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Tuesday, 12 August 2008

Previous Question Paper of Secretariat Assistant Main Exam (Year-2005).


Previous Question Paper of Secretariat Assistant Main Exam (Year-2005).

Maximum 100 Marks               Time 2 Hrs

Part I (General Knowledge).

Questions in this part may be answered in English/Malayalam/Tamil/Kannada.
Answer All questions from this part.
Answer may be written in two or three sentences.
Each question carries 2 marks.

1. Which is the generally accepted theory ascribes the end if Indus civilization. ?
2. What are the three great phases of development of Budhism in India?
3. What were the features of Gupta Administration?
4. What is the significance of the Second Battle of Tarain in Indian History?
5. What is Permanent Settlement introduced in 1793?
6. What do you know about the rise and fall of Nalanda University?
7. What was the impact of the Partition of Bengal on National Movement?
8. What was Khilafat Movement?
9. Do you find any differences in the approaches of Gokhale and Tilak to British rule?
10. What is Gandhi-Irwin truce?
11. What is Bio-diesel?
12. What is meant by the Decibel (dB)?
13. What is El Nino?
14. What is meant by chromosomes?
15. What is Vitamin K?
16. What do you know about Haritholsavam?
17. What is Kerala Kalamandalam?
18. What is KERAFED?
19. What is MGP?
20. What was the Mopil rebellion?
21. What was Golden Quadrilateral?
22. What is the project Sagarmatha?
23. What is 93rd Constitutional Amendment Bill?
24. What is Valmiki-Ambedkar Awas Yojana?
25. What is Antyodaya Anna Yojana?

(25x2 =50 Marks)

Part II (General English )

Questions 1 to 5. Each Question carries 1 Mark.
Questions in this part should be answered in English.

1. Pick out the word wrongly spelt.

(a)Inflammatory (b) Quadruplicate (c)Transparent (d)Sustenence

2. Pick out the word correctly spelt.

(a)Questionaire (b)Hypocrasy (c)Oscillate (d)Systematicaly

3. Rewrite the following in active voice.
The matter was discussed in great detail with the Trade Union leaders by the Minister.
4. Complete the following sentence with suitable words in the bracket:

The passengers of the bus -----the accident to the carelessness of the driver (imputed, implicated, attributed, charged)
5. Give the correct question tag to the following sentences:

He won’t miss the bus --------?


6. Read the following passage and express the given passage in about one third of its length.

Poetry hardly suits the temper of the modern industrial society. Poetry as a form of narrative has lost its ancient vogue and has willy-nilly yielded the place of honour of the novel and short story, which are today the most popular as well on the best cultivated forms of literature. In Bengal both these forms attained an early maturity in the hands of Tagore and have since made phenomenal progress under his younger contemporaries and successors.

Sanskrit is deemed as a dead language, which is no longer a spoken tongue. Nevertheless it is a very vital source language on which all Indian languages, except Urdu, draw for their vocabulary. Also it is a living fount of literary inspiration to India writers. Perhaps there has not been a single writer of outstanding distinction in the modern period who has not drawn freely on the wealth of both Sanskrit and English literature.

The position of English in some respects unique in India. On the one hand it is resented by the ultra-nationalist sentiment and on the other it is still medium of higher education in most of the Universities especially in science and Technology and the one link among the intelligentsia all over India. Apart from its utilitarian value as a language of higher education in science, and as a link language, a fair number of Indian writers, including such eminent thinkers steeped in Indian thought on Vivekananda, Ranade, Gokhale, Aurobindo and Radhakrishnan have voluntarily adopted it as their literary medium. Even the bulk of Mahatma Gandhi’s writings are in English.

Some early pioneers in Indian languages were also tempted at the threshold of their career to adopt English for their creative writing, partly because they owed their inspiration to English literature and partly because they hoped thereby to reach a wider audience.

(5 Marks)

6. Write two paragraphs on any two of the following:

(a)Eco-tourism in Kerala
(b)Empowerment of women
(c)Criminals in Politics
(d)Your favourite Novelist.

Part III (Regional Language)

Questions in this part should be answered in Malayalam/Tamil/Kannada.

1. Write two paragraphs on any two of the following:

(a) Alarming signals of burgeoning population
(b) Three –tier Panchayath Raj
(c) Case for and against coalition government.
(d) Relevance of planning under liberalisation.

(2x5=10 Marks)

2. Write a short essay on any one of the following (not exceeding 500 words):

(a) Tsunami wreaked havoc and the strategies to tackle major natural calamities.
(b) Economic crisis in Kerala.
(c) India and the World Trade Organization(WTO)

(10 Marks)

Translate the following passage into Malayalam/Tamil/Kannada:

Ayurvedic knowledge in this country has existed since Vedic times and we have been extremely successful in using various traditional systems of medicine. We have a very rich flora of medicinal plants. The Ayurveda principle of cure is based on the fundamental knowledge of the five major elements, i.e. earth, water, fire, air and space. The dynamic equilibrium of these has resulted in not only life saving treatments but the treatment of the chronic ailments without the side effects. The Indian medicinal plant flora has some very important world wide popular species. It is estimated that by 2050, the global market of herbal based products may be around 5 trillion dollars. The physicians of the 21st century would depend more and more on plant based treatment taking the lead from Ayurveda. 70-80 percent of world population in the developing countries may still continue to depend on the herbal remedies. A holistic system of treatment which is the underlying principle of Ayurveda maintaining the balance between nature, man and environment may provide remedies for many dreadful diseases.

(10 Marks)

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