You can find many lists filled with many books for IAS if you are looking for materials to help you begin your preparation for UPSC. But most of them are swollen lists, meant to scare you into thinking there is too much to study!
We have listed the books for IAS and have briefly described why we believe it to be an indispensable book for its preparation. You will also find a brief guide on how to use the book as much as possible. Books are listed in the recommended order in which they should be read once you begin your preparation.
India After Gandhi by Ramachandra Guha
Why should you read it?
It is not easy to put many things in the context of Indian politics without knowing what has been played over the years. Most of our history textbooks stop their chapters after that of Independence of India. The Guha takes the story and brings it closer to the modern India we grew up in. The book will allow you to better understand how India has changed since independence and some of the great events that have shaped India today.
How you should read it:
It is close to 900 pages, so let’s not pretend that we can finish it in one session. The best approach is to read one chapter a week. This is because our goal is not only to read the whole book as quickly as possible, but to read and remind us as much as we can. There are tips to remind you of everything you learn, as we have seen.
What you should do is read a chapter this week and read the incidents in this chapter. Read wikipedia, read blogs about it, read newspaper articles about it, think about it. Then, briefly summarize the main events / arguments of the chapter from the memory. If you wish, you can send us your chapter summaries and we will publish the best – the best abstracts (those that will be published – they must be at least 1/4 of the actual length of the chapter to be published) will receive gift certificates Rom amazon / flipkart. After that, make an overview of the chapter with only a few keywords, this time looking at the actual book.
Now, get your study partner (you should have one, if you do not contact us and we can get you one) or mentor and explain the chapter to that person – just looking at your keyword notes, and Not the book itself!
Do it for each chapter and you will be the great master of modern Indian history in a few months! Of course, if you like, you can speed up the process and do it 1 chapter by 3 days instead of per week – but be sure to familiarize yourself with each chapter and get it adhered!
Further reading: India since independence by Bipan Chandra