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1. The Superintendent who was on a surprise visit to the post office entered the mails branch and said, ‘it is high lime that the postmen ......... to their beats
(a) g o (b) went
(c) shall go (d) should have gone
2. Neither of us .................. fit for the job of a postman
(a) is (b) could (c) are (d) can
3. As the postman of this beat I am your friend.............?
(a) amn’t (b) isn’t (c) doesn’t I (d) aren’t I
4. One of the weighing scales .................... received in a damaged condition.
(a) was (b) were (c) did (d) being
5. ‘This building is very old’ the postmaster said, ‘ I have to search for an ............. building for the post office’.
(a) alternate (b) alternative (c) alterant (d) alterant
Directions : Qn. 6-10 Select the word for the definition given.
6. Arrange into different groups according to certain criterion,
(a) sort (b) divide (c) dispatch (d) pos t
7. Bag of letters for conveyance by post.
(a) mail (b) male (c) maile (d) melee
8. With great speed
(a) post - haste (b) post- chaise (c) post-horse (d) post-horn
9. One who collects and studies postage stamps
(a) philander (b) philanthropist (c) philatelist (d) phillumenist
10. A special commemorative postmark.
(a) cache (b) cachet (c) catheter (d) cathode

ANSWERS
1. (b) Went
2. (a) is
3. (b) isn’t I
4. (a) was
5. (a) alternate
6. (a) sort
7. (a) mail
8. (a) post haste
9. (c) philatelist
10. (b) cachet

1. Who was India’s nominee for the post of U.N. Secretary General
(a) Lalith Mansingh (b) Chinmaya R. Gharekhan
(c) Indra Nooyi (d) Shashi Tharoor
2. Which of the following is TRUE of Chikungunya?
(a) A viral illness spread by mosquito (b) An illness spread by chicken
(c) A fungal illness spread by mosquito
(d) A bacterial illness spread by mosquito
3. Which country created news in October 2006 by announcing that it performed nuclear weapons test?
(a) France (b) Israel (c) South Korea (d) North Korea
4. Which of the following is NOT TRUE of India?
(a) Smallest state is Goa (b) Least populous state is Sikkim
(c) Area wise the largest state is Rajasthan
(d) Most populous state is Tamilnadu
5. As Rajghat is associated with Mahatma Gandhi and Santivan with Nehru, which place is associated with B.R.Ambedkar?
(a) Sakthisthal (b) Veerbhoomi
(c) Chaithrabhoomi (d) Vijayaghat
6. Who wrote the book ‘‘The annhilation of caste’?
(a) B.R. Ambedkar (b) Kanshi Ram
(c) Mayawati (d) Ram Vilas Paswan
7. ‘‘Self respect is a most vital factor in life. Without it man is a mere cipher. Who said this?
(a) Alexander Pope (b) Erich Segal (c) B.R. Ambedkar(d) George Eliot
8. Which among the following mountain peaks is the highest?
(a) Nanda Devi (b) Kanchenjunga (c) Badrinath (d) Nunkun
9. Which of the following is NOT TRUE of India’s national flag?
(a) It is a horizontal tri-colour(b) The ratio between the width of the flag to its length is two to five
(c) Its design was adopted by the Constitutent Assembly on 22 July, 1947.
(d) Its use and display are regulated by a code
10. Which was the first political occassion when ‘Vande Mataram’ was sung?
(a) 1896 session of the INC (b) 1912 session of the INC
(c) On 15 August 1947 (d) On 26 January 1950

ANSWERS
1. (d) Sashi Tharoor
2. (a) A viral illness spread by mosquito
3. (d) North Korea
4. (d) Most populous state is Tamilnadu
5. (c) Chaithrabhoomi
6. (a) B.R. Ambedkar
7. (c) B.R. Ambedkar
8. (b) Kanchenjunga
9. (b) The ratio between the width of the flag to its length is two to five

10. (a) 1896 session of the INC (Held at Kolkotha, translated in to English by Aurobindo Ghosh)

1. Which of the following is TRUE of Indian Standard Time?
(a) 5.5 hours ahead of GMT (b) 4.5 hours ahead of GMT
(c) 3.5 hours ahead of GMT (d) 2.5 hours ahead of GMT
2. On May 11, 2000 India’s population was estimated to have reached:
(a) One billion (b) Two billion (c) Three billion (d) Four billion
3. How many mother tongues are spoken in India?
(a) More than 1600 (b) Less than 500 (c) More than 2500 (d) 22
4. Some incidents in India’s freedom movement are arranged chronologicaly in the options below. Which of them is correct?
(a) First Meeting of INC, Formation of the Muslim League, Massacre of Jalianwallabagh, Moplah rebellion inMalabar
(b) Moplah rebellion in Malabar, First meeting of INC, Formation of the Muslim League, Massacre of Jalianwallabagh
(c) Massacre of Jalianwallabagh, First meeting of INC, Moplah rebelion in Malabar, Formation of Muslim League
(d) Formation of Muslim League, First meeting of INC, Moplah rebellion in Malabar, Massacre of Jalianwallabagh.
5. Which of the following is NOT TRUE of the constitution of India?
(a) It was dawn up by a Constituent Assembly
(b) It came into effect on 15 August 1947
(c) It closely follows the British Parliamentary model
(d) It differs from the British Parliamentary model in holding that the constitution is supreme and not parliament.
6. What is a group of owls called?
(a) A parliament of (b) A bed of (c) A shoal of (d) A flock of
7. Which is India Post’s web site?
(a) indiapost.co.in (b) indiapost.net
(c) indiapost.gov.in (d) indiapost.com
8. Who among the following is given the credit of establishing the modern postal system in India?
(a) Lord Clive (b) Lord Mountbatten
(c) Lalith Mansingh (d) Shashi Tharoor
9. Expand the abbreviation G.P.O
(a) Generic Post Office (b) General Post Office
(c) Group Post Office (d) Grand Post Office
10. PIN Code Zone No.6 includes besides Kerala:
(a) Karnataka and Tamilnadu (b) Tamilnadu and Lakshadweep
(c) Tamilnadu (d) Karnataka

