English Questions for SBI PO/Clerk 2018: 21 May

English Questions for SBI PO/Clerk 2018: 21 May

English Questions for SBI PO/Clerk 2018: 21 May

Directions (Q. 1-5): The following questions consist of a single sentence with one blank only. You are given six words denoted by A, B, C, D, E and F as answer choices and from the six choices you have to pick two correct answers, either of which will make the sentence meaningfully complete.
1. I ________ wanted to be a banker and the media sector was not a natural draw for me.
        (A) sometime                        (B) always    
        (C) somewhere                     (D) never      
        (E) somehow                        (F) do
        1) (A) and (C)
        2) (B) and (E)
        3) (C) and (E)
        4) (D) and (F)
        5) (E) and (F)
2. Nothing ________ me more than understanding how studios operated, how films were financed and how media conglomerates really worked.
        (A) thrilled                             (B) upset       
        (C) troubled                          (D) disturbed
        (E) excited                             (F) harmed
        1) (A) and (F)
        2) (A) and (C)
        3) (C) and (D)
        4) (A) and (E)
        5) (B) and (F)
3. Olive oil is an ________ part of Spanish cooking.
        (A) eminent                           (B) improved               
        (C) integral                            (D) essential 
        (E) economic                        (F) urgent
        1) (A) and (C)
        2) (B) and (E)
        3) (C) and (D)
        4) (B) and (F)
        5) (D) and (E)
4. Apart from the sporting talent in the team, she believes that every sporting activity needs the ________ of professional managers.
        (A) favours                           (B) talent      
        (C) support                            (D) idea         
        (E) help                                  (F) performance
        1) (A) and (B)
        2) (B) and (D)
        3) (D) and (F)
        4) (C) and (E)
        5) (A) and (F)
5. We started ________ calls from production houses just because they had heard of our work.
        (A) making                            (B) sending   
        (C) receiving                         (D) getting    
        (E) avoiding                          (F) debarring
        1) (A) and (B)
        2) (B) and (F)
        3) (C) and (D)
        4) (E) and (F)
        5) (A) and (F)
Directions (6-10): In each of the given sentences, select the sentence which would either follow or precede the given sentence in grammatically and conceptually appropriate manner. The instruction is given at the end of every statement.

6. It was envisaged that an overall increase in economic activity, with the rise of middle class, will ultimately benefit the poorer members of the society through ‘trickle down effect’.
Which of the following sentences would immediately precede the above sentence?
  1. The incentives for private investment have increased the investment flow in capital-intensive technologies and not in labour-intensive technologies.
  2. The rise of middle class was expected to fuel the growth of the economy through the multiplier effect.
  3. This has been the key logic for giving tax breaks and benefits to business and higher-income groups.
  4. The proponents of reforms have been gala about the new jobs made available due to reforms.
  5. None of these

7. Through a Gazette notification of May 15, 2013 a new Drug Price Control Order (DPCO) is in place.
Which of the following sentences would immediately follow the above sentence?
  1. But a closer look reveals that the DPCO 2013 has major problems and would lead to regulation of only 17-18 per cent of the sales in the market.
  2. It has been claimed that some medicines will be cheaper by 80 per cent.
  3. It has been welcomed in some quarters on the grounds that it will substantially reduce the price of the 348 medicines in the National List of Essential Medicines (NLEM).
  4. The SC, during the hearing in Oct 2013, had said that the Government should continue with the cost Based Pricing (CBP) that has been used for the 14 medicines that have been under price control since 1995.
  5. None of these

8. There are different phases of growth of Indian economy.
Which of the following sentences would immediately follow the above sentence?
  1. But total reforms were initiated only after 1991.
  2. Partial reforms were started during 1980s.
  3. The currency crisis of the 1990s compelled the policy makers to initiate the reforms.
  4. Before 1980s there was relative stagnation in the economy with average growth rate of GDP at 3.5 per cent.
  5. None of these

9. Importantly, 63 per cent of these households are in rural areas.
Which of the following sentence would immediately precede the above sentence?
  1. Going by the 2011 census data, 102 million households out of a total of 247 million in India are not covered by the banking system.
  2. The coverage of urban household by banks, according to the Census data, is more compared to rural households.
  3. It is noteworthy, however, that between 2001 and 2011, there was a 23 per cent increase in the number of households serviced by banks.
  4. The increment was more pronounced in the rural areas, where the share of such households rose from 30 per cent to 54 per cent.
  5. None of these

10. Coming out of a damaging crisis, the microfinance sector in general and MFIs (microfinace institutions) in particular have been looking forward to a robust regulatory arrangement?
Which of the following sentences would immediately follow the above sentence?
  1. Its emphasis on encouraging Self Regulatory Organisations (SRO) gives some hope that sector networks will get to play more definite and constructive role in helping MFIs stick to the regulated path.
  2. However, RBI has limited its focus only to MFIs as of now.
  3. The intervention of the central bank on several occasions has helped ease the situation substantially by boosting the confidence of the banking system and facilitating increased funds flow to MFIs.
  4. In the absence of an appropriate regulatory umbrella, the non-profit and community-based microfinance organisations are left with only one option – transform into either an NBFC–MFI or into a profit-earning company.
  5. None of these


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