Best Booklist For UPSC Mains #HolyGrail

Best Booklist For UPSC Mains #HolyGrail

The intricacies of UPSC exam have been mentioned in the earlier post.

Now we all know it is divided into 3 phases of calculated different approaches. Each stage requires different levels of preparation on same or varying areas.

In prelims, precision and taking an educated guess make your scores. In mains, it is your ability to properly curate and express as per the question demands.

This needs a convulated approach that is properly revised by aspirants.

As discussed earlier, the mains book list is a lot similar to the prelims one. It needs a different approach with basic understanding and information supported by facts and figures.

Supporting one’s argument is very important here. So forming a base opinion and holding one’s argument.

One should firstly know the syllabus and understand words in it. Main topics and other topics should be known and understood well.

History
India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (Culture)
Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
World History(Norman Lowe)

Geography
Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)

Polity
Laxmikanth
Second ARC reports

Economy
Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh. (Economy)
Economic Survey. (Economy)
Indian Budget of the year

Environment
Shankar IAS
Environment website

Books for GS1
India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)

Books for GS2
Governance in India for CSE. (Governance – GS2)
India and the World by Surendra Kumar. (Foreign Policy – GS2)
IDSA website

Books for GS3
IAS Mains General Studies – GS3. (Arihant Manual – GS3)
India’s National Security: A Reader. (Internal Security – GS3)
Challenges to Internal Security of India. (Internal Security – GS3)

Books for GS4
Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity, and Aptitude. ( Ethics – GS4)
IAS Mains General Studies – Ethics. ( Arihant Manual – GS4)
Gandhi’s books
Quotes by famous people

Apart from this, one has an Essay paper where one needs to articulate opinion according to the topic asked. It can be ably supported by facts, doctrines, figures etc.
A seamless flow of thoughts needs to be put onto paper in a good way to present a good essay.

Optional selection and book list is obviously dependent on what your optional is. This makes it a different topic to discuss.

That’s all folks!
All the best!
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