Detailed Roadmap for GS
:: 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.
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.
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
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
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