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FEDERAL PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION
COMPETITIVE EXAMINATION FOR RECRUITMENT TO POSTS IN
PBS-17, UNDER THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, 2003
ENGLISH (PRECIS & COMPOSITION)
TIME ALLOWED : THREE HOURS MAXIMUM MARKS: 100

1. Make a precis of the given passage and give a suitable heading:(20) If then a practical end must be assigned to a University course, I say it is that of training good members of a society. Its ah is the art of social life, and its end is fitness for the world. It neither confines its views to particular professions on the one hand, not creates heroes or inspires genius on the other. Works indeed of genius fall under no art; heroic minds come under no rule; a University is not a birthplace of poets or of immortal authors, of founders of schools, leaders of colonies, or conquerors of nations. It does not promise a generation of Aristotle or Newtons of Napoleons or Washingtons of Raphaels or Shakespearcs though such miracles of nature it has before now contained within its precincts. Nor is it content on the other hand with forming the critic or the experimentalist, the economist or the engineer, through such too it includes within its scope. But a University training is the great ordinary means to a great ordinary end; it aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mind, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular aspirations. It is the education which gives a man a clear conscious view of his own opinions and judgments, a truth in developing them, an eloquence in expressing them, and a force in urging them, ft teaches him to sec things as they arc, to go right to the point, to disentangle a skein of thought, to detect what is sophistical and to - discard what is irrelevant. It prepares him to fill any post with credit, and to master any subject with facility. (John H. Ncwman)

2. Read the following passage and answer the questions given at the end, in YOUR OWN WORDS. 20 My father was back in work within days of his return home. He had a spell in the shipyard, where the last of the great Belfast liners, the CANBERRA, was under construction, and then moved to an electronics firm in the east of the city. (These were the days when computers were the size of small houses and were built by sheet metal workers). A short time after he started in this job, one of his colleagues was sacked for taking off time to get married. The workforce went on strike to get the colleague reinstated. The dispute, dubbed the Honeymoon Strike, made the Belfast papers. My mother told me not long ago that she and my father, with four young sons, were hit so hard by that strike, that for years afterwards they were financially speaking, running to stand still. I don't know how the strike ended, but whether or not the colleague got his old job back, he was soon in another, better one. I remember visiting.him and his wife when I was still quite young, in their new bungalow in Belfast northern suburbs. I believe they left Belfast soon after the Troubles began.
My father then was thirty-seven, the age I am today. My Hither and I are father and son, which is to say we are close without knowing very much about one another. We talk about events, rather than emotions. We keep from each other certain of our hopes and fears and doubts. I have never for instance asked my father whether he has dwelt on (he direction his life might have taken if at certain moments he had made certain other choices. Whatever, he found himself, with a million and a half of his fellows, living in what was in all but name a civil war.As a grown up 1 try often to imagine what it must be like to be faced with such a situation. What, in the previous course of your life, prepares your for arriving, as my father did, at the scene of a bomb blast close to your brother's place of work and seeing what you suppose, from the colour of the hair, to be your brother lying in the road, only to find that you arc cradling the remains of a woman?
(Glciin Patterson)

(a) From your reading of (he passage what do you infer about the nature of (he 'Troubles" (he writer mentions.
(b) What according to the writer were (he working conditions in the Electronics firm where his father worked?
(c) Why was his father's colleague sacked?
(d) How docs the writer show that as father and son they do not know much about each other?
(e) Explain the underlined words/phrases in the passage:
Made the Belfast papers, had a spell, dubbed, was sacked, hit hard.


3. Write a comprehensive note (250-300) words on ONE of the following: (20)
(1) Lots of people confuse bad management with destiny.
(2) If a window of opportunity appears don't pull down the shade.
(3) We are all inclined to judge ourselves by our ideals: others by their act.
(4) Goodwill is earned by many acts: it can be lost by one.


4. Change the voice of the verb in the following sentences:(10)
(1) The assassins shot the leader in broad daylight.
(2) The President inaugurated the Motorway recently.
(3) Will you negotiate the matter with the opposition?
(4) Why should I be suspected by you?
(5) The establishment is pleased with your performance.
(6) The Parliament members gave a hard time to the Prime • Minister.
(7) The Prisoners in Cuba arc being treated cruelly, by the so-called Human Rights custodians.
(8) The present Government is serving the people honestly! .
(9) Who did this?
(10) The Palestinians are avenging the death of their leaders.


5. Change the following to reported speech: (10)
(1) "This is your house, isn't it?" asked Jcmmic.
(2) "Where do you want to be dropped?" said the taxi driver.
(3) "Call (he first witness," said the judge.
(4) "Don't blame him for the accident," the boy's mother said.

(5) He said, "I baiigcd on Cliffs door but he did not answer".
(6) "Where is the boat? Hurry up we are being chased", she cried.
(7) "I have lost my way. Can you direct me to the Post Office please?" said the old lady.
(8) He said to me, "what a pity you missed such an important meeting.
(9) "How wonderful! Why didn't you suggest this plan earlier".
(10) He said, "Let's wait till the road gets cleared".


6. Correct the following sentences:
(1) The hostel provides boarding and lodging to students.
(2) My cousin-brother will come to meet me.
(3) He lives backside of my house.
(4) You have read it. Isn't it?
(5) We discussed about this question.
(6) I am studying in an University for an year.
(7) Neither he nor I arc at fault.
(S) The committee have issued a notice.
(9) One must boast of his great qualities.
(10) . It is one of the best speeches that has ever been made in the General Assembly.

