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Cameroon is admitted as the 20th member of the Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation and the U.S. becomes a dialogue partner at the ministerial meeting of the grouping in Gurgaon.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President of Brazil is presented the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development, 2010 at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The Borlaug Award 2012 goes to K.V. Prabhu and Ashok Singh, scientists at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute

The Siva Prasad Barooah National Award for Journalism 2011 is presented to veteran journalist M. S. Prabhakara in Guwahati.

Flight Cadet R.K. Herojit Singh from Manipur paralysed below the waist following a mishap is cleared for commissioning into the IAF.

 More than 90 people died and Millions of US people remain without power,

as thousands are unable to return home four days due to the powerful
Harricane called Sandyhit into the East Coast (very important)
M. Mahalakshmi and R. Vaishali from Chennai on 19 November 2012
won Gold at the World Youth Chess Championship in Slovenia.
 Indian boxer Mary Kom to be conferred Lt Colonel rank.
 Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana (health insurance scheme) was
launched in Maharashtra
Mangalam village became the first village in India where all households

were provided banking facilities, it is situated in Pondicherry

M S Dhoni becomes brand ambassador ofcricket in Nepal
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna won the Paris Master, their
second title of the year
IOC on 83rd place.132 company of USA is in this list
Rawatbhata Atomic Power Station is in Rajasthan.
Google’ Buying ‘Meebo’ To Help Social Networking Push
Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar) Accepts Nobel Peace Prize 21 years late.
China won both Thomas cup and Uber Cup of Badminton.
 Venue of Both were in China.
 India’s First River-lake link project launched In Bundelkhand
Kofi Annan resign as the UN special Envoy to Syria
 India has allowed foreign direct investment(FDI) from Pakistan.
 Market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India
 (SEBI) granted permission to MCX Stock Exchange (MCXSX) to operate
as a full-fledged stock exchange
11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2013 will be held in Cochin (Kerala). Last
meeting was held in Jaipur.
Iran has tested Fateh 110 missiles (Range - 300 km).
 Home Ministry declined permission to three Iranian banks (Eghtesad-e-
Novin, Parsian Bank and Bank Kasargad)
 to open branches in India.
9th World Hindi Conference was held in South African city Johannesburg

from 22 to 24 of September this year.

 The main theme of the conference is “Bhasha Ki Asmita Aur Hindi Ka
Vaishvik Sandarbh”.
 South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma became the first woman head of
African Union (A.U.) Commission.
 State Bird of Delhi-Sparrow
 States which ban Gutka-MP, Kerela, Maharashtra, Bihar Rajsthan,Gujrat
 Russia and India will conduct sixth joint INDRA-2012 antiterrorism military
exercises in the Siberian republic of Buryatia. The last INDRA was held in
India in October 2010.
Coal India Ltd will be investing Rs 7,500 crore to develop railway
infrastructure in Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Odisha.
Abhijeet Gupta has won the Sixth Kavala International Chess Tournament
in Greece.
Sunita Williams became the second woman in history to take command of
Mariamma Koshy appointed as the full-time IRCTC introduced Interbank
Mobile Payment System
Indian Rank in Global Competitiveness Index-59th
Bank of India Open in 1st Branch in South Africa
 India and Singapore will provide list of Black money holders to each other.
SBI, Bank of India & PNB will open their Branch in Pakistan
 RBI punished two foreign banks for Money Laundering – HSBC &
Chartered Accountant Banks.
 India won the Nehru Cup Football Cup 2012 Tournament by defeating

 India will not provide more than 3 months mobile connection to the foreign


1. ___ is the father of PoliticalScience

(a) Aristotle (b) Bodin
(c) Montesquieu (d) Plato
Ans : Aristotle

2. The ideal number of 5040 people would make a state was said by

(a) Aristotle (b) Plato
(c) Sidgwick (d) Bluntschli
Ans : Plato

3. How many types of judicial writs are these?

(a) 4 types (b) 5 types
(c) 6 types (d) 3 types
Ans : 5 types

4. The Election Commission ofIndia is a / an

(a) Independent Body (b) Statutory body
(c) Private Body (d) Public Corporation
Ans : Independent Body

5. The Union Government consists of

(a) Two organs (b) Three organs
(c) One organs (d) Four organs
Ans : Three organs

6.Who wrote “Harsha Charita”?

