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[Booklist] Best Books for UPPSC Prelims & Mains Exam Preparation: Recommended By Toppers

    Best Books for UPPSC Prelims & Mains Exam

    State Civil Service Examination conducted by Uttar Pradesh Public Service Commission (UPPSC) is the most difficult exam in Uttar Pradesh. If you want to get a high rank in UPPSC/UPPCS Exam, you will need to prepare with the right books.

    In light of this, we have created a list of books that are crucial for preparing for the UPPSC prelims and mains examinations as per the UPPSC topper’s recommendations.

    UPPSC/UPPCS Exam Pattern

    When it comes to the UPPSC exam pattern, you should know that the UP PCS exam is conducted in three phases:

    1. Prelims
    2. Mains
    3. Interview

    UPPSC Prelims Exam Pattern

    UPPSC prelims exam consist of two paper namely, the General Studies paper and a CSAT paper.

    • Both the papers are objective-type i.e. Multiple choice questions.
    • It also has negative markings.
    • Paper 2 i.e. CSAT is qualifying in nature which required a minimum of 33% score.
    • Each Paper has a limited time of 2 Hours
    PaperNo. of QuestionsTotal MarksTimeNegative Marking
    General Studies I100 Questions200 Marks2 HoursYes
    General Studies II (CSAT)80 Questions200 Marks2 HoursYes
    Total180 Questions400 Marks4 Hours
    UPPSC/UPPCS Prelims Exam Pattern

    [PDF] Download UPPSC Previous 10-Year Question Papers

    UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

    UPPSC Mains Exam consists of papers all of which are elucidated below:

    See also  [PDF] Download UPPSC Previous 10-Year Question Papers PDF for Free in Hindi & English
    Paper 1Essay3 Hours150 Marks
    Paper 2Hindi3 Hours150 Marks
    Paper 3General Studies 13 Hours200 Marks
    Paper 4General Studies 23 Hours200 Marks
    Paper 5General Studies 33 Hours200 Marks
    Paper 6General Studies 43 Hours200 Marks
    Paper 7Optional-13 Hours200 Marks
    Paper 8Optional-23 Hours200 Marks
    Total8 Papers1500 Marks
    UPPSC Mains Exam Pattern

    UPPSC Booklist – Best Books For UPPSC Prelims Exam

    The UPPSC Prelims Exam consists of two objective-type papers GS 1 and CSAT. It also has negative markings. Below are the best books for the UPPCS/UPPSC preliminary examination:

    SubjectUPPSC Prelims Booklist
    PolityIndian Polity – By M Laxmikanth
    Polity Ghatna Chakra
    Ancient HistoryIndia’s Ancient Past – By R.S. Sharma
    History Ghatna Chakra
    Medieval HistoryHistory of Medieval India – By Satish Chandra
    Modern HistoryIndian Modern History – Spectrum
    Art & CultureIndian Art and Culture – By Nitin Singhania
    EnvironmentEnvironment – By Shankar IAS
    Environment Ghatna Chakra
    EconomyIndian Economy – Ramesh Singh
    Economy Ghatna Chakra
    Science Ghatna Chakra
    UPPSC Question BankUPPSC Previous Year Question Paper
    [Table] Booklist for UPPSC Prelims Exam

    **Other important sources: Along with UPPSC/UPPCS prelims booklist, there are also some other sources that need to be referred to while preparing for the prelims exams such as Union and state budget, Economic survey, census, UPPSC Current Affairs, and UPPSC Previous Year Question Paper.

    See also  UPPCS/UPPSC Prelims Exam Question Paper - 2018 PDF Download

    UPPSC Booklist – Best Books For UPPSC Mains Exam

    Candidates who qualify UPPSC prelims exam move to the second stage which is the Mains exam. UPPSC PCS Mains consists of 8 theory papers out of which one is an essay paper, one is Hindi, four are General studies papers and two are optional papers. For the finest preparation, aspirants must use the crucial UPPSC/UPPCS General Studies Mains Books provided below.

    The Best General Studies Books for UPPSC Mains are listed below:

    SubjectUPPSC Mains Booklist
    History and Art & Culture
    [GS Paper 1]
    India’s Ancient Past – By R.S. Sharma
    Medieval History – By Satish Chandra
    Modern History – Spectrum
    [Must]History of Modern India by Bipan Chandra
    Indian Art and Culture – By Nitin Singhania
    World History by Arjun Dev
    [GS Paper 1]
    NCERT Geography Books 6th to 12th
    Geography by GC Leong
    Women, Society, and Globalization
    [GS Paper 1]
    NCERT Sociology for Class 11 & 12
    Polity & International Relations
    [GS Paper 2]
    Indian Polity – By M Laxmikanth
    [GS Paper 3]
    Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
    NCERT Economy Class 9-12
    Environment, Disaster Management, Science & Technology and Internal Security
    [GS Paper 3]
    Environment – By Shankar IAS
    Challenges to Internal Security by Ashok Kumar
    [GS Paper 4]
    Lexicon for Ethics
    Ethics Integrity and Aptitude -DK BALAJI
    Mains Solved PaperUPPSC Mains Year-wise Solved Papers
    [Table] Booklist for UPPSC Mains Exam

    Other important things to cover General Studies section:

    1. Current Affairs Magazine
    2. Rajya Sabha Debates
    3. Daily News Paper
    4. Various Government reports like the 2nd ARC
    5. Government sources – Niti Aayog
    6. Uttar Pradesh Specific current affairs
    See also  UPPCS/UPPSC Prelims Exam Question Paper - 2013 PDF Download

    4-Pillar strategy for UPPSC Prelims paper

    1. Syllabus
    2. Previous Year Questions: Previous Year Question Paper will help you in understanding the trends and patterns of questions. For this, you can also refer to Ghatnachakra.
    3. Core Subjects
    4. Current Affairs
      • Newspaper: like The Hindu or Indian Express
      • Monthly magazine
      • UP-specific current affairs

    Important topics for UPPSC Prelims Exam

    • India & UP Budget, Economic Survey, and Census
    • Wildlife
    • Awards
    • Books
    • Sports
    • Personalities


    How similar are UPPSC and UPSC Exam Patterns?

    Since 2018, the major pattern of UPPSC/UPPCS is similar to that of the UPSC exam, with exception of Uttar Pradesh-specific questions. Even the UP PCS syllabus is also curated along the lines of UPSC.

    So, it can be concluded that UP PCS has intensely developed a pattern similar to UPSC to make it easy for the aspirant to sit in both exams.

    How to prepare for CSAT for the UPPSC prelims exam?

    For CSAT preparation, attempt UPPSC CSAT previous year paper as much as you can. This will give you an overview of how questions are asked in CSAT paper 2. Also, this will help you in practice.

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