Here is a collection of quiz questions to test your general knowledge about India. These question-answers will not only help you increase your general knowledge, but also keep you updated with the knowledge of current events in India. This general knowledge quiz about India can be used to conduct a school quiz.

General Knowledge India Quiz

Question Question: Who was the famous Indian musician in charge of the opening music at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta in 1996?

Answer: Ustad Zakir Hussain

Question Question: Who was the first Indian to participate in the Olympic Games?

Answer: Norman G Pritchard

Question Question: Which famous Indian actor was honored with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994?

Answer: Dilip Kumar

Question Question: Who was the first Indian to join the Indian Civil Services?

Answer: Satyendranath Tagore

Question Question: Who was the first Indian to be honored with the Param Vir Chakra?

Answer: Major Som Nath Sharma

Question Question: Name the first woman Chief Minister of India.

Answer: Sucheta Kriplani

Question Question: Who was the first woman to become the Lt. General of the Indian Army?

Answer: Lt General (Mrs) Punita Arora

Question Question: Name the first Indian who got an Oscar?

Answer: Bhanu Athaiya (Best Costume Designer for Richard Attenborough’s film Gandhi in 1982)

Question Question: Who was the first Indian to be honored by the Royal Society in the field of Science?

Answer: Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose

Question Question: Who was the first woman Governor of India?

Answer: Sarojini Naidu

Question Question: Who was the first Indian musician to receive the Padma Bhusan?

Answer: MS Subbulakshmi

Question Question: Name the living Indian legend who has found a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for having sung in almost 20 languages for over 1,825 ms and working with 165 composers?

Answer: Lata Mangeshkar

Question Question: Name the first man to climb Mount Everest without oxygen?

Answer: Phu Dorji

Question Question: Who was the first Indian woman to swim across the English Channel?

Answer: Arati Saha

Question Question: Who is the Indian sportsperson to have won the maximum number of international track and field medals?

Answer: P.T.Usha

Question Question: Two Indians have received the Nobel Prize for Physics. Can you name them?

Answer: Chandrasekhar Venkata Raman (1930) and Subramanium Chandrasekhar (1983)

Question Question: Who was the first Indian to get the Nobel Prize?

Answer: Rabindranath tagore (1913)

Question Question: Who is the only Indian to have won an Oscar for lifetime achievement in films?

Answer: Satyajit Ray

Question Question: Can you name the first President of India?

Answer: Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Question Question: Name the youngest grandmaster in India.

Answer: Parimarjan Negi

Question Question: Who was the topper of prestigious IIT-Joint Entrance Examination 2010?

Answer: Anumula Jithendar Reddy from Madras zone

Question Question: Which are the BRIC countries?

A. Brazil, Russia, India, and China
B. Botswana, Rwanda, Ivory Coast, and Croatia
C. Bangladesh, Romania, Indonesia, and Cambodia

Answer: A

Question Question: Name the Cyclone that hit Bay of Bengal in May 2010 affecting coastal areas of Tamilnadu, AP and Orissa.

Answer: Cyclone Laila

Question Question: Which Indian film-maker will be awarded with Jaeger-LeCoultre honour at venice Film Festival?

Answer: Mani Ratnam

Question Question: Name the CEO of search company Google?

Answer: Eric Schmidt

Question Question: ICICI Bank has announced merger of another Indian Bank with itself in an all swap deal- name the bank and its promoters.

Answer: Bank of Rajasthan | Promoters – Tayal family

Question Question: Name the BBC Radio DJ who has been suspended for floating the rumor that Queen is dead.

Answer: Danny Kelly who has played the national anthem and declared that Queen Elizabeth has just now died.

Question Question: Which two countries have signed the Nuclear Swap deal with Iran?

Answer: Brazil and Turkey

Question Question: Which country has blocked Facebook for holding an online competition to draw Prophet Mohammed

Answer: Pakistan. Facebook was blocked till 31 May in Pakisatan as the competition is considered blasphamous

Question Question: Which state among the northern Indian states spends most as a percentage of its GDP on Education?

Answer: Bihar (5.7%) followed by UP (3.67%)

Question Question: Name the person of Indian origin (PIO) who has been nominated to become US Solicitor General?

Answer: Neal Kumar Katyal

Question Question: The 3G telecom auctions by Government have earned Government much more than expected 35000 crore netting amount 67710 crore. Which company won auction in most of 22 circles?

