SSC Combined Graduate Level Exam Sample Paper

Staff Selection Commission

Combined Graduate Level Exam

Subject – General English

Directions (1-10): In the following passage there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each four words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word.

A two party (1) is must for a democratic country like (2) to achieve national objectives (3) as removal (4) unemployment, hunger and poverty. The system, if (5) in operation, will definitely (6) many cobwebs and be clear in its policies and per-spectives so that the (7) problems facing the country (8) tackled on a (9) footing. It is, therefore, suggested that the present (10) a strong foundation for the two-party political system in India.

1. (A) Practice            (b) custom                  (c) system                   (d) frame

2. (a) our                     (b) ours                       (c) their                       (d) theirs

3. (A) likewise            (b) so                           (c) as well                   (d) such as

4. (a) To                      (b) from                      (c) with                       (d) of

5. (A) Keep                 (b) provide                  (c) put                                     (d) bring

6. (A) Discharge         (b) remove                  (c) avoid                     (d) aloof

7. (A) Urgent              (b) necessary              (c) important              (d) daily

8. (A) is                       (b) will                        (c) has                                     (d) are

9. (A) Quiet                (b) calm                      (c) sound                     (d) noise

10. (A) Lay                 (b) laid                        (c) low                        (d) laying

Directions (11-20): In the following questions you have two passages with 5 questions following each passage. Read the passages carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives and mark it in the Answer-sheet.


Hiuen Tsang, the famous Chinese traveler, visited India in the seventh century. He traveled extensively in India. He stayed for great emperor Harashavardhana. He has left for us graphic descriptions of the pomp and ceremony of the royal regalia and the lavish celebrations of Hindu festivals. During one particular festivity at the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna, many princes would come to participate in the giving of gifts to the poor and the orphans. Oh, how the footsteps of pilgrims and the cries of poor and the needy have resounded across the length and breadth of the land from the most distant times! How those ancient banks of sacred rivers have heard voices of collective prayers and the shourts of joy of periodic pilgrims! If only the mute stones and steps could tell all the thrills, they have witnessed, volumes of stirring stories would flow from them.

Hiuen Tsang spent a long period at the famed Nalanda, the great centre of learning in classical India where students by the hundreds flocked from all over India and abroad. It had flourished in the remote century of Buddha and Mahavira, and now when the Chinese pilgrim visited the place it seems to have been still full of life and intellectual vigour. For this is what the pilgrim notes. “The day, is not sufficient for asking and answering profound questions. From morning till night they engage in discussions, the old and the voting mutually help one another.” If such is not an ideal place of learning, then what is?

11. Why are the writings of Hituen Tsang considered very important?

(a) He was the first foreign visitor

(b) We get details about the lifestyle of classical India

(c) He wrote his experiences in Indian language

(d) He was impressed by Indian way of life

12. The passage refers to all the following except

(a) Footsteps of pilgrims

(b) Voices of collective prayers

(c) Giving of gifts by the poor and orphans

(d) Lavish celebrations

13. What has been considered as the most significant aspect of Nalanda?

(a) It was a renowned centre of teaching and learning

(b) It used to admit only foreign students

(c) Princes would come there for studies

(d) It had witnessed volumes of stirring stories of Buddha

14. Which of the following is NOT mentioned in the passage?

(a) Ganga                    (b) Mahavira               (c) Nalanda                 (d) Takshashila

15. Why the princes used to visit the festivity at the confluence of the Ganga and the Yamuna?

(a) To meet foreign visitors

(b) To give away a part of their wealth to the needy

(c) To learn the scriptures

(d) To participate in the discussions


Long long ago, there lived a king who had a favourite jester in his court. The jester’s business was to amuse the king and the courtiers. He was allowed much liberty by the king who overlooked even the un-kindest jokes of the jester. As a result of all this, the jester became a nuisance to the whole court.

One day, however, the jester gave unintentional offence to the king. The king at once condemned him to death. The jester fell on his knees, and pleaded for his life. But the king refused to alter the sentence.

One day the king visited the jester in prison. He said to the jester. “I am very sorry my friend; I cannot spare your life, but I can allows on one concession. You can choose the manner of life you would like to die.” The clever jester now saw his chance, and at once said, “I choose, your majesty, to die of old age.”

