FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BPS-17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2017

 

ENGLISH (PRÉCIS & COMPOSITION)

❑ Choose the ANALOGY of words written in capital letters. Attempt any FIVE.

  1. LION : ROAR (a) Snake : Slither (b) Goat : Bleat                  (c) Lizard : Crawl        (d) Elephant : Tusk
  2. SHADOW : LIGHT (a) Flood : Rain (b) Image : Obiect          (c) Reaction : Action (d) House : Bricks
  3. CLOT : BLOOD

(a) Ink : Water                                                                  (b) Curdle : Milk

(c) Vaporize : Camphor                                                  (d) Brew : Coffee

  1. FEARFUL : COWER (a) Humble : Boast (b) Weak : Exercise          (c) Arrogant : Strut (d) Wise : Dispute
  2. EXPEDITE : HASTEN

(a) Conscript : Write down                                          (b) Diver : Make harder

(c) Facilitate : Make easiest                                       (d) Satirize : Praise

  1. WOOD : FURNITURE (a) Father : Child (b) Tree : Seedling                        (c) Soil : Clay      (d) Stone : Sculpture
  2. SURGEON : DEXTEROUS (a) Clown : Fat (b) Actress : Beautiful (c) Athlete : Tall       (d) Acrobat : Agile
  3. LECHER : LUST (a) Pith : Herb (b) Glutton : Greed (c) Business : Profit (d) Showbiz : Fame

U Re-write the following sentences (Only FIVE) after filling in the blanks appropriately.

1.   I cannot buy this car                this price. 
 (a) for                                (b) in                                      (c) at(d) on
2.   Send these books                my home address. 
 (a) on                                 (b) at                                      (c) in(d) to
3.   Monkeys live                trees. 
 (a) in                                   (b) at                                     (c) upon(d) on
4.   I said it                                        his face. 
 (a) at                                   (b) on                                  (c) to(d) upon
5.   The manager                 the receipt of my letter promptly. 
 (a) accepted                      (b) realized                           (c) recognized(d) acknowledged

 

6.   Most foreignstudents don’t like American coffee, and 
 (a) I don’t too(b) either don’t                   (c) neither don’t I(d) neither do I
7.   We              takecare of our parents when they are old. 
 (a) could(b) would                             (c) might(d) ought to
8.   Yousafin the garden the whole of yesterday. 
 (a) has dug(b) was digging                   (c) dug(d) had dug
  • Correct the following sentences
  • In the accident one of my arms was broken and my legs bruised.
  • The people who had been raising slogans against the government for many hours they wanted increase in their salaries.
  • You have been working very hard for the last two years. Isn’t it?
  • John could hardly do not better than to have taught a bass of such dimensions.
  • I who have no chance to meet him would rather go with you instead of sitting at home.
  • He not only comes there for swimming but also for coaching new swimmers.
  • When he visited the fair last time, he bought no less than twenty school bags.
  • Ten cattles were grazing in the field.

Solution:

  • In the accident one of my arms was broken and legs bruised.
  • The people who had been raising slogans against the government for many hours wanted increase in their salaries.
  • You have been working very hard for the last two years. Haven’t you?
  • John could hardly do better than having taught a bass of such dimensions.
  • I, having no chance to meet him, would rather go with you instead of sitting at home.
  • He comes there not only for swimming but also for coaching new swimmers.
  • When he visited the fair last time, he bought no fewer than twenty school bags.
  • Ten cattle were grazing in the field.
  • Use the following idioms in sentences to make their meaning clear:
  1. Plough back 2.                   Eager beaver
  2. Ring a bell                   Be left holding the baby
  3. Cap in hand
  4. Plough back (1:1L41))

Meaning: to put profits made by a business back into it

Use in sentence: All the money we raise is ploughed back into our work.

  1. Eager beaver (.5.1

Meaning: a hardworking and eager person

Use in sentence: New volunteers are always eager beavers.

  1. Ring a bell

Meaning: to arouse a response

Use in sentence: I’ve never met Asad, but his name rings a bell.

  1. Be left holding the baby

Meaning: be left with an unwelcome responsibility

Use in sentence: Yes, we are interested in helping, but we don’t want to be left holding the baby.

  1. Cap in hand –

Meaning: in a respectful, humble manner

Use in sentence: We have to go cap in hand begging for funds.

U Use five of the following pairs of words in sentences:

(i)                          Wrath, Wroth                                                 (ii) Veracity, Voracity

(iii) Subtler, Sutler                                                      (iv) Retenue, Retinue

(v)                        Minute, Minuet                                           (vi) Furor, Furore

(vii) Dinghy, Dingy                                                (viii) Bony, Bonny

  • Wrath:

Meaning: extreme anger

Use in sentence: He hid his pipe for fear of incurring his father’s wrath.

Wroth:

Meaning: angry

Use in sentence: It was plain to see that Ali was now extremely wroth.

  • Veracity:

Meaning: the quality of being true

Use in sentence: Officials expressed doubts concerning the veracity of the story.

Voracity:

Meaning: avarice, rapacity

Use in sentence: There is a higher thirst and voracity for a variety of pertinent content.

  • Subtler:

Meaning: elusive

Use in sentence: Craham Taylor’s approach at Watford was far subtler than the critics portrayed.

Sutler:

Meaning: a supplier of victuals or supplies to an army

Use in sentence: Essentially a sutler was a camp follower who sold provisions to the soldiers, part of early logistics.

  • Retenue:

Meaning: restraint, self-control

Use in sentence: She smiled and some of her natural retenue melted.

Retinue:

Meaning: a group of people who travel with an important person to provide help and support Use in sentence: The president travels with a large retinue of aides and bodyguards.

  • Minute:

Meaning: extremely small

Use in sentence: He will have no more than a minute chance of exercising influence.

Minuet:

Meaning: a slow, stately ballroom dance

Use in sentence: Louie, who dances a shaky minuet if properly guided, was a shoo-in.

  • Furor:

Meaning: an angry or maniacal fit

Use in sentence: The half hour lecture caused an enormous furor.

Furore:

Meaning: an outbreak of public anger or excitement

Use in sentence: His choice of words created quite a furore.

  • Dinghy: Meaning: a small inflatable rubber boat

Use in sentence: The bigger dinghy dragged her moorings.

Dingy:

Meaning: shabby, squalid

Use in sentence: Her hair was a dingy brown colour.

  • Bony: Meaning: consisting of bone, resembling bone

Use in sentence: She suddenly held up a small, bony finger and pointed across the room. Bonny:

Meaning: attractive, fair

Use in sentence: bonny, bouncing baby, Freddie was her heart’s desire and joy.