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MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (5)

1. Theme of this year's World Tourism Day
(a) One Billion Tourists, One Billion Opportunities
(b) Tourism and Community Development
(c) Tourism – Celebrating Diversity
(d) Tourism and Water – Protecting our Common Future 

2. The launch vehicle of ASTROSAT, India's first space observatory
(a) PSLV-A30
(b) PSLV-C30
(c) PSLV-C35
(d) PSLV-C31

3. Consider the following statements about ASTROSAT:
i. This scientific satellite mission aims at a more detailed understanding of the universe
ii. One of the unique feature of this mission is that it enables the simultaneous multi-wavelength observations of various  astronomical objects with a single satellite
(a) i only
(b) ii only
(c) Both i and ii
(d) None of the above

4. World Rhino Day was observed on
(a) September 17
(b) September 25
(c) September 19
(d) September 23

5. Which has been declared as the National Animal if Nepal
(a) Cow
(b) Lion
(c) Tiger
(d) Buffalo

6. Who has been newly inducted into the Elite Panel of ICC Match Refrees
(a) Andy Pycroft
(b) Richi Richardson
(c) Chris Broad
(d) Jeff Crowe

7. Who were awarded the 2015 Global Leadership Award of the US-India Business Council (USIBIC)
(a) Infra Nooyi & Chanda Kochhar
(b) Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw & Shobhana Bharatia
(c) Indra Nooyi & Shobhana Bharatia
(d) Shobhana Bharatia & Chanda Kochhar

8.Which three corporations won the prestigious Porter Prize 2015.?
a) Reliance Foundation, JSW and Apollo
b) Reliance Foundation, JSW and Sintex
c) JSW, Vasan Eye Care, Abbott India
d) JSW, Fortis and Aravind Eye Hospitals

9. Which co. has been selected as a member of the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) – 2015.
a) TCS
b) Samsung
c) Infosys
d) Wipro

10. Who has lent his voice to Swachh Bharat anthem?
a) Ambitabh  Bachchan
b) Sachin Tendulkar
c) Amir Khan
d) Mahendra Singh Dhoni

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (6)

1. Name the Kolkata class guided missile destroyer commissioned recently
(a) INS Chennai
(b) INS Kolkata
(c) INS Kochi
(d) INS Kolkata

2. The RBI has lowered the repo rate to how much percent?
(a) 7.25
(b) 5.75
(c) 6.25
(d) 6.75

3. Which Indian Space Mission's anniversary was celebrated on September 24?
(a) Mass Orbital Mission (MOM)
(b) Chandrayan

4. Name the member countries of the G-4, comprising of nations which support each other's bid for permanent seats on the UN Secretary Council?
(a) Brazil, Germany, India & Australia
(b) Brazil, Germany, India & Japan
(c) Germany, India, South Africa & Japan
(d) India, South Africa, Australia & Japan

5. World Heart Day was observed on
(a) September 15
(b) September 25
(c) September 29
(d) September 27

6. Which India film, directed by Pan Nalin, was the first runner-up for the People's Choice Awards at the Toronto International Film Festival?
(a) Courts
(b) Chotoder Chobi
(c) Kaaka Muttai
(d) The Angry Indian Goddess

7. International Translation Day was observed on
(a) September 27
(b) September 17
(c) September 25
(d) September 30

8. Stwat Jagwani, Kranti Tiwari, Ankit Fadia and Pranav Mistry were appointed as brand ambassadors of which initiative by the Govt. of India
(a) Swatch Bharath
(b) Digital India
(c) Atal Pension Yojana 
(d) Aam Aadmi Bima Yojana

9. Which Indian magician was conferred Merlin Award, an international honour in the field of magic by the International magician's Association?
(a) Ashok Bhandari
(b) Gopinath Muthukad
(c) Zenia Bhumgara
(d) SAC Vasanth

10. Name the new policy launched by the Central Government to help the environment by planting tree along all the highways in the Country?
(a) National Service Scheme
(b) Gramin Bhandaran Yojna
(c) Bachat Lamp Yojna
(d) Green Highways Policy

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (4)

1. Which movie has been selected as India's official entry to Oscars?
(a) Court
(b) Queen
(c) Mary Kom
(d) Kaaka Muttai

2. Name the former cricketer who has been appointed as President of Cricket Association of Bengal?
(a) Rahul Dravid
(b) Sourav Ganguli
(c) Anil Kumble
(d) Sachin Tendulkar

