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Directions (Q. 101-110) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. Certain words are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of these.
Without, the night was cold and wet, but in the small parlour of Laburnam Villa the blinds were drawn and the fire burned brightly. Father and son were at chess, the former, who possessed ideas about the game involving radical changes, putting his king into such sharp and unnecessary perils that it even provoked comment from the white-haired old lady knitting placidly by the fire. “Hark at the wind,” said Mar White, who, having seen a fatal mistake after it was too late, was amiably desirous of preventing his son from seeing it. “I’m listening,” said the latter, grimly surveying the board as he stretched out his hand. “Check.” “I should hardly think that he’d come tonight,” said his father, with his hand poised over the board. “Mate,” replied the son. “That’s the worst of living so far out,” bawledMr White, with sudden and unlooked for violence. “Of all the beastly, slushy, out-of-the-way places to live in, this is the worst. Pathway’s a bog, and the road’s a torrent. I don’t know what people are thinking about. I suppose because only two houses in the road are let, they think it doesn’t matter.” “Never mind, dear,” said his wife, soothingly; “perhaps you’ll win the next one”.Mr White looked up sharply, just in time to intercept a knowing glance between mother and son. The worlds died away on his lips, and he hid a guilty grin in his thin grey beard. “There he is,” said Herbert White, as the gate banged to loud and heavy foorsteps that came towards the door. “Sergeant-Major Morris,” he said, introducing him. “I’d like to got to India myself,” said the old man, “just to look round a bit, you know.” “Better where you are,” said the Sergeant-Major, shaking his head. He put down the empty glass, and sighing softly, shook it again. “I should like to see those old temples and fakirs and jugglers,” said the old man. “What was that you started telling me the other day about a monkey’s paw or something. Morris?” At Mr and mummified paw out of his pocket. He explains that a fakir (a mystic miracle worker) placed a spell on the pa to prove that people’s lives are governed by fate and that it is dangerous to meddle with fate. According to the Sergeant Major, three men can wish on the paw three times each. The Sergeant-Major himself has already had his three wishes, as has another man, who used his third wish to ask for death. The Sergeant-Major has considered selling the paw, but he doesn’t want it to cause any more trouble than it already has. Moreover, no one will buy the paw without first seeing proof of its effect. The Sergeant-Major throws the paw into the fire, and Mr. White quickly rescues it. The Sergeant-Major warns him three times to leave the paw alone, but he eventually explains how to make a wish on the paw. “Sounds like the Arabian Nights,” said Mrs White, as she rose and began to set the supper. “Don’t you think you might wish for four pairs of hands for me?” Her husband drew the talisman from pocket, and then all three burst into laughter as the Sergeant-Major, with a look of alarm on his face, caught him by the arm. “If you must wish,” he said, gruffly, “wish for something sensible.”
101. Which of the following can be inferred about the playing tendency of the man and the son?
1) The father was not very good at playing chess and was losing continuously.
2) The father was intentionally losing to his son to cheer him up.
3) The father was not hesitant to take hasty steps and was playing restlessly.
4) The son was too engrossed in the game but the man was playing just to appease his son.
5) The game was being played between two experts and the game was getting more difficult with each round.
102. Which of the following can be inferred from the first half of the story?
1) The Whites were waiting for a visitor who was not intent on coming.
2) The Whites were waiting for someone but their residence was in an isolated locality.
3) The Whites were enjoying themselves and did not want any intruder.
4) The father was not welcoming and was nervous about the visitor’s visit.
5) The father wanted the family to welcome the visitor with all their warmth.
103. Which of the following can be inferred from Mrs White’s words when his husband started complaining about the place they lived in?
1) Mrs White did not leave a single chance to demean her husband.
2) Mrs White liked to tease her husband and was pulling his leg.
3) MrsWhite liked it when her husband lost any game to his son.
4) Mr White was complaining because he had lost the game.
5)Mrs White wanted her husband to stop grumbling as they had no choice but stay there.
104. Which of the following can be understood from the Sergeant’s words and gestures?
1) He did not hold very high opinions about the paw and considered it to be a danger.
