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UPSC – Civil Services PRELIMS Booklist

POLITY

CONCEPT CLEARANCE

Sr.No. Book Title Author
1 Social and Political Life – I NCERT Class VI
2 Social and Political Life – II NCERT Class VII
3 Social and Political Life – III NCERT Class VIII
4 Democratic Politics NCERT Class IX
5 Democratic Politics – II NCERT Class X
6 Political Theory NCERT Class XI
7 Indian Constitution at Work NCERT Class XI
8 Contemporary World Politics NCERT Class XII
9 Politics in India Since Independence NCERT Class XII


BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author
1 Indian Polity Laxmikanth
2 Our Parliament SubhashKashyap
3 The Constitution of India P. M. Bakshi
4 Newspapers & Magazines For Latest Updates.
5 Yojana Publication Division
6 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author
1 Our Judiciary SubhashKashyap
2 Introduction to Constitution D. D. Basu
3 Governance in India M. Laxmikanth

HISTORY & CULTURE

CONCEPT CLEARANCE

Sr. No. Book Title Author
1 Our Pasts – I NCERT Class VI
2 Our Pasts – II NCERT Class VII
3 Our Pasts – III Part I NCERT Class VIII
4 Our Pasts – III Part II NCERT Class VIII
5 India & Contemporary World – I NCERT Class IX
6 India & Contemporary World – II NCERT Class X
7 Themes in World History NCERT Class XI
8 Themes in Indian History Part –I NCERT Class XII
9 Themes in Indian History Part –II NCERT Class XII
10 Themes in Indian History Part –III NCERT Class XII

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 History of Modern India Bipan Chandra
2 A Brief History of Modern India Spectrum Publication
3 India after independence Bipan Chandra
4 India’s Ancient Past R S Sharma
5 History of Medieval India Satish Chandra
6 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 India’s struggle for independence Bipan Chandra
2 Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore Spectrum

GEOGRAPHY

CONCEPT CLEARANCE

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 The Earth Our Habitat NCERT Class VI
2 Our Environment NCERT Class VII
3 Resources And Development NCERT Class VIII
4 Contemporary India-I NCERT Class IX
5 Contemporary India-II NCERT Class X
6 Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class XI
7 India: Physical Environment XI
8 Fundamentals of Human Geography XII
9 India People & Economy XII

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 School Atlas Orient Black Swan
2 Geography of India D. R. Khullar
3 Certificate Physical & Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong / Oxford
4 Geography Rajiv Ahir
5 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Geography of India MajidHussain / TMH

ECONOMY

CONCEPT CLEARANCE

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Economics NCERT Class IX
2 Understanding Economic Development NCERT Class X
3 Indian Economic Development NCERT Class XI
4 Statistics for Economics NCERT Class XI
5 Introductory Microeconomics NCERT Class XII
6 Introductory Macroeconomics NCERT Class XII
7 Economic Dictionary Penguin

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Indian Economy Ramesh Singh
2 Indian Economy Spectrum
3 Indian Economy PratiyogitaDarpan
4 Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates
5 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Economic Survey Oxford
2 Economic Dictionary Collins
3 Indian Economy DuttaSundaram

SCIENCE

CONCEPT CLEARANCE

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Science OLD NCERT Class VIII
2 Science OLD NCERT Class IX
3 Science OLD NCERT Class X

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Science & Technology Spectrums/Wizard (Any One)
2 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Science Reporter Monthly Science Magazine
2 The Human Machine National Book Trust

SOCIAL ISSUES

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Yojana Publication Division
2 Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Introducing Sociology NCERT Class XI
2 Understanding Society NCERT Class XI
3 Indian Society NCERT Class XII
4 Social changes and Development in India NCERT Class XII
5 Social Problems in India Ram Ahuja
6 Social Issues & Institutions Wizard
7 Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates
2 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Ecology & Environmental P. D. Sharma

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Newspaper & Magazines
2 A A SHAH’s Class Notes A. A. Shah’s IAS Institute

ADDITIONAL BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 India’s Foreign Policy V N Khanna

YEAR BOOK

BASIC RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 India Year Book Publication Division, GoI

MAGAZINES

BASIC RECOMMENDED

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Compendium (monthly) A. A. Shah’s Book House Publication
2 Chronicle/Wizard (Any One)(Monthly)
3 Yojana (Monthly Publication Division

ADDITIONAL

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Kurukshetra (Monthly) Publication Division
2 Economic & Political Weekly Economic & Political Weekly
3 Down To Earth (Fortnightly) For Environmental Issues. Centre For Science And Environment

NEWSPAPERS

BASIC RECOMMENDED

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 The Hindu / Indian Express
2 Daily ‘Current Affairs’ AASHAH.COM

ADDITIONAL

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 Business Line

GS PAPER II – CSAT

Sr. No. Book Title Author/Publisher
1 General Studies Paper II TMH
2 Quantitative Aptitude Dr.R S Aggarwal /S.Chand
3 Cracking the CSAT Arihant

UPSC – Civil Services MAINS Booklist

GS PAPER 1

History:

Syllabus Subject Book Title Author/Publisher
Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times. Indian Heritage and Culture 1. Facets of Indian Culture
2. Indian Art & Culture Notes
1. Spectrum
2. Dr. Tara Sharma
1. Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues
2. The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country
Modern India 1. India’s struggle for independence
2. India after independence
3. India After Gandhi
1. Bipan Chandra
2. Bipan Chandra
3. Ram Chandra Guha
Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country Sociology & World Society
History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars, redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism, capitalism, socialism etc.- their forms and effect on the society. World History 1. World History
2. World History
1. OLD NCERT Class XII
2. Arjun Dev Indira Arjun Dev
Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India. Sociology & World Society Yojana Publication Division
Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies. Related Topics A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Effects of globalization on Indian society Related Topics A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularism Related Topics A A SHAH’s Class Notes

Geography:

Syllabus Subject Book Title Author/Publisher
1. Salient features of world’s physical geography.
2. Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes
Physical Geography 1. Certificate Physical & Human Geography
2. Fundamentals of Physical Geography
3. Geography of India
1. Goh Cheng Leong
2. NCERT Class XI
3. Khullar
Distribution of key natural resources across the world (including South Asia and the Indian subcontinent); factors responsible for the location of primary, secondary, and tertiary sector industries in various parts of the world (including India) India and World Geography 1. Indian & World Geography
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Majid Hussain

GS PAPER 2

Syllabus Subject Book Title Author/Publisher
1. Indian Constitution- historical underpinnings, evolution, features, amendments, significant provisions and basic structure
2. Functions and responsibilities of the Union and the States, issues and challenges pertaining to the federal structure, devolution of powers and finances up to local levels and challenges therein.
Polity Indian Polity Laxmikanth
Separation of powers between various organs, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions. Polity The Constitution of India P. M. Bakshi
Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countries Polity Newspaper & Magazines For Latest Updates
1. Parliament and State Legislatures – structure, functioning, conduct of business, powers & privileges and issues arising out of these.
2. Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive and the Judiciary Ministries and Departments of the Government; pressure groups and formal/informal associations and their role in the Polity.
Polity A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Salient features of the Representation of People’s Act Polity A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies. Polity A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodies Polity A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
2. Development processes and the development industry- the role of NGOs, SHGs, various groups and associations, donors, charities, institutional and other stakeholders
Socio-Economic related Yojana Publication Division
1. Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.
2. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
3. Issues relating to poverty and hunger.
Socio-Economic related 1. Yojana
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Publication Division
1. Important aspects of governance, transparency and accountability, e-governance- applications, models, successes, limitations, and potential; citizens charters, transparency & accountability and institutional and other measures.
2. Role of civil services in a democracy.
Public Administration related 1. Yojana
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Publication Division
1. India and its neighborhood relations.
2. Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests
3. Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora.
4. Important International institutions, agencies and fora- their structure, mandate.
International relations 1. India’s Foreign Policy
2. Newspapers, Magazines
3. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. V N Khanna

GS PAPER 3

Syllabus Subject Book Title Author/Publisher
1. Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
2. Inclusive growth and issues arising from it.
3. Government Budgeting.
Economy 1. Indian Economy
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Pratiyogita Darpan
1. Major crops cropping patterns in various parts of the country, different types of irrigation and irrigation systems storage, transport and marketing of agricultural produce and issues and related constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers
2. Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies and minimum support prices; Public Distribution System- objectives, functioning, limitations, revamping; issues of buffer stocks and food security; Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing.
3. Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management.
4. Land reforms in India.
Agriculture A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth.
2. Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.
3. Investment models.
Economy Indian Economy Pratiyogita Darpan
1. Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
2. Achievements of Indians in science & technology; indigenization of technology and developing new technology.
3. Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, robotics, Nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights.
S&T 1. Newspapers, Magazines
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment Ecology & Environment 1. Ecology & Environmental
2. Chronicle Special Issue
1. P.D.Sharma
2. Chronicle
Disaster and disaster management Disaster Management 1. Yojana Special Issue
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Publication Division
1. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.
2. Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.
3. Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention
4. Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism
5. Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate
Security 1. Yojana Special Issue
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
3. Internet
1. Publication Division

GS PAPER 4

Sr. No. Subject Book Title Author/Publisher
Ethics and Human Interface: Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships. Human Values – lessons from the lives and teachings of great leaders, reformers and administrators; role of family, society and educational institutions in inculcating values. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Attitude: content, structure, function; its influence and relation with thought and behavior; moral and political attitudes; social influence and persuasion.
2. Aptitude and foundational values for Civil Service , integrity, impartiality and non-partisanship, objectivity, dedication to public service, empathy, tolerance and compassion towards the weaker sections.
3. Emotional intelligence-concepts, and their utilities and application in administration and governance.
4. Contributions of moral thinkers and philosophers from India and world.
Lexicon Chronicle
Public/Civil service values and Ethics in Public administration: Status and problems; ethical concerns and dilemmas in government and private institutions; laws, rules, regulations and conscience as sources of ethical guidance; accountability and ethical governance; strengthening of ethical and moral values in governance; ethical issues in international relations and funding; corporate governance. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Probity in Governance: Concept of public service; Philosophical basis of governance and probity; Information sharing and transparency in government, Right to Information, Codes of Ethics, Codes of Conduct, Citizen’s Charters, Work culture, Quality of service delivery, Utilization of public funds, challenges of corruption.
2. Case Studies on above issues.
A A SHAH’s Class Notes