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Question 1

Evidently, the party wanted to make it clear that such a coalition would have to be headed by the Congress under the leadership of Sonia Gandhi. This was necessary for two reasons. First, many of the potential allies, such as the SP and the RJD, had built their support base on an anti-Congress plank. These parties now see the Congress as an ally, largely because it is weak in their areas of influence (Uttar Pradesh and Bihar) and the BJP is the main rival. Secondly, the very same parties that can be counted as allies at the moment had at one point of time made an issue of the foreign origin of Ms. Gandhi. Naturally, the Congress does not want a 1996-type situation where it would have to support from outside a "third front" merely to keep the BJP out of power. Moreover, it intends to send an unambiguous message to parties such as the Nationalist Congress Party, which, despite being an alliance partner in Maharashtra, is opposed to Ms. Gandhi becoming the Prime Ministerial candidate of the secular coalition.

Choose the correct answer

The author suggests that the relation between the Congress and the BJP can be best described as that of

  1. allies
  2. coalition partners
  3. adversaries
  4. political parties
  5. accomplices

Correct Answer: C

Explanation

It has been suggested that the political parties like the SP and RJD see the Congress as an ally because BJP is the main rival. This means that the Congress and the BJP are rivals. Therefore, options A, B and E are clearly incorrect. D merely refers to the identity of Congress and BJP as political parties. In view of the above, it is evident that C is the correct answer.

Question 2

In a survey carried out with schoolchildren 42% of the boys and 52% of the girls valued being clever above anything else. For the boys, the next choice was being rich (far behind with 22%) and for the girls the next choice was being good-looking (chosen by 23%). While others may be prettier or may excel at sports, the clever girl treasures her cleverness and cannot bear to be wrong. Since the clever pupils are the ones who get into the university and thereafter into positions of influence, this effect is an important one, The self-image continues to include the need to be right all the time and it becomes almost impossible to develop objectivity about thinking. The ego problem is seen to arise with the most able pupils when they are doing group work during a thinking lesson. They complain that they do not like working in groups because the individual's ideas are lost in the general group output and they cannot show "how good my idea was". The need to shine and to preserve status is important. The need to be right all the time and the fear of being wrong also distort thinking in favor of the ego. But more important than both these is the absolute refusal to accept that thinking may be limited.

Choose the correct answers

According to the survey carried out, girls who place more importance on being sharp and intelligent

  1. bias their thinking to satisfy their ego
  2. do not give the same importance to sports
  3. do not like being pointed out for their mistakes
  4. do so because of their inflated egos
  5. are not comfortable participating in group discussions

Correct Answer: A, C and E

Explanation

The passage brings out that girls who are clever have the fear of being wrong and this distorts their thinking in favour of their ego. This implies that both A and C are correct. However, D is incorrect because it refers to the result of placing importance on being clever and not the other way round. B is clearly incorrect as this conclusion cannot be drawn solely based on the contents of the given passage. The discussion on the attitude of clever girls while participating in group work during thinking makes it amply clear that E is correct. Therefore, the correct answers are A, C and E.

Question 3

You know what I'm talking about: love and (1) ---------- everyone. Be kind, even when (2) ---------- is scary or confusing, take courage and be of good (3) ----------, for I am always with you.

Blank 1 Blank 2 Blank 3
  1. respect
  2. ignore
  3. denounce
  1. lesson
  2. thought
  3. life
  1. conduct
  2. cheer
  3. value

Correct Answer : Respect, life and cheer

Explanation:

The first blank here has to be completed with a word that can mean just as 'love' or similar to it. The options, 'ignore' and 'denounce' are rejected as they do not stand up to this criterion. The only relevant option is thus, 'respect'.

The second blank has to be filled with a word that can complete the meaning of the sentence properly. The option 'lessons' is not properly suited to convey the meaning of the passage as there are references to notions like courage, kindness, love and respect in it. Among the other options, 'thought and 'life', 'life' is the more suitable option due to which we accept it as the correct answer.

The last blank in the passage should be completed with a word that can maintain the tone of the sentence. The sentence directs itself towards a philosophical meaning, under which, we cannot accept 'value' as a relevant option. The other option 'conduct' also doesn't maintain the tone of the sentence properly. The only suitable option here is thus; 'cheer' which refers to being happy hearted and relaxed so as to put faith in the existence of a supreme being.

Question 4

In a school function, the girls have to raise one hand and the boys have to raise both their hands holding colored pieces of cloth in each. The boys hold three pieces, one green and two red and the girls hold one green piece each.The number of green cloth pieces is 120 and the number of red cloth pieces is 40.

