IBPS Clerk 2016 Important English Questions IBPS Clerk 2016 Important English Questions
IBPS Clerk 2016 Important English Questions     Directions: In the given sentence there are two blank spaces. Below each, five pairs of words... IBPS Clerk 2016 Important English Questions

IBPS Clerk 2016 Important English Questions



Directions: In the given sentence there are two blank spaces. Below each, five pairs of words have been given. Find out which pair of words can be filled up in the sentence in same sequence to make the sentence meaningfully complete.


(Q.1) The incident has __________ severe damage to the __________ of the employees

  1. resulted, optimism
  2. caused, morale
  3. led, emotions
  4. contributed, integrity
  5. product, conduct


(Q.2) __________ investing in technology, company has been __________ to compete globally

  1. By, able
  2. For, trying
  3. Despite, gradual
  4. While, clear
  5. Since, enable


(Q.3) The root __________ of slow reduction in poverty is __________ of investment in agriculture

  1. purpose, increase
  2. reason, hike
  3. cause, lack
  4. effect, incidence
  5. consequence, plunge


(Q.4) You have unfairly __________ his success to the fact that he is well _________

  1. reduced, behaved
  2. doubted, adjusted
  3. excused, educated
  4. attributed, connected
  5. rated, known


(Q.5) To __________ the problems of the region, it is __________ to interact with the local people

  1. understand, essential
  2. discover, necessity
  3. research, advice
  4. manage, needful
  5. focus, better


Directions: Rearrange the following five sentences A,B,C,D and E in proper sequence to form meaningful paragraph, then answer the given questions

  1. She thought it was very dangerous to have that mallet there, and started talking to herself
  2. It must have been there a long, long time but somehow she had never notice it before, and she began thinking
  3. Saying all this, she threw her tools, sat herself down and began crying
  4. One evening when Mia had gone to the cellar, she happed to look up at the ceiling and saw a mallet ( a kind of wooden hammer) stuck in one of the beams
  5. She said “Suppose I was to be married, and have a son, and he was to grow up to be a man, and come down into the cellar, like I am doing now and the mallet was to fall on his head and kill him, what a dreadful thing it would be”.



(Q.6) Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?

  1. A
  2. D
  3. B
  4. C
  5. e


(Q.7) Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?

  1. A
  2. D
  3. B
  4. C
  5. e


(Q.8) Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?

  1. E
  2. D
  3. B
  4. C
  5. A


(Q.9) Which of the following should be the FOURTH sentence after rearrangement?

  1. E
  2. D
  3. B
  4. C
  5. A


(Q.10) Which of the following should be the LAST sentence after rearrangement?

  1. A
  2. C
  3. B
  4. D
  5. E




Directions: In the following passage, there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. Against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case


Primary school enrolment in India has been a success story. _(Q.11)_ due to various programmes and drives to increase enrolment even in remote areas.  With enrolment reaching at least 96 percent since 2009, and girls _(Q.12)_ up 56 percent of new students between 2007 and 2013, it is clear that many _(Q.13) _ of access of schooling have been _(Q.14)_. Improvement in infrastructure has been the _(Q.15)_ reason behind achieving this and now in India 98 percent habitations have a primary school within one kilometre and 92 percent have an upper primary school within three kilometre walking distance.



  1. most
  2. properly
  3. largely
  4. totally
  5. optionally




  1. coming
  2. counting
  3. reaching
  4. making
  5. touching



  1. problems
  2. opportunities
  3. matter
  4. efforts
  5. exertions



  1. accustomed
  2. resolved
  3. met
  4. fulfilled
  5. forwarded



  1. force
  2. quick
  3. main
  4. compulsion
  5. awareness


Directions: Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical error or idiomatic error in it. The error, if any, will be in one part of the sentence. The letter of that part is the answer. If there is no error, the answer is (e). (Ignore errors of punctuation, if any)


(Q.16) Since most of the/ employees were in/ favour of the merger/it was a success

  1. Since most of the
  2. employees were in
  3. favour of the merger
  4. it was a success
  5. No Error


(Q.17) The Reserve Bank of India are/responsible for ensuring/that the Banking Sector/ functions effectively

  1. The Reserve Bank of India are
  2. responsible for ensuring
  3. that the Banking Sector
  4. functions effectively
  5. No Error


(Q.18) There is a shortage/ for qualified staff/ in many software/ companies in India

  1. There is a shortage
  2. for qualified staff
  3. in many software
  4. companies in India
  5. No Error


(Q.19) According to a recent survey/ more of forty percent/ of Indians do not/ have access to banks

  1. According to a recent survey
  2. more of forty percent
  3. of Indians do not
  4. have access to Banks
  5. No Error


(Q.20) To improve its efficiency/ all income tax officers/ will be provided with/ laptops by next year

  1. To improve its efficiency
  2. all income tax officers
  3. will be provided with
  4. laptops by next year
  5. No Error



Directions: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words/phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.

