SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 03-March-2020 Shift-3 (English Comprehension)

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SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 03-March-2020 Shift-2 (English Comprehension)

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Q.1 Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
Blow one’s own trumpet
1. Follow others
2. Condemn others
3. Praise oneself
4. Be self-reliant
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. praise oneself
To ‘blow one’s own trumpet’ refers to the act of talking about one’s own achievements that comes off as bragging

Q.2 In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.

Deepa walked down the road slowly without looking anybody.

1. down the road
2. slowly without
3. Deepa walked
4. looking anybody

Correct Answer : Mandatory

The correct answer is option 3 i.e looking anybody
The sentence is missing the preposition ‘at’ after the verb. One cannot walk down a road without ‘looking anybody’, one has to do that without ‘looking at anybody’ because ‘looking’ is an action that is done ‘at’ something.
Q.3 Select the option that expresses the given sentence in reported speech.
She said to me,” What time is your flight tomorrow?”
1. She asked me what time my flight was the following day
2. She asked me what time my flight will be the next day.
3. She asked me that what time was my flight tomorrow
4. She asked me what time is my flight the next day.
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. She asked me what time my flight was the following day
The following conversion will take place when a Direct speech is converted into Indirect speech:
  • Tomorrow will be changed into “the following day”.
  • Present tense will be changed into the Past tense.
Q.4 Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.
1. Patrner
2. Pierce
3. Pursue
4. Piteous
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. patrner
The correct spelling for the word will be ‘partner’
Q.5 Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.
1. Necessary
2. Nuisance
3. Negociate
4. Negligible
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. negociate
The actual spelling should be ‘negotiate’
Q.6 Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If there is no need to substitute it, select No improvement.
My shoes were worn out so I had to buy a new one.
1. the new one’s
2. new ones
3. No improvement
4. a new ones
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. new ones.
The sentence refers to ‘my shoes’ meaning they were in plural – the new shoes that one buys would also ideally be in a pair – plural. The original sentence refers to ‘a new one’ which should be replaced with ‘new ones’.
In the following passage, some words have been deleted. Select the most appropriate option to
fill each blank.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Believe it (1)______ not, the first recorded watermelon harvest (2)______ nearly 5000 years ago in Egypt and is (3)______ in Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of their (4)______ buildings. This fruit was often placed (5)______ the burial tombs of kings to provide nourishment in the afterlife.
SubQuestion No : 7 
Q.7 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 1.
1. and
2. or
3. if
4. but
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. or
The phrase refers either to believe in something or not, there is a choice between them and thus the conjunction ‘or’ is needed in order to signify the choice.
In the following passage, some words have been deleted. Select the most appropriate option to
fill each blank.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Believe it (1)______ not, the first recorded watermelon harvest (2)______ nearly 5000 years ago in Egypt and is (3)______ in Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of their (4)______ buildings. This fruit was often placed (5)______ the burial tombs of kings to provide nourishment in the afterlife.
SubQuestion No : 8 
Q.8 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 2.
1. contained
2. produced
3. occurred
4. discovered
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. occurred
The passage talks about the origin of watermelons. The second sentence refers to the first time a watermelon was discovered nearly 5,000 years ago. The first time something happens, it ‘occurs’ and this is called an ‘occurrence’. The first watermelon harvest cannot be ‘contained’, it cannot be ‘discovered’ and it cannot be ‘produced’.
In the following passage, some words have been deleted. Select the most appropriate option to
fill each blank.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Believe it (1)______ not, the first recorded watermelon harvest (2)______ nearly 5000 years ago in Egypt and is (3)______ in Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of their (4)______ buildings. This fruit was often placed (5)______ the burial tombs of kings to provide nourishment in the afterlife.
