UPSC IAS 2018 Geography Optional Tips – Geography Tips 2018 IAS Exam

UPSC IAS 2018 Geography Optional Tips – Geography Tips 2018 IAS Exam – Hello Friends Welcome to .Here We are sharing some of the most important tips for UPSC Geography Optional Paper for IAS 2018 Exam .

These Tips Will be Helpful in your Preparation for UPSC mains 2018 Exam . Geography is one of the most Popular Optional In UPSC Exam .

UPSC IAS 2018 Geography Optional Tips - Geography Tips 2018 IAS Exam

A lot of candidates who take up this optional in fact, would not have studied this for their graduation or post-graduation. In this article, we give you a few valuable tips to score high in the Geography optional paper.

For open-ended questions, you must take care to make your answers multi-dimensional. For example, such questions in Indian Geography can be answered by using relevant theory from paper I.

Shweta’s four pointers to write amazing answers in Geography:-

  • Use relevant and labelled diagrams.
  • Use examples from India and the world.
  • Use various philosophers’ thoughts.
  • Use geographical terminology.

UPSC IAS 2018 Geography Optional Tips – Geography Tips 2018 IAS

Tip #1

  • In the mains optional papers, you would have a choice of attempting five questions out of the eight given. Geography papers tend to be lengthy.
  • Hence, you must not take more than five minutes to decide the questions that you would be attempting.

Tip #2

  • There are generally sub-parts to all the questions.
  • Choose those questions for which you know all the sub-parts. This ensures maximum marks.

Tip #3

  • Don’t make incomplete maps.
  • Maps are quite scoring and you should ensure that you get the maximum benefit out of these questions.
  • So, prepare well and make complete maps with accurate labelling.

Tip #4

  • Always try to substantiate your answers with General Studies portions wherever relevant of course.
  • This will give the impression that you are well-updated with current affairs. Geography is an inter-disciplinary subject and so you can involve content from anthropology, economics, ecology, environment, etc.

Tip #5

  • Always use case studies and other examples and figures to highlight what you are trying to convey through your answers.
  • Provide graphs wherever possible.

Tip #6

  • Include relevant theories to your answers.
  • Theories Makes Answers More marks fetching .
  • It Will improve Your Score

Tip #7

If you are asked about a theory or a model, you can adhere to the following framework while writing your answers:

  • Definition
  • Concept
  • Theory/Model
  • Application
  • Role in contemporary world
  • Criticism

Tip #8

Apart from the standard textbooks, you should read the following magazines:

  • Geography and You
  • Yojana/Kurukshetra

Tip #9

  • Develop speed while writing through ample test practice.
  • Practice As Much as Answers
  • Do not Ignore Answers Practising

Tip #10

Tip #11

  • In some cases, you may have to include historical perspectives to an issue or concept.
  • This will enhance the quality of your answers and give the impression that you are a person with multidimensional knowledge (which is what the UPSC is looking for).

Shweta Chauhan’s booklist for Geography

For Paper I

  • For Geomorphology: Geomorphology by Savindra Singh
  • For Climatology and Oceanography: Physical Geography by Savindra Singh
  • For Biogeography and Environmental Geography: Physical Geography by Savindra Singh, Rupa Made Simple Book on Environment, newspapers, Down To Earth Magazine
  • For Human Geography: Evolution of Geographical Thought by Majid Husain, Human Geography by Majid Husain, Economic and Social Geography Made Simple by Rupa Publishers, Regional Planning by Chand & Puri

For Paper II

  • India – A Comprehensive Geography by D R Khullar
  • Newspapers and current affairs material

For Mains

  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
  • NCERT Geography textbooks – classes XI and XII


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