3. Name India's first space observatory, which was successfully launched recently

4. Name the recently held joint military  exercise between India and Srilanka

5. Matthias Mueller is appointed as new CEO of which automobile company?
(a) Volkswagen
(b) Honda
(c) Suzuki
(d) Nissan

6.World Tourism Day was observed on
(a) September 17
(b) September 27
(c) September 11
(d) September 30

7. Which multinational company will be providing Wi-Fi in 500 Indian Railway Stations
(a) Microsoft
(b) Facebook
(c) Google
(d) Apple

8. India will host the G-20 Summit in which year
(a) 2016
(b) 2020
(c) 2019
(d) 2018

9. Which Indian won this year's World Billiards Championship?
(a) Pankaj Advani
(b) Subhash Agarwal
(c) Anuja Thakur
(d) Geet Sethi

10. Which Canadian mathematician was selected for the 2015 SASTRA Ramanujan Prize
(a) James Maynard
(b) Jacob Tsimerman
(c) Peter Scholze
(d) Zhiwei Yun

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (3)

1. Sherif Ismail was sworn as the Prime Minister of which African Country
(a) Egypt
(b) Nigeria
(c) Angola
(d) Benin

2. Which Asian Country passed laws to amend its pacifist constitution to allow its troops to fight abroad
(a) China
(b) Japan
(c) India
(d) South Korea

3. Name the new scheme launched by the Govt. of India for the welfare of people affected by mining related operations
(a) Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana
(b) Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act
(c) Pradhan Mantri Khanij Kshetra Kalyan Yojana (PMKKKY)
(d) National Social Assistance Scheme

4. Who was named for the 2015 United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Nansen Refugee Award?
(a) Hawa Aden Mohamed
(b) Nasser Salim Ali Al Hamairy
(c) Alixandra Fazzina
(d) Aqeela Asifi

5. Which anti tank guided missile, indigenously developed by Bharat Dynamics Ltd, was test fired on September 10
(a) Amogha-I
(b) Nag
(c) Spike
(d) Type 64 MAT

6. Alexis Tsipras was again elected as the Prime Minister of which European Country?
(a) Sweedan
(b) Greece
(c) Norway
(d) Spain

7. International Day of Peace observed on ?
(a) October 2
(b) September 25
(c) September 21
(d) September 17

8. Who received the 2014 Vyas Samman?
(a) Vishwanath Tripathi
(b) Narendra Kohli
(c) Ramdarash Misra
(d) Kamal Kishore Goenka

9. Name of the CEO of Volkswagen who resigned after the company's revelation that it had manipulated the emission tests of its diesel cars?
(a) Martin Winterkorn
(b) Matthias Müller
(c) Soichiro Honda
(d) Koo Bon-Moo

10. Who is the new president of the Indian Newspaper Society (INS)?
(a) Ashish Bagga
(b) P V Chandran
(c) Hormusji. N. Kama
(d) Kundan Vyas

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (10)

1. RBI has given in principle approval to how many firms to set up small finance banks to provide banking service to small farmers and micro industries?
(a) 15
(b) 12
(c) 10
(d) 8

2. Name the first Panchayath in Kerala to declare a water policy?
(a) Nanniyode
(b) Karakulam
(c) Tirur
(d) Perumanna

3. Which Indian has been appointed as as member of the United Nations High Level Advisory Group on Sustainable Transport
(a) E. Sreedharan
(b) Y V Ready
(c) K Radhakrishnan
(d) R K Pachauri

4. The sale of which drug has been banned in multidose vial, in order to save vultures from extinction
(a) Isouron
(b) Diclofenac
(c) Josamycin
(d) Lenacil

5. Which state govt begins sale of Ayurvedic medicines?
(a) Kerela
(b) Tamil Nadu
(c) Maharashtra
(d) Assam

6. Uninor Telecome Service Provider has changed its name to
(a) Unicome
(c) Hutch
(d) Telenor

7. The Government of West Bengal has declassified 64 secret files on which Indian freedom fighter?
(a) Subhash Chandra Bose
(b) Mahatma Gandhi
(c) V D Savarkar
(d) C R Das

8. Which popular British author who wrote ,ore than 30 novels including 'The 'World is Full of Married Men', 'Confessions of a Wild Child' etc, passed away recently?
(a) Shamim Azad
(b) Jackie Collins
(c) Simon Armitage
(d) Alan F. Alford

9. The 21st Law Commission constituted recently has a term of how many years?
(a) One
(b) Two
(c) Three
(d) Five

10. Who is the author of the recently released novel, Two years Eight Months and Twenty Eight Nights
(a) Aravind Adiga
(b) Ankit Fadia
(c) Nandini Bajpai
(d) Salman Rushdie

