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CGL-16 TIER-I QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) SOLUTION WITH EXPLANATION (04-09-2016 — 2nd shift)

QUESTION PAPER (ENGLISH SECTION) DATED 04-09-2016 (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.
OMINOUS
1) OFFICIOUS
2) PLEASANT
3) CONVENIENT
4) THREATENING
Question 77
In the following question, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word.
OBSTINATE
1) DOCILE
2) AGGRAVATE
3) OFFENSIVE
4) OPPRESSIVE
Question 78
Four words are given, out of which only one word is spelt correctly. Choose the correctly spelt word.
1) Benevolens
2) Benevolene
3) Benevolence
4) Benevelence

ERROR FINDING
Question 79
All works of/creative writing/have aesthetics appeal./No error
Question 80
I and my wife/were declared/the best couple at the party./No error
Question 81
The author said during the press conference/that there were/two farther volumes to be published./No error

FILL IN THE BLANKS
Question 82
A partial victory is sometimes all we can hope to _______.
1) gain
2) lose
3) suffer
4) reward
Question 83
My father has been advised to ___________ his smoking.
1) cut down
2) cut off
3) cut into
4) cut in
Question 84
I had not expected to meet him; it was quite an _________________ meeting.
1) organised
2) unique
3) accidental
4) intentional

IDIOMS/PHRASES
Question 85
A dark horse
1) A wild animal
2) A black horse
3) An unknown entry
4) A front runner
Question 86
Throw cold water
1) Encourage
2) Discourage
3) Attack
4) Drench
Question 87
Butt in
1) Record
2) Impose
3) Improvise
4) Interrupt

ONE WORD SUBSTITUTION
Question 88
A narrow stretch of land connecting two large bodies of land.
1) Lagoon
2) Cape
3) Strait
4) Isthumus
Question 89
An animal which lives by preying on other animals
1) Aggressor
2) Attacker
3) Terminator
4) Predator
Question 90
Government or rule by a small group of people
1) Monarchy
2) Oligarchy
3) Autocracy
4) Autonomy

SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
Question 91
Salman and the other actors drove through the forest.
1) in
2) over
3) among
4) No improvement
Question 92
You will not succeed unless you don’t work hard.
1) will not work hard
2) should work hard
3) work hard
4) No improvement
Question 93
My friend has a toothache and cannot eat something.
1) anything
2) things
3) edibles
4) No improvement
Question 94
Africa is in the South of Europe
1) by the
2) to the
3) over the
4) No improvement
Question 95
Either Lata or Mala have done it.
1) Neither Lata or Mala has done it
2) Either Lata or Mala has done it
3) Neither Lata or Mala have done it
4) No improvement

PASSAGE
Until he was ten, young Alexander Fleming attended the nearby Loudoun Moor School. He was then transferred to Darvel School which he attended with his brothers. Alexander learned a good deal about nature during that four mile downhill hike to school and the four mile uphill return trip. He was a quick student and at twelve, the age limit prescribed for Darvel school, he was sent to Kilmarmock Academy. Two years later he joined his brothers John and Robert at the home of his elder brother Thomas, who was to become a successful occultist in London. However, the economic success of the family was yet to be and Alexander was forced to leave school for economic reasons. When he was sixteen, he obtained a job in a shipping company. Good fortune, however, was on his side and on the side of humanity. In 1901, he received a share in a legacy which made it possible for him to return to school. He decided to study medicine.

Question 96
Alexander trekked __________ miles every day to attend Darvel school.
1) four
2) eight
3) twelve
4) sixteen
Question 97
He was a ‘quick student’ means that Alexander
1) Reached school before his brothers
2) Was a lively student
3) Ran the races
4) Was a fast learner
Question 98
“… and at twelve, the age limit prescribed for Darvel school … ” in this context means that children were
1) Admitted to school at the age of twelve
2) Allowed to remain in the school only up to the age of twelve
3) Admitted to the school any time after the age of twelve
4) Not admitted to the school before they were twelve
Question 99
Alexander became well off
1) By working in a shipping company
2) When his brother became a successful occultist
3) Because he studied medicine
4) By receiving a share in a legacy
Question 100
Alexander left school
1) To study economics
2) To work with his brother
3) To study medicine
4) Due to financial problems

MAHA GUPTA
76. Option ‘4’ (THREATENING)

77. Option ‘1’ (DOCILE)

78. Option ‘3’ (Benevolence)

79. Replace AESTHETICS by AESTHETIC in part ‘C’. AESTHETICS is a noun whereas we need an adjective describing the noun APPEAL here. AESTHETIC is that word. APPEAL = the quality in someone or something that makes him/her/it attractive or interesting. In this meaning APPEAL is an uncountable noun, so it won’t take the article ‘A’.

80. Replace ‘I AND MY WIFE, by ‘MY WIFE AND I’. The correct order of nouns/pronouns is 2nd person, 3rd person, 1st person. To understand this more completely read the following
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81. Replace FARTHER by FURTHER in option ‘C’. To understand this see the following
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82. Option ‘1’ (GAIN). We need a positive word here. REWARD, though, too is a positive word but incorrect to use here.

83. WRONGLY FRAMED QUESTION as the preposition ON should have been there before HIS SMOKING. CUT DOWN ON SOMETHING = to reduce the amount of something or of doing something; to use or buy less of something: ‘You will have to cut down on the time it takes you to get ready in the morning.’ ‘The doctor told him to cut down on his drinking.’ CUT DOWN = 1. to chop something down; to saw or cut at something until it is felled: ‘Stop cutting the banners down!’ ‘Don’t cut down that tree!’

84. Option ‘3’ (ACCIDENTAL). You see that the first clause of the sentence is negative, so other answer options are not possible here.

85. Option ‘3’ (An unknown entry)

86. Option ‘2’ (Discourage)

87. Option ‘4’ (Interrupt)

88. Option ‘4’ (Isthumus)

89. Option ‘4’ (Predator)

90. Option ‘2’ (Oligarchy)

91. No improvement

92. Option ‘3’ (WORK HARD). UNLESS is a negative word, it can’t be followed by another negative word/expression. It always takes a simple tense, therefore SHOULD WORK HARD is not possible here.

93. Option ‘1’ (ANYTHING). The sentence is negative, in negative sentences we use ANYTHING (not SOMETHING).

94. Option ‘2’ (TO THE). Africa and Europe are different continents, so you can’t use IN.

95. Option ‘2’ (Either Lata or Mala has done it). We use a singular verb for ‘EITHER —- OR’.

96. Option ‘2’ (eight)

97. Option ‘4’ (Was a fast learner)

98. Option ‘2’ (Allowed to remain in the school only up to the age of twelve)

99. Option ‘4’ (By receiving a share in a legacy)

100. Option ‘4’ (Due to financial problems)

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