Civil Service Exam Preparation Books

Reference Book for Civil Services Examination
Topic-wise reference books on General Studies

To be a part of the Indian Civil Services is a dream nurtured by most of the young brains in India. It is one of the most challenging exams in India. Entry to this career is through the Indian Civil Services Examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission. This is a two tier exam: One is Preliminary and other is Mains and Interview conducted in three stages respectively. From the students' per-spectives we give below a list of preferable and useful reference books and reading resources for the General Studies:

Indian History & Culture
● Indian History: NCERT ( + 2 levels)
● Modern India: Bipan Chandra (India's Struggle for Freedom)

● Physical Geography of India: NCERT (Class Vl- XII)
● A Good School Atlas: The TTK World Atlas
● India: A Comprehensive Geography 2nd Edition 2006 Reprint 2008 by DR Khullar
● Magazines: Kurukshetra, Yojana

Indian Economy
● Evolution of Indian Economy: I C Dhingra; NCERT ( +1level)
● Indian Economy: Mishra & Puri (28th Revised Edition)
● Indian Economy: Uma Kapila (Indian Economy: Performance & Policies/Academic Foundation 2010-11/Tenth Edition
● Indian Economic Survey
● Magazines & News paper: The Economic Times, Yojana

Social and National Issues
● Social Problem in India by Ram Ahuja
● Magazines: Yojana, Kurukshetra,

Indian Polity● Indian Political System: NCERT (+1 level)
● Introduction to the Constitution of India: D D Basu (20thEdition Reprint 2010)
● The Constitution of India: PM Bakshi (10 Edition)
● Our Constitution: Subhash C Kashyap
● Indian Polity. Lakshmikant (3rd Edition)
● Magazine: Frontline

Science & Technology
● NCERT: (10 levels): Science including Biology (+2 levels)
● Science and Techno1ogy in India: Spectrum

● Elementary Statistics: NCERT (+1 level)
● Spectrum Book (Statistical Analysis: Graphs and Diagrams)

Current News
● The Hindu, Indian Express
● Frontline, Outlook

Mental Ability & Verbal Reasoning● Verbal Reasoning-by RS Aggarwal
● Quantitative Aptitude- by RS Aggarwal
● Non Verbal Reasoning- by RS Aggarwal

Other Books● India Year Book
● The Pearson General Studies Manual
● Manorama Year Book


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