[Download] UPSC Mains-2014: Compulsory English language paper +Last 18 years paper from 1997 to 2014

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  1. Comparison: English 2013 vs 2014 Paper
  2. Instructions for 2014 English Paper
    1. Essay 100 marks
    2. Comprehension 75 marks
    3. Précis 75 marks
    4. Sentence Correction 10m
    5. Fill in the blanks 15m
    6. Antonyms 5m
    7. Sentence re-writing 10m
    8. Sentence formation 10m
  3. Download all English papers from 1997 to 2014

Comparison: Compulsory English 2013 vs 2014 Paper

Analysis-Compulsory English 2014

300 marks | 3 hourssame
allowed candidates to take question paper homesame
Two essays given and both compulsory. No options. (50 x 2 =100 marks)Only 1 essay out of four options. 100 marks.
Essay word limit: 300 x 2= 600 wordsSingle essay for 600 words
Comprehension passage only 50 marks.Increased to 75
Comprehension had ~530 words.Comprehension had 603 words.
Two precise 60+40=100 marks.Single précis and reduced to 75 marks.
Total grammar worth 50 marks.Same but slight chances in internal breakup such as- more questions in fill in the blanks, and sentence re-writing.

Anyways, lets check the paper

Compulsory English 2014 Paper

  1. Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions :
  2. All questions are to be attempted.
  3. The number of marks carried by a question is indicated against it. Answers must be written in ENGLISH only.
  4. Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.
  5. Any page or portion of the page left blank in the Question-cum-Answer Booklet must be clearly struck off

Essay 100 marks

Write an essay in about 600 words on any one topic

  1. What kind of crisis is India facing — moral or economic?
  2. Participating in sports helps develop good character.
  3. Should students be allowed to grade their teachers?
  4. Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.

Comprehension 75 marks

Read carefully the passage below and write your answers to the questions that follow in clear, correct and concise language :5×15=75

A complete reading program, therefore, should include four factors : at least one good book each week, a newspaper or news magazine, magazines of comment and interpretation, and book reviews. If you keep feeding your intelligence with these four foods, you can be sure that your brain cells will be properly nourished. To this must be added the digestive process that comes from your own thinking and from discussion with individuals or groups.

It is often desirable to make books that you own personally part of your mind by underlining or by marking in the margin the more important statements. This will help you to understand the book as you first read it, because out of the mass of details you must have selected the essential ideas. It will help you to remember better the gist of the book, since the physical act of underlining, with your eyes on the page, tends to put the thought more firmly into your brain cells. It will save time whenever you need to refer to the book.

Above all, never forget that creative intelligence is correlation of facts and ideas, not mere memorizing. What counts is what you can do with your knowledge, by linking it with other things you have studied or observed. If you read Plutarch’s life of Julius Caeser, think how his rise to political power paralleled the technique of Adolf Hitler, or that of your local political boss. If you read a play by Shakespeare, think how his portrayal of the characters helps you to understand someone you know. In everything you read, keep at the back of your mind what it means to your life here and now, how it supports or challenges the things you were taught in school, in church and at home, and how the wisdom you get from books can guide you in your thinking, in your career, in your voting as a citizen and in your personal morals.

Questions from the passage:

  1. What are the four things required for a complete reading program and why?
  2. What else is required to feed your intelligence?
  3. Why does the writer recommend underlining or marking in the margin
  4. the more important statements?
  5. What use can you put your knowledge to?
  6. How can what you learn from books help you in your life?

Précis 75 marks

Q3. Make a precis of the following passage in about one-third of its length. Please do no give a title to it. Précis should be written in your own language.

If this century has, in the famous phrase, made the world safe for democracy, the next challenge is to make a world safe for diversity. It is in India’s interest to ensure that the world as a whole must reflect the idea that is already familiar to all Indians — that it shouldn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, the kind of food you eat, the sounds you make when you speak, the God you choose to worship (or not), so long as you want to play by the same rules as everybody else, and dream the same dreams. It is not essential in a democratic world to agree all the time, as long as we agree on the ground rules of how we will disagree. These are the global principles we must strive to uphold if we are to be able to continue to uphold them securely at home.

