Books & Study Materials To Clear IAS Mains General Studies – 3

Current affairs will play the crucial role In order to prepare this section of the syllabus, apart from few books NCERT books will also help to cover some portion the syllabus. We have also shared some useful study materials, which will be beneficial to coverup this portion.


GS 3 – (Mains)

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, nanotechnology, biotechnology 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 )

Linkages between development and spread of extremism.

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

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

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 to 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
  4. Economic Survey

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