WBCS Preliminary Exam Solved Question Paper 2015 (English Version)

WBCS Preliminary Examination Solved Question Paper 2015 (English Version)

1.  Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below :

     The singer was not in voice

     (A) Lost voice        (B) To sing well       (C) Had a cough      (D) Sang well

2.  Fill in the blank with the correct word :

      ——— his illness, he attended the function.

     (A) Inspite        (B) Due        (C) As of       (D) Despite

3.   Fill in the blank with the correct word :

      The stream was ——— by the waterfall.

     (A) Fed       (B) Fed up       (C) Filled       (D) Fulled

4.   Fill in the blank with the correct word :

      A ——— Star was seen in the sky.

      (A) Strengthening        (B) Shooting       (C) Shunting       (D) Staring

5.   ‘Puts one in mind’ means
       (A) Resolved        (B) Decided         (C) Reminds       (D) Received

6.   ‘Book’ may be used with

      (A) Trousers        (B) Insects        (C) Ticket        (D) Painting

7.   Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below :
      Genre

      (A) A grand tour       (B) A specific category      (C) A chauffeur       (D) A long List

8.   Put in a correct Participle in the blank space Mary ———, we were freed from anxiety.

      (A) Having arrived       (B) Rolling       (C) Tattered       (D) Being arrived

9.   Choose the word opposite in meaning to thi  word underlined below :

      The crowd felt stupefied by the lecture.

      (A) Engulfed       (B) Entertained        (C) Enthused       (D) Encouraged

10.  Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below

       The silence of the children was sinister.

       (A) Catnap       (B) Cacophony        (C) Coarse       (D) Cruelty

11.  ‘Hand and glove’ means

        (A) Arrogance       (B) Enemy       (C) Maintain a distance       (D) Intimate terms

12.  Use suitable auxiliary verb to fill in the blank space :

        Mother says you —— to go to the market at once.

        (A) Have        (B) Are       (C) Shall       (D) Will

13.  Fill in the space with an Infinitive :

        — — fault is easy

        (A) to begin        (B) to bury      (C) to read       (D) to find

14.  There was a —— on the midnight train. (Insert correct phrasal verb)

        (A) Hold up       (B) Hold in        (C) Hold        (D) Hold out

15.  Insert correct adverb phrase in the blank space :

       Do this in a short time, in a —— manner.

      (A) Former       (B) Swift       (C) Brave        (D) Unwise

16.   Insert proper preposition in the sentence :

        He hinted —  some loss treasure.

       (A) of        (B) for         (C) with        (D) at

17.   Fill in the blank with the correct word :

        You had better —  permission.

        (A) Want        (B) Ask       (C) Call       (D) Order

18.   Fill in with relative pronoun the blank space below:

        Who —— saw her did not pity her ?

        (A) What        (B) Which        (C) That        (D) Such

19.   Fill in with relative pronoun the blank space below :

        The sun, —— rays give life to the earth, was regaided by the ancients as a god.

        (A) That         (B) Whose       (C) Which       (D) Whom

20.   Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below :

        No one dare call in question his honesty.

       (A) Honesty of purpose        (B) Test        (C) Flatter       (D) Challange

21.  ‘Approval’ may be expressed by the following Interjection :

       (A) Ha !        (B) Hush !        (C) Bravo !        (D) Hurrah !

22.   A person on the verge of death of an illness is :

        (A) Seriously ill       (B) Terminally ill        (C) Sporadically ill      (D) None of the above

23.   An endocrinologist deals with :

        (A) Teeth        (B) Glands       (C) Epidemics        (D) Heart

24.   A stoic person can :

        (A) Entice        (B) Endure        (C) Excite       (D) Enable

25.   Insert proper preposition in the sentence :

        Here is the watch — you asked —   

        (A) which, for        (B) that, for       (C) for, from        (D) this, for

26.   Identify the Mughal painter not mentioned by Abul Fazl ?

        (A) Farooq        (B) Mushkin        (C) Mansur       (D) Mukund

27.   In which year was the Pitt’s India Act passed ?

        (A) 1773        (B) 1781       (C) 1784        (D) 1858

28.  In which of the following plans did India experience two successive wars ?

      (A) Second Five Year Plan      (B) Third Five Year Plan

      (C) Fourth Five Year Plan       (D) Fifth Five Year Plan

29.   In which year did the Cabinet Mission come to India ?

       (A) 1942       (B) 1945        (C) 1946       (D) 1947

30.   In a class of 60 where boys are twice that of girls, Ram ranked 17th from the top. If there are 9 boys ahead of Ram, how many girls are after him in the rank ?

