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The QUEST - Issue Twenty Nine

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Section One: English


Direction: Select the most suitable Preposition from the four choices given for each sentence

1. He is born _____ rich parents

(a) For
(b) Of
(c) From
(d) By

2. We are committed _____ a policy of peaceful co-existence

(a) To
(b) With
(c) For
(d) In

3. He insists _____ leaving immediately

(a) Against
(b) Over
(c) For
(d) On

Direction: Choose the correct synonyms from the given options

4. Innocuous

(a) Harmless
(b) Helpless
(c) Fruitless
(d) Studious

5. Fragile

(a) Strong
(b) Brittle
(c) Florid
(d) Juicy

6. Exacerbate

(a) Aggravate
(b) Exaggerate
(c) Enlighten
(d) Irritate

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

7. Camouflage

(a) Reveal
(b) Evade
(c) Demonstrate
(d) Hide

8. Acceleration

(a) Retardation
(b) Distribution
(c) Frustration
(d) Alienation

Answer:

1. (b) Of
2. (a) To
3. (d) On
4. (b) Helpless
5. (b) Brittle
6. (d) Irritate
7. (c) Demonstrate
8. (a) Retardation

Section Two: Civics


1. A new chapter IV A on Fundamental Duties was inserted in the Indian Constitution in

(a) 1972
(b) 1976
(c) 1980
(d) 1984

2. The President of India can proclaim National Emergency

(a) On the advice of the Council of Ministers
(b) On the advice of the Prime Minister
(c) On the advice of the leader of the ruling party or set of parties in power
(d) At his own discretion

3. Which one of the following is not true of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999?

(a) Removal of quantitative restrictions on import of items
(b) Introducing a new chapter for boosting export
(c) Indian companies are at liberty to access AGR/GDR
(d) There is no negative limit for FDI

4. India is a

(a) Union of Federal States
(b) Federal Union of States
(c) Union of States
(d) Union of States and Union Territories

5. As per Indian Constitution, in the event of any conflict between the Union laws and State laws

(a) The matter is referred to the Supreme Court
(b) The State laws shall prevail
(c) The Union laws shall prevail
(d) The matter is referred to the Parliamentary Committee specifically constituted to resolve the dispute

6. Which one of the following Constitutional Amendments bans floor crossing by a Member elected on a party ticket to a Legislature?

(a) 52nd
(b) 54th
(c) 56th
(d) 58th

7. Which of the following is not a Constitutionally mandated body?

(a) National SC/ST Commission
(b) Planning Commission
(c) Commission for Center-State Relations
(d) Election Commission

How many judges sat on the bench to hear the landmark case of Keshavananda Bharati v. State of Kerala in 1973?

(a) 7
(b) 9
(c) 13
(d) 11

Answer:

1. (b) 1976
2. (c) On the advice of the leader of the ruling party or set of parties in power
3. (d) There is no negative limit for FDI
4. (c) Union of States
5. (c) The Union laws shall prevail
6. (a) 52nd
7. (c) Commission for Center-State Relations
8. (c) 13

Section Three: History


1. An important aspect of the Cripps Mission of 1942 was

(a) that all Indian States should join the Indian Union as a condition to consider any degree of autonomy for India
(b) the creation of an Indian Union with Dominion status very soon after the Second World War
(c) the active participation and cooperation of the Indian people, communities and political parties in the British war effort as a condition for granting independence with full sovereign status to India after war
(d) the framing of a constitution for the entire Indian Union, with no separate constitution for any province, and a Union Constitution to be accepted by all provinces

2. When Congress leaders condemned the Montagu-Chelmsford Report, many moderates left the party to form the

(a) Swarajya Party
(b) Indian Freedom Party
(c) Independence Federation of India
(d) Indian Liberal Federation

3. Who headed the Interim Cabinet formed in the year 1946?

(a) Rajendra Prasad
(b) Jawaharlal Nehru
(c) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(d) Rajagopalachari

4. The leader of the Bardoli Satyagarha (1928) was

(a) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(b) Mahatma Gandhi
(c) Vithalbhai J. Patel
(d) Mahadev Desai

