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UPSC Geography Syllabus

Preparing for UPSC 2018? Here’s a detailed syllabus and go to books that you should refer to master Geography for UPSC 2018. 

UPSC Geography Syllabus

The revised syllabus of UPSC has mentioned UPSC geography syllabus in following words.

“Indian & World Geography: Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India & the World”

 The syllabus has clearly divided Geography into 2 components – Indian Geography and World Geography.
The Topics covered in the 2 components as given the following table.

Indian Geography
World Geography
Physiography of India
Atmosphere, its structure and components.
River Systems of India
World Climate with focus on major world climatic phenomena like Planetary winds, Clouds, Cyclones etc.
Geomorphic processes like Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Weathering, Erosion and Gradational processes and their associated landform features
Mineral Wealth of India
Major World Biomes, their components and features.
Soil & Soil Types in India
World Resources and their distribution
World Industries and their distribution
Major World Crops and Farming systems
Wildlife & Conservation
World Map related questions
Human Geography
World oceans and related processes like Ocean currents, tides
Universe related questions including topics like Solar system; earth and its movements;
asteroids, comets and meteors; satellites etc.
Disasters, like Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, droughts.

More Question have been asked on Indian Geography as compared to world Geography. Hence you should prioritize your studies accordingly.All the topics mentioned about should be understood properly and the facts mentioned should be analysed with concepts given.

Books and Sources for UPSC Geography Preparation

· NCERT Books from 6th to 12th (Special focus should be on 11th and 12th NCERT’s)

·  C Leong’s Physical Geography

· General Studies Guide for Prelims, either from TMH or Arihant or Spectrum or Pearson

· Oxford Student atlas (do not confuse it with Oxford School Atlas)

· Orient Black Swann School Atlas (do not confuse it with Orient Black Swann Student Atlas)

· Various reports from Govt and NGO’s like Forest report, Agriculture census, HDI report, etc.

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