Booklist for Prelims

By | May 19, 2018

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These are the books I read for the Civil Services Prelims exam. I’ve written this post keeping in mind an absolute beginner aspirant who is starting from level zero.

As you start your Prelims preparation and read these books, please keep the following points in mind:

  1. Along with these books, get a printout of the syllabus and read it carefully.
  2. And when you start, I recommend that you begin with NCERT books. Read and revise them methodically to gain absolute conceptual clarity. They form the foundation of your knowledge which will help you immensely through all stages of the exam.
  3. Do not be scared at the long list of books. For a beginner, one year is more than enough to cover the complete syllabus of GS (prelims and mains) and optional.
  4. In the book list, wherever I had mentioned selective reading, it means there’s no need to read the book cover to cover. Go through the past five years’ question papers to understand the kind of questions UPSC usually asks. It’ll give you a good perspective of what’s important and what’s not.
  5. For the same topic, do not refer to more than one material. For example, take India’s freedom struggle (1857-1947). If you read that portion from the Spectrum publications, there’s no need to do the same again from Bipan Chandra’s book. Read the latter to cover those parts not covered in the former.
  6. Use internet extensively. Let me give a few examples. Youtube’s PMFIAS channel is an excellent resource for understanding complex Geography topics. Similarly, for Art & Culture, I used to watch videos of classical dances, folk dances, puppetry shows on Youtube so that I could memorise their features better. In Science & Tech, if you come across a term, say, Blockchain Technology, go to Youtube and see explainer videos. Even for Environment, suppose you read about endangered species such as the Red Panda and Malabar Hornbill, Google them and see how they look. Visuals stick in your mind far longer. Your target must be to gain knowledge, be it through books or through internet.
  7. If you are taking coaching, by all means read their notes. But please keep in mind that you cannot just read those coaching notes and neglect these standard books. For example, take Polity topic. A coaching institute’s notes will never cover the complete subject, only Laxmikanth does. So even if you refer to your coaching notes, you still have to read Laxmikanth and know it like the back of your hand. This principle applies for all subjects.
  8. For all subjects, you have to superimpose current affairs over it. To illustrate, in Polity topic, apart from reading the static theory portion, you need to keep an eye on current happenings. For example, if the Govt brings in Constitutional amendment for GST, you must read both about the major provisions of the amendment and the Constitutional amendment procedure itself. Do this for all subjects.
  9. To perform well in Prelims, revision is crucial. Without it, you will not be able to recollect whatever you may have read. So please dedicate adequate time for revision before the actual exam.
  10. Just because I am AIR-1, it does not mean that this book list is the last word. If you have been studying some other material, that’s fine, too. To succeed in this exam, the source of material is not important. What’s important is you to understand the concepts, memorise the facts well and have a firm grip over the entire syllabus.

The list of books:

Polity

  1. Indian Polity by Laxmikanth

Economy

  1. Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh
  2. Mrunal.org articles
  3. Macroeconomics – NCERT Class XII
  4. Indian Economic Development – NCERT Class XI
  5. Economic Survey (Selective reading from Prelims perspective)
  6. The Hindu
  7. Internet for understanding concepts (Arthapedia, Google, Youtube)

Ancient History of India

  1. Old NCERT by RS Sharma

Medieval History of India

  1. Old NCERT by Satish Chandra (Selective Reading)

Modern History

  1. A Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum Publications
  2. India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (Selective Reading)
  3. NCERT by Bipan Chandra (For the period 1700s to 1857)


Indian Art and Culture

  1. An Introduction to Indian Art – Class XI NCERT
  2. Chapters related to culture in Ancient and Medieval India NCERTs
  3. Centre for Cultural Resource and Training (CCRT) material
  4. Heritage Crafts: Living Craft Traditions of India -NCERT


Environment and Biodiversity

  1. Shankar IAS book

General Science

  1. General Science books – IX and X standard
  2. The Hindu (Note down and read about the latest scientific terms, discoveries and inventions frequently mentioned in news)
  3. Google and YouTube


Geography

  1. Fundamentals of Physical Geography XI NCERT
  2. India: Physical Environment XI NCERT
  3. Fundamentals of Human Geography XII NCERT
  4. India: People and Economy XII NCERT
  5. Certificate Physical and Human Geography: GC Leong
  6. PMFIAS (Excellent resource for understanding complex topics)
  7. Google and YouTube


Govt Schemes  

  1. Govt schemes compilation by the website Civils Daily

General Trivia (Eg: Global groupings, Reports, Institutions, Rankings etc)

  1. Any coaching material
  2. Google

Current Affairs

  1. The Hindu
  2. Civils Daily
  3. ForumIAS

My best wishes.

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500 thoughts on “Booklist for Prelims

  1. mriduljain

    Hi Sir, What difference do you find between The Hindu and Indian Express and why is TH preferred here by you?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      The Hindu covers policy issues well. I found it especially relevant from Mains perspective. Also, IE does not have circulation in Hyderabad. So I had to opt for The Hindu.

      But IE is good too. If you have been following IE diligently so far, no need to switch it now.

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      1. Anonymous

        thank you anudeep durishetty for sharing your strategw and materials used that make you success

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        1. Roma Kanvinde

          Hello Anudeep sir, I think whatever you have mentioned in the above list is perfect. I just wanted to know which book or books can be referred for ethics. Also, memorising everything becomes difficult. However, can you suggest some good strategy for remembering so much and also about current affairs, how to make notes.
          Thanks and regards.

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      2. Anonymous

        Hello sir, many congratulations on ur success…sir pls help me with current affairs..am reading the hindu and insights daily but found this civils daily very nice but the content is little bit more so how to approach daily current and whether to make notes of all topic or not ?? Pls reply …

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        1. Anonymous

          It just depends how you enculcate these points in your answers length doesn’t matter

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          1. Jyoti

            sir which book you suggest for previos year chapterwise question paper ?
            please guide me

      3. Shashidhar

        Sir what is suggestion for the upsc aspirants to clear the upsc civils examination in first attempt
        It could cleared in first time with the time period of one year sir

        Reply
      4. Anonymous

        Sir I read stuff. But see no way of revising it. Especially the Current Affairs Magazine. I am focusing on Maine right now. And answer writing. A B Tech graduate. It would be really helpful to have your insights on this. What was your revision strategy.? Especially for Preliems.
        Thank you.

        Reply
      5. Ammulu

        Haiii sir….Sir I want ncert book names for basics…I can’t understand which ncert books needed for civils….can u suggest me sir…which class ncert books needed for civils….

        Reply
        1. Anonymous

          Social Subject NCERT TEXT BOOKS from 6 th class to 12 th class

          Reply
      6. Seshadri kolla

        Hii Annayya .fistly my heart full congratulations annayya.im studying be-tech 1st Mechanical. I want to became an IAS officer .I saw all your interviews and I am inspired so much annayya.what can I do for to became an IAS officer please tell me the strategy annayya.please reply me Annayya.

        Reply
        1. Anonymous

          As a aspirant and also I am a mechanical engineering 2nd year student, who are starting to prepare for civil services ,first need to know the basics properly with the help of the NCERT text books (social) from 6 the class to 12 th class.And also thorough with daily news paper ( THE HINDU).note down the terms I mean splendid words in Ur notes ,it is used to write a good essay… Maintain few notes that should be prepare by Ur own after studying the NCERT BOOKS to revise Ur self faster..thank you
          My motivator : P.NARAHARI IAS

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      7. jyoti

        sir , actually iam little bit confused do we have to just read the news paper or we need to learn the outcomes and effects of the news too
        And what about the site INSIGHTS . do we just have to readout the current affairs or need to learn that all
        Is is all relevent when we know that only one year current affair based question would be asked pls answer all my confusions

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      8. sruthi

        hello sir can you please suggest best test series for upcoming prelims exam (2nd,june,2019)
        and also if possible please advice a strategy for last 4 months of prelims preparation so that many of us can be benefited. thank you sir.

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      9. Anuj Goel

        Sir did u prepare notes of The hindu on daily basis??
        Pls reply!!!

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      10. Yamuna

        Thank you so much Anudeep sir. sir I don’t understand which page we read the Hindu newspapers for IAS preparation. Plz sir help me.🙏🙏🙏🙏

        Reply
      11. Vaidehi

        Sir, you’re advise are really helpful..but sir i very confused on answer writing ✍️, sir I request to you please make an article on answer writing..

        Thank you

        Reply
      12. SHIVU

        ANUDEEP SIR IAM SO HAPPY TO SAY THAT YOU ARE THE TOPPER
        MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO YOU SIR

        Reply
      13. joseph

        Modern History

        A Brief history of Modern India- Spectrum Publications
        India’s Struggle for Independence – Bipan Chandra (Selective Reading)
        NCERT by Bipan Chandra (For the period 1700s to 1857)

        For eg : you given this book list I should buy all the books or only one i want to buy for modern history kindly ack me.

        Reply
      14. Sujatha

        I am having very much interest in economics,choosing economics as optional is a good decision or not,and also guide me for the edition sir.

        Reply
    2. Ragaranjani

      Sir… Can you please suggest a online source for prelims test series.. And also for mains test series?
      Please do reply sir… Thank you..!!

      Reply
    3. Amrit

      Thank you Sir for the effort you are giving in to guide the UPSC aspirants🙏🏼

      Reply
    4. Anonymous

      Sir plz refer a book for optional sub mathematics….and some more websites related to mathematics

      Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      I did not follow that book. But I’ve heard it’s exhaustive and written very well. As I said, it does not matter from which book we cover the syllabus as long as we do it.

      Reply
      1. ABHINAV SHARMA

        Sit pl give your contect number my whatsapp number 7807317204

        Reply
      2. manpreet

        sir i m in my 2nd year of BA ,, i m preparing from 12 ,,only with reading newspaper ,ncerts ,
        but now i come on standard books ,,
        i know i will manage gs ,, mains ,,
        but sir i m tooo weak in csat portion ,, should i go for coaching or not ,,
        this is my weakest point ,,i will give xam in 2022
        my writing part is good ,, but csat is great headache for me ,,plz reply sir

        Reply
    2. Kumar teja

      Congratulations sir,now I am studying B.Tech 3rd year in ECE department.I want to start my preparation from now onwards.can you suggest me what are the basic books I want to follow now sir and answer writing from now onwards is good or not and my last doubt is that first I want to study for optional subject or for general studies.I want to give my first attempt on 2021.

