SSC Multi-Tasking Staff (Non Technical) Exam Mock Test -3
Directions: Read the following passage carefully and
answer the questions given below it. Certain words have been printed in bold to
help you locate them while! answering some of the questions.
Govind’s father was a rich landlord, who was loved and
respected by all his tenants. When he died, he left large tracts of land to
Govind. But Govind did not spend a single day looking after his land. He had a
funny idea, that there existed a magic potion which, if it was poured on any
object would turn it into gold. He spent all his time trying to learn about this
potion. People took advantage of him and cheated him. His wife grew anxious.
Given the amount of money Govind was spending, she was sure that they would soon
be paupers. One day, a widely respected sage who had been to the Himalayas came
to their town. Govind asked him about the potion. To his surprise the sage
answered, “I have learnt how to brew such a potion. But it is a difficult
process.” “Tell me!” insisted Govind, hardly able to believe his luck. “You have
to collect the dew which settles on the leaves of a banana tree every morning
during winter. There is a condition though. The tree should be planted and
watered regularly with your own hands. Store the collected dew in an earthen
vessel and when you have five litres, bring it to me. I will recite a sacred
mantra to transform the dew into the potion. A drop of the potion will be
sufficient to change any object into gold.”
Govind was worried. “Winter is only for a few months in the
year. It will take me years to collect the dew.” “You can plant as many trees as
you want,” replied the sage. Govind went home and after talking to his wife,
began clearing the large fields which has been lying vacant for years. He
planted rows of banana saplings. He tended them with great care. His wife helped
him too. She would take the banana crop to market and get a good price. Over the
years the plantation grew and finally after six years Govind had five litres of
dew. He went to the sage who smiled, uttered a mantra and sprinkled a few drops
of dew on a copper vessel. To Govind’s dismay, nothing happened. “You have
cheated me!” he shouted at the sage. The sage, however, smiled. Govind’s wife
then came forward with a box. The sage opened it and revealed stacks of gold
coins inside. Turning to Govind he said, “You worked hard on your land and
created a plantation. Your wife sold the produce in the market. It was your hard
work which created this wealth, not magic. If I had told you this earlier, you
would not have listened.” Govind understood the wisdom behind the sage’s words
and worked even harder from that day on.
51. Why did Govind’s father give him large plots of land?
(a) It was his way of instilling a sense of responsibility in
(b) Govind was his only son and sole heir
(c) To provide Govind with sufficient funds to pursue his interest of
discovering a magic potion
(d) He wanted Govind to continue to look after the tenants
52. Which of the following can be said about the sage?
(a) He was cunning and plotted with Govind’s wife to cheat
(b) He had no magical powers as such and used to swindle people
(c) He was a good judge of people
(d) He did not deserve his good reputation
53. Why was Govind’s wife worried?
(a) Govind had no knowledge of farming and could not
cultivate the land he had inherited from his father
(b) Govind had not friends because he was obsessed with finding a potion which
would turn anything into gold
(c) Govind was only interested in studying under different sages and neglected
his family duties
(d) Since Govind had devoted all his time and wealth to finding a magic potion
they would soon be poor
54. Why did Govind’s wife help him in the fields?
A. To support her husband in his endeavour to find a magic
B. The sage had advised her to help her husband succeed.
C. He needed someone to help him collect the dew.
(b) Only A
(c) Both A and B
(d) None of these
55. Why did Govind decide to cultivate a banana crop?
(a) The soil of his land was suitable only for cultivating
(b) It was the most highly priced commodity in the region
(c) It could be grown at any time of the year including winter
(d) The ingredient for the magic potion could only be obtained from a banana
56. What made Govind angry with the sage?
(a) The sage had conspired with Govind’s wife against him
(b) He had forgotten the magic spell and all Govind’s hard work was in vain
(c) He had lost a good deal of money in cultivating bananas
(d) The sage had made a fool of him in front of other villagers
57. How did Govind acquire his dream of gold finally?
(a) The sage gave him gold as a reward for his hard work was
(b) His wife diligently saved the gold he had received from his father
(c) By selling the banana plantation
(d) His wife sold bananas at a higher price than other did.
