Sahil Sharma

Can anybody suggest me what are good books for geography optional in civilservices exam? thanks in advance Rakesh

Hello madam/sir, i finished btech in chemical engineering and now pursuing mtech in same straem. i am interested in ias exam. i choose to take geography as one of my optionals. But iam confused about material to be read for this optional. Can u please help me? thanks in advance Rakesh


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Dear rakesh,

Few suggestions are:

Basic Reading

1. Strahler, A.N. or Strahler & Strahler : Modern Physical Geography.
2. NCERT-11th and 12th class Geography books.
3. Geography Made Simple series by Rupa publications.
4. Rama Chandran-Urbanization and urban systems in India.
5. Five Year Plan document.
6. Yojna/Kurukshetra/Employment News.

Further Reading


1. Small, R.J.-Study of Landforms.
2. Eyre-Soil, Vegetation and Climate.
3. Trewartha, G.T.-An Introduction to Climate.
4. Sharma & Vatal-Occanography for Geographers.
5. Adhikari, S.-Fundamentals of Geographical Thought
6. Dikshit, R.D.-Political Geography
7. Northern-Urban Geography
8. Hurst, M.E.-Geography of Economic Behaviour.
9. Symons or Moryan & Mutton-Agricultural Geography
10. Leong, G.S. & Morgen-Human & Economic Geography
11. Sharma & Continho-Economic & Commercial Geography of India
12. Chand, Mahesh & Puri-Regional Planning in India.
13. Leong, G.S. Certificate to Physical Geography
14. Critch field, Elements of Climatology
15. Singh G., Geography of India

All the best

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