• General Studies – 1
  • General Studies – 2
  • General Studies – 3
  • General Studies – 4

Distribution of key natural resources across the world

  1. Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent)
  2. Factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India).
  • NCERT Geography- Class X- Contemporary India II
  • NCERT Class XII- Indian people and Economy
  • Majid Hussain-Geography of India
  • Majid Hussain- World Geography

2015 MAINS

  1. India is well endowed with fresh water resources. Critically examine why it still suffers from water scarcity.
  2. The states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand are reaching the limits of ecological carrying capacity due to tourism. Critically evaluate.
  3. What is the economic significance of discovery of oil in Arctic Sea and its possible environmental consequences?
  4. Smart cities in India cannot sustain without smart villages. Discuss this statement in the backdrop of rural-urban integration.

2014 MAINS

  1. Whereas the British planters had developed tea gardens all along the Shivaliks and Lesser Himalayas from Assam to Himachal Pradesh, in effect they did not succeed beyond the Darjeeling area. Explain.
  2. Why did the Green Revolution in India virtually by-pass the eastern region despite fertile soil and good availability of water?
  3. Account for the change in the spatial pattern of the Iron and Steel industry in the world.
  4. Critically evaluate the various resources of the oceans which can be harnessed to meet the resource crisis in the world.
  5. How does India see its place in the economic space of rising natural resource rich Africa?

2013 MAINS

  1. Do you agree that there is a growing trend of opening new sugar mills in southern States of India? Discuss with justification.
  2. Analyze the factors for the highly decentralized cotton textile industry in India.
  3. With growing scarcity of fossil fuels, the atomic energy is gaining more and more significance in India. Discuss the availability of raw material required for “the generation of atomic energy in India and in the world.
  4. It is said that India has substantial reserves of shale oil and gas, which can feed the needs of the country for quarter century. However, tapping of the resource does not appear to be high on the agenda. Discuss critically the availability and issues involved.