Preparing for UPSC exam is tough. It gets tricky when one has to choose the best reference books for preparation. In this article, Examin experts list down Top 10 Best reference books for CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) 2018.
The first step towards successful CSAT preparation is choosing the right book for CSAT. However, aspirants should avoid referring to too many books at a time, as it leads to confusion.
So you are targeting CSAT 2018? Confused with which book to refer? Don’t worry! Given below is a list of Top 10 Best reference books for CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) 2018. It can help in supplementing your CSAT Preparation. Read on.
#1. 21 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers:
21 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2015) is a book that has been Disha’s best seller for the past 6 years. It is a book that every UPSC aspirant should consider during their preparation. There is an easy explanation of the various topics that come in the UPSC exams each year. The book has been designed in such a way that it has combined the previous year’s question papers and divided it into eight various topics with subsequent fifty two topics. This is the sixth edition of the book and has been updated constantly for the better learning of the aspirants and is revised thoroughly to ensure that there are almost no errors in the book.
Inside the Book
This book has special sections that cover the various topics that are asked in the IAS prelims paper one and two. This book comes equipped with 4 A3 sized pull outs which contain info graphics on conceptual topics such as climate change, Payments bank etc. There are chapters for each subject and some subjects like Physics, Trends in Science have been further divided to make it easy for students to grasp the concepts and which will aid in memorising the various topics. The book also has a separate section that specially covers the topics of Constitutional Acts and Bills along with Government Policies and Schemes, The Annual Budget of India. There is a section specifically for the Mental Ability of the paper, which will make it easier for students to grasp the typical questions that are asked in this section of the UPSC. The book has been prepared using 2 colours which improves its readability and makes it more engaging.
#2. The Pearson CSAT Manual 2012 (Old Edition):
The Pearson CSAT Manual is a cauldron of inputs from both extensive research and intense learning. The manual is modelled as per the latest syllabus of the Indian Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination and lays stress, especially, on those topics from which questions will be majorly asked. This manual owes its existence to years of research, scientific and logical planning. The text is presented in a scientific manner to help the candidate learn, understand, and retain information for a longer period of time. A number of detailed tables and illustrations support the concepts explained. One of the unique features of this manual is the extra material provided in the margins.
#3. CSAT – Solved Papers for Civil Services Preliminary Examination:
This updated book contains the fully solved CSAT (GS Paper II) solved papers from 2011-2016 as well as the fully solved questions of reasoning and mathematics from 1995-2010. Such a comprehensive collection of fully solved question papers will enable aspirants to prepare thoroughly for this paper.
Part I: Fully solved CSAT Solved Papers 2011-2015
Part II: Solved questions of Reasoning and Mathematics from 1995-2010
Part III: Latest solved question paper 2016
#4. 22 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers 1995-2016:
Disha’s bestseller “22 Years CSAT General Studies IAS Prelims Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2016)” consists of past years solved papers of the General Studies Paper 1 and 2 distributed into 8 Units and 52 Topics. This is the 7th edition of the book and has been thoroughly revised and updated. The book has been designed in 2 colour so as to improve the readability of the book.
The book has been further empowered this year with topic-wise Questions of IAS Main Past Papers of GS Paper 1-4 from 2013-2015 since the syllabus changed. The book also provides Essays divided topic-wise from 1993-2015.
The book has been divided into 8 broad UNITS, which have been further divided into the 52 topics. Although the book contains 37 chapters, certain chapters like Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Trends in Science and Technology are further divided into Topics.
The strength of the book lies in the errorless detailed solutions. The book is 100% useful for both the General Studies papers (1 and 2) of the Prelims/ CSAT.
The Mental Ability part of the past GS papers has been covered in the Unit “Mental Ability and Management Ability” and will be useful for Paper 2.
#5. 20 Years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2014):
‘20 Years IAS Prelims (CSAT) General Studies Topic-wise Solved Papers (1995-2014)’ offer you a one stop platform to all aspirants to prepare for IAS Prelims/CSAT examination. The book is divided into 8 sections coverings all the essential topics and aspects of General Studies. The book comprises History of India, General Science, Indian Polity and Governance, Geography, Economic and Social Development, Mental Ability and Management Aptitude, General Knowledge and Current Affairs.
The book comes with a set of 20 years solved question papers from 1995 to 2014. Solved question papers are arranged topic-wise and explained with detailed solutions. They cover all types of questions that have been asked in exams, such as, analytical, theoretical, numerical, knowledge, understanding, picture based, assertion- reason and statement based MCQ. These question papers would help student understand the question pattern and attain expertise in solving them with proficiency.
This book will enable students to practice, while learning about different aspects of the General Studies. Clear and easy-to-understand language of the book makes it ideal for all the IAS and CSAT aspirants.
#6. Analytical Reasoning:
The book ‘Analytical Reasoning’ is an effective study material to work on one’s logical and Reasoning skills. Authored by M.K. Pandey, the book is specially published keeping in mind the formats and requirements of various competitive exams. It focuses on establishing the basics around the topic of logic and reasoning. The author uses clear and logical language using comprehensive descriptions of topics like Data Sufficiency, Strengthening and Weakening Arguments, Coded Relationships, Analytical Decision-Making and Evaluating Inferences and explains effectively, allowing the students to grasp the key concepts.
To help students in planning their studies efficiently, this book is divided in two segments: Reasoning based on Logic and Reasoning based on Rules. Reasoning based on logic contains segments like basics of logic, assumptions, evaluating inferences and forcefulness of arguments etc. The second section of Reasoning based on Rules contains segments like syllogism, analytical decision, input-output miscellaneous, coded inequalities and problem solving etc. Various competitive examinations like CAT and GMAT include Analytical Reasoning in their syllabus and hence it is crucial for students to have complete knowledge of this subject. This book provides ample knowledge and sheds light on all crucial aspects of Analytical Reasoning. The focus of this book is on basics of the subject of logic and reasoning and includes discussions on argument-based questions, assumption-based questions as well as questions based on inference. It provides the students with all the necessary skill set and trick set to solve the logical and analytical reasoning problems in competitive exams quickly and more importantly correctly. Along with complete details of topics, this study material offers students enough practice through questions. Every chapter begins with important points, detailed explanation and has questions for practice at the end. The questions are selected keeping in mind the needs and structure of competitive exams. It is an ideal book for building a strong foundation for analytical reasoning.
#7. 50 Practice Sets Reasoning (Verbal., Non Verbal & Analytical Reasoning):
Key Features Point-wise detailed theory has been given in a simple and easy manner which helps the students to understand well. Contains MCQs in each chapter for better understanding and thorough practice. Answers have also been provided for almost all the questions. Uttar Pradeshs Budget is also given in the end of the book.
#8. 15 Practice Sets – CSAT Paper-2 (Civil Services Aptitude Test):
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) judges the Civil Services aspirants on their aptitude, intellect and suitability for joining the coveted Civil Services of India. The aspirants are judged on these counts in CSAT Paper 2. This book has been designed for the aspirants preparing for Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) Paper 2.
The present book for CSAT Paper 2 contains 15 Practice Sets for Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) Paper 2 which have been divided into four stages namely Know the Trend, Improve Your Weaker Areas, Cross the Cut-Offs and Crack Prelims. The practice sets have been divided into stages for effective and exhaustive preparation. The content in the book begins with a list of basics which each IAS aspirant should know before going ahead followed by a list of all types of questions asked and the tips to solve those. After the types of questions, Subject wise performance analysis (SPA) has been given in the book followed by information about score card and OMR sheet. Also 10 tips for a successful attempt have been penned down by the experienced author. The book has been designed with a new approach after intensive analysis of the previous years’ examination pattern (2011-16). The contents of this best-selling book have been re-strategized to equip the aspirants for the exam effectively and exhaustively. The practice sets have been designed according to the revised examination pattern and the types of questions asked by the UPSC in previous year CSAT Paper 2 examination. Also last six years’ solved papers of CSAT Paper 2 (2011-2016) have been provided in the book to help aspirants get an insight into the examination pattern and the types of questions asked therein.
As the book contains ample practice material, it for sure will help the aspirants crack the upcoming CSAT Paper 2 2017.
#9. UPSC 10 Practice Sets – General Studies Paper:
The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) judges the Civil Services aspirants on their aptitude, intellect and suitability for joining the coveted Civil Services of India. The aspirants are judged on these counts in General Studies Paper-1. This book has been designed for the aspirants preparing for Civil Services (Pre) Examination General Studies Paper-1.
The book contains 10 practice sets for General Studies Paper-1 which have been designed by authors having years of experience of teaching the civil services students. The practice sets have been designed exactly on the pattern of examination issued by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) for General Studies Paper-1 2017. The questions covered in the practice sets have been designed on the lines of questions asked in recent years’ Civil Services (Pre) Examination General Studies Paper-1. The practice sets have been divided into four stages namely Know the Trend, Improve Your Weaker Areas, Cross the Cut-Offs and Crack Prelims. Stage I will help the aspirants in knowing the trend of the examination, Stage II will help them in improving their weaker areas, Stage III will help them in crossing the cut off and Stage IV will help them ultimately achieve success by cracking the preliminary examination. The book also contains essential info on the examination and the types of questions and guidelines to solve those. These practice sets contain questions in accordance with complexity, variety and vastness of the topics as being asked in the civil services examinations. Also last six years’ (2011-2016) Solved Papers have been provided in the book to help aspirants get an insight into the recent examination pattern and the types of questions asked therein.
As the book contains ample number of previous years’ solved papers and practice sets, it for sure will help the aspirants score high in the upcoming Civil Services (Pre) Examination General Studies Paper-1 2017.
#10. Crack CSAT – Paper 2 with 5 Mock Tests (General Studies IAS Prelims) Fifth Edition:
The thoroughly revised and enlarged 5th edition “Crack Civil Services General Studies Prelims (CSAT) – Paper 2” is a real cracker for all IAS aspirants. The book has been written in a concise format so as to provide the student with to-the-point key concepts required to Crack the IAS Prelim exam. The emphasis of the book has been on the concepts which are important from the point of view of the Prelim exam. The book captures most of the important questions with explanations of the past few years of the IAS Prelim exam. The book also contains the fully solved questions paper of CSAT Paper 2 held from 2011 onwards. The book contains a chapter on “Introducing Graphs” in the Data Interpretation section. The chapter talks about the real-life significance of Graphs and how they are useful in communicating various important trends as seen in our day-to-day life. The book contains a chapter on “Comprehension” in the Logical Comprehension section. The chapter provides a number of passages similar to the ones being asked in the latest CSAT exams with special emphasis on “Applied MCQs.” The MCQs can be answered on the basis of inferred or derived information of the passages. In all the book contains 2800+ MCQs with detailed solutions. The Civil Services General Studies Preliminary Examination (popularly known as CSAT – Civil Services Aptitude Test) emphasizes on testing the “aptitude for civil services” as well as on “ethical and moral dimension of decision-making.” The present book for the Paper 2, is an attempt to expose the IAS aspirants to the 10 test areas as presented in the latest IAS syllabus for CSAT. The book provides 5 Mock Tests with Solutions on the exact pattern as followed in the last CSAT paper. The book covers 100% syllabus and would prove to be a stepping stone for the Civil Services.
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