Verbal

Question 1

Ten freiends planned to share equally the cost of buying a gift for their teacher. When two of them decided not to contribute, each of the other friends had to pay Rs 150 more. The cost of the gift was Rs. _____.

A
12000
B
666
C
3000
D
6000
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2019
Question 1 Explanation: 
Total no. of friends = 10
Gift cost = 10x
When two people are not going to contribute then remaining friends have to pay Rs 150 more.
Two friends contribution = 150 × 8 = 1200
One friend contribution = 600
Ten friends contribution = 6000
Cost of the Gift = 6000
Question 2

The expenditure on the project _____ as follows; equipment Rs.20 lakhs, salaries Rs.12 lakhs, and contingency Rs.3 lakhs.

A
break down
B
break
C
breaks down
D
breaks
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2019
Question 2 Explanation: 
Breaks down means separated (or) classify the thing into smaller parts.
Question 3

The search engine's business model _____ around the fulcrum of trust.

A
bursts
B
revolves
C
sinks
D
plays
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2019
Question 3 Explanation: 
revolves: Treat as the most important element.
Question 4
A court is to a judge as _____ is to a teacher.
A
a syllabus
B
a student
C
a punishment
D
a school
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2019
Question 4 Explanation: 
A court is to a judge as a school is to a teacher.
Question 5

The police arrested four criminals - P, Q, R and S. The criminals knew each other. They made the following statements:

P says "Q committed the crime."
Q says "S committed the crime."
R says "I did not do it."
S says "What Q said about me is false."

Assume only one of the arrested four committed the crime and only one of the statements made above is true. Who committed the crime?

A
P
B
Q
C
R
D
S
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2019
Question 5 Explanation: 
⇒ I true: 'Q' is Criminal
II, III, IV are false.
II is false: 'S' is not criminal.
IV is also false: 'S' committed crime.
There is conflict among I, IV now as P, S both should be criminals.
⇒ II true: 'S' is criminal.
I, III, IV are false.
IV is false. So, 'S' is not criminal.
III is false. So. 'R' is criminal.
There is conflict among II, III as S, R both should be criminal.
III is true: Criminal ≠ R.
I, II, IV are false.
I is false. So, 'Q' is also not criminal.
II is false. So, 'S' is not criminal.
IV is false. So, 'S' is not criminal.
Q, R, S are not criminals. So, 'P' is criminal.
IV is true: I, II, III are false.
II is false. So, 'S' is not criminal.
IV is true. So, 'S' is criminal.
I is false. So, 'Q' is not criminal.
III is false. So, 'R' is criminal.
There is conflict, as R, S both should be criminals.
Question 6

"A recent High Court judgement has sought to dispel the idea of begging as a disease — which leads to its stigmatization and criminalization — and to regard it as a symptom. The underlying disease is the failure of the state to protect citizens who fall through the social security net."

Which of the following statements can be inferred from the given passage?

A
Beggars are created because of the lack of social welfare schemes
B
Beggars are lazy people who beg because they are unwilling to work
C
Begging is an offence that has to be dealt with firmly
D
Begging has to be banned because it adversely affects the welfare of the state
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2019
Question 6 Explanation: 
Beggars are created because of the lack of social welfare scheme.
The court is judged that because of failure of the state to protect citizens through social security schemes beggars are created.
Question 7

“From where are they bringing their books? __________ bringing __________ books from __________.”

The words that best fill the blanks in the above sentence are
A
Their, they’re, there
B
They’re, their, there
C
There, their, they’re
D
They’re, there, there
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2018
Question 7 Explanation: 
Question 8

"A _______ investigation can sometimes yield new facts, but typically organized ones are more successful."

The word that best fills the blank in the above sentence is

A
meandering
B
timely
C
consistent
D
systematic
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2018
Question 8 Explanation: 
Meandering means "Proceeding in a convoluted way (or) undirected fashion".
Question 9

After RajendraChola returned from his voyage to Indonesia, he _________ to visit the temple in Thanjavur.

