Apart from having scientific orientation , easy availability of coaching-materials and the perceived high success rate , some parts of the syllabus like economic , environmental and human geography greatly appealed to me .

Besides being helpful in essays and other GS papers I found topics like Human Development , Agri issues , resources distribution very interesting and hence did not mind going the extra mile in these topics specially of Part B of both papers.( Beginning credits go to my class X teacher Mrs. Xaviers Collegiate School, Kolkata ) who had piqued my interest in the subject and I got a gold medal in school J.

NS covers about 70% of the syllabus in her class notes .

Honestly this 70% formed the core of my geography preparation .

Many people get coaching notes from various coaching institutes and in the end are confused what to read what not to .

About 80% all notes are repetition of each other and you will waste a lot of time .

In case of falling Child Sex Ratio apart from numbers and maps it may be linked to how regional development has led to falling numbers in Maharashtra ,, even Kerala whereas tribal regions show an uptick.

Make In India one can focus on the issues of manufacturing industries like iron and steel , aluminum ,how we lack sufficient silicon industry for electronics , transport issues due to poor regional development , spatial map of electricity shortage etc .

Magazines : Kurukshetra ( Agri issues ) , Geography and You , Terra Green , The Hindu Environment Survey For instance a topic like food security .

Apart from issues of lack of access to food and water , how climate change is affecting productivity of crops , how shift of cropping patterns away from pulses is affecting nutrition security , how poor and tribals are disproportionately affected in various parts of our country ( draw a map ) and solutions like biofortication , social forestry etc can be looked into .

Overall her guidance helped me in the exam for I did not have to go through many books to get my basics and fundamentals of geography .

They just served as reference books and there is hardly any 1 book in geography that I read fully apart from NCERTS.

Moreover I used to be a regular reader of Insights Secure Mains which covered newspapers like Business Standard , Live-Mint , NYT etc.