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RC Practice 24 November

Reading Comprehension Practice for IBPS Clerk

Welcome to your RC Quiz 24 November

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. Certain word(s) are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of these.

 A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law and four year old grandson. The old man’s hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table, but the elderly grandfather’s shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. “We must do something about grandfather,” said the son. “I’ve had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor. ”So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There Grandfather ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner. Since grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl. When the family glanced in grandfather’s direction, he sometimes had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food. The four year old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, “What are you making?” Just as sweetly the boy responded, “Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Momma to eat your food from when I grow up.” The four year old smiled and went back to work. The words so struck the parents that they were speechless. Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no words were spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took grandfather’s hand and gently led him back to the family table. For the remainder of his days, he ate every meal with the family. And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth soiled.
1. Which of the following did the parents realize?
2. Which of the following can be inferred from the passage?
3. Which of the following should have been the ideal behavior on the part of the parents ?
4.  Why did they make the man sit elsewhere during the meals?
5. Which of the following is evident by the action of giving the old man a wooden bowl ?
6. Why did the old man have a tear in his eye ?
7. Which of the following is the MOST OPPOSITE in meaning to the word ‘admonition’?
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RC Practice 15 November

Reading Comprehension for Banking Exams, RC Practice for IBPS Clerk

Welcome to your RC Quiz 15 November

Read the given passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. 
Once upon a time, there lived a Lion in a forest. A Jackal, a crow and a wolf had developed a friendship with him. However, all the three had a selfish motive behind this so-called friendship. They knew that the Lion was the King of the forest and friendship with such a fierce creature would always help them. To meet, their selfish ends, they started obeying and were always at the service of the Lion.

They didn't have to make any efforts to search for their food, as the Lion gave his leftover meals to them. Moreover, they became powerful as they were next to the King of the forest. One day, a Camel, who came from some distant land, lost his way and entered the same forest where these friends lived. In the meantime, these three friends happened to pass the same way that the Camel was wandering. When they saw the camel, they realized that he did not belong to their forest. The Jackal suggested to his other two friends, “Let’s kill and eat him.” The wolf replied, “It is a big animal. We cannot kill him like this. I think we should first inform our King about this Camel.” The Crow agreed with the Wolf’s idea. All of them went to meet the Lion.


On reaching the Lion’s den. The Jackal approached the Lion and said. “Your Majesty, an unknown camel has dared to enter your kingdom without your consent. Let’s kill him; he could make a nice meal.” The Lion roared loudly on hearing this and said, “What are you saying? The camel has come for refuge in my kingdom. It is unethical to kill him. We should provide him the best shelter. Go and bring him to me.” All of them were despirited to hear these words from the King. They unwillingly went to the Camel and told him about the Lion’s desire to meet him. The Camel was scared about the strange offer. He thought that his end had come and in a little while he would become the Lion's meal. As he couldn't even escape, he decided to meet the Lion. The selfish friends escorted the Camel to the Lion's den. The Lion welcomed the camel warmly and assured him of a safe stay in the forest. The Camel was totally amazed to hear the Lion's words. He happily started living with the Jackal, the Crow and the Wolf.
One day, when the Lion was hunting for food, he had a struggle with a mighty Elephant. The Lion was badly injured in the struggle and became incapable of hunting for his food. Thus the Lion had to sustain without food for days. Due to this, his friends too had to go hungry for days as they totally depended on the Lion's kill for their food. But the Camel was satisfied grazing around in the forest.


All the three friends were worried and discussed the matter among them. As the Jackal, the Crow and the wolf had set their evil eyes on the camel, they met once again and devised a plan to kill the Camel. They went to the Camel and said, “Dear Friend. You know our King has not eaten anything for many days now, He is unable to hunt due to his wounds and sickness. Under such circumstances, it becomes our duty to sacrifice ourselves to save the life of our king. Come with us, we will offer our bodies as food for him.” The Camel didn’t understand their plan but innocently nodded in favour of it. All of them approached the Lion’s den.