A
was wishing
B
is wishing
C
wished
D
had wished
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2017 set-01
Question 9 Explanation: 
When the main clause is in the past or past perfect tense, the subordinate clause must be in the past or past perfect tense.
After Rajendrachola returned from his voyage to Indonesia, he wished to visit the temple in Tanjavur.
Question 10

Research in the workplace reveals that people work for many reason __________.

A
money beside
B
beside money
C
money besides
D
besides money
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2017 set-01
Question 10 Explanation: 
Besides is an adverb (or) preposition and it is a preposition it means in addition to apart from as an adverb it means furthermore (or) as well.
Here we are using besides preposition "in addition to".
Question 11

“The hold of the nationalist imagination on our colonial past is such that anything inadequately or improperly nationalist is just not history.”

Which of the following statements best reflects the author’s opinion?

A
Nationalists are highly imaginative.
B
History is viewed through the filter of nationalism.
C
Our colonial past never happened.
D
Nationalism has to be both adequately and properly imagined.
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2017 set-01
Question 11 Explanation: 
The author is explaining about the colonial past.
That represents the history of nationalism.
Question 12

Choose the option with words that are not synonyms.

A
aversion, dislike
B
luminous, radiant
C
plunder, loot
D
yielding, resistant
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2017(set-02)
Question 12 Explanation: 
Yeilding means produce (or) provide (a natural, agricultural or industrial product).
Resistant means offering a resistance to something or someone.
Question 13

Saturn is __________ to be seen on a clear night with the naked eye.

A
enough bright
B
bright enough
C
as enough bright
D
bright as enough
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2017(set-02)
Question 13 Explanation: 
In this question enough is used with bright, where bright is an adjective.
With adjectives and adverbs enough is comes after an adjectives and adverbs.
So, here we use bright enough to complete the sentence.
Question 14

“We lived in a culture that denied any merit to literary works, considering them important only when they are handmaidens to something seemingly more urgent – namely ideology. This was a country where all gestures, even the most private, were interpreted in political terms.”

The author’s belief that ideology is not as important as literature is revealed by the word:

A
‘culture’
B
‘seemingly’
C
‘urgent’
D
‘political’
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2017(set-02)
Question 14 Explanation: 
Seemingly means that "according to the facts as one knows them" as far as one knows.
(or)
As to give the impression of having a certain quality.
Question 15

Out of the following four sentences, select the most suitable sentence with respect to grammar and usage.

A
I will not leave the place until the minister does not meet me.
B
I will not leave the place until the minister doesn’t meet me.
C
I will not leave the place until the minister meet me.
D
I will not leave the place until the minister meets me.
       Aptitude       Verbal       2016 set-01
Question 15 Explanation: 
In option A and B, 'not' is already embedded until so both are incorrect.
Minister is a singular person, with a singular object, so verb ends with 's'. So option C is incorrect.
Option 'D' is correct.
Question 16

A rewording of something written or spoken is a ______________.

A
paraphrase
B
paradox
C
paradigm
D
paraffin
       Aptitude       verbal       2016 set-01
Question 16 Explanation: 
Paraphase means that "express the meaning of (something written or spoken) using different words.
Question 17

Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I will move the world.”

The sentence above is an example of a ___________ statement.

 
A
figurative
B
collateral
C
literal
D
figurine
       Aptitude       verbal       2016 set-01
Question 17 Explanation: 
Figurative means that "departing from a literal use of words"; Metaphorical.
The use of the metaphorical words to explain about the thoughts instead of literal use of them.
Question 18

If ‘relftaga’ means carefree, ‘otaga’ means careful and ‘fertaga’ means careless, which of the following could mean ‘aftercare’?

A
zentaga
B
tagafer
C
tagazen
D
relffer
       Aptitude       verbal       2016 set-01
Question 18 Explanation: 
relftaga - carefree → (1)
otaga - careful → (2)
fertaga - careless → (3)
From (1) & (2),
taga = care (and it is in the first half of the word)
From (3),
fer = less
Aftercare - tagazen
Care is in the second half of the word ⇒ taga should be in the first half.
Question 19

Indian currency notes show the denomination indicated in at least seventeen languages. If this is not an indication of the nation’s diversity, nothing else is.

Which of the following can be logically inferred from the above sentences?

