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**Proctored Mock CAT-2 2012
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Proctored Mock CAT-2 2012

Answers and Explanations

1 d 2 c 3 a 4 b 5 c 6 d 7 c 8 c 9 b 10 a

11 b 12 c 13 a 14 d 15 c 16 b 17 a 18 b 19 b 20 c

21 c 22 b 23 d 24 b 25 a 26 a 27 d 28 c 29 c 30 d

31 c 32 a 33 a 34 c 35 b 36 a 37 d 38 c 39 c 40 b

41 c 42 d 43 c 44 a 45 c 46 a 47 c 48 d 49 b 50 a

51 d 52 b 53 d 54 c 55 b 56 d 57 a 58 c 59 d 60 c

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Section – I

1. d If we pick exactly 4 guavas, 6 mangoes and 7 pears

from the basket, then the total number of fruits picked

from the basket will be 17.

If one more fruit is picked from the basket, irrespective

of what it is, it can be said that at least 5 guavas or

at least 7 mangoes or at least 8 pears have been

picked from the basket.

Hence, required number of fruits = 17 + 1 = 18.

2. c

37

1

Let x

20

·

( )

37

x 2 10

−

⇒ · ×

Taking log on both sides,

( ) · − + logx 37 log2 log10

( ) logx 37 0.3010 1 ⇒ · − × +

( ) logx 37 1.3010 ⇒ · − ×

logx 48.137 ⇒ · −

logx 49 0.863 49 0.863 ⇒ · − + · +

Hence, there will be 48 consecutive zeroes immediately

after the decimal.

3. a Given, a b c − ·

Squaring both the sides, we get

2 2 2

a b 2ab c + − ·

... (i)

Similarly, |a – c| = |b| ⇒

2 2 2

a c 2ac b + − · ... (ii)

From (i) and (ii), we get

2

2a 2a(b c) · +

2a(a b c) 0 ⇒ − − ·

a b c ⇒ · + (As a 0) ≠

Now squaring both the sides, we get

2 2 2

a b c 2bc · + +

2 2 2

b c a 2bc. ⇒ + · −

4. b

P

Q

O’

2r

r

2r

r

R

The common chord will be of the maximum length if it is

the diameter of the smaller circle.

In ∆ PO’Q, PQ = 2r and PO’ = QO’ = 2r, therefore,

∆ PO’Q is an equilateral triangle.

Required area (in sq. units) of the shaded region

1

2

·

× Area of smaller circle + Area of segment PRQ

1

2

·

× Area of smaller circle

+ (Area of sector O’PQ – Area of triangle PO’Q)

=

2 2 2 2

2

r (2r) 3(2r) 7 r

3 r .

2 6 4 6

¹ ¹

π π π ¹ ¹

+ − · −

' ;

¹ ¹

¹ ¹

5. c

9 x 25

17 y 43

< <

43x 17x

y

25 9

⇒ < <

As ‘x’ increases, the interval in which ‘y’ lies also

increases.

For x = 1, 2 and 3, the intervals in which y lies are

18 8

1 , 1

25 9

¸ _

¸ ,

,

11 7

3 , 3

25 9

¸ _

¸ ,

and

4 2

5 , 5

25 3

¸ _

¸ ,

respectively.

None of these pairs contains an integer between

them.

For x = 4, the interval in which y lies is

22 5

6 , 7

25 9

¸ _

¸ ,

and

7 lies in the interval.

Hence, the minimum possible value of y is 7.

6. d From statement A: It can be found out that the

terms are 3, 9, 27, 81 and 243. But we don’t know

whether the geometric progression is a decreasing

one or an increasing one i.e. whether the common

ratio is 1/3 or 3. So the first term cannot be determined.

From statement B: Nothing can be concluded about

the terms of the geometric progression.

From statements A and B: We still cannot determine

the first term of the G.P.

