It works under the overall aegis of the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

Kitkat: Recently, The Labour Ministry has proposed to bring down the threshold limit for coverage of
firms under the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) to factories with at least 10 workers. At present, the
EPF Act is applicable to factories with minimum 20 workers

Dillogical: Straightforwardly think on this organisation works for employees/workers in factories and
organised workplace so, work area of Labour and employment comes first, isn't it?

Q.5) Recently, India expressed readiness to enhance cooperation on Arctic science and research. India's
Arctic research station is
a) Maitri
b) Bharati
c) Himadri
d) ArcIndia
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Explanation:

Indian Arctic station ‘Himadri’ is located at Ny Alesund, Spitsbergen Island, Norway and serves
as a hub of Indian scientific investigations since 2008

India presently has two research stations at Antarctica namely ‘Maitri’ and ‘Bharati’.

New station ‘Bharati’ has just been constructed and established in March, 2013. At both the stations,
research and investigations are undertaken to understand the Polar processes and phenomenon.

Set – 4:

Q.1) Consider following statements with reference to Monetary policy committee.


1. Government amended the RBI Act to hand over the job of monetary policy-making in India to a newly
constituted Monetary Policy Committee (MPC).
2. MPC is entrusted with the task of fixing the benchmark policy interest rate (repo rate) to contain
inflationwithin the specified target level.
3. RBI set up an Expert Committee under N.S.Vishwanathan to revise the monetary policy framework.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:

RBI set up an Expert Committee under Urjit Patel to revise the monetary policy framework, and it came
up with its report in January 2014. It suggested that RBI abandon the ‘multiple indicator’ approach
and make inflation targeting the primary objective of its monetary policy.
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Kitkat:

MPC was set up consequent to the agreement reached between Government and RBI to task RBI
with the responsibility for price stability and inflation targeting. The Reserve Bank of India and
Governmentof India signed the Monetary Policy Framework Agreement on 20 February 2015.

Q.2) Recently, Japanese researcher won the Nobel Medicine Prize. Consider the following statements
withregard to this.
1. Yoshinori Ohsumi won Nobel prize for his pioneering work on autophagy.
2. Autophagy is a process whereby cells eat themselves which when disrupted can cause Parkinson's and
diabetes.
3. A Nobel laureate Christian de Duve coined the term 'autophagy'.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 2 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only
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Explanation: He got Nobel prize for discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying ‘autophagy’,
which is fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.

Kitkat: Self-destruction concept emerged during the 1960s, when researchers first observed that the cell
could destroy its own contents. By enclosing it in membranes, forming sack-like vesicles that were
transported to a recycling compartment, called the lysosome, for degradation. It allows the orderly
degradation and recycling of cellular components.

Q.3) Consider following statements with regard to Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN).
1. GIAN aims at tapping the talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs to engage with the institutes of
highereducation in India.
2. GIAN initiative launched by Ministry of Science and Technology.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
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Explanation: Global Initiative of Academic Networks (GIAN) in Higher Education aimed at tapping the
talent pool of scientists and entrepreneurs, internationally to encourage their engagement with the
institutes of Higher Education in India so as to augment the country’s existing academic resources,
accelerate the pace of quality reform, and elevate India’s scientific and technological capacity to global
excellence.

GIAN initiative launched by Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD).

Kitkat: Initially 500 international faculties will be engaged in conducting courses and later in subsequent
years 1000 faculties would be engaged under GIAN throughout India

Under this scheme, academicians will cover 13 disciplines and 352 courses to be taught in 68 national
institutions.

Objectives of GIAN –

 To increase the footfalls of reputed international faculty in the Indian academic institutes.

 Provide opportunity to our faculty to learn and share knowledge and teaching skills in cutting
edge areas.
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 To provide opportunity to our students to seek knowledge and experience from reputed
International faculty

Q.4) Colombia is frequently in the news. It shares borders with


1. Venezuela
2. Panama
3. Ecuador
4. Bolivia
5. Peru
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1,2 and 4
b) 2, 4 and 5
c) 1, 2, 3 and 5
d) 1,2,3 and 4 only

Explanation: Colombia is a country in northwestern South America that has a coastline on both the
Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. It is bordered by Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela.

Kitkat: If you only know about simply Bolivia borders with Colombia, then you can answer.
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Q.5) Recently, The International Buddhist Conclave-2016, opened its sessions in


a) Bodh Gaya
b) Nalanda
c) Sarnath
d) Lumbini
Ans. (c)

Explanation: The International Buddhist Conclave-2016 opened its sessions in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh,
the heartland of Buddhist pilgrimage.
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Set – 5:

Q.1) Consider following statements with regard to Nobel Prize in Physics 2016.
1. This year, the Nobel Prize in Physics awarded for theoretical discoveries of topological phase
transitions and topological phases of matter.
2. Topology is a branch of mathematics that studies geometric properties.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation: The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has decided to award the Nobel Prize in Physics
2016 to David J. Thouless, and F. Duncan M. Haldane and J. Michael Kosterlitz for theoretical
discoveries of topological phase transitions and topological phases of matter
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kITKAT: This year’s Laureates opened the door on an unknown world where matter can assume strange
states. They have used advanced mathematical methods to study unusual phases, or states, of matter,
such as superconductors, superfluids or thin magnetic films

Q.2) Consider following statements with about Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory
Project(LIGO).
1. World's second gravitational wave lab to come up in Maharashtra.
2. This project piloted by Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Science and Technology.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Explanation:

World's third Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory Project (LIGO India Project - IndIGO)
will come up in Dudhala village in Hingoli district of Maharashtra.
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The two current LIGO Observatories are located at Hanford, Washington, and Livingston, Louisiana, and
areoperated by Caltech and MIT.

In April this year, India and United States had signed an MoU to set up the LIGO Observatory that
recentlyproved the existence of gravitational waves envisaged by Albert Einstein nearly a century ago.

Kitkat: With this project, India will join an elite league of countries that support research on gravitational
waves. Besides the U.S, U.K, Italy, Germany and Japan have ongoing research in the area.

The LIGO project is run with the collaboration of 90 universities and research institutions. Thirty people
ofIndian origin are part of the LIGO project.

Q.3) The Union Cabinet has given its approval to introduce official amendments to the HIV and AIDS
(Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014. Consider following statements in this regard.
1. The HIV and AIDS Bill has been drafted to safeguard the rights of people living with HIV and affected
by HIV.
2. Every HIV infected person below age of 21 years has 'right to reside' in a shared household and enjoy
the facilities of the household.
3. Bill makes provision for appointment of an ombudsman by State Governments to inquire into
complaints related to the violation of the Act.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only

Explanation:
The Union Cabinet has given its approval to introduce official amendments to the HIV and
AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014.
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Every HIV infected or affected person below the age of 18 years has the right to reside in a shared
household and enjoy the facilities of the household.

Kitkat: The Bill has been drafted to safeguard the rights of people living with HIV and affected by HIV.
The provisions of the Bill seek to address HIV-related discrimination, strengthen the existing programme
by bringing in legal accountability and establish formal mechanisms for inquiring into complaints and
redressing grievances.

Q.4) Consider following statements with regard to 'African Asian Rural Development Organization
(AARDO)'
1. It is an autonomous, inter-governmental organization established in 1962.
2. India is one of the Founder Members of the Organization.
3. Its headquarter is in South Africa.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2 only
b) 3 only
c) 1 and 3 only
d) 1, 2 and 3 only
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Explanation: The AARDO, which has its headquarters in New Delhi, is an autonomous, inter-
governmental organization established in 1962 with the objective of promoting cooperation among the
countries of the African - Asian Region in the direction of eradicating thirst, hunger, illiteracy, disease
and poverty in the region

Kitkat: India is one of the Founder Members of the Organization and is the largest contributor in terms
of membership contribution of US$ 141,100 apart from contributing by way of providing 70 fully paid
training scholarships for Human Resource Development Programme under the Indian Technical &
Economic Cooperation Programme (ITEC) to the Organization.

Q.5) Five permanent and veto-wielding members of United nations Security Council are
1. Britain
2. China
3. Germany
4. Russia
5. USA
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
a) 1,2, and 5 only
b) 2 and 5 only
c) 2,3 and 4 only
d) 1,2,4 and 5 only

Explanation: Five permanent and veto-wielding members of United nations Security Council are Britain,
China, France, Russia and the U.S.

The UN Charter established six main organs of the United Nations, including the Security Council. It
gives primary responsibility for maintaining international peace and security to the Security Council,
which may meet whenever peace is threatened.
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Q.1) Consider the following statements about ‘Unnat Jyoti by Affordable LEDs for All (UJALA)’

1. It has played a significant role in creating awareness about energy efficient lighting.
2. Scheme is being implemented by Bureau of Energy Efficiency for the LED based Domestic Efficient
Lighting Programme (DELP).
Which of the statements given above is/are incorrect?
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
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Current Affairs

Q) From midnight 8 November 2016 Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes was legally invalid. What is the time limit
fixed by the government, after which the old notes of Rs 500 and 1000 are not acceptable in any form?
(a) 31 March 2017
(b) 31 January 2017
(c) 30 November 2017
(d) 30 December 2016

 Declared invalid from midnight of Nov 8,2016


 Issues: Corruption and Black Money
 RBI has issued new series of notes for 500 rupees and 2,000 rupees denomination with
improved features and newer sizes
 It will be for the first time 2,000 rupees note denomination has been issued. It will be called as
the ‘Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series’

 base colour of the note is magenta


 Size of the new note is 66mm*166mm
 It has a motif of the Mangalayan, the low- cost mission of ISRO to Mars on the reverse side and
Mahatma Gandhi on front side
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 500 rupee note has different colour, size, theme, design and location of security features
compared to the old notes

 portrait and electrotype watermarks


 stone grey in colour
 motif Delhi’s Red Fort is on reverse side and Mahatma Gandhi on front side
 Size of the new note is 63mm*150mm
 In this connection, it may be noted that while the total number of bank notes in circulation rose
by 40% between 2011 and 2016, the increase in number of notes of Rs.500/- denomination was
76% and for Rs.1,000/- denomination was 109% during this period
 World Bank in July, 2010 estimated the size of the shadow economy for India at 20.7% of the
GDP in 1999 and rising to 23.2% in 2007

Q) Name the Prime minister of U.K who recently visited India?


