English Questions for IBPS Clerk Mains 2016

Directions (1-5): In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningfully complete.

A few months ago, three Indian photographers — Paroma Mukherjee, Kounteya Sinha and Shome Basu — were selected to pursue an …(1)… task across Europe. In what could be described as a dream for most of their …(2)…, the three were asked to pick countries of their choice to go on individual journeys. The idea was to document the lives of Indians in the European Union (EU) in a first-of-its-kind project by the Delegation of the European Union to India. The search was not …(3)… for technically-skilled photographers but also those who would be …(4)… interested in the subject. Although all three are photojournalists who have …(5)… a long association with news publications, their outlooks were as diverse as Indian or European culture is.

(a) hefty
(b) intriguing
(c) intervening
(e) collude
(a) peers
(b) thoughts
(c) visuals
(d) living
(e) perks
(a) on
(b) their
(c) there
(d) into
(e) only
(a) genuine
(b) intrinsically
(c) casually
(d) cohesively
(e) occasional
(a) begin
(b) been
(c) has
(d) had
(e) that

Directions (6-10): Which of the phrases given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct as it, mark (E) i.e. ‘No correction required’ as the answer.

Q6. For countries undergoing a recession, large cuts in public spending seem to be the ordering of the day.
(a) be the ordering of days
(b) being the order of the day
(c) be the order of the day
(d) being the ordering of days
(e) No correction required
Q7. As it was a dark and stormy night, Lata was too scared to go home alone.
(a) very scary to
(b) much scared to
(c) as scared to
(d) to scared too
(e) No correction required

Q8. The little boy appeared all of a sudden out of nowhere and take everyone by surprise.
(a) took everyone as surprised
(b) take everyone with surprised
(c) took everyone by surprises
(d) took everyone by surprise
(e) No correction required

Q9. Despite being tried his best to persuade people to give up smoking, he could not attain success.
(a) Despite his best trying
(b) Despite of his best
(c) Inspite of being tried his best
(d) Despite trying his best
(e) No correction required

Q10. Even on most critical moments, he is calm, but today he appears very much disturbed.
(a) appeared very much disturb
(b) appears very much to disturb
(c) appeared to be very much disturbing
(d) is appearing very much disturbing
(e) No correction required

Directions(11-15): Rearrange the following six sentences in proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

A) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accuses the Narendra Modi government of having a political motive in advising the President against granting assent. 
B) Further, laws in these States expressly protect them from disqualification — a protection that he says Delhi is being denied by the Centre.
C) Legal issues become needless controversies when politics casts a dark shadow on them. 
D) He cites the prevailing practice of appointing parliamentary secretaries in several other States. 
E) The issue of the President withholding assent to a Delhi government Bill seeking to protect its 21 parliamentary secretaries from incurring disqualification on the grounds of holding an office of profit, is a flagrant example. 
F) We need to focus on the issue to resolve the problem, rather than creating hype around it.

Q11. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A  
(b) B  
(c) C  
(d) D  
(e) E

Q12. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A  
(b) B  
(c) C  
(d) D  
(e) E

Q13. Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?
(a) F
(b) B  
(c) C  
(d) D  
(e) E

Q14. Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A  
(b) B  
(c) C  
(d) F 
(e) E

Q15. Which of the following should be the SIXTH (LAST) sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A   
(b) B  
(c) C  
(d) D  
(e) F

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