FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS-17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2006
ENGLISH (PRECIS & C:omPoSiTioN)
- Choose the word that is nearly similar in meaning to the word in capital letters.
(a) Unstable (b) Troubled (c) fumy (d) Unpleasant
(a) Underground press (b) Secret police
(c) Twirling jig (d) Large metal tea urn
(a) Arctic wasteland (b) European plains
(c) Southern African grassland (d) Deep valley
(a) French-Canadian descendant (b) American Indian
(c) Native of the Everglades (d) Early inhabitant of the Bahamas Islands
|(a) Pathway (b) Marsh|
Pick the most nearly opposite in meaning CAPTIOUS
|(c) Gallery||Carriage word:|
|to the capitalized|
|(a) Tolerant||(b) Capable||(c) Winning||(d) Recollected|
|(a) Dislike||(b) Attitude||(c) Imminence||(d) Distance|
|(a) Powerful||(b) Colonial||(c) Undisputed||(d) Unremarkable|
|(a) Imitation||(b) Model||(c) Mutation||(d) Pattern|
|(a) Appropriation||(b) Peculation||(c) Purloining||(d) Indemnification|
- Correct the following sentences:
- Playing game regularly is better than to read books always.
- A good reader must be hardworking and possess intelligence.
- I noticed Akbar was carrying a bag in his hand.
- Having entered his house, the door was shut at once.
- He thinks that his writing is better than his friend.
- He is such a man who is liked by everyone.
- I sent a verbal message to my friend.
- He has visited as many historical places as one _ as or can visit.
- Playing game regularly is better than reading books always.
- A good reader must be hardworking and intelligent.
- I noticed Akbar, carrying a bag in his hand.
- When he entered his house, the door was shut at once.
- He thinks that his writing is better than that of his friend.
- He is such a man as is liked by everyone.
- I sent a message to my friend.
- He has visited as many historical places as he can visit.
LI Use the following idioms in sentences to make their meaning clear:
|1.||Twiddle your thumbs||2.||Vamp up|
|3.||Whittle something away||4.||Winkle out|
|5.||Give someone the bum’s rush||6.||Loom large|
|7.||Besetting sin||8.||To hang fire|
- Twiddle your thumbs — 4,vvrokel ciA)
Meaning: to do nothing
Use in sentence: There’s no point in sitting here twiddling our thumbs.
- Vamp up — (V./ 4.:.7)
Meaning: repair and improve something
Use in sentence: The production values have been revamped up.
- Whittle something away — -=-71 I
Meaning: to make something gradually decrease in value or amount Use in sentence: Inflation has steadily whittled away with savings.
- Winkle out — (0e)
Meaning: to get something out of place or position.
Use in sentence: The test run winkled out the defects in the engine.
- Give someone the bum’s rush — (1;.1 L?) ._
Meaning: to eject (or be ejected) forcibly
Use in sentence: The photographer was given the bum’s rush by two policemen.
- Loom large-0x e).5)
Meaning: to be worrying or frightening and seem hard to avoid
Use in sentence: The possibility of civil war loomed large on the horizon.
- Besetting sin – (A :rLLp
Meaning: a fault to which a person or institution is especially prone
Use in sentence: We regret to say that apathy is the besetting sin of our rural population.
- To hang fire – (V1 );A)
Use in sentence: The advertising campaign is hanging fire until they decide how much to spend on it.
Use five of the following pairs of words in sentences:
|(i)||Voracity, Veracity||(ii)||Persecute, Prosecute|
|(iii)||Moat, Mote||(iv)||Loath, Loathe|
|(v)||Ingenious, Ingenuous||(vi)||Fain, Feign|
|(vii)||Immigrant, Emigrant||(viii) Wreck, Wreak|
Meaning: excessive desire to eat
Use in sentence: Nothing can satiate my greed and voracity.
Meaning: the quality of being true, honest or accurate
Use in sentence: The veracity of the second claim can be tested against – the findings of archaeology.
Meaning: to treat someone unfairly or cruelly over a long period of time because of their race, religion, or political beliefs or to annoy someone by refusing to leave them alone
Use in sentence: Religious minorities were persecuted and massacred during the thirty-year regime.
Meaning: to officially accuse someone of committing a crime in a court of law, or (of a lawyei) to try to prove that a person accused of committing a crime is guilty of that crime
Use in sentence: He was prosecuted for fraud.
Meaning: a long wide hole which is dug all the way around a place such as a castle, and usually filled with water, to make it more difficult to attack
Use in sentence: The palace contains no moat, or armed guards, nor do I detect any, sophisticated security system.
Meaning: something, especially a bit of dust, that is so small it is almost impossible to see Use in sentence: Dust motes swam alongside the gloomy corridor.
Meaning: to be unwilling to do something
Use in sentence: I’m loath to spend it all at once.
Meaning: to hate someone or something
Use in sentence: From an early age the brothers have loathed each other.
Meaning: very clever and skilful
Use in sentence: She was ingenious at finding ways to work more quickly.
Meaning: honest, sincere and trusting/ showing innocent or childlike simplicity and candidness Use in sentence: It has to be said it was rather ingenuous of him to ask a complete stranger to look after his luggage.
Meaning: glad: ready
Use in sentence: He is fain to do all things himself.
Meaning: to pretend to feel something, usually an emotion
Use in sentence: You know how everyone feigns surprise when you tell them how old you are.
Meaning: a person who has come to a different country in order to live there permanently Use in sentence: Illegal immigrants are sent back across the border if they are caught.
Meaning: a person who emigrates
Use in sentence: There were only a small number of emigrants on board.
Meaning: to destroy or badly damage something
Use in sentence: Our greenhouse was wrecked in last night’s storm.
Meaning: to cause something to happen in a violent and often uncontrolled way Use in sentence: The recent storms have wreaked havoc on crops.