Sources And Reading Prelims

The Prelims and Mains require different approaches of preparation and studies some of the most essential books for Prelims include

Geography

  • Geography Through Maps - K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji
  • Basic Physical Geography- K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji
  • Geography for Preliminary Examination- K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji

History

  • Basic- NCERT history
  • Advanced history - Bashan - The Wonder that was India.
  • Indian Heritage and Culture-K.Siddhartha.
  • India's Freedom Struggle-Bipin Chandra.

Science

  • Physics for Beginners- Ensemble
  • Chemistry for Beginners - Ensemble
  • Biology for Civil Services- Ensemble
  • Science, Technology and Society- K. Siddhartha

Polity

  • Indian Polity by Laxmikant

Current Affairs

  • Times of India
  • Hindu
  • Any competition magazine
  • Science, Technology and Society- K. Siddhartha

Geography

  • Geography Through Maps - K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji
  • Basic Physical Geography- K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji
  • Geography for Preliminary Examination- K.Siddhartha & S.Mukherji

History

  • Basic- NCERT history
  • Advanced history - Bashan - The Wonder that was India.
  • Indian Heritage and Culture-K.Siddhartha.
  • India's Freedom Struggle-Bipin Chandra.

Science

  • Physics for Beginners- Ensemble
  • Chemistry for Beginners - Ensemble
  • Biology for Civil Services- Ensemble
  • Science, Technology and Society- K. Siddhartha

Polity

  • Indian Polity by Laxmikant

Current Affairs

  • Times of India
  • Hindu
  • Any competition magazine

Ecology

  • Ecology & Environment - K.Siddhartha
  • Ecology & Environment for Preliminary Examination Vol-I

Practice Question Bank

  • Ensemble Series

Indian History

   What To Study

  • NCERT – Modern India by Bipin Chandra
  • NBT’s India’s Freedom Struggle


  • India’s Struggle for Independence—Bipin Chandra, Penguin


  • Modern India ‘1857-1947 –Sumit Sarkar, Macmillan


  • Modern Indian History –Mohammad Tarique, Tata McGraw Hill

  • B. L. Grower– ‘The new Look at Modern Indian History’


  • SPECTRUM’S Guide

  • Indian Heritage & Culture McGraw Hill

   Why To Study

  • For building the basics

  • Essential for building the chronological sequence and understanding
  • Any of the four have to be studied rather well, it is essential in so far as the analysis of the development is concerned.
  • Any of the four have to be studied rather well, it is essential in so far as the analysis of the development is concerned
  • Any of the four have to be studied rather well, it is essential in so far as the analysis of the development is concerned
  • Any of the four have to be studied rather well, it is essential in so far as the analysis of the development is concerned
  • For complete revision

  • Very well illustrated book, very complete and interesting reading

   When To Study

  • In the beginning, when you start preparation
  • In the beginning, building the basics, after NCERT

  • After building the basics, required for developing analysis


  • After building the basics, required for developing analysis


  • After building the basics, required for developing analysis


  • After building the basics, required for developing analysis


  • In the last as it sums up other texts well
  • For both PT & Mains