Directions: In questions no. 1 to 3, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.


1. APPOSITE: a. Inappropriate b. Intemperate     c. Inconsistent d. Irregular


2. ANTIPATHY: a. Obedience     b. Admiration    c. Agreement    d. Fondness


3. RELINQUISH: a. Withdraw      b. Attract          c. Assume        d. Comprehend


Directions: In questions no. 4 to 8, four alternatives are given for the underlined idiom/phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the given idiom/phrase.


4. To pin one’s faith – a. To be sure of some body’s favour  b. To be unsure of favour c. To bother for friends d. To bother for one’s relatives


5. To play fast and loose – a. To be undependable b. To cheat people c. To hurt some body’s feelings d. To trust others


6. Alma Mater – a. Mother’s milk b. Mother’s concern for the child c. The learning that one receives from mother d. Institution where one receives education


7. At one’s beck and call – a. To climb the back  b. To call from behind c. To be always at one’s service or command d. Not to care for anybody


8. At one’s wit’s end – a. Completely confused b. To be very witty c. To have no sense of humour d. To confuse others


Directions: In questions no. 9 to 13, a part of the sentence is underlined. Below are given alternatives to the underlined part at (a), (b), and (c) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed your answer is (d).


9. US secretary of state made it clear that time running out for diplomacy overIran’s nuclear programme and said thattalks aimed at preventing Tehran fromacquiring a nuclear weapon wouldresume in April.

a. runs outb. was running outc. ran outd. No correction required


10. While the war of the generals rage on, somewhere in small town India,wonderful things are happening,quietly and minus fanfare.a. rageb. rages onc. raged ond. No improvement


11. According to WWF, the small islandnation of Samoa was the first in switchoffits lights for Earth Hour.a. first to switch ofb. the first to switch offc. first in switch ofd. No improvement


12. The campaign is significant becausenot justthe youth are directlyappealing to the world but becausetheir efforts challenges the chimera ofnormalcy in the area.a. not just becauseb. just not becausec. not justd. No improvement


13. The doctor’s association hasthreatened to go on an indefinite strikesupport oftheir teachers.a. on supporting tob. for supportc. in support ofd. No improvement


Directions: In questions no. 14 to 18, a sentence has been given in Direct/Indirect. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Indirect/Direct.


14. David said to Anna, “Mona will leave for her native place tomorrow.”

a. David told Anna that Mona will leave for her native place tomorrow

b. David told Anna that Mona left for her native place the next day

c. David told to Anna that Mona would be leaving for her native place tomorrow

d. David told Anna that Mona would leave for her native place the next day


15. I said to him, “Why are you working so hard”?

a. I asked him why he was working so hard

b. I asked him why was he working so hard

c. I asked him why he had been working so hard

d. I asked him why had he been working so hard


16. He said to her, “What a cold day!”

a. He told her that it was a cold day

b. He exclaimed that it was a cold day

c. He exclaimed sorrowfully that it was a cold day

d. He exclaimed that it was a very cold day


17. The tailor said to him, “Will you have the suit ready by tomorrow evening?”

a. The tailor asked him that he will have the suit ready by the next evening

b. The tailor asked him that he would had the suit ready by the next evening

c. The tailor asked him if he would have the suit ready by the next evening

d. The tailor asked him if he will like to have the suit ready by the next evening


18. He said to the interviewer, “Could you please repeat the question?”

a. He requested the interviewer if he could please repeat the question

b. He requested the interviewer to please repeat the question

c. He requested the interviewer to repeat the question

d. He requested the interviewer if he could repeat the question


Directions: In questions no. 19 to 25, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words / sentence.


19. Story told to illustrate a moral or spiritual truth

a. paragon   b. paradigm           c. didactic            d. parable


20. That which cannot be done without

a. indispensable      b. impossible          c. irrevocable         d. impracticable


21. One who travels from place to place

a. journeyman        b. tramp      c. itinerant           d. mendicant


22. An office or post with no work but high pay

a. gratis       b. ex-officio           c. honorary         d. sinecure


23. Extreme old age when a man behaves like a fool

a. senility     b. superannuation    c. dotage    d. imbecility


24. Food which agree with ones taste

a. sensuous           b. edible       c. pungent    d. palatable


25. Indifference to pleasure or pain

a. patience   b. reticence            c. docility     d. stoicism


Directions: In questions no. 26 to 27, there are four different words out of which one is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.


