SSC LDC Sample Paper

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Staff Selection Commission (SSC) (LDC) Sample Paper / Practice Paper

                    Directions (Q. 1 to 5): Read the following sentences to find out whether there is any error in it. The error, if any, will be in one underlined part of the sentence. The alphabet of that part is answer. If there is no error, the answer is ‘E’. (Ignore the error of punctuation, if any).

1. Her accepting/ A) the president ship of party /B) was /C) nothing else than sheer foolishness/D). No error/E)

2. She has been/A) rather /B) out of sort/C) lately /D). No error/E)

3. The use of stand-boys/A) in dangerous scenes by film directors/B) is not approved of /C) film critics/D). No error/E)

4. What did he do/A) to his bicycle now/B), I think /C) he is washing it /D). No error/E)

5. This story is about/A) a rich girl/B) who befriends/C) a poor boy whom she met in her childhood /D). No error/E)

Directions (Q. 6 to 10): Each question below consists of a word printed in capital letters. Choose the word that is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word given in capital letter.


(a) Candour                                         (b) finish                         (c) abstract                       (d) limitations                  (e) hypothesis


(a) Dialectic                     (b) abundance                  (c) obligation                   (d) decay                         (e) surreptitious


(a) Austerity                    (b) validity                       (c) surrogate                    (d) awareness                  (e) awkwardness


(a) Old-fashioned            (b) sallow                        (c) not comparable           (d) irksome                      (e) similar


(a) Insolvent                    (b) simple                        (c) contrary                      (d) barren                        (e) synthetic

Directions (Q. 11 to 15): Read the following sentences to find out whether there is any error in it. Each sentence has four words or phrases underlined. The error, if any, will be in one underlined part of the sentence. The alphabet of that part is answer. If there is no error, the answer is ‘E’. (Ignore the error of punctuation, if any).

11. The/A) choice for the post of accountant lies/B) among/C) these/D) five candidates. No error/E)

12. Young as/A) we /B) are, we must/C) know that career we want to take up/D). No error/E)

13. The real damage can’t be/A) assessed/B) in the quake hit areas unless /C) the rescue work is over/D). No error/E)

14. One hour after/A) another (hour) have/B) passed, yet/C) he has not shown up/D). No error/E)

15. The report calls to /A) a formal declaration that /B) Britain is now a multicultural society, for a rewriting of British history and for/C) social psychic adjustment to /D) the change. No error/E)

Directions (Q. 16 to 20): Read each of the following sentences some part or all the sentence is underlined. Below each sentence is given five ways of phrasing the underlined sentences, select the answer from among choices, which produces the most effective sentence, one that is clear and exact.

16. I don’t know what happens to the people during elections,

(a) Everyone gets so taken to by all the low- key, but intense politicising.

(b) Everyone gets so taken up by all the low-key but intense politicing.

(c) Everyone gets so taken up with all the low-key but intense politicising.

(d) Everyone gets to take up by all the low-key and intense politicing.

(e) Everyone gets so taken with all the low-key and intense politicising.

17. estranged friends reaffirm either their friendship or become avowed enemies, new alliances are forged and old ones are broken.

(a) Reaffirm either their friendship or become avowed enemies.

(b) Reaffirm either their friendship nor become avowed enemies

(c) Reaffirm their either friendship or become avowed enemies.

(d) Either reaffirm their or become avowed enemies.

(e) Reaffirm their friendship either or become avowed enemies.

18. But one thing however has not changed is the splendor of the Red fort.

(a) But one thing, however has not changed           (b) But one thing, however didn’t change

(c) But one thing has not changed                           (d) but the thing that has not changed however

(e) But however one thing has not changed

19. I was not there when the announcement was made public but the news came to me by a friend just now.

(a) But the new came to me by a friend just now.   (b) But the news had come to me by a friend just now.

(c) As the news came to me by a friend just now.   (d) But the news came to me through a friend just now.

(e) As the new had come to me through a friend just now.

20. The officer was there in his office to listen to the complaints of the local residents but nobody came for the whole day.

(a) But nobody came for the whole day.                 (b) Nobody comes for the whole day.

(c) Nobody came during the whole day.                 (d) Nobody came to the whole day.

(e) Nobody was to came for the whole day

Directions (Q. 21 to 25): Each of the following questions has a phrase/clause underlined. From the given options, choose the word that is similar in meaning to the underlined part.

