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Tamil Nadu State Eligibility Test 2012 Paper I



1. Effective writing depends on
(A) Voracious reading made again and again
(B) Right vocabulary, idioms and phrases
(C) Felicity of expression and appropriate diction
(D) Clarity, readability and content

2. A dissertation is meant for perusal by
(A) Great scholars and serious readers
(B) A learned audience that is familiar with the latest developments and discoveries
in the subject
(C) Research students and others who want to pursue research
(D) University and college professors

3. What is plagiarism?
(A) A serious discussion of a valid point in a research work
(B) To take words and ideas from someone else’s work without acknowledgement
(C) To steal books from a locked house
(D) It is a form of stylish writing

4. A man sold 10 eggs for Rs. 36 and thus gained 20% profit. At what price did he buy an egg?
(A) Rs. 2
(B) Rs. 3
(C) Rs. 4
(D) Rs. 5

5. What is the next number in the series 4, 6, 9, 13,.......
(A) 15
(B) 12
(C) 18
(D) 17
6. If 3 apples and 4 oranges cost Rs. 100 and 4 apples and 3 oranges cost Rs. 110, find the cost of an orange?
(A) Rs. 11
(B) Rs. 8
(C) Rs. 12
(D) Rs. 10

7. The employability of present day students can be greatly enhanced by
(A) Advanced equipment
(B) Interface with business organizations
(C) Development of soft skills
(D) In-take of bright students

8. Value Education stands for
(A) Making a student strong in subjects
(B) Enhancing student employability
(C) Inculcating virtues and culture to students
(D) Developing student personality

9. If the main purpose of higher education is ‘‘grading and certification’’, then the examination system followed would be
(A) Formative examination
(B) Summative examination
(C) Semester examination
(D) Diagnostic test

10. What is a period in writing?
(A) It is a stretch of time with a beginning and an end
(B) It refers to a particular slot of time
(C) A punctuation mark appearing at the end of a sentence
(D) A symbol in writing which separates the main clause from a subordinate clause
in a sentence

11. The term, browsing in reading means
(A) To collect information
(B) To make desultory reading
(C) To read here and there in books
(D) To read from the computer screen

12. What is working bibliography?
(A) It is a list of books and other sources a researcher wishes to read for the thesis
(B) It is a list of books referred to by a researcher in the thesis
(C) It is a list of books which are considered major sources in research reading
(D) It is a list of books which are considered associated sources in research reading

13. What is whistle – blowing?
(A) Going public about abuses
(B) A business dealing in whistles
(C) Blowing whistle as a signal
(D) Dealing with publicly known facts

14. A philanthropic organization donated Rs. 28,000 in such a way that each girl received Rs. 2,000 and each boy Rs. 1,000. If the number of boys is less than that of girls by 2, find the number of boys.
(A) 8
(B) 15
(C) 10
(D) 28

15. A student was asked to add 16 to a number and subtract 10 from it. He by mistake subtracted 16 and added 10 and arrived at the answer 32. What is the right answer?
(A) 20
(B) 26
(C) 44
(D) 32

16. A student attempted 116 questions in an examination. In this examination, every wrong answer was given 1/3 minus mark and every right answer was given 1 mark. If the student scored zero mark, how many wrong answers were given by him?
(A) 29
(B) 58
(C) 87
(D) 100

17. Which of the following is called, ‘‘The Great Charter of Indian Education ’’?
(A) Butler Commission Report
(B) Calcutta University Commission Report
(C) Lord Macaulay’s Minutes (1835)
(D) Gajendragadkar Committee Report

18. Navodaya Vidyalayas are opened for
(A) Rural students
(B) Rural talented students
(C) Urban students
(D) Orphans

19. The assessment and accreditation of all technical institutions is done by

20. Team teaching has the potential to develop
(A) Competitive spirit
(B) Co-operation
(C) The habit of supplementing the teaching of each other
(D) Highlighting the gaps in each other’s teaching

21. Which of the following is the most important characteristic of open book examination?
(A) Students become serious
(B) It improves attendance in the class room
(C) It reduces examination anxiety
(D) It compels students to think
22. The present annual examination system
(A) Promotes rote learning
(B) Does not promote good study habits
(C) Does not encourage students to be regular to classes
(D) All the above

