After reading the NCERT books, the following books are the important books for Prelims and Mains Examination. The aspirants need to read the important books first followed by Reference books.
Books for History
History of Modern India: Bipin Chandra
This book was published by Orient Blackswan in 2009.
This book is a journey mapping the path of colonial India in from the eighteenth century to the twentieth century. It traces the timeline of British rule which majorly coincides with the modern Indian history. However, this is not a political narrative of the British rule, the freedom struggle and the Independence. Rather, this book is a social understanding of the factors that allowed British rulers to rule over India for such a long span of time.
This book is a recommended read for the students who are preparing for civil services with “history” as an optional paper. It is also recommended for other History enthusiasts and academies.
MRP: 385, Discount:35%, Offer Price: Rs.250
India’s struggle for independence
Indian freedom struggle is one of the most important parts of its history.
This book includes all the independence movements and fights, irrespective of their size and impact, covering India in its entirety. Although these movements varied in means and ideas, but they shared a common goal of independence.
The book captures the evolution of Indian independence struggle in full detail and leaves no chapter of this story untouched.
This book is a good read for the students of Indian modern history and especially for students who are preparing for UPSC examination and have taken History as their subject
MRP: 399, Discount:48%, Offer Price: Rs.191
India’s since independence
India Since Independence’ gives a concise history of the numerous challenges and obstacles India has had to face after independence, for the nation to become a major power with a fast growing economy.
The book also essays how the Constitution of India was drafted in the Nehruvian era and how the country’s political and economic policies had a lasting imprint of the then Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
With a total of 41 chapters, including the Foreign Policy: The Nehru Era, Agricultural Growth and Green Revolution and
The Rajiv Years, the book provides a concise and updated overview of India and its economic growth story, besides the drift in the Indian political system since 1947. In doing so, the book also does analyze important political personalities like Indira Gandhi, Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to name a few.
MRP: 450, Discount:44%, Offer Price: Rs 250
Indian Art & Culture
The book cover the syllabus of Indian Heritage and Culture of the General Studies Paper I.
The author has provided a wide ranged knowledge base on Indian art, paintings, music and architecture with the help of several pictures and diagrams which he believes, will help arouse the reader’s interest.
MRP: 470, Discount:33%, Offer Price: Rs 314
India’s Ancient Past
India’s Ancient Past is a comprehensive work that captures the historical strides from neolithic and chalcolithic times to Harappan civilization, Vedic times, rise of Mauryas, Gupta’s. Satvahanas right up to the times of Harshavardhana.
Rise and fall of empires and reign of kings has been placed in the context of the ancient social milieu, the existing varna system, developments in science and technology, commerce and trade and the cultural legacy that shaped society.
The book takes the readers on a journey through time. Like his other books, this book too is very informative and the narrative is a compelling read.
Students and those interested in knowing about India’s past do get to learn learn about empires, dynasties and the varied cultures that evolved in different geographical backgrounds over the millennia.
MRP: 330, Discount:29%, Offer Price: Rs 235
A History of Medieval India
The 1000 year period covered in this book details about the sequence of events and the empires that governed different parts of the country from the eighth to the eighteenth century.
The series of invasions that shook up the Indian sub-continent, an ever changing kaleidoscope of cultures, political upheavals and internal revolutions that happened during these ten centuries have been described with utmost detail in History of Medieval India.
Student appearing in a competitive examination or just keen on gaining knowledge about India’s past, this book is a perfect companion that brings an accurate account of history. From the Marathas, to the Cholas and Pandyas, contribution of every dynasty influencing the course of history of a particular region in a given time period has been listed out.
With rise of every new dynasty there were many shortcomings that brought about their fall and the historian in Satish Chandra with deep insight about the historical events dissects the many reasons for their downfall in detail
MRP: 410, Discount: 31%, Offer Price: Rs 281
The Wonder that was India
People all around the world are fascinated by Indian history, culture and the way people are still connected with their roots.
This book covers comprehensive Indian history that includes culture, religion, governance, social evolution, tradition, languages, philosophy and science.
It reveals the glorious pas of India from the time of Harappa civilization and settlement to Aryan invasion theory.
