ICSE Class 8 Biology Selina Solutions Chapter 3- Reproduction in Humans

The Class 8 biology chapter 3- Reproduction in Humans, deal with the topic of how humans reproduce. The ICSE Selina Class 8 Biology Chapter 3- Reproduction in Humans Solutions have a collective extract from various subject related books, making it the most efficient resource for students studying it.

Let us look into the topics that are covered in the chapter.

Sexual reproduction is a mode of reproduction where two parents are involved in producing a new individual. Offspring is produced by the fusion of gametes (sex cells) from each parent. Hence, the newly formed individual will be different from parents, both genetically and physically. Human reproduction is an example of sexual reproduction.

This chapter explains the basics of humans reproduce, how the zygote is formed and more. Go through the chapter thoroughly and then try solving the Selina questions. Compare your answers with the ICSE Selina Class 8 Biology Chapter 3- Reproduction in Humans solutions by BYJU’S and evaluate your preparation so far.

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Multiple Choice Questions:

1. Put a tick mark against the correct alternative in the following statements:

(a) The testes are located within the:

1. Penis

2. Scrotum

3. Ureter

4. Urinary bladder

Answer: 2. Scrotum

(b) Amoeba is most commonly reproduced by:

1. Budding

2. Regeneration

3. Binary fission

4. Multiple fission

Answer: 3. Binary fission

(c) Identify the stage which is formed after the fertilisation of the egg by the sperm?

1. Ovule

2. Foetus

3. Embryo

4. Zygote

Answer: 4. Zygote


(d) Internally, the uterus opens into:

1. Urethra

2. Vagina

3. Oviduct

4. Vulva

Answer: 2. Vagina

(e) Which one of the following represents the correct sequence in the life history of a butterfly?

1. Egg → Larva → Adult → Pupa

2. Egg → Pupa → Adult → Larva

3. Egg → Larva → Pupa → Adult

4. Egg → Pupa → Larva → Adult

Answer: 3. Egg → Larva → Pupa → Adult

Short Answer Questions:

Question 1.

Distinguish between the following pair of terms:

(a) Egg and sperm.

(b) Sexual reproduction and asexual reproduction.

(c) Budding and Regeneration.


(a) Egg and sperm

Egg Sperm

1. The ovaries produce eggs.

2. The egg is spherical in shape with a nucleus.


1. The testes produce sperm.

2. Sperm has a head with the nucleus, middle piece and tail.

(b) Sexual reproduction and asexual reproduction.

Sexual reproduction

1. In sexual reproduction, the two sexes produce sperm and eggs by the male and female.

2. To produce a new individual the sperm has to reach the ovum and fuse with it. eg. Humans, bird, reptile, etc.

Asexual reproduction:

1. It involves the production of an offspring from a single parent without the fusion of reproductive cells (gametes).

2 The process does faster multiplication, e.g. Lower plants and animals {Amoeba).

(c) Budding and Regeneration


Budding is a process where buds grow on the external parent body. The buds fall off when they are large enough.

Example: Hydra

Regeneration: Regeneration is the process that uses cell division to regrow lost body parts.

Example: Starfish, sponges

Question 2

Define the following terms:

(a) Fertilization

(b) Implantation

(c) Puberty


(a) Fertilization: Zygote is formed by fusing sperm and eggs from the opposite partners. It is called fertilization.

(b) Implantation: The fertilised egg (zygote) soon starts developing and by the time it reaches the uterus, a small ball of numerous cells is already formed. This is a kind of embryo which forms a pit in the wall of the uterus and gets fixed in it. Thus implantation occurs, which is the natural way of fixing the embryo in the uterus wall. This produces the state of pregnancy.

(c) Puberty: Puberty is the period during which the reproductive systems of boys and girls mature. In girls, it starts at the age of about ten and the first sign of puberty is the development of breasts. In boys, it starts at about 11 years of age of the enlargement of the testes is its first sign. The sudden spurt in growth, shoulder girdle grows more than a hip girdle.

Question 3.

State the reason why testes lie outside the abdomen in a scrotum?


The normal body temperature is too high for both the testes to be inside the abdomen, scrotum has smooth muscle tissues that keep the testes at a cooler temperature than the body temperature 2°C to 3°C lower than the body temperature which is the most suitable temperature for sperm production.


Question 4.

Why is it important that a very large number of sperms should be present in the semen?


Single ejaculation of semen has 20,000,000 to 40,000,000 sperms. But only 1 or 2 sperms go into oviduct and fertilise the egg to form the Zygote. An individual is formed from the embryo. It is the sperm in the semen that is of importance, and therefore semen quality involves both sperm quantity and quality.


Question 5.

List the structures, in their correct sequence, through which the sperms must pass from the time they are produced in the testes to the time they leave the urethra.


Sperms are produced in testes. They pass as follows:

The sperm-producing tube is in the testes. The tubes join to form ducts leading to the epididymis which in turn leads into a muscular sperm duct. The two sperm ducts, one from each testes open at the top of the urethra.

Question 6.

State the functions of the following:

(a) Ovary

(b) Testes

(c) Fallopian tubes

(d) Seminal vesicle

(e) Uterus


(a) Ovary: Ova (eggs) and secrete female sex hormones, oestrogen and progesterone are produced by ovaries.

(b) Testes: A pair of testes are present in the human male. The testes produce sperms.

(c) Fallopian tubes: There are two fallopian tubes in the human female reproductive system.

(d) Seminal vesicle: The function of the seminal vesicle is to store sperms and to secrete seminal fluid.

(e) Uterus: The inner lining receives, protects and nourishes the embryo. Contractions of muscular wall expel baby during birth.

Question 7.

Given here is a section of the female reproductive system of human beings.

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(a) Name the parts labelled 1 to 4

(b) Name the part where fertilisation occurs in human beings.



1. Ovary

2. Fallopian tube (Oviduct)

3. Uterus (Inner lining or Muscular wall)

4. Vagina

(b) Fertilisation occurs in the upper part of the oviduct. Sperm fuses with the egg and zygote are formed this is called fertilisation.

Question 8.

Given alongside is a diagram of the male reproductive system in humans. Label the parts indicated by numbers 1 to 5, and state their functions.

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1. Seminal vesicle: A secretion which serves as a medium for the transportation of the sperms is produced by seminal vesicles.

2. Prostate gland: Prostate gland which pours an alkaline secretion into the semen as it passes through the urethra.

3. Testes: Sperms are produced in the testes.

4. Urethra: Urethra passes through the penis and carries either urine or semen.

5. Sperm duct: The sperm pass through the sperm ducts.

Long Answer Questions:

Practical Question.

Define the term metamorphosis. Briefly describe the various stages occurring in the life-cycle of a butterfly.


Metamorphosis: During normal development after the embryonic stage, a change in the form and often habits of an animal complete the transformation from an immature form to an adult form in two or more distinct stages.

The life cycle of a butterfly: The butterfly lays its eggs on the leaves of the plants. The newborn that comes out of the egg is called larva. It passes through various stages of development. The larva of the butterfly is also called Caterpillar. It is very active. It is very voracious. It feeds and moves actively and gains size.

It stops moving and eating and it is called pupa. It is a resting stage. The pupa spins thread around itself and thus is enclosed in a covering. It is called a cocoon. This cocoon covers the pupa and is protective in function. During this stage, it forms the features of an adult. After attaining adulthood the pupa comes out of the cocoon after breaking it as an adult butterfly. The wings of the emerged butterfly are wrinkled and soft. After an hour these are fully stretched and it starts flying.

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