SSC English Topic Wise Previous Year Solved Papers – Parajumbles
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 1-5) : In the following questions, the 1st and the last sentences of the passage are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the passage is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentence and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer. (SSC CGL 1st Sit. 2010)
1. 1. Education in India had a glorious beginning.
P. But after the British rule, it faced many changes.
Q. It went on for centuries with the same glory.
R. English as the medium of instruction had a very great response.
S. One of the changes was the introduction of English as the medium of instruction.
6. As the Britishers left we had a complexity of opinions regarding English
2. 1. It is easy to criticize the people at the helm, for the slow progress in every field.
P. We are well aware that the intellectuals are leaving our country for better employment opportunities.
Q. Then question remains unanswered because our country cannot show opportunities to the intellectuals.
R. Then, what about their obligation to the Motherland?
S. First, we should ask ourselves as to what is happening to the young intellectuals in India.
6. This situation of ’Brain-Drain’ leads to a variety of problems.
3. 1. It is the responsibility of parents to teach the young moral values in life.
P. Many children take advantage of their parents busy schedule.
Q. This result in children’s ignorance of social values.
R The reason behind it is that parents are quite busy nowadays.
S. Nowadays parents spend very meager time with children.
6. As such, the society is going away from the value system.
4. 1. The man who does his duty without any selfish desire for fruit may be called a sanyasi as well as yogi.
P. The man who has achieved much evenness of temper will be serene, because his mere thoughts are changed with the strength of action.
Q. He would practice yoga, i.e., evenness of temper, and cannot but perform action.
R The root of the matter is that one should not allow his mind to fit from object to desire to another and from that to a third.
S. But he who abstains from action altogether is only an idler.
6. A yogi is one who is not at teached to his objects of sense or to action and whose mind has ceased to roam restlessly.
5. 1. This was an important day for Alattook.
P. It was a cold day, but Alatook would be warm.
Q. For the first time he was going to hunt seals alone.
R. First he put on his fur-lined jacket.
S. Then he put on mittens and boots of deerskin to protect his hands and feet from the cold.
6. Finally he picked up the gun he had cleaned so carefully the day before.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 6-10) : In the following questions, the 1st and the last sentences of the passage are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the passage is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentence and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer. (SSC CGL 2nd Sit. 2010)
6. 1. The most vulnerable section of the society are the students.
P. Revolutionary and new fledged ideas have a great appeal to them.
Q. Agitations may be non-violent methods of protest.
R. They cannot resist the charm of persuasion.
S. They are to be taught that without discipline they cannot get proper education.
6. However if these become violent, the antisocial elements get encouraged and they put all proper working out of gear.
7. 1. Venice is a strange city.
P. There are about 400 odd bridges connecting the islands of Venice.
Q. There are no motor cars, no horses and no buses there.
R. These small islands are close to one another.
S. It is not one island but a hundred islands.
6. This is is because Venice has no streets.
8. 1. One of the most terrible battles of the American Civil War was fought in July 1863, at Gettysburg.
P. The chief speech on that occasion was given by Edward Everett, a celebrated orator.
Q. Lincoln was asked to make a few remarks.
R. In November of that year a portion of the battlefield was dedicated as a final resting place for men of both armies who died there.
S. Everett’s speech lasted 2 hours. Lincoln’s for 2 minutes; it was over almost before the crowd realized that it had begun.
6. But the Gettysburg speech is now one of the world’s immortal pieces of literature.
9. 1. The teacher training agency in England hopes to make teaching one of the top three professions.
P. They have also demanded that the campaign should be matched by improved pay scales, work load and morale so as to avoid recruitment problems with an aim to raise the image of the teaching profession.
Q. A series of advertisements are now being screened showing famous people speaking about teachers they remember and admire.
R. An amount of $ 100 million has been set aside to combat the shortage of applicants for teacher training.
S. Teacher Unions have welcomed this campaign.
6. It is high time for the Indian Government also to think on similar lines and take steps to lift up the sinking morale of the teaching profession.
10. 1.Some say that failure is like toxic waste.
P. I see failure more as a fertilizer.
Q. Thinking about it pollutes and undermines the attitudes needed for success.
R. The seeds of success must be planted afresh.
S. It can be used to enrich the soil of your mind.
6. Turning failure into a fertilizer is accomplished by using your errors as steps in learning.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 11-16) : In the following questions, the 1st and the last sentences/parts of the passage / sentence are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the passage /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 passage/sentence and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer.
11. There are a lot of ways to communicate: speaking, singing, clapping, hooting.
P. Even animals communicate with one another.
Q. Only humans can express their thoughts and feelings in words because of our superior brain.
R. Both humans and animals also communicate through body language.
S. But their ways differ from the humans.
6. Sometimes we don’t use words but make gestures (like traffic signs) or simple movements of the hand in order to communicate.
