Sample Paper – English Language – S.S.C. Multi Tasking Staff

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1 to 5: In theses questions, some of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and indicate corresponding to the appropriate letter (A, B, C). If a sentences is free from errors, blacken the rectangles corresponding to (D) in the Answer sheet.

1. I like (A) / the poetries (B) / of Byron and Shelley. (C) / No error (D)

2. The principal and staff (A) / are awaiting for (B) / the chief guest (C) / No error (D)

3. Unless (A) / you will study hard (B) / you cannot pass. (C) / No error (D)

4. He thinks (A) / himself (B) / as a great scholar. (C) / No error (D)

5. On last Sunday (A) / I met my friend (B) / accidentally. (C) / No error (D)

6 to 10: In these questions, sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four and indicate correct answer.

6. The speaker did not properly space out his speech, but went on …….one point only.

(a) Stressing                                                 (b) avoiding

(c) devoting                                                   (d) decrying

7. The chief was wondering ………..

(a) when to brush his teeth

(b) what to prepare for the important

(c) how to wash the dishes

(d) when to take the dog for a walk

8. I have brought some books …….you to examine.

(a) to                                                           (b) for

(c) with                                                      (d) over

9. The usher showed us……………..

(a) how to take photographs

(b) where to sit

(c) when to comb our hair

(d) how to dance

10. You may bring your dog where ………..

(a) you have to pay

(b) there is no water

(d) pets can sleep

11 to 15: In these questions, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given bold word, and indicate the correct answer.


(a) Cooperative                                           (b) Dictatorial

(c) Inspirational                                            (d) Charitable


(a) Brilliant                                                (b) Energetic

(c) Enthusiastic                                           (d) Courageous


(a) Remonstrate                                      (b) Show

(c) Witness                                               (d) Complain


(a) Postpone                                              (b) Different

(c) Accept                                                 (d) Disagree


(a) Purposeless                                (b) Perpetrate

(c) Intentional                                  (d) Intervention

16 to 20 : In the following question, choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word.


(a) Amity                                          (b) Enmity

(c) dissatisfaction                              (d) Disagreement


(a) Scanty                                           (b) Tiny

(c) Scarcity                                         (d) Deficient

18. VICE

(a) Fame                                             (b) Virtue

(c) Fortune                                          (d) Fate


(a) Famous                                          (b) Owned

(c) Unowned                                        (d) Unknowns


(a) Soothe                                             (b) Incite

(c) Smoothen                                        (d) Entic

21 to 25. Four alternatives are given for the idiom /  phrase bold in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom / phrase and mark it in the Answer Sheet.

21. Chanting is so innocent that he wears his heart in his sleeve.

(a) wears dress that does not match

(b) expresses his feelings openly

(c) wears colourful dresses

(d) expresses his feelings with the shape of a heart printed on its sleeve

22. The poor subordinates are made scapegoats by their superiors.

(a) punished for others misdeeds

(b) developed poor relations

(c) treated humbly and respectfully

(d) scolded with arrogant reactions

23. It was a red letter day in the history of the world.

(a) a day with bloodshed

(b) a dangerous note about the destruction

(c) a day memorable for some joyful event

(d) a day with love and warmth

24. His friends beat the boy to pay off old scores.

(a) to refund old dues

(b) to take revenge

(c) to force him to be a scorer in a match

(d) because he had not scored well earlier

25. Tagore was a man of letters.

(a) of wide contact

(b) an excellent letter dictator

(c) a great writer of letters

(d) proficient in literaterary art

26 to 30 : In these questions a part of the sentenced is bold. Below are given alternatives to the bold part at (A) , (B) and (C) which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement needed your answer is (D).

26. (a) All the candidates will give a test on Friday.

(a) appear                                    (b) take

(c) accept                                     (d) No improvement

27. He was so afraid that his knees knocked one another.

(a) one against                                (b) each other

(c) both                                           (d) No improvement

28. She had read Oliver Twist when she had been fourteen years old.

(a) had become                                     (b) has become

(c) was                                                  (d) No improvement

29. Children like to eat sweet , isn’t it?

(a) do they?

(b) is it?

(c) don’t they?

