NCERT Exemplar Solution for CBSE Class 10 Science Chapter 8: How do Organisms Reproduce (Part-III)

In this article you will get CBSE Class 10 Science chapter 8, Control How do Organisms Reproduce: NCERT Exemplar Problems and Solutions (Part-III). Every question has been provided with a detailed explanation. All the questions given in this article are very important to prepare for CBSE Class 10 Board Exam 2017-2018.

Created On: May 25, 2017 17:20 IST

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Here you get the CBSE Class 10 Science chapter 8, How do Organisms Reproduce: NCERT Exemplar Problems and Solutions (Part-III). This part of the chapter includes solutions for Question No. 49 to 58 from the NCERT Exemplar Problems for Class 10 Science Chapter: Control How do Organisms Reproduce. These questions include only the Short Answer Type Questions framed from various important topics of the chapter.

NCERT Exemplar Solution for CBSE Class 10 Science Chapter 8: How do Organism Reproduce (Part-I)

NCERT Exemplar problems are a very good resource for preparing the critical questions like Higher Order Thinking Skill (HOTS) questions. All these questions are very important to prepare for CBSE Class 10 Science Board Examination 2017-2018 as well as other competitive exams.

NCERT Exemplar Solution for CBSE Class 10 Science Chapter 8: How do Organisms Reproduce (Part-II)

Find below the NCERT Exemplar problems and their solutions for Class 10 Science Chapter, How do Organisms Reproduce:

Long Answer Type Questions

Question. 49 Why budding, fragmentation and regeneration all are considered as asexual types of reproduction? With neat diagrams explain the process of regeneration in Planaria.

Answer. Budding, fragmentation and regeneration are considered as asexual types of reproduction because none of them includes gamete formation and fertilization. All of these give rise to offspring from single parent only.

Regeneration in Planaria It exhibits regeneration i.e. ability to grow the broken body part again. If the body of Planaria is cut into any number of pieces, each piece grows into a complete organism i.e. reproduction through regeneration.

Regeneration is carried out by specialized cells which proliferate and produce large numbers of daughter cells. Different cells from the group of daughter cells then differentiate into various cell types and tissues.

reproduction in planaria

Question. 50 Write two points of difference between asexual and sexual types of reproduction. Describe why variations are observed in the offspring formed by sexual reproduction.


Difference between asexual and sexual types of reproduction:

S. No.

Asexual Reproduction

Sexual Reproduction


Here only one parent is required.

It involves two parents.


The process of gametogenesis does not occur.

It starts with production of gametes through gametogenesis.


No fertilization and zygote formation takes place here.

Gamete formation is followed by fusion of male and female gametes (fertilization) leading to zygote formation.


It includes only mitosis. Offspring are genetically identical clones.

Meiosis occurs at the time of gamete formation. Meiosis and fertilization produce genetic variations in offspring.

Meiosis during gamete formation introduces genetic variations via process of crossing over. Random fusion of male and female gametes during fertilization adds more genetic variations in offspring.

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Question. 51 Distinguish between pollination and fertilization. Mention the site and product, of fertilization in a flower. Draw a neat, labeled diagram of a pistil showing pollen tube growth and its entry into the ovule.


Distinguish between Pollination and Fertilization

S. No.




It is the transfer of pollen grains from anther of one flower to the stigma same /other flower of same plant or on stigma of different plant of same species.

It is the fusion of male and female gametes.


It is a physical Process.

It is a biological process.

The site of fertilization in flowers is ovule which in turn is present in ovary. The product of fertilization is a zygote.

reproduction in flowering plant

Question. 52 Distinguish between a gamete and zygote. Explain their roles in sexual reproduction.


Distinguish between a Gamete and Zygote

S. No.




The germ cells that are fused during sexual reproduction are called gametes, e.g., sperm (male) and Ova (female).

It is product of fusion of male gamete and female gamete during sexual reproduction.


Gametes are unfertilized reproductive cells.

Zygote is fertilized egg or fertilized Ovum.


Being the product of meiosis, gamete are always haploid cells

Since zygote is product of fusion of haploid male and female gamete, it is a diploid structure.

