Book List

Book List

Book List (Essential Books for Civil Services Exam GS Paper)

1. History and Art & Culture

Compulsory

NCERT book for class XI, Ancient India Ram Sharan Sharma (Old Book).
NCERT book for class XI, Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Old Book).
NCERT book for class XII, Contemporary World History by Arjun Dev (Old Book).
NCERT book for class XII, Modern India by Bipin Chandra (Old Book).
NCERT art and culture (11th and 12th).
History of Modern India by Bipin Chandra.
India’s Struggle of independence – Bipin Chandra.
A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications.
Indian Culture Chapter of India Year Book.

Referral

Mastering Modern World History by Normal Lowe
India after independence: Bipin Chandra
India after Gandhi: Ramchandra Guha

2. Geography (Indian And World Geography)

Compulsory

NCERT books XI,XII.
Orient Longman Atlas
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong

Referral

Geography (11th) – D. R. Khullar
Geography (12th) – D. R. Khullar

3. Indian Society

Compulsory

NCERT -12th – Indian Society.
NCERT -12th – Social Change and Development In India.
Social Problems in India by Ram Ahuja.
Modernisation of Indian Traditions by Yogendra singh.

Referral

IGNOU –ESO -12: Society in India.
IGNOU –ESO -16: Social Problems In India.
Indian Society & Culture – Nadeem Hasnain.

4. GS Paper II: Polity

Compulsory

Indian Polity by M Laxmikant
Introduction to the Constitution of India: D D Basu
12th NCERT – Politics in India after Independence
Constitution of India by P.M. Bakshi

Referral

Punchi Commission Report on Centre-State Relations
IGNOU: MPS-003 India: Democracy and Development (Selected Chapters)
Political Science by N D Arora (Selected Chapters)
2nd Administrative reforms Commission Reports (Selected Topics)
11th NCERT: Indian Constitution at Work

5. Governance And Social Justice

Compulsory

Yojna (Monthly Magazine)
Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-17 Documents (Planning Commission)
India Year Book
Economics Survey

Referral

Annual Reports : Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment
Economic and Political Weekly (weekly magazine)
Kurukshetra (Monthly Magazine)
PIB : pib.nic.in

6. International Relations

Compulsory

NCERT Class 12: Political Science: Contemporary World Politics
Pax Indica: India and the World of the Twenty-First Century by Shashi Tharoor
Challenges and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri
IGNOU -EPS-07 International Relations and MPS-001 India and the World
IGNOU -MPS-002 International Relations: Theory and Problems
Ministry of External Affairs website

Referral

Does The Elephant Dance – David Malone
India’s Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect by Sumit Ganguly

7. Gs Paper III: Economics

Compulsory

11th NCERT: Economics: Indian Economic Development
Economic Survey of India
Report: Twelfth Five Year Plan 2012-17 Documents ( Planning Commission)
The Penguin Dictionary of Economics
India Year Book
Indian Economy by VK Puri, Mishra

Referral

Indian Economy: R. Dutt and Sundaram
Indian Economy Since Independence – Uma Kapila
India’s Tryst with Destiny: Debunking Myths that Undermine Progress and Addressing New Challenges by Arvind Panagariya and Jagdish Bhagwati.
India and its Contradictions by Drèze, J. and Sen
2nd ARC Report (Strengthening Financial Management Systems)

8. Internal Security

Compulsory

NCERT Class 12: Political Science: Contemporary World Politics ( Chapter : Security in the Contemporary World ).
Ministry of Home Affairs: mha.nic.in
Annual Reports of Ministry of Home Affairs
India year Book

Referral

IDSA Reports
2nd ARC REPORT (Public Order, Capacity Building for Conflict Resolution, Combating Terrorism )

9. Bio Diversity & Environment

Compulsory

Ecology: Unit X – Class 12th Biology
Ecology & Environment ( India Year Book)
Ecology and Environment – P D Sharma

Referral

Down to Earth Magazine

10. Diaster And Disaster Management

Compulsory

2nd ARC REPORT (Crisis Management)
NDMA website: http://www.ndma.gov.in/en/

Referral

IGNOU: MPA-018 Disaster Management

11. Science & Technology

Compulsory

NCERT 6th-10th level
Science Reporter magazine
Ministry of Science Technology Website

Referral

ISRO Website
BBC Website

12. GS Paper IV

Compulsory

Ethics In Public administration: a philosophical approach- Patrick J. Sheeran.
2nd ARC REPORT (Ethics in Governance , Refurbishing of Personnel Administration )
IGNOU : MPA-011 ( Ch : Ethical Concerns in Public Administration)
The Difficulty of Being Good by Gurcharan Das
2nd ARC REPORT (Right to Information,, Citizen Centric Administration )
Ethics Integrity and Aptitude by Arihant Publications (Manual – GS4)
Lexicon by chronicle publications

Referral

Ethics by William K. Frankena
Understanding Ethics by Noel Preston
Social Psychology by Baron
Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman
The Idea of Justice by Amartya Sen
Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration: Concepts and Cases by Raymond W. Cox
Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Main Examination by Subba Rao

13. General Sources And Newspapers

Compulsory

The Hindu
The Indian Express
Yojana
India Year Book
Budget Document (latest)
Economic Survey(Latest)
Manorma year book

Referral

Economic Times
PIB: http://www.pib.nic.in
Economic & Political Weekly
Kurukshetra
Frontline