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p> Be it climate change, types of natural vegetation, mountain chains, desserts, climatic patterns, glaciers, minerals or other natural phenomenon, Certificate Physical and Human Geography is a natural companion book to know and learn from.
Elementary details of most topics that comprise of physical and human geography have been covered in an easy to understand language, with many photographs, illustrations and maps offering detailed explanation, wherever required.
Much of geographical knowledge that one needs to possess is there in this book. And for it, the book is highly relied upon by students appearing for competitive admission examinations or those aspiring to make the grades at competitive examinations held for many government openings by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The book is divided into two main sections. The first one deals with physical geography, where in-depth information about existing land masses, oceans, types of winds, rivers, glaciation, mountain types, groundwater, rainfall and its global patterns and such existing natural phenomenon is presented in a well illustrated manner that makes reading a pleasure. It also has information on Earth’s crust and the various natural forces present in our world. There is a detailed section on earthquakes and volcanoes too.
The second section details about the existing global climatic zones of Savanna, Steppe, Mediterranean, Equatorial and Tropical Monsoon Climate. Aspects of Human Geography spread over these varied climatic zones, the types of agriculture practiced, the urban centers, mineral wealth and the developed industrial belts have also been included.
At the end of each topic, a set of relevant questions have been put for practice and making a self-analysis about having obtained clarity of the subject presented.
The book is considered very helpful by aspirants appearing for preliminary examination of Civil Services and other prestigious competitive examination that test general knowledge, which includes knowledge about geography.
Certificate Physical and Human Geography was first published in 1984 and has been popular ever since.
About the Author
Professor Goh Cheng Leong is a well known Geographer who has written many books on the subject.Ln the present transforming society there is a need of good public Administration. Over the period of time, The role of public Administration (service) has transformed depending upon the evolution of governance but, the one which is eternal and Long lasting is the ethical values behind the service. Ethics is a multidimensional Term that is used to describe what human should do based on rights, obligations, fairness, virtues, etc. Ethics and values forms the cornerstone of public Administration system, which provides the answer to the question, “why should I be moral”. A recent example of this, is the arrest of an IPS Officer who was on probation, for cheating during the Civil Services Examination. Lt raises the question about the level of honesty and the dedication on part of the Civil servant. Can such issues be only resolved with penal actions? Maybe not, and here iies the importance of ethical values, morals, integrity, attitude empathy, etc. Which comes into play. Ultimately it is the moral fibre of an individual Officer or public servant that counts. Realizing the need of the hour, UPSC has taken an initiative to inculcate the ethical and moral values and thoughts for incoming new Civil servants so that they feel the need of the society with empathy and serve accordingly. The GS Paper LV “ethics Pape/’ of Civil Services Examinations is the litmus test of an individual, that is not only based on a theoretical syllabus but also scrutinizes the individual from inside through judging his personal moral conducts. This book in a pedagogical manner enlightens an individual about ethics and all its related concepts. This book is not just about the definitions, thoughts, quotations, concepts but, it is about the discussions, role play, application of thoughts and underlying cases, etc. That are useful to any individual (not only for Civil Service aspirants) for moral conduct.