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (9)

1. _______will be honoured with lifetime achievement award at the 6th Jagran Film Festival.
a) Shatrughan Sinha
b) Amitabh Bachchan
c) Firoz Khan
d) Shashi Kapoor

2. NASA recently find water on which planet?
a) Mercury
b) Jupiter
c) Mars
d) Venus

3.Which Country has successfully launched 20th new generation satellite for its BeiDou Navigation system?
a) China
b) Japan
c) India
d) The United States of America

4. Foreign ministers of India, Japan and the United States held their first trilateral meeting in
a) New York
b) Paris
c) Doha
d) New Delhi

5.Who has won silver medal at 2015 Asian Air Gun Championship?
a) Vijay Kumar
b) Gurpeet Singh
c) Abhinav Bindra
d) Dr. Karni Singh

6. India ranks________  on a global index of the world’s most competitive economies.
a) 52nd
b) 100
c) 55th
d) 10th

7. According to the FT data service, Which country has emerged on top of the foreign direct investment league table?
a) The United States of America
b) China
c) Japan
d) India
8. The WHO took ________the list of polio-endemic countries, hailing a “historic achievement”.
a) Nigeria
b) Nepal
c) Sudan
d) India
9. Who won the Japanese Grand Prix ?
a) Nico Rosberg
b) Lewis Hamiltion
c) Sebastian Vettel
d) Kimi Räikkönen

10. A noted environmentalist, who played a crucial role in planting mangroves in various parts of Kerala, has died. Name the person.
a) Mansukhlal Raghavjibhai Prajapat
b) Mike Pandey
c) Bhumi
d) Kallen Pokkudan

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (8)

1. Who are the Women's Doubles winner of the 2015 US Open Tennis
(a) Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina
(b) Sania Mirza and Martina Hingies
(c) Casy Dellacqa and Yaroslava Shvedeva
(d) Martina Hings and Flavia Pennetta

2. Who is the Men's Singles winner of the 2015 US Open Tennis
(a) Novak Djokovic
(b) Marin Cilic
(c) Rafael Nadal
(d) Andy Murray

3. Kalamandalam Satyabhama, the classical dancer who popularized .................. passed away recently
(a) Kuchupodi
(b) Bharathanatyam
(c) Kathakali
(d) Mohiniyattam

4. New Prime Minister of Australia
(a) Malcolm Turubull
(b) Kevin Rudd
(c) Tony Abbot
(d) Julia Gillard

5. Which martial arts organization has been given recognized as Regional Sports Federation by the Govt. of India recently
(a) Karate Association of India
(b) Indian Kalarippayattu Federation
(c) All India Mixed Martial Arts Association
(d) Indian Judo Federation

6. The Prime Minister of which Asian Country has been selected for the Unite Nations Champions of the Earth Award
(a) Bangladesh
(b) Nepal
(c) Singapore
(d) Malasiya

7. Which Chinese City has been chosen chosen for hosting the 2022 Asian Games
(a) Beijing
(b) Tianjin
(c) Shanghai
(d) Hangzhou

8. The Central Govt. has approved how many days  of employment under MGNREGA in the drought hit areas of the country
(a) 175
(b) 200
(c) 150
(d) 100

9.Which two rivers were formally interlinked in Andra Pradesh recently
(a) Ganaga and Mahanadi
(b) Godavari and Krishna
(c) Godavari and Yamuna
(d) Krishna and Kauvery

10. International Day of Democracy was observed on
(a) 15 September
(b) 21 September
(c) 14 September
(d) 16 September

MCQs on Current Affairs for the month of September 2015 (7)

1.Which City has been selected to host the 2022 Common Wealth Games?
(a) Goal Coast (Australia)
(b) London (England)
(c) Durban (South Africa)
(d) Victoria (Canada)
Answer: c

2. International Day of Charity was observed on
(a) September 7
(b) September 15
(c) September 13
(d) September 5

3. AK Jha has been appointed as the interim Chairman and Managing Director of which public sector undertaking?
(a) National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC)
(b) Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL)
(c) Coal India Limited
(d) Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL)

4.The first railway zone in India which eliminated unmanned level crossings?
(a) East central Railway
(b) West Central Railway
(c) East Coast Railway
(d) Southern Railway

5. The Government of India has notified the merger of Forward Markets Commission (FMC) with
(a) RBI
(c) SEBI
(d) IRDA

6.Which Indian American writer has been selected for the 2014 national Humanities Medal of White House
(a) Rajesh Parameswaran
(b) Kashmira Sheth
(c) Tania James
(d) Jhumpa Lahiri
Answer: d

