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Actual questions asked of UPSC interview

Actual questions asked of UPSC interview
  • Don't you think you can serve your country better by remaining a doctor and treating poor patients? Why do you want to be a civil servant?"
    It would be best to answer this question very practically rather than emotionally saying you want to serve the country, because even a doctor serves the people. A doctor from Kerala was asked this Question and her reply was - "Because I want to treat the primary malady that afflicts our country, that creates so many poor in India. As a doctor I can treat only secondary maladies." She even came up with exact statistics and suggestions on a rubber plantation for poverty alleviation indicating that she had spent considerable time and thoughts on her future plans. She was awarded a score of 85 per cent.
  • "What are the problems faced by wheat cultivators in your state?" an M.Sc. (Agriculture) student from Palanpur was once asked. "The problem is not so much to do with agronomy but with the lack of a seed bank in Palanpur," came the reply and the candidate walked away with an 80 per cent score.
  • "Is there a law in physics, which is relevant to administration?" a law graduate was prompted. "Yes. Newton's third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." He scored a cool 80 per cent.

    The above questions can give you an idea of how relevant questions are asked from your subjects even as they are not directly from the syllabus.

Asian Games General knowledge questions

Asian Games General knowledge questions
1. Asian Games, officially known as Asiad, is held in every?
Four Years.
2. The first Asian Games were held in New Delhi, India in?
1951. (From
3. Until the 1982 Asian Games, the games were regulated by?
Asian Games Federation (AGF).
After the 1982 Asian Games, they have been organised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).
4. How many countries participated in the First Asian Games held in Delhi?
11 countries. (Athletes 489, Events 57, Sports 6)
5. What is the motto of the Asian Games?
“Ever Onward.”
6. How many Nations/Countries taking part in Asian Games 2010?
45 Nations
7. How many Sports include in Asian Games 2010?
42 Sports.
8. Which country hosted 2010 Asian Games (16th Asian Games)?
Guangzhou, China (November 12–27).
9. Which country has hosted Asian Games more than any other nation?
Thailand.(Four times).
10. Name the countries which hosted the Asian games up to 2010?
India, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Iran, the Philippines and Qatar.
11. Asian Games -2014 will be held in?
Incheon. (South Korea).
12. Badminton made its debut in which Asian Games?
Jakarta Asian Games (Indonesia) in 1962.
13. A country which was barred from the 1948 Summer Olympics
in London was later allowed to compete in the inaugural Asian Games in Delhi. Which is that country?
Japan.
14. Which Asian nation has been officially excluded from the Olympic Council of Asia, and therefore unable to participate in Asiad?
Israel
15. Chess and Triathlon featured in the competition programme for the first time in which Asian games?
Doha Asian Games (2006).
16. Which country bagged maximum number of medals and secured 1st position in the recently concluded Asian Games-2010?
China. (199 Gold, 119 Silver, 98 Bronze Total: 416)
Second Place: South Korea (76 Gold, 65 Silver, 91 Bronze)
Third Place: Japan (48 Gold, 74 Silver, 94 Bronze).
17. Which country clinched the Men’s hockey gold medal of Asian Games-2010?
Pakistan
18. The 4th Asian Games held in Jakarta, Indonesia (1962) witnessed the omission of two countries. Which are they?
Israel and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
19. Which Asian games was the first Asiad to be held under the aegis of the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA)?
Delhi Asian Games, 1982
20. The official mascot of Delhi Asian Games -1982?
Appu. A kid elephant.
21. Which country had won the maximum number of medals in the first eight editions of the Asian Games?
Japan.
22. Which country won the maximum number of medals in the 9th Asian Games held in Delhi, 1982?
China.
23. Indian Athlete who won four gold medals (and one silver) in athletics in the Seoul Asiad, 1986?
P.T.Usha.
24. During the 11th Asiad in Beijing, China (1990), the president of Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) died due to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. Name of that president?
Sheikh Fahad Al-Sabah.
25. Which Asian games was the first to be held in a non-capital city?
Hiroshima Asian Games in 1994
26. Which is the only Asian Games to have a male-female pair as a mascot?
Hiroshima Asian Games in 1994.
27. In which Asian games all 44 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia participated for the first time?
Busan Asian Games-2002. (South Korea).
28. Body building made its debut as an event in which Asian games?
Busan Asian Games-2002. (South Korea).
29. In which Asian games all 45 member nations of the Olympic Council of Asia participated for the first time?
Doha Asian Games-2006(Qatar).
30. Which is the second city in China to host the Asian Games after Beijing in 1990?
Guangzhou.
31. The official mascot of Asian games-2010?
“Le Yangyang”
32. India is in which position in the rankings table of Asiad-2010?
6th.
India won 14 Gold, 17 silver and 33 Bronze.
33. Who won Gold in women’s 10000m event at the 16th Asian Games 2010?
Preeja Sreedharan (India). She also won a silver medal in women's 5000m race.
34. Who won the gold medal in the men's 400m hurdle event at the 16th Asian Games 2010?
Joseph Abraham (India).
35. Who was awarded the Samsung Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Asian Games-2010?
Lin Dan, Chinese badminton player. He won two gold medals - men's singles and team event - at the Asian Games.
MVP is regarded as the supreme honour for the athletes, recognised by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) and the Guangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (GAGOC).
36. Who won the first gold medal for India in Asian Games 2010?
Pankaj Advani, Billiards champion.
37. Who won the first ever gold in rowing for India in the men’s single sculls event of Asian Games-2010?
Bajrang Lal Thakkar.
38. LIST OF GOLD MEDAL WINNERS FOR INDIA IN THE 16TH ASIANGAMES AT GUANGZHOU,CHINA
1) Pankaj Advani won gold medal in Cue Sports Men's English billiards singles.
2) Ronjan Sodhi won gold medal in Shooting Men's Double Trap.
3) Preeja Sreedharan won gold medal in Athletics Women's 10,000m.
4) Vikas Krishnan won gold medal in Boxing Men's 60kg.
5) Vijender Singh won gold medal in Boxing.
6) Somdev Devvarman and Sanam Singh won gold medal in Tennis Men's Doubles.
7) Somdev Devvarman won gold medal in Tennis Men's Singles.
8) Ashwini Chidananda Akkunji won gold medal in Athletics Women's 400m Hurdles.
9) Joseph Abraham won gold medal in Athletics Men's 400m Hurdles.
10) Bajrang Lal Takhar won gold medal in Rowing Men's Single Sculls.
11) Indian Women Team won gold medal in Kabaddi.
12) Indian Men Team won gold medal in Kabaddi.
13)Manjeet Kaur,Ashwini Chidananda Akkunji,Sini Jose,Mandeep Kaur won gold medal in Athletics Women's 4 x 400m.
14) Sudha Singh won gold medal in Athletics Women's 3000m Steeplechase.

