TCS Placement Paper Aptitude - General Not Specified-20 May 2007
PART I For each of the words in Capital letters, choose from among the answers, the word that is closest in meaning: (1) FLORID(A) Ruddy (B) rusty (C) ruined (D) patient (E) poetic(2) FOIL(A) bury (B)frustrate (C)shield (D)desire (E)gain(3) FOMENT(A) Spoil (B) instigate (C)interrogate (D)spray (E)maintain(4) FOOLHARDY(A) strong (B)unwise (C)brave (D)futile (E)erudite(5) FOPPISH(A) scanty (B)radical (C)orthodox (D)dandyish (E)magnificent(6) FORAY(A) Excursion (B) contest (C) ranger (D) intuition (E)fish(7) FORMIDABLE(A) dangerous (B)outlandish (C)grandiloquent (D)impenetrable (E)venerable(8) FOSTER(A) accelerate (B)fondle (C)become infected (D)raise (E)roll(9) FRANCHISE(A) subway (B)discount (C)license (D)reason (E)fashion(10)FRITTER(A) Sour (B) chafe (C) dissipate (D)cancel (E)abuse
For each of the words in Capital letters, choose from among the answers, the closest word that has the opposite meaning: (11)COMPLY(A) simplify (B)strive (C)rebel (D)unite (E)appreciate(12)CREDIT(A) believe false (B)treat as equal (C) make more difficult (D)underemphasize (E)forget(13)STILTED(A) informal (B)verbose (C)secretive (D)senseless (E)tentative(14)UNGAINLY(A) slender (B)graceful (C)restrained (D)inaccurate (E)unnoticed(15)QUIXOTIC(A) slow (B)abstemious (C)pragmatic (D)benevolent (E)grave(16)DISPARITY(A) timidity (B)complacency (C)bigotry (D)likeness (E)influence(17)CRITICAL(A) unimportant (B)uncertain (C)silent (D)coherent (E)destructive(18)SOBRIETY(A) influence (B)nonchalance (C)holiness (D)civility (E)mirth(19)RESTIVENESS(A) Completeness (B) conviction (C) concern (D) docility (E)petulance(20)HALLOW(A) keep silence (B)prove incorrect (C)accuse openly (D)desecrate (E)instigate
Read the following text. The passage contains some blank spaces. Choose the sentence from the list A ? I, that best fits in each of the blank spaces. The numbers in brackets refer to Question numbers. Desertification in the arid United states is flagrant.____________. Whole river systems have dried up; others are choked with sediment washed from denuded land. Hundreds of thousands of acres of previously irrigated cropland have been abandoned to wind or weeds. _______________. All told, about 225 million acres of land are undergoing severe desertification.Federal subsides encourage the exploitation of arid land resources.___________. Federal disaster relief and commodity programs encourage arid land farmers to plow up natural grassland to plant crops such as wheat and, especially, cotton. ___________. The marker, too, provides powerful incentives to exploit arid land resources beyond their carrying capacity. When commodity prices are high relative to the farmer?s or rancher?s operating costs, the return on a production enhancing investment is invariably greater than the return on conservation investment. _________If the United States is, as it appears, well on its way toward overdrawing the arid land resources __________ when productive benefits from arid-land resources have been both realized and largely terminated.A. Federal grazing fees that are well below the free market price encourage overgrazing of the commonsB. And when commodity prices are relatively low, arid-land ranchers and farmers often have to use all their available financial resources to stay solventC. Government Programs provide irrigation and water delivery system ???D. Then the policy choice is simply to pay now for the appropriate remedies or pay far moiré laterE. Several million acres of natural grassland are eroding at unnaturally high rates as a result of cultivation or overgrazing.F. Policies help the farmers to obtain loans for their cropsG. Groundwater supplies beneath vast stretches of land are dropping precipitously.H. Low interest loans for irrigation and other water delivery systems encourage farmers, industry, and municipalities to mine groundwater.I. It is still the case that those who ultimately benefit from affirmative action.
