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SSC CGL Previous Year Question Paper 2 September 2016: English language & Comprehension

Updated on 25 March 2020
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Question 1.In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word.

CUPIDITY

a. FEAR

b. FRIENDSHIP

c. GREED

d. LOVE

Question 2.In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word.

CAPTIVATE

a. DISTRACT

b. OBSCURE

c. IMPRISON

d. RELEASE


Question 3.Four words are given, out of which only one word is spelt correctly. Choose the correctly spelt word.

a. Clandistine

b. Clandestine

c. Clandistene

d. Clandestene


Question 4.In the following questions, one part of the sentence may have an error. Find out which part of the sentence has an error. If the sentence is free from error, click the “No error” option.

Can I have (A) / a loaf of bread (B) / and a jam jar? (C) / No error (D)

a. A

b. B

c. C

d. D


Question 5.In the following questions, one part of the sentence may have an error. Find out which part of the sentence has an error. If the sentence is free from error, click the “No error” option.

Now that I am back at work, (A) / I have beginning (B) / to feel much better. (C) / No error (D)

a. A

b. B

c. C

d. D


Question 6.In the following questions, one part of the sentence may have an error. Find out which part of the sentence has an error. If the sentence is free from error, click the “No error” option.

The artist, plainly a better critic (A) / than painter, destroyed what (B) / he made over for ten years. (C) / No error (D)

a. A

b. B

c. C

d. D


Question 7.The sentences given with blanks are to be filled with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. For each question, choose the correct alternative.

Never give your friends _____________ .

a. the cold arm

b. the cold elbow

c. the cold shoulder

d. the cold hand


Question 8.The sentences given with blanks are to be filled with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. For each question, choose the correct alternative.

My mother upset the kettle of boiling water and ____________ her hand.

a. scalded

b. scolded

c. scorched

d. wounded


Question 9.The sentences given with blanks are to be filled with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. For each question, choose the correct alternative.

His writings are ___________ mistakes.

a. brooded with

b. burst into

c. replete with

d. boasted of


Question 10.In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase.

Cut a sorry figure

a. Did not stand straight

b. Apologised for his remarks

c. Created a wrong impression

d. Made a poor impression


Question 11.In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase.

To take to task

a. Forgave him

b. Slapped him

c. Gave him extra work

d. Reprimanded him


Question 12.In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase.

Bring to light

a. Introduced

b. Revealed

c. Seen

d. Brought to life


Question 13.Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.

A job carrying no salary

a. Honorary

b. Memento

c. Honorarium

d. Memorandum


Question 14.Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.

Act of stealing something in small quantities

a. Pillage

b. Plagiarise

c. Proliferate

d. Pilferage


Question 15.Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.

Pertaining to the west

a. Celestial

b. Occidental

c. Oriental

d. Terrestrial


Question 16.A sentence/a part of the sentence is underlined. Four alternatives are given to the underlined part which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, click the button corresponding to “No improvement”.

As soon as I arrived in home, I knew that something was wrong.

a. arrived by home

b. arrived home

c. arrived my home

d. No improvement


Question 17.A sentence/a part of the sentence is underlined. Four alternatives are given to the underlined part, which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, click the button corresponding to “No improvement”.

Unfortunately Idid not pass inthe examination.

a. I did not pass over

b. I did not overcome

c. I did not pass

d. No improvement


Question 18.A sentence/a part of the sentence is underlined. Four alternatives are given to the underlined part which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, click the button corresponding to “No improvement”.

His powerful desire brought about his downfall.

a. His wishful desire

b. His desire for power

c. His eager desire

d. No improvement


Question 19.A sentence/a part of the sentence is underlined. Four alternatives are given to the underlined part which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, click the button corresponding to “No improvement”.

Ramesh laid in the shade of a tree before he could walk further.

a. lied

b. lay

c. lain

d. No improvement


Question 20.A sentence/a part of the sentence is underlined. Four alternatives are given to the underlined part which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed, click the button corresponding to “No improvement”.