 
A
India is a country of exactly seventeen languages.
B
Linguistic pluralism is the only indicator of a nation’s diversity.
C
Indian currency notes have sufficient space for all the Indian languages.
D
Linguistic pluralism is strong evidence of India’s diversity.
       Aptitude       verbal       2016 set-01
Question 19 Explanation: 
Option D is Correct Answer.
Which is inferred from the statement.
Option A, B, C are incorrect which are not properly inferred from the statement.
Question 20

The man who is now Municipal Commissioner worked as _______________.

A
the security guard at a university
B
a security guard at the university
C
a security guard at university
D
the security guard at the university
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2016 set-2
Question 20 Explanation: 
Security guard is a general post, so we use the artical 'a' before the security.
And coming to university it is an organization.
So we use are 'the' before university.
Question 21

Nobody knows how the Indian cricket team is going to cope with the difficult and seamer-friendly wickets in Australia.

Choose the option which is closest in meaning to the underlined phrase in the above sentence.

A
put up with
B
put in with
C
put down to
D
put up against
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2016 set-2
Question 21 Explanation: 
"Put up with" is means that "tolerate" which is the closest meaning of "cope with".
→ Cope with is doesn't means that put someone into competition with some other.
Question 22

Find the odd one in the following group of words.

    mock,   deride,   praise,   jeer
A
mock
B
deride
C
praise
D
jeer
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2016 set-2
Question 22 Explanation: 
Mock = Tease or laugh
Deride = express contempts for; ridicule
Jeer = Make rude and mocking remarks
→ These three are negative things
Praise = express warm approval
Question 23

Computers were invented for performing only high-end useful computations. However, it is no understatement that they have taken over our world today. The internet, for example, is ubiquitous. Many believe that the internet itself is an unintended consequence of the original invention. With the advent of mobile computing on our phones, a whole new dimension is now enabled. One is left wondering if all these developments are good or, more importantly, required.

Which of the statement(s) below is/are logically valid and can be inferred from the above paragraph?

    (i) The author believes that computers are not good for us.
    (ii) Mobile computers and the internet are both intended inventions.
A
(i) only
B
(ii) only
C
both (i) and (ii)
D
neither (i) nor (ii)
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2016 set-2
Question 23 Explanation: 
The author, has no where said that the computers are bad, authoring is talking about the way computers are being used today and the author questioned this way.
So, statement I does not follow.
→ "Many believes that the internet itself is unintended consequence of the original invention.
So, statement II does not follow, so Answer is Option D.
Question 24

All hill-stations have a lake. Ooty has two lakes.

Which of the statement(s) below is/are logically valid and can be inferred from the above sentences?

    (i) Ooty is not a hill-station.
    (ii) No hill-station can have more than one lake.
 
A
(i) only
B
(ii) only
C
both (i) and (ii)
D
neither (i) nor (ii)
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2016 set-2
Question 24 Explanation: 
Given,
All hill-stations have a lake → (1)
Ooty has two lakes → (2)
From (1), it cannot be inferred that every place having a lake is a hill station.
⇒ (i) cannot be logically intended.
From (1), it cannot be inferred how many lakes will be there in a hill station.
⇒ (ii) cannot be logically inferred.
Question 25

Didn’t you buy _________ when you went shopping?

A
any paper
B
much paper
C
no paper
D
a few paper
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 (Set-01)
Question 25 Explanation: 
In negative sentence we can use "any" with plural countable nouns.
Question 26

Which of the following combinations is incorrect?

A
Acquiescence – Submission
B
Wheedle – Roundabout
C
Flippancy – Lightness
D
Profligate – Extravagant
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 (Set-01)
Question 26 Explanation: 
Acceptance = The reluctant acceptance of something without protest
Wheedle = Use endearments (or) flattery to persuade some to do something
Flippancy = Lack of respect (or) seriousness
Profligate = Recklessly extravagant
Question 27

Which of the following options is the closest in meaning to the sentence below?

She enjoyed herself immensely at the party.