Following massive research and findings, the author has even explained about Aryan invasion theory in the book. Furthermore, the book even talks about evolution of Hindu religion that has been followed from the Harappa times and even at the time when Aryans invaded India.
The book also highlights some common beliefs and influences in Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. All regions in India are influenced by each other, but it was Jainism and Buddhism that mainly brought non-violence and vegetarian aspect into Indian religions.
MRP: 599, Discount: 28%, Offer Price: Rs 432
List of Reference books. The below mentioned books are not mandatory for the students, but these books make a definite edge on others.
Ancient & Medieval India
Ancient and Medieval India shall be meant for candidates from the state of Union Civil Services as well as various state public service examinations.
The book covers the complete syllabus of ancient and medieval history for the Main exam union civil service and has material that is immensely helpful for the Prelims as well.
The contents of the book are very relevant as they are developed after thorough analysis of the current syllabus and questions asked in previous years. Moreover, the book also consists of numerous practice questions, chapter wise, making it more user-friendly.
The text will come in bi-colour and there are detachable charts included that students may tear out and use as a mnemonic by placing them in front or pasting them on a wall.
MRP: 495, Discount: 135, Offer Price: Rs 250
A brief History of Modern India
This book is good for quick revision for both prelims and mains.
Facets of Indian Culture
This book is good for quick revision for both prelims and mains.
From Plassey to Partition: A History of Modern India
From Plassey to Partition is an eminently readable account of the emergence of India as a nation.
It covers about two hundred years of political and socio-economic turbulence. Of particular interest to the contemporary reader will be sections such as ‘Early Nationalism: Discontent and Dissension’, ‘Many Voices of a Nation’ and ‘Freedom with Partition’.
On the one hand, it converses with students of Indian history and on the other, it engages general and curious readers.
Few books on this crucial period of history have captured the rhythms of India’s polyphonic nationalism as From Plassey to Partition.
MRP: 410, Discount: 4%, Offer Price: 395
Books for Geography
Geography of India
Majid Husain’s book “Geography of India” is a comprehensive book on the subject which is very popular amongst students preparing for various competitive examinations.
The book covers almost all the topics of Indian Geography.
The book is a great help for aspirants who are looking to crack the Civil Services exams as it covers almost all aspects of the Geography of India, which is often a topic with high weightage in the exam.
This book is also a great help for students who have picked up the subject of Geography for their graduation.
“Geography of India” is a good book for readers who are interested in knowing more about the largest democracy on planet earth, India.
The book covers all the topics of India’s geography like climate, topography and much more. The book is divided into chapters for easy understanding of the students. It covers all major components of geography like Drainage, Seasons, Structure, Wildlife Parks and other facets of the nation, with a separate chapter for natural resources.
MRP: 625, Discount: 146, Offer Price: 479
Geography of India
As the title goes, “Geography of India” is about the geography of India that touches both the physical features as well as the socio-economic topography of this vast country.
Written in simple language, this book covers the entire regional variations that the country is made up of and gives much details about the demographic structure, the mineral wealth and the industrial base that is plotted on it.
The topics covered in the book are geographical structure, climate, physiology, drainage, soil, natural vegetable and wild life, water resources, mineral and energy resources, industry, agriculture, planning and development, transport, communication and trade, political aspects, population and settlement, and environmental problems and hazards.
Note: Aspirants can either buy Geography of India by Majid Husain or Surender Singh
MRP: 425, Discount: 133, Offer Price: 292
Certificate Physical and Human Geography
Be it climate change, types of natural vegetation, mountain chains, desserts, climatic patterns, glaciers, minerals or other natural phenomenon, Certificate Physical and Human Geography is a natural companion book to know and learn from.
The book is highly relied upon by students appearing for competitive admission examinations or those aspiring to make the grades at competitive examinations held for many government openings by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).
The book is divided into two main sections.
The first one deals with physical geography, where in-depth information about existing land masses, oceans, types of winds, rivers, glaciation, mountain types, groundwater, rainfall and its global patterns and such existing natural phenomenon is presented in a well illustrated manner that makes reading a pleasure.
The second section details about the existing global climatic zones of Savanna, Steppe, Mediterranean, Equatorial and Tropical Monsoon Climate. Aspects of Human Geography spread over these varied climatic zones, the types of agriculture practiced, the urban centers, mineral wealth and the developed industrial belts have also been included.
