Verbal Ability

S1: Harsten’s theory was that plants definitely react to music.
S6: He found that this plant grew faster and 70 percent taller than the other plant.

P: In his experiment, he used two banana plants.
Q: The music was in fact a high-pitched humming sound.
R: He gave both plants the same light, heat and water.
S: But for about an hour a day, one of the plants ‘listened’ to some music.

The proper sequence should be

  1. Q S R P
  2. P Q R S
  3. P R S Q
  4. Q R P S

SI: The sun-dried stalks of rice had caught fire and burst into flames.
S6: Even those who were too feeble to keep up with the first rush were on their feet, eager to join the fire-fighters.

P: Then came most of the older people, and mothers with babies at their backs.
Q: And all the active women and girls followed them to assist them in fighting the fire.
R: All the young men and boys were soon on the spot.
S: Staring-wildly at the blazing rice, the people of the village ran to extinguish the fire.

The proper sequence should be

  1. P S Q R
  2. Q P R S
  3. S R P Q
  4. S R Q P

S1: A common disease of the eye is conjunctivitis or ‘pink eye’, which often occurs in school-children.
S6: Students with this condition should be sent to the doctor.

P: This disease spreads rapidly among school-children.
Q: A white discharge also appears in the corners of the eyes.
R: One or both eyeballs turn quite red and have a feeling of irritation.
S: This discharge forms a crust which can often be seen in the morning after the eyes have been shut all night.

The proper sequence should be

  1. P S Q R
  2. R S Q P
  3. R Q S P
  4. Q S R P

S1: According to the legend it was during a famine in China many thousands of years ago that rice first came into the lives of the Asians.
S6: And the little girl gathered a harvest of rice.

P: The golden sunbeams dropped through the meshes and transformed themselves into golden grains.
Q: A little girl went fishing.
R: But instead of catching fish, she netted the King of Frogs.
S: The King told her to hold out the net to the sunbeams while he sang a magic song.

The proper sequence should be

  1. P S Q R
  2. R P S Q
  3. Q R S P
  4. P Q S R

He did not abide with my decision.

  1. to
  2. by
  3. for
  4. No improvement

He is now looking about a job.

  1. for
  2. after
  3. into
  4. No improvement

By 8.00 in the morning he wrote four letters to his friends.

  1. had written
  2. had been writing
  3. was writing
  4. No improvement

The man disappeared after he was rescuing a boy from drowning.

  1. was rescued
  2. has been rescued
  3. had rescued
  4. No improvement

The teacher, along with her three children, were taken to hospital.

  1. was taken
  2. had taken
  3. had being taken
  4. No improvement

From the last five days it has been raining torrentially.

  1. Since the last
  2. For the last
  3. Since last
  4. No improvement

He took a loan of hundred rupees from me.

  1. debt
  2. demand
  3. advance
  4. No improvement

It is hard these days to cope with the rising prices.

  1. cope by
  2. cope up with
  3. to be coped with
  4. No improvement

Go north-east across the mountains till you will reach an island.

  1. reached
  2. reach
  3. have reached
  4. No improvement

Most of the students have forgotten to bring their certificates; they will be ___ by the Principal for this reason.

  1. reproached
  2. abused
  3. accused
  4. reprimanded

The Governor will ___ the oath of office to the thirty-five new ministers at 9.30 p.m. tomorrow.

  1. confer
  2. present
  3. execute
  4. administer

He is quite ___ ; you can never count on him in matters of secrecy.

  1. unjust
  2. unbearable
  3. inefficient
  4. unreliable

He may not come, but we'll get ready in case he ___ .

  1. may
  2. will
  3. shall
  4. does

Can you pay ___ all these articles?

  1. out
  2. of
  3. for
  4. off

The volcanic ___ was the cause of great devastation.

  1. outburst
  2. eruption
  3. erosion
  4. movement

The salt spray has gradually ___ the bridge.

  1. spoilt
  2. ravaged
  3. demolished
  4. eroded

S1: Politeness is not a quality possessed by only one nation or race.

