Model English Test For Bank PO Preparation

Prepare for bank PO examinations with this model English test.

Questions 1 – 7

In the following questions, sentences are given with four alternatives. Every sentence contains an idiom/phrase. You are to select the alternative which best expresses the meaning of this idiom/phrase for each of the questions.

1. He has the gift of the gab.

a) gifted
b) present of chattering
c) a chatterbox
d) a good conversationalist

2. Parental property has become a bone of contention between the two brothers.

a) unifying factor
b) a firm view
c) something that causes a quarrel
d) none of these

3. Once in a blue moon, we meet each other.

a) frequently
b) hardly ever
c) very seldom indeed
d) in the light of a blue moon

4. He has been jobless for several months, and it is his wife who keeps the pot boiling.

a) avoid starvation
b) keep the fire burning
c) be angry
d) keep firing

5. In the end he had to eat the humble pie.

a) apologize humbly
b) adopt an aggressive attitude
c) defend oneself vigorously
d) none of these

6. To be a good orator, you don’t have to play to the galleries.

a) offend audiences
b) appease select audience
c) to appeal to the lower taste
d) to go prepared to the hall

7. The officer took him to task.

a) rebuked him
b) praised him
c) promoted him
d) dismissed him

Questions 8 – 13

In the following questions a word is followed by four alternative words. You are to select the alternative word which is nearly opposite in meaning to the given word.

8. Gracious

a) benign
b) churlish
c) clement
d) cautious

9. Latent

a) undeveloped
b) gay
c) convincing
d) conspicuous

10. Impede

a) fall away
b) filter
c) fester
d) facilitate

11. Surreptitious

a) mighty
b) overt
c) unplanned
d) plausible

12. Congruity

a) inconsistency
b) irregularity
c) disagreement
d) mismatch

13. Macabre

a) ugly
b) extravagant
c) lovely
d) unholy

Questions 14 – 19

In the following questions, sentences with a blank are given. Select the best alternative to fill up the blank so as to make the sentence most meaningful.

14. At the party, he met a young woman dressed ——————- white and fell in love with her.

a) in
b) with
c) at
d) None of these

15. The language you speak —————– my ears.

a) hurts
b) hurt
c) has hurt
d) had hurt

16. Normally the business confidence level moves ————– line with the size of the firms.

a) in
b) up in
c) up with
d) with

17. We should be careful as cellular phone operation is one of the key industries ———– to frauds worldwide.

a) open
b) vulnerable
c) available
d) welcome

18. First, the hardware must get ———– the ground.

a) over
b) of
c) at
d) off

19. Transnational corporations and foreign firms have ————– keen interest in investing in India.

a) displayed
b) expressed
c) discussed
d) negotiated

Questions 20 – 25

In the following questions, choose the word from given alternatives which is most nearly the same in meaning to the word given in the question.

20. Paradigm

a) solution
b) role
c) model
d) treatment

21. Volition

a) firmness
b) strength
c) will
d) approach

22. Icon

a) symbol
b) false representation
c) document
d) destroyer of images

23. Felicitous

a) sentimental
b) appropriate
c) lucky
d) scatterbrained

24. Gourmet

a) connoisseur of good food
b) who has traveled widely
c) chef
d) voracious eater

25. Perspicacity

a) mental keenness
b) faithfulness
c) calm
d) sincere


1. a good conversationalist
2. something that causes a quarrel
3. very seldom indeed
4. avoid starvation
5. apologize humbly
6. to appeal to the lower taste
7. rebuked him
8. churlish
9. conspicuous
10. facilitate
11. overt
12. inconsistency
13. lovely
14. in
15. hurts
16. in
17. vulnerable
18. off
19. displayed
20. model
21. will
22. symbol
23. appropriate
24. connoisseur of good food
25. mental keenness


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