(a) John Kerry (b) David Cameron
(c) Theresa May (d) David Miliband

 Prime Minister Theresa May visited India during 6- 8 November 2016 at the invitation of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi.
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 United Kingdom’s second female prime minister.


 first bilateral visit outside Europe after taking over as the Prime Minister of the U.K
 UK is the 3rd largest inward investor in India, after Mauritius, and Singapore with a cumulative
equity investment of US $22.56 billion (April 2000- September 2015).
 Education is an important plank of the India - UK bilateral relationship.

Q) ‘Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index’ is released by


a) NITI Aayog
b) WTO
c) Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
d) Indian Council of Agricultural Research
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Q) Consider the following statements about National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF)
1. It has been constituted in line with the World Trade Organisation (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation
Agreement (TFA), which India also has ratified
2. It will be responsible for identifying the nature of required legislative changes needed for
compliance with Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)
Select the correct statements:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

 The Union Government has constituted a National Committee on Trade Facilitation (NCTF) to
develop the pan-India road map for trade facilitation.
 It has been constituted in line with the World Trade Organisation (WTO’s) Trade Facilitation
Agreement (FTA), which India also has ratified.
 It is an inter-ministerial body headed by cabinet secretary.
 It will be responsible for identifying the nature of required legislative changes needed for
compliance with Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA).
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Trade Facilitation – It includes the simplification of procedures, reduction in time and


cost,augmentation of infrastructure and greater use of technology

Q) SIMBEX is maritime bilateral exercise between India and


a) Sri Lanka
b) Myanmar
c) Singapore
d) Australia and New Zealand

Q.4) Which of the following is/are correctly matched?


City River
1. Srinagar Jhelum
2. Nashik Ganga
3. Guwahati Brahmaputra
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above
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Q) Andhra Pradesh and Telangana jointly topped “Ease of Doing Business Reforms Ranking 2015-16”. It
is jointly released by
a) DIPP and World Bank
b) Ministry of Corporate Affairs and WEF
c) WTO and WEF
d) NITI Aayog and DIPP
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Q) With reference to H1B visa and L1 visa consider the following statements
1. L1 visa is a non-immigrant visa for short amount of time
2. H1B visa allows Indian employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in speciality occupations
Select the correct statements:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa in the United States under the Immigration and Nationality
Act. It allows U.S. employers to temporarily employ foreign workers in specialty occupations.

An L-1 visa is a visa document used to enter the United States for the purpose of work in L-1 status. It is
a non-immigrant visa, and is valid for a relatively short amount of time, from three months (for Iran
nationals) to five years (India, Japan, and Germany), based on a reciprocity schedule.With extensions,
the maximum stay is seven years

Q) Which of the following is/are correctly matched?


1. Yamal Project :: Liquefied Natural Gas
2. Project Alloy :: Merged Reality
3. Project Tango :: 3D mapping technology
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above
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Project Tango is Google’s take on three-dimensional mapping technology, but differs in that
it is intended to mimic the way humans navigate the world around them.

The mapping software works on an Android platform that’s tricked out with image
processing and vision sensing technology. Project Tango uses depth sensors, visual clues and
motion tracking to essentially map the world around whoever is carrying the device.

Yamal is a liquefied natural gas project located deep in the Russian Arctic, a region that is
ice-bound for seven to nine months during the year and where the sun remains beneath the
horizon for three months at a time.
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Q) Surya Kiran is a Joint Exercise between


a) India and Bhutan
b) India and Myanmar
c) India and Nepal
d) India and Maldives

Q) Consider the following statements with respect to Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA)
1. It is the primary judicial branch of the United Nations
2. India is a party of the PCA according to the Hague Convention on 1899
3. Sessions of the PCA are held in private and are confidential
Which of the following statements is are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3

The Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) is an intergovernmental organization located at


The Hague in the Netherlands.

The PCA is not a court, but rather an organiser of arbitral tribunals to resolve conflicts between
member states, international organizations, or private parties.
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It should not be confused with the International Court of Justice which is the primary judicial
branch of the United Nations, while the PCA is not a UN agency.

India is a party of the PCA according to the Hague Convention on 1899

Established by treaty at the First Hague Peace Conference in 1899, the Permanent Court of
Arbitration is the oldest global institution for the settlement of international disputes.

The Court offers a wide range of services for the resolution of international disputes which the
parties concerned have expressly agreed to submit for resolution under its auspices.

Unlike the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration has no sitting judges:
the parties themselves select the arbitrators.

Another difference is that sessions of the Permanent Court of Arbitration are held in private and
are confidential.

The Court also provides arbitration in disputes between international organisations and between
states and international organisations.

Q) Operation Sangaris is a military intervention of the French military in which of the following
countries?
a) Chad
b) Central African Republic
c) South Sudan
d) Congo

Operation Sangaris is a military intervention of the French military in the Central African Republic,
ongoing since December 2013.
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Q) Consider the following statements about Yamuna river


1. It is the longest and the second largest tributary river of the Ganga
2. It flows through Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

It crosses several states, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh Haryana and Uttar Pradesh,
passing by Uttarakhand and later Delhi, and meets its tributaries on the way, including Tons,
its largest tributary in Uttarakhand, Chamb al, its longest tributary which has its own large
basin, followed by Sindh, the Betwa, and Ken.
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It is the longest and the second largest tributary river of the Ganges (Ganga ) in northern
India. Originates from the Yamunotri Glacier

Q) Which of the following is not correctly matched?


a) TATP – Europe and America
b) RCEP – ASEAN
c) FTTA – APEC
d) NAFTA – Eurasian Union

 NAFTA is the North American Free Trade Agreement is an agreement signed by Canada, Mexico,
and the United States, creating a trilateral trade bloc in North America.

 FTTA is Free Trade Area of Asia Pacific championed by APEC.

Q) Which of the following pairs is/correctly matched?


1. Garba : Gujarat
2. Mohiniyattam: Kerala
3. Yakshagana: Karnataka
Select the correct codes
a) Only 1
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Q) 'Saur Sujala Yojana' is concerned with


a) Solar powered irrigation pumps
b) 24/7 electrified villages
c) Solar farms in Chhattisgarh
d) None of the above
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 Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday launched the Saur Sujala Yojana in Chhattisgarh that
would provide solar powered irrigation pumps to farmers at a subsidized price
 Solar powered irrigation pumps of 3HP and 5HP capacity worth Rs 3.5 lakh and Rs 4.5 lakh
respectively would be distributed to the farmers
 Chhattisgarh would be the first state to implement the scheme

Q) Consider the following statements about ‘Fast Neutron Reactor’


1. It is a category of nuclear reactor in which the fission chain reaction is sustained by fast neutrons
2. There is no need of a neutron moderator
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
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A fast neutron reactor or simply a fast reactor is a category of nuclear reactor in which the
fission chain reaction is sustained by fast neutrons. Such a reactor needs no neutron
moderator, but must use fuel that is relatively rich in fissile material when compared to that
required for a thermal reactor.

Q) Which of the following is/are not a BASIC countries?


1. Indonesia
2. Cambodia
3. Bhutan
4. South Africa
Select the correct code:
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 3 and 4
c) Only 4
d) All of the above
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The BASIC countries (also Basic countries or BASIC) are a bloc of four large newly
industrialized countries – Brazil, South Africa, India and China – formed by an agreement on
28 November 2009. The four committed to act jointly at the Copenhagen climate summit,
including a possible united walk-out if their common minimum position was not met by the
developed nations.

Q) Consider the following statements about “Uniting for Consensus” (UfC)


1. It was developed to oppose the expansion of permanent seats of UNSC
2. Pakistan is one of the founding members of UfC
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

 India’s nuclear-armed rival Pakistan has been leading the opposition to its inclusion in the
UNSC’s list of permanent members.
 Other countries, part of an interest group called the “Uniting for Consensus” (UfC), also
curiously called “The Coffee Club”, formed in 1995, are opposed to India (and the G4’s bid) for
permanent seats.
 Italy, Pakistan, Mexico and Egyptwere founder members of the UfC. The list also includes
Argentina, South Korea, Spain, Turkey and Indonesia.

Q.3) Consider the following statements with respect to Schengen Area


1. Iceland, Norway and Switzerland are members of the Schengen Area but not the European
Union
2. No territory outside European Continent is part of the Schengen Area as well as European
Union
3. Post Brexit United Kingdom is now out of the Schengen Area
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4. Even though the Schengen Agreement was signed in Luxembourg, it is not a member of the Schengen
Area
Which of the following statements is/are incorrect?
a) 1, 2 and 4
b) 2, 3 and 4
c) 2 and 3
d) None of the Above

Iceland, Norway, and Switzerland - are associated members of the Schengen Area but are
not members of the European Union

Azores (Portugal), Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands (Spain) – these territories are
special members of the European Union and part of the Schengen Area, even that they are
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located outside the European continent

United Kingdom never joined the Schengen Area

The Agreement was signed by the five (5) following European countries: France, Germany,
Belgium, Luxemburg, and Netherlands, in Schengen, a small village in Southern Luxemburg
on the river Moselle. Luxembourg is a member of the Schengen Area

Q) Sampriiti-7 is a joint military exercise between


a) India, Bhutan and Bangladesh
b) India and Bhutan
c) India and Bangladesh
d) Nepal, Bhutan and India

Q) Consider the following attributes of Mangroves


1. It is a glycophypte
2. It has aerial roots
3. Buffer zone between land and sea
4. West Bengal has the highest mangrove cover in India
Select the correct code
a) 1,2 and 3
b) 1,2 and 4
c) 2,3 and 4
d) 1,3 and 4

It is a halophypte  Mangroves are salt tolerant trees, also called halophytes.

It has Aerial roots  Pneumatophore


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Mangroves are buffers between the land and the sea.