        (A) 26       (B) 13       (C) 12       (D) 33

31.  Which language was replaced by English as the official language for the government of India in 1835 ?

       (A) Arabic       (B) Persian        (C) Turkish        (D) Urdu

32.  The first plan holiday in independent India covered the period

       (A) 1965-67       (B) 1966-68       (C) 1966-69       (D) 1965-68

33.   What was the effective date of the partition of Bengal ?

        (A) October 16, 1905       (B) March 29, 1901      (C) July 22, 1911     (D) August 14, 1946

34.   Between whom and when was the Treaty of Bassein signed ?

        (A) Peshwa Baji Rao II and the English, 1802

        (B) Tipu Sultan and the English. 1784

        (C) Marathas and Ahmed Shah Abdali, 1761

        (D) Ranjit Singh and the English, 1809

35.   ‘Stammering’ is to ‘Speech’ as Deafness is to

        (A) Ear      (B) Hearing        (C) Noise      (D) Commotion

36.   The New Agricultural Strategy was introduced in India in the decade of -

        (A) 1950’s        (B) 1960’s       (C) 1970’s      (D) None of the above

37.   During the uprising of 1857, which part of India was largely unaffected ?

        (A) Bengal       (B) Punjab        (C) Awadh       (D) All of the above

38.   When and where was the ‘Gadar Party’ founded ?

        (A) America, 1913        (B) England, 1917      (C) Denmark, 1921       (D) Scotland, 1925

39.   If the seqence of the alphabets is reversed which of the following would be the 14th letter from your left ?

        (A) N      (B) L      (C) O      (D) None of the above

40.   When was the Hindu Widow Remarriage Act passed ?

        (A) 1856        (B) 1817       (C) 1838      (D) 1867

41.   An economy may be analytically classified into-

        (A) Agriculture, Industry and transport

        (B) Agriculture, Manufacturing and Services

        (C) Primary, secondary and Tertiary Sectors

        (D) Primary, Manufacturing and Transport Sectors

42.   Who passed the ‘Vernacular Press Act’ ?

        (A) Loard Lytton       (B) Lord Dalhousie        (C) Lord Wellesley       (D) Lord Curzon

43.   What should come in the place of (?) in the given series ?

        ACE, FGH, ? ,  PON

        (A) KKK        (B) JKI      (C) HJH       (D) IKL

44.   The major difference between the moderates and the extremists in the Congress session of 1907 was regarding

        (A) Satyagraha        (B) Swaraj        (C) Education        (D) Boycott

45.   Paint : Artist :: Wood :  ?

        (A) Furniture       (B) Forest        (C) Fire        (D) Carpenter

46.   The minimum age for being eligible to vote in the India Elections was reduced from 21 years to 18 years in the decade of -

        (A) 1960’s        (B) 1970’s        (C) 1980’s       (D) 1990’s

47.   Who among the following was not associated with the Home Rule movement ?

        (A) Annie Besant        (B) Tilak       (C) M.A. Jinnah        (D) Manulana Azad

48.   When the Muslim League was established ?

        (A) 1901       (B) 1906       (C) 1910       (D) 1915

49.   acme : mace :: alga ?

        (A) glaa         (B) gaal        (C) laga        (D) gala

50.   Which of the following institutions of India is the chief advisory body on the distribution of tax revenue between the Centre and the States ?

        (A) The Planning Commission       (B) The Finance Commission      (C) The Lok Sabha      (D) The Rajya Sabha

51.   Who introduced the system of Civil Services ?

        (A) Lord Hardinge       (B) William Bentinck       (C) Warren Hastings       (D) Lord Dalhousie

52.   In a certain code ‘CONTRIBUTIOR’ is written as ‘RTNOCIROTUB’. How is ‘PROHIBITION’ written in that code ?

        (A) NOITIBIHORP       (B) IHORPBITION       (C) ITIONBIHOTP      (D) IHORPBNOITI

53.   The credit co-operative institution at the village level is called-

         (A) Primary Agricultural Credit Society

         (B) Rural Agricultural Credit Society

         (C) Agricultural Loan Soiciety

         (D) Rural Bank

54.    Who was the defence lawyer at the INA trials of 1946 ?

         (A) Jawaharlal Nehru      (B) Bhulabhai Desai       (C) Tejbahadur Sapru       (D) All of the above

55.    Who was Titumir  ?

         The leader of

         (A) Wahabi Movement        (B) Faraji Movement      (C) Sepoy Mutiny       (D) Indigo Revolt

56.    If ‘CAT’ and ‘BOAT’ are written as ‘XZG’ and ‘YLZG’ respectively in a code language how is ‘EGG’ to be written in the same language ?

