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Question (1-10) Directions: Read the given passage and answer the question that follows. 
One day, a Brahmin by the name of Saveram asked Birbal for help.  He said that his fore fathers had been great Sanskrit-scholars and that people used to respectfully refer to them as ‘Panditji’.  He said that he had no money nor need for wealth;  he was content living a simple life but he had just one wish.  He wished people would refer to him as ‘Panditji’.  He asked Birbal how he could achieve this. Birbal said that the task was fairly simple and forthe realisation of his aspirations the Brahmin should follow his advice word for word.  Then Birbal advised the Brahmin to shout at any one who would call him ‘Panditji’ from then on. Now the children, who lived on the same street as the Brahmin, did not like him since he often scolded them.  They were just waiting for an opportunity to get back at him. Birbal told the children that the Brahmin would get really irritated about their calling him ‘Panditji’.  The children then started calling him ‘Panditji’ and the Brahmin, as advised by Birbal, would shout at them.  The children spread the word to all the other children in the neighbourhood that Sevaram hated being called ‘Panditji’.  Thus,finally everyone started calling him ‘Panditji’.  After a while Sevaram got tired of scolding but by then, every one hadal ready started calling him ‘Panditji’.  Thus, the game was over but the name stuck.

1. The fact that Sevaram did not wish for money but wanted to be called Panditji shows that
1. he was a scholar
2. he wanted to be respected
3. he felt that people were mean to him
4. he wanted to be like his forefathers
5. he was superior than other scholar
2. Sevaram started shouting at the children who called him ‘Panditji’. This shows that.
1. he really hated children
2. he changed his mind about being called ‘Panditji’
3. he thought that it was best to follow Birbal’s instruction
4. shouting at children made Sevaram happy
5. he thought that the children did not like him
3. The children started calling Sevaram ‘Panditji’ because
1. they wanted to irritate him
2. they knew he liked to be called ‘Panditji’3. they did every thing that Birbal ordered them to do
4. they highly respected Sevaram
5. they assumed all Brahmins should be called ‘Panditji’
4. Sevaram stopped scolding the children because.
1. he was happy that they called him ‘Panditji’
2. he was fed up of scolding them
3. they stopped calling him ‘Panditji’
4. they began calling him by another name
5. he was advised by Birbal to stop
5. ‘The game was over’ means that
1. the game that children were playing was over
2. Sevaram stopped scolding the children
3. the children were tired of playing the game
4. what Birbal had planned was successful
5. Sevaram gave up his desire of being called ‘Panditji’
6. What contributed more to the plan of Birbal in getting the Brahmin called as‘Panditji’?
1. The popularity of the fore fathers of Sevaram
2. The word-of-mouth publicity by the children
3. The absence of any other Brahmin in the village
4. The simplicity of the task
5. The gentle behaviour of Sevaram
7. What does the phrase “to get back at him”, in the story, convey?
1. Birbal wanted to guide the Brahmin.
2. The children liked to call the Brahmin ‘Panditji’.
3. The children sought revenge on Sevaram.
4. The Brahmin wanted to get popularised as his forefathers.
5. The children wanted to send the Brahmin out of the village.
8. Which of following is the correct statement?
1. Sevaram had acquired a lot of wealth.
2. The children wanted to punish Sevaram for scolding them.
3. The forefathers of Sevaram had been astrologers.
4. The Brahmins never run after fame.
5. Birbal approached Sevaram to help him.
9. Which of the following words is similar in meaning to the word ‘aspirations’, as used in the passage?
1. Orientations
2. Designations
3. Ambitions
4. Assumptions
5. Destinations
10.Which of the following words is opposite in meaning to the word ‘spread’, as used in the passage?
1. Suppressed
2. Flattened
3. Compressed
4. Crushed
5. Expanded

Question (1-5) Directions: Read the sentence to find whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic error in it.   The error, if any,will be in one part of the sentence.  The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (5). Ignore the errors of punctuation if any.
1. The principal of equal justice (1)/ is oneof (2)/ the cornerstones of our (3)/democracy. (4)/ No error (5) 1. (1)2. (2)3. (3)4. (4)5. (5)
2. The Trust has succeeded (1)/ admirably in raising (2)/ money for (3)/ its future programmes. (4)/ No error (5) 1. (1)2. (2)3. (3)4. (4)5. (5)
3. Honesty, integrity and being intelligent(1)/ are the qualities which (2)/ we look for when (3)/ we interview candidates.(4)/ No error (5) 1. (1)2. (2)3. (3)4. (4)5. (5)
4. In order to save petrol, (1)/ motorists must have to (2)/ be very careful (3)/while driving along the highways. (4)/ No error (5) 1. (1)2. (2)3. (3)4. (4)5. (5)
5. If the bystander had not been (1)/familiar with first-aid techniques, (2)/the driver which had met (3)/ with the accident would have died. (4)/ No error(5) 1. (1)2. (2)3. (3)4. (4)5. (5)

