Friday, December 31, 2010


Decade's Top 3 in various categories

 “Times of India” newspaper given some of the top 3 persons / things in India who made news in different categories in the decade (2001-2010):

(1) On Top of the World:
   Manmohan Singh
   Sachin Tendulkar
   A R Rahman
(2) Women we loved to hate:
    Madhuri Gupta
    Nira Radia
    Arundhati Roy
(3) Power of Fashion:
    Power costume of jewellery
    Dressed up shoes
    The Rise of Global Local fashion
(4) Movies that made magic:
      Jab We Met
     Rang De Basanti
 (5) The Love Game:
     Online Love
    Same Sex Love
(6) Mistakes:
   The Agra Summit
   The Godhra Riots
   The Commonwealth Games 2010
(7) Forever Connected:
     Mobile phones
    Flat panel displays
    Social networking
(8) Rulings that mattered:
    RTI and disclosure of assets
   Article 377
   The right to food
(9) Bollywood’s top 3:
    Shah Rukh Khan
    Aamir khan
    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
(10) Seductive Eyes:
     Michelle Pfeiffer
    Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
    Penelope Cruz

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Amazing, Shocking and Happy!!! India shines apart from Cricket

In International arena of sports for India means Cricket, more cricket, more and more cricket. But now it is not like that. 2010 may be “year of scams” for all Indians but the biggest cherish is it is “year of sports”. 2010 CWG and Asiad proved India can shine well in other sports if proper funds, guidance, coaches, facilities are there. That too winning a medal in Gymnastics, Athletics and Skating in Asiad is an awesome. All these achievers are from small towns brought smile to whole of India. They only made to believe all Indians that “we can do….”. Here’s a look into it….

  • Ashish Kumar – Gymnastics – CWG and Asiad
  • Virdhawal Khade – Swimming – Asiad
  • Bajrang Lal Takhar – Rowing – Asiad
  • Somdev Devvarman – Tennis – CWG and Asiad
  • Ashwini – Athletics – CWG and Asiad
  • Preeja Sreedharan – Athletics – CWG and Asiad
  • Sudha Singh – Athletics – CWG and Asiad
  • John Abraham – Athletics – Asiad
  • Krishna Poonia – Athletics – CWG
  • Deepika Kumari – Archery – CWG
  • Anup Kumar – Roller Sports – Asiad
  • Vikas Krishnan – Boxing – Asiad
  • Gagan Narang – Shooting – CWG and Asiad
  • Saina Nehwal _ Badminton – CWG

Comparisons of India’s performance in 2006 and 2010 CWG and Asiad:


(2010): 38 + 27 + 36 = 101 (II Position) {Tot countries: 71}
(2006): 22 + 17 + 10 = 049 (IV Position){Tot countries: 71}


(2010): 14 + 17+ 33 = 64 (VI Position) { Tot countries: 45}
(2006): 10 +17 + 26 = 53 (VIII Position) {Tot Countries:45}

Multiple Medal Winners:

2010 Asiad:

Somdev Devvarman (Tennis) – 2 Gold, 1 Bronze
Preeja Sreedharan (Athletics) – 1 Gold, 1 Silver
A C Ashwini (Athletics) – 2 Gold
Sania Mirza (Tennis) – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Anup Kumar Yoma (Roller Sports/ Skating) – 2 Bronze
Kavita Raut (Athletics) – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Gagan Narang (Shooting) – 2 Silver

2010 CWG:

Gagan Narang (Shooting) – 4 Gold
Vijay Kumar (Shooting) – 3 Gold, 1 Silver
Deepika Kumari (Archery) – 2 Gold
Abhinav Bindra (Shooting) – 1 Gold, 1 Silver
Rahul Banerjee (Shooting) – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
Dola Banerjee (Archery) – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
Heena Sidhu (Shooting) – 1 Gold, 1 Bronze
Tejaswini Sawant (Shooting) – 2 Silver, 1 Bronze
Manavjit Singh Sadhu (Shooting) – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze
Samresh Jung (Shooting) – 1 Silver, 1 Bronze

Winning for the country is a fantastic feeling. It is difficult to put into words the emotions that surge through you when you’re standing atop the podium with the national anthem playing
- Somdev Devvarman (Tennis)

2010 CWG Images - A Flashback......

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

2010 - A Year of Scams..

