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IASbaba’s 60 Day Plan – IAS Prelims Test Series 2021 – GEOGRAPHY, CURRENT AFFAIRS & CSAT [Day 8]

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GEOGRAPHY [DAY 8]


Q.1) Arrange the following in chronological order as per the ‘Geological Time Scale’.

  1. Archean
  2. Proterozoic
  3. Mesozoic
  4. Palaeozoic

Choose the correct answer:

  1. 1 – 2 – 3 – 4
  2. 2 – 3 – 4 – 1
  3. 1 – 3 – 2 – 4
  4. 1 – 2 – 4 – 3

Q.2) Indian plate along the Himalayan Mountain ranges can be classified as what type of plate boundary?

  1. Ocean – Continent Divergence
  2. Continent – Continent Convergence
  3. Divergent Boundary
  4. Transform Boundary

Q.3) Consider the map given below:

The place marked A, B, C and D in the given map are:

  1. Rift valley region, Chhattisgarh plain, Rain shadow region and Chhota Nagpur
  2. Rift valley region, Chhattisgarh plain, Chhota Nagpur plateau and Rain shadow region
  3. Rain shadow region, Chhattisgarh plain, Chhota Nagpur plateau and Rift valley region
  4. Rift valley region, Chhota Nagpur plateau, Chhattisgarh plain and Rain shadow region

Q.4) With reference to Himalayas, consider the following statements:

  1. Lesser Himalayas were formed during the Eocene period.
  2. Shiwaliks are separated from the plain by Himalayan Front Fault (HFF).

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

Q.5) Arabian Sea records higher salinity than the Bay of Bengal because

  1. Arabian Sea exhibits high rate of evaporation and low influx of freshwater.
  2. Arabian Sea has shallow water.
  3. Arabian Sea has more enclosed land.
  4. Arabian Sea receives more rainfall.

Q.6) With reference to Peninsular Plateau, consider the following statements:

  1. It is the largest physiographic unit of India.
  2. The general slope is from west to east.

Which of the above statements is/are NOT correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

Q.7) Consider the following statements:

  1. Eastern and Western Coastal plains meet each other at Kanyakumari.
  2. Mullayanagiri is the highest of Karnataka plateau.
  3. Malabar Coast is an emerging coast.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.8) Consider the following statements:

  1. Sutlej and Subansiri are antecedent rivers.
  2. River Barak, a tributary of Brahmaputra is the second largest river of northeast.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

Q.9) What does the term ‘Duar’ refer to?

  1. Coarse pebble belt along the foothills of the Shivaliks.
  2. Rolling plains with low granitic hills in southern India.
  3. Alluvial floodplains south of outer foothills of Himalayas and north of Brahmaputra basin.
  4. Longitudinal region where mountains run parallel to the coast.

Q.10) With reference to Indian soil, consider the following statements:

  1. The sand content of alluvial soil decreases from west to east.
  2. Peninsular soils are formed due to in situ decomposition of rocks.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

Q.11) With reference to Naku La, consider the following statements:

  1. It is located to the north of Kangchendzonga peak.
  2. The Teesta River passes through the pass.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 and 2

Q.12) Consider the following statements with reference to Snowline:

  1. It is the level below which snow will lie all year.
  2. In eastern Himalayas the snowline is lower.
  3. Snowline depends on precipitation, latitude and local topography.

Which of the above statements is/are correct?

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

Q.13) Consider the following statements regarding peninsular rivers:

  1. They are generally not fit for navigation.
  2. All the peninsular rivers are nonperennial in nature.
  3. All the peninsular rivers are fed by rain only.
  4. Both deltas and estuaries are formed by them.

Which of the statements given above are correct?

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

Q.14) Consider the following statements about the Vindhyas and the Satpuras:

  1. Satpuras is the source of rivers Narmada and Tapti.
  2. Kalumar Peak is the highest point of the Vindhyas.
  3. The Satpuras meet the Vindhyas in the Maikal Hills.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are incorrect?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 1 only
  4. None of these

Q.15) Which of the statements given below is/are not true in regard to western coastal plain?

  1. It is a narrow belt.
  2. Eastern coastal plain receives comparatively low rainfall but the Western coastal plain receives heavy rainfall.
  3. West Coast Plain is infertile and agriculturally not prosperous except in the Malabar Coast.
  4. It is an example of emergent coastal plain.

Q.16) Which among the following is called ‘Ruhr of India’?

  1. Chotanagpur plateau
  2. Malwa plateau
  3. Bundelkhand plateau
  4. Deccan plateau

Q.17) Consider the following statements about Lakshadweep Islands:

  1. Lakshadweep is India’s smallest union territory.
  2. The Amindivi is the northernmost group of islands, and Minicoy Island is the southernmost island.
  3. Their topography is flat and relief features such as hills, streams, valleys, etc. are absent.

