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P.O. Recruitment Exams held in July 2008
1. The government of India recently decided to documentary on climate change in which former US
withdraw duty drawback benefits on iron and steel, Vice President al Gore has featured as a narrator?
cement and rice shipments. This decision is taken to (1) An Inconvenient Truth
meet which of the following objectives? (2) The Sea
(A) To control inflation. (3) Road to Prediction
(B) This was a long-standing demand of the (4) Remember My Name
industry (5) None of these
(C) This will help government of India to maintain 9. Who amongst the following is NOT a Lawn
balance of payment as India is exporting more Tennis Player?
than what it imports. (1) Serena Williams (2) Katarina Srebotnik
(1) Only A (2) Only B (3) Andy Murray (4) Nicolas Almagro
(3) Only C (4) Both A and B (5) Ricky Ponting
(5) None of these 10. The head office of the State Bank of India is
2. Name of B.S. Yeddyurappa was recently in located in:
news as he has taken over as the: (1) Kolkata (2) New Delhi
(1) Governor of Karnataka (3) Pune (4) Ahmedabad
(2) Chief Minister of Karnataka (5) None of these
(3) Governor of Andhra Pradesh 11. Which of the following is NOT the name of

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(4) Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh the sensitive index of any global stock exchange?
(5) None of these (1) Nasdaq (2) Nikkei
3. The government of India is planning to put up (3) Kospi (4) Dow
a bill in the Parliament to ensure free and compulsory (5) Combix
education for all those who are of the age of: 12. Many times we read a term ‘ECB’ in financial
(1) 3 years (2) 5 years newspapers. What is the full form of ECB?
(3) 6-14 years (4) 12-20 years (1) Essential Commercial Borrowing
(5) Upto 21 years (2) Essential Credit and Borrowing
4. “World No Tobacco day” is observed on which (3) External Credit and Business
of the following days? (4) External Commercial Borrowing
(1) 1st May (2) 10th May (5) None of these
(3) 21st May (4) 31st May 13. Who amongst the following has taken over as
(5) 1st June the Chief Minister of Nagaland:
5. Late Vijay Tendulkar who died recently was a (1) Manik Sarkar (2) Dinesh Nandan Sahaya
famous: (3) P. Longon (4) K. Shankarnarayanan
(1) social work (2) politician (5) Neiphiu Rio
(3) sportsman (4) play wright 14. Which of the following is the book written by
(5) None of these Shobha De?
6. Many times we read in newspapers about the (1) Name sake (2) My Life
GM Crops. What is the full form of ‘GM’? (3) Speed Post (4) Long walk to freedom
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(1) Generally Marketed (5) None of these


(2) Genetically Modified 15. Before opening a new branch of a bank,
(3) Green and Moisturious banks are required to take mandatory permission/
(4) Globally Marketed license from:
(5) None of these (1) State government
7. Barack Obama whose name was in news (2) Reserve Bank of India
recently is from which of the following countries? (3) Securities and Exchange Board of India
(1) UK (2) USA (4) Indian Bank Association
(3) France (4) Italy (5) None of these
(5) None of these 16. At present SBI has branch network of about:
8. Which of the following is an Oscar Winning (1) 8,000 branches (2) 9000 branches

