In IAS (UPSC CSE), there are seven compulsory papers, and each paper is allotted 250 marks. Among them, there is one essay paper, 4 papers on general studies and 2 papers on optional subjects. For these 7 papers, candidates will be given 3 hours for each paper to complete. For In the following article, you can a detailed booklist for all the papers, topics, and subjects in the IAS(UPSC CSE) Mains for better preparation.
This paper is divided into 5 sections: Art and Culture, Modern History, World History, Indian Society, and World and Indian Geography. Among these sections, Indian society and Indian & World Geography are more important than any other topics which can be understood while looking at the division of questions from every section. The difficulty level of this paper is moderately difficult depending on the candidate’s educational background. The questions are generally 10 marks and 15 marks.
|Topics||Name of Book||Author/Publisher|
|Indian History||India’s Struggle for Independence||Bipan Chandra|
|India after Independence||Bipan Chandra|
|History of Medieval India||Satish Chandra(Oxford University)|
|Ancient India||R.S Sharma|
|History of Modern World Jain and Mathur||Norman Lowe|
|The Story of Civilization, Part 2 NCERT||Arjun Dev|
|World History||Contemporary World History for class XII||Old NCERT Book|
|Mastering Modern World History||Norman Lowe|
|Indian Heritage and Culture||An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1:||Textbook in Fine Arts for Class XI|
|The Wonder That Was India||A. L. Bhasham|
|Indian Art and Culture||Nitin Singhania|
|Geography||Geography of India||Majid Husain|
|World Geography||Majid Husain|
|Certificate Physical and Human Geography||G C Leong|
|Fundamentals of Physical Geography||NCERT Class XI and XII|
|School Atlas||Orient Black Swan|
|Indian Geography||D. R. Khullar|
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This paper is basically divided into four sections i.e. Polity and Constitution, Governance, Social Justice and International Relations section. From each section a certain number of questions arrives having a certain weightage in marks:
|Topics||Name of Books||Author /Publisher|
|Polity and Constitution Of India||Constitution of India at Work (Class XI)||NCERT Publication|
|Yojana Magazine||Government of India|
|Introduction to the Constitution of India||DD Basu|
|Governance of India||From Government to Governance||Kuldeep Mathur|
|Ethics in Governance||ARC Report|
|Citizen Centric Administration||Chapters 2, 5, 6, 7 & 8 only and box items in the report|
|Developmental Issues||Panchayati Raj in India||Kuldeep Mathur|
|Yojana Magazines||Ministry of Information and Broadcasting|
|Kurukshetra Magazine||Government of India|
|International Relations||India’s Foreign Policy Since Independence||V.P. Dutt|
|India and The World & international institute||Chanakya Publications Pvt Ltd|
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This paper is basically divided into 5 major topics i.e. Biodiversity and Technology, Indian Economy and Development, Environment, Security and Disaster Management. The questions of this paper very much depend on current affairs and recent development and rules and planning by the Indian government or other national organizations.
|Topics||Name of Books||Author/Publisher|
|Economic Status and Development of India||Indian Economic Development||NCERT Class XI|
|Indian Economy||Ramesh Singh|
|Indian Economy||Uma Kapila|
|Introductory Macroeconomics||NCERT Class XII (excluding mathematical formulas and Diagrams)|
|Economics Dictionary||Collins and Penguin|
|Economic Survey||Ministry of Finance|
|Indian Economy Part A & B||Chanakya Publications Pvt Ltd|
|Ecology and Environment||Certificate Physical & Human Geography||Goh Cheng Leong|
|Biology (Chapters related to Ecology)||NCERT Standard XII|
|Chapters on Environment||India Year Book|
|Security Issues||India’s Security in a Turbulent World||Jasjit Singh( National Book Trust of India)|
|National Security and Disaster Management||Chanakya Publication Pvt Ltd|
|Science and Technology||Biology||NCERT Standards IX,X, XI and XII|
|Science Reporter for Science & Technology||Monthly Magazine|
General Studies Paper - IV mainly concentrates on ethics. This matter can be divided into 4 primary topics i.e. Ethics and Human Interface, Attitude, Emotional intelligence, Civil Service Values and Ethics in Public administration. Here are some books that will guide you to answer this paper:
|Topics||Name of Books||Author/ Publisher|
|Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude||Ethics in Governance||ARC Report|
|Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude||M. Karthikeyan|
|Lexicon for Ethics||Chronicle|
No matter if it is about UPSC CSE Prelims or Main, the most crucial and important thing is to keep yourself updated in every aspect through updating yourself by maintaining current affairs. For current affairs, you can use newspapers, magazines (weekly and monthly), televisions and apps or even reliable websites.
Newspapers like The Hindu, Dainik Jagran, the Indian Express, and magazines like Yojana Magazine, Kurukshetra, Economic and Political Weekly etc. should be followed regularly. And don't forget to make notes. We hope our advice will benefit you in your times of need and good luck for your UPSC Mains and Prelims 2021.
Ques. Which subject is best for UPSC CSE 2021 Main?
Ans. Candidates usually get confused about what subject they should choose for the UPSC CSE 2021 Main. Mostly those subjects which were primary or secondary subjects in Bachelor’s Degree are preferred the most. But geography, history, psychology, public ad and sociology are the best optional subjects. Sociology is very easy to understand, and the topics covered in it are related to the society that we are a part of.
Ques. How can I prepare for UPSC CSE without coaching?
Ans. If you are planning to crack UPSC CSE 2021 without coaching, there are 5 things that must be followed:
Ques. What are the 9 papers in UPSC CSE 2021 Mains?
Ans. The names of all 9 papers of UPSC CSE 2021 Mains are:
Ques. Are NCERT books enough for UPSC IAS Mains?
Ans. NCERT Books are very essential for UPSC IAS Mains as well as UPSC IAS Prelims but they are not enough. A beginner should start preparation with NCERT Books as referred in this article , one should always go for other advanced books to gain a depth of knowledge.
Ques. How many hours study for UPSC CSE Mains?
Ans. As we all know that the UPSC CSE is one of the toughest exams in INDIA. So, at least 13 - 14 hours are necessary to study daily. It may vary according to your educational background and intellectual and logical abilities.
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