“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers…

An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

“The Knowledge Library”

Knowledge for All, without Barriers……….
An Initiative by: Kausik Chakraborty.

The Knowledge Library

GK Updates India Part-1

1. In Rajasthan, the Panchayat Raj system was introduced in
(a) 1950 (b) 1959
(c) 1960 (d) 1964
Answer: (b)
2. The major part of the Western Ghats lies in the state of:
(a) Tamil Nadu (b) Karnataka
(c) Kerala (d) Goa
Answer: (b)
3. Which religion belongs to the Lotus Temple in New Delhi?
(a) Sikh (b) Parsi
(c) Bahai (d) Jain
Answer: (c)
4. In which Indian State Pahari language is spoken?
(a) Assam (b) Bihar
(c) Jharkhand (d) Himachal Pradesh
Answer: (d)
5. Rajiv Gandhi was born in:
(a) Allahabad (b) New Delhi
(c) Mumbai (d) Dehra Dun
Answer: (c)
6. Where is the headquarters of CAPART (Council for Advancement of People’s Action and Rural Technology)?
(a) New Delhi (b) Mumbai
(c) Hyderabad (d) Kolkata
Answer: (a)
7. The State in India which has the largest number of Local Self Government
(a) Madhya Pradesh(b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Maharashtra (d) Tamil Nadu
Answer: (b)
8. Which is the smallest district in the Indian Union?
(a) Lakshadweep (b) Yanam
(c) Mahe (d) Diu
Answer: (c)
9. The most urbanised state in India
(a) Maharashtra (b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Goa (d) None of these
Answer: (c)
10. The Indian States which have an equal number of members in the Lok Sabha (42):
(a) Bihar and Maharashtra
(b) Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh
(c) Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal
(d) West Bengal and Maharashtra
Answer: (c)
11. Arhai Din Ka Jhonpara, a mosque constructed during the period of  Slave rulers was situated at:
(a) Delhi (b) Ajmer
(c) Badami (d) Allahabad
Answer: (b)
12. Gopinath Bordoli was an eminent freedom fighter and recipient of Bharat Ratna belonged to the State of:
(a) Maharashtra (b) Asom
(c) West Bengal (d) Bihar
Answer: (b)
13. Amarnath is a holy place for:
(a) Hindus (b) Jains
(c) Buddhists (d) Christians
Answer: (a)
14. Lepchas are the tribal people in:
(a) Sikkim (b) Andamans
(c) Tamil Nadu (d) Orissa
Answer: (a)
15.  ‘The Pearl Harbour of India’:
(a) Tuticorin (b) Chennai
(c) Mumbai (d) Surat
Answer: (a)
16. The second-largest Union Territory in India, in terms of area:
(a) Andaman and Nicobar  (b) Delhi
(c) Pondicherry (d) Chandigarh
Answer: (b)
17. The most widely spoken foreign language in India:
(a) French (b) Arabic
(c) Portuguese (d) English
Answer: (d)
18. Which of the following is the biggest state-run organisation in India?
(a) Department of Defence
(b)Posts and Telegraph Department
(c) Railways
(d) Central Public Works Department
Answer: (c)