         (A) ‘VSS‘      (B) ‘URR‘       (C) ‘VTT      (D) ‘UTT

57.    Peasant farming means-

        (A) The tenant cultivates the land

        (B) The cultivator is the land owner

        (C) Cultivation is tone by hired labour

        (D) None of the above

58.   Who introduced the railways and telegraphs in India ?

        (A) Lord Dalhousie        (B) Lord Canning       (C) Lord Hardinge      (D) Lord Ripon

59.   If water is called black, black is called tree, tree is called blue, blue is called rain, rain is called pink and pink is called fish in a certain language then what is the colour of sky called in that language ?

        (A) Blue       (B)Fish       (C) Rain       (D) Pink

60.   NABARD is associated with

        (A) Industrial development       (B) Urban development 

        (C) Rural development       (D) development of railways

61.   Who was referred to by Lord Mountbatten as the ‘one man frontier army” ?

        (A) Abdul Ghaffar Khan     (B) Subhas Chandra Bose       (C) Sarat Bose      (D) M.K. Gandhi

62.   Name one book written by Swami Vivekananda

        (A) Kathamrita        (B) Kathamala        (C) Bartaman Bharat       (D) A Nation in Making

63.   A man walks 3 km northwards and then turns left and goes 2 km. He again turns left and goes 3 km. He turns right and walks straight. In which direction he is walking now ?

       (A) East        (B) West        (C) North       (D) South

64.   Which of the following upheavals took place in Bengal immediately after the Revolt of 1857 ?

        (A) Pabna Riots       (B) Indigo Rebellion        (C) Sannyasi Rebellion       (D) Santhal Rebellion

65.   If the rural landlord also supplies rural credit to the tenants, it is called

        (A) Feudalism       (B) Semi-feudalism       (C) Capitalism       (D) Capitalist farming

66.   When did the Dandi March take place ?

        (A) 12th April, 1925      (B) 7th August, 1942       (C) 12th March, 1930        (D) 14th May, 1935

67.   Three of the following four are alike in a certain way and so form a group. Which is the one that does not belong to that group ?

        (A) Cheese        (B) Milk        (C) Curd       (D) Ghee

68.   The first Maratha War took place during the tenure of

         (A) Warren Hastins        (B) William Bentinck      (C) Marquess Cornwallis     (D) Charles Canning

69.   Industrial credit is available from

        (A) IDBI        (B) IFCI       (C) SFCS       (D) All of the above

70.   One morning after sunrise Bikram and Shailesh were standing in a lawn with their back towards each other.  Bikram’s shadow fell exactly towards left-hand side. Which direction shailesh was facing ?

        (A) East       (B) West       (C) North       (D) South

71.   Tattwabodhini Sabha was founded by

        (A) Debendranath Tagore       (B) Sivnath Sastri     (C) Keshab Chandra Sen     (D) Raja Ramohan Roy

72.   Who was the founder of the Indian Association ?

         (A) W.C. Banerjee       (B) Surendra Nath Banerjee      (C) Lala Lajpat Rai      (D) Dadabhai Naoraji

73.   Three of the following four are alike in a certain way and so form a group. Which is the one that does not belong to that group ?

        (A) Sun       (B) Universe       (C) Moon       (D) Star

74.    In an examination Raj got more marks than Moti but not as many as Meena. Meena got more marks than Ganesh and Rupali. Ganesh got less marks than Moti but his marks are not the lowest in the group. Who is second in the descending order of marks ?