Types of questions asked at UPSC interview

  • Types of questions asked at UPSC interview
  • Relating to your name. Any famous personality who has a similar or same name or surname.
  • Your career choice. Why you want to opt for the civilservices.
  • Your Hobbies. Why you pursue such a hobby or questions related to your hobby. So reasearch well on your hobby.
  • Hot topics of recent days like the Bird Flu and Tamiflu, Office of Profit, Sahara airlines deal and the growing airlines,Terror attacks in India, India US Nuclear deal, Commonwealth games, Saurav Ganguly etc. Keep reading and watching the news. If the recent headlines have something to do with your subject then specially revise those portions. For example if you are a veterinary doctor, Bird flu may go on to other animal diseases that can infect men. If you are an MBBS, then you might be asked about human to human spread of epidemics or any other epidemics and precautions etc. You may even be asked about the influence of MNC or drug manufacturers responsible for the spread of fear etc. If you are from an economy background, the same topic will veer towards the economic implications of the Bird flu.
  • How you are going to use your specific knowledge(like if you are a doctor, lawyer, engineer etc) in the services.
  • Situational questions. Like If you were the collector/SP of Varanasi, what would you do after the Bomb Blast?
  • Choice of services. The order of your choice of services can raise questions too.
  • About your institution and related.If you have studies at IIM you may be asked about the rising salaries, if from IGNOU then even about Indira Gandhi and so on.
  • From your form. You must go through the form you have filled because most questions will arise from there. If you have changed subjects, mentioned anything out of the way, watch out for questions on them. Interviewers take cue from the form you have filled.

