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Book List For UPSC


  1. NCERT:

    1. Modern Indian History: Bipin Chandra 

    2. Medieval Indian History: Satish Chandra

    3. Ancient Indian History: R.S. Sharma

  1. Fine Arts: Class 11: art and Culture

  1. Art and Culture: Nitin Singhania

World History:

The Story of Civilization, Part 2 by Arjun Dev, NCERT :

Contemporary World History for class XII (Old NCERT Book):


Certificate Physical & Human Geography (Oxford) by Goh Cheng Leong:

NCERTs (New Editions):

  1. XI Standard:

    1. India - Physical Environment 

    2. Fundamentals of Physical Geography

  2. XII Standard: 

    1. India - People & Economy 

    2. Fundamentals of Human Geography

3. School Atlas - Orient Black Swan

Social Issues

Class XI NCERT: Understanding Society.


The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

Indian Polity

Constitution of India at Work (Class XI) NCERT Publication

Indian Polity by Laxmikant

The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

Governance Issues

  1. Ethics in Governance, ARC Report

  2. Citizen Centric Administration (Chapters 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 only and box items in the report) 

  3. Newspaper

  4. From Government to Governance-Kuldeep Mathur:

Developmental Issues

  1. Human Development Report & World Development Report

  2. The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

International Relations

NCERT: COntemporary world politics:

The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

Indian Economy

  1. Class XI NCERT: Indian Economic Development XI Standard NCERT

  2. Class XII Standard NCERT: Introductory Macroeconomics (Ignore all diagrams & mathematical formulas): 

  3. Indian economy- By Nitin Singhania:

  4. The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

  5. Economic Survey.

Ecology & Environment

  1. XII Standard NCERT Book on Biology (Chapters pertaining to Ecology) 

  2. India Year Book (Chapters on Environment) 

  3. Chapter on Climate Change from Economic Survey 

  4. The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

Science & Technology​:

  1. The Hindu or Indian Express Newspaper

  2. Monthly Magazine ‘Science Reporter for Science & Technology’

Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude

  1. Ethics in Governance, ARC Report :

  2. Lexicon by Chronicle Publications:

Book List: News



Political science and International Relations

Paper 1

Section A: Political Theory

Essential Readings:

  • “An Introduction to Political Theory” by O.P Gauba.7TH EDITION, Mayur Publication

  • “A History of Political Thought: Plato to Marx” by Subrata Mukherjee and Sushila Ramaswamy.

  • “Western Political Thought: From Socrates to the age of Ideology” by Brian. R. Nelson.

  • IGNOU BOOKLET MPSE-004 Social and Political Thought in Modern India

  • “Modern Indian Political Thought: Text and Context” by Bidyut Chakrabarty and Rajendra Kumar Pandey.

  • Fifty Major Political Thinkers- Ian Adams And R W Dyson

Section B: Indian Government and Politics

Essential Readings:

  • “India’s Struggle for Independence” by Bipin Chandra.

  • “Introduction to the Constitution of India” by Dr Durga Das Basu.

  • “Indian Government and Politics” by A.S.Narang, Geetanjali Publication

  • “The Oxford Companion to Politics in India” by Niraja Gopal Jayal and Pratap Bhanu Mehta.

  • A New Look At Modern Indian History- B.L Grover And Alka Mehta

  • Indian Government And Politics – B L Fadia

Paper 2

Section A: Comparative Politics and International Relations

  • “The Globalization of World Politics: An Introduction to International Relations” by John Baylis, Steve Smith and Patricia Owens.

  • “Global Politics” by Andrew Heywood.

  • “Theories of Comparative Politics: The Search for a Paradigm Reconsidered” by Ronald H. Chilcote.

  • IGNOU notes on Comparative Politics.

Section B: India and the World

  • Indian Foreign Policy: An Overview  by Harsh Pant  

  • International Relations- Mcgraw Hill education

  • “IDSA website should be followed for articles.

  • MEA website should be regularly followed for updates and articles.

  •  The Hindu and TheIndian Express.

  • International Organisations- Spectrum Books Publication

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