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(Common to All Branches)
Regulations 2013
Time: Three hours Maximum: 100 marks
Answer ALL the questions
PART – ‘A’ (10 x 2 = 20)
1. Rewrite the following as numerical expressions. (4 × ½ = 2)
a. A team consisting of three men
b. A bulb with a power of 100 watts
c. A period of 45 minutes
d. A book with eighty pages
2. The underlined words in the following sentences are homonyms. Use any two of them in
sentences of your own, each with a meaning different from the meaning given. (2 × 1 = 2)
Names in the right hand column of the register, please! And place your bags under the
light please!
3. Complete the following conditionals with the correct forms of the verbs (4 × ½ = 2)
a. If I were a pilot, I __________________ (fly) around the whole world.
b. If she __________ (be) more careful, she would not have been involved in the accident.
c. If I do not get a bus, I __________ (take) an auto to work.
d. If it ____________ (not stop) raining, the match will be abandoned.
4. Rewrite the following in their passive form. (2 marks)
Computers have definitely transformed our classrooms. The use of computers in the
classroom enhances the learning experience of students.
5. Fill in the blanks with suitable modal verbs choosing from the list given: (4 × ½ = 2)
can, should, must, may, would
You __________ come for the fitness camp if you want to get back in shape. You will be
provided with food at the camp but you ______ bring snacks like whole grain biscuits if you
wish. However fried snacks will not be allowed. You _______ use cell phones in the camp, but
you ___________ switch them off during the exercise and yoga sessions.
6. Make sentences using any two of the following phrasal verbs. (2 × 1 = 2)
(a) break down (b) catch up (c) drop out (d) give in
7. Combine the given two sentences into one sentence using appropriate clause. (2 × 1 = 2)
a. People live in the Arctic region. They are called Eskimos.
b. We travelled to a village. The village is near Madurai.
8. Choose the right option to complete the given idiomatic sentences. (4 × ½ = 2)
i. The management of the PSU offered a golden handshake to many of their aged
employees as they _____________________________________________
(a) wanted to be polite to them
(b) wanted to give them gold
(c) wanted to cut down on the man power
(d) wanted to make them happy
ii. People took Pooja’s words with a pinch of salt because _______________________.
(a) they found she was not
completely dependable
(b) they had a salt deficiency
(c) they found her words too bland
(d) they found her too sweet
iii. He stood his ground in support of his friend ________________________________.
(a) because there was an
(b) in spite of several family
(c) since his friend was going to faint
(d) as there was a flood.
iv. The film hit the box office with a flying start as _____________________________.
(a) it had a very poor collection
(b) the cinema halls were empty
(c) there was poor reception from the
(d) collected the highest revenue on day 1.
9. Fill in the blanks with right options to complete the collocations. (4 × ½ = 2)
i. Youngsters today seem to prefer ___________ food.
(a) quick (b) fast (c) rapid (d) speed
ii. She ________ tears when she heard the news.
(a) burst into (b) blew up in (c) burst away (d) blew away
iii. Working mothers often find that they are unable to __________ time for their children.
(a) waste (b) save (c) spare (d) spend
iv. He wasn’t sure if he would get an appointment but he was willing to go to the CM’s
office and take a ____________.
(a) opportunity (b) choice (c) break (d) chance
10. Choose any one word from the following and write two sentences using the same word, one
in noun form and the other in verb form. (2 × 1 = 2)
(a) guarantee (b) report (c) impact
PART B (5 × 16 = 80)
11. Answer both sections (i) and (ii)
(i) Read the following passage and answer the questions given below: (10 marks)
(1) There are two types of diabetes, insulin-dependent and non-insulin-dependent.
Between 90–95% of the estimated 13–14 million people in the United States with diabetes have
non-insulin-dependent, or Type II, diabetes. Because this form of diabetes usually begins in
adults over the age of 40 and is most common after the age of 55, it used to be called adult-onset
diabetes. Its symptoms often develop gradually and are hard to identify at first; therefore, nearly
half of all people with diabetes do not know they have it. For instance, someone who has
developed Type II diabetes may feel tired or ill without knowing why. This can be particularly
dangerous because untreated diabetes can cause damage to the heart, blood vessels, eyes,
kidneys, and nerves. While the causes, short-term effects, and treatments of the two types of
diabetes differ, both types can cause the same long-term health problems.
(2) Most importantly, both types affect the body's ability to use digested food for energy.
Diabetes does not interfere with digestion, but it does prevent the body from using an important
product of digestion, glucose (commonly known as sugar), for energy. After a meal, the normal
digestive system breaks some food down into glucose. The blood carries the glucose or sugar
throughout the body, causing blood glucose levels to rise. In response to this rise, the hormone
insulin is released into the bloodstream and signals the body tissues to metabolize or burn the
glucose for fuel, which causes blood glucose levels to return to normal. The glucose that the
body does not use right away is stored in the liver, muscle, or fat.
(3) In both types of diabetes, however, this normal process malfunctions. A gland called
the pancreas, found just behind the stomach, makes insulin. In people with insulin-dependent
diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin at all. This condition usually begins in childhood
and is known as Type I (formerly called juvenile-onset) diabetes. These patients must have daily
insulin injections to survive. People with non-insulin-dependent diabetes usually produce some
insulin in their pancreas, but their bodies' tissues do not respond well to the insulin signal and,
therefore, do not metabolize the glucose properly, a condition known as insulin resistance.
(4) Insulin resistance is an important factor in non-insulin-dependent diabetes, and
scientists are searching for the causes of insulin resistance. They have identified two
possibilities. The first is that there could be a defect in the insulin receptors on cells. Like an
appliance that needs to be plugged into an electrical outlet, insulin has to bind to a receptor in
order to function. Several things can go wrong with receptors. For example, there may not be
enough receptors to which insulin may bind, or a defect in the receptors may prevent insulin
from binding. The second possible cause of insulin resistance is that, although insulin may bind
to the receptors, the cells do not read the signal to metabolize the glucose. Scientists continue to
study these cells to see why this might happen.
(5) There's no cure for diabetes yet. However, there are ways to alleviate its symptoms. In
1986, a National Institute of Health panel of experts recommended that the best treatment for
non-insulin-dependent diabetes is a diet that helps one maintain a normal weight and pays
particular attention to a proper balance of the different food groups. Many experts, including
those in the American Diabetes Association, recommend that 50–60% of daily calories come
from carbohydrates, 12–20% from protein, and no more than 30% from fat. Foods that are rich in
carbohydrates, like breads, cereals, fruits, and vegetables, break down into glucose during
digestion, causing blood glucose to rise. Additionally, studies have shown that cooked foods
raise blood glucose higher than raw, unpeeled foods. A doctor or nutritionist should always be
consulted for more of this kind of information and for help in planning a diet to offset the effects
of this form of diabetes.
1. According to the passage, what may be the most dangerous aspect of Type II diabetes?
a. Insulin shots are needed daily for treatment of Type II diabetes.
b. Type II diabetes may go undetected and, therefore, untreated.
c. In Type II diabetes, the pancreas does not produce insulin.
d. Type II diabetes interferes with digestion.
2. Which of the following are the same for Type I and Type II diabetes?
a. treatments
b. long-term health risks
c. short-term effects
d. causes
3. A diet dominated by which of the following is recommended for non-insulin-dependent
a. protein
b. fat
c. carbohydrates
d. raw foods
4. Which of the following is the main function of insulin?
a. It signals tissues to metabolize sugar.
b. It breaks down food into glucose.
c. It carries glucose throughout the
d. It binds to receptors.
5. Which of the following is mentioned in the passage as a possible problem with insulin
receptors in insulin-resistant individuals?
a. Overeating causes the receptors to function improperly.
b. There may be an overabundance of receptors present.
c. A defect causes the receptors to bind with glucose.
d. A defect hinders the receptors from binding with insulin.
6. Based on the information in the passage, which of the following best describes people with
Type I diabetes?
a. They do not need to be treated with injections of insulin.
b. They comprise the majority of people with diabetes.
c. Their pancreases do not produce insulin.
d. They are usually diagnosed as adults.
