The IAS examination is one tough nut to crack. Each year, thousands of aspirants slog away to glory to get through the entrance test.
The questions are set not just to test IQ and aptitude but also logic, unlike our board examination papers, where most of us would escape with the rote method. And it doesn’t end with just examinations, it is followed up by a tough interview too.
They have a round known as the ‘personality assessment round’, wherein most of the questions assess a candidate’s personality.
We have zeroed in on 11 of the most tricky and amusing questions that have been asked in two stages of the examination process. Check them out, it will boggle your mind:
1. What will you do if I run away with your sister?
A. The candidate who was selected answered, “I will not get a better match for my sister than you sir.”
2. Jamie looked at his reflection on the window mirror of the 45th floor. Driven by an irrational impulse, he made a leap through the window on the other side. Yet Jamie did not encounter even a single bruise. How can this be possible if he neither landed on a soft surface nor used a parachute?
And Jamie is a window cleaner who was tired after cleaning the windows on the 45th floor and thus leaped inside the building.
3. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without cracking it?
Ans: Concrete floors are very hard to crack!
4. What looks like half an apple?
A. The other half.
5. By using only one straight line, can you make the equation correct. 5+5+5=550?
A. Draw a tilted line on 1st plus (+) operator, + will become 4. The equation then becomes true: 545+5=550.
6. Where would Lord Rama have celebrated his “First Diwali”?
The first thought would be Ayodhya, Mithila (Janak place), Lanka etc. However, Diwali was celebrated as a mark of Lord Krishna killing Narakasura. In Dashavatar, Krishnavatara comes after Ramavatharam. So, Lord Rama would not have celebrated Diwali at all!
7. Can you name three consecutive days without using the words Wednesday, Friday, or Sunday?
A. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.
8. This is an unusual paragraph. I’m curious as to just how quickly you can find out what is so unusual about it. It looks so ordinary and plain that you would think nothing was wrong with it. In fact, nothing is wrong with it! It is highly unusual though. Study it and think about it, but you still may not find anything odd. But if you work at it a bit, you might find out. Try to do so without any coaching!
A. The letter ‘e’, which is the most common letter used in the English language, does not appear even once in the paragraph.
9. Bay of Bengal is in which state?
10. How can a man go eight days without sleep?
A. He sleeps at night.
11. A cat had three kittens: January, March and May. What was the mother’s name.
A. What. As in, ‘WHAT’ was the mother’s name.