Full English Language Practice Set for SBI PO Prelims 2017 - 2

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English Language Test for SBI PO

Directions [Q. 1-10]: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been written in bold to help you locate them while answering the questions.

Linking all emergency services to a single toll-free number for the whole country is critical to improving communication to and response by emergency services. India will have the single emergency number system — 112 — in 2017. The decision to streamline and unify point-of-contact should be welcomed by all. The new system would substitute other agency-specific numbers. The single emergency number system comes with two other important citizen safety and emergency response initiatives, namely, panic buttons and GPS navigation systems in mobile phones. Together these initiatives would go a long way in improving safety of citizens. There has been a clamor for such measures in the wake of increasing incidents of sexual violence and crimes against children and elderly.
Implementing the system could prove a daunting task. Given the decline in landline telephone connections, increasing mobile phone penetration and accompanying complaints of poor service, ensuring 100 per cent coverage and connectivity will be challenging.
Secondly, achieving seamless integration between the 112 call centre and respective response agencies would involve putting in place appropriate and effective systems, training of personnel and adequate funding for services infrastructure. What is the point in having the 112 system if there is no coordination between agencies or if agencies do not have the required multi-purpose vehicles to rush to the spot.? Modern emergency services need specialised and sophisticated equipments ranging from flame-proof cranes, to hoists and robots. India’s track record has not been good in the post-Bhopal gas tragedy years, but there has been some improvement with the setting up of the National Disaster Management Authority. The success of these initiatives will depend on how much importance the government gives to citizen safety and how much value it attaches to life.

1. What is true in context of the passage?
1) 112 will be used only emergency services related to sexual violence.
2) India needs to set up National Disaster Management Authority.
3) Not a lot of trained personnel will be required to make the 112 service successful.
4) 112 will be implemented from 2018.
5) Making the service successful will be a daunting task.

2. What are the citizen safety and emergency response initiatives with 112?
i. GPS navigation systems in mobile phones.
ii. Panic button in mobile phones.
iii. Free Wi-Fi hotspots in railway stations.
1) Only (ii)
2) (ii)&(iii)
3) (i)&(ii)
4) Only (iii)
5) None of the above.

3. What should be the title of the passage?
1) GPS- saving lives.
2) Emergency services.
3) A safe Country
4) 112
5) Implementation of 112.

4. What steps should be taken for proper implementation of 112?
1)  Adequate funding for services infrastructure.
2) Trained personnel.
3) Installation of appropriate and effective systems.
4) Specialised and sophisticated equipments ranging from flame-proof cranes, to hoists and robots are required
5) All of the above.

5. Why ensuring 100 per cent coverage and connectivity will be challenging?
i. Complaints of poor network service.
ii. Decline in landline telephone connections.
iii. Increasing mobile phone penetration.
1) (i) &(ii)
2) (ii)&(iii)
3) (iii)&(ii)
4) (i) & (iii)
5) (i) ,(ii). (iii)

6. What does the author mean by “ India’s track record has not been good in the post-Bhopal gas tragedy”?
1) India was efficient in handling the disaster.
2) India was inefficient in terms of emergency services when it came to handle the disaster.
3) Post Bhopal gas tragedy was tough to cope up with.
4) Bhopal lies in threat areas.
5) None of the above.

Choose the word/phrase which is similar in meaning to the word/phrase printed in bold in the passage.
7. Ranging
1) Fluctuating
2) Ranking
3) Approaching
4) Spanning
5) Spreading.

8. Implementing
1) Fulfilling
2) Performing
3) Neglecting
4) Assigning
5) Enforcing

Choose the word/phrase which is opposite in meaning to the word/phrase printed in bold in the passage.

9. Clamor
1) Babble
2) Buzz
3) Calmness
4) Murmur
5) Yell

10. Accompanying
1) Along
2) Separated
3) Abandon
4) Deserted
5) Join


Directions (Q. 11-20): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is ‘No error’, the answer is 5). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any.)

11. 1) An international team of scientists successfully developed / 2) a new topological insulator which exhibits / 3 / many topological effects that have / 4) not seen experimentally before. / 5) No error

12. 1) The recent discovery of ancient artifacts / 2) deep in the heart of Sunderban in West Bengal / 3) indicates that the region has human habitation / 4) as early as the third century BCE. / 5) No error

13. 1) The very definition of a classic implies the recognition / 2) that it speaks to all ages, despite the complex ways / 3) in which it relates to and reflects / 4) the specific circumstances of the world in which it originates. / 5) No error

14. 1) Ujjaini was long a centre of learning and intellectual activity; / 2) an observatory had been built fairly early in its history / 3) and the prime meridian passed from the city, / 4) making Ujjaini the Greenwich of ancient India. / 5) No error

15. 1) Hopes for an end to the conflict in Syria are high / 2) as the Geneva peace talks are announced / 3) and the US decides to abort war plans / 4) after investigations find that the rebels used sarin. / 5) No error

16. 1) To project Dr Ambedkar as / 2) just a Dalit icon, or treat him like / 3) a prophet, does not do / 4) justice of his memory. / 5) No error

17. 1) An amaging magical place which / 2) is a fine synthesis of / 3) spiritual and natural / 4) wonder is Ladakh. / 5) No error

18. 1) He lost both his legs / 2) on the day he was / 3) going to write Delhi University / 4) BEd entrance exam. / 5) No error

19. 1) All men between / 2) eighteen to forty-five without exception / 3) are expected to serve / 4) in the army during a war. / 5) No error

20. 1) Our neighbours are / 2) old fashioned and / 3) are very strictly / 4) with their children / 5) No error

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Directions (Q. 21-30): In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningful.

There was a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was _______(21) as someone who could do no wrong; not a run-of-the-mill politician, the economist-prime minister was seen as the _______(22) of India’s growth story. And rightly so. His meteoric rise in India’s politics was seen as a _______(23) of the educated, hard-working Indian middle class. Now Manmohan Singh is no _______(24) the feted leader but is seen as a _______(25) of a ship who failed to read the headwinds correctly. So when the government announced that the prime minister will hold a press conference, only his third in the last 10 years, it generated a lot of _______(26). Rumours about his retirements had been doing the _______(27) for some time and Mr Singh took this opportunity to announce that he would _______(28) up his boots after the general elections. Commenting on the quality of his stint, Mr Singh _______(29) the charge that he was a weak prime minister and said that history will hopefully be more kind to him that the Opposition and _______(30) media have been as he did the best he could in the given political circumstances.

21. 1) admitted 2) listened 3) communicated 4) purviewed 5) seen

22. 1) author 2) actor 3) lender 4) performer 5) creator

23. 1) defeat 2) step 3) triumph 4) way 5) luck

24. 1) one 2) more 3) way 4) less 5) body

25. 1) commander 2) leader 3) sailor 4) captain 5) passenger

26. 1) buzz 2) problem 3) fuss 4) trouble 5) pleasure

27. 1) noise 2) news 3) rounds 4) clocks 5) best

28. 1) cling 2) make 3) leave 4) give 5) hang

29. 1) represented 2) refuted 3) declared 4) accepted 5) clarified

30. 1) current 2) present 3) recent 4) contemporary 5) latest

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