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Directions :  In each of the following questions, out of the given alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.

1. EAGER    

(a) Clever s

(b) Enthusiastic

(c) Curious (Ans)

(d) Devoted


(a) Clear

(b) Calm (Ans)

(c) Enjoyable

(d) Dull


(a) Boast

(b) Remember (Ans)

(c) Manipulate

(d) Harmonise


(a) Face

(b) Worship (Ans)

(c) Flatter

(d) Challenge


(a) Pageantries

(b) Privileges (Ans)

(c) Facilities

(d) Courtesies


(a) Injustice

(b) Unlikeness (Ans)

(c) Partiality

(d) Distortion


(a) Arrogant

(b) Impolite

(c) Uncivilized (Ans)

(d) Unkind


(a) Unlawful

(b) Deadly (Ans)

(c) Sluggish

(d) Smooth


(a) Solemn

(b) Meak

(c) Delicate

(d) Calm (Ans)


(a) Hateful

(b) Painful

(c) Tragic

(d) Frightful (Ans)

Directions : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases in the passage are printed in italics to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.

Although cynics may like to see the government's policy for women in terms of the party's internal power struggles, it will nevertheless be churlish to deny that it represents a pioneering effort aimed at bringing about sweeping social reforms. In its language, scope and strategies, the policy document displays a degree of understanding of women's  needs that is uncommon in government pronouncements. This is due in large part to the participatory process that marked its formulation, seeking the active involvement right from the start of women's groups, academic institutions and non-government organizations with grass roots experience.  The result is not just a lofty declaration of principles but a blueprint for a practical Programme of action.  The policy delineates a series of concrete measures to accord women a decision-making role in the political domain and greater control over their economic status. Of especially far-reaching impact are the devolution of control of economic infrastructure to women, notably at the gram panchayat level, and the amendments proposed in the Hindu Succession Act of 1956 to give women coparcenary rights.

 An enlightened aspect of the policy is its recognition that actual change in the status of women can not be brought about by the mere enactment of socially progressive legislation. Accordingly, it focusses on reorienting development programmes and sensitising  administrations to address specific situations as, for instance, the growing number of households headed  by women, which is a consequence of rural-urban migration. The proposal to create an equal-opportunity police force and give women greater control of police stations is an acknowledgement of the biases and callousness displayed by the generally all-male  law-enforcement authorities in cases of dowry and domestic violence. While the mere enunciation of such a policy has the salutary effect of sensitising the administration as a whole,  it does not make the task of its implementation any easier. This is because the changes it envisages in the political and economic status of women strike at the root of power structures in society and the basis of man-woman relationships. There is also the danger that reservation for women in public life, while necessary for their greater visibility, could lapse into tokenism or become a tool in the hands of vote seeking politicians. Much will depend on the dissemination of the policy and the ability of elected representatives and government agencies to reorder their priorities.

 1.  Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?

(a) Most of the government's policies are formulated through participatory process. 

(b) There is need for stricter legislation.

(c) The recommends reservation for women.  (Ans)

(d) Domestic violence is one the rise.

(e) Women already had coparcenary rights.

 2.  Which of the following is true about the policy ?

(a) This is another pronouncement by the government.

(b) It is a pioneering effort.  (Ans)

(c) It is not based on the understanding of woman's needs.

(d) It has made many big declarations.

(e) In its formulation, participatory approach was not followed.

 3.  According to the passage, which of the following is a consequence of rural-urban migration?

(a) Legislation is not enforced properly.

(b) Many women migrate to urban areas leaving their family in the rural areas.

(c) Industries do not get sufficient manpower in rural areas.

(d) Development programmes are not effective.

(e) None of the above. (Ans)

 4.  Which of the following is one of the far-reaching impacts of the policy?

(a) Give women coparcenary rights (Ans)

(b) Reservation for women

(c) Creating an equal-opportunity police force

(d) Accord women a decision making role in political sphere

(e) None of the above

 5.  According to the passage which of the following is not true?

(a) The policy gives a blue print for programme of action.

(b) The women should be given greater control of police stations.

(c) There is no law-enforcement bias in cases of dowry.  (Ans)

(d) For effective implementation, the government agencies will have to reorder their priorities.

(e) The policy is based on the understanding of the needs of women.

Directions : Pick up the correct synonyms for each of the following words.


(a) Prosperous (Ans)

(b) Poor

(c) Talkative

(d) Close

 2.  LIMP   

(a) Kneel

(b) Bend

(c) Falter  (Ans)

(d) Stoop


(a) Never

(b) Usual

(c) Rare

(d) Sometimes  (Ans)


(a) Stab

(b) Slaughter  (Ans)

(c) Murder

(d) Assassinate


(a) Diminish

(b) Mock

(c) Disparage  (Ans)

(d) Scoff


(a) Edit

(b) Alter  (Ans)

(c) Correct

(d) Reconsider


(a) Darken

(b) Abolish

(c) Differentiate  (Ans)

(d) Confuse

8.  ACCUSE    

(a) Absolve

(b) Exonerate

(c) Vindicate

(d) Impeach   (Ans)

 9. RECOVER    

(a) Recoup  (Ans)

(b) Revive

(c) Heal

(d) Return

 10.  ADMONISH    

(a) Threaten   (Ans)

(b) Praise

(c) Appeal

(d) Support

Spot the error

                  1                      2                                   4                                     5

1. The grounds were/ dedicated as / a cemetery for those who died in the war. / No Error.

(a) (1,

(b) b)2

(c) 3  (Ans)

(d) 4

 2. The problem is anything .................... easy.

(a) for

(b) but   (Ans)

(c) off

(d) by

 3.  Let's get busy with the clearing up, .... ?

(a) shan't we

(b) shall we   (Ans)

(c) will you

(d) don't we

 4. Lights were burning ...................

(a) in the upstairs room    (Ans)

(b) in the upstair room

(c) in the upstairs

(d) in the room upstair

 5. A special squad has been formed to crack down on fare dodgers ......... the train.

(a) in

(b) on    (Ans)

(c) by

(d) down