Direction (Q. 1-5): Each of the following idioms is followed by alternative meanings of which one is correct. Find out the correct meaning, of each idiom and mark the number of that meaning as your answer. If none of these meanings is correct mark 4), ie None of these, as your answer.
Direction (Q. 6-10): In each of the questions below, four sentences are given which are denoted by A), B), C) and D). By using all the four sentences you have to frame a meaningful paragraph. The correct order of the sentences is your answer. Choose from the four alternatives the one having the correct order of sentences and mark it as your answer.
A) What is more interesting is that you can discover the intricate patterns of life through its designs.
B) Rajasthan is at its colourful best during fairs and festivals and special celebrations.
C) The sheer variety of patterns and colours in the state's turbans and dupattas is amazing.
D) It is during the festive occasions that the desertdwellers dress in their colourful best.
A) People now wal k, run, eat and s leep with the faithful mobile by their side.
B) Once termed as a luxury item, it is now sported by almost everyone.
C) If earlier it was flaunted as a status symbol, now it seems to have acquired the status of indispensability.
D) The mobile phone has become a natural extension of a person's being.
A) The authorities need to provide proper coaching arena and coaches to mould upcoming players.
B) Sports should be made an active part of the school curriculum to facilitate its growth.
C) It's been decades since we felt the joy, the feeling of being on top of the world after winning an Olympic gold.
D) Our medal tally in the recent Olympics presents such a dismal picture that one wonders if all our sports activities have come to a standstill.
A) Not surprisingly, both Pandian and Mukherjee arrived at similar conclusions even if the situations into which they were inquiring differed quite substantially.
B) This is precisely why the quick and efficient way in which the commissions headed by Justice SR Pandian and Lt Gen JR Mukherjee, inquiring into the Bnrakpora and Pahalgam firing respectively, came up with their reports and the equally prompt punishment meted out by the J&K government to the security personnel involved, is reassuring.
C) It represents an effort to address some particularly ugly and nagging doubts about the conduct of the very people appointed to ensure peace and security in the region.
D) In Jammu and Kashmir, terrorist attacks mounted by politically motivated desperadoes and human rights abuse resorted to by security personnel have been part of a vicious cycle for years.
A) With fairly frequent occurrences of damaging earthquakes and landslides all along its arcuate ranges, it demarcates a zone of intense natural hazards and seismic risk.
B) It is here that people often tell tales of numerous tragedies, which have struck the area in the past.
C) Himalaya is tectonically active, geologically fragile, historically an abode of catastrophe, technologically neglected and economically handicapped.
D) Natural disasters take not only heavy toll of life and property or derail national economies but in some cases they also wipe out the future of generations yet to be born.