(a) RCom
(b) Airtel
(c) Vodaphone
(d) Aircel
(e) a,b,d

Answer: (e) a,b,d - RCom, Airtel and Aircel won in 12 circles followd by Vodaphone in 9 circles

Question Question: Who is Miss USA 2010?

Answer: Rima Fakih, Arab-American a 24-year old Lebanese immigrant, is believed to be the first Muslim to win the pageant.

Question Question: Name the child artist who has been nominated under ‘Best actor’ category in Film-fare awards giving competition to Shah Rukh Khan. His new movie Bumm Bumm Bole has been released recently.

Answer: Darsheel Safary

Question Question: Which country won the Thomas Cup title for Badminton in 2010?

(a) Indonesia
(b) Malaysia
(c) China
(d) India

Answer: China won Thomas Cup in 2010. China beat Indonesia 3-0 to win fourth consecutive Thomas Cup title at Kuala Lumpur.

Question Question: Who won the Madrid Masters men’s tournament in 2010?

Answer: Rafael Nadal. Mutua Madrilea Madrid Open an ATP World Tour Masters with €2,835,000 prize money has been won by Rafael Nadal, who beat Roger Federer 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).

Question Question: Which country won the World Twenty-20 cricket final in 2010?

Answer: England. England beat arch rivals Australia

Question Question: Who is CEO of Yahoo?

Answer: Carol Bartz. 61 year old Carol Bartz is one of the most successful female CEO ever in IT companies.

Question Question: Which Indian IT company is associated with FIFA World Cup 2010 as one of the sponsors?

(a) TCS
(b) Infosys
(c) CTS
(d) Mahindra Satyam

Answer: Mahindra Satyam

Question Question: Name the first Indian women who has been named as full professor at Harward University.

Answer: Gita Gopinath, Indian-origin associate professor at Harvard University’s Department of Economics, has been appointed a full professor. She is first Indian women to do so and only third women in the whole world.

Question Question: Name the Hindu right wing organisation against whom the charges have been filed by National Investigation Agency (NIA) for the 2009 Diwali-eve blast that killed two people in Goa’s Margao town.

Answer: Sanatan Sanstha

Question Question: Which Indian actress / model has created controversy recently by sporting a Ek Onkar (God is one) tattoo on her nape. The tatto has been opposed by Sikh community leaders in India.

Answer: Mandira Bedi

Question Question: Name the volcano whose dense cloud of drifting volcanic ash is causing many European airports to shut down for days and affecting air traffic worldwide.

Answer: Eyjafjallajokul. The April 14 eruption at Iceland’s Eyjafjallajokul volcano forced most countries in northern Europe to shut their airspace between April 15-20. More than 100,000 flights and an estimated 10 million travelers worldwide were affected costing airlines more than $2 billion. It erupted in April for the first time in nearly two centuries. During its last eruption, starting in 1821, its emissions rumbled on for two years.

Question Question: Who was India’s most wanted man suspected of having organized the 1993 Mumbai bombings, figures third on the Forbes’ Most Wanted Fugitives list topped?

Answer: Dawood Ibrahim

Question Question: Name the countries which agree on a nuclear fuel swap aimed at easing concerns from the West that Iran might build a bomb.

Answer: Brazil, Iran and Turkey

Question Question: Who is the new director of barc?

Answer: RK sinha appointed as new director of barc

Question Question: Which Indian cricketer got maaried on July 4, 2010 with his childhood girlfriend?

Answer: Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Dhoni ties knot with longtime friend Sakshi on Sunday July 4, 2010 in a private ceremony attended only by family members and close friends, including a few of his team-mates at Dehradun.

Question Question: Who won 2010 Wimbledon mixed doubles title?

Answer: Leander Paes & Cara Black won 2010 Wimbledon mixed doubles title. Leander Paes notched up his 12th Grand Slam title after he and Cara Black beat Wesley Moodie and Lisa Raymond 6-4, 7-6(5) to win the 2010 Wimbledon mixed doubles title.

Question Question: In 2010, Which was declared as the fourth best among the top 10 luxury trains of the world by the travel magazine 'Conde Nast'.

Answer: Palace on Wheels has been declared the fourth best among the top 10 luxury trains of the world in 2010 by the travel magazine 'Conde Nast'.

Question Question: Which country is planning to build the world’s largest seawater desalination plant?

Answer: Israel

Question Question: What is the birth date of Sonia Gandhi?

Answer: 9 December 1946