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World General Knowledge For PSC Exams

World General Knowledge For PSC Exams

Who is elected as Costa Rica’s first female president? Laura Chinchilla
· Who is the Vice-President of World Bank (IBRD)? Anil Sood
· Who is the Chairman of UN General Assembly? Ali Triki
· Who is the Director-General of UNESCO? Koïchiro Matsuura
· Who is the Director-General of FAO? Jacques Diouf
· Who is the Director-General of (ILO)? Juan Somavia
· Who is the Executive Director of (UNICEF)? Anthony Lake
· Who is the Director-General of (WHO)? Margaret Chan
· Who is the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)? Antonio Gutrres
· Who is the Administrator of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)? Helen Clerk
· Who is the President of International Court of Justice (ICJ)? Hishashi Owada
· Who is the President of Asian Development Bank (ADB)? Haruhiko Kuroda
· Who is the President of International Olympic Committee (IOC)? Jacques Rogge
· Who is the Secretary-General of Commonwealth? Kamlesh Sharma
· Who is the Chairman of UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC)?: Martin I. Uhomoibhi
· Who is the High Commissioner of UNHRC? Navnetham Pillai
· Who is the President of International Cricket Council (ICC)? David Morgan
· Who is the Secretary-General of African Union (AU)?Bingu wa Mutharika
· Who is the Chairman of Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)? Hosni Mubarak
· Who is the Secretary-General of UNCTAD? Supachai Panitchpakdi
· Who is the Chairman of Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and President of Palestinian National Authority?
· Mahmoud Abbas
· Who is the Secretary General of OPEC? Abdullah Salem ul Badri
· Who is the Director-General of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)? Yukiya Amano
· Who is the Secretary-General of NATO? Anders Fogh Rasmussen
· Who is the Director-General of World Trade Organization (WTO)? Pascal Lamy
· Who is the Secretary-General of INTERPOL? Ronald Nobel
· Who is the Secretary-General of ASEAN? Dr. Surin Pitsuwan
· Who is the Secretary-General of SAARC? Dr. Sheelkant Sharma
· Who is the President of International Amateur Athletics Federation (IAAF)? Lamine Diack
· Who is the Secretary-General of Amnesty International? Irene Zubaida Khan
· Who is the President of World Bank (WB)? Robert Zoellick
· Who is the Managing Director of International Monetary Fund (IMF)? Dominique Strauss-Kahn

· Which of the following countries has introduced “Direct Democracy”? Switzerland
· Inflation occurs when aggregate supply is Less than aggregate demand ·
Which of the following crops helps in nitrogen fixation? Beans ·
The term “Fourth Estate” refers Press ·
At which of the following place Rajiv Gandhi died of human bomb explosion? Sriperumbudur · The Governor General associated with the abolition of slavery was Bentinck.·
World No-Tobacco Day is observed on May 31 ·
Which one of the following ecosystems covers the largest area of the earth’s surface? Marine Ecosystem ·
Thalassaemia is a hereditary disease affecting – Blood ·
Polythene is industrially prepared by the polymerization of – Ethylene ·
Which one of the following is not the official language of the United Nations Organisation? Portuguese ·
Biological Oxygen demand (BOD) is used as a standard measure of Oxygen level in water system ·
Which of the following Crops is of Kharif Season? Soyabean ·
By which of the following Acts were the Commercial Rights of East India Company Abolished? Charter Act of 1833 ·
The acronym STD written on Telephone booth stands for Subscriber Telephone Dialing ·
The disease diphtheria affects Throat · The Harry Potter series is written by J K Rowling ·
The most common communicable disease is Influenza
· Taoism is a school of Chinese philosophy·
Hydrogen is used instead of Helium to fill balloons for meteorology because of its low density ·
The most abundant element in the earth’s crust is Oxygen ·
Stainless steel is an example of a metallic compound ·
The International Date Line is the 180° Longitude ·
Who among the following was the first Maratha Ruler to get legal recognition from the Mughals? Sahuji ·
The average solar day is approximately 24 hrs ·
Cotton is a cellulose fiber· Vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium
· Dengue fever is spread by Aedes aegypti mosquito ·
Genome is the key to tomorrow’s medical practices because It provides a new outlook into medicine ·
Mahatma Gandhi started his struggle against apartheid in Natal ·
How may squares are there in a Chess Board? 64 ·
The “stones” formed in human kidney consist mostly of Sodium chloride ·
The study which deals with secret writing is known as Cryptology ·
The oceans cover ——– of the surface of the earth 71% ·
“James Bond” is a character created by Ian Fleming ·
Bangalore is called the “Silicon Valley of India” ·
