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1.
Directions(Q.1 to Q.10 ):

Read the following story carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/ phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Once upon a time, there lived a king. He was a very kind man and he looked after the welfare of his people. He saw to it that all the people in his kingdom were happy. The king had a very able Prime Minister. He consulted the Prime Minister on all administrative matters. As years went by, the Prime Minister became old and the king began to search for another one. After a long search, the king, at last, entrusted the old Prime Minister with the task of finding a capable man to take his place. The Prime Minister issued a proclamation and called a meeting of all the pundits in the kingdom. He then selected the four most learned pundits. The Prime Minister wanted to choose the best of the four Pundits as the new Prime Minister. He, therefore, decided to put them through a test. He asked each of the four pundits to sit in a separate room. Each room had two doors. The Prime Minister then went to teach pundit and said, “The room has two doors.” I will close both the doors and latch them, but I will lock one door from inside and the other door from outside without using a key, you should open the door from inside and come out. The pundit who succeeds in coming out first will be made the Prime Minister. Out of the four pundits, three were perplexed. Each of them thought, “How can the lock be opened without the key? If it cannot be opened, 1 will not be able to open the door and go out. “Thinking thus, the three pundits spent the whole night studying their books in order to find a solution to the problem. But unfortunately, none of them found one. The fourth pundit, however, had a deep sense of reasoning. He had a rational and an analytical mind. He pondered over the problem for a long time. “There is no way I can open the lock without the key. Therefore, I think, there is some trick in the lock itself. Let me check the latch and the lock,” he thought. Thinking thus, the fourth pundit went to the door. He examined the lock and the lash minutely. Suddenly, he realised that the door was on the latch! The door was closed but not latched. The lock simply hung from the latch. The pundit quickly opened the door and came out of the room. He then presented himself before the Prime Minister. The old Prime Minister heartily welcomed the pundit and honoured him. The king appointed the pundit as the new Prime Minister.

Which of the following is most nearly the opposite in meaning as the word ’ABLE’ as used in the story?

a

incompetent

b

shy

c

popular

d

aggressive

e

None of these

2.

Which of the following is most similarly the same in meaning to the word ’PERPLEXED’ as used in the passage?

a

annoyed

b

ecstatic

c

relaxed

d

certain

e

puzzled

3.

Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning to the word RATIONAL as used in the story?

a

b

literate

c

logical

d

aged

e

inept

4.

Which of the following is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as the word ’HONOURED’ as used in the story?

a

remembered

b

denied

c

cracked

d

devoid

e

garlanded

5.

Which of the following is/are NOT TRUE in the context of the story?

(A) The king was fond of the old Prime Minister.

(B) The king was sensitive towards the needs of his people.

(C) The old Prime Minister was jealous of the king’s position.

a

Only A

b

Only B

c

Both A and B

d

Only C

e

All the given options are true

6.

As mentioned in the story, how much time did the three pundits take to come up with a solution to the problem?

a

The whole day

b

More than two days as they consulted their friends

c

Two hours

d

Three hours

e

They could not find the solution

7.

Which of the following can be said about the three pundits ?

a

They did not go beyond their acquired knowledge.

b

They were good friends with each other.

c

They were jealous of the old Prime Minister.

d

They were aware of their limitations.

e

They were financially bankrupt.

8.

As mentioned in the story, the old Prime Minister played a trick on the four pundits as _____. (A) it was his habit. (B) he wanted to identify the wisest of them all. (C) he was taking revenge on them.

a

Only A

b

Both A and B

c

Only B

d

Only C

e

Both A and C

9.

Which of the following can be a suitable title for the story?

a

The Arrogant Prime Minister

b

The Haunted Palace

c

The Witty Pundits

d

The Wise Successor

e

10.

Which of the following correctly explains the meaning of the phrase, ’pondered over’ as used in the story?

a

Disregarded

b

Twisted

c

Contemplated

d

Disregarded

e

Pushed

11.
Directions(Q.11 to Q.15 ):

Rearrange the following sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) to make a meaningful paragraph and then answer the questions which follow :

(A) All this should be in the mind and heart of the teacher, and if it is in his mind and heart he will convey it in his teaching to the young who are in his care.

(B) He will seek rather to discover and remove the impersonal causes of evil than to hate the men who are in its grip.

(C) The Civilized man, where he cannot admire, will aim rather at understanding than at reprobating.

(D) These me have done what lay in their power to make human life a better thing than the brief turbulence of savages.

(E) These men have produced something of positive good to outweigh the long record of cruelty, oppression and superstition.

