Chapterwise WBCS Preliminary Previous Year Solved Questions (Objective English)

Here in this article we're going to discuss chapterwise previous years' questions of West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Preliminary.

Chapterwise WBCS Preliminary Previous Year Solved Questions (English)




Number

Year - 2020
 _____ are still tortured in remote villages.
      (A) Daughter-in-laws      (B) Daughters-in-Laws       (C) Daughters-in-law      (D) Daughter-in-law




Gender

Year - 2011
1. A female 'administrator' will be called an
A. Administratoress 
B. Administress 
C. Administratrix 
D. Administer




Collective Noun

Year - 2011
1. Many camels together would be called a ______ of camels.
A. Team 
B. Troop 
C. String 
D. Pack.


Year - 2014
The word 'Pride' is also used to describe a group of
(A) Tigers 
(B) Elephants 
(C) Lions 
(D) Hyenas





Compound Noun


Year - 2015
1. There was a _____ on the midnight train. 
(A) Hold up 
(D) Hold in 
(C) Hold 
(D) Hold out



Year – 2017
2. There was no _____ in the rain.
(A) let up 
(B) let in 
(C) let off 
(D) let go





Pronoun

Year - 2015
1. Fill in the blank with relative pronoun space below:
The sun, _____ rays give life to the earth, was regarded by the ancients as a god.
(A) That 
(B) Whose 
(C) Which 
(D) Whom


Year - 2016
5. Fill in the blanks with relative pronoun -
He is here, _____ is fortunate.
(A) Who 
(B) Whose 
(C) Which 
(D) That


Year - 2017
1. Fill in, with relative pronoun, the blank space below :
The man _______ briefcase was lost, reported to the police.
(A) that 
(B) whose 
(C) which 
(D) whom



Adverb

Year - 2015
1. A person on the verge of death of an illness is 
(A) Seriously ill 
(B) Terminally ill 
(C) Sporadically ill 
(D) None of the above





Interjection 

Year - 2015
1. Approval may be expressed by the following Interjection 
(A) Ha! 
(B) Hush! 
(C) Bravo! 
(D) Hurrah!


Year - 2016
1. Surprise may be expressed by the following interjection -
(A) Hush! 
(B) Alas! 
(C) Ha!  
(D) Bravo!


Year - 2017
1. Sorrow may be expressed by the following interjections :
(A) Hurrah! 
(B) Bravo! 
(C) Oh! 
(D) Alas!


Year - 2018
1. ‘Regret’ may be expressed by the following interjection :
(A) Alas! 
(B) Hush! 
(C) Bravo! 
(D) Hurrah!



Voice

Year – 2019
1. Change the voice of the verb and select the correct answer: 
'The script is being written.'
 (A) The script will have to be written.
 (B) Write the script.
 (C) They are writing the script.
 (D) They have been writing the script.



Year – 2020
1. Correct passive form of the sentence "Orange tastes sour" is :
      (A) Orange is tested sour.
      (B) Orange is sour after testing.
      (C) Orange is sour when tested.
      (D) Orange is tested as sour.





Narration

Year – 2020
1. Choose the correct indirect statement.
      He said, “Grass is green.”
      (A) He told that grass is green
      (B) He told that grass was green
      (C) He told that grass had been green
      (D) He told that grass will always be green





Transformation of Sentences

Year – 2019

1. Convert the given sentence into an interrogative sentence: 

I will meet you at the train station.

 (A) When will you meet me?

 (B) How will you meet me?

 (C) Where will you meet me?

 (D) Can't you meet me?


2. She wanted to go on vacation, so she saved money.

 Convert this to a simple sentence.

 (A) As she wanted to go on vacation she saved money.

 (B) She saved money for vacation.

 (C) She wanted to go on vacation and saved her money.

 (D) Although she saved her money, she wanted to go on vacation.


3. Convert the given sentence into a simple sentence:

Pancakes are delicious but not without syrup.

 (A) Pancakes are delicious when served with syrup.
 (B) Pancakes are delicious only with syrup.
 (C) If served with syrup, pancakes are delicious.
 (D) None of the above



Year – 2020

1. Which complex form is correct for the following sentence?

    “Everyone is happy during Christmas celebration”
    (A) When Christmas celebrations occur everyone is happy.
    (B) During Christmas celebration everyone is happy.
    (C) Everyone during Christmas celebration is happy.
    (D) Happy is everyone when Christmas celebration occur.


2. Convert the given sentence into an interrogative sentence and see below for the correct option 
      “Honesty is the best policy”
      (A) Is honesty the best policy?
      (B) Is not honesty the best policy?
      (C) Is honesty not the best policy?
      (D) Why is honesty the best policy?





