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Section 1
The sentences given in each question, when properly sequenced,
form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labeled with a letter. Choose the most logical order of
sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.
1. A. "This face off will continue for several months given the strong convictions on either
side",says a seinor fuctionary of high powered task force on drought
B. During past week and half,the Central Government has sought to deny some of the earlier
apphrensions over the drought.
C. The recent revival of rains has led to the emergence of line between the two.
D. The State Government,on the other hand,allerge that the centre is downplaying the crisis
only to evade its full responsibilty of financial assistance that is requried to
alleviate the damage.
E. shrill alarm about the economic impact of an inadequate monsoon has been sounded by
the Centre as well as the States, in late July and early August.
(1)EBCDA (2)DBACE (3)BDCAE (4)ECBDA
2. A. Surrendered, or captured, combatants cannot be incarcerated in razor wire cages; this
‘war’ has a dubious legality.
B. How can then one characterize a conflict to be waged against a phenomenon as war?
C. The phrase ‘war against terror’, which has passed into the common lexicon, is a huge
misnomer.
D. Besides, war has a juridical meaning in international law, which has confided the laws
of war,imbuing them with a humanitarian content.
E. Terror is a phenomenon, not an entity – either State or non-State.

(1) ECDBA (2) BECDA (3) EBCAD (4) CEBDA

3. A. In rejecting the functionalism in positivist organization theory, either wholly or
partially, there is often a move towards a political model of organization theory.
B. Thus the analysis would shift to the power resources possessed by different groups in
the organization and the way they use these resources in actual power plays to
shape theorganizational structure.
C. At the extreme, in one set of writings, the growth of administrators in the organization
is held to be completely unrelated to the work to be done and to be caused totally by
the political pursuit of self- interest.
D. The political model holds that individual interests are pursued in organizational life
through the exercise of power and influence.

(1) ADBC (2) CBAD (3) DBCA (4) ABDC
4. A. Both parties use capital and labour rights to struggle to secure property rights.
B. the thief spends time and money in his attempt to steal(he buys wire cutters) and the
legitimate porperty owner expends resourses to prevent the theft(he buys locks).
C. A social cause of theft is that both the thief and potential victim uses resourses to
gain or maintain control over property.
D. These costs may escalate as a type of technological arm race unfolds.
E. A bank may purchase more and more complicated and sophisticated safes, forcing safe
crackers to invest further in safe cracking equipments.
(1) ABCDE (2) CABDE (3) ACBED (4) CBEDA
5. A. Group decision making, however, does not necessarily fully guard against arbitrariness
and anarchy, for individual capriciousness can get substituted by collusion of group
members.
B. Nature itself is an intricate system of checks and balances, meant to preserve the
delicate balance between various environmental factors that affect our ecology.
C. In institutions also, there is a need to have in place a system of checks and balances
which inhibits the concentration of power in only some individuals.
D. When human interventions alter this delicate balance, the outcomes have been seen to be
disastrous.

(1) CDAB (2) BCAD (3) CABD (4) BDCA

6. A. I am much more intolerant of a human being’s shortcomings than I am of an animal’s, but
in this respect I have been lucky, for most of the people I have come across have been
charming.
B. Then you come across the unpleasant human animal – the District Officer who drawled, ‘We

chaps are here to help you chaps,’ and then proceeded to be as obstructi
ve as possible.
C. In these cases of course, the fact that you are an animal collector helps; people always
seem delighted to meet someone with such an unusual occupation and go out of their way
to assist you.
D. Fortunately, these types are rare, and the pleasant ones I have met more than
compensated for them – but even so, I think I will stick to animals.
E. When you travel round the world collecting animals you also, of necessity, collect human
beings.

(1) EACBD (2) ABDCE (3) ECBDA (4) ACBDE
7. A. He was bone-weary and soul-weary, and found himself muttering, "Either I can't manage
this place, or it's unmanageable."
B. To his horror, he realized that he had become the victim of an amorphous, unwitting,
unconscious conspiracy to immerse him in routine work that had no significance.
C. It was one of those nights in the office. when -the office clock was moving towards four
in the morning and Bennis was still not through with the incredible mass of paper
stacked before him.
D. He reached for his calendar and ran his eyes down each hour, half-hour, and quarter
-hour, to see where his time had gone that day, the day before, the month before.

(1) ABCD (2) CADB (3) BDCA (4) DCBA
8. A. In the west, Allied Forces had fought their way through southern Italy as far as Rome.
B. In June 1944 Germany's military position in World War Two appeared hopeless.
C. In Britain, the task of amassing the men and materials for the liberation of northern
Europe had been completed.
D. The Red Army was poised to drive the Nazis back through Poland.
E. The situation on the eastern front was catastrophic.

(1) EDACB (2) BEDAC (3) BDECA (4) CEDAB
9. A. He felt justified in bypassing Congress altogether on a variety of moves.
B. At times he was fighting the entire Congress.
C. Bush felt he had a mission to restore power to the presidency.
D. Bush was not fighting just the democrats.
E. Representative democracy is a messy business, and a CEO of the White House does not
like a legislature of second guessers and time wasters.

