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General English

FILL IN THE BLANKS


For fill in the blanks, prepositions, tenses, vocabulary etc can be asked. Vocabulary is the
most important part which can be asked for the
exam. So read English newspaper daily and
get acquainted with words their synonyms and
antonyms and their appropriate usage.
Read the sentence carefully and try to understand the correct meaning of the given sentence.
If it is difficult for you to find the correct word,
look for the anticipated meaning, carefully eliminate the improbable options one by one. Analyse the given sentence closely, you will be able
to find certain words or expressions which will
help you in answering that particular sentence.
Do all the sentences given in our Rank File.
These Practice Tests will help you a lot in answering this type of questions and score full
marks in the final exam. Read the explanations
and see how the correct answer is reached at.

3. Ravi lives in the world of -------(1) allusions (2) illusions (3) conclusions
(4) delusions (5) myths
Ans: illusions. Illusion means unreal vision
4. I have just the memory of my father to -------now, but my faith in him has never been ------(1) recall, missing (2) store, forgotten
(3) love, shaken
(4) worship, mistaken
(5) worship, missing
Ans: (3) love, shaken
5. It is -------- superstition to suppose that knowledge can be -------- only by going to schools
and colleges.
(1) huge, accomplished
(2) hollow, garnered (3) gross, obtained
(4) great, achieved (5)trivial, achieved
Ans: (3) gross, obtained

SOLVED EXAMPLES

Idiomatic Expressions
Choose the correct meaning of the given idiom
in bold.
6. He works by fits and starts
(1) Consistently
(2) Irregularly
(3) In high spirits (4) Enthusiastically
(5) Regularly
Ans: (2) Irregularly
7. At christmas, even elderly fathers paint the
town red
(1) Indulge in rioting
(2) Paint the houses red
(3) Spill red wine
(4) Have a lively time
(5) Think about past
Ans: (4) Have a lively time
Prepositions
8. If you persist in telling lies to me I shall sue
you -------- slander.
(1) of
(2) with
(3) for
(4) to
(5) on
Ans: (3) for

Vocabulary
1. He was so badly wounded that there was
------------- hope of his recovery.
(1) little
(2) a little
(3) the little
(4) less
(5) least
Here less and least can be eliminated at
the first glance itself. As the sentence conveys a negative sense a little and the little
cannot be used. Little which means no is
the word that can be used here. So the
answer is (1).
2 Most of the issues discussed in the meeting were trivial and only a few were ---------------(1) practical (2) complex (3) interesting
(4) irrelevant (5) significant
If you read the sentence carefully you can
understand that the word opposite in meaning to trivial is the answer to the sentence.
Trivial means silly, un important and its opposite is important, ie. significant. (5) is the
answer.

9. His name has become a synonym -------- evil.


(1) with
(2) of
(3) to
(4) for
(5) on
Ans: (3) to
Phrases
10. His supporters began to -------- and he was
left alone.
(1) fall off
(2) fall up
(3) fall out
(4) fall away
(5) fall of
Ans: (4) fall away (break off and become unattached)
11. She -------- her grandfather, she has blue eyes.
(1) takes in
(2) takes to
(3) takes after
(4) takes on
(5) takes off
Ans: (3) takes after (resemble)
12. The young politician -------- with his party and
decided to contest the election as an independent candidate.
(1) fell down
(2) fell out
(3) fell through
(4) fell off
(5) fell in
Ans: (2) fell out (Fall out means stop being
friendly due to disagreement, break relations
with)
Verbs
13. If you had informed me, I -------- cautious.
(1) would be
(2) had been
(3) would have been
(4) will have been
(5) shall be
Ans: (3) would have been (Here the conditional
clause has past perfect tense, so would have
+ verb is used in the main clause.)
14. I was informed on phone but no written confirmation -------- so far.
(1) has received
(2) has been received
(3) have received
(4) had been received
(5) is received
Ans: (2) has been received
15. When I was a child, I -------- to school everyday instead of going by bus.
(1) walked
(2) had walked
(3) have walked
(4) have been walking
(5) has walked
Ans: (1) walked (Past activity is mentioned)

One word substitution


16. A person who doubts the existence of God
is called a/an --------.
(1) atheist
(2) theist
(3) sceptic
(4) agnostic
(5) rationalist
Ans: (4) agnostic
17. A person who talks too much
(1) Callous
(2) Loquacious
(3) Garrulous
(4) Polyglot
(5) Linguist
Ans: (3) Garrulous
PREPOSITIONS
Correct usuage of prepositions
Prepositions of time:
At is used with a definite point of time and
with festivals.
eg: She leaves her house every day at 9 a.m.
He will come here at Christmas.
On is used with days and dates.
eg: Renu will arrive on Sunday.
Her birthday is on 9th June 1990.
By refers to the latest time at which an action will be over.
eg: The examination will be over by 5 p.m.
Applications for the post should be received
by April 25th.
In is used with parts of the day, months,
seasons and years.
eg: He takes a walk in the afternoon.
He was born in 1990
In summer the weather in this part of the
country is warm.
During is used to express an event that
took place, within a specific period of time.
eg: The house was burgled during the night.
During the war food was rationed.
For is used to show a definite period of time.
eg: They will not be here for another two hours.
I have not seen him for a month.
Since is used with a point of time when an
action begins and it continues.
eg: He has been ill since last Tuesday.
Since 1990, they have been living in
Mumbai.
At refers to an exact point, a specific place,
while in refers to a larger area.

eg: He is waiting at the door.