7. Your uncle who has diabetes comes to stay with you for a week and you have to look after
him. Prepare a checklist of 4 items that you should check with respect to his diet and
medication to make sure that his condition doesn't become worse. (4 marks)
(ii) Look the following information and graph about Tata Nano. Analyse the given data and give
a short review of the performance of Tata Nano in a short paragraph of not more than 120
words. (6 marks)
12. (a) Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:
Today, bicycles are elegantly simple machines that are common around the world. Many
people ride bicycles for recreation, whereas others use them as a means of transportation. The
first bicycle, called a draisienne, was invented in Germany in 1818 by Baron Karl de Drais de
Sauerbrun. Because it was made of wood, the draisienne wasn't very durable nor did it have
pedals. Riders moved it by pushing their feet against the ground.
In 1839, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a Scottish blacksmith, invented a much better bicycle.
Macmillan's machine had tires with iron rims to keep them from getting worn down. He also
used foot-operated cranks, similar to pedals, so his bicycle could be ridden at a quick pace. It
didn't look much like the modern bicycle, though, because its back wheel was substantially
larger than its front wheel. Although Macmillan's bicycles could be ridden easily, they were
never produced in large numbers.
In 1861, Frenchman Pierre Michaux and his brother Ernest invented a bicycle with an
improved crank mechanism. They called their bicycle a vélocipède, but most people called it a
"bone shaker" because of the jarring effect of the wood and iron frame. Despite the unflattering
About Tata Nano
 Tata Nano, one of the most ambitious projects of Tata Motors, started in
 It was envisioned by the Tata Group Chairman, Ratan Tata himself.
 Ratan Tata announced this project at the Auto Expo 2006 in New Delhi.
 Tata Nano was launched in January 2008 at the Auto Expo New Delhi.
 In Geneva 2008, the Nano made its first overseas premiere.
 On March 23, 2009, Tata started production of the Nano at Pantnagar
and launched the car in three variants priced between Rs. 1,23,000 and
Rs. 1,75,000.
The Downfall Saga
Tata witnessed a sequential fall in 2010, the lowest in November – Nano sales
was 509 units.
nickname, the vélocipède was a hit. After a few years, the Michaux family was making hundreds
of the machines annually, mostly for fun-seeking young people.
Ten years later, James Starley, an English inventor, made several innovations that
revolutionized bicycle design. He made the front wheel many times larger than the back wheel,
put a gear on the pedals to make the bicycle more efficient, and lightened the wheels by using
wire spokes. Although this bicycle was much lighter and less tiring to ride, it was still clumsy,
extremely top-heavy, and ridden mostly for entertainment.
It wasn't until 1874 that the first truly modern bicycle appeared on the scene. Invented by
another Englishman, H. J. Lawson, the safety bicycle would look familiar to today's cyclists. The
safety bicycle had equal-sized wheels, which made it much less prone to toppling over. Lawson
also attached a chain to the pedals to drive the rear wheel. By 1893, the safety bicycle had been
further improved with air-filled rubber tires, a diamond-shaped frame, and easy braking. With
the improvements provided by Lawson, bicycles became extremely popular and useful for
transportation. Today, they are built, used, and enjoyed all over the world.
1) Write a short summary of the above given passage in not more than 100 words. (6 marks)
2) Complete the following sentences in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS (4 x 1 = 4)
a. The draisienne was ____________________ as it was made of wood.
b. The innovation introduced by Macmillan to make his bicycle more longlasting than
the draisienne was __________________________.
c. The other name for velocipede was boneshaker because
d. The innovation introduced by James Starley that is still used in today's bicycles is
3) Answer the following questions in two sentences: (3 × 2 = 6)
a. Describe the velocipede.
b. What are the uses of the bicycle?
c. What are the innovations introduced by Lawson in his bicycle design?
(b) Read the following passage and answer the questions given below:
The first step towards the creation of computers as we know them today was made by an
English mathematics professor, Charles Babbage who realized that all mathematical calculations
can be broken up into simple repetitive operations that could be carried out by an automatic
machine. Sadly, Babbage never completed the machine. Seventy years later an American
inventor, Herman Hollerith, created a computing machine out of necessity. Hollerith’s
“computer” was the first machine to use electricity. Mathematician George Boole determined
that all mathematical calculations can be stated as either true or false, and defined the binary
system – to be used by all future computers.
