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Q 1.

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Direction: In the given question, four words are printed in bold and are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the positions of two of these words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged to make the sentence correct. Find the two words which need to be exchanged. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.
Anna Karenina is really a judgement (1) by Tolstoy on love and its various shades (2) while being governed by morality (3), societal mores, fate and study (4).

1-4

B

2-3

C

1-3

D

2-4

E

No correction required

Explanation

Solution :
Anna Karenina is described to have love and its various shades. "Judgement" is a final statement not a description as said in the sentence. But studies have descriptions. "Judgment", on the other hand, can govern our opinions. Hence, the correct answer is A.

Q 2.

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Direction: In this question, two Columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of the first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of the second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the correct option as your answer.
I.
A) So, if you decided to pack your bags and visit
B) The landlocked country of South Asia,
C) Hikers, trekkers, climbers, spiritual visitors come to
II.
D) Nepal, is filthy rich in a little things that you should not miss out on doing here.
E) Nepal, is situated between the dense jungles of India and the spectacular Himalayan Mountains.
F) Nepal every year to make the most of their vacation.

B-E and C-F

B

A-E, B-F and C-D

C

A-F and C-D

D

B-F

E

A-E and C-F

Explanation

Solution :
B and E make a logical pair as they join together to state the location of Nepal.
C and F join together to state why the adventurers come to Nepal.
B and D cannot be joined as the expression "a little things" is incorrect here. We use "little" for uncountable nouns and "few" for countable nouns. Here, we are referring to countable things.
Also, the tern "filthy rich" means extremely rich and is used to imply that a person's wealth is excessive or offensive.

Q 3.

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Direction: In the given question, four words are printed in bold and are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the positions of two of these words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged to make the sentence correct. Find the two words which need to be exchanged. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.
The male protagonist (1) Henry is a time traveller who can't transitioning (2) his control (3) between different time phases (4) in his life.

A

1-2

B

2-4

C

1-3

2-3

E

No correction required

Explanation

Solution :
The verb 'transition' is in continuous form but verbs followed by modal verbs (can't) are not used in their continuous form. Also, the phrase 'transitioning his control' doesn’t make any sense. Reversing their position, however, will make more sense as transitions can be (or cannot be) controlled. So, (2) & (3) should change positions. Hence, the correct answer is D.

Q 4.

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Direction: In this question, two Columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of the first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of the second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the correct option as your answer.
I.
A) In an age where privacy is pretty much dead, it is far too simple
B) This development points towards some very crucial questions
C) The latest privilege which citizens are not entitled
II.
D) to, as per the BJP government, is the right to privacy.
E) to encroach into the privacy of citizens by using national interest as an excuse
F) to knows your every move and pretty much every aspect of your life.

A

B-E and C-F

B

A-E, B-F and C-D

A-E and C-D

D

B-F

E

A-E and C-F

Explanation

Solution :
The 'to' in part D is not a part of the 'to-infinitive' as it is not followed by a verb. Part D mentions 'the right to privacy', that citizens are entitled to, which is mentioned in part C. So, C & D go together.
A & E can be joined as E tells what has become "too simple" in "an age where privacy is pretty much dead". A and F could have been joined if the verb was "know". 

Q 5.

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Direction: In the given question, four words are printed in bold and are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the positions of two of these words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged to make the sentence correct. Find the two words which need to be exchanged. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.
When Heathcliff storms (1) off to make his own prestigious (2) in order to win Catherine, a lady of a fortune (3) household, Catherine marries into another (4) reputable family.

A

1-2

B

1-3

2-3

D

2-4

E

No correction required

Explanation

Solution :
Position (2) requires a noun and contains an adjective. Position (3) requires an adjective and contains a noun. Since, there is one noun and one adjective highlighted, if we exchange these words, we will get the correct answer. Hence, the correct answer is C.

Q 6.

