SSC Section Officer (Audit) – 1997 (English Language)

Staff Selection Commission
Section Officer (Audit) 1997
English Language

Direction: In question 1 to 10, read each sentence to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, If any, will be in one part is the answer. If there is no error. The answer is (d). (ignore the errors of punctuation, if any.)

Directions: In questions 11 to 20, sentences are given with blacks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

Directions: In questions 21 to 25, out of the four alternatives. Choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.

Directions: In questions 26 to 30, choose the word opposite in meaning to be given word.

Directions: In questions 31 to 35, four words are given out of which only on is misspelt. Find that mis-spelt word.

Directions: In questions 36 to 45. Four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase given bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Directions: In questions 46 to 55, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentence.

Directions: In questions 56 to 60, the sentences have been given in Active/Passive voice. From the given alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the given sentence in Passive/Active voice.

Directions: In questions 61 to 70, the 1st and the last sentences of the passage are numbered 1 and 6, These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentences and find out which of the four combinations is correct.

Directions: In questions 71 to 80, a part of the sentence is bold. Below are given alternatives to the underlined part as (a), (b) and (c) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed your answer is (d).

Directions: In the following passage (81 to 90), some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. They fill in the blanks with the help of the alternatives given.

The library, if used properly, is invaluable in helping you develop discernment. It is rich………..(81)…information that foes far beyond the….(82)…of any one text book or course….(83)….your text book author does not make a particular….(84)…clear and you feel the need….(85)…another description in greater detail….(86)….in other words, o to the library and……….(87)…other books on the subject. By calling…….(88)…two or three writers dealing with the……(89)….topic, your will find some….(90)…of certain facts. In seeking additional sources, your will have gained immeasurable, for you will have seen what several experts perceive as being particularly important on a common subject.

Directions(Question 91 to 95): Read the below passage 1 carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Passage-I: What, one wonders, is the lowest common denominator of Indian culture today? The attractive Hema Malim? The songs of Vividh Bharati? Or the mouth-watering Masala Dosa? Delectable as these may be, each yields pride of place to that false (?) symbol of a new era-the synthetic fibre. In less than twenty years the nylon sari and the terylene shirt have swept the countryside, penetrated to the farthest corners of the land and persuaded every common man, woman and child that the key to success in the present day word lies in artificial fibres: glass nylon, crepe nylon, tery mixes, polyesters and what have you. More than the bicycles, the wristwatch or the transistor radio, synthetic clothes have come to represent the first step away form the village square. The village lass treasures the flashy nylon sari in her trousseau most lonigly; the village youth gets a great kick out of his cheap terrycot shirt and trousers, the nearest he can approximate to the expensive synthetic sported by his wealthy city bred contemporaries. And the New-rich craze for phoren’ is now here more apparent than in the price that people will pay for smuggled, stolen, bagged or borrowed second hand or thrown away synthetics. Alas, even the unique richness of the traditional tribal costume is being fast eroded by the deadening uniformity of nylon.

Directions(Question 96 to 100): Read the below passage 2 carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Passage-II: Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and out language – so the argument runs – must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes. Now is is clear that the decline of a language must ultimately have political and economic causes: it is not due simply to the bad influence of this or that individual writer. But an effect can become a cause, reinforcing the original cause and producing the same effect in a intensified form, and so on indefinitely. A man may take to drink because he feels himself to be a failure, and then fail all the more completely because he drinks. It is rather the same thing that is happening to the English language. It becomes ugly and inaccurate because our thoughts are foolish, but the slovenliness of our language makes it easier for us to have foolish thoughts. The point is that the process is reversible. Modern English, especially written which can be avoided if one is willing to take the necessary trouble. If one gets rid of these habits, one can think more clearly, and to think clearly is necessary first step towards political regeneration: so the fight against bad English is not frivolous and is not the exclusive concern of professional writer.

Staff Selection Commission
Section Officer (Audit) 1997
English Language

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