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TIME:  60 MINUTES                                                                                     TOTAL MARKS :    60
I.                            Write an essay on any one of the topics (300 words).    Try to elaborate and emphasise your view.--- 20 marks
1.       T-20 matches spoil the sportsman spirit in cricket players.
2.       Financial Inclusion – Is it beneficial for our economy.
3.       RBI will be issuing licences for starting new private sector banks to leading players in other sectors.  Give your detailed views in this regard.
II.                  You are the Branch Manager of Popular Bank Ltd.  Write to a letter to the Secretary of Government of your State explaining the problems faced on account of liquor shop opposite to your bank and suggest its closure or shifting early.
             You are the Managing Director of Fortune Enterprises Limited, dealers in cements of a leading brand.   Write a letter to your Bank manager requesting  for enhancement of credit limit from Rs.10 crore to Rs.20 crore detailing the reasons for the same.  Also request for reduction of rate of interest charged as you are prompt in repayment of term loan of Rs.15 crore availed four years back.--- 20 marks
III.                 Write précis in one third of the length of the following passage.               ==   20 marks

People talk about transformational politicians. But watching Margaret Thatcher take down the British class system was an education in how it's really done. It required the radical vision and iron will of someone who genuinely abhorred the status quo. 

Thatcher demolished the two conservative pillars of British society: the labour unions that held the parliamentary Labour Party in bondage, and the upper-class Tory leaders who resembled the benign but hapless relics of 'Downton Abbey'. It's hard to say which side was more hidebound and resistant to change, the unions or the aristocrats. They were unwitting partners in Britain's paralysis. 

By breaking the power of the unions and the old Tory elite, Thatcher opened the way for a politically powerful British middle class. The universality of the middle class is America's enduring national myth, so it's hard for us to appreciate how narrow and precarious it was in Britain. Recall the disastrous aspirations for upward mobility of the bank clerk Leonard Bast in E M Forster's novel Howards End, and you have a sense of the limited, dreary vista that was middle-class life before Maggie. 

I had an unusual vantage on Thatcher's revolution in British politics. I was a graduate student at Cambridge in 1974 and 1975, a time when the class-bound straitjacket of 
British politics was painfully evident, but still unbreakable. The Labour Party had returned to power at the end of the coal strike of 1974, a union-organised exercise in national suicide. Thatcher was seizing the leadership of a Tory Party dazed by defeat and seemingly in the wilderness. 

The boundaries of British life were evident to my classmates. This was a time when many Cambridge students still seemed embarrassed about the idea of going into business. It was acceptable to be a professor, or a civil servant, or maybe at a stretch to take a financial job in the City of London. But, incredibly, a career in business was still regarded by most of my English friends as mere "trade". If you couldn't afford the country manor, better to live like a bohemian. 

The unions enforced the strict boundaries of life, too. When the coal strike of 1974 began, i journeyed to Wigan, the Lancashire mining town where George Orwell set his classic 1937 chronicle of class and society. I went down a mine, a mile underground, and saw the intense frater-nity of the National Union of Mineworkers, which would brook no compromise in the strike. But i was even more struck by the townspeople of Wigan itself. There was no middle class to speak of; the very idea seemed like bet-rayal to the miners. 

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