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General Studies Books for IAS

'General studies' is a vast subject, so it helps to know the best reference books for the IAS exam. We have compiled a list of 'General Studies' books that may help you in your preparation of Civil Services and other services exams conducted by the UPSC.

As General Studies needs a certain amount of updating every year, make sure you buy the most recent print of these books.

We have added names of some monthly magazines too that is helpful for the preparation of General Studies paper. Please select the ones that you like the most.

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  1. Indian History - India Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra; NCERT Books ( XI & XII ) Buy Now
  2. Geography - Spectrum Buy Now
  3. Indian Polity - Constitution of India by Bakshi Buy Now
  4. Indian Economy - Plus One, Plus Two Books, Pratiyogita Darpan  Buy Now
  5. General Science - Tata Mc Graw Hill Guide  Buy Now
  6. Mental Ability - Quantitative Apitude by R.S. Aggarwal Buy Now
  7. Current Affairs - Some magazines and Newspapers
    1. The Hindu/The Times of India
    2. Frontline
    3. Civil Service Chronicle
    4. Chanakya
    5. Competition WIZARD
    6. Civil Services Today
    7. Civil Services India Buy Now
  8. Guides
    1. Tata Mc Graw Hill
    2. Spectrum
    3. Unique

Topic Wise Reference On General Studies

Books on Indian History & Culture:
  1. NCERT (+ 2 level) - Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India. Buy Now
  2. Publication Division : Gazetteer of India (Vol 2 : History & Culture)
  3. Gandhi Nehru Tagore & Ambedkar - Gopal Krishna
  4. Bipin Chandra - Modern India Buy Now
  5. A.C.Banerjee - History of Modern India Raghavan Aiyer - Mahatma Gandhi  Buy Now

Books For Prelims

  1. A Brief History of Modern India Buy Now
  2. Trends in Indian Culture and Heritage Buy Now
  3. Economic Survey 2014-15 Buy Now
  4. Indian Economy Buy Now
  5. Science & Technology Buy Now
Books on Geography:
  1. NCERT : Physical Geography of India for X - XII Std
  2. A Good School Atlas
  3. Sharma & Cotinho : Economic and Commercial Geography of India. Buy Now
  4. Khullar : India- A Comprehnsive Geography  Buy Now
  5. Environmental Studies from Crisis to Cure 2nd Edition - R.Rajagoplan  Buy Now
  6. Charles Farro : General Principles of World Geography
  7. Charles Farro : Monsoon Asia Reports published by Centre for Science and Enviornment And Tata Energy Research Institute
  8. National journal - Kurukshetra, Yojana etc. Down to earth
Books on Indian Economy:
  1. NCERT (+1 level) - Evolution of Indian Economy(I C Dhingra). Also topics from books from 6th - 12th classes
  2. Indian Economy - Mishra & Puri or Dutt & Sundaram
  3. Indian Economy Since Independence + Indian Economy: Performance and Policies- Uma Kapila.
  4. Economic Survey  Buy Now
  5. The Economic Times, Business Standard, India Year Book
  6. Yojana  Buy Now
  7. Budget: Railway, Annual Financial Statement (AFS)
  8. The Hindu (Economy sections)
  9. Also refer "Indian Economy" - Ramesh Singh
  10. Indian Economy - Sanjiv Verma, if you have less time
  11. March of the Indian Economy - I.C. Dhingra
Books on Social and National Issues :
  1. Social Problem - Ram Ahuja  Buy Now
  2. Social Welfare Magazine - Published by ministry of social welfare
  3. Yojana/Kurukshetra  Buy Now
  4. IIPa Journal  Buy Now
Books on Indian Polity:
  1. NCERT (+1 level)-Indian Political System
  2. N.L. Madan : Bhartiya Rajya Vyavastha
  3. D.D. Basu-Indian Constitution Buy Now
  4. Kashyap-Constitution of India  Buy Now
  5. Publication Division-Subhash C. Kashyap : Our Parliament Buy Now
  6. P.M. Bakshi-Indian Constitution  Buy Now
  7. Our Constitution : Subhash C. kashyap  Buy Now
  8. Perspective on Constitution : S.C. Kashyap  Buy Now
  9. Frontline Magazine
  10. IIPa Journal
Books on Science & Technology:
  1. NCERT : (10 level) : Science  Buy Now
  2. (+2 level) : Biology  Buy Now
  3. Popular Science Series (CSIR)
  4. Reports Of the Ministry of Science and Technology Yojana
  5. Science Reporter  Buy Now
  6. Science and Technology in India - Spectrum  Buy Now
Books on Statistics:
  1. (NCERT +1 level) Elementary Statistics  Buy Now
  2. S.C.Gupta : Statistical Methods  Buy Now
Books on India and the World :
  1. Journal of peace Studies
  2. World Focus
  3. Strategic Analysis
  4. South Asian Journal
Other Books for General Studies:
  1. India Year Book latest  Buy Now
  2. One competitive Magazine
  3. Guides like Tata Mc Graw Hill, Spectrum or Unique For General Reference
  4. The Pearson General Studies Manual  Buy Now
  5. Analytical Reasoning - M. K. Pandey  Buy Now
  6. Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning - R. S.Aggarwal  Buy Now