WBCS Prelims 2018 English Composition Question and Solution



   In West Bengal Civil Service (WBCS) Preliminary Examination 2018, total of 25 questions was asked from English Composition.

1. Fill in the blank with the correct word: ________his humiliation, he attended the function.
[A]  Inspite

[B]  Not withstanding

[C]  Nevertheless

[D] As of

Correct Answer: [B]  Not withstanding

2. ‘Call up” means :

[A]  Recollect

[B]   Anticipate

[C]  Befriend

[D] Invite

Correct Answer: [D] Invite

3. Use a suitable Auxiliary Verb to fill in the blank space:
In all probability it ______ rain tonight

[A]  Will

[B]  Can

[C]  May

[D] Ought

Correct Answer: [A]  Will

4. Fill in the blank with the correct word :
She had better ______ the room.

[A]  Entered

[B]  Requested

[C]  Moved

[D] Called

Correct Answer: [A]  Entered

5. Fill in the blank with the appropriate Phrasal verb:
The girl ______ her mother.

[A]  Takes after

[B]  Call in

[C]  Puts off

[D] Puts by

Correct Answer: [A]  Takes after

6. Fill in the blank with the appropriate word:
She liked the ______ plan better.

[A]  Latter

[B]  Later

[C]  Fast

[D] Early

Correct Answer: [A]  Latter

7. Fill in the blank with the correct word:
A ______ bow was seen in the sky.

[A]  Multicoloured

[B]  Shooting

[C]  Staring

[D] Melodious

Correct Answer: [A]  Multicoloured

8.  ‘A bolt from the blue’ means

[A]  Sudden disaster

[B]  In trouble

[C]  Blessing from above

[D] To remain neutral

Correct Answer: [A]  Sudden disaster

9. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
Classic ______

[A]  Of the first or highest quality

[B]  A long list

[C]  Loose, flowing robe

[D] Sanctified

Correct Answer: [A]  Of the first or highest quality

10. Insert a correct Participle in the blank space:
______ about dinner, John ran the whole way home.

[A]  Having finished

[B]  Excited

[C]  Had been excited

[D] Hungry

Correct Answer: [B]  Excited

11. Fill in the blank with the correct Phrasal Verb:
The teacher will ______ a new chapter tomorrow.

[A]  Take over

[B]  Take up

[C]  Take down

[D] Take off

Correct Answer: [B]  Take up

12. Insert the correct Adverbial Phrase in the blank space:
Only ______ is there a rumble in the sky.

[A]  Occasionally

[B]  Swiftly

[C]  Quite

[D] Merrily

Correct Answer: [A]  Occasionally

13. Choose the word opposite in meaning to the word underlined below:
Mary’s patience and serenity won the admiration of all who saw her.

[A]  Holiness

[B]  Placidity

[C]  Agitation

[D] Equanimity

Correct Answer: [C]  Agitation

14. Marble may be used with

[A]  Painting

[B]  Music

[C]  Rocks

[D] Sculpture

Correct Answer: [D] Sculpture

15. Insert the appropriate Prepositions in the sentence:
He has a preference ______ tea ______ coffee.

[A]  Over, for

[B]  For, to

[C]  For, over

[D] To, over

Correct Answer: [B]  For, to

16. Insert the proper preposition the sentence:
It is 9’o clock ______ my watch.

[A]  By

[B]  In

[C]  At

[D] Into

Correct Answer: [A]  By

17. ‘Regret’ may be expressed by the following interjection:

[A]  Alas!

[B]  Hush!

[C]  Bravo!

[D] Hurrah!

Correct Answer: [A]  Alas!

18. Fill in the blank with the appropriate infinitive:
______ is human.

[A]  To laugh

[B]  To err

[C]  To read

[D] To save

Correct Answer: [B]  To err

19. One who considers the happiness and well being of others first is an

[A]  Atheist

[B]  Altruist

[C]  Alchemist

[D] Aesthete

Correct Answer: [B]  Altruist

20. Fill in the blank with the correct word:
An Opthalmologist is a person who deals with ______

[A]  Heart

[B]  Eyes

[C]  Glands

[D] Lungs

Correct Answer: [B]  Eyes

21. Fill in the blank with the appropriate preposition:
She was running short ______ time.

[A]  At

[B]  Of

[C]  With

[D] For

Correct Answer: [B]  Of

22. An Ornithologist deals with:
[A]  Insects

[B]  Birds

[C]  Eyes

[D] Heart

Correct Answer: [B]  Birds

23. An indefatigable person remains

[A]  Untired

[B]  Unhappy

[C]  Unrelentful

[D] Unsocial

Correct Answer: [A]  Untired

24. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below:
He stood in hot water

[A]  In trouble or disgrace

[B]  Met with an accident

[C]  Stepped into boiling water

[D] Was angry

Correct Answer: [A]  In trouble or disgrace

25. Select the correct meaning of the idiom underlined below
We didn’t really want that particular hotel, but it was a case of Hobson’s choice.

[A]  State of dilemma

[B]  Taking what is available or nothing at all

[C]  Teacher’s choice

[D] Economical

Correct Answer: [B]  Taking what is available or nothing at all

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