Coastlines throughout the world are facing serious problems of coastal erosion and threat of rising sea
levels due to global warming has increased the threats by several folds.

To control such assault of the sea on land the nature has provided what is called as Mangroves, a
tropical littoral ecosystem which is more dynamic than the sea itself.

Q) Druzhba 2016 is a joint military exercise between


a) Russia and China
b) Pakistan and Russia
c) Pakistan and China
d) None of the above

Q) Which of the following tribes inhabits the recently declared district of riverine island of Majuli
a) Chenchu
b) Koli
c) Mishing
d) Bhil

The dwellers of Majuli are mostly of the Mising or Mishing tribes from Arunachal Pradesh
who immigrated here centuries ago. Apart from them, the inhabitants are from the Deori
and Sonowal Kacharis tribes. Languages spoken are Mising, Assamese, and Deori.
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Q) Recently the Home Ministry launched the 'e-Court' system. Consider the following statements
1. It is aimed at enabling speedy disposal of appeals and complaints by using digital technology
2. It will offer an online search facility which allow users to search for dak, file, hearing notice and
decision
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The e-Court system to be launched during the inaugural function is aimed at enabling speedy disposal of
Appeals/Complaints by using digital technology.

The system will allow online filing of appeals/complaints and case disposals using latest technology.

The system will generate a unique number which can be used by the applicant for tracking the status of
a case filed with the Commission.

As soon as a case is filed online or offline, the system will generate SMS/email alert to the applicant.

Alerts will also be generated to inform the applicant at the stage of Registration, issue of Facilitation
Memo, scheduling of the case hearing and also at the stage of decision uploading.

The system will offer an online search facility which allows a user to search for Dak, File, Hearing Notice
and Decision etc.

Q) Consider the following statements about Square Kilometre Array (SKA)


1. It is an international effort to build the largest and the most sensitive radio telescope in the world.
2. South Africa’s Karoo region and Bardez in Goa are the co-hosting locations
3. The NCRA-TIFR in Pune is the nodal institute for overseeing SKA related activities in India
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
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b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Square Kilometre Array is a large multi radio telescope project aimed to be built in Australia and South
Africa.

Both South Africa’s Karoo region and Western Australia’s Murchison Shire were chosen as co-hosting
locations for many scientific and technical reasons, from the atmospherics above the desert sites,
through to the radio quietness, which comes from being some of the most remote locations on Earth.

South Africa’s Karoo desert will host the core of the high and mid frequency dishes, ultimately
extending over the African continent. Australia’s Murchison Shire will host the low frequency antennas.

This International project aims to build world’s largest radio telescope for exploring the Universe.

The radio telescope covers over one million square meters distance and it bring together a wealth of the
world’s finest scientist to the project.

Countries involved in this project: Australia, Canada, China, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, South
Africa, Sweden and UK.

SKA will hold its annual science meeting in Goa this year.
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The National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) in Pune is the nodal institute for overseeing SKA
related activities in India.

Q.5) Consider the following statements about Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMM)
1. It is a joint mission by NASA and ESA
2. It holds the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal
3. Magnetic reconnection occurs when magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect,explosively
releasing energy
Select the correct statements
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

NASA’s MMS has set the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a Global Positioning System
(GPS) signal above the surface of the Earth.

The primary focus for the MMS science team will be one of the most important and least
understood of those processes: Magnetic Reconnection. Magnetic reconnection occurs
when magnetic fields around Earth connect and disconnect, explosively releasing energy.

Understanding the causes of magnetic reconnection is important for understanding


phenomena around the universe from auroras on Earth, to flares on the surface of the sun,
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and even to areas surrounding black holes.

Q) Demchok region is in which of the following states?


a) Uttarakhand
b) Himachal Pradesh
c) Jammu & Kashmir
d) None of the above

Q) Global Business Optimism Index is released by


a) World Bank
b) World Economic Forum
c) World Trade Organisation
d) None of the above

According to the most recent Grant Thornton International Business Report, India improved
its ranking by one spot in a global index of business optimism, ranking second during the
third quarter (July-September 2016). Through the April-June period, India was placed third
on the list.
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Q) Grey hounds have been in news recently, they are


a) Suicide bombers
b) Coastal guards
c) Anti-naxal force
d) Police dogs used in detecting bombs

Guerrilla war-fare- They are specially trained for deep forest pursuit and combat

Q) India is a member of which of the following Multilateral Export Control Regime (MECR)?
a) Wassenaar Arrangement
b) Nuclear Suppliers Group
c) Missile Technology Control Regime
d) None of the above

Established in April 1987, the voluntary Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) aims to limit the
spread of ballistic missiles and other unmanned delivery systems that could be used for chemical,
biological, and nuclear attacks. The regime urges its 35 members,1 which include most of the world's
key missile manufacturers, to restrict their exports of missiles and related technologies capable of
carrying a 500-kilogram payload at least 300 kilometres or delivering any type of weapon of mass
destruction.

The Wassenaar Arrangement on Export Controls for Conventional Arms and Dual-Use Goods and
Technologies
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The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), for the control of nuclear related technology

The Australia Group (AG) for control of chemical and biological technology that could be weaponized

The Missile Technology Control Regime for the control of rockets and other aerial vehicles capable of
delivering weapons of mass destruction

Q.5) Gurgaon is renamed as Gurugram now. According to the Indian Const itution which of
the following Article was invoked by the Parliament to make the necessary changes?
a) Article 2
b) Article 3
c) Both (a) and (b)
d) Article 1

Article 2 empowers the Parliament to ‘admit into the Union of India, or establish, new
states on such terms and conditions as it thinks fit’. Thus, Article 2 grants two powers to the
Parliament: (a) the power to admit into the Union of India new states; and (b) the power to
establish new states. The first refers to the admission of states which are already in
existence while the second refers to the establishment of states which were not in existence
before. Notably, Article 2 relates to the admission or establishment of new states that are
not part of the Union of India.

Article 3, on the other hand, relates to the formation of or changes in the existing states of
the Union of India. In other words, Article 3 deals with the internal re-adjustment inter se of
the territories of the constituent states of the Union of India.
Article 3 authorises the Parliament to:
a) form a new state by separation of territory from any state or by uniting two or more
states or parts of states or by uniting any territory to a part of any state,
b) increase the area of any state,
c) diminish the area of any state,
d) alter the boundaries of any state, and
e) alter the name of any state

Q) Which of the following constitute the World Bank?


1. International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
2. International Finance Corporation
3. International Development Association
4. International Monetary Fund
Choose the correct answer from the codes given below:
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1 and 2
c) 3 and 4
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4
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The World Bank is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing
countries for capital programs.

It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development
(IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA).

IFC is a member of the World Bank Group. It finances and provides advice for private sector
ventures and projects in developing countries in partnership with private investors.

Q) Which one of the following statement is true?


a) GDP is always lower than GNP
b) GDP is always higher than GNP
c) GDP is equal to GNP when ‘depreciation’ is zero
d) None of the above

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and Gross National Product (GNP) both try to measure the
market value of all goods and services produced for final sale in an economy. The difference
is how each term interprets what constitutes the economy. GDP refers to and measures the
domestic levels of production, whereas GNP measures the levels of production of anyperson or
corporation of a country. For example, the American GNP measures the
production levels of any American or American-owned entity, regardless of where the actual
production process is taking place, and defines the economy in terms of the citizens. GNP is
less commonly referred to than GDP, but is best described as the measure of nation al
output.

Depending on circumstances, GNP can be either higher or lower than GDP. This depends on
the ratio of domestic to foreign manufacturers in a given country. For example, China's GDP
is $300 billion greater than its GNP, due to the large number of foreign companies
manufacturing in the country, whereas the GNP of the U.S. is $250 billion greater than its
GDP, because of the mass amounts of production that take place outside of the country's
borders.

Though both calculations attempt to measure the same thing, generally speaking, GDP is the
more commonly utilized method of measuring a country's economic success in the world,
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but GNP can be useful as well. It is important to reference both when trying to get an
accurate description of a given country's economic worth.

Q) A multinational business:
a) Sells products abroad
b) Produces in more than one country
c) Imports from abroad
d) Sells only domestically

A multinational corporation (MNC) has facilities and other assets in at least one country
other than its home country. Such companies have offices and/or factories in different
countries and usually have a centralized head office where they coordinate global
management.

Q) Deficit Financing leads to


a) Recession
b) Boom
c) Inflation
d) Deflation
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Deficit financing may lead to inflation. Due to deficit financing money supply increases & the
purchasing power of the people also increase which increases the aggregate demand and
the prices also increases.

Q) Agricultural income tax is assigned to the State Governments by


a) the Finance Commission
b) the National Development Council
c) the Inter State Council
d) the Constitution of India

Entry 46 in the state list of seventh schedule

Q) Consider the following statements about Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)


1. It is colourless
2. It is odourless
3. Natural Gas can be liquefied without cooling it
Select the correct code:
a) Only 1
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b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) 2 and 3

Natural gas is a mixture of hydrocarbons which, when liquefied, form a clear colourless and
odourless liquid; this LNG is usually transported and stored at a temperature very close to
its boiling point at atmospheric pressure (approximately – 160 degree C).

LNG is very cold liquid form of natural gas - the fuel that's burned in gas stoves, home
heaters, and electric power plants. When it warms back up, LNG becomes natural gas again.
You can't liquefy natural gas without cooling it

LNG does not burn itself .LNG needs to be in vapour form and mixed with air to burn .Is
combustible in the range of 5% to 15% volume concentrations in air .Combustible mixtures
in confined space will burn explosively .

LNG is a cryogenic substance and physical contact or spillage constitute a personnel and
equipment hazard. Natural gas presents an asphyxiation hazard. Its main component is
methane. It gasifies violently when directly introduced into a cargo tank at ambient
temperature, rapidly increases the internal pressure of the cargo tank and makes the
atmosphere into a flammable condition

Q) Which of the following has the highest elasticity?


a) Steel
b) Copper
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c) Rubber
d) Aluminium

The definition of elastic in physics is unfortunately inverse of common sense elastic. The
more difficult it is to stretch, the more elastic a material is called to be because elasticity
is defined by the ratio of stress to strain and not vice versa.