Politicians Statement(s) that we heard in 2010: - a glance

“God believes in me though I do not believe in God as he has given me such a large number of supporters”
- Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu

“Deserters wil be consigned to the dustbin of history”
- Jayalalitha, Opposition Leader, Tamil Nadu

“I am like fire when it comes to bribe”
- Karunanidhi, Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu

“My Tamil voice will be heard in parliament”
-      M K Alagiri, Union Chemical & Fertilizers Minister (Son of TN CM)

“I don’t see a woman heading the DMK in the near future”
- M Kanimozhi, Rajya Sabha MP (DMK) (Daughter of TN CM)

“Congress will fight against corrupt”
- Sonia Gandhi, President, INC

“I’ve nothing to hide. I am ready to appear before Public Accounts Committee”
- Dr Manmohan Singh, PM, India

“I have done everything as per records. What I done is as per the law and PMO will know everything”
-      “spectrum” A Raja (tainted Union Minister of Telecom)

“I will be happier if CWG cancels or end in a failure”
- Manishankar Aiyar, Rajya Sabha MP (INC)

“We want JPC. We want JPC. We want JPC”
- All Opposition Party leaders and MPs

“The House is adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow”
- Meira Kumar, Speaker, LS (this was the only statement she made in the entire winter session of Parliament)

From Chennai to IIM – A

Rs 200 crore project “Enthiran” turned into a blitzkrieg and changed the face of the film Indian film industry, as far as sci-fi film making is concerned. The costliest Indian film ever made reaped over Rs 300 crore within a fortnight of its release. It was simultaneously released in the highest number of theatres, a whooping 3000 screens. In Chennai, the film opened to 200 shows a day.
Casting legends in the film industry – from Rajinikanth to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and A R Rahman was meant to display the might of both the actors and producers. It helped make the film Indian cinema’s highest grosser. The release of nearly a dozen Tamil films was put off or advanced so as not to compete with the magnum opus.
Rajini never likes promoting his films, perhaps one reason why he continues to be an enigma to fans. Enthiran changed that for good as he did not miss any opportunity – from the small screen to radio stations – to offer promotional interviews ahead of the release. To be clearly saying, Enthiran charted a new path. The film scripted success not only in Tamil, where the superstar reigns supreme, but in Bollywood as well. It beat Aamir Khan’s “3 Idiots” hands down in the money it grossed.
Apart from raising the bar for Tamil films in terms of technical brilliance, Enthiran has just crossed another milestone: it was included as a case study for film success in the curriculum of the best B-school in India – IIM – Ahmedabad.


There are 17,368 farm suicides in 2009. When compared to 2008, it was a rise of 1172. It was also the worst suicide figures in six years. The share of the “suicide belt” (Maharashtra, Karnatka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh) accounted for 62% (10,765 farmers) suicide in 2009.
In general, over a quarter of a million Indian farmers have committed suicide since 1995. These numbers are gross under estimates to begin with. Several large group of farmers are mostly excluded from local counts. Women, for instance. Social and other prejudice means that, most times a woman farmer killing herself is counted as suicide – not as farmer’s suicide. Because the land is rarely in a woman’s name.
Tamil Nadu showed the biggest increase of all states, going from 512 in 2008 to 1060 in 2009 (an increase of 548) followed by Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.
Things will get worse if existing policies on agriculture don’t change. Country needs not only infrastructures. Now we importing onion from Pakistan.. If things not change means then we have to import everything from China // Pakistan. It’s not possible. Or we should start eating like software professionals and film personalities do (such as pizza, burger…) Better Union Agriculture Minister (who holds the main in Indian cricket) can come in advt and suggest people of India to eat such things. In this advt, let our cricketers and film actors participate and show their loyalty to nation.

