IBPS PO Prelims Question Paper with Solution- 2019 Notes | Study IBPS PO Mains - Study Material, Online Tests, Previous Year - Banking Exams

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Direction (1 – 6) : In the following 
passage, there are blanks, each of which 
has been numbered. These numbers are 
printed below the passage and against 
each, five words are suggested, one of 
which fits the blank appropriately. 
Invasive pests and weeds can 
(###Q1###) country by flying over the 
border or by simply growing gratuitously. 
In such cases, (###Q2###) their entry 
is difficult. However, when they land up 
at airports and dockyards in cargos of 
imported grain or with items carried by 
tourists, the authorities should be able to 
(###Q3###) them out. For this 
reason, countries have animal, plant and 
health quarantine facilities at all 
transborder entry points. 
Tanzania, however, seems to have let its 
guard (###Q4###) late, especially 
with regards to agricultural products, 
which form the bulk of its imports. It is 
difficult to establish how pests and weeds 
are entering the country. What is 
(###Q5###) is that there is no 
institutional mechanism to even probe 
these invasions. The concerned ministry 
has not (###Q6###) a single invasion 
till date. 
 
1. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Reach 
B. Leave on 
C. Protrude 
D. Enter any 
E. Search for 
 
2. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Getting 
B. Allowing 
C. Blocked 
D. Detecting 
E. Checking 
 
3. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Hide 
B. Weed 
C. Grow 
D. Cultivate 
E. Filtered 
 
4. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Closed of 
B. Down of 
C. Loose 
D. Up a bit 
E. Though 
5. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Accountable 
B. Understandable 
C. Inexplicable 
D. Pleasing 
E. Efficient 
 
6. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Investigated 
B. Followed up 
C. Recruited 
D. Accused 
E. Entertain 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
7. Several new business (1)/ have come 
up recently due to (2)/ the various 
schemes (3)/ introduced by the 
government. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
8. If there is something you want (1)/ to 
accomplish then simply make (2)/ a 
decision and do it rather than (2)/ waiting 
for the right time. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
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Direction (1 – 6) : In the following 
passage, there are blanks, each of which 
has been numbered. These numbers are 
printed below the passage and against 
each, five words are suggested, one of 
which fits the blank appropriately. 
Invasive pests and weeds can 
(###Q1###) country by flying over the 
border or by simply growing gratuitously. 
In such cases, (###Q2###) their entry 
is difficult. However, when they land up 
at airports and dockyards in cargos of 
imported grain or with items carried by 
tourists, the authorities should be able to 
(###Q3###) them out. For this 
reason, countries have animal, plant and 
health quarantine facilities at all 
transborder entry points. 
Tanzania, however, seems to have let its 
guard (###Q4###) late, especially 
with regards to agricultural products, 
which form the bulk of its imports. It is 
difficult to establish how pests and weeds 
are entering the country. What is 
(###Q5###) is that there is no 
institutional mechanism to even probe 
these invasions. The concerned ministry 
has not (###Q6###) a single invasion 
till date. 
 
1. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Reach 
B. Leave on 
C. Protrude 
D. Enter any 
E. Search for 
 
2. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Getting 
B. Allowing 
C. Blocked 
D. Detecting 
E. Checking 
 
3. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Hide 
B. Weed 
C. Grow 
D. Cultivate 
E. Filtered 
 
4. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Closed of 
B. Down of 
C. Loose 
D. Up a bit 
E. Though 
5. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Accountable 
B. Understandable 
C. Inexplicable 
D. Pleasing 
E. Efficient 
 
6. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Investigated 
B. Followed up 
C. Recruited 
D. Accused 
E. Entertain 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
7. Several new business (1)/ have come 
up recently due to (2)/ the various 
schemes (3)/ introduced by the 
government. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
8. If there is something you want (1)/ to 
accomplish then simply make (2)/ a 
decision and do it rather than (2)/ waiting 
for the right time. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
9. Experts suggest that (1)/ making work 
rewarding (2)/ may mean rethinking the 
way (3)/ company are led. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
10. Psychologists has done a (1)/ 
considerable amount of research (2)/ to 
assess the effectiveness of various 
strategies (3)/ for behaviour 
modification. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
11. We all have the ability to focus (1)/ 
and concentrate, but only if we (2)/ 
decide what is important to us (3)/ and 
we want to accomplishing. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
err o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
12. Just around two decades ago, (1)/ 
few imagine that the robust data, (2)/ 
messaging, voice and video connections 
(3)/ could be established with such ease. 
(4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction (13 – 19) : Read the following 
passage carefully and answer the 
questions given below it. Certain words 
are printed in bold to help you locate 
them while answering some of these. 
There was something pathetic about a 
mini ste r ’ s wishful thinking as he 
addressed the media and talked about his 
vision of 5G mobile generation for country 
X. He said his vision of 5G for the country 
was not just a rollout of services, but the 
creation of intellectual property (IP) in 
the country and patents in 5G 
technology. 
This may be possible in a couple of 
decades, but right now we might as well 
be crying for the moon. While companies 
around the world, notably the Chinese, 
have secured thousands of patents in this 
revolutionary technology that will provide 
the platform for inventing a host of new 
products, technologies and services, the 
companies in country X are yet to start 
field trials of 5G spectrum for which 
permission was granted just recently. 
Equipment for these trials, needless to 
say, will be provided by foreign vendors. 
Most people assume that 5G will provide 
faster speeds than 4G, which bypasses 
the hinterland and works only patchily in 
the urban area, but that would be a 
gross simplification. 
A global 5G network will unify mobile 
communication and connect people and 
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Direction (1 – 6) : In the following 
passage, there are blanks, each of which 
has been numbered. These numbers are 
printed below the passage and against 
each, five words are suggested, one of 
which fits the blank appropriately. 
Invasive pests and weeds can 
(###Q1###) country by flying over the 
border or by simply growing gratuitously. 
In such cases, (###Q2###) their entry 
is difficult. However, when they land up 
at airports and dockyards in cargos of 
imported grain or with items carried by 
tourists, the authorities should be able to 
(###Q3###) them out. For this 
reason, countries have animal, plant and 
health quarantine facilities at all 
transborder entry points. 
Tanzania, however, seems to have let its 
guard (###Q4###) late, especially 
with regards to agricultural products, 
which form the bulk of its imports. It is 
difficult to establish how pests and weeds 
are entering the country. What is 
(###Q5###) is that there is no 
institutional mechanism to even probe 
these invasions. The concerned ministry 
has not (###Q6###) a single invasion 
till date. 
 
1. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Reach 
B. Leave on 
C. Protrude 
D. Enter any 
E. Search for 
 
2. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Getting 
B. Allowing 
C. Blocked 
D. Detecting 
E. Checking 
 
3. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Hide 
B. Weed 
C. Grow 
D. Cultivate 
E. Filtered 
 
4. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Closed of 
B. Down of 
C. Loose 
D. Up a bit 
E. Though 
5. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Accountable 
B. Understandable 
C. Inexplicable 
D. Pleasing 
E. Efficient 
 
6. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Investigated 
B. Followed up 
C. Recruited 
D. Accused 
E. Entertain 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
7. Several new business (1)/ have come 
up recently due to (2)/ the various 
schemes (3)/ introduced by the 
government. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
8. If there is something you want (1)/ to 
accomplish then simply make (2)/ a 
decision and do it rather than (2)/ waiting 
for the right time. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
9. Experts suggest that (1)/ making work 
rewarding (2)/ may mean rethinking the 
way (3)/ company are led. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
10. Psychologists has done a (1)/ 
considerable amount of research (2)/ to 
assess the effectiveness of various 
strategies (3)/ for behaviour 
modification. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
11. We all have the ability to focus (1)/ 
and concentrate, but only if we (2)/ 
decide what is important to us (3)/ and 
we want to accomplishing. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
err o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
12. Just around two decades ago, (1)/ 
few imagine that the robust data, (2)/ 
messaging, voice and video connections 
(3)/ could be established with such ease. 
(4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction (13 – 19) : Read the following 
passage carefully and answer the 
questions given below it. Certain words 
are printed in bold to help you locate 
them while answering some of these. 
There was something pathetic about a 
mini ste r ’ s wishful thinking as he 
addressed the media and talked about his 
vision of 5G mobile generation for country 
X. He said his vision of 5G for the country 
was not just a rollout of services, but the 
creation of intellectual property (IP) in 
the country and patents in 5G 
technology. 
This may be possible in a couple of 
decades, but right now we might as well 
be crying for the moon. While companies 
around the world, notably the Chinese, 
have secured thousands of patents in this 
revolutionary technology that will provide 
the platform for inventing a host of new 
products, technologies and services, the 
companies in country X are yet to start 
field trials of 5G spectrum for which 
permission was granted just recently. 
Equipment for these trials, needless to 
say, will be provided by foreign vendors. 
Most people assume that 5G will provide 
faster speeds than 4G, which bypasses 
the hinterland and works only patchily in 
the urban area, but that would be a 
gross simplification. 
A global 5G network will unify mobile 
communication and connect people and 
 
