The UPSC civil services exam preparation is not complete without a good atlas. Map-based questions are asked in the prelims exam as well as in the Geography optional paper in the IAS mains exam. Apart from that, maps provide an excellent source of reference material since an understanding of the various political entities and physical features of India, and the world is made simpler with maps. Even in subjects like history and economics, studying with maps can increase your understanding of the subject. In this article, we give you a list of some of the best atlases for IAS Exam preparation.
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Types of Atlas
The different types of atlases are stated below:
Oxford Student Atlas
The Oxford Student Atlas is a favorite among students as it is easy to understand and use. It comes with a CD that is really useful. The CD is a storehouse of data on the geography and history of civilisations. The information is not highly detailed but gives an idea to fresh students of the subject to build on. The atlas also has an extra world and India map attached. The atlas also gives useful information like capitals, currencies, languages, and GDPs of every country.
Orient Blackswan School Atlas
The Orient Blackswan School Atlas is also a popular atlas with UPSC aspirants. It has maps of ancient civilisations of both India and the world. Apart from the political and physical maps of all the continents, it also consists of distinct economic and climatic maps. The atlas also comprises wildlife depiction on maps, tectonic plates, and the major heritages in danger worldwide. Additionally, it has a table that portrays the river basins in India. However, this atlas has portrayed the physical and political maps of India clubbed together, which makes studying the physical features a bit cumbersome. Also there is only one map for oceanic currents.
Some students prefer to use the Oxford Atlas for India and the Orient Blackswan for world maps.
Other atlases you can refer to are:
- Concise Atlas of the World – Schoolkart
- Concise Atlas of the World – Collins
- National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World
- Atlas by Study Today Publication – this is good for detailed study since it has district-wise maps of India.