General Knowledge – WBCS Main Question Paper

General Knowledge - WBCS Main Question Paper
wbcs main general knowledge questions

WBCS Main Question Paper – 2019

23. When did West Bengal become a state?
(A) August 15, 1947
(B) August 15, 1948
(C) November 26, 1949
(D) January 26, 1950
32. Which of the following is known as the city of eternal spring?
(A) Rome
(B) Quito
(C) Lhasa
(D) Venice
33. India House is situated in
(A) Delhi
(B) Singapore
(C) Rangoon
(D) London
34. Rohinton Baria Trophy is related to
(A) Inter School Hockey Competition
(B) Inter State Polo Championship
(C) Inter-University Cricket Competition
(D) Under 19Table Tennis Competition
35. Deuce; Booster; Spikers; Service; Love are related to
(A) Badminton
(B) Volleyball
(C) Baseball
(D) Billiards
36. The Head Quarters of ILO is located in
(A) Geneva
(B) The Heague
(C) New York
(D) Rome
37. The border line between Pakistan and Afghanistan is known as
(A) McMohan Line
(B) Radcliff Line
(C) Durand Line
(D) Maginot Line
38. Who is the most decorated Olympian?
(A) Usain Bolt
(B) Michael Phelps
(C) Larisa Latinina
(D) Carl Lewis
39. Which one of the following is the highest military decoration of Germany?
(A) Victory Medal
(B) Iron Cross
(C) Military Cross
(D) Croiv de Guerra
40. Shura-e-Millii the Parliament of which country?
(A) Jordan
(B) Iran
(C) Afghanistan
(D) Israel
41. How many official languages are there in UNO?
(A) 3
(B) 4
(C) 5
(D) 6
42. How many operational commands are there in Indian Army?
(A) 5
(B) 6
(C) 7
(D) 8
43. What is the currency of Italy?
(A) Lira
(B) Euro
(C) Dollar
(D) Pound
44. What is the currency of Myanmar?
(A) Kyat
(B) Ringgit
(C) Peso
(D) Baht
45. Which is the capital of Bulgaria?
(A) Sofia
(B) Bangui
(C) Rabat
(D) Lome
46. What is the National aquatic animal of lndia?
(A) River Dolphin
(B) Green Sea Turtle
(C) Seahorse
(D) Dugong
47. Who Said, “Man is by nature a political animal”?
(A) Socrates
(B) Aristotle
(C) Plato
(D) Karl Marx
48. “Playing it my way” is the autobiography of
(A) Brian Lara
(B) Virat Kohli
(C) Sachin Tendulkar
(D) Steve Waugh
49. Who authored the book “Identity and Violence : The Illusion of Destiny”?
(A) L. K. Advani
(B) A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
(C) Amartya Sen
(D) Orphan Pamuk
66. The Elephanta Festival of Art and Culture is held in which city of India?
(A) New Delhi
(B) Thiruvananthapuram
(C) Jaipur
(D) Mumbai


76. Who was the first Sultan of Bengal?
(A) Saifuddin Hamza Shah
(B) Sikandar Shah
(C) Samsuddin Ilyas Shah
(D) Alibardi Khan
77. In which year the Bengal famine happened?
(A) 1876
(B) 1936
(C) 1943
(D) 1976
78. In which year Chandannagar was integrated into West Bengal?
(A) 1947
(B) 1948
(C) 1950
(D) 1954
79. Who was the first Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court?
(A) Sir Rechard Couch
(B) Sir Barnes Peacock
(C) Sir George Ranking
(D) Sir Harold Derbyshire
80. What is the total number of seats in West Bengal Legislative Assembly?
(A) 295
(B) 308
(C) 435
(D) 543
81. Which Viceroy of India suggested the construction of Victoria Memorial in Kolkata?
(A) Lord Curzon
(B) Lord Dalhousie
(C) Lord Ripon
(D) Lord Hardinge
82. Which one is the State Animal of West Bengal?
(A) Royal Bengal Tiger
(B) Spotted Deer
(C) Fishing Cat
(D) One Horned Rhinoceros
83. The Poona pact was an agreement between
(A) Gandhi and Ambedkar
(B) Nehru and Ambedkar
(C) Nehru and Gandhi
(D) Ambedkar and Malviya
84. Who scripted Gandhiji’s favorite song “Vaishnav Jan to Tene Kahiye…”?
(A) Rabindranath Tagore
(B) Premanand
(C) Meera Bai
(D) Chunilal
85. Which one is the India’s multi-purpose river valley?
(All are multi-purpose river valley project)
(A) Vakra Nangal
(B) Damodar Valley
(C) Tungabhadra
(D) Nagarjuna Sagar
86. Who can declare financial emergency in India?
(A) Governor of RBI
(B) Prime Minister
(C) President
(D) Finance Minister
87. Which one is the world’s wettest continent?
(A) Asia
(B) Africa
(C) South America
(D) Europe

88. What is the time difference between India and London?
(A) 4 Hours 30 Minutes
(B) 6 Hours
(C) 8 Hours 30 Minutes
(D) 12 Hours
89. The Constituent Assembly of India has started functioning from
(A) November 26, 1946
(B) December 9, 1946
(C) January 26, 1947
(D) April 21, 1947
90. In which year Swami Vivekananda established Ramakrishna Mission?
(A) 1892
(B) 1897
(C) 1902
(D) 1904
91. In which year the Princely State of Cooch Behar merged with West Bengal?
(A) 1947
(B) 1948
(C) 1949
(D) 1950
92. Which one is the first newspaper published in Bengali language?
(A) Digdarshan
(B) Samachar Darpan
(C) Tattobodhini
(D) Ananda Bazar
93. In which year Howrah Bridge was open for public?
(A) 1941
(B) 1942
(C) 1943
(D) 1944
94. In which year Satyajit Ray’s first film Pather Panchali was released?
(A) 1951
(B) 1955
(C) 1958
(D) 1960
97. India’s first Rajdhani Express turned 50 on March 3, 2019. Which was the route of first Rajdhani Express?
(A) Bombay-New Delhi
(B) Howrah-New Delhi
(C) Madras-New Delhi
(D) Amritsar-New Delhi