He lives at Chembur in Mumbai.
Between is used for two persons or things
and among is used with more than two.
eg: It is a secret between you and me
Divide the sweets among these four boys.
Above is used for higher than and below
for lower than.
eg: The sun rose above the horizon.
The output of Kerala is below national average.
Under means vertically below and over
means vertically above.
eg: It is shady under the tree.
The bedroom is over the kitchen.
Beneath means a lower position.
eg: The ground was slipping beneath her.
To is used to express movement from one
place to another while towards refers to direction.
eg: We walked to the river and back.
He saw me running towards him.
Into denotes motion towards the inside of
something.
eg: She fell into a ditch.
Against shows pressure.
eg: The boy leaned against the wall.
She cleaned the edge of her knife against
the plate.
Off refers to separation.
eg: The wheel came off the car.
Kim fell off his chair.
About shows nearness.
eg: I was about to knock when he opened the
door.
His father is about to retire.
Along stands for in the same line.
eg: She led them along the corridor.
The boy ran along the field crying loudly.
Across means from one side to other.
eg: She ran across the field.
He blew a cloud of smoke across the table.
Beyond means on the farther side of:
eg: This is beyond his power
Love is beyond all human control.
Beside means by the side of while besides
means in addition to.

eg: I sat down beside my friend.


Besides being a teacher, he is a skilled
craftsman.
Before means face to face while behind
means at the back of someone or something.
eg: The thief was brought before the judge.
The sun went behind a cloud.
On time means at the exact time and in
time means not late.
eg: The train left on time.
I reached home in time for dinner.
Verbs coming after a preposition will ordinarily be in the ing form (gerund).
eg: There was no difficulty in locating the house.
I am tired of working.
But the prepositions but and except can
be exceptions.
eg: He did nothing but agree with everything.
The girls sat there doing nothing except
gruble.
Go through these examples
1. He ran across the road
2. One must abide by ones promises
3. He was at the foot of the tree
4. He was accused of forgery
5. Wait till tomorrow
6. The poet here alludes to the Trojan war
7. It came by post
8. He was very bad at English
9. He fought with courage
10. He has some grudge against me
11. He struggled for freedom
12. I was ignorant of his plan
13. He is a man of principles
14. He is inflated with pride
15. He came by a lot of money
16. The country is involved in debt
17. I saw a boy with red hair
18. He has a mania for films
19. Let us move on
20. Now we cannot negotiate with the enemy
21. He sells goods at auction
22. He has objected to our plan

23.
24.
25.
26.

He was stunned by the blow


She had a passion for music
I shall return in an hour
Father Damien at last became a prey to leprosy

27.
28.
29.
30.

He yielded to superior force


There is no need for anxiety
He is devoid of sense
She brought shame on herself

PRACTICE SET
Directions: Fill up the blanks in the following
sentences with the most appropriate option given
below:
1. The regulations come the central government rather the state government.
(1) from, than
(2) of, from
(3) for, by
(4) for, with
(5) to,with
2. Only people are after death.
(1) virulent, glorified
(2) v icious condemned
(3) virile, forgotten
(4) virtuous, remembered
(5) vice, forgotten
3. The construction of the house has been
because of the of cement in the
market.
(1) held, non-availability
(2) denied, restrictions
(3) hampered, shortage
(4) completed, disappearance
(5) obstructed, restrictions
4. There was some confusion the
agreement.
(1) in
(2) over
(3) on
(4) around
(5) with
5. We must explore source of energy
as our supply of fossil fuel has been
(1) alternate, depleted
(2) guaranteed, over
(3) natural, exhausted
(4) sufficient, increased
(5) innovatic, finished
6. The activities of the association have
from the objectives set for it in the
initial years.
(1) grew, simple
(2) deviated,original
(3) details, grand (4) emerged, total
(5) increased, preserved

7.

8.

9.

10.

11.

12.

13.

14.

As soon as she saw him, she unleased a


of fond praise and appreciation.
(1) rain
(2) torrent
(3) chain
(4) series
(5) current
A wife who is in the habit of her
husband over trifles, can never make a
happy home.
(1) chastising
(2) ranting
(3) scolding
(4) thrashing
(5) lashing
The new principal a great respect
for his students.
(1) received
(2) observed
(3) acquired
(4) attained
(5) commanded
The accused denied having committed the
crime but could advance no sound arguments to the charges.
(1) refuse
(2) repress
(3) refute
(4) reproof
(5) deny
The more your action and thoughts are
allied and , the happier you grow.
(1) invincible
(2) divergent
(3) integrated
(4) unravelled
(5) collide
Past civilisations often saw comets as
of death and doom
(1) ushers
(2) conductors
(3) precursors
(4) auspicious
(5) harbingers
The frozen children were silent, they remained immovable and
(1) stiff
(2) skeletal
(3) rough
(4) brusque
(5) failure
It hurt my pride to be forced to a person who always insulted me; nevertheless,
I tried to him.

15.

16.

17.

18.

19.

20.

21.