Subject-Verb Agreement

Year – 2019
1. Fill in with the appropriate word:
 The jury ____ divided in their opinion.
(A) were 
(B) was 
(C) have been 
(D) have



Word-Meaning

Year – 2009

1. The children were very vivacious in the play ground.

(A) smiling   

(B) sportive   

(C) lively / full of life   

(D) joyful


2. The musician has a very sonorous voice.

(A) Loud    
(B) Shrill    
(C) Harsh    
(D) Full and deep


Year – 2010

1. A pugilist is a

(A) boxer 
(B) swimmer 
(C) athlete 
(D) weight lifter


2. Hike in oil price may mar the future of the trade world .

(A) Harness 
(B) Help 
(C) Better 
(D) Worsen


3. The separation from a lover fills one's mind with blues.

(A) sadness 
(B) Romanticism 
(C) Nostalgia 
(D) Colourfulness


4. The prospect of her marriage is remote.

The opposite of 'remote', in this sentence, would be

(A) high   
(B) less   
(C) far   
(D) near


5. A duck is a bird, but to duck is -

(A) To feel shy 
(B) To refuse 
(C) To abandon 
(D) To avoid



Year - 2011

1. The model's clothes were so bizarre that they created quite a sensation.

A. Beautiful   
B. Grotesque   
C. Mundane   
D. Lugubrious.


2. The teacher gave us explicit instruction.

A. Definable   
B. Resolvable   
C. Demonstrative   
D. Detailed.


3. The concert was a potpourri of events.

A. Medley 
B. Lengthy 
C. Badly arranged 
D. Classical.




Year - 2012

1. Hike in oil price may mar the future of the trade world.
(A) Harness 
(B) Help 
(C) Better 
(D) Worsen


2. A pugilist is a 

(A) Boxer 
(B) Swimmer 
(C) Athlete 
(D) Weight­lifter

3. A 'soliloquy’ means
(A) Speaking to others
(B) Speaking to oneself
(C) Speaking in whispers
(D) Speaking to a friend


4. 'Thespian art' refers to
(A) The art of tragedy
(B) The art of history
(C) The art of story telling
(D) Tribal Art


5. 'Cacography’ means
(A) Bad spelling 
(B) Good spelling 
(C) Incorrect spelling 
(D) None of this above


6. 'Astronomy' means study of the
(A) Moon 
(B) Stars 
(C) Sky 
(D) Sun


7. ‘Regicide’ means -
(A) Murder of a father
(B) Murder of a king
(C) Murder of brother
(D) Murder of a sister


8. 'Aural' means
(A) Relating to the ear (B) Relating to the eye (C) Relating to the air (D) Relating to the water


9. ‘Tortuous’ means
(A) Torture (B) Turn (C) Full of twists and turns (D) Torturous


10. Lachrymose nature means
(A) Lethargic (B) Prone to anger (C) Prone to tear (D) Energetic




Year - 2013

1. ‘Eruption’ means outbreak, ‘irruption’ means
(A) Bursting in 
(B) Equal 
(C) Disease 
(D) Evil


2. The opposite of 'remote' is
(A) High 
(B) Less 
(C) Far 
(D) Near


3. He is such a good Samaritan. It means
(A) He is very clever 
(B) He is a fool 
(C) Someone who tries to help people 
(D) He is a bad man

4. Replace the underlined word by any of the options given below:
It was queer to see his behaviour.
(A) Natural (B) Odd (C) Probable (D) Convincing



Year – 2014
1. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below
Tour de force.
(A) Masterpiece (B) Grand Tour (C) Long Tour (D) Art and Culture

2. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below :
‘Insipid’
(A) Foolish (B) Exciting (C) Dull (D) Sensible


3. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
Incognito
(A) Candid (B) Impromptu (C) Opposed (D) Disguised


4. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives provided:
Embezzle
(A) Steal (B) Steel (C) Honesty (D) Dazzle


5. 'Cricket' is also a kind of a/an
(A) Bird 
(B) Insect 
(C) Food 
(D) Flower


6. A 'Page' also means
(A) A sweet dish 
(B) A chauffeur 
(C) A book 
(D) A servant


Year – 2015

1. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below -

Genre

(A) A grand tour (B) A specific category (C) A chauffeur (D) A long list


Year – 2016

1. 'Mellifluous' means -

(A) Sweet­sounding (B) Cacophonic (C) Loud (D) Irritating


2. 'Memorabilia' refers to -

(A) Memorable things
(B) Memories of war
(C) Memories of objects collected because of their links with people or events.
(D) Memories of the past


3. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below -
Quintessential.
(A) Most typical example (B) Most wanted thing (C) Most popular (D) Most utilized



Year – 2017
1. Choose the word appropriate in meaning to the word underlined below -
The listeners were delighted by the music concert.
(A) Surprised (B) Saddened (C) Angered (D) Excited



Year – 2018
1. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below –
Classic 
(A) of the first or highest quality (B) a long list (C) loose, flowing robe (D) sanctified

2. Insert a correct Participle in the blank space –
____ about dinner, John ran the whole way home
(A) Having finished (B) Excited (C) Had been excited (D) Hungry



Year – 2019
1. The word 'beleaguered' means -
(A) belittled (B) benefitted (C) troubled (D) irritated

2. The tranquillity and sanctity of the place soothed us. Replace the underlined word with a suitable word.
 (A) security (B) holiness (C) equanimity (D) placidity



Year – 2020
1. Impassioned means
      (A) Ardent       (B) Dispassionate         (C) Passionless        (D) Unemotional

2. Find the appropriate synonym for the word Climactic.
      (A) Culminating        (B) Climatic       (C) Temperate       (D) Atmospheric

3. The word Analogous means
      (A) analytical       (B) artificial        (C) comparable       (D) aural

4. Tick the correct option 
 The word Genocide means -
    (A) Racial Killing       (B) Murder       (C) Suicide       (D) Slaughter





Phrasal Verbs

Year - 2009

1. After a prolonged suffering he passed away.

(A) went away    (B) left    (C) expired    (D) yielded


Year – 2010

1. Insert the appropriate phrasal verb in the blank:

This evidence ________ with what one already knows.

