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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH (CORE) (Code – 301) 
CLASS XII 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                              Maximum Marks: 80 
General Instructions:  
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are 
compulsory.  
2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever 
necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.  
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. 
 SECTION-A 
READING: 20 Marks 
 
1. Read the passage given below : 
LIFE BEYOND ACADEMICS 
1. Academics has always been an essential part of human development. It prepares 
us to survive in the outside world and establish an identity of our own. But, is an 
individual’s development restricted to merely academics? In India, from an early age, 
we have been taught that education is limited to the boundaries of academics only; 
the idea of getting out into the field, for gaining practical experience, is always 
considered a hoax. This has hindered students’ development. But, the truth is that 
education represents a considerably broader field than we know of it. Our teaching, 
from the basics, has been focused on getting good grades and job offers, rather than 
being creative and unique.  
 
2. In the 21
st
century, the pure academic type of education is slowly paving way for a 
whole new type. The paradigm shift in the whole education system is evident. People 
have now come to understand that education is a 360 degree activity that should 
focus on students’ overall development, rather than restricting him/her to the 
classroom.  
 
3. Co-curricular activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or 
supplement classroom curriculum, in some way, have become a point of focus today. 
These activities help in the growth of the child, in more than one way. Participating in 
such activities helps youngsters grow mentally, socially and individually. Intellectual 
development of a student is developed in the classroom, but for the aesthetic 
development such as team- building, character- building, and physical growth, 
students must step out into the outside world. For instance, if a student is a part of 
school football team, he/ she will learn team- work and coordination, in a practical 
manner, which cannot be taught in the class. 
 
4. Similarly, in colleges and institutions, there is a need for practical exposure so that 
the students can experience the actual working of an industry. For example, taking a 
student to a manufacturing firm will give him/ her the real insight and better learning 
of the industry. Catering to this change, most professional colleges including B- 
schools, have started providing practical exposure to students through regular guest 
lectures, industrial visits, conferences, seminars, cultural festivals, and so on. With 
industry visits, students are able to better identify their prospective areas of work in 
the overall organizational function. Moreover, they help enhance interpersonal skills 
and communication techniques. In addition, guest lectures are equally important for 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH (CORE) (Code – 301) 
CLASS XII 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                              Maximum Marks: 80 
General Instructions:  
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are 
compulsory.  
2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever 
necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.  
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. 
 SECTION-A 
READING: 20 Marks 
 
1. Read the passage given below : 
LIFE BEYOND ACADEMICS 
1. Academics has always been an essential part of human development. It prepares 
us to survive in the outside world and establish an identity of our own. But, is an 
individual’s development restricted to merely academics? In India, from an early age, 
we have been taught that education is limited to the boundaries of academics only; 
the idea of getting out into the field, for gaining practical experience, is always 
considered a hoax. This has hindered students’ development. But, the truth is that 
education represents a considerably broader field than we know of it. Our teaching, 
from the basics, has been focused on getting good grades and job offers, rather than 
being creative and unique.  
 
2. In the 21
st
century, the pure academic type of education is slowly paving way for a 
whole new type. The paradigm shift in the whole education system is evident. People 
have now come to understand that education is a 360 degree activity that should 
focus on students’ overall development, rather than restricting him/her to the 
classroom.  
 
3. Co-curricular activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or 
supplement classroom curriculum, in some way, have become a point of focus today. 
These activities help in the growth of the child, in more than one way. Participating in 
such activities helps youngsters grow mentally, socially and individually. Intellectual 
development of a student is developed in the classroom, but for the aesthetic 
development such as team- building, character- building, and physical growth, 
students must step out into the outside world. For instance, if a student is a part of 
school football team, he/ she will learn team- work and coordination, in a practical 
manner, which cannot be taught in the class. 
 
4. Similarly, in colleges and institutions, there is a need for practical exposure so that 
the students can experience the actual working of an industry. For example, taking a 
student to a manufacturing firm will give him/ her the real insight and better learning 
of the industry. Catering to this change, most professional colleges including B- 
schools, have started providing practical exposure to students through regular guest 
lectures, industrial visits, conferences, seminars, cultural festivals, and so on. With 
industry visits, students are able to better identify their prospective areas of work in 
the overall organizational function. Moreover, they help enhance interpersonal skills 
and communication techniques. In addition, guest lectures are equally important for 
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all – round development of students. It is a great way for students to gain maximum 
exposure, as guest speakers talk about their real- life experiences and not what is 
there in the text books. 
 
