Indian Drainage System – Old Year Questions

  1. Ganga Drainage System
  2. Brahmaputra Drainage System
  3. The South Indian Rivers

4. Other Rivers

1. With reference to the Indus river system, of the following four rivers, three of them pour into one of them which joins the Indus directly. Among the following, which one is such river that joins the Indus directly?

(a) Chenab
(b) Jhelum
(c) Ravi
(d) Sutlej

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2021]


2. With reference to river Teesta, consider the following statements:
1. The source of river Teesta is the same as that of Brahmaputra but it flows through Sikkim.
2. River Rangeet originates in Sikkim and it is a tributary of river Teesta.
3. River Teesta flows into Bay of Bengal on the border of India and Bangladesh.
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?

(a) 1 and 3 only
(b) 2 only
(c) 2 and 3 only
(d) 1, 2 and 3

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2017]


3. Which of the following rivers of India cuts across all the ranges of the Himalayas?

(a) Ravi
(b) Satluj
(c) Beas
(d) Chenab

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O (Mains) 2014, U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2012]


4. Which of the following rivers is a Trans-Himalayan river?

(a) Jhelum
(b) Sutlej
(c) Ganga
(d) Ravi

[U.P. P.C.S. (Pre) 2020]


5. ‘Doodh-Ganga’ river is located in –

(a) Jammu and Kashmir
(b) Himachal Pradesh
(c) Uttarakhand
(d) West Bengal

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) (Re-Exam) 2015]


6. Which of the following drainage systems fall into the Bay of Bengal?

(a) Ganga, Brahmaputra, and Godavari
(b) Mahanadi, Krishna, and Cauvery
(c) Luni, Narmada, and Tapti
(d) Both (A) and (B)

[56thto 59th B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2015]


7. Which one of the following is not a tributary of the Krishna river ?

(a) Bhima
(b) Doni
(c) Tel
(d) Tungabhadra

[U.P. U.D.A./L.D.A. (Spl) (Pre) 2010]


8. River Tel is a tributary of which of the following rivers?

(a) Bagmati
(b) Ghaghara
(c) Gandak
(d) Kamla
(e) None of the above/More than one of the above

[60th to 62nd B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2016]


9. The Hagari River is a tributary of :

(a) Bhima
(b) Godavari
(c) Krishna
(d) Tungabhadra

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2009]


10. Which one of the following is the actual source of the Son river?

(a) Amarkantak in Shahdol district
(b) Son Muda in Shahdol district
(c) Son Bachharwar in Bilaspur district
(d) Mandla plateau

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2007]


11. Consider the following rivers :
1. Kishanganga
2. Ganga

3. Wainganga
4. Penganga

The correct sequence of these rivers when arranged in the north-south direction is

(a) 1, 2, 3, 4
(b) 2, 1, 3, 4
(c) 2,1, 4, 3
(d) 1, 2, 4, 3

[I.A.S. (Pre) 1996]


12. Rivers that pass through Himachal Pradesh are?

(a) Beas and Chenab only
(b) Beas and Ravi only
(c) Chenab, Ravi and Satluj only
(d) Beas, Chenab, Ravi, Satluj and Yamuna

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2010]


13. Which of the following canals has been taken out from Damodar river?

(a) Sirhind Canal
(b) Edon Canal
(c) Bist Doab Canal
(d) Eastern Grey Canal

[U.P.P.C.S.(Pre) (Re-Exam) 2015]


14. Damodar is a tributary of the river –

(a) Ganga
(b) Hooghly
(c) Padma
(d) Swaranrekha

[U.P.U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2006, U.P. Lower Sub. (Spl) (Pre) 2008, U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2008]


15. River Damodar emerges from –

(a) Tibbet
(b) Chotanagpur
(c) Near Nainital
(d) Western slope of somesar hills

[39th B.P.S.C. (Pre) 1994]


16. Which of the following rivers of India is NOT a tributary of Damodar River?

(a) Barakar
(b) Indrawati
(c) Jamunia
(d) Barki

[U.P. B.E.O. (Pre) 2019]


17. Which one of the following east-flowing rivers of India Has Rift Valley due to down warping?

(a) Damodar
(b) Mahanadi
(c) Son
(d) Yamuna

[I.A.S. (Pre) 1998]


18. Which of the following rivers is famous for its fault valley drainage?

(a) Chambal
(b) Damodar
(c) Gandak
(d) Ramaganga

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2019]