The role of chlorophyll in photosynthesis is Absorption of light ·
The first Europeans to start trade relations with India were the Dutch ·
Process of breeding fish in ponds and artificial reservoirs is known as Pisciculture ·
Why does diamond shine at night? Diamond shines because it has tetrahedral molecular structure ·
The sea route to India was discovered by the Portuguese ·
Babur entered India for the first time from the west through Sind ·
Of the total water on the earth, fresh water reserves constitute approximately 2.7% ·
The magnetic effect of electric current was first observed by Oersted ·
The percentage of glucose present in the normal urine is 0.1% ·
Jahangiri Mahal is located in Agra Fort ·
The relics of Indus Valley Civilisation indicates that the main occupation of the people was Commerce ·
Marish traveller, Ibn Batutah, came to India during the time of Muhammed bin Tughlaq ·
The ancient name of Bengal was Gauda ·
Protective foods in our diet are Proteins and carbohydrates ·
Which of the following types of clothes is manufactured by using petroleum products? Nylon ·
U Thant Award is given for Social service ·
Who among the following were popularly known as Red Shirts? Khudai Khidmatgars ·
During the period of Renaissance, the new style of architecture first developed in Italy ·
Srinagar is situated on the bank of the river Jhelum ·
The canal joining Baltic Sea to North Sea is Kiel Canal ·
High pressure subtropical calm belts known as `Horse Latitudes’ lies between 30° and 35° ·
On 22nd December, which of the following places has the largest day and shortest night? Melbourne ·
Blue Revolution is related to fish production ·
Sphere of living matter together with water, air and soil on the surface of the earth is known as Biosphere ·
What is the birth date of Sonia Gandhi? Answer: 9 December 1946·
Who is the IAS Topper in UPSC Civil Services Exam 2010? Dr Shah Faesal, 26 year-old MBBS graduate·
Which metal is heavier, silver or gold? Gold·
Which state is the biggest in the US? Alaska·
What is Aurora Borealis commonly known as? Northern Lights·
Which is the non-contagious disease that is the most common in the world? Tooth Decay ·
In which country was golf first played? Scotland·
Which is the sport wherein you would use a “sand iron”? Golf
· Who was the writer of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland? Lewis Carroll · What is the rhino’s horn made of? Hair·
Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor ·
If you were to remove your skin, it would weigh as much as 5 pounds ·
90 % of all the ice in the world in on Antarctica ·
Antarctica is DRIEST continent. Antarctica is a desert · .
Antarctica is COLDEST continent, averaging minus 76 degrees in the winter · Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete. ·
Your heart beats over 100,000 times a day ·
Fingernails grow nearly 4 times faster than toenails! ·
Honey is the only food that does not spoil. ·
Earth is the only planet not named after a god. ·
There was once an undersea post office in the Bahamas. ·
Penguins are not found in the North Pole ·
A dentist invented the Electric Chair. ·
A whip makes a cracking sound because its tip moves faster than the speed of sound ·
Alexander Graham Bell’s wife and mother were both deaf ·
Fish scales are an ingredient in most lipsticks ·
Canada” is an Indian word meaning “Big Village”. ·
1.7 liters of saliva is produced each day ·
The Wright Brothers invented one of the first airplanes. It was called the Kitty Hawk. ·
Venus is nicknamed the “Jewel of the Sky.” Because of the greenhouse effect, it is hotter than Mercury, even though it’s not as close to the sun. Venus does not have a moon but it does have clouds of sulfuric acid! ·
Which strait separates the North and South islands of New Zealand? Cook Strait·
In which city is the Doge’s Palace? Venice·
Which continent has the larger land mass: Africa or North America? Africa· What name is given to the art of preparing, stuffng and mounting the skins of animals to make lifelike models? Taxidermy·
The name of which Roman god means ‘shining father’ in Latin? Jupiter· Which theoretical temperature corresponds to minus 273.15 degrees on the Celsius scale? Absolute zero·
Who wrote Bleak House? Charles Dickens·
Ganymede is a satellite of which planet? Jupiter·
Which city was the first in the world to have a population of more than one million? London (circa 1811)·
Which was the first element to be created artificially? Technetium·
In computing, what does ISDN stand for? Integrated Services Digital Network· The world’s windiest place is Commonwealth Bay, Antartica. ·
The desert baobab tree can store up to 1000 litres of water in its trunk. ·
The USA uses 29% of the world’s petrol and 33% of the world’s electricity. · Tibet is the highest country in the world. Its average height above sea level is 4500 meters. ·
The White Sea, in Russia, has the lowest temperature, only -2 degrees centigrade.
