CTS Job Placement Paper
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The written tests are based on critical reasoning type questions. Word
-based problems, verbal ability, pattern recognition and pattern matching,
series type, arithematic-based (including functions and permutations) are
usually asked. This is only a sample paper. We are not providing you with
all the questions - just some questions to give you a general idea of the
SECTION I - 8 questions based on series.
1. These questions involve interchange of letters in a word at particular
locations and also interchanging letters adjacent to those particular
locations.Certain other conditions may also be given For eg.Let the word be
If we apply 25 on this, it means we have to interchange the letters at
positions 2 and 5, also we have to change the letters adjacent to positions
2 and 5 i.e.from A to B and B to A. A B B A A B after Step 1 i.e interchange
of 2 and 5 becomes AABABB Now change adjacent elements of 2 and 5...finally
Ans: B A A B B A
Questions 1-5 are based on the pattern with changed numbers as described
Questions 6-8 are of the following type
To get AAABBD from BBBAAA what number should be applied:-
c) 25 & 34
1. Given the following functions
(1) f(n a b c ) = ac if n=1
(2) f(n a b c) = f( n-1 a c b) + f( 1 a b c) + f( n-1 b a c ) if n > 1 Then
what is the value f( 2 a b c ) = ?
Ans: f( 2 a c b)= ab+ac+ bc
2. Similar question on functions.
3. [ Based on the function in the first question] For the function f( 4 a b
c ) the number of terms is...?
Hint f( 4 a b c ) = f( 3 a c b ) + f( 1 a b c ) + f( 3 b a c ) etc.
4. What is the value of the function f( 5 a b c ) = ?
Permutations and Combinations. 8 Questions.
1. r = number of flags;n = number of poles;Any number of flags can be
accommodated on any single pole.
1)r=5,n=5 The no. of ways the flags can be arranged ? Questions 2-5 are
based on the above pattern
6. r = 5 n = 3 . If first pole has 2 flags, third pole has 1 flag How many
ways can the remaining be arranged?
Questions 7.& 8. are similar to Question 6.
Question consisting of figures - Pattern-matching type.
Refer R.S Agarwal's book on Analytical Reasoning & TMHs Quantitative ability
book by Edgar Thorpe.
In this section first part of compound word is given. Select meaning of the
second part from the choice given:
For all above 4 choices are given....
g. Swan ---> Swansong (compound word)
a) category b) music c) television d) none
Ans: Swansong is compound word. But song is not given as an option. so (b)
music is the answer
1. slur : speech : : smudge :?
2. epaulet : shoulder : : ring :?
3. vernacular : place : : fingerprint : ?
The following sentences are broken into 4 sections-
A, B, C, D
Choose the part which has a mistake
Mark (E) if you find no mistake.
Q.A) psychologists point out that B) there are human processes C) which does
not involve D) the use of words
Ans. (C) which does not involve (do)
Q.A)jack ordered for B)two plates of chicken C)and a glass D)of water
Ans. (A)jack ordered for
The following is a group of questions is based on a passage or a set of
conditions for each question.
Select the best answer choice given.
(i). If it is fobidden by law if the object of agreement is the doing of an
act, that is forbidden by law the agreement is
(ii). If it is of the nature that,it would defeat the provision of any law
is the agreement is void.if the object of agreement
is such that thing got directly forbidden by law it would defeat the
provision of statuary law.
(iii). If the object of agreement is fraddulent it is void.
(iv). An object of agreement is void if it involves or implies to the
personnal property of another.
(v). An object of agreement is void where the constant regards as ignored.
(vi). An object of agreement is void where the constant regards is as
opposed to public policy.
Q. An algorithm follws a six step process za,zb,zc,zd,ze,zf, it is governed
by the following
(i) zd should follow ze
(ii) the first may be za,zd or zf
(iii) zb and zc have to be performed after zd
(iv) zc must be immediately after zb
Q. If za is the first set zd must be
Q. If zb must follow za then za can be
a) third or fourth
b) first or second
c) can not be third
d) fouth or fifth
Q. If ze is third term the number of different operations possible are
The following questions are based on the given statements
Ravi plants six seperate saplings -- x,y,z,w,u,v in rows no 1 to 6
,according to the follwing conditions
He must plant x before y and u
He must plant y and w
The third has to be z
Q. Which of the following is acceptable
Q. Which of the following is true
a) z before v
b) z before x
c) w before u
d) y before u
e) x before w
Q. If he plants v first, then which can be planted second
Q. Which of the following describes a correct combination of sapling and
Q. If he plants b 6th which would be planted first and second
a) x and w
b) x and y
c)y and x
d)w and z
e) w and u
Q. If he plants w before u and after v he should plant w at
Q. At a certain moment a watch shows 2 min lag although it is running fast
If it showed a 3 min lag at that moment, but
also gains by 1/2 min more a day than its current speed it would show the
true time one day sooner than it usually
How many mins does the watch gain per day.
Q. In 400m race A gives B a start of 7 sec and beats him by 24 sec. In
another race A beats B by 10 sec.the speeds
are in the ratio
x3 + y3=6 What is the minimum value of 3x+11y=?
Q. There are 600 tennis players 4% wear wrist band on one wrist Of the
remaining, 25% wear wrist bands on both
hands How many players don't wear a wrist band?
Q. Three types of tea the a,b,c costs Rs. 95/kg,100/kg and70/kg
respectively.How many kgs of each should be blended
to produce 100 kg of mixture worth Rs.90/kg, given that the quntities of
band c are equal
Q. Two distinct no's are taken from 1,2,3,4......28 .Find the probability
that their sum is less than 13