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Geography Optional by Shabbir Sir - Integrated Course

"I didn't have any idea about Geography, It is all due to Shabbir Sir" - Preksha (Rank 30)

"I got to know about Edukemy in Pratham Kaushik's (327 marks, 2017) strategy and liked the format where foundation, enrichment & Test Series was being covered before Prelims" - Shubham (Rank 41)

"I learnt Geography as well as a lot of other things about life from you. Grateful to Edukemy" - Nitin Singh (Rank 32)

Not only is Geography Optional one of the most chosen options among UPSC Aspirants, it is also more loved because of its classes being offered by Shabbir Sir!

The unique, module-wise, marathon-focused, and mission-oriented Geography Optional Classes by Shabbir Sir focuses on pedagogical elements like initiation classes, moving to foundational principles, and then ultimately to the Enriched/Advanced part of learning!!

Learn from the best faculty of Geography optional and be a part of the legacy of highest geography marks every year without fail.



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"I didn't have any idea about Geography, It is all due to Shabbir Sir" - Preksha (Rank 30)

"I got to know about Edukemy in Pratham Kaushik's (327 marks, 2017) strategy and liked the format where foundation, enrichment & Test Series was being covered before Prelims" - Shubham (Rank 41)

"I learnt Geography as well as a lot of other things about life from you. Grateful to Edukemy" - Nitin Singh (Rank 32)

Not only is Geography Optional one of the most chosen options among UPSC Aspirants, it is also more loved because of its classes being offered by Shabbir Sir!

The unique, module-wise, marathon-focused, and mission-oriented Geography Optional Classes by Shabbir Sir focuses on pedagogical elements like initiation classes, moving to foundational principles, and then ultimately to the Enriched/Advanced part of learning!!

Learn from the best faculty of Geography optional and be a part of the legacy of highest geography marks every year without fail.


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Geography Optional – Syllabus given by UPSC

Syllabus of Geography Paper – I (PRINCIPLES OF GEOGRAPHY)

Physical Geography

  1. Geomorphology: Factors controlling landform development; endogenetic and exogenetic forces; Origin and evolution of the earth’s crusts; Fundamentals of geomagnetism; Physical conditions of the earth’s interior; Geosynclines; Continental drift; Isostasy; Plate tectonics; Recent views on mountain building; Volcanicity; Earthquakes and Tsunamis; Concepts of geomorphic cycles and Landscape development; Denudation chronology; Channel morphology; Erosion surfaces; Slope development; Applied Geomorphology; Geomorphology, economic geology, and environment.
  2. Climatology: Temperature and pressure belts of the world; Heat budget of the earth; Atmospheric circulation; Atmospheric stability and instability. Planetary and local winds; Monsoons and jet streams; Air masses and fronts; Temperate and tropical cyclones; Types and distribution of precipitation; Weather and Climate; Koppen’s Thornthwaite’s and Trewartha’s classification of world climate; Hydrological cycle; Global climatic change, and role and response of man in climatic changes Applied climatology and Urban climate.
  3. Oceanography: Bottom topography of the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans; Temperature and salinity of the oceans; Heat and salt budgets, Ocean deposits; Waves, currents, and tides; Marine resources; biotic, mineral, and energy resources; Coral reefs coral bleaching; Sea-level changes; Law of the sea and marine pollution.
  4. Biogeography: Genesis of soils; Classification and distribution of soils; Soil profile; Soil erosion, Degradation, and conservation; Factors influencing world distribution of plants and animals; Problems of deforestation and conservation measures; Social forestry, agro-forestry; Wildlife; Major gene pool centers.
  5. Environmental Geography: Principle of ecology; Human ecological adaptations; Influence of man on ecology and environment; Global and regional ecological changes and imbalances; Ecosystem their management and conservation; Environmental degradation, management, and conservation; Biodiversity and sustainable development; Environmental policy; Environmental hazards and remedial measures; Environmental education and legislation.