(1) rebuke, condemn


(2) respect, avenge
(3) propitiate, conciliate
(4) repudiate, evaluate
(5) intimidiate, redeem
Since the British were masters of the
seas, no power could venture into
Indian waters under British rule.
(1) territorial
(2) continental
(3) maritime
(4) geo-political
(5) cosmic
If I he, I would cancel all the programmes.
(1) was
(2) were
(3) am
(4) had been
(5) have been
Any political leader who allows nepotism
to flourish should be subjected to severe

(1) punishment
(2) autopsy
(3) condemnation (4) stringency
(5) stricture
If we do not take care in our industry, we will have to a grave problem
(1) adequate , look at
(2) proper, experience
(3) proper, face
(4) necessary, solve
(5) intensive, experience
Changes in the legal system are inevitable f or we are not working f or a
society
(1) backward
(2) dynamic
(3) developing
(4) modern
(5) stagnant
The Times of India aspires to have a million readers next year.
(1) through
(2) by
(3) till
(4) untill
(5) since
All developing nations are looking
India
(1) at
(2) on
(3) with
(4) towards
(5) for

22. Both the Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir


problems are beset difficulties
(1) by
(2) with
(3) in
(4) into
(5) from
23. Some executives are never lavish
praise.
(1) with
(2) by
(3) of
(4) in
(5) after
24. No government can reconcile itself
terrorism
(1) for
(2) to
(3) about
(4) with
(5) in
25. A person who has no aptitude business can never succeed it
(1) in, with
(2) for, in
(3) about, by
(4) at, about
(5) towards, through
26. Every mother dotes her children
(1) with
(2) for
(3) about
(4) over
(5) on
27. The man in the street is compelled to revile corruption
(1) about
(2) for
(3) at
(4) upon
(5) into
28. Mounting prices are inflicting a blow
all of us
(1) at
(2) over
(3) in
(4) on
(5) into
29. Whatever he said in anger was devoid
sense.
(1) in
(2) of
(3) from
(4) with
(5) about
30. In each one of those crises, he had to cling
his mother for support.
(1) to
(2) on
(3) upon
(4) for
(5) at

31. She felt sympathetic all the war


prisoners.
(1) with
(2) for
(3) about
(4) towards
(5) over
32. As he was dead drunk, he knocked
a wall.
(1) on
(2) by
(3) against
(4) at
(5) about
33. Failure comes lethargy.
(1) of
(2) from
(3) upon
(4) by
(5) with
34. It is undesirable to poke fun an elderly man
(1) an
(2) against
(3) at
(4) about
(5) with
35. He has a wrong inference
(1) inferred
(2) derived
(3) concluded
(4) made
(5) drawn
36. The danger arising from communal strife
is not confined any one state.
(1) in
(2) over
(3) within
(4) for
(5) to
37. It may be too early to know the exact
cause of the mishap, but first reports
speak of human errors the tragedy.
(1) of
(2) for
(3) in
(4) under
(5) behind
38. He wanted to get some favour, so he was
playing his boss.
(1) up
(2) with
(3) out
(4) behind
(5) up to
39. The Minister's zeal chess was quite
remarkable
(1) in
(2) about
(3) at
(4) for
(5) over

40. A political party has itself to blame


its electoral setback.
(1) about
(2) on
(3) at
(4) in
(5) for
41. I am forward to our picnic scheduled
the next month
(1) seeing
(2) planning
(3) looking
(4) organising
(5) going
42. Many developing countries are moving
privatisation and economic liberalisation.
(1) towards
(2) against
(3) with
(4) beyond
(5) into
43. I was to miss the train but somehow I managed to get into it.
(1) executed
(2) totally
(3) absolutely
(4) nearly
(5) set on
44. The customs officer explanation
from the passenger
(1) offered
(2) demanded
(3) made
(4) refused
(5) brought
45. The boss only his subordinates for
their failure but he himself takes no decision or action.
(1) criticises
(2) points
(3) betrays
(4) disciplines
(5) directs
46. Swamy cannot be by such horror
stories, go and try.
(1) challenged
(2) relieved
(3) scared
(4) puzzled
(5) win
47. The product has otherwise come out well
but the used is not of good quality
(1) skill
(2) fineness
(3) work
(4) material
(5) implements
48. Inspite of all the pressure of work you look
quite ; how do you manage this ?
(1) gloomy
(2) fearful
(3) happily
4) energizing
(5) relaxed

49. The shop keeper the customers all


types of toys in his shop
(1) showed
(2) placed
(3) called
(4) displayed
(5) decorated

50. Prakash had a temper and could


not work well with his colleagues
(1) low
(2) controllable
(3) elusive
(4) violent
(5) indifferent.

ANSWERS TO SET
1. (1)
11. (3)
21. (4)
31. (4)
41. (3)

2. (4)
12. (3)
22. (2)
32. (3)
42. (1)

3. (3)
13. (1)
23. (3)
33. (1)
43. (4)

4. (2)
14. (3)
24. (2)
34. (3)
44. (2)

5. (1)
15. (3)
25. (2)
35. (5)
45. (1)

6. (2)
16. (2)
26. (5)
36. (5)
46. (3)

7. (2)
17. (1)
27. (3)
37. (5)
47. (4)

8. (3)
18. (3)
28. (4)
38. (5)
48. (5)

9. (5)
19. (5)
29. (2)
39. (4)
49. (1)

10. (3)
20. (2)
30. (1)
40. (5)
50. (4)

PRACTICE SET
Directions (Qs.1-5): In each of the following
sentences, there are two blank spaces. Below
each sentence there are five pairs or words
denoted by number (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5). Find
out which pair of words can be filled up in the
blanks in the sentence in the same sequence
to make the sentence meaningful complete.
1. We cannot ........... such a/an ......... act
of violence.
1. pardon, egregious
2. consider, important
3. neglect, insignificant
4. commit, manificent
5. None of these
2. The Education Minister emphasised the
need to discover and ........each student's
......... talents.
1. suppress, potential
2. develop, intrinsic
3. flourish, hidden
4. belittle, concealed
5. enlarge, dormant
3. The police feel that the ........ shown by
the judges to first offenders unfortunately
........ many youngesters to commit more
and more crimes.
(1) harshness, leads (2) mercy, prohibits
(3) leniency, prevents (4) pity, predisposes
(5) clemency, encourages

4.

