SSC CGL Previous Year Solved Paper of English Comprehension | SSC CGL 2016 |

By | August 3, 2016 providing the previous years question papers of SSC Combined Graduation level Exam, in today publication  candidates can check the English paper and we are also providing the answer sheet of previous papers of Quantitative Aptitude, General Awareness, General Intelligence and Reasoning. The date of SSC CGL exam 2016 has been already fixed on dated 27 August 2016.


Part D :-  English Comprehension |

 SSC CGL previous year solved papers

Directions: Some parts of the sentences have errors and some are correct. Find out which part of a sentence has an error and corresponding to the appropriate correct option. If a sentence is free from error, corresponding to ‘No error’ option.


  1. We have finished our work three hours ago and have been waiting for you since then.
  • Three hours ago and have been waiting
  • We have finished our work
  • For you since, then
  • No error
  1. Several guests noticed Mr. Sharma falling back in his chair and gasping for breath.
  • Falling back in his chair
  • Several guests noticed Mr. Sharma
  • And gasping for breath
  • No error


  1. Many a men want to be rich quickly.
  • Want to be
  • Many a man
  • Rich quickly
  • No error


  1. A study is going underway to determine the exact concentration of lead in the water supply.
  • To determine the exact concentration
  • A study is going underway
  • Of lead in the water supply
  • No error


  1. The Russian ambassador’s whereabouts is not known to anyone
  • Whereabouts is
  • Not known to anyone
  • The Russian ambassador’s
  • No error


Directions: You have a passage with 5 questions following. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.



In September 2011, The Hindustan Times did a study in Delhi and reported that the number of malaria (and dengue) cases at the time were actually thrice as many as revealed by the city authorities. Earlier, in Mumbai, a municipal claim that 145 people died due to malaria in 2010 was exposed a lie after Praja, a city NGO, extracted figures from the municipality itself. Following an RTI petition, Praja revealed 1190 deaths. This seems to be a habit. A paper in the leading UK medical journal The Lancet, published following nationwide interviews undertaken by an international team, reveals that the number of malarial deaths all over India every year may be as high as 205000, which is many times the World Health Organization’s figure of about 15000, of the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme’s figure of just around 1000. While the Lancet paper has been disputed, it is clear that there must be gross under-reporting of malarial deaths. Wouldn’t that be one of the big reasons why malaria, which is easily cured if properly treated after timely diagnosis, continues to kill, so many Indians?


  1. The findings of the Lancet were published after
  • Nationwide interviews were carried out
  • International reviews of the findings were done
  • Proper verifications of the findings were done
  • The international team left India


  1. One of the big reasons for malarial death is
  • Untimely diagnosis
  • Under-reporting of malarial deaths
  • Over-reporting of malarial deaths
  • Lack of proper treatment


  1. The Hindustan Times found that the number of malaria cases in 2011 was
  • Exactly as the numbers revealed by the authorities
  • Three times the numbers revealed by the authorities
  • Half the numbers revealed by the authorities
  • Twice than the numbers revealed by the authorities


  1. What is “the habit” mentioned in the passage?
  • Filing RTIs
  • Hiding the real figures of malaria cases
  • Conducting studies and surveys in towns and cities
  • Exposing the authority’s incompetence


  1. The Lancet is a
  • Journal (B) Magazine (C) Newspaper            (D) Medical book


Directions: Choose the word opposite in meaning to the given word and mark it.


  1. Arrogant
  • Proud (B) Modest (C) Selfish                   (D) Haughty


  1. Eccentric
  • Carefree (B) Peculiar (C) Unusual                 (D) Normal


  1. Zenith
  • Nadir (B) Shallow (C) Low                      (D) Bottom


Directions: A sentence / a part of the sentence is underlined. Below are given alternatives to the underlined part which may improve the sentence. Choose the correct alternative. In case no improvement is needed choose “No improvement”.


  1. We have been retracing our steps to the log cabin ten minutes ago.
  • Will be retracing
  • Have to retrace
  • Had to retrace
  • No improvement


  1. I was struck by his singular appearance.
  • Struck by how he singularly appears
  • Struck by his single appearance
  • Had stricken his single appearance
  • No improvement


  1. John decided to go to the Advocate General to clear his name of the accusation.
  • To wash his name
  • To clean his name
  • To cleared his name
  • No improvement


  1. They were being commanded to wait till the signal was given.
  • commanded
  • given command
  • command
  • No Improvement


  1. He could not be able to think logically because of his illness.
  • cannot be able
  • can be unable
  • was not able
  • No improvement