5. Through such events, students are made to participate and coordinate different 
events wherein, they get to know how exactly things are managed. Classroom 
teaching provides the foundation, and co-curricular or extra- curricular activities 
provide practical exposure and opportunities to implement what students learn in the 
classroom. This helps in developing the overall personality of the students, 
inculcating various soft – skills in them, which otherwise are difficult to teach. Clearly, 
life beyond academics creates creative and empowered professionals. (507 Words) 
 
1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer any five 
of the questions given below by choosing the most appropriate option: 
 
a. Students' development is hindered by 
i. limiting education to academic boundaries. 
ii. getting out to the field. 
iii. being creative and unique.  
iv.gaining practical knowledge. 
 
b. The shift in the education system means 
i. to restrict to classroom activities. 
ii. to focus on academic development. 
iii.to ignore 360 degree activity. 
iv.to focus on overall development. 
 
c. Co- Curricular activities that take place outside the classroom do not help in 
i.  teamwork and co-ordination.      
ii. mental and social growth. 
iii. intellectual development. 
iv. character building. 
 
d. Guest speakers talk about 
i.  all round development. 
ii.  their real life experiences. 
iii. what is in text books. 
iv. gaining exposure. 
 
 
e. Classroom teaching provides  
i.  practical exposure 
ii. opportunities to implement what is learnt in classroom 
iii. chance to learn soft skills 
iv. the foundation  
 
f. Life beyond academics facilitates 
i. organizational functions 
ii. creativity 
iii. professional fields 
iv. industrial visits 
   
1.2 Answer the following questions briefly : 
a. From earlier times what has not been the focus of education? 
b. Where should students go for aesthetic development? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH (CORE) (Code – 301) 
CLASS XII 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                              Maximum Marks: 80 
General Instructions:  
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are 
compulsory.  
2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever 
necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.  
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. 
 SECTION-A 
READING: 20 Marks 
 
1. Read the passage given below : 
LIFE BEYOND ACADEMICS 
1. Academics has always been an essential part of human development. It prepares 
us to survive in the outside world and establish an identity of our own. But, is an 
individual’s development restricted to merely academics? In India, from an early age, 
we have been taught that education is limited to the boundaries of academics only; 
the idea of getting out into the field, for gaining practical experience, is always 
considered a hoax. This has hindered students’ development. But, the truth is that 
education represents a considerably broader field than we know of it. Our teaching, 
from the basics, has been focused on getting good grades and job offers, rather than 
being creative and unique.  
 
2. In the 21
st
century, the pure academic type of education is slowly paving way for a 
whole new type. The paradigm shift in the whole education system is evident. People 
have now come to understand that education is a 360 degree activity that should 
focus on students’ overall development, rather than restricting him/her to the 
classroom.  
 
3. Co-curricular activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or 
supplement classroom curriculum, in some way, have become a point of focus today. 
These activities help in the growth of the child, in more than one way. Participating in 
such activities helps youngsters grow mentally, socially and individually. Intellectual 
development of a student is developed in the classroom, but for the aesthetic 
development such as team- building, character- building, and physical growth, 
students must step out into the outside world. For instance, if a student is a part of 
school football team, he/ she will learn team- work and coordination, in a practical 
manner, which cannot be taught in the class. 
 
4. Similarly, in colleges and institutions, there is a need for practical exposure so that 
the students can experience the actual working of an industry. For example, taking a 
student to a manufacturing firm will give him/ her the real insight and better learning 
of the industry. Catering to this change, most professional colleges including B- 
schools, have started providing practical exposure to students through regular guest 
lectures, industrial visits, conferences, seminars, cultural festivals, and so on. With 
industry visits, students are able to better identify their prospective areas of work in 
the overall organizational function. Moreover, they help enhance interpersonal skills 
and communication techniques. In addition, guest lectures are equally important for 
12 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
all – round development of students. It is a great way for students to gain maximum 
exposure, as guest speakers talk about their real- life experiences and not what is 
there in the text books. 
 
