[Answerkey] CSAT 2013 Environment & Biodiversity (EnB) Questions solved with explanation, reference, all four sets (A,B,C,D)

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Economic Survey
  1. Prologue
  2. Internal Breakup
  3. Parks
    1. Parks and hills
    2. Parks and rivers
  4. Wildlife, Flora-Fauna
    1. Macaque
    2. Equatorial forests
    3. Swamp Deer
    4. Spider monkey
    5. Mammals
  5. Agro/soil related
    1. Mycorrhizal biotech
    2. Biofertilizers
    3. Nitro cycle
    4. Contour
    5. Sugar byproducts
  6. Pollution Related
    1. E-waste
    2. Water pollutants
    3. Water consumption in industries
    4. Acid Rain
    5. Smog
  7. Ecology theory related
    1. food chain
    2. Niche
    3. Decomposers
    4. Ecological succession
    5. Ecosystem productivity

Prologue

  • In UPSC prelims 2013 General studies paper, 22 out 100 MCQs were from environment and biodiversity (EnB). Last year (2012) it was 23. So UPSC’s obsession/infatuation with EnB has remained or less the same.
  • Like last year, few question on agriculture related things (bio-fertilizers, soil conservation etc.)
  • Nothing from EnB related Acts/ policy/ Polity / judgments.
  • Nothing from the three major conferences (RIO+20, Doha and Hyderabad). Although doesn’t mean preparation has gone in vein because those topics remain important and relevant for Mains.

Internal Breakup

Chart CSAT 2013 Environment section

National Parks 2
Wildlife flora n fauna 5
Pollution related 5
Agro 5
Ecological Theory 5
Total 22

Parks

Parks and hills

1. Consider the following pairs:

  1. Nokrek Bio-sphere Reserve : Garo Hills
  2. Logtak (Loktak) Lake : Barail Range
  3. Namdapha National Park : Dafla Hills

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None

As per tourism website of Meghalaya government, Nokrek is the highest peak in Garo Hills.=>#1 is right.

If you observe the school atlas, Loktak lake and Barail range are away from eachother =>#2 is wrong.

Eliminate options accordingly

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None

Thus answer=>A only 1.

Parks and rivers

2. Consider the following pairs about parks and rivers passing through them:

  1. Corbett National Park: Ganga
  2. Kaziranga National Park: Manas
  3. Silent Valley National Park: Kaveri

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 3 only
  3. 1 and 3
  4. None
Option Rivers passing
  1. Corbett National Park : Ganga
River Ramganga (West) and River Kosi
http://www.jimcorbettnationalpark.com
  1. Kaziranga National Park : Manas
Brahmaputra, Diphlu, Mora Diphlu and Mora Dhansiri
http://www.thehindu.com
  1. Silent Valley National Park : Kaveri
Bharathapuzha ,River Kunthi
http://silentvalley.gov.in

Ans: (D) None of the rivers flow through these Parks.

Wildlife, Flora-Fauna

Macaque

1. In which of the following States is lion-tailed macaque found in its natural habitat?

  1. Tamil Nadu
  2. Kerala
  3. Karnataka
  4. Andhra Pradesh

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 1, 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Lion Tailed Macaque had been in news because last year, IUCN took it off the list of World’s 25 Most Endangered Primates’ list.

As per: iucnredlist, this Macaque is found in India (Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu)

Eliminate choices accordingly,

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 2 only    
  3. 1, 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4

Thus answer=> A

Equatorial forests

2. Which of the following is/are unique characteristic/characteristics of equatorial forests?

  1. Presence of tall, closely set trees with crowns forming a continuous canopy
  2. Coexistence of a large number of species
  3. Presence of numerous varieties of epiphytes

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3
  • In equatorial rainforest,..fourth layer is canopy layer. The tall trees grow so close together that their crowns interlock to form a continuous canopy which blocks out the sunlight in forest (O level geography By Francis Mathews Green)=>#1 correct.
  • #2 is correct as such.
  • Tropical forest is found in equatorial and tropical zones…..Epiphytes are also common. (Geography By Surender Singh) =>#3 correct.