(a) Kautilya
(b) Harshavardhana
(c) Banabhatta
(d) Ibn Batuta
The correct answer is (c) Banabhatta.
He was the court poet of Harshavardhana. Besides Harshacharita, he wrote Kadambari. He lived in 7th century AD. Kautilya was the other name of Chanakya.

7.Amitav Ghosh, who was recently in news, is a famous _____.

(a) Politician
(b) Scientist
(c) Economist
(d) Novelist
The correct answer is (d) Novelist.
Amitav Ghosh is a Bengali Indian author best known for his work in the English language. His latest book is River of Smoke.

8.The biggest airport in the world is in :

(a) United States of America
(b) England
(c) Saudi Arabia
(d) United Arab Emirates
The correct answer is (c) Saudi Arabia.

World’s largest airport is the King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) covering an area of 55510 acres.

Longest river (India):Ganges
Longest river (World) :Nile
The longest tributary river of India: Yamuna
The longest river of the south: Godavari
Highest mountain peak: Godwin Austin (k2)
Largest lake (Fresh water): Wular lake (Kashmir)
Highest Dam: Tehri Dam on Bhagirathi River
Largest Mosque: Jama Masjid, Delhi
Longest Road: Grand Trunk Road
State with longest coastline: Gujarat
Largest railway route: Dibrugarh in Assam to Kannyakumari in Tamil Nadu
Longest tunnel: Jawahar tunnel (Jammu & Kashmir)
Longest national highway: NH-7 which runs from Varanasi to Kanyakumari
Longest Dam: Hirakod Dam (Orissa)
Longest River: Bride Mahatma Gandhi Setu, Patna
most populated city: Mumbai (1.60 crore)
Largest Museum: National Museum, Kolkata
Largest Delta: Sunderban Delta, W. Bengal
Largest Dome: Gol Gumbaz, Bijapur (Karnataka)
Largest Zoo: Zoological Gardens, Alipur, Kolkata
Largest man-made Lake: Govind Vallabh Pant Sagar (Rihand Dam)
Largest Desert: Thar (Rajasthan)
Highest Tower: Pitampura Tower, Delhi
Smallest State (Area): Goa
Smallest State (Population): Sikkim
Highest Waterfall: Gersoppa waterfall (Karnataka)

Largest Port: Mumbai

Highest Lake: Devatal (Garhwal)
Deepest river valley: Bhagirathi & Alaknanda

c. To jostle (v.) is to push or shove roughly

against; to drive with pushing; to disturb or


d. Avarice (n.) means an excessive or insatiable

desire for material wealth; inordinate


e. Ulterior (adj.) means lying beyond or

outside what is openly shown or said.

c. Iniquity (n.) is wickedness or overwhelming


e. Calumny (n.) means a false statement or

accusation uttered maliciously to harm

another’s reputation; slander.

e. To objectify (v.) to treat a living being as an

object or, to transform an abstract idea or

concept into a more concrete and objective

reality so that others can understand and

relate to it.

a. Tertiary (adj.) ranking third in order of

importance, position, or value.

c. A nonpareil (n.) is a person or thing of

peerless excellence.

1. The rowdy crowd at the rock concert
_____________ Herve, and he spilled his soda
on his pants.
a. jettisoned
b. harrowed
c. jostled
d. lauded
e. superceded

2. Blinded by _____________, Nicholas

accepted the job offer with the highest pay but
the least possibility of making him happy.
a. ennui
b. heresy
c. infamy
d. avarice
e. temperance

3. We knew Jana had _____________ motives

for running for class president: She wanted the
nearby parking space that came with the
a. anterior
b. interior
c. inferior
d. posterior
e. ulterior

4. The villainous gang’s hideout was a den of

_____________ that no one would dare to
a. innocence
b. habitants
c. iniquity
d. accolades
e. innovation

5. Although it was so ridiculous that no one

believed it to be true, the reporter’s
_____________ still cost the governor his
a. hegemony
b. sedition
c. malaise
d. compendium
e. calumny

