SSC CGL Previous Papers with Explanation Section Officer Held 30.11.2008
Directions (1-5) : In the following questions, a sentence has been given in Active/Passi Voice. Out of the four alternatives suggested below, select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Passive/Active Voice.
1. The cat is running after the rat.
(1) The rat was being run after by the cat.
(2) The rat is being run after by the cat.
(3) The rat is run after by the cat.
(4) The cat is being run after by the rat.
2. English is spoken all over the world.
(1) All over the world English speaks.
(2) English speaks all over the world.
(3) The whole world speaks English.
(4) People speak English all over the world.
3. The boys elected Mohan cap-tain.
(1) The boys were elected cap-tain by Mohan.
(2) Mohan is elected captain by the boys.
(3) Mohan was elected captain by the boys.
(4) Mohan and the boys elected the captain.
4. They threw away the Rubbish.
(1) The Rubbish will be thrown away.
(2) The Rubbish was being thrown away.
(3) The Rubbish was thrown away.
(4) The Rubbish thrown away.
5. Let him see the picture.
(1) Let the picture be seen by him.
(2) The picture is seen by him.
(3) Let him the picture be seen.
(4) The picture is seen by him
Directions (6-15) : In the following questions the first and the last parts of the sentence are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the sentence is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given In their proper order. Read the parts and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer.
6. 1. There was a lamp hanging on the wall
P. Then he picked a lot of jewels off the trees in the garden
Q. He put the lamp inside his shirt
R. He put them in his pockets
S. Alladdin climbed a ladder and took down the lamp
6. Then he put more jewels inside his shirt on top of the lamp.
(2) R S P Q
(3) S Q P R
(4) Q S R P
7. 1.Gopal and Sheela felt very bored one evening
P. Gopal wanted to stay on for the next show
Q. So they decided to go to the cinema .
R. They reached the theatre in time for the interval
S. On the way there was a traffic jam
6.But Sheela wanted to return home.
(1) P S Q R (2)SQPR (3) Q S R P (4) S Q R P
8.1.Ferdinand rose up to receive the messenger
P. At the end of his account he was moved to tears 9- He fell on his knees and thanked him
R. He made him sit on a level with himself
S. He listened to the circum-stantial account of his voyage.
6. It was a great conquest the Almighty gave to a sovereign.
(1)RPSQ (2) R S P Q
(3) Q P R S (4) P R S Q
9.1.In order to judge the inside of others, study your own
P. and though one has one prevailing passion
Q.for, men, in general are very much alike
R. yet their operations are very much the same
S. and another has another
6. and whatever engages or disgusts, pleases or offends you in others, will engage, disgust, please Or offend others in you.
(1)Q PS R (2) P Q R S
(3) R Q P S (4) P R Q S
10. 1. Paucity of funds
P. universities cannot make
Q- essentials like books
R. sufficient expenditure on
S. ordains that the
6. journals and equipment.
(1)Q PRS (2) S P R Q (3) P Q R S (4)Q SRP
11. 1. The symptoms of
P. and certain other changes
Q. what is popularly called
R. serious forgetfulness, con-fusion
S. “serility” include
6. in personality behaviour.
(l) QSRP (2) P Q RS (3) S R Q P (4) Q P S R
12.1. When they heard the bell
P. out of his clothes
Q. as quickly
R. every boy scrambled
S. and got into bed
6. as possible
(1) Q RPS (2) PS Q R (3) R Q S P (4) R P S Q
13. 1. Thirty years from now
P. and industry will be scarce
Q- almost half of the people
R. that water for drinking, farming
S. then living may find
6. according to a study by Dr. S. Posten.
(1) S P Q R (2) S R P Q (3)Q SRP (4)Q S PR
14.1. A good cry can be a
P. bring relief from anxiety
Q- prevent a headache or
R. and it might even
S. healthy way to
6. other physical consequence
(1) S R Q P (2) S R P Q
(3) S P R Q (4) S P Q R
15.1.Long, long, time ago ‘
P. who lived with his three wives
Q- in a country called Kosala
R. there ruled a noble king
S. and four sons
6. beautiful, graceful and well versed in all shastras.
