Question 1:

  1. The most recent Ice Age occurred then, as glaciers covered huge parts of the planet Earth.
  2. Before the recent one there have been at least five documented major ice ages during the 4.6 billion years
  3. The Pleistocene Epoch is typically defined as the time period that began about 1.8 million years ago and lasted until about 11,700 years ago.
  4.  And most likely many more before humans came on the scene about 2.3 million years ago.

Answer: C-A-B-D

Question 2:

  1. Its analysts look at the effect of the rupee, global sluggishness and domestic factors like poor infrastructure, lethargic policy and other systemic problems.
  2. It is also convenient to accuse the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) of keeping money too tight, encouraging the real value of the rupee to appreciate against other currencies, denting competitiveness.
  3. Neither argument will wash, as a recent report by HSBC demonstrates.
  4. It is easiest for policymakers to shrug and blame this dismal performance on sluggish global growth
  5. India’s exports of goods and services have shrunk in 20 out of 21 months.

 

Answer: E-D-B-C-A

Question 3:

  1. After Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka, Bangladesh is expected to edge closer to Beijing.
  2. This suits the latter’s growing political clout in the region, generously funded by the fruits of nearly 40 years of breakneck growth.
  3. Beijing and Dhaka will henceforth share a ‘strategic relation’, he announced.
  4. Last week, Xi Jinping visited Dhaka, the first Chinese president to do so in 30 years.
  5. What was left unsaid was China’s decision to expand its sphere of influence in south Asia at breakneck pace.

Answer: D-C-E-A-B

Question 4:

  1. The Bhagwad Gita points out that one has the right to actions but not to their outcome.
  2. Christianity sums it as ‘Thy Will Be Done’
  3. Most of us believe that peace of mind comes from adequate achievements in the external world, despite what spiritual teachers tell us.
  4. And in Islam, Insha Allah, or ‘God Willing’, refers to a greater Power.
  5. We nurse a continuing apprehension about the future and towards those whom we perceive as obstructing our way.

Answer: C-E-A-B-D

Question 5:

  1. It has taken some time to try to respond to that.
  2. Steve Ballmer was seen as a visionary leader and inspired the troops.
  3. The passion, the inspiration and so on.
  4. But also in his tenure, they missed the boat on the mobile applications of Microsoft and actually opened the door for many other players in the industry
  5. In fact, his meetings were legendary.

Answer: B-E-C-D-A

Answers and  explanation: 

Question 1:

  • Sentence A contains ‘then’, which is corresponding to which period?
  • The period defined in sentence C, so A will follow C
  • Sentence B contains ‘recent one’ what is recent one? It is talking about ice age, which gets introduced in A. Hence B will come somewhere after A.
  • D seems unrelated it only talks about humans and a time period, it can’t be start of the paragraph as it starts with ‘And’, hence it should be somewhere near conclusion thus the last in the sequence
  • Topic sentence contains Pleistocene Epoch, which is defined in C.

Question 2:

  • The sentences talks about economy.
  • Except E every statement refers to some ‘it’ or a “connector”, E thus becomes topic sentence
  • Since E talks about a shrinkage, i.e. a bad performance, it gets mentioned in D and thus it becomes E’s mandatory pair
  • Since a blame game is going on, flow will require more of such blames, another accusation is on RBI. Thus B follows
  • Both the mentioned blames are acting as arguments and it is addressed by C in a private report
  • ‘Its analysts’.. It here refers to HSBC and it’ll come after C. Hence A becomes the last sentence.

Question 3:

  • The given passage talks about South Asian situation
  • Except D, you’ll see no mention of Xi Jinping, he is introduced in D as head of the state, and China will mean him, hence D becomes opening sentence.
  • Beijing represents China, and Dhaka has been mentioned in D, mandatory pair becomes C which talks about both and their strategic relation. C will follow D
  • E contains Chinese decision. Which decision can it be? It is its presence in Dhaka, mentioned in D and C. Hence E will follow
  • B talks about ‘latter’ what is latter referring to here? You will see A talks about different countries in an order. B must be referring to A,

Hence, A will come first than B

Question 4:

  • The statements are about religion and spirituality.
  • Opening statement becomes C as it is introducing the tone and idea of the passage
  • E contains word ‘We’ who are we here? ‘we’ is mentioned as us in C.

Hence, E will follow C

  • B contains ‘it’ and D starts with ‘And’, A on the other hand is pointing to certain actions which B and D also contain. Hence A comes next.
  • B contains ‘it’ which is referred in A
  • D starts with ‘And’ and only logical explanation for it is because, Christianity is mentioned first to support Bhagwad Gita’s teaching, Islam also agrees but is mentioned after Christianity here, hence D comes last.

 

Question 5:

  • The passage talks about a personality
  • Steve Ballmer is mentioned in B and thus it becomes a topic sentence
  • E contains ‘his’ which is mentioned in B earlier, hence E follows
  • More traits are mentioned in C which talks about passion and inspiration, thus C will follow B
  • D on the other hand, tries to highlight negative points as well hence comes after C
  • A talks about ‘that’ which is ‘missed boat’ referred in D, hence A becomes concluding statement