12. 1. Fires in the Steppes or bushes scared humans earlier.
P. Gradually, they learn to appreciate the power of fire.
Q. It gave them light and warmth and kept away wild animals.
R. About 700,000 years ago, humans started fire accidentally by lightning.
S. They could harden the tips of wooden spears and cook meat in it.
6. Soon they learn to produce fire by striking flint stone and pyrile with each other or by rubbing lumbers.
13. 1. When the Impressionists
P. they made them look like
Q. everyday and often putting
R. people you would see
S. painted pictures of people
6. more emphasis on the scene.
14. 1. Sherlock Holmes is the
P. who is in a .state of grace
Q. is raised to the status
R. because in him scientific curiosity
S. exceptional individual
6. of a heroic passion.
15. 1. The goals of our present system
P. schooling is to prepare
Q. students for the examination system
R. which will take them to the
S. of primary and secondary
6. best technical institutions in the country
16. 1. Egotism is the; most common fault of mankind.
P. However, with time it becomes an exaggerated form of self display.
Q. It is the product of a perfectly natural desire to display oneself.
R. This is necessary as it impairs the personality and frustrates all efforts at self improvement.
S. Beyond any shadow of doubt, it is a defect that ought to be constantly hunted down, and scotched.
6. One should always be on guard not to give into egotism.
DIRECTONS (Qs. 17-20): In the following questions, the first and the last part of 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 sentence and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer. (SSC CHSL 2015)
17. 1. The watchman
P. and found two thieves
Q. woke up when
R. with black masks
S. he heard the dog barking
6. trying to get in
18. 1. The student
P. touched the
Q. arrived and
R. their teacher
S. feet of
6. with reverence
19. 1. This summer was the most
P. to believe that next
Q. and we have reason
R. scorching in living memory
S. year and the year after
6. will be hotter still
20. 1. Falcons have sharp angular wings
P. to dive sharply
Q. and allow them
R. to chase their prey
S. that give them the speed
6. to capture their victims
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 21-24) : In the following questions, the 1st and the last part of the sentence are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the sentence is split is into four parts and named P, Q, R & S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentence and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer and indicate it in the Answer Sheet. (SSC CHSL 2015)
21. 1. Everyone
P. the case calmly
R. who knows you
S. when he considers
6. that you have been wronged.
22. 1. It is those good works
P. that lead to peak performance
Q. which we do with passion
R. our understanding of our purpose
S. and which come to reflect
6. in this life.
23. 1. I am a self confessed technophobe.
P. I believe that computer is responsible for the dying of the art of conversation.
Q. I have come to hate technology and the way it dominates every aspect of life.
R. For many, it has become the most important object both in home and at the workplace.
S. One of the worst offenders is the computer.
6. Small wonder then, that I have managed to keep this ubiquitous machine out of my home.
24. 1. Moisturisers for the face
P. as oily ones may block
Q. in greater concentration on the face R the oil glands found
S. should be chosen carefully.
6. and cause pimple/acne to break out.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 2S-29) : In the following Five Questions, the 1st and the last part of the sentence / passage are numbered 1 and 6. The rest of the sentence / passage is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentence /passage and find out which of the four combinations is correct and indicate it. (SSC Steno. 2016)
25. 1. These
P. about the heavenly
Q. experiments by the scientists
R. with amazing knowledge
S. will supply us
26. 1. Over 67 years
P. but the problems
Q. have remained
R. have passed
S. of the common man
6. as daunting as ever.
27. 1. The President
P. from Tokyo
Q. where he
R. had been meeting
S. came back
6. other world leaders.
P. in the modern
Q. insatiable thirst for knowledge
R. the wonderful achievements of science
S. is at the root of
29. 1. Today
P. by the hunters for their
Q. are trapped or killed
R. millions of wild animals
S. each year
Directions (Qs. 30 —31): The questions below consist of a set of labeled sentences. Out of the four options given, select the most logical order of the sentences to form a coherent paragraph. (SSC CGL 2017, Set-1)
30. P – It had been umpteen years since we had seen each other.
Q – One dull dark in autumn, I was traveling on horseback through a dreary stretch of countryside.
R – This was the house of Roderick Usher, who had been my childhood pal.
S – At night fall, I came in sight of the house of Usher.
31. P – According to various estimates between 1942 and 1944 there were approximately 400 victims of this practice daily in Warsaw alone, with numbers on some days reaching several thousands.
Q – A common German practice in occupied Poland was to roundup random civilians on the streets of Polish cities.
R – For example, on 19th September 1942 close to 3000 men and women were transported by train to Germany – they had been caught in the massive round – ups all over Warsaw the previous two days.
