SSC CGL 2020 : 13 Aug 2021 Shift 2 Previous Year Paper English Language PDF


Question 1


Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.

Prompt


Options

A

Gradual

Gradual

B

Quick

Quick

C

Slow

Slow

D

Lengthy

Lengthy


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

Quick


Question 2


Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.

Options

A

Sincere

Sincere

B

Grievance

Grievance

C

Liesure

Liesure

D

Seize

Seize


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Liesure


Question 3


Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.

Options

A

Borrow

Borrow

B

Alottment

Alottment

C

Terrorism

Terrorism

D

Allowance

Allowance


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

Alottment


Question 4


Select the most appropriate ANTONYM of the given word.

Hope


Options

A

Chance

Chance

B

Courage

Courage

C

Doubt

Doubt

D

Optimism

Optimism


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Doubt


Question 5


Select the option that can be used as a one-word substitute for the given group of words.

A self-governing country or region


Options

A

Democracy

Democracy

B

Monarchy

Monarchy

C

Autonomy

Autonomy

D

Anarchy

Anarchy


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Autonomy


Question 6


Select the option that expresses the given sentence in reported speech.

“Is he alright now?” I asked my neighbour’s wife about her husband, Mr. Gulyani.


Options

A

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband was alright then

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband was alright then

B

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if your husband will be alright now.

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if your husband will be alright now.

C

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband had become alright then

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband had become alright then

D

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband is alright now

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband is alright now


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

I asked Mrs. Gulyani, my neighbour's wife, if her husband was alright then


Question 7


Select the option that expresses the given sentence in passive voice.

The sunrays burned my face


Options

A

My face is burned by the sunrays

My face is burned by the sunrays

B

My face has been burned by the sunrays

My face has been burned by the sunrays

C

My face is being burned by the sunrays.

My face is being burned by the sunrays.

D

My face was burned by the sunrays

My face was burned by the sunrays


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

My face was burned by the sunrays


Question 8


Select the option that can be used as a one-word substitute for the given group of words.

A place where coins, medals or tokens are made


Options

A

Mint

Mint

B

Casting

Casting

C

Mill

Mill

D

Workshop

Workshop


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

Mint


Question 9


The following sentence has been split into four segments. Identify the segment that contains a grammatical error.

The woodcutter felled / some trees / with hardly / many effort at all.


Options

A

many effort at all

many effort at all

B

some trees

some trees

C

with hardly

with hardly

D

The woodcutter felled

The woodcutter felled


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

many effort at all


Question 10


Select the most appropriate meaning of the following idiom.

To take a chill pill


Options

A

To gulp a tablet for a cold

To gulp a tablet for a cold

B

To drink cold water

To drink cold water

C

To calm down

To calm down

D

To ask a doctor for medication

To ask a doctor for medication


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

To calm down


Question 11


Select the most appropriate ANTONYM of the given word.

Putrefy


Options

A

Destroy

Destroy

B

Contaminate

Contaminate

C

Combine

Combine

D

Decompose

Decompose


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Combine


Question 12


Select the option that will improve the underlined part of the given sentence. In case no improvement is needed select ‘No improvement required’.

Fierce competition against restaurants has driven up the prices.


Options

A

along

along

B

No improvement required

No improvement required

C

among

among

D

through

through


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

among


Question 13


Select the most appropriate option to substitute the underlined segment in the given sentence. If no substitution is required, select ‘No substitution required’.

“Can you give me so many examples of subordinate clauses?”, the teacher asked the class.


Options

A

No substitution required

No substitution required

B

some many examples of

some many examples of

C

some few examples of

some few examples of

D

some more examples of

some more examples of


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

some more examples of


Question 14


The following sentence has been divided into parts. One of them may contain an error. Select the part that contains the error from the given options. If you don’t find any error, mark ‘No error’ in your answer.

The river appears to have / got its name / from the town nearby.


Options

A

got its name

got its name

B

from the town nearby

from the town nearby

C

No error

No error

D

The river appears to have

The river appears to have


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

No error


Question 15


Sentences of a paragraph are given below in jumbled order. Arrange the sentences in the right order to form a meaningful and coherent paragraph.

A. “Excellently well,” said she; “we have everything that we want; I have but one prayer, that we may have a heavy storm of rain to water our plants.”

B. A man who had two daughters married one to a gardener and the other to a potter.

C. Off he went to the potter's home and asked his other daughter how matters were with her.

D. After a while he paid a visit to the gardener's home and asked his daughter how she was, and how it fared with her.


Options

A

ACDB

ACDB

B

DCAB

DCAB

C

BDAC

BDAC

D

BCDA

BCDA


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

BDAC


Question 16


Sentences of a paragraph are given below in jumbled order. Arrange the sentences in the right order to form a meaningful and coherent paragraph.

A. While India is home to 75 per cent of the tigers in the world, the Global Tiger Day, as it is also known - sees awareness events organised in the country, as well as in neighbouring Bangladesh and Nepal.

B. Its primary objective is to preserve the natural habitat of the tiger.

C. International Tiger Day was initiated in 2010, at the Saint Petersburg Tiger Summit.

D. This annual event observed on 29 July, aims to create awareness on tiger conservation.


Options

A

CDBA

CDBA

B

CABD

CABD

C

DCBA

DCBA

D

BACD

BACD


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

CDBA


Question 17


Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

Help from relatives ______ him in difficult times.


Options

A

approved

approved

B

supported

supported

C

allowed

allowed

D

passed

passed


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

supported


Question 18


Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.

Dedicated


Options

A

Tedious

Tedious

B

Boring

Boring

C

Dreary

Dreary

D

Committed

Committed


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

Committed


Question 19


Select the most appropriate meaning of the following idiom.

To walk on air


Options

A

To be completely free

To be completely free

B

To feel very depressed

To feel very depressed

C

To be very rich

To be very rich

D

To be very happy

To be very happy


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

To be very happy


Question 20


Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

The interviewer asked Gautam, “Can you tell me what your ______ in life are?”


Options

A

frivolities

frivolities

B

trivialities

trivialities

C

determinations

determinations

D

aspirations

aspirations


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

aspirations


Question 21


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank number 1.

Options

A

some

some

B

one

one

C

every

every

D

each

each


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

each


Question 22


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank number 2.

Options

A

from

from

B

at

at

C

while

while

D

on

on


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

at


Question 23


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank number 3.

Options

A

people

people

B

animals

animals

C

ones

ones

D

creatures

creatures


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

people


Question 24


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank number 4

Options

A

because

because

B

since

since

C

about

about

D

beside

beside


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

because


Question 25


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank number 5.

Options

A

without

without

B

minus

minus

C

devoid

devoid

D

lacking

lacking


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

without


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