Importance of gametes and zygote in sexual reproduction Gametes are product of meiosis and hence carry half the chromosome number as that of parent cells. This chromosome number is restored during fertilization and zygote formation. Hence, gamete and zygote are the two phases of sexually reproducing organisms that help maintain the constant chromosome number in each species.

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Question. 53 Draw the diagram of a flower and label the four whorls. Write the names of gamete producing organs in the flower.


The four whorls of a flower from outside towards inside are

(i) Calyx (whorl of sepals)

(ii) Corolla (whorl of petals)

(iii) Androecium (male reproductive unit)

(iv) Gynoecium (female reproductive unit)

labelled diagram of flower

Anther serves as male gamete producing organ while ovary serves as female gamete producing organ in the flower.

Question. 54 What is placenta? Mention its role during pregnancy.


Followed by fertilization, placenta is developed which serve to provide nutrition and oxygen to developing embryo from the mother's blood. It is a disc embedded in the uterine wall and contains villi on the embryo's side of the tissue while blood spaces surrounding the villi are present on mother’s side. The embryo is connected to the placenta by umbilical cord, a tube like structure.

Placenta serves to fulfill all nutritional requirements of developing embryo by supplying food and oxygen from mother’s blood to the embryo. Waste products of developing embryo are removed by transferring them into the mother's blood through the placenta. Functions of placenta are facilitated by villi that provide large surface areas for passage of nutrition and oxygen to embryo from mother through blood.

Question. 55 What are various ways to avoid pregnancy? Elaborate any one method.


Methods to avoid undesired pregnancy are called contraceptive methods. It includes

(i) Mechanical barrier that prevent arrival of sperm to the egg, e.g., condom.

(ii) Chemical Drugs or contraceptive pills – Small dosage of female hormones that prevent released of egg.

(iii) Loop or copper-T- physical devices to prevent pregnancy.

(iv)Surgical method- permanent contraception by vasectomy and tubectomy.

Surgical methods: Vasectomy refers to surgical method in which vasa deferentia in human males are cut and sealed to prevent pregnancy by making seminal fluid devoid of sperms. Tubectomy refers to surgical process in which oviducts in human females are cut and sealed to prevent pregnancy by inhibiting released of egg.

Question. 56 How does fertilization take place? Fertilization occurs once in a month. Comment.


Fusion of male gamete sperm and female gamete egg in fallopian tube (oviduct) is called as fertilization. The process starts with introduction of sperms, produced in testes of male, into the vagina of the woman through penis during copulation or mating. Highly active and mobile sperms pass from cervix through the uterus into the oviducts. Ovulation, in female, releases ovum in oviduct. Irrespective of release of millions of sperms into the vagina at one time, only one sperm fuses with the ovum in the oviduct to form a zygote i.e. fertilization.

Ovulation is release of ovum from ovary into oviduct and takes place only once in a month i.e. 14th day of menstrual cycle. Hence, fertilization can occur only once in a month.

Question. 57 Reproduction is essentially a phenomenon that is not for survival of an individual but for the stability of a species. Justify.


Each species faces many forces that reduce the number of individuals constantly. Some of them are namely struggle for survival, competition for natural resources, predation, natural cycle of ageing and death, any natural calamity etc. All these natural forces reduce the number of individuals per species.

Reproduction is the process of production of own kind. It includes production of offspring having both similarities and variations among themselves and from parents. Further, the process of DNA replication and its inheritance to offspring ensure production of own kind only. Therefore, reproduction not only restore the number of individuals removed from the species by above mentioned natural forces but also maintain heredity of genetic characters and introduction of variations, as needed for continuity and stability of a species. Without it, all of the existing species will diminish soon and life will come to an end.

Question. 58 Describe sexually transmitted diseases and mention the ways to prevent them.


Sexually Transmitted Diseases are the infectious diseases that are transmitted during unprotected sexual intercourse from infected partner. Example: bacterial infections like gonorrhoea and syphilis, and viral infections like warts and HIV-AIDS. STD caused by bacteria infection (e.g., chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis) are treatable with antibiotics. To prevent STDs, the following precautions can be taken.

(i) Practices involving protected sexual intercourse reduce the risk in STD.

(ii) Avoid multiple sex partners and maintain personal hygiene.

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