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The QUEST - Issue Thirty Seven

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Section One: English


DIRECTIONS: In question 1 to 5 four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase given in brackets in the sentence. Choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase given in the bracket.

1. He is easily deceived by a man with (an oily tongue).

(a) sweet words
(b) clever words
(c) angry words
(d) flattering words

2. The boss (brought matter to a head) by forcing him to work more.

(a) created an atmosphere of confrontation
(b) created a lot of unhappiness
(c) brought matter to a decisive point
(d) made him unhappy

3. The boy (turned a deaf ear) to the pleadings of all his well-wishers.

(a) listened carefully
(b) was deadly opposed
(c) posed indifference
(d) did not pay any attention

4. It will be wise on your part to (let the bygones be bygones).

(a) revive the past
(b) ignore the past
(c) resist the past
(d) recollect the past

5. I have been betrayed by my own (flesh and blood).

(a) friends
(b) relative
(c) children
(d) Acquaintances

DIRECTIONS: In question 6 to 8, out of the four alternative choose the one which can be substituted for the given word/sentences.

6. Changing one’s mind to quickly

(a) Changeableness
(b) Vacillation
(c) Versatility
(d) Instability

7. A look containing information on all subjects

(a) Dictionary
(b) Appendix
(c) Informative
(d) Encyclopaedia

8. One who is neither intelligent nor dull

(a) Commoner
(b) Mediocre
(c) Tolerable
(d) Diligent

Answer:

1. (d) flattering words
2. (a) created an atmosphere of confrontation
3. (d) did not pay any attention
4. (b) ignore the past
5. (c) children
6. (b) Vacillation
7. (d) Encyclopaedia
8. (b) Mediocre

Section Two: Civics


1. Which part of the Indian constitution is construed as the soul of the constitution

(a) the fundamental rights
(b) the directive principles of state policies
(c) the Preamble
(d) the Judicial Review

2. The Preamble to the Indian constitution has been amended

(a) once
(b) twice
(c) thrice
(d) never

3. The provisions of the Judicial review in our constitution has been taken from

(a) the US constitution
(b) the British constitution
(c) the Weimar constitution
(d) none of the above

4. The Constituent Assembly adopted the "Objective Resolutions" on

(a) 13 December 1946
(b) 22 January 1947
(c) 30 January 1947
(d) none of the above

5. The words "socialist and secular," used in the Preamble to our constitution were

(a) the original parts of the Preamble
(b) added by the 29th amendment
(c) added by the 42nd amendment
(d) added by the 44th amendment

6. The total number of the seats in the proposed Constituent Assembly acording to the Cabinet Mission Plan was fixed at

(a) 489
(b) 389
(c) 289
(d) none of the above

7. The Constituent Assembly appointed a drafting committee on

(a) 29 July 1947
(b) 29 August 1946
(c) 29 August 1947
(d) 3 August 1947

8. The first meeting of the Constituent Assembly was held on

(a) 9 December 1946
(b) 7 December 1945
(c) 11 November 1946
(d) 28 October 1946

Answer:

1. (a) the fundamental rights
2. (a) once
3. (a) the US constitution
4. (b) 22 January 1947
5. (c) added by the 42nd amendment
6. (c) 289
7. (c) 29 August 1947
8. (a) 9 December 1946

Section Three: Science


1. Citrus fruits are considered a rich source of which of the following vitamins?

(a) Vitamin A
(b) Vitamin B
(c) Vitamin D
(d) Vitamin C
(e) Vitamin E

2. A medicine obtained from ‘Vintagor’ tree has proved beneficial for which of the following diseases?

(a) Malaria
(b) Polio
(c) Problem of heart disease
(d) HIV
(e) Lung Cancer

3. Scientists are working on a project which will help them get a supply of 20-30 terawatts of solar power to earth from

(a) a power station established in the space
(b) Mir space station
(c) Moon
(d) Venus
(e) Jupiter

4. Sodium Chloride is the chemical name of

(a) soda used for washing clothes
(b) salt used in the kitchen
(c) baking powder
(d) chilli powder used in the kitchen
(e) None of these

