UPPSC Preliminary Exam and Reference Books & Study Materials – The Core IAS

UPPSC Preliminary Exam and Reference Books & Study Materials



Reference Books

History & Art and Culture

Ancient Indian History:

Ancient History 

  • Prehistoric Period 
  • Harappan / Indus Valley Civilization 
  • Vedic Culture 
  • Mahajanapadas
  • Religious Reforms 
  • Mauryan Age & Post Mauryan Age
  • Sangam Age 
  • Gupta Age & Post-Gupta Age

Medieval India:

Early Medieval Period 

  • North India 
  • South India 
  • Sultanate Period 
  • The Delhi Sultanate 
  • Vijayanagar & other Kingdoms 
  • Religious Movements 
  • Bhakti Movement 
  • Sufi Movement 
  • Mughal Period 
  • Maratha Confederacy
  • Focus on regional kingdoms

Art & Culture 

  • Architecture and Sculptures
  • Religion and Philosophy 
  • Indian paintings 
  • Indian Music 
  • Indian Dances 
  • Indian Theatres 
  • Indian cinema 
  • Indian Language & Literature 
  • Arts & Crafts 
  • Science and Technology in Ancient India 
  • Indo- Islamic Culture in Medieval India

Modern India

  • India in the late Eighteenth Century 
  • The Advent of the Europeans and British Conquest of India 
  • The British Administrative Structure, Reform, Impact and Organization of Government of India 
  • Social – Religious Movements in British period
  • The Revolt of 1857 & change after 1857 
  • Moderate Phase (1885 –1905) and Extremist Phase (1905 –17) 
  • Emergence of Extremist Leaders 
  • The Partition of Bengal 
  • Morley-Minto Reforms
  •  Swadeshi Movement, Home Rule Movement etc. The Gandhian Era (1917– 47) 
  • Gandhi – Advent and Achievement 
  • Rowlatt Act, Jallianwala Bagh Massacre and Khilafat Movement 
  • Non- Cooperation, Civil Disobedience and Quit India Movement 
  • British Response and Negotiations
  •  INA and Subhash Chandra Bose
  • Revolutionary movement in India


Reforms / Acts / Committee, Congress Session, Governor –General Viceroys 

Old NCERT (RS Sharma), Ancient and Medieval History by Poonam Dalal Dahiya and Ghatna Chakra Preview of History

Old NCERT (Satish Chandra), Ancient and Medieval History by Poonam Dalal Dahiya and Ghatna Chakra Preview of History

An Introduction to Indian Art Part 1: Textbook in Fine Arts: NCERT, and CCRT website

Old NCERT (Vipin Chandra), A Brief History of Modern India by Spectrum and Ghatna Chakra Preview of History

Indian Polity & Constitution

  • Political systems: concepts, forms and types
  • Political system as established by the Constitution 
  • Indian Constitution: Historical Underpinnings, Evolution & Making of the Constitution, Features, Significant Provisions 
  • The Preamble 
  • The Union and its Territory 
  • Citizenship 
  • Fundamental Rights, Directive Principles & Fundamental Duties
  • Amendment of Constitution
  • Basic Structure of the Constitution
  • Emergency Provisions
  • Constitutional & Non Constitutional Bodies
  • Central Government: President, Vice President, Prime minister, Central Council of Ministers, Parliament 
  •  State Government: Governor, Chief Minister, State Council of Ministers, State Legislature 
  • Indian Federalism and Centre-State Relations 
  • Local Government: Panchayati Raj, Local Urban Government 
  • Judiciary: Supreme Court, High Courts, Subordinate Courts 
  • Structure, organization and functioning of the Executive; Ministries and Departments of the Government. ▪ Elections 
  • Transparency & Accountability or RTI, Citizen’s Charter, e-Governance

NCERT of Indian Constitution at Work and Political Theory, Indian Polity by Laxmikant and Ghatna Chakra Preview of Indian Polity


Physical Geography of the world

  • Solar System & the Earth and basics of latitude and longitude 
  •  Geomorphology 
  •  Climatology 
  • Oceanography
  • Biogeography 
  •  Natural Hazards and Disasters 
  • Continents (Land, Climate, Resources etc.): Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Antarctica, Europe, and Australia

Physical Geography of India

  • Introduction: Location, Area and Boundaries 
  • Structure and Relief: Physiographic Divisions 
  •  Drainage System 
  • Weather, Climate and Seasons 
  • Soils 
  • Natural Vegetation, Plant and Animal Life
  • Economic Geography of the world: primary, secondary and tertiary  activities 
  •  Human Geography of world 
  • World Population, Distribution & Density, Races & Tribes, Settlement & Migration Economic and Human Geography – India ▪ Agriculture 
  • Land Resources
  • Water Resources 
  • Mineral and Energy Resources 
  • Industries 
  • Transport and Communication 
  • Foreign Trade
  • Population, Migration, Settlements