“Farmers are the real backbone of any economy and not Industrialists/ corporates”

Dr Binayak Sen - curtain closure for human right activist?

Dr Binayak Sen:
On December 24, 2010 it is a black day for the civil rights activists in India. The Raipur (Chhattisgarh) court has given life sentence for Dr Binayak Sen. He is a doctor who won many awards for his service to rural poor in Chhattisgarh’s naxal-infested hinterlands.
Charge against him:  He was a courier for imprisoned naxal leaders and was sympathetic to their cause. Is that all? When the Raipur trial court was pronouncing its verdict, the Assam government decided not to oppose the bail of ULFA’s top leaders, including Arvind Rajkhowa and others who openly carried out armed struggle for independence of Assam from India. Wanting peace, Assam Govt was ready to look the other way even when there were cases under the draconian of TADA.

And what charge would the law enforcing agencies slap against those who allowed the prices of food articles and vegetables to go sky high to snatch the last penny from the pockets of the common men?

  • If Binayak Sen had robed India of Rs 17600000000000 in a telecom scam, he’d be free today….
  • Anderson of Carbide gets a plane; A Raja gets a Cabinet berth; Kalmadi gets CWG; but Binayak Sen gets life for an unsigned letter!.. Amazing laws in India…. S India a real democratic?
  • It is a verdict against humanity. People like Dr. Sen should be honoured and not jailed. The world has seen eminent men persecuted since the time of Socrates. It is shameful that the practice continues in the 21st century.
  • India is a country where you can kill people and get acquitted for want of evidence. But if you help the needy against the wishes of the government – run by corporates – you can be imprisoned for life. Dr Sen’s big mistake is that he tried to work for the marginalized sections of people.
  • All Dr. Sen did was to oppose the actions of “Salwa Judum” a civilian armed group raised by the government to fight Maoists, when it violated the human rights of tribals.


The launch of the Geo-Synchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F06) on Dec 25, 2010 was failed. It is ISRO’s second GSLV failure in 2010. Out of seven GSLV flights from 2001, 4 including the latest one have failed. But it cannot be a setback for ISRO. The technical faults in launch of satellites are a regular one for every space programs.
ISRO’s failed missions:

August 10, 1979 à SLV-3 (Rohini)
March 24, 1987 à ASLV / SROSS-1
July 13, 1988 à ASLV / SROSS -2
September 20, 1993 à PSLV / IRS – 1E
March 2001 à GSAT1
July 10, 2006 à GSLV – F02 / INSAT 4C
April 15, 2010 à GSLV – D3 / GSAT4
December 25, 2010 à GSLV-F06

The GSLV-F06 flight was scheduled to take off originally in December 21, 2010 but it was postponed later due to leak of helium gas from one of the valves in the Russian cryogenic stage. While it costs, Rs. 175 crore to build the GSLV-F06, for the GSAT-5P it cost Rs. 150 crore.

What is GSLV?

The GSLV is a three-stage vehicle, with the first core stage powered by the solid propellants, four strap-on motors around the core stage, which are fuelled by liquid propellants, the second stage propelled by liquid propellants and the third topmost stage uses cryogenic propellants.

The failure of this could hit the following:

  • The Rs 425 crore second Indian moon mission, Chandrayaan-2, which is expected to be flown by the GSLV in 2013.
  • The Rs 13000 crore human space flight mission, for which the government is yet to give green signal.
  • Launch of India’s communication satellites could be delayed because ISRO is running out of cryogenic engines.

