List of books and a sample Calendar for CSE 2019

UPSC Civil Services Exam is one of the toughest exams for government posts/services. It tests your thorough as well as wide-ranging knowledge. To achieve, 100% success, you need to prepare for this exam very thoroughly, with 100% dedication, focus, sincerity, positive attitude, and hard work. On the same lines, we have made a  sample Calendar for CSE 2019. Also, we are attaching a list of books for you to follow. 
Proper preparation, that is studying, should start from 1 year before prelims. But, make sure that you prepare for Mains first, then Prelims.
Here’s a sample Calendar for CSE 2019, which you can follow. The Sample Calendar is a product of our Senior Faculty member, Mr. Atul Jain.

Jan 2018- May 2018: General Studies (Static Part)

June 2018 – September 2018: Optional Subject, Paper 1 complete.

September 2018 – January 2019: Optional Subject, Paper 2 ( A few chapters) and Current Affairs of July 2018- December 2018

February 2019 – Prelims: Hardcore revision of GS, All current Affairs till one month before the examination.

Prelims to Mains: Remaining part of optional, GS revision, Major writing practice, (One essay and one answer every day)

Of course there is no such strategy to secure a good rank, but, if you tend to follow this time table, you can surely attain a good score.
Also, the way you are approaching and understanding the concepts will fetch you some good marks and push you to secure higher ranks than others. The books you are going to study are also important and hence your ample effort should go in buying the correct books. 
But, apart from this, Here are some strong resources or I’d say, best “books for your preparation. If you go through these resources, you’ll be able to finish your syllabus on time. Reading books is obviously not possible. Hence,
Here’s the list of books 
It is essential to be thorough with all the NCERT books from class 6 to class 12. That is the first thing to do.
Ancient and medieval history: OLD NCERT class 11th.
Art and culture: Nitin Singhaniya’s book on art and culture.
Modern history: Old NCERT and Spectrum/ Bipin Chandra.
Polity: Indian Polity  by Laxmikant
Economy: NCERTs and  Indian Economy by Sanjeev Verma (revised by Sakshi Kapoor)
Geography: NCERTs Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong
Environment: Shankar IAS book.
Science and technology: The Hindu S&T page (weekly), Science Reporter by C.S.I.R., What, How & Why by C.S.I.R., Internet, NCERT 8th to 12th science text books.
I also want to strongly recommend you Sociology as the optional subject.

In case you need assistance in terms of the best resources to implement this plan, visit UPSC Pathshala, India’s largest online learning space for UPSC Exam.

Have a look at some video lectures and you will realize that you just can’t prepare better!

9 Replies to “List of books and a sample Calendar for CSE 2019”

  1. Hi, good evening sir,here is Tarannum Fatima from karnatak district Bidar,i don’t have an idea about upsc exam how to apply and how to start study? And I am Urdu medium student I am little bit afraid how will do that with half knowledge, instead of all I want to apply for IAS I will do hard work.

    1. Hi Tarannum, why don’t you try the online medium of study? It is the best source for guidance plus very affordable. I can help you with the resources. Can you pass me your email id? I can also share with you the study structure you should follow.

      1. Mam please send me also a study structure. And contents to study…
        i am also very confused.

        1. Sure. It would be great if you people pass me your email ids. I have a lot of content to help you people out.

  2. Mame, Please give me some ideas about UPSC.I have no ideas about UPSC exam.How to prepare tocrack this exam?

    1. Hi Dharitri,
      I am sure you must have been through the curriculum of UPSC and have a basic idea of the portion. So, UPSC requires a lot of sheer hard work and guidance tagged along. For the latter, I may be able to help you out. Pass me your email id. You can also send me a message on UPSC pathshala’s Facebook page.

  3. Mam I’m from hindi medium I’m doing my graduation is tht correct timing to start for upsc? I want to start but not getting idea from where to start…? I don’t have any idea about hindi medium books?

    1. Hi Arti Meena,
      Why don’t you try the Hindi videos that we have?They are resourceful and are explained in detail in a very simple language.
      Also, if you pass me your email id, we might be able to help you more on these lines too.

  4. Plz guide me how n wht to read n wht r best resources/ study materials for cracking upsc exam

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