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Q 1. The Nobel Prize for deciphering the language of bee was awarded to:

A

H.G. Khurana

K.V. Frisch

C

Juliane Huxley

D

Dorothy Hodgkins

Explanation

The Nobel Prize for deciphering the language of bee was awarded to K.V. Frisch.

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Q 2. Which one of the following States of India has passed a legislation (in 1996) making the maintenance of one's parents mandatory?

A

Kerala

B

West Bengal

C

Maharashtra

Himachal Pradesh

Explanation

The Himachal Pradesh Maintenance of Parents and Dependents Bill, 1996 was passed to provide speedy relief to old parents unable to maintain themselves-it makes it mandatory for children to maintain their elderly parents.

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Q 3. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-IList-II
A. Rashtriya Mahila1. Kosh Empowerment of women
B. Mahila Samridhi Yojana2. Education for women's equality
C. Indira Mahila Yojana3. Promotion of savings among rural women
D. Mahila Samakhya Programme4. Meeting credit needs of the poor women

Codes:

A

A - 3; B - 2; C - 1; D - 4

B

A - 1; B - 3; C - 4; D - 2

A - 4; B - 3; C - 2; D - 1

D

A - 4; B - 1; C - 2; D - 3

Explanation

The Rashtriya Mahila Kosh (National Credit Fund for Women) was set up in 1993 to make credit available for lower income women in India. The Mahila Samridhi Yojana (MSY) was launched on 2nd October, 1993 with the objective of empowering the rural women through building thrift habit, selfreliance and confidence. The Indira Mahila Yojana (IMY) aims at organizing at the grass-root level to facilitate their participation in decision-making and their empowerment was launched on 20 August 1995. Pursuant to the objectives of the NPE(National Policy on Education), 1986, the Mahila Samakhya Scheme was started in 1989 to translate the goals enshrined in the NPE into a concrete programme for the education and empowerment of women in rural areas particularly those from socially and economically marginalized groups.

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Q 4. The language spoken by the largest number of people of the world is :

A

Hindi

Mandarin

C

English

D

Spanish

Explanation

Mandarin is spoken in people's Republic of China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malayasia, some part of United States. This language covers 885 million people. English is spoken by 500 million people.

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Q 5. Match the cities labelled as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 in the given map with the names of the institutes located in these and select the correct answer using the codes given below the names of the institutes.
Names of institutes:
A. Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute
B. Central Sheep Breeding Farm
C. National Dairy Research Institute
D. National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management

A

A-5; B-1; C-3; D-2

A-5; B-2; C-1; D-4

C

A-4; B-2; C-1; D-3

D

A-1; B-2; C-3; D-4

Explanation

Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute is located in Cochin of Kerala, which is marked as '5' in the given map. Central sheep breeding farm is located in Hissar of Haryana, which is marked as '2'. National Dairy Research Institute is situated in Karnal of Haryana is marked by '1' in the map. National Institute of Agricultural Extension is situated at Hyderabad of Andhra Pradesh and is marked by '4' in the given map.

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Q 6. Match List I with List II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-I (Artist)List-II (Medium of music delivery)
Balamurali Krishna 1. Hindustani vocal
Mita Pandit 2. Ghatam
A.Kanyakumari 3. Sitar
Nikhil Bannerjee4. Violin
5. Carnatic Vocal

Codes:

A-5; B-1; C-4; D-3

B

A-4; B-3; C-1; D-5

C

A-3; B-1; C-5; D-2

D

A-5; B-4; C-1; D-3

Explanation

Balamurali Krishna is famous carnatic vocalist, Mita Pandit is famous Hindustani vocalist, Kanyakumari is famous Violinist and Nikhil Banerjee is famous sitar player.

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Q 7. Which of the following committees examined and suggested Financial Sector reforms?

A

Abid Hussian Committee

B

Bhagwati Committee

C

Chelliah Committee

Narasimham Committee

Explanation

Narasimhan committee was constituted on financial sector reforms in 1991 and on banking sector reforms in 1998.

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Q 8. The Kelkar proposals which were in the news recently were the:

A

recommendations for reforms in the power sector

recommendations for tax reforms

C

guidelines for the privatization of public sector undertakings

D

guidelines for reducing vehicular pollution, and the promotion of CNG use

Explanation

The Vijay Kelkar Committee on Direct Taxes first submitted its report in year 2003.

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Q 9. Match items in the List-I (Businesswoman) with those in the List-II (company) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

A

A-4; B-1; C-5; D-3

B

A-2; B-3; C-4; D-1

C

A-4; B-3; C-5; D-1

A-2; B-1; C-4; D-3

Explanation

Zia Mody - founder partner of AZB & Partners
Anuradha J. Desai - Chairperson of Venkateshwara Hatcheries Private Limited
Villoo Morawala Patel -Chairperson of Avesthagen
Meena Kaushik -Chairman of Quantum mechanic research

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Q 10. The world's highest ground based telescopic observatory is located in :

A

Colombia

India

C

Nepal

D

Switzerland

Explanation

The world's highest ground based telescopic observatory is located at Leh in India.

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Q 11. Which one of the following statements is not correct?

The largest Buddhist monastery in India is in Assam

B

The language konyak is spoken in Nagaland

C

The largest river island in the world is in Assam

D

Sikkim is the least - populated State of the Indian Union

Explanation

The largest Buddhist Monastry is in Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh not in Assam.

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Q 12. Consider the following statements:
1. The Islamic Calendar is twelve days shorter than the Gregorian Calendar .
2. The Islamic Calendar began in AD 632
3. The Gregorian Calendar is a lunar calendar
Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?

