IAS Physics Books for UPSC Mains Optional

Physics is one of the optional subjects offered for UPSC IAS Mains Exam. It is a discipline of science dealing with properties and nature of matter and energy. It includes light, heat, mechanics and other related themes. Aspirants those who are from Physics and Electrical engineering background can handle this optional subject in IAS Exam. UPSC aspirants coming from non-electronics background must put extra hard work to ace this optional.

Books for Physics Optional for UPSC IAS Mains

While referring to these Physics books for civil service examination, aspirants should keep in mind the UPSC Physics Syllabus which can help them be on track throughout the preparation.

Physics Optional Booklist for Paper-I

A Dictionary of Physics – Goldstein
A Textbook of Sound – Khanna & Bedi
Advanced Level Physics – Nelkon & Parker
Any fundamental book on electrical engineering like B.L Theraja (Vol 1) or Vincent Del Toro
Classical Mechanism -Gupta, Kumar & Sharma – Takewale & Puranik -H.Goldstein
Electricity & Magnetism: D.C. TAyal, B.S. Agarwal, Griffith
Introduction of Electrodynamics – David Griffiths
EM Theory -Chopra&Agarwal/Satya Prakash
Physics Vol I&II by David Halliday and Resnick
Optics – Brijlal & Subramanyam, B.S. Agarwal, Ajoy & Ghatak
Properties of Matter – B. Aggarwal
Solid State Physics -Kittel
Special Relativity-R.Resnick -Gupta & Goyal

IAS aspirants preparing for UPSC 2022 may check the linked article.

Physics Optional Booklist for Paper-II

Atomic & Molecular Spectra -Rajkumar
Atomic Physics – J. B. Rajan
Concept of Modern Physics – Arthur Beiser
Electronics – Millman & Halkias, S. Ramnam, Ryder or Bolstead, Malvina
Electronics -Allen Mottershead
Fundamental of Magnetism electricity – D.N. Vasudeva
Mechanics – D.S. Mathur, B.S. Agarwal
Mechanics – Kleppner & Kolenkow -D.S. Mathur
Modern Physics – A Beiser (Concepts of modern physics), S.L. Gupta, B.S. Agarwal, J.B. Rajan
Nuclear Physics – D.C. Tayal
Nuclear Physics -S.B Patel Optics-Ajoy Ghatak-B.S. Agarwal
Quantum Mechanics – A Ghatak
Quantum Mechanics -Ghatak & Lokanathan
Quantum Physics- Resnick & Eisberg
Statistical Physics -B.B laud
Thermal Physics – P.K Chakraborty – Satya Prakash, Singhal & Agarwal
Thermal Physics – Singal, Agarwal & Prakash, B.S. Agarwal, Shah & Srivastava
University Physics – Zemansky
Wave/Spl.Relatively – D.S. Mathur/Kleppner Kolenkow
Waves and Oscillations – Brijlal & Subramanyam, B.S. Agarwal

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A perfect strategy to prepare for this subject will be helpful for IAS aspirants. UPSC Physics Optional Strategy can be referred for the same purpose.

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