7. Use the following in your own sentences to bring out their meaning: (10)
(1) Kick the bucket
(2) Bolt from the blue
(3) Put your foot down
(4) Worth your salt
(5) Down the drain
(6) All cars
(7) Swan song
(8) Cheek by Jowl
(9) in a nutshell
(10) Give me five
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. Use the following in your own sentences to bring out their meaning: (10)
(1) Kick the bucket

I think my sewing machine has kicked the bucket

(2) Bolt from the blue

his resignation was bolt from the blue.

(3) Put your foot down

he had planned to go for skiing on his own but his wife decided to put her foot down.

(4) Worth your salt

Any accountant worth their salt should be aware of the latest changes in taxation.
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CHANGE THE VOICE:
1. The assassins shot the leader in broad daylight.
The leader was shot in broad daylight by assassins.
2. The president inaugurated the motorway recently.
The motorway was recently inaugurated by the president.
3. Will you negotiate the matter with the opposition?
Would the matter be negotiated with the opposition?
4. Why should I be suspected by you?
Why you shall suspect me?
5. The establishment is pleased with your performance.
With my performance establishment was pleased.
6. The parliament members gave a hard time to the prime minister.
The prime minister was given hard time by the parliament members.
7. The prisoners in Cuba arc being treated cruelly, by the so called human right custodians.
The so called human right custodians cruelly treat prisoners in Cuba.
8. The present government is serving the people honestly.
People are being served honestly by the present government.
9. Who did this?
By whom was this done?
10. The Palestinians are avenging the death of their leaders.
The death of Palestinian leaders is being avenged by them.







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CHANGE THE VOICE:
1. The assassins shot the leader in broad daylight.
The leader was shot in broad daylight by assassins.
2. The president inaugurated the motorway recently.
The motorway was recently inaugurated by the president.
3. Will you negotiate the matter with the opposition?
Would the matter be negotiated with the opposition?
4. Why should I be suspected by you?
Why you shall suspect me?
5. The establishment is pleased with your performance.
With my performance establishment was pleased.
6. The parliament members gave a hard time to the prime minister.
The prime minister was given hard time by the parliament members.
7. The prisoners in Cuba arc being treated cruelly, by the so called human right custodians.
The so called human right custodians cruelly treat prisoners in Cuba.
8. The present government is serving the people honestly.
People are being served honestly by the present government.
9. Who did this?
By whom was this done?
10. The Palestinians are avenging the death of their leaders.
The death of Palestinian leaders is being avenged by them.







KINDLY CHK THEM N CORRECT THEM....
plz chk them...
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CHANGE THE REPORTED SPEECH:
1. “This is your house, isn’t it?” asked Jcmmic.
Jcmmic asked that this was my house wasn’t it.
2. “Where do you want to be dropped?” said the taxi driver.
Taxi driver asked me where I want to be dropped.
3. “Call the first witness.” Said the judge.
The judge ordered to call the first witness.
4. “Don’t blame him for the accident,” the boy’s mother said.
The boy’s mother said that he should not be blamed for the accident.
5. He said, “I baiigcd on cliffs door but he didn’t answer.”
He said that he baiigcd on cliffs door but you had not answered.
6. “Where is the boat? Hurry up we are being chased”, she cried.
She cried with fear where the boat was as they were being chased.
7. “I have lost my way. Can you direct me to the post office please?” Said the old lady.
The old lady requested that she had lost her way if I could direct her to the post office.
8. He said to me, “What a pity you missed such an important meeting.”
He informed me that I have missed such an important meeting.
9. “How wonderful! Why didn’t you suggest this plan earlier?”
It’s wonderful you should have suggested this plan earlier.
10. He said, “Let’s wait till the roads get clear.”
He said we should wait till the roads get clear.






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plz plz chk the above...
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PASSAGE QUESTION ANSWERS:
Q1. From your reading of the passage what do you infer about the nature of the ‘troubles’ the writer mentions?
A. The nature of the trouble that writer mentions is the strikes in their city because of which many people suffer financially as their family was in those days.
Q2. What according to the writer were the working conditions in the electronics firm where his father worked?
A. In the electronic firm nobody was allowed to take off of few days from work in any case as his friend was dismissed after he took off for his wedding.
Q3. Why was his father’s colleague sacked?
A. His father’s colleague also was sacked or dismissed from the job because he went on holidays for his wedding.
Q4. How does the writer shows that as father and son they do not know much about each other?
A. The writer shows that he is close to his son but ye they are far apart from each other like they do talk about different events but they do not talk about emotions they don’t talk about their hopes, dreams and fears. They hide their feelings from each other.
Q5. Explain the underlined words/phrases?
A. Mad the Belfast papers
Had a spell had a spell means the hour’s one work at work place.
Dubbed
Was sacked was dismissed from the job.
Hit hard means they were badly affected by the strikes.





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Hey everyone I will help you all by tonight InshAllah but London's time coz I live in London as I am a student of London School of Economics and Political Science. I am not at home but as soon as I reach back, the first thing I'll do will be to check everyone's posts
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Hey Noreen, firstly I will write the answers to the reported speech you have posted, some of them are same as yours.

1. Jcmmick inquired whether the house really belonged to someone.
2. The taxi driver asked me where to get dropped.
3. The judge ordered to call the first witness.
4.The boy's mother said not to blame her son for the accident.
5. (some typo error in the original sentence as there is no such word as baiigcd)
6. She terrifiedly inquired about the state as they were being chased.
7. The old lady requested to take her to the post office as she had lost her way.
8. He regrettably said that I had missed a very important meeting.
9. He excitedly remarked that I should have informed him about the plan earlier.
10. He suggested to wait until the roads got cleared.

I hope you find these answers useful
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hey komal bunndle of thnx for checking...
kindly chk the rest of the posts as well...i ll br highly grateful...
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