99. On which river has the central government approved ‘Kirru Hydro Power Project’?
(A) Mahananda
(B) Chenab
(C) Teesta
(D) Jhelum
149. The permanent decrease in population number occurs due to
(A) Migration
(B) Natality
(C) Emigration
(D) Mortality
188. Asteroid belt is situated between the orbit of
(A) Mercury and Venus
(B) Mars and Jupiter
(C) Jupiter and Saturn
(D) Uranus and Neptune

190. What is the shape of Earth’s orbit?
(A) Ellipse with high eccentricity
(B) Ellipse with low eccentricity
(C) Circle
(D) None of the above
199. The solar sunspot cycle is
(A) 3 years
(B) 7 years
(C) 11 years
(D) 14 years
200. What property of Earth protects us from harmful radiation from the Sun?
(A) Trees
(B) Atmosphere
(C) 70% water
(D) Earth’s motion around the Sun

WBCS Main Question Paper – 2018

65. World Environment Day is observed on
a) 14th November
b) 27th February
c) 5th June
d) 5th September
101. Durand Cup is associated with
a) Cricket
b) Badminton
c) Polo
d) Football
102. Wall Street is located in
a) London
b) Paris
c) New York
d) Germany
103. Manas Sanctuary is located in
a) Jammu and Kashmir
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Assam
d) Uttarakhand
104. Which is known as Cockpit of Europe?
a) Ireland
b) Iceland
c) Belgium
d) Norway
105. Which place is famous as “Sanskrit Village of India”?
(Shivamogga district)
a) Pimpri, Maharashtra
b) Prayag, Uttar Pradesh
c) Mattur, Karnataka     
d) Korba, Chattisgarh
106. The Headquarter of ILO is situated at
a) Rome
b) Paris
c) Geneva      (Switzerland)
d) The Heague
107. How many official languages are there in UNO?
a) 2
b) 4
c) 6
d) 8
109. “Poilu” is the nickname of
(French World War I infantryman)
a) American Soldier
b) French Soldier
c) Japanese Soldier
d) English Soldier
110. The Parliament of Malaysia is known as
a) Majlis
b) Shora
c) Khural
d) Diet
111. Which is the capital of Australia?
a) Sydney
b) Melbourne
c) Adelaide
d) Canberra
112. Veer Savarkar International Airport is situated at
a) Mangalore
b) Kochi
c) Gaya
d) Port Blair
113. Which is the Headquarter of North Central Railway?
a) Bilaspur
b) Jabalpur
c) Jaipur
d) Allahabad   (Prayagraj)
114. Which is the longest national highway in India?
(3,745 km – Srinagar to Kanyakumari)
a) NH-27
b) NH-30
c) NH-44
d) NH-53
116. What type of river bridge Rabindra Setu is?
(3rd Feb, 1943, Howrah Bridge)
a) Beam Bridge
b) Truss Bridge
c) Cantilever Bridge
d) Arch Bridge
117. National Defence Academy of India is situated at 
(Pune, 1954)
a) Khadakwasla
b) Dehradun
c) Jabalpur
d) Wellington
118. Which is the official Flower of West Bengal?
a) Lotus
b) Palash
c) Shephali   (Night-flowering jasmine)
d) Rhododendron
119. Which is the National Aquatic Animal of India?
a) Ganges Shark
b) Dugong
c) Golden Mahseer
d) River Dolphin
120. Ram Nath Kovind is the ___ President of India.
a) 12th
b) 13th
c) 14th
d) 15th
122. All India Muslim League was founded in
a) 1905
b) 1906
c) 1911
d) 1947
123. When did Pondicherry become a part of India?
a) 1961
b) 1962      (16th Aug)
c) 1963
d) 1964
124. “Jai Jawan Jai Kishan”- this is the slogan of
a) Rajiv Gandhi
b) Atal Bihari Vajpayee
c) Lal Bahadur Shastri
d) Jawaharlal Nehru
127. Which State of India touches the boundary or maximum States?
a) Madhya Pradesh
b) Telangana
c) Uttar Pradesh
d) Punjab
129. Which is the official bird of West Bengal?
a) Green Imperial Pigeon
b) White-throated King Fisher
c) Koel
d) Emerald Dove
130. Krishna Deva Raya was the famous ruler of
a) Vijayanagara Dynasty
b) Chola Dynasty
c) Chalukya Dynasty
d) Bahmani Dynasty
131. Tashkent Pact between India and Pakistan was signed in
a) 1960
b) 1961
c) 1965
d) 1966    (10th Jan)
132. Battle of the Hydaspes was fought between Alexander the Great and King Porus in
a) 329 BC
b) 328 BC
c) 327 BC
d) 326 BC
133. When did Goa become a part of India?
a) 1947
b) 1961
c) 1962
d) 1950
134. “All animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”— who said this?
(novel – Animal Farm)
a) Abraham Lincoln
b) Aristotle
c) Thomas Fuller
d) George Orwell
136. Who wrote “The Last Moghul”?
a) William Darlymple
b) Bipan Chandra
c) Chetan Bhagat
d) Orphan Pamuk