The failure need not dishearten the scientist community.  Scientists learn from their mistakes, politicians neither learn from nor admit their mistakes.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

GS-Mock Test Paper(1)



(01) Consider the following statement(s)

(I) Darjeeling Tea was the first registered Geographical Indicators of India

(II) The Geographical Indicators Registry is based on Chennai

(III) Karnataka has the highest number of Geographical Indication tags in India

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) I only (b) I and III

(c) I and II (d) I, II and III

(02) The alloy “Gun Metal” is made up of

(a) Zinc and Tin (b) Lead and Tin

(c) Copper, Zinc and Tin (d) Zinc, Lead and Tin

(03) Which of the following country is not a part of “four Asian Tigers” or “Asian Dragons”?

(a) China (b) Taiwan

(c) Singapore (d) South Korea

(04) “Bom Sabado” was in news recently. It is

(a) World’s first cloned monkey

(b) WikiLeaks website’s code name

(c) Russian Spy Department’s secret name

(d) Computer Virus

(05) Which of the following country got independence lastly?

(a) South Osetia (b) Abkhazia

(c) Kosovo (d) Serbia

(06) Which country has recently voted to pass a new bill that will increase the retirement age from 60 to 62 and the pension age from 65 to 67?

(a) Cuba (b) France

(c) Germany (d) Brazil

(07) Which country won the Women’s World Cup Hockey 2010?

(a) Australia (b) Argentina

(c) Brazil (d) The Netherlands

(08) Which city has hosted the Asian Games for maximum number of times?

(a) Kuala Lumpur (b) Beijing

(c) Seoul (d) Bangkok

(09) Excluding Guangzhou, how many cities co-hosted the 2010 Asian Games?

(a) 1 (b) 2

(c) 3 (d) 4

(10) Mobile Number Portability (MNP), a concept which allows the mobile users to change the providers without changing the numbers was first introduced in

(a) Singapore (b) Japan

(c) France (d) Germany

(11) In which city NATO and Afghanistan signed an agreement to transfer security of Afghan cities to country’s forces by 2014?

(a) Berlin (b) Madrid

(c) Lisbon (d) London

(12) How many Asian countries have given the United Nations Secretary Generals?

(a) 0 (b) 1

(c) 2 (d) 3

(13) Which of the following book(s) is/are associated with Subash Chandra Bose?

(a) Unhappy India (b) The Indian Struggle

(c) Freedom Without Fear (d) A Long Walk to Freedom

(14) The sporting event which was in 2006 Asiad that was dropped in 2010 Asiad is

(a) Dragon Sport (b) Bodybuilding

(c) Roller Sport (d) Ice Skating

(15) Which of the following group of states have bicameral legislatures in India?

(a) Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka

(b) Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Andhra Pradesh

(c) Maharashtra, Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh

(d) Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar

(16) “The Rediscovery of India” is associated with

(a) Kiran Desai (b) Anita Desai

(c) Meghnad Desai (d) Soumitra Desai

(17) Which of the following group of countries are to have a special court for environmental issues?

(a) India, USA and China

(b) India, Australia and New Zealand

(c) USA, Australia and New Zealand

(d) China, Germany and Brazil

(18) Number of gold medals won by India in the first edition of Youth Olympics held at Singapore in 2010?

(a) 0 (b) 1

(c) 2 (d) 3

(19) Which of the following lies between South Andaman and Little Andaman?

(a) Ten Degree Channel (b) Pryce Channel

(c) Duncan Passage (d) Coco Passage

(20) India lastly won gold medal in Hockey in 1980 Olympics. By defeating which country India won this medal?

(a) Pakistan (b) Spain

(c) Germany (d) Australia

(21) Arrange the following cities from East to West

(a) Indore, Ujjain, Ahmedabad, Rajkot

(b) Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Ujjain, Indore

(c) Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Indore, Ujjain

(d) Rajkot, Ahmedabad, Ujjain, Indore

(22) Which of the following country is largest (maximum area)?

(a) Germany (b) Ukraine

(c) France (d) Spain

(23) Which of the following is most populated city?

(a) Phoenix (b) Philadelphia

(c) Huston (d) Chicago

(24) In which of the following city do the GQ (Golden Quadrilateral) highway and NS (North South) Corridor meet?