        (A) Meena        (B) Rupali       (C) Raj      (D) None of the above

75.   When was the ‘Azad Hind Fauj’ formed ?

        (A) 1st October, 1939      (B) 10th August, 1940      (C) 11th May, 1941      (D) 1st September, 1942

76.   The author of Kadambari was

        (A) Khemendra      (B) Kalhana       (C) Bhababhuti       (D) Banabhatta

77.   If there were no atomsphere, the earth would have been

        (A) Slightly hot      (B) Slightly cold       (C) Very hot       (D) Very cold

78.   Which English Governor General of India was ‘murdered by a convict in the Andaman Islands

        (A) Clive      (B) Ripon       (C) Mayo       (D) Northbrooke

79.   When did the Jalianwalabagh Massacre take place ?

        (A) 13th April, 1919      (B) 15th August, 1921    (C) 21st’April, 1922      (D) 25th September, 1925

 80.  If EARTHQUAKE is coded as MOGPENJOSM tlhen EQUATE will be coded as

        (A) MENOPM       (B) MENOMP       (C) NJOGPM       (D) MNJOPM

81.  If COUNTRY is coded is certain in certain way as EMWLVPA, ELECTORATE will be coded in the same manner as

       (A) CJCEFOPYWC        (B) CJGEROTYVG        (C) CNCEROPCRG         (D) GJGAVMTYVC

82.  ‘Pencil’ is to ‘Write’ as ‘Knife’ is to

        (A) Injure         (B) Peel         (C) Prick         (D) Attack

83.  2014 Noble award in physics is associated with the invention of which type of LED ?

       (A) Blue        (B) Green         (C) Red         (D) Yellow

84.  The Lucknow Pact (1916) was signed by

       (A) The Home Rule League and The Muslim League

       (B) The Swarajya Dal and The Indian National Congress

       (C) The Muslim League and The Indian Association

       (D) The Indian National Congress and The Muslim League

85.  The solar cooker works on the same principle as

       (A) Bolometer         (B) Pyrometer        (C) Greenhouse         (D) Galvanometer

86.   Geographical concentration of industries generates

        (A) Horizontal linkage only       (B) Vertical linkage only

        (C) Both vertical and horizontal linkages         (D) No linkage effect

87.   Who was the founder Commander of the Indian National Army (INA) ?

        (A) Rashbehari Bose       (B) Capt. Mohan Singh       (C) Netaji Subhas Ch. Bose       (D) None of the above

88.   Hydraulic press is based on

        (A) Archimedes’ law        (B) Pascal’s law        (C) Reynold’s law        (D) Bernouli law

89.   The Arya Samaj at Bombay was founded in

        (A) 1870       (B) 1875       (C) 1876       (D) 1880

90.   Pointing to a photograph of a girl, Rajan said “She has no sister or daughter but her mother is the only daughter of my mother.” How is the girl in the photograph related with Rajan’s mother ?

        (A) Sister-in-law         (B) Grand daughter       (C) Daughter-in-law       (D) None of the above

91.   LED stands for

       (A) Light emitting device      (B) Light emitting diode     (C) light encapsulated device     (D) light emitting dots

92.  The upper House of the State Legislature is called 

       (A) Lok Sabha        (B) Rajya Sabha       (C) Vidhan Sabha       (D) Vidhan Pari shad

93.   Gandhiji’s famous comment ‘A post dated cheque on a crashing bank’ was delivered during the visit of

        (A) The Simmon Commision       (B) The Cabinet Mission       (C) The Cripps Mission       (D) Lord Wavell

94.   At what temperature, Celcius and Fahrenheit readings will be same ?

       (A) + 40°       (B) + 20°      (C) - 20°       (D) - 40°

95.   Who was the founder of the ‘Indian Independence League’ ?

        (A) Krishna Verma      (B) Rashbehari Bose       (C) Subhas Chandra Bose       (D) None of the above

96.   An application wea received by inward clerk in the afternoon of a weekday. Next day he forwarded it to the table of the senior clerk, who was on leave that day. The senior clerk next day evening put up the application to the desk officer. Desk officer studied the application and disposed of the matter on the same day, i.e., Friday, Which day the application was received by the inward clerk ?

        (A) Tuesday        (B) Earlier week’s Saturday        (C) Wednesday        (D) Monday

97.   Mg2+ is isoelectronic with

        (A) Ca2+        (B) Na+       (C) Zn2+      (D) Cu+

98.   The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha is

        (A) The speaker of the Lok Sabha       (B) The President of India

        (C) The Prime Minister of India        (D) The Vice-President of India

99.   Who was known as the Liberator of the Press ?

        (A) Bentinck       (B) Macaulay        (C) Hastings        (D) Metcalfe

100.  Flight to Mumbai leaves every 5 hours. At the information counter I learnt that the flight took off 25 minutes before. If the time now is 10.45 a.m., what is the time for the next flight ?

         (A) 2.20 a.m.        (B) 3.30 a.m.        (C) 3.55 P.m.       (D) 3.20 P.m.

