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English – Unseen passage for Class 4 | Reading Comprehension exercises

Unseen passage or reading comprehension passage is an important element of class 4 English syllabus. We have atleast 1-2 questions in every English exam with unseen passage for class 4. 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 4 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 4 exam. Students can attempt these reading comprehension passages and check their preparedness for the exam.

Unseen passage for class 4

Students can find the unseen passage for class 4 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: Indian Express

For India, which imports around 80 per cent of its crude oil requirement, the risks stemming from higher prices are particularly challenging. The Economic Survey had projected growth for 2022-23 at 8-8.5 per cent assuming crude oil prices to range between $70-75 per barrel. Elevated crude prices will not only be inflationary but also pose risks on the fiscal front and the external sector. On inflation, according to research by analysts at the RBI, a $10 increase in oil prices could raise inflation by 49 basis points (unless it is absorbed by the government). But while retail fuel prices in India are currently not in line with market prices, post the conclusion of the ongoing state elections, oil marketing companies are expected to hike pump prices. This will increase the risks of retail inflation not moderating in line with the projections of the RBI, limiting the degrees of freedom before the monetary policy committee, unless these price hikes are offset by governments, at both the central and state level, by lowering their fuel taxes. However, doing so will impact their revenues. This will be particularly challenging for state governments who face considerable uncertainty over their revenues once the GST compensation cess ends in its current form in the coming financial year. Higher oil prices will also exert pressure on the current account deficit. As per a report from Kotak Economic Research, for every $10/bbl increase in the average crude price, the current account deficit increases by roughly $17 billion or 0.5 per cent of GDP. The Indian currency will also come under pressure.

  • Question 1: How does crude price impact inflation in India?
  • Question 2: How does crude process impact current account deficit in India?
  • Question 3: How can govt control fuel prices without impacting inflation?

Unseen passage 2 – Source: Deccan Herald

A confident India that had its windows open to the ‘winds of the world’ is now pursuing purity through exclusion. Take that great hymn. It was apparently decided to do away with a ‘colonial legacy’ that had a tune and words that Indians cannot follow. We are to believe that the Mahatma, the greatest communicator of his century, selected a hymn that his fellow Indians would not understand! Or, is Gandhi’s understanding of universality, tolerance and inclusion offensive to an India being re-built as a ghetto?

Are the armed forces now to regard hallowed traditions as un-Indian relics of ‘slavery’? 75 years after British rule was overthrown under Gandhi’s leadership, with a wholly new relationship marking two nations bound by history, with over a million Indians clutching British passports and thousands of other Indians living under that flag and regularly topping the list of applications for UK citizenship, surely it is time to grow up.

Abide With Me was more than a sacrament associated with Gandhiji. The hymn has been part of ceremonies in Indian churches, at interfaith gatherings, and celebrated by defense units across the country. Abide With Me, rendered by massed bands, is believed to have first stirred Gandhiji a century ago at the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore. Translated into Hindi under the Mahatma’s supervision, the hymn is as Indian as We Shall Overcome transformed as Hum Hongey Kamiyab. To some, perhaps, the real threat is its reminder of a Gandhian truth: humanity is indivisible, and India is its reflection.

  • Question 1: What is importance of ‘Abide with me’ song?
  • Question 2: Why did Gandhi selected ‘Abide with me’ song?

Unseen passage 3 – Source: The Hindu

The truth is more complex. Man’s embrace of agriculture, the dominance of wheat and rice as food crops and the clearing of forest tracts caused the first major large-scale changes to global climate though their effects were apparent only over centuries. Atmospheric changes due to the dawn of the Industrial Age and the use of fossil fuels happened, relatively speaking, in a blink of an eye. What is common to both these eras is that those who suffered the most are the poor, or those with the least agency to shield themselves from a perturbed nature. Last year, Uttarakhand saw an avalanche of rock and ice destroy two hydropower projects and cause deaths. The geology of the Himalayas, scientists have long warned, makes the region inhospitable to large mega-engineering projects and the several floods, landslides and earthquakes over the years have underlined this time and again. But while the earth rearranges itself, it does so in a manner that can be destructive and lethal to those least responsible for causing the disequilibrium. Thus, if “fragile” were to mean a brittleness needing care, then it is people and animals that need protection than a vaguely defined ‘planet’. India’s position of climate justice is that it cannot be denied the right to rely on polluting fossil fuel to ameliorate the living conditions of most Indians who have limited access to reliable energy. Thus, India will continue to fire coal plants, raze forests for industry and build roads in fraught geology — in other words, put the lives of millions of the vulnerable at climate-risk in the pursuit of economic development. India’s commitment to net-zero is set decades into the future at 2070. Unknown unknowns characterize climate science and India, given its size and population, will be disproportionately vulnerable. It must accelerate and prioritize the transition to energy sources that are minimally perturbing to the natural balance because — and on this the science is certain — the planet, which may be in a form incomprehensible at present, will long outlast its current residents.

  • Question 1: What are the major factors contributing to global climate change ?
  • Question 2: Why are Himalayas region not suited for large engineering projects?
  • Question 3: Why is it difficult for India to achieve its net zero goal?


In this article, we have shared practice unseen passage for class 4 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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