DPR Aptitude Test Past Questions & Answers Free PDF Download

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DPR Aptitude Test Past Questions 2021 & Answers Free PDF Download.

Department of Petroleum Resources Past Questions: NCS past questions and answers is available here for download. This will give you a better chance of scoring higher on the screening test. See more details below.

Imagine yourself succeeding on the test and being given the opportunity to study in any university of your choice around the world, of course, that will be a wow! You will not only make history in your family but you will also pave a way for your academic success.

Research has proven that one of the ways of scoring high in any scholarship screening exercise is the comprehensive study of its Past Questions and Answers because of the verbatim repetition of questions.


  • However, it gives you useful insights into the nature of questions to expect and helps you avoid unpleasant surprises.
  • In addition, it will be easy for you to recognize repeated questions and answer them with ease and speed.
  • Similarly, gives you knowledge on the number of questions given and allocated time.
  • Equally important, it gives exposure to the marking scheme
  • It helps you think fast and beyond your capacity. You won’t also feel intimidated by the crowd or question because you’ll be prepared for it.
  • Guides you on how to answer exam technical questions
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For instance, you are writing UTME

Biology past questions

  1. Which of the following organs or cell components are common to both the sporophyte and the gametophyte of a fern?
    A. rhizoids
    B. roots
    C. chloroplasts
    D. leaves
  2. In which of the following organisms does a single cell perform all the functions of movement, nutrition, growth, excretion, and photosynthesis?
    A. paramecium
    B. euglena
    C. amoeba
    D. spirogyra
  3. In which of the following organisms would glycogen be stored?
    A. spirogyra
    B. clamydomonas
    C Rattus
    D. magnifera
  4. The most successful group of animals in terms of diversity of species is
    A. Mollusca
    B. Arthropoda
    C. mammalian
    D. playthehelminthes

Sample Questions

You can practice with the following sample questions for the DPR Recruitment Aptitude test/examination;

1) When walking, a certain person takes 16 complete steps in 10 seconds. At this rate, how many complete steps does the person take in 72 seconds?
A. 45 B. 78 C. 86 D. 90 E. 115

2) In computer jargon, what do you understand by ROM?
A. Read-Only Memory
B. Random Only Memory
C. Real Output Memory
D. Read Output Memory

3) A body is floating in seawater with 2/3 of its volume above the surface. The weight of the displaced water is?
A. Less than the weight of the body
B. Equal to the weight of the body
C. More than the weight of the body
D. Not enough information provided.

Questions 4 – 9 refer to the following: A tank is a vertical cylinder with an inside diameter of 6ft and a height of 15ft.

4) What is the volume of liquid in cubic feet if we fill the tank to one foot high?
A.  28.27 ft3
B.  18.8 ft3
C.  113.1 ft3
D.  424.1 ft3.

5) What is the total volume of the tank in cubic feet?
A.  1686.5 ft3
B.  442.5 ft3
C.  424.1 ft3
D.  847.5 ft3.

6) What is the volume of water in cubic ft in the tank if a measuring stick indicates the water surface is 6 feet below the top of the tank?
A.  170.2 ft3
B.  254.4 ft3
C.  1017.9 ft3
D.  678.6 ft3.

7) What is the weight in pounds of the tank, as in the above case, if the tank itself weighs 20 lbs per ft of height?
A.  63,424 lbs
B.  42,241 lbs
C.  16,151 lbs
D.  10,605 lbs.

8) How much water in gallons would have to be removed to reduce the total weight of the tank plus water, as in the above case, by 20%?
A.  388 gals
B.  3,230 gals
C.  2,121 gals
D.  626 gals.

9) What would be the new level of the water, as measured from the top of the tank, if the water in the above case (the equivalent of 20% of total weight) is removed?
A.  10.4 ft
B.  12.7 ft
C.  7.1 ft
D.  7.8 ft.

10) If everybody at a party shook hands with each other, and there was a total of 66 handshakes. How many people attended the party?
ANS: With two people, there is one handshake. With three people, there are three handshakes. With four people, there are six handshakes. In general, with n+1 people, the number of handshakes is the sum of the first n consecutive numbers: 1+2+3+…+n. Since this sum is n(n+1)/2, we need to solve the equation n(n+1)/2 = 66. This is the quadratic equation n2+n-132 = 0. Solving for n, we obtain 11 as the answer and deduce that there were 12 people at the party.

