Many friends preparing for UPSC CS exams generally ask one common question “which books are good for a fresher to start the preparation with?”. The list of books is endless, some topics are good in one book other is in another. You need to read anything you think it’s worth reading. Here I am listing down some must have kind of books, mentioning this list is not complete and perfect. I will keep updating this list. Following list is well recognized list of Books for UPSC preparation.
1. Indian History – India Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra; NCERT Books ( XI & XII )
2. Geography – Spectrum
3. Indian Polity – DD Basu, Constitution of India by Bakshi
4. Indian Economy – 11th & 12th Books (NCERT), Pratiyogita Darpan Special Edition
5. General Science – Tata Mc Graw Hill Guide Books of 9th and 10th Standard.
6. Mental Ability – Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
7. Current Affairs – Some magazines and Newspapers
8. India- Yearbook Published from Publication Division
Some newspapers/magazines you may count in:
i. The Hindu/The Times of India
iii. Civil Service Chronicle
v. Competition WIZARD
vi. Civil Services Today
Guides You may Like to Read:
1. Tata McGraw Hill for GS
2. Arihant for CSAT
Topic Wise Reference On General Studies
Books on Indian History & Culture:
NCERT (+ 2 level) — Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India.
Publication Division : Gazetteer of India (Vol 2 : History & Culture)
Gandhi Nehru Tagore & Ambedkar — Gopal Krishna
Bipin Chandra – Modern India
A.C.Banerjee – History of Modern India Raghavan Aiyer — Mahatma Gandhi
Books on Geography:
NCERT : Physical Geography of India for X – XII Std
A Good School Atlas
Sharma & Cotinho : Economic and Commercial Geography of India.
Khullar : India- A Comprehensive Geography
Charles Farro : General Principles of World Geography
Charles Farro : Monsoon Asia Reports published by Centre for Science and Enviornment And Tata Energy Research Institute
National journal – Kurukshetra, Yojana etc.
Down to earth
Books on Indian Economy:
NCERT (+1 level)—Evolution of Indian Economy(I C Dhingra).
Mishra & Puri or Dutt & Sundaram – Indian Economy
The Economic Times,Business Standard
Books on Social and National Issues:
Social Problem – Ram Ahuja
Social Welfare Magazine – Published by ministry of social welfare
Books on Indian Polity:
NCERT (+1 level)—Indian Political System
N.L. Madan : Bhartiya Rajya Vyavastha
D.D. Basu—Indian Constitution
Kashyap—Constitution of India
Publication Division—Subhash C. Kashyap : Our Parliament
P.M. Bakshi—Indian Constitution
Our Constitution : Subhash C. kashyap
Perspective on Constitution : S.C. Kashyap
Books on Science & Technology:
NCERT : (10 level) : Science, (+2 level) : Biology.
Popular Science Series (CSIR)
Reports Of the Ministry of Science and Technology Yojana
Science and Technology in India – Spectrum
Books on Statistics:
(NCERT +1 level) Elementary Statistics
S.C.Gupta : Statistical Methods
Books on India and the World :
Journal of peace Studies
South Asian Journal
Other Books for General Studies:
1. India Year Book latest
2. One competitive Magazine
3. Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill
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