IAS Main 2013:Geography: Question Paper I

UPSC IAS Main 2013 Geography Question Paper I as held on 7 December 2013.

Created On: Dec 11, 2013 18:19 IST
Modified On: Dec 12, 2013 10:30 IST

The IAS Main 2013 commenced on 2 December 2013 with the Essay Paper. The optional Subjects papers were conducted on 7 December 2013 according to the new Syllabus and Pattern of the IAS Main 2013 notified in the Advertisement of Civil Services Notification in March. The Papers are conducted according to the Scheme of Examination notified by the Union Public Service Commission. The candidates can read the review of the new Syllabus and Pattern here.

IAS Main2013: Geography: Question Paper I

Question Paper Specific Instructions

(Please read each of the following instructions carefully before attempting questions)

There are EIGHT questions divided in two SECTIONS and printed both in HINDI and in ENGLISH.

Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.

Questions no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each Section.

The number of marks carried by a question/part is indicated against it.

Answer must be written in the medium authorized in the Admission Certificate which must be stated clearly on the cover of this Question-cum-Answer (QCA) Booklet in the space provided. No marks will be given for answer written in a medium other than the authorized one.

Word limit in questions, wherever specified, should be adhered to.

Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of left blank in the answer book must be clearly struck off.

                              SECTION A

Q.1  Write short notes on the following in about 150 words each: 10x5=50

(a) Differences between Normal cycle and Arid cycle of Davis. 10

(b) Differentiate Storm Surges and Seiches. 10

(c) Uniqueness of fauna in the Notogean realm. 10

(d) Impact of Pleistocene Ice Age on the crust of the Earth. 10

(e) Types of endemic plants and their degree of vulnerability to extinction. 10

Q2.  Answer the following in about 250 words each:

(a) With suitable examples, bring out the impact of local winds on the climate of an area. 20

(b) What are the characteristics that make CHC a serious threat to the ecosystem? Give examples. 15

(c) What is 'Base lever? Explain the types of base level. 15

Q3. Answer the following in about 250 words each:

(a) "Offshore Acoustic Study helped the development of the concept of sea floor spreading." Explain. 20

(b) Discuss Dew point and the various forms of condensation. 15

(c) Bring out the relationship between climate and vegetation In the Mountain Biome. 15

Q4. Answer the following in about 400 words each: 25 x2=50

(a) Compare the Subsidence and Glacial control theories on the formation of coral reefs. 25

(b) Explain the levels of Noise pollution and the legislative measures to control it. 25

                     SECTION B

Q.5 Write short notes on the following in about 150 words each: 10x5=50

(a) "Ellen Churchill Semple is an ardent supporter of Determinism." Explain. 10  

(b) Role of Venezuela in the production and export of oil. 10      

(c) Misra's theoretical stages of Rural- Urban Process. 10              

(d) Countries most affected in case of shut-down of Nuclear power. 10                

(e) Relevance of Heartland theory in Contemporary world. 10   

Q.6 Answer the following in about 250 words each: 

(a) What is Geriatrics? What are the problems associated with Geriatric population? 20

(b) Discuss the changing pattern of production and export of Coffee in the world. 10

(c)What are the basic postulates in the Central Place Model of Christaller? 20

Q.7 Answer the following in about 250 words each:

(a)"Urban Solid Waste Management poses the greatest challenge in Metropolitan planning." Elaborate. 20

(b) Analyse the reasons for a comparatively poorer development of fishing grounds in tropical areas. 15

(c) Explain the parameters for assessment and the spatial pattern of Human Development Index in the world. 15

Q8. Write about the following in about 400 words each: 25x2=50

(a)"Urban Geography is nothing but city "in" area and city "as" area." Elaborate. 25

(b) Analyse the causes for changes in the pattern of world trade. 25

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