IAS Exam Papers-Main - Psychology (Paper -II) 2009

Psychology - 2009 (Main) (Paper - II) SECTION – A

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

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

b) Compare gender differences in prevalence of substance abuse in India.

c) Comment on the role of cognitive factors in the experience of stress.

d) What psychological priciples can be used to improve the effectiveness of poverty eradication programmes?

2. a). What are the methodological differences between a ‘ constructed’ and a ‘standardized’ psychological test? 20
b). Comment on the limits of psychotherapeutic methods.20
c). What are the merits of ‘sensitivity training groups’ as a training progarmme in organizations ? 20

3. a). Should children with learning disabilities be taught in mainstream schools ? Critically examine. 30

b). 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


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

a) What are the psychological consequence of crowding?

b) What psychological processes are associated with a self fulfilling prophecy ?

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

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

6.a). Discuss the psychological consequences of ‘prolonged’ as well as ‘ relative’ deprivation. 30
b). Evaluate the contribution of psychology in dealing with the issue of gender discrimination. 30


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

8. 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

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