{StudyPlan} How to prepare and books for UPSC and PSC exams

[Studyplan] Book Lists for Optional Subjects of UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination (UPSC CSE) and other State PSC Exams.

While looking for study materials, many questions asked.like.
Can i prepare for UPSC exam while doing job? - 
You can also prepare while doing your job, but it depends on what kind of job you are doing. As you have mentioned nothing about your job profile, please do think again before quitting it. If you have doubts with that you can always get it cleared ;-)

Now coming to guidance for preparation, well in brief you will have to follow this trend
Zero: Choose your optional subject and preferably study it daily for an hour or two. You can even rigorously prepare it for whole month or two and then switch to
next step. But dont hurry, in doubt always get it cleared. 
1st: Read NCERT's
2nd: Now comes the Role of Standard Books
3rd: Test Series, so that you can assess/judge your performance till now.
4th: Practice CSAT, this is to be done parallel with step 1, 2 & 3.
5th: Start mains answer writing practice and essay writing
6th: Do the same for Optional.
7th: Repeat 5 and 6 till you are sure that you can write relevant answers on any topic asked.

8th: Probably within 2 months, you will have Prelims 2016 ---> attempt it, go for mains and then you have the interview.

If the hard work is sincere and smart, and most importantly REGULAR, then clearing it in one go is possible or may be not. Cant assure you on this one, thats UPSC.
Book Lists for Optional Subjects of 
UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination (UPSC CSE)
and other State PSC Exams.

Optional Subjects demand Many books because 
of their very nature and vast syllabus. 
I have collected these books from various sources and 
have strictly complied the necessary books for 
various optionals for UPSC CSE and other State PCS Exams. 
Some of the State PSC have different syllabus but still 
their syllabus match 80-90% with UPSC syllabus 

so the book list remains almost same.

I will keep updating the Lists as soon as 

I will Come to know Good Books and info also 
will post about remaining optional subjects. 
Stay connected and keep visiting. 
Subjects Mentioned below are 
followings : 
  1. History 
  2. Political Science
  3. Geography
  4. Sociology
  5. Public Administration
  6. Economics
  7. Commerce
  8. Medical Science
  9. Mathematics
  10. Physics
  11. Anthropology
  1. History of Modern India –
  2.  Shekhar Bandopadhyaya/Bipan Chandra
  3. Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe
  4. India’s Struggle For Independence – 
  5. Bipan Chandra and Others
  6. Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas  -
  7.  Romila ThaparA History of Ancient 
  8. and Early Medieval India
  9. Medieval India: From Sultanat to Mughals 
  10. – 1- Satish Chandra
  11. Medieveal India: From Sultanat to Mughals 
  12. -2 – Satish Chandra
  13. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma
  14. History of the World – Arjun Dev
  15. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham

Source: Here

  1. A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx
  2.  – Mukherjee and Susheela Ramaswamy
  3. Politial Theory – Rajeev Bhargava
  4. Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba
  5. International Relations -Khanna
  6. Politics – Heywood
  7. Introduction to the Constitution of India  
  8. - D D Basu
  9. Global Politics – Heywood
  10. Foundations of Indian Political Thought 
  11. – V R Mehta
  12. India’s Struggle For Idependence 
  13. – Bipan Chandra
  14. Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia
  15. Does The Elephant Dance? 
  16. Contemporary India Foreign Policy – Malone


  1. Physical Geography – Majid HussainSavindra Singh
  2. Models in Geography – Majid Hussain
  3. Modern Physical Geography – 
  4. Strahler and Strahler  (Optional)
  5. Certificate Physical and Human Geography 
  6. – Goh Cheng Leong
  7. Economic and Social Geography 
  8. Made Simple – Rupa Publication
  9. Dictionary of Physical Geography – Penguin
  10. Evolution of Geographical Thought 
  11. – Majid Hussain
  12. Physical Geography Made Simple 
  13. – Rupa Publication
  14. Dictionary of Human Geography
  15. Oxford Student Atlas / 
  16. The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas

  1. India Year Book – Publication Division
  2. Regional Planning in India – Mahesh Chand
  3. India – A Comprehensive Geography  - Khullar

Source: Here


  1. Sociology – Anthony Giddens
  2. Sociological Thought – 
  3. Francis Abraham and John Henry Morgan
  4. Sociology – Harlombos and Holborn
  5. Political Theory – O P Gauba

  1. Social Change in India – M N Srinivas
  2. Indian Society and Culture – Nadeem Hasnain
  3. Modernization of Indian Tradition 
  4. – Yogendra Singh
  5. Indian Sociological Thought by Nagla B K
  6. Handbook of Indian Sociology – Veena Das
  7. Rural Sociology – Doshi and Jain
  8. Social Background of Indian Nationalism 
  9. – A R Desai
Source: Here

