CSAT 2013 will be help in May 2013. UPSC Notification for CSAT 2013 is expected to come out by Febuary 2013.
So many of you who are yet to start the CSAT 2013 preparation must be consfused with one common quesion.. "Which Books to be read to prepare for IAS preliminary examination?"
Below is the list of books that have been presented topicwise.
UPSC IAS Exam is divided into 2 papers
1. General Studies Paper
PAPER 1: Books for General Studies IAS Prelims:
2. Books on Indian History and Culturea) India's Struggle For Independence by Bipan Chandra: The book contains almost everything you need with Prelims and Mains perspective. It covers all the major events that occured from 1857 till Independence of India. This book is preferred by most of the IAS toppers.
b) NCERT (+ 2 level) — Ancient India, Medieval India, Modern India: Old syllabus book is preferred. If you dont get it then go for History Of Modern India by Bipan Chandra
3. Books on Indian Geographya) Indian And World Geography (Paper-1) by Majid Hussain : Covers Indian and World Geography syllabus. The book is exclusively written for IAS Prelims exam preparation.
b) NCERT : Physical Geography of India for X - XII Std
c) Good School Atlas
4. Books on Indian Polity:a) Indian Polity for Civil Services Examinations by Laxmikanth: Best book on Indian polity for Prelims and GS Mains. Also, aspriant having Public Administration as an optional for Mains exams find this book helpful.
b) NCERT (+1 level)—Indian Political System
c) Frontline Magazine
5. Books on Indian Economy:a) Indian Economy : For Civil Services Examinations 5th Edition by Ramesh Singh : This book is sufficient for Prelims, Mains and even Interview.
b) Newspapers: ET, Hindu
c) Yojna Magazine
PAPER 2: BOOKS FOR CSAT Aptitude TestPaper 2 of the CSAT Prelims test your Aptitude and Logical Reasoning Skills alongwith your English Language skills.
The questions have similar pattern since past many years. Books needed for CSAT Paper 2 are mentioned below.
1: TMH CSAT General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2013 (Paper - 2):
This book is exclusively prepared for CSAT Paper 2 by Arun Sharma. TMH General Studies CSAT 2013 is widely preferred among the CSAT aspritants just because it is the complete package for CSAT Paper 2. If you have basic knowledge of maths and English than this book alone is sufficient for your Paper 2 preparation. It contains all do's and dont's and shortcut methods that will make you solve all the questions quickly in no time.
Important: If you are a beginner and have not tested your aptitude and logical reasoning skills for a long time then referring below mentioned book will help you sharpen your basic skills. Once you are done with these books then you can start with TMH General Studies CSAT 2013 .
a) CSAT Civil Services Aptitude Test (Paper – II) By Shalini Verma:
The book will help you exercise your basic skills of numeracy and sharpen your logical reasoning skills required for CSAT 2013 prelims.
The above mentioned books are sufficient for your CSAT 2013 Prelims preparation. We will come up with the book lists of IAS Mains exam preparation and Exam series in our upcoming posts.
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