The book is considered very helpful by aspirants appearing for preliminary examination of Civil Services and other prestigious competitive examination that test general knowledge, which includes knowledge about geography
MRP: 325, Discount: 62, Offer Price: 263
Prelims & Mains (GS)
Note: Aspirants can either buy Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
Physical Geography by Savindra Singh
Oxford School ATLAS
Must buy (Prelims & Mains – GS)
MRP: 324, Discount: 11, Offer Price: 313
The Orient Blackswan School Atlas with CD
Must buy (Prelims & Mains – GS)
This completely updated, comprehensive and user-friendly edition of The Orient Blackswan School Atlas brings the world closer to us through its maps and graphical representation of facts.
The authoritative physical and political maps, as well as the maps covering climatic variations, geology, structure, soil types, vegetation and areas of human endeavour, such as agriculture, industry, communication and tourism, helps students understand the relationship between geographical features and human activities.
The Aspirants are requested to buy both the Oxford and Orient Blackswan atlas.
MRP: 290, Discount: 112, Offer Price: 178
Physical, Human and Economic Geography
Prelims & Mains (Optional)
Physical, Human and Economic Geography examines in detail the major topics related to the above areas of this subject.
This book would be highly useful for aspirants of civil services and other competitive examination and especially for those who do not have a background in geography.
The lucid text is supported by plenty of maps, diagrams, charts and updated data.
• Divided into two Parts
• Part 1: Physical Geography
• Part 2: Human and Economic Geography
MRP: 240, Discount: 102, Offer Price: 138
Geography Through Maps
MRP: 354, Discount: 39, Offer Price: 354
Terms and Concepts of Geography
Terms and Concepts of Geography is a comprehensive listing of all possible terms and concepts of Geography arranged in alphabetical order, with detailed explanations given for each term.
Written by a subject expert who has several bestselling books on Geography to his credit, the compilation would be of help to academics, researchers, aspirants of civil services examinations and those with an abiding passion for the subject.
MRP: 395, Discount: 80, Offer Price: 350
Objective Indian and World Geography
Objective Indian and World Geography is a collection of high-quality objective type questions on the subject meant for aspirants of various competitive examinations. Based on the syllabus of the civil services examination and meticulously prepared by a subject expert with decades of academic and coaching expereince, the book is a treasure trove of questions related to the topic.
Table of Contents:
- Part 1 – World Geography
- Part 2 – Indian Geography
- Part 3 – Previous Years Questions
- Part 4 – Map-based Questions
MRP: 425, Discount: 144, Offer Price: 281
Indian and World Geography: Objective Questions with Explanatory Notes
Meticulously researched, compiled and supported by relevant explanatory notes, this book by D R Khullar, a renowned expert on Geography, is a collection of high quality objective questions for aspirants of the UPSC and state civil services examinations.
The book will considerably reinforce the confidence strengthen the preparation levels of aspirants for the section on ‘Indian and World Geography’.
A significant percentage of questions are asked in the civil services preliminary examination from this topic.
Book Features:Divided into three main Parts:
- Part 1 – Physical Geography
- Part II – World Geography
- Part III – Geography of India
- Over 1200 high quality Objective Questions as per latest trends
- Questions based on latest syllabus and pattern
- Answer Key with Explanatory Notes (wherever relevant )
- Traverses a wide range of topics from Physical Geography, Social and Economic Geography of the World and Geography of India
MRP: 225, Discount: 7, Offer Price: 218
Books for Polity
It is one of the most popular and comprehensive books on the subject and has been a consistent bestseller for many years.
It has become a must-read book for aspirants appearing in various competitive examinations, especially the civil services examinations
The wide range and scope of issues that it covers also makes it valuable to postgraduates, research scholars, academics and general readers who are interested in the country’s political, civil and constitutional issues.
This new, fifth edition, has seven new chapters added, along with four new appendices. The extant chapters have been completely revised and updated with recent developments.
MRP: 710, Discount: 291, Offer Price: 419
The book, ‘Our Constitution’ by Subhash C. Kashyap is a book that gives the readers an ideal introduction to the Indian Constitution.