A long time ago, an honest king ruled over a small kingdom named Bijanagar. Every day, the king would listen to the complaints of his people and try to solve their problems in the best possible way. One day, a soldier came running into the king’s court. ‘I have an alarming piece of news. My Lord!’ cried out the soldier. ‘My wife told me that there is some evil in the kingdom. Crops have been ruined and wells have been poisoned!’ When the minister heard this, he instantly walked up to the king and said, “I guess some enemy is trying to create panic in our kingdom, so that our attention gets diverted to solving our internal problems. And then the enemy will take advantage of our inner disturbances and attack us,” said the minister. ‘You seem to be right!’ nodded the king. ‘What shall we do then?’ The Minister said. ‘In my opinion, we should not let our people know that we suspect our enemy. It may give rise to contempt. Instead, we should distribute food and water among our people and tell them that the crops might have been damaged because of some disease. Meanwhile, I will disguise myself as an old man and try to find out the truth.’ The king agreed. That evening, the minister disguised himself as a poor old man and came out of the palace stealthily.

The Minister went to a farmer’s house and called out. ‘Food! Please give me food!’ The farmer came out with two pieces of bread in his hand and said, ‘This is all that I have, old man!’ ‘You seem to be in trouble’, said the old man. “Yes, someone has been very cruel. They have stamped and ruined my crops’, said the farmer.” ‘But i heard the crops were ruined because of a disease,’ said the old man. ‘No, that’s not true!’ the farmer interrupted. “The Royal Guards are the culprits. They have stamped our crops and poisoned our wells”. “how can you be so sure?’ asked the old man. ‘I heard it from some people at the inn nearby,’ replied the farmer.

The old man thanked the farmer for the food and left. He then went to the inn nearby. He saw some people gathered near a table, discussing their ruined crops and wells. Among them were two young men talking loudly. “Our king didn’t punish his royal guard for their wicked deed. Instead, he is trying to cover up by providing food to us!’ said one of them. ‘Yes, our king isn’t honest any more. He has lost his goodwill!’ backed up the other. Everyone standing there nodded in agreement. After a while, the two young men prepared to leave.  The minister disguised as the old man was watching them. He started following the two young men. When they came out of the inn, one of the young men said “We have provoked these people against their king. We must continue the same way. Within a couple of days, the angry citizens will revolt against their ruler. Then we should inform our king.” Hmm and that would be the most appropriate moment to attack’ laughed the other young man.

The minister heard it all. He hid behind a tree. The two young men went inside a small hut. The minister came back to the palace and informed the king about wicked plan of the other kingdom. Instantly the soldiers rode to the small hut where the two men were staying and captured them. The next morning, the culprits were brought out in the palace for their evil plan and were punished for their deeds.



(Q.21) Which of the following is the most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘Ruined’ as used in the story?

  1. nurtured
  2. shaped
  3. reconstructed
  4. accomplished
  5. succeeded


(Q.22) Which of the following can be an appropriate title for the story?

  1. The Ungrateful Citizens
  2. The Evil in Bijanagar
  3. The Good Harvest
  4. Never Trust You Minister
  5. Spies of Bijanagar


(Q.23) Which of the following statements is true in context of the story?

  1. The real culprits behind the mischief were the soldiers of Bijanagar
  2. The king initially hesitated to agree with the Minister’s plan
  3. The farmer who gave the bread to the Minister was kind and humane
  4. The Minister was gifted golden coins upon identifying the culprits
  5. None of the above statements in true


(Q.24) Which of the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning to the word ‘Provoked’ as used in the story?

  1. motivated
  2. heightened
  3. allowed
  4. instigated
  5. injured


(Q.25) Which of the following correctly explains the meaning of the phrase ‘lost his goodwill’ as used in the story?

  1. lost respect among his people
  2. lost his relatives
  3. misplaced his valuables
  4. failed to gain love from his friends
  5. suffered a serious injury


(Q.26) Which among the following characteristic of the minister comes across distinctly through the story?

  1. he was a coward
  2. he was sharp
  3. he was greedy
  4. he was old
  5. he was violent


(Q.27) As mentioned in the story, the minister disguised himself as an old man to

  1. visit the kingdom without the fear of being thrashed in public
  2. participate in a local fair
  3. indentify the culprit causing mischief in Bijanagar


  1. Only 1
  2. Only 2
  3. Only 3
  4. 1 and 3
  5. 2 and 3


(Q.28) As mentioned in the story the young men were provoking the citizens of Bijanagar because

  1. they were being bribed by the Minister for doing so
  2. it was a part of their plan to attack Bijanagar
  3. they wanted to ruin the reputation of Bijanagar
  4. they were notorious by nature
  5. None of the above


(Q.29) Which among the following is most nearly the SAME in meaning to the word ‘stealthily’ as used in the story?

  1. secretively
  2. honestly
  3. publicly
  4. healthily
  5. shyly


(Q.30) Which of the following is most nearly the OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘culprits’ as used in the story?

  1. guilty
  2. innocent
  3. problematic
  4. unaware
  5. faithful


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