101.  Hybridization of C2 and C3 of

         C\limits^1 {H_3} - C\limits^2 H - C\limits^3 - C\limits^4 H - C\limits^5 {H_3} are

        (A) sp   sp3        (B) sp2  sp        (C) sp2   sp2       (D) sp  sp

102.  Fill in the missing letter in the following series
         S, V, Y, B, ?

        (A) C      (B) D       (C) E       (D) G

103.  What should come in the place of question mark in the following series ?

         3, 8, 6, 14, ?, 20

         (A) 11       (B) 10       (C) 8       (D) 9

104.  Select the correct option in place of the question mark.

         AOPCQRESTGUV,  ?

        (A) IYZ       (B) HWX       (C) IWX       (D) JWX

105.  When a ball is taken from the equator to the pole of the earth

        (A) Its mass increases      (B) Both its mass and weight change

        (C) Its weight increases       (D) Its weight decreases

106.  The Indian Peninsula is surrounded by water on

         (A) South and East      (B) South and West       (C) Southwest, South and Southeast       (D) East and West

107.  The slogan ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ was given by

         (A) Md. Iqbal        (B) Bhagat Singh       (C) Subhas Chandra Bose       (D) Lala Lajpat Rai

108.  The compound that can not be kept is glass vessel because it reacts with glass is

         (A) HNO3        (B) HCl         (C) HF       (D) HBr

109.  Babloo ranked 16th from the top and 29th from the bottom among those who passed an examination. 6 boys did not participate in the competition and 5 failed in the examination. How many boys were there in that class ?

          (A) 44        (B) 40        (C) 50        (D) 55
110.  West Bengal has international boundaries on

        (A) North     (B) North and Northeast      (C) Northwest and Southeast      (D) North, Northwest and Southeast

111.  How many grams of NaOH are needed to make 100ml. of a 0.5 M solution of NaOH ? (Atomic weight : Na = 23, 0 = 16,  H = l)

         (A) 2        (B) 20        (C) 4       (D) 1

112.  The Railway Budget of India is

         (A) part of the Union Budget

         (B) a part of the State Budget

         (C) Separate from the Union Budget

         (D) None of the above

113.  Who was the first woman President of the Indian National Congress ?

         (A) Annie Besant        (B) Vijiayluxmi Pandit       (C) Sarojini Naidu       (D) Aruna Asaf Ali

114.  The North flowing rivers of West Bengal are

        (A) Tista, Jaldhaka, Raidhak       (B) Ganga, Brahmaputra       (C) Tista, Ganga      (D) Damodar, Ganga

115.  Chemically Aspirin is :

         (A) Acetyl salicylic acid      (B) Sodium salicylate       (C) Methyl salicylate        (D) Ethyl salicylate

116.  Select the one which is different from the other three.

         (A) January        (B) February        (C) July       (D) December

117.  The most important reason for the construction of the Farakka Barrage was

         (A) Raise the Lower Ganges flow        (B) Redefine the Lower Ganges flow

         (C) Generation of power       (D)  Storage of excess water

118.  Who was the main inspirator of the Young Bengal Movement ?

         (A) Rammohan Ray      (B) Derozio       (C) Debendra Nath Tagore       (D) David Hare

119.  In which layer of the atmosphere does ozone act as a UV radiation shield ?

         (A) Troposphere       (B) Thermosphere       (C) Stratosphere       (D) Mesosphere

120.   M. Sirisena is the president of

         (A) Srilanka         (B) Maldives       (C) Kampuchea        (D) Nepal

121.  The difference in time between Kolkata and London is

         (A) Kolkata is more than 5 hours ahead

         (B) Kolkata is more than 3 hours ahead

         (C) Kolkata is 15 minutes ahead

         (D) Kolkata is 10 hours behind

122.  Transfer of pollen from another to the stigma of the same flower is referred to as :

         (A) Allogamy       (B) Geitenogamy       (C) Xenogamy       (D) Autogamy

123.  Who is called a traditional modernizer ?

         (A) Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar      (B) Swami Vivekananda       (C) Rammohan Roy       (D) B. G. Tilak

124.  The capital of West Bengal is located close to the

         (A) Equator      (B) Tropic of Cancer       (C) Tropic of Capricorn      (D) Arctic circle