SubQuestion No : 9 
Q.9 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 3.
1. depicted
2. directed
3. diverted
4. distributed
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. depicted
The sentence refers to ‘Egyptian hieroglyphics’, these are carvings of an ancient Egyptian carving and thus they cannot be ‘diverted’ and they cannot be ‘directed’ and nor can they be ‘distributed’. These are carvings that are usually ‘depicted’ which refers to the act of representing through drawings.
In the following passage, some words have been deleted. Select the most appropriate option to
fill each blank.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Believe it (1)______ not, the first recorded watermelon harvest (2)______ nearly 5000 years ago in Egypt and is (3)______ in Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of their (4)______ buildings. This fruit was often placed (5)______ the burial tombs of kings to provide nourishment in the afterlife.
SubQuestion No : 10 
Q.10 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 4.
1. elderly
2. ancient
3. outdated
4. obsolete
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. ancient
The passage refers to old buildings on Egypt which hold carvings of watermelon harvests, and when something like this is discovered it is not considered to be ‘elderly’ – this is used to refer to people or living things – or ‘outdated’ as these carvings are an important part of history till date and they cannot be ‘obsolete’ either as they are not useless. Calling them ‘ancient’ would be the most appropriate as it refers to something that belongs to the distant past.
In the following passage, some words have been deleted. Select the most appropriate option to
fill each blank.
Watermelon is thought to have originated in Africa’s Kalahari Desert. Believe it (1)______ not, the first recorded watermelon harvest (2)______ nearly 5000 years ago in Egypt and is (3)______ in Egyptian hieroglyphics on the walls of their (4)______ buildings. This fruit was often placed (5)______ the burial tombs of kings to provide nourishment in the afterlife.
SubQuestion No : 11 
Q.11 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 5.
1. in
2. with
3. along
4. after
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. in
The sentence refers to placing something in burial tombs in order to provide nourishment – something cannot be placed ‘with’ a burial tomb, something cannot be placed ‘after’ a burial tomb and something cannot be placed ‘along’ a burial ground. 
Q.12 Select the option that expresses the given sentence in passive voice.
Martin drew a picture of the snow-capped mountains.
1. A picture of the snow-capped mountains was drawn by Martin.
2. A picture of the snow-capped mountains is drawn by Martin.
3. A picture of the snow-capped mountains has been drawn by Martin.
4. A picture of the snow-capped mountains is being drawn by Martin.
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. A picture of the snow-capped mountains was drawn by Martin.
The original sentence is in the active voice, the format for that is:
Subject + Verb in the Simple Past + Object
This needs to be converted to the passive voice, the format for that will be 
Object + was + Verb in the Past Participle + by + Subject
A picture of the snow-capped mountain      was     drawn      by       Martin
Q.13 Given below are four jumbled sentences. Out of the given options pick the one that gives their correct order. 
A. It requires physical endurance, which can be built with training and exercise.
B. Truly strong personalities meet challenges of life bravely and face hardships with
equanimity.
C. However, strength of character is a personality trait or a quality.
D. Physical strength is the ability to cope with a physically challenging task.
1. CBAD
2. BACD
3. DBCA
4. DACB
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. DACB
The passage begins with the sentence D at hand, which introduces the topic – Physical strength is the ability to cope with a physically challenging task, this is followed by statement A which talks about how physical strength requires physical endurance and it can be built with training and exercise. Then comes statement C which talks about strength of character is a personality trait. Finally comes statement B which talks about strong personalities meet challenged bravely and face hardships.
Q.14 Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.
The students went to their ______ classes after the morning assembly.
1. respectful
2. respectable
3. respective
4. respected
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. respective
The sentence refers to students going to their classes, it can be implied that they went to their own classes.
Respective: Refers to something that is related to a person in question
Q.15 Select the most appropriate antonym of the given word.
FLEXIBLE

