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BEST GEOGRAPHY BOOKS FOR IAS MAINS-2015-2016 -UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAM

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Content

1.Introduction-Geography optional

2.Why geography is popularoptional subject

3.ADVANTAGES OF GEOGRAPHY AS A OPTIONAL SUBJECT

4.HOW TO START PREPARATION FOR GEOGRAPPHY

5.BEST BOOKS FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR MAINS –PAPER 1

6.BEST BOOKS FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR MAINS –PAPER 2



Introduction-Geography optional

Geography was among the most popular and preferred optional subject chosen by IAS aspirants in civil services exam. In this article I will list some standard books for geography optional subject in IAS mains exam. If you web search books for geography optional for UPSC IAS exam you will get hundreds of result but most of books mentioned there are outdated, not match UPSC level or not available in the market.

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In this article we will present books which match IAS exam level and on personal reading experience.

We get several query related to books for geography optional subject in civil services exam. Most of them are same question but asked in different way, so in this article I will answer the below questions…

1.Books for geography ias mains,

2.Geography books for ias mains,

3.How to study geography for ias,

4.How to prepare geography for ias mains,

5.IAS mains geography books,

6.Books for geography optional.


Why geography is popular optional subject 


Three things make geography optional subject more popular than other ?
1.Availability of study material ?
2.Compact and manageable Syllabus /scoring
3.Non technical content and semi-scientific nature

Geography as a optional subject for IPS/IAS exam pass all the three stage successfully .

Number of books for geography are available in the market, coaching institutes and other study materials are available. Syllabus is well defined and manageable and geography optional is multidimensional in nature.

ADVANTAGES OF GEOGRAPHY AS A OPTIONAL SUBJECT IN MAINS IAS EXAM

So it is clear why geography is most preferred optional subject.
Taking Geography as a optional subject for IAS has many advantages…
1.More than 20 %  questions in CSAT comes from geography.
2.Geography optional covers major portion of GS-1 and GS-3
GS-1—World’s physical geography, key natural resources across the world, industries in various parts of the world, important geophysical phenomenon etc
GS-3—Industries,infrastructure,disaster management ,and some portion related to environment.

3.It is multidimensional in nature and semi-scientific in nature .Geography is the best optional subject for student having science background.

HOW TO START PREPARATION FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR UPSC CIVIL SERVICES EXAM (IAS)

Without taking your much time, coming to the topic best books for geography optional for ias mains.

One of the biggest mistake which IAS aspirants do is they start their preparation randomly means they read whatever they get. Stop this habit Yes stop this habit put big full stop.
Why ?? 
Because it is not going to help you .You will not get clear idea what and how much you have read the particular subject or topic.
Start your preparation in a systematic way to gain more profit.

Start your preparation from NCERT BOOKS-Begin your geography preparation for IAS from NCERT geography books. Start reading from class 6 to 12.
On most of the website (99 %) you will find they suggest you to read only class 11 and 12 geography  books but I will not suggest you to do these because NCERT books of class 11 and 12  not contain all information which is needed to build your strong basics.In our previous articles we have already explained WHY TO READ NCERT BOOKS FOR CIVIL SERVICES EXAM  and HOW TO READ NCERT BOOKS FOR IAS EXAM. Go through these articles .

After finishing NCERT BOOKS look the syllabus of geography for mains.

And before going to read specific topic of geography get full overview of the syllabus first so that you will know what you have to study .So first read geography as a whole for these read INDIA  A COMPREHENSIVE GEOGRAPHY by KHULLAR


BEST BOOKS FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR MAINS –PAPER 1



TOPIC
BOOK NAME AND AUTHOR
1.
Physical geography
2.
Geomorphology
3
Climatology
4.
Oceanography
Sharma and vatal
5.
Environmental Geography
6.
Economic geography
7.
Population and settlement
8.
Geographical thoughts
9.
Political geography
10
Models,Theories



BEST BOOKS FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR MAINS –PAPER 2



TOPICBOOK NAME/AUTHOR
1.Geography of India  
2.Physical Setting 
Economic and Commercial Geography
 of India by Sharma & Coutinho
3.Resources
Economical Geography - A Study of
 Resources by Guha and Chattoraj
 (NCERT books)
4.
AGRICULTURE
India Year Book, published by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Reports published by ICAR

Yojana and kurukshetra

Industry 
Economical and Commercial 
Geography of India by C.B. Mamoria

5.Transport, Communication and Trade 
Economical and Commercial Geography
 of India by C.B. Mamoria
Economical and Commercial Geography

 of India by Sharma & Coutinho
India Year Book published by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram
5.Cultural Setting Human Geography by Majid Husain 
Geography of Population by R.C.Chandna
NCERT Books 
6.SettlementsHuman Geography by Majid Husain
Urbanization and Urban Systems in India by Ramachandran 

  (buy paperback)
7.Regional Development and PlanningRegional Planning and Development by Chand and Puri
India Year Book
Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram 

Regional Planning byMahesh Chand

8.Political Aspects Modern Political Geography of India by B.L. Sukhwal
9Contemporary Issues 






BEST BOOKS FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR MAINS –PAPER 1

Physical geography

Geomorphology
Geomorphology by  Savindra Singh
Principles of Geomorphology by W.D. Thornbury

Climatology
Climatology- D.r D.S Lal

Oceanography
 Sharma and vatal
Physical geography by savindra singh

Environmental Geography
Savindra singh

Economic geography
Leong and Morgan

Population and settlement
Geography Of populations by R.C Chandana,
Human geography by majid Hussien,
Regional planning in India by Mahesh
 chand and VK puri.


Geographical thoughts
Evolution Of Geographical Thought by  Majid Husain

Political geography
by sudeepta adhikari

Models,Theories
Majid Hussien

BEST BOOKS FOR GEOGRAPHY OPTIONAL FOR 
MAINS –PAPER 2
Geography of India  


Physical Setting 
Economic and Commercial Geography
 of India by Sharma & Coutinho


Resources
 Economical Geography - A Study of
 Resources by Guha and Chattoraj
 (NCERT books)


AGRICULTURE
India Year Book, published by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Reports published by ICAR

Yojana and kurukshetra

Industry 
 Economical and Commercial 
Geography of India by C.B. Mamoria

Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram

Transport, Communication and Trade 
 Economical and Commercial Geography of India by C.B. Mamoria
Economical and Commercial Geography of India by Sharma & Coutinho
India Year Book published by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram


Cultural Setting
Human Geography by Majid Husain 
Geography of Population by R.C.Chandna
NCERT Books

Settlements
Human Geography by Majid Husain

Urbanization and Urban Systems in India by Ramachandran 

  (buy paperback)

Regional Development and Planning
 Regional Planning and Development by Chand and Puri
India Year Book
Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram 

Regional Planning byMahesh Chand

Political Aspects 
Modern Political Geography of India by B.L. Sukhwal

Contemporary Issues 



You have to read all the above geography books to ensure you success in civil services exam .


We have listed the best books for geography optional subject for mains. We have not mentioned here any book which is not useful for civil services exam.



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