English Test for SBI PO 2018 Prelim Exam Set – 73

Hello Aspirants

State Bank of India (SBI) is going to conduct examination for its recruitment for the post of Probationary Officers (SBI PO 2018) for a total of 2000 vacancies.

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The examination will be held in three phases i.e. Preliminary Examination, Main Examination and Group Exercise & Interview. The Preliminary Exam is scheduled on 1st, 7th & 8th of July 2018. Details of the exam are as under:

Practice the questions so as to familiarize yourself with the pattern of questions to be asked in the exam. 


Direction (1-5): 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’s move to ask listed state-owned undertakings to buy other PSUs’ stakes from the government is ________________, cutting out, as it does, the public from the process, and depriving the investing PSUs of the chance to ________________ their funds in their own or related businesses.
    optimum, deploy
    suboptimal, deploy
    ideal, deploy
    salubrious, deploy
    All are Correct
    Option B


  2. The government should be ________________ about whether it would privatise the company whose shares are being offered, and if so, specify the time line. Investors must be allowed to buy shares at the prices that they deem ________________, based on their assessment of the company’s performance and potential.
    fuzzy, refuse
    vague, jejune
    equivocal, improper
    explicit, appropriate
    All are Correct
    Option D


  3. The proposed Higher Education Commission is little more than the University Grants Commission (UGC) minus grants and ________________ with bureaucrats. It falls far short of the unified regulator that India needs to ________________ the nation for a greater role in the knowledge economy.
    destitute, improvise
    devoid, improvise
    stuffed, prepare
    famished, improvise
    All are Correct
    Option C


  4. The government must return to the drawing board to design an institution that helps ________________ the higher education sector rather that push through this half-baked commission. It must also provide for cheap student loans, besides a liberal scheme of scholarships, to let credit ________________ public grants to finance higher education.
    transform, augment
    preserve, abridge
    blight, lessen
    stagnate, jeff
    All are Correct
    Option A


  5. The Constitution bench of the Supreme Court of India has given a shot in the arm for democracy, for ________________ on the role and responsibility of the lieutenant governor of the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi and to the Aam Admi Party government of Delhi in its perpetual ________________ with the Centre.
    obscurity, agreement
    clarity, confrontation
    haze, consent
    enigma, harmonize
    All are Correct
    Option B


  6. Directions: In the passage given below there are 5 blanks. Every blank has four alternative words given in options (A),(B),(C), and (D). You have to tell which word is APPROPRIATE according to the context. If all are appropriate then mark your answer as “E”.

    If the Apple Watch is the face of the future, the news that the public sector HMT Watches may be ___6___ very soon was perfectly timed: the day after the former’s launch. As the Apple product amply demonstrates, watches will no longer be merely about telling time. Unfortunately, HMT has been in a time warp of sorts, belonging as it does to an era that could not have ___7___ that watches would have to offer other things too. It did come out with a Braille model and joined the quartz automatic and digital revolutions, but given the way the watch market has ___8___ since then, however, it is not surprising that time may soon be running out for the ‘timekeeper to the nation’. As long as the Indian economy was closed, things went like clockwork for HMT, tasked with producing cheap watches. Like the Ambassador cars and Bajaj scooters, aspiring consumers had to wait for certain HMT timepieces, keeping track meanwhile via sundials perhaps. The countdown to this ___9___ closure began when private sector players finally came in and wound up offering (comparatively) racier products, creating new titans in the horological industry. As this year has also seen the Ambassador finally ___10___ and the Planning Commission decommissioned, the clock is obviously ticking away for remnants of the Nehruvian era.

  7. hitting the roof
    winding down
    All are Correct
    Option B


  8. awaited
    in view of
    All are Correct
    Option C


  9. intensified
    All are Correct
    Option D


  10. imminent
    All are Correct
    Option A


  11. retain
    All are Correct
    Option C


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