General Knowledge

Ancient History

Which of the following statements about Rig Veda is not correct?

  1. The sacrifices were performed in the temples.
  2. Gods are presented as powerful, who could be made to intervene in the world of men via the performance of sacrifices.
  3. Prayers and sacrificial rituals were performed during Rig Veda period and these were not associated with temples.
  4. Gods were supposed to partake of the offerings as they were consumed by fire.

Ancient History

Which one of the following statements about ancient Indian Mahajanapadas is correct?

  1. Buddhist and Jaina texts list sixteen Mahajanapadas.
  2. All Mahajanapadas were located in Eastern India.
  3. All Mahajanapadas were oligarchies where power was exercised by a group of people.
  4. No army was maintained by the Mahajanapadas.

Ancient History

Which one among the following is not a characteistic of Rig-Vedic Aryans?

  1. They were acquainted with the use of iron
  2. They were acquainted with the cow which formed the most important form of wealth
  3. They were acquainted with horses, chariots and the use of bronze
  4. They were acquainted with the use of copper and the modern ploughshare

Medieval History

With reference to the economic history of medieval India, the term 'Araghatta' refers to

  1. bonded labour
  2. land grants made to military officers
  3. waterwheel used in the irrigation of land
  4. wastel and converted to cultivated land

Medieval History

Banjaras during the medieval period of Indian history were generally

  1. agriculturists
  2. warriors
  3. weavers
  4. traders

National Movement

What was the main reason for the split in the Indian National Congress at Surat in 1907?

  1. Introduction of communalism into Indian politics by Lord Minto
  2. Extremists' lack of faith in the capacity of the moderates to negotiate with the British Government
  3. Foundation of Muslim League
  4. Aurobindo Ghosh's inability to be elected as the President of the Indian National Congress

Modern History

Consider the following:

  1. Calcutta Unitarian Committee
  2. Tabernacle of New Dispensation
  3. Indian Reform Association

Keshab Chandra Sen is associated with the establishment of which of the above?

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

National Movement

The Montague-Chelmsford Proposals were related to

  1. social reforms
  2. educational reforms
  3. reforms in police administration
  4. constitutional reforms

Modern History

Satya Shodhak Samaj organized

  1. a movement for upliftment of tribals in Bihar
  2. a temple-entry movement in Gujarat
  3. an anti-caste movement in Maharashtra
  4. a peasant movement in Punjab

National Movement

The ‘Swadeshi’ and 'Boycott' were adopted as methods of struggle for the first time during the

  1. agitation against the Partition of Bengal
  2. Home Rule Movement
  3. Non-Cooperation Movement
  4. visit of the Simon Commission to India

Indian Economy

Regarding ‘Atal Pension Yojana’, which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. It is a minimum guaranteed pension scheme mainly targeted at unorganized sector workers.
  2. Only one member of a family can join the scheme.
  3. Same amount of pension is guaranteed for the spouse for life after subscriber's death.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Indian Economy

With reference to 'Financial Stability and Development Council', consider the following statements:

  1. It is an organ of NITI Aayog.
  2. It is headed by the Union Finance Minister.
  3. It monitors macroprudential supervision of the economy.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Money Banking

The establishment of 'Payment Banks' is being allowed in India to promote financial inclusion. Which of the following statements is/are correct in this context?

  1. Mobile telephone companies and supermarket chains that are owned and controlled by residents are eligible to be promoters of Payment Banks.
  2. Payment Banks can issue both credit cards and debit cards.
  3. Payment Banks cannot undertake lending activities.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Money Banking

What is/are the purpose/purposes of the 'Marginal Cost of Funds based Lending Rate (MCLR)' announced by RBI?

  1. These guidelines help improve the transparency in the methodology followed by banks for determining the interest rates on advances.
  2. These guidelines help ensure availability of bank credit at interest rates which are fair to the borrowers as well as the banks.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

World GK

Which one of the following nations is not a member of the Eurasian Economic Union?

  1. Belarus
  2. Russia
  3. Kazakhstan
  4. Uzbekistan

World GK

BRICS leaders signed the agreement to establish a New Development Bank at the summit held in

  1. New Delhi, India (2012)
  2. Durban, South Africa (2013)
  3. Fortaleza, Brazil (2014)
  4. Ufa, Russia (2015)

World GK

Human Development Report for each year at global level is published by

  1. WTO
  2. World Bank
  3. UNDP
  4. IMF

Awards GK

Who among the following is the winner of the World Food Prize (year 2015)?

