SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 04-March-2020 Shift-3 (English Comprehension)

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SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 04-March-2020 Shift-3 (English Comprehension)

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Q.1 Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.
Being a millionaire, he is leading a ______ life.
1. expensive
2. conducive
3. destitute
4. luxurious
The correct answer is option 4 i.e.  luxurious
  • Conducive: making a certain situation or outcome likely or possible
  • Expensive: costing a lot of money
  • Luxurious: extremely comfortable or elegant, especially when involving great expense; affluent, expensive
  • Destitute: extremely poor and lacking the means to provide for oneself
Thus the correct fit is luxurious. Being a millionaire, he is leading a luxurious life.
Q.2 Select the most appropriate ANTONYM of the given word.
Sparse
1. Costly
2. Tranquil
3. Scanty
4. Abundant
The correct answer is option 4 i.e Abundant
  • Sparse: thinly dispersed or scattered; scanty; in short supply
  • Abundant: existing or available in large quantities; plentiful
  • Tranquil: free from disturbance; calm
  • Costly: costing a lot; expensive
  • Scanty: small or insufficient in quantity or amount
Thus Abundant is antonym of sparse.
Q.3 Select the correct passive form of the given sentence.
Did the problems you had to face discourage you?
1. Are you being discouraged by the problems you had to face?
2. Have you been discouraged by the problems you have to face?
3. Are you discouraged by the problems you had to face?
4. Were you discouraged by the problems you had to face?
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. Were you discouraged by the problems you had to face?
It is an interrogative statement in Active Voice. It is in the Simple Past Tense. Its structure is: Did + Subject phrase (you + past perfect tense + infinitive form) + base form of the verb  + Object ?
It must be changed into Passive Voice. Its structure is: Were + Subject (object of the Active Voice) + past tense of verb + by + Object (subject phrase) of the active voice?
Note: The tense of the verb does not undergo any change when it is changed from Active to Passive or vice-versa.
Thus the correct sentence will be: Were you discouraged by the problems you had to face?
While converting from active to Passive, the sentence undergoes the following changes:
Rules of Conversion from Active to Passive Voice:
  • Identify the subject, the verb, and the object: S+V+O
  • Change the object into subject
  • The active verb does not have an object. Therefore, the passive form should begin with you.
  • Change the verb into past participle of the verb
  • Change the subject into object
Q.4 Select the word which means the same as the group of words given.
One who is preoccupied with his own interests
1. Egoist
2. Pessimist
3. Atheist
4. Optimist
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Egoist
  • Egoist: a person who is excessively conceited or absorbed in themselves.
  • Optimist: a person who tends to be hopeful and confident about the future or the success of something
  • Pessimist: a person who tends to see the worst aspect of things or believe that the worst will happen.
  • Atheist: a person who disbelieves or lacks belief in the existence of God.
Egotist matches with One who is preoccupied with his own interests
Q.5 Given below are four jumbled sentences. Out of the given options pick the one that gives their correct order.
A. Upon returning from his travels, he was forced to live in a house where his large
family lived.
B. Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was a Malayalam fiction writer from Vaikom in Kerala.
C. The household was always noisy and full of chaos, no place for a writer surely!
D. Apart from family members, myriads of domestic animals also treated the house as
their own.
1. BCAD
2. BCDA
3. BADC
4. BDCA
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. BADC
When we put the sentences in order, it is important to establish a connection between them.
  • The subject ‘Vaikom Muhammad Basheer’ is introduced in line B. The line gives information that he was a Malayalam fiction writer from Vaikom in Kerala.
  • follows B. It connects with B, that when the writer returned back from travel, he was forced to live in a house where his large family lived.
  • is the following line after A. It describes the large family where myriads of domestic animals also lived in the house and treated the house as their own.
  • follows D. Because there were family members and animals, the household was always noisy and full of chaos.
Thus the correct order is BADC.
Vaikom Muhammad Basheer was a Malayalam fiction writer from Vaikom in Kerala. Upon returning from his travels, he was forced to live in a house where his large family lived. Apart from family members, myriads of domestic animals also treated the house as their own. The household was always noisy and full of chaos, no place for a writer surely!
