Physical & Political Geography – WBCS Preliminary Question Paper

Physical & Political Geography WBCS Preliminary Question Paper
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WBCS Preliminary Question – 2020

59. Identify the correct pairs for Northern Hemisphere.
1. Winter Solstice – December 22nd
2. Autumn Equinox – September 23rd
3. Summer Solstice – June 21st
4. Spring Equinox – March 21st
    Choose the correct answer from the given code:
(A) 1 and 2
(B) 2 and 3
(C) 3 and 4
(D) All are correctly matched
80. Light from the sun reaches us in nearly
(8 min 20 sec)
(A) 2 minutes
(B) 8 minutes
(C) 4 minutes
(D) 16 minutes
(A) Metric scale
(B) Quake scale
(C) Richter scale
(D) Epicenter scale
110. Chumbi Valley is on boundary of
(A) Sikkim – Bhutan
(B) Nepal – Sikkim
(C) Bihar – Nepal
(D) Assam – Bangladesh
185. Port Blair is located on which island ?
(A) The Little Andaman
(B) The Great Nicobar
(C) The South Andaman
(D) The North Andaman


WBCS Preliminary Question – 2019

32. The full-fledged state of Telangana came into existence on
(A) 1st June, 2013     
(B) 1st June, 2014
(C) 1st June, 2015     
(D) 1st June, 2016
40. The tropic of Cancer does not pass through
(total 8 states)
(A) Mizoram       
(B) Tripura       
(C) Orissa 
(D) Madhya Pradesh
47. Laskshadeep is an island of
(A) Coral island
(B) Volcanic island      
(C) Tectonic island      
(D) Alluvial island

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2018

51. On average, air contains ______ % of water vapour.
(a) 1
(b) 3
(c) 5
(d) 7
148. Rohilkhand region lies in
(a) Gujarat plains
(b) Western foothill- plains of the Aravalli
(c) Northern Uttar Pradesh
(d) Bihar
166. Importance of the Dolphin’s nose at Vishakhapatnam is as
(a) tourist spot only
(b) archaeological site
(c) natural protection for harbour and development of ship building industry
(d) ropeway used for transporting cargo at the port
185. The importance of ‘Ring Road’ for New Delhi:
(a) It avoid the main city centre
(b) Heavy vehicles can avoid city centre
(c) Both (A) and (B)
(d) None of the above

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2017

127. Name of the capital of the newly formed state of Andhra Pradesh is
(legislative capital)
(A) Amravati
(B) Secunderabad
(C) Hyderabad
(D) Vishakhapatnam
136. India’s share of total land area in the world is about
(A) 2.4 per cent
(B) 2.8 per cent
(C) 3.2 per cent
(D) 3.6 per cent
137. In terms of longitude the easternmost state of India is
(A) Mizoram
(B) Manipur
(C) Nagaland
(D) Arunachal Pradesh

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2016

157.   Shillong plateau is also known as ‘Meghalaya’. It was named by :
(coined in 1936)
(A) O.H.K. Spate        
(B) S.P. Chatterjee
(C) D.N. Wadia        
(D) R.L. Singh
131.  Tropopause is :
(A) A region between troposphere and stratosphere.
(B) A natural umbrella above volcanic eruptions.
(C) Both (A) and (B)
(D) Neither (A) nor (B)
121.  For his model of industrial location, Weber makes use of:
(A) Isogons       
(B) Isophenes        
(C) Isodapanes
(D) Isotachs

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2015

77.  If there were no atmosphere, the earth would have been
(A) Slightly hot     
(B) Slightly cold       
(C) Very hot
(D) Very cold
106.  The Indian Peninsula is surrounded by water on
(A) South and East     
(B) South and West  
(C) Southwest, South and Southeast
(D) East and West
119.  In which layer of the atmosphere does ozone act as a UV radiation shield ?
(A) Troposphere      
(B) Thermosphere       
(C) Stratosphere
(D) Mesosphere
121.  The difference in time between Kolkata and London is
(A) Kolkata is more than 5 hours ahead
(B) Kolkata is more than 3 hours ahead
(C) Kolkata is 15 minutes ahead
(D) Kolkata is 10 hours behind
138.  Indian Standard Time is calculated along a line of longitude passing through
(A) 82°30’ E passing through Allahabad
(B) 80°30’ E passing through Delhi
(C) 88°30’ E passing through Kolkata
(D) 84°00’ E passing through Nasik
139.  One of the characteristics of the atmosphere of prebiotic primitive earth was :
(A) Absence of hydrogen       
(B) Absence of water vapour
(C) Absence of nitrogen        
(D) Absence of oxygen
178.  Theory of Plate Tectonic explains
(A) Formation of Mountains     
(B) Sea floor spreading
(C) Origin of earthquakes       
(D) All of the above
182.  An area will be described as urban if it has
(A) High population
(B) Has towns and cities
(C) Has a high proportion of people in non-agriculture pursuits
(D) All of the above

