“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-9

  1. Which river flows between the Satpuras and the Vindhyas?


  1. When are temperatures the highest in Southern India?


  1. Which is the southernmost unit of India?

Great Nicobar

  1. From which river has the Rajasthan Canal (Indira Gandhi Canal) been taken out?


  1. Which area in India receives the least rainfall?

Eastern Rajasthan

  1. Which river has been harnessed under the Bhakra Nangal Project?


  1. In which state the Dhuvaran Thermal Power station is located?


  1. Where is Desert National Park situated?


  1. Khangchendzonga, one of the highest national parks in the world is in the state of:


  1. Kodaikanal is situated in ……:. 

Palani Hills

  1. Which is the main religion in Ladakh?


  1. Which place is known as ‘Little Lhasa’?


  1. Which is known as the Switzerland of Himachal Pradesh :


  1. Which is the native state of the tribe, Gaddis?

Himachal Pradesh:

  1. Indian Institute of Advanced Studies is in:


  1. Which was the summer capital of British India:


  1. Where is the asylum of Dalai Lama:


  1. Which is known as ‘All Seasons State’?

Himachal Pradesh

  1. In which state is the man-made lake Govind Sagar?

Himachal Pradesh

  1. In which Indian state is Giri Hydel Project?

Himachal Pradesh

  1. In which state Kangra Valley, Lahul Valley is situated?

Himachal Pradesh

  1. Which state is called the Fruit basket of India?

Himachal Pradesh

  1. Which state is called the Apple state of India?

Himachal Pradesh

  1. Where is Central Potato Research Institute?


  1. In which river is Nathpa Jhakri Project?


  1. The first state in India to ban plastic:

Himachal Pradesh

  1. Himachal Pradesh is the state where the polling for the first general election was started. It was in?


  1. India’s first carbon-free state:

Himachal Pradesh

  1. The main language of Himachal Pradesh:


  1. The highest post office in the world:


  1. The highest state capital in India:


  1. Which state has the largest percentage of area under forest?


  1. Which State/Union Territory has the largest percentage of area under forest?

Andaman Nicobar

  1. Which state has the largest mangrove forest area?

West Bengal

  1. Which state has the second largest mangrove forest area?


  1. The headquarters of the Forest Survey of India:

Dehra Dun

  1. In which year Project Tiger was started?


  1. The minimum desired area which is considered safe for a tropical country like India:


  1. Which state has the highest per capita forest area?

Arunachal Pradesh

  1. Who started ‘Vana Maholsava’ in India?

KM Munshi

  1. In which year was ‘Vana Maholsava’was started?


  1. Nandan Canan in Orissa is famous for:

White Tiger

  1. In which state is Trishna Sanctuary?


  1. Sanjay Gandhi National Park is adjacent to the city of:


  1. Guindy National Park is adjacent to the city of:


  1. The state which is also called ‘Vananchal’:


  1. The highest national park in India is situated in the state of:


  1. The largest mountain range in India:


  1. What is the length of the Himalayas?


  1. The correct order of mountain ranges in the Himalayas from north to south:

Himadri, Himachal, Shiwalik

  1. Where is the Central Institute of Indian Languages?

= Mysore

English and Foreign Language University which is formerly known as the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages are in Hyderabad.

Indian Institute of Science at Bangalore is founded by Jamshedji Tata and the Indian Academy of Sciences at Bangalore is founded by C.V.Raman.

  1. The place where the first Aadhar Card was issued:

= Tembhili in Maharashtra.

The owner of the first Aadhar Card is Rajana Sonawane.

Khairi in Nagpur is the site of the first Navodaya School in India.

  1. To which deity the Lingaraja Temple in Bhuvaneswar is dedicated?

= Shiva

It was built by Jajati Keshari.

The temples which are known as Holy Golden Triangle is Lingaraja Temple, Puri Jagannath Temple and Konark  Sun Temple

The Konark Sun Temple was built by Narasimhadev I of the Ganga dynasty.

  1. The oldest provincial Public Service Commission in India was Madras Public Service Commission. In which year it was started?


The Public Service Commission in India was established for the first time in 1926 as per the recommendation of the Lee Commission. Later, as per the Government of India Act 1935, it became Federal Public Service Commission. After independence, it was rechristened as Union Public Service Commission (1950).

  1. The only state in North East India where Communist Party came into power?

= Tripura

The Indian state is surrounded by Bangladesh’s three sides- Tripura.

The first cyber forensic laboratory in India was established in Tripura.

Tripura has the least area among the seven states of North East India.

  1. The Mughal Emperor who was buried at Aram Bagh in Agra?

= Babur

Though Babur was buried at Aram Bagh immediately after the demise, later his mortal remains were transferred to Kabul as per his wishes.

