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The QUEST - Issue Thirteen

Welcome to the thirteenth issue of The QUEST- a fortnightly newsletter from, to help you prepare for competitive exams.

This issue of The QUEST, has five sections: English Language, Civics, History, General Science, Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning. There are eight questions in each section. Answers to all questions in a section are provided at the end of each section. Questions have been compiled in such a manner that it is easy to follow and memorize. We recommend that you go to the answers only after you have attempted all the questions in a section, it will provide a true picture of your preparedness. Good Luck!

Section One: English

1.The police station is ____ of the hospital.
(a) within stone's throw
(b) within the stone's throw
(c) within a stone throw
(d) within a stone's throw

2. My parents visit me ____.
(a) of and on
(b) on and of
(c) off and on
(d) on and off

3. ____ words spoken honestly will win him over.
(a) Few
(b) So few
(c) A few
(d) The few

Direction: Out of the four alternatives provided, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given words.

4. Jeopardise
(a) Confusion
(b) Irritate
(c) Hell
(d) Endanger

5. Contradict
(a) Deny
(b) Refute
(c) Interfere
(d) Dislike

Direction: Out of the four alternatives provided, choose the one word which has exactly the opposite meaning of the given words.

6. Vitiate
(a) Improve
(b) Debase
(c) Voluble
(d) Lively

7. Vicinity
(a) Area
(b) District
(c) Distance
(d) Strength

8. Vanquish
(a) Arrogance
(b) Denied
(c) Lose
(d) Outwit


1.(d) within a stone's throw
2.(c) off and on
3.(c) A few
4.(d) Endanger
5.(b) Refute
6.(a) Improve
7.(c) Distance
8.(c) Lose

Section Two: Civics

1. The minimum age for the membership of the Council of States is
(a) 45 years
(b) 30 years
(c) 35 years
(d) 21years

2. A certain Bill becomes a law only when it
(a) gets the President’s consent
(b) is passed by the Lok Sabha
(c) is passed by the Rajya Sabha
(d) is approved by Parliament

3. The normal term of a Governor’s office is
(a) 3 years
(b) 5 years
(c) 6 years
(d) dependent on the tenure of the State Legislature

4. The Governor can reserve
(a) all Bills passed by State Legislature for the assent of the President
(b) certain types of Bills passed by State Legislature for the approval of the President
(c) no Bill Passed by the State Legislature for the approval of the President
(d) only Financial Bills for the approval of the President

5. The qualifications essential to become a member of the Legislative Assembly do not include
(a) Citizenship of India
(b) age of 25 years
(c) non-holding of office of profit under central or State government
(d) being a graduate

6. In the states with bi-cameral Legislature, the upper house is known as
(a) Vidhan Parished
(b) Vidhan Sabha
(c) Council of States
(d) Council of Representatives

7. The recommendation for the creation or abolition of the upper house of a State Legislature can be made by the
(a) Governor
(b) State Legislative Assembly
(c) Chief Minister
(d) Parliament

8. The Union Territories are administered by
(a) the Prime Minister of India
(b) the President through the administrators appointed by him
(c) the Union Executive
(d) the administrator(s) appointed by the Government of India


1. (b) 30 years
2. (a) gets the President’s consent
3. (b) 5 years
4. (b) certain types of Bills passed by State Legislature for the approval of the President
5. (d) being a graduate
6. (a) Vidhan Parished
7. (b) State Legislative Assembly
8. (b) the President through the administrators appointed by him

Section Three: History

1. Of the three Round Table Conference held between November 1930 and November 1932, the Congress was represented at the – Round Table Conference.
(a) First
(b) Second
(c) Third
(a) None of the above

2. The Hunter Commission was appointed by the British to probe the
(a) Non-Co-operation movement
(b) Khilafat movement
(c) Chauri Chaura incident
(d) Jallianwala Bagh tragedy

3. Which one of the following pairs is correctly matched?
(a) Warren Hasting – The Great Bengal famine
(b) Robert Clive- Black Hole tragedy
(c) Dalhousie – The first Sikh war
(d) Ripon – Repeal of the Vernacular Press Act.