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2014

44.  Who prepares the topographical maps of India ?
(A) Geological Survey of India       
(B) Survey of India
(C) Defence Ministry      
(D) Geographical Survey of India

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2013

27.  Seismograph is :
(A) An instrument for photographing clouds
(B) An instrument for recording earthquake tremors
(C) An instrument for measuring depths of water in the sea
(D) A device for recording changes in the atmospheric pressure
45.  On a map of the world some lines are drawn joining places of equal dip angles. These lines are known as –
(same magnetic inclination)
(A) Isogonic lines       
(B) Isoclinic lines
(C) Agonic lines      
(D) Isothermal lines
61.  In terms of area India’s rank in the world is —
(A) 5th        
(B) 7th
(C) 10th     
(D) 12th
88.  Part of earth where life exist is known as —
(A) Lithosphere      
(B) Hydrosphere     
(C) Atmosphere      
(D) Biosphere

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2012

89.  When was Ganga Water Treaty was signed between India and Bangladesh ?
(Temporary 1977)
(A) 1994      
(B) 1995       
(C) 1996    (12 Dec)
(D) 1997

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2011

98.  The first state in India which was created on linguistic basis
(Potti Sriramulu, 1953)
(A) Andhra Pradesh     
(B) Gujarat       
(C) Haryana       
(D) Kerala
99.  Mc. Mohan Line demarcates the boundary between
(3488 k.m.)
(A) India and Pakistan       
(B) India and China     
(C) India and Nepal     
(D) India and Bangladesh
107.  Satish Dhawan Space Centre is located at
(1971, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh)
(A) Sriharikota
(B) Tarapur      
(C) Hyderabad      
(D) Chandipur
116. Duncan Passage lies between
(Bay of Bengal & Andaman Sea)
(A) Andaman and Nicobar Islands        
(B) South Andaman and Little Andaman
(C) Little Andaman and Nicobar       
(D) Amindivi and Lakshadweep Islands
137.  In India when population of an urban settlement crosses 100,000 it is called
(A) Town       
(B) City    
(C) Metropolis      
(D) Megalopolis
164.  Which of the following states was previously known as NEFA
(1914 to 1972)
(A) Nagaland        
(B) Manipur       
(C) Assam       
(D) Arunachal Pradesh
197.  The latitude of a place is expressed by its angular distance in relation to 
(A) South Pole      
(B) North Pole       
(C) Equator
(D) Axis of the Earth

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2010

84.  Tsunamis are generated by
(A) Under-sea plate movements
(B) Undersea volcanism       
(C) Tidal change     
(D) None of the above
143.  In India variety of corals are found around
(A) Lakshadweep
(B) Daman & Diu       
(C) Sundarbans      
(D) Narmada estuary
186.  Coastal Regulation Zones in India have been identified on the basis of
(Feb 1991)
(A) Tidal Height
(B) Sea Level Rise      
(C) Depth of Water      
(D) Undersea Bathymetry

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2009

91.  The first Indian state which was created on a linguistic basis following a long-drawn agitation is
(1st Nov 1956)
(A) Andhra Pradesh
(B) Assam       
(C) Tamil Nadu       
(D) Karnataka
117. Coastline of which of the following states is known as the Coromondal Coast ?
(A) Karnataka      
(B) Kerala      
(C) Orissa       
(D) Tamil Nadu
122.  Which state of India touches the boundaries of the largest number of other states ?
(A) Andhra Pradesh     
(B) Bihar     
(C) Madhya Pradesh      
(D) Uttar Pradesh
131. The Tropic of Cancer passes through
(A) Andhra Pradesh       
(B) Uttar Pradesh      
(C) Maharastra      
(D) Madhya Pradesh
136.  Satish Dhawan Space Centre located at 13° north latitude is situated at
(Andhra Pradesh)
(A) Chennai       
(B) Sriharikota
(C) Trombay      
(D) Chandipur
141.  Chhattisgarh which came into being on 1st November, 2000 has been carved out of
(26th State)
(A) Madhya Pradesh
(B) Orissa      
(C) Uttar Pradesh      
(D) Bihar
195.  The line demarcating the boundary between India and China in North Eastern Sector is called
(A) Radcliffe line       
(B) Durand line      
(C) Mc Mohan line
(D) Siegfried line