First of all, the Crow came forward and said. “Your Majesty, I can’t see you like this. so please eat me.” The Lion replied, “I would prefer to die than to perform such a sinful deed.” Then the Jackal came forward and said, “Your Majesty, the Crow’s body is too small for your appetite. I offer myself to you, as it is my duty to save your life.” The Lion politely rejected the offer. As per the plan now it was the Wolf’s turn to offer himself to the King. So, the wolf came forward and said, “Your Majesty, the Jackal is quite small to gratify your hunger. I offer myself for this kind of job. Please kill me and appease your hunger.” But the Lion didn't kill any of them. The Camel, who was watching the whole scene, felt reassured of his safety and also decided to go forward and complete the formality. He marched forward and said, “Your Majesty, why don't you kill me? You are my friend. Please allow me to offer you my body." The Lion found the offer quite appropriate as the Camel himself had offered his body for food. The lion attacked the camel at once, ripped open his body and tore him into pieces. The Lion and his friends feasted on the poor Camel for days together.

1. Which of the following can be the most appropriate title for the story ?
2. Which of the following is the MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the given word ?

GRATIFY

3. Which of the following is the MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the given word?

AMAZED

4. Which of the following is the MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the given word? 

WORRIED

5. Which of the following is the MOST OPPOSITE in meaning to the given word ?

APPROPRIAT

6. Which of the following is the MOST OPPOSITE in meaning to the given word ?

INNOCENTLY

RC Practice 14 November

Welcome to your RC Quiz 14 November

Direction: Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow. Certain words are printed in bold to help you locate them while answering some of these. 

A fact about America today is that for some groups, much more than others, upward mobility and the American dream are alive and well. It may be a taboo to say it, but certain ethnic, religious and national-origin groups are doing strikingly better than Americans overall. Indian-Americans earn almost double the national figure (roughly $90,000 per year in median household income versus $50,000). Iranian-Lebanese and Chinese-Americans are also top-earners. In the last 30 years, Mormons have become leaders of corporate America, holding top positions in many of America’s most recognizable companies. These facts don’t make some groups “better” than others, and material success cannot be equated with a well-lived life. But willful blindness to these facts is never a good policy. 
Jewish success is the most historically fraught and the most broad-based. Although Jews make up only about 2 percent of the United States’ adult population, they account for a third of the current Supreme Court; over two-thirds of Tony Award-winning lyricists and composers; and about a third of American Nobel laureates. The most comforting explanation of these facts is that they are mere artifacts of class — rich parents passing on advantages to their children — or of immigrants arriving in this country with high skill and education levels. Important as these factors are, they explain only a small part of the picture. Today’s wealthy Mormon businessmen often started from humble origins. Although India and China send the most immigrants to the United States through employment-based channels, almost half of all Indian immigrants and over half of Chinese immigrants do not enter the country under those criteria. Many are poor and poorly educated. Comprehensive data published by the Russell Sage Foundation in 2013 showed that the children of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese immigrants experienced exceptional upward mobility regardless of their parents’ socioeconomic or educational background. 
Take New York City’s selective public high schools like Stuyvesant and Bronx Science, which are major Ivy League feeders. For the 2013 school year, Stuyvesant High School offered admission, based solely on a standardized entrance exam, to nine black students, 24 Hispanics, 177 whites and 620 Asians. Among the Asians of Chinese origin, many are the children of restaurant workers and other working-class immigrants.

1.   According to the passage, which of these may be a taboo?



2. Which of the following is the MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the word printed in bold?         
 Mobility



3. Despite the fact that India and China send most immigrants to the US through an employment-based channel, a majority of them are unable to fulfill the criteria. Why? 



4.  Which of the following is the MOST SIMILAR in meaning to the word printed in bold?   
Blindness



5. 'But willful blindness to these facts is never a good policy.' 
Which of the following best expresses the context in which the statement has been used in the given passage?


RC Practice 26th October

RC Passage for 26th October 2018


Welcome to your RC Quiz 26 October

Read the passage carefully and answer the question that follows.

It is often forgotten that globalization is not only about policies on international economic relationships and transactions, but has equally to do with domestic policies of a nation. Policy changes necessitated by meeting the internationally set conditions (by WTO etc.) of free trade and investment flows obviously affect domestic producers and investors. But the basic philosophy underlying globalization emphasizes absolute freedom to markets to determine prices and production and distribution patterns, and view government interventions as processes that create distortions and bring in inefficiency. Thus, public enterprises have to be privatized through disinvestments and  sales; sectors and activities hitherto reserved for the public sector have to be opened to the private sector. This logic extends to the social services like education and health. Any restrictions on the adjustments in workforce by way of retrenchment of workers should also be removed and exit should be made easier by removing any restrictions on closures. Employment and wages should be governed by free play of market forces, as any measure to regulate them can discourage investment and also create inefficiency in production. Above all, in line with the overall philosophy of reduction in the role of the State, fiscal reforms should be undertaken to have generally low levels of taxation and government expenditure should be kept to the minimum to abide by the principle of fiscal prudence. All these are policy actions on the domestic front and are not directly related to the core items of the globalization agenda, namely free international flow of goods and finance.


