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Materials for UPSC 2020 - Let's share, get feedback, etc

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  • One of the hardest tasks an aspirant faces initially is to narrow down on a specific set of materials from which he/she will prepare from. Given that as beginners we are a little unsure of ourselves, we tend to easily believe what other people, especially toppers suggest without realizing that we need to figure out a material list and a strategy that works for us! What works for someone else may not necessarily work for us. I have spent a couple of weeks trying to form my 'ultimate' list of material. I have collected it from lists of various toppers from Quora and other sources online. Conventional wisdom says that revising a limited set of material is way superior to having a huge set of material which is ill prepared. It would be great if you could share feedback and modifications on it.

    CURRENT AFFAIRS
    The Hindu - Notes issue wise, segregated topicwise as per GS paper 1/2/3/4
    Insights on India Daily Current Affairs
    VisionIAS Monthly Booklet
    Rajya Sabha TV - Big Picture
    PRS Legislative

    Optional
    Byju
    IASBaba
    GKToday

    HISTORY/ART/CULTURE
    Ancient - Old NCERT RS Sharma Class 11
    Ancient - New NCERT 12 Ch 1-6
    Ancient - CCRT online material
    Medieval - Old NCERT Class 12 Satish Chandra
    Modern - Old NCERT Bipin Chandra
    Modern - Spectrum
    Art Culture - Class 11 Fine Art NCERT
    Art Culture - CCRT
    Art Culture - Folk Art Nitin Singhania
    Vision's World History Printed Material
    Nitin Sangwan Culture Notes

    GEOGRAPHY
    NCERT Class 9-12
    Mrunal Videos

    ECONOMY
    NCERT Class 11 12
    Sriram IAS Notes
    Mrunal Videos

    POLITY
    Laxmikanth

    Optional
    NCERT Class 11 12
    Vision Notes

    ENVIRONMENT
    Shankar IAS Booklet
    VisionIAS Booklet
    (one of the two)
    Ecology chapter from Biology NCERT Class 6-12

    SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    NCERT Class 6-12

    Optional
    Shankar IAS booklet

    One important trend to note is that Sc & Tech and Envt are forming a larger section of Prelims but there is no set 'bible' for these subjects. It might be worthwhile to dig deeper and find a coherent source and book for these subjects.

    Other adhoc sources
    NIOS
    ARC
    GKToday
    PIB
    PRS
    Byju
    Unacademy
    Mrunal
    Law Commission Reports

    Any inputs, feedback, modifications, requests for collation are welcome.

  • any feedback for unconventional kind of test series ๐Ÿ˜›

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