Hence answer (D) 1, 2 and 3 correct.

Swamp Deer

3. Consider the following fauna of India:

  1. Gharial
  2. Leatherback turtle
  3. Swamp deer

Which of the above is/are endangered?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None

As per IUCN, 1, 2 are critically endangered. 3 is vulnerable. So (A) 1 and 2 only.
Some websites mention Swamp deer to be endangered but as per the official page on IUCN (click me) it is shown as vulnerable (that is one step less than endangered).
Update Jun-26-2014: UPSC uploaded official answerkey. Correct answer is: all of them. Hence for swamp deer is seems UPSC examiner used sarkari website data.

Spider monkey

4. Consider the following

  1. Star tortoise
  2. Monitor lizard
  3. Pygmy hog
  4. Spider monkey

Which of the above found in India?

  1. 1, 2 and 3 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2, 3 and 4

1, 2, and 3 are found in India if we refer iucnredlist.org

While spidermonkey lives in forests from southern Mexico through Central and South America to Brazil (Britannica) Hence answer (A) only 1,2 and 3.

Mammals

5. Consider the following animals:

  1. Sea cow
  2. Sea horse
  3. Sea lion

Which of the above is/are mammal/mammals?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 3 only
  3. 2 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Mammal are animals in which the young are nourished with milk from special mammary glands of the mother.

Mammal yes/no? As per Britannica
Sea Cow Yes Sea cow, very large aquatic mammal.
Sea Horse No Sea Horses fall under gasterosteiform fish order.Reproductive behaviour of sea horses is notable in that the male carries the fertilized eggs.Once the eggs hatch, the male convulses his body and expels the young through a single opening in the pouch.

The young receive no further care from parents=> no milk involved, hence not mammal.

Sea Lion Yes mammals under under Otariidae family.

Hence answer (B) 1 and 3 only.

Agro/soil related

Mycorrhizal biotech

1. Mycorrhizal biotechnology has been used in rehabilitating degraded sites because mycorrhiza enables the plants to

  1. resist drought and increase absorptive area
  2. tolerate extremes of PH
  3. Resist disease infestation

Select the correct answer using the codes given below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

As per page 187-188 of Plant Biotechnology By Rita Singh,

  • Mycorrhizal plants have tolerance to adverse soil, PH, high temp., drought and toxic heavy metals.
  • The most important role of Mycorrhizal fungi is to absorb nutrient and water from soil and transfer them to their hosts.
  • Mycorrhizae helps plants withstand root diseases…the oxalic acid production by mycorrhizal fungi contributes to disease suppression.

Hence all three statements are correct. Answer (D).

Biofertilizers

2. Consider the following organisms

  1. Agaricus
  2. Nostoc
  3. Spirogyra

Which of the above is / are used as biofertilizer / biofertilizers

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 3 only

Nostoc is a species of blue-green algae used as biofertilizer (TheHindu 2002 article).=>Hence #2 is correct.

As per Page 251 Biotechnology of Biofertilizers by Sadasivam Kannaiyan

…Although, the algae grow on their own in the rice fields, but all of them are not beneficial to crop. The green algae like Spirogyra compete with the crop for nutrient and reduce tilering in the crop.=> #3 is incorrect.

  1. 1 and 2
  2. 2 only
  3. 2 and 3
  4. 3 only

Agaricus is a mushroom, haven’t found reference for its use as biofertilizer. So answer (B) only 2 (or may be A hahaha)

Nitro cycle

3. Which of the following adds / add nitrogen to the soil?

  1. Excretion of urea by animals
  2. Burning of coal by man
  3. Death of vegetation

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

NIOS EnB Chapter 5(Page 88): Nitrogenous Waste products of Living organisms such as urea and uric acid and dead remains of organisms are converted back to inorganic ammonia by the bacteria=>1 and 3 is correct.

