PAPER – I
From Plassey to Partition – A History Of Modern India (A must buy in my opinion)orA Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications (For Mains, you should read the book by Bipan Chandra, but it is better if one can finish it before Prelims if you have more time)
The Indian Economy – Sanjiv Verma (this is for people who find economy difficult/distasteful -a must read before you hop for other books)
Indian Economy : For Civil Services Examinations 5th Edition (2013) – Ramesh Singh (This book is now universally recommended by every one – should be read only after reading the above book by Sanjiv Verma)
Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 4th Edition – Laxmikanth (For prelims you don’t have read any other book on Polity except this one. However, for Mains, you should read D D Basu as it helps you to form opinions to attempt some difficult questions in the exam)
Certified Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
Environment & Ecology: Biodiversity, Climate Change and Disaster Management : General Studies for Civil Services (Main) Examination – Paper II and IV (This is both for Prelims and Mains )
1000 Plus Questions on Indian Polity: General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination (Paper – 1)(Purely for Practice purpose – don’t expect questions from these books to appear in the exam)
General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 (Again for Questions – buy any one) – Remember to buy the latest Editions!!
India 2013 – Publication Division, Govt. of India (Buy the latest edition next year, or even this one will do)
Indian Polity Question Bank – TMH
General Science Question Bank – TMH
Geography (India+World) Question Bank – TMH
Social & Economic Development Question Bank – TMH
14000+ MCQs For Paper-I Prelims
PAPER – II
Actually, you don’t need any special books for Paper- II if you have some basic knowledge in Maths and relatively good in basic English. But, for most beginners, especially from Arts/Commerce background, some basic idea is needed on Paper – II, if not unnecessarily they start to think that Paper-II is full of Maths, reasoning and its is very difficult etc.
Cracking the CSAT Civil Services Aptitude Test with Solved Papers
Tata Mcgraw Hill Manual of GS Paper-II – 2014
Above books must be read only after completely reading NCERT textbooks:
Class VI to Class XII – Social Science – (Geography, Polity, History, Economics and Sociology – Class XI and XII)
Class VI to X Science – for non-Science students + Class XII Biology last 5 chapters.
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