Top 7 Best Books of General Studies to Crack UPSC Civil Services Prelims & Mains Exam


Top 7 Best Books of General Studies to Crack UPSC Civil Services Prelims & Mains Exam

The Union Public Service Commission (USC) Civil Services Preliminary Examination and Civil Services Mains conduted in the Month of August and December every year.Candidates clearing the examination will be eligible to Join IAS or the Indian Forest Services.

It is one of the most difficult competitive exam in India.Almost thousands of Candidates appear in the examination every year.

The candidates need to prepare hard with proper guidance and reference books to crack Civil Services Exam.

Keeping in mind these Facts we have listed the Top 7 Best Books of General Studies to Crack UPSC Civil Services Prelims and Mains Exam.Before Starting our list let us take a look on the Exam Pattern of Civil Services Exam than according to the syllabus we have listed the books.

The Civil Services Preliminary Examination  will consist of objective-type multiple-choice questions divided into two papers: General Studies I and General Studies II. Each paper is worth 200 marks with negative marking applicable.

Here you find the Best Books strictly according to the Syllabus Pattern that will help you in clearing Civil Services Exam.

Here we go!

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Top 7 Best Books of General Studies to Crack UPSC Civil Services Prelims & Mains Exam

#1 General Studies Manual Paper-1 2019 


Packed with exhaustive material, the General Studies is a mini-encyclopedia for students making a serious effort in cracking the Civil Services Examination, which is considered among the toughest competitive examinations in India.

The General Studies Paper 1, 2018 has been put together to bring the wide subjects from which the questions for the first general studies paper under volume for easy access and ready reference by all aspirants.The topics elaborated in this book include Indian National Movement, Indian History, Indian Polity, World and Indian Geography, that has been updated to current levels.

All recent National and International events and current affairs and issues have been included in in a separate section. Besides there is relevant information on subjects like Ecology, Sciences, Indian Economy, latest facts and figures and others are compiled to complete the range of subjects in this book.

The author has also compiled a ready reckoner booklet which has culled out more than five thousand important points. This booklet is handy for a quick revision and as basic reference/recall material.

To acquaint the aspiring civil services competitor of the pattern and solutions for a question paper, the fully solved question paper of the year 2018 is also a part of the book. Towards the end there is a practice set to familiarize the student about the latest UPSC examination format.

#2 General Studies for Civil Services Preliminary Examination, Paper-I 2019


Revised and updated every year with the latest developments and events in every field, McGraw Hill Education’s General Studies Paper 1 manual has served as a complete self-study guide for thousands of civil services aspirants for the past 31 years.

#3 General Studies Paper I for Civil Services Preliminary Examination (2019) 


Access publications has prepared the book, ‘General Studies Paper I for Civil Services Preliminary Examination’ with a view of helping students in the preparation for the Civil Services Preliminary Examination. This book is created according to the framework and syllabus provided by Union Public Service Commission, which conducts this prestigious exam. A team of subject experts who have extensive experience have designed this book. The language is lucid and easy to understand.

This book includes an Environment and Ecology section with 18 updated maps along with detailed description of 52 National Parks and 12 Wetlands. The maps are labelled neatly and are created according to the latest information. Information on national parks and wetlands is detailed and reliable. Section on Indian Polity and Governance is detailed with 85 multiple choice questions and there are 50 MCQs in Physics Portion of General Science plus 40 MCQs in Biology.

The section on Economics and Social development is given more attention as recent developments have changed various aspects of these subjects and the authors have ensured that the latest updates are incorporated in this book. Furthermore, to give students additional practice, this book comes with question papers of previous years. Explanatory notes are provided on these papers which discuss ideal solutions and the nature of these questions. Model answers of these papers are given to ensure that students understand the accurate answering technique and have proper knowledge of paper pattern and marking scheme.

#4 General Studies Paper 2 (2019) 


The 2019 Edition of General Studies is a comprehensive book that has gathered and incorporated all the latest information specifically required by aspirants appearing for the Civil Services examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission (UPSC).

This edition specifically covers the syllabus for the General Studies Paper II that all IAS, IPS and other allied service job applicants have appear for when competing at the preliminary civil services competitive examination, before the qualifying candidates can appear for the main examination.

The second general studies paper for the civil services examination test a candidate’s abilities in comprehension, decision making, basic numerical abilities, interpersonal skills, logical reasoning general knowledge and awareness about current affairs. This edition has been updated with all information about recent modifications issued by Govt. of India.

The book also contains sample papers and mock papers that one can attempt to prepare, be aware about the level of preparedness required of a candidate and also for the purpose of doing a self evaluation. The UPSC question papers from 2011-2015 have been solved with detailed explanations provided.

#5 General Studies Paper 2 for Civil Services Preliminary Examination



’General Studies Paper 2  for Civil Services Preliminary Examination’ is, as the name suggests, a general overall guide for candidates who aspire to appear in the 2016 Civil Services Preliminary Examinations. The book follows a revised format and covers several topics keeping in mind that different topics come with different degrees of difficulty.

The authors are highly qualified and have gone through extensive research in their attempt to bring together this book. The book has a detailed analysis on various subjects like History, Politics, General Knowledge, etc. which form the core part of the syllabus for the civil service preliminary examinations.

The book has a student friendly pattern which aims at providing ample opportunity for the candidates to practice and increase their knowledge. Other features of the book include multiple practice question papers with detailed step by step solutions and descriptions to further facilitate the understanding of the topics by the students. Moreover, the book also contains solved questions from the UPSC Paper II for years 1995-2010 on the subjects of logical reasoning and mathematics.

#6 UPSC Civil Services Preliminary Exam Paper – 1 General Studies 15 years Solved Papers + Syllabus for Civil Services Examination Preliminary & Mains 



#7 24 Years Solved Papers 1995-2018 General Studies Paper II CSAT for Civil Services Preliminary Examination 2019


Editor’s Pick (Apart From The List)

#1 General Studies 2018 – for UPSC, SSC, Railways, PSUs & Bank PO


Made Easy General Studies for UPSC, SSC, Railways, PSUs, Bank and other competitive Exams.

#2 24 Years UPSC IAS/ IPS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1 & 2 (1995-2018)


24 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2018) is a book that has been Disha’s best seller for the past 6 years. It is a book that every UPSC aspirant should consider during their preparation.

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