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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.BOOKAUTHOR
1Indian PolityLakshmikanth
Indian Polity book by Shankar IAS Academy
2Indian HistoryStandard 11th and 12th Standard NCERT old edition
3India’s struggle for IndependenceSpectrum’s "A brief history of Modern India"
4GeographyStandard 6th to 12th NCERT
Certificate Physical and Human Geography by Goh Cheng Leong
Oxford Student Atlas.
5Indian EconomyIndian Economy & General Economics book by Shankar IAS Academy
Economic Survey
6General ScienceStandard 9th and 10th Old NCERT
Class Notes
7EnvironmentEnvironment Book by Shankar IAS Academy
8India Year BookPublication Division, Government of India
9Indian Art and CultureNCERT Books
Art and Culture book by Shankar IAS Academy
10Current Affairswww.iasparliament.com & civilispedia-current affairs Digital library
11General Trends of ExamsShankar 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.BOOKAUTHOR
HISTORY AND CULTURE
1Ancient India
Medieval India
Art and Culture
Old NCERT
Introduction to Fine Art NCERT
Ancient & Medieval India book by Shankar IAS Academy
2India’s Struggle for IndependenceNCERT
Spectrum’s A brief history of Modern India
3India Since Independence
or
India After Gandhi
Bipin Chandra
or
Ramchandra Guha
4History of the World
Contemporary World
World History book by Shankar IAS Academy
Old NCERT (by Arjun Dev)
5Art and Culture Fine artsStandard 12th NCERT
SOCIETY IN INDIA
1Indian SocietyStandard 12th NCERT
2Social Change and Development in IndiaStandard 12th NCERT
3Indian SocietyS.C.Dube / Relevant GOI Website
GEOGRAPHY
1Standard 11th & 12th NCERTNCERT
Class Notes
PAPER II
S.No.BOOKAUTHOR
INDIAN POLITY
1Indian Constitution at WorkIndian Polity by Shankar IAS Academy
2Indian PolityIAS Parliament Material
GOVERNANCE
1From Government to Governance Kuldeep Mathur
22nd ARC ReportPublished by Government of India
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
1SIA Materialhttp://www.iasparliament.com/downloads/mainstorming-2019/bilateral-relations-i-392
2NewspaperThe Hindu
PAPER III
S.No.BOOKAUTHOR
ECONOMY
1Economic SurveyGovernment of India
2Business Line - Newspaper (Editorial)The Hindu group.
3Indian Economy Since IndependenceUma Kapila
INDIAN AGRICULTURE
1Agriculture TopicsAgriculture Book by Shankar IAS Academy
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
1NewspaperThe Hindu
2Science and TechnologyScience and Technology Book by Shankar IAS Academy
Class Notes
ENVIRONMENT
1NewspaperThe Hindu
Environment Book by Shankar IAS Academy
INTERNAL SECURITY ISSUES
1Internal SecurityInternal Security Book by Shankar IAS Academy
News Paper Notes
PAPER IV
S.No.BOOKAUTHOR
12nd ARC ReportsGovernment of India
2From Government to GovernanceKuldeep Mathur
3Shankar IAS Academy Book and Class Notes
For Reference Purpose only
S.No.BOOKAUTHOR
1Competitive Exams - A Success GuideV Palanichamy IIS
2Civil Services Exam - A Complete GuideV Palanichamy IIS
3At the Service of a Billion PlusShankar Ganesh Karuppiah