Geography covers a substantial portion of the UPSC (IAS) Prelims exam syllabus. The syllabus for the Geography section is vast and can only be studied when identified section-wise. Every year at least 1 map-based question is asked from the Indian or World Geography part of the syllabus. To help you identify what type of questions are asked in the exam, we have compiled all the map-based questions asked in the past 8 years UPSC Prelims paper.
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2020 Paper
Ques: Siachen Glacier is situated to the
(a) East of Aksai Chin
(b) East of Leh
(c) North of Gilgit
(d) North of Nubra Valley
Ques: Consider the following pairs :
River - Flows into
1. Mekong- Andaman Sea
2. Thames - Irish Sea
3. Volga - Caspian Sea
4. Zambezi - Indian Ocean
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched ?
(a) 1 and 2 only
(b) 3 only
(c) 3 and 4 only
(d) 1, 2, and 4 only
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2019 Paper
Ques: Consider the following pairs:
1. Adriatic Sea
2. Black Sea
3. Caspian Sea
4. Mediterranean Sea
5. Red Sea
Which of the pair given above are correctly matched?
(a) 1, 2 and 4 only
(b) 1, 3 and 4 only
(c) 2 and 5 only
(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5
Explanation: The Adriatic Sea is a part of the Mediterranean Sea positioned between the eastern coastline of Italy, and countries of the Balkan Peninsula, from Slovenia, South through Croatia, Montenegro, and to Albania. Hence, pair 1 is correctly matched.
The Black Sea is an inland sea located between far-southeastern Europe and the far-western edges of the continent of Asia and the country of Turkey. It's bordered by Turkey, and by Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, and Georgia. Hence, pair 2 is not correctly matched. this rules out options a, c and d, leaving the correct answer to be option B through the elimination method.
The Caspian Sea is an enclosed body of water between Asia and Europe. It is bordered by Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Russia,
Morocco’s Mediterranean coast represents the westernmost edge of the Northern African coast. The coastline features the Strait of Gibraltar that marks the link between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean.
There are six countries (Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, and Djibouti) bordering the Red Sea.
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2018 Paper
Ques: Among the following cities, which one lies on a longitude closest to that of Delhi?
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2017 Paper
Ques: With reference to river Teesta, consider the following statements:
The source of river Teesta is the same as that of Brahmaputra but it flows through Sikkim.
River Rangeet originates in Sikkim and it is a tributary of river Teesta.
River Teesta flows into Bay of Bengal on the border of India and Bangladesh.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2016 Paper
Ques: Which of the following is/are tributary/tributaries of Brahmaputra?
Select the correct answer using the code given below.
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2015 Paper
Ques: Which one of the following countries of South-West Asia does not open out to the Mediterranean Sea?
- a) Syria
- b) Jordan
- c) Lebanon
- d) Israel
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2014 Paper
Ques: Turkey is located between
(a) Black Sea and Caspian Sea
(b) Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea
(e) Gulf of Suez and Mediterranean Sea
(d) Gulf of Aqaba and Dead Sea
Ques: Which one of the following pairs of islands is separated from each other by the 'Ten Degree Channel'?
(a) Andaman and Nicobar
(b) Nicobar and Sumatra
(c) Maldives and Lakshadweep
(d) Sumatra and Java
UPSC IAS Prelims 2021: Questions Based on Maps from 2013 Paper
Ques: Which of the following pairs is correctly matched?
[a]Abyssinian Plateau: Arabia
[b]Altas Mountains:: North-Western Africa
[c]Guiana Highlands: South-western Africa
[d]Okavango Basin: Patagonia
Explanation: Abyssinian Plateau is in Ethiopia, Guiana Highlands - Venezuela, Okavango Basin - Kalahari, Africa