UPSC - Civil Services Exam - List of reference books

Note: The following books' list is only illustrative but not exhaustive for the purpose of guidance to the candidates.

Preliminary Exam

General Studies

  1. Tata mc graw hills - General Studies Manual 
  2. India Year Book (Publication of Govt. of India)
  3. NCERT Books (Std.6 to 12 - Geography, Polity, History, Social Sci., Eco.)
  4. Yojana & Kurukshetra
  5. National Newspaper (Example: Times of India, Economic Times, The Hindu) 
  6. Introduction to the Constitution of India - D.D. Basu
  7. Indian Economy - Datta and Sundaram
  8. Geography of India - D.R. Khullar
  9. India's Struggle for Independence - Bipin Chandra
  10. Modern India - Bipin Chandra
  11. India Year Book (Publication of Govt. of India)
  12. Economic Survey of India
  13. Yojana and Kurukshetra
  14. NCERT Text books (std. 6 to 12)  

Aptitude Test

  1. Objective Arithmatic - R. S. Aggarwal
  2. CSAT - Arihant Publications
  3. CSAT - Pratiyogita Darpan
  4. Sankhyatmak Abhiyogyata - Pratiyogita Darpan
  5. New reasoning test - Pratiyogita Darpan

Books for main exam

Gujarati Literature

Question Paper - 1

  1. Arvachin Sahityano Itihas - Pro. Ramesh Trivedi
  2. Madhyakalin Gujarati Sahityano Itihas - Pro. Ramesh Trivedi
  3. Gujarati Sahityani Vikas Rekha (Part 1 & 2) - Dr. Dhirubhai Thakkar
  4. Gujarati Sahityano Itihas (Part 1 to 4) - Gujarati Sahitya Parishad
  5. Gujarati Dhvani Vyavsthani Vicharna - Pro. Pinkiben Shah
  6. Gujarati Bhashanu Vyakran - Dr. Yogendra Vyas
  7. Boli Vigyan ane Gujarati Bolio - Dr. Yogendra Vyas
  8. Bhasha Vigyan - Jayant Kothari
  9. Bar Sahitya Swarupo - Paras Brahmbhatt

Question Paper - 2

  1. Vasantvilas Fagu - AgyanKruti
  2. Kadambari - Bhalan
  3. Sudama Charitra - Premanand
  4. Chadra-Chandrawati ni varta - Shaamal
  5. AkheGeeta - Akho
  6. Mari Hakikat - Narmad Shankar Dave
  7. Farbas Virah - DalpatRam
  8. Sarashwati Chandra (Part - 1) - GoverdhanRam Tripathi
  9. Porvaalap - 'Kaant' ManiShankar Ratanji Bhatt
  10. Rai no Parvat - Ramanbhai Nilkanth
  11. Hind Swaraj - Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
  12. Patan ni Prabhuta - Kanaiyalal Munshi
  13. Kaavya ni Shakti - RamNarayan Vishwanath Pathak
  14. Saurashtra ni Rasdhaar (Part - 1) - Zaverchand Meghani
  15. Manvi ni Bhavaai - Pannalal Patel
  16. Dhwani - Rajendra Shah
  17. Saptapadi - UmaShankar Joshi
  18. Janantike - Suresh Joshi
  19. Ashwatthama - Sitaanshu Yashchandra

History

Ancient History

  1. History of Ancient India – Jha & Srimali
  2. Wonder that was India  -  A. L. Basham
  3. Ancient India                 -  D. N. Jha
  4. Prachin bharat ka itihas – Romila Thapar
  5. Ashok evam morya samaj ka patan – Romila Thapar
  6. Bharat me samantwad – Ramsharan Sharma
  7. IGNOU – Book no. 2

Medieval History

  1. Medieval History Part I & II – Harishchandra Verma
  2. Medieval History Part I & II – Satish Chandra
  3. Medieval History Part I, II, III – J. L. Mehta
  4. Medieval History  -  - Chaudhary , Majumadar & Datta (Three Authors)

Modern History

  1. Adhunik bharat ka itihas – R. S. Shukla
  2. Adhunik bharat ka itihas – B. L. Grover
  3. Bhartiya Rashtrawad ki samajik prusthbhumi – A. R. Desai
  4. Bharat me upniveshwad evam rastrawad – Satyaray
  5. Adhunik Bharat – Sumit Sarkar
  6. Bharat ka swatantrata sangharsh – Bipin Chandra