(a) Krishnagiri (b) Hyderabad

(c) Jhansi (d) Gwalior

(25) Which of the following is least populated state?

(a) Nagaland (b) Arunachal Pradesh

(c) Manipur (d) Mizoram

(26) Match:

List – I (Presidents) List – II (Countries)

A Cristina Kirchner 1 Liberia

B Laura Chinchilla 2 Ireland

C Mary McAleese 3 Costa Rica

D Ellen Johnson Sirleef 4 Argentina


(a) 4 3 2 1 (b) 4 3 1 2

(c) 1 2 3 4 (d) 1 2 4 3

(27) Consider the following statement(s)

(I) Next to India, USA has the largest postal network in the world

(II) World Postal Day is being celebrated on October 10

Which of the above statement(s) is/are wrong?

(a) I only (b) II only

(c) Both I and II (d) Neither I nor II

(28) “CASA-1000” (Central Asia – South Asia 1000) is a regional project sponsored by the World Bank in the area of

(a) education (b) electricity

(c) rural health (d) infant births

(29) World’s first GOSAT (Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite) belongs to the country of

(a) USA (b) China

(c) France (d) Japan

(30) Match:

List – I (Commissions) List – II (Purpose)

A Mukherjee Commission 1 Disappearance of

Subash Chandra Bose

B Subramanian Commission 2 Prison reforms

C Mulla Commission 3 Kargil War

D Tandon Commission 4 Deemed Universities


(a) 1 2 3 4 (b) 1 3 2 4

(c) 4 3 2 1 (d) 4 2 3 1

(31) Next to Hindi, which is the most widely spoken language in India?

(a) Telugu (b) Bengali

(c) Tamil (d) Urdu

(32) Which famous centre of learning awards the “Pulitzer Prizes”?

(a) Oxford University (b) Columbia University

(c) Princeton University (d) Cambridge University

(33) Arrange the following in chronological order:

(I) Islamabad Accord

(II) Shimla Agreement

(III) Karachi Agreement

(IV) Lahore Declaration

(a) IV, II, I, III (b) IV, III, I, II

(c) III, IV, II, I (d) III, II, IV, I

(34) Who was the winner of the “Person of the Century” in 1999 by defeating Mahatma Gandhi?

(a) Franklin D Roosevelt (b) Albert Einstein

(c) Mother Teresa (d) Martin Luther King

(35) Among the six brand ambassadors for CWG-2010, how many were women sport persons?

(a) 1 (b) 2

(c) 3 (d) 4

(36) Which of the following nuclear sites in India is built with Russian collaboration?

(a) Jaitpur (b) Haripur

(c) Chhavamitti Virdi (d) Kowada

(37) “Keeping the Faith: Memoirs of a Parliamentarian” is a book written by

(a) Hamid Ansari (b) Somnath Chatterjee

(c) P Chidambaram (d) Margarel Alwa

(38) Match:

List – I (Bank) List – II (Persons)

A ICICI 1 Aditya Puri

B SBI 2 Chanda Kochhar

C HDFC 3 Neeraj Swaroop

D Standard Chartered 4 O P Bhatt


(a) 1 2 3 4 (b) 1 3 2 4

(c) 2 4 3 1 (d) 2 4 1 3

(39) Match:

List – I (Personalities) List – II (Associated with)

A S K Jain 1 AEC

B Srikumar Banerjee 2 BARC

C Baldev Raj 3 NPCIL

D R K Sinha 4 IGCAR


(a) 1 2 3 4 (b) 2 1 3 4

(c) 3 1 4 2 (d) 3 2 4 1

(40) In the LG ICC Awards – 2010, “Spirit of Cricket” was awarded to

(a) India (b) New Zealand

(c) South Africa (d) Bangladesh

(41) Niagara Falls is located between which of the following pairs of lakes?

