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1. It is India's first mission to the moon.

2. Includes a lunar orbiter and an impactor.

3. Launched by a modified version of the PSLV-C11

4. Launched On 22 October 2008 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh.

5. It is a remote sensing satellite

6. Weight: 1,308 kilograms (590 kilograms initial orbit mass and 504 kilograms dry mass)

7. Mission Period: Over a two-years

8. Mission Cost: The estimated cost for the project is Rs. 3.86 billion.

9. Aim: Survey the lunar surface to produce a complete map of its chemical characteristics and 3-dimensional topography. The polar regions are of special interest, as they might contain ice.

10. Payloads: The mission includes five ISRO payloads and six payloads from other international space agencies including NASA, ESA, and the Bulgarian Aerospace Agency, which are being carried free of cost.

With the successful launch of Chandrayaan-1, India became the sixth nation to send a mission to the moon. According to the chairman of ISRO, G Madhavan Nair the launch of India's lunar spacecraft was prefect and precise. The spacecraft is reported to have carried an Indian flag which will be place on moon surface when it will land on moon during its operation.

India Also plans to Launch Chandrayaan-II by 2010.


Bharat Ratna is India's highest civilian award. We have some information that will help you prepare for the various Entrance and Recruitment Exams.

Bharat Ratna - How does it look

Some Facts:

  1. The award is conferred to the People who make great contribution in the field of art, literature, and science, and social service.
  2. The award was started by Dr. Rajendra Prasad, the first President of India, on January 2, 1954.
  3. The honour has been awarded to forty persons.
  4. Two non-Indians and a naturalized Indian citizen are among the awardees.
  5. With 8 honours each Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh are the states with the most number of awardees.
  6. The award is designed in the shape of a "peepul leaf" and with words "Bharat Ratna" written on it. The reverse side of the medal carries the state emblem and motto.
  7. The award to Subhash Chandra Bose (1992) was withdrawn
  8. The award was briefly suspended from July 13, 1977 to January 26, 1980.
  9. No one has been awarded Bharat Ratna since 2001.
  10. Pandit Bhimsen Joshi was awarded Bharat Ratna in 2008
S.No Recipient Year
1 Lata Mangeshkar 2001
2 Ustad Bismillah Khan 2001
3 Pandit Ravi Shankar 1999
4 Amartya Sen 1999
5 Gopinath Bordoloi 1999
6 M. S. Subbulakshmi 1998
7 Chidambaram Subramaniam 1998
8 Jayaprakash Narayan 1998
9 A.P.J. Abdul Kalam 1997
10 Gulzarilal Nanda 1997
11 Aruna Asaf Ali 1997
12 Maulana Abul Kalam Azad 1992
13 J. R. D. Tata 1992
14 Satyajit Ray 1992
15 Rajiv Gandhi 1991
16 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel 1991
17 Morarji Desai 1991
18 B. R. Ambedkar 1990
19 Nelson Mandela 1990
20 M. G. Ramachandran 1988
21 Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan 1987
22 Acharya Vinoba Bhave 1983
23 Mother Teresa 1980
24 K. Kamaraj 1976
25 V. V. Giri 1975
26 Indira Gandhi 1971
27 Lal Bahadur Shastri 1966
28 Dr. Zakir Hussain 1963
29 Pandurang Vaman Kane 1963
30 Dr. Rajendra Prasad 1962
31 Dr. B. C. Roy 1961
32 Purushottam Das Tandon 1961
33 Dhondo Keshav Karve 1958
34 Govind Ballabh Pant 1957
35 Bhagwan Das 1955
36 Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya 1955
37 Jawaharlal Nehru 1955
38 Sir Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan 1954
39 Chakravarti Rajagopalachari 1954
40 Sir C. V. Raman 1954


Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)
Field: Literature
For: Gitanjali (His collection of Poems, English version, published in 1912)
Year: 1913

  • He was first Asian to win Nobel Prize
  • He wrote our National Anthem (Later translated into English and is known as morning song of India)
  • He founded Shanti Niketan, which later became VishwaBharati University
  • He also wrote the National Anthem of Bangladesh "Amar Sonar Bangla (My Bengal of gold)".

Sir C.V. Raman (Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman) (1888 - 1970)
Field: Physics
For: "RAMAN" effect (Scattering of Light)
Year: 1930

  • He was the first Asian scientist to win the Nobel Prize.
  • He also received Bharat Ratna and Lenin Peace Prize.
  • He founded Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore.

