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Precambrian rocks in India are mostly found in the


The Precambrian rocks of India are categorized into two systems and they are as follows: The Archean System and The Dharwar System. The stones of the Dharwar System are mostly sedimentary rocks. They are typically found in Mysore and Bellary in Karnataka and Aravalli Mountain Range, Rajputana, Rajasthan.


Consider the following details :
Average July temperature : 26°C to 32°C
Average January temperature : 19°C to 28°C
rainfall > 200 cm

These climatic characteristics are typical of which one of the following climatic zones?


Humid Sahyadri and West Coast: It includes Sahyadri (Western Ghats) and its western coastal belt extending from Narmada Valley in the north to Kanyakumari in the south. Temperature in January is 19°-28°C which rises to 26°-32°C in July.


Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer.


1. Moist deciduous forests are found throughout India except in the western and the north-western regions. The trees have broad trunks, are tall and have branching trunks and roots to hold them firmly to the ground. Some of the taller trees shed their leaves in the dry season. There is a layer of shorter trees and evergreen shrubs in the undergrowth. These forests are dominated by sal and teak, along with mango, bamboo, and rosewood.

2. Dry deciduous forests are found throughout the northern part of the country except in the North-East. It is also found in Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu. The canopy of the trees does not normally exceed 25 metres. The common trees are the sal, a variety of acacia, and bamboo.

3. Littoral and swamp forests are found along the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the delta area of the Ganga and the Brahmaputra. It consists mainly of whistling pines, mangrove dates, Sundari, palms, and bulletwood. They have roots that consist of soft tissue so that the plant can breathe in the water.

4. Sub alpine forests extends from Kashmir to Arunachal Pradesh between 2900 to 3500 metres. In the Western Himalayas, the vegetation consists mainly of juniper, rhododendron, willow, and black currant. In the eastern parts, red fir, black juniper, birch, and larch are the common trees. Due to heavy rainfall and high humidity the timberline in this part is higher than that in the West. Rhododendron of many species covers the hills in these parts.


Consider the following statements :

The belt of coniferous forests in Nepal, Sikkim and Assam Himalayas is at a higher altitude than those in Kashmir Himalayas because Sikkim andAssam Himalayas

1. are a lower latitudes
2. get lesser snowfall at lower heights
3. have higher temperatures at lower heights
4. have lower altitudes
5. have more rainfall at lower heights

Which of these are correct?


Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer.


1. The Khetri-Singhana belt in Jhunjhunu district is the most important copper producing area. This belt runs in north-east to south-west direction over a distance of 80 km from Singhana to Raghunathgarh with average width varying from 3 to 5 km.

2. The Iron ore deposits are found in Badampahar mines of Odisha and Kudremukh deposits of Karnataka. In Badampahar high grade hematite ores are found. The Kudremukh  iron ore deposits are known to be one of the largest  in the world. The iron ore from Kudermukh is transported as slurry  via a pipeline to a port in Mangaluru.

3. Zawar is a settlement located in Udaipur district, Rajasthan, India, approximately 40 km from the lake city Udaipur. It stretches some 10 kilometers along the banks of the Gomati River. It is close to Dhebar Lake, India's second largest artificial lake , after Govind Ballabh Pant Sagar dam).  It is one of the oldest zinc mines of the world. It is declared as the National Geological Monument.

4. State is enriched with good deposit of manganese ore mainly spread over in the Balaghat, Chhindwara and Jhabua districts. The total reserves of 23.64 million tonnes of manganese ore is available in the State constituting 14.09% of total national reserve. The "Bharveli manganese mine" in Balaghat district is largest underground mine operating in Asian sub-continent. The manganese ore deposits of the State are being exploited mainly by the Manganese Ore India Limited. During the year 2001-02, manganese ore has contributed Rs. 1.51 crores as royalty to the State Exchequer.


Consider the following statements:

I. Apart from large-scale climatic aberrations in the Tropics, El Nino has a disastrous consequence on the fishing industry of Peru.

II. El Nino leads to massive displacements of the rainfall bringing droughts over large parts of the normal raining areas and torrential rains to arid regions of the Tropics.

Which of the above is correct?


That the monsoon this year could be affected by El Nino, the warming of the western Pacific Ocean waters affecting weather patterns worldwide, was known well beforehand. Many countries, therefore, have braced up in whatever way they can.

Farmers in Indonesia now have a calendar for early planting dates. Their government is also helping them with techniques and equipment to plant certain crops sooner. In Malaysia, underground and recycled water is being encouraged for use so that the deficit the drought might cause can be dealt with. You may have floods as an immediate image for the Philippines but because of a possible drought due to El Nino’s effects, the Philippine government has even begun cloud seeding and has given farmers drought tolerant varieties of rice. In Thailand, similar efforts are afoot.