Like her white friends, Eleanor Roosevelt and Aubrey Williams, Mary Bethune believed in the fundamental commitment of the New Deal to assist the black American?s struggle and in the need for blacks to assume responsibilities to help win that struggle, Unlike those of her white liberal associates, however, Bethune?s ideas had evolved out of a long experience as a ?race leader?. Founder of a small black college in Florida, she had become widely known by 1935 as an organizer of black women?s groups and as a civil and political rights activist. Deeply religious, certain of her own capabilities, she held a relatively uncluttered view of what she felt were the New Deal?s and her own people?s obligations to the cause of racial justice. Unafraid to speak her mind to powerful whites including the President, or to differing black factions, she combined faith in the ultimate willingness of whites to discard their prejudice and bigotry with a strong sense of racial pride and commitment to Negro self-help. More than her liberal white friends, Bethune argued for a strong and direct black voice in initiating and shaping government policy. She pursued this is her conversations with President Roosevelt, in numerous memoranda to Aubrey Williams, and in her administrative work as head of the National Youth Administration?s Office of Negro Affairs. With the assistance of Williams, she was successful in having blacks selected to NYA posts at the national, state and local levels. But she also wanted a black leaders in demanding appointments to the selective service Board and to the Department of the Army; and she was instrumental in 1941 in securing Earl Dickerson?s membership on the fair Employment Practices committee. By 1944, she was still making appeals for black representation in ?all public programs, federal, state, and local,? and ? in policy-making posts as well as rank and file jobs.? Though recognizing the weakness in the Roosevelt administration?s response to Negro needs, Mary Bethune remained in essence a black partisan champion of the New Deal during the 1930s and 1940s. Here strong advocacy of administration policies and programs was predicated on a number of factors: her assessment of the low status of black Americans during the Depression; her faith in the willingness of some liberal whites to work for the inclusion of blacks in the government?s reform and recovery measures; her conviction that only massive federal aid could elevate the Negro economically; and her belief that the thirties and forties were producing a more self-aware and self-assured black population. Like a number of her white friends in government, Bethune assumed that the preservation of democracy and black people?s ?full integration into the benefits and the responsibilities? of American life were inextricably tied together. She was convinced that, with the help of a friendly government, a militant, aggressive ? New Negro? would emerge out of the devastation of depression and was, a ?New Negro? who would ? save America from itself,? who would lead America toward the full realization of its democratic ideas
(27) The author?s main purpose in this passage is to(A) Criticize Mary Bethune for adhering too closely to New Deal Policies(B) Argue that Mary Bethune was too optimistic in her assessment of race relations(C) Demonstrate Mary Bethune?s influence on black progress during the Roosevelt years.(D) Point out the weaknesses of the white liberal approach to black needs(E) Summarize the attainment of blacks under the auspices of Roosevelt?s New Deal.
(28)It can be inferred from the passage that Aubrey Williams was which of the following?I. A man with influence in the National Youth AdministrationII. A white liberalIII. A man of strong religious convictions(A) I only(B) II only(C) I and II only(D) II and III only(F) I,II, and III
(29) The author mentions Earl Dickersons primarily in order to(A) Cite an instanced of Bethune?s political impact.(B) Contrast his carrier with that of Bethune.(C) Introduce the subject of a subsequent paragraph(D) Provide an example of Bethune?s ? New Negro?(E) Show that Dickerson was a leader of his fellow blacks
(30) It can be inferred from the passage that Bethune believed the ? New Negro? would ? save America from itself?(A) Joining the army and helping America over through its Fascist enemies(B) Helping America accomplish its egalitarian ideals(C) Voting for administration antipoverty programs(D) Electing other blacks to government office(E) Expressing a belief in racial pride
(31) One of the author?s discussion of Bethune is best described as (A) deprecatory(B) sentimental(C) ironic(D) objective(E) recriminatory
(32) The author uses all the following techniques in the passage EXCEPT(A) Comparison and contrast(B) Development of an extended analogy(C) Direct quotation(D) General statement and concrete examples(E) Reiteration of central ideas
