Important Books for Geography Optional for UPSC IAS Mains

Geography as a subject assumes a significant part in all competitive examinations. It assumes great significance in both Prelims and Mains examination in the IAS Exam. It is a vast subject dealing with the spatial association between individuals, places, and the earth and it broadly covers all spheres. If the approach to the subject is right, this is the most scoring optional that also helps in general studies paper. Many candidates have cracked UPSC Mains examination by opting geography as their optional subject.

IAS aspirants who have opted for Geography as their optional subject may also check UPSC Geography Strategy in the linked article.

Geography Books for IAS

Geography Optional Paper-I Books

An IAS aspirant should be in consistent touch with UPSC Geography Syllabus and should not go off-track while preparing for civil services exam.

The table below mentions UPSC Geography Optional Paper-I Booklist:

A Geography by Population – R.C. Chandna
Agricultural Geography – Majid Husain
Climatology – D.S.Lal
Economic and Social Geography – Made Simple by Rupa Publisher
Economic Geography- Hartshorne & Alexander
Environmental Awareness – R.C.Chandna
Environmental Geography – Savindra Singh
Environmental Geography -Saxena
General Climatology -Critchfield
Geomorphology – Savindra Singh
Human Geography -Majid Husain
Oceanography- Sharma & Vatal, NCERT
Evolution of Geographic Thought-Majid Husain
Physical Geography – Made Simple, Rupa Publisher
Physical Geography – Savindra Singh
Physical Geography -Strahler & Strahler
Physical Geography in Diagrams -Bunnett
Political Geography -R.D.Dixit
Principles of Geomorphology-W.D. Thornbury
Regional Planning: Regional Planning – Chand & Puri
Urbanization & Urban Systems in India- Ramachandran

IAS aspirants focussing on UPSC 2020 may check the linked article to get updates on civil services exam-pattern, notifications, syllabus, and more.

Geography Optional Paper-II Books

The table below mentions UPSC Geography Optional Paper-II Booklist:

A Geography of India -Gopal Singh
Agriculture Geography – Majid Husain
Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
Economic and Commercial Geography of India – C.B. Mamoria
Economic and Commercial Geography of India – Sharma & Coutinho
Economical and Commercial Geography of India – C.B. Mamoria
Environmental Awareness – R.C.Chandna
Environmental Geography – Savinder Singh
Environmental Geography – Saxena
Geography of India – Majid Husain
Geography of Population- R.C.Chandna
Hindu’s Survey on Agriculture
Human Geography – Majid Husain
India disasters – Report
Indian Economy by Dutt and Sundaram
Oxford School Atlas – Oxford
Political Aspects: Modern Political Geography of India – B.L. Sukhwal
Regional Planning and Development -Chand and Puri
Urbanization and Urban Systems in India -Ramachandran
Environmental Awareness – R.C.Chandna
Environmental Geography – Saxena

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