 
 
 
4 
 
devices to everything through the 
Internet of Things. Given that 3G and 4G 
patent holders have controlled the use of 
mobile technologies in the smartphone 
industry, those who own the intellectual 
property (IP), primarily the standard 
essential patents, will become the market 
leaders in a technology that will reshape 
the future. 
Country X has sent missions to the moon 
but in the area where technological 
prowess matters most, the country is lost 
in a black hole. Not a single telecom firm 
of the country is in the list of 303 
deployment of 5G technology worldwide. 
This industry list has 20 operators in 294 
locations. Worse, although the domestic 
firms are expected to start their three-
month-long trial shortly, it is worth 
remembering that the industry is in dire 
straits with huge debts and has indicated 
that it would be in no position to bid for 
5G spectrum. 
Nor does country X have the kind of 
resources that China is investing in 5G 
apart from the sharp research effort on it. 
No wonder Chinese firms command the 
l i o n ’ s share of patents among the clutch 
of global firms that own IP in 5G. Its star 
performer Huawei __________ to surge 
ahead with revenues soaring by 23 per 
cent. Country X has to decide if Huawei is 
a security threat or not. 
Can country X ever catch up? Field trials 
are just the starting point; it merely 
allows operators and equipment makers 
to prove that the network they have 
designed in a laboratory actually works in 
practice. Then there is the long haul to a 
commercial rollout. 
As country X obsesses about its 
technological expertise in a mythical past, 
the future is looking decidedly dim. 
Source: https://www.downtoearth.org.in 
 
13. Which of the following carries a 
similar meaning to DIRE STRAITS? 
A. Lack of employees 
B. Investing Elsewhere 
C. Financially Stable 
D. Facing a paucity of researchers 
E. A difficult situation 
 
14. Which of the following is true with 
reference to the passage? 
A. 5G connectivity will improve 
connectivity only in rural areas. 
B. Country X lags behind other countries 
in every field of science and technology. 
C. None of the given options. 
D. Many companies of country X feature 
in the list of companies holding 5G 
patents. 
E. The government of country X has 
hugely invested in 5G technology, which 
has paid huge dividends. 
 
15. What does the author intend to 
convey from the following segment of the 
passage? 
“…but that would be a gross 
si mp l i fi c a tio n…” 
A. 5G technology is a lot more than just 
improved speed and connectivity. 
B. Telecom companies worldwide will 
incur losses once 5G technology is 
commercialised. 
C. There is not much difference between 
4G and 5G technology. 
D. Connectivity will be the only issue with 
5G technology. 
E. 5G technology will provide only 
internet at a high speed. 
 