PART II Q1.Fill in the missing number in the sequence 9 10 11 13 15 ?? 21 28(a) 17 (b) 20 (c) 19 (d) 18 (e) 16
Q2.In the following series, how many Vs are there such that each V is followed by an L next to it if the L is not followed by a D next to it.V L V D Q M V L D M L V L L V Q M V V L Q V L D L V A M L V L M (a)2 (b)3 (c)1 (d)4 (e)5
Q3.If FURZG is coded as CROWD how will DODUP be coded?(a)MIND (b)ALERT (c) ALARM (d) BRAVE (e) GAIN
Q4.Suppose the first and second letters in the word DESTABLISATION were interchanged, also the third and fourth letters, the fifth and sixth etc. Print the letter that would then be the tenth letter counting from the right.(a) T (b) I (c) B (d) S (e) A
Q7. If n = 10 x 18 x 26, which of the following is NOT an integer?(a) n / 130 (b) n / 78 (c) n / 90 (d) n / 66 (e) n / 40
Q8.Which of the following is a power of 4?a. 4148 b. 4196 c. 4096 d. 4244 e. 4248
Pick the odd one outQ9.(a) ORACLE (b) C++ (c) INGRESS (d) DB2 (e) SYBASE
Q10.(a) JAVA (may be answer) (b) WINDOWS NT (c) UNIX (d) MVS (e)LINUX
Q13. Which set of data exhibits a higher Standard Deviation?(a) 6, 0, -6, 6, 0, -6 (b)6, 6, 6, 0, 6, 6 (c) -6, -6, -6, -6, -6, -6 (d) 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6 (e) 6, -6, 6, -6, 6, -6
The three circles below represent the number of people eating Indian,Chinese and Continental. Answer the next three questions based on the diagram
Q14. How many more (or less) people eat Chinese than people who eat Indian? (a)2 (b)3 (c)1 (d)4 (e)5
Q15. What percentage of people eating Continental also eat Indian but not Chinese. (a) 17.4 (b)16 (c) 18 (d) 21 (e) 24
Q16. What percentage of total people eat all three items. (a)4 (b)5 (c)6 (d)7 (e)8
Q 17. A hypothetical physical quantity is defined as (Momentum X Velocity) / ( Force X Time ) In what fundamental units would this quantity be expressed? (a)Time (b) Distance (c) Velocity (d)Mass (e) None
Q18. A is thrice as good a workman as B and takes 10 days less to do a piece of work than B takes. The number of days taken by B to finish the work is :(a)15 (b)5 (c)20 (d)12 (e)30
Q19.Which of these matrices is singular 14 6 12 8 1 0 10 12 A = B = C = D = 4 3 6 4 1 2 3 4 (a)A (b)B (c)C (d)D (e) NoneQ20.Match the following relationships:(i) Male ? Boy (1) Not a type of(ii) Mushroom ? Vegetable (2) Part of(iii) Snake ? Reptile (3) A type of(iv) Sentence ? Paragraph (4) Superset of(a) i-3,ii-1,iii-4,iv-2 (b) i-4,ii-1,iii-3,iv-2 (c)i-4,ii-1,iii-2,iv-3 (d) i-3,ii-2,iii-1,iv-4 (e) i-1,ii-4,iii-3,iv-2
Q21. If * stands for squaring and > stands for change of sign what is the value of * > * (5) - > * > (5)?(a)675 (b)625 (c) 650 (d)-650 (e)600
Q22.A sequence is defined recursively as f(0) = 1; f(1) = -1f(n) = 3 * f(n-1) ? 2 * f(n-2), where * stands for multiplicationWhat will be the value of f(4)?(a)-29 (b)29 (c)27 (d)19 (e)24
Q23. What curve best suits the following data:
(a) y = logn x (b) y = log10 x (c) y = ex (d) y = -log10 x (e) y = - ex
Q24. A Two-dimensional array X(7,9) is stored linearly column-wise in a computer's memory. Each element requires 4 bytes for storage of the value. If the first byte address of X(1,1) is 3000, what would be the last byte address of X(2,3)?(a)3123 (b)3433 (c)3044 (d)3544 (e)3564
Q27.Three independent strategies A, B and C have been initiated for cost cutting in a company producing respectively 20%, 40% and 10% savings. Assuming that they operate independently, what is the net saving achieved? (a) 51% (b) 56.8% (c) 64% (d) 68% (e) 45%
Q28. The hourly declination of moon for a given day is as follows: Hour Declination 3 7o 59? 54.8? 4 7o 53? 6.1? Find the declination of the moon at hour 2. (a) 8o 6? 43.5? (b) 7o 56? 54.5? (c) 9o 46? 33.5? (d) 7o16? 12.5? (e) 8o 39? 28.7? Q29.The temperature at Kolkata is given by the function: -t2/6+4t+12 where t is the elapsed time since noon. What is the percentage rise (or fall) in temperature between 3.00 PM and 9.00 PM?(a)64 % (b) 55% (c)58.6% (d) 69% (e) 51%
Q30.An aircraft takes off from A (89o N Lat, 10o E Long) at 2.00 AM local time to B (32o N Lat, 70o W Long). If the flying time is 11 hours what is the local time of landing at B? (a)5.40 AM (b) 4.00 AM (c) 6.40 AM (d) 7.00AM (e) 7.40 AM
Q31.Fill in the last row of the following Truth Table:
(A - C ) È B
Interpret the resulting bit pattern as an integer in an 8-bit computer and write the decimal value. (a)51 (b) 59 (c)63 (d)68 (e)55
PART III Read the following passages and answer questions under each passage
(1). The organiser of local 58 of the hospital workers is forming a 5-person team to leaflet a nearby hospital. The team must contain 2 persons to distribute leaflets, one speaker to address the workers who stop, and a 2-person defense squad.A, B, and C are possible leafletters; C, D and E are possible speakers; F, G and H are possible members of the defense guard. A and C prefer to work with each other on the same team. E prefers to work only if F works.1. Which is a possible team if all preferences are respected. (A) A, B, C, D, F(B) A, C, D, E, F(C) A, B, C, F, G (D) A, C, E, G, H(E) B, C, D, F, G
