[Download] Geography Mains 2013 Paper 1 & Paper 2 for UPSC Civil Service IAS IPS Exam Optional Subject

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  1. Prologue
  2. Geography Paper I Section A
    1. Question 1 (Compulsory)
    2. Question 2
    3. Question 3
    4. Question 4
  3. Geography Paper 1: SECTION B
    1. Question 5 (Compulsory)
    2. Question 6
    3. Question 7
    4. Question 8
  4. Geography Paper II Section A
    1. Question 1 (Compulsory)
    2. Question 2
    3. Question 3
    4. Question 4
  5. Geography Paper 2: Section B
    1. Question 5 (Compulsory)
    2. Question 6
    3. Question 7
    4. Question 8

Prologue

UPSC didnot  apply uniform word limit here. In some questions: 15 m = 250 words and 25 marks=also 250 words! And in some questions 25 marks=400 words.

Although skeleton remains same like earlier:

  • There are EIGHT questions divided in two SECTIONS
  • Candidate has to attempt FIVE questions in all
  • Questions no. 1 and 5 are compulsory and out of the remaining, any three are to be attempted choosing at least ONE from each section.
  • Word limit in questions, whence specified, should be adhered to.
  • Illustrate your answers with suitable sketches, mops and diagrams. These shall be drawn in the space provided for answering the question itself.
  • Attempts of questions shall be counted in chronological order. Unless struck off, attempt of a question shall be counted even if attempted partly. Any page or portion of the page left blank must be clearly struck off.

Geography Paper I Section A

Question 1 (Compulsory)

Write short notes on the following in about 150 words each: 10 marks x 5 = 50

  1. Differences between Normal cycle and Arid cycle of Davis.
  2. Differentiate Storm Surges and Seiches.
  3. Uniqueness of fauna in the Notogean realm.
  4. Impact of Pleistocene Ice Age on the crust of the Earth.
  5. Types of endemic plants and their degree of vulnerability to extinction.

Question 2

Answer the following in about 250 words each:

  1. With suitable examples, bring out the impact of local winds on the climate of an area. 20
  2. What are the characteristics that make CHC a serious threat to the ecosystem? Give examples. 15
  3. What is ‘Base level’? Explain the types of base level. 15

Question 3

Answer the following in about 250 words each:

  1. “Offshore Acoustic Study helped the development of the concept of sea floor spreading.” Explain.20
  2. Discuss Dew point and the various forms of condensation. 15
  3. Bring out the relationship between climate and vegetation in the Mountain Biome.15

Question 4

Answer the following in about 400 words each:    25 x 2=50

  1. Compare the Subsidence and Glacial control theories on the formation of coral reefs. 25
  2. Explain the levels of Noise pollution and the legislative measures to control it. 25

Geography Paper 1: SECTION B

Question 5 (Compulsory)

Write short notes on the following in about 150 words each: 10 marks x 5 = 50 marks

  1. ”Ellen Churchill Semple is an ardent supporter of Determinism.” Explain.
  2. Role of Venezuela in the production and export of oil.
  3. Misra’s theoretical stages of Rural – Urban Process.
  4. Countries most affected in case of shut-down of Nuclear power.
  5. Relevance of Heartland theory in Contemporary world.

Question 6

Answer the following in about 250 words each:

  1. What is Geriatrics? What are the problems associated with Geriatric population? 20
  2. Discuss the changing pattern of production and export of Coffee in the world. 10
  3. What are the basic postulates in the Central Place Model of Christaller? 20

Question 7

Answer the following in about 250 words each :

  1. “Urban Solid Waste Management poses the greatest challenge in Metropolitan planning.’ Elaborate.
  2. Analyse the reasons for a comparatively poorer development of fishing grounds in tropical areas.
  3. Explain the parameters for assessment and the spatial pattern of Human Development Index in the world.

