SBI PO Prelims English Mock Test - 1

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SBI PO Prelims English Mock Test - 1
Directions (1 – 10): Read the passage carefully and answer the questions given below it. Certain words/ phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Prime Minister has unveiled a slew of measures to help start-ups in the country, even while mocking the tendency over the last 60 years for governments to make things difficult for business by seeking to do things for them, the irony obliterated by his effusive enthusiasm. The prime minister did well to disabuse the notion that start-ups are all about information technology and millions of dollars of investment. Any new venture that will create employment and meet some unmet demand of society or meet a met demand more efficiently is a start-up, he pointed out. This is most welcome and a needed corrective to a tendency to conflate start-ups with some form of e-commerce.
Some of the schemes announced for start-ups are redundant, some predicated on the government sloughing off its tortoise-like pace and agility and acquiring the speed and nimbleness of a hare. Venture investors have welcomed the capital gains tax exemption for them. If they stay invested till an initial public offering and listing, they can exit tax-free even now. The fact is that further tax freebies would have a marginal impact on luring venture funds. The world is awash in cheap liquidity and India does not need tax breaks to attract capital here — ask Softbank chief Masayoshi Son, who announced his intention to invest $10 billion in India long before anyone thought up tax breaks for start-up investors. Since capital is not a constraint for the venture industry, it is entirely possible that additional government borrowing of `10,000 crore would better help startups by being invested in better education than in a PSU venture fund.
The move to include start-ups in the ambit of public procurement is sound. What is crucial, however, is not start-up specific policy but the overall ease of doing business. Increase urban land supply to reduce rentals, reform the power sector so that continuous power supply is available in Tier 2 towns, expand healthcare and education, and extend the reach of formal  finance, so that new enterprises may thrive, whatever they are called.
1. Which of the following is MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the word 'obliterated' as used in the passage ?
A) Destroyed
B) Established
C) Described
D) Created
E) Ascertained
2. Which of the following correctly explains the phase “government sloughing off its tortoise like pace” ?
A) The Government is gradually gaining confidence.
B) The Government is gradually lacking agility.
C) The Government is speeding up all possible support to its initiative.
D) All of the above
E) The Government is not working properly.
3. Which of the following is MOST OPPOSITE in meaning of the word 'notion' as used in the passage ?
A) Apprehension
B) Concept
C) Image
D) Misunderstanding
E) Consciousness
4. What can be the suitable title of the above passage?
A) Growing start-up culture in India
B) Start-ups in India, Loss or Profit
C) Investment culture in India
D) Investments and Start-ups
E) A new measure of business
5. What is the definition of start-ups in the context of the passage?
A) An innovative idea that leads to the generation of the employment
B) A venture that meets a special demand of HNI
C) An idea that is still on papers and hasn’t been materialised yet
D) All of the above
E) Only A) and B)
6. What are the crucial factors responsible for the growth of start-ups in the context of the passage?
A) Investments
B) Technical know-how and other skills
C) Tax exemption at the initial stage
D) Only B) and C)
E) All A), B) and C)
7. What does the author mean by “The world is awash in cheap liquidity and India does not need tax breaks to attract capital” ?
A) The government does not need reforming of tax in order to gain investment.
B) The world is full of investments.
C) There is recession in every country.
D) All of the above
E) Both A) and B)
8. Which of the following statement is TRUE in the context of the passage?
A) Start-ups are all about information technology.
B) The government needs only millions of dollars of investment to launch start-up.
C) Start-ups are all about earning large revenues.
A) Both A) and B)
B) Only A)
C) Only C)
D) All of the given options
E) Other than the given options
9. According to the passage, what should be done to develop ease of doing business?
A) Expanding the availability of affordable land.
B) Structural reforms of India's power sector.
C) Creating healthcare and education facilities.
D) All of the above
E) Other than the given options
10. Choose the word which is MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the word ‘ambit’ as used in the passage?
A) Extent
B) Extreme
C) Limitation
D) Nimbleness
E) Margin
Directions (11 – 20): In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a number in Red colour. Find the suitable word from the options given against each number and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningfully complete.