Question (1-5) Directions: Look at the bold part of the sentence. Below the sentence are given the possible substitutions for  the bold part.  If one of the possible substitutions is better  than the bold part, indicate it as your answer.  If none of the substitutions improves the sentence, indicate (5) as your  answer.

1.  That is the person who I was
1. who I am speaking of.
2. whom I was
3. whom I am
4. who I were
5. No improvement required
2.  The Council shall keep accounting records in accordance from the provisions of the Act.
1. in accordance by    
2. in accordance to
3. in accordance with  
4. in according to
5. No improvement required
3.  The ship, with its crew, were lost in the torrid storm last night.
1. was lost in the      
2. have lost in the
3. loses in the
4. have been lost in a
5. No improvement required
4.  An official inquiry was called after an explanation of his conduct during the election rally held last year.
1. enquiry was called after
2. inquiry was called up
3. enquiry was called on
4. inquiry was called for
5. No improvement required
5. Having failed in the first attempt, he made no further  attempts.
1. Have failure in
2. Had failed in
3. Have failed in      
4. Having failure in
5. No improvement required.

Question (1-5) Directions: In the following passage, some of the words have been left out.  Read the passage carefully and choose the correct answer.  With increased economic pressure, ever increasing competition and proliferation of new technology platforms, companies are  using every possible
1)  ……….. to position their brand, launch new products and retain the best people through personal websites and social media. Consequently, the threat landscape resulting from corporate espionage has evolved and has now gone digital, becoming more
2). ……….. Corporate spying is prevalent in sectors such as electronics and infrastructure, which are considered more vulnerable to fraudulent practices. According to a survey by the  Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) more than 35% of companies operating in various
3)  ……….. across India have been engaged in corporate spying to gain an edge over their competitors and have even started spying on their employees via social networking
4) ……….. Corporate espionage has become a major concern for organizations as almost 80% CEOs are using services of detectives and surveillance agencies to spy on their ex-employees, employees’  lifestyle, know their whereabouts constantly apart from the usual pre and post-employment verification. Social networking sites such as Facebook, YouTube,  Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and others are being heavily used to dig out relevant
5)  ………..  about rival companies, their schemes, policies, new products, confidential information, financial details, prior announcement of senior management moving out and attrition of employees.
1. Fill blank
1. 1. source
2. Extract
3.  Time
4. Opportunity   
5. Opening
2.  Fill blank 2.
1. relevant
2. Dangerous
3. Harmless
4. Important    
5. Significant

3. Fill blank 3.
1. parts
2.  Territories
3. Industries
4.   Areas
5. Sectors
4. Fill blank 4.
1. internet
2. Links
3.  Websites
4. Browsers
5.  Technologies
5. Fill blank 5.
1. information  
2. Questions    
3. Figures
4. Instructions 
5. Messages

Question (1-5) Directions: Rearrange the following six sentences  A, B, C, D, E and F  in the proper  sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; and then answer  the question given below them.
A.  The contractor was sorry to see his good worker go and asked if he could build just one more house as a personal favour.
B.  It was an unfortunate way to end a dedicated career.

C.  He told his employer-contractor of his plans to leave the house-building business to live a more leisurely life with his wife and enjoy his extended family.

D.  An elderly carpenter was ready to retire.

E.  He resorted to shoddy workmanship and used inferior materials.

F.  The carpenter said yes, but over time it was easy to see that his heart was not in his work.

1.  Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. E

2.  Which of the following should be the FIRST  sentence after rearrangement?
1.  A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. E
3.  Which of the following should be the LAST  (SIXTH) sentence after  the rearrangement?
1. A
2. B
3. D
4. E
5. F
4.  Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after  the rearrangement?
1. A
2. B
3. C
4. D
5. F
5.  Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after  the rearrangement?
1. B
2. C
3. D
4. E
5. F

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