The Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission is very much in efforts to conduct the Uttar Pradesh Combined State/Upper Subordinate Exam 2018 on 19 August 2018. This exam is popularly called as the UPPCS Exam among the civil services aspirants.
UPPCS Exam is the most important exam of Uttar Pradesh as the only exam, which provides opportunity to get the highest job position in the Uttar Pradesh Government. The positions higher to these belong to the All India Services. The UPPCS Exam is most popular exam in the most populous state of India and hence requires great efforts to qualify and become a PCS officer in Uttar Pradesh.
With the change in the UPPCS Exam Pattern, the preparation requires full overhaul and tectonic shift from objective to subjective orientation. The UPPCS Prelims now requires nor rigorous study because the introduction of the negative marking in the UPPCS Prelims Exam has skewed all the space for the guess work.
It is the first time that the UPPCS Prelims Exam will be conducted with negative marking so we all have to see the consequent fall in the cut off for the UPPCS Prelims Exam. It is evident that the cutoff will fall because wherever the negative marking is introduced in the past, the cut off always fell to a certain level in the initial periods.
Negative marking require a strong foundation of factual as well as the conceptual knowledge so that the candidate can minimise the ill effects of negative marking in the UPPCS Exam. In addition to the newly introduced negative marking, the UPPCS Prelims Exam Pattern will be conducted on the lines of IAS Prelims Exam. Moreover, in the UPPCS Prelims Exam 2017, there were very few questions which were the repetition of the past papers. It means that in UPPCS Prelims Exam 2018, it is very evident that there will be no repeated questions from the past year papers.
To tackle the difficulties as suggested above and any surprises, a good foundation of each and every subject is required. To build a strong foundation of the subject, the candidate requires best books related to each subject which can explain the concepts of the subjects to the candidates in a self explaninatory way.
Following are some of the important books for each subject as given in the UPPCS Prelims Syllabus.
History of India and Indian National Movement
In History emphasis should be on broad understanding social, economic and political aspects of Indian history. In the Indian National Movement, the candidates are expected to have synoptic view of nature and character of the freedom movement, growth of nationalism and attainment of Independence.
For the topic History of India and Indian National Movement, two distinct facets of History needs to be covered. Firstly and most importantly is the preparation of the Indian National Movement. Large number of questions have been asked from the Indin Natioanal Movement which also include the First Struggle of Independence of 1857. And the important events after 1857 to 1947.
So for the whole coverage of such vast space in time, we need a comprehmsive book which can cover the factual as well as the Societal system prevailing at that time.
We would suggest following books for the History Topics
1. History of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
2. Spetrum Modern History
3. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
4. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (History)
5. History of Medieval India – Satish Chandra. (History)
For Art and Culture please refer to any Uttar Pradesh Specific book to get the glimpse of local folklores of the state. These books are predominantly in Hindi and also you can get the best information in Hindi.
Indian and World Geography
Physical, Social, Economic geography of India and the World:- In World Geography only general understanding of the subject will be expected. Questions on the Geography of India will relate to Physical, Social & Economic Geography of India.
Geography is one of the toughest part of the General Studies because though this subject comes under the umbrella of social science but it is purely based on the scientific principlesod physics. This is the reason, the arts graduates find it very difficult to understand the Geographal processes, which are the basic concepts of the subject. But the UPPCS Prelims Exam Geography questions are very much fact oriented and most of the questions are related to the factual information only.
Environment and Ecology Topics can be clubbed with geography in the UPPCS Prelims Exam. The Environment and Ecology questions are easy in nature. Small concepts such as niche have been asked in the UPPCS Exam. So there is a special attention is required to the study material. It should cover all the basic and advance topics of the Environment and Ecology concepts.
To get good marks in the geography segment we suggest the following books
1. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
2. Geography - A Comprehensive Study - Mahesh Kumar Barnwal
3. Geogrpahy NCERT class VI to Class XII
4. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford
5. Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan. (Environment)
6. Shankar IAS Notes on Environment and Ecology.
Indian Polity and Governance
Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc:- In Indian Polity, Economic and Culture, questions will test knowledge of country’s political system including Panchayati Raj and Community Development, broad features of Economic policy in India and Indian Culture.
The nature of questions are more oriented towards the state polictical structure and mostly the article number have been asked in the UPPCS Prelims Paper. The most common questions are fro Gvovernor, State Panchayati Raj Institutions, political structure of Uttar Pradesh, High Courts and the state list subjects.
In addition Indian Polity by Laxmikant, please also read the bare constitution as well because it will help the candidates to associate the Article number with its explaination.
1. Indian Polity by Laxmikant
2. Contitution of India Text
3. Governance in India by Lakshmikanth
Economic and Social Development
Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc:- The candidates will be tested with respect to problems and relationship between Population, Environment and Urbanization. General issues on Environmental ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change – that do not require subject specialization. General awareness of the subject is expected from candidates.
Uttar Pradesh Prelims Exam always ask the Economy questions from the current economic scenario revailing in the country. Like Recent Budget of Uttar Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Economic growth, Production and Consumption pattern in Uttar Pradesh and the lIkes.
To cover all the topics in Economy, the candidates are suggested to read the newspaper on a daily basis. The Economy questions are more factual in orientation such as the highest vegetable production in the country, largest milk producer and the likes. Some of the important books are as follows:
1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
2. Economic Survey. (Economy)
3. Uttar Pradesh Year Book (latest edition)
Questions on General Science will cover general appreciation and understanding of Science including matters of every day observation and experience, as may be expected of a well educated person, who has not made a special study of any scientific discipline.
The General Science questions in the UPPCS Prelims Exam are very easy but tricky in nature. Simple concepts of Science have been asked in the paper. Questions from Physics and Biology have been asked in the abundance in the past. Tachnology questions can be coverd through the current affairs preparation.
Some of the important books are as follows
1. General Science- Lucent Publication
2. Science subject NCERTs
Current events of national and international importance
On Current Events of National and International importance, candidates will be expected to have knowledge about them.
Current affairs is the most important section of the UPPCS Prelims Exam because majority of questions are asked from this section. Current affairs is the most difficult part to cover in the UPPCS Exam due to its enormity of the topics. Moreover, the Current Affairs topics are always new which should be prepared for the upcoming exams.
Current Affairs is also one of the most scoring section because straight questions have been asked from it. The candidates also find it difficult to prepare the Current Affairs because of the horizontal expansion of topics.
Following are some of the important books for Current Affairs
1. Uttar Pradesh Year Book
2. Monthly Current affairs magazine
3. Daily Newspaper
The above book titles are necessary for the preparation of UPPCS Prelims Exam. The above mentioned books are some of the whole list of books suggested by various teachers and exam toppers. The candidates can try out new books as well if they like.
All the Best !