(d) No improvement

30. He took disadvantage of the situation hand cheated many people.

(a) chance                                         (b) advantage

(c) disapproval                                  (d) No improvement

31. to 35: Out of the four aletnatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words / sentence and indicate it by blackening the appropriate rectangle in the Answer Sheet.

31. A child born after the death of its father is called.

(a) An orphan

(b) A deprive child

(c) A walf

(d) A posthumous child

32. falling to dischare one’s duty

(a) debacle

(b) dereliction

(c) determination

(d) Deterrent

33. a movement of  part of the body to express an idea or feeling.

(a) Jibe                                             (b) Gesture

(c) Pose                                            (d) Mimicry

34. a person who is physically dependent on a substance.

(a) Criminal                                      (b) Martyr

(c) Gladiator                                      (d) Addict

35. A legal agreement by which a person borrows money from a bank usually to buy a house.

(a) Document                                 (b) Mortage

(c) Lease                                        (d) Invoice

36 to 45: In these following passages, some of the words have been left out. First read the passage over and try to understand what it is about. Then fill in the blanks either the help of the alternatives given. Mark your answer in the Answer Sheet.


A seminar is generally a form of ……. (86) ……… interaction, either at an academic ….. (87) …….. or a commercial or ….(88) …….. Organization. It has the function of …..(89) ……. Small groups for …… (90)  ………… some …… (91) ……… subject, in which everyone often ……… (93) ………. Through an ongoing dialogue with a seminar ……….. (94) …….. or instructor. Normally, participants must not be ……… (95) in the field under discussion.

36. (a) academic                                      (b) social

(c) informal                                              (d) artificial

37. (a) institution                                      (b) intermission

(c)  intervention                                        (d) interference

38 (a) provincial                                       (b) proverbial

(c) Professional                                         (d) progressive

39. (a) bringing out

(b) bringing together

(c) bringing among

(d) bringing off

40. (a) recurring                                              (b) repeating

(c) reverting                                                    (d) reforming

41. (a) particular                                             (a) partial

(c) previous                                                     (d) prevented

42. (a) entrusted                                              (b) encouraged

(c) enlarged                                                     (d) endured

43.(a) accomplished

(b) acknowledged

(c) acquinted

(d) acquired

44. (a) follower                                               (b) member

(c) leader                                                         (d) associate

45. (a) professional                                         (b) teacher

(c) Starter                                                         (d) beginners

46 to 50: In these questions. You have a brief passage with five questions following. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives ad indicate your correct Answer Sheet.


India records the world’s highest percapita incidence of water – borne diseases such as diarrhoea, typhoid and hepatitis in spite of which concern for safe drinking water is still abysmally low even among educated Indians. This alarming indifference was brone out I a survey conducted by market research agency Research International Ltd. based on a study of 3, 000 households spread across all major cities in India The survey found that over 73 per cent of all households in the highest income categories (SECA & B) drink tap water without boiling it as many as 55 percent of the same group drind tap water after filtration through a cloth, but without boiling.

Though every school child knows that un boiled tap water contains unseen `disease causing germs, the high level of indifference to boiling water will come as a surprise to many. Comments Dr. S. S Narvekar Deputy Director, Directorate of Health Services, Government of Maharashtra “We regularly monitor water quality in all major urban centers in this State During 1995 – 96. we found that 9, 730 out of 159, 233 samples of water were contaminated with disease causing organism, representing a high 6.11 percent of the total number of samples collected and analysed. This is an alarmingly high level of contamination considering that Maharashtra is one of the more developed states in India and it may be higher in other states. Also during late summer months when there is water scarcity, and during the monsson season, contamination of drinking water is very high. Hence during these months it is doubly important to ensure drinking water is adequately sanitised.”

46. In India the concern for safe drinking water is –

(a) very low                                             (b) good

(c) enough                                                (d) more than expected

47. During rainy season, drinking water should be –

(a) cleaned                                    (b) sanitised

(c) stored                                       (d) used

48. In the highest income categories, the number of people drink tap water without boiling it is –

(a) about half of the house holds

(b) all the house holds

(c) nearly threee fourths of the households

(d) one fourths of the households

49. There is a high level of …………….. boiling water.

(a) interest                                     (b) indifferent

(c) care                                         (d) curlosity

50. According to the passage, unboiled tap water contains …….

(a) impurities                                  (b) chemicals

(c) germs                                          (d) waste matter

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