Study Materials

List of Suggested Reference Material


  • One National Newspaper- Hindu, Tribune, Indian Express etc
  • One State newspaper- Ajit, Tribune (Punjab), Dainik Bhaskar(Haryana), Amar Ujala, Divya Himachal ( Himachal Pradesh)


  • Yojna, Kurukshetra (Recommended both) 
  • And one out of Chronicles, Pratiyogita Darpan, Civil Services times etc
  • Punjab
    • Axiom Updates – Tits Bits 
  • Himachal Pradesh
    • Himachal Competition Focus- Sarla Publications
  • Haryana
    • Kushmanda IAS HCS Times

Press India Bureau Sites
Government of the State Sites

TV Shows
Watching Doordarshan, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha recommended
Pradhanmantri , Savidhan Series

Recommended Books- UPCS and PCS

GS Syllabus and Topics Books/Study material
Ancient History · A History of Ancient and Early Medieval (Choose 1 of these)
· India’s Ancient Past New (its also Called Old NCERT) (Must have book)
Medieval History · History Of Medieval India (its also Called Old NCERT)
Modern History · From Plassey to Partition : A History of Modern India OR
· History of Modern India – Bipin Chandra (it is also Called Old NCERT) OR
· History of Modern India – Spectrum (Very Brief one) (Must have book)
World History · World History – Arjun Dev (Old NCERT) OR
· World History – Norman Lowe OR
· World History – Norman Lowe (Brief Edition)
Society · Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja
· NCERT 11th & 12th Sociology,
· Internet, Current
Culture · Indian Art & Culture – Nitin Singhania OR (Must have book)
· Facets of Indian Culture – Spectrum / Here
· NCERT 11th & 12th
· NIOS/IGNOU Study material on Indian Culture and Heritage
Indian Freedom Struggle · India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra (Must have book)
Geography · Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong( Physical Geography) Important Book
· India: A Comprehensive Geography – D.R.Khullar / Geography of India – Majid Husain /
(Indian Geography) (Choose one) (Must have book)
· World Geogarphy – Majid Hussain (World Geography)
· The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas / Here / Oxford School Atlas by Oxford University Press (Choose one Atlas) (Must have book)
· NCERT class 6th to 10th social science/ or ICSE Board Books 7th to 10th
· NCERT Geography class 11th, 12th( Very Important and Needed)
· NOS Study material on Geography [ if Available]
Indian Polity · Indian Polity – M. Laxmikanth Must have book)
· Introduction to the Constitution of India – DD Basu
· NCERT/NIOS of Class 6th-10th Social Science
· NCERT/NIOS of Class 11th-12th Political Science
Ethics · Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – M Karthikeyan OR
· Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude – S. Rao & Roy chowdhury OR
· Lexicon For Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude (Choose any 2 of these)
· IGNOU Notes
Economic & Social Development · Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh (Must have book)
· The Indian Economy – Sanjiv Verma
· Economic Survey (Economy) Very Important
· Yojna & Kurukshetra
· NIOS/IGNOU Study material for Economy [If available]
· NCERT 10th 11th, 12th Economics
International Relations · Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy – Rajeev Sikri
· Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century – Shashi Tharoor
· Current Affairs, Newspaper, Internet
Environment & Biodiversity · Environment – Shankar IAS (Choose any 1 of these) (Must have book)
· Environment for Civil Services – D R Khullar , J A C S Rao
· Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure – Rajagopalan
· Ecology And Environment – P.D Sharma / Here (Environment) Excellent Book
· Environment & Ecology – Biodiversity, Climate Change and Disaster Management – Majid Hussain (Environment)
· Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English / Hindi (Must have book)
· IGNOU/NIOS Books Related Environment (if Available)
· Internet
General Science · Science and Technology for UPSC by Tata Macgraw Hill
· Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual : English / Hindi (Must have book)
· Developments in Science And Technology – Spectrum
· Science & Technology – Ashok Singh
· NCERT/NIOS of Class 9th, 10th, 12th Science
· For Latest technology related News read Magazines/Newspaper, Internet
Current Affairs · India Yearbook 2016 / Bharat 2016 (Current Affairs)
· Newspapers : The Hindu, The Indian Express, Frontline
Misc. · Tata MacGrawHill General Studies Manual: English / Hindi


  • Sada Punjab
  • Rangla Punjab
  • Arihant – Punjab Know your state
  • Economy Of Punjab – H S Mavi
  • Spectrums Statistics
  • Compulsory English
  • Lahzmi Punjabi
  • MBD Guide Punjabi- BA 1st year
  • Government of Punjab Website

Himachal Pradesh


  • Arihant – Haryana
  • Compulsory English
  • Hindi- Raghav Prakash
  • Government of Haryana Website