General Studies Books suggested for Civil Services Exams

General Studies Syllabus: 

  GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - I                                                                                    

(1) History of Modern India and Indian Culture
The History of Modern India will cover history of the Country from about the middle of nineteenth century and would also include questions on important personalities who shaped the freedom movement and social reforms. The part relating to Indian culture will cover all aspects of Indian culture from the ancient to modern times as well as principal features of literature, arts and architecture.

(2) Geogrphy of India
In this part, questions will be on the physical, economic and social geography of India.

(3) Constitution of India and Indian Polity
This part will include questions on the Constitution of India as well as all constitutional, legal, administrative and other issues emerging from the politico-administrative system prevalent in the country.

(4) Current National issues and topics of social relevance
This part is intended to test the candidate's awareness of current national issues and topics of social relevance in present-day India, such as the following: 

(i) The Indian economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment.
(ii) Issues arising from the social and economic exclusion of large sections from the benefits of development.
(iii) Other issues relating to the development and management of human resource.
(iv) Health issues including the management of Public Health, Health education and ethical concerns regarding health-care, medical research and pharmaceuticals.
(v) Law enforcement, internal security and related issues such as the preservation of communal harmony.
(vi) Issues relating to good governance and accountability to the citizens including the maintenance of human rights, and of probity in public life.
(vii) Environmental issues, ecological preservation, conservation of natural resources and national heritage.


  GENERAL STUDIES PAPER - II                                                                        

(1) India and the World
This part will include questions to test candidate's awareness of India's relationship with the world in various spheres such as the following:-

• Foreign Affairs with special emphasis on India’s relations with neighbouring countries and in the region.
• Security and defence related matters.
• Nuclear policy, issues, and conflicts.
• The Indian Diaspora and its contribution to India and the world.

(2) India’s Economic Interaction with the World
In this part, questions will be on economic and trade issues such as foreign trade, foreign investment; economic and diplomacy issues relating to oil, gas and energy flows; the role and functions of I.M.F., World Bank, W.T.O., WIPO etc. which influence India’s economic interaction with other countries and international institutions.

(3) Developments in the Field of Science & Technology, IT and space
In this part, questions will test the candidate's awareness of the developments in the field of science and technology, information technology, space and basic ideas about computers, robotics, nanotechnology, biotechnology and related issues regarding intellectual property rights.

(4) International Affairs and Institutions
This part will include questions on important events in world affairs and on international institutions.
(5) Statistical analysis, graphs and diagrams
This part will test the candidate's ability to draw conclusions from information presented in statistical, graphical or diagrammatical form and to interpret them.


IAS Books suggested by IAS Toppers for Civil Services Exams

1. Indian HistoryIndia Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra ;  NCERT Books(XI & XII)
2. Geography - Spectrum 
3. Indian Polity - Constitution of India  by  Bakshi 
4. Indian  Economy - NCERT Books(XI & XII) , Pratiyogita Darpan 
7. Current Affairs - Some magazines and Newspapers 
8. Guides  

Topic Wise Reference on General Studies

· Books  on  Indian  His tory  &  Culture : NCERT(+2 level) -Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India.
Publication Division : Gazetteer of India  

(Vol 2 : History & Culture)Gandhi Nehru Tagore & Ambedkar - Gopal  Krishna  

Bipin Chandra - Modern India  

A.C. Banerjee - History of Modern India 
War and Peace in Modern India: A Strategic History of the Nehru Years

· Books on Geography: 
NCERT : Physical Geography of India for X - XII Std
A Good School Atlas
Sharma & Cotinho : Economic and Commercial Geography of India
Khullar : India - A Comprehnsive Geography
Charles Farro : General Principles of World Geography
Charles Farro : Monsoon Asia Reports published by Centre for Science and Enviornment And Tata Energy Research Institute                      National journal - Kurukshetra, Yojana etc. Down to earth 

  • Books on Indian Economy :
NCERT (+1 le vel) -  
Evolution of India n Economy(IC Dhingra) 
Mishra & Puri or Dutt & Sundaram - Indian Economy Economic Survey  
The Economic Times,
Business Standard Yojana

  • Books on Social and National Issues :
Social Problem - Ram Ahuja
Social Welfar eMagazine - Published by ministry of social welfare Yojana/Kurukshetra
IIPa Journal

  • Books on Indian Polity:
NCERT (+1 le vel) Indian Political System
N. L. Madan : Bhartiya Rajy a Vyavastha

D. D. Basu - Indian Constitution 

Kashyap - Constitution of India 

Publication Division - Subhash C. Kashyap : Our Parliament
P. M. Bakshi - Indian Constitution 

Our Constitution : Subhash C. kashyap 

Perspective on Constitution : S.C. Kashyap
Frontline Magazine
IIPa Journal

  • Books  on  Science &  Technology:

NCERT : (10 level) : Science,(+2level) : Biology. 
Popular Science Series (CSIR) 

Reports   Of  the Ministry  of  Science  and  Technology 

Science  ReporterScience  and  Technology  in India  –  Spectrum  

  • Books on Statistics: 
(NCERT +1 level) Elementary Statistics 
 S.C.Gupta : Statistical Methods

  • Books on India and the World :
Journal of peace Studies 

World Focus 

Strategic Analysis 
South Asian Journal

  • Other Books for General Studies:
1. India Year Book latest
2. One competitive Magazine
3. Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill, Spectrum or Unique For General Reference
4. The Pearson General 

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List Wise Book Name..

Author / Publisher
An Introduction to the Constitution of India
Perspectives on Indian Constitution
Edited by Subash Kashyap
Biology for VIII-X Std
Physics for VIII-X Std
Chemistry for VIII-X Std
Anatomy & Physiology for Nurses Courses
Evelyn Pearce
Know your body
Reader's Digest
An Evolution of Indian Economy
I.C.Dhingra (Sultan Chand & Co)
Indian Economy
Dutt & Sundaram
Economic Survey of India
Government of India
General Principles of World Geography
Charles Farro
Monsoon Asia
Charles Farro
Physical Geography of India for VII - XII Std
Any Good School Atlas

Ancient India for VII-XII Std
Medieval India for VII-XII Std
Modern India
Bipin Chandra
History of Modern India
The Hindu & Times of India
Frontline and Political & Economic weekly
Yojana & World Focus
Statistical Methods

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  1. Is Indian Polity by Laxmikant not good ?

  2. thanx for providing a lucrative list of books these will certainly help for those who are away from coaching nd classes. plz provide previous years answers on public administration by selected candidates especially toppers.............thanking