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Recommended Books for UPSC CSE by Chandra Mohan Garg (AIR 25, CSE 2015)
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In this lesson, ChandraMohan Garg speaks about the bookist which is most effective and useful for UPSC CSE aspirants.

Chandramohan Garg
AIR 25 CSE 2015, IAS Officer trainee at Government of India

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Good question
Divya Gupta
6 months ago
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every topper has a different list of books, even Mr.Roman Saini in How To Crack UPSC In 5 Months has completely different books and material. I am a new born to this preparation and I need to start from scratch and as I am already 27 I want to give this 2017 Prelims a genuine attempt. Kindly help.
Cse Aspirant
2 years ago
I THINK MANY OF US FACE THIS PROBLEM...U PLEASE MAKE UR LIST OF BOOKS AFTER LISTENING TO MOST OF TOPPERS....ALL THE VERY BEST...DONT WORRY ABOUT UR AGE..FOCUS ONLY ON UR STRATEGY...
Sir, voice is not audible. Pls speak loudly
Sir, currently there are two books of Rajiv Ahir in the market. New one (2016 EDITION) and old one..sir please suggest which one we have to read..plz sir.
Your strategy is perfectly plausible and this is going to help a lot of aspirant. You also don't boast of an idea of a huge books.
Sir, why can't I read new NCERT's?
  1. STRATEGY AND TIPS FOR UPSC CSE: RECOMMENDED BOOKS BY CHANDRA MOHAN GARG


  2. ABOUT ME AIR 25, CSE 2015 IAS Officer Trainee at Government of India Follow me on Unacademy


  3. INTRODUCTION . Simultaneous focus on static portion and current affairs . Hone 3 skills: Understanding, analysis and articulation Keep a common preparation strategy for prelims and mains . Have a short and long term goal and daily timetable


  4. INTRODUCTION There are 2 lists of books I followed: A common one for UPSC CSE Prelims and Mains A list exclusively for Mains . I classified the books into: Standard sources/ Basic building or additional ones


  5. 3 STEP APPROACH Read and re read till you understand . Consolidate Revise


  6. CURRENT AFFAIRS +Indian Express Newspaper (The Hindu . Vision IAS monthly magazine . Insightsonlndia selectively))


  7. POLITY Standard source: Indian Polity, M IL axmikanth Additional/ Building source: Class 11, NCERT for Political Science


  8. MODERN HISTORY Standard source: .Spectrum's A brief history of Modern India Class 12 NCERT Additional/ Building source: . India's struggle for Independence by Bipin Chandra .Online lessons


  9. MEDIEVAL HISTORY .Standard source: Class 11 NCERT . Additional/ Building source: Not required


  10. ANCIENT HISTORY .Standard source: Class 11 NCERT . Additional/ Building source: Not required


  11. ART AND CULTURE Standard source: Nitin Singhania, Indian Art and Culture Selective reading of CCRT/ NIOS . Additional/ Building source: Online lessons


  12. ECONOMICS Standard source .Sriram printed notes . Class 12 NCERT (MAcroeconomics) . Additional/ Building source: Mrunal lessons . Online lessons Online lessons


  13. GS-I . Culture Nitin Singhania Notes + Vajiram Notes Modern History - Modern Spectrum/ Shekhar Bandopadhyay + Selective chapters from Old NCERT class 12th (before 1857) . Post Independent History - Vision las (selectively), Bipin Chandra India since Independence (selectively) . World History NCERT 9th &10th Old ones, Class 12th NCERT (al selectively) , Vision IAS notes


  14. GS-II . Polity: Laxmikanth + Current Affairs . Public Admin related topics: Vision IAS + Current Affairs International Relations: Current Affairs (If need be Subhra Ranjan notes) . Insights Secure Initiative


  15. GS-III Economy & Infrastructure : Prelims studied sources Sanjeev Verma+ Economic survey Budget Current Affairs Agriculture & related topics : Mrunal Vision lasCurrent Affairs . Secuity- TMH book on security Current Aftirs


  16. GS-III Environment & Science Mainly current affair Disaster Management Summarise ARC on DM +Current Affairs . Here also make most of Insight secure Initiative Newspaper Vision IAS Magazines