cloze test for PO+SSC mains exam-3
Direction: In the following passages there are blanks, each of which has been numbered. These numbers are printed below the passage and against each five words are suggested, one of which fits the blank appropriately. Find out the appropriate word in each case.
KP-Cloze Passage 3
A factor that air passengers give little thought to but which is a serious threat to air safety is (1) maintenance. In the current global airline boom competition is (2). Which compels airlines to (3) costs and (4) output. In India with a seat capacity
considerably (5) of the demand all airlines practise severe cost-cutting to (6). Faced with having to cut costs to the bone and maximise aircraft utilisation, a surprising number of airlines may cut (7) on aircraft maintenance, even at the (8) of compromising safety. While commercial aircraft are (9) to take much punishment, for example, in the event of pilots flying into thunderstorms there is a limit to the punishment that even the toughest aircraft can take when profitability takes (10) over safety.
1. 1) expedient 2) incessant 3) routine 4) laborious 5) poor
2. 1) optimise 2) intense 3) destined 4) guarantee 5) profitable
3. 1) falsify 2) lavish 3) minimize 4) incline 5) ration
4. 1) depress 2) productive 3) curb 4) available 5) maximize
5. 1) ahead 2) less 3) more 4) saturated 5) above
6. 1) invest 2) survive 3) live 4) appraise 5) reinforce
7. 1) out 2) taxes 3) across 4) corners 5) short
8. 1) claim 2) formality 3) reminder 4) strain 5) risk
9. 1) designed 2) unable 3) rotated 4) originally 5) standard
10. 1) encouragement 2) influence 3) precedence 4) cover 5) guard
To cut to the bone = to reduce something greatly
To cut corners = to do something in the easiest, quickest or cheapest way, often by
ignoring rules or omitting something
Precedence = the right or requirement to come before somebody/something else in
time, order etc; priority
Expedient = useful or convenient for a particular purpose, though not necessarily fair or moral
Incessant = not stopping; continual
Lavish = giving or doing something generously or excessively; great in extent, rich in quality and usually costing a lot of money
Ration = to limit the amount of something that somebody is allowed to have
Curb = to prevent something from getting out of control; to restrain something
Appraise = to assess the value, quality or nature of somebody/something
Reinforce = to strengthen or emphasize a feeling, an idea, a habit etc
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