2) He was mesmerized by the power of the paw and was repentant that he had not used its powers correctly.
3) He wanted to wish using the paw again and was upset that his three wishes had been wasted.
4) He did not believe in the paw’s power and was embarrassed that he would be laughed at.
5)He was jealous that the Whites might get something good using the paw.
105. Which of the following can be inferred from the reaction that Morris had when Mrs White mentioned her wish?
1) Morris wanted to make the situation a bit light and made everyone laugh.
2) Morris was extremely superstitious and believed in magic and all supernatural things.
3) Morris wanted to scare his friend’s family and get fun out of it.
4) Morris tried to make the situation more intense and reacted more.
5) Morris was scared as he knew the paw could make anything come true.
106. Which of the following happened when the Whites got to know about the paw?
1) The Whites were confused and pretty scared after the story of the paw was narrated to them.
2) The Whites did not believe the story and took the paw quite lightly.
3) The Whites were excited and wanted to make extravagant wishes.
4) The Whites felt their friend was trying to scare them and make up stories so they would not give in.
5) The Whites were mocking at Morris and wanted to have a good laugh at the story of the paw.
107. Which of the following describes the lesson that the fakir wanted to teach people?
1) Boldness can at times save a person from danger but not always.
2) Magic and all supernatural forces are existent in today’s life and people must not ignore it.
3) It is not good to interfere in fate’s decisions as it only brings trouble.
4) Human beings are so foolish that they cannot bring their own good.
5) Magic always comes with a price so it is better to stay away from it.
108. Which of the following describes the central theme of the story?
1) Hazards of aspirations   2) Deception by one’s own friends   3) Imagination by people
4) Supernatural forces harming people
5) Darkness of the night enlivens a number of supernatural forces
109. Which of the following is the most OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘placidly’?
1) Wonderfully   2) Unskilled   3) Excitedly   4) Depressed   5) Bitterly
110. Which of the following is most SIMILAR in meaning to the word ‘bawled’?
1) Ridiculed   2) Taunting   3) Shouted   4) Laughed   5)Criticised
Directions (Q. 111-115) : A sentence with two blanks is given, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the words that best fit the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
111. The _________ of human beings leads to overutilization of resources. They cut the trees and kill the animals, creating ecological ______.
1) lust, parity   2) greed, imbalance    3) bounty, disparity   4) itch, balance   5) gluttony, instability
112. Ransomware is often _________ enough to scan your home network and infect other computers and even network storage drives, so it’s really important to make a backup on an external drive that you disconnect and safely ______ somewhere.
1) cunning, kept   2) smart, keep   3) smart, keeping   4) stupid, put   5) clever, put
113. Food-tech company Zomato might be searing in the still-smoking embers of last week’s security breach, but the company is ______ the tough corporate tight rope of rransparency by expounding on how the unidentified ethical hacker _______ its infrastructure to access a part of the company’s database.
1) walking, breached   2) clinging to, surpassed   3) falling, disabled   4) going, got to
5) going, breached
114. That collapse had little to do with the globalization of trade and _____ to do with reckless banks, the animal spirits of which were unleashed by Ronald Reagan’s deregulation and free-market _____.
1) very little, trade    2) completely, booking   3) everything, obsession   4) nothing, integration
5) None of the above
115. The Bianoconeri claimed a record sixth _______ Scudetto when they saw off Crotone to land the second part of a potential treble, ahead of next weekend’s Champions League final ________ Real Madrid.
1) consecutive, against   2) simultaneous, for   3) ongoing, at   4) prior, in   5) None of the above
Directions (Q. 116-125) : In the passage given below there are 10 blanks, each followed by a word given in bold. Every blank has four alternative words given in options 1), 2), 3) and 4). You have to tell which word will best suit to the respective blank. Mark (E) as your answer if the word given in the bold after the blank is your answer, ie“No change required”.
Mushrooms are (116) [ranked] as vegetables in the food world, but they are not technically plants. They (117) [happen] to the fungi kingdom. Although they are not vegetables, mushrooms (118) [grant] several important nutrients. Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Increasing consumption of whole, unprocessed foods, like mushrooms, (119) [materialise] to decrease the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease. Mushrooms are high in antioxidants, just like carrots, tomatoes, green and red peppers, pumpkins, green beans, zucchini, and other whole foods. Antioxidants (120) [been] chemicals that get rid of free radicals, a type of chemical that can harm a person’s body cells, potentially leading to cancer. Selenium is a mineral that is not present in most fruits, and vegetables but can be found in mushrooms. It (121) [assists] a role in liver enzyme function, and helps detoxify some cancercausing compounds in the body. Additionally, selenium prevents inflammation and also decreases tumour growth rates.
The fibre, potassium and vitamin C content in mushrooms all contribute to cardiovascular health. Potassium and sodium (122) [effort] together in the body to help regulate blood pressure. Consuming mushrooms, which are high in potassium and low in sodium, helps to lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and cardiovascular diseases. When buying mushrooms at the market, (123) [desire] ones that are firm, dry, and unbruised. Avoid mushrooms that appear slimy or withered. Store mushrooms in the refrigerator and do not wash or trim them until ready for use. Wild mushrooms have (124) [being] part of the human diet for several centuries, but uncultivated wild mushrooms may pose a risk to those unable to distinguish between those safe to eat and those that are dangerous for consumption. Eating wild mushrooms that are toxic to humans can cause severe illness. Studies (125) [might] also shown that some wild mushrooms contain high levels of heavy metals and other harmful chemicals.
116. 1) graded   2) grouped   3) classified   4) arranged   5) No change required
117. 1) approach   2) occur   3) appear   4) belong   5) No change required
118. 1) supply   2) provide   3) present   4) bestow   5) No change required
119. 1) appears   2) build up3) happen   4) occur   5) No change required
120. 1) has   2) have   3) at   4) are   5) No change required
121. 1) compete   2) join in   3) plays   4) played   5) No change required
122. 1) work   2) labour3) vocation   4) exertion   5) No change required
123. 1) wish   2) take   3) decide   4) choose   5) No change required
124. 1) be   2) been   3) are   4) may   5) No change required
125. 1) should   2) may   3) has   4) have   5) No change required
Directions (Q. 126-129) : Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one or more sentence. Then choose the sentence(s) without error as your answer. If there is error in all the sentences, then your answer is 5. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any.)
126. A. We discussed about the problem so thoroughly on the eve of the examination that I found it very easy to work it out.
B. An Indian ship laden with merchandise got drowned in the Pacific Ocean.
C. I could not put up at a hotel because the boarding and lodging charges were exorbitant.
D. The Indian radio which was previously controlled by the British rulers is free now from the narrow vested interests.
1) Only B   2) Only C   3) Both A & D   4) Both C & B   5) None of the sentence is correct
127. A. If I had known this yesterday I will have helped him.
B. A lot of travel delay is caused due to the inefficiency and lack of good management on the part of the railways.
C. One of the members expressed doubt if the Minister was an atheist.
D. Having received your letter this morning, we are writing to thank you for the same.
1) Only A   2) Only B   3) Only B and C   4) Only B and D   5) None of the sentence is correct
128. A. If you lend him a book he will lend it to someone else and never you will get it back.
B. According to the Bible it is meek and humble who shall inherit the earth.
C. When the dentist came in my tooth was stopped aching out of fear that I might lose my tooth.
D. It is the duty of every citizen to do his utmost to defend the hardly-won freedom of the country,
1) Only D   2) Only A   3) Both B and D   4) Both A and B   5) None of the sentence is correct
129. A. No sooner did I open the door when the rain, heavy and stormy, rushed in making us shiver from head to foot.
B. If a man diligently seeks to come into contact with the best that has been thought and said in this world he will become simple and unselfish.
C. On the busy Ring Road we witnessed a collision between a truck and an auto.
D. He couldn’t but help shedding tears at the plight of the villagers rendered homeless by a devastating cyclone.
1) Only C   2) Only B   3) Both B and D   4) Both B and C   5) None of the sentence is correct
Directions (Q. 130-133) : Choose one word to be fitted in both the sentences I and II and another word that suits for sentence III.
