SSC Comb. Higher Second. Level 2012

Solved Question Paper - ENGLISH LANGUAGE (Held on 04 Nov 2012)

Directions: In questions no. 1 to 6, some parts of the sentences have errors and some have none. Find out which part of sentence has an error and blacken the oval corresponding to the appropriate letter (A, B, C). If a sentence is free from error, blacken the oval corresponding to (D) in the Answer Sheet.


1. It was he who (A)/ came running in the house (B) / with the news about the earthquake. (C) / No error.

2. Her mother does not approve of (A)/ her to go to the party (B) / without dressing formally. (C) / No error.

3. Riding across the battle field (A)/ the famous Bhishm (B) / saw a large number of dead warriors. (C) / No error.

4. My Aunt (A)/ was first (B) / to get a degree (C) / No error.

5. Padmini had not rarely missed (A)/ a dance performance or festival since (B) / she was eight years old. (C) / No error.

6. Krupa and Kavya studied (A)/ in the Delhi Public School (B) / and so does Kamya. (C) / No error.

Directions: In questions no. 7 to 11, 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 mark it in the Answer Sheet.


7. Let us quickly _______ .

  1. muddle
  2. huddle
  3. hurdle
  4. puddle

8. Rajesh’s car wasn’t _________Ramesh’s , so we were too exhausted by the time we reached home.

  1. such comfortable
  2. as comfortable as
  3. comfortable enough
  4. so comfortable that

9. I don’t suppose that Pramod will be elected _______ how hard he struggles as he is not completely supported by the committee.

  1. although
  2. seeing as
  3. no matter
  4. however

10. Regular exercise is conducive _________ health.

  1. in
  2. to
  3. for
  4. of

11. Can you please ________ my web site just before I publish it ?

  1. find out
  2. go through
  3. set out
  4. look up

Directions: In questions no. 12 to 14, out of the four alternatives, choose the one which best expresses the meaning of the given word and mark it in the Answer Sheet.


12. Apprise :

  1. Praise
  2. Inform
  3. Conceal
  4. Assess

13. Periodic :

  1. Infrequent
  2. Continuous
  3. Occasional
  4. Regular

14. Gruesome :

  1. Sullen
  2. Hideous
  3. Exhausting
  4. Insulting

Directions: In questions no. 15 to 17, choose the word opposite in meaning to given word and mark it in the Answer Sheet.


15. Knack :

  1. Talent
  2. Dullness
  3. Dexterity
  4. Balance

16. Pernicious :

  1. Prolonged
  2. Ruinous
  3. Ruthless
  4. Beneficial

17. Opulence :

  1. Luxury
  2. Transparency
  3. Wealth
  4. Poverty

Directions: In questions no. 18 to 22, four alternatives are given for the Idiom/Phrease underlined in the sentence. Choose the alternative which best expresses the meaning of the Idiom/Phrease and mark it in the Answer Sheet.


18. I could have continued my higher studies if I wanted but, that’s water under the bridge.

  1. something I cannot change
  2. the time I met with an accident near the bridge
  3. something my family did not want
  4. the time I went on a cruise

19. My parents want me to study science, but I will stick to my guns and graduate in Economics.

  1. prefer to disobey them
  2. hold on to my decision
  3. refuse to listen to them
  4. show them that they are wrong

20. The manager dismissed the proposal out of hand and said that it was not at all practical.

  1. completely
  2. directly
  3. simply
  4. quickly

21. The people of this village are the salt of the earth.

  1. rich
  2. educated
  3. quarrelsome
  4. kind

22. He accused her of talking through her hat and refused to accept a word of what she said.

  1. talking straight
  2. talking nonsense
  3. talking tough
  4. talking sense