7. The longest reigning female monarch in the world
(a) Queen Elizabeth II
(b) Queen Victoria
(c) Queen Elizabeth I
(d) None of these

8.Who has recently been appointed full time member of NITI Aayog?
(a) Prabhat Patnaik
(b) Ramesh Chand
(c) Amit Mitra
(d) Arvind Panagariya

9. The 2014 edition of the International Gandhi Peace Prize has been conferred on which Government Organization
(a) HAL
(b) DRDO
(c) ISRO
(d) SEBI

10. International Literacy Day was observed on
(a) September 9
(b) September 13
(c) September 5
(d) September 8

Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Questions on Indian & World Geography - 2014

1. Which one of the following pairs of islands is separated from each other by the ‘Ten Degree Channel’?

(a) Andaman and Nicobar

(b) Nicobar and Sumatra
(c) Maldives and Lakshadweep
(d) Sumatra and Java

2. If you travel through the Himalayas, you are likely to see which of the following plants naturally growing there?

1. Oak

2. Rhododendron
3. Sandalwood

Select the correct answer using the code given below

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

3. The seasonal reversal of winds is the typical characteristic of

(a) Equatorial climate

(b) Mediterranean climate

(c) Monsoon climate

(d) All of the above climates

4. With reference to ‘Changpa’ community of India, consider the following statement :

1. They live mainly in the State of Uttarakhand.

2. They rear the Pashmina goats that yield a fine wool.
3. They are kept in the category of Scheduled Tribes.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

5. Consider the following rivers:

1. Barak

2. Lohit
3. Subansiri

Which of the above flows / flow through Arunachal Pradesh?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

6. Consider the following pairs : 

1. Cardamom Hills: Coromandel Coast

2. Kaimur Hills: Konkan Coast
3. Mahadeo Hills: Central India
4. Mikir Hills: North-East India

Which of the above pairs are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2

(b) 2 and 3

(c) 3 and 4
(d) 2 and 4

7. Turkey is located between
(a) Black Sea and Caspian Sea
(b) Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea

(c) Gulf of Suez and Mediterranean Sea
(d) Gulf of Aqaba and Dead Sea

8. What is the correct sequence of occurrence of the following cities in South-East Asia as one proceeds from south to north?

1. Bangkok

2. Hanoi
3. Jakarta
4. Singapore

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 4-2-1-3

(b) 3-2-4-1
(c) 3-4-1-2

(d) 4-3-2-1

9. Consider the following pairs :
Region : Well-known for the production of

1. Kinnaur : Areca nut

2. Mewat : Mango
3. Coromandel : Soya bean

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 and 2 only

(b) 3 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3

(d) None

Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Questions on Indian & World Geography - 2011

1. The lower Gangetic plain is characterized by humid climate with high temperature throughout the year. Which one among the following pairs of crops is most suitable for this region ?
(a)  Paddy and cotton
(b)  Wheat and Jute
(c)  Paddy and Jute
(d)  Wheat and cotton

2. What could be the main reason /reasons for the formation of African and Eurasian desert belt ?
1.   It is located in the sub-tropical high pressure cells.
2.   It is under the influence of warm ocean currents.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct in this context ?
(a)  1 only
(b)  2 only
(c)  Both 1 and 2
(d)  Neither 1 nor 2

3. The Brahmaputra, Irrawady and Mekong rivers originate in Tibet and flow through narrow and parallel mountain ranges in their upper reaches. Of these rivers, Brahmaputra makes a "U" turn in its course to flow into India. This "U" turn is due to
(a)  Uplift of folded Himalayan series
(b)  Syntaxial bending of geologically young Himalayas
(c)  Geo-tectonic disturbance in the tertiary folded mountain chains
(d) Both (a) and (b) above

4. A state in India has the following characteristics:
1.   Its northern part is arid and semi-arid.
2.   Its central part produces cotton.
3.   Cultivation of cash crops is predominant over food crops.