16. Why was the jester sentence to death’?

(a) Because he abused a courtier

(b) Because he hurt the king deliberately

(c) Because he hurt the king unintentionally

(d) Because he lived the king

17. The jester’s business was to

(a) Entertain the king and the queen

(b) Entertain the king as well as the courtiers

(c) Point out the folly of the king

(d) Help the king to solve many problems

18. The king did not pardon the jester because

(a) The jester was a nuisance to the whole court

(b) The king never pardoned anybody

(c) The courtiers advised the king not to pardon the jester

(d) The reason has not been given

19. The king went to see the jester in prison because

(a) The jester had made a request to him to see him

(b) He wished to visit the jester

(c) The courtiers requested him to see the jester

(d) The prison was in halter and skelter

20. Which of the following statements Is TRUE?

(a) The jester enjoyed maximum liberty

(b) The jester requested the king to set him free

(c) The courtiers liked the jester very much

(d) The jester entertained only the courtiers

Directions (21-25): In the following questions the 1st and the last parts of the sentence are numbered S1 &S6. The rest of the sentence is split into four parts and named P, Q, R and S. These four parts are not given in their proper order. Read the sentence and find out which of the four combinations is correct. Then find the correct answer and indicate it in the Answer-sheet.

21. S1. But how does a new word get into the dictionary?

Q. When a new dictionary is being edited, a lexicographer collects all the alphabetically arranged citation slips for a particular word.

Q. The dictionary makers notice it and make a note of it on a citation slip.

R. The moment a new word is coined, it usually enters the spoken language.

S. The word then passes from the realm of hearing to the realm of hearing to the realm of writing.

S6. He sorts them according their grammatical function, and carefully writes a definition.

(a) PQRS                     (b) PQSR                    (c) RQPS                     (d) RSQP

22. S1. Gandhi’s first political fast was made soon after his return from Africa.

S6. He did not fast against the mill owners, but in order to strengthen the determination of the strikers.

P. He had also received help from this man’s sister.

Q. This was then the poor labourers of the cotton mills of Ahamedabad were on strike.

R. He was a friend of the largest mill owner.

S. Gandhi had made the strikers promise to remain on strike until the owners agreed to accept the decision of an arbitrator.

(a) PQSR                     (b) QSRP                    (c) RPQS                     (d) SRPQ

23. S1. Kabir knew that Ramananda got up very early in the morning and went down on the steps of the ‘ghat’ to bathe in the waters of the sacred Ganges.

P. as Ramananda came down the steps before daybreak for his usual bath, he trod on the sleeping man.

Q. Kabir at once jumped up and threw himself at the feet of the preacher.

R. “Ram, Ram”, he exclaimed in astonishment.

S. One dark night, Kabir went to the ‘ghat’ and lay down on one of the river steps.

S6. He said, “You have given me the mantra, “Ram, Ram, ‘ I have be come your disciple”.

(a) PQSR                     (b) PRQS                    (c) RQPS                     (d) SPRQ

24. S1. We must also understand that the fruits of labour are sweeter than the gifts of fortune.

P. Moreover, too much of thinking is also a disease.

Q. indeed, thought and action can be separately analysed but can never be separated from each other.

R. Hence thought to be complete demands action and action without thought also has no value.

S. It keeps us depressed and gloomy.

S6. The best life, therefore, is lived both in thought and deed.

(a) PSRQ                     (b) QRSP                      (c) RQPS                               (d) SPQR

25. S1. Smoke oozed up between the planks.

P. Passengers were told to be ready to quit the ship.

Q. The rising gale fanned the smouldering fire.

R. Every one now knew there was a fire on board.

S. Flames broke out here and there.

S6. Most people bore the shock bravely.

(a) QPSR                     (b) QSRP                   (c) RSPQ                    (d) SRQP

Directions (26-35): One part of following sentences has an error, point out the portion carrying error in the answer sheet.

26. Jagdish met me yesterday (a)/ but he did not tell me (b)/ that he has (c)/ resigned from the factory. (d)

27. The principal indicated that (a)/ the issue of improved quality of teaching (b)/ in the college were high (c)/ in his list of priorities. (d)

28. Dileep has spend (a)/ six years in Calcutta (b)/ but still he does not know (c)/ many parts of the city. (d)

29. The number of foreign tourists (a)/ visiting India are increasing (b)/ day by day during (c)/ this tourist season. (d)

30. Unless you take (a)/ interest into the studies (b)/ you will not succeed (c)/ in the examination. (d)

31. After 50 years of independence (a)/ many social problems (b)/ still remaining (c)/ to be solved in India. (d)

32. The manager has decided (a)/ to visit all the departments (b)/ of the factory tomorrow morning (c)/ to review of the situation. (d)

33. Last week when (a)/ I reach Viru’s house (b)/ he had already (c)/ left for Mumbai. (d)

34. Immediately after boarding the bus, (a)/ Mahesh asked the conductor (b)/ that if he knew (c)/ where the museum was. (d)

35. He being the eldest son, (a)/ his father expect him (b)/ to take care of several things (c)/ besides his regular studies. (d)

Directions (36-40): In the following questions a group of four words are given. In each group one word is misspelt. Find the misspelt word and indicate it in the Answer sheet.

