WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2021
9. The synonym of supercilious is
(arrogant, conceited, pompous)
17. The word ‘vicissitude’ means
(alteration, transformation, mutation)
22. Replace the underlined word with a suitable word.
The serenity of the place overwhelmed me.
(composure, tranquillity, peace)
24. The word ‘officious’ means
(bumptious, self-assertive, dictatorial)
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2020
9. The word ‘Genocide’ means
(A) Racial killing
12. ‘Impassioned’ means
(emotional, wholehearted, passionate)
13. Find the appropriate synonym for the word
(final, ending, finishing, closing)
17. The word ‘Analogous’ means
(parallel, similar, related)
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2019
1. The word ‘beleaguered‘ means
2. Find the appropriate synonym of the word ‘Indefatigable‘.
Replace the underlined word with a suitable word.
4. The tranquillity and sanctity of the place soothed us.
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2017
65. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
A la mode
66.Choosethe word appropriate in meaning to the word underlined below:
The listeners were delighted by the music concert
67. ‘Cinema’ may be used with
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2016
62. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
(A) Most typical example
(B) Most wanted thing
(C) Most popular
(D) Most utilized
63. Choose an expression similar in meaning to the word underlined below:
(c) A confused situation
(d) Candid admission
64. ‘Mellifluous’ means :
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2015
60. ‘Book’ may be used with
61. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below :
(a) A grand tour
(c) A chauffeur
(b) A specific category
(d) A long list
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2014
52. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
Tour de force.
(b) Grand Tour
(c) Long Tour
(d) Art and Culture
53. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
54. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives provided:
55. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives provided:
56. Choose the correct meaning of the word from the alternatives given below:
57. Select the correct synonym of the following word from the alternatives provided:
58. ‘Cricket’ is also a kind of a/an
59. A ‘Page’ also means
(a) A sweet dish
(b) A chauffeur
(c) A book
(d) A servant
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2013
48. The patient needed an anodyne for his strained nerves.
(d) Painkilling balm
49. Eruption means outbreak, irruption means
(a) Bursting in
Replace the underlined word by any of the options given below:
50. It was queer to see his behaviour.
59. ‘Deciduous’ trees are
(a) Trees that lose the leaves annually
(b) Trees that are big
(c) Trees that are short
(d) Trees that are scattered
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2012
Replace the underlined part of the sentence by any one of the four alternatives given below:
45. ‘Cacography’ means
(a) Bad spelling
(b) Good spelling
(c) Incorrect spelling
(d) None of this above
47. Hike in the price may mar the future of the trade world.
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2011
Choose the word closest to the meaning of the underlined words :
42. The maiden’s clothes were so bizarre that they created quite a sensation.
43. The teacher gave us explicit instructions.
44. The concert was a pot-pourri of events.
(c) Badly arranged
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2010
Choose the word from the list which is nearest in meaning to the underlined part of the sentence :
41. Hike in oil price may mar the future of the trade world.
4. Lachrymose nature means ______
(b) Prone to anger
(c) Prone to tear
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2009
Choose the most appropriate single word from the options given as substitute for the underlined parts of the sentence.
38. I met a person in the meeting whose appearance did not reflect his mind.
(a) Was deceptive
(b) Was convincing
(c) Was faithful
(d) Was honest
From the given options choose the words nearest in meaning to those underline in the sentence :
39. The children were very vivacious in the playground.
(c) lively/full of life
40. The musician has a very sonorous voice
(d) Full and deep
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2008
Choose he correct items from the given options :
35. He pierced the balloon with a pin.
36. The mother hummed softly as she rocked the baby to sleep.
37. His letter fuelled my doubts.
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2007
From the given options choose the words nearest in meaning to those underlined in the sentence :
33. Our gateman is a man of enormous size
34. Man does not live by bread alone.
(c) Material Prosperity
(d) Good health
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2006
Choose the word closest in meaning to that which is underlined:
28. With great cunning the clerk forged the important document.
29. The boy was reprimanded by his father.
30. Please expand your commentary on the text.
31. Compared with the earth many of the planets are bodies of immense size.
32. The Chairman proceeded to speak in a dignified manner.
(b) Stately (majestic, impressive)
30. To bungle is to
31. To regret is to be
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2004
Choose the item closest in meaning to the underlined word in the given sentence.
25. As a scholar he is almost peerless.
26. The speaker emphasized the salient points of issue.
27. The old lady is extremely loquacious.
29. My colleague has an officious nature.
30. This is an ingenious device.
(a) Skilful (it’s also right)
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2003
Choose the word nearest in meaning to the underlined part of the sentence.
22. His arrogance is exceeded only by his abysmal ignorance.
(very bad, terrible, very deep)
23. He abjured his allegiance to the kind.
24. The orator spoke in a bombastic manner.
(high-sounding but with little meaning)
21. She wore a garish necklace on imitation glass.
20. You must overcome your diffidence if you intent to become a salesperson.
19. When the ship collided in the harbor pandemonium broke out among passenger.
(d) Wild Tumult
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2002
Choose the item closest in meaning to the bold section in the given sentences.
18. Many districts in West Bengal are prone to flood.
19. There was a shadow across his face upon hearing the sad news.
(b) Look of gloom (partial or total darkness)
20. Sourav Ganguly scored a delectable century against south Africa in the cricket match in Nairobi.
(extremely attractive, delicious)
21. There was persistent drizzle during our week long holiday in Darjeeling.
(b) Incessant (continuing without pause or interruption)
22. I had a splitting headache & could not concentrate.
23. The river was spanned by an iron bridge.
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2001
Choose the exact meaning of the bold part of the sentence.
13. Swami Vivekananda led a godly life.
(religious, devout, faithful, devoted)
14. Many men sailed to Africa in quest of gold.
(search, hunt, pursuit, expedition, adventure)
(a) In prospect of
(b) In pursuance of
(c) In search of
(d) In expectation of
15. The specious arguments of the lawyers had no effect on the judge.
(plausible but wrong, misleading)
(c) Superficially plausible
16. Some mention of this should be inserted here.
(b) Put in
17. Your essay contains much superfluous matter.
142. Glasnost means
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 2000
Choose the correct meaning of the underlined part of the sentence
10. Ram is a pliable person.
(easily bent, flexible)
(b) Easily influence
(c) Practical minded
(d) Smooth talking
Choose the word or expression that matches the given meaning ?
(b) Thick & Thin
(c) At logger heady
WBCS Preliminary Question paper – 1999
Choose the word nearest the meaning to the underlined part of the sentences.
1. His sincerity was never in question.
Choose the correct meaning of the underlined part of the sentence.
2. Rises in prices, but not in wages seem to be the order of the day.
(a) The exception
(d) The trend
3. He decided to open up to the police and tell them everything.
(c) Talk frankly
(d) Start a business
4. The food did not agree with me and I fell sick.
(a) Decide by mutual consent
(b) Approve of or consent to
(c) Hold similar opinion
Choose the word nearest in meaning to the underlined part of each sentence.
5. This hard won liberty was not to be frivolously abandoned.
(joking, light-hearted, silly, foolish)
6. The press, he believed was invading his privacy.
(occupy, conquer, capture)
7. My parents suffer from persistent aliments.
(constant, continuing, ceaseless, long-term)
8. An idle brain is the devil’s workshop.
Choose the appropriate word to complete the following sentence.
9. With their wealth, their reforming zeal and their nationalism the Tagores were preposterously.
6. To show off _____
(a) To enact
(b) To effect
(c) To affect
(d) To actuate