Human Geography

  1. Perspectives in Human Geography: Areal differentiation; regional synthesis; Dichotomy and dualism; Environmentalism; Quantitative revolution and locational analysis; Radical, behavioral, human, and welfare approaches; Languages, religions, and secularisation; Cultural regions of the world; Human development index.
  2. Economic Geography: World economic development: measurement and problems; World resources and their distribution; Energy crisis; the limits to growth; World agriculture: a typology of agricultural regions; Agricultural inputs and productivity; Food and nutrition problems; Food security; famine: causes, effects, and remedies; World industries: location patterns and problems; Patterns of world trade.
  3. Population and Settlement Geography: Growth and distribution of world population; Demographic attributes; Causes and consequences of migration; Concepts of the over-under-and optimum population; Population theories, world population problems and policies, Social well-being and quality of life; Population as social capital. Types and patterns of rural settlements; Environmental issues in rural settlements; Hierarchy of urban settlements; Urban morphology; Concept of primate city and rank-size rule; Functional classification of towns; Sphere of urban influence; Rural-urban fringe; Satellite towns; Problems and remedies of urbanization; Sustainable development of cities.
  4. Regional Planning: Concept of a region; Types of regions and methods of regionalization; Growth centers and growth poles; Regional imbalances; regional development strategies; environmental issues in regional planning; Planning for sustainable development.
  5. Models, Theories and Laws in Human Geography: System analysis in Human geography; Malthusian, Marxian and demographic transition models; Central Place theories of Christaller and Losch; Perroux and Boudeville; Von Thunen’s model of agricultural location; Weber’s model of industrial location; Ostov’s model of stages of growth. Heartland and Rimland theories; Laws of international boundaries and frontiers.

Syllabus of Geography Paper – II

Geography of India

  1. Physical Setting: Space relationship of India with neighboring countries; Structure and relief; Drainage system and watersheds; Physiographic regions; Mechanism of Indian monsoons and rainfall patterns; Tropical cyclones and western disturbances; Floods and droughts; Climatic regions; Natural vegetation, Soil types and their distributions.
  2. Resources: Land, surface and ground water, energy, minerals, biotic and marine resources, Forest and wildlife resources and their conservation; Energy crisis.
  3. Agriculture: Infrastructure: irrigation, seeds, fertilizers, power; Institutional factors; land holdings, land tenure and land reforms; Cropping pattern, agricultural productivity, agricultural intensity, crop combination, land capability; Agro and social-forestry; Green revolution and its socio-economic and ecological implications; Significance of dry farming; Livestock resources and white revolution; Aquaculture; Sericulture, Agriculture and poultry; Agricultural regionalisation; Agro-climatic zones; Agroecological regions.
  4. Industry: Evolution of industries; Locational factors of cotton, jute, textile, iron and steel, aluminum, fertiliser, paper, chemical and pharmaceutical, automobile, cottage, and ago-based industries; Industrial houses and complexes including public sector undertakings; Industrial regionalisation; New industrial policy; Multinationals and liberalisation; Special Economic Zones; Tourism including ecotourism.
  5. Transport, Communication, and Trade: Road, railway, waterway, airway, and pipeline networks and their complementary roles in regional development; Growing importance of ports on national and foreign trade; Trade balance; Trade Policy; Export processing zones; Developments in communication and information technology and their impacts on economy and society; Indian space programme.
  6. Cultural Setting: Historical Perspective of Indian Society; Racial linguistic and ethnic diversities; religious minorities; Major tribes, tribal areas, and their problems; Cultural regions; Growth, distribution, and density of population; Demographic attributes: sex-ratio, age structure, literacy rate, work-force, dependency ratio, longevity; migration (inter-regional, intraregional and international) and associated problems; Population problems and policies; Health indicators.
  7. Settlements: Types, patterns, and morphology of rural settlements; Urban developments; Morphology of Indian cities; Functional classification of Indian cities; Conurbations and metropolitan regions; Urban sprawl; Slums and associated problems; Town planning; Problems of urbanisation and remedies.
  8. Regional Development and Planning: Experience of regional planning in India; Five Year Plans; Integrated rural development programmes; Panchayati Raj and decentralised planning; Command area development; Watershed management; Planning for backward area, desert, drought-prone, hill tribal area development; Multi-level planning; Regional planning and development of island territories.
  9. Political Aspects: Geographical basis of Indian federalism; State reorganization; Emergence of new states; Regional consciousness and inter-state issues; International boundary of India and related issues; Cross-border terrorism; India’s role in world affairs; Geopolitics of South Asia and Indian Ocean realm.
  10. Contemporary Issues: Ecological issues: Environmental hazards: landslides, earthquakes, Tsunamis, floods and droughts, epidemics; Issues related to environmental pollution; Changes in patterns of land use; Principles of environmental impact assessment and environmental management; Population explosion and food security; Environmental degradation; Deforestation, desertification, and soil erosion; Problems of agrarian and industrial unrest; Regional disparities in economic development; Concept of sustainable growth and development; Environmental awareness; Linkage of rivers; Globalisation and Indian economy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