He was so convinced that people were


driven by ........ motives that he believed
there was no such thing as a purely ......... act.
(1) sentimental, divine
(2) personal, eternal
(3) ulterior, selfless
(4) altruistic, praiseworthy
(5) personal, antisocial
5. ............ the broker had warned him that
the stock was a ........ investment, he insisted on buying a thousand shares.
(1) Because, speculative
(2) Since, negligible
(3) As, vulnerable
(4) Although, precarious .
(5) Because, prudent
Directions (Qs. 6-10): Pick out the most effective word from the given words to fill in the blanks
to make the sentence meaningfully complete:
6. The soldiers had been fighting on the front
for many days and were ........ and dispirited.
(1) energetic
(2) confused
(3) motivated
(4) antagonistic
(5) tired
7. The condition of the people in the slums is
really ...........
(1) mind-blowing
(2) soul-searching
(3) ill-natured
(4) heart-rending
(5) ill-furnished

8.

Some people ............... themselves into


believing that they are indispensable to the,
organisation they work for.
(1) force
(2) delude
(3) denigrate
(4) foold
(5) keep
9. Mahesh had to drop his plan of going to
picnic as he had certain ........ to take of
during that period.
(1) transactions
(2) preparations
(3) commitments
(4) urgencies
(5) observations
10. No country can ......... to practise a constant, rigid foreign policy in view of the world
power dynamics.
(1) envisage
(2) anticipate
(3) afford
(4) visualise
(5) obliviate
Directions (Qs. 11-15): Give below are sentences in which two spaces have been left blank.
You are to choose from among the given
choices, the pair of words which would fit the
two blanks in the given order.
11. He was initially ............ at the suggestion
but was soon .......... it himself.
(1) frowning, rejecting
(2) thrilled, propagating
(3) shocked, advocating
(4) impressed, negating
(5) suspicious, trusting
12. The Minister felt that the ........ made by
the Committee was ....... even though similar schemes had worked earlier.
(1) election, acceptable
(2) choice, profitable
(3) decision, gainful
(4) recommendation, infeasible
(5) acceptance, approved
13. Nabeesa was not ....... by the criticism and
paid no ....... even when her best friend
talked against her.
(1) threatened, warning
(2) troubled, mind
(3) deterred, heed
(4) bothered, attention
(5) shaken, indication

14. The activities of the association have ........


from the ........ objectives set for it in the
initial years.
(1) emerged, total (2) deviated, original
(3) grown, simple
(4) details, grand
(5) increased, perverse .
15. The ......... imposed for non-payment was
too ............ for it to bring in improvement
in collection
(1) penalty, low
(2) fine, severe
(3) punishment, harsh (4) toll, simple
(5) damage, cruel
Directions: Pick out the most effective word
from the given words to fill in the blank to make
the sentence meaningfully complete.
16. By sheer hardwork, Sunil has .......... out
a niche for himself in the field of journalism.
(1) derived
(2) worked
(3) occupied
(4) carved
(5) accomplished
17. The affluent life-styles of contemporary
politicians are in sharp contrast to the ........
ways of living of the freedom fighters.
(1) stingy
(2) extravagant
(3) austere
(4) disciplined
(5) agnostic
18. On account of South Agricas racist
policies, most of the countries had decided
to .......... it economically.
(1) condemn
(2) discourage
(3) isolate
(4) prevent
(5) treat
19. The chemical warefare capability of Iraq is
a .......... to aggression even by the superpowers.
(1) constraint
(2) deterrent
(3) percaution
(4) pretext
(5) detriment
20. We ............... the family members after
expressing our grief at the tragedy.
(1) mourned
(2) condoled
(3) satisfied
(4) cheered
(5)consoled
21. Of the several issues that we discussed in
the meeting, only a few were pertinent and
most of them were .............

(1) related
(2) independent
(3) contrasting
(4) irrelevant
(5) detached .
22. The workers could no longer ........ their
resentment against the management and
therefore decided to go on strike.
(1) consider
(2) contain
(3) feel
(4) determine
(5) express

23. The doctor was overcome with .........


when he came to know that the patient
had died due to negligence on his
part.
(1) emotion
(2) reality
(3) humiliation
(4) remorse
(5) conscience

ANSWERS TO SET
1. (1)
11. (5)
21. (4)

2.(2)
12.(3)
22. (1)

3.(5)
13.(4)
23. (4)

4.(3)
14.(2)

5.(4)
15.(1)

6. (5)
16. (4)

7. (4)
17. (3)

8. (5)
18. (3)

9. (3)
19. (2)

10. (2)
20. (5)

PRACTICE SET
Directions: In each sentence below, there are
two blank spaces below each sentences some
pairs of words are given which are numbered
(1), (2), (3), (4), and (5). Pick out the most
appropriate pair to fill in the blanks in the same
order to make the sentence meaningfully
complete.
1. Cholestrol has long been identified as a
silent killer because the patient has no .......
of the danger freely ......... his system.
(1) idea, infecting
(2) thought, attacking
(3) notion, ravishing
(4) inkling, traversing
(5) information, invading
2. Only when ........... failed, the police
resorted to ..........
(1) efforts, power
(2) arrests, imprisonment
(3) persuasions, force
(4) power, punishment
(5) manipulations, arrests
3. I have just the memory of my father to ........
now, but my faith in him has never been
.............
(1) recall, missing (2) store, forgotten
(3) love, shaken
(4) worship, mistaken
(5) None of these

4.

