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  • 1. 

    To protect cows from slaughter which state assembly passed the Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, 2015 on 16 March 2015?

    • A.

      Haryana

    • B.

      Telangana

    • C.

      Uttar Pradesh

    • D.

      Madhya Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    A. Haryana
    Explanation
    Haryana passed the Gauvansh Sanrakshan and Gausamvardhan Bill, 2015 on 16 March 2015 to protect cows from slaughter.

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  • 2. 

    Who was appointed as Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) on 16 March 2015?

    • A.

      Rupa Kudva

    • B.

      Ashu Suyash

    • C.

      Amit Aggarwal

    • D.

      Anoop Jaino

    Correct Answer
    B. Ashu Suyash
    Explanation
    Ashu Suyash was appointed as the Managing Director (MD) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Credit Rating Information Services of India Limited (CRISIL) on 16 March 2015.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following Company on 16 March 2015 decided to file a 400 million US dollar defamation lawsuit against the Sahara group?

    • A.

      Mirach Capital

    • B.

      TCS

    • C.

      Air India

    • D.

      Bloomberg

    Correct Answer
    A. Mirach Capital
    Explanation
    Mirach Capital decided to file a 400 million US dollar defamation lawsuit against the Sahara group on 16 March 2015.

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  • 4. 

    It is a tropical grass and was identified by researchers at SASTRA University, Thanjavur as a natural food preservative on 16 March 2015. Name the grass.

    • A.

      Lemon grass

    • B.

      Bamboo

    • C.

      Bermuda grass

    • D.

      Darbha grass

    Correct Answer
    D. Darbha grass
    Explanation
    Darbha grass was identified by researchers at SASTRA University as a natural food preservative on 16 March 2015. This suggests that Darbha grass has properties that allow it to preserve food naturally, making it a suitable option for food preservation.

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  • 5. 

    Inclusion of which caste in the Central Other Backward Class (OBC) list by the Union government was declared as null and void by the Supreme Court of India on 17 March 2015?

    • A.

      Jat

    • B.

      Gujjar

    • C.

      Marwari

    • D.

      Agrawal

    Correct Answer
    A. Jat
    Explanation
    The Supreme Court of India declared the inclusion of the Jat caste in the Central Other Backward Class (OBC) list as null and void on 17 March 2015. This means that the government's decision to include Jats in the OBC category was deemed invalid by the court.

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  • 6. 

    Which one of the following Acts will not be amended by Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015 that was passed by Rajya Sabha on 12 March 2015?

    • A.

      Insurance Act, 1938

    • B.

      General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Act, 1972

    • C.

      Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA) Act, 1999

    • D.

      Indian Life Assurance Companies Act, 1912

    Correct Answer
    D. Indian Life Assurance Companies Act, 1912
    Explanation
    The Insurance Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2015 does not amend the Indian Life Assurance Companies Act, 1912.

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  • 7. 

    Consider the following statements related to the Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets (Imposition of Tax) Bill, 2015 approved by the Union Cabinet on 17 March 2015.I. Rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years will be awarded for concealment of income and assets and evasion of tax in relation to foreign assets.II. Entities, banks, financial institutions including individuals are liable for prosecution and penalty under the Act.Which of the following statements is/are true?

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      None of them

    Correct Answer
    C. Both I and II
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "Both I and II". This means that both statement I and statement II are true. Statement I states that rigorous imprisonment up to 10 years will be awarded for concealment of income and assets and evasion of tax in relation to foreign assets. Statement II states that entities, banks, financial institutions including individuals are liable for prosecution and penalty under the Act. Therefore, both statements are true.

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  • 8. 

    Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on 17 March 2015 revoked a three-year-old order of banning the mines in which state?

    • A.

      Goa

    • B.

      Chhattisgarh

    • C.

      Karnataka

    • D.

      Jharkhand

    Correct Answer
    A. Goa
    Explanation
    The Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change revoked a three-year-old order banning mines in Goa. This suggests that the ban on mining in Goa has been lifted, allowing mining activities to resume in the state.

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  • 9. 

    Name the person who on 18 March 2015 was elected as the speaker of 12th Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir.

    • A.

      Muhammad Shafi

    • B.

      Basharat Bukari

    • C.

      Kavinder Gupta

    • D.