(A) ties in (B) sets in (C) gives in (D) goes down


Year – 2011

1. The boys were kept in after school means that the boys were ________.

A. Caned B. Punished (C). Confined D. Rewarded.


2. We should ________ for a rainy day.

A. Put down    B. Put into    C. Put something by    D. Put things off


3. The thief ________ with the ornaments.

A. Made away   B. Made out   C. Made off   D. Made up.



Year – 2013
24. His friend _____ his word much to his despair.
(A) Went back on (B) Went away from (C) Went with (D) Went in




Year – 2014
1. Fill in the blank with correct phrasal verb from the options provided below:
They decided to _____ his number in the yellow pages.
(A) Look into (B) Look at (C) Look up (D) Look onto

2. Insert the correct phrasal verb from the options provided to make meaningful sentence:
I will ______ to my job until May.
(A) hold up (B) hold on (C) hold in (D) hold

3. Fill in the blank with correct phrasal verb from the options provided below:
The boss simply could not _______ his inefficiency any more.
(A) Put off (B) Put up with (C) Put down (D) Put across



Year – 2016
1. In a moment of hurry, the files have been _____ by Hamilton. (Insert correct phrasal verb)
(A) Cast about (B) Cast out (C) Cast up (D) Cast aside

2. Fill in the blank with a suitable word -
I can't walk any______
(A) Farther (B) Further C) Distance (D) Far



Year – 2017

1. Fill in the blank with the correct word given below -
He wanted to ________ out.
(A) want (B) ask (C) call (D) order




Year – 2018
1. “Call up” means 
(A) recollect (B) anticipate (C) befriend (D) invite

2. Fill in the blank with the appropriate Phrasal verb –
The girl ____ her mother
(A) takes after (B) call in (C) puts off (D) puts by

3. Fill in the blank with the correct Phrasal Verb –
The teacher will ____ a new chapter tomorrow.
(A) take over (B) take up (C) take down (D) take off



Year – 2019
1. The detective suddenly _____ a useful clue. 
 (A) gave in (B) came across (C) fill up (D) fell down



Year – 2020
1. Never —— upon the marginalized. 
Fill in with the right phrasal verb
(A) look over        
(B) look down  
(C) look through    
(D) look into





Idioms and Phrases

Year - 2009

1. In the new place he had to earn by the sweat of his brow.

(A) Very hard work (B) Frown of his brow (C) Seriously (D) Idly


2. After much effort he could tide over the crisis.

(A) Overcome (B) Win over (C) Defeat (D) Enjoy


3. Choose the correct meaning of the following idiomatic expression from the options given:

"Poles apart"

(A) Very distant    (B) Separate    (C) Totally different in views    (D) Very difficult


4. From the options choose the word most nearly opposite in meaning to those underlined in the following sentence:

The high­handed ways of the manager made him an enemy of the people.

(A) Submissive and’ friendly    (B) Ignorant    (C) Angry   (D) Impatient


5. Choose the opposite of the following idiomatic expression from the options given:

“To go to the dogs”

(A) To turn over a new leaf    (B) To oil one’s own machine    (C) be off one’s head    (D) To breathe one’s last


6. Choose the correct meaning of the following idiomatic expression from the options given:

“A bolt from the blue”

(A) a drop from the sky    (B) an unexpected shock    (C) thunderbolt    (D) a blue sky



Year – 2010

1. Choose the right word from the alternative to complete the sentence idomatically :

A clever man sweeps his family scandals under the ________ .

(A) Ground    (B) Floor    (C) Carpet    (D) Grave stone


2. "In the time of danger, we should try to take the bull by the horns" means -  "In the time of danger we should try to ________."

(A) Surmount it (B) Face the situation boldly (C) Overcome it ( D) Control ourselves


3. Baptism of fire means

  • (A) a fire fighting act
  • (B) a bad beginning in the first job 
  • (C) a difficult introduction to an experience 
  • (D) a religious experience


4. The man who follows his nose actually follows his _________ .

(A) Passion    (B) Rationality    (C) Instinct    (D) Memory


5. It is usual nowadays to blow one's own __________ to impress others.

(A) Horn (B) Trumpet (C) Drum (D) Band


6. A lame duck organization is one which needs ___________.

(A) authority  (B) staff (C) power (D) support



Year – 2011

1. In spite of all his brag he had 'to eat humble pie' means that he had to ________.

A. Apologize B. Surrender (C). Leave D. Eat his food.


2. 'A wild goose chase' means ———

A. To go hunting  (B) To go on a foolish, fruitless search (C). To chase wild geese D. To protect.


4. 'To give a dog a bad name' means

(A) it is very difficult to destroy the reputation of a loyal person

(B) it is very difficult it lose a bad reputation

(C) it is very difficult to earn a good reputation in a bad company

(D) it is very difficult to both be loyal and do something that jeopardizes self­reputation.


5. "He made light, of his friend's warning" means he _________.

A. Lit a fire B. Showed the light   (C) Took seriously   D. Treated lightly.


6. His observation were 'beside the point' means that his observations were ______ .

A. Written in point form B. Written beside his points (C) Not relevant D. Not heard by others.



Year – 2012

1. A clever man sweeps his family scandals under the _____.
(A) Ground (B) Floor (C) Carpet (D) Grave­stone

2. He tried by all means, by hook or by crook to win the case.
(A) By any means fair or foul (B) By money (C) By Man power (D) By muscle Power

3. 'Hold fire' means
(A) To delay doing something (B) Catch Fire (C) Prevent fire (D) Magnify

4. He changed his job and was out of frying pan to fire.
(A) Happy with the job (B) Misfit (C) In a condition from bad to worse (D) Lucky in
the choice

5. To take up the gauntlet means:
(A) To accept the challenge (B) To refuse (C) To appreciate (D) To move



Year – 2013
1. 'To see red' means
(A) To begin to understand (B) To be mad with anger (C) A narrow escape (D) Smart and clean

2. "They 'laughed down' the man" means that they ____ the man.
(A) Confined (B) Laughed with (C) Ridiculed and belittled (D) Punished

3. 'Crocodile tears' means _______
(A) Expression of sorrow (B) Tears of animals (C) False tears (D) Painful Expression

4. The news came like a bolt from the blue.
(A) Windfall (B) Thunderbolt (C) Sudden and unexpected (D) Shock



Year – 2014
1. Select the correct meaning of the underlined idiom from the alternatives provided:
I gave him a piece of my mind.
(A) Expressed love (B) Fell in love (C) Expressed anguish (D) Trusted him

2. Select the correct meaning of the underlined idiom from the alternatives provided:
He has the gift of the gab.
(A) A talent for speaking (B) A good voice (C) A logical bent of mind (D) Talking
nonsense

3. Select the correct meaning of the underlined idiom from the alternatives provided:
She is a little under the weather today.
(A) Feeling unwell (B) In sync with the weather (C) Feeling excited (D) Feeling sad



Year – 2015
1. 'Hand and glove' means
(A) Arrogance (B) Enemy (C) Maintain a distance (D) Intimate terms

2. 'Puts one in mind' means
(A) resolved (B) decided (C) reminds (D) received

3. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below :
No one dare call in question his honesty.
(A) Honesty of purpose (B) Test (C) Flatter (D) Challenge

4. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below.
The singer was not in voice .
(A) Lost voice (B) To sing well (C) Had a cough (D) Sang well



Year – 2016
1. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below :
There's no love lost between them.
(A) Avoid (B) Not on good terms (C) Challenge (D) Quarrel

2. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below -
The belief in witchcraft is losing ground.
(A) Becoming less acceptable (B) Becoming popular (C) Becoming powerful (D) Losing principle

3. The expression 'to take stock of' means:
(A) To question (B) To argue (C) To survey (D) To manipulate

4. Edmund Burke had a wonderful gift of the gab.
Gift of the gab means -
(A) Intelligence (B) Humanity (C) Eloquence (D) Goodness



Year – 2017
1. 'At daggers drawn' means
(A) Friendly (B) On bad terms with (C) Acquainted (D) Unknown

2. 'Made up his mind' means
(A) Remembered (B) Resolved (C) Forgot (D) Lost

3. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below:
He is a dark horse.
(A) Silent (B) secretive (C) Dangerous (D) Possessing a secret ability

4. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below -
Everything was at sixes and sevens.
(A) Disordered (B) Lost (C) Found (D) Sold



Year – 2018
8. “A bolt from the blue” means
(A) sudden disaster (B) in trouble (C) blessing from above (D) to remain neutral

24. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below 
He stood in hot water
(A) in trouble or disgrace (B) met with an accident (C) stepped into boiling water (D) was angry

25. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below –
We didn’t really want that particular hotel, but it was a case of Hobson’s choice.
(A) state of dilemma (B) taking what is available or nothing at all (C) teacher’s choice (D) economical



Year – 2019
1. The idiomatic expression 'see eye to eye' means
 (A) agree with someone. (B) to remain neutral. (C) to take over (something) (D) to enjoy the best of both.

2. Find the meaning of the idiom underlined below
He says he has invented a time machine, which is clearly a load of cobblers.
(A) Genuine (B) Great (C) Nonsense (D) Significant



Year – 2020
The idiomatic expression ‘pull yourself together’ ——
    (A) Drag oneself       (B) help one       (C) get angry        (D) calm down by oneself




Appropriate Prepositions

Year - 2009

1. A gentleman should be true _________his words.

(A) from    (B) to    (C) in    (D) on


2. The father was vexed _______ the son.

(A) with    (B) about    (C) to    (D) in



Year - 2012 

1. I have no desire _____ fame.

(A) Of (B) For (C) In (D) To


2. There is an exception _____ every rule.

(A) To (B) For (C) In (D) Up


3. He succeeded by dint ______ his hard labour.

(A) Of (B) BY (C) For (D) Because


4. Fill in the blanks with the following pairs:

I am going to Chennai ____ Monday ____ tour

(A) On, of (B) On, with (C) In, with (D) Of, on


5. He sympathised _____ him in his bereavement.

(A) In  (B) For  (C) With  (D) By


6. She is proficient in music but weak _____

(A) In study (B) At lessons (C) With study (D) On study



Year - 2013 
1. I was alarmed ____ the news of my brother's illness.
(A) In (B) At (C) Of (D) On


Year - 2014

1. Fill in the blank with the correct preposition :

He is ______ the phone right now.

(A) At (B) In (C) On (D) To


2. Fill in the blank with the correct preposition :

He held his breath _____ several minutes.