This book reflects the vast and extensive knowledge of the author in the matters of constitutional law. It is written in such a format that readers from all backgrounds will be able to understand the concepts effectively.
The clarity of matter and engaging narratives makes this book a must have for those who are seeking a deeper understanding of the subject.
The book utilizes a simple approach that explains the terms in a concise manner whilst providing all the details. Along with the Indian Constitution, important aspects of the Preamble have also been discussed.
The division of power has also been given the due importance. The aspects of the Legislature and the executive have been discussed as well. Plus, the structure of the Judiciary has been dissected. There is an exclusive section on the fundamental rights. Furthermore, there is a segment on the duties of the Indian citizens.
MRP: 185, Discount: 75, Offer Price: 110
It is a comprehensive guide on Indian Parliament by Subhash C. Kashyap, who is a former Secretary-General of the Lok Sabha Secretariat (1984-1990), as well as a former Secretary-General of the 7th, 8th and 9th Lok Sabha.
With thorough research and personal understanding, Kashyap has framed a detailed account of the functioning of Indian government. It is a complete narration of the evolution of Indian Parliament from beginning to its present form.
The Indian Parliament is divided in two divisions, such as the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha is the upper house of the Parliament, whereas the Lok Sabha is the lower house. The book briefly explains the roles and responsibilities of both the houses.
It also mentions about the election process in India, as well as lists some popular former members of the Parliament and the duration of their service period. Everything detail in the book is explained in lucid manner with ease-to-understand format. It encourages the readers to have in-depth knowledge of parliamentarian, democracy of the Nation.
Overall, it is a complete guide to Indian Parliament and helpful for all those who are keen to know more about the Parliament of India.
Introduction to the Constitution of India
This book is an analytical piece of work that is immensely helpful for researchers and students of political science. Those who are aspiring to write competitive examinations held by the Union or State Public Service Commission, can consult this book for a better understanding of the subjects covered.
Provisions of the state constitutions and the issues of individual states have also been addressed in this book.
Introduction To The Constitution Of India covers the practices of the many constitutional provisions.
The logical arrangement of the chapters helps readers learn each subject, while understanding their relation with each other. The table of contents is also analytically arranged, with footnotes and an index at the end of the book.
- Besides theory, this book covers the practices of the constitution as well.
- The book is laden with critical comments by the author for a better understanding of each section.
MRP: 295, Discount: 5, Offer Price: 290
Constitution of India
The Constitution of India is great for informative purposes as well as research-needs.
This book is particularly functional for those engaged in civil service as it lists out every aspect of the constitution of India with a lot of added notes.
- It includes selected comments by P. M. Bakshi.
- The book is a useful quick-reference book for those interested in learning more about the various rights and duties of an Indian citizen.
Governance in India
Prelims & Mains (GS)
The book deals with every little detail that aggregates with the major events, corresponding to the governance system in India.
An aspirant who plans to appear in a civil services examination or a public service commission exam has to understand the subject of Indian governance meticulously.
The book begins with explaining the basic rights and freedoms of the citizens, moves to graver topics like Public Policy, Central Administration, State Administration, Divisional and District administration, Personal and Financial Administration, Law and Order Administration and control over administration.
The other topics that follow are Statutory Bodies, Regulatory bodies, Quasi-Judicial and autonomous bodies, Advisory Bodies and Executive Bodies.
The book also sheds light on some recent important topics that often feature in competitive examination like Government interventions for development, Welfare Schemes for Vulnerable Sections, Laws for Protection of Vulnerable Sections, important aspects of Governance and comparison of Constitutions.
MRP: 470, Discount: 216, Offer Price: 254
Objective Indian Polity: General Studies – Paper I
This book is recommended for those who are preparing for UPSC and other competitive examinations.
It covers various chapters based on constitution and political system of India. It includes some of the really important questions that are framed from each topic in the book.
With thorough explanation on each topic, the book provides a better and simplified way to help the candidates learn more about political background as well as current political system of India.
Covering latest syllabus of Indian Polity in the Civil Services Prelimainary examination, the book contains freshly framed, sourced and edited set of questions.
