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The QUEST - Issue Thirty One

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Section One: English

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

1. We are accustomed _____ doing hard work.

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

2. Few persons in the world die _____ overwork.

(a) From
(b) Of
(c) With
(d) To

3. A blind man can not distinguish light _____ darkness.

(a) Between
(b) From
(c) With
(d) To

Direction: Choose the correct antonym from the given options.

4. Anticipation

(a) Surprise
(b) Foresee
(c) Revival
(d) Assurance

5. Stretch

(a) Prevail
(b) Fondle
(c) Object
(d) Curtail

6. Solemn

(a) Sedate
(b) Cordial
(c) Artless
(d) Vulgar

Direction: Choose the correct synonym from the given options.

7. Bedeck

(a) Get off
(b) Worker
(c) Decorate
(d) Transfer

8. Resolve

(a) Cancel
(b) Total
(c) Decide
(d) Balance


1. (c) To
2. (a) From
3. (b) From
4. (c) Revival
5. (d) Curtail
6. (d) Vulgar
7. (c) Decorate
8. (c) Decide

Section Two: Civics

1. The Constituent Assembly was set up under

(a) the Cabinet Mission Plan of 1946
(b) under the Indian Independence Act 1947
(c) under a resolution of the Provisional Government
(d) by the Indian National Congress

2. Which consitutional amendment introduced the anti defection provisions in the Indian constitution for the first time

(a) 51st amendment
(b) 52nd amendment
(c) 53rd amendment
(d) 54th amendment

3. The constitution of India provides for

(a) single citizenship
(b) duel citizenship
(c) multiple citizenship
(d) contains no provisions regarding citizenship

4. The constitution of India has given the executive power of the Union Government in

(a) the President
(b) the prime minister
(c) the council of ministers
(d) all the above

5. Who was appointed as the Prime Minister in the interim council of minister (1946)

(a) Dr. BR Ambedkar
(b) KM Munshi
(c) JL Nehru
(d) none of the above

6. Which of the following offices has not been provided by the constitution of India

(a) Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha
(b) Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha
(c) Deputy Speaker of Legislative Assembly
(d) Deputy Prime Minister

7. The Supreme Court of India was set up

(a) by the constitution
(b) under the Indian Independence Act 1947
(c) through an Act of Parliament in 1950
(d) under the Government of India Act 1935

8. The constitution of India describes India as a

(a) Union of states
(b) a federation
(c) a confederation
(d) a quasi-federal


1. (a) the Cabinet Mission Plan of 1946
2. (b) 52nd amendment
3. (a) single citizenship
4. (a) the President
5. (c) JL Nehru
6. (d) Deputy Prime Minister
7. (a) by the constitution
8. (a) Union of states

Section Three: History

1. Who among the following Hindu religious teachers was called to the Ibadat Khana of Emperor Akbar?

(a) Hari Vijaya Suri
(b) Purushottama
(c) Banuchandra Upadhayya
(d) Vijaya Sen Suri

2. The principle that distinguishes Jainism from Buddhism is the

(a) Practice of the eight-fold path
(b) Rejection of the infallibility of the Vedas
(c) Belief in rebirth
(d) Attribution of a soul to all beings and things

3. The Indus Valley people were familiar with the use of

(a) Tin, copper and iron
(b) Tin, lead and copper
(c) Copper and lead
(d) Copper alone

4. The first Governor-General of India was appointed under the provisions of the Act of

(a) 1773
(b) 1784
(c) 1833
(d) 1858

5. The founder of the Pala dynasty of Bengal was

(a) Dharmapala
(b) Gopala
(c) Devapala
(d) Mahipala

6. Consider the following statements regarding the Arab conquest of Sindh
1. It did not prove to be permanent
2. It was adequately supported by the Caliphs
3. It lasted for about three centuries
Which of these statements are correct?

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

7. Consider the following statements regarding the Vijayanagar empire
1. It was named after the city of Vijayanagara
2. Krishnadeva Raya was the greatest of all the Vijayanagar rulers
3. Kings of Vijayanagar ruled on behalf of Shaivite deity Virupaksha
4. Vijayanagar empire successfully resisted the march of the Delhi Sultans to the South
Which of these statements are correct?

(a) 1 and 3
(b) 1, 2 and 4
(c) 1, 2 and 3
(d) 2, 3 and 4

8. Consider the following events
1. Siraj-ud-Daulah’s invasion of the British factory at Kasimbazar
2. Black Hole Tragedy
3. Battle of Plassey
4. Treaty of Alinagar
The correct chronological sequence of these events is

(a) 1, 2, 3, 4
(b) 1, 2, 4, 3
(c) 3, 4, 1, 2
(d) 3, 4, 2, 1


1. (b) Purushottama
2. (d) Attribution of a soul to all beings and things
3. (b) Tin, lead and copper
4. (a) 1773
5. (b) Gopala
6. (b) 1 and 2
7. (c) 1, 2 and 3
8. (b) 1, 2, 4, 3

Section Four: General Science

1. Where should an object be kept so that we can get a real and inverted image of same size as that of object by a convex lens?

(a) Between focus and lens
(b) At focus
(c) Twice the length of the focus
(d) At infinity

2. A source programme is

(a) A programme which is in machine language
(b) A programme which is to be transcripted in machine language
(c) Transcription of a high level language programme into machine language
(d) None of these

3. Which of the following acids destroys bacteria in stomach?

(a) H2SO4
(b) HCl
(c) HNO3
(d) H3PO4

4. Which of the following gases is absorbed by plants during photo synthesis?

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

5. In which of the following there is no kinetic energy?

(a) Fired bullet
(b) Flowing water
(c) Beating hammer
(d) Stretched bow

6. When the velocity of a moving object is doubled, its kinetic energy

(a) Becomes doubled
(b) Becomes four times
(c) Remains the same
(d) Becomes three times

7. The unit of electric current is

(a) Ampere
(b) Ohm
(c) Volt
(d) Coulomb

8. The weight of 1 kilogram mass is

(a) 1 Newton
(b) 10 Newton
(c) 9.8 Newton
(d) 9 Newton


1. (c) Twice the length of the focus
2. (b) A programme which is to be transcripted in machine language
3. (b) HCl
4. (a) Carbon dioxide
5. (d) Stretched bow
6. (b) Becomes four times
7. (a) Ampere
8. (c) 9.8 Newton

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

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

(a) Necessary
(b) Nature
(c) Naval
(d) Navigate
(e) Nautical

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

(a) Devise
(b) Dexterity
(c) Devour
(d) Dew
(e) Deuce

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

(a) Foment
(b) Foetus
(c) Forceps
(d) Foreign
(e) Foliage

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. Tarlatan : Muslin : : Poplin :?

(a) Rayon
(b) Silk
(c) Wool
(d) Cotton

5. Quail : Partridges : : Yak :?

(a) Cows
(b) Deer
(c) Oxen
(d) Antelopes

Direction: 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.

6. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Beaver
(b) Alpaca
(c) Walrus
(d) Koala

7. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Lamprey
(b) Salmon
(c) Rhea
(d) Trout

8. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Tsangpo
(b) Hazaribagh
(c) Kanha
(d) Bandipur


1. (b) Nature
2. (e) Deuce
3. (b) Foetus
4. (b) Tarlatan is a variety of muslin and poplin is a variety of silk.
5. (c) First belongs to the family of second
6. (c) All except Walrus are fur bearing animals'.
7. (c) All except Rhea are kinds of fishes.
8. (a) All except Tsangpo are national parks.

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