List of Books Recommended for Sociology – UPSC Mains Exam

SOCIOLOGY BOOKS for upsc preparation
Book NameAuthorPublicationBuying LInk
Sociology Themes and PerspectivesMichael Haralambos, Martin HolbornCollins Educational; Eighth edition (28 May 2013)Click to buy
Society In India: Concepts, Theories, And Recent TrendsRam AhujaRawat Pubns (1 January 1999)Click to buy
Social Problems In IndiaRam AhujaRawat Pubns; Expanded, Revised, Updated edition (1 March 2014)Click to buy
SociologyAnthony GiddensWiley; Seventh edition (24 April 2013)Click to buy
Sociological TheoryGeorge RitzerMcGraw-Hill (8 November 2012)Click to buy
Oxford Dictionary Of SociologyJohn ScottOxford University Press; Fourth edition (27 February 2015)Click to buy
Modernization Of Indian TraditionYogendra SinghRawat (1 January 1996)Click to buy
Sociological ThoughtFrancis Abraham, John Henry MorganWyndham Hall Pr (1 June 1989)Click to buy
Social Change In Modern IndiaM. N. SRINIVASOrient BlackSwan (1995)Click to buy
Caste Its Twentieth Century AvatarM. N. SRINIVASPenguin India; 1997 edition (14 October 2000)Click to buy
Persistence and Change in Tribal IndiaM.V. RaoConcept Publishing Company Pvt. Ltd. (2012)Click to buy
Social Background of Indian NationalismA. R. DesaiPopular Prakashan Ltd; 6th edition (31 December 2011)Click to buy


  • Make sure that the book has not compromised on quality and content if you are buying a low-cost edition.
  • Old NCERT on sociology is a good source from which to study.
  • EPW magazine is a good read for current aspects of Sociology.

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