Reference Books List for Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC

Reference Books List for Civil Services Examination conducted by UPSC

i) Prelim

Paper I

India’s struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra

NCERT – Modern India ( Old)

Geography NCERT – Std. 10th –12th

Geography of India – Gopal Singh

Certificate Physical and Human Geography – G. C. Leong

Our Constitution – Subhash Kashyap

Our Parliament – Subhash Kashyap

Constitution of India – D.D.Basu

NCERT – Economic Development of India

Indian Economy – Dutta Sundaram/Mishra Puri

Economic Survey of India –

Science Reporter –

Science NCERT – 6th to 10th

Chronicle, Wizard, Frontline, Yojana –

India’s struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra

PRITHVI Notes & Exercises –

Paper 2

Quantitative Aptitude – R. S. Agrawal

Reasoning – R. S. Agrawal

Highschool Grammer & Comprehension – Pal & Suri /Wrein Martin

8-10th Books of Mathematics & Geometry –

N.D.A., C.D.S. Past Year Question Papers –

ii) Mains

G. S. Paper I

NCERT – Geography, History, Sociology

Wonder than was India – A. L. Basham

Modern India – Sumit Sarkar

World History – L.N. Mukherjee

Geogrphy of India – Khullar

Certificate Physical & Human Geography – G.C. Leong

Human Geography – Majid Hussain

G. S. Paper II

Polity &Governance – M. Laxmikanth

Wizards’s Indian Polity & Constitution –

Our Constitution – SubhashKashyap

Our Parliament – SubhashKashyap

Constitution of India – D.D. Basu

The Hindu Frotline, Yojana etc. –

India’s Foreign Policy – V.P. Dutt.

World Focus, Frontline, EPWMagazineS –

G. S. Paper III

Internal Security in India – Bajpai

Envisioning an Empowered Nation – APJ Abdul Kalam

Indian Economy – DattaSundaram

Indian Economy – Mishra & Puri

Economic Survey of India –

Science Reporter –

G. S. Paper IV

Ethics, Integrity &Aptitude- Sqn. Ldr. ShashikantShetye (Retd.)(Prithvi Publications)

An introdiction to Ethics – William Lillie

Ehics in Governance – Ramesh Arora

Ethics, Integrity &Aptitude – Sqn. Ldr. ShashikantShetye (Retd.)(Prithvi Publications)

ARC Report – Govt of India

Optional Papers

Geography Optional

NCERT – Std. 9th – 12th

Atlas – TTK/ Orient Longman/ Oxford

Physical Geography – Savindra Singh

Modern Physical Geography – A. N. Strahlar

Climatology – D. S. Lal

Oceanography – Vattal & Sharma

Environmental Geography – Savindra Singh/ Saxena

Geography made simple – Rupa Publication (Both Volumes)

Human Geography – Majjid Hussain

Regional planning – Mishra

Economic Geography – K Siddharth

Geography of India – Khullar

Geography of population – Chandana

Urbanization and urban system – Ramchandran

Regional planning in India – Chand & Puri

Public Administration


Chapter-I: Introduction Mohit Bhattacharya: New Horizons of Public Administration Nicholas

Henry : Public Administration and Public Affairs Special Issues of Indian Journal of Public Administration

Chapter-II: Theories of Administration D. Ravindra Prasad, V.S. Prasad and P. Satyanarayana : Administrative Thinkers D. Gvishiani Organisation and Management: A Critique of Western Theories.

Chapter-III: Structure of Public Organisations : R.K. Jain : Public Sector Undertakings; and Mohit Bhattacharya : New Horizons of Public Administration

Chapter-IV: Administrative Behaviour Paul Hersey : Organisational Behaviour OR Stephen P. Robbin : Organisational Behaviour

Chapter-V: Accountability and Control: Mohit Bhattacharya : New Horizons of Public Administration Special Issues of Indian Journal of Public Administration on Accountability

Chapter-VI: Administrative Law: Massey :Administrative Law OR M.P. Jain :Administrative Law

Chapter-VII: Administrative Reforms: P.R. Dubbashi : Administrative Reforms G.E. Gaiden :Administrative Reforms

Chapter-VIII: Comparative Public Administration: Ferrel Heady : Public Administration-A Comparative Perspective OR R.K. Arora : Comparative Public Administration

Chapter-IX: Development Administration: Ferrel Heady : Public Administration – A Comparative Perspective OR R.K. Arora : Comparative Public Administration

Chapter-X: Public Policy : IGNOU Lessons on Public Policy R. K. Sapra : Public Policy

Chapter-XI: Personnel Administration: O Glenn :Stahl : Public Personnel Administration S. L. Goel : Personnel Administration in India.

Chapter-XII: Financial Administration M. J. K. Thavaraj :Public Financial Administration OR G.S. Lal :Financial Administration in India IGNOU Lessons on Financial Administration


Chapter-I: Evolution of Indian Administration B.N. Puri Administrative History of India (Vol. I, II and III)

Chapter-II: Constitutional Framework D. D. Basu An Introduction to the Constitution of India

Chapter-III: Union Government and Administration A. Avasthi Central Administration

Chapter-IV: State Government and Administration J.D. Shukla State Administration

Chapter-V: District Administration T.N. Chaturvedi District Administration; and Special Issue of Indian Journal of Public Administration on District Administration

Chapter-VI: Local Government S.R. Maheswari Local Government in India

Chapter-VII: Public Sector in India R. K. Jain Public Sector Undertakings Annual Survey on Public Sector of Department of Public Enterprises

Chapter-VIII: Public Services S.L. Goel Personnel Administration in India

Chapter-IX: Control of Public Expenditure M. J. K. Thavaraj Financial Administration IGNOU Lessons on Financial Administration

Chapter-X: Administrative Reforms P.R. Dubbashi Administrative Reforms S. R. Maheswari Administrative Reforms Special Issue of Indian Journal of Public Administration on Administrative Reforms

Chapter-XI: Machinery for Planning A. Avasthi Central Administration

Chapter-XII: Administration of Law and Order K. K. Sharma Law and Order Administration in India K. J. Guha Roy, District Policing

Chapter-XIII: Welfare Administration Annual Reports of Department of Social Welfare

Chapter-XIV: Major Issues in Indian Administration Special Issue of Indian Journal Public Administration on Indian Administration, Retrospect and Prospect and on Good Governance.

