General Knowledge Questions for Class 8

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Understanding the world we inhabit is greatly enriched by general knowledge, making it an essential aspect of our learning journey. Hence, initiating the quest for knowledge and honing general knowledge from a young age becomes of utmost importance. Presented by HDFC School educators, this collection of GK questions for class 8 students strives to assist young learners in enhancing their overall awareness. By bolstering their knowledge through this resource, students can distinguish themselves in the classroom setting.

Why is GK Important for Class 8 Students?

General knowledge broadens students’ understanding of everyday things around them. It also enhances critical thinking skills and encourages curiosity. It helps in the holistic development of children by building self-confidence, improving communication skills and decision-making. GK supports academic performance, prepares students for future challenges, and lays the foundation for lifelong learning. Good general knowledge is a life skill that will help in developing many other skill sets.

At the HDFC Schools, we ensure that your child receives the holistic development they require to improve not only their academic performance in school but also set them up for success in later life. This has helped our schools in Gurugram, Bengaluru and Pune to consistently rank among the top CBSE Schools in these cities.

List of GK Questions for Class 8 with Answers

Q1. Who founded the search engine "Google"?
Answer: Larry Page & Sergey Brin founded Google in 1998.

Q2. What does 4G mean?
Ans: 4G stands for Fourth Generation. It is a standard of mobile communications. It replaced 3G or Third Generation, and has since been replaced by 5G or Fifth Generation.

Q3. When was the camera invented?
Ans: In the year 1816 by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce.

Q4. What is the origin of the Tapi River?
Ans: Satpura Ranges

Q5. Which is said to be the highest region of the earth?
Ans: Tibet - 14,370 feet above sea level.

Q6. Which public sector bank is the largest in India?
Ans: State Bank of India

Q7. What was the ruling period of Razia Sultana?
Ans: 1236AD - 1240AD

Q8. Where is Salim Ali National Park located?
Ans: Jammu & Kashmir

Q9. Where is the World Health Organisation situated?
Ans: Geneva, Switzerland

Q10. When does National Science Day celebrate?
Ans: February 28

Q11. Kuala Lumpur is the capital of which country?
Ans: Malaysia

Q12. What is the currency of Japan?
Ans: Japanese Yen

Q13. Where is the pyramid of Khufu present?
Ans: Egypt

Q14. Which Mughal ruler is associated with Bibi ka Maqbara?
Ans: Aurangzeb

Q15. Where was freedom fighter Udham Singh born?
Ans: Udham Singh was born in Sunam, Sangrur district of Punjab

Q16. How many times can an American President be elected?
Ans: Eight years (Two times)

Q17. Who is known as the Father of Mathematics?
Ans: Archimedes

Q18. What is the capital of Mexico City?
Ans: Mexico City

Q19. How many MBs are there in 1 GB?
Ans: 1024 MBs

Q20. Name any one country which is present in both Asia and Europe.
Ans: Turkey

Q21. What does COVID-19 mean?
Ans: Coronavirus Disease 2019

Q22. Which probe launch influenced the movie "Mission Mangal"?
Ans: Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) / Mangalyaan

Q23. Which revolutionary established the slogan "Jai Jawan Jai Kisan"?
Ans: Lal Bahadur Shastri

Q24. Who is the writer of "The God of Small Things"?
Ans: Arundhati Roy

Q25. Which was the first state on the basis of language in India?
Ans: Andhra Pradesh

Q26. Where is the Bhil tribe found?
Ans: Rajasthan

Q27. What does "DC" mean in Washington DC?
Ans: District of Columbia

Q28. What is Nagpur famous for?
Ans: Oranges

Q29. What is the full form of ISRO?
Ans: Indian Space Research Organisation

Q30. Which date is written in the preamble of India as Samvidhan Divas?
Ans: November 26, 1949

Q31. What is produced when there is friction?
Ans: Heat

Q32. What is the International Committee’s motto?
Ans: Faster, Higher, Stronger, and Together

Q33. How long does a Test Match last?
Ans: Over 5 days

Q34. When is Earth Day celebrated?
Ans: 22nd April

Q35. ‘Taekwondo’ is from which country?
Ans: Korea

Q36. Which state in India has its own constitution?
Ans: Jammu and Kashmir

Q37. Name the smallest continent in the world.
Ans: Australia

Q38. What does LED stand for?
Ans: Light Emitting Diode

Q39. What is the language from which the word ‘Tsunami’ comes?
Ans: Japanese

Q40. Who is the author of the book “The Story of my experiments with Truth”?
Ans: Mahatma Gandhi

Q41. Which state in India has the longest coastline?
Ans: Gujarat has the longest coastline of 1,596 km.

