SSC CGL Previous Papers with Explanation Section Officer Held 05.06.2005
Directions (1-10): You have two briefpassages with 5 questions follow-ing each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.
In the technological systems of tomorrow-fast, fluid and selfregulat-ing-machines will deal with the flow of physical materials: men with the flow of information and insight. Machines will increasingly perform tasks. Machines and men both, instead of be¬ing concentrated in gigantic factories and factory cities, will be scattered across the globe, linked together by amazingly sensitive, near instantaneous communications. Human work will move out of the factory and mass office into the community and the home. Machines will be synchronized, as some already are, to the billionth of a second; men will be de-synchronized. The factory whistle will vanish. Even the clock, “the key machine of the modern industrial age” as Lewis Mumford called it a generation ago, will lose some of its power over humans, as distinct from purely technological affairs. Simultaneously, the organisation needed to control tech¬nology will shift from bureaucracy to Ad-hocracy, from permanence to tran¬sience, and from a concern with the present to a focus on the future.
In such a world, the most valued att ributes of the industrial age become handicaps. The technology of tomor¬row requires not millions of lightly let¬tered men, ready to work in unison at endlessly repetitive jobs, it requires not men who take orders in unblinking fashion, aware that the price of bread is mechanical submission to author¬ity, but men who can make critical judgments, who can weave their way through novel environments, who are quick to spot new relationships in the rapidly changing reality. It requires number of boys and girls, anxious to men who, in C.P. Snow’s compelling terms, “have the future in their bones”.
1. The technological system of to-morrow will be marked by
2. The future man, according to this passage, must be
(1) most adaptative and intelli-gent
(2) most capable of dealing with the changing reality
(3) more concerned with the present than the future
(4) trained and obedient
3. ‘Near-instantaneous communications’ may be regarded as a symbol of
4. If a person believes that ‘the price of bread is mechanical submission to authority’, he is
(1) a believer in devotion to duty
(2) a believer in taking things for granted
(3) a believer in doing what he is told, right or wrong
(4) a believer in the honesty of machines
5. The type of society which the author has mentioned makes a plea for
(1) a mind assimilative of mod-em scientific ideas
(2) a critical mind having insight into future
(3) a mind well-versed in cultural heritage
(4) a mind with firm principles ‘ of life
A reason why people at school read books is to please their teacher. The teacher has said that this, that, or the other is a good book, and that it is a sign of gool taste to enjoy it. So a please their teacher, get the book and read it. Two or three of them may genuinely like it, for its own sake, and be grateful to the teacher for putting it in their way. But many will not honestly like it, or will persuade themselves that they like it. And that does a great deal of harm. The people who cannot like the book run the risk of two things happening to them; either they are put off the idea of the book-let us sup¬pose the book was David Copperfield- either they are put off the idea of classical novels, or they take a dislike to Dickens, and decide firmly never to waste their time on anything of the sort again; or they get a guilty conscience about the whole thing, they feel that they do not like what they ought to like and that therefore there is something wrong with them.
They are quite mistaken, of course. There is nothing wrong with them. The mistake has all been on the teacher’s side. What has happened is that they have been shoved up against a book before they were ready for it. It is like giving a young child food only suitable for an adult. Result: indigestion, violent stomach-ache, and a rooted dislike of that article of food evermore.
6. The passage is about what
(1) we should do to make children read
(2) we should not do when we ask children to read
(3) teachers should teach in the classroom
(4) treatment is to be given for indigestion
7. The writer says that teachers should
(1) prevent children from reading any book
(2) compel children to read moral stories
(3) stop compelling children to read books recommended by them
(4) carefully supervise what chil-dren read
8. According to the author many boys and girls read books to
(1) win the favour of their teach-ers
(2) spend money in a useful way
(3) express their gratitude to their teachers
(4) show others that they are lovers of books
9. ‘The mistake has been on the teacher’s side’. Here the ‘mistake’ refers to
(1) making the children to please the teacher
(2) asking the children to read books which teachers do not like
(3) discouraging children from reading more books
(4) recommending them the books intended for adults
10. Indigestion and violent stomach¬ache will be the result if the child
(1) reads books not suitable for his age
(2) does not read any book
(3) is forced to eat food meant for adults
(4) is not taken to doctor regu-larly
Directions (11-20) : In the fol-lowing questions, some of the sen-tences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sen-tence has an error and mark (1), (2) or (3) . It there is no error, your answer is (4) . ,
11. We had a lot of difficulty(l)/to find (2)/the house. (3)/ No Er¬ror. (4).
12. ‘ Patience as well as perseverance
(1) /are necessary (2)/for suc-cess. (3)/ No Error/(4).
