UPSC CSAT 2019 Reference Books

Exam Date : 3rd June 2019
Result Date : 15th July 2019

UPSC CSAT 2019 Reference Books

UPSC CSAT Reference Books 2019

Indicative List of Books for CSAT UPSC 2019 Paper-I

  • Indian Polity: M.Laxmikanth


  • Brief History of Modern India by Rajiv Ahir ( Spectrum Pub)


  • Ancient History: R.S. Sharma


  • Indian Art and culture by Nitin Singhania


This book covers the syllabus of Indian Heritage and Culture of the General Studies. This book contains a wide-ranged knowledge base on Indian art, paintings, music and architecture with the help of several pictures and diagrams which will help in gaining the reader’s interest. The book also has multiple numbers of questions that will help students to prepare for the exam.

  • NCERT geography from Class 6th to 12th 
  • Modern India by Bipan Chandra


  • India Year Book


This book covers current affairs of the country which includes important dignitaries, state policy, public schemes and important data related to demographics, trade, economy etc in  32 chapters.

  • The Hindu/ The Indian Express Newspaper

Books For CSAT Paper-II

  • Analytical Reasoning: M K Pandey ( for Logical & Analytical Reasoning)


The Analytical Reasoning book will help the aspirants to make their logical and reasoning skill strong. The book is divided into two parts; Reasoning based on Logic and reasoning based on Rules. Topics such as Data Sufficiency, Strengthening & Weakening Arguments, Coded Relationships, Analytical Decision-Making and Evaluating Inference will be explained in details. Rules part contains segments like the syllogism, analytical decision, input-output miscellaneous, coded inequalities and problem-solving etc.

  • RS Aggarwal books on Verbal/Logical Reasoning, Aptitude and reading comprehension


This book has two section; that is Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. The first section of the book covers General Mental Ability, Verification of Truth of the Statement, Assertion and Reasoning, Alpha Numeric Sequence Puzzles, Direction Sense Test, Series Completion etc. In the second section, the chapters include Construction of Squares and Triangles, Classification, Figure Formation & Analysis, Series, Completion of Incomplete Pattern, Paper Folding, Analogy, Analytical Reasoning, Cubes & Dice and Spotting out the Embedded Figures.

  • Quantitative  Aptitude  By  Arun  Sharma (TMH):  Selected Topics ( Easy & Medium difficulty level)


This book contains six sections and they are; Numbers, Averages and Mixtures, Arithmetic and Word-based problems, Geometry, Algebra and Counting. And these sections is further been divided into the chapters and exercises. At the end of each chapter, there are practice exercises and model test papers that will help the aspirants to do self-evaluation. The book has solved papers that help students to understand how the questions can be solved within a given period of time.

  • Reading Comprehension by Arun Sharma (TMH): Selected Topics


Aspirants must have this book that are appearing for the entrance exams. This book has in total 34 chapters. This book gives clear guidance on how to attend the various types of questions along with tips and tricks that will save the time. This book includes the latest pattern of questions that are being asked in the examination. One of the important benefits of this book is that it will improve readers English language skills.

If ignored, CSAT can prove to a be Achilles heel in qualifying CSE. A proper study plan by the syllabus along with a good mentorship can help aspirants achieve their targets with an ease.

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