Dr. Hargobind Khorana (1922 - )
Field: Medicine and Physiology
For: Genetic Study
Year: 1968

  • He produced the first artificial gene in his laboratory.
  • He shared the Nobel Prize with Marshall Nuremberg and Robert Holley.

Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)
Field: Peace
For: Exemplary Charity and Social Service
Year: 1979

  • Born in Skoplje, Yugoslavia (then Turkey)
  • Original Name: Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu
  • Founded Missionaries Of Charity in Calcutta.
  • Received Bharat Ratna Award in 1980
  • Receive Magsaysay Award in 1962.

Dr. Subramaniam Chandrasekar (1910 - 2000)
Field: Physics
For: his work on stars and their evolution (Chandrasekhar's Limit).
Year: 1983

  • The space telescope Chandra launched by NASA was named after him.
  • He also served as the Governor of Maharashtra
  • He received Bharat Ratna in 1998

Dr. Amartya Sen
Field: Economics
For: Mathematical Solution to "Arrow's Impossibility Theorem"
Year: 1998
There are some more Nobel Laureates who are related to India but are not Indians.

V.S. Naipaul, Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad Naipaul (1932- )
[British writer of Indian origin]
Field: Literature
Year: 2001

Rajendra K. Pachauri (1940 - )
For: Peace and Environment Conservation
Year: 2007

  • He accepted the prize on behalf of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) as he was the chairman.
  • He shared the award with Al Gore, Vice President of USA


401. The mid day meal programme provides meals with specific nutritional value to the children at primary stage as well as secondary stage. What is the

nutritional value at primary stage --> 450 calories & 12 gm Protein
402. The mid day meal programme provides meals with specific nutritional value to the children at primary stage as well as secondary stage. What is the

nutritional value at secondary stage --> 700 calories & 20 gm protein
403. In the " Incentive to Girls for Secondary Education Scheme" which is a centrally sponsored programme, what facility is provided to the eligible girls
--> A sum of Rs. 3000 deposited in her account which she may withdraw at the age of 18
404. Geeta Mukherjee Committee is related to --> Women Reservation in parliament
405. Because of his contribution in the analysis of the impact of economies of scale in international trade he was conferred with Nobel Prize in Economics in

2008. Who was he --> Paul Krugman
406. Saina Nehwal who scripted history on June 21 2009, becoming the first Indian to win a Super Series tournament after clinching the Indonesia Open is also

the first Indian to win the World Junior Badminton Championships. In which year she won World Junior Badminton Championships --> 2008
407. Who has recently won Laureus World Sportsman Award --> Usain Bolt
408. Ram Pradhan Committee is related to --> 26/11 Mumbai attack
409. In the Union Budget 2009-10, which form has been announced to simplify the taxation process --> Saral II
410. Allocation Under NREGS was stepped up to Rs. 39100 crore in the Union Budget 2009-10. hOW MUCH amount was increased from the allocation of 2008-09 -->

By 144%
411. Which of the following taxes has been introduced with effect from April 1, 2010 --> Goods and Services Tax (GST)
412. In the Union Budget 2009-10 , the highest subsidy allocation has been announced for --> Food
413. To ensure every rural house hold has a solar cooker and a solar lantern, the Economic survey of 2008-09 has recommended that --> Phase out kerosene

supply subsidy
414. The authorized enquiry for Indian Railway has recently introduced the facility of Railway enquiry through SMS which is a premium service " Rail

Sampark". What is the number --> 139
415. M.V. Nair has been elected Chairman of Indian Banks' Association (IBA) for 2009-10 by the Management Committee of IBA. He is Chairman & Managing

Director of --> Union Bank of India
416. Pascal Lamy has been unanimously re-elected director-general of the World Trade Organization for a second term of four years by the organization's 153

member states. He belongs to --> France
417. Recently Google has announced to develop a light computer operating system devoted to using the World Wide Web. What is the name of this Operating

System --> Google Chrome OS
418. Which steel majors has recently appointed consultancy majors McKinsey and Ernst & Young to assist its top five polluting companies reduce their carbon

footprint --> Tata
419. A news recently stated " India might be able to secure full membership of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an inter-governmental body formed to

tackle money laundering and terrorist financing". This may happen by the end of --> 2010
420. Recently Global Enabling Trade Report 2009 was released by the World Economic Forum which measures and analyses factors enabling trade in 121

industrialized and emerging economies of the world. India was placed on ______place in this list? (July 8, 2009) --> 76th
421. As per the above report , which country is the world's most trade-friendly nation --> Singapore
422. Recently , the "Uppada Jamdani" sarees have been granted the Geographical Indication (GI) registration in India. They are specialty of --> Andhra

423. Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown who met recently on the sidelines of G-8/G-5 Summit in L'Aquila, Italy, resolved

to take the lead in tackling the vital issue of --> Climate Change
424. Among Dr. Amartya Sen,L N Mittal, Indra Nooyi & Dr. Narayana Murthy, who is not in the members of a high-level panel headed by PM Manmohan Singh

constituted to advise the government to draw upon experience of the best Indian minds abroad for a two-way engagement --> Dr. N R Narayana Murthy
425. In order to modernize THIS industry the finance minister has increased the allocation to the Technology Up gradation Fund Scheme (TUFS) by 188 per cent

to Rs 3,140 crore (Rs 31.40 billion) for 2009-10. Which industry --> Textile
426. As per the recent announcement of the government in the Union Budget , the farmers who pay their dues in time will get loans at a subsidized interest

rate of --> 6%
427. Giving relief to individual taxpayers, the government in the Union Budget 2009-10 has raised the income tax exemption limit by --> Rs 10,000 for general

taxpayers, and by Rs 15,000 for senior citizens
428. In Budget 2009-10, the defense services have been allocated Rs 1,41,703 crore for 2009-10. It was a hike of _% from 2008-09 budgetary allocation --> 34%
429. Goods and Services Tax -- GST, is a comprehensive tax levy on manufacture, sale and consumption of goods and services at which level --> National Level
430. Which drug company has created a vaccine for H1N1 flu --> Novartis
431. Russia is all willing to help the US in its war in Afghanistan. What is Russia willing to do --> Help with weapons and missiles
432. A riot broke out between Hindus and Muslims because someone threw a dead pig into a Mosque construction site. Where did this occur --> Mysore
433. Why does the International Criminal Court (ICC) want the arrest of Sudanese President Omar al-Beshir --> War crimes in Darfur
434. Who recently quit his board of directors position to join the Government --> Nandan Nilkeni
435. This country said its going to spend $1.6bn on ‘war’ nations. One of the reasons being to raise the government ‘s profile on global development. Name

the country. --> United Kingdom
436. Which company raised 905 Crore in order to settle its debt pile of Rs 7,500 crore, part of which will go to pay loans taken towards the acquisition of

Whyte and Mackay --> United Spirits Limited
437. The 2009 budget may have been Pranab Mukherjee’s budget but which finance minister has bought forth the most in number --> P. Chidambaram
438. This company the leader in its segment plans to build 25 plants by 2010. Name it --> Bisleri
439. What major step did India take in connection with homosexuality issue in India --> Made section 377 more stringent
440. Two servicemen were killed in the on going operation called Panther’s Claw in Helmand, Afghanistan. Which country’s operation is this --> UNITED KINGDOM
442. A major offensive called Operation Strike of the Sword has been launched on Afghanistan by --> UNITED STATES
443. Which country assumed the EU Presidency for 2009 --> Sweden
444. he United States and Russia signed an agreement recently to --> Reduce Nuclear Stock piles
445. Which popular site was sold to Global Gaming Factory after the founders were jailed and fined for copyright infringement --> piratebay.com
446. The project grew out of 9/11, and was designed to show the tolerant and peaceful face of Islam. It is now a successful comic Name it. --> THE 99
447. On grounds of privacy of ‘the individual’ the BT Group took a stand. What did the British Telecommunication company do that resulted in 40% drop of the company Phorm --> Not allowing 3rd party access to invidual database
448. Reebok has started a new fitness chain called Jukari Fit to Fly. Who is it partnering with --> Cirque Du Soleil
449. China’s government again took all necessary steps to broadcast its version of the riots. IT blocked all micro blogging sites and search engines. Where did the riots occur --> Xinjiang
450. Stocks of this fish have declined by as much as 90 per cent in some waters according to the World Wildlife Fund. Japanese scientists are all set to breed a version that would be better that the ‘bluefin’. Which fish is being talked about here --> Tuna