5.

6.

7.

Insurance companies are perfectly ............


of the greed some people show in ........
illnesses in order to get big settlements in
the courts.
(1) conscious, serious
(2) known, ailing
(3) informed, false
(4) aware, faking
(5) acquainted, perfect
The ............ imposed for non-payment was
too ........... for it to bring in improvement
in collection.
(1) fine, severe
(2) toll, simple
(3) penalty, low
(4) damage, cruel
(5) punishment, harsh
Unfortunately, trade unions and organisations of various denominations have failed
to realise that .......... understanding,
positive attitude and constructive approach
are basic requirements to make unions
work on ........... lines.
(1) common, ture
(2) cooperative, better
(3) mutual, sound
(4) general, desired
(5) None of these
The practice of painting slogans on rock
faces, once a thriving industry in Britain

has fallen into ....... but there has recently


been a (an) ............. in Country Antrim.
(1) oblivion, demand
(2) disfavour, uphsavel
(3) disuse, recrudescence
(4) mediocrity, renascence
(5) None of these
8. He shifted to his late parents house not
because of the ....... it provided but for
purely ....... reasons.
(1) convenience, sentimental
(2) grace, aesthetic
(3) value, monetary
(4) comforts, personal
(5) benefit, extraneous
9. The Prime Minister said that the ....... to
increase employment will be ........ on the
efforts to raise productivity in the economy.
(1) scheme, complementary
(2) policy, dependent
(3) strategy, contingent
(4) determination, reliant
(5) programme, supplementary
l0. Indias ........ armoury needs replacement
despite its long-term indigenisation plans
and leading international arms industries
are eager to sell their latest ........... to the
Indian Armed Forces.
(1) exhausted, innovation
(2) old, equipment
(3) exorbitant, instruments
(4) fake, production
(5) ageing, gadgetry
11. He gave me an additional .......... of Rs.
200 a month by ........... of the Commissioner.
(1) allowance, permission
(2) pay, allowance
(3) salary, admittance
(4) payment, agreement
(5) None of these
12. The impact of Western culture on India was
the impact of a .......... society, of a modern consciousness on a ............. society
wedded to medieval habits of thought.
(1) dynamic, static
(2) major, minor
(3) educated, illiterate

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(4) active, passive


(5) progressive, regressive
Many of us who ............. rational emotive
therapy are ........ tense, angry or depressed.
(1) seek, often
(2) follow, scarcely
(3) oerform, usually
(4) implement, seldom
(5) practice, frequently
The speech .......... with subtle threats has
resulted in ....... tension in the sensitive
areas of the city.
(1) started, reduced
(2) replete, increased
(3) full, escalating
(4) forced, dissolving
(5) followed, continuous
It is .......... superstition to suppose that
knowledge can be ........ only by going to
schools and colleges.
(1) huge, accomplished
(2) hollow, garnered
(3) gross, obtained
(4) great, achieved
(5) tremendous, attained
I am not ........... to sell you my house unless you offer a more ........... price.
(1) conform, true
(2) prepared, realistic
(3) ready, correct
(4) having, actual
(5) None of these
With the realisation, we have found ourselves left with .......... moral values and
little ethical ..........
(1) fundamental, scruples
(2) stereotyped, perspective
(3) extreme, judgement
(4) incidental, standards
(5) obsolete, direction
If we do not take ........... care in our industry, we will have to ........ a grave problem.
(1) normal, experience
(2) proper, face
(3) adequate, catch
(4) intensive, aggravate
(5) preventive, solve

19. Education is .......... to the economic and


social fabric of the nation, but ....... that
few political parties have made it an election issue.
(1) eminent, barring
(2) concomitent, instead of
(3) basic, despite
(4) rudimentary, besides
(5) None of these
20. Despite their strong resentment the tribals
.......... the new laws as long as the Government officials did not .......... them too
strenuously.
(1) welcomed, observe
(2) tolerated, enforce
(3) amended, follow
(4) laid, punish
(5) None of these
21. Since we ........ read every book, we ..........
only the famous ones.
(1) have, sold
(2) should, buy
(3) must, ignore
(4) can, purchase
(5) cannot, select
22. Suddenly out of ........ the of weariness an
old lady ........... unexpectedly.
(1) mosaic, raised
(2) context, appeared
(3) texture, rose
(4) fabric, awakened
(5) None of these
23. We have to ......... in our young men and
women sense of discipline, which is a
......... for progress and happiness.
(1) generate, concomitent (2) instil, need
(3) produce, necessity
(4) inculcate, pre-requisite (5) induce, requirement
24. ......... of crops was due to continuous
............
(1) Destruction, Draught
(2) Ruin, draft
(3) Failure, drought
(4) Depreciation, drift
(5) None of these
25. Disarmament and development in our time
are ........... interrelated but .......... development will depend on a change in the
worlds political thinking.

