English Questions for RBI Assistant and IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017 (Solution)

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 English Questions for RBI Assistant and IBPS Clerk Prelims 2017

English Section is a topic that is feared by most of the candidates appearing in the IBPS SO and Clerk Exam. Though the sheer number of concepts and rules may seem intimidating at first, with discipline and the right approach, it is not difficult to master these concepts and their application to questions. Through such English Quizzes for IBPS Clerk, IBPS SO and other upcoming exams, we will provide you with all types of high-level questions to ace the questions based on new pattern English for IBPS Clerk.

Directions (1- 3): In questions given below there are three sentences. Each sentence has a pair of words/phrases that are highlighted. From the highlighted word(s)/phrase(s), select the most appropriate words(s)/phrase(s) to form correct sentences. Then below the group of sentences 5 options are given, with each option having sequence of choices either (a) or (b) and so on. Choose the option which is giving the correct sequence of the choices.

Q1.  A.He led[1]/lead[2] her down a short hallway and opened the first door.
B.I had to carry the pail[1]/pale[2] up the hill.
C.Every year thousands of people flee[1]/flea[2] the big cities in search of the rural idyll.

S1. Ans.(d)
Sol. lead – metal
Led - was the leader
Pail - bucket
Pale – not bright
Flea – small biting insect
Flee – run

Q2.  A.The species most liable to be struck are oaks, poplars and pear trees beach[1]/beech[2] trees are exceptionally safe.
B.Poll[1]/pole[2] results listed a mixed bag.
C.The western border was rendered desolate and deserted by gorilla[1]/guerrilla[2] forays throughout the war.

S2. Ans.(b)
Sol. Beach – sandy shore
Beech – type of tree
Pole - post
Poll - survey
Gorilla – big ape
Guerrilla - warrior

Q3.  A.The airline's decision to cut air fair[1]/fares[2] is likely to unsettle the market.
B.The police have provided experts to counsel [1]/council[2] local people affected by the tragedy.
C.She shivered in the chilly[1]/chili[2] ocean breeze.

S3. Ans.(c)
Sol. Fair - equal
Fare - price
Council - committee
Counsel - guidance
Chili – bean stew
Chilly – frosty

Directions (4-8): Rearrange the following seven sentences A, B, C, D, E, F and G in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

A. To elaborate briefly on these characteristics and dimensions that the author is talking about -NRMs are general tests intended to be used to classify students by percentile for measuring either or proficiency for admissions into or placement within a program.
B. Contrastingly, the CRM, such at; a locally produced achievement test, measures absolute performance that is compared only with the learning objective, hence a perfect score is theoretically obtainable by all students who have a mastery of the pre-specified material or conversely, all students may fail the test.
C. In most of these books the authors classify a measurement strategy as either norm-referenced (NRM) or criterion-referenced (CRM).
D. Another author points out how the type of interpretation that an NRM offers is the relative performance of the students compared with that of all the others resulting in, ideally, a bell curve distribution.
E. Numerous books on constructing and using language tests have been written by various authors.
F. CRMs, on the other hand, are more specific, achievement or diagnostic tests intended to be used for motivating students by measuring to what percent they have achieved mastery of the taught or learned the material.
G. One of the authors clearly delineates the differences of these two types by focusing on the categories of “test characteristics” and “logistical dimensions.”

Q4. Which of the following should be the first sentence after rearrangement?
(a) G
(b) C
(c) D
(d) D
(e) E

Q5. Which of the following should be the seventh (Last) sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) D
(e) E

Q6. Which of the following should be the fifth sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) F
(e) E

Q7. Which of the following should be the second sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) D
(e) E

Q8. Which of the following should be the third sentence after rearrangement?
(a) A
(b) B
(c) G
(d) D
(e) E

S4. Ans.(e)
Sol. Sentence E is the introductory sentence. Hence it should be the First sentence.

S5. Ans.(b)
Sol. Option B is the right answer.

S6. Ans.(d)
Sol. Option D is the correct choice and gives the paragraph coherent meaning.

S7. Ans.(c)
Sol. The second sentence goes in continuation with the introductory sentence.

S8. Ans.(c)
Sol. Sentence G takes up one idea and explains. Hence is the third sentence of the paragraph.

Directions(9-10): The following statements have two blanks which are to be filled with the options given below. Each blank can be filled with more than one option. Find the combination/s which can most suitably complete the sentence without altering the meaning of the statement.