4. Which one of the following was not known as a moderate in the national movement for India’s freedom?
(a) Dadabhai Naoroji
(b) Balgangadhar Tilak
(c) Gopal Krishna Gokhale
(d) M.G. Ranade

5. Who among the following organised the Ghadar Party in the USA
(a) Shyamji Krishna Verma
(b) Hardayal
(c) V.D. Savarkar
(d) Raja Mahendra Pratap

6. The Non Cooperation Movement was adopted by the Congress at a special session held at _____ in September 1920
(a) Bombay
(b) Calcutta
(c) Wardha
(d) Allahabad

7. The salient featured of the Montague Chelmsford Reforms (1919) was the provision of
(a) Provincial Autonomy
(b) Grant of veto power to the Governors
(c) Separate communal electorates
(d) Dyarchy

8. The Non-Cooperation Movement was called off by Mahatama Gandhi because
(a) of Gandhi- Irwin Pact
(b) Mob violence at Chauri Chaura
(c) The Khilafat issue fizzled out with abolition of the office of the Caliph in Turkey.
(d) The government accepted the demand in toto


1. (a) First
2. (d) Jallianwala Bagh tragedy
3. (d) Ripon – Repeal of the Vernacular Press Act.
4. (b) Balgangadhar Tilak
5. (b) Hardayal
6. (b) Calcutta
7. (d) Dyarchy
8. (b) Mob violence at Chauri Chaura

Section Four: General Science

1. When organic waste such as sewage, garbage, manure atc decompose in the absence of air, biogas is released. This biogas is also known us
(a) methane gas
(b) ethane gas
(c) butane gas
(d) propane gas

2. During equinoxes when the sun, the moon and the earth are in line, highest tidal ranges are in line. What are these tides known as?
(a) spring tides
(b) cow tides
(c) high tides
(d) flood tides

3. Alluvial soil is deposited by
(a) river flow
(b) land sides
(c) sea coast
(d) ocean

4. colluvial soil is deposited by
(a) landsides
(b) river flow
(c) sea coast
(d) ocean

5. The chemistry of a soil is governed largely by
(a) the properties of its day particles
(b) the properties of the tiny particles of humus
(c) both the above
(d) none of the above

6. An essential element in the formation of protein material it’s the plants is
(a) nitrogen
(b) carbon dioxide
(c) carbon monoxide
(d) oxygen

7. Most of the nitrogen it’s the soil occurs
(a) in organic from
(b) in micro organism
(c) in organic form its micro organism and in amino acids and amiles
(d) none of the above

8. The replenishment of the soil solution depends on
(a) break down of humus
(b) break down of nitrogen fixation
(c) both of them
(d) none of the above


1. (a) methane gas
2. (a) spring tides
3. (a) river flow
4. (c) sea coast
5. (a) the properties of its day particles
6. (c) carbon monoxide
7. (c) in organic form its micro organism and in amino acids and amiles
8. (a) break down of humus

Section Six: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. Newspaper : Press : : Cloth:?
(a) Tailor
(b) Textile
(c) Fibre
(d) Factory
(e) Mill

2. Mumbai : Maharashtra : : Trivandrum : ?
(a) Calcutta
(b) Gujarat
(c) Rajasthan
(d) Kerala
(e) Sikkim

3. Anil introduces Rohit as the son of the only brother of his father's wife. How is Rohit related to Anil ?
(a) Cousin
(b) Son
(c) Uncle
(d) Son-in-law
(e) Brother

4. Pointing out to a photograph, a man tells his friend 'She is the daughter of the only son of my father's wife'. How is the girl in the photograph related to the man?
(a) Daughter
(b) Cousin
(c) Mother
(d) Sister
(e) Niece

5. If in a certain language CURTAIN is coded as CAITURN, how is, HILLO0K coded in that code?

6. If in a certain language FASHION is coded as FOIHSAN, how is PROBLEM coded in that code?

7. Which is the number that comes next in the sequence? 1, 4, 9, 16, 25, 36, 49.
(a) 54
(b) 56
(c) 64
(d) 81

8. Which number would replace question mark in the series 2, 7, 14, 23, ?, 47.
(a) 28
(b) 34
(c) 31
(d) 38


1. (e) Just as newspaper is prepared in the press, cloth is manufactured in the mill. So, the answer is (e).
2. (d) Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra Similarly, Trivandrum is the capital of Kerala. So, the answer is (d).
3. (a) The relations may be seen as follows: Father's wife-Mother; Mother's brother-Uncle; Uncle's son-Cousin. So Rohit is Anil's cousin and the answer is (a).
4. (a) The relations may be seen as follows: Father's wife-mother; mother's only son -himself; So the girl is man's daughter and the answer is (a).
5. (a) In the code, the first, the middle and the last letters of the word are kept the same. The two letters between first and middle letters are replaced by the two letters between the middle and last letters and vice-versa. Also, the mutual arrangement of each of the two letters is reversed.
6. (e) In the code, the same pattern of arrangement as in 7, has been used and the letters are mutually interchanged.
7. (c) Clearly, the given series is 12, 22, 32, 42, 52, 62, 72. Next number = 82 = 64. So, the answer is (c).
8. (b) The given sequence is + 5, + 7, + 9,_. i.e. 2 + 5 = 7 ; 7 + 7 = 14 ; 14 + 9 = 23. Therefore Missing number = 23 + 11 = 34. Hence, the answer is (b).

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