IBPS PO, Clerk, RBI bank, RRB, SSC preliminary, mains exams, a candidate has to answer thirty questions under “The English Section” in just 20 minutes. Reading comprehension, error spotting, and fill in the blanks are some regular items in this section. Students can score maximum marks in this section.
IBPS PO, IBPS CLERK Model Questions with Answers
DIRECTIONS (Q.1-10): Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions below them. Certain words are given in bold to help you to locate them while answering some of the questions.
A few IITs and IIMs don’t make an educational summer. The 21st century is supposed to
be all about human capital, but India doesn’t yet have a COHERENT plan for its development, or for meeting the THIRST for quality education that exists -leading to Indians spending as much as $3 billion annually to study abroad. One Ministry proposed recently to the WHO to open the Indian educational sector to foreign providers, but another Ministry has been opposing this tooth and nail. Its plea is that the domestic education sector must be protected. In keeping with this mindset it has proposed the Foreign Education Providers Regulation Bill (FEPR Bill), which bristles with archaic regulations designed to keep foreigners out. But this sort of protectionist thinking has become outmoded in other sectors where we are waking up to the realisation that trade is a revolving door. If foreigners export to us, we can do the same to them too. This is particularly true of education -if anything, the Indian affinity for it gives us a competitive edge if we dare to throw open our classrooms. A group, set up by a PIO entrepreneur, has already established a large chain of successful schools in the UAE and expanded to the United Kingdom. Delhi Public School has branches in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington DC. There is no reason why IIMs can’t set up in Singapore or Bangkok and run profitable branches there, if allowed.
Indians are now daring with the world confidently. If there is need to clear mental cobwebs inherited from the past, this is particularly so for education. It does not prosper if restricted to an artificial, hothouse environment. But if fully opened up to private and foreign investment, it can take on the world. From losing 3 billion annually it could become a net foreign exchange earner for the country. But that is only the icing on the cake. The real cake is that an upgraded educational system is needed to maintain Indian advantages in the global services sector, where skill shortages are currently leading to high labour costs that could cause companies to ship elsewhere. Even in case of industry and agriculture, an educated workforce helps ENORMOUSLY in enhancing productivity. On a human level, education becomes less ALIENATING if one learns useful skills at the end of it, instead of just earning a paper degree. Indian students now commit suicide at a rate RIVALLING that of farmers. If they don’t get that much attention it is because education isn’t yet a political issue in India. It is high time it became one.
1. According to the passage, the emphasis of the present century is on the development of
1) seeking higher education abroad
2) global trade
3) increasing budget on education
4) nurturing and developing human resources
5) safeguarding domestic educational institutions.
2. Which of the following, according to the author, is/ are the shortcoming(s) of our century?
A) Systematic plans for providing education of a desirable standard
B) A systematic module for betterment of human resources
C) Adequate foreign exchange to help talented students to study abroad
1) A and C only
2) A and B only
3) B and C only
4) All of them
5) None of them
3. The main purpose of the FEPR BILL appears to be
1) to keep away foreign tourists
2) to protect India’s cultural heritage
3) to eradicate monopoly of domestic education
4) to maintain quality of education
5) none of these
4. What, according to the author, do IIMs for opening centres abroad?
A) Sufficient funds
B) Adequate expertise
C) Permission from foreign countries
1) A only
2) B only
3) C only
4) All the three
5) Either A or B
5. According to the author, the roots of the confusion in our thinking lie in
1) our economic system
2) the past
3) leaders’ decision-making
4) our perception about foreigners
5) comparing trade with education
DIRECTIONS (Q.6-7): Choose the word which is most nearly opposite in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
DIRECTIONS (Q.8-10): Choose the word which is most nearly same in meaning to the word printed in bold as used in the passage.