(Download) IAS (Main) Geography Optional Paper - VIII : 2011

Union Public Service Commission
IAS Main Geography Optional Paper - VIII

1. On the outline map of India provided to you, mark the location of ALL of the following for which 1 (one) mark is given to each correct entry. Write in your answer script the significant geographical relevance or strategic importance of these locations, whether physical/commercial/ economical/ecological/environmental/ cultural in not more than 30 words for each entry. 3(three) marks are allotted for each write-up. 4×15=60
(a) Subansiri
(b) Bomdila
(c) Harike Barrage
(d) Keoladeo Ghana
(e) Tso Moriri
(f) Dhupgarh
(g) Bailadila
(h) Gulmarg
(i) Pilibhit
(j) Kaziranga
(k) Paradeep
(l) Kalpakkam
(m) Dhaula Dhar
(n) Shyok
(o) Hirakud

2. (a) Discuss the functional classification of Indian cities. 30
(b) Assess the severity of problem of urban sprawl faced by Indian cities. 30

3. Discuss the types, patterns and morphology of Indian rural settlements. 60

4. (a) Discuss the problems faced by the metropolitan cities in India due to urbanisation. 30
(b) Examine the urban developments in middle and lower Ganga plain. 30

5. Write about the following in about 250 words each: 15 × 4 = 60
(a) Morphology of Indian cities
(b) Relevance of Five Year Plans
(c) Command Area Development Programme
(d) Experience of regional planning in India

6. (a) Discuss the regional planning and development of Andaman and Nicobar islands. 30
(b) Assess the necessities for multi level planning in India. 30

7. (a) Discuss the problems and prospects associated with the drought prone area in India. 30
(b) Suggest strategies for the development of drought prone area in India. 30

8. (a) “Genesis of regional imbalances lies in geography; however, it is the government policies that aggravate it further.” Comment 30
(b) “Panchayati Raj Institutions has not lived up with their objectives.” Comment 30

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