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Multiple Choice Questions

Q.1. Which one of the following is an artificial ecosystem?
(a) Pond
(b) Crop field
(c) Lake
(d) Forest
Soln: The answer is (b) Crop field
Explanation: Crop field is a man-made ecosystem.

Q.2. In a food chain, the third trophic level is always occupied by
(a) Carnivores
(b) Herbivores
(c) Decomposers
(d) Producers
Ans: (a)
Explanation: First trophic level are producers, second trophic level are herbivores, the third trophic level is occupied by carnivores.

Q.3. An ecosystem includes
(a) All living organisms
(b) Non-living objects
(c) Both living organisms and non-living objects
(d) Sometimes living organisms and sometimes non-living objects
Ans: (c)
Explanation: An ecosystem is a complex of living and nonliving organisms and their interactions.

Q.4. In the given food chain, suppose the amount of energy at the fourth trophic level is 5 kJ, what will be the energy available at the producer level?
Grass → Grasshopper → Frog → Snake → Hawk
(a) 5 k J
(b) 50 k J
(c) 500 k J
(d) 5000 k J
Ans: (d)
Explanation: Available energy level at a particular trophic level is 10 times the energy level at next tropic level. Hence, energy at a third level trophic level is 50kj. Second level trophic has 500 KJ energy and 1st level trophic level (Producer) has energy of 5000 KJ.

Q.5. Accumulation of non-biodegradable pesticides in the food chain in increasing amount at each higher trophic level is known as
(a) Eutrophication
(b) Pollution
(c) Biomagnification
(d) Accumulation

Ans: (c)

  • Eutrophication is richness of nutrient beyond optimum level. Eutrophication occurs due to runoff from land.
  • Introduction of an undesired substance into the environment. Pollution leads to harmful effects on living organisms.

Q.6. Depletion of ozone is mainly due to
(a) Chlorofluorocarbon compounds
(b) Carbon monoxide
(c) Methane
(d) Pesticides
Ans: (a)

Q.7. Organisms which synthesise carbohydrates from inorganic compounds using radiant energy are called
(a) Decomposers
(b) Producers
(c) Herbivores
(d) Carnivores
Ans: (b)
Explanation: Producers use solar energy to synthesize food from water and carbon-di-oxide. Plants and few micro-organisms are the producers.
Organisms that decompose organic material are called decomposers.
Herbivores are the organisms that feed on plant and its products.
Carnivore are the ones which feed on other organisms.

Q.8. In an ecosystem, the 10% of energy available for transfer from one trophic level to the next is in the form of
(a) Heat energy
(b) Light energy
(c) Chemical energy
(d) Mechanical energy
Ans: (c)
Explanation: Energy is available for transfer from one trophic level to the next in the form of food. Food is a chemical form of energy.

Q.9. Organisms of a higher trophic level which feed on several types of organisms belonging to a lower trophic level constitute the
(a) food web
(b) ecological pyramid
(c) ecosystem
(d) food chain
Ans: (a)
Explanation: A series of organisms through which food energy flows in an ecosystem is called a food chain. An ecosystem consists of all the living beings of an area and non-living components of their environment. The graphic summary of the trophic structure and energy transfer in an ecosystem is called ecological pyramids. Organisms of a higher trophic level which feed on several types of organisms belonging to a lower trophic level constitute the food web.

Q.10. Flow of energy in an ecosystem is always
(a) Unidirectional
(b) Bidirectional
(c) Multidirectional
(d) No specific direction
Ans: (a)
Explanation: The flow of energy is from prey to predator and it cannot be in the reverse direction. Hence the flow of energy is uni-directional.

Q.11. Excessive exposure of humans to U V-rays results in
(i) damage to the immune system
(ii) damage to lungs
(iii) skin cancer
(iv) peptic ulcers
(a) (i) and (ii)
(b) (ii) and (iv)
(c) (i) and (iii)
(d) (iii) and (iv)
Ans: (c)
Explanation: UV rays affect upper surface of our body. UV rays lead to skin cancer and effect on skin will affect our immune system as skin is considered as the primary level of the immune barrier.

