English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 84

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.

  1. The Karnataka Assembly elections, to be held on May 12 across 224 constituencies, could set the tone for the polls to follow later this year in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, besides the 2019 general elections. It ________________ a test to both the BJP and the Congress in different ________________.
    masquerades, egresses
    poses, ways
    guises, refusals
    postures, wholes
    All are Correct
    Option B


  2. The stock market regulator is quite right in feeling concerned about the heightened ________________activity in the equity derivative segment. Volumes have been soaring in derivatives, even as the cash segment has been growing at a much slower pace. The ___________________ in the turnover due to this uneven pace of growth was highlighted by the SEBI discussion paper on growth and development of equity derivative market released last July.
    hypothetical, vertical
    conjectural, parallel
    speculative, skew
    contemplative, adjust
    All are Correct
    Option C


  3. Sovereign borrowings will now be back-ended, with 52 per cent planned for the second half of the fiscal. This will stay the Government’s hand in ____________________ the economy over the next ____________________of quarters. For the second half, the Government seems to be counting on the return of banks and FPIs to the market.
    nullification, couple
    protection, couple
    party line, couple
    pump-priming, couple
    All are Correct
    Option E


  4. For too long, Indian governments (both Centre and States) have been _______________ from the consequences of fiscal _________________ by their iron grip on the bond market through banks and the RBI.
    shielded, profligacy
    protected, prudence
    covered, economy
    mantled, chastity
    All are Correct
    Option A


  5. The stock lending and borrowing mechanism could also have _________________ if physical settlement was ________________ in the popular stocks. By mandating this mode of settlement in the less-traded stocks, traders are being given the choice to avoid these stocks altogether.
    enhanced, dictated
    improved, mandated
    rectified, proxied
    mended, warranted
    All are Correct
    Option E


  6. E-way bills are once again supposed to come into effect from April 1, after the ___________________ effort to get started with inter-State transactions on budget day. Hopefully, the software backbone will be better __________________ to handle the crush of businesspersons.
    bungled, bare
    blundered, open
    botched, equipped
    marred, destitute
    All are Correct
    Option C


  7. With invoice matching not having________________ in the GST portal, the e-way bill may emerge as an alternative way to verify tax credit claims. The tax authorities must guard against the temptation to ____________________ that extra drop of tax from businesses.
    gone away, wring out
    cut out, force out
    beaten it, press out
    taken off, squeeze out
    All are Correct
    Option E


  8. The regulator has revised the criteria for selecting stocks that trade in the derivative segment, proposing higher limits for open positions in derivative and cash segments and larger order sizes. Only those stocks that do not meet the ___________________ criteria, are to be physically ____________________.
    enhanced, settled
    rectified, vagabond
    ameliorated, capricious
    boosted, temporary
    All are Correct
    Option A


  9. The Government’s decision to __________________ and change its market borrowing programme for FY19 is a watershed event for the domestic bond market with implications for government finances. In the last three months, a ___________________ tug-of-war has been on between the RBI, which manages the public debt programme, and bond market participants in the periodic auctions.
    hack, animated
    chop, spirited
    blow, energetic
    cuff, vivacious
    All are Correct
    Option B


  10. Particularly disappointing is the lack of focus on jobs in a State that finds itself at a _________________ with the decline of the IT-BPO sector. Whether it is Karnataka or the entire country, voters should reward those who _________________ identity politics and focus on key issues like jobs, development, dignity and rule of law for all.
    neutralize, cheat
    polarity, deceive
    crossroads, transcend
    deactivate, demarcate
    All are Correct
    Option C


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