The Test of English Language (Grammar, Vocabulary, Comprehension) consists of an objective test for 50 marks and a descriptive test for 50 marks. The descriptive paper of only those candidates will be valued who have scored qualifying marks in objective test.
In the Objective English Test which carries 50 marks, a candidate's proficiency in fill up the Blanks, Cloze Test, Spotting Errors, Substitutions, Synonyms and Antonyms, Sentence Arrangement, Reading Comprehension will be tested. In the Descriptive Test which carries 50 marks, a candidate's proficiency in comprehension, short precis, letter writing and essay writing will be tested. The Descriptive English Paper should be completed in an hour.
Fill Up The Blanks
'Fill up the blanks' questions are given in banking service examinations to test the extent of vocabulary of a candidate. Fill up the blanks questions are to test the reading comprehension skills also. These questions check whether the candidate has merely memorised the meaning of the word or he or she can use the word properly. From among the options, we have to choose the words when inserted into the blanks complete the sentence in such a way that it is clear, logical and literally as well as grammatically correct.
The candidates are advised to study various shades of meanings ofn different test-worthy words by referring to a good dictionary. He or she can glance through the words whenever there is leisure. In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five pairs of words denoted by letters a, b, c, d and e. Find out which pair of words can fill up the blanks to make the sentence correct.
1. These paintings may be more ---- but the money goes to a ---- cause.
a) costlier, definite b) cheap, wonderful c) attractive, versatile d) expensive, noble e) standard, excellent
A: expensive, noble
1-d; Expensive, noble
Meanings: Versatile = turning easily or readily from one subject, skill or occupation to another.
Noble = great
2. The best way to ---- potential of employees is ----- various training programmes.
a) apprise, by b) appraise, by c) exploit, from d) enhance, through e) identify, under
A: enhance, through
2-d; enhance, through
Meanings: Emphasise = stress.
Exploit = to use somebody in selfish manner for one's own advantage/ profit.
Enhance = increase.
Apprise = to inform.
Appraise = to assess the value, quality or nature of somebody or something.
3. An autocrat believes in ----- others. He ----- power and control.
a) Perfectionism, explores b) autocracy, engulfs c) dominating, seeks d) possessing, rejects e) elaborating, develops
A: dominating, seeks
3-c; dominating, seeks
Meanings: Explore = to examine something thoroughly.
Autocracy = having absolute power.
Engulf = to surround somebody or something so that they are completely covered.
Dominating = controlling.
Seek = ask.
Elaborating = explaining vividly.
4. The cave was so ---- that we became ---
a) dark, frightened b) sharp, worried c) deep, cautious d) long, enthusiastic e) crowded, isolated
A: dark, frightened
Meanings: Frightened = feared.
Isolated = separate, standing alone.
5. He has requested his officer to bear ---- him for some time, so that he can ---- the whole issue.
a) at, inform b) with, clarify c) on, solve d) for, know e) out, understand
A: with, clarify
5-b; with, clarify
6. His ---- in his work ---- to many problems.
a) decision, put b) negligence, led c) fault, lauded d) desire, brought e) mistake, subjected
A: negligence, led
6-b; negligence, led
Meanings: Lauded = praised.
subject (v) = expose, surrender.
7. He has ----- knowledge of words. Therefore his sentences are always ----- with rich meaning.
a) terrific, tempted b) meaningful, full c) outstanding, consistent d) distinguished, loaded e) profound, pregnant
A: profound, pregnant
7-e; profound, pregnant
Meanings: Outstanding = great = exceptionally good.
Consistent = in agreement with something.
Distinguished = very successful and admired by other people.
Profound = deep.
Pregnant = full of, filled with.
Terrific = terrible.
8. Patel was ----- himself to public works. He never ----- a holiday.
a) devoted, took b) after, offered c) prepared, had d) sacrificed, after e) keen, utilize
A: devoted, took
8-a; devoted, took
Meanings: Devoted = dedicated, gave
Keen = eager.
Utilize = use.
Sacrificed = offered, surrendered.
Offered = gave.
9. The teacher should ----- the learner to take steps which will ----- his learning
a) direct, reorganize b) force, organise c) encourage, reinforce d) caution, reinforce e) encourage, acknowledge
A: aencourage, reinforce
9-c; encourage, reinforce
Meanings: Reinforce = to make stronger.
Acknowledge = accept, admit.
10. His feelings are not entirely ----- or ---
a) unreasonable, imaginary b) cohesive, irrational c) sound, unfounded d) baseless, unjustified e) inexcusable, unimaginative
A: unreasonable, imaginary
10-a; unreasonable, imaginary
Meanings: Unfounded = with no basis in fact.
