Question of English language of UPSC APFC 2016 :

Directions: The following ten (10) items (items 1 to 10) are on English Language; therefore, these items do not have Hindi Version.

  1. What is the indication out of the sentence:
    ‘I gave him a piece of my mind’?
    (a) Appreciation
    (b) Warning
    (c) Greeting
    (d) Scolding
  2. What is the meaning of the expression:
    ‘Blue blood’?
    (a) Polluted industrial waste water
    (b) Sap of teak wood
    (c) An aristocrat
    (d) A costly object
  3. ‘He was hoist by his own petard’ refers to
    (a) He had problems as a result of his own plans to hurt others
    (b) He was high up on the pole
    (c) He would usually run away from trouble
    (d) He was indifferent to his surroundings
  4. What is a Ballad?
    (a) A novel
    (b) A historical narration
    (c) A popular story or folktale in verse
    (d) Musical comedy
  5. Plagiarism means
    (a) There was an epidemic of plague in the area
    (b) It is a sort of political philosophy
    (c) It indicates a happy community spirit like in playing Holi
    (d) It is presenting the work of someone else as one’s own
  6. Rivalry between the two clans has become water under the bridge means
    (a) The rivalry continues
    (b) It has become a thing of the past
    (c) It connects the two clans
    (d) It is not forgotten
  7. Consider the sentence:
    “The teacher   gave    me     the   book’.
    1          2            3         4        5        6
    where the words are numbered for convenience of reference. Consider also the insertion of a single word ‘only’ into this sentence to indicate a desired emphasis. Where shall this word be inserted if the emphasis is to be
    (i) On the recipient
    (ii) On the uniqueness of the item given
    (iii) On the giver
    respectively (only one at a time)?
    (a) (i) Between 3-4; (ii) After 6; (iii) Between 2-3
    (b) Between 3-4; (ii) Between 5-6; (iii) Before 1
    (c) Between 4-5; (ii) Between 3-4; (iii) After 1
    (d) (i) Between 2-6; (ii) Between 4-5; (iii) Between 1-2
  8. What is the meaning of the term ‘didactic’?
    (a) Intended to be inspirational
    (b) Teaching a moral lesson
    (c) Received as comical
    (d) Sharing an informative experience
  9. Consider the statement: ‘The message of peace and brotherhood permeated the address by the Chief Guest. Which of the following is meant by ‘permeate’ in this statement?
    (a) To advocate
    (b) To spread all over
    (c) To anchor and stabilize
    (d) To leave a permanent impression
  10. Arrange the following to form a grammatically correct sentence:
    1.Einstein was
    2. Although a great scientist
    3. Weak in Arithmetic
    4. Right from his school days
    Select the correct answer using the codes given below:
    (a) 4, 1, 3 and 2
    (b) 2, 1, 3 and 4
    (c) 4, 3, 1 and 2
    (d) 2, 3, 1 and 4
Anurag Mishra Professor Asked on 12th January 2016 in English.
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1 Answer(s)
  1. (d) Scolding
  2. (c) An aristocrat 
  3. (a) He had problems as a result of his own plans to hurt others
  4. (c) A popular story or folktale in verse 
  5. (d) It is representing the work of someone else as one’s own
  6. (b) It has become a thing of the past 
  7. (b) (i) Between 3-4         (ii) Between 5-6         (iii) Before  1 
  8. (b) Teaching a moral lesson 
  9. (b) To spread all over 
  10. (b) 2, 1, 3 and 4 
Anurag Mishra Professor Answered on 13th January 2016.
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