Quiz 657: General Knowledge for SSC Examinations

1.

Pushkalavati was capital of which of the following acient Kingdoms?
[A]Gandhara
[B]Kosal
[C]Magadha
[D]Kashi

Gandhara
Pushkalavati was capital of ancient Kingdom of Gandhara. Its ruins are currently located in Charsadda, Pakistan, located in Peshawar valley in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province (formerly NWFP). Pushkalavati was home of the Sanskrit grammarian Panini.

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2.

The place Dharanikota in South India is related to which ancient dynasty?
[A]Chola
[B]Satavahana
[C]Pandya
[D]Chera

Satavahana
Dharanikota is a town near Amaravati in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh in India, It is the site of the ancient Dhanyakataka which was the capital of the Satavahana kingdom which ruled in the Deccan around the 1st to 3rd centuries A.D.

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3.

In which of the following regions, maize is used as staple food ?
[A]Western Europe
[B]Russia
[C]Middle Africa
[D]South-East Asia

Middle Africa
Maize or corn is a cereal crop that is grown widely throughout the world in a range of agroecological environments. The grains are rich in vitamins A, C and E, carbohydrates, and essential minerals, and contain 9% protein. They are also rich in dietary fiber and calories which are a good source of energy. (Staple food is the name for a food that can be stored easily, and eaten throughout the year.) It’s an important staple food for more than 1.2 billion people in Middle Africa.

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4.

The Sankosh river forms boundary between which of the following two states?
[A]Bihar and West Bengal
[B]Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
[C]Assam and West Bengal
[D]Bihar and Jharkhand

Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
Sankosh river forms boundary between Assam and Arunachal Pradesh

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5.

The Pir Panjal range is located in which of the following states?
[A]Arunachal Pradesh
[B]Jammu and Kashmir
[C]Punjab
[D]Uttarakhand

Jammu and Kashmir
The Pir Panjal ranges lie in the Inner Himalayan region, running from east southeast to west northwest across the states of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir in India as well as Pakistan Administered Kashmir in Pakistan, where the average elevation varies from 1,400 m to 4,100 m .

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6.

Which of the following Rigvedic deities represented Storm?
[A]Indra
[B]Maruts
[C]Varun
[D]Apas

Maruts
Aryans, The Vedic Age – Religion : They personified force of nature and worshipped them as Vayu (air), Maruts (storm), Indra (rain), Varuna (water), Surya (sun), Agni (fire), Prithvi (earth), Aranyani (forest) etc.

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7.

Export of which of the following is an Invisible Export?
[A]Services
[B]Prohibited goods
[C]Unrecorded goods
[D]Goods through smuggling

Services
Any export that does not have a tangible physical presence (e.g. expertise, insurance underwriting). Here, Invisible Export means export of Services

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8.

Who among the following was propounder of the Madhyamika Philosophy?
[A]Bhadrabahu
[B]Parshwanath
[C]Sheelbhadra
[D]Nagarjuna

Nagarjuna
Nagarjuna (ca. 2nd or 3rd century) was a patriarch of Mahayana and the founder of Madhyamika School.

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9.

Which type of forests occupies the highest percentage of area in India?
[A]Tropical deciduous
[B]Savanna and desert vegetation
[C]Equatorial evergreen
[D]Tropical Rainforests

Tropical deciduous
Tropical Deciduous Forests: They are also called the “Monsoon forests”. They grow in the areas with annual rainfall of 70-200 cm. Sandal wood, Shisam, Mahua, Sal, Teak and Bamboo are important species of trees. Moist deciduous and the dry deciduous forests are two major categories of these forests.

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10.

Who among the following was the first person to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen?
[A]Terence Bannon
[B]Duncan Chessell
[C]Reinhold Messner
[D]Jean Troillet

Reinhold Messner
Reinhold Messner (German) is the first person to scale Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen, along with Peter Habeler in 1978. He is also first climber to ascend all fourteen peaks over 8,000 metres (26,000 ft) above sea level, including the Mount Everest.

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