01 February 2016

General English for Banks, RRB, TSPSC Groups and Constables Exams

Directions (Q.No. 1-5): Each question below has a blank/ two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word/ set of words from the five options for each blank that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

1. We have made ______ to the Prime Minister but without success.
1) presents
2) presentations 3) complaints
4) suggestions 5) representations

2. They shot the hostages in __ for the assassination of their leader.
1) retention 2) reproach
3) reprisal 4) reprobate 5) reprieve

3. The source of the problem _____ in the fact that the currency is too ______.
1) remains, large
2) resides, strong
3) rests, volatile
4) regains, big
5) rejoices, huge

4. I found the temptation to miss the class too hard to ______.
1) refuse 2) attract 3) lure 4) avail 5) resist

5. Strike action should be regarded as a last _____ when all attempts to ______ have failed.
1) remain, pacify
2) remainder, nullify
3) attempt, convince
4) retreat, justify
5) resort, negotiate

Directions (Q.No. 6-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Who is an average student? Is it something that is decided by mere marks? Clinical psychologist Sangeetha Madhu says, "An average person need not be defined in terms of
marks- I would define an average student as one who has balance between his or her powers of logical reasoning and the emotional front.

This balance causes them to be caring towards animals, aware of their requirements, empathetic in general, understanding towards the peer group, having respect for the opposite gender, valuing environment, being a team player and so on." She goes on to say, "In fact, in the non-academic, real world, average students have more strengths than weaknesses and they should capitalize on this.

An average student who has the repertoire of social, emotional and people skills can become potential leaders and make valuable contributions to the society."

6. The meaning of the word repertoire is
1) mental capability
2) reciprocation
3) potential 4) response
5) independent thinking

7. Capitalize in the passage means
1) investment
2) work in a capital city
3) exploit 4) experience
5) jovial

8. What is the most positive trait of an average student?
1) neglecting the opposite gender
2) balance between emotions and logic
3) being sympathetic
4) love for ecological imbalance
5) valuable contributions

9. What is the closest word in the passage which means interpersonal communication skills?
1) team player
2) potential leaders
3) understanding the peers
4) people skills
5) emotional balance

10. What could be the apt title of this passage?
1) peer group
2) an average student
3) a good leader
4) a wonderful humanitarian
5) intellectual skills

Directions (Q.No. 11-20): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words/ phrases are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out
the appropriate word/ phrase in each case and mark your answer. Our major focus while discussing heart diseases is on psychological stressors. Psychological causes of
stress revolve _____ (11) the fact as to how we mentally react to various events and problems _____ (12) around us and how we look at the world and life in general.

If we _____ (13) to various things with negative emotions, we are _____ (14) to be stressed. To illustrate with a small _____, (15) suppose your TV has suddenly gone out of order now, one way is to feel highly _____ (16) as to why it has happened. The TV was so costly; now I can't enjoy the TV. Another _____ (17) way of looking at it is a
way of life; things can get out of order and I should be able to accept any _____ (18) in life. This type of thinking won't create stress in you.

Hence psychological causes of stress can be easily _____ (19) by readjusting your attitudes and reactions towards _____ (20) in life. Events or various incidents themselves don't create stress. It is only our attitude and outlook towards them which creates stress. If we can learn to view everything positively, we will not be under stress.

11. 1) around 2) round 3) rounds 4) rounded 5) rounding
12. 1) happened 2) happening 3) happens 4) happy 5) is happening
13. 1) surrender 2) violate 3) react 4) submit 5) permit
14. 1) bold 2) tend 3) found 4) bound 5) mend
15. 1) exercise 2) regime 3) satire 4) fitness 5) example
16. 1) tense 2) joyous 3) worry 4) motivate 5) revert
17. 1) nature 2) mature 3) natural 4) sadistic 5) perfectionist
18. 1) chance 2) prospect 3) eventuality 4) possible 5) contingency
19. 1) abolish 2) eradicate 3) end 4) eliminated 5) reduce
20. 1) stuff 2) effects 3) equipment 4) belongings 5) things

Answers:

1) 5; 2) 3; 3) 2; 4) 5; 5) 5; 6) 1; 7) 4; 8) 2; 9) 1; 10) 2; 11) 1; 12) 2; 13) 3; 14) 4; 15) 5; 16) 1; 17) 2; 18) 3; 19) 4; 20) 5.
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