Time: 75 min. Max: 100 marks
SECRETARIAT ASSISTANT current affairs and history questions
1. Which 3 eminent persons nominated by the government for as members of Rajya Sabha on April 26, 2012 ?
Ans:- Sachin Tendulkar, actress Rekha and industrialist Anu Aga
2. Which indian Bollywood actress passed away recently ?
Ans:- Achla Sachdev
3. Who won India Open badminton 2012 Mens singles title ?
Ans:- Shon Wan Ho (South Korea)
4. Who won India Open badminton 2012 Womens singles title ?
Ans:- Li Xuerui(China)
5. Who won 6 NTR National Literary Award ?
Ans:- Ashokamitran (Tamil writer)
6. Name of new web-enabled mobile Phone launched by Nokia ?
Ans:- Asha 202
7. Who win 28th Asian snooker title ?
Ans:- Aditya Mehta (defeated Pankaj Advani)
8. Who has been elected as New President of France ?
Ans:- Francois Hollande (defeating the incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy)
9. Who became the first batsman to hit five consecutive Twenty20 half-centuries ?
Ans:- Virender Sehwag (In IPL-5)
10. Who were awarded with Kalpana Chawla excellence award on 6 May 2012 ?
Ans:- Miss India World Vinya Mishra and actress Sushma Seth
11. Which indian discus thrower created a new national record bywinning the silver medal at the Altius Track Crew Throwdown meet in Maui Island, Hawaii ?
Ans:- Krishna Poonia (64.76 meters)
12. Who became the first-ever batsman to cross 2000 runs in the Indian Premier League ?
Ans:- Suresh Raina
13. Who has re-appointed as Attorney General of india ?
Ans:- Goolam E.Vahanvati
14. Which missile was successfully test-fired by pakistan on May 012 ?
Ans:- Hatf III Ghaznavi missile (Range 290 km)
15. What is HSRP ?
Ans:- High Security Registration number Plates
16. when was Indias first Parliament session held ?
Ans:- 13th May, 1952 ( On 13 may, 2012 Indian Parliament celebrate 60th anniversary)
17. When was the World red cross day celebrated?
Ans:- May 8th (every year)
18. Who won Junior Hockey World Cup 2012 ?
Ans:- Malaysia (defeated Pakistan)
19. Which mobile manufacturer became Number One Mobile Company in the World ?
Ans:- Samsung (Korean mobile company)
20. Who is elected as new chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India ?
Ans:- Dr.Ratan Kumar Sinha
21. Who has been elected New Chairman of the Standing Committee of Parliament on Personnel Public Grievances, Law and Justice ?
Ans:- Shantaram Naik
22. Which 2 Indian women Squash Players won the 16th Asian Team Squash Championship in Kuwait?
Ans:- Dipika Pallikal (ranked 14th) and Joshna Chinnappa (ranked 71st)
23. Name of The joint exercise carried out by the Army and the Indian Air Force in the desert of Rajasthan ?
Ans:- Operation Shoorveer
24. Who has been elected as Chair of the ADBs( Asian Development Bank) Board of Governors, India ?
Ans:- Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee
25. Who was sworn in as Russian president for 3rd time?
Ans:- Vladimir Putin
26. who has been selected as the brand ambassador of Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan (a programme of the rural development ministry to spread awareness about sanitation and cleanliness in india) ?
Ans:- Vidya Balan
27. Who became the 1st player to win Barcelona title for 7 times?
Ans:- Rafael Nadal
28. Which English tean won 2012 FA Cup Final ?
Ans:- Chelsea (defeat Liverpool by 2-1)
29. Who has been conferred with his first American Honorary Doctorate by the Miami University ?
30. Which 3 northeastern Indian states will have its own high courts?
Ans:- Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya
31. Who won the Madrid Masters woman singles title 2012 ?
Ans:- Serena Williams
32. Who won the men singles Madrid Masters title 2012?
Ans:- Roger Federer
33. Who became Worlds Oldest Women to climb the Mount Everest the worlds highest mountain peak ?
Ans:- Tamae Watanabe (73-year-old)
34. who became the youngest Indian to win Asian Chess Championship 2012 ?
Ans:- Primarjan Negi (Negi is also the third Indian afer Krishnan Sasikaran (2003), Surya Sekhar Ganguly (2009) and Pendyala Harikishna (2011) to win the Asian title.)
35. Who has been appointed as TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) chairman for a 3 year term?
Ans:- Rahul Khullar
36. Who is sworn in as the 24th President of France?
Ans:- Francois Hollande
37. Who is sworn in as the Prime Minister of France?
Ans:- Jean-Marc Ayrault
38. Which football club won the 2012 English Premier League Championship after 44 years?
Ans:- Manchester city
39. Who won the Football Champions League 2012 ?
40. where was held 38th G-8 summit recently(May -2012) ?