137. “A Century Is Not Enough” is the autobiography of
a) Sachin Tendulkar
b) Don Bradman
c) Sourav Ganguly
d) Brian Lara
138. “ISBN’ stands for
a) International Standard Business Number
b) International Standard Book Number
c) International Standard Bond Number
d) International Service Book Number
140. The National Calendar of India is based on
a) Saka Calendar
b) Gragorian Calendar
c) Julian Calendar
d) Hijri Calendar
141. Ghoomar is the folk dance form of
a) Karnataka
b) Gujarat
c) Rajasthan
d) Andhra Pradesh
143. Which University has produced highest number of Nobel laureates?
a) Oxford University
b) Harvard University
c) Cambridge University
d) Yale University
149. “Deuce. Smash, Drop, Love, Let, Fault”— these terms are related to
a) Badminton
b) Wrestling
c) Table Tennis
d) Boxing
150. What is the measurement of a Kabaddi field?
a) 13 mts x 10 mts
b) 13.40 mts x 5.18 mts
c) 18 mts x 9 mts
d) 34 mts x 16 mts
151. Rumtek Monastery is located in
a) Sikkim
b) Arunachal Pradesh
c) Meghalaya
d) Manipur
152. How many languages are recognised by Constitution of India?
a) 20
b) 21
c) 22
d) 23
153. Bharatanatyam is me classical dance form of
a) Kerala
b) Tamil Nadu
c) Karnataka
d) Andhra Pradesh
158. A sports term “Bull’s Eye” is related to
a) Wrestling
b) Rifle Shooting
c) Rugby
d) Polo
159. Agha Khan Cup is associated with
a) Football
b) Hockey
c) Lawn Tennis
d) Badminton
160. Red Square is located in
a) China
b) Venezuela
c) Vietnam
d) Moscow
161. Corbett National Park is located in
a) Uttarpradesh
b) Uttarakhand
c) Gujarat
d) Madhya Pradesh
162. India’s active diamond mine is located at
a) Panna, Madhya Pradesh
b) Ratnagiri, Maharashtra
c) Singareni, Telengana
d) Kolkar, Kamataka
163. The Headquarter of WHO is situated at
a) Rome
b) Paris
c) Geneva     (Switzerland)
d) The Heague
164. The study of coins and medals is known as
a) Philately
b) Numismatics
c) Notaphily
d) Deltiology
165. Who was the last king of France?
a) Napoleon III
b) Louis Philippe I
c) Flenry V
d) Charles X
166. “Old Glory” is the nickname of
a) Scotland Flag
b) U.K. Flag
c) Canada Flag
d) U.S.A. Flag
167. Northern Rhodesia is now known as :
a) Zaire
b) Congo
c) Zambia
d) Zimbabwe
168. The Parliament of USA is known as
a) Congress
b) House of Commons
c) House of Lords
d) Parliament
169. Which is the capital of Ecuador?
a) Maputo
b) Bangui
c) Quito
d) Rabat
171. International Yoga Day is celebrated on
a) 21 June
b) 5 September
c) 11 May
d) 7 December
172. Who is the first Indian woman to become Miss World?
a) Zeenat Aman
b) Rita Faria    (1966)
c) Aditi Gowitrikar
d) Diana Hayden
173. Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar International Airport is situated at
a) Nagpur
b) Pune
c) Kohiapur
d) Nashik
174. Which is the Headquarter of Western Central Railway?
a) Bilaspur
b) Allahabad
c) Jaipur
d) Jabalpur    (MP)
175. India’s place in the world production of Steel is
a) First
b) Second
c) Third
d) Fourth
176. Who wrote “Canterbury Tales”?
a) Geoffrey Chaucer    (1476)
b) Charles Dickens
c) William Wordsworth
d) John Milton
178. What is the currency of Bhutan?
a) Dong
b) Vatu
c) Lempira
d) Ngultrum

WBCS Main Question Paper – 2017

63. Which of the following states is the largest producer of coal ?
(A) Tamil Nadu       
(B) Bihar         
(C) West Bengal   
(D) Rajasthan
64. The lower layer Ionosphere is known as
(A) Troposphere      
(B) Stratosphere        
(C) Ozonosphere       
(D) Thermosphere
66. Humidity is the result of
(A) Evaporation       
(B) Transpiration       
(C) Presence of heat       
(D) Moisture content in the air
72. The recent controversy on the role of the West Bengal Governor is related to
(A) Article 154       
(B) Article 162        
(C) Article 163       
(D) Article 167
4. What is the rank of India in 2010 in the Global Peace Index ?
(A) Seventy      
(B) Eighty     
(C) Hundred      
(D) Hundred Twenty-eight
7. Who headed the Telangana Issue Committee ?
(A) A. N. Rao      
(B) B. Baradarajan      
(C) U. Burman       
(D) B. N. Srikrishna
8. Where were Gandhiji’s Ashes immersed in 2010 ?
(A) The Prayag in Allahabad
(B) The Arabian Sea near Gujarat
(C) The Indian Ocean
(D) The river Jamuna
9. The UPA – II ‘Report to the People’ was released by
(A) Sonia Gandhi      
(B) Manmohan Singh      
(C) Pranab Mukherjee    
(D) None of the above
11. By which Constitutional Amendment Act the recognition of the rulers of the former Indian States was abolished ?
(A) 20th       
(B) 26th     
(C) 27th      
(D) 29th
12. The Union Public Service Commission may act for the State with the approval of
(A) Government of the State    
(B) Union Government    
(C) Governor of the State      
(D) President of India