Consider the following statements:

I. The Tundra environment is characterized by a few important climatic and environmental elements.

II. The Tundra biomes are found in Arctic or Alpine regions.

Which of the above is correct?


Tundra, a major zone of treeless level or rolling ground found in cold regions, mostly north of the Arctic Circle (Arctic tundra) or above the timberline on high mountains (alpine tundra). Tundra is known for large stretches of bare ground and rock and for patchy mantles of low vegetation such as mosses, lichens, herbs, and small shrubs. This surface supports a meagre but unique variety of animals. The Finns called their treeless northern reaches the tunturi, but the concept of a vast frozen plain as a special ecological realm called tundra was developed by the Russians.


Consider the following statements:

I. Out-migration results in increase in employment opportunities and wage rates but a lossin investment.

II. Generally young people migrate and out-migration areas have fewer number of children and aged people.

Which of the above is correct?


Aging may reduce migration as older people tend to migrate less than young. Aging may lead to lower migration of workers of all ages as a result of lower labor demand for migrants. By reducing migration, aging may have additional adverse effects for the labor markets and welfare. Aging is also present in migrant-sending countries, where both facts exacerbate the negative effects. The emigration of children may lead parents “left behind” to face higher poverty risk and a greater need for care.


Consider the following statements:

I. Butter, wool and frozen meat are the most important exports of New Zealand.

II. New Zealand has cool moist climate and vast grasslands to support livestock.

Which of the above is correct?


Consider the following:

I. Eight degree channel separates Minicoy Island (India) from Maldives

II. Nine degree channel separates Kavaratti from Minicoy Island.

III. Duncan Passage lies between South Andaman and Little Andaman.


Minicoy is separated from rest of the Lakshadweep by Nine Degree Channelwhereas Lakshadweep group separated from Maldives by Eight Degree Channel. Duncan Passage is a strait in the Indian Ocean. It is about 48 km (30 mi) wide; it separates Rutland Island (part of GreatAndaman) to the north, and Little Andaman to the south. West of Duncan Passage is the Bay of Bengal; east is theAndaman Sea. Several small islands and islets lie along thepassage.


Which of the following National Water Ways of India is wrongly matched?


NW-4: Kakinada-Pondicherry canals along with Godavari and Krishna rivers (1,095 km)

It connects the Indian states of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and the union territory of Puducherry. The NW-4 runs along the Coromandal Coast through Kakinada, Eluru, Commanur, Buckingham Canals and also through part of Krishna and Godavari rivers in South India.


Consider the following:

I. J.R.D. Tata was the person to make a solo flight from Mumbai to Karachi in 1931.

II. In 1935, the Tata Air lines started its operation between Mumbai and Thiruvananthapuram and in
1937 between Mumbai and Delhi.

III. In 1951 all the private Airlines companies were nationalised and Indian Airlines and Air India came into existence.


1953: Indian Airlines and Air India International are set up after legislation comes into force to nationalize the entire airline industry in India. Eight former independent domestic airlines; Deccan Airways, Airways India, Bharat Airways, Himalayan Aviation, Kalinga Air Lines, Indian National Airways, Air India, Air Services of India, are merged to from the domestic national carrier. Air India International takes over the international routes. Indian Airlines Corporation inherits a large fleet of 74 DC-3 Dakotas, 12 Vikings, 3 DC-4s and various smaller craft.


Which of the following Railway Zone and its Headquarters is wrongly matched?


The Northern Railway Zone operates the Amritsar Junction Railway Station.


Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer.


Consider the following statements :

Colour-composite imagery based on satellite data is mostly seen in un-natural colour scheme because

1. blue wavelengths of solar radiation are strongly scattered

2. red wave lengths of solar radiation are markedly absorbed
3. it contains an invisible wavelength data which must also be assigned a specific colour flitter

Which of these is/are correct?


Consider the following statements about Geographical Information Systems (GIS)

1. It handles attribute data on a technical base
2. It can draw maps and other graphics with great ease and speed
3. It is a slow and tedious task involving creation of GIS data base
4. It works only in combination with remote sensing data.
5. It can analyse data for specified task and thus help decision making

Which of these are correct?


If LANDSAT data for an area is received today,then the data for an adjacent area to its west willbe available


A straight road across a series of hills and valleysappears as a marked zigzag road near the marginof a vertical aerial photograph because


Consider the following statements :

1. Weathering encompasses a group of processes by which surface and subsurface rocks disintegrate
2. Extreme dryness reduces most weathering to a minimum
3. Physical weathering dominates in drier and cooler climates
4. In equatorial rain-forest climate, most rocks weather slowly

Which of these are correct?


A mountainous coast having presence of large numbers of narrow, steep-sided elongated and inundated coastal valleys is called


A mountainous coast having presence of large numbers of narrow, steep-sided elongated and inundated coastal valleys is called Half Coast. 

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