  1. River Damodar in West Bengal carry the effluents from the Durgapur Industrial complex for miles.
  • carried the effluents
  • carries the effluents
  • carries the effluence
  • No improvement


  1. He bowed down at the altar.
  • next to the altar
  • in front of the altar
  • before the altar
  • No improvement


  1. I hope you will be able to steer ahead of the anti-social elements.
  • steer free
  • steer clear
  • steer out
  • No improvement


  1. The climate of Shillong is somewhat like Kohima.
  • like Kohima’s
  • as Kohima’s
  • as Kohima
  • No improvement


  1. The blue whale was thriving in all of the world’s oceans until the turn of the century, at which time they became hunted to the point of extinction.
  • At the turn of the century, blue whales were thriving in all of the world’s oceans
  • Blue whales were thriving in all of the world’s oceans until the turn of the century
  • The blue whale was thriving in all of the world’s oceans up until the turn of the century
  • No improvement


Directions: Sentences are given with blanks to be filled in with an appropriate word(s). Four alternatives are suggested for each question. Choose the correct alternative out of the four and indicate it.


  1. He will impart no information ……………. anyone.
  • from (B) for (C) with                       (D) to


  1. Jyoti refused to be …………………… by her long illness.
  • dispatched (B) dispirited (C) dispersed (D) dispensed


  1. He was ……………. by nature and so avoided all company.
  • cordial (B) anti-social (C) gregarious             (D) timid


  1. Jim suffered a ……………. of fortune.
  • regress (B) revert (C) reversal                  (D) reverse


  1. The United Kingdom…………. England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland.
  • comprises (B) comprises of (C) combines (D) consists


Directions: You have a passage with 5 questions following. Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.



The capitalist system does not faster healthy relations among human beings. A few people own all the means of production and others have to sell their labour under conditions imposed upon them. The emphasis of capitalism being on the supreme importance of material wealth, the intensity of its appeal is to the acquisitive tendency. It promotes worship of economic power with little regard to the means employed for its acquisition and the end that it serves. By its exploitation of human beings to the limits of endurance its concentration is on the largest profit rather than maximum production. Thus, the division of human society is done on the basis of profit motive. All this is injurious to human dignity and when the harrowed poor turn to the founders of religion for succour, they rather offer a subtle defence for the established order. They promise future happiness for present suffering. They conjure up visions of paradise to soothe the suffering majority and censure the revolt of the tortured men. The system imposes injustice, the religion justifies it.


  1. In a capitalist system of society each man wishes
  • To have visions of paradise
  • To produce maximum wealth
  • To acquire maximum wealth
  • To soothe the sufferings of other


  1. The established order is supported by religion to
  • Balance the suffering of the poor with hopes of future reward
  • Perpetuate the injustice imposed by the capitalist system
  • Help the tortured men to seek redress
  • Alleviate the suffering of the poor in the capitalist system


  1. The passage indicates that the capitalist system is
  • Dehumanizing
  • Prosperous
  • Ambitious
  • Fair


  1. Capitalism divides society into the two categories of……….
  • working and non-working people
  • buyers and sellers
  • religions and irreligious people
  • exploiters and exploited people


  1. In a capitalist system
  • Means which lead to exploitation are strictly prohibited
  • The ends justify the means
  • The means endorsed by religion are strictly followed
  • The means justify the ends



Directions: Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which can be substituted for the given words/sentences and indicate it.


  1. To die without making a will
  • Inane (B) Indigent (C) Inure         (D) Intestate


  1. One which is concerned with the welfare of others.
  • Altruist (B) Egoist (C) Hedonist   (D) Ascetic


  1. That which cannot be avoided.
  • Unvarying (B) Unrestrained (C) Inevitable (D) Integral


  1. Opinion contrary to accepted doctrines.
  • Controversy (B) Convention (C) Advocacy (D) Heresy


  1. A person who agrees to work for somebody in order to learn a skill.
  • Apprentice (B) Assistant (C) Pupil          (D) Lackey


  1. Make pale by excluding light.
  • Etiolate (B) Foliate (C) Percolate   (D) Procreate


  1. Someone who is designated to hear both sides of a dispute and make a judgement.
  • Arbitrator (B) Manager (C) Magistrate (D) Counsellor



Directions: Out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word.


  1. Ingenuous
  • Careless (B) Crafty (C) Candid      (D) Creative


  1. Damp
  • Complicated (B) Clear (C) Light         (D) Wet


  1. Resurgence
  • Repletion (B) Reluctance (C) Renewal    (D) Relocation



Directions: Four alternatives are given for the idiom/phrase underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the idiom/ phrase.


