Union Public Service Commission Best General Studies Books

Union Public Service Commission best General Studies books
Union Public Service Commission  best General Studies books

Listing the Best Books for Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) General Studies Subject

The primary source of reading for UPSC CSE Examinations is the preliminary test. It is also the foundation of the IAS examinations. The preparation for IAS mains and preliminary examinations starts with the yellow colour books on General Studies which are available in a set of 18 volumes of specially curated books. Similarly, current affairs digest from the publication house of Vajiram and Ravi are stable to success in the examination. 

Additional books for the UPSC Civil Services examinations include –

Some of the additional books that an IAS aspirant can study for the best results are as follows –

For Subject of Indian History, the following books are vital to the best results –

Basic Books – 

Basic books

National Institute for Open Schooling (NIOS) publications for class 11 and 12. Ideal topics and books to read include –

  • Ancient history of India
  • Medieval India
  • National movement
  • Culture of India
  • Contemporary world

Note – All these are readily available for reference on internet as PDF file

Advance Books –

Advance books
  • India’s ancient past – Oxford university press publication. Author name- R. S. Sharma
  • History of medieval India – Orient Longman publishers. Author name- Satish Chandra 
  • History of modern India (2009 edition) – Orient Longman publishers. Author name- Bipin Chandra 
  • A history of ancient and Early medieval India. Author name- Upinder Singh
  • India’s struggle for Independence. Author name- Bipin Chandra and others
  • India after Independence Author name- Bipin Chandra and others
  • From Plassey to partition and after. Author name- Shekhar Bandopadhyaya

For subject of World History, the following UPSC Studies Books are noteworthy to the Best results –

Recommended UPSC Studies Books – 

  •  The story of civilization – NCERT textbooks part 2. Author name – Arjun Dev
  • Mastering modern world history. Author name – Norman Lowe
  • Contemporary World history for class 12 examination – NCERT old textbook

For subject of Geography, the following Books are Essential to the Right Results in UPSC Examination –

Topper Recommended UPSC Studies Books – 

  • NCERT textbooks – As per new syllabus
  • Certificate physical and human geography – Oxford University Publications. Author name – Goh Cheng Leong
  • Class 11 and 12 books by NCERT on physical environment, physical geography, people and economy, fundamentals of human geography.
  • Indian geography. Author name – DR Khullar

For subject of Social Issues, the following books are Topper Recommended books to the right results in UPSC Examination –

  • Class 11 and 12th NCERT textbooks on Indian society

For subject of Indian Polity, the following UPSC Studies Books are Vital for UPSC Examination –

  •  Constitution of India at Work – NCERT Publications
  • Indian polity. Author name – Laxmikant
  • Regular review of Yojana Magazine and The Hindu newspaper

For Governance Issues – 

  • From government to governance. Author name – Kuldeep Mathur
  • Citizen centric administration
  • Ethics in Governance – ARC report

 For Development Issues – 

  • Human Development Report
  • World development report
  • Regular review of Yojana Magazine, Kurukshetra and The Hindu newspaper
  • Panchayati Raj in India. Author name – Kuldeep Mathur

For Subject of International Relations, the following UPSC Studies Books are Recommended for UPSC Examination –

  • India’s Foreign Policy since Independence. Author name – V. P. Dutt
  • Regular review of The Indian Express,
  •  and The Hindu newspaper

For subject of Indian economy and associated problems the following UPSC Studies books are recommended –

  • Indian Economy. Author name – Sanjiv Verma
  • Indian Economic Development for class 11 as per NCERT syllabus
  • Introduction to Macro Economics for class 12 examination
  • Regular review of The Indian Express,
  •  and The Hindu newspaper
  • Economic surveys (latest edition) – as per recommended syllabus
  • Economics Dictionary by Collins and Penguin publications

Ecology and Environment Issues

Ecology and environment issues
  • Certificate physical and human geography. Author name – Goh Cheng Leong (only the second part)
  • NCERT textbooks on biology for class 12
  • Climate change as per economic surveys
  • Regular review of The Indian Express, and The Hindu newspaper
  • India yearbook

 For Security Issues – 

  • Regular review of The Indian Express, and The Hindu newspaper
  • India’s Security in a Turbulent World – National Book Trust of India. Author name – Jasjit Singh

For subject of science and technology along with associated problems the following books are recommended –

  • NCERT textbooks on biology for class VIII, IX and X standard examination
  • Regular review of The Indian Express, and The Hindu newspaper
  • Science reporter magazine published every month for subject of science and technology

Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude Examinations

  • Ethics in Governance as per ARC report
  • Lexicon – Chronicle publications
  • Books on ethics, integrity and aptitude by Access Publications

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