GEOGRAPHY : Indian Geography
Indian Geography covers the most salient and fundamental aspect related to General Studies paper as a whole. The knowledge of topography, climate, river systems of Indian Continent pave the way for analysing the important aspect of culture and history of India as well. Though there are more than 7 questions in PT from this section, its importance is more pronounced for understanding the base line of History, Culture, Economy and as whole of the whole GS Paper. It is, in fact a hinge on which the GS Paper revolves. For a civil services aspirant, I recommend the reference book- D.R Khullar on which major part of SAVE classes are based. But, I had taken reference from so many other sources like The Economic Survey, Wikipedia, Maps of India. Students are advised to actively listen the SAVE classes first, then to proceed to D.R Khullar's Book and after that students should practice with the Question Bank available in the Market.
Chapter-1-An Introduction to Indian Geography
This chapter gives a vivid account of the salient aspects of Indian sub-continent, it's frontiers, geopolitical importance of India and Indian ocean, strategic relations key points with its neighbouring countries. It is the unique approach of MagnusIAS to deal this chapter to cater the need of Civil Services Examination.
Chapter-2-Physiography of India
The concept of physiographical features which include the mountains, plateaus, plains, western ghats, eastern ghats etc are vital for examination. Besides, a clear understanding of this is hallmark for foundation of the GS Paper. The vivid description in the SAVE classes are most effective in developing an analytical skill for answering the questions in PT as well as mains.
Chapter-3-Drainage Systems of India
This chapter includes the important concept related to "River Basin in India", Multi-Projects on River, Irrigation, Water resources. Every year we expect 3 questions directly from this topic. Moreover, this is the foundation of GS paper and indirect application of the concepts developed here will find its application in many question of Paper-2 and Paper-3.
Chapter-4- Natural Vegetation and Wildlife
Before undertaking the SAVE classes on this topic, students are advised to revise the classes of "Section- Ecology and Environment, Chapter 3,4 and 5. These topics are hot favourite for UPSC and students are usually faltering in choosing the correct alternative among the close options. Therefore, more practices are required after listening the SAVE classes under this topic.
Chapter-5- Soils in India
"Soils in India" lays the foundation of Indian Agriculture Systems. In Examination, we do expect direct questions in PT as well as in Mains, but it is more important that in several question the understanding of Soil morphology, its genesis, its distribution etc help you to appreciate the questions and drafting its appropriate answers.
Chapter-6- Indian Agriculture
This chapter is the most vital chapter of Indian Geography from which every year a large number of questions are expected. It is the foundation of Indian Economy as well. Efforts have been made to include all important aspect of Indian Agriculture. The basic reference book recommended for this chapter is D. R Khullar's book on Indian Geography.
Chapter-7- Mineral Resources of India
Mineral Resources of India is an important chapter from General Studies point of view. We are expecting one or two questions every year from this chapter. Students are in general notion that one has to rote the name of the ores and its mines along with geographical distribution. But, in our SAVE (Smart Audio Video Education ) classes, one gets over this notion by imbibing the concept. The classes have been developed by the experts after much research work in methodology of teaching and sequencing the concepts in a systematic manner. Students may refer D.R Khullar Book- A Comprehensive Geography of India as a reference book as a post script of the SAVE Classes.
Chapter-8- Energy Resources in India
Energy Resources in India is an important chapter from the point of view of priorities being accorded by the Government across the Globe. We do expect questions from this chapter more often.