16. According to the author, what is the 
reason country X has not made great 
strides in 5G technology? 
a. Telecom companies of company X are 
in bad shape financially. 
b. Slow pace of research in the field of 5G 
technology. 
c. Economic backwardness of country X. 
A. Only a 
B. Only c 
C. Both a and b 
D. Both b and c 
E. All a, b and c 
 
17. Which of the following is opposite in 
meaning to PATCHILY? 
A. Decoratively 
B. Noisily 
C. Consistently 
D. Irregularly 
E. Inadvertently 
 
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Direction (1 – 6) : In the following 
passage, there are blanks, each of which 
has been numbered. These numbers are 
printed below the passage and against 
each, five words are suggested, one of 
which fits the blank appropriately. 
Invasive pests and weeds can 
(###Q1###) country by flying over the 
border or by simply growing gratuitously. 
In such cases, (###Q2###) their entry 
is difficult. However, when they land up 
at airports and dockyards in cargos of 
imported grain or with items carried by 
tourists, the authorities should be able to 
(###Q3###) them out. For this 
reason, countries have animal, plant and 
health quarantine facilities at all 
transborder entry points. 
Tanzania, however, seems to have let its 
guard (###Q4###) late, especially 
with regards to agricultural products, 
which form the bulk of its imports. It is 
difficult to establish how pests and weeds 
are entering the country. What is 
(###Q5###) is that there is no 
institutional mechanism to even probe 
these invasions. The concerned ministry 
has not (###Q6###) a single invasion 
till date. 
 
1. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Reach 
B. Leave on 
C. Protrude 
D. Enter any 
E. Search for 
 
2. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Getting 
B. Allowing 
C. Blocked 
D. Detecting 
E. Checking 
 
3. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Hide 
B. Weed 
C. Grow 
D. Cultivate 
E. Filtered 
 
4. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Closed of 
B. Down of 
C. Loose 
D. Up a bit 
E. Though 
5. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Accountable 
B. Understandable 
C. Inexplicable 
D. Pleasing 
E. Efficient 
 
6. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Investigated 
B. Followed up 
C. Recruited 
D. Accused 
E. Entertain 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
7. Several new business (1)/ have come 
up recently due to (2)/ the various 
schemes (3)/ introduced by the 
government. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
8. If there is something you want (1)/ to 
accomplish then simply make (2)/ a 
decision and do it rather than (2)/ waiting 
for the right time. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
9. Experts suggest that (1)/ making work 
rewarding (2)/ may mean rethinking the 
way (3)/ company are led. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
10. Psychologists has done a (1)/ 
considerable amount of research (2)/ to 
assess the effectiveness of various 
strategies (3)/ for behaviour 
modification. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
11. We all have the ability to focus (1)/ 
and concentrate, but only if we (2)/ 
decide what is important to us (3)/ and 
we want to accomplishing. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
err o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
12. Just around two decades ago, (1)/ 
few imagine that the robust data, (2)/ 
messaging, voice and video connections 
(3)/ could be established with such ease. 
(4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction (13 – 19) : Read the following 
passage carefully and answer the 
questions given below it. Certain words 
are printed in bold to help you locate 
them while answering some of these. 
There was something pathetic about a 
mini ste r ’ s wishful thinking as he 
addressed the media and talked about his 
vision of 5G mobile generation for country 
X. He said his vision of 5G for the country 
was not just a rollout of services, but the 
creation of intellectual property (IP) in 
the country and patents in 5G 
technology. 
This may be possible in a couple of 
decades, but right now we might as well 
be crying for the moon. While companies 
around the world, notably the Chinese, 
have secured thousands of patents in this 
revolutionary technology that will provide 
the platform for inventing a host of new 
products, technologies and services, the 
companies in country X are yet to start 
field trials of 5G spectrum for which 
permission was granted just recently. 
Equipment for these trials, needless to 
say, will be provided by foreign vendors. 
Most people assume that 5G will provide 
faster speeds than 4G, which bypasses 
the hinterland and works only patchily in 
the urban area, but that would be a 
gross simplification. 
A global 5G network will unify mobile 
communication and connect people and 
 
 
 