We want a world that gives us the conditions of peace and security that will permit us to grow and flourish, safe from foreign depredations but open to external opportunities. Whether global institutions adapt and revive will be determined by whether those in charge are capable of showing the necessary leadership. Right now many of us would suggest that there is a global governance deficit. Reversing it would require strong leadership in the international community by a number of powers, including the emerging ones. India is an obvious contender to provide some of that leadership. India should aim not just at being powerful – it should set new standards for what the powerful must do.

This is a huge challenge, and one to which India must rise. An analogy from another field is not encouraging; many would argue that India has not acquitted itself well when given the chance to have global impact in one domain — that of the sport of cricket, where India accounts for more than 80 percent of the game’s revenues and perhaps 90 percent of its viewership, giving it an impact on the sport that no country can rival. Clearly, international opinion does not believe that in its domination of world cricket, India has set new standards for what the powerful must do. Broadening the analogy to global geopolitics, one could well say : India, your world needs you.

So India must play its due part in the stewardship of the global commons (including everything from the management of the Internet to the rules governing the exploitation of outer space). We can do it. India is turning increasingly outward as a result of our new economic profile on the global stage, our more dispersed interests around the world, and the reality that other countries, in our neighbourhood as well as in Africa, are looking to us for support and security. India has the ability and the vision to promote global partnerships across the broad range of its interests; it only needs to act.

The world economic crisis should give us an opportunity to promote economic integration with our neighbours in the subcontinent who look to the growing Indian market to sell their goods and maintain their own growth. But as long as South Asia remains divided by futile rivalries, and some continue to believe that terrorism can be a useful instrument of their strategic doctrines that is bound to remain a distant prospect. We in South Asia need to look to the future, to an interrelated future on our subcontinent, where geography becomes an instrument of opportunity in a mutual growth story, where history binds rather than divides, where trade and cross-border links flourish and bring prosperity to all our people. (603 words)

Sentence Correction 10m

Rewrite the following sentences after making necessary corrections. Please do not make unnecessary changes in the original sentence.

  1. School is very near my home.
  2. They never fail who die in great cause.
  3. It rained an hour before.
  4. He wrote a most complete account of his travels. Either of these three answers is incorrect. You will be late until you hurry.
  5. He is seldom or ever absent from school.
  6. The colours so passed off one another that she could not distinguish them.
  7. The general as well as his soldiers were killed in the battle.
  8. The boat was drowned.

Fill in the blanks 15m

Type-A: Supply the missing word

  1. If you see him give him __ message.
  2. I hope to reach the station __ an hour at the outside.
  3. __ Rustam and Sohrab, there were three other boys present.
  4. Invalids are not capable __ continued exertion.
  5. __ he had not paid his bills, his electricity was cutoff.

Type-B: Use the correct forms of the verbs in brackets

  1. His company is greatly __ after. (seek)
  2. His courage __ him. (forsake)
  3. The terrified people __ to the mountains. (flee)
  4. The police __ no stone unturned to trace the culprits. (leave)
  5. The robber __ him a blow on the head. (strike)

Type-C: Choose the appropriate word to fill in the blank:

  1. He got a __ blow from his enemy. (deadly/deathly)
  2. The __ of his speech was very lucid and natural. (delivery/deliverance)
  3. I do not know how to express my gratitude; you have been __ to me. (beneficial/beneficent)
  4. My friend will __ me to the hospital. (accompany/escort)
  5. We sat in the __ of a tree and relaxed a while. (shadow/shade)

Antonyms 5m

  1. Ability
  2. Precise
  3. Constructive
  4. Extravagant
  5. Pretentious

Sentence re-writing 10m

Rewrite each of the following sentences as directed without changing the meaning. 1 x 10 = 10 marks

  1. He finished his exercise and put away his books. (Change into simple)
  2. In the event of his being late, he will be punished. (Change into compound)
  3. He said to me, “I have often told you not to play with fire.” (Change into indirect speech)
  4. He said that he had come to see them. (Change into direct speech)
  5. He drove too fast for the police to catch. (Remove ‘too’)
  6. The audience loudly cheered the Mayor’s speech. (Change into passive voice)
  7. A reward was given to him by the Governor. (Change into active voice)
  8. Sita is not one of the cleverest girls in the class. (Change into comparative degree)
  9. I was doubtful whether it was you. (Change into negative form)
  10. It is sad to think that youth should pass away. (Change into exclamatory sentence)

