Target SBI PO : English Day 17

Directions.1- 5): In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentences there are five pairs of words denoted by numbers (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E). Find out which pair of words can be filled up in the blanks in the sentences in the same sequence to make the sentence meaningfully complete.

Q.1) One is an apprehension that the proposal, in its present form, can cascade into a ____________ consociation of sorts between the state and an armed, unchanged, and ___________ insurgent – the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

a) rigorous; penitent

b) painstaking; despondent

c) assiduous; contrite

d) haphazard; unrepentant

e) sedulous; desolate

Q.2) Constitutional statesmanship enjoins that __________be corrected and be seen to be corrected and those who create those aberrations be effectively ____________.

a) conformities; effectuated

b) aberrations; defrocked

c) debilities; panegyrized

d) ceremonials; exalted

e) ritualises; venerated

Q.3) I believe that approach is __________ mistaken and would, if adopted by the U.S. government as a whole, prove ____________ counterproductive.

a) peripherally; appropriately

b) superficially; copiously

c) frivolously; graciously

d) flippantly; capaciously

e) profoundly; disastrously

Q.4) The two ________ rulers have done what they could have to retain a ___________ of normalcy.

a) pragmatic; semblance

b) quixotic; rigorous

c) idealistic; unerring

d) altruistic; grout

e) optimistic; veracious

Q.5) He listed four distinct factors that came in the way of his campaign in 2002: a pro-Taliban wave across Pakistan; the poor economic situation; his _________ standing in the eyes of the world because of his military background; and the eyeball-to-eyeball _______________ with India then.

a) sober; accordance

b) stolid; consonance

c) shaky; confrontation

d) dubious; concession

e) perpetual; arbitration

Directions.6-10): In the following passage there are words highlighted, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage gives its meaning and against each five words are suggested, one of which is similar to the highlighted words. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

The Reserve Bank of India which has managed the external economy amidst both (96) salubrious and not so favourable circumstances might now face a few daunting challenges. The rather dramatic changes in India’s balance of payments (BoP) during 2004-05 coupled with the increasing global uncertainty call for appropriate policy responses that might test the (97) starch  of the central bank. Merchandise trade deficit has widened by more than two and a half times to $38 billion from about $15 billion during 2003-04. Although `invisibles’, representing mainly software exports and remittances, have grown from $26 billion to $32 billion, the purt in both oil and non-oil imports has converted a current account surplus of $11 billion during the previous year to a deficit of $6 billion. The news that the current account has gone into a deficit after having been in surplus for three consecutive years can be (98) interpreted favourably: a deficit indicates a pickup in investment activity within India, a hypothesis further (99) endorsed by a jump in external borrowings by companies as well as in non-oil imports. Yet the fact that merchandise trade deficit has continued to increase (100) interminably — it rose by $11.5 billion during the first quarter of this year, sharply higher than the $6 billion in the same period a year ago — brings into focus the crucial dependence on capital flows for bridging the gap. Fortunately, foreign institutional investors have continued to pump in money. Their aggregate investment between January and June is of the order of $5.5 billion, well on course to exceed last year’s tally of $8.5 billion. With portfolio managers from newer destinations, notably Japan, looking at Indian stock markets favourably, there should not be a dearth of funds from abroad.


a) inauspicious

b) propitious

c) calamitous

d) tenebrous

e) No improvement required


a) caitiff

b) funk

c) jitter

d) mettle

e) No improvement required


a) distorted

b) misconstrued

c) obscured

d) intricated

e) No improvement required


a) repudiated

b) confronted

c) corroborated

d) controverted

e) No improvement required


a) relentlessly

b) leniently

c) remorsefully

d) irresolutely

e) No improvement required


Answer Key

91.(d) 92.(b) 93.(e) 94.(a) 95.(c) 96.(b) 97.(d) 98.(e) 99.(c) 100.(a)


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