SSC English Topic Wise Previous Year Solved Papers – One Word Substitution
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 1-5): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2010)
1. An underhand device resorted to in order to justify misconduct
2 Impossible to describe
3.One who criticises popular beliefs which he thinks is mistaken or unwise
4.Detaining and confining someone
5. Science of the races of mankind
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 6-10): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence.
(SSC CGL 2nd Sit. 2010)
6.One who hides away on a ship to obtain a free passage
7. Clues available at a scene
8. An unexpected piece of good fortune
9. An emolument over and above fixed income or salary
10. The animals of a particular region.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 11-15): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit 2011)
11. A post with little work but high salary
12 Something that causes death
13. A person who writes decoratively
14. Pertaining to cattle
15. To lode at someone in an angry or threatening way
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 16-20) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 2nd Sit 2011)
16. An inscription on a tomb
17. Feeling inside you which tells you what is right and what is
18. Release of a prisoner from jail on certain terms and condition
19. Loss of memory
20. To struggle helplessly
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 21-25) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2012)
21. One who loves books
22 Speaking without preparation
23. Special trial of the Head of State by Parliament
24. Someone able to use both hands with equal skill
25. Cure for all diseases
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 26-30) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 2nd Sit. 2012)
26. A raised place on which offerings to a God are made.
27. Something that cannot be explained
28. A written declaration made on oath in the presence of a magistrate
29. A person who thinks only about himself and not about others needs:
30. A guide-post pointing out the way for a place
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 31-35): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit 2012)
31. A group of three books, films etc. that have the same subject or characters
32 A study of the human race
33. An expert in an area of the fine or other arts
34. The art of preserving skin of animals, birds, fishes
35. Chanting of magic spells
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 36 – 40) : In the following questions out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words / sentence.
(SSC CGL 2nd Sit. 2012)
36. A round or cylindrical container used for storing things such as food, chemicals or rolls of film
37. A place of permanent residence
38. That cannot be altered or withdrawn
39. Money paid to employees on retirement
40. A place where clothes are kept
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 41-47) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2013)
41. Detailed plan of a journey :
(b) tavel kit
42. One who cannot be corrected :
43. A general pardon granted by the Government to political offenders.
44. One who hates women:
45. A person who consumes human flesh :
46. A school boy who cuts classes frequently is a :
47. Stealing of ideas or writings of someone else.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 48-54) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 2nd Sit. 2013)
48. One who is unaffected or indifferent to joy, pain, pleasure or grief
49. A person who is greatly respected because of wisdom
50. An excessively morbid desire to steal.
51. Prohibited by law or treaty from being imported or exported
52. Intentional destruction of racial groups.
53. A person in a vehicle or on horseback escorting another vehicle
54. A person specially interested in the study of coins and medals.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 55-61): : In these questions out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2013)
55. A study of sounds is known as
56. To reduce to nothing
57. An obviously true or hackneyed statement
58. Words inscribed on a tomb
59. The act of producing beautiful handwriting using a brush or a special pen
60. A word composed of the first letters of the words in a phrase.
61. A person of obscure position who has gained wealth.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 62-68); : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit 2013)
61 That which has a double meaning
63. incapable of making errors
64. Governed by a sense of duty
65. The depository where state records and documents are preserved
66. That which is no longer fashionable or in use
67. Murder of a king
68. A place where birds are kept
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 69-75): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2013)
69. An apartment building in which each apartment is owned separately by the people living in it, but also containing shared areas.
70. A group of three powerful people.
71. Operation of the body after death.
72. Not allowing the passage of light.
73. Science regarding principles of classification.
74. A political leader appealing to popular desires and prejudices
75. Enclosed in a small closed space.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 76-82): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CGL 2014)
76. Belief in many gods
77. A cluster of flowers on a branch
78. A person who believes that only selfishness motivates human actions
79. A highly skilled musician
80. A method of boiling briefly to cook food slightly
81. The group, especially in the arts, regarded as being the most experimental
82. One who helps people by giving them money or other aid
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 83-89): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2015)
83. A recurrent Compulsive urge to steal.
84. Act of injuring another’s reputation by any slanderous communication.
85. A story in which animals or objects speak and give wholesome moral lesson,
86. Medical Study of skin and its diseases.
87. A process involving too much official formality.
88. A person who enters without any invitation.
89. Not suitable for eating
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 90-96): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words / sentences.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit 2015)
90.Of one’s own fee will
91.One who runs away from justice or the law.