Q.6 Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.
1. Ignorance
2. Influence
3. Itinerent
4. Impeach
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. Itinerent
Itinerant is wrongly spelled as Itinerent. It means travelling from one place to another.
Other words are spelled correctly. Their meanings are:
  • Influence: the capacity to have an effect on the character, development, or behaviour of someone or something
  • Impeach: call into question the integrity or validity of (a practice); charge (someone) with treason or another crime against the state
  • Ignorance: lack of knowledge or information or understanding
Comprehension:
In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the
alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
Milton Hershey returned to the village where he had been born, in the heart of dairy country.
He opened his chocolate manufacturing plant (1)______ 1905. With access to all the fresh
milk he (2)______, he began producing the finest milk chocolate. The plant (3)______ opened
in a small Pennsylvania village is today the (4)______ chocolate factory in the world. The
confections created here are (5)______ around the world.
SubQuestion No : 7
Q.7 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 1.
1. to
2. at
3. in
4. on
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. in
The preposition ‘in’ is used when we refer to a year, month, etc.
Other options’ usage makes the sentence incorrect.
In is the most suitable option for blank 1.
Comprehension:
In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the
alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
Milton Hershey returned to the village where he had been born, in the heart of dairy country.
He opened his chocolate manufacturing plant (1)______ 1905. With access to all the fresh
milk he (2)______, he began producing the finest milk chocolate. The plant (3)______ opened
in a small Pennsylvania village is today the (4)______ chocolate factory in the world. The
confections created here are (5)______ around the world.
SubQuestion No : 8
Q.8 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 2.
1. considered
2. kneaded
3. distributed
4. needed
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. needed
  • Needed: (past tense) require (something) because it is essential or very important rather than just desirable
  • Considered: (past tense) having been thought about carefully.
  • Kneaded: (past tense) work (moistened flour or clay) into dough or paste with the hands; make (bread or pottery) by kneading flour or clay.
  • Distributed: (past tense) give a share or a unit of (something) to each of a number of recipients.
The correct blank fit is needed.
Comprehension:
In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the
alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
Milton Hershey returned to the village where he had been born, in the heart of dairy country.
He opened his chocolate manufacturing plant (1)______ 1905. With access to all the fresh
milk he (2)______, he began producing the finest milk chocolate. The plant (3)______ opened
in a small Pennsylvania village is today the (4)______ chocolate factory in the world. The
confections created here are (5)______ around the world.
SubQuestion No : 9
Q.9 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 3.
1. that
2. when
3. who
4. what
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. that
The pronoun ‘that’ is the correct fit for blank 3.
‘That’ is used in a restrictive clause. The part of the sentence before ‘that’ does not have any meaning on its own.
Thus it is correct to use ‘that’
Comprehension:
In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the
alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
Milton Hershey returned to the village where he had been born, in the heart of dairy country.
He opened his chocolate manufacturing plant (1)______ 1905. With access to all the fresh
milk he (2)______, he began producing the finest milk chocolate. The plant (3)______ opened
in a small Pennsylvania village is today the (4)______ chocolate factory in the world. The
confections created here are (5)______ around the world.
SubQuestion No : 10
Q.10 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 4.
1. large
2. most largest
3. largest
4. larger
The correct answer is option 3  i.e. largest
Adjectives qualify nouns or pronouns. It is formulated in degrees – positive, comparative and superlative.
The superlative degree largest is the best fit for the blankIt is used when one is selected among many.
The other forms are:
large – positive degree
larger – comparative degree
largest – superlative degree
Note: ‘Most largest‘ form is not so commonly used in today’s time. ‘Most’ here, acts as a quantifier.
Thus the correct sentence is …..the largest chocolate factory in the world.
Comprehension:
In the following passage some words have been deleted. Fill in the blanks with the help of the
alternatives given. Select the most appropriate option for each blank.
Milton Hershey returned to the village where he had been born, in the heart of dairy country.