Things To Be Avoided at the UPSC Interview

  • Avoid the expression, 'I am sorry.'
  • Avoid conversational cliches, like: 'as you know', 'that's correct', 'of course', 'indeed', 'obviously', etc.
  • Avoid technical jargon. However, if a member continues to probe you in any technical field, you can use technical expressions.
  • Maintain a cheerful disposition. Now and then you can appear serious; but most of the time keep smiling or look cheerful and composed. One caution here: if the board laughs, you should only smile. It is only when you maintain some amount of distance that the board begins to wonder about the depth of your personality.
  • Do not give long introductions. Come straight to the heart of the matter.
  • Show human concern whenever possible in your answers.
  • You should be logically consistent and analyse things rationally while talking. You are supposed to defend what you say, but with due respect to the views of the board. Stop trying to defend an answer if it becomes difficult to do so logically and fairly.
  • Do not make hasty or sweeping generalisations.
According to UPSC report, it has been observed that from 1979 onwards, 90 percent of the candidates who qualify for interview hover around the minimal percentage of 55 percent that is prescribed for the test. However to be assured of a Class I service, one has to generally obtain about 58 percent marks. It has been noticed that only those, securing 60 percent and above are sure of getting a service of their own choice. The figures clearly reveal that the marks in the interview test play a determining role in final selection of candidates.

Tips for a successful interview at UPSC

Tips for a successful interview at UPSC
  1. To have a positive body language
  2. To have a good personal turnout and ensuring the right posture
  3. To answer questions clearly and confidently
  4. Try to remain calm and composed even when faced with provocative questions
  5. Try not getting into long winded explanations and answer to the point.

topics for interview at UPSC in 2011

  1. 2G scam, role of A. Raja and Nira Radia, oppositions unrelenting demand for JPC,
  2. The effect of Nira Radia tapes on popular journalists like Bharka Dutt, Vir Sanghvi etc and the state of journalism in the country today.
  3. Egypt crisis- origins, how and why it happened, role of Mubarak,and what will be the possible outcome of the future. With liberation of Egypt and Tunisia what will be the situation for other Middle East countries and also Israel?
  4. Gulf of Mexico, Oil spill crisis
  5. Common Wealth Games Scam,
  6. Effect of massive corruption scandals in the country.
  7. Law & Order Problems - Increasing episodes of Rape and Dishonour Killings in the country.
  8. BJP’s attempts to hoist Indian Flag at Lal Chowk- Justified?
  9. Maoist and Naxal Issues- Dhantewada massacre, kidnappings and extortion.
  10. Constant Inflation- Rising food prices, fuel, housing etc
  11. Aarushi Talwar-Hemaraj murder case- Role of CBI, handling of investigation, role of parents who have been accused as suspects.
  12. Wikileaks- What does it stand for and will be its role for the future?
  13. Bihar Elections- Nitish Kumars becomes CM and stands today as a symbol of progress and change. What will be the future of Bihar and what will this victory mean to the future of other opposition parties in Bihar?

Appsc Interview Tips

The Kothari Committee of the UPSC, has listed the qualities that should be rated in the interview as, ''clarity of expression, grasp of narrative and argument, reasoning ability, appreciation of different points of view, awareness and concern for socio-economic problems, ranges and depth of interests and personal attributes relevant to interaction with people.''

The Interview for the civil services examination also known as the Personality Test is exactly that. It is aimed at assessing the candidate’s personality, whether he is suitable to be a competent administrator or not. The candidate is tested not only for his/her intelligence but also for his/her overall personality development, his/her attentiveness, balance of judgement and qualities of honesty, integrity and leadership. Therefore preparation for the Interview requires proper planning.

The selectors look out for some attributes in the candidate and decide whether he/she is suited for a career in civil services or not. For this,the candidate should have a positive attitude, should have an alert mind with quick reflexes, should be free from any sort of prejudice, should be good at making quick decisions and should have the ability to act under stress and to handle difficult situations.