351. Sri Lankan President Mr. Mahindra Rajpaksha urged the south Asian Countries in The SAARC council held in Colombo in February 2009 for an immediate and collective response to deal with --> Terrorism
352. In which SAARC summit The Convention of Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters was signed --> 15th summit Colombo
353. " Padma Vibhushan" is our country's ……..largest civilian award --> Second, First is Bharat Ratna
354. Which is a prominent corporate in Padma Bhushan Awardees --> A M Naik , He is chairman of L & T
355. Israel and India have recently signed a defense deal. Which country is a largest buyer of arms from Israel --> India
356. The recent deal with Israel Military Industries and Central government are related to manufacture of --> Artillery Ammunitions
357. Recently , Uranium ore arrived in India from Areva. This ore is being processed at Nuclear Fuel Complex situated in --> Hyderabad
358. Brahmos is a --> surface to surface Super Sonic Cruise Missile
359. Recently 8th Global Information Technology Report was released by World Economic Forum which has ranked 134 countries in Networked Readiness Index. What is India's Rank --> 54th
360. In the report of World Economic Forum , which country tops the list --> Denmark
361. An aircraft carrier , under construction at Cochin Shipyard will be deployed in Vishakhapatnam for Indian Navy by which year --> 2016
362. India spent $ 1 billion on acquiring six lockheed martin c-130J super Hercules military transport planes in 2008. Which country was the source --> USA
363. Which country is supporting Delhi Metro Rail Project --> Japan
364. Indian recently renewed Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Travel with which country --> Bangladesh
365. The declaration which was issued at the end of the G-20 summit was having the following title --> Strengthening The Financial System
366. Najib Razak was recently sworn in as Prime Minister of which country --> Malaysia
367. Which country has recently launched an indigenous communication satellite on April 5, 2009 --> N orth Korea
368. Who is the first women to serve as speaker of the house in President Obama's Team --> Nancy Pelosi
369. Which two European countries are redrawing the borders --> Italy and Switzerland
370. www recently marked its which century --> 20th
371. Which country has recently emerged as top creditor to US --> China
372. According to a revised UN estimate what will be world's population by 2050 --> 9 Billion
373. Anna Bligh is related to which country --> Australia
374. Recently Charles Simonyi was in news for traveling Space twice as Tourist . He belongs to which country--> US
375. Recently which Asian country has deployed two ballistic missile destroyers for its defense in sea --> North Korea
376. Panna / mukta and Tapti fields are for --> Oil and gas
377. Which company supplies 70% of Natural gas in the Country --> GAIL
378. Under the UV lamp , the original currency notes of India appear to have optical fibers of two colors. Which are the two colors --> Pink & Blue
379. " A Flame That has stood the test of Time" which company has used this punch line --> LIC
379. G-20 is a group of world's most powerful countries which represent what part of world's Economy --> 85%
380. In the G-20 summit , which funds were included to bring within the global regulatory Net for the first time --> Hedge Funds
381. What was the size of special Drawing Rights (SDR) allocation in the G-20 summit for International Monetary Fund --> $150 billion
382. In the G-20 summit it was concluded that The Financial Stability Forum is to be replaced with strengthened mandate by which Organization --> Financial Stability Board
383. Where did the Finance Ministers and central bankers of the G-20 met on 14th march 2009 --> Horsham
384. Recently which temple sought for GI tag for its sweet --> Tirupati for Laddus
385. Chinnar wildlife Sanctuary is located in which state --> Kerala
386. If a person is arrested for an offence by a Police officer without warrant, the offence comes under which category --> Cognizable
387. Who is the President of CII --> Venu Srinivasan
388. " Autography of an unknown Indian" is a work of --> Nirad C. Chaudhuri
389. In July 2008 , which bank was given a nod to merge with State bank of India by Union Cabinet --> SB Saurashtra
390. Which title " Harishita Saxena" won in 2008 --> Miss India Earth
391. Which country has adopted a new constitution in Year 2008 --> Bhutan
392. "Harit Rajasthan' which is a flagship programme of Chief Minister of Rajasthan Ashok Gehlot is a scheme to --> planting of saplings over vacant lands
393. "Arogya Sri" is a Insurance coverage programme for poor people , under the aegis of the state government of --> Andhra Pradesh
394. Recently which state has achieved Elimination of Leprosy status which is determined if the incidence of this affliction is less than one case per 10,000 of population in the State? (The Hindu, June 10, 2009) --> Haryana
395. "Uyghur" the designated minority (Muslims) community is prevalent in which region of China where many people have been recently killed in ethnic clashes --> Xinjiang
396. National Aviation Company of India Limited (NACIL)operates --> Air India & Indian Airlines
397. In the Budget Estimates of year 2009-10 , the allocation for Bharat Nirman was increased by --> 45%
398. In the Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Gram Yojna a new scheme recently announced , how much amount will be spent on each village --> 10 lakh
399. What is correct full form of MAT --> Minimum Alternate Tax
400. Which tax has not been abolished in Union Budget 2009 --> Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT)