  • There is no mention of burning of coal in this N cycle section. Moreover, in the same chapter, it is mentioned that burning of biomass releases CO2 into the atmosphere as part of Carbon Cycle.=>2 is incorrect.
  • Although some websites do mention coal-burning power stations are responsible for emissions of millions of tons of sulfer and nitrous oxide. But that is adding nitrogen into “atmosphere” and not “soil” as such.  hence statement #2 is false.

Eliminate options accordingly

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Hence Answer (C) 1 and 3

Contour

4. Contour bunding is a method of soil conservation used in

  1. desert margins, liable to strong wind action
  2. low flat plains, close to stream courses, liable to flooding
  3. scrublands, liable to spread of weed growth
  4. None of the above

As per the Indian Geography book by Khullar(Page 180)

Contour Bunding is associated with terracing, to check the flow of water on a hill slope in order to reduce soil erosion.

As per Britannica

Contour bunding (or contour bundling), involves the placement of lines of stones along the natural rises of a landscape. It helps to capture and hold rainfall before it can become runoff. It also inhibits wind erosion by keeping the soil heavy and moist.

As per Human Geography: The Land By Pradeep Sharma

Terracing and contour bunding across the hill slops is a very effective and one of the oldest methods of soil conservation.….They divide hillslopes into numerous small slopes, checks the flow of water, promotes absorption of water by soil and saves soil from erosion.

from ^these references, we can conclude that contour bunding is associated with hill slops and meant for protecting soil from erosion by rainwater.

  • desert margin, strong wind action =>A is incorrect.
  • low flat plains, stream course=> B is incorrect.
  • scrubland and weed growth=>C is incorrect.

Hence answer is (D) none of above.

Sugar byproducts

5. With reference to the usefulness of the by-products of sugar industry, which of the following statements is / are correct?

  1. Bagasse can be used as biomass fuel for the generation of energy.
  2. Molasses can be used as one of the feedstocks for the production of synthetic chemical fertilizers.
  3. Molasses can be used for the production of ethanol.

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Recall Bagasse Cogeneration topic from article on Economic Survey Ch.11=>statement 1 is correct.

Recall Ethanol blending article=>statement 3 is correct.

and I haven’t been able to dig any reference where molasses is used for production of chemical fertilizers.=>#2 is incorrect.

Eliminate answers accordingly

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

Thus we are left with answer (C)

Pollution Related

E-waste

1. Due to improper / indiscriminate disposal of old and used computers or their parts, which of the following are released into the environment as e-waste?

  1. Beryllium
  2. Cadmium
  3. Chromium
  4. Heptachlor
  5. Mercury
  6. Lead
  7. Plutonium

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 only
  2. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 only
  3. 2, 4, 5 and 7 only
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

As per pib.nic.in,

  • Heptachor is an insecticide.
  • Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants aims to eliminate its usage.

So, eliminate choices involving heptachlor (#4)

  1. 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 only
  2. 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 only
  3. 2, 4, 5 and 7 only
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7

we are left with answer (B).

Another approach is looking @plutonium (#7), which is radioactive and hence not used in day to day computer/electronic items as such. Eliminate choices involving #7 and you’re still left with (B).

Water pollutants

2. Which of the following can be found as pollutants in the drinking water in some parts of India?

  1. Arsenic
  2. Sorbitol
  3. Fluoride
  4. Formaldehyde
  5. Uranium

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2, 4 and 5 only
  3. 1, 3 and 5 only
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

In the earlier e-waste question, you could apply common sense that plutonium, being radioactive, is not used in day to day electronic items. However, same analogy/common-sense cannot be applied here that uranium, being radioactive, is not part of drinking water pollution.

Because uranium in ground water is indeed a problem in Punjab and leading to birth of mentally retarded children. Both Indianexpress and TheHindu have been highlighting this story.

So answer must contain uranium (#5). This eliminates option A.

Arsenic (#1) and Fluoride (#3) are well known water pollutants. So answer must contains #1 and #3.

  1. 1 and 3 only
  2. 2, 4 and 5 only
  3. 1, 3 and 5 only
  4. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

Sorbitol (#2) used as artificial sweetener and laxative. Formaldehyde (#4) used in coating, laminating etc. Neither of them not as famous water pollutants as arsenic and fluoride.

