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-2 vols.

  • 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 th Std.of X th 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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