MPPSC Main Geography Syllabus

Updated on: Mar 22, 2013
1. Physical Geography :

(i) Lithosphere: Rocks and their types. Agents of erosion. Works of running water, glacier and winds Volcanoes and their distribution in the world.Normal cycle of erosion, land forms-Mountain, Plateau, Plain.

(ii) Atmosphere: Composition of Atmosphere : Insolation, Temperature,Pressure, winds and wind system, Rainfall, its types and world distribution,climatic types, cyclons, Anti-cyclons, Thunder storms.

(iii) Hydrosphere: Land and water distribution on the Globe.Oceanic Temperature : salinity and its distribution, Tides, Oceanic Currents,Coral reef, bottom Relief of Oceans, Man and the Ocean.

2. Human Geography :

(i) Definition of Human Geography;
Scope and subject matter of Human Geography, Habitat, social and economic life of the people of following regions- Equatorial regions, Tropical Deserts, Tundra. Indian tribes with special reference to Madhya Pradesh.

(ii) Population: Growth of population, Density of population.Distribution of population and its pattern in the world. Population problems,population problems in India.

(iii) Settlements: Major cities of the world

3. Economic Geography :

(i) General: Definition of Economic Geography. Scope and subject matte of Economic Geography.

(ii) Agriculture: Food crops and their world distribution-rice, wheat and corn. Commercial crops-cotton, jute, sugarcane, plantation crops - tea,coffee, rubber, fishing, forestry.

(iii) Minerals and their world distribution: Iron ore mica, manganese,gold, silver, tin, copper, power resources-coal, petroleum, hydroelectricity.

(iv) Industries: Iron & Steel, Textile (cotton, woolen, silk) and paper, factors of localization of these industries and their world distribution.

(v) Transport & Communication: Land, sea and air routes of the world, their significance. International Railways.

4. Cartography :

(i) Scales: Simple, diagonal and time scales.

(ii) North: True, magnetic and grid north and their importance. .

(iii) Contours & Conventional signs: Showing various land features by contours with their cross sections. Recognition of conventional Signs.

(iv) Weather instruments: Weather symbols, use of weather instruments-thermometer-dry & wet & bulb thermometer. Maximum minimum thermometers,fortine’s barometer, aneroid barometers, rainguage.

(v) Uses of map projections

(vi) Use of survey instruments: Chain and tape, plane table. Prismaticcompass.

5. Concept of determinism and possibilism

Geography of the world

1. World Land forms and Features
(i) Mountains, plateau, plains, (ii) Rivers, lakes, seas, oceans.

2. World Climate
Climatic Regions of the world their characteristics and Distribution.

3. Soil and Vegetation
World vegetational zones and vegetation types.

4. Chief Races of the world and their areas

5. Natural regions of the world
Geographical description of the various natural regions of the world

6. Major regions of the world
Western Europe, S E Asia, S W Asia, Latin America, Africa. Australia.

Geography of India with special reference to Madhya Pradesh

1. Location, Physical Features, climate. Natural vegetation, Soils, Origin of Himalayas.

2. Agriculture, Method of irrigation, Crops, and forestry.

3. Minerals and Power resources

4. Industries - Cottage Industries, Localization of important industries and factors of their localization.

5. Population and population problems of India, Food and population. Tribes, & Tribal zones.

6. Important cities and ports.
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