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English – Unseen passage for Class 5 | Reading Comprehension exercises

Unseen passage or reading comprehension passage is an important element of class 5 English syllabus. We have atleast 1-2 questions in every English exam with unseen passage for class 5. 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 5 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 5 exam. Students can attempt these reading comprehension passages and check their preparedness for the exam.

Unseen passage for class 5

Students can find the unseen passage for class 5 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

Historically, academies have been male bastions with the significant exclusion of women scientists, irrespective of their contributions and work. The early part of the 20th century witnessed the acceptance of women scientists as members in many of the European academies. The global picture of science academies also reveals considerable underrepresentation of women. A recent study done jointly by Gender In SITE (Gender in Science, Innovation, Technology and Engineering), the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP) and the International Science Council (ISC) shows that elected membership of women in senior academies increased marginally from 13 per cent in 2015 to 16 per cent in 2020. However, in 19 academies it is 10 per cent or less. In the case of young academies, the position is better although there is under-representation as the average share is 42 per cent. Among the senior academies, the Academy of Sciences of Cuba leads with 33 per cent.

  • Question 1: What is this passage about?
  • Question 2: Which country leads in women representation in Science?

Unseen passage 2 – Source: Deccan Herald

As a little girl in school, I often wondered why we celebrated Republic Day. “It was on this day that our Constitution was promulgated,” was the standard response from my teachers. At a tender age, promulgation made little sense, and all I knew was that January 26 had something to do with our Constitution, a book of rules. The most detailed response I had received to this query happened to come from a science teacher who explained that the adoption of a constitution meant that we would not be ruled by kings, queens or even the British anymore. Belonging to a generation that adored the tales of valiant kings and beautiful queens, I never quite realised that the idea of a monarchy may not always have been a happy arrangement for all.

For children of my generation, the first introduction to the Constitution was usually through unimaginative and dull history and civics textbooks which paid lip service to this vital document. There was barely any attempt at constructing a vocabulary for children to understand what it meant to be a Republic. Barring a few good resources such as Leila Seth’s We, the Children of India, we have not made much progress.

Millions of children in our country, even today, have barely any understanding of the Constitution, and we have only ourselves to blame. One of the reasons for this could be that the Constitution continues to be imagined as a legal document that should be read or interpreted by legal scholars and practitioners alone. It was only as a grown-up, when I was compelled to seriously engage with the Constitution as a student of politics, did I come to realize the significance of this text. Even then, there was a lingering sense of trepidation always, as I was not a lawyer by training. As I grew older, the Constitution unraveled itself to me as a book of possibilities, of unfinished stories, a book that helped put the contemporary into perspective, a book that helped me historicize my own identity and a book that helped me negotiate my perceptions of the fair and the unfair.

  • Question 1: Why is Republic day celebrated?
  • Question 2: What is meant by adoption is constitution?
  • Question 3: What is understanding of constitution in author’ mind as adult?

Unseen passage 3 – Source: The Hindu

The issue of reserving private sector jobs for people domiciled within the same State may face its first judicial test soon. The Supreme Court has asked the Punjab and Haryana High Court to decide within four weeks the validity of the Haryana law mandating 75% reservation for local candidates in private sector jobs that pay up to ₹30,000 a month. Even though the apex court set aside an interim stay order granted by the High Court, it was only doing so because the stay was granted without assigning reasons. It is a settled principle that legislation cannot be stayed unless there is a preliminary finding that it is unconstitutional or suffers from any glaring illegality. There are quite a few issues that arise when the State introduces a quota in the private sector, especially if it is based on a domicile norm. Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand have also introduced such laws, while the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu had promised 75% reservation in its election manifesto for last year’s Assembly polls. Given the bleak employment situation in the backdrop of the reported loss of millions of jobs during the pandemic, it is no surprise that the leadership in every State seeks to find employment opportunities for its youth. In some States, employers may find it cheaper to use the services of those from a faraway State, while in others there may be an acute shortage of labour within the local population.

  • Question 1: What is Haryana law on reservation in private jobs?
  • Question 2: Why do private companies need service from non-local population?
  • Question 3: Why are states seeking reservation in jobs?


In this article, we have shared practice unseen passage for class 5 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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