SSC CGL TIER II 2017 – Paper II Solutions (English)

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Questions asked in SSC CGL TIER II


Some Questions from exam:-


  •         Guzzle- eat or drink (something) greedily/devour/gulp
  •         Tempestuous- characterized by strong and turbulent or conflicting emotion.
  •         Embargo- an official ban on trade or other commercial activity with a particular country.
  •         Hound- hunt/ heel/trace


  •         Vista(view); blindness/implausibility/unlikelihood
  •         Swindle(cheat)- truthfulness/frankness

Idioms phrases

  •         Give it a whirl- try
  •         weather the storm- To endure a period of hardship or disorder.
  •        wear the green willow – grieve for the loss of a loved one.
  •         Study of snakes- Ophiology/ Herpetology
  •         Reap the whirlwind- suffer the negative consequences of one’s actions.
  •         Wild and woolly- Uncouth in appearance and behaviour
  •         Whoop it up- to celebrate
  •         with the vengeance- with great force or extreme energy
  •         Spin your wheels- waste your time or efforts
  •         Up against the wall- in serious difficulties

      Of the first water: of the greatest brilliance and transparency

One word Substitution

  •         Military takes over a country- Stratocracy
  •         Dog lover- Cynophilist
  •         Too bully too furry
  •         Lack of Civic mindedness or of patriotism- incivism
  •         Preferring or attracted to Sunlight heliophilous
  •         Mutual Discourse- Imparlance/ obsolete
  •         Killer of prophet- Vaticide
  •         A person who preserves the skin of animals- Taxidermist
  •         Obsession of wine- Oenophile
  •         Killing of Birds- Avicide
  •         One who eats mud – Geophagia




  •         Catch 22 a dilemma or difficult circumstance from which there is no escape because of mutually conflicting or dependent conditions.
  •         Foot the bill – to pay for something, esp. something expensive
  •        Breadth of hair – A very small amount or short length.
  •         Jog one’s memories – To cause someone to remember something.
  •         Carry the can- take responsibility for a mistake or misdeed.
  •         Get cracking – act quickly and decisively.
  •         Paper over the cracks – To repair, conceal, or cover up something on a superficial level, without addressing underlying problems.
  •         To be red – in debt

Antonyms/ Synonyms

  •         Acerbic- sour- (Antonym:Sweet)
  •         combustible___inflammable
  •         scurrilous-abusive/ offensive (Antonym:Grace/ polite)
  •         Esoteric – Abstruse/ cryptic  (Antonym:Familiar)
  •         Ribald- Dirty  (Antonym:Neat/clean)

     Vacillate- Dither/be indecisive(antonym- resolute)

One word Substitution-

  •         One who deserts principle: Renegade -a person who deserts and betrays an organization, country, or set of principles.
  •         A girl having brown hairs- Brunette
  •         Study of culture and tribes- Ethnology
  •         Situated on bank- Dorsal
  •         Like a weak old woman- Anile
  •         Mania of illness/disease- psychosis
  •        climbing mountains- Alpinism
  •         Church prayer in evening – vespers
  •         Causing vomit/ medicine to induce vomiting- Emesis

Passages based on

  •         Rohit Sharma three double hundred
  •         Gandhian principle
  •         Storm names in south asia



1) Antonyms/Synonyms of the words:


wasteful, extravagant, spendthrift, improvident, prodigal, immoderate, excessive, thriftless, imprudent, reckless, irresponsible

Antonyms: :thrifty, frugal


Protractlasting for a long time or longer than expected or usual.

Antonyms: short, brusque

Oracularhard to interpret; enigmatic.

Antonyms:  unambiguous

Sneer: a contemptuous or mocking smile, remark, or tone.

Antonyms: praise


2) One Word Substitution:

a person who lives a solitary life and tends to avoid other people- Recluse

a slaughterhouse- Abattoir

a person employed to drive a private or hired car- Chauffeur

a state of great happiness – Elysium

the direct vote of all the members of an electorate on an important public question such as a change in the constitution- Plebiscite


3) Idioms & Phrases:

In the teeth: In spite of; notwithstanding.

→ Mealy mouthed : afraid to speak frankly or straightforwardly

→ Pay lip Service : to express loyalty, respect, or support for something insincerely.

In a flutter: In a nervous, confused, or agitated state.

→ Out of Sorts : slightly unwell.

→ Rip up with old sores : To revive a quarrel which was almost forgotten


1) Antonyms/Synonyms of the words:

→ Abnegation: the action of renouncing or rejecting something.

Antonyms: acceptance


→ Exigent: pressing; demanding.

Antonyms: minor, negligible, trivial, unimportant

2) One Word Substitution:

→ Member of a band of robber- Brigand

One who has no money – Pauper

3) Idioms & Phrases:

→ Alphabet Soup: a confusing or confused mixture of things.

→ Bring home the bacon: supply material support.

→ Banana Oil: Superfluous, disingenuous, or nonsensical talk, especially that which is meant to flatter someone or exaggerate something.

→ Up in the air: Uncertain

→ Give oneself airs:  to act better than one really is


1) Antonyms/Synonyms of the words:

→ Abettor : one associated with another in wrongdoing

Antonyms: belittler, detractor

adversary, enemy, foe, opponent


→ Jaded : physically tired; exhausted.

Antonyms: fresh

2) One Word Substitution:

→ One who studies election trend by means of opinion polls: Psephologist

→ Fear of pain : Algophobia

3) Idioms & Phrases:

→ To gird up the loins: To prepare oneself to face or contend with something


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