36. (a) Repreive          (b) retrospect              (c) retreat                    (d) receive

37. (a) Occasional      (b) occupational         (c) occurrence            (d) ocean

38. (a) Qualification   (b) qualm                    (c) quarrel                   (d) querry

39. (a) Glamour          (b) graduate                (c) grese                      (d) greenery

40. (a) Demise            (b) furniture                (c) reclaim                  (d) premise

Directions (41-50): Pick out the most effective word from the given words to fill in the blank to make the sentence meaningfully complete.

41. After reaching New York Ramakant will have to ……..himself to the new surroundings.

(a) Develop                 (b) acquaint                (c) adapt                     (d) submit

42. Although Sudha had ……….. early in the morning. She could not finish her household work.

(a) Risen                     (b) rose                       (c) rises                       (d) rising

43. Anuradha has a …………..interest in classical music.

(a) Wide                      (b) keen                       (c) high                       (d) bright

44. He did not go …………the whole book before giving his opinion about it.

(a) Over                      (b) into                        (c) with                       (d) through

45. The food was ……….not that we would hardly touch it.

(a) As                          (b) very                       (c) much                     (d) so

46. He tried to ………smoking, but did not succeed.

(a) Give up                  (b) take in                   (c) do away                 (d) put out

47. Although Ramya is very fat, her younger sister is very…………..

(a) Weak                     (b) lean                       (c) sturdy                    (d) tall

48. The teacher …………upon the students the importance of studying science.

(a) Weak                     (b) taught                    (c) encouraged            (d) impressed

49. I cannot ……….it to you right now, tomorrow we will discuss about it.

(a) Demand                 (b) disturb                   (c) worry                     (d) explain

50. Lata’s programmes ………..taking place throughout the state since last week.

(a) Has been                (b) have been              (c) is                           (d) will be

Directions (51-60): In the following questions, certain words is printed in bold at each of the question places and against each four options of its meaning are given. You have to choose the word which has the right meaning or sense of the word from each group of five words.


(a) Establish               (b) invade                   (c) procure                  (d) destroy


(a) Control                  (b) inundate                (c) consume                (d) disrupt


(a) Conclude               (b) pilfer                     (c) investigate            (d) assign


(a) Cruel                     (b) remunerative         (c) historical               (d) abusive

55. JOLT

(a) Correspondence    (b) separation             (c) identification        (d) bounce


(a) Appear                   (b) estrange                 (c) demonstrate          (d) clash


(a) Unarmed               (b) luxurious               (c) random                  (d) provoked


(a) Charm                   (b) conception            (c) imagination           (d) determination


(a) Prosperous            (b) fertile                    (c) genius                    (d) miscreant

60. ROAM

(a) Animate                (b) quicken                 (c) comfort                 (d) walk

Directions (61-70): In the following questions, out of the four alternatives, you have to choose the nearest antonyms of the words given in bold at the question places.


(a) Fruitless                (b) valuable                (c) affluent                 (d) constant


(a) Virtuous                (b) timid                     (c) bashful                  (d) resourceful


(a) Artificial               (b) admiring               (c) decrepit                 (d) valuable


(a) Retrogressive        (b) admiring               (c) decrepit                 (d) valuable


(a) Wordiness             (b) review                   (c) benefit                   (d) modification


(a) Harsh                     (b) unveiled                (c) unsuitable             (d) obscure


(a) Normal                  (b) agreeable               (c) dull                        (d) denuded


(a) Mild                      (b) wild                       (c) hidden                   (d) easy


(a) Impure                   (b) unclean                  (c) irrational               (d) indelicate


(a) Showy                   (b) grand                     (c) palatable               (d) consistent

Directions (71-75): In each of the following questions, a sentence has been given in Active (or Passive) Voice. Out of the four alternatives suggested select the one which best expresses the same sentence in Passive (or Active) Voice.

71. His pocket has been picked.

(a) They have his pocket picked.

(b) Picking has been done to his pocket.

(c) Picked has been his pocket.

(d) Someone has picked his pocket.

72. The French surrendered Quebec to the English in 1759.

(a) Quebec was surrendered by the French to the English in 1759.

(b) Quebec was surrendered to the English in 1759 by the French.

(c) The English were surrendered Quebec in 1759 by the French.

(d) Quebec was surrendered in 1759 by the French to the English.

73. Someone gave her a bull dog.

(a) She was given a bull dog.

(b) A bull dog was given to her.

(c) She has been given a bull dog.

(d) She is being given a bull dog by someone.

74. A stone struck me on the head.

(a) I was struck by a stone on the head.

(b) My head was struck by a stone.

(c) I had been struck by a stone on the head.

(d) I was struck on the head by a stone.

75. You must look into this mater.

(a) This matter has been looked into by you.

(b) This matter may be looked into by you.

(c) This matter should be looked into by you.

(d) This matter into looked into by you.

