Geography Olympiad is intended to encourage children to study Geography and be aware of its importance. It will empower to learn, comprehend and prepare for higher competitive exams art national and international level. Study of UPSC Exams, derive amazing and surprising facts. UPSC exam annual report Appendix XII (Vide Chapter No. 30 Comparative Statement Shows : 3097 candidates took Geography as their optional subject in Civil Service Main Exam (2007-08) paper I and 3091 candidates in paper II, whereas only 196 candidates took math, 24 Zoology and 105 Chemistry. In Civil Service Main Exam (2008-09), 4300 candidates took Geography as optional subject in paper I and 3991 in appear II, surprisingly this number was much more than other subjects. To encourage deeper understanding of Geography at school level is exactly what this Olympiad is all about.
IMPORTANCE OF GEOGRAPHY
Geography is much more than places on a map. Geography opens the gate for boundless and lifelong learning. Knowing where places are on map is important, but the real heart of geography is understanding why people settle in a particular place, who their neighbour are, how they make a living, why they dress and speak the way they do, and what they do for fun.
Geography investigates our global climate, landforms, political system, human culture and migration patterns. They are concerned not just with where something is located, but also with why it is there and how it relates to other things. Geography explains where tropical rain forests grow (near the equator), why earthquakes occur frequently in Japan? Who faces toward Mecca as they pray? (Muslims), and which continent is the most populated (Asia)?
In a nutshell, geography is the “why of where” science that blends and enriches history, literature, mathematics, and science. Although place-names of the world are now thoroughly mapped and available in at leases, maps, books and even online, knowing where you are and the geographic characteristics of that place are just as important today as in earlier times. Understanding people and environments influence the location of everything from shopping mall to manufacturing plants. City planners need population projections and environmental data before they can approve plans to build housing developments.
Engineers must study water resources and the topography before starting and project. Highway construction cannot proceed until fact about climate, soil, vegetation and numbers of people who will drive the proposed route are considered. For more than a decade, the growth of our global society-the rising dependence of nations upon each other for trade and security-has made geographical studies more important than ever. The Global War on terrorism further underscore the great importance of more fully understanding the people of the world, how they live, what they believe, and the environment and the resources we share. Knowing geography will help you understand the world.