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1. India’s neighbouring countries have seen a surge in their imports of the metal. This gold is then being carried across into India by smugglers.Which of the following inferences can best be drawn from the above statements?
1) There is duty differential between India and its neighbouring countries.
2) The tough restrictions on the metal’s imports could be eased.
3) India has a high current account deficit.
4) There has been a sharp depreciation of the rupee.
5) None of these

2. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has found Coal India (CIL) guilty of abusing its monopoly against power producers.
Which of the following courses of action should best be taken?
1) A coal regulator should be formed.
2) CIL should be asked to appoint an internal audit committee.
3) The coal sector should be restructured by introducing more players.
4) A public interest litigation (PIL) should be filed against CIL.
5) None of these

3. India is 9th in a global nation brand study done by Brand Finance, a leading brand valuation company, ahead of countries like Australia, Singapore or Switzerland. Its brand value has even risen by 10 per cent between 2012 and 2013.
Which of the following statements substantiates the fact expressed in the above statement?
1) Most of the start-ups do not have the critical mass to make an impact.
2) The government has done few road shows.
3) Foreign investors have problems with the country’s administration.
4) India’s biggest industrialists are investing in other markets.
5) None of these

4. Travellers should generally be careful about booking a hotel at the time that a big convention is in town.
Which of the following is the most plausible reason for exercising this caution?
1) Hotels boost rates when conventions are going on in town.
2) Terrorist threats are likely at the time of conventions.
3) Conventions are a breeding ground for swindlers of all types.
4) If you go to a town where a convention is going on, you are most likely to spend all your time attending the convention.
5) None of these

5. It’s no secret that in America, the wealthy have a reputation for getting away with murder — both literal and metaphorical — provided they pay up.
Which of the following assumptions is implicit in the above statement? (An assumption is something supposed or taken for granted.)
1) Murders have become very common in America.
2) It is important to pay in America before you commit a crime.
3) Money rules the roost in America.
4) Murder does not have a literal meaning.
5) None of these

6. India’s talented young batsmen face a different challenge. They are confronted by the toughest task in cricket — adjusting from low-bouncing pitches to strips that encourage the faster bowlers to try their luck by banging a few in their half of the wicket.
Which of the following occasions is most likely to have elicited this statement?
1) A new Indian cricket team has been selected.
2) Majority of the Indian cricket team consists of fast bowlers.
3) The Indian cricket team has gone on a foreign tour.
4) There has been inconsistency of talent in the Indian cricket team.
5) None of these

7. As the countdown begins for Nissan Motor India’s ambitious launch of Datsun brand, which aims to take on Maruti Suzuki’s Alto and Hyundai Eon head-on, the Japanese carmaker has begun a road show covering 100 locations spread over 10 weeks.
Which of the following can best be concluded from the above statement?
1) The marketing blitz is one of the largest in the Indian automobile industry in recent times.
2) The average car buyer in India will have plenty to choose from.
3) There will be an encouraging response from the car buyers.
4) The company wants to reach out to prospective first-time car buyers across the country who could touch and feel the car before closing the purchase.
5) None of these

8. It took the soaring rhetoric of US President Barack Obama — in his eulogy to Mandela — to finally bury the embarrassing legacy of American policy towards the South African leader during his lifetime. It has taken a black president of the US to make amends for treating Mandela as an enemy, long after the Cold War had ended.
Which of the following can be the best reason for the assertion made in the above statement?
1) Mandela was opposed to racism.
2) Obama is opposed to racism.
3) The Cold War has now ended.
4) US Presidents are entitled to change their foreign policy.
5) None of these

9. The alarming surge in the incidence of crimes committed by juveniles — National Crime Research Bureau data shows a majority of juveniles involved in crimes are 16 to 18 years of age — calls for urgent and considered action. Studies have shown that children are now attaining maturity earlier.
Which of the following inferences can be made in the above situation?
1) Manipulation in date of birth should not be allowed by certificate-issuing authorities.
2) There should be uniformity in our laws on the age of majority.
3) Blanket protection should not be extended to all juveniles below 18 years of age.
4) Juveniles involved in heinous crimes are different from children in need of care and protection.
5) None of these

10. A hung verdict is just that: divided and unclear. And Party X would be quite justified in querying why, despite its consistent stand on governing only in case of a clear verdict, should the onus of forming the government be laid at its door.
Which of the following assumptions is implicit in the above statement? (An assumption is something supposed or taken for granted.)
1) Party X does not have a clear majority.
2) Party X is the single largest party in the house.
3) Party X is not the single largest party in the house.
4) Both 1) and 2)
5) Both 1) and 3)

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