Q9. It has been promised that to control dust emissions from the construction activities, regular water sprinkling will be conducted. Water should be sprinkled by handheld sprays or with the help of automatic sprinkler __________ . Furthermore, the dust emission should also be reduced through wet suppression. And if surplus water is not _________  to suppress dust at certain locations, the contractor should install barriers to protect the sensitive receptors and passing traffic.

(e) No combination fits

S9. Ans.(b)
Sol.The correct combination is option B. 'Foundation' does not fit here in the first blank, hence we can rule out option A and C. Option D does not give coherent meaning.
The correct choice is option B.

Q10. Ever since demonetisation was introduced, the government has been making a strong push for the adoption of digital payment systems. With the government now trying to make Aadhaar the basis for ________  a unified financial infrastructure, those without access to banking systems or Aadhaar will soon find themselves _________  from the economy.

(e)No combination fits

S10. Ans.(d)
Sol.The correct combination is option D.

Direction(11-13): In the question given below, there is an error in one or more sentences. Please select the most appropriate option, out of the five options given for each of the following sentences, which, in your view, is grammatically incorrect or structurally incorrect.

Q11. Stand 
I.   SCUBA stands for "self contained underwater breathing apparatus."
II.  Soledad is so beautiful! She really stands for in a crowd.
III. I need you to stand up for and answer the phone when my broker calls.

Select the inappropriate option
(a)  Only I
(b) Only (II) and (III)
(c) Only III
(d) Only II
(e) All are correct

S11. Ans.(b)
Sol. Soledad is so beautiful! She really stands "out" in a crowd.
I need you to stand 'by' and answer the phone when my broker calls.
stand by - wait
stand  up- not arrive to a date or an appointment (inf.)
stand up for - defend (something one believes in)
stand for - represent
stand for - tolerate

Q12. Put
I.  I thought Ms. Smith put her ideas down rather clearly in the meeting.
II. I told you kids to put your toys away.
III.She always puts down people who don't share her opinions.

Select the inappropriate option
(a)  Only I
(b) Only (II) and (I)
(c) Only III
(d) Only II
(e) All are correct

S12. Ans.(a)
Sol. I thought Ms. Smith put her ideas across rather clearly in the meeting.
put  away - return to the proper place of storage
put  across - communicate (an idea or suggestion) clearly so that it is understood
put down -insult, say bad things about
put in -officially submit a request (in the armed forces or public services)

Q13. Make
I.  Allen made up for being late by getting me flowers.
II. The teacher made me do my homework over
III. Fortunately, my professor let me make up the exam I missed yesterday.

select the inappropriate option
(a)  Only I
(b) Only (II) and (I)
(c) Only III
(d) Only II
(e) All are correct

S13. Ans.(e)
Sol. make up for- compensate for
make up- reconcile
make  over- do again
make  up - complete what was missed
make up - put on cosmetics

Direction (14-15): The following question consists of a sentence which is divided into three parts which contain grammatical errors in one or more than one part of the sentence, as specified in bold in each part. If there is an error in any part of the sentence, find the correct alternatives to replace those parts from the three options given below each question to make the sentence grammatically correct. If the given sentence is grammatically correct or does not require any correction, choose (e), i.e., “No correction required” as your answer.

Q14. It is no secret that large Indian companies are heavily in debt. Many have struggled to service their bank loans. However, the bigger picture offers some hope. Corporate financials seem to be improving if you look at the savings of private (I)/ non-financial corporations in the national income accounts. One important reason for this is that there are not enough new investment projects to (II)/ absorb cash flows, but it is still worth remembering that the corporate investment boom in the first decade of this century was similarly preceded by a rise in corporate savings (III)/, as companies chose to rebuild their balance sheets.

(I) improve if you look at the savings of private firms
(II) that there are not much of the new investment projects for
(III) was similarly preceding by a rising in corporate saving
(a)Only (I)
(b)Only (III)
(c)Both (I) and (III)
(d)Both (II) and (III)
(e)No correction required

S14. Ans.(e)
Sol. No correction required

Q15. Gross domestic savings have been falling as a percentage of GDP. The two main reasons the gross domestic savings rate has came down as that there has been much (I)/ deterioration in both household savings and government savings. The former have especially (II)/ interesting. One possible reason is that households have reduced savings to (III)/ maintain consumption levels despite lower income growth.

(I) has come down are that there has been a
(II) The former is especially
(III) is that households has reduced savings for
(a)Only (I)
(b)Only (III)
(c)Both (I) and (III)
(d)Both (II) and (III)
(e)No correction required

S15. Ans.(a)
Sol. Only (I) is incorrect


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  1. please explain 15th is this sentence grammatically correct? "The former have especially interesting."

  2. Here the former is "household savings". So "have" should come after former

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