1. Stratigraphic Concepts
Stratigraphic principles; Uniformitarianism and catastrophism; Geologic Time Scale; Stratigraphic Classification; Concept of facies; Correlation; Radiometric dating; Magnetic Stratigraphy.
2. Physiography of India
Tectono-stratigraphic divisions of the Indian Subcontinent; Himalayan Mountain Belt; Peninsular India; Indo-Gangetic Plain (Northern Plain); Desert region; The islands.
3. Peninsular Archean and Proterozoic Crystalline Rocks
Archean and Proterozoic Crystalline Rocks in India; Dharwar Craton; Bastar Craton; Singhbhum Craton; Bundhelkhand Craton; Aravalli Craton; Peninsular Mobile Belts.
4. Proterozoic Peninsular sedimentary basins
Peninsular topography during Proterozoic; Distribution of Peninsular sedimentary basins; Vindhyan basin; Cuddapah basin; Chhattisgarh basin; Other Proterozoic basins.
5. Precambrian Rocks of Himalaya
Older crystalline rocks; Proterozoic basins of the Himalayan region; Palaeogeography of the Indian subcontinent in Late Proterozoic
6. Phanerozoic Sedimentation and Transgressive Events
Pattern of sedimentation; Paleozoic marine sedimentary cycles; Mesozoic marine sedimentary cycles; Cenozoic sedimentary cycles.
7. Ediacaran and Cambrian Sedimentary Cycle
Stratigraphic setting; Lower Cambrian sequence of lesser Himalaya; Cambrian sequence of higher Himalaya; Precambrian–Cambrian boundary; Culmination of Ediacaran–Cambrian cycle.
8. Post Cambrian Paleozoic Stratigraphy
Post-Cambrian Cycles in Paleozoic sequence; Ordovician-Middle Silurian Cycle in higher Himalaya, Devonian break in Himalaya; Early and Middle Carboniferous transgressive cycle; Late Carboniferous break and its significance; Permian transgressive cycle; Trans-Himalayan Paleozoic sequence.
9. Gondwana Sedimentation
Nomenclature and significance; Distribution and extent; Classification; Gondwana life; Conditions of deposition: Lower Gondwana; Upper Gondwana.
10. Mesozoic marine sequence
Permian–Triassic Boundary; Mesozoic sedimentation and climate; Triassic and Early Jurassic sedimentation in Himalaya; Jurassic–Cretaceous sequence in Himalaya: Jurassic–Cretaceous coastal facies.
11. Deccan Volcanics and Related sediments
Nomenclature and distribution; Lithology and petrological characters; Cause of Deccan volcanism; Deccan volcano-sedimentary sequences; Age of Deccan volcanicity; Cretaceous–Tertiary boundary.
12. Cenozoic Sedimentation
Distribution of Cenozoic rocks; Higher Himalayan Paleogene intra-montane basins; Western Himalayan frontal zone; Eastern Himalayan frontal zone; Paleogene-Early Neogene sedimentation in western basins; Paleogene-Early Neogene sedimentation in southern basins; Cenozoic rocks of Andaman and Nicobar islands; Pliocene-Pleistocene Boundary; Pleistocene–Holocene deposits.
13. The Siwalik and related Sedimentation
Nomenclature and distribution; Classification; Time of Siwalik deposition and correlation; Lithology and Petrography; Fauna; Siwalik sedimentation and tectonics.
14. Tectonic evolution of Indian sub-continent
Evolution of the Indian shield; The Indian shield before and during Paleozoic; The Gondwana super-continent; Collision and subduction; Rise of the Himalaya; Neotectonic activity.
APPENDIX I. Phanerozoic Stratigraphic Time Scale
APPENDIX II. Selected Bibliography