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Bank PO :: Test 142
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1 .

Direction (Q. 1 - 5) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
India's most obvious and sustainable competitive advantage is in its enormous intellectual capital. It already produces the largest number of professionals in the world. This number can further grow manifold if the government and the private sector work together to upgrade the educational infrastructure in the country.
India is also blessed with favourable demographics. By the year 2025, India will have over 200 million people in the age group of 18 to 36 years. Even if a 100-million-strong trained workforce earns an average of $25,000 per head per year, the total annual revenue can be a mind-boggling $2.5 trillion per year. This is more than five times India's current GDP and nearly a third of the current GDP of the US.
If we achieve success in this one initiative, the resulting GDP multiplier can be really huge. But under the WTO, there are a number of barriers to realise this dream.
The major barriers are that the developed world under WTO today demands free flow of commodities, but does not grant free flow of people. The barriers to the flow of people are mainly of two kinds: visa restrictions and non-recogni-. tion of many Indian qualifications and competence certifications. Additionally, the US requires one to obtain extensive insurance cover before launching any professional service. This also delays the entrepreneurial plans of many Indian professionals who are forced to work for an established firm instead.
We must use all our negotiating power in WTO to achieve a lowering of these barriers and convert our intellectual capital into India's greatest asset.
We have to create a globally competitive industrial sector which produces goods of the highest quality. To achieve such global competitiveness, the next phase of economic reforms must emphasise on internal reforms. By doing this now, we can leverage on our position of strength.
We must also make the best use of our membership in the WTO. There are those who still debate whether India should be a part of the WTO gameplan or not. To my mind, that issue does not require any further debate. There can be no turning back,

Direction (Q. 1 - 2) : Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. ENTREPRENEURIAL

A.    business B.    professional
C.    basic D.    preconceived
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2 .

Q. INITIATIVE

A.    normative B.    meddle
C.    invidious D.    effort
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3 .

Direction : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
India's most obvious and sustainable competitive advantage is in its enormous intellectual capital. It already produces the largest number of professionals in the world. This number can further grow manifold if the government and the private sector work together to upgrade the educational infrastructure in the country.
India is also blessed with favourable demographics. By the year 2025, India will have over 200 million people in the age group of 18 to 36 years. Even if a 100-million-strong trained workforce earns an average of $25,000 per head per year, the total annual revenue can be a mind-boggling $2.5 trillion per year. This is more than five times India's current GDP and nearly a third of the current GDP of the US.
If we achieve success in this one initiative, the resulting GDP multiplier can be really huge. But under the WTO, there are a number of barriers to realise this dream.
The major barriers are that the developed world under WTO today demands free flow of commodities, but does not grant free flow of people. The barriers to the flow of people are mainly of two kinds: visa restrictions and non-recogni-. tion of many Indian qualifications and competence certifications. Additionally, the US requires one to obtain extensive insurance cover before launching any professional service. This also delays the entrepreneurial plans of many Indian professionals who are forced to work for an established firm instead.
We must use all our negotiating power in WTO to achieve a lowering of these barriers and convert our intellectual capital into India's greatest asset.
We have to create a globally competitive industrial sector which produces goods of the highest quality. To achieve such global competitiveness, the next phase of economic reforms must emphasise on internal reforms. By doing this now, we can leverage on our position of strength.
We must also make the best use of our membership in the WTO. There are those who still debate whether India should be a part of the WTO gameplan or not. To my mind, that issue does not require any further debate. There can be no turning back,

Direction : Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Direction (Q. 3 - 5) : Choose the word which is opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. OBVIOUS

A.    vivid B.    vague
C.    jinxed D.    indolent
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4 .

Q. GRANT

A.    prohibit B.    mar
C.    conciliate D.    grudge
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5 .

Q. LEVERAGE

A.    justify B.    quarry
C.    lose D.    oscillate
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6 .

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 para. 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 Goa is no exception.
B. Nevertheless, what has just transpired in the state, leading to the dissolution of the assembly when its term was less than halfway done, borders on the bizarre.
C. The country is used to receiving unusual politicalreports from states with small legislatures, mainly concerning defections that make it easy to change the colour of governments.
D. Sensing that his game might be up, the chief minister hurried to the governor and recommended the dissolution of the House.

A.    ABCD B.    DCBA
C.    CABD D.    BDCA
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7 .

A It has intensified patrolling in key areas and is keeping a close watch on rowdy elements.
B. The communally sensitive city has been largely peaceful, barring stray incidents.
C Amid the frenzy that has gripped Gujarat, Surat is an island of sanity.
D. However, the police does not want to take any chances.

A.    ADBC B.    DACB
C.    BCDA D.    CBDA
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8 .

A. Those who conduct the poll surveys defend their predictions saying there is a 'slight permissible' error up to 2 per cent.
B. They only mislead the already confused voters.
C. But in the present era of close results, this is a big deviation which can tilt the whole predictions for some party.
D. The results of the recent assembly elections have once again proved that poll surveys and exit polls are highly unreliable.

A.    DBAC B.    ACDB
C.    ADBC D.    DCBA
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9 .

A There is a need for reformation in Muslim education and in the thought process of the community.
B. Prophet Mohammed said that if in acquiring knowledge one had to travel to the distant land of 'Chin', one should do so.
C The basic teachings of Islam, as emphasised in the Quran, state that knowledge wherever found should be acquired by the Muslims.
D. What he intended was that Muslims should acquire modern knowledge.

A.    ABCD B.    DCBA
C.    ACDB D.    ACBD
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10 .

A They epitomise a people's civilisation that goes back to the dawn of history.
B. The Himalayas have nurtured this land with lifesustaining water and enabled a civilisation to blossom.
C If these majestic mountains were not there, the rain clouds sweeping up from the Indian Ocean would have passed over our sub-continent into Central Asia, leaving it a burning desert.
D. The Himalayas are not merely a geographical feature, a mere chain of mountain ranges.

A.    ABCD B.    DCBA
C.    CDBA D.    DACB
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