150 MCQ on Current Affair 2013- CAPSULE 2

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Part II -150 Multiple Choice Questions from Current Affairs 2013 for various Competitive Exams like IBPS III, CSAT,CMAT, SSC and others

Part II -150 Multiple Choice Questions from Current Affairs 2013 for various Competitive Exams like IBPS III, CSAT,CMAT, SSC and others

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  • 1. CAPSULE - 2 150 MCQ ON CURRENT AFFAIR 2013 FOR IBPS, SSC, CSAT Mittu Chandilya- CEOof Air Asia Ques. : 151 The 13th general elections in Malaysia were held recently and the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional (National Front), retained its 56-year hold on power. Name the person who leads this coalition and is all set to become the next Prime Minister of the country. 1) Anwar Ibrahim 2) Muhyiddin Yassin 3) Mohamed Azmin bin Ali 4) Najib Razak 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 152 The British Conservative MP, Nigel Evans, has been arrested over allegations of rape and sexual assault to two men. He holds which of the following positions in the House of Commons of the British Parliament at present? 1) The Deputy Speaker 2) The Speaker 3) The Leader of Opposition 4) The Chancellor of the Exchequer 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 153 Which of the following statements is/are correct with respect to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC), a mega infrastructure project between the political capital and the business capital of India, i.e. Delhi and Mumbai? 1) The 1,483-km long corridor will have sixlane highways. 2) The corridor stretch includes nine industrial townships, three ports and six airports. 3) The project will cost $90 billion and is being developed with technical and financial assistance from South Korea. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 5 Ques. : 154 Who among the following has authored the recently published book titled ‘The Sea of Innocence’? 1) Kishwar Desai 2) Kalpana Swaminathan 3) Sindhu V Nair 4) Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 155 The Presidential Board of FIDE, the world chess body, has approved the staging of the World Chess Championship match in Chennai in November this year. The championship will be played between Viswanathan Anand and who amongst the following? 1) Boris Gelfand 2) Magnus Carlsen 3) Veselin Topalov 4) Vladimir Kramnik
  • 2. 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 156 Consider the following statements with respect to poll-bound Pakistan and identify the correct sentence(s): 1) This will be the first time in the history of the 66-years old nation that a democratically elected government will complete its full term. 2) This will be the first time that a democratically elected government transitioned to another elected government. 3) This will be the first time that there is a triangular battlefield as all other elections were a clear two-party contest and the third front failed to make its presence felt. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 4 Ques. : 157 Which of the following countries is hosting the 19th edition of the biennial event, Commonwealth Table Tennis championship 2013? 1) Sri Lanka 2) India 3) Australia 4) South Africa 5) None of these Ans.) 2 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 158 The rising star of Indian badminton, PV Sindhu, has won her maiden Malaysian Open Grand Prix Gold title recently and has become the second Indian to reach this feat. Who among the following is the first one to achieve this feat? 1) Aparna Popat 2) Jwala Gutta 3) Saina Nehwal 4) Ashwini Ponnappa 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 159 The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has made e-filing of I-T returns mandatory for individuals earning more than Rs 5 lakh taxable income during the financial year ended March 31, 2013. Earlier e-filing was mandatory for individuals having a taxable income of more than _______. 1) Rs 6 lakh 2) Rs 8 lakh 3) Rs 10 lakh 4) Rs 15 lakh 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 160 The president of Manila-based Asian Development Bank (ADB), Takahiko Nakao, has announced that the bank will maintain its annual lending to India for the next three years. The ADB is lending around ________to India every year at present. 1) $2 billion 2) $4 billion 3) $5 billion 4) $10 billion 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 161 In a strategically significant move to counter China’s presence in the region, India has announced to upgrade Chabahar port situated in which of the following countries? 1) Afghanistan 2) Kazakhstan 3) Iran 4) Turkmenistan 5) None of these Ans.) 3
  • 3. Ques. : 162 The Union Defence Minister AK Antony commissioned which of the following fighter aircrafts into the front line unit of the Indian Navy squadron at Goa’s Naval Base INS Hansa recently? The squadron will be christened as INAS 303 “Black Panthers”. 1) MIG-29K 2) Sea Harrier 3) MiG-21 Fishbed 4) Sukhoi Su-30MKI 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 163 Who among the following has been appointed as the chairman of the technical committee of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) recently? 1) Balaji Narasimhan 2) Baichung Bhutia 3) Arup Debnath 4) Ashim Biswas 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 164 India is planning to establish a National Institute of Mining in which of the following countries as a part of India’s reconstruction efforts in the country? 1) Iran 2) Kyrgyzstan 3) Afghanistan 4) Kazakhstan 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 165 Indian pistol shooters competing in the ISSF World Cup will be without the services of coach Sayed Wajid Ali as he has been denied visa to travel for the May 4-13 tournament. The tournament will be held in which of the following countries? 1) US 2) UK 3) China 4) France 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 166 The Annual ICC Cricket Committee meeting will be held in London under its new Chairman on May 28-29. Who among the following is the new chairman of ICC Cricket Committee? 1) Kumar Sangakara 2) Andrew Strauss 3) Clive Llyod 4) Anil Kumble 5) L Sivaramakrishnan Ans.) 4 Ques. : 167 The name of Saikhom Mirabai Chanu is associated with which of the following games? She has bagged three bronze medals in the World Championship of the game recently. 1) Archery 2) Weightlifting 3) Table Tennis 4) Discus Throw 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 168 The Central Government is pushing for the passage of food security bill in the current session of the Parliament. Which of the following is the first state in the country to pass a food security act? 1) Uttarakhand 2) Chhattisgarh 3) Madhya Pradesh 4) Gujarat 5) None of these Ans.) 2 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in
