RAS 2017: Books for Preliminary Exam

RAS 2017

RAS 2017 Books for Preparation for Preliminary Exam:

As far as prelims goes, you do not have to do all questions but you have to do all such questions that majority of students have attempted. Additionally, in order to prepare peacefully you need to feel secured about clearing prelims exam by some margin, hence you need atleast 10-15 more marks than tentative cut-offs.

Hence, one cannot take preparation of preliminary examination lightly. In my opinion 1st priority should be to cover relevant RBSE & NCERT books as atleast 10-15% question do come from these books. Fortunately, both RBSE & NCERT books are easy to read and understand.


First Priority: Cover RBSE & NCERT books.

Remember,  NCERT’s/RBSE books are foundation for RAS & IAS examinations.

  • RBSE Books relevant to RAS: Download here (Hindi Medium)
    • Specially – RBSE – Rajasthan Adhyaan Bhag (I/II/III/IV)
    • Class IX: Rajasthan Adhyan Bhag I
    • Class X: Rajasthan Adhyan Bhag II
    • Class XI:Rajasthan Adhyan Bhag III
    • Class XII:Rajasthan Adhyan Bhag IV
    • NCERTs of History (Class XI – XII) Old Books
    • NCERTs of Geography (Class XI-XII) – New Okie



Second Stage: Read Mega Books:

There are two or three Mega Books available that cover majority of syllabus of RAS preliminary Examination. There information might be outdated but they do cover good portion of RAS preliminary Exam syllabus. Your options are:

  • Contemporary Rajasthan by Dr. L. R. Bhalladistricts
    • Please note that: Most chapters of geography of Rajasthan have been covered in Contemporary Rajasthan, so please check before purchasing both books.
  • Rajasthan Through Districts – (eBook)


Third Stage: Detailed Study based on Syllabus of RAS Preliminary Examination:

RAS Preliminary Exam Syllabus covers topics from both Rajasthan as well as India. The below mentioned syllabus is of RAS 2016, which is in all probability going to be syllabus of RAS 2017 Preliminary Exam as well.

A.RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from HISTORY

A.1. History from Rajasthanancient-history-of-rajasthan

  • RajRAS ebook
    • Ancient History of Rajasthan (eBook)
  • Rajasthan History by Kalu Ram Sharma
  • Jaysingh Neeraj for culture

A.2. History from India:

  • a. Ancient Indian History:
  • b. Medieval History:
  • c. Modern India History:
    • Modern History (Bipin Chandra): Download FREE PDF  (English Medium) or
    • or Summary Book by Spectrum:  A Brief History of Modern India (See Amazon)


B.RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from GEOGRAPHY:

B.1 Rajasthan Geography:

  • Geography of Rajasthan by DR. L.R. BHALLA (See Amazon)
  • Maps of Rajasthan by MumalRajasthan Manchitrvali (Hindi Medium but equally useful See Amazon)

B.2 & B.3 Geography of India & World:

Environment: Shankar IAS Book (See Amazon)

C.  RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from POLITY

C.1. Polity topics from Rajasthan

  • Need to Check
  • Follow Schemes from Rajasthan Sujas Magazine – (Download 2016 PDF)

C.2. Polity topics from India:

  • Book: Laxmikant- Fifth Edition (See Amazon  English || Hindi )
  • New Bills & Acts: PRS Legislature (Link)

D.RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from ECONOMY:

D.1 Economy topics from Rajasthan:

  • Laxminarayan Nathuramka
  • Rajasthan Budget & Economic Review (Rajras, GoR)

D.2. Economic topics from India:

  • Read NCERT’s Before anything else

E. RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

F. RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from REASONING ABILITY

  • M. K. Pandey – (See Amazon) or
  • R. S. Aggarwal – (See Amazon)

G. RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from CURRENT AFFAIRS

  • Current Affairs Rajasthan:
    • RajRAS Current Affairs: Part I – Till December 2016 – eBook
    • RajRAS Current Affairs: Part II – Dec 2016 – March 2017 – eBook
    • Moomal/Mumal (Available only in Hindi medium)
    • Rajasthan Patrika – ePaper
    • Times of India – Jaipur
  • Current Affairs India:
    • RajRAS Current Affairs: Revision Module: Nov 2015 – Nov 2016 – eBook
    • RajRAS Current Affairs: Revision Module: Dec 2016 – March 2017 – eBook
    • The Hindu
    • Year Book 2017 (Amazon)

4. India Year Book 2017: Amazon


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  • renu

    very important knowledge
    isse students ko kafi guidance milega

    • ankit godara

      yes u r right ..specially for english medium students

  • ankit godara

    konsa pre ya mains…
    mains to 27 28march ko h
    or next pre may be August tk ho

  • Neha

    This website shares very important information.Thanks a lot because I did not know where to start from. One suggestion though, I guess Rajasthan Budget should be included too in the Rajasthan economy section.

    • Yes, and I guess I have done that…Please mark the post which is not included.


    when will the new vacancy of ras 2017 will come?

  • Suneel

    Hi.. Can any one please help me with a query that is there any much difference between 2 books (Laskhya 2017-18 Rajasthan and Laskhya 2017 Rajasthan)