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The QUEST - Issue Thirty Two

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Section One: English

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

1. He arrived _____ the airport _____ time for the plane.

(a) in, in
(b) at, on
(c) on, in
(d) at, in

2. You are always _____ a hurry. You drive _____ a tremendous speed.

(a) for, at
(b) in, at
(c) on, with
(d) in, with

3. I am interested _____ cricket but I am not very good _____ it.

(a) in, in
(b) in, with
(c) in, at
(d) with, at

Direction: Choose the correct antonyms from the given options.

4. Presage

(a) Foreknowledge
(b) Anticipate
(c) Omen
(d) Prognostic

5. Nebulous

(a) Misty
(b) Confused
(c) Hazy
(d) Nimble

6. Decrepit

(a) Old
(b) Garrulous
(c) Weak
(d) Decayed

Direction: Choose the correct antonym from the given options.

7. Senile

(a) Bright
(b) Old
(c) Youthful
(d) Intelligent

8. Dwindle

(a) Diminish
(b) Develop
(c) Decay
(d) Increase


1. (d) at, in
2. (b) in, at
3. (c) in, at
4. (b) Anticipate
5. (d) Nimble
6. (b) Garrulous
7. (c) Youthful
8. (d) Increase

Section Two: Civics

1. The members of the Constituent Assembly were

(a) directly elected by the people
(b) nominated by various political parties
(c) nominated by the rulers of the Indian states
(d) elected by the Provincial Assemblies

2. Which directive principle of state policy was not added by the 42nd amendment to the Indian constitution

(a) participation of workers in the management of industry
(b) minimising in inequality of income and status
(c) protection of environment
(d) free legal aid to poor

3. The provisions regarding acquisition and termination of Indian citizenship are contained in

(a) Act of 1935
(b) Act of 1919
(c) the Indian Independence Act of 1947
(d) an Act passed by the Indian Parliament in 1955

4. The President of India is understood to be

(a) the head of the state
(b) the head of the Government
(c) the head of the state and the Government
(d) none of the above

5. The executive power of the union is vested with the council of minister headed by the

(a) the President
(b) Vice President
(c) Prime Minister
(d) none of the above

6. Who was elected as the speaker of the Constituent Assembly of India on November 17,1947

(a) Dr. Rajendra Prasad
(b) Dr. BR Ambedkar
(c) GV Mavalankar
(d) none of the above

7. The Supreme Court consists of a Chief Justice and

(a) 7 judges
(b) 9 judges
(c) 11 judges
(d) 25 judges

8. The Indian federal system is modeled on the federal system of

(a) USA
(b) Canada
(c) Australia
(d) New Zealand


1. (b) nominated by various political parties
2. (b) minimising in inequality of income and status
3. (d) an Act passed by the Indian Parliament in 1955
4. (a) the head of the state
5. (c) Prime Minister
6. (c) GV Mavalankar
7. (d) 25 judges
8. (b) Canada

Section Three: History

1. Which one of the following pairs (of dynasties and their founders) is not correctly matched?

(a) Slave dynasty .... Balban
(b) Tughlaq dynasty .... Ghiyasuddin
(c) Khalji dynasty .... Jalaluddin
(d) Second Afghan Empire .... Sher Shah Suri

2. During the Indian freedom struggle, an unarmed large crowd gathered in the Jallianwala Bagh at Amritsar on 13th April 1919 to protest against the arrest of

(a) Dr Saifuddin Kitchlu and Dr Satyapal
(b) Swami Shraddhanand and Mazhar-ul-Haq
(c) Madan Mohan Malaviya and Mohammed Ali Jinnah
(d) Mahatma Gandhi and Abul Kalam Azad