13. Article 51A of the Indian Constitution is included in
(A) Part III       
(B) Part IV       
(C) Part lVA       
(D) Part V
14. The sobriquet ‘Cockpit of Europe’ is given to
(A) Rome        
(B) Belgium        
(C) Kent in England       
(D) Norway
15. The sobriquet ‘Man of Destiny’ stands for :
(A) Benito Mussolini       
(B) Napoleon Bonaparte      
(C) Adolf Hitler      
(D) Lord Mountbatten
16. ‘Virgin Islands’ is a dependency of :
(A) Britain      
(B) France       
(C) USA       
(D) Germany
17. Find out the correct match :
(17.71% – 2019)
(A) Computation of National Income of India : Ministry of Finance
(B) Nature of usual status unemployment  : Disguised unemployment
(C) Percentage of India’s population to world population  : 16 per cent
(D) Private Participation in Infrastructure  : Narasimham Committee
18. The order of a superior court commanding a person or a public authority to do something in the nature of public duty is called
(A) Habeas Corpus       
(B) Mandamus      
(C) Prohibition      
(D) Certiorari
19. Find the incorrect match :
(A) Balwant Rai Mehta Committee Report   : 1957
(B) Ashok Mehta Committee Report            : 1977
(C) GVK Rao Committee Report               : 1986
(D) LM Singhvi Committee Report               : 1987
20. With reference to Lok Adalats which of the following statements is correct ?
(A) Lok Adalat deals with pre-litigative cases and not those pending before any court
(B) Lok Adalat deals only with civil cases
(C) Lok Adalat consists only with serving or retired judicial officers
(D) None of the above
21. The Indian Constitution is described to have been adopted and enacted by the
(A) Constituent Assembly      
(B) People of India      
(C) Indian Parliament      
(D) British Parliament
22. Who is the writer of “Satyartha Prakash” ?
(A) Dayanand Saraswati     
(B) Aurobindo Ghosh      
(C) Swami Vivekananda     
(D) Raja Rammohan Ray
23. The Sangeet Natak Akademi was established in
(A) 1952      
(B) 1953       
(C) 1954      
(D) 1956
24. Who among the following is associated with Tabla ?
(A) Ali Akbar Khan       
(B) Ali Vilayat Khan       
(C) Bismillah Khan       
(D) Ahmad Jan Thirkuwa
25. Which one of the following originated in Tamil Nadu ?
(A) Kathakali       
(B) Kathak       
(C) Odissi        
(D) Bharatanatyam
29. The Ganga River Cleaning Programme has been collaborating with Germany, because Germany has been known for cleaning its river
(A) Danube       
(B) Rur       
(C) Rhine        
(D) All of the above
34. Unorganised sector depending on cash transaction accounts for
(80% of total employment & 50% of GDP)
(A) 50 pc of total employment in India in 2016.
(B) 60 pc of total employment in India in 2016.
(C) 20 pc of total employmerit in India in 2016.
(D) 80 pc of total employment in India in 2016.
35. The Arab Spring (2010) withered away slowly excepting
(A) Morocco       
(B) Egypt       
(C) Tunisia       
(D) Yemen
37. NAFTA was setup by
(A) George Bush       
(B) Bill Clinton       (1993)
(C) Barack Obama      
(D) Donald Trump
58. Which is the second longest National Highway (NH) in India ?
1st – NH 44 (3,745 km), 2nd – NH 27 (3,507 km)
(A) NH-6      
(B) NH-5      
(C) NH-2      
(D) NH-7
59. The least populated state in India is
(A) Arunachal Pradesh       
(B) Sikkim      
(C) Mizoram      
(D) Uttarakhand
60. Which of the following was the earliest plantation crop introduced in India ?
(A) Tea       
(B) Rubber       
(C) Indigo       
(D) Coffee
74. Who is the writer of Solo ?
(A) Rana Dasgupta        
(B) Upamanyu Chatterjee       
(C) Shobhaa De      
(D) Rahul Mehta
75. Who authored ‘The God Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ’ ?
(A) Kitty Kelley      
(B) Javier Moro        
(C) Philip Pullman      
(D) Aamer Hussein
76. Sarnath is associated with which aspect of Buddha’s lift ?
(A) Residence      
(B) Death       
(C) First sermon       
(D) None of the above
77. Which of the following agencies of the UN existed since World War l?
(A) ILO      
(B) WHO       
(C) FAO      
78. Which organ of the UN has ceased to be functional ?
(A) Trusteeship Council
(B) Secretariat
(C) International Court of Justice
(D) Economic and Social Council
79. Who wrote the book “Utopia” ?
(A) Machiavelli      
(B) Erasmus        
(C) Thomas More      
(D) Cervantes
80. The first newspaper in the world was started in
(A) Japan        
(B) China       
(C) USA       
(D) India
81. Who among the following lived after others ?
(A) Aristotle      
(B) Confucious       
(C) Gautama Buddha       
(D) Jesus Christ
82. World War II began when Germany invaded
(A) Russia        
(B) Austria       
(C) France      
(D) Poland
83. Battle of Waterloo was fought in the year
(A) 1800      
(B) 1805       
(C) 1807       
(D) 1815
84. Who was the President of America during the Civil War ?
(A) Abraham Lincoln       
(B) George Washington      
(C) Andrew Jackson      
(D) James Madison
85. The Meiji Revolution in Japan resulted in the
(A) division of the nation between the European powers
(B) modernisation of the nation’s industry
(C) abolition of the position of the emperor
(D) government being controlled by the Samurai
86. Who among the following was member of the Lok Sabha during his Prime Ministership ?
(A) Deve Gowda       
(B) I K Gujral       
(C) Chandrasekhar      
(D) Manmohan Singh
87. Which of the following calls itself as the ‘Land of 10000 lakes’ in North America ?
(A) North Dakota       
(B) Washington       
(C) Montana      
(D) Minnesota
88. Which of the following pair is not true ?
(A) Christmas : Birth of Jesus Christ
(B) Good Friday : Crucifixion of Jesus
(C) Easter : Rebirth of Jesus
(D) Ascension Day : Ascension of Father Saint Paul
89. With which one of the following is the Tennis Court Oath associated ?
(A) English Revolution       
(B) American Revolution       
(C) French Revolution     
(D) Russian Revolution
90. The Tiananmen Square massacre in China was a reaction to
(A) Deng Xiaoping’s plan to revive the Cultural Revolution
(B) Student demands for individual rights
(C) China’s invitation to western investors
(D) China’s attempt to introduce ‘market socialism’
91. Which one of the following is the major constituent of the Indian Foreign Exchange Reserve ?
(A) Gold     
(B) SDRs       
(C) Foreign Currency Assets      
(D) Reserve Tranche Position of India in IMF
92. Which one of the following ports is a major port of India ?
(All are major port)
(A) Port Blair Port       
(B) Ennore       
(C) Paradeep       
(D) None of the above
93. Which kind of the power accounts for the largest share of power generation in India ?
(A) Nuclear      
(B) Hydro-electricity        
(C) Thermal       
(D) Solar

