Palynology Past Papers


Subject: Palynology

Time Allowed: 15 Minutes

Maximum Marks: 10

NOTE: Attempt this Paper on this Question Sheet only.  Please encircle the correct option. Division of marks is given in front of each question. This Paper will be collected back after expiry of time limit mentioned above.


Part-I Encircle the right answer, cutting and overwriting are not allowed. (10)

1. The field of Palynology concerned with extant palynomorphs is called
a. Palaeopalynology
b. Neopalynology
c. Archaeopalynology
d. Palaeontology
2. Palynomorphs are organic walled whole organisms or parts of organisms range in size from
a. 5um-200um
b. 5um-300um
c. 5um-§00um
d. 5um-50um
3. rocks are rich in Palynomorphs.
a. Igneous
b. Sedimentary
c. intrusive
d. Metamorphic
4. Palynological preparations contain more or less organic “Junk” not referable to specific palynomorphs:
a. Varia
b. Palynodebris
c. Palynofacies
d. Organic matter
5. The fossil mouth parts of annelids are in nature.
a. Cellulose
b. Chitin
c. Sporopolienin
d. Murien
6. Apollen grain is a
a. male gamete
b. female gamete
c. microgametophyte
d. germinate to grow into microgametophyte
7. Trilete and Monolete spores are produced by
a. Angiosperms
b. Gymnosperms
c. Cryptogams
d. Seed Fems
8. A Colporate Pollen grain has
a. Acolpus only
b. A pore only
c. Both colpus and pore
9. Monosaccate Pollen grain is characterized by
a. One saccus
b. Two sacci
c. Three sacci
d. none
10. The outer most layer of exinal components which may or may not be present is
a. Baculae
b. Intine
d. Foot layer


Subject: Palynology

Time Allowed: 2 Hours 45 Minutes

Maximum Marks: 50



Part-II Give short notes on following, each question carries equal marks. (20)

Q#1: What are Palynomorphs? Enlist various categories of Palynomorphs.

Q#2: How Organic Thermal Maturity of Rocks is determined by the colour of fossil palynomorphs? Discuss

Q#3: What are Index Fossils? How does Index Palynomorphs help in Biostratigraphy?

Q#4: What are Haptotypic Features/Marks? Why Haptotypic features are absent in Cryptospores?

Q#5: What do these codes indicate about spores and pollen: Sez, Pac, Pbz, Pdy.

Q#6: Differentiate between Exine Sculpture and Structure.

Q#7: What is Shell Code?

Q#8: Differentiate between Zona and Cingulum. Support your answer with suitable diagrammes.

Q#9: What is principal of Heavy Liquid Separation?

Q#10: How does Palynology help in Medicines to control Allergies and Asthama?


Part-III Give detailed answers, each question carries equal marks. (30)

Q#1: Define Maceration. Describe in detail the procedure to macerate a given sample of sedimentary rock to isolate Patynomorphs.

Q#2: a) What do you know about exine ultra structure? Discuss in detail various systems used for classification of exine ultrastructure.

  1. b) Describe any five exinal ornamentations.

Q#3: a) Describe the Production and Dispersal of Spores and Pollen in detail.

  1. b) Explain Organic Thermal Maturity.