An education in handling money would imply the ability to oversee the consequences of over-spending or over-borrowing.

a. foresee

b. overlook

c. overvalue

d. No improvement


Question 21. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to the question out of the four alternatives.

A knowledge of grammar is essential for good speaking and writing, by which one's mind is judged. Studying grammar means hard work: it must be learned as a whole, with no part omitted, and it demands much thought and patience. But, once acquired, it can give a life-time's pleasure and profit. Its study requires no physical hardship, no special room or expenses. If people spent only their leisure time studying grammar they could master it in one year. The author learned it in less than a year. As a private soldier earning sixpence a day, he sat on his bed and studied. Unable to afford candle or oil, he read in winter by firelight (when it was his turn). If he could manage it thus, and with no outside encouragement, then any youth, however poor or busy, could do the same.

Why should we learn grammar?

a. To develop speaking skills

b. To develop writing skills

c. To have a mastery over language

d. To acquire good speaking and writing skills


Question 22. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to the question out of the four alternatives.

A knowledge of grammar is essential for good speaking and writing, by which one's mind is judged. Studying grammar means hard work: it must be learned as a whole, with no part omitted, and it demands much thought and patience. But, once acquired, it can give a life-time's pleasure and profit. Its study requires no physical hardship, no special room or expenses. If people spent only their leisure time studying grammar they could master it in one year. The author learned it in less than a year. As a private soldier earning sixpence a day, he sat on his bed and studied. Unable to afford candle or oil, he read in winter by firelight (when it was his turn). If he could manage it thus, and with no outside encouragement, then any youth, however poor or busy, could do the same.

How does the world judge a man's mind?

a. By his dress

b. By his manners

c. By his appearance

d. By his speech and writing


Question 23. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to the question out of the four alternatives.

A knowledge of grammar is essential for good speaking and writing, by which one's mind is judged. Studying grammar means hard work: it must be learned as a whole, with no part omitted, and it demands much thought and patience. But, once acquired, it can give a life-time's pleasure and profit. Its study requires no physical hardship, no special room or expenses. If people spent only their leisure time studying grammar they could master it in one year. The author learned it in less than a year. As a private soldier earning sixpence a day, he sat on his bed and studied. Unable to afford candle or oil, he read in winter by firelight (when it was his turn). If he could manage it thus, and with no outside encouragement, then any youth, however poor or busy, could do the same.

How long would it take to gain mastery over grammar?

a. One year

b. Six months

c. Two years

d. Ten months


Question 24. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to the question out of the four alternatives.

A knowledge of grammar is essential for good speaking and writing, by which one's mind is judged. Studying grammar means hard work: it must be learned as a whole, with no part omitted, and it demands much thought and patience. But, once acquired, it can give a life-time's pleasure and profit. Its study requires no physical hardship, no special room or expenses. If people spent only their leisure time studying grammar they could master it in one year. The author learned it in less than a year. As a private soldier earning sixpence a day, he sat on his bed and studied. Unable to afford candle or oil, he read in winter by firelight (when it was his turn). If he could manage it thus, and with no outside encouragement, then any youth, however poor or busy, could do the same.

What is the occupation of the writer?

a. Teacher

b. Soldier

c. Artist

d. Clerk


Question 25. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to the question out of the four alternatives.

A knowledge of grammar is essential for good speaking and writing, by which one's mind is judged. Studying grammar means hard work: it must be learned as a whole, with no part omitted, and it demands much thought and patience. But, once acquired, it can give a life-time's pleasure and profit. Its study requires no physical hardship, no special room or expenses. If people spent only their leisure time studying grammar they could master it in one year. The author learned it in less than a year. As a private soldier earning sixpence a day, he sat on his bed and studied. Unable to afford candle or oil, he read in winter by firelight (when it was his turn). If he could manage it thus, and with no outside encouragement, then any youth, however poor or busy, could do the same.

The learning of grammar should be

a. patient, thoughtful and holistic

b. thoughtful, patient and piecemeal

c. holistic, thoughtful and rapid

d. thoughtful, rapid and piecemeal





All The Best To All The SSC CGL 2020 Aspirants !


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