1. Words written on tomb –

  1. Pedant
  2. Epitaph
  3. Waybill
  4. Succulent      


2. Cure for all –

  1. Panacea
  2. Anecdote
  3. Usurer
  4. Parvenu                         


3. Partners in crime –

  1. Conspirator
  2. Traitor                          
  3. Accomplice
  4. Henchman


4. Related to cows –

  1. Bovine
  2. Brine                          
  3. Shrine
  4. Twine


5. Platform for a speaker –

  1. Tribune
  2. Podium
  3. Rostrum
  4. Pulpit                             


6. Killing of a whole group/ race of people –

  1. Genocide
  2. Homicide                                          
  3. Patricide
  4. Phenoxide  


7. Live in relationship –

  1. Impunity
  2. Pensive
  3. Leer
  4. Concubinage                      


8. The worshiping of images –

  1. Idolatry
  2. Hutch
  3. Recant
  4. Inheritance                      


9. The one who admires oneself –

  1. Nepotism
  2. Narcissism
  3. Fenguism                                        
  4. Revenguism


10. Study of birds –

  1. Anthropology
  2. Zoology
  3. Sociology
  4. Ornithology                               



  1. (2)
    1. Pedant – a person who is excessively concerned with minor details and rules or with displaying academic learning.
    2. Epitaph – a phrase or form of words written in memory of a person who has died
    3. Waybill -a list of passengers or goods being carried on a vehicle.
    4. Succulent – (of food) tender, juicy, and tasty.     


  2. (1)
    1. Panacea – cure for all disease 
    2. Anecdote – a short amusing or interesting story about a real incident or person.
    3. Usurer – a person who lends money at unreasonably high rates of interest.
    4. Parvenu  – a person of humble origin who has gained wealth, influence, or celebrity.                       


  3. (3) 
    1. Conspirator -a person who takes part in a conspiracy.
    2. Traitor – a person who betrays someone or something, such as a friend.                          
    3. Accomplice – a person who helps another commit a crime.
    4. Henchman – a faithful follower or political supporter


  4. (1) 
    1. Bovine – relating to or affecting cattle.
    2. Brine – water strongly impregnated with salt.                          
    3. Shrine – a place regarded as holy because of its associations with a divinity or a sacred person or relic
    4. Twine – strong thread or string consisting of two or more strands of hemp or cotton twisted together.


  5. (2)   
    1. Tribune – an official in ancient Rome chosen by the plebeians to protect their interests.
    2. Podium – a small platform on which a person may stand to be seen by an audience, as when making a speech or conducting an orchestra.
    3. Rostrum – a raised platform on which a person stands to make a public speech, receive an award or medal, play music, or conduct an orchestra.
    4. Pulpit – a raised enclosed platform in a church or chapel from which the preacher delivers a sermon.                            



  6. (1)         
    1. Genocide – the deliberate killing of a large group of people
    2. Homicide – the killing of one person by another.                                         
    3. Patricide – the killing of one’s father.
    4. Phenoxide  – chemical 


  7. (4)                 
    1. Impunity – exemption from punishment or freedom from the injurious consequences of an action.
    2. Pensive – engaged in, involving, or reflecting deep or serious thought.
    3. Leer – look or gaze in a lascivious or unpleasant way.
    4. Concubinage – the practice of keeping a concubine, or the state of being a concubine.                     


  8. (1)                         
  9. (2)             
    1. Nepotism – the practice among those with power or influence of favouring relatives or friends, especially by giving them jobs.
    2. Narcissism – excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance.
    3. Fenguism                                        
    4. Revenguism


  10. (4)                           Anthropology – study of evolution of humans 
  11. Zoology  – the scientific study of the behaviour, structure, physiology, classification, and distribution of animals.
  12. Sociology – the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society.
  13. Ornithology  – study of birds        




1. The Indian government has been wise to avoid escalation in/(a) the face of China’s aggressive barrage,/(b) but that should not stop it from communicating its position in more discreet way. /(C) no error/(d)

2. Any genuine enforcement of a minimum age at work will elude/(a) governments so long as a universal minimum/(b) wage of subsistence for the adult workforce is not implemented scrupulous./(c) NO ERROR /(d) 

3.The fiscal space now available has been strengthen /(a) by steady economic growth, and/(b) more should be done to eliminate subsidies for the richest quintile./(c) NO ERROR/(d) 

4.Sustaining and improving the quality of life will depend on policies/(a) crafted to handle major emerging challenge /(b) such as urbanization, the housing deficit, access to power, water, education and health care./(c) NO ERROR/(d)  

5. Universities are arenas for intellectual evolution,/(a) they are meant to be spaces where discussion/(b) and debate push boundaries, where students can learn the art of provocation./(c) NO ERROR/(d)

6.That so much time should have been lost in both instance/(a) to put the painful past behind them only speaks to the/(b) powerful presence of nationalist sensibilities that invariably distort the moral force of reconciliation./(c) NO ERROR/(d)