125.  The Pyrimidine bases in a DNA are :

         (A) Adenine and Guanine       (B) Thymine and Adenine

         (C) Cytosine and Guanine      (D) Thymine and Sytosine

126.  Who was the first President of the Swarajya Party ?

         (A) Motiial Nehru       (B) C. R. Das      (C) Rajendra Prasad      (D) Rajagopalachari

127.  West Bengal gets most of its rainfall from

         (A) South West Monsoon       

         (B) Bay of Bengal branch of Indian Monsoon

         (C) Northeast Monsoon

         (D) Arabian Sea branch of Indian Monsoon

128.  The Muslim League joined the Interim Government in

         (A) October, 1946      (B) November, 1946       (C) December, 1946      (D) January, 1947

129.  Which one of the following is the natural auxin ?

         (A) NAA        (B) IAA        (C) 2, 4-D       (D) IBA

130.  ‘Mouza’ in the Indian census refers to

      (A) Community development block     (B) Revenue Village      (C) Small police station      (D) None of the above

131.  Which is the following gets its name from a river in the Democratic Republic of Congo ?

         (A) Chikungunia virus        (B) Lassa fever       (C) Salmonella bacteria       (D) Ebola virus
   
132.   During cell division, DNA synthesis takes place in

         (A) Interphase       (B) Anaphase        (C) Prophase      (D) Telophase.

133.   Attack on the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo took place in January, 2015 in -

         (A). London        (B) Berlin        (C) Boston       (D) Paris

134.  Dry farming is possible because of

         (A) Utilisation of groundwater potential

         (B) Introduction of quick maturing and resistant varieties of millets

         (C) Improvements in technology

         (D) All of the above

135.  In monohybrid cross of Mendel, when a pure tall plant was crossed with a dwarf plant, all the F1 progeny were tall, because of:

         (A) Co-dominance       (B) Dominance       (C) Incomplete dominance       (D) Epistasis

136.  The new book of Hillary Clinton released in June, 2014 is

         (A) Living History      (B) Hard Choices      (C) A Terrible Beauty     (D) The girl on the train

137.  Simon Commission was appointed for

         (A) Indian Constitutional Reforms        (B) Administrative Reforms

         (C) Educational Reforms       (D) Jail Code Reforms

138.  Indian Standard Time is calculated along a line of longitude passing through

         (A) 82°30’ E passing through Allahabad

         (B) 80°30’ E passing through Delhi

         (C) 88°30’ E passing through Kolkata

         (D) 84°00’ E passing through Nasik

139.  One of the characteristics of the atmosphere of prebiotic primitive earth was :

         (A) Absence of hydrogen        (B) Absence of water vapour

         (C) Absence of nitrogen        (D) Absence of oxygen

140.  World cancer Day was observed in 2015 across the world on

         (A) 10th January       (B) 4th February        (C) 5th June        (D) 15th July

141.  Partition of Bengal was withdrawn in

         (A) 1905       (B) 1906        (C) 1911       (D) 1909

142.  With which sport is the name of Armando Colaso associated ?

         (A) Cricket         (B) Tennis        (C) Badminton        (D) Football

143.  Cerebral Malaria is caused by

        (A) Plasmodium vivax      (B) Plasmodium malariae      (C) Plasmodium falciparum      (D) None of the above

144.   The Chairperson of India’s Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) since 19th January, 2015 is

          (A) Mahesh Bhatt       (B) Pahlaj Nihalani        (C) Jaya Bachchan        (D) Aparna Sen

145.   The real name of Gulzar, the noted poet and lyricist, is

        (A) Sampooran Singh Kalra    (B) Sadanand Sing Kalia     (C) Surjeet Singh Kohli     (D) Probodh Chandra Bhatia

146.  Who was the President of the Constituent Assembly ?

        (A) B. R. Ambedkar      (B) C. Rajagopalachari       (C) Rajendra Prasad       (D) Jawaharlal Nehru

147.   “Natural Selection” is the theory from

           (A) G. J. Mendel       (B) Charles Darwin       (C) T. H. Morgan       (D) None of the above

148.   Cotton is best grown on black lava soils called.

         (A) Regur         (B) Lateritic soils        (C) Regolith        (D) Rangamati

149.   What is the rank of India in the recently released Global Gender Gap Report 2014  ?

          (A) 113       (B) 114       (C) 115       (D) 116

150.  The first phase of the 16th Lok Sabha Elections had started from

         (A) 3rd March, 2014      (B) 5th March, 2014      (C) 7th April, 2014      (D) 10th April, 2014