The Persian Gulf is the warmest sea. In the summer its temperature reaches 35.6 degrees centigrade. ·
There is no land at all at the North Pole, only ice on top of sea. ·
Over 4 million cars in Brazil are now running on gasohol instead of petrol. Gasohol is a fuel made from sugar cane.·
US Dollar bills are made out of cotton and linen. ·
Giraffes and rats can last longer without water than camels. ·
Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks so that it doesn’t digest itself. ·
A B-25 bomber crashed into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945. ·
The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp (marijuana) paper. · The dot over the letter “i” is called a tittle. ·
Triskaidekaphobia means fear of the number 13. ·
The ZIP in “ZIP code” means Zoning Improvement Plan. ·
Camel’s have three eyelids. ·
Most lipstick contains fish scales. ·
Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode. ·
Over a course of about eleven years, the sun’s magnetic poles switch places. This cycle is called “Solarmax”. ·
The international telephone dialing code for Antarctica is 672. ·
The average raindrop falls at 7 miles per hour. ·
It took Leonardo Da Vinci 10 years to paint Mona Lisa·
IBM’s motto is “Think”. Apple later made their motto “Think different”. ·
A “jiffy” is the scientific name for 1/100th of a second.
· The shortest war in history was between Zanzibar and England in 1896. Zanzibar surrendered after 38 minutes.
· Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors, the helicopter, and many other present day items.
· 25% of a human’s bones are in its feet.
· A jellyfish is 95% water.
· The strongest muscle in the human body is the tongue. (the heart is not a muscle)
· Pearls melt in vinegar.
· Nepal is the only country that doesn’t have a rectangular flag. Switzerland is the only country with a square flag.
· Humans use a total of 72 different muscles in speech.
· The male seahorse carries the eggs until they hatch instead of the female.
· Mercury is the only planet whose orbit is coplanar with its equator. Venus and Uranus are the only planets that rotate opposite to the direction of their orbit.
· The city of Venice stands on about 120 small islands.
· The past-tense of the English word “dare” is “durst”.
· Hummingbirds can’t walk.
· The largest copper producing country in the World is Chile.·
The largest museum in the world is the American Museum of Natural History. · The lowest mountain range in the world is the Buena Bhaile. ·
The country known as the Land of Cakes is Scotland. ·
The tallest tower in the world is the C. N. Tower, Toronto, Canada. ·
The country famous for its fish catch is Japan. ·
Montreal is situated on the bank of River Ottawa. ·
The largest church in the world is Basilica of St. Peter, Vatican City, Rome. · The tallest statue in the world is the Motherland, Volgograd Russia. ·
The largest railway tunnel in the world is the Oshimizu Tunnel, Japan. ·
The Angel Falls is located in Venezuela. ·
The Victoria Falls is located in Rhodesia. ·
Ice Cream was discovered by Gerald Tisyum. ·
Napoleon suffered from alurophobia which means Fear of cats. ·
The aero planes were used in war for the first time by Italians. ·
The famous Island located at the mouth of the Hudson River is Manhattan. · The founder of plastic industry was Leo Hendrik Baekeland. ·
The country where military service is compulsory for women is Israel. ·
The country which has more than 10,000 golf courses is USA. ·
The famous painting ‘Mona Lisa’ is displayed at Louvre museum, Paris. ·
The famous words ‘Veni Vidi Vici’ were said by Julius Caesar. ·
The practice of sterilization of surgical instruments was introduced by Joseph Lister. ·
The number of countries which participated in the first Olympic Games held at Athens was nine. ·
Mercury is also known as Quick Silver.·
Disneyland is located in California, USA. ·
The country which built the first powerful long range rockets is Germany. · Sewing Machine was invented by Isaac M. Singer. ·
Adding Machine was invented by Aldrin. ·
Archimedes was born in Sicily. ·
The largest temple in the world is Angkor Wat in Kampuchea. ·
The largest dome in the world is Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, USA. The largest strait in the world is Tartar Strait.. ·
The largest city of Africa is Cairo. ·
The Heathrow Airport is located in London. ·
The neon lamp was invented by Georges Claude. ·
The last letter of the Greek alphabet is Omega. ·
The US state Utah is also known as Beehive state. ·
The Kalahari Desert is located in Africa. ·
The Patagonian desert is located in Argentina. ·
The person known as the father of aeronautics is Sir George Cayley. ·
The most densely populated Island in the world is Honshu. ·
The largest auto producing nation is Japan. ·
The famous ‘General Motors’ company was founded by William Durant. ·
The country that brings out the FIAT is Italy. ·
The first actor to win an Oscar was Emil Jannings. ·
The first demonstration of a motion picture was held at Paris. ·
The first country to issue stamps was Britain. ·
The world’s largest car manufacturing company is Toyota Motors, JAPAN. · The White House was painted white to hide fire damage. ·
The largest oil producing nation in Africa is Nigeria. ·
The longest river in Russia and Europe is Volga River. ·
The term ‘astrology’ literally means Star Speech. ·
Togo is situated in Africa.·
Coal is also known as Black Diamond. ·
The lightest known metal is Lithium. ·
The Atacama Desert is located in North Chile. ·
The oil used to preserve timber is Creosote oil.