Q.12. In the following groups of materials, which group (s) contains only non-biodegradable items?
(i) Wood, paper, leather
(ii) Polythene, detergent, PVC
(iii) Plastic, detergent, grass
(iv) Plastic, bakelite, DDT
(a) (iii)
(b) (iv)
(c) (i) and (iii)
(d) (ii) and (iv)
Ans: (d)
Explanation: Group i) has wood and leather which are biodegradable. Group iii) has grass which is biodegradable hence the answer is d) (ii) and (iv)

Q.13. Which of the following limits the number of trophic levels in a food chain?
(a) Decrease in energy at higher trophic levels
(b) Sufficient food supply
(c) Polluted air
(d) Water
Ans: (a)
Explanation: Available energy level at a particular trophic level is 10 times the energy level at next tropic level. When we reach the fourth trophic level; a minute portion of energy from producer is available.

Q.14. Which of the statement is incorrect?
(a) All green plants and blue-green algae are producers
(b) Green plants get their food from organic compounds
(c) Producers prepare their own food from inorganic compounds
(d) Plants convert solar energy into chemical energy
Ans: (b)
Explanation: Green plants produce their food by harnessing solar energy. Solar energy is used to prepare carbohydrate with the help of CO2 and water which are inorganic substances.

Q.15. Which group of organisms are not constituents of a food chain?
(i) Grass, lion, rabbit, wolf
(ii) Plankton, man, fish, grasshopper
(iii) Wolf, grass, snake, tiger
(iv) Frog, snake, eagle, grass, grasshopper
(a) (i) and (iii)
(b) (iii) and (iv)
(c) (ii) and (iii)
(d) (i) and (iv)
Ans: (c)
Explanation: In option ii) plankton does not eat grass. In option iii) none of them eat grass hence option c) is the right answer.

Q.16. The percentage of solar radiation absorbed by all the green plants for the process of photosynthesis is about
(a) 1 %
(b) 5 %
(c) 8 %
(d) 10 %
Ans: (a)
Explanation: Green plants utilize 1% of the radiation absorbed by leaf and use it for photosynthesis.

Q.17. In the given Figure 15.1 the various trophic levels are shown in a pyramid. At which trophic level is maximum energy available?
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(b) T2
(c) T1
(d) T3
Explanation: Maximum energy is available for producers. Only 10% of the energy is consumed by an organism at the next level. Hence T1>T2>T3>T4

Q.18. What will happen if deer is missing in the food chain given below? 
Grass → Deer → Tiger
(a) The population of tiger increases
(b) The population of grass decreases
(c) Tiger will start eating grass
(d) The population of tiger decreases and the population of grass increases
Ans: (d)
Explanation: Lack of predators will increase the population of grass. Population of tiger will reduce due to lack of food.

Q.19. The decomposers in an ecosystem
(a) Convert inorganic material, to simpler forms
(b) Convert organic material to inorganic forms
(c) Convert inorganic materials into organic compounds
(d) Do not breakdown organic compounds
Ans: (b)

Q.20. If a grasshopper is eaten by a frog, then the energy transfer will be from
(a) Producer to decomposer
(b) Producer to primary consumer
(c) Primary consumer to secondary consumer
(d) Secondary consumer to primary consumer
Ans: (c)
Explanation: Grasshopper is a primary consumer because it feeds on grass. If grasshopper is getting eaten by a frog. Frog will be the secondary consumer.

Q.21. Disposable plastic plates should not be used because
(a) they are made of materials with lightweight
(b) they are made of toxic materials
(c) they are made of biodegradable materials
(d) they are made of non-biodegradable materials
Ans: (d)
Explanation: Plastics are non-biodegradable hence they start accumulating in nature harming living organisms.

Short Answer Questions

Q.22. Why is improper disposal of waste a curse to the environment?
SolutionWastes pollute our environment, air, soil and water, and cause harmful effects on all living organisms.

Q.23. Write the common food chain of a pond ecosystem.
Phyto planktons

Small aquatic animals larvae, shrimps, Insects



Q.24. What are the advantages of cloth bags over plastic bags during shopping
Solution: Advantages of cloth bags over plastic bags during shopping are as follows
They can carry more weight than plastic bags
They are bio-degradable
They can be reused.
They do not cause environmental pollution.

