Reading Comprehension

(Section – A)

Ability to comprehend, analyze and interpret an unseen text Three/four unseen texts of varying lengths (150-250 words) with a variety of objective type, multiple choice questions ( including questions to test vocabulary) testing factual and global comprehension.

Writing ability

(Section –B)

Testing ability to express facts views/opinions in a coherent and logical manner in a style suitable to the task set.

B.1 One short writing task such as notice, message or a postcard.

B.2 Writing a report of an event, process, or place.

B.3 Writing an article/debate/ speech based on visual/verbal input on a given concurrent topic for e.g. environment, education, child labour, gender bias, drug-abuse etc presenting own views fluently.

B.4 Writing a letter (formal/informal) on the basis of verbal/visual input. Letter types include: (a) letter to the editor; (b) letter of complaint; (c) letter of request; (d) descriptive, personal letters

Grammar and Usage

(Section – C)

Ability to apply the knowledge of syntax, language/grammatical items and to use them accurately in context.

The following grammatical structures will be tested:

(1) Tenses

(2) Modals

(3) Voice

(4) Subject – verb concord

(5) Connectors

(6) Clauses

(7) Parts of speech

(8) Punctuation

(9) Sequencing to form a coherent sentence or a paragraph


(Section – D)

To test the candidate’s familiarity with the works of writers of different genres and periods of English Literature.

The candidate should have a thorough knowledge of :-

 Shakespeare’s works.

 Romantic Period ( e.g. Shelley, Wordswoth, Keats, Coleridge, Byron etc.)

 19th & 20th Century American and English Literature (e.g. Robert Frost Hemingway, Ted Hudges, Whitman, Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Bernard Shaw etc.)

 Modern Indian Writing in English (e.g. Anita Desai, Vikram Seth, Nissim Ezekiel, K.N. Daruwala, Ruskin Bond, R.K. Narayan, Mulk Raj Anand, Khushwant Singh etc.)

 Modern Writings in English from different parts of the world.



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