CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Practice Paper 2017-2018

This article provides you the CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Practice Paper for the Board Exams 2018. This paper has been designed as per the latest examination pattern. Practicing this paper will help you acquaint with the question paper format for the CBSE Class 10 Board Exams 2018.

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Practice Paper 2018
CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Practice Paper 2018

Here we present you the CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Practice Paper for Board Exams 2018. This practice paper has been designed as per the latest examination pattern and and format as followed in the latest English (Communicative) sample paper released by the CBSE.

Students must prepare for the English exam in a more effective way as it will help you get good scores in the exam increasing your overall grade.

Solving this practice paper will help you:

  • get familiarised with the question paper format
  • type of questions to be asked in the board exams

Complete CBSE Sample Paper for Class 10 English (Communicative) Exam 2018, is given below:

Practice Paper 2017-18

English (Communicative)


Time Allowed: 3 Hours                                                                                 Maximum Marks: 80

General Instructions:

I. The question paper is divided into three sections:


Section A – Reading                                                     20 Marks

Section B – Writing and Grammar                                  30 Marks         

Section C – Literature                                                 30 Marks

II. All questions are compulsory.

III. You may attempt any section at a time.

IV. All questions of that particular section must be attempted in the correct order.



20 marks

1. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

   1. Politeness has been well defined as benevolence in trifles. It is the desire to put those whom we meet perfectly at their ease, and save them from every kind of petty discomfort and annoyance. The limited part of benevolence called politeness requires only an inclination to make them happy temporarily, while they are in our presence, and when this can be done without any sacrifice on our part or only with a slight sacrifice of personal comfort.

   2. Politeness is said to be one of the important characteristics of civilised person. Politeness is the art of choosing among your thoughts. It must be implemented in every walk of life. When we deal with people elder to us we are polite. But, an honest polite person is polite with everyone, people of lower status, workers and even children.  Not only with humans but also with animals we must be polite as thy are our helpers.

   3. Politeness is a skill. Like any other skill, you can master it with practice. The greatest enemy of politeness is ego. To be a polite person, you have to sacrifice your ego. It is difficult for an egoist to be polite. You have to imply politeness in your thinking, speech and actions. Actions work more than words. Polite actions will give fine results. Politeness will reduce your stress and boost you to be productive. Apart from your present benefits, you protect your future. Being polite makes you mentally healthy. In our daily life we come across many incidents with people nearby and ourselves. 

   4. Different rules of behaviour have to be observed, accordingly as we are in the street or in the drawingroom, at home or at school, in the company of friends or of strangers. There is also to be considered the great diversity of social etiquette which distinguishes one country from another.

   5. Politeness, besides being a duty that we owe to others, is a valuable possession for ourselves. It costs nothing, and yet may in many cases bring much profit. The great advantage of this excellence of conduct was very clearly expressed by Dr. Johnson, when he said that the difference between a well-bred and an ill- bred man is that one immediately attracts your liking, the other your dislike.

1.1 On the basis of your reading of the passage, answer any four of the following questions in about 30-40 words each :   (2×4=8)

i. Why is politeness called as limited part of benevolence?

ii. List some of the persons we should be polite to?

iii. Why is it difficult for an egoist to be polite?

iv. What are the benefits of being polite?

v. Which rules of behaviour are to be observed?

1.2 On the basis of your reading of the passage, fill in any two of  the  following blanks with appropriate words/phrases.  (1×2=2)

i. Politeness is an art of choosing_________.

ii. An honest polite person is polite with ___________.

iii. To others, we _____________________.

1.3.  Attempt any two of the following. Find out the words that mean the same as under: (1×2 =2)

i. ‘insignificant’ (Paragraph 1)

ii. ‘manners’ (Paragraph 4)

iii. ‘civil’(Paragraph 5)

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Board Exam 2018: Latest Exam Pattern

2. Read the passage given below and answer the questions that follow:

   1. Often we are called upon to dress up for a fancy dress party. A novel option is to dress up and go as a Goth. The original Goths were Germanic people who played a decisive role in the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe, earlier than the 4th century. Today, being a Goth has become synonymous with dressing in a particular way, being fond of darkness and music that is different from punk music.
   2. For the fancy dress one should start with putting on dark make-up, sport an unusual hairstyle and wear clothes that are fashioned from black velvet, with bits of lace and fishnet fringes here and there. The more authentic look would consist of wearing leather jackets or belts tinged with streaks of scarlet, or purple, of laced gloves and lots of silver jewellery, specially lockets with images of occult figures or writings.
  3. While most Goths wear black outfits one can even opt for dark red, violet, blue, green and even white.The idea is that one should feel good for if one is not at ease within, then the Goth image will not come through authentically. On the T-shirts the images of your favourite band, paired with black jeans, would give the right touch. A leather jacket over the T-shirt, studded with brass buttons or tin tacks would be a perfect compliment to the Goth look. To ensure that you come home with the ‘best-dressed’ prize, you could pull out an old shirt, strip off one shoulder or cut the sleeve so that it hangs in shreds, and show off your shoulders, like a true Goth!    ^
  4. With the attire taken care of, it is time to turn one’s attention to footwear. Uniform shoes or sneakers are too ordinary. You must totter about on high heeled sandals without spraining your ankles. Alternately borrow a pair of knee length black boots, wear it over your fitting black jeans and smarten it up with brass buckles and studs 16 give the correct look. Hair too must be given a particular type of grooming. Using a wig is a safe alternative for then one can dye it to a black or coppery hue and ruffle it into an authentic untidy look for the party. A few strokes with a black eye lining pencil across the cheeks and below the eyes complete the horror effect.
   5. In the final stage, paint your fingernails the authentic Goth colour – black It is a striking touch which will identify you as a perfect imitation of an ancient Goth.
2.1 Answer the following questions in about 30-40 words.
(a)    Who were the original Goths?
(b)    Define the clothing for a modern-day Goth look.
(c)    How can you use your present clothes for creating the Goth look?
(d)    Describe the final touches needed to complete the Goth look
2.2 Do as directed.
 (a) The term ‘novel’ means………………………………..
(i)    a certain type of reading    matter    (ii)    a new idea
(iii)    a long drawn story    (iv)    an old idea
(b)    An ‘authentic look1 is one that is………………………………..
(i) close to the original look    (ii) far from the original look
(iii) a look that is artificial    (iv) a made-up look
(c)    The term ‘attire’ means………………………………..
(i) becoming tired    (ii) dressing up
(iii) one’s dress        (iv) a fancy dress
(d)    ‘Hair with grooming’ is hair which has been………………………………..
(i)    made to look ugly                               (ii)    styled to suit    a    role
(iii)    designed for dressing  a  horse     (iv)    made for a bridegroom


