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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

How to Crack Civil Services Examination 2013


Suggested Readings for the 2013 UPSC New (CSAT) Prelim Exam Paper I

Current National Issues and Topics of Social Relevance/ India and the World/International Affairs & Institutes:

• 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. History:
• 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. Geography:
• 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 – T.T.K. or Orient Longman.
• Census Report
• Down to Earth (fortnightly magazine)
• Yojana and Kurukshetra 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, the eye – structure, function working and common defects of eye, the ear – structure and function, 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, T.B., Polio, Leprosy, Acids, Hepatitis, Dengue etc.
• Animal Husbandry 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.


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