Cell Concise ICSE Class-9 Biology Solutions Selina Publishers

Chapter-2 Cell The Unit of Life Selina Publishers Concise Biology Solutions

Cell Concise ICSE Class-9 Biology Solutions Selina Publishers. We Provide Solutions of Progress Check , MCQs, Very Short Answer Type, Short Answer Type and Long Answer Type Questions . Selina Publishers Concise Biology for Class 9th ICSE Solutions all questions are solved and explained by expert teachers as per ICSE board guidelines. Visit official Website CISCE  for detail information about ICSE Board Class-9.

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  Note :-  Before Viewing Concise Solutions of Chapter-2 Cell The Unit of Life. Read the whole chapter carefully with figure. Focus on Structure of Cell, Endoplasmic Reticulum, Cytoplsm Golgi Body ,Plastid Centrosome and Nucleus.  Chapter-2 Cell The Unit of Life is very important Chapter in ICSE Class 9th biology.

Solutions of Selina Concise Biology Chapter 2 Cell :The Unit of Life  Progress Check-1

Question 1 

Name the following:

(i) The kind of microscope that consists of a single biconvex lens

(ii) The kind of mirror used for throwing light on the object in Hooke’s microscope

Answer 1

(i) Simple microscope

(ii) Plane mirror


What is the maximum magnification that can usually be achieved  by:

 (i)a compound microscope ,

 (ii)an electron microscope

Answer 2

(i) 2000 times

(ii) 200,000 times

Progress Check-2 , Solutions of Selina Concise Biology Chapter 2 Cell :The Unit of Life


Name the following

 (i)Any two one-celled organism

 (ii)The longest cells in animals.

 (iii)Amoeboid cells in humans.

 (iv)Shape of white bloods cells.

 (v)A cell  components which is visible only in cell division stage.

Answer 1 

(i) Amoeba

(ii) nerve cell

(iii) WBCs

(iv) Amoebic

(v) Chromosome


 List three categories of substance which are ensured greater diffusion due to large surface / volume ratio of the cells.

Answer 2

RBCs , Root hair and villi ens tine has last Surface area

 Solutions of Selina Concise Biology Progress Check-3 ,Chapter 2 Cell :The Unit of Life


Name the part of a cell in which

 (i)many chemical reaction occur with the help of enzymes

 (ii)a network of chromatin fibres occurs.

 (iii)cellulose forms the main components.

Answer 1

(i) mitochondria

(ii) nucleus

(iii) Cell wall

Question 2. 

Different  between 

 (i)an organ and an organelles

 (ii)a plants cell and an animals cell pertaining to the presence of plastids.

Answer 2

(i) Organ:Organ is a group of tissue

(ii) Organelles: Organelles is a part of cell


Name the cell organism concerned with 

(i) Secretion  of enzymes

(ii) Trapping of solar energy

(iii) Synthesis of proteins

(iv) Intracellular   digestion

(v) Production of ATP

Answer 3

(i) Lysosome

(ii) Chloroplast

(iii) Lysosome

(iv) Lysosome

(v) Mitochondria


 Name the cell part which is 

(i) composed of cellulose

(ii) formed of an irregular network of a tubular double membranes

(iii) a clear space with water or other substance and solution

Answer- 4

(i) Cell wall

(ii) Centrist

(iii) Vacuoles


 Mention if the following statements are true or false , suggest the change in the information underline 

(i) Prokaryotic cells have larger ribosomes

(ii) Eukaryotic cells have mitochondria

(iii) Amoeba is an example of  prokaryotes

(iv) Bacteria have no nuclear membrane but possess chloroplast

Answer 5

(i) False

(ii) True

(iii) False

(iv) False

 Solutions of Progress Check-4 of Selina Concise Biology Chapter 2 Cell :The Unit of Life


 Column I list a few activities of living organism and column ll the activity of cell related to them . Match the items in the two columns

  Column l
(Activity of organism )
 Column ll
 (Activity of cells)
(i) Repair  (a) Contractility of cells
(ii) Cooling   (b) Cells devour germs
(iii) Movements    (c) Cell division
(iv) Protection from disease  (d)  Gland cells give out sweet for  evaporation


Answer 1


 Column l
(Activity of organism )
 Column ll
 (Activity of cells)
(i) Repair (c) Cell Division
(ii) Cooling (d) Gland cells give out sweet for evaporation
(iii) Movements (a) Contractility of cell
(iv) Protection from disease (b) Cell devour germs


Question-2 .

