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English – Unseen passage for Class 3 | Reading Comprehension exercises

Unseen passage or reading comprehension passage is an important element of class 3 English syllabus. We have atleast 1-2 questions in every English exam with unseen passage for class 3. This covers important aspect of reading and writing portion of English language. As you are reading new comprehension passage for the first time, it tests your skill as a reader, your vocabulary, and your writing skills. And once you are solving questions from the unseen passage, your writing skills are checked thoroughly.

Students need to do rigorous practice of unseen passage for class 3 exams. They need to solve unseen passage having descriptive questions or mcq questions before going to their exams.

In this article, we have shared some practice unseen passage for class 3 exam. Students can attempt these reading comprehension passages and check their preparedness for the exam.

Unseen passage for class 3

Students can find the unseen passage for class 3 for practice. Please read the passage carefully, and solve the questions.  You are also advised to keep a timer while solving such reading comprehension questions.

Unseen passage 1 – Source: The Hindu

While the idea of betting and gambling conjures up the image of a ‘bucket shop’ associated with dingy gaming-houses frequented by hustlers, there is an element of ‘information, expression and entertainment’ that has constitutional protection. And gaming platforms are also a legitimate business that enjoy the freedom of trade when used for online versions of games of skill. The court has drawn attention to the fact that what such bans do is to create “a wholly new category of medium-based regulation, when chance of medium per se does not alter the true nature and content of the games”. In other words, what is targeted is not the gambling part but the ‘online’ part. Also, the amendments contradicted a general exemption in the original law to ‘games of skill’ by making all online gaming punishable even if they involved skill. It is clear that an absolute embargo on games of skill involving money or stakes could not have been upheld by the court, as the line between individual freedom, both to carry on the business and to participate in it as a consumer, and state action could not have been obliterated. All legislation that assumes that sections of society require the hand of the state to guide and support them have some populist appeal. And there is an addictive element to online gaming, but that does not mean there is no individual freedom and choice at all.

  • Question 1: What is this passage about?
  • Question 2: What is bucket shop?
  • Question 3: Why has court banned all types of gambling?

Unseen passage 2 – Source: Deccan Herald

The Total Health Expenditure (THE) for India is estimated to be Rs 5,66,644 crore in 2017-18. However, we can draw little inferences from these numbers unless we see the share of private and government expenditure and compare it with GDP. The Government Health Expenditure (GHE) during 2017-18 was Rs 2,31,104 (40.8%) and the rest of health expenditure was sourced by private spending with minor support of external agencies. This implies that a major portion of health expenditure was met through private spending.

It is interesting to analyse India’s total health expenditure with GDP. NHA-2017-18 has stated that India spent 3.3% of its GDP on health combining private and public spending. However, comparing India with its partner nations in the BRICS group, India provisioned the least resources for health, whereas Brazil (9.51%), Russia (5.32%), China (5.35%) and South Africa (8.25%). Most of the OECD and advanced nations dedicate 10% or even more of their GDP to health. It is also understood that there is a constant decline in the Total Health Expenditure (THE) as a percentage of GDP from 4.2 % in 2004-05 to 3.3% in 2017-18.

The Government Health Expenditure as a percentage of GDP has marginally increased from 1.15 % in 2013-14 to 1.35% in 2017-18. The positive message from the estimates is that government health expenditure as a percentage of total health expenditure is steadily increasing from 28.6% in 2013-14 to 40.8% in 2017-18. More resources are being allocated to healthcare and related sectors from the Government budgetary sources.

  • Question 1: What is percentage of private expenditure on health in India?
  • Question 2: How much is reduction in Total Health expenditure from 2004-05 to 2017-18?
  • Question 3: How is India ranked in health expenditure among BRICS group?

Unseen passage 3 – Source: The Wire

Algorithms hugely impact our consumption of news, media and much more but very little is known about how they do it.

Automated decision-making systems have crept into every corner of our lives they impact the news we see, the songs we’re recommended, the products we buy and the way we travel.

At the heart of these systems lie algorithms computerised instruction sets that operate over data to produce controlled outcomes. Algorithms that, until recently, operated with very little scrutiny.

When it comes to news, algorithms can determine what content comes top of your search, what advertising is targeted at you, and what is and isn’t allowed to exist on a platform through automated moderation.

Despite their ubiquity, algorithms can harm. Automated decision-making can discriminate on the basis of race, sex, age, class and more. These systems have been exploited by individuals and groups to proliferate misinformation.

Many news algorithms operate in closed proprietary systems shrouded in secrecy aptly described as black boxes. To best assess the potential and risks of automated decision-making in news and media, the community would need to access information about how these systems work in practice. That requires transparency.

Most of us would have encountered collaborative filtering a prevalent content recommendation algorithm popularized by Netflix. Collaborative filtering makes recommendations by extrapolating from shared qualities between items and/or users, directing audiences with messages like people similar to you enjoyed this film, so you should also enjoy this film. More data improves this prediction accuracy.

  • Question 1: What impact has automated decision making system in our consumption behavior?
  • Question 2: How can automated decision making system harm consumer?
  • Question 3: What is collaborative filtering?


In this article, we have shared practice unseen passage for class 3 exams and tests. Student from other classes or those who are preparing for competitive exams can use these passages for practice too (like reading comprehension for IELTS or CAT). In case you want to match your answers for these unseen passage questions, you can mail your answer to us.

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