(1) inevitably, substantial


(2) closely, real
(3) essentially, true
(4) universally, ultimate
(5) naturally, final
26. How many of the books published each year
in India make a ......... contribution towards
improving mens ............ with each other?
(1) sensational, reservations
(2) referential, behaviour
(3) significant, relationship
(4) incorporated, obligation
(5) None of these
27. Due to ........... rainfall this year, they had
to ........ cut in water supply.
(1) scanty, lift
(2) heavy, regulate
(3) regular, clamp
(4) sufficient, enforce
(5) inadequate, impose
28. The ......... man treated everyone in a .........
manner.
(1) defiant, belligerent
(2) corrupt, ubiquitous
(3) superficial, thorough
(4) suspicious, ingenuous
(5) supercilious, depreciatory
29. Mr. Johnson ........... a boat and ..........
into the bay.
(1) hired, rowed
(2) rented, swam
(3) boarded, went
(4) borrowed, intruded
(5) None of these
30. Those suffering from glaucoma find that
their ........ vision is ........ and that they
can no longer see objects not directly in
front of them.
(1) optical, distorted
(2) peripheral, impaired
(3) prephrastic, demurred
(4) peripatetic, diminished
(5) None of these
31. When it comes to back stabbing, a quill
.......... be ........ than a dagger.
(1) must, better
(2) should, keen
(3) can, deadlier

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(4) may, sharper


(5) will, superior
He was too ........ to ......... that he had
been wrong.
(1) docile, accept
(2) polite, agree
(3) nervous, rejoice
(4) obstinate, admit
(5) determined, promise
The Education Minister emphasised the
need to discover and ........ each students
....... talents.
(1) enlarge, dormant
(2) belittle, concealed
(3) suppress, potential
(4) flourish, hidden
(5) develop, intrinsic
In a free and democratic country each and
every person has rights as well as duties
and it is of .......... importance that everything is ........ in the right perspective.
(1) great, done
(2) significant, examined
(3) utmost, viewed
(4) overwhelming, taken
(5) absolute, understood
He is usually ........, but today he appears
rather ...........
(1) strict, unwell
(2) tense, restless
(3) quiet, calm
(4) happy, humorous
(5) calm, disturbed
A dramatic ........ on cinema of the life of
Phoolan Devi is ........ protests from some
people.
(1) depiction, triggering
(2) show, generating
(3) portrayal, arousing
(4) delineation, provoking
(5) demonstration, eliciting
Class ........ between capital and labour is
for ......... building a prosperous country.
(1) affinity, indispensable
(2) agreement, necessary
(3) control, important
(4) coordination, inevitable
(5) collaboration, essential
Knowing that Renu had a good vocabulary,
the teacher ........ her to ........ an essay
for the inter school competition.

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(1) notified, do
(2) commissioned, draft
(3) entrusted, write
(4) demanded, prepare
(5) None of these
It is now a proven fact that ........... of child
mortality is the best ........ for family planning in developing countries.
(1) checking, method
(2) prevention, incentive
(3) control, formula
(4) elimination, inspiration
(5) decrease, encouragement
The war ........ immediately after the ceasefire proposal was .......... bilaterally.
(1) receded,exchanged
(2) started, prepared
(3) began, thwarted
(4) extended, mitigated
(5) ended, accepted
It appears that in those drought stricken
areas hunger had ........ hundreds of persons to mere .......
(1) converted, phantoms
(2) transformed, shadows
(3) reduced, skeletons
(4) changed, spirits
(5) turned, ghosts
Sachin ....... another feather ........ his cap
by his wonderful performance in the one
day match.
(1) kept, by
(2) captured, from
(3) took, in
(4) created, for
(5) added, to
Some people have the ........ for learning
foreign languages but they have no ........
in speaking any.
(1) mania, urge
(2) aptitude, interest
(3) stamina, fondness (4) capacity, ability
(5) compulsion, inclination
Any system is likely to ........ for ...........
of support from the public.
(1) survive, lack
(2)succeed, reason
(3) fail, want
(4) finish, failure
(5) launch, paucity
What ........ one is the total absence of a
coherent programme either on the part of
the ruling or the opposition party to give a

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......... to the poverty-stricken people that


something will be really done to improve
their condition.
(1) humiliates, promise
(2) frightens, hint
(3) astounds, feeling
(4) shakes, notion
(5) embarrasses, apprehension
He is bound to succeed because his .........
nature will not permit him to .........
(1) persistent, subsist
(2) devoted, shirk
(3) imperious, follow
(4) pertinacious, quit
(5) determined, abandon
The partners broke off as they found each
other ......... of ............. breach of promise.
(1) faulty, severe
(2) responsible, serious
(3) guilty, flagrant
(4) accused, rigid
(5) None of these
The factory workers ......... threatened to
launch an indefinite strike from next month
to ....... their demands.
(1) did, get
(2) nearly, fulfil
(3) were, meet
(4) have, press
(5) None of these
The region is likely to witness a ......... up
as competition for its precious resources
............
(1) rise, increases (2) soar, progresses
(3) hover, strengthens (4) flare, intensifies
(5) None of these
Weather .........., I shall .......... the office.
(1) favourable, visit (2) allowing, reach
(3) permitting, attend (4) granting, manage
(5) None of these
We must prevent endangered wild animal
species from becoming ....... in order that
our future generation may ........... the great
diversity of animal life.
(1) rare, escape
(2) outdated, know
(3) volatile, notice
(4) powerful, protect
(5) extinct, enjoy
Indias immense physical size, as also the fact
of its ......... society ....... any attempt towards
a neat capsuled presentation on any subject.
(1) cultured, demonstrates
(2) pluralistic, defies