 Which cells organelle is the key to the life of the cell.?

Answer 2



 How do you say that a cell also has a life span and death like an organism ? Give one example.

Answer 3

Cell division


 All organism excrete. Dose an individual cell also do it ? Give one example 

Answer 4

yes, Carbon dioxide are released

Question-5 .

 Every organism needs food. Does a cell also need it? Explain very briefly

Answer 5

Yes, Glucose needed in mitochondria

Review Questions  of Selina Concise Solutions Chapter-2 Cell: The Unit of Life



Which one of the following cell organelles is correctly matched with its function?

(a) Ribosomes  Synthesis of proteins

(b) Mitochondria  Secretion of enzymes

(c) Plasma membrane  Freely permeable

(d) Centrosome Carries genes

Answer 1

(a) Ribosomes Synthesis of proteins


All life starts as

(a) an egg

(b) a single cell

(c) a gene

(d) a chromosome

Answer 2

2. (b) a single cell


Which one of the following is found both in the cells of a mango plant and a monkey?

(a) chloroplasts

(b) centrioles

(c) cell wall

(d) cell membrane

Answer 3

3. (d) cell membrane


A plant cell can be identified from an animal cell by the

(a) absence of centrosome

(b) presence of cell membrane

(c) presence of vacuoles

(d) none of the above

Answer 4

  (a) absence of centrosome


Plant cell has a cell wall made of

(a) Protein

(b) Fructose

(c) Cellulose

(d) Fatty acids

Answer 5

 (c) Cellulose


The cell organelle that helps in respiration of the cell is

(a) Mitochondria

(b) Lysosome

(c) Ribosome

(d) Centrosome

Answer 6

(a) Mitochondria

B . VERY SHORT ANSWER TYPE of Chapter-2 Cell: The Unit of Life Selina Concise Biology Solution for ICSE Board Class 9th


Question- 1. 

Name the part of the cell concerned with the following.

(a) Liberation of energy

(b) Synthesis of proteins

(c) Transmission of hereditary characters from parents to offspring

(d) Initiation of cell division

(e) Hydrolysis in function

(f) Entry of only certain substances into and out of the cell

Answer 1

(a) Mitochondria

(b) Ribosomes

(c) Chromosomes

(d) Centrosome

(e) Lysosomes

(f) Cell membrane

Question 2

State whether the following statements are true (T) or false (F):

(a) All animal cells contain a cell wall. T/F

(b) A cell wall is made up of protein. T/F

(c) Centrosome occurs in animal cells. T/F

(d) Plant cells contain large vacuoles. T/F

(e) Protoplasm is the part of the cell which surrounds the nucelus. T/F

(f) Genes are located in chromosomes. T/F

(g) Anthocyanins are the pigments of flowers, which are dissolved in cell-sap. T/F

Answer 2

(a) F (False). Animal cells do not contain a cell wall.

(b) F (False). A cell wall is made up of cellulose.

(c) T (True)

(d) T (True)

(e) F (False). In eukaryotes, cytoplasm is the part of the cell which surrounds the nucleus.

(f) T (True)

(g) T (True)

Question 3

How many chromosome pairs are found in human cells?

Answer 3 

23 pairs of chromosomes are found in human cells.

Question 4

What is the name of the chemical substance which constitutes the genes?

Answer 4

DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid)

Question 5

Match the items in column ‘A’ with those in column ‘B’

Column A  Column B
    (a) Vacuoles (i) Intracellular digestion
    (b) Nucleolus (ii) Respiratory enzymes
    (c) Lysosomes (iii) Covered by tonoplast
    (d) Anthocyanin (iv) Dissolved in the cytoplasm
    (e) Cristae (v) Forms RNA


Answer 5

Column A  Column B
    (a) Vacuoles (iii) Covered by tonoplast
    (b) Nucleolus (v) Forms RNA
    (c) Lysosomes (i) Intracellular digestion
    (d) Anthocyanin (iv) Dissolved in the cytoplasm
    (e) Cristae (ii) Respiratory enzymes


Question 6

Fill in the blanks:

(a) _________ consists of membranous sacs and secretes 40 types of digestive enzymes.