7. c Fund allocated for Gifts

= 18% of <5,76,919 ≈ <1,03,840

Fund allocated for Gifts other than the Diwali gifts

= 35% of <1,03,840 ≈ <36,340

Total expenditure on Gifts

= 18% of <3,50,919 ≈ <63,165

Total expenditure on Gifts other than the Diwali gifts

= 30% of 63,165 ≈ <18,950

Required difference ≈ <17,400.

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8. c Total expenditure on Travel, Gifts and Food

= 55% of <3,50,919 ≈ <1,93,000

Fund allocated for Food and Entertainment

= 33% of <5,76,919 ≈ <1,90,400

So we can see that the fund allocated for Food and

Entertainment was approximately equal to the total

expenditure on Travel, Gifts and Food.

9. b Let the three-digit number be ABC.

Case I: A = 1

For each of B and C, there are two possibilities.

Total possibilities = 2 × 2 = 4.

Case II: A = 2

Had there been one extra ‘1’, for each of B and C,

there would have been three possibilities.

Total possibilities in that case = 3 × 3 = 9.

As there is only one ‘1’, B and C both can’t be 1 at the

same time i.e. 211 is not possible.

Hence, required possibilities = 9 – 1 = 8

Total number of possible distinct three digit numbers

= 4 + 8 = 12.

10. a Let <P be invested at r% per annum at simple interest.

As the sum becomes ‘k’ times in 30 years, interest

obtained in 30 years is (k – 1) P.

Therefore,

P r 30

(k – 1) P

100

× ×

· ×

10k – 3r = 10 ⇒

Possible solutions of the above equation are:

k 4 7 10 13 16

r 10 20 30 40 50

Therefore, ‘k’ can assume 5 different values.

In order to realize the maximum amount, rate of interest

should be 50%.

Required sum

3

=12340 (1.5) 41,647.50. × · <

11. b

O

A

B

C

D

E

2 2 2

AC AB BC · +

2 2 2

AC 2 2 ⇒ · +

AC 2 2 cm ⇒ ·

Since incircle of an isosceles right angled triangle

touches the hypotenuse at its midpoint,

AE = CE = 2 cm.

Since the lengths of the tangents drawn from an

external point to a circle are equal, CE = CD =

2 cm

.

Hence, BD = BC – CD = (2 2) cm. −

12. c Since the hands of the faulty clock move in the

opposite direction as compared to those of a normal

clock, it’s like going back in time. Hence, when a normal

clock gains 2 hours and 15 minutes, the faulty clock

would lose 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Hence, the required time can be calculated by

subtracting 2 hours and 15 minutes from 4:00 a.m.

Hence, the correct answer is 1:45 a.m.

13. a

2 feet

16 feet

25 feet

50 feet

A

B

C

D

Area of trapezium ABCD

( )

1

2 16 50 450 square feet

2

· × + × ·

∴Capacity of the pool

= 450 25 11250 cubic feet. × ·

14. d Let the speed of the boat in still water be ‘v’ km/hr and

speed of the stream be ‘u’ km/hr. Therefore,

60 100

8

v u v u

+ ·

− +

…(i)

75 175

12

v u v u

+ ·

− +

…(ii)

On solving equations (i) and (ii), we get

v = 20 and u = 5.

∴Speed of the boat in still water = 20 km/hr.

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For questions 15 to 17:

Total quantity (in ml) of each ingredient used in preparing one

packet of each type of juice is given below.

Lemon 200

Rose 480

Almond 400

Cardamom 160

Mango 320

Pineapple 240

Vanilla

Essence

120

Total quantity (in ml) of ingredients, other than water, used in a

packet of each type of juice is given below.

Rose

Naturals

Sweet

and Sour

Badam

Mania

Mixed

Juice

Delicious

Light Juice

350 450 400 445 275

15. c As nothing is specified regarding the available

quantities of individual ingredients, we can use the

quantities of individual ingredients as per our

requirement, keeping the total quota at 10 liters.

