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  1. Registration Forms Last Date of Registration: Monday, 11th August 2014 Test Date: Sunday, 7th September 2014 For BA/BSc (14 years): NTD Registration Form for Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science For Master (16 years): NTD Registration Form for Master (16 Year Degree)
  2. How to Solve | Learn Analogies Reasoning Questions in Test | Quiz MEDICINE : ILLNESS :: (A) law : anarchy hunger : thirst etiquette : discipline love : treason stimulant : sensitivity This is a classic function/purpose bridge—the purpose of MEDICINE is to prevent or cure ILLNESS. Ask yourself the following questions: Is the purpose of LAW to prevent or cure ANARCHY, or disorder? This works, so hold on to Choice (A). Is the purpose of PRIDE to prevent ENVY? No, in fact there is no strong connection between these two words. Eliminate. Is the purpose of COURTESY to prevent BEHAVIOR? No, so eliminate. Is the purpose of LOVE to prevent TREASON? No, so eliminate. Is the purpose of a STIMULANT to prevent SENSITIVITY? No, a STIMULANT increases SENSITIVITY. Eliminate. You could have eliminated choices (B), © and (D) if you had to guess for this one. None of these word pairs have a strong, defining connection. The pair of words in the stem always have a strong connection between them, and so the correct answer must as well. PALTRY : SIGNIFICANCE :: redundant : discussion austere : landscape opulent : wealth oblique : familiarity (E) banal : originality Something PALTRY lacks SIGNIFICANCE. You are looking for the answer choice with the same connection between the words, so go through the answer choices one by one. When something is REDUNDANT, or no longer needed, does it lack DISCUSSION? No, this word pair has no strong connection. Eliminate. When something is AUSTERE, or plain and undecorated, does it lack LANDSCAPE? No, so eliminate. When something is OPULENT, or rich and luxurious, does it lack WEALTH? No, quite the opposite. Eliminate. Does something OBLIQUE lack FAMILIARITY? An OBLIQUE thing is indirect, so it may lack clarity, but not FAMILIARITY. These two words are not strongly connected. Eliminate. Does something BANAL lack ORIGINALITY? Well, if something is BANAL it is predictable, so yes. That pair has the same relation as the stem pair. The classic relation of lack has left only one possible answer, choice (E). EXTORT : OBTAIN :: pilfer : steal (B) plagiarize : borrow explode : ignite purify : strain consider : appeal When you EXTORT something, you obtain it by force or threats. To EXTORT is to OBTAIN dishonestly. Now look for the answer choice with the same connection between the words: To PILFER is to STEAL dishonestly? Well, now, this is a tricky one. PILFER, which is a synonym for STEAL, is certainly dishonest. But how can you STEAL dishonestly? You can't—stealing is always dishonest! So this answer doesn't work. To PLAGIARIZE is to BORROW dishonestly? Yes, plagiarism is borrowing material from another writer without giving him or her acknowledgment. That would fit the description of borrowing dishonestly. Choice (B) looks good. To EXPLODE is to IGNITE dishonestly? No, so eliminate. To PURIFY is to STRAIN dishonestly? No. Eliminate. To CONSIDER is to APPEAL dishonestly? No. That leaves us with Choice (B). SODDEN : MOIST :: arid : harsh nostalgic : emotional wet : liquid (D) maudlin : sentimental assertive : bold Something SODDEN is very wet, so it is, by definition, extremely MOIST. This is a bridge of DEGREE. Similarly, something MAUDLIN is, by definition, extremely SENTIMENTAL. Of the wrong answers: Something ARID, meaning too dry to support agriculture, may be HARSH, but it is not necessarily so to a strong degree. Something NOSTALGIC, or reminiscent of some past place or condition, may make one EMOTIONAL, but there is no strong bridge between the two words. Something WET has LIQUID on or in it, but it is not, by definition, extremely LIQUID. Wrong bridge. Someone who is ASSERTIVE, or aggressive, may be BOLD, but there's no degree relationship here. MAVEN : EXPERTISE :: monarch : wisdom athlete : determination neophyte : honesty klutz : grace (E) supplicant : humility By definition, a MAVEN, meaning expert, has expertise. Likewise, a SUPPLICANT, or humble beggar, by definition has HUMILITY. Of the wrong answers: A MONARCH may or may not have WISDOM, an ATHLETE may or may not have HUMILITY, and a NEOPHYTE, or beginner, may or may not have HONESTY. You could eliminate all of these weak bridges. A KLUTZ, or clumsy person, by definition lacks GRACE. This is a strong but wrong bridge. EQUANIMITY : HARRIED :: celebrity : infamous erudition : urbane © moderation : dissolute distinction : singular intuition : logical Someone who is HARRIED, or stressed, by definition lacks EQUANIMITY, or serenity. Likewise, someone who is DISSOLUTE, meaning lacking moral restraint, by definition lacks MODERATION. Someone with CELEBRITY, or fame, may or may not be INFAMOUS, or disreputable. Someone with ERUDITION, or book knowledge, may or may not be URBANE, or suave. Someone with INTUITION may or may not be LOGICAL. You could eliminate all of these weak bridges. Something SINGULAR, meaning exceptional, by definition has DISTINCTION. This is a strong but wrong bridge.
  3. April 14: JUST to reduce the number of applicants and to lay off the burden of organizing tests, the National Testing Service (NTS) has devised a strange strategy of conducting two to three tests on the same date and time. The practice will only lead to adding to the misery of students who are eligible for all tests. Recently, two posts were announced on the website for which I found myself eligible. Regrettably, the test date and time for both the posts is coinciding. It is no doubt a criminal negligence. Upon contacting the authorities, I was served with the same tailor-made reply as reported in this paper by many other candidates that the test center or the date cannot be changed on request. Thus many competent students will not be able to appear for one or the other post due to this well-designed constraint. By doing so, NTS is hoodwinking both applicants and employing organisations that have trusted them with the job of finding suitable candidates for the vacant positions. The National Testing Service is willfully obstructing the right to enter into the desired profession subject to qualification provided by the constitution. NTS needs to reinvigorate itself on moral and legal grounds so as to become a ‘service’ in spirit as well. A letter by M. Umair Azam, Karachi Published by Daily Dawn on April 14, 2014
  4. MARDAN, April 15: Hundreds of retired industrial workers on April 14 staged protest against the Employees Old Age Benefit Institution (EOBI) for not increasing their pension. Led by president Muttahidda Labor Federation, Mohammad Iqbal Khan, provincial organizer Faqir Hussain Lala, central vice-president Liaqat Bacha, Muslim Khan Sabir and others, the protesters gathered outside the Mardan Press Club and chanted slogans in favor of their demands. Addressing the protesters, the speakers said that the government had increased pension amount from Rs 3600 to 5000 in the last budget but the EOBI was reluctant to implement the decision. Published by Daily The News on April 15, 2014