He opened his chocolate manufacturing plant (1)______ 1905. With access to all the fresh
milk he (2)______, he began producing the finest milk chocolate. The plant (3)______ opened
in a small Pennsylvania village is today the (4)______ chocolate factory in the world. The
confections created here are (5)______ around the world.
SubQuestion No : 11
Q.11 Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 5.
1. choices
2. favourites
3. collections
4. selections
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. favourites
  • Favourites: a thing that is preferred to all others of the same kind or is especially well-liked.
  • Collections: the action or process of collecting someone or something.
  • Choices: an act of choosing between two or more possibilities.
  • Selections: the action or fact of carefully choosing someone or something as being the best or most suitable.
Q.12 Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.
Children under five years are ______ from passport biometrics.
1. acquitted
2. exempted
3. escaped
4. allowed
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. exempted
  • Exempted: (past tense) free from an obligation or liability imposed on others
  • Acquitted: (past tense) free (someone) from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty
  • Escaped: (past tense) having broken free from confinement or control
  • Allowed: (past tense) let (someone) have or do something
Thus the correct answer is exempted.
Q.13 Select the word which means the same as the group of words given.
A geometrical figure with eight sides
1. Octagon
2. Pentagon
3. Hexagon
4. Heptagon
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Octagon
  • Octagon: a plane figure with eight straight sides
  • Hexagon: a plane figure with six straight sides
  • Pentagon: a plane figure with five straight sides
  • Heptagon: a plane figure with seven straight sides
Q.14 Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
Bring to light
1. Reveal clearly
2. Cheer someone
3. Praise in public
4. Brighten up
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Reveal clearly
Bring to light means make or become widely known or evident.
It matches with reveal clearly.
Eg: Her research has brought to light new information about the case.
Q.15 Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.
Fury
1. Sin
2. Risk
3. Anger
4. Crime
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. Anger
  • Fury: wild or violent anger
  • Anger: a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure, or hostility.
  • Crime: an action or omission which constitutes an offence and is punishable by law.
  • Sin: an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law.
  • Risk: a situation involving exposure to danger.
Anger is synonymous with fury.
Q.16 Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
Hold water
1. To be fickle
2. To be busy
3. To be valid
4. To be deep
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. To be valid
Hold water means to be correct, valid, sound or reasonable.
Eg: This argument just does not hold water.
Q.17 Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If there is no need to substitute it, select ‘No substitution’.
Your advice will benefit to me.
1. benefit from me
2. benefit me
3. No substitution
4. benefit for me
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. benefit me
The use of the preposition ‘to‘ is incorrect in the phrase ‘benefit to me’.
The preposition must be removed, as it does not express any relation with the noun or pronoun.
Thus the correct sentence will be: Your advice will benefit me.
Q.18 Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If there is no need to substitute it, select No substitution.
Where you left your bag yesterday?
1. No substitution
2. Where did you left
3. Where were you leaving
4. Where did you leave
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. Where did you leave
The sentence is in the past tense. Where you left is an incorrect phrase. It must be replaced wit ‘Where did you leave’.
The interrogative sentence given above has a structure: Question Word (where) + auxiliary verb (did) + Subject + verb in the base form (leave) + rest of the sentence?
Thus the base form of the verb ‘leave’ must be used along with an auxiliary verb ‘did’.
The correct sentence will be: Where did you leave your bag yesterday?
Q.19 Select the most appropriate ANTONYM of the given word.
Friendship
1. Enmity
2. Amity
3. Slavery
4. Arrogance
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Enmity
  • Friendship: the state of being friends; a relationship between friends.
  • Arrogance: the quality of being arrogant.
  • Enmity: a state or feeling of active opposition or hostility.
  • Slavery: the state of being a slave.
  • Amity: friendly relations.
Enmity is the antonym of friendship.
Q.20 Select the correct indirect form of the given sentence.
The lawyer said to me, “There is no proof of your involvement in this case.”
