IFS-2003: General English

Paper-I

Section A

  1. Write an essay, in about 800 to 1000 words, on any one of the following: (100 marks)

    1. The Prospects of Genetic Engineering

    2. Empowerment of Women in India

    3. Man Never Is But Always to Be Blest

    4. The Working of the Indian Constitution

    5. Increasing Politicisation of Civil Service in India.

  2. Write a report on the menace of stray cattle on the streets in our cities (50 marks). Or Write a letter (signing yourself as ‘X’ ) to the Minister of Information and Broadcasting protesting against ever-increasing scenes of sex and violence in films and TV Series.

  3. Attempt a precis of the following passage in your own words, using no less than 215 and no more than 235 words. The exact number of words used must be mentioned. If the precis is not written on the special precis sheet, it shall be marked down (50 marks).

  4. Rewrite the following sentences correctly choosing the most appropriate words from the list given below: (15 marks) driving; laconic; rent; forceful; spontaneously, tighten.

    1. His ____ ambition is the main reason behind his recent success.

    2. His is so ____ that people sometimes misunderstand him.

    3. A piercing shriek ____ the air.

    4. We all admire a person of ____ character.

    5. She is ____ helpful towards all.

  5. Rewrite a directed: (30 marks)

    1. She is so intelligent that she will understand your real intentions (Use too).

    2. No other boy in the class is a good as he (Use the superlative degree of good).

    3. Why waste time in watching TV (Change into an assertive sentence)?

    4. The valley is very beautiful (Change into an exclamatory sentence).

    5. He was sentenced to death and (Use the past participate of hang)

    6. It is over ten ____ the shortest route (Use the appropriate preposition).

    7. We were let go (Change into active voice).

    8. He took coffee (Use adverse this morning and at home at their correct order).

    9. He has been sleeping ____ one o'clock (Use the correct preposition in the blank).

    10. She reached Delhi on Monday.

    (Add the necessary question tag)

  6. Supply a (n), some or the where necessary (12 marks).

    1. There is ____ fly in ……………………… Soup.

    2. ____ birds are flying high in ……………………… Sky.

    3. Put ____ butter on ……………………… Slices of bread.

    4. She took up ____ painting as ……………………… Hobby last year.

    5. I have ____ house in ……………………… Country.

    6. He travelled ____ second class with ……………………… Blacks.

  7. Rewrite the following after correcting the errors, if any: (18 marks)

    1. I am looking forward to see him.

    2. She behaves if she is a queen.

    3. English as well as Hindi are mediums of higher education in this state.

    4. He never has, and never will say such things in public.

    5. Being a wet day, I had to stay indoors.

    6. Sixty miles are a long distance.