Wednesday, 27 May 2015

[Toppers Suggestion ]Essential Books For UPSC Civil Services Examination : Prelims (GS/CSAT)

The First thing to keep in mind while buying Books for UPSC Civil Service Prelims is ,  Prelims is not the only hurdle and there is only 3 month gap between pre and mains , So if you think I will first clear prelims and than in the 3 month gap study form mains , You Are Wrong


Following are the Books Studied by Previous Years Toppers ,You Can choose which you want to study .

Paper I : General Studies ( GS)

History, Culture, Freedom Struggle :

  1. A History of Ancient and Early Medieval  / India's Ancient Past New /  The Wonder That Was India  (Ancient History)
  2. History Of Medieval India  (Medieval History)
  3. From Plassey to Partition : A History of Modern India / History of Modern India  (Modern History)
  4. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  5. Facts of Indian Culture – Spectrum. (Culture)
Geography:   
  1. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. ( Physical Geography)
  2. Geography of India – Majid Husain / India: A Comprehensive Geography - D.R.Khullar / (Indian Geography)
  3. World Geogarphy - Majid Hussain  (World Geography)
  4. The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas / Oxford School Atlas  by Oxford University Press
Indian Polity :  [Any one of them , Preferably  Laxmikant]
  1. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth. (Polity)
  2. Introduction to the Constitution of India - Durga Das Basu (Poilty)
Economic & Social Development :  
Current Affairs : 
  1. India Year Book 2015. (Current Affairs)
  2. Newspapers : The HinduThe Indian ExpressFrontline 


General Studies Manuals : (Choose one of them)
  1. Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual [English]
  2. Tata MacGrawHill General Studies  Manual [Hindi]




Paper II: Aptitude Test (CSAT)

[ If Your are confident of getting the 33.33% qualifying marks in CSAT on your own ,no need of buying these books , just cover the basics from CSAT : Paper – 2 Manual by TMH]
  1. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R. S.Aggarwal (CSAT Paper 2 : Reasoning)
  2. Objective General English - SP Bakshi  Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - Arun Sharma (English Lang & Reading Comprehension)


CSAT Manuals : (Very Important for Practice & Previous years Papers, So Choose one of them)

  1. CSAT : Paper – 2 Manual by TMH  (English)(CSAT Manual)
  2. CSAT : Paper - 2 Manual by TMH (Hindi) 




IAS Manuals and Previous Question Papers
  1. General Studies For Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2014 – TMH. (GS Problem Solving)
  2. UPSC Civil Services Prelims in 60 days – Rakesh Dwivedi. (Revision)
  3. IAS Prelims 19 Years General Studies Topic-Wise Solved Papers (1995-2013) – Disha.
  4. 14000+ Objective Questions - General Studies - Arihant

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