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Before starting this article I would like to say that you need ONLY these seven books to crack the Preliminary Examination. Rest all is hard work. Let us begin now.

If you want to increase your chances of selection, then you must prepare from ONLY ONE STANDARD BOOK for each subject. Throughout, your preparation study only from that book and revise only that book. DON T BUY NEW BOOKS.

Why you should prepare from ONLY ONE STANDARD BOOK and NOT BUY NEW BOOKS?

1. 95% of the facts in almost every standard book are same. There is no point in wasting your money, time and energy in buying new books for 5% of the remaining facts.

2. Having facts is not enough to crack IAS. You should also remember the facts. That is why revisions are important. Hence, once the standard book is complete, start revising it and revise it as many times as you can, so that if any question comes from whatever you have studied you can answer it with confidence.

3. When you buy new books, you add confusion to your preparation. You study some pages from one book and some from another. In short, you fail to read even 95% of the facts. Plus, there is no time left for revisions. And if you have not revised, you cannot answer questions with confidence.

Which STANDARD BOOK should you choose for a particular subject?

Since, we have known that ONE STANDARD BOOK and its revision is enough to crack IAS, we must choose that ONE STANDARD BOOK very wisely. You should keep the following things in mind, before buying THAT ONE STANDARD BOOK (YOUR FRIEND THROUGHOUT YOUR PREPARATION)

1. It must be relevant for IAS exam.

2. It must contain more and more facts.

3. It is well organized and divided into various topics.

CONFUSED!! Don t worry. Below, I am providing you with list of some of the best books (for all subjects) for IAS Preparation. You can choose any one of them for each subject as YOUR STANDARD BOOK (YOUR FRIEND). Besides, I will also tell you that which book I recommend for a particular subject. It would be best for your preparation, if you buy the book recommended by me, because I have recommended that book keeping the above factors in mind and experience of other aspirants.

NOTE My list of recommended books does not include basic books like NCERTs, NIOS and others, because it is my experience and observation that these books consumes a lot of your time and energy and gives very less facts in return. To know more that why I do not recommend NCERTs & other basic books, read the article NCERT MYTH.

BEST STANDARD BOOKS

Subject

Ancient Indian History

Medieval Indian History

Modern Indian History

Indian & World Geography

Polity

Economy

Arts & Culture

Science

Maths & Reasoning

Options you can choose from

Ancient India by V.D. Mahajan Ancient Indian History from TMH General Studies Manual Old NCERT on Ancient India by Makkanlal (Download Free PDF)

Medieval India by V.D. Mahajan Medieval Indian History from TMH General Studies Manual Old NCERT on Medieval India by Satish Chandra (Download Free PDF)

Modern India by V.D. Mahajan Modern Indian History from TMH General Studies Manual Old NCERT on Modern India by Bipan Chandra (Now this book is available in book stores with the title Bipan Chandra History of Modern India )

World & Indian Geography from TMH General Studies Manual World & Indian Geography by Majid Hussain Certificate to Physical Geography by G.C. Leong Oxford India Student Atlas

Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth Constitution of India by D.D. Basu Our Constitution by Subhash C. Kashyap

Economy from TMH General Studies Manual Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

Any source you like

Any source you like

Any source you like

PlanetIAS Recommends

Ancient India by V.D. Mahajan

Medieval India by V.D. Mahajan

Modern India by V.D Mahajan

World & Indian Geography from TMH General Studies Manual Oxford India Student Atlas

Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

Economy from TMH General Studies Manual

Ancient India by V.D. Mahajan and Medieval India by V.D. Mahajan will also cover arts & culture

Science from TMH General Studies Manual

R.S. Agarwal

Let us summarize the recommended books by PlanetIAS

1. Ancient India by V.D. Mahajan

2. Medieval India by V.D. Mahajan

4. TMH General Studies Manual

5. Indian Polity by M. Laxmikanth

6. Oxford India Student Atlas

7. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal

Conclusion

These 7 books are sufficient to help you crack Civil Services Preliminary Exam. All you need to do is, to study them sincerely and keep revising them again and again. Do not shift your focus to other books.Atlas 7. Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Agarwal Conclusion These 7 books will cost you roughly around

These 7 books will cost you roughly around Rs. 3000/- (much less than the lakhs of money that you give to the coaching institutes).again and again. Do not shift your focus to other books. Also, all these 7 books

Also, all these 7 books are available, in both, the Hindi and English languages.lakhs of money that you give to the coaching institutes). We are sure that this article

We are sure that this article would have helped you to select YOUR STANDARD BOOK (YOUR BEST FRIEND) for each subject. Do not waste your time now, buy one of the standard books and start your preparation right now.

If YOU dream it, YOU CAN do it.

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