Books for RAS Preliminary Exam

Books for RAS Preliminary Exam

RAS Pre Books: 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.

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In RAS 2018 Pre Examination, there were a number of current affairs related questions on subjects like geography & economy, instead of basic theory questions. Hence, the books that you read need to be updated. However, in general a majority of books are not updated frequently and so have reduced significance in examination. Yet, books provide a structured understanding of topics & so their utility cannot be neglected.  In this page, we have streamlined strategy along with few basic books to follow for RAS Pre examination.

Step 1: Cover RBSE & NCERT books

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

A. RBSE Books or Rajasthan Adhyayan Books

B. NCERT Books

  • NCERTs of History (Class XI – XII) Old Books
  • NCERTs of Geography (Class XI-XII) – New Okie


Step 2: Read Mega Books

This is not a mandatory step unless you are short on time for preparation of examination. Information in these books can be outdated & also may fail to cover complete subject but they do cover good portion of RAS preliminary Exam syllabus. Your options are:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– Buy
a Contemporary Rajasthan By Dr. L.R. Bhalla  English Medium
b Rajasthan Aaj Tak by Dr. Dinesh & Pushpa Sharma  

Step 3: Subject Wise Books for Detailed Study based on Syllabus of RAS Preliminary Examination:

RAS Preliminary Exam Syllabus covers topics from both Rajasthan as well as India. The books mentioned below are as per syllabus of RAS Pre 2018, which is in all probability going to be syllabus of RAS 2020 Preliminary Exam as well.

A. RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from HISTORY

A.1. History from Rajasthan

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a RajRAS – Ancient History of Rajasthan eBook
b RajRAS – Important Dynasties of Rajasthan eBook
c RajRAS – Modern History of Rajasthan (1707 – 1947)  eBook
d RajRAS – Literature Art Architecture Culture and Heritage of Rajasthan  eBook
 e RajRAS – Historical Battles in Rajasthan   eBook

A.2. History from India:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a NCERT- Ancient History by R. S. Sharma Download Free PDF  (Eng.)
b NCERT – Medieval History by Satish Chandra  Download FREE PDF (Eng.)
c NCERT- Modern History by Bipin Chandra Download FREE PDF (Eng.)
 d Spectrum – A brief history of Modern India  See Amazon

Books on Art & Culture of India:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a RajRAS –Architecture & Culture of India eBOOK
b Indian Art & Culture by Nitin Singhania (See Amazon: English || Hindi )

B.RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from GEOGRAPHY:

B.1 Rajasthan Geography:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a Geography of Rajasthan – by Dr. L. R. Bhalla See Amazon 
b Maps of Rajasthan (Rajasthan Manchitravali) by Mumal – Hindi Medium but Equally useful See Amazon
c RajRAS – Geography of Rajasthan eBOOK

B.2 & B.3 Geography of India & World:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a NCERT – Class XI & XII – New Books

  • Fundamentals of Physical Geography – Class – 11
  • India Physical Environment –  Class – 11
  • Fundamentals of Human Geography – Class – 12
  • India People & Economy – Class -12
See Amazon

Indian and World Geography by Majid Hussain

See Amazon
c Environment: Shankar IAS Book See Amazon

C.  RAS Preliminary Exam Books for POLITY

C.1. Polity topics from Rajasthan

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download

RajRAS – Polity & Administration of Rajasthan


C.2. Polity topics from India:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download

Polity of India – by Laxmikant (Sixth Edition)


D.RAS Preliminary Exam syllabus from ECONOMY:

D.1 Economy topics from Rajasthan:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a Economy of Rajasthan – by Laxminarayan Nathuramka Amazon

D.2. Economic topics from India:

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a NCERT – Macro Economics Download
b NCERT – Micro Economics Download
 c Economy  by Ramesh Singh (11th Edition)  See Amazon
 d  Economic Survey 2019-20  Download PDF

E. RAS Preliminary Exam Books for Science & Technology

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a Gist of NCERT Amazon

F. RAS Preliminary Exam Books for Reasoning Ability

Books-wise this section can be divided in to two parts:

F1. Reasoning

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a Reasoning by RS Agarwal or Amazon
b A New approach to reasoning Verbal & Non-Verbal by B.S. Sijwali & Indu Sijwali  Amazon

F2. Quantitative Aptitude

S.NO ————Book & Author—————– View/ Download
a Quantitative Aptitude by RS Agarwal Amazon

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