Books for UPSC Civil Services 2019 - Competitive exams like UPSC Civil Services assess the overall intellectual traits of candidates. Questions in the exam are asked from various subjects to test the candidate’s basic understanding of all relevant issues, ability to analyse the conflicting socio-economic goals, objectives and demands. Aspirants can develop their understanding on different topics by reading good books. However, it is icing on cake if one gets to prepare from the best books. Thus, for the convienence of aspiring candidates, Careers 360 has prepared a list of books for UPSC Civil Services 2019 separately for preliminary, mains and Interview. The easiest and simplest way to choose the books for UPSC Civil Services is to follow the suggestions given by experts and toppers.
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The books for UPSC Civil Services have been provided separately for preliminary, mains and interview. Civil Services aspirants can check the best books for UPSC Civil Services.
The Preliminary Examination of UPSC Civil Services consists of two papers of objective type. Each paper as per UPSC Civil Services exam pattern carries 200 marks. Marks obtained by candidates in preliminary exam are not considered for final merit list. Candidates can check below the books for Civil Services Prelims exam for General Studies Paper I and II.
Best Books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims – General Studies Paper I
The General Studies paper I of IAS prelims carries questions from Current events of national and international importance, history of India and Indian National Movement, Indian Polity and Governance, General Science etc.
Books for UPSC Civil Services 2019
History of India and Indian National Movement
Spectrum’s A Brief History of Modern India, by Rajiv Ahir
India’s Ancient Past, by R.S. Sharma
A history of Medieval India, by Chandra Satish
Indian Art and Culture, by Nitin Singhania
NCERT Class 6th to 12th
Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
Indian Polity, by Laxmikanth
Introduction to Constitution of India, by Durga Das Basu
Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
Certificate Physical & Human Geography, by Goh Cheng Leong
Geography of India, by Majid Hussain
Oxford School Atlas
Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc
Indian Economy- Ramesh Singh
Economic Survey of India, by Ministry of Finance
The Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude by Niraj Kumar
NCERT Class 9th to 12th
Current events of national and international importance
Newspapers: Hindu or Indian Express
General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change-that do not require subject specialization General Science
NCERT Biology Class 12th
Best Books to Prepare for UPSC Civil Services Prelims – General Studies Paper II
Question in General Studies Paper II are asked from Comprehension, Interpersonal skills including communication skills, Logical reasoning and analytical ability, Decision making and problem solving, General mental ability, Basic numeracy etc. This paper is qualifying in nature. To qualify the exam, candidates will have to score 33%. Listed below are topic-wise books for UPSC Civil Services General Studies Paper II.
Books for UPSC Civil Services Prelims General Studies
Yojana, Kurukshetra, Frontline and the newspapers like Indian Express, The Hindu
Logical Reasoning and Analytical Ability
Analytical Reasoning – MK Pandey
Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning– RS.Aggarwal
The mains exam of UPSC Civil Services consists of 9 papers of conventional essay type. Two papers (Paper-A: Indian Language and Paper B English) are qualifying in nature. Marks obtained in Paper I to VII will be for determining the merit of candidates. Total marks allotted for UPSC Civil Services mains exam are 1750. The paper-wise list of books for UPSC Civil Services mains exam is given below.