5. Through such events, students are made to participate and coordinate different 
events wherein, they get to know how exactly things are managed. Classroom 
teaching provides the foundation, and co-curricular or extra- curricular activities 
provide practical exposure and opportunities to implement what students learn in the 
classroom. This helps in developing the overall personality of the students, 
inculcating various soft – skills in them, which otherwise are difficult to teach. Clearly, 
life beyond academics creates creative and empowered professionals. (507 Words) 
 
1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer any five 
of the questions given below by choosing the most appropriate option: 
 
a. Students' development is hindered by 
i. limiting education to academic boundaries. 
ii. getting out to the field. 
iii. being creative and unique.  
iv.gaining practical knowledge. 
 
b. The shift in the education system means 
i. to restrict to classroom activities. 
ii. to focus on academic development. 
iii.to ignore 360 degree activity. 
iv.to focus on overall development. 
 
c. Co- Curricular activities that take place outside the classroom do not help in 
i.  teamwork and co-ordination.      
ii. mental and social growth. 
iii. intellectual development. 
iv. character building. 
 
d. Guest speakers talk about 
i.  all round development. 
ii.  their real life experiences. 
iii. what is in text books. 
iv. gaining exposure. 
 
 
e. Classroom teaching provides  
i.  practical exposure 
ii. opportunities to implement what is learnt in classroom 
iii. chance to learn soft skills 
iv. the foundation  
 
f. Life beyond academics facilitates 
i. organizational functions 
ii. creativity 
iii. professional fields 
iv. industrial visits 
   
1.2 Answer the following questions briefly : 
a. From earlier times what has not been the focus of education? 
b. Where should students go for aesthetic development? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
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c. What kind of co- curricular activities have become points of focus today? 
d. What will give children a better insight into industry? 
e. Why are soft skills difficult to teach in the classroom? 
 
1.3 Pick out the words/phrases from the passage which are similar in meaning 
to the following:  
i.  untrue  (Para 1) 
ii. cooperative effort (Para 3) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x2=2 
 
2. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below: 
 
BALANCING THE SCALES 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making a difference to how legal work is done, but it isn’t 
the threat it is made out to be. AI is making impressive progress and shaking up 
things all over the world today. The assumption that advancements in technology and 
artificial intelligence will render any profession defunct is just that, an assumption and 
a false one. The only purpose this assumption serves is creating mass panic and 
hostility towards embracing technology that is meant to make our lives easier. 
 
Let us understand what this means explicitly for the legal world. The ambit of AI 
includes recognizing human speech and objects, making decisions based on data, 
and translating languages. Tasks that can be defined as ‘search-and-find’ type can 
be performed by AI. 
 
Introducing AI to this profession will primarily be for the purpose of automating 
mundane, tedious tasks that require negligible human intelligence. The kind of 
artificial intelligence that is employed by industries in the current scene, when 
extended to law will enable quicker services at a lower price.  AI is meant to 
automate a number of tasks that take up precious working hours lawyers could be 
devoting to tasks that require discerning, empathy, and trust- qualities that cannot be 
replicated by even the most sophisticated form of AI. The legal profession is one of 
the oldest professions in the world. Thriving over a 1000 years; trust, judgement, and 
diligence are the pillars of this profession. The most important pillar is the relationship 
of trust between a lawyer and clients, which can only be achieved through human 
connection and interaction. 
 
While artificial intelligence can be useful in scanning and organizing documents 
pertaining to a case, it cannot perform higher-level tasks such as sharp decision-
making, relationship-building with valuable clients and writing legal briefs, advising 
clients, and appearing in court. These are over and above the realm of 
computerization. 
 
The smooth proceeding of a case is not possible without sound legal research. While 
presenting cases lawyers need to assimilate information in the form of legal research 
by referring to a number of relevant cases to find those that will favour their client’s 
motion. Lawyers are even required to thoroughly know the opposing stand and 
supporting legal arguments they can expect to prepare a watertight defense strategy. 
AI, software that operates on natural language enables electronic discovery of 
information relevant to a case, contract reviews, and automation generation of legal 
documents. 
 
