SBI PO Mains English (Day-01)

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Triple fillers

Directions (1-5): In each of the questions given below, a paragraph is given which has some blanks and those blanks must be filed with the same word out of five words given below it. You must choose that same as your answer and fill up the blanks with that appropriate answer.

1) With more than 3,600 new ______ on Tuesday, Delhi is now nearing its all-time high of novel coronavirus _____ detected in a single day. That was achieved way back on June 23, when 3,947 ______ were discovered

  1. identities
  2. features
  3. cases
  4. entries
  5. records

2) Chandrayaan-3’s _____ has been delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the ______ will now happen early next year instead of the second half of 2020. The announcement was made by Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Sunday where he revealed that the mission to Moon will not include an orbiter like the Chandrayaan-2. But, it will include a rover and a lander.

Chandrayaan-2’s Vikram Lander crashed last year and its debris was found later on by NASA. Following the unsuccessful landing on Moon’s South Pole, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had said that it has plans to ______ another mission to the Moon in 2020.

  1. charge
  2. lift-off
  3. stash
  4. launch
  5. embark

3) While AstraZeneca announced a temporary halt late on Tuesday to the global trials of the Covid-19 vaccine candidate developed by the University of Oxford due to a serious _________ event in the United Kingdom, recruitment of participants in India had already been put on hold last week after the first 100 participants were administered the shot.

The _____ event seen in the UK case has not been noted in any of the Indian participants so far. While clinical trial sites conducting the testing in India are awaiting more information on the ______ event, some said they have been informally told that the issue is potentially unrelated to the vaccine itself.

  1. complicated
  2. adverse
  3. bizarre
  4. evil
  5. unacceptable

4) The US will withdraw more than a third of its _____ from Iraq within weeks, its top Middle East commander has said. Gen Kenneth McKenzie told reporters the ____ presence would be reduced from about 5,200 to 3,000 during September. The remaining _____ will continue to advise and assist Iraqi security forces in “rooting out the final remnants” of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS).

  1. aid
  2. armored vehicles
  3. reporters
  4. planes
  5. troops

5) Overlooked for almost the entire tour of England, Pakistan’s former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was reluctant to _____ when he was finally offered a chance in the third T20 International. Sarfaraz had told head coach and chief selector, Misbah-ul-Haq, before the match that he didn’t wish to ______.

“He didn’t refuse to _____, but yes, he had reservations and apprehensions over being asked to _____ in the last match of the tour,” Misbah told Geo News channel.

  1. play
  2. game
  3. tour
  4. cooperate
  5. contribute

Phrase replacement

Directions (6-10): In this question, a part of the sentence is made bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (A), (B), (C) and (D) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no replacement is needed, mark (E) as your answer.

6) The Indian Army is now dominated the heights on Chinese deployment on Finger 4, which is located on the north bank of the Pangong lake, sources said.

  1. is now dominant the heights
  2. is now dominating the heights
  3. was now dominant the heights
  4. is dominated the heights
  5. No correction required

7) However, the interest payable to provident fund subscribers will be paid in a staggered manner due to exceptional circumstances arising out of Covid-19 pandemic, Ministry of Labour& Employment said in a press release.

  1. the interest paying to provident fund subscribers
  2. the interest paid to provident fund subscribers
  3. the interest is payable to provident fund subscribers
  4. the interest being paid to provident fund subscribers
  5. None of the above

8) Real Madrid are ready to let Gareth Bale left for a cut-price fee of £22million as they continue to try and free up their hefty wage bill.

  1. ready to let Gareth Bale going for a cut-price fee
  2. ready to let Gareth Bale went for a cut-price fee
  3. ready to let Gareth Bale leave for a cut-price fee
  4. ready to let Gareth Bale leaving for a cut-price fee
  5. No correction required

9) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the government was working on a new digital transaction platform for street vendors in weak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  1. for street vendors in week of the COVID-19 pandemic
  2. for street vendors in wave of the COVID-19 pandemic
  3. for street vendors in wreck of the COVID-19 pandemic
  4. for street vendors in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic
  5. None of the above

10) With a GDP of USD 3.9 trillion, Germany stands tall as the world’s fourth largest economy, and the scope of its growth have a better prognosis than most developed countries.

