Important Books for Psychology Optional for UPSC IAS Mains

The Psychology optional is a popular optional subject for civil services IAS Mains. The usual reasons cited by aspirants are that it is a simple and safe choice; it is scoring and so on. In this article, you will read about the advantages of psychology optional and also about the various books needed for this optional. Candidates should spend a lot of time deciding on an optional subject for the IAS exam. How to select an optional is an important decision to be taken.

Psychology as optional subject for UPSC IAS Mains

Psychology has had a surge in the number of students opting for it as their optional subject for the IAS exam. It is indeed an interesting subject. Again, at the end of the day, more than the choice of subject as the optionals, it is a student’s dedication and hardwork that decides the outcome. The myth of a scoring optional can be trampled by many hardworking candidates.

Paper-I of Psychology covers theoretical concepts. It basically includes the foundation principles of the subject. Paper-II talks about the application aspect of psychology in various fields.

BYJU’s has already come up with the UPSC syllabus for Psychology. Now we have compiled important books for Psychology optional UPSC.

UPSC Psychology study material

  • Psychology XI & XII Std NCERT
  • Introduction to Psychology Morgan & King
  • Systems & Theories of Psychology Krawiec & Chaplin
  • Psychology by Morgan and King
  • Psychology by Ciccarelli
  • Social Psychology Baron & Byrne
  • Theories of Personality Hall & Lindzey
  • Psychology Robert A Baron
  • Statistics for Psychology by Aron, Aron, Coups
  • Social Psychology by Robert Baron, Branscombe, Gopa Bhardwaj, Byrne
  • Tests, Measurements and Research Methods in Behavioural Sciences by A K Singh – Bharti Bhawan publications
  • Social Psychology by Robert Baron, Branscombe, Gopa Bhardwaj, Byrne
  • The Psychology of Small Groups Shaw

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