AI utilizes big-data analytics which enables visualization of case data. It also allows 
for creation of a map of the cases which were cited in previous cases and their 
resulting verdicts, as per the website Towards Data Science. The probability of a 
positive outcome of a case can be predicted by leveraging predictive analytics with 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH (CORE) (Code – 301) 
CLASS XII 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                              Maximum Marks: 80 
General Instructions:  
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are 
compulsory.  
2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever 
necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.  
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. 
 SECTION-A 
READING: 20 Marks 
 
1. Read the passage given below : 
LIFE BEYOND ACADEMICS 
1. Academics has always been an essential part of human development. It prepares 
us to survive in the outside world and establish an identity of our own. But, is an 
individual’s development restricted to merely academics? In India, from an early age, 
we have been taught that education is limited to the boundaries of academics only; 
the idea of getting out into the field, for gaining practical experience, is always 
considered a hoax. This has hindered students’ development. But, the truth is that 
education represents a considerably broader field than we know of it. Our teaching, 
from the basics, has been focused on getting good grades and job offers, rather than 
being creative and unique.  
 
2. In the 21
st
century, the pure academic type of education is slowly paving way for a 
whole new type. The paradigm shift in the whole education system is evident. People 
have now come to understand that education is a 360 degree activity that should 
focus on students’ overall development, rather than restricting him/her to the 
classroom.  
 
3. Co-curricular activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or 
supplement classroom curriculum, in some way, have become a point of focus today. 
These activities help in the growth of the child, in more than one way. Participating in 
such activities helps youngsters grow mentally, socially and individually. Intellectual 
development of a student is developed in the classroom, but for the aesthetic 
development such as team- building, character- building, and physical growth, 
students must step out into the outside world. For instance, if a student is a part of 
school football team, he/ she will learn team- work and coordination, in a practical 
manner, which cannot be taught in the class. 
 
4. Similarly, in colleges and institutions, there is a need for practical exposure so that 
the students can experience the actual working of an industry. For example, taking a 
student to a manufacturing firm will give him/ her the real insight and better learning 
of the industry. Catering to this change, most professional colleges including B- 
schools, have started providing practical exposure to students through regular guest 
lectures, industrial visits, conferences, seminars, cultural festivals, and so on. With 
industry visits, students are able to better identify their prospective areas of work in 
the overall organizational function. Moreover, they help enhance interpersonal skills 
and communication techniques. In addition, guest lectures are equally important for 
12 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
all – round development of students. It is a great way for students to gain maximum 
exposure, as guest speakers talk about their real- life experiences and not what is 
there in the text books. 
 
5. Through such events, students are made to participate and coordinate different 
events wherein, they get to know how exactly things are managed. Classroom 
teaching provides the foundation, and co-curricular or extra- curricular activities 
provide practical exposure and opportunities to implement what students learn in the 
classroom. This helps in developing the overall personality of the students, 
inculcating various soft – skills in them, which otherwise are difficult to teach. Clearly, 
life beyond academics creates creative and empowered professionals. (507 Words) 
 
1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer any five 
of the questions given below by choosing the most appropriate option: 
 
a. Students' development is hindered by 
i. limiting education to academic boundaries. 
ii. getting out to the field. 
iii. being creative and unique.  
iv.gaining practical knowledge. 
 
b. The shift in the education system means 
i. to restrict to classroom activities. 
ii. to focus on academic development. 
iii.to ignore 360 degree activity. 
iv.to focus on overall development. 
 
c. Co- Curricular activities that take place outside the classroom do not help in 
i.  teamwork and co-ordination.      
ii. mental and social growth. 
iii. intellectual development. 
iv. character building. 
 
d. Guest speakers talk about 
i.  all round development. 
ii.  their real life experiences. 
iii. what is in text books. 
iv. gaining exposure. 
 
 
e. Classroom teaching provides  
i.  practical exposure 
ii. opportunities to implement what is learnt in classroom 
iii. chance to learn soft skills 
iv. the foundation  
 
f. Life beyond academics facilitates 
i. organizational functions 
ii. creativity 
iii. professional fields 
iv. industrial visits 
   
1.2 Answer the following questions briefly : 
a. From earlier times what has not been the focus of education? 
b. Where should students go for aesthetic development? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
3 
 
c. What kind of co- curricular activities have become points of focus today? 
d. What will give children a better insight into industry? 
e. Why are soft skills difficult to teach in the classroom? 
 
