Friday, 11 December 2015

IBPS Clerk 2015 Prelims Question Paper- ENGLISH LANGUAGE Based on 5th & 6th December 2015 EXAM


Directions (Q. 1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

Once upon a time, there were three brothers. They were very clever and one day decided to make a fortune by using their powers of reasoning and logic. As they walked to the nearest city to look for work, they saw some footprints on the mud road. As they stood looking at the marks, a merchant came rushing towards them. ‘Did you see anyone go by this road ?’ he asked in panic. The first brother looked closely at the prints and said, ‘Yes, a large camel’. The second said, ‘The camel could see with only one eye’. The third, who had been looking further down the road, said, ‘The camel was carrying a woman and a child on its back’.


Now the merchant was furious and shouted, ‘You have kidnapped my wife and child. Come with me to the king.’ The brothers could not get him to reason out and the four men ended up in the king’s court. ‘Hmm,’ the king said,  after he had heard the entire story. ‘If you three claim to be so clever, let me set a task for you. I will place before you a wooden box which will be locked. You will have to tell me what it contains without looking inside.’

The three brothers agreed, and soon the king’s men placed before them a stout wooden box, firmly shut. The first brother said immediately, ‘It has something round inside.’ The second said, ‘It is a pomegranate.’ ‘An unripe pomegranate,’ added the third. The box was opened and indeed, inside there was an unripe pomegranate. The king now asked them for an explanation. The first man said, ‘When your servant was bringing the box, I heard something rolling inside. That meant there was a round object in it. The second man said, ‘I saw your servant coming from the pomegranate orchard, so I knew he had placed a pomegranate in the box.’ ‘And this is not the season for pomegranates, so it had to be an unripe one, commented the last brother.

The king had now witnessed the brother’s powers of observation and was curious to know how they had discovered about the merchant’s wife and child being on the camel’s back. ‘The footprints we saw were large ones,  so I deduced it was a big camel that had passed that way,’ said the first brother.’ The camel had grazed on only one side of the road,’ said the second, ‘so I knew it was one- eyed.’

‘And I saw the footprints of a woman and a child where the camel had sat down to rest,’ said the third, ‘which meant they were on the camel’s back.’ The king, now convinced of their cleverness, appointed the three brothers as ministers in his court.

 1.     Why did the merchant take the three brothers to the king’s court?
1)  They confessed to having kidnapped his wife and child.
2)  He found them acting very strange.
3)  He thought they were responsible for his missing wife and child.
4)  He found their observations hilarious and wanted them to narrate them to the king.
5)  The king had heard about the clever brothers and was on the lookout for them.

    2.     How did the second brother arrive at the conclusion that the camel could see with only  one eye?
(A)  He saw the camel passing by.
(B)  He took a guess.
(C)  The grass on only one side of the road was eaten.
1) Only  (A)      
2) Only (B)
3) Only(C)         
4) Only (B) and (C)
5) Only (A) and (C)

       3. Which of the following word is most opposite of the word ‘panic’ printed in bold in the above story?
1) Calm                
2) Frightened     
3) Hesitation
4) Anxious        
5) Worried

       4.  Which of the following sentences are true in the context of the three brothers?
(A)  They were fortune tellers.
(B)  They were responsible for kidnapping the merchant’s wife and child.
(C)  They used logic in order to determine the contents of the wooden box.
1) Only  (A)        
2) Only (B) and (C)   
3) Only (B)
4) Only  (C)      
5) All (A), (B) and (C)

       5. The king appointed the three brothers as ministers to his court because
1)  the ministers in his court were not as intelligent
2)  he was in awe of their upbringing
3)  they were in search of a job
4)  they were ill-treated by the merchant
5)  he was assured of their cleverness

       6. What task did the king give to the three brothers on their arrival to the court ?
(A)  He asked them to reveal the contents of a wooden box that he placed before them.
(B)  The task of handling the day-to-day affairs of the state
(C)  He asked them to explain the secret of their reasoning abilities.
              1) Only  (A)      
2) Only (B)
              3) Only  (C)      
              4) Only (A) and (B)
5) None of these

       7. Which of the following statements is false according to the passage ?
1)  One of the brothers saw the king’s servant coming out from the pomegranate orchard.
2)  One of the brothers saw the camel carrying a lady along with a child on its back.
3)  The three brothers were appointed as ministers in the king’s court.
4)  The king was convinced with the brothers’ story after listening to their logic.
5)  The merchant doubted the brothers and so took them to the king

  8. Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
Firmly
1)  Unevenly       
2)  Drastically    
3) Tightly            
4) Steadily          
5) Gracefully

  9. Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
Deduced
1)  Predicted      
2)   Presented    
3) Inferred          
4)   Confirmed   
5) Targeted

10. Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
Furious
1) Beaming      
2) Angry           
3) Forgiving     
4) Calm             
5) Sulking


Directions (Q. 11-15): Rearrange the following five sentences (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

(A)  The victor flew up to the roof of the barn and began to crow, “I have won, I have won!”
(B)  Finally one of them was beaten and he went and hid himself in the corner of the hen-house.
(C)  The rooster that had been defeated suddenly found himself to be the unchallenged master of the farmyard.
(D)  Two roosters were fighting for supremacy in the farmyard.
(E)  Just then an eagle swooped down and carried him away.

