Saturday, July 6, 2013

UPSC Mains 2013 Reference Materials and Books One Place upsc mains pattern 2013

UPSC Mains 2013 Reference Materials and Books One Place

UPSC Mains 2013 Study Material  upsc mains pattern 2013

For UPSC mains one need to supplement their every day Newspaper (The Hindu) reading with certain books to have a deep insight over varied topics that are now part of the new syllabus.
To gain knowledge on diverse topics it is prudent to read standard texts rather than depending on materials provided by various coaching institutions. First hand reading of basic books enables aspirant to tackle questions of different dimensions.
Reading newspaper everyday is sine qua non of UPSC  preparation. A fortnightly magazine like Frontline is a must to enhance understanding about current events related to India and abroad. If possible, also go through The Economist magazine to understand international events.
Following is the list of books that are necessary for UPSC Civil Services Mains exam (links are given to Flipkart which provides nearly 20% – 30% discount on each book and it has home delivery facility to every corner in India- Of course you can buy from nearest shop if  that is comfortable and affordable!):
1) Shorter Constitution Of India (Set of 2 Volumes) 14th Editon Edition – D.D.Basu

OR This Small Book Introduction to the Constitution of India
2) India 2013 – Publication Division, Govt. of India 

3) Economic Survey 2012-2013

4) India Since Independence – Bipan Chandra

5) Ideology And Politics in Modern India

6) India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra

A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications

7)Indian Economy 67 Edition – Dutt and Sundaram

Indian Economy: Performance and Policies 11 Rev ed Edition – Uma Kapila

8) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 3rd Edition – Laxmikanth

9) Geography of India- Majid Hussain

10) Ethics In Governance OR To Download Free E-Book Click here

11) Buy India After Gandhi: The History Of The World’s Largest Democracy

12) Mastering Modern World History 3rd Edition- Norman Lowe

13) Facts of Indian Culture – Spectrum Publications

Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services

14) Select Constitutions: 16th Edition – S Chand

15) India’s Foreign Policy – Muchkund Dubey

16) Challenge And Strategy : Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajiv Sikri

17) History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century – Arjun Dev

18) Social Problems in India 2 Edition – Ram Ahuja

19) Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution - Review

Other Books Civil Services Aspirants Must Read:

1) The Wonder That Was India- A.L.Basham

2) India Unbound: The Social and Economic Revolution from Independence to the Global Information Age – Gurcharan Das

3) Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century – Shashi Tharoor (Pre-order 30% off )

4) An Uncertain Glory: India and its Contradictions – Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze

5) The Argumentative Indian : Writings on Indian History – Amartya Sen

Of course you need to read NCERT texts as well. The above list is for reference and reading as well. As you have plenty of time for Mains, you can savour these books leisurely.
Don’t forget: The Hindu is the mother of Mains preparation now. Cut and Paste every article related to syllabus from October 2012 to November 2013!


  1. The above rundown is for reference and perusing too. As you have a lot of time for Mains, you can relish these books restful.
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