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Recommended books for Prelims

Hi friends,
Civil Services is a dream job for us. Every Success story wake up with dream. A dream doesn’t become reality through magic, It takes sweat, determination and Hard work/Smart work.
For achieving our dream job, First and foremost thing is that, to know the Syllabus, then which material(s) is useful for this and Strategy. I already posted Syllabus (You can Check here Prelims and Mains). 2nd step is that, which material(s)/books are important to achieve target.


As you know that, Civil services examination conducts in 3 stages i.e., Prelims, Mains and Interview.
First step is to Clear Prelims. So that, here, we are providing books list that we have to read to clear first stage of the Civil services. Please read all books which I mentioned below. 


*** Here, We are providing links to buy books online from Amazon or Flipkart. No need to search in Online.
Paper 1
General Studies
Current events of national and international importance
  • You have to read at least one General news Paper (Preferably THE HINDU), One business news paper, PIB website for Union Govt. news, Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines.
Note: We will cover all above topics in our site. By following our site also you will get all relevant information.

History of India and Indian National Movement.
  • A Brief History of Modern India  (English, Paperback, Rajiv Ahir). It covers almost all topics about Indian National Movement. (Amazon / Flipkart )
  • NCERT Class XII - Themes in Indian History-I, II and III books

Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World.
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong (Amazon / Flipkart )
  • NCERT Class XI - Fundamental of Physical Geography and India Physical Environment
  • NCERT Class XII - India Physical Environment and India -People and Economy

Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayat Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth. (Amazon / Flipkart )
  • NCERT Class XI -   India Constitution at Work and Political Theory

Economic and Social Development Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.
  • The Indian Economy (Amazon / Flipkart )
  • NCERT Class XI - Economics - Indian Economic Development
  • NCERT Class XII – Micro Economics and Macro Economics

General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialization.

General Science

Apart from these,
You should Practice Previous Papers book (anyone) to understand the pattern of the question.
For review, You can read Lucent (Amazon / Flipkart ) or Arihant (Amazon / Flipkart ) General Studies books 


Paper 2 
General Studies
As you aware that, this paper is only qualifying nature i.e., you have to get 33% of Total marks. No need any special books for this paper if you have some basic knowledge in Quants and English. Eventhough you might practice below two books if you don’t have confidence on this Paper.

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