 
4 
 
devices to everything through the 
Internet of Things. Given that 3G and 4G 
patent holders have controlled the use of 
mobile technologies in the smartphone 
industry, those who own the intellectual 
property (IP), primarily the standard 
essential patents, will become the market 
leaders in a technology that will reshape 
the future. 
Country X has sent missions to the moon 
but in the area where technological 
prowess matters most, the country is lost 
in a black hole. Not a single telecom firm 
of the country is in the list of 303 
deployment of 5G technology worldwide. 
This industry list has 20 operators in 294 
locations. Worse, although the domestic 
firms are expected to start their three-
month-long trial shortly, it is worth 
remembering that the industry is in dire 
straits with huge debts and has indicated 
that it would be in no position to bid for 
5G spectrum. 
Nor does country X have the kind of 
resources that China is investing in 5G 
apart from the sharp research effort on it. 
No wonder Chinese firms command the 
l i o n ’ s share of patents among the clutch 
of global firms that own IP in 5G. Its star 
performer Huawei __________ to surge 
ahead with revenues soaring by 23 per 
cent. Country X has to decide if Huawei is 
a security threat or not. 
Can country X ever catch up? Field trials 
are just the starting point; it merely 
allows operators and equipment makers 
to prove that the network they have 
designed in a laboratory actually works in 
practice. Then there is the long haul to a 
commercial rollout. 
As country X obsesses about its 
technological expertise in a mythical past, 
the future is looking decidedly dim. 
Source: https://www.downtoearth.org.in 
 
13. Which of the following carries a 
similar meaning to DIRE STRAITS? 
A. Lack of employees 
B. Investing Elsewhere 
C. Financially Stable 
D. Facing a paucity of researchers 
E. A difficult situation 
 
14. Which of the following is true with 
reference to the passage? 
A. 5G connectivity will improve 
connectivity only in rural areas. 
B. Country X lags behind other countries 
in every field of science and technology. 
C. None of the given options. 
D. Many companies of country X feature 
in the list of companies holding 5G 
patents. 
E. The government of country X has 
hugely invested in 5G technology, which 
has paid huge dividends. 
 
15. What does the author intend to 
convey from the following segment of the 
passage? 
“…but that would be a gross 
si mp l i fi c a tio n…” 
A. 5G technology is a lot more than just 
improved speed and connectivity. 
B. Telecom companies worldwide will 
incur losses once 5G technology is 
commercialised. 
C. There is not much difference between 
4G and 5G technology. 
D. Connectivity will be the only issue with 
5G technology. 
E. 5G technology will provide only 
internet at a high speed. 
 
16. According to the author, what is the 
reason country X has not made great 
strides in 5G technology? 
a. Telecom companies of company X are 
in bad shape financially. 
b. Slow pace of research in the field of 5G 
technology. 
c. Economic backwardness of country X. 
A. Only a 
B. Only c 
C. Both a and b 
D. Both b and c 
E. All a, b and c 
 
17. Which of the following is opposite in 
meaning to PATCHILY? 
A. Decoratively 
B. Noisily 
C. Consistently 
D. Irregularly 
E. Inadvertently 
 
 
 
 
 
5 
 
18. The author of the passage is most 
likely to agree with which of the 
following? 
a. The future of 5G in country X is bleak. 
b. China is hugely responsible for the bad 
shape of telecom companies in country X. 
c. Getting 5G technology patented is a 
tedious task. 
A. Only a 
B. Only c 
C. Both a and c 
D. Both b and c 
E. All a, b and c 
 