UPSC CSE Geography Optional by Shabbir Sir is meant ideally for the Students who are preparing with Geography Optional. It would help students understand static and dynamic concepts with in-depth understanding with our best faculties on board.

  • Course Duration: 9 Months
  • Course Commencement Date - 29-1-2024
  • Complete coverage of the syllabus with high quality content & best faculty
  • Class Summary after each class
  • Effective Test Series covering 300+ Questions with Model Answers
  • 9 Tests with Test Discussions of all the test and evaluation of 7.
  • Effective teaching-learning process with spot doubt clearance with faculty

  • The program would help an aspirant clear the most important concepts asked in the UPSC CSE Geography Optional
  • Development of analytical skills through spontaneous interaction in live classes & mentoring the students on test feedback
  • Cover all the important exam static topics.
  • Follows the changing trend of the syllabus, hence comes with a well-crafted pedagogy for the same.
  • Course topics would be treated according to their relevance and importance

Geography is a good, scoring subject when it comes to choosing it as an Optional for UPSC.

In the Prelims Exam, each year we get around 25-30 questions being asked from Geography & Environment (a part of Geography Optional).

Similarily, the overlap of Geography Optional with GS Mains Subjects like Indian Society, Agriculture, International Relations, Disaster Management, Environment further helps students attempt around 200-220 marks in the GS Mains Paper.

Hence, we can safely say that Geography is a good optional for UPSC.

Yes. Infact, Pratham Kaushik scored 327 in 2017, one of the highest marks in any optional. Over the years, the UPSC Toppers have secured 280-300 marks in Geography.

We would say that the amount of overlap that it has with GS, it also helps you prepare for the GS Papers.

Hence, while it might be considered a lengthy optional, it only makes sense to choose it for the amount of marks it helps an aspirant with in the UPSC Exam!

With over 2 decades of experience, and having produced numerous toppers who chose Geography as an optional and studied with sir, Shabbir Sir is undoubtedly the best Geography Optional Faculty.

No. If someone is telling you that they can teach you Geography Optional in such a short duration, they are definitely doing something wrong, or skipping a part of the syllabus.

Geography Optional minimum requires 6 months of Classes/Self-Study to cover.

Building a strong foundation is necessary for Geography Optional, or any other Optional.

We recommend you start with your basics through NCERTs, GC Leong, and then go to standard books like Khullar or Savinder Singh.

Apart from that, you can also take up Geography Optional Coaching by Shabbir Sir!


✅ The first step is to go through the Geography Optional Syllabus. Ensure that you are going through the syllabus in an extensive manner, knowing each part of the mentioned official syllabus.

✅ Next, in the syllabus, you need to note down all keywords and ensure that you have Foundation, and value-added notes for each keyword mentioned.

✅ Third, you need to go through all the topic-wise and module-wise questions and try and understand the level of questions, along with knowing which topics are being repeated.

✅ Knowledge of the trend of questions is an important aspect of UPSC Geography Optional preparation. Post that, you need to do a proper analysis of the UPSC Previous Year Questions.

✅ Next, you need to identify the right sources for Geography Optional. Which books to read? Which sources to refer? A proper booklist of the same is covered here!

✅ Further, it is important to cover the Current Affairs for Geography Optional. Make sure you are referring to KOSMOS Magazine by Edukemy, twice in a month!