(A) On (B) Of (C) For (D) From



Year - 2015
1. Insert proper preposition in the sentence -
He hinted _____ some loss treasure.
(A) of (B) for (C) with (D) at

2. Here is the watch _____ you asked _____ .
(A) which, for (B) that, for (C) for, from (D) this, for


Year - 2016
1. Insert proper preposition in the sentence.
I prevailed _____ him to join our group.
(A) On (B) Upon (C) Beside (D) Along with

2. The crew were _____ the ship for a month.
(A) On board (B) Aboard (C) On (D) Off



Year - 2017
1. Insert proper preposition in the sentence.
He was waiting ____ the train.
(A) in (B) at (C) for (D) with

2. Fill in the blank with the correct word given below :
He saved her ________ certain death.
(A) from (B) with (C) of (D) in

3. Insert proper words in the sentence :
Here is the man _____ you asked _____ .
(A) whom, about (B) that, for (C) for, from (D) this, for



Year - 2018
1. Insert the appropriate Prepositions in the sentence :
He has a preference _____ tea _____ coffee
(A) over, for (B) for, to (C) for, over (D) to, over

2. Insert the proper preposition the sentence
It is 9’o clock ____ my watch
(A) by (B) in (C) at (D) into

3. Fill in the blank with the appropriate preposition –
She was running short _____ time.
(A) at (B) of (C) with (D) for



Year - 2019
1. Ram made the most ______ his resources. Choose the correct preposition.
(A) at (B) of (C) from (D) with

2. He preferred classical music _____ popular numbers. 
Choose the correct preposition.
(A) from (B) of (C) over (D) to



Year - 2020

1. Use the right preposition
     He deals —— cosmetic goods.
    (A) of       (B) with       (C) in      (D) on

2. What is the time —— your watch ?
      (A) by        (B) in        (C) with        (D) on

3. He cannot cope ____ this pressure.
      (A) up       (B) with        (C) in       (D) for

4. Use the appropriate preposition in the sentence -
      We sat ____ the shade of the tree.
      (A) Under        (B) below        (C) in        (D) Through




One word Substitution

Year - 2009

1. A fourteen lined poem is called a

(A) sonnet    (B) epilogue    (C) composition    (D) lyric


2. One who hates mankind is called

(A) Man hater    (B) Cannibal    (C) Demon    (D) Misanthropist


3. The art of cultivating and managing gardens is called -

(A) Horticulture    (B) Gardening    (C) Botany    (D) Geology


4. Love for the whole world is called

(A) Patriotism    (B) Generousness    (C) Philanthropy    (D) Nobility


5. People who look at the stars in the sky are pursuing a wonderful vocation.

(A) Astrologers (B) Astronomers (C) Geophysicists (D) Geologists


6. People who were present in the hall to listen to the lecture were undisciplined.

(A) Crowd (B) Mob (C) Audience (D) Ruffians


 Choose the correct item from the given options:

7. A Government by divine guidance is called

(A) Theocracy (B) Episcopacy (C) Oligarchy (D) Aristocracy


8. A collection of poems came out to felicitate the poet.

(A) Guide book    (B) Collection    (C) Compilation    (D) An Anthology


 Choose the correct item from the given options:

9.  A disease affecting many persons at the same time and place is called

(A) epidemic    (B) infection    (C) sickness    (D) death


Choose the correct item from the given options:

10. A person who makes his journey on foot is called a

(A) Pedestrian (B) Walker (C) Rambler (D) Wanderer



Year – 2010:

Choose the right alternative from the options given :

1. A man with an irrationally fixed idea is called _______.

(A) An eccentric (B) A maniac (C) A manikin (D) A phobic


2. "We are superior to everybody else" is the apt utterance of a/an

(A) egoist (B) pacifist (C) anarchist (D) chauvinist


3. A manicurist takes care of

(A) foot (B) ear (C) nails (D) mind


4. The specialist who handles problems in the human body related to bones is a/an

(A) Orthodontist (B) Osteopath (C) podiatrist (D) Oncologist



Year - 2011

1. A man catches fish as a hobby is called a/an ________.

A. Fisherman B. Angler C. Hunter D. Fishmonger.



Year - 2012

1. A manicurist takes care of

(A) Foot (B) Ear (C) Nails (D) Mind

2. A gourmet loves –

(A) Fashion (B) Action (C) Food (D) Films


3. The meat of a dear is called

(A) Mutton (B) Venison (C) Spoor (D) Tendril



Year - 2014
1. Complete the sentence by choosing the correct meaning from the options provided:
A person of outgoing nature is known as a/an _____.
(A) Stoic (B) Extrovert (C) Megalomaniac (D) Philanthropist

2. Complete the sentence by choosing the correct meaning from the options provided:
A person suffering from an uncontrollable desire to steal is known as a/an ______.
(A) Kleptomaniac (B) Necromaniac (C) Necrophobic (D) Introvert


Year - 2015

1. An endocrinologist deals with -
(A) Teeth (B) Glands (C) Epidemics (D) Heart

2. A stoic person can -
(A) Entice (B) Endure (C) Excite (D) Enable


Year - 2016

1. An ophthalmologist deals with -

(A) Kidney (B) Liver (C) Eyes (D) Heart


2. Choose an expression similar in meaning to the underlined word 

A misanthrope is a person who

(A) Dislikes women (B) Dislikes other people (C) Dislikes children (D) Dislikes nature



