IAS Mains optional book list

Book List for IAS optional subjects

Here we provide a list of popular books for UPSC Mains examination. As far as possible, we provided important books for each optional subjects and avoided providing comprehensive book list.

Geography Optional Booklist

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Part 1: NCERT Class 11 and 12 Books
Physical Geography- Savindra Singh India a Comprehensive Geography - Khuller
Certificate Physical and Human Geography - GC Leong Geography of India - Majid Hussain
Part 2: School Atlas - Orient Blackswan/Oxford
Human Geography by Majid Hussain Map Entries in Geography K.Siddhartha
Rupa Made Simple Economic and Social Geography
Models and Theories by K Siddhartha and S Mukherjee


Public Administration Optional Booklist

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Administrative Thinkers D. Ravindra Prasad & V.S. Prasad Indian Public Administration: Institutions and Issues - Ramesh K. Arora and Rajni Goyal
Public Administration - RB Aribam IGNOU Notes
New Horizons of Public Administration - Mohit Bhattacharya ARC Reports
PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION & PUBLIC AFFAIRS - Nicholas Henry IIPA Journals - (Indian Journal Of Public Administration)

History Optional Booklist

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Ancient History: Modern History:
Wonder that was India A.L. Basham Modern Indian History Grover & Grover
A history of ancient and early medieval India - Upinder Singh India s Struggle for Independence Bipin Chandra
Medieval History: India After Gandhi: Ramachandra Guha
Medieval India Satish Chandra World History:
Contemporary World History (NCERT) Arjun Dev & others
Read Mastering Modern World History - Norman Lowe

Sociology Optional Booklist

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Sociology Themes and Perspectives - Haralambos and Holborn Principals of Sociology by C.N.Shankar Rao
Sociology - Anthony Giddens Social problems in India by Ram Ahuja
Sociological Theory - Ritzer G Social Change in India M N Srinivas
Modernization of Indian Tradition Yogendra Singh

Political Science and International Relations Optional Booklist

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Political Theory : An Introduction - Andrew Heywood International Relations - Vinay Kumar Malhotra
Political Ideologies - Heywood Challenge and Strategy: Rethinking India's Foreign Policy - Rajiv Sikri
Foundations of Indian Political Thought: An Interpretation - From Manu to the Present Day - V. R. Mehta Does the Elephant Dance? - David M. Malone
Indian Government And Politics - B.L. Fadia

Philosophy Optional Booklist

A Critical History of Western Philosophy- Y Masih
An Introduction to Indian Philosophy - Satishchandra Chatterjee and Dhirendra Mohan Datta
An Introduction to Political Theory by O P Gauba
Introduction to Religious Philosophy By Y Masih

Anthropology Optional Booklist

Physical Anthropology - P.Nath
Fossil Evidence S Das
Anthropology Theories MakhanJha s
Indian Anthropology Nadeem Hasnain
Social Anthropology Maunder

Note: For All optionals refer IGNOU Materials for Reference.

Refer: Book List for IAS Prelims Examination


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