1. Soft
2. Supple
3. Stale
4. Stiff
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. stiff
Flexible: Refers to something that is capable of bending easily without breaking
Stiff: Refers to something that is not easily changeable into a another shape
Thus, it is clear that flexible and stiff are opposite words
Let’s look at the meaning of the other words:
Soft: Refers to something that is easy to mold or cut
Supple: Refers to something that bends or molds easily
Stale: Refers to something that is no longer fresh to eat
Q.16 Given below are four jumbled sentences. Out of the given options pick the one that gives their correct order.
A. He then called out to the people but by then only a red glow was visible in the sky.
B. At first, he thought it was a stuck kite.
C. Bheema was visiting his fields when he spotted a rising disc shaped object.
D. But when it started rising higher and emitted light, he was shocked.
1. BDAC
2. CDAB
3. BACD
4. CBDA
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. CBDA
The passage begins with an introduction to the topic at hand, statement C, which talks about how ‘Bheema’ was visiting fields when he spotted a disc shaped object. Then comes statement B, this talks about what Bheema’s first reaction was at seeing the object, then comes statement D which talks about how his perception changes when the disc rises higher. Finally comes statement A which talks about what Bheema does on realizing that the object was not what he thought.

Q.17 Select the most appropriate one word substitution for the given group of words.
A place where clothes are kept

1. Hangar
2. Wardrobe
3. Shaft
4. Coffin

The correct answer is option 2 i.e. wardrobe
Wardrobe: A tall or large cupboard where clothes are hung
Let’s look at the meaning of the other words:
Coffin: A wooden box in which dead bodies are buried
Hangar: A large building that is usually held for storing aircraft
Shaft: Refers to the long or narrow part of a tool
Q.18 Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.

IMPLORE
1. Command
2. Plead
3. Refuse
4. Honour
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. plead
Implore: Refers to the act of begging someone desperately to do something
Plead: Refers to the act of making an emotional appeal
Thus, it is clear that ‘implore’ and ‘plead’ are similar words
Let’s look at the meaning of the other words:
Command: Refers to the act of giving someone an order
Refuse: Refers to the act of saying ‘no’ to something
Honour: Refers to the act of going through with something, doing what one is supposed to
Q.19 Select the most appropriate antonym of the given word.
VIGILANT

1. Rash
2. Alert
3. Cautious
4. Wary
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. rash
Vigilant: Refers to someone who is very careful about possible dangers
Rash: Refers to someone who is careless and takes hasty decisions
Thus, it is clear that vigilant and rash are opposite words
Let’s look at the meaning of the other words:
Wary: Refers to someone who is very careful and doubting
Alert: Refers to someone who is careful and aware
Cautious : careful to avoid potential problems or dangers.
Q.20 Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
Spill the beans

1. Give away a secret
2. Work hard
3. Perform magic
4. Waste money 
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. give away a secret
‘Spill the beans’ refers to the act of telling a secret to someone when it is not supposed to be said.
Q.21 Select the most appropriate one word substitution for the given group of words.
A person very reserved in speech
1. Eloquent
2. Confident
3. Adamant
4. Reticent
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. reticent
Reticent: Refers to someone who does not reveal their feelings very easily.
For e.g. Michael was not known for being very reticent at the office
Let’s look at the meaning of the other words:
Eloquent: Refers to someone who is persuasive in talking
Adamant: Refers to someone who is very insistent about something
Confident: Refers to someone who has  faith in their abilities
Q.22 Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.
The government has warned the traders not to ______ onions.
1. gross
2. hoard
3. bulk
4. combine
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. hoard
Hoard: Refers to stocking or storing something that is scant
The sentence refers to the government warning traders to not do something to the onions. The onions can’t be ‘grossed’, they cannot be ‘bulked’ and they cannot be ‘combined’. They can be ‘hoarded’.
Q.23 Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If there is no need to substitute it, select No improvement.
He sing always when he is having a shower.
1. He always sing
2. Always he is singing
3. No improvement
4. He always sings
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. ‘He always sings’
The original sentence uses the phrase – He sing always – but this is incorrect because ‘always’ is an adverb and the adverb always comes before the verb – thus it should come before ‘sing’ and not after and ‘sing’ will be replaced with ‘sings’.
Q.24 Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.
GLORIOUS
1. enormous
2. splendid
3. gentle
4. awful
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. splendid
Glorious: Refers to something that is amazing and admirable
Splendid: Refers to something that is magnificent and impressive
Thus, it is clear that ‘glorious’ and ‘splendid’ are similar words
Let’s look at the meaning of the other words:
Enormous: Refers to something that is huge in size
Gentle: Refers to someone who is kind and mild
Awful: Refers to something that is really bad and disgusting
Q.25 In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
Everything that I like to eat are fattening.
1. I like
2. Everything that
3. are fattening
4. to eat
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. are fattening
The sentence refers to ‘everything I like to eat’, while this refers to all food, the term ‘everything’ is a single entity and thus should be treated as such. The verb used to refer to this should also be singular and so ‘are’ needs to be replaced with ‘is’.

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