23. Interpersonal communication involves the following
(A) Close proximity of participants to each other, large number of participants,
many sensory channels and immediate feedback
(B) Small number of participants, close proximity of participants and immediate
(C) Small number of participants, close proximity of participants, few sensory
channels and immediate feedback
(D) Small number of participants, close proximity of participants, many sensory
channel and feedback in phases

24. The Russian proverb “once a word goes out of your mouth, you can never swallow it again” points out
(A) Interpersonal communication is irreversible with long lasting effect
(B) If one opens one’s mouth, one cannot swallow
(C) Interpersonal communication is a one way process
(D) Words flow faster outward than inward

25. What are ethical dilemmas faced while communicating?
(A) Secrecy and whistle – blowing
(B) Rumour and gossip
(C) Ambiguity and euphemism
(D) All the above

26. A question with two statements is given below.
What is the price of tea?
Statement I : Price of coffee is Rs. 5 more than the price of tea
Statement II : Price of coffee is Rs. 5 less than that of a soft drink which is three times of the price of tea.
To answer the question :
(A) Statement I alone is enough and Statement II is not necessary
(B) Statement II alone is enough and Statement I is not necessary
(C) Both the Statements I and II are necessary
(D) Both the Statements I and II are not adequate

Answer the questions 27 – 31 based on the following information
J, K, L, M and N collected stamps. They collected a total of 100. None of them collected less than 10. No two among them collected the same number
I. J collected the same number as K and L put together
II. L collected 3 more than the cube of an integer
III. The number collected by J was the square of an integer
IV. The number collected by K was either the square or the cube of an integer
V. The numbers collected by M and N were in the ratio of 4 : 3

27. The number collected by J was
(A) 27
(B) 49
(C) 36
(D) 64

28. The number collected by K was
(A) 16
(B) 27
(C) 25
(D) 36

29. The Difference in the numbers collected by M and L was
(A) 3
(B) 2
(C) 9
(D) 5

30. The number/numbers of stamps collected by how many in the group was /were prime numbers?
(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
31. The numbers collected by which pair among the following together add up to the cube of an integer?
(A) K and L
(B) J and N
(C) M and N
(D) M and L

32. ICT refers to
(A) Internet Communication Technology
(B) Information and Communication Technology
(C) International Communication Technology
(D) Instructional Communication Technology

33. What is a blog?
(A) Online music
(B) Internet
(C) A personal or corporate website in the form of an online journal
(D) A personal or corporate Google search

34. Which one of the following is an example of operating system?
(A) Microsoft Word
(B) Microsoft Excel
(C) Microsoft Windows
(D) Microsoft Access

35. One of the main essentials of Environmental Education for sustainable development is
(A) To live in harmony with nature
(B) To keep pace with times
(C) To exploit natural resources
(D) To achieve economic development

36. Environmental Education gained widespread attention after the United Nations Earth Summit (United Nations Conference on Environment and Development) in 1992 held at :
(A) Paris
(B) Rio de Jeneiro
(C) Geneva
(D) Rome

37. ‘‘Green peace’’ is
(A) An international NGO
(B) International peace accord
(C) International treaty on ocean dumping
(D) UN’s environmental initiative

38. The main objective of teaching at higher education level is
(A) To prepare students to pass examination
(B) To develop the capacity to take decisions
(C) To give new information
(D) To motivate students to ask questions during lecture

39. The conventionally followed teaching method in higher education is
(A) Discussion method
(B) Lecture method
(C) Audio – Visual Aids
(D) Text book method

40. Which of the following is an instructional equipment?
(A) Overhead projector
(B) Audio casset
(C) Printed material
(D) Transparency sheets

Read the following passage and answer the six of the following questions given below :

The great advantage of early rising is the good start it gives us in our day’s work. The early riser has done a large amount of hard work before other men have got out of bed. In the early morning the mind is fresh, and there are few sounds or other distractions, so that the work done at the time is generally well done. In many cases the early riser also finds time to take some exercise in the fresh morning air, and this exercise supplies him with a fund of energy that will last until the evening. By beginning so early, he knows that he has plenty of time to do thoroughly all the work he can be expected to do, and is not tempted to hurry over any part of it.All his work being finished in good time, he has a long interval of rest in the evening before the timely hour when he goes to bed.
He gets to sleep several hours before midnight, at the time when sleep is most refreshing, and after a sound night’s rest rises early next morning in good health and spirits for the labours of a new day.
It is very plain that such a life as this is far more conducive to health than that of the man who shortens his waking hours by rising late, and so can afford in the course of the day little leisure for necessary rest. Anyone who lies in bed late, must, if he wishes to do a full day’s work, go on working to a correspondingly late hour, and deny himself the hour or two of evening exercise that he ought to take for the benefit of his health. But in spite of all his efforts, he will probably not produce as good results as the early riser, because he misses the best working hours of the day.
41. Why is work done in the early morning well done?
(A) There is no tension in man
(B) The mind is fresh and almost free from sounds and distractions
(C) The mind is receptive
(D) The morning air contains lot of oxygen