  • P: One may observe that a man of one nation will remove his hat or fold his hands by way of greetings when he meets someone he knows.
  • Q: A man of another country will not to do so.
  • R: It is a quality to be found among all peoples and nations in every corner of the earth.
  • S: Obviously, each person follows the custom of his particular country.

S6: In any case, we should not mock at others habits.

  1. RPSQ
  2. RPQS
  3. QPRS
  4. PRQS

S1: The path of Venus lies inside the path of the Earth.

  • P: When at its farthest from the Earth, Venus is 160 million away.
  • Q: With such a wide range between its greatest and leat distances it is natural that at sometimes Venus appears much brighter than at others.
  • R: No other body ever comes so near the Earth, with the exception of the Moon and occasional comet or asteroid.
  • S: When Venus is at its nearest to the earth it is only 26 million miles away.

S6: When at its brightest, it is easily seen with the naked eye in broad daylight.

  1. PSQR
  2. SRPQ
  3. QPRS
  4. SQRP

S1: Religion is not a matter of mere dogmatic conformity.

  • P: It is not merely going through the ritual prescribed to us.
  • Q: It is not a question of ceremonial piety.
  • R: Unless that kind of transformation occurs, you are not an authentically religious man.
  • S: It is the remarking of your own self, the transformation of your nature.

S6: A man of that character is free from fear, free from hatred.

  1. PSRQ
  2. SPRQ
  3. QPSR
  4. SPQR

Education is

  • P: of the proper sense of responsibilities
  • Q: the first need
  • R: in a citizen
  • S: for the development
  1. SQPR
  2. QSRP
  3. QSPR
  4. PQRS

They set a strong guard, lest anyone could escape.

  1. would
  2. might
  3. should
  4. No improvement

Whenever I saw him, he has been reading the same novel.

  1. had been reading
  2. read
  3. was reading
  4. No improvement

I did not wait for him because he went out before I arrived.

  1. has gone out
  2. had gone out
  3. had been out
  4. No improvement

Since the beginning of the term, we are spending a lot of time on poetry.

  1. spent
  2. will spend
  3. have spent
  4. No improvement

If I was you, I should have told him the truth.

  1. am you
  2. were you
  3. had been you
  4. No improvement

Ajeet is a bigger scholar than his brother.

  1. better
  2. smaller
  3. superior
  4. No improvement

What the nation needs is people of character.

  1. are the people of character
  2. are people of character
  3. is a people of character
  4. No improvement

She told the children not to stop the work.

  1. not stopping of
  2. not stopping
  3. don't stop
  4. No improvement

The police investigated into the matter.

  1. with the matter
  2. at the matter
  3. the matter
  4. No improvement

'Fewer rainfall means less traffic accidents, according to the experts‘, report on highway safety.

  1. Less rainfall means fewer traffic accidents
  2. Less rainfall means less traffic accidents
  3. fewer rainfall mean fewer traffic accidents
  4. No improvement

We now come to the important question of where this great swarm of galaxies have come from.

  1. have come
  2. has come from
  3. are coming from
  4. No improvement

Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

  1. My neighbour Deepak
  2. is a person
  3. that will help anyone.
  4. No error

Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

  1. He goes
  2. to college
  3. by foot everyday.
  4. no error

Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

  1. Neither the teacher  
  2. or the student
  3. is keen on joining the dance.
  4. No error

Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

  1. There are a number of people
  2. of every class and nationality
  3. who doubts the truth of his statement.
  4. No error

Each question has a sentence with parts A, B and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any part.

  1. Now we have banks
  2. and people deposit there money their,
  3. and draw it out by cheques.
  4. No error

The first line (S1) is fixed. Arrange the other four lines P, Q, R and S in a logical sequence.

  • S1: The beginning of the universe had, of course, been discussed for a long time.
  • P: One argument of such a beginning was the feeling that it was necessary to have a first cause to explain the existence of the universe.
  • Q: He pointed out that civilization is progressing, and we remember who performed this deed or developed that technique;
  • R: According to a number of early cosmologies in the Jewish/Christian/Muslim tradition, the universe started at a finite and not very distant time in the past.
  • S: Another argument was put forward by St. Augustine in his book, The City of God.
  1. QRSP
  2. RPSQ
  3. PSQR
  4. SQPR

The first line (S1) is fixed. Arrange the other four lines P, Q, R and S in a logical sequence.

