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UPSC Mains Geography Previous Year Question Paper (1990)

UPSC Mains Geography Previous Year Question Paper (1990)

UPSC Mains Geography Previous Year Question Paper (1990)

PAPER- I

Q.1. On the map of India provided, mark the following and write in not more than ten words in your answer script, what you consider to be most important aspect of each one of them:
(a) Sardar Sarovar
(b) Mandapam
(c) Kovalam
(d) Hassan
(e) Gulf of Cambay
(f) Poonch
(g) Mount Abu
(h) Willington Island
(i) Dibrugarh
(j) Raniganj

OR

On the map of the world provided, mark the following and write in not more than ten words in your answer script, what you consider to be most important aspect of each one of them:
(a) The Carpathians
(b) Rhone River
(c) Helsinki
(d) Luxembourg
(e) Dead Sea
(f) Lake Victoria
(g) Niagra Waterfalls
(h) Christ Church
(i) Kalgoorlie
(j) Prairies

Q.2. Write short notes on any three of the following. Each answer should be in about 200 words:
(a) Plate tectonics
(b) Land capability
(c) Diffusion of innovation in agricultural technology
(d) Quantitative and behavioural revolutions in geography

SECTION A

Q.3. Analyse the differences in the models of slope evolution proposed by Davis and Penk.

Q.4. Explain the basic criteria used in Thornthwaite's 1948 classification of climates.

Q.5. Discuss the theories of the formation of coral reefs proposed by Daly, Darwin and Davis.

SECTION B

Q.6. Examine the causes of the international migrations of the last 50 years or so and the socio-economic and political problems generated by them.

Q.7. Enumerate the different models of the internal structure of cities. Choose one of them and discuss it in its application to a particular city.

Q.8. Give an account of the spatial pattern of world food production and analyse the related problems of malnutrition and malnutrition diseases.

PAPER-II

SECTION A

Q.1. Answer any three of the following in about 200 words each:
(a) What is the significance of land capability classification in land use planning? Explain the method of long capability classification adopted by the All India land use and soil survey organisation.
(b) Critically examine the political consequences of the regionalization of our country on the basis of language.
(c) Analyse the cause of the low literacy rate of India. Suggest feasible measures for raising the literacy level.
(d) Discuss the spatial variation in the developmental levels of canal irrigation in India in relation to the physical setting.

Q.2. Explain some of the important theories of the origin of the South-West monsoon in India. Evaluate the impact of its characteristics with occurrence of floods and droughts in different parts of our country.

Q.3. Assess the fossil fuel reserves of India in terms of current and future demands for energy. Examine the present and future and prospects of their utilization.

Q.4. Analyse critically whether the existing cropping in different parts of India would need any change for better agriculture performance in future.

SECTION B

Q.5. Write short notes in about 200 words each, on any three of the following:
(a) Location and development of cement industry
(b) Function, Classification and hierarchy of urban settlements
(c) Growth of urban slums and problems associated with them
(d) The international boundary of India and related issues

Q.6. Evaluate the contribution of the major ports of India to its international trade.

Q.7. Construct a spatial pattern of industrial development in our country. Identify the industrially back ward areas and asses their potentialities for future development.

8. What is meant by integrated rural development planning? What are its components? What has been the extent of its success in relation to its objectives.





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