Q.25. Why are crop fields known as artificial ecosystems?
Solution: Crops field are known as artificial ecosystems because they are manmade where certain biotic and abiotic components are manipulated.

Q.26. Differentiate between biodegradable and non-biodegradable substances. Cite examples.
Solution: Substances which can be broken into pieces by the biological process are known as biodegradable substance. Substances which cannot be broken into pieces by the biological process are known as non-biodegradable substance.

Q.27. Suggest one word for each of the following statements/ definitions
(a) The physical and biological world where we live in
(b) Each level of the food chain where the transfer of energy takes place
(c) The physical factors like temperature, rainfall, wind and soil of an ecosystem
(d) Organisms which depend on the producers either directly or indirectly for food


  1. Environment
  2. Trophic level
  3. Abiotic factors
  4. Consumers or heterotrophs

Q.28. Explain the role of decomposers in the environment?
SolutionDecomposers breakdown dead and decaying living matter and helps in the nutrient recycling. This will clean the environment by removing dead material.

Q.29. Select the mismatched pair in the following and correct it.
(a) Biomagnification — Accumulation of chemicals at the successive trophic levels of a food chain
(b) Ecosystem — Biotic components of environment
(c) Aquarium — A man-made ecosystem
(d) Parasites — Organisms which obtain food from other living organisms
Ans: (b)
Explanation: Ecosystem — Biotic components of environment
Both biotic and abiotic components of the environment constitute an ecosystem.

Q.30. We do not clean ponds or lakes, but an aquarium needs to be cleaned. Why
SolutionAn aquarium is an artificial ecosystem which is incomplete ecosystem when compared to pond or lake which is a natural and complete ecosystem.

Long Answer Questions

Q.31. Indicate the flow of energy in an ecosystem. Why is it unidirectional? Justify.
SolutionFlow of energy in an ecosystem is as follows.
The green plants in a terrestrial ecosystem capture about 1% of the energy of sunlight that falls on their leaves and convert it into food energy.
When green plants are eaten by primary consumers, a great deal of energy is lost as heat to the environment, some amount goes into digestion and in doing work and the rest goes towards growth and reproduction. An average of 10% of the food eaten is turned into its own body and made available for the next level of consumers.
Therefore, 10% can be taken as the average value for the amount of organic matter that is present at each step and reaches the next level of consumers.
Since so little energy is available for the next level of consumers, food chains generally consist of only three or four steps. The loss of energy at each step is so great that very little usable energy remains after four trophic levels.
There are generally a greater number of individuals at the lower trophic levels of an ecosystem, the greatest number is of the producers.
The length and complexity of food chains vary greatly. Each organism is generally eaten by two or more other kinds of organisms which in turn are eaten by several other organisms. So instead of a straight line food chain, the relationship can be shown as a series of branching lines called a food web.
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The flow of energy is unidirectional because the energy that is captured by the autotrophs does not revert to the solar input and the energy which passes to the herbivores does not come back to autotrophs. As it moves progressively through the various trophic levels it is no longer available to the previous level. Secondly, the energy available at each trophic level gets diminished progressively due to the loss of energy at each level.

Q.32. What are decomposers? What will be the consequence of their absence in an ecosystem?
SolutionMicroorganisms, comprising bacteria and fungi, break-down the dead remains and waste products of organisms. These microorganisms are the decomposers as they break-down the complex organic substances into simple inorganic substances that go into the soil and are used up once more by the plants.
If decomposers are absent in the ecosystem recycling of material in the biosphere will not take place which would lead to the accumulation of dead plants and animals in the environment. Additionally, the environment would be finally devoid of all its resources which are needed to maintain and sustain life.

Q.33. Suggest any four activities in daily life which are eco-friendly
Solution: Activities in daily life which are eco-friendly are as follows

  • Using of bicycles and electrical bikes instead of vehicles run by fossil fuels.
  • Avoid using plastic bags, instead we can use bags made of clothes and papers.
  • Plant trees in our surroundings.
  • Stop usage of old items and recycle them.

