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1. Which decade is celebrated as First United Nations Decade for the Eradication
of Poverty?
1997-2006
2. International voluntary blood donation day is observed on which date? November 6
3. Why can Insects move on the surface of water without sinking? Due to Surface tension
of water
4. Which minerals occurs abundantly in the Earth’s crust? Silica
5. Which Harappan site had a dock? Lothal
6. Pneumoconiosis affects the workers who work mainly in which industry? Coal mining industry
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7. On which Panchayat did the Ashok Mehta Committee greater emphasis? Mandai Panchayat
8. Which has the largest livestock population in the world? India
9. The tide at its maximum height is known by which name? Spring tide
10. Which Veda throws light on the beliefs and practices of the non-Aryans? Atharvaveda
11. The United Nations declared 2009 as which International Year? Reconciliation
12. Lathyrism is caused by excessive consumption of which thing? Khesari Dal
13. Under which Ministry of the Government of India does the Food and
Nutrition Board work?
Ministry of Agriculture
14. Where are the Local thunderstorms ‘Nor’ westers’ prominent? West Bengal
15. The code of conduct of the Vedic society was laid out in which text? Smritis
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16. What are the metallic constituents of hard water? Calcium, magnesium
and iron
17. Who broke Pete Sampras’s record of maximum Grand Slams in tennis? Roger Federer
18. With which was Tarapore Committee associated? Fuller capital account
convertibility
19. What is the dense mass of small water drops on smoke particles in the lower
layers of the atmosphere?
Smog
20. Who was the founder of the Nanda dyansty? Mahapadma Nanda
21. How many orangutans disappear each year as result of palm oil farming? 5000
22. Who decides about the reasonableness of the restrictions placed on
Fundamental Rights?
Courts
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23. Microwaves are electromagnetic waves with frequency, in the range of
which unit?
Giga hertz
24. Mosses and Lichens are the characteristic vegetation of which region? Tundra region
25. Who was a great ruler of Kalinga in ancient times? Kharavela
26. Makers of which types sponsor Indian ace Narian Karthikeyan? MRF
27. Where will the winter youth Olympics Games 2016 be held? Lillehammer
28. Which specy of rhinoceros is said to be the most critically endangered
species?
Javan rhino
29. Trees with hardwood and dense canopy are generally found in which
forests?
Evergreen forests
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30. What was the language of the Satavahana inscription? Prakrit
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1. By whom is the Separation of the Judiciary from the Executive enjoined? Directive Principle
2. According to Dalton’s atomic theory, which is the smallest particle which
can exist independently?
An atom
3. Which Mahatma Gandhi series of currency notes issued by the RBI has
“ecology” depicted on it?
Rs. 100
4. In India, which type of forest occupy the largest area? Tropical Moist
Deciduous Forest
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5. The great grammarian Patanjali of ancient India was whose contemporary? Pushyamitra Sunga
6. Which was the first Asian lady swimmer to have crossed the English
Channel?
Arati Saha
7. Which creature is featured on the logo for International Year of Biodiversity
2010?
A greater flamingo
8. To which Bill the President must accord his sanction without sending it back
for fresh consideration?
Finance Bills
9. Where is Over 90% of the world’s biomass? In tropical rain forests
10. Who deciphered the Brahmi script? James Princep
11. Who firstly predicated the existence of electromagnetic waves? Maxwell
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12. Who is the winner of Saraswati Samman 2012? A.A. Manavalan
13. When was decimal coinage introduced in India? 1957
14. Why have continents have drifted apart? Because of tectonic
activities
15. Which ruler was adorned with the title of ‘Maharajadhiraja’ (King of
Kings)?
Chandragupta I
16. What represents the most complex level? Ecosystem
17. Which was the first woman film star nominated/ elected to the Rajya
Sabha?
Nargis Dutt
18. Which type of glass is used in making lenses and prisms? Flint glass
19. Which is the smallest water body? Japan Sea
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20. In ancient peninsular India, who assumed the title ‘Vatapikonda’? Narasimhavarman
21. The Golden Palmd’or award at the 65th Cannes Film Festival was received
by which person?
Amour
22. Which Indian batsman made three consecutive centuries in his first three
Test matches?
Mohd. Azharuddin
23. Which is the largest flower in the world? Rafflesia
24. Which European country borders Atlanic Ocean? Portugal
25. Prithviraj Chauhan belonged to which Rajput dynasty? Gahadavalas
26. Whose prior consent can the Money Bills be introduced in the State
Legislature?
Governor
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27. The intensity of a magnetic field is defined as the force experienced by
which pole?
Unit north pole
28. Among Indian Economists who had done pioneering work on National
Income?
V. K. R. V. Rao
29. Which country makes maximum use of the geothermal energy? Iceland
30. Under which Sultan, Khalisa land increased considerably? Alauddin Khilji
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1. The term ‘Butterfly Stroke’ is associated with which game? Swimming
2. Which vitamin is very liable and easily destroyed during cooking as well as
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storage?
Vitamin C
3. Who acts as the Chancellor of State Universities? Governor
4. Which current is produced by upwelling of cold water off the coast of Chile
and Peru?
Humboldt current
5. By whom was the structure of Qutab Minar was completed? Iltutmish
6. In which process, a nucleus spontaneously breaks down by emitting
radiation?
Radioactive decay
7. ‘Alice in Wonderland’ the famous TV Serial, is based on a book written by
which author?
Lewis Caroll
8. Who was the chairman of National Income Committee? P. C. Mahalanobis
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9. In which country are the broken hill famous for zinc and lead? Australia
10. When Akbar was young, Who was his guardian? Bairam Khan
11. Which organ destroys worn out RBCs in the body of a vertebrate? Spleen
12. Which State has no Panchayati Raj Institution at all? Nagaland
13. Fluorescent tubes are fitted with a choke. What does the choke coil? Reduces current in the
circuit
14. The Vindhyas belong to which class of mountains? Block mountains
15. In which year Akbar assumed actual control over the administration of his
empire?
1560
16. Who wrote the book ‘A Passage to India’– E. M. Foster
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17. Barack Obama, the President of America, comes from which American
States?
Illinois
18. What is the normal temperature of human body on the Kelvin scale? 310
19. Maharashtrian Plateau is made up of which? Lava
20. By whom was Nishat Garden built? Jahangir
21. Who is the executive head of a Municipal Corporation? Commissioner
22. What is the maximum number of hydrogen bonds in a H2O molecule? 4
23. How is the contribution of agriculture to India’s economy? Decreasing
24. Which tributary of the Ganga System flows northwards? Sone
25. Which Mughal ruler banned music and dancing? Aurangzeb
26. Who is the first Air Chief to receive the honour of “Marshal”? Arjun Singh
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27. Which chemical is most suitable to control storage insects on a small scale? B. H. C.
28. How did Constituent Assembly arrived at decisions on the various provisions
of the Constitution?
By consensus
29. Which river originates at Amarkantak? Narmada
30. Who succeeded Siraj-ud-Daulah as Nawab of Bengal after the Battle of
Plassey?
Mir Jafar
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1. For television broadcasting, what frequency is employed normally? 30 – 300 MHz
2. Kourou city is well-known for which purpose? Satellite launching
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3. Which body finalises the Five Year Plan proposals? National Development
Council
4. Which are the leading states in the production of cotton in India? Maharashtra and
Gujarat
5. Where did Shahjahan build the Moti Masjid? Agra
6. What is the study of the relation of animals and plants to their’ surroundings
called?
Ecology
7. What was the most profound influence on the drafting of the Indian
Constitution?
Government of India
Act, 1935
8. The nitrogen percentage is the highest in which fertilizer? Urea
9. Which State has the largest number of sugar mills? Uttar Pradesh
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10. Among which class did Indian National Congress find wide acceptance
initially?
Educated middle class
11. If you wish to visit Golconda Fort, you will have to go to which state? Karnataka
12. Which biome has the highest species diversity? Tropical rainforests
13. By whom was first successful vaccine against virul disease of small pox
discovered?
Edward Jenner
14. Kanha National Park belongs to which biogeographical area in the world? Tropical Sub-humid
Forests
15. In which year was Vande Mataram first sung at the session of the Indian
National Congress?
