Saturday, May 12, 2012

Book list : General Studies

By Ashish Thakare I.A.S.
General Studies :

 Indian History :
1) India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra
2) NCERT history textbook class 12th Old edition
1) NCERT – 11th and 12th textbook
 Current Affairs :
1) Any good newspaper – I referred Indian Express and The Hindu
2) Civil Services Chronicle magazine
3) Yojana magazine
4) India Year Book (of the current year)
 Science and Technology :
1) Any good book – e.g. Jawahar Publications or good class notes
2) Wikipedia  - search the topic given in the syllabus
 Indian Polity :
1) Indian Constitution – D D Basu
2) Newspapers
 Indian and the World ; and International Relations
1) Newspapers
2) Chronicle magazine
1) Spectrums book on statistics
2) NCERT textbook class 11th


  1. sir recently i came across the material by NIOS(national institute of open schooling)kindly have a look at it and tell us its relevance for upsc

  2. Aditya it seems that such material will not have direct benefit as far as UPSC concerned. I will recommend traditional reading like NCERT than material from such source.

    1. Sir,I find Indian express more informative and interesting than Hindu or Times.So can i continue with indian express only or should i refer hindu also?

    2. Hi Akshay,
      you can continue with Indian Express, but then you can supplement it with the Hindu (Hindu covers some policy and international affairs news in better way than express)

  3. Hi sir,
    my name is Mohsin shaikh.
    Thank you for your valuable guidance.
    which is the good book for economics?
    Actually i am from engineering i need the book for economics which easy to understand.
    and again thanks for your post.