The book has been divided into different chapters such as constitutional framework, system of government, central government, state government, local government, union territories and special areas, constitutional bodies, non-constitutional bodies, other constitutional dimensions, political dynamics, and working of the constitution.
MRP: 470, Discount: 216, Offer Price: 254
Books for Economics
Prelims & Mains (GS)
‘Indian Economy is a comprehensive text, with detailed coverage of all topics in the UPSC Preliminary and Main syllabus.
Written by a subject expert who has several books on economics, contemporary essays etc to his credit, the book is of immense importance to academics, researchers, aspirants of civil services examinations and those with an abiding passion for the subject.
MRP: 715, Discount: 377, Offer Price: 338
This book presents a comprehensive survey of the Indian Economy in terms of GDP growth, savings, investment and developments in various sectors such as agriculture, industry and services.
A contradiction observed in India is that while the reform process has resulted in boosting GDP growth, it has failed to yield acceleration in the process of poverty reduction and growth of employment.
MRP: 695, Discount: 126, Offer Price: 569
Indian Economy: Performance and Policies
The book provides a comprehensive coverage of Indian economy under five sections:
I. basic issues in economic development: institutional framework and policy regimes;
II. growth and distributional issues: poverty, inequality and employment;
III. current perspectives in Indian agriculture: growth, productivity, constraints and pricing;
IV. industry and services sector;
V. financial sector and the external sector.
The book is widely used by students preparing for the IAS and other competitive examinations.
The Indian Economy
The Indian Economy for UPSC and State Civil Services Preliminary and Main Examinations.
March of the Indian Economy
The book, ‘March of the Indian Economy’ is a useful book for all students who are preparing for the Civil services examination.
This book reveals all the facets of the Indian economy and enables students to gather information in a detailed manner. This book is an extensive compilation of all topics related to Indian economy.
The basic idea of this book is to present all the information and knowledge of the Indian economy in a simple and engaging format which makes it easier for students to understand.
It begins with the evolution of the Indian economy and discusses vital aspects like production, consumption and investment. Then, it talks about the subject as the study of an Economy and the various economic Activities. The book sheds light on ‘Productive Process’ and introduces the students to the ideas of Economic Growth and Economic Development. There is a discussion on various economic systems like the Capitalism, Socialism and Mixed Economy. There is a special section on the growth of Indian economy in Mid-Eighteenth Century.
The author then moves on the first phase of Indian economy’s growth that is from 1950 to 1990 and speaks about the New Agricultural Strategy and Green Revolution, Agriculture and Policy Reforms and its problems. It also gives suggestions to promote Agricultural Diversification.
The book offers various stats and graphs in order to improve the understanding of the students.
MRP: 425, Discount: 175, Offer Price: 250
Books for Environment
Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure
This book useful for those taking the UPSC civil services examinations, since it covers the ecology/environment topics of the preliminary and main examinations.
The book discusses the major environmental problems we face today: runaway growth, imperiled ecosystems, disappearing forests, endangered species, dwindling natural resources, dangerous toxic wastes, green laws and other such issues.
It illustrates various problems, solutions, successes and failures using more than 80 real-life case studies from India and elsewhere. Written in a student-friendly manner, the text is enriched with a large number of illustrations.
MRP: 350, Discount: 108, Offer Price: 242
Environment for Civil Services Prelims and Mains
This book is a guide for the students who want to improve their environment, ecology and bio-diversity knowledge. Various aspects of the subject of environment and ecology have been approached in an easy and concise manner.
The book covers all that you need to study for the civil services examination in this subject. However, it has been designed in a way to be useful for other students as well who are not preparing for the UPSC exams.
If one is interested in learning about environment, this book will certainly be useful. The content has been divided in broad chapters, namely- Environment–General Issues, Ecology, Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Pollution, Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Climate Change and Sustainable Management and Sustainable Development.
MRP: 465, Discount: 191, Offer Price: 274
To help students in acquiring the essentials of the topic ‘Environment’ during preparation for Civil services examination, Shankar IAS academy has brought the book, ‘Environment’.
This book follows the paper pattern and syllabus given by Union Public Service commission.
MRP: 399, Discount: 114, Offer Price: 285
Art & Culture
Science & Technology