19. Which of the following states of the Indian Union does not have a bicameral legislature?
(a) Jammu and Kashmir   (b) Bihar
(c) Madhya Pradesh (d) Karnataka
Answer: (c)
20. The parent script of the Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages:
(a) Kharoshti (b) Brahmi
(c) Arabic (d) None of these
Answer: (b)
21. A Bill is published in the Gazette of India after the:
(a) First reading
(b) Second reading
(c) Third reading
(d) Report Stage
Answer: (a)
22. National Institute of Nutrition is located in:
(a) Hyderabad (b) Indore
(c) Karnal (d) Bhopal
Answer: (a)
23. Zawar mines are in the state of:
(a) Bihar (b) Jharkhand
(c) Rajasthan (d) Madhya Pradesh
Answer: (c)
24. Almora hill station is in the state of:
(a) Uttarakhand (b) Kashmir
(c) Himachal Pradesh
(d) Assam
Answer: (a)
25. The coastline of India including those of the islands is:
(a) 15200 km (b) 7816.6 km
(c) 7516.6 km (d) 6200 km
Answer: (c)
26. Arakan Yoma is an extension of the Himalayas located in:
(a) Baluchistan (b) Nepal
(c) Kashmir (d) Myanmar
Answer: (d)
27. The oldest inhabitants of India are considered to be:
(a) Negritoes (b) Mediterranean
(c) Mongoloids (d) Indo-Aryans
Answer: (a)
28. The State which instituted the Kanshi Ram Sports Award:
(a) Haryana (b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Bihar (d) Jharkhand
Answer: (b)
29. The mountain range between Narmada and Tapti:
(a) Karakoram (b) Patkai
(c) Aravalli (d) Satpura
Answer: (d)
30. Which state has the lowest number of Members in the Legislative Assembly?
(a) Goa (b) Sikkim
(c) Manipur (d) Meghalaya
Answer: (b)
31. Bhilai Steel Plant is in the state of:
(a) Chhatisgarh (b) Bihar
(c) Madhya Pradesh
(d) Jharkhand
Answer: (a)
32.  ‘Tirich Mir’ is a mountain peak in:
(a) India (b) Pakistan
(c) Nepal (d) Bhutan
Answer: (b)
33. To which mineral ‘Raniganj’ is associated?
(a) Coal (b) Copper
(c) Diamond (d) Gold
Answer: (a)
34. The National Institute of Visually Handicapped is situated at:
(a) New Delhi (b) Dehra Dun
(c) Kolkatta (d) Chennai
Answer: (b)
35. Which Indian state has the largest number of Loksabha seats?
(a) Uttar Pradesh (b) Bihar
(c) Maharashtra (d) West Bengal
Answer: (a)
36. Gandhiji spent 2089 days in Indian prisons. Where was his last confinement?
(a) Aga Khan Palace, Pune
(b) Yervada jail (c) Thihar jail
(d) None of these
Answer: (a)
37. The venue of the first National Games held in 1985:
(a) Pune (b) Mumbai
(c) New Delhi (d) Imphal
Answer: (c)
38. Tulu is a ….. language:
(a) Indo-Aryan (b) Dravidian
(c) Sino-Tibetan (d) Austric
Answer: (b)
39. Chandranagar, a former European colony was added to the State of ……. in 1954.
(a) Andhra Pradesh (b) West Bengal
(c) Tamil Nadu           (d) Orissa
Answer: (b)
40. The most abundant fruit in India:
(a) Jack fruit (b) Mango
(c) Guava (d) Apple
Answer: (b)
41. Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture & Technology is the first agricultural university in India. It is in the state of:
(a) Uttarakhand (b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Himachal Pradesh (d) Haryana
Answer: (a)
42. Dharavi, India’s largest slum is in:
(a) Delhi (b) Mumbai
(c) Chennai (d) None of these
Answer: (b)
43. Which port city in India is situated on Salsette island?
(a) Chennai (b) Mumbai
(c) Kolkatta (d) Visakhapatnam
Answer: (b)