Elasticity is measured as ratio of stress to strain also known as Young’s Modulus. For a
given stress (stretching force per unit area) strain is much smaller in steel than in rubber
and hence the answer.

If the same force is applied to the wire of steel and rubber thread, which are of equal
length and cross-section area, we will find that the extension in the rubber thread is
much greater than extension in steel wire. Therefore, for a given stress, the strain
produced in steel is much smaller than that produced in the rubber. This implies that
Young’s modulus for steel is greater than that for rubber. Therefore, steel is more elastic
than rubber.

And also physics defines elasticity as "resistance to change". The greater the resistance
to change, the greater is the elasticity of the material and the faster it comes back to its
original shape or configuration when the deforming force is removed. By this definition,
steel is more elastic than rubber because steel comes back to its original shape faster
than rubber when the deforming forces are removed.
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Q) Azerbaijan shares its border with which of the following countries?


1. Georgia
2. Iran
3. Armenia
4. Russia
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 3
b) 1, 2 and 4
c) 1, 3 and 4
d) All of the above
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Q) Consider the following statements with respect to ‘Preston Curve’


1. It is a relationship between development and health
2. Life expectancy is plotted against GDP per capita
Select the correct code
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

It’s a relationship between development and health


Health of nations (life expectancy) plotted against wealth of nations (GDP per capita)

It says –
 Up to a point modest increase in GDP per capita corresponds to sharp increase in life
expectancy
 After certain point, even large increases in public health expenditure leads to modest increase in
life expectancy
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Angus Deaton says- India is at/near the bend on the Preston Curve

Reasons –
 Infant mortality & maternal mortality still prevalent
 Number of non-communicable diseases are increasing

Q) Networked Readiness Index is released by


a) Internet Governance Forum (IGF)
b) World Economic Forum (WEF)
c) World Wide Web Foundation
d) Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG)

India was placed at 91st position in the recently released 2016 Networked Readiness Index
(NRI) by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum (WEF). The index was released as the
part of the WEF’s Global Information Technology Report. It measures countries’ success in
creating the necessary conditions for a transition to a digitized economy and society.
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Q) Consider the following statements about Pradhan Mantri Yuva Yojana


1. It will focus on entrepreneurship training and education
2. It will be under Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship
Select the incorrect statements:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q) Which of the following is not correctly matched?


Mission :: Study
1. RAVAN :: Clouds
2. MiRATA :: Temperature
3. HARP :: Earths Energy Budget
Select the correct code
a) Only 2
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) 2 and 3

RAVAN, the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes, is a CubeSat that
will demonstrate new technology for detecting slight changes in Earth’s energy budget at
the top of the atmosphere. It will record essential measurements for understanding
greenhouse gas effects on climate.
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HARP, the Hyper-Angular Rainbow Polarimeter, will measure airborne particles and the
distribution of cloud droplet sizes with a new method that looks at a target from multiple
perspectives.

MiRaTA — the Microwave Radiometer Technology Acceleration mission — It has miniature


sensors that will collect data on temperature, water vapour and cloud ice that can be used
in weather forecasting and storm tracking.

Q) One of the methods of Money Laundering is ‘Round Tripping’. Which of the following
statements regarding ‘Round Tripping’ are correct?
1. Round Tripping refers to a practice of selling an unused asset to another company
while agreeing to buy back the same asset for about the same price.
2. Round-trip trading artificially inflates volume and revenues, and adds to large profits.
Select the code from the following:
a) 1 only
b) 2 only
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor2

Round-trip trading is an action that attempts to inflate transaction volumes through the
continuous and frequent purchase and sale of a particular security, commodity or asset.
Round-trip trading can be used to refer to the practice of a business selling an unused asset
to another company while agreeing to buy back the same asset for abou t the same price.
This type of market manipulation has been seen in the energy and telecom business.

This is a market-manipulation practice used to misrepresent the number of transactions


occurring on any given day. Round-trip trading artificially inflates volume and revenues, but
in reality adds no profit. Enron was a company that engaged in round -trip trading, and, by
doing so, was able to increase revenues (and expenses) without changing its net income.

Q) Consider the following statements about ‘Swing States’ with respect to US Elections
1. A swing state is a state in which no single candidate or party has overwhelming support in securing
the state's Electoral College votes
2. No candidate has an outright lead and the state could vote either way
3. Swing states vary by election years
Select the correct statements:
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Q) Which of the following is true about ‘Psyche’?


a) Saturn’s biggest moon
b) Largest metallic asteroid
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c) A Kuiper belt object


d) None of the above

Q) Consider the following statements


1. India is the largest recipient of Japanese official development assistance (ODA)
2. India is the first non-member of the non-proliferation treaty (NPT) to have signed
nuclear deal with Japan
Which of the following statements is/are incorrect?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Official development assistance (ODA) is a term coined by the Development Assistance


Committee (DAC) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
to measure aid. The DAC first used the term in 1969. It is widely used as an indicator of
international aid flow. It includes some loans.

Most ODA comes from the 28 members of the DAC, or about $135 billion in 2013. A further
$15.9 billion came from the European Commission and non-DAC countries gave an
additional $9.4 billion. Although development aid rose in 2013 to the highest level ever
recorded, a trend of a falling share of aid going to the neediest sub -Saharan African
countries continued.

Q) In order to capture day light and concentrate the same inside a dark room, particularly in urban slum
or rural areas which lack electricity supply, a low cost and energy efficient Micro Solar Dome has been
tested and developed. Consider the following statements

1. It is a clear and green energy initiative of the Department of Science and Technology
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2. It is leak proof and works throughout the day and for a few hours continuously after Sunset

Select the correct statements


a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Surya Jyoti - Photo-Voltaic (PV) Integrated Micro Solar Dome (MSD)

The Micro Solar Dome (MSD) is a day and night lighting single device unique in its features, that has a
transparent semi-spherical upper dome made of acrylic material which captures the sunlight and the
light passes through a sun-tube having a thin layer of highly reflective coating on the inner wall of the
passage. It also contains a lower dome made of acrylic. There is a shutter in the bottom of the lower
dome which can be closed, if light is not required in the daytime. It is leak proof and works throughout
the day and 4 hours continuously after sunset. The entire development activities were taken up by an
R&D Organisation under the aegis of the Department of Science & Technology.

Q) Consider the following statements about South Asian Satellite


1. All the members of SAARC are part of the project
2. It will be launched by GSLV MK III
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

It was previously named as “SAARC Satellite”. After Pakistan has opted out of this p roject, it
is renamed as “South Asian Satellite”

Q) Consider the following statements about ‘Hunar Haat’


1. It is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority communities and providing them
domestic as well as international market for display and sell their products
2. It is being organized at India International Trade Fair
3. It is implemented by National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation
(NMDFC) under scheme “USTTAD” (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional
Arts/Crafts for Development) of Ministry of Minority Affairs

Select the correct statements


a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Hunar Haat
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Hunar Haat” (Skill Haat) exhibition is aimed at promoting and supporting artisans from Minority
communities and providing them domestic as well as international market for display and sell their
products.

The “Hunar Haat” is being organized at India International Trade Fair.

It is implemented by National Minorities Development & Finance Corporation (NMDFC) under scheme
“USTTAD” (Upgrading the Skills & Training in Traditional Arts/Crafts for Development) of Ministry of
Minority Affairs.

Q) Consider the following statements about “Supermoon”


1. It occurs when a full moon coincides with the moon being the closest it gets to the Earth on its orbit
2. The main cause of this event is that the moon’s orbit around the Earth is elliptical

Select the correct statements


a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Q) Which of the following is are correctly matched?


1. Hurricane Matthew : Haiti
2. Typhoon Lionrock : North Korea
3. Cyclone Winston : Fiji
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 3
b) 2 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

Q) Consider the following statements about Madanjeet Singh Prize


1. It is a prize awarded every two years by UNESCO
2. It rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, and cultural or communication fields aimed at
the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and nonviolence
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

In 1995, to mark the United Nations Year for Tolerance and the 125th ann iversary of the
birth of Mahatma Gandhi, UNESCO created a prize for the promotion of tolerance and nonviolence.

The UNESCO-Madanjeet Singh Prize for the Promotion of Tolerance and Non-Violence
rewards significant activities in the scientific, artistic, and cultural or communication fields
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aimed at the promotion of a spirit of tolerance and non-violence.

The prize is awarded every two years on the International Day for Tolerance, 16 November.

The Prize may be awarded to institutions, organizations or persons, who have contributed in
a particularly meritorious and effective manner to tolerance and non-violence.

The 2016 winner is the Federal Research and Methodological Center for Tolerance
Psychology and Education (Tolerance Center) of Russia.

Q) ‘The Sunway TaihuLight’ is a _____________ supercomputer


a) South Korean
b) Japanese
c) Chinese
d) Taiwanese

Q) Consider the following statements about INS Sumitra


1. It is the first Saryu class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy
2. It was a part of Operation Rahaat
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

NS Sumitra is the fourth and last Saryu class patrol vessel of the Indian Navy, designed and
constructed by Goa Shipyard Limited. It is the presidential yacht of India. It is designed to
undertake fleet support operations, coastal and offshore patrolling, ocean surveillance and
monitoring of sea lines of communications and offshore assets and escort duties.

The ship has been deployed for multiple operational tasks, the most notable being
‘Operation Rahat’, which entailed the evacuation of personnel of various nationalities from
war-torn Yemen in 2015.

Q) Indian Strategic Petroleum Reserve (ISPR) are located in


1. Mangalore
2. Chandikhole
3. Visakhapatnam
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 3
b) 2 and 3
c) Only 1
d) All of the above

The Strategic Petroleum Reserves in India is located in Vishakhapatnam, Mangalore and Padur.
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Q) Consider the following statements about India International Trade Fair – 2016
1. The ‘Partner Country’ is the ‘South Korea’ and the ‘Focus Country’ is ‘Japan’
2. The ‘Partner States’ are ‘Rajasthan and ‘Gujarat’ and the ‘Focus State’ is ‘Haryana’
3. The theme of this year International trade fair is “Digital India”
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
b) Only 3
c) 1 and 3
d) 2 and 3

India International Trade Fair – 2016

It is the annual flagship event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO).

