Direction (1-10): In each question below a sentence is given with two blanks in each. Each question is followed by four options with two words in each. You have to select that option as your answer which can fill both the blanks of the sentence.
- The ISA founding conference turned out to be a ______________________ occasion for France and India to meet for a private handshake. The two countries have sought to __________________ their bilateral ties but the joint statement is a hot air balloon.
adjacent, break downappropriate, disperseconvenient, consolidateopportune, adulterateAll are CorrectOption C
convenient 🙁 adjective )fitting in well with a person’s needs, activities, and plans. consolidate :-verb (make (something) physically stronger or more solid.)
- The RBI’s step has __________________ an uproar from exporters and the business community. Whether the transition causes ___________________ in the currency market, as some fear, remains to be seen.
raised, turbulenceembossed, tranquilitycultivated, acclimatemagnified, chastityAll are CorrectOption A
turbulence:- (noun) violent or unsteady movement of air or water, or of some other fluid.
- There have been grave lapses at the overseas end. It appears in hindsight that the RBI and the banking _______________________ have been too preoccupied with extraordinary functions, such as dealing with demonetisation, opening Jan Dhan accounts and pushing insurance products, to perform their routine tasks with due ________________________.
implement, demolitioncontraption, vitiateappliance, devastationapparatus, rigourAll are CorrectOption D
rigour :- (noun) the quality of being extremely thorough and careful.
- Arguably one of the greatest theoretical cosmologists of recent times, Stephen Hawking would be known not just for his ____________________ scientific work that pushed the boundaries of human knowledge, but also for steadfastly upholding all that science stood for. Hawking, who battled an incurable disease which ______________________ his body but not his determination and willpower, was an inspiration for those who believe in the power of the human mind.
esoteric, salubriousrecondite, assuredprofound, crippledlaborious, befitAll are CorrectOption C
- Tax laws on share buybacks have already gone through multiple ________________________ in recent years, making computations a complex affair for investors. Under section 46A of the Income Tax Act, shareholders in companies are by default required to shell out capital gains tax when they receive ________________________ through buybacks.
repetitions, densitiesiterations, distributionsreplications, oligopoliesrecitations, collectionsAll are CorrectOption B
iterations:- (noun) the repetition of a process or utterance.
- The DGCA’s latest order grounding all operational Airbus A320 Neo aircraft with certain engine specifications, came after an IndiGo flight to Lucknow ____________________ a mid-air shutdown in one engine and had to make an emergency landing. This was the third such incident with an Indian carrier in the last fortnight and was blamed on a break in the knife-edge compressor seal used in the new Pratt & Whitney engine of a certain ________________________.
healed, compositionflourished, conformationrejoiced, arrangementsuffered, configurationAll are CorrectOption D
- With cut-throat competition to offer ultra-low fares, Indian carriers are also under __________________ pressure to cut costs, reduce turnaround times and eke out fuel savings by whatever means they can. This is why, when it comes to trade-offs between safety and airline finances, India’s aviation regulator has no choice but to make safety its top ______________________.
monumental, lackprodigious, minorityenormous, mediocrityimmense, priorityAll are CorrectOption D
- The march of about 15,000 farmers and adivasis from Nashik to Mumbai has once again foregrounded rural distress in the political _____________________. We may be back to the June 2017 moment, when an agitation that began in Punthamba in Ahmednagar district _____________________ across to Mandsaur in Madhya Pradesh and after that to Sikar, Rajasthan.
discourse, reverberatedaddress, quietenedsermon, deadenharangue, dullAll are CorrectOption A
reverberated :- verb ((of a loud noise) be repeated several times as an echo.)
- The Maharashtra government has agreed to relax the eligibility criterion for loan waivers and address ________________________ issues, such as issuing clear land titles. However, States could ________________________ moving away from loan waivers to providing direct income support to small farmers, as the Telangana and Karnataka governments have sought to do.
execution, abandonimplementation, considerexercitation, disdaineffectuation, overlookAll are CorrectOption B
- There will be collateral benefits flowing to India from all the activities ___________________ by the ISA. For example, one of the programmes acquiring shape under the Alliance is bulk purchase of agricultural solar pumps — the idea is to ______________________ demand and tender out for half a million pumps at one go, so that scale depresses prices. The tendering work is expected to be handled by the government-owned Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.
intended, particularplanned, aggregatepremeditated, distributivedesigned, analyzeAll are CorrectOption B