S – The term, “lapanka” carried a sardonic connotation from the word’s earlier use for the children’s game known in English as “tag”.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 32 – 33) : The questions below consist of a set of labelled sentences. These sentences, when properly sequenced form a coherent paragraph. Select the most logical order of sentences from among the options. (SSC CGL 2017, Set-2)
32. P – But he did not know how to find one at that hour.
Q – It was his first visit to the city and he didn’t know where to go.
R – Mohanlal’s train was late and it reached Kolkata a little ‘ after midnight.
S – He thought he would go to a choultry where he would not have to pay rent.
33. P – And slowly, you reach the pinnacle of self – awareness, experiencing a unity with all life.
Q – If you transform your energy positively, it naturally becomes compassion and love.
R – Once you experientially are a part of everything then nobody needs to teach you morality.
S – Then you can do something to improve the situation, but without anger.
Directions (Qs. 34 – 3S) : The questions below consists of a set of labeled sentences. Out of the four options given, select the most logical order of the sentences to form a coherent paragraph. (SSC CGL 2017)
34. P – The aim must be to ensure that our country does not experience either paucity or a-surfeit of trained manpower in any specific segment of our economy.
Q – When we set about the task of higher education, we should be absolutely clear in our perception of the goals of education in the specific context of our nation’s development.
R – No doubt, one of the important aims of education would be to create the required range and nature of trained manpower assessed to be needed by different sectors of national growth.
S – The entire educational apparatus must be geared progressively to fulfill the requirements of different phases of our growth in every sector primary, secondary and tertiary.
35. P – Bureaucratic cultures can smother those who want to respond to shifting conditions.
Q – Arrogant managers can over evaluate their current performance and competitive position listen poorly and learn slowly.
R- And the lack of leadership leaves no force inside these organizations to break out of the morass.
S – Inwardly focused employees can have difficulty seeing the very forces that present threats and opportunities.
DIRECTIONS (Qs. 36-37): The questions below consist of a set of labeled sentences. Out of the four options given, select the most logical order of the sentences to form a coherent paragraphs.
(SSC CGL 2017)
36. P – It would be better to speak of uniformities of nature.
Q – Law of nature are nit commands but statements of facts. R – This would do away with elementary fallacy that a law implies a law given.
S – The use of the word law in this context is rather unfortunate.
37. P – When the game of life is finally over there is no second chance to correct our errors.
Q – Time is the greater equalizer of all mankind.
R – Time offers opportunity but demands a sense of regard.
S -It has taken away the best and the worst of us without regard of either.
38. Rearrange the parts of the sentence in correct order.
We are told that its
P – Public Distribution System
Q – Creating a functional
R – Sole purpose is the noble goal of (SSC CHSL 2017)
39. Rearrange the parts of the sentence in correct order.
P-paying to provide revenues
Q-for the Central government
R-the poor have been
DIRECTIONS (40 – 44): The question below consists of a set of labeled sentences. Out of the four options given, select the most logical order of the sentences to form a coherent paragraph. (SSC Stenographer 2017)
40. They sat
P-each holding a long, crooked rod in his hands
Q-and eagerly waiting for “a bite.”
R-in a heavy flat-bottomed boat
41. The boxes
Q-so carrying two of them
R-was a lot of weight to handle
42. A long hallway
P-leading to four bedrooms
Q-the back of the upstairs
43. His father laughed softly
P-when he himself had been
Q-casting his mind back to the days of his youth
R-an eager player of the same game
44. When they reached the summit,
P-the boys could hear the faint notes
Q-of a festival wafted towards them
R-on the soft breeze of the spiring night
Hints & Solutions
The sentence begins with ‘we are told that its’ use ‘its’ here indicates that the following fragment should contain something which relates to ‘its’.So option ‘R’ suitably fits here followed by fragments ‘Q’ and ‘P’ respectively.
‘ R’ should be the first sentence fragment as it contains a subject ‘the poor’. Next fragment should be ‘p’ as it tells what the subject does. ‘Q’ should be last fragment as it contains ‘object’ of the sentence. So sequence ‘RPQ’ is the right answer.
The correct sequence is RPQ. They sat in a heavy flat bottomed boat each holding a long, crooked rod in his hands and eagerly waiting for “a bite”.
The correct sequence is PQR. The boxes were heavy so carrying two of them was a lot of weight to handle.
The correct sequence is RQP. A long hallway ran across the back of the upstairs leading to four bedrooms.
The correct sequence is QPR. His father laughed softly casting his mind back to the days of his youth when he himself had been an eager player of the same game.
The correct sequence is PQR. When they reached the summit, the boys could hear the faint notes of a festival wafted towards them on the soft breeze of the spring night.