General Studies – Civil Services Books – Mains Exam

In Civil Services exam, General Studies (GS) till 2012 had 2 papers, but the revised pattern proposed in 2013 has 4 GS papers, making it the determining factor. GS questions can be from conventional topics or current affair topics. While there are lot of books available in the market for learning conventional topics, there is only one big name while preparing current affairs – The Hindu Newspaper.

As per the latest trends of UPSC, more focus is towards current affairs/ general-awareness than subject knowledge gained through conventional books. But since the syllabus itself specifies many conventional areas like History, Culture, Geography, Constitution, Economics etc, no candidate can move ahead without making his/her fundamentals strong. For that purpose, the below mentioned books can help.

Recommended Books for General Studies – Civil Services Books – Mains Exam

Indian History Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. History Of Modern India by Bipan Chandra
  2. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra
  3. Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum
  4. India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (Additional Reference)
  5. Modern India – By Spectrum (Additional Reference to Bipan Chandra)
  6. Gandhi, Nehru, Tagore and other Personalities – Spectrum

World History Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur
  2. History of Modern World – BV Rao
  3. Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe (Reference)

Geography Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. Indian And World Geography – Hussain
  2. Geography of India – Majid Husain
  3. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong

Indian Polity Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations – M. Laxmikanth
  2. Introduction to the Constitution of India – Durga Das Basu
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Indian Economy Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  2. Indian – Economy – Uma Kapila
  3. Economic Survey (2012-13)
  4. The Budget 2013-14
  5. India Year Book

Foreign Policy and International Relations Books for GS Mains – IAS

Science and Technology Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. Science & Technology For Civil Services Exams
  2. Science and Technology in India – Kalpana Rajaram – Spectrum
  3. General Science For Civil Services Preliminary Examinations – S.A.Majid

Environment Books for GS Mains – IAS

  1. CSAT Environmental Ecology Biodiversity & Climate Change – Pratiyogita Darpan
  2. Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition – R.Rajagoplan
  3. UPSC IAS PORTAL: Environment For Civil Services Preliminary Examination – Sachchida Nand Jha

Sociology Books for GS Mains – IAS

Ethics Books for GS Mains – IAS [Ethics, Aptitude, Attitude etc]

  1. Ethics and Integrity of Governance: Perspectives Across Frontiers
  2. Public Administration Ethics for the 21st Century
  3. Corruption, Ethics and Accountability: Essays by an Administrator
  4. Ethics and Integrity in Public Administration: Concepts and Cases
  5. Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution
  6. Emotional Intelligence – Daniel Goleman
  7. Ethics: Approaching Moral Decisions ( For Case Studies)
  8. Managerial Ethics: Managing the Psychology of Morality (Reference)
  9. Attitude Is Everything (Reference)
  10. Ethics – by Frankena K William
  11. Human Values and Professional Ethics with Case Studies (For Case Studies)
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Current Affairs Books for GS Mains – IAS

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