IAS Mains Psychology 2009

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Section A

  1. Answer any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Perception of size is explained from visual angle perspective. Evaluate its adequate.

    2. The History of psychology show ‘mind-body’ approach as one of the popular ways of explaining behaviour. Discuss how this is being revisited in modern psychology.

    3. With suitable examples distinguish between exploratory type and confirmatory type factor analysis. How do you examine the significance level of factors loadings?

    4. Distinguish the application of signal detection theory

    In the selection process of defense personal. How do you get and interpret ROC Curve.

  2. Answer the following

    1. Distinguish between ‘intelligence’ and ‘aptitude’ tests. Lists commonly measured aptitudes and their tests. 30

    2. Prepare an experimental design following Sperling's technique to study iconic memory. What does the experiment prove? 30

  3. What is psychological well being? Discuss various methods in promoting psychological well being across major stages of the life span. 60

  4. Discuss various characteristics of probability learning. Prepare an experimental design of probability learning following ‘Bernoulli Sequence’ When is the behaviour of the subject labeled as ‘gambler's fallacy’ 60

Section B

  1. Answer any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. Comment on Chomsky's theory of transformational Generative grammar and discuss its later modifications.

    2. Discuss the use (s) of SPSS programme in psychological testing.

    3. What is non directive thinking? Discuss different dimensions of thoughts processes in relation to concept and creativity?

    4. How is emotional competence assessed? Discuss the efforts of emotion on behaviour. Cite experimental evidence.

  2. What are the different stages of sleep? How are these stages assessed experimentally? Citing relevant research studies discuss the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive, affective and behavioral dimensions. 60

  3. Critically evaluate the relative merits and demerits of psychometric measures of personality and intelligence. 60

  4. Discuss nature, formation and measurement of attitude. Can attitude be changed? Substantiate your answer citing research finding. 60

Paper II

Section A

  1. Answer any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. You have been asked to establish convergent and discriminant validity of the Civil Service (Preliminary) Test. How would you do it?

    2. Compare gender differences in prevalence of substance abuse in India.

    3. Comment on the role of cognitive factors in the experience of stress.

    4. What psychological priciples can be used to improve the effectiveness of poverty eradication programmes?

  2. Answer the following:

    1. What are the methodological differences between a ‘constructed’ and a ‘standardized’ psychological test? 20

    2. Comment on the limits of psychotherapeutic methods. 20

    3. What are the merits of ‘sensitivity training groups’ as a training progarmme in organizations? 20

  3. Answer the following:

    1. Should children with learning disabilities be taught in mainstream schools? Critically examine. 30

    2. What, in your view, are the psychological problems that physically challenge people are more prone to? 30

  4. Discuss the psychological significance of ‘group decision’ How can this be applied in fostering mental health in a Community? 60

Section B

  1. Answer any THREE of the following in not more than 200 words each: 20 × 3 = 60

    1. What are the psychological consequence of crowding?

    2. What psychological processes are associated with a self fulfilling prophecy?

    3. As a Psychologist, How would you design a Traning progamme for the defence personal for Operating in low intensity conflicts areas?

    4. what psychological principles can be used to protect our environment?

  2. Answer the following:

    1. Discuss the psychological consequences of ‘prolonged’ as well as ‘relative’ deprivation. 30

    2. Evaluate the contribution of psychology in dealing with the issue of gender discrimination. 30

  3. What psychological explanation would you offer for India's failure in reducing its growth rate significantly? 60

  4. What processes create out groups? To What extent can developing super ordinate goals and norms promote inter-group cooperation and reduce conflicts between groups? 60