151.  Topographical sheets are produced by the Survey of India office with headquarters at

         (A) Mussorie       (B) Shimla       (C) DehraDun      (D) Naini Tal

152.  The local self-government of Kolkata is

         (A) The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC)

         (B) The Kolkata Corporation (KC)

         (C) The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA)

         (D) The Calcutta Improvement Trust (CIT)

153.  In the 2001 census, Madhya Pradesh has been bifurcated into

         (A) Narmada Valley and Chattisgarh

         (B) Madhya Pradesh and Narmada Valley

         (C) Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh

         (D) Madhya Pradesh and Vidarbha

154.  Coal mine disasters in West Bengal are due to

         (A) Slumping        (B) Faulting        (C) Inadequate stowing        (D) Flooding

155.  The Kundakulam Nuclear Power Plant, that started commercial production in 2014 is located in-

         (A) Tamil Nadu        (B) Karnataka       (C) Kerala       (D) Andhra Pradesh

156.   The leader of the Opposition in the Lok sabha enjoys the rank of a -

          (A) Central Minister       (B) Governor        (C) High Court Judge       (D) Supreme Court Judge

157.  Satellites provide information about

         (A) Forest and vegetative cover        (B) Rivers and their courses

         (C) Advancing storms and cyclones       (D) All of the above

158.  The most superior industrial coal of West Bengal is of

         (A) Lignite variety        (B) Anthracite variety       (C) Bituminous variety      (D) None of the above

159.   In which year the capital of India was shifted from Calcutta to Delhi ?

          (A) 1905       (B) 1911       (C) 1931       (D) 1947

160.  The National Bal Swachchhta Mission was launched by the Government of India on

        (A) 2nd October, 2014      (B) 14th November, 2014      (C) 6th December, 2014      (D) 30th January, 2015

161.  Coal, Petroleum and Natural Gas are examples of

        (A) Fossil Fuels        (B) Cryogenic Fuels       (C) Indigenous Fuels       (D) Radioactive Fuels

162.  How many private commercial banks were nationalised in 1969 ?

         (A) 12       (B) 13        (C) 14        (D) 15

163.   Who was appointed the new Chairman of Prasar Bharti Board on 28th October, 2014 for a three year term ?

          (A) Jawahar Sircar       (B) Bimal Julka        (C) A. Surya Prakash      (D) Mrinal Pande

164.  Petroleum Refineries in India mostly have

         (A) Oilfield locations       (B) Port locations      (C) Pipeline terminal locations       (D) All of the above

165.  The term of office of a Rajya Sabha member is

         (A)  4 years        (B) 5 years       (C) 6 years       (D) 8 years

166.  The justice Mukkul Mudgal Committee that submitted its final report to the Supreme Court in November, 2014 had been constituted to conduct inquiry into -

        (A)Trafficking related matters        (B) Allegations of corruption in IPL matches

        (C) Issue of environmental pollution         (D) Charges of sexual harrassment of women at workplace

167.  Tamil Nadu is the only state with more than one major port because

         (A) This state has the longest coastline

         (B) The depth of water is high

         (C) The coast has well defined inlets and bays

         (D) The coast is not very rocky

168.  The monetary policy of India is framed by -

         (A) The Government of India       (B) The Reserve Bank of India

         (C) The State Bank of India          (D) None of the above

169.  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who passed away in April, 2014, had got the Noble Prize in 1982, in

         (A) Literature        (B) Physics       (C) Chemistry       (D) Economics

170.  Who wrote the autobiography “One Life is not enough” ?

         (A) Sanjay Baru       (B) Arjun Singh        (C) Brajesh Mishra       (D) K. Natwar Singh

171.  Social Forestry scheme promotes

         (A) Planting of eucalyptus       (B) Planting of firewood yielding trees

         (C) Selling of forest produce      (D) All of the above

172.  The Swachchh Bharat Mission was launched by the Prime Minister of India in 2014 on the occasion of the birth anniversary

         (A) B. R. Ambedkar       (B) Vallabhai Patel       (C) Sarojini Nandi        (D) M.K. Gandhi

173.  The system of Indian democracy is

         (A) By-party and Parliamentary in nature        (B) Multi-party and Parliamentary in nature

