Suggested Readings for the 2011 UPSC New (CSAT) Prelim Exam Paper I

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Current National Issues

  • India (national year book from Publication Division) Relevant chapters.
  • One major national daily The Hindu or The Times of India preferably.
  • Frontline (fortnightly from the Hindu) selected news analysis and articles.
  • ‘Yojana’ ‘Kurukshetra’ and Employment News (from Publication Division) news and relevant articles.
  • All India Radio (new and analysis) and RBC (news and analysis) .
  • World Focus a journal on international affairs (selected issues)
  • Seminar a monthly symposium on national current and socio-political issues.
  • Down to Earth a fortnightly on science and environment.
  • One career magazine preferably the Civil Services Chronicle (English and Hindi editions) .

Indian Polity

  • Organs of Government NCERT IXth Std.
  • Society, State and Government NCERT XIth Std.
  • Major Concepts of Political Science NCERT XIIth Std.
  • India: Constitution and Government NCERT IXth & Xth Stds.
  • The Constitution of India from Publication Division (Pocket book size i.e.. . English-Hindi combined edition) .
  • Introduction to the Constitution of India D. D. Basu.
  • Our Parliament and Our Constitution (separate books) S. C. Kashyap (NBT)
  • Perspective on the Constitution of India S. C. Kashyap (Edited) .
  • Citizens and the Constitution S. C. Kashyap (Pub. Div.) .
  • Democracy-An Analytical Survey Jean Baechler (NBT) .
  • Democracy in India (NCERT) Prof. Rashidudeen Khan (XIIth STd.) .
  • India (Pub. Div.) relevant chapters.
  • Gazetteer of India (Pub. Div.) Vol. I
  • Public Administration in India Padma Ramachandran (NBT) .
  • Relevant notes to be made from newspapers and magazines on the contemporary political issues.

Indian Economy

  • Micro & Macro-economics (NCERT) XIIth Std. vol 1vol 2
  • Indian Economic Development NCERT XIth Std.
  • Indian Economy Dutt and Sundharam or Mishra and Puri.
  • Economic Survey Ministry of Finance, GoI.
  • India (Pub. Div.) relevant chapters.
  • ‘Yojana’ & ‘Kurikshetra’ monthlies by Pub. Div.
  • Gazetter of India (Pub. Div.) Vol. 1.
  • Relevant notes from magazines and newspapers.


  • NCERT (All books related to Indian History)
  • Modern India B. L. Grover.
  • Social background of Indian nationalism A. R. Desai
  • Freedom Struggle Bipin Chandra
  • For cultural questions, candidates can take the help of books of NBT. For example Indian Music, Dance, Drama, Painting etc.


  • Principles of Geography (NCERT) Part I & II for XIIth Std (Old editions) .
  • Geography of India (NCERT) -Xth Std.
  • General Geography of India (NCERT) -XII th Std.
  • Land and the People (NCERT) -VI th, VII th & VIII th Std.
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography (Oxford) Goh Cheng Leong.
  • Physical Geography of India (NBT) C. S. Pichamuthu.
  • Intermediate Bhoogol (Bharti Bhavan, Hindi medium) Suresh Prasad (vol. 1& 2) .
  • Gazetteer of India (Pub. Div.) Vol. 1
  • Bhoogol Paribhasha Kosh Delhi University.
  • India (Pub. Div.) Relevant chapters.
  • A standard Dictionary of Geography preferably of the Penguin.
  • Khullar՚s Geography
  • Suresh Prasad՚s Intermediate Geography
  • One Atlas TTK or Orient Longman.
  • Census Report
  • Down to Earth (fortnightly magazine)
  • Yojana and Kurukshetra

General Science

  • Science (NCERT) -VI Std. X Std.
  • Applications of Biology (NCERT) a chapter of XII th Std. Biology section.
  • History of Science Ray & Moser, 5 vols (University Press) .
  • How? What? Why? 3 Books by NSC, CSIR, Govt. Of India.
  • The Human Machine (NBT) Bijlani & Manchanda.
  • Life: From Cell to Cell (Pub. Div.) Bal Phondke
  • His Master՚s Slave (Pub. Div.) Japan Bhattacharya.
  • Ek Se Bhale Do (CSIR, GoI) N. S. K. Prasad (Hindi medium) .
  • Marching Ahead with Science (NBT)
  • India (Pub. Div.) Scientific & Technological Development, Environment and Defence chapters only.
  • Science Reporter (CSIR) selected issues (English monthly) .
  • Vigyan Pragati (CSIR) selected issues (Hindi monthly) .
  • A standard ‘Dictionary of Science and Technology’
  • Current development from news papers.

Important Areas of Life Science for Preliminary Test

  • The cell: Shapes and size, cell structure, cell organelles, Difference between animal and plant cells.
  • Plant Physiology Roots, Photo synthesis, Respiration in plants.
  • Circulatory system Blood, The Heart, Lymphatic systems.
  • Respiratory system Respiratory system of man, Mechanism of respiration, respiratory disorders.
  • Excretory system Organ of excretion, internal structure of Kidney and Functions, Regulation of Urine formation, Artificial Kidney.
  • Nervous system Structure of neuron, various nervous system, Reflex action, structure, function working and common defects of eye, ear, tongue, skin etc.
  • Reproductive system Human reproductive system, fertilization, artificial inseminations, parturition.
  • Endocrine system Endocrine glands in man and function of hormones.
  • Fundamental of Genetics.
  • Health organizations.
  • Nutrition carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins etc. And deficiency diseases.
  • Muscles and joints.
  • Health and Disease Cancer, TB, Polio, Leprosy, Acids, Hepatitis, Dengue etc.
  • Animal Husbandry

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