Intelligence Bureau English questions with answers, IB previous years solved question papers, Intelligence Bureau English questions with answer

Intelligence Bureau English questions with answers, IB previous years solved question papers, Intelligence Bureau English questions with answer


Directions (1-5) :  In each of the following sentences there are two blank spaces. Below each sentence there are five pairs of words denoted by numbers (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e). Find out which pair of words can be filled up in the blanks in the sentence in the same sequence to make the sentence grammatically correct and meaningfully complete.


1.  Liberalization has removed all the legal ………. and ………….. flood-gates to multinational companies.

(a) hurdles …………. awarded

(b) barriere ………… opened      (ANS)

(c) obstacles ……….. guarded

(d) manipulation ………. closed

(e) battles …………. threw


2. The ………. on some of the towns has created …….. among the residents of the other part of the country.

(a) attack ………….. ambition

(b) raid ………. awareness

(c) bombardment ……… panic      (ANS)

(d) spell ……….. satisfaction

(e) shower …………. dampness


3. …………. to the popular belief that every astrologer nurtures blind faith in fate, our astrologer believes in

(a) Contrary …….. action      (ANS)

(b) According ………. thoughts

(c) Bowing …………… present

(d) Proving …………. forecasting

(e) Pointing ………….. devotion


4.  His ……….. has yielded him the …………. fruit. 

(a) fate ……… undesirable

(b) efforts …….. unwanted       (ANS)

(c) action ………. viable

(d) perseverance …………… desired

(e) emphasis ……. expected


5.  His ………… contribution to the Tsunami relief fund was …………. by his staff members.

(a) meagre  ………… admired

(b) spontaneous  ………… nullified

(c) negligible  …………  sanctioned

(d) noteworthy  …………  improved

(e) generous  …………  appreciated       (ANS)


Directions (6-10) :  For each statement there are three different sentences given below it. Pick out the sentence (s) that most appropriately conwey (s) the meaning of the statement The number of that sentence or combination of sentences is the answer.


6. I could not observe his unwillingness while donating to charity.

(A)  I observed his willingness to donate to charity.

(B)  I failed to detect his reluctance, if there was any, while he was donating to charity.

(C)  I noticed his enthusiasm while donating to charity.

(a) Only A

(b) Only B      (ANS)

(c) Only C

(d) Only A and B

(e) Only B and C


7.  If you hesitate to participate freely and vigorously, your performance will be adversely affected.

(A)  Participate freely and vigorously if you desire to demonstrate your full performance.

(B)  Do not participate with reservations if you want your participation to be affected adversely.

(C)  your free and vigorous participation is most likely to affect your performance adversely.

(a) Only A      (ANS)

(b) Only B

(c) Only C

(d) Only A and B

(e) Only B and C


8.  Who do you think will be able to handle the work effectively ?

(A) In your opinion, there is none who can handle the work effectively.

(B) Who, in your opinion, can handle the work effectively ?

(C)  Can you name the person who, as per your assessment, can handle the work effectively ?

(a) Only A

(b) Only B

(c) Only C

(d) Only A and B

(e) Only B and C       (ANS)


9. How much you speak is less important than how well you speak ?

(A)  The quality of your talk is less important than the quantum of your talk.

(B)  How good you speak is as important as how much you speak.

(C) The quality of your talk as also the quantum are equally important.

(a) Only A and B

(b) Only B and C      (ANS)

(c) All the three

(d) None

(e) Only A


10.  All our efforts were wasted due to the negligence of the clients.

(A)  The negligence of the clients was responsible for making our efforts futile. 

(B)  Our efforts would have been fruitful had there been no negligence on the part of the clients.

(C) The negligence of the clients saved all our efforts from being wasted.

(a) Only A

(b) Only B

(c) Only A and B      (ANS)

(d) Only B and C

(e) All the three

Directions for questions 1 to 30 : An expression followed by four words is given in each of the following questions. The expression carries the meaning of one of the words. Identify the word and mark its number as your answer.