Accordingly Answer (C): only 1, 3 and 5. (or debatable D)

Water consumption in industries

3. Which one among the following industries is the maximum consumer of water in India?

  1. Engineering
  2. Paper and pulp
  3. Textiles
  4. Thermal power

As per TERI policy brief of Dec 2012, Page 2, Table 1

Sector Percentage of water consumed
Thermal power plants 87.87
Engineering 5.05
Pulp and paper 2.26
Textiles 2.07
Steel 1.29
Sugar 0.49
Fertilizer 0.18
Others 0.78
Total 100

Hence answer is (D) thermal power.

Acid Rain

4. Acid rain is caused by the pollution of environment by

  1. carbon dioxide and nitrogen
  2. carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide
  3. ozone and carbon dioxide
  4. nitrous oxide and sulphur dioxide

As per NIOS EnB Chapter 10, page 167, Table 10.3 Ans: (D)

Smog

5. Photochemical smog is a resultant of the reaction among

  1. NO2, 03 and peroxyacetyl nitrate in the presence of sunlight
  2. CO, 02 and peroxyacetyl nitrate in the presence of sunlight
  3. CO, CO2 and N02 at low temperature
  4. High concentration of N02, O3 and CO in the evening

Answer is (A), as per the chemical equations given in NCERT Chemistry class 11, Chapter 14, Page 404

Ecology theory related

food chain

1. With reference to food chains in ecosystems, consider the following statements:

  1. A food chain illustrates the order in which a chain of organisms feed upon each other.
  2. Food chains are found within the populations of a species.
  3. A food chain illustrates the numbers of each organism which are eaten by others.

Which of the statements given above is / are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 1 and 2 only
  3. 1, 2 and 3
  4. None

#1 is correct because food chain shows the “order / sequence” of feeding.

Food chains are not found within the populations of ‘a’ species, because technically, Food chain is the sequence of organisms through which the energy flows. If the species starts eating itself, then flow of energy will not proceed => 2 is wrong.

Food chain doesn’t show “numbers” of each organism eaten by others=> #3 is wrong. This eliminates (C)

Hence we are left with answer (A) only 1.

Niche

2. Which one of the following terms describes not only the physical space occupied by an organism, but also its functional role in the community of organisms?

  1. Ecotone
  2. Ecological niche
  3. Habitat
  4. Home range

IGNOU EnB material, Chapter 4, Page 73

  • Gause’s competitive exclusion principle states that two species having identical requirements can not occupy the same ‘niche’ indefinitely.
  • This brings us to the question-what is a niche? A species niche is its unique functional role or place in an ecosystem. Hence answer=B

for more, refer NIOS EnB chapter 4 principles of Ecology.

Decomposers

3. With reference to the food chains in ecosystems, which of the following kinds of organism is / are known as decomposer organism/organisms?

  1. Virus
  2. Fungi
  3. Bacteria

Select the correct answer using the codes given below.

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 and 3 only
  4. 1, 2 and 3

NIOS EnB material, Ch.5, page 78

  • Decomposers: Also called saprotrophs.  These are mostly bacteria and fungi that feed on dead decomposed. Hence 2 and 3 correct.
  • Viruses aren’t decomposers.

Answer (B) 2 and 3 only.

Ecological succession

4. In the grasslands, trees do not replace the grasses as a part of an ecological succession because of

  1. insects and fungi
  2. limited sunlight and paucity of nutrients
  3. water limits and fire
  4. None of the above

Primary succession looks like: lichen => grasses =>trees.  Meaning, trees replaces grasses. The question is why don’t trees replaces grasses in grassland?

Page55, A Textbook on Environmental Studies  By Dr. Rajan Misra

Secondary succession occurs in an area that became bare due to destruction of existing community by fire, draught, landslide, earthquake etc.

Although another interpretation/viewpoint/doubt could be that even after secondary succession, ultimately tree will replace grass under that succession- hence answer should be (D) None of Above.

