You can refer my previous posts:
Where you can learn that how to prepare topics wise with reference study materials.
But here I compiled a list of recommended UPSC Geography optional books to help you. [Read more…]
Geography preparation for Civil Service examination is not easy. First of all, you need good imagination skill. for say, if you reading about solar system, then try imagine solar system visually which will helps understand the concepts easily.
There are many standard books for upsc geography preparation like Masjid Hussain's book and GC Leong but Ncert books are always important than them.
Becuase ncert books (especially new ncert) comes with good illustrations and pictures which are helpful to understand the topics.
When it comes to newspaper, read case studies which are related to Geography.
Unlike other subjects, for Geography take notes with pictures. Use applications like Microsoft, Google docs or evernote. I personally prefer Google docs and evernote because i will not lost, my notes would be saved in cloud.
Read geography syllabus for prelims and mains and only read topics which are important.
For topics on Physical setting, agriculture, industries, trade & transportation, resources, cultural setting, settlement & some contemporary issues:- KHULLAR ——-coaching institute notes———Yojana magazine———NCERT text books———some latest developments from INDIA YEAR BOOK. Emphasis be given more on maps & diagrams in these topics. [Read more…]
If you want an one good resource for Geo optional paper – 1 preparation tips, then you’re in correct place. Thanks to Gaurav Agarwal and Chanchal Rana sir. They are did a great job and offers great tips for all aspirants.
Here’s the complete GEO Paper – 1 preparation tips from Khelo India,
Geomorphology: I went through the notes both of Alok ranjan, and Neetu Singh—-PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY by Savindra singh——-NCERT text books along with the diagrams there. APPLIED GEOMORPHOLOGY is a very important part, so trying searching the internet for the various applications like in dam construction, oil exploration & surveying. etc——–Imp: Read the various other names of the same theories as in the name of the authors or any other peculiar names. [Read more…]
So, you already have great foundation and ready to go deep. Because you prepared well Geography in prelims and mains. And now confident enough to choose Geography as your optional subject. Right?
A List of recommended study materials paper wise.
Preparation tips by IAS Chanchal Rana (AIR 7, CSE 2013).
Preparation tips by IAS Chanchal Rana (AIR 7, CSE 2013).
Some common tips on Geo preparation.
Geography is a beautiful subject that connects to or relates to almost all subjects.
By studying geography you not only learn geography, but also other subjects as well.
For say, climatology, geo-morphology are related to science and read this article here to learn that how geography connects with economics.
It’s such an interesting subject to read. But it’s just not enough to read bland texts, you need to interlink concepts as well.
So, here’s the guide that how to prepare for Geography in prelims and mains phase.
Khullar or Majid hussain or G.C. Leong are all good geography books.
But for prelims and mains Geography preparation, the best source is nothing but Ncert.
Ncerts covers almost all topics (physical geography, Indian geography and world geography) that are relevant for UPSC.
One of my students asked which is best old or new ncert for geography.
I always recommend to read old Ncert 11th class and 12th class thoroughly without any second thought. But have in mind, some data are outdated in old ncert books, you must avoid them or google to get latest data.
After that also read new ncert books, because new ncert books comes with many illustrations and graphics that are very useful.
And if you have found any topic or event which aren’t adequately covered in ncert, google and note down important points.
Standard study materials are completely unnecessary for prelims and mains Geo preparation. But for pete’s sake, I list recommended standard books here.
Before you read these books, make sure that you read and understand well the syllabus and previous year question papers, otherwise you will end up wasting your time on reading unrelated topics of upsc.
When I joined manidhaneyam, in my first geography class, the first ever advice I got is, applying imagination.
The faculty constantly told us to imagine things inside the mind while listening lecture.
First time, I never understood the importance of my faculty advice. And it turns out, this is one of the best technique I ever learned in manidhaneyam.
For geography, whether you’re reading text book or listening a lecture, always imagine the context inside your mind.
Imagination improves your understanding of the concept as well as your memory.
A great article on psychologytoday exactly explains that how mental picturing works here.
An IPS officer told me, whenever I watch any songs, I don’t look at the actors, but the mountains and places behind them”.
You’re going to study many maps and figure, if you hate them, you can’t study them.
So start to love them.
When it comes to Geography, note taking with relevant pictures is really useful. And as I said, it will improve your observation of the concept well.
A good example is Nitin sangwan who’s an upsc topper. His notes has relevant images, you can check out here.
When you read about any places on current affairs that you think important for exam and needed
Because taking notes with figures, maps, and pictures is necessary in Geo preparation.
Use extensions like nimbus screenshot (screenshot extensions are available for all major browsers – opera, chrome and mozilla) to take screenshots of maps, figures and data, or just use evernote extension to capture screenshot and save them in evernote notebooks.
You may not see ‘Geography section’ in newspaper as there are sci&tech, economics, and polity section in the newspaper.
But there are many Geography related current affairs such as founding ‘oil reserve’, ‘Volcanic’, ‘canyon’ that are categorized under International news, sci&tech and so on.
So, it is important to read current affairs, taking notes of them and categorizing appropriately.
After all, last but no least, revise what you have studied.
Practice question papers and maps.
You can also play online maps games, browse through interesting sites like World Atlas, and don’t forget to have fun. 😜