Rivers of the World – Old Year Questions

1. Consider the following pairs :
(River)                    (Flows into)
1. Mekong              Andaman Sea
2. Thames              Irish Sea
3. Volga                  Caspian Sea
4. Zambezi            Indian Ocean
Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

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

[I.A.S. (Pre) 2020]


2. The largest river of the world in terms of drainage area, is-

(a) Nile
(b) Amazon
(c) Congo
(d) Mississippi-Missouri

[R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre) 1999, 2000]


3. Which of the following rivers crosses the Equator twice?

(a) Zaire
(b) Niger
(c) Nil
(d) Amazon

[U.P. Lower Sub. (Pre) 2015]


4. Which one among the following rivers is the longest?

(a) Amazon
(b) Amur
(c) Congo
(d) Lena

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


5. The longest river in South America –

(a) Nile
(b) Amazon
(c) Mississippi
(d) Ganga

[48th to 52nd B.P.S.C. (Pre) 2008]


6. Which of the following countries is not under the drainage area of the Nile River-

(a) Chad
(b) Ethiopia
(c) Sudan
(d) Uganda

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


7. The Blue Nile River originates from

(a) Lake Victoria
(b) Lake Tana
(c) Lake Edward
(d) Lake Albert

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


8. Assertion (A): Egypt is the Gift of the Nile.
Reason (R): It is an oasis of the Sahara desert.
Select the correct answer from the codes given below :
Code :

(a) Both (A) and (R) are true, and (R) is the correct explanation of (A)
(b) Both (A) and (R) are 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

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2005]


9. Which one of the following rivers of Asia flows towards the south ?

(a) Amur
(b) Lena
(c) Ob
(d) Salween

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2010]


10. The largest river in Asia is –

(a) Indus
(b) Brahmaputra
(c) Yangtze
(d) Hwang Ho

[U.P.P.C.S. (Mains) 2016]


11. Which of the following lakes is located entirely within the United States?

(a) Michigan
(b) Superior
(c) Ontario
(d) Erie

[U.P. P.C.S. (Mains) 2017]


12. Syr and Amu rivers fall into-

(a) Caspian Sea
(b) Black Sea
(c) Baltic Sea
(d) Aral Sea

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


13. The river duo, which falls into the Black Sea area –

(a) Volga- Danube
(B) Dnieper- Volga
(c) Dnieper- Danube
(d) Ural- Volga

[R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre) 1999]


14. River Volga falls into :

(a) Red Sea
(b) Caspian Sea
(c) Black Sea
(d) Mediterranean Sea

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1992, R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre) 1992]


15. Match List-I with List-II and select the correct answer from the code given below the lists:
List-I                     List-II
A. Lena                1. Persian Gulf
B. Amur              2. Arctic Ocean
C. Tigris              3. Arabian Sea
D. Mahi               4. Pacific Ocean
Code :

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

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


16. Which of the following river flows through a rift valley ?

(a) Amazon
(b) Indus
(c) Volga
(d) Rhine

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 1998]


17. Which of the following is not related to Asia?

(a) Lop Nor
(b) Amur
(c) Niger
(d) Tigris

[R.A.S./R.T.S. (Pre) 1996]


18. Which of the following river of Africa crosses tropic of Capricorn twice?

(a) Zambezi
(b) Limpopo
(C) Congo
(d) Niger

[U.P.P.S.C. (GIC) 2010]


19. The country which provides the best example of radial drainage is

(a) Australia
(b) France
(c) Sri Lanka
(d) Zaire

[U.P.P.C.S. (Spl) (Mains) 2008]


20. Mahaweli Ganga is a river of –

(a) Bangladesh
(b) India
(c) Sri Lanka
(d) Nepal

[U.P.R.O./A.R.O. (Mains) 2013]


21. Which of the following pair is not correctly matched ?

       River                    Country
(a) Dnieper                  Ukraine
(b) Po                            Italy
(c) Rhine                     Germany
(d) Rhone                   Spain

[U.P.P.C.S. (Spl.) (Mains) 2008]


22. The great Asian river the Mekong does not flow through:

(a) China
(b) Malaysia
(c) Cambodia
(d) Laos

[Jharkhand P.C.S. (Pre) 2011]


23. The glacial lake Itasca is the source of the river –

(a) Missouri
(b) Mississippi
(c) Rio Grande
(d) Red river

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


24. At the mouth of which of the following rivers the ‘bird’s foot’ type delta is formed ?

(a) Huang Ho
(b) Nile
(c) Danube
(d) Mississippi

[U.P. P.C.S. (Pre) 2018]


25. With reference to Mekong River, which of the following statement/s is/are correct?
1. Mekong rises in Tibetan Plateau
2. Mekong delta is situated in Southern Cambodia.
Select the correct answer using the codes given below.
Codes :

(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2

[U.P.P.C.S. (Pre) 2021]