1896
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16. The five year term of the President is calculated from which day? The day he assumes
charge
17. Which effect shows particle nature of height? Photoelectric effect
18. Of which purpose was Nationalisation of banks done? Consolidating the
economy
19. Which planet is known as veiled planet? Mars
20. Which State was first annexed by Lord Dalhousie under the Doctrine of Lapse? Satara
21. Which contenent has the lowest growth rate of population? Europe
22. Nitrogen fixing bacteria is useful in growing which crop? Legume
23. If the President wants to resign from office, he may do so by writing to
whom?
Vice-President
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24. Which is the largest fresh water lake in the world? Lake Superior
25. Which leader of the Revolution of 1857 had the real name of Ram Chandra
Pandurang?
Tatiya Tope
26. Activated charcoal is employed to remove colouring matter from pure
substance, it work?
Adsorption
27. Other than India and China, which group of countries border Myanmar? Thailand, Laos and
Bangladesh
28. Word Bull and Big are associated with which branch of commercial
activity?
Share Market
29. Which is the largest river in the world? Amazon
30. Mahatma Gandhi gave the call ‘Do or Die’ during which movement? Quit India Movement
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1. Respiration can occur in the absence of oxygen in which thing? Yeast
2. How many times was the term of the Lok Sabha extended upto 6 years? Once
3. Optic fibres are mainly used for which purpose? Communication
4. Asia has large areas of inland drainage. Why is it so? Rainfall is seasonal and
scanty
5. Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born in which year? 1889
6. Which was the first to legalize euthanasia? Netherlands
7. Chanda Kochhar leads to which of the organisation? ICICI Bank
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8. What is the selectively permeable membrane of the cell? Plasma lemma
9. Which country in Africa has luxurious tropical rain forests? Ivory coast
10. Where has the largest concentration of Harappan sites been found? Ghaggar-Hakra
11. In which of the Parliamentary Financial Committees is the Rajya Sabha not
represented?
Estimates Committee
12. Which compound gives both ninhydrin test and Molisch’s test? A protein
13. In which year was Tax collection of Central govt. lowest as compare to
G.D.P.?
1999-2000
14. The greatest diversity of animal and species occurs in which forest? Tropical moist forest
15. Where was a copper chariot of Harappa times was discovered? At Daimabad
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16. Baan Ki-moon, the UNO Secretary-General belong to whiich country? South Korea
17. Which unicellular non-pathogenic parasite is found in the human intestine? E, coli
18. The States Reorganisation Act created howmany States and Union
Territories?
14 and 6
19. In which valley is the Himalayan pass Shipki La located? Sutlej valley
20. Which Chola ruler converted the Bay of Bengal into a ‘Chela lake’? Rajendra I
21. Which rays are most penetrating? y-rays
22. The headquarters of Organization of Petroleum Exporting Country is located
in which city?
Vienna
23. In India, in which was the service tax first introduced? 1994
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24. Macmohan Line demarcates the boundary between which countries? India and China
25. Who laid the foundation of Rashtrakuta Empire? Dantidurga
26. Which is the largest phylum in the animal kingdom in respect of number of
species?
Arthropoda
27. Which is not administered by a Lieutenant Governor? Chandigarh
28. Which of the following carbohydrates is most abundant in nature? Cellulose
29. On which river are Tikarpara and Jaraj dams constructed under a multipurpose
project?
Mahanadi
30. Which ruler at first assumed the title of ‘Hazrat-iAla’ and afterwards
‘Sultan’?
Sher Shah Suri
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1. In which year was the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
founded?
1969
2. Who is the author of the book “Superstar India From Incredible to
Unstopable”–
Sobha De
3. Which is largest cell organelles? Plastid
4. What is the major source of iron ore for Visakhapatnam? Bailadila
5. Mughal dynasty was to Bahadur Shah ‘Zafar’ as Lodi dynasty was to which
ruler?
Ibrahim Lodi
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6. What is the document published by the government to apprise the public on
any issue?
White Paper
7. Which is a good conductor of electricity? Human body
8. Of which allocation does Gadgil Formula refer to? Tax proceeds between
the States
9. Which two planets of the solar system have no satellites? Mercury and Venus
10. In which of the following years was the first Railway line between Bombay
and Thane laid?
1853
11. Who has written the book ‘My Frozen Turbulence in Kashmir’? Jagmohan
12. Which substance is more than 80% in the cell? Water
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13. Which language is Next to Hindi spoken by the largest number of people in
the Indian subcontinent?
Bengali
14. Which planet have thirteen moons? Neptune
15. Which was the chariler Act to close the trade of East India? 1833
16. Which are the high-temperature superconductors? Ceramic oxides
17. The United Nations declared 1994 as which International Year? International Year of
the Family
18. Who is regarded as the founder of the scientific Socialism? Karl Marx
19. One degree of longitude on the equator is equal to howmuch distance? 50 miles
20. With which period do we associate the ‘megaliths’? Neolithic
21. National Environmental Engineering research institute is situated in which
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city?
Nagpur
22. In which part of the Constitution the concept of Welfare State finds
elaboration?
Directive Principles
23. Which common devices works on the basis of the principle of mutual
induction?
Transformer
24. Where is the maximum difference in the spacing of longitudes? At equator
25. When the first metal tool came into being why was it used for? Clearing jungles
26. Misha Grewal is associated with which game/sport? Squash
27. Amar Singh Sokhi is remembered for his performance in which sports
event?
Cycling
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28. Which Pollutant is produced from vehicles that cause mental diseases? Pb
29. What is Water vapour beyond the dew point? Condensation
30. When did the concept of pollution emerge clearly? In the Post-Vedic
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1. What is the total number of Fundamental Duties mentioned in the
Constitution?
11
2. Which is the variety of coal in which the deposit contains recognisable traces
of the original plant material?
Peat
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3. What is the highest denomination of currency notes in circulation as legal
tender in India at present?
Rs. 1000
4. Which type of rainfall leads to the formation of the windward and the leeward
side?
Orographic
5. Which of the Vedas was divided” into “White’ and ‘Black’ parts? Yajur
6. Who became the first woman in the world to ski to the North Pole? Ann Banoraft
7. In which organ of the human body are the lymphocyte cells formed? Spleen
8. By whom is the Speaker of the Lok Sabha is elected? All the members of
Lok Sabha
9. In which forests are Teak and Sal are the principal trees? Tropical moist
deciduous
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10. Who is often described as the second ‘Parasurama’ or the exterminator of the
entire kshatriya race?
Mahapadrna
11. Which is the process in which no heat enters or leaves? Adiabatic
12. For outstanding contribution to which field is Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar
Prize given?
Science
13. For international payments, to which currency is the Indian currency
linked?
American Dollar
14. Which vegetation is called natural cattle country? Downs
15. Who, was the Nanda ruler at the time of Alexander’s invasion? Dhana Nanda
16. What is Hepatitis-B, which affects liver? Virus
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17. By whom is the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee appointed? Speaker
18. By which permeabilty is a super conductor characterised? Zero permeability
19. In the world production of natural rubber, what is the rank of India? Fourth
20. To whom the ‘Yavanas’ refer? Greeks
21. ‘Meghanath Saha’ award is given for outstanding contribution in which
field?
Science
22. Who wrote the book ‘Algebra of Infinite Justice’? Arundhati Roy
23. The saliva helps in the digestion of which thing? Starch
24. What is Oolong tea? A variety of tea
cultivated in Taiwan
25. Who earned the title of a ‘Liberator’? Ashoka
26. Which was the first State to become bifurcated after independence? Madras
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27. How is the speed of light with the rise in the temperature of the medium? Remains unaltered
28. Which tax is not levied by the Union Government? Profession Tax
29. How are the caves of the world’s greatest fold mountains formed? Compressional
movement
30. Vatapi was the capital of the which reign? Chalukyas
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1. The autobiography ‘Living History’ has been authored by author? Hillary Clinton
2. How is the pitch of the voice of women generally? Higher than that of
men
3. On which date was the State of Bombay was bifurcated into Maharashtra
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and Gujarat?
