(Getting Started) Detailed Roadmap for GS (Pre.) - "Geography"
Detailed Roadmap for GS (Pre.)
:: Geography ::
Geography is important as a candidate should be aware of the different physiological conditions of the country. Since an IAS, IPS could be posted in any part of the country, it is expected that the person would be acquaint with the general topographical and climatic features of the country.
The UPSC notification says that the geography syllabus for Prelims would include- 'Indian and World Geography- physical, social, economic geography of India and the world'. Again, this seems a vague description of the vast syllabus that a subject like geography is capable of. Therefore, our analysis of the relevant parts of geography is based on the past examinations.
The recent trends in the questions from geography shows that the UPSC has been moving away from asking direct questions on theories and feature. Rather, questions have been asked, more frequently, from sections like- Environmental ecology, biodiversity and climate. Since the relevance of these topics is more apt than the more traditional subjects, an aspirant should focus on such concept.
Thus, instead of going deep into the traditional topographical knowledge of different areas, or mugging up the census reports, it is more rational to understand and know about the applicability of different concepts, from a contemporary perspective.
GS Foundation Course (PT+ MAINS) for IAS EXAM
सामान्य अध्ययन (GS) फ़ाउनडेशन कोर्स (Foundation Course) PT + Mains, HINDI Medium
In 2013, 14 questions were asked from Geography portion. Out of this, 6 questions were asked from Indian Geography as well as Physical features/theoretical geography. Only 2 questions were asked from World Geography. Thus, it is more rational to focus on the Indian geography and physical features and concepts.
UPSC papers have been moving away from the traditional theoretical questions. Therefore, instead of spending an enormous amount of time in learning the theories and technicalities, understand the application of things that affect our world.
Do not waste your time in mugging up the names of different places, animals and other facts. Rather, try to establish the links between various geographical concepts. This would ease your task greatly.
Focus on the contemporary and new developments relating to environment and climate, as it has been asked very often.
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