UPSC /WBCS/OPSC Booklist- Best IAS/WBCS/OAS Books for Civil services exam 2024

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UPSC

Current Affairs:

Polity and Governance:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Materials
  • NCERTs 9 th, 10 th (for basic understanding)
  • Acts/Bills, judgements-PRS website
  • Constitution of India at Work (Class XI) NCERT Publication
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikant
  • Introduction to Indian Constitution – D.D.Basu
  • From Government to Governance by Kuldeep Mathur
  • Ethics in Governance, ARC Report
  • NITI Aayog reports, Government reports
  • Governance in India by M.Karthikeyan

Developmental Issues:

  • Human Development Report & World Development Report
  • Panchayati Raj in India by Kuldeep Mathur

History:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • Ancient History of India: Old NCERT by RS Sharma/ TN class 11 th book
  • Medieval History of India: Old NCERT by Satish Chandra/ TN class 11 th book
  • Modern History
    • NCERTs
    • Plassey to Partition Book
    • Spectrum
    • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (Selective Reading)
  • Indian Art and Culture
    • An Introduction to Indian Art – Class XI NCERT
    • Chapters related to culture in Ancient and Medieval India NCERTs
    • Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material
    • Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT

Environment and Biodiversity:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • Biology 12 th NCERT last 4 chapters

Geography:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT
  • India: Physical Environment XI NCERT
  • Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT
  • India: People and Economy XII NCERT
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong
  • OXFORD Atlas

Economy and Agriculture:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Microeconomics, Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XI, XII
  • Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
  • Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma
  • Economics Dictionary published by Collins & Penguin

Science and technology:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • NCERT- Class 6th to 10 th
  • NCERT – Biology – 11th (Unit IV & V only – read basic concepts not technical details)
  • NCERT Biology – 12th (Chapters 4, 5 and rest from 7 to 16)
  • NCERT – Biology – 12th (OLD) – Chapter 9 onwards
  • NCERT – Physics – 11th (Chap 1,5 & 8) and 12th (Chap 15 only)
  • NCERT – Chemistry – 11th (Chap 1 & 14 only) and 12th (Chap 14 & 16 only)

Paper-I

Essay:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material

PaperII, General Studies 1:

History:

  • Ancient History of India: Old NCERT by RS Sharma/ TN class 11th book
  • Medieval History of India: Old NCERT by Satish Chandra/ TN class 11th book
  • Modern History
    • NCERTs
    • Plassey to Partition Book
    • Spectrum
    • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (Selective Reading)
  • Indian Art and Culture
    • An Introduction to Indian Art – Class XI NCERT
    • Chapters related to culture in Ancient and Medieval India NCERTs
    • Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material
    • Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT
    • Nitin Singhania book (optional)

Society:

  • XI, XII Standard NCERT on Indian Society
  • Social Problems In India by Ram Ahuja

World history:

  • The Story of Civilization, Part 2 by Arjun Dev, NCERT
  • Contemporary World History for class XII (Old NCERT Book)
  • Mastering Modern World History by Norman Lowe

Geography:

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT
  • India: Physical Environment XI NCERT
  • Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT
  • India: People and Economy XII NCERT
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong
  • OXFORD Atlas

Paper-III, General Studies 2:
Polity, Governance and Social Justice

Current Affairs:

  • Newspapers: Hindu, Business Line, Financial Times, Indian Express (any two)
  • Monthly current affairs: IAS Gazette
  • IAS GYAN website

Polity and Governance:

  • NCERTs 9 th , 10 th (for basic understanding)
  • Acts/Bills, judgements-PRS website
  • Constitution of India at Work (Class XI) NCERT Publication
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikant
  • Introduction to Indian Constitution – D.D.Basu
  • From Government to Governance by Kuldeep Mathur
  • Ethics in Governance, ARC Report
  • NITI Aayog reports, Government reports
  • Governance in India by M.Karthikeyan

Developmental Issues:

  • Human Development Report & World Development Report
  • Panchayati Raj in India by Kuldeep Mathur

IR:

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • International Relations – by Pavneet Singh

Paper-IV, General Studies 3:
Economy, Indian Agriculture, Land reforms, PDS, Food Processing, LPG, Infrastructure, Security, Disaster Management, Environment and Ecology, Science & Tech

Economy and agriculture:

  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Microeconomics, Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XI, XII
  • Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
  • Indian Economy by Sanjiv Verma
  • Economics Dictionary published by Collins & Penguin

Science and Technology:

  • NCERT- Class 6th to 10 th
  • NCERT – Biology – 11th (Unit IV & V only – read basic concepts not technical details)
  • NCERT Biology – 12th (Chapters 4, 5 and rest from 7 to 16)
  • NCERT – Biology – 12th (OLD) – Chapter 9 onwards
  • NCERT – Physics – 11th (Chap 1,5 & 8) and 12th (Chap 15 only)
  • NCERT – Chemistry – 11th (Chap 1 & 14 only) and 12th (Chap 14 & 16 only)

Environment and biodiversity:

Biology 12 th NCERT last 4 chapters

Security Issues:

India’s Security in a Turbulent World by Jasjit Singh, published by National Book Trust of India

Current Affairs:

  • Newspapers: Hindu, Business Line, Financial Times, Indian Express (any two)
  • Monthly current affairs: IAS Gazette
  • IAS GYAN website
  • Down to earth, science reporter

Paper V GS Paper 4:

Ethics

  • Aptiplus Academy Study Material
  • Ethics in Governance, ARC Report
  • Lexicon by Chronicle Publications
  • The Book on Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude published by Access Publication
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WBCS

General Science:

  • LUCENT General Science and Lucent’s GK, NCERTs

History and Indian National Movement:

  • Spectrum, Bipin Chandra

Geography:

  • G.C. Leong

Polity and Economy:

  • Laxmikanth (Polity), Ramesh Singh (Economy)

Current Affairs :

  • Newspaper-Hindu/Indian Express,
  • Monthly current affairs: WBCS Gazette

West Bengal GK:

  • WBCS GS Manual by Nitin Singhania

Paper 1: Bengali/ Hindi/ Urdu/ Nepali/ Santali

Paper 3: General Studies- I

Paper 2: English, S.P. Bakshi, NCERT Books

History:

  • state board textbook or Magbook India History

Geography:

  • Majid Hussain or Orient Longman

Paper 4 : General Studies- II

Science:

Paper 5: Indian Constitution & Indian Economy

Polity:

  • M. Laxmikant (Polity)

Economics:

  • NCERT
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Paper 6: Arithmetic & Test of Reasoning

  • Arithmetic Subjective And Objective For Competitive Examinations By R.S. Aggarwal
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OPSC

Geography

  • ODISHA GEOGRAPHY by G. C. ROY

History

  • ODISHA HISTORY by HARIHARA PANDA

Economy

  • ODISHA ECONOMY by R. K. PATY & K. K. PANI

Government and politics

  • Odisha Government and politics by Dasarathi Bhuyan

GENERAL STUDIES

  •  GENERAL STUDIES FOR OPSC OCS PRELIMS 2023-24 by APTI PLUS

GENERAL STUDIES

  • GENERAL STUDIES by APTI PLUS

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