Reference material & resources

Subject-wise References for Civil Services Preliminary Examination :


1.  Current events of national and international importance

Any National daily (preferably The Hindu)
Websites like PIB India, PRS IndiaWikipedia, etc.

2.  History of India and Indian National Movement

NCERT Class VI History Textbook – Our Pasts-I
NCERT Class VII History Textbook – Our Pasts-II
NCERT Class VIII History Textbook – Our Pasts-III – Part 1 & 2
NCERT Class XII History Textbook – Themes in Indian History – Part I, II & III
Tamil Nadu Class XI History Textbook (All Chapters)
Tamil Nadu Class XII History Textbook (Chapters 1-20)


A Brief History of Modern India by Spectrum –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
From Plassey to partition and after-A history of Modern India by Shekar Bandyopadhyay –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
A History of Modern India  by Ishita Banerjee & Dube –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
Modern India – 1885-1947 by Sumit Sarkar –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo

a-brief-history-of-modern-india-spectrum     indias-struggle-for-independence     history-of-modern-india-bipanchandra     from-plassey-to-partition-and-after-a-history-of-modern-india-shekarbandyopadhyay     a-history-of-modern-india-ishitabanerjee-dube     modern-india-sumitsarkar

3.  Indian and World Geography – Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World

NCERT Class VI Geography Textbook – The Earth Our Habitat
NCERT Class VII Geography Textbook – Our Environment
NCERT Class VIII Geography Textbook – Resources and Development
NCERT Class IX Geography Textbook – Contemporary India-I
NCERT Class X Geography Textbook – Contemporary India-II
NCERT Class XI Geography Textbook – Fundamentals of Physical Geography
NCERT Class XI Geography Textbook – India Physical Environment
NCERT Class XII Geography Textbook – Fundamentals of Human Geography
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo


4.  Indian Polity and Governance – Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc.

Indian Polity by Laxmikanth –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
Introduction to the Constitution of India by D.D. Basu –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
The Constitution of India by P.M. Bakshi –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
indian-polity-laxmikanth    introduction-to-the-constitution-of-india-ddbasu-22edn     the-constitution-of-india-pmbakshi

5.  Economic and Social Development – Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc.

Day to Day Economics by Satish Y. Deodhar –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
The Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
Indian Economy Key Concepts by K. Sankarganesh –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo
day-to-day-economics     the-indian-economy-sanjivverma      indian-economy-key-concepts     indian-economy-rameshsingh

6.  General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change

Websites like CSE India, UNEP, WWF Global, WWF India etc.
Environment by Shankar IAS Academy –> Buy @ flipkart_logo amazonIN_logo

7.  General Science

NCERT Science textbooks – Class VI to X
Science & Technology columns in “The Hindu”