The ‘Partner Country’ is the ‘South Korea’ and the ‘Focus Country’ is ‘Belarus’.

The ‘Partner States’ are ‘Madhya Pradesh’ and ‘Jharkhand’ and the ‘Focus State’ is
Haryana.

The theme of this year International trade fair is “Digital India”


Q) Which of the following statements concerning Solanum nigrum is/are correct?
1. A compound derived from the leaves of Solanum nigrum – Uttroside B can treat
liver cancer
2. The compound has foaming characteristics
3. It is also called as ‘Bittersweet Nightshade’
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

Solanum nigrum

A compound derived from the leaves of Solanum nigrum, has remarkable efficacy in
treating liver cancer.
The compound saponin named Uttroside B, has shown that it is 10 times more
effective than Sorafenib, the only drug currently available for the treatment of
hepatocellular carcinoma (common type of liver cancer).
Saponins are glucosides with foaming characteristics
Solanum nigrum belongs to the family Solanaceae. It is also called as Black
Nightshade.
It is widely used in traditional medicine for various ailments such as inflammation,
jaundice, bronchitis, asthma, leprosy, and skin disorders. It is a rich source of
anticancer molecules.
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Q) ‘Naseem Al Bahr’ is a joint naval exercise between


a) Saudi Arabia and Pakistan
b) Turkey and Iran
c) India and Oman
d) Oman, Jordan and Turkey

Q) Consider the following statements about International Centre for Agricultural


Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)
1. ICARDA has been temporarily headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon
2. ICARDA, hosts the largest collection of seeds in Morocco
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The International Centre for Agriculture Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), a member of
the CGIAR, supported by the CGIAR Fund, is a non-profit agricultural research for
development institute that aims to improve the livelihoods of the resource-poor across the
world’s dry areas.

ICARDA has been temporarily headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, since leaving Aleppo, Syria,
in 2012. Support is provided by research centres and offices in Jordan, Morocco, Ethiopia,
Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Afghanistan, India, Iran, Oman, Pakistan, Sudan, Uzbekistan, the
United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

The International Centre for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, or ICARDA, hosts the
largest collection of seeds in Morocco.

The crucial role of seed banks in protecting biodiversity is receiving increasing attention
because of climate change, which threatens to wipe out crops as dry areas of the world get
even hotter and drier.

The Rabat centre holds tens of thousands of seeds spanning from wheat and barley to lentils
and chickpeas inside a vault in near-freezing temperatures.

The seed bank not only preserves these essential staples but develops them to become
more resistant to disease and a warming climate.

The site in Rabat has become primary centre of storage and research after its previous hub
in Aleppo, Syria, was seized by an Islamist rebel group in September 2015

Q) Consider the following statements about ‘The Consumer Protection Bill 2015’
1. The Bill replaces the Consumer Protection Act, 1986
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2. The Bill enforces consumer rights, and provides a mechanism for redressal of
complaints regarding defect in goods and deficiency in services
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The Bill replaces the Consumer Protection Act, 1986. The Bill enforces consumer rights, and
provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding defect in goods and deficiency
in services.

Consumer Dispute Redressal Commissions will be set up at the district, state and national
levels for adjudicating consumer complaints.

The Bill establishes a Consumer Protection Authority to investigate into consumer


complaints, issue safety notices for goods and services, and pass orders for recall of goods
and against misleading advertisements.

If a consumer suffers an injury from a defect in a good, he may file a claim of product
liability against the manufacturer. The consumer must establish seven conditions in order
to prove such a claim.

The Bill classifies six contract terms as ‘unfair’. These cover terms such as (i) payment of
excessive security deposits; (ii) disproportionate penalty for a breach ; (iii) unilateral
termination without cause; (iv) one which puts the consumer at a disadvantage.
Q) Spratly Islands is located in which of the following
a) Danube River
b) South China Sea
c) Gulf of Maine
d) Pacific Ocean

The Spratlys are one of the major archipelagos in the South China Sea which complicate
governance and economics in this part of Southeast Asia due to their location in strategic
shipping lanes. The islands have no indigenous inhabitants, but offer rich fishing grounds
and may contain significant oil and natural gas reserves and as such are important to the
claimants in their attempts to establish international boundaries. Some of the islands have
civilian settlements, but of the approximately 45 islands, cays, reefs and shoals that are
occupied, all contain structures that are occupied by military forces from Malaysia, Taiwan
(ROC), China (PRC), the Philippines and Vietnam. Additionally, Brunei has claimed an
exclusive economic zone in the south-eastern part of the Spratlys, which includes the Louisa
Reef.

Q) Consider the following statements with respect to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)


1. It is a way of delivering applications over the Internet as a service
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2. It is a cloud based service


3. SaaS customers have no hardware or software to buy, install, maintain, or update
Which of the following statements is/are incorrect?
a) Only 2
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) None of the above

Cloud computing applications, or apps, are the cloud-based services also known as Software
as a Service (SaaS)

A cloud service is any resource that is provided over the Internet. The most common cloud
service resources are Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)

Q) Recently Kyasanur Forest Disease was in the news. Consider the following statements
w.r.t it
1. It is a viral disease also known as Rodent fever
2. It is endemic to South Asia
3. Kyasanur forests are located in Andhra Pradesh
Select the correct code
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) 1 and 3
d) 2 and 3

It is known as Monkey Fever. Kyasanur Forests are located in Karnataka.

Q) Montague-Chemsford reforms or the Councils Act of 1919 was based on which of the following:
a) Duke Memorandum
b) Nehru Report
c) Congress Working Committee report
d) Mueller report

Duke Memorandum is associated with Sir William Duke, a member of the English Round
Table Group and he had formulated a scheme which eventually became the basis of Joint
Report of Montague and Chelmsford.

Q) National Security Guard (NSG) deals with which of the following?


a) Combat Terrorism
b) UN Peace Keeping
c) Insurgency
d) Communal Problems

National Security Guard (NSG) deals with Combat Terrorism.


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The other operations are dealt by Rapid Action Force (RAF) under CRPF.

Q) Consider the following statements about Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD)


1. It is an atmosphere-ocean coupled phenomenon in the tropical Indian Ocean
characterized by a difference in sea-surface temperatures (SST)
2. Positive IOD is characterized by warmer than normal SSTs in the eastern equatorial
Indian Ocean and cooler than normal SSTs in the western tropical Indian Ocean
3. Negative IOD is characterized by cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the
eastern equatorial Indian Ocean and warmer than normal sea-surface temperatures
in the western tropical Indian Ocean
4. Negative IOD has a more direct and immediate impact on the North-East monsoon
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1, 2 and 4
c) 1 and 4
d) All of the above

IOD – It is an atmosphere-ocean coupled phenomenon in the tropical Indian Ocean (like the
El Nino is in the tropical Pacific), characterized by a difference in sea-surface temperatures
(SST).

Positive IOD – It is associated with cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the
eastern equatorial Indian Ocean and warmer than normal sea-surface temperatures in the
western tropical Indian Ocean.

Negative IOD – It is characterized by warmer than normal SSTs in the eastern equatorial
Indian Ocean and cooler than normal SSTs in the western tropical Indian Ocean.
According to India Met Department (IMD), the North-East monsoon is likely to extend its
deficient run for next three days thanks to misdirected weather systems in the Bay of
Bengal/Indian Ocean.

This is in turn attributable to the persisting negative phase of the Indian Ocean Dipole (IOD),
which causes the Indian Ocean just south to Bay of Bengal to warm up abnormally.

This has direct implications for the North-East monsoon, since the warmth builds up lower
pressure over the Indian Ocean where most of the moisture gets directed.

Q) Consider the following statements about Hypersaline lakes


1. The water of hypersaline lakes has minimum buoyancy
2. Dead Sea is the largest hyper saline lake in the world
3. Araruama Lagoon in Brazil is the deepest hyper saline lake in the world
4. The salinity of hyper saline lakes is always less than that of ocean water
Which of the following statements is are incorrect?
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1, 3 and 4
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c) 1 and 4
d) All of the above

A hypersaline lake is a landlocked body of water that contains significant concentrations of


sodium chloride or other salts, with saline levels surpassing that of ocean water (3.5%, i.e.
35 grams per litre).

The most saline water body in the world is the Don Juan Pond, located in the McMurdo Dry
Valleys in Antarctica. Its volume is some 3,000 cubic meters, but is constantly changing. The
Don Juan Pond has a salinity level of over 44%, (i.e. 12 times saltier than ocean water). Its
high salinity prevents the Don Juan from freezing even when temperatures are below −50 °C
(−58 °F). There are larger hypersaline water bodies, lakes in the McMurdo Dry Valleys such
as Lake Vanda with salinity of over 35% (i.e. 10 times saltier than ocean water). They are
covered with ice in the winter.

The water of hypersaline lakes has great buoyancy due to a high salt content.
The Dead Sea, dividing Israel and the Palestinian West Bank from Jordan, is the world's
deepest hypersaline lake and the Araruama Lagoon is the world's largest hypersaline lake

Q.3) Green GDP means


1. Conventional GDP figures adjusted for the environmental costs of economic activities
2. Monetary value of the Forests
3. Growth of Green Investments in economy
4. Accounts showing the monetized loss of biodiversity, costs caused by climate change
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 3
b) 1 and 4
c) 1, 3 and 4
d) All of the above

Green Gross Domestic Product is the index of the Economic growth of a particular country
which enshrines the environment consequences of the economic growth.

Green GDP does not mean the monetary value of the Forests etc.

Green GDP does not mean the growth of Green Investments.

Green GDP means that it accounts the monetized loss of biodiversity, costs caused by
climate change.

Green GDP is conventional gross domestic product figures adjusted for the environmental
costs of economic activities. It’s a measure of how a country is prepared for sustainable
economic development.

