UPSC Prelims Exam: Environment and Ecology Books for IAS

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The UPSC Prelims exam consists of 2 papers- General Studies Paper I and General Studies Paper II. The GS Paper I consists of History, Environment, Geography, Polity, General science and issues in current affairs. GS Paper II (CSAT) deals with aptitude and comprehension, to name a few areas. 

Since 2011, Environment and ecology topics play a major role in the Civil Services Prelims Exam. The UPSC has asked many questions from this domain. As per the UPSC Prelims syllabus, General issues on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Environmental ecology do not need subject specialization. Usually, candidates tend to neglect these subjects as they feel it is very easy. But this can result in scoring negative marks. A strong basic understanding of the Environment topics is enough to deal with the questions from the Environment and ecology segment.   

Here we give important Environment and ecology books for IAS Exam. This will boost your UPSC preparation. The below-mentioned list includes books for basic reading and additional reading.

Must Read Basic Books for Environment in IAS Exam Prelims

  • NCERT Geography – Class VI to Class XI
  • NCERT Science – Class VII to Class X
  • NCERT Economy –Class XI
  • NCERT Biology – Class XII
  • NCERT Chemistry – Class XII
  • NCERT   Geography: Class XI – India
  • Environmental Ecology Biodiversity & Climate Change – Pratiyogita Darpan
  • Environment and Ecology – Arihant
  • Environmental Studies: From Crisis to Cure- R. Rajagopalan

Detailed reference books for environment and ecology

  • Textbook of Environmental Studies for Undergraduate Courses – Erach Bharucha
  • Objective Environmental Sciences – B. B. Singh
  • Ecology and environment by P. D. Sharma
  • Environmental Studies – Benny Joseph 

Other sources

  • Science Reporter
  • Down to Earth Magazine
  • Economic Survey of India
  • Official Website of Environment Ministry
  • The Hindu Newspaper

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