1.3 Pick out the words/phrases from the passage which are similar in meaning 
to the following:  
i.  untrue  (Para 1) 
ii. cooperative effort (Para 3) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x2=2 
 
2. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below: 
 
BALANCING THE SCALES 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making a difference to how legal work is done, but it isn’t 
the threat it is made out to be. AI is making impressive progress and shaking up 
things all over the world today. The assumption that advancements in technology and 
artificial intelligence will render any profession defunct is just that, an assumption and 
a false one. The only purpose this assumption serves is creating mass panic and 
hostility towards embracing technology that is meant to make our lives easier. 
 
Let us understand what this means explicitly for the legal world. The ambit of AI 
includes recognizing human speech and objects, making decisions based on data, 
and translating languages. Tasks that can be defined as ‘search-and-find’ type can 
be performed by AI. 
 
Introducing AI to this profession will primarily be for the purpose of automating 
mundane, tedious tasks that require negligible human intelligence. The kind of 
artificial intelligence that is employed by industries in the current scene, when 
extended to law will enable quicker services at a lower price.  AI is meant to 
automate a number of tasks that take up precious working hours lawyers could be 
devoting to tasks that require discerning, empathy, and trust- qualities that cannot be 
replicated by even the most sophisticated form of AI. The legal profession is one of 
the oldest professions in the world. Thriving over a 1000 years; trust, judgement, and 
diligence are the pillars of this profession. The most important pillar is the relationship 
of trust between a lawyer and clients, which can only be achieved through human 
connection and interaction. 
 
While artificial intelligence can be useful in scanning and organizing documents 
pertaining to a case, it cannot perform higher-level tasks such as sharp decision-
making, relationship-building with valuable clients and writing legal briefs, advising 
clients, and appearing in court. These are over and above the realm of 
computerization. 
 
The smooth proceeding of a case is not possible without sound legal research. While 
presenting cases lawyers need to assimilate information in the form of legal research 
by referring to a number of relevant cases to find those that will favour their client’s 
motion. Lawyers are even required to thoroughly know the opposing stand and 
supporting legal arguments they can expect to prepare a watertight defense strategy. 
AI, software that operates on natural language enables electronic discovery of 
information relevant to a case, contract reviews, and automation generation of legal 
documents. 
 
AI utilizes big-data analytics which enables visualization of case data. It also allows 
for creation of a map of the cases which were cited in previous cases and their 
resulting verdicts, as per the website Towards Data Science. The probability of a 
positive outcome of a case can be predicted by leveraging predictive analytics with 
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4 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
machine learning. This is advantageous to firms as they can determine the return on 
investment in litigation and whether an agreement or arbitration should be 
considered.                                                   (484 Words) 
(https://www.thehindu.com/education/balancing-the-scales/article26895865.ece) 
 
(a) On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, make notes on it 
using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever 
necessary-minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an 
appropriate title to it.  
(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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 SECTION : B 
WRITING SKILLS : 30 Marks 
 
3. Your institute, Golden Care Hospital, has decided to organise an ‘Organ Donation 
Camp’ to generate awareness about the cause. Draft a Poster giving all the 
necessary details. (50 words)                              
OR 
Your school is planning to organise a talk on the ‘Importance of Promoting Art 
Education’ at all levels. You plan to invite The Director, Delhi School of Art, as a Key 
Note Speaker. As CCA Coordinator of Vidya Mandir Vidyalaya, draft an invite for the 
same giving all the necessary details.    
(50words)                                                                                                         
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4. You feel that India will face a severe water crisis by the year 2020. Write a letter to 
the Editor of The National Daily expressing your concern about it and requesting 
individuals and authorities to take steps to avert this crisis. You are Shalini/ 
Shaheen.   (120-150 
words)                                                                                                                            
OR 
Your school has decided to add a few books to the library. The school wants to 
encourage reading habit amongst students. As the Librarian of the Venkateshwar 
International school place an order with Pearl Publishers for books for all age levels. 
Give all necessary details.   
(120-150 words)                                                                                                
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5. Taking selfies has become a rage and is a global phenomenon. It has cost us several 
lives and also immortalised several moments. Write an article for a National Daily on 
the trend of taking selfies and its impact on people. You are Aditi/ Aditya.    (150-200 
words)                                                                                                                             
  
