English: Sentence Fillers — Set 50 (IBPS PO 2017 Pattern)

Directions: In each question a sentence is given followed by a blank. Each blank is followed by three options and you have to determine which option can be used in place of blank to make it a meaningful sentence and mark it as your answer.

  1. 70-per-cent safeguard duty on imported solar modules. According to Crisil, the safeguard duty will push tariffs to ₹3.75 a unit, against the prevailing rate of about ₹3 a unit. The sector ______________________ owing to post-GST tariff anomalies which were sorted out later by the GST Council. Solar producers are allowed to ‘pass through’ higher costs, but courts can strike this down as a violation of the power purchase agreement with the discoms.
    a. came across alacrity
    b. went through uncertainty
    c. endured certitude

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  2. As automation made rapid inroads and protectionism reared its head, traditional services such as application development and maintenance, and software testing, which thrived mainly on labour cost arbitrage, hit a wall too. But the significant business transformation that the IT majors have wrought in just a year, shows that the ______________________ about their survival were over-blown. Riding the tailwinds of global recovery, these firms have managed to expand their European footprints (25 per cent of revenues).
    a. grievous expectation
    b. propitious prospect
    c. dire prognoses

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  3. To begin with, moving the motion a day after a bench headed by Chief Justice Mishra rejected pleas for probing the death of Judge Loya only ____________________ Jaitley’s argument that the Opposition, in particular the Congress, is attacking the top-most judge in the country for not delivering a verdict against the ruling party. At least one top jurist, former Attorney General Soli Sorabjee, has publicly chastised the Congress for not being able to digest an unfavourable judgement.
    a. abets to rescind
    b. serves to validate
    c. ministers to quash

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option D

     

  4. Indian diplomats pointed out India wants freer travel and greater access for Indian skilled labour in exchange for any special trade deals. Other Commonwealth leaders too see improved visa access for their citizens as a quid-pro-quo for more trade. As luck would have it, just as Britain’s Commonwealth charm offensive ____________________ , the “Windrush” scandal broke. Windrush refers to a ship that carried Caribbean post-war migrants, who’ve been caught up in a harsh tightening of British immigration rules.
    a. got into heights
    b. forbear shutdowns
    c. moved into high gear

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option C

     

  5. The funds crunch has left apparel manufacturers and exporters with no option but to increase prices by about five per cent, particularly because bank finance without collateral is ____________________. But in a fiercely competitive market, price increases lead to loss of market. That is what is happening to Indian apparel exports. While intervention of the Prime Minister’s office ensured that much of the Central GST refunds have been released last month, exporters are still facing trouble getting refunds on the State component.
    a. prohibitively expensive
    b. exorbitant
    c. managable

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  6. The army claims it cannot enforce law and order without impunity and politicians have plumped for the safety of giving in to the armed forces’ conditionality rather than risk an uprising that goes out of hand. Only strong political will can remove the law. After news broke of AFSPA being lifted in parts of the northeast, the demand has already been made for Kashmir. Even as political consensus on repeal of the law is coagulated, the government can exempt regions removed from the border, across which terrorists are infiltrated into India, from ____________________.
    a. the periphery of the law
    b. the scope of the law
    c. the ambit of the law

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  7. The way ahead is to leverage the capital market to benefit from any likely future upside in traffic volumes. Project implementation has been streamlined, and the government, in fact, is aiming to have 40-45 km highways built daily, so as to raise the annual target by almost 40%. Which is why it would ____________________ to list the more promising road projects, to better unlock shareholder value.
    a. frame copious undertsnding
    b. make ample sense
    c. buil sufficient discern

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  8. It is a ____________________ in the Indian IT industry as a whole. Clearly, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) and automation are not expected to pose an existential threat to companies such as TCS that have, in the past, been ridiculed as suppliers of cyber coolies for doing the grunt work shunned by more sophisticated information technology workers in the industrially advanced countries.
    a. trust vote
    b. vote of confidence
    c. expression of approval

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only a
    All are Correct
    Option E

     

  9. The impeachment motion’s arguments were publicly debated. Well-informed discussions should follow Naidu’s decision, too. News reports that say the V-P consulted relevant experts are not enough. This is a high constitutional matter and V-P’s is a constitutional post. So, the ____________________ demands that Naidu expeditiously shares his arguments.
    a. solemnity of the case
    b. gravity of the matter
    c. frivolity of the appendage

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only b
    All are Correct
    Option A

     

  10. Strengthening the capacity of the police force to investigate crimes and prosecute the guilty is one of those complex challenges that ____________________ . Police reform to prevent political interference in investigation of crimes and the conduct of enforcing the law is key to making any law work in India, including in the case of rape. An MLA accused of rape can roam free, even as the victim’s father can be picked up by the police and beaten up.
    a. seemingly cherished
    b. get neglected
    c. become ignored

    Only a & b
    Only b & c
    Only c & a
    Only c
    All are Correct
    Option B

     


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