Economic and Human Geography – World  

  • Economic Geography of the world: primary, secondary, tertiary activities 
  • Human Geography of world 
  • World Population, Distribution & Density, Races & Tribes, Settlement & Migration 

Economic and Human Geography – India 

  • Agriculture 
  • Land Resources 
  • Water Resources 
  • Mineral and Energy Resources 
  • Industries 
  • Transport and Communication 
  • Foreign Trade  
  • Population, Migration, Settlements

NCERTs of The Earth Our Habitat, Fundamentals of Physical Geography, India-Physical Environment, India People and Economy, Fundamentals of Human Geography, Oxford Student Atlas, Ghatna Chakra Arthiki and Ghatna Chakra Preview of Geography

Ecology & Environment

Basic Concepts

  • Basic Concepts & Components of the Environment  
  • Understanding of the Environment and Ecology   
  • Natural Resource conservation  
  • Environmental Problems  
  • Energy Crisis and Non-Conventional Source.          

Ecology and Environment (Acts, Policies and Mitigations Strategies) 

  • Environmental Monitoring and Impact 
  • Assessment 
  • Environmental laws and policies  
  • Sustainable Development 
  • Biodiversity        

Ecology Chapters from 12th Class NCERT Biology, The Core IAS Class Notes of Environment and Ghatna Chakra Preview of Environment and Ecology

Basic Science and Technology

Basic Science and Technology


    • Standards and units 
    • Mechanics and properties of matter
    • Heat
    • Sound 
    • Optics 
    • Electricity and Magnetism 
  • Atomic and Nuclear physics 
  • Modern Physics                
  • Astronomy and Space Science 


  • Matters and its nature 
  • Chemical Reactions and Equations 
  • Structure of the Atom 
  • Periodic classification of elements 
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Carbon and its compound 
  • Acid, Bases and Salts 
  • Metals and Non-metals 
  • Thermodynamics
  • Nanotechnology 
  • Agricultural Chemistry 
  • Food Chemistry 
  • Bio Chemistry  
  • Polymers and Plastics 


  • Introduction 
  • Cell Biology 
  • Life processes  
  • Biocommunication
  • Diseases and Defence Mechanism 
  • Nutrition 
  • Origin and Evolution of life 
  • Genetics 

Plant Biology + Applied Science and Modern Day Technology / 

Latest Research  

Ghatna Chakra Preview of Science and Technology,  General Science of Lucent, Current Science and Technology from The Core IAS Current Affairs Notes


  • National Income Accounting
  • Definition
  • Concepts: GDP, GNP etc.  
  • Measurement of national income

 Money and Banking

    • Function of Money, Evolution of Money etc. 
  • Banking: Need of Banks, Functions, Types, Banking Reforms, Central Bank and its role

 Inflation and Employment 

  • Definition, types etc.  

Government Budgeting and Fiscal Policy 

  • Budgeting, types, its evolution in India, Process, Component etc.
  •  Public finance, Revenue and Expenditure, Deficits, Taxes, Debts etc.

 Capital Market 

▪ Terms and Concepts      

  • Agriculture  
  • Industry   
  • Services 
  • Infrastructure and Communication  
  • Five year Plans 
  • Economic Reforms since 1991
  • Foreign Trade 
  • India and IMF, WTO, WIPO 
  • India and International Institutions  
  • IPRs

External Sector and Currency Exchange rates 

  • BoP, BoT, International trade, IMF, WTO, Trade policies, issues and challenges etc.
  • Social Development
  • Human Capital Development  
  • Poverty & Unemployment 
  • Inclusive Growth 
  • Rural Development 
  • Health, Literacy and Education  
  • Demographics  
  • Women & Child  
  • Social Security  Social Sectors Initiatives:  
  • Poverty alleviation Programmes 
  • Employment Generation Programmes 
  • Basic Amenities: Housing / Drinking Waters / Sanitation 
  • Health and Family Welfare  
  • Women and Child Development  
  • Social Welfare etc.  

Mrunal’s Economy Handouts, Ghatna Chakra Preview of Economy, RBI Website, Economic current affairs and 


Current Affairs

Current events of national and international importance

Ghatna Chakra Annual Edition of Current Affairs or Ghatna Saar and The Core IAS Current Affairs Notes


UP Specific, Census etc 

Pariksha Vani of Uttar Pradesh


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