7.The favourable public opinion in both countries/(a) towards one another will possibly prove critical in/(b) consolidating upon the current strengths in the economic partnership./(c) NO ERROR/(d)

8.Given the number of ongoing inter-State disputes/(a) and those like to arise in future, it may be difficult for/(b) a single institution with a former Supreme Court judge as its chairperson to give its ruling within three years./(c) NO ERROR/(d)

9. A positive feature of the proposed/(a) changes are that there will be an expert/(b) agency to collect data on rainfall, irrigation and surface water flows./(c) NO ERROR/(d)

10. The Act contains the controversial provision/(a) that condone the employment of children below 14 years/(b) under the rubric of family enterprises and the declassification of several industries as hazardous occupations./(c) NO ERROR/(d)


  1. C , ‘more’ takes plural noun with it so ‘ways’ will replace ‘way’.
  2. C, Here scrupulous is adjective but to describe a verb adverbs are used so ‘scrupulously’ will replace ‘scrupulous’.
  3. A , With has we use the third form of the verb so strengthened will replace strengthen.
  4. B, challenges will replace challenge.
  5. D, NO ERROR
  6. A, ‘Both’ takes plural verb after it so instances will replace instance.
  7. B, for two nouns/things we use each other and for more than two we use one another.
  8. B, likely will replace like.
  9. B, the main subject of the sentence is a positive feature so the verb ‘is’ will replace ‘are’.
  10. B,  controversial provision is the subject here which is singular so condones will replace condone.



1. Able to use the left hand and right hand equally well(SSC CHSL 2010)

(a) Ambivert

(b) Ambidextrous

(c) Ambivalent

(d) Ambitious


2. A person who breaks into a house in order to steal (SSC SO 2003)

(a) Poacher

(b) Bandit

(c) Intruder

(d) Burglar

SOLone that trespasses or steal /one who kills or takes wild animals POACHER

a criminal who attacks and steals from travelersBANDIT

to come or go into a place where you are not wanted or welcome INTRUDER


3. The study of maps (SSC SO 2003)

(a) Cartography

(b) Geography

(c) Geology

(d) Atlas

SOL – the natural features (such as rivers, mountains, etc.) of a place GEOGRAPHY

a science that studies rocks, layers of soilGEOLOGY

a book of mapsATLAS

4. To cut something into two pieces (SSC SO 2001)

(a) Severe

(b) Sever 

(c) sewer

(d) sow

SOL – very bad, serious, or unpleasantSEVERE

someone who sews things SEWER

to plant seeds in an area of groundSOW


5. Constant efforts to achieve something(SSC TAX ASSISTANT 2004)

(a) Patience

(b) Vigour

(c) Attempt

(d) Perseverance

SOL – the ability to wait for a long timePATIENCE

strength, energy, or determinationVIGOUR

to try to accomplish or complete (something)ATTEMPT

6. One who collects coins(SSC SO 2005)

(a) Archaeologist

(b) Numismatist

(c) Philatelist

(d) Connoisseur

SOL the one who studies about past human lifeARCHAEOLOGIST

a person who studies or collects postage stampsPHILATELIST

an expert in a particular subjectCONNOISSEUR


7. A person who deserves all praise (SSC PRE 2015)

(a) Detestable

(b) Lovable

(c) Despicable

(d) Laudable 

SOL – causing or deserving strong dislikeDETESTABLE

easy to loveLOVABLE

very bad or unpleasantDESPICABLE


8. An excessive fear of confined spaces (SSC ASI 2015 )

(a) Hydrophobia

(b) Agoraphobia

(c) Xenophobia

(d) Claustrophobia 

SOLfear or hatred of strangers XENOPHOBIA

fear of waterHYDROPHOBIA

fear of being in open or public placesAGORAPHOBIA


9. The place where public, government or historical records are kept (SSC CPO 2011)

(a) Coffer

(b) Pantry

(c) Archives 

(d) Scullery

SOL – a box for holding money or other valuable things COFFER

a small room in a house in which food is storedPANTRY

a room which is used for washing dishesSCULLERY 


10. A person who loves wealth and spends as little money as possible (SSC FCI 2012)

(a) Curmudgeon

(b) Money – grubber

(c) Scrimp

(d) Miser 

a person (especially an old man) who is easily annoyed or angered and who often complains – CURMUDGEON

to spend as little money as you canSCRIMP 

a person who cares too much about getting moneyMONEY – GRUBBER 



11. To secretly store more than what is allowed(SSC MAINS 2011)

(a) Hoard

(b) Store

(c) Hide

(d) Aboard


12. A person who is always hopeful and looks upon the brighter side of things (SSC SO 2008)

(a) Florist

(b) Artist

(c) Theist

(d) Optimist 

a person whose job or business is to sell flowers and plantsFLORIST

a person who creates artARTIST

one who believes that God exists or that many gods existTHEIST


Question of the day 

sentimental longing for a period in the past

(a) Recollection

(b) Nostalgia

(c) Reminiscence

(d) Wistfulness