  1. scope of its growth had a better prognosis
  2. scope of its growth can have a better prognosis
  3. scope of its growth has a better prognosis
  4. scope of its growth having a better prognosis
  5. None of the above

Answers :

Directions (1-5):

1) Answer: C

The passage is talking about occurrences of the coronavirus in Delhi. ‘Identity’ is the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. ‘Feature’ is a distinctive attribute or aspect of someone or something. ‘Entry’ is an item written or recorded in a diary, book or journal. A ‘record’ is a thing constituting a piece of evidence about the past, especially an account kept in writing or some other permanent form.

None of these words fit in well with the meaning of the passage. ‘Case’ means an instance of a particular situation; an example of something occurring. It also means an instance of a disease, injury, or problem which is exactly the situation in the given passage.

Therefore option C is the correct answer to this question.

2) Answer: D

The passage is talking about the 3rd Moon mission of Indian space agency. The word we need in the blanks is one that means the act of “starting or setting something in motion”. We can immediately rule out ‘charge’ (A) and ‘stash’ (C) which are in no way even close to the meaning required in this case.

To ‘embark’ is to initiate a new journey or get on board a ship or aircraft. It is not quite an effective fit here. ‘Lift-off’ is the act of an aircraft (usually a spaceship) taking off vertically. It is normally used to describe when the event actually takes place (for e.g. the rocket has lifted off from base).

The term that is a perfect fit for all 3 blanks is ‘launch’ which means “set an activity or an enterprise in motion” which is what is required here.

Therefore option D is the correct answer to this question.

3) Answer: B

It is very clear by reading the passage that the event in question was something that was not a positive one resulting in stopping of vaccine trials. We can rule out ‘bizarre’ (C) and ‘evil’ (D) as they are illogical. ‘Complicated’ is another term for complex and intricate. It is not necessarily implying a negative or set-back kind of feel. ‘Unacceptable’ is something that is not satisfactory. ‘Adverse’ means (something) that is preventing success or development and is potentially harmful. Between these two choices, ‘adverse’ (B) is the best fit with the implied meaning of the passage.

Therefore option B is the correct answer to this question.

4) Answer: E

We can rule out ‘aid’ (A) and ‘reporters’ (C) straightaway as the passage is clearly talking about armed forces involvement. The remaining options are ‘armored vehicles’, ‘planes’ and ‘troops’. If we read the last line, then it is saying that remaining ( ) will continue to advise Iraqi forces. Advice cannot come from vehicles or planes. So the answer has to be ‘troops.’

Therefore option E is the correct answer to this question.

5) Answer: A

We can rule out ‘game’ (B) as it is grammatically incorrect. Since the first line says the team is already on tour, we can rule out option C (tour as well). While from a logical sense, ‘cooperate’ and ‘contribute’ are not wrong, the best choice for all the blanks is ‘play’.

Therefore option A is the correct answer to this question.

Directions (6-10):

6) Answer: B

The highlighted part is wrong because the tense of the verb ‘dominated’ is incorrect and not in agreement with the subject. Among the given options, B provides the fragment that completes the sentence most logically. The sentence after replacement becomes:

The Indian Army is now dominating the heights on Chinese deployment on Finger 4, which is located on the north bank of the Pangong Lake, sources said.

Therefore, option B is the correct answer to this question.

7) Answer: E

The given sentence is perfectly correct and there is no problem in the highlighted part.

Therefore, option E is the correct answer to this question.

8) Answer: C

The sentence is incorrect because there is a problem in the highlighted part. The verb ‘left’ is in past tense whereas the sentence is in a future continuous tense. Among the given options, the correct choice is the third one where the verb is in agreement with the sentence. After replacement, the sentence will be “Real Madrid areready to let Gareth Bale leave for a cut-price fee of £22million as they continue to try and free up their hefty wage bill.”

Therefore, option C is the correct answer to this question.

9) Answer: D

The term ‘weak’ means someone who is lacking the power of performing physically demanding tasks. It is wrongly used in the highlighted portion.

Among the given options, the correct choice is where the phrase used is “in wake of” meaning “because of” or “due to”. The correct sentence after replacement will be – “Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said the government was working on a new digital transaction platform for street vendors in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Therefore, option D is the correct answer to this question.

10) Answer: C

Solution: The sentence is incorrect because there is a conflict in the verb here. The expression is singular but the verb is plural. The correct choice among the given options is the 3rd one where the verb is in singular. The correct sentence after replacement will be – “With a GDP of USD 3.9 trillion, Germany stands tall as the world’s fourth largest economy, and the scope of its growth has a better prognosis than most developed countries.”

Therefore, option C is the correct answer to this question.

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