Art and culture- multiple resources – CCRT, Class 11th NCERT on art, any reputed coaching material, themes in Indian history etc
Shankar Ias book for environment
Prelims – CSAT
Solve Previous Year Papers
Mains – General Studies Paper
Books referred for prelims
Bipan Chandra India Since Independence (selected chapters)
Bipan Chandra India’S Struggle for Independence
Class 11 and 12 NCERT geography + GC Leong
Art and culture- multiple resources – CCRT, class 11th NCERT on art,any reputed coaching material, Themes in indian history etc
Society and other miscellaneous topics can be dealt with by reading the newspaper daily and thoroughly. No special preparation is needed.
Economic Survey : EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
key features of budget.
ARC for disaster.
Mains Optional – Medical Science Paper 1
Human Anatomy—B D Chaurasia
Embryology from I B Singh;
Human Physiology– Ganong; Guyton and A.K. Jain book
Biochemistry– by U. Satyanarayana book.
Pathology– Robbins, and Cotran
Textbook of PATHOLOGY- Harsh Mohan
Essentials of Medical Pharmacology-K D Tripathi
Illustrated Reviews Pharmacology -Lippincott
Microbiology– D R Arora
Medical Parasitology- D R Arora
Ananthanarayan and Paniker’s Textbook of Microbiology
Essentials of Forensic medicine and Toxicology- Dr. K S Narayan Reddy
Park Textbook of Preventive and Social Medicine- K Park
Mains Optional – Medical Science Paper 2
General Medicine textbook of medicine- S N Chugh
Medicine: Prep Manual for Undergraduates- George Mathews
Emergency medicine- S N Chugh.
Manipal Manual of Surgery- K. Rajgopal Shenoy
Clinical surgery- S Das.
Pediatrics– Essential pediatrics by O P Ghai, Paul and Bagga.
Practical Aspects Of Pediatrics- Dr. Mayoor K Chheda
Illustrated Synopsis of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases- Dr. Neena Khanna.
Textbook Of Obstetrics-D.C. Dutt
Do not spend more than 2 months exclusively in the preparation of prelims. It is a qualifying exam. Instead use the time to increase your grip over your optional/GS mains.
Choose an optional you’re comfortable with. Something you enjoy reading and writing about. Optional marks can make or break your result. IT is the most crucial part of the preparation.
Answer writing practice has two parts to it :
One is the ability to finish a paper within 30 mins, to improve your speed and to have a good handwriting.
The other is to build your content from diverse sources, collect and present the information in an organized manner.
Both are required. Keep practicing until you’re good at both.
In the final exam, always write an introduction.. the content if possible in points followed by an optimistic conclusion. Train yourself to write answers in this manner quickly.
Personality Test is the most whimsical part of the entire process. Try not to depend on it at all. The Mains Exam is what gets you in the final list. Give it your best shot!!
This is an exam not only of knowledge but also of strength,patience and focus. Work hard. Be ambitious and do not be afraid to start. Start where you are. Start with fear, with doubt, with pain. Start with voice shaking and hands trembling. Start where you are, with what you have. You can. You should. And if you’re brave enough to start, you will succeed one day.