A doctor entered the hospital in hurry after being ___11___ for an urgent surgery. He answered the call as soon as possible, changed his clothes and went directly to the surgery block. He found the boy’s father ___12___  in the hall waiting for the doctor. On seeing him, the father ___13___ , ”Why did you take all this time to come? Don’t you know that my son’s life is in danger? Don’t you have any sense of responsibility?” The doctor smiled and said, ”I am sorry, I wasn’t in the hospital and I came ___14___  I could after receiving the call and now, I wish you’d calm down so that I can do my work” “Calm down! What if your son was in this room right now, would you calm down? If your own son dies while waiting for doctor then what will you do?” said the father angrily. The doctor smiled again and replied, ”I will say what Job said in the Holy Book. “From dust we came and to dust we return, blessed be the name of God”. Doctors cannot ___15___  lives. Go and intercede for your son, we will do our best by God’s grace”. Giving ___16___  when we’re not concerned is so easy” ___17___  the father.
The surgery took some hours after which the doctor went out happily, "Thank goodness!, your son is saved!" And without waiting for the father’s reply he ___18___  his way running. "If you have any questions, ask the nurse! "Why is he so ___19___ ? He couldn’t wait some minutes so that I ask about my son’s state” Commented the father when seeing the nurse minutes after the doctor left. The nurse answered, tears coming ___20___  her face, “His son died yesterday in a road accident, he was at the burial when we called him for your son’s surgery. And now that he saved your son’s life, he left running to finish his son’s burial.”
11.
A) called in
B) called off
C) called up
D) called for
E) called out
12.
A) running
B) pacing
C) moving
D) checking
E) looking
13.
A) said
B) retorted
C) yelled
D) reported
E) asked
14.
A) as soon as
B) as fast as
C) as long as
D) as early as
E) very fast
15.
A) prolong
B) long
C) enlighten
D) lengthen
E) short
16.
A) advices
B) suggestions
C) proposition
D) motivation
E) advice
17.
A) murmured
B) viewed
C) told
D) pointed
E) exclaimed
18.
A) carried out
B) carried off
C) carried on
D) carried up
E) carried
19.
A) civilized
B) gentle
C) polite
D) arrogant
E) aggressive
20.
A) down
B) from
C) to
D) off
E) out
Directions (21 – 30): Read each sentence to find out whether there is any grammatical or idiomatic 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 of punctuation, if any.)
21A) They understood how just a twitch, a shuffle, smirk or a glare on stage or screen/ B) can give audiences more insight/ C) into the impenetrable depths of a personality/ D) than a thousand-word dialogue./ E) No error.
22A) Gone are the days/ B) when people used to / C) plan and save for years before buying/ D) the big-ticket items they aspired for./ E) No error. 
23A) To be eligible for a loan, / B) you need to have a/ C) regular source of income – salary, / D) business or any occupation./ E) No error.
24A) Women tend to outlive their spouses,/ B) which makes it important for them/ C) to save money in instruments that will help them/ D) build corpse to list a lifetime./ E) No error.
25A) Success at work should not carry a disproportionate price tag/ B) whereby we end up souring relationships/ C) with our family members and friends/ D) which matter to us./ E) No error.
26A) Yesterday a thief/ B) broke into/ C) my house but/ D) he could not steal anything./ E) No error.
27A) Most women undermine themselves/ B) by thinking that they are not qualified enough, / C) or they haven’t worked before or their husband/ D) won’t like it if they worked. / E) No error.
28A) In case you cannot be if office on time,/ B) call in your senior/ C) at least an hour earlier and inform/ D) that you are going to be late./ E) No error.
29A) In case you cannot be if office on time,/ B) not be easy once/ C) you make up the decision/ D) to take up a career/E) No error.
30A) Financial planning for women is tricky considering/ B) they have to take career breaks for / C)a variety of reasons such as marriage, child-birth, / D) and looking after kids or the elder/ E) No error.
Answers:
1. A)   2. C)   3. D)   4. A)   5. A)   6. E)   7. A)   8. E)   9. D)   10. A)   11. A)   12. B)   13. C)   14. B)   15. A)   16. A)   17. A)   18. C)   19. D)   20. A)  
21. B) could in place of can.
22. E)
23. D) any other occupation.
24. D) corpus in place of corpse.
25. D) who in place of which.
26. D)
27. C) husbands in place of husband.
28. B) call up in place of call in.
29. C) delete 'up'
30. D) elderly in place of elder(adverb rule)