Oriental Insurance Company Ltd Aptitude-English Contributed by Shyama updated on Aug 2020
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                               Sample Paper for Oriental Insurance Company Ltd

English Language


Directions: In this Section you have Six short passages. After each passage you will find several questions based on the passage. First, read Passage-I, and answer the questions based on it. Then go on to the other passages.

PASSAGE—I
The martyrs who laid down their lives for the freedom of the country, had a lofty vision of the future. They wanted the nation to be free from all the slavery and bondage. They wanted an India in which all the communities would live in perfect harmony and in which there would be no high class and no low class of people, the curse of untouchability having been wiped out completely.Women would enjoy equal rights with men and contribute their fullest to the making of a great nation. Such a vision was in keeping with the ancient glory of the country renowned for its splendid achievements in literature, art and culture.We must now revitalise this ancient culture of ours with tolerance as its masthead. If we forget or cease to take pride in our noble heritage, we shall have to face severe indictment in the court of history which is a ruthless judge and seldom spares the erring people.

1. The martyrs who died for the freedom of India wanted:
(a) the country to be the strongest nation in the world
(b) the country to rule over the other nations
(c) the country to be free from slavery
(d) the people to give up their antiquated customs

2. These martyrs wanted that:
(a) there should be reservation in the jobs for the backward sections of the society
(b) there should be perfect communal love and peace in the country
(c) the old caste-system should be retained in the future
(d) the women should look after their families only

3. We must strive with our total commitment to:
(a) defeat and overcome the enemies of the nation
(b) revitalise our rich past culture
(c) inject scientific temper into our past culture
(d) make scientific advancements

4. Our freedom-fighters envisioned that in free India:
(a) there would be an egalitarian society
(b) women would enjoy higher privileges and rights than others
(c) the country would be taken forward by some selected classes of the society
(d) industrialisation should occupy the top priority

PASSAGE—II
Dr S. Radhakrishnan, the illustrious philosopher statesman of India, was one of the greatest sons of our motherland. He cautioned the world against the domination of science in society. It is erroneous to claim that scientific knowledge would bring with it perpetual progress and a steady improvement in human relations. The recent period of great scientific achievements has also increased human misery: two world wars, concentration camps, atomic destruction, cold war, deadly wars in the middle east, Persian Gulf and at many other places in the world. Growth in human wisdom has not been commensurate with the increase in scientific knowledge and power. The fear of universal destruction hangs over the world. There is a feeling of disenchantment, anxiety and even despair. Science has failed to liberate man from the tyranny of his own nature.Mankind is passing through a critical period and an education of the human spirit has become essential. In order to remake society, man has to remake himself. If humanity is to survive, man must integrate his knowledge with a social responsibility.


5. Dr S. Radhakrishnan has:
(a) emphasised that science should be banished from the society
(b) opposed the teaching of science in educational institutions
(c) favoured scientific thinking in life
(d) counselled that preponderance of science in life does not necessarily generate happiness

6. The recent past of tremendous scientific progress has:
(a) made the world a very happy place
(b) led to global warming
(c) brought about internal transformation in men
(d) shown that human wisdom has not kept pace with galloping scientific knowledge

7. Man is despaired of science because:
(a) science has given too much knowledge
(b) science has brought him excessive material comforts
(c) he has become a captive of science
(d) he is confronted with the nightmare of total annihilation of the world

8. Man can save humanity only if he:
(a) abandons science
(b) brings about an internal transformation in himself
(c) makes his life more comfortable with scientific gadgets
(d) goes back to nature and primitive times

9. In this passage, the writer has tried to show that:
(a) science is the only saviour that shall lead humanity forward
(b) science can bring about an end to all the wars
(c) social change comes with the advancement of science
(d) human wisdom must grow proportionately with growth of knowledge to evolve a creative integration to help mankind

SENTENCE IMPROVEMENT
Directions: Look at the underlined part of each sentence. Below each sentence are given three possible substitutions for the underlined part.If one of them (a), (b) or (c) is better than the underlined part, indicate your response on the Answer Sheet against the corresponding letter (a), (b) or (c).If none of the substitutions improve the sentence, indicate (d) as your response on the Answer Sheet. Thus a ‘No improvement’ response will be signified by the letter (d).