  • 4. Ques. : 169 With the fluctuating gold price in international markets, the demand for gold ETFs is picking pace in India. What is the full form of ETF as used in banking/financial parlance? 1) Extensively Traded Fund 2) Exchange Traded Fund 3) Exchange Trusted Fund 4) Easily Transferable Fund 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 170 Name the online collection of Rabindranath Tagore’s works launched by the President Pranab Mukherjee recently. It is a tribute to Tagore as part of his 150th birth anniversary celebrations and will archive his works in manuscript and print in both Bengali and English. 1) Bichitra 2) Gurudev 3) Vividha 4) Guru-Kumbh 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 171 As per the amendments cleared by the Union Cabinet recently, which of the following categories will be provided with the benefit of low interest loans under the amended National Rural Livelihood Mission (Aajeevika)? 1) Women Self Help Groups (SHGs) 2) Landless labourers 3) SCs and STs 4) Marginal Farmers 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 172 India has gifted a Dornier 228 aircraft for maritime surveillance to which of the following countries recently? This is in response to a request from the Government of this country. 1) Zaire 2) Mozambique 3) Seychelles 4) Maldives 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 173 The World Asthma Day is observed on which of the following dates? The theme for this year is “You Can Control Your Asthma.” 1) May 1 2) May 3 3) May 5 4) May 7 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 174 Giulio Andreotti, who died recently, was the former Prime Minister of which of the following countries? 1) Spain 2) France 3) Poland 4) Italy 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 175 The Save the Children foundation released its 14th annual State of the World's Mothers Report recently. According to the report, which of the following countries has the highest child mortality rate (child deaths within one day of the birth) in the world? 1) India 2) China 3) Nepal 4) Bangladesh 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 176 The online portal Cobrapost, in its second sting operation has exposed 23
  • 5. scheduled banks as well as the LIC with irregularities and the MoF has asked these banks and LIC to take immediate action against erring employees. The portal has made which of the following revelations? 1) Violation of Anti Money Laundering Guidelines 2) Violation of Know Your Customer (KYC) norms 3) Taking bribe for awarding loans 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 5 Ques. : 177 The SC has dismissed the petitions against commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) clearing the commissioning of its first unit anytime after May 15. In the first stage the unit with capacity of ________will be commissioned followed by the second with the same capacity in 2014. 1) 200 MW 2) 500 MW 3) 1000 MW 4) 1500 MW 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 178 Profulla Chandra Borua passed away recently at the age of 76. He was a veteran _________. 1) Journalist 2) Author 3) Historian 4) Geologist 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 179 The State Literacy Mission (TSLM) of which of the following states has announced to make the state free from illiteracy by August this year recently? 1) Tripura 2) Kerala 3) Nagaland 4) Mizoram 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 180 The government has revealed that the National Population Policy, 2000, has been implemented with varying degree of success across different states. The objectives of the NPP were to address the unmet need for contraception and achieving a stable population by____. 1) 2020 2) 2025 3) 2030 4) 2045 5) None of these Ans.) 4 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 181 After the outbreak of bird flu in China, around 11,000 people have been diagnosed with dengue and 34 deaths have been reported due to the disease in the first four months of this year in which of the following countries? 1) Thailand 2) Sri Lanka 3) Bangladesh 4) Myanmar 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 182 Examine the following statement with respect to a new scheme meant for tribal forest dwellers and identify the correct statement(s): 1) The Union Minister of Tribal Affairs & Panchayati Raj, V Kishore Chandra Deo, launched Tribal Forest Dwellers Empowerment Scheme recently. 2) This scheme, by National Scheduled Tribes
  • 6. Finance and Development Corporation (NSTFDC), is meant for economic development of Schedule Tribes who are beneficiaries of Forest Rights Act 2006. 3) Under the scheme NSTFDC will generate awareness, provide training as well as provide financial assistance without charging any interest from the beneficiaries. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 5 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 183 The World Thalassaemia Day is observed on which of the following dates? This year’s Thalassaemia International Federation (TIF) theme is “The right for quality health care of every patient with thalassaemia: major and beyond”. 1) May 7 2) May 8 3) May 9 4) May 12 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 184 Which of the following countries has claimed both the men’s and women’s titles of the 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships held in New Delhi recently? 1) India 2) England 3) Singapore 4) Australia 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 185 At least 55 people have been killed in attacks on an army base, a police station and a prison by Boko Haram militants dressed in army uniforms recently. These militants are active in which of the following countries? 1) Somalia 2) South Sudan 3) Mali 4) Nigeria 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 186 In a bid to simplify the rules governing overseas investors in India, the government is planning to introduce a new classification for investors that do not come under the foreign direct investment (FDI) route. The new class is called FPI which stands for 1) Foreign Priority Investors 2) Foreign Portfolio Investors 3) Foreign Preferential Investors 4) Foreign Parallel Investors 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 187 Name the volcano which erupted in Philippines recently killing at least five people. It is famous for its almost perfect cone shape and has erupted around 50 times since records began, with the most violent in 1814. 1) Mount Taal 2) Mount Ragang 3) Mount Pinatubo 4) Mount Mayon 5) Mount Cagua Ans.) 4 Ques. : 188 Which of the following statements is/are correct? 1) British liquor giant Diageo has appointed Indian-origin Ivan Menezes as its next chief executive officer (CEO). 2) The Diageo is the world’s biggest spirits group and maker of brands like Smirnoff vodka, Johnnie Walker scotch and Guinness beer.
