While you were searching for IAS Coaching in Chandigarh, it is apparent that you’re also worried about which books to read, how to cover the syllabus and which are the credible sources for it. Let’s glance over these issues and see which books would help you sail across this journey smoothly without wasting your precious time, money and efforts on unnecessary stuff.
Top five books for UPSC preparation (as suggested by Raj Malhotra’s IAS Coaching in Chandigarh)-
From Class VI to Class XII, NCERTs prepare the base of your preparation and if the base is not strong, any other resource book would not be able to help you clear this examination. You would see that NCERT books are much more simple and informative than the books of private publishers. Do not even think of missing or single-reading the NCERTs, otherwise you’d pay a heavy price for your preparation.
2. INDIA YEARBOOK
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting publishes yearbook on India which covers the UPSC topics from length and breadth. It is important to focus on this book as it has been observed that many questions are directly inspired from this book. Also, the credibility factor comes here as the information released is by the Government. Apart from this, monthly magazines like Yojana and Kurukshetra are important to by the same publisher.
3. INDIAN POLITY by LAXMIKANTH
This is a lucid explanation of our constitution and before thinking of reading any other book like Subhash Kashyap or DD Basu, you should read Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity to clear your basics about Indian Polity. Again, this book would require repeated reading. There is no need to make notes from this book as it is already in the form of notes. Do not cherry pick information from it, but you may select important topics as per the guidance of your faculty in coaching classes.
4. MODERN INDIAN HISTORY BY RAJIV AHIR
Some people would prefer Bipan Chandra for Modern Indian history but it is preferable to read Rajiv Ahir to get clarity about the topic. You may think of it as the Laxmikanth of modern Indian History. Again, repeated reading would help you to understand the concepts better.
5. INDIAN ECONOMY BY RAMESH SINGH
For the basics of Indian economy, you should read Indian Economy (latest edition) by Ramesh Singh as this book brilliantly explains the economic terminologies and concept in a lucid manner. You need to supplement the knowledge with yearly Economic Surveys and current updates. After reading this book, the Economy section of newspaper would make a lot more sense to you than now (assuming you do not have an Economics background).
We understand that these books are not enough for the syllabus but these are quintessential for the preparation. Various other topics like Ancient and Medieval Indian History, World History, Geography, Governance, Security, Science and Technology, International Affairs and Ethics and Integrity can be either done through NCERTs or through dynamic sources that we would discuss in a separate post.
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