Select the correct statements:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. 3 only
  4. All of the above

Q.18) With reference to the Thar Desert, consider the following statements:

  1. One of the reasons of formation of the Thar Desert is change in drainage pattern of the area.
  2. The subtropical high pressure belt and limited monsoon contributes to the dryness of the Thar Desert.

Which of the following statement(s) is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.19) Consider the following statements about the Western and Eastern Himalayas of India:

  1. The Western Himalayas are higher with sudden steep slope whereas Eastern Himalayas are lower with gradual slope.
  2. The Western Himalayas are located on higher latitude whereas the Eastern Himalayas are located on lower latitude.

Which of the above statement(s) is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.20) In which of the following areas, ‘ravines’ are present in India?

  1. Along the banks of Narmada
  2. Along the foothills of Shivalik
  3. Chambal
  4. Chota Nagpur region

Select the correct code:

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

Q.21) With reference to World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Rules of Origin which of the following statements is/are correct?

  1. Under the agreement, WTO members agreed to negotiate harmonized preferential rules of origin.
  2. The agreement established a Technical Committee on Rules of Origin under the auspices of the World Customs Organization.
  3. The agreement provides general principles for prescribing rules of origins.

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

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

Q.22) The ‘SAROD-Ports’ launched by Ministry of Shipping is related to which of the following?

  1. Special Purpose Vehicle of Sagarmala Project
  2. Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency
  3. Single Window Clearance System Portal
  4. Affordable Dispute Redressal Mechanism

Q.23) The United Nations Convention on International Settlement Agreements Resulting from Mediation is known as which of the following?

  1. Hong Kong Convention
  2. New York Convention
  3. Singapore Convention
  4. Vienna Convention

Q.24) Consider the following statements:

  1. Medicanes are tropical-like cyclones formed over the Mediterranean Sea.
  2. The cores of Medicanes are colder in comparison to that of tropical cyclones.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.25) The Leuser Ecosystem recently seen in news is located in which of the following island?

  1. Sumatra
  2. Borneo
  3. Sulawesi
  4. New Guinea

Q.26) Arrange the following States in descending order as per their ranking in 4th edition of Ease of Doing Business Rankings based on the State Business Reform Action Plan.

  1. Uttar Pradesh
  2. Andhra Pradesh
  3. Madhya Pradesh
  4. Telangana

Select the correct answer using the code given below:

  1. 2 – 3 – 4 – 1
  2. 2 – 1 – 4 – 3
  3. 4 – 3 – 2 – 1
  4. 4 – 1 – 2 – 3

Q.27) The Five Star Villages scheme is launched under which of the following Ministry?

  1. Ministry of Communications
  2. Ministry of Rural Development
  3. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change
  4. Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Q.28) Consider the following statements regarding Climate Smart Cities Assessment Framework (CSCAF 2.0):

  1. It is launched by Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.
  2. Climate Centre for Cities supports in implementation of CSCAF.

Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 only
  3. Both 1 and 2
  4. Neither 1 nor 2

Q.29) Vyttila-11 variety of pokkali seedlings is native to which of the following region?

  1. Konkan
  2. Malabar
  3. Coromandel
  4. Sundarbans

Q.30) The scheme of setting up of Plastic Parks with a state-of-the-art infrastructure through cluster development approach is an initiative of which of the following Ministries?

  1. Ministry of Commerce and Industry
  2. Ministry of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises
  3. Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers
  4. Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change

Directions for the following 2 (two) items:

Read the following passage and answer the items that follow. Your answers to these items should be based in the passage only.

There are many barriers of female employment in the course of the country’s economic development and modernization. Women’s illiteracy stands in the way of women’s employment in business and commerce, agriculture and industries, both traditional and modern.

Even on the political scene, their small representation in legislative assemblies shows how marginal women are in the whole political process. Due to immense poverty of the majority of the Asian population, the opportunity of education, participation in social and civic life are thus restricted to women belonging to the upper and middle layers of society. One factor is the decline in household industry. Since household industries constituted the largest traditional non-agricultural source of women’s employment, women were the greatest victims of the economic transformation. Within the category of household industry, those activities performed by women – such as hand weaving, oil-processing, and rice pounding, faced stiff competition from factory production. Technological changes have a dampening effect on the demand for unskilled labor. Since the majority of the women in the industrial sector are unskilled, they are the main victims of this change.

The problem of violence and atrocities against women in India is one important problem relating to women which cannot be ignored.