      Reply
  2. Madhulatha

    Thank you so much anudeep.. Is there any source where we can get all pdf soft copies for these books..I am beginner with zero knowledge as you mentioned..would like to go through all these books but i wont be able afford to buy all these books so in case If there is any site to download please help me ! Thanks again

    Reply
    1. Anonymous

      Freeupscmaterial – visit the website . Could be of much help.

      Reply
    2. Anudeep Durishetty

      Check the NCERT website. Their books are available for free download. For the remaining books, you may not find free pdf copies online and have to buy them.

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      1. Madhulatha

        Sure, I will follow that ! Thank you very much. Please share your inputs for taking notes and revision methodology for prelims.

        Reply
      2. Arpita

        sir,please can you tell me where we get 5 years old UPSC question paper.

        Reply
      3. Anonymous

        sir iam from a small village near karimnagar and i have a zeal to crack civils and i am just completed 10th and iam intrested in the subject science.please give me some tips and be touch with me so another ias will be made from an ias. iam a telugu speaker.my number 63017730077

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        1. Arun Parit

          Heyy Ur in 10th class… Bro enjoy the life … Still there is time for u! Even some aspirants had cracked upsc in 6-7 months … Buddy stay cool have patience .. yes if u are really interested to give a start … Then everyone will suggest you to complete ncerts and make Ur basic more stronger than others .. and when u r in graduation’s final year u can start the serious preparation..
          Good luck

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      4. Akhila

        Thank You Sir for Valuable Information. Kindly Advise where to get the syllabus for 2019 CSE.

        Reply
      5. Bharath

        Congrats sir . Can u say online websites for civils classes.

        Reply
      6. humera shaikh

        Sir iam doning bsc1 i want to beacom ias can you plz guid me how to do the prepration plz reply me fast

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      7. ROHIT KUMAR

        I m going to give 12 boards 2019 and I want to an IAS for that I have searched a bit and i found an app UPSC MISSION which have all PDF of the all books u have mentioned above I.e. good for us
        ….😊

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      8. Aman

        Sir pls tell us how to make notes from The hindu ..is it mandatory to make nites or we can cover them or revise them from other sources too

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      9. Anonymous

        Hii sir! Whether we have to study all lessons in NCERT.Sir,please say me how to study NCERT books.Because whenever I start studying I really get confusion on how to study NCERT.Sir pls give suggestion regarding NCERT preparation…

        Reply
  3. Shayan Das

    Sir, you made it easy for a beginner to start the prep for UPSC prelims without coaching. Now if a desire is there in heart, success is not so far😊. In 21st century it is greatest gift we have.

    Reply
  4. Anonymous

    Most of the aspirants study for mains before prelim. And then 3-4 months before go for prelim study. So my question is, when to use this booklist? At time of aspirant start studying for UPSC or at time of study for prelim (i.e. after done with mains study)?

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    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      These books are the absolute basic. You cannot read for Mains before understanding basic concepts from these standard books. Mains is analytical, prelims is more fundamental. So read and understand these books first.

      And for your optional, you can start preparing from now itself.

      Reply
      1. Anonymous

        Sir I have nothing to do with UPSC …Just reading ur blog because of crush at first site 😇

        Reply
          1. Anonymous

            Interested in UPSC and very much interested in you .
            Whataa cutayy

          2. Rohit

            Hello sir.
            For history prelims
            Which set is good?

            Themes in indian histry(1-2-3) or ancient , medeival, modern by rs sharma , satish , bipin respectivly ?

          3. Shivani Singh

            hello sir!! there’s a doubt about note-making of current affairs from newspaper. i’m started my preparation for upsc cse 2022 from now….so should i start making notes from newspaper or should i start it later i.e in june 2021

        1. Anonymous

          Why to exhaust yourself by reading all this
          Just woo any officer and get everything.
          Ha ha

          Reply
        2. Anonymous

          this is an professional website where we can learn valuable things to crack UPSC. Anudeep sir is helping us.
          Sorry if i did wrong comments.its my opinion.

          Reply
      2. archana

        sir, please answer these queries….
        1)apart from these absolute basic books do we really need to focus on other books like dutt and sundaram, uma kapila etc.
        2) do we need to refer to multiple online sources because i always have a fear in my mind that maybe reading from one source of current affairs can compromise my preparation.
        3) also, do i need to even visit the websites of multiple other news papers (except the hindu or IE)
        4) do i need to cover CA from PIB on a daily basis?
        5) to what extent can we use internet?
        6) the focus needs to be on expanding knowledge base or gaining conceptual clarity.

        Reply
        1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

          1. Not needed.
          2. You must read from multiple sources if you think for an issue the content given in one website is not sufficient. Once covered in enough depth, no need to run after multiple sources for that particular topic.
          3. No
          4. No
          5. A lot. Whenever in doubt, google!
          6. They are not mutually exclusive. Both go hand in hand.

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      3. Manjuhamsa

        Hari om! Sir am from Karnataka from a poor and rural area..my life time dream and desire is to become an IAS and serve my country in a better way!! I know I want to struggle hard for it ,am ready to face all challenges because all that circumstances make me proud and happy one day..when I feel let’s quit …u people are my inspiration.. Thank u so Much for being so kind for upcoming aspirants ..thanks a lot sir😄😄😄

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      4. Radhika

        1.Sir when to make notes as in reading the books for the first time or second?
        2. In the beginning of prep when done with basic book say Lakshmikant immediately after that should I do the mentioned list for mains ?
        3. When to start writing test ?
        4. Haven’t started my optional yet should I pick it up after completing gs once ?

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      5. Bhargavi Goud

        Hi Anna,first of all congratulations on well deserved success👍
        As u said the YouTube PMF IAS channel helped me a lot to understand the topics wider…can u plz suggest any particular website or channel like this for polity to understand the topics very much clear from the basics!
        I hope u reply as soon as possible.

        Reply
  5. Shikha Singh

    Thankyou so much sir
    I am actually at a point called level zero

    Reply
  6. alkapandey

    Reblogged this. Very Useful booklist for all UPSC aspirants..thanku anudeep sir..

    Reply
  7. Saumya Srivastava

    Thanks a lot sir…..you have cleared all my doubts regarding prelims as a beginner…..thanks once again.

    Reply
  8. parika chauhan

    I was waiting for this list for so many days..Thank you so much 😊 being a Judiciary student I was very confused that what to read and what to not.. this list gives me a direction where to proceed further for this exam because its easy to follow one rather different paths which leads to different directions.. thank you once again 😊🙏

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  9. parika chauhan

    Hello.. I want to ask have you read any coaching material for your preparation..whether it is preliminary or mains? Or books are sufficient?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      I’ve read coaching material for factual content such as Govt schemes, international organisations and their mandate etc.

      I’ve also referred to coaching notes to prepare for current affairs.

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      1. parika chauhan

        Thank you so much.. Please solve my one more query.. For premliminary whether apart from the syllabus given by upsc I have to go through Govt schemes, international organisations, india year book and economic survey? Or the syllabus and current affairs plus csat syllabus is all I have to do?
        Kindly help me because I am beginner and doing self study.. so don’t have much guidance.. and through this blog 90% of my queries are solved.. Will wait for your reply ..Thank you!!

        Reply
      2. Anonymous

        Bhayya … Yes apart from what you have mentioned , reports , indices.. that is compiled material evari material or ae website cheppavaa..

        Reply
      3. Praveenya Erragangu

        Sir ..How coaching helps in preparation… ???If the people are not affordable for coaching just tell us the things what we should do.??SIR PLEASE REPLY..

        Reply
  10. Saumya srivastava

    Sir i have a doubt that in some books you have mentioned only ncert book….so of which class ncert should i follow? And one more thing …people say that for geography prepare 6-12 ncert…what is your opinion regarding this??

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  11. mahendraajakhar

    सर , मैं हिन्दी माध्यम का छात्र हूं क्या मेरे लिऐ भी यहीं बुक्स सही उपयोगी रहेगी ?

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  12. Anonymous

    Sir, for the civil services… Which book set of NCERT is good… The old one or the new one?

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  13. Ganesh

    sir, please tell how to write essays and prepare for mains……Even i took public administration optional but not upto the mark….So, switched to anthropology…So, can you please share your books strategy for anthro and how to approach …………It, will be so greatful if you can share your views and strategy as i am a govt servant and not having time to go to any institutions ..

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  14. Sunil

    Tq so much sir for giving information for civil aspirents keep with touch sir as possible and tq for your valuable time spending for students

    Reply
  15. bharathi b

    Thank you sir for your suggestion. I have one more doubt as there is very little time left for prelims can you suggest is it better to take test series now or to revise.

    Reply
  16. surbhi sharma

    Thank you so much sir but one query about environment topic? if any other best book or magazine for eco. plz tell

    Reply
      1. Surbhi Sharma

        Thank you so much sir 🤗 u r really role modal for every ias aspirant cause of ur strong determination and never give up policy…😇

        Reply
  17. signature2426

    Hello sir ,
    Thnxx u very much for the study material u provide and the extra guidance I m very sure this will help us in a million ways !!!!!!

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      1. Sofia

        Sir ,kindly say which subject you have chosen as optional And give some suggestions that how we should choose optional subject

        Reply
  18. Swetha

    Sir,shall we read all ncerts from class 6 to 12 or shall we have to read .. some ncerts suggested by you for some specific topics. Sir I’m a beginner. please suggest how to read them systematically.

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      It depends on your basic level knowledge that you already have. Begin with XI standard, but if you find them too difficult, start from VI standard NCERT.

      Reply
  19. Rose

    Hi Sir,
    Please help me with the list of books followed for Anthropology.

    Reply
  20. Ravi Chandra

    Hello Sir. I have completed my btech 1st year, I have a doubt regarding this exam.Do this civils pattern which is existing now will remain constant till the completion of my graduation which is three years to go.If i started preparing from now would to be beneficial?

