English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 98

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 Centre could well find this fiscally ________________ : it needs resources to compensate states for any revenue losses arising from the transition to the goods and services tax (GST) that has ________________ about 23 cesses. However, collections from special cesses on sin goods like cigarettes are supposed to take care of the compensation requirements.
    wise, included
    cautious, embodied
    prudent, subsumed
    discreet, incorporated
    All are Correct
    Option C


  2. Improving quality and offerings of higher education institutes requires money. For the ________________ of the country’s higher education institutions, augmenting revenues will mean, at least in the short run, increasing tuition fees. While established universities, colleges and institutions can ________________ alumni contributions and industry partnerships, and use their considerable corpus, these options are not open to newer institutions.
    majority, exclusion
    bulk, access
    amplitude, emission
    All are Correct
    Option B


  3. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has announced reserve prices for the next round of spectrum auctions, benignly setting the rates below those used for the 2016 bids, except in the case of one band. It might think it has been ________________ and the industry is thankless to keep ________________ about costs. It is wrong.
    generous, whining
    kind, praising
    magnanimous, complacent
    bountiful, pleasuring
    All are Correct
    Option A


  4. Sarbananda Sonowal, at present the BJP chief minister of Assam, had moved the Supreme Court in 2000 to ________________ the law that was being used to implement the 1985 Assam Accord that Rajiv Gandhi had struck with the leaders of Assam Agitation, namely, the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, on the ground that it ________________ illegal migrants.
    endorse, swathed
    approve, guarded
    invalidate, protected
    assist, saved
    All are Correct
    Option C


  5. Inflation is hardening, across the non-food, non-fuel groups in the price index. Oil prices remain range-bound but have the potential to turn ________________ . Commodity prices across the board have been firming up. These could ________________ the trade deficit.
    volatile, widen
    durable, broaden
    persistent, spread
    reliable, dilate
    All are Correct
    Option A


  6. Dedicated cesses are ________________ to general taxation. Yet, a road cess for building highways has been useful. But the goal should be to bring petrol and diesel under GST, with additional cesses that would not qualify for input credit. In the meantime, why ________________ the states’ revenues?
    quality, wound
    elite, gash
    inferior, slash
    premium, lacerate
    All are Correct
    Option C


  7. Budgetary constraints limit the ________________ of scholarships, which are therefore reserved for the poorest. Education loans, though available, are expensive; the government’s interest subvention schemes and waiving of ________________ requirements are restricted to technical education.
    quantum, collateral
    measure, principal
    amount, primal
    quantity, genuine
    All are Correct
    Option A


  8. If India is to ________________ the strategic capability that a 5G enabled economy would be, telcos have to invest heavily in optical fibre, servers and computing, apart from in deploying advanced data analytics. They need money. High tariffs are not ________________ .
    innate, agreeable
    relinquish, advantageous
    forfeit, pleasing
    acquire, desirable
    All are Correct
    Option D


  9. Sonowal petitioned the court again, in 2006, against the rule framed under the Foreigners Act.The court ________________ the petition and held it to be the court’s job “to ________________ the demographic balance of a part of India, that is Bharat”. Extending the logic in 2014, the court ordered the NRC process and declared that it should be completed in three years.
    confronted, support
    persevered, bolster
    bickered, sustain
    conceded, uphold
    All are Correct
    Option D


  10. The MPC avoids the term exchange rate, because no one wants to be accused of currency ________________ . And it is not its place to warn politicians against populism. So, it simply raises rates, to disincentivise capital ________________ and curb demand.
    management, perks
    manipulation, outgo
    stratagem, return
    machination, yield
    All are Correct
    Option B


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