94. How much percentage of the cost incurred in the Indira Awas Yojana Scheme for rural housing is shared between union and states ?
(A) 50 : 50       
(B) 65 : 35       
(C) 75 : 25        
(D) 90 : 10
95. Which one of the following export items of India has the highest share in the world in the last five years ?
(A) Diamonds      
(B) Oil-cake and other solid residues
(C) Ferro-alloys
(D) Footwear with outer soles of rubber, plastic and leather
96. Which Commission recommended the partition of Punjab into two states of Punjab and Haryana ?
(A) Dhar Commission       
(B) Dass Commission        
(C) Shah Commission    (1966)
(D) Mahajan Commission
97. Which article of the Constitution of India is the ‘heart and soul of the Constitution’, according to Dr. B. R. Ambedkar ?
(A) Article 21     
(B) Article 226       
(C) Article 14        
(D) Article 32
98. The Cabinet Mission Plan for India envisaged :
(A) Federation      
(B) Confederation       
(C) Unitary form of government        
(D) Union of states
100. The article which ensures environment protection in the Constitution of India is
(A) 38A      
(B) 48A       
(C) 51A      
(D) 61A
126. Federation Cup is associated with
(A) Cricket        
(B) Football       
(C) Tennis      
(D) Hockey
127. India won its first Olympic hockey gold in
(A) 1918        
(B) 1928       
(C) 1936       
(D) 1932
175. The term ‘chukker’ is used in
(A) Rifle shooting        
(B) Horse racing       
(C) Wrestling       
(D) Polo

WBCS Main Question Paper – 2016

52. The currency of Indonesia is –
(A) Rupiah       
(B) Dinar      
(C) Ringgit      
(D) Riyal
55. The SAFF cup is  related to which sports ?
(A) Cricket       
(B) Volleyball         
(C) Football        
(D) Hockey
60. The Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary is in –
(A) Odisha        
(B) Madhya Pradesh        
(C) Rajasthan        
(D) Assam
61. Sanjay Dutt, the noted film actor, had been detained under which Act ?
(A) TADA       
(B) IPC-Section 302      
(C) Anti-Defection Act      
(D) Narcotics Act
65. Which of the following states is the largest in the USA in terms of land area ?
(A) Alaska       
(B) Arizona       
(C) Nevada       
(D) Texas
66. Which of the following is not a main organ of the U.N.?
(A) General Assembly
(B) Security Council
(C) International Court of Justice
(D) International Labour Organization
68. Who, among the following, was the Prime Minister when Panchayets were given constitutional status in India ?
(A) Indira Gandhi      
(B) V. P. Singh        
(C) P. V. Narsimha Rao     
(D) Rajiv Gandhi
71. Michael O Dwyer, who had been Governor of Punjub in colonial India at the time of the Amritsar massacre in 1919, was shot dead in 1940, by –
(A) Udham Singh       
(B) Balbir Singh       
(D) Rajendra Singh       
(D) Jaipal Singh
72. The Government of India conducted Operation Raahat to evacuate Indians in 2015 from –
(A) Yemen       
(B) Myanmar       
(C) Bangladesh      
(D) Nepal
79. The Almatti Dam is a hydroelectric project on the river –
(Karnataka – 2005)
(A) Cauvery        
(B) Krishna       
(C) Ganges      
(D) Godavari


81. Duma is the Parliament of
(A) Russia        
(B) Japan      
(C) China       
(D) Iran
85. The working capital of the European Union is in –
(A) Brussels    (Belgium)   
(B) London        
(C) Paris        
(D) Lisbon
86. The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court came into force in –
(Signed – 1998)
(A) 2002       
(B) 2005       
(C) 2013       
(D) 2014
87. When did Goa become a full-fledged state ?
(A) 1977       
(B) 1978       
(C) 1980        
(D) 1987
88. The social networking site ‘Twitter’ was launched in –
(A) 2003        
(B) 2004        
(C) 2005        
(D) 2006
89. Novak Djokovic is a famous player in the field of –
(A) Tennis       
(B) Cricket        
(C) Carrom       
(D) Table Tennis
90. Mira Nair is a noted –
(A) Film maker       
(B) Athlete       
(C) Vocalist       
(D) Scientist
92. The 2018 FIFA World Cup is scheduled to be hosted by :
(A) Brazil        
(B) Russia        
(C) Belgium       
(D) Spain
93. Which of the following organization’s registration had been suspended by the Government of India for violation of FCRA ?
(A) Ford Foundation      
(B) Green Peace      
(C) Amnesty International        
(D) None of these
94. A famous painter amongst the following was –
(A) Amrita Shergil       
(B) V. Shantaram       
(C) Mallika Sarabhai       
(D) Uday Shankar
96. Who is known as ‘Periyar’ ?
(A) Narayana Guru        
(B) E. V. Ramasami        
(C) B. R. Ambedkar       
(D) Jotirao Phule
97. The Dadasaheb Phalke Award, the highest award in India given to recognize the contribution of film personalities towards the development of Indian Cinema, was instituted in –
(A) 1951        
(B) 1963       
(C) 1965       
(D) 1969
98. Who is the father of Computer Science ?
(A) Alam Turing     (UK) 
(B) Adam Osborne     
(C) John Moore     
(D) Neal Stephenson
99. Which country is called the ‘Land of Thousand Lakes’ ?
(A) Finland       
(B) Ireland       
(C) Canada       
(D) Australia
101. World Wildlife Day is observed on –
(A) March 3       
(B) March 5       
(C) March 8       
(D) March 10
102. Tennis player Roger Federer hails from –
(A) UK       
(B) USA        
(C) Switzerland        
(D) Belgium
111. The High Court at Calcutta, formerly called High Court of Judicature at Fort William, was established in –
(A) 1859      
(B) 1860       
(C) 1862       
(D) 1900
112. The maximum gap between two sessions of Parliament shall not be more than –
(A) two months        
(B) four months        
(C) six months       
(D) one year
116. Raja Ravi Verma was a famous
(A) Athlete        
(B) Artist       
(C) Dancer      
(D) Theatre personality
117. SANA is the news agency of –
(A) Soudi Arabia       
(B) United Arab Emirates        
(C) Syria      
(D) Yemen

