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The QUEST - Issue Fifteen

Welcome to the Fifteenth 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

FILL IN THE BLANKS: 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 always _____ defy any authoritarianism.

(a) have and always will

(b) have defied and always will

(c) have and will

(d) haven't but will

2. The union President complained that the worker was _____ .

(a) dismissed unjustly

(b) dismissed unfortunately

(c) dismissed arbitrarily

(d) unjustly dismissed

3. He hoped everyone _____ very much.

(a) had enjoyed themselves

(b) enjoyed himself

(c) had enjoyed oneself

(d) had enjoyed himself

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

4. Contrite

(a) Shrink

(b) Small

(c) Repentant

(d) Against

5. Diligent

(a) Dull

(b) Foolish

(c) Unintelligent

(d) Hard Working

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

6. Proficient

(a) Knowledgeable

(b) Active

(c) Incapable

(d) Gifted

7. Obsolete

(a) Complete

(b) New

(c) Vulgar

(d) Block

8. Minute

(a) Exact

(b) Little

(c) Blend

(d) Big


1. (b) have defied and always will

2. (d) unjustly dismissed

3. (d) had enjoyed himself

4. (c) Repentant

5. (d) Hard Working

6. (c) Incapable

7. (b) New

8. (d) Big

Section Two: Civics

1. President’s rule can be imposed in State for a maximum period of

(a) 3 years

(b) 6 months

(c) 1 year

(d) 2 years

2. The Appellate Jurisdiction of the Supreme Court does not involve

(a) Civil cases

(b) Criminal cases

(c) Cases involving interpretation of the Constitution

(d) Disputes arising out or pre-Constitution treaties and agreements

3. The Rajya Sabha has exclusive power

(a) to initiate proceedings for the removal of the President

(b) to initiate proceedings for the removal of the judges of Supreme Court

(c) to recommend creation of new All India Services

(d) with regard to none of the above.

4. The Speaker of the Lok Sabha is

(a) appointed by the President

(b) appointed by the President on the recommendation of the Prime Minister

(c) elected by the two houses of Parliament at a joint sitting

(d) elected by members of the Lok Sabha

5. On which one of the following lists of subjects can the Parliament legislate?

(a) Union List

(b) Concurrent List

(c) Residuary subjects

(d) On all these

6. Who decides whether a bill is a money bill or not?

(a) Speaker of the Lok Sabha

(b) The President

(c) The Prime Minister

(d) the Parliamentary Select Committee

7. Which jurisdiction of the Supreme Court of India has been wrongly listed?

(a) Original jurisdiction

(b) Appellate jurisdiction

(c) Advisory jurisdiction

(d) None of these

8. The Supreme Court tenders advice to the President on a matter of law or fact

(a) On its own

(b) Only if he seeks such advice

(c) Only if the matter relates to the Fundamental Rights of Citizens

(d) Only if the issue poses a threat to the unity and integrity of the country


1. (d) 2 years

2. (c) Cases involving interpretation of the Constitution

3. (c) to recommend creation of new All India Services

4. (a) appointed by the President

5. (d) On all these

6. (d) the Parliamentary Select Committee

7. (c) Advisory jurisdiction

8. (a) On its own

Section Three: History

1. Find out the wrongly stated cardinal principle of Mahatma Gandhi's Satyagraha.

(a) Fearlessness

(b) Truthfulness

(c) Abstinence

(d) Non-violence

2. The first great experiment in satyagraha came in 1917 in

(a) Ahmedabad

(b) Champaran

(c) Sabarmati

(d) Bardoli

3. April 13,1919 marked the brutal massacre at Jallianwala Bagh. What was the occasion for gathering at the Jallianwala Bagh ground before the massacre took place?

(a) To organise a satyagraha against the generally rude behaviour of General Dyer

(b) To demonstrate protest against the arrest of their popular leader, Dr. Saiffudin Kitchlew and Dr. Satyapal

(c) To condole the death of a local leader in police custody

(d) To protest against the passing of the Rowlatt Act

4. Gandhiji gave a call to halt the Non-cooperation Movement because of the

(a) Absence of public support

(b) Withdrawal of Muslim support as the Khilafat Movement had faded

(c) Violent incidents at Chauri Chaura

(d) Repressive measures adopted by the British government

5. Who led the Chittagong Armoury Raid?

(a) Ganesh Ghosh

(b) Jatin Das

(c) Ambika Chakarborty

(d) Surya Sen

6. The name of the Hindustan Republic Association was changed to Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (due to the influence of Social idea) by:

(a) Chadra Sekhar 'Azad'

(b) Rajguru

(c) Sukhdev

(d) Bhagat Singh

7. Find out the wrongly stated feature of the Government of India Act of 1935.

(a) Dyarchy at the center as well as in the provinces

(b) An All India Federation

(c) A bi-cammeral legislature

(d) Provincial autonomy

8. In the elections held in 1937 under the Government of India Act 1935, Congress won in the

(a) Three provinces

(b) Five provinces

(c) Seven provinces

(d) Eleven provinces


1. (c) Abstinence

2. (b) Champaran

3. (b) To demonstrate protest against the arrest of their popular leader, Dr. Saiffudin Kitchlew and Dr. Satyapal

4. (c) Violent incidents at Chauri Chaura

5. (d) Surya Sen

6. (a) Chadra Sekhar 'Azad'

7. (a) Dyarchy at the center as well as in the provinces

8. (c) Seven provinces

Section Four: General Science

1. The major biochemical action of arsenic are

(a) coagulation of proteins

(b) complexation with co- enzymes

(c) uncoupling of phosphorylation

(d) all the A, B and C

2. A cloud of poisonous gas was released from a pesticide plant in Bhopal the gas is known as

(a) methyle isonide

(b) ethanoic acid

(c) buteric acid

(d) propare gas

3. Which of these statements about chromosomes is not correct?

(a) Chromosomes contain genes

(b) Chromosomes consist of protein and DNA

(c) Man has 46 pairs of chromosomes

(d) Chromosomes are visible under the light microscope

4. The camel’s hump is a store of:

(a) Water

(b) Fat

(c) Starch

(d) All the above

5. Which of these plants yields morphine?

(a) Rauwolfia

(b) Rye

(c) Poppy plant

(d) Datura plant

6. Which of these can contribute to soil erosion?

(a) Cutting down trees

(b) Over-grazing of pastures

(c) Ploughing of steeply sloping land

(d) All of these

7. If a red coloured rose is examined in green light, it will appear:

(a) white

(b) black

(c) Grey

(d) Brown

8. Which of the following types of waves present in solar radiation, can be dangerous for man if not absorbed by the earth’s atmosphere?

(a) Infra-red

(b) Ultraviolet

(c) Ultrasonic

(d) Lasers


1. (d) all the A, B and C

2. (a) methyle isonide

3. (a) Chromosomes contain genes

4. (a) Water

5. (c) Poppy plant

6. (b) Over-grazing of pastures

7. (b) black

8. (b) Ultraviolet

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. Influenza: Virus: : Typhoid: ?

(a) Bacillus

(b) Parasite

(c) Protozoa

(d) Bacteria

2. Melt: Liquid : : Freeze: ?

(a) Ice

(b) Condense

(c) Solid

(d) Crystal

3. Pointing to a photograph, a person tells his friend, 'She is the grand daughter of the elder brother of my father therefore how is the girl in the photograph related to this man?

(a) Niece

(b) Sister

(c) Aunt

(d) Sister-in-law

(e) Maternal aunt

4. A woman introduces a man as the son of the brother of her mother. How is the man related to the woman?

(a) Nephew

(b) Son

(c) Cousin

(d) Uncle

(e) Grandson

5. If in a certain language PENSION is coded as NEISNOP, how is FOLIAGE coded in that code?






6. If in a certain language KINDLE is coded as ELDNIK, how is EXOTIC coded in that code?






7. 5, 10, 13, 26, 29, 58, 61, (_____)

(a) 122

(b) 125

(c) 128

(d) 64

8. 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, (_____), 17.

(a) 12

(b) 13

(c) 14

(d) 15


1. (d) Second is the disease caused by the first.

2. (c) First is the process of formation of the second.

3. (a) Brother of father Uncle; Uncle's grand daughter - daughter of uncle's son – daughter of cousin - niece.

4. (c) Brother of mother - Uncle; Uncle's son - Cousin.

5. (b) In the code, first and last letters are reversed, second and second list letters are the same, third and third last letters are reversed and middle letter is kept the same.

6. (d) In the code, the arrangement of the letters in the word is wholly reversed.

7. (a) The numbers are alternately multiplied by 2 and increased by 3. Thus, 5 x 2 = 10, 10 + 3 = 13, 13 x 2 = 26, 26 + 3 = 29 and. so on. Missing number =(61 x 2) =122.

8. (b): Clearly, the given series consists of prime numbers starting from 2. The prime number after 11 is 13. So, 13 is the missing number.

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