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UPDATE – Integrated Approach to UPSC Prelims + Mains – 2015 – A Self Study Guide


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.

Please note that unless you solve diverse questions related to these topics, just reading these topics will be a futile exercise. We request you to buy any good test series for GS Prelims – 1 (we also conduct paid test series, you can buy it after reading reviews here) and solve all papers.

We will give just 5 MCQs and 5 descriptive questions daily (except Sunday) on the topics mentioned below.  

If the below plan works out fine for next 4 days, we will take a feedback from you and give Detailed Timetable next week for whole remaining days.

For now, please follow the below plan. Targets are Big. Because there is less time at your disposal, you must read them anyway (or revise them if you have already read them – likely, if you have/had joined our Test Series)




Following NCERT Books are New Ones (Visit this Site)

29 May

NCERT Class VI – Social Studies, The Earth Our Habitat – Chapter – 8

NCERT Class VI – Science – Chapters 7, 9 and 16

Current Topic

Climate Change

(it will be helpful if you read comprehensively from above two links)

30 May

NCERT Class VII- Social Science – Our Environment – All Chapters

NCERT Class VII – Science – Chapters 7, 9, 16, 17 and 18

Current Topic

Environment and Biodiversity related Treaties, Conventions

(Read Very Very Selectively based on previous year papers)

01 June

NCERT Class VIII – Social Science – Resources and Development, Chapters 2 and 4

NCERT Class VIII – Science – Chapters 1, 2, 7 and 18

Current Topic

Environment and Biodiversity related Treaties, Conventions

(Read Very Very Selectively based on previous year papers)

02 June

NCERT Class IX – Social Science, Contemporary India, Chapter 5

NCERT Class IX – Science – Chapters 14 and 15

Current Topic

Endangered Species

03 June

NCERT Class X – Social Science, Contemporary India, Chapters 2, 3, 4 and 5

NCERT Class X – Science, Chapters 14, 15 and 16

04 June

NCERT Class XI – Geography – India – Physical Environment, Chapters 5, 6 and 7

NCERT Class XI – Geography – Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Chapters 12, 15 and 16

Current Topic

National Parks, Biosphere reserves, Wildlife sanctuaries etc

Refer Wikipedia

05 June

NCERT Class XII – Biology, Unit – 12, Chapters 13, 14, 15 and 16

NCERT Class XI – Chemistry Part -2, Unit 14

Current Topic

Climate Change policy of India, Recent treaties on it

Refer Internet/India – 2015


Above list is not exhaustive, you need to read other current events related to above topics that have taken place in recent years.


Disclaimer: This initiative is not a one stop solution for you to clear Prelims – 2015. This is just a roadmap intended to make you read relevant stuff for this exam. It is your hard work that matters most. If you consistently stick to this plan; read all the topics, revise them 3-4 times; solve all given questions, revise them 4-5 times; solve test series questions, revise them 2-3 times:  Success will be yours.  We also don’t claim that by reading the list of topics given by us you will cover 100% of the syllabus. But we strongly believe that if you follow this plan, a strong base will be definitely created to tackle any related questions.


Excuse Note: Couldn’t find time to frame Surprise Questions which we promised yesterday. Sorry 🙁


End Note: You can clear Prelims- 2015. Go for it. Don’t be in self-doubt. Don’t be motivated for 2-3 days and then give up. Be motivated till you finish the exam. Push yourself hard. You know that you don’t want to fail this year and give another attempt next year.