General Knowledge GK Quiz

Here we have created GK Questions Answers (General Knowledge Quiz), General Studies / General Awareness for various competitive exams. The question bank is based on SSC CGL & CPO, SI, MTS, CHSL & Railways exam.

Multiple Choice Question [mcq] on General Knowledge.

Q. _______ was the capital of the Panchala Mahajanapada. [GK: History MCQ]

  1. Kampilya
  2. Rajgriha
  3. Patliputra
  4. Kaushambi


  • Kampilya (South Panchala) and Ahichhatra (North Panchala) were the capitals of the Panchala Mahajanapada.
  • The kingdom covered present-day western Uttar Pradesh up to Kosala Mahajanapada.
Mahajanapada Capital
Panchala Kampilya
Magadha Rajgriha, Patliputra
Vatsa Kaushambi




Q. Which of the following Viceroy introduced the concept of ‘Doctrine of Lapse’? [GK: History MCQ]

  1. Hudson
  2. Lord Cornwallis
  3. Lord Dalhousie
  4. Campbell



  • Lord Dalhousie introduced the Doctrine of Lapse.
  • Doctrine of Lapse is the chief instrument through which Lord Dalhousie implemented his policy of annexation.
  • Under this doctrine, if any ruler of Indian Kingdom dies without leaving natural heir, then that kingdom will be annexed to the British dominance.
  • The motive of Dalhousie’s policy was to expand the British exports to India. 




Q. Among the following who was the most powerful ruler of the famous Kakatiya kingdom of Warangal? [GK: History MCQ]

  1. Vijayalaya
  2. Vishnuvardhana
  3. Ganapatideva
  4. Bhillama V


The correct answer is Ganapatideva.

  • In the Anumakonda inscription, it is described that Rudradeva I was the first independent ruler of the Kakatiya kingdom of Warangal.
  • The most powerful ruler of this kingdom was Ganapatideva, and he ruled for almost 63 years.
  • The last ruler of this kingdom was Prataparudra.
  • All the other rulers given in the option are described in the table below with their kingdoms respectively:
Kingdom  Founder
Yadavas of Devagiri Bhillama V
Kakatiyas of Warangal Rudradeva I
Hoysala  Vishnuvardhana
Chola Vijayalaya




Q.The scientific name of a domesticated cow is ________. [GK: Scientific Name MCQ]

  1. Sus scrofa
  2. Vicugna pacos
  3. Bos taurus
  4. Bison bison
  • Solution:The scientific name of a domesticated cow is Bos taurus. ‘Bos’ refers to the genus that a cow belongs to and ‘taurus’ is its species name.
    Animal Scientific Name Family Class Kingdom  Life Span  
    Domestic pig Sus scrofa  Suidae Mammalia  Animalia 15-20 years
    Cow Bos taurus Bovidae Mammalia Animalia 18-22 years
    Alpaca Vicugna pacos Camelidae Mammalia Animalia 15-20 years
    Bison Bison bison Bovidae  Mammalia Animalia 15 years



Q. ________ is known for being one of the co-founders of Google along with Sergey Brin. 

  1. Frank Whittle
  2. Lee de Forest
  3. Larry Page
  4. Martin Cooper
  • Solution:Larry Page is known for being one of the co-founders of Google along with Sergey Brin.


    • One of the four tech Giants. The other three being, Facebook, Amazon and Apple.
    • It was founded on 4th September 1998.
    • It is headquartered at California, US.
    • Key People:-
    • CEO (Chief Executive Officer) – Sundar Pichai
    • CFO (Chief Financial Officer) – Ruth Porat


    Name Famous For
    Frank Whittle
    • Was an English Royal Air Force air officer and is credited for the invention of the turbojet engine.
    Lee de Forest
    • a pioneer in the development of sound-on-film recording used for motion pictures
    Martin Cooper  Martin Cooper invented the wireless Cell Phone.

    He is considered the “father of the (wireless/handheld) cell phone”.



Q. ______ was the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

  1. Saina Nehwal
  2. Mary Kom
  3. Sakshi Malik
  4. Karnam Malleswari


Karnam Malleswari was the first Indian woman to win an Olympic medal.

