Best Books for RAS - Preparation Tips for RPSC RAS Exam

Rajasthan State and Subordinate Services Combined Competitive Examination or simply the Rajasthan Administrative Services (RAS) examination 2023 will be conducted by the Rajasthan Public Service Commission (RPSC.) Candidates preparing for the examination will need to know about the best books for RAS and preparation tips. This article will provide you with a list of books for RAS examination along with tips to crack the examination in the first attempt.

Latest Update Regarding RAS Exam:

  1. RAS 2018 is underway:
    • The interview has been postponed and the new date has not been announced.
    • Mains 2018 results were recently announced.
  2. RAS Notification 2021 was released on 20th July 2021. 

Aspirants can check the RAS related links in the table below:

RAS Exam Pattern
RAS Eligibility
RAS Admit Card

RAS Prelims and Mains Preparation

The RPSC-conducted RAS examination is loosely modelled on the UPSC-designed IAS Exam Pattern. There are three stages in the RAS examination:

  1. Prelims Stage
  2. Mains Stage, and
  3. Interview

As a first rule, for both Pre and Mains stage, an aspirant has to follow the following general tips:

  1. Follow the Syllabus – RPSC brings out the syllabus for Rajasthan Administrative Services Examination with its official notification. Since 2020 notification is not out yet, candidates can refer to old RAS Syllabus at the linked article.
  2. Focus on State Textbooks – The state examinations give importance to state-specific topics like state geography, polity, economy and current affairs related to it. Hence, focus on Rajasthan state textbooks for covering important topics.
  3. Prepare topics holistically – There are many topics that overlap with the IAS Exam, like history, world geography, Indian Polity, Science and Technology, etc. Hence, aspirants should focus on covering these topics from the state as well as national perspectives.
  4. Practise previous year question papers – The old question papers can help candidates understand the demand of the examination. One can get RAS Question Papers from the linked article.

RAS Prelims Preparation

The preliminary stage of the examination has one paper of 300 marks. There are 150 questions carrying a negative marking of 1/3rd for each wrong answer. Broadly the paper is of general knowledge and general science, but the following topics are mentioned by the commission for the Prelims exam:

  1. History, Art, Culture, Literature, Tradition & Heritage of Rajasthan
  2. Indian History
  3. Geography of the world and India
  4. Geography of Rajasthan
  5. Indian Constitution, Political System and Governance
  6. Political and Administrative System of Rajasthan
  7. Economic Concepts and Indian Economy
  8. Economy of Rajasthan
  9. Science & Technology
  10. Reasoning & Mental Ability, and
  11. Current Affairs

Let us understand the demand for general topics by taking some related previous year questions.

#RAS History Preparation

A few questions from 2018 Prelims Paper:

RAS Preparation 1

One can learn about the INC Sessions at the linked article.

RAS Preparation 2

RAS Preparation 3

One can learn about Rajputs and its major clans including Pratiharas at the linked article.

The above questions belong to ancient, medieval and modern history of India. These topics are general topics that are similar to UPSC Syllabus. These and others can be easily covered from the following sources:

  1. NCERT Ancient History Notes
  2. NCERT Medieval History notes
  3. NCERT Modern History Notes

#RAS Geography Preparation

A few questions from 2018 Prelims Paper:

RAS Preparation 4

Aspirants can learn about the highest mountain peaks of India and the world from below links:

Highest Peaks in States of India Highest Mountains In the World

RAS Preparation 5

One can learn about Western & Eastern Ghats from the linked article.

RAS Preparation 6

One can learn about similar topics from the links below:

List of National Parks in India Difference between Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park

For more Geography notes for RAS preparation, check the linked article.

#RAS Polity Preparation

A few questions from 2018 Prelims Paper:

RAS Preparation 7

RAS Preparation 8

RAS Preparation 9

RAS Preparation 10

The above-mentioned questions can be covered from the following links:

Constituent Assembly of India Supreme Court of India
Fundamental Rights CAG

For more Polity Notes for RAS preparation, one can check the linked article.

#RAS Economy Preparation

RAS Preparation 11

ScoRAS Preparation 12

RAS Preparation 13

RAS Preparation 14

Such questions can easily be dealt with as they are in general in nature. Following can help you prepare for such topics of economics for RAS preparation:

Indian Economy Notes Economic Planning in India
Union Budget GST

For general reasoning and mental ability topics asked in RAS prelims paper, aspirants should practise reading comprehension, logical reasoning and English grammar more as questions from these sections are asked in aptitude exam in the majority. Some reference books for RAS aptitude sections are:

  • M.K Pandey’s Analytical Reasoning
  • R.S Aggarwal’s Quantitative Aptitude
  • For section, Reading Comprehensions, follow the previous year question papers.

RAS Mains Preparation 2023

There are four papers in the mains stage of the RAS examination. GS I, II and III cover the following board topics:

  1. History
  2. Economics
  3. Sociology
  4. Management
  5. Auditing
  6. Accounting
  7. Ethics
  8. Earth Science
  9. General Science
  10. Indian Polity
  11. Public Administration
  12. Sports & Yoga
  13. Law
  14. General Hindi & English

Books for RAS Mains Preparation

The following table will provide you with a list of books covering each broad topic asked in RAS Mains examination:

Best Books for RAS Exam/Resources for RAS Preparation
  • History of modern India – Rajiv Ahir
  • India’s struggle for independence & India since independence – Bipan Chandra
  • IGNOU material for Art & Culture
  • World History – Norman Lowe
  • Rbd Rajasthan History , Art And Culture
  • State Textbook
  • Laxminarayan Nathuramka’s Rajasthan Economy
  • Ramesh Singh’s Indian Economy
  • A newspaper for current events related to Indian and World economy
Sociology, Management, Auditing and Accounting
  • NCERT Class 11th and 12th Sociology Books
  • RBD Auditing And Management Accounting
  • RBD RAS Mains Exam Sociology Management Accounting & Auditing
Ethics Lexicon for Administrative Ethics, Integrity & Aptitude
General Science & Technology A daily newspaper
  • NCERT Class 11 & 12 Geography textbooks
  • Dr. L. R. Bhalla – Geography of Rajasthan
Indian Polity & Public Administration
  • M.Laxmikanth’s Indian Polity
  • New Horizons of Public Administration by Mohit Bhattacharya
General Hindi & English
  • Arihant – Samanya Hindi
  • Raymond Murphy’s Essential English Grammar with Answers
Aspirants can download the NCERT Books PDF for RAS preparation from the linked article.

For RAS preparation, there are a few terms in many subjects that confuse aspirants. Hence, we have collated a list of 100 differences between articles where you can understand the basics of important terms.

How to prepare for current affairs for the RAS Exam?

Current events of national and international importance are important for the RAS preparation. BYJU’S has following initiatives that widely cover all important current affairs that can be used in preparation of RAS exam:

  1. Daily News Analysis
  2. BYJU’S Current Affairs
  3. Best of PIB
  4. Gist of Yojana
  5. The Hindu Video Analysis

Related Links:

BPSC Preparation JPSC Preparation
GPSC Preparation MPPSC Preparation
KAS Preparation TNPSC Group 1 Preparation
APPSC Group 1 Preparation UPPSC PCS Preparation


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