Hello and welcome to ExamPundit. Here is a set of English Quiz for IBPS PO Mains 2015.
Directions (1-10): 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/phrases are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word/phrase in each case.
The chasm between India’s flourishing cities and bleak rural hinterland is narrowing. Spread across 6,50,000 villagers were long _________ by city dwellers as primitive, impoverished and irrelevant, something to drive past on the way to something else. That is no longer the _________. A new prosperity is _________ in rural India, with tens of millions entering the pressure cooker and television-owning class and tens of thousands becoming sippers of Scotch, _________ of premium tractors and drivers of multiple sedans. The opening of this new frontier of consumer demand from 700 million people could tip India’s role in the global economy from seller to buyer, from a vendor of outsourced skills to a source of consumers for the world’s _________. Multinational corporations, appear increasingly _________ to understand Indian villagers. Rural dwellers are now nearly twice as likely to be correlates as city dwellers in Bangalore, the high-technology hub, according to the National Council for Applied Economic Research. It may be a trickle, but India’s urban prosperity is flowing to the countryside and weld-to-do villages are early testing grounds of _________ the benefits of India’s economic makeover and opening to the world will flow to its villagers, many of them living in its poorest rural nooks. The _________ of such villages will also add fuel to the debate over democracy’s influence on economic development. India has been faulted for growing more lethargically than China, in part because of its democracy. But the new rural prosperity _________ that the high cost of democracy also has a hidden benefit. By compelling each politician to _________ results to his own narrow constituency, democracy spreads economic change more thinly. But that in turn broadens the consensus in favour of change, perhaps making liberalzation more sustainable in India than in China.
1. 1) wished 2) awaited 3) imagined 4) abolished 5) drawn
2. 1) question 2) case 3) feature 4) issue 5) views
3. 1) emerged 2) visual 3) associating 4) sprouting 5) instilling
4. 1) sellers 2) owners 3) makers 4) marketers 5) hirers
5. 1) price 2) wares 3) stuff 4) commodity 5) today
6. 1) aware 2) disinterested 3) keen 4) intend 5) tough
7. 1) really 2) about 3) since 4) if 5) whether
8. 1) transformation 2) propensity 3) downfall 4) revolution 5) decrease
9. 1) suggests 2) narrates 3) says 4) shows 5) remarks
10. 1) derive 2) distribute 3) give 4) seek 5) deliver