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UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam: Recommended books


First published: July 16, 2012, 4:35 PM IST | Updated: July 16, 2012
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UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam: Recommended books
A complete list of the recommended books for the UPSC Civil Service Prelims exam.

Paper I: General Studies

1. History (Indian History and Indian National Movement)

a. NCERT books IX, X, XI, XII
b. Modern India by Bipin Chandra

Additional: History of Modern India by A.C Banerjee

2. Geography (Indian and World Geography)

a. NCERT books IX, X, XI, XII
b. General Principals of World Geography by Charles Farro
c. School Atlas

Additional: Certificate Course in Geography by Goh Cheng Leong

3. Economics (Indian Economics and Economic Theory)

a. An Evolution of Indian Economy by I.C. Dhingra
b. Economic Survey of India by Govt. of India
c. Economic Dictionary by Penguin

d. Indian Economy by Dutta and Sundara
e. Indian Economy by Mishra and Puri
f. Economic Dictionary by Collins

4. Polity (Indian Constitution)

Essential: An Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu

Additional: Our Constitution by Dr. Subhash Kashyap

5. General Science (Physics, Chemistry, Biology)

Essential: NCERT books IX, X

Additional: Anatomy & Physiology by Evelyn Pearce

6. Environment (Ecology, Bio-diversity, Climate Change)

Essential: Biology and Geography NCERT Books plus current events on Environmental Issues

7. Current Affairs

a. The Hindu and Economic Times Newspapers
b. Frontline, Political & Economic Weeks Periodicals

Additional: India Year Book

Paper II: Aptitude

1. Numeracy

Essential: NCERT Mathematics VII, IX, X

2. Data Interpretation

Essential: Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency by Tyra and Kundan

3. English Comprehension and Communication

Essential: Objective General English by R.S. Agarwal

4. Logical Reasoning

Essential: A Modern Approach to Verbal Reasoning by R.S. Agarwal
Additional: A new Approach to Reasoning by Sijwali and Sijwali

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