What can be the most appropriate Theme for the above passage?
According to the passage, under Globalization, Government interventions are viewed as processes leading to :

According to the passage, which of the following is/are necessary for ensuring globalization?

(1) Privatization of public enterprises
(2) Expansionary policy of public expenditure.
(3) Free play of market forces to determine wages and employment.
(4) Privatization of social services like education and health.

Select the correct answer using the code given below :

 

Para Completion Quiz

Para Completion  Quiz  for IBPS PO

Welcome to your Para Completion Quiz

1. Srinagar is the capital of Kashmir. There are very beautiful scenes all round. The Dal Lake is one among them. [__________] We can hire one of them and voyage along the length and breadth of the lake or live in it for a week or so.
2. Polio-affected children are found everywhere in India. Recently the Government has started Polio-eradication Scheme. [__________] Unless we take care to co-operate the purpose cannot be fulfilled.
3. Many film-stars have recently migrated to the area of television. [__________] As the viewers increase their popularity also increases. T.V serials appear to be more paying than the feature films.
4. Man is trying to find out modern means of producing electric power. The solar panel is one of them. [__________] This electricity can light lamps, turn fans or work small household appliances.
5. Air-pollution is one of the gravest problems faced by city-dwellers. Foul gas liberated from heaps of waste matter is one source of pollution. [__________] Recently the Government has made arrangements to measure it. If it is above the allowable limit the vehicles are prohibited from plying along the public roads.

RC Practice 23rd October

RC Practice for 23rd October 2018


Welcome to your RC Quiz 23rd October

Read the passage and answer the question that follow. Your answer to these questions should be based on the passage only.
Like many people I was convinced that the broad range of health benefits that physical activity offers including weight loss, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels and harder immune system. So three times a week I sweated on the treadmill and exercise bicycle at my local gym. At the end of 2 months, I was trimmer, more energetic, and felt fitter. If I could accomplish this by working three times a week, I reasoned, the more exercise should bring me even greater benefits. In the next 6 months, I include an hour long running six times a week and initially felt an improved fitness and aching knees. I felt fatigued rather than fresher after a workout. What is more? I found myself suffering from frequent colds. Wasn't the exercise meant to protect me from all this? Exercise only up to a point. A prescription of lameness or swimming endless laps until your arms cramp. So, forget 'no pain, no gain'. The key to maximizing the benefits of exercise is a safe and sensible programme. Choose exercise that are safe and enjoyable and will stay with you life time. The initial enthusiasm of high impact exercises give way to diminishing enjoyment.


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To get maximum benefits of exercise one must
'Workout' in this passage means
Give the correct meaning of the word 'osmosis'.

Cloze Test 4

Welcome to your Cloze Test 4

The symbol of the World Wide Fund for Nature is a giant panda. The panda’s black-and-white pelage certainly (1)________(envelop) for a striking logo. But, though pandas are an (2)________ (protected) species, the cause of their endangerment is (3) a_________(exhilarating) quotidian: a loss of (4)_______(surrounding) as Earth’s human population increases. A better icon might be an elephant, particularly an African elephant, for elephants are not mere collateral (5)_______(damage) in humanity’s relentless (6)_________(expansion). Often, rather, they are deliberate targets, shot by (7)________(killers), who want their ivory; by farmers, because of the damage they do to crops; and by cattle herders, who see (8)________(it) as competitors for forage.
In August 2016 the result of the Great Elephant Census, the most extensive count of a wild species ever attempted, suggested that about 350,000 African savannah elephants remain alive. This is down by 140,000 since 2007. The census, (9)________(took off) by a team led by Mike Chase, an ecologist based in Botswana, and paid for by Paul Allen, one of the founders of Microsoft, undertook almost 500,000km of aerial surveys to come to its (10)_________(result) though the team were unable to include forest elephants, a smaller, more reclusive type that live in west and central Africa, and which many biologists think a separate species.
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Cloze Test 3

