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1 .

Direction (Q. 1-10): 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.
"Education should not compete with national defence, trade deficit, drugs or AIDS. Instead, think of it as a solution to those problems," stated David Kearns, Chairman of the giant Xerox Corporation, a few years ago. A good school or college should have a well-stocked library which is a treasurehouse of knowledge. Unfortunately, barring exceptions, libraries are places where some unwanted books gather dust. There is no time, either for the teachers or the students, to make use of these books which could enlarge their horizon. No wonder then that the school or college management invests little in libraries. Moreover, the staff which is supposed to maintain these are not trained in library management, but there is only an ad hoc arrangement to make some reluctant teacher or staff in-charge, as a mere formality.
Contrast the above to the situation prevailing in advanced countries, such as the US, where school, college or public libraries are considered temples of knowledge. Funds are lavishly invested in infrastructure, providing wellventilated and lighted rooms and halls where books, magazines and newspapers can be easily accessed. Most of these are air-conditioned, to make the time spent in browsing books as pleasant as possible. Strict silence is maintained and no eatables are allowed inside. There are a number of individual kiosks complete with table, light and computer where one can sit and study. The librarians, mostly part-time students, are trained and are helpful. Long hours of business is the norm. The college libraries are open most of the time, even on holidays, and work late hours during semester. Borrowed books, magazines and CDs can be dropped into boxes placed outside.
With the Internet culture seeping into our educational milieu, the time has come for upgrading the school and college libraries which will entice more students to make use of these. There is no substitute, as yet, to the vast print medium and the students could profit by utilising the library facilities. More funds should be allocated to equip the libraries with the latest books and magazines so that browsing of books in the library becomes a habit with at least college students, which is the norm in advanced countries. Librarians should also get a better deal compared to the present status.

Which of the following seems to be true in the context of the passage ?

A.    We do not gain knowledge by having books. B.    Library is a place where teachers and students can interact on a particular subject.
C.    There is a casual approach to wards library management in our country. D.    The advent of Internet has helped the growth of libraries in our society.
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2 .

Which of the following are behind the successful running of libraries in the US ?
(I) skilled and friendly staff
(II) proper infrastructure that is user-friendly
(III) government aid and easy finance available
(IV) open for long hours

A.    Only 1, II and III B.    Only I. II and IV
C.    Only II, III and IV D.    All of the above
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3 .

Maintaining silence and restricting the entry of eating items

A.    can give libraries a pleasant look. B.    can make the library staff more active.
C.    have a legal aspect for the libraries. D.    help the readers in libraries to concentrate.
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4 .

What seems to be the central theme of the passage ?

A.    utility of libraries in our society B.    the bad state of libraries in our country
C.    a comparative study of libraries in US and India D.    schools and colleges without libraries
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5 .

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.
"Education should not compete with national defence, trade deficit, drugs or AIDS. Instead, think of it as a solution to those problems," stated David Kearns, Chairman of the giant Xerox Corporation, a few years ago. A good school or college should have a well-stocked library which is a treasurehouse of knowledge. Unfortunately, barring exceptions, libraries are places where some unwanted books gather dust. There is no time, either for the teachers or the students, to make use of these books which could enlarge their horizon. No wonder then that the school or college management invests little in libraries. Moreover, the staff which is supposed to maintain these are not trained in library management, but there is only an ad hoc arrangement to make some reluctant teacher or staff in-charge, as a mere formality.
Contrast the above to the situation prevailing in advanced countries, such as the US, where school, college or public libraries are considered temples of knowledge. Funds are lavishly invested in infrastructure, providing wellventilated and lighted rooms and halls where books, magazines and newspapers can be easily accessed. Most of these are air-conditioned, to make the time spent in browsing books as pleasant as possible. Strict silence is maintained and no eatables are allowed inside. There are a number of individual kiosks complete with table, light and computer where one can sit and study. The librarians, mostly part-time students, are trained and are helpful. Long hours of business is the norm. The college libraries are open most of the time, even on holidays, and work late hours during semester. Borrowed books, magazines and CDs can be dropped into boxes placed outside.
With the Internet culture seeping into our educational milieu, the time has come for upgrading the school and college libraries which will entice more students to make use of these. There is no substitute, as yet, to the vast print medium and the students could profit by utilising the library facilities. More funds should be allocated to equip the libraries with the latest books and magazines so that browsing of books in the library becomes a habit with at least college students, which is the norm in advanced countries. Librarians should also get a better deal compared to the present status.

Direction (Q. 5-7): Choose the word which is the same in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. HORIZON

A.    knowledge B.    possibility
C.    influence D.    vision
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6 .

Q. AD HOC

A.    formal B.    informal
C.    abnormal D.    least
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7 .

Q. SEEPING

A.    migrating B.    attacking
C.    pondering D.    entering
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8 .

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.
"Education should not compete with national defence, trade deficit, drugs or AIDS. Instead, think of it as a solution to those problems," stated David Kearns, Chairman of the giant Xerox Corporation, a few years ago. A good school or college should have a well-stocked library which is a treasurehouse of knowledge. Unfortunately, barring exceptions, libraries are places where some unwanted books gather dust. There is no time, either for the teachers or the students, to make use of these books which could enlarge their horizon. No wonder then that the school or college management invests little in libraries. Moreover, the staff which is supposed to maintain these are not trained in library management, but there is only an ad hoc arrangement to make some reluctant teacher or staff in-charge, as a mere formality.
Contrast the above to the situation prevailing in advanced countries, such as the US, where school, college or public libraries are considered temples of knowledge. Funds are lavishly invested in infrastructure, providing wellventilated and lighted rooms and halls where books, magazines and newspapers can be easily accessed. Most of these are air-conditioned, to make the time spent in browsing books as pleasant as possible. Strict silence is maintained and no eatables are allowed inside. There are a number of individual kiosks complete with table, light and computer where one can sit and study. The librarians, mostly part-time students, are trained and are helpful. Long hours of business is the norm. The college libraries are open most of the time, even on holidays, and work late hours during semester. Borrowed books, magazines and CDs can be dropped into boxes placed outside.
With the Internet culture seeping into our educational milieu, the time has come for upgrading the school and college libraries which will entice more students to make use of these. There is no substitute, as yet, to the vast print medium and the students could profit by utilising the library facilities. More funds should be allocated to equip the libraries with the latest books and magazines so that browsing of books in the library becomes a habit with at least college students, which is the norm in advanced countries. Librarians should also get a better deal compared to the present status.

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

Direction (Q. 8-10): Choose the word which is opposite in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

Q. BARRING

A.    conforming B.    maintaining
C.    balancing D.    including
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9 .

Q. LAVISHLY

A.    hecticly B.    abruptly
C.    hardly D.    inappropriately
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10 .

Q. ENTICE

A.    tease B.    hamper
C.    debar D.    abort
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