    Reply
  21. UPSC Aspirant

    As a beginner, if I Start Preparations as per syllabus of Mains, should it cover prelims syllabus ?

    Reply
  22. Sri Krishna

    Thank you sir for the given information.
    Sir you have given the 7 sources for economy, 3 for modern history and 4 for Indian art and culture etc when there are more than one source, is everything mandatory or only one among them?

    Reply
  23. Dheeraj yadav

    Thanks a lot sir……….completly book knowledge….

    Reply
  24. Mahith Bhima

    Thank you sir for your the given information.I have a doubt ,regarding UPSC CSE preperation strategy for student doing engineering.
    I am Mahith Bhima from Andhra Pradesh, studying CSE integrated MTech at iiit Banglore. I will graduate in 2020.I have been watching your videos since 27th April.I watched all the telugu , english interviews of yours on youtube.You are inspiring me a lot.

    While preparing for the exam, people might have felt that they should have been following this for years(I meant ,something which they would be following if they had known earlier.They didn’t because of lack of guidance at that time). As a UPSC CSE aspirant who would probably start writing CSE in the year 2021, I would like to know the things that I should start doing from now and the things that I have to avoid. For Example, Something like start preparing for these particular topics and don’t start these particular topics(like optional subjects).

    I would like to know what your suggestions would be to college students.
    Thanks.

    Reply
  25. Anonymous

    Sit thanks for it but,
    may you please talk to me by messenger is wtsap I am an IASaspirant and want to take some more suggestions from you and I shall be very thankful to you for this act of kindness

    Reply
  26. poormansfriend2485gmailcom

    Congrats Bro. Wish you all the very best for all your future endeavors. May all your dreams come true.

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      Thank you! You are doing great work, brother. Your clarity of concepts in Geography is impeccable!

      May you enlighten many, many aspirants. I wish you the very best!

      Reply
  27. pmfiascom

    తోటి తెలుగువాడిగా నేను చాల గర్వంగా ఫీల్ అవుతున్న. కీప్ రీచింగ్ న్యూ హైట్స్.

    Reply
  28. Supriya

    Thank you sir for making this booklist. I had a question, Is it necessary to read all the ncert books from class 6 – 12th or the books you mentioned in the booklist will suffice? I’ve heard that people say it’s important to read all the ncert books, what’s your view on this?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      Depends on your current level of knowledge about topics relevant to CSE. If you have absolutely no clue, start with 6th Standard NCERT.

      Reply
      1. Anonymous

        Sir I completed NCERT’S twice but I did not prepare notes but Iam going to give prelims in 2019 …….Though enough time there I should cover optional …… So please I want your NCERT’S notes if for ur okay only

        Reply
  29. Anonymous

    Sir! From Which Month Newspaper Reading Has To be Started For opting exam for the year 2019?

    Reply
      1. Raghu

        Sir please upload mains book list soon. As we already started for mains its too confusing where to begin with. Also pls upload detailed strategy paper wise as u did for essay.

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      2. Hema rexanda

        Anna iam a Tamil medium student. And my ambition IAS ,now how do you start my preparation, and I write English with gramatical mistakes, please give any solution

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      3. Anonymous

        Your answer was OK but I don’t like corbon copy.this is related to asking the NCERT notes

        Reply
  30. krishnapujitha

    Hearty Congratulations, Sir!
    I have seen your interviews and cant admire you more- for your modesty and inclination to speak in Telugu.
    Would you kindly share your strategy for compulsory regional language paper-Telugu.
    Thanks!

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      Thanks a lot for your kind words.

      I am good in Telugu (speaking and writing) so didn’t have to study much. But you can start reading Telugu newspapers and go through previous years question papers to get an idea of what you need to prepare.

      Focus on essay, precis and comprehension. If you do these three well, you’ll easily quality language paper.

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  31. Rama Dey

    Sir,at first congratulations….. and thank s a lot for guiding us,the aspirants of upsc.If you say something about writing essays and all…it will help me a lot. Thank you sir.

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  32. Nawaz sharif

    Hi Sir congrats that u have cracked upsc in number 1 position and that seeing fails for more than 3 times once again congrats……..

    Sir I am zero knowledge person about upsc but I set it as my aim from this year by seeing the interviews of qualified upsc persons but can you please tell me how can I download previous year upsc question papers and u mentioned in general science that to refer google and YouTube can you please mention website or the channel that which we have to go through

    Thank q

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  33. Anil Kumar

    Sir I would like to know
    1. how one should prepare for dynamic portion of upsc exam.
    2. What are the sources for this part other than newspapers
    3. How to selectively read India year book and Economic survey

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      1. Dynamic portion from newspapers and one website/coaching material.
      2. Youtube (RSTV videos), All India Radio, etc
      3. India year book is not useful for this exam. You can go through ES gist compiled by any coaching institute. If you are reading the book, use highlighter and pen to note important concepts and statistics.

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      1. Hema rexanda

        U r my roll model Anna .and u r very humble person, I admire u. And ur photo is my wallpaper Anna

        Reply
  34. Rama Dey

    Sir….please share something about writing…. how can i improve my writing…….nd which books i should follow for main…..

    Reply
  35. Sony

    Sir I just completed my inter ..bipc stream with 92%…n I want to prepare for civil ..but I heard that a degree is essential for it … could u pls guide me what to do sir….n is it okay that I’m from bipc stream …

    Reply
  36. Kaibalyapati Mishra (@KaibalyapatiMi2)

    Thank you so much sir for your effort to help us.. Sir, am currently pursuing my Post Graduation in Economics and am interested to write UPSC CSexam . So sir how far its ideal to go hand in hand with both the things simultaneously.

    Reply
      1. Shubham agrawal

        Sir i am 25 years old bcoz of some issues i cant complete my graduation….and from 2019 i again want to start my graduation but along with i want to prep. Myself for cse …plzzz guide me sir is this possible within 3 yrs time period or not…
        With regards
        Shubham Agrawal

        Reply
  37. Fendi

    So helpful..thanks a lot !
    Really proud of you. Good luck❤

    Reply
  38. Sony

    Sir 1st ly congratulation🎆🎉👏👏s…Sir I just completed my inter with 92% n I want to crack civils sir…but I heard that graduation is necessary for it…Im not able to decide what to do.. could pls Guide me ….Pls sir

    Reply
  39. Sk.Mohammad Vasim

    Thank you sir for giving information about books. I am a IAS aspirant with zero level knowledge about that. I have a doubt about books list that in economy list there are seven options of books. My question is that I have to buy seven books in that list or one of the book in that list ?
    Please clarify my doubt sir.

    Reply
  40. surajitkole

    Thank you sir for your valuable guidance.. I will be touched regularly for your new post about competitive exams.

    But I have a ques..
    I am beginner in UPSC exams..
    I am very weak in english… What should I do for this? I am from Burdwan(Bardhaman), West bengal. I can’t understand topic reading standard books of Tata McGraw hill books.
    And I can’t write essay type ans in English so I can’t crack mains for this reason…Please help me…I will wait for your valuable guidance.Thank you Sir!

    Reply
  41. Siddesh Hegiste

    Sir please provide book list and material for mains aswell it will be helpful sir.It is a humble request.
    Thank you sir

    Reply
      1. Keshav

        Please upload mains booklist as soon as possible. Its a genuine request.

        Reply
  42. Harisaipavankumar eluri

    Hi sir,

    I m an employee at Tcs where i m interested to prepare civils.Can please assist me how to start with level zero. Sorry to say im getting the point

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      The book list mentioned here are absolute basic. Buy these and start reading them over weekends. Once you get a start, it gets easier to figure things out.

      Reply
      1. Anu Sharma

        Hello Anudeep, I would like to congratulate you on your success!
        I am a Commerce graduate and I’m preparing for Bank exams for the last 2 years but now i am going to give UPSC exam this very year. As i have no experience in this exam, Could you please give me some tips regarding this exam.

        Reply
  43. Radhika

    Thank you sir for your guidance. It will surely help .
    Its a humble request to you to guide us also in reading newspaper and essay writing.

    Reply
  44. Suranjan Das

    Thank you sir for your valuable guidance. sir i completed m.sc applied mathematics , i want to ias exam please guid me..

    Reply
  45. Shivam

    Sir,
    I want to say that my english is weak .so please suggest me a book for english compulsory.
    How to prepare for english compulsory.

    Reply
    1. Srikar Jonnalagadda

      Wren and Martin would do, if you are still ambiguous post to Wren and martin, brush through English is Easy.

      Reply
  46. Sudhir Chaudhary

    I wanted to know that, whether the books you have mentioned are specifically for prelims or the same book list goes with the mains preparation? If not please do a blog on mains book list. I also want to say this that you story touched me. I learned a very good lesson from it that one should always reflect on his mistake rather than blaming and take the responsibility. Thank You Bhayya.

    Reply
  47. Jyotshna sri

    Thank you sir for your valuable guidance i am persuing my graduation in political science sir… Is it good to prepare for upsc along with my graduation if it is then how can i utilise my time to complete upsc syllabus

    Reply
  48. Kumar Abhishek

    Sir where will I get the official syllabus of Civil services

    Reply
  49. gsrstudentforce

    Hi bro. I am just entered in to 4th year btech (mechanical) this year.. can I start preparation now or shall I wait until my graduation is complete.

    Reply
    1. Anonymous

      There will be no time many of them are starting preparation from class10 u can start ur preparation from now onwards
      Thanku…………

      Reply
  50. Nitish Kumar

    Sir should we start from class 6th NCERT or only from the NCERT suggested by you ? If someone is starting from ground zero should he start from class 6th NCERTs or from the NCERTs suggested by you from IX class onwards ?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      Start with Class XI. If you are finding them too difficult, switch to lower standard NCERTs.

      Reply
      1. Anonymous

        Sir mi patience ki salute. Chala manchi ki answer chestunnaru. Mi laanti great, humble person ni nenu akkada chudaledu sir.. U r my role model.

        Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty

      I don’t. Read papers and make online notes from compilation available on any website (Insights/CD etc)

      Reply
  51. anshumanmiku99

    Sir,
    First of all congratulations

    Sir ,I am a second year btech student,sir my one aim to bacame a civil officer…please sir can you say me how to prepare,and what is the suitable time table for studying and what is the best time to starting the preparation for CSE .

    Thank you sir.

    Reply
  52. sunil varma

    Sir, how to study anthropology optional ?
    Which are books should follow for anthropology?

    Reply
  53. poonam

    Sir, how is the Byju’s material useful for IAS preparation?

    Reply
  54. Shashank Komuroju

    Referring to this book “Old NCERT by RS Sharma for Medieval History of India”, is it by RS Sharma or by Satish Chandra ? Please clarify.

    Reply
      1. Anonymous

        Good Afternoon Sir…

        First of All Hearty Congratulations Sir…

        I would like to know I have completed B.Sc. in in Zoology and Chemistry….Then completed MSW ( Master in Social Work) and then Ph.D….
        I want to Know Sir Anthropology is best for me ?
        And most important thing Sir I have Only 2 Attempts…I have wasted 4 attempts already Sir….
        Sir please reply….

        Thank You Sir…

        Reply
  55. Mukta

    Hello Sir. Thanks for taking out some time for this blog. Please also write a blog post regarding the book list and resources for Mains Exam since that would be the deciding factor. And also how to do the integrated preparation for both prelims and Mains.

    Reply
  56. Manju Meena

    You are truly inspirational.I want to thank you for all your precious time, you have spended in writing this blog.It is very inspiring…. Just like you I want to overcome all the failures and achieve success in my life.Thank you very much, Anudeep sir.

    Reply
    1. Keshav

      Are these books sufficient for mains also ?
      Please reply , I am a beginner.

      Reply
      1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

        Mains booklist will be updated in a separate blog post.

        Reply
        1. Anonymous

          Brother for geography , which online videos among Mrunal or pmf India is better

          Reply
  57. Harshita Pathak

    Sir if The Hindu & The Indian express news papers are not available then what other news papers can I follow?

    Reply
  58. dnyaneshwarCG

    Sir please share source list for mains GS paper’s….. And value additions in case studies and answer writing

    Reply
  59. Anonymous

    Sir plz Share book list for mains……and thx a lot for above info it helps a lot to biggner like me …

    Reply
  60. Anonymous

    Sir,If you could give us the book list for anthropology.That will be of immense help.
    Best wishes

    Reply
  61. Spruha Reddy

    Sir, A very Important Question I want to ask you that…

    1. Can anyone give Ethical touch to conclusions in GS and optional ?? And Can Gs be link to Optional ppr also??

    2. Can quotes can be put in conclusion of GS and optional paper ?

    3. Can 1 or 2 maps, Figures , Flow chart can be put in Essay also ??

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      1. No. GS knowledge definitely helps in optional. But answers in optional must not be generic.
      2. No
      3. Figures and flowcharts are not necessary in essay. But for a topic like say Inter-state water disputes, you can draw a map to illustrate major river basins and dams.

      Reply
  62. Vishal

    Hi Anudeep,
    Thank you for the prelims booklist and will definitely be helpful for beginners.
    Also kindly request you to provide mains booklist that you followed

    Reply
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  64. anku

    sir how to practice mains answer writing and any good test series for mains

    Reply
  65. Anonymous

    Should I join forum IAS program for 2019 for June?
    Or I shd join it later

    Reply
  66. DEEPAK

    Did you make notes from newspaper ? handwritten or online ? how long/short were these notes ? Plz reply bro..

    Reply
  67. Anonymous

    హెల్లో అనుదీప్ గారు మీరు జాతీయ స్థాయిలో మొదటి ర్యాంక్ తెచ్చుకోవడం చాలా చాలా ఆనందంగా ఉంది ఎన్ని అపజయాలు చుసిన మీ మనోడైర్యం తో గెలిచారు? ఒక తోటి తెలుగు వాడిగా ఎంతో గర్విస్తున్నాను మీరు మాకు ఎంతో ప్రేరణగా నిలిచారు? నా పేరు సంతోష్(26) నేను హైదరాబాద్ నుంచి నేను సివిల్స్ ప్రిపేర్ అవుతున్నాను కానీ నాకు ఉద్యోగం లేదు కాబట్టి ప్రస్తుతం బ్యాంకు ప్రొబేషనరీ ఆఫీసర్ రాస్తున్నాను ఆ ఎక్సమ్ నవంబర్ కి కానీ అవదు నేను నా ఆప్షనల్ తెలుగు లిటరేచర్ లో స్ట్రాంగ్ కానీ జనరల్ స్టడీస్ విషయం లో వీక్ నవంబర్ చివరి నుంచి నెక్స్ట్ ఇయర్ జూన్ పరీక్ష వరకు జనరల్ స్టడీస్ చదువుకోడానికి టైం సరి పోతుందా?2016 లో నేను ప్రిలిమ్స్ రాసాను 53 మార్కులు జనరల్ స్టడీస్ పేపర్ లో వచాయి మరియు నేను తెలుగు లో సివిల్స్ చదువుతున్నా రాస్తున్నా కరెంటు అఫైర్స్ కోసం ఈనాడు చదువుతున్నా అది సరిపోతుందా మరియు ముఖ్యంగా నవంబర్ నుంచి ప్రిలిమ్స్ క్లియర్ చేయడానికి టైం సరిపోతుందా?మీ విలువయిన సూచనలు అందించగలరు?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Yes, the time frame is enough to cover GS sufficiently. But put effort consistently. You can refer to Gopala Krishna Ronanki (AIR-3) videos to find about GS sources in Telugu.

      All the best!

      Reply
  68. Ankur Mittal

    Sir i am in 12(humanities) class what subject will better for me in graduation from du is it ba or ba hons

    Reply
  69. archana

    sir, please answer these queries….
    1)apart from these absolute basic books do we really need to focus on other books like dutt and sundaram, uma kapila etc.
    2) do we need to refer to multiple online sources because i always have a fear in my mind that maybe reading from one source of current affairs can compromise my preparation.
    3) also, do i need to even visit the websites of multiple other news papers (except the hindu or IE)
    4) do i need to cover CA from PIB on a daily basis?
    5) to what extent can we use internet?
    6) the focus needs to be on expanding knowledge base or gaining conceptual clarity

    Reply
  70. Fahim Qureshi

    Sir please tell me how to use mrunal.org and Ramesh sharma book for Indian Economy

    Reply
  71. John Kennedy Vallepu

    Sir ..Suggest Me Books For Optional Subject
    .Poli Polit Science and International Affairs

    Reply
  72. Anonymous

    Sir ; my optional is public administration. Pls guide me how to prepare for it

    Reply
  73. Pavithra Elangovan

    Sir please suggest books for mains as it involves dynamic topics like DM, IR, IS

    Reply
  74. Zero

    Sir, Should we make notes for CA daily or just read them and makes notes from monthly magazines??

    Reply
  75. Anonymous

    Sir,I am studying in 11th standard,I want to became civil servant in future.plz give me some suggestions.even I opted humanities stream

    Reply
  76. Rajashekar Reddy

    Sir, whats your suggestion regarding joining a test series for prelims.. is it advisable to join a prelim test series now in july month ( i will give my prelims in 2019).. and also suggest a good test series.. and which test series did you follow for prelims and at what time u have joined a test series.

    Reply
  77. Anonymous

    sir,
    can above books cover both pre and main syllabus??plzz answer

    Reply
  78. Tannu Kumari

    Sir congratulations. You are an inspiration for all the upsc aspirants. Hats off to u. Thanks for your post and notes. Looking forward to crack bihar public service commission with anthropology as an optional paper. I want to know how did you prepared for current affairs and did you read magazines like pratiyogita darpan & yojna?

    Reply
  79. Anonymous

    Sir please provide us the preferred book list for mains exams according to the GS I,II,III,IV format

    Reply
  80. Rose

    Hello Sir!
    Would also like to know your current affairs stratergy?
    Were you able to cover the currrent affairs or the daily newspaper after work on weekdays?
    Or was it in weekends you were covering the entire weeks important articles.

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I didn’t make notes from newspapers but read them carefully. I’d make a mental note of important recurring issues. I would do this exercise for a week and then on a fine weekend, I would just sit and go through 7 days current affairs compilation from CD/Forum/Insights (choose as per your liking, all of cover the same content anyway) As I read these online compilation, I used to highlight important things so that they became my revision material when I refer to it later.

      Reply
  81. Anonymous

    Firstly, happy birthday sir.You are working in IRS from the past couple of years.As you said,I would get only 3-4 odd hours daily to get prepared.My qstn is:did you read newspaper daily in this limited time along with the syllabus prescribed by upsc?

    Reply
  82. Anonymous

    hello sir i had seen the booklist u have posted ….. i just want to know the booklist for mains also ….sir

    Reply
  83. Aparajita

    Thank you so much Sir for your concern and selflessness..your post will immensely clear doubts of in-numerous aspirants.. Well, my query is that these books and strategies when applied nicely, will definitely serve out to qualify the CSE, but can you mention some of those extraordinary efforts (tricks, techniques) which took you to the TOP rank; because everyone is having some or the other study material, conceptual study, practice, revision etc. then what remains left which obstructs the aspirants from coming into top 5 or top 10??

    Sir please do reply, it’s a genuine request!

    Reply
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  85. Anonymous

    Hello sir
    What is the book list and strategy for geography optional in upse sce with some point which are important to tackle out the exam with geography as optional..

    Reply
  86. Srikanthmeesala

    Hello sir , first of all congrats to you… I want to known about how to write(mains) writing skills… & which books should I follow for mains exam… Gs (1/2/3/4). I cleared my prelims 2018.. So please can you help me..

    Reply
  87. Akhil

    Sir can you tell which YouTube channel & website u follow for your preparation.
    This will be really helpful for us.

    Reply
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  90. Suyash

    It has been mentioned in the 2nd point that it’s better to start with NCERTs. Which NCERTs should we refer for History? Since no NCERTs have been mentioned in the History Section.