119. The UN Security Council has how many members ?
(A) 10       
(B) 12       
(C) 15       
(D) 18
120. The initial structures of Agra Fort were built by –
(A) Jahangir       
(B) Shah Jahan        
(C) Akbar       
(D) Humayun
126. Hubbert curve denotes –
(A) Global Biodiversity         
(B) Global Oil Production 
(C) Global Food Production     
(D) Global Forest Cover
131. Political activist, Jayaprakash Narayan, who was widely known as J. P., died in :
(A) 1979       
(B) 1981       
(C) 1985      
(D) 1986
133. On which date is World Tsunami Awareness day observed ?
(A) October 20       
(B) November 5      
(C) November 10      
(D) December 5
137. When was the Imperial Bank of India nationalised to form the State Bank of India ?
(A) 1947      
(B) 1950       
(C) 1952       
(D) 1955
138. The Headquarter of NATO is in –
(A) Brussels       
(B) Bonn       
(C) New York      
(D) Hague
122. East Timor, which is the 191st member of the UN is located in the continent of –
(A) Asia         
(B) Africa        
(C) Europe       
(D) South America
147. When, for the first time, was a 20 point economic programme announced by the Indian Prime Minister ?
(A) 1971      
(B) 1974        
(C) 1975      
(D) 1978
156. How many member states does the European Union have ?
(A) 28     (including UK)
(B) 30      
(C) 32       
(D) 34
161. In which year did the Euro, the currency of the European Union, come into existence ?
(A) 1999      
(B) 2000       
(C) 2003      
(D) 2005
162. On which river is the Tehri Dam built ?
(A) Godavari       
(B) Bhagirathi       
(C) Indus      
(D) Brahmaputra
165. The Constitution One Hundredth Amendment Act 2015 of India relates to –
(A) Land Boundary Agreement with Bangladesh
(B) Free compulsory education for children from 6 to 14 year
(C) Disqualification of members of a House on Defection
(D) Legislative procedure
166. Who was the first chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission ?
(A) J. S. Verma      
(B) A. S. Anand        
(C) Ranganath Mishra      
(D) H. L. Dattu
174. Sargasso Sea is the other name of-
(A) North Atlantic     
(B) South Atlantic       
(C) North Pacific      
(D) South Pacific
182. The extinction of Dinosaurs occurred approximately-
(A) 25 million years ago     
(B) 45 million years ago
(C) 65 million years ago
(D) 80 million years ago
189. SEBI stands for which of the following ?
(A) Science and Engineering Board of India
(B) Securities and Exchange Board of India
(C) Social Equity Bureau of India
(D) Science and Educational Board of India
193. Sikkim became an Indian state in :
(A) 1973         
(B) 1975     (16 May)     
(C) 1979        
(D) 1981

198. The country with stable age pyramid is-

(A) China        

(B) Chile        

(C) Mexico         

(D) German

200. The national animal of Bhutan is-
(A) Nilgai         
(B) Takin       
(C) Cow       
(D) Snow Leopard



WBCS Main Question Paper – 2015

39. Saturn is the _____ planet from the Sun
(A) Sixth
(B) Eight
(C) Fourth
(D) Third
40. Artesian wells are found in which of the following rocks?
(A) Sedimentary
(B) Metamorphic
(C) Acquifer
(D) Igneous
41. The shortest day is
(A) 22nd December
(B) 15th june
(C) 22nd January
(D) 25th December
42. Which one of the following planets is popularly known as the morning star?
(A) Jupiter
(B) Mars
(C) Venus
(D) Saturn
63. The parent rock from which soil is formed is also referred to as
(A) A Horizon
(B) B Horizon
(C) C Horizon
(D) R Horizon
65. The deepest point on Earth’s crust is located in
(-10,994 m, Mariana trench)
(A) Arctic Ocean
(B) Atlantic Ocean
(C) Pacific Ocean
(D) Indian ocean
66. The origin of universe is around
(A) 12.7 billion years ago (b.y.a)
(B) 13.7 b.y.a
(C) 14.5 b.y.a
(D) 14.7 b.y.a
68. The distance of mesosphere from the Earth’s surface is approximately
(A) 30 km
(B) 50 Km
(C) 70 km
(D) 90 km

71. Arsenic is associated with

(A) Myeloma

(B) Melanoma

(C) Sarcoma

(D) Glioma

103. India and Bangladesh signed a protocol to the Agreement concerning the demarcation of land boundary on
(A) September 6, 2011
(B) May 16, 1974
(C) August 19, 2015
(D) None of the above
104. Consider the following :
1) Until July 31, 2015 Pashchim Mashaldanga was one of the 51 bangladeshi enclaves in India
2) All the Chitts come in the rural extreme of Cooch Behar.
3) 111 Indian enclaves with a population of 37,000 transferred to Bangladesh.
(A) 1 is not true
(B) 2,3 are partially true
(C) 1,2 are not true
(D) All are true
106. Malnutrition in India is mainly attributed to –
(A) Protein deficiency
(B) Vitamin A deficiency
(C) Iron deficiency
(D) All of the above
111. Birth is to be registered with in
(Registration of Births & Deaths Act, 1969)
(A) 7 days
(B) 14 days
(C) 21 Days
(D) 60 days
112. IQ below is considered mental retardation
(A) 70
(B) 90
(C) 80
(D) 60
123. Who developed Yahoo?
(A) Danis Ritch
(B) David Filo and Jerry Yang
(C) Vint Cerf and Robert Luis
(D) Steve Carl
125. The jet air crafts fly very easily and smoothly in the lower stratosphere. What could be the appropriate explanation?
i) There are no clouds or water vapour in the lower stratosphere.
ii)There are no vertical winds in the lower stratosphere
   Which of the statement(s) given above is/are correct.
(A) Only 1
(B) Only 2
(C) Both 1 and 2
(D) Neither 1 nor 2
127. International Day for the Preservation of Ozone Layer is observed on
(A) April 6
(B) February 22
(C) September 16
(D) December 12
128. Which one of the following countries is the highest producer of cotton
A) china
B) Brazil
C) India
D) United States of America
129. Steve Fossett is known for
A) As a crocodile hunter
B) For completing the longest non-stop flight around the globe
C) For swimming across Atlantic Ocean
D) For climbing to Mt Everest without any co-climber
139. The following radioactive element is widely available in India.
(A) Uranium
(B) Plutonium
(C) Caesium
(D) Thorium
141. Maximum number of mass extinction occurred during
(A) Holocene
(B) Devonian      (365 mya)
(C) Oligocene
(D) Pleistocene period

