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About UPSC

About the Examination

Civil services, which is the backbone of Indian governance constitutes all ministries and their departments. The Civil services and Forest Services exams are conducted by the UPSC. The prestige, power, charm and responsibility that come along with the top jobs such as the IAS, IFS, IPS, etc are a definite reason for anyone to choose Civil Services and Forest services as a career option.
Civil Services Examination+
Forest Services Examination+

Both Civil Services and Forest Services Examination consist of 3 stages as mentioned below:

Stage 1 - Preliminary Exam (Objective Type) Stage 2 - Main Exam (Descriptive Type) Stage 3 - Interview (Oral)
Preliminary Examination (For Civil & Forest Services)+
Civil Services Main Examination+
Forest Services Main Examination+

Interview

Interview for Personality test will be conducted in Delhi for candidates who clear the Main examination. (Maximum mark : 300)

Final Result

Final Result of both Civil Services and Forest Service exam will be based on Main examination and Interview marks.
Civil Services Examination+
Forest Services Examination+

UPSC – Examination Book List

GS PRELIMINARY

S.No. BOOK AUTHOR
1 Indian Polity Lakshmikanth
Indian Polity book by Shankar IAS Academy
2 Indian History Standard 11th and 12th Standard NCERT old edition
3 India’s struggle for Independence Spectrum’s "A brief history of Modern India"
4 Geography Standard 6th to 12th NCERT
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
Oxford Student Atlas.
5 Indian Economy Indian Economy & General Economics book by Shankar IAS Academy
Economic Survey
6 General Science Standard 9th and 10th Old NCERT
Class Notes
7 Environment Environment Book by Shankar IAS Academy
8 India Year Book Publication Division, Government of India
9 Indian Art and Culture NCERT Books
Art and Culture book by Shankar IAS Academy
10 Current Affairs www.iasparliament.com & civilispedia-current affairs Digital library
11 General Trends of Exams Shankar IAS academy’s Blog
  • The respective NCERT Textbooks have to be mandatory studied.
  • The Corresponding Ministry websites should also be referred to for latest policy updates.
  • For current events read a Daily Newspaper (preferably The Hindu).

GS Main Examination

PAPER I
S.No. BOOK AUTHOR
HISTORY AND CULTURE
1 Ancient India
Medieval India
Art and Culture
Old NCERT
Introduction to Fine Art NCERT
Ancient & Medieval India book by Shankar IAS Academy
2 India’s Struggle for Independence NCERT
Spectrum’s A brief history of Modern India
3 India Since Independence
or
India After Gandhi
Bipin Chandra
or
Ramchandra Guha
4 History of the World
Contemporary World
World History book by Shankar IAS Academy
Old NCERT (by Arjun Dev)
5 Art and Culture Fine arts Standard 12th NCERT
SOCIETY IN INDIA
1 Indian Society Standard 12th NCERT
2 Social Change and Development in India Standard 12th NCERT
3 Indian Society S.C.Dube / Relevant GOI Website
GEOGRAPHY
1 Standard 11th & 12th NCERT NCERT
Class Notes
PAPER II
S.No. BOOK AUTHOR
INDIAN POLITY
1 Indian Constitution at Work Indian Polity by Shankar IAS Academy
2 Indian Polity IAS Parliament Material
GOVERNANCE
1 From Government to Governance Kuldeep Mathur
2 2nd ARC Report Published by Government of India
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
1 SIA Material http://www.iasparliament.com/downloads/mainstorming-2019/bilateral-relations-i-392
2 Newspaper The Hindu
PAPER III
S.No. BOOK AUTHOR
ECONOMY
1 Economic Survey Government of India
2 Business Line - Newspaper (Editorial) The Hindu group.
3 Indian Economy Since Independence Uma Kapila
INDIAN AGRICULTURE
1 Agriculture Topics Agriculture Book by Shankar IAS Academy
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
1 Newspaper The Hindu
2 Science and Technology Science and Technology Book by Shankar IAS Academy
Class Notes
ENVIRONMENT
1 Newspaper The Hindu
Environment Book by Shankar IAS Academy
INTERNAL SECURITY ISSUES
1 Internal Security Internal Security Book by Shankar IAS Academy
News Paper Notes
PAPER IV
S.No. BOOK AUTHOR
1 2nd ARC Reports Government of India
2 From Government to Governance Kuldeep Mathur
3 Shankar IAS Academy Book and Class Notes
For Reference Purpose only
S.No. BOOK AUTHOR
1 Competitive Exams - A Success Guide V Palanichamy IIS
2 Civil Services Exam - A Complete Guide V Palanichamy IIS
3 At the Service of a Billion Plus Shankar Ganesh Karuppiah