UPPCS Prelims General Studies Paper Question Paper 2015


UPPCS Prelims General Studies Paper held on 29 March 2015 is as follows.

1. Which of the following words is the antonym of the word ‘Auspicious’?

(a) optical

(b) oracular

(c) ominous

(d) austere

2. Fill the blank in the following sentence by choosing the most appropriate alternative:

The story is too fantastic to be

(a) praiseworthy

(b) readable

(c) credible

(d) false

3. Choose the alternative which can be substituted for the following:

`Time after twilight and before night’

(a) Evening

(b) Dawn

(c) Dusk

(d) Eclipse

4. Which of the following alternatives gives the correct form of indirect speech of the given sentence?

She said to him, “why donot you go today?”

(a) She said to him that why he donot go today.

(b) She asked him if he was going that day.

(c) She asked him why he didnot go today.

(d) She asked him why he didnot go that day.

5. Which one of the following alternatives gives the correct synonym of the word ‘Commemorate’?

(a) Boast

(b) Remember

(c) Manipulate

(d) Harmonise

6. Choose the nearest meaning of the underlined in the following :

The prices are going up by leaps and bounds.

(a) irregularly

(b) rapidly

(c) gradually

(d) systematically

7. Which of the following words is not a noun?

(a) Mention

(b) Quench

(c) Trench

(d) Tension

8. Identify the correct Active Voice of the following sentence:

The clown was being laughed at by them.

(a) They were laughing at the clown.

(b) They were laughing on the clown.

(c) They laughed at the clown.

(d) They have been laughing at the clown.

9. Choose from the following, the direct speech of the sentence:

She told me that she would do it next month.

(a) She said to me, “I shall do it next month.”

(b) She said to me, “I shall do it the coming month.”

(c) She said to me, “I shall be doing it the following month.”

(d) She said to me, “I shall be doing it the next month.”

10. Point out the sentence in which the underlined word is an adverb.

(a) To eat and drink temperately is the best way to preserve health.

(b) Temperance is the best way to preserve health.

(c) The best way to preserve health is to be temperate in eating and drinking.

(d) Temperature goes up if one eats and drinks intemperately.

Instruction for Question Nos. 11 – 15.

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions. Choose the correct answer from the alternatives based only on the passage given.

Megasthenese declared that there were no slaves in India. He was certainly wrong, but Indian slavery was milder than the form he was used to see in the West and slaves were much less numerous than in the civilizations of the West; hence he may not have recognized the dasa as a slave. The Arthashastra, in many ways more liberal than the religious books, lays down regulations appreciably milder than those we have outlined. The sale of children into slavery is explicitly forbidden except in dire emergency. Slaves are entitled to own and inherit property, and to earn money freely in their spare time. Slaves of the upper classes cannot be forced to perform defiling duties. The chastity of slave-girls is protected, the master who rapes a slave-girl must set her free and pay her compensation, and if she has a child by her master, even with her own consent, both mother and child become free. The humane regulations of the Arthashastra, probably unique in the records of any ancient civilization, are perhaps survivals of Mauryan laws, and it is, therefore, not surprising that Megasthenese declared that there was no slavery in India.

11. The laws allowed slaves to

(a) own and inherit property

(b) marry a person of their choice

(c) move freely in markets

(d) read religious books

12. According to the passage

(a) only members of the lowest class were slaves.

(b) only women were slaves.

(c) even the members of the upper class were slaves.

(d) only men were slaves.

13. When Megasthenese visited India he found that

(a) slaves were sold in the open market.

(b) the sale of children into slavery was quite common.

(c) slaves were not allowed to earn money in spare time.

(d) the chastity of slave-girls was protected by law.

14. Why did Megasthenese declare that there was no slavery in India?

(a) He did not see any slaves in India.

(b) Indian slavery was not cruel.

(c) The Arthashastra made strict laws against slavery.

(d) The Varnashrama system did not allow slavery.

15. The slave-girl was set free and paid compensation if:

(a) she was raped by her master.

(b) she was badly beaten by her master.

(c) people objected to her being a slave.

