UGC NET Exam Dec 2013 Paper 1 Solved - Part 2 [ CBSE NET-JRF Updates ]

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This is the first part of the UGC Paper 1 Dec 2013 multi-part series where we will discuss the answers for UGC NET exam five questions at a time. The paper this time was tricky. Examrace UGC Paper 1 Series ( would equip students to sail through this paper. 

Arrange the following books in chronological order in which they appeared. Use the code given below:

(i) Limits to Growth

(ii) Silent Spring

(iii) Our Common Future

(iv) Resourceful Earth


(A) (i), (iii), (iv), (ii)

(B) (ii), (iii), (i), (iv)

(C) (ii), (i), (iii), (iv)

(D) (i), (ii), (iii), (iv)

Answer: (C)

The Limits to Growth is a 1972 book about the computer modeling of exponential economic and population growth with finite resource supplies. Silent Spring is a book written by Rachel Carson and published by Houghton Mifflin on September 27, 1962. Our Common Future, also known as the Brundtland Report, from the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) was published in 1987. Julian Simon and Herman Kahn's The Resourceful Earth (1984), emphasized humanity's ability to find or to invent substitutes for resources that were scarce and in danger of being exhausted. So, the correct order would be Silent Spring, then Limits to Growth, Resourceful Earth and finally Our Common Future. None of the answers are correct and the closest match can be choice C. 

Which one of the following continents is at a greater risk of desertification?

(A) Africa

(B) Asia

(C) South America

(D) North America

Answer: (A)

Africa having the largest desert area has the highest risk of being exposed to desertification. 

"Women are closer to nature than men." What kind of perspective is this?

(A) Realist

(B) Essentialist

(C) Feminist

(D) Deep ecology

Answer: (C)

Ecofeminism says that women are closer to nature than men are. This closeness, therefore, makes women more nurturing and caring towards their environment. 

Which one of the following is not a matter a global concern in the removal of tropical forests?

(A) Their ability to absorb the chemicals that contribute to depletion of ozone layer.

(B) Their role in maintaining the oxygen and carbon balance of the earth.

(C) Their ability to regulate surface and air temperatures; moisture content and reflectivity.

(D) Their contribution to the biological diversity of the planet.

Answer: (A)

Rainforests help stabilize the world's climate; provide a home to many plants and animals; maintain the water cycle; protect against flood, drought, and erosion; are a source for medicines and foods; support tribal people; and are an interesting place to visit. Extinction of rainforest leads to global climate abnormality, increased CO2 concentration, increase in temeprature, soil erosion, desertification, rise in sea level. 

The most comprehensive approach to address the problems of man-environment interaction is one of the following:

(A) Natural Resource Conservation Approach

(B) Urban-industrial Growth Oriented Approach

(C) Rural-agricultural Growth Oriented Approach

(D) Watershed Development Approach

Answer: (A)

Neither urban, rural or watershed approach deals with man-environment interactions. Therefore, the only approach that deals with man-environment interaction in a comprehensive way is natural resource conservation. 

- Published on: January 5, 2014