[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
- Political Science
- Public Administration
- Medical Science
- History of Modern India –
- Shekhar Bandopadhyaya/Bipan Chandra
- Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe
- India’s Struggle For Independence –
- Bipan Chandra and Others
- Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas -
- Romila Thapar/ A History of Ancient
- and Early Medieval India
- Medieval India: From Sultanat to Mughals
- – 1- Satish Chandra
- Medieveal India: From Sultanat to Mughals
- -2 – Satish Chandra
- India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma
- History of the World – Arjun Dev
- The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham
- A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx
- – Mukherjee and Susheela Ramaswamy
- Politial Theory – Rajeev Bhargava
- Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba
- International Relations -Khanna
- Politics – Heywood
- Introduction to the Constitution of India
- - D D Basu
- Global Politics – Heywood
- Foundations of Indian Political Thought
- – V R Mehta
- India’s Struggle For Idependence
- – Bipan Chandra
- Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia
- Does The Elephant Dance?
- Contemporary India Foreign Policy – Malone
- Physical Geography – Majid Hussain/ Savindra Singh
- Models in Geography – Majid Hussain
- Modern Physical Geography –
- Strahler and Strahler (Optional)
- Certificate Physical and Human Geography
- – Goh Cheng Leong
- Economic and Social Geography
- Made Simple – Rupa Publication
- Dictionary of Physical Geography – Penguin
- Evolution of Geographical Thought
- – Majid Hussain
- Physical Geography Made Simple
- – Rupa Publication
- Dictionary of Human Geography
- Oxford Student Atlas /
- The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas
- India Year Book – Publication Division
- Regional Planning in India – Mahesh Chand
- India – A Comprehensive Geography - Khullar
- Sociology – Anthony Giddens
- Sociological Thought –
- Francis Abraham and John Henry Morgan
- Sociology – Harlombos and Holborn
- Political Theory – O P Gauba
- HARALAMBOS & HOLBORN SOCIOLOGY:
- THEMES AND PERSPECTIVES
- Social Change in India – M N Srinivas
- Indian Society and Culture – Nadeem Hasnain
- Modernization of Indian Tradition
- – Yogendra Singh
- Indian Sociological Thought by Nagla B K
- Handbook of Indian Sociology – Veena Das
- Rural Sociology – Doshi and Jain
- Social Background of Indian Nationalism
- – A R Desai
- Indian Public Administration – Arora and Goyal
- Administrative Thinkers – Prasad and Prasad
- Public Administration In India
- 1st Edition - Maheshwari
- Public Administration – Fadia and Fadia
- Public Administration In India – B L Fadia (optional)
- Public Administration – Laxmikant
- New Horizons of Public Administration
- – Mohit Bhattacharya
- Public Administration and Public Affairs
- 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry
- Essentials Of Organizational Behaviour
- 10th Edition –
- Robbins, Sanghi and Judge
- Microeconomics – Ahuja and Koutsyansis
- Macroeconomics – Ahuja and Mankiw
- Public Finance - Lekhi, Balton and Bhatia
- International Economics – Salvatore
- and M.C Vaish
- Money and Banking – Gupta and Ahuja
- RBI Website
- For Growth and Development,
- 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.
- Economic Survey, EPW, RBI
- Puri, Dutt and Sundaram, Uma Kapila,
- Any One Business Newspaper -
- ET, The Economist or Financial Express
(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
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
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
- Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia
- books of Anatomy (all three volumes);
- Embryology from I B Singh;
- Human Physiology
- - Ganong; Guyton & A.K.Jain book
- by U. Satyanarayan’s book.
- Pathology- Pathological basis of disease
- by Robbins and Cotran,
- one can also refer to Harshmohan’s book also.
- Pharmacology- K D Tripathi’s book
- or even Lipincott is very good
- for memory point of view.
- Microbiology- D R Arora’s book.
- And same author’s book
- for medical parasitology.
- Forensic medicine-
- Essentials of Forensic medicine and
- Toxicology by Dr. K S Narayan Reddy.
- It is better to go by the tables that have been
- given in this book as question are asked directly from
- there and it is advisable to not to miss them.