Sentence formation 10m

Type-A:Use each of the following words to make a sentence that brings out their meaning clearly. Do not change the form of the words. (No marks will be given for vague and ambiguous sentences) 1 x 5 =5 marks

  1. gratitude
  2. flavour
  3. explosion
  4. dismal
  5. clumsy

Type-B: Use these phrases in sentences of your own to bring out their meaning clearly. Do not change the form of the words. 1×5=5

  1. According to
  2. All of a sudden
  3. Ready money
  4. A burning question
  5. Ins and outs

Download all English papers from 1997 to 2014

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70 Comments on “[Download] UPSC Mains-2014: Compulsory English language paper +Last 18 years paper from 1997 to 2014”

  1. can someone tell how much one needs to score in english paper to get qualified?

    after writing bol bacchhan the whole day..i dont know where to start for tomorrow exam!!!!

      1. sir
        after downloading it not opening ….

    1. 75 minimum out of

  2. sir
    can u pls upload the same for compulsory hindi paper too.

    1. Anmol, compulsory Hindi paper is on 20th Saturday. Then it’ll be uploaded.

      1. Please Pehle upload kardo Sir, really tensed about Hindi!! hahaha…… :P

        Anyways, great analysis esp of essay paper! :)

  3. mrunal bhai Gujarati nu kyare che ?? pls add krjo gujarati

  4. mrunal bhai Gujarati nu kyare che ?? pls add krjo gujarati …

  5. Sir, how to count number of words in a Paragraph…as you mentioned 609words…

    1. Its mentioned in the paper itself…no worry about that :)

      1. Thanks bhai for replying…

    2. Already it is mention on the question paper.

  6. Sir,

    Did you type all this or there is some freeware that scans the text from image?

  7. This time the English (Compulsory) paper was quite simple and not tough as compared to last year 2013. Hope for good.

  8. thnx a tonn for the papers …. :-)

  9. thanks you mrunal sir please upload suggestion on paper as well from expert

  10. Thank u..

  11. this paper requires good command over english language..not that easy as I had thought.

  12. Which book should we refer for qualifying papers English and Hindi ?

    Unique publication ?? Please refer ?

  13. PRECIS :

    Today, the world needs to be a better place to live in for all the people irrespective of their color, race, religion, language etc. There is a need to promote the concept of unity in diversity among all people.

    Peace, security and prosperity cannot be brought by single nation alone but it is a collective effort requiring GG and strong leadership. India should take a step ahead by setting standards and lead by example.

    Although it is a big challenge to our country of providing the leadership at the global level and many critics have pointed fingers at India’s style of leadership by quoting the example of cricket where India virtually has monopoly over the game in terms of revenues and viewership but as our country is becoming stronger and making its presence felt at the global level, many countries around the world have started harbouring great expectations from us.

    Despite the world economic crisis, the Indian markets have been growing, thus giving us an opportunity to promote economic integration with our neighbours whose growth is also dependent on it. For this to happen, the south-asian countries should put back their rivalries at the backburner and look at the future by reaping benefits of our geographical location, our historical ties, cross-border links and trade thus bringing prosperity to all.

  14. mrunal sir when you analysis gs main paper 1 , 2 , 3 pl mention current and static portion such as economy – agri eco – current / static

  15. sir
    can u pls upload the same for compulsory Telugu paper too

    1. buddy, compulsory Indian language paper is on December 20, 2014. So wait till then… :)

  16. mrunal sir upsc is providing e-admitcards through registration id , roll number and through by name . what the problem lies here is that someone who know my name,my father name and my date of birth is viewing my hall ticket by downloadin it thorgh giving detailes of me and try to know where my centre is and he is influencing the invigilators.my concern is about my answersheet is there any possibility to misuse my hallticket and try to influence the invigiltors is there any possibility.pls tell me sir is there any solution to stop someone to see my hallticket.

    1. no priya nobody anyone can misuse your halltickets because your complete information registered in our documents and nobody can gave the papers of yours so don’t worry and we cant stop anyone to see your admit card because it show on your address which is given by yourself and anyone who know about you ,can see your halltickets and take your admitcard

  17. Please upload the GS-1 mains paper held today.

  18. thanku.. very use ful..sir plz if u hve plz uplod kannada language paper….

