[Studyplan] Book Lists for Optional Subjects of UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination (UPSC CSE) and other State PSC Exams.

While looking for study materials, many questions asked.like.

Can i prepare for UPSC exam while doing job? -

You can also prepare while doing your job, but it depends on what kind of job you are doing. As you have mentioned nothing about your job profile, please do think again before quitting it. If you have doubts with that you can always get it cleared ;-)

Now coming to guidance for preparation, well in brief you will have to follow this trend
Zero: Choose your optional subject and preferably study it daily for an hour or two. You can even rigorously prepare it for whole month or two and then switch to
next step. But dont hurry, in doubt always get it cleared.
1st: Read NCERT's
2nd: Now comes the Role of Standard Books
3rd: Test Series, so that you can assess/judge your performance till now.
4th: Practice CSAT, this is to be done parallel with step 1, 2 & 3.
5th: Start mains answer writing practice and essay writing
6th: Do the same for Optional.
7th: Repeat 5 and 6 till you are sure that you can write relevant answers on any topic asked.
8th: Probably within 2 months, you will have Prelims 2016 ---> attempt it, go for mains and then you have the interview.
If the hard work is sincere and smart, and most importantly REGULAR, then clearing it in one go is possible or may be not. Cant assure you on this one, thats UPSC.

Book Lists for Optional Subjects of  UPSC Civil Services Mains Examination (UPSC CSE) and other State PSC Exams.

Optional Subjects demand Many books because of their very nature and vast syllabus. I have collected these books from various sources and have strictly complied the necessary books for various optionals for UPSC CSE and other State PCS Exams. Some of the State PSC have different syllabus but still their syllabus match 80-90% with UPSC syllabus so the book list remains almost same.

I will keep updating the Lists as soon as I will Come to know Good Books and info also will post about remaining optional subjects. Stay connected and keep visiting. Subjects Mentioned below are followings :


Political Science



Public Administration



Medical Science





History of Modern India – Shekhar Bandopadhyaya/Bipan Chandra

Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe

India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra and Others

Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas  - Romila Thapar/ A History of Ancient and Early Medieval India

Medieval India: From Sultanat to Mughals – 1- Satish Chandra

Medieveal India: From Sultanat to Mughals -2 – Satish Chandra

India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma

History of the World – Arjun Dev

The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham

Source: Here


A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Susheela Ramaswamy

Politial Theory – Rajeev Bhargava

Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba

International Relations -Khanna

Politics – Heywood

Introduction to the Constitution of India  - D D Basu

Global Politics – Heywood

Foundations of Indian Political Thought – V R Mehta

India’s Struggle For Idependence – Bipan Chandra

Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia

Does The Elephant Dance? Contemporary India Foreign Policy – Malone



Physical Geography – Majid Hussain/ Savindra Singh

Models in Geography – Majid Hussain

Modern Physical Geography – Strahler and Strahler  (Optional)

Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong

Economic and Social Geography Made Simple – Rupa Publication

Dictionary of Physical Geography – Penguin

Evolution of Geographical Thought – Majid Hussain

Physical Geography Made Simple – Rupa Publication

Dictionary of Human Geography

Oxford Student Atlas / The Orient BlackSwan School Atlas


India Year Book – Publication Division

Regional Planning in India – Mahesh Chand

India – A Comprehensive Geography  - Khullar

Source: Here



Sociology – Anthony Giddens

Sociological Thought – Francis Abraham and John Henry Morgan

Sociology – Harlombos and Holborn

Political Theory – O P Gauba


Sociology - Macionis

Sociological Theory –  Ritzer G


Social Change in India – M N Srinivas

Indian Society and Culture – Nadeem Hasnain

Modernization of Indian Tradition – Yogendra Singh

Indian Sociological Thought by Nagla B K

Handbook of Indian Sociology – Veena Das

Rural Sociology – Doshi and Jain

Social Background of Indian Nationalism – A R Desai

Source: Here


Indian Public Administration – Arora and Goyal

Administrative Thinkers – Prasad and Prasad

Public Administration In India 1st Edition - Maheshwari

Public Administration – Fadia and Fadia

Public Administration In India – B L Fadia (optional)

Public Administration – Laxmikant

New Horizons of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya

Public Administration and Public Affairs 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry

Essentials Of Organizational Behaviour10th Edition – Robbins, Sanghi and Judge

Source: Here



Microeconomics – Ahuja and Koutsyansis

Macroeconomics – Ahuja and Mankiw

Public Finance - Lekhi, Balton and Bhatia

International Economics – Salvatore and M.C Vaish

Money and Banking – Gupta and Ahuja

RBI Website

For Growth and Development ,I followed Mishra and Puri .