1.    People or animals of a place that have been the earliest there from known times
a)    ancestors
b)    immigrants
c)   aboriginals        (Ans)
d)    natives

2.    A person who is very good at something
a)    adept
b)    popular
c)    talented
d)   virtuoso       (Ans)

3.    An anxious and eager concern for someone
a)   solicitude        (Ans)
b)    worry
c)    elation
d)    good will

4.    A cowardly and unfaithful person
a)    miscreant
b)    mendicant
c)    pervert
d)   recreant       (Ans)

5.    A fixed plan of food, sleep, etc. in order to improve one’s health
a)    custom
b)   regimen      (Ans)
c)    resolution
d)    encompassment

6.    An introduction that comes before something we say/write
a)   prologue      (Ans)
b)    prediction
c)    review
d)    premonition

7.    A steep or almost upright side of a high rock mountain or cliff
a)    nadir
b)    zenith
c)    precipice       (Ans)
d)    abyss

8.    Characteristic of children or young people
a)   Juvenile       (Ans)
b)    mature
c)    puerile
d)    experienced

9.    Causing damage to both parties involved
a)    mutual
b)   internecine       (Ans)
c)    interdict
d)    interstitial

10.  a large and impressive building
a)    mansion
b)    colossal
c)    ciadel
d)   edifice       (Ans)

11.  Next to each other
a)    simultaneous
b)    vicinity
c)    succession
d)  contiguous      (Ans)

12.  A place of scene of great disorder
a)  chaotic        (Ans)
b)   repulsive
c)   shamble
d)   unpleasant

13. Connected with or relevant to something
a)   perspective
b)   invalid
c)   significant
d)   pertinent      (Ans)

14.  To hold the attention and interest completely
a)   enthral       (Ans)
b)    yield
c)    entice
d)    charm

15.  Showing great knowledge or insight
a)    profane
b)    fantastic
c)    nostalgic
d)   profound       (Ans)

16.   A long meaningless set of actions
a)    modicum
b)    vicissitudes
c)    tidings
d)   rigmarole       (Ans)

17.  To defeat completely in a battle or competition
a)   vanquish      (Ans)
b)    imbroglio
c)    forfeit
d)    tryst

18.   Most typical example of something
a)     idol
b)     epitome      (Ans)
c)     moron
d)     penchant

19.   Ability to speak well and easily
a)    loquaciousness
b)    temerity
c)    eloquence      (Ans)
d)    glibness

20.  One who is famous or an expert
a)    chartlatan
b)    paragon
c)    toady
d)    luminary       (Ans)

21.   A speech or piece of writing praising somebody or something
a)     paean
b)    transcription
c)    panegyric      (Ans)
d)    verbatim

22.   A place where everything is perfect
a)    Utpia       (Ans)
b)    Cosmos
c)    heaven
d)    artifice

23.   Voluntary relinquishing of something valued
a)    nihilism
b)    scrimmage
c)    sabotage
d)    sacrifice       (Ans)

24.   Asking everyone for an opinion
a)    jeremiad
b)    encomium
c)    referendum      (Ans)
d)    similitude

25.   A sign of shame
a)    Snide
b)    probity
c)    pride
d)    stigma      (Ans)

26.  Great disaster such as flood
a)    cataclysm       (Ans)
b)    genocide
c)    conflagration
d)    waterloo

27.   Extreme greed for money and possessions
a)    chicanery
b)    avarice      (Ans)
c)    rectitude
d)    clemency

28.   Firm and lasting courage in bearing trouble
a)    strength
b)    fortitude      (Ans)
c)    prayer
d)    endurance

29.  an object that is neat/pretty/small delicate
a)   dainty      (Ans)
b)    artistic
c)    categorical
d)    brail

30.  an attitude/habit/behaviour not genuine or natural
a)    deception
b)    imitation
c)    protection
d)   affectation       (Ans)

Direction : Questions 31-60 : Each question has a word followed by four choices. From among the choices, identify the word which is opposite in meaning (antonym) to the main word and mark its number as your answer.
31.    VIVIDLY
a)      unimpressively      (Ans)
b)      plain
c)      amalgamated
d)      distinct 

a)      agitated
b)      cultured      (Ans)
c)      young
d)      unique

33.    TRADUCE
a)      criticise
b)      admonish
c)      praise      (Ans)
d)      altercate

34.    PLUMMET
a)      pester
b)      copy
c)      praise
d)     soar      (Ans)

a)    softly
b)    generously
c)    plesantly
d)    miserly

a)      lethargic
b)      inebriated      (Ans)
c)      refreshed
d)      morose

37.    ENSUE
a)    follow
b)    instigate
c)    precede      (Ans)
d)    cease

38.    BILIOUS
a)    pleasant       (Ans)
b)    malevolent
c)    succulent
d)    impure

a)    laconic      (Ans)
b)    boastful
c)    bashful
d)    resonant

40.  SCOFF
a)    entertain
b)    belittle
c)    applaud      (Ans)
d)    castigate

a)    devious
b)    immaculate
c)    didactic
d)    celestial      (Ans)

