UPSC Civil Services Mains exam consists of Geography as one of the Optional Subjects with 2 papers (paper I and paper II). The mains examination is a part of IAS Exam which has 3 stages- Prelims, Mains and Interview.
This article provides you with the UPSC Geography syllabus for Optionals.
For details on similar optional subjects syllabus, check the linked article.
IAS aspirants who have opted for Geography as their optional subject may also check UPSC Geography Strategy in the linked article.
Geography Syllabus for UPSC
Each paper is of 250 marks with a total of 500 marks. These 2 optional papers are a part of UPSC Mains Examination that takes place after IAS Preliminary exam. Geography Optional is a popular subject in IAS Mains exam as a part of it overlaps with general studies paper-I.
Complementing your UPSC preparation with right books is equally important; hence, check UPSC Geography Optional Booklist in the linked article.
UPSC aspirants can check the Geography syllabus for IAS mains below:
Geography Optional Paper-I Syllabus:
IAS aspirants who are targeting UPSC 2021 may check the linked article to refer to the civil services exam pattern, notifications and more.
Geography Optional Paper-II Syllabus:
Note: Candidates will be required to answer one compulsory map question pertinent to subjects covered in this paper.
IAS aspirants would notice that Geography for UPSC has a significant overlap with General Studies papers, so they should prepare for the papers simultaneously. Also, candidates should solve more questions from previous years’ UPSC question papers as well as from mock tests to be able to crack the UPSC Geography Optional Exam.
You can also check the articles relevant to UPSC Geography Syllabus and also IAS exam preparation in the table below: