SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 05-March-2020 Shift-2 (English Comprehension)

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SSC CGL 2019 EXAM PAPER : Held on 05-March-2020 Shift-2 (English Comprehension)

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Q.1 Given below are four jumbled sentences. Select the option that gives their correct order.
A. Although I had a fear of water, I thought it was an important skill I should learn.
B. However, what I didn’t realize was that it would also make me a more confident person.
C. I also thought it would be a good exercise that would make me physically stronger.
D. One of the hardest things I’ve had to do was to learn how to swim.
1. BADC
2. DCBA
3. DACB
4. ACDB
The correct answer is option 3, i.e., DACB.
In a paragraph of jumbled sentences, the first one should be independent and introduce a new topic. Here, only D has an independent meaning.
So, D must be the first sentence.
The second sentence must be related to the first. Here, A talks about how the writer thought swimming is an important skill. So, A must be the second sentence.
Out of the given options, only option 3 gives this sequence, viz, DA
Note: It is easier to find out the first few sentences and then eliminate the options, as it saves time.
Q.2 Select the correctly spelt word.
1. Proliferete
2. Competiter
3. Beneficiery
4. Definition
The correct answer is option 4 i.e Definition.
Definition means what is meant by a word, text, concept, or action.
None of the other words reflect their correct spellings.
The correct spellings are: Competitor, Beneficiary and Proliferate.
Q.3 Select the passive form of the given sentence.
They are constructing a residential youth hostel.
1. A residential youth hostel is being constructed by them.
2. A residential youth hostel has been constructed by them.
3. A residential youth hostel was constructed by them.
4. A residential youth hostel is constructed by them.
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. A residential youth hostel is being constructed by them.
The rule for changing the voice from active to passive is: Subject and object change places and the main verb is changed to past participle form+ forms of ‘to be’, as per the tense.
Here, the subject ‘They’ becomes the object, viz, the passive form of ‘they’, viz., ‘them‘.
The object ‘a residential youth hostel‘ becomes the subject.
The verb is in present continuous tense, so it changes to: ‘being constructed‘.
The passive form, thus becomes: A residential youth hostel is being constructed by them.
Q.4 Select the correct synonym of the given word.
Erudite
1. Learned
2. Illiterate
3. Strong
4. Fashionable
The correct answer is option 1 i.e.  Learned.
Erudite means having or showing great knowledge or learning.
Meanings of the given words:
Fashionable- characteristic of, influenced by, or representing a current popular style.
Strong- able to withstand force, pressure, or wear.
Illiterate- unable to read or write.
Learned- showing, requiring, or characterized by learning; scholarly.
Out of the given words, the only word that gives the same meaning as Erudite is Learned.
Q.5 Select the appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
To take the bull by the horns
1. To surrender to the enemy
2. To murder someone
3. To handle difficulties
4. To speak arrogantly
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. To handle difficulties directly​.
The idiom To take the bull by its horns means to directly face a bull (a difficult to control situation), by its horns (facing something head-on).
Q.6 Select the correctly spelt word.
1. Beaureacracy
2. Reimbursement
3. Surveliance
4. Recrutment
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. Reimbursement.
Reimbursement means the action of repaying a person who has spent or lost money.
None of the other words reflect the correct spellings.
Their correct spellings are: RecruitmentBureaucracy and Surveillance.
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.
Drug addiction is the continued use of a particular drug (1)______ harmful consequences.
Drug addiction not only affects an individual’s health and relationship, but also (2)______ the
society and the environment. Prevention of a particular list of drugs can be possible by
(3)______ their sale without a prescription. Drug addicts should be given proper medical
treatment and (4)______ facilities. Motivational and awareness camps should be organized to
scale down the consumption (5)______ drugs.
SubQuestion No : 7
Q.7 Select the most appropriate option for blank No. 1
1. despite of
2. despite
3. in spite
4. though
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. despite.
The sentence suggests that the blank must contain a preposition that means in spite of; or doing something regardless of consequences etc.
This is only shown by the preposition ‘despite‘.
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.
Drug addiction is the continued use of a particular drug (1)______ harmful consequences.
Drug addiction not only affects an individual’s health and relationship, but also (2)______ the
society and the environment. Prevention of a particular list of drugs can be possible by
(3)______ their sale without a prescription. Drug addicts should be given proper medical
treatment and (4)______ facilities. Motivational and awareness camps should be organized to
scale down the consumption (5)______ drugs.
SubQuestion No : 8
Q.8 Select the most appropriate option for blank No. 2
1. reduces
2. impacts
3. reflects
4. imparts
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. impacts.
The sentence suggests that the blank must contain a verb that means ‘affects’.
Meanings of the given words:
reduces- make smaller or less in amount, degree, or size.
impacts– have a strong effect on someone or something.
reflects– think deeply or carefully about.
imparts- make (information) known.
Out of these, only impacts is the appropriate verb for the blank.
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.
Drug addiction is the continued use of a particular drug (1)______ harmful consequences.
Drug addiction not only affects an individual’s health and relationship, but also (2)______ the
society and the environment. Prevention of a particular list of drugs can be possible by
(3)______ their sale without a prescription. Drug addicts should be given proper medical
treatment and (4)______ facilities. Motivational and awareness camps should be organized to
scale down the consumption (5)______ drugs.
SubQuestion No : 9
Q.9 Select the most appropriate option for blank No. 3