Preparation for the Interview is a continuous process. This involves a wide reading of books, journals, magazines and at least two newspapers. One should try to improve his/her conversational skills with the right pronunciation. The candidate should be prepared to answer questions on his background, hobbies and extra curricular activities. It is a good idea to discuss current affairs and recent issues with friends. One good way of rehearsing possible questions would be to have mock interviews and discussion groups. The candidate should make a self analysis of his strengths and weaknesses and make a conscious effort to play on his strengths.

Some useful tips for a successful interview at UPSC are:

  1. To have a positive body language
  2. To have a good personal turnout and ensuring the right posture
  3. To answer questions clearly and confidently
  4. Try to remain calm and composed even when faced with provocative questions
  5. Try not getting into long winded explanations and answer to the point.

Things To Be Avoided at the UPSC Interview

  • Avoid the expression, 'I am sorry.'
  • Avoid conversational cliches, like: 'as you know', 'that's correct', 'of course', 'indeed', 'obviously', etc.
  • Avoid technical jargon. However, if a member continues to probe you in any technical field, you can use technical expressions.
  • Maintain a cheerful disposition. Now and then you can appear serious; but most of the time keep smiling or look cheerful and composed. One caution here: if the board laughs, you should only smile. It is only when you maintain some amount of distance that the board begins to wonder about the depth of your personality.
  • Do not give long introductions. Come straight to the heart of the matter.
  • Show human concern whenever possible in your answers.
  • You should be logically consistent and analyse things rationally while talking. You are supposed to defend what you say, but with due respect to the views of the board. Stop trying to defend an answer if it becomes difficult to do so logically and fairly.
  • Do not make hasty or sweeping generalisations.
According to UPSC report, it has been observed that from 1979 onwards, 90 percent of the candidates who qualify for interview hover around the minimal percentage of 55 percent that is prescribed for the test. However to be assured of a Class I service, one has to generally obtain about 58 percent marks. It has been noticed that only those, securing 60 percent and above are sure of getting a service of their own choice. The figures clearly reveal that the marks in the interview test play a determining role in final selection of candidates.

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Types of questions asked at the UPSC interview.

  • Relating to your name. Any famous personality who has a similar or same name or surname.
  • Your career choice. Why you want to opt for the civilservices.
  • Your Hobbies. Why you pursue such a hobby or questions related to your hobby. So reasearch well on your hobby.
  • Hot topics of recent days like the Bird Flu and Tamiflu, Office of Profit, Sahara airlines deal and the growing airlines,Terror attacks in India, India US Nuclear deal, Commonwealth games, Saurav Ganguly etc. Keep reading and watching the news. If the recent headlines have something to do with your subject then specially revise those portions. For example if you are a veterinary doctor, Bird flu may go on to other animal diseases that can infect men. If you are an MBBS, then you might be asked about human to human spread of epidemics or any other epidemics and precautions etc. You may even be asked about the influence of MNC or drug manufacturers responsible for the spread of fear etc. If you are from an economy background, the same topic will veer towards the economic implications of the Bird flu.
  • How you are going to use your specific knowledge(like if you are a doctor, lawyer, engineer etc) in the services.
  • Situational questions. Like If you were the collector/SP of Varanasi, what would you do after the Bomb Blast?
  • Choice of services. The order of your choice of services can raise questions too.
  • About your institution and related.If you have studies at IIM you may be asked about the rising salaries, if from IGNOU then even about Indira Gandhi and so on.
  • From your form. You must go through the form you have filled because most questions will arise from there. If you have changed subjects, mentioned anything out of the way, watch out for questions on them. Interviewers take cue from the form you have filled.

Some actual questions asked of UPSC candidates.

