English Practice Questions for IBPS Clerk (Set – 7)

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English Practice Questions for IBPS Clerk (Set – 7)
Directions (1 – 15): Read the following passage carefully and answer these questions. Certain words/phrases have been printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions.
Rural India face serious shortages – power, water, health facilities, roads, etc. – these are known and recognized. However, the role of technology in solving these and other problems is barely acknowledged and the actual availability of technology in rural areas is marginal. The backbone of the rural economy is agriculture; which also provides sustenance to over half the country’s population. The “Green Revolution” of the 1970s was, in fact, powered by the scientific work in various agricultural research institutions. Which some fault the Green Revolution for excessive exploitation of water and land resources through overuse of fertilizers, it did bring about a wheat surplus and prosperity in certain pockets of the country.
In rural India today, there is a dire inadequacy of both science (i.e. knowledge) and technology (which derives from science and manifests itself in physical form). The scope to apply technology to both farm and non-farm activities in rural areas is huge, as are the potential benefits. In fact, crop yields are far lower than what they are in demonstration farms, where science and technology are more fully applied. Technologies that reduce power consumption of pumps are vital; unfortunately, their use is minimal, since agricultural power is free or largely subsidized. Similarly, there is little incentive to optimize-through technology or otherwise-water use, especially in irrigated areas (a third of total arable land), given employment and incomes, but at present deployment of technology is marginal. Cold storage and cold-chains for transportation to market is of great importance for many agricultural products-particularly, fruits and vegetables-but are non-existent. These are clearly technologies with an immediate return on investment, and benefits for all; the farmer, the end-consumer, the technology provider. However, regulatory and structural barriers are holding back investments.
Power is a key requirement in rural areas, for agricultural as well as domestic uses. Technology can provide reliable power at comparatively low cost in a decentralized manner. However this needs to be upgraded and scaled in a big way, with emphasis on renewable and non-polluting technologies. Reliable and low cost means of transporting goods and people is an essential need for rural areas. The bullock-cart and the tractor-trailer are present vehicles of choice. Surely, technology can provide a better, cheaper and more efficient solution? Information related to commodity prices, agricultural practices, weather, etc., are crucial for the farmer. Technology can provide these through technology mobile phones, which is a proven technology; however the challenge to ensure connectivity remains. Thus there is a pressing need for technology as currently economic growth-though skewed and iniquitous-has created an economically attractive market in rural India.
1. According to the author, which of the following is/are the problem/s facing India’s rural population?
(A) Unavailability of healthcare facilities.
(B) The technological advancements which have been borrowed from abroad have not been suitably adapted to the Indian scenario.
(C) Lack of awareness about the importance of utilizing technology in the agricultural sector.
(a) Only (A)
(b) Only (C)
(c) Both (A) & (B)
(d) Both (A) & (C)
(e) None of these
2. Which of the following is not an impact of the Green Revolution?
(a) Over utilization of water resources
(b) Application of scientific research only in demonstration farms
(c) Wealth creation restricted to certain areas
(d) Damage caused to land by inordinate use to fertilizers
(e) Supply of wheat surpassed demand
3. Why is there no motivation to reduce power consumption?
(a) Freely available renewable sources of energy
(b) Government will have to subsidize the cost technology required to reduce power consumption.
(c) Power distribution has been decentralized.
(d) The cost of implementing power saving technology is exorbitant for the customer.
(e) None of these
4. What effect will the implementation of post-harvest technologies such as cold storages have?
(a) Regulatory procedures will have to be more stringent.
(b) Prices of commodities like fruits and vegetables will fall since there is no wastage from spoilage.
(c) Incomes of rural population will fall.
(d) Pollution of the environment.
(e) None of these
5. The author’s main objective in writing the passage is to
(a) censure scientists for not undertaking research
(b) criticize farmers for not utilizing experimental, low cost post harvesting technology
(c) exhort the government to subsidize the cost of utilizing technology
(d) promote a second green revolution
(e) advocate broadening the scope of research and use of technology in agriculture.
6. Which of the following is not true in the context of the passage?
(A) In recent times the benefits of science and technology have not been felt in agriculture.
