general awareness -- ssc and bank
QUESTIONS USEFUL FOR BANK EXAMS--
no. 1,2,3,4,6,30,31,32,45 AND 46
1. The basic characteristic of a capitalistic economy is
a) full employment
b) the private ownership of the means of production
c) absence of monopoly
d) large-scale production in primary industries
A capitalist economy is one in which the means of production are owned and controlled
by the private corporations and government has no interference on the working of private
2. Which of the following taxes is not a direct tax?
a) Gift tax
b) Wealth tax
c) Sales tax
d) Estate duty
3. UNDP prepares
a) Index Number of Price Level
b) Physical Quality Index
c) Human Development Index
d) Standard of Living Index
4. Fiscal policy refers to
a) Sale and purchase of securities by RBI
b) Government taxes, expenditure and borrowings
c) Government borrowings from abroad
d) Sharing of its revenue by Central Government with States
Fiscal policy is the manipulation of government spending and taxation.
5. Public opinion gets an authoritative expression in a democracy through
c) Pressure groups
d) Public meetings
6. Which one of the following is not a determining factor of a country’s foreign policy?
a) National interests
c) Cultural conditions
d) Religious conditions
7. Who will act as the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee?
a) The Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha [Check this post]
b) The Leader of the House
c) The Speaker of the Lok Sabha
d) The Vice-President of India
8. Who was chosen unanimously as the President of India?
a) Dr. S. Radhakrishnan
b) Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
c) K.R. Narayanan
d) Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy was the sixth President of India serving from 25 July 1977
till 25 July 1982. He was elected unanimously (i.e. without any opposition from any politician)
as President by the electoral college on 21 July 1977.
9. The Constitution of India was passed by the Constitutent Assembly on
a) 17th October, 1949
b) 14th November, 1949
c) 26th November, 1949
d) 26th January, 1949
10. The power to decide an election petition is vested in the
b) Supreme Court
c) High Court
d) Election Commission
The power to decide an election petition is vested in the High Court, with appeal to the
11. The 1857 Mutiny failed mainly because
a) the British got French support
b) the British numbered more
c) of lack of planning and leadership
d) it was premature
12. The Story of ‘My Experiment with Truth” is the autobiography of
a) Lala lajpat Rai
b) Gopal Krishna Gokhale
c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
d) Mahatma Gandhi
13. Who among the following made the Ganapati festival very popular in Maharashtra?
a) Gopal krishna Gokhale
b) Annie Vesant
c) Mahadev Ranade
d) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
14. The Mughal ruler who built the Buland Darwaja was
d) Bahadur Shah
Buland Darwaza was built in ‘Fatehpur Sikri’ by “Akbar The Great” in 1572 to commemorate
his victory over Gujarat. The royal city Fatehpur Sikri is located 40 kilometers (25 miles) from
Agra, in Uttar Pradesh.
15. Diarchy in the provinces was introduced through the
a) Indian Councils Act, 1861
b) Indian Councils Act, 1862
c) Government of India Act, 1919
d) Government of India Act, 1935
Diarchy or dual Government in the provinces of British India was introduced by
Government of India Act (1919).
16. Which of the following is the world’s largest desert?
c) The Great Australian Desert
d) Arabian Desert
World’s largest hot desert is the Sahara in northern Africa, but in term of size/area:
World’s largest & coldest : Antarctic Desert (13.8 million sq. kms.)
Second Largest : Arctic Desert (13.7 million sq. kms.)
Third largest : Sahara Desert (9.1 million sq. kms.)
17. The rate of erosion in a stream is lowest where
a) breadth is greater
b) velocity is more
c) the river joins the sea
d) depth is greater
Velocity is the key factor that determines a stream’s ability to erode, transport, and
deposit sediment. At flood stage, rivers flow much faster and do more erosion because
the added water increases the stream’s velocity (up to ~25 km/hr).
18. The name ‘Sahyadri’ is related to:
a) Western Ghats
b) Cyclone hazards
c) A rain-bearing wind
d) Himalayan Peak
19. Which of the following is not correctly matched?
a) Himachal Pradesh - Shilong
b) Andhra Pradesh - Hyderabad
c) Uttar pradesh - Lucknow
d) Arunachal Pradesh - Itanagar
20. Tides in the sea have stored in them
a) Hydraulic energy
b) Kinetic energy
c) Gravitational potential energy
d) A combination of all the three forms of energy
21. Delivery of developed foetus is scientifically called as
22. Thyroxine hormone is secreted by
a) Pituitary gland
b) Thyroid gland
c) Adrneal gland
The primary function of thyroid gland in human body is to secrete thyroid hormones,
which are responsible for controlling body’s metabolism.