  • Don't you think you can serve your country better by remaining a doctor and treating poor patients? Why do you want to be a civil servant?"
    It would be best to answer this question very practically rather than emotionally saying you want to serve the country, because even a doctor serves the people. A doctor from Kerala was asked this Question and her reply was - "Because I want to treat the primary malady that afflicts our country, that creates so many poor in India. As a doctor I can treat only secondary maladies." She even came up with exact statistics and suggestions on a rubber plantation for poverty alleviation indicating that she had spent considerable time and thoughts on her future plans. She was awarded a score of 85 per cent.
  • "What are the problems faced by wheat cultivators in your state?" an M.Sc. (Agriculture) student from Palanpur was once asked. "The problem is not so much to do with agronomy but with the lack of a seed bank in Palanpur," came the reply and the candidate walked away with an 80 per cent score.
  • "Is there a law in physics, which is relevant to administration?" a law graduate was prompted. "Yes. Newton's third law of motion: for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." He scored a cool 80 per cent.

    The above questions can give you an idea of how relevant questions are asked from your subjects even as they are not directly from the syllabus.

April 2009 Persons Current affairs

  • Pramod Bhasin, Presiden and CEO of Genpact, took over as the new Chairman of National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) for 2009-10, succeeding Ganesh Natarajan.
  • The former Indian ambassador to the United Nations, Nirupam Sen, is appointed Special Senior Adviser to the president of the 192-member General Assembly on the world financial and economic crisis.
  • Naina Lal Kidwal is appointed as the country head of HSBC group companies in India.
  • Balwinder Singh, a 1976 batch IPS officer of Andhra Pradesh cadre, took over as Additional Director in the Central Bureau of Investigation.
  • Marris Zare music director of the movies A Passage to India and Lawrence of Arabia died in Los Angeles.
  • Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen was appointed as the new NATO chief.
  • Israel's Likud party Chief Benjamin Netanyahu sworn in as the new prime minister of the Jewish state.
  • Senior Election Commissioner Navin B. Chawla took over as the 16th chief Election Commissioner of India in New Delhi.
  • The Government removes Raghu Menon from the post of Chairman and Managing Director of Air India and appoints EK Bharat Bhushan as the interim chairman and managing director.
  • President Barack Obama has appointed Indian American management consultant Anju Bhargava, who is also an ordained ‘pujari’ (priest), as the member of a faith-based advisory council of the White House.
  • V.S. Sampath is new Election Commissioner
    Union Power Secretary Veeravalli Sundaram Sampath, a 1973 batch IAS officer of the Andhra Pradesh cadre, will be the new Election Commissioner.
  • Sonal Shah joins Obama administration
    Indian-American Sonal Shah, who formerly led the philanthropic arm of Google, has been appointed head of the new Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Obama administration.
  • Senior advocate Ghulam E.Vahanvati was appointed as the new Attorney General of India.He was the Solicitor General during the previous UPA Government.

May 2009 Persons Current affairs

  • The famous director , producer died in Mumabai. He directed fasmous movies like Zanjeer, Lavarees etc.
  • President Obama Nominated Gen. Charles Bolden to be NASA Administrator.
  • Robert Furchgott who developed Viagra died at the age of 92. He won the Noble Prize in Pharmacology. He proved that Nitric Oxide gas is useful for various reactions taking place in the body which lead to the invention of Viagra.
  • Eminent Historian, A R Kulkarni was dead at the age of 84. He is credited with the setting up the History Department at the University of Pune in 1969.
  • Prasara Bharati Chairman, Arun Bhatnagar has resigned to his job.
  • Justice Pasayat was appointed as the chairman of the Competition Appellate Tribunal.

June 2009 Persons Current affairs

  • Nandan Nilekani of Infosys has been appointed as the Chairperson of Unique Identification Scheme (UID), a project by the union central Government. This newly created position will be equivalent to a Cabinet Rank minister.
  • Obama administration has appointed Farah Pandith as Special Representative to Muslim Communities under the aegis of the State Department and Secretary Hillary Clinton.
  • Justice Ashok Kumar Mathur, a retired judge of the Supreme Court has been appointed as Chairperson of the Armed Forces Tribunal.
  • Lord Swaraj Paul was appointed by the British Queen as a member of her Privy Council, the British monarch|s advisory group whose members include the Prime Minister, Cabinet ministers and other eminent personalities.
  • Ramesh Pokhariyal is the new Uttarakhand CM
  • Senior associate editor and bureau chief of The Hindu Harish Khare will be the media advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
  • Nirupama Rao to be next Foreign Secretary :
    she was High Commissioner to Sri Lanka. Her other diplomatic jobs included being Ambassador to Peru, deputy head of the Indian embassy in Moscow, and Minister (Press) at the Indian embassy in Washington, DC.
  • Karia Munda was elected as deputy speaker.
  • Habib Tanvir, one of the greatest stalwarts of Indian theatre, died due to a brief illness