But that (trees replacing grass) doesn’t always happen with grasslands:

Consider following

  1. Grass ecosystems are an early stage of succession in regions where the mature ecosystems are forests. However, grass ecosystems are climax ecosystems in grassland regions, where there is not enough rainfall to support a forest. (e.g. in our option C water limits and forest fire) (ref. Page 149 Human Ecology: Basic Concepts for Sustainable Development By Gerald G G Marten)
  2. Ecological succession of a grassland is desert. (Page 3.17 Environmental Studies By Anjali Bagad)
  3. Two factors for evolution of temperate grassland biome, i) Extreme continental climate with limited supply of water due to low rainfall, ii) human activities mainly burning of vegetation.” (Ref. Page 619, Physical Geography by Savindra Singh)

Hence answer (C) water limits and fire.

Ecosystem productivity

5. Which one of the following is the correct sequence of ecosystems in the order of decreasing productivity?

  1. Oceans, lakes, grasslands, mangroves
  2. Mangroves, oceans, grasslands, lakes
  3. Mangroves, grasslands, lakes, oceans
  4. Oceans, mangroves, lakes, grasslands

Debatable choices depending on how you look at “productivity”?

Viewpoint #1: Answer (C) (rate)

Page 49, Comprehensive Environmental Studies by J.P. Sharma

Productivity is the rate of organic matter or biomass production. The productivity of an ecosystem is of two types: primary and secondary.

Now, according to one source http://kingfish.coastal.edu/biology/sgilman/770productivitynutrients.htm

  • The average ocean productivity is about 50 grams carbon per square meter per year.
  • Average land productivity is 160 grams carbon per square meter per year.
  • (thus) The productivity of the open ocean (ocean away from coasts) is comparable to desert production.

On this line of logic, the answer choice (Descending order) should be : *** > *** > ***> oceans.
There is only one such option (C).
Besides, as per various sites, mangroves are highly ‘productive’. Hence C is the answer
some more references in favor of Answer (C)

Viewpoint #2: Answer (D) (amount)

As per http://www.world-builders.org/lessons/less/biomes/primaryP.html

  • The total primary productivity of the ocean is about 8 times the primary productivity of all the land surface.
  • Hence in descending order it should be Ocean >*** >**** >grassland. There is only one such option (D)

Anyways, final arbitrator is UPSC’s official answerkey.
Update Jun-26-2014: UPSC uploaded official answerkey. Correct answer is: C. hence they were asking about “Rate”
Thanks Mr. Shiva Ram, Mr. Palas Nuwal, Mr. Manu Jha and Mr. Siriyal Patel for their inputs.
This concludes answerkey for all 100 questions asked in UPSC CSAT 2013 General studies paper.

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201 Comments on “[Answerkey] CSAT 2013 Environment & Biodiversity (EnB) Questions solved with explanation, reference, all four sets (A,B,C,D)”

  1. Ecology theory related
    food chain Q1 ,
    A food chain illustrates the order in which a chain of organisms feed upon each other.
    is N’T the WORD “EACH OTHER” should be noted here.becaue this means in a chain lower divison organism also eats the upper level organism.In my opinion it shuld be D. NONE what u say!!!

    1. At least one guy is thinking like me. I still feel there is an outside chance for this question to have the answer as D. Lets hope for the best

      1. no offence implied, but why are you making a straight forward and simple question into something so big. this is something beyond postmortem. keep it simple friends..

        1. the obvious is the easiest to miss..!
          i marked None.

          1. arre leave it yaar… agar 230+ hain to move on with ur mains preparations.. in sab questions ke galat hone pe bhi koi farak nahi padta… sala top thode hi maarna hai pre me. @ratpack u r right, this is just overanalysis.

