A Brief Overview of Jnanpith Award and the IAS Preparation Books

IAS Preparation Books

This article will provide details regarding some of the good books that candidates can refer to while preparing for the UPSC Civil Service Examination. Candidates can also learn more about the Jnanpith Award in the below given article.

Some of the good IAS preparation books for General Studies Paper I are Fundamentals of Physical Geography NCERT Class 11, Indian Art and Culture authored by Nithin Singhania, India’s Struggle for Independence authored by Bipan Chandra, Certificate Physical and Human Geography authored by G C Leong, Ancient India authored by R.S Sharma, Geography of India authored by Majid Husain, World Geography authored by Majid Husain, World Atlas (Orient Black Swan), India after Independence authored by Bipan Chandra, History of Medieval India authored by Satish Chandra.

The various IAS preparation books which students can refer to while preparing for General Studies Paper II are International Relations authored by Pushpesh Pant, Indian Polity book written by M. Laxmikanth, and Introduction to the Constitution of India authored by D D Basu. Some of the popularly used IAS preparation books while preparing  for General Studies Paper III are Indian Economy book written by Nitin Singhania, Environment and Disaster Management published by Tata McGraw Hill, and Challenges to Internal Security of India by Ashok Kumar. Ethics, Integrity and Aptitude for Civil Services Mains Examination by Subba Rao and P.N. Roy Chaudary is a good reference book for candidates while preparing for the General Studies Paper – 4.

The IAS preparation books for the CSAT section of the preliminary examination are Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning – R S Aggarwal, Tata McGraw Hill CSAT Manual. One of the good books for International relations topics in the prelims examination are NCERT XII (Contemporary World Politics) along with newspapers and various monthly magazines published by the Government. While students are preparing for the Economics section of the IAS prelims, aspirants can refer to books such as Economic Development & Policies in India – Jain & Ohri, NCERT text books, and Indian Economy by Nitin Singhania. For Indian Polity, aspirants can refer to NCERT IX-XII and Indian Polity by M Laxmikanth. For Geography section of the IAS preliminary examination, there are many IAS preparation books such as World Atlas (Orient Black Swan), NCERT XI, XII (New Syllabus), NCERT VI – X (Old Syllabus), Certificate Physical Geography by G C Leong.  While preparing for the History section of the IAS preliminary examination, there are many IAS preparation books such as NCERT XII (Modern Indian History), NCERT XI (Ancient & Medieval), Indian Art and Culture by Nitin Singhania, and India’s Struggle for Independence by Bipan Chandra.

Jnanpith Award is a literary award given to Indian writers every year for their literary works in Indian languages and English. It is presented by the Bharatiya Jnanpith organisation. Jnanpith Award was instituted in 1961. The winner is given a cash prize of Rs. 11 lakh and a bronze replica of Goddess Saraswati, the Hindu goddess of learning.After 1982, the Jnanpith honour has been given for lifetime contribution to Indian literature. Prior to 1982, the Jnanpith Award was given only for a single piece of work. It is the highest literary award of the country. The first Jnanpith award was given in 1965 to G Shankara Kurup. His work was in Malayalam language. ‘Odakkuzhal’ (The Bamboo Flute) was the name of the novel which won him the first Jnanpith Award. Ashapoorna Devi was the first woman writer to be given the Jnanpith Award. She was the recipient of this award in 1976. 

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