6. People on the street stopped to

_____________ over the artist’s rendition of
the Eiffel Tower, amazed by his ability to

capture the detail.

a. bedazzle
b. innovate
c. rave
d. counteract
e. objectify

7. The veteran lieutenant was not happy with his

_____________ rank behind the two
inexperienced men.
a. tertiary
b. silly
c. unctuous
d. superior
e. fastened

8. The prime minister was admired by all, a(n)

_____________ even in an environment of
corruption and disdain.
a. admonishment
b. alleviation
c. nonpareil
d. prototype
e. profanation

India- Some Basic Information (IMP)

_ Land – 32,87,263 sq km; 7th largest in the world

_ Pop – 1.21 Billion (2011 Census); 2nd most populous
_ 28 states, 7 UTs including 1 NCR (Delhi)
_ Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, & Uttarakhand – 3 new states in that order
_ Land Frontier – 15200 km
_ Total length of coast line – 7516.6 km
_ Population Density – 382 / sq km (2011 Census)
_ Sex ratio – 940 (2011 Census)
_ Literacy rate – 74% (2011 Census)
_ Kerala Mizoram and Lakshadweep top three in Literacy
_ 2.4% of the world’s surface area & 16.7% of the world’s population
_ India in 10th place in world and fourth in Asia in diversity of flora
_ Over 46000 species of plants described by BSI – Red Data Book of BSI of endangered plants -
over 89000 species of fauna in India

_ Scheduled Castes comprise 16% (approx) of population Top 3 states by population of SC’s are

Punjab, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh
_ Scheduled Tribes – 8% (approx) of the population. Top three states by population of STs are
Jharkhand, Orissa and Madhya Pradesh.
_ The top five states by population are Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal and
National Symbols
_ Jana Gana Mana: adopted January 24, 1950, 1st sung on December 27, 1911, at INC,
Calcutta, originally in Bengali…..written by Rabinder Nath Tagore
_ Vande Mataram: 1st sung at 1896 INC session, originally in Sanskrit by Bankim C Chatterji
_ Saka Era (AD 78), adopted on March 22, 1957
_ Tiger ( national animal) , Peacock ( national bird0, Lotus (national flower)
_ National Flag adopted on July 22, 1947
_ State emblem is an adaptation of Sarnath lion capital of Asokha adopted on January 26, 1950
_ Flag code adopted in 2002
_ Dolphin – National Aquatic Creature
_ Satyameva Jayate – from Upanishads

_ Traditional Indian calendar starts with Chaitra

Major Sectors of the Economy
_ Primary – Agriculture & allied - 16-17 percent of GDP (approx)
_ Secondary – Industrial, which includes mining & quarrying; manufacturing; electricity, gas &
water supply, and construction. 28% of GDP (approx)
_ Tertiary – Services, which includes trade, hotels, IT, transport & communication; financial
services, and community, social & personal services. 55% of GDP (approx)
_ Micro finance hub of India is Andhra Pradesh
_ IT and Biotechnology hub is Bangalore

_ Automobile hub is Tamil Nadu

_ Hyderabad pharma hub
_ Mumbai financial capital
_ CSO estimate GDP revised estimate for 2009-10, Rs.4464081 crore at 2004-05 prices
_ 2nd fastest GDP growth among large economies
_ India a services led economy. GDP growth rate was 7.5% in 2004-05, 9.5% in 2005-06, 9.7% in
2006-07, 9.2% in 2007-08, 6.7% in 2008-09, 7.4% in 2009-10 and 8.6% in 2010-11.
_ India’s share in world trade has increased from 0.7% in 2003 to 1.1% in 2008. Export target
$200 billion by March 2011.
_ Latest poverty estimate of Tendulkar Panel is 8.3 crore households and 37.2%
_ Parts of India are worse off in poverty levels than sub-Sahara Africa
_ Principal commodities exported are ores and minerals, gems and jewelry chemical and allied
products engineering goods petroleum products, agriculture and allied products
_ Principal commodities imported are pearls, fertilizers, cereals, edible oils, newsprint and
petroleum products
_ Infrastructure and building up of social infrastructure - top priorities
_ India was the second largest economy in the world before British era
_ British rule destroyed Indian economy – Dadabhai Naoroji
_ Shameful record of famines in British India – 1947 famine in Bengal – Amartya Sen’s
_ 72.2% of the population live in rural areas and 27.8% in urban areas
_ Latest repo rate – 8.25%
_ Reverse repo – 7.25%
_ bank rate – 6%
_ inflation – 9.8%

