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Best Books for UPSC IAS Exam as suggested by IAS Toppers

Dec 18, 2017 11:01 IST
    Best Books for IAS Exam
    Best Books for IAS Exam

    Relevant books for IAS are considered as an inextricably important during IAS preparation. No person can say that he or she did not study the relevant books for the IAS Exam during IAS preparation. However, the main issue is to do selection of appropriate or best books which are quite relevan and effective for IAS preparation. The easiest way to solve the best books for IAS puzzle by asking the IAS Toppers and follow the suggestions given by them. It will be easy and more effective for an IAS aspirant to follow the way and essential books for IAS Exam adopted by any of the IAS Toppers.

    We have prepared a list essential books for IAS Exam suggested by the IAS Toppers of the last few years. IAS Toppers have mentioned the books for IAS Exam that helped them immensely during IAS preparation and to score maximum in every stage of IAS Exam. Basis of those important books for IAS they they able to make their place among the toppers of IAS Exam.

    This article suggests the best books for IAS Exam. It is very important to read relevant books for IAS Exam. By choosing relevant books, IAS aspirants can save their precious time during IAS preparation and they can score maximum as well. Suggested books in this write-up have a good coverage of topics of UPSC IAS Exam syllabus.

    General Studies Paper I

    Indian History

    1. Ancient History: ‘Ancient India’ by RS Sharma (Old NCERT) has good coverage of UPSC IAS Prelims syllabus and you will find a number of questions that has been directly asked from this book.

    2. Medieval History: History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT) is more relevant in this section because it has good coverage of topics of Medieval History of India.

    3. Modern History: ‘A Brief History of Modern India’ by Spectrum as well as ‘Concise History of Modern India’ by Sujata Menon have good coverage of the Modern History syllabus for IAS Prelims Exam.

    4. Indian Culture: For this section, the aspirant should go through the book ‘Facets of Indian Culture’ by Spectrum and also through the website of ‘Centre for Cultural Resources and Training’.

    Ancient History

    ‘Ancient India’ by RS Sharma (Old NCERT)

     

    Medieval History

    History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT)

     

    Modern History

    ‘A Brief History of Modern India’ by Spectrum

    ‘Concise History of Modern India’ by Sujata Menon

    Indian Culture

    ‘Facets of Indian Culture’ by Spectrum

    CCRT website

    Indian Geography

    Old NCERT books are most preferred for the preparation of Indian Geography. For Physical Geography Goh Cheng Leong’s ‘Certificate Physical and Human Geography’ is more relevant. Aspirants must go through the Oxford School Atlas while studying physical geography.

    Geography

    Old NCERT books, Physical Geography by Goh Cheng Leong, For Maps Oxford School Atlas

    Best Books for IAS Mains GS Paper I

    Indian Polity

    Books most recommended for the preparation of Indian Polity are ‘Indian Polity’ by Laxmikanth, ‘An Introduction to the Constitution of India’ by D. D. Basu and 'The Constitution of India’ by P. M. Bakshi. With the above standard books for Indian Polity, the IAS aspirant must finish the old NCERT books of Indian Polity.

    Indian Polity

    Indian Polity by Laxmikanth, An Introduction to the Constitution of India by D. D. Basu, The Constitution of India by P. M. Bakshi, Old NCERT books for Indian Polity

    Best Books for IAS Mains GS Paper II

    Economy

    For the basic concepts and terminologies of economics NCERT books are enough for IAS Preparation. It is essential to reach the Macroeconomics Class 12th textbook by NCERT because it covers the basic terminologies of an economy which are quite helpful for understanding the growth and development of a country.

    For further study on Indian Economy, most recommended books are ‘Indian Economy’ by Ramesh Singh, ‘Indian Economy’ by Mishra and Puri and the precise material of Economic Survey. But these study materials are quite comprehensive in content, so, aspirants have to be selective while preparing specifically for IAS Prelims Exam. For Economic Survey, part, every year, we provide Indian Economy Quiz based on the Economic Survey of the respective year.

