Pratham Kaushik – Rank 5 – Optional Geography

Pratham Kaushik – Rank 5 – Optional Geography



Name Pratham Kaushik
Place Haryana
Graduation Engineering from Punjab Engineering College
UPSC Rank Rank 5 Year 2017
Attempt 2nd Attempt
Optional Subject Geography


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Reference Books:

General Studies
  • NCERTs
  • Shankar IAS – Environment
  • History of India – Bipin Chandra
  • Indian Polity – Lakshmikanth
  • Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  • Current Affairs – Newspapers, Yojana, Kurukshetra, PIB, Budget, Economic Survey
  • Art & Culture – Nithin Singhania
  • Science: 11th and 12th NCERTs
  • Tamil Nadu Text Books
  • G Subbarao – Ethics
Mains Optional – Geography
  • India: A Comprehensive Geography by D R Khullar
  • Models in Geography by Majid Husain
  • Indian Geography by D R Khullar
  • Environmental Geography by Savinder Singh
  • Physical Geography by Savinder Singh
  • Geomorphology by Savinder Singh



  • Read the syllabus thoroughly and remember all the topics. It’ll be the lighthouse of your preparation.
  • Read any topic from at most 2-3 sources and then revise it multiple times. The more, the merrier.
  • After completing a unit from the syllabus, refer to the questions of previous years  and try to frame answers. This way you can find the focus areas of the examiner and your standing at that moment.
  • Do not make notes for every topic as it’ll be time consuming. Prepare self notes for only those topics which you find very difficult to comprehend.


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