SBI Clerk Prelim 2018 23rd June 2018 s4 Questions Previous Paper Part 1

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English Language

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

Ever have that moment filled with immense disappointment when your goals could not be accomplished, and your dreams seem all but a figment of your imagination. Too many pupils, it is the feeling you get, when deep down you knew your potential and how hard you had studied yet you still feel that your result was not a true reflection of your hard work. It is doing 100 math՚s sums before an exam and barely passing, it is spending numerous hours on a project and only attaining a C, it is killing yourself on the sports field and yet failing to make the first team and for many matriculants, it is that depressing moment that, now when your results matter most, you have failed to deliver.

You are consumed with self-doubt as to whether you were justified in making certain career decisions. You wonder whether you are clever enough, talented enough, physically and psychologically fit enough to pursue your aspirations. Basically, you stop believing in yourself and it is at that exact moment that your dreams become unattainable. Because if you really think about it, you are all you՚ve got. People could tell you you՚re the future Einstein, but the words are pointless if it fails to convince the little voice inside your head. You control that little voice and thus you control your destiny.

So, if you are feeling exhausted and disheartened at the end of a tiring term, give yourself the opportunity to make peace with the fact that you cannot change your shortcomings. Thereafter start deciding how you would like to redeem yourself. Don՚t get trapped feeling sorry yourself but instead set yourself greater challenges. The only thing worse than failing is not learning from it. Try to establish what your strengths are and improve and cultivate those strengths instead of focusing on your weaknesses. In my opinion, trying to work your weaknesses to the level of your strengths is a good thing but makes you fairly average whilst nurturing your strengths and mastering them makes you exceptional. Do yourself a huge favour and stop measuring your success and capabilities according to that of others because we՚re all unique with a diversity of talents. The fact that she is a math՚s boffin does not make you stupid and the fact that he gives a cheetah a run for its money does not mean you՚re not athletic. We all have a little genius in us just in our special way.

Einstein once said “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing that is stupid.” So, Settlers, do not sell yourself short by restricting your success to the achievements of others. You owe yourself more than that! Do not allow your failures to dampen your positive attitude but use it as an inspiration to try harder and most importantly eliminate the perception that failure is a bad thing. It merely tests your strength of character. Go out there and show failure what you՚re made of!

Question 1

What does the author mean by the following line: “dreams seem all but a figment of your imagination” ?

A. A thought that dreams and imagination are two inseparable entities.

B. A state when a person thinks that dreams cannot be fulfilled.

C. A person begins to dream without working on it to turn it into reality.

D. A state where dream and reality seem one singular entity

E. A state of disappointment where a person thinks that everything is conquerable.

Question 2

How does a person play a significant role in motivating or demotivating oneself?

A. Irrespective of what people say, one cannot achieve something unless he/she believes in they could.

B. If one listens to others and ignores one՚s inner voice, she/he is doomed to fail in life.

C. A person acts as an agent of others to delegate people՚s will unto oneself.

D. A person fails to materialize his/her strength into achieving his/her goal.

E. A person does not have the agency to motivate or demotivate oneself.

Question 3

Which of the following should one come to terms with in order to avoid getting disappointed with oneself?

A. One should accept that not everyone is perfect.

B. One should trust one՚s potential to achieve any goal.

C. One should think that there are people who do not as capable as he/she is.

D. One should realise that one՚s shortcomings cannot be altered.

E. One needs to keep peace of mind and stop being critical about others.

Question 4

What is the phenomenon of self-doubt indicator of?

A. That you have become self-obsessed.

B. That you have lost faith in everyone.

C. That you have started to believe that others cannot help you.

D. That you have stopped believing in yourself.

E. None of these.

Question 5

What does the following lines stated by Einstein imply? “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will spend its whole life believing that is stupid”

A. There are people who cannot climb a tree but can definitely swim.

B. Everybody is unique, and everyone՚s potential should be realised before declaring them incapable or stupid.

C. If you identify someone՚s uniqueness, that person will be ashamed of his/her uniqueness throughout his/her life.

D. There are certain capabilities which are possessed by everyone irrespective of their potential.

E. None of these.

Question 6

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

A. Shed

B. Rescue

C. Dissipate

D. Prepare

E. Distinguish

Question 7

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

A. Gigantic

B. Occasional

C. Umpteen

D. Infrequent

E. Exotic

Question 8

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

A. Impossible

B. Achievable

C. Restraining

D. Peccable

E. Divulging

Question 9

Direction: A sentence with one blank is given, indicating that something has been omitted. Choose the word that best fits into the blank appropriately.

Today՚s paper ________ that we shall have an election this year.

A. States

B. Admits

C. Expresses

D. Proposes

E. Gives

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