19. Which of the following can fill the 
blank given in the passage? 
A. Recedes 
B. Go on 
C. Continues 
D. Rests 
E. Emerges 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
20. To carry (1) the illicit sale of liquor in 
areas under limit, (2) the authorities 
have laid down a prohibition (3) on the 
amount of alcohol one can restrict (4). 
A. 1-4 & 2-3 
B. 2-3 
C. 1-3 
D. 2-4 & 1-3 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
21.  
Employees are ill (1) to go to work 
despite being too obliged (2), especially 
in a layoffs (3) where instances of 
scenario (4) are on a rise. 
A. 1-2 
B. 2-3 & 1-4 
C. 1-2 & 3-4 
D. 2-4 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
22. Corals are prone (1) to temperature 
changes, (2) which affect their 
structures, making (3) them sensitive 
(4) to diseases and even death. 
A. 1-4 
B. 2-3 
C. 1-3 
D. 2-4 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
23. A preliminary diet (1) by the team of 
scientists explains (2) how restricted 
report (3) affects molecular (4) 
mechanisms. 
A. 1-2 
B. 2-3 
C. 1-3 
D. 2-4 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, a 
statement with a blank has been given, 
followed by three word out of which more 
than one can complete the sentence 
grammatically and contextually. Find the 
word (s) which can fill the blank and 
choose the option accordingly. 
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Direction (1 – 6) : In the following 
passage, there are blanks, each of which 
has been numbered. These numbers are 
printed below the passage and against 
each, five words are suggested, one of 
which fits the blank appropriately. 
Invasive pests and weeds can 
(###Q1###) country by flying over the 
border or by simply growing gratuitously. 
In such cases, (###Q2###) their entry 
is difficult. However, when they land up 
at airports and dockyards in cargos of 
imported grain or with items carried by 
tourists, the authorities should be able to 
(###Q3###) them out. For this 
reason, countries have animal, plant and 
health quarantine facilities at all 
transborder entry points. 
Tanzania, however, seems to have let its 
guard (###Q4###) late, especially 
with regards to agricultural products, 
which form the bulk of its imports. It is 
difficult to establish how pests and weeds 
are entering the country. What is 
(###Q5###) is that there is no 
institutional mechanism to even probe 
these invasions. The concerned ministry 
has not (###Q6###) a single invasion 
till date. 
 
1. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Reach 
B. Leave on 
C. Protrude 
D. Enter any 
E. Search for 
 
2. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Getting 
B. Allowing 
C. Blocked 
D. Detecting 
E. Checking 
 
3. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Hide 
B. Weed 
C. Grow 
D. Cultivate 
E. Filtered 
 
4. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Closed of 
B. Down of 
C. Loose 
D. Up a bit 
E. Though 
5. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Accountable 
B. Understandable 
C. Inexplicable 
D. Pleasing 
E. Efficient 
 
6. Find the appropriate word in each case. 
A. Investigated 
B. Followed up 
C. Recruited 
D. Accused 
E. Entertain 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
7. Several new business (1)/ have come 
up recently due to (2)/ the various 
schemes (3)/ introduced by the 
government. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
8. If there is something you want (1)/ to 
accomplish then simply make (2)/ a 
decision and do it rather than (2)/ waiting 
for the right time. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
9. Experts suggest that (1)/ making work 
rewarding (2)/ may mean rethinking the 
way (3)/ company are led. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
10. Psychologists has done a (1)/ 
considerable amount of research (2)/ to 
assess the effectiveness of various 
strategies (3)/ for behaviour 
modification. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
e r r o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
11. We all have the ability to focus (1)/ 
and concentrate, but only if we (2)/ 
decide what is important to us (3)/ and 
we want to accomplishing. (4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
Direction: Read the sentence to find out 
whether there is an error in it. The error, 
if any, will be in one part of the sentence. 
The number corresponding to that part 
will be your answer. If the given sentence 
is correct as it is, mark the answer as ‘ No 
err o r ’ . Ignore the errors of punctuation, if 
any.  
12. Just around two decades ago, (1)/ 
few imagine that the robust data, (2)/ 
messaging, voice and video connections 
(3)/ could be established with such ease. 
(4) 
A. 1 
B. 2 
C. 3 
D. 4 
E. No error 
 
Direction (13 – 19) : Read the following 
passage carefully and answer the 
questions given below it. Certain words 
are printed in bold to help you locate 
them while answering some of these. 
There was something pathetic about a 
mini ste r ’ s wishful thinking as he 
addressed the media and talked about his 
vision of 5G mobile generation for country 
X. He said his vision of 5G for the country 
was not just a rollout of services, but the 
creation of intellectual property (IP) in 
the country and patents in 5G 
technology. 
This may be possible in a couple of 
decades, but right now we might as well 
be crying for the moon. While companies 
around the world, notably the Chinese, 
have secured thousands of patents in this 
revolutionary technology that will provide 
the platform for inventing a host of new 
products, technologies and services, the 
companies in country X are yet to start 
field trials of 5G spectrum for which 
permission was granted just recently. 
Equipment for these trials, needless to 
say, will be provided by foreign vendors. 
Most people assume that 5G will provide 
faster speeds than 4G, which bypasses 
the hinterland and works only patchily in 
the urban area, but that would be a 
gross simplification. 
A global 5G network will unify mobile 
communication and connect people and 
 