✅ The most important part of all the preparation strategy of Geography Optional is - you need to learn to write good and effective answers for the subject. We have made a detailed video on the same, which can be accessed here!

Every Optional has its Pros and Cons. When it comes to popular Optional like Geography, there are some pros, and some cons. Students need to, however, consider their interest in the subject first.

Pros of Geography Optional:

Interest and Passion: If you have a genuine interest and passion for geography, studying it as an optional subject can be enjoyable and fulfilling. It allows you to delve deeper into various geographical concepts, theories, and phenomena.

Scoring Potential: Geography is often considered a scoring optional subject because it is perceived to have a relatively straightforward syllabus and scoring potential. With proper understanding and preparation, candidates can secure high marks in this subject.

Overlapping with General Studies: Geography overlaps with various components of the General Studies paper in competitive exams, particularly in areas such as physical geography, environmental studies, and human geography. This can reduce the overall workload and preparation time for candidates.

Availability of Resources: There are abundant study materials, reference books, online resources, and coaching institutes available for geography optional. This makes it easier for candidates to access quality study materials and guidance for preparation.

Interdisciplinary Nature: Geography encompasses aspects of physical sciences, social sciences, and environmental studies, making it an interdisciplinary subject. Studying geography can provide a holistic understanding of various socio-economic and environmental issues.


Vast Syllabus: Geography has a vast and comprehensive syllabus, covering both physical and human geography along with regional geography. Mastering all the topics within the limited time frame available for preparation can be challenging. 

Analytical and Conceptual Depth: Geography optional exams often require candidates to demonstrate a deep understanding of concepts and analytical skills to answer questions effectively. Some candidates may find it difficult to grasp complex geographical theories and phenomena.

Dynamic Nature: Geography is a dynamic subject with continuous updates and changes in theories, data, and interpretations. Staying updated with the latest developments and incorporating them into preparation can be time-consuming.


While some may consider Geography Optional as a tough, it mostly depends how you are taking the subject.

The difficulty of Geography Optional in the UPSC examination can vary from candidate to candidate, depending on their background, interest, and level of preparation. Some candidates find geography to be a scoring and interesting subject, while others may find it challenging due to its extensive syllabus and the need for conceptual clarity.

Here are some factors to consider regarding the difficulty of Geography Optional in UPSC:

Syllabus: The syllabus for Geography Optional in the UPSC examination is vast and covers both physical and human geography, including concepts, theories, and case studies. Candidates need to have a deep understanding of topics ranging from geomorphology to economic geography.

Interdisciplinary Nature: Geography is an interdisciplinary subject, incorporating aspects of physical sciences, social sciences, and environmental studies. This requires candidates to have a broad understanding of various disciplines.

Conceptual Understanding: Unlike factual recall, the UPSC examination demands a thorough understanding of concepts and their application to real-world scenarios. Candidates need to develop analytical and critical thinking skills.

Map-based Questions: Geography Optional also includes map-based questions, which require candidates to have a good grasp of map reading skills, cartography, and spatial analysis.

Resources and Guidance: The availability of quality study materials, coaching, and guidance can significantly impact the preparation level of candidates. Access to good resources and mentorship can make the subject more manageable.

Overall, while Geography Optional in the UPSC examination is considered challenging due to its vast syllabus and conceptual depth, it can also be scoring for candidates who have a keen interest in the subject and are willing to put in the necessary effort and preparation.

Geography Optional has been a scoring subject, with toppers like Pratham Kaushik scoring 327 marks in Optionals.

In recent times, one of our toppers, Shubham scored 298 marks. You can watch his preparation strategy here!

Overall, Geography Optional might seem tough due to the vast syllabus, but if prepared thoroughly, it has the potential to fetch good marks!



Taking Geography Optional for UPSC comes with a lot of benefits. Some of these benefits include:

1. Technical & Interdiscplinary Nature - Since the subject itself covers a wide range of topics and themes, a student who has done graduation in any other stream will also be able to connect.

Further, because the subject is more about logical and requires understanding more than rote learning, it will be helpful for a student who goes towards building and working on concepts.