A
She had a terrible time at the party.
B
She had a horrible time at the party.
C
She had a terrific time at the party
D
She had a terrifying time at the party
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 (Set-01)
Question 27 Explanation: 
The options A, B and D means that she didn't enjoy the party.
→ Horrible and terrible means fearful.
→ Terrific = Wonderful
→ So, C is the Answer.
Question 28

Select the alternative meaning of the underlined part of the sentence.

The chain snatchers took to their heels when the police party arrived.

A
took shelter in a thick jungle
B
open indiscriminate fire
C
took to flight
D
unconditionally surrendered
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 (Set-01)
Question 28 Explanation: 
The words took to their heels and took to flight means that runaway.
Question 29

The given statement is followed by some courses of action. Assuming the statement to be true, decide the correct option.

Statement:

There has been a significant drop in the water level in the lakes supplying water to the city.

Course of action:

    (I) The water supply authority should impose a partial cut in supply to tackle the situation.
    (II) The government should appeal to all the residents through mass media for minimal use of water.
    (III)The government should ban the water supply in lower areas.
A
Statements I and II follow
B
Statements I and III follow
C
Statements II and III follow
D
All statements follow
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 (Set-01)
Question 29 Explanation: 
The statement III is not correct.
Banning of water in lower areas is not the solution of the problem.
Question 30
A generic term that include various items of clothing such as a skirt, a pair of trousers and a shirt is
A
fabric
B
textile
C
fibre
D
apparel
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 -(Set-2)
Question 30 Explanation: 
apparel- clothing, especially outerwear; garments; attire; raiment
Question 31
Choose the statement where underlined word is used correctly.
A
The industrialist load a personnel jet.
B
I write my experience in my personnel diary.
C
All personnel are being given the day off.
D
Being religious is a personnel aspect.
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 -(Set-2)
Question 31 Explanation: 
personnel- people employed in an organization or engaged in an organized undertaking such as military service.
Question 32
We __________________ our friend’s birthday and we ______________ how to make it up to him.
A
Completely forgot - - - don’t just know
B
Forgot completely - - - don’t just know
C
Completely forgot - - - just don’t know
D
Forgot completely - - - just don’t know
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 -(Set-2)
Question 32 Explanation: 
We compltetely forgot our friend's birthday and we just don't know how to make it up to him.
Question 33
Out of the following four sentences, select the most suitable sentence with respect to grammar and usage.
A
Since the report lacked needed information, it was of no use to them.
B
The report was useless to them because there were no needed information in it.
C
Since the report did not contain the needed information, it was not real useful to them
D
Since the report lacked needed information, it would not have been useful to them.
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015 -(Set-2)
Question 33 Explanation: 
(B) there was no needed information
(C) not really useful
(D) would not have been
Question 34
Extreme focus on syllabus and studying for tests has become such a dominant concern of Indian students that they close their minds to anything _____ to the requirements of the exam
A
related
B
extraneous
C
outside
D
useful
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015(Set-03)
Question 34 Explanation: 
extraneous -irrelevant or unrelated to the subject being dealt with.
Question 35
The Tamil version of ________ John Abraham-starrer Madras café ________ cleared by the Censor Board with no cuts last week but the film’s distributors _________ no takers among the exhibitors for a release in Tamil Nadu _________ this Friday.
A
Mr., was, found, on
B
a, was, found, at
C
the, was, found, on
D
a, being, find at
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015(Set-03)
Question 35 Explanation: 
John-Abraham starrer Madras Café talks about the movie not the person, so Mr. is ruled out. ‘Find no takers’ is not the correct phrase. At this Friday is incorrect. So, option C is correct.
Question 36
A
(iii) and (iv)
B
(ii) and (iii)
C
(i), (ii) and (iii)
D
(ii) only
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015(Set-03)
Question 36 Explanation: 
Statement (ii) and (iii) are True.
→ He is unlikely due to lack of requisite temperament ------- (ii) is True
→ He was guilty of throwing away his wicket severral times ------- (iii) is True
Question 37
Alexander turned his attention towards India, since he had conquered Persia. Which one of the statements below is logically valid and can inferred from the above sentence?
A
Alexander would not have turned his attention towards India had he not conquered Persia.
B
Alexander was not ready to rest on his laurels, and wanted to march to India
C
Alexander was completely in control of his army and could command it to move towards India
D
Since Alexander’s kingdom extended to Indian borders after the conquest of Persia, he was keen to move further
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2015(Set-03)
Question 37 Explanation: 
Let X be "Alexander turned his attention towards India"
Y be " he had conquered Persia"
Like that
∼X be "Alexander would not have turned his attention towards India"
then
∼Y be "he had not conquered Persis"
Answer is option A.
Question 38
 