         (C) Presidential form of Government          (D) None of the above

174.  The first five year plan in India was introduced in the year-

         (A) 1947        (B) 1950        (C) 1951       (D) 1955

175.  In 2014, the Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013 was given to

         (A) Pran       (B) Amitabh Bachchan       (C) Gulzar       (D) Yash Chopra

176.  The one rupee currency notes of India are issued by

         (A) The Ministry of Finance, Govt. of India      (B) The Reserve Bank of India

         (C) The State Bank of India        (D) None of the above

177.  ‘Tasar’ silk fibre is produced by

         (A) Antheraea mylitta        (B) Bombyx mori       (C) Philosomia ricini       (D) Antheraea assamensis

178.  Theory of Plate Tectonic explains

         (A) Formation of Mountains      (B) Sea floor spreading

         (C) Origin of earthquakes       (D) All of the above

179.  Heavy industrialisation was introduced in India in the -

        (A) First Five Year Plan      (B) Second Five Year Plan       (C) Third Five Year Plan      (D) Fourth Five Year Plan

180.  One turn of DNA helix measures

         (A) 34A°       (B) 3.4A°       (C) 24A°       (D) 44A°

181.  A bill of a state legislature becomes an Act when

        (A) The Speaker signs it        (B) The Governor of the State signs it

        (C) The Chief Minister signs it       (D) The Departmental minister signs it

182.  An area will be described as urban if it has

        (A) High population

        (B) Has towns and cities

        (C) Has a high proportion of people in non agriculture pursuits

        (D) All of the above

183.  Phenotypic ratio of Mendelian Dihybrid cross is

         (A) 9 : 3 : 3 : 1       (B) 1 : 1 : 1 : 1       (C) 3 : 4 : 3 : 1      (D) 1 : 2 : 1 : 1

184.  The first Chair person of the State Bank of India appointed in 2013 was

         (A) Arundhati Bhattacharya       (B) Arundhati Roy      (C) Arundhati Basu     (D) Arundhati Nag

185.  The total number of medals won by India in the 2014 Commonwealth Games was-

         (A) 54        (B) 56       (C) 60       (D) 64

186.  Cranial nerve in mammals are

         (A) 10 pairs       (B) 10       (C) 12 pairs       (D) 12

187.  The EXIM Bank of India deals with

         (A) The peasants of India     (B) The industrial workers of India

         (C) The exports and imports of India        (D) The members of the Indian Parliament

188.  The most densely populated Indian state in the 2011 census is

         (A) Kerala       (B) West Bengal       (C) Uttar Pradesh       (D) Jharkhand

189.  Which was the ancient port of Indus Civilization ?

         (A) Harappa        (B) Lothal        (C) Dholavira       (D) Surkotada

190.  The first Indian to be appointed as Chief Economist of the World Bank in September, 2012 is -

         (A) Amartya Sen      (B) Jagadish Bhagawati       (C) Kaushik Basu      (D) Vijay Kelkar

191.  The first female bishop of the Church of England is

         (A) Libby Lane       (B) Anna Olivera       (C) Stacey Jordan       (D) Hanna Zdanowska

192.  Marginal workers are people with

         (A) Less than 183 days of work in a census year

         (B) More than 183 days of work in a census year

         (C) Only 183 days of work in a census year

         (D) None of the above

193.  Which of the following was a Buddhist genealogical text  ?

         (A) Suttapitaka       (B) Vinayapitaka        (C) Abhidharnmapitaka       (D) Dipavansa

194.  In the Tripuri session whom did Subhas Bose defeat to become the Congress President ?

         (A) Pattabhi Sitaramayya      (B) Rajendra Prasad       (C) Maulana Azad       (D) Jawaharlal Nehru

195.  On 16th February, 2015, a civil nuclear cooperation agreement was reached between India and which country ?

         (A) China        (B) Nepal        (C) Sri Lanka        (D) Pakistan

196.  Which among the following sultans of the Slave dynasty was not a slave ?

         (A) Qutb-ud-din Aibak      (B) Iltutmish       (C) Raziya       (D) Balban

197.  Where was the 45th International Film Festival of India organized in 2014 ?

         (A) Mumbai       (B) Goa       (C) Chennai       (D) New Delhi

198.  Green Revolution was confined to

         (A) Rice in West Bengal       (B) Cotton in Maharashtra 

         (C) Wheat in Punjab and Haryana       (D) Oil seeds in Andhra Pradesh

199.  During whose rule was the Zabt system of revenue settlement introduced ?

         (A) Ala-ud-din Khilji       (B) Sher Shah       (C) Akbar       (D) Shah Jahan

200.  When the Pakistan Resolution was formally passed ?

         (A) 1906       (B) 1909       (C) 1916       (D) 1940

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