Book List

Essential Books for Civil Services Exam Preparation GS Paper 1: History and Art & Culture

Compulsory

 
  • 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

 
  • India after independence: Bipin Chandra
  • India after Gandhi: Ramchandra Guha
 

Geography (Indian And World Geography)

Compulsory

 
  • Orient Longman Atlas
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
 

Referral

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

Indian Society

Compulsory

 
  • 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 -16: Social Problems In India.
  • Indian Society & Culture – Nadeem Hasnain.
 

GS Paper II: Polity

Compulsory

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

Referral

 
  • 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
 

Governance And Social Justice

Compulsory

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

Referral

 
  • Economic and Political Weekly (weekly magazine)
  • Kurukshetra (Monthly Magazine)
  • PIB : pib.nic.in
 

International Relations

Compulsory

 
  • 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

 
  • India’s Foreign Policy: Retrospect and Prospect by Sumit Ganguly
 

Gs Paper III: Economics

Compulsory

 
  • 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 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)
 

Internal Security

Compulsory

 
  • Ministry of Home Affairs: mha.nic.in
  • Annual Reports of Ministry of Home Affairs
  • India year Book
 

Referral

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

Bio Diversity & Environment

Compulsory

 
  • Ecology & Environment ( India Year Book)
  • Ecology and Environment – P D Sharma
 

Referral

   

Diaster And Disaster Management

Compulsory

 
  • NDMA website: http://www.ndma.gov.in/en/
 

Referral

   

Science & Technology

Compulsory

 
  • Science Reporter magazine
  • Ministry of Science Technology Website
 

Referral

 
  • BBC Website
 

GS Paper IV

Compulsory

 
  • 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

 
  • 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
 

General Sources And Newspapers

Compulsory

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

Referral

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