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SSC CGL 2017 (Pre) Previous Years’ Solved English Questions

By Basant Singhal|SSSC CGL 2017 (Pre) Previous Years’ Solved English Questions | 10 Feb 2019

SSC CGL 2017 (PRE) PREVIOUS YEARS’

SOLVED ENGLISH QUESTIONS (SET 1)

 

Section 1 - Spotting Errors

 

Q.1

The two men were (a) quarreling with one another (b)claiming the same watch as their own(c) no error (d)  

 

Answer -  B

Explanation

Replace’ one another’ with ‘each other’.

Reciprocal pronouns ‘one another’ is used for more than  two persons or things.

Reciprocal pronouns ’each other’ is used for two persons or things.

 

Q.2

Everybody knows (a) that Bhutan is the most peaceful of (b)all other countries

of the world.(c) no error (d)  

 

Answer -  C

Explanation

Replace ‘all other countries’ with ‘all countries’.

Other is used in comparative degree.

 

 Section 2 – Fill in the blanks

Q.3

The higher you climb, the more difficult it ______ to breathe.

  1. Became
  2. Becomes
  3. Has become
  4. Is becoming

 

Answer -  B

Explanation – it is a singular pronoun so, it will take a singular verb with ‘s’ because here we

are talking about a universal truth.

Sentences of ‘Universal truth’ and  ‘facts’ are always written in present simple tense.

 

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Q.4

Neha has been crying _______ morning.

  1. of
  2. till
  3. since
  4. From

 

Answer - C

Explanation

Has been indicates  ‘the perfect continuous tense’

In perfect and perfect continuous tenses we use SINCE for a particular

point of time and FOR for a period of time.

Morning is a particular point of time here

 

Section 3 Similar Words

 

Q.5

Opulent

  1. Fake
  2. Gloomy
  3. Rich 
  4. Selfish  

 

Answer – C

Explanation

Opulent means rich and wealthy

Antonyms of opulent are – Penniless, Poor

Other antonyms can be

Destitute, Penurious, Impoverished,  Indigent, 

Down and Out, On The Rocks

 

Q.6

Morose

  1. Flatter
  2. Gloomy
  3. Friendly
  4. Savvy

 

Answer – B

Explanation

Morose means -  Sad, Unhappy, Annoyed and Unwilling to Smile

Synonyms can be – Sullen, Gloomy,  Melancholic, Sombre, Lugubrious

Antonyms can be – Cheerful, Happy, Delighted, Uplifted

 

Section 4 Antonyms

 

Q.7

Irk

  1. Irritate
  2. Please
  3. Discourage
  4. Attract

 

Answer – B

Explanation -

‘Irk’ means to ‘irritate’ or ‘annoy’ someone.

‘Please’ means to make someone ‘happy’ and ‘delighted’.

Other synonyms -   Gall, Vex, Ruffle, Bug, Peeve, Rile, Nettle, Exasperate, Pique, Incense, Chafe  

Other antonyms – Please, Aid, Appease, Calm, Soothe, Delight, Help, Mollify

Antonym

 

Q.8

Grotesque

  1. Free
  2. Plain
  3. Odd
  4. Queer 

 

Answer – B

Explanation

Grotesque means -  Comically ugly or distorted

Other Synonyms – Gross, Bizarre, Mishappen, Mutilated Deformed

Other Antonyms -  Normal, Attractive, Bonnie, Fetching Aesthetic, Pretty

Queer means -  Odd or strange

 

Section 5 Idiom

 

Q.9

To keep the wolf from the door

  1. Avoid Starvation
  2. Crack The Deal
  3. Entry Prohibited
  4. Have A Pleasant Tour  

Answer A avoid starvation or hunger

Idiom

 

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Q.10

Teething Problems

  1. Oral problems
  2. Problems at the start of a project
  3. Problems for quite a long time in adjusting in the new place
  4. The problem of having a good dentist

 

Answer – B  Problems at the start of a project

 

Section 6 Sentence improvement

 

Q.11

She did not like to have coffee. nor I did 

  1. Neither I liked it
  2. Nor did I 
  3. Nor I like it
  4. No improvement

Answer – B Nor did I

 

Q.12

Taj Mahal is (a worth seeing monument) in Agra. 