  • 7. 3) The Diageo had acquired 53.4 per cent share of liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s United Spirits Ltd (USL) in USD 2 million in 2012. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 3) Ans.) 4 Ques. : 189 Alex Ferguson has announced his retirement bringing down the curtains on his glittering 26-year-old association with which of the following English football teams recently? He is known for his stellar role in making the club a global brand valued at $3 billion. 1) Liverpool 2) Chelsea 3) Manchester United 4) Newcastle United 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 190 The report “Estimates of State Domestic Product-2012-13 of Delhi” states that the state gross domestic product (GSDP) has grown at 9% in last fiscal year and has become the _____ largest in India. 1) tenth 2) eighth 3) sixth 4) second 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 191 UK-based retailer Marks & Spencer is under the government’s scanner for selling multiple brands in a single store as the finance ministry has raised the matter with the DIPP. DIPP stands for 1) Department of Industrial Policy and Practices 2) Department of International Policy and Promotion 3) Department of Illegal Practices and Promotions 4) Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 192 The World Red Cross and Red Crescent day is observed on which of the following dates? 1) May 8 2) May 9 3) May 12 4) May 15 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 193 The name of Roberto Azevedo has been finalised for the post of the Director General of WTO. He hails from which of the following countries? 1) Mexico 2) Brazil 3) Japan 4) Malaysia 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 194 In the latest rankings of world universities released by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a reputed British education and career advice company, IIT Delhi’s electrical engineering department has been ranked the ____ best globally, the highest entry from India across all categories. 1) 37th 2) 39th 3) 43rd 4) 50th 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 195 Gilt funds, as they are conveniently called, are mutual fund schemes floated by asset management
  • 8. companies with exclusive investments in which of the following? 1) Blue Chip Companies 2) Government Securities 3) Gold 4) Commodities 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 196 In the recently concluded 19th Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships held in New Delhi, Indian men have succeeded to secure _______ in the team event. 1) gold medal 2) silver medal 3) bronze medal 4) no medal 5) Indian team left the championship midway Ans.) 2 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 197 Touted as the richest prizemoney badminton tournament in the world, IPL-style Indian Badminton League will be held from August 14-31 across six cities in India. Featuring international and national stars, it will be a _____league. 1) USD 0.5-million 2) USD 1-million 3) USD 2-million 4) USD 5-million 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 198 Name the auto giant which has launched Enjoy MPV recently. The company has set the target of securing a double-digit market share in the category. 1) Honda 2) General Motors 3) Ford Motors 4) Renault 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 199 The Cabinet Committee on Unique Identification Authority of India (CC-UIDAI) has approved phase four of the scheme, which will enroll an additional 40 crore residents. Till date, 31 crore residents have been issued UID numbers through this scheme which started in 1) 2009 2) 2010 3) 2011 4) 2012 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 200 The government is reviewing the set target in exports to be achieved by March 2014 in view of the global and domestic economic slowdown. What is the set target till now? 1) $300 billion 2) $500 billion 3) $700 billion 4) $900 billion 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 201 Faced with declining exports, the government has announced a slew of measures including extension of the popular EPCG scheme to all sectors to boost exports. EPCG stands for 1) Expert Promotion Capital Goods 2) Export Promotion Capital Goods 3) Experimental Promotion of Capital Goods 4) Excessive Promotion of Capital Goods 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 202 Willem-Alexander is the new King of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the youngest monarch in Europe. The Kingdom of Netherlands consists of which
  • 9. of the following countries along with Netherlands? 1) Sint Maarten 2) Curaçao 3) Aruba 4) All the above 5) Only 2) and 3) Ans.) 4 Ques. : 203 The name of who among the following has been finalised to be the next Chief Minister of Karnataka after the Congress party won the state assembly elections recently? 1) Mallikarjun Kharge 2) Madhusudan Mistry 3) Luizinho Faleiro 4) K Siddaramaiah 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 204 The Finance Ministry is upbeat over picking-up of IIP and now is expecting that with the current trend continuing, the economic growth rate would cross 6 per cent in 2013-14. Expand the term IIP. 1) Indian Index of Production 2) International Index of Production 3) Indicator of Industrial Production 4) Index of Industrial Production 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 205 Which of the following states in India is running the Teerth Darshan Yojana through which it facilitates the elderly people of the state tour the centres of their faith? 1) Rajasthan 2) Gujarat 3) Uttarakhand 4) Madhya Pradesh 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 206 Name the country which has appealed to avert death sentence of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar, accused of a bomb blast in Delhi. Bhullar was extradited from this country to India. 1) France 2) US 3) Germany 4) UK 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 207 The world’s third largest retailer Tesco Plc is interested to start operations in India. This retail giant is based in which of the following countries? 1) UK 2) Italy 3) Spain 4) South Korea 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 208 Marissa Mayer, known for her aggressive acquisitions, is the head of which of the following internet giants? 1) Google 2) Oracle 3) Yahoo 4) Rediff 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 209 The names of Achantha Sarath Kamal and Mouma Das are associated with which of the following games?These names were in news recently. 1) Tennis 2) Table Tennis 3) Badminton 4) Weightlifting 5) None of these Ans.) 2