(1) P Q R S (2) S P Q R (3) R Q P S (4)Q RSP
Directions (16-25) : In the fol-lowing passage, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.
Scientists have developed an electronic circuit that 16 the wiring of the human brain in some ways – an achievement that 17 revolutionalise computer science and 18 understanding of how nature’s most powerful 19 works. The 20 built on a 21 chip the size of finger nail, is 22 from the thinking machines of science-fiction : For one thing it cannot 23, the way the
24 can. But researchers say it could 25 in better speech and object recognition by computers.
16. (1) imitates (2) mimics
(3) limits (4) expands
17. (1) shall (2) ought
(3) could (4) have
18. (1) exceed (2) improve
(3) impair (4) develop
19. (1) processor
(2) electronic system
20. (1) computer (2) monitor
(3) system (4) circuit
21. (1) silicon (2) minute
(3) big (4) brown
22. (I) for (2) above
(3) beyond (4) far
23. (1) equate (2) teach
(3) learn (4) recognise
24. (1) computer (2) processor
(3) chip (4) brain
25. (1) yield (2) give
(3) respond (4) result
26. What is the key word for Activity according to the passage ?
(1) Active Discipline
(2) Key Discipline
(3) Self Discipline
27. According to the passage Discipline should begin
(1) with the self
(2) with the self, family and neighbours
(3) with the self, family, neighbours and environment
(4) with the self, family, work-place, society
28. According to the passage, where do we draw inspiration from ?
(2) Society and nation
(4) Nothing in particular
29. According to the passage, a good leader should be capable of
(1) rebuilding a nation the way he/she likes
(2) rebuilding and restructuring society into a strong nation
(3) building a national con-sensus
(4) rebuilding and structuring a nation
30. What is the meaning of the word “infectious” in the passage ? .
(2) spreading to everyone
(3) spreading to everyone by germs
(4) give disease
A 23-year-old British woman was yesterday sentenced to six months in jail for leaving her two- year-old daughter home alone eight-hours a-day, five days a week for a year while she went to work. The young mother from the central town of Warwick initially hired a babysitter, when she landed a job in a travel agency but eventually reached the point when she could no longer afford the facility, prosecutors said. The woman then started leaving the child home by herself, providing it with food and toys and removing all potentially dangerous objects from its reach. At first the mother came home at lunch time but had to stop because her daughter threw tantrums every time she left to go back to work.
The mother, who was not iden-tified, told the court, “If I had money I would not have done it. It was a case of that or not keeping my job and living on benefit”.
The judge, Mr. Harrison Hall, however said “Having had a child, the absolute priority is to look af¬ter it. There must be an alternative to leaving a child alone all day, a thing you would not do even to a dog”.
31. The young mother had to work in the office
(1) 40 hours a week
(2) 8 hours a week
(3) 48 hours a week
(4) all the seven days a week
32. The word ‘Facility’ in sentence refers to
(1) her job in the travel agency
(2) living in a well furnished apartment
(3) getting adequate salary
(4) employing someone to look after the child
33. The mother stopped coming home for lunch because
(1) her house was far away from the office
(2) she was not able to control her angry baby
(3) she had to work extra hours to earn more
(4) she was not interested in looking after the baby
34. The sentence “If I had money, I would not have done it” means
(1) 1 had money and so I did not leave the baby alone
(2) I had money and so I left the baby alone
(3) I had no money and so I left the baby alone
(4) I had no money and so I did not leave the baby alone
35. Which one of the following statements about the judge Mr. Harrison Hall is correct ?
(1) He can tolerate cruelty to children but not to animals
(2) He can tolerate cruelty to animals but not to children .
(3) He can tolerate cruelty both to children and animals
(4) He can tolerate crue.ty nei-ther to children nor to animals
Directions (36-45) : In the following quesions, some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and select to the appropriate number (1, 2, 3). If there is no error, select the number ‘4’.
