2005 ICFAI University M B A C S E English Question paper
University Question Papers
2005 ICFAI University M B A C S E English Question paper
C.S.E. English (Camp.) (MAIN) – 2005
Time Allowed: Three Hours
Maximum Marks: 300
Candidates should attempt ALL questions.
1. Write an essay in about 300 words on anyone of the following: 100
(a) Environment and Conservation
(b) Role of Women in Social Transformation
(c) Nuclear Energy in War and Peace
(d) India's Foreign Policy and World Power
(e) Television and its Impact on Youth
2. Read the following passage and answer in your own words the questions that
It is wrong to believe that science has totally eclipsed literature with its inspiring
zeal. That literature plays a subordinate role to science is equally untrue.
Nevertheless, it is undeniable that science has comparatively a wider range for its
impact on the physical world than literature. But that does not mean that literature has
been incorporated in the realm of science to the extent that it loses its distinct
individuality. The reality is that both co-exist without the one overshadowing the
other. Those who think that science has pushed literature into shade reducing it to a
non-entity seem to be simply imaginative and illogical in the comparisons of their
respective merits. It is no doubt unquestionable that products of science are of greater
material value than those which make an emotional appeal, e.g., a bridge is of greater
use to the public than a poem. But thereby one should not ignore the importance of a
poem which will continue to appeal to human mind for time to come. It is
indisputable that a scientific theory like the one propounded by Einstein is not without
its philosophical import as it lays its impress on the future growth of literature. But to
be effective in this respect, science should unfold its principles by appealing to human
emotions and not through crude and concrete material facts:
Darwin's theory of Natural Selection in its exposition of the evolution of man by
appeal to emotions and imagination of men has been conducive to the growth of
nineteenth century literature. Man's emotional attitudes to life and vicissitudes of his
fortune are coloured not only by his inherited instincts and faith in his fate but also by
his hope in point of longevity of life and betterment of future prospects. Oriented by a
scientific theory, they give a colour to literaute.
Literature feeds the emotional and imaginative hunger of man. In this perspective
science will not oust literature but enrich it by its impact on human life. Science can
provide amenities of life for human comfort but fails to lend or impart spiritual
pleasure. Delight that literature instills in man far transcends the comforts which
(a) What is the basic contribution of science to humankind?
(b) What aspect of human life is fulfilled by works of literature?
(c) How have Darwin's and Einstein's theories proved "conducive to the growth
(d) How is science friendly and not hostile to the growth of literature?
(e) Briefly enumerate the key ideas in the passage.
3. Make a precise of the following passage in your own words in about 220 to 240
words. Marks will be deducted if the precis is not written on the separate precis
sheets provided and if it is longer or shorter than the prescribed limit. State the
number of words used by you in the precis at its end and securely fasten the
precis-sheets inside the answer book. 75
Gautama, the Buddha, has suffered as much as anyone from critics without a
sense of history. He has been cried up, and cried down, with an equal lack of
historical imagination. Buddhism came to be widely known in the west in the latter
part of the 19th century when a wave of scepticism spread over the world as a result
of the growth of science and enlightenment. Positivism, agnosticism, atheism and
ethical humanism found wide support. In much of the literature of doubt and disbelief,
the name of Buddha is mentioned with respect. The humanists honour him as one of
the earliest protagonists of their cause- the happiness, the dignity, and the mental
integrity of mankind. Those who declare that man cannot know reality, and others
who affirm that there is no reality to know, use his name. Agnostics quote his
example. Social idealists, ethical mystics, rationalist prophets are all attracted by his
Great as is the value of the Buddha's teaching for our age, we cannot hope to
understand its true significance without reference to the environment in which he
lived. This effort of historical imagination is not easy. To view the Buddha as a
thinker of the sixth century B.C., living, moving and teaching in its peculiar
conditions, is a task of extreme difficulty and delicacy; and the work of reconstruction
can never be complete. But we may be reasonably certain that it yields a picture
which in its main outlines, at least, must correspond fairly well to the reality.
The supremacy of the ethical is the clue to the teaching of the Buddha. His
conceptions of life and the universe are derived from his severely practical outlook.
