UPSC Botany Optional Booklist

There are many reasons to make Botany a most loved optional subject for the UPSC civil services exam. This is a favourite and favourable subject for the aspirants with Botany background. As it is a science subject, it is conceptual in nature for IAS Exam

If you are a graduate in Botany, then all that you need to cover the themes you have canvassed in B. Sc. The only additional thing would be to complete your Botany Optional syllabus by adding current affairs as per the UPSC Mains exam. These prerequisites can be satisfied in a generally brief timeframe.

Booklist for Botany Optional for IAS

The complete booklist for Botany optional will help you in your UPSC IAS Mains Exam preparation. Candidates can check out the UPSC Botany Optional Syllabus in the linked article. 

Given below is a list of Botany books (Paper-I & Paper-II) for UPSC IAS mains exam:

Books for Botany Optional for Civil Services Exam

Cell Biology- De Robertis & Ambrose and Easy or Powar
Cryptograms- B.R. Vasista
Botany for Degree Students; Pteridophyta (Vascular Cryptogams)-P.C. Vashishta
Ecology, Microbiology, Animal Behaviour, Pollution and Toxicology For B. Sc. Part III, Paper III- Dr Veer Bala Rastogi
Economic botany in the tropics- S. L. Kochhar
Embryology Of Angiosperms- S P Bhatnagar
Genetics- Strickberger
Elements of Genetics-Dr. Veer Bala Rastogi
Microbiology- Powars
Pathology-  Singh’s book along with a foreign author
Physiology and Biochemistry -Salisbury and Ross or Fritz and Noggle
Plant Anatomy- Esau
Plant Anatomy- B.P. Pandey
Taxonomy-R Nair
Systematic Botany-S C Datta

If candidates are targeting UPSC 2022, they may check the linked article.

UPSC Botany Optional Booklist: –Download PDF Here

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