Comprehension Passage for Syndicate Bank PO Exam 2017

Comprehension Passage for Syndicate Bank PO Exam 2017

Comprehension Passage for Syndicate Bank PO Exam 2017


The magnetic treatment of various human diseases, said to have been mentioned in the Atharva Veda, but forgotten  for centuries till it was recently revived by homeopaths in the United States, the Soviet Union and Japan, has sparked off a controversy in New Delhi. Homeopath Dr HL Bansal, who runs a free magnetotherapy clinic, says magnets act on the iron in the blood, thus benefiting human metabolism. The pervading of the magnetic field into blood circulation, the nerves and the muscles cures diseases ranging from appendicitis and asthma to sprain and sleeplessness. But a Delhi University zoologist, Dr KS Balasubramanium, cautions that magnetic treatment harms brain cells, affects the functioning of the vital pituitary gland and causes sterility. His research on the effect of an electromagnetic field on the brains of rats and birds revealed that a magnetic field of 10 Gauss caused sperm cells in the testes to decay within two weeks of exposure. The end result was that no sperm cells were formed.

1.What, according to Dr Bansal, is the effect of magnets on human metabolism?
  1. Magnets enrich iron contents in human blood.
  2. By inducing magnetic field, diseases like heart
    blockage, haemorrhage and anaemia can be cured.
  3. Magnets act on the iron in the blood and benefit
    human metabolism.
  4. All the above
2.Which of the following has/have been the outcome of the research carried out to know the effects of an electromagnetic field on the brains of rats and birds?
  1. The magnetic field of less than 10 gauss has no effect on the reproductive tissues.
  2. The electromagnetic field badly affects the sperm cells.
  3. Though numerous sperm cells were formed only a few of them could survive.
  4. All the above
3.Which of the following is/are true, in the opinion of Dr KS Balasubramanium, regarding magnetic treatment?
  1. Magnetic treatment harms brain cells, affects the functioning of the pituitary gland and causes sterility.
  2. Magnetic treatment is useful in treating epilepsy and brain disorder.
  3. Magnetic treatment is in vogue in most of the Western countries.
  4. All the above
4.Which of the following can be said about the given passage?
  1. The given passage intends to prove the superiority of West over East in the field of medicine.
  2. The main intention behind writing the passage is to disapprove the facts mentioned in the Atharva Veda.
  3. The given passage seems to be an extract of scientific research paper of a Delhi University research scholar.
  4. None of the above
5.What do you mean by the word ‘pervading’ as used in the passage?
  1. detecting
  2. learning
  3. crossing
  4. permeating


Servicing clients in the West, the major work for BPOs, remains a challenge. Ironically, language is proving to be a problem. The knowledge of English is no longer an obvious advantage. Indian accents are a problem. Despite intense training imparted by BPOs, US companies find the heavy Indian accent unacceptable to many customers. “India as a delivery location is still challenged to English being spoken with strong accents, which can sometimes be hard to understand,” says Cathy Tornbohm, vice-president, BPO research, at Gartner, based in the UK. Countries like the Philippines, on the other hand, have had a history of cultural exchanges with the US and are becoming a better choice for call centre operations, despite high staff cost. While an entry-level BPO worker in an international call centre in India would earn `17000 to `18000 a month, a Filipino worker would get 15 per cent higher. At team leader levels, comparative salaries would be 20-25 per cent more in that country, and at senior management levels, as much as 50 per cent higher. “Each country has its own location-specific differentiators,” says Keshav R Murugesh, Group CEO, WNS, a BPO firm based in Mumbai. In the last two years, India has lost 75000 jobs in the BPO space to the Philippines alone. Zensar Technologies CEO Ganesh Natarajan says the Philippines has an “amenable” workforce. Manila, the country’s capital, has emerged as a top BPO destination with its adaptability and familiarity of Western culture, English speaking proficiency, high-quality telecommunication and large pool of graduates.

6.What, according to Cathy Tornbohm, the vice-president, BPO research, is/are the drawbacks of BPO workers speaking English in India?
  1. Most of them speak American English, which is full of grammatical errors.
  2. They use inappropriate words because of lack of word power.
  3. They speak English with strong accents.
  4.  All the above
7.Which of the following is incorrect about BPOs in the Philippines, as mentioned in the passage?
  1. To a greater extent the culture of the Philippines is influenced by the US.
  2. The staff cost in the Philippines is lower in comparison to India.
  3. The BPO worker in India gets approximately 15% less than Filipino worker.
  4. All the above are correct
8.Which of the following is/are the added advantage(s) of the Philippines as far as BPO is concerned? 
  1. Manila, the country’s capital, has emerged as a top BPO destination.
  2. The Philippines has a submissive workforce.
  3. The graduates over there have high-quality telecommunication skills.
  4. All the above
9.What problem do the US companies find in Indian BPO workers?
  1. Indian BPO workers have little knowledge of English.
  2. Their English is influenced by local dialects.
  3. They use British English which is not liked by Americans.
  4. They use heavy accent, which is unacceptable to many customers.
10.What is the meaning of the word ‘familiarity’ as used in the passage?
  1. impudence
  2. acquaintance
  3. lineage
  4. habitual

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  2. 2
  3. 1
  4. 3
  5. 4
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  7. 2
  8. 3
  9. 4
  10. 2

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