153. When was the Treaty of Versailles signed?
(A) 28 June 1919
(B) 28 June 1946
(C) 28 June 1939
(D) 28 June 1927
154. Each year World Red Cross and Red Cresent Day is celebrated on
(A) May 8
(B) May 18
(C) June 8
(D) June 18
155. Who was the first Indian to be the President of United Nations General Assembly?
(A) Smt Vijay Lakshmi Pandit
(B) Ramesh Bhandhari
(C) Natwar Singh
(D) Krishna Menon
156. The Chairmanship/ Presidency of the United Nations Security Council rotates among the council members_______.
(A) every 6 months
(B) every 3 months
(C) every year
(D) every month
157. ‘The Gathering Storm’ is written by
(A) Winston Churchill
(B) George Washington
(C) Voltaire
(D) Romain Rolands
158. ‘Mrichchakatika’ was written by
(A) Vikramaditya
(B) Shudraka
(C) Kalhana
(D) Banabhatta
159. The first recipient of Nehru Award was ______
(A) Martin Luther King
(B) Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
(C) Mother Teresa
(D) U Thant
160. Kalinga Award was instituted by _______
(A) UNESCO for exceptional contribution of efforts to popularise science.
(B) Indian Military
(C) Jnanpith for encouraging creative writings in modern languages
(D) Indian Audit Association for outstanding contribution to adult literacy in India.
161. Who among the following got the ‘Bharat Ratna’ Award before becoming the President of India?
(A) R Venkataraman
(B) V.V. Giri
(C) Dr. Zakir Hussain
(D) Dr. Rajendra Prasad
163. The name of Pierre Cardin is associated with which of the following fields?
(A) Painting
(B) Films
(C) Pop Music
(D) Fashion designing
164. Guru Gopi Krishna was a maestro of which of the following dance form?
(A) Kuchipudi
(B) Manipuri
(C) Kathak
(D) Bharatnatyam
179. Which is not true about whitley Awards
(A) It was established in 1994 by Edward Whitley
(B) The award recognizes film celebrities working
(C) The award is dubbed as Green Oscar
(D) Dr. Promod Patil and Dr. Ananda Kumar
181. Which is not true about Preserved mushrooms?
(A) Russia is the leading player in mushroom production
(B) Mushrooms preserved by balancing, cleaning and sometimes silicing.
(C) It is very nutritious, rich in fibre and proteins
(D) It has high content of folic acid which is uncommon vegetables.
190.Consider the following statements and find out which is not true
(A) The Constitution of India was adopted by the Constitution Assembly on 26th November, 1949
(B) It came into force on 26th January, 1950
(C) The Constitution has provisions for independence of Public Service Commission.
(D) Residual powers have been vested with the Government of India.
192. Which of the following pairs is not correctly matched?
(A) India’s first technicolour film : Jhansi ki Rani
(B) India’s first 3-D film : My Dear Kuttichathan
(C) India’s first insured film: Taal
(D) India’s first actress to win the Bharat Ratna : Meena kumari
193. The river systems of India can be classified into four groups. Which does not come into the group?
(A) Himalayan rivers
(B) Deccan rivers
(C) Coastal rivers
(D) Midland Basin river
194. Which of the following is not true:
(A) The President of India is the only authority to pardon a death sentence
(B) The President can pardon a death sentence under Article 72
(C) The President can grant pardon to sentence by a court martial.
(D) The Governor can pardon death sentence if the State Law prescribes for death sentence.
195. Which of the following statements are not true regarding National Register of Indian Citizens
(A) It is not compulsory for every Indian Citizen to register
(B) It is a Register of usual residents of the country.
(C) The objective to create a comprehensive identity data base.
(D) This will help to prevent identity fraud.
200. ________ is National Hindi Divas
(A) 14th September
(B) 14th October
(C) 14th November
(D) 14th December.



