Important General Knowledge Questions for Competitive Exams

1. In Indian history, who was Abdul Hamid lahori?
(A) An important military commander during Akbar's reign
(B) An official historian of the reign of Shahjahan
(C) An important noble and confidant of Aurangzeb
(D) A chronicler and poet during the reign of Muhammad Shah
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2. Which one of the following lakes in India has the highest water salinity?
(A) Dal (B) Chilka
(C) Wular (D) Sambhar
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3. Which one among the following affects the flowering in plants?
(A) Gibberellin (B) Cytokinin
(C) Florigen (D) Auxin
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4. Which of the following techniques can be used to establish the paternity of a child?
(A) Protein analysis (B) Chromosome counting
(C) Quantitative analysis of DNA (D) DNA finger printing
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5. The female gametophyte of angiosperm is mostly–
(A) seven-celled (B) eight-celled
(C) eleven-celled (D) twenty-celled
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6. The Union Legislature cannot legislate on a subject in the State List unless–
(A) the President calls upon it to do so
(B) the Rajya Sabha passes a resolution that it is necessary in national interest to do so
(C) the Speaker certifies that it is necessary
(D) there is a National Emergency
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7. The Indian Constitution is unitary in spirit because–
(A) Parliament can make laws for the states under some circumstances
(B) All India Services are provided for
(C) Only the Union Parliament has the power propose amendments in the Constitution
(D) All of the above
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8. When does the State law have precedence over Central law on the Concurrent subject?
(A) If the Supreme Court so advises
(B) If the State law was passed earlier
(C) If the law passed by the State was approved by the President before enactment of the law on the same subject by the Parliament,
(D) In no case
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9. The main function of exim bank is–
(A) to help RBI in the regulation of foreign exchange (B) to prevent unlicensed transaction
(C) to promote exports and curtail imports (D) to conserve foreign exchange
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10. 'Focus Product' and 'Focus Market' are related to which scheme?
(A) Export Promotion (B) Control of Inflation
(C) Technology Upgradation (D) None of the above
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11. The vegetation which survives on aerial roots is–
(A) mangrove (B) selvas
(C) catinga (D) taiga
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12. Berber Speaking Community, frequently in the news, lives in–
(A) Afghanistan (B) Algeria
(C) Argentina (D) Australia
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13. Which of the following statements about Mansabdari system is /are correct?
(A) The origin of Mansabdari system can be traced back to Chengiz Khan
(B) Akbar introduced the Mansabdari system in order to organise the nobility as well as his army
(C) A mansab was alloted to all the officers of the Mughal state
(D) All of the above
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14. Who after raising a successful rebellion, made Jahangir a captive in his own camp?
(A) Khurram (B) Mahabat Khan
(C) Khusrau (D) Asaf Khan
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15. Who of the following is the author of the book "Imaging India Ideas for the New Century"?
(A) Arvind Adiga (B) M J Akbar
(C) Nandan Nilekani (D) Shashi Tharoor
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16. Which one among the following was not a demand of the Prarthana Samaj?
(A) Women education
(B) Widow remarriage
(C) Raising the age of marriage for boys and girls
(D) Abolition of untouchability
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17. Who gave the call-'One religion, one caste and one God for mankind'?
(A) Jyotibha Phule (B) Vivekanand
(C) Sri Narayana Guru (D) Dr BR Ambedkar
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18. The Himalayan range is very rich in species diversity. Which one among the following is the most appropriate reason for this phenomenon?
(A) It has a high rainfall that supports
luxuriant vegetative growth
(B) It is a confluence of different biogeographical zones
(C) Exotic and invasive species have not been introduced in this region
(D) It has less human interference
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19. Which one of the following enables your computer to connect to other computers?
(A) Graphic User Interface (GUI)
(B) Network Interface Card (NIC)
(C) Controller Card (CnC)
(D) Video Card (VC)
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20. Which one among the following organisms is used to convert cow dung into Gobar gas?
(A) Methanogens (B) E coli
(C) Halophiles (D) Cyanobacteria
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21. Which one among the following is related with genetic engineering?
(A) Golgo bodies (B) Mitochondria
(C) Lysosomes (D) Plasmids
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22. The Zonal Councils which aim at ensuring co-operation amongst various States are–
(A) created by the States Reorganisation Act 1956
(B) provided in the Constitution
(C) created by the Forty-Second Amendment during the Emergency
(D) None of the above
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23. In 1977, under whose Chairmanship, the Panchayat Raj Committee was formed?
(A) Ashok Mehta (B) Sardar Swaran Singh
(C) Balwant Rai Mehta (D) Madhu Dandwate
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24. Under which Article of the Constitution of India, did the District Planning Committee come into existence?
(A) Article 243-ZD (B) Article 243-ZE
(C) Article 244-ZD (D) Article 242-ZD
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25. Under Prime Minister's Integrated Urban Poverty Eradication Programme (PMIUPEP), those urban areas were included which had a population–
(A) between 50000 and 1 lakh (B) upto 50000
(C) between 50000 and 5 lakh (D) None of the above
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