Must have Books To Clear IAS Mains General Studies – 3 (Paper – 4)

In part – 1 we discussed, 8 Must have Books To Clear IAS Prelims In 1st Attempt, in 2nd part we listed  6 Must have Books To Clear IAS Mains General Studies – 1 , In 3rd part  Must have Books To Clear IAS Mains General Studies – 2 and now we will be discussing all important study materials for IAS Mains General Studies – 3

Hope you have already downloaded Mains Syllabus for General Studies , if not click here 

GS 3 – (Mains)

Copy of Top 30

Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment (1st point of syllabus)


Inclusive growth and issues arising from it (2nd point of syllabus)

 Government Budgeting (3rd point)

 Major crops cropping patterns………..constraints; e-technology in the aid of farmers (4th Point)

Issues related to direct and indirect farm subsidies…. Technology missions; economics of animal-rearing (5th Point)

 Food processing and related industries in India- scope and significance, location, upstream and downstream requirements, supply chain management (6th Point)

This is dynamic topic where you will not find everything at single place you need to do bit research over internet and also follow current affairs. Here is the article from Ministry of Food Processing Industries which is very helpful

Land reforms in India (7th Point)


Effects of liberalization on the economy, changes in industrial policy and their effects on industrial growth (8th Point)

Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc (9th Point)

Here you need to buy two books


Investment models (10th point)


Science – Tech …..Computers, robotics, nano-technology, bio-technology and issues relating to intellectual property rights (11th,12th & 13th Point)


Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment (14th Point)


Disaster and disaster management (15th Point)


Security (16th, 17th, 18th & 19th point )

  1. Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

  2.  Role of external state and non-state actors in creating challenges to internal security.

  3.  Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention

  4.  Security challenges and their management in border areas; linkages of organized crime with terrorism


Various Security forces and agencies and their mandate (20th Point)

Online Reading & Wikipedia


So, here is the quick reference of all important books mentioned above for GS – 3(Mains)

  1. Indian Economy – Ramesh Singh
  2. Indian Economy – Datt Ruddar (Author), KPM Sundharam (Selected Topics)
  3. India 2015
  4. Economic Survey 2014-15


Prelims Must have List 

GS – 1 (Mains) Must have list 

Gs – 2 (Mains) Must have list

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  1. Respected Sir/Ma’am,
    It’s very helpful to analyse what are the syllabus and important books there to prepare for UPSC civil service examination.Thank you for your guidance and support.Please kindly provide us the “General Studies-4” books… will be helpful for the whole IAS Aspirants…

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