Optional Book list for UPSC Civil Service Exam Preparation

Proper selection Optional Book list for UPSC IAS Exam is tough job . Our team collected feed back from many toppers and made a standard list on every subject  . We are providing minimum number of  standard books. IASSolution believe  that revision of minimum number of standard Books is good for candidates .Optional Book List

Booklist – Public Administration Optional

  1. Public Administration – Laxmikanth.
  2. Public Administration: Concepts And Theories – Rumki Basu.
  3. A Dictionary of Public Administration – Maheswari.
  4. Indian Administration – Pankaj Singh.
  5. Public Administration: Theory And Practice.
  6. Governance in India
  7. Administrative Theories And Management Thought – Sapru.
  8. New Horizons Of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya.
  9. Administrative Thinkers – D. Ravindra Prasad.
  10. Contemporary Debates in Public Administration – Dhameja Alka.
  11. Indian Administration – Maheswari.
  12. Introduction to the constitution of India – D.D.Basu.

 Book List – Geography Optional


  1. Physical Geography – Majid Hussain/ Savindra Singh.
  2. Modern Physical Geography – Strahler, and Strahler  (Optional).
  3. .Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong.
  4. Physical Geography Made Simple – Rupa Publication.
  5. Dictionary of Physical Geography – Penguin.
  6. Evolution of Geographical Thought – Majid Hussain.
  7. Economic and Social Geography Made Simple.
  8. Models in Geography – Majid Hussain.
  9. Dictionary of Human Geography.
  10. Oxford Student Atlas.


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  1. India – A Comprehensive Geography  – Khullar.
  2. Regional Planning in India – Mahesh Chand.
  3. India Year Book 2020 – Publication Division.
  4. Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines.

Optional Book List – Sociology

  1. Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja.
  2. Sociology – Anthony Giddens.
  3. Sociology Themes and Perspectives – Michael Haralambos, Martin Holborn.
  4. Society In India: Concepts, Theories And Recent Trends – Ram Ahuja.
  5. Sociological Theory – George Ritzer.
  6. Caste Its Twentieth Century Avatar – M. N. SRINIVAS.
  7. Persistence and Change in Tribal India – M.V. Rao.
  8. Social Background of Indian Nationalism – A. R. Desai.
  9. Modernization Of Indian Tradition – Yogendra Singh.
  10. Sociological Thought – Francis Abraham, John Henry Morgan.
  11. Social Change In Modern India – M. N. SRINIVAS.
  12. Oxford Dictionary Of Sociology.

Optional Book List – Political Science

  1. An Introduction to Constitution of India – D.D Basu.
  2. Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba.
  3. A new look at modern Indian history by BL Grover and Alka Yagnik.
  4. Fifty major political thinkers by Ian Adams and RW Dyson.
  5. Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India’s Foreign Policy by Rajiv Sikri.
  6. Foundations of Indian Political Thought – V R Mehta.
  7. Indian Government and Politics
  8. Does The Elephant Dance? Contemporary India Foreign Policy – Malone
  9. MPS-004 Comparative Politics: Issues and Trends by Expert Panel of GPH.
  10. Global politics by Andrew Heywood.
  11. India’s foreign policy – V P Dutt.
  12. International Organizations by Spectrum.
  13. An Oxford companion to politics in India.

Optional Book List – History

  1. History of Modern India – Shekhar Bandopadhyaya/Bipan Chandra.
  2. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra and Others.
  3. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma.
  4. Age of Revolution 1789-1848.
  5. Age of Capital 1848-1875.
  6. Early India by Romila Thappar.
  7. Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe.
  8. Modern India by Sumit Sarkar.
  9. Age of Empire 1875-1914.
  10. The Wonder that was India.

Optional Book List – Economics

  1. Microeconomics – Ahuja and Koutsyansis.
  2. Macroeconomics – Ahuja and Mankiw.
  3. International Economics – Salvatore and M.C Vaish.
  4. Public Finance – Lekhi, Balton and Bhatia.
  5. Money and Banking – Gupta and Ahuja.
  6. RBI Website.
  7. Growth and Development – Mishra and Puri.
  8. Debraj Ray-Development Economics.
  9. Indian Economy – Mishra and PuriDutt and Sundaram , Indian Economy: Performance and Policies, Economic Survey.