However, this doesn't mean that there is no scope of memorization. At Edukemy, we focus on Memorization as one of the key components for Geography Optional.

2. Overlap with General Studies - It is now well know that Geography Optional has a lot of overlap with General Studies.

For example, in the Prelims Exam, we have around 25-30 questions coming from Geography & Environment Section. Similarily, we see a major overlap in the UPSC Mains GS Syllabus.

Topics like Society, International Relations, Disaster Management, Agriculture form a part of the Geography Optional.

3. Availablility of Resources and Study Materials - Since Geography Optional is among the most popular optionals, guidance and study material is never an issue. For example, if you want to look at subject-wise questions from Geography Optional over the years, the same can be found here - Link

Overall, we believe that there are immense benefits when it comes to Geography Optional. But students should focus first on the most important factor - interest, before choosing Geography as an Optional.

You might go through this playlist to make up your mind regarding the same - LINK

Since Geography Optional has a vast syllabus, the typical time required to complete the Foundation level (Syllabus completion) is 5-6 months.

But post that, you also need to enrich your content through value addition in your notes like adding relevant Geographers, Facts and Data, Case Studies, and Regional Mapping.

This value-addition for Geography Optional will require another 3 months, which will also include Solving a Test Series for Geography Optional!

You must ensure that you have written, revised and memorized at least 500 Mains Questions for Geography Optional to be well-versed with the subject and potential questions.


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About UPSC Geography Optional

Geography is about studying Earth's lands, features, people, and natural events scientifically. It helps us understand our planet and everything on it, both human-made and natural. Geography doesn't just look at where things are, but also how they came to be and change over time. Although geography mostly focuses on Earth, some ideas can apply to studying other planets too.

Geography is often called "the universal discipline" because it connects human and physical sciences. It's a useful subject for those getting ready for the UPSC exam, especially if they choose it as their optional subject.

More and more students are choosing Geography as their optional subject. In Delhi, Edukemy by Shabbir Sir is well-known for helping many students achieve high ranks in the final list with Geography as their optional subject.

Why should you choose Geography Optional?

When you consider Geography as an optional subject alongside General Studies (GS), you'll see that its scope extends beyond just the 500 marks in Optional Papers. It's also incredibly beneficial for General Studies.

Geography proves its usefulness even in the Preliminary examination!

How is Geography Optional useful in UPSC Prelims?

Subject 2023 2022 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017
Polity 16 13 14 17 15 13 22
Economy 15 17 10 15 14 18 16
Geography 17 12 10 10 14 10 9
Environment 11 17 11 10 11 13 15
Science & Tech 8 14 8 10 7 10 9
History 20 16 20 20 17 22 14
Current Affairs 4 11 27 18 22 14 15
  • There were a total of 28 questions that were asked from Geography & Environment Section in UPSC Prelims 2023.
  • Similarily, there were a total of 29 questions that could be solved in the UPSC Prelims 2022, if you were a Geography Optional Student.

We see a similar pattern over the years. The content (static & dynamic) that you read for the Geography Optional helps you crack the UPSC Prelims Exam with a good margin.

A similar pattern is seen in the UPSC Mains Exams, where we see a good amount of overlap between Geography Optional Syllabus, and other GS Mains Paper Syllabus!

How is Geography Optional useful in UPSC Mains?

These are the papers of GS Mains along with their components -

1. The General Studies 1 has Geography & Indian Society as a part of the Syllabus

2. Similarily, General Studies 2 has International Relations as one of the components

3. Further, General Studies 3 includes GS 1 – Includes Geography and Indian Society

Now look at the mentioned official syllabus of Geography Optional


International Relations


Disaster Management:

  • GS Geography generally asks questions worth 100-110 marks
  • International Relations is another 40 marks of GS Mains
  • Environment is another 40 marks with 3-4 questions asked each year in UPSC Mains
  • Around 30 marks worth questions are asked from Disaster Management each year

Out of the 1000 marks of GS Mains, you can try and answer around 210-220, i.e 22% of the total marks!

Geography Optional, thus, will not only help you with your Optional but also help immensely when it comes to the UPSC Prelims and Mains Exam.

