English Quiz for SBI Clerk Prelims 2016 - Set 7

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Read the following passage carefully and answer the following questions. Certain words in the passage are printed in bold to help you locate them easily while answering some of the questions:
The inclusion of disability as a category in Census 2001 was seen as a major victory for this marginalised category. But if greater recognition and sensitivity to their special needs was expected, the recent disability audit conducted in public places and historical monuments has proved exactly the opposite. Barring one monument in the Capital, no Braille signs were found anywhere; indeed, there was almost no way the disabled could access these heritage sites. Needless to say, other public places are even less disabled friendly. As for disabled Indians, a recent survey found that even the most articulate among them were treated as if they were entirely without varied interests and aspirations. Their main complaint was that no one wanted to speak to them on any subject other than their disabilities. Predictably, many of the surveyed felt that society’s perception of them would change for the better if they could interact with the mainstream but were prevented from doing so for lack of access to public places and an attitude of exclusion by society. Besides, the disabled are often cut off from productive employment. This despite a three per cent reservation for jobs in government and government-aided institutions for people with up to 40% disability. The excuse jobs where the disabled can be profitably employed are yet to be identified. At last count, only around 3,500 out of a potentially employable seven million disabled people could find jobs annually. In schools, children with disabilities find considerable resistance at the entry level though the law clearly forbids this sort of discrimination. The few disabled in India who have landed in jobs find that they are discriminated against and often superseded at the workplace on the assumption that any handicap will hamper competence. This despite several studies that the disabled are more committed and disciplined than their advantaged counterparts. The government must understand that such a cavalier attitude besides alienating a vast segment of society, can go against its commercial interests—whether in terms of internal productivity or external tourism revenue.

1. Why has disability been mentioned as “marginalised category” in the passage?
1) It was not included in the census.
2) It was the first time that it was included in Census 2001.
3) It has been a neglected category in India.
4) Only persons having 40% disability are included in job reservation.
5) They are cut off from productive employment.

2. Which of the following has not been mentioned by the author?
1) Not only the Government’s but also the society’s attitude is that of exclusion.
2) In 2001, only 3,500 disabled were employed.
3) Handicap does not hamper competence.
4) The inclusion of disability reflects little sensitivity towards the disabled.
5) None of these

3. The survey has revealed that
1) the disabled are still the neglected lot.
2) there is actually no dearth of jobs for the disabled.
3) the govt turns a blind eye to the schools flouting laws forbidding discrimination.
4) but for the Braille, the disabled could have enjoyed heritage sites.
5) All the above

4. Which of the following is/are TRUE in the secondary context of the passage?
(A) Handicap does not come in the way of aspirations.
(B) Schools discriminate at secondary level.
(C) Less than 40% disabled are not included in the reservation for jobs.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Only C
4) Both A and C
5) Both A and B

5. What can substitute ‘cavalier attitude’ as used in the passage?
1) Anti-discriminatory attitude
2) Welcoming cavalry
3) Discourteous attitude
4) Apartheid nature
5) Violating human rights

6. What is the aim of the author?
1) To cite administrative neglect
2) To put Census 2001 in a critic’s perspective
3) To portray the plight of the disabled lot
4) To bring hard facts of life to light
5) To spread a message of social awareness

Directions (Q. 7-8): Which of the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in context of the passage?

7. Access
1) Go 2) Avail 3) Find 4) Enjoy 5) Approach

8. Superseded
1) Promoted 2) Degraded 3) Downgrade 4) Lowered 5) None of these

Directions (Q. 9-10): Which of the following is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning as word printed in bold letters as used in context of the passage?

9. Resistance
1) Objection 2) Attraction 3) Support 4) Obedience 5) Non-discriminatory

10. Articulate

1) Tacit 2) Imperative 3) Dominant 4) Abstract 5) Obsolete


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