Sum of the quantities of the ingredients used in

preparing one packet of each type of juice

= Sum of all the values given in the first table

= 1920 ml

Five packets of juices (one of each type) can be

prepared by using 1920 ml of ingredients. Five sets of

five such packets of juices can be prepared by using

1920 × 5 = 9600 ml of ingredients.

Remaining 400 ml should be used in preparing one

additional packet of Badam Mania, which is the only

way to fully utilise the remaining quota.

16. b Maximum quantity of each ingredient available

=

10000

1428.6 ml

7

≈

While preparing one packet of each type of juice,

among the seven ingredients, the maximum quantity

used is of Rose i.e. 480 ml.

Now,

1428.6

2.976

480

≈

Hence, at most 2 packets of each type of juice can be

prepared.

17. a Among the five juice types, the least quantity of

ingredients is required to prepare Delicious Light Juice

i.e. 275 ml.

Maximum number of packets that can be prepared

=

10000 1920

5 34.38

275

−

+ ≈

Hence, 34 packets (30 of Delicious Light Juice and 4

others, one of each other type) can be prepared.

18. b Let 4x + 3y = 14k, then xy = 2k and y – 6x = k.

On solving the first and the third equations,

we get x =

k

2

and y = 4k.

⇒ xy = 2k

2

As, xy = 2k

2

and xy = 2k, we get 2k

2

= 2k.

⇒ k = 0 or 1 but k 0 ≠ , therefore, k = 1.

Hence, 2x + y = 1 + 4 = 5.

19. b

( ) ( )

( ) ( )

6 6

3 3

2 2

3

2 2 2 2 2 2

sin cos

sin cos

sin cos 3sin cos sin cos

θ + θ

· θ + θ

· θ + θ − θ× θ θ + θ

( )

2

2 2

3 3

1 4sin cos 1 sin2

4 4

· − × θ× θ · − θ

The value of

6 6

sin cos θ + θ will be minimum when the

value of sin2θ is maximum. The maximum value of

sin2 1 θ · .

Hence, the answer =

3 1

1 .

4 4

− ·

20. c If

A

B

is always a terminating decimal, then B can

either be 1 or can have only two prime factors i.e. 2

and 5. The possible values of B are 1, 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 16,

20, 25, 32, 40, 50, 64 and 80, i.e. 14 values in all.

21. c Let 'x' cm be the length of the side of the square and

'd' cm be the diameter of the circle. Then,

2 2 2

x x d + ·

2

2x 40000

x 100 2

4x 400 2

⇒ ·

⇒ ·

⇒ ·

Hence, perimeter of the square is approximately

565.6 cm.

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For questions 22 and 23:

Let the number of people who used to speak only Urdu be ‘a’,

Urdu and Hindi but not Santhali be ‘b’, and Urdu and Santhali

but not Hindi be ‘c’. The data can be expressed in the form of

a Venn diagram as shown below.

1620 - b

750

270

a + b - 390

a

b c

Santhali

Hindi

2640

Urdu

22. b The number of people who used to speak none of the

three languages

= 5140 – [2640 + a + c + (a + b – 390)]

= 2890 – (2a + b + c)

The number of people who used to speak only Santhali

should be greater than or equal to zero,

i.e. a b 390 0 + − ≥

⇒ a b 390 + ≥

Similarly, c 0. ≥

In order to maximize the value of the required quantity,

we should take a = 0, b = 390 and c = 0.

Hence, the maximum possible number of people who

did not speak any of the three languages

= 2890 – ( 2a + b + c)

= 2890 – (2 × 0 + 390 + 0)

= 2500.

23. d We have, a < 1620 – b ⇒ a + b < 1620

The number of people who used to speak only Santhali

= a + b – 390

Since maximum value of (a + b) = 1619, the maximum

value of (a + b – 390)

= 1619 – 390 = 1229.

24. b Let the initial quantities (in ml) of alcohol and vinegar

in the mixture be 60x and 40x respectively. Let the

quantities (in ml) of alcohol and vinegar evaporated

in the first 10 minutes be 5y and 3y respectively.