World History

  1. Hobswam
  2. Johnson’s European History
  3. H.G. Hells

Sociology

  1. IGNOU Material
  2. Sociology - Sachideva & Vidhya Bushan
  3. Sociology - T.B. Bottomore
  4. Sociology Themes & Perspectives - Moralambose & R.M. Heald
  5. Unique Guide
  6. Dhilion Guide
  7. Spectrum Guide
  8. Sociology Dictionary - William P. Scott
  9. Social Demography - Asha & Bandhi
  10. Social Anthropology - Madan & Majumdar
  11. Political System - Smelser
  12. Cultural Anthropology -Madan and Majumdar
  13. Sociology - Horton and Hunt
  14. Harlambus - Introduction to Sociology
  15. Tribal India - L.P. Vidhyarthi 
  16. Modernisation of Indian Tradition - Y. Singh
  17. NCERT tests on sociology
  18. Oxford Dictionary / Collins
  19. Chapters from a good book on Demography and Urban geography

Public Administration


  1. Indian Administration - Ramesh K. Arora & Rajni Goyal.
  2. Indian Administration - S.R. Maheswari.
  3. Administrative Theory - Avasti & Avasti
  4. Public Administration - Avasti & Maheswari.
  5. Administrative Thinkers - R. Prasad and Prasad.
  6. Administrative Thinkers - S.R. Maheswari
  7. Public Administration - Sadan and Sharma
  8. Local Government - S.R. Maheswari
  9. New Horizons of Public Administration - Mohit Bhattacharya
  10. Public Administration Theory and concepts - Rumki Basu
  11. Public Administration (Manual) (TATA MC Graw Hill) – Laxmikanth
  12. Indian Constitution - D.D. Basup (or) Pandey
  13. Public Administration and Public Affairs - Nicholas Henry
  14. Modern Public Administration - Nigro and Nigro

    For General Reference (Public Administration)
  1. Public administration in theory and practice - M.P. Sharma and B.L Sadan 
  2. Public administration - Mohit Bhattacharya 
  3. Modern public administration - Nigro and Nigro 
  4. Theories and principles of administration : Administrative thinkers - Prasad & Prasad 
  5. Principles of management - Terry and Frankline 
  6. Administrative Behaviors: Managing organizational behavior - Paul Hersey & Kenneth Blanchard 
  7. Personal Administration - Public personal administration - O. Glennstal 
  8. Financial administration: Financial administration of India - M.J.K. Thavaray 
  9. Comparative administration : public administration a comparative perspective - Ferrel Heady or Comparative public administration - Ramesh 
  10. Control over administration : Public administration - Avasthi & Maheswari 
  11. Central administration in India: Central administration - A. Avasthi 
  12. Civil Services in India : Indian administration - S.R. Maheswari, State 
  13. District and local administration: State administration - J.D. Shukla 
  14. District administration -- S. S. Khera 
  15. Local Government in India - S.R. Maheshwari 
  16. Laxmikant's guide (for clearing conepts) 
  17. IGNOU Study Materials 
  18. IJPA articles on relevant topics
  19. Current News Papers 

Psychology

  1. Theories of personality - Hall and Lindxy
  2. Abnormal psychology and modern life - Cokman Vead, well being & Mental disorders, therapeutic approaches and coping mechanisms.
  3. Community psychology - Pande
  4. Organisational behaviour - Stephen P. Robbins
  5. Educational psychology - Mattur
  6. Social psychology - Baros & Bryne
  7. Psychological testing - A.K. Singh
  8. Statistical Analysis Garette
  9. Development psychology - Hurlock

Political Science

General for Political Science

  1. By Subhash C Kashyap ---
    1. Our Constitution
    2. Our Parliament
    3. Perspective on Constitution (ED)
  2. By P.M Bakshi --
    1.Constitution
  3. By D.D. Basu --
    1. Introduction to the Constitution 

Political Science Paper I Section B

  1. (a) Comparative Govt. & Politics —J.C. Johri
    (b) Comparative Govt. & Politics —Ronald Chilkote
  2. (a) Modern Indian Political Thinkers —V.P. Verma
    (b) Foundations of Indian Political Thought —V.R. Mehta
    (c) Indian Govt. and Politics —A.S. Narang
    (c) Indian Govt. and Politics —J.R. Siwach
    (c) Indian Govt and Politics —M.P. Singh, Himanshu Roy
    (d) Politics in India —Rajani Kothari
    (e) Govt. and Politics of India —W.H. Morris Jones