Welcome to your Cloze Test 3

For the ___1___ time in the past decade, a great turning-point has been declared in the government-bond market. Bond yields have risen across the world, including in China, where the yield on the ten-year bond has come close to 4% for the first time since 2014. The ten-year Treasury-bond yield, the most important benchmark, has risen from 2.05% in early September to 2.37%, though that is still below its level of early March. Investors have been expecting bond yields to rise for a while. A survey by JPMorgan Chase found that a record 70% of its clients with ___2___ accounts had “short” positions in Treasury bonds—ie, betting that prices ___3___ and that yields would rise. Meanwhile a poll of global fund managers by Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) in October found that a net 85% thought bonds overvalued. In addition, 82% of the managers expected short-term interest rates to rise over the next 12 months—something that tends to push bond yields higher.
In part, this reflects greater optimism about the global economy. For the first time since 2014, America has managed two consecutive quarters of annualised growth of 3% or more. Forecasts for European growth have also been revised higher. Commodity prices, including oil, have been rising since June, which may be a sign of improving demand. The BAML survey found that, for the first time in six years, more managers believe in a “Goldilocks” economy (in which growth is strong and inflation is low) than in a “secular stagnation” outlook (in which both growth and inflation are below trend). If those views turn out to be correct, then it might be expected that bond yields would move a bit closer to more “normal” levels. Until the crisis of 2008, the ten-year Treasury-bond yield had been above 5% for most of the previous four decades.
Investors also expect that, eventually, some kind of fiscal stimulus will be passed in Washington, DC. Of the fund managers polled by BAML, 61% expect tax cuts in the first quarter of next year. Such a package may increase the deficit and ___4___ more economic growth; both factors would push bond yields higher. Another factor behind the ___5___ in yields is a shift in central-bank policy. The Federal Reserve has started to wind down its balance-sheet, by not reinvesting the proceeds when bonds mature. The European Central Bank will soon cut the amount of bonds it buys every month by half, to €30bn ($35bn). The private sector will have to ___6___ the bonds that central banks are no longer purchasing.
Whether this will trigger the long-prophesied collapse of the bull market in bonds is another matter. Globally, there are no signs of a sustained surge in inflation. PIMCO, a fund-management group, thinks that global economic conditions may now be “as good as it gets”. The momentum of growth may already ___7___ its peak. Central banks also know that higher bond yields can act as a brake on economic growth. In G20 advanced economies, the combined debt of households, governments and the non-financial corporate sector has been rising steadily and stands at 260% of GDP. Every debt is also a creditor’s asset, but higher borrowing costs can create awkward adjustments; in America, for example, 30-year mortgage rates are ___8___ half a percentage point higher than they were a year ago. So the pace of tightening will be very slow. And if the economy shows any sign of ___9___, central banks will probably ___10___.
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Double Filler Quiz 1

Welcome to your Double Filler Quiz 1

The exhibit is intended not only to ________ visitors but also to direct their attention towards the ________ of endangered animals.
The ________ is that although Opal is so ________ coloured, it has no colour of its own.
Most women ________ only half of the calcium they need so taking a calcium ________ is often a necessity.
Confidence is all about feeling ________ about your body well being in your ________.
With the call centers business booming, ________ companies have to ________ hundreds of candidates per day.
Most private sector insurance companies prefer woman, since women sales persons are naturally more ________, more pleasing and ________ the tricks of the trade more easily.
Companies will move to ________ where they can produce the highest quality products at the ________ price.
For too long Kolkata has been ________ from all the actions that the country’s Information Technology (IT) sector has been ________.
The HIV vaccines being developed will help in ________ AIDS, making the  drug a far more ________ weapon than any drug given after a person is already infected with the HIV virus.
Life as well as livelihood of the tribal communities is ________ with the ________ of animal life and natural resources of forests.

Daily Vocab Quiz 2

Welcome to your Daily Word List Quiz 2

Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Turbulence
Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Mollify
Select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Onus
Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Apex
Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Expedite
"To bring forward or name for consideration Mean ??
Select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Codify
Select the word simillar in meaning to the given word.
Contrite

Daily Word List Quiz 1

Welcome to your Daily Word List Quiz 1

Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Cynic
select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Incumbent
select the word Similar in meaning to the given word.
Coup
Select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Clampdown
Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Zealot
Select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Obscene
Select the word opposite in meaning to the given word.
Profuse
Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Capricious
Select the word similar in meaning to the given word.
Epoch
Select the word Opposite in meaning to the given word.
Intrepid

RC Practice 19th October

RC Practice for 19th October 2018


Welcome to your RC Quiz 19 October

Read the Following passage carefully and answer the questions.
Choose the correct answer from the alternatives based only on the passage given.