Women in the Asian society have been victims of humiliation, torture and exploitation for as long as we have written records of social organization and family life. Today, though women are being gradually recognized as important, power­ful and meaningful contributors to the life of men; but some of the cruel practices thrive even today. In spite of the legislative measures adopted in favor of women in our society after In­dependence, the spread of education and women’s gradual economic independence, countless women still continue to be victims of violence and extreme cruelty. The term ‘atrocities against women’ refers to as ‘a cruel and wicked act against a woman which causes her emotional or physical injury or both’.

The Police Research Bureau, Delhi has referred to ‘crime against women” under two categories; crimes under the Asian Penal Code, and crimes under the local and special laws.

The Bureau has identified seven crimes in the first category and four crimes in the sec­ond category of crimes. The seven crimes under the IPC are: rape, kidnapping and abduction, homicide for dowry, torture (physical and mental), molestation, eve-teasing and importation of girls up to 21 years of age, while the four crimes under the local and special laws are: commission of sati, dowry prohibition, immoral traffic, and indecent representation of women. There is a need to raise voice and fight against atrocities against women. Further, for each reported rape, many unreported rapes and for each reported eve-teasing many unreported eve- teasing cases occurs.

The number of reported cases of atrocities against women in India has increased in recent years. The increase in the number of reported not only indicates increased reporting but it only indicates an increased awareness about gender parity and women’s rights.

Q.31) What is the purpose of referring the two categories for ‘crime against women’?

  1. It is helpful to identify the issue and its immediate solutions.
  2. Immediate and quick action can be taken and rescue the victim.
  3. Major physical crimes which needs immediate actions by IPC.
  4. It is need of education and long term process which highly requires teaching under the moral methods by local and special laws.

Select the correct answer using the codes below:

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 and 4 only
  3. All of above
  4. None of above

 

Q.32) Which statement(s) is/are not made by the writer according to the passage?

  1. The number of reported cases of atrocities against women in India has decreased in recent years.
  2. There is a need to raise voice and fight against atrocities against Women.
  3. Further, for each reported rape, many unreported rapes and for each reported eve-teasing many unreported eve- teasing cases occurs.
  4. Women are not confident and efficient to face and report the crimes against her nowadays.

Select the correct answer using the codes below:

  1. 1 only
  2. 2 and 3 only
  3. 4 only
  4. None of above

Q.33) A train passes station platform in 36 sec and a man standing on the platform in 20 sec. if the speed of train is 54 km/hr, what is the length of platform?

  1. 120 m
  2. 240 m
  3. 320 m
  4. None of these

Q.34) A man takes 6 hours 15 minutes in walking a distance and riding back to starting place. He could walk both ways in 7 hours 45 minutes. The time taken by him to ride back both ways is

  1. 4 hours 20 min
  2. 4 hours 30 min
  3. 4 hours 45 min
  4. 4 hours 50 min

Q.35) A train 125 m long passes a man, running at 5 km/hr in the same direction in which the train is going in 10 sec. The speed of the train is

  1. 45 km/hr
  2. 48 km/hr
  3. 50 km/hr
  4. 54 km/hr

NOTE- Follow this for Comments

  1. Mention- Time Taken after solving the Test

  2. After the release of Solution, Edit your Comment to Mention-  Correct/Incorrect and Score

  3. 2 Marks for Correct/0.66 minus for Incorrect.


What IMPACT can the ‘60 Day’ have on the final results? We will explain by taking a small example. Imagine you are sitting in the examination hall, appearing in Prelims Paper I. You have attempted 70 questions already but still unsure about a few. Then you stumble upon a question that was asked in 60 Day (and believe us, it has happened to hundreds of students countless times). You choose the right answer and submit your paper hoping for the best! Eventually, you go on to clear Mains as well as Personality Test and secure a good rank as well. When the cut off gets announced by UPSC, you realize that you have scored just one mark more than the cut off! Yes, that one mark can change your life (and it has done so to many of our students in the past). Now, imagine the kind of impact 60 to 80 marks can have! Isn’t that so fascinating to imagine?  

One’s level of preparedness is always different for different subjects. Even within a subject, one’s comfort level may vary with topics. For example, one might be more comfortable in solving questions of Polity than Economics and within Polity also, one might be at ease with questions on fundamental rights than Parliament. The level of comfort and ease that one has with a subject/ topic gets manifested in the examination. However, there is no conscious effort by aspirants to micro analyze these aspects. Now, coming to the second aspect i.e. the mistakes that one commits in answering MCQs, it can be said that there are mainly four reasons behind incorrect responses in the OMR sheet. They are:

  1. Lack of information
  2. Lack of analytical ability
  3. Silly mistakes
  4. Excessive risk-taking

Let’s analyze them one by one:

  1. Lack of information: You simply don’t know the information. You are clueless and that’s why you don’t attempt the question. For example, you may have never come across a regime called the ‘Wassenaar Agreement’ during your preparation and you can’t do much about it. The lack of information is pardonable and rectifiable. You can read more and gather more information. That is within your reach.
  2. Lack of analytical ability: You know the concept but the question is a twisted one and you are not able to apply the concept. For example, in a question asking you to identify the climate type of a region based on certain given parameters like precipitation, temperature, and air density, you might find it difficult to mark the correct option even if you are aware of all the options given in the question! That is clearly a lack of application and you can overcome it by developing a habit of framing questions in your mind while you study any topic.
  3. Silly mistakes: This habit is unpardonable. You know the concept, you become happy, you misread the question, you mark the incorrect answer and you are out of the race! Such mistakes reveal your hurriedness while answering the question. A simple mistake of reading ‘chose the incorrect option’ as ‘chose the correct option’ can destroy your chances. It means that you need to have patience and focus while attempting the paper.
  4. Excessive risk-taking: You are confused between the options and just in order to increase your attempts, you make wild guesses and try your luck only to repent eventually. Risk-taking is an art and one must be very careful while doing the guesswork in confusing questions. If you are not lucky enough, it can spoil your chances.

You will realize that these problems will have different meanings for different people. For example, one might find a lack of information as the main culprit in answering wrong the questions on Culture while in Polity, lack of analytical ability is usually the culprit. The point here is that you must analyse your preparation on these yardsticks by applying them on different subjects/ topics. If one is having a headache, he/ she can’t have the same medicine for fever. Isn’t it.

This is where our revamped ’60 Day’ comes into the picture. It will give you an opportunity to micro analyze your preparation and perform better in the examination.

Now, we present you the following scales (with weightage of each scale given in the bracket) to micro analyze your preparation on a daily basis and that too subject/ topic wise:

Micro Analysis Matrix

Number of questions not attempted or attempted wrongly

Due to lack of information Due to the inability to apply the concept Due to silly mistake Due to excessive risk-taking Total
Number (N)
Weightage of scale (s) 1 2 3 4 NA
N x S

Scale 1: Information meter (1)

Scale 2: Analysis meter (2)

Scale 3: Anxiety meter (3)

Scale 4: Risk meter (4)

Suppose on Day 1, questions have been framed from Polity on the topic of Constitutional History. There are 15 questions and you are able to answer 12 out of which 7 are correct and 5 are incorrect. It means you have scored roughly 11.33 out of 30. Now you have to fill on a daily basis, the following matrix to micro analyze your preparation:

Example: Suppose, the filled up matrix gets reflected in the following fashion:

Micro Analysis Matrix- Day 1/ Polity/ Constitutional History

Number of questions not attempted or attempted wrongly

Due to lack of information Due to the inability to apply the concept Due to silly mistake Due to excessive risk-taking Total
Number (N) 3 1 2 2 8
Weightage of scale (s) 1 2 3 4 NA
N x S 3 2 6 8 19

Based on the total value in this matrix, you have to aim for the following measures on the scale:

  • Information meter < 4
    • Course Correction: If you are scoring above 4, it means that there are serious gaps in your information base in the particular subject/ topic. Please refer to a standard textbook before it’s too late.
  • Analysis meter < 4
    • Course Correction: If you are scoring above 4, you need to explore all possible questions in your mind while reading the topic. You should frame questions for your friends and try to trick them by twisting the questions.
  • Anxiety meter < 3
    • Course Correction: A score above 3 indicates that you are either too excited or too callous to even read the question. You need to calm down and read the question twice, particularly those questions in which you feel too confident.
  • Risk meter < 8
    • Course Correction: You need to curb your risk-taking instincts. Make an only intelligent guess and don’t leave your chance on fate. Don’t let the previous year’s cut off impact your mind.
  • Total N x S score < 20

Moreover, IASbaba will give a cut-off figure along with the solutions each day. If your total marks exceed that cut off along with your total N x S score lying below 20, you are on the right track and just need to keep the momentum going.

This exercise will hardly take 5 minutes of your daily time but it might do wonders for you as you will be able to gauge your strengths and limitations better.

Finally, it is up to you to take advantage of this framework. We are sure of only one thing- if you follow this program, assess yourself on the basis of the given framework and keep improving your weaker areas, success will be yours.

We are providing you with the right platform, the right guidance, and the right competition. Do you have the right motivation to make full use of this initiative? We think you have. Come, be a part of this initiative and take the first step towards SUCCESS!


Importance of self – tracking:

We could have provided all of you with login id and passwords to monitor your daily performance in the 60-day program.

Instead, a simple and most beautiful way which Disqus provides is profile based commenting!

Yes, we have seen the most successful candidates who have taken the maximum benefit from this program monitoring themselves by commenting on their answers in the box given (Disqus comment). And reviewing their performance themselves once in 10 days on the progress meter.

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