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SSC English Question Paper:

Correct answers are marked in bold letters. PDF Download link available at the end of last question.

Directions: In the following questions. Out of the four alternatives. Choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.
Question 1: Lackluster
(a) Prosaic
(b) Vibrant
(c) Lively
(d) Spirited

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Question 2: Tremendous
(a) Awesome
(b) Remarkable
(c) Considerable
(d) Excessive

Question 3: Daring
(a) Brilliant
(b) Energetic
(c) Enthusiastic
(d) Courageous

Question 4: Spunk
(a) Timidity
(b) Weakness
(c) Diffidence
(d) Mettle

Question 5: Anticipate
(a) Antagonise
(b) Expect
(c) Accept
(d) Hope

Directions: Pick out the correct alternative that complete sentence which is changed into indirect Narration.

Question 6: The saint said to me, “Why do you not go to the temple daily?”
The saint:
(a) said to me that why I did not go to the temple daily.
(b) asked me that why I did not go to the temple daily.
(c) asked me that why I do not go to the temple daily.
(d) enquired of me why I did not go to the temple daily

Question 7: The teacher said to me, “Have you read this book?”
The teacher
(a) told to me that had I read this book.
(b) said to me that had I read this book.
(c) asked me if I had read that book.
(d) told me that I had read that book.

Directions: In each of these questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given sentence, group of words or clauses.

Question 8: Parts of a country behind the coast or a river’s banks.
(a) Swamps
(b) Archipelago
(c) Hinterland
(d) Isthmus

Question 9: One who promotes the idea of absence of government of any kind, when every man should be a law unto himself
(a) Anarchist
(b) Belligerent
(c) Iconoclast
(d) Agnostic

Directions: In the following questions, some of the sentences have errors and some have none, Find out which part of a sentence has an error.
Question 10:
(a) They agreed
(b) to repair the damage
(c) freely of charge
(d) No error

Question 11:
(a) Each in the office
(b) Including Rajesh
(c) Knew who had
(d) Made the mistake

Question 12: (a) We must try
(b) to reach college early
(c) because the students
(d) must waiting for us there

Question 13: (a) The Governing Board
(b) Comprises of
(c) Several distinguished personalities
(d) No error

Question 14: (a) The director, along with all his officers
(b) were welcomed
(c) with due respect
(d) by the union leaders

Directions: In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Question 15: AMELIORATE
(a) improve
(b) depend
(c) soften
(d) worsen

Question 16: JETTISON
(a) Accept
(b) Reward
(c) Preserve
(d) Consent

Question 17: EVANESCENT
(a) Imminent
(b) Permanent
(c) Pervasive
(d) Immanent

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Question 18: GROTESQUE
(a) funny
(b) irrational
(c) weak
(d) partisan

Question 19: DEVIOUS
(a) Straight
(b) Obvious
(c) Simple
(d) Superficial

Directions: In the following questions, groups of four words are given. In each group, one word is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.

Question 20:
(a) Abandon
(b) Accommodation
(c) Adranalin
(d) Advent

Question 21:
(a) Embad

(b) Elapse
(c) Exhilarate
(d) Exhort

Question 22:
(a) Cathedral
(b) Catastrephe
(c) Colloquial
(d) Coax

Question 23:
(a) Perplex
(b) Peninsula
(c) Perpetuate
(d) Pedastrain

Question 24:
(a) Trample
(b) Tuberculosis
(c) Trenquilizer
(d) Transcend

Directions: In these questions sentences are given below with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

Question 25:
That hardly counts, _______
(a) does it?
(b) doesn’t it?
(c) do it?
(d) don’t it?

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Question 26:
Only people who are afraid to sign their names send _____ letters.
(a) unanimous
(b) anonymous
(c) official
(d) informal

Question 27:
The Unprecedented economic growth of China has ________ worldwide attention.
(a) attracted
(b) proposed
(c) neither
(d) perceived

Question 28:
The government is planning to set _______ family welfare centers for slums in cities.
(a) another
(b) with
(c) for
(d) up

Question 29:
Economic development and education have________ women more assertive.
(a) made
(b) prepared
(c) marked
(d) resulted

Direction: In the following passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

A (30) becomes a flowing stream only (31) there is continuity of (32) life in a society. In (33) words, a (34) culture comes into (35) when people (36) a continuous way of life. Such (37) expresses itself (38) various ways in common traditions and (39) of conduct.

