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There is no particular book recommended for Civil Services Examination preparation. You have to look at the syllabus and as per your requirements need books that help in excellent preparation. Some of the common books suggested for Preliminary as well as Main Examination are listed here: BOOK LIST... Read More

which book is helpful for science and technology?

You can pick Science & Technology by Ashok Kumar Singh (McGraw Hill) or may be Spectrum Publication book. Besides, Annual Report of Ministry of Science & Technology is also quite helpful.  ... Read More

Sir I have asked this question to many people but none gave satisfied answer to me. So, please answer me which books are necessary for IAS preparation for Prelims & Mains (for G.S.) & how should make notes from those books. I am from Hindi Medium. Please sir help me, clear my confusion.

This examination requires a wide range of books and study-material to cover the syllabus for each paper at Preliminary as well as Main Examination level. Instead of picking guides, you should depend on NCERT books (6-12th Standard) for basic understanding and clearing concepts.All these are available in Hindi as well. Besides, you should depend on standard text-books for all major constituents listed in General Studies syllabus. You can find all most all popular boo...... Read More

Sir, I have just started my preparation for CSE. Please suggest me some good and valuable books and study guidance for the prelims as well as for mains exam.

For Civil Services examination, you need a wide range of books and study-material that help in an effective preparation. Besides, you need to read at least 2 newspapers daily to keep abreast with the latest. The suggested Book-Lists for preparation are given below: Suggested Book-List Preliminary Examination Main Examination... Read More

Sir/Mam, plz suggest that which type of book I prefer to GK for Pre and Mains exams because I am not able to join any coaching. Plz tell me author names for every book which is related with GK and Mains.

Preparing current affairs for Civil Services Examination is really challenging and requires a consistent effort over a long period of time. You have to understand the requirements first that clearly indicate that no guide-book or specific General Knowledge book would suffice the purpose. Read: Can we have a single source with which General Studies preparat...... Read More

Kindly tell me books for CSE Pre 2014

Suggested List of Books Preliminary Examination Paper 1 Paper 2... Read More

Hello sir, I am Jeevan from Uttarakhand. I have done my studies in Hindi medium. I would like appear IAS in 2015-16. So please guide me which writers’ books in Hindi medium best for me. And also guide me that where I get these books. Can I download these books in Hindi medium via any website...

As you are planning to appear in 2015-16 that means you have adequate time for preparation and you should strengthen your base first with help of NCERT Books from 6th to 12th standard. These books can be easily downloaded from NCERT Website.   For getting acquainted with the traditional portion of the syllabus, you can pick the following: प्रतियोगिता दर्पण की सामान्य अध्ययन के ...... Read More


This is not child’s play and the most coveted Civil Services Examination is in league of its own. It is difficult to trace the source for questions as UPSC devotes special attention for making the questions innovating as well as creative. As the syllabus suggests, there is no single book or study material that covers the complete syllabus so, how can you know from where the questions are going to come? The best way to face it is being prepared effectively so that...... Read More

pablic administrtion

Book-List Optional Subject (Main Examination) PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION... Read More


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Sir there are many coaching institutes and this is one of the most well-known and hyped exams in the country. Therefore why don't we have books or study material available which have all the necessary information from all the required sources including NCERTS i.e. one book per subject and you have completed the entire syllabus for that subject. You don't have to pick up anything else. Is such type of study material available? The GS material of Vajiram, Shriram etc are they of such a nature?

You have raised a query that surrounds the mind of a common candidate as one gets serious about the Civil Services Examination preparation. We have answered this query with the following two articles which will help you in getting answer and should satisfy you. Can we have a single source with which General Studies preparation can be done? Should one go for General Studies study-material from coaching institutes?... Read More

I want to prepare for IAS. Where to start?

When you aim for career in ‘Indian Administrative Service’ you are eyeing top ranks in Civil Services Examination and let us tell you - this is no child’s play. You will have to indulge in some serious preparation and have to understand the intricacies involved in handling the complete exam-plan and related requirements at each stage of the examination. Following articles would help you in gaining some insights about the IAS preparation: ... Read More

Sir I know that NCERT books are a must but do we have to start our preparation with them. Can't we first do the standard books required for each subject and then do the NCERTs?

Yes, NCERT Books are some basic books meant for laying a solid foundation. As you commence your preparation with NCERT Books, you develop basic understanding and conceptual clarity about the subjects. As you move on gradually to standard text-books, it helps not only in comprehending the advanced stuff in a better, uncomplicated way; but, also makes it easier to recognize interrelationship among the topics and across the disciplines that makes you proficient in handling twisted questions and applications as well. Also read: NCERT Books are must for CSE preparation; but, how to manage such work load?... Read More

sir, my name is appala ramesh, i am pursuing mba 2nd year in andhra university. which is in Andhra pradesh. Sir I want to appear civils 2015 examination.can you please guide me which books are useful to crack civils examination both prelims and mains, i want to take public administration as a optional subject, please help me regarding which study material is the best of all institutions which are in hyderabad

This is the time when you should slowly and gradually indulge in Civil Services Examination preparation. Take actions in small goals and adopt a systematic approach for preparation for General Studies and optional subject. Right now, self-study is the best way for preparation and we suggest consulting standard text-books for your preparation instead of coaching class material. For your reference, suggested book-list is given for Preliminary as well as Main Examination and your...... Read More


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