26. a. Flegrant b. Flagrant c. Flagrent d. Flagrrant


27. a. Definetion  b. Defenition c. Definition d. Defination



Directions: In questions no. 28 to 37, you have a passage with 10 questions. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.


Edmunde Burke called the press the Fourth Estate of the realm. I think he did not use this title for the Press thoughtlessly as a social ruling group or class. The three Estates or Realms (in England) Lords Spiritual (i.e., the Bishops in the House of Lords), the Temporal (i.e. other Lords) and Commons, i.e., the common people). The Press has been rightly called the Fourth Estate as it also constitutes a ruling group or class like the Lords and Commons. It cannot be denied that in a free country the Press exercises a good deal of influence in shaping public opinion and pointing out the weaknesses or defects of society or of Government, and in general bringing to light all those good or bad things in society which would have otherwise remained unnoticed. The power is not limited or put under any check. The Press, instead of, being controlled by anyone controls life and thought of a nation. Hence, the Press constitutes an Estate by itself.

Obviously, thus the power which the Press in any country wields depends upon the number of newspaper readers. The opinions and comments of newspapers can influence the life of a nation only when they are read, by People. Reading in turn, requires that the general mass of people should be educated. Thus, the spread of education determines the extent of the newspapers. Where readers are few; newspapers must necessarily be few. Their influence, in that case can extend only to a small minority of population. In a country like India, the percentage of literacy is very low and the standard of journalism is not very high. So, the Press has to play the role of a teacher here.


28. Edmunde Burke called the Press

a. Instrument of Public Opinion b. Distributor of news c. The Fourth Estate          d. Lord Temporal


29. The term Fourth Estate stands for

a. An area of land          b. Landed Property       c. Social ruling group or class                d. Instrument of Power


30. Out of the following the one which is not included in the Three Estates is

a. Lords Spiritual           b. Justices of Peace     c. Lord Temporal           d. Commons


31. The Free press does not perform the function of

a. Shaping public opinion b. Supporting at all times the official policy c. Criticising Government d. Exposing social abuses


32. How much power does a Free Press possess?

a. Only that much power which is allowed by the Government of the country

b. Unlimited power without any check

c. Unlimited power subject to the maintenance of law and order and public morality

d. No power at all


33. The secret of the Press is

a. the money which the newspaper owners can wield                   b. The number of newspaper readers

c. the extent to which it supports official policy                          d. The patronage enjoyed by it of the Government


34. The number of newspaper readers is determined by

a. The low price of newspapers              b. The patronage extended to it by the moneyed people

c. Education of the general mass of people       d. The availability of newsprint


35. The Press exercises power by

a. Enlisting the support of the people                 b. Keeping a watch over the acts of the Government

c. Controlling life and thought of a nation           d. Because it is a great moneyed concern


36. The state of journalism in India

a. is upto the mark                    b. is rather low              c. is in its infancy          d. is not very high


37. The Press has the greatest chances of flourishing in a

a. Monarchy                              b. Aristocracy               c. Democracy               d. Limited Dictatorship


Directions: In questions no. 38 to 42, some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. If a sentence is free from error, mark “No error” as your answer.


38. If you will keep mum a. / I will tell you the secret b. / of John’s stupendous success. c. / No error d.


39. Many an artist a. / has painted b. / replicas of Monalisa. c. / No error d.


40. No porter being available a. / Tarana carried b. / all her luggages herself. c. / No error d.


41. Being a rainy day a. / I could not b. / go out with my friends c. / No error d.


42. Nitesh is one a. / of those boys b. / who is always ready to pick up a fight. c. / No error d.


Directions: In questions no. 43 to 47, sentences are given with blanks to be filled with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.


43. He is being considered ………….. senior managerial position.

a. For                b. Towards             c. Of           d. To


44. My friend has a strange habit of turning ………. at odd hours.

a. Down              b. Out          c. Over        d. Up


45. …………….. works of reference are so valuable as the encyclopedia Britannia.

a. The few           b. Fewer      c. Few                   d. A few


46. If I take a state road ways bus, I’ll get late,………

a. Will I?    b. Won’t I?      c. Is it?     d. Isn’t it?


47. Everyone wants to ………. for one’s achievements.

a. Being admired            b. Be admiring        c. Be admired         d. Admire


Directions: In questions no. 48 to 50, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.



a. traditional b. expensive   c. original     d. meritorious



a. repulsion          b. hastiness            c. preference                   d. hesitation



a. lover      b. companion          c. friend       d. rival


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