Directions : In the following passage there are words highlighted in bold, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, four words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case. If the word highlighted in bold does not require any replacement, choose (E) as your answer. For modern humans, three meals a day may seem to be the  ___________ ideal (196)  formula for being healthy and wise. Yet, evolutionarily speaking, our bodies are ______________  accepted   (197)  to occasional periods of fasting, as a ___________  content (198)  supply of food was not always guaranteed. Fasting is certainly a part of our heritage, being _______________  prevented (199)  in a range of cultures – from Ekadashi to Karwa Chauth among Hindus; the Yom Kippur for Jews, Paryushana among Jains, Ramzan among Muslims, the Christian period of Lent, and so on. One wonders if ____________  widespread (200)  prevalence points to health benefits in addition to the discipline of the mind.

Choose an appropriate word that fits the blank 199.

A precautious Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
B preach Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
C prominence Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
D prevalent Correct Answer Incorrect Answer
E No replacement required Correct Answer Incorrect Answer


The word ‘prevented’ is inappropriate here. The word ‘prevalent’, which means ‘existing very commonly or happening often’ is correct here.