The Imperial Mughals whose tombs are outside present-day India are Babur and Jahangir (Lahore).

They are the Mughal emperors who wrote autobiographies.

  1. The oldest public sector bank in India:

= Allahabad Bank

Allahabad Bank was founded in 1865.

Allahabad is in Uttar Pradesh which is the seat of the High Court of U.P. But the headquarters of Allahabad Bank is Kolkata.

The name Allahabad means ‘city of Allah’ and was given by Mughal emperor Akbar.

  1. Which temple is called ‘Black Pagoda’?

= Konark Sun Temple.

The name of Black Pagoda was given by European sailors.

Puri Jagannath Temple is known as ‘White Pagoda’.

The construction of the Puri Temple was started by Anathvarman Chodaganga of the Eastern Chalukya dynasty. It was completed by Ananga Bhima Deva.

  1. The youngest to become Governor in an Indian State:

= Swaraj Kausal

He became Governor of Mizoram in 1990 at the age of 37.

His wife Sushma Swaraj is the youngest (25) to become a cabinet minister in Indian Union (1977) She was also the first woman spokesperson for any political party in India.

The youngest to become Chief Minister of an Indian / Union Territory is M. O. Hasan Farook Maricar of Puducherry. He became Chief Minister at the age of 30.

  1. In which Indian State is Haripura where Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was elected President of Indian National Congress in 1938?

= Gujarat

The Tripuri session of 1939 in which Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was re-elected was held in the State of Madhya Pradesh.

Gujarat was formed after the bifurcation of Bombay state in 1960. Gujarat is the first state formed after the state re-organisation of 1956.

  1. Where did India’s first U.N. Technology innovation lab set up?


  1. The founder-director of CSIR-Centre for Cellular Molecular Biology: 

P.l’rl. Bhargava

  1. The name of the central ministry dealing with environmental affairs is:

Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

  1. Who authored the series of articles entitled India’s Disin­tegrating Democracy in The Times?

Neville Maxwell 

  1. ‘Socialistic pattern’ of Indian society comes through: 

Mixed economy

  1. Anti Defection Law came into force in: 


  1. In which year STD was introduced for the first time in India between Kanpur and Lucknow: 


  1. In which year the first ISD line was established between Mumbai and London: 


  1. Protection of Human Rights Act came into force in: 


  1. Susmita Sen became Miss Universe and Aishwarya Rai became Miss World in: 


  1. The Defence Minister who resigned the post following an attack on the northeastern border of India by China in1962:

V.K. Krishna Menon 

  1. The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) was constituted in:


  1. The socialist leader who was the exponent of ‘total rebel­lion’:

Jayaprakash Narayan 

  1. The first Administrative Reforms Commission in India was appointed in: 


  1. University Grants Commission was formed as per the recommendations of . 

Dr S. Radhakrishnan Commission 

  1. Where did the First Asian Games hold in 1951? 

New Delhi

  1. Which foreign country is associated with Delhi Metro Project? 


  1. Who headed the first Admin­istrative Reforms Commis­sion?

Morarji Desai 

  1. Who headed the second Administrative Reforms Com­mission?

Veerappa Moily 

  1. Which ship has the nickname The Raging Rhino’? 

INS Brahmaputra 

  1. Where did Asia’s first export processing zone (EPZ) set up? 


  1. ‘Wherever he trod became hallowed land, wherever he sat became temples’. Who said these words in tribute to Mahatma Gandhi? 

Jawaharlal Nehru

  1. Name the institutions in India that are modelled after the Massachusetts Institute of  Technology of USA:


  1. National Policy For Empower­ment of Women was adopted in: 


  1. The founder leader of Mizo National Front:


  1. The U.S. president when India requested military help during the Chinese invasion?

John F. Kennedy 

  1. In which year, the first socio-economic caste census start in India?


  1. Whose birthday is celebrated as National Women’s Day on February 13?

Sarojini Naidu 

  1. The Right to Education Act came into force except for the state of. ………..

Jammu & Kashmir 

  1. ‘Mission Indradhanush’ launched by the Government of India pertains to ……………..

Immunization of children and pregnant women 

  1. In which year, United Nations General Assembly voted to establish 2nd October as the  International day of Non-Vio­lence? 


  1. The Obra city is famous for ……………

Thermal Power Plant

  1. The headquarters of Tobacco Board:


  1. The Space Commission was set up in: 


  1. The United Progressive Alli­ance was formed in: 


1696 Which is the highest honour among the Padma Awards conferred on eminent personalities by the Government of India every year?

