Suggested Books for IAS

General Studies

1. Indian History – India Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra; NCERT Books
2. Geography – Spectrum
3. Indian Polity – Constitution of India by Bakshi
4. Indian Economy – Plus One, Plus Two Books, Pratiyogita Darpan
5. General Science – Tata Mc Graw Hill Guide
6. Mental Ability – Quantitative Apitude by R.S. Aggarwal
7. Current Affairs – Some magazines and Newspapers

i. The Hindu/The Times of India
ii. Frontline
iii. Civil Service Chronicle
iv. Chanakya
v. Competition WIZARD
vi. Civil Services Today

8. Guides

1. Tata Mc Graw Hill
2. Spectrum
3. Unique
Topic Wise Reference

Indian History & Culture

NCERT (+ 2 level) — Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India.
Publication Division : Gazetteer of India (Vol 2 : History & Culture)
Gandhi Nehru Tagore & Ambedkar — Gopal Krishna
Bipin Chandra – Modern India
A.C.Banerjee – History of Modern India Raghavan Aiyer — Mahatma Gandhi

Geography:
NCERT : Physical Geography of India for X – XII Std
A Good School Atlas
Sharma & Cotinho : Economic and Commercial Geography of India.
Khullar : India- A Comprehnsive Geography
Charles Farro : General Principles of World Geography
Charles Farro : Monsoon Asia Reports published by Centre for Science and Enviornment And Tata Energy Research Institute
National journal – Kurukshetra, Yojana etc.
Down to earth

Indian Economy:
NCERT (+1 level)—Evolution of Indian Economy(I C Dhingra).
Mishra & Puri or Dutt & Sundaram – Indian Economy
Economic Survey
The Economic Times,Business Standard
Yojana

Social and National Issues :
Social Problem – Ram Ahuja
Social Welfare Magazine – Published by ministry of social welfare
Yojana/Kurukshetra
IIPa Journal

Indian Polity:
NCERT (+1 level)—Indian Political System
N.L. Madan : Bhartiya Rajya Vyavastha
D.D. Basu—Indian Constitution
Kashyap—Constitution of India
Publication Division—Subhash C. Kashyap : Our Parliament
P.M. Bakshi—Indian Constitution
Our Constitution : Subhash C. kashyap
Perspective on Constitution : S.C. Kashyap
Frontline Magazine
IIPa Journal

Science & Technology
NCERT : (10 level) : Science, (+2 level) : Biology.
Popular Science Series (CSIR)
Reports Of the Ministry of Science and Technology Yojana
Science Reporter
Science and Technology in India – Spectrum

Statistics:
(NCERT +1 level) Elementary Statistics
S.C.Gupta : Statistical Methods

India and the World :
Journal of peace Studies
World Focus
Strategic Analysis
South Asian Journal

Other Books :
1. India Year Book latest
2. One competitive Magazine
3. Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill, Spectrum or Unique For General Reference
4. The Pearson General Studies Manual
Agriculture

Suggested Reading for Preliminary Agriculture
1. Soil Science – D.K Das Or Brady
2.Agronomy By Yellamananda Reddy
3.Plant Breeding By B.D. Singh
4.Genetics By B.D.Singh
5.Physiology By Pandey & Singha
6.Indroduction To Horticulture – Kumar
7.Handbook Of Agriculture By ICAR
8. Agricultural Economics and Farm Management
9. Agricultural Extension Education in India

Suggested Reading for Mains
books 1 to 9 in the prelims list and…
10.Pathology – Singh
11.Entomology – Vasantha Raj & David
12.The Hindu – Survey Of Indian Agriculture
13.Agricuture Statistics – Dept. of Agri. and coop. statistics at a glanceAnthropology

Paper I
(Part I) (Upto Topic 7)
1. Beattie : Other Cultures
2. Beals & Hoijer/ : An Introduction to Anthropology
3. Haviland : An Introduction to Anthropology
4. Vaid : Economy and Social Relations
5. U.S. Mishra : An Introduction to Social-Cultural Anthropology (in Hindi)
6. Mishra & Hasnain : Unifying Anthropology
7. Honigman : he World of Man
8. Herskovits : Cultural Anthropology
9. Majumdar & Madan : An Introduction to Social Anthropology
10.Sagar Preet : Basic Concepts in Sociology and Anthropology
11. Abhik Ghosh : Meetings with the Other (on Fieldwork Techniques)
12. Gaya and Pandey : Cultural Anthropology

Paper I
(Part II)
1. Harrison et. al : Human Biology
2. Shukla & Rastogi : Physical Anthropology & Human Genetics
3. Stein & Rowe : An Introduction to Physical Anthropology.
4. Vaid & Pandey : Jaivik Manavshastra (in Hindi)
5. B. Janusch : Origins of Man
6. Virender Kumar : Evolution of Genus Homo
7. Surender Nath : Forensic Anthropology
8. Surender Nath : Nutritional Anthropology
9. M. Harris : Rise of Anthropological Theory
10. U.S. Misra : Anthropological Thought (in Hindi)
11. Herskovits : Cultural Anthropology
12. Booklet published by Jawahar Publishers

Paper II
1. NCERT : Indian Society, Social Change
2. Bhattacharya, D.K. : An Outline of Indian Prehistory
3. Srinivas : Caste in India & Other Essays
4. Srinivas : Social Change in Modern India
5. Y. Singh : Modernisation of Indian Tradition
6. Vidyarthi & Rai : Tribal Cultures of India
7. N. Hasnain : Indian Anthropology
8. N. Hasnain : Tribal India
9. R.C. Verma : Indian Tribes
10. Vaid : Who Cares for Tribal Development (Hindi & English)
11. A.L. Basham : The Wonder that was India
12. G.S. Bhatt : Bharatiya Samajik Vichar (in Hindi)
13. Sagar Preet : Reservation for Backward Classes a Perspective
Anthropology

