Of all the four General Studies papers in the UPSC civil services mains examination, the General Studies paper III is often considered the most diverse paper in terms of the vast coverage of subjects. It incorporates the subjects of economics, internal security, disaster management, science and technology and agriculture.

The topics internal security and disaster management are diverse and also equally marks fetching in both the prelims and the mains exams. These topics are also highly linked with current affairs. Almost every question asked from these areas is related to current events. So, apart from standard textbooks, you should also rely on newspapers and news analyses as well for these sections.



Subject  Name of the Book  Author/Publications 
INDIAN ECONOMY  Indian Economic Development  XI Standard NCERT 
  Introductory Macro Economics  XII Standard NCERT (Ignore all diagrams & mathematical formulas) 
  Newspaper  The Hindu / The Indian Express  
ECOLOGY & ENVIRONMENT  Certificate Physical & Human Geography  Goh Cheng Leong  
  Biology (Chapters pertaining to Ecology)  XII Standard NCERT 
  Chapters on Environment  India Year Book 
  Newspaper  The Hindu / The Indian Express 
SECURITY ISSUES  India’s Security in a Turbulent World  Jasjit Singh, published by National Book Trust of India 
  Newspaper  The Hindu / Indian Express 
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY  Biology  VIII, IX & X Standard Books 
  Newspaper  The Hindu / Indian Express 
  Science Reporter for Science & Technology’  Monthly Magazine