Padma Vibhushan 

1697 Which is the oldest regiment of the Indian Army?

Madras Regiment 

1698  Who was the president of India during the Janatha Party regime? 

  1. Sanjiva Reddy

1699 Lord Mountbatten remained in office as the Governor Gen­eral of free India up to: 

20th June 1948

  1. National Green Tribunal (NGT) was established in:


  1. The headquarters of Antrix Corporation Limited, the apex marketing agency under Department of Space:


  1. The Union Government setup the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) under the National Commission for Minorities Act, ……………


  1. Which country provided nuclear reactor technology for the Tarapur Atomic Power Station?


  1. Which did the last princely state accede to Indian Union inconsequent to independence? 


  1. Kuldip Nayyar served as the High Commissioner to:


  1. Who became the second Home Minister of India, after the death of Sardar Patel?
  2. Rajagopalachari 
  1. India’s first ambassador to U.S:

Asaf Ali 

  1. He was nominated for the highest Indian civilian award, the Bharat Ratna, in 1968 but he declined, citing his opposition to such honours in a Republic, which he had first voiced during the Constituent Assembly debates. Name this person:


  1. India’s first Cyber Grameen Centre became operational in: 

Andhra Pradesh

  1. Name the Prime Minister of India who took oath of office at Raj Ghat: 

Morarji Desai

  1. The Indian who served as the Chief Election Commissioner of Nepal and Sudan:

Sukumar Sen 

  1. What was the symbol of Indi­an National Congress in the first General Election ( 1951- 52)? 

a pair of bulls with a yoke

  1. In which year National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme spread to all districts? 


  1. Who controversially backed the emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi calling  it  ‘Anushasana Parva’ (Time for Discipline)? 

Vinoba Bhave

  1. Who established ‘Anandwan’ at Warora village in Maharash­tra? 

Baba Amte

  1. Who was the President of In­dia who consistently described Indian secularism as ‘Sarva Dharma Sambhav’?

Dr. S. Radhakrishnan 

  1. From which country did India buy the Barak anti-missile defence systems?


  1. Where is the headquarters of the Animal Welfare Board of India located?


  1. The first Assamese to become the president of India: 

Fakruddin Ali Ahmed

  1. The first state in India to enact the Right to Service Act (201 O) :

Madhya Pradesh 

  1. The president who returned Indian Postal (Amendment) Bill to Parliament in 1986:

Zail Singh 

1721.The supreme authority for telecommunication in India? 


1722 The venue of the first Interna­tional Film Festival of India held in 1952: 

New Delhi

  1. ‘Project Arrow’ is related to: 

Postal system 

  1. Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan is related to: 

Secondary Education

  1. The father of ‘Operation Flood’:

Varghese Kurian 

  1. Who organises Bharat Rang Mahotsav? 

National School of Drama

  1. The first large scale social security scheme launched in Asia in 1948:

Employees State Insurance Corporation 

  1. Study of human language is?


  1. The most widely spoken language in the world is? 

Mandarin (Chinese) 

  1. Which schedule of the Indian constitution contains the list of official languages? 

Eighth Schedule 

  1. At present, the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution specifies how many languages?

22 (originally 14 languages) 

  1. As per Article 343(1) of the Indian constitution the official language of India is …

Hindi in Devanagiri Script 

  1. Hindi has adopted the official language of India in the year? 


  1. The script of Hindi Language is ………


  1. Which languages were added to the official list by the 92nd Amendment Act of 2003?

Bodo, Dogri, Maithili and Santhali

  1. Dogri language is spoken in which state? 

Jammu and Kashmir 

  1. Where is the Central Institute of Indian Languages? 


  1. The first language to be conferred the status of a classical language? 


  1. Which language has recently been conferred the status of classical language?


  1. The Gupta king who was called ‘Indian Napoleon’ by the famous mentioned in: 

Allahabad inscription

  1. The court language of Guptas: 


  1. Where is the Central Institute of Classical Tamil?


  1. Where is the English and Foreign Languages University?


  1. The official language of Nagaland is?


  1. The official language of Jammu and Kashmir 


  1. The official language of Goa?


  1. The only state which has Sanskrit as one of its official languages: 


  1. The Indian language is known as the ‘Italian of the East is? 


  1. Foreign language is commonly spoken in Puducherry 


  1. Malayalam became the classical language on 

23rd May 2013 

  1. The first Indian state which was created on a linguistic basis following a long-drawn agitation?


  1. Where is Maulana Azad National Urdu University?


  1. Khasi and Garo are the principal languages of …………. 


  1. The main port of Cholas during Sangam age:


  1. The highest speaking language in India after Hindi is? 


  1. Sindhi was added by which amendment Act?

21st Amendment Act of 1967 

  1. Konkani, Manipuri and Nepali were added by which amendment? 

7lst Amendment Act of 1992 

  1. Bodo, Dogri, Maithili were in 8th schedule by which amendment? 

92nd Amendment Act of 2003 

  1. Which place is known as the Sanskrit Village of India?

Mattur (Karnataka) 

