SSC CGL 2020 : 13 Aug 2021 Shift 3 Previous Year Paper English Language PDF


Question 1


Directions: Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.

Iota


Options

A

Bag

Bag

B

Lot

Lot

C

Box

Box

D

Bit

Bit


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

Bit


Question 2


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

Many of the apples was rotten.


Options

A

were rotten

were rotten

B

No substitution

No substitution

C

was being rotten

was being rotten

D

is rotten

is rotten


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

were rotten


Question 3


Directions: 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. When he reached his town, he went to his house and knocked at the door.

B. A man went away from his home.

C. Disappointed, he decided to take it himself.

D. One day he wrote a letter to his family, but could not find anyone to take the letter to his town.


Options

A

ABCD

ABCD

B

DACB

DACB

C

CBAD

CBAD

D

BDCA

BDCA


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

BDCA


Question 4


Directions: Select the most appropriate ANTONYM of the given word.

Pompous


Options

A

Showy

Showy

B

Boastful

Boastful

C

Flaunting

Flaunting

D

Humble

Humble


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

Humble


Question 5


Directions: Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.

Want to curl up and die


Options

A

Too tired from physical labour

Too tired from physical labour

B

Want to die comfortably

Want to die comfortably

C

Feel terribly ashamed and sorry

Feel terribly ashamed and sorry

D

Unable to sleep well

Unable to sleep well


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Feel terribly ashamed and sorry


Question 6


Directions: Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.

Options

A

Friend

Friend

B

Fiery

Fiery

C

Scenic

Scenic

D

Neice

Neice


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

Neice


Question 7


Directions: Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

The advanced nations face no population problem since they were already settling down to zero growth _______ in the population.


Options

A

frequency

frequency

B

rate

rate

C

scale

scale

D

degree

degree


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

rate


Question 8


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

Although the children studied hard, but they could not understand the topic without the help of the teacher.


Options

A

Although the children studied hard, they

Although the children studied hard, they

B

Although the children had study hard, but they

Although the children had study hard, but they

C

Although the children have studied hard, but they

Although the children have studied hard, but they

D

No substitution

No substitution


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

Although the children studied hard, they


Question 9


Directions: Select the most appropriate synonym of the given word.

Yield (n)


Options

A

Garden

Garden

B

Orchard

Orchard

C

Harvest

Harvest

D

Plantation

Plantation


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Harvest


Question 10


Directions: The following sentence has been divided into parts. One of them contains an error. Select the part that contains the error from the given options.

Lack of required / vitamins and minerals / lead against / several complications / in the human body.


Options

A

lead against

lead against

B

Lack of required

Lack of required

C

several complications

several complications

D

in the human body

in the human body


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

lead against


Question 11


Directions: Select the most appropriate ANTONYM of the given word.

Widespread


Options

A

Famous

Famous

B

Limited

Limited

C

General

General

D

Overall

Overall


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

Limited


Question 12


Directions: Select the most appropriate option to fill in the blank.

The door _______ in the strong wind.


Options

A

slapped

slapped

B

hooted

hooted

C

sizzled

sizzled

D

slammed

slammed


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

slammed


Question 13


Directions: Select the INCORRECTLY spelt word.

Options

A

Inershia

Inershia

B

Indolence

Indolence

C

Insolence

Insolence

D

Idleness

Idleness


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

Inershia


Question 14


Directions: The following sentence has been divided into parts. One of them contains an error. Select the part that contains the error from the given options.

The Dussehra celebrations / in Mysore / this year / are grandest than / in any other part / of the state.


Options

A

any other part

any other part

B

The Dussehra celebrations

The Dussehra celebrations

C

are grandest than

are grandest than

D

in Mysore

in Mysore


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

are grandest than


Question 15


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

One who does not take any alcoholic drink


Options

A

Perfectionist

Perfectionist

B

Astrologer

Astrologer

C

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

D

Teetotaller

Teetotaller


Solution:

Correct Answer:

D

Teetotaller


Question 16


Directions: Select the option that expresses the given sentence in indirect speech.

“Read the instructions before you start making the dish,” Deepa's mother said to her.


Options

A

Deepa's mother told her to read the instructions before she started making the dish.

Deepa's mother told her to read the instructions before she started making the dish.

B

Deepa's mother told to her to read the instructions before you start making the dish.

Deepa's mother told to her to read the instructions before you start making the dish.

C

Deepa's mother said her to read the instructions before she start making the dish.

Deepa's mother said her to read the instructions before she start making the dish.

D

Deepa's mother told her to read the instructions before you had made the dish.

Deepa's mother told her to read the instructions before you had made the dish.


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

Deepa's mother told her to read the instructions before she started making the dish.


Question 17


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

Close all the windows.


Options

A

All the windows be closed.

All the windows be closed.

B

Will you close all the windows?

Will you close all the windows?

C

Let all the windows be closed.

Let all the windows be closed.

D

Can you close all the windows?

Can you close all the windows?


Solution:

Correct Answer:

C

Let all the windows be closed.


Question 18


Directions: Select the most appropriate meaning of the given idiom.

Be at a loss for words


Options

A

Not know what to say

Not know what to say

B

Habituated to using difficult words

Habituated to using difficult words

C

Lost the urge to speak

Lost the urge to speak

D

Not aware of the language

Not aware of the language


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

Not know what to say


Question 19


Directions: 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. At length the olive tree's branches broke with the snow's weight, at once despoiling it of its beauty and killing the tree.

B. A shower of snow fell upon them and, finding the Olive full of foliage, it settled upon its branches.

C. Finding the fig tree without leaves, the snow fell through the branches to the ground and did not injure it at all.

D. The olive tree ridiculed the fig tree because, while she was green all year round, the fig tree changed its leaves with the seasons.


Options

A

ACBD

ACBD

B

DBAC

DBAC

C

ABCD

ABCD

D

DACB

DACB


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

DBAC


Question 20


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

A person who is trained to travel in a spacecraft


Options

A

Astronaut

Astronaut

B

Anchor

Anchor

C

Chauffeur

Chauffeur

D

Choreographer

Choreographer


Solution:

Correct Answer:

A

Astronaut


Question 21


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 1.

Options

A

will be

will be

B

are

are

C

is

is

D

be

be


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

are


Question 22


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 2.

Options

A

extent

extent

B

number

number

C

figure

figure

D

total

total


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

number


Question 23


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 3.

Options

A

wrapping

wrapping

B

including

including

C

showing

showing

D

counting

counting


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

including


Question 24


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 4.

Options

A

much

much

B

such

such

C

more

more

D

so

so


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

such


Question 25


Select the most appropriate option to fill in blank 5.

Options

A

industrialist

industrialist

B

industrial

industrial

C

industrialised

industrialised

D

industry

industry


Solution:

Correct Answer:

B

industrial


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