2. Which choice of personnel is impossible if all preferences are respected?(A) A and B as leafletters, C as a speaker(B) B and C as leafletters (C) A and C as leafletters, F and H on defense(D) Either D or E as speaker, with F on defense(E) G and H on defense
3. If A and B are leafletters and all preferences are respected, which is/ are true?I. C is the speakerII. F is on defenseIII. Either F or G is on defense(A) I only(B) II only(C) III only(D) I and II only(E) I and III only
4. How many different possible teams can the organizer assemble, if all preferences are respected?(A) 5(B) 8 (C) 9(D) 13(E) 15
(2) Delegations from Wallachia and Rumelia are meeting to discuss military, trade and diplomatic problems. Each delegation consists of a chairperson, 2 military attachés and 2 trade experts. The Wallachian delegation consists of A, B, C, D and E ; the Rumelian delegation of F, G, H, I and J.Each chairperson is to occupy a rectangular table. The two delegations sit on opposite sides of the rectangular table.1) A insists on being seated at the opposite end of the table from B2) G, who is deaf in his right ear, must be at the right end if the table.3) Neither D nor F is a chairperson4) The Wallachian military attachés, one of whom is B, are seated together, and neither is opposite either of the Rumelian military attachés, neither of whom is G.5) C, a trade expert, is seated opposite H. 1. F may be a:A. trade expert seated next to I B. military attaché seated next to IC. military attaché seated next to JD. trade expert seated next to HE. trade expert seated opposite B
2. About which of the following do the stated conditions provide the least information?A. The identity of the Wallachian chairpersonB. The identity of the Rumelian chairpersonC. The identities and the positions of the Wallachian military attachesD. Which delegate is immediately to the right of the Wallachian chairperson?E. Which delegate is immediately to the right of the Rumelian chairperson?
3. If J is a military attaché, which of the following must be true?I. The Rumelian chairperson is III F a trade expertIII I is a trade expertA.I onlyB. II onlyC. I and II onlyD. I or III but not bothE. II or III but not both
4. Which of the following can be deduced form the introductory paragraph plus statements ( 1), (2), (4), (5) only?A The identities of the Rumelian trade expertsB The identifies of the Wallachian military attachésC The identity of the Wallachian chairpersonD Which two delegates are seated between G and H ?E Which two delegates are seated betweenB and C ?
(3) Byram and Adoniram are code clerks at the Pentagon. They are also secret agents for foreign governments. One is in the pay of the Sulgravians and the other is in the pay of the Carolingians. If a document is stolen, it will take four days to reach the Sulgravian government and 5 days to reach the Carolingian government Byram is given top secret documents to encode on October 19 and 22.Adroninan is given a top-secret document to encode on October 21.Byram and Adoniram have lunch together on October 20.Agents of foreign governments do not transmit documents directly to governments that do not employ them, but may sell documents to an agent of another government. An agent who transmits a document always does so on the day he receives it.1. If Adroninan is working for the Sulgravians, the Sulgravian government may receive documents on :I. October 24II. October 25III. October 26(A) I only(B) III only(C) I and II only (D) II and III only(E) I, II, and III
2. A top secret document is received by thee Carolingians on October25. It could have been:(A) stolen and transmitted by Byram(B) stolen and transmitted by Adoniram(C) stolen by Adoniram and sold to Byram , who transmitted it(D) stolen by Byram and sold to Adoniram, who transmitted it (E) stolen by either Byram or Adoniram and sold to the other , who transmitted it.
3. If Adoniram is working for the Carolingians, which must be true?(A) The Sulgravians may receive documents only on October 23(B) The Carolingians may receive documents only on October 26(C) The Sulgravians may receive documents only on October 24, 26, and 27.(D) The Carolingians may receive documents only on October 24, 25 and 26(E) No documents received by the Sulgravians can have been bought at Byram and Adoniram?s lunchtime meeting.
4.Which of the following is /are possible given the conditions as stated?I. Documents are received by one of the governments, 2 days in a row.II II. Documents are received by both the governments, 2 days in a rowII. Documents are received by one of the governments, 3 days in a row.(A) I only (B) III only(C) I and III only(D) I, II and III(E) Neither I, II nor III
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