Topic Wise Reference
Paper I (Part I) (Upto Topic 7)
1. Beattie : Other Cultures
2. Beals & Hoijer/ : An Introduction to Anthropology
3. Haviland : An Introduction to Anthropology
4. Vaid : Economy and Social Relations
5. U.S. Mishra : An Introduction to Social-Cultural Anthropology (in Hindi)
6. Mishra & Hasnain : Unifying Anthropology
7. Honigman : he World of Man
8. Herskovits : Cultural Anthropology
9. Majumdar & Madan : An Introduction to Social Anthropologyv 10.Sagar Preet : Basic Concepts in Sociology and Anthropology
11. Abhik Ghosh : Meetings with the Other (on Fieldwork Techniques)

Paper I (Part II)
1. Harrison et. al : Human Biology
2. Shukla & Rastogi : Physical Anthropology & Human Genetics
3. Stein & Rowe : An Introduction to Physical Anthropology.
4. Vaid & Pandey : Jaivik Manavshastra (in Hindi)
5. B. Janusch : Origins of Man
6. Virender Kumar : Evolution of Genus Homo
7. Surender Nath : Forensic Anthropology
8. Surender Nath : Nutritional Anthropology
9. M. Harris : Rise of Anthropological Theory
10. U.S. Misra : Anthropological Thought (in Hindi)
11. Herskovits : Cultural Anthropology
12. Booklet published by Jawahar Publishers

Paper II
1. NCERT : Indian Society, Social Change
2. Bhattacharya, D.K. : An Outline of Indian Prehistory
3. Srinivas : Caste in India & Other Essays
4. Srinivas : Social Change in Modern India
5. Y. Singh : Modernisation of Indian Tradition
6. Vidyarthi & Rai : Tribal Cultures of India
7. N. Hasnain : Indian Anthropology
8. N. Hasnain : Tribal India
9. R.C. Verma : Indian Tribes
10. Vaid : Who Cares for Tribal Development (Hindi & English)
11. A.L. Basham : The Wonder that was India
12. G.S. Bhatt : Bharatiya Samajik Vichar (in Hindi)
13. Sagar Preet : Reservation for Backward Classes a Perspective

Botany

Microbiology: Powars’s two books on microbiology are more than enough.

Pathology: Singh’s book along with a foreign author

Cryptograms B.R. Vasista (alage and fungi), P.C. Vashishta (Pteridophytes gymnosperms) along with both volumes by Pandey and Trivedi

Embryology: Bhojwani and Bhatnagar

Plant Anatomy: Esau or B.P. Pandey

Taxonomy: Nair along with Datta

Cell Biology: De Robertis & Ambrose and Easy or Powar

Genetics: Strickberger or Vir Bala Rastogi

Physiology and Biochemistry: Salisbury and Ross or Fritz and Noggle

Ecology: Vir Bala Rastogi and M.S. Jayaraj and P.D. Singh

Economic Botany: Kochar or Verma

Chemistry

Physical Chemistry
Gaseous state, Thermodynamics, Phase rule, solutions, Colligative properties, Electro Chemistry, Catalysis, Colloids – Principals of physical chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathawa
Chemical kinetics – Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj
Photo chemistry – A text book of physical chemistry (Vol. – IV) – K.L. Kapoor
Advance physical chemistry – Gurdeep Raj.

Organic Chemistry
Bonding and shape of organic molecules, Stereo chemistry of carbon compound – Reactions and reagents – O.P. Agarwal
A guide to mechanism in organic chemistry – Peter Sykes
Rest all the chapters – A text book of organic chemistry – Bahl & Bahl

Inorganic Chemistry
Atomic Structure – Principle of physical chemistry – Puri, Sharma & Pathwa
Advance inorganic chemistry – J.D. Lee
Chemical Periodicity, Chemical bonding,Coordination compound – Selected topics in inorganic chemistry – Maden, Malik, Tuli
Theoretical principles of inorganic chemistry – G.S. Manku,
Extradiction of metals, Principle of inorganic chemistry – Puri, Sharma, Jauhar.
Rest all the chapters – An advance inorganic chemistry – J.D. Lee
Pollution and its control – A text book of environmental chemistry and pollution – S.S. Dara.

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10 Comments

  1. tanu says:

    i want to know a list of books for commerce and accountancy for ias prelims as well as for mains

  2. parimal says:

    i want to know list of history books,g.s books and hindi books.please refer me now.

  3. prachi says:

    plz suggest me books for sociology for IAS mains exam avlbl in hindi…

    thanks…

  4. anjana shukla says:

    sir i am fresher for ias exams, i completed my graduation with botany & chemistry. I would like to know is it botaty i choose as a sb. for mains .Give me the names of all books i.e.,best for botany,p,b. & g.s.(pre.mains) also magazins, newspapers Thans

  5. ARSH says:

    i want to know is comerce and geography make a combination for ias exam. and also list of books for comerce and accountancy for ias exam

  6. pooja says:

    i want to know about the best book for ctet

  7. yogesh singhal says:

    i am a graduate fresher, i want some reference books information as a history my main subject for kracking iars exams

  8. ajay kumar prajapati says:

    i am pursuing ba from allahabad university. my combination is english language ancient history and education . plz suggest me how i prepare for pre and suggest me good books.

  9. ajay kumar prajapati says:

    actully i am in ba2 .plz tell me how many hour will be suitable for me because i have to read my syllabus also .what should i read first of all.

  10. sankar says:

    sir/madam,
    please help me to find one or two books on anthropology which will cover the entire syllabus for IAS exams for comprehensive study.

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