19. Which of the following rivers is most polluted?

(a) Gomati
(b) Periyar
(c) Damodar
(d) Mahanadi

[U.P.U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2013]


20. Raja Rappa is situated on the confluence of which rivers?

(a) Damodar – Bhera
(b) Damodar – Sherbukhi
(c) Damodar – Barakar
(d) Damodar- Konar

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


21. Which of the following is a land-bounded river?

(a) Tapti
(b) Krishna
(c) Luni
(d) Narmada

[40th B.P.S.C. (Pre) 1995]


22. With reference to the river Luni, which one of the following statements is correct?

(a) It flows into the Gulf of Khambhat.
(b) It flows into the Gulf of Kutch.
(c) It flows into Pakistan and merges with a tributary of Indus
(d) It is lost in the marshy land of the Rann of Kutch.

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2010]


23. An example of an inland drainage river is –

(a) Mahi
(b) Ghaggar
(c) Narmada
(d) Krishna

[M.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2014]


24. Of the following rivers, the maximum shifting, of course, has taken place in –

(a) Son
(b) Gandak
(c) Kosi
(d) Ganga

[44th B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2000]


25. Which of the following river is notorious for maximum shifting of its course?

(a) Ganga
(b) Kosi
(c) Damodar
(d) Gomati

[U.P.U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2013]


26. River Khari is part of the drainage system of :

(a) Arabian Sea
(b) Inland drainage
(c) Indeterminate drainage
(d) Bay of Bengal

[R.A.S./R.T.S.(Pre) 2010]


27. Which of the following rivers does not have its source in glaciers ?

(a) Yamuna
(b) Alaknanda
(c) Kosi
(d) Mandakini

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2006]


28. Triveni Canal receives water from the river-

(a) Son
(b) Kosi
(c) Gandak
(d) Mayurakshi

[45th B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2001]


29. Which river in Bihar changed its course in the year 2008 and caused calamity?

(a) Ganga
(b) Gandak
(c) Kosi
(d) Ghaghara

[M.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2008]


30. From north towards south, which one of the following is the correct sequence of the given rivers in India?

(a) Shyok – Spiti – Zaskar – Satluj
(b) Shyok – Zaskar – Spiti – Satluj
(c) Zaskar – Shyok – Satluj – Spiti
(d) Zaskar – Satluj – Shyok – Spiti

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2006]


31. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the code given below:

List-I (Doab)  List-II (Rivers)
A. Bist Doab    i. Between Ravi and Chenab
B. Bari Doab   ii. Between Ravi and Beas
C. Rachna Doab    iii. Between Beas and Satluj
D. Chaj Doab        iv. Between Chenab and Jhelum

Code :


(a) iii  ii  i  iv
(b) i  ii  iii  iv
(c) iv  iii  ii  i
(d) i  iv  ii  iii

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


32. The Hizla fair of Dumka in Santhal Pargana is celebrated on the bank of which of the following rivers?

(a) Subarnarekha
(b) Barakar
(c) Mayurakshi
(d) Falgu

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2003]


33. A memorandum of understanding for India’s first river-linking project has been signed between two States linking two rivers. The States and the rivers concerned are :

States Rivers
(a) Punjab and Rajasthan: Beas and Banas
(b) Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh and: Ken and Betwa
(c) Karnataka and Tamil Nadu: Krishna and Kaveri
(d) Uttar Pradesh and Bihar: Gomti and Sharda

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2006]


34. In the Uttar Pradesh and the Madhya Pradesh States, the joint “Rajghat River Valley Project” is located on

(a) Ken river
(b) Son river
(c) Chambal river
(d) Betwa river

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2006]


35. Which one of the following dam is built across the Betwa river?

(a) Luv Kush Barrage
(b) Rihand Dam
(c) Sharda Barrage
(d) Rajghat Dam

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2015]


36. Consider the following pairs:

Tributary River Main River
1. Chambal Narmada
2. Son Yamuna
3. Manas Brahmaputra

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

(a) 1,2 and 3
(b) 1 and 2
(c) 2 and 3
(d) 3 only

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2008]


37. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer by using the codes given below:

 List-I (Source Region)  List-II (River)
A. Brahmagiri Hills    i. Cauvery
B. Verinag Spring   ii. Jhelum
C. Mahabaleshwar      iii. Krishna
D. ChotaNagpur Plateau iv. Subarnarekha

Code :