The existence of everything depends on a cause. If we remove the cause, the effect
will disappear. If the source of all suffering is destroyed, suffering will disappear. The
only way in which we can remove the cause of suffering is by purifying the heart and
following the moral law. Man is not divine but is to become divine. His divine status
is something to be built up by good thoughts, good words, and good deeds. The ego
consists of the feelings that burn us, of the passions we brood over, of the desires that
hunt us and of the decisions we make. These are the things that give life its dramatic
character. There is nothing absolute and permanent in them. That is why we can
become something different from what we are. The reality of the person is the
creative will. When we deny the glamour of emotions, stay the stream of things,
silence the appetites of body, we feel the power of self within our own being.
For the Buddha, the impulse to dharma, to justice and kindliness is operative in
things, and its efficient activity will mean the reduction of disorder, cruelty and
oppression. Dharma is organic to existence and its implication of karma or right
action is the builder of the world. There is not in the Buddha's teaching that deep
personal loyalty, passion of love, and intimate dialogue between soul and soul
resembling closely in its expression of earthly love. And yet the essence of religion,
the vision of a reality which stands beyond and within the passing flux of immediate
things, the intuitive loyalty to something larger than and beyond oneself, and absolute
active in the world, is in him.
We find in Gautama, the Buddha, in powerful combination, spiritual profundity
and moral strength of the highest order and a discreet intellectual reserve. He is one of
those rare spirits who bring to men a realization of their own divinity and make the
spiritual life seem adventurous and attractive, so that they may go forth into the world
with a new interest and a new joy of heart. While his great intellect and wisdom gave
him comprehension of the highest truth, his warm heart led him to devote his life to
save from sorrow suffering humanity. The greatness of his personality, his prophetic
zeal, and burning love for suffering humanity made a deep impression on those with
whom he lived; but his true greatness stands out clearer and brighter as the ages pass,
and even the skeptical minded are turning to him with a more real appreciation, a
deeper reverence and a truer worship. He is one of those few heroes of humanity who
have made epochs in the history of our race, with a message for other times as well as
4. (a) Correct the following sentences: 10
(i) Too great a variety of studies destruct the mind.
(ii) The whole fleet of their ships were captured.
(iii) Each of these students have done their work.
(iv) None but fools has ever believed it.
(v) He is one. of the cleverest boys that has passed through the school.
(vi) My friend, philosopher and guide have come.
(vii) The majority are opposed to this proposal.
(vii) He told me that he saw his father last month.
(ix) If he would have worked hard, he would have passed the examination.
(x) Unless he will be more careful, he will not recover.
(b) Add the suffix 'able' or 'ible' to each of the following words making necessary
changes in spelling. Write out the "new" words. 10
(i) Advice (iii) Force (v) Value (vii) Discern (ix) Detach
(ii) Contempt (iv) Access (vi) Reduce (viii) Agree (x) Reverse
(c) Use the following phrases in your own sentences so as to bring out their
(i) Apple of discord (ii) A bold from the blue
(iii) A feather in one's cap (iv) Achilles’ heel
(v) A man of letters
5. (a) Which of the two words within brackets in the following sentences is correct
in the context? 10
(i) Poets often (sore, soar) to great heights of imagination.
(ii) Knowledge (proceeds, precedes) from the Goddess of Learning.
(iii) The tower was struck by (lightning, lightening) and fell down.
(iv) Kanpur lies on the air (rout, route) to Calcutta.
(v) Everyone is (jealous, zealous) of him.
(vi) The crocodile emerged from the river and (seized, ceased) a goat.
(vii) He was found in (collusion, collision) with the plotters.
(viii) Wicked persons are not (illegible, eligible) for responsible posts.
(ix) He is a man of (lose, loose) character.
(x) The Emperor is staying at the royal.(mansion, mention).
(b) Use each of the following words in two separate sentences, first as a noun and
then as a verb: 10
(i) Book (ii) Bare
(iii) Clam (iv) Drive
(c) Change the following sentences into Indirect Speech: 10
(i) He said, "1 am too ill to speak now."
(ii) The policeman said to the man, "Where are you going" ?
(iii) She said to her children, Let me work undisturbed."
(iv) He said to the students, "Do not sit here."
(v) He said, "May god pardon the sinner."