5 Things Every IAS Aspirant Should Know About the India Year Book (IYB)

5 things every IAS aspirant should know about the India Year Book (IYB). Read more to know.

The India Year Book is undoubtedly a bulky book yet significant in the preparation of UPSC Civil Services Exam. Aspirants either cannot ignore the book or spend more time on it. Before, taking a look at the India Year Book 2107 and the important chapters, let’s understand the basics of India Year Book.


1. What is India Year Book?

India Year Book (IYB) is an annual book that has ministry-wise or department-wise chapters and it’s a compilation of information that is available on the relevant ministry websites.

The book comprises of 32 chapters, which is mentioned below.


2. Who publishes the India Year Book?

The India Year Book is issued by the publication division, which is a media unit of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India.


3. Why is the India Year Book important for UPSC Civil Services Exam 

For UPSC aspirants, this book comes handy for current affairs preparation of civil services exam, as the aspirants are required to concentrate on current events of previous year till the main examination of current year (for e.g. if a candidate is appearing for UPSC 2017 Exam then he/she has to start preparing for current affairs from October 2016 till September 2017, as this year the prelims is in June and mains in October).

India Year Book plays is part in the UPSC Current Affairs preparation as it covers the current affairs of the whole year (Jan 2016 till Nov 2016) like government schemes and policies.


This book is the one source that covers all the information needed regarding various programs and policies launched by the government, which is very helpful in UPSC Exam for both prelims and mains while writing descriptive answers.


If one analyses the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam previous years question papers then it can be seen that roughly around 10-15 questions are asked from this book and those are majorly related to schemes and policies initiated by the government.

Below given is a question asked in the UPSC Civil Services Prelims Exam 2016.

Which one of the following is the best description of ‘INS astradharini’ that was in the news recently?

  1. amphibious warfare ship
  2. nuclear -powered submarine
  3. torpedo launch and recovery vessel
  4. nuclear – powered aircraft carrier

Ans. C
INS Astradharani is Indian Navy’s first totally indigenously-designed and built torpedo launch and recovery vessel.

Why the question Came:
INS Astradharani was commissioned recently in 2015. At least one defence based question on Missiles/Aircrafts/ships is expected. Be alert for such news.

Source: IYB


4. Chapters in India Year Book 2017

Chapter 1: Land and the People

Chapter 2: National Symbols

Chapter 3: Polity

Chapter 4: Agricultlure

Chapter 5: Culture and Tourism

Chapter 6: Basic Economic Data

Chapter 7: Commerce

Chapter 8: Communications and Information Technology

Chapter 9: Defence

Chapter 10: Education

Chapter 11: Energy

Chapter 12: Envbiroment

Chapter 13: Finance

Chapter 14: Corporate Affairs

Chapter 15: Food and Civil Supplies

Chapter 16: Health and Family Welfare

Chapter 17: Housing

Chapter 18: India and the World

Chapter 19: Industry

Chapter 20: Law and Justice

Chapter 21: Labour, Skill Development and Employment

Chapter 22: Mass Communication

Chapter 23: Planning

Chapter 24: Rural and Urban Development

Chapter 25: Scientific and Technological Developments

Chapter 26: Transport

Chapter 27: Water Resources

Chapter 28: Welfare

Chapter 29: Youth Affairs and Sports

Chapter 30: States and Union Territories

Chapter 31: Diary of National Events  

Chapter 32: General Information


5. How to read the India Year Book for UPSC Civil Services Exam?

Especially for beginners who are first time reading this book for IAS Preparation, here are few tips on how to read India Year Book for UPSC Civil Services Exam.

Aspirants’ should make sure that they don’t read the summary of IYB from any other sources as they may not find factual data and moreover the language style written in the IYB would be changed in other sources, hence it is recommended to read directly from India Year Book instead referring to other sources, which will be waste of time and not worthy.

It is recommended to go through every chapter of IYB as the information given in the book is important for both UPSC prelims and mains exam.

Firstly, make a list of important chapters in the IYB, then prioritize accordingly, as given below.


Chapters in the India Year Book

First Priority Second Priority Third Priority
Land and the People Commerce Corporate Affairs
National Symbols Communications and Information Technology Food and Civil Supplies
Polity (Recommended to focus more on Laxmikanth) Finance Housing
Agriculture Industry Labour


Culture and Tourism Justice and Law Mass Communication
Basic Economic Data (Recommended to focus more on Economic Survey) Transport
Defence Water Resources
Education Diary of National Events


Energy General Information
Health and Family Welfare
India and the World
Rural and Urban Development


Scientific and Technological Developments
Youth Affairs and Sports
States and Union Territories


Once you have prioritized the chapters in the IYB, aspirants should read the chapters and try to correlate it with the UPSC Syllabus.


Covering the IYB chapters is a bit difficult task yet can be made easy, here’s an advice to all the aspirants make group divide the chapters by this way one can cover the entire book conveniently and save time.


While reading a particular chapter from IYB, aspirants should make sure to visit that particular ministry website and read about the new schemes and policies initiated in the ministry.


For e.g.


The GST Bill was recently in the news many a time, candidates should approach this particularly current affairs issue both in Polity and Economics perspective, hence they should visit the relevant ministry website as well as go through the Economics Survey to cover this topic.


These are just a few tips to approach on how to read the India Year Book for UPSC Civil Services Exam Preparation. Hope, this would help the aspirants in their IAS Exam Preparation. If aspirants’ have any other method of approach to read the India Year Book effectively, kindly share with us in the below comment box.

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