60x – 5y 1

y = 10x

40x – 3y 1

· ⇒ …(i)

Remaining quantity of alcohol = 60x – 5y = 10x

Remaining quantity of vinegar = 40x – 3y = 10x

Let the total time required to achieve the desired result

after 12:28 p.m. be ‘t’ minutes.

Quantity of alcohol and vinegar evaporated in ‘t’

minutes is

5y

t

10

× and

3y

t

10

× respectively.

Therefore,

t 5y

10x –

2

10

t 3y

3

10x –

10

×

·

×

10

t =

9

⇒

Required time = 12:28 p.m. + 1.11 minutes. Hence, the

desired result must have been achieved approximately

at 12:29 p.m.

25. a Let the original volume of the raindrop be 'x' ml.

Therefore, initial volume of water in the raindrop will

be 0.75x ml.

Remaining volume of water after evaporation

= (0.75x – 2) ml

Remaining volume of water is 70% of (x – 2) ml.

0.75x 2 (x 2) 0.7 ∴ − · − ×

⇒ x = 12

For questions 26 to 28:

The data given in the graphs is shown below in a tabulated

format. (Number of garments are in ‘000 units.)

January February March April May

Formals 60 32 80 64 50

Casuals 300 256 256 256 400

360 288 336 320 450

Formals 120 52 84 75 108

Casuals 60 20 42 125 72

180 72 126 200 180 Total

Month

Selected

Total

Rejected

26. a Total number (in '000 units) of Formal garments

produced in the five months

= 60 + 32 + 80 + 64 + 50 + 120 + 52 + 84 + 75 + 108

= 725.

27. d The number of Casual garments selected was equal

in the months of February, March and April.

28. c The number of Casual garments rejected as a per-

centage of the total number of garments rejected was

the highest in April and was equal to

125

100 62.5%.

200

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29. c The graph of f(x) is shown below.

–2

–1

x

y

–1

–3

–4

1 2

We can see from the graph that the minimum value of

f(x) is –1.

30. d The number finally obtained will be the “digit sum” of

the original number. It can be directly obtained by

dividing the original number by 9 and finding the

remainder.

Since remainder

3

5

1or 8,

9

1

· −

1

1

¸ ]

remainder

6

5

1

9

1

·

1

1

¸ ]

.

Since factorial of every natural number 3 onwards is

divisible by 6,

1! 2! 3! 12! 13!

N 5

+ + + + +

·

K

can be written as

5

3 +6k

.

Hence, the remainder when N is divided by 9 will be 8.

Section – II

31. c The answer can be inferred from these lines in

paragraph 2. “... and to the extent that narratives

related the deeds of men, proximity to an image of

virtue or holiness would be considered worthy of

imitation, and distance from it worthy of opprobrium.”

In other words if a narrative depicted deeds that were

in line with what was considered morally correct or

holy it was considered worthy of imitation. The more it

deviated from this the more criticism it incurred. The

author states that prior to ‘Don Quixote’ a novel had to

match the social realities of its time. These realities

more often than not correspond to the moral or

theological beliefs prevalent in that time. Option (a),

(b) and (d) all are in line with this idea. Option (c) is

incorrect according to the passage as the ‘ideal man ‘

has not been talked about.

32. a Option (b) can be inferred from these lines in paragraph

1. “... shaped our world as well, and did so in ways

that may not be apparent even to those aware of his

enormous literary influence.” Similarly option (d) can

also be found in the first paragraph “...a novel that, in

the words of the great critic Harold Bloom, “contains

within itself all the novels that have followed in its

sublime wake.” Option (c) can be found in the last

paragraph.” Cervantes imported into the art of prose

narration a ploy he learned from his favorite art form,

the one he most desperately wished to excel at — the

theater.” Option (a) is incorrect as the author states

that Cervantes biggest contribution is not a new genre

but a new worldview. Refer to these lines in paragraph

2 “was not merely a new genre but an implicit worldview

that would infiltrate every aspect of social life: fiction”

33. a The answer can be inferred on the basis of these

lines in paragraph 4 “...reader must be able to occupy

two opposed identities simultaneously: a naïve reader

who believes what he is being told, and a savvy one

who knows it is untrue.” Option (a) works best as it

fulfills both these conditions. Consider options (d), (b)

and (c), in each case, the protagonist starts believing

(empathizing or adopting) the veracity of the idea

against his better judgment. In option (a), the

protagonist enjoys the stories but knows that this is

not real.