  1. A monument to see its worth
  2. A monument worth seeing
  3. One of worth seeing monuments
  4. No improvement

Answer –B A monument worth seeing

 

Section 7 One Word Substitution

 

Q.13

That which cannot be corrected. 

  1. Impregnable
  2. Immolation 
  3. Incorrigible
  4. Hospitable

Answer – C

 

Q.14

A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings of others.

  1. Bursar
  2. Captor 
  3. Phlegmatic
  4. Scapegoat 

Answer - D

Bursar - A person who manages the financial

affairs of a college or school.

 

Q.15

Section 8 Select The Incorrectly Spelt Word 

  1. Conceive
  2.  Leisure
  3.  Neice  
  4.  Reign 

Answer – C Niece

 

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Q. 16

Select the Incorrectly Spelt Word

  1.  Dictionory
  2.  Irrelevant
  3.  Perishable
  4.  Tangible

Answer – A dictionary

 

Section 9  Para Jumble

 

Q.17 

P. It had been umpteen years since we had seen each other.

Q. One dull dark day in autumn I was travelling on horseback through a dreary stretch of countryside.

R. This was the house of Roderick Usher, who had been my childhood pal.

S. At nightfall, I came inside of the house of usher.

  1. PQSR
  2. PSQR
  3. QSRP
  4. QRSP

Answer – C

One dull dark day in autumn I was traveling on horseback through a dreary stretch of countryside. At nightfall, I came inside of the house of usher. This was the house of Roderick Usher, who had been my childhood pal. It had been umpteen years since we had seen each other.

 

Q.18.

 

P. According to various estimates between 1942 and 1944, there were approximately 400 victims of this practice daily in Warsaw alone, with numbers on some days reaching several thousands.

Q. A common German practice in occupied Poland was to round up random civilians on the street of polish cities.

R. For example, on 19th September 1942 close to 3000 men and women were transported by train to Germany – they had been

caught in the massive round-ups all over Warsaw the previous

two days.

S.The term “Lapanka” carried a sardonic connotation from the world’s earlier use for the children’s game known in English as “tag”.

  1. SQRP
  2. SRPQ
  3. QSPR

     d) QPRS

Answer – C

A common German practice in occupied Poland was to round up random civilians on the street of polish cities. The term “Lapanka” carried a sardonic connotation from the world’s earlier use for the children’s game known in English as “tag”.

According to various estimates between 1942 and 1944, there were approximately 400 victims of

this practice daily in Warsaw alone, with numbers on some days reaching several thousands. For example, on 19th September 1942 close to 3000 men and women were transported by train to Germany they had been caught in the massive round-ups all over Warsaw the previous two days.

 

Section 10 Change the Voice 

 

Q.19

A. An elephant may be helped even by an ant.

B. An ant can even help an elephant.

C. An ant may even help an elephant.

D. Even an ant may help an elephant.

D. Even an ant ought to help an elephant.

Answer – C

Section 11 Change the Narration 

 

Q.20

Change the Narration

“Please don’t cry”, He said.

  1. He begged that I should not cry.
  2.   He begged me not to cry.
  3.   He said to please him not cry.
  4.   He told me not to cry.

Answer – B

Section 12 Cloze Test 

 

Q.21-25

 

The _____ of lectures could be enhanced by introducing the lecture with a brief review of the work _____ , it should also be indicated how the day’s lecture _______ into the course pattern. A lecture should _______ be presented in one unbroken discourse. Unless exceptionally interesting, a long lecture strains the _____ of concentrated listening, causing intermittent wandering of attention and loss of continuity in thought.

 

21. The _____ of lectures could be enhanced by introducing the lecture.

  1. Condition    b. Effectiveness    c. Efficiency      d.  Interest 

 

22. With a brief review of the work ______ , it should also be indicated.

a. Ascending     b. Preceding   c. Reciting   d. Succeeding

 

 

23. How the day’s lecture _______ into the course pattern.

a. Adds        b. Fits         c. Gets        d. Lets

 

24. A lecture should ________ be presented in one unbroken discourse.

  1. Continuously       b. Often     c. Randomly       d. Seldom

 

25. A long lecture strains the ______ of a concentrated listening, causing intermittent wandering of attention and loss of continuity in thought.

a. Authority        b. Capacity     c. Comfortability  d.  Reasonability

Answers

21 b

22 b

23b

24d

25 b

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