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volume-41,12-18 January 2019


Question Paper of NDA & NA Exam (II) 2017

General Ability Test

Selecting Words

Directions: In the following passage, at certain points you are given a choice of four words marked (a), (b), (c) and (d), one of which fits the meaning of the passage. Choose the best word out of the four. Mark the letter, viz., (a), (b), (c) or (d), relating to this word on your Answer Sheet. Examples K and L have been solved for you.


The (a) boy (b) horse (c) dog (d) cow was in the school in Shimla.


(a)          She (b) It (c) He (d) Her was homesick.

Explanation: Out of the list given in item K, only, 'boy' is the correct answer because usually, a boy, and not a horse, a dog or a cow, attends school. So '(a)' is to be marked on the Answer Sheet for item K, A boy is usually referred to as 'he, so for item L, '(c)' is the correct answer. Notice that to solve the first item K you have to-read the rest of the sentence and then see what fits best.


After this incident I went to Nainital, and returned after nearly a month. I had

Q1. (a) hardly (b) barely (c) merely (d) rarely

taken Q2. (a) Out (b) away (c) off (d) on

my clothes when I saw Gangu standing Q3.  (a) by (b) near (c) with (d) at

a new baby. He was Q4. (a) jumping (b) bursting (c) dancing (d) singing

with joy. Even Nanda Q5. (a) could (b) would (c) should (d) ought not have

Q6. (a) experimented (b) shown (c) felt (d) heard such joy

Q7. (a) at (b) in (c) on (d) into getting Krishna.

His face had the same Q8. (a) light (b) glow (c) sense (d) hope

that Q9.                (a) comes (b) appears (c) rises (d) shows

on the face of a Q10. (a) starved (b) starving (c) hungary (d) satisfied man after a full meal.

Q11.       Tendons through which muscles are connected to bones are tightly compacted bundles of which one of the following long fibrous protein?

(a)          Fibrin     (b) Collagen

(c)           Elastin   (d) Cellulose

Q12.       Which one of the following is the scientific name of the causal organism of elephanti-asis?

(a)          Ascaris lumbricoides

(b)          Culex pipiens

(c)           Wuchereria bancrofti

(d)          Fasciola hepatica

Q13.       Melanin is the natural pigment that gives colour to human skin, hair and the iris. It provides protection against

(a)          Ultraviolet radiation

(b)          Infrared radiation

(c)           X-ray radiation

(d)          Short wave radio radiation

Q14.       Intake of which one of the following food components should be minimized by patients having Gouty Arthritis due to elevated serum uric acid level?

(a)          Food fibres

(b)          Nucleic acids

(c)           Lipids

                (d) Carbohydrates

Q15.       Which one of the following statements about microbes is not correct?

(a)          They are used in sewage treatment plants.

(b)          They are used in industrial fermenters for the production of beverages.

(c)           No antibiotic has been obtained from any microbe.

(d)          They are used to get many bioactive molecules for the treatment of diseases.

Q16.       Golden rice is a genetically-modified crop plant where the incorporated gene is meant for biosynthesis of

(a)          Omega-3 fatty acids

(b)          Vitamin A

(c)           Vitamin B

(d)          Vitamin C

Q17.       An object moves in a circular path with a constant speed. Which one of the following statements is correct?

(a)          The centripetal acceler-ation of the object is smaller for a gentle curve (i.e., curve of larger radius) than that for a sharp curve (i.e., curve of smaller radius).

(b)          The centripetal acceler-ation is greater for a gentle curve than that for a sharp curve.

(c)           The centripetal acceler-ation is the same for both, the gentle and sharp curves.

(d)          The centripetal acceler-ation causes the object to slow down.

Q18.       The force acting on a particle of mass m moving along the x-axis is given by F(x) = Ax2 - Bx. Which one of the following is the potential energy of the particle?

(a)          2Ax - B

(b)          x2 (2Ax - 3B)


(c)           Ax3 - Bx2

(d)          Zero

Q19.       The symbol of SI unit of inductance is H. It stands for

(a)          Holm     (b) Halogen

(c)           Henry    (d) Hertz

Q20. In a vacuum, a five-rupee coin, a feather of a sparrow bird and a mango are dropped simultaneously from the same height. The time taken by them to reach the bottom is t1, t2 and t3 respectively. In this situation, we will observe that

(a)          t1 > t2 > t3

(b)          t1 > t3 > t2

(c)           t3 > t1 > t2

(d)          t1 = t2 = t3

Q21.       Electron emission from a metallic surface by application of light is known as

(a)          Thermionic emission

(b)          Photoelectric emission

(c)           High field emission

(d)          Autoelectronic emission

Q22. How long does light take to reach the Earth from the Sun?

(a)          About 4 minutes

(b)          About 8 minutes

(c)           About 24 minutes

(d)          About 24 hours

Q23.       Radioactivity is mea-sured by

(a)          GM Counter

(b)          Polarimeter

(c)           Calorimeter

(d)          Colorimeter

Q24.       The mirrors used as rear-view mirrors in vehicles are

(a)          concave               (b) convex

(c)           cylindrical            (d) plane

Q25.       Which one of the following waves is used for detecting forgery in currency notes?