    Indian Economy

    Class 11 and Class 12 NCERTs, Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh, Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri, Current Economic Survey,

    Science & Technology

    For this section, IAS aspirants must stick to the daily newspapers because the questions asked under Science & the Technology section of the IAS Prelims Exam, are generally based on the current events. The NCERT books of class 9th and 10th are also recommendable for IAS Prelims Preparation but not necessary (in case they have enough time).

    Science and Technology

    Newspaper (The Hindu, Economic Times, The Indian Express), ISRO Website, other Online Resources

    Environment and Ecology

    For the preparation of Environment and Ecology section, the IAS aspirants must go through the study materials provided by NIOS. Apart from that aspirants should keep a close watch on the development projects of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India and United Nations’ UNFCCC.

    Environment and Ecology

     

    NIOS Study Material for Environmental Studies, Newspaper, Online Study Material

    Best Books for IAS Main GS Paper III

    Current Affairs

    As usual, the study of newspapers on a daily basis will help them out for the preparation of Current Affairs for IAS Prelims Exam. Particularly, for this section, we to provide valuable study material for current affairs preparation at a regular interval. We are continuously providing Current Affairs Quiz as well as issue-based analytical articles which are quite relevant for IAS preparation.

    Current Affairs

    Newspaper (The Hindu, Economic Times, The Indian Express), Jagran Josh, other Online Resources

    Current Affairs for Civil Services Exam

    General Studies Paper II CSAT (Aptitude)

    General Studies Paper II CSAT of IAS Prelims Exam comprises of the topics like English Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability, Mathematics, Decision Making. Since, the Paper II CSAT has been made qualifying only, aspirants should tailor preparation by which they can score at least 40-50 marks easily. However, only 33% is required to qualify the Paper II CSAT.

    English Comprehension

    The passages asked in this section are generally taken from standard journals and newspapers. To buy a book, particularly for this section is a waste of money. So, stick to magazines like Yojana, Kurukshetra, Frontline and the newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu, EPW and Livemint. Also, do the practice of Previous Year Question Papers.

    Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability

    In this section, most of the aspirants prefer RS Aggrawal but they should also take the help of MK Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning. RS Aggarwal has good coverage of various topics, but in terms of comprehension MK Pandey’s explanations and illustrations are much more advanced and lucid.

    Mathematics

    RS Aggarwal of S Chand publication is enough for the preparation of Mathematics. This book has comprehensive coverage of the topics of IAS syllabus and there is no requirement of studying other books separately.

    Decision Making

    Read General articles from newspapers. The news articles related to the problems of a particular area or community and how the respective civic bodies solving those problems will help aspirants to develop decision-making skills in them.

    Conclusion

    IAS aspirants should not prefer a large number of books for any subject. They should follow standard books and study materials only. They should focus on to revise those standard books again and again rather going for another new study material.

    Essential Books for IAS

    Subjects

    Books

    Subjects

    Books

    Ancient History

    ‘Ancient India’ by RS Sharma (Old NCERT)

    World Geography

    Fundamentals of Human Geography (NCERT)

     

    Certificate Physical And Human Geography Paperback

    Medieval History

    History of Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old NCERT)

    Economy

    India People and Economy (NCERT)

     

    Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

    Modern History

    A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir

     

    World History by Norman Lowe

     

    ‘Concise History of Modern India’ by Sujata Menon

    Polity

    Indian Polity by Laxmikanth

    Indian Culture

    ‘Facets of Indian Culture’ by Spectrum

     

    Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania

     

    CCRT website

    Current Affairs

    The Hindu, Indian Express, PIB, Jagran Josh

    Physical Geography

    Certificate Physical And Human Geography Paperback

     

    Science & Tech

    Notes by Shankar IAS

    Daily Newspapers

    ISRO website

    Indian Geography

    India: Physical Environment (NCERT)

    Environment & Ecology

    Recent Events on Climate change through Newspapers

     

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