Afghanistan: Kabul

Albania: Tirane

Algeria: Algiers

Andorra: Andorra la Vella

Angola: Luanda

Antigua and Barbuda: Saint John's

Argentina: Buenos Aires

Armenia: Yerevan

Australia: Canberra

Austria: Vienna

Azerbaijan: Baku

The Bahamas: Nassau

Bahrain: Manama

Bangladesh: Dhaka

Barbados: Bridgetown

Belarus: Minsk

Belgium: Brussels

Belize: Belmopan

Benin: Porto-Novo

Bhutan: Thimphu

Bolivia: La Paz (administrative); Sucre (judicial)

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Sarajevo

Botswana: Gaborone

Brazil: Brasilia

Brunei: Bandar Seri Begawan

Bulgaria: Sofia

Burkina Faso: Ouagadougou

Burundi: Bujumbura

Cambodia: Phnom Penh

Cameroon: Yaounde

Canada: Ottawa

Cape Verde: Praia

Central African Republic: Bangui

Chad: N'Djamena

Chile: Santiago

China: Beijing

Colombia: Bogota

Comoros: Moroni

Congo, Republic of the: Brazzaville

Congo, Democratic Republic of the: Kinshasa

Costa Rica: San Jose

Cote d'Ivoire: Yamoussoukro (official); Abidjan (de facto)

Croatia: Zagreb

Cuba: Havana

Cyprus: Nicosia

Czech Republic: Prague

Denmark: Copenhagen

Djibouti: Djibouti

Dominica: Roseau

Dominican Republic: Santo Domingo

East Timor (Timor-Leste): Dili

Ecuador: Quito

Egypt: Cairo

El Salvador: San Salvador

Equatorial Guinea: Malabo

Eritrea: Asmara

Estonia: Tallinn

Ethiopia: Addis Ababa

Fiji: Suva

Finland: Helsinki

France: Paris

Gabon: Libreville

The Gambia: Banjul

Georgia: Tbilisi

Germany: Berlin

Ghana: Accra

Greece: Athens

Grenada: Saint George's

Guatemala: Guatemala City

Guinea: Conakry

Guinea-Bissau: Bissau

Guyana: Georgetown

Haiti: Port-au-Prince

Honduras: Tegucigalpa

Hungary: Budapest

Iceland: Reykjavik

India: New Delhi

Indonesia: Jakarta

Iran: Tehran

Iraq: Baghdad

Ireland: Dublin

Israel: Jerusalem

Italy: Rome

Jamaica: Kingston

Japan: Tokyo

Jordan: Amman

Kazakhstan: Astana

Kenya: Nairobi

Kiribati: Tarawa Atoll

Korea, North: Pyongyang

Korea, South: Seoul

Kosovo: Pristina

Kuwait: Kuwait City

Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek

Laos: Vientiane

Latvia: Riga

Lebanon: Beirut

Lesotho: Maseru

Liberia: Monrovia

Libya: Tripoli

Liechtenstein: Vaduz

Lithuania: Vilnius

Luxembourg: Luxembourg

Macedonia: Skopje

Madagascar: Antananarivo

Malawi: Lilongwe

Malaysia: Kuala Lumpur

Maldives: Male

Mali: Bamako

Malta: Valletta

Marshall Islands: Majuro

Mauritania: Nouakchott

Mauritius: Port Louis

Mexico: Mexico City

Micronesia, Federated States of: Palikir

Moldova: Chisinau

Monaco: Monaco

Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar

Montenegro: Podgorica

Morocco: Rabat

Mozambique: Maputo

Myanmar (Burma):Rangoon (Yangon); Naypyidaw or Nay Pyi Taw (administrative)

Namibia: Windhoek

Nauru: no official capital; government offices in Yaren District

Nepal: Kathmandu

Netherlands: Amsterdam; The Hague (seat of government)

New Zealand: Wellington

Nicaragua: Managua

Niger: Niamey

Nigeria: Abuja

Norway: Oslo

Oman: Muscat

Pakistan: Islamabad

Palau: Melekeok

Panama: Panama City

Papua New Guinea: Port Moresby

Paraguay: Asuncion

Peru: Lima

Philippines: Manila

Poland: Warsaw

Portugal: Lisbon

Qatar: Doha

Romania: Bucharest

Russia: Moscow

Rwanda: Kigali

Saint Kitts and Nevis: Basseterre

Saint Lucia: Castries

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines: Kingstown

Samoa: Apia

San Marino: San Marino

Sao Tome and Principe: Sao Tome

Saudi Arabia: Riyadh

Senegal: Dakar

Serbia: Belgrade

Seychelles: Victoria

Sierra Leone: Freetown

Singapore: Singapore

Slovakia: Bratislava

Slovenia: Ljubljana

Solomon Islands: Honiara

Somalia: Mogadishu

South Africa: Pretoria (administrative); Cape Town (legislative); Bloemfontein (judiciary)

