FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION – 2019 FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN BS-17 UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ENGLISH (PRECIS & COMPOSITION)
TIME ALLOWED: THREE HOURS
PART-I(MCQS): MAXIMUM 30 MINUTES
PART-I (MCQS) MAXIMUM MARKS = 20
PART-II MAXIMUM MARKS = 80
NOTE:(i) Part-II is to be attempted on the separate Answer Book.
(ii) Attempt ALL questions from PART-II.
(iii) All the parts (if any) of each Question must be attempted at one place instead of at different places.
(iv) Candidate must write Q. No. in the Answer Book in accordance with Q. No. in the Q.Paper.
(v) No Page/Space be left blank between the answers. All the blank pages of Answer Book must be crossed.
(vi) Extra attempt of any question or any part of the attempted question will not be considered.
Q. 2. Write a precis of the following passage and also suggest a suitable title: (20)
I think modern educational theorists are inclined to attach too much importance to the negative virtue of not interfering with children, and too little to the positive merit of enjoying their company.
Q. 3. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: (20)
Q. 4. Correct only FIVE of the following:(10)
(i) He enjoyed during the holidays.
(ii) None of the boys had learnt their lesson.
(iii) He is abusing the money of his father.
(iv) I regret at the delay.
(v) I could not help but laugh.
(vi) I always have and always shall be your friend.
(vii) I was out walking when I saw the new moon in the garden.
(viii) He cried as if he was mad.
(a) Punctuate the following text, where necessary. (5)
a hungry lion slipped out of the forest into a barnyard one evening when he saw a plump donkey his mouth began to water but just as he was ready to jump on the donkey a rooster crowed he was frightened and so turned away into the forest again hey look at that cowardly lion the donkey brayed to the rooster i am going to chase him and the donkey ran after the lion wait the rooster shouted you don’t know that but it was too late the line had turned and killed the donkey ah my poor stupid friend the rooster said as you watched the lion eating the donkey the lion wasnt afraid of you but of my crowing
(b) Rewrite the following sentences (ONLY FIVE) after filling in the blanks with appropriate prepositions. (5)
(i) What time do we arrive —- our destination?
(ii) We are flying —- some rough weather; please fasten your seat belts.
(iii) It is warming up; —- noon we should be able to go swimming.
(iv) My parents are not responsible —- my actions.
(v) This pan is —- cooking omelets.
(vi) —- poor attendance, this course is being canceled.
(vii) The police took the men in —- questioning.
(viii) The woman you gave the book —- is my aunt.
Q. 6. Use ONLY FIVE of the following in sentences which illustrate their meaning: (10)
(i) To cast pearls before swine
(ii) To step into one’s shoes
(iii) Stuff and nonsense
(iv) A wild goose chase
(v) To be ill at ease
(vi) Sit on the fence
(vii) In a jiffy
(viii) To preen oneself