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Geography Class 12 ISC (Science) CISCE Topics and Syllabus

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CISCE Syllabus For Class 12 Geography: Knowing the Syllabus is very important for the students of Class 12. Shaalaa has also provided a list of topics that every student needs to understand.

The CISCE Class 12 Geography syllabus for the academic year 2023-2024 is based on the Board's guidelines. Students should read the Class 12 Geography Syllabus to learn about the subject's subjects and subtopics.

Students will discover the unit names, chapters under each unit, and subtopics under each chapter in the CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus pdf 2023-2024. They will also receive a complete practical syllabus for Class 12 Geography in addition to this.

Academic year:

CISCE Class 12 Geography Revised Syllabus

CISCE Class 12 Geography and their Unit wise marks distribution

CISCE Class 12 Geography Course Structure 2023-2024 With Marking Scheme

I  Physical Environment 
1.1  Locational Setting - India 
1.2  Structure of India 
1.3  Climate: India 
1.4  Natural Vegetation 
II  Population and Human Settlements 
2.1  Population of India compared to six countries 
2.2  National and State Level Patterns of Population Distribution 
2.3  Pattern of Population Growth in the Last Three Decades; Implications for Development 
2.4  Migration Trends Over the Last 25 Years 
2.5  Demographic attributes at National level 
2.6  Rural settlements 
2.7  Urban settlements 
III  Resources of India and Their Utilisation 
3.1  Need for Environmental Management Vis-à- Vis Development. 
3.2  Land Resources 
3.3  Water Resources and Types of Irrigation 
3.4  Agriculture: Types, Development and Problems 
3.5  Fishing in India, Japan and Bangladesh. 
3.6  Sources of Energy 
IV  Infrastructural Resources 
4.1  Railways, Roadways, Water Transport (Inland and Coastal), Air Transport, Pipelines - These Modes of Transport Are to Be Studied with Regard to 
4.2  Communication – Importance of Communication in Rural Development and Its Policy. Importance of Infrastructure as Key to the Development of an Industrial Economy. 
V  Industries 
5.1  Study of the Location and Distribution of Important Industrial Centres; a General Comparison of Disparities. 
5.2  Major and Minor Industrial Regions – Factors Governing Their Growth 
5.3  Location, production and growth of the following industries 
5.4  Tourism Industry 
VI  Regional Economic Development 
VII  Map Work 
 Total -
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CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Physical Environment

1.1 Locational Setting - India
  • Locational Setting - India 
    • size and area.
    • Present importance of the location of India with reference to the Indian Ocean Rim countries and the Northern and Western frontiers.
    • Comparison with China and Australia.
1.2 Structure of India
  • Geological Formation 
    • Outline of the geological evolution and structure: basic definitions – geology, era, periods, physiography, geological structure, stratigraphy.
    • Geological evolution of the Peninsular Plateau, the Himalayas and the Great Plains. Difference between the Peninsular Plateau and the Himalayas. 
  • Relief and Drainage 
  • Major Physiographic Divisions and Their Characteristics 
    • The three-fold physiographic divisions: the Himalayan mountain complex, the
      Indus-Ganga-Brahmaputra Plains and the
      Peninsular Plateau.
    • Three physical divisions with reference to their extent, altitude, slope and landform
      characteristics - Coastal Plains, Islands, Drainage (i.e. rivers) and drainage
1.3 Climate: India
  • Factors Affecting the Indian Climate 
  • Role of Various Factors Affecting Indian Climate 
    • latitudinal extent, distance from the sea, northern mountain ranges, physiography, monsoon winds, upper air circulation, western disturbances and tropical cyclones, southern oscillation, El Nino; understanding of the concept and mechanism of monsoon; Indian Monsoonal Regime – onset, rain bearing system, break in the monsoon, retreat of the monsoon
  • Seasons of India 
  • Droughts and Floods 
    • meaning, causes, affected areas and mitigation programs.Temperature and rainfall graphs of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Leh, Jaisalmer and Hyderabad.
1.4 Natural Vegetation
  • Major Vegetation Types of India 
    • Geographical distribution with reference to rainfall and temperature conditions – description of the important tree types and their adaptation to the climate.
    • Forest – area covered, importance, use, misuse and potential both for exploitation and conservation. Present forest policy.
  • Factors Affecting Vegetation 
    • Distinction between vegetation, flora and forest, virgin vegetation.
  • Classification of Vegetation Types 
    • Tropical evergreen, monsoon forests, tropical dry forests, arid forests, deltaic forests, mountain forests and their geographical distribution and adaptation; importance of the trees in these forests.
  • Importance of Forest to Man 
    • Impact of human activity on vegetation. Forest area and forest cover in India.
    • Forest Conservation – need, Social Forestry (Agro forestry, community forestry, commercial farm forestry, non-commercial farm forestry, urban forestry).
  • Forest Conservation Movement 
    • Van Mahotsav,
    • Chipko Movement,
    • Forest Conservation Act(1980).
  • National Forest Policy (1988) 
    • Objectives of the Forest Policy;
    • Integrated Forest Protection Scheme.

CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Population and Human Settlements

2.1 Population of India compared to six countries
  • Population of India Compared to Six Countries 
    • Compared to six countries - China, Australia, USA, Canada, Russia and Brazil.
    • Population of India as compared to the other six countries with reference to percentage of world population and India’s position in the world.
2.2 National and State Level Patterns of Population Distribution
  • Definition of Census 
    • Index of concentration (highest and lowest index of concentration as per the latest census),
    • Density of population – arithmetic and physiological.
  • Spatial Distribution of Population in India 
    • Explanation of the factors influencing it – landforms, climate, accessibility and level of development that result in this pattern.
    • Comparison of the density at the State level and factors influencing it.
2.3 Pattern of Population Growth in the Last Three Decades; Implications for Development
  • Concept of Terminologies 
    • Terminologies such as population, birth rate, death rate, population growth rate, natural growth rate and absolute growth of population, migratory growth, positive and negative growth.
  • Population Growth of India at National Level 
    • It trends of 1921, 1951 and 1981 to the latest Census, of absolute growth rate of population.
    • Demographic characteristics of India at the National level- birth rate, death rate, and natural growth rate from 1991 to the latest Census.
  • Drawing General Conclusions 
    • Impact of rapid growth rate on economic development, on environment;
    • Need for planned development (to maintain the ecological balance).
2.4 Migration Trends Over the Last 25 Years
  • Important Terms of Migration 
    • migration, commutation, out migration, in migration, step-wise migration and migrant, push and pull factors.
  • Types of Migration 
    • National and International migration
    • Inter migration and intra migration
    • Urban migration and rural migration 
    • Trends of migration
  • Streams of Migration 
    • Rural-rural, rural- urban, urban-urban and urban-rural.
    • Causes for migration - natural, economic, political and social.
    • Comparing the consequences of each type of migration on cities and rural areas.
2.5 Demographic attributes at National level
2.6 Rural settlements
2.7 Urban settlements
  • Concept of Urban Settlements 
    • Size classification of towns as per the latest census.
    • Study of population growth in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai from1951 till the latest census.
    • Evolution of Towns in India
  • Definition of Urban Area 
    • Urban area according to the latest census;
    • Urban agglomeration, conurbation, urban sprawl, ribbon settlement, infill, metropolis, megalopolis.
  • Trends of Urbanization 
    • It's only in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai from 1951 till the latest census.
  • Factors Influence the Urbanization 
    • The growth of urban centres in India.
    • Problems and advantages of urban growth.

CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Resources of India and Their Utilisation

3.1 Need for Environmental Management Vis-à- Vis Development.
  • Need for Environmental Management and Development. 
    • Understanding that from the development point of view, environment may mistakenly be seen as a ‘resource’ to be exploited, whereas, environment needs to be viewed as a ‘capital’ that needs to be managed carefully.
3.2 Land Resources
  • Concept of Land Resources 
    • Land use pattern in India – quality of cultivable land, size of land holdings.
  • Defining the Term Land Resource 
    • its importance and problems.
    • Land use pattern – net sown area, area sown more than once, forests, land not available for cultivation, permanent pastures and other grazing lands, land under miscellaneous tree crops, culturable (cultivable) waste, fallow land, quality and size of cultivable land holdings.
    • Methods to reduce fragmentation of landholdings.
3.3 Water Resources and Types of Irrigation
  • Concept of Water Resources 
    • Types of water resources: Surface and ground water.
    • Meaning, importance and need for irrigation in India.
  • Sources of Irrigation: 
    • Traditional Methods:  wells, tanks, tube wells; (study of two states where each of the above types of irrigation is mainly prevalent). 

