Test-4: Paper 2 Contemporary Geography of India (Examrace IAS Mains Geography Optional-Test Series 2016)

Max Marks: 250

Total Time: 3 Hrs



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1. (a) Mark on the outline map of India supplied any ten of the following entries. Write brief notes (not exceeding 30 words each) on the significant aspects of the same ten entries. (2 × 5 = 10)

  • Lata Tapovan Hydro Power Project

  • Jalore

  • Krishna Nalah Forest

  • Suru River

  • Mithapur

Map of India for map location question

Map of India

Map of India for map location question

(b) Critical analyze the feasibility of the recently completed Godavari-Kaveri link (in about 150 words). (10)

(c) Digital India has led to drastic changes in rural India- Explain this statement. Substantiate the answer with case study of Chandauli Village (in about 150 words). (10)

(d) Comment on ODF with case study of “Sabar Shouchagar” (in about 150 words). (10)

(e) “Cooperative not coercive federalism is the need for strong republic”. Comment (in about 150 words). (10)

2. (a) Indian Railway has a great unifying influence on Indian Economy. Discuss this statement in light of modernization and digitization in this sector. (30)

(b) Explain the climate change taking cognizance of UN’s initiative for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (with focus on India). (20)

3. (a) Explain the Ganga Action plan and recent developments in implementation. (20)

(b) Bring out the environmental concerns with the plan for interlinking of rivers of India. Explain how to tackle these issues. (15)

(c) Explain SAUNI Yojana. How will it address the water woes in Saurashtra Region? (15)

4. (a) What is meant by crop insurance? Is it necessary? What makes such a scheme necessary for India? Evaluate how Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana will assist in improving the agricultural productivity in India. (30)

(b) Discuss the findings of IPCC 5th Climate Assessment Report and evaluate India’s progress. Should Indian subcontinent be more concerned with climate change? Why? Why not? (20)

5. (a) Explain developments in health sector with regard to National Health Policy, 2015. (20)

(b) Explain meaning of conurbation. Explain it in terms of the recent developments in NCR. (15)

(c) Why is there an urgent need to protect the Western Ghats of India? Explain & critically evaluate the various committees set up for this purpose. (15)

6. (a) “India is an investment destination and global hub for manufacturing and innovation”. Critically examine this statement. (30)

(b) “Linking of major industrial towns is the need of the hour”. Evaluate this statement taking examples from India. Explain how current policies are affecting this change. (20)

7. (a) “Inclusive Growth” focuses on rural areas in India. Explain the infrastructural developments that would enable the villages to stand at-par with urban regions. (30)

(b) India should become the “human resource capital” of the world as China has become the “global manufacturing factory”. Comment (20)

8. (a) Transportation is the lifeline of a nation. Critically evaluate the statement in light of Sagar Mala Project. (30)

(b) “Mangalyaan brought Mangal to Space Research in India”. Comment. (20)

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