ANSWERS
1. (a) 5.5 hours ahead of GMT
2. (a) One billion
3. (a) More than 1600
4. (a) First meeting of INC (1885) Formation of the Muslim League (1906), Massacre of Jalianwallabagh (1919),
Moplah rebellion in Malabar (1921)
5. (b) It came into effect on 15 August 1947 (Correct answer 26-1-1950)
6. (a) A parliament of owls
7. (c) Indiaapost.gov. in
8. (a) Lord Clive in 1766
9. (b) General Post Office
10. (b) Tamilnadu and Lakshadweep


Reasoning and Clerical Ability
Qn. 1-10 are based on the passage given below. Read the passage carefully before answering the  questions. 
The expression ‘the bird’ appearing in the questions may be taken to mean the bird described in the passage)The size of the bird is that of a house crow about 32cm. It is a familiar slaty grey bird with glistening metallic green,purple and magenta sheen on neck and upper breast. There are two dark bars on wings, and a band across the end oftail.sexes are alike. In the field the bird is seen in focks and colonies, about cliffs and human habitations. Distribution is throughout the Indian Union locally upto 4,000 meters in the Himalayas; Bangladesh; Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Myanmar. Resident, but also partial local migrant. Two races concern us, differentiated on size and colouration details. In its perfectly wild state the bird affects open country with cliffs and rocky hills. Mostly seen in semi-domesticated condition, living as a commensal of man and largely adulterated through inter breeding with fancy artificial strains. This semi feral stock has become thoroughly inured to the din and bustle of urban life and is now well established in most Indian towns. Grain warehouses, railway stations, and old or disused buildings are their favourite hunts. Wild birds occupy cliffs, and crumbling battlements of hill forts, etc., and glean in outlying cultivation. Food includes cereals, pulses etc. Nestingseason is undefined, practically all year in semi-feral birds. Nest is a flimsy collection of a few sticks on a ledge, in a fissure of cliff, on  ceilings of dwelling houses etc.

1. Which of the following is NOT TRUE of the size of the bird?
(a) Smaller than a peacock (b) Bigger than a house sparrow
(c) Of the size of a house crow (d) As big as a vulture
2. Which is TRUE of the bird?
(a) It is not seen in the Himalayas (b) It does not migrate at all
(c) It is not seen in semi-domesticated condition
(d) Its nesting season is undefined
3. Which of the following is the predominant colour of the bird?
(a) Metallic green (b) Slaty grey (c) Purple (d) Magenta
4. Which is NOT TRUE of the semi-feral stock?
(a) Adapted to urban life
(b) Well established in most Indian towns
(c) Occupy cliffs (d) A commensal of man
5. How is semi-feral stock adulterated?
(a) By the din and bustle of urban life
(b) By interbreeding with fancy strains (c) By occupying disused buildings
(d) By gleaning in cultivation
6. Which is TRUE?
(a) Male is smaller than female (b) Male is larger than female
(c) Male is more colourful than female (d) Male and female are alike
7. Identify the correct statement
(a) The bird is not seen in any of the SAARC countries
(b) In India the bird is seen only in the south
(c) The bird is distributed in Pakistan and some other countries
(d) The bird is predominantly migrant
8. How are the races of the bird differentiated?
(a) On size only (b) On size, colouration details, and flock size
(c) On size and colouration details
(d) On field characters
9. Do you think you can find the bird in the Everest peak?
(a) No chance (b) Definitely
(c) In plenty (d) In small numbers
10. Here is the last question. Identify the bird
(a) Kingfisher (b) Woodpecker
(c) Crow (d) Blue Rock Pigeon

ANSWERS
1. (d) Asbig as a vulure
2. (d) Its nesting season is undefined
3. (b) Slaty grey
4. (c) Occupy cliffs
5. (b) By interbreeding with fancy strains
6. (d) Male and female are alike
7. (d) The bird is predominantly migrant
8. (c) On size and colouration details
9. (a) No chance
10. (d) Blue Rock Pigeon

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