3. The First Five-Year Plan was submitted to the Parliament in

(a) 1948
(b) 1950
(c) 1952
(d) 1954

4. The Indian National Army (I.N.A.) came into existence in

(a) Burma
(b) Japan
(c) Malaysia
(d) Singapore

5. The new States of Meghalaya, Manipur and Tripura were created in

(a) 1970
(b) 1971
(c) 1972
(d) 1973

6. Which one of the following was the result of the third Buddhist Council in ancient India?

(a) Adoption of Vinaya Pitaka
(b) Compilation of Abhidhamma Pitaka
(c) Permanent split of Buddhist Church into Sthaviras and Mahasanghikas
(d) Composition of commentaries known as Vibhashas

7. Which one of the following books was written by Jayadeva?

(a) Atma Bodha
(b) Buddha Charita
(c) Gita-Govinda
(d) Rajatarangini

8. Who among the following Chola kings reigned as Kulottung Chola I?

(a) Vikramaditya I
(b) Vikramaditya II
(c) Rajaraja Narendra I
(d) Rajendra III


1. (d) Second Afghan Empire .... Sher Shah Suri
2. (a) Dr Saifuddin Kitchlu and Dr Satyapal
3. (b) 1950
4. (d) Singapore
5. (c) 1972
6. (b) Compilation of Abhidhamma Pitaka
7. (c) Gita-Govinda
8. (d) Rajendra III

Section Four: General Science

1. The inventor of X-rays was

(a) Einstein
(b) W.H. Bragg
(c) Roentgen
(d) Henry Backarrel

2. Doctor determines _____ by the pluse.

(a) Blood pressure
(b) Breathing rate
(c) Heart beat
(d) None of these

3. The distance between the two points in space is called

(a) Volume
(b) Length
(c) Width
(d) Area

4. What is the measure of pluse beat?

(a) Motion
(b) Force
(c) Transference
(d) Velocity

5. X-rays cannot pass through

(a) Wood
(b) Human bones
(c) Flesh
(d) Skin

6. What is the unit of power of lens in SI system?

(a) Watt
(b) Dioptre
(c) Optre
(d) Metre

7. DOS means

(a) Equipment operating System
(b) Data Operating System
(c) Disc Operating system
(d) System Related Data

8. LAN stands for

(a) Long Area Network
(b) Large Area Network
(c) Local Area Network
(d) Lower Area Network


1. (c) Roentgen
2. (c) Heart beat
3. (a) Volume
4. (d) Velocity
5. (b) Human bones
6. (b) Dioptre
7. (c) Disc Operating system
8. (c) Local Area Network

Section Five: Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning

1. Arrange the given words in alphabetical order and tick the one that comes at the second place.

(a) Scissors
(b) Scorpion
(c) Schedule
(d) Semester
(e) Sensitive

2. Arrange the given words in alphabetical order and tick the one that comes at the second place.

(a) Livestock
(b) Litter
(c) Literary
(d) Little
(e) Livelihood

3. Arrange the given words in alphabetical order and tick the one that comes at the second place.

(a) Manifest
(b) Meticulous
(c) Meridian
(d) Merchant
(e) Mercerise

Direction: In each of the following questions, there is a certain, relation between two given words on one side of : : and one wore! is given on another side of : : while another word is to be found from the given alternatives, having the same relation with this word as the words of the given pair bear. Choose the best alternative.

4. Heart : Pericardium : : Brain :?

(a) Bones
(b) Head
(c) Skull
(d) Cranium

5. Crow : carrion : : Leech :?

(a) Bugs
(b) Blood
(c) Meat
(d) Bones

6. Ottawa : Canada : : Canberra :?

(a) Argentina
(b) Switzerland
(c) Sri lanka
(d) Australia

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.

7. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Sugarcane.
(b) Coffee
(c) Tobacco
(d) Rice

8. Choose out the odd one.

(a) Grapes
(b) Mango
(c) Orange
(d) Apple


1. (a) Scissors
2. (b) Litter
3. (e) Mercerise
4. (d) Second is a bony protective covering for the first.
5. (b) First feeds on the second.
6. (d) Ottawa is the capital of Canada and Canberra is the capital of Australia.
7. (d) All except Rice are cash crops, while rice is a food crop.
8. (a) Grapes grow on vines others are obtained from trees.

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