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Direction: In the given question, four words are printed in bold and are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the positions of two of these words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged to make the sentence correct. Find the two words which need to be exchanged. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.
We must realise that appearance (1) lies in strength, which comes from within,(2) and transcends (3) the outward beauty (4).

A

1-2

B

2-3

C

3-4

1-4

E

No correction required

Explanation

Solution :
"Strength" is not found in appearance. "Appearance" is how we look on the outer side. "Beauty", on the hand, can be regarded as a "strength". So, "beauty" and "appearance" should be exchanged. Hence, the correct answer is D.

Q 7.

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Direction: In the given question, four words are printed in bold and are numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the positions of two of these words may be incorrect and need to be exchanged to make the sentence correct. Find the two words which need to be exchanged. In case the given sentence is correct, your answer is (E), i.e., ‘No correction required’.
Our recent (1) government, well known for its all-pervading (2) online presence, has been (3) deafeningly silent on the present (4) headlines.

1-4

B

2-3

C

1-3

D

2-4

E

No correction required

Explanation

Solution :
"Recent" means something that has happened, begun, or been done not long ago; belonging to a past period comparatively close to the present. A government in never "recent", its either the current/present government or the past government. "Headlines" can be recent, as when headlines have just come out. So, "recent" and "present" should be exchanged. Hence, the correct answer is A.

Q 8.

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Direction: Given below are three statements, of which some may be incorrect. Identify the correct statement(s).
I. The accident on M.G. Road yesterday, in which three were killed and one was injured, managed to bring forth the problems faced by the motorists every day.
II. The accident on M.G. Road yesterday in which three was killed and one was injured, managed to bring forth the problems faced by the motorists every day.
III. The accident on M.G. Road yesterday in which three were kill and one was injure, managed to bring forth the problems faced by the motorists every day.

Only I

B

Only II

C

Only III

D

Both I and III

E

All of these

Explanation

Solution :
When two subjects are of different number (three people were killed, one was injured), then they take verbs according their number. This makes statement I correct and statement II incorrect. Statement III is incorrect because of the wrong tense used in the sentence. The incident occurred in the past, so past tense should be used, but in the statement present tense has been used. Thus, option A is the correct answer.

Q 9.

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Direction: In the following question, a word is given, which has been used in the three statements given below it. Identify the statement(s) in which the word fits contextually to convey a logical meaning. Raise
1. By comparison, our Gavin was dazzling, making his points with commendable raise.
2. I thought that the little raise you gave me would look nice on this dress.
3. I don't always agree with his views on how to raise children either, but we don't contest each other in front of the children.

A

Only 1

Only 3

C

Both 1 and 2

D

Both 2 and 3

E

All 1, 2 and 3

Explanation

Solution :
The word raise carries several meanings:
1. lift or move to a higher position or level.
2. construct or build (a structure).
3. bring up (a child).
4. bring (someone) back from death.
5. collect, levy, or bring together (money or resources).
Among these, the meaning given in 3, makes statement III correct.
None of the listed meanings are appropriate for statement I and II, making option B the correct answer.

Q 10.

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Direction: In this question, two Columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of the first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of the second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the correct option as your answer.
I.
A) The youth of India is aware that they are
B) India is plagued with a growing rate of 
C) It wants to explore, build and discover more than
II.
D) the youth of the country is revolutionary.
E) is unafraid and wants to know more.
F) unemployment among the educated youth.

A

B-E and C-F

B

A-E, B-F and C-D

C

A-F and C-D

B-F

E

A-E and C-F

Explanation

Solution :
A cannot be joined to any of the parts in column II as the auxiliary "are" will be followed by a verb, which is not mentioned in any of the segments.
C cannot be paired with any of the segments in II to make a meaningful sentence.
B and F join to convey what India is plagued with

Q 11.