OR 
A massive fire due to short circuit gutted 50 odd shops in the congested area of 
SadarBazar in Delhi leading to loss of life and property. As a reporter with The 
Tribune write the report for the newspaper.(150-200 words) 
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6. Several Environment Activists have recently stopped several development projects 
due to their impact on the environment. Progress will naturally result in some 
destruction and harm. As Geeta/ Girish write a Speech to be given in the assembly 
on how both might be possible. 
(150-200 words)                                                                    
 
OR 
'Aggression and sledging are an essential part of Sports.'Write a debate in 150-
200 words either for or against the motion. You are Shivam/Shivani. 
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SAMPLE QUESTION PAPER (2019-20) 
ENGLISH (CORE) (Code – 301) 
CLASS XII 
Time allowed: 3 Hrs.                                                                              Maximum Marks: 80 
General Instructions:  
1. This paper is divided into three sections: A, B and C. All the sections are 
compulsory.  
2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question, wherever 
necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.  
3. Do not exceed the prescribed word limit while answering the questions. 
 SECTION-A 
READING: 20 Marks 
 
1. Read the passage given below : 
LIFE BEYOND ACADEMICS 
1. Academics has always been an essential part of human development. It prepares 
us to survive in the outside world and establish an identity of our own. But, is an 
individual’s development restricted to merely academics? In India, from an early age, 
we have been taught that education is limited to the boundaries of academics only; 
the idea of getting out into the field, for gaining practical experience, is always 
considered a hoax. This has hindered students’ development. But, the truth is that 
education represents a considerably broader field than we know of it. Our teaching, 
from the basics, has been focused on getting good grades and job offers, rather than 
being creative and unique.  
 
2. In the 21
st
century, the pure academic type of education is slowly paving way for a 
whole new type. The paradigm shift in the whole education system is evident. People 
have now come to understand that education is a 360 degree activity that should 
focus on students’ overall development, rather than restricting him/her to the 
classroom.  
 
3. Co-curricular activities that take place outside the classroom but reinforce or 
supplement classroom curriculum, in some way, have become a point of focus today. 
These activities help in the growth of the child, in more than one way. Participating in 
such activities helps youngsters grow mentally, socially and individually. Intellectual 
development of a student is developed in the classroom, but for the aesthetic 
development such as team- building, character- building, and physical growth, 
students must step out into the outside world. For instance, if a student is a part of 
school football team, he/ she will learn team- work and coordination, in a practical 
manner, which cannot be taught in the class. 
 
4. Similarly, in colleges and institutions, there is a need for practical exposure so that 
the students can experience the actual working of an industry. For example, taking a 
student to a manufacturing firm will give him/ her the real insight and better learning 
of the industry. Catering to this change, most professional colleges including B- 
schools, have started providing practical exposure to students through regular guest 
lectures, industrial visits, conferences, seminars, cultural festivals, and so on. With 
industry visits, students are able to better identify their prospective areas of work in 
the overall organizational function. Moreover, they help enhance interpersonal skills 
and communication techniques. In addition, guest lectures are equally important for 
12 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 
 
all – round development of students. It is a great way for students to gain maximum 
exposure, as guest speakers talk about their real- life experiences and not what is 
there in the text books. 
 
5. Through such events, students are made to participate and coordinate different 
events wherein, they get to know how exactly things are managed. Classroom 
teaching provides the foundation, and co-curricular or extra- curricular activities 
provide practical exposure and opportunities to implement what students learn in the 
classroom. This helps in developing the overall personality of the students, 
inculcating various soft – skills in them, which otherwise are difficult to teach. Clearly, 
life beyond academics creates creative and empowered professionals. (507 Words) 
 
1.1 On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, answer any five 
of the questions given below by choosing the most appropriate option: 
 
a. Students' development is hindered by 
i. limiting education to academic boundaries. 
ii. getting out to the field. 
iii. being creative and unique.  
iv.gaining practical knowledge. 
 