1. conducting
2. restricting
3.performing
4. promoting
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. restricting.
The context suggests that the blank must contain an adjective that is synonymous with control of sale of drugs
Meanings of the words:
conducting– organize and carry out.
performing- carry out, accomplish, or fulfil (an action, task, or function).
restricting- put a limit on; keep under control.
promoting– support or actively encourage (a cause, venture, etc.); further the progress of.
Given the context of drug sales, only restricting is appropriate for the blank.
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.
Drug addiction is the continued use of a particular drug (1)______ harmful consequences.
Drug addiction not only affects an individual’s health and relationship, but also (2)______ the
society and the environment. Prevention of a particular list of drugs can be possible by
(3)______ their sale without a prescription. Drug addicts should be given proper medical
treatment and (4)______ facilities. Motivational and awareness camps should be organized to
scale down the consumption (5)______ drugs.
SubQuestion No : 10
Q.10 Select the most appropriate option for blank No. 4
1. resignation
2. rehabilitation
3. regeneration
4. regression
The correct answer is option 2  i.e. rehabilitation.
The sentence suggests that the blank must contain a noun that means treatment,care.
Meanings of the given words:
rehabilitation- the action of restoring someone to health or normal life through training and therapy after imprisonment, addiction, or illness.
regeneration- the action or process of regenerating or being regenerated.
regression- a return to a former or less developed state.
resignation- an act of resigning from a job or office.
Out of these, rehabilitation is most appropriate regarding drug addiction treatment.
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.
Drug addiction is the continued use of a particular drug (1)______ harmful consequences.
Drug addiction not only affects an individual’s health and relationship, but also (2)______ the
society and the environment. Prevention of a particular list of drugs can be possible by
(3)______ their sale without a prescription. Drug addicts should be given proper medical
treatment and (4)______ facilities. Motivational and awareness camps should be organized to
scale down the consumption (5)______ drugs.
SubQuestion No : 11
Q.11 Select the most appropriate option for blank No. 5
1. by
2. for
3. of
4. from
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. of.
The sentence suggests that the blank must contain a preposition.
Out of the given options, only the preposition ‘of‘ is appropriate here, i.e., consumption of drugs.
Q.12 Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If no substitution is required, select No improvement.
When I was working in a software company, it was mandatory to register my legally
as an authorized software developer.
1. No improvement
2. register me legal
3. register mine legally
4. register myself legally
The correct answer is option 4 i.e.  register myself legally.
The sentence uses the incorrect determiner ‘my‘.
Since in the sentence, there is the first person pronoun ‘I’, referring to himself/herself; it suggests that the correct form here should be the pronoun ‘myself’.
So, the corrected sentence is: When I was working in a software company, it was mandatory to register myself legally as an authorized software developer.
Q.13 Select the most appropriate word to fill in the blank.
All his endeavors to win his teacher’s favour proved ______ and did not bring the desired results.
1. prosperous
2. futile
3. perpetual
4. apparent
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. futile.
The sentence suggests that the blank must contain an adjective that has a negative meaning, meaning useless.
Meanings of the given words:
futile– incapable of producing any useful result; pointless.
prosperous– successful in material terms; flourishing financially.
apparent– clearly visible or understood; obvious.
perpetual– never ending or changing.
Out of these, the only word that can give intended meaning is futile.
So, the corrected sentence is All his endeavours to win his teacher’s favour proved futile and did not bring the desired results.
Q.14 Select the correct synonym of the given word.
Violent
1. Aggressive
2. Kind
3. Mild
4. Calm
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Aggressive.
Violent means using or involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill someone or something.
Meanings of the given words:
Aggressive– ready or likely to attack or confront; characterized by or resulting from aggression.
Calm– not showing or feeling nervousness, anger, or other strong emotions.
Kind– having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature.
Mild– not severe, serious, or harsh.
Out of these, only Aggressive can be an appropriate synonym for Violent.
Q.15 Select the correct antonym of the given word.
Bizarre
1. Strange
2. Weird
3. Usual
4. Happy
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. Usual.
Bizarre means very strange or unusual.
So, its opposite meaning word must mean something that is very common.
Meanings of the given words:
Strange- unusual or surprising; difficult to understand or explain.
Usual- habitually or typically occurring or done; customary.
Happy– feeling or showing pleasure or contentment.
Weird– suggesting something supernatural; unearthly.
Out of these, only Usual gives appropriate antonym for Bizarre.
Q.16 Select the word which means the same as the groups of words given.
A long and aggressive speech
1. Discussion
2. Harangue
3. Prologue
4. Eloquence
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. Harangue.
Meanings of the given words:
Eloquence– fluent or persuasive speaking or writing.
Prologue– a separate introductory section of a literary, dramatic, or musical work.
Discussion– the action or process of talking about something in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas.
Harangue- a lengthy and aggressive speech.
Q.17 Given below are four jumbled sentences. Select the option that gives their correct order.
A. During the celebration, many people display a set of ornamental dolls known as ‘Hina’ dolls.
B. Hinamat suri is a celebration of the girls in Japan wishing them a bright future.
C. These royal-looking dolls are dressed in the clothing of the Heian period.
D. These dolls represent the Emperor, Empress and other royal representatives.
1. ACBD
2. DBAC
3. CDBA
4. BADC

The correct answer is option 4, i.e., BADC.