5. During the colonial period in India, what was the purpose of the Whitley Commission?

(a) To review the fitness of India for further political reforms
(b) To report on the existing conditions of labour and to make recommendations
(c) To draw up a plan for financial reforms for India
(d) To develop a comprehensive scheme for Civil Services in India

6. Emperor Harsha’s southward march was stopped on the Narmada river by

(a) Pulakesin-I
(b) Pulakesin-II
(c) Vikaramaditya-I
(d) Vikramaditya-II

7. The main purpose of the preaches of Lord Buddha was

(a) The purity of opinion and character
(b) Faithfulness
(c) The behaviour of science of rituals
(d) Faithness in one God

8. Which of the following did not take part in 1857 revolution?

(a) Nana Saheb
(b) Tatya Tope
(c) Rani Lakshmibai
(d) Bhagat Singh

Answer:

1. (b) the creation of an Indian Union with Dominion status very soon after the Second World War
2. (d) Indian Liberal Federation
3. (b) Jawaharlal Nehru
4. (a) Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
5. (b) To report on the existing conditions of labour and to make recommendations
6. (b) Pulakesin-II
7. (a) The purity of opinion and character
8. (d) Bhagat Singh

Section Four: General Science


1. Which among the following diseases is due to bacterial infection?

(a) Elephantiasis
(b) Mumps
(c) Leprosy
(d) Asthma
(e) None

2. Transmission of heat by molecular collision is

(a) Conduction
(b) Convection
(c) Scattering
(d) None

3. When a gas is allowed to expand isothermally

(a) Work is done by it
(b) Work is done on it
(c) Work is done on it for a small period of time
(d) Work is done by it for a small period of time
(e) None

4. Which of the following gases has the highest Calorific Value?

(a) Butane
(b) Biogas
(c) Hydrogen
(d) Methane
(e) None

5. Which of the following is not an input device?

(a) Floppy-Drive
(b) Mouse
(c) Key-board
(d) Microprocessor
(e) None

6. Which of the following is the brightest planet?

(a) Venus
(b) Mars
(c) Saturn
(d) Mercury
(e) None

7. What does the term 'Dactyology’ mean?

(a) Study of finger prints for identification
(b) Study of Physically handicapped persons
(c) System of new words
(d) None of these

8. Sound waves are

(a) Longitudinal
(b) Transverse
(c) Partially longitudinal and partially transverse
(d) Sometimes longitudinal, sometimes transverse

Answer:

1. (c) Leprosy
2. (b) Convection
3. (a) Work is done by it
4. (a) Butane
5. (e) None
6. (a) Venus
7. (a) Study of finger prints for identification
8. (a) Longitudinal

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning


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

(a) Partition
(b) Passion
(c) Parlour
(d) Participate
(e) Particle

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

(a) Heredity
(b) Hesitate
(c) Heavy
(d) Hedge
(e) Herald

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

(a) Prominent
(b) Prohibit
(c) Promise
(d) Prolong
(e) Programme

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. Microphone : Loud : : Microscope :?

(a) Increase
(b) Investigate
(c) Examine
(d) Magnify

5. Porcupine : Rodent : : Mildew :?

(a) Fungus
(b) Germ
(c) Insect
(d) Pathogen

6. Scrap : Food : : Lees :?

(a) Bread
(b) Tea
(c) Wine
(d) Rice

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) Tortoise
(b) Snail
(c) Turtle
(d) Spider
(e) Oyster

8. Choose out the odd one

(a) Mettur
(b) Aswan
(c) Hirakud
(d) Sutlej
(e) Pong

Answer:

1. (c) Parlour
2. (c) Heavy
3. (e) Programme
4. (d) A microphone makes the sound louder and a microscope magnifies an object.
5. (a) Procupine is a rodent and mildew is a fungus
6. (c) First is the left over of the second
7. (d) All except Spider have hard protective sheels
8. (d) All except Sutlej are dams, while Sutlej is a river

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