WBCS Main Question Paper – 2014

3.  In a right angled isosceles triangle, the angles that the two equal sides make with the hypotenuse is
(A) 30°       
(B) 45°      
(C) 60°      
(D) 90°
4.  An amount of Rs. 10000 is kept in a bank at 10% annual compound interest. After 2 years, the interest will be
(A) Rs. 2000       
(B)  Rs. 2050       
(C)  Rs. 2100       
(D) Rs. 2200
5.  The two satellites of Mars are
(A) Io and Europa      
(B) Ganymede and Callisto      
(C) Titan and Charon       
(D) Phobos and Deimos
7.  A body, falling freely from rest, covers a distance of 4m in the first second. The acceleration due to gravity at that place is
(A) 10.0m/sec2      
(B) 9.8m/sec2         
(C) 8.0m/sec2       
(D) 7.5 m/sec2
8.  ABC and DEF are two similar triangles. If ABC has an area of 100 cm2 and if AB : DE = 2 : 1, then the area of DEF is
(A) 25 cm2      
(B) 50 cm2  
(C) 200 cm2      
(D) 400 cm2
9.  The continent where modern, man originated is
(A) Asia       
(B) Europe       
(C) South America        
(D) Africa
13.  If the Earth-Sun distance is increased by a factor of four, the length of the year will increase approximately by a factor of
(A) Two  
(B) Four        
(C) Eight       
(D) Sixteen
14.  The pair of equations ax + by = c,  2ax + 2by = 2c + d, where none of the constants a, b, c, d are zero, has
(A) a unique solution       
(B) no solution      
(C) two solutions      
(D) an Infinite number of solutions
18.  Given that X > Y and Y < Z, the Mowing statement is true.
(A) X > -Y and -Y – Z    
(B)  -X < Y and – Y – Z     
(C)  – X < – Y – Z       
(D)  – X < – Y – Z
46.  World Environment Day is on
(A) 5th September         
(B) 5th June        
(C) 15th September         
(D) 15th June
60.  Which ocean is involved with the emergence of the La Nina climate pattern ?
(A) The global ocean         
(B) The Pacific ocean        
(C) The Atlantic ocean       
(D) The Indian ocean
61.  Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was born in the year
(A) 1897       
(B)  1898        
(C) 1902       
(D) None of the above
63.  Amartya Sen was awarded Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic sciences for his contributions to
(A) Growth economies       
(B) Social choice theory 
(C) Welfare economics       
(D) Financial economics  
64.  Albert Einstein was awarded Nobel Prize for his work on
(a) General theory of relativity
(b) Special theory of relativity
(C) Quantum physics
(D) Theory of photo electricity    (1921)
65.  The battle of Waterloo took place in the year
(A) 1852        
(B) 1815       
(C) 1820       
(D) 1821
66.  Sigmund Freud’s name is associated with
(A) chemistry        
(B) psychology        
(C) physiology        
(D) painting
67.  The headquarters of the Tibetan Government in exile are located in
(Himachal Pradesh)
(A) Darjeeling          
(B) Dharmashala        
(C) New Delhi        
(D) Shimla
68.  The University of Calcutta was established in the year
(A) 1857       (24th Jan)
(B) 1865        
(C) 1885       
(D) 1898
69.  The art work ‘The Last Supper’ was painted by
(A) Salvador Dali       
(B) Pablo Picaso        
(C) Nandalal Bose       
(D) Leonardo da Vinci
71.  India won its first gold in summer Olympic hockey in
(A) 1928 Amsterdam Olympics
(B) 1932 Los Angeles Olympics        
(C) 1936 Berlin Olympics
(D) 1948 London Olympics

72.  M. S. Subhalakshmi was a noted
(Bharat Ratna – 1998)
(A) Painter        
(B) Educationist       
(C) Politician       
(D) Singer
73.  Fergusson college is located in
(A) Mumbai       
(B) Nagpur        
(C) Pune       
(D) Delhi
74.  Uber cup is associated with
(women’s national badminton teams)
(A) Tennis         
(B) Badminton        
(C) Squash        
(D) Golf
75.  The European Union Parliament holds its sessions in
(A) Brussels and Strassbourg        
(B) Brussels        
(C) Strassbourg       
(DJ Strassbourg and Paris
76.  The highest literary award in India is
(A) Jnanpeeth      
(B) Bharat Ratna      
(C) Rabindra Puraskar     
(D) Sahitya Academy Award
77.  Of the following political personalities who was not assassinated ?
(A) Abraham Lincoln      
(B) John F. Kennedy       
(C) Adolf Hitler      
(D) Olaf Palme
78.  Stephen Hawking is famous for his contributions
(A) Nuclear Physics      
(B) Quantum theory       
(C) String theory      
(D) Astrophysics
79.  The Palk Strait lies between
(A) India and Sri Lanka
(B) India and Pakistan
(C) Sri Lanka and Maldives
(D) India and Bangladesh
80.  The Reserve Bank of India was established in the year
(A) 1951       
(B) 1950        
(C) 1935       
(D) 1926
81.  Warsaw convention (1929) is related to
(A) Expansion of trade and commerce among erstwhile communist states
(B) Aviation sector
(C) Sports and games
(D) Sea transport
83.  Article 280 of the constitution of India deals with
(A) Election Commission      
(B) Planning Commission
(C) Finance Commission      
(D) Comptroller and Auditor General
84.  President’s rule may be promulgated in an Indian state under
(A) Article 243       
(B) Article 298        
(C) Article 356       
(D) Article 370
85.  The first Lok Sabha speaker in free India was
(A) S. Radhakrishnan      
(B) Samar Sen       
(C) Radhabinod Pal       
(D) G. V. Mavalankar
88.  The number of banks nationalized by the Government of India in 1969 was
(A) 4      
(B) 11       
(C) 14      
(D) 20 
89.  The Bamiyan Buddhas were located in
(A) Iran        
(B) Afganistan        
(C) Nepal        
(D) Sri Lanka
90.  Rumtek Monastery is located in
(A) Sikkim       
(B) Himachal Pradesh        
(C) Jammu and Kashmir       
(D) Tibet
91.  ‘Deshikottama’ award is conferred by
(A) University of Calcutta
(B) Visva Bharati University
(C) Rabindra Bharati University
(D) Benaras Hindu University
92.  Jadugoda mine is famous for
(A) Silver      
(B) Zinc       
(C) Uranium       
(D) Mica
94.  Which of the following cities is considered as India’s diamond city ?
(A) Mumbai        
(B) Surat      
(C) Jaipur     
(D) Hyderabad
97.  Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was formed in
(A) 1960       
(B) 1967      
(C) 1979       
(D) 1991
98.  With which sport is Cara Black associated ?
(A) Shooting        
(B) Table Tennis        
(C) Tennis       
(D) Cricket
100.  28th June, 1914 is important date as on that day
(A) The Titanic ship sank
(B) The Jallianwala Bagh massacre took place
(C) Germany attacked France
(D) Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated

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