_ FDI inflows $19.42 billion in 2010-11

_ Planning Commission norms on Poverty –Rs.32/day/person expenditure in urban areas.
Rs.26/day/person expenditure in rural areas is cut off Affidavit filed in Supreme Court
_ Mobile number portability in January 2011
_ About 60% of the population dependent on agriculture
_ Net sown area – 1412 lakh hectares (2000)
_ Area under forests – 695.5 lakh hectares (2003-04)
_ 60% of area sown is dependent upon rainfall
_ 3 harvesting seasons – Rabi, Kharif, & Zaid
_ Major Rabi crops: wheat, barley, mustard
_ Major Kharif crops: rice, jowar, bajra, cotton
_ Foodgrain cropping share comes down to 65 per cent of gross cropped area (2000)
_ India third largest producer and consumer of fertilizers
_ India second largest producer of fruits and vegetables
_ Land area under marginal holdings (less than 1 hectare) is 20% of Total Cultivated Area
_ Ultimate irrigation potential – 139.88 million hectares
_ Bharat Nirman aims at assured irrigation of 10 million hectare by 2009.
_ High degree of land fragmentation
_ Low level of mechanisation
_ High level of disguised unemployment
_ Need for improved irrigation, better seeds & fertilizers, consolidation of land holdings, land
reforms, better access to credit, extension of marketing facilities, etc.
_ The first Green Revolution achieved breakthrough in the production of wheat and rice

_ No significant breakthrough in production of oil seeds & pulses

_ M.S. Swaminathan, C. Subramaniam and Norman Borlaug key figures in Green Revolution
_ National Food Security Mission
_ Rotting foodgrains and malnutrition

_ 33% ideal forest cover

_ Contract farming and regulated markets - key areas of reforms
_ Controversy over GM crops - GM cotton and Brinjal
_ Organic farming a necessity not a fad [latest controversy of antibiotics in honey]
_ Contributes 10% of export earnings
_ Single largest private sector occupation
_ Huge untapped rural market
Achievements of Indian Agriculture:
_ India is the largest producer of wheat in the worl
_ India is the largest producer of Rice in the world
_ India is among the largest vegetable oil economies in the world
_ India is the largest producer of Tea in the world
_ India is the second largest producer of Fruits in the world
_ India is the largest producer of Milk in the world
_ India is the largest producer of Coffee in the world
_ India is the largest producer of Cotton in the world
Indian Agriculture by its sheer size can dictate global markets directly and indirectly. Majority of
rural population still is dependent on agriculture for their livelihood and over 600 million farmers
involved in agriculture related activities.
Agriculture in India has a long history dating back to ten thousand years.
Today, India ranks second worldwide in farm output. Agriculture and allied sectors like forestry and
logging accounted for 16.6% of the GDP in 2007, employed 52% of the total workforce and despite a
steady decline of its share in the GDP, is still the largest economic sector and plays a significant
role in the overall socio-economic development of India.

India is the largest producer in the world of milk, cashew nuts, coconuts, tea, ginger, turmeric and

black pepper.It also has the world's largest cattle population (281 million). It is the second largest
producer of wheat, rice, sugar, groundnut and inland fish. It is the third largest producer of tobacco.India accounts for 10% of the world fruit production with first rank in the production of banana and sapota.
India's population is growing faster than its ability to produce rice and wheat.
The Indian crops can be divided into three groups in which two are major namely Kharif
& Rabi-
Kharif crop- The Kharif season is during the southwest monsoon (July-October). During this season,
agricultural activities take place both in rain-fed areas and irrigated areas. Kharif crop includes
Rice (Paddy), Jowar, Bajra, Maize, Cotton, Sugarcane, Seasamum, Soyabean, and Groundnut.
Rabi crops- The Rabi season is during the winter months, when agricultural activities
take place only in the irrigated areas. This crop is sown in October last and harvested in
March/April every year. These crops include Wheat, Jowar, Barley, Gram, Tur,
Rapeseed, and Mustard.
Zayad Crop- In some parts of the country a crop is sown during March to June every year.

