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    In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below and against each, some words are suggested as options. Identify the one that fits each blank appropriately

In the (1) of India’s economic boom, Indian Professional Service Firms (PSFs) from management consultancies and investment banks to advertising agencies and law firms are (2) to attract the best and the brightest talent. But to be truly successful they have to do more than that. Like PSFs around the world they need to (3) their professionals rather than see them walk out of the door in (4) of opportunities. To achieve that, companies often rely on the (5) of sprawling campuses and luxurious facilities. But none of this gets to the (6) of the problem, which is when young professionals join PSFs they have expectations which go far (7) the nature of facilities (8) on to do creative, thought provoking work, they often find them high selves engaged in doing (9) activities. They feel underutilized, which is a formula for (10) in the long term.

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Question 1
Identify the word that fits blank 1.
A
Depth
B
Stage
C
Midst
D
Present
E
Knowledge
Question 1 Explanation:
A very common kind of a statement, no other option suits better than midst. The correct option therefore is option (c).
Question 2
Identify the word that fits blank 2.
A
Opposing
B
Rivaling
C
Partial
D
Competing
E
Obsessed
Question 2 Explanation:
Putting each option in the blank, we find that either some are rejected due to incorrect usage or wrong grammar except Competing. So the right choice is option (d).
Question 3
Identify the word that fits blank 3.
A
Transition
B
Retain
C
Advance
D
Substitute
E
Restrain
Question 3 Explanation:
a simple question with an obvious choice. These words ‘..rather than see them walk out of the door in..’ also give us a hint that it’s got to be Retain. Nothing else is apt.
Question 4
Identify the word that fits blank 4.
A
Concord
B
Pursuing
C
Demand
D
Direction
E
Search
Question 4 Explanation:
We always go in ‘search’ of opportunities. It is a very common English phrase. Hence the correct choice is option (e).
Question 5
Identify the word that fits blank 5.
A
Allure
B
Control
C
Reward
D
Perk
E
Allusion
Question 5 Explanation:
Allusion and control are directly out of our choices as they don’t gel with the sentence meaning. The other option, allure cannot be used due to its form. Out of reward and perk, the better choice is reward because we can’t use perk with more than one benefit.
Question 6
Identify the word that fits blank 6.
A
Solution
B
Key
C
Heart
D
Precedence
E
Occurrence
Question 6 Explanation:
there is nothing like key to the lock rather it is____ to the solution. Heart, Precedence and Occurrence are already out of the league. Hence the right option is option (a) Heart.
Question 7
Identify the word that fits blank 7.
A
Ahead
B
Beyond
C
Away
D
To
E
Sighted
Question 7 Explanation:
On the basis of sheer grammar, we can deduce the answer to be beyond. Also, ‘far beyond..’ is a common English usage as well.
Question 8
Identify the word that fits blank 8.
A
Deciding
B
Catching
C
Keen
D
Focusing
E
Signing
Question 8 Explanation:
None of the options other than Focusing is fitting the sentence aptly. Hence the correct option is (d).
Question 9
Identify the word that fits blank 9.
A
Pivotal
B
Productive
C
Optional
D
Mundane
E
Allied
Question 9 Explanation:
As the whole sentence is following the pattern of reversibility, the answer has to be Mundane, option (d).
Question 10
Identify the word that fits blank 10.
A
Failure
B
Motivation
C
Success
D
Innovation
E
Potential
Question 10 Explanation:
The key word is underutilized. All the options have positive words except option (a). That is the right answer.
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