Q42. Which desert is the latest desert in the world?
Ans: Sahara

Q43. Which two oceans are linked by the Panama Canal?
Ans: Atlantic Ocean and Pacific Ocean.

Q44. Which year did India celebrate its first Republic Day?
Ans: 1950

Q45. Which continent is considered the hottest in the world?
Ans: Africa

Q46. Which bank is known as the “Banker’s Bank”?
Ans: Reserve Bank of India

Q47. Which animal never consumes water at all?
Ans: Kangaroo rat

Q48. Which element glows in the dark?
Ans: Radioactive element

Q49. Which planet in the solar system has the longest rotation?
Answer: Venus

Q50. Which metal is found in the earth’s core?
Ans: Iron

Q51. Which metal is a soft metal?
Ans: Gold

Q52. Which metal is in liquid form?
Ans: Mercury

Q53. Which is the largest animal on land in the world?
Ans: African elephants

Q54. Which country in the world is the smallest in size?
Ans: Vatican City

Q55. Which is the fastest animal in the world?
Ans: Cheetah

Q56. Who invented electricity?
Ans: Benjamin Franklin

Q57. How many stars does the flag of China have?
Ans: Five

Q58. What are the mediums through which sounds travel?
Ans: Solid, liquid and gas

Q59. Which is the largest animal in water?
Ans: Blue whale

Q60. Where is Bandipur National Park situated?
Ans: Karnataka

Q61. What do you mean by Esperanto?
Ans: It is an artificial language constructed in 1887 by L.L. Zamenhof and intended for use as an international second language.

Q62. How many wars have India and Pakistan fought since partition?
Ans: Four major wars were fought by the Indian Army with Pakistan during 1947-48, 1965, 1971, and 1999.

Q63. When was India's first National Park established?
Ans: In 1936, India's first National Park was established as Hailey National Park. It was first renamed Ramganga in the mid-1950s before the name was changed to Corbett. Corbett National Park is also known as Jim Corbett National Park.

Q64. Name a game that is associated with China Cup.
Ans: Gymnastics

Q65. What do you mean by Baklava?
Ans. It is an ottoman dessert made of thin pastry, nuts, and honey.

Q66. Port Louis is the capital of which country?
Ans. Mauritius

Q67. Name 5 countries situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire.
Ans. The Pacific Ring of Fire stretches across various countries including Indonesia, New Zealand, Papa New Guinea, Philippines, Japan, United States, Chile, Canada, Guatemala, Russia, Peru, etc.

Q68. What is the Ring of Fire?
Ans. Ring of Fire is also known as the Circum-Pacific Belt. It is a path along the Pacific Ocean which is characterised by active volcanoes and frequent earthquakes. The majority of the Earth's volcanoes and earthquakes take place along the Ring of Fire.

Q69. Name the largest flower in the world.
Ans. Rafflesia arnoldii

Q70. Name the smallest perfect number.
Ans. 6

Q71. Who has written Humayun Nama?
Ans. Gulbadan Begum

Q72. In which states of India, the famous 'Hornbill Festival' is celebrated?
Ans. Nagaland

Q73. What is the greenhouse effect?
Ans. It is a process that occurs when gases in the atmosphere of the Earth trap the heat of the Sun. This process makes Earth much warmer than it would be without an atmosphere.

Q74. What is the national sport of Hungary?
Ans. Water Polo is the national game of Hungary.

Q75. Name a bar graph that shows data in intervals.
Ans. Histogram

Q76. What is Global Warming?
Ans. “Global warming” refers to the rise in global temperatures due mainly to the increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. “Climate change” refers to the increasing changes in the measures of climate over a long period of time – including precipitation, temperature, and wind patterns.

Q77. Name an oilseed that is used in the manufacturing of paints?
Ans. Linseed oil

Q78. What is the process of loosening the soil called?
Ans. Tilling or Ploughing

Q79. What does the instrument used for spraying weedicides is called?
Ans. Sprayer

Q80. What type of reaction is combustion?
Ans. Exothermic Redox Reaction

Q81. What is the name of the largest star?
Ans. UY Scuti

Q82. What is the largest object in our solar system by mass and size?
Ans. The Sun is by far the largest object in the solar system. The total diameter of The Sun is approximately 10 times that of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.

