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Question 1 of 25
Infant mortality rate in China has____ from 200 per thousand to 14 per thousand.
Here, the infant mortality rate (IMR) moves from a higher level (200) to a lower level (14). Hence, declined.
Question 2 of 25
A five-year-old boy was_____ from his school on Monday last by his servant for a ransom of Rs 8, 000.
The word “ransom” gives us the clue. A ransom is the money (Rs 8, 000) that has to be paid to the kidnapper (here, “servant”) so that he will set free the person kidnapped (here, the “five-year-old boy”).
Question 3 of 25
All the national bodies responsible for_____ the standards of education will be brought under an apex body too shortly.
If you determine something, you cause it to be of a particular kind. Here, “the national bodies” decide what (kind) “the standards of education” should be.
Question 4 of 25
The car driver was arrested for rash driving and his licence was_____ by the police.
If something (here, the driver’s licence) is impounded by the police, customs officers or other officials, they officially take possession of it because a law or rule has been broken (here, “rash driving”). Impounded thus means seized in a specific context.
Question 5 of 25
When people around you are losing their heads, it is very difficult to remain serene. It needs a lot of____.
Question 6 of 25
It is foolish to vent your spleen on a/an _______ object. Still, you make _______ enemies that way.
Spleen means anger here, so, according to the meaning of the sentence, the object should be inanimate (lifeless)
Question 7 of 25
Compromise is _______ to passionate natures because it seems to surrender, and to intellectual natures it seems a _______ .
(3) and (4) can be eliminated because intimidations is a noun whereas we have to fill an adjective, inherent will give the sentence a positive meaning whereas it is negative towards compromise. (1) and (2) are available options because unselected and odious are both negative words. Compromise and confusion, although, do not fit well, so (1) will be the answer.
Question 8 of 25
The village headman was unlettered, but he was no fool, he could see through the _______ of the businessman’s proposition and promptly _______ him down.
A proposal is ‘turned down’ not forced down. So, we have to choose from (2) and (4) naivete means inexperience and sophistry means clever reasoning done to mislead. sophistry and turned are the appropriate fillers for the sentence.
Question 9 of 25
The newly-opened restaurant at the District Centre _______ to the tastes of people from all walks of life and one is likely to find an _______ group there.
The first blank could be filled either by appeal or caters because inhibits means prevents or restraint and panders means satisfying vulgar tastes. So, we have option between (1) and (3) archetypal means of a particular kind while eclectic means choosing from various source. Electric goes well with the meaning of the sentence, so, the proper choice is (3).
Question 10 of 25
We must try to understand his momentary _______ for he has _______ more strain and anxiety than any among us.
Vision is a dream, aberration is deviation from the standard behaviors, outcry is severe complaints and sinilate is condition in old age, momentary can either be aberration or vision, but in the sense of sentence, it is something that calls for some adjustments from others, it will, therefore, be aberration.
Question 11 of 25
Learning is more efficient when it is _______ It is less efficient when it is _______
Learning can be made very efficient if it is delivered in the form of fun – games or interesting exercises. Drudgery means hard monotonous routine work. Clearly it makes the Learning less efficient
Question 12 of 25
Physicians may soon have _______ to help paralysed people move their limbs bypassing the _______ nerves that once controlled their muscles.
‘Ways’ is the best choices among the four as ‘ways to help the paralysed people’ is the right usage. Further we need to bypass the damaged or blocked nerves.
Question 13 of 25
The Internet is a medium where the users have nearly _______ choices and _______ constraints about where to go and what to do.
The Internet offers unlimited choices and minimal constraints to the users.
Question 14 of 25
Education is central because electronic networks and software-driven technologies are beginning to _______ the economic barriers between the nations.
Dismantle (to disassemble or pull down; take apart) is the right usage in the context of the passage.
Question 15 of 25
The present Constitution will see _______ amendments but its basic structure will survive.
Much means great in quantity, measure, or degree. Many means a large or considerable number of persons or things. So many more is the right usage.
Question 16 of 25
The _______ successfully repelled every _______ on the city.
You cannot repel (drive away) comments or criticism, only an attack or onslaught can be repelled. So, the pair of most suited words would be citizens – onslaught
Question 17 of 25
He was _______ very clever, but he _______ performed excellently.
Since, there is a but between the two parts of the sentence, the passive words should be antonyms. (1) and (4), thus, get eliminated never – also do not fit the sense of the sentence properly thus, not – always are the most suitable fillers for the given sentence.
Question 18 of 25
A _______ analysis of these substances will show that they differ _______
An analysis must be careful, it may or may not be detailed and final. It certainly should bot be random, thus, (1) is eliminated of the remaining careful is the most appropriate choice for this sentence.
Question 19 of 25
When the _______ polished the stones, they gleamed with a breath-taking brilliance.
Graphologist is one who studies handwriting, while a cosmetologist is a person skilled in the art of cosmetics, Beagle is a species of dog and lapidary is a person skilled in polishing of atoms.
Question 20 of 25
As _______ head of the organisation, he attended social functions and civil meetings, but had no _______ in the formulation of company policy.
The second blank could either be voice so (3) and (4) are eliminated. Hypothetic means something that is assumed and titular means a ruler without real authority. So, titular – voice is the appropriate choice of words.
Question 21 of 25
The _______ terrorist was finally _______ by the police.
Apprehend means to arrest, nabbed means to catch, admonish is scolding mildly, the second gap could be filled by either option (1), (2) or (4) renowned means popular for some talent or skill, thus, too can be eliminated. The choice is between (1) and (2), notorious means popular for wrong reason and is, therefore, a more appropriate choice than famous.
Question 22 of 25
The perpetual spinning of particles is much like that of a top, with one significant difference, unlike the top, the particles have no need to be wound up, for _______ is one of their _______ properties.
If the particles need no wounding then spanning is their natural property, so the filler for second plant should be synonymous to natural or internal. Radical means drastic, intrinsic is inbuilt or internal, intangible is something that is not available in the physical form, hypothetical is assumed. Thus, intrinsic will be the filler for the second gap.
Question 23 of 25
If I were you, I _______ be careful with my words.
The sentence gives a condition, so the principle clause will use ‘would’ not ‘will’.
Question 24 of 25
Of the two assistants we employed last month, I find Raman _______ hard working.
Since there is a comparison between two, a comparative degree verb must be used.
Question 25 of 25
She is so fastidious that _______ of the three houses was liked by her.
Since the numbers are more than two, neither cannot be used, either is positive so will oppose the meaning of the sentence and ‘no one’ is used for persons not things.