42. What enables the early riser to go to bed at the proper time?
(A) Early dinner helps him to go to sleep early
(B) General tiredness makes him start sleeping early
(C) Free-minded mood brings him sleep
(D) Completion of the day’s work and along interval of rest make him sleep early

43. Why is the late riser unable to do his work properly?
(A) He feels sleepy and fails to concentrate on work
(B) Late hour work dampens his work
(C) Lack of leisure for rest and evening exercise affect him
(D) Fatigue impedes his work

44. Of the following sleep – time – slots, which is most refreshing?
(A) At midnight
(B) Before midnight
(C) After midnight
(D) Early in the morning
45. The term, “Conducive” means
(A) Comfortable
(B) Likely to produce
(C) Conduction
(D) Connectivity

46. What happens to the early riser in the hours before midnight?
(A) He gets dreams
(B) He speaks to God
(C) He gets sound sleep
(D) He prepares himself for the next day’s work

47. Feedback is necessary in effective communication because
(A) It provides continuity to dialogue
(B) It inspires the sender to speak more
(C) It tells the sender whether the receiver has understood the message
(D) It shows the receiver’s intellectual capability

48. The main limitation of oral communication is
(A) That it may degenerate into directionless conversation
(B) That it may take up too much time
(C) That it cannot be used as a record for future reference
(D) That it needs people to come face to face with each other

Read the following information carefully and answer the questions below from 49 – 54 :
Six professors P, Q, R, S, T and U have to present research papers on their subjects, namely, services marketing, consumer behaviour, rural marketing, brand management, experimental marketing and industrial marketing. One professor will present his paper and findings only one day. Presentations will start from Monday and will end on Sunday. There will be a day for rest.
(i)Services marketing will immediately follow experimental marketing
(ii) P, who teaches industrial marketing, will present either on the second or last day
(iii) R will present on the third day, Brand management will be on the fifth day
(iv) T, professor of consumer behaviour, presents on the second day
(v) Q has presented on Monday, and the rest day will be immediately after U’s presentation

49. Which day is the rest day?
(A) Sunday
(B) Saturday
(C) Monday
(D) Thursday

50. When will be the presentation on rural marketing?
(A) Sunday
(B) Monday
(C) Tuesday
(D) Wednesday

51. Who will present just after Q and just before R?
(A) S
(B) T
(C) P
(D) U
52. Services marketing is immediately succeeded by which topic
(A) Consumer behaviour
(B) Rural marketing
(C) Industrial marketing
(D) Brand management

53. Who is the professor of brand management?
(A) P
(B) Q
(C) U
(D) S

54. Who presents the research paper on industrial marketing?
(A) S
(B) Q
(C) P
(D) U
55. Human activities such as the burning of fossil fuels and indiscriminate felling of trees are very harmful to :
(A) Vegetation
(B) Animal life
(C) Ecosphere
(D) Water bodies

56. One of the worst impurities that influences the safety of the drinking water resource is :
(A) Barks of trees
(B) Marine objects
(C) Micro-organisms
(D) Insects

57. Which of the following natural resources is non-renewable?
(A) Minerals and fossil fuels
(B) Flora and fauna
(C) Fresh water
(D) Fertile agricultural soil

58. HTML stands for
(A) Hyper Text Manipulation Language
(B) Hyper Text Mark-up Language
(C) Hyper Text Managing Links
(D) Hyper Text Manipulation Links

59. Virtual memory is
(A) a form of ROM
(B) a form of RAM
(C) a secondary memory
(D) a coprocessor

60. Assertion I : In computer any language other than the machine language is called pseudo                               language
Assertion II : The computers can understand only the machine language directly.
(A) Assertion I is true, but Assertion II is false
(B) Assertion I is false, but Assertion II is true
(C) Both the Assertion I and II are true
(D) Both the Assertion I and II are false

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