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How to Prepare for Geography?

Mar 25, 2022

How to Prepare for Geography?

The UPSC Prelims exam is coming. Geography as a subject has seen rapid changes in the kind of questions asked. For example, after 2013, there is a high emphasis on mapping. While preparing for the subject one should keep this change of trend in mind and accordingly proceed with their UPSC exam preparation.

Let's quickly acquaint you with the right resources for Geography preparation. The NCERT books of the 11th and 12th class (PrepSummary) act as the basic sources. Apart from referring to NCERTs, one can and should go through the PrepLadder Geography video lectures and notes. These notes will have to be revised regularly. 

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For the mapping part, one has to read the Atlas on a regular basis. The start has to be made with the study of the location of major landforms. Multiple mapping exercises like identifying the countries through which the equator goes will help generate broad awareness about the World map.

After that identify rivers, mountain ranges and other landforms. Then focus on the political and geographical map of India. After these basic exercises, one has to develop the habit of using the atlas regularly. Whenever you come across a new and important place in the news, please mark it on the atlas. One can also paste a world and India map on the walls of the room. In free time, one should study them thoroughly to develop a broad awareness of the locations.

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After completing the basics, one should start practicing the test series. Initially, one should do the sectional tests and then focus on the full syllabus test. After every test, one should identify his/her strengths and weaknesses and should work on them.

Just before the exam, one should have an effective revision plan. For the revision purpose, one can refer to PrepLadder Rapid Revision Plan 2022 which comprehensively covers all the important topics from the Prelims point of view.

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