      Naeem Akhtar

    Correct Answer
    C. Kavinder Gupta
    Explanation
    Kavinder Gupta was elected as the speaker of the 12th Legislative Assembly of Jammu and Kashmir on 18 March 2015.

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  • 10. 

    Consider the following statements with respect to Union Budget 2015-16 passed by the Lok Sabha on 17 March 2015:I. Forward Markets Commission will be merged with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI)II. MUDRA bank will be set up to refinance micro finance organizations to encourage first generation SC and ST entrepreneursIII. Rate of corporate tax to be reduced to 23% from 30% over next four yearsIV. Atal Innovation Mission to be established within Ministry of Science & Technology to draw on expertise of entrepreneurs and researchers to foster scientific innovationsWhich of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

    • A.

      I, II and III

    • B.

      I and II

    • C.

      III and IV

    • D.

      I, II, III and IV

    Correct Answer
    B. I and II
    Explanation
    The correct answer is I and II. This is because statement I states that the Forward Markets Commission will be merged with the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), which is true according to the Union Budget 2015-16. Statement II states that the MUDRA bank will be set up to refinance micro finance organizations to encourage first generation SC and ST entrepreneurs, which is also true according to the Union Budget 2015-16. Therefore, statements I and II are correct.

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  • 11. 

    Name the Formula 1 racer who on 15 March 2015 won the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

    • A.

      Nico Rosberg of Mercedes

    • B.

      Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes

    • C.

      Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari

    • D.

      Felipe Massa of Sauber

    Correct Answer
    B. Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes
    Explanation
    Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes won the 2015 Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix at Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia.

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  • 12. 

    Name the famed Indian nuclear scientist who resigned from the post of Chairman of Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay on 17 March 2015.

    • A.

      Anil Kakodkar

    • B.

      Raghunath K Shevgaonkar

    • C.

      Srikumar Banerjee

    • D.

      Ravindra Kelkar

    Correct Answer
    A. Anil Kakodkar
    Explanation
    Anil Kakodkar is the correct answer because he resigned from the post of Chairman of Board of Governors of IIT Bombay on 17 March 2015.

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  • 13. 

    Who was appointed as the Chairman of the Allahabad bench of the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT) on 17 March 2015?

    • A.

      Girija Shankar

    • B.

      VK Mathur

    • C.

      N Sakthan

    • D.

      Sunil Sabharwal

    Correct Answer
    B. VK Mathur
    Explanation
    VK Mathur was appointed as the Chairman of the Allahabad bench of the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT) on 17 March 2015.

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  • 14. 

    Who was appointed as the Chairman of the Chennai bench of the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT) on 17 March 2015?

    • A.

      VK Mathur

    • B.

      Kewal K Sharma

    • C.

      Girija Shankar

    • D.

      Baldev Sharma

    Correct Answer
    C. Girija Shankar
    Explanation
    Girija Shankar was appointed as the Chairman of the Chennai bench of the Debt Recovery Appellate Tribunal (DRAT) on 17 March 2015.

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  • 15. 

    Where was the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) held from 14 March 2015 to 18 March 2015?

    • A.

      Lima, Peru

    • B.

      Sendai, Japan

    • C.

      Bonn, Germany

    • D.

      Kobe, Japan

    Correct Answer
    B. Sendai, Japan
    Explanation
    The Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) was held in Sendai, Japan from 14 March 2015 to 18 March 2015.

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  • 16. 

    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Mauritius between 11 March and 12 March 2015 as part of his three nation tour to Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka. In this context, consider the following statements:I. During the visit, the commissioning of the Barracuda, a ship in the service of the National Coast Guard of Mauritius, took place.II. India and Mauritius signed 4 Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to give impetus to bilateral relations.

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    A. Only I
    Explanation
    During Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to Mauritius in 2015, the commissioning of the Barracuda, a ship in the service of the National Coast Guard of Mauritius, took place. This implies that statement I is correct. However, there is no mention of India and Mauritius signing any Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) to strengthen bilateral relations. Therefore, statement II is incorrect.

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  • 17. 

    Which country will host the seventh Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in 2016 as unveiled on 17 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan?

    • A.

      Japan

    • B.

      Indonesia

    • C.

      India

    • D.

      China

    Correct Answer
    C. India
    Explanation
    India will host the seventh Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) in 2016. This was announced on 17 March 2015 at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction held in Sendai, Japan.

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  • 18. 