  1. Indian Public Administration – Arora and Goyal
  2. Administrative Thinkers – Prasad and Prasad
  3. Public Administration In India 
  4. 1st Edition - Maheshwari
  5. Public Administration – Fadia and Fadia
  6. Public Administration In India – B L Fadia (optional)
  7. Public Administration – Laxmikant
  8. New Horizons of Public Administration 
  9. – Mohit Bhattacharya
  10. Public Administration and Public Affairs 
  11. 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry
  12. Essentials Of Organizational Behaviour 
  13. 10th Edition – 
  14. Robbins, Sanghi and Judge

Source: Here


  1. Microeconomics – Ahuja and Koutsyansis
  2. Macroeconomics – Ahuja and Mankiw
  3. Public Finance - Lekhi, Balton and Bhatia
  4. International Economics – Salvatore 
  5. and M.C Vaish
  6. Money and Banking – Gupta and Ahuja
  7. RBI Website
  8. For Growth and Development,
  9. I followed Mishra and Puri 
There is another book by Lekhi 
(this book covers the syllabus so it is bit handy)/
I extensively used Internet for 
some new developments in same. 
  1. Economic Survey, EPW, RBI
  2. Puri, Dutt and SundaramUma Kapila,
  3. Any One Business Newspaper - 
  4. ETThe Economist or Financial Express

Source: Here



1. Accounting
(A very good & simple book to cover 
entire topics, selected topics only)
(Cover AS 1-20, 22 & 26 in detail 
& practice numerical also)


2. Cost Accounting
(Selected topics to cover syllabus of UPSC only)

3. Auditing

4. Taxation- Income Tax, Service Tax & VAT

Following is the link for a 
This book is written in a wonderful way and 
one should download for covering 
Income Tax part from this book.

5. Financial Management
sufficient to cover the entire syllabus)

6. Financial Markets & Institutions
Selected Topics to cover syllabus only


1. Organisation Theory & Behaviour
Organisation Theory & Behaviour- 
B.P. Singh & T.N. Chabra


2. Human Resource Management


  3. Industrial Relations

Source: Here 

  1. Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia 
  2. books of Anatomy (all three volumes);
  3. Embryology from I B Singh;
  4. Human Physiology
  5. - GanongGuyton  & A.K.Jain book
  6. Biochemistry-  
  7. by U. Satyanarayan’s book.
  8. Pathology-  Pathological basis of disease 
  9. by Robbins and Cotran
  10. one can also refer to Harshmohan’s book also.
  11. Pharmacology- K D Tripathi’s book 
  12. or even Lipincott is very good 
  13. for memory point of view.
  14. Microbiology- D R Arora’s book. 
  15. And same author’s book 
  16. for medical parasitology.
  17. Forensic medicine- 
  18. Essentials of Forensic medicine and 
  19. Toxicology by Dr. K S Narayan Reddy
  20. It is better to go by the tables that have been 
  21. given in this book as question are asked directly from 
  22. there and it is advisable to not to miss them.
  23. (Community medicine)
  24. Preventive and social medicine
  25. - K Park’s book is sufficient enough. 
  26. There is no need to refer any special book for 
  27. the programs of Govt. of India as K Park deals with 
  28. them in good detail and one has to follow 
  29. a word limit in writing questions.
  30. General Medicine- there are various books for 
  31. medicine and no one is complete. 
  32. I would highly recommend reading only those books 
  33. which you have referred during your graduation years. 
  34. Like I followed CMDT(no need to buy latest edition), 
  35. textbook of medicine by S N Chugh
  36. Emergency medicine by S N Chugh
  37. I would recommend making notes on certain 
  38. medical emergencies like asthma, COPD, 
  39. Status epilepticus, poisoning cases etc. 
  40. It is better to avoid reading Harrison as 
  41. one need to prepare any question optimally
  42. and not totally. For Infectious diseases one 
  43. should refer book from Indian author as 
  44. presentation of Infectious diseases is a bit 
  45. different in our country than west so avoid 
  46. CMDT or Harrision for that.
  47. General Surgery- Manipal’s manual of surgery. 
  48. For Differential diagnosis part one can 
  49. refer to clinical surgery by S Das.
  50. Pediatrics-  Essential pediatrics 
  51. by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga
  52. For d/d one can refer to DR. Mayoor K cheda book.
  53. Deramatology- illustrated synopsis 
  54. of Dermatology and sexually transmitted 
  55. diseases by Neena Khanna.
  56. Obstetrics and gynecology 
  57. including family planning
  58. Obstetrics by D C Dutta. 
  59. And for gynecology either 
  60. D C Dutta’s book or Shaw’s Gynecology. 
  61. Practice questions in flow chart format like 
  62. that has been given in D C dutta as it is the 
  63. standard format to prepare for 
  64. answer writing in medical science paper.