130. I. While I normally like to provide feedback, I found the questions on the company survey to be ______ so I left them unanswered.
II. Because he did not want to appear _______, the junior executive refused to dispute the board’s decision, in spite of his belief that the decision would impair employee morale.
III. Although the warring parties had settled a number of disputes, past experience made them ______ to express optimism that the talks would be a success.
1) indecisive, rash   2) solicitous, ambivalent   3) overzealous, scornful   4) steadfast, overjoyed
5) contentious, reticent
131. I. If you smuggle goods into the country, they may be ______ by the customs authority.
II. Papirius Carbo and the younger Marius had massacred Sulla’s supporters wholesale, ______ his property, and declared him a public enemy.
III. Davis is an opprobrious and ______ speaker, equally caustic towards friend or foe ______ a true curmudgeon.
1) possessed, lofty   2) confiscated, vituperative   3) punished, unstinting   4) fined, retiring
5) infatuated, laudatory
132. I. If negotiations are to prove fruitful, there must not only be sincerity on each side, but there must also be _____ in the sincerity of the other side.
II. There were bound to be times when she disagreed, but she had to have enough ______ in him to let him make the decision.
III. Because the House has the votes to override a presidential veto, the President has no choice but to _____.
1) belief, object   2) substance, abdicate   3) certainty, abstain   4) considered, capitulate
5) faith, compromise
133. I. In a changing and _____ unstructured business environment, creativity and innovation are being increasingly demanded of executives.
II. Since the Age print Centre has been in full production, certain milestones have been ______ achieved.
III. His novels are _____; he uses a long circumlocution when a direct coupling of a simple subject and verb would be best.
1) progressively, prolix   2) excessively, pedestrian   3) moderately, succinct
4) extremely, vapid5) rapidly, risqué
Directions (Q. 134-137) : In each of the questions below, four sentences are given which are denoted by I, II, III and IV. One sentence will be left as blank. Choose from the five alternatives the one having the correct match with the sentences and mark it as your answer.
134. I. The 2015 Review of the Non Proliferation Treaty (NPT) will take place in New York from April 27 to May 22 and the process is expected to be stormy and contentious.
II. ____________.
III. A new set of geopolitical drivers will work the agendas of nuclear and non-nuclear members of the Treaty.
IV. Coming into force in 1970, the Treaty has been subjected to numerous pulls and pressures, which have left the dream of nuclear disarmament unattained and the purpose of preventing proliferation defeated.
1) The NWS have not been enthused by either of these two concepts. Relations among the NWS after Russian actions in Ukraine will have a substantial impact on the conference.
2) The event marks some significant anniversaries of conflict : the 100th – of the use of chemical weapons in Ypres, Belgium; the 70th – of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki; and the 20th – of the indefinite extension of the NPT.
3) The discourse on the humanitarian impact of nuclear weapons has given a new shape to the NPT debate.
4) Moscow’s rhetoric and responses have led to a rethink on the role and relevance of nuclear deterrence even among the non-nuclear states of eastern Erope.
5) As if this is not enough, the situation in West Asia will loom large since it involves the uncertainties of Iran, Israel, Syria and the Islamic State (IS) in particular and the rest of the Arab world in general.
135. I. In February 2010 the Medical Council of India announced a major change in the regulation governing the establishment of medical colleges.
II. With this change, corporate entities were permitted to open medical colleges.
III. The new regulation also carried the following warning: “permission shall be withdrawn if the colleges resort to commercialisation”.
IV. ___________.
1) The basic requirement for a new medical college is a pre-existing hospital that will serve as a teaching hospital.
2) The earlier mandated land requirement for a medical college campus, a minimum of 25 acres of contiguous land, cannot be fulfilled in the metros.
3) Corporate entities have hospitals in the major metros and that is where they will have to locate medical colleges.
4) Not surprisingly, yet another tweak has been made in the regulation, prescribing 10 acres as the new minimum campus size for 9 cities including the main metros.