Which of the following sentences should be the FIRST sentence after the rearrangement ?

a

A

b

B

c

C

d

D

e

E

12.

Which of the following sentences should be the SECOND sentence after the rearrangement ?

a

A

b

B

c

C

d

D

e

E

13.

Which of the following sentences should be the LAST sentence after the rearrangement ?

a

A

b

B

c

C

d

D

e

E

14.

Which of the following sentences should be the THIRD sentence after the rearrangement ?

a

A

b

B

c

C

d

D

e

E

15.

Which of the following sentences should be the FOURTH sentence after the rearrangement ?

a

A

b

B

c

C

d

D

e

E

16.
Directions(Q.16 to Q.20 ):

Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is ’No error’ the answer is 5.(Ignore errors of punctuation if any).

Q

a

Arguments usually follow

b

/ the pattern; that is,

c

/ there are certain things

d

/ we typical do and do not do in arguing.

e

/ No error

17.

Q

a

Time is a limited resource that

b

/ we used to accomplish our goals

c

/ because of the way that the concept of work

d

/ has developed in modern culture.

e

/ No error

18.

Q

a

What this imply is that the

b

/ universe is somehow inherently simple

c

/ an idea that gives ulcers to some philosophers and

d

/ pay packets to all.

e

/ No error

19.

Q

a

Free trade is fine for economics

b

/ departments and newspaper editorials

c

/, but nobody in the corporate world of the government

d

/ took the doctrines serious.

e

/ No error

20.

Q

a

The ideological differences,

b

/ ideals and faiths are

c

/ the roots of a division

d

/ that is preventing human survival.

e

/ No error

21.
Directions(Q.21 to Q.25 ):

In the following questions, a sentence/part of the sentence is printed in bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold sentence/part of the sentence at 1, 2,3 and 4 which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, your answer is 5.

The larger question is whether the bill was not necessarily at all.

a

was not necessary at all

b

was not necessary for all

c

was not necessarily for all

d

is not necessary for all

e

No Correction required

22.

India is a hub of social entrepreneurship activity and a testing ground in salable , innovation and inclusive business model.

a

in salable, inovative and inclusive business model

b

for salable, innovative and inclusive business model

c

for sale, innovation and inclusive business model

d

for sale, innovative and inclusion business model

e

No Correction required

23.

The government began to liberalise the economy exposing local business to market forces for the first time.

a

b

local business to marketing forces for the first time

c

locality business to market forces of the first time

d

local business to market forces in first time

e

No Correction required

24.

There may be special areas however, in which he is superiority often psychologically insight was one.

a

superior oftenly psychological insight is one

b

superior often psychological insight is one

c

superiority often psychological insight is one

d

superiority oftenly psychological insight is one

e

No Correction required

25.

Biologists gain a visual cue that will help them understanding in detail that genes tell different cells about their duties.

a

that will help them understand in detail how genes

b

that helped them understand in detail how genes

c

that should help them understand in detail that genes

d

that will help them understood in detail how genes

e

No Correction required

26.
Directions(Q.26 to Q.30 ):

In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

Inflation has (Q1) in nations at early stages of development. Between 2003 and 2011, India was growing at an average of 8%. From 2008, inflation was close to 10%. When Korea took off in the 1970s, its figures were not very different .What is (Q2) over the last year and a half is that growth has slumped to between 4.5 and 5%. And that is what is making the inflation more painful. On inflation, in fairness to government, let me point out that while people (Q3) the government, the blame has to be shared by economics as a discipline .We know a couple of rules - control interest rates, check fiscal deficit - about controlling inflation, but we don’t have a sure-fire method for controlling inflation .Most people believe that prices can be easily controlled by the government, (Q4) in a country of 1.2 billion people there are millions of people who are setting prices .Yes, government can and ought to do more to check inflation. But even more importantly it should get growth back up to 8%. This is entirely possible to achieve within two years from now .Well, a large number of jobs will be created in the (Q5) sector. It’s not that every job will have to be created in the formal sector. Having said that, jobs is a big challenge and also a potential for progress.

(Q1)

a

occuring

b

occurred

c

caused

d

been causing

e

happen

27.

(Q2)

a

worry

b

worried

c

worrying

d

satisfied

e

satisfying

28.

(Q3)

a

blamed

b

blame

c

praised

d

satisfy

e

satisfied

29.

(Q4)

a

that

b

but

c

if

d

for

e

as well as

30.

(Q5)

a

informity

b

informal

c

informative

d

information

e

formation

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