With the requirement of fundamentals of Ecology and biome, the topic is to be prepared on contemporary basis. This newly added part of Paper I in Prelims can be well prepared with support of Magazines like TERRA GREEN and DOWN TO EARTH.
The nature of both the contemporary heads i.e. BIODIVERSITY and CLIMATE CHANGE is similar. The approaches like TEEB (The Economies of Ecology and Biodiversity) and REDD (Reduction of Emission from deforestation and forest degradation) reveals that interlinks.
The preparation should focus on CoPs, both for climate and biodiversity along with IUCN, UNEP, UNESCO (MAB) in global perspective. For India, complete coverage of the state of Indian Forest and Environment is a Must along with the Network of Protected Area, Flagship programmes and the strategies incorporated by MoEF to induce sustainable development.
Geography, the most popular and multidisciplinary optional, is a pratical subject. Taking the understanding of this subject in classroom makes the preparations foolproof.
The class curriculum is oriented to enhance not just the understanding the subject but also the interdependent and interrelated nature of the discipline. It helps aspirants to overlap the GS preparations with the subject as well.
The institute in its commitment of extending support to the aspirants has initiated correspondence guidelines. This scheme has been launched for the aspirants who reside outside Delhi and due to any of the hindrances, are not able to enroll for the regular classes.
In the programme therefore class notes are also included. It definetly do not make up entirely for the class but provides the right direction to utilize the material for self preparations. The ready reference source as model answers, map books etc. largely compensate the requirement.