Full English Language Practice Set for SBI PO Prelims 2017 – 2

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English Language Test for SBI PO

Directions [Q. 1-10]: Read
the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it.
Certain words/ phrases have been written in bold to help you locate them while
answering the questions.
Linking all
emergency services to a single toll-free number for the whole country is
critical to improving communication to and response by emergency services.
India will have the single emergency number system — 112 — in 2017. The
decision to streamline and unify point-of-contact should be welcomed by all.
The new system would substitute other agency-specific numbers. The single
emergency number system comes with two other important citizen safety and
emergency response initiatives, namely, panic buttons and GPS navigation
systems in mobile phones. Together these initiatives would go a long way in
improving safety of citizens. There has been a clamor for such measures in the wake of increasing incidents of
sexual violence and crimes against children and elderly.
Implementing the system
could prove a daunting task. Given the decline in landline telephone
connections, increasing mobile phone penetration and accompanying complaints of poor service, ensuring 100 per cent
coverage and connectivity will be challenging.
achieving seamless integration between the 112 call centre and respective
response agencies would involve putting in place appropriate and effective
systems, training of personnel and adequate funding for services
infrastructure. What is the point in having the 112 system if there is no
coordination between agencies or if agencies do not have the required
multi-purpose vehicles to rush to the spot.? Modern emergency services need
specialised and sophisticated equipments
from flame-proof cranes, to hoists and robots. India’s track record
has not been good in the post-Bhopal gas tragedy years, but there has been some
improvement with the setting up of the National Disaster Management Authority.
The success of these initiatives will depend on how much importance the
government gives to citizen safety and how much value it attaches to life.
1. What is true in
context of the passage?
1) 112 will be used
only emergency services related to sexual violence.
2) India needs to set
up National Disaster Management Authority.
3) Not a lot of
trained personnel will be required to make the 112 service successful.
4) 112 will be
implemented from 2018.
5) Making the service
successful will be a daunting task.
2. What are the
citizen safety and emergency response initiatives with 112?
i. GPS navigation
systems in mobile phones.
ii. Panic button in
mobile phones.
iii. Free Wi-Fi
hotspots in railway stations.
1) Only (ii)
2) (ii)&(iii)
3) (i)&(ii)
4) Only (iii)
5) None of the above.
3. What should be the
title of the passage?
1) GPS- saving lives.
2) Emergency services.
3) A safe Country
4) 112
5) Implementation of
4. What steps should
be taken for proper implementation of 112?
1)  Adequate
funding for services infrastructure.
2) Trained personnel.
3) Installation of
appropriate and effective systems.
4) Specialised and
sophisticated equipments ranging from flame-proof cranes, to hoists and robots
are required
5) All of the above.
5. Why ensuring 100
per cent coverage and connectivity will be challenging?
i. Complaints of poor
network service.
ii. Decline in
landline telephone connections.
iii. Increasing mobile
phone penetration.
1) (i) &(ii)
2) (ii)&(iii)
3) (iii)&(ii)
4) (i) & (iii)
5) (i) ,(ii). (iii)
6. What does the
author mean by “ India’s track record has not been good in the post-Bhopal gas
1) India was efficient
in handling the disaster.
2) India was
inefficient in terms of emergency services when it came to handle the disaster.
3) Post Bhopal gas
tragedy was tough to cope up with.
4) Bhopal lies in
threat areas.
5) None of the above.
Choose the word/phrase
which is similar in meaning to the word/phrase printed in bold in the passage.
7. Ranging
1) Fluctuating
2) Ranking
3) Approaching
4) Spanning
5) Spreading.
8. Implementing
1) Fulfilling
2) Performing
3) Neglecting
4) Assigning
5) Enforcing
Choose the word/phrase
which is opposite in meaning to the word/phrase printed in bold in the passage.
9. Clamor
1) Babble
2) Buzz
3) Calmness
4) Murmur
5) Yell
10. Accompanying
1) Along
2) Separated
3) Abandon
4) Deserted
5) Join


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Directions (Q. 11-20):
Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic
error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The number
of that part is the answer. If there is ‘No error’, the answer is 5). (Ignore
errors of punctuation, if any.)
11. 1) An
international team of scientists successfully developed / 2) a new topological
insulator which exhibits / 3 / many topological effects that have / 4) not seen
experimentally before. / 5) No error
12. 1) The
recent discovery of ancient artifacts / 2) deep in the heart of Sunderban in
West Bengal / 3) indicates that the region has human habitation / 4) as early
as the third century BCE. / 5) No error
13. 1) The very
definition of a classic implies the recognition / 2) that it speaks to all
ages, despite the complex ways / 3) in which it relates to and reflects / 4)
the specific circumstances of the world in which it originates. / 5) No error
14. 1) Ujjaini
was long a centre of learning and intellectual activity; / 2) an observatory
had been built fairly early in its history / 3) and the prime meridian passed
from the city, / 4) making Ujjaini the Greenwich of ancient India. / 5) No
15. 1) Hopes for
an end to the conflict in Syria are high / 2) as the Geneva peace talks are
announced / 3) and the US decides to abort war plans / 4) after investigations
find that the rebels used sarin. / 5) No error
16. 1) To
project Dr Ambedkar as / 2) just a Dalit icon, or treat him like / 3) a
prophet, does not do / 4) justice of his memory. / 5) No error
17. 1) An
amaging magical place which / 2) is a fine synthesis of / 3) spiritual and
natural / 4) wonder is Ladakh. / 5) No error
18. 1) He lost
both his legs / 2) on the day he was / 3) going to write Delhi University / 4)
BEd entrance exam. / 5) No error
19. 1) All men
between / 2) eighteen to forty-five without exception / 3) are expected to
serve / 4) in the army during a war. / 5) No error
20. 1) Our
neighbours are / 2) old fashioned and / 3) are very strictly / 4) with their
children / 5) No error

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Directions (Q. 21-30): 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
There was a time
when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was _______(21) as someone who could do no
wrong; not a run-of-the-mill politician, the economist-prime minister was seen
as the _______(22) of India’s growth story. And rightly so. His meteoric rise
in India’s politics was seen as a _______(23) of the educated, hard-working
Indian middle class. Now Manmohan Singh is no _______(24) the feted leader but
is seen as a _______(25) of a ship who failed to read the headwinds correctly.
So when the government announced that the prime minister will hold a press
conference, only his third in the last 10 years, it generated a lot of _______(26).
Rumours about his retirements had been doing the _______(27) for some time and
Mr Singh took this opportunity to announce that he would _______(28) up his
boots after the general elections. Commenting on the quality of his stint, Mr
Singh _______(29) the charge that he was a weak prime minister and said that
history will hopefully be more kind to him that the Opposition and _______(30)
media have been as he did the best he could in the given political
21. 1) admitted
2) listened 3) communicated 4) purviewed 5) seen
22. 1) author 2)
actor 3) lender 4) performer 5) creator
23. 1) defeat 2)
step 3) triumph 4) way 5) luck
24. 1) one 2)
more 3) way 4) less 5) body
25. 1) commander
2) leader 3) sailor 4) captain 5) passenger
26. 1) buzz 2)
problem 3) fuss 4) trouble 5) pleasure
27. 1) noise 2)
news 3) rounds 4) clocks 5) best
28. 1) cling 2)
make 3) leave 4) give 5) hang
29. 1)
represented 2) refuted 3) declared 4) accepted 5) clarified
30. 1) current
2) present 3) recent 4) contemporary 5) latest

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