A
adopt to
B
adapt to
C
adept in
D
accept with
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2014(Set-01)
Question 38 Explanation: 
Cope: Deal effectively with something difficult.
(1) Adopt ⇒ Legally take and bring it up as one's own.
(2) Adapt ⇒ Make suitable for a new use or purpose.
(3) Adept ⇒ Very skilled (or) proficienct at something.
(4) Accept ⇒ Believe (or) come to recognize as valid (or) correct.
Option B is correct.
Question 39
A
superb
B
medium
C
mediocre
D
exhilarating
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2014(Set-01)
Question 39 Explanation: 
Mediocre ⇒ Average quality (or) Not very good.
Question 40
In a press meet on the recent scam, the minister said, "The buck stops here". What did the minister convey by the statement?
A
He wants all the money
B
He will return the money
C
He will assume final responsibility
D
He will resist all enquiries
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2014(Set-01)
Question 40 Explanation: 
"The buck stops here" means "The responsibility for something cannot (or) should not passed to someone else.
⇒ It represents that this is the final stage of responsibility.
Question 41
A
The Palghat gap is caused by high rainfall and high temperatures in southern Tamil Nadu and Kerala
B
The regions in Tamil Nadu and Kerala that are near the Palghat Gap are low-lying
C
The low terrain of the Palghat Gap has a significant impact on weather patterns in neighbouring parts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala
D
Higher summer temperatures result in higher rainfall near the Palghat Gap area
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2014(Set-01)
Question 41 Explanation: 
The given passage says that "it results neighbouring regions of Tamilnadu getting more rainfall from the south west monsoon and neighbouring regions of Kerela having higher summer temperatures".
⇒ Option C is suitable option.
Question 42
A
Strategies are now available for eliminating psychiatric illnesses
B
Certain psychiatric illnesses have a genetic basis
C
All human diseases can be traced back to genes and how they are expressed
D
In the future, genetics will become the only relevant field for identifying psychiatric illnesses
       Aptitude       Verbal       GATE 2014(Set-01)
Question 42 Explanation: 
The first sentence can represents the two specific illness depression and schizophernia. ⇒ Option B is the only option that contain illness.
Question 43
A
It was a former British colony
B
Indian Information Technology professionals have colonized the world
C
India does not follow any colonial practices
D
India has helped other countries gain freedom
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -02
Question 43 Explanation: 
India is a post-colonial (or) existing after the end of cononial rule.
India is a post-colonial country because "It was a former British colony" that means if a country is called post colonial then it came into existence after the colonies rules and it can become a independent.
Question 44
Who ___________ was coming to see us this evening?
A
you said
B
did you say
C
did you say that
D
had you said
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -02
Question 44 Explanation: 
From the given options, option B is make the sentence to be fullfilled.
Question 45
A
1 : S, 2 : P, 3 : Q, 4 : R
B
1 : P, 2 : Q, 3 : R, 4 : S
C
1 : Q, 2 : R, 3 : S, 4 : P
D
1 : S, 2 : P, 3 : R, 4 : Q
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -02
Question 45 Explanation: 
Eradicate = destroy utterly
Distort = misrepresent
Saturate = Soak completely
Utilize = use
Question 46

The old city of Koenigsberg, which had a German majority population before World War 2, is now called Kaliningrad.  After the events of the war, Kaliningrad is now a Russian territory and has a predominantly Russian population. It is bordered by the Baltic Sea on the north and the countries of Poland to the south and west and Lithuania to the east respectively.  Which of the statements below can be inferred from this passage?