 
 
 
4 
 
devices to everything through the 
Internet of Things. Given that 3G and 4G 
patent holders have controlled the use of 
mobile technologies in the smartphone 
industry, those who own the intellectual 
property (IP), primarily the standard 
essential patents, will become the market 
leaders in a technology that will reshape 
the future. 
Country X has sent missions to the moon 
but in the area where technological 
prowess matters most, the country is lost 
in a black hole. Not a single telecom firm 
of the country is in the list of 303 
deployment of 5G technology worldwide. 
This industry list has 20 operators in 294 
locations. Worse, although the domestic 
firms are expected to start their three-
month-long trial shortly, it is worth 
remembering that the industry is in dire 
straits with huge debts and has indicated 
that it would be in no position to bid for 
5G spectrum. 
Nor does country X have the kind of 
resources that China is investing in 5G 
apart from the sharp research effort on it. 
No wonder Chinese firms command the 
l i o n ’ s share of patents among the clutch 
of global firms that own IP in 5G. Its star 
performer Huawei __________ to surge 
ahead with revenues soaring by 23 per 
cent. Country X has to decide if Huawei is 
a security threat or not. 
Can country X ever catch up? Field trials 
are just the starting point; it merely 
allows operators and equipment makers 
to prove that the network they have 
designed in a laboratory actually works in 
practice. Then there is the long haul to a 
commercial rollout. 
As country X obsesses about its 
technological expertise in a mythical past, 
the future is looking decidedly dim. 
Source: https://www.downtoearth.org.in 
 
13. Which of the following carries a 
similar meaning to DIRE STRAITS? 
A. Lack of employees 
B. Investing Elsewhere 
C. Financially Stable 
D. Facing a paucity of researchers 
E. A difficult situation 
 
14. Which of the following is true with 
reference to the passage? 
A. 5G connectivity will improve 
connectivity only in rural areas. 
B. Country X lags behind other countries 
in every field of science and technology. 
C. None of the given options. 
D. Many companies of country X feature 
in the list of companies holding 5G 
patents. 
E. The government of country X has 
hugely invested in 5G technology, which 
has paid huge dividends. 
 
15. What does the author intend to 
convey from the following segment of the 
passage? 
“…but that would be a gross 
si mp l i fi c a tio n…” 
A. 5G technology is a lot more than just 
improved speed and connectivity. 
B. Telecom companies worldwide will 
incur losses once 5G technology is 
commercialised. 
C. There is not much difference between 
4G and 5G technology. 
D. Connectivity will be the only issue with 
5G technology. 
E. 5G technology will provide only 
internet at a high speed. 
 
16. According to the author, what is the 
reason country X has not made great 
strides in 5G technology? 
a. Telecom companies of company X are 
in bad shape financially. 
b. Slow pace of research in the field of 5G 
technology. 
c. Economic backwardness of country X. 
A. Only a 
B. Only c 
C. Both a and b 
D. Both b and c 
E. All a, b and c 
 
17. Which of the following is opposite in 
meaning to PATCHILY? 
A. Decoratively 
B. Noisily 
C. Consistently 
D. Irregularly 
E. Inadvertently 
 
 
 
 
 
5 
 
18. The author of the passage is most 
likely to agree with which of the 
following? 
a. The future of 5G in country X is bleak. 
b. China is hugely responsible for the bad 
shape of telecom companies in country X. 
c. Getting 5G technology patented is a 
tedious task. 
A. Only a 
B. Only c 
C. Both a and c 
D. Both b and c 
E. All a, b and c 
 