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2008

140. Sand dunes form a major topographic feature of
(A) Eastern Rajasthan
(B) Western Rajasthan
(C) Punjab
(D) Gujarat
168. The tsunami which devastated some of the coastal areas of India in December,2004 originated from
(A) Subduction of Indian plate under the Myanmar plate
(B) Subduction of Myanmar plate under the Indian plate
(C) Subsidence and trench formation near Andaman Nicobar islands
(D) Subduction of Myanmar plate under the Pacific plate near Hawaii

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2007

103. ______ is India’s largest district (area wise)
(2nd – Leh, 3rd – Jaisalmer)
(A) Baster
(B) Kachchh
(C) Leh-Ladakh
(D) Burdwan
178. Map of India is best suited to_________ projection.
(A) Polyconic
(B) Lambert Conical Orthomorphic
(C) Albert’s Conical Equal Area
(D) Sinusoidal
184. When a body is raised upwards from the surface of the earth, its weight shall
(A) Increase
(B) remain same
(C) Decrease
(D) fluctuate
193. There are floristic regions in India.
(A) 4
(B) 6
(C) 8
(D) 7
196. Duncan passage lies between
(A) Andaman and Nicobar
(B) South Andaman and Little Andaman
(C) Amindivi and Lakshadweep islands
(D) Little Andaman and Nicobar

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2006

52. When did Sikkim become part of India?
(a) 1975
(b) 1978
(c) 1982
(d) 1990
54. Kathiawar peninsula is one of the physiographic unit of
(a) West coastal plain
(b) Plateau of Peninsular India.
(c) Coastal plain
(d) Kachcha Peninsula
(a) National Highway Project
(b) National Highway Development Project
(c) Railway Development Project
(d) Gold Auction Centre
86. Which state was bifurcated too create Chhattisgarh State?
(a) Bihar
(b) Madhya Pradesh
(c) Uttar Pradesh
(d) Maharashtra
89. Which road is called NH 2?
(Previously it was NH2)
(a) Bombay road
(b) Barrackpore Trunk Road
(c) Delhi Road
(d) Grand Trunk Road
131. Lakshadweep is built up of
(a) Submarine Mountains
(b) Coral
(c) Salt soakedmarshland
(d) Extinct volcano

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2005

106. The Deccan Lava region was formed during
(a) Cretsteous period
(b) Jurassic period
(c) Triassic period
(d) Cambrian period
110. Imphal is the capital of
(a) Arunachal Pradesh
(b) Manipur
(c) Nagaland
(d) Tripura
132. Which of the following is not a Union territory of India?
(a) The Andaman and Nicobar Island
(b) Pondicherry
(c) Chandigarh
(d) Tripura
142. The difference in local times between the Eastern most and Western most points of India is
(a) 1 hr. 57 m.
(b) 2 hr.
(c) 1 hr. 30 m.
(d) 2 hr. 15 m.
150. Hamleted rural settlements are characteristic of
(a) Madhya Pradesh
(b) Bihar
(c) Punjab
(d) Haryana
151. The Jarawas live in
(a) Laccadive
(b) Andaman Islands
(c) Mazuli
(d) Maldives
161. Titan is
(a) Saturn’s largest moon
(b) a luxury passenger liner
(c) an ancient city
(d) metallic element
199. Adams bridge forms a link between
(a) India and Sri Lanka
(b) Hyderabad and Secunderabad
(c) India and Pakistan
(d) Araballi and Satpura

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2004

37. Ten Degree Channel lies in between
(A) Andaman and Nicobar Islands
(B) South Andaman and Little Andaman Islands
(C) Great Nicobar and Sumatra Island
(D) Rameswar and Jaffna Prninsula
95. The number of Million Cities of India in 2001 was
(53 urban agglomerations & 27 cities -2011)
(A) 15
(B) 27
(C) 35
(D) 45
133. The southernmost point of India is
(A) Kanniyakumari
(B) Indira Point
(C) Dhanushkodi
(D) New Moore Island
147. Which State of India has two capitals?
(not now)
(A) Himachal Pradesh
(B) Bihar
(C) Uttar Pradesh
(D) Jammu and Kashmir
165. Sikkim became a full-fledged state of India in
(A) 1972
(B) 1975
(C) 1976
(D) 1977
175. The population of a Megalopolis is at least
(A) 1,00,000
(B) 10,00,000
(C) 50,00,000
(D) 1,00,00,000
194. The National Remote Sensing Agency is located at
(A) Dehradun
(B) Kolkata
(C) Chennai
(D) Hyderabad

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2003

95. Andaman and Nicobar Islands are separated by
(A) 10° Channel
(B) Duncan Strait
(C) Coco Channel
(D) Car Nicobar
99. Total length of the coastal line of India is(mainland)
(A) 5600 km
(B) 4500 km
(C) 3600 km
(D) 6100 km
101 .The name ‘Marusthali’ is given to
(A) Decean Trap
(B) Thar Desert
(C) Meghalaya Plateau
(D) Karnataka Plateau
141. In the areal extent India’s place among the countries of the world is
(A) Second
(B) Fourth
(C) Fifth
(D) Seventh
173. Weight of a man is more
(A) On the equator
(B) At poles
(C) At the centre of the earth
(D) In space
176. Laccadive Islands are
(A) Coral Islands
(B) Volcanic Islands
(C) Oceanic Islands
(D) Elevated part of Submarine ridge
193. The lowermost layer of atmosphere is
(A) Troposphere
(B) Stratosphere
(C) Ionosphere
(D) None of the above

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2002

114. In which Union Territory is Kavarti located?
(A) Chandigarh
(B) Andaman and Nicobar Island
(C) Lakshadeep
(D) Daman
119. The Durand Line determined the border between:
(A) India and China
(B) India and Afghanistan
(C) India and Bhutan
(D) India and Tibet
124. India has no common border with
(A) Myanmar
(B) Afghanistan
(C) Bangladesh
178. The Chattisgarh state was carved out of
(A) Maharashtra
(B) Bihar
(C) UP
(D) Madhya Pradesh

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2001

44. Around the solstices twilight lasts from sunset to sunrise in
(A) equatorial regions
(B) tropical regions
(C) high latitudes
(D) mid latitudes
87. There is no local time at
(A) London
(B) North and South Poles
(C) International Date Line
(D) Magnetic Poles of Earth
96. The tribal of Southern India are
(A) Negritos
(B) Proto-Australoids
(C) Mongoloids
(D) Caucasoids
159. The state with the maximum length of roads is
(A) Tamil Nadu
(B) U.P.
(C) Karnataka
(D) Maharashtra
168. What term is given to sandy deserts with their characteristic sand dune landscape?
(A) Reg
(B) Erg
(C) Hamada
(D) Bad land
170. The Earth’s magnetic field
(A) never changes
(B) has reversed itself many times
(C) is cantered exactly at the Earth’s centre
(D) originates in a permanently magnetized iron core

WBCS Preliminary Question – 2000

63. The international boundary between India and Pakistan passes through.
(A)Gujarat, Rajasthan, Panjab and J & K
(B)Punjab, Rajasthan and Gujarat
(C)Punjab and Rajasthan
(D)Punjab and J & K
94. The Durand Line determined the border between
(A)India & China
(B)India & Afghanistan
(C)India & Bhutan
(D)India & Tibet
97. Period of revolution is exactly 12 years for
(A)Mars(687 days)
(C)Saturn (29.5)
98. Corrosion is a form of _______erosion.
99. Lines Joining places with same total transport cost are called
(A) Isotims
(B) Isodapane(Weber theory)
(C) Isochrones
(D) Isopheths
101. Ten degree channel separates
(A)China & Taiwan
(B)Andaman & Nicobar
(C)Nicobar & Sumatra
(D)Java & Bali
39. Most fossils are found in
(B)Sedimentary rocks
(C)Black soil
(D)Lave flow

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