58. Which of the following is TRUE in the context of the
A. Govind was easily fooled by people.
B. Govind was preserving by nature.
C. The sage had never actually been to the Himalayas.
(a) Only A
(b) Both A and B
(c) Only C
(d) Both A and C
Directions: Choose the word which is most similar in
meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
Directions: Choose the word which is most opposite in
meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
Directions: Which of the following phrases (a), (b),
(c) and (d) given below each sentence should replace the phrase printed in bold
in the sentence to make it grammatically correct?
63. Starting out my own business at this time would affect
the financial stability of my family.
(a) Starting up my
(b) For starting with
(c) To start out mine
(d) By starting my
64. Use a tactic for mixing the inferior with good quality
rice is dishonest and you will lose your license.
(a) Using tactics as
(b) Using a tactic like
(c) To use tactics
(d) Used to tactics like
65. The company will invest more six hundred crores in the
next five years to expand its operations in Britain.
(a) will further invest
(b) has invested more than
(c) have invested over
(d) will be invested above
66. Several of our projects have delayed because the
equipment we ordered was delivered late.
(a) have been delivered when
(b) delayed because of
(c) are delayed since
(d) were delayed with
67. The committee has ruled out the possible raising taxes
for this financial year.
(a) possibly raised
(b) possible rise of
(c) possibility to raise
(d) possibility of raising
Directions: In each question below a sentence with
four words printed in bold type is given. These are numbered as (a), (b), (c)
and (d). One of these four words printed in bold may be either wrongly spelt or
inappropriate in the context of the sentence. Find out the word which is wrongly
spelt or inappropriate if any. The number of that word is your answer.
68. Under existing (l)/regulations we are not permitted
(b)/to owe (c)/of the family business. All correct (d).
69. In case of any land dispute (l)/panchayat officials
(b)/will determine (c)/how the property is to be dividend (d).
70. The World Bank has consented (a)/ to sanction (b)/ the
necessary (c)/finance (d)/for the project.
71. To obtain (a)/a refund you will have to fill (b)/ a
claim (c) /with the appropriate (d)/ authority.
72. Experts predict (a)/there will be shortage (b)/ of
investment (c)/in the infrastructure (d)/ sector.
Directions: Rearrange the following six sentences 1, 2, 3,
4, 5 and 6 in the proper sequence to form a meaningful paragraph; then answer
the questions given below them.
A. The hall was filled with children, teachers, students,
family members and those who were close to him.
B. Normally, such ceremonies are attended by important people like
industrialists, politicians and VIPs.
C. What I saw when I stepped into the hall amazed me.
D. I went home with the feeling that it was a most unusual oath taking ceremony
with only those who were ‘important’ to him present.
E. When he was elected President, he invited me to the swearing in ceremony in
the Central Hall of Parliament.
F. However, in this case everyone who attended the ceremony seemed to know him
73. Which of the following should be the FIRST sentence
74. Which of the following should be the SECOND sentence
75. Which of the following should be the THIRD sentence
76. Which of the following should be the FIFTH sentence
77. Which of the following should be the LAST (SIXTH)
sentence after rearrangement?
Directions: Read each sentence to find out whether
there is any grammatical error 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.
78. His proposal had (a)/to be send to (b)/the President
of the company (c)/for her approval (d).
79. Each Tuesday evening we visited (a)/the farmers in the
area (b)/and held a meeting (c)/to discuss the problems they faced (d).
80. Though our training facilities (a)/are limited only a
(b)/few employees have been (c)/ selected for training (d).
81. During the interview (a)/the panel asked me (b)/
several technical questions (c)/and I answered all of it (d).
82. He decided to work for (a)/an NGO, but most of his
(b)/classmates opted for high paid (c)/ jobs in multinational companies (d).
Directions: In the following passage there are blanks each
of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and
against each, five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank
appropriately. Find out the appropriate words in each case.