44. Nagarjuna Srisailam sanctuary is the largest ……. In India.
(a) snake park (b) tiger reserve
(c) lion safari park (d) deer park
Answer: (b)
45. Parameswarakund is a place of pilgrimage in the state of:
(a) Assam (b) Meghalaya
(c) Manippur (d) Arunachal
Answer: (d)
46. During the epic period which region in India was known as ‘Pragjyotisha’:
(a)Orissa (b) Gujarat
(c) Assam (d) Bengal
Answer: (c)
47. The first expressway of India:
(a) Delhi-Kanpur              (b) Ahmedabad-Vadodara
(c) Chennai-Tambaram   (d) Jaipur- Delhi
Answer: (b)
48. Veeresalingam was a reformer in:
(a) Andhra Pradesh           (b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Punjab                             (d) Tamil Nadu
Answer: (a)
49. Who was known as ‘Socrates of Maharashtra’:
(a) Gopalakrishna Gokhale         (b) Feroz Shah Mehta
(c) K.T.Telang                            (d) B.G.Tilak
Answer: (a)
50. The new name of Sudhamapuri:
(a) Porbander (b) Gandhinagar
(c) Ahmedabad (d) Surat
Answer: (a)
51. The setting for Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Jungle Book’:
(a)Manas National Park
(b) Shivpuri National Park
(c) Corbet National Park
(d) Kanha National Park
Answer: (d)



52. The Virupaksha Temple is situated at:
(a) Puri (b) Mahabaleswar
(c) Hampi (d) Madurai
Answer: (c)
53. The largest religion in Lakshadweep:
(a) Hinduism (b) Islam
(c) Christianity (d) Jainism
Answer: (b)
54. The oldest municipal corporation in India:
(a) Delhi (b) Kolkatta
(c) Chennai (d) Allahabad
Answer: (c)
55. Madurai is situated on the banks of the river:
(a) Cauveri (b) Vaigai
(c) Siruvani (d) Krishna
Answer: (b)
56. A hill station in India set up by Americans:
(a) Udagamandalam (b) Dehra Dun
(c) Kodaikanal (d) Shimla
Answer: (c)
57. Which type of landform is occupied by the largest portion of India?
(a) Mountains (b) Hills
(c) Plateau (d) Plains
Answer: (d)
58. Which country has the world’s highest percentage of arable land to the total geographical area:
(a) China (b) India
(c) Pakistan (d) Russia
Answer: (b)
59. The approximate number of villages in India is —— lakhs.
(a) six (b) seven
(c) ten (d) nine
Answer: (a)
60. ……. has the world’s largest cattle and buffalo population.
(a) China (b) Russia
(c) India (d) USA
Answer: (c)
61. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is in:
(a) New Delhi (b) Mumbai
(c) Chennai (d) Allahabad
Answer: (b)
62. The hottest period all over India:
(a) 3 p.m. (b) 1 p.m.
(c) 12.30 p.m. (d) 1.30 p.m.
Answer: (a)
63. Palitana in Gujarat is famous for worshipping places of —— religion.
(a) Buddhism (b) Jainism
(c) Parsi (d) Hinduism
Answer: (b)
64. The first Asian country to start Community Development Project:
(a) China (b) Pakistan
(c) India (d) Bangladesh
Answer: (c)
65. Chandranagar was formerly a ….. colony:
(a) British (b) Dutch
(c) Portuguese (d) French
Answer: (d)
16. Jog falls, the highest waterfall in India is situated in the river:
(a) Cauveri (b) Sharavati
(c) Godavari (d) Krishna
Answer: (b)
67. The Danish East India Company was formed in 1616.  ……… in Tamil Nadu coast was their main centre.
(a) Tranquebar (b) Pondicherry
(c) Chandranagar (d) Goa
Answer: (a)
68. Antarctica Study centre in India  is situated at:
a) Goa (b) New Delhi
(c) Visakhapatnam (d) Tuticorin
Answer: (a)
69. The old name of ‘Rashtrapathi Bhavan’:
(a) Viceregal palace (b) Executive Mansion
(c) Imperial palace (d) None of these
Answer: (a)
70. Pragathi Maidan, which is famous for trade fairs, is situated in:
(a) Bangalore (b) Chennai
(c) New Delhi (d) Mumbai
Answer: (c)
71. In which Indian state Asia’s first oil refinery was established?
(a) West Bengal (b) Maharashtra
(c) Assam (d) Gujarat
Answer: (c)
72. The place which is known as the “Mecca of temple architecture”:
(a) Tanjavur (b) Khajuraho
(c) Mahabalipuram(d) Ellora
Answer: (b)
73. Longest tributary of Indus:
(a) Jhelum (b) Chenab
(c) Sutlej (d) Ravi
Answer: (c)
74. Namdapha Tiger Reserve is in the state of:
(a) Assam (b) Meghalaya
(c) Manipur (d) Arunachal Pradesh
Answer: (d)
75. In Uttar Pradesh, the seat of the High Court is:
(a) Allahabad (b) Lucknow
(c) Kanpur (d) New Delhi
Answer: (a)
