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Class IX Biology

Paper – 1

   Time: 2 hrs                                                                                                            Total Marks:80

General Instructions:
1. Answers to this paper must be written on the paper provided separately.
2. You will not be allowed to write during the first 15 minutes.
(This time is to be spent in reading the question paper)
3. The time given at the head of the paper is the time allotted for writing the answers.
4. Attempt all questions from Section I and any four questions from Section II.
5. The intended marks of questions or parts of questions are given in brackets [ ].



                                                                        SECTION I (40 Marks)
                                                           Attempt all questions from this section

Question 1

(a) Name the following:

       (i) The basic unit of life.

       (ii) The causative agent of AIDS.

       (iii) An animal which belongs to Phylum Mollusca.

       (iv) A substance which contains an antitoxin.

       (v) A group of organisms that lack chlorophyll.                                                                                                      [5]

(b) Select one suitable term from the brackets and fill in the blanks:

       (i) The female reproductive part of a flower is the __________. [carpel, stamen, corolla]

       (ii) Vallisneria is pollinated by __________. [water, air, animals]

       (iii) __________ is a false fruit. [Mango, Apple, Grape]

       (iv) The joint present in the elbow is the __________ joint. [ball and socket, hinge, pivot]

       (v) The branch of science that deals with the study of cell and its function is

           __________. [Botany, Ecology, Cytology]                                                                                                                [5]

(c) State one point of difference between the following pairs on the basis of what is

     indicated in the brackets.

       (i) Parasitic and saprophytic nutrition [definition]

       (ii) Centrosome and chromosome [location]

       (iii) Algae and fungi [mode of nutrition]

       (iv) Respiration and photosynthesis [product formed]

       (v) Stomata and lenticels [guard cells]                                                                                                                    [5]  

    (d) Define:

       (i) Pollination

       (ii) Apocarpous gynoecium

       (iii) Incubation period

       (iv) Antibiotics

       (v) Peristalsis                                                                                                                                                                 [5]

(e) State whether the following are True or False. Correct and rewrite the statements

       (i) Cross-pollination requires abiotic or biotic agents.

       (ii) In mammals, the neck contains eight vertebrae.

       (iii) Keratin gives colour to the skin.

       (iv) Fats are non-essential components of food.

       (v) All bacteria are useful to man.                                                                                                                             [5]

(f) Complete the table:                                                                                                                                                       [5]


Name of the disease

Causative agent

Preventive measure

1. Whooping cough


2. Tetanus


3. Malaria




5. Diphtheria


(g) Give one example of each:

       (i) A mammal which destroys stored grain.

       (ii) A flightless bird.

       (iii) The young one of a fish.

       (iv) An antibiotic.

       (v) A plant which propagates by leaves.                                                                                                                  [5]

(h) The given figure shows a cell organelle.


       (i) Name the cell organelle.

       (ii) In which type of cell is this structure present?

       (iii) What is the function of this structure?

       (iv) Label parts 1-4.                                                                                                                                               [5]                    

 SECTION II (40 Marks)

        Attempt any four questions from this section

Question 2

(a) The given figure shows an experiment performed on germinating seeds.

        (i) What does the experimental set-up demonstrate?

        (ii) Redraw the figure as it would have been observed at the start of the experiment.

        (iii) Write the chemical equation for the process.                                                                                           [5]

(b) Write the functions of:

        (i) Stigma

        (ii) Chromosomes

        (iii) Phloem

        (iv) Sweat gland

        (v) Roughage                                                                                                                                                          [5]

Question 3

(a) Write the full forms of:                                                                                                                                         [5]

        (i) AIDS

        (ii) BCG

        (iii) DPT

        (iv) WHO

        (v) WBC

(b) Define:

        (i) Cross pollination

        (ii) Immunity

        (iii) Thallophyta

        (iv) Radial symmetry

        (v) Yeast                                                                                                                                                                  [5]

Question 4


        (i) State the role of nitrifying bacteria.

        (ii) State three harmful effects of bacteria.                                                                                                       [5]

(b) The given figure shows a type of muscle.

        (i) Identify the muscle.

        (ii) Label parts 1 and 2.

        (iii) Where is it located?

        (iv) What are the characteristics of this tissue?                                                                                                [5]

Question 5

(a) The given figure shows a certain structure of a cell.

        (i) Name the structure.

        (ii) Why is this structure important for the cell?

        (iii) Is this structure present in all cells? If not, mention the cell that lacks this structure                                                                                                                                                                                          [5]

(b)                                                                                                                                                                                    [5]

        (i) List any three health problems in India.

        (ii) State two functions of WHO.

Question 6

(a) The given figure shows the L.S. of a flower.

        (i) Name the flower.

        (ii) Label parts 1-4.

        (iii) Explain the mechanism of pollination in the above flower.                                                                  [5]

(b) Write an experiment to prove that air, water and temperature are needed for the germination of seeds.                                                                                                                                                                                   [5]

Question 7


        (i) List the merits of local defence systems.

        (ii) How will you control mosquitoes?                                                                                                                [5]


        (i) State three characteristics of fish.

        (ii) Draw the structure of a maize grain.                                                                                                          [5]   

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