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Previous Year Questions - Poverty as a Challenge - Social Studies (SST) Class 9

Short Answer Type Questions

Q.1. State two consequences of poverty.    [CBSE 2016]

Ans: Two consequences of poverty are:

  • Growth of slums 
  • High level of indebtedness 

Q.2. When is a person considered poor?    [CBSE 2016]

Ans: If the level of income and consumption falls below the minimum level of income and consumption of this line, then the person is considered to be poor. 

Q.3. Which social groups are vulnerable to poverty?    [CBSE 2016]

Ans: In India, the social groups that are highly vulnerable to poverty include the Scheduled tribes and Scheduled castes, while the most vulnerable economic groups consist of casual labor households in urban areas and those in rural areas dependent on agricultural labor.

Q.4. What led to a substantial decline in poverty in China?    [CBSE 2016]

Ans: The substantial decline in poverty in China has been due to

  • Rapid economic growth 
  • Massive investment in human resource development.

Q.5. Explain any three social indicators through which poverty is looked upon.    [CBSE 2016]

Ans: Poverty today is looked upon through social indicators like illiteracy level, lack of access to healthcare, lack of job opportunities etc.
(a) People are poor because they are illiterate and they are illiterate because they are poor.
(b) Poverty is a situation where sick people cannot afford treatment, i.e., they lack access to healthcare.
(c) Poverty also implies the lack of a regular job: at a minimum decent level.

Long Answer Type Questions

Q.1. Mention any four causes of poverty in India.    [CBSE 2016, 15, 13, 12, 11]

Discuss the major reasons for poverty in India.    [CBSE 2016,15,11,10]

Ans: There are a number of causes responsible for the widespread poverty in India. Some of them are:
(a) Low level of economic development under British rule in India.
(b) The decline of the Indian handicrafts industry, which led to unemployment, poverty and misery which were responsible for the low rate of income growth.
(c) Social factors like caste system, religious faiths and beliefs also kept a certain section of people in society in poverty.
(d) The high growth rate of population led to a very low per capita income in the country.
(e) Huge income inequalities due to unequal distribution of land and other resources.

Q.2.  What are the main features of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act, 2005?    [CBSE 2016, 13, 12, 11]

Ans: The main features of the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act 2005 are:
• The Act assures 100 days of employment every year to every rural household.
 One-third of the jobs are reserved for women.
• It also aimed at sustainable development to address the cause of drought, deforestation and soil erosion.
• The share of SCs, STs and women are 23 %, 17% and 53% respectively.
• Under this, the average wage has increased from Rs 65 in 2006-07 to Rs 132 in 2013-14.
• The scheme provided employment to 220 crores person-days of employment to 4.78 crore households.
• In March 2018, the wage rate for unskilled manual workers has been revised again statewide.
• The range of wage rates for different states and union territories lies in between Rs 281 per day (for the workers in Haryana) to Rs 168 per day (for the workers in Bihar and Jharkhand).

Q.3. Describe how the poverty line is estimated in India.    [CBSE 2016]


1. The poverty line in India is estimated periodically, usually every five years, by conducting sample surveys.

2. These surveys are carried out by the National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO).

3. The accepted average calorie requirement for determining the poverty line is 2,400 calories per person per day in rural areas and 2,100 calories per person per day in urban areas.

4. In the year 2011-12, the poverty line for a person was fixed at Rs 816 per month for rural areas and Rs 1,000 for urban areas.

5. International organizations like the World Bank use a uniform standard for the poverty line for making comparisons between developing countries, i.e., minimum availability of the equivalent of $1.90 per person per day.

Q.4. Give an account of the inter-state disparities in poverty in India.   [CBSE2014]

Ans: Below is the account of inter-state disparities in poverty in India.

  • States with poverty ratio less than the national average: Recent studies show that in 20 states and union territories, the poverty ratio is less than the national average.
  • There has been a significant decline in the poverty ratio in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and West Bengal.
  • States with low poverty ratio: States like Punjab, Haryana, Goa, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu Kashmir have a very low percentage of the population living below the poverty line.

Q.5. “There is a strong link between economic growth and poverty reduction.” Explain. 

Ans: The following points explain that there is strong link between economic growth and poverty reduction:

  • Over a period of thirty years lasting up to the early eighties, there were little per capita income growth and not much reduction in poverty. Official poverty estimates which were about 45 per cent in the early 1950s remained the same even in the early eighties.
  • Since the eighties, India’s economic growth has been one of the fastest in the world. The growth rate jumped from an average of about 3.5% a year in the 1970s to about 6 % cent during the 1980s and 1990s. The higher growth rates have helped significantly in the reduction of poverty.
  • Economic growth widens opportunities and provides the resources needed to invest in human development.
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FAQs on Previous Year Questions - Poverty as a Challenge - Social Studies (SST) Class 9

1. What is poverty?
Ans. Poverty is a state of being extremely poor, where individuals lack basic necessities such as food, shelter, clothing, and healthcare. It is characterized by the inability to meet one's basic needs and maintain a decent standard of living.
2. What are the causes of poverty?
Ans. Poverty can be caused by various factors such as lack of education, unemployment, unequal distribution of wealth, social inequality, political instability, natural disasters, and inadequate access to resources and opportunities. These factors often interact and reinforce each other, leading to a continuous cycle of poverty.
3. How does poverty affect society?
Ans. Poverty has a significant impact on society. It hampers economic growth, exacerbates social inequality, and increases crime rates. It also leads to inadequate healthcare, malnutrition, and lower life expectancy. Moreover, poverty restricts access to education, limiting opportunities for personal and professional development, and perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
4. What are the measures to alleviate poverty?
Ans. To alleviate poverty, various measures can be taken. These include implementing social welfare programs, providing quality education and skill development opportunities, ensuring equal distribution of resources, promoting sustainable economic growth, improving access to healthcare, creating employment opportunities, and empowering marginalized communities through affirmative action.
5. How can individuals contribute to reducing poverty?
Ans. Individuals can contribute to reducing poverty by supporting and participating in various initiatives. This can include donating to charitable organizations, volunteering for social causes, advocating for policies that address poverty, promoting education and skill development, and supporting fair trade practices. Additionally, individuals can also play a role in raising awareness about poverty-related issues and encouraging others to take action.
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