May 1, in the year
1960
4. Which is a block mountain? Vosges
5. By whom was the famous book Geet Govind written? Jayadev
6. What makes a lemon sour? Citric acid
7. How is Swami Vivekananda’s birthday observed in India? As National Youth Day
8. What is the principal source of revenue to the State Government in India? Sales Tax
9. Which is the busiest oceanic trade route? North Atlantic route
10. Which Muslim emperor was attracted by the beauty of Queen Padmini? Alauddin Khilji
11. By which algae is Nitrogen fixation done? Bluegreen algae
12. Which post does the Constitution of India not mention? The Deputy Prime
Minister
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13. When do all the magnetic materials lose their magnetic properties? Strongly heated
14. Why are the Canals in Western Europeare mainly used? For inland navigation
15. By whom was the ‘Tahglq-i-Hind’, a famous literary work, written? Alberuni
16. Which day is observed as the World Environment Day? 5th June
17. In which Indian state is the game of Polo said to have originated? Manipur
18. Which organs are morphologically different but perform the same function? Analogous organs
19. Which is not a landform which results due to rejuvenation of a river? Oxbow lake
20. Which Bhakti saint wrote the commentary on Vedanta sutras in Sanskrit? Vallabhacharya
21. How can a major portion of the Constitution be amended? By two-thirds majority
22. In which type of coal percentage of carbon is the highest? Anthracite
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23. By whom was the first attempt to initiate economic planning in India
made?
By M. Visvesvaraya
24. In which ocean is Diamantina Trench situated? Indian Ocean
25. Form where did Babar come to India originally? Ferghana
26. Which beach is visited by Olive Ridley turtles annually for mass nesting? Gahirmatha
27. Why is the water of Holy Ganges river is pure? Due to presence of
Bacteriophages
28. How the Constitution describes India? As a Union of States
29. The Himalayan mountain system belongs to which mountains? Fold mountains
30. During the reign of emperor was the artillery most perfect and numerous? Aurangzeb
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1. A hollow sphere of copper is positively charged, Then what will the electric
field be inside the sphere?
Zero
2. How many States of the U.S.A. are not attached to its mainland? Two
3. What was the decentralisation system recommended? Balwant Rai Mehta
4. Which are the oldest mountains in India according to geographical history? Aravallis
5. Who was last Mughal emperor to sit on the peacock throne? Muhammad Shah
6. Which Bacteria is found in the intestine of human? Escherichia coli
7. Which language is not recognised in the 8th Schedule though it is an official
language of a State?
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English
8. What is the mixture of carbon monoxide and nitrogen called? Producer gas
9. Which is the river with highest tidal bore in India? Hoogli
10. From which ruler did Albuquerque capture Goa? Bijapur
11. Which train/railway passes through Germany, France, Austria, Hungary and
Romania?
Orient Express
12. Which biologist, proposed that life is originated in water,? Thales
13. When chlorophyll absorbs light, what does it gets excited and emits? Electrons
14. Which is a land-locked sea? Aral Sea
15. Which European were the last to come- to preindependence India as
traders?
French
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16. Who has the final power to maintain order within the House of People? Speaker
17. In our houses we get 220 V A. C What does the value 220 represent? Effective voltage
18. Bouncing of cheques has become an offence. What is the punishment for the
same?
6 months imprisonment
19. Which would be most suited for an area which has only two months of scanty
rainfall in a year?
Pulse
20. Who was the first Muslim President of Indian National Congress? Badruddin Tyyabji
21. Mallika Sarabhi is associated with which field? Classical dance
22. After respiration the conversion of energy is mainly in which form of? ATP
23. Who fixes the salaries and the allowances of the Speaker of Lok Sabha? Parliament
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24. Which crop is grown in India mainly by dry farming? Millet
25. Who was the first Englishman to preside over a Congress session? George Yule
26. What is formed when white phosphorus is heated at 540 K in the absence
of air?
Red phosphorus
27. When did Economic Community of Central African States came into
existence?
1983
28. In which year, some more commercial banks in addition to the first lot of 141
were nationalised in India?
1980
29. The mapping of which part of earthis most difficult? Interior of the earth
30. Which Urdu poets was invited, to the Second and Third Round Table
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Conference?
Muhammad Iqbal
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1. What is the connecting link between Annelida and Mollusca? Neopalina
2. Howmnay subjects are in the Concurrent List? 47 subjects
3. A small weight is put on the pressure cooker. It increases the pressure of the
steam. Why?
Area of contact is small
4. Which is the second most abundant metal in the earth’s crust? Aluminium
5. Which first movement was launched against the British in India? Swadeshi Movement
6. When did East African Development Bank come into force? 1967
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7. Who has directed the film ‘Sardar’? Ketan Mehta
8. What is also known as green protozo? Euglena
9. The tropopause occurs at the equator at a height of howmany kilometers? 17 km
10. Who was the British Prime Minister at the time of the Second Round Table
Conference?
Ramsay Macdonald
11. How can a Change in distribution of powers between the Centre and the
States be done?
Amending the
Constitution
12. Which acid is used to remove ink and rust stains and cloth? Oxalic acid
13. Which forms the largest share of deficit in Govt. of India budget? Fiscal deficit
14. 97% of the atmosphere lies with in howmany kilometers of the surface of
the earth?
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5 km
15. By virtue of which Act, dyarchy was introduced in India? Government of India
Act, 1919
16. Who has written the book ‘The Famished Road’? Ben Okri
17. In a living cell what is the site of ribosome formation? Nucleolus
18. Which Amendment of the Constitution of India deals with the issue of
strengthening of the Panchayati Raj?
73rd
19. Primitive people practice animal rearing in the tropical grasslands of which
area?
East Africa
20. By whom was the first republic of the world established in Vaishali? Lichhavi
21. How can one can distinguish a telescope from a microscope? By observing size of
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the lens
22. World day to combat desertification and drought is observed on which
date?
June 17
23. Which scheme was intended to tap the black money? India Development
Bonds
24. What are the Low-latitude grasslands in south America called? Pampas
25. Between which was the ancient town of Takshasila located? Indus and Jhelum
26. What do both respiration and photosynthesis require? Cytochromes
27. From which date shall the tenure of every Panchayat be for five years? From the date of its
first meeting
28. Which are the metal that is present in photo films? Silver
29. Which states is the leading producer of tea? Assam
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30. Who was a contemporary of Chinghiz Khan? Iltutmish
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1. Which day is the International Human Rights Day? December 10th
2. Bahadur Singh is a distinguished athlete of which game? Athletics
3. Which Biologist proposed the theory of Germ plasm? Weisman
4. Which pair of states is the leading producer of tabacco in India? Andhra Pradesh and
Gujarat
5. Who established Diwan-i-Mustakharaj (Department of Arrears)? Alauddin Khalji
6. Citizenship provisions are enshrined in the Constitution in which article? Part II, Articles 5-11
7. Which sound-produced by a bat? Ultrasonic
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8. For internal financing of Five Year Plans, the government depends on which
source?
Taxation only
9. What is the distance of the nearest star besides the sun from the earth? 4.2 light years
10. Who deserves the credit for contruction of Lal Quila? Shahjahan
11. How many players are there on each side in a baseball match? 5
12. Which vitamin is transformed in golden rice? Vitamin A
13. Under which Article of the Constitution are the Cultural and Educational
Rights granted?
Article 29 and 30
14. Which celestial body besides earth bear, The Sea of Tranquility’ and The
Ocean of Storms’?
Moon
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15. Who was the daughter of Emperor Aurangzeb? Zebunnisa
16. Which is the highest grade of coal whose surface is shining and has the
highest calorific value?
Anthracite
17. Who among the following was the first Indian to receive the Magsaysay
award?
Vinoba Bhave
18. What is the mean of ‘Take off stage’ in an economy? Steady growth begins
19. In how many time zones has the world been divided into? 24
20. Which contains the Gayatri Mantra? Rigveda
21. Which type of woods is specially used as railways sleepers? Jarrah and barri
22. Which State sends the maximum number of members to the Rajya Sabha? Uttar Pradesh
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23. Which explains that all the galaxies are receding from? Red shift
24. Which elements is most abundant in the earth’s crust? Oxygen
25. The Gayatri Mantra contained in the Rigveda is dedicated to which deity? Savitri
26. How many married couples have won the Nobel Prize? 4
27. The ‘Cannes Award’ is given for excellence in which field? Films
28. Why does happen Short sightedness? Due to elongation of
eye balls
29. Why does the phenomenon of ‘trade winds’ takes place? Due to convection of
heat
30. With which religion is Kalvalya associated? Jainism
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1. Who was the first leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha? Kamlapati Tripathi
2. Which is an element which never exhibits positive oxidation state in any of
its compounds?
Fluorine
3. Which is at the apex of Industrial Finance in India? Industrial Development
Bank of India
4. What is a Doldrums? Tropical no-wind belt
5. Who was the greatest Buddhist commentator of the Buddhist canonical
literature?
