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The QUEST - Issue Eighteen

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

Section One: English

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

1. Gratitude
(a) Great
(b) Grand
(c) Thankful
(d) Cordial

2. Imitate
(a) Agree
(b) Copy
(c) Imagine
(d) Recently

3. Meticulous
(a) Painful
(b) Painstaking
(c) Of Metal
(d) Particular

Directions: Each word has been spelt in four different ways. Only one among them is the correct spelling of the word. Select the correct one.

4. (a) Argumment
(b) Arguement
(c) Argument
(d) Argumant

5. (a) Rhythm
(b) Rhythem
(c) Rheythm
(d) Rythem

6. (a) Repeatition
(b) Repitition
(c) Repetition
(d) Repetetion

Directions: In the questions that follow, a set of three words is given with different meanings of a certain word. Choose that word from the options given which fit the set.

7. Absurd, Droll, Comic
(a) Dainty
(b) Insane
(c) Jocular
(d) Stormy

8. Gracious, Daring. Manful
(a) Clanger
(b) Gallivant
(c) Gallant
(d) Wager


1. (c) Thankful
2. (b) Copy
3. (b) Painstaking
4. (c) Argument
5. (a) Rhythm
6. (b) Repitition
7. (c) Jocular
8. (c) Gallant

Section Two: Civics

1. 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

2. Which one of the following states has a separate Constitution?
(a) Jammu & Kashmir
(b) Nagaland
(c) West Bengal
(a) (a) and (b)

3. Which of the following is not true about the Anti – Defection Bill?
(a) An M. P or an M.L.A will be disqualified if he has voluntarily given in the membership of the party to which he belonged
(b) In the event of a member’s absence from voting in the house on a particular issue the M.P. or M.L.A will be disqualified
(c) A member shall not be disqualified if there is a merger of political parities
(d) The Speaker of the Lok Sabha will not be disqualified if he become a member of another political party later on

4. Judicial review signifies that the Supreme Court
(a) has final authority over all cases
(b) can impeach the President
(c) can declare a State law unconstitutional
(d) can review cases, whose decision has been given by High Courts

5. Panchayati Raj comes in the
(a) Union List
(b) State List
(c) Concurrent List
(d) Residual List

6. The Governor of a state is responsible for his acts to
(a) the State Legislature
(b) the Lok Sabha
(c) the President
(d) the Prime Minister

7. Seats are allotted to the various states in the Lok Sabha on the basis of
(a) their population
(b) their size and resources
(c) their size, resources as well and population
(d) none of these

8. The President can call a joint session of the two houses of Parliament
(a) if a bill passed by one house is rejected by the other
(b) if the amendment proposed to a bill by one house is not acceptable to the other
(c) if the house does not take any action for six months on a bill remitted by the other
(d) under all these conditions

1. (c) generally accepted as a matter of convention
2. (a) Jammu & Kashmir
3. (d) The Speaker of the Lok Sabha will not be disqualified if he become a member of another political party later on
4. (c) can declare a State law unconstitutional
5. (b) State List
6. (c) the President
7. (a) their population
8. (d) under all these conditions

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 Congress declared complete independence for India as its goal at its session held at:
(a) Calcutta in 1928
(b) Allahabad in 1930
(c) Lahore in 1929
(d) None of the above

3. The Communal Award was announced by the British Prime Minister Ramsay Macdonald in:
(a) 1932
(b) 1930
(c) 1931
(d) 1929

4. The dyarchical system of government was introduced in India under:
(a) Act of 1858
(b) Act of 1909
(c) Act of 1919
(d) Act of 1892

5. A Federation Scheme was envisaged for India under the Act of:
(a) 1919
(b) 1935
(c) 1909
(d) none of the above

6. The Act of 1935 introduced provincial autonomy:
(a) In the Governor's Provinces as well as Chief Commissioner's Provinces
(b) In the Governor's Provinces only
(c) In the chief Commissioner's Provinces only
(d) In Governor's Provinces, in Commissioner's Provinces as well as the states