Year - 2017
1. An orthopaedist deals with
(A) Eyes (B) Lungs (C) Bones (D) Childbirth

2. An epicurean is one who -
(A) Endures (B) Suffers (C) Enjoys pleasure (D) Loves


Year - 2018

1. One who considers the happiness and well being of others first is an -

(A) Atheist (B) Altruist (C) Alchemist (D) Aesthete


2. Fill in the blank with the correct word -

An Ophthalmologist is a person who deals with ____

(A) heart (B) eyes (C) glands (D) lungs


3. An Ornithologist deals with :

(A) Insects (B) Birds (C) Eyes (D) Heart


4. An indefatigable person remains

(A) untired (B) unhappy (C) unrelentful (D) unsocial



Year - 2019

13. Ornithology is the study of

 (A) Fish (B) Coins (C) Relics (D) Birds


15. The word necrophilia means

 (A) Love for insects (B) Love for children (C) Cultivation of knowledge (D) Fascination with dead bodies





Fill in the Blanks

Year - 2009

1. From the given options choose the most appropriate word to fill up the gap in the following sentence: 

The mother_______ the child

(A) Deserted (B) Hated (C) Ran away (D) Abandoned


2. Complete the sentence by choosing appropriate word from the given options:

Tagore’s birthday was _______ with songs and recitation

(A) completed    (B) maintained    (C) celebrated    (D) enjoyed


3. From the given options choose the most appropriate word to fill up the gap in the following sentence:

I had_______ something wrong as soon as I reached the spot.

(A) understood    (B) realised    (C) guessed    (D) smelt


4. Choose the right alternative from the options given below 

A gourmet loves ______.

(A) Fashion (B) Action (C) Food (C) Films


5. Fill in the blanks in the sentences choosing the most meaningful alternative from the ones supplied.

The _______  of the place attracts many ascetics.

(A) Quietness    (B) Silence    (C) Quietude    (D) Soundlessness


6. The street in not properly _______ .

(A) Illumed    (B)Illumined    (C) Illuminated    (D) Enlightened



Year - 2010

Fill in the blank with the correct alternative from the ones supplied :

1. A man in the charge of farming and nurturing animals is called ________.

(A) A ploughman (B) A farmer (C) A firm manager (D) A husbands man


2. Lachrymose nature means ________ .

(A) Lethargic (B) Prone to anger (C) Prone to tear (D) Energetic



Year - 2011

1. The ________ fumes of vehicles pollute the air.

A. Noxious B. Nutritious C. Nourishing D. Notorious.


2. The ________ structure dwarfed all the surrounding buildings.

A. Impossible  B. Imposing  C. Implacable  D. Important.


3. The ________ of the farmland was enough to sustain the small family

A. Yoke    B. Yeast    C. Yard    D. Yield.


4. Her ________ ways captivated many young men.

A. Wintry   B. Weird   C. Wearisome   D. Winsome.


5. The thieves ________ through the cupboards searching for valuable articles.

A. Ran    B. Ruptured    C. Rummaged    D. Rustled




Year - 2013
1. The _____ structure of Tajmahal makes it one of the wonders of the world.
(A) Magnanimous (B) Mediocre (C) Mighty (D) Majestic

2. He was penniless when the bank failed and declared himself ______
(A) Insipid (B) Insolent (C) Innocent (D) Insolvent

3. The child proved himself ____ by his behaviour and was expelled from the school.
(A) Ill­-brend (B) Ill­advised (G) Ill­treated (D) Illogical

4. A _____ makes no difference between man and man in spreading his love.
(A) Philander (B) Philistine (C) Philosopher (D) Philanthropist

5. He came of his own _____.
(A) Impulse (B) Instinct (C) Accord (D) indifference



Year - 2014
1. The last _____ will be performed by members of the family only.
(A) Wright (B) Right (C) Rite (D) Write

2. He would always _____ the police.
(A) Elude (B) lllude (C) Allude (D) Delude

3. You should _____ her case as a precedent.
(A) Site (B) Cite (C) Sight (D) Side



Year - 2015
1. Insert correct adverb in the blank space:
Do this in a short time, in a ______ manner.
(A) Former (B) Swift (C) Brave (D) Unwise

2. Use suitable auxiliary verb to fill in the blank space:
Mother says you _____ to go to the market at once.
(A) have (B) are (C) shall (D) will

3. Fill in the space with an Infinitive
______ fault is easy
(A) to begin (B) to bury (C) to read (D) to find

4. Fill in the blank with the correct word 
_____ his illness, he attended the function.
(A) In spite (B) Due (C) As of (D) Despite

5. Fill in the blank with the correct word:
The stream was ______ by the waterfall.
(A) fed (B) fed up (C) filled (D) fulled

6. Fill in the blank with the correct word:
A _____ star was seen in the sky.
(A) Strengthening (B) Shooting (C) Shunting (D) Staring 

7. Put in a correct participle in the blank space 
Mary ______ , we were freed from anxiety.
(A) Having arrived (B) Rolling (C) Tattered (D) Being arrived




Year - 2016

1. Fill in the blanks with a suitable word 
This is the ____ Post Office to my house.
(A) Farthest (B) Next (C) Nearest (D) Closest

2. Put in a correct participle in the blank space.
The sea ____, we went for sail.
(A) Being rough (B) Disturbed (C) Being kind (D) Being smooth

