NDA/NA Exam Solved Papers - 2011- I - Paper I: General Ability Test (Part-A)

NDA/NA Exam Solved Papers - 2011- I - Paper I: General Ability Test (Part-A)

Paper I : General Ability Test

Part A : English Language


Directions (Qs. 1 to 10) : In this section, you have 03 short passage’s. After each passage. you will find several questions based on the passage. First, read a passage and then answer the questions based on it. You are required to select your answers based on the contents of the passage and opinion of the author only.

Examples : T and ‘J’ have been solved for you.

Passage (Example)

In our approach to life, be it pragmatic or otherwise, a basic fact that confronts us squarely and unmistakably is the desire for peace, security and happiness. Different forms of life at different levels of existence make up the teeming denizens of this earth of ours. And, no matter whether they belong to the higher groups such as human beings or to the lower groups such as animals, all beings primarily seek peace, comfort and security. Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to a man. Even the lowliest insect strives for protection against dangers that threaten its life. Just as each one of us wants to live and not to die, so do all other creatures.

T. The author’s main point is that

(a) different forms of life are found on the earth
(b) different levels of existence are possible in nature
(c) peace and security are the chief goals of all living beings
(d) even the weakest creature struggles to preserve its life

J. Which one of the following assumptions or steps is essential in developing the author’s position?

A. All forms of life have a single overriding goal
B. The will to survive of a creature is identified with a desire for’ peace
C. All beings are divided into higher and lower groups
D. A parallel is drawn between happiness and life, and pain and death

Explanation :

T. The idea which represents the author’s main point is “peace and security are the chief goals of all living beings”, which is response (C). So (C) is the correct answer.
J. The best assumption underlying the passage is “The will to survive of a creature is identified with a desire for peace”, which is response (B), so (B) is the correct answer.


Gandhi was not born great. He was a blundering boy, a mediocre student, a poor lawyer, an ordinary individual until he remade himself. He was ‘a self-remade man. He had faith in himself. But above all, he had a deep, touching faith in the peasants, miners, labourers, and young unformed men and, women whom he drew into his work. He fed them all an elixir of growth which often transformed nameless, uneducated people into leonine heroes. The elixir was fearlessness.

1. Consider the following assumptions :
1. Gandhi was a great man throughout his life.
2. Men are not born great, but they are made great by self effort.
3. Gandhi liked the ordinary people and neglected the rich.
4. Gandhi transformed the ordinary masses into great heroes.

Which of the above assumptions can be drawn from the above passage?

(a) 2 and 4
(b) 1 and 2
(c) 3 and 4
(d) None of these

2. Gandhi transformed the uneducated people by teaching them

(a) work-mindedness
(b) self confidence
(c) fearlessness
(d) heroism

3. Gandhi’s attitude to the labour class was one of

(a) generosity
(b) pity
(c) compassion
(d) fearlessness

4. The word ‘leonine’ in the passage means

(a) lean
(b) courageous
(c) timid
(d) learning


The dog fence in Australia has been erected to keep out hostile invaders, in this case hordes of yellow dogs called dingoes. The empire it preserves is that of wool growers. Yet the fence casts a much broader ecological shadow. For the early explorers, a kangaroo or a wallaby sighting marked a noteworthy event. Now try not to see one. Without a native predator there is no check on the marsupial population. The kangaroos are now cursed more than the dingoes. They have become rivals of sheep, competing for water and grass. The State Governments now cull more than three million kangaroos a year to keep Australia’s natural symbol from over running the pastoral lands.

5. The Fence is meant to keep the :

(a) A kangaroo in and the dingo out.
(b) kangaroo in and the sheep out.
(c) sheep in and the kangaroo out.
(d) sheep in and the dingo out.

6. Australia’s national symbol is :

(a) A Kangaroo
(b) Wallaby
(c) Sheep
(d) Dingo

7. What has led to the unchecked growth of the marsupial population?

(a) The building of fences
(b) The absence of native predator
(c) The culling of kangaroos
(d) The availability of water and grass

8. The marsupial population is up in Australia because :

(a) both wallaby and kangaroo count as marsupials.
(b) the kangaroo consumes the water and grass of the sheep.
(c) the dingo cannot get at the kangaroo.
(d) the kangaroos are fenced out.


Not all nocturnal animals have good eyesight. Many of them concentrate on the other senses for finding their way about and for finding food. The sense of touch is very well developed in many nocturnal animals, whether they have good eyes or not. The large hairs or whiskers on the faces of cats and mice are sense organs and the animals react rapidly if these whiskers are touched. The sense of smell is also very important for nocturnal animals such as hedgehogs and field mice, The moist night air holds scent much better than dry air does.

9. Which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) All nocturnal animals are blind
(b) Many nocturnal animals do not have good eyesight
(c) Most nocturnal animals cannot see anything in the dark
(d) No nocturnal animal has good eyesight

10. The cat’s whiskers are organs associated with the sense of

(a) taste
(b) touch
(c) hearing
(d) smell

Spotting Errors

Directions (Qs. 11 to 20) :

(i) In this section a number of sentences are given. The sentences are underlined in three separate parts and each one is labelled A, B, and C. Read each sentence to find out whether there is an error in any underlined part. No sentence has more than one error. When you find an error in anyone of the underlined parts A, B or C, indicate your response on the separate Answer Sheet at the appropriate space. You may feel that there is no error in a sentence. In that case, letter D will signify a ‘No error’ response.

(ii) You are to indicate only one response for each item in your Answer Sheet. (If you indicate more than one response, your answer will be considered wrong.) Errors may be in grammar, word usage or idioms. There may be a word missing or there may be a word which should be removed.

(iii) You are not required to correct the error. You are required only to indicate your response on the Answer Sheet.

11. (A) We are meeting today afternoon/(B) to discuss the matter/(C) and reach a compromise./ (D) No error.
12. (A) Either Ram or/(B) you is responsible/(C) for this action./(D) No error.
13. (A) The student flatly denied/(B) that he had copied/(C)in the examination hall./(D) No error.
14. (A) By the time you arrive tomorrow/(B) I have finished/(C) my work./(D) No error.
15. (A) The speaker stressed repeatedly on/(B) the importance of improving/(C) the condition of the slums./(D) No error.
16. (A) The captain with the members of his team/ (B) are returning/(C) after a fortnight./(D) No error.
17. (A) After returning from/(B) an all-India tour/ (C) I had to describe about it/(D) No error.
18. (A) The teacher asked his students/(B) if they had gone through/(C) either of the three chapters included in the prescribed text./(D) No error.
19. (A) Although they are living in the country/ (B) since they were married/(C) they are now moving to the town./(D) No error.
20. (A) Do you know/(B) how old were ‘you/(C) when you came here?/(D) No error.

Directions (Qs. 21 to 30) : Each of the following items consists of a sentence followed by four words or group of words. Select the antonym of the word (occurring in the sentence in capital letters) as per’ the context.

21. All care is FUTILE in a cureless case.

(a) waste
(b) expensive
(c) useful
(d) cheap

22. REVELATION of facts became very easy when I investigated the case.

(a) rejection
(b) elimination
(c) concealment
(d) introduction

23. The story you have just told is INCREDIBLE

(a) credible
(b) fantastic
(c) probable
(d) believable

24. His assignments have taken him to many EXOTIC locations around the world.

(a) wonderful
(b) cosmopolitan
(c) irrelevant
(d) common

25. He has given up his VICIOUS habits.

(a) godly
(b) virtuous
(c) sublime
(d) friendly

26. The doctor found the patient INERT.

(a) active
(b) lazy
(c) strong
(d) resolute

27. The issue was raised TANGENTIALLY in the negotiations.

(a) partly
(b) forcefully
(c) candidly
(d) fitfully

28. ESCALATING prices are causing hardship to the poor.

(a) fixed
(b) fluctuating
(c) falling
(d) reasonable

29. I have, MALICE towards none.

(a) sympathy
(b) goodwill
(c) friendship
(d) attraction

30. The boy comes of an AFFLUENT family.

(a) poor
(b) ordinary
(c) infamous
(d) backward

Rearranging Parts of A Sentence

Directions (Qs. 31 to 40) : In the following items, some parts of the sentence have been jumbled up. You are required to rearrange these parts which are labelled P, Q, R and S to produce the correct sentence. Choose the proper sequence and mark in your Answers Sheet accordingly.

