Read the passages given below and answer the questions that follow:

Within twelve months, Santosh found herself a member of an Indo-Nepalese Women’s Expedition that invited her to join them. She then scaled the Everest a second time, thus setting a record as the only woman to have scaled the Everest twice, and securing for herself and India a unique place in the annals of mountaineering. In recognition of her achievements, the Indian government bestowed upon her one of the nation’s top honours, the Padmashri.

(a) Who invited Santosh to join them as a member?

(b) How many times did Santosh conquer the Everest?

(c) Find out the word / phrase from the passage which means the same as the following : ‘highest awards.’


(a) An Indo-Nepalese Women’s Expedition invited Santosh to join them as a member.

(b) Santosh conquered the Everest twice.

(c) Top honours.