Which one of the following states has all of the above characteristics ?
(a)  Andhra Pradesh
(b)  Gujarat
(c)  Karnataka
(d)  Tamil Nadu

5. Westerlies in southern hemisphere are stronger and persistent than in northern hemisphere. Why ?
1.   Southern hemisphere has less landmass as compared to northern hemisphere.
2.   Coriolis force is higher in southern hemisphere as compared to northern hemisphere

Which of the statements given above is /are correct ?
(a)  1 only
(b)  2 only
(c)  Both 1 and 2
(d)  Neither 1 nor 2

6. Among the following States, which one has the most suitable climatic conditions for the cultivation of a large variety of orchids with minimum cost of production, and can develop an export oriented industry in this field ?
(a)  Andhra Pradesh
(b)  Arunachal Pradesh
(c)  Madhya Pradesh
(d)  Uttar Pradesh

7. La Nina is suspected to have caused recent floods in Australia. How is La Nina different from El Nino ?
1.   La Nina is characterized by unusually cold ocean temperature in equatorial Indian Ocean whereas El Nino is characterized by unusually warm ocean temperature in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.
2.   El Nino has adverse effect on south-west monsoon of India, but La Nina has no effect on monsoon climate.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct ?
(a)  1 only
(b)  2 only
(c)  Both 1 and 2
(d)  Neither 1 nor 2

8. With reference ' to micro-irrigation, which of the following statements is /are correct?
1.   Fertilizer/nutrient loss can be reduced.
2.   It is the only means of irrigation in dry land farming.
3.   In some areas of farming, receding of ground water table can be checked.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below :
(a)  1 only
(b)  2 and 3 only
(c)  1 and 3 only
(d)  1, 2 and 3

9. If a tropical rain forest is removed, it does not regenerate quickly as compared to a tropical deciduous forest. This is because
(a)  the soil of rain forest is deficient in nutrients
(b)  propagules of the trees in a rain forest have poor viability
(c)  the rain forest species are slow-growing
(d)  exotic species invade the fertile soil of rain forest

10. The Himalayan Range is very rich in species diversity. Which one among the following is the most appropriate reason for this phenomenon ?
(a)  It has a high rainfall that supports luxuriant vegetative growth
(b)  It is a confluence of different bio-geographical zones
(c)  Exotic and invasive species have not been introduced in this region
(d)  It has less human interference

Civil Service Preliminary Paper-1 Previous Year Questions on Economics & Indian Economy - 2014

1. The sales tax you pay while purchasing a toothpaste is a
(a) tax imposed by the Central Government
(b) tax tmposed by the Central Government but collected by the State Government
(c) tax imposed by the State Government but collected by the Central Government

(d) tax imposed and collected by the State Government

2. What does venture capital mean?
(a) A short-term capital provided to industries
(b) A long-term start-up capital provided to new entrepreneurs
(c) Funds provided to industries at times of incurring losses
(d) Funds provided for replacement and renovation of industries

3. The main objective of the 12th Five-Year Plan is
(a) inclusive growth and poverty reductions
(b) inclusive and sustainable growth
(c) sustainable and inclusive growth to reduce unemployment

(d) faster, sustainable and more inclusive growth.

4. With reference to Balance of Payments, which of the following constitutes/constitute the Current Account?
1. Balance of trade
2. Foreign assets
3. Balance of invisibles
4. Special Drawing Rights

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3

(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 4

5. The terms ‘Marginal Standing Facility Rate’ and ‘Net Demand and Time Liabilities’, sometimes appearing in news, are used in relation to
(a) banking operations
(b) communication networking
(e) military strategies
(d) supply and demand of agricultural products

6. What is/are the facility/facilities the beneficiaries can get from the services of Business Correspondent (Bank Saathi) in branchless areas?
1. It enables the beneficiaries to draw their subsidies and social security benefits in their villages.
2. It enables the beneficiaries in the rural areas to make deposits and withdrawals.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

7. In the context of Indian economy; which of the following is/are the purpose/purposes of ‘Statutory Reserve Requirements’?
1. To enable the Central Bank to control the amount of advances the banks can create
2. To make the people’s deposits with banks safe and liquid
3. To prevent the commercial banks from making excessive profits
4. To force the banks to have sufficient vault cash to meet their day-to-day requirements

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 1 and 2 only
(c)  2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2, 3 and 4

8. With reference to Union Budget, which of the following, is/are covered under Non-Plan Expenditure?
1. Defence -expenditure
2. Interest payments
3. Salaries and pensions
4. Subsidiess,

Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 nd 3 only
(c) 1, 2, 3 and 4
(d) None

9. If the interest rate is decreased in an economy, it will
(a) decrease the consumption expenditure in the economy
(b) increase the tax collection of the Government

(c) increase the investment expenditure in the economy
(d) increase the total savings in the economy

10. Consider the following towns of India :
1. Bhadrachalam
2. Chanderi
3. Kancheepuram
4. Kamal

Which of the above are famous for the production of traditional sarees / fabric?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) 1, 3 and 4