While finding the correct order, it is easier to find the first few sentences and then eliminate the options.

The first sentence must have an independent meaning and introduce a topic. Here, only B, talking about Hinamat suri is independent.

So, B must be the first sentence of the correct order.

Q.18 Select the most appropriate word to fill in the blank.
All students should express their ______ views in the group discussion without any fear.
1. secluded
2. candid
3. outspoken
4. guarded
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. candid.
The sentence suggests that the blank must contain an adjective that means frank, honest.
Meanings of the given words:
secluded- (of a place) not seen or visited by many people; sheltered and private.
candid– truthful and straightforward; frank.
outspoken– frank in stating one’s opinions, especially if they are shocking or controversial.
guarded- cautious and having possible reservations.
Out of these, the only word that can be appropriate here is candid.
Q.19 Select the correct indirect form of the given sentence.
“Hello”, he said to his friend. “What can I do for you?”
1. He greeted his friend and asked what he could do for him.
2. He told hello and asked his friend what he could do for him.
3. He said hello and asked his friend what can do for him.
4. He asked and greeted his friend that what he can do for him.
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. He greeted his friend and asked what he could do for him.
While converting greetings like ‘Hello‘ or ‘Hi’ to indirect speech, the main verb becomes ‘greeted‘.
The ‘wh-questions’, when turned to indirect speech, turn the main verb into ‘asked‘.
So, the correct indirect speech would be: He greeted his friend and asked what he could do for him.
Q.20 Select the correct antonym of the given word.
Allure
1. Repulse
2. Rewind
3. Attract
4. Revive
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. Repulse.
Allure means the quality of being powerfully and mysteriously attractive or fascinating.
So, its antonym must mean something that is opposite of attractive, which is repulsive.
Meanings of the given words:
Repulse- cause to feel intense distaste and aversion.
Attract- cause to come to a place or participate in a venture by offering something of interest or advantage.
Rewind- wind or be wound back to the beginning.
Revive– restore to life or consciousness.
Q.21 Select the appropriate meaning of the given idiom.
To flog a dead horse
1. To waste the efforts
2. To complete the work
3. To accept the challenge
4. To make the best use of resources
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. To waste the efforts.
To flog a dead horse is to keep doing something that is no longer proving useful or giving any results (Just like beating a dead horse will not make him run).
Q.22 In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
The old man did not wanted to eat any food.
1. did not wanted
2. to eat
3. any food
4. The old man
The correct answer is option 1 i.e. did not wanted.
Whenever a sentence uses the verb form ‘did‘, the corresponding verb must not use the past tense form of the verb.
As ‘did‘ already represents the past tense, using past tense form of the verb, viz, here, ‘wanted‘, is redundant.
So, the corrected sentence is: The old man did not want to eat any food.
Q.23 In the sentence identify the segment which contains the grammatical error.
No least than fifty participants were present for the singing competition.
1. the singing competition
2. fifty participants were
3. No least than
4. present for
The correct answer is option 3 i.e. No least than.
The incorrect segment is No least than, as it cannot make the sentence meaningful.
Given the context, the correct degree of adjective here is the positive degree, viz., fewer 
The superlative degree ‘Least‘ does not work here as there is no comparison being made.
So, the rectified sentence is: No fewer than fifty participants were present for the singing competition.
Q.24 Select the word which means the same as the groups of words given.
The school or college in which one has been educated
1. Mentor
2. Alma mater
3. Graduate
4. Alumni
The correct answer is option 2 i.e. Alma mater.
  • Let’s look at the meaning of the correct option.
    • Alma mater: The university, school, or college that one formerly attended.
  • From the above meaning, we find that the given sentence in the question and the meaning of Alma mater is the same. 
  • Let’s look at the meaning of the other given options. 
    • Erudite: Having or showing knowledge that is gained by studying: possessing or displaying erudition
    • Mentor: An experienced and trusted adviser.
    • Graduate: A person who has successfully completed a course of study or training.
  • Hence, we find that the correct answer is Option 2 i.e Alma mater.
Q.25 Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If no substitution is required, select No improvement.
Many of a students were not shortlisted for the personal interview.
1. Many of students
2. No improvement
3. The many student
4. Many of the students
The correct answer is option 4 i.e. Many of the students.
The sentence uses the incorrect article ‘a‘.
As the noun is the plural, general noun ‘students‘, the appropriate article here becomes ‘the; and not the specific, singular article ‘a‘.
Thus, the rectified sentence is: Many of the students were not short listed for the personal interview.

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