  • 10. Ques. : 210 Industrial body SIAM is associated with which of the following industries? 1) Automobiles 2) Medicines 3) Software 4) Textile 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 211 Nawaz Sharif is all set for a record third term as Pakistan’s Prime Minister after the recent parliamentary elections in the country. He heads which of the following parties? 1) Pakistan Muslim League (N) 2) Pakistan People’s Party 3) Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf 4) All Pakistan Muslim League 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 212 The International Nurses’ Day is celebrated on May 12. This day is celebrated on the birth anniversary of who among the following, considered the founder of modern nursing? 1) Mother Teresa 2) Clara Barton 3) Florence Nightingale 4) Mary Seacole 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 213 What is ‘Mahasen’ which was in news recently? 1) A cyclonic storm 2) A new variety of high-yield wheat 3) A harvest festival celebrated in Gujarat 4) A specially designed fishing boat used in Tamil Nadu 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 214 The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is gearing up for a trial of plastic currency notes as on an average, about _________ paper notes in circulation get disposed of every year. 1) 5 per cent 2) 10 per cent 3) 15 per cent 4) 20 per cent 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 215 The government is gearing up for the second phase of the Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) scheme and has asked banks to install ATMs at their branches in all the concerned districts. The second phase, starting on 1st July, will cover ______new districts. 1) 78 2) 43 3) 121 4) 152 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 216 Who among the following has won the Spanish Grand Prix Formula One race recently? 1) Mark Webber 2) Sebastian Vettel 3) Felipe Massa 4) Fernando Alonso 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 217 Name the tennis player who has won the Madrid Open tennis tournament’s women’s singles title recently? 1) Maria Sharapova 2) Serena Williams 3) Li Na 4) Victoria Azarenka 5) None of these
  • 11. Ans.) 2 Ques. : 218 The iconic German Bakery, the eatery that came into focus after a bomb blast that killed 17 people and injured over 60 others in 2010, has been formally reopened after three years. It is located in which of the following cities? 1) Gandhi Nagar 2) Ahmedabad 3) New Delhi 4) Pune 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 219 The level of carbon dioxide has passed a long-feared milestone of 400 ppm, the highest in 3-million years. Which of the following countries, at present, is the largest emitter of this gas in the world? 1) US 2) UK 3) China 4) India 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 220 We often come across the news of IED being planted at highway and other routes and elsewhere and the security personnel detected and defused them. IED stands for 1) Implanted Electronic Device 2) Interconnected Electronic Device 3) Improvised Electronic Device 4) Improvised Explosive Device 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 221 Consider the following statements with respect to commissioning of MIG-29 K fighters into Indian Navy recently and identify the correct sentence(s): 1) The MiG-29 K Black Panther squadron (IANS 303) has been commissioned into the Indian Navy comprising 16 aircrafts. 2) MiG-29 K is a potent fifth generation carrier borne stealth fighter armed with anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles, precision bombs and sophisticated weapon delivery system. 3) The commissioned squadron will be integrated with aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, likely to be commissioned later this year. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 3) Ans.) 5 Ques. : 222 The 20th Asian Athletics Championship is scheduled to be held in which of the following Indian cities in the month of July this year? 1) Chennai 2) Bangalore 3) New Delhi 4) Ahmedabad 5) None of these Ans.) 3 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 223 The President Pranab Mukherjee recently conferred the Asom Ratna award (2012) posthumously to Mamoni Raisom Goswami and Srimanta Sankardeva award to cine star 1) Nana Patekar 2) Sharmila Tagore 3) Hema Malini 4) Shabana Azmi 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 224 As SIP stands for Systematic Investment Plans, STP stands for 1) Systematic Transfer Plans 2) Systematic Trading Plans 3) Systematic Term Plans 4) Systematic Top-up Plans
  • 12. 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 225 As per the data released by the office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India recently, among the top Indian cities, the number of working women is lowest in 1) Mumbai 2) Kolkata 3) Chennai 4) New Delhi 5) None of these Ans.) 4 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 226 Which of the following statements is/are correct? CERT is 1) a world famous laboratory 2) the cyber watchdog of India 3) the acronym for Computer Emergency Response Team 4) Both 1) and 3) 5) Both 2) and 3) Ans.) 5 Ques. : 227 Name the latest social networking site developed by an Indian entrepreneur, Pushkar Mahatta, which is all set to take on Facebook and Twitter. 1) OmniBus 2) WorldFloat 3) UniFloat 4) HangOut 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 228 According to a report of the parliamentary standing committee on finance, between March 2011 and December 2012 alone, the public sector banks’ corporate loans worth _______crore have turned into bad debts (NPA). 1) Rs 63,000 crore 2) Rs 75,000 crore 3) Rs 83,000 crore 4) Rs 95,000 crore 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 229 As per the recent news in newspapers, IDBI is all set to lose the battle to take over SHCIL. Expand the term SHCIL. 1) Stock Holding Company of India Limited 2) Stock Holding Corporation of India Limited 3) Stock Heralding Corporation of India Limited 4) Share Holding Corporation of India Limited 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 230 Who among the following has won the men’s singles title of the Madrid Masters tennis tournament recently? The women’s singles title of the same was clinched by Serena Williams. 1) Roger Federer 2) Novak Djokovic 3) Rafael Nadal 4) Andy Murray 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 231 The Antrix Corporation Limited is the marking arm of which of the following? 1) Indian Space Research Organisation 2) Defense Research and Development Organisation 3) Ordinance Factory Board 4) Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 232 As the post of Attorney General of India is a Constitutional post under Article 76 of the Constitution of India, which of the following is true about the posts of the Solicitor General and the Additional Solicitors General in India?