Karnam Malleswari was an Indian weightlifter.

In the year 1993, She snapped the bronze in the 54 kg category at the World Championships in Melbourne.

she became a World Champion, clinching the gold at the 1994 World Championships in Istanbul.

she had won 29 International medals, of which 11 were gold.

She won Bronze at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Weightlifting event (69 kg).

Q. Kathakali dance is originated from ___________.

  1. Kerala
  2. Manipur
  3. Tamil Nadu
  4. Assam


  • Kathakali dance is originated from Kerala.
  • The Sangeet Natak Akademi recognizes eight classical dance in India.
  • Manipuri dance is originated from Manipur.
  • Bharatnatyam dance is originated from Tamil Nadu
  • Sattriya dance is originated from Assam.



Q. The poem “Abode of The Beloved” was written by ________.

  1. Raskhan
  2. Kabir
  3. Surdas
  4. Tansen
  • Solution:The poem “Abode of The Beloved” was written by Kabir.

    Kabir was a 15th-century Indian mystic poet and saint.

    Poet Poem Collection
    • Prem Vatika
    • Sujana Raskhana
    • Abode of The Beloved
    • Illusion And Reality
    • Shrikrishna Balmadhuri
    • Sur Sagar



Q. Among the following options, where is the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is located?


  1. Hampi
  2. Awadh
  3. Khajuraho
  4. Kailash

Solution :

Kandariya Mahadeva temple is located  at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh.

The meaning of its name is “the Great God of the Cave”.

It was constructed in the Medieval period & this temple is a vital example of Nagar style of temple architecture.


Q. Hill Palace, the largest archeological museum is situated in which state of India?

  1. Tripura
  2. Kerala
  3. Arunachal Pradesh
  4. Manipur

Solution :

The Hill Palace is the largest archeological museum in Kochi, Kerala.

It was the imperial administrative office and official residence of Cochin Maharaja.

 It was built in 1865.

The palace complex consists of 49 buildings in the traditional architectural style, spreading across 54 acres.

It was the former residence of the Kochi royal family and has one of the largest collections of heritage.



Q. The Damodar river originates in which of the following states?

  1. Bihar
  2. Jharkhand
  3. Uttar Pradesh
  4. Uttarakhand


  • The Damodar river originates in Palamau hills in Jharkhand, rising with its many tributaries, notably the Bokaro and Konar.
  • It follows a generally eastward course for 592 km through West Bengal to join the Hooghly river southwest of Kolkata. Hence it is known as the sorrow of Bengal.
  • The Damodar valley along the Bihar–West Bengal border includes India’s most important coal- and mica-mining fields such as Raniganj, Jharia, Giridih etc.
  • The Damodar Valley Corporation, which began work in 1948, constructed four multipurpose dams to form a series of reservoirs—Tilaiya, Maithon, Konar, and Panchet Hill. 
  • It also constructed the Durgapur dam and a navigation canal linking the coalfields with the Hugli-Kolkata industrial complex. 



Q. The Bass Strait joins ____________________________.

  1. the Tasman Sea to the Indian Ocean.
  2. the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.
  3. the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.
  4. the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.


Straits : A strait is a narrow channel of water that joins two water bodies and separates two landmasses.

The Bass Strait joins the Tasman Sea to the Indian Ocean.

The Cook Strait joins the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

The Davis Strait joins the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean.

Strait of Gibraltar joins the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.


Q. Which of the following article state the “Equality of Opportunity in Public Matters of Public Employment”?

  1. Article 18
  2. Article 20
  3. Article 16
  4. Article 17


Article 16- equality of opportunity in public matters of public employment.

Article 17:

  • Abolition of untouchability.
  • It abolishes untouchability and forbids its practice in any form and the enforcement of untouchability in any form shall be punishable.

Article 18:

  • Abolition of titles.
  • Makes 4 provisions 1) prohibits state for giving titles, 2) prohibits citizen to take any title, 3) foreigner having the office of profit can not accept any title, 4) no citizen or foreigner holding office of profit or trust can accept any title or emoluments.

