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Question 1

I turned to some (1) ------------ looking Burmese people who I had been there when we arrived, and asked them how the elephant had been behaving. They all said the same thing: he took no notice of you if you left him (2) -----------, but he might (3) ---------- if you went close to him.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. young
  2. experienced
  3. happy
  1. alone
  2. wounded
  3. eating
  1. jump
  2. shout
  3. charge

Correct Answer :Experienced, alone and charge


The first blank in the passage has to be filled with a word that can explain the kind of people who were standing at the place before the narrator arrived. We get to know from the latter half of the sentence that the people were observing the behavior of the elephant. The options 'young' and 'happy' appear less relevant in the light of these details as the narrator is taking advice from them. Therefore, 'experienced' is the most suitable option here.

The second blank is required to be filled with a word that explains the situation in which the elephant took no notice of the people around him. The option 'wounded' cannot be correct as animals are freaked out in case they are hurt. The other option 'eating' should also be discarded as the third option 'alone' includes it. Therefore, 'alone' is the most adequate answer here.

The third blank has to be filled with a word that can tell about the activity which the elephant can perform in case someone went close to it. The options 'jump' and 'shout' can be appropriate to be used. However, the use of 'charge' is most suited here as it depicts the most common reaction that a wild animal shows in case its loneliness is hampered.

Question 2

If (1) ----------- expenses can be limited, then corruption also can be (2) --------------. It is still not very clear as to how the Railways differ from all (3) ------------ in India.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. domestic
  2. administrative
  3. political
  1. encouraged
  2. trimmed
  3. stemmed
  1. companies
  2. departments
  3. ministries

Correct Answer :Administrative, stemmed and ministries


The first blank has to be completed with the use of a word that can explain the kind of expenditures, a curb on which, can bring about differences to the corruption rise in the country. The most relevant type of expenditures here are 'administrative' as it is mostly at the administration level that corruption occurs. The options 'domestic' and 'political' should therefore, be rejected.

The second blank requires to be filled with a word that can explain the kind of changes that should be brought about with the curbing of administrative expenditures. The option 'encouraged' is opposite to the desired meaning, so we reject it. The option 'trimmed' is not a direct reference to the curbing process, so we cannot accept it as the correct answer. The only obvious answer here is thus, 'stemmed' which clearly reveals the desired meaning.

The third blank has to be completed with the use of a word that can tell the class to which railways belongs. The options 'companies' and 'departments' are not relevant to describe railways; which leaves us with 'ministries' as the only correct answer.

Question 3

He has rightly been called the Father of the Nation because it was he who (1) ---------- in the people of this country a sense of (2) ------------ consciousness and instilled in them a high sense of patriotism without which it is (3) ----------- to build a country into nationhood.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. awakened
  2. designed
  3. created
  1. personal
  2. national
  3. self
  1. not possible
  2. desirable
  3. imagined

Correct Answer :Awakened, national and not possible


The passage given here is about Mahatma Gandhi. We learn this from the use of the phrase 'the Father of the Nation'. The first blank here, has to be filled with a word that can explain the changes that he brought about in the people of the country. The correct answer among the options given seems to be 'awakened' as one can always arouse a feeling in one's heart other than creating or designing it.

The second blank here has to be completed with the use of a word that can explain the nature of consciousness that Gandhi instilled in the people. He was a national leader who fought in the interest of the country and not an individual. The correct answer should therefore be 'national' and not 'personal' or 'self'.

The third blank in the passage has to be completed with a word or phrase that can explain the way in which patriotism is important for building 'a country into nationhood'. The correct answer in this respect is 'not possible' as 'desirable' and 'imagined' used in this place would not convey a relevant meaning.

Question 4

The travails of the Kanchi Mutt should (1) ------------ deep reflection on the part of religious leaders in general on how best to manage the temporal affairs of the institutions they (2) ---------. They have the opportunity now to turn this (3) ----------- into a tail wind.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. prompt
  2. mean
  3. harbor
  1. build
  2. run
  3. formulate
  1. drizzle
  2. typhoon
  3. silence

Correct Answer :Prompt, run and typhoon


The first blank in this passage has to be filled with a word that can explain the kind of impact the travails of Kanchi Mutt put on the reflections of religious leaders. The options 'mean' is not conveying proper meaning and 'harbor' is unsuitable in the context. The correct answer is therefore, 'prompt' which refers to 'arousing someone to undertake a task'.

The second blank has to be filled with a word that can tell about the relation of religious leaders with the religious institutions. The correct answer should be 'run' as 'build' cannot be applied to all leaders in general. The other option 'formulate' is irrelevant in the given context.

The third blank has to be completed with the use of a word that can give a contrary meaning for 'tail wind'; which has been used symbolically here. The option 'drizzle' again refers to a mild weather phenomenon, similar to tail wind. The option 'silence' also does not stand contradicting it. The only suitable option is 'typhoon' which is both directly and symbolically opposite to 'tail wind'.

Question 5

Colonialism objectively (1) ------------ the condition for the coming into being of a national consciousness at a supra-tribal, supra-local and supra-religious level and on the other hand sought deliberately to (2) ---------- this very consciousness by using the same forces and (3) ------------, which it had objectively undermined.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. maintained
  2. froze
  3. created
  1. subvert
  2. arouse
  3. imbibe
  1. methods
  2. channels
  3. thoughts

Correct Answer :Created, subvert and channels


The first blank in the passage has to be completed with the use of a word that can tell about the action performed by colonialism to influence the national consciousness at various levels. The options 'maintained' and 'froze' are not suitable as colonialism was new to the countries which they overtook, thus they didn't have these feelings beforehand. The correct answer is therefore, 'created'.

The second blank has to be filled with the use of a word that can explain the contradictory action of colonial forces. While they were creating the national consciousness on one hand they were also trying to make the people dismiss it so that they could succumb to their whims easily. The option that suits this description properly is 'subvert'.

The third blank has to be completed with the use of a word that can stand at the same level as 'forces'. The options 'methods' and 'thoughts' are included in the meaning of the word 'channels'. Therefore it is the desired answer.

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