Column A Column B
Half the number of girls among the group Twice the number of boys in the group
  1. Quantity A is greater
  2. Quantity B is greater
  3. The quantities are equal
  4. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Let the number of boys be x and the number of girls be y.
According to the conditions, we have
x+y = 120 ...(1)
2x=40 ...(2)
x = 40/2=20
y = 120 - x
= 120 - 20 = 100
Number of girls = 100
Number of boys = 20
Half the number of girls = 100/2=50
Twice the number of boys = 20*2=40
Option A is correct.

Question 5

The sum of the areas of two squares is 164 sq.units. The side of one square is 2 units more than the side of the other. Find the area of the smaller square in square units.

Correct Answer: 64

Explanation

Let x be the side of the smaller square.
The side of the larger square will be (x+2)
Sum of areas = x^2+(x+2)^2
= x^2+x^2+4x+4
= 2x^2 +4x+4
This sum is equal to 164
2x^2+4x+4=164
2x^2+4x-160=0
x^2+2x-80=0
x^2+10x-8x-80=0
x(x+10)-8(x+10)=0
(x-8)(x+10)=0
x=8, since x cannot be negative
Area of the smaller square = 8*8 = 64 sq units
[x^2=x*x]

Question 6

In how many ways can Peter choose 5 subjects out of 7 if one language subject is compulsory for everyone? Indicate the correct option.

  1. 5
  2. 35
  3. 15
  4. 24
  5. 30

Correct Answer: C

Explanation

Peter has to choose 5-1=4 subjects out of 7-1=6
Number of possible options = C(6,4)
= 6!/[(6-4)!4!]
= 6!/(2!4!)
= 6*5/2=15
Option C is true.

Question 7

The sum of the length, breadth and depth of a cuboid is 19 cm and the length of its diagonal is 13 cm. Which of the following statements is true? Indicate all true statements

  1. The surface area of the cuboid cannot be calculated
  2. The surface area of the cuboid can be calculated
  3. The volume of the cuboid cannot be calculated
  4. The volume of the cuboid can be calculated
  5. The dimensions of the cuboid can be 3cm by 4cm by 12cm

Correct Answer: B, C and E

Explanation

Let the length, breadth and depth of the cuboid be l, b and h.
We know that l+b+h=19 and Sqrt(l^2+b^2+h^2)=13
or l^2+b^2+h^2=13^2=169

We know that (l+b+h)^2=l^2+b^2+h^2+2(lb+bh+hl)
19^2=169+2(lb+bh+hl)
and 2(lb+bh+hl) is the surface area
Hence, we can calculate the surface area.
Option A is false and B is true.

The volume of the cuboid cannot be calculated.
Option C is true and D is false.

3+4+12=19cm
3^2+4^2+12^2=9+16+144=169=13^2
Option E is true.
[x^2=x*x]

Question 8

Yet, in the little time he had, he demonstrated what top class performance can be, and on every front: Political, social, economic, and international. Mr. Vajpayee will forever be saluted for his vision, one that his vanquishers cannot match even in their hour of triumph. Accomplishing so much and with such consummate ease, he will be one tough act to follow. He must know that, as he takes his bow, it is to a standing ovation. For, Mr. Vajpayee did not need electoral victory to serve as the measure of his worth.

Which sentence implies that Mr. Vajpayee had lost in the elections?

The correct answer is B. (Mr. Vajpayee will … triumph)

Explanation

The first sentence makes a fleeting reference to the fact that he had less time for demonstrating his calibre. The second sentence refers to his vanquishers who have triumphed. The third sentence mentions that it will be difficult to follow him. The fourth sentence clearly brings out that he is taking his bow, but it is not indicated whether this bow is being taken after a victory or a defeat. The fifth sentence does not clearly emphasise that he has lost the elections. All the sentences indirectly refer to the fact that he is not in power, but on comparing them, it can be seen that the second sentence is the strongest proof of the fact that he has lost in the elections as his defeaters have triumphed. Therefore, B is the correct answer.

Question 9

To satisfy the passionate demand for ----------------, one has to learn communicating with the soul itself.

  1. Consummation
  2. Accomplishment
  3. Culmination
  4. Fallibility
  5. Perfection

Correct Answer: A, B, C and E

Explanation

The blank in this sentence has to be filled using words that can explain the human desire for fulfillment (as is hinted at by the latter half of the sentence). All the given options except the fourth one, ‘Fallibility’ stand up to this explanation and fill the blank properly, thus, there are four correct answer options for it, namely; ’Consummation’, ‘Accomplishment’, ‘Culmination’ and ’Perfection’.


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