5)Since the regulation does not elaborate on what constitutes “resorting to commercialisation”, this will presumably be a matter left to the discretion of the Government.
136. I. _________.
II. It is an axiom of political science that a State comes into being for life but it exists for good life.
III. The duty of the state is not only to protect life and liberty but goes further, to enable the people to live in a measure of physical and mental comfort.
IV. Democracy is a government by the citizens themselves.
1) In colonial administration the government was different from the people.
2) Those governments ruled but without the consent and concurrence of the people.
3) The subject – Good Governances – is both topical and timely.
4) They do not realize that the general election is the occasion for them to choose a government for themselves.
5) On the contrary, the masses feel that the franchise is a patronage to be conferred on their kith and kin, or the local candidate, or one of their caste and religious fraternity.
137. I. In terrestrial environments, gravity places special demands on the cardiovascular systems of animals.
II. Gravitational pressure can cause blood to pool in the lower regions of the body, making it difficult to circulate blood to critical organs such as the brain.
III. ___________.
IV. The problem confronting terrestrial snakes is best illustrated by what happens to sea snakes when removed from their supportive medium.
1) Terrestrial snakes, in particular, exhibit adaptations that aid in circulating blood against the force of gravity.
2) One such adaptation is the closer proximity of the terrestrial snake’s heart to its head, which helps to ensure circulation to the brain, regardless of the snake’s orientation in space.
3) The heart of sea snakes can be located near the middle of the body, a position that minimizes the work entailed in circulating blood to both extremities.
4) When removed from the water and tilted at various angles with the head up, however, blood pressure at their midpoint drops significantly, and at brain level falls to zero.
5) Such a location requires that blood circulated to the tail of the snake travel a greater distance back to the heart, a problem solved by another adaptation.
Directions (Q. 138-145) : Read the following information carefully to answer the given question.
The subject “Good Governance” is both topical and timely. It is an axiom of political science that a State comes into being for life but it exists for good life. The duty of the state is not only to protect life and liberty but goes further, to enable the people to live in a measure of physical and mental comfort. Democracy is a government by the citizens themselves. The people should realize that they are responsible for choosing the right and proper persons to represent them in national affairs. In colonial administration the government was different from the people, Those governments ruled but without the consent and concurrence of the people. This old concept still persists in the masses today. They do not realize that the general election is the occasion for them to choose a government for themselves. On the contrary, the masses feel that the franchise is a patronage to be conferred on their kith and kin, or the local candidate, or one of their caste and religious fraternity. In mature democracies, a person who changes his party affiliation or crosses the floor, seldom gets reelected by the electorate. They do not trust him to stand firm by the policies and programmes proposed by him. In India a person who was in the Congress Government and immediately thereafter in the Janata Government and then in Chandrashekhar. Government was re-elected and came once again into the Congress Government! The electorate votes for a criminal or a corrupt candidate, and bemoans that the country has a bad government. The electorate does not realize that even as it contributes to its own household expenditure, it has to contribute to the country’s governance. It is easily misled by the unscrupulous promises of political parties of free food, free clothes, free electricity, free everything. Even enlightened people plead for tax concessions, subsidies and incentives oblivious of the fact that they are met by borrowings which in turn impose burdens indirectly on themselves. Besides, in a true democracy, the people voluntarily observe the laws, rules and regulations as they are forged by themselves in the interest of good governance. It is only because 90% of the people abide by the laws and 10% transgress them that the state is able to maintain order and harmony. If the situation were reversed with 90% transgressing the law and 10% abiding by it there can be no organized society, no peace and harmony. Some of the advanced countries, notably Switzerland, have perhaps the highest degree of compliance. A mere board stating that the road is closed will be complied with by almost 100% of the people.
138. Which of the following is supposed to be the most relevant duty of the state?
1) to ensure sovereignty of the region   2) to ensure prosperity of the region
3) to look after the welfare of its people   4) to develop better terms with other nations
5) None of these
139. What is the basic difference between democracy and colonial rule?
1) In a democracy, people’s will prevails, whereas in a colonial rule, ruler’s will prevails.