Question 8

Write about the following in about 400 words each. 25 Marks x 2 = 50 marks

  1. “Urban Geography is nothing but city “in” area and city “as” area.” Elaborate.
  2. Analyse the causes for changes in the pattern of world trade.

the end of paper one, here comes paper 2 with same instructions (5 out 8…)

Geography Paper II Section A

Question 1 (Compulsory)

  1. On the outline map of India provided to you, mark the location of all of the following. Write in your  Booklet the significance of these locations, whether physical/commercial/economic/ecological/environmental/cultural, in not more than 30 words for each entry :     2×5=10
    1. Mishmi Hills
    2. Lipulekh Pass
    3. Bees River
    4. Rihand Dam
  2. Explain the topographical and structural characteristics of the Siwalik Range. (10 marks| 150 words)
  3. Discuss the mechanism of Indian Monsoon. (10 marks| 150 words)
  4. Identify the main industrial clusters of India and account for their development. (10 marks| 150 words)
  5. Explain the method of delineating crop-association regions with reference to India. (10 marks| 150 words)

Question 2

  1. Discuss the potentiality and present status of horticulture in the Western and Central Himalaya. (20m|250 words)
  2. Delineate the coalfields of India and mention their distinctive features. (15|150 words)
  3. Explain the role of multinationals in globalization of industries India. (15m|150 words)

Question 3

  1. Distributional pattern of industries in India does not provide requisite basis for division of the country into distinct Industrial regions. Elaborate. (25m| 250 words)
  2. Discuss the role of institutional factors in shaping the pattern of Indian agriculture. (15m| 150 words)
  3. What do you understand by ‘Young India? How can the present state of population composition be converted into an asset for the country? (15m| 150 words)

Question 4

  1. Comment on the feasibility of interlinking of rivers of India and its possible contribution to resolution of water crisis. (20m| 250 words)
  2. Define agricultural productivity. Mention the methods of its measurement and bring out the disparities in its regional distribution. (15m| 150 words)
  3. Discuss the problems in realization of benefits of globalization and liberalization in industrial sector of India. (15m| 150 words)

Geography Paper 2: Section B

Question 5 (Compulsory)

150 words each. 10 marks x 5 = 50 marks.

  1. City-regions as territorial unit for regional planning and development
  2. Snags in the Food Security Policy of India
  3. Demographic dividend and its implications on environment
  4. Planning and development of ‘Tribal Regions’ in India
  5. On the outline map of India provided to you, mark the location of all of the following. Write in your QCA Booklet the significance of these locations, whether physical/commercial/economic/ecological/environmental/cultural, in not more than 30 words for each entry.
    1. Rajgir
    2. Sindri
    3. National Highway No. 24
    4. Churk
    5. Indira Gandhi Canal

Question 6

  1. Write a note on geopolitics of the Indian Ocean realm. (20m| 250 words)
  2. Comment on the basis of creation of new States in India in 2000. (15m| 150 words)
  3. Enumerate the basic indicators of development and explain their application in identification of the spatial diversity in development in India. (15m| 150 words)

Question 7

  1. Write a note on the emergence of National Settlement System in colonial India and discuss the factors contributing to urbanization in post-independence period. (20m| 250 words)
  2. Define slums and explain their problems. (15m | 150 words)
  3. Discuss the objectives of Vision 2020′ in creation of viable village complex in India for Inclusive Rural Development’ programme. (15m| 150 words)

Question 8

  1. Identify the earthquake-prone zones and suggest strategy for their management. (20m| 250 words)
  2. Describe the impact of linguistic diversity on the development of various regions of India. (15m| 150 words)
  3. Describe how urbanization creates air and water pollution in India. (15m | 150 words)

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121 Comments on “[Download] Geography Mains 2013 Paper 1 & Paper 2 for UPSC Civil Service IAS IPS Exam Optional Subject”

  1. paper 1 was little tough while the paper 2 was very general without geography..

    1. i think both paper were good but don’t fall in category of “tough”.

      1. bhai…would you please guide me about paper 1 of geography.2013 paper of geography is realy the different from the previous one.what is the source of your preparation?

        i live in remote area of my city so i don’t find any good teacher or the material.
        kindly tell me..

  2. i think all GS papers were easy.but optional become tough.
    both papers are tough

    1. change ur name to KANT..

      1. siplest 1 is unique and anything unique is most wanted

  3. paper 1 was not vry easy .but paper 2 was easy one and g.s type

  4. Please post political Science paper if possible

  5. as every one saying paper 1 was tough…paper 2 was comparatively easy one…i dont agree vth the opinion of paper 2 was gs type….as paper 2 is Indian geography…it seems like that….and syllabus is like that only …its my personal opinion

  6. Sir plz post the medical science question papers as nt being a very popular optional nt able to find people with medical qn papers….

