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Directions (Q. 1-5): In each of the following questions, a short passage is given with one of the lines in the passage missing and represented by a blank. Select the best out of the five answer choices given, to make the passage complete and coherent.
1. Too much or too little of anything is a curse, for it stands in the way of man performing his duties. (________). Therefore, they carry bare essentials to survive so that there may be no impediment in their way to compel the enemy to retreat. Rich people should also learn to make best use of money by trying to help the poor and channelise the excess in projects for the underprivileged.
1) But sometimes armymen should be allowed to do nothing.
2) If the railway will allow heavy luggage in the coaches it will create trouble to co-passengers.
3) If the army men carry heavy luggage they will not be able to perform their duties, which will adversely affect them.
4) Sometimes excess labour results into more harm than good.
5) Either 1) or 4)

2. A man whose interest in reading is confined to cheap, titillating books cannot make any tall claims to have a philosophical bent of mind, while one who reads classics is most likely to be influenced by them in the suitable manner. (________). Whereas a good person will always seek like-minded people. Books and friends provide us with companionship when we are lonely and bored. They do influence the personality to a large extent. It is therefore necessary to exercise utmost judiciousness in selecting one’s reading material and friends.
1) Similarly, a man with a perverted mind will shun the company of good people and will always flock with his own kind.
2) However, a perverted mind can be mended with great effort.
3) A perverted mind should be discarded by good person.
4) Like perverted mind a sound mind too may sometime indulge in destructive activities.
5) A good person may be disliked by a few perverted persons.

3. A minor negligence in the initial stages can lead to serious consequences later. (________). Timely action can save us from facing these troubles. Similarly, bad habits like smoking, drugs, gambling etc can be easily given up in the initial stages. It becomes very difficult to keep oneself free of such habits once they become deeply entrenched. Every evil should therefore be nipped in the bud.
1) No one can avoid negligence because it is innate human nature.
2) Negligence cannot harm a lot because there is enough time in one’s life for correcting the mistakes.
3) It is foolish to be so serious about everything.
4) Negligence, indifference and carelessness in the early stages of any ailment may result in the disease becoming chronic and even proving fatal.
5) If someone becomes serious in everything he will lose the pleasure of life.

4. Philosophers and prophets are seldom honoured in their day. They invariably become objects of ridicule for expounding theories and truths which people are not willing to accept for obvious reasons. Jesus Christ preached universal brotherhood but the Jews crucified him as they considered themselves the chosen one. Socrates, fellowmen served him poison in a cup to silence him forever. (________).
1) People were aware of his wrong doings.
2) It is only posterity which has given them their due and made them immortal.
3) Many people die without being rewarded in their lives.
4) There is no use rewarding one posthumously.
5) Either 1) or 4)

5. A sharp, discerning person never accepts things at face value. (________). A layman can be misled but not a connoisseur. An antique dealer is never fooled by a cheat who tries to pass off a fake as an antique to him. Therefore, one should use one’s discretion and not be misled by the external manifestations.
1) Only a magician can befool him.
2) When stars are not in favour, anybody can be befooled.
3) In fact, he gets suspicious of a person or a thing which appears too good to be true.
4) A beautiful thing is always valuable and there is no need of one’s being discerning.
5) Either 1) or 4)

Directions (Q. 6-10): Rearrange the following seven sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E), (F) and (G) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph and then answer the questions given below.
(A) Such people suffer from some inner feeling of inferiority and inadequacy.
(B) People who are truly powerful and influential keep a low profile.
(C) Some people have the habit of boasting about their power, position and influence.
(D) They do not make empty boasts of having too much strength.
(E) They are forever trying to emphasise their importance and build an image which they least deserve.
(F) Their actions speak for themselves.
(G) Therefore, they try to deceive themselves and others by making a pretence of strength.
6. Which of the following will be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?
1) E
2) B
3) D
4) C
5) F
7. Which of the following will be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?
1) F
2) C
3) E
4) B
5) D
8. Which of the following will be the LAST (SEVENTH) sentence after rearrangement?
1) G
2) E
3) A
4) B
5) F
9. Which of the following will be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?
1) A
2) B
3) G
4) C
5) D
10. Which of the following will be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?
1) B
2) A
3) C
4) D
5) F

Answers –
  1. 3
  2. 1
  3. 4
  4. 2
  5. 3
  6. 4
  7. 3
  8. 5
  9. 3
  10. 2


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