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The QUEST - Issue Twenty Eight

Welcome to this issue of The QUEST - a fortnightly newsletter from EnableAll.org, to help you prepare for competitive exams.

Section One: English


Direction: Choose the correct word to fill in the blank.

1. I've had more than a fair _____ of troubles in my time

(a) Sheer
(b) Share
(c) Shear

2. Let me _____ through the mist to help find out the right path.

(a) Pear
(b) Pare
(c) Peer

3. Before you cut the onions, please _____ them off

(a) Peel
(b) Pill
(c) Pale

Direction: Select the word which is nearly opposite in meaning to the given word.

4.Celebrated

(a) Unknown
(b) Renowned
(c) Learned
(d) Authentic

5. Augment

(a) Prevent
(b) Decrease
(c) Compensate
(d) Surpass

6. Barren

(a) Fertile
(b) Sterile
(c) Malleable
(d) Dry

Direction: Choose the correct synonyms from the given options.

7. Nugatory

(a) Migratory
(b) Trifling
(c) Mobile
(d) Novel

8. Mettle

(a) Stony
(b) Venal
(c) Courage
(d) Iron

Answer:

1. (b) Share
2. (c) Peer
3. (a) Peel
4. (a) Unknown
5. (b) Decrease
6. (a) Fertile
7. (b) Trifling
8. (c) Courage

Section Two: Civics


1. Which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) The Constituent Assembly of India was elected by the Provincial Assemblies in the year 1946
(b) Jawaharlal Nehru, M. A. Jinnah and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel were members of the Constituent Assembly of India
(c) The First Session of the Constituent Assembly of India was held in January, 1947
(d) The Constitution of India was adopted on 26th January, 1950

2. Which one of the following statements is not correct?

(a) In Lok Sabha, a no-confidence motion has to set out the grounds on which it is based
(b) In the case of a no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha, no conditions of admissibility have been laid down in the Rules
(c) A motion of no-confidence, once admitted, has to be taken up within ten days of the leave being granted
(d) Rajya Sabha is not empowered to entertain a motion of no-confidence

3. With reference to Indian Parliament, which one of the following is not correct?

(a) The Appropriation Bill must be passed by both the Houses of Parliament before it can be enacted into law
(b) No money shall be withdrawn from the Consolidated Fund of India except under the appropriation made by the Appropriation Act
(c) Finance Bill is required for proposing new taxes but no another Bill/Act is required for making changes in the rates of taxes which are already under operation
(d) No Money Bill can be introduced except on the recommendation of the President

4. As per Indian Protocol, who among the following ranks highest in the order of precedence?

(a) Deputy Prime Minister
(b) Former President
(c) Governor of a State within his State
(d) Speaker of Lok Sabha

5. Which authority imposes the income tax

(a) State Government
(b) Reserve Bank of India
(c) Central Government
(d) Both Central and State Government

6. Consider the following statements

1. The joint sitting of the two houses of the Parliament in India is sanctioned under Article 108 of the constitution.
2. The first joint sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha was held in the year 1961.
3. The second joint sitting of the two Houses of Indian Parliament was held to pass the Banking Service Commission (Repeal) Bill.
Which of these statements are correct?


(a) 1 and 2
(b) 2 and 3
(c) 1 and 3
(d) 1, 2 and 3

7. Panchayat Samiti is a _______ at Block level

(a) Inspecting Authority
(b) Observative Council
(c) Administrative Authority
(d) Advisory Organisation

8. The Constitution of India was adopted on

(a) January 26,1950
(b) January 26,1949
(c) November 26, 1949
(d) December 31,1949

Answer:

1. (a) The Constituent Assembly of India was elected by the Provincial Assemblies in the year 1946
2. (a) In Lok Sabha, a no-confidence motion has to set out the grounds on which it is based
3. (a) The Appropriation Bill must be passed by both the Houses of Parliament before it can be enacted into law
4. (c) Governor of a State within his State
5. (c) Central Government
6. (d) 1, 2 and 3
7. (d) Advisory Organisation
8. (c) November26, 1949

Section Three: History


1. The battle of Dharmat was fought between

(a) Muhammad Ghori and Jai Chand
(b) Babur and the Afghans
(c) Aurangzeb and Dara Shikoh
(d) Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marathas

2. In India, among the following locations, the Dutch established their earliest factory at

(a) Surat
(b) Culicat
(c) Cochin
(d) Cassimbazar

3. Consider the following statements

1. The Cholas defeated Pandya and Chera rulers and established their domination over peninsular India in the early medieval times.
2. The Cholas sent an expedition against Sailendra empire of South East Asia and conquered some of the areas.
Which of these statements is / are correct?


(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 and 2

4. Consider the following statements

1. Kitab-i-Nauras, a collection of songs in praise of Hindu deities and Muslim saints, was written by Ibrahim Adil Shah II.
2. Amir Khusrau was the originator in India of the early form of the musical style known as Qawali.
Which of these statements is / are correct?