    1. Hi… I am also from Karnataka…. Which is your optional?

    2. And Kannada compulsory language paper is on 20th Dec… After that only he will be able to upload… Swalpa taalme irali :)

  19. once again thank you for this article.

  20. @Mrunal Waiting for your analysis of GS-1 and words of wisdom from a rockstar coach..

  21. sir thank u so much for providing such information with future plan.
    i want to clarify one thing that whether mrunal.org has android version for smart phones because there is an application in google play store where this website has its android version.. is it so?????????

  22. Sir g u forgot to upload today’s gs paper 1.i m waiting from long time

  23. mrunal bhai aaj murder ho gaya paper 2 main.

  24. Seeing both GS 1 and GS 2, Upsc is again taking a new shift…with more general and understanding based questions….than data+concept + rare parts of syllabus…
    Now one can generally aware about things and take the exam

    1. hi Hriti, Hope you have written G1 today. Could you able to attend “british planters did not reach beyond darjeeling” question. what could be the combination of sources to these questions. had you ever come across such a topic during your preparation. Thanks for the time. -Naveen

  25. I feel so relaxed after GS 1 and 2 be oz I seriously have no tension for paper 3 as fully confident of mrunal/economy.
    I m sure this time he would claim all question under his covered topics…

    1. Had you given mains this time?

  26. aaj ka paper kab upload hoga??

  27. GS1 and GS2 were not cakewalk this time. Almost all questions were of optionals standard. Everyone on first read feel they are familiar with topics. But when it comes to writing answers in paper…that too in hot seat…. and in 150-200 words…it becomes very difficult.. This time questions were not specific but not too general also. They required clear understanding of concepts at optional level and as usual analysing skills. I feel its major blow by UPSC and another BackBreaking (TM) move after prelims.

    1. yes i agree that atleast wrt to GS1, not all questions were easy. and i never said they were.

      I mean to say they were general in their idea. requiring no in depth digging..

  28. Plz upload todays question papers….i.e gs-1 n gs-2..

  29. Today i experienced torture for the first time in my life.Before the exam i was pretty much sure and at my pinnacle of motivation but after 5 i was like,below the ground and ground and ground.

  30. Sir can you upload the scanned copies of the CSE 2014 question papers…..??????????

  31. sir, can u tell me which books are best for clearing basic english concept bcz i’m hindi medium student and very weak in english????????????

  32. Plz upload today’s mains 2014 gs 1 and gs 2 papers

  33. hi all, gs paper 1 was good many question can b solved from this site..culture very less questions came ..geog and indian society were prominent…..
    ..paper 2 was analytic ….had to give u r view on issues….very less from static theory and constitution,

  34. Navveen bhaiyya siiiiimple chayy answer…… Ahom kingdom , naga tribes..1873–inner line permit.. Boundary demarcated 1925 between assam nd nagas .. Due to violence the main reason

  35. Mrunal Please say,
    What if someone is absent in Essay Paper and present in all other papers, qualifying in all papers, passes mains cut off mark.
    Will he be called for interview or not?

  36. PLZ UPLOAD GS 1 & 2 Q PAPER…..WAITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. General studies paper were easy to read only …but while writing actual answers basic concept matters alot ..
    NCERT Bipin chandra were good for GS1

    1. Agree with Saurabh !!

  38. sir. pl. upload the optional subject history question paper..

  39. Sir, can you please upload Botany and Veterinary Science paper of mains also.

  40. Sir, my question is for essay, if it is a type of question and taking two one of two choices like 1st question, can I take middle path and give reasons for both choices and their effects, or we need to take a choice.

    1. yes we can gave a answer according to question but give the satisfy answer

  41. Mrunal bhai please upload tamil mains optional paper

  42. sir, i want pdf ias mains enlish study material

  43. how we may have to prepare for IAS exam 2015

  44. can i get the idea of essay and letter topics ARO english main exam??

  45. Thanks a lot for providing such a detld infrmn

  46. Sir please tell me the marit list of crpf head constable perious year nd expecged for this year??

  47. Frnds pls help me.tell me that if i choose english language in objective paper of crpf head constable than.can i write essay nd latter in hindi

  48. sir, i want pdf IAD mains enlish study material

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