13. The passer-by told us (l)/where was the marriage hall (2)/and even led us to it. (3)/ No Error/ (4).
14. The increase inc consumption is directly (1)/proportional to the increase (2)/in income. (3)/No Error. (4).
15. In Singapore (l)/my brother-in-law with his wife (2)/were present at the function. (3)/No Error. (4).
16. Scarcely had (1)/I arrived than (2) /the train left. (3)/No Error. (4).
17. The reason why (l)/he was rejected (2)/was because he was too young. (3)/No Error. (4).
18. Teachers of various schools (1)/ met to discuss about (2)/how to improve the standard of English.
(3) /No Error. (4).
19. His tradition-bound attitude (1)/ had to be a constant source of dissatisfaction (2)/among the younger members of the family. (3)/No Error. (4).
20. The two first to arrive (l)/were the lucky recipients (2)/of a surprise gift. (3)/No Error. (4).
Directions (21-30) : In the fol-lowing questions sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an ap-propriate word. Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.
21. A person who on his own effort has the best chance to win.
(1) makes (2) puts
(3) relies (4) runs
22. When he died, Ramanujan behind 3 notebooks.
(1) was leaving
(2) had left
(3) left (4) leaves
23. For all his he is a.
(1) wealth, miser
(2) health, player
(3) tricks, cheat
(4) stupidity, fool
24. In a classroom students are to be trained to love .
(1) each other (2) all others
(3) one another
25. Mr. Obi put his whole life the work.
(1) on (2) in
(3) into (4) upon
26. All decisions,are likely to be taken by consensus.
(1) anyhow (2) forever
(3) somehow (4) however
27. Kumar boy swam across the sea for safety.
(1) a#17 years old
(2) a 17 year old
(3) a 17 year aged
(4) the 17 year old
28. She is beautiful brave.
(1) but (2) and
(3) yet C) so
29. Gandhiji will in history as one of the greatest men, that ever lived.
(1) go by (2) goon (3) go down (4) to through
30. All the applicants and the results will be announced next week.
(1) rank (2) are to rank
(3) are to be ranked
(4) are ranking
Directions (31-40) : In the following questions out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.
(1) rapid (2) victorious
(3) beneficent (4) consecutive
(1) destroy (2) break
(3) demolish (4) abolish
(1) pious (2) traditional
(3) irrational (4) sacred
(1) guide (2) (3) stylist (4)
(1) paint (2) (3) gamer (4)
(3) redundant (4)
(1) affection (2) (3) accuracy (4)
(1) hard (2) (3) tough (4)
(1) mournful (2) (3) regretful (4)
(1) terrible (2)
Directions (41-50) : In the following questions choose the word op-posite in meaning to the given word.
(2) zenith (3) liberty
(1) help (2) propogate
(3) hinder (4) reject
(1) finish (2) (3) critiise (4) Conformity
(1) deviation (2) (3) distraction (4)
(1) refuse (2) negate
(3) neglect (4) avoid
(51-60) : In the following questions groups of four words are given. In each group one word is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.
51. (1) mischevious
52. (1) harassment
53. (1) capracious
56. (1) existence
57. (1) sponsership
58. (1) handicaped
59. (1) coersion
60. (1) deliquency
Directions (61-70) : In the fol-lowing questions four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase in bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.
61. He didn’t tell me directly, but reading between the lines. I think he is not happy with them.
(1) reading slowly and haltingly
(2) understanding the sense rather than the actual words
(3) understanding the meaning of words and not the sense
(4) reading superficially
62. Gopi works by fits and starts.
(3) in high spirits
63. I cannot put up with your mis¬. conduct any longer.
(1) excuse (2) refuse
(3) accept (4) tolerate
64. I did not mind what he was say-ing, he was only talking through his hat.
(1) t alking nonsense
(2) talking ignorantly
(3) talking irresponsibly
(4) talking insultingly
65. He is so furious that he would go through fire and water to
revenge himself on his foe.
(1) approach everybody for help
(2) avail himself of any opportu-nity
(3) use any conceivable method
(4) undergo any risk
66. The watchdogs were asleep when the bulls ran riot.
(1) behaved cleverly
(2) acted without restraint
(3) wandered aimlessly
(4) had the best of time
67. In spite of the immense pressure exerted by the militants, the Government, has decided not to give in.
(1) accede (2) yield (3) oblige (4) conform
68. The young and the old sat cheek by jowl in the large audience.
(1) very near
(2) very far
(3) tongue tied
69. We wanted to keep the gift as a surprise for mother but my sis¬ter gave the game away.
(1) lost the game
(2) gave out the secret
(3) played badly
(4) withdrew from the game
70. I don’t think the law will inter¬fere with us as we are just try¬ing to turn an honest penny.
(1) make a legitimate living
(2) make a good living
(3) have dealings in white money
(4) become more honest
Directions (71-75) : In the fol¬lowing questions out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
71. One who collects coins
72. A system of Government in which only one political party is allowed to function:
73. Customs and habits of a particular group :
(1) Mores (2) Traditions
(3) Rites (4) Rituals
74. A body of persons appointed to hear evidence and give their ver ¬dict in trials.
(3) Bar (4) Jury
75. Indifference to pleasure or pain
(3) Stoicism (4) Reticence
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