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The QUEST - Issue Seventeen

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. The suspect was too _____ to admit that he had committed the crime.

(a) Nervous

(b) Clever

(c) Shy

(d) Obstinate

2. The patient's condition would become _____ if timely medication is not given.

(a) Pathetic

(b) Deadly

(c) Serious

(d) Grave

3. He was _____ of his valuables.

(a) Cheated

(b) Snatched

(c) Looted

(d) Deprived

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

4. Gullible

(a) Simple

(b) Smart

(c) Hypocrite

(d) Fast

5. Eulogy

(a) Desire

(b) Effort

(c) Praise

(d) Felicitation

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

6. Ecstasy

(a) Odd

(b) Despair

(c) Comfort

(d) Normal

7. Slumber

(a) Slow

(b) Lazy

(c) Awake

(d) Shiny

8. Transient

(a) Passing

(b) Brief

(c) Lucid

(d) Eternal


1. (d) Obstinate

2. (c) Serious

3. (d) Deprived

4. (a) Simple

5. (c) Praise

6. (b) Despair

7. (c) Awake

8. (d) Eternal

Section Two: Civics

1. The Concurrent List contains

(a) 44 items

(b) 47 items

(c) 66 items

(d) 97 items

2. The Parliament can legislate on any subject in the state list

(a) if the Rajya Sabha declares by a two-third majority resolution that it is expedient to do so in national interest

(b) for the implementation of international treaties or agreements

(c) if two or more state make a request to Parliament to do so

(d) in all these cases

3. Who acts as the ex-officio chairman of the Zonal council?

(a) the Chief Minister of the state where the zonal council meets

(b) the Governor of the state where the zonal Council meets

(c) the union minister associated with the Zonal council

(d) none of these

4. The 42nd Amendment introduced

(a) Fundamental Duties

(b) Schedule VII

(c) Directive Principles of State Policy

(d) None of these

5. At present the UPSC consist of a chairman and

(a) seven other members

(b) eight other members

(c) nine other members

(d) eleven other members

6. What is the chief function of the UPSC?

(a) to conduct examinations for appointment to All- India and central services

(b) to advise the President regarding the claims of civil servants for costs incurred in the course of execution of duties

(c) to advise the President regarding disciplinary action against a civil servant

(d) all these functions

7. Which non–member can participate in the business of either house of the Parliament?

(a) the Vice–President

(b) the Solicitor General

(c) the Attorney General

(d) the Chief Justice

8. The recommendations of the Finance Commission are

(a) binding on the President

(b) not binding on the President

(c) generally accepted as a matter of convention

(d) accepted or rejected by the Government according to its convenience


1. (b) 47 items

2. (d) in all these cases

3. (a) the Chief Minister of the state where the zonal council meets

4. (a) Fundamental Duties

5. (b) eight other members

6. (d) all these functions

7. (c) the Attorney General

8. (c) generally accepted as a matter of convention

Section Three: History

1. Which one of the following did not form part of the Nehru Committee recommendations?

(a) creation of Federal Polity for India

(b) creation of bicameral Parliament

(c) grant of identical constitutional status to India in the British Empire as had been provided to Dominions of Canada of Commonwealth of Australia.

(d) introduction of communal and separate electorates.

2. The Governor-General was re-designated as Viceroy by the:

(a) Indian Councils Act 1861

(b) Indian Councils Act 1892

(c) the Act of 1856

(d) none of above

3. The principle of election, through in a veiled form, was for the first time recognized by:

(a) the Act of 1861

(b) Indian Councils Act 1861

(c) Indian Councils Act 1892

(d) the Act of 1909

4. The Indian National Congress was founded in 1885 at the initiative of:

(a) Lord Dufferin

(b) A. O. Hume

(c) Womesh Chandra Banerjee

(d) Gopal Krishan Gokhale

5. Which one of the following methods has been wrongly listed as a method of the moderate nationalist leaders?

(a) petitions

(b) representations

(c) passing of resolutions

(d) non-cooperation

6. The actual split between the Moderates and the Extremists took place at the:

(a) Surat Session

(b) Poona Session

(c) Calcutta Session

(d) none of the above

7. The Revolutionary Nationalists carried out their activities:

(a) mainly within India

(b) mainly from foreign lands

(c) within India as well as from foreign countries

(d) from Russia and America only

8. The Congress which split at the Surat Session, was reunited at the Lucknow Session in 1916 chiefly due to the efforts of:

(a) Lala Lajpat Rai

(b) Moti Lal Nehru

(c) Annie Besant

(d) Mahatma Gandhi


1. (d) introduction of communal and separate electorates.