  7. Hello sir.kindly upload medical science paper

  8. paper 2 was general and paper 1 was tough.

  9. sir pls upload medical sc quesn paper

  10. mrunal sir ,
    how will you rate this paper 1 and 2 geography..?
    what should be the strategy of studying from now onwards..please let us know..thanks.

  11. sir please post zoology question papers….

    1. Hi, I opted Zoology this time and the paper was really good. First paper was damn easy, but I had some trouble with the second. I will mail it the above email id by tomorrow.

      1. Hi Amrutha,

        Can u please tell me where can get the materials for zoology as an optional. I am from biotech background and zoology is somewhat convenient for me. Just cuz of the fear of not getting materials I am forced to choose other subjects like pub ad or socio. It would be nice if u could help… Thank u :)

      2. Sent the mail with attachments to the above mentioned id.

        1. Hi Amrutha!
          Even I appeared with the zoology optional. First paper was good, but I was totally screwed up in the second paper. Any idea about how others found the paper? How does UPSC check the paper?

          1. hi neha,, first of all wishing u all d best. i am also intending to write upsc next year and i am from zoology background. i am currently preparing for d exam, so if could kindly mail me the zoology mains paper to have an idea about the pattern and standard of paper.thanking u in anticipation. email ID; mirashiqamu@gmail.com

        2. Hi Amrutha,
          I am from Pune and I am unable to get proper guidance for zoology optional subject here. Can you please if possible send me book list and any relevant material related to zoology optional subject on my email id. I would be really grateful.
          Thanks,
          Prasad

      3. Please mail me the Zoology mains question paper.

          1. check your mail

  12. Sir Please upload Medical Science Paper. Not able to find anywhere…

  13. pl publish psychology paper.

  14. sir, please upload Anthropology paper…..

    1. Sir plz post the psychology question papers as nt being a very popular optional nt able to find people with medical qn papers….

  15. Sir, please post the mains question papers of Economics.My whole group is expecting this from you.
    Thank you.

  16. Dear Mrunal Sir,Can u please upload Mechanical Engineering questions

  17. Sir History paper plz….

  18. paper 1 is v tough.. but it can be compensated by doing good in paper 2.

  19. @ Mrunal Bhai

    In Geography Paper II Section A Map Question , U Missed Amarnath

  20. both papers were average ..requires lots of focus over day to day newspaper articles…

  21. hey,
    can you upload English lit. optnl paper 1 & 2??? that would be of a great help…!!!

  22. Why are some ppl saying that UPSC is discouraging pub-ad and geography optionals?

    1. PEOPLE ARE MEANT TO SPREAD RUMOURS..SO JUST IGNORE IT AND FOLLOW PRACTICAL PATH WHICH YOU FEEL IS RIGHT..

      1. hi, i guess i have seen some of my friends say that. pub ad because they are not giving marks no matter how much my friends wrote and how innovative they were and geography because they are not asking direct or expected questions anymore. and with a vast subject like geography its inhuman to read n retain whole syllabus to answer all indirect and 1st time seen questions.. that may be the reason.

        1. ur right tarun…geography is toooo lengthy..syllabus of pub ad and sociology combined is less than geography’s…and the questions are not found anywhere directly…u have to collect dozens of books…

    2. Pls suggest which optional subject is better Geography or Public Admin..

  23. sir, plz upload mechanical engineering optional paper as soon as it comes to you

  24. Sir plz post the medical science question papers as nt being a very popular optional nt able to find people with medical qn papers….

  25. Sir plz post the psychology question papers as nt being a very popular optional nt able to find people with psychology Que. papers….

  26. paper 1 was very tough how we could manage it

  27. mrunal brother where are you!!! i am beginner after listening views of seniors i am not able to decide optional everyone is just scaring n saying ….pub adm … very tough…geo…soo tough not a gud option..blah blah!!
    please help the beginners

  28. Sir,plz upload Electrical Paper….I am awaiting sir

  29. can u please provide a link how to download this question paper.. please

  30. please past geology question papers

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