5. Which of the following is a metal?

(a) Mercury
(b) Bromine
(c) Chlorine
(d) Carbon
(e) None of these

6. Which of the following is the unit of measuring the distance of stars from the earth?

(a) Nautical mile
(b) Light year
(c) Clinometer
(d) Kilometer
(e) None of these

7. Apples is a good source of which Vitamin?

(a) K
(b) B
(c) A
(d) D
(e) C

8. The modern tool for imaging brain tumors is

(a) X-rays
(b) Ultrasound
(c) Magnetic resonance
(d) Electronic spin resonance
(e) None of these

Answer:

1. (d) Vitamin C
2. (d) HIV
3. (c) Moon
4. (b) salt used in the kitchen
5. (a) Mercury
6. (b) Light year
7. (a) K
8. (c) Magnetic resonance

Section Four: Reasoning


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

(a) Sport
(b) Spouse
(c) Squash
(d) Sporadic
(e) Sprout

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

(a) Grammar
(b) Granary
(c) Gradient
(d) Grand
(e) Granule

Directions for question number 3 to 6: In each of the following questions four words have been given out of which three are alike in some manner and the fourth one is different.

3. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Chair
(b) Bench
(c) Table
(d) Stool

4. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Advise
(b) Counsel
(c) Suggest
(d) Direct

5. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Archaeology
(b) Ecology
(c) Epigraphy
(d) Palaeontology

6. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Gambit
(b)Minister
(c) Knight
(d) Queen

7. Directions : If in a certain language, ENTRY is coded as 12345 and STEADY is coded as 931785, then state which is the correct code for the given word SEDATE

(a) 918731
(b) 954185
(c) 814195
(d) 614781
(e) None of these

8. Directions : If in a certain language, ENTRY is coded as 12345 and STEADY is coded as 931785, then state which is the correct code for the given word ARREST

(a) 744589
(b) 744193
(c) 166479
(d) 745194
(e) 188924

Answer:

1. (d) Sporadic
2. (c) Gradient
3. (c) All except Table are used for sitting.
4. (d) All except Direct are synonyms.
5. (b) All except Ecology provide evidences of history.
6. (b) All except Minister are chessman
7. (a) S is coded as 9, E as 1, D as 8, A as 7 and T as 3. So, SEDATE is coded as 918731
8. (b) A is coded as 7, R as 4, E as 1, S as 9 and T as 3. So, ARREST is coded as 744193.

Section Five: General


1. The book Embodiment: Essay on Gender and Identity is authored by which of the following persons?

(a) Ashok Desia
(b) Maneka Gandhi
(c) Meenakshi Thapar
(d) Sunderlal
(e) None of these

2. ‘Falun Gong’ is related to which of the following countries?

(a) Indonesia
(b) Malaysia
(c) China
(d) Japan
(e) South Korea

3. “Chlamydia” bacteria is found to be involved in which of the following diseases?

(a) Heart Attack
(b) Malaria
(c) Cancer of liver
(d) Asthma
(e) None of these

4. Which of the following units of the Department fo Atomic Energy takes care of entire requirement of Uranium Oxide fuels and Zirconium alloy components for the nuclear power rectors in India?

(a) Heavy Water Board
(b) Nuclear Power Corporation
(c) Nuclear Fuel Complex
(d) Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
(e) None of these

5. Which of the following statements is not true about Agni-2?

(a) It is an intermediate range ballistic missile.
(b) It is a two-stage solid-fuel IRBM.
(c) The missile can carry a load of 10,000 kg warhead.
(d) The missile can hit a target in the rang of 3000 km.
(e) The missile was successfully test-fired in April 99.

6. Who was the prime minister just before military controlled the administration in Pakistan?

(a) Pervez Musharraf
(b) Benazir Bhutto
(c) Khwaza Ziyauddin
(d) Rafik Tarar
(e) Nawaz Sharif

7. The World Food Day is observed on

(a) 22nd October
(b) 22nd November
(c) 16th October
(d) 16th November
(e) None of these

8. Which two states share the dispute on the Almatti Dam built over river Krishna?

(a) Karantaka and Andhra Pradesh
(b) Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu
(c) Andhra Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh
(d) Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka
(e) None of these

Answer:

1. (c) Meenakshi Thapar
2. (c) China
3. (e) None of these
4. (b) Nuclear Power Corporation
5. (c) The missile can carry a load of 10,000 kg warhead.
6. (e) Nawaz Sharif
7. (c) 16th October
8. (a) Karantaka and Andhra Pradesh

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