(a) iv iii ii i
(b) i ii iii iv
(c) ii i iv iii
(d) iii ii i iv

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


38. Assertion (A): River Kalinadi is an east-flowing river in the southern part of India.
Reason (R): The Deccan Plateau is higher along its western edge and gently slopes towards the Bay of Bengal in the east.
Code :

(a) Both (A) and (R) are individually true, and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(b) Both (A) and (R) are individually true, but (R) is not the correct explanation of (A)
(c) (A) is true, but (R) is false
(d) (A) is false, but (R) is true

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2007]


39. On which of the following rivers of India is the world’s highest bridge being constructed?

(a) Chenab
(b) Sutlej
(c) Jhelum
(d) Beas

[U.P.U.D.A./L.D.A. (Pre) 2006]


40. The Mahatma Gandhi Setu is located in :

(a) Bihar
(b) Uttar Pradesh
(c) Madhya Pradesh
(d) Andhra Pradesh

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1993]


41. Which one of the following rivers does not originate in India?

(a) Beas
(b) Chenab
(c) Ravi
(d) Sutlej

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2013, U.P.P.S.C. (GIC) 2010, I.A.S. (Pre) 2009]


42. Kopili is a tributary river of :

(a) Gandak
(b) Kosi
(c) Ganga
(d) Brahmaputra

[R.A.S./R.T.S.(Pre) 2010]


43. The catchment area of which of the following rivers is maximum?

(a) Mahananda
(b) Son
(c) Ramganga
(d) Gandak

[U.P. R.O./A.R.O. (Mains) 2017]


44. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the lists :

List-I (River)  List-II (Tributary)
A. Ganga    1. Bhima
B. Godavari     2. Ken
C. Krishna      3. Manjra
D. Yamuna  4. Son

Code :


(a) 4 2 3 1
(b) 2 3 4 1
(c) 3 4 1 2
(d) 4 3 1 2

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2003]


45. Match List–I with List–II and select the correct answer using the codes given below the Lists :

   List-I  (Rivers)         List-II (Their Tributaries)
A. Krishna    1. Chambal
B. Brahmaputra   2. Indravati
 C. Godavari  3. Tista
D. Yamuna    4. Bhima

 Code :


(a) 4 3 2 1
(b) 3 4 1 2
(c) 4 3 1 2
(d) 3 4 2 1

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2013]


46. Which one of the following pairs is correctly matched?

(a) Indravati – Jharkhand
(b) Bhima – Tamil Nadu
(c) Luni – Rajasthan
(d) Ghatprabha – Kerala

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


47. In which of the following rivers, the upper course contain freshwater but saline water fl owing at the lower part?

(a) Barak river
(b) Luni river
(c) Ghaggar river
(d) None of the above

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2019]


48. Which of the following rivers is an example of a superimposed river?

(a) Alaknanda
(b) Kosi
(c) Chambal
(d) Godavari

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2007]


49. Sankosh River forms the boundary between –

(a) Bihar and West Bengal
(b) Assam and Arunachal Pradesh
(c) Assam and West Bengal
(d) Bihar and Jharkhand

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2007]


50. Which of the following river originate in M.P. and drops its water into the Gulf of Khambhat?

(a) Parvati
(b) Luni
(c) Mahi
(d) Javai

[R.A.S./R.T.S.(Pre) 2012]


51. Which of the following rivers of India crosses the tropic of cancer twice?

(a) Mahi
(b) Chambal
(c) Narmada
(d) None of the above

[U.P. R.O./A.R.O. (Pre) (Re-Exam) 2016]


52. Kishanganga is a tributary of –

(a) Ravi
(b) Chenab
(c) Jhelum
(d) Beas

[U.P.P.C.S. (Main) 2013]


53. Eastern Dhauliganga (Poorvi Dhauliganga) is a tributary of

(a) Alaknanda
(b) Kali river
(c) Gomti river
(d) Sharda river

[Uttarakhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2016]


54. The Mithi river of Mumbai originates from which of the following lakes?

(a) Tulsi Lake
(b) Vihar Lake
(c) Powai Lake
(d) None of the above

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Pre) 2014]


55. Match list-I with list-II and choose the correct answer from the code given below :

List – I (River)  List – II (Tributary)
A. Godavari  i. Bhavani
B. Mahanadi    ii. Penganga
C. Damodar  iii. Seonath
D. Kaveri       iv. Barakar

Code :


(a) iv ii i iii
(b) ii iii iv i
(c) i ii iv iii
(d) iii i ii iv

[R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre) 2021]