Recommended Books for Psychology –

  1. Introduction to Psychology
  2. Atkinson & Hilgard – Psychology
  3. Robert Baron Psychology
  4. Munn'S Introduction To Psychology
  5. Psychology – Ciccarelli
  6. Applied Psychology
  7. Social Psychology
  8. Abnormal Psychology
  9. Theories of Personality
  10. Organizational Behavior

Optional Book List – Medical Science

  1. Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia books of Anatomy (all three volumes)
  2. Embryology from I B Singh;
  3. Human Physiology– Ganong; Guyton and A.K.Jain book
  4. Biochemistry– by U. Satyanarayan’s book.
  5. Pathology– Pathological basis of disease by Robbins and Cotran 
  6. Pharmacology– K D Tripathi’s book   or  Lipincott is very good for memory point of view.
  7. Microbiology– D R Arora’s book.
  8. Medical parasitology by D R Arora
  9. Essentials of Forensic medicine and Toxicology by Dr. K S Narayan Reddy.
  10. Preventive and social medicine– K Park (Community medicine)
  11. Emergency medicine by Chough
  12. General Surgery– Manipal’s manual of surgery
  13. Clinical surgery for differential diagnosis
  14. Essential pediatrics by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga (Pediatrics)
  15. Illustrated Synopsis of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Old Edition)
  16. Obstetrics and gynecology including family planning– Obstetrics by D C Dutta

Book Lists for Law Optional

Books for Law Optional Paper 1

Books for Law Optional Paper 2

Book Lists for Mechanical Engineering Optional

  1. Fundamentals Of Engineering Thermodynamics 7/E (Si Units) Pb
  2. Heat Conversion – Arora and Kundwar
  3. Theory of Mechanics – S S Rattan
  4. Heat Transfer – Gupta Prakash
  5. Heat and Mass Transfer – R. Yadav
  6. Theory of Mechanism and Mechanics – Jagdish Lal
  7. Principles of Manufacturing Material & Process – Campbell
  8. Fundamentals of Classed Thermodynamics – Van Wylen
  9. Environmental Pollution Central Engineering
  10. Mechanic of Solids
  11. Manufacturing Science – Ghosh and Malik 
  12. Energy Conversion – Sukhalmoy
  13. Surveying and Levelling – T P Kanetkar
  14. A Textbook of Manufacturing Technology
  15. Production Management – R K Jain
  16. Manufacturing Technology – P N Rao

Optional Book List for Botany

Optional Book list – Zoology

  1. Cell and molecular biology – De Robertis, C.B. Powar
  2. Genetics – P.K. Gupta, Gardner, Ahluwalia, Vir Bala Rastogi
  3. Invertebrates – R.L. Kotpal, Nigam, Jordan
  4. Vertebrates – R.L. Kotpal, Nigam, Jordan and Varma
  5. Comparative anatomy of vertebrate zoology
  6. Animal physiology – H.R. Singh, Vander
  7. Biochemistry – Harper, Leninger, Stryer, Rao
  8. Embryology – Balinsky, A.K. Berry, Vir Bala Rastogi
  9. Organic evolution – Veer Bala Rastogi
  10. Ecology – P.D. Sharma, Odum, Vir Bala Rastogi and M.S. Jayaraj, Kotpal and Bali
  11. Economic Zoology
  12. General Zoology – Storer and Usurger
  13. Physiology – H.R. Singh
  14. Evolution – Vir Bala Rastogi
  15. A Dictionary of Entomology
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33 thoughts on “Optional Book list for UPSC Civil Service Exam Preparation”

  1. Sanjay Pradhan

    Sir may I choose both optional i.e POLITICAL SCIENCE & PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
    accordingly for both optional paper
    & suggest me sir.
    Thanking you.

  2. What do u suggest me about HINDI-SAHITYA and HISTRY as optional paper….

    I completed b.com. but in doubt to choose optionàl ……
    Please help me….

    Thank U

  3. Grace Nengneiching Singsit

    Can u please suggest books recommended for botany optional as I find it hard.
    Thanking your service with anticipation!!

  4. i want to know the recommended books for electrical enginnering and medical science as an optional subject.

    1. Medical Science Optional Book list is updated.Check the link on evening for Electrical Engineering optional book list.

      1. Mohammad Yasin

        Hi sir..

        I want to take Physics as my optional subject.
        I will give all my GS papers, Essay papers and Ethics in Hindi but
        I want to physics in English.

        Please suggest is it possible to change language in English for optional????


        Please send physics books also and tips.
        Thanks sir

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