English Questions: Fill in the Blanks 99

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 time has come for India to __________________ its laws and policies on citizenship, now that the process of creating the Assam part of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) has focused attention on the subject and also given rise to sectarian __________________ of citizenship, based on religion.
    spruce up, ideas
    cauterize, opinions
    clean up, beliefs
    tidy up, notions
    All are Correct
    Option D


  2. The Centre has reportedly favoured a __________________ in further rate cuts on the goods and services tax (GST) due to the revenue shortfall, estimated at over Rs 40,000 crore in the first quarter of this fiscal. This is hasty, on two counts. The slew of changes that have periodically been brought about show that the tax system has __________________ neither in terms of the rate structure nor in categorisation of goods and services.
    pause, stabilized
    interruption, teetered
    persistence, vacillant
    alacrity, capricious
    All are Correct
    Option A


  3. Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), the nodal agency in charge of the National Solar Mission, has been able to __________________ bring down tariffs for solar power projects to as low as Rs 2.44 per unit. But there’s hardly any __________________ in the solar rooftop plan. Barely 1 GW of rooftop power capacity has come up.
    dingily, improve
    smartly, progress
    densely, proceed
    scruffily, course
    All are Correct
    Option B


  4. Individual members of a Supreme Court bench hearing achallenge to the __________________ of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code on adultery have all spoken __________________ the law as it stands, indicating that this could well be struck down. And that would be the right thing to do.
    authenticity, confirmatory
    efficacy, categorical
    validity, against
    cogency, definite
    All are Correct
    Option C


  5. Improving quality and __________________ of higher education institutes requires money. For the bulk 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 access alumni contributions and industry partnerships, and use their __________________ corpus, these options are not open to newer institutions.
    thefts, nominal
    endowments, trivial
    donations, slight
    offerings, considerable
    All are Correct
    Option D


  6. A proposed amendment in 2016 to the Citizenship Act remains __________________ , as it excludes Muslims while offering citizenship to followers of other minority faiths fromneighbouring countries. In the __________________ the exercise to update the NRC in Assam leaving out four million people in the first draft.
    certain, path of
    agreeable, trail of
    affable, rise of
    controversial, wake of
    All are Correct
    Option D


  7. The levy creates multiple audit trails in the income and production chain that have the __________________ to tap untaxed income. Revenues from Central GST, IGST, the proceeds from personal and corporate income tax, and customs duties are a part of the divisible pool of taxes. States would be entitled to a 42% share in direct tax collections above the __________________ .
    factual, antiquated
    existent, concealed
    potential, trend
    genuine, abstruse
    All are Correct
    Option C


  8. It can lead to other usages, such as running ACs or even charging electric vehicles, including two-wheelers. New gadgets like solar induction cookers do need to be __________________ to gainfully step-up demand for solar rooftop panels. Holistic regulation will need to attend on the power sector, to __________________ all this.
    vendible, debar
    saleable, obstruct
    commercialised, enable
    trafficable, proscribe
    All are Correct
    Option C


  9. The Indian law on adultery is an unapologetic __________________ of patriarchy. A man who enters into a sexual relationship with a married woman without the knowledge or connivance of her husband is guilty of adultery and can be punished with a jail term of up to five years. If a married man has an affair with an unmarried woman, no adultery __________________ .
    enunciation, drifts
    articulation, subsists
    junction, floats
    intonation, populates
    Option B


  10. Budgetary __________________ limit the quantum of scholarships, which are therefore reserved for the poorest. Education loans, though available, are expensive; the government’s interest __________________ schemes and waiving of collateral requirements are restricted to technical education.
    conditions, victimize
    confinements, baffle
    constraints, subvention
    compulsions, cripple
    All are Correct
    Option C


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