Combined Defence Services Exam - I, 2015 - English

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    Each question in this section consists of three parts (a),(b),(c).Read each part to find out if there is any error,if there are no errors mark (d) as the answer.

     a)The reason for b)his failure is because c)he did not work hard d)No error

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    a)Food as well as water    b)is necessary      c)for life         d)No error

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    a)India is larger than b)any  democracies   c) in the world     d)No error

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    a)The judge heard the arguments   b)of the lawyers and found  c)that the boy was innocent     d)no error

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    a)I have lived      b)in Delhi          c)from 1965         d)No error

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    a)All scientists agree  b)that there should be    c)a total ban on nuclear explosions           d)No error

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    a)Such books   b)which you read     c)are not worth reading   d)No error

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    a)Tagore was    b)one of the greatest poet    c)that ever lived     d)No error

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    a)You may please     b)apply for an advance of salary          c)to cover costs of transport    d)No error

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    a)The taxi that will take the family to Haridwar     b)had to be ready c)at six the next morning     d)No error

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    a)Employees are expected to    b)adhere the rules    c)laid down by the management     d)No error

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    a)The owner of the house   b)greedily  ask    c)too high a price     d)No error

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    a)I convinced    b)him to    c)see the play      d)No error

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    a)Some man    b)are born   c)great     d)No error

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    a)We must sympathise     b)for others     c)in their troubles    d)No error

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    a)My detailed statement    b)is respectively    c)submitted    d)No error

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    a)I'm waiting     b)for my friend     c)since this morning   d)No error

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    a)He is representing   b)my constituency    c)for the last five years    d)No error

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    a)If he hears   b) of your conduct   c)he is to be unhappy    d)No error

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    Moralists are usually persons who abstain from alcoholic drinks

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    The chairman is quick to find fault and is hard to please

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    Scriptural injunctions should not be opposed or treated with contempt

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    A fortress on a commanding height for defence of a city is called

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    Sentence improvement

    We need honest workers,not people of redoubtable  integrity



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    I expect every player here to be conversant at the rules of the game

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    There is no alternate,so we must leave now

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    If I were you,I would do it at once

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    They set a strong guard,lest any one could escape

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    The matter called up an explanation of his conduct

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    The accused refused having murdered anybody

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    We cannot trust a man who plays false and loose with everybody

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    He is still in vigorous health although he is on the right side of sixty

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    Any English are known for their practical instincts

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    Fifty miles are a long distance to walk

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    Economics today were not what it was a century ago

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    Hearing the news of the accident,he broke

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    The speaker asked the audience to bear upon him for a few minutes more

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    Many people find it difficult to make both hands meet

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    Young children are not physically capable to carry these loads

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    I enjoyed the ballet by a troupe of Russian dancers

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    The secretary threatened to resign his post

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    By the time he arrived,everybody had gone home

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    Those men as are false to their friends should be avoided

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    Ordering of words in a sentence

    When the car passed by   P) he threw a stone     Q)raising dust in the road   R)with all his might      S)and hit the man who was driving it

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    A moment comes P) when we step out from old to new  Q)which comes rarely in history   R)and when the soul of  a nation  S)long suppressed finds utterance

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    She had a blind belief that inside the bag  P)two or three other children   Q)there were perhaps   R)which the big man carried   S)like herself

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    He approached  the teacher   a)at school   b)to know   c)in his studies     d)how his son was getting on

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    I was so angry P)if I had met him in the street    Q)and not waited to ask him      R)why he has written me an insulting letter     S)I would have knocked him down

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    On the contrary   P)about family planning and its benefits    Q)to all citizens       R)the government wants     S)to provide   information and education

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    In  spite of  P)poor and hungry people   Q)made by medical sciences    R)the extraordinary progress   S)often die

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    We all like listening to 

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    and the person who is good

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    will always be a  —−— member of any company

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    The art  −−− good story telling

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    covers much more than −−−  fabulous adventures

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    it includes telling −−− the doings of living people or

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    −−−    men and women of the past

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    −−−    your own travels and adventures and

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    −−−   ,  about the books you have 

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    read  −−− the films you have seen

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    Practising −−− art of storytelling can be very

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    −−−   too.

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    It will help you to −−−   logically and clearly, to sort out

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    −−−   ideas

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    to express yourself clearly and 

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    to gain and hold the attention−−− others

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    It will help you to −−− off shyness and self consiousness and give

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    −−−  that

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    feeling of freedom −−− is so important to

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    −−−   in life

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    A liitle man was turning over the pages of  a magazine quickly and nervously.Opposite to me there was a young mother who was trying to restraint her son from making a noise.The boy had obviously grown weary of waiting.He had placed an ashtray on the floor and was making aeroplane noises as he waved  a pencil in his hands.Near him,an old man was fast asleep,snoring quickly to himself and the boy's mother was afraid that sooner or later her son would wake the gentleman up.

    The noise was made by

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    The person who was least disturbed was the

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    The factor common to all the people was that they were all

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    Among those present the one appeared to be the most bored was

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    A man had two blacksmiths for his neighbours.Their names were Pengu and Shengu.The man was greatly troubled by the noise of their hammers.He decided to talk to them.The next day he called both of them and offered Rs100 each,if they found new huts for themselves.They took the money and agreed to find new huts for themselves.The next morning,he got up again to the sound of their hammers.He went out to see why the blacksmiths hadn't found new huts and he discovered that Pengu and Shengu had kept their promise.They had exchanged their huts.