(a) Erie and Ontario (b) Ontario and Huroh

(c) Huroh and Superior (d) Huroh and Erie

(42) Human Development Index comprises of:

(I) Longevity (II) Infant Morality

(III) Literacy (IV) Standard of living

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(a) 1, 2, 3 and 4 (b) 1, 2 and 3 only

(c) 1, 3 and 4 only (d) 2, 3 and 4 only

(43) Milk is a poor source of

(a) Vitamin A (b) Protein

(c) Calcium (d) Iron

(44) “Slackistan” was in news recently. It is

(a) a new region occupied by USA in Afghanistan

(b) it is a film

(c) a new region occupied by China in PoK

(d) it is a new game launched by Microsoft

(45) The hormone which regulates the basal metabolism in body is secreted from

(a) Pituitary (b) Thyroid

(c) Pancreas (d) Adrenal Cortex

(46) Which of the following is wrongly matched?

(a) Tuberculosis Research Centre – Chennai

(b) National Aids Research Institute – New Delhi

(c) National Institute of Nutrition – Hyderabad

(d) National Institute of Virology – Pune

(47) Which of the following is wrong?

(a) India had never won gold medal in swimming in the Asiad so far

(b) In 2010 Asiad, India won bronze medal in swimming

(c) India won its first medal in Swimming in the inaugural Asiad

(d) Before 2010 Asiad, it was in 1986Asiad that India won its medal in swimming

(48) Which of the following is not in “Maharatna” status?

(a) IOC (b) SAIL

(c) BPCL (d) NTPC

(49) Apart from Railways in the Union Cabinet, Bihar Chief Minister Mr. Nitish Kumar was also held the portfolio of

(a) Shipping (b) Agriculture

(c) Industrial (d) Chemical and Fertilizers

(50) Which of the following sporting event won gold by Indian in both 2010 CWG and 2010 Asiad?

(a) 4 * 400 m women’s relay (b) 400m hurdles men

(c) 25m butterfly swimming (d) Tennis Mixed Doubles

(51) Which Indian tennis player recently won “Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the year Award”?

(a) Somdev Devvarman (b) Rohan Bopanna

(c) Leander Paes (d) Vishnu Vardhan

(52) Richard Holbrooke who passed way recently was

(a) USA Special Representative to West Asia Crisis

(b) USA Special Representative to Pakistan and Afghanistan

(c) USA Special Representative to UN Peace Keeping Missions

(d) USA Special Representative to NATO command

(53) Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct about Dr Manmohan Singh?

(I) He also worked as Deputy Chairperson of Planning Commission

(II) He is the only Prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to return to power after completing a full five-year term.

(III) He was also acted as Leader of Opposition, Rajya Sabha

(a) I and II only (b) II and III only

(c) I, II and III (d) All are wrong

(54) The CAG (Comptroller and Auditor General) of India is also the head of

(I) Public Accounts Committee (II) Indian Audits and Accounts Service

(a) I only (b) II only

(c) Both I and II (d) Neither I nor II

(55) Which of the following country won their first ever gold medal in Asiad recently?

(a) Bangladesh (b) Nepal

(c) Lebanon (d) Laos

(56) Lin Dan of China who was voted as the Most Valuable player (MVP) in 2010 Asiad was an expert in the field of

(a) Table Tennis (b) Badminton

(c) Swimming (d) Gymnastics

(57) Who succeeded Dr Manmohan Singh as Finance Minister in 1996?

(a) Pranab Mhukerjee (b) P Chidambaram

(c) Yashwant Sinha (d) Jaswant Singh

(58) Match:

List – I (Indian Sport Persons) List – II (Field)

A Ashish Kumar 1 Gymnastics

B Bajrang Lal 2 Swimming

C Virdhawal Khade 3 Rowing

D Anup Kumar 4 Skating


(a) 1 2 3 4 (b) 1 3 2 4

(c) 4 3 2 1 (d) 4 2 3 1

(59) China doesn’t have boundary line with which of the following country?

