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November 21, 2016

IBPS Clerks Previous Papers : Reading Comprehension (English Language)

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Friends, here we are giving you the Reading Comprehension questions asked in IBPS Clerks IV Online Exam held on 14th December 2014. Happy Reading :)

Directions (1 - 10) : Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions given. Certain words /phrases have been given in bold to help you locate them while answering some of the questions :
Do you ever feel there's a great-er being inside of you bursting to get out ? It's the voice that encourages you to really make something of your life. When you act congruently with that voice, it's like you're a whole new person. You're bold and courageous. You're strong. You're unstoppable. But, then reality sets in, and soon those moments are history. It isn't hard to put yourself temporarily into an emotionally motivated state. Just listen to that motivational song for that matter. However, this motivation does not stay for-ever. Your great ideas seem impractical. How many times have you been temporarily inspired with an idea like. "I want to start my own business." And then a week later it's for-gotten ? You come up with inspiring ideas when you're motivated. But you fail to maintain that motivation through the action phase.

The problem we ask ourselves is, why does this happen ? You can listen to hundreds of motivational speakers and experience an emotional yo-yo effect, but it doesn't last. The problem is that as we are intellectually guided, we try to find logic in emotional motivation and as we fail to find logic it eventually phases out. I used to get frustrated when my emotional motivation fizzled out after a while. Eventually, I realised that being guided by intellect, wasn't such a bad thing after all. I Just had to learn to use my mind as an effective motivational tool. I figured that if I wasn't feeling motivated to go after a particular goal, may be there was a logical reason for it I noted that when I had strong intellectual reasons for doing something, I usually didn't have trouble taking action. I don't need to emotionally pump myself up to go to the gym. I Just go.


But when my mind thinks a goal is wrong on some level, I usu-ally feel blocked. I eventually realised that this was my mind's way of telling me the goal was a mistake to begin with. Sometimes a goal seems to make sense on one level but when you look further up-stream, it becomes clear that the goal is ill advised. Suppose you work in sales, and you get a goal to in-crease your income by 20% by be-corning a more effective salesperson. That seems like a reasonable and intelligent goal. But Maybe you're surprised to find yourself encountering all sorts of internal blocks when you try to pursue it. You should feel motivated, but you just don't. The problem may be that on a deeper level your mind knows you don't want to be working in sales at all. You really want to be a musician.

Matter how hard you push yourself in sales career, it will always be a motivational dead end. Further when you set goals, that are too small and too timid, you suffer a perpetual lack of motivation. You just need to summon the courage to acknowledge your true desires. Then you'll have to deal with the self-doubt and fear that's been making you think too small. Ironically, the real key to motivation is to set the goals that scare you. You're letting fears, excuses and limiting beliefs hold you back. Your subconscious mind knows you're strong, so it won't provide any motivational fuel until. You step up, face your fears, and acknowledge your heart's desire. Once you finally decide to face your fears and drop the excuses, then you'll find your motivation turning on full blast.
  1. What does the author want to convey when he says, "When you look further upstream, it becomes clear that the goal is ill advised" ?
    1. When you analyse your goal closely you realise that it is not what you thought it would be.
    2. When you work towards dealing with your problems eventually they disappear.
    3. When you inspect the problem you realise that the solution is within our reach.
    4. When you devise a method of motivating self you must keep analysing it periodically.
    5. When you face a problem you realise your incapability of making good decisions. 
  2. Which of the following is /are true in the context of the pas-sage ? 
      • (A) Many a time, although we are motivated at the start, we fail to keep up the motivation while working to-wards the goal. 
      • (B)We can learn to use our mind as a motivational tool. 
      • (C) Being guided by intellect is very bad.
    1. Only A and B
    2. Only B and C
    3. Only A
    4. Only A and C
    5. All A, B and C
  3. According to the passage, the key to motivation is _______________
      • (A) setting challenging goals. 
      • (B) not letting our fears pull us back 
      • (C) changing our goals periodically.
    1. Only A and B
    2. Only C
    3. All A, B and C
    4. Only A and C
    5. Only B 
  4. Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning to the word TIMID as used in the passage ?
    1. Sudden
    2. Scared
    3. Humble
    4. Distant
    5. Egoistic 
  5. Which of the following is/are not true about the context of the passage ? 
      • (A) Although a goal may look intellectual, it may not actually work for us. 
      • (B) Our subconscious mind will not motivate us unless we face our fears. 
      • (C) The only way to keep your-self motivated throughout is by listening to many motivational speakers.
    1. Only B and C
    2. Only C
    3. Only A
    4. Only A and B
    5. Only B 
  6. According to the passage, the author found it difficult to be motivated because  ____________
      • (A) he was not intellectually motivated  
      • (B) he wanted to take the easy way out 
      • (C) he did not push himself hard enough.
    1. Only A and B
    2. Only C
    3. Only A
    4. Only A and C
    5. Only B
  7. Which of the following is most nearly the same in meaning to the word 'CONGRUENTLY as used in the passage ?
    1. periodically
    2. in delusion
    3. in addition
    4. progressively
    5. in agreement
  8. What does the author mean when he says, "It eventually phases out." ?
    1. We need continuous practice in phases to retain it
    2. It reduces because of lack of practice.
    3. We become self-motivated with time.
    4. It goes after a period of time passes.
    5. It improves after a certain period passes. 
  9. Which of the following can be an appropriate title for the passage ?
    1. Living Life With Success
    2. Why Don't We Feel Motivated ?
    3. Our Only Aim-Success
    4. How To Achieve Intellectual Success
    5. Feel Motivated-Feel Superior 
  10. According to the passage, what does the author says about emotional motivation ? 
      • (A) It tends to be temporary. 
      • (B) It promises our negativity.
      • (C) It has the potential to in-spire us.
    1. Only A and B
    2. Only B
    3. Only A
    4. Only A and C
    5. All A, B and C 
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