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CGL-16 TIER-I QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (06-09-2016 — 2nd shift)

QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) DATED 06-09-2016 (2nd Shift)

QUESTIONS: 25                                                                                            MAXIMUM TIME: 15 Minutes

SYNONYMS/ANTONYMS/SPELLINGS
Question 76
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which best expresses the meaning of the given word.
OBSEQUIOUS
1) DEFIANT
2) DISHONEST
3) SERVILE
4) HONEST
Question 77
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word.
RUGGED
1) HARD
2) STURDY
3) SMOOTH
4) ROUGH
Question 78
Four words are given, out of which only one word is spelt correctly. Choose the correctly spelt word.
1) Counterfeit
2) Counterfeet
3) Counter feet
4) Counterfiet

ERROR FINDING
Question 79
When the stranger saw me,/he seemed to recognise me/and asked me what was my name./No Error
Question 80
My lawn/which is overgrown/needs weeding./No Error
Question 81
Every man in this world/wishes to live long/but nobody wanted to grow old./No Error

FILL IN THE BLANKS
Question 82
One should always set _____ some money for emergency.
1) aside
2) on
3) by
4) out
Question 83
The train is expected to arrive in a few minutes _____ platform six.
1) in
2) above
3) near
4) on
Question 84
I haven’t had _____ opportunity to study during the day.
1) very
2) many
3) much
4) more

IDIOMS/PHRASES
Question 85
Cheek by jowl
1) Very close together
2) Arguing
3) Teasing one another
4) Avoiding one another
Question 86
Beyond the pale
1) Unreasonable or unacceptable
2) Beyond redemption
3) Full of rhetoric
4) Distasteful
Question 87
Blow one’s own trumpet
1) Play some music
2) Surprise oneself
3) Praise oneself
4) Condone oneself

ONE WORD SUBSTITUTION
Question 88
Shine with a bright but brief or irregular light
1) Whimper
2) Flicker
3) Cower
4) Mutter
Question 89
The act of setting free from bondage of any kind
1) Emancipation
2) Eradication
3) Indemnity
4) Emigration
Question 90
A disease that affects a large number of people in an area at the same time
1) Endemic
2) Epidemic
3) Epidermic
4) Endothermic

SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
Question 91
Will you tell me who did accompany you to the airport?
1) when did accompany you
2) who must be accompanied you
3) who accompanied you
4) No improvement
Question 92
Navinder and his wife departed for London by Air India yesterday.
1) to
2) towards
3) toward
4) No improvement
Question 93
The rain brought more respite from the heat.
1) much respite
2) most relief
3) severe drought
4) No improvement
Question 94
He speaks so fast to be understood.
1) very fast to be understood
2) too fast to be understood
3) too fast that he cannot be understood
4) No improvement
Question 95
I and my parents live together.
1) Me and my parents
2) My parents and I
3) My parents and me
4) No improvement

PASSAGE
Most successful companies, institutions and organizations have mission statements. Most individuals don’t. As the Chief Executive Officer of your own life in the knowledge era, you need a laser like focus in your vision. You need a mission and a mission statement describing how you want to live, not just what you want to own; defining the person you want to become, not just the title you want to see on your door; outlining the knowledge you will receive, not just the degree you’ll earn or your next promotion.

I began the process this way : “To be aware of the uniqueness of my associates, clients, friends and family, and to treat that uniqueness with loving concern. I was created to lead myself and others to understand win-win relationships and how to use them to improve the lives of all persons with whom I come into contact.”

You, too, can frame your mission statement starting with your core values, working outward to your material desires and financial needs.

Question 96
What should a person’s mission statement begin with?
1) Your core values
2) What you want to acquire
3) Your monetary ambitions
4) Your next promotion
Question 97
What is the narrator’s mission?
1) To discourage his friends and associates in every endeavour.
2) To improve the lives of all his associates.
3) To be aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his friends.
4) To ill-treat all.
Question 98
What does a ‘win-win’ relationship mean?
1) Every one must win always
2) There are no challenges
3) The relationship is beneficial to both parties
4) The competition is friendly
Question 99
What are the suggested components of a ‘mission statement’?
1) Win-win attitude, financial needs, knowledge
2) Core-values, material desires, financial needs
3) Academic qualifications, love, material desires
4) Core-values, joy, self- confidence
Question 100
Who is responsible for designing a personal mission?
1) A Chief Executive Officer
2) The family and friends
3) The Individual
4) The company

SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (By MAHA GUPTA)

76. Option ‘3’ (SERVILE). OBSEQUIOUS = too eager to praise or obey someone; e.g.

She is embarrassingly obsequious to anyone in authority.

77. Option ‘3’ (SMOOTH)

78. Option ‘1’ (Counterfeit)

79. Replace WHAT WAS MY NAME by WHAT MY NAME WAS in part ‘C’. The sentence in the indirect speech. In the indirect speech a sentence must be assertive (not a question, order etc.), but the given sentence is in question form as the verb WAS has been used before the subject (MY NAME). So we need to take it after the subject.

80. NO ERROR

81. Replace WANTED by WANTS in part ‘C’. The sentence is a proverb, so it should be in the present tense.

82. Option ‘1’ (aside). SET ASIDE = to save something for a particular purpose; e.g.

It’s wise to set aside some money for unexpected expenses that may come up in the future.

83. Option ‘4’ (on). To understand this, see point ‘D’ here
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84. Option ‘3’ (much). MANY is not possible here as OPPORTUNITY is an uncountable noun here. To understand the use of VERY read this
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85. Option ‘1’ (Very close together). JOWL = the loose skin and flesh under the jaw.

86. Option ‘1’ (Unreasonable or unacceptable). PALE = The area enclosed by a fence or boundary

87. Option ‘3’ (Praise oneself)

88. Option ‘2’ (Flicker). FLICKER = to shine with a light that is sometimes bright and sometimes weak; e.g.

I felt a cold draft and the candle started to flicker.

89. Option ‘1’ (Emancipation). BONDAGE = the state of being another person’s slave (= a person who is owned by them and has to work for them); e.g.

The slaves were kept in bondage until their death.

90. Option ‘2’ (Epidemic)

91. Option ‘3’ (who accompanied you). The verb after WHO needs to be in the affirmative form of the simple past tense, and in the simple past if is in the affirmative form, does not take the helping verb. So replace DID ACCOMPANY by ACCOMPANIED.

92. NO IMPROVEMENT

93. Option ‘1’ (much respite). Here it’s not a comparison, so MORE and MOST are not possible.

94. Option ‘2’ (too fast to be understood). It’s a negative statement. Hindi translation: Wah itnaa teji se boltaa hai ki samajh nhin aataa. In negative in this way we use TOO — TO.

95. Option ‘2’ (My parents and I). We need a subjective form here, and we do not use ME in the subjective form. Also, order of nouns/pronouns is given wrong in the given sentence, the correct order is: Second person, third person, first person.

96. Option ‘1’ (Your core values)

97. Option ‘2’ (To improve the lives of all his associates)

98. Option ‘3’ (The relationship is beneficial to both parties)

99. Option ‘2’ (Core-values, material desires, financial needs)

100. Option ‘3’ (The Individual)

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