76. In which year Indian National Congress approved the Basic Education System propounded by Gandhiji?
Answer: 1938
77. In which year was the Champaran Satyagraha?
Answer: 1917



78. Name the Governor-General who introduced Doctrine of Lapse:
Answer: Dalhousie
79. The first British Viceroy of India:
Answer: Lord Canning
80. The first woman President of the Indian National Congress:
Answer: Annie Besant
81. The town bombarded by Vasco da Gama during his second visit as the local ruler refused to expel Muslim traders from there:
Answer: Kozhikode
82. Who repealed the Vernacular Press Act?
Answer: Lord Ripon
83. Who was the Viceroy when the Indian Penal Code was brought into effect?
Answer: Lord Canning
84. Who was the Viceroy when Queen Victoria was declared the Empress of India in 1877?
Answer: Lytton
85. In India, the death anniversary of Gandhiji is observed as:
Answer: Martyrs day
86. The famous leader whose birthday falls on the birthday of Lal Bahadur Shastri:
Answer: Gandhiji
87. Who was the Congress president when Jawaharlal Nehru was appointed as the chairman of the National Planning Committee constituted by INC?
Answer: Subhash Chandra Bose
88. Who was selected as the second person to observe individual satyagraha in 1940:
Answer: Jawaharlal Nehru
89. In which year Mahatma Gandhi became the president of Indian National Congress:
Answer: 1924
90. Jawaharlal Nehru attended Congress session as a delegate for the first time in 1912.  Ite Besantwas held at:
Answer: Bankipur
91. Jawaharlal Nehru became the President of the Indian National Congress for the first time in:
Answer: 1929
92. Jawaharlal Nehru Port is situated at:
Answer: Mumbai
93. Jawaharlal Nehru was born in 1889 at:
Answer: Allahabad
94. Which state was given the status of ‘associate state’  in 1974?
Answer: Sikkim
95. Who was the President of the Indian National Congress during the Quit India movement?
Answer: Maulana  Abul Kalam Azad
96. In which railway station of South Africa, Gandhiji was thrown out of a train?
Answer: Pietermaritzburg
97. Who was the president of India when Bangladesh was formed in 1971:
Answer: V.V.Giri
98. Lal Bahadur Shastri is the first Prime Minister to be born in the 20th century. He was born in:
Answer: 1904
99. The jurist who gave a verdict in Gandhi assassination Case:
Answer: Atmacharan Aggarwal
100. The second President of  Indian National Congress:
Answer: Dadabhai Navroji
101. Which commission was enquired into the assassination of Indira Gandhi?
Answer: Thakkar Commission



102. Which portfolio was taken over by Jawaharlal Nehru from VK Krishna Menon in the wake of the Chinese aggression of 1962?
Answer: Defence
103. Birla House, where Gandhiji was assassinated, is in:
Answer: Delhi
104. For how many days Gandhiji was imprisoned in South Africa?
Answer: 249
105. In his life, Gandhiji has undergone imprisonment for …… days.
Answer: 2338
106. Jawaharlal Nehru met Gandhiji for the first time at the Lucknow session of the Indian National Congress held in the year____ :
Answer: 1916
107. Subash Chandra Bose became the President of  Indian National Congress for the first time in:
Answer: 1938
108. The journals ‘Al Hilal’ and ‘Al Balal’ were launched by:
Answer: Abul Kalam Azad
109. The Prime Minister of India when India celebrated the golden jubilee of its independence:
Answer: I.K.Gujral
110. What was the post held by Gandhiji in NatalIndian Congress in South Africa?
Answer: Honorary Secretary
111. Who authored Gandhiji’s favourite prayer ‘Vaishnava Janato’?
Answer: Narasimha Mehta
112. Who became the acting prime  minister of India after Jawaharlal Nehru:
Answer: Gulsarilal Nanda
113. Who formed the Widow Remarriage Association in Poona?
Answer: Dhondo Keshav Karve
114. Who wrote ‘India Divided’?
Answer: Dr Rajendraprasad
115. Who is known as the father of Indian Politics and Economics?
Answer: Dadabhai Navroji
116. In which year did Gandhiji establish Sabarmati Ashram?
Answer: 1917
117. Gandhiji conducted his first Satyagraha in South Africa to protest against:
Answer: Asiatic Law Amendment Ordinance Bill
118. In 1878, some of the followers left the organisation led by Keshav Chandra Sen and formed a new organisation named Sadharan Brahma Samaj. Who among the following was the leader of it?