    Reply
  91. Anonymous

    sir first of all congratulations for your success.sir for antropology optional,you followed any telegram group videos and material

    Reply
  92. Pratap Maliwal

    Hi sir,
    I gave mains last time and faced difficulty in GS1
    Could you please tell how u wrote the answer for the Gupta numismatics art not being relevant in contemporary times?

    Reply
  93. Puneet Sehgal

    Plz tell selective reading of medieval history ncert book……what to read in it and what to skip ??

    Plzz reply..

    Thanks

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      No need to study that book for UPSC.

      Reply
  94. Anshuman singh

    Hi Sir’
    Currently I am working in a software company But i have a dream to Qualify u.p.s.c. my core subject in Graduation is english literature and sociology Could you please let me know how to start From here is any coaching institution important Currently am 23 years old

    Reply
  95. Shekhar

    sir, Heartiest Congratulation for great success!.

    I request to u please share your Whatsapp number, I have to take some suggestion to u.

    My number is 9971056974,

    Regards

    Reply
  96. Sweta Sinha

    I will be turning 32 yrs and 4 month in march 2019 and I am a general candidate. Will I be allowed to write UPSC exam in 2019. I know its irrelevant and immature question but it matters to me.

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Upper age limit of 32 is calculated as on Aug 1st of the year in which a candidate is giving the exam. Since you will be over 32 as on Aug 1, 2019, you will be ineligible to sit for the exam.

      Reply
  97. Megha iyrr

    Sir m little bit confused …!
    About whether to study bipin Chandra or not
    Coz in some lines you mentioned that if whole NCERTs are covered and laxmikanth also then no need to go for binpin chandra, and for modern history you suggested to read bipin Chandra??
    Sir please help me out

    And thanks for helping us 🙂

    Reply
  98. Pragya

    Thank you for the post Sir, I have a question as to should I prepare the notes from newspaper and PIB daily or the everyday reading and the coaching handouts will be sufficient?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I explained in one of the previous comments.

      Reply
      1. Xperiac

        Sir can u specify which chapter to study from India’s struggle for independence.

        Reply
  99. Aparajita

    Thank you so much Sir for your concern and selflessness..your post will immensely clear doubts of in-numerous aspirants.. Well, my query is that these books and strategies when applied nicely, will definitely serve out to qualify the CSE, but can you mention some of those extraordinary efforts (tricks, techniques) which took you to the TOP rank; because everyone is having some or the other study material, conceptual study, practice, revision etc. then what remains left which obstructs the aspirants from coming into top 5 or top 10??

    Sir please do reply, it’s a genuine request!

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      You never prepare with a top 10 rank in mind. Give your absolute best every day, day after day. Read, revise and practice consistently. That’s all in your hands and that’s all you are accountable for.

      Once you give your 100%, with some additional stroke of luck, you’ll end up in Top 10.

      Reply
  100. Anonymous

    Sir you are very humble yor replied to each and everyone’s queries and more over after qualifying for such a difficult exm you haven’t grown any sort of ego or grtness which is tooooo appreciating……. Thank You so much for sharing your views… . Wish you all the best for your bzy and wonderfuw journey of IAS

    Reply
  101. Anonymous

    Sir what are the non fiction books that we should read for UPSC?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Any book by TMH or Arihant will do. Also practise previous year question papers.

      Reply
  102. Sourav #98

    Sir I am doing my bachelor’s degree last year. Should I start reading the books necessary for upsc?Or should i wait for the completion of that course? I want to take my graduate subject(ZoologyZas optional, so should i first start with optional?

    Reply
  103. Shaik Riyaz

    Hello sir….I am studying b.tech 3 rd year in jntuk-ucev.sir I want to crack CIVILS exam in short time can you please help me by giving some plans how to start my preparation effectively …plzz

    Reply
  104. ritu

    sir how much Time is needed to cover anthropology optional??

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      With job, I took 6 months. Should be fewer if you are preparing for UPSC full time.

      Reply
  105. Xperiac

    Sir I graduated in ba,I took coaching for paper 2 last year
    So should I take coaching for anthro this year or after prelims

    Reply
  106. monstersnee

    Sir, In you have mentioned, refer some coaching notes in many areas. Please can you let us know which coaching material to refer for example topic like Indian Society and International relations u said refer coaching notes as I am preparing from home please suggest me which one to refer.
    Thank you!

    Reply
  107. Vikas

    Congrats sir!!!
    I’m 4rm A.P
    Can u suggest me which chapters shud I read for medieval history as u said that we shud do selective reading for medieval.

    Reply
  108. Sunitha

    Sir, I didn’t clear prelims for 4 times and now I started my preparation for next year. Every time my score is around 90. I’m not knowing where iam committing mistakes. Could you suggest any solution..please! If possible please give some rough schedule for whole preparation sir..

    Reply
  109. RICHA

    Hello sir, m a upsc aspirant nd u r my inspiration…your story motivates me d most…can u please make an article on CSAT paper?? Its a lil tricky…n yaa it would mean a world to me if u reply :p n jst 4 the sake of interest what was the quote which motivated u d most during ur preparation???

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Refer to any book by TMH or Arihant will do. Also practise previous year question papers. This should be enough for clearing CSAT paper II.

      Reply
  110. luwang

    hello Mr.Durishetty,how can we cover current affairs apart from newspaper reading from civils daily?i mean do we have to read the NEWS section that the sites updates daily or may be follow their monthly compilation?.I was thinking about following vision ias monthly compilation and insights monthly compilation/may be daily ca analysis apart from reading a newspaper??

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I did not make notes from newspapers but always read them carefully. I’d make a mental note of important recurring issues. I would do this exercise for a week and then on a fine weekend, I would just sit and go through 7 days current affairs compilation from CD/Forum/Insights (choose as per your liking, all of cover the same content anyway) As I read these online compilation, I used to highlight important things so that they became my revision material when I refer to it later.

      Reply
  111. Rudra manyyu

    Sir I’m studying degree 1year and I wanted to crack upsc in my first attempt how can I start my upsc journey from which prelims or mains
    Which one i should choose for more helpful and bright full for my journey

    Reply
  112. Sasmita Dalai

    First of all congratulations😄😄😄😄 sir I have an one doubt that for prelims as well as mains which book is the best for environment ?? Or what I will do tell me sir? Plzz

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Not novels but non-fiction books, yes.

      Reply
  113. Navya

    Congratulations sir.. I ve a basic doubt. There is a myth dat one should take coaching for optinslo n it’s a mandadyma also. Did you also took voavjong for anthro or prepatef yoursekf? My optional is also anthropology so curious

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  114. Rimisha

    i am a very serious candidate for upsc 2019 cse and was dejected for last 2-3 days coz i was going through basic medieval history book nd i was not able to understand …i had that feeling of ..time running out of me….but that was when i saw some of ur videos of ur toppers talk at forum ias nd i realize that my zeal got scattered nd ur words r so deeply imprinted on my mind that i regained my self that how u moved on again nd again from ur journey of despair to success thank u so much sir for ur incredible words…u r a very humble nd thats what made me work again with a greater zeal thanks sir

    Reply
  115. Sangani satish

    Sir please suggest any one of the test series for prelims

    Reply
  116. Radhika B.L

    Congratulations sir !!
    Sir is it enough to read the updated ncert books ? Or do u suggest to go through the old books of ncert as well ??? N one more thing
    How to work on memorize wat Eva v study ???
    Thanks in advance sir 🙂

    Reply
  117. SAMARTH SINGH

    Congrats sir. How should a working person chart out his preparation as there is paucity of time? As you were working so please throw some light on this aspect.

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      The first thing I convinced myself to believe in was that even with a full-time job, I can give a rigorous attempt. So from that base belief, I shaped my preparation. Whenever I faced obstacles to my study because of the job, I tried to work around them instead of worrying incessantly about not getting as much time to prepare as, say, a full-time aspirant.

      One advantage with the IRS is that the workload is mostly under control and only rarely overwhelming. So, on each workday, I used to dedicate at least 3-4 hours of focussed study. I cut down every distraction that would take this time away. During these 4 hours, my mobile would be in flight mode, all social gatherings declined and anything that wasn’t in line with my exam prep was ignored. Time was my most precious resource, so I had to prioritise the exam preparation at all costs.

      And weekends was the time when I would absolutely fire in on all cylinders. A minimum of 12-13 hours was the norm, which would usually include reading books/notes, giving a test (either GS or Essay) and catching up with the week’s current affairs.

      Another thing that helped me was the support of my boss. He never insisted that I come to office on weekends to finish reports (even during the peak time of GST launch.) So my suggestion is, always be in the good books of your boss (even if you don’t like him personally). Avoid bitterness at all costs, even if it means you taking that odd censure, or walking that extra mile to build that rapport. Whatever that helps your cause, man.

      I also used to make a week wise plan based on the amount of time I had over the course of a week. Planning in advance is vital so that you know exactly what to do next once you are done with a topic. It brings out the ruthless machine in you and also makes you accountable to the goals you set for yourself.

      It is possible to give a rigorous attempt even with a job. What matters is the quality of attention. You’d be surprised how much stuff you can get done once you focus like a laser.

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  118. yash

    I don’t think he see any query on this platform and talk any further.

    Reply
      1. yash

        Hello sir,I hope you don’t mind because it is very rare to see toppers activity on their website for long time and reply for every query,like you do.

        Reply
  119. Bharath V

    Anna Do I really need to take coaching or can i crack UPSC by self study by using online available resources?

    Reply
  120. Anonymous

    hello sir, I have no well describe syllabus means topic wise. If The syllabus is: “A Brief history of Modern India” then what topic should I read and what not. Please guide me.

    Reply
    1. alka

      hello sir, I have no well describe syllabus means topic wise. If The syllabus is: “A Brief history of Modern India” then what topic should I read and what not. Please guide me.

      Reply
      1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

        Please refer to the books I mentioned for that particular topic. That should do.