Ashvaqhosha
6. What is the name of winner of the Sanjay Chopra National Award for Bravery
2012?
Gajendra Ram
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7. Which is adapted to grow in dry places? Xerophytes
8. With which the executive power relating to concurrent subjects remain? The Centre
9. Which is a tropical monsoon crop? Wheat
10. During the Sangam Age which dynasty was not in power? Pallavas
11. The quality of sound produced by an instrument depends on the which
thing?
Number of overtones
12. The term ‘Tee’ is connected with which game? Golf
13. In India, the bank NABARD does not provide refinance to which bank? Export-Import Banks
14. What is the main activity of Eskimos during the short period of summer
season?
Hunting
15. With which external trade of the Sangam were people carried on? Romans
16. Which is a mixed fertiliser? NPK
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17. Howmany subjects are in the Union list? 97 subjects
18. In which situation a chemical reaction does not? Common salt is
exposed to air
19. Which geomorphic processes is associated with the work of glaciers? Plucking
20. Who Chola king fought against the Shailendia king of Shri Vijaya and
defeated him?
Rajendra Chola I
21. ‘Gambit’ is the term associated with which game? Chess
22. Who was the first ‘Indian to swim across English Channel? Mihir Sen
23. Which one of symbiotic algae is found in secretory cell of hydra? Euchlorella
24. From which rocks is the soil material mainly derived? Sedimentary rocks
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25. The -titles of ‘Mummadi Chola’, ‘Cholamartanda’ and ‘Raja Kesari Aromoli’
were assumed by which Chola ruler?
Rajaraja
26. In which schedule is the list of items which may be entrusted to the Panchayats
given?
Eleventh Schedule
27. What is the order of magnitude of electric resistance of the human body
(dry)?
106 ohm
28. Which forms the largest share of deficit in Govt. of India budget? Fiscal deficit
29. Which pair of ocean currents meet each other near Newfound land? Gulf stream and
Labrador
30. In which field did Indians in ancient time learn a lot from the Greeks? Music
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1. Who was the first Indian woman to swim across the English Channel? Arati Saha
2. Which is the phase that invades but does not destroy the lost? Temperate phase
3. In which State was the Panchayatl Raj first introduced? Rajasthan
4. The Dogger Bank, the main fishing area of Europe, where is this area? North Sea
5. Which ruler died while playing ‘Chaugan’? Jalal-uddin-Khilji
6. Blue litmus paper is converted into red in solution of which thing? acid
7. Which is used as the logo of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)? Panda
8. Which scheme was intended to tap the black money? India Development
Bonds
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9. Which is the largest railway station of the world? Grand Central
Terminal, Chicago
10. Who ruler was the builder of Jahan-Panah, Delhi’s fourth city? Sultan Muhammadbin-Tughlaq
11. Photosynthesis proceeds in which sequence? Light phase and dark
phase
12. By whom is the composition of the UPSC determined? By the President
13. In electric supply lines in India, which parameter is kept constant? Frequency
14. Which is the shortest air-route from Perth to London? Perth, Aden, Paris,
London
15. Which Kingdom was annexed by Bahlul Lodi, the Sultan of Delhi, in 1484
AD?
Jaunpur
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16. Which is the headquarters of World Trade Organisation (WTO)? Geneva
17. Which is another name of RDX? Cycionite
18. By whom was the most accepted theory for ascent of sap was given? Dixon and Joly
19. Which Indian State has the minimum total forest cover? Haryana
20. When Akbar was born, Humayun was under the shelter of which king? Raja of Amarkot
21. Which Act formally introduced the principles of elections for the first time? Indian Councils Act,
1909
22. What is the negative logarithmic value of hydrogen on called? pH
23. Who wrote the book ‘Planned Economy for India’? M. Visvesvaraya
24. Among the Union Territories which has the highest literacy rate? Lakshadweep
25. Of whom was Tulsidas was a contemporary? Akbar
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26. A bee-sting leaves an acid which causes pain and irritation. which is that
injected acid?
Methanoic acid
27. Which animal is blind (Extremely poor eyesight)? Bat
28. Where are the disputes regarding the election of the President and VicePresident
settle?
In the Supreme Court
29. The river Cauvery originates from which state? Karnataka
30. The Maratha kingdom was founded by Shivaji during which reign? Aurangzeb I
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1. In an atomic nucleus, by which force are neutrons and protons held
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together?
Exchange forces
2. Who is a social activist campaigning against child labour? Swami Agnivesh
3. When was National Development Council set up? 1952
4. Which is the main river flowing in the state of Jammu and Kashmir? Jhelum
5. The Maratha Chief, Sambhaji was executed during which reign? Aurangzeb
6. Animal goes under winter sleep due to low temperature, what is called? Aestivation
7. What function is specifically prescribed by the Constitution for the vicePresident
of India?
Chairman of Rajya
Sabha
8. By which a mixture of naphthalene and benzoic acid can be separated? Chromatography
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9. Why does the western coast of India receive very high rainfall in summer
mainly?
Due to western Ghats
10. Who was the first European to translate the Bhagwad Gita into English? Charles Wilkins
11. Who is the creator of the Rock Garden in Chandigarh? Nek Chand
12. When did UN General Assembly establish UN Industrial Development
Organization?
1966
13. Which organelles in the cell, other than nucleus contains DNA? Mitochondria
14. In India which is the State with the largest area under very dense forests? Arunachal Pradesh
15. By whom was the Asiatic Society established in Calcutta? Sir William Jones
16. In which country did the concept of Public Interest Litigation originated? The United States
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17. The wavelength of X-rays is of the order of howmany angstrom? 1 Angstrom
18. A crossed cheque is one, which can be encashed only at which bank? State Bank of India.
19. In which place is the headquarters of the NorthEastern Railway located? Gorakhpur
20. Which reformer from Maharashtra was known as Lokhitavadi? Gopal Hari Deshmukh
21. In which year ‘Human Rights Resolution’ was adopted by the U.N.? 1945
22. What is infolding from the inner membrane of mitochondria called? Cristae
23. Which amendment curtailed the power of Judicial review of the Supreme
Court and the High Courts?
42th
24. Which National Highway connects Chennai and Visakhapatnarn? NH 5
25. Where was the sepoys revolted openly in 1857? Meerut
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26. By which Carbon and hydrogen are estimated in organic compounds? Liebig’s method
27. Who wrote the book ‘Reminiscences of the Nehru Age’? O.P. Mathai
28. What do Quantitative credit controls not include? RBI directives
29. Which is the largest irrigation canal of the world? Indira Gandhi Canal
30. By whom was the Civil Disobedience Movement led in the North-West
Frontier Province?
Khan Abdul Ghaffar
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1. Which is used extensively for genetic engineering in plant? Agrobacterium
tumefaciens
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2. The Centre-State financial distribution takes place on the recommendation
by which ministry?
Finance Minister
3. At the time of short-circuit, what will be the current in the circuit? Increases heavily
4. Which country is the biggest producer of mango? India
5. What was the capital of Kakatiya dynasty? Warangal
6. ‘The General happiness is the end of the state’; who said this? Bentham
7. When is International Literacy Day, recognized by the UN observed? September 8
8. For which is the northern blot technique used for the detection? RNA
9. Which lake lies in the ‘Dead heart of Australia’? Eyre
10. During the freedom struggle, who established ‘The Deccan Educational
Society’?
M. G. Ranade
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11. Who is the first Law Officer of the Government of India? Attorney General
12. Radioactive distintegration of uranium ultimately results in which
formation?
Lead
13. Which is the largest (in terms of turnover) Public Sector organisation in
India?
Indian Oil Corporation
14. What are the plants of tropical and sub-tropical regions called? Vegatherms
15. With whom was the last opportunity to avoid the partition of India lost? Cabinet Mission
16. When is World Humanitarian Action Day is observed? October 8
17. What is the least influential in determining the distribution of terrestrial
biomes?
Salinity
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18. What was the most profound influence on the drafting of the Indian
Constitution?
Government of India
Act, 1935
19. Which country ranks first in producing teak? Thailand
20. By whom was the agitation against the partition of Bengal led? Surendranath Banerjee
21. ‘Hydraulic brakes’ and ‘Hydraulic lift’ are devices, why are fluids used in
them?
