Dear PaGaLGuY readers,

As we all know, Quantitative Aptitude
or Numerical Aptitude is an important component of a number of competitive
examinations such as the UPSC Civil Services Examination, Banking Entrance Examinations,
SSC CGL/CHSL Examination, MBA Entrance Examination, Combined Defence Services
Examination, etc. In order to help you practice and improve your quantitative
ability, we are providing you this Quantitative Aptitude Quiz.

Given below are a few questions from
SSC examinations held in the last few years. Leave your answers/ responses in
the comments section below and we’ll soon let you know the correct answers!

Directions (Q. Nos. 1-5) In these questions, you have a brief
passage with questions following passage. Read the passage carefully and choose
the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.


The interview may be conducted by letter and by telephone, as
well as in person. Letter and telephone interviews are less satisfactory.
Direct contact with an individual and a face-to-face relationship often provide
a stimulating situation for both interviewer and interviewee. Personal reaction
and interaction aid not only in rapport but also in obtaining nuances and
additional information by the reactions which are more fully observed in a
face-to-face relationship.

Adequate preparation for the interview is a “must”.
Careful planning saves not only time but also energy of both parties concerned.
The interview is used to obtain facts or subjective data such as individual
opinions, attitudes, and preferences. Interviews are used to check on
questionnaires which may have been used to obtain data, or when a problem being
investigated is complex, or when the information needed to solve it cannot be
secured easily in any other way. People will often give information orally but
will not put it in writing.

1. The intention of the writer of this passage is to

(a) warn the readers
against conducting interviews

(b) instruct people on the
best means of conducting interviews

(c) tell people how to
make friends with interviewers

(d) advise people on the
use of letters and telephone

2. According to the author the best way to conduct interviews

(a) to talk to the
interviewees over telephone

(b) to write letters to
the interviews

(c) to observe the
interviewees from a distance

(d) to have a direct
conversation with the interviewees

3. If I want to interview someone,

(a) all I need to do is to
just drop in and have a talk with the person

(b) I ought to plan and
prepare for the interview well in advance

(c) I have to ring up the
person and ask him/her all the questions I want to

(d) establishing good
rapport with the person will be enough

4. Face-to-face interaction with the interviewees enables the
interviewer to

(a) understand shades of
meaning not readily available in written responses

(b) observe the physical
stature of the interviewee

(c) listen to the voice of
the interviewee directly

(d) compel the
interviewees to express their opinions in writing

5. The author used ‘individual opinions’, ‘attitudes’ and
`preferences’ as examples of

(a) objective data about
the interviewees

(b) abstract philosophical
concepts irrelevant to the interview process

(c) psychological
properties particular to a given interviewee

(d) likes and dislikes
common to interviewers and interviewees

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1(b)          2(d)         3(b)        4(a)         5(c)

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