1. Which of the following is/are India?s strength/s in terms of higher education?
I. Its system of higher education allows variations.
II. Medium of instruction for most higher learning is English.
III. It has the paraphernalia, albeit small in the number, to build a high quality education sector.
(1) Only II
(2) Only I & II
(3) Only III
(4) Only II & III
(5) All I, II & III
2. What does the phrase ?Achilles Heel? mean as used in this passage?
(3) Low quality
3. Which of the following are Asian countries, other than India, doing to head towards knowledge based economy?
I. Building highly competitive research based universities.
II. Investing in diverse higher education system
III. Providing access to higher education to a select few students.
(1) Only I
(2) Only I & II
(3) Only II & III
(4) Only II
(5) All I, II & III
4. Which of the following is/are India?s weakness/es when it comes to higher education?
I. Indian universities do not have the requisite teaching faculty to cater to the needs of the higher education.
II. Only five Indian universities occupy the top position very strongly, in the academic pyramid, when it comes to higher education.
III. India has the least percentage of young population taking to higher education as compared to the rest of the comparable countries.
(1) Only I & II
(2) Only II
(3) Only III (4) Only I & III
(5) All I, II & III
5. What did India agree to do at the behest of the World Trade Organisation?
(1) It would stop manufacturing all types of pharmaceuticals.
(2) It would ask its domestic pharmaceuticals companies to compete with the international ones. (3) It would buy only license drugs from USA
(4) It would not manufacture cheap common medicines without a license.
(5) None of these
Directions (6 – 8) Choose the word/ group of words which is most similar in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.
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Directions (9 – 10): Choose the word/ group of words which is most opposite in meaning to the word/group of words printed in bold as used in the passage.
(2) similar to
(4) differ from
(5) unfavourable to
Directions (Qs. 11-15): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error or idiomatic 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 (5). (Ignore error of punctuation, if any).
11. The bane of Indian hockey today is /(1) lack of interest by the part of the public /(2) which in turn is fuelled by the perception that /(3) it doesn?t pay to take up the sport as a career. /(4) No error /(5)
12. Illegal sand mining has become /(1) a boom business fuelled /(2) by the ever – increasing demand /(3) of the construction industry. /(4) No error /(5)
13. In view of the intense cold wave conditions /(1) prevailing in the state, the government declared /(2) holidays in all the schools /(3) for a period of ten days. /(4) No error (5)
14. As market leaders, /(1) we have always been at /(2) the forefront of creating awareness /(3) between the public. /(4) No error (5)
15. If the IPL has succeeded in drawing /(1) an audience across the country, it is because /(2) cricket has always had a strong foundation /(3) and a dedicated audience. /(4) No error /(5)
Directions (Qs. 16 -20) Rearrange the given five sentences (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E) in a proper sequence so as to form a meaningful paragraph and answer the given questions.
(A) Therefore, it is important to source a large part of economic growth in agriculture, in rural non -agricultural activities and in productive expansion of the informal sector have high employment elasticities, as well as in an export strategy based on labour intensive export.
(B) It is important because it creates more resources and has the potential of creating more space for the involvement of the poor.
(C) If the growth is sourced from those sectors of the economy or those activities that have a natural tendency to involve the poor in their expansion, such growth helps poverty eradication.
(D) Economic growth is important.
(E) But this involvement depends on the sources of growth and nature of the growth.
16. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?
17. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?
18. Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?
19. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?
20. Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence after rearrangement?
Directions (Qs. 21- 30): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage andagainst each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find the appropriate word in each case.
Around the world, forests are being (21) at a rate of about thirteen million hectares a year and deforestation accounts for an estimated 17% – 20% of all global emissions. In addition, forests and other terrestrial carbon sinks play a (22) role in preventing runaway climate change, soaking up a full 2.6 Gt of atmospheric carbon every year. The destruction of forests, therefore not only emits carbon – a staggering 1.6 Gt a year, which severely (23) forests capacity to absorb emissions from other sources – but also drastically (24) the amount of forest land available to act as a carbon sink in the future.However, the effects of deforestation extend beyond carbon. Rainforests (25) a wide variety of ecosystems services, from regulating rainfall to purifying groundwater and keeping fertile soil from (26); deforestation in one area can seriously damage food production and (27) to clean water in an entire region. The value of global ecosystem services has been estimated at 33 trillion USD each year (almost half of global GDP), but these services have been taken for granted without a mechanism to make the market reflect their value. Rainforests are also a home and (28) of income for a huge number of people in Africa, Asia and South America. (29) this, economic pressures frequently drive both local communities and national governments in the developing world to (30) these forests in ways that are unsuitable, completely stripping vast areas for fuel, timber, mining, or agricultural land.