General Studies Paper 1 for UPSC Mains

upsc mains syllabus

The General Studies Paper 1 Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains as given by UPSC is as follows:

General Studies Paper 1 Question Paper 2019

  • Indian culture will cover the salient aspects of Art Forms, Literature and Architecture from ancient to modern times.
  • Modern Indian history from about the middle of the eighteenth century until the present- significant events, personalities, issues.
  • The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.
  • Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.
  • History of the world will include events from 18th century such as industrial revolution, world wars,
  • redrawal of national boundaries, colonization, decolonization, political philosophies like communism,


Reference Books for General Studies Paper 1

The following books are recommended for General Studies Paper 1 Syllabus for UPSC Civil Services Mains

  1. The Wonder That Was India – A.L. Bhasham. (Culture)
  2. India’s Ancient Past – R.S. Sharma. (Culture)
  3. Indian Art and Culture – Nitin Singhania. (Culture)
  4. History Of Modern India – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  5. India’s Struggle For Independence – Bipan Chandra. (History)
  6. India After Gandhi – Ramchandra Guha (History – GS1)
  7. Norman Lowe OR History of Modern World – Jain and Mathur (World History – GS1)
  8. Social Problems In India – Ram Ahuja. (Indian Society – GS1)
  9. Geography of India – Majid Husain. (Geography)
  10. Oxford School Atlas – Oxford. (Geography)
  11. Certificate Physical and Human Geography – Goh Cheng Leong. (Geography)


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