Answer: Anand Mohan Bose
119. The Mauryan emperor who gave attention to Municipal administration:
Answer: Chandragupta Maurya
120. The Viceroy when Rowlatt Act was passed?
Answer: Lord Chelmsford
121. Which event in Buddha’s life is symbolized by Stupa?
Answer: Mahaparinirvana
122. Who launched the journal ‘Pakhtoon’?
Answer: Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
123. Who led Adi Brahma samaj after the schism in Brahma Samaj?
Answer: Debendranath Tagore
124. Who wrote ‘Essays on Gita’ and ‘Life Divine’?
Answer: Aurobindo Ghosh
125. Who is regarded as the first great leader of modern India?-
Answer: Raja Ram Mohun Roy
126. Who became the President of the Indian National Congress for the longest continuous period before independence?
Answer: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad
127. Who founded Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan?
Answer: K.M.Munshi
128. Who authored ‘Mathavilasaprahasanam’?
Answer: Mahendravarman I
129. Whom the British called ‘the father of Indian unrest?
Answer: Bal Gangadhar Tilak
130. The author of ‘Unhappy India’:
Answer: Lala Lajpat rai
131. Which place was a factor of conflict during the tripartite struggle:
Answer: Kanauj
132. Who founded the Tatvabodhini Sabha in 1839?
Answer: Debendranath Tagore
133. Who were the Bose brothers in the national movement?
Answer: Sarath Chandra Bose and Subash Chandra Bose
134. The author of Hind Swaraj?
Answer: Mahatma Gandhi
135. In which state Porbander, the birthplace of Gandhiji is situated?
Answer: Gujarat
136. Who represented the Hindu community in the Second Round Table Conference’?
Answer: Madan Mohan Malavya
137. Who founded the famous Hindu College in Calcutta?
Answer: David Hare
138. The leader who ended Satyagraha at Guruvayur as directed by Gandhiji:
Answer: K.Kelappan
139. Vernacular Press Act was passed in:
Answer: 1878
140. Which Indus valley site is situated near the Gulf of Cambay?
Answer: Lothal
141. Who coined the term Pakistan for the first time?
Answer: Rehmat Ali
142. Who led the march in connection with salt satyagraha in Tamil Nadu, from Thiruchirappally to Vedaranyam?
Answer: C.Rajagopalachri
143. Who said ‘Political freedom is the life-breath of a nation’?
Answer: Aurobindo Ghosh
144. Who was called ‘Desh Nayak”?
Answer: Subhash Chandra Bose
145. Who was called ‘the Prince of Martyrs’?
Answer: Bhagat Singh
146. Who was popularly called ‘Bengal Tiger’?
Answer: Bipin Chandra Pal
147. Third Round Table Conference was held in:
Answer: 1932
148. In which session of the INC did Gandhiji become President?
Answer: 1924 Belgaum (Karnataka)