Political Science Paper II Section A

  1. (a) Theoretical aspects of International Politics —Mahendra Kumar
    (b) Politics among Nations —Morganthu
    (c) International Politics —Schuman

Political Science Paper II Section B

  1. International Politics —Bookhives
  2. Regular subscription of Frontline & World Focus (magazine)

Economy


  1. Dictionary of Economics - Ghaham Bannock; T.E. Baxter, Ray Rees (Penguin)
  2. Economics (Read Relevant Chapters) - Paul A. Samuelson
  3. The Hindu: Survey of Agriculture & Survey of Industry
  4. An Introduction to Economics - A.W. Stonier and D.C. Hauge
  5. Monetary Theory and Public Policy - Kenneth Kurihara
  6. Economic Survey : Eighth Five Year Plan: New Industrial Policy - Government of India
  7. Outline of Monetary Economics (Read Relevant Chapters) - A.C.I. Day
  8. Public Finance - H.L. Bhatia
  9. Modern Banking (Read Relevant Chapters) - R.S. Sayers
  10. Indian Economy - Mishra and Puri
  11. Macro Economic Analysis - Edward Shepiro
  12. Indian Economy - R. Dutt and KPM Sundaram
  13. Money Supply in India: Concepts, Compilation and Analysis (Sec.1-3 New Series only): Functions and Working (Read Relevant Chapters) - Reserve Bank of India
  14. Economic Growth and Development - Mayer and Baldwin
  15. Public Finance - K.K. Andley and Sundharam
  16. International Economics - Bo Soderston
  17. National Income Accounting - Bakerman
  18. Economics Choice - Koutsweanik
  19. Banking - S.B. Gupta
  20. International Trade - Bo Soderston
  21. The Economic Times and Economical and Political Weekly

Mathematics

Paper - I

  1. Linear Algebra - K.C. Prasad, K B Datta
  2. Calculus - Santhi Narayan
  3. Analytic Geometry - Shantinarayan, HC Sinha, DK Jha and Sharma 
  4. Ordinary Differential eqs:- MD Raising Lumina, Golden seris-NP Bali 
  5. Dynamics, Statitics and Hydrostatics - M.Ray Vector analysis - Shantinarayan
Paper - II
  1. Algebra - K C Prasad, KB Datta 
  2. Real Analysis - Shantinarayan,Royden 
  3. Complex Analysis - GK Ranganath 
  4. Linear Programming - SD sharma 
  5. Partial Diff.eqs. – Singhania 
  6. Numerical analysis and Computer Progg. - V. Rajaraman, SS Shasri 
  7. Mechanics & Fluid dynamics - AP Mathur, Azaroff leonid
Other books for Maths
  1. Modern Algebra - A. R. Vashisth
  2. Algebra - J. N. Sharma and S. N. Goyal
  3. Linear Algebra - Schaum Series (Lipshutz) or Sharma and Vashisth
  4. Matrices - Schaum Series (Frank Ayres) or Vashisth
  5. Calculus - I. A. Menon
  6. Coordinate Geometry - R. L. Soni
  7. Differential Calculus - Gorakh Prasad
  8. Analytical Solid Geometry - Shanti Narayanan
  9. Text Book of Coordinate Geometry - Rai Ballabh
  10. Mechanism - D. S. Mathur
  11. Statistical Mechanism - Carson Horg .
  12. Solid Mechanism - Kazmioo
  13. Mathematics Dictionary - James
  14. Differential Equations - Schaum Series (Frank Ayres) or N.M. Kapur or Raisinghania
  15. Numerical Analysis - S.S. Sastry
  16. Complex Analysis - Schaum Series or J.N. Sharma
  17. Operations Research - Kanti Swaroop or Manmohan 

Civil Engineering

  1. Strength of material ‐‐ Gere and Timoshenko 
  2. Concrete Technology ‐‐ M.S. Shetty 
  3. R.C.C. (WSM) ‐‐ Shyal and Goyal 
  4. R.C.C. (LSM) ‐‐ A.K. Jain 
  5. Steel Structure ‐‐ L.S. Negi 
  6. Soil Mechanics ‐‐ K.R. Arora 
  7. Fluid Mechanics ‐‐ Modi & Seth 
  8. Theory of Structure (Vol ‐ II) ‐‐ Vazirani and Ratwani 
  9. Irrigation Engineering ‐‐ S.K. Garg 
  10. Prestress Concrete ‐‐ N. Krishna Rajee 
  11. Engineering Hydrology ‐‐ K. Subramanya