(a)          Ultraviolet waves

(b)          Infrared waves

(c)           Radio waves

(d)          Microwaves

Q26.       The majority charge carriers in a p-type semiconductor are

(a)          free electrons

(b)          conduction electrons

(c)           ions        (d) holes

Q27. The ionization energy of hydrogen atom in the ground state is

(a)          13.6 MeV

(b)          13.6 eV

(c)           13.6 Joule

(d)          Zero

Q28.       When pure water boils vigorously, the bubbles that rise to the surface are composed primarily of

(a)          air                           (b) hydrogen

(c)           hydrogen and oxygen

(d)          water vapour

Q29. Which compound, when dissolved in water, conducts electricity and forms a basic solution?

(a)          HCl

(b)          CH3COOH

(c)           CH3OH

(d)          NaOH

Q30.       The principal use of hydrofluoric acid is

(a)          in etching glass

(b)          as a bleaching agent

(c)           as an extremely strong oxidizing agent

(d)          in the preparation of strong organic fluorine compounds

Q31. The species that has the same number of electrons as 35 Cl is


(a)          16                           (b) 34 S+

                32 S             16

(c)           40 Ar      (d) 35 S2+

                18                                16

Q32.       The compound C6H12O4 contains

(a)          22 atoms per mole

(b)          twice the mass percent of H as compared to the mass percent of C

(c)           six times the mass percent of C as compared to the mass percent of H

(d)          thrice the mass percent of H as compared to the mass percent of O

Q33.       The proposition 'equal volumes of different gases contain equal numbers of molecules at the same temperature and pressure' is known as

(a)          Avogadro's hypothesis

(b)          Gay-Lussac's hypothesis

(c)           Planck's hypothesis

(d)          Kirchhoff 's theory

Q34.       Which one of the following statements about the Ilbert Bill is correct?

(a)          It proposed that the Indian magistrates would try Europeans in criminal cases.

(b)          It allowed Indians to file criminal cases against Europeans.

(c)           It authorized Indian ICS officers to try Europeans in courts.

(d)          It was an agitation led by Ilbert in support of the nationalists.

Q35.       Who among the following can attend the meetings of both Houses of Parliament while not being a member of either House?

(a)          The Solicitor General of India

(b)          The Vice-President of India

(c)           The Comptroller and Auditor General of India

(d)          The Attorney General of India

Q36. Who among the following was believed to be a leader of the Sanyasis and Fakirs conspiring against the British in 1857?

(a)          Mangal Pandey

(b)          Bahadur Shah II

(c)           Queen Zeenat Mahal

(d)          Nana Sahib

Q37.       Who among the follow-ing was the founder of the Avadh Kingdom in the 18th century?

(a)          Murshid Quli Khan

(b)          Saadat Khan

(c)           Alivardi Khan

(d)          Sarfaraz Khan

Q38.       Who among the follow-ing was the founder of the Young Bengal Movement?

(a)          Henry Vivian Derozio

(b)          David Hare

(c)           Dwarkanath Tagore

(d)          Prasanna Kumar Tagore

Q39.       Which one of the following statements about the Quit India Movement is not correct?

(a)          It broke out in August 1942.

(b)          Ahmedabad Textile Mills went on strike for more than three months.

(c)           Muslim League and Hindu Mahasabha actively parti-cipated in the movement.

(d)          Communist Party did not support the movement.

Q40.       Who among the following is the winner of the Singapore Open Superseries Badminton Men's Singles title 2017?

(a)          Kidambi Srikanth

(b)          Lin Dan

(c)           B. Sai Praneeth

(d)          Kento Momota

Q41.       Koradi Thermal Power Station is located in

(a)          Nagpur  (b) Raipur

(c)           Mumbai (d) Secunderabad

Q42.       Which one of the following is the theme of the International Day for Monuments and Sites (World Heritage Day) 2017?

(a)          The Heritage of Sport

(b) Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism

(c)           Past and Present Heritage

(d)          Heritage and Science

Q43.       In April 2017, USA dropped MOAB (Massive Ordnance Air Blast popularly known as the Mother of All Bombs) in the suspected hideouts of militants in which one of the following countries?

(a)          Iran        (b) Syria

(c)           Afghanistan (d) Somalia

Q44.       Who among the follow-ing is the Chairman of the Interdisciplinary Committee constituted recently by the Govern-ment of India to examine framework for virtual currencies?

(a)          Secretary, Department of Financial Services

(b)          Special Secretary, Department of Revenue

(c)           Special Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs

(d)          Deputy Governor, Reserve Bank of India

Q45.       SAMPADA scheme is being implemented by the Ministry of

(a)          Finance

(b)          Housing and Urban Affairs

(c)           Food Processing Industries

(d)          Earth Sciences

Q46.       The shortest day length that occurs in the Nort-hern hemisphere is on

(a)          21st March

(b)          23rd September

(c)           22nd November

(d)          22nd December

Q47. The Indian Railways have gone in for qualitative improvements since independence. Which of the following have taken place in recent years?

  1. Gauge conversion
  2. Track electrification
  3. Automatic signals

                Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

(a)          1 and 2 only

(b)          2 and 3 only

(c)           1 and 3 only

(d)          1, 2 and 3

Q48.       In India, maximum amount of rainfall is received from

(a)          Western Disturbances

(b)          North-east Monsoon

(c)           South-west Monsoon

(d)          Retreating Monsoon