Directions (1-5): In the following questions, a sentence has been given with a blank to be filled from the given options. These types of questions are designed to measure your ability to recognize language that is appropriate for standard written English. Choose the one word or phrase that best completes the sentence.
Q1. More than three years —– the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government came to power, the economy occupies centre stage.
Sol. Preposition ‘since’ will be used in the sense of time period. option C is correct answer choice.
Q2. It is worth looking at what Dr. Singh achieved ——— the helm of the UPA and the circumstances in which he became Prime Minister.
Sol. Preposition ‘at’ is correct. Option D is correct answer choice.
Q3. During his first term, crude oil ——- increased by more than 100% till 2008.
(d) none of these
Sol. the word ‘prices’ is correct according to the meaning of the sentence. option B is correct answer.
Q4. The average growth ——— of the economy under Dr. Singh’s watch was close to 8%.
Sol. The word ‘rate’ is correct usage. Option A is correct answer choice.
Q5. The Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA), UPA-1’s flagship ——–, was launched in February 2006 to enhance the livelihood and security of millions of rural landless labourers and marginal farmers initially in 200 districts.
(d) None of these
Sol. the word ‘scheme’ in option C, is correct answer choice.
Directions (6-10): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.
Q6. Familiarity breeds contempt
(a) Close association with someone leads to a loss of respect for them
(b) If you do an undesirable thing daily then it becomes acceptable
(c) Too many people living closely will eventually cause bitterness
(d) Routine has to be broken to bring excitement to life
Sol.’Familiarity breeds contempt’ — Close association with someone leads to a loss of respect for them.
Q7. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
(a) Avoid risky ventures if you want to be successful in life
(b) Don’t risk everything on the success of one venture
(c) One should try multiple things, at least one will succeed
(d) Those who are blessed with more children are happier
Sol. ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’ — Don’t risk everything on the success of one venture.
Q8. Tie the knot
(a) To put yourself into a problem
(b) To make fateful decision
(c) To sign the deal
(d) To get married
Sol. ‘Tie the knot’ — To get married.
Q9. The best of both worlds
(a) To live like a saint so that you are the best in the living world as well as the heavens
(b) To be lucky in life as well as in death
(c) The benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time
(d) To be popular amongst both the opposing groups
Sol. ‘The best of both worlds’ — The benefits of widely differing situations, enjoyed at the same time.
Q10. To take the cake
(a) To have something unexpectedly good to eat
(b) To get a lovely gift
(c) To grab the prize before others
(d) To Be the most outstanding in some respect, either the best or the worst
Sol. ‘To take the cake’ — Be the most outstanding in some respect, either the best or the worst