The first electronic computers instead of using electromechanical relays, used fully
electronic switches: vacuum tubes. These were about a thousand times faster than mechanical
switches, but they were gigantic. This is the most important reason they were replaced by smaller
transistors in the 1950s.
As transistors replaced vacuum tubes in the 1950s, computers began to grow smaller and
faster. Early supercomputers replaced binary codes with programming codes consisting of a few
letters and had an operating system and a memory, and could store data on disk. Transistors
created heat, which tended to damage the heat-sensitive components. This problem was
eliminated by the invention of the integrated circuit in 1958. Another development of the 1960s
was an operating system with a central program supervising other programs which could run
Since computers were no longer so large, they also became cheaper. In the 1970s,
computer manufacturers were ready to bring computers to consumers. These computers had
user-friendly programs and offered the first word processors, spreadsheets, and even the first
computer games!
In 1981, the first IBM PCs were introduced into homes, schools and offices. The Apple
Macintosh was introduced three years later. The number of personal computers soared from 2
million in 1981 to almost 6 million in 1982, to 65 million in 1992. As their potential grew, new
ways of using computers were being developed. Computers could be linked together to form
networks sharing software, memory space and information. The World Wide Web, which was
started in 1989, links up computers worldwide to provide people with opportunities to share
information and to enable communication via e-mail.
Today computers are an inseparable part of many people’s lives and jobs and are likely to
continue to be tools that we rely on.
1) Write a short summary of the above given passage in not more than 100 words. (6 marks)
2) Complete the following sentences in NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS (4 x 1 = 4)
a. Vacuum tubes had the advantage of ________________.
b. Transistors had the disadvantage of _______________________.
c. The operating system could _______________________.
d. The world wide web enables people to __________________.
3) Answer the following questions in two sentences: (3 × 2 = 6)
a. How did the invention of the integrated chip help the growth of the computer?
b. What were the qualities that pioneers of computers looked to integrate into the computer?
c. When did the computer become suitable for mass production and use?
13. Respond to the following with a job application and resume. (16 marks)
a. Ved Engineering Solutions is looking for a dynamic engineers from all branches for its
Chennai office. Incumbent should be an engineer from a reputed institute and should
have a minimum of two years experience working with 10 – 25 member teams. Send
your application with your resume to The HR Manager, Ved Engineering Solutions,
Arignar Salai, T. Nagar, Chennai – 17.
b. Your friend is working as Quality Control Engineer in Shailam Software Solutions. But
he has now got a job elsewhere and has given notice. He informs you that his resignation
will create a vacancy in the company, which you could fill in. He advises you to email
your application and CV to the HR Manager at Prepare an email and
resume for this purpose.
14. Write a report based on one of the following: (16 marks)
a. You are heading the Research team of Projections Consulting Services. Image Cinemas
approaches your company with a proposal to start a new multiplex (cinema hall complex)
in the nearby town. Prepare a report in about 300 words showing your team's findings
about the necessary buildings, expenditure, infrastructure etc (feasibility report) and
stating whether it is possible to start the multiplex there.
b. You are the Project Head of an Educational Software company. Your team has developed
online teaching materials in all subjects in Engineering. Write a report in about 300 words
about the materials your team has developed in the project to submit to the General
15. Write a dialogue for one of the following situations: (16 marks)
a. You have applied from your college for an exchange programme abroad. You are to
appear for a preliminary interview with the Coordinator of the Exchange Programme.
You are one of 25 candidates of whom only two will be chosen for the exchange
programme. Write the dialogue that happened between you and the Coordinator. The first
exchange is given for you to start the dialogue.
Coordinator: Why are you interested in this exchange programme?
You: I would like to gain some exposure to the academic atmosphere abroad as part
of my learning experience
You should have minimum of eight exchanges (16 sentences) between you and the
b. You are working in a bank. You have developed a new security alarm system that you
believe will increase the security at the bank. You are called to present your innovation to
the Manager. Write the dialogue between you and the Manager. The first exchange is
given for you to start the dialogue (16 marks)
Manager: We already have an alarm system in place. Why do we need a new one?
You: Sir, You are aware of the recent surge in the thefts at banks and ATMs. This
new system will improve the security at our bank.
You should have minimum of eight exchanges (16 sentences) between you and your

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