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(3) 10,000 branches (4) 12,000 branches (3) Maize (4) Gram
(5) None of these (5) Cotton
17. Chinese Parliament is known as: 28. Union Budget is always presented first in:
(1) National People’s Congress (1) The Lok Sabha
(2) National Assembly (2) The Rajya Sabha
(3) The National Parliament of China (3) Joint Session of the Parliament
(4) The House of Democracy of China (4) Meeting of the Union Cabinet
(5) None of these (5) The State Assemblies
18. The Upper House of Indian Parliament is 29. The first-ever General Election took place in
known as: which of the following countries in Indian Sub-
(1) The Lok Sabha continent?
(2) The Rajya Sabha (1) Bhutan (2) China
(3) The National Assembly (3) Pakistan (4) Bangladesh
(4) The Indian Parliament (5) Sri Lanka
(5) None of these 30. Mahmood Ahmadinejad who was in India on an
19. Which of the following is NOT a member of official visit recently is the:
South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (1) Prime Minister of Iraq
(SAARC)? (2) President of Iran
(1) Nepal (2) Bhutan (3) Prime Minister of Iran
(3) Myanmar (4) Pakistan (4) President of Iraq
(5) Bangladesh (5) None of these
20. Which of the following countries was under the 31. Sujatpur and Balsara villages were in news
grip of a severe earthquake recently in which several recently as a breach in main Narmada Canal made them
people lost their lives? flooded. Both these villages are in which of the
(1) Bangladesh (2) Bhutan following States?
(3) Nepal (4) China (1) Maharashtra (2) Madhya Pradesh
(5) Sri Lanka (3) Gujarat (4) Rajasthan
21. The Chairperson of the Lok Sabha is designated as: (5) None of these
(1) Chairman (2) Speaker 32. As per the estimates given by the Asian Deve-
(3) Vice President (4) President lopment Bank (ADB) the Indian Economy will grow at
(5) None of these which of the following rates in 2008?
22. Rahul Dravid completed his 10,000 runs in the (1) 7% (2) 7.5% (3) 8% (4) 8.5%
Test cricket while playing with which of the following (5) None of these
teams recently? 33. Who amongst the following does not belong to
(1) Bangladesh (2) Pakistan a political party which is normally referred as Left
(3) Australia (4) South Africa Front?
(5) None of these (1) Prakash Karat (2) A.B. Bardhan
23. “Agha Khan Cup” is associated with the game of: (3) D. Raju (4) T.J. Chandrachoodan
(1) Football (2) Badminton (5) M. Veerappa Moily
(3) Hockey (4) Cricket 34. As a gesture to promote denuclearisation and
(5) Tennis also to end nuclear arms programme the cooling tower
24. ‘Checkmate’ is associated with the game of: of a nuclear complex situated in “Youngbyon” was
(1) Chess (2) Polo demolished recently. This nuclear complex is in which
(3) Swimming (4) Wrestling of the following countries?
(5) Boxing (1) South Korea (2) Iran
25. Which of the following awards is NOT associat- (3) China (4) North Korea
ed with the area of sports? (5) None of these
(1) Dhyanchand (2) Arjun 35. China has signed an agreement with which of
(3) Dronacharya (4) Saraswati Samman the following countries, which will help both the parties
(5) Khel Ratna to make the East China Sea “a sea of peace, cooperation
26. “Oscar Awards” are given for the excellence in and friendship”?
the field of: (1) North Korea (2) South Korea
(1) Films (2) Literature (3) Japan (4) Russia
(3) Sports (4) Politics (5) All of these
(5) Status 36. Federal Reserves is the Central Bank of:
27. Which of the following is NOT a food crop: (1) Britain (2) U.S.A.
(1) Wheat (2) Barley (3) Japan (4) Canada

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(5) China nation in May 2008?


37. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) keeps on modi- (1) Venezuela (2) Russia.
fying various rates/ratios to keep the flow of liquidity in (3) Uganda (4) Tanzania
the market in a balanced situation. Which of the follow- (5) None of these
ing rates/ratios/indexes is NOT directly controlled by 44. The World Environment Day is celebrated on
the RBI? which of the following days?
(1) Cash Reserve Ratio (CRR) (1) 5th October (2) 5th August
(2) Bank Rate (3) 5th July (4) 5th June
(3) Repo rate (5) None of these
(4) Reserve Repo Rate 45. Many banks have adopted/launched “Core
(5) Wholesale Price Index (WPI) Banking Solutions” (CBS). Core Banking Solution is:
38. Which of the following was the issue over (1) a marketing strategy adopted by the banks.
which one section of the UPA withdrew its support and (2) a new type of ATM useful for rural population.
Union government headed by Dr Manmohan Singh was (3) a delivery channel for quick and fast delivery.
required to prove its majority in the Lok Sabha? (4) a new product launched to help senior citizens
(A) Inflation, which was on a rise consistently for only as they are not able to visit branches/ATMs
some time. frequently.
(B) Reservation to Gurjars in government jobs. (5) None of these
(C) Nuclea Deal with USA. 46. Which of the following companies of Indian
(1) Only A (2) Only B origin has been placed amongst the world’s Seven Best
(3) Only C (4) Both A and B Firms in financial sector?
(5) None of these (1) IDBI Bank (2) HDFC Bank
39. The government of which of the following (3) Bajaj Capitals (4) ICICI Bank
States has formed a Fisherman Debt Relief Commission (5) None of these
and a moratorium has been placed on proceedings 47. Michel Sleiman has taken over as the President of:
relating to all debts incurred by poor fishermen from (1) Lebanon (2) Cuba
banks and cooperatives? (3) Yemen (4) Zambia
(1) West Bengal (2) Kerala (5) Turkey
(3) Orissa (4) Karnataka 48. Who amongst the following is included in the
(5) None of these list of “Biggest Brains in Business”?
40. Ana Ivanovic won the “French Open Women’s (1) L.N. Mittal
Singles” of Lawn Tennis after defeating: (2) Anil Ambani
(1) Katrina Srebotnik (3) Kumar Mangalam Birla
(2) Dinara Safina (4) Mukesh Ambani
(3) Verginia Ruano Pascual (5) Ratan Tata
(4) Victoria Azarenka 49. The Import of which of the following has raised
(5) None of these the Current Account Deficit of India by about 77%?
41. As per the figures released recently what was (1) Oil (2) Gas
the per capita income at Current Price in the year 2007- (3) Sugar (4) Foodgrain
08 in India? About: (5) None of these
(1) Rs 20,000 (2) Rs 25,000 50. Which of the following countries had decided
(3) Rs 23,000 (4) Rs 33,000 to come out of the membership of OPEC?
(5) Rs 48,000 (1) Iran (2) Indonesia
42. The National e-Governance plan was launched (3) Kuwait (4) Saudi Arabia
by the government of India in the year 2006 with which (5) None of these
of the following intentions/objectives? 51. Which of the following States of India was
(1) To provide qualitative service of government recognized as the Best e-Governed State in 2007?
business to the citizen of India. (1) Jammu and Kashmir (2) Tamil Nadu
(B) To promote IT sector in India so that trained IT (3) Madhya Pradesh (4) Goa
personnel do not go out of the country for jobs. (5) Delhi
(C) To keep a vigil on the business transaction of 52. The duration of which of the following
Indian population to avoid illegal transactions. policies/schemes is from 2004-2009?
(1) Only A (2) Only B (1) Foreign Trade Policy
(3) Only C (4) All A, B and C (2) 11th Five Year Plan
(5) None of these (3) 10th Five Year Plan
43. The former President of which of the following (4) National Rural Guarantee Act
countries has taken over as the Prime Minister of the (5) None of these