Example ‘Z’ has been solved for you.

Z. Some people’ believe that, the effect/P, is very bad/Q, on children/R, of cinema/S

The correct sequence should be

(a) P - S - R - Q
(b) S - P - Q - R
(c) S - R - P - Q
(d) Q - S - R - P


The proper way of writing the sentence is “Some people believe that the effect of cinema on children is very bad”. This is indicated by the sequence P - S - R - Q and so (A) is the correct answer.


31. In the Middle Ages

P : there was little progress
Q : either intellectual or social
R : with the result that
S : teaching became the exclusive prerogative of the church

Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?

(a) P - Q - R - S
(b) S - R - P - Q
(c) P - R - S - Q
(d) Q - P - R - S

32. A scientist has shown that

P : when anyone holds
Q : a burning cigarette
R : near their leaves
S : plants react with fear

Which one of the following is the correct sequence?

(a) P - Q - R - S
(b) Q - R - S - P
(c) S - P - Q - R
(d) P - Q - S - R

33. P : because the driver lost control

Q : and hit a lamp post
R : the bus fell into a ditch
S : at a turning

Which one of the following is the correct sequence?

(a) R - Q - P - S
(b) R - P - S - Q
(c) P - Q - S - R
(d) S - P - R - Q

34. We want

P : every country
Q : or a foreign policy
R : to have a population policy
S : as it has an economic policy

Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?

(a) P - Q - R - S
(b) Q - R - S - P
(c) P - R - S - Q
(d) R - Q - P - S

35. The teacher

P : and the pupils continued likewise with their repetition
Q : read the sentence again
R : the pupils knew the sentence by heart
S : until the teacher thought

Which one of the following is the correct sequence?

(a) P - Q - S - R
(b) P - S - R - Q
(c) Q - P - S - R
(d) Q - S - R - P

36. For dropping kilos

P : it is safe to cut your fat intake
Q : and maintaining weight loss
R : to 20% of your calories
S : even further

Which one of the following is the correct sequence?

(a) P - R - Q - S
(b) Q - S - P - R
(c) S - P - R - Q
(d) Q - P - R - S

37. His uncle

P : after he joined
Q : did not send
R : the college
S : money for his expenses

Which one of the following is the correct sequence?

(a) Q - R - S - P
(b) R - P - S - Q
(c) Q - S - P - R
(d) S - P - R - Q

38. Language is

P : to the other person
Q : communicating
R : only a means of
S : one’s thoughts and emotions

Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?

A. P - Q - S - R
B. R - Q - S - P
C. Q - R - S - P
D. S - P - Q - R

39. Whenever I see the model

P : who started it
Q : is the face of the man
R : of our factory
S : what comes to my mind

Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?

(a) S - R - Q - P
(b) R - S - Q - P
(c) Q - P - R - S
(d) P - Q - R - S

40. P : I bought from your shop
Q : a week ago
R : to send the books
S : you have not cared

Which one of the following is the correct sequence ?

(a) Q - P - S - R
(b) Q - P - R - S
(c) S - R - P - Q
(d) P - Q - S - R


1. (a) 2. (c) 3. (a) 4. (b) 5. (a) 6. (a) 7. (b) 8. (a) 9. (b) 10. (b)
11. (a) 12. (b) 13. (d) 14. (b) 15. (a) 16. (b) 17. (c) 18. (c) 19. (b) 20. (d)
21. (c) 22. (c) 23. (d) 24. (d) 25. (b) 26. (a) 27. (c) 28. (c) 29. (b) 30. (a)
31. (a) 32. (c) 33. (b) 34. (c) 35. (c) 36. (a) 37. (c) 38. (b) 39. (b) 40. (c)

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