2. (c) the Act of 1856

3. (c) Indian Councils Act 1892

4. (b) A. O. Hume

5. (d) non-cooperation

6. (a) Surat Session

7. (c) within India as well as from foreign countries

8. (a) Lala Lajpat Rai

Section Four: General Science

1. Modern surgery became possible because of the development of antiseptic techniques. Which of these scientist first emphasized the role of antisepsis?

(a) Joseph Lister

(b) Charles Darwin

(c) Alexander Fleming

(d) Robert Koch

2. Mach numbers are used to measure which of these?

(a) Velocity of ships

(b) Speed of supersonic aircraft

(c) Speed of radioactive radiation

(d) None of the above

3. We often hear about hertz in connection with radio and TV transmission. What does this word hertz stand for?

(a) Cycles per second

(b) Cycles per hour

(c) The length of an electric current

(d) The force of a sound signal

4. Which of these drugs is being used in the treatment of AIDS with some success?

(a) BHC

(b) AZT

(c) Vitamin K

(d) Sulphadiazine

5. Which pair of atoms will not combine to form a compound?

(a) Sodium and chlorine

(b) Copper and Zinc

(c) Iron and Sulphur

(d) Hydrogen and Chlorine

6. An electric current in a metal is a flow of electrically charged particles. These particles are known as:

(a) X-rays

(b) Electrons

(c) Neutrons

(d) Protons

7. A reflected sound which can be distinguished as a repetition of the original sound is called:

(a) An echo

(b) A decibel

(c) An octave

(d) A stone

8. Which of the following properties of a materiel cannot be affected by a heat charge?

(a) Dimensions

(b) State

(c) Chemical composition

(d) Mass


1. (c) Alexander Fleming

2. (a) Velocity of ships

3. (a) Cycles per second

4. (b) AZT

5. (b) Copper and Zinc

6. (b) Electrons

7. (a) An echo

8. (a) Dimensions

Section Six: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. Scribble : Write : : Stammer: ?

(a) Walk

(b) Play

(c) Speak

(d) Dance

2. Errata : Books : : Flaws: ?

(a) Manuscripts

(b) Metals

(c) Speech

(d) Charter

3. A girl introduced a boy as the son of the daughter of the father of her uncle. The boy is girl's

(a) Brother

(b) Son

(c) Uncle

(d) Son-in-law

(e) Nephew

4. If X is the brother of the son of Y's son, how is X related to Y ?

(a) Son

(b) Brother

(c) Cousin

(d) Grandson

(e) Uncle

5. If in a certain language MECHNICS is coded as HCEMASCIN, how is POSTER coded in that code?






6. If in a certain language DISPEL is coded as IDPSLE, how is EFFECT coded in that language?






7. 3, 7, 15, 31, 63, (_____)

(a) 92

(b) 127

(c) 115

(d) 131

8. 4, 9, 13, 22, 35, (_____)

(a) 57

(b) 70

(c) 63

(d) 75


1. (c) First is an improper form of the second.

2. (b) Errata comprises of errors in books.

3. (a) Daughter of Uncle's father - Uncle's sister - mother; Mother's son – brother.

4. (d) Son of Y's son - Y's grandson; brother of Y's grandson - Y's grandson.

5. (b) In the code the first four and the last four letters are reversed in order.

6. (a) In the code, every two letters are reversed in order.

7. (b) Each number in the series is the preceding number multiplied by 2 and then increased by 1. Thus, (3 * 2) + 1 = 7, (7 * 2) + 1 = 15, (15 * 2) + 1 = 31 and so on. Missing number = (63 * 2) + 1 = 126 + 1 = 127.

8. (a) The sum of two consecutive numbers of the series gives the next number. Thus, 4 + 9 = 13, 9 + 13 = 22, 13 + 22 = 25 and so on. Missing number =22 + 35 =57.

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