Test-3: Full Length Mock Test Paper 1 Set 2 (Examrace IAS Mains Psychology Optional-Test Series 2018)

Max Marks: 250

Total Time: 3 Hrs



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  1. There are EIGHT questions divided in two sections.

  2. Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all.

  3. Questions 1 and 5 are compulsory, and out of the remaining, THREE are to be attempted choosing at least ONE question from each Section.

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Section -A

1. Answer the following, each in not more than 100 words:

(a) Do you think biology will replace psychology? Give arguments. (10 marks)

(b) How would you use cognitive dissonance to motivate pro-social behaviour? Give examples. (10 marks)

(c) Write a short note on grounded theory approach to qualitative analysis. (10 marks)

(d) Discuss in brief the challenges to Piagetian stage theory. Give examples. (10 marks)

(e) How does feature detectors facilitate our perceptual processes? (10 marks)

2. (a) Discuss in brief the Standardization Features and Psychometric Adequacy of Wechsler Intelligence Scales. (20 marks)

(b) Critically evaluate the relationship between expectancy attitude, motivation and job behaviour. (20 marks)

(c) What are the psychological concepts associated with self-fulfilling prophecy? (10 marks)

3. (a) “What is considered an optimal style of attachment may not necessarily be optimal across all cultures.” Elucidate and give examples in support of your answer. (25 marks)

(b) “If people describe situations as real, they are real in their consequences.” What does this statement explain about information processing biases? (25 marks)

4. (a) “Emotion is the cognitive interpretation of a physiological response.” Explain with the help of suitable examples. (20 marks)

(b) Critically evaluate various theoretical models on the relationship between stressful situations and strains in an organization? What could be the possible stress reactions? (30 marks)

Section -B

5. Answer the following, each in not more than 100 words:

(a) Write a short note on the role of HR In information technology. (10 marks)

(b) What has been the achievements of consumer movements in India? (10 marks)

(c) Discuss in brief the new media and quality of life. (15 marks)

(d) How would you explain appraisal theory of emotions? (15 marks)

6. (a) Is it possible that all those who undergo specially prepared achievement motivation training programmes do not benefit equally from the programmes? Critically examine the probable causes. (20 marks)

(b) “Coping with ambiguity is a key element of intercultural competence”. In the context of given statement, evaluate the role of empathy and effective listening in intercultural communication. (30 marks)

7. (a) “ What mattered in adult attachment styles was not particular childhood events, but the subject’s ability to maintain a coherent and organized narrative memory of childhood.” Elaborate. (25 marks)

(b) Elucidate gender differences in causal attribution patterns and it’s relation to expectations for success and subsequent achievement striving. Give suitable examples. (25 marks)

8. (a) “The entrepreneur may be driven not only by economic motives but also by psychological motives like the desire to innovate and create new products.” Explain in the context of cross-cultural differences in entrepreneurial activity. (25 marks)

(b) What are the essential personality traits that could have significant impact on the e-commerce adoption among entrepreneurs? Elucidate the correlation. (25 marks)