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The QUEST - Issue Twenty Five

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Section One: English


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

1. I have lost the pen _____ you gave me.

(a) That
(b) Which
(c) Whom
(d) There

2. I am not _____ my actions.

(a) accountable to
(b) accountable in
(c) accountable for
(d) accountable over

3. He is going to be late ____

(a) isn't he?
(b) is he?
(c) will he?
(d) won't he?

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

4. Monogamy

(a) Repetitive
(b) Having One Wife
(c) Having Two Wives
(d) Unmarried

5. Lavish

(a) Generous
(b) Expensive
(c) Wasteful
(d) Frugal

6. Accomplice

(a) Support
(b) Associate
(c) Reveal
(d) Attendant

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

7. Flatter

(a) Entice
(b) Depress
(c) Ridicule
(d) Level

8. Meek

(a) Modest
(b) Proper
(c) Small
(d) Arrogant


1. (a) that
2. (c) accountable for
3. (a) isn't he?
4. (b) Having One Wife
5. (a) Generous
6. (b) Associate
7. (c) Ridicule
8. (d) Arrogant

Section Two: Civics

1. Which of the following commission is constituted to suggest methods to eradicate black money?

(a) Finance Commission
(b) Chelliya Commission
(c) Shah commission
(d) Sarkariya Commission

2. In
India the election of President is held after every

(a) 6 years
(b) 5 years
(c) 4 years
(d) 3 years

3. Which one of the following Articles of the Indian Constitution provides that ‘It shall be the duty of the
Union to protect every State against external aggression and internal disturbance’?

(a) Article 215
(b) Article 275
(c) Article 325
(d) Article 355

4. Article 370 of Indian Constitution provides for-

(a) Reservation of jobs for Backward classes
(b) Imposition of President's Rule in a State
(c) Protection of religious monuments
(d) Special status for
Jammu and Kashmir

5. Eighth Schedule of Indian Constitution deals with-

(a) Allocation of Seats in Rajya Sabha
Union, State and concurrent list
(c) Languages
(d) Disqualification on the ground of defection

6. Which one of the following Bills must be passed by each Hosue of the Indian Parliament separately, by special majority?

(a) Ordinary Bill
(b) Money Bill
(c) Finance Bill
(d) Constitution Amendment Bill

7. The oath of office to the President in administered by the

(a) Speaker of the Lok Sabha
(b) Prime Minister
(c) Vice President
(d) Chief Justice of India
(e) None

8. The main purpose behind the inclusion of the directives Principles of State Policy in the Indian Constitution is to

(a) Establish a welfare State
(b) Establish a secular State
(c) Check the arbitrary actions of the Government
(d) Provide the best opportunities for development of the citizen
(e) None


1. (c) Shah commission
2. (b) 5 years
3. (d) Article 355
4. (d) Special status for
Jammu and Kashmir
5. (c) Languages
6. (d) Constitution Amendment Bill
7. (d) Chief Justice of
8. (a) Establish a welfare State

Section Three: History

1. Which of the following statements is incorrect regarding Extremists?

(a) They had deep faith in the strength of the masses.
(b) They hated foreign rule
(c) They were convicted that
India could progress under the benevolent guidance and control of the English.
(d) They pressed for direct political action.

2. The secret society of revolutionaries which was organized by V.D. Savakar in 1904 was

(a) Sandhya
(b) Yugantar
(c) Abhinav Bharat
(d) Ghadar

3. Which of the following is in proper chronological order?

(a) Rowlatt Act, Hunter’s Report, Jallianwala Bagh massacre
(b) Hunter’s Report, Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh massacre
(c) Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Rowlatt Act, Hunter’s Report
(d) Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Hunters report

4. The Lahore session of the Indian National Congress which declared complete independence as goal of India was presided over by

(a) Mahatma Gandhi
(b) Subhash Chandra Bose
(c) Jawaharlal Nehru
(d) None of the above

5. Bhagat Singh and B.K. Dutt threw a bomb in the Central Legislative Assembly

(a) to protest the passage of the Public Safety Bill
(b) as their aim was to overthrow the British Government
(c) to kill the members of the Legislative Council
(d) to avenge the death of Lala Lajpat Rai

