Jul 17, 2016

United Bank of India Probationary Officer Old Question Paper Set

United Bank of India Probationary Officer Old Question Paper Set

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Directions (Q. 1-15): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/expressions are given in bold in the passage to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
The rapid and unprecedented changes in the external environment such as liberalisation of the economy, globalisation of international markets, deregulation of the financial system and implications of various clauses under WTO exerted considerable pressure on the agricultural system. The inadequate levels of capital formation in the agricultural sector, distancing of farm technologies from requirements of the market, inadequate and untimely supply of credit and post-harvest losses are the worrying factors.
Agricultural sector employs about 64% of the workforce, contributes 27.4% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and accounts for about 18% share of the value of the country’s exports. It supplies bulk of wage goods required by non agricultural sector and raw material for a large section of the industry.
In terms of gross fertilizer consumption, India ranks 4th in the world after USA, Russia and China.
The country has the largest area in the world under pulse crops while in the field of cotton, India is the first to evolve a cotton hybrid. In 1996-97, the per capita net availability of food grains touched 528.77 gms, which was a mere 395 gms at the time of India’s independence. Therefore, it has a vital place in the economic development of the country.
Significant strides have been made in agricultural production towards ensuring food security. There has been a significant improvement in agricultural productivity which has helped in reducing rural poverty. The trend in the growth of food grain production, particularly in high productivity areas like Haryana and Punjab, is on the decline. Agricultural productivity in the Eastern region, excepting West Bengal, is low, and it is mainly attributed to weak infrastructure.
Indian agriculture is also on the threshold of becoming globally competitive and is in a position to make major gains in the export market. Food grains account for 63% of country’s agricultural output and hence even a marginal production has ripple effect’ on the rest of the economy.
In 1997, the foodgrains output was 199 million tones but in 1998 it was lowered by over 4 million tonnes owing to a fall in the pulse production. Initiatives for increasing the production and productivity of cereal crops on the basis of cropping systems approach continued during the year 1996-97. In 1997-98, 31.2 million tonnes of coarse cereals was produced. However, barring the record production of 69.3 million tonnes of wheat in 1996-97, the production of wheat at 66.5 million tonnes in 1997-98 and expected rice production at 83.5 million tonnes is said to be the highest ever. Procurement of wheat during the rabi marketing season 1998-99 touched a record high of 10.61 million tonnes.
Pulses production in the country has been stagnating around 8- 14 million tonnes for the last 40 years. The production of pulses is expected to be about 13 million tonnes in 1997-98 compared to 13.19 million tonnes during 1995-96.
The adverse agro-climatic conditions have had their impact on the production of commercial crops. The production of 9 major oilseeds in 1997-98 is expected to be 24 million tonnes, as compared to 25 million tomies in 1996-97 and 22.4 million tonnes in 95-96. Among the nine oilseed crops grown in the country, groundnut and rapeseed/mustard together account for 62% of the total oilseeds production. The production of groundnut and rapeseed and mustard is expected to touch 8 million and 6 million tonnes compared to 9 million and 7 million tonnes in 1996-97.

1. The author has mentioned the following factors that influenced the agricultural system EXCEPT
1) Bringing international markets together
2) Freeing various economic activities from restrictions
3) Automation in agro and industrial sectors
4) Deregulation of financial system
5) None of these

2. Which of the following is TRUE about China?
1) It has the largest area under pulse crops
2) It exceeds India’s gross fertilizer consumption.
3) It is just a rank below in gross fertilizer consumption.
4) It is next in rank after India to evolve a cotton hybrid
5) None of these

3. Decline in production of commercial crops is mainly due to
1) want of timely procurement of foodgrains
2) inadequate fertilizer feeding
3) reduction in production of oilseed crops
4) decline in rabi crops as compared to oilseeds
5) None of these

4. According to the passage, how is agro sector helpful to other industries?
1) It utilizes 64% of the workforce.
2) It contributes to more than one-fourth of the GDP.
3) It contributes to about 1 8% of the value of the country’s exports.
4) It provides raw material to various industries.
5) None of these