Spain: Madrid

Sri Lanka: Colombo; Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative)

Sudan: Khartoum

Suriname: Paramaribo

Swaziland: Mbabane

Sweden: Stockholm

Switzerland: Bern

Syria: Damascus

Taiwan: Taipei

Tajikistan: Dushanbe

Tanzania: Dar es Salaam; Dodoma (legislative)

Thailand: Bangkok

Togo: Lome

Tonga: Nuku'alofa

Trinidad and Tobago: Port-of-Spain

Tunisia: Tunis

Turkey: Ankara

Turkmenistan: Ashgabat

Tuvalu: Vaiaku village, Funafuti province

Uganda: Kampala

Ukraine: Kyiv

United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi

United Kingdom: London

United States of America: Washington D.C.

Uruguay: Montevideo

Uzbekistan: Tashkent

Vanuatu: Port-Vila

Vatican City (Holy See): Vatican City

Venezuela: Caracas

Vietnam: Hanoi

Yemen: Sanaa

Zambia: Lusaka

Zimbabwe: Harare

Financial and General Awareness

1. When did Regional Rural Banks start functioning in India?

(A) 1975

(B) 1947

(C) 1956

(D) 1960

2. Who was the Chairman of the Sixth Central Pay Commission?

(A) Justice B. N. Srikrishna

(B) Prof. Ravindra Dholakia

(C) J. S. Mathur

(D) Sushma Nath

3. The 11th Five Year Plan is termed as plan for.

(A) India’s Health

(B) Eradication of poverty from India

(C) India’s Education

(D) Development of Rural India

4. Which of the following correctly describes what sub-prime lending is?

(1) Lending to the people with less than ideal credit status.

(2) Lending to the people who are high value customers of the banks.

(3) Lending to those who are not a regular customer

(A) Only 1

(B) Only 2

(C) Only 3

(D) All

5. The actual return of an investor is reduced sometimes as the prices of the commodities go up all of a sudden. In financial sector this type of phenomenon is known as:

(A) Probability risk

(B) Market risk

(C) Inflation risk

(D) Credit risk

6. Which of the following is the limitation of the ATMs owing to which people are required to visit branches of the bank?

(1) It does not accept deposits.

(2) It has a limited cash disbursement capacity.

(3) Lack of human interface.

(A) Only (1)

(B) Only (2)

(C) Only (3)

(D) All

7. The World Development Report 2009 is released by which of the following Organisations?




(D) World Bank

8. Which of the following statements is/are TRUE about the Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. which was in news sometimes back?

(1) The US government provided a US$ 7000 million bailout package to the company.

(2) The company filed for bankruptcy in a court in New York.

(3) The company is now out of financial crisis and is busy in its restructuring so that it can start afresh.

(A) Only (1)

(B) Only (2)

(C) Only (3)

(D) All

9. The Reserve Bank of India has recently issued guidelines to banks on Pillar 2 of Basel II framework. Pillar 2 deals with which of the following?

(1) Better human resource management

(2) Adequate capital to support risks

(3) Better profitability with minimum number of employees

(A) Only (1)

(B) Only (2)

(C) Only (3)

(D) None of these

10.The World Investment Report 2008 was released in September 20This report is published every year by:

(A) Government of India

(B) World Trade Organisation (WTO)

(C) Asian Development Bank (ADB)

(D) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

11. As we all know some new initiatives were introduced in the area of Fiscal Management by the government of India. Which of the following acts was passed a few years back to keep a check on the fiscal indiscipline on macroeconomic parameters?




(D) Public Debt Act

12. Which of the following has the sole right of issuing paper notes in India?

(A) Union Government

(B) Reserve Bank of India

(C) Ministry of Finance

(D) Supreme Court

13. Decision taken at Bretton Woods Conference led to the formation of





14. Which of the following is known as plastic money?

(A) bearer cheques

(B) credit cards

(C) demand drafts

(D) gift cheques

15. Euro is the currency of European Union. When did it come into being?

(A) 1999

(B) 1995

(C) 2000

(D) 2001

16. Which is the largest commercial bank in India?

(A) Reserve Bank of India

(B) State Bank of India

(C) ICICI Bank

(D) Bank of India

17. The Bank of Calcutta, Bank of Bombay and Bank of Madras were merged in 1921 to form

(A) Reserve Bank of India

(B) Imperial Bank of India

(C) Bank of India

(D) Union Bank of India

18.In India, income tax is levied by

(A) Union Government

(B) State Governments

(C) Ministry of Finance


19. The Reserve Bank of India was nationalized in?

(A) 1947

(B) 1948

(C) 1950

(D) 1956

20. What is a Bank which has capital and reserves of over Rs. 5 lakhs called?

(A) National Bank

(B) Cooperative Bank

(C) Scheduled Bank

(D) Unscheduled Bank


SBI: Financial Awareness and Marketing Sample Question Paper

1. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) is better known as
(A) World Bank