        2. OUCH!OUCH!OUCH!OUCH! wow the more u look . the more dimensions open up .this paper is slowly turning into a black hole. ever consuming never revealing . even after a week 20 Q in dark and more get added

  2. A food chain illustrates the order in which a
    chain of organisms feed upon each other.
    ‘each other…’
    do they really feed upon each other..
    bcoz a food chain is esentially unidirectional in
    flow..
    some definitions-
    – A food chain is a linear consequence of
    links in a food web starting from a
    species that eats no other species in the
    web and ends at a species that is eaten by
    no other species in the web.
    – The sequence of the transfer of food
    energy from one organism to another
    in an ecological community.
    so ans. shud be None.

  3. another tricky question..

    “In which of the following States is lion-
    tailed macaque found in its natural
    habitat? ”

    wat is d role of d phrase ‘ natural habitat ‘ here..
    & wat is d role of d option kerala ( only )..

    if we read about d silent valley national park , we find dat kerala fits better than option A.

    1. exactly!!! ididn’t attemted it but i also got the same after surfing.

    2. dude i know for sure that it is found in karnataka. Any one who has gone trekking in western ghats near sharavathi wildlife sanctuary wud know it as there are posters of lion tailed macaques along side the road which is passing through the jungle .It is also not very difficult to spot it there! I guess it is found throughout western ghats.

      1. obviously they r found across d western ghats..

        but these r called ‘Fragmented Habitats’….n not natural habitat….
        u must have read it smwhere..

        okey guys read these articles ..bt read it completely.

        http://m.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/parasitic-load-higher-in-liontailed-macaques-near-human-settlements/article4750925.ece/

        http://www.frontline.in/navigation/?type=static&page=flonnet&rdurl=fl2910/stories/20120601291006200.htm

        http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/liontailed-macaque-faces-threat-of-habitat-loss/article1703097.ece

        plz do tell me aft. reading it.. if im wrong..

        1. When natural habitat gets divided into fragments due to deforestation ,human settlements and hunting it becomes fragmented into many smaller habitats. They still remain natural! The consequence is that different groups of same species get separated and find difficult to freely move from one fragment to another without getting affected by human beings. hence we also talk sometime for natural corridors for wild animals (elephant corridors).
          second point is that there is no natural division between kerela karnataka and tamil nadu (all of them form part of western ghats) which means they have same climatic, topographical conditions. In the question only andhra pradesh region is geographically separated from western ghats and differs in climatic and topographical condition.
          Any way in iucn the whole of western ghats is considered as natural habitat specificall mentioning kerela TN and Karnataka. I have provided a link below.

  4. mrunal please help me with some good reference material for political science….

  5. u definitely have a point here
    regarding lion tailed monkey

    but i dnt think there is so much to read in the food chain oriented question
    i dnt think UPSC will twist questions on grammatical front to that extent

    1. wen i first read d food chain quest. i felt wats
      d catch..! it was too obvious a question.. to be asked..
      bt den d each other phrase had it all..
      n it is not that subtle..
      besides , upsc does play such tricks.. as is evident from past 2 yr paper analysis..
      may be.. they wanted to confuse us
      by mixing d ‘ food web’ concept here..

        1. thnx for the info!!

  6. This is my last comment regarding “food chain ”

    Bacteria / fungi are lower group of organism who feed upoon the upper group of organism :P

  7. Regading food chain wala question.. this is the last post….

    1. Lower group of organism do feed upoon dead body of the upper organism e.g. – decomposer

    2. “in order” they feed upoon each other
    – it implies the sequence they will feed on each other

    1. I know that we all are controlling our nerves :-) and every question is important for atleast for me kind of guys who is on boundry (205-215) but its OK because in my view gaining knowledge is more important than cracking an exam.i felt that
      *Its a linear flow of energy means one who gain energy from other,the other can’t get energy from the first one.
      *Decomposers do make there food chemicaly(organic substances are broken down into simpler forms of matter)it doesnot mean that whether it is an animal or vegetation(even apple).here also apple or dead is not going to eat bacteria LOL.

