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IAS Exam BOOK LIST FOR GENERAL STUDIES: PRELIMS


1. THE HINDU: - READ IT THOROUGHLY & EXTENSIVELY.6-8 MONTHS BEFORE PRELIMS i.e. SEPTEMBER TO APRIL 10. READ 2-3 HRS OR IF POSSIBLE 4 HOURS DAILY.JOT DOWN ALL IMPORTANT POINTS IN YOUR NOTE BOOK.LIKE WHAT IS THE CAPITAL OF HAITI? WHO ARE THE MEMBERS OF SCO, NATO, AND APEC? WHERE IS THE HEADQUARTERS OF MERCOSUR, OPEC? LIKE THIS YOU HAVE TO JOT DOWN 20000 TO 40000 FACTS FROM THE HINDU.THIS IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO CLEAR PRELIMS AS 50 FACTUAL QUESTIONS WILL COME FROM THE HINDU & IF YOU ARE THOROUGH THEN YOU CAN EASILY SCORE 70-80 NET IN GENERAL STUDIES … SO NEVER NEGLECT THE HINDU.NEVER READ IT CASUALLY.READ IT “LIKE A TEXTBOOK” …

2. A BRIEF HISTORY OF MODERN INDIA :- SPECTRUM.GIVE MORE EMPHASIS ON MODERN INDIA THAN ON MEDIEVAL OR ANCIENT INDIA


3. FOR MEDIEVAL & ANCIENT INDIA READ WIZARD SPECIAL ISSUE 20-30 PAGES SPECIAL.TAKE SHORT-CUT.JUST MUG UP SOME FACTS IN ANCIENT & MEDIEVAL INDIA.SOME 2000-3000 FACTS …


4. D D BASU,HELPFUL FOR THEORETICAL ASPECT.IF YOU FIND IT DIFFICULT,READ CLASS NOTE OF VAJIRAM & RAVI DICTATED BY MR RAVINDRAN.BUT READ “ANY ONE”.EVEN TWO READINGS OF VAJIRAM NOTE WILL HELP A LOT … FOR ARTICLES READ P M BAKSHI.FOR CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS INDIA YEAR BOOK & ALL OTHER LATEST AMENDMENTS FROM NEWSPAPERS & MAGAZINES.


5. ECONOMICS :- THE ECONOMIC SURVEY ( ALL BOXES,CHAPTER 1,10 & CHAPTER ON FINANCE ARE IMPORTANT),VAJIRAM CLASS NOTE “OR”
INDIAN ECONOMY: PROBLEMS & PROSPECTS BY UMA KAPILA “OR” NCERT 11TH CLASS ECONOMICS BOOK INDIAN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT.

READ ANY ONE PLUS THE ECONOMIC SURVEY.
READ THE HINDU, THE ECONOMIC TIMES & THE BUSINESS LINE STRICTLY FROM ECONOMIC PERSPECTIVE DURING FEB 20-MARCH 15.BUDGET PERIOD

6. FOR GENERAL MENTAL ABILITY, GENERAL KNOWLEDGE & GENERAL SCIENCE GO THROUGH TATA MACGRAW HILL GENERAL STUDIES GUIDE.TAKE SHORT-CUT.FOR MENTAL ABILITY YOU CAN ALSO MUG UP SOME FORMULA IN PERMUTATION & COMBINATION, PROBABILITY ETC FROM VAJIRAM & RAVI CLASS NOTE.

7. MANORAMA YEAR BOOK: - READ INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS, INDIA, WORLD SECTION WHAT HAPPENED IN WHICH MONTH DATE WISE, QUIZ, AWARDS, BOOKS & AUTHORS ETC.BE INQUISITIVE & REMEMBER RELEVANT FACTS FROM PRELIMS POINT OF VIEW.


8. INDIA YEAR BOOK :- IMPORTANT SECTIONS ARE :- DIARY OF EVENTS,FINANCE,AGRICULTURE,INDUSTRY,INDIA & THE WORLD,OUR POLITY,LAND & PEOPLE,BASIC ECONOMIC DATA.LAST 20-30 PAGES WHERE IT IS GIVEN WHO WAS THE FIRST BHARAT RATNA ?WHO WAS THE FIRST VICE-PRESIDENT OF INDIA ? ALL CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS ETC.

9. TO SUPPLEMENT CURRENT AFFAIRS PREPARATION YOU CAN READ WIZARD SPECIAL ISSUE FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS “OR” VAJIRAM BOOKLETS FOR CURRENT AFFAIRS. READ “ANY ONE”.


10. FOR GEOGRAPHY READ NCERT BOOKS INDIA LAND & PEOPLE, INDIA PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY. OXFORD ATLAS.GOH CHENG LEONG CERTIFICATE PHYSICAL & HUMAN GEOGRAPHY ( SELECTED CHAPTERS).WHILE READING THE HINDU LOCATE IN OXFORD OR MACMILLAN ATLAS IMPORTANT RIVERS,NATIONAL PARKS,BORDERS OF COUNTRIES,CAPITALS,LAKES,MOUNTAIN RANGES ETC. YOU MUST EXPLORE THE ATLAS WITH HIGH CURIOSITY SO THAT YOUR VISUAL KNOWLEDGE ABOUT THE PHYSICAL & HUMAN ASPECTS OF THE WORLD INCREASES GRADUALLY.

11. ABOVEALL, KEEP YOUR EYES, EARS OPEN TO ANY SOURCE OF INFORMATION COMING FROM ANY SOURCE & FROM ANY DIRECTION.


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