SSC CPO Tier 2 Previous Year English Questions : 14 September

Directions (1-2): In these questions some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and indicate it corresponding to the appropriate letter. If there is no error, indicate corresponding to the last option.

Q1. His maid servant behavior (A)/ is undoubtedly indecent (B)/ but I don’t understand how he tolerates it (C)/ No Error (D).
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) D
Sol. Replace “servant’” with “servant’s”. The presence of the noun ‘behaviour’ after ‘servant’ justifies the use of ‘s and meaning of the sentence. Hence option ‘A’ has the error.

Q2. The issues are very complex (A)/ and the problem is that they are bound to be obscured (B)/ by these hypocritical politicians (C)/ No Error (D)
(a) A
(b) B
(c) C
(d) D
Sol. No Error

Directions (3-4): In the following question, sentences are given with blanks to be filed in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four as your answer.

Q3. The affluent life styles of contemporary politicians are in sharp contrast to the _________ways of living of the freedom fighters.
(a) agnostic
(b) stingy
(c) consoled
(d) austere
Sol. Austere: (of living conditions or a way of life) having no comforts or luxuries.
Hence option D is the correct choice.

Q4. The older generation is _______in its outlook and hence cannot tolerate independent ideas of the youngsters.
(a) paradox
(b) liberal
(c) orthodox
(d) restricted
Sol. Orthodox: following or conforming to the traditional or generally accepted rules or beliefs of a religion, philosophy, or practice.
Hence option C is the correct choice.

Directions (5-6): Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.

(a) Hardening
(b) Sneezing
(c) Trepidation
(d) Reversal
Sol. Sternutation: the action of sneezing.
Hence Sternutation and Sneezing are synonyms to each other.

(a) shake
(b) burn
(c) polish
(d) abuse
Sol. Incinerate: destroy (something, especially waste material) by burning.
Hence Incinerate and Burn are synonyms to each other.

Directions (7-8): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the word which is opposite in meaning to the given word and click the button corresponding to it.

(a) Gripe
(b) Rejoice
(c) Quibble
(d) Bleat
Sol. Repine: to express dissatisfaction, pain or resentment usually tiresomely.
Gripe: complain about something in a persistent, irritating way.
Rejoice: feel or show great joy or delight.
Quibble: argue or raise objections about a trivial matter.
Bleat: make a characteristic weak, wavering cry.
Hence Repine and Rejoice are antonyms to each other.

(a) Imbecile
(b) Sage
(c) Perceptive
(d) Discerning
Sol. Sapient: having or showing deep understanding and intelligent application of knowledge.
Imbecile: stupid; idiotic.
Hence Sapient and Imbecile are antonyms to each other.

Directions (9-10): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/phrase.

Q9. Look over one’s shoulder
(a) Watch for danger or threats to oneself
(b) To ignore a person’s request
(c) To be obsessed with one’s own semblance
(d) To take attention or credit away from someone else
Sol. Option A is the correct meaning.

Q10. Hand over first
(a) To be dexterous
(b) To do something that prevents an activity from continuing
(c) To announce your intention of entering a competition
(d) At a very fast pace
Sol. Option D is the correct meaning.


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