How To Study Maps Effectively for UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam

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How To Study Maps Effectively for UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam

In this article, we will be discussing about the process on how to study maps effectively for UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam. As we all know maps are one of the sources from where we can expect purely factual questions.

How To Study Maps Effectively for UPSC

How To Study Maps Effectively for UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam

In this article, we will be discussing about the process on how to study maps effectively for UPSC CSE (IAS) Exam. As we all know maps are one of the sources from where we can expect purely factual questions. Before that one must know how to read maps effectively, here we are giving some effects tips to read maps.

Maps plays an important role in UPSC IAS Prelims, Mains and in Interview round also because as an IAS aspirant, you must know how many countries are there, where they are located, how many countries we have etc. By knowing and learning the in-depth information about the different countries, the political boundaries of countries, physical and geographical features of landform, the maps always creates a major impact on these topics. However, if we discussing about maps so many aspirants find it difficult to prepare the atlas because of its gigantic nature.

Follow these tips to study maps effectively for UPSC CSE (IAS) exam:

1) Understand the Physical geography of India and World

Without Maps, one cannot study physical geography of India. The Physical Geography of India elaborates the spatial characteristics of the different natural phenomena combined with biosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and atmosphere. More than this, the physical maps help us to understand topics like climate, vegetation, mountains, ocean currents, rivers, etc. When looking at India’s map always focus on the states and major cities and their neighbouring states, coastal states, and position of states with respect to tropic of cancer. Not only for India, but physical features of the world can be easily memorised by seeing the map.

2) Grasp Human geography of India

The Human geography of India is a sub discipline of social sciences, as the subject deals with the study of people and cultures, communities economies etc. To study and understand these perspectives you need a clear idea about the places and know where it is located, the capital cities, important cities, transport connectivity, waterways, and mineral deposits addition, always tries to grasp details as much as possible and compare states with their specialty food, dance, product, etc for better understanding.  

3) History of India and World

As we all know maps make history easy. To study India’s civilization, ancient places, history, locations of archaeological excavations, importance cultural places we use maps for better understanding and learning. More than this, to study world history in a more comprehensive way maps can also be used.

4) Infrastructure Knowledge

Infrastructure of important monuments and places can also make us easy to understand the location and place in the map. As we know Taj Mahal is located in Agra, so we can easily associate the monument with place, similar as Humayun tomb, and Chaar Minar. The maps can also help us to study the several national initiatives like Golden Quadrilateral highway network, river interlinking projects, and so on. In General Studies Papers one can mention the places by drawing maps and trust us this technique will fetch you more score.

5) Understand International relations

The maps can also help us to enhance our IAS Mains exam preparation, especially for General studies Paper-II. Maps are very handy especially while studying international relations. Many new developments and projects can be understood clearly when we studied and discussed the topics in picture form.

Not restricted to this, maps are an easy aid to memorize the Economic pattern of a country. It’s mode of transport, industries, roadways like National Highways etc. all can be easily traced and linked to the development efforts by the country. Geography and History optional have direct linkage with Map based questions.

We hope you find this article helpful for you and clear your doubts regarding how to study maps effectively for UPSC IAS exam.


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