Who is the Best Geography Optional Teacher?

Shabbir Sir is one of the best Geography Optional Teacher in the current lot of teachers on the subject. The reason for his popularity with respect to the subject is the number of toppers that he has mentored. Apart from that, his unique teaching methods like the usage of synopsis for revision, and the very recent FREE Marathon Sessions on different modules are the reasons why he is considered so popular!

Where should you join for Geography Optional Coaching?

There are a lot of Coaching Institutes that offer Geography Optional Coaching.

But studying Geography Optional from Shabbir Sir is a choice you can make. Every year, our Geography Optional Foundation and Integrated Batches produce a lot of toppers. Some of that can be seen here!

With separate focus on Syllabus Completion and Exam Readiness, our curated Geography Optional Coaching will provide the right guidance for you to nail the Geography Optional Paper!

Edukemy Geography Optional

Shabbir sir started with Geography Optional on the Edukemy Platform in 2020. Post that, a number of students have been a part of our success journey. Shabbir Sir is a known Geography Optional Maestro, having mentored a number of successful UPSC Candidates like Anjali Shrotriya, Dheenah Dastageer, Shubham, Preksha Agarwal, Nittin Singh, and many others.

It is because of Shabbir Sir's popularity with the subject, that a number of students attend his Geography Optional Classes at Edukemy. His unique teaching methodology, along with usage of pedagogy tools like Synopsis Writing, Solving Workbooks, and analyzing Previous Year Questions, that Edukemy Geography Optional has been such a success over the years in terms of the number of students making it to the final list!

Which is the Best Geography Optional Coaching?

While the General Studies portion of UPSC Exam Preparation can be tackled by Self-Study, Optional Selection wants a bit of expertise, which can be achieved by a combination of Coaching and Self-Study.

Following is the curriculum of Shabbir Sir's Geography Optional - the Best Geography Optional Coaching!

1. In our Orientation Session, we talk about what modules will be covered when, when will we start answer writing, and how will we assess our performance during the course!

2. We then start with our Foundation Classes, where our focus in on Syllabus Completion.

3. While covering the syllabus, we teach our students the way of making Synopsis, which is a shorter version of class notes for last-minute revision.

We use Marathon Sessions to complete Synopsis of the students, to ensure the last student has it at the end of the session. This will ensure that you have material to revise at the end of the course!

During our foundation classes, we also conduct Marathon Sessions of Workbooks (Short Exercise-based books post-completion of a Module) & PYQ-Analysis Sessions!

After we are done with our Foundation Classes, we start with our Enrichment Classes.

1. Enrichment Classes are Value-Addition Classes, where we take your Answer Writing Skills a notch higher.

2. Focus of Enrichment Classes is to KNOW and PRACTICE Answer Writing of L2 & L3 level questions.

3. Each class comprises of 3-4 Question-Answer discussion, where Shabbir Sir teaches you the way to use Geographers, Regional Maps, and Data-Facts.

4. Further, we also understand the way to structure answers for Geography Optional.

5. This is complemented by 11 Practice, 5 Sectional (14 Questions) & 4 Full-Length Tests (28 Questions)

With Edukemy's Geography Optional Coaching by Shabbir Sir, we stand out in terms of pedagogy, delivery of content, and answer writing. Our unique approach includes Synopsis Creation, L1 & L2 level Questions Memorization, Consolidation of Geography Optional Notes through Workbooks and Synopsis, apart from the Geography Optional Course taken by Shabbir Sir and Geography Optional Test Series. Hence, we can proudly claim that we provide the Best Geography Optional Coaching in India.

Which is the Best Geography Optional Coaching in Delhi?

Why do we call ourselves the best Geography Optional Coaching in Delhi?

If you look at our records, almost all the toppers that we have, have been associated with us due to the Geography Optionals. And we are in this since only the past 3 years now!

Shabbir Sir started his journey of teaching Geography Optional in Delhi 2 decades back, and the legacy continues where we shifted to Geography Optional Online Classes, and now Geography Optional Classes in both Online and Offline Mode!