(a) Kazakhstan (b) Kyrgyzstan

(c) Uzbekistan (d) Mongolia

(60) Christmas island is associated with the country of

(a) USA (b) Australia

(c) Spain (d) Brazil

(61) Who is the only person to have been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes?

(a) Marie Curie (b) Linus Pauling

(c) Frderick Sanger (d) John Barden

(62) Which of the following IIT was formed earlier?

(a)Delhi (b) Guwahati

(c) Roorkee (d) Madras

(63) How many Presidents of India have been conferred with “Bharat Ratna” award so far?

(a) 2 (b) 3

(c) 4 (d) 5

(64) Which of the following state is not associated with DMIC (Delhi – Mumbai Industrial Corridor)?

(a) Uttar Pradesh (b) Punjab

(c) Madhya Pradesh (d) Rajasthan

(65) Which bank has the maximum number of branches in abroad?

(a) State Bank of India (b) Bank of India

(c) Indian Overseas Bank (d) Bank of Baroda

(66) Through which of the following Indian state does 23½˚N latitude pass?

(a) Tripura (b) Manipur

(c) Nagaland (d) Meghalaya

(67) Which one of the following rivers originates at Amarkantak?

(a) Tapti (b) Narmada

(c) Damodar (d) Mahanadi

(68) Sukumar Sen was India’s first

(a) Speaker, Lok Sabha

(b) Chief Election Commissioner

(c) Comptroller and Auditor General

(d) Central vigilance Commissioner

(69) Consider the following statements(s):

1. Excluding other countries, Sikkim shares a border only with West Bengal

2. West Bengal shares boundary only with Nepal and not with Bhutan

3. Excluding Sikkim, Assam shares border with all the North Eastern States

Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct?

(a) 1, 2 and 3 (b) 1 and 2, only

(c) 2 and 3, only (d) 1 and 3, only

(70) Who among the following directed the film chosen as India’s official entry for the year 2010 Academy Awards?

(a) Sanjay Leela Bhansali (b) Vasanthabalan

(c) Anusha Rizva (d) Adoor Gopalakrishnan

(71) Which city is called as “coffee port of Brazil”?

(a) Campos (b) Santos

(c) Sao Paulo (d) Porto Alegre

(72) The IT company which crossed 1-lakh employee strength in December 2010 is

(a) Infosys (b) CTS

(c) Wipro (d) iSoft

(73) World’s first tiger summit was held in the country of

(a) India (b) Sri Lanka

(c) Thailand (d) Russia

(74) Consider the following countries:

1. The Netherlands

2. Luxembourg

3. Belgium

4. Denmark

Which of the above countries share border with Germany?

(a) 1, 3 and 4, only (b) 1, 2, 3 and 4

(c) 2, 3, and 4, only (d) 1, 2 and 4, only

(75) Match:

List – I (Islands) List – II (Dependent Countries)

A Prince Edward 1 France

B St Paul 2 South Africa

C Diego Garcia 3 UK

D Heard 4 Australia


(a) 2 1 3 4 (b) 1 2 3 4

(c) 2 1 4 3 (d) 1 2 4 3

(76) “Samrupa” is world’s first cloned____

(a) monkey (b) buffalo

(c) dolphin (d) blue whale

(77) India’s first woman foreign secretary was

(a) Nirupama Rao (b) Kamala Nehru

(c) Sarojini Naidu (d) Chokila Iyer

(78) India is the world’s ____ largest produce of brinjals, producing 3600 varieties that are cheap and have high yields

(a) first (b) second

(c) third (d) fourth

(79) Which country’s Prime Minister has been appointed as new Secretary-General of NATO?

