UPSC CSE Prelims 2015 – Geography Solutions

  1. In the South Atlantic and South Eastern Pacific regions in tropical latitudes, cyclone does not originate. What is the reason?

(a) Sea Surface temperature are low
(b) Inter Tropical Convergence Zone seldom occurs
(c) Coriolis force is too weak
(d) Absence of land in those regions


  1. Which of the following pairs of States of India indicates the eastern most and Western most State?

(a) Assam and Rajasthan
(b) Arunachal Pradesh and Rajasthan
(c) Assam and Gujarat
(d) Arunachal Pradesh and Gujarat


  1. Which of the following National Parks is unique in being a swamp with floating vegetation that supports a rich biodiversity?

(a) Bhitarkanika National Park

(b) Keibul Lamjao National Park

(c) Keoladeo Ghana National park

(d) Sultanpur National park


  1. What can be the impact of excessive/inappropriate use of nitrogenous fertilizers in agriculture?
    1. Proliferation of nitrogen-fixing microorganisms in soil can occur.
    2. Increase in the acidity of soil can take place
    3. Leaching of nitrate to the ground-water can occur.

Select the correct answer using the code given below.

(a) 1 and 3 only

(b) 2 only

(c) 2 and 3 only

(d) 1,2 and 3


  1. What explains the eastward flow of the equatorial counter-current?

(a) The Earth’s rotation on its axis
(b) Convergence of the two equatorial currents
(c) Difference in salinity of water
(d) Occurrence of the belt of calm near equator


  1. Consider the following pairs:

Place of Pilgrimage  Location

1. Srisailam : Nallamala Hills
2. Omkareshwar : Satmala Hills
3. Pushkar : Mahadeo Hills

Which of the above pairs is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 and 3 only
(c) 1 and 3 only
(d) 1,2 and 3


  1. The area known as ‘Golan Heights’ sometimes appears in the news in the context of the events related to

a) Central Asia
b) Middle East
c) South-East Asia
d) Central Africa


  1. Consider the following rivers :
    1. Vamsadhara
    2. Indravati
    3. Pranahita
    4. Pennar

Which of the above are tributaries of Godavari?

(a) 1,2 and 3
(b) 2,3 and 4
(c) 1,2 and 4
(d) 2 and 3 only


  1. Which one of the following regions of India has a combination of mangrove forest, evergreen forest and deciduous forest?

(a) North Coastal Andhra Pradesh
(b) South-West Bengal
(c) Southern Saurashtra
(d) Andaman and Nicobar Islands


  1.  Which one of the following National Parks has a climate that varies from tropical to subtropical, temperate and arctic?

(a) Khangchendzonga National park
(b) Nandadevi National Park
(c) Neora Valley National Park
(d) Namdapha National park


  1. Consider the following statements
    1. The winds which blow between 30o N and 60o S latitudes throughout the year are known as westerlies.
    2. The moist air masses that cause winter rams in North-Western region of India are part of westerlies.
    Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
    (a) 1 only
    (b) 2 only
    (c) Both 1 and 2
    (d) Neither 1 nor 2

Exp: Here I have serious doubt that examiner wanted 30N and 60N latitudes but it got misprinted as 30N and 60S covering the entire regions which has trade winds as well as westerlies making first statement incorrect.

That way only statement 2 should be correct? Any other explanation?


  1. Tides occur in oceans and seas due to which among the following?
    1. Gravitational Force of the Sun
    2. Gravitational Force of the Moon
    3. Gravitational Force of the Earth

Select the correct answer using the code given below

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2, and 3


  1. In which of the following activities are Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites used?
    1. Assessment of crop productivity
    2. Locating ground water resources
    3. Mineral exploration
    4. Telecommunications
    5. Traffic studies

Select the correct answer using the code given below

(a) 1, 2 and 3 only

(b) 4 and 5 only

(c) 1 and 2 only

(d) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5


  1. Consider the following States:
    1. Arunachal Pradesh
    2. Himachal Pradesh
    3. Mizoram

In which of the following states do ‘Tropical Wet Evergreen Forests’ occur?

(a) 1 only

(b) 2 and 3 only

(c) 1 and 3 only

(d) 1, 2 and 3


  1. Which one of the following countries of South-West Asia does not open out to the Mediterranean Sea?

(a) Syria

(b) Jordan

(c) Lebanon

(d) Israel


  1. In India, in which one of the following types of forests is teak a dominant tree species?

(a) Tropical moist deciduous forest

(b) Tropical rain forest

(c) Tropical thorn scrub forest

(d) Temperate forest with grasslands


  1. “Each day is more or less the same, the morning is clear and bright with a sea breeze; as the sun climbs high in the sky, heat mounts up, dark clouds form, than rain comes with thunder and lightning. But rain is soon over.”

Which of the following regions is described in the above passage?

(a) Savannah

(b) Equatorial

(c) Monsoon

(d) Mediterranean


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