b. The shift in the education system means 
i. to restrict to classroom activities. 
ii. to focus on academic development. 
iii.to ignore 360 degree activity. 
iv.to focus on overall development. 
 
c. Co- Curricular activities that take place outside the classroom do not help in 
i.  teamwork and co-ordination.      
ii. mental and social growth. 
iii. intellectual development. 
iv. character building. 
 
d. Guest speakers talk about 
i.  all round development. 
ii.  their real life experiences. 
iii. what is in text books. 
iv. gaining exposure. 
 
 
e. Classroom teaching provides  
i.  practical exposure 
ii. opportunities to implement what is learnt in classroom 
iii. chance to learn soft skills 
iv. the foundation  
 
f. Life beyond academics facilitates 
i. organizational functions 
ii. creativity 
iii. professional fields 
iv. industrial visits 
   
1.2 Answer the following questions briefly : 
a. From earlier times what has not been the focus of education? 
b. Where should students go for aesthetic development? 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x5=5 
 
 
3 
 
c. What kind of co- curricular activities have become points of focus today? 
d. What will give children a better insight into industry? 
e. Why are soft skills difficult to teach in the classroom? 
 
1.3 Pick out the words/phrases from the passage which are similar in meaning 
to the following:  
i.  untrue  (Para 1) 
ii. cooperative effort (Para 3) 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1x2=2 
 
2. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Read the passage given below: 
 
BALANCING THE SCALES 
Artificial intelligence (AI) is making a difference to how legal work is done, but it isn’t 
the threat it is made out to be. AI is making impressive progress and shaking up 
things all over the world today. The assumption that advancements in technology and 
artificial intelligence will render any profession defunct is just that, an assumption and 
a false one. The only purpose this assumption serves is creating mass panic and 
hostility towards embracing technology that is meant to make our lives easier. 
 
Let us understand what this means explicitly for the legal world. The ambit of AI 
includes recognizing human speech and objects, making decisions based on data, 
and translating languages. Tasks that can be defined as ‘search-and-find’ type can 
be performed by AI. 
 
Introducing AI to this profession will primarily be for the purpose of automating 
mundane, tedious tasks that require negligible human intelligence. The kind of 
artificial intelligence that is employed by industries in the current scene, when 
extended to law will enable quicker services at a lower price.  AI is meant to 
automate a number of tasks that take up precious working hours lawyers could be 
devoting to tasks that require discerning, empathy, and trust- qualities that cannot be 
replicated by even the most sophisticated form of AI. The legal profession is one of 
the oldest professions in the world. Thriving over a 1000 years; trust, judgement, and 
diligence are the pillars of this profession. The most important pillar is the relationship 
of trust between a lawyer and clients, which can only be achieved through human 
connection and interaction. 
 
While artificial intelligence can be useful in scanning and organizing documents 
pertaining to a case, it cannot perform higher-level tasks such as sharp decision-
making, relationship-building with valuable clients and writing legal briefs, advising 
clients, and appearing in court. These are over and above the realm of 
computerization. 
 
The smooth proceeding of a case is not possible without sound legal research. While 
presenting cases lawyers need to assimilate information in the form of legal research 
by referring to a number of relevant cases to find those that will favour their client’s 
motion. Lawyers are even required to thoroughly know the opposing stand and 
supporting legal arguments they can expect to prepare a watertight defense strategy. 
AI, software that operates on natural language enables electronic discovery of 
information relevant to a case, contract reviews, and automation generation of legal 
documents. 
 
AI utilizes big-data analytics which enables visualization of case data. It also allows 
for creation of a map of the cases which were cited in previous cases and their 
resulting verdicts, as per the website Towards Data Science. The probability of a 
positive outcome of a case can be predicted by leveraging predictive analytics with 
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machine learning. This is advantageous to firms as they can determine the return on 
investment in litigation and whether an agreement or arbitration should be 
considered.                                                   (484 Words) 
(https://www.thehindu.com/education/balancing-the-scales/article26895865.ece) 
 
(a) On the basis of your understanding of the above passage, make notes on it 
using headings and sub-headings. Use recognizable abbreviations (wherever 
necessary-minimum four) and a format you consider suitable. Also supply an 
appropriate title to it.  
(b) Write a summary of the passage in about 80 words. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4 
 