3. Fill in the blank with an infinitive
_____ is worth ambition.
(A) To borrow (B) To reign (C) To repent (D) To cry

4. Fill in the blank with the correct word of expression -
He talked to his horse ____ the horse could understand his grief.
(A) As though (B) With a feeling that (C) Feeling that (D) Assuming

5. Fill in the blanks with an appropriate participle.
Weather _____ , there will be a garden party at Government House tomorrow.
(A) Allowing (B) Permitting (C) Happening (D) Favourable

6. Fill in the blank with appropriate participle.
The _____ door awakened the dog.
(A) Creaking (B) Old (C) New (D) Waving

7. Use suitable auxiliary verb to fill in the blank space -
She ____ sit for hours listening to the wireless.
(A) Will (B) Would (C) Can (D) Could



Year - 2017
1. Insert correct word in the blank space -
Finish your task in a ______ manner.
(A) swift (B) competent (C) silent (D) lazy

2. Fill in the blank with the correct word -
_____ he was late, he come home by nine.
(A) Even (B) Although (C) Because (D) Despite

3. Fill in the blank with the correct word -
The river was _______ the bank.
(A) overflowing   (B) dry   (C) full   (D) deep

4. Fill in the blank with the correct word -
A _____ jewel was in the locker.
(A) browning (B) filling (C) shining (D) moving

5. Fill in the space with an infinitive.
It is easy _____ but hard to finish.
(A) to end (B) to fall   (C) to lose   (D) to begin

6. Put in a correct participle in the blank space.
The car was _______ down the slope.
(A) rolling (B) breaking (C) lost (D) having arrived

7. Use suitable auxiliary verb to fill in the blank space -
You _____ catch the train at once.
(A) will   (B) can   (C) shall   (D) must



Year - 2018
1. Insert the correct Adverbial Phrase in the blank space 
Only ____ is there a rumble in the sky
 (B) swiftly (C) quite (D) merrily



Year - 2019
1. Select the right answer: 
My watch is five minutes ______ . 
(A) slow (B) lately (C) past (D) late

2. Fill in with suitable conjunction:
He advanced _____ he could.
(A) until (B) while (C) as far as (D) as

3. Select the correct answer to fill in the blank
I am sure I _____ him before.
(A) have met (B) met (C) had met (D) will meet

4. Fill in with the right option: 
I ____ him for a long time.
(A) have known (B) knew (C) had known (D) should have known

5. Choose the right option to rewrite the sentence:
No sooner _____ the sun risen than the fog disappeared.
(A) did (B) has (C) had (D) was



Year - 2020
1. We —— our dinner last night.
    (A) have taken       (B) took       (C) had taken       (D) take

2.  I was sure I —— meet him.
      (A) would       (B) will        (C) shall        (D) should






Identification of Correct Words 


Year -2011

Identify the correct word from the options.

15. He is so ________, nothing moves him.
A. Noncommittal   B. Nonchalant   C. Nondescript    D. Non-combatant

16. The dish was ______ with herbs.
A. Garnished  B. Garlanded C. Gathered D. Gardened

17. A dissolute person is one who is
A. Debauched B. Dishonest C. Dissimilar D. Discontent

18. He came of his own ________.
A. Violation B. Volition C. Volubility D. View.

19. The fruit was juicy and ______.
A. Succulent B. Succinate C. Sufficient D. Subtle.



Year - 2013
1. The street is not properly _____
(A) Illumed 
(B) Illumined 
(C) Illuminated 
(D) Enlightened


2. Identify the correct word from the options given to make the sentence meaningful.

He is so ——— nothing moves him.
A. Non­commital 
B. Nonchalant 
C. Nondescript 
D. Noncombatant


3. The banquet­ hall _____ decorated to celebrate the occasion.
(A) Slovenly (B) Simply (C) Lavishly (D) Poorly

4. "We are superior to every body else" is the apt utterance of a/an—
(A) Egoist (B) Pacifist (C) Anarchist (D) Chauvinist




Use of Appropriate Words & Expressions

Year - 2010

Choose the correct alternative from the ones supplied 

1. Detect where the adjective 'public' is used in a derogatory sense :

(A) Public house    (B) Public Woman    (C) Public servant    (D) Public speech


Year - 2015

22. 'Book' may be used with

(A) Trousers (B) Insects (C) Ticket (D) Painting



Year - 2017

1. An illness that is likely to be fatal is called

(A) Mortal (B) Serious (C) Slight (D) Temporary


2. 'Cinema' may be used with -

(A) Cooking (B) Selling (C) Sleeping (D) Theatre



Year – 2018
1. Fill in the blank with the correct word –
____ his humiliation, he attended the function.
(A) In spite (B) Notwithstanding (C) Nevertheless (D) As of

2. Use a suitable Auxiliary Verb to fill in the blank space –
In all probability it ____ rain tonight
(A) will (B) can (C) may (D) ought

3. Fill in the blank with the correct word –
She had better ____ the room
(A) entered (B) requested (C) moved (D) called

4. Fill in the blank with the appropriate word –
She liked the ____ plan better
(A) latter (B) later (C) fast (D) early

5. Fill in the blank with the correct word –
A ____ bow was seen in the sky.
(A) multi-coloured (B) shooting (C) staring (D) melodious

6. Marble may be used with
(A) Painting (B) Music (C) Rocks (D) Sculpture



Year – 2019
1. Fill in the blank with the suitable option:
Let's meet ____ next week.
(A) sometimes (B) sometime (C) some time (D) some times