For questions 34 and 35:

From statement (iv), Charu and both her neighbours face inside.

From statement (i), Hina sits to the immediate left of Charu as

well as Banu; therefore, we can conclude that Banu must be

facing outside. From statement (ii), the person sitting

diametrically opposite Charu faces inside. Therefore, the rest

of the persons must be facing outside. Also, it is given that Anu

sits diametrically opposite Hina and the two use the same prop

i.e. Dafli. The conclusions made thus far can be shown with

the help of a diagram.

FMS, Chunni,

Banu

IMT, Dafli,

Hina

Dafli, Anu

IMI, Dholak,

Charu

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From statement (iii), Goru sits to the immediate left of Anu and

must be facing inside. From statement (v), the only vacant

positions, that are diametrically opposite, must have been

occupied by Dhanu and Ellu. Now, Fiza from IIMR must be

sitting immediately to the right of Anu. Further analysis leads to

the final arrangement shown below.

FMS, Chunni,

Banu

IIMA, Chunni,

Dhanu

IMT, Dafli,

Hina

IMI, Dholak,

Charu

IIMS, Goru

CIMP,

Dafli, Anu

IIMR,

Dholak, Fiza

IIFT,

Danda, Ellu

34. c Fiza, Dholak

35. b 3

36. a Refer to the second paragraph where the author says

“rejects the simplifying and reducing process of the

average man who— puts life away into some snug

conception of his mind and age” . The artist faces

“experience freshly forever”. The author emphasizes

that for an artist to remain an artist, it is important that

he looks at everything from a fresh perspective and

not from the prejudiced angle that he has been taught

to look from. This ability of looking at everything afresh

separates an artist from a common man. Hence (a) is

the correct answer.

37. d Refer to the third paragraph, where the author says

that an artist should see criticism as “part of the

adventure” of life and understand in it “—the

ponderable weight of life itself”. Hence (d).All the other

options are incorrect as the author has advised to

accept criticism irrespective of its nature and role.

According to the author, the artist should accept

criticism even when it is cruel and impertinent.

38. c Refer to the last paragraph where the author states

that criticism brings into an artist’s life the ‘world’s

gross sources” which he had ignored in his pursuit of

art and creativity— this is both a need and a blessing.

Option (a) and (d) are incorrect as the author advises

the artists to accept criticism in whichever form it

comes. Author believes that criticism is a blessing

irrespective of form. The passage does not talk about

the changing nature of criticism based on the artist’s

ability to tackle it. Option (b) is incorrect as the impact

of criticism on the artist( in terms of making or breaking

him ) has not been talked about by the passage.

39. c The possible cases are:

Earnings: Upashana > Tarun > Ranjan > Sunanda

or

Upashana > Tarun > Sunanda > Ranjan

Expenditure: Tarun > Ranjan > Sunanda > Upashana

or

Ranjan > Tarun > Sunanda > Upashana

Hence, we can say for sure that Sunanda does not

spend more than Ranjan and Tarun does not earn

more than Upashana.

40. b The passage states that having a past , any past,

went against a candidate and the reason Fujimori won

was that not much was known about his past. The

author states that he was surprised by the fact that

Fujimori’s obscurity had helped him win. Option (a) is

incorrect because it is not clear if most candidates

lived in obscurity. Option (c) is incorrect. The author

states that it is rare to find a candidate who is so

transparently unmotivated by personal gains. This is a

general statement made on the nature of political

candidates .It is possible that in Peru one may find

more candidates who do not have much to gain

personally.