This means that GDP may have some indicators such as Waste per capita or CO2 emissions
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growth/ decline.

Q) Consider the following statements with respect to Golden Mahseer Fish.


1. It is the longest-living freshwater fish
2. It is native to mountain and sub-mountain regions
3. It inhabit only rivers
4. It is an omnivore
Select the correct code
a) 1, 2 and 3
b) 1, 2 and 4
c) 1 and 2
d) All of the above

Golden Mahseer Fish is the longest-living freshwater fish and is native to mountain and submountain
regions.

It inhabit both rivers and lakes and is an omnivore

Q) Consider the following statements:


1. Mixing fly ash in soil can help farmers increase production of crops and vegetables
2. Fly ash can be mixed with cement thus reducing the cost of construction.
3. Fly ash can cover the surface of plant leaves and thus helps in increasing nutrient capacity.
4. Fly ash bricks are light weight and offer high strength and durability.
5. Use of fly-ash instead of lime in agriculture can reduce net CO2 emission and also
reduce global warming.
Which of the above statements are correct w.r.t Fly Ash?
a) 1, 2 , 3 and 4
b) 2, 3, 4 and 5
c) 1, 2, 4 and 5
d) All of the above

Fly ash in atmosphere acts as a pollutant. It can cover the leaf surface by making a thin layer
which reduces photosynthesis and productivity of plants. But its use in soils shows different
result. Fly ash is a resourceful material and can be effectively utilized as soil modifier in large
quantity and micro fertilizer in converting wasteland (barren land, rocky nature, sandy and
water logged soil, highly alkali and acidic soil etc.) into agriculturally productive land. "Best
thing about fly ash is, that it retains water in ground and helps bacterial actions to take
place to cultivate good quality of crops or vegetables.
Q) Consider the following statements about Commission for Agricultural Costs & Prices (CACP)
1. It recommends MSPs only for pulses and commercial crops
2. Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) takes a final decision on the MSPs
after the feedback from CACP
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
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c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

It is mandated to recommend minimum support prices (MSPs) to incentivise the


cultivators to adopt modern technology and overall grain production.

Thus, MSP for major agricultural products are fixed by the government, each year,
after taking the recommendations of the Commission.

As of now, CACP recommends MSPs of 23 commodities, which comprise 7 cereals, 5


pulses, 7 oilseeds and 4 commercial crops.

After receiving the feed-back, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) of
the Union government takes a final decision on the MSPs.

Q) ‘Mission Madhumeha’ is under the


a) Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
b) Ministry of Ayush
c) Ministry of Agriculture
d) Ministry of Environment & Forests

The Ministry of AYUSH is also going to launch “Mission Madhumeha through Ayurveda” on
the occasion.

The Mission will be implemented throughout the country through National Treatment
Protocol for effective management of Diabetes through Ayurveda.

It provides for free Ayurvedic health care services for the patients of Diabetes by organizing
health check-up camps, public lectures for creating awareness in public regarding Diabetes
etc.

Q) Which of the following statements about sharia compliant finance is/are correct?
1. It is a banking activity that is consistent with the principles of Sharia and it is practical
application through the development of Islamic economics
2. It is a finance system based on the principles of not charging interest for loans
Select the correct code:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Islamic finance is equity-based, asset-backed, ethical, sustainable, environmentally- and


socially-responsible finance. It promotes risk sharing, connects the financial sector with the
real economy, and emphasizes financial inclusion and social welfare.
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The following key principles guide Islamic Finance:


1) Prohibition of interest on transactions (riba)
2) Financing must be linked to real assets (materiality)
3) Engagement in immoral or ethically problematic businesses not allowed (e.g., arms
manufacturing or alcohol production)
4) Returns must be linked to risks.

Q) Which of the following is known as Orchid state of India?


a) Mizoram
b) Nagaland
c) Meghalaya
d) Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal's rich and colorful orchids find a place of pride. Out of about a thousand species
of orchids in India, over 600 are to be found in Arunachal alone. Hence this state can rightly
be called the "Orchid Paradise" or Orchid state of India.

Q) Consider the following statements about Vector-borne diseases


1. Vectors are living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans
or from animals to humans.
2. Chikungunya, Malaria and Dengue are vector-borne
3. Mosquitoes are the best known disease vector
Select the correct statements
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Vectors are living organisms that can transmit infectious diseases between humans or from
animals to humans. Many of these vectors are bloodsucking insects, which ingest diseaseproducing
microorganisms during a blood meal from an infected host (human or animal)
and later inject it into a new host during their subsequent blood meal.

Mosquitoes are the best known disease vector. Others include ticks, flies, sandflies, fleas,
triatomine bugs and some freshwater aquatic snails.

Mosquitoes
Aedes
Chikungunya
Dengue fever
Rift Valley fever
Yellow fever
Zika

Anopheles
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Malaria

Culex
Japanese encephalitis
Lymphatic filariasis
West Nile fever

Q) Consider the following statements about INS Chennai


1. It is indigenously designed guided missile destroyer in the Shivalik class
2. It is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 long
range surface-to-air missiles
3. It was a part of Project 15A
Select the correct statements
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

‘INS Chennai’, the third indigenously designed guided missile destroyer in the Kolkata class
commissioned
The ship is armed with supersonic surface-to-surface BrahMos missiles and Barak-8 long
range surface-to-air missiles.
With an overall length of 164 metres and displacement of over 7,500 tonnes, ‘INS Chennai’
is one of the largest destroyers in the Indian Navy’s fleet.
Built at the Mazagon Dock Shipbuilders Ltd in Mumbai, the ship’s construction also marks
the end of the Project 15A to build Kolkata class guided missile destroyers.

Q) Consider the following statements


1. There are no institutions under the administrative control of Ministry of Culture
named as Cultural Universities
2. Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS), Leh is declared as deemed to be
Universities under Ministry of Culture
Which of the following statements is are correct?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

There are four teaching institutions declared as deemed to be Universities under Ministry of
Culture, Government of India.
They are
Nava Nalanda Mahavihara (NNM), Nalanda
Central Institute of Buddhist Studies (CIBS), Leh
Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS), Varanasi
National Museum Institute, New Delhi
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Q) Which of the following statements about New Energy Policy is/are correct?
1. It builds on the previous Integrated Energy Policy
2. It aligns the domestic coal prices with the international prices
3. It includes issues related to sharp decline of crude oil prices and change in solar
energy technology
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

NEP builds on the achievements of the earlier omnibus energy policy the Integrated Energy
Policy (IEP), and sets the new agenda consistent with the redefined role of emerging
developments in the energy world.

Clearing a misconception about the aligning of domestic coal prices with the international
prices, Shri Goyal informed that the proposed policy does not call for any such alignment.

The four key objectives of the new energy policy are access at affordable prices, improved
energy security and independence, greater sustainability and economic growth.

The new policy differs from the previous policy while including the issue related to sharp
decline of crude oil prices, change in solar energy technology, heightened concern of climate
change issues, ambitious target of Renewable energy and rural electrification agenda
adopted by the Government.

Q) Consider the following statements about European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN)
1. India is an associate member of CERN
2. Only European countries are granted full membership
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Israel is the only non-European country granted full membership

Q) Consider the following statements about E-Kuber


1. It is the Core Banking Solution of Reserve Bank of India
2. It enables banks to offer a multitude of customer-centric services on a 24×7 basis
from a single location
3. The e-kuber system can be accessed either through INFINET or Internet
Select the correct statements
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a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

e-Kuber is the Core Banking Solution of Reserve Bank of India. E-Kuber provides the
provision of a single current account for each bank across the country, with decentralised
access to this account from anywhere-anytime using portal based services in a safe manner.

Core Banking Solutions (CBS) can be defined as a solution that enables banks to offer a
multitude of customer-centric services on a 24x7 basis from a single location, supporting
retail as well as corporate banking activities, as well as all possible delivery channels existing
and proposed. The centralisation thus makes a “one-stop” shop for financial services a
reality. Using CBS, customers can access their accounts from any branch, anywhere,
irrespective of where they have physically opened their accounts.

The e-kuber system can be accessed either through INFINET or Internet. The INFINET is a
Closed User Group Network for the exclusive use of member banks and financial institutions
and is the communication backbone for the National Payments System, which caters mainly
to inter-bank applications like Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS), Delivery Vs Payment,
Government Transactions, Automatic Clearing House, etc.

Q) Consider the following statements about Prithvi-II


1. It is the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided
Missile Development Programme
2. It is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines
3. It is a series of short range ballistic missiles launched to combat opponents in warlike situations
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

Prithvi-II is the first missile to be developed by the DRDO under the Integrated Guided
Missile Development Programme
Prithvi II is a series of short range ballistic missiles launched to combat opponents in war-like
situations.
The first test fire of this missile was carried out in 1996 and its development stage was
completed in the year 2004.
It was inducted into Indian armed forces in 2003 by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC)
Prithvi-II missile has a strike range of 350 km
It is capable of carrying 500-1000 kg of warheads
Prithvi-II is thrusted by liquid propulsion twin engines. It is 9 metres tall.
It uses advanced inertial guidance system with manoeuvring traje ctory to hit its target. Its
route was tracked by the DRDO radars, electro-optical tracking systems and telemetry
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stations
Launch activities are carried out by the specially formed strategic force command (SFC) and
monitored by the scientists of Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO)
In a similar trial, India test fired Prithvi II as a part of a users trial in May.

Q) Which of the following statements about Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI)
is/are correct?
1. It is released by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC)
and Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
2. It includes emissions from deforestation and forest degradation
Select the correct code:
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) is an annual publication by Germanwatch and
Climate Action Network Europe

The Climate Change Performance Index is an instrument designed to enhance transparency


in international climate politics

Its aim is to put political and social pressure on those countries which have, up until now,
failed to take ambitious action on climate protection. It also aims to highlight those
countries with best-practice climate policies.