19. Which of the following can fill the 
blank given in the passage? 
A. Recedes 
B. Go on 
C. Continues 
D. Rests 
E. Emerges 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
20. To carry (1) the illicit sale of liquor in 
areas under limit, (2) the authorities 
have laid down a prohibition (3) on the 
amount of alcohol one can restrict (4). 
A. 1-4 & 2-3 
B. 2-3 
C. 1-3 
D. 2-4 & 1-3 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
21.  
Employees are ill (1) to go to work 
despite being too obliged (2), especially 
in a layoffs (3) where instances of 
scenario (4) are on a rise. 
A. 1-2 
B. 2-3 & 1-4 
C. 1-2 & 3-4 
D. 2-4 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
22. Corals are prone (1) to temperature 
changes, (2) which affect their 
structures, making (3) them sensitive 
(4) to diseases and even death. 
A. 1-4 
B. 2-3 
C. 1-3 
D. 2-4 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, four 
words are printed in bold and are 
numbered 1, 2, 3 and 4. Of these, the 
positions of two of these words may be 
incorrect and need to be exchanged to 
make the sentence correct. Find the two 
words which need to be exchanged. In 
case the given sentence is correct, your 
answer is (E), i.e. 'No exchange required'.  
23. A preliminary diet (1) by the team of 
scientists explains (2) how restricted 
report (3) affects molecular (4) 
mechanisms. 
A. 1-2 
B. 2-3 
C. 1-3 
D. 2-4 
E. No exchange required 
 
Direction: In the given question, a 
statement with a blank has been given, 
followed by three word out of which more 
than one can complete the sentence 
grammatically and contextually. Find the 
word (s) which can fill the blank and 
choose the option accordingly. 
 
 
 
 
6 
 
24. The minister was ________________ 
by the authorities for not paying the 
taxes. 
I) Hounded 
II) Moved 
III) Pursued 
A. Only I 
B. Only II 
C. Only III 
D. Both I & II 
E. Both I & III 
 
Direction: In the given question, a 
statement with a blank has been given, 
followed by three word out of which more 
than one can complete the sentence 
grammatically and contextually. Find the 
word (s) which can fill the blank and 
choose the option accordingly.  
25. The family barely 
________________ the rigours of the 
summer, but the winter will present far 
worse problems. 
I) Relished 
II) Survived 
III) Endured 
A. Only I 
B. Only II 
C. Only III 
D. Both II & III 
E. Both I & II 
 
Direction: In the given question, a 
statement with a blank has been given, 
followed by three word out of which more 
than one can complete the sentence 
grammatically and contextually. Find the 
word (s) which can fill the blank and 
choose the option accordingly. 
 
26. Tobacco chewing and smoking has 
been a ________________ healthcare 
challenge in many developing countries. 
I) Serious 
II) Sincere 
III) Seldom 
A. Only II 
B. Only I 
C. Only III 
D. Both I & II 
E. Both I & III 
 
Direction: In the given question, a part 
of the sentence is printed in bold. Below 
the sentence, alternatives to the 
emboldened part are given as (A), (B), 
(C) and (D), which may help improve the 
sentence. Choose the correct alternative 
out of the given five options. In case the 
given sentence is correct, your answer 
will be option (E), i.e., "No correction 
required".  
27. Farmers in north India not only can 
help reduce air pollution but also improve 
the productivity of their soil. 
A. only cannot help 
B. can not only help 
C. can only not help 
D. not can only help 
E. No correction required 
 
Direction: In the given question, a part 
of the sentence is printed in bold. Below 
the sentence, alternatives to the 
emboldened part are given as (A), (B), 
(C) and (D), which may help improve the 
sentence. Choose the correct alternative 
out of the given five options. In case the 
given sentence is correct, your answer 
will be option (E), i.e., "No correction 
required". 
 
28. The food regulator are facing a 
barrage of criticism ever since it took a 
decision over making food fortification 
illegal. 
A. had been facing a 
B. have been facing a 
C. is facing a 
D. has been facing a 
E. No correction required 
 
Direction: In the given question, a part 
of the sentence is printed in bold. Below 
the sentence, alternatives to the 
emboldened part are given as (A), (B), 
(C) and (D), which may help improve the 
sentence. Choose the correct alternative 
out of the given five options. In case the 
given sentence is correct, your answer 
will be option (E), i.e., "No correction 
required".  
29. The sesame seed may seem like an 
unlikely representation for trace the 
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