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  • Last Updated : 08 Sep, 2022
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“Fill in the Blanks” is one of the most scoring topics in Bank PO exams. Following are some of the important rules while attempting the questions related to this topic:

1. Read the given sentence carefully and try to find the best alternative out of the given options.

2. While reading the sentence, try to ascertain which topic of Grammar the question belongs to, e.g., preposition, conjunction, tense, articles, idioms and phrases, vocabulary, etc. 

3. Think logically and understand the crux of the sentence.

4. Follow all the applicable grammar rules and try to figure out the pattern of the sentence structure.

5. In case of multiple blanks in a sentence, ensure that the words chosen for both the blanks are related and give meaning to the sentence.

6. Remember to practice as much as possible, e.g., vocabulary (synonyms, antonyms, idioms and phrases, etc.), tenses, etc. This will give you a strong grip over this section of bank PO exams. 

7. If you are still not able to find out the best alternative, use the ‘Hit & Trial method’. Try to fit each option one by one in the sentence and read the complete sentence to check if it gives the perfect meaning. 

8. Last but not least, read the complete sentence again after choosing the best option to ascertain if the sentence is meaningful.

Here are a few examples to help you understand the pattern of questions asked in this section:

I. It is crucial for the RBI to ___________ that the discipline in the banking organizations does not ____________.
a) notice, weak
b) maintain, exist
c) ensure, slacken
d) order, wrecked
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (c) is correct, the meaning of each of the given words is – 

‘ensure’ must come at the first blank as it is RBI which is ensuring something about banking, and the next word should be ‘slacken’ as slacken means weaken and this is what RBI is trying to avoid. 
notice – pay attention, weak – fragile, liable to break; maintain – to continue something at the same level, exist – to be real; ensure – to make sure that something happens, slacken – reduce/weaken; wrecked – badly damaged.
Based on the above words, option-(c) gives the perfect meaning to the sentence.

II. The ________________ of NPAs have been increasing, but this measure alone cannot be a ___________ solution to mounting liquidity distress.
a) demand, efficient
b) areas, one time
c) instances, permanent 
d) request, sure
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (c) is correct, the meaning of each of the given words is –

Since the context is cases of NPAs are increasing so for that the most appropriate word should be ‘instances’. Thus ‘instances and permanent’ is the correct word to choose. 
demand – a strong request/order, efficient – working well accurately; 

instances – examples/cases, permanent – lasting forever.
Based on the above words, option-(c) gives the perfect meaning to the sentence.

III. There has been _____________ interest among mutual fund investors, thanks to the good performance of the actively managed large-cap equity funds.
a) increased
b) decreased
c) fragment
d) determined
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (a) is correct.

Since ‘good performance’ is talked about, thus, for that ‘increased’ which is a positive word must be chosen. 
Based on the above words, option-(a) gives the perfect meaning to the sentence (‘fragment’ means ‘small pieces of something’ & ‘determined’ means ‘firmly decided’).

IV. IIT Delhi has been ranked one _____ the best Indian __________________ in the QS World University Rankings.
a) among, university
b) of, universities
c) in, universities
d) at, university
e) None of the above  

Answer – Option – (b) is correct. As per the given options, “one of the universities” is the correct option because “one of the” phrase is used to define something from a group and we always use plural nouns with it.

V. The Delhi Government ______________ understand the severity of the polluted water in Yamuna because the recent steps have not shown any _________________ impact at the environmental level.
a) would, support
b) doesn’t, negative
c) has, crucial
d) should, remarkable
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (d) is correct, as it gives the perfect meaning to the sentence (remarkable – unusual and worth noticing & ‘should’ is used to show some obligation or give recommendation). ‘Would’ can’t be used because it is used to make polite requests or in hypothetical situations. Here, it is the responsibility of the Delhi Government that it should take some sincere steps for the polluted water in Yamuna.

VI. All the ______________________ functions related to the corporates continue to be __________________ by the Ministry of Corporate Affairs.
a) governance, controlled
b) important, overlooked
c) good, envisioned
d) exploratory, facilitated 
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (a) is correct, the meanings of the given words are –

Since the ‘Ministry’ is talked about thus, the context is of governance.  thus ‘governance and ‘controlled’ must be chosen. 
governance – related to government rules/actions; overlook – fail to see something; envision – to imagine as a future possibility; exploratory – done to find out something, facilitate – to make something possible.
Based on the above words, option-(a) gives the perfect meaning to the sentence.

VII. The Human Rights Commission is _____________________ as it lacks the necessary provision in the law to penalize those guilty of the violation of human rights.
a) hale and hearty
b) all bark and no bite
c) all Greek to me
d) a low hanging fruit
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (b) is correct, the meaning of each of the given words is –
hale and hearty – healthy and strong; all bark and no bite – full of talk but low on the action; all Greek to me – difficult to understand; a low hanging fruit – easily achievable.
Since, the context of the sentence is that the Human Rights Commission is not able to take proper and stringent measures against those guilty. Based on the above words, option-(b) gives the perfect meaning to the sentence.

VIII. The last evening was __________ fun ________________ how long it lasted.
a) neither, nor
b) really, and
c) very much, but
d) so much, no matter
e) None of the above

Answer – Option – (d) is correct, based on the given options (‘no matter’ means ‘irrespective of’/’regardless of’). ‘fun’ is a noun which requires a determiner before it thus option D which has ‘much’ as a determiner in it fits here correctly. 

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