Geotechnical Engineering Questions and Answers – Soils – Indian Standard Classification

This set of Geotechnical Engineering Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Soils – Indian Standard Classification”.

1. The Indian standard soil classification system, (ISCS) was first developed in ___________
a) 1947
b) 1950
c) 1959
d) 1960
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Answer: c
Explanation: The Indian standard classification system (ISCS) was first developed in 1959 and revised in 1970.

2. According to ISCS, fine grained soils are subdivided in to ___________
a) 2
b) 4
c) 5
d) 3
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Answer: d
Explanation: Fine grained soil are subdivided into 3 types
i. Inorganic silts and very fine sands
ii. Inorganic clays
iii. Organic silts and clay and organic matter.

3. The ISCS classifies the soil in to __________
a) 12 groups
b) 15 groups
c) 18 groups
d) 16 groups
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Answer: c
Explanation: The ISCS classifies the soil into 18 groups as against 15 groups of USCS.

4. Laboratory classification of fined grained soil is done with the help of ________
a) Plasticity chart
b) Textural classification chart
c) Kozney’s graphical method
d) None of the mentioned
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Answer: a
Explanation: Laboratory classification criteria of fine grained soil is done by plasticity chart.

5. The A-line, in unified classification system table has the equation of __________
a) IP=WL-20
b) IP=0.73(WL-20)
c) IP=0.73(20-wL)
d) IP=20-WL
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Answer: b
Explanation: The A-line, dividing the inorganic clay from silt and organic soil has the equation: IP=0.73(WL-20).
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6. According to IS classification, the symbol GC means ____________
a) Clayey gravel
b) Silt gravel
c) Sand gravel
d) Well graded gravel
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Answer: a
Explanation: As per Indian standards of group symbols and typical names, G-refers to gravel and C-refers to clay.

7. The symbol ‘L’ represents which of the following soil types?
a) Silt and Clay
b) Gravel
c) All of the mentioned
d) None of the mentioned
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Answer: a
Explanation: By IS classification, silts and clays of low compressibility having a liquid less than 35, are represented by the ‘L’.

8. What are the features required, for classifying a soil component as boulder?
a) Bulky hard
b) Diameter more than 30cm
c) Round to angular shape
d) All of the mentioned
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Answer: d
Explanation: For a soil component to be a boulder, size range must be of average diameter more than 30cm and shape of round to angular and bulky hard.

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