Direction (1): In this question, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the word given in bold.
Direction (2): In this question, out of the four alternatives choose the word opposite in meaning to the word given in bold.
Direction (3): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
Q3. The period between two reigns
Direction (4): In these questions, four words are given out of which only one is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.
Direction (5-6): In these questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four alternatives.
Q5. The medium and long term goals will be to continue this process to ___________ the pace of demographic transition and achieve population stabilization by 2045.
Q6. The pilot was………..injured, he died within half an hour.
Direction (7-8): In these questions, read each sentence to find out whether there is any 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 (D).
Q7. Some members of the committee were opposed to use the club members’ money to redecorate the meeting hall.
(a) Some members of the committee
(b) were opposed to use
(c) the club members’ money to redecorate the meeting hall.
(d) No error
Q8. The doctor asked his patient to regularly take his medicine.
(a) The doctor
(b) asked his patient
(c) to regularly take his medicine.
(d) No error
Direction (9): Improve the bracketed part of the sentence.
Q9. Wisdom does not automatically (accrue in) an individual because he or she lived through certain seminal events.
(a) accrue of
(b) accrue to
(c) accrue from
(d) No Improvement
Direction (10): In the following questions, a sentence has been given in Active/Passive Voice. Out of the four alternatives suggested, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Passive/Active Voice.
Q10. A poem was being written by me.
(a) I had been writing a poem.
(b) I am writing a poem.
(c) I was writing a poem.
(d) I have been writing a poem.
S1. Ans. (d)
Sol. Sinuous– having many curves and turns.
Serpentine– curving and twisting like a snake.
S2. Ans. (d)
Sol. Inure– accustom (someone) to something, especially something unpleasant.
Sensitize– to cause (someone or something) to respond to certain stimuli; make sensitive.
S3. Ans. (a)
Sol. Interregnum means an interval between the periods of office of two incumbents in a parish.
S4. Ans. (d)
Sol. Fascination -the power to fascinate someone; the quality of being fascinating.
S5. Ans. (c)
Sol. Accelerate means begin to move more quickly.
S6. Ans. (b)
Sol. Fatally– in a manner leading to death or disaster.
S7. Ans. (b)
Sol. Replace ‘use’ with ‘using’
S8. Ans. (c)
Sol. ‘To take his medicine regularly’ is correct
Sol. Accrue: to increase in number or amount over a period of time. ‘Accrue to somebody’ is the correct usage.
S10. Ans. (c)
Sol. The correct active voice should be, “I was writing a poem.”