  1. Sanjaya Rajaram
  2. Baldev Singh Dhillon
  3. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed
  4. Rajendra Singh Paroda

Current GK

The largest greenhouse gas leakage in the US history took place in February 2016. The gas was:

  1. Carbon dioxide
  2. Methane
  3. Chlorofluorocarbon
  4. Nitrous oxide

Awards GK

Who among the following is the winner of the Jnanpith Award for the year 2015?

  1. Balanchandra Nemade
  2. Raghuveer Chaudhary
  3. Pratibha Ray
  4. Girish Karnad

Sports GK

Which one of the following cities hosted the Twelfth South Asian Games 2016?

  1. Patiala
  2. Kochi
  3. Guwahati
  4. Agartala

Awards GK

Which one of the following fiction was selected for Man Booker Prize, 2015?

  1. A Little Life
  2. The Fishermen
  3. A Brief History of Seven Killings
  4. Satin Island

Defense GK

Which of the following is/are basically meant to be deployed in the northern borders of India for monitoring the borders and also to stop smuggling and illegal immigration?

  1. Assam Rifles
  2. Border Security Force
  3. Indo Tibet Border Police
  4. National Security Guards

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 2 and 3
  2. 4 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1 and 2

Defense GK

Notification regarding commencement or cessation of a state of war is the responsibility of

  1. Ministry of Home Affairs
  2. Ministry Of Civil Aviation
  3. Ministry of Defence
  4. Ministry of External Affairs

Defense GK

Which of the following is/are Para-military Force(s) of India?

  1. Indian Coast Guard
  2. Assam Rifles
  3. Directorate General of Resettlement

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 2 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Defense GK

The Central Industrial Security Force is under the administrative control of which of the following ministries?

  1. Ministry Of Home Affairs
  2. Headquarters of the Integrated Joint Staff
  3. Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
  4. PMO

Defense GK

Which one of the following is an indigenously built light combat aircraft in India?

  1. Arjun
  2. Akash
  3. Tejas
  4. Vikrant

Defense GK

Arihant is a

  1. Multi barrel rocket launcher
  2. Airborne Early Warning and Control System
  3. Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle
  4. Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine

Defense GK

Consider the following statements:

  1. National Cadet Corps (NCC) is a pre-independence organization.
  2. The motto of NCC is 'Unity and Discipline'

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Defense GK

Master Chief Petty Officer is a rank in the

  1. Military Engineering Service
  2. The Army Aviation Corps
  3. Indian Air Force
  4. Indian Navy

Defense GK

'Project Seabird' is connected with

  1. Shipyard in Kutch district, Gujarat
  2. Anti pirate operation at Somalia
  3. Indian Navy's island development project
  4. Greenfield naval base at West Coast of India

National Movement

Dr B R Ambedkar clashed with Mahatma Gandhi at the 2nd Round Table Conference demanding

  1. Reservation for Dalits in Government jobs
  2. Reservation for Dalits in Ministries
  3. Separate citizen status for Dalits
  4. Separate Electorate for Dalits

National Movement

The Radcliffe Line is named after its architect, Sir Cyril Radcliffe. It is a boundary demarcation line between

  1. Pakistan & Afghanistan
  2. India & Bhutan
  3. India & Pakistan
  4. India & Myanmar

National Movement

In which year, Mahatama Gandhi travelled to Champaran in Bihar to inspire the peasants to struggle against the oppressive plantation system?

  1. 1914
  2. 1915
  3. 1916
  4. 1917

Culture

A community of people called Manganiyars is well-known for their

  1. pietra dura tradition in Central India
  2. classical vocal music in South India
  3. martial arts in North-East India
  4. musical tradition in North-West India

Culture

With reference to the history of philosophical thoughts in India, consider the following statements regarding Sankhya school:

  • 1. Sankhya does not accept the theory of rebirth or transmigration of soul.
  • 2. Sankhya holds that it is the self-knowledge that leads to liberation and not any exterior influence or agent.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Ancient History

With reference to the guilds (Shreni) of ancient India that played a very important role in the country's economy, which of the following statements is /are correct?