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Direction: In the following question, a word is given, which has been used in the three statements given below it. Identify the statement(s) in which the word fits contextually to convey a logical meaning. Barren
1. The country was mostly poor and barren, with sandy hillocks and scanty growth of spinifex.
2. The Russian mediation proved barren, but Gallatin persevered, catching at every opportunity for negotiation.
3. With greater access to assisted reproductive techniques like in-vitro fertilization and intrauterine insemination, cancer patients who are barren, have a greater chance of conceiving a child .

A

Only 1

B

Only 3

C

Both 1 and 2

D

Both 2 and 3

All 1, 2 and 3

Explanation

Solution :
The word barren carries several meanings:
1. (of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation.
2. showing no results or achievements
3. infertile
The meaning given in 1, makes statement I correct. The meaning given in 2 makes statement II correct. Similarly, the meaning given in 3 makes statement III correct. Thus, option E is the correct answer.

Q 12.

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Direction: In this question, two Columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of the first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of the second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the correct option as your answer.
I.
A) The right to privacy of an individual is a basic human right, as
B) The government is meant to serve people and safeguard their
C) The government should understand that in a democracy, the
II.
D) nation and the state are by the people and not the other way around.
E) privacy is something directly linked to personal dignity.
F) interests, and not rule over them as per its own whims and fancies.

A

B-E and C-F

A-E, B-F and C-D

C

A-F and C-D

D

B-F

E

A-E and C-F

Explanation

Solution :
A and E can be joined as the two state how the right to privacy of an individual is a basic human right.
B and F can be joined as interests could be safeguarded.
C and D make a pair as they state what the government should understand.

Q 13.

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Direction: In the following question, a word is given, which has been used in the three statements given below it. Identify the statement(s) in which the word fits contextually to convey a logical meaning. Bait
1. The acquisition of Finland from Sweden, which Napoleon also dangled before the eyes of the tsar, formed the bait which brought that potentate into Napoleon's Continental System.
2. His obesity did not cause any bait of activity when he took the field.
3. The proceedings against him were revived and a committee of privileges decided on the 19th of March 1679, that the dissolution of parliament was no bait of an impeachment.

Only 1

B

Only 3

C

Both 1 and 2

D

Both 2 and 3

E

All 1, 2 and 3

Explanation

Solution :
The word bait carries several meanings:
1. something intended to entice someone to do something.
2. deliberately annoy or taunt (someone).
3. put bait on (a hook) or in (a trap, net, or fishing area) to entice fish or animals.
Among these, the meaning given in 1, makes statement I correct.
In statement II, the word ‘bait’ should be replaced by the word ‘abatement’ which means ending or subsiding.
In statement III, ‘abatement’ can again be used instead of ‘bait’ to make the sentence correct.
So, option A is the correct answer.

Q 14.

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Direction: Given below are three statements, of which some may be incorrect. Identify the correct statement(s).
I. The main donor and secretary are the same person making the dealings of the charity extremely suspicious.
II. The main donor and secretary is the same person making the dealings of the charity extremely suspicious.
III. The main donor and secretary of this charity is one and the same person making  the whole thing extremely suspicious.

A

Only I

B

Only II

C

Only III

Both II and III

E

All of these

Explanation

Solution :
When two singular nouns refer to the same thing, the verb must be singular. This makes statement I incorrect and statement II correct. Although statement III has been constructed differently it conveys the same meaning as statement II and is grammatically correct. Thus, the correct option is D.

Q 15.

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Direction: Given below are three statements, of which some may be incorrect. Identify the correct statement(s).
I. There were not the least sense in the war for either the French or the Russians, making the entire venture a failure from the political viewpoint.
II. There was not the least sense in the war for either the French or the Russians, and from the political viewpoint, the entire venture was a failure.
III. There was not the least sense in the war for either the French or the Russians, making the entire venture a failure from the political viewpoint.

A

Only I

B

Only II

Both II and III

D

Both I and II

E

All of these

Explanation

Solution :
(I) is incorrect as the subject is "sense" (singular). It would, thus, take a singular verb "was". The other two sentences are correct. Thus, option C is the correct answer.

