UPSC – Civil Services PRELIMS Booklist



Sr.No.Book TitleAuthor
1Social and Political Life – INCERT Class VI
2Social and Political Life – IINCERT Class VII
3Social and Political Life – IIINCERT Class VIII
4Democratic PoliticsNCERT Class IX
5Democratic Politics – IINCERT Class X
6Political TheoryNCERT Class XI
7Indian Constitution at WorkNCERT Class XI
8Contemporary World PoliticsNCERT Class XII
9Politics in India Since IndependenceNCERT Class XII



Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor
1Indian PolityLaxmikanth
2Our ParliamentSubhashKashyap
3The Constitution of IndiaP. M. Bakshi
4Newspapers & Magazines For Latest Updates.
5YojanaPublication Division
6A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor
1Our JudiciarySubhashKashyap
2Introduction to ConstitutionD. D. Basu
3Governance in IndiaM. Laxmikanth
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor
1Our Pasts – INCERT Class VI
2Our Pasts – IINCERT Class VII
3Our Pasts – III Part INCERT Class VIII
4Our Pasts – III Part IINCERT Class VIII
5India & Contemporary World – INCERT Class IX
6India & Contemporary World – IINCERT Class X
7Themes in World HistoryNCERT Class XI
8Themes in Indian History Part –INCERT Class XII
9Themes in Indian History Part –IINCERT Class XII
10Themes in Indian History Part –IIINCERT Class XII
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1History of Modern IndiaBipan Chandra
2A Brief History of Modern IndiaSpectrum Publication
3India after independenceBipan Chandra
4India’s Ancient PastR S Sharma
5History of Medieval IndiaSatish Chandra
6A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1India’s struggle for independenceBipan Chandra
2Gandhi, Nehru, TagoreSpectrum
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1The Earth Our HabitatNCERT Class VI
2Our EnvironmentNCERT Class VII
3Resources And DevelopmentNCERT Class VIII
4Contemporary India-INCERT Class IX
5Contemporary India-IINCERT Class X
6Fundamentals of Physical GeographyNCERT Class XI
7India: Physical EnvironmentXI
8Fundamentals of Human GeographyXII
9India People & EconomyXII
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1School AtlasOrient Black Swan
2Geography of IndiaD. R. Khullar
3Certificate Physical & Human GeographyGoh Cheng Leong / Oxford
4GeographyRajiv Ahir
5A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Geography of IndiaMajidHussain / TMH
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1EconomicsNCERT Class IX
2Understanding Economic DevelopmentNCERT Class X
3Indian Economic DevelopmentNCERT Class XI
4Statistics for EconomicsNCERT Class XI
5Introductory MicroeconomicsNCERT Class XII
6Introductory MacroeconomicsNCERT Class XII
7Economic DictionaryPenguin
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Indian EconomyRamesh Singh
2Indian EconomySpectrum
3Indian EconomyPratiyogitaDarpan
4Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates
5A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Economic SurveyOxford
2Economic DictionaryCollins
3Indian EconomyDuttaSundaram
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1ScienceOLD NCERT Class VIII
2ScienceOLD NCERT Class IX
3ScienceOLD NCERT Class X
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Science & TechnologySpectrums/Wizard (Any One)
2A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Science ReporterMonthly Science Magazine
2The Human MachineNational Book Trust
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1YojanaPublication Division
2Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Introducing SociologyNCERT Class XI
2Understanding SocietyNCERT Class XI
3Indian SocietyNCERT Class XII
4Social changes and Development in IndiaNCERT Class XII
5Social Problems in IndiaRam Ahuja
6Social Issues & InstitutionsWizard
7Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Newspaper & Magazines for Latest Updates
2A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Ecology & EnvironmentalP. D. Sharma
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Newspaper & Magazines
2A A SHAH’s Class NotesA. A. Shah’s IAS Institute
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1India’s Foreign PolicyV N Khanna
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1India Year BookPublication Division, GoI
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Compendium (monthly)A. A. Shah’s Book House Publication
2Chronicle/Wizard (Any One)(Monthly)
3Yojana (MonthlyPublication Division
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Kurukshetra (Monthly)Publication Division
2Economic & Political WeeklyEconomic & Political Weekly
3Down To Earth (Fortnightly) For Environmental Issues.Centre For Science And Environment
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1The Hindu / Indian Express
2Daily ‘Current Affairs’AASHAH.COM
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1Business Line
Sr. No.Book TitleAuthor/Publisher
1General Studies Paper IITMH
2Quantitative AptitudeDr.R S Aggarwal /S.Chand
3Cracking the CSATArihant
SyllabusSubjectBook TitleAuthor/Publisher
Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.Indian Heritage and Culture1. 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 India1. 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 countrySociology & 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 History1. World History
2. World History
2. Arjun Dev Indira Arjun Dev
Salient features of Indian Society, Diversity of India.Sociology & World SocietyYojanaPublication Division
Role of women and women’s organization, population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies.Related TopicsA A SHAH’s Class Notes
Effects of globalization on Indian societyRelated TopicsA A SHAH’s Class Notes
Social empowerment, communalism, regionalism & secularismRelated TopicsA A SHAH’s Class Notes
SyllabusSubjectBook TitleAuthor/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 Geography1. 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 Geography1. Indian & World Geography
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. Majid Hussain
SyllabusSubjectBook TitleAuthor/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.
PolityIndian PolityLaxmikanth
Separation of powers between various organs, dispute redressal mechanisms and institutions.PolityThe Constitution of IndiaP. M. Bakshi
Comparison of the Indian constitutional scheme with that of other countriesPolityNewspaper & 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.
PolityA A SHAH’s Class Notes
Salient features of the Representation of People’s ActPolityA A SHAH’s Class Notes
Appointment to various Constitutional posts, powers, functions and responsibilities of various Constitutional Bodies.PolityA A SHAH’s Class Notes
Statutory, regulatory and various quasi-judicial bodiesPolityA 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 relatedYojanaPublication 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 related1. 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 related1. 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 relations1. India’s Foreign Policy
2. Newspapers, Magazines
3. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
1. V N Khanna
SyllabusSubjectBook TitleAuthor/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.
Economy1. 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.
AgricultureA 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.
EconomyIndian EconomyPratiyogita 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&T1. Newspapers, Magazines
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessmentEcology & Environment1. Ecology & Environmental
2. Chronicle Special Issue
1. P.D.Sharma
2. Chronicle
Disaster and disaster managementDisaster Management1. 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
Security1. Yojana Special Issue
2. A A SHAH’s Class Notes
3. Internet
1. Publication Division
Sr. No.SubjectBook TitleAuthor/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.
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