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Bank PO :: Test 180
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1 .

Direction (Q. 1 - 4) : 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.
In this age, when popular involvement in day-to-day matters is mounting, it is the electronic systems that offer us a potential service infrastructure which could, with careful programming, probably take care of a very large element of what we describe as mechanical, procedural governance without all the distortions, corruptions and harassments which constitute the daily misery of the average citizen. Of course, the electronic systems will only behave to the extent that they are properly programmed. But this is no impossible task today.
Once we move our mind beyond the mere use of electronic revolution for business efficiency and higher profitability and apply it to the task of reducing the routine, repetitive activities of governance, we will conserve time and energy for more important and creative task. In other words, the electronic revolution can make for better and more effective handling of real everyday problems, in addition to providing the basic service of computerised information banks. Even in less developed conditions, the potential of the electronic network to take over a great deal of what is called bureaucratic "paper work" has been vividly demonstrated. Licensing system involving endless form-filling in endless copies; tax matters which baffle millions of citizens, particularly those who have nothing to hide; election systems which require massive supervisory mobilisations or referendums based on minuscule "samples" which seldom reflect the reality at the social base. At all these points, the electronic advantage is seen and recognised. However, we must proceed further..
It is possible to foresee a situation where the citizen, with his personalised computer entry card, his "number", is able to enter the electronic network for a variety of needs now serviced by regiments of officials, high and low. Indeed, this is already happening in a number of countries. From simple needs, we will move to more complex servicing, and, ultimately, into creativity or what is called "artificial intelligence".

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

Q. EXTENT

A.    amount B.    measure
C.    degree D.    encompass
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2 .

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.
In this age, when popular involvement in day-to-day matters is mounting, it is the electronic systems that offer us a potential service infrastructure which could, with careful programming, probably take care of a very large element of what we describe as mechanical, procedural governance without all the distortions, corruptions and harassments which constitute the daily misery of the average citizen. Of course, the electronic systems will only behave to the extent that they are properly programmed. But this is no impossible task today.
Once we move our mind beyond the mere use of electronic revolution for business efficiency and higher profitability and apply it to the task of reducing the routine, repetitive activities of governance, we will conserve time and energy for more important and creative task. In other words, the electronic revolution can make for better and more effective handling of real everyday problems, in addition to providing the basic service of computerised information banks. Even in less developed conditions, the potential of the electronic network to take over a great deal of what is called bureaucratic "paper work" has been vividly demonstrated. Licensing system involving endless form-filling in endless copies; tax matters which baffle millions of citizens, particularly those who have nothing to hide; election systems which require massive supervisory mobilisations or referendums based on minuscule "samples" which seldom reflect the reality at the social base. At all these points, the electronic advantage is seen and recognised. However, we must proceed further..
It is possible to foresee a situation where the citizen, with his personalised computer entry card, his "number", is able to enter the electronic network for a variety of needs now serviced by regiments of officials, high and low. Indeed, this is already happening in a number of countries. From simple needs, we will move to more complex servicing, and, ultimately, into creativity or what is called "artificial intelligence".

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

Direction (Q. 2 - 4) : Choose the word which is opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. VIVIDLY

A.    strikingly B.    plainly
C.    lightly D.    vaguely
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3 .

Q. ADVANTAGE

A.    handicap B.    inferiority
C.    deterioration D.    bewilderment
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4 .

Q. ENTRY

A.    withdrawal B.    departure
C.    vestibule D.    exit
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5 .

Direction (Q. 5 - 10) : There are six sentences given below. Arrange them into a meaningful order to form a paragraph and then answer the following questions.
A. The development challenge that lies ahead is nothing if not monumental.
B. But the country can be said to have turned an important corner by holding the ioya jirga', the grand assembly of chiefs without whose consent it  has been impossible to prosecute major plans in the tradition-bound predominantly tribal society.
C. Wild men and mercenaries continue to threaten life.
D. The gathering has taken place pretty much according to the timetable set by the UN-sponsored Bonn process.
E This is some achievement given Afghanistan's recent history of wars, famines and the ravaging of civil society by the warlords and, most notably, by the Taliban.
F. Afghanistan is still perilously poor.

Which will be the last sentence of the paragraph ?

A.    A B.    B
C.    C D.    E
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6 .

Which will be the first sentence of the paragraph ?

A.    F B.    E
C.    D D.    C
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7 .

Which sentence will come at third place in the paragraph ?

A.    C B.    D
C.    A D.    B
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8 .

Which sentence will come at second place in the paragraph ?

A.    B B.    C
C.    D D.    E
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9 .

Which will be the fifth sentence of the paragraph ?

A.    F B.    A
C.    B D.    D
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10 .

Which will be the fourth sentence of the paragraph ?

A.    D B.    C
C.    A D.    B
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