English: Cloze Test for IBPS PO

Directions (Q. 1–10): In the following passage some of the words have been left out each of which is indicated by a number. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningfully complete. 

When a man is on travel, he often comes to junctions and (1) ,
and gets mixed up about which road to take. Life too is a journey, the goal being the attainment of (2) from repeated worldly life, and in this journey too , the paths are many. We could take the right (3) , and attain the feet of God, or we could take the wrong path, and never reach our (4) . If we walk on the good path that He has (5) out for us, we will have a comfortable journey with no (6) and finally reach the goal. But what happens, if we are to (7) from the right path? There are the (8) to prick us and hurt us. Thus it is in the  journey of life too. The Lord has given us choices. He has shown us the path, made it clear to us that the (9) of stepping aside from the path will be hurt and misery. The choice is ours (10) we stay on the straight path, or deviate and get hurt. 

1) intersection 
2) crossroads 
3) by-roads 
4) crux 
5) deadlocks 

1) abolition 
2) salvo 
3) emancipation 
4) liberation 
5) deliverance 

1) path 
2) lane 
3) avenue 
4) direction 
5) route 

1) ambition 
2) objective 
3) goal 
4) intention 
5) destination 

1) laid 
2) added 
3) beg 
4) pointed 
5) step 

1) happiness 
2) calmness 
3) confusion 
4) shambles 
5) system 

1) vagrant 
2) erratic 
3) devious 
4) diverte 
5) stray 

1) irritant 
2) shrubs 
3) prune 
4) thorns 
5) spine 

1) consequences 
2) residue 
3) importance 
4) impact 
5) outcome 

1) instead 
2) therefore 
3) in case 
4) whether 
5) weather 

Directions (Q. 11–15): Each question below has two blanks, each blank indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the set of words for each pair of blanks that best fits the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

Q11. This time around the cleanliness _____________ by the South Delhi civic body will focus on community ___________.
1) campaign, participation 
2) participation, campaign 
3) movement, presence 
4) drive, cooperation 
5) crusade, support 

Q12. Our Constitution promises equality of __________ for all and fraternity to ensure the _________ of all individuals.
1) reality, morality 
2) contingency, indecency 
3) opportunity, dignity 
4) probability, glory 
5) juncture, support 

Q13. It is appalling to see how students are being _________ against at admission time on the basis of some ___________ and thoughtless formula.
1) segregated, credible 
2) discriminated, ridiculous 
3) victimised, plausible 
4) inclined, ludicrous 
5) favoured, reasonable 

Q14. The Government has set up a high-level _________ to reconfigure the Railway Board as well as to suggest steps for resource __________ for major projects.
1) commission, compilation 
2) jury, separation 
3) consultants, division 
4) board, acquisition 
5) committee, mobilization 

Q15. Phillips, the Dutch ________ that started life making light bulbs 123 years ago, is splitting off it lighting business in a bold step to ________ its higher-margin healthcare and consumer divisions.
1) conglomerate, expand 
2) clustered, hinder 
3) blended, bolster 
4) heterogenous, elaborate 
5) miscellaneous, broaden 

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