  1. In 1973 …….. was made the sixth official language of the United Nations 


  1. From what language does the word Parliament come? 


  1. In which language was Hortus Malabaricus originally written? 


  1. Which was the first book to print Malayalam letters? 

Hortus Malabaricus 

  1. The first book was completely printed in Malayalam 

Samshepa vedartham 

  1. The first Malayalam Newspaper in Kerala?


  1. The Rajyasamacharam was published from Thalassery in which year? 


  1. The capital of Harsha’s empire was:


  1. How many official languages are recognized by UNO? 


  1. Official Languages of UNO English, French, Russian, Spanish,

Chinese and Arabic 

  1. Simhala is the official language of. .

Sri Lanka 

  1. Which is the official language of Brazil


  1. Thunchath Ezhuthachan Malayalam University is situated at? 

Tirur (Malappuram District)

  1. Malayalam University comes in to being on: 

1st November 2012

  1. The first Vice-Chancellor of Malayalam University 
  2. Jayakumar 

Confusing Facts 

  1. Languages defined in 8th schedule of Indian Constitution: 

Assamese, Bengali, Bodo, Dogri, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Kashmiri, Konkani, Maithili, Malayalam, Manipuri, Mar­athi, Nepali, Odia, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Santhali, Sindhi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu 

  1. Classical Languages: Tamil, Sanskrit, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Odiya, 
  1. Dravidian languages: Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Thulu, Malayalam. 
  1. Who is known as Father of Indian armed struggle? 

Vasudev Balwant Phadke

  1. Who was the first Indian to tour for political propaganda?

Vasudev Balwant Phadke 

  1. To which place Vasudev Bal­want Phadke was deported in 1879?

Aden (Yemen) 

  1. Who committed the first political murder of a European in India? 

Chapekar Brothers (Damodar Hari Chapekar and Balakrishna Hari Chapekar) 

  1. Name the British officers who were murdered by Chapekar Brothers in Pune on June 23, 1897? 

Commissioner Walter Charles Rand and Police officer U. Charles Ayrest

  1. Which was the organisation founded by V.D. Savarkar in 1904?

Abhinav Bharat 

  1. Who was at the forefront of the murder attempt of the Muzaffarpur judge Douglas Kingsford on April 30, 1908? 

Khudiram Bose, Prafulla Chandra Chaki 

  1. Name the revolutionary who was hanged in the Kingsford murder attempt case? 

Khudiram Bose

  1. Name the viceroy who faced a bomb attack at Chandni Chowk while travelling on elephant back as part of an official procession in 1912?

Lord Hardinge 

  1. Who was the mastermind of a bomb attack on Lord Hardinge at Chandni Chowk in Delhi in 1912?

Ras Bihari Bose 

  1. Name the revolutionary who shot dead Bengal Lt. Governor Sir Curzon Wyllie? 

Madan Lal Dhingra 

  1. The train which was heading from Shahjahanpur to Lucknow was brought to halt by pulling a chain and robed of money on August 9, 1925. This incident is known as:

Kakori Conspiracy case 

  1. Who led the revolutionaries in Kakori Conspiracy? 

Ram Prasad Bismil

  1. When did Hindustan Republican Association rename as Hindustan Social­ ist Republican Army (HRSA)?


  1. Who founded Naujawan Bharat Sabha in 1926? 

Bhagat Singh

  1. Which was the student union founded jointly by Bhagat Singh and Sukhdev? 

Lahore Student Union

  1. Murder of (December 17, 1928) assistant police super­ intended John Saunders, who was responsible for the police lathicharge in Lahore in which Lala Lajpat Rai was seriously injured and later died, was a part of which conspiracy?

Lahore Conspiracy 

  1. Who were the accused in the Lahore Conspiracy case? 

Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev, Rajguru, Chandrashekhar Azad

  1. Name the revolutionary who associated with Bhagat Singh for the bomb blast at Central Assembly Hall, Delhi, on April 8, 1929? 

Batukeshwar Dutt 

  1. Name the revolutionary who died following 63 days of hunger strike at the Lahore Central Jail?

Jatindra Nath Das 

  1. Where did Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev were hanged on March 23, 1931? 

Lahore jail

  1. Who authored the books ‘Why I am An Atheist: An Autobio­ graphical Discourse’ and ‘The fragrance of Freedom’?

Bhagat Singh

  1. At where Chandrasekhar Azad was killed in an encounter with Police in 1931? 

Alfred Park, Allahabad

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