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SBI PO Prelims English Questions

Directions (1-5): Each of the following questions has a paragraph from which one sentence has been deleted. From the given options, choose the one that completes the paragraph in the most appropriate way.

 Q1. Farmers are able to get viable price for this rice in the market. _______________________________________________________ The paddy straw, got after the harvest, is almost double the quantity compared with the normal varieties, he said.

 The government has taken the decision after considering the views of the state governments.
 Now after the revision in MSP, the returns of Safflower has been increased to Rs 4,945, providing a 50.1 per cent returns to farmers.
 One of the advantages for them is that they do not have to spend on fertilizers or pesticides
 He switched over to organic cultivation and traditional varieties over three years ago.
 None of these

Q2. One of the most disturbing aspects of the ongoing bad loan saga was that GNPAs officially recognized by the banks were only the tip of the iceberg. In 2013, ________________________________________________there was another dicey one hidden from public view because of a cozy arrangement with the borrower to restructure the loan.
 The immense effort put in by the stakeholders so far is required to be buttressed with substantive reforms in governance
 For all banks was at a comfortable 13.4% as of September 2018.
 For capital infusions from the government may continue
 For every bad loan that banks had recognized as NPA
 None of these

Q3. Thankfully, elections happen every five years in India. But for that, the word rural, it appears, _____________________________________________________________________. If ‘rural economy’ is the core for India, why is it that the legitimate concerns of the rural population are sought to be addressed only in the eleventh hour (at almost the end of their terms) by governments?
 would have remained in the realm of a distant memory in the minds of political masters
 raises serious questions on the way governments prioritise issues impacting the economic status of a vast part of the population.
 The word ‘rural’ has become the fulcrum around which the final full-fledged budget of the NDA-government is structured.
 is incorrect to indulge in comparisons with developed economies on the subsidy issue
 None of these

Q4. Dark matter is thought to make up most of the mass of the universe. However since it does not interact with light in the same way as normal matter, it can only be observed through its gravitational effects ___________________________________________________________ when stars form, strong winds can push gas and dust away from the heart of the galaxy. As a result, the galaxy’s centre has less mass, which affects how much gravity is felt by the remaining dark matter.
 This spinning motion, at speeds of hundreds of kilometers per second, may cause matter in the disk to take on a distinctive spiral shape
 The key to studying it may however lie in how stars are formed in these galaxies.
 Older stars reside in the bulge at the center of the galactic disk.
 These intergalactic processes may be part of natural evolution by which irregular galaxies transform into one of the other shapes
 None of these

Q5. Feeding a hungry planet is growing increasingly difficult as climate change and depletion of land and other resources undermine food systems, the U.N.F.A.O. said. _______________________________________________ but increasing farm output is hard given the “fragility of the natural resource base” since humans have outstripped Earth’s carrying capacity in terms of land, water and climate change,
 the number of hungry and malnourished people in the world has risen to levels last seen a decade ago
 adequately nourishing diets for a variety of reasons
 Population growth requires supplies of more nutritious food at affordable prices
 Increasing farm output beyond sustainable levels can cause permanent damage to ecosystems
 None of these

Directions (6-10): For each question is given a sentence or a group of sentences with four highlighted words. Among the four highlighted words, two words needs to be interchanged to make the sentence grammatically and contextually correct. Choose the option which mentions the correct interchange to make the stanza grammatically and contextually correct.

Q6. To reread a book is to make a re-acquaintance(1) not simply of the text, the storyline and the nudge(2), it is not simply to be drawn into a process of reappraisal and see how it all stacks(3) up now compared to when the book was read ages ago. It is also a characters(4) to imagine that person you were when you first, or last as the case may be, read the book.

 1-4
 2-4
 1-3
 2-3
 3-4

Q7. While most planners and experts recommend diversifying your portfolio, going compromise (1) with it is not a good idea. “Over-diversification leads to a overboard (2) on the returns since it can take away your ability to invest a substantial (3) amount in good schemes or instruments (4).
 2-1
 3-1
 3-4
 4-1
 2-4

Q8. After all, apart from the high base effect for some companies such as Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, the industry needs to contend with a global growth (1). This double whammy (2) has already hit slowdown (3) at Accenture Plc, which reported results for the quarter(4) ended February late last month.
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 1-3
 2-4
 3-4
 1-2

Q9. Under open acreage licensing policy, companies are allowed to put in an expression of interest (EoI) for licence (1) of oil and gas in any area that is presently (2) not under any production or exploration prospecting (3). The EoIs can be put in at any time of the year but they are accumulated (4) twice annually.
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 3-4
 2-4
 1-4
 2-3

Q10. But how do banks figure out which product (1) to offer to which customer? Your transaction patterns with a bank gives a lot of offer (2). For instance, if you are spending repeatedly (3) to buy movie tickets using the Net banking facility, the bank is likely to insights (4) you a co-branded credit card that has some related benefits.
 2-3
 1-3
 1-4
 2-4
 3-4

Directions (11-15): In each of the questions given below a pharse/idiom is given in BOLD and five options are given below it. You have to choose the option which best describes the meaning of the phrase/idiom.

Q11. Backseat driver

 An event that happens infrequently.
 A person who has a lot of experience.
 An expert of the subject.
 A person who manages taxi services.
 Anyone who offers unwanted advice.

Q12. Lion’s share
 Share in profits of a company
 The largest part of something.
 The smallest part of something
 A Lion's prey
 None of the Above

Q13. Not a spark of decency
 No regret for a mistake
 No manners
 No affection towards animals
 No respect towards elders
 None of the Above

Q14. Wild goose chase
 To search for a wild goose
 To chase one’s dreams passionately
 To achieve something with complete dedication.
 A foolish and hopeless search for something unattainable.
 To do something badly or cheaply.

Q15. To kick the bucket
 To die
 To take a bath
 To lose control
 To get angry
 To shout with anger












SOLUTIONS

1.C
2.D
3.A
4.B
5.C
6.B
7.A
8.B
9.A
10.D
11.E
12.B
13.B
14.D
15.A

5 Banking and SSC : SBI PO Prelims English Questions Directions (1-5): Each of the following questions has a paragraph from which one sentence has been deleted. From the given options, choose ...

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