PPSC Exam Books 2021: List of Best Books for PPSC Exam 2021 (Prelims & Mains)

PPSC Exam Books 2021: List of Best Books for PPSC Exam 2021 (Prelims & Mains)

BySATISH KUMAR GUPTA  |  Updated on: Feb 12, 2021
Punjab State Civil Services Examination 2021 is conducted by  Punjab Public Service Commission to recruit Class I and II Officers. All graduates irrespective of the stream may apply for the exam. Check all the important exam details such as the PPSC notification, syllabus, exam pattern, vacancy details, eligibility criteria, application form details and much more. 

Best Books for PPSC Exam 2021

Best Books for PPSC 2021 are mentioned below. The booklist is specially curated by BYJU'S Exam Prep Experts for an effective PPSC Prelims Exam preparation. Check the PPSC Books below for both General Studies and CSAT. 

Before getting into the complete Booklist for the preparation of PPSC 2021, One should be well versed with the PPSC Syllabus and PPSC Exam Pattern. PPSC is conducted in 3 Stages i.e. Prelims, Main, and Interview. Preparation for the Preliminary Exam along with Main should be done parallelly and only before 2-3 Months of Date of Prelims Exam, Complete focus needs to be there for PPSC Prelims 2021. 

Preliminary Exam consists of 2 paper:

  • General Studies
  • CSAT 

It is to be noted that, Marks of both the papers are considered for the creation of results for the Prelims exam. Thus, it is imminent for candidates to equally devote time to Paper-2 (CSAT). CSAT is scoring as well as can be done with relatively less effort than that of General Studies.

PPSC Books for General Studies

After the detailed analysis of PPSC Previous Year question papers and talking with Previous year Toppers of Punjab Civil Services, we have compiled a precise Source to be referred for the preparation of the Punjab Civil Services Exam. Students should keep in mind that sources being referred must not be changed regularly as it is quite normal in this digital world where there is no dearth of Reading material for the PPSC Exam. It is highly suggested to stick to a single source for each subject and supplement them with current affairs. Regular Revision is the key to clear the exam and not the multitude of sources, one reads. 

Below we are providing you with the subject-wise booklist for the PPSC exam 2021.

S. No.SubjectBooklist
1.Everyday Science
  • NCERT books of Physics Chemistry and Biology: Class 6 to Class 10
  • One Standard Newspaper to cover news related to Science and Technology.
2.Environmental Studies
  • Class XII – Biology: last four Chapters (13 to 16)
  • NIOS Environmental Science Material or Environment booklet by Shankar IAS Academy.
  • One Standard Newspaper as questions is also asked on Environmental current affairs.
3.Political theory & international order
  • NCERT Class 11 Political Theory 
  • A Standard Newspaper along with Current Affairs on International Relations.
4.Indian polity
  • Indian Polity by Laxmikanth (Read the latest edition)
5.History of India
  • Ancient India: Class XI Old NCERT by RS Sharma
  • Art and Culture: Class XI – An Introduction to Indian Art
  • Medieval India: Class XI Old NCERT by Satish Chandra
  • Modern India:  Spectrum Publications’ A Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir. (Read Latest edition) OR India’s Struggle For Independence by Bipan Chandra.
6.World History
  • NCERT Class X: Themes in World History (Selective Chapters)

Reference Book: Mastering Modern World History – Norman Lowe (Read topics only as per PPSC Syllabus)

7.Indian Economy
  • NCERT Class XII – Introductory Microeconomics
  • Economic Survey of India and Punjab
  • Budget of India and Punjab

Reference Book: Indian Economy by Ramesh Singh

  • NCERT Class XI – Fundamentals of Physical Geography 
  • NCERT Class XI – India – Physical Environment 
  • NCERT Class XII – Fundamentals of Human Geography
  • NCERT Class XII – India – People and Economy 

Note: Question is mostly asked on from Human Geography so extra focus on that part should be there.

9.Current events of national and international importance
  • One standard Newspaper
  • Supplement with Monthly Current Affairs Compilation.

For Monthly Current Affairs Click Here

10.Punjab Specific
  • Sadda Punjab Munish Jindal

To Download NCERT Books Click Here

PPSC Books for CSAT

  • English:  
    • Grammar: “Essential English Grammar”  by Raymond Murphy
    • For other portions and also for practice: Wren and Martin book
  • Punjabi Grammer: 6th-12 PSEB books
  • Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude:
    • Tata McGraw Hill CSAT manual
    • Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning by R.S, Agarwal

Few important Pointer:

  • Stick to a single source and revise them on a regular basis.
  • Doing Mock Tests are very important as it gives you an idea about the competition and also the level of your preparation.
  • Creating self notes for revision purpose especially of Current affairs can be very helpful.
  • Follow a proper study plan so as to complete the syllabus in time along with the revision.

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