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Directions: In the following passage, some of the words have been left out, each of which is indicated by a letter. Find the suitable word from the options given against each letter and fill up the blanks with appropriate words to make the paragraph meaningful.

The ‘normal’ monsoon forecast of the India Meteorological Department brings the promise of a year of growth and good health for India’s economy and ____ A ____. If correct, India will have a second consecutive year of normal rainfall, after two years of ____ B ____. The prospect that 2017 will be a good year boosts the prospects of enhanced agricultural output, healthy____ C ____ levels, more hydropower and reduced conflicts over water. It will also test the ____ D ____ of the expensive water management initiatives launched during 2014 and 2015 by the Centre and the State governments to harness rainfall and build resilience for future drought cycles. As the IMD’s experience shows, forecasting the all-India summer monsoon rainfall is fraught with ____ E ____ and has often gone off the mark. The dynamic model that it is using this year to make a forecast that includes an assessment of two ____ F ____ — a possible late onset El Niño in the Pacific Ocean and variations in sea surface temperatures that create the Indian Ocean Dipole — will be keenly watched. Given that El Niño is expected only in the later part of the year when the monsoon is in its final stages, the expectation of normal rainfall is ____ G ____. A confirmation could come in June.
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  • 1. A
    A. prosperity B. atmosphere
    C. ecology D. bio-diversity
    E. eco-friendliness

  • 2. B
    A. hunger B. famine
    C. calamity D. drought
    E. scarcity

  • 3. C
    A. reservoir B. confidence
    C. yield D. rainfall
    E. monsoon

  • 4. D
    A. reality B. conjecture
    C. accountability D. efficacy
    E. synergy

  • 5. E
    A. efficiencies B. examples
    C. uncertainties D. instances
    E. events

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