Vocabulary previous years questions (CAT) - Set 0001


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    Previous years`s CAT questions: Vocabulary

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    Question 1

    Anita wore a beautiful broach(A)/brooch(B ) on the lapel of her jacket.

    If you want to complain about the amenities in your neighbourhood, please meet your councillor(A)/counselor(B ).

    I would like your advice(A)/advise(B ) on which job I should choose.

    The last scene provided a climactic(A)/climatic(B ) ending to the film.

    Jeans that flair(A)/flare(B ) at the bottom are in fashion these days.

    (1) BABAA

    (2) BABAB

    (3) BAAAB

    (4) ABABA

    (5) BAABA  

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: option 3


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    Question 2

    The cake had lots of currents(A)/currants(B ) and nuts in it.

    If you engage in such exceptional(A)/exceptionable(B ) behaviour, I will be forced to punish you.

    He has the same capacity as an adult to consent(A)/assent(B ) to surgical treatment.

    The minister is obliged(A)/compelled(B ) to report regularly to a parliamentary board.

    His analysis of the situation is far too sanguine(A)/genuine(B ).    

    (1)BBABA

    (2) BBAAA

    (3) BBBBA

    (4) ABBAB

    (5) BABAB  

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 3

    She managed to bite back the ironic(A)/caustic(B ) retort on the tip of her tongue.

    He gave an impassioned and valid(A)/cogent(B ) plea for judicial reform.

    I am not adverse(A)/averse(B ) to helping out.

    The coup é (A)/coup(B ) broke away as the train climbed the hill.

    They heard the bells peeling(A)/pealing(B ) far and wide     

    (1) BBABA

    (2) BBBAB

    (3) BAABB

    (4) ABBAA

    (5) BBBBA  

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 4

    We were not successful in defusing(A)/diffusing(B ) the Guru's ideas.

    The students baited(A)/bated(B ) the instructor with irrelevant questions.

    The hoard(A)/horde(B ) rushed into the campus.

    The prisoner's interment(A)/internment(B ) came to an end with his early release.

    The hockey team could not deal with his unsociable(A)/unsocial(B ) tendencies.

    (1) BABBA

    (2) BBABB

    (3) BABAA

    (4) ABBAB

    (5) AABBA  

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 1


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    Question 5

    Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

    The genocides in Bosnia and Rwanda, apart from being mis-described in the most sinister and _____ manner as "ethnic cleansing", were also blamed, in further hand-washing rhetoric, on something dark and interior to ______ and perpetrators alike.

    (1) innovative; communicator

    (2) enchanting; leaders

    (3) disingenuous; victims

    (4) exigent; exploiters

    (5) tragic; sufferers             

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 3.


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    Question 6

    Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

    As navigators, calendar makers, and other _________ of the night sky accumulated evidence to the contrary, ancient astronomers were forced to _________ that certain bodies might move in circles about points, which in turn moved in circles about the earth.

    (1) scrutinizers; believe

    (2) observers; agree

    (3) scrutinizers; suggest

    (4) observers; concede

    (5) students; conclude  

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 7

    Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

    Every human being, after the first few days of his life, is a product of two factors: on the one hand, there is his _________ endowment; and on the other hand, there is the effect of environment, including ______

    (1) constitutional; weather

    (2) congenital; education

    (3) personal; climate

    (4) economic; learning

    (5) genetic; pedagogy        

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 2


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    Question 8

    Choose the pair that best completes the sentence.

    Exhaustion of natural resources, destruction of individual initiative by governments, control over men‟s minds by central __________ of education and propaganda are some of the major evils which appear to be on the increase as a result of the impact of science upon minds suited by _________ to an earlier kind of world.

    (1) tenets; fixation

    (2) aspects; inhibitions

    (3) institutions; inhibitions

    (4) organs; tradition

    (5) departments; repulsion          

    (CAT 2008 )


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    Answer: Option 1


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    Question 9

    The cricket council that was[A]/were[B] elected last March is[A]/are[B] at sixes and sevens over new rules.

    The critics censored[A]/censured[B] the new movie because of its social inaccessibility.

    Amit’s explanation for missing the meeting was credulous[A]/credible[B].

    She coughed discreetly[A]/discretely[B] to announce her presence.  

    1) BBAAA

    2) AAABA

    3) BBBBA

    4) AABBA

    5) BBBAA   

    (CAT 2007)


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    Answer: Option 4


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    Question 10

    The further[A]/farther[B] he pushed himself, the more disillusioned he grew.

    For the crowds it was more of a historical[A]/historic[B] event; for their leader, it was just another day.

    The old man has a healthy distrust[A]/mistrust[B] for all new technology.

    This film is based on a real[A]/true [B] story.

    One suspects that the compliment[A]/complement[B] was backhanded.

    1) BABAB

    2) ABBBA

    3) BAABA

    4) BBAAB

    5) ABABA  

    (CAT 2007)


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