Sunday, September 12, 2010


1) Subject Test (your subject of specialization)
(175 questions and 350 marks)

2) GK & Current Affairs
(25 questions and 50 marks)
There is negative marking for each wrong answer (-1) so be very careful while you answer the questions.

General Knowledge

Q. Gulliver’s Travels was written by-
Ans Gulliver’s Travels, (1726, amended 1735), officially
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World, is a novel by Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the “travellers’ tales” literary sub-genre.

Q. Match the following?
Ans. Bacterial diseases- Tuberculosis Viral diseases- Polio, Poliomyelitis Protozoan diseases- Malaria Fungal diseases- Ringworm

Q. Match the following-
Ans. Paper- Cai Lun Safety Pin- William Hurst Fountain Pen- L.E Waterman Safety Razor- King Camp Gillette or Kampfe Brothers

Q. Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement?
Ans. CEPA will strengthen the economic ties between the two countries by including services in the free trade between the two countries.

Q. Prasar Bharati Bill?
Ans. Prasar Bharati is a statutory autonomous body established under the Prasar Bharati Act. The Board came into existence from 23.11.1997. The Prasar Bharati is the Public Service broadcaster of the country. The objective of public service broadcasting is to be achieved though All
India Radio and Doordarshan which earlier were working as independent media units under the Ministry of I&B.

Q. Where is the head office of National Statistical Commission?
Ans. New

Q. Garib Nawaz Express runs between….
Ans. Garib Nawaz Express, linking the pilgrim towns of Ajmer and Pushkar in Rajasthan with coastal southern India, would start running between Yashwantpur (Banglore) in Karnataka and Ajmer on a weekly basis from August 11.

Q. Which among the followings books does Bill Gates write?
Ans. Business at the speed of thought.

Q. Which of the following companies won the prestigious award of “Best in Corporate Governance” (Golden Peacock Award) for the year 2006?
Ans. Private sector, Reliance Energy and Mahindra and Mahindra have bagged the Golden Peacock Corporate Governance Award for 2006. From the public sector, Hindustan Petroleum Corp Ltd (HPCL) and Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) were adjudged the winner for this year.

Q. In which year Cricket World Cup will be held in India
Ans. The 2011 Cricket World Cup will be the tenth time this tournament has been held, and will be held in the four Asian Test cricket playing countries
Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Q. Planning Commission is an …
Ans. Planning Commission is an Advisory body. The Prime Minister is the Chairman of the Planning Commission, which works under the overall guidance of the National Development Council. The Deputy Chairman and the full time Members of the Commission, as a composite body, provide advice and guidance to the subjectDivisions for the formulation of Five Year Plans, Annual Plans, State Plans, Monitoring Plan Programmes, Projects and Schemes.

Q. G-8 members-
Ans. G-8 Members are: Canada, France,
Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States of America. G-8 Summit 2006 held at St Petersburg, Russia.

Q. Which of the following is not a financial institution?
b. LIC
Ans. (d) choice is the answer IIPA is not a financial institution

Q. The miniature painting of music originated from which state?
Ans. The miniature painting of music belongs to Rajasthan.

Q. Who among the benefited at the time of inflation?
Ans. Debtors

Q. Which of the following can declare an industrial unit sick.
Ans. BIFR- Board for Industrial & Financial Reconstruction deals with this issue.

Q. What is the defination of Zero hour?
Ans. Zero Hour denotes the time immediately following the Question hour in both Houses of Parliament. It starts at 12 noon. It came to be called an ‘Hour’ also because very often it continued for one full hour, until the House rose for lunch at 1 p.m. However, the duration of the Zero Hour has varied over the years. It is not possible to predict what kind of matters might be raised during Zero Hour, as there is no mention of any “Zero Hour” in the rules of the Parliament. It is the press who coined the term “Zero Hour” during the early 1960s, when the practice of raising urgent matters of public importance without prior notice developed.

Q. Election Commission does not conducts election for.
Ans. Prime Minister.

Q. Lotteries organized by government of the state comes under-
Ans. State List.

Q. Match the following-
Ans. a. Sabarigiri- hydroelectric project
b. Idukki- Thermal power station

Q. Har Gobind Khorana won the Nobel for the…
Ans. First synthesis of a gene.

Q. Which of the following states benefited most from the Konkan Railway?
Ans. Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa.

Q. ELISA test is done for-

Q. Which of the following is a set of official language of UNO?
Ans. The Organization uses six official languages in its intergovernmental meetings and documents, Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish; the Secretariat uses two working languages, English and French.

Q. Match the following-
Ans. a. Distillation- is a method of separation of substances based on differences in their volatilities.
b. Galvanization- zinc is to coating of zinc over iron or steel

Q. Who among the following is not awarded Bharat Ratna Posthumously?
Ans. Right choice is Madan Mohan Malviya, he never won Bharat Ratna.

