GK Section of SET (Symbiosis Entrance Test) – 2012


Unlike last year, the SET question paper was taken away by the examiners along with the OMR sheet. Hence, the following questions have been compiled basing on the memory of few of the CG kids, especially Abhirrami Dharmaraj and Sitwat Nabi.

1. Zine Al Abidine was the President of which country? Tunisia

2. Which countries will be hosting FIFA 2018 and 2022? Russia and Qatar

3. Name the first state to appoint ‘Lokayukta’. Maharashtra (1971)

4. Reykjavík is the capital of which country? Iceland

5. Meghdoot was written by? Kalidas

6. Who is the custodian of fundamental rights engraved in the Indian Constitution? The Supreme Court of India

7. Name India’s first coal mine. Raniganj Coalfield

8. Expand ESOP. Employee Stock Ownership Plan

9. Pulitzer Prize is related to which field? Journalism/Literature (Both these options are correct)

10. Bomdila Pass is in which Indian state? Arunachal Pradesh

11. Economic Times – Business Leader of the Year 2011? Chanda Kochhar

12. Yarlung Zangbo is better known in India as what? Brahmaputra

13. ‘Cannon’ is a term used in which sport? Billiards

14. Under whose rule did India’s capital change from Calcutta to Delhi? Lord Hardinge (1912)

15. Centre has exclusive authority over which of the following subjects? Post and Telegraph (Other options were Criminal Law, Police and Land Acquisition)

16. Milk is a rich source of which all vitamins? Vitamin D, C, K and A

17. Who started a toy company in his backyard in Denmark? Lego (Ole Kirk Christiansen is the founder)

18. Which nation’s name means ‘village‘ or just ‘settlement‘, and is derived from the aboriginal word ‘kanata‘? Canada

19. Khordad Sal is celebrated by? Zoroastraians

20. Presence of arsenic in drinking water causes which disease? Skin Cancer

21. The Cholas’ reign was characterized by which of the following? Bronze Statues

22. River Tethys has formed as a result of disposition of which mountain range? The Himalayas

23. The book ‘Banker to the Poor’ is authored by? Muhammad Yunus (His Autobiography)

24. The first woman prime minister? Sirimavo Bandaranaike (Sri Lanka)

25. Name the longest river in the the world. River Nile

26. Which of the following words comes first in the Preamble of the Indian Constitution? Justice (Other options were Libery, Equality and Fraternity)

27. Brihadeshwara temple is in which state? Tamil Nadu

28. Nobel Prize for Peace in 2011 was given to? Awarded jointly to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman

29. Best State in India to harness solar energy? Gujarat

30. Who has the authority to remove the Governor of a State? President on the advice of the Prime Minister.

Do let us know if you find any error in the above questions. (Use the ‘comments’ section below)


  1. the third question was: Which was the first state to pass the lokayukta bill in 2011/
    the answer I think is Uttarakhand.

    Also, One of the questions was : who has the authority to remove the governor (or something. options were president, chief minister, legislative assemble as far as I can remember)

    and which is a permanent house (lok sabha, rajya sabha,etc)

    (remember them only vaguely.sorry about that)

  2. Oh and also, who among the following was the winner of nobel peace prize 2011.
    Lehmah Gbowee among the given questions was the correct answer

      • nope…just read on the net that milk has no vitamin k naturally…. but cheese does have vitamin k so should d and a should be correct

        • i just googled n saw … even i had marked what u marked! but the right answer is A, D, E and K. all of these vitamins are present in milk 😐 

  3. okay.I also remembered that last one :D:D:D

    brahdeeswara temple which completed 1000 years(I think)  is located in which state.
    Options were Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

  4. There was also some question about the best state in India to harness solar energy or something. Anybody remembers what it exactly was?

  5. Logic was from MK Pandey (most of it). The English section had extracts from the leading national dailies like the Hindu, Economic Times etc (1 passage from Pune mirror as well). About 5-7 questions on analytical reasoning were previous years’ IAS prelims questions. Static GK was from Universal.

  6. gujarat is the state which leads in harnessing solar energy..but was it even in the options!??leaves only rajasthan!

    • This is a debatable issue as neither we nor any examiner can judge as to which state is better. Both states have contributed towards harnessing solar energy to the best possible extent. To avoid this confusion, the examiner hasn’t given Gujarat as an option. 🙂

  7. And legal aptitude was copy-pasted from the last year’s papers. Even some of the logical and analytical reasoning questions. They didnt even bother changing the order of the options! 

  8. . Name the first state to appoint ‘Lokayukta’. Maharashtra (1971) wasn’t that, it was the first state to pass the Lokayukta 2011 bill, which is Uttarakhand I think. They also asked under whose tenure was the capital shifted from Calcutta to Delhi (Lord Hardinge). 

  9. One of the questions given above is probably not in GK section.
    Because one of the questions was like,
    The library of Nalanda University, Dharma Gunj or Dharmaganja means?
    The answer is, Mountain Of Truth. ( According to wiki.)

  10. There was a question on what part of our Constitution was taken from the former German constitution, emergency provisions. 🙂

    • No it is an award for achievements in newspaper and online journalism, literature and musical composition. So both are correct. 😀 

  11. Btw, What was the answer to that facebook question?

    can you sue ( libel,slander,cannot sue ) someone for posting defamatory comments about you on facebook? 😐

  12. Umm…

    They asked for the first state to pass the lokayukta bill in 2011. The answer is Uttarakhand.

    And about Solar City, isn’t it Rajasthan?



  14. The question about the characteristic features of the Chola era, it’s bronze statues of nataraja to be more specific.

  15. Q24: who was the first Prime Minister of India – Indira Gandhi
    (they didn’t ask about Sri Lanka as far as i remember!) 

  16. well I guess the answer to q no.29 is Gujarat. as I read some where that Gujarat would house the largest solar energy park in Asia in two years, with a power production capacity of 500 Mw. This would be set up with an investment of around Rs 8,000 crore flowing from companies such as GMR and Lanco, which have been assigned generation capacities under the Gujarat Solar Mission.

  17. r u sure that the longest river will be nile and not amazon???
    please confirm the answer????
    i request….!

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