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OPTIONALS – BOOK LISTS


Below is lists for various optional subjects of UPSC Civil Services Mains
Examination. As far as possible we have avoided the temptation to give a list
of large number of books for each optional. We believe that repeated reading
of few standard texts is good for aspirants.

BROWSE BY EXAM

Inevitably, some Optional subjects demand more books because of their very
nature and vast syllabus. In those instances we will give you a link to the
topper’s blog (from where we picked the list for Optionals we are totally alien
to) so that the blame lies with them but not us!

GEOGRAPHY
Paper-I

1. Physical Geography – Majid Hussain/ Savindra Singh


2. Modern Physical Geography – Strahler and Strahler (Optional)
3. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
4. Physical Geography Made Simple – Rupa Publication
5. Dictionary of Physical Geography – Penguin
6. Evolution of Geographical Thought – Majid Hussain
7. Economic and Social Geography Made Simple – Rupa Publication
8. Models in Geography – Majid Hussain
9. Dictionary of Human Geography
10. Oxford Student Atlas
Paper-II

1. India – A Comprehensive Geography – Khullar


2. Regional Planning in India – Mahesh Chand
3. India Year Book – Publication Division
4. Yojana and Kurukshetra Magazines
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
1. Indian Public Administration – Arora and Goyal
2. Public Administration In India 1st Edition – Maheshwari
3. Public Administration In India – B L Fadia (optional)
4. Public Administration – Laxmikant
5. Administrative Thinkers – Prasad and Prasad
6. New Horizons of Public Administration – Mohit Bhattacharya
7. Public Administration – Fadia and Fadia
8. Public Administration and Public Affairs 12th Edition – Nicholas Henry
9. Essentials Of Organizational Behaviour10th Edition – Robbins, Sanghi
and Judge
HISTORY
1. History of Modern India – Shekhar Bandopadhyaya/Bipan Chandra
2. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra and Others
3. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma
4. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham
5. Ashoka and the Decline of the Mauryas – Romila Thapar
6. Medieval India: From Sultanat to Mughals – 1- Satish Chandra
7. Medieveal India: From Sultanat to Mughals -2 – Satish Chandra
8. Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe
9. History of the World – Arjun Dev
Source: Here
SOCIOLOGY
PAPER-I

1. Sociology – Anthony Giddens


2. Sociology – Harlombos and Holborn
3. Sociological Thought – Francis Abraham and John Henry Morgan
4. Political Theory – O P Gauba
PAPER-II

1. Social Change in India – M N Srinivas


2. Modernization of Indian Tradition – Yogendra Singh
3. Handbook of Indian Sociology – Veena Das
4. Indian Society and Culture – Nadeem Hasnain
5. Rural Sociology – Doshi and Jain
6. Social Background of Indian Nationalism – A R Desai
Source: One, Two
ECONOMICS
Paper-I
1. Microeconomics – Ahuja and Koutsyansis
2. Macroeconomics – Ahuja and Mankiw
3. International Economics – Salvatore and M.C Vaish
4. Public Finance – Lekhi, Balton and Bhatia
5. Money and Banking – Gupta and Ahuja
6. RBI Website
7. 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.

Paper-II
1. Indian Economy – Mishra and Puri, Dutt and Sundaram, Uma Kapila,
Economic Survey, EPW, RBI
2. Any One Business Newspaper – ET, The Economist or Financial Express
SOURCE: Here
POLITICAL SCIENCE
1. A History Of Political Thought: Plato To Marx – Mukherjee and Susheela
Ramaswamy
2. Introduction to Political Theory – O P Gauba
3. Politial Theory – Rajeev Bhargava
4. Politics – Heywood
5. Global Politics – Heywood
6. International Relations -Khanna
7. Foundations of Indian Political Thought – V R Mehta
8. Introduction to the Constitution of India – D D Basu
9. India’s Struggle For Idependence – Bipan Chandra
10. Indian Government and Politics – B L Fadia
11. Does The Elephant Dance? Contemporary India Foreign Policy – Malone
MEDICAL SCIENCE
1. Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia books of Anatomy (all three
volumes); Embryology from I B Singh;
2. Human Physiology– Ganong; Guyton and A.K.Jain book
3. Biochemistry– by U. Satyanarayan’s book.
4. Pathology– Pathological basis of disease by Robbins and Cotran, one
can also refer to Harshmohan’s book also.
5. Pharmacology– K D Tripathi’s book or even Lipincott is very good for
memory point of view.
6. Microbiology– D R Arora’s book. And same author’s book for medical
parasitology.
7. 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.
8. (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.
9. 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.
10. General Surgery– Manipal’s manual of surgery. For Differential
diagnosis part one can refer to clinical surgery by S Das.
11. Pediatrics– Essential pediatrics by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga. For d/d
one can refer to DR. Mayoor K cheda book.
12. Deramatology– illustrated synopsis of Dermatology and sexually
transmitted diseases by Neena Khanna.
13. 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
COMMERCE
PAPER-1
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
Source: Here
PAPER-II
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
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