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53. Which of the following is the total amount gov- 63. Which of the following is the abbreviated name
ernment of India has earmarked for Agricultural Debt of an autonomous organisation under Ministry of Rural
Waiver and Debt Relief scheme 2008? About: Development?
(1) Rs 10,000 Crore (2) Rs 25,000 Crore (1) NIMI (2) IGNOU
(3) Rs 45,000 Crore (4) Rs 72,000 Crore (3) CAPART (4) NPCIL
(5) Rs 83,000 Crore (5) ICRP
54. Which of the following cannot be called as a 64. Who amongst the following is the recipient of
value Added service offered by a bank? the IIFA Awards 2008 as Best Actress?
(1) Special Accounts for poor sections of society (1) Shamita Shetty (2) Rani Mukherjee
(2) Accident Insurance cover (3) Priyanka Chopra (4) Konkona Sen
(3) Instant Credit of outstation cheques (5) Kareena Kapoor
(4) Free cheque books 65. Who amongst the following is the author of the
(5) All are value added services book “To a Hunger Free World”?
55. Daiichi Sankyo which has taken a major stake (1) A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (2) Ashok Lahiri
in India’s pharma company Ranbaxy is a firm based in: (3) Amartya Sen (4) M.S. Swaminathan
(1) China (2) South Korea (5) None of these
(3) North Korea (4) Japan 66. Which of the following awards is given for
(5) USA excellence in the field of cinema?
56. Which of the following tests is conducted to (1) Kalidas Samman (2) Dronacharya Award
know if a sportsman has taken any performance (3) Arjuna Award (4) Kalinga Award
enhancing drugs? (5) Dada Saheb Phalke Award
(1) EEG (2) Narco Test 67. Which of the following terms is related with
(3) ELISA Test (4) Mind Mapping the game of cricket?
(5) Dope Test (1) Grand Slam (2) Half Nelson
57. Banking Sector will fall under which of the fol- (3) Ashes (4) Screen
lowing sectors? (5) Love
(1) Agricultural Sector (2) Service Sector 68. Who amongst the following is the author of
(3) Manufacturing (4) Industrial Sector “Animal People” which was adjudged as the Best Book
(5) None of these of the Year
58. Which of the following airlines became the (1) V.S. Naipaul (2) Indra Sinha
first Indian based Airlines to operate flight to China? (3) William Darlymple (4) Bill Clinton
(1) Indian (2) Air India (5) John Banville
(3) Kingfisher (4) Jet Airways 69. Who amongst the following is the Chairperson
(5) None of these of the Children’s Film Society?
59. Which of the following terms is NOT used in (1) Kareena Kapoor (2) Jaya Bachchan
Banking Sector? (3) Shabana Azmi (4) Sridevi
(1) SLR (2) NPA (5) None of these
(3) Credit Rating (4) Fixed 70. What is India’s rating in “Ease of Doing
(5) PURA Business Rank” in the “Doing Business Report”
60. Which of the following meets/summit was prepared by the World Bank?
organized in Damascus in March 2008? (1) 55th (2) 80th (3) 100th
(1) Arab League Summit (4) 122nd (5) None of these
(2) G-8 Summit ANSWERS
(3) G-15 Summit
(4) Meeting of the Trade Minister of WTO members 1. (1) 2. (2) 3. (3) 4. (4) 5. (4)
6. (2) 7. (2) 8. (1) 9. (5) 10. (1)
(5) None of these 11. (5) 12. (4) 13. (5) 14. (3) 15. (2)
61. An account in which trading of shares in their 16. (3) 17. (1) 18. (2) 19. (3) 20. (4)
electronic form is done is known as: 21. (2) 22. (4) 23. (1) 24. (1) 25. (4)
(1) Demat Account (2) NRI Account 26. (1) 27. (5) 28. (1) 29. (1) 30. (2)
(3) NRIO Account (4) Current Account 31. (3) 32. (2) 33. (5) 34. (4) 35. (3)
36. (2) 37. (5) 38. (3) 39. (2) 40. (2)
(5) None of these
41. (4) 42. (1) 43. (2) 44. (4) 45. (1)
62. Opening the Savings Bank Account of a minor
46. (2) 47. (1) 48. (5) 49. (1) 50. (5)
girl will be called as which of the following in Banking 51. (5) 52. (1) 53. (4) 54. (1) 55. (4)
terminology? 56. (5) 57. (2) 58. (4) 59. (5) 60. (1)
(1) Retail Banking (2) Merchant Banking 61. (1) 62. (1) 63. (3) 64. (5) 65. (4)
(3) Institutional Banking (4) Social Banking 66. (5) 67. (3) 68. (2)
(5) Corporate Banking 69. (5) Nafeesa Ali 70. (4)

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