Mission IBPS Exam: Reading Comprehension

Dear Readers,
                     Today we are rendering you quiz on Reading Comprehension which is one of the most crucial and tough portions of English section in banking exams. This RC is related to Policy makers can use the evidence that shows the economic benefits of equality by ridding their system of discriminating laws that are holding women back. This is helpful for all the upcoming banking exams, IBPS PO Prelims/RRB (PO).


Direction: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
In 100 countries around the world, women are barred from doing certain work solely because they are women. Over 150 countries have at least one law that is discriminatory towards women. And only 18 countries are free of any law disadvantaging women. This is just the tip of the iceberg of legal barriers for women to achieve their full economic potential. New World Bank Group research in the ‘Women, Business and the Law 2016’ report shows that in 32 countries women cannot apply for passports in the same way as men and in 18 countries they cannot get a job if their husbands feel it is not in the family’s interest. Jordan and Iran are among them. In 59 countries, there are no laws against sexual harassment at work. Myanmar, Uzbekistan and Armenia are among 46 countries where there is no legal protection against domestic violence. In a nutshell, the research makes for depressing reading when you care about inclusion and ending poverty. Countries whose laws discriminate against women and do not promote gender equality deteriorate economically. Previous research tells us that gender gaps in women’s entrepreneurship and labour force participation account for estimated income losses of 27 per cent in West Asia and North Africa; 19 per cent in South Asia; 14 per cent in Latin America and the Caribbean; and 10 per cent in Europe. These are losses that many countries can’t afford, particularly those facing high levels of poverty.
There is good news too: countries like Bangladesh are invigorating participation of women in the workforce. If they stay on track, their female workforce will grow from 34 to 82 per cent over the next decade, adding 1.8 percentage points to their GDP. In the 1990s very few countries had laws protecting women from violence; now 127 do partially because the world is more aware of the human and economic cost of mistreating women. When women are allowed to work in a profession of their choice, when they have access to financial services and when they are protected, by law, from domestic violence, they are not only economically empowered, they also live longer. The more say they have over the household income and the more they participate in the economy, the more girls are enrolled in secondary school, the larger the benefits for their children, their communities, and their countries. In fact, every additional year of primary school boosts girls’ eventual wages by 10 to 20 per cent, and an extra year of secondary school by 15 to 25 per cent. Critics will argue that in some countries where gender-specific laws endure, there is limited enforcement. While that is true, better rule of law is associated with having more gender-equal laws on the books. Specialised courts that tackle cases of acts of violence against women can help provide effective legal action. In Brazil, the Maria da Penha Law allowed for the creation of domestic and family violence courts. Several South Asian countries don’t afford women the same rights as men. But some countries have made important strides in addressing these issues, leading to great results. In India, inheritance law reform has provided greater economic freedom to women. Women used their increased savings to spend twice as much money on their daughters’ education. The private sector benefits too. A survey of 6,500 firms showed that where women had greater representation on boards, those organisations were less likely to be hit by scandals like bribery or fraud. Yet, surprisingly, only nine countries have laws where at least one woman has to be a board member of a publicly listed company. Policymakers have a choice. They can use the overwhelming evidence that shows the economic benefits of equality by ridding their system of discriminating laws that are holding women back. Or they can maintain the status quo and condemn whole societies to remain poorer then they need to be.

-Source, The Hindu, 10th September

1) What is author’s main objective in writing the passage?
a) Policymakers can use the evidence that shows the economic benefits of equality by ridding their system of discriminating laws that are holding women back.
b) To make the world more aware of the human and economic cost of mistreating women. 
c) To remove barriers for women to achieve their full economic potential. 
d) To suggest making of laws allowed for the creation of domestic and family violence courts. 
e) None of the above.

2) Which of the following best explain the meaning of the idiom ‘tip of the iceberg’ in context of the passage?
a) To be almost incredibly fortunate.
b) To show someone to be less good and important than they think they are. 
c) To refer a situation in which you or someone else is seeing only a small part of what is really a bigger problem.
d) To make a scheme, arrangement etc ineffective.
e) None of the above.

3) Which of the following statement is/are not true in context of the passage?
i. If countries encourage participation of women in the workforce it can add 1.8 percentage points to their GDP.
ii. Countries whose laws discriminate against women and do not promote gender equality suffer economically. 
iii. A survey showed that where women had greater representation on boards, those organizations were less likely to hit by scandals like bribery or fraud.

a) Both i and ii
b) Only iii
c) Only ii and iii
d) All i, ii and iii
e) None of the above.

4) Which of the following can be the most suitable title of the passage?
a) Facts and Figures: Economic Empowerment of women
b) Statistical analysis of women position worldwide
c) Barriers to the empowerment of women
d) The bias against women keeps countries poorer
e) None of the above.

5) What is the author’s ‘tone or attitude’ in this passage?
a.) Skeptical
b.) Analytical
c.) Judgemental
d.) Informative
e.) Sarcastic

Directions (6 to 8): Choose the word which is most SIMILAR in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
6) Nutshell
a) Concisely
b) Redundant
c) Regularly
d) Verbose
e) Tedious

7) Invigorating
a) Instigating
b) Sanctioning
c) Emboldening
d) Dissuading
e) Dampening 

8) Enforcement
a) Surveillance
b) Renunciation
c) Abandon
d) Execution
e) Spying

Directions (9 – 10): Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage.

9) Endure
a) Cease
b) Prevail
c) Latent
d) Subsist
e) Coexist

10) Deteriorate
a) Assuage
b) Languish
c) Agonize
d) Writhe
e) Abide

Answers

1. (a)
2. (c)
3. (e)
4. (d)
5. (b)
6. (a)
7. (c)
8. (d)
9. (a)
10. (a)