2) Democracy is a rule by different parties whereas a colonial rule is a single-party rule.
3) Democracy can be opposed by the people but such is not the case with colonial rule.
4) A colonial rule can be converted into a democracy but the same cannot happen with a democracy.
5) None of these
140. If the people want to have a responsible government in a democracy
1) they must call for free and fair elections.  2) they should take charge of the elections.
3) they should elect educated and experienced representatives.
4) they should look for single-party rule.
5) they should elect desirable candidates.
141. Why does a person changing his party find it hard to get re-elected in mature democracies?
1) Because political parties suspect his fidelity.
2) Because he loses his image in the political circle.
3) Because his eligibility for fighting elections gets questioned.
4) Because he has to depend upon the stand of his new party.   5) None of these
142. Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.
1) satisfaction   2) agreement   3) participation   4) loyalty   5) dependence
143. Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.
1) society   2) groups   3) background   4) ethnicity   5) brotherhood
144. Choose the word which is the opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.
1) laud   2) accept   3) approve   4) weep   5) debate
145. Choose the word which is the opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.
1) arguing   2) veteran    3) expert   4) aware   5) orator
Directions (Q. 146-150) : In the following sentences some words or idioms/phrases are bold and underlined.  Identify the incorrect sentence(s) and choose the alternative as your answer.
146. I. The principle manufactures of the township are cotton and woolen goods (especially corduroy), and market gardening is an important industry.
II. The movement of these wrinkles formed the principal play of expression on his face.
III. The principle here is to agree to buy a certain amount of a commodity at a certain price from farmers in these countries.
1) Only I   2) Both I & II   3) Only III   4) Both II & III   5) All I, II & III
147. I. She didn’t recognize the voice in her mind and felt the presence of someone – or something – beside her.
II. She stopped to wait for him, unsure whether to be happy about his presents or annoyed.
III. Without such justification there would be no reply to the simplest question that presence itself when examining each historical event.
1) Only II   2) Both II and III   3) Only III   4) All I, II and III   5) Only I
148. I. We missed our flight to Paris because the connecting flight was late and to add insult to injury they made us pay for a new ticket as if it was our fault.
II. He hit the nail on the head when he said this company needs more HR support.
III. By working part-time and looking after her kids two days a week she managed to get the best of both worlds.
1) Only II   2) Both II and III   3) Only III   4) All I, II and III   5) All are correct
149. I. Audition test was conducted by the director to separate sheep for goats.
II. I thought this no-brand bread would be horrible; turns out you can’t judge a book by its cover.
III. They tried to cut corners when installing the pipes for the house and now we have leaks only one month after purchasing it
1) Only II   2) Both II and III   3) Only III   4) All I, II and III   5) Only I
150. I. I know the work is hard and the whether is forbidding at times, but do you know how lucky you are?
II. Karataev, on account of the warm weather and for convenience at work, was wearing only trousers and a tattered shirt as black as soot.
III. It was difficult to determine weatherDulce meant it was always Alex she loved or that Senor Medenafavoured.
1) Only I   2) Both I and III   3) Only II   4) Both II and III   5) Only III



126.(5) In A, delete ‘about’.
In B, delete ‘got’.
In C, replace ‘a’ with ‘the’.
In D, delete ‘the’ before ‘narrow’.
127.(4) In A, replace ‘will’ with ‘would’. In C, replace ‘if’ with ‘that’
128.(5) In A, replace ‘never you will’ with ‘you will never’.
In B, insert ‘the’ before ‘meek’ and also before ‘humble’
In C, delete ‘was’.
In D, replace ‘hardly’ with ‘hard’
129.(4) In A, replace ‘when’ with ‘than’
In D, delete ‘but’
146.(1) In sentence I, replace ‘principle’ with ‘principal’.
147.(2) In sentence II, use ‘presence’ and in sentence III, ‘presents’
149.(5) In sentence I, replace ‘for’ with ‘from’.
150.(2) In sentence I, use ‘weather’ and in sentence III, ‘whether’.


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