For questions 11 to 13, four words or phrases have been underlined in each sentence. Please choose the one word or phrase, which is incorrect in standard written English.

11) To John, as well as I, it is extremely beneficial to make friends with people from
–   -A                               -B              -C
other countries and to ask them about their cultures.
–    –     –         –        –      -D

12) Before making a plan for the weekend, most people listen to the weather forecast
–           –     –  -A                                                     -B
even though they know hardly anything about the factors that affect the weather.
–                   –                    –          –     -C                                                 -D

13) The circumstances under which the operation took place were unbelievable in that
– –                        –                  -A                                              -BC
the doctor didn’t even use antiseptic.
–              –                –         -D

For questions 14 to 18, select the correct preposition or adverb:

14) He insisted on _____ seeing the documents.
A. by
B. in
C. of
D. on

15) It never occurred _____ me to ask him for proof of his identity.
A. for
B. to
C. on
D. with

16) I object to being kept waiting. Why can’t you be _____ time?
A. on
B. in
C. of
D. at

17) I was _____ the impression that I had paid you for the work you did for me.
A. into
B. over
C. with
D. under

18) Buying presents for children is sometimes very difficult. ___ the end I bought a kite for Tom.
A. At
B. On
C. In
D. By.

19) What are two safety precautions that should be taken before driving your car?

20) In computer jargon, what do you understand by CPU?
A. Computer Processing Unit
B. Computer Procedure Utility
C. Central Processing Unit
D. Central Power Unit

21) The five cogs are turning in the same direction and at the same speed. Which two will clash at a given moment?

(A.) A and B (B.) B and C (C.) C and D (D.) D and E

22) What is the equation for Ohm’s law?
A.  V = IR
B.  V = I/R
C.  R = VI
D.  I = VR

23) Indirect current  I = 3A, R = 4W. Calculate V;
A.  1.33 V
B.  6 V
C.  12 V
D.  24 V

24) What becomes V if we use 2 resistors of 4W in parallel?
A.  2.66 V
B.  6 V
C.  12 V
D.  24 V

25) Which of the following pair of countries consist of the permanent security council of UN
A. Brazil, Germany, France, USA, China
B. France, China, USSR, USA, Britain
C. France, Britain, Brazil, New Zealand
D. France, Germany, Japan, China

26) In order to qualify for the post of President in Nigeria the person must be _____ and above
A. 35 years
B. 20 years
C. 40 years
D. 55 years

27) The name Nigeria coined out of _______
A. Niger Forest
B. Niger Area
C. Niger River
D. Niger Textures

28) The first Inspector General of the Police Force was
A. Teslim Balogun
B. Louis Edet
C. Ademola Adetokunbo
D. Mike Okiro

In the following question, a related pair of words or phrases is followed by five lettered pairs of words or phrases. Select the lettered pair that best expresses a relationship similar to that expressed in the original pair.

A. tone: scale
B. sound: waves
C. verse: poem
D. dimension: space

30) Choose the lettered word or phrase that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word DIFFUSE:
A. concentrate
B. contend
C. imply
D pretend

For questions 31 to 37, select the correct answer:

31) I don’t know_____.
A. where is your pen
B. where your pen is
C. where your is the pen
D. where is the pen of yours

32. If you want to see him, ______.
A. please let me know
B. let me know please
C. please let me know
D. let me please to be known

33. ­­­­­_______, the little girl ran out of the yard.
A. Being afraid of the dog
B. The dog she is afraid of
C. The dog has been afraid of
D. Was being afraid of the dog

34. The manager_____ here at 4 p.m.
A.  is supposing to arrive
B. is supposed to arrive
C. will suppose to arrive
D. is supposed to arrive

35. Due to the devaluation, many people have become rich, but many others _______.
A. ruined
B. have been ruined
C. have ruined
D. would have ruined

36. The man has been hospitalized since yesterday ______.
A. because his serious wound
B. because of his serious wound
C. because of his seriously wound
D. because his wound seriously