(a) Only 1
(b) Only 2
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

5. Which one of the following statements is NOT correct?

(a) Ali Mardan Khan introduced the system of revenue farming in Bengal
(b) Maharaja Ranjit Singh set up modern foundries to manufacture cannons at Lahore
(c) Sawai Jai Singh of Amber had Euclid’s ‘Elements of Geometry’ translated into Sanskrit
(d) Sultan Tipu of Mysore gave money for the construction of the idol of Goddess Sarda in the Shringeri temple

6. How did Sultan Qutb-ud-din Alibak die?

(a) He was treacherously stabbed to death by one of his ambitious nobles
(b) He was killed in a battle with Taj-ud-din Yildiz, the ruler of Ghazni who entered into a contest with him over the capture of Punjab
(c) He sustained injuries while besieging the fortress of Kalinjar in Bundelkhand and succumbed to them later
(d) He died after a fall from his horse while playing Chaugan

7. Which one of the following provisions was NOT made in the Charter Act of 1833?

(a) The trading activities of the East India Company were to be abolished
(b) The designation of the supreme authority was to be changed as the Governor-General of India in Council
(c) All law-making powers to be conferred on governor-General in Council
(d) An Indian was to be appointed as a Law Member in the Governor-General’s Council

8. With reference to colonial rule in India, what was sought by the Ilbert Bill in 1883?

(a) To bring Indians and Europeans on par as far as the criminal jurisdiction of courts was concerned
(b) To impose severe restrictions on the freedom of the native press as it was perceived to be hostile to colonial rulers
(c) To encourage the native Indians to appear for civil service examinations by conducting them in India
(d) To allow native Indians to possess arms by amending the Arms Act

Answer:

1. (b) Babur and the Afghans
2. (b) Culicat
3. (b) Only 2
4. (b) Only 2
5. (a) Ali Mardan Khan introduced the system of revenue farming in Bengal
6. (d) He died after a fall from his horse while playing Chaugan
7. (d) An Indian was to be appointed as a Law Member in the Governor-General’s Council
8. (a) To bring Indians and Europeans on par as far as the criminal jurisdiction of courts was concerned

Section Four: General Science


1. Which of the following represents the height of a geostationary satellite?

(a) 1000 km
(b) 10000 km
(c) 36000 km
(d) 72000 km

2. The blanket of which of the following gases absorbs harmful ultra-violet radiation from the Sun?

(a) Ozone
(b) Oxygen
(c) Carbon dioxide
(d) Nitrogen

3. One micron is equal to

(a) 100 mm
(b) 1000 mm
(c) 0.01 mm
(d) 0.001 mm

4. A Myopic Eye can be corrected by using a

(a) Concave lens
(b) Convex lens
(c) Plane mirror
(d) Concave mirror

5. Which of the following properties is different for solids, liquids and gases?

(a) Movement of molecules
(b) Particle size of the substance
(c) Mass of the substance
(d) Energy exchanges

6. Which of the following is not a chemical change?

(a) Rusting of Iron
(b) Converting water into steam
(c) Making curd from milk
(d) Heating of coal

7. Chemical weathering is a name given to

(a) Disintegration of rocks without any change in their chemical composition
(b) Chemical interaction of oxygen, carbon dioxide or water with the minerals in the rocks
(c) Removal of soil by chemical action
(d) Artificial breaking up of rocks for mans use
(e) None

8. Why is nuclear fusion also known as thermo-nuclear reaction?

(a) Fusion converts nuclear energy into heat
(b) Fusion demands condition of extremely high temperature
(c) Fusion produces great heat
(d) Fusion reaction take place in the sun
(e) None

Answer:

1. (c) 36000 km
2. (a) Ozone
3. (d) 0.001 mm
4. (a) Concave lens
5. (a) Movement of molecules
6. (b) Converting water into steam
7. (a) Disintegration of rocks without any change in their chemical composition
8. (b) Fusion demands condition of extremely high temperature

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning


1. Arrange the given words in alphabetical order and choose the one that come first

(a) Slander
(b) Skeleton
(c) Stimulate
(d) Similar
(e) Summary

2. Arrange the given words in alphabetical order and choose the one that come first

(a) Filter
(b) Homage
(c) Chastise
(d) Charge
(e) Certify

3. Arrange the given words in alphabetical order and choose the one that come first

(a) Exhilarate
(b) Ephemeral
(c) Entrench
(d) Enterprise
(e) Enthusiasm

Direction: In this type of questions, two words are given. These words are related to each other in some way. Another word is also given. The candidate required to find out the relationship between the first two word and choose the word from the given alternatives, which bears the same relationship to the third word

4. Pigeon : Peace : : White Flag :?

(a) Friendship
(b) Victory
(c) Surrender
(d) War

5. Teheran : Iran : : Beijing :?

(a) China
(b) Japan
(c) Turkey
(d) Malaysia

6. Engineer : Map : : Bricklayer :?

(a) Design
(b) Templet
(c) Mould
(d) Cement

Directions: In each of the following questions, five words have been given, out of which four are alike in some manner and the fifth one is different.

7. Choose out the odd one

(a) Flute
(b) Guitar
(c) Sitar
(d) Violin
(e) Veena

8. Choose out the odd one

(a) Kiwi
(b) Eagle
(c) Emu
(d) Penguin
(e) Ostrich

Answer:

1. (d) Similar
2. (e) Certify
3. (d) Enterprise
4. (c) Pigeon is a symbol of peace and white flag is a symbol of surrender.
5. (a) Teheran is the capital of Iran and Beijing is the capital of China
6. (b) Second gives the pattern to be followed by the first.
7. (a) All except Flute are string instruments.
8. (b) All except Eagle are flightless birds.

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