(B) Asian Development Bank


(D) It is known by its name

2. When was the Reserve Bank of India established?

(A) 1935

(B) 1920

(C) 1928

(D) 1947

3. Which is the largest commercial bank in India?

(A) Reserve Bank of India

(B) State Bank of India

(C) ICICI Bank

(D) Bank of India

4. The Bank of Calcutta, Bank of Bombay and Bank of Madras were merged in 1921 to form

(A) Reserve Bank of India

(B) Imperial Bank of India

(C) Bank of India

(D) Union Bank of India

5. Which sister organization of the World Bank helps private activity in developing countries by financing projects with long-term capital in the form of equity and loans?

(A) Asian Development Bank


(C) International Developmental Association

(D) International Finance Corporation

6. Which sister organization of the World Bank provides long term loans at zero interest to the poorest developing countries?

(A) Asian Development Bank


(C) International Developmental Association

(D) International Finance Corporation

7. Who is known as the ‘Father of Economics’?

(A) Adam Smith

(B) Chanakya

(C) Machiavelli

(D) None of these

8. Which was the first Indian Bank to introduce credit card?

(A) State Bank of India

(B) Central Bank of India

(C) Union Bank of India


9. What does devaluation of a currency mean?

(A) decrease in the internal value of money

(B) decrease in the external value of money

(C) decrease both in the external and internal values of money

(D) none of these

10.Which of the following is known as plastic money?

(A) bearer cheques

(B) credit cards

(C) demand drafts

(D) gift cheques

11. Which of the following statements best describes the concept of involvement in the context of buyer behaviour?

(A) The length of time involved in the buying process

(B) The potential impact of a product on an individual's self-identity

(C) The number of people involved in the decision-making unit

(D) The complexity of an order

12. Buying decisions generally follow a pattern of overlapping stages. Which of the following best describes the typical stages of the buying process?

(A) Need recognition > Information search > Evaluation > Decision > Post purchase evaluation

(B) Need recognition > Evaluation > Information search > Decision > Post purchase evaluation

(C) Information search > Need recognition > Evaluation > Decision > Post purchase evaluation

(D) Need recognition > Information search > Decision > Evaluation > Post purchase evaluation

13. Needs differ from wants because:

(A) Wants are a socialized manifestation of underlying needs

(B) Needs are a socialized manifest Needs are historical; wants are about the futuretation of underlying wants

(C) Needs are historical; wants are about the future

(D) Needs and wants are exactly the same

14. Which of the following levels of Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is most likely to be associated with consumers' purchase of goods which appeal to their inner sense of peace of mind (e.g. art classes)?

(A) Self-actualization

(B) Love

(C) Security

(D) Physiological

15. An individual is considering buying a new microwave cooker and is faced with the possibility of several models. Which of the following describes the widest range of microwave cookers, which the buyer considers in some form?

(A) The choice set

(B) The awareness set

(C) The total set

(D) The pre-evaluation set

16. A company uses The Coors to endorse its range of snack foods. This endorsement is likely to be particularly effective if the Coors are seen by Large numbers of the company's target market as:

(A) A primary reference group.

(B) A tertiary reference group.

(C) A secondary reference group.

(D) A non-reference group.

17. Which of the following consumer responses is LEAST likely to overcome cognitive dissonance experienced by a consumer who is dissatisfied with their purchase?

(A) Rationalizing to ourselves that a product is actually quite good

(B) Seeing the product in a different light so that we emphasize the bad aspects of a product

(C) Seeing the product in a different light so that we emphasize the good aspects of a product

(D) Complaining and returning goods to the supplier

18.Which of the following labels is NOT associated with a role in a buying Decision Making Unit?

(A) Supplier

(B) Gatekeeper

(C) Decision maker

(D) User

19. A secretary who answers calls for a company buyer may be taking on which role within the company's decision-making unit?