- (Community medicine)
- Preventive and social medicine
- - K Park’s book is sufficient enough.
- There is no need to refer any special book for
- the programs of Govt. of India as K Park deals with
- them in good detail and one has to follow
- a word limit in writing questions.
- General Medicine- there are various books for
- medicine and no one is complete.
- I would highly recommend reading only those books
- which you have referred during your graduation years.
- Like I followed CMDT(no need to buy latest edition),
- textbook of medicine by S N Chugh,
- Emergency medicine by S N Chugh.
- I would recommend making notes on certain
- medical emergencies like asthma, COPD,
- Status epilepticus, poisoning cases etc.
- It is better to avoid reading Harrison as
- one need to prepare any question optimally
- and not totally. For Infectious diseases one
- should refer book from Indian author as
- presentation of Infectious diseases is a bit
- different in our country than west so avoid
- CMDT or Harrision for that.
- General Surgery- Manipal’s manual of surgery.
- For Differential diagnosis part one can
- refer to clinical surgery by S Das.
- Pediatrics- Essential pediatrics
- by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga.
- For d/d one can refer to DR. Mayoor K cheda book.
- Deramatology- illustrated synopsis
- of Dermatology and sexually transmitted
- diseases by Neena Khanna.
- Obstetrics and gynecology
- including family planning-
- Obstetrics by D C Dutta.
- And for gynecology either
- D C Dutta’s book or Shaw’s Gynecology.
- Practice questions in flow chart format like
- that has been given in D C dutta as it is the
- standard format to prepare for
- answer writing in medical science paper.
- Linear Algebra:
- Linear Algebra by Vasishtha and Sharma (Krishna Series)
- Calculus: Differential Calculus by
- by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)
- Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)/ Or Here
- Analytic Geometry:
- Analytical Solid Geometry
- by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)
- Ordinary Differential Equations: Ordinary andLaplace Transforms:Brilliant Tutorials Advanced
- Partial Differential Equations
- by M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand)
- Statics: Statics (Krishna Series) Statics Statics & Dynamics
- Dynamics: Dynamics (Krishna Series)
- Vector Analysis:Vector Calculus (Krishna Series)Curves in Space:
- Real Analysis: Elements of Real Analysis
- by MD Raisinghania (S. Chand)
- Complex Analysis: Functions of a
- Complex Variable (Krishna Series)
- Linear Programming: Linear Programming
- (Krishna Series)
- Partial Differential Equations: OrdinaryBoundary Value Problems: Advanced
- Engineering Mathematics by Erwin Kreyszig
- and Partial Differential Equations
- by M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand)
- Numerical Analysis and Computer
- Programming: Numerical Methods by
- Jain, Jain and Iynger
- Mechanics:Fluid Dynamics:
- M.D. Raisinghania (S. Chand)
- - II (Analytical Dynamics) (Krishna Series)
- -I (Dynamics of Rigid Bodies) (Krishna Series)
- Mechanics by D.S. Mathur
- An Introduction to Mechanics
- by Kleppner and Kolenkow
- Waves and Optics:OpticsOptics by B.S. Agarwal
- Electricity and Magnetism:
- by Satya PrakashElectricity
- and Magnetism by D.C.Tayal
- Introduction to Electrodynamics
- by David J. Griffiths / Here
- Thermal and Statistical Physics:
- Statistical Thermodynamics by Sears and Salinger /
- Here Thermodynamics, Statistical
- Physics and Kinetics by Satya Prakash
- by Dittman and Zemansky / Here
- Quantum Mechanics:Quantum Physics by H.C. Verma
- Atomic and Molecular Physics:
- Atomic and Molecular Spectra by Raj Kumar /
- Here Modern Physics by Arthur Beiser / Here
- Nuclear and Particle Physics:
- Solid State Physics, Devices and Electronics:
- Principles of Electronic Materials and
- Devices by S O Kasap / Here
Important Books for Paper 1 and Paper 2 :
Physical Anthropology : P. Nath / B. M. Das
N. K. Vaid
- 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
- 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
- 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 regularly to get the updates from the
- horse's mouth in this journey where the entire process
- takes more than a year.
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 !