SET – 1


I had seen this road many years ago when my parents moved to Mundakkottukurussi, our ancestral village. However, in those early years, I hadn’t begun exploring the countryside. I stored the unknown road in my head under ‘One Day I Will’, Ten years ago, when I recovered from a herniated disc, it was to discover that I had a useless left leg. Though I managed to lose the limp, I hated not being able to stride around as I used to. I needed a challenge to tell myself that I wasn’t going to buckle to a creature called sciatica. Thus, the ‘One Day I Will’ arrived. “Where does the road by the medical shop lead to?” I asked my parents while visiting them next.

‘Chalavara’, they said, “It’s not an easy road to walk on.” My father added. “There are too many ups and downs.” Chalavara was a superior grade of a village as compared to Mundakkottukurussi with a high school, a fine library, ATMs and several shops. But it also has two approach roads. The one I had chosen was a narrow back road used by the locals and that settled it for me, I needed to know for myself I could walk a road that wasn’t going to be easy. And the next day, I would get up and walk that road again.

1. What is ‘sciatica’? 

(a) A type of animal

(b) Name of a real place

(c) Name of an imaginary place 

(d) A herniated disc

2. Where did the forefathers of the writer live? 

(a) Chalavara

(b) Bengaluru

(c) Mundakkottukurussi

(d) Out of India

3. What disability did the writer suffer due to the herniated disc?

(a) A useless left leg

(b) Depression

(c) Loss of memory

(d) Poor visibility

4. ‘One Day I Will’ is the title of 

(a) A village

(b) The unknown road 

(c) A tourist place

(d) A path famous with

Directions (5-7) Find out which part of the sentence has an error.

5. Many a man (a) have come to India from Bangladesh (b)/ to live here permanently (c)/ No error (d)

6. One of the boys (a)/ who always give the correct answer (b)/ is Samuel. (c)/ No error (d)

7. I worked (a), as a medical representative (b)/ for eight months. (c)/ No error (d)

Directions (8-10) Fill in the blanks with the suitable alternative.

8. On reaching the top of the ridge, we came upon a ….. of monkeys. 

(a) troop 

(b) pack

(c) herd

(d) colony

9. Jason and James took their bike with

(a) they

(b) them

(c) their

(d) us

10. Those are probably the…….curtains in the store.

(a) fancy

(b) fancier

(c) fanciest

(d) most fanciest

11. Fill in the blank with suitable determiners. 

Do you have… card? Yes, I have

(a) any, some 

(b) any, none

(c) some, some 

(d) any, one

12. Select the adverbs of manner from the following options.

(a) Later, Yesterday, Tomorrow

(b) Hourly, Annually, Usually

(c) Almost, Nearly, Quite 

(d) Heavily, Carefully, Neatly

13. What prefix would you add to the word ‘finished’ to show that there is still somework to be done?

(a) Un 

(b) Dis 

(c) Mis 

(d) Re

Directions (14 and 15) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate Modals.

14. I should go to him, he….need my help. 

(a) can

(b) should

(c) might

(d) must

15. Its raining outside. You…..go anywhere. 

(a) needn’t

(b) ought

(c) will not

(d) None of the above

Directions (16 and 17) Choose the correct preposition to fill the given blanks.

16. Don’t loiter ……….. the street.

(a) onto

(b) about

(c) on

(d) into

17. They will go to Bengaluru…….plane. 

(a) on

(b) in

(c) by

(d) from

18. Choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word. 


(a) Comfort

(b) Ease

(c) Suffering 

(d) Relief

19. Select the one which is opposite in meaning to the given word. 


(a) Commission 

(b) Obligation

(c) Irresponsibility 

(d) Role

Direction (20) Transform the following assertive sentence into interrogative sentence by selecting the correct option.

20. Please wait for me.

(a) Will you please wait for me?

(b) Will you wait for me, please?

(c) Will you not wait for me, please? 

(d) Can you not wait for me please?

SET – 2


Newspapers sell because of news and editorial coverage but it gets more revenue from advertisements. News costs money, while advertisements fetch money. The economics of modern newspapers is such that it cannot run by just selling news; it has to depend on advertisements. The economics of newspaper publishing requires both subscribers who can afford to buy newspapers and businessmen who can afford to advertise in it. The growth of the press depends on both. Therefore, in newspaper management neither aspect can be neglected.

Co-ordination among the various departments editorial, circulation, advertising and production- is very essential for effective and better management. The head of various departments must be part of the management of a newspaper. They must be aware of the goals set, policies and future plans of the management.

They cannot afford to remain cut off from the mainstream of management function. In addition, each department should keep the other department managers informed of those of its activities that will be useful to them. This is a vital aspect of newspaper management.

1. The growth of a newspaper depends on

(a) the growth and news coverage 

(b) large scale subscribers

(c) advertisers

(d) subscribers and advertisers

2. The main idea of the second paragraph of the passage is

(a) the future of newspapers

(b) how to sell newspapers

(c) effective newspaper management 

(d) the role of the heads of departments

3. The word goal in the passage means 

(a) aim 

(b) conclusion

(c) result

(d) benefit

4. The word vital as used in the context means

(a) primary

(b) important 

(c) healthy

(d) lively

Direction (5) Out of the four options given, select the most logical order of the sentences to form a coherent paragraph.

5. There was

P: need for its everyday life 

Q: a time when each family

R: for itself most of the things it 

S: actually produced

(a) QRSP

(b) RQPS

(c) RSPQ

(d) QSRP

Direction (6) Select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Passive/Active voice.

6. She has learnt the answer by heart. 

(a) The answer by her was learnt by heart. 

(b) The answer has been learnt by heart by her.

(c) The answer was learnt by her by heart.

(d) The answer is learnt by heart by her.

Direction (7) Select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Direct / Indirect speech.

7. “Call the witness”, said the magistrate.

(a) The magistrate requested to call the witness.

(b) The magistrate begged for calling the witness.

(c) The magistrate ordered to call the witness.

(d) The magistrate prayered to call the witness.

Direction (8) Choose the correct alternative for the given sentence.

8. The……to this mountain is not an easy task.

(a) ascent

(b) assent

(c) affect

 (d) effect

Directions (9 and 10) Select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

9. Break down

(a) To walk long way 

(b) To fail

(c) To ignore someone

(d) To exercise 

10. Lend one’s ear

(a) To listen attentively 

(b) To rent out something

(c) To ignore someone

(d) Pain in ear

11. Choose the correctly spelt word

(a) Phenamenon

(b) Phenomenon

(c) Phenominon 

(d) Phenomenan

Directions (12 and 13) Choose the one which can be substituted for the given word / sentence. 

12. Place, where wine is made

(a) Bakery

(b) Cloakroom

(c) Tannery 

(d) Brewery

13. A paper written by hand

(a) Handicraft 

(b) Handiwork

(c) Manuscript

(d) Thesis

Directions (14 and 15) Fill in the blanks with the correct use of clause. 

14. Do you know where I can take the bus…….. goes to Chandigarh?

(a) which

(b) when

(c) who 

(d) that

15. The professional……doesn’t follow ethics cannot be considered a professional.

(a) which he

(b) who

(c) who he 

(d) whose

Directions (16 and 17) Choose the appropriate conjunctions to fill the blanks.

16. We shall fail ….. we are industrious. 

(a) even

(b) unless

(c) whether

(d) until

17. I went to the shop……bought some pens.

(a) and 

(b) to

(c) as

 (d) for

Directions (18) Determine the underlined clause in the given sentence.

18. Some people buy expensive cars simply because they can.

(a) Noun clause

(b) Adjective clause

(c) Adverb clause 

(d) Either (a) or (c)

Directions (19 and 20) Fill in the blanks with the appropriate articles.

19. There was ……accident near market this morning.

(a) the, a 

(b) an, the 

(c) a, the

(d) the, the

20. I take……glass of milk every morning.

(a) a

(b) an

(c) the

(d) No article 

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