(A) User

(B) Influencer

(C) Gatekeeper

(D) Buyer

20. Which of the following is NOT an element of a Marketing Information System?

(A) Marketing research

(B) Decision support system

(C) Production monitoring system

(D) None of these

1- A
2- A
3- B
4- B
5- D
6- C
7- A
8- B
9- B
10- B
11- A
12- A
13- A
14- A
15- A
16- B
17- A
18- B
19- C
20- D


PM says Mamata has done a commendable job
No increase in freight rates
No increase in passenger fares
Tatkal charges go down to Rs 100, booking time reduced from 5 days to 2 days
Unreserved ticketing systems to be expanded from 5,000 to 8,000 terminals
Janta khana (peoples' food) to be provided in railway stations
Develop 50 stations with world class amenities
12 new non-stop point to point trains introduced
ATMs on 200 mid and small sized stations
Aim for 1300 km gauge conversion by 2010
AC double decker trains for inter-city travel
Railway Finance Corp to borrow Rs 9000 crore in FY 2010
Madrasa students included in concession scheme
To set-up North Eastern development funds
Ladies special trains to be introduced in Kolkata, Chennai and Delhi
Kolkata Metro to be expanded
Increased Budgetary support by Rs 5000 crores
AC 'Yuva' trains at Rs 299 and Rs 399 to be introduced
Press correspondents to get 50% concession
To launch 57 new trains
Non-stop AC 'Turant' trains to connect major metros
Rs 25 ticket for those with monthly salary under Rs 1000 under the 'Izzat scheme'
Ladies special trains during peak hours
A new scheme called 'Izzat' to be introduced
To use Railway Land Bank for industrial development
To set up a new coach factory in Kanchrapara
Computerised tickets from post offices
3000 more unreserved ticketing terminals
At least one doctor on long distance train
Railways to set up cold storage cargoes
Mega logistics hubs in Eastern and Western corridor
Launch of premium faster parcel services in three routes
Aim to fulfill SC/ST backlog in jobs
18,000 wagons to be acquired by FY 2010
Railway hospitals to be upgraded
Commando battalion to be raised for security purposes
Integrated security schemes for 130 vulnerable stations
Railway recruitment board to be reviewed shortly
7 nursing colleges to be set up on railway land
Environmental friendly toilets on trains
49 stations of religious importance to be upgraded
Automatic vending machines to be set up at stations
Women commandos to employed for the security of women passengers
High-capacity double decker AC coaches on the cards
Automatic vending vans to be set up to make ticketing easy
Computerised ticketing from post offices
SMS update on waitlisted tickets
Tickets can be bought from Post Offices
Automatic train information systems on major cities
Specially designed coaches, escalators and elevators for the physically challenged
Depute doctors on long distance trains
Book stores, PCOs to be set up across stations
Infotainment services on Rajhandi and Shatabdi trains
To take the Private-Public partnership route to develop stations
Priority for food and water on trains
Developing multi-functional complexes at stations
Priority to passenger amenities
Rail projects shouldn't be gauged by economic viability but governed by social viability: Mamata
To set up panel for financing unavailable rail projects
Improvement of trains amenities
Railways is trying to keep up with change
Committed to the cause of the underpreviliged.
Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee begins her speech in Parliament.
Shares of engineering and wagon manufacturing firms surged by up to 4 per cent on the Bombay Stock Exchange in early trade today ahead of the Railway Budget 2009-10
Bharat Earth Movers Ltd (BEML) gained 2.15 per cent at Rs 1,105, Hind Rectifiers, the manufacturer of rectifier equipment and semi-conductor devices, rose by 5.27 per cent to Rs 64.95
Budget is of the people, by the people and for the people: Mamata Banerjee
More trains for West Bengal
Budget hotels at railway stations
More Garib Rath trains to be introduced
Measures to improve catering and on-board decoration
Special announcement for security on railways
Mamata is expected to announce 25 new trains
Amid expectations of improvement in railway amenities and food served in trains, Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee would present a 'pro-people' budget in Parliament
Business leaders and commoners in West Bengal are expecting a series of sops for the state when she presents her budget in parliament
In her two budgets earlier, Banerjee introduced a new biweekly New Delhi-Kolkata Rajdhani Express, besides starting several express trains connecting various portions of West Bengal
She might also announce changes in the Tatkal scheme to make it more passenger friendly
Among the legacies of conflict that Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee has inherited from her predecessor Lalu Prasad is the much-hyped budget hotels scheme - involving the construction of 100 hotels on vacant railway land in the public-private partnership mode
Mumbai, which accounts for more than 50 per cent of country's train passengers, expects three of its major projects to be approved in the railway budget
Mamata's predecessor Lalu Prasad Yadav had promised to introduce GO Mumbai card on Central and Western Railway and on BEST

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