History Optional

Ancient India



Gazetteer of India Vol – II 

A wonder that was India – A.L. Basam

An Advanced History of India – Majumdar, Raichaudhary

Data Ashoka and Decline of Mauryan Empire – Avasthi

Socio material culture – R.S. Sharma

Ancient India – Publication division

Medieval India



Gazetteer of India Vol – II –

J.L. Mehta Vol – III –

Medieval India Vol – I and II – Satish Chandra

Impact of Islam on Indian culture – Tarachand

Modern India



Gazetteer of India Vol – II –


Modern India – Jaspal and Grover

Modern India – Sumit Sarkar

Freedom struggle – Bipan Chandra

An Advanced History of India Vol-III – Majumdar, Raichaudhary and Datta

World History

World History for UPSC mains – Jain & Mathur

Modern World – K. Krishna Reddy

World History – L. Mukherji

Specialized Study

Ancient India Religion, Culture and Society Vol. I – Puri, Das and Chopra

The wonder that was India – A. L. Basam

Social formation and Material Culture in Ancient India – R. S. Sharma

A concise History of India Art – Roy C. Craron

Medieval Society, culture, religious Movements and Art: Vol II – Puri, Das and Chopra

J.L. Mehta Vol-II

Administrative and constitutional development in British Period

Modern India – Yashpal and Grover

Gandhian Movement, Freedom struggle – Bipan Chandra



Herton and Hunt, Sociology

Mcgraw- Hill International, Singapore 1984

Abrahamson Mark, Urban Sociology

Prentice-Hall Inc, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1980

Haris C. C., The Sociology Enterprises : A Disscussion of Fundamental Concept

St. Martin Press Inc., New York, 1980

Wilson John, Introduction to Social Movements

Basic Books, NY , 1998

Hamilton , Malcom, B. The Sociology of Religion

Routledge, London , 1995

Williams, Malcom, Science and Social Science : An Introduction

Routledge, London , 2000

D.K.S. Roy, Social Development and the Empowerment of Mariginalised Groups: Perspectives and Strategies

Sage, New Delhi – 2001

Harris C.C., The Family

Allen and Unwin, London – 1977

Andreas Hess, Concept of Social Stratification, European and American Models

Palgrave, Houndmills, NY , 2001

Giddens, Anthony, Capitalisation and Modern Social Theory

University Press Cambridge, 1971

Smelser, N.J.The Sociology of Economic Life

Prentice Hall, New Delhi – 1988

Haralombos, M, and Heald, R,M. Sociology : Themes and Perspectives

Oxford. Delhi – 1980

Randall Collins, Theoretical Sociology

Harcourt Brace and Company, Florida, 1996

Bottomore. T.B. Sociology : A GFuide of problem and Literature

Allen and Unwin, London – 1972

Etzioni, Amitali, Modern Organization

Prentice Hall, NY, 1995

Cuff, Sharrock, and Francis, Perrspective in Sociology

Routledge, NY 1995


Mandelbaum, David, Society in India

Press Berkreley, 1970

Srinivas M N Caste in Modern India and Other Essays

Asia Publishing House, Bombay -1962

Srinivas M N Social Change in Modern India

Berkeley,University of California Press 1966

Srinivas and Shah, The Myth of the self sufficiency of the Indian Village

The Economic weekly, 12:1375-1378

Beteille Andre Sociology

Oxford, New Delhi – 2002

Beteille Andre, The idea of Natural, Inequality and other Essays

Oxford, Delhi – 1987

Beteille Andre, Essay in Contemporary Sociology

Oxford, Delhi – 1987

Beteille Andre, Social Inequality of Indian Penguine

London – 1978

Singh Yogender Cultural Change in India

Rawat, Jaipur, 2002

Singh Yogender, Modernization of Indian Tradition

Thompson Press, New Delhi – 1973

Unnithan T K , Indra Dev and Singh, Y, (eds) Towards a Sociology of Culture in India

Prentice Hall, New Delhi – 1965

Gupta, Dipasnkar, Interrograting Caste

Penguine, New Delhi – 2000

Shah A M Family in Contempory India

Orient Longman, New Delhi – 2001

Chandrani and Chandrani, Essay in Rural Sociology

Rawat, Jaipur -2000

Desai, Neera, and Krishnaraj, Women and Society in India

New Delhi – 1990

Singer Milton and Cohen B.S. Structure and chasnge in Indian Society

Weener Grin Foundation for Anthropological Research 1968

Sharma K L (ed) Sociolo Inequilities in Indian , Profiles of Caste Class, Power and Sociol Mobility

Rawat, Jaipur 19945

Gallenter Masrc, Competing, Inequalities

Oxford, NY 1998

Joshi, P C Sociol Science and Development: Quest for Relevence

Hasr-Anand Publication, Delhi 1995

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