Zayad crops include Melon, watermelon, Vegetables, Cucumber, Moong, Urad etc.

India is a monsoon dependent country for its water resources. Irrigation sector has been
fundamental to India’s economic development and poverty alleviation since 25% of India’s Gross
Domestic Product (GDP) and 65% of employment is based on agriculture. During the post
independence period, the country has invested a huge amount of capital in the major and the
medium irrigation projects. Among the states, three have already achieved 70% or more of the

ultimate irrigation potential with Tamilnadu recording 100% achievement, followed by Punjab and

Rajasthan at 84% and 74% respectively. Six states, i.e., Haryana, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, and
West Bengal are in the range of 63% to 71%, whereas in U.P. and Maharashtra, the achievement
would be 56% each. The states of Bihar, Gujarat, Orissa, M.P. and Assam have achieved less than
50% of the ultimate potential.
Revolutions in Indian Economy
Revolutions Area Key Person
Green Agriculture Dr. Norman Borlaug and
Dr. M.S.Swaminathan.
Yellow Oil Seeds Sam Pitroda
White Milk Varghese Kurien
Blue Fish -
Pink Shrimp -
Brown Masaaley -
Grey Wool & Poultry –
Black Crude Oil
Agriculture: At A Glance
-Agriculture growth rate target for Tenth Plan (2002-2007) is 4%,but achived was merely
1.8%. target for 11th plan is again 4%.
-Agriculture sector provides employment to 58.4% of country’s workforce and is
the single largest private sector occupation.
-India holds first position in the world in the production of sugarcane and sugar,
Brazil closely follow us and many times its production is more than ours. Brazil is also largest
producer of Ethanol.
-Cashew nuts assume an important place in the Indian Economy. India produces
45% of the global production of cashew. India is the largest producer,processor,
consumer& exporter of cashew in the world.
-India contributes about 13% to the world vegetable production and occupies first rank in the
production of Cauliflower, second in onion and third in cabbage in the world.
-India’s share in the world production of mango is about 54%.

-India occupies the first rank in banana production of 1.16 Million tones.

-Animal husbandry output constitutes about 30% of the country’s agriculture
-U.P. is the highest wheat producing state, Punjab and Haryana hold 2nd & 3rd
positions respectively.
-Rice is the main food crop in India. The highest rice producing State is West
Bengal, U.P & Punjab are 2nd& 3rd respectively.
-The highest pulses & Soyabean producing state is Madhya Pradesh.
-The highest cereals producing state is Maharashtra.
-India is the largest producer & consumer of tea in the world and accounts for
around 27% of world production and 13% of world trade.
-Karnataka, which is the largest producer of coffee in the country, accounts for 56.5% of total coffee production in India. India ranks sixth in the world coffee production.
-Kerela is the main rubber producing state, which produces 90% of the rubber in
the country and accounts for over 85% of the area under cultivation.
-India is the largest Milk producing country in the world.
-India is the third highest tobacco producing country in the world.
-India ranked first in production of vegetable in the world. Besides India is the
second largest producer of fruits in the world.
-The Horticulture sector contributed 28% of GDP in agriculture.