36. A moment delay (1)/ would have proved costly (2)/ in the situation. (3)/ No error (4)
37. Ram disappointed his mother (1) / as he did not (2)/ write to her very often. (3)/ No er¬ror (4)
38. After you will return (1)/ from Chennai (2)/ I will come and see you. (3)/ No error (4)
39. Scenes from-the film (1)/ had to be censured (2)/ before it was released. (3)/ No error (4)
40. When my sister was ill (1)/ I went to the hospital (2)/ on alternative days. (3)/ No error (4)
41. The beautiful (1)/ surrounding of the place (2)/ enchanted me. (3)/ No error (4)
42. No Porter being available (1)/ he carried (2)/ all his luggages himself. (3)/ No error (4)
43. He will not be able (1)/ to cope up with (2)/ the pressure (5f work. (3)/ No error (4)
44. Lasers are (1)/ indispensable tools (2)/ for the delicate eyes surgery. (3)/ No error (4)
45. I take great pleasure (1)/ to welcome you (2)/ to this insti-tution. (3)/ No error (4)
Directions (46-50) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which expresses the right meaning of the given word.
(1) hatred (2) anger (3) disapproval (4) contempt
(1) A word with two or more meanings
(2) A word of new coinage
(3) A word formed by the ini-tial letters of words
(4) A word of picturesque ef-fect
(1) interfere (2) courage
(3) agreement (4) careful
(1) change (2) revoke
(3) repeat (4) reconsider
50. Antipathy ”
Directions (51-55) : In the following questions, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given bold word.
(1) illegible (2) hidden (3) mysterious (4) remote
(1) native (2) domiciled
(3) natural (4) resident
(1) upright (2) costly
(3) eminent (4) worthy
(1) meek (2) cowardly
(3) mild (4) gentle
(1) simple (2) timid
(3) civilized (4) modest
Directions (56 – 65) : In the following questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate and suitable word. Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four alternative
56. The food that an average Indian eats has been found to be deficient vitamins _ and proteins.
(1) of (2) from
(3) with [4) in
57. The patient is of stomachache.
58. A good teacher should responses from the students.
(1) elicit (2) provoke
(3) command (4) infer
59. Had he taken his degree five years ago he got a promotion by now.
(1) might (2) would have
(3) will be (4) was
60. There will be a rush for seats when the train .
(1) will arrive (2) arrived (3) is arriving (4) arrives
61. He drove the car very fast
(1) Did he ? (2) Does he ?
(3) Didn’t he ? (4) Was he ?
62. He wants to succeed in life must be prepared to work hard.
(1) whoever (2) whom
(3) who (4) whose ‘
63. It is time you home.
(l)go (2) went
(3) come (4) reach
64. a walk in the morning will improve your health.
(1) Going to (2) Go to
(3) Go for (4) Going for
65. Government must the rise in prices .
(1) cheque (2) check
(3) cease (4) seize
Directions (66 -75) : In the following question four alternatives are given for the bold or given idiom/phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the mean¬ing of the bold part or given idiom/ phrase.
66. The bus had a close shave as its driver swerved to the right a split second before the on-coming truck could run into it.
(1) serious accident
(2) close collision
(3) narrow escape
(4) deep dent
67. Fits and starts
(2) not regularly
68. When the Inspector entered the class some of the students shook in their shoes.
(1) stamped the ground with their shoes
(2) showed signs of anger
(3) trembled with fear
(4) stood up to salute
69. In high spirits
(1) fiall of hope and enthusi-asm
(2) under tremendous stress
(3) under the influence of liquor
(4) mentally deranged
70. He amassed his wealth through sharp practices.
(1) dishonest means
(2) illegal means
(3) intelligent decisions
(4) quick decisions
71. He is not in the good books of his boss.
(1) a lover of good books
(2) in favour with
(3) not of the same opinion as
(4) as good as
72. The officer is fed up with the complaints made against the clerk.
(1) annoyed (2) disgusted
(3) pleased (4) satisfied
73. A white elephant,
(1) a rare species of elephants
(2) dn expensive gift
(3) a costly but useless possession
(4) a worthless thing
74. Ins and outs
(1) entry and exit points
(2) full details
(3) tactical moves
(4) complexity of character
75. All his ventures went to the winds.
(2) spread all over
(3) got speed of the winds.
(4) became well-known