NDA & NA (I) Exam 2019 General Ability Test – Comprehension

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Directions: In this section you have a passage. After the passage, you will find some items based on the passage, First, read the passage and
answer the items based on it. You are required to select your answers based on the contents of the passage and opinion of the author only


I do not wish to suggest that because we were one nation we had no differences, but it is submitted that our leading men travelled throughout India either on foot or in bullock-carts. They learned one another’s languages and there was no aloofness amongst them. What do you think could have been the intention of those farseeing ancestors of ours who established Setubandha (Rameshwar) in the South, Jagannath in the East and Hardwar in the North as places of pilgrimage? You will admit they were no fools. They knew that worship of God could have been performed just as well at home. They taught us that those whose hearts were aglow with righteousness had the Ganges in their own homes. But they saw that India was one undivided land so made by nature. They, therefore, argued that it must be one nation. Arguing thus, they established holy places in various parts of India, and fired
the people with an idea of nationality in a manner unknown in other parts of the world. And we Indians are one as no two Englishmen are. Only you and I and others who consider ourselves civilized and superior persons imagine that we are many nations. It was after the advent of railways that we began to believe in distinctions, and you are at liberty now to say that it is through the railways that we are beginning to abolish those distinctions. An opium-eater may argue the advantage of opiumeating from the fact that he began to understand the evil of the opium habit after having eaten it. I would ask you to consider well what I had said on the railways.

Q1. According to the author, India
(a) has never been one nation
(b) has been an aggregate of several nations
(c) has always been one nation along with differences
(d) became a nation after the British came

Q2. Why did the great sages of India establish pilgrimages in the different corners of the country?
(a) Because they wanted to push people to travel to different places
(b) Because they could observe the underlying unity of the country as made by nature
(c) Because they themselves had travelled to these places
(d) Because they wanted people to be religious everywhere

Q3. In the passage, the author’s attitude towards the railways is
(a) critical
(b) sympathetic
(c) indifferent
(d) apathetic

Q4. What does the author mean when he says that “whose hearts were aglow with righteousness had the Ganges in their own homes”?
(a) One need not visit the Ganges to take holy bath
(b) The Ganges has been polluted, so one should bath at home
(c) One should take a holy dipin the Ganges to purify one’s heart
(d) The purity of heart is superior to observance of any ritual

Q5. The paragraph is written in a
(a) dialogic style
(b) prescriptive style
(c) descriptive style
(d) analytical style


Directions: Each of the following sentences in this section has a blank space and four words or group of words given after the sentence. Select the word or group of words you consider most appropriate for the blank space and indicate your response on the Answer Sheet accordingly.

Q6. ___________forests prevent erosion.
(a) Lean (b) Dense
(c) Sparse (d) Tidy

Q7. Three people were arrested and an illegal arms unit was _________by the police in a raid.
(a) revealed
(b) searched
(c) discovered
(d) busted

Q8. A woman got into the car and __________
(a) drove off
(b) broke down
(c) rode in
(d) drove in

Q9. The lecture was not very interesting. In fact I ___________ in the middle of it.
(a) showed off
(b) put off
(c) dozed off
(d) plugged off

Q10. The cops ___________murder by kin.
(a) suspect (b) afford
(c) manage (d) administer


1 …… C
2 …… B
3 …… A
4 …… D
5 …… A
6 …… B
7 …… D
8 …… A
9 …… C
10 …… A

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