Directions 76-80): Rearrange the following sentences into a meaningful sequence and the answer the questions that follow.

  1. Another important aspect of stress is that the human body reacts to stress in a stereotyped, physiological way.
  2. But as long as we are alive, we are experiencing stress.
  3. Besides the fact that stress is unavoidable, there are several aspects of stress that one should understand.
  4. Sometimes the stress is small and sometimes it is large.
  5. Stress cannot be avoided, and our stress level is never at zero.
  6. One is that both too high and too low a stress level is damaging.
  7. We are always under the stress as long as we are alive.

76. Which sentence should come third in the paragraph?

(a) I                       (b) II                            (c) IV                          (d) V

77. Which sentence should come sixth in the paragraph?

(a) I                       (b) II                            (c) III                           (d) VI

78. Which sentence should come first in the paragraph?

(a) II                      (b) IV                          (c) V                           (d) VII

79. Which sentence should come fourth in the paragraph?

(a) I                       (b) II                            (c) III                           (d) V

80. Which sentence should come last in the paragraph?

(a) I                       (b) II                            (c) III                           (d) V

Directions (81-90): In the following questions out of the four alternatives choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/ sentences.

81. A woman whose husband is dead

(a) Virgin              (b) spinster                 (c) wedlock                 (d) widow

82. To take one to task

(a) Disgrace          (b) handle                   (c) Entreat                  (d) Rebuke

83. One who uses fear as a weapon of power

(a) Terrorist          (b) militant                 (c) extremist               (d) anarchist

84. A small piece of wood

(a) Splinter           (b) Crumb                   (c) Scrap                     (d) Chip

85. Mania for setting fires

(a) Pyromania       (b) kleptomania          (c) locomania             (d) nymphomania

Directions (86-90): In each of the following questions, same sentences are given which are on the same theme, Decide which sentence is the most preferable with respect to grammar, meaning and usage, suitable for a formal writing in English.

86. (a) I ascribed his rudeness to his fatigue.

(b) He derives pleasure from teasing girls.

(c) I despaired for finding my lost watch.

(d) Don’t trifle with the girl’s affections.

87. (a) He has no desire for fame.

(b) I intend going to Calcutta.

(c) He is too miserly to part with his money.

(d) He has invited me for dinner.

88. (a) There are not any books on the table.

(b) His trouser is very dirty.

(c) The roads of Delhi are wider than those of Calcutta.

(d) You walk faster than I.

89. (a) He was hung for murder.

(b) I offered him a chair to sit on.

(c) Let’s not intrude on his privacy.

(d) You should comply with the rules.

90. (a) Polities is a dirty game.

(b) Twenty miles is a long distance.

(c) She did nothing but sang.

(d) His father is an S.D.O.

Directions (91-100): In the following questions, some idioms/phrases sayings, etc. have been given in bold in sentences at the question places and are followed by four options of their meaning or sense. You have to choose the one in each case as the right meaning or sense of each idiom/phrase/saying.

91. His financial condition is not sound, so he always avoids playing with edge-tools.

(a) To shout approval

(b) To deal carelessly with dangerous matters

(c) To make relations firm

(d) To demand something unfair

92. His friend is a successful businessman. The secret of his success is his being Known what o’clock it is in his business.

(a) To know how things are

(b) To accept thing hesitantly

(c) To get a commanding status

(d) To make something known to all

93. He is an expert tell-tale and he has an ability to entertain someone by spinning a yarn.

(a) To tell a tale

(b) To be regarded with esteem

(c) To come in light

(d) To be efficient in something

94. Boys were hungry and they walked into food as soon as the meal was served.

(a) To behave rudely

(b) To eat hastily

(c) To wonder away

(d) To have a rough conduct

95. With constant efforts he can succeed in making his business going on wheels.

(a) To pull to downfall

(b) To be broken off suddenly

(c) To make a rapid progress

(d) To be secret or silent

96. The exchange of heated arguments between both is quite natural. It is just a storm in the tea cup.

(a) Something serious

(b) A lasting impression

(c) An undue interference

(d) A pelty squabble

97. Inspite of all his botherations and business he always tries to quit himself well in meeting with others.

(a) To have been given a remarkable duty

(b) To behave well

(c) To act without meditation

(d) To manage the situation bravely

98. On behalf of the government the Prime Minister went in for delivering a disquisition on the burning problems.

(a) To upset or spoil something

(b) To aim at something

(c) To remain unmoved

(d) To give a right judgement

99. Intelligence and patience can save the day of a person out of his self-imposed tortures.

(a) To prevent something from going wrong

(b) To take most trouble over some thing

(c) To deceive someone

(d) To go mad

100. The magistrate served the accused right and ordered to round up him.

(a) To make a lie absolutely.

(b) To do something steadily

(c) To give a hint by a casual remark

(d) To arrest

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