GS paper 1-
Refer to mains booklist only. Many areas in mains are not present in prelims. I believe in integrated approach where, no distinction in preparation for GS paper 1 in prelims and mains exams is made. Look at the syllabus and study.
GS Paper 2-CSAT
Any good source can be read but practice on the daily basis is essential.
Test funda material
Arihant question paper book
Logical reasoning and data interpretation- Arun Sharma
All the sources need not be studied. I just suggesting few resources. Go through any of them selectively.
Booklist for Mains
· World History- Arjun Dev, IGNOU BA notes, Youtube videos of important events (history channel and BBC series can help) if there is plenty of time
· Indian history- Old syllabus NCERT history book by Bipan Chandra on modern India.
· Modern Indian history- Spectrum
· India’s freedom struggle- Bipan Chandra
· India since independence- Bipan Chandra
· Culture- NIOS culture,Spectrum, CCRT website, NCERT book on Indian Art, youtube videos
NCERT 11th and 12th standard, IGNOU BA notes ESO 12 module
· NCERT 8th to 12th standard,
· Physical geography Go Che Leong
· Neetu singh notes for world geography.
· India-Comprehensive Geography by D B Khuller
Paper 2 Polity-
· Indian Polity by Laxmikant
· Srirams notes
· 2nd ARC report – Be very discreet while reading it. Only selected and relevant areas should be learned. It is very important to revise after reading. Use it extensively in your answers. Don’t read entire report, but read those topics which are in the syllabus.
· Yojana – not just current year but also previous year magazines can be read if it covers topics in syllabus.
· PRSindia.org- It gives good insight about latest government policies, bills, acts etc.
· Read selected portion from Public Administration material
· International affairs-
· Newspapers- The Hindu and Indian express
· Frontline- World Affairs (Topics of international affairs are comprehensively covered by frontline)
· IDSA website- Subscribe to it and receive mails regularly. Read the articles in the section- ‘comment’
In IDSA website, follow the section called ‘Ask an expert’ –This area gives you good insight from experts and we can also learn how to write answers in international affairs section.
· Ministry of external affairs website- It has lot of resource. Information related to bilateral relations, multilateral forums international bodies is available. It has collection of good articles. We can also get statements of the President, the Prime minister and external affairs minister at one place.
· Good books like Pax indica (by Shashi Tharoor can be read only if you have time)
· NCERT 11th and 12th books can be read if you have enough time.
Paper 3: Economics-
· Any good book on Indian economy. Read Indian economy notes by Sriram’s IAS
· 2nd ARC report on Crisis management. Government websites, NCERT pdfs
Srirams notes and Vision IAS notes.Use internet extensively. Explore syllabus. Wikipedia helps.
· Latest annual report of ministry of home affairs.
IDSA website- search articles in website. It has good articles related to internal security, cyber security etc.
· IDSA monograph on internal security.
· Grand strategy of India 2020- IDSA publication.- Read selectively(for only mentioned topics in syllabus)
Internet, UGC, ICSE 9th and 10th standard Beeta Publications books, NCERT books
2nd ARC – Ethics in administration, Personnel administration, District administration and Citizen centric administration.
Book by Ramesh Arora- Ethics in governance.
Lexicon for Ethics Integrity & Aptitude
Collection of quotes of eminent persons and inspiring stories of great people can improve your answer.
List of magazines-
Yojana, Frotline, Science reporter, You can read even online editions.
Websites- IDSA, government websites like PIB, websites of various ministries like MEA, MHA, MoEF etc.