Books for HCS exam preparation
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Books for HCS exam preparation

Those students who want to do self-study can refer to the following books. These are standard books and mostly UPSC and state PCS aspirants study these books. Students can also join Frontier IAS online course and no need to purchase these all books as we have covered everything, made videos, unit tests, and test series for result-oriented preparation. 

HCS Prelims 

There are 2 papers in Prelims. Paper 1 General Studies and 2nd Paper CSAT. 

Watch this video on general studies HCS. 

Books for 1st paper i.e. general studies 

  1. History 
    1. Ancient India: RS Sharma book
    2. Medieval India: Satish Chandra Book
    3. Modern India Bipin Chandra 
    4. Spectrum- Modern India 
  2. Art and culture
    1. Nitin Singhania book
    2. NIOS ( National Institute of Open Schooling) 
    3.  Govt. Website
  3. General Science ( Biology, Chemistry, Physics) 
    1.  NCERT till 10th Standard and selective portion till 12th standard
    2.  The Hindu Newspaper Science and Technology News 
  4. Indian Polity 
    1. M. Laxmikanth
    2. D.D. Basu
    3. NCERT 11th and 12th 
  5. Indian Economy
    1. 11th Class NCERT Economic Development
    2. 12th Class NCERT Macroeconomy 
    3. Ramesh Singh / Sanjiv Verma book
    4. Economic survey/ Budget
  6. Geography 
    1. 4th-12th Class NCERT
    2. Geography of India Majid Hussain
    3. World Geography Majid Husain
    4. Certificate Physical and Human Geography G.C. Leong
    5. Oxford School Atlas
  7. Current Affairs
    1. The Hindu Newspaper
    2. Indian Express 
  8. Haryana GK 
    1. Any book like Arihant / Lucent
    2. Wikipedia
    3. Haryana Govt. Websites
    4. Haryana Economic Survey
    5. Haryana Budget 
  9. General Studies MCQ 
    1. SSC and railway Previous years
    2. Other state PCS questions 
    3. MCQ Question Bank

CSAT (Civil Services Aptitude Test) 

CSAT is now a qualifying paper. The student needs to score a minimum of 33%. There are 100 MCQ. Each question carries 1 mark. o.25 mars in case of the wrong answer will be deducted. 

In the Frontier IAS online course everything is covered so you need not purchase any book. In case you don't want to join the Frontier IAS course and do self-study then you can refer to the below books. 

You should go through with the syllabus and previous year's paper so that you know the level and type of questions asked and how many questions are asked from each section. Watch this video also. 

  1. Reasoning book
    1. RS. Agarwal 
    2. Any SSC or Banking or Railway book will also help
  2. Maths
    1. Arithmetic RS Aggarwal or any SSC book on arithmetic
    2. Advance math: Lucent or any SSC advance math book 
  3. Comprehension 
    1. Previous year Papers UPSC CSAT 
    2. The Hindu or Indian Express editorial will help 

For HCS GS Mains watch this video