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General Studies Booklist

Best General Studies Booklist for UPSC IAS

The Foundation and the First Line of reading while preparing for the Preliminary Test and Main Examination is the 6 Volumes of ‘Compendium series Books’ on General Studies, Classroom Notes by our experienced Faculties and the Monthly Current Affairs Digest published by Anushka IAS. Apart from these Volumes, the aspirants should study the following books:
History
Basic Books:
NIOS course books for classes XI and XII on - Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India, National Movement & Contemporary World and Culture of India. (All these are available in PDF format on internet)
Advance Level Books:
India’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma published by Oxford University Press
A History of Ancient & Early Medieval India by Upinder Singh
History of Medieval India (800–1700 AD) by Satish Chandra published by Orient Longman
India’s Ancient Past by R.S. Sharma published by Oxford University Press
India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra & Others
India after Independence (1947 - 2000) by Bipin Chandra & Others
From Plassey To Partition And After by Sekhar Bandopadhyaya
World History:
The Story of Civilization, Part 2 by Arjun Dev, NCERT
Contemporary World History for class XII (Old NCERT Book)
Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe
Geography
Certificate Physical & Human Geography (Oxford) by Goh Cheng Leong
NCERTs (New Editions)
XI Standard: (1) India - Physical Environment (2) Fundamentals of Physical Geography
XII Standard: (1) India - People & Economy (2) Fundamentals of Human Geography
School Atlas - Orient Black Swan
Indian Geography by D. R. Khullar
Social Issues
XI Standard NCERT on Indian Society (Chapters on Unity & Diversity and Population Issues)
XII Standard NCERT (Chapters on Communalism, Secularism and Urban Issues such as Poverty, Housing, etc.)
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Indian Polity
Constitution of India at Work (Class XI) NCERT Publication
Indian Polity by Laxmikant
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Yojana Magazine
Governance Issues
From Government to Governance by Kuldeep Mathur
Ethics in Governance, ARC Report
Citizen Centric Administration (Chapters 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 only and box items in the report)
Developmental Issues
Human Development Report & World Development Report
Panchayati Raj in India by Kuldeep Mathur
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Kurukshetra & Yojana Magazines
International Relations
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
XII Standard NCERT (Chapters on Communalism, Secularism and Urban Issues such as Poverty, Housing, etc.)
Indian Economy
Indian Economic Development XI Standard NCERT
Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma
Introductory Macro Economics XII Standard NCERT (Ignore all diagrams & mathematical formulas)
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Economics Dictionary published by Collins & Penguin
Economic Survey 2022 - 23
Ecology & Environment
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
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Security Issues
India’s Security in a Turbulent World by Jasjit Singh, published by National Book Trust of India
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Science & Technology
VIII, IX, X Standard NCERT books on Biology
The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper
Monthly Magazine ‘Science Reporter for Science & Technology’
Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude
Ethics in Governance, ARC Report
Lexicon by Chronicle Publications
The Book on Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude published by Access Publication
Current Affairs
Monthly Current Affairs Digest published by Anushka IAS
Daily Current Affairs Update and MCQs by Anushka IAS

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