CDS Exam 2016 English Sample Paper Reading Comprehension

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Reading Comprehension

Passage 4

What needs to be set right is our approach to work. It is a common sight in our country of employees reporting for duty on time and at the same time doing little work. If an assessment is made of time they spent in gossiping, drinking tea, eating “pan” and smoking cigarettes, it will be shocking to know that the time devoted to actual work is negligible. The problem is the standard which the leadership in administration sets for the staff. Forgot the ministers because they mix politics and administration. What do top bureaucrats do? What do the below down officials do? The administration set up remains week mainly because the employees do not have the right example to follow and they are more concerned about being in the good books of the bosses than doing work.

60. The employees in our country

A. are quite punctual but not duty conscious

B. are not punctual, but somehow manage to complete their work

C. are somewhat lazy but good natured

D. are not very highly qualified

61. According to the writer, the administration in India

A. is by and large effective

B. is very strict and firm

C. is affected by red tape

D. Is more or less ineffective

62. The word ‘assessment’ means

A. Enquiry

B. report

C. Evaluation

D. Summary

63. The leadership in administration

A. sets a fine example to the employees

B. is of a reasonably high standard

C. is composed of idealists

D. is of a very poor standard

64. The central idea of passage could be best expressed by the following

A. The employee outlook towards work is justified

B. The employee must change their outlook towards work

C. The employees would never change their work culture

D. The employer-employee relationship is far from healthy

Passage 5

Corduroy is fast establishing itself at this year’s fabric, while the ribbed cotton itself provides utilitarian tenaciary, texture and warmth. it is the fabric’s long held associations may provide a hint to its current revival as a fabric for all seasons.

It is Corduroy’s link with the good breeding and country living that made it an essential ingredient in the gentleman’s wardrobe along with Wellington boots and decent wooly. I combines the comfortable nonsense appeal of cotton with the perfectly correct luxury finish of velvet. Corduroy has the ability to appear either supremely sophisticated or rough and ready.

65. Which one of the following best describes the passage?

A. It tell us about the usefulness of corduroy

B. It talks us about the virtues of corduroy

C. It persuades us to buy corduroy

D. It makes as understand the everlasting appeal of corduroy to the young

66. According to the author, the sped al quality of corduroy is that

A. it needs no ironing

B. it combines the virtues of both cotton and velvet

C. it contains the correct mixture of cotton and velvet

D. both the rich and that not-so rich can afford to buy it

67. Corduroy is a fabric for all seasons because

A. it can be worn not only in winter but also in summer

B. of its peculiar texture and warmth

C. it is made popular by catchy advertisements

D. gentleman can wear it in both formal and informal occasions

68. According to the passage, corduroy is essential in a gentleman wardrobe because

A. it goes with Wellington boots

B. its current revival gives a taste of the latest fashion

C. it has its associations with good upbringing and a conservative lifestyle

D. it can be an idea alternative to the woollen clothes

69. When the writer refers to corduroy’s ‘utilitarian tenacity’ he means that

A. though expensive, it is economic in the long run

B. it is useful because it is durable

C. it has remained fashionable over several years

D. it does not need frequent washing