A

1 only

B

1 and 2

C

1 and 3

3 only

Explanation

The Islamic calendar began in AD 622, during which the emigration of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina, known as Hijra occurred. It is a lunar calendar consisting of 12 lunar months in a year of 354 or 355 days. It is also called Hijri calendar. The Gregorian calendar is a lunar calendar.

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Q 13. For which one of the following, is Satara well known?

Thermal Power Plant

B

Wind Energy Plant

C

Hydro-electric Plant

D

Nuclear Power Plant

Explanation

Satara is well known for Thermal Power Plant. Satara is famous for Thermal Power Plant.

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Q 14. Recently with which country government did ONGC Mittal Energy Limited (OMEL) sign a joint-venture deal of $6 billion dealing with infrastructure, refinery and power?

A

Colombia

B

Venezuela

Nigeria

D

Saudi Arabia

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Q 15. Match List-I (Indian Scientist/Scholar) with List-II (Area of Work) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-I (Businesswoman)List-II (Company)
A. Zia Mody1. Venkateshwara Hatcheries
B. Anuradha J. Desai2. AZB and Partners
C. Villoo Morawala Patel3. Quantum Market Research
D. Meena Kaushik
4. Avestha Gangraine Technologies
(Indian Scientist/ Scholar)(Area of Work)
A. C. N. R. Rao1. Telecommunications
B. Jagdish Bhagwati2. Physics
C. G. N. Ramachandran 3. Econmics
D. Ashok Jhunjhunwala4. Solid State Chemistry and Material Science

Codes:

A-4; B-3; C-2; D-1

B

A-2; B-1; C-4; D-3

C

A-4; B-1; C-2; D-3

D

A-2; B-3; C-4; D-1

Explanation

The correct match is as follows :
C N R Rao - Solid State Chemistry
Jagdish Natwarlal Bhagwati - Economist
G. N ramchandran - Physics
Ashok Jhunjhunwala - Telecommunications

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Q 16. In which country is the committee which selects winners for Nobel Peace Prize located?

Norway

B

Finland

C

Sweden

D

Denmark

Explanation

The Nobel Peace Prize is awarded in a solemn ceremony in the Oslo City Hall, Norway on December 10.

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Q 17. Who among the following is a Hindustani classical singer?

A

Geeta Chandran

B

Leela Samson

Gangubai Hangal

D

Swapnasundari

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Q 18. Match List-l (Author) with List II (Book) and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists:

List-I (Author) List-II (Book)
A. Amartya Sen1. An Ordinary Person Guide to Empire
B. Bimal Jalan 2. The Argumentative Indian
C. Arundhati Roy 3. The future of India
D. Mani Shankar Aiyar4. Confessions of a secular Fundamentalist

Codes :

A

A-4; B-3; C-2; D-1

A-2; B-3; C-1; D-4

C

A-3; B-2; C-4; D-1

D

A-2; B-3; C-4; D-1

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Q 19. Which one of the following is the correct chronological order of the formation of the following as full States of the Indian Union?

A

Sikkim-Arunachal Pradesh-Nagaland-Haryana

Nagaland -Haryana-Sikkim-Arunachal Pradesh

C

Sikkim-Haryana-Nagaland-Arunachal Pradesh

D

Nagaland-Arunachal Pradesh-Sikkim-Haryana

Explanation

Nagaland-1962, Haryana-1966, Sikkim-1975, Arunachal Pradesh-1986

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Q 20. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists:

List-I (Person)List-II (Company)
A. Vishwapati Trivedi1. Essar Group
B. Tulsi R Tanti2. Info Edge India (which runs naukri.com)
C. Shashi Ruia3. Indian (Indian Airlines)
D. D S Bikhchandani4. Suzlon Energy

Codes:

A

A-2; B-4; C-1; D-3

B

A-3; B-1; C-4; D-2

C

A-2; B-1; C-4; D-3

A-3; B-4; C-1; D-2

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Q 21. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists:

List-I (Person) List-II (Known As)
A. Bhajan Sopori1. Bharatnatyam dancer
B. Birju Maharaj2. Exponent of Santoor
C. Priyadarsini3. Mridangam maestro
D. TV Gopalakrishnan4. Kathak dancer

Codes:

A

A-2; B-1; C-4; D-3

B

A-3; B-1; C-4; D-2

A-2; B-4; C-1; D-3

D

A-3; B-4; C-1; D-2

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Q 22. Who among the wrote the book-Ayodhya?

A

Chandra Shekhar

P V Narasimha Rao

C

Jaswant Singh

D

Arun Shourie

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Q 23. The Pulitzer Prize is associated with which one of the following?

A

Environmental protection

B

Olympics Games

Journalism

D

Civil Aviation

Explanation

The Pulitzer Prize is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature, and musical composition in the United States. It was established in 1917 by provisions in the will of American (Hungarian-born) publisher Joseph Pulitzer and is administered by Columbia University in New York City.

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Q 24. Raghu Rai is well-known for which one of the following areas?

A

Research in Mathematics

Photography

C

Water harvesting

D

Pollution control

Explanation

Raghu Rai is an Indian photographer and photojournalist.

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Q 25. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the code given below the lists:

List-I (Eminent Person) List-II(Known As)
A. Bhanu Bharti1. Music Composer
B. Mike Pandey2. Poet and literature
C. Mohd Zahur Khayyam3. Theatre director
D. Vinda Karandikar4. Wildlife film maker

Code:

A

A-1; B-4; C-3; D-2

B

A-3; B-2; C-1; D-4

C

A-1; B-2; C-3; D-4

A-3; B-4; C-1; D-2