Read not to contradict and confute, nor to believe and take for granted, nor to find talk and discourse, but to weigh and consider. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested that is, some books are to be read only in parts, others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly and with diligence and attention. Some books may also be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others; but that would be only in the less important arguments and meaner sort of books; else distilled books are like common distilled waters, flashy things. Reading maketh a full man, conference a reading man, and writing an exact man.


How must we approach the 'meaner' sort of books ?
What should be the real object of reading ?
What is meant by conference ?
What does "some books are to be tasted" mean ?

Phrase Connector for IBPS/SBI

Welcome to your Phrase Connector 1

Read the Questions 
[I] She lived for hundreds of millennia and her status as a deity. 
[II] She didn't own anything fancy. 
(i) Considering she lived….
(ii) Even though she lived…
(iii) Despite she lived for….

[I] India should take the next giant leap of digital progress. 
[II] India might risk being left behind in the global digital race. 
(i) If India doesn’t take the next… 
(ii) Unless India takes…
(iii) Whether India takes the next….

[I] We will need to compile a lot more responses to our questionnaire. 
[II] Before we can draw any conclusions from the information. 
(i) We will need to…
(ii) A lot more responses with…
(iii) Before we can…

[I]The first FA Cup Final to go to extra time and a replay was the 1875 final. 
[II] The match was played between the Royal Engineers and the Old Etonians. 
(i) The match was played between…
(ii) The first FA Cup… 
(iii) In 1875 final…

[I]The first FA Cup Final to go to extra time and a replay was the 1875 final. 
[II] The match was played between the Royal Engineers and the Old Etonians. 
(i) The match was played between…
(ii) The first FA Cup… 
(iii) In 1875 final…

[I] The company is planning to build a new chemical plant in Russia. 
[II] My father's company is on the verge of bankruptcy. 
(i) Although my father’s company…
(ii) Even though the company… 
(iii) Inspite of the company is…

Cloze Test for IBPS/SBI

Welcome to your Cloze Test 2

1. Read the following Questions and answer the questions

The area around the railway station has undergone a dramatic transformation ----1-- the years. A few decades ago, the area which comprised the neighbourhoods of Parel, Dadar and Prabhadevi was home to several of the city’s mills. Workers lived --2-----chawls and colonies --3--- the mills. As the textile and manufacturing industry declined and eventually died out within the city, this area saw the rise --4----- services and commercial activity. This development, which involved the construction --5--- high-rises --6--- offices and residences, occurred without any adaptive response --7---- the public authorities --8--- address transportation challenges and ease the pressure --9---- the existing transport infrastructure. The footfalls --10---- surrounding railway stations, ---11--- those commuting to work ---12--- these areas, increased manifold exposing the woefully inadequate carrying capacity --13---- bridges and stairways here. This is the same story ---14--- other parts ---15--- the city as they undergo a transformation in land use--16--- response ----17--changing economic activity. Similarly, the creation ---18--- the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC), a planned business district --19--- the middle ---20--- the city, has put pressure --21--- railway stations that connect--22--- the area. Commuters ---23-- these places are not --24----the city alone, --25-- many ---26--- them residing in peri-urban areas, cities and towns within the Mumbai metropolitan region. Therefore, one may ask why the authorities have not been more responsive ---27--- the dynamic city.

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RC Practice 18 October

Reading Comprehension for 18th October 2018

Welcome to your RC Quiz 18 October

Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given at the end.
The great grammar of Panini which effectively stabilized the Sanskrit language, presupposes the work of many earlier grammarians. These had succeeded in recognizing the root as the basic element of a word, and had classified some 2000 monosyllabic roots which, with the addition of the prefixes, suffixes, and inflexions were thought to provide all the words of the language. Though the early etymologists were correct in principle, they made many errors and false derivations, and started a precedent which produced interesting results in many branches of Indian thought. Though it's fame is must restricted by specialized nature, their is no doubt that Panini's grammar is one of the greatest intellectual achievement of any ancient civilization, and the most detailed and scientific grammar composed before the 19th century in any part of the world.


Which grammar book is considered the most scientific?
Who made many errors and false derivations ?
Which is the basic element of the word ?
Fill in the blank in the given sentence :
The early etymologists devised principles __________ .
Panini's grammar gave __________ to Sanskrit language.

 

 

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