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The QUEST - Issue Sixteen


Welcome to the Sixteenth 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. _____ should arrange a picnic.
(a) I, You and Hari
(b) You, I and Hari
(c) Hari, you and I
(d) You, Hari and I

2. Ram has friends _____ are smugglers.
(a) whom I think
(b) who I think
(c) that I think
(d) which I think

3. Between _____ he is a crook.
(a) you and me
(b) you and I
(c) me and you
(d) you and her

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

4. Malign
(a) Dirty
(b) Abuse
(c) Disorder
(d) Makeshift

5. Pandemonium
(a) Unnecessary
(b) Contrast
(c) Confusion
(d) Pairs Talking

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

6. Mediocre
(a) Superior
(b) Think
(c) Ordinary
(d) Moody

7. Intrepid
(a) Brave
(b) Weak
(c) Coward
(d) Misty

8. Divulge
(a) Conceal
(b) Discover
(c) Evade
(d) Begin


1. (d) You, Hari and I
2. (b) who I think
3. (a) you and me
4. (b) Abuse
5. (c) Confusion
6. (a) Superior
7. (c) Coward
8. (a) Conceal

Section Two: Civics

1. Which one of the following falls within the discretionary powers of the Governor?
(a) To appoint any person as Chief minister if the majority party has no acknowledged leader
(b) To dismiss the ministry if he is convinced that it has lost majority support
(c) To reserve a bill passed by the state legislature for the assent of the President
(d) All these

2. Membership of the legislative assembly can vary between
(a) 60 and 500
(b) 100 and 300
(c) 150 and 450
(d) 100 and 400

3. Article 16 says about the equality of opportunity in matters of public employment the state shall not discriminate on grounds only of
(a) religion, race
(b) caste, sex
(c) descent, place of birth or residence
(d) all the above

4. The President appoints the judges of state high courts in consultation with
(a) the Chief justice of India
(b) the Chief justice of the high court
(c) the Governor of the state
(d) all of them.

5. The salaries and allowance of high court judges are charged to
(a) the consolidated Fund of the state
(b) the Consolidated Fund of India
(c) the Contingency Fund of India
(d) the Consolidated Fund of the state and the Consolidated Fund of India in equal proportion

6. The administrators of union territories are designated as
(a) Lieutenant Governors
(b) Chief Commissioners
(c) Administrators
(d) All three

7. The Sarkaria Commission was appointed?
(a) to find a solution to the Punjab crisis
(b) to examine center-state relations
(c) to resolve the dispute regarding sharing of Cauveri waters
(d) to examine the working of public sector undertakings

8. The Union List contains
(a) 66 items
(b) 96 items
(c) 97 items
(d) 47 items


1. (d) All these
2. (a) 60 and 500
3. (d) all the above
4. (d) all of them
5. (a) the consolidated Fund of the state
6. (d) All three
7. (b) to examine center-state relations
8. (c) 97 items

Section Three: History

1. The Muslim League's annual session of 1940 which gave effect to Jinnah's 'Two - Nation Theory' was held in
(a) Lahore
(b) Karachi
(c) Bombay
(d) Lucknow

2. The 'Cripps' proposals which were given in 1942, put forward
(a) Giving proper representation to princely States
(b) Establishment of a constitution making body
(c) Creation of central and provincial government
(d) None of the above

3. The Credit for integrating the Indian Princely states goes to
(a) Sardar Patel
(b) Rajendra Prasad
(c) J.L. Nehru
(d) Lord Mountbatten

4. Who was the Prime Minister of England when India got Independence?
(a) Eaerl Mountabatten
(b) Winston Churchill
(c) Lord Attlee
(d) None of these

5. The first woman president of the Indian National Congress was
(a) Sucheta Kripalani
(b) Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur
(c) Annie Besant
(d) Sarojini Naidu

6. Swaraj Party was formed after the failure of the _____ Movement
(a) Quit India
(b) Non-Cooperation
(c) Civil Disobedience
(d) Swadeshi

7. The English merchants were granted a charter to carry on trade with East Indies in:
(a) 1599
(b) 1688
(c) 1600
(d) 1773