  • 13. 1) These are constitutional posts 2) These are only statutory posts 3) These are autonomous posts 4) They are private practitioners 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 233 In the wake of the Supreme Court's scathing observations on CBI, the government has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) to draft a law to insulate the investigating agency from external influence. It is headed by 1) Manish Tewari 2) Kapil Sibal 3) Salman Khurshid 4) P Chidambaram 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 234 The Bhagya Jyothi scheme, under which electricity connections are provided to BPL households, has been implemented in which of the following states? 1) Andhra Pradesh 2) Madhya Pradesh 3) Odisha 4) Karnataka 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 235 The hope of Bihar getting a backward state status has grown stronger with a committee has been announced to be formed that will evolve new criteria for backwardness of states and submit the report to the Centre within a month. This committee will be headed by 1) P Chidambaram 2) Raghuram Rajan 3) Montek Singh Ahluwalia 4) Jairam Ramesh 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 236 Commonwealth Games goldmedallist Manoj Kumar and rising star L Devendro Singh are the prominent faces which represent India in the game of 1) Archery 2) Boxing 3) Weightlifting 4) Discus Throw 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 237 The indigenously developed rotavirus vaccine ROTAVAC has shown positive results during the different phases of its clinical trials. The vaccine is developed to prevent which of the following diseases? 1) Pneumonia 2) Chickenpox 3) Diarrhea 4) Marasmus 5) None of these Ans.) 3 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 238 Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in 1993 bomb blasts case, has urged a designated TADA court in Mumbai to allow him to surrender before Yerwada jail in Pune. What is expanded form of the acronym TADA? 1) Terrorist and Destructive Act (Prevention) Act 2) Terrorism and Destructive Activities (Prevention) Act 3) Terrorising and Disturbing Activities (Prevention) Act 4) Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act 5) None of these Ans.) 4
  • 14. Ques. : 239 India and which of the following countries has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Technical Cooperation in the field of Spatial Planning, Water Management and Mobility Management recently? 1) Poland 2) Netherlands 3) Belgium 4) Argentina 5) None of these Ans.) 2 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 240 The former dictator Rios Montt has been sentenced for genocide and crime against humanity which is the first time that a perpetrator has been punished for genocide in his/her own country. He belongs to which of the following countries? 1) Guatemala 2) Ethiopia 3) Nigeria 4) Congo 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 241 Vinod Rai will step down from which of the following posts by the end of May this year? 1) Attorney General of India 2) Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) 3) Chief Election Commissioner of India 4) The Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 242 France, the second largest economy in the euro zone, has confirmed that it is now in recession. Which of the following countries is the biggest economy in the Euro Zone? 1) Germany 2) UK 3) Italy 4) Spain 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 243 Which of the following countries has launched a new ‘superpriority’ sameday visa service for urgent travelers from India recently? It is a first-of-its-kind service to be launched by the country. 1) US 2) South Korea 3) Japan 4) UK 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 244 Asghar Ali Engineer passed away recently in Mumbai after a prolonged illness. He was a noted 1) Hindu scholar 2) Islamic scholar 3) Historian 4) Wildlife Photographer 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 245 The government is planning to bring a proposal to the cabinet for an outof-court settlement with British telecom giant Vodafone on tax dispute issue. The telecom major, for its 2007 acquisition of Hutchison mobile in India, is liable to pay 1) Rs 11,200 crore 2) Rs 10,000 crore 3) Rs 7,500 crore 4) Rs 5,200 crore 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 246 The Reserve Bank of India, in a bid to lure investors away from gold, the imports of which have widened India’s current account deficit, is going to issue