For transmitting
pressure
22. Which person won seven gold medals in swimming for the U.S. in the 1972
Olympic?
Mark Spitz
23. Which Agriculture export item is second in case of India? Rice
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24. Which lake in India has the highest water salinity? Sambhar
25. Who organised Ashwamedha Yajna? Samudragupta
26. Which sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases in India? Electric power
generation
27. Why was the design of the National Flag was adopted by the Constitutent
Assembly of India?
July, 1947
28. Which isotope of uranium capable of sustaining chain reactions? U-235
29. Which region has internal drainage? Rajasthan
30. Which sources of Islam is associated with the teachings of Prophet
Mohammad?
Quran
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1. Who has become the first Indian to score a triple century in Tests? Virender Sehwag
2. In which sports Rajjyavardhan Rathore won a Silver medal in the Beijing
Olympics?
Shooting
3. Why does Flower colour? Due to anthocyanins
4. Kurnool-Cuddapah canal is taken off from which river? Tungabhadra
5. Who was the Mughal Emperor to have lifted the Jaziya on Hindus? Akbar
6. Who can initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of India? Either House of
Parliament
7. Which is natural source of gamma-rays? Radon gas
8. Who was the first Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission of India? Shri V. T.
Krishnamachari
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9. Kudremukh hills known for iron ore deposits is situated in which place? Chickmaglur
10. Who was defeated at kannauj in the hands of Sher Shah in 1540? Humayun
11. Who was the first Test centurion in Indian Cricket? Lala Amarnath
12. Which is the sweetest sugar? Fructose
13. Who has the power to form a new State within the Union of India? President
14. The latitude of a place expresses its angular position relative to the which
place?
Equator
15. Who started the Public Works Department in India in 1848? Lord Dalhousie
16. Which is the substance which can act both as an acid and a base? Amphoteric
17. The Indian research station Himadri is located at which place? Antarctica
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18. In India, in which banking is the Public Sector is most dominant? Commercial banking
19. Of the total volume of the earth, which layer forms the major part? Core
20. Where was first Madarasa set up by the British in India? Calcutta
21. What is the largest gland in the human body? Liver
22. Which writ is issued by the court in’ case of illegal detention of a person? Habeas Corpus
23. If a pendulum is allowed to oscillate into jar containing water, what will its
time period?
Increase
24. Why is the Wind in the, Southern hemisphere is deflected towards left? Due to rotation of the
earth
25. Which archaeologist initially discovered the Mohenjodaro site of the Indus
Valley Civilization?
Rakhal Das Banerji
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26. What is the first large research reactor of India that uses U-233 as fuel? KAMINI
27. Who discovered South Pole? Amundsen
28. What is the most important function of perspiration? To regulate body
temperature
29. Where is the Smog is likely to occur? Near the industrial
areas
30. What was the main characteristic of the Indus Valley Civilization? Town planning
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1. Which writ is a bulwark of personal freedom? Habeas Corpus
2. Which was the gas which had leaked out of Union Carbide factory in
Bhopal?
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Methyl isocynate
3. Which is the oldest Development Financial Institution of India? IFCI
4. Long treeless grassy palms are characteristics of which grass? Pampas
5. Which craftsmanship was not practised by the Aryans? Blacksmith
6. 23rd January is celebrated as the birthday of which person? Subhash Chandra Bose
7. In human body which is the largest in size? Liver
8. The Centre-State financial distribution takes place on the recommendation
by which ministry?
Finance Minister
9. How climate does the Veld grassland of south Africa experience? The Steppe climate
10. What is the number of puranas? 18
11. At a grid sub stations the voltage is stepped up to reduce loss of which
thing?
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Power
12. Which are connected by over 1700 km-long BTC oil pipe-line? Caspian sea and
Mediterranean sea
13. When was EXIM Bank set-up? 1982
14. Which country has the highest agricultural production in Europe? France
15. Who is considered as the first national ruler of India? Chandragupta Maurya
16. From the evolutionary point of View, which is the most primitive animal? Turtle
17. Who is the first Law Officer of the Government of India? Attorney General
18. Which property of the elements is a whole number? Atomic number
19. Which country leads in the production of rubber? Indonesia
20. Which ruler was known as Amitraghata, the ‘destroyer of foes’? Bindusara
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21. Which country is reliant on a single export of oil/petroleum? Nigeria
22. Which is the unit raised to protect the naval assets? Sagar Prahari Bal
23. leaves used as wrappers for bides, from which are obtained? Tendu
24. Which are the Continents that form a mirror image of each other? Africa and South
America
25. Who anticipated Newton by declaring that all things Gravitate to the earth? Brahmagupta
26. Which act made the Indian Legislature bicameral? Government of India
Act, 1919
27. Instrument used to store the electric charge is known by which name? Capacitor
28. During which five year plan were the steel plants at Durgapur, Bhilai and
Rourkela established?
Second Five Year Plan
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29. In which country is ‘Takla Makan’ desert situated? China
30. By whom was the largest grant of villages to temples and brahmanas
given?
The Guptas
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1. Where is Indian Army’s counter-insurgency school situated? Vairengte
2. Which an important product is obtained from styles and stigma? Saffron
3. In whom did the Government of India Act, 1935 veste the residuary power? Governor-General
4. About 50% of the world population is concentrated between the latitudes of
which degrees?
20°N and 40°N
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5. Who was the first and the last woman ruler of Delhi? Razia Sultan
6. What are the atoms of the elements which have same number of neutrons
called?
Isotones
7. Who is a famous Sarod player? Amjad Ali Khan
8. During which Five Year Plan was the total expenditure on agriculture the
highest?
Fourth Five Year Plan
9. What is the capital of East Timor? Dili
10. Which General of Ala-ud-din Khilji, was known as the Rustam of the age
and the hero of the time?
Malik Kafur
11. Which tissue is responsible for the secondary growth? Cambium
12. By whom the salary and perquisites of the Prime Minister of India are
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decided?
Parliament
13. What happens to the level of mercury in the barometer tube when it is taken
down a coal mine?
It rises
14. Mac Mohan Line demarcates the boundary between which countries? India and China
15. When Babur invaded India who was the ruler of Vijayanagara empire in
South India?
Krishna Deva Raya
16. For which word, the letter ‘G’ has been used in ‘2G Spectrum’? Generation
17. Indian Institute of Forest management is located at which place? Dehradun
18. Whose living cell provides tensility and mechanical strength? Collenchyma
19. The northern part of the west coast is known by which name? Konkan coast
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20. Who was a contemporary of Chingiz Khan? Iltutmish
21. What about ministry in the event of the resignation or death of the Prime
Minister?
The Ministry is
dissolved
22. What is the most abundant on the earth crust? Al
23. Which provides the largest part of the demand for loanable funds in India? Corporate businesses
24. Which river flows through Maharashtra and Gujarat? Tapti
25. The number of wives of which Mughal ruler ‘fell short even of the Quranic
allowance of four’?
Aurangzeb
26. Who is the author of the book “Termites in the Trading system”? Jagdish Bhagwati
27. Which part of brain is centre of thirst hunger and sleep? Hypothalmus
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28. A Judge of a High Court wanting to resign addresses his letter of resignation
to whom?
The President
29. Which river basin is called ‘Ruhr of India’? Damodar
30. During which ruler were Upanishads translated into Persian? Shah Jahan
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1. What does Every object at a temperature above absolute zero? Radiates energy
2. Which year is celebrated as International Year of Forests? 2001-2010
3. Who are Debenture holders of a company? Its creditors
4. Which is the longest river in India? Ganga
5. Which was the first fort which the British constructed in India? St. George Fort
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6. Which blood group is universal doner? O
7. From which fund is the pension of a High Court Judge charged? Consolidated Fund of
India
8. Which metal is extracted by electrolytic reaction method? Al
9. Which region in India receives substantial rain during the winter month of
January?
Punjab
10. In where were Bengal the headquarters of East India Company located? Fort William
11. Journalist’s day was celebrated for the first time all over the country on
which date?
Oct 1, 1984
12. The United Nations declared 2014 as which International Year? Crystallography
13. What is the number of chromosome in a normal human body cell? 46
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14. Which city has the longest day in the month of June? Kolkata
15. Who set up the Atmiya Sabha in Kolkata in the first half of the nineteenth
century?