Article 20:

  • The right to protection in respect of conviction for offences (Article 20) and the right to life and personal liberty (Article 21) remain enforceable even during emergency.


Q. Through which of the following amendment acts ” Konkani, Nepali, and Manipuri language is added in 8th schedule making a total of 18 languages”?

  1. 70th Constitutional amendment act, 1989
  2. 71st Constitutional amendment act, 1990
  3. 73rd Constitutional amendment act, 1990
  4. 74th Constitutional amendment act, 1991



Amendment Subject Year
70th Constitutional amendment act
  • Inclusion of legislative assembly of Delhi and Pudducherry to the selection of the president.
71st Constitutional amendment act
  • Inclusion of Konkani, Nepali, and Manipuri language in the 8th schedule making a total of 18 languages.
73rd Constitutional amendment act
  • Reservation of seats in the legislative assembly for STs in Tripura.
74th Constitutional amendment act
  • Guaranteed constitutional status and protection to Urban local bodies.



Q. AIDS is caused by ________.

  1. Protozoa
  2. Fungi
  3. Virus
  4. Bacteria


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a fatal viral infection that destroys the immune system.
Causative Agent Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
Mode of Acquiring Through sexual contact
Affects Immune system
Symptoms Early-stage

  • Fever, chills
  • Muscle pain, joint pain, weakness, and Weight loss
  • Red rashes 
  • Enlarged glands


  • Blurred vision
  • Night sweats
  • Diarrhea
  • White spots on the tongue
  • Makes person vulnerable to other infections and diseases like tuberculosis, pneumonia, cancer, etc.




Q.Which pigment gives the pale yellow color to urine?

  1. Erythromycin
  2. Amoxicillin
  3. Urochrome
  4. Unicorn


  • Urochrome(Urobilin) gives a pale yellow colour to urine.
  • The pigment is also known as urobilin.
  • The appearance of this pigment is determined by the amount of water in the body. Our Body usually has a water content of 70% of body mass.
  • The more you drink water, the lighter the pigment in the urine.
  • The lesser one drinks water, the darker will be the pigment in the urine.


Q. Which one of the following is a naturally occurring polymer?

  1. Cellulose
  2. PVC
  3. Teflon
  4. Nylon


  • Polymers are substances that are made up of repeated sub-units called monomers.
  • Based on the source of origin, polymers can be of two types:
  1. Natural Polymers- These polymers are naturally present in the environment and are mostly water-based. Example: Starch and Cellulose.
  2. Synthetic Polymers- These polymers are synthesized in the laboratory and are mainly petroleum-oil based. Example: Nylon, Teflon, Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC), etc.


Q. The rate of the growth of an economy is measured in terms of ___________.

  1. National income
  2. Monthly family income
  3. Number of people who have been lifted above the poverty line
  4. Industrial Development



  • Economic growth implies the increase in the inflation-adjusted value of the goods and services produced by a country over a period of time.
  • It is quantitatively measured in terms of growth in GDP, which is directly related to the national income of a country.
  • National Income is used as an indicator of the economic growth of a particular country. 



Q. For internal financing of ______, the Government depends on Taxation, public borrowing and deficit financing.

  1. Five Year Plans
  2. One Year Plans
  3. Two Year Plans
  4. Ten Year Plans


  • For sustaining Five-Year Plans, internal financing is done through taxation, public borrowing and deficit financing.
  • Public borrowing through the issue of government bonds, funds accumulated through small saving schemes, direct and indirect taxation, and deficit financing are the viable options for internal financing.


Q. Which of the following law states that a pressure change occurring anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted throughout the fluid such that the same change occurs everywhere?

  1. Newton’s law
  2. Pascal’s law
  3. Archimedes’s law
  4. Joule’s law



  • Pascal’s law states that a pressure change occurring anywhere in a confined incompressible fluid is transmitted throughout the fluid such that the same change occurs everywhere.
  • This law is used in hydraulic lifts and hydraulic brakes in cars.
  • Archimedes Principle: When a solid body is partially are completely immersed in a fluid, the fluid exerts an upward force on the body, whose magnitude is equal to the weight of the displaced fluid.
  • Hydraulic lift works on the principle of Pascal’s law.