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The QUEST-Issue Two

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

Section One: English Language


A sentence with a blank space marked by dotted lines is given along with four answer choices out of which only one is correct. The candidates are expected to fill in the blank space with the correct choice.

1.I am not ……. my actions.

(a) accountable to

(b) accountable in

(c) accountable for

(d) accountable over

2.The father is ………. his son's faults.

(a) blind to

(b) blind towards

(c) blind about

(d) blind with

3. He is …………. his food.

(a) busy in eating

(b) busy eating

(c) busy about eating

(d) busy to eat

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

4. Lavish

(a) Generous

(b) Expensive

(c) Wasteful

(d) Frugal

5. Affluence

(a) Flow

(b) Increase

(c) Affordable

(d) Wealth

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


(a) Modest

(b) Proper

(c) Small

(d) Arrogant

7. Callous

(a) Calm

(b) Timid

(c) Sensitive

(d) Remember

8. Illuminate

(a) Example

(b) Darken

(c) Imaginary

(d) Shinning

Answers to questions on English:

1. (c) accountable for

2. (a) blind to

3. (b) busy eating

4. (a) Generous

5. (d) Wealth

6. (d) Arrogant

7. (c) Sensitive

8. (b) Darken

Section Two: CIVICS

1. The Constitution of India

(a) provides single citizenship

(b) provides double citizenship

(c) contains no provisions regarding citizenship

(d) provides multiple citizenship

2. Which of the following is not a condition for becoming a citizen of India:

(a) citizen ship by birth

(b) citizenship by descent

(c) citizenship by acquiring property

(d) citizenship by naturalization

3. A person can lose citizenship through

(a) termination

(b) renunciation

(c) deprivation

(d) all of these

4. The Fundamental Rights of Indian Citizens are contained in

(a) Part three of the Constitution

(b) Part four of the Constitution

(c) the seventh Schedule of the Constitution

(d) none of these

5.Article 25 of the Indian Constitution provides for facilities regarding

(a) education

(b) sports

(c) religion

(d) defence

6. Which of the following has ceased to be a Fundamental Right in the Indian Constitution?

(a) right to freedom of speech

(b) right to form educational institutions

(c) right to property

(d) right to constitutional remedies

7. The right to private property was dropped from the list of Fundamental Rights by the

(a) 24th Amendment

(b) 42nd Amendment

(c) 44th Amendment

(d) none of these

8. The Fundamental Rights of the Indian citizens

(a) Can be suspended by the President during national emergency

(b) Can be suspended by the President during all types of emergencies

(c) Can be suspended by the President with the prior approval of the Supreme Court at any time

(d) Cannot be suspended under any condition

Answer to questions on Civics

1. (a) provides single citizenship

2. (c) citizenship by acquiring property

3. (d) all of these

4. (a) Part three of the Constitution

5. (c) religion

6. (c) right to property

7. (c) 44th Amendment

8. (a) Can be suspended by the President during national emergency

Section Three: History

1.Megasthenes visited India during the reign of

(a) Chandragupta II

(b) Chandragupta Maurya

(c) Ashoka

(d) Harsha

2. Kanishka patronized

(a) Mahayana Buddhism

(b) Hinayana Buddhism

(c) Buddhism

(d) Bhahgvatism

3. Language of the Sangam Literature was

(a) Sanskrit

(b) Pali

(c) Prakrit

(d) Tamil

4. Muhammad Ghori was defeated by Prithiviraj Chauhan in the battle of

(a) Tarain

(b) Panipat

(c) Thaneswar

(d) Chandawar

5. The remains of the Vijayanagar empire can be found in

(a) Bijapur

(b) Golconda

(c) Hampi

(d) Baroda

6. Whose region has been called the “Golden age of the Mughals” ?

(a) Shah Jahan

(b) Akbar

(c) Jahangir

(d) Aurangazeb

7. Painting in the Mughal period was at its prime during the reign of

(a) Jehangir

(b) Shahjahan

(c) Aurangazeb

(d) Akbar

8. Which of the following lists the monuments according to their age ?

(a) Qutab Minar, Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri, Taj Mahal

(b) Qutab Minar, Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri, Agra Fort

(c) Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri Qutab Minar, Taj Mahal

(d) Agra Fort, Qutab Minar, Fatehpur Sikri, Taj Mahal

Answer to questions on history:

1. (b) Chandragupta Maurya

2. (a) Mahayana Buddhism

3. (d) Tamil

4. (a) Tarain

5. (c) Hampi

6. (a) Shah Jahan

7. (a) Jehangir

8. (a) Qutab Minar, Agra Fort, Fathepur Sikri, Taj Mahal

Section Four: General Science

1.The Pitutary gland effects the urine formation through-

(a) ACTS

(b) ADH

(c) ADDH

(d) ATH

2. Which of the following is both an endocrine gland and exocrine gland-

(a) pituitary

(b) thyrod

(c) adrenal

(d) pancreeas

3. Deficiency of the adrenal cortex activity leads to-

(a) cushing disease

(b) conn’s disease

(c) addison disease

(d) simmond’s disease

4. The haversian system is present in

(a) muscle cell

(b) nerve tissue

(c) bone (mammaltion)