    The Biodiversity Board of which state on 17 March 2015 launched a project to link conservation to economic concerns?

    • A.

      Tripura

    • B.

      Sikkim

    • C.

      Meghalaya

    • D.

      Uttar Pradesh

    Correct Answer
    A. Tripura
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tripura. The Biodiversity Board of Tripura launched a project on 17 March 2015 to link conservation to economic concerns. This project aims to promote sustainable livelihoods for local communities by integrating biodiversity conservation with economic activities. By linking conservation to economic concerns, the project seeks to create a win-win situation where both the environment and the local communities benefit.

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  • 19. 

    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi was on a two-day visit to Seychelles from 10 March and 11 March 2015. Which of the following statements in this context is/are true?I. Prime Minister Narendra Modi operationalised the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project (CSRS)II. India and Seychelles signed four agreements to boost security cooperation

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    C. Both I and II
    Explanation
    During his visit to Seychelles in March 2015, Prime Minister Narendra Modi operationalized the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project (CSRS). This statement is true. Additionally, India and Seychelles signed four agreements to enhance security cooperation. This statement is also true. Therefore, both statements I and II are correct.

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  • 20. 

    In third week of March 2015, it was reported that France, Germany and Italy have agreed to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Name the first European country to join the China-backed AIIB.

    • A.

      France

    • B.

      Germany

    • C.

      Italy

    • D.

      United Kingdom

    Correct Answer
    D. United Kingdom
    Explanation
    The correct answer is United Kingdom. In the given question, it is stated that France, Germany, and Italy have agreed to join the AIIB. However, the first European country to join the China-backed AIIB was the United Kingdom. This information is not explicitly mentioned in the question, but it can be inferred based on the given context.

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  • 21. 

    Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi visited Sri Lanka from 13 March and 14 March 2015. In this context, consider the following statements:I. He is the first Prime Minister of India to visit Sri Lanka since 1987.II. He is the second Prime Minister of India after Rajeev Gandhi to visit Jaffna and Talaimannar region of Sri Lanka.Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only II

    • C.

      Both I and II

    • D.

      Neither I nor II

    Correct Answer
    A. Only I
    Explanation
    The given answer is correct because statement I is true. Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of India to visit Sri Lanka since 1987. However, statement II is false. Narendra Modi is not the second Prime Minister of India after Rajeev Gandhi to visit Jaffna and Talaimannar region of Sri Lanka. Therefore, the correct answer is Only I.

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  • 22. 

    Name the two veteran cricketers of Sri Lanka who on 18 March 2015 retired from One Day International (ODI) format of Cricket.

    • A.

      Kumar Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews

    • B.

      Mahela Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews

    • C.

      Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene

    • D.

      Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga

    Correct Answer
    C. Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene
    Explanation
    Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene retired from One Day International (ODI) format of Cricket on 18 March 2015.

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  • 23. 

    Which of the following bill is not repealed completely by the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014 which was passed by the Lok Sabha on 18 March 2015?

    • A.

      The Indian Fisheries Act, 1897

    • B.

      The Foreign Jurisdiction Act, 1947

    • C.

      The Sugar Undertakings (Taking Over of Management) Act, 1978.

    • D.

      The Employment of Manual Scavenging and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993

    Correct Answer
    D. The Employment of Manual Scavenging and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993
    Explanation
    The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2014 repealed several bills, but the Employment of Manual Scavenging and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Act, 1993 was not completely repealed by it.

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  • 24. 

    Lok Sabha on 18 March 2015 passed the Warehousing Corporations (Amendment) Bill, 2015. In this context, consider the following statements:I. The Bill seeks to do away with the Union Government’s responsibility as a financial guarantor to the Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC)II. The Bill dilutes the 55 percent shareholding of the government in the Central Warehousing Corporation to 49 percent.III. The Bill seeks to amend the Warehousing Corporations Act, 1965.Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      Only I

    • B.

      Only III

    • C.

      Only I and II

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. Only I
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Only I". This is because the statement I is correct as the Bill aims to remove the Union Government's responsibility as a financial guarantor to the Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC). However, statement II is incorrect as the Bill does not dilute the government's shareholding in the CWC. Statement III is not mentioned in the given information, so it cannot be determined if it is correct or not.

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  • 25. 

    As per the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT) given on 18 March 2015, what is the amount of fine that is to be imposed by Indian Railways for littering on railway property?