At Edukemy, our Geography Optional Coaching, led by Shabbir Sir, sets us apart in terms of our teaching methods, content delivery, and focus on answer writing. Our approach involves creating synopses, memorizing questions at both L1 and L2 levels, consolidating Geography Optional Notes through workbooks and synopses, in addition to Shabbir Sir's expert Geography Optional Course and Geography Optional Test Series.

We're not just known for the Best Geography Optional Coaching in Delhi, but we also offer the Best Geography Optional Coaching in India.

Our offline center is located in Old Rajinder Nagar, making it accessible for aspirants in the capital city. 

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Do we have UPSC Geography Optional Online Coaching?

While Shabbir Sir started teaching Geography Optional offline, we shifted to Online Mode during COVID.

Both Online and Offline have same running classes, with the Offline Classes being streamed as an Online Batch for Geography Optional.

Currently, we have both Online and Offline UPSC Geography Optional Coaching, the details of which can be found here - LINK

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How will Shabbir Sir's Geography Optional Course help you with your UPSC Preparation?

With our Geography Optional Course, we move in steps.

First, we focus on building your foundation through our Geography Optional Foundation Course!

Then, we move to Advanced Stage where we focus on your Exam Readiness, which we call as the Geography Optional Enrichment Course!

The synopses worked on during the Foundation Course helps you with revision of the static syllabus, which is complemented with the Workbooks and PYQ Analysis provided by us.

The revision then helps you write good answers in the Enrichment Course, the purpose of which is to ensure that your Answer Writing Skills for Geography Optional is enhanced.

Geography Optional Foundation and Geography Optional Integrated is combined to form the Geography Optional Integrated Course!

How many Geography Optional Classes are present in the Course?

In our Geography Optional Foundation Course, there are 150+ Live & Interactive Geography Optional Classes.

Further, in our Geography Optional Enrichment Course, we have 20+ Live & Interactive Geography Optional Classes.

These classes, with the Mentorship Support provided by our Mentors, will help you sail your way through the Geography Optional!

How is Geography as an Optional Subject in UPSC?

Not only does Geography have a large number of takers when it comes to Optional Subject, it also has a lot of scope to be able to score marks in both Prelims and Mains.

Since Environment is also a part of Geography Optional, it combined with GS Geography contributes around 25-30 questions each year in the Prelims Exam.

Similarily, Geography also contributes to 210-220 marks of the total 1000 GS Mains Marks, in the form of its contribution to Indian Society, International Relations, Agriculture, Disaster Management, and Environment.

Thus, it is always nice to have Geography as your Optional Subject in UPSC.

However, it is also recommended that an optional be chosen based on one's interest, apart from other factors like Graduation Subject, Overlap with GS, and Study Material/Coaching available for that subject.

Can I see some Demo Geography Optional Classes for UPSC?

Yes, we recommend that you go through this PLAYLIST that we have on YouTube which are Demo Geography Optional Classes taken by Shabbir Sir.

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What is the Geography Optional Syllabus for UPSC?

Geography optional syllabus for the UPSC (Union Public Service Commission) Civil Services Examination is a comprehensive and challenging optional subject, the syllabus of which is selected and designed to assess a candidate's in-depth knowledge. Covering both physical and human geography, the syllabus encompasses a wide range of topics, including geomorphology, climatology, oceanography, biogeography, population studies, and settlement geography, among others. Candidates are expected to have a thorough understanding of geographical theories, models, and contemporary issues in the field. The syllabus also emphasizes the application of geographic concepts and techniques to real-world problems. This optional subject offers candidates an opportunity to demonstrate their analytical skills and critical thinking abilities in the context of diverse geographical phenomena and issues, making it a popular choice among UPSC aspirants with a background or interest in geography.

You can read more about the Geography Optional in the detailed Topic-Wise Listing for Geography Optional provided in our blogs.

At Edukemy, we believe that learning through books is the best way ahead. In fact, Shabbir Sir himself takes books to the class and exactly dictates or marks places from which he is referring, while teaching the students. These are some of the books generally referred:

1. Geography Optional Hard Copy Notes

2. Geomorphology - Savindra Singh

3. Climatology - Savindra Singh

4. Oceanography - Savindra Singh

5. Env Geography - Savindra Singh

6. Human Geography - Majid Hussain (5th edition)

To get a more diverse coverage on the topic, you may refer to our blog.