(d) she belonged to the highest caste in society.

16. Find the odd one out.

(a) Ring

(b) Bangle

(c) Tyre

(d) Plate

17. Statement: Should luxury hotels be banned in India?

Arguments: I. Yes, these are places from where international criminals operate.

II. No, affluent foreign tourists will have no place to stay.

Select the correct answer from the codes given below:

(a) Neither argument I nor II is strong.

(b) Both arguments I and II are strong.

(c) Only argument II is strong.

(d) Only argument I is strong.

18. Arrange the following words in a logical and meaningful order:

1. Country, 2. Furniture, 3. Forest, 4. Wood, 5. Tree.

(a) 1, 3, 5, 4, 2

(b) 1, 4, 3, 2, 5

(c) 2, 4, 3, 1, 5

(d) 5, 2, 3, 1, 4

19. When a conclusion is usually expressed implicitly or explicitly, in terms of a probabilistic statement, it refers to a

(a) reasoning dialogue

(b) deductive reasoning

(c) inductive reasoning

(d) none of the above

20. If the given statements (1) and (2) are true, which of the two conclusions I and II will follow from the statements?

Statements: (1) Some ministers are teachers.

(2) All teachers are scholars.

Conclusions: I. Some ministers are scholars.

II. All scholars are teachers.

(a) Only conclusion I follows.

(b) Only conclusion II follows.

(c) Both conclusions I and II follow.

(d) Neither conclusion I nor II follows.

21. Introducing Kamla, Mahesh said, “Her father is the only son of my father”. How was Mahesh related to Kamla?

(a) Brother

(b) Father

(c) Uncle

(d) Son

22. Three of the following are alike in some way and one is different. Select the odd one.

(a) 5878

(b) 5788

(c) 9748

(d) 6482

23. What is the next term in the following series?

2, 15, 41, 80,?

(a) 120

(b) 121

(c) 132

(d) 111

24. You are Superintendent of Police (SP) of a district. A woman approaches you regarding domestic violence and harassment by her in-laws. Her complaint could not be registered in local police station because of political pressure. As SP you get this fact confirmed from the concerned police station. In such a circumstance what will be your first priority?

(a) Ask the woman to approach the National Commission of Women as getting the complaint registered would be very difficult.

(b) Ask her to bring medical report of physical injuries.

(c) Call in-laws and advise them not to harm the woman.

(d) Ask the station officer of police station to register her complaint after medical examination.

25. Choose the odd pair of words:

(a) Blacksmith : Anvil

(b) Carpenter : Saw

(c) Barber : Scissor

(d) Goldsmith : Ornaments

26. The following question has four statements of three segments each. Choose the alternative where the third segment in the statement can be deduced using both the preceding two but not just from one of them.

A. Sonia is an actress. Some actresses are pretty. Sonia is pretty.

B. All actors are pretty. Manoj is not an actor. Manoj is not pretty.

C. Some men are cops. Some men are brave. Some brave people are cops.

D. All cops are brave. Some men are cops. Some men are brave.


(a) C only

(b) A only

(c) D only

(d) B and C

27. Most students of this class are intelligent.

Select the alternative below that follows from the above statement.

(a) There is no student who is not intelligent.

(b) There are some students who are less intelligent.

(c) All students are intelligent.

(d) Some of the students are intelligent.

28. State the logical order of the argument that follows from any three of the given five statements.

A. Traffic congestion increases carbon monoxide in the environment.

B. Traffic congestion is hazardous to health.

C. Some traffic congestion does not cause increased carbon monoxide.

D. Increase in carbon monoxide is hazardous to health.

E. Some traffic congestion is not hazardous to health.


(a) A B C

(b) B D E

(c) D A B

(d) D B A

29. This island is a colony, however, it is ______ and receives no orders from the mother country.

Find out the missing word from the following:

(a) Disinterested

(b) Methodical

(c) Autonomous

(d) Heretical

30. Of two friends, one is studious and the other is a stage artist also. The next day is their examination and tonight the famous drama ‘Hamlet’ is being staged. What will the two decide about the examination and the drama?

