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The basic concepts of different segments of General Studies are derived from NCERT books, as mentioned below:

  1. General Science: 9th and 10th Standard
  2. History: 11th and 12th Standards
  3. Geography: 11th and 12th Standards
  4. Economics: 11th and 12th Standards
  5. Art & Culture: 11th standard

General Studies - Paper I (Main Examination)

Indian Heritage & Culture
  • Gazetteer of India – Volume II
  • L. Basham: The wonder that was India
  • S. A. A Rizvi : The wonder that was India (volume II)
  • Books on Indian dance, painting, temples etc of Publications Divisions and National Book Trust (NBT)
Modern Indian History & Post Independent India
  • NCERT: Modern India
  • Tarachand – History of Freedom Movement in India, Vol- I to IV, (Publications Division).
  • Surendernath Sen: 1857 (Publications Division)
  • Ancient India-Collection of Article (Publications Division)
  • NBT- Freedom Struggle
  • Bipan Chandra: India’s Struggle for Independence
  • Bipan Chandra-Post Independence India
  • Sumit Sarkar-Modern India
  • Gazetteer of India- Volume II
World History
  • NCERT: The Story of Civilization (2 Volumes)
  • NCERT: Contemporary World History
  • L. Mukherji: A History of the World
Geography of the World
  • NCERT books on Indian and world Geography
  • Physical Geography : Savindra Singh
  • Geomorphology : Savindra Singh
  • Oceanography : Sharma and Vatal (NCERT)
  • Economics and Social Geography: Rupa Publications
  • Environmental Geography: Savindra Singh
  • Survey of Indian Agriculture : The Hindu Publications.
  • Survey of Indian Economy: The Hindu Publications
  • India Year Book : Publications Division

General Studies - Paper II (Main Examination)

Governance, Constitution & Polity
  • D.D. Basu: Indian Constitution.
  • P.M. Bakshi: Indian Constitution
  • S.C. Kashyap: Citizens and the Constitution (Publications Division)
  • B.S. Baviskar & Ash Narain Roy Local Governance – A Global Perspective (Publications Division)
  • S.C. Kashyap: Our Parliament (NBT)
  • S.C. Kashyap: Our Constitution (NBT)
  • S.C. Kashyap: Our Political System (NBT)
  • M.R. Singh: Indian Federalism (NBT)
  • Kuldeep Mathur: From Government to Governance (NBT)
International Relations
  • Rajiv Sikri: Challenge and Strategy- Understanding India’s foreign policy
  • C. Rajamohan: Crossing the Rubicon
  • NCERT : Contemporary World Politics (12th Standard)

General Studies - Paper III (Main Examination)

Governance, Constitution & Polity
Science & Technology
  • India Yearbook: brought out by Publications Division : Chapter on Science and Technology
  • Annual Reports of the department of Space, Atomic Energy, Ministry of Environment etc
Indian Economy
  • NCERT: India’s Economic Development
  • Mishra and Puri: Indian Economy
  • Relevant Economic Survey
  • 12th Five Year Plan Document
  • Bimal Jalan: India’s Economic Policy
  • Bimal Jalan: Emerging India- Economics, Politics and Reforms.
  • Any one Economic Newspaper like The Economic Times, Business Standard, Financial Express.
  • Yojana which comes every month in Hindi, English, Assamese, Bangali, Gujarathi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu and Urdu
  • Kurukshetra in Hindi/English
Environment and Bio-diversity
  • NCERT: India’s Physical Environment
  • Together, Towards a Safer India: CBSE Publication
  • Encyclopedia of Disaster Management: S.L. Goel (Deep and Deep Publications)
  • Annual Reports of Ministry of Home Affairs, Defence and External Affairs

General Studies - Paper IV (Main Examination)

Ethics and Integrity
  1. Mohit Bhattacharya- New Horizons of Public Administration
  2. Nicholas Henry- Public Administration and Public Affairs
  3. S.R. Maheshwari and Awasthi -Public Administration
  4. Ramesh K Arora – Ethical Governance in Business and Government
  5. Ramesh K Arora – Ethics in Governance
  6. Ramesh K Arora & Tanjul Saxena – Ethics and Accountability in Government and Business