  • 15. which of the following instruments for the first time in over a decade? 1) Fixed Net Asset Value (NAV) bonds 2) Inflation-Indexed Bonds (IIB) 3) Rajiv Gandhi Equity Savings Scheme (RGESS) 4) National Guaranteed Return Bonds (NGRB) 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 247 In a bid to re-enter the Olympic movement from which it was banished, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has vowed to International Olympic Council (IOC) to abide with which of the following reforms? 1) Its constitution will be rewritten to set age cap of 70 for sports federation’s office bearers. 2) It will guarantee that no office bearer gets more than three terms. 3) An IOC observer will be present during the IOA elections. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 4 Ques. : 248 The Arctic Council, in its biennial meeting, has agreed to expand to include six new nations as observer states. Which of the following is not among them? 1) China 2) Singapore 3) India 4) Japan 5) Germany Ans.) 5 Ques. : 249 Who among the following has been appointed as the first CEO of the low cost airline AirAsia India, a joint venture of the AirAsia, Tata Sons and Telestra Tradeplace? 1) Aditya Ghosh 2) Mittu Chandilya 3) Tony Fernandes 4) Rahul Bhatia 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 250 Identify the correct sentence(s) among the following in the context of India’s foreign direct investment policy on multi-brand retail ventures: 1) The foreign investor should make a minimum investment of $100 million, and 50 per cent of it should be invested in back-end infrastructure. 2) A foreign retailer must source 30 per cent of the value of goods being sold by it from domestic micro, small and medium enterprises. 3) One-stop approval for operating the retail business across the country. 4) Only 1) and 2) 5) Only 2) and 3) Ans.) 4 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 251 Three players, S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila have been arrested on the charges of spotfixing for IPL matches recently. These players were playing for which of the following IPL teams? 1) Mumbai Indians 2) Rajasthan Royals 3) Royal Challengers Bangalore 4) Hyderabad Sunrisers 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 252 Consider the following statements with respect to ‘put and call’ option, which has been cleared recently, and choose the correct statements among them: 1) This regulation has been framed by Sebi. 2)It mandates that for merger and acquisitions,
  • 16. listed firms could use such options that create a right to buy/sell more shares in the future. 3) Earlier, Sebi had given special permission for using this option in the deal between Cairn and Vedanta. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 5 Ques. : 253 Following the international trend, the CEO and MD of Infosys has taken a pay cut of 26 per cent in financial year 2012-13. Infosys is the second largest information-technology company of the country. Name the largest IT company of the country. 1) Wipro 2) TCS 3) Satyam-Mahindra 4) HCL 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 254 The World Hypertension Day is observed on which of the following dates? 1) May 15 2) May 17 3) May 21 4) May 29 5) None of these Ans.) 2 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 255 What amount has been fixed by the central government recently for the annual plan of Bihar for the financial year 2013-14? 1) Rs 12,000 crore 2) Rs 20,000 crore 3) Rs 34,000 crore 4) Rs 42,000 crore 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 256 Nearly nine lakh ASHA workers are engaged in providing qualitative healthcare to people in rural India. What is the expanded form of ASHA? 1) Accredited Specialist Health Activists 2) Associated Social Health Activists 3) Accredited Social Health Activists 4) Associated Specialist Health Activists 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 257 Larry Page is the CEO of which of the following global internet giants? He made news recently after revealing a problem with his vocal cords that makes it difficult for him to speak and breathe occasionally. 1) Google 2) Yahoo 3) Oracle 4) Apple 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 258 The Shapoorji Pallonji Group has announced to buy a majority stake in the USD 200-million Lux International gaining access to Europe and Africa. Lux is a 110-year-old company based in 1) Spain 2) Switzerland 3) France 4) Italy 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 259 The Union Cabinet has given its approval for increase in the present income criterion for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country from of Rs 4.5 lakh per annum to _____per annum. 1) Rs 5 lakh 2) Rs 5.5 lakh 3) Rs 6 lakh 4) Rs 6.5 lakh
  • 17. 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 260 Clearing the legal hurdles, the law minister Kapil Sibal has set the stage for the government to offload the remaining stake in Balco and two other companies. The government had sold 51 per cent stake in Balco to which of the following companies? 1) Sterlite Industries 2) Jindal Aluminium Limited 3) Mishra Dhatu Nigam 4) Sundaram - Clayton Limited 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 261 The government is considering providing Sovereign Guarantee of Rs 24,000 crore to the Indian Energy Insurance Pool to provide insurance to domestic refineries that have been refused cover from European re-insurers. What is the reason of denial by EU re-insurers? 1) These refineries are processing Iranian crude 2) These are not listed in European stock exchanges 3) These are supplying refined oil to Iran 4) These are running in deficit since long 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 262 Former dictator Jorde Rafael Videla, who died recently, belonged to which of the following countries? He was serving a jail term for crime against humanity during his dictatorship. 1) Argentina 2) Nigeria 3) Netherlands 4) Cambodia 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 263 For the alleged price fixing by the companies of which of the following industries, the Competition Appellate Tribunal (Compat) has ordered them to deposit Rs 630 crore as penalty within four weeks? 1) Textile 2) Beverage 3) Cement 4) Telecom 5) None of these Ans.) 3 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 264 The IBSA women’s forum, recently, has recommended developing a comprehensive action plan to end all forms of violence against women. IBSA is an association of India, Brazil and which of the following countries? 1) South Africa 2) Singapore 3) Argentina 4) Both 1) and 5) Both 2) and 3) Ans.) 1 Ques. : 265 The department of telecommunication is working on a proposal to disallow crossholding by one telecom firm in a competing one in the same circle. As per the present rules, a telecom company can acquire up to _____in its rival company in the same circle. 1) 2 per cent 2) 4.9 per cent 3) 7.5 per cent 4) 9.9 per cent 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 266 According to an exchange notification published recently, Shikha Sharma has got a salary increase of 10 per cent effective June 1. She is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of which of the following private sector banks?