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(3) multi-religious, fails


(4) amorphous, challenges
(5) variegated, frustrates
The man who is impatient to become rich
can easily be ....... to the race track or the
gaming table, where a lucky ......... might
make him rich.
(1) enticed, chance (2) evoked, streak
(3) pushed, moment (4) lured, break
(5) pursued, challenge
The secretary ........... the societys funds,
........ he was dismissed.
(1) misplaced, soon (2) robbed, thus
(3) pirated, therefore
(4) misappropriated, so
(5) None of these
There are attempts being made to try to
........ languages through specific, .........
but the result is that some tongues become conserved as if they were a museum
piece.
(1) save, ways
(2) conserve, factors
(3)preserve, measures (4) protect, tricks
(5) None of these
They wanted to ......... all these books, but
they could not find ........ time to do so.
(1) cover, almost
(2) peruse, necessary
(3) dispose, some (4) read, sufficient
(5) buy, some
The boy felt ............ when he knew that
he had been .............
(1) joyful, lured
(2) horrified, forced
(3) disgraced, wronged
(4) humiliated, cheated
(5) worried, tempted
It is .......... for every tax-payer to .........
the tax returns to the Income Tax Department.
(1) necessary, lodge (2) binding, pay
(3) obligatory, submit (4) possible, remit
(5) worthwhile, evade
It is useless to attempt to .......... from every danger, some .......... must be taken.
(1) escape, chances (2) free, challenges
(3) protect, decisions (4) flee, risks
(5) dissociate, opportunities
Fiction approximates to science, first in
accepting the obligation of being ......... to
life as it is, and secondly, in asserting the
right to ...........

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(1) faithful, explain (2) true, theorise


(3) close, describe (4) realistic, portray
(5) committed, narrate
The mill workers were not ........ with their
low wages and non-payment of wages for
last three months ........ fuel to the flames.
(1) good, put
(2) satisfied, added
(3) joyful, poured
(4) pleased, directed
(5) unhappy, meant
The educational ........ of our people is far
below what is necessary for effective individual living or for the ........... of society.
(1) procurement, upliftment
(2) advancement, upkeep
(3) attainment, maintenance
(4) achievement, advancement
(5) accomplishment, regeneration
Santosh looked very happy and ........ when
he heard that his proposed scheme was
......... by the committee.
(1) energetic, rejected (2) elated, accepted
(3) satisfied, stalled
(4) disconsolate, approved
(5) overwhelming, received
The security forces fired at the .......... who
was armed to the ............
(1) criminal, toe
(2) thief, head
(3) culprit, nail
(4) dacoit, teeth
(5) None of these
......... the broker had warned him that the
stock was a ........... investment, he insisted
on buying a thousand shares.
(1) Because, prudent
(2) Since, negligible
(3) Because,speculative
(4) As, vulnerable
(5) Although, precarious
In Buddhism, it is impossible to keep ethics and psychology from ........ one another,
because they ......... at so many points.
(1) apart, meet
(2) aloof, merge
(3) separate, overlap (4) away, coexist
(5) disjoint, converge
I dont ....... I shall be ......... to go
(1) know, wanting
(2) consider, desirous
(3) think, able
(4) believe, linking
(5) feel, available
Restlessness among the students of colleges and universities has ......... from their
deep rooted feeling that their views and aspirations are ........... by their elders.

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(1) arisen, humiliated


(2) followed, disregarded
(3) stemmed, ignored
(4) started, neglected
(5) percolated, pooh-poohed
Shalini was not .......... by the criticism and
paid no ....... even when her best friend
talked against her.
(1) bothered, attention
(2) troubled, mind
(3) threatened, warning
(4) deterred, heed
(5) shaken, indication
There is no glory in war ........ the blood it
...........
(1) thinking, demands
(2) considering, sheds
(3) worth, costs
(4) comparing, spills
(5) None of these
Hitler cast a ......... and ........ shadow upon
world history.
(1) colossal, frightful
(2) Herculean, gloomy
(3) gigantic, horrifying
(4) huge, vast
(5) None of these
Somesh ........ me coming to his table, he
smiled and ........ me a chair.
(1) found, signalled (2) met, sat
(3) looked, gave
(4) saw, offered
(5) welcomed, took
Although the leaders life was both ...........
and painful, it was not without ....... for he
had accomplished many of his goals.
(1) magnificent, success
(2) happy, frustration
(3) thrilling, ambition
(4) purposeful, danger
(5) arduous, satisfaction
Wars usually result from ...... among the
parties involved and a failure to ....... them
peacefully.
(1) doubts, dispel
(2) hostilities, debate
(3) frustrations, understand
(4) disagreements, resolve
(5) None of these