92.One who is skillful.
93.One who is too careless to plan for the future,
94.A person who deserves all praise
95.One who has long experience
96. A study of ancient things.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 97-99): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2016)
97. An abattoir is___ .
(a) a place where animals are slaughtered
(b) a place where abbots stay
(c) a title of respect given to a priest or abbot
(d) a place where animals are worshiped
98. A man with abnormal habits
99. Words inscribed on the tomb
Direction : (Qs. 100-102) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2016)
100. The ceremony of crowning a sovereign
101. One who tends to patronize, rebuff or ignore people regarded as social interiors and imitate, admire people regarded as social superiors
102 A room where dead bodies are kept until burial
DIRECTION (Qs. 103-105) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences and click the button corresponding to it.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2016)
103. A person’s peculiar habit
104. Speech delivered without preparation
(d) Maiden speech
105. One who will do any job for anyone for money
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 106-108) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2016)
106. Action that is likely to make people very angry
107. A humorous drawing dealing with current events or politics.
108. Act of mercy killing
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 109-113): In the following question below, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC Sub. Ins. 2015)
109. Walking in sleep:
110. A person who leaves his own country in order to go and live in another:
111. Showing a dislike of anything improper:
112. That which cannot be avoided:
113. Artistic, musical or dramatic interpretation:
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 114-118): In the following questions below, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC Sub. Ins. 2014)
114.One who offers his service of his own free will
115.One who is always doubting
116.A collection of slaves
117.A professional soldier hired to serve in a foreign army
118.Not likely to be easily pleased
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 119-123) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC Sub. Ins. 2013)
119. A person who attends to the diseases of the eye is an
120. The study of worms and insects
121. A person who devotes his/her life for the welfare of others
122. A person who shows off his learning
123. Written law of a legislative body
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 124-128) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence
(SSC Sub. Ins. 2012)
124. An act or notion to look back in the past
125.Medicine to counteract the effect of a poison
126.A collection of poems
127.One who studies mankind
128.An opinion contrary to popular belief
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 129 – 132) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given sentences.
(SSC CHSL 2012)
129. Someone who scientifically studies the birds:
130. Something which is imagined to be real but actually does not exist.
131. Someone having many skills:
132 To officially take private property away to seize.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 133-135) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words /sentence.
(SSC CHSL 2013)
133. A former student of a school, college or university
134. A building in which aircraft arc housed
135. A short story based on your personal experience
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 136-140): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.
(SSC CHSL 2014)
136. A poem of fourteen lines.
137. Incapable of error.
138. One who believes everything he or she hears.
139. An allowance made to a wife by her husband, when they are legally separated.
140. Wild imagination
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 141-144): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substitute for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CHSL 2015)
141. Art of working with metals.
142 A place where birds are kept
143. A gathering at a religious place
144. One who compiles a dictionary
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 145-148) : In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC CHSL 2015)
145. Submission to all that happens as inevitable.
146. A person who is easily deceived or tricked.
147. Lasting for a very short time.
148. Rules governing socially acceptable behaviour,
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 149-153): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substitutedfor the given words / sentence.
(SSC Multitasking 2013)
149. One who is unable to pay one’s debt
150. Instrument that magnifies objects
151. Animals which live in water
152 The study of plant life
153. Exclusive possession or control of anything
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 154-158): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentence.
(SSC Multitasking 2014)
154. A place where money is coined
155. A series of lectures or lessons
156. A false name adopted by an author for writing
157. One who possesses many talents
158. A very accurate form of clock
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 159-163) : In the following five questions, out of the alternatives, choose the one which can substituted for the given words/sentences.
(SSC Sub. Ins. 2016)
159. The belief that God is in everything, include nature.
160. The study of growing garden plants
161. One who copies from other writers
162. Scientific study of Earthquakes
163. Gradually advanced
DIRECTIONS (Qs.164 —165): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which is the best substitute o f the phrase.
(SSC CGL 2017, Set-1)
164. That which cannot be corrected
165. A person who is blamed for the wrong doings of others
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 166 -167): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which is the best substitute of the phrase.
(SSC CGL 2017, Set-2)
166. A funeral poem
167. One who walks in sleep
DIRECTIONS (Qs, 168 & 169): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which is the best substitute of the phrase.
