UPSC Psychology Books

Psychology optional is a popular optional subject for civil services examination. The usual reasons cited by aspirants to take this as optional in IAS Exam are that it is a simple and safe choice; it is scoring and so on.

In this article, you will get an idea of various books needed for this UPSC Psychology optional subject. Candidates should spend a lot of time deciding on an optional subject for UPSC Mains.

UPSC Psychology Study Material & Booklist

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. Check UPSC Psychology Syllabus in the linked article.

Find below the IAS Psychology booklist:

  • 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

Candidates can check UPSC 2020 to align their UPSC Psychology preparation accordingly.

UPSC Psychology Booklist:-Download PDF Here

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 hard work that decides the outcome. The myth of a scoring optional can be trampled by many hardworking candidates.

The table given below lists some important articles relevant to UPSC Psychology optional subject and IAS exam:

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