21. His approach towards father-daughter relationship is certainly very old fashioned.

(a) Multitudinous            (b) antediluvian               (c) incorruptible               (d) impressive                 (e) inspire.

22. He is an eager and enthusiastic collector of old manuscripts.

(a) Dump                         (b) muffled                     (c) acclaimed                   (d) motivated                   (e) avid

23. He confused by tricking his opponents with a series of dexterous moves.

(a) Bamboozled               (b) pestered                                         (c) cruised                       (d) cuddled                      (e) defeated

24. The teenagers were made to go away after they behaved rowdily.

(a) Piqued                        (b) refuted                       (c) interceded                   (d) banished                    (e) evacuated.

25. He moved in a rough way past me to break the queue.

(a) Barged                       (b) resurrected                 (c) pinched                      (d) sublimated.                (e) Craved.

Directions (Q. 26 to 30): Arrange the following b, c, d and e sentences between (a) and (f) in logical sequence to construct a coherent paragraph:

26.               a. The riots in Nepal this week have gone well beyond being a response to what Hrithik Roshan said, or did not say.

b. Clearly, the riots are an expression of a much larger anti-Indian sentiment.

c. The star’s denial, as well as the absence of any evidence that he did make anti-Nepal statements, has made no difference at all to the intensity of riots.

d. Because India has taken a series of economic initiatives in its relations with Nepal that are, if any thing, heavily weighted in favour of Nepal.

e. A case can be made out that this sentiment is not justified.

f. But irrespective of whether the anti-India sentiment is justified or not, its intensity is unmistakable and it would be a mistake to ignore the reality.

(a) abcdef                        (b) acbdef                        (c) aedbcf                        (d) acbedf                        (e) abcedf

27.               a. Company officials were not willing to reveal the name of the dotcom.

b. According to market rumours a dotcom owned by one of Mastek’s founders is the cause of all the troubles.

c. but they clarified that it was not promoted by the Indians or targeted at the Indian community.

d. It was earlier targeting a top line growth of 50 percent.

e. Because of these events Mastek, the company may not be able to meet its growth target of the years.

f. Infact, the company may even witness a dip in its bottom line

(a) abcdef                        (b) acbedf                        (c) abedcf                        (d) adbecf                        (e) aebdcf

28.               a. We are now the sole suppliers of radiation caps to General Motors for the last six years.

b. It is a very complicated piece of engineering.

c. We supply some thing like five million radiator caps to General Motors.

d. Nor have we failed in any delivery to different locations we supply to.

e. But I am happy to say that is the last four years of supplying 25 million caps, there has not been a single rejection.

f. For this, we have won best of the Best Supplier’s Award for four years in succession.

(a) abdcef                        (b) acbdef                        (c) acbedf                        (d) adebcf                        (e) abcdef

29.               a. Harrison’s watch, they say, was the technological triumph that paved the way for the British Empire.

b. This created complications especially in running of trains.

c. Yet most towns kept their won time, setting their clocks and watches by the sun.

d. Create Britain solved the problem by fixing what it called Greenwich Mean Time.

e. Later, the interchangeability of parts made mass productions of clocks possible.

f. soon every country followed suit, fixing one line or more as a mean time and later endorsed Greenwich Mean Time.

(a) abcdef                        (b) acbdef                        (c) aecbdf                        (d) aedcbf                        (e) adecbf

30.               a. Three year old Lateef, was alone at home last week.

b. He fell from the apartment, bounced off from an air conditioner protruding from a second floor window

c. Frightened and crying, the boy pushed out the screen of an open window.

d. After hitting the ground Lateef amazingly got up began to cry and started walking around.

e. He landed on a narrow strip of grass.

f. Lateef was later discharged from a local hospital with just a minor injury.

(a) abcdef                        (b) acbedf                        (c) acedbf                        (d) aedbcf                        (e) abecdf

Directions (Q. 31 to 40): In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five pairs of words/phrases. Choose a pair of words/phrases that best fits into the blanks to give a meaningful sentence.

31. The ———–was ———-, and every rupee had to be saved.

(a) Payment: inconspicuous                                    (b) income; meager

(c) Receipt; devious                                                 (d) revenue; expressive

(e) earning; adequate

32. The patients often gave her ———–especially when they were being———-.

(a) Gifts; liberated           (b) tips; excused              (c) Treats; discharged.     (d) Goods; let off            (e) Money; performed.