    • A.

      10000 rupees

    • B.

      7000 rupees

    • C.

      5000 rupees

    • D.

      7500 rupees

    Correct Answer
    C. 5000 rupees
    Explanation
    As per the directions of National Green Tribunal (NGT) given on 18 March 2015, Indian Railways is required to impose a fine of 5000 rupees for littering on railway property.

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  • 26. 

    Who was on 18 March 2015 appointed as the Chief of Pakistan Air Force?

    • A.

      Air Marshal Sohail Aman

    • B.

      Air Chief Marshal Tahir Rafique Butt

    • C.

      Air Marshal Rao Qamar Suleiman

    • D.

      Air Marshal Arbaaz Suleiman

    Correct Answer
    A. Air Marshal Sohail Aman
    Explanation
    Air Marshal Sohail Aman was appointed as the Chief of Pakistan Air Force on 18 March 2015.

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  • 27. 

    Consider the following statements of the Astra missile that was successfully test-fired on 18 March 2015:I. The missile is a beyond visual range Air-to-Air missile (BVRAAM).II. It is 3.8 metre long and is the smallest of the DRDO-developed missilesIII. It can be launched from a specific altitude of 44 km and can travel at supersonic speed of 4780 km per hour.Which of the above statements is/are true?

    • A.

      I and II

    • B.

      II and III

    • C.

      I and III

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    A. I and II
    Explanation
    The given correct answer is "I and II". This means that statements I and II are true. Statement I states that the Astra missile is a beyond visual range Air-to-Air missile (BVRAAM), which means it is designed to be launched from an aircraft and engage other aircraft at long distances. Statement II states that the missile is 3.8 meters long and is the smallest among the missiles developed by DRDO (Defense Research and Development Organization). Therefore, both statements I and II are true.

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  • 28. 

    Consider the following statements with respect to Bihar State Budget 2015-16 presented on 12 March 2015:I. The State has Revenue Surplus of 11980.95 crore rupees during 2015 - 16 which is 0.63% of GSDP.II. The Outstanding Public Debt is estimated at 89239.87 crore rupees in 2015-16 which is 19.58% of GSDP.  III. The percentage of Development expenditure and Non-Development expenditure in total expenditure is 68.28 and 31.72 respectivelyIV. In 2014-15 the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Bihar declined to 5.92 per cent.V. The Fiscal Deficit has been estimated at 2.98% of GSDP for the year 2015-16Which is/are correct?

    • A.

      I, II and III

    • B.

      II, III and IV

    • C.

      I, III and V

    • D.

      II, III and V

    Correct Answer
    D. II, III and V
    Explanation
    The correct answer is II, III and V. Statement II states that the Outstanding Public Debt is estimated at 89239.87 crore rupees in 2015-16, which is 19.58% of GSDP. Statement III mentions that the percentage of Development expenditure and Non-Development expenditure in total expenditure is 68.28 and 31.72 respectively. Statement V states that the Fiscal Deficit has been estimated at 2.98% of GSDP for the year 2015-16.

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  • 29. 

    India on 18 March 2015 announced to hold the Global Yoga Meet in which country to celebrate UN’s first International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2015?

    • A.

      South Africa

    • B.

      USA

    • C.

      China

    • D.

      New Zealand

    Correct Answer
    C. China
    Explanation
    India announced to hold the Global Yoga Meet in China to celebrate UN's first International Day of Yoga on 21 June 2015. This decision was made to promote the practice of yoga internationally and to strengthen the cultural ties between India and China. China was chosen as the host country for this event due to its growing interest in yoga and its large population, providing a great opportunity to spread awareness about the benefits of yoga on a global scale.

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  • 30. 

    The World Sparrow Day was observed globally on 20 March 2015 with the theme

    • A.

      Sparrow and People

    • B.

      I Love Sparrows

    • C.

      Rise for the Sparrow

    • D.

      Save Sparrows from Disappearance

    Correct Answer
    B. I Love Sparrows
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "I Love Sparrows". This theme for World Sparrow Day emphasizes the importance of showing love and care towards sparrows. It encourages people to appreciate and value these birds and their contribution to the ecosystem. By expressing love for sparrows, individuals are more likely to take actions to protect their habitats and ensure their survival. This theme also aims to raise awareness about the declining population of sparrows and the need to conserve them.

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