(a) Italy (b) England

(c) Denmark (d) Sweden

(80) “Saltpetre” is a common name of

(a) Potassium Nitrate (b) Copper Nitrate

(c) Copper Chloride (d) Potassium Chloride

(81) 2010 World Mobile Congress was held in the country of

(a) USA (b) Japan

(c) Spain (d) China

(82) “Mother India”, a book written by Pranay Gupte deals with

(a) Role of Women’s life in India’s freedom struggle

(b) Indira Gandhi

(c) Role of Women’s life in India

(d) Women’s life in IT/ITES Sector

(83) World’s fastest supercomputer is

(a) Tianhe-1A (b) Tianhe–1B

(c) Tianjin-1A (d) Tianjin-1B

(84) 2010 United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity was held at

(a) Beijing, China (b) Nagoya, Japan

(c) Bonn, Germany (d) St Petersburg, Russia

(85) Who will be heading the National Innovation Council, which will give shape to the Government’s decision to observe the current decade (2010-2020) as the decade of innovation?

(a) Narayan Murthy (b) M S Swaminathan

(c) Sam Pitroda (d) C Rangarajan

(86) Consider the following statement(s)

1. India is Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner

2. Dia Bingguo is China’s designated special representative for talking about the boundary issue with India

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

(87) Who among the following has been appointed as the brand ambassador of Himachal Pradesh Tourism?

(a) Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (b) Preity Zinta

(c) Deepika Padukone (d) Katrina Kaif

(88) Who of the following foreign dignitaries were given the honour of addressing in Indian Parliament?

(a) Tony Blair (b) Nicolas Sarkozy

(c) Jimmy Carter (d) Shinzo Abe

(89) Consider the following statement(s)

1. US President Barack Obama was the fourth US President to address in Indian Parliament.

2. Excluding George W Bush all other US President who visited India had addressed Indian Parliament

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

(90) India’s first AC double-decker train will be in the ____ railway zone

(a) Southern (b) Eastern

(c) Western (d) Northern

(91) “Indra” is a joint military exercise between

(a) India, France (d) India, USA

(c) India, UK (d) India, Russia

(92) The Union Cabinet cleared the proposal for a passenger ferry service between India and Sri Lanka. Initially the service will be between

(a) Rameswaram, Thalaimanar (b) Rameswaram, Colombo

(c) Tuticorin, Colombo (d) Tuticorin, Thalaimanar

(93) Which of the following statement is correct about the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cup bidding?

(a) Russia won the 2018 bid by defeating the European countries alone.

(b) Qatar which won the 2022 bid was the only Asian country to participate in this.

(c) USA not participated in any of the bidding events.

(d) Russia is set to host the FIFA World Cup for second time.

(94) Which of the following country is not in GCC?

(a) UAE (b) Kuwait

(c) Iran (d) Saudi Arabia

(95) Which of the following companies ranked first in the latest list of “Fortune India 500” companies?

(a) Indian Oil Corporation

(b) Reliance Industries

(c) Tata Motors

(d) State Bank of India

(96) Which was voted as the cleanest country in the world in the latest report of Corruption Perception Index 2010 compiled by Transparency International?

(a) France (b) Canada

(c) Norway (d) Denmark

(97) Against which country did, Sachin Tendulkar scored a minimum number of centuries in Test Cricket?

(a) Bangladesh (b) Pakistan

(c) New Zealand (d) West Indies

(98) Consider the following statement(s)

1. Bhutan for the first time holds the SAARC Summit in 2010

2. Dhaka and Colombo are the two cities that hosted the SAARC Summit in maximum

Which of the above statement(s) is are/correct?

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

(99) Which of the following is correctly matched?

1. Harsh Manglik - Vice-chairman, NASSCOM

2. Rajendra Pawar - Chairman, NASSCOM

(a) 1 only (b) 2 only

(c) Both 1 and 2 (d) Neither 1 nor 2

(100) Which of the following is/are matched correctly in respect with Indian – USA Personalities:

1 Rajiv Shah – Administrator, USAID

2 Vivek Kundra - Federal Chief Information Officer

3 Aneesh Chopra – Chief Technology Officer

(a) 1 and 3, only (b) 2 and 3, only

(c) 1 and 2, only (d) All are correct