a)    lengthen        (Ans)
b)    split
c)    digress
d)    enervate

a)    berserk
b)    imperious
c)    amiable      (Ans)
d)    ingeuous

a)    perfect
b)    chaste     (Ans)
c)    ignominious
d)    dubious

45.   IMPUGN
a)    invoke
b)    contradict
c)    defend     (Ans)
d)    pacify

a)    temporary      (Ans)
b)    decorous
c)    surprising
d)    concerted

a)    beneficial
b)    necessary
c)    harmful     (Ans)
d)    relevant

a)    opaque
b)    brittle     (Ans)
c)    coarse
d)    soft

49.  ADEPT
a)    skilled
b)    inept     (Ans)
c)    ugly
d)    serene

a)    promoter
b)    obstacle
c)    destroyer
d)    deterrent      (Ans)

a)    undermine      (Ans)
b)    interdict
c)    support
d)    contradict

a)    sorrowful
b)    encouraging
c)    cheerful     (Ans)
d)    careless

a)    external
b)    real     (Ans)
c)    internal
d)    unreal

54.  RAZE
a)    raise
b)    disperse
c)    split
d)    foster     (Ans)

a)    Pollution
b)    Confusion
c)    Suppression
d)    tension      (Ans)

a)    reliable
b)    authentic     (Ans)
c)    incredible
d)    unreal

a)    Sturdy       (Ans)
b)    feeble
c)    attractive
d)    repulsive

a)    glaring
b)    generous     (Ans)
c)    affluent
d)    miserly

a)    unpleasant
b)    pertinent
c)    reasonable     (Ans)
d)    interesting

60.  GORGE
a)    starve     (Ans)
b)    crave
c)    relish
d)    dislike

Directions for questions 61 to 80 : In each question, four words identified as a, b, c and d are given. Two of them are opposite in meaning to each other. Identify this pair and marks as your answer the combination from the choices that matches your selection.

61.   (i) Fume,    (ii) Aroma,    (iii) stench,    (iv) Filth
a)   (ii) – (iii)        (Ans)
b)    (i)- (iv)
c)    (i)-(ii)
d)    (iv)-(ii)

62.    (i) Shallow,    (ii) Vital,     (iii) Ostensible, (iv) Profound
a)    (i)-(ii)
b)    (i) – (iv)     (Ans)
c)    (i)-(iii)
d)    (ii)-(iii)

63.    (ii) Deteriorate, (ii) Wane,    (iii) Zoom,    (iv)  Flourish
a)    (i)-(ii)
b)    (ii) – (iii)
c)    (ii)-(iv)     (Ans)
d)    (iii)-(iv)

64.    (i) Emphasise,    (ii) Delay,    (iii) Help,    (iv) Hamper
a)    (i)-(iii)
b)    (i)-(ii)
c)    (ii)-(iv)
d)    (iii)-(iv)     (Ans)

65.    (i) Timid,    (ii) Audacious,    (iii) Powerful,    (iv) Violent
a)    (i)-(ii)     (Ans)
b)    (ii)-(iii)
c)    (i)-(iv)
d)    (iii)-(iv)

66.    (i) Repent,    (ii) Flaunt, (iii) Hide,    (iv) Fulfil
a)    (i)-(iii)
b)    (ii)-(iii)      (Ans)
c)    (iii)-(iv)
d)    (i)- (iv)

67.    (i) Sleep,    (ii) Toil,    (iii) Repose,    (iv) Labour
a)    (iii)-(iv)     (Ans)
b)    (i)-(iv)
c)    (ii)-(iv)
d)    (ii)-(iii)

68.    (i) Mundane,    (ii) Unique,    (iii) Exciting,    (iv) Emotional o
a)    (i)-(iv)
b)    (i)-(iii)     (Ans)
c)    (ii)-(iv)
d)    (ii)-(iii)

69.    (i) Serene,    (ii) Moody,    (iii) Blithe,    (iv) Emotional
a)    (i)-(ii)
b)    (ii)-(iv)
c)    (ii)-(iii)
d)    (i)-(iv)     (Ans)

70.  (i) Eclipse,    (ii) Discreet, (iii) Increase,    (iv) Reveal
a)    (i)-(iv)           (Ans)
b)    (ii)-(iv)
c)    (iii)-iv)
d)   (i)-(ii)

71.  (i) More,    (ii) Bit,    (iii) Superfluous,    (iv) Lot
a)    (i)-(ii)
b)    ((ii)-(iii)
c)    (ii-(iv)     (Ans)
d)    (i)-(iv)

72.  (i) Lewd,    (ii) Dignified,    (iii) Decent,    (iv) Ribald
a)    (iii)-(iv)          (Ans)
b)    (i)-(ii)
c)    (ii)-(iv)
d)    (ii)-(iii)