(b) _________ is surrounded by microtubules, located near the nucleus.

(c) Very thin flexible, living membrane which is differentially permeable, is called ___________.

(d) More than 1000 chromosomes are found in the nucleus of certain

(e) _________ are hereditary units.

(f) _________ is a plastid which stores starch.

Answer 6

(a) Lysosome

(b) Centriole

(c) Plasma membrane

(d) Insects

(e) Genes

(f) Leucoplast

Chapter-2 Cell: The Unit of Life Selina Concise Biology Solutions C. SHORT ANSWER TYPE

Question 1

It is said that the protoplasm cannot be analysed chemically. Why?

Answer 1

Protoplasm is the living matter of the cell. Protoplasm cannot be analysed chemically because the chemical composition of protoplasm is very complex. It varies slightly from one cell to another, although the common elements included in the composition of protoplasm such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, sulphur, iron and phosphorus are still the same in all the cells.

Question 2

What is the difference between an organ and an organelle?

Answer 2 

Organs of an organism are the parts of the body which have a definite shape and structure and perform specific functions. Cell organelles are also parts of the cell which have a definite shape and structure and perform specific functions. Organelles have the same status in a cell as the organs have in the entire body of an animal or a plant performing specific functions.

Question 3

Do you think the cells of an elephant would be larger than the cells of a rat? Explain briefly.

Answer 3

The cells of an elephant would be of the same size as the cells of a rat. The size of cells does not vary within the organisms, however, the number of cells varies from one organism to another. A larger animal like an elephant will have more number of cells as compared to a smaller animal like a rat. However, the size of the cell will be the same.

Question 4 

Differentiate between the following pairs of terms:

(a) Protoplasm and cytoplasm

(b) Nucleolus and nucleus

(c) Centrosome and chromosome

(d) Cell wall and cell membrane

(e) Plant cell and animal cell

(f) Prokaryotes and eukaryotes

Answer 4

(a) Protoplasm and cytoplasm
Protoplasm Cytoplasm
(i) It is the living matter, the total substance of a living cell, i.e. the cytoplasm and the nucleus. (ii) It is a mixture of water and soluble organic and inorganic compounds, in which various cell organelles are embedded.
(b) Nucleolus and nucleus


Nucleolus Nucleus
(i) It is a round-shaped nucleoli present inside the nucleus. (ii) It is a dense spherical structure present in the cell that contains a network of thread-like structures called chromatin fibres.
(c) Centrosome and chromosome


Centrosome  Chromosome
(i) It is a clear area of cytoplasm close to the nucleus, from which spindle fibres develop during cell division.


(ii) Centrosome is found only in an animal cell.

(i) Chromosomes carry hereditary information or genes which transmit genetic characters from parents to offspring.


(ii) Chromosomes are found in the nucleus of both, animal and plant cells.

(d) defference between Cell wall and cell membrane


Cell wall and Cell membrane
(i) It is a non-living rigid layer. (i) It is a living, thin, flexible membrane.
(ii) It is made of cellulose. (ii) It is made of lipoproteins.
(iii) It is freely permeable. (iii) It is semi-permeable.
(e) Plant cell and animal cell


Plant cell Animal cell
(i) Cell wall is present. (i) Cell wall is absent.
(ii) Centrosome is absent. (ii) Centrosome is present.
(iii) Vacuoles are large and prominent. (iii) Vacuoles are small and temporary.
(iv) Plastids are present. (iv) Plastids are absent.
(f) Prokaryotes and eukaryotes


Prokaryotes Eukaryotes
(i) Organisms with cells containing a primitive, undefined nucleus are called prokaryotes. (i) Organisms with cells containing a well-defined nucleus with a nuclear membrane are called eukaryotes.
(ii) They contain small ribosomes. (ii) They contain larger ribosomes.
(iii) They lack other cell organelles. (iii) They contain other cell organelles.
(iv) Examples: Bacteria, blue-green algae (iv) Examples: Euglena, Human beings


Question 5

Mention three features found only in plant cells and one found only in animal cells.

Answer 5 

Features found only in plant cells:

(i) Presence of cell wall

(ii) Presence of large vacuoles. The liquid contained in vacuoles is called cell sap

(iii) Presence of plastids

Features found only in animal cells:

(i) Presence of centrosome

Question 6

Why are the cells generally of a small size?