23. The digestive juice which has no enzyme is
c) Intestinal juice
d) Gastric juice
24. An essential feature of seed germination is the presence of
25. Plants that grow on stones and rocks are
26. Tactile hair is found in the body of
Tactile hairs help organisms sense their environment.
27. The source of energy in the sun
a) nuclear fission
b) nuclear fusion
d) electrical energy
28. Which one of the following materials is used as controller in a nuclear reactor
d) Heavy Water
Cadmium’s rods are used in nuclear reactors to control the rate of fission of
uranium and plutonium.
29. Banking of curves on road or railway track is done to provide
a) centripetal force
b) centrifugal force
c) gravitational force
d) angular velocity
30. ___________ is a type of application software used for communication.
b) Word processing
d) Image editing
31. A floppy disk is
a) a semiconductor random-access memory
b) an EPROM
c) used as the primary memory in computer system
d) made up of magnetic material
Invented by IBM’s Alan Shugart in 1971, floppy disks are made of thin plastic disk coated
with magnetic material on which data for a computer can be stored.
32. MDI stands for
a) Multiple Document Interface
b) Multiple Design Interface
c) Multiple Design Interaction
d) Multiple Document Interaction
33. People die in an atmosphere of carbon dioxide because
a) it is a poisonous gas
b) it destroys tissues
c) of want of oxygen
d) of suffocation
34. Which of the following acts as photosensitizer during photosynthesis?
35. What happens when bleaching powder is left exposed to air?
a) it turns dark brown in colour
b) it turns yellow in colour
c) it gradually loses its oxygen
d) it gradually loses its chlorine
36. Arsenic pollution leads to
a) White foot disease
b) Black foot disease
37. Which one of the following does not contribute to pollution?
a) Thermal Power Plant
b) Nuclear Power Plant
c) Hydroelectric Power Plant
d) Atomic Power Plant
38. Which of the following are the two major components of dry air (by volume)?
a) Nitrogen and Oxygen
b) Oxygen and Argon
c) Nitrogen and Ammonia
d) Oxygen and Carbon Dioxide
39. Which one of the following is not an example of Lotic ecosystem?
Pond is example of Lentic Ecosystem because it has still waters instead of flowing waters.
40. Permissible noise level at industrial area during daytime is
a) 40 dB (A)
b) 75 dB (A)
c) 120 dB (A)
d) 140 dB (A)
41. Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistan Prime Minister was assassinated in
The assassination of Benazir Bhutto occurred on 27 December 2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan.
42. Which of the following is correctly matched?
Research Institue Headquarters
a) Leather Research Institue - Lucknow -> correct : Chennai
b) Rice Research Institute - Cuttack
c) Silk Research Institute - Bangalore -> correct : Mysore
d) Sugar Research Institute - Chennai -> correct : Kanpur
43. Who was affectionately known as the “Grand Old Man of India”?
a) Gopal Krishna Gokhale
b) Mahatma gandhi
c) Bal Gangadhar Tilak
d) Dadabhai Naoroji
44. India test fired successfully its Agni-V surface-to-surface ICBM from Wheeler Island on
a) 8th March, 2012
b) 7th April, 2012
c) 17th March, 2012
d) 17th April, 2012
The three stage, solid propellant missile AGNI-V was test-fired successfully from a mobile
launcher from the launch complex-4 of the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Wheeler Island
off Odisha coast on 19th April 2012 at 08:05 AM.
The test-fire of Agni-V missile was originally scheduled for 18th April 2012. It was postponed
at the last moment due to bad weather marked by rains and heavy lightning.
45. Find the odd one out:
a) IDBI - Industrial Finance
b) SIDBI - Financial assistance to small industries
c) FCI - Financial assistance to commercial institutions
d) EXIM BANK - Financing of Export-Import trade
46. The Tweleth Five Year Plan will be operative for the period
a) 2010 – 2015
b) 2011 – 2016
c) 2012 – 2017
d) 2013 – 2018
47. The State with largest gap in the male and female literacy is
a) Uttar Pradesh
b) Madhya Pradesh
48. “Better to regin in hell than serve in heaven.” Who said these words?
a) William Shakespeare
c) William Wordsworth
d) Lord Tennyson
49. Comprehensive Test Ban Treat (CTBT) is associated with the ban on which of
a) Ban on certain organisations under UN laws
b) Ban on money laundering activities
c) Ban on nuclear tests for developing arsenals
d) Ban on terrrorism
50. The Pulitzer prize is associated with which of the following?
a) Environmental Protection
b) Civil Aviation
d) Olympic Games
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