5. What is the author’s assessment about Indian agriculture in terms of the world scenario?
1) It is not gaining the desirable impact
2) It is likely to show only a marginal increase in production
3) It will fetch reasonable gain by way of exports.
4) It is on the fourth position in global competition.
5) None of these

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6. The sharp decline in foodgrain production in 1998 over its preceding year is attributed to
1) increasing productivity of cereal crops
2) cropping system approach
3) sub-standard production of cereals
4) decrease in the pulse production
5) None of these

7. What is the impact of increase in food and other agro-production, according to the passage?
1) Total elimination of rural poverty in the entire country
2) Haryana and Punjab have shown a decline in food production.
3) West Bengal has improved in foodgrains production.
4) Infrastructural facilities have improved.
5) None of these

8. What, according to the passage, is the ‘RIPPLE EFFECT?
1) Increase in foodgrains leads to over-consumption and in effect generates pressure on economy
2) Substantial influence on certain things; slight decrease or increase in certain other things
3) Decrease in production of one commodity because of decrease in production of some other commodity
4) Increase in production of one commodity due to decrease in production of some other commodity
5) None of these

9. Which of the following is FALSE in the context of the passage?
1) Farm technologies are not in contrast with market requirements.
2) Capital formation in agricultural sector is less than required.
3) The supply of credit to agro-sector is less and illtimed
4) Mechanism of compensation for crop losses is not adequate
5) None of these

Directions (Q. 10-12): Choose the word or group of words which is MOST NEARLY THE SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold.
10. Strides
1) Achievements
2) Setbacks
3) Effects
4) Aspirations
5) Developments

11. Evolve
1) Visualise
2) Nurture
3) Discover
4) Develop
5) Migrate

12. Considerable
1) Marginal
2) Significant
3) Desirable
4) Negligible
5) Excessive

Directions (Q. 13-15): Choose the word or group of words which is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word printed in bold.
13. Marginal
1) Trivial
2) Crucial
3) Influential
4) Forceful
5) Negligible

14. Adverse
1) Reverse
2) Confronting
3) Favourable
4) Gainful
5) Exceptional

15. Rapid
1) Fast
2) Retarded
3) Extreme
4) Intangible
5) Gradual

Directions (Q. 16-25): Which of the phrases 1), 2), 3 ) and 4) given below should replace the phrase given in bold in the following sentence to make the sentence grammatically meaningful and correct. If the sentence is correct as it is and no correction is required, mark 5) as the answer.

16. It is not a good thing that only high officials have access to the Governor.
1) are accessible to
2) have acceded to
3) have acceed to
4) have accessibility for
5) No correction required

17. A dam was proposed to be build at that site.
1) built at that sight
2) build at that sight
3) built at that site
4) built at that cite
5) No correction required

18. He had accused of various offences by his colleagues.
1) was being accused for
2) accused of
3) accused for
4) was accused of
5) No correction required

19. You should not lie the blame for the accident upon the driver.
1) lay the blame for
2) lie the blame of
3) impose the blame with
4) laid the blame for
5) No correction required

20. The innocence and playfulness of a child exists in all human beings.
1) a child exist in
2) the child existence in
3) child does exist in
4) a child exist with
5) No correction required

21. l had never had any serious injury or ailment in my life.
1) did never had
2) have never been
3) was never have
4) have never been having
5) No correction required

22. I was touching with pity when I heard that he had died.
1) I was touched by
2) I was touched with
3) I had been touching with
4) I had been touching by
5) No correction required

23. I would accept the offer if I were you.
1) even if I were you
2) if I had in your place
3) had I being you
4) had been I in your place
5) No correction required

24. The explorers had frozen to death due to extremely low temperature.
1) had become freezed to death
2) had been frozen for death
3) had frozen and died
4) had been frozen to death
5) No correction required

25. He found the torch there where he had left it.
1) where there he had left
2) there he had left
3) where he had left
4) there where he left it
5) No correction required
Questions Answers
1 3
2 2
3 5
4 4
5 3
6 4
7 5
8 4
9 1
10 1
11 4
12 2
13 2
14 3
15 5
16 5
17 3
18 4
19 1
20 3
21 5
22 2
23 5
24 5
25 3

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