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  • Reading comprehension questions involve reading of a passage of about 300 – 600 words and deriving answers from the passage content..
  • RCs forms an important part of the English Language section. This section mainly focuses on to check the ability to understand the language and the underlying concept of the passage. The main focus should be to have a good command over the language as well as time management.
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RC Passage

With the inevitable growth of specialization I see the universities facing two great dangers. First, it is very easy to get so involved in the technical details of education that the object of education is lost. And secondly, in an effort to condition a university to the needs of its students and to the needs of the state it may lose its power to make or mould those students into responsible men, capable of thinking for themselves and capable of expressing the results of their thoughts to others.

CDS RC: Passage-17

Question 1
The author calls growth of specialization 'inevitable'. Which one of the following statements is likely to be the most correct reason for this inevitability?
A
Universities give grants only to do specialization working different disciplines
B
The professors and researchers in universities are competent only for specialized work
C
Specialization helps economic growth of the nation
D
In an age of science and technology specialization becomes necessary
Question 1 Explanation: 
The Statement which is the most appropriate reason for inevitability of growth of specialization is in an age of science and technology specialization becomes necessary. All the other options are irrelevant in context of the passage.
Question 2
Which one of the following statements most correctly suggests the central theme of the passage?
A
The aim of education is specialization
B
The aim of education is to mould the youth to work for the state
C
The aim of education is to make the youth capable of independent thought and expression
D
The aim of education is to enable the youth to earn a comfortable living
Question 2 Explanation: 
The statement which most correctly suggests the central theme of the passage is the aim of education is to make the youth capable of independent thought and expression. The answer can be taken from the concluding lines of the passage.
Question 3
Which one of the following statements most correctly suggests the warning implied in the passage?
A
University education should not be concerned with technical details
B
Universities should not subordinate themselves to the interests of the state
C
Universities should be concerned only with the needs of students
D
Universities should not go in for any specialization
Question 3 Explanation: 
The statement which most correctly suggests the warning implied in the passage is university education should not be concerned with technical details. Fromm the line ‘..it is very easy to get so involved in the technical details of education that the object of education is lost..’ we get a hint regarding the correct choice.
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