73.    (i) Aver,    (ii) Contradict,    (iii) Deny,    (iv) Repeat
a)      (i)-(ii)
b)      (i)-(iii)       (Ans)
c)    (ii)-(iv)
d)    (iii)-(iv)

74.   (i) Oppose,    (ii) Incite,    (iii) Defer,    (iv) Quell
a)     (i)-(iv)
b)     (iii)-(iv)
c)     (ii)-(iii)
d)    (ii)-(iv)     (Ans)

75.  (i) Amiable,    (ii) Angry, (iii) Active,    (iv) Curt
a)    (i) – (ii)
b)    (ii)-(iv)
c)    (i)-(iv)     (Ans)
d)    (ii)-(iii)

76.   (i) Stubborn, (ii) Amorous,    (iii) Frigid, (iv) Chaste
a)    (ii)-(iii)       (Ans)
b)    (i)-(ii)
c)    (iii)-(iv)
d)    (i)- (iv)

77.  (i) Clear,    (ii) Suppressed,    (iii) Notorious,    (iv) Famous
a)    (i)-(ii)
b)    (iii)-(iv)       (Ans)
c)    (i)-(iii)
d)    (ii)- (iii)

78.   (i) Actual,    (ii) Alleged,    (iii) Obvious,    (iv) Blamed
a)     (i)-(iv)
b)     (i)-(iii)
c)     (i)-(ii)       (Ans)
d)     (ii)-(iii)

79.   (i) Renege,    (ii) Break,    (iii) Fulfil,  (iv) Complete
a)     (i)-(ii)
b)     (i)-(iv)
c)     (ii)-(iii)
d)     (i)-(iii)     (Ans)

80.   (i) Terse,    (ii) Verbose,    (iii) Short,    (iv) Detailed
a)     (i)-(iii)
b)     (ii)-(iii)
c)     (ii)-(iv)
d)     (i)-(iv)     (Ans)

Directions for questions 81-100: An idiom and four possible meanings are given. Identity the meaning of the idiom from among the answer choices and mark its number as your answer.
81.  Child’s play
a)    to handle a situation calmly
b)    to dispute over petty points
c)    an easy task    (Ans)
d)    to treat lightly

82.  On thin Ice
a)    on the verge of ruins
b)    unbounded
c)    to undergo risks
d)    in a precarious situation     (Ans)

83.  Bury the hatchet
a)    decide to end hostility       (Ans)
b)    to keep under control
c)    to retire from active life
d)    to turn pale

84.   Cut no ice
a)     unable to perform
b)     make no impression      (Ans)
c)     come to nothing
d)     to fail

85.   It makes no odds
a)     come to a compromise
b)     quite certain
c)      to cause no interest
d)      it is not important     (Ans)

86.    Sign on the dotted line
a)     agree to do something unconditionally       (Ans)
b)     take the blame or punishment
c)     without any delay
d)     left with no choice

87.   The bottom line
a)      the trick
b)      the most important factor      (Ans)
c)      the secret
d)      ignorance

88.    Read between the line
a)      have a reason to suspect
b)      consulted one another
c)      have insight into a situation     (Ans)
d)      under consideration

89.    Turn down
a)       to reject or refuse    (Ans)
b)      to dominate
c)      to run away
d)      to disappoint

90.    Lie low
a)      to cease fighting
b)      destructively active
c)      hide and wait    (Ans)
d)      lethargic

91.   On cloud nine
a)     beyond control
b)     in excellent spirits      (Ans)
c)     fortune in favour
d)     at a distance

92.   See eye to eye
a)    well thought of
b)    continuously
c)    to fix the limit
d)    have same opinion    (Ans)

93.  Count one’s chickens
a)    be overoptimistic            (Ans)
b)    to make money rapidly
c)    with all one’s power
d)    wholly or entirely

94.    A bird’s eye view
a)      without care
b)      within the walls
c)      an overall survey    (Ans)
d)     out of place

95.   Be in two minds
a)    be burdened
b)    be indifferent
c)    be mischievous
d)    be undecided    (Ans)

96.  A shot in the arm
a)    to have his revenge
b)    to stimulate a situation/person     (Ans)
c)    to show strength
d)    to behave in an agitated manner

97.  Make no bones
a)    without offence
b)    to be frank     (Ans)
c)    undaunted by anything
d)    practically

98.  Turn one’s back
a)    object to
b)    retain aversion
c)    refuse help    (Ans)
d)    run off

99.  Be hand in glove
a)    remain faithful
b)    spread rapidly
c)    in ignorance
d)    in close association     (Ans)

100. Head to toe
a)   thoroughly      (Ans)
b)   continuously
c)   nothing
d)   completely 

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