Geography Optional

Geography Mains 2017
(28th August to December)
Duration: 3.5-4 months

Integrated Intensive ADVANCED (IIA) GEOGRAPHY MAINS COURSE is offline-online integrated course with an extensive coverage of the Mains syllabus. (It Comprises Basic Geography, Mains Course, QIP, and APSIP). It is a 15 week comprehensive programme for the IAS mains examination. The programme is inherently designed to cater to the needs of aspirants who have not studied Geography beyond the secondary school. The course has been specifically designed for beginners who do not even know ABC of Geography. The course intends to prepare the candidates to take this examination anywhere under any circumstance without any assistance. The course aims to help the candidates secure an above average marks (over 300 in the Mains and equip them with an attitude to be a humane administrator and a further citizen, a better citizen a cosmopolitan citizen). As the programme would advance learners would experience new levels of comfort, gain deeper insights and develop plethora of perspective, which is much required to answer with a stroke of creativity.

Motive behind the course

To enable the candidates to have a solid conceptual framework and a knowledge base that will help them to develop an above average analytical ability. To know the dimensions of the subject and help them to answer the range of questions that can be asked and pick up the options with ease in the preliminary examination.

Eligibility of participants
The course is designed for all those candidates having the necessary qualification to appear for UPSC Civil Services, whether they have a background of the subject or not.

Course Commencement
28th August 2017

Number of Participants
Maximum 200

Participation Fees
Integrated Intensive Foundation Geography Mains Course
Rs. 49,000/-

Timing of Classes
5.30 PM to 8.30 PM

Class Programme week wise (Provisional)

Weekly slots Topic Faculty Nature of the classes
Introduction KS
1 Population KS Mentoring based
2 Economic KS Mentoring based
3 Settlement KS Mentoring based
4 Settlement, Models KS, SM Mentoring based
5 Climatology KS Explanation Based
6 Geomorphology KS Explanation Based
7 Geomorphology, Oceanography KS, GF Explanation Based
8 Bioenvironmental Geography KS Explanation Based
9 India, Physical and Natural Environment KS Explanation Based
10 India, Resources and Transport KS Mentoring based
11 India, Agriculture SM Coaching type, Dictation based
12 India, Industry SM Coaching type, Dictation based
13 Economy sections GF Coaching type, Dictation based
14 Regional Planning India, Regional Planning GF Coaching type, Dictation based
15 India, Political KS

What the students will get
All relevant books written by K.Siddhartha and S. Mukherjee, Short Smart Study (SSS) Series comprising 15-20 booklets, Xerox of Synopsis, and links of portal having a limited access.

Mains course 2018
The course has been designed to promote deeper insight and learning into the subject. The focus here is on extensive 'approach confined learning' that will touch every dimension of the topic to give a real holistic viewpoint so necessary an approach requires to qualify for Civil Services.

The 240 hour session excluding QIP will be essentially lecture based session. The sequencing of the topic has been so designed that the candidates having no prior knowledge of the subject can cruise comfortably, despite the fact that familiarity with the topics and the basics may be lacking. Throughout the session it is never assumed that the candidates have any basic idea of the topic but unless the candidates follow the topic systematically, for a semi scientific subject like geography it is very difficult for the candidates to comprehend the topic.

Faculty support

Chief Mentor K. Siddhartha (ksiddhartha.com)

Faculty Structure
  • K. Siddhartha (KS)

  • S. Mukherjee (SM) 
    Author of Vol-I, Vol-II, Indian Industry, Cities Urbanisation and Urban System, A Modern Dictionary of Geography
  • Tarique Khan

  • Zulfilar Mohmmed

  • Guest Faculty-Qualified candidates

Class Programme week wise (Provisional)

Topic Faculty IN HOURS Prelims
Geomorphology KS, GF 24 Not applicable
Climatology KS 12 Not applicable
Oceanography KS 12 Not applicable
Biogeography KS 18 Not applicable
Environmental Geography KS 12 Not applicable
Population KS 12 Not applicable
Economic Geography KS 8 Not applicable
Model and Theories KS 8 Not applicable
Settlement KS 8 Not applicable
Perspective in Human Geography KS 12 Not applicable
India Physical Setting KS 18 Not applicable
Resources KS 10 Not applicable
Agriculture SM 14 Not applicable
Industry GF 12 Not applicable
Trade and Transportation KS, GF 8 Not applicable
Cultural Setting Optional, no Class required 4 Not applicable
India Settlement KS 10 Not applicable
Regional Planning Regional Planning GF 12 Not applicable
Contemporary Issues GF 6 Not applicable
Political Aspects KS 8 Not applicable
  • Total no. of lecture hours for Mains (excluding QIP) 230

  • Total no. of lecture hours for Mains (including QIP) 260

  • The number of hrs and days are only indicative not exact.

  • The days of classes and their timings are totally under the discretion of the institute. They can be altered by course coordinator.

  • The date of completion of the course is indicative, not exact.

  • The candidates are advised to take one week of additional buffer duration into account.

Presumption of the Class

It is not assumed as a part of the session that the students have knowledge of the basics. But it will be expected that the students will keep pace with the class and that the students will follow the sequence of the class. Despite all the background the candidates will be very hard pressed to understand the topic. The course is for sincere students who are likely to follow the theme and concept of the class. The Institute will not be responsible to insincere acts of the candidates.

Important
  • 1. The students must have done their Basic Geography
  • 2. The candidate MUST complete ALL administrative and admission formalities before the commencement class.
  • 3. The shift in the timing and venue of the classes is totally at Institutes discretion. Participants are advised to take this fact into account before taking admission.

Most Important Note

It is not assumed as a part of the session that the students do not have knowledge of the basics. But it will be expected that the students will keep pace with the class and that the students will follow the sequence of the class. Despite all the benefits, the candidates will be very hard pressed to understand the topic. The course is for sincere students who are likely to follow the theme and concept of the class. The Institute will not be responsible for insincere act of the candidates.