On the basis of standardised criteria, the index evaluates and compares the climate
protection performance of 58 countries that together are responsible for more than 90% of
global energy-related CO2 emissions

It includes emissions from deforestation and forest degradation

Q) India’s longest expressway connects


a) Mumbai and Pune
b) Agra and Greater Noida
c) Lucknow and Agra
d) Ahmedabad and Vadodara

The Agra-Lucknow Expressway is six-lane green-field expressway having total length of 302-km. It has a
design speed of up to 120 kms per hour.

Q) Consider the following statements w.r.t Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS)
1. It is a joint initiative of the governments, industry and civil societies to prevent the
entry of conflict diamonds from the mainstream rough diamond market
2. India is founder member of the scheme
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3. The current chair and vice chair of KPCS is UAE and India respectively
Select the correct code:
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

The Chair rotates annually. The Vice Chair is selected at the annual ‘plenary' meeting and
becomes Chair automatically the following year.

KPCS is a joint initiative of the governments, industry and civil societies to prevent the entry
of conflict diamonds from the mainstream rough diamond market.

It was established in 2003 through a United Nations General Assembly Resolution. India is
founder member of the scheme.

In India, the scheme is administered through the Department of Commerce under the aegis
of the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry.

Q) Consider the following statements about Export Promotion Councils (EPC)


1. The EPCs are non-profit organisations registered under the Companies Act or the
Societies Registration Act
2. It performs only advisory functions
3. It may be provided financial assistance by the Central Government

Select the correct statement


a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

The basic objective of Export Promotion Councils is to promote and develop the exports of
the country. Each Council is responsible for the promotion of a particular group of products,
projects and services.
The main role of the EPCs is to project India's image abroad as a reliable supplier of high
quality goods and services. In particular, the EPCs shall encourage and monitor the
observance of international standards and specifications by exporters. The EPCs shall keep
abreast of the trends and opportunities in international markets for goods and services and
assist their members in taking advantage of such opportunities in order to expand and
diversify exports.
The EPCs are non-profit organisations registered under the Companies Act or the Societies
Registration Act, as the case may be.
THE EPCs perform both advisory & executive functions.

Q) Which of the following releases ICT Development Index (IDI)


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a) International Telecommunications Union (ITU)


b) World Economic Forum
c) UN ICT Task Force
d) International Development Informatics Association (IDIA)

Q) Consider the following statements about Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ)


1. The area encircling the earth near the equator where the northeast and southeast
trade winds come together is known as ITCZ
2. The zone experiences low precipitation and high humidity
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2
The Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ), known by sailors as the doldrums, is the area
encircling the earth near the equator where the northeast and southeast trade winds come
together.

This zone experience high precipitation and high humidity.

Q) Which of the following countries do not border Lake Victoria of Africa?


1. Tanzania
2. Uganda
3. Zaire
4. Rwanda

Select the correct code:


a) 1, 3 and 4
b) 3 and 4
c) 2 and 4
d) 1 and 2

Q) Union Cabinet approved the new Merchant Shipping Bill, 2016 for introducing it in
the Parliament. Consider the following statements
1. It will repeal Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 as well as The Coasting Vessels Act, 1838
2. The Coasting Vessels Act, 1838 provides for registration of non-mechanically
propelled vessels to a limited jurisdiction of Saurashtra and Kutch
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The Bill is a revamped version of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. The Bill will repeal
Merchant Shipping Act, 1958 as well as The Coasting Vessels Act, 1838. The Merchant
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Shipping Act, 1958 amended 17 times between 1966 and 2014 resulting in an increase in the
number of sections to more than 560 sections. These provisions have been meticulously
shortened to 280 sections in the new Bill.
The Coasting Vessels Act, 1838, an archaic legislation of the British era providing for
registration of non-mechanically propelled vessels to a limited jurisdiction of Saurashtra and
Kutch, is proposed to be repealed since provisions have been introduced in the Merchant
Shipping Bill 2016 for registration of all vessels for the whole of India.

Q) CFTRI is trying to bring about an ‘omega revolution’ in India by developing protein


enriched and Omega-3 enriched chocobars, by adding chia and quinoa seeds to chocobars
help reduce fat and sugar. Consider the following statements w.r.t Omega-3 fatty acids
1. Omega-3 comes only from plant sources
2. Mammals are unable to synthesize omega-3 fatty acids
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Omega-3 comes from both animal and plant sources. The primary animal sources are krill oil
and fish oil. The primary plant sources are flaxseed, chia and hemp.

Omega-3 fatty acids are important for normal metabolism. Mammals are unable to
synthesize omega-3 fatty acids, but can obtain the shorter-chain omega-3 fatty acid ALA (18
carbons and 3 double bonds) through diet and use it to form the more important long -chain
omega-3 fatty acids, EPA (20 carbons and 5 double bonds) and then from EPA, the most
crucial, DHA (22 carbons and 6 double bonds).

Q) Consider the following statements about Fame India Scheme


1. It comes under National Automotive Board, Department of Heavy Industry
2. It is aimed at incentivising all vehicle segments i.e. 2 Wheeler, 3 Wheeler Auto,
Passenger 4 Wheeler Vehicle, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses
Which of the following statements is/are incorrect?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Government of India has notified FAME India Scheme [Faster Adoption and Manufacturing
of (Hybrid &) Electric Vehicles in India] with effect from April 2015.
It comes under National Automotive Board, Department of Heavy Industry.
Objective: to support hybrid/electric vehicles market development and Manufacturing ecosystem.
Four focus areas of FAME
1. Technology development
2. Demand Creation
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3. Pilot Projects
4. Charging Infrastructure
The FAME Scheme is aimed at incentivising all vehicle segments i.e. 2 Wheeler, 3 Wheeler
Auto, Passenger 4 Wheeler Vehicle, Light Commercial Vehicles and Buses.
Scheme covers Hybrid & Electric technologies like Mild Hybrid, Strong Hybrid, Plug in Hybrid
& Battery Electric Vehicles.
Under this scheme, about 99000 hybrid/electric vehicles (xEVs) have been given direct
support by way of demand incentives since the launch

Q) Consider the following statements about Pre-paid Payment Instruments (PPIs)


1. It facilitates purchase of goods and services, including funds transfer, against the
value stored on such instruments
2. Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is the regulatory authority for PPIs
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Pre-paid Payment Instruments (PPIs) are defined in the RBI Guidelines issued under the
Payment and Settlements Systems Act, 2005 as payment instruments that facilitate
purchase of goods and services, including funds transfer, against the value stored on such
instruments. The value stored on such instruments repre sents the value paid for by the
holders by cash, by debit to a bank account, or by credit card. The pre-paid instruments can
be issued as smart cards, magnetic stripe cards, internet accounts, internet wallets, mobile
accounts, mobile wallets, paper vouchers and any such instrument which can be used to
access the pre-paid amount.

PPIs are one component of the Payment System. In fact, they constitute the last end of the
spectrum of payment instruments existing in India at the moment. The Payment and
Settlement Systems Act, 2007 (PSS Act, 2007) which came into force with effect from 12
August 2008, provides for the regulation and supervision of PPIs in India. Reserve Bank of
India (RBI) is the regulatory authority for this purpose.

Q.3) Consider the following statements about National Plant Protection Organization (NPPO)
1. It is the nodal agency for inspecting the mills and granting certificates on plant health
for export purposes
2. A phytosanitary certificate for export is issued by NPPO
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Phytosanitary certification is used to attest that consignments meet phytosanitary


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(regarding plants) import requirements and is undertaken by an NPPO (National Plant


Protection Organization).
To export to nations, it is mandatory that Indian rice exporters are registered with NPPO,
the Indian government agency for inspecting the mills and granting certificates on plant
health for export purposes.

Q) What is Integrated Goods and Services Tax?


a) Tax imposed on imported goods and services
b) Tax imposed on interstate trade
c) Tax on international trade
d) Tax imposed on value additions to exports

IGST or integrated goods and services tax would mean the tax levied under IGST Act on the
supply of any goods and / or services in the course of inter-state trade or commerce.

Q) Global Urban Ambient Air Pollution Database is released by


a) WHO
b) Global Atmosphere Watch (GAW)
c) Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
d) None of the above

Q) Recently the Ministry of Agriculture launched ‘e-pashuhaat portal’. Consider the


following with respect to same.
1. The portal has been developed under National Mission on Bovine Productivity
2. It facilitates trade of live cows/buffaloes, frozen semen and embryos
3. The portal has real-time authentic certified information on availability of germplasm
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
b) 1 and 3
c) 2 and 3
d) 1, 2 and 3

e-pashuhaat’ portal has been developed under National Mission on Bovine Productivity for
connecting breeders and farmers regarding availability of bovine germplasm. Through the
portal breeders/farmers can sell and purchase breeding stock, information on all forms of
germplasm including semen, embryos and live animals with all the agencies and stake
holders in the country has been uploaded on the portal. Through this portal, farmers will be
aware about the availability of quality disease free bovine germplasm with different
agencies in the country. The portal will lead to propagation of high genetic merit
germplasm.
The portal has real-time authentic certified information on availability of germplasm,
establishes links between 'farmer to farmer' and 'farmer to institutes' and minimises the
involvement of middlemen.
India has the largest bovine population in the world. There are 144 million cattles and 105
million buffaloes. About 79 per cent are of indigenous breeds while the rest 21 per cent are
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exotic and crossbreed varieties.

Q) Consider the following statements about Lapis Lazuli Corridor


1. The corridor connects Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey via
road and rail
2. It starts from Afghanistan and ends in Europe
3. It is derived from the historic export route that Afghanistan’s lapis lazuli and other
semiprecious stones were being exported through this route to Caucasus, Russian,
the Balkans, Europe and North of Africa over 2000 years back
Select the correct statements
a) 1 and 2
b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Lapis Lazuli Corridor is created toward transit and trade cooperation among Afghanistan,
Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey intended to reduce barriers facing transit
trade and develop a Custom Procedure Integration in the region.
The corridor connects Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey via road
and rail that is most appropriate transit trade route in Central Asia, the Caucasus, the
Balkans and Central Europe and also connects effectively South Asia to European countries.
The Lapis Lazuli begins from Aqina in northern Faryab province and Turqundi in western
Herat province of Afghanistan and continues to Turkmenbashi of Turkmenistan and after
passing Caspian Sea, arrives Baku, the Azerbaijan’s capital and then it connects Baku to
Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital and also to the ports of Polti and Batumi of Georgia. And then get
cities of Kars and Istanbul of Turkey and finally ends Europe.
The “Lapis Lazuli” is derived from the historic export route that Afghanistan’s lapis lazuli and
other semiprecious stones were being exported through this route to Caucasus, Russian, the
Balkans, Europe and North of Africa over 2000 years back.

