Best Geography Optional Booklist for UPSC CSE

Books for Geography Optional in UPSC CSE
Which books to refer to for Geography Optional ?
There are actually 8 books that cover almost 80-85% of the syllabus.

Basic books

  • Made Simple Series by Rupa Publication-Vol-I & II
  • A certificate course in geography by Goh Cheng Leong

Reference Books

  • Physical Geography- By Savindra Singh (If one wants to avoid specialised books for Physical Geography syllabus. There are 5 specialised books by Savindra Singh have certain specific chapters which are not covered through the above book. Coverage of above Physical Geography text book covers almost 80% of the physical geography syllabus). For the other topics of the Physical geography syllabus, one has to refer to about 2-3 chapters from each of the below books: One can take photocopies of the select chapters from libraries and study rather than buying these books

    • Geomorphology-By Savindra Singh
    • Oceanography- By Savindra Singh
    • Climatology- By Savindra Singh
    • Environment Geography-By Savindra Singh
    • Biogeography- By Savindra Singh
  • Indian Geography by D R Khulla

  • Human Geography by Majid Hussain

  • Models and theories by Majid Hussain

  • Geographical thought by Dixit

  • Geographical thought by Sudipta Adhikary ( A good supplement for Thought topics)

  • NCERT class X text book, (Old Edition) is good for Economic Geography Coverage. It will also help GS geography topics like- World Industries, World Resources distribution and trade.

  • Settlement Geography by K Siddhartha

Other References:

Like in all other subjects, and in GS, students must read up various magazines and current affairs based enrichment. Some of the sources one can be regular with are:

  • Yojna
  • Kurushektra
  • Greagraphy and You
  • NITI Aayog reports (particularly, those on Agriculture, Infra, Regional development, Rural development etc)
  • Select UN docs on Population, development & Env. (UNDP is most helpful)

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