11.   Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?
1)   A                  2)   B                   3) C     4)   D    5) E
12.   Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?
1)   A                  2)   B                   3) C     4)   D    5) E
13.   Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement ?
1)   E                   2)   D                  3) C     4)   B    5) A
14.   Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence after rearrangement ?
1)   E                   2)   D                  3) C     4)   B    5) A
15.   Which of the following should be the FOURTH          sentence after rearrangement ?
1)   A                2)   B                  3) C       4)   D    5) E

Directions (Q. 16-20): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

Birbal was in Persia at the invitation of the king of that country. During his stay parties were given in his honour. On the eve of his (16) for home, a nobleman asked him how he would compare the king of Persia to his own king. “Your King is a full moon,” said Birbal. “Whereas mine could be (17) of as the quarter moon.” The Persians were very happy. But when Birbal went home he found that Emperor Akbar was furious with him. “How (18) you belittle your own king?” demanded Akbar. “You are a traitor!”.

“No, Your Majesty,” said Birbal. “I did not belittle you. The full moon (19) and disappears whereas the quarter moon grows with strength. What I, in fact, (20) to the world is that your power is growing from day to day whereas that of the king of Persia is about to go into decline.” Akbar smiled in satisfaction and welcomed Birbal back giving a warm embrace.

16.  
1) arrival                         
2) depart
3) leave                           
4) departure
5) exit

17.  
1) pass                             
2) celebrated
3) imagined                    
4) wished
5) thought

18.  
1) must                            
2) could
3) should                         
4) will
5) willing

19.  
1) appear                        
2) decrease
3) diminishes                 
4) reduce
5) vanish

20.  
1) proclaimed                
2) show
3) restored                     
4) promised
5) announce

Directions (Q. 21-25): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical 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), ie ‘No error’. (Ignore the errors of punctuation, if any.)

21.   I requested my friend / to come /and shopping /with me. No error
(1)  I requested my friend
(2)  to come
(3)  and shopping
(4)  with me
(5)  No error

22.   The passage is / more difficult / that I am unable / to comprehend it. / No Error
(1)  The passage is
(2)  more difficult
(3)  that I am unable
(4)  to comprehend it.
(5)  No error

23.   Janet is determined / to be success / in whatever field /she chooses. / No error
(1)  Janet is determined
(2)  to be success
(3)  in whatever field
(4)  she chooses.
(5)  No error

24.   My friend lives / at a beautiful house / not more than/five minutes from the beach./ No error
(1)  My friend lives
(2)  at a beautiful house
(3)  not more than
(4)  five minutes from the beach
(5)  No error

25.   If you breaks the law / you must be prepared / to suffer/ the consequences. / No error
(1)  If you breaks the law
(2)  you must be prepared
(3)  to suffer
(4)  the consequences.
(5)  No error

Direction (Q. 26-30): In each question below, four words printed in bold are given. These are numbered 1), 2), 3)  and 4). One of these words printed in bold may either be wrongly spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentence. Find out the word that is inappropriate or wrongly spelt, if any. The number of that word is your answer. If all the words printed in bold are correctly spelt and appropriate in the context of the sentence then mark 5), ie ‘All Correct’, as your answer

26.   My friend deserved to succeed for he worked hard. All Correct
(1) friend              
(2) deserved           
(3) succeed           
(4) worked              
(5) All Correct

27.   My parents were poor though they were of nobel birth. All Correct
(1) parents            
(2) though               
(3) nobel               
(4) birth                   
(5) All Correct

28.   The doctor advised me to switch over to a healthier diat. All Correct
(1) advised           
(2) switch                
(3) healthier         
(4) diat                     
(5) All correct

29.   Over the succeeding weak, things went from bad  to worse. All Correct
(1) Over                 
(2) succeeding        
(3) weak                
(4) worse                 
(5) All correct

30.   Abdul, quiet pale with fright, rushed into the room. All Correct
(1) quiet             
(2) pale   
(3) fright            
(4) room 
(5) All correct

Answer will be published tomorrow.

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