In this blog, Our SSC team has enclosed a quiz of 25 questions based on General English Language & comprehension. This practice test contains the questions taken from the previous year questions out of various exams like SSC, IBPS, RBI and etc. The questions put in it, are of blended type, including major questions for Sentence rearrangement, Sentence & comprehension completion and Antonyms & synonyms.
To qualify this test, following expertise is required.
Let’s check out the questions: -
Directions (Q. Nos. 1 to 12): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
The world is witnessing food price turbulence again. A bad drought in Russia, rising demand in the US and developing countries, and Pakistan's blighted crop prospects after its floods are keeping prices of commodities such as cereals, sugar, oil and meat high. The Food and Agriculture Organization's monthly food price (1) is heading North.
India is not (2) from this problem even at the best of times. For the week that ended on 11 September, food prices (as (3) by the Wholesale Price Index) rose by 15.86%.
Given the robust demand for foodstuffs, a time of price volatility calls for a careful look at the "design" issues surrounding food supply management. At times, even huge food stocks are not able to (4) rising food prices. The fault lies in how food is released to traders by government agencies such as the Food Corporation of India (FCI). This problem is apart from FCI's high carrying cost of foodgrains. But this is not the problem at (5).
For example, under the Open Market Sales Scheme (OMSS) a fixed quantity of grain, usually in multiples of 10 metric tonnes, is sold to traders, flour mills and other buyers when supplies are (6) or there is price volatility. But a combination of price rigidity, terms of sale and the quantity sold under OMSS defeat its purpose. One reason for this is the large volume in the hands of very few individual buyers. This (7) to perverse economic incentives.
Often, the grain sold under this scheme winds up back with food (8) agencies because of price differentials (the price at which it is sold and the prevailing market price). This has been observed many times in states as diverse as Punjab and Uttar Pradesh. If the number of buyers is (9) and the quantity sold to each buyer reduced, or the price fixed, but the amount of grain that can be bought kept flexible, these problems can be (10).
This makes for a sensible menu of options. But it needs careful implementation. And if, for some reason, changes are required to suit (11) conditions in different states, the economic logic behind these ideas should not be lost (12) of.
Directions (Q. Nos. 13 to 25): Read the following passage to answer the given questions. Some words/ phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
In a welcome development, small cities and towns appear to be doing more to power India's growth story than big metros. Confirming this are the latest income tax statistics, which indicate that Tier II and Tier III cities like Patna, Lucknow, Meerut and Kanpur have far outstripped Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata in terms of growth in personal and corporate tax collections. In fact, Patna has seen as much as 95 per cent growth in personal income tax figures over the 2009-10 period compared to a measly 4 per cent for Delhi and 6 per cent for Mumbai. Such a shift towards growth driven by regional centres can help mitigate the problems ensuing from unequal development and, therefore, needs to be encouraged.
The current growth and development model centred on big metros is unsustainable. Having experienced years of economics migration, these large cities are literally bursting at the seams. They are left with creaking infrastructure—compounded by shoddy urban planning—and poor civic amenities, all of which is reflected in the fast depreciating quality of life. Yet people continue to be drawn to metros due to the allure of better career prospects. The only way to reverse this trend is to have multiple growth poles spread across the length and breadth of the country. It is encouraging that many of the small cities showing robust economic growth are located in the backward regions. They could serve as magnets for intra-state migration and take the burden off traditional metropolitan hubs.
As emerging markets within the Indian economy these small urban centres can become hotspots for new investment opportunities. Many outsourcing companies are already setting up operations in Tier II and Tier III cities to minimise their running costs. Conducive conditions need to be created to encourage India Inc as well as foreign investors to increasingly invest in small cities and townships. Crucial to this is creating sound infrastructure. There needs to be a significant number of quality schools and colleges to churn out skilled professionals to cater to the needs of emerging businesses. This in turn will have a positive trickle-down effect and galvanise the rural economy of the respective states.
In planning these new urban hubs, errors of the past that have given rise to chaotic and dysfunctional cities must not be repeated. Our metros may have reached a point of saturation. While they should be no means be ignored, pay attention to Tier II and III cities as well to continue India's growth story and make it more inclusive.
13. Which of the following is definitely true as per the passage?
(a) The tax collections from Patna are the highest for 2009-10
(b) The growth in corporate tax collections is always followed by the growth in personal tax collections
(c) The growth in personal tax figures for Chennai and Kolkata was not more than 4% for 2009-10
(d) Patna had seen 95% growth in corporate tax collections in 2009-10
(e) None is true
14. Which of the following indicators has been used to highlight growth?
(a) Per capita growth
(b) Mortality rate
(c) Density of population
(d) Tax collections
(e) Rate of migration
15. Which of the following would be one of the major impacts of development of many regional cities and centres?
(a) The income level of people will increase
(b) The living conditions in existing metros will become worse
(c) The migration to far off bigger cities across different states will be reduced
(d) Tax collections will increase
(e) None of the above
16. Which of the following cities has been classified as Tier III city as per the passage?
(d) Cannot be determined
(e) None of the above
17. Which of the following would be the most appropriate meaning of the phrase "bursting at the seams" as used in the second paragraph of the passage?
(a) Filled beyond normal capacity
(b) Have become fast faced centres
(c) Facing exodus from these cities
(d) Bubbling with energy
(e) None of the above
18. Which of the following may not be an objective of developing Tier II/III cities?
(a) To have more inclusive growth
(b) To have growth across the length and breadth of the country
(c) To improve the quality of schools and colleges to produce skilled professionals
(d) To take off pressure from the over burdened infrastructure of metros
(e) To check inter-state migration
19. Which of the following would be the advantage of setting up operations in Tier II and Tier III cities?
(a) The operating costs would be lower
(b) It will attract better investment
(c) It will attract tax exemptions from the government
(d) The manpower available for employment would be better
(e) The metros will face healthy competition for improving their infrastructure
20. What attracts people to the metros?
(a) Better living conditions
(b) Improved source of income
(c) Better educational facilities
(d) Seamless economic and social activities
(e) Enhanced social security
Directions (Q. Nos. 21 to 24): Choose the word which is most nearly the same in meaning of the word/group of words printed in bold.
21. Centred on
(a) Gets boost
(b) Revolves around
(c) Inspired from
(d) Thrives on
(e) Gets away with
(b) Take off
(d) Miss out
24. Ensuing from
(a) Emerging from
(b) Ensuring from
(c) Dealt with
(d) Having impact on
(e) Leading, to
Direction (Q. Nos. 25): Choose the word/ which is most opposite in meaning of the word printed in bold.
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