        Reply
  121. sriekanth

    sir please respond to my query
    i make fine notes of newspaper daily,and find it different from vision monthly magazine ,content wise and nature wise.
    newspaper notes are unorganized and does not all the facets of issues like how vision covers comprehensively about any issue,
    also vision has all its content in keyword and bullet points format,which are the sufficient for answer writing in mains.
    now please tell me ,if it is really helpful in newspaper note making ? does it give any edge on answer writing ??
    this is confusion i have been dealing with since days.
    please help

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I didn’t make notes from newspapers but read them carefully. I’d make a mental note of important recurring issues. I would do this exercise for a week and then on a fine weekend, I would just sit and go through 7 days current affairs compilation from CD/Forum/Insights (choose as per your liking, all of cover the same content anyway) As I read these online compilation, I used to highlight important things so that they became my revision material when I refer to it later.

      Reply
  122. Hardik Suthar

    Thank you sir…Have a great life ahead and you progress more and more…
    I

    Reply
  123. Sneha Purohit

    In the course of preparation for the toughest examination of India how do you used to keep yourself motivated and overcome the feeling of dejection?

    Reply
    1. Sneha Purohit

      Always look upto you as an elder brother,really admire your humbleness and yes,your answer writing skills.By means of blogging you’re really doing a great job for many Young CSE aspirants.

      Reply
  124. Anil Raikanti

    Hi sir, I am Anil from karimnagar.
    What is the difference between new and old ncert books?
    Which would I opt for my basics for cicil aervices examination?
    Please answer me!

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  125. Ritik

    Sir,can you please guide me in how to read newspaper from exam point of view and make notes from it.

    Reply
  126. Bhaskar

    Congrats Anudeep garu…am Bhaskar from hyd could you give suggest me how i plan for Athrophology…wich book you are preferred for topic wice plzzz

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      It’s available on the blog. Do care to explore a little more.

      Reply
      1. chandrawanshi

        hello sir, thank u for ur guidance & advice for this preparation. sir, i have some doubts,
        1. studying G.C.Leong, is it necessary? if we complete only ncerts is that not enough?
        2. what about Ramesh singh (is this must to read??), b/c according current trend of upsc, it is current issue oriented. so we need to read ncert & understand only basics concepts of economics.
        plz rply m preparing by myself so need small help

        Reply
  127. Anonymous

    Sir
    Which editions of Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh and Indian Polity by Laxmi Kanth are better ??
    Could you please suggest ??

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Average in talent, yes. Average in preparation, no.

      Reply
      1. ABHISHEK KUMAR

        sir you are great you have provided guidance to all upsc aspirants thank you very much

        Reply
  128. Aman Verma

    Sir it is good idea to read previous year mock test,like to read mock test of 2018 for prelims 2019 ?

    Reply
  129. Anonymous

    Firstly Congratulations sir. . Many people suggested me to follow vajiram and Ravi notes rather than NCRTs pls tell me sir … .

    Reply
  130. Hardik Suthar

    Hello sir….I am not able to decide what to read in current affairs because so much magazines and daily current affairs and The Newspaper also so can you clear how to start and what to read?

    Reply
  131. Vishal Singh

    I have only 8-9 Months for my first attempt. Please guide me .

    Reply
  132. Anonymous

    Sir during your preparation , did u spend time for other activities like reading novels , watching cricket etc ?.. I am asking this because I am gud at drawing and i love reading novels .. but due to UPSC preparation i am not spending time for these and i don’t have time too.. i am afraid that i will loose these habits..

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Prioritize UPSC preparation and indulge in your hobbies to unwind.

      So there is no need to completely shun your habits, but you have to draw a line as to how much time you want to spend on them. You are the best judge to tell how much is enough.

      Reply
  133. Aman Verma

    Sir I have 2014 edition of spectrum modern history,so is it necessary to buy new edition ? I prefer modern history by bipan chandra for pre 1857 era thats why I hesitate for buying new edition.

    Reply
  134. Barnalee Paul

    Sir,
    I must say this is a great blog to explore on for the beginners to start preparing for civil services. Even the comment section is helpful for clearing doubts. Thank you so much sir😍 for the efforts that you are making. Best wishes for your future😊. You are my inspiration. (I have never seen such a kind, humble and helpful topper🙊)

    Reply
  135. Sayan M. Chowdhury

    Sir , is it necessary to buy latest edition of history books like Bipin chandra or Rajiv Ahir?

    Reply
  136. Charitha 11BEE0115

    Sir given that newspaper holds extreme significance and I started reading newspaper from August 2018 page to page thoroughly. Now that I missed from June and July 2018, do you suggest taking up old papers and read them? or how should I fill that void?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Refer to any coaching institute’s monthly magazines for those months. That would be enough.

      Reply
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  138. sameer

    Hi Sir, I am about to begin the preparation, could you please let me know if it’s a bad idea to begin with pmfias geography GS notes instead of ncert books ?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Not a bad idea at all. Refer NCERT and Youtube if you are unable to understand any concept.

      Reply
  139. Anonymous

    Sir,
    First of many many congratulations for you the dream Rank #1. I want to know that for practicing for Prelims which test series you have joined or which test series you would recommend to us so that we can have enough practice before the actual battle.

    Thank you sir in aadvance
    Bhuvaneshwar Singh

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  140. Bhuvaneshwar Singh

    Sir,
    First of all, many many congratulations for you the dream Rank #1. I want to know that for practicing for Prelims which test series you have joined or which test series you would recommend to us so that we can have enough practice before the actual battle.

    Thank you sir in aadvance
    Bhuvaneshwar Singh

    Reply
  141. Prateek shukla

    Sir I would like ask do we need to cover every website of current affairs daily.if yes which website to cover.sir do we have to make notes on first reading or after at least one reading and what is the best way to make notes.

    Reply
  142. chandrawanshi

    hello sir, thank u for ur guidance & advice this preparation. sir, i have some doubts,
    1. studying G.C.Leong, is it necessary? if we complete only ncerts is that not enough?
    2. what about Ramesh singh (is this must to read??), b/c according current trend of upsc, it is current issue oriented. so we need to read ncert & understand only basics concepts of economics.
    plz rply m preparing by myself so need small help

    Reply
  143. Sweksha

    Hello Sir.
    Factual part of current affairs remains a thorn in my preparation. I do daily newspapers + magazine at the end of the month, but by the middle of next month very few facts remain in my brain.

    1. How should I revise CA and would you suggest Vision or any other magazine ?
    2. What was your strategy in this portion?

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I wrote about my current affair strategy in one of the comments. Please find.

      Reply
  144. ANKITA

    Hello sir.. Firstly a A very hearty congratulations for your success .
    Secondly I want to ask it is necessary to right Insights secure for writing practice ?
    How should I approach answer writing I am not able to understand as I have not joined any coaching institute for preparation.
    Please help..!

    Reply
    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I didn’t join Insights secure, but I heard it’s good. If you are finding value in it, by all means join it.

      Reply
  145. Anonymous

    sir do we need to study any book separately for governane topic or lakshmikanth is enough?

    Reply
  146. Vignesh

    Congrats anudeep brother, I am very happy to get a guidance of selecting bookbooks.But i have some doubts

    1. is old ncert important ? or current ncert is enough for all listed subjects ?

    2. if old ncert important where can buy ? through online or from where ?

    3. for csat arihant enough ?

    4. Iam a ece BE student. I am not good knowledge in academics. need guidance for selecting optionals ? what are the strategy to select mains optional. Why u selected anthropology ?

    Waiting for your reply … brother guide me.

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      1. Anonymous

        sir i have decided to become ias officer after seeing the attitude of society,our relatives towards helpless people i.e.,who doesnt know how to deal with outside home works,bcz as my father died everything changed we dont know anything outside home and our relatives has came forward to arrange money for our livelihood by selling our assets and they dindnt gave us money nor either told us what they have done with it and faced so many difficulties without money for food etc., and my mom also got ill and died recently ihave been staying at home and looked after my mom since 2 years after the death of my father now i dont have even her ,now iam with my younger brother studying btech 1 year we both are living in our fathers younger brother house who had bringed us to this situation by grabbing our money and mentally torturing my mother who was a total innocent as the reason for my fathers death .now he and my grandmother are seeing after us but they are also the reason for our moms death also .now i have 2 options i.e., i am a bipc student is it better to go for a graduate that comes through eamcet exam ,,,,,i prefer ag.bsc and then apply for upsc or as this wastes an extra yea rwhich completes in 4 years !!!!!!!!!!ishould go for a formal degree like bzc which complete in 3 years and apply for upsc but i am very serious in becoming ias,i am in very much dilema as i am living in the shelter and help of persons who are the reason for our situation i.e., our remaining single parent our moms death and the difficulties we faced on managing our home so is it better to settle in our career as fast as it can BZC and then upsc or based on preference AGBSC and then upsc,please reply and help me sir

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        1. Anonymous

          Hello their. From my perspective,your first priority should be to get a decent job. Whatever or whichever way get you a decent job,just get it. First make yourself independent then you can choose your dream i.e. being a IAS.
          As you explain,your condition is not so good and in this condition you can’t do your preparation in peaceful environment.
          You can do your IAS preparation with job and yes it is possible because you have lot of time.
          Now it’s on you which way you choose.
          Best of luck.

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      2. Anonymous

        hello sir can you please suggest best test series for upcoming prelims exam (2nd,june,2019)
        and also if possible please advice a strategy for last 4 months of prelims preparation so that many of us can be benefited. thank you sir.

        Reply
  147. Rishu

    sir, plz tell how many months current affairs is needed to cover for pre as well as mains 2019 . waiting for ur reply

    Reply
  148. Sangavi

    Tnq sir and all the best
    One doubt sir I am take mathematics optional no coaching its posible to cover bt i complete msc mathematics
    And one more qst sir spectrum is enough for the exam or ncert + spectrum must a sir

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  149. Karthik G

    Sir please tell me which books one need to have for Anthropology optional ..

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  150. Anonymous

    Hello sir,Heartiest congratulation for your success!
    You’re my constant inspiration…😊😊
    I am doing my graduation in Ayurveda(B.A.M.S)..
    Sir i just want to ask your opinion, which subject(optional) would be the best except medical science?
    Kindly suggest me!
    I’ll be very greatful!!