(B) The current means of rural transportation are ideal i.e. low cost and non-polluting.
(C) Agriculture provides livelihood to over 50 percent of the Indian population.
(a) Both (A) & (B)
(b) Only (B)
(c) Only (C)
(d) Both (A) & (C)
(e) None of these
7. What has hampered investment in post-harvest technologies?
(a) Cost of implementing such technology is higher than the returns
(b) No tangible benefits to technology suppliers
(c) Obstacles from statutory authorities
(d) Rapid economic growth has drawn investors away from agriculture to more commercially viable sectors.
(e) None of these
8. What is the role of mobile technology in the rural economy?
(A) It will not play a large role since the technology is largely untested.
(B) It provides opportunities for farmers to manipulate commodity prices.
(C) It will largely be beneficial since such technology is cheap.
(a) Both (A) & (C)
(b) Only (A)
(c) Both (B) & (C)
(d) Only (B)
(e) None of these
9. Which of the following is currently not a threat to the rural economy?
(A) Inadequate rural infrastructure such as roads.
(B) Excessive utilization of technology.
(C) Fluctuating power supply.
(a) Only (C)
(b) Only (A)
(c) Both (B) & (C)
(d) Only (B)
(e) None of these
10. Which of the following is TRUE in the context of the passage?
(A) About 33 percent of arable land in India is irrigated.
(B) There is hardly any motivation to utilize technology to optimize water usage among farmers.
(C) Climatic information can easily be made available to farmers.
(a) All (A), (B) & (C)
(b) Both (A) & (B)
(c) Only (A)
(d) Both (B) & (C)
(e) None of these
Directions (11 – 13): Choose the word which is most nearly the same in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
11. Marginal
(a) Austere
(b) Severe
(c) Detrimental
(d) Adverse
(e) Insignificant
12. Fault
(a) Defense
(b) Offend
(c) Imperfect
(d) Blame
(e) Sin
13. Dire
(a) Pessimistic
(b) Alarming
(c) Futile
(d) Frightened
(e) Fraudulent
Directions (14 – 15): Choose the word which is most opposite in meaning of the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
14. Potential
(a) Unlikely
(b) Incapable
(c) Unable
(d) Ineffective
(e) Inherent
15. Iniquitous
(a) Immoral
(b) Godly
(c) Virtuous
(d) Right
(e) Just
Answers with Explanations:
1. d) Both (A) & (C). According to the passage, the writer focuses on the healthcare issues in rural areas and the importance of utilizing technology in the agricultural sector.
2. b) According to the passage, “Application of scientific research only in demonstration farms” is not an impact of the Green Revolution.
3. a) It is mentioned in the passage that there is no motivation to reduce power consumption because of Freely available renewable sources of energy.
4. e) None of these. The effects mentioned in the options are not relevant.
5. e) According to the passage, the author’s main objective in writing the passage is to "advocate broadening the scope of research and use of technology in agriculture."
6. b) Only (B). option B is irrelevant and nothing such is mentioned in the given paragraph.
7. c) Obstacles from statutory authorities has been hampering the investment in post-harvest technologies, according to the passage.
8. e) None of these. All the options given are irrelevant according to the passage.
9. d) Only (B). According to the passage, Excessive utilization of technology is currently not a threat to the rural economy.
10. e) None of these. All the options given are irrelevant according to the passage.
11. e) Austere meaning: severe or strict in manner or attitude.
Detrimental-tending to cause harm.
Adverse-preventing success or development; harmful; unfavourable. 
Marginal-minor and not important; not central. Hence Insignificant and marginal are close in meaning.
12. d) fault-responsibility for an accident or misfortune. Hence, fault and blame are close in meaning according to the usage in the given passage.
13. b) dire-extremely serious or urgent. Hence Alarming and dire are close in meaning according to the usage in the given passage.
14. d) Potential-having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.
Ineffective-not producing any significant or desired effect.
Hence, potential and ineffective are antonyms.
15. c) Iniquitous-grossly unfair and morally wrong. Virtuous-having or showing high moral standards.