Q) Joint defence exercises Indra-Neva, AviaIndra and Indra are between India and
a) Only Russia
b) US and Japan
c) Japan, Vietnam and Philippines
d) Russia US and Japan

Q) Which of the following states has the highest % share of geographical area in the
Indian Himalayan Region (IHR)
a) Uttarakhand
b) Jammu & Kashmir
c) Himachal Pradesh
d) Arunachal Pradesh

Q) Consider the following statements about Defence Communication Network (DCN)


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1. It is the first tri-service communication and IT network of the Armed Forces


2. It is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication
3. It has pan-India reach
4. It is designed and developed by HCL Infosystems
Select the correct statements
a) 1 and 2 and 4
b) 1, 2 and 3
c) 2, 3 and 4
d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

The network enables the Army, the Air Force, the Navy and the Special Forces Command to
share situational awareness for a faster decision-making process. It is the first tri-service
communication and IT network of the Armed Forces.
It has a pan-India reach, i.e., from Ladakh to the North East to island territories.
It is capable of working on terrestrial as well as satellite mode of communication.
The network has been fully designed and developed in India by HCL Infosystems.

Q) Consider the following statements about World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
1. The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health worldwide
2. It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO)
3. The World Assembly of Delegates is the highest authority of the OIE
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

The need to fight animal diseases at global level led to the creation of the Office
International des Epizooties through the international Agreement signed on January 25th
1924. In May 2003 the Office became the World Organisation for Animal Health but kept its
historical acronym OIE.

The OIE is the intergovernmental organisation responsible for improving animal health
worldwide.

It is recognised as a reference organisation by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in


2016 has a total of 180 Member Countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with 71
other international and regional organisations and has Regional and sub -regional Offices on
every continent.

The day-to-day operation of the OIE is managed at the Headquarters situated in Paris and
placed under the responsibility of a Director General elected by the World Assembly of
Delegates. The Headquarters implements the resolutions passed by the International
Committee and developed with the support of Commissions elected by the Delegates.
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The World Assembly of Delegates is the highest authority of the OIE.

It comprises the Delegates of all Member Countries and meets at least once a year. The
General Session of the Assembly lasts five days and is held every year in May in Paris.
Voting by Delegates within the Assembly respects the democratic principle of 'one country,
one vote'.

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Q) Consider the following pairs


1. Free Basics :: Facebook
2. Internet Sathi :: Facebook
3. Express WiFi :: Google
4. Hyperloop :: Microsoft
Which of the pairs is/are incorrectly matched?
a) 1, 2 and 4
b) 2, 3 and 4
c) 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3

Google’s ‘Internet Saathi’ programme, under which Google agents go from village to village
and train women to use smart phones and the internet.
Social networking giant Facebook is now testing a new model for public Wi-Fi deployments
for offering quality internet access in rural parts of the country. It is called as “Express Wifi”.
Earlier Facebook has launched “Free Basics” in 2014 in partnership with Reliance
Communications for providing basic internet access to people. However Telecom Regulatory
authority has slammed the service saying it violated the principle of net neutrality.
Hyperloop is a new mode of passenger and freight transportation that propels a pod-like
vehicle through a near-vacuum tube at airline speeds. Developed by SpaceX.

Q) Which of the following places is the largest market for tomatoes in Asia?
a) Pimpalgaon, Nashik, Maharashtra
b) Kolar, Karnataka
c) Khargpur, West Bengal
d) Forberganj, Bihar

Q) Consider the following statements regarding Shale gas exploration in India.


1. Shale gas is natural gas that is trapped within shale formations, which are essentially
fine-grained sedimentary rocks
2. Andhra Pradesh leads in the shale gas exploration
3. Fracking leads to contamination of drinking water and soil with toxic and
carcinogenic chemicals and also causes mild tremors in the region
Which of the following statements is/are correct?
a) 1 and 2
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b) 2 and 3
c) 1 and 3
d) All of the above

Gujarat (28 blocks) leads in the shale gas exploration followed by Andhra Pradesh (10
blocks)
Shale refers to a sedimentary rock resulted from compaction process of small old rocks
containing mud and minerals – such as quartz and calcite, trapped beneath the earth
surface. The shale gas is the natural gas trapped within these shale rocks. It is one of the
unconventional type of natural gas along with coal bed methane, tight sandstones, and
methane hydrates.
Scientists and environmentalists warn of the potential consequences on the environment.

The process involves huge amounts of water, and as argued by Chandan Nandy in TOI, India
cannot afford to waste such large quantities of water, that can otherwise be used for
drinking or farming.
Besides causing mild tremors in the region, fracking has in the past led to contamination of
drinking water and soil with toxic and carcinogenic chemicals.
Fracking has been banned in France, Netherlands, Ireland, and Scotland and in some states
in the United States.

Q) Consider the following statements about National Culture Fund (NCF)


1. It enables the government to mobilize extra budgetary resources by allowing direct
contributions to the NCF account maintained outside the Consolidated Fund of India
2. The NCF is managed and administered by a council chaired by the Minister for
Tourism & Culture
3. Donations to NCF will be eligible 100 per cent tax rebate under Section 80G of the
Income Tax Act
Select the correct statements
a) Only 2
b) 1 and 2
c) 2 and 3
d) All of the above

The National Culture Fund (NCF) was established as a funding mechanism distinct from the
existing sources and patterns of funding for the arts and culture in India. It will enable
institutions and individuals to support arts and culture directly as partners with its
government.
The National Culture Fund (NCF) was created as a Trust in November 1996.
The Govt. of India vide their orders in Aug.-Sep.98 notified that the donations to the
national Culture Fund will be eligible for tax benefit under section 10 (23C) (iv) and 80 G(2)
of the Income Tax Act.

The NCF is managed and administered by a council to decide the policies and an Executive
Committee – to actualize those policies. The Council is chaired by the Union Minister of
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Tourism & Culture and has a maximum strength of 24 including both the Chairman and
Member Secretary, A team of 19 members represent various fields including corporate
sector, private foundations and not-for-profit voluntary organizations. The purpose for this
structure is to increase non-government representation in the decision making process.

Q) Consider the following statements about Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI)
1. It regulates the functioning of insolvency professionals, insolvency professional
agencies and information utilities under the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code 2016
2. The Board members include people from RBI, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Law
and Ministry of corporate Affairs
Which of the following statements is/are incorrect?
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India was established on October 1, 2016 in
accordance with the provisions of The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016.
he Preamble of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code describes the basic functions of the
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code as "...to consolidate and amend the laws relating to
reorganization and insolvency resolution of corporate persons, partnership firms and
individuals in a time bound manner for maximization of the value of assets of such persons,
to promote entrepreneurship, availability of credit and balance the interests of all the
stakeholders including alteration in the order of priority of payment of Government dues
and to establish an Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code of India, and for matters connected
therewith or incidental thereto."
The Board members include Secretaries from Ministry of Law, Finance and Corporate Affairs
and Legal Adviser from RBI.

Q) Consider the following statements about United Nations Commission on


International Trade Law (UNCITRAL)
1. It was established to promote the progressive unification and harmonisation of
international trade law
2. It is the core legal body of the UN system in the field of international trade law
3. India has been a member of UNCITRAL since its inception
Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 1 and 3
d) 1, 2 and 3

It is the core legal body of the UN system in the field of international trade law. It specialises
in reforms in commercial law worldwide for a period of over 40 years. India is a founding
member of UNCITRAL. India is only one of eight countries which have been a member of
UNCITRAL since its inception.
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Q) Recently the Chinese diplomats have been using the famous traveller Hiuen Tsang’s
legacy to rekindle ‘cooperation’ between India and China. Consider the following
statements with regard to Hiuen Tsang
1. He was known as ‘Prince of Pilgrims’
2. He travelled India during the reign of Chandra Gupta II
Choose the appropriate code
a) Only 1
b) Only 2
c) Both 1 and 2
d) Neither 1 nor 2

Hiuen Tsang (also Xuanzang, Hsuan Tsang) was the celebrated Chinese traveler who visited
India in Ancient Times. He has been described therefore as the “Prince of Pilgrims.”

His visit to India was an important event of the reign of Harshavardhana. India is much
indebted to this Chinese traveller for the valuable accounts he left behind with many details
of political, religious, economic, social conditions of those days.
Harsha (c. 590–648), also known as Harshavardhana, was an Indian emperor who ruled
North India from 606 to 648 from his capital Kannauj. He was the founder and ruler of the
Empire of Harsha. Harshavardhana was the last Hindu emperor of united North India.
Harsha is widely believed to be the author of three Sanskrit plays Ratnavali, Nagananda and
Priyadarsik

Q) In Indian context, protection of the cultural heritage of India is a part of


1) Directive Principles of State Policy
2) Fundamental Duties
3) Archaeological Survey of India
Choose the appropriate code
a) 2 only
b) 1 only
c) 2 and 3
d) 1, 2 and 3

51 (f) - To value and preserve the rich heritage of our composite culture;
Article 49 places an obligation upon the State to ensure the preservation of monuments and
objects of national importance
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), under the Ministry of Culture, is the premier
organization for the archaeological researches and protection of the cultural heritage of the
nation. Maintenance of ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains of
national importance is the prime concern of the ASI.

Q) Consider the following statements with respect to coal


1. The value of coal depends on the concentration of carbon in its composition
2. Bituminous Coal has the highest calorific value
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3. Anthracite Coal is not found in India


Select the correct statements
a) Only 1
b) 1 and 2
c) 2 and 3
d) 1 and 3

Anthracite coal has the highest calorific value and it is found in India.