Dear Students, In our Previous article on descriptive paper for SSC CGL 2017, we have elaborated on the topic of precis writing. Today we’re providing to you a passage for practice. First go through our post on the approach and tricks on Precis writing. Then Solve this passage. Some tips before you attempt it: Read the passage 2 or 3 times for beginners, then write 2 to 3 drafts unless you feel it is right, then Read your final draft.
Important Tip: A Precis should be written in Indirect speech, after a “verb of saying” in the past tense.
We will post enough questions on precis so that you can practice and be prepared for the exams on 28th January 2018 (SSC MTS Tier-II) and 31st March, 2018 (SSC CGL Tier-III).
Direction: Write a precis for the following passage.
One great defect of our civilization is that it does not know what to do with its knowledge. Science, as we have seen, has given us powers fit for the gods, yet we use them like small children.
For example, we do not know how to manage our machines. Machines were made to be man’s servants; yet he has grown so dependent on them that they are in a fair way to become his masters. Already most men spend most of their lives looking after and waiting upon machines. And the machines are very stern masters. They must be fed with coal, and given petrol to drink, and oil to wash with, and must be kept at the right temperature. And it they do not get their meals when they expect them, they grow sulky and refuse to work, or burst with rage, and blow up and spread ruin and destruction all round them. So, we have to wait upon them very attentively and do all that we can to keep them in a good temper. Already we find it difficult either to work or play without the machines, and a time may come when they will rule us altogether, just as we rule the animals.