  • 18. 1) ICICI 2) HDFC 3) Axis Bank 4) Yes Bank 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 267 The Indian American software mogul, Vivek Ranadive, has become the first person of Indian descent to become the owner of a major US sports team buying Sacramento Kings. The team is associated with which of the following games? 1) Baseball 2) Basketball 3) Football 4) Volleyball 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 268 The finance ministry is considering raising the penalty for violations of RBI guidelines by banks. What is the maximum penalty under the law at present for the above violations by banks? 1) Rs 1 crore 2) Rs 50 lakh 3) Rs 25 lakh 4) Rs 5 lakh 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 269 The government has announced the roll out of direct subsidy transfer for LPG connections starting from June. What consumers need to avail this facility? 1) An Aadhar number 2) An Aadhar number linked with a bank account 3) Providing the Aadhar number to LPG distributors to link it with LPG consumer number 4) All the above 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 270 The entry of new low cost carrier, AirAsia India, has brought new competition in the airlines sector. Which of the following is the biggest low cost airline in India at present? 1) Jet Airways 2) Spicejet 3) Indigo 4) GoAir 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 271 The committee looking into the US retail giant Walmart’s lobbying activities to enter into Indian retail market, has submitted its report to Corporate Affairs Minister Sachin Pilot recently. Who among the following headed the committee? 1) Mukul Mudgal 2) VN Khare 3) RC Lahoti 4) Yogesh Kumar Sabharwal 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 272 Consider the following statements with respect to planned subsidy for the electric and hybrid vehicles in India and choose the correct statement(s): 1) The government, under National Electric Mobility Mission Plan 2020, envisages around seven million electric and hybrid vehicles in seven years. 2) The scheme includes non-levy of value added tax, no road tax and 15 per cent concession on the on-road price of the vehicle. 3) Currently, only Delhi has implemented this scheme. 4) All the above are correct 5) Only 1) and 2)
  • 19. Ans.) 4 Ques. : 273 Despite efforts to ramp up indigenous coal production, the Planning Commission feels that India will still face a shortfall of about_______of coal by the end of the 12th Plan period. 1) 50 million tonnes 2) 100 million tonnes 3) 150 million tonnes 4) 200 million tonnes 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 274 The finance minister, in the budget for 2013-14, had proposed a surcharge of 10 per cent on individuals termed as super rich or High Net-worth Individuals (HNIs). These are the individual with yearly income of 1) Rs 1 crore and above 2) Rs 2 crore and above 3) Rs 5 crore and above 4) Rs 10 crore and above 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 275 Examine the following statements with respect to the BSE Shariah index and identify the correct alternative(s): 1) The BSE, with Taqwaa Advisory and Shariah Investment Solutions (TASIS), launched BSE TASIS Shariah 50 index in 2010. 2) The index consists of the 50 largest and most liquid Shariah compliant stocks within the BSE 500. 3) The index has the largest number of listed Shariah compliant stocks in the world after that of Pakistan. 4) All the above 5) Only 1) and 2) Ans.) 5 Ques. : 276 The much hyped Nirbhaya fund launched in the name of the Delhi gang rape victim, is still stuck in the bureaucratic red tape. What is the size of the fund announced for the women’s empowerment? 1) Rs 500 crore 2) Rs 1000 crore 3) Rs 1200 crore 4) Rs 1500 crore 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 277 The Ministry of Minority Affairs, Government of India, runs micro-credit scheme through NMDFC in order to empower the minorities through economic development. Expand the term NMDFC. 1) National Minority Deployment and Finance Corporation 2) National Minority Development and Financing Company 3) National Minority Development and Finance Corporation 4) National Minority Development Funding Corporation 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 278 Paul Erik Hoyer Larsen has been elected the chairman of which of the following international sports governing bodies? 1) Badminton World Federation 2) International Tennis Federation 3) World Chess Federation 4) FIFA 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 279 Who among the following has won the Rome Masters tennis tournament’s women’s singles final recently? 1) Serena Williams