  • S1: I was so eager not to disappoint my parents that I ran errands for anyone.
  • P: On the way a boy on a bicycle crashed into me and my left shoulder hurt so much that my eyes watered.
  • Q: Only then did I cry
  • R: But I still went and bought the maize, took it to my neighbours and then went home.
  • S: One day my neighbours asked me to buy some maize for them from the bazaar.
  1. SPRQ
  2. PQSR
  3. QRPS
  4. RSQP

Identify the incorrect sentence or sentences:

A. Harish told Raj to plead guilty.

B. Raj pleaded guilty of stealing money from the shop.

C. The court found Raj guilty of all the crimes he was charged with.

D. He was sentenced for three years in jail.

  1. A and C
  2. B, C and D
  3. B and D
  4. A, C and D

Following question consists of four sentences on a topic. Some sentences are grammatically incorrect or inappropriate. Select the option that indicates the grammatically correct and appropriate sentence(s).

A. Large reductions in the ozone layer, which sits about 15-30 km above the Earth, take place each winter over the polar regions, especially the Antarctic, as low temperatures allow the formation of stratospheric clouds that assist chemical reactions breaking down ozone.

B. Industrial chemicals containing chlorine and bromine have been blamed for thinning the layer because they attack the ozone molecules, making them to break apart.

C. Many an offending chemicals have now been banned.

D. It will still take several decades before these substances have disappeared from the atmosphere.

  1. B & D
  2. A & C
  3. A & D
  4. D

Identify the sentence or parts of the sentence that are correct in terms of grammar and usage.Then choose the most appropriate option.

1. Imagine you are in a train carriage waiting at station.

2. Out of the window you see a second train standing alongside your's.

3. The whistle blows, and at last you are on your way.

4. You glide smoothly past the other train.

  1. 1 and 3
  2. 1 and 4
  3. 2 and 4
  4. 3 and 4

Identify the sentence or parts of the sentence that are incorrect in terms of grammar and usage. Then choose the most appropriate option.

1. Thanks to the coalition, we now have PCTs and hospitals that are confused, low in morale and have no clear idea of their future.

2. What may seem good political win for anti-Tory forces at Westminster feels like mayhem on the ground.

3. No responsible politician can afford to feel happy about “the pause” and the giant question mark hanging around the structural future of the NHS.

4. Labour has to have their own plan, which advances their own thinking post-government.

  1. Only 4
  2. 1 and 3
  3. 2 and 4
  4. 2, 3 and 4

Following question consists of four sentences on a topic. Some sentences are grammatically incorrect or inappropriate. Select the option that indicates the grammatically correct and appropriate sentence(s).

A. The balance of power will shift to the East as China and India evolve.

B. Rarely the economic ascent of two still relatively poor nations has been watched with such a mixture of awe, opportunism, and trepidation.

C. Postwar era witnessed economic miracles in Japan and South Korea, but neither was populous enough to power worldwide growth or change the game in a complete spectrum of industries.

D. China and India, by contrast, posses the weight and dynamism to transform the 21st-century global economy.

  1. C
  2. A & D
  3. C & D
  4. A, B & C

A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

The appetite of banks for funds was lost under the onslaught of the slowdown, corporates refused to borrow even as bank deposits flourished.

  1. bank deposits flourished
  2. bank deposits swelled
  3. bank deposits flummoxed
  4. bank deposits were enhanced

A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

The MP rose up to say that in her opinion, she thought the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed on unanimously.

  1. rose up to say that, the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed on
  2. rose to say that she thought the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed
  3. rose to say that, in her opinion, the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed on
  4. rose to say that, in her opinion, she thought that the Women’s Reservation Bill should be passed

A part of sentence given below has been underlined. You have to Select the option that best replaces the underlined part.

Many people mistake familiarity for a vulgar style, and suppose that to write without affectation is to write at random speed.

  1. is to do speed writing
  2. is to write fast
  3. is to write randomly
  4. is to write at random

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