    The man was troubled because

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    The man gave them money because

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    The man went out of his house because

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    The man came to know that

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    The tigress was a mile away and the ground between her and us was densely wooded,scatterd over by great rocks and cut up by a number of deep ravines,but she could cover the distance well within half an hour-if she wanted to.The question I had to decide was,whether or  not I should try to call her.If I called and she heard me,and came while it was still daylight and gave me a chance to shoot her,all could be well,on the other hand,if she came and did not give me a shot,some of us would not reach camp,for we had nearly two miles to go and the path the whole way ran through the jungle.

    According to the author

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    The author says 'some of us would not reach the camp' because

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    The author found it difficult to decide the question because

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    The time available to the author for shooting the tigress was

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    When the author says 'all would be well' he says

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    After lunch,I felt at a loose end and roamed about the little flat.It suited us well when mother was with me,but now I was by myself it was too large and I'd moved the dining room table into my bed room.That was now the only room I used,it had all the furniture I needed,a brass bedstead,a dressing table,some cane chairs whose seats were more or less caved in,a wardrobe with  a tarnished mirror.The rest of the flat was never used,so I didn't trouble to look after it.


    The flat did not really suit him any more because

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    He did not look after the rest of the flat because

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    " I was by myself it looked very large".The word 'it' here refers to

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    From the passage,we learn that the writer was

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    "After lunch,I felt at a loose end" means

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    The overwhelming vote given by greater part of public has so far been in favour of films which pass time easily and satisfy that part of imagination which depends on more obvious kind of daydreams.We make up for what we secretly regard as deficiencies by watching the stimulating adventures of other people who are stronger,more effective,or more beautiful than we are.The conventional stars act out our daydreams for us in a constant succession of exciting situations set in the open spaces,in the jungles or in the underworld of great cities which abounds in crime and violence.We would not dare to be in such situations but the situations are very exciting to watch since our youth is being spent in day-to-day routine of school,office or home.

    According to the author,most of us prefer films which

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    By watching thrilling adventures in films,we make up for

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    Film stars present situations

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    Whether we admit to ourselves or not,we are aware that

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    The daily life of students,office-goers and housewives are

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    S1:While teaching in the classroom our teacher suddenly fainted

    S6:The headmaster at once sanctioned his leave

    P:The headmaster soon joined us and spoke to them in a soft voice

    Q:He  was told the patient needed complete rest for a month

    R:He was at once taken to the hospital

    S:The doctors examined him with serious faces

    The proper sequence should be


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    S1:The colonial powers had a very simple technique to rule the world

    S6:Partition was the culmination

    P:They lumped tribes and people together,played one against the other

    Q:India's provinces were more elaborately designed to play the game of divide and rule.

    R:Africa was divided,believe it or not,on the basis of lines of latitude and longitude.

    S:They also purchased loyalties of those locals who were needed as supports for colonial presence

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    S1:The bank opened at 10am

    S6:The safe was empty

    P:The peon opened the safe and returned the keys to the manager

    Q:The manager and peon went to the safe in the vault

    R:The manager and peon looked into the safe

    S:They were shocked at what they saw there

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    S1:The crowd swelled around the thief

    S6:They were followed by the crowd  which left the thief alone

    P:Suddenly he whipped out a knife from under his shirt

    Q:The thief stood quiet,his head hung in shame.

    R:The two young men holding him were scared by the sight of shining knife

    S:They took to their heels

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    S1:The old man wanted to cross the road

    S6:Holding him by the hand,the driver helped him to cross the road

    P:The driver got off and came to him

    Q:He was fed up and was about to return

    R:Then a car stopped in front of him

    S:He waited for a long time

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    S1:The first thing you have to do is to speak with a strong foreign accent and speak broken english

    S6:Half a dozen people will immediately overwhelm you with instructions

    P:He will be interested in you becaues you are a foreigner and try to understand you and be ready to help you.

    Q:He will not expect you to be polite and use elaborate grammatical phrases

    R:Then every english person to whom to speak will at once know you are a foreigner and try to help you

    S:If you shout,"Please,Charing cross?Which way?",you will have no difficulty

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    S1:When a lamb is born,its mother may die

    S6:If a means of overcoming this natural tendency is found,lives of millions of lambs may be saved

    P:Then there will always be both motherless lambs and sheep without lambs

    Q:However,a sheep which has lost its lamb will not feed or look after a motherless lamb

    R:At the same time,some new born lambs are too weak to live

    S:This happens in large flocks where many sheep give birth to lambs at the same time

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    S1:People very seldom have everything they want

    S6:Our decisions indicate our scale of preferences and therefore our priorities

    P:Usually we have to decide carefully how to spend our income

    Q:They may all seem important,but their true importance can be measured by deciding which we are prepared to live without

    R:When we exercise our choice,we do so according to personal scale of preferences

    S:In this scale of preferences,essential commodities come first,then the kind of luxuries which help us to be comfortable, and finally those non-essentials which give us personal pleasure             


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    S1:On 5th October 1818,when young Lincoln was approaching his tenth year,his mother Nancy died of fever

    S6:His total education at school comprised only about a year which he however managed to master reading,writing,spelling and some arithmetic

    P:She was illiterate but she bought with her several books,among which were Pilgrim's progress,Sindbad the sailor,Robinson Crusoe and Aesop's fables

    Q:Lincoln always acknowledged this moral and intellectual debt  to his step mother

    R:The following year,his father married Sarah Bush Johnson,a widow with three children

    S:These books provide Linclon with a mass of knowledge

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    S1:Crude oil obtained from the field is taken to a refinery for treatment

    S6:Lubricating oils of various grades are obtained last of all

    P:The gas that comes off later is condensed into paraffin

    Q:This allows substances with different boiling points to be seperated

    R:The first vapours to rise when cooled produce the finest petrol

    S:The commonest form of treatment is heating

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