8. The office of the Governor- General was for the first time created under:
(a) The Regulating Act of 1773
(b) The Pitt's India Act of 1784
(c) Indian councils Act, 1861
(d) The Act of 1909


1. (d) Lucknow
2. (b) Establishment of a constitution making body
3. (a) Sardar Patel
4. (c) Lord Attlee
5. (c) Annie Besant
6. (b) Non-Cooperation
7. (c) 1600
8. (a) The Regulating Act of 1773

Section Four: General Science

1. What strikes the screen in a TV, which gives rise to the pictures?
(a) Protons
(b) Slow neutrons
(c) Electrons
(d) Neutrons

2. In a cathode-ray tube (CRT) the cathode-ray emanate from:
(a) Anode and travel to cathode
(b) Cathode and travel forwards
(c) Neutral electrode
(d) The fluorescent screen

3. The angle between centripetal and centrifugal forces is:
(a) 45 degree
(b) 90 degree
(c) 180 degree
(d) 270 degree

4. Perforated cellulose-fibre tiles are commonly fitted in roofs in commercial buildings because they:
(a) Absorb sound
(b) Radiate electromagnetic waves
(c) Reflect back sound
(d) Are very cheap and attractive

5. Pituitary gland, one of the most important glands of our body, is located in which part of our body?
(a) Inside the skull
(b) Inside the chest
(c) Inside the tummy
(d) Near the lower end of the back bone

6. Which of these processes kinetic energy (energy due to motion)?
(a) An elevated hammer
(b) A compressed spring
(c) A rod of dynamite
(d) A rod of these

7. We often use glycerin in day-to-day life. Do you know what it is?
(a) Alcohol
(b) Fat
(c) Carbohydrate
(d) Soap

8. Which of these units is used to measure the quantity of oil?
(a) Barrel
(b) Hogshead
(c) Keg
(d) All of these


1. (c) Electrons
2. (b) Cathode and travel forwards
3. (b) 90 degree
4. (b) Radiate electromagnetic waves
5. (c) Inside the tummy
6. (b) A compressed spring
7. (d) Soap
8. (a) Barrel

Section Six: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. Muslims : Mosque : : Sikhs : ?
(a) Golden Temple
(b) Medina
(c) Fire Temple
(d) Gurudwara

2. Eye : Myopia : : Teeth : ?
(a) Pyorrhoea
(b) Cataract
(c) Trachoma
(d) Eczema

3. While walking with his friend, Mahesh meets another man whose mother is the wife of Mahesh's father's only son. How is the man related to Mahesh?
(a) Son
(b) Nephew
(c) Cousin
(d) Uncle
(e) Father

4. A man said to a lady, 'Your mother's husband's sister is my aunt'. What is the lady’s relationship to the man?
(a) Daughter
(b) Grand-daughter
(c) Mother
(d) Sister
(e) Aunt

5. If in a certain language CASUAL is coded as GEWYEP, how is PEOPLE coded in that code?

6. If in a certain language SALE is coded as PAIE, how is CASUAL coded in that code?

7. 5, 11, 17, 25, 33, 43, (_____)
(a) 49
(b) 51
(c) 52
(b) 53

8. 2, 9, 28, 65, 126, (_____)
(a) 137
(b) 223
(c) 217
(d) 199


1. (d) Muslims worship in a mosque and Sikhs worship in a gurudwara.
2. (a) Second is a disease of the first.
3. (a) Mahesh's father's only son -Mahesh, Mahesh's wife is the mother of his son. So, the man is Mahesh's son.
4. (d) Your mother's husband -Your father; Your father's sister - Your aunt. So, lady's aunt is man's aunt and therefore lady is man's sister.
5. (b) In the code, each letter is the fourth alphabet after the corresponding letter in the word.
6. (d) In the code, the letters in the, even places are the same while those of odd places are three places before the corresponding letter in the word.
7. (d) The sequence is + 6, + 6, + 8,+ 8, + 10,_____ So, missing number = 43 + 10 = 53.
8. (c) The sequence is 13 + 1, 23, + 1,33 + 1, 43 + 1, 53 + 1,_____ Missing number = 63 + 1 = 216 + 1 = 217.

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