(SSC CGL 2017, Set-3)
168. A man devoid of kind feeling and sympathy.
169. One who eats two much
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 170—172): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which is the best substitute of the phrase.
(SSC CGL 2017, Set-4)
170. Easily duped or fooled
171. Atonement for one’s sins
172 In the following questions, out of the four alternative, select the alternative which is the best substitute of the phrase. A person famous and respected within a particular sphere. (SSC CHSL 2017)
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 173 — 177): Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can most appropriately substitute the given word(s) or sentence.
(SSC MTS 2017)
173. The centre of attraction.
174. The murder of one’s father.
175. Overturn in water.
176. One whose wife is dead.
177. That cannot be explained.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 178—182): In the following question, out of the four alternatives, select the alternative which is the best substitute of the phrase.
(SSC Sub. Insp. 2017)
178. Government by a few people
179. The state of living unmarried
180. An event which happens once in five years.
181. A person who looks after horses at an inn
182 To struggle helplessly
Hints & Solutions
Deceit used in order to achieve one’s goal.
Too extreme to be described in words.
A person who attacks or criticizes cherished beliefs or instructions.
The state of being confined as a prisoner, especially tor political or military reasons.
The study of different people.
A stowaway is a person who secretly boards a ship to travel free.
Circumstantial is a description of full details or a particular scene.
Windfall refers to get a large amount unexpectedly.
Sinecure is a position with no work but with financial benefit.
An angry look
A person who collects or has a great love of books.
Able to use the right and left hands equally well.
A post at a road junction from which signs project in the direction of the place of route indicated.
The word Incantation means ; special words that are spoken or sung to have a magic effect.
Incorrigible is a person not able to be changed or reformed.
Amnesty is an official pardon for people who have been convicted of political offences.
A person who dislikes women.
Truant refers to a pupil who stays away from school without leave or explanation
Accorded a great deal of respect, especially because of age, wisdom or character.
A recurrent urge to steal.
Numismatics is the study of coins.
Having or associated with the value zero.
A statement that is obviously true and says nothing new or interesting.
Ambiguous means having more than one possible meaning.
If someone or something is infallible, that means they are incapable of failure or error.
Conscientious is the one who is guided by or in accordance with conscience or sense of duty and right and wrong.
A collection of historical documents or records.
Obsolete means no longer in use
Regicide means the act of killing a king.
Aviary is a building where birds are kept.
Demagogue refers to a political leader who seeks support by appealing to popular desires and prejudices rather than by using rational argument.
Extreme or irrational fear of confined places.
Belief in many Gods-Polytheism.
Cluster of flowers on a branch-inflorescence.
A person who believes that only selfishness motivates human action-Cynic.
A highly skilled musician-Virtuoso.
A method of boiling briefly to cook food slightly.
The group, especially in arts, regarded as being the most experimental Avant-garde.
One who helps people by giving them money or other aid: Benefactor.
Kleptomania is a compulsion to steal having no relation to need or the monetary value of the object.’Pneumonia is a disease; insomnia is an inability to sleep; chronic sleeplessness while nymphomania is an abnormally intense sexual desire in women.
Defamation is a false accusation of an offence or a malicious misrepresentation of someone’s words or actions.
Fable is a usually short narrative making an edifying or cautionary point and often employing as characters animals that speak and act like humans.
Dermatology is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the skin.
Red-tapism is the practice of requiring excessive paperwork and tedious procedures before official action can be considered or completed; also called red- tapery or red-tapist.
Intruder is someone who intrudes, especially into a building with criminal intent.
Inedible is something that is not suitable for food or eating.
Voluntary means of your own free will or design; done by choice; not forced or compelled.
Fugitive is one who is sought by law officers; someone trying to elude justice.
Dexterous is the one who is skilful in physical movements; especially of the hands.
Improvident means not provident; not providing for the future.
Laudable means worthy of high praise.
An experienced person who has been through many battles; someone who has given long service is called a veteran.
The branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures through their material remains is called archaeology.
Abattoir is a slaughter house.
Snob is a person with an exaggerated respect for high social position or wealth who seeks to associate with social superiors and looks down on those regarded as socially inferior.
Mortuary is a room or building where dead bodies are kept until burial.
ldiosyncracy is a made of behaviour or way of thought peculiar to an individual.
Euthanasia is the painless killing of a person known as mercy killing
Somnambulism means sleepwalking.
