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Paper – IEssay250
Paper – IIGeneral Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)250
Paper – IIIGeneral Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)250
Paper – IVGeneral Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management)250
Paper – VGeneral Studies – IV (Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude)250
Paper – VIOptional Subject – Paper I250
Paper – VIIOptional Subject – Paper II250

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Paper 1: Essay

ADDITIONAL:
Articles (The Hindu OR The Indian Express)
         Debates & discussions of DD News
         Text of Speeches by eminent people on PIB
Yojana & Kurukshetra of last 2–3 years

Paper 2:    General Studies – I (Indian Heritage & Culture, History & Geography of the World & Society)

Indian Heritage & Culture:

Beginners  Reference Book                   Additional/Extra            

·    NCERT Book For Class XI : An Introduction to Indian Art
 
·     NCERT Book For Class XI : Living craft tradition of India
 
·     NCERT Book For Class XII : Craft tradition of India
·    Class 11th NCERT (Old)- Textbook on fine arts-Specific book on Art and Culture
·    New NCERT-Class 12th-Themes in Indian History
·    Tamil Nadu edition -11th and 12th
·      Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
CCRT Website
NIOS material
The Hindu                 

History:

Beginners:

  •  NCERT Class VI – Our Past
  •  NCERT Class VII – Our Past -I
  •  NCERT Class VIII – Our Past II and III
  •  NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – I
  • NCERT Class IX – India and the Contemporary World – II
  •  NCERT Class X – Themes In World History
  •  NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – I
  • NCERT Class XII – Themes in Indian History – II
  • NCERT Class XII – Themes In Indian History – III

Brief details :

A Brief History of Modern IndiaModern History
NCERT Class XI Modern India- Bipan ChandraModern History
NCERT Class XI Medieval India – Satish ChandraMedieval History
NCERT Class XI Ancient IndiaAncient History
NCERT Class XII Theme in Indian History- IAncient Indian History
NCERT Class XII Theme in Indian History- IIMedieval Indian History
NCERT Class XII Theme in Indian History- IIIMedieval & Modern Indian History
NCERT Class XI an Introduction to Indian ArtAncient Indian History
NCERT Class XI Living Crafts Traditions of IndiaIndian History
NCERT Class XI Crafts Tradition of IndiaIndian History
Class 7 – Medieval India by  Romila  ThaparMedieval India

Reference Books:

        Modern India       History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra.India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra.       India After Independence   India after Independence by Bipan ChandraWorld History     NCERT Class XI – Themes In World History Ancient & Medieval India    
NCERT– Class 11th 
‘Ancient India’ (OLD)- R.S. Sharma NCERT– Class 12th ‘Themes in Indian History- Part I’ (NEW)- Chapters 1 to 6
Tamil Nadu Edition – Class 11th  

Extra/ Additional Books:

   Modern India  India After Independence  World History  Ancient & Medieval India  
From Plassey to Partition – A History Of Modern India  by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay   
A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum PublicationsHistory of Modern World – Jain and Mathur  
.India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha 
2. post Independence India – By snehil Tripathi and Sonal Bansal.    
1. . Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur  
2. World History for civil Services by Krishna Reddy
India’s Ancient Past- RS Sharma   The Wonder That Was India –
A.L. Basham   History of Medieval India- Satish Chandra  

Paper 2: Geography of the World and Society:

            Beginners                  
Class VI The Earth Our Habitat – NCERT Geography Book  Class 6
Class VII  Our Environment – NCERT Geography Book Class 7
Class VIII Resource and Development – NCERT Geography Book Class 8
IX Class Contemporary India I – NCERT Geography Book Class 9
Class X Contemporary India II – NCERT Geography Book Class 10
XI Class Fundamentals of Physical Geography &
XI Class India Physical Environment – NCERT     Geography Book Class 11
Class XII Fundamentals of Human Geography &
Class XII India People and Economy – NCERT Geography Book Class 12  

Reference Books:

S. No.Book NameAuthor/Publisher Name
1.        Certificate Physical and Human Geography Goh Cheng Leong
2.      Geography of India Majid Husain
3.      World Geography Majid Husain

Extra/ Additional Reference Book:

Geography of Population: Concepts, Determinants and Patterns R.C. Chandna
Physical, Human and Economic Geography for Civil Services Examination 
Elementary Physical Geography
D.R. Khullar

Anil Kesari

Paper 3:  General Studies – II (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice & International Relations)

NCERT Books for Polity, Governance, and Constitution

Beginners
Polity  Class 6th to 8th  NCERT
Polity: NCERT Class IX – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – I
Polity: NCERT Class X – Political Science: Democratic Politics Part – II
Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Indian Constitution at Work
Polity: NCERT Class XI – Political Science: Political Theory
Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics
Polity: NCERT Class XII – Political Science II: Politics in India since Independence For Polity: Class 9 to 12 NCERT books should be read in detail, with a focus on 11th and 12th (of which World Politics, only if time permits).

Reference Books:

    Polity      Governance    Developmental Issues    International Relations
   Constitution of India at Work (Class XI)
NCERT Publication Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant   
Ethics in Governance, ARC Report   The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper   Kurukshetra & Yojana Magazines     Class XII Political Science I: Contemporary World Politics + Newspaper

Extra/ Additional Books:

    Polity      Governance  Developmental Issues    International Relations
D D Basu   Introduction to the Constitution of India 20th edition.Select Constitutions:16th edition- S ChandFrom Government to Governance by Kuldeep Mathur Citizen Centric Administration (Chapters 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 only and box items in the report)  Human Development Report & World Development Report Panchayati Raj in India by Kuldeep Mathur The Hindu or Indian Express NewspaperKurukshetra & Yojana Magazines  India’s Foreign Policy Since Independence by V.P. Dutt The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

Paper 4 : General Studies – III (Technology, Economic Development, Biodiversity, Security & Disaster Management

Beginners:

  Indian Economy    Science & Technology    Ecology & Environment  
NCERT Books on Economy for UPSC Economy: NCERT Class IX – Economics Economy: NCERT Class X – Understanding Economic Development Economy: NCERT Class XI – Indian Economic Development Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics Economy: NCERT Class XII – Introductory Macroeconomics  Science: NCERT Class VI Science: NCERT Class VII Science: NCERT Class VIII Science: NCERT Class IX Science: NCERT Class X Science: NCERT Class XI – Chemistry: Unit 14 & Biology: Units 4 & 5 Science: NCERT Class XII – Chemistry: Unit 16 & Biology: Units 8, 9 & 10  Science: Class XII – Biology: last four Chapters (13 to 16)  

Reference Books:

  Indian Economy    Ecology & Environment    Science & Technology  
Indian Economic Development XI Standard NCERT 
Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma Introductory Macro Economics XII Standard NCERT (Ignore all diagrams & mathematical formulas) Economic Survey 2018 – 19 & 2019-20 ( only recommended chapters)  
Certificate Physical & Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong (Second Half of the Book) XII Standard NCERT Book on Biology (Chapters pertaining to Ecology) 
India Year Book (Chapters on Environment)Chapter on Climate Change from Economic Survey  
VIII, IX, X Standard NCERT books on BiologyThe Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper  

Security Issues:

  • The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

Paper 5:  Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

  • Ethics in Governance, ARC Report 

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