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  151. Rakesh Kumar

    Gud mrng Sir… M working professional(banker) … Sometimes the will power and motivation level goes down after the hectic schedule of jobs…
    M putting my efforts in upsc preparation…
    Kindly suggest some more strategies…..

    Reply
  152. VIJAYKUMAR KOLI

    Thank you for giving this material Sir. …..But I have one doubt Sir. ..that is
    1)whether reading polity by laxmikant book is basic or otherwise we have to read first ncert Sir. ..and then go to laxmikant book?

    2) which coaching institute is better ? Which coaching institution u was taken Sir? Plzz tell me sir

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  153. Kadam

    Hello sir!!! can you plz give a preparation strategy for a year. Im an engg. Student.

    Reply
  154. Sandhya Rani Namana

    Hi….Sir!! Pls clear my doubt if possible.I’m from Andhra but I don’t know how to write my regional language as my native is West Bengal and my second language was Hindi …so it is compulsory to write only Telugu as I’m from Andhra?or I can choose Hindi paper ?

    Reply
  155. Teja

    Sir, Do we compulsory need a coaching for IAS and I want to prepare my self without a coaching because my parents will not bear money for coaching and financial problems and I definitely want to become a IAS because it’s my dream

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  156. Karthick

    My dear brother this is Karthick many people and even me too facing how to answer a question forex: if they ask critically examine,analyse. Whether they are asking us to discuss what is advantage or disadvantage ?? Can you please put a article so that we can understand it better
    Jai hind !!!

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  157. Priya Srivastava

    Sir I’m a beginner so please tell me from where I should start? My optional subject is Zoology as it is my graduation subject.
    Thank you sir, I will wait for your reply….

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  158. Atifsajeed

    Sir,
    Geography is my optional. I am b.com graduate. Can you please suggest me which are the best materials i can use for my preparation?

    Reply
  159. Teja

    Sir , I’m teja from hyd i want your anthropology prepared notes can u plz send a pdf

    Reply
  160. Gaurav Rana

    SCATTERED NOTES :-
    How did you organize all points related to a particular topic at single place for revision and mentioning them in essay and GS Papers?

    Reply
  161. Hard Worker

    Sir,
    Thank you for this immensely helpful book list. By this “NCERT by Bipan Chandra (For the period 1700s to 1857)” can you specifically say the book name please? Google search is only giving Modern india by Bipan Chandra.
    Thank you.

    Reply
  162. Prasad

    Sir, PMF’s which geography notes to refer for gs2 only means that is only Indian Geography or go for all notes mentioned under Geography section?

    Reply
  163. Rahul Meena

    Sir I am a BA student 18 year old and my college has semester system .So exams are conducted on a monthly basis.At present I’m reading ncert’s and during my exams I have to shift towards my BA books which at basic level I’m not able to understand.So it disturbs my whole timetable and leaves me completely exhausted and if I make notes of my BA books I find them irrelevant after some days and I start it on again… Could you please help me out with this , I will be highly obliged to you..

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  164. PAVAN NAIDU

    Brother, i am Pavannaidu from vizag, i am in my final year of graduation can apply for upsc in 2019

    Reply
  165. Pooja Shinde

    Hello anudeep Sir good morning , Sir tell me the strategy of essay and English compulsory paper

    Reply
  166. Anonymous

    Sir,
    what is weightage of topics in prelims exam and which test series i have to prepare
    Thanking you,
    vaishnavi

    Reply
  167. Deo Anshu

    Actually I m unable to start reading what to read what to escape and how to maintain it sir pls suggest me some way ..how u had done it

    Reply
  168. Anonymous

    I am in class 11 and my aim is to become an ias officer and how I prepare for CSE exam please guide me….

    Reply
  169. Anonymous

    Hai guys….can we makexpect one what’s app group then we may clarify our doubts

    Reply
  170. SUBHADARSANEE SAMANTARAY

    Hello sir, i belong to a middle class family but i have a lot of interest on UPSC and i badly need it. my education background is graduation in physics honours. but my career is just first class i.e average 65%. So i have lack of courage to the dream because of my less percentage of mark. can less percentage mark make any effect in UPSC exam ?

    Reply
  171. Anonymous

    Sir , can you please guide for prelims ,
    Should we make notes of the basic books you said for history? Should the notes be integrated with history for mains and prelims ?

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  172. Himanshu Gaikwad

    Sir if we purchased these books for reading it will help us

    Reply
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  174. AK# Z

    As an IAS aspirant and beginner.i started reading NCERT and newspaper and will read the standard books.so preparing prelims GS paper 1,taking one subject at a time.completing that subject and going to another one or taking multiple subjects at a time and including it in study time table.among above options which one will be better.while reading the ,newspaper,ncert and other standard books whether i want to take notes on prelims point of view or prelims and mains point of view.sir i need suggestion is it necessary to take detailed notes while preparing for prelims.need some suggestion about which is the apt time to take test series,mock test and previous year queston paper.sir i want to know details about your prelims paper 2 preparation and importance of prelims 2 paper.experienced pot maker is always better and brighter.and will reach all heights.you are an inspiration for all.

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  175. Nisha

    Hello sir.
    Could you please help with such list for csat preparation without coaching. It would of much help. Thankyou.

    Reply
  176. pavan

    economic survey from prelims perspective?
    can you please make an effort to explain in detail, like how one’s apporach should be from prelims perspective as well as mains?

    Reply
  177. Suma

    Hello Mr. Anudeep. First of all my hearty congratulations to you. May I know why you have opted Anthropology as optional, rather than Mathematics. I thought Mathematics might be one of the easiest option being a BITS graduate and scoring one too.

    Is it because of vast syllabus or material availability or any other reason makes you to choose Anthropology as optional.

    Kindly suggest whether Mathematics can be a better optional or not.

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  178. shaik tabassum

    Hii sir thank u sooo much sir I have 1 dought can i choose optional subject (urdu) because my second language in school and college daystudents is urdu so plz tell me sir . And another dought is how can I brought MCQS tests . I am from Andhra pradesh so howe cam I collect plzzz tell me sir ..

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  179. shaik tabassum

    Sorry sir another dought is can u plzzz tell me some tips to study easily and smartly plzz sir

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  180. SAQIB NABI

    Good Morning Sir. Myself Saqib Nabi , i am an aspirant , appeared thrice in UPSC exam couldnt make even to mains. though i am not despair , sir i need some suggestions regarding it.I will be highly grateful SIR.

    Reply
  181. rajeev

    Good morning Anudeep, i am starting from zero and I believe in myself this will be my first attempt after the UG competitive examinations. HAPPY NEW YEAR and please keep motivating people like us. Thank you for your blog, it is necessary and very useful to get the picture of what i am going into.

    Reply
  182. durga Prasad

    Hello Annayya, i’m From Hyderabad.

    I Have Many things to ask, But Ill try to Find the answers by Myself.
    I Have Watched your Interview in i Dreams, it was Interesting.
    Just Stooped to wish you all the best, for the next and important Phase.

    Unta Malla : D

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  183. Sangram Sahoo

    I am student of DIPLOMA IN ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING. I am medium in standard.But my interest in UPSC civil service.My family is belongs to lower in financially and i think when my diploma is completed .I am join any private company and study B-tech in distance and start my preparation with my job.
    I don’t know how i start my preparation .Can you suggest me and guide me how i prepare for this.

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  184. Preeti

    Sir, I am not preparing for the upsc exam but your blog help me to achieve my goal in another field. I had never seen interview of a upsc aspirant ,but I would say one thing that you are doing a commendable job by motivate all of us, Thank you sir.I know we will never meet in life but I will remember that how your blog help me to achieve my goal, thank you sir and congratulations

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  185. Denesh

    Sir .
    Thank u for your price full advice
    And
    In geographic how to take a diagram sir

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  186. Anonymous

    In economic books
    Take all senses of current update points for all country
    Upsc aspirants are take it notes .in what way sir

    Reply
  187. Sumeet Kumar

    DEAR SIR,
    YOU ARE REALLY A VERY NICE PERSON!

    SIR,SHOULD I MAKES NOTES FROM NCERT{6TH TO 12TH) IF YES THAN HOW?PLEASE TELL 🙂

    THANKYOU!

    Reply
  188. Radhika

    I don’t know what shall I choose as my optional…. I don’t find myself best at anything Pls give suggestions

    Reply
  189. SRIJITA JANA

    Sir, for History and Geography is it required to go through class 6- 10 NCERT ?

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  190. Sudhakar

    Heartily congratulations sir!
    Iam Sudhakar from Jagtial district U are present iam pursuing b.tech 3rd year I want to become an IAS officer you are inspired me alot it’s my dream to become an IAS officer please suggest me to what to read and from where to start? What sort of books need to read for prelims and mains

    Reply
  191. Shivani Gupta

    Hi Sir, I am really underconfident for economics. How should I go about with it?

    Reply
  192. rahulpawar123

    Sir I am a student andfor upsc preparation i also brought book art and culture of nitin shiganiya and indian polity of lakshmikant in hindi to kya ye thik hai ya fir inhe English me lu suggest me

    Reply
    1. Anonymous

      It depends on your prefered language,in which you feel comfortable. If hindi is your language then don’t go for other language books.

      Reply
  193. Om prakash

    Sir I am fresher and new to upsc.Iwant to crack it and to become IAS.but I don’t know to start where to start and many more.sir please help me because you in me

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  194. Vrinda Aggarwal

    Sir, could you share a likely ideal timetable for an aspirant on normal days and weekend too?
    Also, there is always a fear that when I choose one source like only indian art class 11 for art and culture then the question appearing in UPSC could be well answered by Nitin Singhania which I would not have read. How to overcome this?

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  195. Shivangi

    Hello sir, sir i m confused about how to make current affairs note should i divide it into 4 part according to 4 gs paper ..nd make a seperate for prelims …please guide

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  196. Anonymous

    Hello sir ……
    Please suggest books for Hindi medium student !

    Reply
  197. Taksha

    Sir, how to approach Ancient History? Can you please share your strategy?