Refer to page 154 of thread
Q. Antyodaya scheme is meant to help the
1 Muslims
2 Minorities
3 Poorest of the poor section of the society
4 Harijans
Ans: 3

Q. The upcoming Ultra Mega Power Projects(UMPPs) at Cheyyur and Sarguja are located respectively in

1 Kerala and Chhattisgarh
2 Tamil Nadu and Odisha
3 Tamil Nadu and Chhattisgarh
4 Kerala and Odisha
Ans: 3
Q. Andheri's newly constructed headquarters of anti-terror force was inaugurated by N. Kumar Reddy on August 13, 2012 in Hyderabad. What is the name of this counter-terrorist commando force?
1 Anti Terrorism Agency (ATA)
2 Organization to Counter Terrorist Operations (Octopus)
3 Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS)
4 Anti Terrorism Operations (ATO)
Ans: 2
Q. Which two countries signed Agreement for the Modernisation of Indian Railways?
1 India and Belgium
2 Indian and China
3 USA and India
4 Russia and India
Ans: 1
Q. Name the Indian telecom service company which had acquired US firm WPCS International?
1 Shyam Telecom
3 Tata Teleservices
4 Kavvery Telecom
Ans: 4
Q. Which company was directed by the Supreme Court to refund an amount of 17400 crore of rupees to their Investors?
1 Sahara Group of Company
2 Reliance Industries
3 Air India
4 Vodafone
Ans: 1
Q. Isle of Wight rock yielded three fossil footprints of Dinosaurs. In which one of the following countries Isle of Wight located?
1 Germany
3 Africa
4 UK
Ans: 4
Q. Which Indian Company signed a pact with French Energy company GDF Suez to import LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas)?
1 Indian Oil Corporation(IOC)
3 ONGC (Oil and Natural Gas Corporation)
4 Reliance Petroleum Limited
Ans: 2

Q. What was the theme of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) meeting organized in Davos, Switzerland?

1 Shaping the Post-Crisis World
2 Shared Norms for a New Reality
3 The power of collaborative innovation
4 Improve the state of the world: rethink, redesign, rebuild
Ans: 2
Q. Which core sector industry has the highest weight in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP)?
1 Coal
2 Crude Oil
3 Electricity
4 Petroleum refinery Products
Ans: 3

Q. Which of the following has a 51:49 joint venture with Japanese automobile company Nissan for manufacturing light commercial vehicles in India?

1 Tata Motors
2 Ashok Leyland
3 Mahindra and Mahindra
4 Bajaj Auto
Ans: 4
Q. Which of the following has made the largest inbound foreign direct investment in India till date?
1 Vodafone
2 BP Plc
3 Vedanta Resource
4 Dailchi Sankyo
Ans: 1
Q. SEBI, on August 16, 2012 has made it mandatory that all listed companies must have minimum ________ public shareholdings by June 2013.
1 10%
2 20%
3 30%
4 25%
Ans: 4
Q. Which leading Indian business house sold its group company Centum Learning to Everonn Education?
1 Reliance
2 Bharti Group
3 Toyota
Ans: 2
Q. Which among the following countries has given a grant of US $ 1 billion for the reconstruction of the Nalanda University?
1 Japan
2 UK
4 China
Ans: 4

Q. Which one among the following is the fastest Indian Super-computer recently developed by ISRO?

1 Saga-220
2 Aakash-A1
3 Tianhe-1A
4 Jaguar-Cray
Ans: 1
Q. In the year 2011, a missile named 'PRAHAR', developed by DRDO was test fired. This is a -
1 short-range surface to air missile
2 long-range surface to air missile
3 short-range surface to surface missile
4 long-range surface to surface missile
Ans: 3
Q. Which one of the following countries had recently joined World Trade Organisation?
1 Myanmar
2 Austria
3 Russia
4 Taiwan
Ans: 3
Q. The Thar Express goes to
1 Bangladesh
2 Pakistan
3 Afghanistan
4 Myanmar
Ans: 2

Q. The first Credit Information Company in India was -

4 None of the above
Ans: 3

Q. To review the determination of poverty line by Suresh Tendulkar Committee, Planning Commission has constituted a committee under the chairmanship -

1 S.K. Goel
2 C. Rangrajan
3 Mihir Shah
4 Prakash Bukshi
Ans: 2
Q. For 2011-12, the external debt as percentage of GDP stands at -
1 22%
2 20%
3 23%
4 25%
Ans: 2
Q. India has signed a key tax information exchange agreement and another pact on information technology to accelerate economic and joint investment with-
1 Qatar
2 Yaman