149. Lal Bahadur Shastri is the first to get Bharat Ratna posthumously. He got Bharat Ratna in:
Answer: 1966
150. At what age did Gandhiji decide to adopt brahmacharya?
Answer: 37
151. In which year did Culcutta medical college start functioning?
Answer: 1835
152. In which year did the Lahore session of the Muslim League pass Pakistan Resolution?
Answer: 1940
153. The first Sikh to become the president of India:
Answer: Gyani Zail Singh
154. The Viceroy when Gandhiji launched Civil Disobedience Movement in 1930-
Answer: Lord Irwin
155. The first Indian woman to become the president of Indian National Congress:
Answer: Sarojini Naidu
156. India’s first newspaper Hickey’s Gazette started in:
Answer: 1780
157. The founders of Swaraj Party are Chitharanjan Das and…..
Answer: Motilal Nehru
158. Who was known as ‘Lokahitawadi’?
Answer: Gopal Hari Deshmukh
159. The first foreigner to become the president of INC?
Answer: George Yule
160. Who designed the national flag of India?
Answer: Pingale Venkiah
161. Who was the first deputy prime minister of India?
Answer: Sardar Patel
162. Who was the last Viceroy of British India?
Answer: Lord Mountbatten
163.  Who was known as the ‘saint of Pavnar’?
Answer: Vinoba Bhave
164. Bombay Stock Exchange was established in:
Answer: 1875
165. Who was known as ‘Japan Gandhi’?
Answer: Toyihiko Kagawa
166. The session of INC which approved the non-cooperation movement of Gandhiji was held at:
Answer: Kolkata
167. The year in which Congress launched the Individual Satyagraha:
Answer: 1940
168. The year of Bardoli Satyagraha led by Sardar Patel:
Answer: 1928
169. The year of the Poona Pact:
Answer: 1932
170. Vivekananda attended the World Parliament of Religions at Chicago in:
Answer: 1893
171. Who wrote ‘Anand Mat’?
Answer: Bankim Chandra Chatterjee
172. The year of Chauri-Chaura incident:
Answer: 1922
173. In which year did Gandhi attend the Second Round Table Conference?
Answer: 1931
174. Who founded the Poona Sarvajanik Sabha in 1870?
Answer: MG Ranade
175. Who headed the boundary commission appointed to demarcate the boundary between India and Pakistan?
Answer: Cyril Radcliff
176. Who said, “ Satyagraha is the tool of strong people”?
Answer: Mahatma Gandhi
177. Who was called ‘Lok Manya’?
Answer: Bal Gangadhar Tilak
178. Who was elected as the president in the All India Kisan Sabha held in Lucknow in 1936?
Answer: Swami Sahajanand Saraswati
179. In which year Gandhi-Irwin Pact was signed?
Answer: 1931
180. Lord Mountbatten became the Viceroy in:
Answer: 1947
181. The trial of INA prisoners in Red Fort was held in:
Answer: 1945
182. Who established Indian Trade Union Federation in 1929?
Answer: NM Joshi
183. Who founded Bharat Sevak Samaj?
Answer: Jawaharlal Nehru
184.The first person to appear on coins in independent India:
Answer: Jawaharlal Nehru
185. The only person to become the president of India who had been defeated in a Presidential previous election:
Answer: Neelam Sanjiva Reddy
186. The president of India who was formerly the chairman of Constituent Assembly:
Answer: Dr Rajendraprasad
187. The suicide bomber who killed Rajiv Gandhi on 21st May 1991:
Answer: Thenmozhi Rajaratnam (Dhanu)
188. Who coined the term ‘Satyagraha’?
Answer: Gandhiji
189. Who established Vedanta College in 1825?
Answer: Ram Mohun Roy
190. Who was hanged along with Bhagat Singh?
Answer: Raj Guru and Sukhdev
191. The only Keralite to become the president of INC:
Answer: C Sankaran Nair
192. Who authored ‘Arctic Home in the Vedas’?
Answer: Bal Gangadhar Tilak
193. Who started the Self Respect Movement in Tamil Nadu?
Answer: EV Ramaswami Naicker
194. In which year did Gandhiji visit Kerala for the first time?
Answer: 1920
195. Name the Indian president who translated ‘The Republic’ by Plato?
Answer: Dr Zakkir Hussain
196. Who was known as ‘Desh band?
Answer: Chittaranjan Das
197. Who founded the Hindu Maha Sabha?
Answer: MM Malavya
198. Who is regarded as the father of ‘the two-nation theory?
Answer: MA Jinnah
199. Who wrote the book “What  Congress and Gandhi have done to Untouchables’?
Answer: B R Ambedkar
200. Who was the political guru of Gopala Krishna Gokhale?
Answer: MG Ranade

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