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UPSC - CSE Mains Booklist (General Studies)



“How much is too much” if you know the answer to this question, you have already won half the battle in UPSC civil service examination. The technology and information boom has challenged us to be wiser while we choose our resources as well. This applied to UPSC-CSE as well. So choose your resources wisely and stick to them religiously!

There are 4 General Studies paper in mains examination amounting to 1000 marks out 1750. The booklist for these 4 General Studies paper is as follows :


HISTORY –

1. A New look at Modern Indian History – Grover and Mehta

2. India’s struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra

3. From Plassey to Partition and After – Sekhar Bandhopadhyay

4. India since Independence – Bipan Chandra

5. History of Medieval India – Satish Chandra

6. History of Ancient India – R S Sharma

7. Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania

8. The Wonder that was India – A L Basham


GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENT –

1. Geography of India – Majid Hussain

2. World Geography – Majid Hussain

3. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong

4. NCERTs of class XI and XII

5. World Atlas


INDIAN SOCIETY –

1. Sociology NCERTs class XI and XII

2. Newspapers and ARC reports

3. Social problems in India – Ram Ahuja

4. Indian society – Themes and Issues – Nadeem Hasnain


INDIAN POLITY –

1. Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth

2. Governance in India – M Laxmikanth

3. Indian Constitution – D D Basu


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS –

1. Indian Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

2. Internationals Relations – Pushpesh Pant

3. International Relations – Pavneet Singh


GENERAL STUDIES PAPER III –

1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh

2. Challenges to Internal security of India – Ashok Kumar and V Anekant

3. Environment and Disaster Management – Tata McGraw Hill

4. Science NCERTs std VI to XII

5. The Hindu – Science section

6. Economic Survey of India and Yojana magazine

7. Environment and Ecology – Majid Hussain


GENERAL STUDIES PAPER IV –

1. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – G Subba Rao and P N Roy Chowdhury

2. Lexicon – Chronicle Publication

3. Ethics in Governance ARC reports.

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