Direction (1-10): Each question below contains a statement with three blanks followed by four options. Choose the option that can fill the three blanks and mark it as your answer.

Q1. President Ram Nath Kovind’s _______ to overturn his decision to appoint the Vice-chancellor (VC) of the Visva Bharati University ______ West Bengal is not just unprecedented, it _______ troubling questions.

(a) Decision, in, raises                                  (b) Right, for, risen

(c) Question, to, answer                               (d) Residence, of, fails

Q2. The basic _________ of parliamentary democracy ______that the elected executive decides policies and programmes _______ bureaucracy executes them.

(a) Execution, are, but                                   (b) Governance, is, that

(c) Principle, is, while                                   (d) Function, was, and

Q3. There are far too ______ rich religious leaders with nothing to do _______ hate democracy as an alien system forced on the people to take them _______ from Islam.

(a) Much, that, far                                          (b) Many, whom, close

(c) New, who, far                                           (d) Many, who, away

Q4. ___________ the need to tap rural markets, various internet _______ are bringing out solutions relevant for these segments. While some companies are focusing on adding regional language capabilities to their________, others are adding locally-relevant content.

(a) Watching, company, reports

(b) Recognizing, companies, services

(c) Consuming, providers, languages

(d) Leading, companies, report

Q5. The CBI is _______ four top officials of Punjab National Bank in connection with the Rs.11, 400- crore loan _______ allegedly pulled off by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his family, sources _____ said.

(a) Questioning, fraud, have                           (b) Trying, case, have

(c) Transacting, fraud, has                              (d) Managing, fraud, has

Q6. “Unwanted girls” are girls _______ are alive but likely disfavoured by their parents. They ______ less healthcare and schooling, with life-long effects on _____ well-being.

(a) That, received, its                                       (b) Who, receive, their

(c) Whom, receives, her                                  (d) Which, receiving, his

Q7. South Korean lawmakers protested Friday over a ________ by a top North Korean general ________ the Pyeongchang Olympics, labeling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for _______ execution.

(a) Visit, for, his                                               (b) Coming, from, him

(c) Visiting, by, her                                           (d) Meeting, to, their

Q8. The Trump administration has _________ a new policy that makes very tough the procedure of issuing H-1B visas to __________ to be employed at one or more third-party worksites, a move that will hugely_________  Indian IT companies and their employees.

(a) Recall, them, effect                                      (b) Asked, these, impact

(c)  Announced, those, impact                           (d) Announce, them, involve

Q9. Nepal will hold presidential ________ on March 13 to ________ the new president who will succeed the Himalayan nations’ first woman _________ Bidhya Devi Bhandari.

(a) Election, succeed, prime-minister                (b) Election, elect, president

(c) Candidates, poll, leader                                (d) Polling, elect, leader

Q10. Stress and adversity ________the brain’s ability to learn and retain information, earlier research has found. But according to a remarkable new neurological ________ in mice, regular exercise can counteract those effects by ___________ communication between brain cells.

(a) stronger, research, maintaining                     (b) Connects, study, exercising

(c) Studies, changes,  understanding                  (d)  weaken, study, bolstering



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