Q83. Who translated the Baburnama from Chagatai to Persian?
Ans. Abdul Rahim Khan-I-Khana

Q84. Vilnius is the capital of which country?
Ans. Lithuania

Q85. What do you mean by Silviculture?
Ans. It is a science of forest farming.

Q86. What chemical is also known as wood alcohol?
Ans. Methanol. It is also known as methyl alcohol.

Q87. In which country was the first compass invented?
Ans. China

Q88. Who is known as the 'Frontier Gandhi'?
Ans. Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan

Q89. Who is known as the 'Saint of the Gutters'?
Ans. Mother Teressa

Q90. What is the full form of AIDS?
Ans. Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome

Q91. Which of the following is known as the suicidal bag of the cell?
Ans. Lysosomes

Q92. Name the unicellular organisms
Ans. Amoeba and Paramecium

Q93. Who is the Father of our Nation?
Ans. Mahatma Gandhi

Q94. Who was the first President of India?
Ans. Dr. Rajendra Prasad

Q95. Who is known as the Father of the Indian Constitution?
Ans. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar

Q96. What city is the Statue of Liberty in?
Ans. The statue of liberty is in New York City

Q97. How many Cricket World Cups does India have?
Answer: India has two cricket world cups.

Q98. Martyrs’ Day is celebrated every year on?
Ans. 30th January

Q99. The smallest state of India is?
Ans. Goa

Q100. The highest dam in India is the?
Ans. Tehri Dam in Uttrakhand

Q101. What is the National Tree of India?
Ans. Banyan tree

Fun General Knowledge Facts for Class 8

  1. The typewriter is the longest word that can be made using only the letters on the top row of the keyboard.
  2. The bullet-proof vest, windscreen wipers, laser printers, and fire escapes were all invented by women.
  3. Human thigh bones are stronger than concrete.
  4. People say, “Bless You,” when you sneeze because your heart stops for a millisecond.
  5. It’s against the law to have a pet dog in Iceland.
  6. Carbon monoxide can kill a person in less than 15 minutes.
  7. The hummingbird, the loon, the swift, the kingfisher, and the greb are all birds that cannot walk.
  8. The fastest bird is the Peregrine falcon, clocked at speeds of up to 240 miles per hour.
  9. The electric chair was invented by a dentist.
  10. A cat's tail contains nearly 10% of all the bones in its body.

Tips for Parents to Improve Their Child’s General Knowledge

  1. Visit Museums: India is a country of culture and heritage, which counts numerous museums across the country. No matter where you stay, take your child on a trip to the museum and let her explore the area he or she feels interested in. Be it a history, science or art museum, encourage him or her to talk to the officials and ask questions.
  2. The right use of technology: Use technology wisely as nowadays it's on the rise by supervising content and exploring educational apps, e-books, and virtual tours. Introduce informative videos and games while limiting screen time. Encourage curiosity, outdoor learning, and parent-child interaction. Be a lifelong learner and complement technology with traditional experiences for well-rounded general knowledge development.
  3. Constructive and open discussion: Constructive and open discussion involves respectful and inclusive communication where kids share their ideas, opinions, and perspectives without judgment. It fosters active listening, empathy, and understanding, even when there are differing viewpoints. The goal is to find common ground, seek solutions, and build knowledge through a collaborative and positive exchange of thoughts.
  4. Watch Sports: Expand your child's knowledge beyond popular sports. Introduce them to various lesser-known sports and their significance. Watching the Olympics on the news offers more than entertainment; it enhances their understanding of countries, capitals, flags, and national anthems. Engage them in games that help memorize the capitals of Indian states and countries worldwide.
  5. Encourage your child to socialise: Encourage your child to socialise with peers for better general knowledge. Through interactions, they learn about diverse topics, cultures, and problem-solving. Socialising fosters communication skills, curiosity, and self-confidence, leading to a broader understanding of the world and improving overall knowledge.


General Knowledge questions for Class 8 serve as a valuable tool to expand young minds and develop their awareness of the world. Engaging students in such quizzes fosters critical thinking, problem-solving, and cultural awareness. It instils curiosity and encourages them to explore various subjects beyond their textbooks. By nurturing a love for learning and an inquisitive spirit, these questions empower Class 8 students to become well-rounded individuals with a broader understanding of the global community.

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