Q 16.

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Direction: Given below are three statements, of which some may be incorrect. Identify the correct statement(s).
I. Jonathan was an prince to behold, suave beyond description, and with silver-tongued oratory, he calmed the fears of an entire city.
II. Jonathan was a prince to behold, suave beyond description, and with silver-tongued oratory, he calmed the fears of an entire city.
III. Jonathan was a prince behold to, suave beyond description, and with silver-tongued oratory, he calmed the fears of an entire city.

A

Only I

Only II

C

Only III

D

Both I and III

E

All of these

Explanation

Solution :
Statement I is incorrect as ‘prince’ starts with the consonant ‘p’ and thus, should be preceded by the article ‘a’. Statement II is grammatically correct. Statement III is incorrect the verb ‘behold’ should be preceded by ‘to’. Thus, option B is the correct answer.

Q 17.

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Direction: In this question, two Columns I and II and three sentences are given, which are divided into two parts. Column I (A, B and C) consists of the first half of each sentence and Column II (D, E and F) consists of the second half of each sentence. Match column I with column II, so that the sentences formed are both meaningful and grammatically correct. Choose the correct option as your answer.
I.
A) The Cecil B. DeMille Award is given to a talented individual
B) Black Panther was one of the most-awaited Marvel movies and
C) The 76th Golden Globes just happened over the weekend
II.
D) this movie deals with racism in the Colorado police department.
E) who has made an incredible impact on the world of entertainment.
F) and gave us a whole new list of movies to add to our watch list.

A

B-E and C-F

B

A-E, B-F and C-D

C

A-F and C-D

D

B-F

A-E and C-F

Explanation

Solution :
Part A ends with 'individual' and part E is the only option which starts with 'who', which is used to denote a person, or in this case 'individual'. There is no other option in column I with a person as a subject. So, part A and E can be joined together.
Option B cannot be joined D as the usage of "this movie" in the sentence would be inappropriate. The phrase should be replaced by "it". 
C and F can be joined together to form a meaningful sentence.
Option E represents the correct answer.

Q 18.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
The driver of that car / is sounding horn for / the last ten minutes / but nobody tells him to stop.

A

The driver of that car

is sounding horn for

C

the last ten minutes

D

but nobody tells him to stop,

E

No error

Explanation

It should be 'has been sounding horn'.

Q 19.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
If you go on letting / your dog chase cars / he will end by being / run down one day.

A

If you go on letting

B

your dog chase cars

he will end by being

D

run down one day

E

No error

Explanation

Replace 'by' with 'up'.

Q 20.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
He heard the guard / blowing the whistle and knew / it is time for him / to enter the train.

A

He heard the guard

B

blowing the whistle and knew

it is time for him

D

to enter the train,

E

No error

Explanation

It should be ' was' in place of 'is'.

Q 21.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
If you would have read / the instructions carefully / you would not have / answered the questions wrongly.

If you would have read

B

the instructions carefully

C

you would not have

D

answered the questions wrongly,

E

No error

Explanation

The sentence should start as--------If you had read

Q 22.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
I remember my childhood days / when I was used to go / to the farm with my father / and help him in his work.

A

I remember my childhood days

when I was used to go to the farm with my father

C

and help him in his work,

D

No error

Q 23.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
I missed the last train / which I usually catch / and have to stay at the station / on my way back home yesterday.

A

I missed the last train

B

which I usually catch

and have to stay at the station

D

on my way back home yesterday,

E

No error

Q 24.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
Sureshbabu who is living / in this town since / is a well-known scholar of history / and a distinguished musician.

Sureshbabu, who is living

B

in this town since 1955,

C

is a well-known scholar of history

D

and a distinguished musician,

E

No error

Q 25.

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Find the error in the given sentence. Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.
If you had read / the relevant literature carefully /You would have answered / most of the questions correctly.

A

If you had read

B

the relevant literature carefully

C

You would have answered

D

most of the questions correctly,

No error