(d) larynx

5. Enrage is transferred from the light reactron step to the dark reactron step by-

(a) chlorophyll

(b) ADP

(c) ATP

(d) RUBP

6. A cell that lacks chloroplast does not-

(a) evolve carbon dioxide

(b) liberate oxygen

(c) require water

(d) utilize carbohydrates

7. The mineral constituent of the cell wall is-

(a) iron

(b) magnesium

(c) potassium

(d) calcium

8. Active uptake of minerals by roots mainly depends on the-

(a) availability of oxygen

(b) light

(c) temperatures

(d) Availability of carbon dioxide

Answers to questions on General science:

1. (b) ADH

2. (d) pancreeas

3. (c) addison disease

4. (c) bone (mammaltion)

5. (a) chlorophyll

6. (b) liberate oxygen

7. (a) iron

8. (b) light

Section Five: Teaching Aptitude

1. Of the following essentials of learning the one that takes procedure over the other is:

(a) average intelligence

(b) ability to read

(c) an intact home

(d) desire to learn

(e) a good teacher

2. A child from a disorganized home will experience the greatest difficulty with:

(a) well structured lessons

(b) independent study

(c) programmed instruction

(d) workbooks

(e) short answer tests.

3. The normal twelve –year –old child is most likely to:

(a) have difficulty with gross motor coordination

(b) have anxiety feelings about pleasing adults

(c) confine his/her interests to the here and now

(d) be eager for peer approval

(e) be concerned with boy-girl relationship

4. During the first year of life a child’s height increases by about:

(a) Ten per cent

(b) Thirty per cent

(c) Fifty per cent

(d) Eighty per cent

(e) Hundred per cent

5. The term ‘identical elements is closely associated with:

(a) group instruction

(b) transfer of learning

(c) jealousy between twins

(d) similar test questions

(e) The scientific method

6. The statement least characteristic of first grade children is that they are:

(a) too young to be taught classroom routines

(b) not yet concerned with group approval

(c) very concerned with adult approval

(d) not concerned with neatness

(e) curious and exploratory

7. The evaluation of personality is best made through the use of an:

(a) inventory test

(b) preference test

(c) survey test

(d) projective test

(e) power test

8. The current movement of behavior modification, wherein tokens are awarded for correct responses, is a reflection of:

(a) Herbart’s Five Steps

(b) Lock’s Tabula rasa

(c) Thorndike’s Law of Effect

(d) Thorndike’s Law of Exercise

(e) Pavlov’s stimulus- response

Answers to Questions on Teaching Aptitude:

1. (d) desire to learn

2. (b) independent study

3. (d) be eager for peer approval

4. (c) Fifty per cent

5. (b) transfer of learning

6. (a) too young to be taught classroom routines

7. (d) projective test

8. (c) Thorndike’s Law of Effect

Section Six: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. The square of a positive integer is more than its five times by 14. What is the positive integer?

(a) 4

(b) 2

(c) 7

(d) Cannot be determined

(e) None of these

2. In how many different ways can the letters of the word DISTANCE be arranged so that all the vowels come together?

(a) 720

(b) 4320

(c) 4032

(d) 1440

(e) None of these

3. If 6440 soldiers were asked to stand in rows to form a perfect square, it was found that 40 soldiers were left out. What was the number of soldiers in each row?

(a) 40

(b) 80

(c) 64

(d) 60

4. The speed of a metro train is 54 km/hr excluding stoppage time and if including stoppage the speed is 45 km/hr then for how many minutes does it stop per hour?

(a) 9

(b) 10

(c) 20

(d) 11

5. The weights in kilograms of 10 students are 52, 45,31, 35, 40, 55, 60, 38, 44, 36. If 44 is replaced by 46 and 40 is replaced by 35 then new median will be:

(a) 42

(b) 40.5

(c) 40

(d) 41.5

6. There are four prime numbers written in ascending order. The product of the first three is 385 and that of the last three is 1001. Find the first number.

(a) 5

(b) 7

(c) 11

(d) 17

7. A number is increased by 10% and then reduced by 10%. After this operation, the number:

(a) Does not change

(b) Decreases by 1 per cent

(c) Increases by 1 per cent

(d) Increases by 0.1 per cent

8. A is the sister of B, B is the brother of C, C is the son of D. How is D related to A?

(a) Mother

(b) Daughter

(c) Son

(d) Uncle

Answer to Questions on Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. (c) 7

2. (b) 4320

3. (b) 80

4. (b) 10

5. (d) 41.5

6. (a) 5

7. (b) Decreases by 1 per cent

8. (c) Son

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