41. c Refer to the fourth paragraph, where the author says

that expanding tertiary education cannot be the means

to economic development; it can be the consequence

of economic development. Which means that tertiary

education can be part of a plan made for a country

that is developed but it does not make much sense for

a country that is not developed.

42. d Refer to the fourth paragraph, where the author states

“I was convinced that, if Sendero won, there would

be another Cambodia in Peru: a tyranny on a much

larger scale.” Also, in the fifth paragraph the author

states “He was the object of a grotesque cult of

personality.” The author believes that had Sendero

won, tyranny would prevail in Peru as it had in

Cambodia. This means that the author believes that

Sendero would have brought with him a regime that

would be dictatorial in nature. Hence option (d) is

correct. Author makes an observation about the

agronomist as an example and is not bitter/angry about

it. Hence option (c) is incorrect.

43. c D begins the paragraph, because “It” is not acting as

the pronoun antecedent to any country or

organization mentioned. C follows D as “moreover” is

referring to the conflict or settlement in C.B follows C

as “either side of the conflict” refers to the Sinai

Peninsula and Egypt. EA is a mandatory pair.

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44. a There is a BDE link that emerges in the paragraph. B is

not an ideal start to the paragraph because it is

referring to an example that is presented. B and D are

linked because B refers to the self-conquest recipe

as extreme and D adds to it through a reason. D can’t

follow E because it is opposite to the idea presented in

E. Options (b) and (d) can be ruled out. Option (c) can

be ruled out because the contraposition that is referred

to in A is not referred to in C. One that can infer that the

contraposition mentioned is linked with D. However,

options (b) and (d) have already been ruled out and

option (a) is the answer – the contraposition referred

to in A would have been stated in the lines before the

sequence.

45. c There is a link between B and C because they both

provide information on China. B states China’s

reasonableness, whereas C comes in with additional

information on why this must be so and also on why

China is in a volatile position. E follows C as it links

with the volatile nature implied in C. D and A are strongly

linked as A provides the reason for the advice given in

D. Option (c) is the answer. D can’t start the sequence

as it refers to the position taken by China – B must

come in before D in the sequence. Thus option (a) can

be ruled out. Options (b) and (d) can be ruled out

because of the DA link.

For questions 46 to 48:

From statement (vi), positions of Painting and Gymnastics in

the activity column can be fixed. From statement (iii), those

who participated in Dancing, Singing and Essay Writing must

be younger to Daksh and hence, the remaining positions in the

activity column will be occupied by Cooking and Debate. Thus,

Daksh must have participated in Gymnastics. From statement

(v), the youngest sibling must have participated in Dancing

and the eldest one in Debate. Crystal and Giresh are the twins

and the two cases possible are shown below.

Activity Case I: Case II:

Dancing Eric Eric

Singing/ Essay writing Crystal Giresh

Painting Giresh Crystal

Essay writing/ Singing Foram Foram

Gymnastics Daksh Daksh

Cooking Bhuvan Bhuvan

Debate Anshu Anshu

46. a Painting

47. c Giresh

48. d Daksh

49. b The correct expression is – “killed appetite “. This

makes option b correct. The sentence is also talking of

a food magazine and so “appetite “fits in. ‘Trend

defining’ also matches the tone of the sentence and

this continues in the ‘gold standard of ———‘. This

makes option b correct.

50. a Vitiated and desecrated are synonyms for

contaminated but the usage of only contaminated is

correct here. Atmospheres get vitiated; holy places

desecrated. ‘Discerning’ is also fitting into the second

blank. It means the knowledgeable eaters.

51. d The paragraph starts with a reference to a quality/

strategy that has been mentioned in the previous lines.

The emphasis of the paragraph is on the strategy that

Vindi Banga used to sell Unilever products to rural

women. The penultimate line of the paragraph presents

the result of the strategy used. The best option would

be one that comments on the result or explains it.