A
Kaliningrad was historically Russian in its ethnic make up
B
Kaliningrad is a part of Russia despite it not being contiguous with the rest of Russia
C
Koenigsberg was renamed Kaliningrad, as that was its original Russian name
D
Poland and Lithuania are on the route from Kaliningrad to the rest of Russia
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -02
Question 46 Explanation: 
Kaliningrad is a part of Russia despite it not being contiguous with rest of Russia because it is surrounded by countries of Poland in the south and west, Lithuania in the east and Baltic sea on north, and it has a predominantly Russian population.
Question 47
A
A high proportion of the affected population has returned from neighbouring countries where dengue is prevalent
B
More cases of dengue are now reported because of an increase in the Municipal Office’s administrative efficiency
C
Many more cases of dengue are being diagnosed this year since the introduction of a new and effective diagnostic test
D
The number of people with malarial fever (also contracted from mosquito bites) has increased this year
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -02
Question 47 Explanation: 
Malarial fever and dengue fever both are contracted from mosquito bites. So as the mosquito population has increased then the number of people suffering from dengue and malarial fever also increased.
Question 48
A
I
B
II
C
III
D
IV
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -03
Question 48 Explanation: 
Losing consiousness represents that it is a continuous process of losing the consiousness. It is not appropriate, he just lost the consiousness.
Question 49
If she _____________ how to calibrate the instrument, she ______________ done the experiment.
A
knows, will have
B
knew, had
C
had known, could have
D
should have known, would have
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -03
Question 49 Explanation: 

Rule: If + past perfect then result to be perfect conditional (or) perfect continuous condition.
Then answer is Option C.
Question 50
Choose the word that is opposite in meaning to the word “coherent”.
A
sticky
B
well-connected
C
rambling
D
friendly
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -03
Question 50 Explanation: 
Coherent = logical and consistent
Rambling = lengthy and confused (or) inconsequential
Question 51
A
(i), (ii) and (iv)
B
(iii) only
C
(i) and (iv)
D
(iv) only
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2014 Set -03
Question 51 Explanation: 
Paradign shift means a fundamental change in approach to something. This change, as per the question, was verified with the experimental measurements of the position of a star that was behind the sun.
(i) is incorrect as it generalizes the experimental evidence of the star and assumes it to be always true, which may not be the case every time.
(ii) and (iii) is anyway wrong.
Hence, answer is option (D).
Question 52
A
Highest
B
Lowest
C
Medium
D
Integration
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2013
Question 52 Explanation: 
Nadir = The lowest (or) most unsuccessful point in a situation.
Question 53
A
specificity
B
neutrality
C
generality
D
adaptation
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2013
Question 53 Explanation: 
Universalism = The belief that all human kind will eventually be saved.
Particularism = Exclusive attachment to one's own group, party (or) Nation.
Diffuseness = The spatial property of being spread out over a wide area (or) through a large volume.
Specificity = The quality of belonging (or) relating uniquely to a particular subject.
Question 54
Were you a bird, you ______________ in the sky.
A
would fly
B
shall fly
C
should fly
D
shall have flown
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2013
Question 54 Explanation: 
Were you a bird, you would fly in the sky.
Question 55
Choose the grammatically INCORRECT sentence:
A
He is of Asian origin.
B
They belonged to Africa.
C
She is an European.
D
They migrated from India to Australia.
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2013
Question 55 Explanation: 
"She is an European"
→ We can't use "an" infront of European. It can be pronounced as European. Here E is silent.
→ So, option C is the answer
Question 56
A
Failure is the pillar of success.
B
Honesty is the best policy.
C
Life begins and ends with adventures.
D
No adversity justifies giving up hope.
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2013
Question 56 Explanation: 
Option A, B, C are not able to given correct sense about the information.
Option D is related to the given information.
Question 57
A
attempts
B
setbacks
C
meetings
D
delegations
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2012
Question 57 Explanation: 
Setback = a reversal (or) setback in a progress (or) something that happens that delays
Despite several setbacks the mission succeeded in its attempt to resolve the conflict.
Question 58
A
Diminish
B
Divulge
C
Dedicate
D
Denote
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2012
Question 58 Explanation: 
Mitigate = make (something bad) less severe, serious (or) painful
Synonyms = Diminish, alleviate, reduce etc.
Question 59
Choose the grammatically INCORRECT sentence:
A
They gave us the money back less the service charges of Three Hundred rupees.
B
This country’s expenditure is not less than that of Bangladesh.
C
The committee initially asked for a funding of Fifty Lakh rupees, but later settled for a lesser sum.
D
This country’s expenditure on educational reforms is very less.
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2012
Question 59 Explanation: 
The country's expenditure on educational reforms is very less.
In the sentence "very less" is incorrect instead of this we use "much less" or else "very little".
Question 60
A
that
B
which
C
who
D
whom
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2012
Question 60 Explanation: 
Suresh's dog is the one that was hurt in the stampede.
that can refer groups of things.
who can refer to people.
which can introduces a non-essential clause.
whom can refer to object of a verb (or) preposition.
Question 61
 