      1. :)

        u r ryt

        its no point in banging head now :P

      2. n just for the records,
        the “phrase” ….. “in order” – “they will feed on “each other”
        negates the argument u put forward in the last line
        anyways…as i said no point no point in banging head now

        1. yes it correct , in a food chain organism does not feed upon “each other”
          It is a unidirectional flow.
          It could be one group of organism or of a tropic level feed on others.

          1. and that is signified through the phrase “in order”

            now its upto us in what way we interpret….

            no point in arguing

            since winning argument here wnt change the mindset of UPSC :P

  8. 180 sc me koi chance hai kya????? aap sabke number dekh ke to mujhe darr lag raha hai…

    1. m expecting around 215
      SC
      but i m still not sure….
      wat it wld turn out to be :)
      moreover was hearing that cut off will b low owing to the fact that lots of guy wld b called for mains as the number of seats for mains has been increased primarily as intake for IRS will be high this year

      At the end of the day…
      the bottom line is no point in getting scared n speculating…
      u have scored decent score…now relax n study for mains :)

      1. thnx for replying …atleast one guy has a time to comment….
        letc whats going 2 be happen …me to hear the same observation from the various coachings at delhi..btw thnx …
        i hav only one hope last yr my frnd xpecting 165 n from sc cat vth help of various coaching answer key bt whn result came he got 185 n qualify from the mains ….
        i despertly wish god do the same thing with me …

        1. chill yaar..
          this time waise bhi calls will be high for mains
          since they will take in large number for IRS

      2. how did u get to know that seats in mains have been increased? any official notification???

        -Thanks
        shilpa

        1. got some source….. :)

  9. Sir, i am calculating around 195 to 200. So, is their any chance to qualify the prelims??

  10. Sir ji pre pass karwane ke liye dhanyvaad.
    Ab mains ki taiyyari shuru karwaiye.

  11. is some one going to attand CABINET SECRETRT EXAM ON 16 JUNE????ANY IDEA???

    1. i have to appear but could not understand the job profile of dfo(gd)..its a travelling job i guess which will hamper my cse prep so still in dilemma

  12. Thanks sir…….

  13. sir can u tel me wch book to refer to enviornmental and ecology………………….and also general science……….

  14. Please help !!
    10th June, 2013 HINDU newspaper says that a national cyber coordination center has been propose by the government. When we already have NTRO and CERT, why do we need another agency?

  15. Mrunal sir,
    Please write a sample essay on the recent trends in violence against women in India for newbies and explain how to write essay in the context of UPSC.

  16. @sri
    it is written anamalai hills..
    as anamalai hills are both in tamil nadu as well as kerala.
    bt there is no such option available.
    so i think answer given by mrunal sir is correct..

    bt agar kerala hua to i ll b happier… hahaha

  17. sbi po result declared

  18. hi,
    frnz plz tell me ans of the ques regarding Mural paintings

  19. I am struggling between 208 to 220 as there is huge variation in the answer keys :( selected or not :(

  20. National park and rivers…river bavani flows through silent valley which is a tributory to kaveri. Is that enought to say kaveri flows through the park.. Plz clarify

  21. swamp deer is also endangered sir
    http://indiasendangered.com/swamp-deer-numbers-increase/
    Swamp deer also known as the Barasingha is a highly endangered species protected under schedule 1, of the Wildlife Protection Act of India 1972. It is also included in the red data list of the rare animals of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

  22. chek when iucn published its new assessed report.as the new report came after our exam in which swamp deer is shown as vu but earlier it was under en so dont u think answer could be 1,2,3 all

  23. Sir, Can i buy the book Ecology & Environment by PD Sharma.Is it a good buy for prelims n mains….?If no how to tackle environment Section in CSE 2014..pls provide ur valuable information..

  24. For Swamp dear ques-
    IUCN LIST WHICH YOU MENTION GIVES WORLD VIEW . BUT here they have asked specificAlly for INDIA. Please elaborate on it.

  25. hi every one ,
    can anyone help me understand precisely from all the above that what conclusion is for preparing for csat in envi n biodiversity part ??
    like from where precisely we should study ?????

  26. I found in iucn site that Leatherback turtle is vulnerable…… not critically endangered

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