Reference Books

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REFERENCE BOOKS for IAS PCS & HAS

1. CURRENT AFFAIRS :

Important Sources (Follow any one newspaper for news items (preferably The Hindu); one for editorial (best Indian Express)
• The Hindu
• The Indian Express
• Press Information Bureau (keep checking the Features section for imp articles and our weekly PIB Gist)
• PRS (only for recent Bills and articles related to them)
• IDSA:Institute for Defense Studies and Analysis (keep checking every 2-3 days for in-depth IR articles)
• Yojana and Kurukshetra ( read selectively)
• LokSabha and RajyaSabha Debates

2. HISTORY

Modern India

• NCERT – Class 8th (New) – ‘Our Pasts – III’
• NCERT-Class 12th ‘Modern India’ (OLD)
• Spectrum Modern India – Rajiv Ahir
Reference Book:India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra; Plassey to Partition by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay
Medieval India
• NCERT – Class 7th (New) –‘Our Pasts –II’
• NCERT – Class 11th ‘Medieval India’ (OLD)- Satish Chandra
• Tamil Nadu Edition-Class 11th
Ancient India
• NCERT- Class 11th ‘Ancient India’ (OLD)- R.S. Sharma
• NCERT- Class 12th ‘Themes in Indian History- Part I’ (NEW)- Chapters 1 to 6

3. GEOGRAPHY

• NCERT Social Science, Class 6th (New) ‘The Earth Our Habitat’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 7th (New) ‘Our Environment’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 8th (New) ‘ Resource and Development’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 9th (New) ‘Contemporary India’
• NCERT Social Science, Class 10th (New) ‘Contemporary India-Part II’
• NCERT – Class 11th (New) Fundamentals of Physical Geography
• India physical environment
• NCERT – Class 12th (New)
Fundamentals of Human Geography
• India – People and Economy
Atlas:Orient BlackSwan School Atlas (or) Oxford School Atlas
Reference Book:Certificate Physical and Indian Geography – Goh Cheng Leong; OLD NCERT Geography – Class 11th and 12th (if you can find them )

4. POLITY

• NCERT – 6th to 8th (for basic understanding)
• NCERT- Class 9th to 12th (for understanding more on democracy and federalism)
• Indian Polity – M Laxmikanth

5. ECONOMICS

• Macroeconomics- Class 12th , NCERT
• NCERT 11th – Indian Economic Development
• NCERT- Class 9thand 10th (for basics)
• Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh-Selective (Chapters on)
• Introduction (GDP, GNP, growth etc.)
• Evolution of the Indian economy
• Banking
• Inflation & Business Cycle
• Agriculture
• India and the Global Economy
• Human development
• Technology and environment

6. SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

• The Hindu-Monday Edition (not technical news, only application based science & Tech)
• NCERT- Class 6th to 10th
• NCERT – Biology – 11th (Unit IV & V only – read basic concepts not technical details)
• NCERT Biology – 12th (Chapters 4, 5 and rest from 7 to 16 – all important – read line by line except technical details)
• NCERT – Biology – 12th (OLD) – Chapter 9 onwards
• NCERT – Physics – 11th (Chap 1,5 & 8) and 12th (Chap 15 only)
• NCERT – Chemistry – 11th (Chap 1 & 14 only) and 12th (Chap 14 & 16 only)
• Science reporter- Selectively

7. ENVIRONMENT

• ICSE Board- Environmental studies- Class 10th and 11th
• NCERT- Geography Books (in 6th to 12th there are lot of chapters on Environment)
• Science NCERT books mentioned above
• Simran IAS Notes
• Current affairs
• downtoearth.org.in
Reference material :Simran IAS notes on Environment

8. SOCIAL ISSUES & NEW POLICIES/SCHEMES

• vikaspedia.in (lists all schemes Ministry and sector wise with details)
• India yearbook
• NCERT books mentioned above
• Current affairs

• There are people who qualify without even reading NCERTs or any most followed resources. The key to their success is smart study. They spend more time in chalking out what not to study than what to study.
• If they follow one source, they keep on revising from the same along with complementing it with dynamic updates.
• If you trust your resource, please stick to it. Never rush to fascinating books or suggested resources that are never ending. You are bound to fall. Because you are running behind them.
• While NCERT books may sound deceptively simple.