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 BCCI and its State associations will probably ____ A ____ the day the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing scandal began in 2013, but in all honesty, there have been so many opportunities for them to stem the rot that it is difficult to pinpoint how it all went so wrong. Increasingly, the BCCI has become ____ B ____ and waged a battle that has seemed strategically unsound. There was a major disconnect between how far the Board really believed the court would go and the ground reality. What may also have ____ C ____ the BCCI’s notice is the changing perception of governance in sport and not just in India. The Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) has seen an ____ D ____ overhaul recently, and in India, the Sports Ministry’s vocal ____ E ____ of the Indian Olympic Association’s controversial appointments is a case in point.
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D
Usage of “justified” will be erroneous as the first sentence of the paragraph is in Future Indefinite tense. Option C hence gets eliminated.
 
Out of the remaining four words, “rue” which refers to ‘bitterly regret (something one has done or allowed to happen) and wish it undone. ‘ fits the gap and goes well with the context of the passage.
 
Option D is hence the correct answer.

 
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B
Usage of either of the words “victim” or “superpower” will be ungrammatical as they both are nouns and when used in a singular form, must be preceded by the indefinite article ‘a’. Options A and C hence get eliminated.
 
Moreover, usage of either of the words “unparalleled” or “invincible” does not add any meaningful or logical context to the paragraph. Options D and E can be eliminated as well. 
 
Obviously, the word “isolated” which means ‘solitary’ or ‘cut off’ will fit the gap contextually.
 
Option B is hence the correct answer.
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C
Usage of “come” for the gap will be erroneous because the correct expression is “come to somebody’s notice”. Option D is hence eliminated.
 
Further, neither of the words “indicated” and “incurred” fits the gap logically. Options A and E get eliminated as well.
 
If we infer the context of the paragraph we can deduce the fact that BCCI somehow failed to notice the changing perception of governance in sport and not just India. Therefore, the word “escaped” will be a better choice over “caught”.
 
Option C is hence the correct answer.
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E
Usage of either “rigorous” or “reverse” will be erroneous here as the indefinite article ‘an’ will only be followed by a word starting with a vowel sound. Option A and B are hence eliminated.
 
Similarly, usage of either “inward” or “unending” would not add any meaning to the context and hence will be eliminated as well.
 
The only option left now is “invasive”. Anything that is invasive goes or grows where you don’t want it and the usage of this word for the blank is absolutely appropriate in the given context.

Option E is hence the correct answer.
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A
Usage of the word “appreciation” would bring contradiction to what is inferred from the paragraph. Option B is hence eliminated.
 
Usage of “expressions” will absolutely be absurd and hence option D can be eliminated as well. 
 
Usage of the word “criticized” will be ungrammatical and thus option C gets eliminated too.
 
Now, between “nagging” which means ‘constantly harassing someone’ and “chastising” which means ‘telling someone that something they did was really bad” the latter fits the gap appropriately.
 
Option A is hence the correct answer.

Cloze Test is asked in every Bank and Insurance exam. It is one of the most important topics of General English section. It is a very complex sentence completion test. In this test you are provided with a passage with few blanks and you need to fill these blanks from the given options. This test evaluates your Vocabulary power, understanding of the message spread out by the passage and your knowledge about grammar.

Some important tips on how to attempt Cloze Test:

1. First of all you have to go through the given passage and try to get a rough idea about the content and the message it conveys.

2. Once you get the rough idea about the passage and understand logics behind it. These logics will give you an idea about the appropriate word for the blank space.

3. Sometimes you can easily spot the correct answer. If not, then eliminate the improbable options one by one and get the right answer.

4. Find a logical relation between all the provided options and fill the appropriate word in the given blanks.

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