(1)CAEDB (2) DBAEC (3) CEADB (4) ECDBA
10. A. Four days later, Oracle announced its own bid for PeopleSoft, and invited the firm's
board to a discussion.
B. Furious that his own plans had been endangered, PeopleSoft's boss, Craig Conway, called
Oracle's offer "diabolical", and its boss, Larry Ellison, a “sociopath".
C. In early June, PeopleSoft said that it would buy J .D. Edwards, a smaller rival.
D. Moreover, said Mr. Conway, he “could imagine no price nor combination of price and
other conditions to recommend accepting the offer."
E. On June 12th, PeopleSoft turned Oracle down.

(1) CABDE (2) CADBE (3) CEDAB (4) CAEBD
11. A. To avoid this, the QWERTY layout put the keys most likely to be hit in rapid succession
on opposite sides. This made the keyboard slow, the story goes, but that was the idea.
B. A different layout, which had been patented by August Dvorak in 1936, was shown to be
much faster.
C. The QWERTY design (patented by Christopher Sholes in 1868 and sold to Remington in 1873
aimed to solve a mechanical problem of early typewriters.
D. Yet the Dvorak layout has never been widely adopted, even though (with electric
typewriters and then PCs) the anti-jamming rationale for QWERTY has been defunct for
years.
E. When certain combinations of keys were struck quickly, the type bars often jammed.

(1) BDACE (2) CEABD (3) BCDEA (4) CAEBD
12. A. The two neighbours never fought each other.
B. Fights involving three male fiddler crabs have been recorded, but the status of the
participants was unknown.
C. They pushed or grappled only with the intruder.
D. We recorded 17 cases in which a resident that was fighting an intruder was joined by an
immediate neighbour, an ally.
E. We therefore tracked 268 intruder males until we saw them fighting
a resident male.
(1)BEDAC (2) DEBAC (3) BDCAE (4) BCEDA
Directions: In each of the following sentences, parts of the sentence are left blank.
Beneath each sentence, four different ways of completing the sentence are indicated. Choose the best alternative from among the four.
1. The photograph is ___ with suspense — the viewer cannot see the truth — the door ___ a
private truth.

a. imprinted ... bears the marks b. pregnant ... blocks out
c. filled ... reveals d. quivering ... hides
2. Early _____ of maladjustment to college culture is _____ by the tendency to develop
friendship networks outside college which mask signals of maladjustment.

a. treatment, compounded b. detection, facilitated
c. identification, complicated d. prevention, helped
3. But ___________ are now regularly written to describe well-established practices,
organisations and institutions, not all of which seem to be ________ away.
a. reports, withering b. stories, trading
c. books, dying d. obituaries, fading
4. Since her face was free of __________ there was no way to __________ if she appreciated
what had happened.

a. make-up, realise b. expression, ascertain
c. emotion, diagnose d. scars, understand
5. Any doubts about the Prime Minister’s weakening hold on his own party MPs were ___ when, in
the most dramatic defiance yet on his authority, more than 300 MPs of his party
contemptuously___the official line and voted for a complete ban on fox hunting.
a. eliminated ... went against b. reinforced ... voted for
c. removed ... shrugged off d. reinforced ... vetoed
6. Companies that try to improve employees' performance by _____ rewards encourage negative
kinds of behaviour instead of _____ a genuine interest in doing the work well.

a. giving, seeking b. bestowing, discouraging
c. conferring, discrediting d. withholding, fostering
7. The Darwin who ___________ is most remarkable for the way in which he _________the
attributes of the world class thinker and head of the household.

a. comes, figures b. arises, adds
c. emerges, combines d. appeared, combines
8. Indian intellectuals may boast, if they are so inclined, of being __________ to the most
elitist among the intellectual ___________ of the world.

a. subordinate, traditions b. heirs, cliques
c. ancestors, societies d. heir, traditions
9. The _____ regions of Spain all have unique cultures, but the _____ views within each region
make the issue of an acceptable common language of instruction an even more contentious
one.
a. different, discrete b. distinct, disparate
c. divergent, distinct d. different, competing
10. In this context, the __________ of the British labour movement is particularly
___________ .

a. affair, weird b. activity, moving
c. experience, significant d. atmosphere, gloomy
11. A growing number of these expert professionals ________ having to train foreigners as the
students end up _____ the teachers who have to then unhappily contend with no jobs at all
or new jobs with drastically reduced pay packets.

a. resent, replacing b. resist, challenging
c. welcome, assisting d. are, supplanting
12. The British retailer, M&S, today formally _____ defeat in its attempt to _____ King's,
its US subsidiary, since no potential purchasers were ready to cough up the necessary
cash.

a. admitted, acquire b. conceded, offload
c. announced, dispose d. ratified, auction