Directions: In the statements given below, a blank has been given. This needs to be filled up using a correct combination of words from the options mentioned below. The statement so formed must be contextually and grammatically sound.
1
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping and __________ his commitment to the “denuclearisation” of the peninsula.
 
A. Emphasized
B. Affirmed
C. Redundant
D. Forced
» Explain it
A
Emphasized: To stress upon.

Affirmed: To confirm/declare.

Redundant: Incorrect as this is an adjective while we need a noun here. Also, this means repetitive and does not fit in.

Forced is obviously incorrect.

Hence, option A is correct.
 
2
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has __________ a penalty of Rs 58.9 crore on ICICI Bank Limited for non-compliance of directions issued by it.

A. Appoint
B. Wrecked
C. Slapped
D. Imposed
» Explain it
B
A fine/penalty cannot be appointed.

Similarly, a penalty cannot be wrecked (destroyed)on someone.

Both slapped and imposed are synonyms and correct.

Hence, option B is correct.
 
3
India’s listed corporates will have to __________ quick action to get on board more directors, including a woman, if they have to ensure compliance with the SEBI’s new corporate governance norms.

A. Intimate
B. Initiate
C. Concede
D. Take
» Explain it
C
Intimate means to inform and does not fit in.

Initiate (commence) and take both here fit in well.

Concede means to give in and does not fit in.

Hence, option C is correct.

4
In a press statement, the spokesperson re-iterated that the company continues to give __________ importance to regulatory compliance and endeavors to meet supervisory expectations.

A. Finicky
B. Partial
C. Absolute
D. Utmost
» Explain it
D
Finicky means choosy/fussy and is irrelevant.

Partial is opposite of the correct answer.

Both absolute and utmost mean the same and fit in well.

Hence, option D is correct.

5
In order to reduce the fiscal deficit, the Economic Affairs Secretary said that in the next fiscal, the G-sec buyback would be __________ by Rs 25,000 crore.

A. Chafed
B. Reduced
C. Increased
D. Pared
» Explain it
D
Chafed means bruised and is absurd.

Increased is the opposite of what is needed.

Reduced and pared both mean the same and also fit in well.

Hence, option D is correct.