    • Modern methods: tube wells, sprinkler irrigation, Perennial canals (Names of two canals each in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra).

  • Use and Misuse of Water for Irrigation 
    • Study of alternative methods of irrigation.
    • Overwatering - reasons and regions affected by it; dangers of overwatering
    • Conservation of water resources including their management; rain water harvesting.
3.4 Agriculture: Types, Development and Problems
  • Wet and Dry Agriculture 
    • Crop rotation and crop combination.
    • Intensity of cropping – concept and crops associated; problems of Indian agriculture;
    • Use of new technology – Green revolution: Need, impact and problems, second green revolution - strategies for second green revolution.
  • Diversification of Indian Agriculture 
    • Animal Husbandry: meaning and its importance in Indian Agriculture.
  • Comparative Studies 
    • Conditions of growth (soil, temperature, rainfall requirements, crop seasons, secondary crops cultivated with them).
    • World production and India’s position. 
    • Major producing states in India and their rank as producers of the following crops.
    1. Foodgrains - Rice (Japan) and Wheat (China)
    2. Commercial and Industrial crops - Tea (Sri Lanka) and Cotton (Pakistan)
    3. Importance of Market Gardening and Orchard Farming - reasons and trends in development in recent years.
3.5 Fishing in India, Japan and Bangladesh.
  • Fishing in India, Japan and Bangladesh. 
    • Methods, types of fish caught, fishing grounds

    • factors affecting the importance and development, fishing ports and markets, need and methods of fish conservation.

    • Recent Indian Fisheries Policy – a brief understanding only.

    • Understanding of marine and inland fisheries; deep sea and inshore fishing; pelagic and demersal fishing should be done.

    • Problems affecting fishing in India, Japan and Bangladesh should be also taken up.

    • Two ports and two types of fishes of each coastal State in India should be studied.

3.6 Sources of Energy
  • Minerals and Power Resources 
    • Distinguishing between metallic and non-metallic minerals; ferrous and non-ferrous minerals.

    • Production and distribution (three leading States and three leading centres in each State) of Iron ore, mica, coal, manganese and petroleum; their uses.

    • Iron ore, mica, coal: their types.

    • The main power resources - Nuclear thermal, hydel; three main States for generation of nuclear thermal and hydel power in India.

  • Conventional Energy Sources 
    • Firewood - for heating and cooking along with the agricultural and animal waste.
    • Coal, Petroleum, diesel, LPG - their potential and limitations in India. Environmental concerns with regard to their use (global warming, thermal pollution in waters, fly ash, atmospheric pollution, etc.)
  • Non-conventional Energy Sources 
    • Types of non-conventional sources (bio- mass, solar, wind, ocean, hydel, geothermal, nuclear), potential (Indian context) and limitations of each source, methods of harnessing and their environmental consequences, need to promote non-conventional energy sources.
    • Advantages and limitations of each non-conventional energy source.
    • Uses of these energy sources and distribution.
    • Understanding the need to promote non-conventional energy sources.

CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Infrastructural Resources

4.1 Railways, Roadways, Water Transport (Inland and Coastal), Air Transport, Pipelines - These Modes of Transport Are to Be Studied with Regard to
  • Railways Transport 
  • Roadways Transport 
  • Water Transport 
    • Sea Routes
    • Important Sea Routes
    • The Northern Atlantic Sea Route
    • The Mediterranean–Indian Ocean Sea Route
    • The Cape of Good Hope Sea Route
    • The Southern Atlantic Sea Route
    • The North Pacific Sea Route
    • The South Pacific Sea Route
    • Coastal Shipping
    • Shipping Canals
    • The Suez Canal
    • The Panama Canal
    • Inland Waterways
    • The Rhine Waterways
    • The Danube Waterway
    • The Volga Waterway
    • The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway
    • The Mississippi Waterways
  • Air Transport 
    • Inter-Continental Air Routes
  • Pipelines 
    • These modes of transport are to be studied with regard to – Location and state-wise distribution of air, road and rail routes
    • location of waterways and pipelines; natural and economic factors that govern their distribution
    • Density and growth. Patterns in India.
  • Concept of Ports 
    • Location and advantage
    • Major exports and imports of different ports.
    • Nature and direction of trade from the ports.
    • International trading patterns and products in the last five years.
    • Distinguishing between harbour and port
    • Natural and artificial harbours
    • Location of major ports in India and their advantage
    • Main items of export and import from different ports and the patterns in the last five years
4.2 Communication – Importance of Communication in Rural Development and Its Policy. Importance of Infrastructure as Key to the Development of an Industrial Economy.
  • Communication 
    • Importance of communication in rural development and its policy. Importance of infrastructure as key to the development of an industrial economy.
  • Modern Means of Communication 
    • Satellites and remote sensing - Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cellular phones, radio, Doordarshan, internet; difference between mass communication and telecommunication.
    • Prasar Bharti.
    • Infrastructure as key to the development of an industrial economy.

CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Industries

5.1 Study of the Location and Distribution of Important Industrial Centres; a General Comparison of Disparities.
5.2 Major and Minor Industrial Regions – Factors Governing Their Growth
5.3 Location, production and growth of the following industries
  • Agro Based Industries 
    • Sugar Industry: Maharashtra (Ahmednagar and Pune), Uttar Pradesh (Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur), Tamil Nadu (Coimbatore and North Arcot).
    • Cotton Textiles: Maharashtra (Mumbai and Pune), Gujarat (Ahmedabad and Surat), West Bengal (Kolkata and Howrah), Tamil Nadu (Madurai and Chennai).
    • Ready-made garments: Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata.
  • Mineral Based Industries 
    1. Iron and steel
    2. Aluminium
    3. Cement
    4. Transport equipment
    5. Automobile Industry
    6. Ship Building Industry
    7. Aircraft Industry
    8. Petrochemicals, including refineries fertilizers.
    • The following industrial centres are to be studied.
    1. TISCO (Jamshedpur)
    2. Vishweshvarya Iron and Steel Plant (Bhadravati)
    3. Bhilai Iron and Steel Plant (Bhilai)
    4. Rourkela Iron and Steel Plant (Rourkela)
    5. Hindustan Steel Limited Plant (Durgapur)
    6. Bokaro Iron and Steel Plant (Bokaro)
    7. Salem Iron and Steel Plant (Salem)
    8. Vishakhapatnam Iron and Steel Plant (Vishakhapatnam)
    • Integrated and mini steel plants: meaning, advantages and disadvantages
    • Difference between key and footloose industry; industrial clusters and indices to identify industrial clusters; industrial inertia.
    • Maps and sketches of Industrial regions and centres (location of agro-based and mineral-based industries) should be the basis for explaining the pattern of industrial development.

NOTE: Factors responsible for the location, development and present status of the Agro and Mineral based industries mentioned above, as well as the distribution centres are to be studied.

5.4 Tourism Industry
  • Concept of Tourism Industry 
    • Major natural and cultural tourist areas in India. Their special features and level of development - impact on the environment and local economy. Tourist flows.
    • Definition of tourism, growth of tourism, advantages of tourism, important places – both natural and cultural. The positive and negative impact of tourism, problems of tourism and measures for developing eco-tourism.

CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Regional Economic Development

  • Regional Economic Development 

    Case studies will be preceded by a brief understanding of the meaning of development, multilevel planning and planning regions. These case studies will be undertaken with reference to the advantages and disadvantages that have accrued to the people and area - aspects covered will be their geographical location, resource base, developmental history, present trends of population, occupations, agriculture and industrial activities, issues of development. 

    1. Area development in Chattisgarh region – mining, silk industry and farming.
    2. Electronics industry in Bengaluru – reasons for its development, extent, national and international linkages and problems.
    3. Growth of Haldia port, its industries and hinterland.

CISCE Class 12 Geography Syllabus for Map Work

  • Map List 
    1. Locational setting of India
    2. Mountains
    3. Peaks
    4. Plains
    5. Plateaus
    6. Peninsula
    7. Lakes
    8. Waterbodies
    9. Passes
    10. Rivers
    11. Climate of India
    12. Population
    13. Resources of India
    14. Agriculture
    15. Minerals
    16. Power resources
    17. Industries
    18. Transport
    19. Ports
    20. Hinterland
    21. Case studies
  • Sketch Maps 

    The sketch maps related to the following topics:

    • Locational setting of India
    • Relief and drainage of India
    • Climate
    • Population
    • Industries
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