75. Though he is reputed for his technical


..........., his books were sadly ........ of the
work of others as he lacked originality.
(1) advice, unconscious
(2) skill, independent
(3) knowledge, ignorant
(4) expertise, derivative
(5) dependence, indicative
76. Bandung ...... the ......... of a new and powerful body of opinion which could not be
ignored by the great writers.
(1) started, formatIon
(2) reflected, onset
(3) signalled, emergence
(4) induced, debut
(5) initiated, appearance
77. It is ....... that those who expect ...........
from others are seldom merciful themselves.
(1) stupid, sympathy
(2) repulsive, compassion
(3) strange, sincerity
(4) unpardonable, kindness
(5) paradoxical, clemency
78. He was ......... of playing ........ and loose
with the sentiments of his dearest friends.
(1) complained, thick
(2)accused, tight
(3) innocent, false
(4) guilty, fast
(5) None of these
79. The new Principal .......... stress on routine administration .......... than on academic matters and examination reforms.
(1) released, only
(2) began, even
(3) started, further (4) laid, rather
(5) gave, better
80. Nothing is so ........... to a nation as an
extreme of self partiality, and the total want of
........ of what others will naturally hope or fear.
(1) detrimental, concern
(2) repugnant, sense
(3) unethical, discretion
(4) fatal, consideration,
(5) delusionary, methodly
81. To .......... yourself from .......... wear warm clothes.
(1) prohibit, heat
(2) protect, cold
(3) save, heat
(4) suffer, cold
(5) prevent, ice
82: Every nation has a certain ............ or hostility that seeks a socially acceptable.............

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(1) stock, display


(2) concept, expression
(3) reservoir, outlet
(4) ideology, demonstration
(5) experience, explanation
She found .......... with me, that I was wanting in ..........
(1) crime, wisdom (2) fau!t, intelligence
(3) sin, ration
(4) vice, knowledge
(5) None of these
Let us ....... with due ........ that ancient
India was more civilised than modem India
with its satellites in space.
(1) admit, humility (2) adopt, certainty
(3) suppose, timidness (4) presume, meekness
(5) agree, reluctance
The ......... words of the mother comforted
the ......... child.
(1) harsh, naughty (2) sweet, happy
(3) soft, energetic
(4) melodious, playful
(5) soothing, disappointed
Our socialism is .......... because we maintain a huge public sector without any public sector .......
(1) sham, economy (2) fraudulent, pursuit
(3) idealistic, theory (4) counterfeit, phase
(5) phoney, philosophy
I would like to ........... your attention to
the second paragraph of my letter .........
to the terms of sale of the machinery.
(1) invite, according (2) withdraw, regarding
(3) react, mainly
(4) draw, pertaining
(5) focus, connecting
An ........... facet of the Soviet perestroika
is the search for a sweeping ............
programme in foreign policy.
(1) essential, humanitarian
(2) interesting, moral
(3) important, economic
(4) immediate, social
(5) None of these
Synthetic milk ........ real milk in all ........
except taste and nutritional qualities
(1) resembles, factors
(2) exemplifies, respects
(3) copies, manners (4) marks, qualities
(5) mimics, aspects
We cannot ........... such a/an ........... act
of violence.

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(1) tolerate, insipid


(2) consider, important
(3) commit, magnificent
(4)pardon,egregious
(5) neglect, insignificant
Civilisation, in the real sense of the term
consists not in the ............. but in the deliberate and voluntary ............ of wants.
(1) multiplication, reduction
(2) increase, decrease
(3) hoarding, dehoarding
(4) overgrowth, diminishing
(5) None of these
Public sector units running at a loss should
be given the option to be ....... to the highest bidder with a golden handshake for employees or to be converted into workers cooperatives with workers holding ....... ownership.
(1) sold, entire
(2) credited, financial
(3) attributed, just (4) handed, reasonable
(5) auctioned, equity
Ravi ......... a bit ......... he was not invited
by his friend to attend the party.
(1) took, before
(2) angered, since
(3) expressed, than (4) grumbled, when
(5) surprised, about
In architecture, much more than in any of
the other arts, there is a marked time lag
between the ........ of ideas and their .........
in the shape of completed buildings.
(1) dawn, practicability
(2) settlement, fruition
(3) emergence, application
(4) burgeoning, welcoming
(5) None of these
The great scientist ........... himself with
ability and moderation all ......... the conference.
(1) felt, about
(2) displayed, in
(3) disclosed, besides (4) conducted, through
(5) presented, though

96. In a world ......... by men for so many years,


women are only thought ....... for jobs like
typists, receptionists and teachers.
(1) created, suitable (2) governed, qualified
(3) controlled, elegible
(4) dominated, competent
(5 ) ru l ed , f i t
97. Hence the word sophistry has an
unfavourable ........ and means arguing deceitfully, attempting to turn a poor case into
a good one by means of clever but ...........
reasoning.
(1) impact, cogent (2)denotation, ingenuous
(3) significance, vague
(4) connotation, specious
(5) None of these
98. This partly explains how the Mehta family
has been able to ....... its lavish lifestyle in
recent times, despite the fact that all its
assets have been .........
(1) keep up, destroyed
(2) develop, liquidated
(3) afford, attached (4) keep, removed
(5) None of these
99. Kautilya was a great political thinker and
his strong ........ personality is .......
throughout the thoughts and expressions
in the Arthashastra.
(1) virile, observed (2) vigorous, noticed
(3) vivacious, reflected (4) dynamic, detected
(5) defiant, discerned
100. The Minister felt that the ........ made by
the Committee was ....... even though similar schemes had worked earlier.
(1) decision, gainful (2) choice, profitable
(3) acceptance, approved
(4) election, acceptable
(5) recommendation, infeasible

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