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Directions (1-10): In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below and against each, some words are suggested as options. Identify the one that fits each blank appropriately:-

After ten years of (1) inflation, prices have spiked 7.5% in the third week of July. This looks scary-after all, Indians had got’ used to prices crawling up by 2%in the last two years, and a 10-year average inflation rate of about 5%-but you shouldn’t worry. This burst of inflation is the result of three factors that have come together unexpectedly, are unlikely to (2) for long and are unlikely to (3) up together again A (4) rise in global oil prices, a monsoon that arrived late and a spike in global metal prices. North Sea crude has crossed $42 per barrel, driven up by low petroleum (5) and soaring demand in the US as war production heats up. Oil markets are also spooked by the (6) of Russian oil supplies falling on the back of the Yukos-Sibneft probe. There’s little that the government can do to (7) users from soaring oil prices-indeed, it shouldn’t, if it wants to (8) efficiency. Higher transport costs have pushed up rates of vegetables and fruits; farm produce could also get affected by rains that arrived too late for kharif sowing. China is (9) up steel and other metals from all over the world to (10) a construction boom ahead of the 2008 Olympics, making metal prices soar all over the world, and sparking inflation in India.


  1. Mere
  2. Moderate
  3. Retarding
  4. Vehement
  5. Paltry


  1. Obstinate
  2. Constitute
  3. Persist
  4. Repeat
  5. Normalize


  1. Go
  2. Scramble
  3. Mount
  4. Yield
  5. Crop


  1. Sustained
  2. Suspicious
  3. Horrific
  4. Erratic
  5. Favorable


  1. Lists
  2. Trades
  3. Services
  4. Inventories
  5. Details


  1. Prospect
  2. Progress
  3. Prospect
  4. Extent
  5. Deposit


  1. Support
  2. Ignore
  3. Propel
  4. Prolong
  5. Insulate


  1. Position
  2. Promote
  3. Process
  4. Pass
  5. Form


  1. Hurrying
  2. Passing
  3. Pairing
  4. Gobbling
  5. Throwing


  1. Keep
  2. Make
  3. Feed
  4. Grow
  5. Fight

Directions (Q. 11-15): Rearrange the following sentences to form a meaningful paragraph and answer the questions given below:

(A) We must explore new methods of boosting agricultural development and grow more food.

(B) The scientists should be encouraged to contribute.

(C) Food can also be had by import.

(D) The most important factor in any planning for India’s development and economic uplift is that of turning a hungry, discontented people into a happy well-fed one.

(E) Whatever be the way and means, India must feed its hungry millions.

(F) They should be given due scope for carrying on experiments and researches.

(G) The problem, therefore, reduces itself to one of agricultural development.

  1. Which of the following is the fourth sentence in the paragraph?

1) A

2) D

3) E

4) G

5) F

  1. Which of the following is fifth sentence in the paragraph?

1) G

2) A

3) D

4) C

5) E

  1. Which of the following is the third sentence in the paragraph?

1) F

2) A

3) G

4) D

5) E

  1. Which of the following is the last sentence in the paragraph?

1) F

2) C

3) D

4) B

5) G

  1. Which of the following is the second sentence in the paragraph?

1) B

2) E

3) C

4) G

5) F



  1. B
  2. C
  3. E
  4. C
  5. B
  6. C
  7. E
  8. B
  9. D
  10. B
  11. 1
  12. 4
  13. 3
  14. 1
  15. 2


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