SSC Solved Paper - CGL (2016)
English Comprehension (held on 02-09-2016)
Directions (1-2) : In each of the following questions, choose the word which is most similar in meaning to the given word.
Answer: (d) untidy
Answer: (d) revere
Directions (3-4) : In each of the following questions, choose the word which is most opposite in meaning to the given word.
Answer: (d) unpleasant
Answer: (d) acquire
Directions (5-7) : In the following questions, out of four alternative choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
5. Highly skilled
Answer: (a) consummate
6. identification with the feelings of another
Answer: (b) empathy
7. Insatiable desire for wealth
Answer: (b) avarice
Directions (8-10) : In these questions, four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase given in bold. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase given in bold.
8. Cut the mustard
(a) to get under expectations
(b) to score average
(c) to perform well
(d) to underperform
Answer: (c) to perform well
9. A chip off the old block
(a) reminds them of one's father
(b) to remind of one's son
(c) reminds them of one's son
(d) reminds of previous memories
Answer: (a) reminds them of one's father
10. To fish in troubled waters
(a) to indulge in evil conspiracies
(b) to make a profit out of the disturbance
(c) to aggravate the situation
(d) to make the most of bad bargain
Answer: (b) to make a profit out of the disturbance
Directions (11-12) : In these questions, a sentence or a part of sentence is printed in bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, mark 'No Improvement' as your answer.
11. What you have been doing since the workshop last month?
(a) have you done
(b) you have done
(c) have you been doing
(d) No improvement
Answer: (c) have you been doing
12. Corruption is the most serious problem in India.
(a) the more serious
(b) very serious
(d) No Improvement
Answer: (d) No Improvement
Directions (13-16) : In the following questions, fill in the blank(s) with suitable word(s) out of four alternatives.
13. Sid and Harsh are _______ unable to complete the task.
Answer: (d) both
14. The examinee could guess ________ the answer correctly.
Answer: (a) at
15. Be _________ and always look to the comfort of others.
Answer: (a) considerate
16. As usual, a lot of people were __________ in the king's darbar.
Answer: (d) present
17. In this question, four words are give out of which one is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.
Answer: (c) Ominous
Directions (17-21) : In the following questions, some part of the sentence have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error. The number of that part is your answer. If a sentence is free from error, your answer is No error.
18. He ought not (1)/ have done such a (2)/ filthy thing. (3)/ No error.
Answer: (2) have done such a
19. The reason for (1)/ his failure is because (2)/ he did not work hard. (3)/ No error (4)
Answer: (2) his failure is because
20. I have reached (1)/ the office before (2)/ the rain started. (3) No error (4)
Answer: (1) I have reached
21. A large (1)/ consignment of books (2)/ are expected. (3)/ No error (4)
Answer: (3) are expected
Directions (22-25) : Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of four alternatives.
Every profession or trade, every art and science has its technical vocabulary, the function of which is partly to designate things and processes which have no names in ordinary English and partly to secure greater exactness in nomenclature. Such special dialects or jargons are necessary in technical discussion of any kind. Being universally understood by the devotees of the particular science or art, they have the precision of a mathematical formula. Besides, they save time, for it is much more economical to name a process than to describe it. Thousand of these technical terms are very properly included in every large dictionary, yet, as a whole, they are rather on the outskirts of the English language than actually within its borders.
Different occupations, however, differ widely in the charter of their special vocabularies. In trades and handicrafts and other vocations like farming and fishing that have occupied great numbers of men from remote times, the technical vocabulary is very old. An average man now uses these in his own vocabulary. The special dialects of law, medicine divinity and philosophy have become familiar to cultivated persons.
22. Special words used in technical discussion :
(a) may become part of common speech
(b) never last long
(c) should resemble mathematical formula
(d) should be confined to scientific fields
Answer: (a) may become part of common speech
23. The writer of this article is :
(a) a scientist
(b) a politician
(c) a linguist
(d) a businessman
Answer: (c) a linguist
24. This passage is primarily concerned with __________.
(a) various occupations and professions
(b) technical terminology
(c) scientific undertakings
(d) a new language
Answer: (b) technical terminology
25. It is true that ____________.
(a) various occupations and professions often interchange words.
(b) there is always a non-technical word that may be substituted for the technical word.
(c) the average man often uses in his own vocabulary what was once technical language not meant for him.
(d) everyone is interested in scientific findings.
Answer: (c) the average man often uses in his own vocabulary what was once technical language not meant for him.
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