3 Iraq

4 Bahrain
Ans: 4
Q. Which country took over the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council in June 2012?
1 China
2 Iraq
3 India
4 Iran
Ans: 1
Q. Who had been made the President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development(EBRD)?
1 Bobby Jindal
2 Adi Goderej
3 Mr. Suma Chakrabarti
4 Rahul Khullar
Ans: 3
Q. The World Environment Day was observed across the globe on June 5,2012. Theme for the World Environment Day 2012 was -
1 Water-all we need
2 Green Economy : Does it include you?
3 Forests-Nature at your Service
4 None of the above
Ans: 2
Q. The estimates of National Income are prepared by-
1 National Development Council
2 National Productivity Council
3 National Income Council
4 Central Statistical Organization
Ans: 4
Q. The State who launched "Atal Khadyanna Yojna" is -
1 Bihar
2 Gujarat
3 Uttarakhand
4 Jharkhand
Ans: 3
Q. Which of the following is the latest country to reach an agreement on civil nuclear cooperation with India?
1 Australia
2 South Korea
3 China
4 Israel
Ans: 1
Q. Montreal Protocol is related with the protection of -
1 Green house gases
2 Acid rain
3 Ozone layer
4 Endangered species
Ans: 3

Q. The Government of India has launched an Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP) to monitor certain disease. Which of the following is not covered under the project?

1 Malaria
2 Polio
3 Plague
4 Tuberculosis
Ans: 3
Q. "Swayamsidha" is a scheme launched by the Government of India to help.
1 Women only
2 School children only
3 Health workers only
4 None of these
Ans: 1
Q. India's first Defence University is set up in
1 Haryana
2 Uttar Pradesh
3 Punjab
4 Delhi
Ans: 1
Q. "Vachaspati Puraskars" are given by the
1 Madhya Pradesh Government
2 Uttar Pradesh Hindi Akademy
3 Birla Foundation
4 None of these
Ans: 3
Q. Which of the following companies/commissions of Indians Origin signed a pact for obtaining oil blocks in Libya?
1 Reliance Petroleum
2 Oil India Ltd.
3 Oil & Natural Gas Corporation
4 None of these
Ans: 2
Q. Which of the following companies of Indian Origin has become the first Indian Company to launch financial services to retail investors in China?
1 Bajaj Finance
2 SBI Capital Markets
3 Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
4 None of these
Ans: 3
Q. On the basis of the study done by the Government of India, various states were divided into two groups "Low Poverty States", "High Poverty States". Which of the following is not a low poverty state?
1 Kerala
2 Orissa
3 Karnataka
4 Gujarat
Ans: 2
Q. Which of the following is the name of the asset reconstruction company created by various banks in India?
4 None of these

Ans: 1

Q. RISAT-1, which was put in orbit in April 2012 by PSLV-C19, is the heaviest satellite launched by India so far with a weight of

1 1,658 kg
2 1,768 kg
3 1,858 kg
4 1,968 kg
Ans: 3

Q. Abd-Rabbu Mansour was recently elected as the President of which one of the following Arab nation?

1 Yemen
2 Iraq
3 Oman
4 Iran
Ans: 1
Q. Name the Tamil author who was announced the winner of the Saraswati Samman 2011 by K.K. Birla Foundation announced on March 22, 2012 for his book Irama Kathaiyum Iramayakalum.
1 Jeyamohan
2 Dhanushkodi Ramasamy
3 A.A. Manavalan
4 Sundara Ramasami
Ans: 3
Q. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh during his tour of Maharashtra's Satara district announced on March 11,2012 a national award for sanitation and water in the name of which of the following Maharashtrian saints?
1 Sant Gadge Baba
2 Sant Yoga Paramanandar
3 Bhaktha Pundarikar
4 Bhaktha Goma Bai
Ans: 1 (LOL.. "gadhe baba!!" )

Q. Indian black eagle was spotted in the Aravali Biodiversity park after a gap of ____ years.

1 60
2 70
3 80
4 90
Ans: 4
Q. Recently India has raised its objection over the construction of the Zangmu dam. In this Context which country is building this Zangmu dam?
1 Pakistan in Pol
2 Bangladesh on the Brahmaputra river

