SAMPLE PAPER FOR SBI CLERICAL (English)

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SAMPLE PAPER FOR SBI CLERICAL English

GENERAL ENGLISH………………[1*40=40]

Directions(Qs. 81-95): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/phrases are printed in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions. In India, a certain amount of crop (transgenic) biotechnology is being put to use. Major efforts are being undertaken to make cotton pest-resistant. Most people would be aware of the spate of suicides by cotton farmers recently. Let us hope there will be scientific and technological breakthroughs in pest-resistant transgenic cotton seeds. Till we achieve success in this on a commercial scale we cannot be sure that we will have enough supplies to plan large-scale operations. No doubt, such researches should be encouraged, but we should look at other fronts too. It is necessary for research on crop biotechnology in India to be focused on our important crops, especially those related to food security.  We have to bear in mind that the application of biotechnology may not have any major impact on food security in India in the next five years, though crops of industrial value and vegetables may benefit to some extent. Therefore, we will still need to depend upon conventional agricultural technologies even while we target biotechnology for future-oriented applications. Internationally, no major breakthrough in improvement of wheat strains has occurred lately. Hybrid rice is more productive. China had a few major initial successes in increasing the yield through large-scale use of hybrid rice. India has begun use of hybrid rice recently and there are plans to increase it. But it may be noted that in recent years there has been no further improvement in Chinese production of rice. Still, hybrid rice will play an important role in India, as we are yet to introduce it on a large scale.

There are a number of improvements in agricultural implements, machinery, plastics, water technologies, agrochemicals and fertilizers which are possible and are well within the country’s reach. There is an urgent need to conserve water in a number of ways : ranging from water harvesting to drip irrigation. There are a number of good examples in India of water harvesting though these are in isolated pockets. Israel has made water conservation a national policy and has achieved remarkable results. India with its size and with better endowments in water resources can make miracles happen. A major industry can grow around such agriculture support systems. There are also technologies which can contribute a great deal to agriculture.

We need to use all available methods because the coming years are not going to be easy on the food front. Let us look at one, space technology. Remote sensing or taking electronic pictures of the earth from space is extensively used for assessing natural resources, land degradation and water resources as well as to predict crop yield and snow melt, among other things. Some developed countries monitor crop yields of other countries to help their own exports. India is strong in the area of remote sensing technologies. We have our own high resolution remote sensing satellites whose pictures are used all over the world commercially.

We also have excellent capabilities in utilizing remotely sensed data for various applications; groundwater targeting, soil salinity assessment, crop yield estimates, and so on. In addition, space technology can be used very effectively to assist extension work, disseminate success stories to farmers, educate them on do’s and don’ts, and to help them ask questions through talk-back facilities that can be made available through satellite. A number of experiments conducted by ISRO in this regard in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh have to be taken up by other States in a major way. Our farmers should and can be given facilities to keep pace with advances in agricultural technology. Yes, it is a lot of effort. But we have plenty of talent and also the resources. Providing these facilities in different languages, partly with public support and partly through various business houses and private bodies, can become a good source of employment generation by itself.

1. During the next five years, India will have to:

A) discard the traditional agricultural technology
B) use a judicious blend of conventional and modern technologies
C) equip itself to continue with the conventional technologies
D) make people aware of the futility of modern technology
E) None of these

2.. Which of the following is TRUE about the ISRO experiments carried out in Haryana and Madhya Pradesh?

(1) Other States have taken up these experiments in a major way.
(2) Good achievements made by farmers were publicized through these channels.
(3) Two-way satellite communication between farmers and expert consultants was possible.

A) Only 1 and 2                             B) Only 2 and 3

C) Only 1 and 3                             D) All the three, 1, 2 and 3

E) None of these

3. Which of the following is NOT the implied meaning of the word AVAILABLE as used in the passage?

A) Affordable
B) Existing
C) Accessible
D) Obtainable
E) Usable

4.. Author’s optimism, about employment generation, can be transformed into reality if:

(1) our abundant talent and resources are used to their fullest extent.
(2) information to farmers is made available to them in their own language.
(3) private bodies, business houses and general public extend their help.

A) Only 1 and 2 B) Only 2 and 3

C) Only 1 and 3 D) Only 1 E) None of these

5.. Remote sensing technology is extensively useful for all the following EXCEPT:

A) judging the extent of availability of natural resources.
B) foretelling the production of agro products.
C) estimating extent of land degradation.
D) enhancing the yield of crops.
E) exploring water resources.

6.. Hybrid rice, according to the author, will be useful for India because:

A) China’s success story inspires us.
B) India has begun use of hybrid rice recently.
C) India does not require to use it on a large scale.
D) Indians are aware of its better nutritive value.
E) None of these

7. Which area does the author suggest to shift the emphasis on?

A) Commercial scale operations
B) Other fronts
C) Food grains and related crops
D) Crop-biotechnology
E) None of these

8. What results of biotechnology applications does the author envisage in the next half a decade?

(1) No substantial improvement in food yield
(2) marginal improvement in crops of industrial value
(3) Slightly better yield of vegetables

A) 1 and 2 only
B) 2 and 3 only
C) 1 and 3 only
D) All the three 1, 2 and 3
E) None of these

9. Some countries keep a close watch on the crop yield of other countries in order to:

A) plan to make up their own deficit of particular crops
B) look for a better prospect to find a needy market for their surplus yield
C) utilize their remote-sensing technology
D) export the remote-sensing technology to other countries
E) None of these

Directions (Qs.10-11): Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME in meaning as the word given in bold as used in the passage.