Answer 6

Cells generally remain small in size because:

(i) To enable different regions of the cell to communicate with each other rapidly for the cell to function effectively

(ii) To have a large surface area is to volume ratio for greater diffusion of substances, in and out of the cell

D. LONG ANSWER TYPE of Chapter-2 cell: The Unit of Life Selina Concise Solutions for ICSE Biolgy

Question 1

What is the cell theory? Who propounded it and when?

Answer 1

Postulates of cell theory:

(i) Cell is the smallest unit of structure of all living things.

(ii) Cell is the unit of function of all living things.

(iii) All cells arise from pre-existing cells.

Cell theory was propounded by Theodor Schwann and Matthias Schleiden in the year 1839 and was modified by Rudolf Virchow in 1858.

Question 2

Mention any three differences between a living cell and a brick in a wall.

Answer 2

Living cell Brick in a wall
1. Non-rigid living structure 1. Rigid non-living structure
2. Mainly composed of cellulose 2. Mainly composed of soil
3. Freely permeable 3. Impermeable


Question 3

Name the plastid and pigment likely to be found in the cells of

(a) petals of sunflower

(b) ripe tomato

(c) skin of green mango

(d) cells of potato

Answer 3

Cells Plastid Pigment
(a) petals of sunflower Chromoplasts Xanthophyll
(b) ripe tomato Chromoplasts Carotene
(c) skin of green mango Chloroplasts Chlorophyll
(d) cells of potato Leucoplasts No pigment


Question 4

State the major functions of the following:

(a) Plasma membrane

(b) Ribosome

(c) Lysosome

(d) Mitochondria

(e) Golgi apparatus

(f) Cytoplasm

(g) Asters of centrosome

(h) Chromosomes

(i) Glycogen granule

(j) Vacuoles

Answer 4 

(a) Plasma membrane:

(1) Separates contents of the cell from its surroundings

(2) Regulates the entry of certain solutes and ions

(3) Maintains the shape of animal cell

(b) Ribosome:

(1) Protein synthesis

(c) Lysosomes:

(1) Intracellular digestion 

(2) Destroy foreign substances

(3) When the cell is old or injured, lysosomes rapidly destroy cell organelles and hence, are called suicide bags.

(d) Mitochondria:

(1) Synthesis of respiratory enzymes

(2) Release of energy from pyruvic acid produced in cytoplasm in the form of ATP

(e) Golgi apparatus:

(1) Synthesis and secretion of enzymes, hormones, etc.

(2) Formation of acrosome of sperm

(f) Cytoplasm:

(1) Different organelles contained in it perform different functions.

(2) All metabolic activities occur in it.

(g) Asters of centrosome:

(1) Initiates and regulates cell division

(2) Forms spindle fibres

(h) Chromosomes:

(1) Carry genetic characters from parents to offspring

(i) Glycogen granule:

(1) Serves as food for the cell

(j) Vacuoles:

(1) Gives turgidity to the cells

(2) Storage of water and other substances, food, pigments and waste products

Question 5

List any six features found both in plant and animal cells.

Answer 5

Common features found in both plant and animal cells:

(1) Presence of cell membrane

(2) Presence of liquid matrix called cytoplasm in the cell

(3) Presence of mitochondria which produces energy

(4) Presence of ribosomes that synthesize proteins

(5) Presence of Golgi body

(6) Presence of a prominent nucleus

E. STRUCTURED/ APPLICATION / SKILL TYPE: Chapter-2 Cell: The Unit of Life Selina Concise Solutions for ICSE class 9th Biology

Question 1

Given below are the sketches of two types of cells A and B

sketches of two types of cells A and B.

(a) Which one of these is a plant cell? Give reason in support of your answer.

(b) List the cell structures which are common to both the types.

(c) Name the structures found only in plant cells and those found only in animal cells.

Answer 1

(a) Fig. B is a plant cell. It has a cell wall and a large vacuole which pushes the nucleus towards the periphery.

(b) The Cell membrane, ribosomes, nucleus, endoplasmic reticulum, lysosomes, Golgi body and mitochondria are common to both the types.

(c) Plastids and cell wall are found only in plant cell. Centrosome is found only in animal cell.

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