Reference Books for Civil Services Prelims: Beginners & Practitioners

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Books must be read only after reading NCERT textbooks

1.CURRENT AFFAIRS: (NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES)

Important Sources (Follow any one newspaper for news items (preferably The Hindu);
one for editorial (best Indian Express); and one Business newspaper – only editorials
(best is Livemint).

Newspaper • The Hindu
OR
• The Indian Express
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Magazine • Yojana and Kurukshetra (no need to read all
articles – read selectively)
Advertising in Yojana Malayalam Magazine – The Media Ant
TV CHANNEL Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha Debate and DD NEWS DD has clarified that it is not changing its iconic logo as of now
Additional reference • Press Information Bureau (keep checking
the Features section for imp articles and
 weekly PIB List)
• PRS (only for recent Bills and articles
related)
• IDSA: Institute for Defense Studies and
Analysis (keep checking every 2-3 days
for in-depth IR articles)
and
INDIA YEARBOOK

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2. HISTORY

Modern India Medieval India Ancient India
• NCERT – Class
8th (New) – ‘Our
Pasts – III’
• NCERT-Class
12th ‘Modern
India’ (OLD)
• Tamil Nadu
Edition- Class 12th
OR
• Spectrum Modern
India – Rajiv Ahir.
Reference
Book: India’s Struggle
for Independence –
Bipan Chandra;
Plassey to Partition by
Sekhar
Bandyopadhyay
• NCERT – Class
7th (New) –‘Our
Pasts –II’
• NCERT – Class
11th ‘Medieval
India’ (OLD)-
Satish Chandra
• Tamil Nadu
Edition-Class
11th
• Ancient and
Medieval India –
Poonam Dalal
Dahiya
• NCERT– Class
11th ‘Ancient India’
(OLD)- R.S. Sharma
• NCERT– Class
12th ‘Themes in
Indian History- Part
I’ (NEW)
• Tamil Nadu Edition
– Class 11th
• Ancient and
Medieval India –
Poonam Dalal Dahiya
NOTE: Most part of
‘Culture’ section
overlaps with Ancient
and Medieval History.
Apart from the above
mentioned books,
you can
refer the below link
for more information
on Culture.
You need to
study CCRT Website –
CCRT ; Performing
Arts and Literary Arts
     
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3. GEOGRAPHY

Beginners • NCERT Social Science, Class 6th (New) ‘The Earth Our Habitat’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 7th (New) ‘Our Environment’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 8th (New) ‘ Resource and
Development’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 9th (New) ‘Contemporary India’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 10th (New) ‘Contemporary India-
Part II’
• NCERT – Class 11th (New)
o Fundamentals of Physical Geography
o India physical environment
• NCERT – Class 12th (New)
o Fundamentals of Human Geography
o India – People and Economy
• Atlas: Orient BlackSwan School Atlas (or) Oxford School Atlas
Reference
Books
Certificate Physical and Indian Geography – Goh
Cheng Leong; OLD NCERT Geography – Class 11th and 12th (if you
can find them ,else its available at PATH), Geography of India by
Majid Hussain (8th Edition)

4. POLITY

Beginners NCERT – 6th to 8th (for basic understanding)
NCERT- Class 9th to 12th (for understanding more on
democracy and federalism)
Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth
CONSTITUTION- by CENTRAL LAW PUBLICATION
Reference
Book
(additional,
only if you
want to read
in detail)
Introduction to Indian Constitution – D.D.Basu
Important Judgement that transformed India –
Alex Andrews George

5. ECONOMICS

Beginners Macroeconomics- Class 12th , NCERT
NCERT 11th – Indian Economic Development
NCERT- Class 9th and 10th (for basics)
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh-Selective Chapters on
Introduction (GDP, GNP, growth etc.)
Evolution of the Indian economy
Banking
Inflation & Business Cycle
Agriculture
India and the Global Economy (include chapters relating to it)
Human development
Technology and environment
Reference
Books
Indian Economy – By Nitin Singhania
Indian Economy – By Sankarganesh Karuppiah
Additional – Indian Economy – Lal & Lal ; Ramesh Singh

6. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

Beginners The Hindu-Monday Edition (not technical news, only application-based science &Tech)
Science NCERT- Class 6th to 10th
NCERT – Biology – 11th (Unit IV & V only – read basic concepts not technical details)
NCERT Biology – 12th (Chapters 4, 5 and rest from 7 to 16 – all
important – read line by line except technical details)
NCERT – Biology – 12th (OLD) – Chapter 9 onwards
NCERT – Physics – 11th (Chap 1,5 & 8) and 12th (Chap 15 only)
NCERT – Chemistry – 11th (Chap 1 & 14 only) and 12th (Chap 14 & 16 only)
Science reporter- Selectively
Additional
Reference
Book
Science and Technology (Pre + Mains) – by Ravi Agrahari
publisher- McGraw Hill

7. ENVIRONMENT

Beginners ICSE Board- Environmental studies- Class 10th and 11th
NCERT- Geography Books (in 6th to 12th there are lot of
chapters on Environment)
Science NCERT books mentioned above
Current affairs
Down to earth (monthly magazine-selective articles)
Reference material Shankar IAS notes on Environment

8. SOCIAL ISSUES & NEW POLICIES/SCHEMES

BASICS All schemes of Ministry and sector-wise with details
(GOI websites)
India yearbook
NCERT books mentioned above
Current Affairs (also keep checking weekly PIB lists – very important
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