2. He entered the hall in the _____ part of the show.
 Which is the right answer?
 (A) Latter (B) Later (C) Late (D) Lately



Year – 2020

1. Select the correct option –
    I need a —— note.
(A) five hundred rupees      
(B) five hundred rupee      
(C) five hundreds rupees      
(D) five hundreds rupee

2. It is nine o'clock in Darjeeling in the morning and ——
    (A) there is snow       (B) It is snowing        (C) It snows       (D) It snowed

3. Use the correct expression –
    I —— the patient will die.
    (A) hope       (B) think       (C) see       (D) am afraid

4. Babies ____ when they are hungry.
      (A) cries       (B) cried        (C) are crying         (D) cry


5. He will reach home _____ at evening
      (A) lately         (B) late         (C) later       (D) latest
6. He solved the _____ problem.
      (A) hardly        (B) hard        (C) hardier        (D) Hardist




 Synonym – Antonym

Year - 2010

Select the pair in the following options which is set in opposition :

1. (A) Doggish — Canine (B) Manly — Virile (C) Divine — Infernal (D) Earthly — Terrestrial

 2.  (A) Pedant — Pedagogic    (B) Humid — Arid   (C) Erroneous — Faulty    (D) Horrible — Horrendous



Year - 2011

Choose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined words:

1. The hubbub in the cities makes one tired and irritable.

A. Roar    B. Quiet    C. Disorder    D. Disturbance


2. Chaos reigned supreme at the football match.

A. Order    B. Confusion   C. Anarchy    D. Luck.




Year - 2012
Select the pair in the following options which is set in opposition:
(A) Liquid ­– Solid
(B) Enough ­– Adequate
(C) Entice – Lure
(D) Excess ­– Surplus




Year - 2013
1. Select the pair in the following options, which is set in opposition:
(A) Erroneous — Faulty (B) Reticent — Silent (C) Vilify— Slander (D) None of the above

2. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the underlined word :
Transparency is needed in dealing with a matter of public interest.
(A) Haziness (B) Trauma (C) Turbulence (D) Transition

3. Choose the word closest to the meaning of the underlined words:
The Patient needed an anodyne for his strained nerves.
(A) Alcohol  (B) Opium  (C) Medicine  (D) Painkilling balm




Year - 2014
1. Select the correct synonym of the following word:
Lucid
(A) Opaque (B) Solid (C) Clear (D) Hazy

2. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives provided:
Inadvertent
(A) Adversity (B) Intentional (C) Unintentional (D) Advanced

3. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the one underlined below:
His point was lost amid the cacophony.
(A) Music (B) Discordance (C) Silence (D) Crowd

4. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the one underlined below:
The possibility of failure was imminent.
(A) Remote (B) Inherent (C) Immediate (D) Perennial

5. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the one underlined below:
There is abundant scope for improvement.
(A) Ample (B) Scarce (C) Copious (D) Eternal




Year - 2015
1. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below 
The silence of the children was sinister.
(A) Catnap (B) Cacophony (C) Coarse (D) Cruelty

25. Choose the word similar in meaning to the word underlined below:
The crowd felt stupefied by the lecture.
(A) Engulfed (B) Entertained (C) Enthused (D) Encouraged



Year - 2016
1. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below 
People responded to the leader's speech with shouts of ecstasy.
(A) Despondency (B) Despair (C) Disagreement (D) Displeasure

2. Choose an expression similar in meaning to the word underlined below -
Imbroglio
(A) Cacophony (B) Confession (C) A confused situation (D) Candid admission

3. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below :
The appearance of the stranger was forbidding.
(A) Warm (B) Kind (C) Friendly (D) Amiable



Year - 2017
1. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below 
The darkness covered the whole countryside.
(A) Silence (B) Stillness (C) Light (D) Noise



Year - 2018
3. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below –
Mary’s patience and serenity won the admiration of all who saw her
(A) holiness (B) placidity (C) agitation (D) equanimity



Year - 2019
1. Find the appropriate synonym of the word 'Indefatigable'.
 (A) Tireless (B) Indomitable (C) Unhappy (D) Incompatible


Year - 2020
22. The correct antonym of Lecherous is
      (A) Passionate        (B) Dirty        (C) Nasty        (D) Chaste





Correct the Error

Year - 2019
1. Correct the following sentence and choose the right answer: 
We had gone to the movies last night.
(A) We had had gone to the movies last night.
(B) We went to the movies last night.
(C) We should have gone to the movies last night.
(D) We have gone to the movies last night.


2. Which is the correct form of the given sentence: 
They discussed about the matter.
 (A) They had discussed about the matter.
 (B) They should have discussed about the matter.
 (C) They discussed the matter.
 (D) The given sentence is correct.




Foreign Words and Phrases


Year - 2017
1. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below -

À la mode
(A) Fashionable (B) Cheap (C) Expensive (D) Convenient




Proverb

1. Fill in the blank with the appropriate infinitive :
____ is human
(A) To laugh (B) To err (C) To read (D) To save



Suffix & Prefix

Year - 2019
1. Add a suitable prefix to form the opposite of the word 'Balance'.
 (A) Nonbalance (B) Unbalance (C) Disbalance (D) Imbalance


Year - 2020
1. Add a suitable prefix to Embark.
      (A) Disembark      (B) Unembark       (C) Imembark        (D) Inembark









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