English Questions for IBPS Clerk Mains 2016


Directions (1-10): 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.


The Madras Literary Society, now busy trying to …(1)… itself, is offering a series of monthly talks on historical and literary …(2)…. The most recent one was on three persons who, starting out from Madras, …(3)…  significantly to our knowledge of India — namely, Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, William Lambton and Colin Mackenzie. I call them …(4)…  ‘surveyors’ because their work …(5)…  to the Botanical and Zoological Surveys of India, the Great Trigonometrical Survey of India and the Survey of India. …(6)…  from the talk, a story or two about each of the ‘surveyors’ found its way to me.

Dr. Francis Buchanan-Hamilton, generally known as Buchanan, began his assignment in South India after the final Mysore War with the mandate to gather botanical, agricultural and zoological information as …(7)…  as knowledge about the soil and natural resources …(8)…  in the area of his first survey. One of the things he ‘discovered’, I was told, was laterite in what is now Kerala. Buchanan called it “indurate clay” or “iron clay” and said this soft red soil which hardened …(9)…  exposure to air and heat was ideal for building purposes, something long known in the area but first recorded for a wider …(10)…, and given a name by him.

(Source-The Hindu)

Q1.
(a) revive
(b) survive
(c) resize
(d) magnify
(e) generalise

Q2.
(a) pamphlets
(b) handouts
(c) magnitude
(d) objects
(e) subjects

Q3.
(a) confined
(b) contributed
(c) selected
(d) managed
(e) provided

Q4.
(a) pioneering
(b) draconian
(c) adhering
(d) looking
(e) ragingly

Q5.
(a) created
(b) showed
(c) led
(d) made
(e) fought

Q6.
(a) Abstracting
(b) Observing
(c) Taking
(d) Leading
(e) Heeding

Q7.
(a) wail
(b) in
(c) well
(d) on
(e) along

Q8.
(a) at
(b) of
(c) seek
(d) find
(e) found

Q9.
(a) on
(b)in
(c) at
(d)for
(e)onto

Q10.
(a) masses
(b) mass
(c) audience
(d) people
(e) group

Directions(11-15): Rearrange the following six in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them. 
(A) Branded disposable diapers are available at many supermarkets and drug stores. 
(B) If one supermarket sets a higher price for a diaper, customers may buy that brand elsewhere
(C) By contrast, the demand for private-label products may be less price-sensitive since it is available only at a corresponding supermarket chain. 
(D) So the demand for branded diapers at any particular store may be quite price sensitive
(E) For instance, only SavOn Drugs stores sell SavOn Drugs diapers. 
(F) Then stores should set a higher incremental


Q11. Which of the following sentences should be the FOURTH after rearrangement?
(a)D
(b)C
(c)E
(d)F
(e)A

Q12. Which of the following sentences should be the FIRST after rearrangement?  
(a)C
(b)E
(c)A
(d)D
(e)F

Q13. Which of the following sentences should be the SECOND after rearrangement? 
(a)D
(b)E
(c)A
(d)F
(e)B 

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

Q15. Which of the following sentences should be the FIFTH after rearrangement?
(a)C
(b)A
(c)D
(d)B
(e)E