Q.34. Give two differences between food chain and food web.
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Q.35. Name the wastes which are generated in your house daily. What measures would you take for their disposal?
Solution: Wastes generated in our house daily are as follows
(a) Kitchen wastes
(b) Paper wastes like newspapers, bags, envelopes
(c) Plastic bags
(d) Vegetable/fruit peels/rind Measures for disposal
Measures to take to dispose of house waste are
(a) Segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable wastes.
(b) Safe disposal of plastic bags.
(c) Vegetable/fruit peels can be placed near trees/plants, which on decomposition will enrich the soil with nutrients.
(d) Give paper wastes for recycling.
(e) Prepare a compost pit for kitchen wastes.

Q.36. Suggest suitable mechanism (s) for waste management in fertiliser industries.
Solution: To manage waste in the fertiliser industry following steps must be taken:
For control of gaseous pollutants combustion equipments are used which can be oxidised. The pollutants are exposed to a high temperature in the process. Air pollutants, such as certain gases and vapour and inflammable compounds are controlled through the use’ of adsorption equipments. Adsorption is a surface phenomenon, and it needs the presence of a large solid surface area. This process removes toxic and odoriferous compounds are efficiently.
Three options available for controlling the effluents are:

  • Control can take place at the point of generation within the factory.
  • Wastewater can be pre-treated for discharge to municipal treatment systems.
  • Wastewater can be treated completely at the factory and either reused or discharged directly for receiving water.

Q.37. What are the by-products of fertiliser industries? How do they affect the environment?
Solution: The most common byproduct of fertilizer industries are oxides of nitrogen and sulphur. They pass into the atmosphere and spread to all nearby places. The gases have a corrosive effect on several items besides being harmful to living beings. They also give rise to acid rain. Acid rain is highly destructive to forests, crops and aquatic biota.
Oxides of Nitrogen and Sulphur are the most common by-product of fertilizer industries. These oxides pass into the atmosphere and spread to all nearby places. Sulphur and nitrogen oxides have a corrosive effect on several items besides being harmful to living beings. Sulphur oxides lead to acid rain which causes harms to forests, crops and aquatic biota.

Q.38. Explain some harmful effects of agricultural practices on the environment.
Solution: Following are the harmful effects of agricultural practices on the environment
Soil degradation Extensive cropping causes loss of soil fertility. Also, over time it can lead to soil erosion and finally to desertification.
Use of synthetic fertilisers and pesticides leads to soil, water and air pollution. •
Water shortage
Excess use of groundwater for agriculture lowers the water level. This results in acute water shortage at many places.
The chemical pesticides, being non-biodegradable accumulate in organisms in increasing amounts at each trophic level.
Indiscriminate cutting of trees for agriculture has resulted in loss of habitat for wildlife. Thus, it also causes damage to the natural ecosystem.

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FAQs on NCERT Exemplar: Our Environment - Science Class 10

1. What is the importance of our environment?
Ans. Our environment is important for various reasons. It provides us with clean air, water, and food. It supports the existence and growth of all living organisms, including humans. Additionally, a healthy environment helps in maintaining ecological balance and preventing the spread of diseases.
2. How does pollution affect our environment?
Ans. Pollution has detrimental effects on our environment. It can contaminate water bodies, making them unfit for consumption and harming aquatic life. Air pollution can lead to respiratory problems and damage the ozone layer. Soil pollution can affect agricultural productivity and the overall health of ecosystems.
3. What are some natural resources and how are they essential for our environment?
Ans. Natural resources are materials or substances occurring in nature, which are essential for the survival and well-being of living organisms. Some examples of natural resources include air, water, sunlight, forests, minerals, and fossil fuels. These resources provide us with energy, shelter, food, and various raw materials necessary for industrial processes.
4. How can we contribute to conserving the environment?
Ans. We can contribute to conserving the environment by adopting sustainable practices. This includes reducing the use of single-use plastics, conserving water, practicing recycling and composting, using energy-efficient appliances, and supporting renewable energy sources. Additionally, spreading awareness about environmental issues and participating in community clean-up drives can make a significant impact.
5. What are the consequences of deforestation on our environment?
Ans. Deforestation has several negative consequences on our environment. It leads to the loss of biodiversity as many plant and animal species lose their natural habitats. Deforestation also contributes to climate change as trees play a crucial role in absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen. It can result in soil erosion, increased flooding, and the disruption of ecological balance.
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