(D.1-5): A sentence or a part of the sentence is highlighted. Four alternatives marked as (a), (b), (c) and (d) are given as substitutions for the highlighted part, one of which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, choose the option “No improvement is required” i.e. (e).

Q.1) India called of surgical strikes, targeting terrorist “launch pads” along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the Indian Army announced on Thursday.
a) blew up
b) carried out
c) broke down
d) check out
e) No improvement is required.

Q.2) Actor Manikkavasagam says people like the controversial Hollywood producer Jimmikki John are present across the world.
a) is present
b) are presented
c) are presenting
d) is presenting
e) No improvement is required.

Q.3) The CBI has arrested a senior judge of the Tis Hazari court as well as with her husband and a lawyer on allegations of accepting a bribe of Rs.4 lakh.
a) as
b) additionally
c) along
d) moreover
e) No improvement is required.

Q.4) At the begin of this month, Oxford City Council voted unanimously in favour of revoking the Freedom of Oxford granted to Suu Kyi in 1997 for her “long struggle for democracy”.
a) At the beginning
b) In the beginning
c) At the began
d) Around the beginning
e) No improvement is required.

Q.5) The Railways will be able to save an average of five lives a month, after it launched a special programme last year to prevent people dying on the tracks.
a) has been able
b) can be able
c) could able
d) was able
e) No improvement is required.

D.6-10): Which of the words/ phrases (a), (b), (c) and (d) given below should replace the words/ phrases given in bold in the following sentences to make it meaningful and grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it is and ‘No correction is required’, mark (e) as the answer.

Q.6) The telecom sector, known for fierce dissenting among sectoral players, is scorned with a fresh battle blistering between the Mukesh Ambani-led RJIL and incumbent players
a) tumbling, opposed, exsiccating, official
b) infighting, confronted, brewing, incumbent
c) discarding, repelled, desiccating, obligatory
d) collapsing, affronted, parching, definite
e) No correction is required.

Q.7) It dissipates nationalism, which has a positive implication in the minds and hearts of the Indian people, to disburse, to divide, and to accede individual freedoms.
a) misuses, connotation, polarise, suppress
b) solecism, indication, admittance, assist
c) pervasions, association, obliterate, endure
d) dissipations, suggestion, intrigue, consent
e) No correction is required.

Q.8) A sign of mendacity on the part of the government would be a deducible attempt to resist the obstruction to overcome the progressive disadvantage in the Rajya Sabha .
a) probity, inferable, interruption, digital
b) veracity, palpable, repulsion, integral
c) impartiality, evincible, prevention, dynamic
d) sincerity, demonstrable, temptation, numerical
e) No correction is required.

Q.9) The act of visible tinkering in this newspaper is a errand to make the documentation less appropriate and more irresolute.
a) enhancing, need, competent, uncertain
b) rectifying, guarantee, adequate, vague
c) mending, commitment, inadequate, dependable
d) reviving, requisite, potent, dubious
e) No correction is required.

Q.10) In nearly eight years in office, Mr Obama has sought to reshape the nation with a sweeping assertion of executive authority and a canon of regulations that has inserted the U.S. government more deeply into American life.
a) revamp, exhausting, chaos, most surely
b) mutate, specific, confusion, mostly moving
c) renovate, ranging, discredit, added intensely
d) amend, narrow, spurning, further acutely
e) No correction is required.

Directions – (Q. 11–20) 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 word in each case.
He was a charismatic leader, an entrepreneur and a highly effective manager all rolled into one. As a leader, he …(11)… the company’s growth plan in a dedicated manner and he never …(12)… focus. The cement industry in those days was doing badly. …(13)… to everyone’s expectations he sanctioned an additional plant in …(14)… time. He was …(15)… that since the cement industry was cyclic in nature, by the time the plant was …(16)… the market would have improved. It did happen and the decision brought rich …(17)… when the plant was commissioned.

Not only was he a great entrepreneur but he also …(18)… all his senior people to be ‘practising entrepreneurs’. I have seen a similar example at the Asian Institute of Management, which allows its professors to …(19)… their own business. This made their lectures more practical and less theoretical. It is the …(20)… of the Institute’s success.

11. (A) achieved
(B) implemented
(C) visualised
(D) persevered
(E) aimed

12. (A) moved
(B) shifts
(C) missed
(D) changes
(E) lost

13. (A) Contrary
(B) Opposite
(C) Yet
(D) Obedient
(E) Different

14. (A) any
(B) mean
(C) short
(D) no
(E) less

15. (A) known
(B) calculating
(C) certain
(D) dreamt
(E) surely

16. (A) operational
(B) install
(C) use
(D) produced
(E) new

17. (A) supply
(B) diversity
(C) rewards
(D) pay
(E) knowledge

18. (A) thought
(B) tried
(C) wished
(D) encourage
(E) wanted

19. (A) expand
(B) function
(C) chose
(D) run
(E) risk

20. (A) responsibility
(B) secret
(C) guarantee
(D) prize
(E) value

Answer Key:
1) b
2) e
3) c
4) a
5) a
6) b
7) a
8) d
9) c
10) e
11) b
12) c
13) a
14) d
15) b
16) a
17) c
18) e
19) d
20) b