Ram Mohan Roy
16. How is the National Development Council? Nonpolitical body
17. The value of which quantity remains same in all system of units? Specific gravity
18. In which industry is the maximum number of women employed in India? Tea
19. The ‘Grand Trunk Road’ connects which cities? Kolkata and Amritsar
20. What was the original name of Swami Dayananda Saraswati? Mula Shankar
21. The first Indian to cross seven important seas by swimming? Bula Chaudhary
22. By whom was Artificial gene synthesis first done in laboratory? Khurana
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23. In which schedule is the list of items which may be entrusted to the Panchayats
given?
Eleventh Schedule
24. Which national Highway route is the longest? Kolkata-Hajira
25. Who had started ‘Mitra Mela’ Association? Vinayak Damodar
Savarkar
26. Which is the basis of modern periodic table? Atomic number
27. When are the 20th Commonwealth Games scheduled to beheld in
Glassgow?
July, 2014
28. The performance of which industry is considered performance of the core
industry?
Oil and Petroleum
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29. Which city is at the highest altitude above mean sea level? Bangalore
30. Which was a revolutionary who later turned into a yogi and a philosopher? Aurobindo Ghosh
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1. In which forest the maximum plant diversity is found? Tropical evergreen
forests
2. Which Act formally introduced the principles of elections for the first time? Indian Councils Act,
1909
3. A floating body always displaces liquid equal to its which thing? Weight
4. Which plate movement is responsible for the formation of mid-ocean
ridge?
Divergent movement
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5. With how many volunteers did Gandhiji start on his famous Dandi march on
March 12, 1930?
78
6. Who was the first Indian woman to scale the Mount Everest? Bachhendri Pal
7. Tansen Samman has been instituted by the Government of which state? Madhya Pradesh
8. How many species are under threat in mainland France? A thousand
9. Where is Dead sea situated? A Rift Valley
10. Who opposed Mahatma Gandhi’s association with the Khilafat movement? Mohammed Alix
Jinnah
11. Which Act gave representation to Indians for the first time in the
Legislature?
Government of India
Act, 1935
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12. By which can the location and energy of an electron in an atom be
specified?
Quantum numbers
13. What was the decentralisation system recommended? Balwant Rai Mehta
14. Which is softwood from coniferous forest? Pine
15. Where has the world’s largest monolithic statue of Buddha been installed? Bamiyan
16. Who was awarded the first Rajiv Gandhi National Sadbhavana Award? Mother Teresa
17. Which statement is true with respect to Leukaemia? Number of WBCs
increases in blood
18. By whom the rank of the different Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers
is determined?
Prime Minister
19. Hardwood tree like mahogany and ebony are found in which forests? Equatorial forest
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20. Who taught the doctrine of Shunyata (Shunyavad)? Nagarjuna
21. When viewed in white light, why do soap bubbles show colours? Because of interference
22. The famous sportsman Michael Jordan is associated with which game? Basket ball
23. During which prime minister was the strategy of Rolling plan was adopted? Morarji Desai
24. If you want to visit sambhar lake, to which state you will go? Rajasthan
25. Who appointed Ibn Batuta as the Chief Qazi of Delhi? Mohammad-binTughlaq
26. What is the best method for improving the nutrient composition of a diet’? By combining various
foods
27. By whom was collective responsibility of the Cabinet introduced in India? Constitution of India
28. Which is also called Stranger Gas? Xenon
29. Which crop are grain with the on set of mansoon & are harvested in
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September-October?
Kharif
30. Which philosophical system was founded by Vallabhacharya? Suddhadvaita
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1. Who became the youngest Grand Master of India? Parimarjan Negi
2. Which was the first Indian woman to scale Mount Everest? Bachendri Pal
3. Which is the scientist who explained about blood circulation for the first
time?
William Harvey
4. Among sources of power, India has largest reserves of which thing? Coal
5. Which Europeans, were the last to come to preindependence India as
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traders?
French
6. Ministers in a State get salaries, by whom is it as determined? State Legislature
7. Which is used to remove astigmatism for a human eye? Cylindrical lens
8. Through which methods is the national income of India estimated mainly? Production and income
methods
9. Which is the most important coal field of India? Raniganj
10. When did the British Government start ruling India directly? After Sepoy Mutiny
11. Who is the world’s first woman cosmonaut? Valentina Tereshkova
12. Iris has no pigment in which people? Blue-eyed people
13. Who is the longest serving Chief Minister in India? Jyoti Basu
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14. ‘Parsec’ is the unit of measurement of which distance? Astronomical distance
15. Which Indus citiy was known for water management? Mohenjo-daro
16. Mixture of which pair of gases is the cause of occurrence of most of the
explosions in mines?
Methane and air
17. Where is Davos, the venue of the annual meeting of World Economic Forum,
located?
Switzerland
18. During whose viceroyalty was the system of Budget introduced in India? Canning
19. The light coming from stars gives the idea of their which quality? Temperature
20. The vedic deity Indra was the god of which thing? Rain and thunder
21. The anti-malarial drug Quinine is made from a plant. Which is that plant? Cinchona
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22. Who is entitled to initiate a Bill for Constitutional Amendments? Either House of
Parliament
23. What is a strong argument for the particle nature of cathode rays? They are cast shadow
24. A radio broadcast from Delhi on Monday at 7.30 p.m. it is heard at New York
on which day?
The same day at 7.30
a.m.
25. Which was the last Buddhist text produced in India? Vamsathapakasini
26. The basis of European Union began with the signing of which treaty? Maastricht Treaty
27. Rainwater collected after 30 to 40 minutes of raining is not suitable for
drinking why?
Because it is acidic
28. What is the poison of honey bee? Acidic
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29. When it is 12 noon at-Greenwich, what is the time at New York (74°W)? 7.04 a.m.
30. Buddha died in which Mahajanpada? Mall
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1. In which was Indian Constitution amended for the first time? 1951
2. Which inorganic precipitate acts as semipermeable membrane? Copper ferrocyonide
3. Which Committee’s recommendations are being followed for estimating
Poverty Line in India?
Lakdawala Committee
4. Northern part of Australia is typified by which climate? Monsoon climate
5. During the Sangam Age, Uraiyur was the capital of which rular? Cholas
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6. Which industry produces the most nonbiodegradable wastes? Thermal power plants
7. In which biological process sugar is oxidised to release energy? Respiration
8. By whom was the Constitution of India adopted? Constituent Assembly
9. Rain shadow effect is associated with which rainfall? Orographic rainfall
10. Which was the most important kingdom after the Maury in the-Deccan and
Central India?
Satavahanas
11. What is the number of electrons in an atom of atomic number Z and mass
number A?
Z
12. With which of the following fields is M. F. Hussain associated? Painting
13. Which is the ‘Slack Season’ in the Indian Economy? Jan.-June
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14. In which country is Marino sheep rearing the predominant pastoral
activity?
Australia
15. Which was the lowest unit of Chola administration? Valanadu
16. Minute pore found on the soft aerial part of plant especially the leaves are
called?
Stomata
17. When was the Constituent Assembly for undivided India first met? 9th December, 1946
18. To prepare a standard solution of a substance, what is generally used? Measuring flask
19. Which is the leading producer of rice? China
20. By whom was the large Shiva Temple at Thanjavur built? Rajaraja Chola I
21. Late Ustad Nisar Hussain Khan earned distinction in which fields? Vocal music
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22. Where is the headquarters of African Development Bank? Abidjan
23. Which is used as a gift in Japan? Euplectella
24. Which type of lake is formed by volcanic activities? Caldera lake
25. In the Delhi Sultanate, which administrative unit called ‘paragana’ was
headed by an official?
Amil
26. Who was the Constitutional adviser to the Constituent Assembly of India? Dr. B. N. Rao
27. How does Transfer of heat energy from the sun to the moon take place? By radiation only
28. Stock Exchanges play a role in an economy how may itbe termed? Useful but need strict
regulation
29. What are Shield volcanoes? Repeated lava flows
30. Mughal dynasty was to Bahadur Shah Zafar-as what was Lodi dynasty to? Ibrahim Lodi
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1. Which is the official language of Bank of Central African States? French
2. Pheretima posthuma is scientific name of which animal? Earth worm
3. The resolution for removing the Vice-President of India can be moved in
which sabha?
