FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS-17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2009
ENGLISH (PRECIS & COMPOSITION)
- Choose the word that is nearly similar in meaning to the word in capital letters. (Do only FIVE) Extra attempt of any Part of the question will not be
- OBSCURE (a) Unclear (b) Doubtful
(a) Obnoxious (b) Affable
(a) Delude (b) Avoid
(a) Honourable (b) Disingenuous
(a) Fixed ideas (b) Delusion
(a) Innate (b) Moderate
(a) Credible (b) Timid
- Pick the most nearly opposite in meaning to the capitalized word:
(a) Unable (b) Scruffy (c) Suitable (d) Personable
(a) Escape (b) Starvation (c) Doom (d) Rescue
(a) Clean (b) Distinct (c) Ambiguous (d) Frugal
(a) Porus (b) Charming (c) Horrid (d) Offensive
(a) Calm (b) Anger (c) Excite (d) Kindle
Cl Correct the following sentences:
- He swore from God.
- Is your dress different than mine?
- He inquired whether I live in Karachi.
- He spoke these words upon his face.
- They ran direct to their college.
- I shall not come here unless you will not call me.
- They have been building a wall since three days.
- He does not have some devotion to his studies.
- He swore to God.
- Is your dress different than that of mine?
- He inquired whether I lived in Karachi.
- He spoke these words to his face.
- They ran directly to their college.
- I shall not come here unless you call me.
- They have been building a wall for three days.
- He does not have any devotion to his studies.
D Use the following idioms in sentences to make their meaning clear:
|1.||Leave in the lurch||2.||Hard and fast|
|3.||Weather the storm||4.||Bear the brunt|
|7.||Where the shoe pinches|
- Leave in the lurch – (Li. L5). 4._)
Meaning: abandon or desert someone in difficult straits
Use in sentence: Where were you Karman, you really left me in the lurch.
- Hard and fast – (il., L … ,4:-% At cr)
Meaning: not to be changed
Use in sentence: We have hard and fast rules for this procedure.
- Weather the storm – (a=… ,:.–1J(.%)
Meaning: wait until situation improves
Use in sentence: She refuses to resign, intending to weather the storm.
- Bear the brunt – (V11:4- K G.)
Meaning: put up with the worst of some bad circumstance
Use in sentence: It was the secretary who had to bear the brunt of the minister’s anger.
- Meet halfway
Meaning: to compromise with someone.
Use in sentence: They settled the argument by agreeing to meet each other halfway.
Use in sentence: Ahmed is a turncoat and we should not rely upon him
Where the shoe pinches — k’)
Meaning: source of trouble, grief, difficulty, etc.
Use in sentence: That is where the shoe pinches.
Use five of the following pairs of words in sentences:
(i) Persecute, Prosecute (ii) Luxuriant, Luxurious
(iii) Mean, Mien (iv) Observation, Observance
(v) Naughty, Knotty (vi) Ghostly, Ghastly
(vii) Hew, Hue (viii) Hoard, Horde
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 ten-year regime.
Meaning: to bring legal action against for redress or punishment of a crime or violation of law Use in sentence: He was prosecuted for fraud.
- ii) Luxuriant:
Meaning: growing thickly, strongly and well
Use in sentence: This stretch of land was once covered with luxuriant forest, but is now bare.
Meaning: very comfortable and expensive’
Use in sentence: They have a very luxurious house.
Meaning: to express or represent something such as an idea, thought, or fact
Use in sentence: These figures mean that almost 7% of the working population is unemployed.
Meaning: a person’s appearance, especially the typical expression on their face Use in sentence: His aristocratic mien and smart clothes singled him out.
Meaning: when you observe something or someone
Use in sentence: The police are keeping the suspect under observation.
Meaning: when someone obeys a law or follows a religious custom
Use in sentence: The State must enforce the observance of human rights in its domestic legal order.
Meaning: not behaving properly; mischievous or disobedient
Use in sentence: Now that’s naughty – you mustn’t throw food on the floor!
Meaning: complicated and difficult to solve Use in sentence: That’s rather a knotty question.
Meaning: pale and transparent
Use in sentence: The image is fading which gives the figure a rather ghostly appearance.
Meaning: unpleasant and shocking
Use in sentence: Today’s newspaper gives all the ghastly details of the murder.
Meaning: to cut a large piece out of rock, stone or another hard material in a rough way Use in sentence: The monument was hewn out of the side of a mountain.
Meaning: a particular shade or tint of a given colour
Use in sentence: In the Caribbean waters there are fish of every hue.