Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Fill In The Blanks Exercises For SSC CGL Tier II Exams.

Fill In The Blanks


If you are preparing for SSC CGL Tier II 2018, IBPS PO exam and other competitive exams, you will have to solve a section of English. This blog on fill in the blanks exercises for SSC Exams will help you learn concepts on filling single blanks, double blanks, and triple blanks, based on your English Vocabulary.

Read on to understand how to attempt the Fill in the Blanks questions for exams such as SSC CGL Tier II 2018, SSC CHSL, without wasting a lot of time.

How To Attempt The Fill In The Blanks Questions

Fill in the blanks questions are mostly to test your ability to choose the most effective word from the options given to fit the blank and complete the sentence meaningfully. In other words, this kind of questions in the SSC CGL Tier II exam tests your understanding of words in a context.

There are essentially two patterns;

  1. Sentences with single blanks
  2. Sentences with multiple blanks.
This blog is to help you with various strategies that you can apply in choosing the most effective word to fill the blank.

Steps Involved In Solving Fill In The Blanks

This is a 5-step process:

Step 1: Identify the Clue Word in the given sentence
Every sentence in the English language has one or more clue words to identify the meaning or the theme of the sentence. The easiest way to understand the sentence in its context is to first identify these clue words.

As the name suggests, the clue words are the required hints to fill in the blanks.

Step 2: Find the Synonyms for the Clue Word
Once you have identified the clue word/s, try to find its synonyms from the options given in the questions. Two or more words from the given options would be synonymous with the clue words that have been identified.

Step 3: Understand Whether the Clue Word is used to Compare, Contradict or Describe
Clue words define the nature of the sentence. Sometimes, in conjunction with words like ‘but’, ‘and’, ‘however’, the clue words define whether the blank must be filled with words that mean the same as the clue words or the opposite.

Step 4: Look at the Options given, and use the Elimination Method to find the most suitable option
Depending on whether the blank must be filled with words that are synonymous to the clue words or opposite in their meaning, look at the options given for the question. Use the elimination method, to arrive at the most suitable option.

Step 5: If you find more than one option to be suitable, use Contextual Vocabulary to arrive at the correct answer
It may happen, perhaps, that you find more than one option to be a suitable fit to the blank. In these cases, use the context of the sentence to find the correct answer to fill the blank with.

Fill In The Blanks Exercises - With Explanations 

We are going to start with a few examples:

Example 1: They work hard not because of the _____, but because of their inner urge.
a) desire
b) drive
c) energy
d) incentive
e) motivation

Step 1. Identify the Clue word
Clue Word – inner urge

Step 2. Find the Synonyms of the Clue Word
Inner urge means desire, motivation, drive, zeal or the energy to do something.  Hence, options a, b, c, and e are the likely synonyms for ‘inner urge’.

Step 3. Understand from the sentence whether the clue word is used as a comparison or a contrast to the probable word in the blank
The context of the sentence itself is a contrast since we have the word ‘not’ in the sentence. It goes to say that the blank must be filled with a word that is the opposite in meaning of the clue word ‘inner urge’.

Step 4. Use the elimination method to arrive at the correct answer
Here, options a, b, c, and e are synonyms for the clue word ‘inner urge’. And since the sentence is a contrast and the clue word is used in contrast to the word in the blank, the remaining option d is the correct answer.

Solution: They work hard not because of the incentive, but because of their inner urge.

Example 2: His _____ background has made him so docile.
a) famous
b) lucrative
c) rich
d) advanced
e) humble

Step 1. Identify the Clue word
Clue Word – docile

Step 2. Find the Synonyms of the Clue Word
Docile synonyms – domestic, timid, shy, or somebody who is very meek. Here, options a, b, c, and d are all antonyms to the word docile.

Step 3. Understand from the sentence whether the clue word is used as a comparison or a contrast to the probable word in the blank
The word in the blank here justifies his nature. Which means, the clue word ‘docile’ is used as the result of the word in the blank. Simply put, the blank cannot be filled with a word that means the opposite of the clue word ‘docile’.

Step 4. Use the Elimination Method to arrive at the correct answer
This eliminates the options a, b, c, and d as they are all antonyms to the word ‘docile’.

Step 5. Use Contextual Vocabulary to arrive at the correct answer
If the blank is filled with the remaining option, ‘humble’, understand if it fits the context.
Since the clue word is in context with the one in the blank, we must find a word that is closely associative with docile.

Humble synonyms – meek, unassuming, or someone who is modest.

Solution: His humble background has made him so docile.

Fill In The Blanks Exercises - With Clue Words

Try and solve the questions given below using the 5-steps technique explained.

Example 3: It is _____ for everyone to abide by the law of the land.
a) expected
b) obligatory
c) meant
d) optional
e) recommended

Clue Word: Abide

Example 4: ______ he is a hard worker, his quality of work is not of a desirable level.
a) despite
b) because
c) although
d) somehow
e) however

Clue Word: Not (in contradiction)

Example 5: In spite of repeated instructions, he ______ the same mistakes.
a) commits
b) detects
c) corrects
d) imitates
e) exhibits

Clue Word: In spite of

Fill In The Blanks Exercises - Practice Questions

Now, try solving the questions below without the help of the clue words. Identify the clue words in each of the sentences given below and find the correct fit to the blank given.

Example 6: Rohit ______ a huge library and has a large collection of books in it.
a) wants
b) has
c) wanted
d) had
e) needs

Example 7: Rachna liked her room to be exactly the way she left it and she would _____ allow anyone to touch her things.
a) always
b) sometimes
c) willingly
d) never
e) certainly

Example 8: Elephants are the largest living land animals _____ Earth today.
a) in
b) and
c) on
d) like
e) at

Example 9: Josephine was elated because the doctor confirmed the news _____ her pregnancy.
a) like
b) of
c) with
d) after
e) in

Example 10: It _____ been estimated that there may be many millions of species of plants, insects, and microorganisms still undiscovered in tropical rainforests.
a) have
b) will
c) should
d) has
e) shall


With the strategy explained above, try to solve a few more practice questions. Also available for download is a free e-book for English Preparation for SSC CGL Tier II exam.
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