  • 20. 2) Victoria Azarenka 3) Sara Errani 4) Simona Halep 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 280 Who is the winner of World Table Tennis Championships women’s singles final held in Paris recently? 1) Ding Ning 2) Li Xiaoxia 3) Liu Shiwen 4) Zhu Yuling 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 281 The legendry footballer, David Beckham, retired from professional football recently. He was captaining which of the following teams when he announced his retirement? 1) Paris Saint-Germain 2) Manchester United 3) Real Madrid 4) Milan 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 282 Indian archer Deepika Kumari played two finals but had to settle for silver in both the events in the first Stage World Cup Archery tournament held in ______recently. 1) Seoul 2) Shanghai 3) Kuala Lumpur 4) Madrid 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 283 The name of Samina Baig was in the news recently as she became the first woman of her country to scale Mount Everest, the world’s highest mountain peak (8,848 m). She is from 1) Saudi Arabia 2) Pakistan 3) Bahrain 4) Kuwait 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 284 The Padma Bhushan awardee writer from India, UR Ananthamurthy, is in the running for the Man Booker International Prize 2013. He writes in which of the following languages? 1) Tamil 2) Hindi 3) English 4) Kannada 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 285 The Oil ministry’s technical arm for exploration, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons, has recommended that three gas discoveries reported by Reliance Industries in the KG-D6 block should be taken away from it. KG-D6 block is situated off the _______coast. 1) Andhra Pradesh 2) Tamil Nadu 3) Kerala 4) Gujarat 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 286 Who among the following has clinched the Rome Masters tennis tournament’s men’s singles title recently? 1) Rafael Nadal 2) Roger Federer 3) David Ferrer 4) Andy Murray 5) Novak Djokovic Ans.) 1
  • 21. Ques. : 287 The Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is all set to pay a state visit to which of the following countries? He will be the first Japanese Prime Minister to visit the country in 36 years. 1) China 2) South Korea 3) Myanmar 4) Bangladesh 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 288 India and China have firmed up eight agreements during the recent visit of Chinese premier Li Keqiang to New Delhi. The two countries have set a target of _______by 2015 for bilateral trade. 1) USD 50 billion 2) USD 65 billion 3) USD 75 billion 4) USD 100 billion 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 289 The Anti-Terrorism Day is observed annually across the nation on which of the following dates? On this date India’s youngest Prime Minister late Rajiv Gandhi fell to the designs of terrorists in 1991. 1) May 19 2) May 20 3) May 21 4) May 22 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 290 Who among the following has been appointed as the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India recently? 1) R Chandrasekhar 2) Sindhushree Khullar 3) Sumit Bose 4) Shashi Kant Sharma 5) None of these Ans.) 4 Ques. : 291 In another set-back to Indian Premier League (IPL), which of the following teams withdrew itself from the event recently? 1) Sunrisers Hyderabad 2) Kolkata Knight Riders 3) Pune Warriors 4) Delhi Daredevils 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 292 India-China trade has risen sharply in the last one decade and reached $66 billion in 2012, compared to $3 billion in 2000. However, the balance of trade has remained highly in favour of China and the trade deficit for India in 2012 has reached to 1) $12 billion 2) $29 billion 3) $32 billion 4) $43 billion 5) None of these Ans.) 2 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in Ques. : 293 Consider the following statements with respect to the new Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India and indentify the correct option(s): 1) The CAG is appointed for a term of six years or till the incumbent attains the age of 65 years, whichever is earlier. 2) The President of India appoints the CAG of India, in terms of Article 148 (1) of the Constitution of India. 3) After completing eventful five and a half years, Vinod Rai retired as CAG to make way for Shashi Kant Sharma recently. 4) All the above 5) None of these
  • 22. Ans.) 4 Ques. : 294 Vice president Hamid Ansari has gone on a four-day official visit to which of the following countries? 1) Uzbekistan 2) Kazakhstan 3) Kyrgyzstan 4) Tajikistan 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 295 Name the IT outsourcing company which has sacked its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Phaneesh Murthy after it came to learn that he had not disclosed his relationship with a subordinate to the company. 1) Infosys 2) iGate 3) Mahindra Satyam 4) Patni 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 296 India's Saurav Ghosal, ranked 19 in the world in the respective game, is associated with which of the following games? 1) Billiards 2) Golf 3) Squash 4) Table Tennis 5) None of these Ans.) 3 Ques. : 297 Indians have become the largest foreign-born group in London with 2.63 lakh people born in India are living there. Now, what per cent of all foreign-born residents in London are Indians? 1) Nearly 9% 2) Nearly 11% 3) Nearly 15% 4) Nearly 19% 5) None of these Ans.) 1 Ques. : 298 Kanya Vidya Dhan Yojana is associated with which of the following states in India? 1) Madhya Pradesh 2) Uttar Pradesh 3) Haryana 4) Rajasthan 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 299 As different regulatory bodies have been set up to regulate different sectors, chit funds in India are regulated by which of the following institutions? 1) RBI 2) State governments 3) Sebi 4) IRDA 5) None of these Ans.) 2 Ques. : 300 The Inflation-Indexed bonds announced by the government will make their debut in the month of June. These bonds, initially, will be indexed against 1) Wholesale Price Index 2) Consumer Price Index 3) Sensex 4) Nifty 5) None of these Ans.) 1 SEE MORE GK AT gkspecialist.blogspot.in