37. Your suggestion, ______ , is beneficial to both the company and the employees.
A. different than his
B. as well as he
C. as he is
D. like his

In the sentence below, choose the word or set of words for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

38) Early _____ of hearing loss is ______ by the fact that the other senses are able to compensate for moderate amounts of loss, so that people frequently do not know that their hearing is imperfect.
(A) discovery … indicated
(B) development … prevented
(C) detection … complicated
(D) treatment … facilitated

For questions 39 to 42, choose the correct tense for the verbs in brackets:

39) I usually go by train, but this weekend I am going by bus. It (take) longer but it costs less.
A. take
B. takes
C. is taken
D. will take

40) I (not think) your brother is enjoying the party. He keeps looking at his watch.
A. doesn’t think
B. didn’t think
C. don’t think
D. am not thinking

41) The hall (be) painted at the moment, so it isn’t looking its best.
A. is being
B. is
C. is to be
D. will be

42) At present I’m having my typewriter (repair).
A. repairing
B. repaired
C. is repaired
D. being repaired

43) If x = y – 9, and y – 4 = 10, x = ?
A. -5
B. +5
C. 1
D. A and B

44) What is the force in pounds exerted upwards on a piston with a diameter of 4 inches if a gauge indicates the internal pressure in the cylinder is 1000 psi?
A. 4000 lbs
B. 250 lbs
C. 50,266 lbs
D. 12,566 lbs

45) What is the weight in kilograms of a string of pipe that is 11,500 ft long and weighs .33 pounds per inch?
A. 1,725 kg
B. 20,700 kg
C. 45,540 kg
D. 3795 kg

46) How much time in minutes will it take a car driving at 90 km/hr to travel 27 kilometers?
A. 3.3 minutes
B. 2430 minutes
C. 18 minutes
D. 0.3 minutes

47) What is the total capacity in gallons of a rectangular tank 5 meters in height knowing that it will hold 200 liters per foot?
A. 3281 gal
B. 1000 gal
C. 867 gal
D. 8670 gal

48) If the motor M rotates in the direction shown by the arrow as illustrated in the diagram below, what is going on?

A. 1 and 2 are going down
B. 1 goes up and 2 goes down
C. 1 and 2 are going up
D. 1 goes down and 2 goes up

49) For the system in the diagram below to be in equilibrium, what is the mass of P in pounds? The mass at the other end of the beam is 5 kg.

A. 5.5 lb
B. 2.8 kg
C. 10 kg
D. none of these

50) These 3 wells have been drilled with the mud of specific gravity of 1.25 gr/cm3. In which well A, B, or C, will the highest hydrostatic bottom hole pressure be recorded?

A. Well A
B. Well B
C. Well C
D. All three will have equal bottom hole pressure

51) If the density of A is greater than the density of B. What is going to happen?

A. If P floats in liquid A, it will also float in B.
B. If P floats in liquid B, it may or may not float in A, depending on the density of P.
C. If P sinks in B, it will sink in A also.
D. None of the above answers is correct.

52) For the circuit shown below if V=380VAC and the bulb are rated at 170VAC, 5W, what is the resistance R that should be connected in series to the bulb?

A. 6500 ohms
B. 7000 ohms
C. 7145 ohms
D. 5780 ohms

53) If we increase the voltage across a DC motor, then the motor speed will?
A. decrease
B. increase
C. stay same
D. stop

54) What will be the output voltage of two 12V batteries connected in series?
A.  12 V
B.  6 V
C.  24 V
D.  no voltage

55) What will be the output voltage of two 12V batteries connected in parallel?
A.  12 V
B.  6 V
C.  24 V
D.  no voltage

56) In computer jargon, what do you understand by RAM?
A. Read Access Memory
B. Random Access Memory
C. Real Access Memory
D. Random Acquired Memory.

57) A model of an atom which contains 24 electrons, 25 protons, and 26 neutrons has some of its particles inside a nucleus at the center of the model. What is the nucleon number (mass number) of the atom?
A. 49
B. 51
C. 50
D. 26

In the distance-time graph for two cyclists A and B below, the cyclists start a 500 m race together but finish the race at different times.