(a) The studious one will ignore the drama and give importance to the examination while the other to drama.

(b) The artist will try to persuade him in favour of the drama.

(c) The studious friend may give in.

(d) Both of them will avoid the drama and prepare for the examination.

31. The length, breadth and height of a room in the shape of a cuboid are increased by 10%, 20% and 50% respectively. Find the percentage increase in the volume of the cuboid.

(a) 77

(b) 87

(c) 98

(d) 55

32. Find the next term in the alphanumeric series:

Z1A, X2D, V6G, T21J, R88M, P445P,?

(a) N2676S

(b) N2676T

(c) T2670N

(d) T2676N

33. Which letter is exactly midway between G and Q in the given alphabets?

(a) K

(b) L

(c) M

(d) N

34. If ENGLAND is coded as 1234526 and FRANCE is written as 785291. How will GREECE be written in this coding system?

(a) 381191

(b) 381911

(c) 394132

(d) 562134

35. Replace the question mark (?) with appropriate word from the following:

Cruel : Kind :: Lethargy : ?

(a) Sharpness

(b) Alertness

(c) Interest

(d) Shrewdness

36. The number coming in place of question mark (?) in the following:

1, 2, 3, 4, 4, 4, 7, 6, ? is

(a) 8

(b) 7

(c) 6

(d) 5

37. If A’s monthly income is 40% more than that of B. How much percentage of B’s income is less than that of A?

(a) 20

(b) 28


(d) 25

38. What is the factor that interferes with effective problem solving?

(a) Functional fixedness

(b) Trial and error

(c) Distraction

(d) None of the above

39. If CASH is coded as ECUJ, then the code for BANK will be

(a) DCPM

(b) MCDP

(c) PMCD

(d) PCMP

40. In a class Mohan is at the 15th position from top and 50th from the bottom. How many total students are there in the class?

(a) 65

(b) 64

(c) 66

(d) 67

41. Through how many degrees does hour hand in a clock move as the time changes from 3 hours 12 minutes to 6 hours?

(a) 105

(b) 99

(c) 90

(d) 84

42. In the series of letters

B, F, J, N, R, V, Z, D, H, L, ?

Which of the following letters will replace the question mark?

(a) M

(b) O

(c) P

(d) T

43. If A = ÷,B = +,C = – and D = x,then which of the following is correct?

(a) 24A6B10 = 5D6C12

(b) 6A4D6 = 4B2D6

(c) 30D4A12 = 30A12D4A5

(d) 108C72 = 78C42

44. Radha is younger than Sunita but elder than Rita. Rita is older than Geeta. Shyam is older to Rita but younger to Radha. Who is the youngest?

(a) Shyam

(b) Rita

(c) Radha

(d) Geeta

45. You go North 1 km, turn right and go 1 km, then turn left and go 1 km, again turn left and go 1 km, then turn again left and go 2 km. You are facing towards:

(a) South

(b) East

(c) North

(d) West

46. If the polynomials ax3 – 7×2 + 7x – 2 and x3 – 2ax2 + 8x – 8 leave the same remainder when divided by x — 2, then the value of a is

(a) 0

(b) 1

(c) 2

(d) – 1

47. A and B can complete a piece of work together in 5 days. If A works at twice his speed and B at half of his speedГГГГГ. How many days would it take for A alone to complete the work?

(a) 18

(b) 15

(c) 12

(d) 10

48. The radii of two cylinders are in the ratio 2 : 3 and their heights are in the ratio 5 : 3. The ratio of their volumes is

(a) 10 : 17

(b) 20 : 27

(c) 17 : 27

(d) 20 : 37

49. The difference between the compound interest and simple interest for 3 years at 5% per annum on 8,000 will be

(a) Rs. 75

(b) Rs. 69

(c) Rs. 55

(d) Rs. 61

50. In what ratio must 25% alcohol be mixed with 50% alcohol to get a mixture of 40% alcohol?

(a) 2 : 1

(b) 3 : 1

(c) 2 : 3

(d) 3 : 2