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IAS Mains Previous Year Paper Psychology (Paper - I) ( 2009)

IAS Mains Previous Year Paper Psychology (Paper - I) ( 2009)

Sub Date: 12/18/2010

SECTION A

 

1. Answer any THREE of the following in not more than 200

words each: 20*3=60

 

a) Perception of size is explained from visual angle

perspective. Evaluate its adequate.

 

b) 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.

 

c) With suitable examples distinguish between

exploratory type and confirmatory type factor analysis.

How do you examine the significance level of factors

loadings?

 

d) Distinguish the application of signal detection theory

In the selection process of defense personal. How do

you get and interpret ROC Curve.

 

2. a). Distinguish between ' intelligence' and ' aptitude' tests.

Lists commonly measured aptitudes and their tests. 30

 

b). 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 :

 

5. Answer any THREE of the following in not more than 200

words each: 20*3=60

 

a) Comment on Chomsky's theory of transformational

Generative grammar and discuss its later modifications.

 

b) Discuss the use(s) of SPSS programme in

psychological testing.

 

c) What is non directive thinking? Discuss different

dimensions of thoughts processes in relation to concept

and creativity ?

 

d) How is emotional competence assessed? Discuss the

efforts of emotion on behaviour. Cite experimental

evidence.

 

6. 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

 

7. Critically evaluate the relative merits and demerits of

psychometric measures of personality and intelligence.

60

 

8. Discuss nature, formation and measurement of attitude.

Can attitude be changed? Substantiate your answer citing

research finding. 60

 



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