Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Passage Asked in SSC CGL Tier-2 2014 with Explanation

Direction: Read the passage carefully and choose the best answer to each question out of the four alternatives.

Passage
The recent change to all-volunteer armed forces in the United States will eventually produce a gradual increase in the proportion of women in the armed forces and in the variety of women's assignments, but probably not the dramatic gains for women that might have been expected. This is so even though the armed forces operate in an ethos of institutional change oriented toward occupational equality and under the federal sanction of equal pay for equal work. The difficulty is that women are unlikely to be trained for any direct combat operations. A significant portion of the larger society remains uncomfortable as yet with extending equality in this direction. Therefore, for women in the military, the search for equality will still be based on functional equivalence, not identity or even similarity of task. Opportunities seem certain to arise. The growing emphasis on deterrence is bound to offer increasing scope for women to become involved in novel types of non combat military assignments.


1. The passage implies which of the following is a factor conductive to a more equitable representation of women in the United States armed forces that has existed in the past?
  1. The past service records of women who had assignments functionally equivalents to men's assignments.
  2. The all-volunteer character of the present armed forces.
  3. The level of awareness on the part of the larger society of military issues.
  4. An increased decline in the proportion of deterrence oriented non combat assignments.
2. Which sentence is an incorrect one?
  1. The difficulty is that women are unlikely to be trained for any direct combat operation.
  2. Opportunities seem certain to arise
  3. The recent change to all voluntary armed forces in US will produce a gradual increase in the proportion of women.
  4. The difficulty is that women are likely to be trained for any direct combat operation.
3. A suitable title for the passage might be?
  1. A current status of women in US teaching service.
  2. Current status of women in US military.
  3. Current status of women in US airforce.
  4. Current status of women in US navy.
4.The 'dramatic gains for women' and change in the attitude of a 'significant portion of the larger society' are logically related to each other in as much as the author puts forward the latter as
  1. A pre condition for any prospect of achieving the former.
  2. a public response to achievement of the former.
  3. The major reason for absence of the former
  4. a reason for some of the former being lost again.
5. According to the passage, despite the United states armed forces 'commitment to occupational equality for women in the military, certain other factors preclude women.
  1. having access to positions of responsibility.
  2. drawing assignments from a wider range of assignments than before.
  3. receiving equal pay for equal work
  4. being assigned all of the military tasks that are assigned to men.
6. The Primary purpose of the passage is to
  1. present a reasoned prognosis of the status of women in the new United States all-volunteer armed forces.
  2. present an overview of the different types of assignments available to women
  3. analyze reforms in the new United States all-volunteer armed forces necessitated by the increasing number of women in the military.
  4. present the new United States all-volunteer armed forces as a model case of equal employment policies in action.
7. Which of the following is closest in sense to the word "novel" used in the passage?
  1. boring
  2. new
  3. prosaic
  4. dull
8. It can be inferred from the passage that
  1. The Government sanctions equal pay for equal work.
  2. The change to all-volunteer armed forces took place many years ago.
  3. Opportunities for women in military are certain to decline.
  4. The society encourages increased participation of women in direct combat.
9. It can be inferred from the passage that after the recent change
  1. Some join willingly, some are forced.
  2. Men are forced, women join willingly.
  3. Everyone joins the military under compulsion.
  4. Everyone joins the military willingly.
10. The word 'opportunities' used in the passage may be replaced by all except
  1. Failures
  2. Scope
  3. Openings
  4. Prospects

Answers 
  1. (2)
  2. (4)
  3. (2)
  4. (1)
  5. (4)
  6. (1)
  7. (2)
  8. (1)
  9. (4)
  10. (1)

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