July 2009 Persons Current affairs

  • Nirupama Rao is the new foreign secretary.
  • AP state’s 1st woman High Court Judge, Justice Amareswari was dead.
  • Legendary Hindustani vocalist Gangubai Hangal died in Hubli. She was 97.
  • Padmanathan takes over as new LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam) chief.
  • Indira Jaisingh was appointed as the first woman Additional Solicitor General.
  • Sri Vatsava is the new Director General of BSF.

August 2009 persons current affairs

  • The Medal of Freedom Awardee Edward Kennedy, brother of John F Kennedy died at the age of 75.
  • Hind Samachar Group Editor in chief, Vijaykumar Chopra was appointed as the Board Chairman of Press Trust of India (PTI).
  • Commonwealth Secretary General Kamalesh Sharma was elected as the Chancellor of UK’s Queen’s University Belfast.
  • VijayKumar Saraswat is the new chief of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
  • Sonia Gandhi was ranked the 13th most influential women in the world by Forbes magazine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was ranked 1st. Sheela Beyer, America Federal Deposit Insurance Chairperson was ranked 2nd. Pepsi Co CEO, Indra Nooyi -3rd , ICICI bank CEO Chanda Kochar – 20th and Biocon chairman, Kiran Mozumdar Shah – 91st.
  • Jaswant Singh has released his controversial book ‘Jinnah: India-Partition-Independence’.
  • The 13 Militant groups association, Therik-e-taliban announced Hakimullah Mehsud as the new Pak Taliban Chief.
  • A postal stamp, in commemoration of Pingali Venkaiah, designer of the Indian Tricolor, was released by the CM of AP.
  • Guitar legend Les Paul has died at 94. He invented the solid-body electric guitar.
  • Rangarajan Was reappointed Economic advisor to PM.

September 2009 persons Current affairs

  • Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug, the father of the "Green Revolution" who is widely credited with saving millions of lives by breeding wheat, rice and other crops that brought agricultural self-sufficiency to developing countries around the world, died in Texas. He was also conferred with Padmavibushan by India.
  • Former BCCI chairman Raj Singh Dungarpur died in Mumbai.
  • Jack Kramer, a tennis champion in the 1940’s and 50’s died in Las Angeles.
  • Retired IAS officer JM Girglani passed away. He was the chairman of the One-Man Commission on Six Point Formula. Girglani was instrumental in implementation of the popular GO 610 pertaining to repatriation of non-locals to their native zones.
  • Northern Army Commander Lieutenant General P. K. Bhardwaj will be the new Vice-Chief of Army Staff.
  • General Deepak Kapoor, took over as the Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee from outgoing Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta.
  • Vice Admiral Nirmal Kumar Verma took over as the new Navy Chief.

2009 october persons Current affairs

  • Indian – American Mr. Suresh Kumar, president and managing partner of KaiZen Innovation, known for his expertise of public-private partnership, has been nominated Assistant Secretary of Commerce and Director-General of the United States and Foreign Commercial Service in the U.S. Department of Commerce.
  • Global rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Asia-Pacific Chief Economist Subir Gokarn will be the new Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).
  • The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on Monday elected Chhagan Bhujbal as the leader of its legislature party, thereby making him the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
  • Dr. K. Radhakrishnan was appointed as the new Chairman of ISRO. He is the Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Center.
  • Admiral Suresh Mehta was appointed the new High Commissioner to New Zealand. He is the 1st to be appointed to such post after retirement.
  • Joseph Wiseman, the actor who played the sinister scientist and title character of Dr. No in the first James Bond feature film, has died.
  • G Madhavan Nair, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation, has been appointed President of the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA).
  • Sujatha Koirala was appointed as Deputy Prime Minister of Nepal.
  • The US-based food and beverages giant PepsiCo has named Indian-born senior executive Jaya Kumar as president of its two billion dollar Quaker Foods and Snacks division
  • A veteran freedom fighter and disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, Chote Singh Rathore, died. Rathore had played an active role in the Satyagrah and Quit India Movement.
  • C.B. Muthamma, India’s first woman career diplomat and first woman Ambassador, died in Bangalore.
  • Noted civil rights activist and Lawyer K Balagopal died of cardiac arrest. He worked as a Professor in Kakatiya University. He wrote books like Naxalbari Udyamam, Gamyam Gamanam, Chikati Konam.
  • Sam Pitroda was appointed as the PM’s advisor. Pitroda, who is also the chairman of National Knowledge Commission, will advise Singh on integrating information communication technology in the sectors of infrastructure, health, justice and information.