10. The Union Finance Minister has said that fresh recruitment will be restricted to one-third of the vacancies that arise in the government jobs:
(a) rise 
(b) raise 
(c) arouse 
(d) No improvement

11. Our armed forces are superior to those of any other country in the world.
(a) superior than 
(b) superior from
(c) superior over 
(d) No improvement

12. He secured the first position in a hundred metres race:
(a) a hundred metre race
(b) hundred metres race
(c) one hundred metres race
(d) No improvement

13. Working in the slums brought her in against the realities of poverty.
(a) brought her forward
(b) brought her up
(c) brought her on
(d) No improvement

14 I hope it’s not imposing on your hospitality, but could I stay to dinner?
(a) stay over 
(b) stay up to
(c) stay at 
(d) No improvement

15. I have dreamt all my life for owning a beautiful maroon-coloured car.
(a) of owning 
(b) to owning
(c) at owning 
(d) No improvement

16. The war has had a negative impact over the economy of the country.
(a) in the economy (b) on the economy
(c) in economy (d) No improvement

17. They claimed to bring the best products and services on the doorsteps of their consumers.
(a) up to the doorsteps 
(b) to the doorsteps
(c) at the doorsteps 
(d) No improvement

18. My company has decided to go it alone rather than set up a joint venture.
(a) put up 
(b) deal with
(c) go along with 
(d) No improvement

19. The last exercise was fairly easier than I thought it would be:
(a) more 
(b) rather
(c) comparatively 
(d) No improvement

20. The Chief Manager asked me to carry on his orders immediately.
(a) carry forward 
(b) carry out
(c) carry with 
(d) No improvement

21. The profit will be dealt with among the investors:
(a) dealt in 
(b) dealt out
(c) dealt of 
(d) No improvement

22. Your advice is no different from the other friends.
(a) not different from
(b) not different from that of the
(c) not different from the
(d) No improvement

23. It was she, not me, who put forth the attractive proposition.
(a) she, not I, 
(b) her, not me,
(c) her, not I, 
(d) No improvement

24. His love of languages bent him towards a career as a translator.
(a) inclined him 
(b) twisted him
(c) directed him 
(d) No improvement

25. His suggestion was greeted with hoots of laughter.
(a) greeted in (b) greeted over
(c) greeted at (d) No improvement

ORDERING OF SENTENCES
Directions: In the following items each passage consists of six sentences. The first and the sixth sentence are given in the beginning. The middle four sentences in each have been removed and jumbled up. These are labelled P, Q, R and S. You are required to find out the proper sequence of the four sentences and mark accordingly on the Answer Sheet.

26. S1 : It is said that deep down people are alike. S6 : People differ in intelligence, personality, emotional display, values, priorities and the like. 
P : However in the broadest sense we can saypeople are all alike.
Q : This statement is essentially false.
R : But the individual differences are far more illuminating.
S : For instance, it’s true that people all have attitudes, likes and dislikes, feelings and similar attributes.
The proper sequence should be:
(a) Q R S P 
(b) S P Q R
(c) Q P S R 
(d) S R Q P

27. S1 : Let us look at the statement ‘It’s not what you say, but it’s what you do’.
S6 : But when words and actions diverge, people focus most on what they see in terms of behaviour.
P : Actions do speak louder than words.
Q : Words can influence others; we don’t deny.
R : The statement is mostly true.
S : This doesn’t mean that words fall on deaf ears.
The proper sequence should be:
(a) S Q R P 
(b) R P S Q
(c) S P R Q 
(d) R Q S P

28. S1 : There are no limit to insanitation.
S6 : So I asked for a broom to clean them myself.
P : There were only a few latrines
Q : They refused point-blank to clean them.
R : Pools of water were everywhere.
S : I pointed it out to the volunteers.
The proper sequence should be:
(a) R S P Q 
(b) Q P S R
(c) R P S Q 
(d) Q S P R

29. S1 : I did not feel at all sea-sick.
S6 : For I could rarely follow their remarks when they came up to speak to me.
P : I was quite unaccustomed to talking English, and except one all the other passengers in the second saloon were English.
Q : But as the days passed, I became fidgety.
R : I could not speak to them.
S : I felt shy even in speaking to the steward..
The proper sequence should be:
(a) P S Q R 
(b) Q R P S
(c) P R Q S 
(d) Q S P R

30. S1 : The hall darkened
S6 : And then father taught the girl arithmetic.
P : After all that, his father came on the screen.
Q : And then a little girl came up, and he spoke to her exactly as he used to speak to Sambu.
R : He was wearing just the dhoti and shirt he used to wear at home.
S : Sambu sat through the trailers and slide advertisements without enthusiasm.

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