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Best Books for IAS UPSC Preliminary / prelims Exam 2019

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UPSC Civil Services which is popular among Indians as IAS, is one of the most sought after examination of India. Most of the Indians dream for these services since their childhood. Due to very tough competition, it is extremely important that aspirants only read very high-quality material for all subjects/topics.

Before, we talk about must-read books, first have a look on CSAT Preliminary examination which is Stage -1 and qualifying in nature:

PRELIMINARY EXAMINATION
Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT)

Date of examJune 2, 2019

Registration for IAS Prelims, Begin from February 19, 2019
Scheme of exam– Divided in Paper-I and Paper-II
– 2 papers of 200 marks each
– All questions will be objective in nature
– Time allotted for both paper is 2 hours each.
– Marks obtained in Paper 1 will be counted for the merit rank to qualify for mains
– Negative marking (1/3 or 0.33, as the penalty)
Paper 1
General Ability Test (GAT)
Maximum Marks-200
Total questions- 100

Syllabus:
1. Current events of national and international importance
2. History of India and Indian National Movement
3. Indian Polity and Governance Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, and Rights Issues etc.
4. Economic and Social Development‐Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector Initiatives, and General issues on Environmental ecology
5. General Science
6. Indian and World Geography-Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
7. Biodiversity and Climate Change
Paper 2English Language and Aptitude
Maximum Marks-200
Total questions- 80
(Candidate must score at least 33% marks in this paper and marks of this paper not to be counted for writing the Mains examination)

Syllabus:
1.Comprehension
2. Logical reasoning and analytical ability
3. Decision making and problem-solving
 General mental ability
4. Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude etc.) (Class X level)
5. Data Interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. – Class X level)
6. English Language Comprehension skills (Class X level)
7. Questions relating to English Language Comprehension skills of Class X level.

We have brought here a well-researched list of books, you can rely upon for Civil Services Preliminary Examination.

We have divided the books in three parts:

  • Subject Books (essential)
  • Books which provide Satellite view and understanding of the examination
  • Know-how of Civil Services Examination 

Subject Books

Most of these books are bestsellers of the category and highly recommended by toppers.

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You must take note of a few things here and must plan your strategy with the tried and tested approach which has benefitted thousands of IAS aspirants. You need to plan, customize and prepare accordingly.

  • Start with the Basic NCERT level Books.
  • Read the Standard Reference Books.
  • Most crucial Mantra for Success – Read with as minimum books as possible but read and re-read them till you master them.
  • Set realistic Short term and Long term Targets and try to be successful in finishing them within the timeframe.
  • Do not waste your time reading anything, it is equally important to know ‘what not to read’.
  • You must know the techniques of reading effectively (making notes, timely revision etc.) in order to remember the key areas in minimum efforts.
  • Revise all below-mentioned subject books 3-4 times without fail.

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Polity:

Indian Polity’ by M Lakshmikanth

Most reliable and widely read book on the topic is ‘Indian Polity’ by M Lakshmikanth.

  • This book is the encyclopedia of Indian Polity for civil services aspirants.
  • There is no substitute/option for this book in the market, so do not even think to read any other book as its replacement.
  • Revise the complete book at last 5-6 times.
भारत की राजव्यवस्था एम. लक्ष्मीकांत
(Hindi)
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NCERT Books

NCERT books are highly useful in providing the better understanding of Indian Polity in plain simple language.

Indian Constitution at work, class XIAmazonFlipkart
Indian politics since Independence, Class XII AmazonFlipkart
Contemporary world politics, Class XII AmazonFlipkart

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Geography:

Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G C Leong

Great book, which clears the fundamentals of physical geography in easy language. This book will be your foundation to dvelop

Full of images, diagrams.

A must-read.


Geography of India by Majid Husain


Oxford School Atlas

NCERT Books

Social Science The Earth Our Habitat, Class-6Amazon
Social Science Our Environment, Class-7Amazon
Social Science Resources and Development, Class-8Amazon
Social Science Contemporary India Part-I , Class – 9Amazon
Social Science Contemporary India Part – II, Class-10Amazon
Fundamentals of Physical Geography, Class – 11
(Physical nvironment)
Amazon
Fundamentals of Human Geography, Class – 12
(People and economy)
Amazon

History:

For history, it is recommended that you make your own notes. This will make it easier for you to study and remember.

History of Modern India by Spectrum

  • For maximum benefit, read this book word by word.
  • This book has content given in points and also has compiled tables at the end of each chapter. Last few pages are to be revised and remembered.

NCERT Books:

Ancient India (Old)Amazon
Medieval India (Old)Amazon
Modern india (old)Amazon
Set of NCERT (OLD) HISTORY – CLASS: 6-12 Amazon

Economics

The Indian Economy-by Sanjiv Verma

NCERT & Other Books

Indian Economic Development for Class – 11 Amazon
Introductory Microeconomics – Class – 12 Amazon
Introductory Macroeconomics – Class – 12 Amazon
Economic Survey by the Ministry of Finance Amazon

Art and Culture


Environment


Science and technology:

NCERT Books

Science Textbook for Class – VIAmazonFlipkart
Science Textbook for Class – VIIAmazonFlipkart
Science Textbook for Class – VIII AmazonFlipkart
Science Textbook for Class – IXAmazonFlipkart
Science Textbook for Class X AmazonFlipkart
Science Textbook for Class – XIAmazonFlipkart
Science Textbook for Class – XIIAmazonFlipkart


Current Affairs

India Year Book

Newspapers:

The Hindu, Economic Times


General Studies Paper 2 by MHE (CSAT)

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