When we 73 started thirty years ago in 1977, we did not know
anything about how to run a bank for the poor. We therefore looked at how others
ran their operations and 74 from their mistakes. In Bangladesh, conventional
banks and credit cooperatives always 75 lump sum repayments. This created 76
problems because repaying in a lump sum was a mental hurdle for borrowers. They
tended to delay repayment and get further into debt in the 77. In the end they
usually 78 totally on the loan, which was a loss to the bank. In structuring our
own loans, I decided to ask for a daily payment. Monitoring repayment was 79 and
it filled people with 80 that they could repay their loans.
83. (a) firstly
84. (a) copied
85. (a) asked
86. (a) severe
87. (a) time
88. (a) neglected
89. (a) benefit
90. (a) sense
Directions: Choose the word which is most nearly the SAME
in meaning as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
93. Choose the word which is most OPPOSITE in meaning of
the word dejectedly as used in the passage.
Directions: Read the following passage carefully and
answer the questions given below it. Certain words are printed in bold to help
you to locate them while answering some of the questions.
The yearly festival was close at hand. The store room was
packed with silk fabrics, gold ornaments, clay bowls full of sweet curd and
platefuls of sweetmeats. The orders has been placed with shops well in advance.
The mother was sending out gifts to everyone. The eldest son, a government
servant, lived with his wife and children in far off lands. The second son had
left home at an early age. As a merchant he travelled all over the world. The
other sons has split up over petty squabbles, and they now lived in homes of
their own. The relatives were spread all across the world. They rarely visited.
The youngest son, left in the company of a servant, was soon bored left her and
stood at the door all day long, waiting and watching. His mother, thrilled and
excited loaded the presents on trays and plates, covered them with
colourful kerchiefs, and sent them off with maids and servants. The neighbours
looked on. The day came to an end. All the presents had been sent off. The child
came back into the house and dejectedly said to his mother, “Maa, you gave a
present to everyone, but you didn’t give me anything!” His mother laughed, “I
have given all the gifts away to everyone, now see what’s left for you.” She
kissed him on the forehead. The child said in tearful voice,
“Don’t I get a gift?”
“You’ll get it when you go far away.”
“But when I am close to you, don’t I get
something from your own hands?”
His mother reached out her arms and drew him to her “This is all I have in my
own hands. It is the most precious of all.”
94. Why did the woman’s second son travel?
(a) He was restless by nature
(b) He did not want to stay at home
(c) He was rich and could afford to travel
(d) His job was such that he had to travel
95. Why did the woman’s eldest son not attend the
(a) He was not an good terms with his youngest brother who
lived at home
(b) He had quarrelled with his mother
(c) His wife did not allow him to return home
(d) His job prevented him from taking leave
96. How did the woman prepare for the festival?
A. She bought expensive gifts for her children and
B. She ordered her servants to prepare sweets and food well in advance.
C. She made sure that her youngest child was looked after so that he wouldn’t be
(b) Only A
(c) Only B
(d) Both A & B
97. What did the youngest child do while his mother was
A. He waited for. a chance to steal some sweetmeats.
B. He pestered his mother to give him a present.
C. He stood at the door with the servants.
(a) Only A
(b) Only B
(c) Both A & C
(d) Only C
98. Which of the following can be said about the woman?
(a) She was a widow who had brought up her children single
(b) She was not a good mother since her children has left home at an early age
(c) She enjoyed sending her family gifts at festival time
(d) She gave expensive presents to show that she was wealthy
(e) She rarely visited her grandchildren because they all lived abroad.
99. What did the boy receive from his mother?
(a) She taught him the value of patience
(b) She encouraged him to grow up and live independently like his brother
(c) She showed him the importance of giving expensive gifts
(d) She gave him a hug to express her love
100. Which of the following is TRUE in the context of the
(a) The woman usually ignored her youngest son
(b) The woman’s eldest son lived abroad
(c) The members of the woman’s family did not care about her
(d) The woman made all the preparations herself since she did not want to burden