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Questions 1 – 5 : Read the given passage and answer the questions that follow.

“The night I arrived in Delhi on a visit in January 1996, the elevator at the Maurya Sheraton
took us up to the twelfth floor in a breath-taking six or seven seconds. “Remarkable,” I
commented admiringly to the friendly hotel employee in a maroon sari and business-like
pageboy haircut, who had draped a three-kilogram marigold garland around my neck as
I stepped across the threshold. “We couldn’t have ascended faster in the U. S. of A.”
She took my praise in stride, as well she should have. Jet-lagged after an eighteen-hour
journey from New York, I had failed to notice that this was not some superfast new elevator
technology that the Maurya had brought to Delhi, but rather some highly creative labelling.
When I finally woke up and looked out my window, I realized that what the elevator buttons
had called the twelfth floor was in fact the second. The gleaming Maurya elevator had
merely taken me for a ride – and a shorter ride I’d imagined.
I couldn’t help the accusatory tone out of my voice the next time I ran into the maroon
sari. “Twelfth floor, huh ?” I said pointedly. “I didn’t think liberalization meant being liberal
with the facts.”
She was surprised that I had taken offense. “Our foreign visitors much prefer to think of
themselves as being on eleventh and twelfth floors than the first or second,” she replied
with wide-eyed innocence. “And they don’t look out of the windows that much.”
Welcome, I thought, to the new India. An India I was discovering for the first time: an India
of five-star hotels, welcoming garlands, and smooth-talking hotel staff, where nothing is
quite what it seems (not even the elevator buttons), where windows are not meant to be
opened and appearances are the only reality. [Shashi Tharoor, India : From Midnight to
the Millennium and Beyond (Arcade Publishing, 1997) 275-276]

1. After reading the last line of the first paragraph, “We couldn’t have ascended faster
in the U. S. of A.”, which of the options do you think the author is most likely to agree
with ?
(a) India never fails to surprise
(b) Indians have been great innovators
(c) Foreigners are turning to India’s technical advancement
(d) It’s a fact that India hasn’t made significant progress

2. As used in the third paragraph, the underlined word “accusatory” most nearly means
all options, except
(a) denunciative
(b) criminate
(c) eulogistic
(d) censuring

3. It can be inferred from the passage that the author’s impression
(a) transgresses from being proud to being even prouder
(b) plummets from a sense of pride to a sense of disillusionment
(c) trends from a level of disappointment to a level of condemnation
(d) remains steadfast on the thought of being an Indian

4. In the line, “…taken me for a ride – and a shorter ride I’d imagined”. means
(a) the elevator had taken them very swiftly
(b) the hotel was treating its guests like royalties
(c) technology had advanced in third world countries
(d) people were being hoodwinked

5. The tone of the passage could be summed up to be
(a) pensive and remorseful
(b) matter of fact and sombre
(c) humorous and reflective
(d) fiery and critical

Questions 6 – 11 : Choose an appropriate word to fill in each blank space.
________ (6) are increasingly awarding large _________ (7) to plaintiffs who have
experienced _________ (8) comments and harassment or been denied promotions and
________ (9) because of their family responsibilities. These _________ (10) are more
likely to prevail than other employment-related cases. _________ (11) suits on behalf of
caregivers are on the rise as well.
6. (a) Judge (b) Juries (c) Prosecutors (d) Defendants

7.
(a) personal injuries
(b) kickbacks
(c) rewards
(d) settlements

8.
(a) derogatory
(b) directive
(c) abusive
(d) adulatory

9.
(a) perks
(b) raises
(c) rises
(d) reimbursements

10.
(a) suits
(b) complains
(c) accusations
(d) remarks

11.
(a) Torts
(b) Act of Law
(c) Class Action
(d) Procedural Law

For Questions 12 – 14 : Find the correct meaning of the highlighted word in each
of the sentences from the choices given below.
12. Ravi was an impecunious student noted for his academic excellence.
(a) brilliant and studious
(b) rude and arrogant
(c) shrewd and manipulative
(d) having little or no money

13. The lady looked rather lugubrious.
(a) sad and sorrowful
(b) eager and anxious
(c) happy and cheerful
(d) high and energetic

14. She displayed a recalcitrant attitude.
(a) enthusiastic
(b) resisting authority or discipline
(c) weak and frightened
(d) hollow and insincere

Questions 15 and 16 : Choose the most appropriate option that completes the
given sentences.
15. To be successful, managers must see themselves more as catalysts for problem
solving than as problem solvers _____________.
(a) per se
(b) a priori
(c) pro rata
(d) faux pas

16. The art of speaking or writing effectively is _____________
(a) Rhetoric
(b) Brevity
(c) Garrulousness
(d) Verbosity

17. What do we call someone who tries to “put something across”, good or bad and
who does not want scrutiny or criticism, but a specific action ?
(a) Enthusiast
(b) Sloganeer
(c) Propagandist
(d) Zealot

18. Choose the most appropriate option that best explains the figure of speech in this line :
In rivers the water that you touch is the last of what passed and the first of that which
comes: so, with time present. (Leonardo Da Vinci )
(a) Personification of the tangible and the intangible
(b) Simile that compares water and time
(c) Hyperbole that reveals elements of similarities
(d) Metaphysical analogy that divides time past from time future

19. Choose the most appropriate option that most nearly means the same as the
expression, ‘the kiss of Judas’ in the English language :
(a) A friend at court
(b) A snake in the grass
(c) A fair-weather friend
(d) A match made in heaven

20. Choose the most appropriate option that best expresses the statement :
Since I was planning on a Euro tour, I decided to _____________ my French.
(a) try my hand at
(b) make up for
(c) brush up on
(d) master the art of

21. Choose the most appropriate option that could be the best analogy for the given pair
of words :
tree : leaf :: ?
(a) tiger : cubs
(b) bows : arrows
(c) plants : sunlight
(d) flower : petal

Questions 22 – 25 : Do as Directed :
22. Choose the most appropriate option that is grammatically incorrect :
(a) A growing bodies of evidence shows that simple rules match or beat more
complicated analysis across a wide range of decision.
(b) Rules may be developed using sophisticated statistical models or through
analysis, but they shouldn’t be difficult to grasp.
(c) Because they are easy to put into practice, simple rules can induce action
without unnecessarily limiting oppositions.
(d) All firms must balance two conflicting but equally important demands: efficiency
and flexibility.

23. Choose the most appropriate option that has a grammatically incorrect interrogative
statement :
(a) What information and language should the problem statement include ?
(b) How we will ensure that a solution is being implementing from its inception ?
(c) Do we have the necessary support for soliciting and evaluating possible
solutions ?
(d) Are complex organisations far more difficult to manage than merely complicated
ones ?

24. Choose the most appropriate option that best connects the sentence :
Companies that correctly match their strategy-making processes to their competitive
circumstances perform ____________________________________.
(a) better than those that don’t
(b) well as those who aren’t
(c) as good as those that don’t
(d) best to the ones that doesn’t

25. Choose the most appropriate option that punctuates the sentence well :
(a) The professor demanded, “What makes you think that ‘discredited’ or ‘repudiated’
are synonymous with defeated ?”
(b) The professor demanded, “What makes you think that ‘discredited’ or ‘repudiated’
are synonymous with ‘defeated’ ?
(c) The professor demanded, “What makes you think that, ‘discredited’ or repudiated
are synonymous with ‘defeated’ ?”
(d) The professor demanded, “What makes you think that ‘discredited’ or ‘repudiated’
are synonymous with ‘defeated’ ?”

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