Tuesday, July 30, 2013

UPSC Mains New Syllabus-Strategy For Mains Exam Books

Strategy For Mains Exam
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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

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1) Shorter Constitution Of India (Set of 2 Volumes) 14th Editon –


OR This Small Book : Introduction to the Constitution of India 20 Edition or
Introduction to the Constitution of India
2) India 2013 – Publication Division, Govt. ofIndia
3) Economic Survey 2012-2013
4) India Since Independence – Bipan ChandraIndia Since Independence – new edition
5) Ideology And Politics in Modern India
6) India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra

Plassey to Partition – A History Of Modern India 
(NowSuper Hit With Aspirants – Choice is yours! )

A Brief History of Modern India – Spectrum Publications
7)Indian Economy : For

Civil Services Examinations 5th Edition (2013) – Ramesh Singh

8) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations 4th 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 – New Edition – Norman Lowe
Or Buy this Imported Vesrion updated with in-depth chapters on

Arab Spring and 2008 Financial Crisis: Mastering Modern World History -5th Edition, Norman Lowe
13) Facts of Indian Culture – Spectrum Publications
Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage: For Civil Services
Or this book from Government of India:

The Gazetteer of India: History and Culture Vol II

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 (Buy from


17) History of the World from the Late Nineteenth to the Early Twenty First Century – Arjun Dev (Optional)
18) Social Problems in India 2 Edition – Ram Ahuja

19) Politics and Ethics of the Indian Constitution - Review
20) Public Institutions in India: Performance and Design – PRATAPA BHANU MEHTA

More Books

Current Affairs (Preliminary And Main Exams 2013) Part V (Vajiram & Ravi)

IAS Mains Civil Services Main Examination: General Studies Chapterwise Solved Papers 2012 - 1997

Geography by Spectrum

Those who are preparing for PubAd this book is must

>>>>Administrative Thinkers 1st Edition

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. Copy and Paste every article related to syllabus from October 2012 to November 2013! This can be of great help during revising.