  1. Every guild was registered with the central authority of the State and the king was the chief administrative authority on them.
  2. The wages, rules of work, standards and prices were fixed by the guild.
  3. The guild had judicial powers over its own members.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  1. 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 2 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Ancient History

Lord Buddha's image is sometimes shown with the hand gesture called 'Bhumisparsha Mudra'. It symbolizes

  1. Buddha's reminder to his followers that they all arise from the Earth and finally dissolve into the Earth, and thus this life is transitory
  2. Buddha's calling of the Earth to watch over Mara and to prevent Mara from disturbing his meditation
  3. Buddha's calling of the Earth to witness his purity and chastity despite the temptations of Mara
  4. All of these

Ancient History

Which one of the following describes best the concept of Nirvana in Buddhism?

  1. A state of bliss and rest
  2. The extinction of the flame of desire
  3. A mental stage beyond all comprehension
  4. The complete annihilation of self

Ancient History

The national motto of India, Satyameva Jayate inscribed below the Emblem of India is taken from

  1. Mundaka Upanishad
  2. Katha Upanishad
  3. Chandogya Upanishad
  4. Aitareya Upanishad

Culture

Consider the following languages:

  • 1. Gujarati
  • 2. Kannada
  • 3. Telugu

Which of the above has/have been declared as 'Classical Language / Languages' by the Government?

  1. 3 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. 2 and 3 only

Culture

With reference to the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, consider the following statements:

  • 1. The caves at Badami are the oldest surviving rock-cut caves in India.
  • 2. The Barabar rock-cut caves were originally made for Ajivikas by Emperor Chandragupta Maurya.
  • 3. At Ellora, caves were made for different faiths.

Which of the following statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 2 and 3 only
  2. 1 only
  3. 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Culture

How do you distinguish between Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam dances?

  • 1. Dancers occasionally speaking dialogues is found in Kuchipudi dance but not in Bharatanatyam.
  • 2. Dancing on the brass plate by keeping the feet on its edges is a feature of Bharatanatyam but Kuchipudi dance does not have such a form of movements.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Ancient History

Which one of the following pairs does not form part of the six systems of Indian Philosophy?

  1. Mimamsa and Vedanta
  2. Lokayata and Kapalika
  3. Nyaya and Vaisheshika
  4. Sankhya and Yoga

Culture

The Nagara, the Dravida and the Vesara are the

  1. three main musical Gharanas prevalent in India
  2. three main racial groups of the Indian subcontinent
  3. three main linguistic divisions into which the languages of India can be classified
  4. three main styles of Indian temple architecture

Culture

With reference to the cultural history of India, the term 'Panchayatan' refers to

  1. an administrative functionary
  2. a religious sect
  3. a style of temple construction
  4. an assembly of village elders

Culture

In the context of cultural history of India, a pose in dance and dramatics called 'Tribhanga' has been a favorite of Indian artists from ancient times till today. Which one of the following statements best describes this pose?

  1. One leg is bent and the body is slightly but oppositely curved at waist and neck
  2. Movements of body, face and hands are used to express oneself or to tell a story
  3. A little smile, slightly curved waist and certain hand gestures are emphasized to express the feelings of love or emotions
  4. Facial expression, hand gestures and make-up are combined to symbolize certain epic or historic characters

Culture

With reference to India’s culture and tradition, what is Kalaripayattu?

  1. It is an ancient martial art and a living tradition in some parts of South India
  2. It is an ancient form of dance-drama and a living tradition in the northern part of Malabar
  3. It is an ancient style bronze and brasswork still found in southern part of Coromandel area
  4. It is an ancient Bhakti cult of Shaivism still prevalent in some parts of South India

Medieval History

Ibadat Khana at Fatehpur Sikri was

  1. Akbar’s private chamber prayer
  2. the mosque for the use of Royal Family
  3. the room in which the nobles belonging to different religions gathered to discuss religious affairs
  4. the hall in which Akbar held discussions with scholars of various religions

National Movement

Annie Besant was

  • 1. Responsible for starting the Home Rule Movement
  • 2. The founder of the Theosophical Society
  • 3. Once the President of the Indian National Congress

Select the correct statement/statements using the codes given below.

  1. 1, 2 and 3
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1 only