Integrated Approach to UPSC Prelims + Mains – 2015 – A Self Study Guide
During next Seven Days (May 29 to June 05) we will cover Environment and Biodiversity part of the UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam syllabus i.e.
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialisation.
These topics are scattered over many NCERT textbooks. These topics are also in news every day. So there is static and dynamic part to these topics. We will give you a list of topics, books and websites to study on which we would be asking questions next day. Questions will be both of preliminary exam (MCQs) and Mains type. They will be posted as separate post in the afternoon (Posting them in Secure will make it cluttered).
As said earlier, it is an integrated approach. The same topics of prelims syllabus are repeated in Mains syllabus i.e.
Changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.
Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment Disaster and disaster management.
We have seen in prelims that agriculture related questions are asked in more and more numbers. Therefore we have included agriculture related chapters too along with environment related chapters in the list below.
Because UPSC asks current events based questions on these topics too, we will be giving a list of topics to be studied from internet or from any other resources you might have which are either in news or not covered in NCERT books.
By June 5 (it’s just coincidence that June 5 happens to be World Environment Day!) you will complete basics of environment related topics.