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Bachelor's Preparatory Programme



Preparatory Course in Social Sciences

(OSS 101)

School of Social Sciences

Indira Gandhi National Open University
Maidan Garhi, New Delhi-110068
Programme Code: BPP
Course Code: OSS-101
Assignment Code: OSS-101/ASST/TMA/2009
Maximum Marks: 100


Dear Student,

You will have to complete one assignment for the Preparatory Course in Social Sciences (OSS-101). The
assignment is of 100 marks. It comprises two sections. Section 1 (of 50 marks) comprises questions the answers
of which should be written in about 250 words each. It is important that you write answers to all questions in
your own words. Section 2 (of 50 marks) comprises multiple choice questions.

Before attempting the questions in the assignment, please read the OSS-101 course material carefully.


The completed assignments should be submitted as per the following schedule.


Admission Cycle Date of Submission Whom to send

For students admitted in 31 March, 2009 To

January 2009 The Coordinator of the Study
Centre allotted to you

For students admitted in 30 September, 2009 (Do not send your assignment
July 2009 response to any other person)


Maximum Marks: 50

Answer all the questions. Each question carries 10 marks.

1. What do you understand by ‘global warming’? 10

2. Explain the conditions under which Emergency

may be declared by the President in India. 10

3. Write a note on the relevance of sociology

in understanding social problems. 10

4.Write down the main indicators of affluence

in the Modern World? 10

5. Explain the concepts of 10

i) Communalism
ii) Governance


Maximum Marks: 50

i) This assignment has 25 questions. Each question carries two marks. All questions are
ii) Every question has four alternative answers, of these only one is correct. Select the
correct answer in the appropriate box in the answer sheet according to the method
described in the instructions.

1. The headquarters of the World Trade Organization are located in

1. Geneva
2. India
3. China
4. Pakistan

2. The situation in which more people are engaged in a job that actually needs lesser number of
people is
1. poverty
2. disguised unemployment
3. disaster
4. trauma

3. Oscar Lewis proposed the concept of

of humankind is described as
1. culture
2. poverty
3. culture of poverty
4. affluence

4. Bourgeoise refers to the class of people that

1. owns and controls the means of production
2. owns the means of production
3. controls the means of production
4. neither owns nor controls the means of production

5. The Jallianwala Bagh massacre occurred on

1. April 13,1919
2. April 18, 1920
3. April 20, 1925
4. April 25,1915

6. Kanishka was a
1. Mughal ruler
2. Mauryan ruler
3. Kushan ruler
4.Gurjar ruler

7. India has adopted a

1. Parliamentary form of government
2. Feudal form of government
3. Kingship form of government
4. Presidential form of government

8. The term of the Vice-President is
1. 3 years
2. 4 years
3. 5 years
4. 6 years

9. Who delivered the ‘Do - or - Die’ speech in the All India Congress Committee, Bombay
1. Bhagat Singh
2. Chandra Shekhar Azad
3. Mahatma Gandhi
4. Lala Lajpat Rai

10. The Constitution of India was implemented with effect from

1. 26 January 1950
2. 26 January 1952
3. 26 January 1975
4. 26 January 1991

11. In India, who can proclaim emergency in the country

1. President
2. Vice-President
3. Prime Minister
4. Governor

12. Who formed the Swaraj Party?

1. M K Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru
2. Indira Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi
3. C R Das and Motilal Nehru
4. Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Bepin Chandra

13. In a Federal system the country is divided into

1. territorial units
2. religious units
3. ethnic units
4. linguistic units

14. At the apex of the judicial system in India is the

1. village Panchayat
2. High Court
3. Bench of judges
4. Supreme Court

15. Jana Gana Mana was adopted as the national anthem of India on
1. January 24, 1950
2. February 24, 1950
3. March 24, 1950
4. April 24, 1950

16. Jati refers to the division of people according to their

1. skin colour
2. gender
3. height
4. occupations

17. Descent traced through the female line is referred to as

1. Patrilineal descent
2. neolocal descent
3. matrilineal descent

4. bilineal descent

18. A ryot was a registered holder of land directly from the

1. government
2. ancestors
3. religious head
4. middle man

19. Legislative functions of the government relate to

1. framing of laws
2. execution of laws
3. maintenance of laws
4. breaking of laws as and when needed

20. The lack of development by some states/regions in the country as opposed to impressive
progress achieved by some other states/regions is described as
1. linguistic imbalance
2. national imbalance
3. territorial imbalance
4. regional imbalance

21. Per capita income is calculated by

1. dividing total national income by the population of the state
2. adding total national income with the population of the state
3. subtracting total national income from the population of the state
4. multiplying total national income with the population of the state

22. The Eleventh Five year plan focuses on

1. population growth
2. exclusive growth
3. financial growth
4. inclusive growth

23. American Revolution marked the end of

1. production of British goods
2. distribution of British goods
3. consumption of British goods
4. British control over its American colonies

24. The process of democratization that followed perestroika in Russia was called
1. glasnost
2. mansnost
3. puritanism
4. cleanliness

25. The tertiary sector is also known as

1. services sector
2. production sector
3. distributive sector
4. consuming sector


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