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As Geography is one of the most sought-after Optional Subject, we have come up with Online Geography Optional – Foundation Course.
- Online Videos (Complete Geography Optional)
- Test Series
- Value Add Notes
- Live Doubt Clarification sessions
- Personal Mentorship
Before we let you know the merits of Geography as an optional, please remove the notions and biases from your mind that might have developed as a result of your discussions on various online forums and maybe with your friends and seniors. UPSC doesn’t intentionally “butcher” a subject. All the Optional Subjects have their distinct advantages and drawbacks but by no stretch of the imagination would UPSC give preference to one optional over the other. What may happen though is that some optional subjects might have scored more than the others in a particular year but that trend gets reversed also. That is the unpredictability of the Civil Services Examination that we have to live with. In fact, till the time optional subjects remain a part of CSE, this unpredictability will remain. Also, every year there is at least one person getting a top 10 rank with the Geography optional and many who are failing by taking other optional subjects.
So, learn to live with it rather than blaming it. Most of the time, the answers to one’s failure or unexpected performance lies within and not externally.
So, the message is clear for all-
Before blaming UPSC for its so-called “bias” for or against any optional, try to find the reasons for not doing well by looking inward!
So, coming to the point, let us enumerate the merits of Geography as an optional to help you decide whether it’s the subject for you:
1.Geography is scoring: If you maintain the essence of Geography in your answers, it will definitely fetch you good marks in Mains.
2.Geography is interesting: You will have a fun ride with geography as most of the concepts relate to the physical and social environment of which you are an integral part.
3.Geography has a maximum overlap with GS syllabus: If you prepare Geography optional, more than 30-40% of your GS syllabus is automatically prepared. Moreover, you develop better perspectives for the Essay paper and interview as well. This year in GS paper 1, 110 marks were asked from geography. Also, International relations, Disaster Management, Agriculture, exports, resources, etc. are part of geography which helps in scoring well in GS 2 and GS 3.
4.Geography is logic-driven and scientific: Unlike some other humanities subjects, the study of Geography entails logic, scientific theories, and empirical evidence. This makes Geography easy to understand and apply.
5.Geography has an abundance of sources to refer to: There is no dearth of quality materials and good books in Geography. You don’t have to dig too much into bookstores to find good books on Geography.