Cohesive = sticking together easily or well.
Irrational = not logical or reasonable.
11. An auto-crat is bent on ----- others. His sole aim is to ----- power and control.
a) dominating, seek b) perfectionist, explore c) elaborate, develop d) autocratic, engulf e) possessive, reject
A: dominating, seek
11-a; dominating, seek
Meanings: Autocrat = a ruler who has absolute power.
Explore = to examine something thoroughly.
Possessive = treating somebody as if one owns them.
Elaborate = very detailed and carefully prepared.
12. Ravi's ----- has yielded him --- fruit.
a) efforts, unwanted b) perseverance, desired c) emphasis, expected d) action, viable e) fate, undesirable
A: perseverance, desired
12-b; perseverance, desired
Meanings: Yield = to produce something as a result.
Viable = that can be done or possible.
Perseverance = continued steady effort to achieve an aim.
13. The advocate ----- his arguments by ---- several references.
a) revealed, declaring b) substantiated, citing c) vindicated, referring d) clarified, averting e) pressed, announcing
A: substantiated, citing
13-b; substantiated, citing
Meanings: Vindicate = to clear someone of blame or suspicion.
Substantiate = to prove the truth of something by providing evidence or proof.
Citing = speaking or writing words taken from a passage / a book.
Reveal = to make facts etc known.
Avert = to prevent something unpleasant from happening.
14. The Chairman has decided to ----- special training to employees on --- to tackle complex issues.
a) provide, how b) announce, benefits c) impart, risks d) offer, course e) sanction, skills
A: provide, how
14-a; provide, how
Meanings: Impart = to make information known to someone.
Provide = to give.
15. Preetam was ----- by letter that he had --- promoted.
a) stated, finally b) informed, been c) told, not d) communicated, not e) offered, been
A: informed, been
15-b; informed, been
16. The hunger for power and pelf is ----- and therefore most difficult to ---
a) enormous, apply b) empowering, delegate c) insatiable, contain d) evolutionary, rationalize e) accumulative, subsume
A: insatiable, contain
16-c; insatiable, contain
Meanings: Enormous = very large
Delegate = to give duties or rights to somebody.
Subsume = to include something in a particular group.
Empower = to give power.
Insatiable = not able to be satisfied.
Evolutionary = gradual development.
Retionalize = to try to find a logical reason
17. On account of the --- in sales, the company has achieved an eight percent --- in net profit.
a) increase, rise b) decline, slope c) surge, fall d) hike, loss e) growth, advance
A: increase, rise
17-a; increase, rise
Meanings: Surge = to increase suddenly and intensely.
18. Many women organizations in the country criticised the Government's decision to ----- ban ---- drinking.
a) refrain, from b) invoke, for c) repeal, on d) revoke, of e) prohibit, prevented
A: repeal, on
18-c; repeal, on
Meanings: Revoke = to withdraw or cancel a law, license etc.
Refrain = to stop oneself doing something that one would like to do.
Prohibit = To stop somebody to do something by laws, rules or regulations.
Invoke = to use something or somebody as an authority for doing or arguing something.
Repeal = to make a law no longer valid.
19. Hills and dales are a ----- sight. I have always ----- to see them.
a) joyful, imagined b) extra-ordinary, advocated c) stupendous, encouraged d) loving, prepared e) fascinating, longed
A: fascinating, longed
19-e; fascinating, longed Stupendous = very great or large.
Fascinating = interesting and charming.
long (v) = to have a strong desire.
20. The Minister who was earlier ------ to head the delegation has now given his -----
a) eager, approved b) reluctant, consent c) expected, assurances d) forced, unwillingness e) requested, enhances
A: reluctant, consent
20-b; reluctant, consent
Meanings: Delegation = a group of delegates.
Reluctant = not willing to do.
Consent = permission.
Eager = full of interest.
Unwillingness = not wanting to do something.
21. The youth should ----- the spirit of service from the great men of ----
a) imbibe, yore b) develop, possession c) analyze, distinction d) inculcate, power e) invent, wisdom
A: imbibe, yore
21-a; imbibe, yore
Meanings: Inculcate = to fix ideas or principles firmly in someone's mind especially by often repeating them.
Imbibe = to absorb something.
Of yore = long ago.
Distinction = the quality of being
excellent and distinguished.
22. There is no ---- the fact that a man of knowledge and commitment ---- great power.
a) denying, wields b) clarifying, exhibit c) justifying, acknowledges d) advocating, projects e) proclaiming, develops
A: denying, wields
22-a; denying, wields
Meanings: Advocating = supporting, defending.
Denying = refusing.
Wield = to have or be able to use power.