7. Cabinet Mission was sent to India by the Labour Government of Britain in:
(a) 1944
(b) 1945
(c) 1946
(d) Early 1947

8. The Cabinet Mission consisted of:
(a) Three members of British Cabinet
(b) Five members of British Cabinet
(c) Three members of British Cabinet and Viceroy
(d) Two members of the British Cabinet

1. (d) introduction of communal and separate electorates.
2. (c) Lahore in 1929
3. (a) 1932
4. (c) Act of 1919
5. (b) 1935
6. (b) In the Governor's Provinces only
7. (c) 1946
8. (a) Three members of British Cabinet

Section Four: Science

1. 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

2. As a result of refraction:
(a) A stick partially immersed in water appears bent.
(b) The image of a fisherman on the bank of river appears inverted.
(c) A gold fish in a bowl appears deep down the surface than it magnified

3. Which pair of elements can form an alloy?
(a) Magnesium and chlorine
(b) Silicon and oxygen
(c) Iron and carbon
(d). Nitrogen and hydrogen

4. When salt dissolves in water, the clear colorless liquid thus formed is called a:
(a) Suspension
(b) Solution
(c) Solute
(d) Solvent

5. Which type of radiation has the highest frequency?
(a) Gamma radiation
(b) Radiowaves
(c) Ultraviolet radiation
(d) Infrared radiation

6. A substance which conducts electricity when molten or in solution but not in the solid state in called a/an:
(a) Metal
(b) Non-metal
(c) Electrolyte
(d) Non-electrolyte

7. The atomic number of an element is the number of:
(a) Electrons and protons in the atom
(b) Neutrons in the atom
(c) Protons and neutrons in the atom
(d) Electron, neutrons and protons in the atom

8. A compound can best be described as:
(a) A mixture of two elements
(b) Two elements mixed in fixed proportions
(c) The product of a chemical reaction
(d) Two or more elements chemically united.

1. (a) An echo
2. (a) A stick partially immersed in water appears bent.
3. (c) Iron and carbon
4. (b) Solution
5. (c) Ultraviolet radiation
6. (c) Electrolyte
7. (a) Electrons and protons in the atom
8. (d) Two or more elements chemically united.

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. The sum of two odd numbers is:
(a) Always an odd number
(b) Always an even number
(c) Often an odd number
(d) Often an even number

2. Zero is a:
(a) Natural number
(b) Prime number
(c) Whole number

3. The multiplication of two prime numbers will be:
(a) Prime number
(b) Even number
(c) Odd number
(d) None of these

4. How much % of Rs.45 is Rs. 6.75?
(a) 20
(b) 10
(c) 15
(d) 12

5. If 5% of a number is 22.50, what is the number?
(a) 390
(b) 450
(c) 334
(d) 460

6. If RAMAYANA is coded as AMARANAY how is TULSIDAS written?

7. If CANOE is coded as IFRRG, how is MUSIC written in that code?

8. Pointing out to a lady, Ramesh said, 'She is the daughter of the woman who is the mother of the husband of my mother? Who is the lady to Ramesh ?
(a) Aunt
(b) Grand daughter
(c) Daughter
(d) Sister
(e) Sister-in-law

1. (b) Always an even number
2. (c) Whole number
3. (c) Odd number
4. (c) 15
5. (b) 450
6. (a) In the code, the first four letters are reversed in arrangement and the last four letters are reversed in arrangement.
7. (e) In the code, the first letter is the sixth alphabet the second letter is the fifth alphabet the third letter is the fourth alphabet and so on after the corresponding letter in the word.
8.(a) The relations may be seen as follows:Mother's husband - Father; Father's mother - Grandmother ; Grandmother's daughter - Father's sister ; Father's sister - Aunt. So, the lady is Ramesh's aunt.

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