33. The ball fell straight on the vase and ———–it down and the vase ———into pieces.

(a) Knocked; shattered     (b) overthrew; crumbled  (c) Hit; succumbed          (d) punched; perished      (e) Bashed; dismantled

34. The soldier is ———-wounded in battle and his body is badly ———-.

(a) Fatally; truncated        (b) greatly; beheaded       (c) Intensely; damaged    (d) greatly; injured.          (e) mortally; mutilated.

35. His agony is so ———–that he is —-for death.

(a) Devastating; hoping                                           (b) excruciating; yearning

(c) Unbearable; desiring                                         (d) excoriating; praying

(e) Acute; dire need

Directions (Q. 36 to 40): Each of the sentences below has one or more blank spaces. Each blank indicating that a word has been omitted. Beneath each sentence, five words or set of words are given, which when inserted in the sentence best fits in the meaning of the sentence as a whole.

36. The three states ———-and balked but failed to agree on a water sharing formula.

(a) co-ordinated               (b) navigated                   (c) compromised             (d) bickered.                    (e) Persuaded

37. To die for their country is the ——-for most soldiers.

(a) Support                      (b) accolade                     (c) trust                            (d) arrears                        (e) pat

38. The 20th century saw Asia emerge from its deep ——-to shake off the colonial ————.

(a) setback; submission   (b) insurgency; terrorism                     (c) slumber; yoke            (d) groove; masters.        (e) Humiliation; past

39. India is expected to ——–a head in economic terms after liberalization.

(a) Opiate                        (b) reverse                       (c) wrinkle                       (d) respond                      (e) surge

40. His mother will never ———-in his keeping tarantula as a pet.

(a) Acquiesce                  (b) persecute                    (c) scan                            (d) titivate                        (e) inspire.

Directions (Q. 41 to 50): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow.

For anybody who ever flunked a math test, something marvelous is going to happen in Stockholm on Sunday evening. A soft-spoken fellow from Kanasa-a guy who was turned down by MIT because his math scores were too low, who learned his trade in the Army and never had much formal training in science – is going to receive the Nobel Prize in physics. This is slightly anomalous, because Jack St. Clair Kilby is not a physicist. The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences was willing to overlook that minor detail, though, because Kilby did, after all, come up with the most valuable invention of the past half-century: the semiconductor integrated circuit, better known as the microchip. Jack Kilby’s idea launched the Information Age                              the tiny silicon chip at the heart of all digital devices has become the most important industrial commodity since crude oil. Without it, there could be no personal computer, no mobile phone, no space program, no Internet, no pacemakers or Play Stations; the integrated circuit has changed the daily life of the world as fundamentally as did the light bulb, the telephone and the horseless carriage. But somehow, the man who made the microchip has never achieved the recognition that Edison, Bell and Ford enjoyed in their lifetimes. Now, at age 77, Jack Kilby may receive the attention he deserves, thanks to the Nobel Prize.

Today microelectronics a $300 billion global industry and the chip is ubiquitous. But there were none at all in the summer of 1958, when a tall, quiet Kansan walked into the semiconductor research lab at Texas Instruments’ headquarters in Dallas. Kilby was 34 then and his new job at TI was just about the first lucky break of his career. He grew up in Great Bend, Kansas. His father ran the local electric utility, and jack decided at Great Bend High School that he, too, would be an electrical engineer. He set his sights on that mecca for budding engineers, MIT. There were no SATs back then, so one day in June 1941, young Jack boarded a train to Cambridge, Mass, to take the entrance exam for MIT.

He flunked, Six decades later, with five dozen patents in his name, with his picture hanging next Edison’s in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, with virtually every engineering prize in the world on his shelves, Kilby still feels the sting of that failure. He can remember the algebra problems he thinks he got wrong. “The minimum passing grade was 500,” Kilby recalls in a slow Midwestern drawl, “and I got 497.” There was nothing to do but take the long, unhappy train trip back to Kansas. A few months later World War II began, and Cpl. Kilby was assigned to the radio repair shop at a US Army outpost on a tea plantation in northeast India. After V-J day, kilby went to the University of Illinois on the GI Bill, taking a degree in “double E”: electrical engineering. It was a heady time in electronics; in 1947, three Americans invented the transistor, the first important semiconductor device. In short order, there were courses at Illinois on quantum physics and solid-state circuits. But these were restricted to physics majors. “They weren’t going expose that funny stuff to simple-minded engineers,” Kilby says.