10. Conservation:

A) Preservation B) Generation

C) Irrigation D) Prevention E) Application

or

10. Spate:

A) Epidemic of B) Status of C) Increase in

D) Wave of E) Arrival of

11. Improvement:

A) Magnification B) Exaggeration

C) Progress D) Improvisation

E) Perfection

Directions (Qs.12-13): Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of the word given in bold as used in the passage.

12. Remarkable:

A) Wonderful B) Graceful

C) Miraculous D) Inexplicable

E) Insignificant

13. Extensively:

A) Briefly B) Widely C) Miserly

D) Rarely E) Economically

Directions (Q.14-23): Read each sentence to find out if there is any error in it. The error, if any will be in one part of the sentence. The number of that part is the answer. If there is no error the answer is (E). (Ignore errors in punctuation if any).

14. The company has launched/ (A) a creative marketing campaign/ (B) to reach for/ (C) its rural customers/ (D) No error/ (E).

15. After her retiring/ (A) she established many/ (B) institutions to train/ (C) underprivileged but talented children/ (D). No error/ (E).

16. Against his family’s wishes/ (A) Rajesh plans to/(B) take up a job/ (C) as a journalist./ (D) No error/.(E)

17. The candidate has appealed/ (A) for donations from younger voters,/ (B) who will be used/ (C) to defray campaign expenses./ (D) No error./ (E)

18. Most of that country/ (A) hilly land is not only/ (B) unsuitable for building/ (C) but also for agriculture./ (D) No error./ (E)

19. It is now/ (A) possible for customers/ (B) to handle nearly all/ (C) their transactions online./ (D) No error/.(E)

20. The minister has/ (A) recently announced/ (B) a detail insurance plan to/ (C) meet the needs of the poor./ (D) No error./(E)

21. In the circumstance/ (A) the manager has/ (B) no option/ (C) except to resign./ (D) No error./ (E)

22. On account of/ (A) its new investment rules/ (B) more companies are planning/ (C) for open its business in China./ (D) No error./ (E)

23. He deserves a lot/ (A) of praise for all/ (B) the records he achieves/ (C) during his career./ (D) No error./ (E)

Directions (Q.24-28): Which of the phrases (A), (B), (C), (D) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold type to make the sentence grammatically correct? If the sentence is correct mark (E) i.e. ‘No correction required’ as the answer.

24. The crowd which has gather to protest against the decision slowly returned to their homes.

A) which has gathered
B) which have gather
C) gathering up

D) which gathers around
E) No correction required

25. The bridge in connection with the two cities will remain closed for security reasons.

A) connects between
B) in connection to

C) being connected from
D) connecting

E) No correction required

26. Newspapers have great power because their enormous circulation.

A) on account
B) because of
C) as a result
D) owing
E) No correction required

27. Besides criticism of some supervisors the Chairman still commands respect from the employees.

A) Despite criticism from
B) Without criticism of
C) Except the criticism from
D) Unless criticism of
E) No correction required

28. He will be handling the next project since he has vastly experience in this business.

A) vast experience
B) vastly experienced
C) a vast experiencing
D) the vast experience
E) No correction required

Directions (Qs.29 – 33): Rearrange the following six sentences (A), (B), (C), (D), (E) and (F) in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer the questions given below them.

(A) His friend, however, used to lose his temper at the slightest excuse.
(B) Socrates however quietly said, ”I was expecting this, after thunder comes rain.”
(C) One day this friend decided to test Socrates’ self-control.
(D) Since Socrates paid no attention to the insults he emptied a bucket of water over him.
(E) Socrates, the Greek philosopher tried hard to control himself and never lost his temper.
(F) He began to shout at the philosopher and even insulted him.

29. Which of the following is the FIRST sentence after rearrangement?

A) A B) B C) C D) D E) E

30. Which of the following is the SECOND sentence after rearrangement?

A) A B) B C) C D) D E) E

31. Which of the following is the THIRD sentence after rearrangement?

A) A B) B C) C D) D E) F

32. Which of the following is the FIFTH sentence after rearrangement?

A) B B) C C) D D) E E) F

33. Which of the following is the SIXTH (LAST) sentence after rearrangement?

A) F B) E C) D D) C E) B

Directions (Qs.34 – 38): 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. Find out the appropriate word in each case.

India can be truly proud of having made at (116) costs some very demanding biomedical products: blood bags, heart valves and Kalam- Raju stents, to name a few. However, the (117) in biomedical R and D or industry has (118) fully kept pace with the ever-growing demands. Therefore, several industries will be set up in the country with (119) technology for the (120) of medical devices. Polymers, ceramics and metal alloy industries would help themselves to produce the required biomaterials.

34. A) affordable B) expensive

C) trivial D) significant E) high

 

35. A) treatment B) extension

C) implementation D) advancement

E) degradation

 

36. A) indeed B) miraculously

C) hopefully D) definitely E) not

 

37. A) known B) imported C) prudential

D) old E) traditional

 

38. A) disposal B) use

C) manufacture D) utilization E) sale

 

39.The Student_____not reach on time_____of the transport strike.

(1) can-as
(2) could-because
(3) may-account
(4) will-despite
(5) should-for

Q. 40. They were____to vacate thet house___as possible.

(1) asked – soon
(2) ordered-easy
(3) shown-early
(4) told-later
(5) found-fast

 

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