IAS Mains Geography Papers 2001

IAS Mains Geography 2001

Paper I

Section A

  1. On the outline map of the world supplied to you mark any ten of the following and also write in your answer script the most significant aspect of each of them in not more than ten words: (6 × 10 = 60)

    1. Bandung

    2. Alice Springs

    3. Mekong River

    4. Gulf of Oman

    5. Timor Island

    6. Kara Sea

    7. Atlas Mountains

    8. Gulf of Bothnia

    9. Agulhas Current

    10. Mariana Trench

    11. Lake District

    12. Shiraz

  2. Present a critical analysis of the theory of Isostasy. 60

  3. Discuss the concept of air masses and present their classification. 60

  4. Discuss the concept, components and functioning of an ecosystem. 60

Section B

  1. Write short notes on any three of the following (Each answer should be in 200 words): (20 × 3 = 60)

    1. Agro-forestry

    2. Radical Approach in Human Geography

    3. Concept of optimum population

    4. Formation of coral reefs

  2. Examine the spatial patterns of development disparity prevailing in the world. 60

  3. Critically examine the role of growth centers and growth poles in regional development process. 60

  4. Discuss the concept and application of systems analysis in Human Geography. 60

Paper II

Section A

  1. Mark on the outpoint map of India supplied any ten of the following entries. Write brief notes (not exceeding 30 words) on the geographical significance of each entry. 6 × 10 = 60

    1. Harishchandra Range

    2. Bhima river

    3. Semi-arid climatic zone

    4. Manas National Park

    5. Anai Mudi

    6. Sambhar lake

    7. Digboi oilfield

    8. Baghelkhand

    9. National Highway No. 8

    10. Anjar

    11. Red and Yellow soil areas

    12. Minicoy island

  2. Discuss the relief features of Indian Northern Plains. 60

  3. Examine the geographical basis of agro-climatic planning regions of India. 60

  4. Describe the growth, characteristics and distribution pat tern of India's industrial regions. 60

Section B

  1. Answer any three of the following in about 200 words each: (20 × 3 = 60)

    1. Elucidate the sex and age structure of the population of India.

    2. Give a brief account of the second-order regions of India's Peninsular Plateau.

    3. Explain the sequence of vegetation zones of the Himalayas.

    4. Provide the geographical background and characteristics of the distribution of Hill Stations of


  2. Discuss the geopolitical importance of India's Land Boundaries. 60

  3. Explain the concept of watershed and its utility in land management. 60

  4. Explain the geographical characteristics of the regional distribution of earthquakes in India. 60