Dec 8, 2016

IBPS Specialist Officer English Language Old Question Papers Solved

IBPS Specialist Officer English Language Old Question Papers Solved

Direction (Q. 1-5) : In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five pairs of words denoted by numbers (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5). Find out which pair of words can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same sequence to make the sentence meaningfully complete.
1. People __________ to work hard if you ____________ certain conditions on them.
1) decide, negotiate 2) try, thrust 3) plan, invoke 4) hesitate, impose 5) volunteer, place

2. The recent __________ in oil prices has given an unexpected additional __________ to the cost-spiral.
1) slump, drawback 2) cut, blow 3) rise, twist 4) development, out 5) deterioration, impetus

3. ___________ your colleagues for important decision-making activities ensures their __________ cooperation.
1) Counselling, whole-hearted 2) Helping, occasional 3) Guiding, meagre 4) Neglecting, enthusiastic 5) Dominating, unstinted

4. The only way to ensure best output from your vehicle is to provide it a _________ and ___________ maintenance.
1) nurturing, expensive 2) proper, timely 3) careful, costly 4) trouble-free, everlasting 5) precious, healthy

5. The issues could be __________ amicably only because of his _________ handling of the situation.
1) dropped, haphazard 2) raised, careful 3) discussed, enthusiastic 4) suppressed, emphatic 5) resolved, tactful

Direction (Q. 6-10) : In each question, an incomplete statement followed by two fillers is given. From among fillers, pick up the one which can meaningfully complete the sentence.

6. Last night some people had their dinner in a good hotel ( ___________ ). But there were many people who suffered from food poisoning.
A. The host paid lavish tips to the waiters.
B. The hotel management, however, was careless about the hygienic conditions in the hotel.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Either A or B
4) Both A & B
5) None of these

7. Certain mammals live in ocean. ( _________ ). Their giant size is matter of curiosity for all of us.
A. Whale is an example of such mammals.
B. They look like fish and some of them like whales are of enormous size.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Either A or B
4) Both A & B
5) None of these

8. She is very much fond of children.( _____________ ). The fact that she enjoys teaching them can be attributed to this factor.
A. Though she doesn’t get opportunity to interact with them, she observes them carefully.
B. She glows with happiness while teaching them and some emotional bond is generated between her and the children.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Either A or B
4) Both A & B
5) None of these

9. Eradication of illiteracy has been one of the primary objectives of planning in India. ( ____________ ). Unless we have strong will-power for taking such a vital step, the realization of the objective is not possible.
A. Every student should come forward on his own for educating at least twelve illiterate persons in a year.
B. Non-availability of funds and lack of manpower are the major problems.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Either A or B
4) Both A & B
5) None of these

10. India has made rapid strides in promoting cultivation of potato. ( _____________ ). Development of 26 high-yielding varieties in the last one decade has changed the scenario of potato production considerably.
A. During the last three decades, use of nine hybrid varieties has increased the yield.
B. Besides, use of pesticides has reduced the loss in yield.
1) Only A
2) Only B
3) Either A or B
4) Both A & B
5) None of these

Directions (Q. 11-25) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are given in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.
The happy man is the man who lives objectively, who has free affections and wide interests, who secures his happiness through these interests and affections and through the fact that they in turn make him an object of interest and affection to many others. To be the recipient of affection is a potent cause of happiness, but the man who demands affection is not the man upon whom it is bestowed. The man who receives affection is, speaking broadly, the man who gives it. But it is useless to attempt to give it as a calculation, in the way in which one might lend money at interest, for a calculated affection is not genuine and is not felt to be so by the recipient.
What then can a man do who is unhappy because he is encased in self? So long as he continues to think about the causes of his unhappiness, he continues to be self-centered and therefore does not get outside it. It must be by genuine interest, not by simulated interests adopted merely as a medicine. Although this difficulty is real, there is nevertheless much that he can do if he has rightly diagnosed his trouble. If for example, his trouble is due to a sense of sin, conscious or unconscious, he can first persuade his conscious mind that he has no reason to feel sinful, and then proceed, to plant this rational conviction in his unconscious mind, concerning himself meanwhile with some more or less neutral activity. If he succeeds in dispelling the sense of sin, it is possible that genuine objective interests will arise spontaneously. If his trouble is self-pity, he can deal with it in the same manner after first persuading himself that there is nothing extraordinarily unfortunate in his circumstances.
If fear is his trouble, let him practise exercises designed to give courage. Courage has been recognized from time immemorial as an important virtue, and a great part of the training of boys and young men has been devoted to producing a type of character capable of fearlessness in battle. But moral courage and intellectual courage have been much less studied. They also, however , have their technique. Admit to yourself every day at least one painful truth, you will find it quite useful. Teach yourself to feel that life would still be worth living even if you were not, as of course you are, immeasurably superior to all your friends in virtue and in intelligence. Exercises of this sort prolonged through several years will at last enable you to admit facts without flinching and will, in so doing, free you from the empire of fear over a very large field.
11. According to the passage, calculated affection
1) appears to be false and fabricated
2) makes other person to love you
3) turns into permanent affection over a period of time
4) leads to self-pity
5) gives a feeling of courage

12. Who according to the passage is the happy man ?
1) Who is encased in self
2) Who has free affection and wide interests
3) Who is free from worldly passions
4) Who has externally centred passions
5) None of these

13. Which of the following statements is NOT TRUE in the context of the passage ?
1) The happy man has wide interests.
2) Courage has been recognised as an important virtue.
3) Unhappy man is encased in self.
4) A man who suffers from the sense of sin must tell himself that he has no reason to be sinful.
5) Issue of intellectual courage has been extensively studied.

14. Which of the following virtues, according to the passage, has been recognised for long as an important virtue ?
1) Patriotism
2) Sacrifice
3) Courage
4) Self-consciousness
5) None of these

15. Which of the following words is SIMILAR in meaning of the word ‘bestowed’ as used in the passage ?
1) Conferred
2) Accommodated
3) Trusted
4) Withdrawn
5) Directed

16. Which of the following, according to the passage, has not been studied much ?
1) Feeling of guilt and self-pity
2) The state of mind of an unhappy man
3) How to get absorbed in other interests
4) Moral and intellectual courage
5) None of these

17. What should a man do who is suffering from the feeling of self-pity ?
1) He should control his passions and emotions.
2) He should persuade himself that everything is alright in his circumstances.
3) He should seek affection from others.
4) He should develop a feeling of fearlessness.
5) He should consult an expert to diagnose his trouble.

18. What happens to a man who demands affection?
1) His feelings are reciprocated by others.
2) He tends to take a calculated risk.
3) He becomes a victim of a vicious circle.
4) He takes affection for granted from others.
5) None of these

19. If a man is suffering from a sense of sin,
1) he should invite opinion of others
2) he should admit his sin at once
3) he should consciously realize that he has no reason to feel sinful
4) he should develop a fearless character
5) he should develop an internal focus of control

20. Which of the following statements is TRUE in the context of the passage?
1) All passions stem from unhappiness.
2) The happy man lives subjectively.
3) Any virtue has a dark side also.
4) One feels happy if one receives affection.
5) Any affection is always genuine.

21. Which of the following statements is SIMILAR in meaning to the word ‘flinching’ as used in the passage?
1) Wincing
2) convincing
3) explaining
4) providing
5) debating

22. How can one get out of the vicious circle mentioned in the passage ?
1) By practising skills of concentration
2) By inculcating the habit of self-absorption
3) Being true to others and one’s internal circumstances
4) Admitting to oneself that others could be right
5) None of these

23. Which of the following words is OPPOSITE in meaning of the word ‘dispelling’ as used in the passage ?
1) Giving
2) Accumulating
3) Projecting
4) Scattering
5) receiving

24. What according to the passage is the real cause of happiness?
1) Material rewards and incentives received
2) Critical analysis of the happy state of mind
3) Affection received from others
4) Calculated risk taken
5) None of these

25. What happens when you think about the cause of your unhappiness?
1) You try to introspect and look critically at yourself.
2) You realize that life can be lived in different ways.
3) You try to practice exercise designed to give coverage.
4) You remain a self-centered person.
5) None of these

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