UPSC Preparation: Best books to refer for English Paper of Civil Services Main Exam/IAS English preparation books
The UPSC Mains Exam is just a few months away and the commission has already announced the UPSC 2017 Mains Timetable and the Detailed Application Form has also been released.
Here, we bring a list of best books to refer to prepare for the English Compulsory paper of UPSC Civil Service (Main) Exam.
Best books for the preparation of English Paper for Civil Services Main Exam.
Book Name: Compulsory English
Author: A P Bhardwaj
The Compulsory English Book comes handy to IAS Aspirants preparing for the Civil Services Main Exam. It is highly recommended to aspirants who want to learn Compulsory English of the UPSC Mains Exam.
This book will be an asset for UPSC Exams and other competitive exams.
This book contains sufficient explanation of concepts with examples that will make the learning process easier for aspirants’.
Book Name: Contemporary Essays For Civil Services Examinations
Author: Ramesh Singh
This book provides gives an insight on writing excellent essays. This book is highly recommended to IAS Aspirants.
- It is considered as prerequisites of a good essay.
- The book provides introductory write-up on the art of essay writing
- This book provides reference to vital government data and documents in most essays
- The topics in the book are meticulously designed to the present situation that will meet the aid the aspirants’ in their preparation.
Book Name: UPSC Civil Services Main Exam – Indian Society: A General Overview 1st Edition
Author Name: B. Ramaswamy
This book will aid the UPSC Aspirants to understand the formation of Indian Society and its cultures and contains all the details of Indian Society.
The book contains in-depth information of Indian Society and topics like
- Salient features of Indian society, diversity of India
- Role of women and women’s organization, effects of globalization on Indian society, social empowerment, communalism, regionalism and secularism
- Population and associated issues, poverty and developmental issues, urbanization, their problems and their remedies
Book Name: Unique Quintessence of a Compendium of Essays
Author Name: J K Chopra
This book is regarded as one of the best essay books for the UPSC Mains Exam Preparation.
- The book consists of 120 essays.
- Covers political, economic, social and other topics
- Gives a descent idea to the students about essay writing
- This book also contains solved previous years civil services question papers
Book Name: The Vault of Essay
Author Name: Jha Y N
This is all about UPSC Exams and contains topics that cover almost all the sections of the civil services exam. IT is highly recommended to IAS Aspirants to go through this book to get a good hold on the essay writing.
This book covers Essays on topics like-
- Political & Economic Issues
- National & International Issues
- Social Issues
- Science-Tech, Environmental & Ecological Issues
- Philosophical & Quotation Based Issues
- Cultural Issues & Personalities
Preparation in Civil Services Examination for the Essay Paper
Normally we don't prepare separately for Essay paper. But this 200 marks is very critical because the range of the marks of tined by the students in this paper varies from 30 to 155, which is very vast and can be very critical for anybody. So, therefore preparation for this paper is very essential but it is a very easy process because out of the 5 essays, we have to answer any one of them. Every year if you see the previous years essay papers one essay is from topics like Environment, one related to the Women Issues, One Essay is related to Science and Ethics and also from Economics, Globalisation & Impacts etc.
So, therefore we can clearly identify the areas where we can very well forecast that what could be essay for this year and prepare on those lines. We can have the latest data, Government's Policies, Initiatives, reports from the World Bank related to these issues, and if we go through these aspects before the day of the examination for essay paper and if you write these issues, definitely our essay will be a qualitative paper.
Adding quotations, real life examples, examples from government, administrative reforms, various data from World Bank reports add quality in essay and fetch more marks. But when you write or attempt the actual paper "Do Attempt the Safest Essay!". For example out of the 5 essays one or two topics may not appear very clear. It is wiser not to attempt the essays like this, because we would not really know that what was the intention of the examiner in giving such a topic. And if we attempt essays in a wrong manner, the examiner can even offered us 10 or 15 marks out of 200, which would be a disaster for us. So, its better not to choose risky topics and always go for safer topics like Education, Environment where you are very clear about meaning of the topics and attempt those essays.
The next important aspect is "Do not repeat anything that you write in the paper". Every paragraph should carry atleast one point, and deal with the point, give some examples then switch over to the next point but never repeat the same point anywhere in essay. Do not take it for granted the examiner would read only half of the essay. Methodologically, they would read whole essay and every repetition that we've made would lead us to negative marks and a negative opinion on us.
Normally, 13 to 15 page essay is fairly good essay and don't write more than that and lesser than that.
Spend the first hour in attempting rough work, writing down with the pencil, the thought framework and in last 15 min of the first hour rearrange those ideas and make it into an essay. And write you fair copy in last two hours.
So, these are some of the issues that would be helpful in writing fairly good essay in your civil services examination.
Contemporary Essays by McGraw-Hill Education: [BUY THIS BOOK]
About Book: Collection of many Essays on Topical Issues and Essays with Notes. The book is essential for those studying for their UPSC exams.
A Compendium of Essays by Unique Publishers: [BUY THIS BOOK]
About Book: This is a comprehensive book for the Civil Services exams and essential for candidates applying for UPSC and other Civil Services exams.