MPSC State Service Main Examination – 2018 Paper 1
Note: (i) Candidates should use two separate answer books for Part – 1 Marathi and Part-2 English
(ii) All questions are compulsory.
(iii) Figure to the RIGHT indicates marks of the respective question.
(iv) Credit will be given to correct spelling, punctuation, good iland7rrritlizg and neatness.
(v) Candidates should not write roll number, any name (including his/her own), signature, address or any indication of his/her identity anywhere inside the answer book otherwise he/she will be penalized.
(vi) Candidates are expected to answer all the sub questions of a question together. If part of answer or sub question of a question is attempted elsewhere (after leaving a few pages or after attempting another question) NE later shall be overlooked.
(vii) Candidates should not answer Part-1 Marathi Question in Part-2 English answer book and vice-versa, otherwise it will be overlooked.
Part-1 Marathi (Compulsory)
- I started my work at NASA at the Langley Research Centre (LRC) in Hampton, Virginia. This is primarily an R & D centre for advanced aerospace technology. One of my most vivid memories of LRC is of a piece of sculpture depicting a charioteer driving two horses, one representing scientific research and the other Technological development, metaphorically encapsulating the interconnection between research and development.
From LRC I went to the Goddard Space Flight Centre (GSFC) at Greenbelt Maryland. This Centre develops and manages most of NASA’s earth-orbiting science and applications satellites. It operates NASA’s tracking networks for all space missions. Towards the end of my visit, I went to the Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island in East Coast, Virginia. This place was the base for NASA’s sounding rocket programme. Here, I saw a painting prominently displayed in the reception lobby. It depicted a battle scene with a few rockets flying in the background. A painting with this theme should be the most commonplace thing air a Flight Facility, but the painting caught my eye because the soldiers on the side launching the rockets were not white, but dark-skinned, with the racial features of people found in South Asia. One day, my curiosity got the better of me, drawing me towards the painting. It turned out to be Tipu Sultan’s army fighting the British. The painting depicted a fact forgotten in Tipu’s own country but commemorated here on the other side of the planet. I was happy to see an Indian glorified by NASA as a hero of warfare rocketry.
Part-2 English (Compulsory)
- Write an essay on one topic of about 400 words.
(a) An Ideal Teacher.
(b) Corruption – the Biggest Challenge for India.
- Précis of the passage in about 1/3 of its original length with a suitable title.
Real history should deal, not with a few individuals here and there, but with the people who make up a nation, who work and by their labour produce the necessaries and luxuries of life, and who in a thousand different ways act and react on each other. Such a history of a man would really be a fascinating story. It would be the story of man’s struggle through the ages against Nature and the elements, against wild beasts and the Jungle and, last and most difficult local, against some of his own kind who have tried to keep him down and to exploit him for their own benefit. It is the story of man’s struggle for a living. And because, in order to live certain things like – food and shelter and clothing in cold climates, are necessary, those who have controlled these necessities have lorded it over man. The rulers and the bosses have had authority because they owned or controlled some essentials of livelihood, and their control gave them the power to starve people into submission. And so we see the strange sight of large masses being exploited by the comparatively few; of some who earn without working at all, and of vast numbers who work but earn very little.