Ans:- Camp David, Maryland (USA)
41. Who sworn in as the 19th Governor of Rajasthan ?
Ans:- Margaret Alva
42. Who won the mens Rome Masters (Italian Open ) 2012 for a record 6th time?
Ans:- Rafael Nadal (Spain)
43. Who won the womens Rome Masters 2012 (Italian Open) for 2nd time?
Ans:- Maria Sharapova (russia)
44. Who won the Mens doubles Rome Masters 2012 title?
Ans:- Marcel Garnollers and Marc Lopez
45. Who won the Womens doubles Rome Masters 2012 title?
Ans:- Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci
46. Name of the bollywood movie, which has figured in the TIME magazines 10 greatest movies of the millenium ?
Ans:- Devdas (directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali)
47. Who is set to be Indias next football coach ?
Ans:- Wim Koevermans (former Dutch central defender)
48. Which indigenously built Missile was test- fired by india, at Chandipur, Odisha on 24 May 2012 ?
Ans:- Akash missile
49. Who won Indian Premier League Season 5 (IPL 2012) ?
Ans:- Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated the Chennai Super Kings (CSK)
50. Who won won the Man of the Tournament award in IPL 2012 ?
Ans:- Sunil Naraine (KKR)
51. Who won Orange Cap(highest run getter) of IPL-2012 ?
Ans:- Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Banglore) 733 runs
52. Who Won Purple Cap (highest wicket- taker) of IPL 2012 ?
Ans:- Morne Morkel (Delhi Daredevils) 25 wickets ( for IPL-2012 Awards List Click Here)
53. Who won the Chennai Open 2012 Squash title ?
Ans:- Joshna Chinappa
54. Who won FIDE World Chess Championship 2012 title for the record fifth time ?
Ans:- Vishwanathan Anand (defeated Boris Gelfand-isreal)
55. Who became the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Myanmar after 25 years ?
Ans:- Dr.Manmohan Singh
56. Who won the 66th Santosh Trophy?
Ans:- Services team against Tamil Nadu
57. What is current economic growth rate of india in the January-March quarter of 2011-12 ?
Ans:- 5.3 percent (The figure is lowest in the past 9 years.)
58. Who assumed the charge as the 25th Chief of the Indian Army ?
Ans:- General Bikram Singh (He succeeded General V K Singh.)
59. As per Latest India state of forest Report 2011, Which indian state has the maximum forest cover area in Country ?
Ans:- Madhya Pradesh
60. 2012 summer olympic games is of which Olympiad ?
Ans:- 30th (XXX) Olympiad
61. India conducted its first underground nuclear test
62. Which of the following states in India is the largest in area?
Ans. Madhya Pradesh
63. A large sized nitrogenous plant based on the gas supplied through Hazira-Bijapur-Jagdishpur pipeline is being set up at
64. Fazilka-Abohar region is noted for
Ans.prosperous cotton textile industry
65. In which industry is sal wood used mostly?
Ans. Railway sleepers
66. Which of the following is the principal reason for the concentration of heavy industries in the South Bihar region?
Ans. Availability of raw materials in the region
67. Out of the following, India earns the maximum foreign exchange from the export of
68. Kandla, situated on the Gulf of Kachchh, is well known for which of the following?
Ans. Export processing zone
69. The main centre of diamond cutting industry in India is
70 The Himalayan region inspite of having raw material for paper and pulp industry could not develop so far. Which of the following is the most important factor for this?
Ans. Poor means of transport in the region
71. As per the latest figures available, out of the total sugar production in India, Maharashtra contributes about
72. Where is the Hindustan Shipyard located?
73. The satellite freight city is being developed near which of the following cities?
74. Which of the following states accounts for the largest share of industrial production and capital investment?
75. Consider the following statements:
The Rourkela steel plant obtains
1. hydel power from the Hirakud dam
2. coking coal from Jharia coalfields
3. iron ore from Baba Budon hills
Of these statements, the correct ones are:
(a) 1 and 2
(b) 1 and3
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 3
76. A group of tourists is interested in visiting some beaches in India. Which of the following groups of cities would you suggest?
A. Calcutta, Bangalore, Baroda
B. Ahmedabad, Ranchi, Hyderabad
C. Bombay, Goa, Madras
(a) Only A
(b) Only B
(c) Only C
(d) Both A and B
(e) Both A and C
77. Which of the following cities is situated on the bank of river Saryu?
78. Railway rolling stock is not manufactured at
79. Of the following cities, which one is situated along the banks of river Sabarmati?
80 .Which industry in India was worst affected be cause of the partition?
Ans.Jute and Cotton
81. Which of the following cities is known as Pink City?
82. Indian Standard Time is the time at which of the following longitudes East of Greenwich?
Ans. 82 .5 °
83. Which of the following places is not associated with Indias space programme?
84. Garo and Khasi tribes are mainly found in
85. In terms of the area of the countries, India ranks in the world.
86. Which is the most urbanized state in India?
87 In addition to the entire Union Territory of Delhi, the National Capital Region covers parts of the states of
Ans. Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh
88. Ghotul, a tribal youth dormitory is found among the
Ans. M of Madhya Pradesh
89 Which one of the following organizations is responsible for production of topographical sheets?
Ans.Survey of India (501)
90. In terms of area, which of the following is the smallest state in India?
91. Indias oldest planetarium is located at
92. Consider the following satellites put into orbit by India
2. INSAT-1 B
Ans. 2 and 4
93. What is SLV-3?
Ans. Indias space launching vehicle
94. Which one of the following is the most important reason for the establishment of the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thumba?
