English Test for SBI Clerk Prelims 2021 Exam set – 1

Directions(1-5): Below a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts is given. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed. Select the correct alternative from (1), (2), (3), (4) and (5) which represents all those synonyms.

  1. HASTY
    A.Tangible
    B. Fleeting
    C. Transitory
    D. Conspicuous

    Only A
    Both B and C
    Only D
    Only B
    Both C and A
    Option B
    Hasty: done with excessive speed or urgency; hurried
    Fleeting: lasting for a very short time
    Transitory: not permanent
    The meanings of the other words are:
    Tangible: perceptible by touch
    Conspicuous: attracting notice or attention

     

  2. BLAND
    A. Tangy
    B. Dainty
    C. Obnoxious
    D. Spicy
    Only C
    Both C and D
    Both A and B
    Both A and D
    Only B
    Option D
    Bland: lacking strong features or characteristics and therefore uninteresting
    Tangy: having a strong, piquant flavour or smell
    Spicy: flavoured with or fragrant with spice
    The meanings of the other words are:
    Dainty: delicately small and pretty
    Obnoxious: extremely unpleasant

     

  3. DEMARCATE
    A. Augury
    B. Bound
    C. Jovial
    D. Territorial
    Only C
    Both A and D
    Only B
    Both C and D
    Both A and B
    Option C
    Demarcate: separate or distinguish from
    Bound: a territorial limit; a boundary
    The meanings of the other words are:
    Augury: a sign of what will happen in the future; an omen
    Jovial: cheerful and friendly
    Territorial: defending a territory

     

  4. EXIGENT
    A. Avid
    B. Unimportant
    C. Easy
    D. Feisty
    Only C
    Only B
    Both A and D
    Both B and C
    Only D
    Option D
    Exigent: pressing; demanding
    Unimportant: lacking in importance or significance
    Easy: achieved without great effort; presenting few difficulties
    The meanings of the other words are:
    Avid: having or showing a keen interest in or enthusiasm for something
    Feisty: lively, determined, and courageous

     

  5. PASSING
    A. Manifest
    B. Torrential
    C. Clamour
    D. Superficial
    Only B, C and A
    Only C
    Only D
    Both A and D
    Both B and A
    Option C
    Passing: carried out quickly and lightly
    Superficial: not thorough, deep, or complete
    The meanings of the other words are:
    Manifest: clear or obvious to the eye or mind
    Torrential: falling rapidly and in copious quantities
    Clamour: a loud and confused noise, especially that of people shouting

     

  6. Directions(6-10): In the following question, out of the five alternatives, select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

  7. Our scientists are (breaking new ground) in robotics and cancer research.

    Failing miserably
    Doing something that you know
    Doing something that was not done before.
    Achieving new heights.
    Doing something you like.
    Option C
    Break fresh/ new ground means doing something that was not done before.
    Example: They’ve really broken new ground with their latest product, I’ve never seen anything like it.

     

  8. Jack (made no bones about) getting a hike in his salary.
    Exaggerating
    Very sad.
    Expressive.
    To say clearly what you feel or think about it.
    Sharing one’s thoughts.
    Option D
    Make no bones about something means to say clearly what you feel or think about it.
    Example: He makes no bones about having come from a wealthy family.

     

  9. More than five thousand cars sold so far. The new model is (selling like hot cakes).
    Very famous.
    Liked by everyone
    A failure.
    Expensive.
    Selling very fast.
    Option E
    Sell like hot cakes means selling very fast.
    Example: This record has been selling like hotcakes-I can’t keep it in stock.

     

  10. The new testing procedure to evaluate employees will (separate the wheat from the chaff).
    Analyze them.
    Criticize them.
    Separate valuable from worthless.
    Judging them on their work.
    Give them rankings.
    Option C
    Separate the wheat from the chaff means separate valuable from worthless.
    Example: I hope we get the preview of the auction so we can separate the wheat from the chaff.

     

  11. After he came to know that I’m close to the power in the organization, he (changed his tune).
    Change someone.
    Change the way you behave with others from bad to good.
    Change your habits.
    Behaving nicely.
    Change your voice.
    Option B
    Change tune means change the way you behave with others from bad to good.
    Example: He was against the idea to start with, but he soon changed his tune when he realized how much money he’d get.

     

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