Question 30:
(a) Civilization
(b) Culture
(c) Idea
(d) Philosophy

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Question 31:
(a) At
(b) What
(c) When
(d) As

Question 32:
(a) Individual

(b) Nature’s
(c) Society
(d) Collective

Question 33:
(a) Different
(b) Difficult
(c) Other
(d) Many

Question 34:
(a) Distinctive

(b) Unique
(c) Clear
(d) Foggy

Question 35:
(a) Phase
(b) Existence
(c) Action
(d) Thinking

Question 36:
(a) Develop
(b) Create
(c) Follow
(d) Except

Question 37:
(a) Inconsistency
(b) Uniqueness
(c) Greatness
(d) Continuity

Question 38:
(a) In

(b) Of
(c) With
(d) At

Question 39:
(a) Rules
(b) Regulations
(c) Norms
(d) Laws

Directions to Solve: I felt the wall of the tunnel shiver. The master alarm squealed through my earphones. Almost simultaneously, Jack yelled down to me that there was a warning light on. Fleeting but spectacular sights snapped into ans out of view, the snow, the shower of debris, the moon, looming close and big, the dazzling sunshine for once unfiltered by layers of air. The last twelve hours before re-entry were particular bone-chilling. During this period, I had to go up in to command module. Even after the fiery re-entry splashing down in 81o water in south pacific, we could still see our frosty breath inside the command module.

Question 40: The word ‘Command Module’ used twice in the given passage indicates perhaps that it deals with
(a) an alarming journey
(b) a commanding situation
(c) a journey into outer space
(d) a frightful battle

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Question 41: Which one of the following reasons would one consider as more as possible for the warning lights to be on?
(a) There was a shower of debris.
(b) Jack was yelling.
(c) A catastrophe was imminent.
(d) The moon was looming close and big.

Question 42: The statement that the dazzling sunshine was “for once unfiltered by layers of air” means
(a) that the sun was very hot
(b) that there was no strong wind
(c) that the air was unpolluted
(d) none of above

Directions: In the following questions, four alternatives are given for the given idiom/phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the given idiom/phrase.

Question 43: To keeps one’s temper
(a) To become hungry
(b) To be in good mood
(c) To preserve ones energy
(d) To be aloof from

Question 44: You can easily overcome this situation, if you keep your head.
(a) keep faith in
(b) remain calm
(c) believe in
(d) trust the others

Question 45: It is clear that the ideas of both reformers ran in the same groove.
(a) Promoted each other
(b) Clashed with each other
(c) Moved in harmony
(d) Moved in different directions

Direction: Sentences given in each question, when properly sequenced form a coherent paragraph. Each sentence is labelled with letter. Choose the most logical order of sentences from among the given choices to construct a coherent paragraph.

Question 46: A. ‘Electricity’ is a subject enumerated in the Concurrent list, meaning that the Federal and State legislatures are competent to enact laws on the subject.
B. The Constitution of India has demarcated the legislative competence of the Federal and State legislatures in three different lists.
C. However, a State law cannot override, or be inconsistent with, a Federal law and in case of in consistency, the Federal law will override the State law.
D. The Union list contains matters within the exclusive domain of the Federal legislature, the State list contains matters within the exclusive domain of the State legislature, and the Concurrent list contains subjects on which both the Federal and the State legislatures are competent to enact laws.
(a) ACBD
(b) BDAC
(c) DABC
(d) BCDA

Question 47: A. The Vikings were the terrorists whom Europe feared the most between the eighth and the twelfth centuries.
B. They set out on these voyages of dangerous adventure because they felt an even more unbearable fear than did their neighbours who stayed behind.
C. For they were tortured by the thought that their name and reputation might vanish into nothingness.
D. They managed to brave the seas to pillage, ransom, and create havoc from Constantinople to Lisbon and Dublin, even though they carried inside them all the usual fears of poor peasants as well as the loneliness of Scandinavia’s long nights.
(a) CDAB
(b) CBAD
(c) DABC
(d) ADBC

Question 48: A. Deprived of livelihood and income, they face penury, and as families split up and spread out, their community bonds crumble.
B. Oddly, all this happens in the name of development, and the victim are described as beneficiaries.
C. Cut off from their most vital resources, those uprooted are then robbed of their history traditions and culture.
D. Imagine the entire population of the continent of Australia turned out of their homes – eighteen million people losing their lands, evicted from their houses.
(a) DACB
(b) DBAC
(c) ACDB
(d) ABDC

Question 49: A. This chemical compound finds wide usage in diversified industries such as refectories, ceramics, etc.
B. Indal developed the requisite technology in-house at its Belgaum centre.
C. In 1982-83, it started developing special alumina, an import substitute.
D. In pursuit of its policy of adding value to the basic products, Indal has been adding value to alumina too.
(a) BCDA
(b) CDAB
(c) CBAD
(d) DCAB

Question 50: A. India accorded Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan long ago.
B. Matters have hardly improved since dialogue was broken off in early 1994.
C. Pakistan is still only talking about giving India MFN status in trade, even though it is obliged to under the World Trade Organization.
D. In some ways, they have worsened.
(a) CADB
(b) BDCA
(c) CBDA
(d) ACBD

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