Q. Which of the following states initiated Kalasa-Banduri drinking water project?
Ans. Karnataka.

Q. Which of the following state pin code can probably start with 6.
Ans. Kerela.

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“Current Affairs” and “General Knowledge” cover many topics like from economy to sports or education to politics, or even technology to automobiles. In every second some issues are happening around the world in these sectors, and to accumulate the excerpt of some highlighted news, and memorize it is a good plan to prepare current affairs and GK.

Some Important Tips to Follow:

Read Newspapers regularly

We all know that “Old is Gold”, same thing applies here too. We need to make a habit of reading newspapers regularly. I’ll suggest you to read more than one newspaper. It will be better if you read one newspaper of your mother language, and other of English. Some useful newspapers are “The Times of India”, “The Hindu”, “The Telegraph” etc. You need to start this habit at least 6 months before the actual exam that will help you to get access to all the important events of that period of time.

You need to keep an eye on what’s happening around you in your country and world as well. Trust me guys, you will surely find it interesting after several days. We all know that staying updated is always a good idea, as it will stand you apart from the rest.

Read Magazines thoroughly

This is another great option to prepare the subject we are talking about. There are many leading magazines that focus on current affairs and General Knowledge. You need to buy it from your local magazine seller, and start reading it thoroughly. These magazines beautifully categorize the articles with its genres to make it interesting to read on. Some of the useful magazines are Pratiyogita Darpan andManorma.

Try to read some business magazines and sports magazines too along with a general magazine. This will increase your chances of cracking the competitive exams with ease. Some useful business magazines areBusiness Today, Business Line etc.

Follow News Channels

You will need to follow news channels at least once a day. Now most of the leading news channels are active for 24*7. You need to pick up a suitable time for yourself to watch any favorite news channel of yours. You can watch ABP News, NDTV, Times Now, ET Now, Zee News etc. Try to go through all the breaking and highlighted news, and make it a habit.

I know that watching news channels for long will bore you, so I’ll suggest you to allocate only 30 minutes for it in a whole day. All the leading ones shows the glimpses of all important events of the day quite frequently, so 30 minutes will be enough for you to boost up your current affairs and GK knowledge.

Maintain a Diary

My teacher used to tell me that whenever you learn something try to write it down in your diary, as it will help you to memorize it in a better manner. He is so right, as this method helped me a lot to score good marks in every exam that I appeared for. As I already mentioned before that a lot of events are occurring in the country and around the world, so it is easily understandable that it is not easy to remember everything. It’s always a superb idea to maintain a diary of current events.

You need to update this diary on a daily basis with all the events that you consider as important ones. This diary will become quite useful for the revision part, as it will provide you information about all the important events at a place. You should keep revising the diary frequently, as it will help you to memorize important names, dates, awards etc.

Channelize your Preparation Accordingly

All the competitive exams are not same, as all of them have different pattern, even when it comes to the same topic as ‘Current Affairs’ or ‘GK’. For example for civil services exam, you need to give importance on events of National value. On the other scenario, in matter of bank job exam, the focus should be on the news on banking sectors, and economic and business news.

Thus I’ll suggest you to prepare as per the exams you are appearing for, as channelizing your preparation according to the pattern of the exam will accelerate your chance of getting selected.

Use Internet Resources

Google, YouTube and Wikipedia are my favorite teachers’; one of my friends told me this once. This is quite true indeed, so you should use all the available online resources to study current affairs and GK for exams. For example this blog is all about “Current Affairs”, so you can check this blog regularly by subscribing to us (check the sidebar for subscription options). You can actively take part some forums that are focusing on current events. The good part is you can follow the websites of all leadingnewspapers online if you don’t have enough time to read newspapers.

Use Social Networking Sites for Good

Believe me or not you can surely use social networking sites to your benefits. Especially to prepare current affairs and General knowledge Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and StumbleUpon may help you a lot. You can join some Facebook pages, or follow some twitter accounts that are related to current affairs. You can join our Facebook Page too for this matter, or connect with me at LinkedIn or circle me in Google Plus for all the information on recent happenings to boost up your General Knowledgeability.

Give Priority to your Strength

We usually find difficulties when we try to learn everything at once. In that process basically we study a lot, but remember a little. We need to first select our strength areas for our preparation. Try to givepriority to your strength areas. It may be Sports, economy, Government Affairs or technology. Suppose you are applying for Bank exams, then you should prepare industry related news. Along with that you may pick any 2-3 areas of your strength like sports or technology. You need to prepare these sections to the utmost level. I can assure you that these strategies will help you to score much better in Current Affairs section.

Participate in Online Quizzes

You should participate in some free quizzes that are available online to evaluate yourself. For this matter you can easily access our “Quiz Section”. This will give you proper idea whether you are ready for the big exam day or not. As an added factor it will also provide you confidence i.e. very much essential. You can download Monthly-wise current affairs questions from Here.