Directions(1-4): In the given question four statements are given in the options. One idiom or phrase is used in all of the statements; pick up the statement in which the idiom/phrase has been used correctly. If the usage is incorrect in all the statements, then option E i.e., ‘None is correct’ is your answer.
Cloud nineIt seemed the only news was bad news lately but then we cracked a drug ring in a Detroit suburb prompting seven arrests and ascended back up to cloud nine.I’m going to stay in bed because I’m feeling on cloud nine.It’s hot outside, so staying inside today was a cloud nine for me.I practiced hard at the dance sessions but the cloud nine will come when the master will assess our solo performances.None is correctOption A
‘Cloud none’ is a phrase which refers to the emotion of being thrilled or excited.
- One trick pony
He’s been a one trick pony all week collecting data but the report is still not ready.It was really difficult to find the information even after applying the one trick pony.The president is becoming a one-trick pony; a tax cut is his answer to every problem.I have given my car to a new mechanic for repair, hope the car is a one trick pony.None is correctOption C
‘One trick pony’ means a person or thing with only one special feature, talent, or area of expertise.
- Not hurt a flea
After his first accident, Sam is quite careful in driving now because he cannot hurt a flea.His dog is amongst the biggest ones that I have ever seen and although he is constantly chewing on the home furniture, they say he would not hurt a flea.He was wary of new marriage after his divorce because he could not hurt a flea.That monstrosity of a building is not hurting a flea as it blocks our whole view of the beach.None is correctOption B
‘Not hurt a flea’ means to be unable to harm anyone.
- Way forward
We will be out of here way forward. I just have to reset the routerYou can easily bake a cake from scratch. It will be done way forward.I can’t believe how quickly our children have grown up. Way forward they will be off to college.My boss has called a meeting so that we can decide what the best way forward would be.None is correctOption D
‘Way forward’ means an action plan that is devised to lead to a successful outcome.
It is really tragic that in today’s progressive world, the evil of dowry continues to exist in all its horrid forms.Many homes are broken and several families are driven to ruin only because they are too poor to afford a rich dowry.Experts say a more consumerist and aspirational society has simply fuelled the traditional drivers for dowries, which is in contrast to the previous primary consideration for the selection of a bride.Now, dowry is the first and the only consideration in a majority of the matrimonial alliances.Women in India are tortured in the name of culture giving rise to crimes like domestic violence, rape, molestation and many more.Option E
The given statements(A,B,C,D) talk specifically about the problems of women in India due to the custom of giving dowry whereas option E speaks about the increasing crimes against women in the Indian society in general.
Such outbursts of violence have been on the increase in the county in the recent past.Clashes between different communities, economic groups and political parties are quite frequent.They not only result in a great loss to national life and properly but also create a bad blood amongst different sections of the people.All this poses a great danger to the unity and freedom of the countryReligious violence in India, especially in recent times, has generally involved Hindus and Muslims.Option E
The given statements (A,B,C,D) talk about the causes and effects of communal riots whereas option E talks about the communal riots in India involving two religious groups.
A planned population control program should be launched to check the phenomenal growth in population in our country.The first step, of course is the education of the people. Their whole mental outlook must be changed.They have to realize that it is a sin to have a large family.Besides this, an improvement in the economic condition of the people will also bring down the birth rate.The areas with the highest rate of population decline are Zeeland Flanders, Southern Limburg and northern Groningen.Option E
Option E talks about the population decline statistics of some countries. Other statements talk about the initiatives that can be taken to control overpopulation.
Strongholds of corruption are the departments like the P.W.D., Railways, Tele-communication, Banks, department dealing with exports and imports, taxes, quota-permits and licenses.Documents and office files do not move unless we grease the palm of the concerned officials.One cannot get the official copy of court judgment from the copying agency in a court unless one pays a fat sum to the agency typist in addition to the official court fee.One can get one’s seat in a train booked easily if one is prepared to pay an extra tip to the booking clerk.The chief convict was granted bail having the power of money.Option E
Options A, B, C and D talk about the areas encrypted with corruption whereas option E is a case in which the implication of corruption can be witnessed.
Directions(9-10): Choose one of the phrases given below each statement that should be placed in the blank space provided so as to make a meaningful and grammatically correct sentence.
The country is experiencing high rates of development and urbanisation, so it is ______.Advisable that checks are put on these economic ambitions.Obvious that these economic ambitions are top priority of the current government.Imperative that these economic ambitions are balanced with a sustainable development.In the interest of the country to restrict these economic ambitions.None of the aboveOption C
In the given sentence, high rates of development and urbanisation in the country have been referred and we need an appropriate phrase to make it meaningful. No one would advise to put checks on development and urbanisation or restrict them. Also, high rates of development and urbanisation are positive features and not adverse situation that
need top priority. Thus, option B makes the sentence grammatically correct and meaningful
- From dealing with inadequate medical infrastructure and resources, to being overworked in public hospitals, the _______.
Problem of high mortality rate in the country is getting worse.Public is facing lot of problems in dealing with health-related issues.Workplaces of doctors have become high-pressure environments.Media is highlighting the problems faced by public.None of the AboveOption C
In the given sentence, ‘dealing with inadequate medical infrastructure and resource’ and ‘being overworked in public hospitals’ indicate that either doctors or other staff working at public hospitals have been talked about. Among the given options, ‘doctors’ have been mentioned only in option C.
Directions(5-8): Five statements are given below, labeled A, B, C, D and E. Among these, four statements are in logical order and form a coherent paragraph/passage. From the given options, choose the option that does not fit into the theme of the passage.