Geography of India By Majid Husain

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One of the best-selling titles of the subject area, Bharat Ka Bhugol has completed a decade. It is a comprehensive course book by the well-known Geographer Late Majid Husain, one of the flagship sellers in this segment. With the recent developments regarding administrative setup of the country, the upcoming edition is completely revised with current facts, data, and thematic maps. It is widely read reference book that deals with the relevant features and topics of India’s geographical landscape in a systematic and comprehensive manner. It is being referred to by the graduates and postgraduates of the subject and by the researchers and academicians.


1. Comprehensive coverage of UPSC syllabus with clearly theoretical concepts 2. Systematic alignment of chapters as well as table of contents as per the updated syllabus3. Easy to understand, simple language to difficult concepts 4. Content laid into tables, bullets, and various infographics wherever suitable


Preface to the Tenth Edition Preface to the First EditionAcknowledgementsAbout the Civil Services ExaminationGeography Syllabus for Main Examination  1. Geological Structure and formation of India Structure of India Introduction The Archaean Formations (Pre-Cambrian) Dharwar System (Proterozoic Formations) The Cuddapah System (The Purana Group) The Vindhyan System The Palaeozoic Group (Cambrian to Carboniferous Period) The Mesozoic Era (The Gondwana System) The Cretaceous System (The Deccan Trap)  The Tertiary System (The Cenozoic Era) The Quaternary Period (The Pleistocene and Recent Formations) Geodiversity and Geotourism Fossil Parks References 2. Physiography Physiographic Divisions of India The HIMALAYAN region The Importance of the Himalaya The Great Plains of India Importance of the Great Plains of India The Indian Desert Origin and Physiography of the Peninsular India The Coastal PlainsThe Indian Islands Vulcanicity References 3. The Drainage System of India The Drainage System Drainage Patterns River Basins of India The Multiple River Theory River Systems of the Himalayan Drainage Main Rivers of Peninsular India Easterly Rivers of the Peninsular Region Shifting Courses of the Rivers Saraswati-The Mystery of A Lost River Types of Lakes Main Lakes of India The Inter-State Water Disputes International Agreements for Surface Water Resources National Water Grid Ground Water Resources of India The National Water Policy 2012 Main Waterfalls of India References 4. Climate of India Introduction Indian Monsoon Indian Monsoons and the Tibet Plateau Jet Stream and Indian Monsoon El-Nino and the Indian Monsoon Burst of Monsoon Breaks in the Monsoon Seasons in India Tropical Cyclones Thunderstorms Rainfall Distribution Variability of Rainfall Climatic Regions of India Koppen’s Classification of Indian Climate Climatic Divisions by Stamp and Kendrew Trewartha’s Classification of Indian Climate Climatic Divisions of India by R.L. Singh (1971) Droughts Floods References 5. Natural Vegetation and National Parks Introduction Floristic Regions of India Spatial Distribution of Forests in India Classification of Forests Important Species of Trees and Their Utility Forest Products and their Utility Problems of Indian Forestry The National Forest Policy Social Forestry Existing Position of Forest Ecosystems Forest Conservation Wildlife Biosphere Reserves Mangroves References 6. Soils Introduction Controllers of Soil Characteristics Classification of Soils of India Problems of Indian Soils Consequences of Soil Erosion Soil Conservation References 7. Resources Natural Resources Mineral Resources Biotic Resources References 8. Energy Resources Sources of Conventional Energy Coal Deposits of the Tertiary Period Import Non-Conventional Energy Energy Crisis Energy Conservation  References  9. Agriculture Land Utilisation  Characteristics and Problems of Indian Agriculture Determinants of Agriculture Land Reforms Infrastructure and Agricultural Inputs  Second Green Revolution White Revolution Blue Revolution  Aquaculture  Apiculture (Beekeeping) or Golden Revolution Sericulture Poultry Farming (Silver Revolution)  Horticulture Dry Farming  Agribusiness National Commission on Farmers Indian Agriculture—Challenges and Prospects  References10. Spatial Organisation of Agriculture  Cropping Patterns Crop Concentration Agricultural Productivity Agricultural Intensity Crop Combinations Land Capability Contract Farming Agricultural Regionalisation Agro-Climatic Regions of India Agro-Ecological Regions of India References  11. Industries Evolution of Industries Industrial Development During the Five-Year Plans Industrial Policy Cotton Textile Industry Jute Textile Woollen Textiles Silk Textile Iron and Steel Industry Problems of Iron and Steel Industry Automobile Industry Fertiliser Industry Paper Industry Pharmaceutical Industry Cottage Industries Industrial regions of India Multinational Corporations Liberalisation Industrial Problems of India Special Economic Zone (SEZ) Public Sector Undertaking Tourism Tourism in India Eco-Tourism Community Eco-Tourism Initiative The Native and Psycho-Social Impact of Eco-tourism Industrial Houses in India Industrial Complexes References 12. Transport, Communications and Trade Transport Water Transport Air Transport Pipelines Transportation Metro Rail System Communications International Trade Salient Features of Foreign Trade Balance of Trade and Balance of Payment Trade Policy India—Space Programme References 13. Cultural Setting Origin of Mankind The Caste System Racial and Ethnic Diversity in India Religious Minorities Scheduled Tribes Scheduled Castes (16.60% of The Total Population) Cultural Regions Demographic Characteristics of Indian Population Literacy Rate Age Composition Migration Population Problems Health Indicators Human Development Index in India References 14. Settlements Introduction Classification of Settlements City Region and Planning Slums and Associated Problems Problems of Urbanisation Town Planning in India Principles of Urban Planning References 15. Regional Development and Planning Planning in India Five-Year Plans Regional Dimensions of Planning in India Integrated Area Development Integrated Rural Development Programme (IRDP) Development of Backward Areas Command Area Development Watershed Management Area Development Programmes National Watershed Development Project for Rainfed Areas (NWDPRA) Rainfed Area Development Programme (RADP) Multi-Level Planning The Damodar Valley Corporation The National Capital Region (National Capital Region) Poverty in India Geography and Regional Planning Regional Planning and Development of Island Territories References 16. India–Political Aspects Political Geography Structure of Indian Federation Regional Consciousness and National Integration National Integration in India Nationalism International Boundaries of India Cross Border Terrorism India’s Role in World Affairs Geopolitics of South Asia India and the Geo-Politics of the Indian Ocean References 17. Contemporary Issues Environmental Hazards Natural Disasters Environmental Pollution Environmental Awareness Changes in Patterns of Land Use Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Environmental Management Population Explosion and Food Security Urban Disasters Environmental Degradation Problems of Agrarian Unrest Industrial Unrest Regional Disparities in Economic Development Relationship between Population and Development Globalisation and Indian Economy Agriculture and Globalisation References Multiple Choice Questions 

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