Emigrant means a person who leaves his own country in order to settle permanently in another.
Prim means feeling or showing disapproval of anything.
Inevitable means something which is certain to happen.
Rendition means a performance or interpretation, especially of a dramatic role or piece of music.
A volunteer is a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise and undertake a task.
Scepticism means a person inclined to question or doubt accepted opinions.
Coffle means a line of slaves / animals fastened or driven along together.
A mercenary is a hired professional soldier who fights for any state or nation without regard to political principles.
Fastidious means difficult to please.
An ophthalmologist or optician
The branch of zoology concerned with study of insects.
A person with disinterested and selfless concern.
Opinion profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted.
A sonnet is a short rhyming poem with 14 lines.
“Fallible” means capable of making mistakes or easier to remember – capable of failing.Infallible means exactly the opposite – incapable of failing.
A credulous person is one who is willing to believe or trust too readily, especially without proper or adequate evidence.
Alimony is a legal obligation on a person to provide financial support to his or her spouse before or after marital separation or divorce.
Fantasy is the faculty or activity of imagining impossible or improbable things.
‘Metallurgy’ refers to the branch of science which deals with the properties of metals and their production.
An ‘aviary’ is.a place where birds are kept.
‘Congregation’ refers to a group of people assembled for religious worship.
‘Lexicographer’is a person who compiles dictionaries.
Fatalism means acceptance of the belief that all events are predetermined and inevitable.
Gullible means someone who can be easily deceived or duped
Ephemeral means lasting for a very short time.
Etiquette means the code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular group.
Bankrupt means insolvent or penniless
Monopoly can also mean domination
Mint is a place where money is made, or an unlimited supply of wealth. In other words, it is a place where the coins of a country are manufactured by authority of the government.
Course means a list of contents at a university,systematically arranged and often including descriptive material such as lessons and lectures.
A pseudonym is a name that a person or group assumes for a particular purpose, which differs from his or her original or true name. Pseudonyms include stage names, screen names, ring names, pen names, nicknames, aliases, superhero identities and code names, gamer identifications.
A versatile person is one who is able to adapt or be adapted to many different functions or activities and is multitalented and flexible.
A chronometer is an instrument for measuring time accurately in spite of motion or variations in temperature, humidity and air pressure. It is s timepiece with a special mechanism for ensuring and adjusting its accuracy.
An incorrigible person or incorrigible behaviour is bad and impossible to change or improve.
A scapegoat is a person or animal which takes on the sins of others.
‘Elegy’ is typically a lament for the dead.
‘Somnambulist’ is a person who walks about in their sleep.
A callous person or action is very’ cruel and shows no concern for other people or their feelings.
A glutton person eats and drinks excessively or voraciously.
A gullible person can be easily persuaded to believe something.
’Repentance’ is the activity of reviewing one’s action and feeling regret for past wrongs.
A person famous and respected within a particular sphere is known as ‘eminent’.
Cynosure means centre of attraction.
Patricide is the act of killing one’s father. Homicide (act of one human killing another); Fratricide (the killing of one’s brother or sister.); Regicide (the action of killing a king.).
Capsize means be overturned in the water.
Widower is a man whose wife is dead. Spinster means an unmarried woman and especially one past the common age for marrying. Widow is a woman whose man is dead. Bachelor is an unmarried man/woman.
Inexplicable is what cannot be explained. Intolerable means unable to be endured. Inexplicit means not definitely or clearly expressed or explained. Irrevocable means not able to be changed, reversed, or recovered.
An oligarchy is a government ruled by a small group of powerful people.
Celibacy is the state of abstaining from marriage and sexual relations. Neogamist is a newlywed; implorer means to beg; chaperon is a person who accompanies and looks after another person or group of people.
Quinquennial is an event occurring or being done every five years. [Septennial is recurring in seven years. Interregnum means the time during which a throne is vacant between two successive reigns or regimes. Pun is a joke exploiting the different possible meanings of a word or the fact that there are words which sound alike but have different meanings.]
Ostler is a man employed to look after the horses of people staying at an inn. [Matron is a woman in charge of domestic and medical arrangements at a boarding school or other institution. Chandler is a dealer in supplies and equipment for ships and boats. Effeminate means unmanly.]
Flounder is to struggle with stumbling or plunging movements. [Implorer means to beg, yokel means an uneducated and unsophisticated person from the countryside. Chum means a close friend.]