 
4 
 SECTION : B 
WRITING SKILLS : 30 Marks 
 
3. Your institute, Golden Care Hospital, has decided to organise an ‘Organ Donation 
Camp’ to generate awareness about the cause. Draft a Poster giving all the 
necessary details. (50 words)                              
OR 
Your school is planning to organise a talk on the ‘Importance of Promoting Art 
Education’ at all levels. You plan to invite The Director, Delhi School of Art, as a Key 
Note Speaker. As CCA Coordinator of Vidya Mandir Vidyalaya, draft an invite for the 
same giving all the necessary details.    
(50words)                                                                                                         
4 
 
 
4. You feel that India will face a severe water crisis by the year 2020. Write a letter to 
the Editor of The National Daily expressing your concern about it and requesting 
individuals and authorities to take steps to avert this crisis. You are Shalini/ 
Shaheen.   (120-150 
words)                                                                                                                            
OR 
Your school has decided to add a few books to the library. The school wants to 
encourage reading habit amongst students. As the Librarian of the Venkateshwar 
International school place an order with Pearl Publishers for books for all age levels. 
Give all necessary details.   
(120-150 words)                                                                                                
6 
 
5. Taking selfies has become a rage and is a global phenomenon. It has cost us several 
lives and also immortalised several moments. Write an article for a National Daily on 
the trend of taking selfies and its impact on people. You are Aditi/ Aditya.    (150-200 
words)                                                                                                                             
  
OR 
A massive fire due to short circuit gutted 50 odd shops in the congested area of 
SadarBazar in Delhi leading to loss of life and property. As a reporter with The 
Tribune write the report for the newspaper.(150-200 words) 
10 
 
 
 
6. Several Environment Activists have recently stopped several development projects 
due to their impact on the environment. Progress will naturally result in some 
destruction and harm. As Geeta/ Girish write a Speech to be given in the assembly 
on how both might be possible. 
(150-200 words)                                                                    
 
OR 
'Aggression and sledging are an essential part of Sports.'Write a debate in 150-
200 words either for or against the motion. You are Shivam/Shivani. 
10 
 
 
 
  
5 
 
 SECTION: C 
(LITERATURE: TEXT BOOKS) 
 (Marks : 30) 
 
7. Read the extract given below and briefly answer the questions that follow each: 
  
 a. The little old house was out with a little new shed, 
     In front at the edge of the road where the traffic sped,  
     A roadside stand that too pathetically pled.. 
 
1. Why had a new shed been put up? 
2. Which traffic is referred to here? 
3. Why is the stand’s existence said to be ‘pathetic? 
4. '..That too pathetically pled' .Name the figure of speech used. 
 
 
b. I laughed and said, "Well, Mr. Terror, what do you think you can do 
to me?" It fled and I swam on.          
 
1.Who is 'I' here? Who is being addressed to as Mr. Terror? 
2.Why has Mr. Terror been addressed so? 
3 Why did the narrator laugh?.  
4.Why did Mr. Terror leave? 
 
1x4=4 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
1x4=4 
 
 
8. Answer any five of the following questions in 30 -40 words each: 
 
a. Who did M. Hamel blame when Franz was unable to answer a question on 
French participles? 
b. Why does Anees Jung  say that the bangle makers are caught in a vicious 
web? 
c. What was the content of the letter written by the peddler to Edla? 
d. How are Aunt Jennifer’s tigers different from her? 
e. How did 'The World' help Charley to confirm his doubts regarding the 
existence of a third level? 
f. How did the woodland creatures react to the skunk’s new smell? 
g. What happened on the seventh day after Dr Sadao had typed the letter? 
 
2x5= 
10 
 
9. Answer the following question in 120-150 words: 
How did Gandhiji succeed in getting justice for the Indigo sharecroppers? 
OR 
Author has used gentle and subtle humour to point out human foibles and 
idiosyncrasies in the lesson ' Poets and Pancakes'. Elucidate. 
6 
 
10. Answer the following question in 120-150 words: 
 
Compare and contrast the characters of Mr. Lamb and Derry. 
 
OR 
How did the mistakes committed by the prison authorities help Evans in escaping 
from the prison? 
 
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