English Questions for SSC CGL Pre 2017 Exam


Directions (1-10): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences.

Q1. Relationship by blood or birth.
(a) Parentage 
(b) Affiliation 
(c) Consanguinity 
(d) Nepotism 

Q2. That which cannot be understood.
(a) Illegible 
(b) Unintelligible 
(c) Unknown 
(d) Undecipherable 

Q3. Design made by putting together coloured pieces of glass or stone.
(a) Oleograph 
(b) Mosaic 
(c) Tracery 
(d) Relief 

Q4. A cure for all diseases.
(a) Exorcism 
(b) Incantation 
(c) Panacea 
(d) Antibiotic 

Q5. Study of mankind.
(a) Pathology 
(b) Physiology 
(c) Philology 
(d) Anthropology 

Q6. That which cannot be done without.
(a) Irrevocable 
(b) Impracticable 
(c) Indispensable 
(d) Impossible 

Q7. One who travels from place to place. 
(a) Itinerant 
(b) Mendicant 
(c) Journeyman 
(d) Tramp

Q8. A person not sure of the existence of God.
(a) Theist 
(b) Atheist 
(c) Agnostic 
(d) Cynic 

Q9. A person who is made to bear the blame of others.
(a) Innocent 
(b) Scapegoat 
(c) Ignoramus 
(d) Innocent 

Q10. A light sailing boat built especially for racing.
(a) Shipment 
(b) Canopy 
(c) Yacht 
(d) Freight  

Directions (11-15): Choose the option which is the antonym of the word mentioned in the question. 
Q11. Condescend 
(a) surrender
(b) resist
(c) respect
(d) disdain

Q12. Profound
(a) minnow
(b) deep
(c) shallow 
(d) petty

Q13. Archetype 
(a) unique
(b) quixotic
(c) atypical
(d) modem

Q14. Frugal 
(a) wasteful
(b) ugly
(c) provident 
(d) stylish

Q15. Repugnant 
(a) odious
(b) coercive
(c) sensitive 
(d) agreeable

S1. Ans. (c) 
Sol. Consanguinity – relationship by descent from a common ancestor; kinship

S2. Ans. (b) 
Sol. unintelligible-impossible to understand.

S3. Ans. (b) 
Sol. Mosaic – a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small pieces of stone, tile, glass, etc.

S4. Ans. (c) 
Sol. Panacea – a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases.

S5. Ans. (d) 
Sol. Anthropology – the study of humankind, in particular:

S6. Ans. (c) 
Sol. Indispensable – absolutely necessary.

S7. Ans. (a) 
Sol. Itinerant – a person who travels from place to place.

S8. Ans. (c) 
Sol. Agnostic – a person who believes that nothing is known or can be known of the existence or nature of God.

S9. Ans. (b) 
Sol. Scapegoat -a person who is blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency.

S10. Ans. (d) 
Sol.  Frigate – a small and fast military ship

S11. Ans.(c) 
Sol.  Condescend -show that one feels superior; be patronizing.

S12. Ans.(c) 
Sol.  Profound-(of a person or statement) having or showing great knowledge or insight.

S13. Ans.(c) 
Sol.  Archetype -a very typical example of a certain person or thing.

S14. Ans.(a) 
Sol.  Frugal -sparing or economical as regards money or food.

S15. Ans.(d) 
Sol.  Repugnant -extremely distasteful; unacceptable.


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