Must Read Booklist and Resources for CSE by UPSC Toppers

Toppers of UPSC CSE (Union Public Service Commission - Civil Service Examination) recommended must read booklist and resources in following manner -

I. First Read  Syllabus thoroughly
II. Analysis of Previous Years Question Papers with the help of experts (Teachers & Toppers).
III. First Read NCERT books ➡️ Advance Books like Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant, Geography by G.C Leong and so on ➡️ Finally Value Addition Contents e.g. ARC Report, Magazine, Newspaper etc.
IV. Making Shorts Note : Static Resources + Current Affairs Notes = Integrated Notes
V. Revise Maximum in minimum time.
VI. Fix your Resources list.

 UPSC Preparation Materials :

Current Affairs and Miscellaneous Contents :

✓ The Hindu & Indian Express - News Articles and Editorials.
✓ Magazines - Yojana, Vision IAS 365 (Pre. & Mains).
✓ Press Information Bureau (PIB Gist)
✓ RSTV, All India Radio Debate
✓ Google
✓ Daily Issues
Read Only whatever civil service exam demands.

General Studies Paper I - HISTORY :

✓ New NCERTs from Class VI - XII
✓ Old NCERT Class XII (Modern India)
✓ A brief History of Modern India by Spectrum (by Rajiv Ahir)
✓ Post Independence India - Nitin Sangwan Notes
✓ World History - Arjun Dev, Vision IAS Notes

*Reference Books - India's Struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra; Plassey to Partition by Shekhar Bandyopadhyay.

*Note : Must Read Book - Modern History of India by Spectrum.

General Studies Paper I - Art and Culture :

✓ NCERT Class XI - An introduction to Indian Art
✓ Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania
✓ Old NCERT Class XI - Ancient India by RS Sharma
✓ Old NCERT Class XI - Medieval India by Satish Chandra
Reference Contents - CCRT ; Performing Arts and Literary Arts, Facets of Indian Culture' by Spectrum

Note : Must Read Book - NCERT Class XI - An introduction to Indian Art.

General Studies Paper I -  Geography : 

✓ New NCERTs from Class VI - XII
✓ Mrunal YouTube Video by Ms. Rajtanil
✓ Certificate Physical and Human Geography by GC Leong
✓ Oxford School Atlas - Maps

Note : Must Read Book - New NCERTs Class XI and XII.

General Studies Paper I - Remaining Topics :

✓ Indian Society and Diversity of India
✓ Women, Population, Urbanisation, Poverty and development issues
✓ Effects of Globalisation on Indian Society
✓ Social Empowerment, Communalism, Regionalism & Secularism

These dynamic topics covered by Vision IAS, News papers, Magazines and Google.

Note : Must Read - Vision IAS

General Studies Paper II - Indian Constitution & Indian Polity :

✓ New NCERTs Classes VI - XII
✓ Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant
✓ 2nd ARC Sixth Report - Local Governance
✓ Current Affairs - Editorials, Vision IAS materials, PIB
✓ Topics like Pressure Group, NGOs by Vision IAS Notes

Note : Must Read Book : Indian Polity by M. Laxmikant.


General Studies Paper II - Governance :

✓ 2nd ARC Reports - 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th
✓ Vision IAS Notes
✓ Current Affairs - Editorials, Vision IAS materials, PIB
✓ YouTube

Note : Must Read - 2nd ARC Reports - 1st, 4th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th.

General Studies Paper II - Social Justice :

✓ Government Policies and Interventions
✓ Welfare Schemes and Bodies
✓  Poverty and Hunger

Covered from -
Editorials, Vision IAS materials, PIB, NITI Aayog's  Three Year Action Agenda, Budget and Economic Survey (Summaries).

General Studies Paper II - International Relations :

✓ Vision IAS Current Affairs Material (Must Read)
✓ Editorials
✓ Ministry of External Affairs Website

General Studies Paper III - Economy :

✓ NCERTs from Class IX - XII
✓ Indian Economy by Sanjeev Verma
✓ Budget and Economic Survey 
✓ Editorials, Vision IAS Materials Current Affairs
✓ Sri Ram IAS Economy Notes
✓ Mrunal Economic Section

Reference Book - Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh.

Note : Must Read - NCERTs Class IX - XII and Budget and Economic Survey.

General Studies Paper III - Environment :

✓ NCERT Biology Class XII - Last 4 Chapter (13th - 16th)
✓ Shankar IAS Environment (Selective topics)
✓ Editorials, Vision IAS materials, PIB, Google

General Studies Paper III - Internal Security :

✓ Internal Security and Disaster Management by Ashok Kumar and Vipul
✓ Editorials, Vision IAS materials

General Studies Paper III - Science & Technology :

✓ NCERTs Class VI - X 
✓ Vision IAS Current Affairs Material
✓ Editorials, The Hindu - Monday Edition
✓ ISRO Website

General Studies Paper IV - Ethics :

✓ Lexicon for Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude by Chronicle
✓ 2nd ARC Fourth Report - Ethics in Governance
✓ 2nd ARC Twelfth Report - Citizen Centric Administration

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UPSC CSE Prelims Syllabus :
Syllabus of GS Paper I (200 marks)
Duration : 2 hours
✓Current events of national and international importance
✓ History of India and Indian National Movement
✓ Indian and World Geography - Physical, Social, Economic Geography of India and the World
✓ Indian Polity and Governance - Constitution, Political System, Panchayati Raj, Public Policy, Rights Issues, etc
✓ Economic and Social Development - Sustainable Development, Poverty, Inclusion, Demographics, Social Sector initiatives, etc
✓ General issues on Environmental Ecology, Bio-diversity and Climate Change - that do not require subject specialisation General Science.

Syllabus for GS Paper II-(200 marks) / CSAT Duration: 2 hours

✓ Comprehension
✓ Interpersonal skills including communication skills;
✓ Logical reasoning and analytical ability
✓ Decision-making and problem solving
✓ General mental ability
✓ Basic numeracy (numbers and their relations, orders of magnitude, etc.) (Class X level), Data interpretation (charts, graphs, tables, data sufficiency etc. - Class X level)

For the CSE of before Prelims make short notes  relatively more elaborated and After Prelims Absolutely to the Point.

There is maximum story of success candidates followed above booklist and authentic materials. Follow your consolidated materials and keep on revising for both understand and remember the topics.

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