Upon graduation, Kilby went to work for a small electronic components maker called Centralab, for the excellent reason that it was the only firm to offer him a job. After a few years there, Kilby sent off an application to Texas Instruments, and was thrilled to be offered a position there in 1958. The firm put Kilby to work on the most important problem in electronics known in the technical literature of the day as “the interconnections problem” or “the wiring problem,” or, more poetically, “the tyranny of numbers.” Inspired by the transistor, engineers were already designing circuits for new electronic devices never known before such as high-speed computers powerful enough to run worldwide communication networks or steer rockets to the moon – but these ambitious high-tech marvels existed only on paper. Nobody could build them.

Building an electric circuit is like building a sentence. You take certain standard components nouns, verbs, adjectives in a sentence; resistors, capacitors, diodes, transistors in a circuit and string them together to serve a specific purpose. In the 1950s, circuit designs were growing so complex that they called for miles and miles of wire and millions and millions of soldered connections.

All over the world, engineers were searching for a solution. They Army, Navy and Air Force spend hundreds of millions on the problem. But when Jack Kilby came up against the tyranny of numbers he had one great advantage: “I didn’t know what everybody else considered impossible, so I didn’t rule anything out.”

Sitting quietly in the semiconductor lab, Kilby came up with an answer to the wiring problem: Eliminate the wires. It was such a daring break with the whole history of electronic circuits that he first thought it couldn’t possibly work. But he realized that all the basic elements of a circuit could be made of the same material silicon. Of course, at the time nobody would have used silicon to build a resistor; resistors made of carbon were better and cheaper. But you could do it. Capacitors, diodes and transistors could be made of silicon as well. And if all the elements of a circuit could be made of the same material, why no carve all of them into a single slice of that material? Then the interconnections could be laid down, or even printed, right on a little chip of silicon. No wires. No soldering. And that meant a huge number of components could be compressed into a tiny space; you could put a whole computer circuit on a chip the size of a baby’s fingernail.

On July 24, 1958, Kilby scrawled the idea in his lab notebook: “The following circuit elements could be made on a single slice: resistors, capacitor, distributed capacitor, transistor.” That’s the sentence that Sunday evening will bring its author the Nobel Prize.

41. Which problem plaqued the field of electronics prior to 1958?

(a) The interconnections problem                            (b) The wiring problem

(c) The tyranny of numbers                                     (d) only A and B

(e) All the above.

42. Which idea became fountain head for the discovery and subsequent development of the semiconductor integrated circuit?

(a) All the basic elements of a circuit could be made of the same material.

(b) The following circuit elements could be made on a single slice.

(c) Silicon by adding impurity can be converted in semi conductor.

(d) Only A and B

(e) None of the above

43. Which of the following statements would be the basis of your conclusion that electrical engineering played a second fiddle to physics in USA in late 1940s?

(a) Only mediocre took admission in engineering stream.

(b) Those who could qualify in SAT were only admitted in physics stream.

(c) Quantum physics and solid state circuit were not taught to engineering students in university of Illinois!

(d) Only A and B

(e) All of the above

44. In USA what was considered as Mecca for young aspirants who wanted to become an engineer in 1st half of past century?

(a) University of Illinois                     (b) MIT                           (c) Havard                       (d) Cambridge                 (e) None of the above

45. What pains Jack kilby even today?

(a) His inability to get admission in MIT because of poor performance in maths.

(b) He did not get recognition for his discovery.

(c) The Royal Swedish Academy was very late in awarding him noble prize.

(d) All of the above.

(e) None of above

46. In which part of India did Jack kilby work during war I?

(a) Sough India               (b) Central India              (c) Malabar Coast            (d) North East India        (e) Kashmir

47. According to author, which is the most significant discovery of the past half-century?

(a) Internet                                                               (b) An electric bulb

(c) Telephone                                                          (d) Horseless carriage

(e) Semiconductor integrated circuit.

48. Other than the semi conductor integrated circuit, which is the second most important industrial commodity?

(a) Microchip                  (b) crude oil                     (c) electric bulb                (d) telephone                   (e) None of the above

49. Rate of penetration of microchip in daily life prior to 1958 was

(a) 0%                             (b) 5%                             (c) 7%                             (d) 9%                             (e) 10%

50. After receiving Noble Prize for discovery of microchips, Jack Kilby will join ranks with

I. Thomas E Edison                                                 II. G. Bell

III. Bill Gates                                                          IV. Hennery Ford

(a) I, II, III                       (b) III                              (c) II, III, IV                                        (d) I, II, IV                      (e) I, II, III, IV

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