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    Posted on January 19th, 2021 in Geography, Main Exam
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    Pros And Cons Of Geology Optional – For UPSC Mains Examination.

    Before selecting any optional paper, it is very important to understand its advantages and disadvantages as the syllabus of the exam is huge and to successfully cover it, you must be strategic. Moreover, in IFoS, one has to be careful about choosing the combination of the optional as there are certain rules regarding it.Continue Reading Pros And Cons Of Geology Optional – For UPSC Mains Examination.

    Not all optional papers are allowed to be taken up in combination. This means, by choosing geology optional, the choice of the second paper subject gets limited and vice versa. So understanding the advantages of the software choosing the best combination is important to ace the exam.

    The following are the advantages that are generally associated with the geology optional:

    • Geology is considered a very scoring subject because it is scientific and somewhat technical in nature. It is most facts and there is very little scope for independent interpretation. Hence, if you know the concepts well and answer the question accordingly, it will fetch reasonably good marks. By substantiating the answer with diagrams and charts, you further enhance the marks.
    • Geology is the subject that deals with the history of the earth and its formation. Hence, the subject does not require updation and has a static syllabus. This means, you do not have to expect latest and surprise topics and progresses to be included every year in the syllabus. This keeps the preparation plan simple and also lets you make the most of the previous year question papers.
    • Most questions are repeated either as exact matches or in a slightly modified manner. Hence, practising the previous years’ question papers thoroughly will help you cover a significant majority of the syllabus.
    • Geology optional is an excellent choice for students who are appearing for IAS and IFoS both. The optional is common to both the exams and have the same syllabus. So you can prepare for both mains at one go.
    • Many topics are connected and overlap with the topics in physical geography which is an important part of the General studies paper 1 syllabus- this is applicable for aspirants who are appearing in IAS as well as IFoS.
    • Candidates who have a thorough knowledge and basis of science till 10th standard can easily understand the various concepts in geology and will find the subject easy to master for the IFoS Mains. Geology is also considered much easier than other subjects like physics and chemistry and have slight overlapping and influence of both the subjects at a very basic level.
    • The scope for competition is much less in geology with so few takers of the optional subject. This also means that if you score good marks, your chances of qualifying are increased manifolds.
    • The subject witnesses a number of online materials, virtual class notes and lectures from foreign universities- all of which can be used for your preparation provided you dedicated at least 3 months to it.
    • Lastly, the syllabus is limited and hence requires less time for preparation when you have basic conceptions cleared.

    Some drawbacks of the subject are-

    • There are very few coaching centres that teach this subject and one has to rely mostly on self-study.
    • Test series, ready-made materials and in-person guidance is almost impossible as there are so few takers of the subject.

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