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English Quiz for NIACL AO Mains Exam- 2019

Directions (1-5): Read the following passage and answer the following questions given below. Some words are given in bold to help you answer some of the questions given below.
Secularism is the concept of independence of the state and the religious groups. This is an ideology which is highly important for a democratic country and especially the one where people from various religions reside. Secularism ensures the freedom of expression of ideas and beliefs of one and all. It also helps in the peaceful functioning of the state.
India is a country comprising of various religions such as Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, etc. Secularism is one of the most important achievements of independent India as it has ensured equal treatment of people in all aspects regardless of their caste, religion, beliefs, etc. After the colonial struggle and their concept of Divide and Rule, our foundations and unity among different religious groups were shattered. (A) This called for the establishment of a secular state where government does not formulate policies and makes decisions favoring or loathed a particular religious group or caste.
The inculcation of secularism in the constitution brings along many other fundamental rights of the citizens of the country such as the right to expression and religious freedom. India being home to people of a large number of religions, it is more prone to religious conflicts and other political and social damage. Secularism here ensures the proper and fair functioning of the government meanwhile providing all the religious groups with the rights to practice the religion of their choice and express their opinions and beliefs freely without fear or hesitation.
There have been certain instances in history where the majority groups have tried to establish their dominance over various minority groups and sometimes also on the government. The implementation of secularism has kept this issue in check by working independently from the religious groups and giving out equal freedom to all the religions and castes. Secularism also has some threats and barriers but it is the responsibility of the secular state to work tirelessly with the goal of achieving peace and understanding among all the religions prevailing and allow the harmonious working of the governmental organizations meanwhile providing fundamental rights to all the citizens irrespective of their caste, religion, beliefs etc.
Hence, it can be concluded that for a diverse country like India, introduction of secularism is indeed a blessing as people can express their opinions freely and can openly profess or practice the religion of their choice or choose not to practice any at all.

Q1. In the passage given, a sentence (A) is given in BOLD. There may or may not be an error in one part of the sentence. Choose the part which has an error in it as your answer. If there in no error then choose option (E) as your answer.
 This called for the establishment of a secular state
 where government does not formulate
 policies and makes decisions favoring or
 loathed a particular religious group or caste
 No error

Q2. Which is SIMILAR in meaning to the word INCULCATION given in BOLD?
 forbid
 lavish
 embed
 promotion
 truth

Q3. Which of the following is/are TRUE in context of the passage?
 Secularism ensures the freedom of expression of ideas and beliefs of one and all.
 There have been certain instances in history where the majority groups have tried to establish their dominance over various minority groups and sometimes also on the government.
 After the colonial struggle and their concept of Divide and Rule, our foundations and unity among different religious groups were shattered.
 India being home to people of a large number of religions, it is more prone to religious conflicts and other political and social damage.
 All are correct

Q4. How according to the author, Secularism is a blessing for India?
 As people can express their opinions freely
 As people can practice any religion of their choice
 A person can choose to be an agnostic if he wants to
 Only (a) and (b)
 All (a), (b) and (c)

Q5. Which is OPPOSITE in meaning to the word PREVAILING given in BOLD?
 fixed
 dominant
 unfixed
 current
 prevalent

Directions (6-10): Read each of the following sentences to find out if there is any grammatical error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of this part is your answer. If no such error is there, mark (e) as your answer.

Q6. The Electronic Voting Machine process, despite (A)/the plethora of grievances about its function (B)/from the Opposition parties, is a (C)/major improvement over paper-based voting. (D)/

 A
 B
 C
 D
 No error

Q7. There has been no evidence of EVM-tampering as claimed by (A)/some parties also, administrative and technical safeguards (B)/instituted by the ECI and EVM manufacturers (C)/have held steady for the introduction of the EVM. (D)/
 A
 B
 C
 D
 No error

Q8. During the parliamentary by-elections in Uttar Pradesh and (A)/Bihar, and Assembly elections in Karnataka in (B)/2018, VVPAT glitches resulting in machine replacement (C)/rates rising to 20% and 4%, respectively. (D)/
 A
 B
 C
 D
 No error

Q9. Deployment off improved (A)/machines should help (B)/ curb glitches in (C)/the Lok Sabha elections. (D)/
 A
 B
 C
 D
 No error

Q10. Secularism in India has been variously (A)/characterized, though few of these have done (B)/justice to the vigour with (C)/which the issue was debated in the Constituent Assembly. (D)/
 A
 B
 C
 D
 No error

Directions (11-15): Each question below has two blanks. There are five pairs of words below the sentence. Each pair is lettered. Choose the pair of words which can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same order so as to complete the sentences meaningfully.

Q11. In the aftermath of Partition, seen as the outcome of the community-based template of political competition -------------------------- under British rule, secularism was an article of faith across the ideological spectrum, though only in a limited definition as a ----------------------- sense of national identity.

 introduction, seamless
 introduce, seem
 published, diminishing
 persistently, consistently
 forgetful, duty

Q12. In the real world of dislocation and trauma, Partition ------------------- a number of local vigilante efforts to ------------------ a narrower identity on the incipient nation.
 witnessing, inscribing
 loosely, inscribed
 witnessed, inscribe
 disappeared, describing
 eye, depicted

Q13. It is on record that Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru wrote ---------------------- to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at the time, Govind Ballabh Pant, insisting that the idols ---------------------- into the Babri Masjid should be removed.
 headed, held
 urgently, lodge
 assertive, diffuse
 press, smuggle
 insistently, smuggled

Q14. If equality was a constitutional promise -------------------- to reconcile with upper caste hegemony, identity was a ---------------------- alternative.
 impede, pledge
 impossible, serviceable
 cult, reconcile
 conceal, forbid
 benign, hostile

Q15. From its birth in the 1980s, the Ayodhya campaign has ----------------- a metaphor ------------------ a minority faith’s disenfranchisement.
 although, but
 have, since
 be, gone
 had, neither
 been, for











SOLUTIONS

1.D
2.D
3.E
4.E
5.C
6.B
7.D
8.C
9.A
10.E
11.A
12.C
13.E
14.B
15.E

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