A
Gender-discriminatory
B
Xenophobic
C
Not designed to make the post attractive
D
Not gender-discriminatory
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2012
Question 61 Explanation: 
Xenephobic which refers to having (or) showing a dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries.
Question 62
 
A
to visit
B
having to visit
C
visiting
D
for a visit
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2011
Question 62 Explanation: 
Contemplate is a transitive verb and hence is followed by a gerund Hence the correct usage of contemplate is verb + ing form.
Question 63
 
A
hyperbolic
B
restrained
C
argumentative
D
indifferent
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2011
Question 63 Explanation: 
the tone of the sentence clearly indicates a word that is similar to understated is needed for the blank. Alternatively, the word should be antonym of strong (fail to make strong impression). Therefore, the best choice is restrained which means controlled/reserved/timid.
Question 64
 
A
merge
B
split
C
collect
D
separate
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2011
Question 64 Explanation: 
Amalgamate means combine or unite to form one organization of structure. So the best option here is spilt. Separate on the other hand, although a close synonym, it is too general to be the best antonym in the given question while Merge is the synonym; Collect is not related.
Question 65
 
A
Incomprehensible
B
Indelible
C
Inextricable
D
Infallible
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2011
Question 65 Explanation: 
Inexplicable means not explicable; that cannot be explained, understood, or accounted for. So the best synonym here is incomprehensible.
Question 66
 
A
how to write a letter of condolence
B
what emotional stages are passed through in the healing process
C
what the leading causes of death are
D
how to give support to a grieving friend
       Aptitude       Verbal       Gate 2011
Question 66 Explanation: 
The given passage clearly deals with how to deal with bereavement and grief and so after the tragedy occurs and not about precautions. Therefore, irrespective of the causes of death, a school student, rarely gets into details of causes–which is beyond the scope of the context. Rest all the important in dealing with grief.
Question 67
A
masked
B
belied
C
betrayed
D
suppressed
       Aptitude       Verbal       2010
Question 67 Explanation: 
Masked - opposite to given
Belied - Not appropriate to given
Betrayed - Most appropriate to given (Reveal intentionally)
Suppressed - Irrevalent to given
Answer is option C.
Question 68
Which of the following options is closest in meaning to the word Circuitous.
A
cyclic
B
indirect
C
confusing
D
crooked
       Aptitude       Verbal       2010
Question 68 Explanation: 
Synonyms for Circuitous are indirect, oblique, winding, meandering etc.
Question 69
A
uphold
B
restrain
C
cherish
D
conserve
       Aptitude       Verbal       2010
Question 69 Explanation: 
Uphold - cause to remain
Restrain - keep under control
Cherish - befond of
Conserve - protect from harm i.e., keeping safety, loss of destruction
Answer is option d.
Question 70
 
A
fallow: land
B
unaware: sleeper
C
wit: jester
D
renovated: house
       Aptitude       Verbal       2010
Question 70 Explanation: 
→ A worker who is working is called unemployed.
→ Same as a land which is not used called fallow.
Question 71
 
A
Modern warfare has resulted in civil strife.
B
Chemical agents are useful in modern warfare.
C
Use of chemical agents in warfare would be undesirable.
D
People in military establishments like to use chemical agents in war.
       Aptitude       Verbal       2010
Question 71 Explanation: 
→ People in military establishments like to use chemical agents in war.
There are 71 questions to complete.