    Reply
  198. Ana Musharraf

    My 12th board exams ended on 11th march and this year i will be stepping into college life . My aim since childhood is to become a civil servant . I am thinking to prepare for one year after college and then give upsc exam so Can you please tell me what can i do during college years so that i may complete some or half of portion of my preparation and that may help me during my one year preparation and help me in cracking upsc .

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  199. A Kavita

    Sir nenu telugu medium student ni a books prepared avvali plz cheppandi siry

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  200. srinu

    Hi sir! These books are must reading to carefully.after reading will get IAS or not.Please reply sir

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  201. Sheetal

    Hi anudeep!! Will you please tell me about notes making
    When one should start making notes for prelims?

    Reply
  202. Bhargav

    Hi sir u said that this book list is only for prelims ..can u please tell me for mains book list sir…. ??

    Reply
  203. Salman Kurshid Khan

    Hi Bro,

    I’m working in TCS (Hyd), having burning desire to crack the Civils. Taking out 5 hours hardly per day to cover the syllabus. I follow your videos and blog frequently which motivates me. I would like to know how you used to manage your working life and using leisure time for study?
    If possible, please reply on this.

    Reply
  204. kiran kumar kalli

    Hi bro I am also working and need a strategy to prepare for civils , i roughly get 4 hrs a day please can you share your strategy how u prepared while working.I have similar doubt like @salman Kurshid khan and can you please help me how u prepared for current affairs and notes making for all the subjects.

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  205. satyam singh

    Sir, Is it necessary to read political science NCERTs alongwith laxmikant? Please clarify do we need to read whole material which you suggested for art and culture or something else that i could do.
    I really like your humble personality.

    Reply
  206. Mansi chauhan

    Hello Sir,

    Please help me with sources of studying sociology as an optional.

    Thanks,
    Mansi

    Reply
  207. Kiran Anjana

    Hey Anudeep,
    First of all congratulations.
    I have been working for 4 years and haven’t been in touch with studies for years now.
    I want to start, I have understood the pattern and syllabus however I am extremely confused as I don’t understand how to start preparing, secondly my major subject was Economics wherein I dnt want to take that as mains optional because it seems very difficult from UPSC point of view and the syllabus is very vast, I was a good student but it’s been years I haven’t been in touch with books. Please suggest me which is a better option for me to take as optional, I am from Humanities background. Last and most important question, If supposedly I don’t know anything at all then how many hours minimum a day should i study to atleast cover the whole prelims and mains syllabus atleast once…properly

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  208. Archana

    Hi Sir,
    Sir which book we should prefer for Prelims Exam – 2 !!

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  209. Sourabh Ashok Shivsharan

    Sir. Why don’t you suggest to read The Indian Express??

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  210. Anonymous

    Sir us book ka name kya h jo apne during sassion btayi thi sir apne sbko padhne k liye bola tha plzz tell me name that book

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  211. Tam

    Dear sir, I have read those standard books but do not remember anything
    I thought reading the books (highlighted parts) again and again I would remember but I still don’t and the time is running out. I find them a little boring.
    What would u suggest?
    (ps self preparation with no contact with upsc aspirants+civil servant)

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  212. Uttej

    whether I should complete all ncerts 1st and go reference books subject wise or subject wise ncert and their reference book?

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  213. Anonymous

    Sir can you please tell us how did you do satish chandra NCERT, i mean what all topics did you do because many questions are not asked from medieval history in prelims as well as mains. Please tell us what all topics did you do from satish chandra old ncert?

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  214. Anonymous

    sir,i have some actually i want to know that how to make good notes any tips for making good notes,and one more question sir which method will be good for notes,making notes on A4 sheets or on notebook?
    can you please guide me sir.

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    1. Akriti Shukla

      After cracking upsc I pass all creditis to my frndz & family .. so please forgiveness for this🤷🏻‍♀️📖

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  215. Nagaraju

    Once again congrats bro for you posted as Assistant Collector for Bhadradri kothagudem district
    How to analyse Hindu news paper for current affairs

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  216. Anonymous

    Congrats Anna.Anna naku m tlydu andaru ncert antunnaru ncert 6-12 books ante m books chadvali anna. Subjects perlu chpu anna.Please anna

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  217. Shankar Priyavrat

    Hi Sir ,
    I just wanted to ask that – Whether studying only M Laxmikant for polity is sufficient or we need to cover some other books such as those written by DD Basu ?
    Will be obliged if you answer this query.. ty ..😊

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  218. Johnson

    Should I cover evrythever from remedy Singh indian economy book ? How to revise it ?

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  219. Anonymous

    Bro,
    As your mentioned different types of for single subject
    Example: geography you had suggested near 5 soucre
    My doubt is present I’m reading only gc Leong book is it sufficient or to need any extra

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  220. Md Arif Ahmad

    With respect,
    I want to ask you that what to do to be confident over csat paper.

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  221. M S

    Sir it was my third attempt for upsc but i have not cleared even prelims till now.Sir please guide me what strategy should i follow?I have read all basic books several times but in every attempt i am getting a very low score in prelims.What should i do Sir?What approach i should follow to clear prelims?

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  222. Tushar

    Hi ANUDEEP. I am a upsc student .I have just passed the 12th exam,but I know basic information of UPSC. So,I wanted to ask that if I have more time,can I read the state board books of history,geography,etc and then read ncerts and then STANDARD BOOKS.Also we have to read ncerts and these books when should we remove notes while reading.Because direct questions come from these book!.also give me that advice that ,If I first read the past year question papers ,then I would come to know what to read,what questions will come and then to focus on that area.Please can you send me the list of ncert’s.But firstly it gets confused ,When it is written on for eg: on quora. Ncert for history :Old 12th standard only.How is it possible ,if we have to read all ncerts from 6th to 12th.And is it good to read both old as well as new ncerts!Thank you ,please give me all answers pointly.Thankyou.. I know you have shared the books on blog,but is only one book,of history ncert not the full list.Anudeep sir its ok.if you don’t forward the list ,But please GUIDE ME OR TELL WHAT NCERTS TO READ or their names,but please tell of each subject NAME OF EACH SUBJECTS i.e. HIST,GEO,POL,etc.Thankyou ,the main intention of writing this to you was For book list.You can also send the book list written by you in your preparation time.I will respect you.Please send @AIR 1

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  223. Vamshi Krishna V

    Sir could you explain how to make notes from news paper? and how to revise it?

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  224. Anupama Kanwar

    Hello sir, I have a dilemma that these books are preferred for mains and pre both or there is a difference. More more thing i opt for sociology as an optional but I don’t have any background in this subject. I don’t which best material i have to prefer for my optional subject and which subject i have to keep on priority base from the beginning. Kindly help me out

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    1. Akhila v

      Sir first of all heartly congratulations on ur grand success sir. Sir i am preparing for ias while studying b-tech 3rd year. Sir I’m a civil aspirant with zero level knowledge. Sir i want to make my 1st attempt on civil in the year 2021.sir now I am start with prelims before that u said “you can start vth ncert books from 6th to 12th.
      1.could u please tell me the subjects of ncert books.
      2.The book list suggested by you will be useful for my 2021(year) attempt?
      3.sir i heard that there is no use for preparing from onwards for my 2021 attempt because editions were changed year to year. Sir please clarify about these editions and please tell me how to prepare.
      4.sir is it necessary to buy the editions of all subjects?
      5.sir indian polity, economy, art and culture, gs,
      current affairs changed year to year, atlas,geography, history were not changed over many years. Is it correct?
      Sir please reply i have no sufficient time.

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  225. Arun siva

    Sir, I want to ask about current affairs,
    1)I read only the hindu and vajiram ravi current affairs app is it sufficient for upsc or any other must I follow.
    2)should I take notes for current affairs or not
    3)how to practice daily answer writing whether I will choose some previous upsc questions or write any other topic which I have finished .
    4)how to understand the entire syllabus (I have the syllabus, I read it fully but I can’t understand what i have to study.
    I will be waiting for your answer sir please clear my queries. After achieving my goal i want to see you sir. Is it possible to see you.

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  226. Vikash anand

    Sir , which year economic survey should we read for 2020 prelims .

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  227. Sowmiya

    Hi sir can i buy the ncert 11 and 12 directly or guide for it .can you name tha authors sir.pls

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  228. Padmavati

    Sir, As I was planning for 2020 Civils ..Confused about Current affairs and GS dynamic part. I want to follow monthly magazines like Yojana , kurukshetra, or better to get synopsis of all those in daily magazine of Vision IAS ?. For daily current affairs need to follow multiple websites like Insights and Vajiram Ravi or better to follow only one website like Insights.? . And is it good to watch, Byju’s news analysis daily or need to read the entire news paper The Hindu by ourself?

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  229. Sujatha

    Sir can u tell me anthro online class teesukovlaaaa or self ga teesukovalaaa

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  230. Aakanksha Pandey

    Sir can pls tell us that should we make separate note for current affairs of pre and mains?

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  231. Chandan

    Hello sir , I’m going to appear for mains this year , what should be the last moment strategy for performing good in exam . Presently I’m working with world Bank and posted in kandy, Srilanka , Regards

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  232. Bhavani

    Sir I am very poor to write telugu their is one qualifying paper that we should write it in telugu only i mean regional language paper can u suggest me is this paper so tuff or normal students who are poor in telugu writing can write that paper without difficulty or not

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  233. Shaik

    Sir i had a goal to crack civil services but I had somany distractions to prepare at home is Hyderabad is good place for preparation

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  234. Ritesh

    Hi Anudeep sir, Congratulations for your success. What books and strategy did you followed for international relations. As we know it is highly dynamic in nature and very vast. Following only the Hindu will suffice? Can you please throw a lime light on this?

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  235. Jagdish

    Sir,for Ancient History old NCERT by R.S.Sharma means Ancient India or India’s Ancient Past.which to refer?

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  236. Aryashree

    Sir I am studying in 11th standard and I am a science student. Since I was in standard 6 I want to be an IAS officer but now I think that I had selected wrong subject because now I see no way ahead of becoming IAS with these subjects. Should I carry on my preparations for upsc or I should leave??? Please sir answer my question..

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