  1. Everybody thought Asha and Ashok were a happy couple. But it was all just make believe.
  • hatred (B) treachery (C) reality        (D) pretence


  1. Even in the middle of the fire he kept a level head.
  • was impulsive
  • was sensible
  • was crazy
  • was self centred


  1. The winning team decided to go for the jugular in the last quarter of the match.
  • give reserve players a chance
  • attack all out
  • give easy opportunities to the opposite team
  • forfeit the match


  1. He and his neighbour are always at
  • agree on everything
  • abusing each other
  • disagreeing on everything
  • aloof from each other


  1. I am going to stay at home because I am feeling under the weather
  • depressed (B) Sick (C) unhappy    (D) irritated



Directions: Four words are given in each question, out of which only one word is correctly spelt. Find the correctly spelt word.


  1. (A) Merth (B) Connoisseur          (C) Gruesom   (D) Appretiate


  1. (A) Resurgense (B) Haphazzard (C) Comissioned         (D) Fortuitous


Answer sheet of All question paper which has been already published.

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1.      (a) 2.      (b) 3.      (c) 4.      (b) 5.      (c) 6.      (c) 7.      (a) 8.      (d) 9.      (c)
10.  (a) 11.  (d) 12.  (a) 13.  (d) 14.  (d) 15.  (d) 16.  (c) 17.  (c) 18.  (b)
19.  (d) 20.  (d) 21.  (b) 22.  (d) 23.  (b) 24.  (d) 25.  (c) 26.  (c) 27.  (c)
28.  (d) 29.  (c) 30.  (a) 31.  (c) 32.  (d) 33.  (a) 34.  (d) 35.  (d) 36.  (c)
37.  (b) 38.  (a) 39.  (d) 40.  (d) 41.  (b) 42.  (b) 43.  (b) 44.  (d) 45.  (a)
46.  (a) 47.  (c) 48.  () 49.  (d) 50.  (b) 51.  (b) 52.  (c) 53.  (a) 54.  (d)
55.  (d) 56.  (d) 57.  (c) 58.  (b) 59.  (b) 60.  (c) 61.  (c) 62.  (c) 63.  (c)
64.  (c) 65.  (b) 66.  (b) 67.  (c) 68.  (c) 69.  (a) 70.  (d) 71.  (b) 72.  (d)
73.  (b) 74.  () 75.  (d) 76.  (c) 77.  (d) 78.  (d) 79.  (a) 80.  (b) 81.  (b)
82.  (a) 83.  (c) 84.  (a) 85.  (b) 86.  (b) 87.  (c) 88.  (d) 89.  (c) 90.  (a)
91.  (b) 92.  (b) 93.  (c) 94.  (a) 95.  (c) 96.  (c) 97.  (d) 98.  (d) 99.  (d)
100.          (c) 101.          (d) 102.          (d) 103.          (d) 104.          (b) 105.          (a) 106.          (c) 107.          (b) 108.          (c)
109.          (d) 110.          (b) 111.          (a) 112.          (d) 113.          (c) 114.          (b) 115.          (d) 116.          (a) 117.          (b)
118.          (c) 119.          (c) 120.          (c) 121.          (a) 122.          (d) 123.          (a) 124.          (c) 125.          (a) 126.          ()
127.          () 128.          (c) 129.          (b) 130.          (b) 131.          (d) 132.          () 133.          (d) 134.          (d) 135.          (a)
136.          (c) 137.          (a) 138.          (b) 139.          (d) 140.          (a) 141.          (a) 142.          (b) 143.          (a) 144.          (b)
145.          (d) 146.          (a) 147.          (d) 148.          (d) 149.          (a) 150.          (d) 151.          (b) 152.          (d) 153.          (a)
154.          (b) 155.          (d) 156.          (a) 157.          (b) 158.          (b) 159.          (b) 160.          (a) 161.          (b) 162.          (d)
163.          (a) 164.          (c) 165.          (d) 166.          (d) 167.          (a) 168.          (c) 169.          (b) 170.          (c) 171.          (b)
172.          (a) 173.          (b) 174.          (d) 175.          (b) 176.          (d) 177.          (c) 178.          (a) 179.          (c) 180.          (d)
181.          (a) 182.          (d) 183.          (b) 184.          (d) 185.          (a) 186.          (c) 187.          (d) 188.          (a) 189.          (a)
190.          (a) 191.          (c) 192.          (d) 193.          (c) 194.          (d) 195.          (b) 196.          (b) 197.          (c) 198.          (b)
199.          (b) 200.          (d) Blanks: None of the correct in given options


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