(Writing and Grammar)


3. Write a letter to the editor of the ‘Environment and You’ newspaper about the menace of food stall being set up inside parks. Sign yourself as Mohita/Mohit a concerned citizen residing in House No. 4 opposite Swadeshi Park, Elegant Road, Kolkata. You can take the help from MCB unit ‘Environment’.


You are a resident of Rameshwar Colony, Ghaziabad. There is a garbage dump near your colony‟s bus stop which has not been maintained efficiently. The situation is very bad and poses several health hazards. People can barely stand there due to the stink. The situation worsens when its rains. You have written to the authorities but to no avail. Finally, you decide to write a letter to the Editor of a national daily to highlight the issue. Write the letter in about 100-120 words.

4. Write a short story, in about 200-250 words, with any one set  of the  cues  given in the boxes below. Give a suitable title to the story. (10marks)    

                On October 4 ,we all were decorating our house  to celebrate the most long awaited festival, Diwali. My heart was filled with excitement to meet my father after a  long gap of six years. But a call from the army headquarter left us stunned…

5. More than 2000 people, mostly students, gathered (a)......... Nepal’s capital Kathmandu, (b)....... a bid to set a world record for the largest tree hug. Parliament members, office workers, (c)........even Buddhist monks took part in the event. The participants (d)......... that thee goal (e) .......... to set a new world record for tree hugging.
(a) (i) at                (ii) on                    (iii) over               (iv) up
(b) (i) into            (ii) in                      (iii) inside             (iv) at
(c) (i) as                (ii) or                     (iii) and                 (iv) from
(d) (i) on              (ii) say                   (iii) tell                  (iv) said
(e) (i) was            (ii) is                       (iii) has                  (iv) have

6. In the following passage one word has been omitted in each line. Write the missing word along with the word that comes before and the word that comes after it in the space provided
                                                                                                            Before   Missing Word    After
When you see majestic Red Fort                          Eg.  see              the         magestic 

with numerous gun and musket                          (a)  _______    _____       _______
loops, you wouldn't believe no                                       (b)  _______    _____       _______
guns were placed its ramparts as                         (c)   _______    _____       _______
long the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan                  (d)   _______    _____       _______
ruled Delhi. There no need as the                       (e)   _______    _____       _______
power of the Mughal was that                                        (f)    _______    _____       _______
no enemy near its walls.                                      (g)   _______    _____       _______

7. Rearrange any four of  the following word clusters to make meaningful sentences:

(a) old / the / blind / sage / recognize / and / people / was / could / not

(b) little / too / convinced / we / much / know / and / by / are / too

(c) Sunday / rain / started / the / early / of / in / hours / the

(d) cell / donor / Murrah / the / buffalo / taken / ear / from / was / a / the / of

(e) injects / it / into / through / porous / the venom / the body / its / fangs

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Syllabus 2017-2018



(30 MARKS)

8. Read tha extract given below and answer the questions that follow
And a good south wind sprung up behind,    
The Albatross did follow,
And everday, for food or play,
Came to the mariner’s hollo!
(a)    Why does the poet call south wind to be good?
(b)    What is the meaning of ‘hollo?
(c) Why had the mariners called the bird? 

(d) Whom did the sailors miss? 


"We do many things, sir," Nicola answered seriously. He glanced at us hopefully.”

(a)  What does the speaker mean by "We do many things, sir?

(b) Whom is he addressing to?

(c) Why was Nicola serious?

(d) Find the synonym of ‘looked’.

9. Answer any four of the following questions in 30-40 words each.
(a) Why did John excitedly allow his wife to go back to her grandmother?
(b) What was Michael’s theory about Sebastian’s entering into the game?
(C) Why did Brutus kill Caesar?
(d) Why did the Ancient Mariner stop and tell his tale to the Wedding Guest?
(e) How do we know that Patol Babu was a meticulous man?

10. Answer the following question in about 80-100 words each.
Using the incident of the story ‘Patol Babu, Film Star’, show how it is not payment
but job satisfaction that is valued by the sincere worker.


Whenever we act against the voice of our conscience, the result is suffering. Explain with reference to the poet’s action against the snake and its consequences

11. (A) Answer the following  question based on prescribed novel text for extended reading in a 250 words. (10 marks)     

Not Marble Nor the Gilded Monuments

What is the theme of the sonnet ‘Not marble, nor the Gilded Monuments?


Describe how the monuments and statues brave the savages of time?

11 (B) Answer the following  question based on prescribed novel text for extended reading in abo250 words.  (10 marks)

The letter

Why was Ali filled with joy when he reached the post office?


Why was the postmaster Bewildered when Lakshmi Das told him that Ali had died three months before.

CBSE Class 10 English (Communicative) Sample Paper 2017-2018

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