IAS Main General Studies Paper I Syllabus contains
• Salient features of world's physical geography.
• Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian sub-continent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India)
• Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., 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.
On the close observation of the Syllabus given in the IAS Notification for the IAS Main Exam, it gives the feel of covering the whole physical geography of the world at large. In addition to these topics, Indian geography always remains in the helm of the affairs in the IAS Main Exam. The candidates cannot ignore or neglect the Indian Geography portion of the IAS Main Syllabus.
Some of the Questions of the Previous Year Paper of IAS Main Exam General Studies Paper I ask for the interrelation between the different geographical phenomenons. Various questions in the past are oriented towards the Human Geography and its relations with the Social Phenomenon.
Some important Topics of the Geography are as follows