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English Previous year Question Paper – SSC CGL / CHSL

English Previous year Question Paper – SSC CGL / CHSL

English Previous year Question Paper – SSC CGL / CHSL

Directions(1-2): Four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning  of the idiom/phrase and mark it in the answer sheet.

Q1. They have latched on to tourism as a way of boosting the local economy.

(a) promoted


(c) exposed

(d) explored

Q2. I can finish the work by myself but she always tries to be a backseat driver.

(a) person who misjudge others

(b)  person who wants to do things by herself.

(c)  Person who falsely accuses others

(d) Person who gives unwanted advice.

Directions(3-6): A part of the sentence is underlined. Below are given alternatives part a, b and c which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative .In case no improvement is needed your answer is d.

Q3. You ought to do your homework, oughtn’t you?




(d) No improvement

Q4. He behaves like coward.

(a) cowardly

(b) in a cowardly manner

(c) as if he was a coward

(d) No improvement

Q5. The little boy fell from the roof.

(a) Fell below the roof

(b) Fell down the roof

(c) Fell off the roof

(d) No improvement

Q6. What she said is not correct at all.

(a) incorrect

(b) not incorrect

(c) correct

(d) No improvement

Directions(7-8): Out of the four alternatives choose the one which is opposite in meaning to the given words.

Q7. Nourish



(c) sustain

(d) strengthen

Q8. controversial

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(a) uncertain

(b) dubious

(c) undisputed

(d) questionable

Directions(9-10):  out of the four alternatives choose the one which is closest in meaning to the given words.

Q9. abandon



(c) urge

(d) risk

Q10. Garnish



(c) obey

(d) adorn

Directions(11-13): Some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of the sentence has an error and and In case no error your answer is d.

Q11. On a holiday(a)/I prefer reading books (b)/Than visiting my friends(c)/No error(d)

Q12.I told the teacher(a)/that the homework set for the day(b)/was much too heavy for us to complete(c)/No error (d)

Q13. Mohan leapt (a)/on the opportunity (b)/that came his way(c)/no error(d)

Directions(14-15): Out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences

Q14. A small village or a group of houses.

(a) community

(b) settlement

(c) hamlet

(d) colony

Q15. One who plays for pleasure rather than as a profession.

(a) player

(b) Amateur

(c) Performer

(d) Actor

Directions(16-17): Out of the four alternatives choose the one which is spelt correctly


(a) measureable

(b) mangeable

(c) marriagable

(d) manoevrable


(a) paraphamelia

(b) parsimonius

(c) peccadillo

(d) peadiatrics

Directions(18-22): You have   passage with following questions. Read the passage  carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it.

As low tide he walked over the sands to the headland and round the corner to the little bay facing the open sea. It was inaccessible by boat because seams of rock jutted out and currents swirled around them treacherously. But you could walk there if you chose one of the lowest ebb tide was on the turn, in came in rapidly. For this reason very few people cared to explore the little bay fresh and unlittered as it was completely covered by the sea at high tide. The cave looked mysteriously dark cool and inviting, and he penetrated to the farthest corner where he discovered a wide crack rather like a chimney.He peered up and thought he could see a patch of daylight.

Q18. According to the writer the bay could not be reached by boat because-

(a) It had numerous number of rocks.

(b) There were too many ebbs.

(c) It was facing the open sea.

(d)There were seams of rock and treacherously swirling currents.

Q19. One could visit the bay

(a) At any time one chose.

(b) When there was low tide.

(c) on certain occasions.

(d) during the evenings.

Q20. It was not possible to linger on the expedition because

(a) The tide turned sprightly.

(b) The tide turned at once.

(c) The water rose rapidly.

(d) The water rushed with great force.

Q21. While passing through the writer discovered a

(a) large opening

(b) Chimney shaped rock.

(c) Cool and secluded corner.

(d) Big crack through which light came in.

Q22. He found the bay “fresh and unlittered “because

(a) The sea water had receded.

(b)He was the first visitor there.

(c)The high tide had just washed the litter away.

(d) It was not frequented by people.

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Directions(23-25): Sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s).Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four.

Q23. This old age home was built …………………. donations.


(b) on

(c) with

(d) from

Q24. Don’t ____________ from your path.

(a) turn

(b) deviate

(c) move

(d) degrade

Q25. All__________ people avoid as company.

(a) sensuous

(b) sensible

(c) sensitive

(d) senseless


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