Directions (1-5): Each question below has two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the set of words for each blank which best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.
Q1. Behaving in a________ and serious way, even in a________ situation, makes people respect you.
(a) calm, difficult
(b) steady, angry
(c) flamboyant, tricky
(d) cool, astounding
(e) silly, sound
Q2. Along with a sharp rise in _______, a recession would eventually result in more men, women, and children living in_______.
(a) crime, apathy
(b) fatalities, poor
(c) deaths, slums
(d) unemployment, poverty
(e) migrations, streets
Q3. The government has ________to provide financial aid to the ones _______ by severe floods in the city.
(a) desired, troubled
(b) promised, havoc
(c) failed, affected
(d) wanted, struck
(e) decided, ill
Q4. An air plane with_________ passengers on board made an unscheduled______ as the airport to which it was heading was covered with thick fog.
(a) irritable, slip
(b) faulty, stop
(c) variety, halt
(e) numerous, landing
Q5. Deemed universities _____ huge fees, but have not been successful in providing_______ education to our students.
(a) collect, maintaining
(b) pay, better
(d) charge, quality
(e) demand, quantitative
Directions (6-15): 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 best fits the blank appropriable. Find out the appropriate word/phrase in each case.
Today, it is (6) recognized that the 21st century will be driven by knowledge. To (7) the challenges of this century, India needs to usher in a knowledge revolution that (8) to bring about systemic changes in education.
While our economy has made significant strides, the education system has not kept (9) with the aspirations of the youth. The vast disparity in the country today is a result of skewed (10) to knowledge. To address this, we need a substantial expansion in educational opportunities, with a special (11) on inclusion of the underprivileged.
At the bottom of the pyramid, steps must be taken to (12) access to quality education. While the government has taken steps to ensure education to all, where it lacks in its efforts is the quality perspective. Being a spirally upward drive, education cannot be (13) to improve at the very grassroots level. The top of the pyramid, ie higher education, is also uneven. Students struggle to compete in the exams which (14) a sound knowledge of English. While candidates are expected to travel several kilometers to reach school to obtain any education, the higher education organizations often (15) candidates from vernacular media through State-sponsored exams and proudly affirm them as ‘unbiased’.
(a) adhere to
Practice More Questions of English for Competitive Exams:
Sol. Calm – not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other strong emotions.
Sol. Unemployment – the number or proportion of unemployed people, Poverty – the state of being inferior in quality or insufficient in amount.
Sol. Affected – influenced or touched by an external factor.
Sol. Numerous– great in number many. Landing – an instance of coming or bringing something to land, either from the air or from water.
Sol. Quality – the standard of something as measured against other things of a similar kind; the degree of excellence of something.
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