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Directions (Q. 1-5): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is 5). (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any.)

Q1. 1) If we are indeed a democracy /2) then politicians would do well /3) to remember that tolerance and free speech /4) is the hallmark of democracy. /5) No error

Q2. 1) These efforts will help bring /2) the people of the two countries /3) closer together paving the way /4) for greater people-to-people contact. /5) No error

Q3. 1) Not only commerce undergraduates /2) though engineers and science graduates /3) also seem to be eager /4) to flow with the management stream. /5) No error

Q4. 1) If India was to become a developed country /2) this sectional imbalance has /3) to be corrected which is /4) possible by improving the quality of education. /5) No error

Q5. 1) There are ways and measures /2) to be followed if we /3) really mean to enhancing agricultural /4) growth in the years to come. /5) No error

Directions (Q. 6-10): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate words.

At the core of the privatisation debate is the key …(6)… of labour …(7)…. One of the long-standing demands of industry, both Indian and foreign, has been to …(8)… labour laws as …(9)… under the Industrial Disputes Act. These laws do not allow industry to reward merit and punish non-performers. Also, in the …(10)… of an economic slowdown or shifting market preferences, they do not permit a downsizing of the work force. Ideally, industry should be free to contract or expand with changing technology, competition and obsolescence.

Q6. 1) role            2) emergence            3) reality                       4) task            5) issue

Q7. 1) reforms            2) agenda            3) concerning            4) manpower            5) stigma

Q8. 1) hold            2) freeze            3) refrain            4) relax            5) challenge

Q9. 1) defined            2) sentenced            3) generated            4) initiated            5) subjected

Q10. 1) resurgence           2) event            3) advent            4) aftermath           5) miracle

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