3 China on the Brahmaputra

4 Pakistan with the help of china assistance
Ans: 3
Q. Which one of the following States/Union Territories has the least number of females per 1000 males as per provisional figures of Census 2011?
1 Daman and Diu
2 Dadar and Nagar Haveli
3 Haryana
4 Puducherry
Ans: 1
Q. The White House on February 10,2012 named India's renowned economist as the recipient of the 2011 US National Humanities Medal, Identify him -
1 Usha Thorat
2 C. Rangarajan
3 Amartya Sen
4 Montek SIngh Ahluwalia
Ans: 3
Q. Pakistani archaeologists discovered a rare Indus Valley civilization era seal in steatite dating back to 2500-2000 BC from the Cholistan area of which of the following province in Pakistan?
2 Balochistan
3 Punjab Province
4 Sindh Province
Ans: 3
Q. The new President of the World Bank w.e.f July 2012 is -
1 Jim Young Kim
2 Robert Zoellick
3 Christine Lagarde
4 Obiageli Katryn Ezekwesili
Ans: 1

Q. South Sudan has become a member of International Monetary Fund (IMF). It became IMF's -

1 189th Member
2 187th Member
3 186th Member
4 188th Member
Ans: 4
Q. How many Indian Companies have been included in Forbes 2000 list of the year 2012?
1 71
2 61
3 57

4 65

Ans: 2
Q. National Dairy Plan (Phase - I) has been launched to give a boost to milk production in the country. In the first phase this plan will cover -
1 All states except North Eastern region
2 Only Gujarat
3 Only 14 states
4 Only 5 states
Ans: 3
Q. Recently the Union Government of India has set up NATGRID. It is related to which one of the following?
1 Health
2 Intelligence
3 Education
4 Space
Ans: 2
Q. The Government of India has recently set up Financial Stability and Development Council (FSDC). It will be headed by which of the followings -
1 Finance Minister
2 Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister
3 Governor of RBI
4 Prime Minister
Ans: 3

Q. 6 MMTPA pellet making plant in Odisha has been commissioned by -

1 Tata Steels
2 Essar Steels
3 Jindal Steels
4 Steel Authority of India Ltd.
Ans: 2

Q. Which of the following national organization has completed 150th year of its existence in 2011?

1 Zoological Survey of India
2 Archaeological Survey of India
3 Anthropological Survey of India
4 Geological Survey of India
Ans: 2

Q. Mutual Acceptance of Data (MAD) in the Assessment of Chemicals, a multilateral agreement supported by which one of the followings -

Ans: 3

Q. Which one of the following state/UT has recently launched e-PDS in its bid to achieve transparency in the distribution of food supplies through the Public Distribution System?

1 Delhi
2 Chhattisgarh
3 Tamil Nadu
4 Puducherry
Ans: 3
Q. The University of Chicago is going to establish a Chair for Indian studies in the name of which one of the following Indian mentor?
1 Rabindranath Tagore
2 Swami Vivekananda
3 Ramkrishna Paramhans
4 Sri Ravishankar
Ans: 2
Q. One of the State Governments in India has declared tea as the "State Drink" to encourage tea farmers. The state is -
1 Assam
2 Kerala
3 West Bengal
4 Tamil Nadu
Ans: 1
Q. What is the tax free income level for woman for the financial year 2012-13 (i.e. the assessment year 2013-14)?
1 Rs. 2.00 lakh
2 Rs. 1.80 lakh
3 Rs. 2.20 lakh
4 Rs. 2.50 lakh
Ans: 1
Q. Out of the total expenditure as shown in regular Budget 2012-13, the maximum share goes to -
1 Defence
2 Subsidy Payment
3 Central Plan Outlay
4 Interest Payment
Ans: 3
Q. In the list of Forbes' billionaires 2012, who became the richest person in the world?
1 Warren Buffet
2 Mukesh Ambali
3 Lakshmi Mittal
4 Carlos Slim
Ans: 4

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