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Suggested Books

Suggested books

Though, Civil service exam covers vast syllabus, it is not easy to study each and every book in such a short time period. So, there are some suggested books to not to miss reading while preparing for Civil Service exam.

Books for Prelims:

To clear prelims, the first stage of civil service a candidate needs to read the following books and journals for sure.


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• Chronical
• Monthly current affair
• Magazines
• G.K Books

Geography Books

All N.C.E.R.T Books from 6th-12th standard


Ancient medieval and modern History N.C.E.R.T

Science and Technology (NCERT)

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Political science Books (NCERT)

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Environmental studies

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Current Affairs

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Suggested Book for Civil Service Aptitude Test

  1. Verbal and Non Verbal (RS Aggarwal)
  2. Quantitative Aptitude (RS Aggarwal)


10Th standard, Vyakran book by Duggal.


Wren Martin (Grammar Book)


Suggested Books for MAINS Exam:

General studies 1 (Indian Heritage and Culture, History and Geography of the World and Society)

• India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
• Facets of Indian Culture by Spectrum
• NCERTs of class XI and XII
• India: Development and Participation by Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze
• India Since Independence by Bipin Chandra

General Studies 2 (Governance, Constitution, Polity, Social Justice and International Relations)

• India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra
• India Since Independence by Bipin Chandra
• An Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu

General Studies 3 (Technology, Economic Development, Bio diversity, Environment, Security and Disaster Management)

• Biology and Geography NCERT Books plus current events on Environmental Issues
• Economic Survey
• Environment & Ecology: Biodiversity, Climate Change & Disaster Management by Majid

General Studies 4 (Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude)

• Quantitative Apitude by R.S. Aggarwal

English Language

• Objective General English by R.S. Agarwal
• High School English Grammar and Composition by Wren n Martin

Punjabi Language

• Punjabi Vyakaran by Rajesh Sethi
• Introduction to Punjabi: Grammar, Conversation and Literature by G. Mann


• Contemporay Essays by Ramesh Singh OR 151 ESSAYS For UPSC Mains

Economics books

• Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri
• Macro Economic Analysis – Edward Shapiro
• Indian Economy – R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
• Macro Economic Analysis – Edward Shapiro

Philosophy Books

• Empiricism (Locke, Berkeley, Hume)
• Caste Discrimination: Gandhi and Ambedkar
• Nyâya- Vaiúesika
• Plato and Aristotle

Management Books

• Marketing Management
• Organisational Behavior and Design
• Human Resource Management

Note: Above mentioned books are a few most important books to be read during preparation of civil exams. A candidate is not suggested to rely on these books only for preparation.

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