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.
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    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
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    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

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    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
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    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
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    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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