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English – Unseen passage for Class 9 | Reading Comprehension exercises

Unseen passage or reading comprehension passage is an important element of class 9 English syllabus. We have atleast 1-2 questions in every English exam with unseen passage for class 9. 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 9 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 9 exam. Students can attempt these reading comprehension passages and check their preparedness for the exam.

Unseen passage for class 9

Students can find the unseen passage for class 9 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: Frontline, The Hindu

ANTS, like bees and wasps, belong to the order Hymenoptera, within which they form a separate family, Formicidae. Entomologists, like their zoologist colleagues, like to draw up genealogical trees so as to classify animals by similarities, and so they have divided Formicidae into subfamilies (about 20), genera (between 296 and 358) and species. Around 12,467 species of ants have been discovered so far. These numbers will probably increase soon, given the rapidity with which myrmecologists (ant specialists) are adding to discoveries already made.

Since time immemorial, humans have been fascinated and intrigued by ants. And yet, at first glance, there is nothing particularly attractive about these tiny creatures. Unlike butterflies, they do not have wings with vivid colour patterns; they cannot boast the iridescent wing cases seen on many beetles. Nor do they produce things that humans like to eat or wear, such as honey or silk. Unlike crickets or cicadas, they do not chirp or sing; unlike bees, they do not dance.

They do, however, have other characteristics which are much more remarkable. For one, their social arrangements are quite extraordinary, almost unique among living creatures, and have often been compared to human society. William Morton Wheeler, the founder of American myrmecology, wrote in Ants (1910): “The resemblances between men and ants are so very conspicuous that they were noted even by aboriginal thinkers.” Likewise, ants are not only efficient but also hard-working and thrifty, qualities which seem like a good reason to see them as virtuous role models.

  • Question 1: Describe the family structure if Frmicidae
  • Question 2: What are the key things about ant , as mentioned in this passage
  • Question 3: How did Morton Wheeler describe Ants?

Unseen passage 2 – Source: Indian Express

While India’s external accounts are healthy (higher foreign exchange reserves, and lower current account deficits and short-term foreign debt), its vulnerability arises from high domestic debt and deficit. Going by its evolving communication, the shock from Fed actions is set to be bigger than before. For now, the RBI derives comfort from the rupee remaining resilient despite tightening global financial conditions. Rising crude oil prices and current account deficits can increase India’s vulnerability though.

The RBI has so far remained tolerant to inflation staying decisively above its preferred 4 per cent mark — the midpoint of 2-6 per cent that it targets. This was needed to support the economy hit hard by the pandemic and the fragility of recovery since then.

Despite the swift progress in vaccinations, a mild third wave and a growth-supportive fiscal policy, attention remains focussed on growth as the RBI sees inflation coming down to 4.5 per cent next fiscal. It has projected the economy to grow at 7.8 per cent next year, which, incidentally, is CRISIL’s forecast as well. We assume that Covid-19 will gradually weaken, and contact-based services — which bore the brunt of successive waves of the pandemic — and are currently growing 8-9 per cent below their pre-pandemic levels — will stage a bounce-back and script a broad-based recovery.

  • Question 1: How good are India’ external and internal account?
  • Question 2: What has been RBI policy used so far?
  • Question 3: What is forecast about India economy post covid?

Unseen passage 3 – Source: Science website

When scientists working with the La Brea Tar Pits wanted to bring extinct mammoths, ground sloths, and dire wolves to virtual life for museum visitors, they quickly ran into a problem: Accurate models of such creatures didn’t exist in the network of virtual worlds known as the “metaverse.”

So they went ahead and made their own. The researchers gathered detailed scientific information about nearly two dozen animals—from photos of mounted skeletons and videos of behavior in related modern-day species—and hired a development firm that creates models for video games. An artist then made virtual 3D skeletons from a mesh of virtual triangles, added fur and skin, and animated them. The team modeled 22 plants and animals excavated from the Tar Pits, including mammoths (Mammuthus columbi), saber-toothed cats (Smilodon fatalis), and mastodons (Mammut americanum).

Next, they created a custom augmented reality app that visitors could use to see the creatures on the museum grounds. If visitors hold their phones up in front of the lawn near the museum entrance, for example, they can watch a young mammoth fall into a tar pit—and hear scientists explain how many animals met their end in the bubbly asphalt quagmire more than 10,000 years ago. The models are a bit pixelated but the lower resolution allows them to be viewed on all kinds of smartphones, including those with less processing power, the scientists report this week in Palaeontologia Electronica.

  • Question 1: What is the problem with scientist working with La Brea Tar Pits?
  • Question 2: How did scientist created models of animals which are extinct?
  • Question 3: What does augmented reality app do, as mentioned in passage?


In this article, we have shared practice unseen passage for class 9 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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