58) What is the distance between A and B at time t = 20s.
A. 50m
B. 120m
C. 88m
D. 60m

59) Calculate the difference in the time taken by A and B for the race.
A. 21s
B. 15s
C. 12s
D. 9s

60) How many squares are there on a normal chessboard?
Hint: There are actually 204 squares on a chessboard. There are 64 (1×1) squares. There are 49 (2×2) squares. There are 36 (3×3) squares. There are 25 (4×4) squares. There are 16 (5×5) squares. There are 9 (6×6) squares. Then there are 4 (7×7) squares and 1 big 8×8 square. So, there are a total of 204 squares on a normal chessboard.

61) Three people picked 65 apples altogether. At the first tree, they each picked the same number of apples. At the second tree they each picked 3 times as many as they picked at the first tree. When they finished at the third tree, the group had 5 times as many apples as they had when they started at that tree. At the fourth tree, the group picked just 5 apples. How many apples did each person pick at the first tree?

62) A bus run at 100 km/hr top speed. It can carry a maximum of 6 persons. If the speed of the bus decreases in fixed proportion with the increase in the number of people find speed when three-person are traveling in a bus.

63) A man decides to buy a nice horse. He pays $60 for it, and he is very content with the strong animal. After a year, the value of the horse has increased to $70 and he decides to sell the horse. But already a few days later he regrets his decision to sell the beautiful horse, and he buys it again. Unfortunately, he has to pay $80 to get it back, so he loses $10. After another year of owning the horse, he finally decides to sell the horse for $90. What is the overall profit the man makes?

64) There are 20 pieces of bread to divide among 20 people. A man eats 3 pieces, a woman eats 2 pieces and a child eats half a piece of bread. Tell the correct combination of men, women, and children so that they are 20 people in total and everyone gets the bread. Note that a man cannot eat less than 3 or more than 3. A woman cannot eat less than 2 or more than 2 and the child cannot eat less than half or more than half a piece of bread. You have to tell there are how many are men, women, and children in those 20 people.

65) Divide 30 by half and add ten. What do you get?
Hint: Dividing by half (1/2) is the same as multiplying by 2.

66) If a doctor gives you 3 pills and tells you to take one pill every half hour, how long would it be before all the pills had been taken?
Hint: 1 hour. If you take a pill at 1 o’clock, then another at 1.30 and the last at 2’clock, they will be taken in 1 hour.

67) I went to bed at eight 8 ‘clock in the evening and wound up my clock and set the alarm to sound at nine 9 ‘clock in the morning. How many hours of sleep would I get before being awoken by the alarm?
Ans: 1 hour. It is a wind-up alarm clock that cannot discriminate between a.m. and p.m.

68) Which word in the options is most opposite in meaning to the word in capitals? MITIGATE
A. augment
B. palliate
C. appreciate
D. trust

69) Which word in the options is closest in meaning to the word in capitals? HABITUATED
A. constant
B. accustomed
C. colonized
D. commonplace
E. energetic

70) A train traveling at a speed of 75 m.p.h. enters a tunnel that is 2.5 miles long. The length of the train is 0.25 miles. How long does it take for all of the trains to pass through the tunnel, from the moment the front enters to the moment the rear emerges?

71) ______ is when heat travels from the warmed end of an object towards the cool end. ______ is when heat travels through space. _______ is when heat from a hotplate is transferred to water in a pan placed on the hotplate.

Insert the three types of heat below into their correct definition: radiation, conduction, convection.

72) senate, banana, mirage, curate, revoke
Which one of the words in the options below belongs with the words above?
A. ginger
B. humane
C. abacus
D. yogurt
E. sector

73) Which of the following statements are TRUE of limited liability companies?

(1) The company’s exposure to debts and liability is limited
(2) Financial statements must be produced
(3) A company continues to exist regardless of the identity of its owners

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 1 and 3 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2 and 3
E. None of the above

74) Which of the following statements about sales tax is/are true?

(1) Sales tax is an expense to the ultimate consumer of the goods purchased.
(2) Sales tax is recorded as income in the accounts of the entity selling the goods.

A. 1 only
B. 2 only
C. Both 1 and 2
D. Neither 1 nor 2
E. Question not clear

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