Read the text given below and answer the following questions:
There were two friends Ram and Raj living in the village. Raj’s mother looked after domestic chores. His father worked in an agricultural field. He helped his mother with domestic chores. He also looked after his younger brother and sister. His uncle had passed the matriculation examination, but was sitting idle in the house as he had no job. Raj’s mother and father were eager to teach Raj. They forced him to join the village school which he soon joined. He started studying and completed his higher secondary examination. His father persuaded him to continue his studies. He raised a loan for him to study a vocational course in computers. Raj was interested in studies from the beginning. With great enthusiasm he completed his course. After some time, he got a job in a private firm. He even designed a new kind of software. This software helped him increase the sale of the firm. His boss acknowledged his services and rewarded him with a promotion.
Ram was residing in the same village as Raj. Ram’s father was a fisherman. His father was no more and his mother sold fish to earn money to feed the family. She bought fish from the landowner’s pond and sold it in the nearby mandi. She could earn only ` 150 a day by selling fish. Ram became a patient of cancer. His mother could not afford to take him to the doctor. He could not go to school either. He was not interested in studies. He helped his mother in cooking and also looked after his younger brother. After some time, his mother fell sick and there was no one to look after her. There was no one in the family to support them.
Answer the following MCQs by choosing the most appropriate option:
Q. Raj’s education in the initial years of his life bore him the fruits in the later years in terms of a good job and salary. ______________ was an important input for the growth of Raj.