Environmental section contains 15–17 question in UPSC paper . so give utmost importance to it. Follow Following steps:
Read the question/answers which are asked in UPSC pre exam for this section. It is given at the start of book . Go through it n you will get to know what to study n what to ignore.
Now Cover these chapter as per order given:
- Chapter 28: International Environmenatl Coventions ( United nations Conference on environmet and development, CBD,Ramsar, CITES, TRAFFIC, Migratory species, UNFF,IUCN,Stockhom Convention, BASAl , Rotterdam, IWC< Vienna, Montreal)
- Appendix: Tiger reserves, Elephant reserves, UNESCO list
- Chapter: 27: environmetal organisations( River basin, Bio diversity, Central Zoo)
- CEPI , CAMPA, Social Foresty, ECO marks, clean energy Fund,
- chapter 23: Climate change Organisation:(UNFCC, KYOTO, Bali meet,Copenhagen,CANCUN,durban, Doha, REDD and REDD+’ LIMA,Green economy,
- Mitigation Strategies( Sink, Credit, Offset,tax, Geo engineering, Sequestration)
- Chapter 11: animal diversity in India.
Go through previous year question once. If you read above mentioned chapter , Then you can easily solve 9–10 question out of 15 which is going to be great advantage.
Download – environment shankar ias pdf
Believe me, if one has good command on Shankar IAS Environment, they can easily crack more than 15% of the paper and mathematically that’s a huge advantage. Redd+, UN carbon funds, world bank initiative, biosphere reserves everything from this year could be answered from it.
First part and last part are important but you can skip through the species differentiation part. Like that one is irrelevant unless you have india associated with it somewhere. For everything else, take it as a holy grail. You don’t need to read ncert science anymore with present syllabus of upsc and the pattern. Science is environment and this book has everything you need.
For mains, nothing better than Yojana complementing this. Also in prelims regarding policies with relation to watershed and crop management, refer to the India year book agriculture section to be on the safer side.
Firstly, read the complete book like novel..get inch familiar with each concept . Google it or use word dictionary ….
Then , take previous year question papers…
Analyse the types of questions asked in exam.. get an idea “ Exactly where I need to focus??”
Take 2nd reading – Now pick up only the key concepts from the Shankar IAS book …note it down or highlight and revise it multiple times…
Benefits of this method :
- By the first reading , you are completely familiar with the environmental concepts. It help to develop the Logic..And you can able to interlinking with current affairs and newspaper articles..
- By previous years questions paper, you can predict the nature or trend of the questions asked and you can able to do selective reading as exam demands in short period of time with special focus on the key concepts.
- After find out the key concepts, you have your own short compile material…revise 3–4 times and practice mocks…then you can handle any type of questions regarding the Environment.
P.S.- pick up the keywords and note it down…make a notes that you feel difficult to recall and must revise…also you can Google the images of the plants and animals mentioned in the book..it may help you to recall..
To tackle any type of questions , you need “50% Logic + 50% Knowledge”
All the best !