Ans.The sea is near to the place in the East, West and South directions.
95. The first submarine built by India is
Ans. INS Shalki
96. The satellite Aryabhatta was built at
97. In which of the following regions is Dandakaranya located?
Ans.Orissa, MR and Andhra Pradesh
98. Onge tribe is mainly settled in which of the following States / Union Territories?
99. Which of the following places is not associated with the launching of the space satellites?
100. INSAT 2B was launched from
1. What is the percentage of geographical area of India in the world area?
2. India- built remote sensing satellite Bhaskara II was put into space with the help of
(a) an intercosmos rocket from a soviet cosmodrome
(b) an SLV-3 rocket from Thumba
(c) an Ariana from French Guiana
(d) None of the above
3. Which one of the following is known as the Pearl City?
4. In which of the following places is Indias second satellite launching station being
5. The highest number of tribal population in Tamil Nadu is
6. Kukis belong to which state?
(d) Arunachal Pradesh
7. Which one of the following pairs is not correct?
(a) Sriharikota Indias satellite launching centre
(b) Bangalore Indias space application centre
(c) Thumba Indias first earth satellite station
(d) SLV-3 Indias four stage rocket
8. In Mizoram, the settlement pattern is mostly of linear type along the ridges because
(a) the ridges are cooler than the valleys
(b) the valleys are densely forested
(c) the valleys are cooler than the ridges
(d) accessibility is easier on the ridge tops
9. The first district in India to have telephones in all its villages is
(a) Dakshina Kannada
10.The city of Surat is situated on the bank of the river
11. What does Yugoslavia mean?
a. The land of the rising sun
b. The land of the midnight sun
c. The land of the Southern Slavs
d. The land of Yahoos
12. Which state of USA was once part of Russia?
13. What did the Greeks call the present day Amu River in Iran?
14. Which of these is not a metal?
15. Who won Wimbledon Mens Singles Championship in 2011?
a. Rafael Nadal
b. Andy Roddick
c. Roger Federer
d. Novak Djokovic
16. Who won the Olympic Gold Medal for hockey in 1980 Moscow Olympics?
17. What name was taken by Cardinal Joseph Sarto when he became pope?
a. John XXIII
b. Paul VI
c. Benedict XVI
d. Pius X
18. How many metres is one mile?
19. What are vertebrates that live both under water and on land called?
20. Who is the first President of the United States of America?
a. George Washington
b. Thomas Jefferson
c. James Monroe
d. John Adams
21. Who was born on August 15, 1769?
a. Winston Churchill
b. Queen Victoria
c. Napoleon Bonaparte
d. George V
22. Which city was previously known as Salisbury?
d. New York
23. Who is the author of The Namesake?
a. Jhumpa Lahiri
b. Tennessee Williams
c. Ian Fleming
d. Salman Rushdie
24. What is the number of squares on a chess board?
25. Which city was the summer capital of India during British Rule?
26. The name of which city was changed to Petrograd and Leningrad?
d. St. Petersburg
27. Which film is in Aramaic and Latin?
a. The Ten Commandments
d. The Passion of the Christ
28. Which of the following books is not part of Pentateuch?
29. Which of the following countries is landlocked?
30. Which language is written in five scripts?
31. Which British monarch in 20th century was not crowned?
a. George V
b. Edward VIII
c. George VI
d. William IV
32. Who was told Beware the Ides of March.?
a. Julius Caesar
b. Augustus Caesar
c. Mark Antony
33. Which countrys postal stamps have the name Helvetia?
34. Yen is the currency of which country?
35. Which is the national flower of Australia?
a. Red Rose
d. Golden Wattle
36 Literacy in India according to 2011 census:
(A) 74.06 %
37. Name of the director of the film The dirty picture which got thumbs up from film critics recently:
(A) Ekta kapoor
(B) Abhinav Kashyap
(C) Gurvinder Singh
(D) Milan Luthria-Answer
38.Besides USA and France, India has a Civil Nuclear Deal with
39.Name the gene found by the neuroscientists, which could help in creating and altering memory.
a) Mpas 4
b) Npas 4-Answer
c) Npas 3
d) Mpas 2
5.Which of the following is NOT a missile developed by the Defence Research and Development. Organisation (DRDO) ?
40.Who is crowned Miss India Earth 2012?
A) Prachi mishra-Answer
B) Vanya mishra
C)Rochelle maria rao
41 Highest divident paying company
b. Reliance Mobile
d. None of these-Answer(ONGC)
42. Recently RBI changed repo rate in % :
43 Pradeep Saurabh bagged the prestigious International Indu Sharma Katha Samman-2012 for his novel ..
a) Teesari Aankh
b) Teesri Tali-Answer
c) Teesri Manjil
d) Teesri Tasveer
44. The Union cabinet of India on 22 December 2011 approved __ percent share for minorities within the 27% OBC quota in jobs and university seats.