Source: Here 



  1. Linear Algebra: 
  2. Linear Algebra by Vasishtha and Sharma (Krishna Series)
  3. by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)
  4. Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)/ Or Here
  5. Analytic Geometry:
  6. Analytical Solid Geometry 
  7. by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)
  8. Ordinary Differential Equations: Ordinary and 
    Laplace Transforms: 
    Brilliant Tutorials Advanced 
  9. Partial Differential Equations 
  10. by M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand) 
  11. Statics: Statics (Krishna Series) Statics Statics & Dynamics
  12. Dynamics: Dynamics (Krishna Series)
  13. Curves in Space:


  1.                    Topics in Algebra by I. N. Herstein
  2. Real Analysis: Elements of Real Analysis 
  3. by MD Raisinghania (S. Chand)
  4. Complex Analysis: Functions of a 
  5. Complex Variable (Krishna Series)
  6. Linear Programming: Linear Programming 
  7. (Krishna Series)
  8. Partial Differential Equations: Ordinary 
    Boundary Value Problems: Advanced 
  9. Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
  10. and Partial Differential Equations 
  11. by M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand) 
  12. Numerical Analysis and Computer 
  13. Programming: Numerical Methods by
  14. Jain, Jain and Iynger
  15. Mechanics:
    Fluid Dynamics:
  16.  M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand)
  17. - II (Analytical Dynamics) (Krishna Series) 
  18. -I (Dynamics of Rigid Bodies) (Krishna Series)

Source : Prakash Purohit


  1. Mechanics: 
  2. Mechanics by D.S. Mathur
  3.  An Introduction to Mechanics 
  4. by Kleppner and  Kolenkow
  5. Waves and Optics:Optics 
    Optics by B.S. Agarwal
  6. Electricity and Magnetism: 
  7. by Satya PrakashElectricity 
  8. and Magnetism by D.C.Tayal 
  9. Introduction to Electrodynamics 
  10. by David J. Griffiths / Here
  11. Thermal and Statistical Physics: 
  12. Statistical Thermodynamics by Sears and Salinger / 
  13. Here  Thermodynamics, Statistical
  14.  Physics and Kinetics by Satya Prakash
  15. by Dittman and Zemansky / Here

  1. Atomic and Molecular Physics: 
  2. Atomic and Molecular Spectra by Raj Kumar / 
  3. Here  Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser / Here
  4. Nuclear and Particle Physics:
  5. Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics: 
  6. Principles of Electronic Materials and 
  7. Devices by S O Kasap / Here

Source : Kashish Mittal 


Important Books for Paper 1 and Paper 2 :

Physical Anthropology : P. Nath / B. M. Das

Social Anthropology :  Ember & Ember / Here
N. K. Vaid

Indian Anthropology :   Nadeen Hasnain / Here

Anthropological Thought : Upadhyay & Gaya Upadhyay / Here

Other sources:     


- Annual Report – Ministry of Tribal Affairs
- Current news related to tribals

The exact exam pattern for UPSC for 2015 will be known on 17th May 2015.
That is the day UPSC is suppose to release notification. 
But the syllabus won't change this time because it was changed in 2013
 and there may be some minor changes in pattern of the exam. 
This time prelims (screening)  gonna be in August 24th 
unlike previous years where it used to be in May.
  • Then comes this "the guide" website  
  • Mrunal  from the incredible man Mrunal Patel.
  • Every aspirant follows this blog, 
  • even UPSC knows him from his RTI applications.
  • He not only writes about what to study also about what not to study.
  • Every aspirant cannot go to Delhi or Hyderabad, 
  • so for interactions with fellow aspirants you can use 
  • The Knowledge Network for Civil Services Preparation.
  • Here you will find list of all important website list, 
  • blogs of successful aspirants, 
  • whats going on with other aspirants,what are the rumours, 
  • which book/newspaper is a must read, what to fill in the preferences etc.
  • And visit the UPSC regularly to get the updates from the 
  • horse's mouth in this journey where the entire process 
  • takes more than a year.
Have A Great TimeAll The Best;-)

Syllabus is really vast and choice of books, 
study plan varies from person to person. 
But since the pattern change current affairs is given more weightage 
than the static part. 
So going to Delhi or Hyderabad is not at all necessary. 
All you need is a internet connection trust me. 
So instead of giving long list of books I will here mention 
the must visit websites:

So exactly 4 months in hand for prelims, happy preparation !


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