Rajya Sabha alone
4. Which is the largest lake in Africa? Lake Victoria
5. ‘Let no man ask a man’s sect or caste’. Whose dictum was this? Ramananda
6. Which is an active component of oil of clove? Eugenol
7. Who authored the ‘Gitanjali’, an anthology of poems? Rabindranath Tagore
8. In which year were Private Sector Mutual Funds in India permitted? 1993
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9. Which is the deepest lake? Lake Baikal
10. Whose philosophy is called the Advaita? Shankaracharya
11. The statements “Protoplasm is the physical basis of life” is given by which
person?
Purkinje
12. By whom are the portfolios allocated to the ministers? The Prime Minister
13. When does Super conductivity result? When matter is
cooled to very low
temperature
14. In which region is the main area of production of icebergs found? The West Coast of
Greenland
15. Which Mughal emperor’s tomb is outside India? Jahangir
16. Who wrote the line: ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever’? John Keats
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17. Which day is celebrated as United Nations day every year? 24th October
18. Which structure is present in mitochondria? Oxysomes
19. Where is ‘Ninety East Ridge’ situated? Indian Ocean
20. Mughal architecture reveals a blending of which styless? Indian and Persian
styles
21. What is the age of retirement of the Judges of the High Court? 62 years
22. In methane molecule how are the four hydrogen atoms arranged? As tetrahedral
23. Which industry earns the second highest net foreign exchange from the
trade?
Engineering goods
industry
24. In which vally is the Himalayan pass Shipki La located? Sutlej valley
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25. When the East India Company came into existence, By whom was England
was ruled?
Tudors
26. When is World Mental Health Day, recognized by the UN is observed? October 10
27. By which is the Atmosphere of big metropolition cities is polluted most? Automobile exhausts
28. By whom the oath to a High Court Judge is administered? Governor
29. Which State in India has the broadest continental shelf? Tamil Nadu
30. Who was the Mughal emperor at the time of Ahmed Shah Abdali’s invasion
of India?
Shah Alam II
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1. When the temperature increases, what does the angle of contact of a liquid? Decreases
2. Who was the first Indian woman who owns the gold medal in Asian
Games?
Kamaljit Sandhu
3. From which export does India earns maximum foreign exchange? Gems and jewellery
4. Which Place experiences minimum and maximum temperature? 28.3°C and 15°C
respectively is Leh
5. Who is associated with the Local Self- Government Act? Ripon
6. Edward Jenner is related with which disease? Small pox
7. What is the source of maximum income to Panchayati Raj? Government grants
8. Which variety of glass is heat resistant? Pyrex glass
9. How is the climate of India is? Subtropical monsoon
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10. Under which act was the Supreme Court in British India established? Regulating Act of 1773
11. Which Cricketer has scored the highest total runs in test cricket? Sachin Tendulkar
12. Who won a Nobel Prize for literature when he was the head of the
government?
Sir Winston Churchill
13. Which vitamin is essential for poor bone and teeth formation? Vitamin D
14. Rana Pratap Sagar Plant (Rajasthan) is associated with which thing? Hydroelectricity
15. Jallianwala Bagh massacre occurred on which date? April 13, 1919
16. Which is at the apex of the-three tier system of Panchayati Raj? Zila Parishad
17. Why does the velocity of rain drop attain constant value? Viscous force exerted
by air
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18. The Govt. of India does not provide any direct financial assistance to which
scheme?
Jeevan Sathi Yojana
19. Which is the oldest atomic power station? Tarapur
20. During the Indian Freedom Struggle, who raised an army called Free Indian
Legion?
Subhas Chandra Bose
21. Dr. Hargobing khurana received the nobel prize for which subject? Medicine
22. Healing of wounds is hastened by which vitamin? C
23. The amendment procedure laid down in the Constitution of India is on which
pattern?
Constitution of South
Africa
24. Which is a warm ocean current? East Australian current
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25. Which was the Princely State which acceeded to the Indian Union after a
plebiscite?
Junagadh
26. Bagasse, a by-product of sugar manufacturing industry, is used for the
production of which thing?
Paper
27. The ‘Rediscovery of India’ is written by which author? Meghnad Desai
28. As per latest data in urban areas women employment is highest in which
industry areas?
Retail Trade
29. Kuroshio is a warm ocean current which runs from which country? Philippines to Japan
30. Which was in power in the U. K. when India got independence? Labour Party
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1. Where are red blood corpuscles formed? In bone marrow
2. Where was the first session of the Constituent Assembly held? New Delhi
3. If there were no atmosphere, what will be the length of the day on the
earth?
Decrease
4. In which region does rainfall occur throughout the year? Equatorial region
5. The first major inscription in classical Sanskrit is that of which king? Rudradaman
6. Who is the ‘author of the book ‘A Brief History of Time’? Stephen Hawking
7. Who produced the first film in India ‘Raja Harishchandra’ in 1913? Dada Saheb Phalke
8. How much blood does an average adult have in the body? 5-6 litres
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9. In mid-latitudes, convective precipitation is associated with which front? Cold fronts
10. Which is considered an encyclopedia of Indian Medicine? Charaka Samhita
11. If a Minister of a State wants to resign, to whom he should address the letter
of resignation?
Chief Minister
12. What are Rubies and Sapphires chemically known as? Aluminium oxide
13. From which sector does the highest sector wise contribution to gross domestic
saving comes?
Household sector
14. In certain parts of Khasi and Jaintia hills, annual rainfall is about howmany
c.m.?
1000 cm
15. Which part was called Babul Makka (Gate of Makka) during the Mughal
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Period?
Surat
16. Which of these is a ‘Morning Raga’? Darbari
17. From the evolutionary point of view, which is closer to man? Dolphin
18. By which is in In practice the policy of the Government shaped? The Cabinet
19. Which place receives fainfall less than 20 cms? Jammu and Kashmir
20. Who among the following has issued the coin rupee for the first time? Shershah Suri
21. The focal length of a convex lens is 50 cm. what is its power? +2 D
22. Among the Indian languages, which one is spoken maximum in the world
after Hindi?
Bengali
23. Which formulates fiscal policy? Finance Ministry
24. The Karakoram Highway connects which pair of countries? China-Pakistan
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25. Who was the Governor General tomerge Sindh in British India? Lord Ellenborough
26. Which part of the pitcher plant becomes modified’ into a pitcher? Leaf
27. Who is a legal advisor of the State Government as provided by the
Constitution?
Advocate General
28. Which pair of metals constitutes the lightest metal and the heaviest metal,
respectively?
Lithium and osmium
29. On which river is located Indo- Pak Bagalihar Project? Chenab
30. In what commodity the English first conducted trade from India? Indigo
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1. Which country is the leading producer of uranium? Canada
2. The Pacific Islands from New Guinea south eastwards to the Fiji Islands’
what is this group called?
The Mellanesia
3. Which part of the pitcher plant becomes modified into a pitcher? Leaf
4. To a space traveller on moon, how does the lunar sky during day time
appear?
Black
5. In which veda is the famous Vedic saying “War begins in the minds of men”
stated?
Atharvaveda
6. Who appoints the Governor of Jammu and Kashmir? President
7. Energy transferred to a person through gamma rays is measured in by which
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unit?
Roentgens
8. In which plan was the growth rate of agricultural production negative? Third Plan
9. What is distance between the Earth and the Sun (in million kms.)? 149
10. Upanishads, also known as the Vedantas, are How many are these
upanishads?
108
11. Among South Asian countries, which one has the highest level of
urbanization?
Bangladesh
12. Which is an insectivorous plant? Pitcher plant
13. Citizenship provisions are enshrined in the Constitution in which article? Part II, Articles 5-11
14. At which of the following places watches will show 5.30 A.M. when it is
12.00 midnight G.M.T.?
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New Delhi
15. Tradition has it that By whom was Ajatasatru instigated to murder his
father?
Devadatta
16. Which element has the lowest electron affinity? Argon
17. Sushil Kumar is known for his outstanding performance in which field? Wrestling
18. In which of the Five Year Plans, preference was given to the weaker sections
of the society?
Fifth
19. The time of Cairo is 2 hours ahead of Greenwich time. Cairo is situated at
which degree?
30° East
20. Shishunaga dynasty is credited to have destroyed which mahajanpada? Avanti
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21. What is treatment of body defects through massage and exercise? Physiotherapy
22. Under which Article of the Constitution are the Cultural and Educational
Rights granted?