1. The lawyer told that there is no proof of my involvement in that case.
2. The lawyer told me that there was no proof of my involvement in that case.
3. The lawyer told me that there is no proof of your involvement in this case.
4. The lawyer said me that there was no proof of my involvement in this case.
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. The lawyer told me that there was no proof of my involvement in that case.
The sentence is in direct speech and is an assertive statement. It must be changed into indirect speech.
While converting from direct to indirect speech:
  1. The quotation marks and commas are replaced with ‘that‘.
  2. The tense of the reported speech is in simple present tense and changes to the simple past.
    is => was
  3. This‘ changes to ‘that’.
  4. Personal pronouns also change in the sentence.
    your => my
Thus the correct sentence will be: The lawyer told me that there was no proof of my involvement in that case.
Q.21 In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
I am believing you have submitted all the necessary documents.
1. I am believing
2. necessary documents
3. you have submitted
4. all the
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. I am believing
The error is in the 1st part of the sentence. ‘I am believing’ is an incorrect phrase.
The sentence is the simple present tense. The use of present continuous tense is incorrect.
It must be replaced with ‘I believe’.
Thus the correct sentence will be: I believe you have submitted all the necessary documents.
Q.22 In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
No sooner did we receive your message when we heaved a sigh of relief.
1. did we receive
2. a sigh of relief
3. your message
4. when we heaved
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. when we heaved
The error is in the phrase ‘when we heaved’.
The given sentence is a conditional sentence. ‘No sooner’ is always followed by ‘than’.
‘When’ must be replaced with ‘than‘.
The correct sentence will be: No sooner did we receive your message than we heaved a sigh of relief.
Q.23 Given below are four jumbled sentences. Out of the given options pick the one that
gives their correct order.
A. Even the most ill-equipped laboratory would have been better than their shed.
B. Thus, they did not allow any difficulties to come in their way.
C. But their mind was set upon the discovery of radium.
D. The Curies had to work in extreme poverty.
1. DACB
2. ABCD
3. ADBC
4. DBCA
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. DACB
When we combine the sentences to form a paragraph, it is important to establish a connection between them.
  • A sentence cannot start with words like – thus, generally, hence. They are concluding words, which denotes end of the idea. Thus B is ruled out.
  • A sentence cannot start with a conjunction in the beginning. It must have a reference to the subject or the idea in the previous sentence. Thus sentence C cannot form the beginning of the sentence.
    Eg: *But in the West, people have jobs.
  • The subject of the paragraph is clearly mentioned in sentence D. The curies had to work in extreme poverty.
  • is followed after D. It shows a connection with the word ‘even’. It tells that  Even the most ill-equipped laboratory would have been better than their shed.
  • A contradiction is showed by the conjunction ‘but’ which is in line C. It states that the mind of the curies was set upon the discovery of radium.
  • Finally, the conclusion is drawn by line B. It gives information that they did not allow any difficulties in their way.
Thus the correct order is DACB.
The Curies had to work in extreme poverty. Even the most ill-equipped laboratory would have been better than their shed. But their mind was set upon the discovery of radium. Thus, they did not allow any difficulties to come in their way.
Q.24 Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.
Solitary
1. Singular
2. Stubborn
3. Splendid
4. Sensible
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Singular
  • Solitary: done or existing alone
  • Singular: denoting or referring to just one person or thing
  • Sensible: done or chosen in accordance with wisdom or prudence; likely to be of benefit.
  • Stubborn: having or showing dogged determination not to change one’s attitude or position on something; difficult to move, remove, or cure.
  • Splendid: magnificent; very impressive; excellent; very good.
Singular is synonymous with solitary.
Q.25 Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.
1. Diliver
2. Denial
3. Decision
4. Deter
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Diliver
Deliver is wrongly spelled as diliver. It means to bring and hand over (a letter, parcel, or goods) to the proper recipient or address.
The other words are spelled correctly and its meanings are:
  • Denial: the action of denying something; a statement that something is not true
  • Deter: discourage (someone) from doing something by instilling doubt or fear of the consequences.
  • Decision: a conclusion or resolution reached after consideration.

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