6. Who commented that the Cripps
Mission was a post-dated cheque on a crashing bank?

(a) Mahatma Gandhi
(b) Jawaharlal Nehru
(c) Subhash Chandra Bose
(d) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

7. Who presented a plan for the division of
India into two independent states in June 1947?

(a) The Muslim League
(b) The Indian National Congress
(c) Lord Wavell
(d) Lord Mountbatten

8. Two important leaders who toured the country preaching the ideology of socialism were

(a) Gandhi and Tilak
(b) Motilal Nehru and C.R.Das
(c) Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose
(d) Lala Lajpat Rai and Bipinchandra Pal


1. (c) They were convicted that India could progress under the benevolent guidance and control of the English.
2. (c) Abhinav Bharat
3. (d) Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Hunters report
4. (c) Jawaharlal Nehru
5. (a) to protest the passage of the Public Safety Bill
6. (a) Mahatma Gandhi
7. (d) Lord Mountbatten
8. (c) Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhash Chandra Bose

Section Four: General Science

1. Laughing gas is:

(a) Nitrous oxide
(b) Nitrous pentoxide
(c) Nitric oxide
(d) Nitrogen Trioxide

2. The instrument used for the measurement of atmospheric pressure is known as:

(a) Thermometer
(b) Audiometer
(c) Barometer
(d) Lactometer

3. Meteorology is the study of:

(a) Meteors and meterorites
(b) The climate
(c) The measurement of length
(d) The weather

4. ‘Operation Flood’ is:

(a) A flood control program
(b) A technique to tame rivers
(c) The installation of floodlights
(d) A programme to increase milk supply

5. ‘Hertz’ is a unit of:

(a) Velocity
(b) Wavelength
(c) Frequency of sound waves
(d) Magnetic Field

6. Which of the following instrument is used to measure the density of milk?

(a) Salinometer
(b) Calorimeter
(c) Pyrometer
(d) Lactometer

7. Which of the following sodium compound is found maximum?

(a) Sodium carbonate
(b) Sodium sulphate
(c) Calcium bicarbonate
(d) Sodium chloride

8. Which of the following is not a part of the vehicular pollution:

(a) Hydrogen
(b) Carbon monoxide
(d) Nitrogen oxide
Sulphur dioxide


1. (a) Nitrous oxide
2. (c) Barometer
3. (d) The weather
4. (d) A programme to increase milk supply
5. (c) Frequency of sound waves
6. (d) Lactometer
7. (d) Sodium chloride
8. (a) Hydrogen

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

Direction: Find the missing term (?) in the following series.

1. 1, 3, 7, 15, 31, ?, 127

(a) 62
(b) 63
(c) 61
(d) 71

2. 5, 7, 5, 9, 5, 11, 5, ?

(a) 12
(b) 5
(c) 13
(d) 14

3. 2, 6, 14, 30, 62, ?, 254

(a) 126
(b) 124
(c) 132
(d) 142

4. If in a certain language WORK is coded as 4567 and MAN as 328, then in that language WOMAN is coded as-

(a) 43528
(b) 82354
(c) 32845
(d) 45328

5. There are five books A, B, C, D and E. C lies above D; E is below D; D is just above A; B is below E. Which is the bottom most book?

(a) E
(b) B
(c) A
(d) C

There is certain relationship between first two words. Choose the word from the given alternatives which has the same relationship with the third word.

6. Chennai : Tamil Nadu : :Dehradun : ?

(a) Uttaranchal
(b) Jharkhand
(c) Chhattisgarh
(d) Uttar Pradesh

7. Cobbler : Leather :: Carpenter:?

(a) Furniture
(b) Table
(c) Wood
(d) Nails

8. Medicine : Patient : : Education: ?

(a) Teacher
(b) School
(c) Tuition
(d) Student


1 (b) 63
2 (c) 13
3 (a) 126
4 (d) 45328
5 (b) B
6 (a) Uttaranchal
7 (c) Wood
8 (d) Student

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