Article 29 and 30
23. Which field is used to produce deflection in a television picture tube? A magnetic fields
24. Shallow-rooted trees are associated with which climate? Equatorial climate
25. What do the Ajanta paintings depict? Scenes from the
Jatakas
26. Dr. M.S. Subbulakshmi has distinguished herself in which field? Vocal Music
27. How many member states are in ‘Common Market’ for Eastern and Southern
Africa?
20
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28. What is making interesting discoveries unexpectedly or by accident? Serendipity
29. Which area is dominant in hunting and gathering? Tropical forest
30. Which Gupta ruler defeated the Huna ruler, Mihirakula? Yasodharman
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1. For whose removal Parliament’s resolution is not needed? Judge of Supreme
Court
2. By whom was the calculation of electronegativities first done? Pauling
3. By which bill does the government make arrangement for the collection of
revenues for a year?
Finance Bill
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4. Which country is the world’s largest producer of coal? China
5. What was the first major inscription in classical? Sanskrit of
Rudradaman
6. Indian Development Forum (IDF) was earlier known as which name? Aid India Consortium
7. What does Glomerulus and Bowman’s capsule constitute? Malpighian tubule
8. To which Bill the President must accord his sanction without sending it back
for fresh consideration?
Finance Bills
9. Which country ranks top in the mining of gold? South Africa
10. In the context of the reign of Guptas and their successors, what is Vishti’? Forced labour
11. What does the emission of ß-particle? Increases the atomic
number by one
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12. When was the first ‘International Non-Smoking Day’ observed all over the
world?
04.07.1988
13. Which is the ‘basis for determining the national income? Production of goods
and services
14. In which the formation of magma along the bedding plane results? Sill
15. Which was the first dynasty of the Vijayanagar kingdom? Sangama
16. Which cells have least regeneration capacity? Cell of brain
17. The ordinances issued by the Governor are subject to approval by which
office?
State Legislature
18. A fruity smell is obtained by the reaction of ethanol with which compound? CH3COOH
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19. How are the igneous rocks are formed? Granitisation
20. The Kingdom of Vijayanagar came into existence during which reign? Muhammad-binTughlaq
21. Which day is celebrated as United Nations Day every year? 24th October
22. Against which team did Virender Sehwag make his one day international
debt?
Pakistan
23. Which gas do not considered as polluting agent of air? CO2
24. Which connects the ocean floor level with the continental level? Continental slope
25. In the Mughal administration, by whom was military recruitment being
looked after?
Bakshi
26. How can the States in India borrow from the market? Only with the consent
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of the Centre
27. What does the rise of mercury in a barometer indicate? Fair weather
28. What is One of the main factors that led to rapid expansion of Indian
exports?
Liberalisation of the
economy
29. Which is the longest inland waterways in the world? Mississippi river
system
30. Which was the king generally considered to be the greatest ruler of Kashmir
in the 15th century?
Zain-ul-Abidin
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1. The first Commonwealth Games were held in the year 1930 at which
place?
Hamilton (Canade)
2. Which Scientist first explained about circulatory system? William Harvey
3. How many States are required to ratify certain Amendments to the
Constitution?
Not less than half the
number
4. Which state has smallest land area? Goa
5. Which Mughal emperor prohibited the use of tobacco? Jehangir
6. Which compound caused tragedy of Bhopal in 1984? Methyl isocynate
7. With Which game is the Double Fault associated? Football
8. How is the difference between visible exports and visible imports defined? Balance of trade
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9. Which are the two volcanic islands in the Indian territory? Narcondam and Barren
10. Who translated Ramayana into Persian? Badaurii
11. Which groups of items contains only biodegradable items? Wood, Grass, Leather
12. Which post does the Constitution of India not mention? The Deputy Prime
Minister
13. If the Kinetic Energy of a body is increased by 300%, how much will its
momentum increase?
100%
14. In which State is the Guru Shikhar Peak located? Rajasthan
15. Raja Rammohan Roy and David Hare were associated with the foundation
of which college?
Hindu College
16. Machael Ferrrera is associated with which game? Snooker
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17. The first Commonwealth Games were held in 1930. Which country hosted
the games?
Canada
18. The concept of ‘carbon credit’ originated from which protocol? Kyoto Protocol
19. Which hill range that separates the state of Manipur from the state of
Nagaland?
Barailhills
20. Who was the founder of the Radha Swami Satsang? Siva Dayal Saheb
21. The Ninth Schedule was added by which Amendment? First
22. In which processes light energy is converted into chemical energy? Photosynthesis
23. Which case does stagflation imply? Recession plus
inflation
24. Where are the wet hill forest found in? Nilgiris
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25. Ancient Monuments Preservation Act was passed during which
Viceroyality?
Curzon
26. Which House is better placed with regard to control over the executive? Lok Sabha
27. What does a permanent magnet repel? Diamagnetic
substances only
28. If the price of an inferior good falls, what about its demand? Remains constant
29. At which place will you find maximum sunlight in india December? Kanyakumari
30. What are the birth and death years of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar? 1891, 1956
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1. Which cup/trophy is associated with football? Santosh Trophy
2. What is the main cause of extinction of species from tropics? Deforestation
3. In which year did the Congress loose its monopoly of power in the States for
the first time after the elections?
1967
4. Which is the largest tiger reserve in India? Corbett
5. Which revolutionary leaders’ organised an attack on the armoury of
Chittagong?
Surya Sen
6. What is the second most abundant element in the earth’s crust? Silicon
7. Who received the Nobel Prize twice in different subjects? Madam Curie
8. Which formulates fiscal policy? Finance Ministry
9. Which is the first National Park established in India? Corbett National Park
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10. By whom was General Dyer who was responsible for Jallianwala Bagh
massacre was shot dead?
Udham Singh
11. What is a physical basis of life? Protoplasm
12. Who is responsible for the registration of voters? Election Commission
13. A fan produces a feeling of comfort during hot weather. Why? Our perspiration
evaporates rapidly
14. Which state has the highest amount of Nickel Ore resources? Orissa
15. Megasthenes was an envoy of which king? Seleucus
16. What is the name of India’s highest award which is given to a civilian? Bharat Ratna
17. In which year did India first take part in the Olympic Games? 1920
18. In which cell organelle do photo and thermochemical reactions occur in
different sites?
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Chloroplasts
19. In which district, have large reserves of diamondbearing kimberlite been
discovered in the recent past?
Raipur
20. Who in ancient India assumed the title amitraghata? Bindusar
21. Who proposed the Preamble before the Drafting Committee of the
Constitution?
Jawaharlal Nehru
22. Which compound is used as an antichlor? Na2S2O3
23. In which activity percentage share of cooperative sector is the highest? Sugar production
24. Which is the strait connecting Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal? Palk Strait
25. Which Mauryan ruler did conquer the Deccan? Bindusara
26. Famous GOLF player Vijay Singh is from which country? Fiji
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27. Which is an insectivorous plant? Nepenthes
28. Who was the Chairman’ of the Union Constitution Committee of the
Constituent Assembly?
Jawaharlal Nehru
29. Which Strait which separates Asia from North America? The Bering strait
30. In the kingdom of Satavahanas of ancient India, what was a district called? Ahara
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1. Why is the gas thermometers is more sensitive than the liquid
thermometer?
Expand more than
liquids
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2. The term ‘double fault’ is associated with which game? Tennis
3. In India, which is regulated by the forward Markets Commission? Commodities Futures
Trading
4. The daily and annual range of temperature is maximum in which area? Savanna grassland
5. Which was the South Indian state famous for its naval power? Cholas
6. Which is the Indian scientist whose name is associated with the measurement
of growth in plants?
J.C. Bose
7. How many members of the Rajya Sabha are nominated by the President of
India?
12
8. Which chemical used as a ‘fixer’ in photography? Sodium thiosulphate
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9. Which endangered Ridley turtles have the world’s largest aggregation? Gahirmatha
10. The Bahmanis of the Deccan rose to prominence in which century? 14th century
11. Who is called the Flying Sikh of India? Milkha Singh
12. Who is known as the ‘saint of the gutters’? Mother Teresa
13. Which crop enrich the soil with nitrogen? Pea
14. Which rock system has the maximum concentration of minerals? Dharwar system
15. Which Governor General is associated with Doctrine of Lapse? Lord Dalhousie
16. How much the time gap between two sessions of the Parliament should not
exceed?
6 months
17. Which is the correct device for the detection of thermal radiation? Thermopile
18. A crossed cheque is one, which can be encashed only at which bank? State Bank of India