Where can I find Geography Optional Previous Year Question Papers PDF?

Geography optional previous year question papers in PDF format are invaluable resources for UPSC Civil Services Examination aspirants who have chosen geography as their optional subject. These question papers provide candidates with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the exam's pattern, the types of questions asked, and the depth of knowledge expected. By reviewing and solving previous year papers, candidates can gauge their preparedness and identify areas that require more attention. Additionally, they can develop effective time management strategies and enhance their problem-solving skills. These question papers help candidates get a sense of the evolving trends and focus areas in the geography optional syllabus, making them a crucial part of any aspirant's exam preparation strategy. We have the Geography Optional Previous Year Question Papers PDF in the Resources Section.

Where can I find Geography Optional PYQ Topic Wise PDF?

The availability of Geography Optional Previous Year Question (PYQ) papers in a topic-wise PDF format is a significant advantage for UPSC Civil Services Examination aspirants who have chosen geography as their optional subject. These topic-wise PDFs break down the vast geography syllabus into manageable sections, making it easier for candidates to focus on specific areas of the subject. By studying PYQs by topic, candidates can identify recurring themes, essential concepts, and frequently tested areas in the examination. This targeted approach allows for a more efficient and strategic preparation, enabling candidates to prioritize their study based on the importance of each topic. Furthermore, practicing PYQs topic-wise helps candidates refine their knowledge and application of geographic principles, ultimately boosting their confidence and performance in the actual exam. These topic-wise PDFs are readily available on our resources section, providing candidates with a convenient and structured resource to enhance their geography optional preparation.

Who are some Geography Optional Toppers?

In the UPSC Civil Services Exam, getting the best scores in the Geography Optional paper shows how dedicated, smart, and knowledgeable a student is about the subject. In 2017, Pratham Kaushik did an amazing job by getting 327 out of 500 marks, and he got the 5th place in All India Rank. At Edukemy and under the guidance of Shabbir Sir, we have a lot of toppers who has secured top ranks in the UPSC Exam. Some of them include:

1. Preksha Agrawal - Rank 30

2. Nittin Singh - Rank 32

3. Shubham - Rank 41

Read more about these toppers through our YouTube Videos.

What is the Geography Optional Highest Marks secured by anyone?

In the UPSC 2017 Exam, Pratham Kaushik secured the highest score in Geography Optional. He achieved an impressive 327 out of 500 marks. Each UPSC optional exam comprises two papers, each worth 250 marks, summing up to a total of 500 marks for both papers. To attain the highest marks ever in the UPSC optional, candidates must possess a deep understanding of both the examination format and the subject matter. Read in detail on how Pratham Kaushik utilized Shabbir Sir's Notes to excel the exam and achieve this remarkable feat.

Where can I find Geography Optional UPSC Question Paper for Previous Years?

Starting your preparing for Geography Optional? We recommend that you go through the Geography Optional UPSC Question Paper to get an idea on what type of questions come in the UPSC Geography Optional Mains Exam.

Go through the Geography Optional UPSC Question Paper List.

Geography Optional Coaching Online

At Edukemy, along with providing the Best Offline Coaching for Geography Optional in Delhi, we also provide with Geography Optional Coaching Online. We stream the offline classes in online mode for the benefit of the students. Infact, doubts are resolved in real time by Shabbir Sir through the Chat Integration on our Learning Management System. Shubham, Rank 41, who cleared the prestigious UPSC Exam with Geography Optional in his very first attempt, was a student of our Geography Optional Integrated Course in Online Mode.

Shabbir Sir's Geography Optional Course is one of the most sought-after Geography Optional Classes that students from all over the country look forward to. The testimony of this fact is the many students who join the Geography Optional Coaching Online from hinterland in India.

The benefit with the Geography Optional Online Course - October Batch by Shabbir sir is the 2 year validity for this particular batch, that can help students preparing for UPSC Exam 2025 in a more structured manner.


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