English Test for NIACL AO Prelims Exam Set – 3

Direction (1-5): In each question below a sentence is given with two blanks in each. Each question is followed by four options with two words in each. You have to select that option as your answer which can fill both the blanks of the sentence.

  1. The provisions of the new Higher Education Commission of India (HECI) Bill drafted by the Centre have far-reaching implications for the ______________ and quality of human resource development, at a time when access to skill-building and educational opportunity are vitally important. There were 864 ______________ universities and 40,026 colleges in the country in 2016-17, while the gross enrolment ratio of students was only about 26%.
    extension, anonymous
    expansion, recognised
    amplification, neglected
    dilation, incognito
    All are Correct
    Option B

     

  2. The mandate in Mexico could not have been more predictable, as frontrunner Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the presidential election very comfortably on Sunday. “The rice is cooked,” he declared as his expected victory materialised. The overwhelming mandate is a case of third-time lucky, the story of a contender who picked up the pieces after a razor-thin defeat in 2006 and another blow in the 2012 elections. Mr. Lopez Obrador found electoral ______________ with a people deeply disillusioned with rampant corruption and crime as well as a leadership seen to be ______________.
    relaxation, afloat
    crack, astray
    resonance, adrift
    foible, amiss
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  3. The Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India has ______________ a proposal to allow the Life Insurance Corporation of India to increase its stake in the ailing state-owned IDBI Bank to 51%. The plan envisages the insurer injecting much- needed capital into the financially stressed lender, which was placed under the Reserve Bank of India’s prompt corrective action framework in May 2017 as a consequence of its non-performing assets rising beyond a ______________.
    endorsed, sill
    allowed, verge
    sanctioned, brink
    approved, threshold
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  4. When the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off on June 14 in Moscow, there was no single favourite. A clutch of high-quality and well-matched sides such as France, Germany, Spain and Brazil added to the ______________. So much so that even educated guesses on who would get past the league stage were off the mark. Two weeks later, the fans are no closer to an answer on who may lift the trophy, but this hasn’t come at the cost of some ______________ action. The fact that it took 37 games for the first 0-0 draw is a testament to the excellence at this World Cup.
    tempt, tedious
    fascinate, monotonous
    charisma, annoying
    allure, riveting
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  5. New Delhi has clearly opted for a ______________ offensive in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The red carpet laid out for the visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure last week came against the backdrop of setbacks in the bilateral relationship owing to the Assumption Island agreement being put on hold. The pact, to build a naval base on the island, was seen as a major strategic ______________ of India’s IOR naval capacities and had been under discussion since 2003. It was finally signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the Seychelles in 2015.
    charm, enhancement
    flabbergast, melioration
    repulsion, enrichment
    bore, entrenchment
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In each of the following questions there are sentences. There is error in one of the parts. Mark the option which contains error parts as your answer. If no part contains error mark option E as your answer.

  7. (A) At least the Sun thrives upon chaos. The savage parliamentary mauling of Britain’s withdrawal agreement with the European Union allowed Rupert Murdoch’s /(B) pet tabloid to unveil on Wednesday morning a front page of grandly gleeful malevolence. /(C) Under the headline Brextinct, it conjured a creepy chimera of Theresa May’s head pasted on to the body of a dodo. /(D) But the thing about such surreal pictures is that it is not easy to control their interpretation. From the outside, this one seemed to suggest much more than the immediately intended message that both May and her deal are politically dead.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option A
    upon = on

     

  8. (A) There are moments in life when your heart sinks. I had one last night, right at the start of my terrifying debut on Question Time. /(B) Isabel Oakeshott had just said we should leave the EU with no deal. /(C) And the audience cheered. Not a subdued, start-of-the-evening, not-quite-warmed-up cheer. But a roar. A loud one. Shit, I thought. /(D) Do I dare point to out the problems with this? Because there are problems aplenty.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option D
    to = omit to

     

  9. (A) For better or for worse, one of post-imperial Britain’s favoured methods of understanding itself has been through the prism of the royal family. /(B) We come together at royal weddings and jubilees, some like to say, while others do so in front of box sets of The Crown. /(C) Brexit, on the other hand, has long been a straight-up car metaphor. Cars are far and away the most popular way of understanding what might be happening to us. /(D) Remainers warn of “a car being driven off a cliff” or of Theresa May “running out of road”; Brexiteers talk of “taking the wheel” and “the open road”.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option E

     

  10. (A) One of Brexit’s more pernicious aspects, even before you get to its actual flaws, is its tendency to suck all available oxygen unto itself, /(B) to drain resources that might otherwise have gone elsewhere. /(C) Before the referendum, civil servants warned that such a task – untangling 40 years of legal agreements, ripping out a delicate web of connections that had become embedded – would consume all their energies. /(D) Naturally, their warnings were dismissed like Project Fear.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option D
    like = as

     

  11. (A) Ofsted inspectors have found three of the UK’s four Steiner state schools “inadequate”, /(B) in reports that will be publishing this week. Their core concerns are believed to be safeguarding, /(C) bullying and a lack of support for children with special educational needs. /(D) A number of private Steiner schools have also been deemed inadequate.
    A
    B
    C
    D
    NE
    Option B
    publishing = published

     


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