November 2009 persons Current affairs

  • U.S. President Barack Obama has nominated Indian-American Rajiv Shah to head the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
  • Oxford fellowship has been given a philosophy student of Indian origin, Amia Srinivasan. With this fellowship she joined the band of scholars that includes the Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen.
  • Asok Chavan sworn as the new Chief Minister of Maharashtra.
  • P.S. Veeraraghavan, a rocket technologist, took over as Director of Vikram Sarabahi Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram, from K. Radhakrishnan. Mr. Veeraraghavan was till now Director of ISRO Inertial Systems Unit (IISU), Thiruvananthapuram.
  • Srikumar Banerjee, a leading expert in Materials and Technology in the country and director of Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) has been appointed as chairman of Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary Department of Atomic Energy (DAE)
  • Vinita Kamte wrote a book titled “TO THE LAST BULLET” in search of truth behind her husband, 26/11 martyr Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte’s death. It was co-authored by senior journalist Vinita Deshmukh.?
  • Veteran journalist Naresh Chandra Rajkhowa, who broke the news about the Dalai Lama’s flight from Tibet through Tawang in March 1959, passed away.
  • International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo de Rato has appointed Siddharth Tiwari as Director of the IMF's Office of Budget and Planning (OBP).
  • Carnatic vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and playback singer Mangalampalli Balamuralikrishna has been appointed as the ''Asthana Vidwan'' of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) for the third time. Dr Balamuralikrishna, who performed in more than 25,000 concerts worldwide and made over 400 compositions in various languages including Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu, has now become the official singer in the Lord's court.
  • Belgium PM Herman Van Rompuy was elected as the first President of EU. Ashton was appointed the EU's first High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and security policy.
  • Ameed Karzai sworn in as the president of Afghanistan.

Current affairs Persons December 2009


  • Eminent Marathi and English literature, poet and filmmaker Dilip Chitre died. His well-known works include "Ekun Kavita", a collection of poems in Marathi, and "Travelling in the Cage" in English. Chitre's renowned work was "Says Tuka", the English translation of the poems by famous 17th century saint-poet of Maharashtra Sant Tukaram, and "Anubhavamrut", the works of the 12th century saint-poet Sant Dnyaneshwar.
    Traian Basescu has won the elections with a margin of less than 1% to become the President of Rumania for the second time.
  • Nitin Gadkari was elected as the President of BJP. He was the president of Maharashtra BJP.
  • Kenyan born green campaigner and Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai has been selected the UN peace messenger for climate change.
  • Time Magazine picked Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke as Person of the Year for 2009. He was selected for his work to improve US Economy after economic crisis.
  • UGC Chairman, Sukhdev Thorat has been appointed as the chairman of Indian Economic Association.
  • Kannada actor Vishnuvardan died of heart arrest. He acted in 200 films.
  • Well-known Kannada composer-singer C. Aswath died after a prolonged illness.
  • Kalyani Kaul, a prominent barrister of Indian-origin, has been appointed as Recorder by Queen Elizabeth.
  • Reena Kaushal became first Indian woman who skied to South Pole. She travelled 900km for 40 days along with 8 women from different countries.
  • C Ramakanth Reddy took over as Election Commissioner of Andhra Pradesh. He retired from the post of Chief Secretary. S V Prasad was appointed as the Chief Secretary in place of him.
 
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