**Directions (Q.1 – Q.10): In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each**

**number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningfully complete.**

The idea to monetise gold is by no

**new. In fact, various schemes to**

__(1)__**the gold**

__(2)__**already exist. Though launched with a lot of fanfare, they have**

__(3)__**very little subscription. On economic as well as practical grounds, there has been a continuing need for a scheme, which would basically seek to**

__(4)__**gold now lying idle in households, religious institutions and so on and convert them into financial assets. The objective has been to remove the disincentives that have**

__(5)__**earlier schemes. The bait offered is interest plus the promise that those who deposit gold now can take it back as gold. The interest rate offered on similar schemes so far has been nominal, and this might have been a**

__(6)__**to many prospective depositors. In the latest scheme, there is a promise of tax exemption on top of higher interest rates. If implemented, that would enhance the attractiveness of the scheme but — for many other reasons — will hardly be a clincher. Even more problematic is the sales pitch based on ‘gold in gold out’, meaning you can take back your initial investment in the same form, namely as gold. This is**

__(7)__**even though the government is not**

__(8)__**facts. However, much the government assures them that the gold value will be protected and that even the interest will be paid in gold, there is bound to be a**

__(9)__**from many households. This is because gold in the jewellery will be melted down after removing the sludge in the form of bars.**

__(10)__**Q1.**

1) respect

2) distress

3) fact

4) means

5) season

2) distress

3) fact

4) means

5) season

**Q2.**
1) account

2) recurring

3) tap

4) pious

5) bid

2) recurring

3) tap

4) pious

5) bid

**Q3.**
1) hoard

2) tried

3) link

4) aura

5) crux

2) tried

3) link

4) aura

5) crux

**Q4.**
1) dispersed

2) garnered

3) used

4) attached

5) threw

3) used

4) attached

5) threw

**Q5.**
1) disgust

2) lure

3) prevent

4) shun

5) release

3) prevent

4) shun

5) release

**Q6.**
1) squandered

2) dissipated

3) debt

4) agglomerate

5) bedevilled

3) debt

4) agglomerate

5) bedevilled

**Q7.**
1) deterrent

2) preserved

3) promoted

4) above-board

5) encouragement

3) promoted

4) above-board

5) encouragement

**Q8.**
1) catalyst

2) reliable

3) deceptive

4) incentive

5) upright

3) deceptive

4) incentive

5) upright

**Q9.**
1) liking

2) secret

3) computing

4) distorting

5) denounced

3) computing

4) distorting

5) denounced

**Q10.**
1) submission

2) resistance

3) choice

4) compliance

5) conforming

3) choice

4) compliance

5) conforming

**Directions (Q.11–Q.15): In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five pairs of words denoted by the numbers 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 and 5 . Find out which pair of words can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same sequence to make it meaningfully complete.****11.There are several ways in _________ government as well ordinary citizens can ______________ literacy.**
1) that, prove

2) that, advance

3) which, spread

4) which, suppress

5) it, disseminate

3) which, spread

4) which, suppress

5) it, disseminate

**12.Such a _________ , ____________ in food grain production means a heavy loss for farmers.**
1) drastic, drop

2) extreme, slop

3) mild, lead

4) exorbitant, steep

5) collected, crisis

3) mild, lead

4) exorbitant, steep

5) collected, crisis

**13.There are only a few companies who can __________ projects of this __________.**
1) adjust, level

2) handle, magnitude

3) manage, height

4) cooperate, box

5) arrange, depth

3) manage, height

4) cooperate, box

5) arrange, depth

**14.The solutions are to avoid the _________ altogether, by ___________ a slightly different route.**
1) impasse, taking

2) clitches, using

3) plights, showing

4) gridlock, liking

5) dilemma, tracking

3) plights, showing

4) gridlock, liking

5) dilemma, tracking

**15.The number of students _______ sick has reduced ____________ because of the new sports facilities.**
1) having, almost

2) claiming, more

3) being, little

4) complaining, highly

5) reporting, significantly

Answer 2. 3

Answer 3. 1

Answer 4. 2

Answer 5. 2

Answer 6. 5

Answer 7. 1

Answer 8. 3

Answer 9. 4

Answer 10. 2

Answer 11. 3

Answer 12. 1

Answer 13. 2

Answer 14. 1

Answer 15. 5

3) being, little

4) complaining, highly

5) reporting, significantly

### Answer Key –

Answer 1. 4Answer 2. 3

Answer 3. 1

Answer 4. 2

Answer 5. 2

Answer 6. 5

Answer 7. 1

Answer 8. 3

Answer 9. 4

Answer 10. 2

Answer 11. 3

Answer 12. 1

Answer 13. 2

Answer 14. 1

Answer 15. 5

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