There is another book by Lekhi (this book covers the syllabus so it is bit handy)/Debraj Ray-Development Economics. I extensively used Internet for some new developments in same.


Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri, Dutt and Sundaram, Uma Kapila,
Economic Survey, EPW, RBI

Any One Business Newspaper - ET, The Economist or Financial Express

Source: Here



1. Accounting

Corporate Accounting – Naseem Ahmed (A very good & simple book to cover entire topics, selected topics only)

Accounting Standards- D. S. Rawat (Cover AS 1-20, 22 & 26 in detail & practice numerical also)

2. Cost Accounting

Cost Accounting; Theory & Problems- Maheshwari & Mittal (Selected topics to cover syllabus of UPSC only)

3. Auditing

Students’ Guide to Auditing- Aruna Jha (Taxmann) (Selected topics only)

4. Taxation- Income Tax, Service Tax & VAT

Income Tax book by- V.K. Singhania or Girish Ahuja

Following is the link for a Income Tax book by Mr. Bhavin Pathak. This book is written in a wonderful way and one should download for covering Income Tax part from this book.

5. Financial Management

Financial Management; Text & Problems- Khan & Jain ( ALL CHAPTERS, sufficient to cover the entire syllabus)

6. Financial Markets & Institutions

Indian Financial System- M.Y. Khan

OR                                               Selected Topics to cover syllabus only

Financial Institutions & Markets- L.M. Bhole

1. Organisation Theory & Behaviour

Organisation Theory & Behaviour- B.P. Singh & T.N. Chabra

Organisation Behaviour- L.M. Prasad

2. Human Resource Management

Human Resource Management- C.B.Gupta

Human Resource Management- K. Ashwathapa (Tata McGraw Hill)

3. Industrial Relations

Industrial Relations- T.N. Chabra & R.K.Suri

Dynamics of Industrial Relations- C.B. Mamoria & Satish Mamoria

Source: Here


Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia books of Anatomy (all three volumes); Embryology from I B Singh;

Human Physiology- Ganong; Guyton  & A.K.Jain book

Biochemistry-  by U. Satyanarayan’s book.

Pathology-  Pathological basis of disease by Robbins and Cotran, one can also refer to Harshmohan’s book also.

Pharmacology- K D Tripathi’s book or even Lipincott is very good for memory point of view.

Microbiology- D R Arora’s book. And same author’s book for medical parasitology.

Forensic medicine- Essentials of Forensic medicine and Toxicology by Dr. K S Narayan Reddy. It is better to go by the tables that have been given in this book as question are asked directly from there and it is advisable to not to miss them.

(Community medicine)Preventive and social medicine- K Park’s book is sufficient enough. There is no need to refer any special book for the programs of Govt. of India as K Park deals with them in good detail and one has to follow a word limit in writing questions.

General Medicine- there are various books for medicine and no one is complete. I would highly recommend reading only those books which you have referred during your graduation years. Like I followed CMDT(no need to buy latest edition), textbook of medicine by S N Chugh, Emergency medicine by S N Chugh. I would recommend making notes on certain medical emergencies like asthma, COPD, Status epilepticus, poisoning cases etc. It is better to avoid reading Harrison as one need to prepare any question optimally and not totally. For Infectious diseases one should refer book from Indian author as presentation of Infectious diseases is a bit different in our country than west so avoid CMDT or Harrision for that.

General Surgery- Manipal’s manual of surgery. For Differential diagnosis part one can refer to clinical surgery by S Das.

Pediatrics-  Essential pediatrics by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga. For d/d one can refer to DR. Mayoor K cheda book.

Deramatology- illustrated synopsis of Dermatology and sexually transmitted diseases by Neena Khanna.

Obstetrics and gynecology including family planning- Obstetrics by D C Dutta. And for gynecology either D C Dutta’s book or Shaw’s Gynecology. Practice questions in flow chart format like that has been given in D C dutta as it is the standard format to prepare for answer writing in medical science paper.

Source: Here



Linear Algebra: Linear Algebra by Vasishtha and Sharma (Krishna Series)
Matrices by Vasishtha and Vasishtha (Krishna Series)

Calculus: Differential Calculus by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)/ Or Here
Integral Calculus by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)
A Course of Mathematical Analysis by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)

Analytic Geometry: Analytical Solid Geometry by Shanti Narayan (S. Chand)

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