Recommended books for Compulsory Subjects
Books for UPSC Civil Services mains exam
General Studies Paper I (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the world and Science)
Geography – NCERT 11th Class, Geophysical Phenomenon by Dr Khullar, PMF IAS Notes for Geography or GC Leong
History – Spectrum, Independence – Spectrum (Integration of Princely States), Bipin Chandra, NCERT 12th Class Political Science
World History – NCERT of 9th and 10th Class, Vision Notes
Sociology – NCERT of Sociology and Newspaper
Culture – Ancient Medieval History
General Studies Paper II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International Relations)
Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice, and International Relations – Laxmikant, Representation of People Act, Welfare Schemes along with Current Affairs compilation
Current Affairs – Newspaper, current affairs compilation and other important sources mentioned above in the article
General Studies Paper III (Technology, Economic Development, Bio-diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)
Economics, Inclusive Growth, Budget – Economic Survey, Budget Highlight
For Science and Tech refer to Current Affairs
Environment – NCERT books class 9, 10, 11 and 12
Disaster Management – Dr Khullar
Yojana, Kurukshetra, Science Reporter Magazine
General Studies IV (Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude)
Emotional Intelligence, Probity of Governance, attitude, ethics – Lexicon
Learn Real Life Examples by Subba Rao
UPSC Civil Services books for Optional Subjects
Sociology Themes and Perspectives – Michael Haralambos, Martin Holborn
Society In India: Concepts, Theories And Recent Trends – Ram Ahuja
Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja
Sociology – Anthony Giddens
Sociological Theory – George Ritzer
Oxford Dictionary Of Sociology
Modernization Of Indian Tradition – Yogendra Singh
Sociological Thought – Francis Abraham, John Henry Morgan
Social Change In Modern India – M. N. SRINIVAS
Caste Its Twentieth Century Avatar – M. N. SRINIVAS
Persistence and Change in Tribal India – M.V. Rao
Social Background of Indian Nationalism – A. R. Desai
Public Administration – Laxmikanth
New Horizons Of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
Administrative Thinkers – D. Ravindra Prasad
Contemporary Debates in Public Administration – Dhameja Alka
Indian Administration – Maheswari
Introduction to the constitution of India – D.D.Basu
Public Administration: Concepts And Theories – Rumki Basu
A Dictionary of Public Administration – Maheswari
Indian Administration – Pankaj Singh
Public Administration : Theory And Practice
Governance in India for UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Examination – Laxmikanth
Administrative Theories And Management Thought – Sapru
A New Look at Modern Indian History From 1707 to the Modern Times
Modern India, 1885-1947
History of Medieval India
The Penguin History Of Early India: From The Origins To AD 1300
History Of Modern India
India’s Ancient Past
Modern Indian History
Mastering Modern World History
Age of Revolution 1789-1848
Age of Capital 1848-1875
Age of Empire 1875-1914
Physical Geography By Savinder Singh
Physical Geography By Stahler
Physical Geography Made Simple Books
Geography Through Maps by K. Siddhartha
Geomorphology by Savindra Singh
Climatology by D. S. Lal
Atmosphere, Weather and Climate – K.Siddhartha
India – A comprehensive Geography
Regional Planning in India – Chand and Puri
Human Geography By Majid Hussain
Urbanization and Urban Systems in India
Ahuja – Advanced microeconomics theory– macro theories of distribution, welfare etc.
Dwivedi (for money multiplier).
Economics of Environment – Subhashini Muthukrishnan
Indian Economy – Datt and Sundaram
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
Statistical Methods – S P Gupta
An introduction to the constitution by DD Basu
India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt
International organisations by spectrumGlobal politics by Andrew Heywood
The Interview of UPSC Civil Services is conducted for qualified candidates of mains exam to assess candidates capability for a career in public service. The test carries 275 marks. To prepare for Interview, candidates should read The Hindu and Indian Expressand go through the details they have entered in Detailed Application Form (DAF).
Recommended books for Interview
Civil Services Interview: How to Excel by Madhukar Bhagat
Interviews The Last Basic Tips On facing Civil Services Personality Test by Smarak Swain
To ace UPSC Civil Services exam, it is essential to stay updated on current events. It is important to read as many reference books available for different subjects. Check the books to prepare for UPSC Civil Services 2019 suggested by experts and toppers.
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First of all, you need to obtain adequate qualification for IAS. Basically any graduate can apply for this test. Candidates must have completed 21 years to apply. After graduation, you can apply for the selection test through the portal of UPSC. UPSC portal contain adequate information on selection test (CSAT and mains).
For this exam Number of Attempts:
four attempts for General
seven attempts for OBC
No limit for SC/ST
BA in humanities emphasis on soft skills and business studies generally focus on technical skills.
It doesn't matter whether B.A humanities or business studies . But, personally I would recommend to opt for B.A in humanities because it's easier and therefore you can devote more time for UPSC preparations.
you can take any subject according to your interest because in UPSC it is the interest that matters the most.
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Professional Course, Phase-I (22 weeks approximately)
This Course imparts rigorous
Trainees of the Indian Administrative Service in a wide range of subjects to enable them to handle varied assignments that they
hold in the first ten years of their service.
The steps are pretty easy, you just have to crack an exam comprising of three sections. The exam is known as UPSC, and consists of 3 stages, which are prelims, mains and the interview part. Just crack all the three stages, being in top 100, and you can be appointed as an IAS.
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