Below is the list of recommended booklist for Prelims 2015. It has been compiled from the experience of ForumIAS members, and has been updated keeping in mind the UPSC Prelims examination of the past 3 years. It has been taken for the List of books for UPSC Prelims previously existing. 1. Indian Polity by M Laxmikant Latest Edition [click]
No any second source. Just one book. There is no alternative to it. You must read it at least 5-10 times.
2. Indian History - Spectrum Modern India by Rajiv Ahir[click]
. It is a summary of Bipin Chandra's India's Struggle for Independence
. every question in last prelims and before that which was in "ANSWERABLE" category (some questions are not to be answered by anyone - dont waste time and energy on finding where those questions came from). Update:
Bipan Chandra should be kept as an essential read book, because it can really help with both - parts of Prelims & Mains. A few thorough readings should help.
We would recommend aspirants to buy and use
both books. Chapters to be seen from here would include Peasant Movements, Tribal movements etc.
3. Indian Culture - Click here
for updates sources for Culture including Rank 1 Gaurav Aggrawal's Tips4. Geography
- You will need to do 3 books here. For Principles of Geography Just do Go Cheng Leong - Certificate Physical & Human Geography[click]
line by line 4-5 times - every chapter..dont by-heart, but read closely..only memorise conecpets. This is the single book for most Geography concepts. Chapters are short and easy to understand. Has been recommended book for doing basic principles of Geography since Subhra Ranjan topped the Examination almost a decade ago. Note:-
Three topics , namely :- - Monsoons -EL Nino -La Nina
is not given very well here, and it is not sufficient from UPSC point of view. You will have to take help from your geography optional friends and either understand it from them or get their notes. - Indian geography books (2 of them) 11th & 12th NCERT. Again do 4-5 times. Any question comin from it should be answerable. Dont be the fool who has read the book but is not able to answer question from it. if u r not able to answer, it means u r not honest in ur effort. You have to do all of the above.(Not my Lines; copied from source :P ) The tea plantation question that came in Mains 2014 - asking why tea plantations were successful in Eastern Himalayas, and not in Western Himalayas could be answered by either common sense or by a reading of the books above. Be thorough with this book. All your competitors will be.
4. Indian economy
- For best strategy, you will need to have a two level approach:- 1. TMH Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh[Latest Edition][click]
2. A second source that has been addd to our reading List this year based on students feedback is March of the Indian Economy
by IC dhingra:-Book Review by Review By AIR - 255 TVARA MISHRA (CSE 2014) topper.
Overall I would think the book is helpful for UPSC and State Service Examination preparation since it covers the basic requirement well-
a) covers the topics in the syllabus well;
b) explains in very simple (even conversational) language;
c) Has interesting illustrations (graphs, charts) and fun-facts thrown in to help the reader connect abstract concepts to the real world;
d) Brief, to the point analysis, hence not very bulky.
It goes beyond other publications in the market since it provides
· Very up-to-date information (Budget/ Economic Survey 2015 is also included, as well as Bills tabled in the Parliament in the past year, role of Niti Ayog) on several topics that other publications in the market do not have. Also small sections on latest developments in international sphere (movements on WTO/ IMF/ SDR/ AIIB/ BRICS bank/ TTP and impact on domestic policy making)
· One WHOLE CHAPTER devoted to the challenges to the new NDA government in the economic sphere and latest developments in the economy.
· Sections from the latest Budget and Economic Survey integrated within the chapters to provide a holistic outlook to the reader.
· Information in a point wise form for several concepts/ topics, therefore very helpful for answer writing and quick recall.
· MCQs at the end of subsections within chapters which are helpful in self-evaluation, and also of the nature which the new prelims pattern has been emphasizing- core understanding of basic concepts. There is a detailed MCQ section at the end for overall evaluation as well.
- 21/21 Economy MCQs in UPSC Paper 1 -2015 could be solved from this book if you read the book thoroughly
- 7/9 Economy MCQs in UPSC GS Paper 1 - 2014 Could be solved from this book if you read the book thoroughly.
Additionally, You may want to read either Vajiram Economy class notes OR Sriram's IAS Economy notes
. This will help you for both Prelims as well as mains. Sriram's Economy Notes is an end to end solution for both Mains & Prelims and is the most recommended source. If you like the reading pleasure of a book, do buy books apart from Sriram's Notes.
Again..reading is to be line by line..every chapter..at least 5-6 times. You will see ur knowledge grow by leaps and bounds. And GS will be conquerable. Magazine Read at least one magazine
every month - dont change ur magazine - try chronicle or wizard. You should have all issues of past one year when u write prelims/Mains. Update:
You may still buy a magazine, but magazines have lost relevance for several reasons - (1) Vision IAS Current Affairs Notes has become the standard source for Current Affairs (2) Insights on India 's Secure 2014/2015 answer writing chanllenge is also a great initiative, leaving very little time/other resources to read magazines. Still, if this is your first attempt, it is better to get a magazine, than not to get one. Final Words
(1) Its not possible to NOT clear prelim after having done all of the above 5-6 times. honest , hard work discipline is required. (2) Join a good test series, if this is your first attempt. If you do not want to join a Test series, then here is what you can do: If you have a good peer group, try to get test papers from market and practice it at home. Then check and compare score amongst each of you. Make sure you stand at least in top 3 among a group of 5 people. If you are being the last two in your peer group, then either (1) ask your friends not to cheat while writing Test, or better (2) start studying hard, and seek help while there is still time. Members may add to this thread by sharing their thoughts. When in doubt, buy both books. Work hard, and if you spend too much time on ForumIAS.com , try answering questions asked by others - especially threads like Prelims questions and other course related doubts, and staying away from speculation threads. That is not how ForumIAS used to function before Orkut shut down.(grumble) ForumIAS loves you. Love us back by increasing our Facebook page
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