The US state known as ‘Land of 1000 Lakes’ is Minnesota. ·
The popular detective character created by Agatha Christie is Hercule Poirot. · Yoghurt means Fermented milk. ·
Yankee is the nickname of American. ·
Victoria Falls was discovered by David Livingstone. ·
The technique to produce the first test tube baby was evolved by Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards. ·
The oldest residential university of Britain is the Oxford University. ·
The name of the large clock on the tower of the House of Parliament in London is called Big Ben.·
Prado Museum is located in Madrid.·
The number of keys in an ordinary piano is Eighty eight.
· ‘Man is a Tool Making Animal’ was said by Benjamin Franklin. ·
The term ‘anesthesia’ was coined by Oliver Wendell Holmes. ·
The first man to reach Antarctica was Fabian Gottlieb.·
The Kilimanjaro volcano is situated in Tanzania. ·
The invention that is considered to have built America is Dynamite. ·
What is the full form of GPRS? – General Packet Radio Service ·
Which was the first university established in the world? – Nalanda University · The country that accounts for nearly one third of the total teak production of the world is Myanmar
· The country also known as “country of copper” is Zambia
· The coldest place on the earth is Verkoyansk in Siberia
· The country which ranks second in terms of land area is Canada
· The largest Island in the Mediterranean sea is Sicily
· The river Jordan flows out into the Dead sea
· The capital city that stands on the river Danube is Belgrade
· The country which is the largest producer of tin in the world is China
· The river which carries maximum quantity of water into the sea is the Amazon River29
· The city which was once called the `Forbidden City’ was Peking
· The volcano Vesuvius is located in Italy
· The largest bell in the world is theTsar Kolkol at Kremlin, Moscow
· The biggest stadium in the world is the Strahov Stadium, Prague
· The world’s largest diamond producing country is South Africa.
· Australia was discovered by James Cook
· Dublin is situated at the mouth of river Liffey
· The Eiffel tower was built by Alexander Eiffe
· The Red Cross was founded by Jean Henri Durant
· The country which has highest population density is Monaco
· The national flower of Britain is Rose
· Niagara Falls was discovered by Louis Hennepin
· The national flower of Italy is Lily
· The national flower of China is Narcissus
· The gateway to the Gulf of Iran is Strait of Hormuz
· The first Industrial Revolution took place in England
· Singapore was founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles
· The independence day of South Korea is celebrated on15th August
· The first President of Egypt was Mohammed Nequib
· The most famous painting of Pablo Picasso was Guermica
· The primary producer of newsprint in the world is Canada
· The person who is called the father of modern Italy is G.Garibaldi
· The founder of modern Germany isBismarck7
· The founder of the Chinese Republic was San Yat Sen
· The first woman Prime Minister of Britain was Margaret Thatcher
· The sculptor of the statue of Liberty was Frederick Auguste Bartholdi
· John F Kennedy was assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald
· The largest river in France is Loire
· The first black person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was Ralph Johnson Bunche
· The principal export of Jamaica is Sugar
· The largest library in the world is the United States Library of Congress, Washington DC
· Who was the youngest President of the USA?Theodore Roosevelt
· Who invented the Light Bulb? Humphry Davy
· Who invented the washing machine? James King
· Who invented the first electric washing machine? Alva Fisher
· Who invented the Vacuum Cleaner? Hubert Booth
· Who is the CEO of search company Google? Eric Schmidt
· Who was the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Services? Satyendranath Tagore
· Which two countries have signed the Nuclear Swap deal with Iran? Brazil and Turkey
· Who is CEO of Yahoo? Carol Bartz
· Who is the first man to climb Mount Everest without oxygen? Phu Dorji
· How many words can you make from a five letter word by shuffling the places of each alphabet? 120
· Speed of computer mouse is measured in which unit? Mickey
· Barack Obama’s birthday is on which date? August 4, 1961
· Which bird is the international symbol of happiness? Bluebird
· Which useful household item is made from naphthalene? Mothballs

World General Knowledge For PSC Exams

Updated: April 24, 2013 — 2:54 am

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