Exam Paper: SSC CGL Tier - 1 2017 (English Langauge) - MEMORY BASED

Staff Selection Commission
Combined Graduate Level Examination


English Langauge Question Paper

Directions (1-3):In each of the questions, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrase. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrase and click the button corresponding to it.

1. Keep the wolf from the door
(a) To keep your enemy's at a distance so that they can't harm or injure you.
(b) An activity or situation which is full of risks or serious difficulties.
(c) to be able to comprehend any danger.
(d) to maintain oneself at a minimal level

(a) Vulnerable area or a weak spot that could cause one's downfall or failure.
(b) Problems that can only be solved at the ground levels
(c) Short-term problems that occur in the early stages of a new project.
(d) An annoying problem which persists for a long time.

3. Ata stone's throw
(a) At a short distance
(b) At a place where quarrels take place
(c) At a great distance
(d) A quarry

Directions (4-6): A sentence/a part of the sentence is underlined. Four alternatives are given to the underlined part which will improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative and click the button corresponding to it. In case no improvement is needed, click the button corresponding to "No improvement".

4. Neither Rajni nor Ragini were to take toher heels when they saw a cobra lying at the gate.
(a) Neither Rajni nor Ragini weretakento
(b) Neither Rajni nor Ragini were able to take to
(c) Neither Rajni nor Ragini was to take to
(d) No improvement

5. The higher you go, the harder it gets to keep your footing
(a) The higher you go, the harder it will get in keeping your footing
(b) The higher you go, harder itwill getto keep your footing.
(c) The higher you go, the harder it gets to keep your foot.
(d) No improvement

6. Calamities and indigence in the past was afflicting more than at present.
(a) were more afflicting
(b) was afflicted more
(c) was more afflicting
(d) No improvement

Directions (7-8): Groups of four words are given. In each group, one word is correctlyspelt. Find the correctly spelt word and mark your answer in the answer-sheet.

7. (a) Dictionrey (b) Dectionary (c) Dictionary  (d) Dictionery

8. (a) Ambigouous (b) Ambiguos (c) Ambigouos (d) Ambiguous

Direction (9-11): Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences and click the button corresponding to it.

9. A person who is blamed for the wrongdoings
(a) Accused
(b) Appellant
(c) Scapegoat
(d) libellee

10. Impossible to change or improve
(a) Incorrigible
(b) Contrite
(c) Penitent
(d) Arrogant

11. To make atonement for one's sins
(a) Expiate
(b) Renounce
(c) Remonstrate
(d) Recant

Directions (12-13): In the following questions, a sentence has four portions marked P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Rearrange it in the proper sequence in order to make a meaningful sentence.

12. (P) Would miss a very interesting game (Q) to be played (R) between two famous teams (S) he said that those who would not accompany him
(a) SQRP
(b) SRPQ
(c) SPQR
(d) QRPS

13. (P) Reading books is a habit (Q) but also enlarges the mind (R) because it not only increases knowledge (S) which must be cultivated by everybody
(a) PQRS
(b) PSRQ
(c) SPRQ
(d) PQSR