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2020: Mains test paper

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CSE Mains 2020 Essay
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Books & Syllabus

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Books for UPSC Prelims Exam


  • NCERT books for Indian Polity (Especially “Indian Constitution at work”)
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth
  • DD Basu’s Constitution of India
  • The Constitution of India by P. M. Bakshi
  • Unacademy Notes on Polity


  • Economy NCERTs (Especially XI and XII)
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Budget and Economic Survey
  • Unacademy Notes on Economy

Ancient History of India

  • Old NCERT by RS Sharma
  • India’s Ancient Past (Crucial for ancient history) R S Sharma
  • Unacademy Notes on Ancient India

Medieval History of India

  • Old NCERT by Satish Chandra
  • History of Medieval India by VD Mahajan
  • Unacademy Notes on Medieval India

Modern History

  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra
  • A Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum Publications
  • Unacademy Notes on Modern India

Indian Art and Culture

  • Class XI and class XII NCERT (Fine Arts and Heritage)
  • Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material
  • Unacademy Notes on Art and Culture

Environment and Biodiversity

  • ICSE Board Environment books
  • Unacademy Notes on Environment

Science and Technology

  • Science NCERT (Class 6th to 10th)
  • Unacademy Notes on Science and Technology


  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography (XI NCERT)
  • India: Physical Environment (XI NCERT)
  • Fundamentals of Human Geography (XII NCERT)
  • India: People and Economy (XII NCERT)
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong
  • Unacademy Notes on Indian Geography, Physical Geography and Human and Economic Geography

Current Affairs

  • The Hindu
  • Indian Express
  • Down to Earth
  • Science Reporter
  • AIR News
  • Unacademy Monthly Articulate and Current Affairs videos

Books for UPSC Mains Exam


  • Contemporary Essays by Ramesh Singh.
  • 151 Essays for UPSC Mains.
  • A Compendium of Essays.

General Studies Paper I

  • The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Basham.
  • India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma.
  • Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania.
  • History of Modern India – Bipin Chandra.
  • India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipin Chandra.
  • Facets of Indian Culture- Spectrum
  • A New Look at Modern Indian History- BL Grover
  • From Plassey to Partition and After by Sekhar Bandyopadhyay.
  • India Since Independence- Bipin Chandra.
  • Geography of India – Majid Husain.
  • Oxford School Atlas – Oxford.
  • Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong.
  • Physical geography- Savinder Singh.
  • Geography of INDIA –by Dr. Khullar.
  • The Social Problem of India- by Ram Ahuja

General Studies Paper II

  • Indian Polity by Laxmikant
  • Constitution of India: DD Basu
  • The Constitution of India by P. M. Bakshi
  • Governance in India: Laxmikant
  • 2nd ARC Report for Public Administration and Governance
  • India’s Foreign Policy by V N Khanna.
  • International Relations by Rajiv Sikri.
  • India and the World by Surendra Kumar.
  • Pax Indica by Shashi Tharoor.

General Studies Paper III

  • Budget and Economic Survey
  • Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  • Ecology & Environmental by P.D. Sharma.
  • Chronicle Special Issue by Chronicle magazine.
  • India’s National Security: A Reader.
  • Challenges to Internal Security of India

General Studies Paper IV

  • ARC Reports
  • Ethics, integrity and aptitude by Lexicon Publications.
  • Ethics, integrity and aptitude by G.Subbarao.
  • Lexicon by Chronicle.

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