ENVIRONMENT For PT

ENVIRONMENT For PT - COURSE MANAGEMENT AND ADVISORY

Environment section for PT is an amalgamated section comprising Biology, Zoology, Botany, Geography and Economy. The section has been reframed from syllabus point of view because of close association between these subjects and the overlapping relationship between them. These sections have got many overlaps and preparing all of them simultaneously has its own advantages if the entire study of the syllabus is so synchronized.
Preparing this portion thoroughly gives you good score in PT. The section doesn’t end up helping your GS, it can immensely help the students in their Geography optional, the offshoots and applications of the knowledge gained by mastering this component are very rewarding for Geography optional. And not to talk about GS Mains, which will be covered more than half. Candidates can enhance their answering abilities on questions related to world biomes, distribution of flora and fauna, conservation measures, etc. asked in GS Paper I and III.
So, it means that the cost benefit analysis of this portion of the syllabus highly favors a comprehensive preparation of Bio-environmental Geography.

Focus Areas

The soul of the syllabus of Environment section lies in understanding the key concepts of ecosystems, biomes, Zoogeographical regions, and linking it with Biogeographical processes. The students have to be specially prepared with the terms and terminologies of the subject.
The whole section has to be divided into five broad sections-Ecosystem and its processes, Soils and vegetation, Role of Humans, Impact of Humans, a fifth component in the form of various issues, besides having a sixth component in the form of International Treaties and Convention. Moreover all the chapters have an Indian extension as well. This involves a parallel study of soil types in India; vegetation of India and it can save ones time and develop their understanding better.
In fact it is better to make it a rule to think of all the concepts in the Indian context. UPSC used to be asking such questions in the past.
The entire section is a bit factual sometimes particularly in topics of soil classification, biomes, floral and faunal distribution, etc. the other is completely conceptual and still another completely analytical.

Relations with GS Mains

There is a complete section in GS on Ecological Issues in the third paper. Besides these

  • Geographical Features And Their Location- Changes In Critical Geographical Features (Including Water Bodies And Ice-Caps) And In Flora And Fauna And The Effects Of Such Changes
  • Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment 
  • Disaster and disaster management.

Thus, one can be sure of 20-30 marks in GS PT.

What the students Get

  • Environment for PT by K. Siddhartha, S. Mukherjee & V. Ojha
  • Ecology and Environment by K. Siddhartha

Additional material that the students can go for

Anything needed will be updated.

Learning Sequencing as it should be in order to understand the topic, and chapter structure

The course sequencing is not per the syllabus. This is done to provide concept to the candidates. If the candidates follow the topic after another as per the syllabus they will never follow the concept. Hence the sequencing and reordering has been done to students benefit so that students are able to connect the dots and connect their concepts.

How best to utilise it

Pre Online Learning
Before picking Environment for PT to study, the candidate must have studied and understood Basic Biology at the 10th standard level.
Online Learning sequence.

  • First read the topics
  • Listen to the explanation
  • Now use the summary to revise it
  • Practice answering Objective type questions from the MCQ tab
  • Ensemble will keep you updating on current affairs regularly on this topic, as and when required
  • Keep an eye on updates

 

Environment (The syllabus as it should be studied)

SEQUENCING

TOPICS

CHAPTER AND STUDY MATERIAL

VIDEO EXPLANATION & MULTIMEDIA

SYNOPSIS & LECTURE FORMAT

FACTFILE

MCQ

CURRENT AFFAIRS

ENRICHMENT DISCUSSION

1a.

Ecosystem Concept, Types of Ecosystems

Ecology & Environment

KS

TBU

TBU

2

Soil Genesis

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

3

Soil Profile

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

4

Soil Classification

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

5

Soil Degradation and Conservation

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

6

Distribution of Fauna and Flora

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

7

Biomes

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

8

Gene Pool Centres

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

9

Laws of Ecology

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

10

Human ecological adaptations

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

11

Global Ecological Imbalances
Mans Impact on Ecosystem,
Environmental Degradation, Ecological Superiority of Humans

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

12

Human Impact on Climate-Global Warming, Global cooling,
Ozone Hole, Climatic modification by human Activities.

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

13

Human Impact on Atmosphere- Aerosols, Acid rain, Urban Heat Island

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

14

Human Impact on Land-Land degradation, Soil Degradation) Erosion, Salinization, Laterisation) Derelict Land Formation,

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

15

Human Impact on Water- Marine Pollution (Oil Pollution, Algal Bloom) Marine Waste Disposal, Eutrophication, Biomanipulation,
Thermal Pollution,

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

16

Human Impact on Ecosystem- Biomagnification, Mass extinction, Holocene extinction

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

17

Pollution- Air Pollution, Stubble burning, Water pollution, Oil Pollution,

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

18

Biodiversity

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

19

Forest Conservation, Forest Fires

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

20

Wildlife Conservation

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

21

Sustainable development

Same ✔

KS, See Also Bio Environmental Geography

TBU

TBU

22

Animals of the World

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

23

International Conventions and Treaties

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

24

Government Schemes and Programmes

Same ✔

KS

TBU

TBU

INDEX – KS- K. Siddhartha sir, TBU = To be updated, NA, not Applicable

Post Script- General Directions after Course

  • The students must keep an eye on updates and the application of the knowledge that they have obtained. Most of the questions are only applied in nature.