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    Download Civil Service Main Optional English Exam Previous Years Question Papers

    Joining the Civil Services is a dream come true for many aspirants. The recruitment in Civil Services needs clearing three stages namely the Preliminary, Mains and the Interview. Civil Services Main Exam is taken by those candidates who get shortlisted in the Preliminary phase.

    Exam Pattern:

    The main Exam of Civil Services consists of nine papers. Each candidate needs to sit for all the nine papers out of which History is an optional subject. English is hugely selected by many candidates as one of optional subject.

    English further is divided into two papers namely Paper I and Paper II.

    Syllabus of Optional English paper in Civil Service Main Examination:

    This subject is made up of literary works of eminent scholars.

    Some of the works covered in Paper I of English are as follows:-

    • The Tempest and King Lear by William Shakespeare
    • Poems of John Donne
    • Paradise Lost by John Milton
    • The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope
    • Some poems of William Wordsworth
    • In Memoriam by Alfred Tennyson
    • A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen

    Several other literary works constitute Paper I.

    Paper II constitutes the following:-

    • Some poems of William Butler Yeats
    • Poems of T.S. Elliot
    • Poems of W.H. Auden
    • Look Back in Anger by John Osborne
    • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

    Other works are also present in this paper.

    Duration of Optional English paper in Civil Service Main Examination:

    Both the papers are of three hours in duration. Answers are to be written only in English. Questions are worth of 300 marks in each of the paper.

    Scoring pattern:

    Candidates are awarded special credit if answers are of good quality and are enriched in content. Inner meaning of a poem or a play, if mentioned fetches a good score. There is no scheme of negative marking in these papers.

    Previous years question papers of Optional English paper in Civil Service Main Examination:

    Candidates can look into the attachments for the question papers of Optional English of Civil Service Main Exam of the previous years.





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