Option (d) is the best. The scope of the paragraph is

rural Indian women and their communities – the rural

consumer. Vindi Banga is used only as an example.

Option (c) discusses emerging markets - there is not

enough information on whether this is within the scope

of the paragraph.

52. b The paragraph discusses Mao and the images that

surrounded him. It ends by stating that while Mao lived,

China would be known to be neither especially friendly

nor overly hostile. This implies that Mao is no longer

alive. The paragraph should ideally end with what has

happened after his death – but in terms of China’s

diplomatic stance. Option (b) completes the paragraph

as it indicates ambivalence in Chinese relations/

feelings. Option (a) comments on Mao’s lifetime which

is not a logical completion of the passage. Option (c)

only comments on Mao’s death but does not link this

with China’s diplomatic stance. Option (d) discusses

great foreign leaders and is too general for the scope

of the paragraph.

53. d The paragraph starts with references to the popularity

of Indian cuisine in Britain but then moves on to mention

the lack of awareness on the shared history of the

two countries. Option (a) can be ruled out because it

is weak and does not strongly support the penultimate

sentence. The paragraph suggests that not much is

remembered about the history between India and

Britain with no specific time period indicated – the

paragraph also refers to the memory of the shared

relationship in Britain and not in India. The option itself

is ambiguous on this point. Option (b) is a comment on

the shared history and should appear only when some

background on the history between Britain and India

has been stated. Option (c) is too general and does

not specifically relate to the penultimate sentence.

Option (d) is the answer as it mentions a specific

measure being taken in Britain to address the collective

amnesia mentioned in the penultimate sentence.

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54. c As Smaran lost the matches against Charak and

Tanush, he could have won at most two matches.

Hence, his maximum score could be 2 + 2 = 4.

55. b Charak’s score = 2 + 2 + 1 + 1 = 6.

In order to minimise the absolute difference between

the scores of Charak and Tanush, we need to make

Tanush’s score as close as possible to 6.

Since Tanush lost against Ehsaan, if he won the rest

of his matches his score would be = 2 + 2 + 2 = 6.

However, Tanush couldn’t have won against Charak

as Charak did not lose any match. But they could have

played a draw which would make Tanush’s score

= 2 + 2 + 1 = 5.

Required minimum difference = 6 – 5 = 1.

56. d Wear can be used as a noun that describes the fact

of wearing something (designed for wear). Wear can

also be used to describe the amount or type of use

that something has over a period of time. Wear can

also mean ‘to have something on your body as a piece

of clothing, a decoration, etc. or to have your hair in a

particular style; to have a beard or moustache. Wear

off means fading out or slowly reducing. The correct

sentence (d) should be “You’re wearing well—only a

few grey hairs!” wear well means to stay in good

condition/health.

57. a The correct sentence should be “I need the up-to-date

sales figures but I can never pin him down at the

office.” To pin someone down means to find somebody

and make them answer a question or tell you something

you need to know. In golf, a pin is a stick with a flag on

top of it, placed in a hole so that players can see

where they are aiming for. Pin is also used for a

person’s legs. for two pins is an idiom that is used to

say that you would like to do something, even though

you know that it would not be sensible.

58. c It’s given that Dev got into IIMS and Amitav got into IITB.

Since Charu was good at VA/RC she couldn’t have

got into IIMK. Hence, Bhavna must have joined Gama

and got into IIMK.

59. d In statement 1, articles ‘a’ and ‘the’ should come before

senior lecturer and 1970s respectively. The correct

form should be “In the 1970s, when I was a senior

lecturer at Birmingham University,” In sentence 3,

accommodation is incorrectly spelled. Statements 2

and 4 are correct.

60. c “Bone of contention” in statement (b) is a phrase which

means “a subject of dispute”. This dispute is referred

to in (d). Statement (a) takes forward the example of

china and should come after (b).In statement (c), the

pronoun “this” needs an antecedent which is not

provided by any other statement. ‘The games of rule

are established’ also has no reference in any other

text. Hence correct option is statement (c).

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